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Within this piece, we mentioned a recent Time magazine feature in which Candace Parker fielded 10 questions from readers. You can find the entire Q&A session here. The recruiting process has already begun...

How are you doing with your new daughter? Has your coach at Tennessee, Pat Summitt, started recruiting her yet? Brenda Goodman JOHNSON CITY, TENN.

When I first told Coach Summitt that I was pregnant, she was like, Where can we send the papers? I had to remind her that my husband [Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shelden Williams] went to Duke, so he's pushing for her to go there. But I'm doing great. My baby is the joy in my life. Obviously, I'm suffering from lack of sleep, but it truly is a blessing to be a mother.

Spots are still available for the Benet basketball accelerated skills camp. It is open to boys and girls in the fifth through ninth grades and will take place July 13-16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, contact Benet varsity boys basketball coach Gene Heidkamp at 630-719-2824 or

Neuqua Valley seniors Brittany and Morgan Williams plan to attend Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., the school announced Wednesday. The Big Blue plays with North Central College in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, a Division III league.

As a senior, Morgan Williams was named to the Upstate Eight All Conference team. She was an All-Area selection and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association named her Special Mention All-State. She was a Sun All-City honorable mention choice. Morgan averaged 9.7 points and 2.6 rebound per game. She led the Wildcats with 56 3-pointers and shot a team-high 81.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Brittany Williams was also named to the All-UEC team. She was an All-Area selection and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association named her Special Mention All-State. She averaged 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds, while leading the team in steals (79) and assists (101).

The twin sisters played together at Plainfield South before transfering to Neuqua to be coached by their father, Mike Williams, last season.

It can often be a little bittersweet for basketball coaches to see their players graduate and move on to new horizons. Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum is no different.

In talking to the Sun about Kelley Hendrick, the 2008-09 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Nussbaum admitted he's having a hard time accepting that his four-year varsity star won't be suiting up for the Redhawks anymore.

"My daughter (Jess) is the same age as Kelley, so I've seen Kelley play since the seventh grade," Nussbaum said. "It's disappointing to me that she has to graduate. I know Kelley has to graduate -- and not only Kelley, but the whole class -- I know they have to move on. But that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. In a selfish sense."

Hendrick leaves as the school's third all-time leading scorer with 1,369 points. She trails only Candace Parker and Erica Carter on the list. She also finishes as the career leader in 3-pointers with 153, which includes a season-record 71 as a senior.

Led by Naperville Central senior Kelley Hendrick, four local players were among those earning all-state honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

Hendrick was named to the IBCA Second Team, while teammate Emma Ondik earned Special Mention honors. Joining Ondik on that list were Neuqua Valley senior twins Brittany and Morgan Williams.

The Associated Press all-state team was also recently released, but did not include any Naperville area players.

Waubonsie Valley placed two players and Neuqua Valley one on the All-Upstate Eight Conference girls basketball team.

Senior Rachel Bostick and freshman Keiera Ray earned the nod from Waubonsie, while Neuqua senior Morgan Williams was also honored.

Waubonsie Valley placed two players and Neuqua Valley one on the All-Upstate Eight Conference girls basketball team.

Senior Rachel Bostick and freshman Keiera Ray earned the nod from Waubonsie, while Neuqua senior Morgan Williams was also honored.

After helping Benet to a third-place league finish, junior Nikki Bell and senior Annie Doyle were recently named to the all-East Suburban Catholic Conference.

Bell and Doyle led the Redwings in scoring as they finished 7-3 in conference, behind ESCC-champion Fenwick and Marian Catholic. Benet went on to win its first regional title since 2006 before falling to Bolingbrook in Monday's sectional semifinals.

Naperville Central senior Kelley Hendrick was selected for the third straight season as a unanimous choice for the all-DuPage Valley Conference girls basketball team.

Hendrick, the defending Sun Player of the Year, was joined on the first team by teammate Emma Ondik, a sophomore who was also a unanimous choice.

Naperville North senior Kaelyn Witkowski also earned first-team honors.

Two Redhawks -- junior Claire Fleming and freshman Emma Donahue -- were named Special Mention, while North senior Haley Krentz and Central junior Catherine Tanck earned Honorable Mention nods.

Monday marked the exit of Waubonsie Valley coach Kris Kalivas, who is stepping down to take over the Metea Valley program next winter. Kalivas left on a bittersweet note, having watched the Warriors fall -- again -- to Hinsdale Central after winning their third consecutive regional title.

"I think reality is starting to sink in," said Kalivas, who went 122-49 in seven season with Waubonsie. "I don't think I really thought about it up until this point. It's nice to go out having won a regional championship. And I had such a great group of kids to work with this year that I couldn't have asked for anything more."

Meanwhile, Benet coach Peter Paul confirmed that he plans to return for a 25th season on the Redwings bench. Paul cited his enjoyment of this season for his reason for wanting to come back.

The Redwings finished 19-12 after falling to Bolingbrook in the sectional semifinals Monday night. They won a regional title for the first time since 2006 and finished third in the always-tough East Suburban Catholic Conference.

Paul earned career win No. 500 earlier this season, which sparked speculation he would retire.

While Monday's loss spelled the end for Benet's five seniors -- Annie Doyle, Annie Gallagher, Colleen O'Shea, Mary Schuessler and Jess Pavlinec -- the Redwings return some talented players for next season.

Among those are junior Nikki Bell and sophomore Danielle Canulli, who often came off the bench to spark the Redwings. Canulli did that in the regional final, scoring a team-high 12 points in an upset of Batavia.

Canulli credited the seniors for helping her improve as the season progressed.

"They taught us to play together," Canulli said. "It was tough at the beginning of the year, but by now we all came together. They always pushed us on defense and it was good because we learned to push back. That prepared us for games mentally."

Also returning for the Redwings will be starters Brianne Riley and Ashley Veselik, as well as freshman Gintare Sankauskaite and sophomore Katie Ernsting.



Brad Engel

Brad Engel is the longest-tenured member of The Sun sports staff and has won several national and state awards in his coverage of preps as well as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Fire and general sports.

Patrick Mooney

Patrick Mooney covered politics, prep sports and professional baseball for several print and online media outlets before joining The Sun in August 2007. He concentrates on prep sports, writing features, profiles and breaking recruiting news.

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