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Jaseckas Commits to Truman State


The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Katie Jaseckas has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Amy Eagan and the Truman State University Bulldogs.

Katie began playing for the Rockets in 6th grade.  She has been the starting center for Benet Academy’s two state championships while earning honorable mention IBCA all-state, all-ESCC, all-area Dupage County and 1st team all-city of Naperville honors her junior year.  She has played two seasons on the Rockets’ 17U Red squad.  Katie is also a National Honor Society member and a Naperville Youth Service Award recipient.

“Katie’s length, mobility and intelligence make her an outstanding interior defender and rebounder,” commented Drew Ondik, Head Coach of the Rockets 17U Red squad.  “She has extended her offensive game to the 3 point arc.  Katie brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to every practice and every game, and is an awesome teammate.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Katie and her parents, Janet and Ernie, on her commitment to Truman State.  We wish her all the best as she chases her third state title her senior year at Benet, and we’ll be cheering for her when she begins her collegiate playing career in the Fall of 2017.

Nike TOC

Rockets 17U Red Squad Completes a Successful NIKE TOC

The Illinois Rockets 17U Red team, playing in the Prague Division in the NIKE Tournament of Champions, went 2 and 3 while competing against some of the best teams in North America.

Over 600 girls AAU basketball teams traveled to Chicago on July 10 – 12 to compete for 3 days on the 48 courts that were set up at McCormick Place’s East and West Halls.

Rockets Red started strong, with 15+ point wins against the NIKE Platinum Lady Gym Rats Select and the Jersey Shore Elite Gold squads.  The next two opponents – the San Jose Cagers Blue and Team Ontario Red 17 – bested the Rockets in well-played, high level games. In their last game, the Rockets fell by 4 points to the WI Playground Elite 17.

Rockets players are Kendal Schramek, Sam Bloom, Lauren Daffenberg, Mia Mazza, Katie Nolan, Antwainette Walker, Ally Daca, Mia Lakstigala, Jasmine Mitchell and Katie Jaseckas.  Coaches are Drew Ondik and Jim Schramek.

Rockets 5 Red Spring Finale

The IL Rockets 5th Grade Red team won the 6th grade division of the One Day Spring Finale held in Romeoville. The girls went 3-0 on the day beating two different LP Lancers teams and Lady Lockdown to win the championship. The girls won their first two games in convincing fashion by playing relentless defense and executing an outstanding transition offensive attack. In the final game of the day the girls had to go into double overtime to pull out the 20 to 18 win.

Rockets 5 Red Shootout Champs

May 14th-- The Illinois Rockets 5th Grade Girls Red team won the 6th Grade Division of the Romeoville Athletic Center One Day Shootout.  The girls played some of their best basketball of the season, heavily relying on a relentless defense and some timely shooting to pull out the tournament championship. The final game of the day paired the Rockets up against an undefeated Team Rose squad. After completing a very evenly matched first half, the Rockets  took a 2 point lead into the second half where they dialed up their defense and extended their two point half time lead to a six by the end of the game. Congratulations to the girls on an outstanding weekend of basketball!

Rockets 17 Black Wins USJN Qualifier

Waukegan, IL--The IL Rockets 17 Black team posted an impressive 4-0 record over the weekend at the USJN Midwest Qualifier.  The Rockets started the season with a 57-46 win over All Iowa 17.  Two more victories Saturday, an exciting 53-52 decision over All In Athletics 17 Schoenbeck followed by a 57-52 win over Lady Lightning 17 Gold, sealed their first place pool finish.

Coach Mark Hotwagner's team followed up on Sunday with a convincing 57-37 win over Lady Lightning 17 Black in the first place crossover game.

IL Rockets 17 Black team members:  Front row:  Alex Johnston, Clara Prasse, Jen Weber, Audrey Macciomei, and Mya Shannon.
Back row:  Coach Mike Prasse, Danielle Dennis, Lauren Stack, Ashley Konkle, Lindsay Harrison, Emily Koziol, and Coach Mark Hotwagner

Benet Academy Repeat


Rockets Players (left to right) Emma Lyne, Megan Will, Kendal Schramek, Clara Prasse,
Lauren Stack, and Katie Jaseckas celebrate their Super Sectional Win! 

Benet Academy’s girls basketball team achieved the rare feat of winning back-to-back IHSA 4A state championships on March 5th at ISU’s Redbird Arena in Normal, IL.

Nine of the top ten players in Benet’s player rotation have ties to the Rockets organization, while current Rockets players are:
Katie Jaseckas (3 years grade school and 4 years high school)
Kendal Schramek (4 years grade school and 4 years high school)
Emma Lyne (3 years grade school and 4 years high school)
Clara Prasse (4 years grade school and 2 years high school)
Lauren Stack (3 years grade school and 2 years high school)

The Rockets organization is proud of our players who have achieved a state title – not once, but twice!  Congratulations, ladies!