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ROCKETS 17 RED WINS POOL AT RUN 4 THE ROSES IN LOUISVILLE

For the first time, the Illinois Rockets traveled to Louisville for the Run 4 The Roses college exposure event, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center on July 5th through 8th.
 

Playing in the 17U “Conviction” division, the Rockets had their customary slow start and lost their first game in pool play, 54 – 49, to Nashville’s Team Brandon.

But then, as has been the Rockets’ way this spring/summer, they blew through three straight opponents – Hoosier Premier, the Minnesota Heat and BWSL (Boo Williams Summer League) to claim the pool title.

Playing in the Platinum bracket, the Rockets then battled the Kentucky Premier 17’s and triumphed in a defensive struggle, 42 – 38.

In the semi-finals, the Rockets faced a terrific opponent in the Missouri Phenom 17’s.  In a high-flying affair, the Rockets came up just short, losing by three, 60 – 57, as a last second three point attempt fell just short.

The Illinois Rockets 17 Red squad is composed of Clara Prasse, Kate Moore, Jaida Smith, Lauren Daffenberg, Caylin Rufus, Maya Shannon, Antwainette Walker, Ashley Konkle (injured), Lindsay Harrison and Sadie Jurkovic.  Coaches are Drew Ondik and Mike Prasse.


Illinois Rockets 17 Red Competes at the USJN’s Blue Star Nationals

Playing in this “invite only” national event for the first time, the Illinois Rockets 17 Red squad showed exceptionally well against teams from five different states.
 

First up was Blue Star Florida and as has been their want, the Rockets dropped a close one by the score of 61 – 57.

West Michigan Drive 17 was the next opponent, and the Rockets played well throughout, earning a very nice team win, 51 – 35.

The third opponent in Pool Play was the Kansas Eclipse, and the Eclipse raced out to a 23 – 9 first quarter lead.  From that point on, the Rockets ladies played very well, but still came up on the short side of the 72 – 55 score.

Earning second place in the pool due to the point differential tie-breaks, the Rockets advanced to the top bracket play – known as the RED bracket.  Facing the top seed in the event – the Arizona Select – the Rockets again fell behind early and trailed by 12 after the first quarter, 20 – 8.  As they did against the Kansas Eclipse, the Rockets settled in and played the kids from Arizona well in the final three stanzas, but came up short, 71 – 55.

Playing a consolation bracket game to end the event, the Rockets triumphed over a very talented team from the state of Washington – the Northwest Magic – 53 – 49.

Rockets players are Clara Prasse, Kate Moore, Jaida Smith, Lauren Daffenberg, Caylin Rufus, Mya Shannon, Antwainette Walker, Ashley Konkle (injured – but cheered us on from the bench), Lindsay Harrison and Sadie Jurkovic.  Coaches are Drew Ondik and Mike Prasse.


ROCKETS 17U RED WINS USJN MID-AMERICA CHALLENGE TITLE

Traveling to Indianapolis, IN on 5/20-21 to compete in the USJN Mid-America Challenge, the Illinois Rockets 17 Red squad came away with the overall tourney title.

The event got off to a tough start for the Rockets as they dropped their opening pool play game to the Illinois Evolution.  But, unfazed, the Rockets played sensationally in their next two Saturday games, blowing out IL Lady Meanstreets and the Indiana Flight by 25+ points each.

Sunday saw the Rockets match up against a very game Kansas Precision squad, but the Rockets again prevailed, 43 – 36.

That triumph enabled the Rockets to come out on top of Pool B, and gave them the opportunity to play the Pool A winner – the Illinois Defenders – for the Mid-America Challenge championship.

Playing on tired legs but with loads of determination and grit, the Rockets jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead.  But the Defenders wouldn’t go away, and they tied the game at 42 late in the third quarter.  Lockdown defense from that point on contributed to the convincing 68 – 56 victory and the tourney title!

Rockets players are Clara Prasse, Kate Moore, Jaida Smith, Lauren Daffenberg, Caylin Rufus, Mya Shannon, Antwainette Walker, Ashley Konkle, Lindsay Harrison and Sadie Jurkovic.  Coaches are Drew Ondik and Mike Prasse.

Illinois Rockets 17 Red Run the Table at Hoops in the Heartland

Tenacious man-to-man defense and some hot shooting in games three and four enabled the Illinois Rockets 17 Red girls basketball squad to go 4-0 at the USJN Hoops in the Heartland event in Westfield, IN on April 22-23.

Saturday’s opponents were the Indiana Flight 17 Shock and the Ohio - Dayton Metro 17s, and the Rockets posted 24 and 19 point victories, respectively.

On Sunday, the Rockets claimed the Pool title by besting the Wisconsin 1 on I Milwaukee 17 by the high-flying score of 74-65.  In the crossover game against the adjacent pool winner, the Rockets played their most complete game of the young spring season, triumphing in a convincing fashion over the undefeated Missouri – St. Louis Hype 17s by the score of 51 – 27.  Only a running clock beginning late in the third quarter slowed down the Rockets’ potent, high-powered offense.

Rockets players are Clara Prasse, Kate Moore, Jaida Smith, Lauren Daffenberg, Caylin Rufus, Mya Shannon, Antwainette Walker, Ashley Konkle, Lindsay Harrison and Sadie Jurkovic.  Coaches are Drew Ondik and Mike Prasse.


ROCKETS 17 RED OPEN 2017 SUMMER SEASON IN STRONG FASHION

Playing in the USJN Midwest Qualifier at the Hinkston Fieldhouse in Waukegan on April 8-9, the Illinois Rockets 17 Red squad kicked off the 2017 spring/summer season with an excellent showing.

Playing in Pool A, the Rockets faced the eventual pool winner – the Wisconsin Academy – and put on a defensive clinic while triumphing by the score of 45 – 38.

In games 2 and 3, the Rockets led for large stretches before losing by 3 points to the Illinois Elite and the Illinois Defenders.  In both games, last minute 3s just missed sending the contests into overtime.

In the final affair on Sunday morning, all phases of the Rockets’ arsenal were on full display as they raced to a 68-38 victory over the Ohio Diamond on the Hill squad.

Rockets players are Clara Prasse, Kate Moore, Jaida Smith, Lauren Daffenberg, Lauren Stack, Caylin Rufus, Mya Shannon, Antwainette Walker, Ashley Konkle, Lindsay Harrison and Sadie Jurkovic.  Coaches are Drew Ondik, Mike Prasse and Dave Stack.


Benet Academy Repeat

ILLINOIS ROCKETS PLAYERS HELP PROPEL BENET TO THE 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!