• 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  


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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

IHD Girls 2018 HS Season Success

State Champion
Brie Borkowicz – Geneva Vikings (back to back)

  • Brie set a new Class 4A State Finals free percentage record going 13/14 (92.8 %) in the semi-final vs. Maine West.

Regional Champion
Marissa Knobloch, Jordan Parker, Jennifer Heinberg - Marengo
Faith Klemm, Jackie Rapp - Sycamore
Sarah Howdeshell, Baily Steinkamp - Cary Grove

Conference Champion
Brie Borkowicz – Geneva
Faith Klemm, Jackie Rapp – Sycamore
Elana Wells, Alex Lichner, Emily Ahlers, Avery Anderson - Burlington Central
Gracie Ozburn – Harvest Christian

All Conference
Marissa Knobloch – Marengo
Jordan Parker – Marengo
Jennifer Heinberg – Marengo
Elana Wells – Burlington Central
Maddie Haslow – Crystal Lake Central
Maddie Tripp – Dundee Crown
Jamie Martens – Kaneland
Mandy Mein – Streamwood

All Area
Elana Wells
Marissa Knobloch
Kyra Cabusao
Maddie Haslow
Maddie Tripp
Nicole Dorn
Jamie Martens
Jackie Rapp
Brie Borkowicz
Alyssa Crenshaw
Madison Knott

All State
Marissa Knobloch (IBCA) 
Jamie Martens (IBCA)



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!


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!





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Morgan Rosencrants
Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Maddie Versluys
Aurora University

Caroline Heimerdinger
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Liz McNally
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Julia Moll
Beloit College

Victoria Patterson
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Maggie Powers
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Clarissa Ramos
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Katie Swanson
Baldwin Wallace University

Kelly Wallner
North Central College

Shelby Holt
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Kayla Ross
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Emma Benoit
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Kiana Jeremiah

Jamie Netzley
Taylor University

Hannah Vitkus
North Central College

Paige Renkosik
Limestone College

Jackie Collins
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Maddie Spagnola
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Paige Gieseke
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Maggie Grady
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Julie Galauner
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