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Select Events Atlantic City Recruiting Notebook (Pt. 3)

05/21/2024, 10:30am EDT
By Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson (@ADrobinson3)

ATLANTIC CITY >> The Select Events Atlantic City Showcase made for a busy live recruiting period on the Jersey shore, with Division I, II and III coaches able to observe a wide swath of GUAA, HGSL, P24, S40 and more programs in person over the three days of the event.

Here’s the last part of our coverage of local players from throughout the weekend; click the links below to access the rest of our notebooks and standouts:


Select Events Atlantic City Coverage
Standouts | Notebook Pt. 1 | Notebook Pt. 2 | Notebook Pt. 3 


Ryann Jennings (2026 | Comets GUAA 16U)

Ryann Jennings is trying to do a little more with the ball.

Ryann Jennings (above) is working on her handles in advance of a big junior season. (Photo: Andrew Robinson/CoBL)

The talented 5-foot-11 guard, who plays at Conestoga, has been one of the top scorers in the rugged Central League the past two years. She’s also had the luxury of playing next to an excellent point guard in Marisa Francione, which won’t be the case next year with Francione heading off to Scranton.

So, that’s why Jennings is trying to do a little more with the ball in her hands beyond just putting it in the net.

“I’m definitely trying to work on my ballhanding, getting comfortable using both hands and bringing the ball up,” Jennings said. “In end of the game situations, I want to be able to dribble the ball out.”

Injuries have sidelined Meg Ngo and Megan Rullo, who would have been the Comets’ lead ballhandlers, for the rest of the summer, so the team’s taken a share by committee approach. That worked well Sunday in a win over a talented NJ Shoreshots-Liggio team with the Comets tallying a lot of assists on a lot of threes.

Jennings was well involved, scoring 15 points with three makes from the three-point line while also adding three assists.

“It’s something I want to improve for now, the rest of the season and next year,” Jennings said.

Jennings’ recruitment has also been going strong. The guard added an offer from Penn at the start of May, running her list to six including Iona, Drexel, Army, Quinnipiac and Manhattan.

“I was excited to see the campus and meet the coaches,” Jennings said. “I’d never actually seen Penn before, even though it’s right in the city, so it was a nice day.”

Despite the injuries and bringing a couple new teammates in, Jennings and her Comets teammates have really started to come together heading into the heart of the summer season.

“We play really well together,” Jennings said. “We move the ball quickly, our passes around the arc get us open in the paint, it’s all good. I really like playing with this team.”


Lily Milewski (2025 | Philly Belles - Gumbs 17U)

Lily Milewski was a fixture playing for the Mid-Atlantic Magic, so it’s still a little jarring to see the forward in Belles colors this summer.

Lily Milewski (above) is adjusting to a new group this summer. (Photo: Andrew Robinson/CoBL)

With a rash of injuries depleting the projected roster, the Magic don’t have a 17U team this summer, so the remaining players are finishing out their club careers with different teams. Milewski, who plays at Conwell-Egan, found a good fit with the Belles.

There may be differences, but Milewski also sees it as an opportunity.

“I started with the Magic in eighth grade, so it’s been an adjustment,” Milewski said. “All the girls and all the coaches are great, I’ve really enjoyed playing with them.”

Milewski, known for her trademark protective facemask on the court, said her main focus this summer is defense. A second team All-PCL selection with the Eagles this past season, the 6-foot Milewski is a dynamic offensive player with an ability to score inside or out and handle the ball in the halfcourt.

It’s enough to have brought interest from a handful of local D-IIs including Holy Family, Chestnut Hill, Jefferson and Kutztown. Milewski said she hasn’t gotten an official offer yet, but she’s had good conversations with those programs.

What’s going to help her take the next step is shoring up the other end of the floor.

“A big thing is definitely staying on my feet and having a better close-out,” Milewski said. “A lot of people tend to go around me, so I’m focusing on staying down, keeping a hand up and not giving that up.”

Milewski credited her Belles coaches, Erik Gumbs and Lawrence Henry, for helping her work on her defense while also making sure she’s been able to fit in with her new teammates for the summer.

“I really like how we’re able to get in transition and find each other for open looks,” Milewski said. “I’m just really excited for the rest of our season.”


Jadyn Sperling (2027 | Lady Runnin Rebels National 15U)

While Jadyn Sperling’s first season of high school sports went much better than expected, it unfortunately, did not roll into her second.

Jadyn Sperling (above) missed most of her freshman season with a broken jaw. (Photo: Andrew Robinson/CoBL)

Much to her own surprise, Sperling worked her way into the starting XI on defense as an outside back for a North Penn girls’ soccer team that made its first playoff appearance since 2019 in the fall. Eager to build off that, and join her older sister Caleigh on the basketball court, a freak injury instead derailed much of the freshman guard’s season.

Jadyn salvaged some playing time with Caleigh but with her sister soon to graduate, she’s now taking the lessons of year one in preparation for year two.

“I need to get a lot stronger,” Sperling said. “I’m kind of weak and all the girls are a lot bigger than me so if I don’t grow any more, I need to at least get stronger.”

While Sperling isn’t the biggest, she’s quick and has a ton of energy. That’s a good recipe for an outside back in soccer and ideally, a sparkplug guard off the bench in basketball.

Before she could get much traction for Knights coach Bri Cullen, a collision in practice left Sperling sidelined for much of the season with a most inconvenient injury.

“I broke my jaw during a practice,” Sperling said. “I was going up for a rebound, got my legs taken out and landed on my chin. It as around the middle of December, so I missed most of my season.”

Thankfully for Sperling, North Penn had its best season in a while, giving her a chance to return albeit with some protective headgear. It was worth it to spend some court time with her sister and be around the Knights’ run to the District 1 6A semifinals and PIAA quarterfinals.

“It was a breakthrough season for North Penn, so I was grateful to be part of the environment and just be on the team,” Sperling said. “It was a lot of fun, even if (Caleigh) yelled at me at some points, it was still good.”

Sperling wasn’t sure what her fall season was going to bring. While her sister was a pretty established player on North Penn’s field hockey squad, Jadyn knew there were a lot of skilled players on the soccer team and as a newcomer, she might not play that much.

Instead, she became a starter and picked up some valuable experience on what high school varsity sports were all about.

“It was really interesting,” Sperling said. “I didn’t expect to be where I was at soccer-wise and I ended up being a pretty good outside back. The team was really fun in general.”

Caleigh, who is committed to Jefferson, told Jadyn to “be tough and don’t put your head down if you make a mistake.” There’s not much tougher than coming back from a broken jaw to get playing time as a freshman.

Aside from having a college-bound older sister, Jadyn’s also got another great resource on the bench this summer. Her mom Jenna, a Drexel women’s basketball alum, is assisting the Rebels’ 15U side this summer. 

“For me, she’s fun to have as a coach,” Jadyn said. “She’ll get on us a lot, but it really helps. I listen to everything she says, even if it annoys me sometimes, because I know her advice is always really good.”

The Knights lose Caleigh Sperling, Liv Stone and Kelly Donnelly, but they have some strong pieces back in Cam Crowley, Leah Mikulski and Lily Brown.

“Everyone has their own different things, but we all play really well together,” Sperling said. “Even if we don’t have the best season, I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together.”


Kenna Winland (2026 | LGB Select 17U)

Kenna Winland had a lot thrown at her in her sophomore season at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Kenna Winland (above) is playing up with LGB's 17Us this summer after starting for PW as a sophomore. (Photo: Andrew Robinson/CoBL)

A key reserve as a freshman, Winland and classmate AJ Avery took over lead roles this past winter for a young Colonials team that was almost starting anew. It put Winland into a leadership role early, but it was something the energetic guard embraced.

“I knew it already, but I love helping people so I knew my role was to start things up,” Winland said. “I think that carried over from high school, we’re really close and I always try to remind everyone this is for fun.”

Winland is playing up a year this summer but she’s not the youngest player on LGB Select’s 17U roster. That distinction belongs to Grace Weyler, playing up two years after her freshman season at Neshaminy, the two non-2025s on the team already becoming close.

“I love it, I think the competition is 20 times better and it definitely pushes me more,” Winland said.

PW only had one senior last season, standout softball player Marissa Perez coming back after a few years away to play with her younger sister Joslyn, another of the team’s sophomores and a good softball player in her own right. Even with the lack of experience, and a late season injury to Avery, the Colonials were able to qualify for the District 1 6A playoffs before falling in the first round against Kennett.

“A lot of people didn’t think we were going to do that well and I think people did underestimate us a little bit,” Winland said. “We were where we wanted to be for the playoffs, I think we did pretty well. AJ and I handled it and everyone else stepped up.”

Going from complementary piece to a top of focus of opposing teams was an adjustment, however, it also opened some opportunities for Winland. The 5-foot-5 guard knew she had to contribute more and it ended up yielding some positive results.

“I really found my confidence as a shooter, so I want to build on that,” Winland said. “I want to build off of it too, keep my confidence going.”

As a freshman, Winland had two excellent examples to follow as leaders in Abby Sharpe (Penn) and Erin Daley (West Chester). The two 2023 alums came back to PW last week to catch a baseball game with Colonials assistant TJ DeLucia posting a photo of Winland, Daley and Sharpe sitting together behind home plate.

With her two mentors not too far away, Winland made sure to use them as a resource.

“I talk to them almost every day, I love them,” Winland said. “I went to some of Erin’s games and some of Abby’s games. Their support meant the most, the two of them reassured me who I was as a person and a player and having those two be there for me said a lot.”

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