Posted Online: March 26, 2013, 6:54 pm

Annawan's VanHyfte adds to All-State honors with Sun-Times' 1A nod

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Annawan High School's Celine VanHyfte is the 2012-13 Dispatch Argus Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Another honor has been added to Celina VanHyfte's already-glittering girls' basketball resume.

Annawan's 6-foot junior center was recently named to the Chicago Sun-Times' Class 1A All-State squad, the lone player from the area to be recognized by the publication on any of its four girls' All-State teams.

The spark behind the Bravettes' 30-3 season and third-place finish at the state tournament in Normal, VanHyfte was part of a five-player 1A first team led by Sophie Brunner of two-time state champion Freeport Aquin, which nipped Annawan 39-38 in the state semifinals.

Micah Jones of Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, which lost 47-37 to the Bravettes in the third-place game at state, was honored, as was Allison Webb of Goreville.

VanHyfte averaged nearly 22.5 points and eight rebounds per game, scoring a single-season record 736 points to help Annawan equal its mark of 30 wins in a season. She will enter her senior season just 151 points shy of the 2,000-point career mark.

-- By Terry Duckett