• Hoop Dreams 2018 IHD Spring AAU try-outs
    Sunday, March 4th
    11:00 - 12:30
    5th, 6th, 7th grade
    1:00 - 2:30
    8th & HS
    The Centre of Elgin
    100 Symphony Way
    $20 cash fee
  • Hoop Dreams
    "Talent is God-given.
    Be humble.
    Fame is man-given.
    Be grateful.
    Conceit is self-given.
    Be careful."

  • Hoop Dreams
    "Besides pride, loyalty,
    I try to never lose sight
    of what a special time it
    is to be a women's
    basketball player.
    Sue Wicks
  • Hoop Dreams
    You have to expect things
    of yourself before you
    can do them."
    Michael Jordan
  • Hoop Dreams
    “A winner is someone who
    recognizes his God- given
    talents, works his tail off to
    develop them into skills, and uses these skills
    to accomplish his goals.”
    Larry Bird
  • Hoop Dreams
    "You don't always need
    the five best players
    to win, you need the five
    that play best together."
    -Greg Anthony 
  • Hoop Dreams “You can practice shooting
    eight hours a day, but if
    your technique is wrong,
    then all you become is very
    good at shooting the wrong
    way. Get the fundamentals down
    and the level of everything you
    do will rise.”

    -Michael Jordan  

Welcome To the Illinois Hoop Dreams Website

IHD provides an affordable, safe, and positive learning environment for young women. We are dedicated to helping our players build strong character, become positive role models, and to maximizing their full potential on and off of the basketball court. We are focused on fundamental skill development and improving all aspects of the player’s game in order to help them become well rounded student-athletes that are prepared to achieve success at the HS JV, HS Varsity, Collegiate level, and in life.

IHD Goals:
• Provide age-specific training.
• Teach technical and tactical skills.
• Promote good sportsmanship and team spirit.
• Increase the player’s knowledge of basketball.
• Prepare each player to be successful at the next level of school basketball.
• Evaluate each player’s skills and develop and implement a plan for individual improvement.

IHD Focus:
• Ball handling and passing.
• Triple threat and court spacing.
• Post moves and rebounding.
• Defensive keys and transition play.
• Offensive & defensive keys.
• Floor vision, court communication, and moving without the ball.
• Team offensive schemes and team defensive schemes.
• Special game situations and strategies.

Hoop Dreams News

Holiday Tournament News

Looking back at Holiday tournaments as we pivot to 2018. Lots of #IHD girls got buckets for Christmas.

Northern IL Holiday Classic – standout performances included Nicole Dorn with back-2-back 21pt games, Marissa Knobloch with 3 big scoring (20+) games including 22pts vs. Waconda and 31pts vs. Prairie Ridge, and Maddie Haslow averaging double figures while leading CL Central to an impressive 2nd Place finish (4-1) as the Tigers played arguably the toughest schedule in the event.

Lisle Holiday Cage Classic – Congrats to Harvest Christian for winning the tournament championship! Elena Porrata averaging double figures from the PG position including 24pts in the semi-final while Gracie Ozburn provided her typical stellar defense for the Lions well-balanced attack. All-Tournament team honors for Porrata.

Also at Lisle, Hailey Niehaus had a career high 25pts with (5) 3’s, while Imani Hillmer had 18 the night before with (6) 3’s.

Kaneland won both the Ottawa and Decatur Christmas tournaments as Jamie Martens earned All-Tournament honors at both events. Her triple/double (18pts, 11reb, & 10assts) led the Knights to a 71-56 championship game win over Lincoln-Way West at Ottawa.

Other standout performances included Elana Wells w/20pts to lead Burlington Central in the 3rd place game at Dixon, Kyra Cabusao w/23pts at Wheaton North, freshman Alyssa Crenshaw in the starting line-up delivering back-to-back double figure games for Dundee Crown at their 35th Annual Holiday Classic, and Brie Borkowicz and the defending state champion Geneva Vikings advancing to the championship game at the prestigious Montini Christmas Tournament before falling 54-52 to the host Broncos on a close (really terrible) call in the closing seconds.

Borkowicz Commits to St. Thomas!
Congratulations to 2018 PG Brie Borkowicz and family on her commitment to Coach Ruth Sinn and The University of St. Thomas! UST is the largest private college in MN and an excellent academic institution. The Tommies are also an elite D3 program (11 consecutive conference championships including 201-38 the last 8yrs) and:
2014-15: NCAA tournament Elite Eight. Finished the season with a 30-1 record.
2015-16: NCAA tournament. Finished the season with a 26-4 record.
2016-17: NCAA tournament Final Four. Finished the season with a 31-1 record.
Brie is exceptionally hardworking, humble, and a great teammate that does whatever is required to succeed. She’ll definitely be an asset to the UST program and we’re very pleased she was able to find her best fit at a great school with a strong academic and athletic profile.
Congrats Borkowicz family!

Dorn Commits to Truman State
Congratulations to Nicole Dorn (Prairie Ridge HS 2019) and family on receiving a full-ride scholarship from Coach Amy Eagan and Truman State University. Nicole is the best PG in the FVC and among the top 5 players in the conference. A great combination of skill, work ethic, athleticism, academics, and attitude that will be an asset to the Bulldogs program!

IHD Players Impact Fox Valley HS Teams’ Playoff Success
Arguably the most successful play-off season in recent memory for Fox Valley area HS teams was extra special for the Illinois Hoop Dreams family as several of our players led their teams to State trophies this year. 
The Harvest Christian and St. Edward ladies represented their respective schools, families, and community exceptionally well during the 1A/2A State Finals at Illinois State University. Talented players, dedicated coaches, and supportive parents worked together to bring some hardware back to Elgin as Harvest finished the season in 4th place in Class 1A while St. Ed’s was 3Rd in Class 3A. Gracie Ozburn and Isamar Garcia were clutch performers for Harvest all weekend, while Maddie Spagnola and Katie Castoro led the way for the Lady Wave. The two rosters contained a total of 15 current and former IHD players and we could not be prouder of each one of them.
The Class 4A Championships on the final weekend of the Original March Madness also did not disappoint as it featured more exceptionally talented teams, some great games, a couple buzzer beaters, and more local kids earning trophies. Brie Borkowicz and the Geneva Vikings won the Class 4A State Championship on two buzzer beating shots on consecutive nights, while Hayley and Midori Williams and the Fremd Vikings took 4th in Class 4A this year as the twins earned their 3rd consecutive State medals. Well done ladies…Teamwork makes the Dreams work!


College News!

Spagnola commits to Quincy University
Congratulations to 2017 PG Maddie Spagnola on her commitment to Coach Garber and Quincy University. Maddie was a 4yr varsity starter, scored over 1,600pts in her HS career, was multiple-season All Conference and All Area selection, voted AP and IBCA First Team All-State, and led St. Ed's to 3rd Place in the IL Class 2A State Playoffs. A member of the National Honor Society, she has a 4.0 GPA and plans to major in Physical Therapy. Well done Ms. Spagnola!

Geiseke Commits to USF
Congratulations to 2017 PG Paige Geiseke on her commitment to Coach Quigley and the University of St. Francis. The multi-talented Gieseke was a very rare 4 sports varsity athlete (basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track) at Dundee Crown before ultimately deciding to focus her gifts on basketball. She led DC to three consecutive Regional Championships and their first FVC Championship since 2007 as an All-Conference player. Paige is undecided on a major, but we know she will do well in whatever she ultimately decides to pursue.

 Grady commits to Elmhurst College
Congratulations to 2017 F Maggie Grady on her commitment to Coach Carrillo and the Elmhurst College Blue Jays! A 4yr varsity starter at Jacobs HS, Maggie was a consistent contributor, outstanding rebounder, and impressive post defender. Grady was especially effective defending post players that were bigger/taller than herself by outworking them and typically held them below their scoring averages. She will pursue a degree in Elementary and Special Education.

Galauner commits to Aurora University
Congratulations to 2017 PG Julie Galauner on her commitment to Coach Carper and the Aurora University Spartans! A 4yr varsity starter at Genoa Kingston, Julie is a creative ball handler and deadly long-range shooter. She scored well over 1,000pts in her career, is the Cogs all-time leading scorer, and a 2-time Class 3A All-State Team member. Julie has a 4.3 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society. She has not decided on a major.

Clausen Joins the 1,000pts Club!

"I'm glad I reached it (1,000), but I would much rather have a win and continue postseason play." (Love that attitude!) Morgan Clausen, who will play next year at D1 Brown University, led Huntley with 18 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks in Regional action last night. In her final game as a Raider, she became just the 5th female athlete in school history to reach the 1,000 points milestone. Morgan is the 3rd member of our IHD 2017 class to score 1,000+ career points (Julie Galauner, Maddie Spagnola) and 10th in the past two years. Congratulations Morgan!

Post Season Awards  

The votes are in and the results tabulated. Congratulations to these ladies for outstanding performances this season: Morgan Clausen: All-Conference All-Area, All-State HM (IBCA) 
Becca Kendeigh: All-Conference, All-Area HM 
Annika Sevcik: All-Conference, All-Area HM
Katie Castoro: All-Conference, All-Area, All-State 4th Team (IBCA)
Julie Galauner: All-Conference, All-Area, All-State HM
Carly Sidor: All-Conference, All Area
Maddie Spagnola: All-Conference, All-Area, All-State 1st Team (AP & IBCA)
Maggie Grady: All-Conference, All-Area HM
Haley Williams: All Conference, All Area
Midori Williams: All Conference, All Area
Paige Geiseke: All Conference, All Area HM
Jamie Martins: All-Conference, All-Area HM
Marissa Knobloch: All-Conference
Maddie Haslow: All-Conference





Upcoming Events





2018 IHD Spring
AAU try-outs

IHD Spring AAU Open Gym
Saturday 2/24
5:00 - 8:00PM
Westminster Christian
2700 W. Highland Ave.
Elgin, IL

We've added a 2nd try-out
date by popular demand:

Saturday, March 3rd

Please note new times

Middle School 3:00 to 4:30PM
High School 4:30 to 6:00PM

Westminster Christian
2400 W. Highland Ave.
Elgin, IL
$20 cash fee.

Sunday, March 4th
11:00 - 12:30
5th, 6th, 7th grade...
1:00 - 2:30 8th & HS
The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way
$20 cash fee



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Continuing the Dream

Morgan Clausen,
Brown University  

Marlee Kyles,
University of Arizona. 

Kayla Barreto

Rebecca Gerke
Elmhurst College

Morgan Rosencrants
Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Maddie Versluys
Aurora University

Caroline Heimerdinger
North Central College  

Liz McNally
Benedictine University

Julia Moll
Beloit College

Victoria Patterson
Barry University (Miami)

Maggie Powers
Loyola University
(Academic scholarship)

Clarissa Ramos
North Park University

Katie Swanson
Baldwin Wallace University

Kelly Wallner
North Central College

Shelby Holt
Quincy University

Kayla Ross
Olivet Nazarene

Emma Benoit
Northern Michigan

Kiana Jeremiah

Jamie Netzley
Taylor University

Hannah Vitkus
North Central College

Paige Renkosik
Limestone College

Jackie Collins
University of Notre Dame (academics/marching band)