The Civic Memorial Eagles had a tremendous season in 2014-15 and sophomore Allie Troeckler was a major component in that success.
On Thursday CM's sensational sophomore was an AP first-team selection for Class 3A All-State, becoming the first first-team all-stater for the Eagles. Katie Broadway was a second-team selection in 2007-08.
CM bowed from the Class 3A Highland Sectional in a 36-31 loss to Massac County on Feb. 26. The Eagles closed the season at 26-7, a win shy of their second consecutive sectional title and second in school history. With a 63-56 win over Highland in the Jersey Regional finals on Feb. 19, CM secured its third straight regional title.
Head coach Jonathan Denney believes the recent success of the Eagles, Broadway's play during her days at CM and Troeckler's outstanding sophomore campaign all helped culminate the first-team pick.
“I really think it's the success our program is starting to have, a combination of that and her having a tremendous, tremendous season that got her selected AP first-team,” Denney said by telephone Thursday. “I think it's a true compliment to Allie for No. 1 having a great season. I'm so proud of her, but I'm also proud our program is starting to get recognized a little bit that our team can have a first-team all-stater. I think her teammates can take credit in it too, as well as a kid like Katie Broadway who may have gotten overlooked in 2008 when she was second-team all-state. I know she's going to be proud of Alley, too.”
Troeckler led the Eagles with 21.0 points per game this season, as well as 8.7 rebounds, 3.09 steals and 2.55 blocks. She had some outstanding individual milestones too, reaching 1,000 points for her career, setting the single-season rebounds mark with 288 and scoring 44 points vs. Taylorville on Dec. 13. She now sits fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,139 points. Broadway leads the list with 2,079.
Discovering such success at such a young age could make some players become complacent, but Denney insists that won't happen with Troeckler, the sky's the limit.
“Allie is a really humble kid. She's not a 'me' kid,” Denney said. “She's going to be able to accept this award with some grace and she knows more than anybody she has room for improvement. She's got a lot of work to do to make her overall game better. I think getting the award is awesome and it says a lot about her season and our season, but at the same time she's going to work now to keep that. You get an award that early you want to keep it and the only way you are going to keep is by keeping your nose to the grindstone and embracing the grind of offseason work.”
Troeckler was fourth in the voting with 58 points, joining senior Olivia Elger of Peoria Richwoods (79), junior Chante Stonewall of Normal University (75), senior Tiara Webb of Rich South (74) and senior Alyssa Jurges of Providence Catholic (53).