• Hoop Dreams
    "Talent is God-given.
    Be humble.
    Fame is man-given.
    Be grateful.
    Conceit is self-given.
    Be careful."

    - Coach John Wooden
  • 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

IHD Welcomes Coach Sarah Miller

Miller was a 4yr varsity player at Mundelein HS and earned full ride 4 year scholarship to D1 Western Illinois University where she majored in Biology and Psychology. After her playing career, she earned her Masters in Education with endorsements in Health, PE, Biology, and Psychology.
One of the best young coaches in the area, Sarah coached for 5 years at Mundelein HS (1 year as head freshman coach, 4 years as the assistant varsity) before taking over as Varsity Head Coach at Dundee-Crown High School 4 years ago where she inherited a struggling program and has transformed it into a successful one, winning back-to-back Regional Championships the last two seasons.
Coach Miller is passionate about the game of basketball and loves to teach the dynamics of the game while also teaching players to truly compete at the highest levels. She is excited to join IHD for the first and we’re looking forward to her pushing our girls and challenging them to be their best while helping them to grow their games both physically and mentally.  
In addition to her responsibilities at Crown, Coach Miller also regularly coaches at the annual Doug Bruno Summer Camps and leads an athlete leadership group at DC where she will be teaching a leadership course next year.

 

Middle School Teams on the Rise

2 Days. 12 Games. 10 Wins. 2 Championships. 2 Second Place.
After all the exposure ball in April, the HS girls took a weekend off and left the courts to our MS teams who did not disappoint. The 6/7 White and 7 Black teams took over the spotlight and represented themselves very well with each participating in two events.
We don’t judge success solely by the number of W’s or medals we collect, but rather by our ability to compete and demonstrate consistent and continuous improvement and both teams did a great job of doing exactly that. The girls played hard, played smart, and played together with no shortcuts, no zones, and no regrets.
We’re pleased to acknowledge them and their coaches for a job well done and for their continued hard work and commitment! 

 

April Exposure Success

Collecting medals playing in weak shootouts has never been our objective at the HS level. Rather our philosophy has always been based on the belief that to be your best, you have to test yourself and compete against the best. Our HS girls did exactly that the past two weekends playing in a combined 16 NCAA Certified college exposure games. Afterwards, they were a little sore, had a few bruises, and were  wondering if they would ever get that “smell” out of their uniforms; but they met the challenge, played solid team ball, won a few, lost a few, learned some things along the way, and are better players for the experience.
Playing against the elite programs from across the Midwest including the top Nike EYBL teams from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri and other top level programs from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois certainly wasn’t easy and we acknowledge that we set high standards and push our girls hard to excel, but multiple post-game text messages and DM’s from college coaches after the Elite girls showed very well with a couple of dominating Saturday performances, and the steady improvement of the Black team that pulled together to win their pool and finish 4-1 in the final weekend event validate the benefits of the girls hard work, dedication, and determination. We’re blessed to have them and are excited to continuing their development for the balance of the spring/summer season.


IHD Girls Shine with HS Post Season Awards

The 2015/16 HS season recently ended and once again the ladies from IHD were recognized as being among the best in the area. While several players had great seasons and were key contributors to their HS programs we’d like to acknowledge a few star performers.

2015/2016 All-State Team:
Kayla Ross, Burlington Central – 2nd Team AP, 3rd Team IBCA
Maddie Spagnola, St. Edwards – 3rd Team IBCA
Maddie Versluys – 3rd Team IBCA
Emma Benoit, Hampshire – HM AP, HM IBCA 
Jamie Netzley, Wheaton Academy – HM IBCA
Morgan Rosencrants, SC North – HM IBCA
Julie Galauner, Genoa Kingston – HM IBCA
Jennifer Kasper, Harvest Christian – HM IBCA

Dailey Herald All-Area 1st Team:
Kayla Baretto, Huntley
Emma Benoit, Hampshire
Morgan Clausen, Huntley
Shelby Holt, Burlington Central
Abby Pirron, Lake Zurich
Kayla Ross, Burlington Central
Maddie Spagnola, St. Edwards
Maddie Versluys, Westminster Christian 

All-Area HM:
Becca Gerke, Sam Cruz, Annika Sevcik, Paige Renkosik, Maggie Grady, Carly Sidor, Hannah Vitkus, Morgan Rosencrants, Kyla Helsel, Katie Castoro, Jamie Netzley

All-Conference Team:
Kayla Baretto, Emma Benoit, Shelby Holt, Jamie Netzley, Morgan Rosencrants, Kayla Ross, Hannah Vitkus, Paige Renkosik, Julie Galauner, Maddie Spagnola, Annika Sevcik, Morgan Clausen, Maddie Versluys, Becca Gerke.
IHSA Play-offs:
Burlington Central (Kristina Ahlers, Julia Barnes, Sam Cruz, Becca Gerke, Shelby Holt, Kayla Ross) and Huntley (Kayla Baretto, Abbey Brown, Morgan Clausen, Maddy Moffet, Mallory Moffett, Paige Renkosik) advanced to the Super-Sectional/Elite 8 for the 3rd time in 4 seasons where they each faced the state’s #1 ranked team in their respective Class. BC fell to eventual State Champion Morton in a very close game, while Huntley fell to a Fremd team that played the Super on its home court. The Vikings went on to finish 2nd at State and feature IHD alums Bryana Hopkins and Hailey Williams. 

 

 

The Home of Champions!

It’s great to see the hard work pay off for so many of our players and their HS programs. Harvest, Huntley, Burlington Central, and Crystal Lake took home Regional Championship hardware while Hampshire, St. Charles North, and St. Ed’s fell just short after advancing the title games in their respective regions. Too many names to mention them all, so we’ll just congratulate all of the IHD girls and their teammates and the HS coaching staffs for a job well done! On to the next one…

 

Commitment to Excellence

Nobody's perfect....but 88-0 in 6yrs is pretty darn close!

We’re exceptionally proud of PKMS Falcons/Central Rockets and IHD Class of 2016 players Sam Cruz, Becca Gerke, Shelby Holt, and Kayla Ross, for their collective commitment to excellence.

  • 34 – 0 in NCJC Middle School Conference.
  • 54- 0 in BNC High School Conference.

Also contributing to the undefeated HS record for 3 of the 4 years were Class of 2015 Rockets and IHD alums Jackie Collins and Kayla Rafferty, along with 2017 Kristina Ahlers and 2018 Julia Barnes for the past two seasons and season respectively.

The amazing accomplishment is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of both the players and their parents who started the journey together many years ago. 

 

Saluting the 1,000 Points Club Inductees

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and 4-year varsity starters Emma Benoit (Hampshire), Shelby Holt (Burlington Central), Jamie Netzley (Wheaton Academy), Morgan Rosencrants (SC North), Kayla Ross (Burlington Central), and Maddie Versluys (Westminster Christian) on reaching the 1,000 points scored career milestone.  An amazing accomplishment for an amazing group of young ladies!

 

Hey, Hey, Huntley…Back to Back MLK Champions!

The Red Raiders are the 2016 Champions of the 3rd Annual DeKalb MLK Tournament that featured a field of 16 teams with the top 8 seeds having a combined season record of 107-26.
The defending champs entered the event as the 4th seed and they defeated top seeded and previously unbeaten 20-0 Rockford Lutheran (ranked #2 in IL 3A) in the semifinals before defeating second seeded Rock Island (ranked #6 in IL 4A) for the title. The games featured balanced scoring and excellent defensive performances by the Raiders in against two excellent teams with key contributions from several players. In the title game, Maddy Moffett and Paige Renkosik did an amazing job chasing and denying one of the best players in the country while Morgan Clausen had a monster 4th Qtr on both ends of the floor and Kayla Barreto made two clutch free throws to clinch the Championship in the closing seconds. Huntley is a well-coached team that plays with intensity from start to finish. Congrats Abbey, Kayla, Morgan, Maddy, Mallory, Missy, Paige and the rest of the Huntley squad on Back 2 Back MLK titles for the Red Raiders!

 

 


 

 


 

 

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