All-Stars get another shot to lace ’em up
Haley Ream’s only regret from the basketball season is that it had to end.
The Huntley senior guard would lace up her sneakers and run sprints and drills every day if she could.
“Any day, I’d go back and practice with the same girls again,” said Ream, who helped the Red Raiders take fourth place in the IHSA Class 4A state tournament. “I love track, but basketball is so awesome. I wish I could go back. I look at pictures and think of how much fun we had together.”
It will not be the same, but Ream and senior guard Amanda Kaniew-ski will reunite with Raiders coach Steve Raethz for the Home team Sunday in the 2013 McHenry County Area All-Star Basketball Extravaganza at Alden-Hebron’s Tigard Gymnasium.
The girls game will start at 2 p.m.; the boys game is slated for a 5 p.m. start. There will be a 3-point contest for boys and girls, and a dunk contest for the boys. Also, retired Jacobs boys basketball coach Jim Hinkle will be honored during the boys game.
The cost for the event is $7.50 in advance and $10 on the day of the games. Those interested in buying tickets in advance may call A-H athletic director John Lalor at 815-648-2442, Ext. 237.
Kaniewski, who was Huntley’s first player off the bench, also qualified for the IHSA Three-Point Showdown, so her entire team was there to cheer for her.
“That whole trip to state was probably the best weekend I’ve ever had,” Kaniewski said. “It’ll be really cool to be with [Haley and coach Raethz] again. He’s a funny guy and knows how to work hard and get us going when we needed it.”
Cary-Grove’s Olivia Jakubicek, Joslyn Nicholson and Meg Leisten will join Huntley on the Home team. Jakubicek, the 2012 Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Player of the Year, was an all-area first-team selection. Ream and Nicholson made the second team.
The Away team will have Marian Central’s Shannon Wuensch, the area’s scoring leader and an all-area first-team pick, along with Marengo’s Jessica Villie, another first-teamer. Woodstock North’s Sammi Ahr will play for the Away team and made the all-area second team.
“It’s a nice opportunity for Haley and Amanda to play one more game in the Huntley uniform,” Raethz said. “It’s great to be able to coach them again. We had a great season and an unbelievable postseason run. What a fun three weeks to see our season continue to be extended. It’s nice to meet the other girls and watch them play together.”
Woodstock North coach Mike Lewis will coach the Away team.
In the boys game, Woodstock coach Alex Baker and guard Jordan Turner, the Northwest Herald Boys Basketball Coach and Player of the Year, will be together one more time. Blue Streaks senior guard Andy Buhrow also will play for the Away team.
“Every year I’ve gone as a spectator and it’s a real honor to be selected to participate,” Baker said. “It was fun to watch the guys who’ve been reading about each other and watching film on each other get together and socialize.”
Huntley’s Bryce Only and Dundee-Crown’s Brandon Rodriguez, who joined Turner on the all-area first team, will play for the Away team. D-C’s Dylan Kissack, a second-team pick, also will play.
The Home team, coached by A-H coach Dale Jandron, will have the two other all-area first-team players, Crystal Lake Central’s Corban Murphy and Hampshire’s Tyler Crater. The Home team also will have Central’s 6-foot-7 Kyle Fleck and 6-6 David Panicko, along with Hampshire’s 6-6 Shane Hernandez.
Hinkle retired at Jacobs after a 49-year coaching career with a high school record of 464-427 and an overall record of 543-537 (which includes his years at Elgin Community College). He is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.