Category Archives: Community Sports

Henningson contributes at next level

Kaneland class of 2008 Knight Jody Henningson (10), shown here catching a hail-mary touchdown pass in Bemidji State University’s 35-34 loss to Minnesota-Duluth on Oct. 24, is getting some increased playing time for the Beavers.
The former Kaneland WR/QB had 15 catches for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bemidji State football is 8-3 for the season.
Courtesy of BSU Sports Dept.

Maple Park Basketball

The Maple Park Winter Youth Basketball Program for boys grades three through eight runs from mid-January through mid-March, with games on Saturday.

Registration is open and ends Saturday, Nov.14. Forms will be available at Casey’s General Store and the Maple Park Library.

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

Real men wear pink

Athletes wear pink socks to support breast cancer awareness
by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Donna Robertson was at a recent Aurora Superstars football game waiting for the game to begin when her sister-in-law said to her, “Isn’t that Tanner out there, wearing pink socks?”

The Elburn resident looked up and saw her 12-year-old son, one of the football team members, walk on the field with a flash of hot pink above his football cleats.

“Aurora Superstar Tanner Robertson is wearing pink socks today for his mom, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she heard the announcer say. [quote]

KHS boys XC
KHS boys XC

“I just started crying,” she said.

Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. She is now considered a survivor, having made it through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

This spring, her 74-year-old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Donna said she is doing well, and has one more chemotherapy treatment to go. Donna is certain her mom will be a survivor, as well.

KHS Volleyball
KHS Volleyball

Tanner and his dad Mike read in the Elburn Herald about how Kaneland High School athletic staff secretary Linda Kelley bought pink socks and encouraged the Kaneland sports teams to wear them during October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kelley said she had gotten the idea from the members of the Chicago Bears football team, who have been supporting breast cancer awareness by wearing pink shoes and other items of clothing on the field.

“I thought, ‘If the Bears can do it, we can do it,’” she said.

KHS soccer
KHS soccer

Kelley kept ordering socks and selling out of them until the supplier ran out after sending her more than 400 pairs. Beginning with the volleyball team’s Volley for a Cure event, during which the players wore pink T-shirts, players from every fall athletic team, as well as the band members, cheerleaders, poms and rowdies, have worn pink socks to their games the past couple of weeks.

KHS Football
KHS Football
KHS Cheerleaders
KHS Cheerleaders

During Pink Football Night on Friday, Kelley said she saw students in pink hair spray, pink-painted faces, pink shorts and tights, as well as the infamous pink socks.

“It really took off,” Kelley said.

Mike asked Tanner if he would like to wear the socks during his Aurora Superstars Oct. 10 game, in honor of his mom and grandmother.

“Absolutely,” was Tanner’s response.

When Tanner’s teammates saw his socks, they all wanted to join in. At last Saturday’s game, every member of the Elburn Lions team came onto the football field wearing the pink socks.

KHS girls XC
KHS girls XC

Mike said that anytime he sees a pink button, a sticker, or anything else that tells him other people care, it lifts his spirits and puts a bounce in his step.

“It does make a difference to the people who have to endure this,” he said.

He is proud of his son, for the support he has shown his mom and his grandmother, as well as all of the other team members who participated.

“When I was 11 or 12, you’d have to hold me down to put pink socks on me,” he said. “Here’s a team that wants to wear them. When I saw them all out there on the field on Saturday, it was overwhelming.”

Tanner said that when his mom was first diagnosed, he tried to help her out by being more helpful around the house and not arguing with her. He said he wore the socks not only for his mom and his grandmother, but for everyone else who has been affected by breast cancer. He said it made him feel good that the rest of his team members joined in.

“They all cared,” he said.

Mike said that although for him and his family, the idea of cancer is always there, they would rather do something about it than let it get them down.

KHS Band

“I tell Tanner, ‘People are not judged by the things they face in life, but by how they handle them,’” he said.

When Donna regained her strength after her treatment, she joined Kaneville resident and breast cancer survivor Mary Niceley last August in the Susan G. Komen 60-mile breast cancer awareness walk. Altogether, they raised more than $10,000.

“If they find a cure for breast cancer, the rest will follow,” she said. “There will be a cure someday; that’s why we do this.”

KHS Poms
KHS Poms

Top photo: Aurora Superstar player Tanner Robertson (24) of Elburn, whose mom and grandmother both have had breast cancer, inspired his teammates to wear pink socks for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Photo by Susan O’Neill

KHS boys hoops holding clinic

The Kaneland High School boys’ basketball coaching staff will host a players’ clinic on Oct. 24 for 1st-8th graders in the KHS east gym. The clinic will give the players an opportunity to meet the staff and also to receive coaching on basic fundamentals of the game. Players from sixth through eighth grades will also learn more about the offensive and defensive philosophies of the high school program. Additionally, each player will participate in different games. The following is a list of the times of the clinic: grades 1-5 will meet from 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.; grades 6-8 will meet from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

There is no cost to participate in the clinic, but donations are welcome. Registration will take place 15 minutes prior to the start of each session. Contact Brian Johnson at or (630)365-5100 ext. 347 with any questions.

Maple Park Basketball

The Maple Park Winter Youth Basketball Program for boys grades three through eight runs from mid-January through mid-March, with games on Saturday.  Registration is open and ends Nov.14, 2009.  Forms will be available at Casey’s General Store and the Maple Park Library.

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 2010 winter season on the following dates and times:

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at Kaneland High School, East Gym.

Times: Sat: 5th grade, noon.-1 p.m.; 6th grade, 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.; 7th grade, 2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m; 8th grade, 3:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Sun: 5th grade, noon-1 p.m.; 6th grade, 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.; 7th grade, 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.; 8th grade, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

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

Kaneville Crush

The Kaneville baseball program announces a tryout for the Kaneville Crush. The Crush is a 12 U traveling baseball team playing in the KCBL league. The Crush will play a 16-game schedule with a post-season tournament.The fees will be about $300, depending on the number of tournaments played.

The fees cover equipment, insurance, umpires and two sets of uniforms.

Games run mid-April through mid-July and indoor practice starts in February.

Boys must be 12 or younger as of April 30, 2010. The tryout will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. The location is Kaneville East field on Harter Road in downtown Kaneville, four miles west of Route 47. Boys should arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Please contact Coach Gaulin at (630) 466-0235.

KSC reaches goal

The U-12 girls silver team of the Kaneland Soccer Club played in the Back to School Tournament in Elgin on Aug. 22-23 and took second place. The players are (front row, left to right), Rachel Doncel, Becca Geringer, Alison Jesionowski, Lauren Ortiz, Maggie Bend, Heather Diehl, Becky Richtman. (Back row, left to right), Coach Tom Richtman, Taylor Zitkis, Ashley Crotteau, Kristen Siebert, Jenna Harvel, Heather Ortiz, Dani Stevens and Coach Juan Ortiz. Courtesy Photo

Maple Park Baseball league hosts tryouts

The Maple Park Baseball League will hold tryouts for the 12U Boy’s Travel Team. This team will compete in the Kane County Bronco League during the 2010 season. The season runs from mid-April through July. Fees start at $300 per player.

Players must be younger than 13 as of April 30, 2010. Tryouts will be held at the Maple Park Baseball Field on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call Jeff Violett (815) 827-3664 or Tom O’Shea (815) 827-3810.

Long Time: Girls hoops great gives back

by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVE—It wasn’t too long ago that Lyndsie Long was running up and down the court draining three-pointers against the likes of Batavia and Geneva, for highly successful Kaneland Lady Knight basketball squads.

The problem for opposing teams is that she still runs up and down the court at the college level, making life miserable for College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin teams.

However, during this week, she’s taking her tempo down a notch in an effort to teach. Long is hosting her first basketball camp for girls at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove.

“I want to be a P.E. teacher, and I obviously want to coach basketball,” said Long, entering her senior year at Elmhurst as a P.E. major. “I’ve done a few camps this summer and thought that maybe I should try to do my own camp, and I set it up with the (Sugar Grove) Park District.”

Long scored over 1,500 points for those noteworthy Lady Knights clubs, along with teammates Kelsey Flanagan and Jessica Lund, and in 2005 helped lead Kaneland to a sectional championship contest.

Long eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for Elmhurst back in January for coach Tethnie Werner’s roster and was the first Bluejay to be named to an all-region team from and is a three-time all-CCIW member.

What better player for area girls to learn the game from?

“In my Kaneland days, I think I was more set on one aspect of the game. Now, I know the whole game, and I’ve learned so much from college players and coaches,” Long said.

Long’s Bluejays were 14-11 in the 2008-09 season.

Photo: Current Elmhurst College Bluejay and former Kaneland Lady Knight Lyndsie Long emonstrates some skills on Monday during her basketball camp, which takes place this week at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School. Photo by Mike Slodki

Oh Orlando!

The Kane County Xplosion took fourth Place in the World Series USSSA U14 Fastpitch at The Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Complex Orlando, Fla., held July 26 – Aug. 1. USSSA World Series All-Tournament reciepents were Katie Neubauer and McKinzie Mangers. The tournament consisted of 44 teams from all over the United States. Pictured are: Allyson O’Herron (Elburn), McKinzie Mangers (Elburn), Lanie Callaghan (Elburn), Katie Neubauer (Batavia), Katie Coleman (Batavia), Courtney Hicks (Naperville), Meghan Fabian (Batavia), Alexis Villarreal (Sugar Grove), Alexia Caputo (Aurora) and Clare Stribling (Geneva). Courtesy Photo

Maple Park Baseball league hosts tryouts

The Maple Park Baseball League will hold tryouts for the 12U Boy’s Travel Team. This team will compete in the Kane County Bronco League during the 2010 season. The season runs from mid-April through July. Fees start at $300 per player.

Players must be younger than 13 as of April 30, 2010. Tryouts will be held at the Maple Park Baseball Field on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact coaches: Jeff Violett (815) 827-3664 or Tom O’Shea (815) 827-3810.

11U Wasco Diamonds—Northern Ill. State Champs

The Diamonds took the 2009 Northern Illinois State Tournament in Rockford by beating the St. Charles Comets in the Championship Game 10-1. Front (left to right): Anna Geary, Ciara Wu, Emily Kisch, Stephanie Abello. Back (left to right): Elisabeth Brown, Olivia Cheatham, Jane Collins, Ali Dittrich, Abby Howlett, Rachel Fenn, Peyton DeChant, Kaitlyn Waslawski and Asst. Coach Mike Howlett. Coaches in back: Asst. Coach Jim Waslawski, Head Coach Shawn Geary
Courtesy Photo

Kickers accepting registrations through Aug. 15

The Fox Valley Park District is currently accepting registrations for the 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 on Jericho Road in Aurora. The seven-game schedule begins Sept. 12 and ends Oct. 24.

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 Aug. 15.

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

Elburn Express Travel Baseball and Softball announces tryouts for the 2010 season

All tryouts will be held at McNair Field in Elburn

All tryouts will be held at McNair Field in Elburn
Saturday, Aug. 1, Sunday, Aug. 2, Saturday, Aug. 8 & Sunday, Aug. 9
U12—8 to 9:30 a.m.; U14—10 to 11:30 a.m.; U16—12 to 1:30 p.m.

11U—Saturday, Aug. 29; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 30; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
12U—Saturday, Sept.12; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
13U—Saturday, Aug. 22; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Aug. 29; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
14U—Saturday, Sept. 12; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 13; 12 to 2 p.m.

Athletes must resided within the Kaneland School District
For additional information, please go to Express the web site

Express strives to be area’s team

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—When any travel baseball or softball team does well, word tends to get out.

When a team like the Elburn Express wants to be something more than a team with a high winning percentage, it helps to get the word out, as well.

With the season coming to a close with this week’s area tournament in Geneva, the time is now for spreading the word about a team that wishes to be something for everyone.

“The girls program is relatively young and we are trying to build a reputation for the program based on this years success,” U14 coach Dan Kolzow said. “We’re just trying to get the word out, for everyone that would like to volunteer. They don’t even need to have a child that’s trying out.”

A program that had 22 girls try out for the U14 level, the Express, which plays its game at a donated Lions Park West, wants to increase its numbers.

“We lost some really good girls to other travel softball teams, and we’d really like to get the community involved,” Kolzow said.

The season goes from May to July and already has a U16 and U12 team.

The U14 crew had nine girls return to this year’s team and were 19-12 as of last week.

“We have tournament fees, equipment and gym rental, we’d like the community to get involved and there are sponsorship opportunities. We want this program to be a viable option for softball and for parents to get involved and for sponsors to be active,” coach Scott Boan said.

The Elburn Express is open to players in the Kaneland School District. For tryout and volunteer information, look at the inside page of Sports and consult

Why not Wasco?

Wasco’s 12U baseball team recently took home the 1st Place trophy from the June 28 Rockford Round Robin Tournament.  Pictured are:  Austin Wheatley, Gunnar Stanke, Trevor Dunne, Cole Nelson, Ryan Walsh, DJ Walsh, Stephen Kleefisch, Jake Esp, Jacob Lindstedt, Matt Krajewski, Steven de la Torriente, Mikey Malawski.  Coaches:  Mike Stanke, Bruce Krajewski, Mike Malawski and Ken Walsh. Courtesy Photo

Just call them Batmen

The Kane County Knights took home the 2009 13U Yorkville Wooden Bat championship. Back row, left to right: Coach Jim Snyder, Dylan Nauert, Alex Snyder, Jesse Balluff, Coach Marty Fergus, Kaleb Schuppner, Shane Carmody, Coach Dan Nauert, Scorer Bill Balluff. Front row: Jack Fergus, Brandon Bishop, Danny Evers, Nick Stahl, Drew David, Nick Henne. The boys went 4-0 in the tourney. Courtesy Photo


The Kane County Xplosion 14U are now two-time State Champs after winning the Northern Illinois State Championship in Rockford on July 12. The Xplosion has taken four 1st place wins this season, two of them state tournaments, which were the Joliet Heritage State Championship with team members Allyson O’Herron awarded MVP, Katie Coleman, Alexis Villarreal and Clare Stribling awarded the All State Tournament and the Northern IL State Championship in Rockford, with team members Lanie Callaghan awarded MVP, Katie Neubauer awarded MVP Pitcher, Mckinzie Mangers, Meghan Fabian and Courtney Hicks awarded the All State Tournament. The team is now heading to Orlando for the USSSA World Series.
Courtesy Photo

Silver Stars tryouts

The Kaneland Silver Stars program for grades 5-8 recently held their tryouts for the 2009-2010 season. Several levels still have a couple openings. If you are interested in playing competitive basketball and missed our tryouts please call Chuck Liss at (630) 365-2565 or Tom O’Herron at (847) 308-4743 for questions or to arrange a tryout.

Wasco offering fall ball

Registration has begun for Wasco Girls Fastpitch Fall Ball. Practices start in August; games begin in September and end in October.

Players need to be registered for the grade they will be going into this fall.

Registration is $75 and goes from July 1-Aug. 1 (late fee applies after Aug. 1)

Learn hoops with Lyndsie Long

This special camp just for middle school girls will focus primarily on offensive skills including shooting, screening, driving and dribbling. Key aspects of defense like rebounding and shuffling will also be taught. The last day of camp will be loaded with fun, games and prizes while reviewing concepts learned.

Girls can register by calling the Sugar Grove Park District at 630-466-7436 or by visiting the SG Park district at 61 Main St. 9am-4pm. 

Session 1
Grades Entering 6th-8th
Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7
10 a.m. to noon
$50 (includes camp t-shirt)
Kaneland John Shields Elementary
School gym
Instructor: Lyndsie Long

Kane County XPlosion launching tryouts

The Kane County Xplosion is a girls travel fastpitch softball organization, made up of girls from all around the Kane County area.

Currently on their rosters are girls from Elburn, Sugar Grove, Batavia, Geneva, St Charles and Aurora, among other communities. One of the new home fields for next year is Kaneland High School.

The Kane County Xplosion, a competitive girls fast pitch softball organization, will host their tryouts for the 2009-2010 seasons on the following dates and locations. The Xplosion are looking to field teams at the U10, U12, U13, U14, U16 and U18 levels for next season.

Thursday, Aug. 6 at KHS—6 p.m. for all ages.

Saturday, Aug. 8 at West Main Community Park 40W101 Main St. Batavia (near Main St and Fabyan Pkwy Intersection)
U10/12 Tryouts from 9-10:30 a.m. and pitchers /catchers from 10:30-11 a.m.
U13/14 Tryouts from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and pitchers/catchers from 12:30-1 p.m.
U16/18 Tryouts from 1-2:30 p.m. and pitchers /catchers from 2:30-3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9 at KHS
U10/12 Tryouts from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and pitchers/catchers from 12:30-1 p.m.
U13/14 Tryouts from 1-2:30 p.m. and pitchers /catchers from 2:30-3 p.m.
U16/18 Tryouts from 3-4 p.m. and pitchers/ catchers from 4:30-5 p.m.

If you cannot make one of these dates but would like a tryout or have any questions please e-mail or visit

SG Park District announces tryouts

The Sugar Grove Park District announced tryouts for the Kaneland Youth Travel Baseball program. 

Five teams may be formed for the 2010 season for players that are 10, 11, 12, 13, or 14 years old or younger as of April 30, 2010. These teams will play a competitive schedule in the Kane County Bronco League, with league games generally played during the week and tournaments on weekends. The season runs from mid-April thruogh July. Indoor practices begin in January. 

Fees will be between $250 and $400 per player, depending upon fundraising efforts and the number of tournaments anticipated.  Tryouts will be held at the Sugar Grove Sports Complex on Wheeler and Dugan roads. Please attend only one tryout date. Call the Sugar Grove Park District at (630) 466-7436 for more information.

10-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 pm
11-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11:30 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11 am
12-year-olds @ Field 2
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 pm
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 9 am
13-year-olds @ Field 1
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11 am
14-year-olds @ Field 1
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11:30am
Sunday, Aug. 9 at 9 am

No stopping the Express!

Over this past weekend, June 27 and 28th, the Elburn Express Girls U-14 Fast-pitch team took first place in the Morris Rowdie Katz All-Star Tournament. Pictured are (back row left to right) Coach Scott Boan, Aly Harner, Caroline Heimerdinger, Morgan Stewart, Jessie Kolzow, Sarah McGinnis, Sydney Luse, Kara Leyden, Coach Dan Kolzow. (Front row left to right) Sarah Grams, Ellen Boan, Abby West, Rachel Rahn, Ashley Castellanos. Courtesy Photo

Give me a T!

Miabella Brandonisio takes her swings during Saturday morning’s T-Ball battle at Lions Park West in Elburn. Miabella is part of the Elburn Angels, the only local all-girl t-ball squad. Photo by Mike Slodki