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Sporting News All-Americans
With a merging of Street & Smith and Sporting News, Sporting News is now publishing the extensive Street & Smith high shcool all-american teams. With the new issue out at newstands now, about 500 players nationwide are honored either on one of six all-american teams, or listed as honorable mention. Sporting News honors 31 players as all-americans, the remaining 450-plus listed as honorable mention. The rankings are done regardless of class.
Purdue's latest all-american is Brittany Rayburn. Rayburn has been named to the publication's sixth team. Two players of recruiting interest to Purdue also join Rayburn as all-americans. Junior Skylar Diggins made the fourth team, while Minneapolis junior guard Tayler Hill joined Rayburn on the sixth team.
Other players making the honorable mention list include Purdue commitments Alex Guyton, Chantel Poston and Chelsea Jones. Players of interest on the honorable mention list include Destiny Williams, Emilee Harmon, Jasmine Hassell, Kelly Faris, and Brianna Sanders.
A few things can be taken from the recent Sporting News honor teams. It is obvious Sporting News can be added to the list of publications who have not seen Sam Ostarello yet, or anyone in either Dakota for that matter. It is also in the nature of the publication to overlist seniors and only name selected known talents in the underclasses. And while progress is being made, the state of Michigan is still underrepresented among their "Midwest" honorable mention list.
Diggins diggin' volleyball
This article from WSBT finds Skylar Diggins "resisting the pressures to solely focus on the sport she'll play in college" and playing for her high school volleyball team. With several Purdue recruits excelling at sports other than their eventual scholarship sport in college -- Brittany Rayburn (volleyball), Kelly Faris (volleyball), Chelsea Jones (tennis), Ostarello (volleyball) -- it is a good assumption the pressure to focus on basketball is not coming from the Purdue staff.
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Moses named Player-of-the-Week
Sophomore prospect Courtney Moses was named the Player-of-the-Week by the Marion Chronicle Tribune for her play in the soccer sectional championship game. Oak Hill advanced to their first regional as a result of a Moses overtime goal. Oak Hill ended up losing in the regional finals to Fort Wayne Snider, 2-1. Moses scored her 42nd goal of the season in that game.
READ MORE: Marion Chronicle Tribune