Meet the first team for girls' basketball

Kandie Bloch

Argenta-Oreana, junior

The numbers: Area scoring leader (21.7 average) compiled a double-double for the third consecutive year. Averaged 10.1 rebounds per game. Top 10 in area in steals (4.2) and connected on 25 three-pointers for the Bombers. Put up a triple-double vs. Warrensburg-Latham and has 1,260 career points (18.0 average) and 716 career rebounds (10.3 average).

Favorite college player: Maya Moore, Connecticut

Favorite entertainer: Lil' Wayne

Favorite class: English

Favorite movie: "Love and Basketball"

Favorite store: American Eagle

Favorite restaurant: El Rodeo Mexican

Favorite car: BMW

My first job was: Babysitting

College plans: Hopefully getting a full ride (for basketball) and going into the medical field for nursing

In five years: Hopefully I will be practicing nursing and making money

Jamie Blue

Urbana Uni High, senior

The numbers: Area Player of the Year third in area in scoring (19.9 average) and fourth in assists per game (4.6). Made 77.5 percent of her free throws (86 of 111) and 26 three-pointers for the winningest Uni High team (25-5) in school history. Amassed 1,743 career points, second in school history, 812 career rebounds, second in school history, 435 career assists, first in school history, and 370 career steals, first in school history.

Favorite college player: Dee Brown, when he was with the Illini

Favorite entertainer: Taylor Swift

Favorite class: Science

Favorite movie: "Dear John"

Favorite store: Antique shops

Favorite restaurant: Monical's

Favorite car: Yellow VW Slug Bug Bumblebee

My first job was: Working at the Vet Med Lab on the U of I campus

College plans: Playing basketball and majoring in pre-med

In five years: Attending med school training to be a sports medicine doctor

Chelsea Cross

Centennial, junior

The numbers: Repeat first-team selection, averaged 11.1 points and team-high 7.4 rebounds per game for the undisputed Big 12 Conference champion Chargers. Chargers' co-Offensive Player of the Year. Also averaged 2.8 assists per game. Has 1,084 career points, 668 career rebounds and 195 career assists while playing for varsity teams that haven't won fewer than 22 games in the three seasons she has been in high school. Is a two-time team scoring leader and two-time team rebounding leader.

Favorite college player: Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame

Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart

Favorite class: Mathematics

Favorite movie: "Safehouse"

Favorite store: NIKEiD

Favorite restaurant: Applebee's

Favorite car: Black Range Rover

My first job was: At Sholem Aquatic Center

College plans: Study hard, play basketball and have great college experiences

In five years: In graduate school, majoring in nursing

Josey Fruhling

St. Joseph-Ogden, senior

The numbers: Repeat first-team selection, seventh in the area in scoring (17.4 average) after making 50.1 percent of her shots for the season (201 of 401). Averaged 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. Scored career-high 33 points on Senior Night in a victory against Paxton-Buckley-Loda. Totaled 10 double-doubles and was one rebound shy of a double-double in seven other games.

Favorite college player: None

Favorite entertainers: Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert

Favorite class: Trigonometry with Mr. Behrends

Favorite movie: "8 Seconds"

Favorite store: Walmart

Favorite restaurant: Steak 'n Shake

Favorite truck: Chevy Duramax

My first job was: Working on the farm with my dad

College plans: To attend Parkland or Lake Land

In five years: I will be graduated from college with a degree in ag business, helping my dad farm and raise cattle

Randa Harshbarger

St. Thomas More, sophomore

The numbers: Averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 steals and 2.8 assists per game for the Class 2A regional champion Sabers. Hit 15 three-pointers and overall made more than half of her field goal attempts (132 of 256), ranking ninth in the area in accuracy. Two-year varsity starter had 131 steals for this years's Sangamon Valley Conference regular season champions, the third-best season total in school history. She averaged 11.1 points per game as a freshman.

Favorite college player: Dee Brown, when he was with the Illini

Favorite entertainer: Luke Bryan

Favorite class: Mathematics

Favorite movie: "Crazy, Stupid, Love"

Favorite store: Finish Line

Favorite restaurant: Red Lobster

Favorite car: Ford Ranger

My first job was: Babysitting

College plans: I would love to play for the University of Illinois

In five years: In college, hoping to become a basketball coach

Sammi Kohlbecker

Tuscola, senior

The numbers: Averaged 13.8 points, 2.7 steals and 2.3 assists per game for the Class 1A regional champion Warriors. One of the area's 10 most accurate free throw shooters (76.5 percent) on 101-of-132 accuracy, which tied teammate Erin Weaver for the single-season school record. Made 35 three-pointers and helped school to its first Okaw Valley Conference crown. An ambidextrous ball handler, made more shots left-handed than right-handed going to the basket. Chosen team's top defensive player.

Favorite college player: Joseph Bertrand

Favorite entertainer: Channing Tatum

Favorite class: Sewing II

Favorite movie: "Just Go With It"

Favorite store: American Eagle

Favorite restaurant: Chili's

Favorite car: White Altimas

My first job was: At the Tuscola Eye Care Center

College plans: Going but undecided

In five years: Working in the medical field

Molly Marcum

LeRoy, senior

The numbers: Sixth in the area in scoring (17.5 average) and team leader in three-pointers (45) for a squad that placed fourth in Class 1A state tournament. Averaged 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Third in the area in free throw accuracy (80.8 percent), sinking 156 of 193 attempts. Broke five school records, including single-game rebounds (20) and season blocks (51). Scored more than 1,400 career points.

Favorite college player: Maya Moore, Connecticut

Favorite entertainer: Taylor Swift

Favorite class: English

Favorite movie: "Bad Teacher"

Favorite store: Sephora

Favorite restaurant: Roma Ralph's

Favorite car: Honda CRV

My first job was: Detasseling corn

College plans: Attending Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on a golf scholarship

In five years: An English teacher at a high school

Katelynn Martinez

Centennial, junior

The numbers: Big 12 Conference Player of the Year was team's Defensive Player of the Year. Averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 assists (seventh in the area) and 3.7 steals per game. Drilled 19 three-pointers and made more than half of her field goal attempts, 140 of 279. Led team in free throw accuracy, 75.6 percent. Has 867 career points, 360 rebounds, 294 assists and 50 career three-pointers, helping Chargers to a 78-20 record the past three years and consecutive Big 12 titles. Also an area first-teamer in soccer.

Favorite college player: Austin Rivers, Duke

Favorite entertainer: Drake

Favorite class: Mathematics

Favorite movie: "She's the Man"

Favorite store: Polo

Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

Favorite car: Denali

My first job was: Gatorade

College plans: Undecided

In five years: Doing something in the field of sports management

Chantal Meacham

Centennial, junior

The numbers: Area's second-leading three-point marksman (71) averaged 9.5 points per game for the Class 3A regional champions. Averaged 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game. In first 30 games, committed just 36 turnovers. Has played in all 98 games in her prep career, amassing 185 career three-pointers, 839 total points, 345 assists and 217 rebounds. Hasn't had fewer than 100 assists in any season. Is the reigning Area Player of the Year in soccer.

Favorite college player: John Shurna, Northwestern

Favorite entertainer: Rascal Flatts

Favorite class: Mathematics

Favorite movie: "Elf"

Favorite store: Von Maur

Favorite restaurant: Kamakura

Favorite car: Anything Cadillac

My first job was: Gatorade

College plans: Not sure where yet, but I'm going to a Christian college

In five years: Doing something in youth ministry

Stacia Simmons

Centennial, junior

The numbers: Repeat first-team selection, top scorer on a 27-6 team (11.5 average) that was ranked 10th in the final Class 3A state poll. Made 48.6 percent of her shots from the field (141 of 290). Averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 assists per game. Chargers' co-Offensive Player of the Year. Will undergo surgery April 3 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the regional semifinals. Has 952 career points, 218 career rebounds, 197 career assists and 20 career three-pointers.

Favorite college player: Megan Simmons

Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart

Favorite class: Spanish

Favorite movie: "Love and Basketball"

Favorite store: Rue21

Favorite restaurant: Chili's

Favorite car: Toyota Camry

My first job was: Secretary at my church

College plans: Major in sports journalism or broadcasting

In five years: I hope to be a sports journalist for ESPN

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