Express strives to be areaâ€™s team
by Mike Slodki
ELBURNâ€”When any travel baseball or softball team does well, word tends to get out.
When a team like the Elburn Express wants to be something more than a team with a high winning percentage, it helps to get the word out, as well.
With the season coming to a close with this weekâ€™s area tournament in Geneva, the time is now for spreading the word about a team that wishes to be something for everyone.
â€œThe girls program is relatively young and we are trying to build a reputation for the program based on this years success,â€ U14 coach Dan Kolzow said. â€œWeâ€™re just trying to get the word out, for everyone that would like to volunteer. They donâ€™t even need to have a child thatâ€™s trying out.â€
A program that had 22 girls try out for the U14 level, the Express, which plays its game at a donated Lions Park West, wants to increase its numbers.
â€œWe lost some really good girls to other travel softball teams, and weâ€™d really like to get the community involved,â€ Kolzow said.
The season goes from May to July and already has a U16 and U12 team.
The U14 crew had nine girls return to this yearâ€™s team and were 19-12 as of last week.
â€œWe have tournament fees, equipment and gym rental, weâ€™d like the community to get involved and there are sponsorship opportunities. We want this program to be a viable option for softball and for parents to get involved and for sponsors to be active,â€ coach Scott Boan said.
The Elburn Express is open to players in the Kaneland School District. For tryout and volunteer information, look at the inside page of Sports and consult www.elburn.com/baseball/express.