Who's got game? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here are the athletes we recognized in October:
DARREN JONES THORNTON - FOOTBALL
Big Ten schools Illinois and Wisconsin have offered scholarships
to Jones, one of the most intriguing dual-threat quarterbacks
in the country. At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Jones
possesses a strong enough arm to make all the
throws from the pocket, and he has the
4.5 speed to make plays with his legs
when necessary. He is an ESPN
RISE All-Area first team
JESSICA JENDRYK BENET ACADEMY - GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
Jendryk has mastered the art of defending the net, and her blocking
ability is one of the biggest reasons why Benet Academy is a Class 2A
contender this season. At 6-foot-1, Jendryk has ideal size for a middle
blocker, and she possesses the quickness and the jumping ability to
deflect just about any kill attempt. An Illinois commit, the senior is one
of PrepVolleyball.com's Top 50 players in Class of 2009.
LIZZY HYNES ST. CHARLES EAST - GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
Chicago's distance running scene is extremely competitive at the top,
and Hynes has worked hard to carve out her spot as one of the best.
As a junior last year she won her sectional cross country championship
and finished third at the state meet, running a time of 16:59. She followed
that up by claiming fifth place in the 3,200 at the state track
championships. As her times continue to drop, look for Hynes to challenge
for a state title this year.
PHIL GALOUNIS LINCOLN-WAY CENTRAL - BOYS' SOCCER
Galounis, a senior, has been one of the most productive
offensive players in Greater Chicago
for some time. As a sophomore, he scored 16
goals and registered 22 assists, and last season
he was named All-State first team by the
Chicago Tribune. He earned ESPN RISE All-
Area honorable mention last year.