Girls Basketball: Fenwick players spread out talents in July

Updated: July 6, 2012 2:56PM

Just because coach Dave Power has has built Fenwick into one of the Chicago area’s top programs, it doesn’t mean that every single one of his players will be competing for AAU teams this month.

Power no longer coaches AAU teams himself although he recalls traveling to New Mexico with one team in the early days of AAU play nearly 20 years ago. The first coach Power recalls taking over an AAU team was current DePaul coach Doug Bruno, who led one team to an AAU tournament in Sterling before Power took a team to New Mexico.

July is the biggest month of the year for college prospects hoping to be seen by recruiters. It’s AAU season for the area’s best players.

Fenwick will compete in the Maine West Observation tournament for high school teams July 20-22, but that weekend has become a usual “dead period” for college coaches on the recruiting trail for the month.

Power said senior forward Kendall Boardman and senior guard Maggie Reilly are among his returning players expected to compete at the Observation tournament. Boardman and Reilly also do not currently play for an AAU team and will play out the rest of the summer in the next two weeks in summer leagues at Maine West and Trinity.

Boardman is the younger sister of Meredith, who will play at Yale next season and was named to the Sun-Times All-Area team last season for Fenwick.

“We have different girls playing at different times,” Power said. “We have 15 kids (this month) and split them up. If we have one at Trinity, then we have another one at Maine West. It sounds like a lot, but the games are short with a running clock.”

But several other Fenwick players have found homes in the AAU circuit.

Power’s top returning player for next season, junior point guard Jade Owens, will play for the Midwest Elite travel team this month.

The Lady Lightning AAU program has at least five Fenwick players and all of its teams will compete, starting Thursday in the U.S. Junior Nationals’ Premier Invite in Mason, Ohio. All Lightning teams will compete in the AAU season-ending USJN Summer Final July 29-31 at Waukegan Fieldhouse. A few Lightning teams with Fenwick players could play in the Best of the Midwest July 14-15 in Bartlett.

The Friars with the Lightning include Mackenzie Sewell, sisters Jessica and Jenny Mackowiak, Kelly Canoy and Selena Mullis.

Sophomore Katie Dvorak will play with Lisle-based Bulls Elite. Scarlet and play Thursday through Sunday in the Simply the Best tournament in Ames, Iowa.

Jenna Ronan is the only Fenwick player with the Chicago Hoops Express and Olivia Ryan has joined the Illinois Hustle.

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