The No. 1 scorer in Northwest Herald boys basketball history, the Northwest Herald Girls Player of the Year and one of the best boys post players in Fox Valley Conference history will compete in one more organized high school basketball game April 7 in Hebron.
The 2019 McHenry County Area All-Area Basketball Extravaganza will tip off at 2 p.m. at Alden-Hebron’s Tigard Gymnasium with the girls game. The boys game should start around 4:45. The event is filled with entertainment and will include boys and girls 3-point contests and a dunk contest for the boys.
Johnsburg’s Zach Toussaint, who finished his career with 2,249 points and Crystal Lake Central’s 6-foot-9 Alex Timmerman will be on opposite sides in the boys game. Toussaint will play at NCAA Division II West Texas A&M; Timmerman will play at D-I Bucknell.
Marengo’s Marissa Knobloch, the Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Player of the Year, will play in the girls game. Knobloch and four of her Indians teammates will play for the Away team, coached by Marengo’s Nick Rode. Marengo won back-to-back Class 3A regional championships. Hannah Ritter, Lauren Aubry, Erin Haeflinger and Hannah Faber will join Knobloch for the Away team.
Knobloch will play at D-II Indianapolis next year with former area players Katie Sowa (Cary-Grove), Liz Alsot (McHenry) and Emma Benoit (Hampshire).
Twins Morgan and Megan Madsen, who led Johnsburg to its third 3A regional title in four years, will be two of the players for the Home team. Hampshire coach Mike Featherly, the Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, will coach the Home and have three players (Sarah Bowen, Ally Cermak and Morgan Haefling) from the FVC champion Whip-Purs.
Toussaint, the Northwest Herald Boys Basketball Player of the Year the last two seasons, will play for the Home team, which will be coached by Crystal Lake South’s Matt LePage. South shared the FVC title with Crystal Lake Central, its first conference championship since 1994. LePage was the Northwest Herald Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
Timmerman, C.J. Lerum and Evan Cassell from Central will play for the Away team, which will be coached by Woodstock North’s Dale Jandron, who took the Thunder to a winning season (17-15) for the first time in school history.
North’s Ryan Schaffter, Zach White, Matt Fallaw and Carter Coalson will join Jandron for the Away team.
Tickets are $7.50 in advance and can be purchased by calling the A-H athletic office at 815-648-1662.
2019 McHenry County Area All-Star Basketball Extravaganza
Coach: Mike Featherly (Hampshire).
Alden-Hebron: Eden Wanderer, Kylee Winter, Taylor Horton.
Cary-Grove: Maddie Jannusch, Bailey Steinkamp.
Dundee-Crown: Kendall Kieltyka, Shinah Walker.
Hampshire: Sarah Bowen, Ally Cermak, Morgan Haefling.
Johnsburg: Megan Madsen, Morgan Madsen.
Marian Central: Amber Reynolds, Regan Dineen.
Coach: Nick Rode (Marengo).
Crystal Lake Central: Cori Hamill, Maddie Haslow.
Crystal Lake South: Maddie Bush.
Marengo: Marissa Knobloch, Hannah Ritter, Lauren Aubry, Erin Haeflinger, Hannah Faber.
McHenry: Izzy Gscheidle, Jamie Howie.
North Boone: Anna McMillan, Simarra Endecott.
Richmond-Burton: Kasey Miller.
Coach: Matt LePage (Crystal Lake South).
Crystal Lake South: Ben Geske.
Harvard: Andrew Cooke.
Huntley: Nathan Draper, Patrick Roppolo, Davis Pasco.
Jacobs: Matt McCoy, Jalen Ramsey.
Johnsburg: Zach Toussaint, Jonny Preston, Gibson Groves.
Marengo: Nick Wascher, Brock Bertrand.
McHenry: Jake Evans, Brian March.
Prairie Ridge: Michael Patterson.
Coach: Dale Jandron (Woodstock North).
Alden-Hebron: Brad Judson, Gideon Schauer.
Crystal Lake Central: Alex Timmerman, C.J. Lerum, Evan Cassell.
Hampshire: Justin Anderson, Kyle Johnson.
Harvest Christian: Payton Kasper.
North Boone: Korey Yarc.
Richmond-Burton: Jeff Jankowski.
Woodstock: Andrew Adams.
Woodstock North: Ryan Schaffter, Zach White, Matt Fallaw, Carter Coalson.