DARIEN – Last year, Hinsdale South’s girls basketball team recorded its best season since 2007-08, winning 17 games, earning the West Suburban Gold conference championship, and advancing to the regional championship game.
LOMBARD – To win four state titles in a row and be on track to for a fifth, some luck is required to go along with the necessary talent and skill. In Saturday’s quarterfinal against Joliet Catholic, Montini’s Stephen Dennis was the beneficiary of an unusual, maybe even lucky, play to help the Broncos’ push for a fifth straight state title remain intact.
HINSDALE – Hinsdale Central girls basketball head coach Tom McKenna says that he has seen a culture change this offseason. Following a 16-9 season and a loss to Oak Park-River Forest in the regional round of the playoffs, the Red Devils were immediately back in the gym and the weight room.
LOMBARD – For the first time since 2009, Montini’s girls basketball team enters the season without a state title to defend. Still, a 35-2 season that ended with a third place trophy is nothing to be disappointed about. Montini brings plenty back from that team.
IC Catholic senior outside hitter Rory Manion was one of three seniors to lead the Knights to a Class 2A state title in girls volleyball last weekend. Manion, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Dan Santaromita about winning state and the unusual trip home the Knights experienced.
LOMBARD – After winning just three games last year, Glenbard East’s girls basketball team needed an infusion of new talent. They got it. The Rams have five sophomores on the varsity roster, all of which should play. Four of those were part of a freshmen team that went 25-1 last year.
VILLA PARK – If the season opener is any indication, Molly Krawczykowski could be in for a big year. Willowbrook’s senior guard scored 20 points in the Warriors’ 63-43 win over Glenbard North on Tuesday. Krawczykowski looks in line to lead a team hoping to improve on a 22-win season.
LEMONT – Last spring, Kim Jerantowski helped lead Lemont’s soccer team to a fourth place finish in Class 2A. Now Bill Bozue is hoping the senior can have a similar impact on the court, where his girls basketball team is coming off a 14-14 record in 2012-13.
CAROL STREAM – While the Glenbard North girls basketball team returns a handful of experienced players this winter, the biggest change will come in the middle of the paint. Gone is DuPage Valley all-conference center Katie Wisniewski and her averages of 10.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, leaving a hole on both ends of the court.
ELMHURST – Most basketball teams don’t expect big improvement after losing their leading scorer, but York does this season as it returns all but one player from last season. AnnaBell Lansdowne is the only starter that doesn’t return from last year's 17-12 team and the resulting depth is causing coach John Constable the good kind of problem.
ADDISON – Watching Addison Trail girls basketball this season could feel somewhat like hockey since the Blazers will have so many players going in and out. AT coach Rob Schader says the Blazers will play 12 girls on a regular basis and will try to use that depth to their advantage.
BOLINGBROOK – Key departures cannot quell expectations for the Bolingbrook girls basketball team. After going 326-36 in 12 seasons as the Raiders’ head coach,Tony Smith left the program he built to accept the head coaching position at Homewood-Flossmoor.
DOWNERS GROVE – Heading into his second year as head coach, Stephen Bolt sees a new level of commitment within the Downers Grove North girls basketball program.
LISLE – The Benet girls basketball team still remembers how close it was to a sectional appearance in February. Leading Naperville Central by 15 points at halftime in the regional championship game on Feb. 14, the Redwings let their lead slip away in the third and fourth quarters, eventually losing by two points.
ELMHURST – Monday was the first day girls basketball teams in the state could play their first games. Timothy Christian tipped off Tuesday while IC Catholic will play its first game Friday. The Knights feature a number of returners while the Trojans have a new-look team.