Small school post player is following family footsteps as DI student-athlete
East Peoria native provides work ethic athletically and academically
Lake Land transfer looks to make an immediate impact
High School: Four-time All-State selection by the Associated Press ... Three-time All-State selection by Illinois Basketball Services ... Three-time first-team All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Four-time State Farm Classic All-Tournament team selection ... Three-time All-Western Illinois Player of the Year selection by the Quad City Dispatch ... All-time leading scorer in Annawan High School history and only player in school history to be named three-time All-State ... Posted 2,493 career points and 1,169 career rebounds for career averages of 20.3 points and 10.1 rebounds ... Led Annawan to its first team state championship in school history in 2013-14 ... Eighth in IHSA history in career field goals (968) and 10th in career free throws (557) ... One of six Division I student-athletes in Annawan High School history ... Also earned first-team All-State honors in softball ... Two former DI student-athletes from Annawan High School, Lisa and Lynette Robinson, are members of the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame and former teammates of SIU head coach Cindy Stein at the University of Illinois.
Personal: Full given name is Celina Kay VanHyfte ... Pronounced sell-EE-na van-HEFF-tee ... Daughter of Valerie and Teddy VanHyfte ... Born June 14, 1995, in Winston Salem, N.C. ... Mother, Valerie, is in both the Bradley and Illinois High School Basketball Halls of Fame ... Father, Ted, remains the only male athlete in Annawan HS history to compete at the Division I level, playing football at Wake Forest ... Plans to major in pre-vet.