All posts by Ben Draper

About Ben Draper

Ben Draper is the web editor for the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at bdraper@elburnherald.com, or by calling (630) 365-6446, ext. 104.
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    Derks, Palmer win 2014 Corn Boil 5K

    228 runners test themselves on the streets of Sugar Grove SUGAR GROVE—Andy Derks made it two-for-two at the 2014 Corn Boil 5K. After winning the event in 2013 with a time of 16 minutes, 12.1 seconds, the...

    • Posted July 31, 2014
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    Tracksters roll to win

    Photo: Senior Issac Swithers runs the opening leg of the 4x160m Relay at Sycamore on Feb. 26. The relay won, and Swithers went on to place second in the 55m and 200m dashes. Photos by Ben Draper...

    • Posted March 6, 2014
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    Photos: Cheerleaders @ NIB-12 Competition

    It was a high-flying Sunday in Morris, as the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference cheerleading squads travelled to the home of the Redskins for the annual NIB-12 Conference Cheerleading Competition. The Lady Knights left with a ninth-place...

    • Posted January 23, 2014
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  • The preschool-kindergarten students of Chesterbrook Academy in Sugar Grove stopped by the Elburn Food Pantry Thursday with donations of food, toys and gift cards, just in time for Christmas. The Elburn Food Pantry is located in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St. in Elburn. Donations are accepted at all times of the year. Photo by Ben Draper
    Giving back

    The preschool-kindergarten students of Chesterbrook Academy in Sugar Grove stopped by the Elburn Food Pantry Thursday with donations of food, toys and gift cards, just in time for Christmas. The Elburn Food Pantry is located in the...

    • Posted December 26, 2013
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    Team defense

    35 points by offense overshadowed by defensive gem in first round KANELAND—Drew David and the Knights offense was clicking, but it was the other side of the ball that stole the show. The Knights opened the 2013...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Seniors lead way to Sectional

    BURLINGTON, ILL—In the race for state, the Kaneland boys cross country team is heading in the right direction. With a trio of seniors leading the way, a return trip to the state meet might be in the...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Girls cross country advances to Sectional

    BURLINGTON, ILL.—One down, one to go in the Kaneland quest for the state meet. Coach Doug Ecker’s crew, led by a sixth-place finish by sophomore Brianna Bower, secured fourth place at the competitive Burlington Central Regional last...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • No twist

    KHS girls cross country wins Pretzel Invite FREEPORT, Ill.—The Kaneland girls cross country team is getting healthy at the right time. After their early schedule saw ups and downs with injuries, the group put together a solid...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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  • Boys XC battles health, competition

    FREEPORT, Ill.—Being shorthanded may be a problem for other squads, but not the Knights boys cross country team. Competing Saturday at the Freeport Pretzel Invitational without their top two runners this season in Nathaniel Kucera and Ryan...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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  • In the right direction

    Girls CC looks for October improvements STERLING, ILL.—As the calendar turns to October, it’s time for cross country teams to start coming together and jelling. The Kaneland girls cross country squad decided to start a little early,...

    • Posted October 3, 2013
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    Come together

    Boys CC packs it up at ACC AURORA—A change of format at the Charger Classic, hosted by Aurora Central Catholic at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora, saw the Kaneland boys cross country team in the gold, larger-schools...

    • Posted October 3, 2013
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    Oregon trail

    Photo: Kaneland senior Sydney Strang continued her solid start to the season, earning a fourth-place finish in Oregon, Ill., Saturday. File Photo Lady Harriers run strong Saturday OREGON, Ill.—The Lady Knights trekked to Oregon High School Saturday,...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Hot start

    KANELAND—Coach Tim Larsen’s tennis team has to love its hot start, even though some matches have been cancelled due to the heat. Sitting at 4-0 after a dual win at Plainfield North Saturday, the Lady Knights had...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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    A running start

    ELBURN—A short-handed Kaneland boys cross country team fell just short of a season-opening win. In their first taste of competition for the 2013 season, the Knights harriers were edged by visiting Wheaton Academy 27-30. West Chicago placed...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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    Bower’s way

    Photo: Sophomore Brianna Bower earned her first individual cross country victory in Tuesday’s season opener at Elburn Woods. Photo by Ben Draper Sophomore takes individual win in season opener ELBURN—Many runners start a cross country race, but...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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  • Top 10 of 2012: The most-viewed stories on ElburnHerald.com in the past year

    Our top 10 most-viewed stories from 2012 touched it all: local hot-button issues, police-related articles, community groups linking to articles about them, and what I can only call the "power of Google."

    • Posted December 29, 2012
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  • Christmas crafts

    Saturday’s Holiday in the Grove event featured events all over the village of Sugar Grove, including a craft show and ornament making at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.

    • Posted December 7, 2012
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  • Feb. 15-22 webpoll

    If a good student is accepted into a college but cannot afford it, should the government step in and pay? Click to vote/comment.

    • Posted February 15, 2012
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  • Jan. 18-25 web poll

    What kind of games do you enjoy the most?

    • Posted January 18, 2012
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  • New beginnings at Northside

    Thursday marked the Grand Opening of Northside Pub at 117 N. Main St. in Elburn.

    • Posted January 14, 2012
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  • Jan. 11-18 webpoll

    Do you support the Elburn Station development in Elburn? Vote and comment here.

    • Posted January 11, 2012
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  • Jan. 4-11 Webpoll

    What kind of new business would you like to see in your hometown? Sound off here.

    • Posted January 4, 2012
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  • Photo gallery: Weather can’t dampen Christmas spirit

    Drizzly weather didn’t dampen spirits at the Christmas in Kaneville event Saturday morning, which took place throughout the village.

    • Posted December 9, 2011
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  • Photo Gallery: Santa’s other big day

    The Holiday in the Grove event event, in Sugar Grove on Saturday, featured Santa Paws at the Sugar Grove Public Library—where Sandra Holleran, 10 (left), of Sugar Grove reads to Dakota Sioux from the Fox Valley Dog...

    • Posted December 9, 2011
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  • Photo Gallery: Kandyland Pictures

    Photos from the Elburn Herald Kandyland event as part of the 2011 Elburn Christmas Stroll Friday evening. A total of 649 people attended Kandyland this year.

    • Posted December 5, 2011
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  • Photo: Sweet beginnings

    Made From Scratch Pastries owner Valerie McGrath cuts the ribbon at the bakery’s grand opening Wednesday morning.

    • Posted December 2, 2011
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  • Photo gallery: Kaneland 20, Rochelle 14 (IHSA Quarterfinal)

    Kaneland senior Quinn Buschbacher (22) makes a one-handed catch against Rochelle Saturday afternoon. The Knights improved to 12-0 with a 20-14 victory over the host Hubs and move on to the semifinals where they will host the...

    • Posted November 12, 2011
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