ALUMNI

2018

Lauren Daffenberg - Hillsdale College

Mia Lakstigala - University of Pennsylvania

Caylin Rufus - Upper Iowa University

2017 

Sam Bloom - Lake Forest College

Katie Jaseckas - Truman State University

Mia Mazza - Holy Cross

Jasmine Mitchell - Indiana Wesleyan University

Kylie Modaff - North Central College

Katie Nolan - Seton Hill University

Lizzie Olsem - UW-Stout

Kendal Schramek - Saginaw Valley State

2016

Shea Bayram - St. John Fisher
Taylor Drozdowski - Augustana College
Grey Hayes - Columbia College
Jordan Heberg - McKendree University
Sydney Kopp - DePauw University
Gina Offerman - Elmhurst College
Liz Satter - University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Swarm - DePauw University

2015

Daniela Boricich - Elmhurst College
Katie Claussner - Washington University - St. Louis
Emily Eshoo - Bradley University
Micala Giammarino - Carthage College
Maddy Johnson - Drake University
Alyssa Jurges - Lewis University
Ivana Markovic - St. Francis Joliet 
Janie McCloughan - University of Southern Indiana
Cece Rapp - Lindenwood University
Emily Schramek- Northern Michigan University
Juliette Vainisi — U Wisconsin Whitewater

2014

Erin Bayram - Boston University
Lauren Deveikis- Lawrence University
Niki Lazar-University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Clarisa Martinez - UW Parkside
Kelsey Nelson - John Wood Community College
Marissa Panko - Northwestern (softball)
Malia Smith- University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Najee Smith- Western Michigan University
Lauren Stanich - Loras College

2013

Jamie Cuny - U of I Springfield/North Central College
Carlie Corrigan - SIU - Carbondale
Christen Prasse - Nova Southeastern University
Cate Soane - Loyola Univ. of Chicago
Rachel Ruzevich - Quincy University
Victoria Trowbridge - U of Nebraska Omaha/Fort Lewis University

2012

Ashley Clemmons - North Park University
Emma Donahue - Drake University
Paige Harmon - Western Illinois Univ.
Erica Jordan - Roosevelt University
Sarah Lang - College of DuPage
Tami Morice - Kishwaukee Jr. College/
Missouri Southern State University
Melissa Niggins - College of DuPage
Sidney Prasse - St. Xavier Univ.
Kelcie Rombach - St. Bonaventure Univ.
Becky Williford - Roosevelt Univ.

2011

Danielle Canulli - Lake Forest College
Stephanie Furr - Univ. of Wisc. Parkside
Emma Ondik - DePauw University

2010

DD Buttgereit - College of DuPage
Kelsey Stone - North Central College

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Caylin Rufus Commits to Upper Iowa University

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Caylin Rufus (York High School, 2018) has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Micha Thompson and the Upper Iowa University Peacocks.

  

Caylin has participated in the Rockets program for five years, and has helped lead the 17U Red Rockets to a 23 – 10 record through mid-July. Caylin is entering her senior year at York High School where she has earned a West Suburban All Conference Selection as a sophomore, she has earned Daily Herald All-Area Honorable Mention two years in a row and has several tournament MVP and All Tournament selections.

“Defensively, Caylin’s lateral quickness, length and quick vertical have enabled her to be our leading shot blocker and deflections player this summer,” commented Drew Ondik, head coach of the 17U Red Rockets.  “She is able to guard the opponents 2, 3, 4 or 5, and that versatility provides dribble penetration and offensive rebound put back opportunities for Caylin as well.”

The Rockets congratulate Caylin and her father, Cass, on her commitment to Upper Iowa! We wish Caylin all the success that this sport can offer her and we will be cheering for her when she takes the floor as a Peacock!


Modaff Commits to North Central College

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Kylie Modaff (Kaneland HS, 2017) has
committed to play her college basketball for Coach Michelle Roof and the NCC Cardinals and
pursue a degree in Elementary Education.


Kylie, a 6ft forward, is a role model on and off the court. She received academic honors all 4
years of high school, is a member of the National Honor Society, and was awarded the “Miss
Kaneland” award her senior year for displaying best overall representation of Kaneland Girls
Basketball. Kylie earned the title, most improved player, her junior year and was named Captain
her senior year after 3 years on Kaneland High School’s varsity team. Even after tearing her ACL
early in her senior season, she continued to inspire her teammates from the bench as she
worked hard to return to the game she loves.

Kylie’s biggest strength on the court is her 3-point shooting ability. Rocket’s Coach Danny
Ondik, who had the pleasure of coaching Kylie for the last 2 years, commented, “anytime you
might think you are having a scoring drought, Kylie was always there to knock down a big 3
pointer! It was always a blast coaching Kylie who is always willing to learn and do what it takes
to make the team better.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Kylie and her parents Scott and Heidi on Kylie’s special
achievement! We look forward to having Kylie return this summer as an assistant coach at the
13U level where she can pursue her passion for coaching. We can’t wait to watch her grow and
thrive at the collegiate level. 

Olsem Commits to University of Wisconsin-Stout

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Liz Olsem (St. Charles North HS,
2017) has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Mark Thomas and the
UW Stout Blue Devils.

Lizzy, a 6ft forward, finished her high school season with the North Stars on a strong
note. She achieved UEC unanimous all conference, Dundee Crown All Tournament
Team, Honorable Mention – Daily Herald All Area Team, and earned the spot as CoCaptain.

Olsem’s high school coach, Coach Tomczak, had nothing but good things to say about
her. Coach Tomczak commented, “Lizzy is not only the heart and soul of our team,
she is the heart and soul of our program. The impact she has had on St. Charles
North Girls Basketball is immeasurable. Her work ethic and toughness is only
matched by the size of her heart. She is our leader on and off the court and she has
left a legacy that will never be forgotten. She represents everything that SCN
Basketball is and wishes it could be. Thank you Lizzy!!”

Likewise, Rocket’s Coach Danny Ondik commented how, “Lizzy is the ultimate
competitor who gives max effort every possession. She brought her Rocket’s AAU
team together with her upbeat personality and her desire to win.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Lizzy and her parents, on Lizzy’s special
achievement! “UW-Stout doesn’t know how lucky they are” commented Coach
Ondik. We can’t wait to watch her grow and thrive at the collegiate level.

JASMINE MITCHELL COMMITS TO INDIANA WESLEYAN

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Jasmine Mitchell (Newark HS, 2017) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Chet Foraker and the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats.

 

Jasmine finished her high school career as the Newark Lady Norsemen’s 3rd all-time leading scorer, with 1399 points.  She and her Dad, Rocky, are the first-ever father/daughter combo in Newark’s 1000 point club.  Jasmine was named Metro Suburban all-conference and all-area all four of her high school years.  In her senior year, Jasmine advanced to the IHSA 1A Final Four in the 3 point shooting contest.

“Jasmine came to the gym ready to play every practice and game during the four summers she played for the Illinois Rockets,” commented Drew Ondik, head coach of the 17R Rockets.  “She is wickedly smart – knows the game very well – is a highly skilled post player – and is a sensational teammate.”
The Illinois Rockets congratulate Jasmine and her parents, Ginger and Rocky, on Jasmine’s commitment to IWU.


SAMANTHA BLOOM COMMITS TO LAKE FOREST COLLEGE

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Sam Bloom (Riverside-Brookfield, 2017) has committed to play her collegiate basketball for Coach Tamlyn Tills and the Lake Forest Foresters.

Sam finished her career in second place on the all-time scoring list at Riverside-Brookfield H.S., having tallied 1871 points in her career.  She made Metro Suburban all-conference four years in a row, and was named Conference MVP her junior year.  She was also named 4A Special mention all-state by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association her senior year.
“Sam is a highly skilled offensive player who also gives 110% effort on the defensive end,” commented Drew Ondik, Head Coach of the Rockets 17 Red squad.  “Her basketball IQ is high end – she thinks like a coach while on the court – and is a great teammate and a super kid.”
The Illinois Rockets congratulate Sam and her parents, Jennifer and Bill, on Sam’s commitment to Lake Forest College.


Mazza Commits to Holy Cross

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Mia Mazza (St. Francis Academy, 2017) will play her college basketball for Coach Bill Gibbons and the Holy Cross Crusaders.

Playing as a member of the Rockets 17U Red squad the past two summers, Mia caught the eye of dozens of DI, DII and DIII colleges.  In the end, her desire for outstanding academics led her to Worcester, Massachusetts and the campus of  College of the Holy Cross.

“Mia possesses tremendous quickness and athleticism, and she is a really tough kid,” commented Drew Ondik, Rockets 17U Red Head Coach.  “All the colleges who recruited her loved both her defensive anticipation and intensity, as well as the varied skillset she brought to the offensive end.  Her euro-step finish is one of the very best you’ll see in the high school girls game.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Mia and her parents, Mary Ellen and Mike, on Mia’s commitment to Holy Cross!


Katie Nolan

Nolan Commits to Seton Hill University


The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Katie Nolan (Yorkville HS, 2017) has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Mark Katarski and the Seton Hill University Griffins.

Katie played 3 years in the Rockets program and was on the 17 Red squad the past two summers.  She achieved 1st team Northern Illinois Big 12 all-conference honors, was named MVP of the Conference and was selected for the 4th team all-state IBCA squad.  Katie made the Aurora Beacon News all-area team and is already Yorkville HS’s all-time leading rebounder.  

“Katie is an incredibly strong, tough power forward,” commented Drew Ondik, head coach of the Rockets 17 Red squad.  “She battled kids 3 to 4 inches taller than her for two summers and never took a back seat to any of them.  Katie dominates the boards on both ends and is an impactful low block scorer and defender.  More importantly, she is a high end student and just a superb person.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Katie and her Mom and Dad, Candy and Jim, on her commitment to Seton Hill!


 

Lauren Daffenberg

Daffenberg Commits to Hillsdale College

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Lauren Daffenberg (Yorkville HS, 2018) has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Todd Mitmesser and the Hillsdale College Chargers.

Lauren has been in the Rockets program for 4+ years, and this past summer she played on the 17 Red squad.  She started as a sophomore for her Yorkville HS squad, and was 2nd in scoring with 10.8 ppg.  She received all-state special mention recognition from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, 1st team Northern Illinois Big 12 all-conference and Aurora Beacon News all-area team for her sophomore season performance.

“Lauren’s activeness caught the attention of scores of college coaches this summer,” commented Coach Drew Ondik.  “She is a tireless worker on both ends, has a vast array of offensive skills, and is a great kid and a sensational teammate.”

The Illinois Rockets congratulate Lauren and her parents, Julie and Bret, on Lauren’s special achievement!  

Jaseckas Commits to Truman State

JASECKAS COMMITS TO TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY


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.


Hannah Swarm

Swarm Commits to DePauw University

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Hannah Swarm (Naperville Central, 2016) will play her college basketball for Coach Kris Huffman and the DePauw University Tigers.

Hannah played for the Rockets in 5th through 8th grades, and she capped her club basketball career by playing on the 17 Red squad in the summer of ’15.  At Naperville Central, she was a two-time all-Dupage Valley Conference honoree, First Team City of Naperville, IBCA special mention all-state and All-Dupage County team selection her senior year.  Hannah was also named NCHS’ Female Athlete of the Year, as she was also a two-time state qualifier in tennis while being a strong contributor to the girls track team.


“Hannah is a wickedly smart PG who possesses every trait that a coach loves,” said Drew Ondik, head coach of the Illinois Rockets 17 Red team.  “She has a high basketball IQ, can shoot from the perimeter and beat her opponent off the dribble with either hand.  And, she is a committed, tough defender.”

DePauw University won an NCAA Division III National Championship as recently as 2013.  The Illinois Rockets congratulate Hannah and wish her the best as she heads to Greencastle, IN to help the Tigers secure another national title!

Sydney Kopp

Kopp Commits to DePauw University

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Sydney Kopp (Hinsdale South, 2016) has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Kris Huffman and the DePauw University Tigers.

Syd had an amazing high school career, finishing as Hinsdale South’s all-time leading scorer with 1682 points.  She was Dupage County all-area her senior year while being named IBCA special mention all-state.

“Syd is a special player because she is such a dual threat,” said Drew Ondik – Head Coach of the Illinois Rockets 17 Red team.  “She sees the floor beautifully – always makes the right pass to open teammates – and is a great game manager.  She can also score the basketball in every conceivable way, as evidenced by her 25.7 ppg scoring average her senior year -- which led the entire state of Illinois.  DePauw is getting an incredible, impactful player.”

The Rockets program is proud of Sydney and we wish her much success in her collegiate career at DePauw.

Rockets Alum




Rockets Alums Carlie Corrigan and Emily Eshoo take time to pose for a photo prior to their teams facing off in NCAA action on Sunday February 7th.  

Carlie is a junior at Southern Illinois and Emily is a freshman at Bradley.  

SIU went on to win the game 65-51.







Liz Satter

Satter Commits to PENN

The Illinois Rockets are proud to announce that Liz Satter (2016) has committed to play her college basketball for Coach Mike McLaughlin and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.
 
Liz had multiple offers coming off her strong performance in April's USJN Windy City Classic, and after visiting several of the colleges, she verballed to Penn in mid-May.
 
The Illinois Rockets program is thrilled for Liz and her parents, Ann and John.  Coach Drew Ondik commented that when last summer's AAU season ended (after 43 games), he talked with Liz about the areas of her game that needed strengthening.  All she did was spend the next 8 months working on her game, with special emphasis on the skills that we discussed. The results of her hard work were best summed up by Holy Cross' coach, who said he'd never seen a kid improve from a previous summer, to April the following year, as Liz did.
 
Those who know Liz, recognize how important her academics are to her.  That classroom performance positioned her for this incredible opportunity as well.
 
The Ivy League is getting a special person, and a great basketball player, in Liz Satter.