State Farm Holiday Classic announces 2013 scholarship winners

Applications for 2014 scholarships can be found here.

The Classic Tournament, Inc., which organizes one of the largest, coed high school holiday basketball tournaments in the nation called the State Farm Holiday Classic, has selected four winners as recipients of the 2013 Holiday Classic Scholarship award.  Each of the winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship to go directly to their college of choice for tuition costs.

Established to recognize and award scholarships to eligible high school seniors who participated in this past year’s tournament, a selection committee of current and former educators chose winners based on their leadership skills and academic performance. Applicants were also asked to demonstrate their experiences in student activities and community service, and required to submit an essay titled “How my high school sports experience helped prepare me for success in higher education.”

The 2013 Holiday Classic Scholarship awards go to (in alphabetical order):

  • Bradley Dulee, Normal U-High – Brad is a three-sport athlete at U-High, being named soccer MVP and participating on the state championship baseball team last season. He currently carries a 3.964 grade point average, ranking in the top 1% of his class. Brad is a member of the National Honor Society and is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He works at Game Time Gym in Bloomington and plans to major in Pre-Medicine at Monmouth College this fall.
  • Lauren Frank, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin – Lauren participated in basketball all four years at SHG. She is active in Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and French Club president. She volunteers to read the newspaper on radio for vision impaired residents, assists at various youth sports camps, and has accumulated nearly 500 hours of service hours since her freshman year. Lauren plans to become an Occupational Safety and Health Technician while attending Murray State University this fall.
  • Cole Hasselbring, Cissna Park – Cole earned numerous individual accolades in basketball, including a selection to the 2011 State Farm Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team. He has played baseball and football at Cissna Park, is president of the school’s FFA chapter, and is a member of the Student Council and National Honors Society. Cole plans to major in Criminal Justice while attending Illinois State University this fall, and is the third scholarship winner from Cissna Park, joining Patrick Doggett (2007) and Ross Munsterman (2009).
  • Megan O’Donnell, Bloomington Central Catholic – Megan has participated in basketball, volleyball and softball all four years for the Saints. She currently has a 4.0 grade point average, is a Vita Christi board member, and has been on the Student Council and National Honors Society. She has volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank and the Bickford House for Senior Living in Bloomington. Megan plans to major in Business at the University of Missouri this fall,

“We have honored many fine student-athletes the past eight years, and this year’s group of recipients is no exception,” said tournament vice-president Dave Oloffson. “Each year is a tough process for our selection committee, but these four student-athletes stood above the rest based on their involvement in school, athletics and their communities.”

 

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2014 Holiday Classic Scholarship applications

The 2013 Holiday Classic Scholarship application deadline has passed. Applications for 2014 scholarships will be available in January, 2014 on this page! 

The Holiday Classic Scholarship Fund was created by the State Farm Holiday Classic basketball tournament to award four, $1,000 scholarships each year to student-athletes from participating schools in our tournament.

Established to recognize and award scholarships to eligible high school seniors who participated in this past year’s tournament, a selection committee of current and former educators choose the winners based on their leadership skills and academic performance. Applicants are asked to demonstrate their experiences in student activities and community service, and are required to submit an essay titled “How my high school sports experience helped prepare me for success in higher education.

The Holiday Classic Scholarship fund is administered through the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation in Bloomington, IL, and scholarships are made directly to the attending college/university of those winning student. One winner from each of the four tournament brackets (Small School Boys, Small School Girls, Large School Boys and Large School Girls) will be awarded a scholarship.

All eligible applicants must:

  • have been on the roster of a participating team in the 2013 State Farm Holiday Classic
  • be a graduating senior this spring
  • maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • be admitted to and plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college

Applications must be submitted and postmarked by April 1, 2014, and include the following:

  • Brief essay (200-500 words) entitled “How my high school sports experience helped prepare me for success in higher education.”
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from those who have worked with you in student activities or community service programs, like a coach, principal, guidance counselor, etc.
  • Copy of your accumulative transcripts including the most recent completed semester.
  • Proof (note on school letterhead) from basketball coach that you have been or will be awarded a varsity letter in basketball.

Completed applications should be sent to:

Scholarship Application
Classic Tournament, Inc.
P.O. Box 1887
Bloomington, IL 61702

Previous Holiday Classic Scholarship recipients:

  • Taylor Baucom – Camp Point Central (2006)
  • Jordan Christensen – Sherrard (2006)
  • Cherelle Gay – Bloomington (2006)
  • Matt Pelton – Bloomington Central Catholic (2006)
  • Patrick Doggett – CPCI (2007)
  • Jack Hainline – Stanford Olympia (2007)
  • Kimmy White – Olney East Richland (2007)
  • Brandi Branka – Kankakee Bishop Mac (2008)
  • Andrew Etheridge – Normal Community (2008)
  • Kati Hinshaw – Normal West (2008)
  • Randall Koehler – Roanoke-Benson (2008)
  • Samantha Reich – Park Ridge Maine South (2008)
  • Kristen Baldwin – Normal Community (2009)
  • Luke Harbers – Normal U-High (2009)
  • Cora Jeffers – Williamsville (2009)
  • Ross Munsterman – CPCI (2009)
  • Kevin Bischoff – Normal Community (2010)
  • Rachael Graham – St. Joseph-Ogden (2010)
  • Erin McGinnis – Normal West (2010)
  • Andrew Sipes – Grayslake Central (2010)
  • Nickolena Coop – Downs Tri-Valley (2011)
  • Blake Doane, Quincy Notre Dame (2011)
  • Kayla Moore, Sterling Newman Central Catholic (2011)
  • Ryan Schmidt, Bloomington Central Catholic (2011)
  • Brian Ehresman, El Paso-Gridley (2012)
  • Paige Lobdell, Sterling (2012)
  • Annie O’Malley, Bloomington Central Catholic (2012)
  • Patrick Walsh, Lombard Glenbard East (2012)
  • Bradley Dulle, Normal U-High (2013)
  • Lauren Frank, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (2013)
  • Cole Hasselbring, Cissna Park (2013)
  • Megan O’Donnell, Bloomington Central Catholic (2013)

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Current Top Scorers

Listed below are all players who were averaging at least 10 points per game through the end of Day 3.

Player’s Name

School

Avg

 

Points

FG

3FG

FT

 

Games

Division:

BA

Schlipf, Bodee El Paso-Gridley 23.25 93 34 1 22 4
Hasselbring, Cole Cissna Park 17.75 71 22 0 27 4
Cowden, Blake Downs Tri-Valley 16.75 67 20 6 9 4
Smith, Dylan Macon Meridian 16.75 67 26 0 15 4
Carter, Ricky Peoria Christian 16.75 67 23 3 12 4
Fitch, Alex Quincy Notre Dame 21.00 63 22 3 10 3
Schluter, Brent St. Joseph-Ogden 15.75 63 26 1 8 4
Bounds, Addison Fairbury Prairie Central 15.50 62 21 2 14 4
Goveia, Travis Downs Tri-Valley 15.50 62 25 0 12 4
Armoska, Steven Rock Falls 15.00 60 26 0 8 4
Kopelman, Thomas Rockford Lutheran 18.67 56 8 9 13 3
Brady Sanders Minonk Fieldcrest 18.67 56 17 3 13 3
Small, Khalil Chi. Providence St. Mel 17.00 51 15 3 12 3
Joop, Storm Champaign St. Thomas More 12.75 51 20 1 8 4
Stroud, Reese Stanford Olympia 12.25 49 21 0 7 4
Rabe, Alex Cissna Park 12.00 48 12 4 12 4
Wieting, Nate Rockford Lutheran 15.33 46 21 0 4 3
Jones, Kyler Champaign St. Thomas More 11.50 46 14 2 12 4
Patton, Chase St. Joseph-Ogden 15.33 46 14 3 9 3
Anderson, Beau Cissna Park 11.00 44 11 4 10 4
Reinhart, Jake Bloomington Central Catholic 10.75 43 9 6 7 4
King, Tevin Chi. Providence St. Mel 14.00 42 11 3 11 3
Maurer, Lane Fairbury Prairie Central 10.25 41 8 5 10 4
Hoffman, Kyler Fairbury Prairie Central 10.00 40 4 8 8 4
Hoogerwerf, Adam Rock Island Alleman 12.67 38 10 3 9 3
Kellen, Joseph Rockford Lutheran 11.00 33 7 6 1 3
Drew Barth Minonk Fieldcrest 10.00 30 6 5 3 3

Division:

BAA

Johnson, AJ Chillicothe IVC 18.25 73 16 9 14 4
Bates-Diop, Keita Normal University 17.75 71 18 5 20 4
Hall, Kurt North Chicago 21.33 64 24 1 13 3
Finke, Michael Champaign Centennial 15.75 63 18 6 9 4
Hohlfelder, Sam Mahomet-Seymour 15.25 61 8 10 15 4
Granath, Jack Rockton Hononegah 15.25 61 23 2 9 4
Mack, Keith Chicago North Lawndale 20.33 61 23 0 15 3
Amos-Mays, JaVairius North Chicago 20.00 60 8 11 11 3
Doyle, Jacob Rockton Hononegah 12.75 51 19 4 1 4
Wilson, Jake Rockton Hononegah 12.25 49 10 6 11 4
Feehan, Shea Peoria Notre Dame 16.33 49 5 8 15 3
Diedrich, Connor Mahomet-Seymour 12.25 49 15 3 10 4
Thomas, Donte South Holland Thornwood 12.00 48 17 1 11 4
Seibring, Trevor Normal Community 12.00 48 19 0 10 4
Reed, Danny Grayslake Central 12.00 48 19 1 7 4
Owens, Reilly Chillicothe IVC 11.75 47 14 3 10 4
Carr, C.J. Rock Island 14.67 44 10 3 15 3
Wagner, Jake Huntley 10.50 42 9 7 3 4
Reynolds, Nic Peoria Notre Dame 13.67 41 7 5 12 3
Garrett, Alonzo Plainfield South 13.67 41 6 7 8 3
Nelson, Isaiah Springfield 13.33 40 8 8 0 3
Brown, Raahsaan Rock Island 13.00 39 17 0 5 3
McCloud, JayQuan North Chicago 11.67 35 11 3 4 3
Hanley, Peter Peoria Notre Dame 10.67 32 13 0 6 3
Wildermuth, Malik Normal University 10.67 32 6 6 2 3
Wildermuth, Kane Normal University 10.67 32 10 0 12 3
Only, Bryce Huntley 10.33 31 14 0 3 3
Quawone Harris Calumet City TF North 11.50 23 9 0 5 2
Magee, Caleb Chillicothe IVC 15.00 15 2 3 2 1

Division:

GA

VanHyfte, Celina Annawan 27.67 83 28 0 27 3
Rebekah Ehresman El Paso-Gridley 17.75 71 21 5 14 4
Schoonover, Allie Pana 17.00 68 19 4 18 4
Wallace, Hannah Brimfield 15.75 63 25 1 10 4
Myroth, Taylor Peoria Christian 14.75 59 11 6 19 4
Crane, Laura Fairbury Prairie Central 14.50 58 24 0 10 4
Trimble, Bailey St. Joseph-Ogden 14.25 57 9 12 3 4
Mammosser, Morgan Rock Falls 13.00 52 15 1 19 4
Codee Schlipf El Paso-Gridley 12.00 48 16 3 7 4
Landis, Ashley St. Joseph-Ogden 11.75 47 8 3 22 4
Weber, Gabby Fairbury Prairie Central 11.50 46 16 0 14 4
Payne, Kyleigh Kankakee Bishop Mac 11.50 46 14 0 18 4
McGraw, Molly Bloomington Central Catholic 15.33 46 17 1 9 3
Giddings, Jordan Rock Falls 11.50 46 18 0 10 4
Wallen, Lexi Champaign St. Thomas More 15.00 45 16 3 4 3
Davis, Danielle Bloomington Central Catholic 15.00 45 17 2 5 3
Sapetti, Laryn Rochester 14.00 42 15 0 12 3
Oswalt, Mary Alice Sterling Newman 10.50 42 15 2 6 4
Merrit, Maddie Downs Tri-Valley 10.50 42 15 1 9 4
Bohnert, Anne Rock Island Alleman 10.00 40 13 1 11 4
Sanders, Khadaizha Kankakee Bishop Mac 20.00 40 9 4 10 2
Harshbarger, Randa Champaign St. Thomas More 13.00 39 12 3 6 3
O’Donnel, Megan Bloomington Central Catholic 12.33 37 6 8 1 3
McCoy, Tori Champaign St. Thomas More 10.00 30 14 0 2 3

Division:

GAA

Larson, Kirsten Belvidere North 17.25 69 9 14 9 4
Elger, Olivia Peoria Richwoods 21.00 63 17 8 5 3
Griffin, Bhrea Chicago Morgan Park 12.75 51 14 6 5 4
Ioerger, Cassidy Metamora 12.75 51 19 0 13 4
Bertoni, Tiffany Springfield Sacred Heart-Griff 11.25 45 8 6 11 4
Brewer, Shavonne Rock Island 14.67 44 17 2 4 3
Byrne, Kaitlyn Morton 10.75 43 16 1 8 4
Ryan, Chandler Morton 10.75 43 7 9 2 4
Detra, Brenna Peoria Richwoods 14.33 43 18 2 1 3
Martensen, Anna Belvidere North 10.50 42 13 0 16 4
Simmons, Stacia Champaign Centennial 13.67 41 17 0 7 3
Bielfeldt, Matti Peoria Notre Dame 10.25 41 19 0 3 4
Martinez, Katelynn Champaign Centennial 13.33 40 9 5 7 3
DeFauw, Jamie Geneseo 10.00 40 19 0 2 4
Fetter, Meghan Springfield 12.33 37 17 0 3 3
Cross, Chelsea Champaign Centennial 11.00 33 13 0 7 3
Jachino, Andrea Springfield Sacred Heart-Griff 10.00 10 1 0 8 1

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