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Oct. 16 Sports Recap

Don’t see your results in the Elburn Herald? Have your coach email them to or fax them to (630) 365-2251.

Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 8 @ Oswego East—The Lady Knights lost 4-3 at Oswego East. Abby Purnell (8-3) and Ava Mandele (8-5) won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and Mary Collum and Marley Schultz won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 8 @ Byron Invite—The Knights put up a perfect score of 15 to win the open race at Byron. The course was 2.87 miles.
1 A. Gale, 18:03; 2 D. Wojak, 18:29; 3 K. Wells, 18:31; 4 C. Girolamo, 18:34; 5 P. Heiser, 18:36; 6 T. Nance, 19:04; 7 G. Wilk, 19:25; 8 J. O’Sullivan, 19:38; 10 J. Kasap, 20:00; 12 K. Osborne, 21:07; 15 I. Piazza, 22:25; 16 J. Wolfe 22:26; 18 G. Gingrich, 22:49; 21 C. Rutter, 28:35

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 9 vs. Morris—The Knights won 5-0 over Morris. Brian Bartholomew had two goals and an assist, while Jose Chavez had a goal and assist. Diego Ruiz and Brandon Luebke also had goals, and Robbie Nachreiner had two assists for KHS.
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield East—The Knights were down 2-1 to PE with 10 minutes to go in the second half when the Plainfield East coach was given a red card, and the game was left as “undecided.” Christian Medrano scored an unassisted goal for the Knights who are 10-1-2 on the season, 8-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Girls Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 25-13, 23-25, 25-14.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland won 25-21, 25-13.

Girls Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs, DeKalb—The freshman A squad won 25-19, 14-25, 25-16. The B team tied 19-25, 25-20, 21-21.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—The A team won 26-24, 23-25, 25-12, while the B team fell 21-25, 19-25.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 11 @ Sterling Invite—The Lady Knights placed 9th out of 22 teams Saturday. Andrea Wells led the team with a runner-up finish, while Sarah Daley was 12th. There were no team scores kept in the JV open race.
Fr/So results: 2 A. Wells, 19:45; 12 S. Daley, 20:42; 39 G. Dodis, 21:24; 76 K. Huber, 23:04; 99 M. Dries, 24:47; 100 M. Burger, 24:49.
JV Open results: 132 S. Sommerville, 24:17; 155 H. Penkala, 24:53.

Middle School
Cross Country

Oct. 11 @ IESA Sectional—In one of the toughest sectionals int he state, the Kaneland Harter Middle School cross country team saw its girls team qualify for the IESA State Meet by placing third behind Batavia Rotolo and Yorkville. The girls were paced by Rachel Richtman’s 3rd place in 12:03 over two miles. Lesley Viveros placed 10th in 12:28. Both were all-sectional selections. Also running for KHMS were Cassidy Motyka (15th, 12:37), Grace Purcell (19th 12:45), Tessa Brennan (21st 12:48), Erin Ball (22nd 12:51), and Emma Ball (28th 13:11). The boys squad placed fifth as a team, but saw two boys qualify as individuals. Seventh grader Zach Long took 3rd place in 10:59, while Dan Occhipinti placed ninth in 11:14—a personal record by 50 seconds. The state meet takes place at Maxwell Park in Normal, Ill. The girls team will run at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 1:15 p.m.

8th grade volleyball

Eighth Grade Volleyball

Season recap—The 8th grade girls volleyball team of Kaneland Harter Middle School, coached by Jackie Self, had a successful season in the new Fox River Prairie Conference. This new conference includes St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Yorkville. The A team was 8-3 overall in the regular season, and beat Geneva South, Yorkville, and St. Charles Thompson in the Conference tournament to claim the title of conference champions. The B team was 10-1 overall and claimed the title of defending champs at the Yorkville B tournament. This talented group of girls worked together incredibly well and have many great years ahead in the high school volleyball program.

Seventh Grade Volleyball
Season recap—The Kaneland Harter Middle School 7th grade volleyball A team, coached by Kevin Hagan, was 7-4 overall in the regular season and took 2nd at the conference tournament. The B team ended 4-7 and took third at the Yorkville B tournament.

Kaneland Youth
Football League

Oct. 11, 2014:
Kaneland White 31
@ Yorkville Red 6
Kaneland Orange 9
@ Kaneland Black 0
Yorkville Black 26
@ Kaneland Silver 30
Yorkville Black 0
@ Kaneland Black 21
Kaneland White 27
@ Yorkville Red 7
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 20
Kaneland White 13
@ Yorkville Red 27
Kaneland Black 11
@ DeKalb Orange 8 (OT)
Yorkville Red 6
@ Kaneland White 20

Oct. 11, 2014:
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland White 6
Kaneland Orange 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 18
Kaneland Silver 19
@ Burlington White 0
Kaneland Black 31
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 8
@ Burlington Blue 13
Kaneland Black 14
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 6
@ Burlington Blue 27
DeKalb Black 38
@ Kaneland Black 8
Kaneland White 33
@ Yorkville White 6

The following teams have
qualified for the playoffs:

8U White, 8U Silver, 9U Black, 9U White, 10U Black, 11U Black and 11U White.

Compiled by Ben Draper

Kaneland Sports Boosters to give cancer the boot

KANELAND—The Kaneland Sports Boosters have announced their plans for the annual pink out, which will take place during the football games the evening of Friday, Oct. 24.

Pink out shirts and socks will be sold the week of Oct. 20 during lunch at Kaneland High School. They will also be sold at the games on Oct. 24.

Anyone that enters the Oct. 24 game with cowboy boots on will receive a free raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing.

Before the varsity game the boosters will be have a parade on the track for anyone that is suffering from cancer, a survivor, or anyone that wants to walk in memory of a loved one. If you are interested in participating please contact Shanne Kuipers at

All proceeds from the pink out will be donated to breast cancer research.

Letter: Getting the facts straight

I read with interest the letter from an area resident published in the Elburn Herald on Oct. 2, 2014. The letter contained several inaccurate statements and misinformation regarding Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District. The intent of this response is to provide accurate information.

Contrary to the letters’ assertion, the writer has never requested a face-to-face meeting with our district. And in fact, we would welcome the opportunity to provide truthful information regarding the resident-initiated referendum that will be voted as part of the Nov. 4 election.

Change tends to bring out strong emotion. The proposed disconnection, coupled with the well-documented tensions between the Elburn firefighters union and management, makes the situation even more emotional. But the facts are what matter. Fox River and Elburn both have state-of-the-art equipment and well trained personnel. Just as important, residents should understand the extent of apparatus and equipment sharing many fire departments utilize on a routine basis. With the exception on Aurora or Elgin, no fire departments in Kane County respond to major incidents without the use of mutual or automatic aid. Fox River is well-equipped for rural operations and has established aid with departments such as South Elgin, Pingree Grove, Burlington, etc.

In addition, Fox River is a member of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 2, providing access to specialized assets from around the state. Fox River has two Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances stationed at Station No. 1 on Route 64, and 22 of our firefighters are also paramedics. Fox River’s ALS capability is comparable with area departments and has been proven numerous times during responses to critical Emergency Medical Service (EMS) incidents.

Fox River has borrowed to acquire capital resources such as fire stations and apparatus. While the total debt outstanding is $4.5 million, annual debt service costs are budgeted first every year to maintain a balanced budget, and do not pose a threat to the district’s future financial position. More importantly, Fox River residents have benefitted immediately from the increased services provided at the cost of 2.5 percent interest amortized over time. Borrowing in this fashion is common for local governments’ capital needs, and has allowed the district to add critical resources sooner rather than accumulating large budget surpluses and excessive reserves through years of high tax rates.

An example of this tax swelling effect is Elburn’s construction of their new $12 million station with tax money extracted over 10 years. Fox River’s borrowing to construct and staff two stations for millions less in a shorter timeframe allowed the tax rate paid by residents to remain lower. Elburn’s debt-free philosophy has actually resulted in a much higher cost to the taxpayer for over a decade. During tax year 2013, Fox River’s rate was $0.27, compared to Elburn’s $0.79. Taxpayer saving could range from $300-$1,000 annually, depending upon the value of your home.

Fox River has received a protection class code of 3/6 to reflect areas covered by hydrants versus rural unhydranted areas. Elburn currently has a lesser rating of 4/8b. Fox River’s better rating can drop homeowner’s fire insurance costs by up to 20 percent, according to leading insurance underwriters in the area. This information in in direct conflict with the letter writer’s statements.

The writer also inaccurately states that Fox River charges an hourly rate for equipment called to a scene. Fox River does not charge an hourly rate for routine responses. Fox River has established a rate schedule consistent with state allowances for purposes of cost recovery on a hazardous material or illegal activity resulting in response. These are both prudent and fiscally responsible to ensure that taxpaying residents do not suffer extreme costs due to illegal or malicious acts.

Both departments bill for EMS response, with Elburn anticipating $375,000 in revenue and Fox River $280,500 in the 2014-15 budget year. These amounts are shown in current appropriations ordinances adopted by the respective districts.

Response time is a critical component of providing emergency services. It has become even more important with the changes in fire dynamics and behavior resulting from newer building materials and synthetic materials in our homes. Flashover, or simultaneous ignition of all contents in the room, can occur within three to four minutes of fire ignition. The American Heart Association (AMA) continues to emphasize a response time of four to six minutes for victims in cardiac arrest. Survivability drops dramatically beyond six minutes. Perhaps the most important component of response time is a resident’s distance from the fire station. Fox River has demonstrated that it can serve the petition area more quickly than Elburn, and in many cases, with a dramatic drop in response time.

I can’t comment on why the 128 petitioners sought to disconnect. Seeking a higher level of service at a lower cost may have been a primary factor. This would be consistent with an area district dropping Elburn’s contract EMS service in 2006 and going with another department due to service and cost concerns.

If the proposed disconnection is approved by the voters in the petition area, the resulting change will provide increased public safety and a lower tax burden to the residents. This is not speculation; merely the facts.

Greg Benson
Fire Chief, Fox River & Countryside Fire/
Rescue District

Letter: Consider the facts regarding disconnection referendum

I am writing in regard to the situation in the northeast areas of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District. As a Kane County Board Member, former firefighter and 31-year resident of the ECFPD, I urge residents who are being asked to de-annex from the ECFPD into another fire district to consider some important facts.

The ECFPD is a 132-year-old organization that has state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and personnel. Most importantly, the ECFPD has no debt, even with new facilities under construction and a modern fleet of equipment.

If you vote to leave the ECFPD and be serviced by the other service provider, you will, as a taxpayer, leave a zero-debt situation to assume over $5 million in debt.

Many governmental bodies have struggled with down revenues over the last few years, but hostile takeovers of areas that have been well-served by fiscally responsible agencies is not something I support. And I hope the affected residents will agree.

Andrew Frasz
Kane County Board District 18 representative

Letter: Go away, Fox River & Countryside Fire District

As information continues to surface regarding the substandard emergency services provided by a privately-owned company who call themselves Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue, the impact of this politically initiated land-grab for-profit scheme has gone from concerning to terrifying for the effected residents.

Fox River’s pathetic response times have led to needless loss of property and even death. It is bad enough that they cannot locate a scene without GPS, but they are so clueless as to their service area, they don’t even know when they are supposed to bring along water to douse the flames.

Interestingly, the majority of the signatures on the petition to disconnect were obtained by a person who lives some 12 miles outside of the affected area. This person is happily served by Batavia Fire District; why was she knocking on doors?

It is stated that only those within the boundaries of the disconnect can vote on the referendum. At first glance, that seems to make sense. But what about the poor folks that currently are serviced by Fox River? I wonder if they are looking forward to their already-inept Fire Department equipment and contract labor to be spread thinner, yet.

Elburn Fire has three stations, state-of-the-art equipment and the highest-trained firefighters and medics. We want our fire department. Go away, Fox River, and take your $4.5 million in debt with you.

Folks, mark your calendar, set your iPhone for a reminder, and get to the polls on Nov. 4 as if your life depends on it … because it does. If the 99 percent vote “against,” it won’t matter one bit what the 1 percent wanted to take from us.

Denise Klock

Letter: Say no to fire district territory takeover

Our neighbors—one a 22-year resident—will be voting against the proposed territory takeover by Fox River & Countryside Fire Protection District from the current Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District.

Fox River & Countryside Trustee President Jim Gaffney stated in a Nov. 22, 2010, Daily Herald article that the Fire Protection District was “strapped for cash” going into its opening. The article states that “trustees already expect to run out of money within the next couple of years.”

A major reason for our vote against the disconnection is because of Fox River & Countryside Fire District’s current financial debt. Just one example of the debt is the outstanding bonds and all the interest that is being paid out on a regular basis. For being less than four years old, your large debt shows lack of financial responsibility. What will happen to the taxes of your current district if this referendum doesn’t pass?

The current residents should know that there is no guarantee those millions in the “red” will ever go away. The people of the Elburn Fire District who live within the proposed territory takeover need to know the whole picture: that they would be taking on this debt. They also need to be informed of the extra fees, in addition to their taxes, for services rendered by Fox River. Where does this money that is collected in fees go? Elburn Fire District does not charge response fees, nor itemized fees for personnel time, equipment and vehicles on the scene.

Elburn Fire District is showing the community that it is currently providing our families and properties the solid and responsible financial handling of our tax dollars, just as they always have. We are urging everyone in the area affected to please vote against this referendum.

Monica Del Medico, Kevin and Sandy Hagen, Larry Katkus, Mitch Katkus, Mary Jo Dorn, Gary Dorn, Kevin Koffenberger and Deanna Koffenberger
Campton Hills

Editorial: Have your say on Nov. 4

As you likely know, our Letter to the Editor section this month has served primarily as an outlet for local residents to weigh in on a fire district disconnection referendum that will appear on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

On that day, voters in the northeast section of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District’s territory will decide whether they want to disconnect from the district and join the Fox River Fire/Rescue District. The portion of territory in question is home to 3,000 residents.

Just about all of the letters we’ve received regarding the disconnection referendum have been in Elburn & Countryside Fire District’s favor, with a letter from Fox River & Countryside Fire Chief Greg Benson serving as the lone exception. We expect to receive many more disconnection referendum letters from local (and even non-local) residents between now and Nov. 4, and we encourage our readers to submit a letter as a way to offer their two cents on the referendum.

However, we’ve yet to hear from an Elburn resident who is in favor of the disconnection, although a petition to disconnect from Elburn and join the Fox River and Countryside Fire Rescue District suggests there are approximately 128 residents who support the referendum. If any of those 128 residents are interested in sending a letter stating their reasons for backing the potential de-annexation, send it our way. We’re interested in reading your thoughts on the matter.

We also encourage all of our readers to visit the election polls on Nov. 4 and cast their General Election ballot. This week marks the debut of our General Election 2014 pre-coverage, and we look forward to bringing you information on local candidates. However, our pre-election coverage is only valuable if you vote this fall, so be sure to mark Tuesday, Nov. 4, on your calendar (or phone). When it comes to voting, you’re either in or you’re out. Make sure you’re in.

Letter: Thank you to Run for Fund supporters

On behalf of the Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO, we would like to thank all those who were a vital part of our recent Run for Fund fundraiser. We would like to specially recognize Meijer and Dick’s Sporting Goods for their donations of raffle prizes, along with the Elburn Herald for their continued support. With the help of these companies, our fundraiser was a huge success.

We want to thank all the staff at Blackberry Creek ElementarySchool, and the parents, who volunteered to help assist in the event. We are also very grateful to those who sponsored our students. Your support of their efforts is beyond appreciated.

This was a fun event that encouraged physical health for our children and raised money for our school at the same time. The money raised from this event benefits all students at the school and will go to support our physical education, literacy, computer, art, music and library programs.

Kimberly Bartkowiak
Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO secretary

Letter: Corn Boil Committee donates to community

This year, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee is proud to be able to give back $14,000 to various community groups and organizations after a successful event this summer. Corn Boil President Jean Lindsey on Oct. 16 will present the donations to a variety of community organizations. The Corn Boil meeting and presentation ceremony will be begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sugar Grove Township Building, Snow and Main streets in Sugar Grove.

This year, the Corn Boil Committee is pleased to recognize and present a financial donation to the following organizations: Between Friends Food Pantry, Big Rock Park District, Calvary West Church, Clown Ministry, Community Christian Church, Elburn Boy Scout Troop, Fox Valley Career Center, John Shields Elementary School, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Kaneland Drum Core, Peak For Kids, St. Katharine Drexel Church, Sugar Grove Community House, Sugar Grove Historical Society, Sugar Grove Park District, Sugar Grove Township Senior Center, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Sugar Grove Veteran’s Park, Village Bible Church of Sugar Grove, the Sugar Grove Library, and Conley Outreach/West Town Human Services Network.

The next Sugar Grove Corn Boil will mark the 48th anniversary of this annual event. Please support your community by joining in and helping to plan this special event in 2015. Beginning in January, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Township Building. The Corn Boil is a volunteer-run community event featuring three family-friendly and fun-filled days.

For more information about the 2015 Corn Boil, visit, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Pat Graceffa
Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee

Letter: Elburn American Legion Auxiliary honored for donation

The Elburn American Legion Auxiliary was honored recently at the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Illinois convention as the unit with the third-largest monetary donation to the National Veterans Creative Arts Program (NVCAP). Elburn Unit 630 received a certificate of appreciation.

The purpose of the NVCAP is to recognize veterans for their creative accomplishments, and to educate and demonstrate to communities throughout the country the therapeutic benefits of the arts.

The NVCAP helps to keep veterans’ minds and fingers nimble and sharp. Participation increases veterans’ sense of self-worth and helps to alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. It relieves boredom and gets the veterans out of their rooms and into social environments.

Elburn Unit 630 was proud to be able to donate $300 of “Poppy Days” money, collected from the Elburn community street donations and mailed donations, to the NVCAP. It is important for VA hospitals and VA centers to be stocked with craft kits, such as model cars, model airplanes, paint-by-numbers sets, leather tooling, lacing, stitchery crafts, etc. Because of the generosity of the Elburn-area community during the annual May Poppy Days event, the Elburn unit was able to help fund the art and craft supplies that are a need for the NVCAP.

Since 2000, the American Legion Auxiliary has played a key role in the NVCAP as a co-sponsor with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Leah Anderson
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630, Elburn

Elburn passes resolution opposing Fire District disconnection

Fox River Fire District reps attend meeting to object
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday passed a resolution opposing the disconnection of a portion of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District (ECFPD), despite objection from Fox River and Countryside Fire Rescue District representatives in attendance.

A referendum question that asks whether the territory in question should be annexed into the Fox River Fire District will come before voters in the proposed disconnection area on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

Fox River District Board President Jim Gaffney and Fire Chief Greg Benson, along with attorney Ken Shepro, attended the Village Board meeting to protest board approval of the resolution.

Shepro told the Village Board that a governmental body should not expend funds on any public question. According to Shepro, the board’s passage of the resolution amounts to the board attempting to influence citizens to vote against the referendum.

“Clearly the purpose of this resolution is to influence the outcome of the referendum,” Shepro said. “Otherwise, why would you pass it?”

Village President Dave Anderson said that people will read the resolution and form their own opinion on the issue. He said that the resolution simply states that the board opposes the de-annexation, that it doesn’t get into politics and it doesn’t urge voters to vote in a particular way.

According to Gaffney, a group of citizens from the area in question, which is bound by LaFox Road to the east, Anderson Road to the west, Campton Hills Road to the south and Empire Road to the north, came to them saying that they weren’t comfortable with the service they were getting from the Elburn department. In response, he said, district officials helped them with a petition to detach themselves from the ECFPD.

The petition was signed by 128 residents in the area this summer, and a Kane County judge determined that the question should be put to the voters. Approximately 3,000 residents live in the area that would be affected.

Gaffney said the Fox River District can provide the same services to these residents, and at a lower rate. He said he thought the board was doing its residents a disservice by telling them to spend more money than necessary for fire protection services.

Elburn Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan attended a Village Board meeting last month to let village trustees know about the situation and to ask for their endorsement.

Callaghan told the board that the disconnection would mean a significant loss of revenue for the Elburn Fire District—the area in question is 10 percent of its square miles and 21 percent of its assessed value. The Elburn Fire District’s expenses would stay the same, and Callaghan said the disconnection would place a financial hardship on the district.

After listening to Fox River officials’ objections on Monday, village trustee Bill Grabarek said that he thought the disconnection could diminish Elburn’s ability to fulfill its obligations to protect the health, safety and welfare of Elburn residents. He asked that wording to that effect be added to the resolution.

The board then unanimously voted to approve the resolution. Trustees Ethan Hastert and Ken Anderson were absent, but Dave Anderson said they had participated in the decision to create such a resolution.

The Elburn Fire District is in the process of building a new station at Route 38 and Anderson Road. The district also opened a temporary station in the Lily Lake area on Oct. 1, while it continues to look for property for a permanent spot. Elburn Fire District officials say the Lily Lake station will allow them to respond more quickly to residents in that area.


An honest gesture in Maple Park

Photo: The Honest Boot Golf Outing proceeds were presented to Maple Park Library Director Kimberly Anne Martin (second from left) on Friday. Presenting the check were Dennis Lexa (from left) of Honest Automotive, Bootlegger’s Pizza, Grill and Bar owner Tony Harrington, and coordinator Rich Ferdinand. Photo submitted by Dennis Lexa to

Maple Park—Proceeds from the Sept. 13 Honest Boot Golf Outing were presented to Maple Park Library Director Kimberly Anne Martin on Friday. Also in attendance for the check presentation were Dennis Lexa of Honest Automotive, Bootlegger’s Pizza, Grill and Bar owner Tony Harrington, and Honest Boot coordinator Rich Ferdinand.

The 2015 golf outing will have a new name: Honest Boot Custom Golf Outing, as Ray Lynch of County Line Customs in Maple Park has joined as a sponsor. The event will benefit the Boots and Hooves (Wounded Warrior) program on Beith Road.

Everyone involved with the Honest Boot Golf Outing would like to thank the golf hole sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes, Tony and Donna Harrington and Dennis Lexa for the food donations, as well as the golfers, for making this year’s fundraiser a success.

Elburn Lions October calendar raffle winners

ELBURN—The following people won $25 in the Elburn Lions Park October 2014 Calendar Raffle: Phil Van Bogaert, Chris Mondi, AAM and TFR, Denise Goode and Marilyn Long, all of Elburn; Brian Breen and Chris and Cindy Halsey, all of Sugar Grove; Elburn Seniors of Maple Park; Holly Zoch of La Fox; K.M. Kresse of Virgil; Nora J. Fisher and Bryce Breon of Batavia; Bob Geiken and Judy Ridgeway of Geneva; Dally Johnson of St. Charles; Carmen Rivera of North Aurora; Ron Burklow of Genoa, Ill.; Tim Johnson of Waterman, Ill.; Ken Hougas of Naperville, Ill.; Gary Lungren of Elgin, Ill.; Colleen Zbilski of Wheaton, Ill.; Sam Palumbo of Hillside, Ill.; Frank and Fran Modelski of Darien, Ill.; Andy Patellaro of Earlville, Ill.; Jack McNulty of Green Island, N.Y.; and Cari Pickerel.

The $50 winners were Karna Gladd and Pat Dallesasse of Elburn, Liam Cornell of Hinckley, and Tricia and Camilo Reynoso of Palatine, Ill. The $100 winner was Jesse and Jan Halsey of Elburn.


Maple Park names October ‘Big Read’ month

MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Village President Kathleen Curtis on Tuesday officially recognized October as “The Big Read” month in the village of Maple Park.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, and is designed to restore reading and encourage reading for pleasure and learning. The book chosen for this year’s Big Read is “A Wizard of Earthsea” from the Earthsea fantasy novels by Ursula K. Le Guin.

According to DeKalb Public Library, the book was written for ages 10-12, but is deep enough for adults to enjoy.

Elburn Lions October Kaneland Kolor Fun Run/Walk

KANELAND—The Kaneland Kolor Fun Run/Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 19, at noon at the Kaneland Harter Middle School (KHMS) campus, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove.

The event will consist of two laps, or approximately 2 miles. Entry is $35 per person and includes a white Kolor Fun Run shirt. A family price of $100 (immediate family) includes two Kolor Fun Run shirts. Additional shirts may be purchased for $10 each.

The event is less about your running time and more about having a blast with friends and family. This is an un-timed course where participants are doused in different powdered colors at many points along the course. The concept is easy: register, wear your white Kolor Run T-shirt, have fun and finish decorated in colorful hues.

The fun doesn’t end there, either. At the finish, there will be a Festival of Kolor with music, more color throws, food and ice cream. Food will be available at the festival.

To register, visit All proceeds benefit KHMS PTO.

Kaneland Theatre seeks items for performances

KANELAND—The Kaneland High School (KHS) Theatre Department is looking for a few items to help with its fall play and upcoming spring musical. The following items are needed: lamps with lamp shades and working bulbs, area rugs of varying sizes, framed paintings/wall decor, variety of brown/wood-toned paint, jewel-toned paint (dark reds, greens, and blues), painters tape, rollers (not the handles), paint trays and liners, paint brushes of all sizes (larger brushes to detail brushes), clothing items (long dresses, aprons, suit jackets for men and women, etc.).

If you are able to donate any of these items, bring them to KHS and let the office know they are for Mrs. Staker.

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Piece of the Rock

Photo: Ivan Bohorquez celebrates scoring his unassisted first-half goal against Sycamore Tuesday. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Second-place effort at Quad Cities gathering has smooth finish
KANELAND—This past weekend had the Kaneland soccer roster heading two hours west, and gain a little footing on an up-and-down 2014 campaign.

On Friday and Saturday, KHS headed to the Rock Island Tournament and went 3-1 overall, finishing second. On Tuesday, Kaneland went to Sycamore for a Northern Illinois Big XII conference skirmish and shut out the Spartans 3-0.

Kaneland sits at 9-7-2, with a 3-2-1 mark in NIB-12 play, and roughly a week and a half left in regular season play.

To begin the Rock Island festivities, the Knights used two penalty kick conversions from Angel Escontrias to take a 2-0 win from Homewood-Flossmoor, and finished Friday with a 2-0 win over Washington. Escontrias’ first-half goal and Mark Dhom’s second-half try sealed the deal.

Facing the host Rocks, a 3-1 win was propelled by Felipe Speraggi’s goal off an Escontrias feed in the first half, the Speraggi-Escontrias connection in the second half, and an Escontrias goal off a feed from Andrew Mathys with 11 minutes left.

In the title match, East Moline United Township beat KHS 2-1, as Escontrias’ penalty try was the lone goal with 12 minutes to go. Kaneland was playing two men short due to red cards.

Against Sycamore, Escontrias and Ivan Bohorquez each had a goal and an assist. Andres Tovar supplied a second-half goal, as well.

Kaneland hosts Morris on Thursday.

Oct. 9 sports recap

Boys Freshman Soccer
Oct. 1 @ Burlington Central—The Knights won 1-0. Michael Minoque had 16 saves, and Javier Correa had the goal on a Devin Pieczynski assist.
Oct. 6 @ DeKalb—Pieczynski’s goal and Minoque’s five saves helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie on the road against the Barbs.

Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 1 @ Yorkville—The JV tennis team fell 4-1 against the Lady Foxes. The Lady Knights are 3-1 in conference play.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 1 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—The Knights won 2-0. Diego Ruiz (Brian Bartholomew assist) and Tim Wachter (Brandon Luebke) each had goals.
Oct. 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights rolled 6-2 over the Spartans. John McCaffrey had three goals and an assist, while Bartholomew also had two goals. Ruiz had a goal and an assist, while Robbie Nachreiner and Christian Medrano each had assists. The Knights are 9-1-2 overall, and 6-0-1 in conference play.

Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The A team won 25-21, 25-19, while the B team also won 25-12, 25-8.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—The A team lost 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, while the B team lost 25-23, 20-25, 11-15. The A team is 9-4, 5-1 in conference play, while the B team is 2-9, 1-5.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The Lady Knights won 25-21, 25-19.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—KHS won 25-19, 25-15.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 3 @ Sycamore—The Knights won 20-0 over the Spartans.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Lady Knights won the eight-team meet with 40 points. Boylan was a close second with 46.
3 O. Galor, 21:09; 6. K. Huber, 21:55; 8 G. Drake, 22:12; 9 L. Klingensmith, 22:13; 15 S. Sommerville, 23:27; 18 M. Garcia, 23:38; 26. M. Dries, 24:26; 29 H. Penkala, 24:30.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Knights won the seven-team meet with 37 points, far ahead of runner-up Rockford East’s 66.
2 A. Kantola, 16:50; 3 A. Messina, 17:13; 5 S. Webster, 17:18; 13 H. Nosek, 18:17; 24 P. Heiser, 19:05; 25 D. Wojak, 19:08; 27 T. Nance, 19:14; 29. K. Wells, 19:17; 32. C. Girolamo, 19:29; 35. G. Wilk, 19:34; 38 J. O’Sullivan, 19:50; 80 C. Rutter, 25:22.

NIB-12 tennis tournament moves to DeKalb

KANELAND—Kaneland will still host this year’s Northern Illinois Big 12 conference tournament—it’ll just be at DeKalb High School.

The two-day tournament, beginning Friday morning at 10 a.m. at 501 W. Dresser Road, DeKalb, and resuming Saturday at 8 a.m., was moved early this week from KHS. An email to head coach Tim Larsen asking the reason was not returned in time for press.

A seeding meeting took place at DHS Wednesday evening, but the results were not available prior to press. Head coach Tim Larsen’s crew is the defending conference champion.

“We’re going to be very competitive going in,” he said. “I’ll know more after tonight’s seeding meeting.”

Although the forecast looks clear, in the event of rain, the tournament will be moved to Monday.

Bergman photo

Patricia LeBaron Bergman

Patricia LeBaron Bergman, 79, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in her home in Sugar Grove, where she lived since 1991.

She was born Dec. 14, 1934, in Waukegan, Ill., the daughter of the late Patricia Helene (Lingus) and Alexander Gross.

She lived in Waukegan until June 10, 1956, when she married Robert Scribner Bergman and moved to Palo Alto, Calif., until 1961, when the couple relocated to Aurora.

Patricia graduated as a registered nurse from Saint Luke’s Hospital in Chicago and worked in nursing. She enjoyed design and mechanics and took a position drafting at Arrow Welding and was a purchasing agent. She later became COO at Lektro-Vend in Aurora.

Her family cheered her 2008 graduation (magna cum laude) as she received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University.

Always exceedingly generous with her talents to her political causes and many charitable causes, she worked for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, and as chair for SLC Illinois for AARP. She volunteered for the Visiting Nurses Association in Aurora. She also served on the Consumer Relations Board of Ford Motor Company.

Her love for the north woods of Wisconsin grew from the many summers she spent in Hazlehurst, Wis., in her youth, and later at her family cabin near Minocqua, Wis. She especially enjoyed cross country skiing in the winters. She competed in the American Birkebeiner five times, and in cross country ski races in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy.

Patricia enjoyed her role as grandmother, indulging her grandchildren with fun-filled trips to Chicago and across the globe to Disneyland, Disneyworld, Colorado, Washington, D.C., New Zealand and Africa

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert S. Bergman; son, David C. Bergman and his wife, Amy, children, Wyatt and Hannah, and her children, Keaton and Ariella, of Duluth, Ga.; daughter, Lynne Bergman Potter and her husband, Jeffrey; their children, Mallory and Matthew; son, Joseph R. Bergman, and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Michael and Daniel; sisters, Joyce Johnson, Rosemary LeBaron, Diane Shaughnessy, Barbara Flynn and Pamela “Suzy” LeBaron; and brother, Richard LeBaron.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her brother, Michael LeBaron.

A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with Rev. Gary McCann officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the start of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to USO, Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090 are appreciated.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330, or visit to leave an online condolence.

Editorial: Celebrate with some Class in a Glass

Declining temperatures notwithstanding, October is typically an excellent month for local weekend activities and fundraisers. So if you’re looking for something fun to do on Saturday, Oct. 11, consider “classing” things up with a trip to the inaugural Class in a Glass wine-tasting event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St. The event is presented by the Community Center and Elburn Liquors.

During the event, you’ll have an opportunity to relax, learn about wines, sample food on hand, and place orders that will be ready for Halloween.

Tickets to the event are $20 each, and available at the door. Tickets are also available at Elburn Liquors, 319 S. Main St.; the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St.; and the Elburn Herald office, 525 N. Main St.

You must be 21 years of age and have your ticket present to enter the Class in a Glass event.

Fall might’ve just arrived, but with colder temperatures on the horizon, now is certainly the time to get out and enjoy local events and fundraisers while you can still go outdoors without donning a parka. Get some friends together and put some additional class in your Saturday afternoon. It’s bound to be a great event.

Letter: Vote against Fire District disconnection referendum

I’m writing this letter to ask for your support to vote against the referendum to disconnect from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District.

We have a dedicated, highly-trained Fire Department that has been servicing our area for 133 years. Our personnel and the Board of Trustees have worked hard to make sure we have the best equipment available to service our residents. As of Oct. 1, we have three stations and are building a new station No. 1 to better serve our district.

The most important thing is, we have no debt. We don’t buy or build anything unless we have the money in the bank. Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District is well over $4 million in debt. You should not assume that you will continue to enjoy lower taxes for long by transferring to their Fire District. In fact, by disconnecting from Elburn, you are agreeing to take on your proportionate share of that debt, as stated in the question on the ballot.

The trustees and the chiefs work very hard to keep our tax rate level, and are always working to get them down. With the equalized assessed valuation going down the last few years, this is very difficult to achieve, but we will continue to work hard to remain fiscally responsible with the tax dollars our taxpayers have entrusted to us.

Thank you for supporting the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District over the years. We appreciate it very much, and it is our hope that you will continue to do so in the future.

Vote against the referendum to disconnect.

Thomas Reynolds
President, Elburn and Countryside
Fire Protection District Board of Trustees

Letter: Just say no to disconnection referendum

There will be a referendum question on the Nov. 4 ballot about whether to disconnect and transfer territory from the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District to the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District. I felt it was critically important for effected residents to really understand the issue. What I found out alarmed me, so I felt it important to share my thoughts and urge you to vote against this referendum.

Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District has served our area for 133 years. Fox River has been in existence for three years. Elburn carries no debt; Fox River carries well over four million dollars in debt. While Fox River would have you believe they are well-trained professional firefighters and EMTs, I am very concerned with the fact they are private sector employees in a for-profit environment. They also charge additional fees per call. With the kind of debt this department is carrying, how long will it be before they either close their doors or ask for more money from the taxpayers?

I also discovered that they don’t have even close to the level of equipment that Elburn possesses. Elburn’s engines are certified as paramedic engines and carry large amounts of water. Fox River’s are not certified as paramedic engines. Fox River’s water tenders are not standard. Elburn is also equipped with heavy rescue equipment and a hazmat trailer. Fox River has none of this. The EMT-Bs in Elburn have expanded scope training and can perform advanced functions.

This is not an apples-to-apples comparison; this is the critical point. You are being asked to take your home and family out of the hands of a qualified professional fire department and put them in the hands of what is truly an unqualified department. As a 30-years-plus member of the fire service, I have been blessed to have worked and trained with firefighters all over the country, and I can tell you that the members and officers of the ECFPD are a dedicated, hardworking group that bring their heart and soul to the job with them. This is not just a job for them—it is their passion to take care of their neighbors. I am proud to work with these men and women.

It is not in the best interest of the residents of any area to disconnect from a debt-free, well-trained and well-equipped fire district, and assume the debt and lower level of service of a three-year-old fire district. I urge you to vote against the referendum to disconnect.

Tim Lyons
Lieutenant, Batavia Fire Department

Elburn welcomes Station No. 3

The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District on Wednesday opened it’s Fire Station No. 3 in Lily Lake. The station is functional 24 hours a day and features an advanced life support (ALS) engine, which means the station is equipped to handle both fire emergencies and medical needs. According to the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, the presence of Fire Station No. 3 will reduce rescue response times to Campton Hills, Lily Lake, Virgil, Wasco, The Windings and the northern portion of the district.

Hultgren votes to counter Islamic State group with military training

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently supported H. J. Res. 124, a continuing resolution to fund the government at its current levels for three months, which includes an amendment to provide assistance, including training, equipment, supplies, and sustainment, to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition as they struggle against the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) expansion.

“ISIL continues to grow in numbers and ferocity, and the Iraqi and Syrian peoples and religious minorities are threatened by its bloody rampage,” Hultgren said. “We need our allies to come together to deal with the threat. Until then, our Commander-in-Chief and our generals have developed this plan as the best course of action without involving our ground troops in another conflict overseas, and I support their decision.

Hultgren said the hope is that ISIL will be stopped in its tracks, and that conditions in Syria will promote an end to the conflict.

“I still have concerns about the risks associated with arming rebel groups, but to do nothing allows ISIL to become further entrenched, expand its control and continue its atrocities,” Hultgren said. “We must be vigilant to ensure these weapons are not turned against us in the future.”

According to Hultgren, extending government funding at current levels, with no net increase in spending, opens up the opportunity for real deliberations about the need to reverse the current trend of spending more than we take in.

“Among other provisions, the continuing resolution maintains the ban on taxing internet access, permits agency transfer of funds to carry out the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, provides an additional $59M to help reduce the veterans disability claims backlog and maintains our border security staffing levels,” Hultgren said.

Knights golf measuring shots

KANELAND—With next week’s postseason gauntlet approaching, it was time for Kaneland golf to get some final regular season swings in against some eager competition.

On Sept. 24, the Knights traveled to Pine Hills Golf Club and vanquished crossover opponent Ottawa 159-171. On Sept. 25, KHS travelled to Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., and fell to Wheaton-Warrenville South 145-169.

On Saturday, Kaneland traveled to the Oak Club of Genoa for the usual late September Fran Noyes Invite, and took third in the Genoa-Kingston-hosted battle.

Kaneland sits at 9-4 in dual competition.

Using a modified Stableford scoring system where the highest points win in Genoa, Kaneland’s 110 was behind only Huntley’s 128 and Lake Forest Academy’s 121. Hampshire (107) and Richmond-Burton (104) rounded out the top five. Jesse Denton led the Knights with 29 points, while Brett Glennon had 28 and Jake Hed had 26.

Against the Tigers in Wheaton, Denton led the team with a 40, followed by Jeff VanGemert’s 42 and Glennon’s 43. Also competing for the Knights were Hed (44), Jeremy Faletto (45), Jacob Sheehan (47), Jakob Sanders (48) and Zach Strayve (55). In the Sept. 24 win against Ottawa, Denton again led the team, this time with a 35. Hed’s 40, Sanders’ 41 and VanGemert’s 43 paced the Knights.

Wednesday had Kaneland’s scheduled trek to Ottawa for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet, followed by Tuesday’s IHSA Class 2A Regional setting in Mendota at the Mendota Golf Club. The girls golf unit’s postseason journey was slated for Sycamore Golf Club on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Oct. 2 update: Kaneland’s boys golf team finished as conference runners-up Wednesday, with Jake Hed and Jesse Denton earning individual honors.

Local athlete on Central College football team

PELLA, IOWA—Kaneland graduate and wide receiver Zack Martinelli is a member of the Central College football team.

Central has captured a record 30 Iowa Conference championships with 20 NCAA Division III playoff berths, including 17 in the past 27 years. The Dutch have not had a losing season since 1960. Central is 2-1 heading into Iowa Conference play. Coach Jeff McMartin has an 81-28 (.743) record, and is in his 11th season for Central.

Oct. 2 Sports Recap

Sophomore Football
Sept. 26 @ DeKalb—The Knights defeated the Barbs 25-6. No individual stats were provided.

Boys JV Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Aurora Central Catholic—The boys freshman/sophomore team placed sixth at the Charger Classic in Aurora. Kaneland also had runners compete in the open race, but no team score was kept. Fr/So results: 8: A. Kantola, 16:55; 23: A. Messina, 17:32.4; 28: S. Webster, 17:48.4; 33: H. Nosek, 18:05.6; 58: C. Girolamo, 18:53.7; 69: D. Wojak, 19:14.7; 77: K. Wells, 19:31.7. Open results: 63: P. Heiser, 19:20.7; 97: G. Wilk, 20:11.6; 127: J. O’Sullivan, 21:20.1; 139: Josh Kasap, 22:21.6; 140: G. Gingrich, 22:21.6; 155: J. Wolfe, 23:14.3; 159: K. Osborne, 23:29.1; 180: I. Piazza, 26:42.9; 185: C. Rutter, 29:07.5.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Sterling—With only four runners, the Lady Knights didn’t factor into the scoring at Saturday’s Rock River Run in Sterling, Ill. Results: 6: G. Dodis, 21:20.7; 26; K. Huber, 23:14.9; 61: M. Dries, 26:42.6; M. Burger, 28:38.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 24 vs. Burlington Central—The Rockets shut out the Knights 4-0. Michael Minogue had five saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 20 vs. Mendota—Kaneland won 3-2 over Mendota. Peter Castillo had two goals, and Brian Kemp had one. Assists came from Jon Turyna, Diego Ruiz and Brian Bartholomew.
Sept. 20 vs. Genoa-Kingston—The Knights won in overtime on penalty kicks. The score was tied 1-1. Jose Chavez scored on a Christian Medrano assist. KHS converted all five penalty kicks.
Sept. 23 vs. Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 1-0 on a Chavez goal (Ruiz assist).
Sept. 25 vs. Sterling—The Knights and Warriors tied at 2. Brandon Luebke (Ruiz assist) and Bartholomew (John McCaffrey assist) had the Kaneland goals.
Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa—The Knights defeated Ottawa 4-0. Ruiz (Medrano assist) and Bartholomew (McCaffrey assist) each had a goal, while Medrano (one unassisted and a Chavez assist) scored twice. The Knights are 6-1-2, 4-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 25 vs. Ottawa—The Lady Pirates defeated KHS 4-1. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz was the lone Kaneland winner, defeating their Ottawa oppenents 10-5.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—Kaneland defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-19. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—The KHS freshman A team defeated Yorkville 25-12, 25-19 to move to 4-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 25-23, 25-16 to fall to 0-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—The Lady Knights defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-12. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville narrowly defeated the Lady Knights 25-16, 18-25, 25-23. Kaneland is now 2-2 in conference play.

WCC Womens Soccer
Sept. 24 @ Oakton CC—Waubonsee defeated Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., 2-1 in overtime. Andrea Garcia and Haley Kilbride had the WCC goals, while Kelli Cardine and Elizabeth Goll had the assists. Lisa Gaffino had four saves. WCC had 35 shots on goal, and is 7-2 on the season.

WCC Mens Soccer
Sept. 23 @ McHenry—Waubonsee tied McHenry 1-1. Akim Suraji had a goal from a Ramon Eurioles assist in the second half.
Sept. 28 @ Augustana—WCC earned a win over Augustana 3-2 in Rock Island, Ill. David Renoso (Juan Ponce assist) and David Sanchez both scored in the first half for WCC, while Suraji (Alex Del Toro assist) put in the game-winner in the second half. WCC’s men’s soccer is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 25 @ WWS—Wheaton-Warrenville South defeated the Knights 162-186. Dan Franck led KHS with a 45, and was followed closely by Joey Brandonisio’s 46. Jake Hummel (47), Jacob Milton (48), Michael Petrick (53) Brock Williams (53), Jake Romas (54) and Rhett Espe (55) also competed for the Knights.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 27, 2014

Yorkville Black 6
@ Kaneland White 33
Burlington White 12
@ Kaneland Black 6 (OT)
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland Silver 0
DeKalb Black 0
@ Kaneland Orange 20

Burlington Blue 12
@ Kaneland Black 6
DeKalb Black 14
@ Kaneland White 13

Burlington Blue 22
@ Kaneland Black 8
DeKalb Black 50
@ Kaneland White 32

Burlington Blue 6
@ Kaneland Black 35
Yorkville White 7
@ Kaneland White 42

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Volleyball handles Aurora Christian, succumbs to hot Yorkville squad

KANELAND—Rare is the team that can rattle off an undefeated conference season, even with a campaign as steady as the Kaneland Lady Knights in 2014.

A 25-8, 25-22 sweep of visiting Aurora Christian last Thursday was a nice taste of victory, but a hard-charging, one-loss Yorkville squad beat the host school on Tuesday in a 25-15, 25-23 matchup.

Kaneland is still 14-7, with a 3-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII action. The loss against Yorkville was Kaneland’s first since Sept. 13 to LaSalle-Peru at the Pontiac Invite, breaking a six-match win streak.

Against the Eagles, cornerstone Ellie Dunn had nine kills, four service points and four digs. Riley Hannula had seven kills and three service points, while Hannah Nauert had 13 service points and 14 assists.

Against Yorkville, Dunn had eight kills and six digs, while Hannula had six kills and a block. Nauert had six assists, six digs and three kills, Anna Senese had eight service points, and Holly Fedderly had 10 assists and two digs in the loss.

Kaneland finds itself with a crossover challenge in the form of Sterling, Ill., on Thursday, Oct. 2.

‘The Knights Way’

by Peter Goff, Kaneland Athletic Director
Greetings Kaneland Knight fans. This is your KHS Athletic Director Peter Goff dropping you a line for the Sports Wrap. A theme that we are trying to promote here at the high school is “The Knights Way.”

What does that mean to our students and community members? In old times, Knights went the extra mile to protect others and uphold virtue and honor. In more modern times, this translates to wanting both students and teachers to have a great attitude in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. The Knights way today is to go the extra mile to help someone who is not as fortunate as you.

When Kaneland teams and fans leave a venue, we hope that people from that town say to themselves, “What a bunch of nice students and fans!” Too often, that thinking has been lost in this day and age, but we want to make sure we put sportsmanship first here!

The Knights Way is not new, but it is something we want to work to highlight. This week, I received a phone call from one of the athletic directors in our conference praising one of our students. This student sent a letter to the AD saying that the concession stand had given too much change back. Instead of saying, “Sweet! I just made some extra money that I can spend on something else for myself!” this Kaneland student sent a letter with the extra money back to that school.

The athletic director said to me, “In this day and age you don’t often find good citizenship and that he really appreciated our student’s honesty and integrity!”

As a school, we are looking for those teachers and students who will do that little extra something that will make our community a better place. Now that’s the Knights Way!

Thank you and we will see you again next month.

Kane County Jrs tryouts begin Oct. 5

ELBURN—Tryouts for the upcoming Kane County Jrs volleyball club will take place starting Sunday, Oct. 5, though Sunday, Nov. 9. Tryouts include a non-refundable $25 tryout fee. All tryouts take place at the M.A. Center, 41W501 Keslinger Road, Elburn. Be sure to attend the first available tryout in your age group. All participants must show proof of USA Volleyball membership. To obtain a membership, visit

Elementary/Middle School:
• Sunday, Oct. 5
14U: 8 to 10 a.m.
13U: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
12U: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 10
13U: 6 to 8 p.m.
12U: 6 to 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 12
14U: 8 to 10 a.m.

High School:
• Sunday, Oct. 26
15U: 8 to 10 a.m.
16U: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 29
16U, 17U, 18U: 6 to 7:45 p.m.
15U: 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 2
All HS ages: 8 to 10 a.m.
• Friday, Nov. 7
All HS ages: 6 to 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 9
All HS ages: 10 a.m.

For more details on signups, visit