Category Archives: Community Sports

Cagers grab Grayslake title

Kaneland Cagers Boys 5th Grade White Team took first place at the Grayslake Tourney on Saturday and Sunday.
Pictured are Coach Robertson, Zachary Howlett, Mitch Jackson, Clayton Hannula, Robbie Dudzinski, Ryan Crimmins, Mathew Gombar, Kyle Stuart, Reece Sowell, Luke Wislon, Garret Hukle and Coach Marr (not
pictured Rhett Espe). Courtesy Photo

Wasco fastpitch ready for ‘11

WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball (WGFSL) has begun registration. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played in the evenings and some Saturdays, so parents can attend and participate. Players may register at www.wascofastpitch.com, or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200 for a form.

Registration ends Feb. 28. After that date, players will be placed on a waiting list. Fees are the same regardless of where you live, with no out-of-district fees. Spring Training and pitching/catching clinics will be in April and take participants through numerous stations, age-appropriate drills and conditioning. Space is limited. Visit www.wascofastpitch.com.

Maple Park diamond sign-up

MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Baseball, Softball and T-Ball Registration is still open for the 2011 season. It offers teams for kids ages 4-14 from Little Sluggers on up to Pony League.

Maple Park Baseball, Softball and T-Ball offers a multi-player family discount. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15. For registration information, go to mapleparkbaseball.net.

Elburn base/softball sign-up

Elburn—Elburn Baseball & Softball is currently taking online registration for the upcoming 2011 season.

Register for all levels of baseball and softball, including T-ball and Little Sluggers.

All registration information is available at www.elburn.com/baseball.

Registration runs through Sunday, Feb. 6. Visit www.wascofastpitch.com.

Wasco fastpitch ready for ‘11

WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball (WGFSL) has begun registration. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played in the evenings and some Saturdays, so parents can attend and participate. Players may register at www.wascofastpitch.com, or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200 for a form.

Registration ends Feb. 28. After that date, players will be placed on a waiting list. Fees are the same regardless of where you live, with no out-of-district fees. Spring Training and pitching/catching clinics will be in April and take participants through numerous stations, age-appropriate drills and conditioning. Space is limited. Visit www.wascofastpitch.com.

Kaneville, Maple Park hosts baseball, softball, T-Ball opps

KNVL/MP—Kaneville Baseball & Softball 2011 registration is currently open, and the open house will be on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dave Werdin Community Center. Forms are available online at KanevilleBaseball.com or at the open house.

Children ages 4-14 are welcome to join. Maple Park Baseball added Pony League for the 2011 season. Participants may also register online at mapleparkbaseball.net. The registration deadline is Feb.15.

Wasco fastpitch ready for ‘11

WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball (WGFSL) has begun registration. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played in the evenings and some Saturdays, so parents can attend and participate. Practice starts in April, and most games conclude late June and early July. Players may register online at www.wascofastpitch.com or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200 for a form.

Registration concludes Feb. 28. After that date, players will be placed on a waiting list. Fees are the same regardless of where you live with no out-of-district fees. Spring Training and pitching/catching clinics will be held in April and take participants through numerous stations, age-appropriate drills and conditioning. Space is limited.

There are also 10U-12U-14U All-Star teams. These players are chosen on a tryout basis and play regulation in-house games plus play in several area tournaments. For more information, visit www.wascofastpitch.com.

KYSO has online sign-up

Kaneland—Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can register online to play in the KYSO Spring Season, which will run from April 16 through May 21.

The spring registration deadline is Jan. 31. The fee (which includes a jersey, shorts and pair of socks) is $65 for the first player and $60 for any additional players from the same family. There is a volunteer fee of $20 payable at the time of registration. Your fee will be refunded to you once your volunteer activity is completed.

Visit the website for more information about the Top Soccer program for special needs players from 5-16 ($35 per player), as well as the Crusader Soccer Club Travel Teams.

All KYSO practices and games are held at the fields located just to the east of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. To register online or for more information, visit www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com.

Kaneville, Maple Park has baseball, softball, T-Ball opps

KANEVILLE/MP—Kaneville Baseball & Softball 2011 Registration is currently open, and the open house will be on Saturday Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kaneville Werdin Community Center. Forms are available online at KanevilleBaseball.com or at the open house.

Maple Park Baseball, Softball and T-Ball walk-in registration will be held Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maple Park Civic Center. Children ages 4-14 are welcome to join. Maple Park Baseball added Pony League for the 2011 season. Participants may also register online at mapleparkbaseball.net. The registration deadline is Feb.15.

Wasco fastpitch ready for ‘11

Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball (WGFSL) has begun registration. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played in the evenings and some Saturdays, so parents can attend and participate. Practice starts in April and most games conclude late June and early July. Players may register online at www.wascofastpitch.com or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200 for a form.

Registration concludes Feb. 28. After that date, players will be placed on a waiting list. Fees are the same regardless of where you live with no out-of-district fees. Spring Training and pitching/catching clinics will be held in April and take participants through numerous stations, age-appropriate drills and conditioning. Space is limited.

There are also 10U-12U-14U All-Star teams. These players are chosen on a tryout basis and play regulation in-house games plus play in several area tournaments. For more information, visit www.wascofastpitch.com.

Softball gains approval for training facility

Elburn—The Wasco Diamonds Girls Fastpitch Softball organization received its final approval from the board to open a training facility at 707 Herra Drive.

The club will begin renovations immediately and start training in January. Village President Dave Anderson clarified that the club, comprised of young girls, was notified that the St. Charles Gun Club shoots at night so that they understand where the shots are coming from.

Elburn baseball has online sign-up

ELBURN—Baseball and Softball enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can register online to play in the Elburn Baseball and Softball Spring-Summer season.

The registration runs through 2010 to the deadline of Saturday, Feb.6, 2011.

Elburn Baseball and Softball supports teams for all ages. From Little Sluggers and T-Ball on up.

Visit www.elburn.com/baseball to register or for more information or contact: Elburn Baseball and Softball, P.O. Box 144, Elburn, IL 60119, or write to: elburnbaseball@yahoo.com.

KYSO sign-up now online

Kaneland—Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can register online to play in the KYSO Spring Season, which will run from April 16 through May 21, 2011.

The spring registration deadline is Jan. 31, 2011. The fee (which includes a jersey, shorts and pair of socks) is $65 for the first player and $60 for any additional players from the same family. There is a volunteer fee of $20 payable at the time of registration. Your fee will be refunded to you once your volunteer activity is completed.

Please visit the website for more information about the Top Soccer program for special needs players from 5-16 ($35/player), as well as the Crusader Soccer Club Travel Teams.

All KYSO practices and games are held at the fields located just to the east of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. To register online or for more information, visit www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com.

Wasco Diamonds fastpitch softball on way to Elburn

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—The Wasco Diamonds Girls Fastpitch Softball club is well on its way to having its new practice and training home in Elburn. The Elburn Planning Commission approved the club’s application to use 707 Herra Street, Unit G, as a training facility.

The center would provide a full indoor astroturf infield and three enclosed batting cages for the 100 girls who play softball.

The Diamonds attracts girls ages 8 to 18 from as far west as Oregon, as far north as Waconda, Ill., but most centrally from Burlington, St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia.

“We have a very dynamic group of girls,” Diamonds’ Board Secretary Pam Waslowski said. “We have some girls who can pitch over 60 miles an hour.”

The proof that this kind of training pays off is seen in the 14 girls currently playing for colleges such as University of Illinois, Northwestern, University of Wisconsin and DePaul. Twelve more girls have collegiate commitments for either 2010 or 2011.

The facility will be used primarily after school from 4 to 6 p.m. in two-hour intervals of 12 to 15 girls each. The teams have nine teams divided by age group and 15 coaches.

Besides practicing their sport, the girls also reach out to the community with different fundraisers during the year.

“They have given over 15,000 pounds of food to the Elburn Food Pantry over the years,” Waslowski said. “We focus on community service, the character of the girls and the quality of their play.”

The next step is final approval by the Village Board at its meeting on Dec 20. The Diamonds plan to start construction right away and be up and running by Jan 8.

For more information, visit www.wascodiamonds.com.

KYSO sign-up now online

Kaneland—Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can register online to play in the KYSO Spring Season, which will run from April 16 through May 21, 2011.

The Spring Registration Deadline is Jan. 31, 2011. The fee (which includes a jersey, shorts and socks) is $65 for the first player and $60 for any additional players from the same family. There is a volunteer fee of $20 payable at the time of registration. Your fee will be refunded to you once your volunteer activity is completed.

Please visit the website for more information about the Top Soccer program for special needs players from 5-16 ($35 per player), as well as the Crusader Soccer Club Travel Teams.

All KYSO practices and games are held at the fields located just to the east of Kaneland High School (47W326 Keslinger Road., Maple Park). To register online or for more information, visit the KYSO website at www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com.

Kane County Cougars now have a Royal feel

by Nick Philips
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Kaneland—A two-year player development contract has been agreed to by the former Oakland Athletics Class A affiliate, the Kane County Cougars and Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals.

By switching its Class A affiliate to the Cougars, the Royals ended their 10-year relationship with the Burlington Bees. All of the prospects that the Royals will be putting at the Class A level will play for Kane County, while the Bees’ Class A prospects now will belong to the Oakland Athletics. The teams essentially switched players and affiliations.

Shawn Touney, a spokesperson for the Cougars, said that the team will be an affiliate of Kansas City for at least the next two seasons. At the MLB level, Kansas City has struggled for some time. The Cougars new feature a new selection of prospects to be drafted by the Royals.

“Kansas City has a competitive farm system, so it should be a nice mix for future stars. Kansas City is also nice because of geographic reasons,” Touney said.

This affiliation change makes Kansas City the third affiliate in the Cougar’s history. In 1991, when the team was established, the Cougars were a Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, a relationship that lasted only until 1992. During that stretch, the team had a below-average record of 129-143-1.

The next season, they became an affiliate of the Florida Marlins. During a stretch from 1993-2002, the Cougars compiled a 723-655 record and had star players that included Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis and Ryan Dempster. From 2003-2010, the Cougars were affiliated with Oakland Athletics, compiling a 591-520 record. Pitchers Joe Blanton and Dallas Braden spent time with Kane County during that timeframe.

“Our affiliation with Oakland went real well,” Touney said. “We were competitive over the years. We were together eight years, and I believe we made the playoffs six times, which in itself is impressive.”

Touney said that many things will stay the same off the diamond.

“We still plan on doing promotions. Our front office will stay intact. The players coming our way start playing in April,” he said.

KYSO registration open

Kaneland—Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can register online to play in the KYSO Spring Season, which will run from April 16 through May 21, 2011.

The Spring Registration Deadline is Jan. 31, 2011. The fee (which includes a jersey, shorts and socks) is $65 for the first player and $60 for any additional players from the same family. There is a volunteer fee of $20 payable at the time of registration. Your fee will be refunded to you once your volunteer activity is completed.

Please visit the website for more information about the Top Soccer program for special needs players from 5-16 ($35/player), as well as the Crusader Soccer Club Travel Teams.

All KYSO practices and games are held at the fields located just to the east of Kaneland High School (47W326 Keslinger Road., Maple Park). To register online or for more information, visit the KYSO website at www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com.

Elburn Basketball Registration ends Saturday, Nov. 6

Elburn Basketball is now taking registrations for boys 3 through 8 Grade.

You can even compete in their version of “March Madness” during the “All Star Spectacular.”

Registrations accepted through Saturday, Nov 6. Join now at www.elburn.com/basketball Elburn Basketball is a not-for-profit, 100-percent volunteer organization that serves over 300 kids is the Elburn/Maple Park/Sugar Grove area.

Maple Park basketball tryouts

The Maple Park Youth Basketball Program for 3rd through 8th grade boys runs from mid-January through mid-March. Registration is now open and runs through Nov.12. Registration forms are available at the Maple Park Library and are also posted on the village website, VillageofMaple Park.com.

For more information, call Scott Willis at (630) 621-0736.

Kaneland Cagers to hold tryouts

The Kaneland Cagers boys travel basketball program will host tryouts for the 2011 winter season on the following dates and times:

The dates are: Sunday, Oct. 17, Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, at Kaneland High School.
Sunday, Oct. 17: 5th grade, noon to 1 p.m.; 6th grade, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23: 7th grade, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m; 8th grade, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24: 5th grade , noon to 1 p.m.; 6th grade, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; 7th grade 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 8th grade, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Players are only required to attend one of the sessions but can attend both if they desire. Rosters are limited to boys who reside within the Kaneland Community School District 302 boundaries.

Call Joe Spitzzeri at (630) 232-8105 for more information.

Maple Park basketball tryouts

The Maple Park Youth Basketball Program for 3rd through 8th grade boys runs from mid-January through mid-March. Registration is now open and runs through Nov.12. Registration forms are available at the Maple Park Library and are also posted on the village of Maple Park’s website.

For more information on sign-up, call Scott Willis at (630) 621-0736.

Kaneland Cagers to hold tryouts

The Kaneland Cagers boys travel basketball program will host tryouts for the 2011 winter season on the following dates and times:
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, at Kaneland High School.
Times: Saturday; 5th grade: Noon to 1 p.m.; 6th grade: 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; 7th grade: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m; 8th grade: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday; 5th grade: Noon to 1 p.m.; 6th grade:1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; 7th grade: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 8th grade: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Players are only required to attend one of the sessions but can attend both if they desire. Rosters are limited to boys who reside within the Kaneland Community School District boundaries. Call Joe Spitzzeri at (630) 232-8105 for more information.

Kaneville Crush tryouts

The Kaneville Crush is having tryouts for all Kane County boys who will be 14 after April 30, 2011. The one-day tryout is Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Kaneville East field, at the corner of Harter & Main Street roads, three miles west of Route 47. The team will play a 16-game competitive schedule in the Kane County Bronco League next spring. Games will run from the end of April thru mid-July.

Fee to play is around $300. Contact Steve Gaulin at (847) 561-8775.

Kaneville Crush tryouts

Kaneville Crush will have tryouts for 2011.

They will play a 16-game regular season schedule in the KCBL.

Tryouts will be held at the Kaneville East Pony field on Saturday, Sept.11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Boys must turn 14 after April 30, 2011, to compete.

Fee will be around $300.

Any questions, contact Steve Gaulin (847) 561-8775.

Elburn Express tryouts

Elburn Express is holding baseball tryouts for its 11U team.

The tryouts will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m.

The tryout is scheduled for McNair Field, and the Express requests arrival 15 minutes prior to start time.

For additional information or questions, contact David Dudzinski at (630) 244-6632.

Maple Park hoops arriving

The Maple Park Youth Basketball Program for first- and second-grade boys and girls (Little Dribblers) and third- through eighth-grade girls runs from mid-October through mid-December.

Registration is now open and runs through Friday, Sept.10. Registration is also open for third- through eighth-grade boys, whose season runs from mid-January through mid-March.

Registration for the boys program will end on Friday, Nov. 12. Forms are available at the Maple Park Library and also posted on the Maple Park website.

For more information on sign-up, call Scott Willis at (630) 621-0736.

Fox Valley Kickers holding tryouts for fall

AURORA —Registration is currently under way for the Fox Valley Park District/Kickers Soccer Club Saturday Youth soccer program that begins play in the fall.

The Saturday Youth League is for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. Co-ed teams are grouped according to age, with all games taking place on Saturdays at the Stuart Sports Complex, 39W585 Jericho Road in Montgomery. The seven-game schedule runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 23.

Fees are $50 for Park District residents, $65 for non-residents, $125 per family of three or more resident players and $170 per family of three or more non-resident players. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 27.

Registration forms are available at any of the Park District’s community centers and also may be downloaded at www.kickerssoccerclub.org and www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. For more information, contact league director Gus Velez at (630) 375-7459, ext. 2.

The Fox Valley Park District is a growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 200,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s highest honor as the 2009 National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management. Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the district maintains 154 parks and 40 miles of inter-connected regional trails amid 2,356 acres of parkland. Connected by the Fox River, communities are tied together by the district’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible.