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The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Celia Satter (Loyola Academy, 2019) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Michael Shafer and the University of Richmond Spiders.



Celia, a deadly 6’0” shooting wing, led the Rockets in scoring during the recent spring/summer season, while finishing second in rebounds, steals and blocked shots per game.  She was the quintessential “stat sheet stuffer.”

“Celia’s statistical performances speak for themselves, both at Loyola Academy and with the Illinois Rockets,” commented Rockets Coach Drew Ondik.  “But to know Celia is to experience a kid who is a team leader, a superb teammate, a highly coachable player, an extremely high academic achiever and someone who possesses an incredible work ethic.  She is also clutch – hitting many big shots to win games or to send games into overtime.”

Celia has had a decorated high school career (with her senior year still to come), achieving IBCA All-State, All Conference (GCAC), Chicago Tribune All Area, 22nd Century Media All Star Team, JWC Media All Star Team, Thanksgiving Tournament All Star team, Leading Scorer - Loyola Academy 2017-18, 3 Point Contest Sectional Finalist, 2017 USAB U16 Team Trials Participant and a Sectional Championship.

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Celia and her parents, Ann and John, on her commitment to the University of Richmond.

Rockets 17 Red Competes Well at Windy City

The Illinois Rockets 17 Red squad went 3-1 in pool play at the USJN Windy City Classic on April 20-22 in Waukegan and Pleasant Prairie (WI).

The Rockets ladies dispatched of the West Michigan Drive 17s, the Minnesota Stars 17s and the Heart of Illinois 17s, while losing to the pool winner, the Wisconsin Elite, who also went 3-1 but won the tiebreaker based on the head-to-head triumph over our Rockets kids.

By finishing 2nd in their pool, the Rockets faced the 2nd place winner from their adjacent pool for their 5th game – the Wisconsin Impact.  In a very well-played and hotly contested affair, the Rockets missed an open look at a 3 point shot at the buzzer to lose, 55-52.

Rockets players are Kiah Rufus, Celia Satter, Jaida Smith, Nikki Kwilosz, Olivia Hill, Abi Baumgartner, Emily Rohman, Zoe Ketterman, Maddie McCarthy and Emily Koziol.  The Rockets are coached by Drew Ondik, Nicolette Rini and Antwainette Walker.

Ally Daca - Commits to Lindenwood University – Belleville