Rams' Nimrick repeats as TRAC-9 girls' Player of the Year


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Posted Online: Feb. 15, 2013, 9:56 pm
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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com
Fresh from helping the Riverdale girls' basketball team back to the Class 2A sectional round, Hannah Nimrick was once again voted the best of the best in the Three Rivers Conference.

The TRAC-9's Volleyball Player of the Year this past fall for the state bronze-medalist Rams, Nimrick picked up her second consecutive conference girls' basketball Player of the Year award to add to her trophy case after helping lead Riverdale to a 25-3 record and a share of the Three Rivers crown.

Averaging 17 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game, the 5-foot-10 senior forward was a driving force for the Rams as they earned their third regional title in four years, returning to the sectionals after last year's loss to Rock Falls in the regional-final game. Additionally, she was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection.

The other three unanimous first-team selections came from both Riverdale and fellow TRAC-9 co-champion and sectional qualifier Prophetstown (27-4). What's more, the teams also split Coach of the Year honors, with the Lady Prophets' Don Robinson and the Rams' Mick Kopriva being honored.

Kopriva's senior point guard, Elle May, was a unanimous choice after putting up 13 points, five steals and three assists per night for the Rams, whose Sweet 16 bid was denied with a Somonauk Sectional semifinal loss to Byron.

A Class 1A regional winner for the sixth straight year, Prophetstown's senior nucleus of point guard Cassie Reiley and forward Riley Walters were both unanimous choices after almost leading the Lady Prophets to a sectional-semifinal upset of top-ranked, defending state champ Freeport Aquin, falling 49-44 at Hanover River Ridge.

Reiley delivered 12 points and 4.5 assists per night, with many of those helpers going to the 5-foot-6 Walters to fuel her 13 points and five rebounds per game; Walters also added three steals a game.

Rounding out the first team were players from a pair of regional finalists, Erie's Courtney Cobert and Sterling Newman's Rachel Hageman.

Junior guard Cobert, who helped spark the Cardinals to 20 wins and the 1A Polo Regional finals, was a model of consistency with nine points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists per game. Her younger sister, freshman forward Rachel Cobert, joined senior guard/forward Paige Rus and junior guard Laykin Miner as Erie's honorable mention representatives.

Prophetstown and Riverdale also had one honorable-mention choice each in sophomore forward Clare Kramer and senior guard Jess Corson, respectively; the Lady Prophets also placed sophomore guard Corrie Reiley on the second team, with the Rams placing juniors Lauren Claus and Sydney Mericle on the second squad.

Other area second-teamers were Fulton senior forward Morgan Wierema, Kewanee senior guard Jen Ensley and Morrison junior guard Chelsea Eads. Fulton senior forwardMorgan Sanquist and Kewanee senior guardAmber Jordan were both honorable-mention choices.


















 



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