Sun-Times high school news and notes

Updated: March 8, 2012 6:18PM

Girls all-state

Class 4A champ Young was the only team to land two players — Linnae Harper and Janee Thompson — on the Illinois High School Basketball Coaches Association’s big-school girls basketball all-state first team. Other local players on the 15-player squad arte Niles West’s Jewell Loyd, Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck, Trinity’s Megan Podkowa, Hillcrest’s Shannise Heady, Bartlett’s Haley Videckis, Marist’s JeTaun Rouse, Morgan Park’s Kendyl Nunn and Zion-Benton’s Octavia Crump. Two area players were named to the IBCA small-school first team: Hinckley-Big Rock’s Kaitlin Phillips and Bishop McNamara’s Khadiazha Sanders.

Boys all-state

Two local boys basketball players have been named first-team all-state for small schools by The Associated Press. Seton junior guard Mark Weems Jr. is one of five players on the Class 2A first team, while Hope Academy senior forward Torrance Johnson made the Class 1A first team.

Heading south

Crete-Monee defensive back Anthony Standifer, the last major uncommitted prospect in the Midwest in the Class of 2012, has decided to play his college football at Mississippi. “I went down there and from the beginning it felt like home,” said Standifer, who is ranked 45th nationally among cornerbacks by He had 13 interceptions the past two seasons.

Tourney time

The WJOL Thanksgiving Tournament will expand its field and its geographic footprint next boys basketball season. Crete-Monee and Minooka will bring the field to eight teams, joining holdovers Joliet Catholic, Joliet Central, Lockport, Plainfield Central, Providence and Romeoville.

Top Tiger

Elmwood Park guard Julian Molina scored 28 points in a regional title-game loss to North Chicago. Molina finished his career as the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

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