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Hultgren commends Illinois’ heroin state of emergency declaration

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently commended the Illinois State House for unanimously passing a resolution declaring a “heroin state of emergency” across the state, and pushed for the community to come together to finalize a plan to combat heroin and opioid abuse. In recent years, heroin has seen a striking reappearance in the Chicago area, including in the collar counties.

“Heroin and opioid abuse is a growing threat to our communities in Illinois, as we found out at my community leadership forum last month. I applaud the Illinois House for recognizing the seriousness of the situation, but we must act now to stem the tide of heroin deaths and overdose,” Rep. Hultgren said. “What we need is an action plan that our entire community can pursue, and I encourage everyone to review the community forum’s draft action plan and send their recommendations to my office so we can finalize a solution to move forward and coordinate our efforts across northern Illinois. I will be sharing this draft action plan with the state legislators for their review. Together, we can combat heroin and opioid abuse and provide hope for the victims and their families caught in its trap.”

Hultgren on March 7 convened a Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention in Geneva to bring together a diverse array of experts and local and state leaders—including law enforcement, drug courts, elected officials, educators, treatment providers and recovery centers—to share resources and ideas to tackle the growing threat of heroin addiction and opioid abuse in northern Illinois. Participants represented all seven of the collar counties, including Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, DeKalb and Will counties.

Following the event, Hultgren launched an event summary and working draft action plan, available at www.hultgren.house.gov/heroin, based on the breakout discussion groups and ensure community coordination and follow-up to what was discussed.

Waubonsee recognized as Tree Campus USA for fourth straight year

SUGAR GROVE—For the fourth consecutive year, Waubonsee Community College has been recognized for its care of its campus canopy.

The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Waubonsee its Tree Campus USA designation for 2013.

The distinction comes through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA nationwide program. Launched in 2008 by the Foundation and Toyota, the program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Waubonsee met five core standards established by the Tree Campus USA program for effective campus forest management: establishing a tree advisory committee; adopting a campus tree care plan; annually dedicating resources to its campus tree program; hosting an Arbor Day observance; and implementing a student service-learning project.

Board approves Wheelchair Lift Project bid

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a bid for the CDBG Wheelchair Lift Project to build a new wheelchair lift in town.

The approved bid of $31,880 came from Garaventa USA, Inc. The village received the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Kane County, which will pay for $20,000 of the project.

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KHS soccer still working between posts

Sophomore Kiandra Powell works around Morris defenders on her way to her second goal of the game.
Photo by Patti Wilk

DeKalb, Morris contests highlight week
KANELAND—While the win streak may have stopped, the unbeaten streak still rages on for Lady Knights soccer.

The nine-match win streak officially ended on April 30 in DeKalb, as the Lady Knights and host Barbs battled to a scoreless stalemate. On the flipside, the Lady Knights took care of business in Maple Park against Morris by a final of 4-0 on May 1.

On Tuesday, KHS dispatched Rochelle 5-0.

Kaneland has gone unbeaten for 12 straight matches and sits at 11-1-1 with a 6-0-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

After the tie in Barbville, the Lady Knights were able to get a first-half goal on the Redskins rival, thanks to a goal with 20:12 left, courtesy of Kiandra Powell with an assist from Collingbourne.

The hosts poured it on in the second half of play, beginning with Powell’s second goal of an unassisted variety with 18:36 remaining. Powell completed the hat trick with 15:50 left, thanks to a Madi Jurcenko assist.

Delaney Stryczek capped the day on a feed from Collingbourne with 13:04 to ice it.

On Tuesday against Rochelle, Collingbourne had three goals while Heather Ortiz and Brittany Olson each had one. Courtney Diddell had two assists and Olson had one.

Wednesday had scheduled action in Hinckley, Ill., against the Hinckley-Big Rock Royals, while Thursday had a home matchup scheduled with Yorkville.

Knights relay runs well at DyestatIL DMR


ELMHURST, Ill.—On April 30, the Knights sent Nathaniel Kucera (center), Brock Robertson (right), Luis Acosta and Kyle Carter (left) to York High School in Elmhurst, Ill., for the inaugural DyestatIL.com Distance Medley Relay. The unique event, at least for Illinois teams, features the following distances: 1200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m. In the elite field that was invited to compete, the KHS quartet placed seventh with a time of 10 minutes, 28.80 seconds. Kucera kicked things off with a 3:12.4 in the 1200m, and Robertson blazed to a :51.5 in the 800m. Acosta notched one of the fastest 800m splits of the day with a 1:58.9, while Carter anchored the 1600m in a speedy 4:26.1. The team’s overall time ranks the Knights No. 8 in the state and No. 62 in the nation, regardless of school size. Photos by Ben Draper

Talent is Central for KHS boys track

KANELAND—Opposing boys track outfits not only had to deal with threatening weather and a power outage that created a stoppage in action, but also the Kaneland Knights.

With 160.5 points, KHS was well ahead of Burlington Central’s 91, CLC’s 69.5, Vernon Hills’ 68.5 and Dundee-Crown’s 53.5. Machesney Park’s Harlem (49), Antioch (47), South Elgin (44), Belvidere North (38) and Yorkville (29.5) rounded out the top 10 of the 14 schools that were able to register points.

At CLC, KHS had a first-place effort in the 4x800m relay, thanks to Andrew Lesak, Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter and Nathaniel Kucera’s 8:02.98 effort.

The foursome of Brandon Bishop, Isaac Swithers, Dylan Nauert and Ben Barnes took the 4x100m relay by acing a speedster time of 44.10. That unit also won the 4x200m relay at 1:31.38. Robertson, Bishop, Acosta and Nauert managed second place in the 4x400m event with a time of 3:27.65.

“Honestly, it wasn’t that long of a (power outage) delay,” KHS coach Eric Baron said, “It really didn’t affect (us) as much as the cold did. The boys performed well. We tried some different lineups out and still won. Isaac Swithers had a really good night.”

Hurdles events featured Robertson’s 15.81 effort in the 110m high hurdles for second place.
Lesak acclimated well in the 400m dash with a 52.32 effort, and Robertson took second place in the 300m low hurdles with a time of 40.73.

Carter’s 4:27.32 effort was good for second in the 1600m run.

Field events had Kaneland leaping to first, thanks to a 21-08 chance by Barnes in the long jump. Teammate Dalvell Triplett took third in the triple jump with a mark of 41-02. Nate Dyer threw a 54-07 in the shot put for second place. In the pole vault, Dylan Kuipers’ 14-06 was sky high enough for a first place.

Friday, May 9, sees the Kane Count Boys Track Invite, held at Millenium Field in Streamwood, Ill.

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Softball outlast Morris, has rematch with Sycamore

KANELAND—The Lady Knights softball team’s overall record is staying afloat as the regular season inches closer and closer to its end.

Last Thursday, the Lady Knights defeated the capable Morris Lady Redskins down in Grundy County territory by a final of 8-6.

For KHS, senior Burlington Central transfer and future Wisconsin Badger Angie Morrow was the winning pitcher, while senior first-baseman Hayley Contorno added a three-run homer in the winning effort.

On Tuesday, just 11 days after a thrilling 10-9 comeback win, KHS hosted Sycamore and won 8-3.

Kaneland is now 11-9, with a 3-2 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

Tonight the Lady Knights host conference rival Rochelle at 4:30 p.m.

Photo by Mary Paulson

Pack the Park event at Fifth Third Bank Park May 19

GENEVA—The Kaneland Knights and Batavia Bulldogs baseball teams want to pack the park at Geneva’s Fifth Third Bank Park May 19 to raise money for three honorary families to help them in their battles with cancer.

This year’s honorees include Kaneland softball head coach Brian Willis, Kaneland senior baseball player Kevin Kassinger’s father, Phil, and Drew Hahn, a 12-year-old Kaneland Harter Middle School student, whose father is the head baseball coach at Geneva High School.

The event will also be a senior night celebration.

Admission is $5, and in addition to sophomore and varsity baseball action, the event includes silent auctions. The sophomores play at 4:30 while the varsity teams take the field at 7 p.m.

For general information, donations or sponsorship information, contact Brian Aversa at brian.aversa@kaneland.org or visit Kaneland.org/content/pack-park.

Schuberg, Krueger help U-D win first golf title since 1975

DUBUQUE, IOWA—The University of Dubuque captured its first men’s golf title in 39 years after posting a 7-shot victory at the 2014 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Men’s Golf Championships.

Kaneland grads Josh Schuberg and Troy Krueger are members of the team, placing sixth and t-20th respectively. Schuberg was also named to the all-conference team for his efforts.

The former KHS pair and their new team now head to the NCAA Division III National Championship May 13-16.

Burton A. Brown Jr.

Burton A. Brown Jr., 68, of Maple Park, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

He was born Feb. 12, 1946, in Indianapolis, the son of Burton and Mary (Jones) Brown.

Burton was raised in Kankakee, Ill., and attended Lincoln College. He graduated from Howe Military Academy in northeastern Indiana. Burton served four years in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He was an avid outdoorsman, and in his spare time Burton loved to golf and was very active with the Boy Scouts. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Julie (Salamone); son, Adam of Maple Park; sister, Gretchen (Larry) Morgan of Texas; brother-in-law, Norm (Laura) Salamone; nieces, Gina (Shaun) Callahan of Aurora and Kelly Morgan of Colorado; nephews, Derek (Kimberly) Morgan of Texas and Tyler Morgan of Texas; and many dear cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Burton was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service was held Monday at Malone Funeral Home, Geneva. Father Perfecto Vasquez officiated. Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

Visitation was held Sunday at Malone Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Boy Scouts of America Troop 36 of Geneva, Illinois, C/O TJ Farrell, 750 Anderson Blvd., Geneva, IL 60134 Illinois would be appreciated.

For information, call (630) 232-8233 or visit www.malonefh.com.

Betty I. Neisendorf

Betty I. Neisendorf, 82, of Hampshire, Ill., passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side.

She was born June 7, 1931, in Maple Park, the daughter of Adam and Lois (Nevitt) Moser.

Betty was a member of Maple Park High School’s Class of 1949. She married Edward “Bud” Neisendorf on May 10, 1952, at St. Mary Church in DeKalb, and they resided at their farm near Burlington, Ill., for 60 years.

Betty retired from Burlington Central High School District 301, where she was the director of Food Service for 25 years. She was always supportive of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, and was very active in her community. She was a dedicated volunteer of Easter Seals and the American Cancer Society. She had worked as an Avon representative, and had made plenty of wedding cakes.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Bud; her children, Bev (Louis) Thies, Richard (Judi), Daniel “Boomer” (Peg), David (Pam), Tom (Jody), Tim (Peg) and Dean “Farmer” (Jenny); 14 grandchildren, Andrea, Courtney, Alyson, Abby, Amber, Adam, Samantha, Rachel, Jacob, Mary, Erin, Jill, Danielle and Christopher; four great-grandchildren, Raven, Brandon, Harper and William, and another great-grandchild due in June; two sisters, Bonnie (the late Louis) Priwer and Barb (Eric) Pinion; her aunt, Ruth (the late Emory) Voyles; many cousins, nieces and nephews, and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Megan Neisendorf.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.

If desired, memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Make-A-Wish (Team Meg) Foundation at KishHealth System Hospice.

The Frederick Funeral Home in Hampshire is assisting the family. For more information, call (847) 683-2711.

Letter: ‘A choice between books and lightbulbs’

At the April 24 board meeting, the Sugar Grove Public Library Board voted to increase fees for the use of the meeting rooms in the library for all groups.

This has already generated a clamor in the community. The board is currently working on a budget that will maintain current hours, but cut back materials and programs which are under-used. Those are the only two areas that can be cut further. The building must be kept in good repair, heated and cooled, have the snow and ice removed in the winter, and the grass cut in the summer. All of these costs come out of the operating budget, and as those costs increase, less money is left for the books, movies, materials and programs that many people regard as the primary purpose of the library. Every time the lights are turned on in a meeting room, it costs money. Whether the group using the room is for-profit or not, staff time is used to arrange the appropriate furniture and technology, and provide additional cleaning if the room is not left in good condition.

On March 18, the Sugar Grove Public Library District had a referendum on the ballot asking to increase the tax rate for operating the library. It was resoundingly defeated. It was clear that even library users and supporters did not vote for it.

Some argue that libraries are obsolete, but a look at the usage numbers will show that is not the case. Fifty-five percent of the residents in the Sugar Grove Public Library District have a library card; 13,295 items were checked out in March.

Many people think the building is too big, but it is too late to do anything about that. Even if we close the doors and turn off the lights, the taxpayers are obligated for the next 10 years to repay the bonds issued to build the library.

The next board meeting is on Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and suggest ways to solve the financial problems at the library. As building maintenance issues arise, more material and service cuts are possible. Right now, it is a choice between books and light bulbs, because you can’t have both.

Louise Coffman
Sugar Grove Public Library treasurer, trustee

Kaneland United Soccer Club tryouts begin May 19

ELBURN—The Kaneland United Soccer Club (KUSC) is holding tryouts for its competitive travel program May 19 through 30.

Players need to pre-register online at www.kanelandunitedsoccerclub.com or contact Brad Simmons at (630) 463-9001, ext. 709.

KUSC fields girls and boys teams in the U8 and above age groups. Boys teams compete in the Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) and girls teams compete in the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL).

Boys tryouts will be held from May 19-23, while girls tryouts will be held from May 27-30. All tryouts will be held at Blackberry Elementary School in Elburn beginning at 5:30 p.m. Arrive 15 minutes early.

The KUSC program provides year round player development, competitive games in the leagues it participates in and tournament play. Teams are led by experienced and licensed coaches, and player development includes working with trainers with significant club and professional backgrounds.

Kaneland boys basketball golf outing June 7

SUGAR GROVE—The Kaneland Boys Basketball program will host its fifth annual golf outing on Saturday, June 7, at Bliss Creek Golf Club in Sugar Grove.

The event is a fundraiser for the program, and funds raised will go toward uniforms, equipment, and fees for summer leagues and shootouts.

A variety of prizes donated by local businesses will be available in a raffle. There will also be a silent auction.

The golf outing will be a scramble and costs $100 per person or $400 for a foursome. Dinner is included for all golfers. Dinner-only tickets are $40.

To sign up or for more information, including sponsorship information and donations, contact head coach Brian Johnson at 10791@kaneland.org.

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KHS, McDole in tech demonstration

SPRINGFIELD—Kaneland High School and McDole Elementary School are among approximately two of 60 schools statewide that will participate in the annual TECH 2014 Students for the Information Age event on Thursday, May 8, at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

From 1 to 3 p.m., students will show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to improve student achievement. Computer workstations will be set up in the Capitol Building Rotunda so students may show how technology has helped them with their schoolwork.

Taking part in the demonstrations locally are KHS seniors Andrea Petrarca and Jackson Thomas, junior Alexander Ochoa, and teacher Beth Trafton. Representing McDole Elementary School will be teachers Anne Olsen and Cathy Lannert, and selected fourth- and fifth-grade students. Students will share how their knowledge of Google documents has enhanced their
learning to better prepare them for college and beyond, as well as innovative blogging ideas for writing.

The purpose of TECH 2014 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students will demonstrate for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today.

Community Corner: Arts Initiative celebrates festival, welcomes Cavern Beat

by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative

Three thousand guests attended the 15th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons and participants alike enjoyed their time celebrating the arts by viewing over 500 Kaneland student art pieces, participating in theatre workshops, watching “James and the Giant Peach” along with other wonderful performances in the Kaneland auditorium, and learning about visual art mediums from over 15 professional artists.

In Festival exit surveys, patrons were complimentary of the “interactive artists willing to let kids participate,” the science club and art club participation, and the variety of artists.

Mixed-media visual artist Valerie Lorimer gave the festival a review after attending it for the first time as a participant.

“Oh wow. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this event,” Lorimer wrote. “Great atmosphere and terrific interactive experiences for the kids. Awesome performing arts, as well. I am very impressed by the community’s support of the arts. I hope to be asked back again.”

The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) was also pleased to partner with Changing Children’s World Foundation, which held an art contest in conjunction with the festival. Ken Evans, owner of Franklin’s Frames from Sycamore, awarded the Golden Palette Award to selected Kaneland students. KAI unveiled six pieces of art created by 2012-13 KAI Artist in Residence Eric Nye, which were presented to the Kaneland School District at its April 28 School Board meeting.

KAI was excited to announce at the festival that the 2014 KAI Fine Arts Scholarship would be awarded to Matthew Alfrey in May.

After the success of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, KAI is thrilled to invite the Cavern Beat back to the Kaneland stage on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

The Cavern Beat borrows its name from the now world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The Beatles played more shows there than anywhere else in their whole career. Starting with founding Cavern Beat member and drummer Alan Wagner in 2005, the initial idea was a simple one: perform the music of The Beatles as it was, by them. The band uses only guitars, drums and true voices. No computers or digital processors, no tapes or loops, no modern sounding amps—just pure, original Beatles. The band’s site is www.thecavernbeat.com.

Joining The Cavern Beat on the stage this Friday will be the MidKnight Special. The MidKnight Special, directed by Mrs. Rachel Shershen, is the top choir at Kaneland Harter Middle School. This is the second year that the MidKnight Special has sung with the Cavern Beat. Tickets are on sale at the Kaneland Webstore, found at www.kaneland.org. Adult tickets are $10, student and senior citizen tickets are $8, and the ever popular family ticket is $25. The family ticket allows all members currently living in one household to be admitted for the single price of $25. More information about the event and upcoming events can be found on the KAI website, www.kanelandartsinitative.org.

Editor’s note
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Kaneland Krier earns awards from NISPA, IHSA

KANELAND—The Kaneland Krier attended a journalism competition hosted by the Northern Illinois School Press Association (NISPA) at DuPage Community College on Friday, April 25. Awards were won by the staff as a whole and individually.

As a whole, the paper earned a Bronze Certificate for Excellence in Journalism.

Executive Editor Courtney earned a Blue Ribbon in Column Writing. Editor Katrina Paulick earned an Honorable Mention in Individual In-Depth Writing. Executive Editor Michelle McCracken earned an Honorable Mention in Review Writing. Executive EditorAmelia Likeum earned an Honorable Mention in Photography. Executive Editor Kristin Staub earned an Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing. Executive Editor Felicia Steik earned an Honorable Mention in Advertising Design.

Kaneland Krier also attended journalism sectionals for Illinois High School Association (IHSA) at NIU on Saturday, April 26. Editor Jack Coyle placed second in Review Writing and qualified for State. Executive Editor Amelia Likeum placed fourth in Photography and is a runner-up for State. Executive Editor Samantha Schrepferman took fourth in Headline Writing and is a runner-up for state. Executive Editor Nick Boose placed fifth in Newswriting and is a runner-up for state.

Letter: A thank you to Kaneland wrestlers

I wish to offer a big thank you to the Kaneland wrestlers. These hard-working boys are spending their weekends helping out the seniors by doing free spring yard clean-ups. By working together, it’s amazing what they accomplish in a short period of time.

Although free, donations are welcome to offset costs to send the boys to summer wrestling camp.

Also, a thank you to Bob and Lori McCaffrey for organizing this worthwhile project.
Joan Perrin, Sugar Grove

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Boys track shows no-doubt clout

Photo: Kaneland’s senior Brock Robertson (above) had a big day for the Knights Saturday, winning both the 110m hurdles (15.75) and 300m hurdles (40.30). Photos by Mary Paulson

Peterson Prep No. 45 goes KHS way
KANELAND—When you’re able to have an event be the fastest time in the state of Illinois as well as breaking a record at a 44-year-old event, something is going right.

In the case of Knights boys track, there was no better showcase for things going right than the late-April staple Peterson Prep on Saturday.

Celebrating 45 years, the 17-team gathering at Kaneland had the hosts run away with 140 points, ahead of DeKalb (66), Sycamore (63), Batavia (61) and Geneva (44).

West Aurora (43), Dundee-Crown (42), Yorkville (28), Oswego East (25) and Mt. Carmel of Chicago (17) completed the top 10 teams.

The 4×800 meter relay, run by Andrew Lesak, Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter and Nathaniel Kucera, set a meet record and was unofficially the best time that Illinois has seen in the event in 2014.

The Knights also saw plenty of accolades their way in other events.

In the 400m dash varsity, Carter ran a 50.36 race for second place, while Kucera finished third with a 50.81.

In the 800m run, it was Austin Kintz managing fourth with a time of 2:02.32.

Hurdles action saw Brock Robertson take a first in the 110m hurdles by dashing to a 15.75, followed closely by teammate Dylan Nauert’s fifth-place 16.52. Robertson would come back and grab first in the 300m hurdles event by racing to a 40.30 finish, while Nauert took fifth at 41.20.

Relay happenings saw KHS finish fourth in the 4x100m at 43.88, as well as in the 4x200m at 1:32.36.

In the 4×400, the Knights took second at 3:28.40, before the record-breaker in the 4x800m at 7:50.27, 4.5 seconds better than Yorkville’s time.

The Stanford-bound Kucera performed how he had to in the final stretch of the race.

“Yorkville was going to be right on me, because he’s a really good runner,” Kucera said. “I knew he was going to be right behind me if I let up at all, so I just turned it on and just tried to hold on.”

Field events also saw quite the collection of honors, with seniors Dylan Kuipers and Dan Evers taking the top two spots in the pole vault with 14 feet and 13 feet, respectively.

The long jump had Ben Barnes take the event by a 22-1.5 effort, followed closely by Dalvell Triplett in fourth at 20-9.25. Triplett also took a third in the triple jump event at 43-08.

Barnes was just glad to be out in reasonable conditions, having his talent do the rest.

“It’s the beginning of the season, with the biggest meets coming up,” Barnes said. “The last couple weeks, the weather hasn’t been good. It was perfect today, and the wind wasn’t at our face. I was just reaching for that goal.”

The throwing section also saw Knight life, with Nate Dyer besting the shot put field at 52-08, while Alex Snyder finished fourth at 46-8.5. Dyer also aced the discus at 162-9.5.

KHS coach Eric Baron knows that the roster, already high-caliber, isn’t peaking just yet.

“It was a great all-around performance for our team,” Baron said. “Brock Robertson had a huge meet winning both hurdle races. Dyer threw his best ever in discus. (The) 4×8 was good. However, only Lesak ran his best time. We have the potential to go much faster. The thing that I do as coach is compare to our times from the past. Last year, we ran 8:01 at Peterson. We are 11 seconds ahead of that this year. Can we be 11 seconds ahead of where we finished with last year?”

Ahead for KHS boys track is a trek to the Crystal Lake Central Invite on Friday, May 2.

Can’t count ‘em out

KHS softball earns come-from-behind win
KANELAND—Under wind-swept and sunny skies, the forecast was less than appealing for the Lady Knights softball squad in Sycamore on Friday.

A three-run barrage in the top of the first inning soon gave way to a seven-run rally for Sycamore, but a run in the second, two in the fourth and four more in the sixth put a cap on a KHS comeback and a 10-9 win.

Other action during a packed week saw Kaneland drop a 3-1 decision to visiting DeKalb on Thursday, while hosting Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Geneseo on Saturday. The Lady Knights took the opener 4-3 while losing the second game 17-9.

KHS’ game against Yorkville in Kendall County on Tuesday was postponed.

KHS now sits at 9-9, with a 1-2 record in NIB-12 play.

In the matchup against DeKalb, it was Angie Morrow tagged with the loss.

Against Sycamore, Anissa Becker was unable to get out of the first inning, while Courtney Davis came on and pitched until the sixth when winning pitcher Angie Morrow came on to cinch the game.

“Our pitching was a little erratic, to say the least,” KHS coach Brian Willis said. “It was at the beginning at the game, and I explained to (Becker) that everybody has a day like that. You’ve just got to pick each other up, and our other pitchers came in and picked her up and only allowed two runs the rest of the game.”

After Morgan Weber doubled and Lexi Roach walked to kick off the game, Lanie Callaghan reached on an infield single before Meg Cohrs drove two home with a double. However, Callaghan was ruled out at third. After Cohrs went to third on a wild pitch, Hayley Contorno drove her in with a single for a 3-0 edge.

Sycamore was able to blow the game open with seven runs and nine hits in the bottom of the first and necessitating Davis’ entrance. Davis allowed just one hit to the first batter she faced.

The Lady Knights were able to reach home plate in the top of the second thanks to a Callaghan double that brought home Roach, who walked. Callaghan was again ruled out at third base trying to advance.

Two more runs came the Kaneland way in the top of the fourth. Davis singled, while Mary Clausen sacrificed her over to second. Davis would move to third on a passed ball and Weber would walk, setting the stage for Roach’s RBI single. Callaghan walked to load the bases and Cohrs’ sacrifice fly sent in the second run. Contorno’s groundout would end the rally at 7-6.

Sycamore plated two more in the bottom of the fifth before KHS sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth. Morgan Sikon’s RBI made it 9-7, and pinch hitter Paige Kuefler’s fielder’s choice made it 9-8, but Clausen’s squeeze play to drive home Kuefler ended as an out after Clausen was first ruled safe at home.

With the bases still loaded, Weber’s two-run single gave Kaneland the lead for the first time since the first inning.

Morrow and the defense were able to stifle a burgeoning rally that had a Sycamore runner in scoring position in the sixth and made it through the seventh for the dramatic win.

“The situation was, we couldn’t let them score,” Morrow said. “That was the biggest thing for me, and I needed to get a ground ball or strike somebody out. I was throwing fastballs; my curveball wasn’t working the way I wanted it to.”

Future action has the Lady Knights trek to Morris for an NIB-12 clash on Thursday, May 1.

KUMC Mother-Daughter Banquet

KANEVILLE—All mothers and daughters in the community are invited to the Kaneville United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for its annual Mother-Daughter Banquet. The potluck supper will begin in the basement, followed by a brief program in the sanctuary. This year’s program, “For God so loved the world … That He gave us mothers and chocolate” will be deliciously amusing and inspirational. Don’t miss out on this tradition of food, fellowship and fun as the church reflects on God’s blessings. Awards, prizes and special music will complete the evening’s program.

Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road, Kaneville. For more information, call (630) 557-2353.

Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

Dawn Lynnette Long

Dawn Lynnette Long, 45, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Dawn was born on June 9, 1968, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles, to loving parents Beverly and George Laux.

Dawn grew up in Batavia on her parents’ produce farm. She spent most of her childhood helping in the fields and at the market on Fabyan Parkway.

Dawn started her education at Western Avenue School. Coultrap Middle School in Geneva was her next destination. She finished her studies at Geneva High School, graduating in 1986.

Dawn met the love of her life, James Long, in early 2012. They were united in holy matrimony at Grace Fellowship Church in Maple Park by Pastor James Harper on Aug. 3, 2013.

Dawn spent several years in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, near Corbin, Ken. She moved back to be close to her family, living with her sister Karla in Batavia. When Dawn and James were married, they lived on his farm in Kaneville.

Dawn liked working with her hands, putting them to work refinishing, making, and installing cabinets with Nat, “the handy man.”

After returning to Illinois, Dawn found her life’s work as a homemaker. That was until Dawn became a grandmother. She took care of her granddaughter Leighton like only a grandmother could.

Dawn was a devoted member of Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park.

Dawn was an avid gardener; she loved to plant flowers, vegetables and tomatoes. A favorite pastime was throwing the Frisbee to her beloved “Tanky Boy.”

Dawn liked to bake and cook for her family; she specialized in pies. Whatever was in season was the pie of the week in Dawn’s kitchen. She enjoyed watching cooking shows, where she picked up many recipe ideas for her family to try out.

She truly appreciated any time she got to be around her friends, just hanging out, relaxing and talking. When she met Jim, one of their favorite things to do was to spend a quiet night at home watching movies—one of her favorites was “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” starring George Clooney. She even snagged a copy from mom.

She enjoyed the open road. When she lived in Kentucky, she would call her sister Karla out of the blue and say, “See you in seven hours.” Seven hours later you could hear her muffler coming up the driveway.

She is survived by her husband, James Long; parents, Beverly and Dale Kuipers; brother, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers; sister, Karla Kuipers; step-children, Jacob, Joseph (Katlyn), Sarah and Benjamin Long; grandchildren, Leighton Long; niece and nephew, Cierra and Dylan Kuipers; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, step-family and in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Laux; grandparents, Theodore and Catherine Uthe; and her beloved dog, Tanky Boy.

Visitation was held on Monday. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in their name to benefit. Checks may be made to the “Dawn Long Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Sadie Ann Sane

Sadie Ann Sane, 76, of Elburn, passed away peacefully Friday, April 25, surrounded by the love of her family.

Sadie is survived by her loving children Diane Lynn (Dennis) Mattoon, Deborah Kay (Brian) Terpstra and Dayton (Gabriella) Sane Jr. ; fond grandchildren, Anthony and Lia Turchi, Christopher (Stephanie) Heins, Theresa Terpstra, Jordan and Daniella Sane; one great-grandchild, Gianna Heins; brothers, William (Janet) Johnesee and Kenneth (Sharon) Johnesee; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joe Sane; parents, Clinton and Evelyn Johnesee; brother, Joe Johnesee; sister, Sandy Boutin; nephew, Keith Johnesee.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Conley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in Tennessee.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Sadie Sane Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Covenant of Grace Church pancake breakfast

SUGAR GROVE—Covenant of Grace Church will host a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 17, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, Main Street in Sugar Grove. The breakfast will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry.

The church asks that all those who attend bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or personal care item to donate to the food pantry. Cash donations will also be accepted, with 100 percent going straight to Between Friends.

For more information about Covenant of Grace or the pancake breakfast, call the church office at (630) 906-9661 or visit our website www.covofgrace.org.

Dawn Laynnette Long

Dawn Laynnette Long, 45, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Dawn was born on June 9, 1968, at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles, to loving parents Beverly and George Laux.

Dawn grew up in Batavia on her parents’ produce farm. She spent most of her childhood helping in the fields and at the market on Fabyan Parkway.

Dawn started her education at Western Avenue School. Coultrap Middle School in Geneva was her next destination. She finished her studies at Geneva High School, graduating in 1986.

Dawn met the love of her life, James Long, in early 2012. They were united in holy matrimony at Grace Fellowship Church in Maple Park by Pastor James Harper on Aug. 3, 2013.

Dawn spent several years in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, near Corbin, Ken. She moved back to be close to her family, living with her sister Karla in Batavia. When Dawn and James were married, they lived on his farm in Kaneville.

Dawn liked working with her hands, putting them to work refinishing, making, and installing cabinets with Nat, “the handy man.”

After returning to Illinois, Dawn found her life’s work as a homemaker. That was until Dawn became a grandmother. She took care of her granddaughter Leighton like only a grandmother could.
Dawn was a devoted member of Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park.

Dawn was an avid gardener; she loved to plant flowers, vegetables and tomatoes. A favorite pastime was throwing the Frisbee to her beloved “Tanky Boy.”

Dawn liked to bake and cook for her family; she specialized in pies. Whatever was in season was the pie of the week in Dawn’s kitchen. She enjoyed watching cooking shows, where she picked up many recipe ideas for her family to try out.

She truly appreciated any time she got to be around her friends, just hanging out, relaxing and talking. When she met Jim, one of their favorite things to do was to spend a quiet night at home watching movies—one of her favorites was “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” starring George Clooney. She even snagged a copy from mom.

She enjoyed the open road. When she lived in Kentucky, she would call her sister Karla out of the blue and say, “See you in seven hours.” Seven hours later you could hear her muffler coming up the driveway.

She is survived by her husband, James Long; parents, Beverly and Dale Kuipers; brother, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers; sister, Karla Kuipers; step-children, Jacob, Joseph (Katlyn), Sarah and Benjamin Long; grandchildren, Leighton Long; niece and nephew, Cierra and Dylan Kuipers; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, step-family and in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Laux; grandparents, Theodore and Catherine Uthe; and her beloved dog, Tanky Boy.

Visitation was held on Monday. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

A memorial has been established in their name to benefit. Checks may be made to the “Dawn Long Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Letter: A thank you from Matt McCannon MS committee

From the family of Matt McCannon, we would like to thank all of the friends, family, Sugar Grove and surrounding community neighbors and businesses that helped make the Matt McCannon MS fundraiser successful. We are especially grateful to the following donors and supporters: RKA Gun Range, Ed and Ellen Beaulieu, Quilting Ladies, Sugar Grove Methodist Card Ministry, West Physical Therapy, Susanne McCannon, Chicago Chimney Sweep, Yvonne Neddiham-Gibson, Dr. Fee, Sean Herron, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, Karen McCannon, Rocky’s Dojo, Right Time Appliance, Cutz and Stylz, Chicago Police Department, Tom’s Tackle, Midwest Oil Change, Dave Paluch, C & E Mechanical, Jewelry in the Grove, Sugar Grove American Legion, Laura Bobrowsky, Source Therapeutic, Big Fat Soap, Mari Johnson, Great Clips, Sign FX, Hill’s Country Store, Don Beebe’s House of Speed, Audrey Ritchey, Gloria Dinelli, Friends of the Library, Sons of the American Legion, Avram Painting, Couture Tan, Emily Kay Salon, JT Nails, Wrigley, Nick’s Furniture, Curt Karas CPA, Drury Lane, Douglas Flooring, Kane County Forest Preserve, Patricia Hestikin, Melisa Taylor, Tiger Amusement, Blackberry Inn, Village Liquor, Raimondo’s Pizza, Fireside Grill, Genoa Pizza, Calamity Jane’s, Jimmy John’s, Sugar Grove BP, Jewel-Osco, Yorkville Goodwill Store and Donation Center, Sugar Grove Tobacco and Smoke Shop, Walgreen’s, Citgo, Green Acre Cleaners, Hair Cuttery, King Wok 47, Open Range Southwest Grill, Yorkville Bowl, Gail Deja-Schultz, White and Ecker, Catering Gourmet, Patty Weeks, Nancy Felella, Mayer School of Irish Dancing, Fairel Ann Designs Ltd., Elburn Herald, John Shields Elementary School, and all other donors and supporters.
Matt McCannon MS Fund Committee
Sugar Grove

KHS Students finish seventh in national math competition (external link)

KHS students Erika Carlson, Nick Likeum, Eun Woo (James) Lim, Muhammad (Munib) Rehman and Ethan Witt recently participated in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge https://m3challenge.siam.org/, and tied for 7th place. The internet-based math modeling competition involved 1,152 teams from high schools all over the country. It’s put on by the Moody’s Foundation, a function of Moody’s Corporation, a financial corporation: