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McDonald's Willowbrook Shootout schedule released
One of the premier tournaments in the midwest region featuring top girls teams from Indiana, Illinois and Ohio this year kicks off on January 18th in Willowbrook, IL.
The 2008 McDonald's Shootout, a 16-game three-day event, begins Friday, January 18 at 5:30pm with a matchup between Grant (Ill.) and host Willowbrook (Ill.).
Game two features Indiana Class 4A Kokomo (7-4) against undefeated Warren (Ill.) (14-0). Two of Kokomo's four defeats this season have been in overtime -- one of those to Class 4A No. 4 Carmel -- and they have also lost to Class 2A No. 2 Oak Hill (11-0) and Marion (9-1). The game will feature Stanford signee Sarah Boothe against one of Indiana's better freshmen bigs, 6'3 Kelly Hopkins. While Hopkins will give up a couple inches to Boothe, she is a physically solid post.
Friday ends with the marquee matchup pitting Indiana's No. 1 team and defending 4A state champ South Bend Washington against Illinois AA champ Fenwick. Fenwick's excellent guards, only made better by the recent addition of 5'11 Katlyn Payne, will be a great test for South Bend's Emily Phillips and Skylar Diggins.
Other teams in the shootout featuring known players of Purdue interest include Emilee Harmon and Pickerington (Oh.), and Ashley Wilson and Wheeling (Ill.). Local Indiana scorer Maggie Boyer and Lebanon (Ind.) also play a game on day two against Sandburg (Ill.). Boyer is currently wrestling with Purdue signee Brittany Rayburn for the honor of being the state's top scorer.
Tickets for an entire day can be purchased at the door for $7 for adults, $5 and $3 for high school students and younger.
For ticket information call (630) 834-9080, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All times are local Willowbrook time.
Friday, January 18
5:30pm -- Grant (IL) vs Willowbrook (IL)
7:00pm -- Kokomo (IN) vs Warren (IL)
8:30pm -- South Bend Washington (IN) vs Fenwick (IL)
Saturday, January 19
11:30am -- Chicago St. Ignatius (IL) vs Kokomo (IN)
1:00pm -- Resurrection (IL) vs Bolingbrook (IL)
2:30pm -- Lebanon (IN) vs Sandburg (IL)
4:00pm -- Loyola (IL) vs Pickerington (OH)
5:30pm -- New Trier (IL) vs Indianapolis North Central (IN)
7:00pm -- Buffalo Grove (IL) vs South Bend Washington (IN)
Monday, January 21
10:00am -- Indianapolis North Central (IN) vs Hinsdale Central (IL)
11:30am -- Pickerington (OH) vs Maine South (IL)
1:00pm -- De Kalb (IL) vs Oregon-Davis (IN)
2:30pm -- Lake Park (IL) vs Marist (IL)
4:00pm -- Hillcrest (IL) vs Maine West (IL)
5:30pm -- Wheeling (IL) vs Montini (IL)
7:00pm -- Schaumburg (IL) vs Marian Catholic (IL)
Attica in Region Roundball Rumble
Attica will play in the featured girls game during the 2008 Region Roundball Rumble at Valparaiso University on January 1. The event will also feature a perimeter shooting competition featuring the top shooters from northwestern Indiana.
The tournament will actually feature three Purdue-bound players. In addition to Brittany Rayburn appearance with Attica, Purdue men's basketball verbal D.J. Byrd (North Montgomery) and Purdue football's Kawaan Short (E.C. Central) will each play with their respective teams.
General admission tickets, which will sell on game day for $7 per doubleheader at the door, can be purchased in advance for $6 per session. Reserved seats for the lower arena "chairback" section at Valparaiso’s Athletics-Recreation Center will be sold exclusively online at nwi.com/rumble. The reserved chairback seats sell for $10 for one doubleheader, or $17 for all four games on Jan. 1.
Tuesday, January 1 at Valparaiso University Athletics-Recreation Center
1:15pm -- BOYS: Bishop Noll (6-1) vs. North Montgomery (7-1)
3:00pm -- BOYS: Chesterton (7-0) vs. Evansville Reitz (5-0)
6:15pm -- GIRLS: Portage (8-2) vs. Attica (8-2)
8:00pm -- BOYS: Crown Point (6-1) vs. Winchester (7-0)
Wednesday, January 2 at Hammond Civic Center
6:00pm -- BOYS: Hammond (4-2) vs. Mt. Carmel (6-4)
8:00pm -- BOYS: E.C. Central (4-1) vs. Indianapolis Howe (5-2)
(Records as of December 24th)