Owen Padraig Leavey

Owen Padraig Leavey was born April 17, 2011, at Delnor Hospital to Jeff and Maggie (Budnick) Leavey of Elburn. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his big brothers, Bud, 5, Bobby, 3, and Larry, 22 months.

His proud grandparents are Kate and Larry Budnick of St. Charles, and Judy and Jeff Leavey of Florida.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars welcomes Kaneland grad

Sugar Grove—Kasey Ostarell of Sugar Grove accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). She will be honored during an induction convocation this fall on the campus of Ohio State University.

NSCS is the only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing.

WCC Theatre Department recognized

Photo: WCC Professor of Communications/Theatre Dr. Maria Bakalis (far right) addresses the cast and crew of the spring play earlier this month. Courtesy Photo

SUGAR GROVE—Theatre is an art form that is both ancient and contemporary, and Waubonsee Community College’s theatre program is no different. From its modest beginnings in the 1968 college catalog to its well-rounded offerings today, the program has helped thousands of students explore the universal human experience, and for that, Waubonsee recognized the theatre faculty and department as part of its “Placing Learning First” program.

Explaining the magic of the art form, Waubonsee’s Professor of Communications/Theatre Dr. Maria Bakalis said, “Theatre transports us into an imagined world, which remarkably explains the real world in which we live.”

And as the real world of its students has changed over the years, so too has the theatre program. In 1968, two theatre courses were offered—“Introduction to Drama” and “Elements of Oral Interpretation.” By the time an area of concentration in theatre was introduced in 1983, the discipline’s nine courses had grown to include more experiential courses such as Acting I and II, Stagecraft and Scene Design, and Stage Movement.

Today’s course offerings offer a mixture of theater history and performance courses, along with a few more unique courses such as “Diversity in American Theatre” and “Creative Learning Applications,” which focuses on helping develop the imagination in all types of educational environments.

The opportunities students have to perform have also grown over the years. Each year, the theatre department stages both a fall and spring production. Whether or not they’re enrolled in a theatre course, students can join the Stage Performers, Etc. club, which presents performances at local social service organizations and nursing homes. Students in the theatre practicum course not only perform but also write a 40-minute play about a particular topic or theme relevant to children, ages 5 to 12.

Kaneland graduate wins musical competition

Evanston, Ill.—Kevin Krasinski took first place in his division in the Chicago Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing Collegiate Classical Vocal Competition on April 16.

He studies vocal performance at Northwestern University with Karen Brunssen. He is a 2010 graduate of Kaneland High School, where he was a member of the concert choir under the direction of Bryan Kuntsman.

Fill the Boot on May 6

Donations go to help child burn victims
by Sandy Kaczmarski
Elburn—The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance will hold its annual Fill the Boot program on Friday, May 6, and Elburn firefighters will be out collecting donations for a children’s burn camp.

Members of the Elburn Fire Department will be at the intersection of routes 47 and 38 between 3 and 7 p.m., collecting donations for the IFSA’s Camp “I Am Me,” which allows young burn survivors a chance to be with other kids who’ve experienced similar injuries and not feel self-conscious.

“The kids come to thrive at our camp,” Executive Director Mary Werderitch said. “They get to camp and realize everybody here is the same as them. Parents say it changes their lives.”

Burn victims ages 8 to 16 spend an entire week at the camp just having fun. A burn journal program allows kids to write about their experience when they feel comfortable.

While there are counselors available, the camp allows kids to feel comfortable about themselves in an environment where they are not stared at. Werderitch said many times after attending the camp, children have gained enough confidence that they will go to a public swimming pool.

The cost per child is $2,000, and up to 85 attend the camp. Camp “I Am Me” is in Ingleside, near Fox Lake. More information can be found at their website www.ifsa.org.

Lawsuit against Chairman dismissed

by Lynn Meredith
KANE COUNTY—A Kane County judge dismissed a lawsuit against Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay brought by Elburn resident James MacRunnels. The lawsuit claimed that McConnaughay violated county ordinances when she gave out 14 raises to employees.

MacRunnels ran against McConnaughay in the 2008 Republican primary.

“From the beginning we knew this (lawsuit) was a frivolous, unwarranted exercise on Mr. MacRunnels’ part to engage in political gamesmanship,” McConnaughay said. “As you know, he was a former opponent.”

The suit was filed in December 2010 by MacRunnels and claimed that McConnaughay violated Section 2-48 of the Kane County Code. He claims that she gave raises without county board approval as set forth in the code.

“We have the utmost respect for Judge Mueller, but we were of the opinion that she was violating the ordinance in handing out the raises,” said William T. King Jr., attorney for MacRunnels. “Well, she was. It’s there in black and white.”

He said that his client is attempting to stop her from handing out raises without approval.

“But, apparently, she doesn’t want to stop,” he said.

MacRunnels has 30 days in which to appeal the decision.

“We’re exploring our options, but we really don’t know yet,” King said.

WCC cancels pre-school program

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College will discontinue its Magnet Place preschool program when the current semester ends this month, and some parents aren’t happy about it.

The community college will eschew the Magnet Place because it believes the preschool no longer serves one of the purposes it was initially created for: to function as a lab for the college’s early childhood education program. However, WCC will continue to have a childcare program.

“There are a number of other local preschool options, and over the years, the students in our early childhood education program really began to get their internship experiences in a variety of different settings and were often times interning off campus,” said Jeffrey Noblitt, director of marketing and communications at Waubonsee. “In terms of the educational value of having a preschool, (it) became less of a necessity for our early childhood education program.”

Kathleen Spayer, whose child attends Magnet Place, said she wasn’t told about the discontinuation of the preschool program until late March/early April.

“We were all disappointed to find out (about the discontinuation), and the teachers were also surprised,” Spayer said. “My daughter has only been there since January, so for her to only be here for a few months and then have to change, that’s hard for little kids.”

Spayer said Waubonsee was less than receptive to parents who voiced their disappointment with the short notice of the program discontinuation. According to her, one Waubonsee dean told the parents they were lucky the community college didn’t wait until May to tell them the news.

She also claims that parents were notified about the discontinuation of the program through Magnet Place teachers, not the community college.

“The administration never mailed anything to my home,” she said.

Noblitt, though, claims that a notice was indeed mailed out to parents.

“I know for a fact that a parent notification letter went out,” he said.

Spayer is now concerned with having to pay more for a different preschool program in the area, as Magnet Place provided both a high quality and affordable program.

“I have since located another program for my daughter, and it’s not in Sugar Grove,” she said. “The other two programs in Sugar Grove, I can’t afford (them). We were paying $400 a semester for Waubonsee, and now we’re talking about at least that a month. (One preschool) is a couple hundred a week.”

Noblitt said he hadn’t priced out the different preschool options in the area.

“I know that for years Waubonsee has offered a very affordable preschool, but (this decision) comes down to refocusing on our core mission, which is to provide two-year degrees and certificates,” he said. “Offering a preschool program is not directly in line with that core mission, but providing childcare to help students achieve those goals, is directly in line (with our core mission).”

Spayer remains disappointed with how Waubonsee handled the situation, but said she has found a preschool that is a reasonable alternative to the Magnet Place program.

“My fear is gone, because I’ve since found somewhere that has an opening that we can afford, and it seems like a good program for my daughter,” she said.

And as for Spayer’s hard feelings towards Waubonsee?

“My initial disgust has started to die down,” she said.

Good, not-so-good news

The good news
According to census data, the village of Elburn grew by nearly 20 percent since its last census, from 4,700 to 5,602.

The not-so-good news
The state may rescind a program in which the state returns a portion of state-collected income taxes back to local municipalities. According to Village President Dave Anderson, this could eliminate $114,000 from the village budget.

Census shows village grew significantly; state may harm village finances
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—At its meeting on Monday, the Elburn Village Board received news that the official census report from the state lists Elburn with 5,602 residents—up from 4,700 at its last census. Board President Dave Anderson said that the number is higher than anticipated. With that number in mind, he made the board aware of two sets of pending legislation that could greatly impact the village if passed.

The first proposed legislation would rescind the Local Government Distribution Fund (EGDF), that gives back to municipalities a portion of the income tax collected by the state.

“At 5,602 (population), we should be receiving more (tax money) than the 4,700 (population) number,” Anderson said. “We would be getting $114,000. Folks, that’s 30 percent of our entire budget. Lopping off that kind of money (from our budget would) be very, very painful.”

The EGDF was established in 1969, when municipalities agreed with then Governor Oglive to support a state income tax on the condition that municipalities receive a portion of monies collected from their residents.

Currently, the state of Illinois is three months behind in its payments, not just to Elburn, but to all municipalities.

The second proposal is to allow businesses to credit their sales tax in places other than where they are located. Anderson opposes this piece of legislation on the grounds that whatever sales tax is extended in your community should stay in that community.

“Both items, the EGDF and the sales tax, is just our own money coming back to us,” Anderson said.

KC Chairman says future looks bright, despite sour economy

Photo: Forest Preserve President John Hoscheit and County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Geneva and St. Charles Chambers of Commerce at Pheasant Run Resort on Tuesday. Courtesy Photo

by Sandy Kaczmarski
Kane County—Kane County is in a position to take advantage of future growth opportunities as a result of the fiscal prudence taken by the County Board during the last 10 years, according to the board chairman.

County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay told a group of about 60 business people that the hard work, “sometimes contentious work,” of the County Board is what has put Kane’s finances on solid ground.

“While many government chief executives have been facing financial catastrophes, I can tell you that Kane County is in a solid financial position as we look to the future,” McConnaughay said.

A county update luncheon was co-sponsored by the Geneva and St. Charles Chambers of Commerce at Pheasant Run Resort on Tuesday. Forest Preserve President John Hoscheit also spoke and talked about the recently approved referendum for $30 million for land purchases.

McConnaughay said the board knew even before the economy turned sour that the enormous demand for services and infrastructure would not be far behind. As a result, the board worked to “keep a tight rein” on spending and to build up reserves.

“We believed these policies were sound when we first pursued them in the last decade,” she said, “But they were most importantly the saving grace for us when we ran into the worst recession we’ve seen in generations.”

While unemployment remains at about 8 percent, McConnaughay said several areas with job potential in the future include finance and healthcare, education, and professional services.

She said one of the biggest challenges facing local governments today is the issue of pensions. McConnaughay said $20 million of the county’s budget is spent on pensions and healthcare costs for its 1,300 employees. She said future government employees will not enjoy the same pension benefits as those currently in government have in place.

Population growth projections, regardless of the economy, remains at 800,000 by the year 2040. That is why the board is looking into public transportation possibilities and creative land use management, which McConnaughay said means housing that encourages walking to work, school, and for shopping.

Despite the successful passage of three previous referenda, Hoscheit said it was risky to ask the voters to approve another in light of the depressed economy.

“We’re in an economic situation where we have great opportunities to acquire land,” he said. “What was going for $90,000 an acre is now between $10,000 and $20,000 an acre.”

He said the day following the election, Forest Preserve offices were flooded with phone calls from banks and other land holders wanting to sell their property.

Hoscheit said the referendum will allow the district to take advantage of various matching grants available and partnering with local park districts in helping them with land purchases.

Citizens’ group forms to create veterans park

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The message from those in attendance during the Sugar Grove Village Board meeting on Tuesday was clear: the village should have a Veterans Park.

There’s just one problem: the Village Board hasn’t discussed the topic yet.

During the meeting, Village Board members listened to comments from members of Citizens for Veterans Park, a group dedicated to establishing a park in Sugar Grove that will honor those who have served their country. The Citizens for Veterans Park has the support of the American Legion, the Sugar Grove American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion.

The group wants to establish the Veterans Park on the old Sugar Grove Hotel property on Main Street, now owned by the village. The Citizens for Veterans Park pamphlet suggests the park can serve as a green space for reflection, as well as celebration of Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

“We really don’t have a place in town where we can … respect and appreciate our vets,” Trustee Kevin Geary said. “Doing a little bit of research into this, the old hotel site was actually purchased with county funds. And the old hotel, being on the Kane County historic register, the intent of those funds was to keep it as a historic site.”

Geary described the proposed park as a living monument that will move on into the future.

“What I am asking the board to do is to strongly consider dedicating this land … the thought is that the village could still retain ownership of the land. The cost to the village is nothing other than to dedicate the land.”

Geary said that there are no existing formal agreements in place to provide for maintenance of the park, although there have been discussions with a local garden club, Scouts, and the American Legion.

Trustee Bob Bohler raised the point that the Veterans Park proposal would have to be discussed further with the village attorney.

Cliff Barker and Tim Sury spoke on behalf of the Citizens for Veterans Park, with Barker stating that the group is requesting a sign and a designation of Veterans Park, with a flagpole and light to be added later.

“I attended a meeting last Thursday at the Sugar Grove American Legion regarding this proposal,” Sury said. “It was suggested that if the Sugar Grove (Village) Board turned down this proposal, the Sugar Grove American Legion should walk the streets with a petition to secure a memorial site for Sugar Grove. Does the Sugar Grove Village Board believe the memorial site will not be accepted by the citizens of Sugar Grove?”

A discussion between the village and the Citizens for Veterans Park is expected to take place sometime within the next week.

Board says goodbye, hello

by David Maas
Maple Park—The Maple Park Village Board said farewell to two trustees on Tuesday, and after a long process, appointed two new trustees to fill the vacancies.

After years of service to the village, Mark Delaney and Nick Moisa sat in on their last meeting, in which they were permitted a final time to speak as a trustee.

“I’d like to thank Nick Moisa,” Delaney said. “Ten years ago, when I was president of the village, I recommended him to fill a trustee seat, and I thank him for that.”

Delaney then went on to address the board as a whole.

“I’ve tried to do the best I could,” Delaney said. “And I wish you all the best in the future.”

Delaney served as a trustee for three years, after years of previously working for the village.

Moisa then spoke, first thanking the residents.

“Thank you for the past 10 years,” Moisa said, “It was a privilege and honor to do this job for you.”

Moisa then turned to address Greg Cutsigner and Steve Nowak, the village’s new trustees.

“I want to thank you, Greg and Steve,” Moisa said. “You’re now representatives to the residents. Some have been here for years and some have just moved in recently, but they all like the small-town ambiance. Your challenge is to keep the village small and vibrant. Allow to let it grow, but don’t let it get away. You’ve got the tools to work with.”

Before Delaney and Moisa vacated their seats, the board thanked them for their years of hard work for the village.

“This is a great village,” Moisa said, thanking the board again. “With great people, and great public service.”

Rounds of applause, toasts of thanks

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The Village Board gave its thanks amid rounds of applause and bottled water toasts to Gordon Diershaw and Patricia Rompke, who turned over their seats on the board at Monday’s meeting, following the reading of the certified election results.

“I’ve had a super eight-year run, and I hope these people will carry on,” Diershaw toasted.

New trustees Dave Gualdoni and Ethan Hastert, along with returning board member Bill Grabarek, were then sworn in to four-year terms on the board and took their seats at the table.

Elburn’s three precincts, of which the village is only a part of each, returned 599 votes cast, or 18.82 percent of the vote.

Gualdoni, a part-time employee of the village, resigned his position.

PJ day

Orientation to Family and Consumer Science students on “Wear your PJ Pants to School Day” at Kaneland High School on April 15. Mrs. Judy Fabrizius and her high school class wore their pajamas to school to show off the pants that they created in school. Courtesy Photo

Disney World tour

More than 125 band, color guard and choir students from Kaneland High School took a performance tour at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., during their spring break. The performance tour allowed the students to attend instrumental and choral workshops, march in the parade, perform at Festival Disney and spend a day at the beach. The trip was supported financially by the Kaneland Music Boosters and the students’ parents, and was organized by KHS Choral Director Bryan Kuntsman and KHS Band Director Aaron Puckett, as well as several chaperones. Courtesy Photo

Kicking up some funds

Members of Midtown Martial Arts, located in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, put on a martial arts demonstration as a fundraiser for the Anderson Family Fund Saturday. The group raised $1,947 for the
Anderson family. Photos by Mary Herra

Kane County 2011 Resurfacing Program begins

KANE COUNTY—Roadway work necessary to implement Kane County’s 2011 Resurfacing Program is scheduled to begin the week of May 2 on the following roads: Corron Road, from south of Bowes Road to Bowes Road; Bowes Road, from west of Corron Road to east of Corron Road; Fabyan Parkway, from 1275 feet west of Kingsland Drive to 100 feet east of Kingland Drive; and Main Street, from 500 feet west of Route 47 to Harter Road.

The roadwork is expected to be completed by May 31, weather permitting.

The resurfacing process typically includes:
• Grinding and removal of 1.5 inches of the top-wearing surfacing of the pavement
• Placement of a fresh oil application over the grinded pavement
• Placement of 2.25 inches of an asphalt layer over the oil application to provide a new, smooth riding surface.

Work on Fabyan Parkway also includes curb and gutter removal and replacement.

A map showing county highways included on the 2011 Resurfacing Program is available at www.co.kane.il.us/DOT/constProjects.aspx. Click on “2011 Construction Projects” and then “2011 Resurfacing Map.”

Daily lane closures from Monday through Saturday will be required to accomplish this work. Please watch out for flaggers and anticipate increased travel times while traveling through these construction areas. The public is advised to use alternate routes, especially after placement of the fresh oil application. Signs will be posted to inform the public in advance of the oil application.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Bryan Schramer at (630) 762-2744 or John Guddendorf at (630) 816-9671.

Waubonsee celebrates Arbor Day

Despite the rainy weather, more than 250 students, staff and community members attended Waubonsee Community College’s Arbor Day celebration on April 28. During the short ceremony, the college planted the traditional tree, along with something a bit more unique—an 8-foot-tall aluminum Peace Pole. To commemorate the occasion, attendees formed a human peace sign, which was captured in an aerial photo. Courtesy Photo

Planning Commission recommends changes in regulations

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The Elburn Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to recommend that the Village Board approve text amendments to certain zoning ordinances. The changes came after some questions arose when the Village Board went against a Planning Commission recommendation not to approve an application.

The Planning Commission voted against recommending an application by a dog day care facility at a meeting on Feb. 8. The issue later became how much information the commission had at the time it made its recommendation.

Planning Commission Chairman Jeff Metcalf said at the time that the “no” vote was more or less a technicality. The commission stipulated conditions under which they would recommend approval of the application.

By the time the Village Board voted on Feb. 22, more information had been provided that clarified the commission’s concerns. The stipulated conditions were agreed to by the applicant before the meeting; therefore the board approved the application.

At Tuesday’s meeting, in light of the past issue, the commission recommended amendments to the procedures by which the Village Board can supercede the Planning Commission’s recommendations.

“The purpose of the Planning Commission is that you’re a fact-finding committee,” Village Attorney Bob Britz said to the commission. “You gather facts to make recommendations, but they’re just recommendations. That doesn’t mean the Village Board has to accept them.”

He went on to explain that the commission’s job is to consider the facts and testimony in the exact same way a judge would. Those facts consist not only of the testimony of the applicant, but also testimony of opponents to the application, maps and plats attached to the application, and even personal information that a commission member might have. Village Board members can accept or reject the recommendation on these findings of fact, along with their own personal knowledge.

“It’s better to sort this out with (a) doggie day care (issue) than with development issues,” Commissioner John Krukoff said.

5-6 police blotter

The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sugar Grove
• Sugar Grove Police on May 3 responded to a report of burglary of a motor vehicle on the 300 block of Hampton Road. The victim said the vehicle’s passenger-side window had been smashed in with a brick. A purse and wallet, which contained an Illinois driver’s license, a credit/debit card and unknown bank and check numbers, was missing from the vehicle. An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on May 3 responded to a report of burglary of a motor vehicle on the 100 block of East Park Avenue. The victims said three of their vehicles, all parked in the driveway, were burglarized. A wallet containing two debit cards, a social security card and a driver’s license was taken from one of the vehicles. An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on May 3 responded to a call of burglary of a motor vehicle on the 200 block of Somerset Drive. The victim said $40 was missing from the vehicle. An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on May 3 responded to a report of burglary of a motor vehicle on the 200 block of Somerset Drive. The victim said an iPhone charger and a partially consumed pack of cigarettes were missing from the vehicle. An investigation is pending.

• Sugar Grove Police on May 3 responded to a report of burglary of a motor vehicle on the 200 block of Somerset Drive. The victim said a set of spare keys was taken from the vehicle. An investigation is pending.

Plant sale barbecue at Calvary

Batavia—Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will hold dual annual fundraisers on Saturday, May 7. Both events will be held rain or shine.

Calvary’s Lay Weeders host their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering both perennials and annuals. Proceeds will benefit a variety of programs of the parish.

Later in the day, Fay’s BBQ will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., offering full chicken, pork chop and combo dinners for $12. All proceeds from the barbecue will go to local charities; last year, the event raised $2,600. Drive-up orders are welcome, but advance ticket purchase is suggested to avoid disappointment, as the event sold out last year.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., on the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. Call (630) 879-3378.

Kaneland’s extraordinary Joe gives thoughts on Elmhurst

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If the three-year starting tenure under center at Kaneland High School was any indication, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and the Division III football landscape could be in for a challenge.

That’s because Knight senior Joe Camiliere will be donning an Elmhurst College Bluejays uniform in the fall, after making his commitment in late-April.

Camiliere likes the idea of a forward-moving program.

“What impressed me about the football program is that they are a team that is getting better each year,” Camiliere said. “Since coach (Tim) Lester got there a few years ago, they seem to have improved each year and have gotten more talented as well. I see their program as being similiar to ours in the fact that they tend to be less talked about compared to some of their competition, as we were when we played in the Western Sun. However, they are starting to be talked about more as the program grows under coach Lester.”

The former pro signal-caller Lester nabs an offensive leader who threw the Knights to a Class 5A State semifinal appearance, stopped only by Montini Catholic.

“I believe that having three years of varsity experience gives me the advantage of knowing what it’s like to be starting as a sophomore against juniors and seniors. I know that my role sophomore year was different than my role as a QB senior year. I can improve my skills, because I know that they grew in three years on varsity at Kaneland,” Camiliere said.

Camiliere was NIB-12 East offensive MVP and threw for 36 touchdowns in 2010.

Baseball battles Foxes, Spartans

Photo: Kaneland’s Drew French looks the part on the Class A ballfield at Elfstrom Stadium during Thursday’s win over the Yorkville Foxes. Photo by Ben Draper

KANELAND—Knights baseball had its hands full with conference rivals Yorkville and Sycamore and had fortunes both good and bad.

KHS saw itself with a 12-7 record and an above-average 8-3 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play after Tuesday’s action.

Kaneland used its Elfstrom Stadium digs to its full advantage on Thiursday, beating the Yorkville Foxes by a 10-6 final.

Future North Central College weapon Drew French continued his good fortune on the mound, improving to 4-0 after a dicey 3.2-innings outing. French struck out three and gave up six runs on eight hits.

Kyle Davidson earned his fourth save of the year, striking out four as his reliability as a back-of-the-bullpen option was proven again.

Davidson also represented himself well at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, with a run and an RBI. Bobby Thorson went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.

In the Friday 8-5 loss to the Foxes in Maple Park, Sam Komel was tagged with the loss in 5.1 innings.

French was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI.

Yorkville’s offense started with two runs in the second and two in the third. After plating four runs to go up 8-0 in the top of the sixth, Kaneland came back with four in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh but could get no further.

Monday yielded a 5-4 loss in Sycamore. In the bottom of the fourth, Kaneland broke a 2-2 tie with a two-spot , but Sycamore came back with two in the fifth and one in the sixth to go ahead permanently.

Thorson was tagged with the loss in 5.2 innings of work. The hurler had five strikeouts, as well. Thorson also went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The Knights fell victim to six runs from the host Spartans in the first and six more in the fifth for a 13-3 loss that took five innings.

The May slate of games roll on with a Thursday, May 3, encounter against Sycamore at 4:30 p.m., followed by a matchup with Oswego East High School on Saturday, May 7.

Lady Knights see offense open up

Photo: Michelle Ortiz fields a shot as keeper during Thursday’s 6-2 win in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action in Yorkville. The Lady Knights prepare for their next challenge: the KHS Classic on Friday, May 6, and
Saturday, May 7. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a familiar setting for Kaneland soccer on Thursday, with chilly tempuratures and steady to heavy rains.

It’s been so familiar, in fact, that KHS coach Scott Parillo mentioned that the nicest conditions for Kaneland soccer occurred back on March 19, opening day in Geneseo.

However, with a 6-2 win in Yorkville and a 7-0 win against visiting Sterling on Tuesday, the fortunes of Lady Knights soccer look a little bit more sunny.

Kaneland’s mark is 8-7-1 with a 4-3 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

In Yorkville, Sophie Blank had a hat trick, while Emily Heimerdinger added two goals and an assist. Delaney Stryzek scored on a header and had an assist, while Brittany Olson also had an assist.

Breaking a 2-2 halftime tie, Blank hit a shot at close range just two minutes, 55 seconds into the second half. Stryzek’s header near the box with 29:02 left made it 4-2.

Blank completed her hat trick with 17:46 to go on a tricky shot, and felt like the offense’s recent output makes the struggles like the first half a bit easier to bear.

“I don’t know what it is, maybe because we are young,” Blank said. “Our offense is very confident, we just have to remember what to do.”

Heimerdinger’s final goal came with 8:50 remaining.

“We wanted to actually execute a gameplan, which we didn’t do in the first half,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “The coaching staff let them know they weren’t happy. We played much better in the second half. It’s better to have some of the underclassmen scoring lately, because Sophie’s a senior and Emily’s a senior.”

Against Sterling, Heimerdinger scored twice and had three assists while goals were also scored by Olson, Katie Taylor and Taylor White.

The Lady Knights brave the KHS Classic on Friday May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

KHS boys track invades CLC

KANELAND—Kaneland High School boys track had some business to take care of in Crystal Lake, but wasn’t planning on camping.

It planned to stay just long enough to make waves on Friday at the Crystal Lake Central Invite.

The Knights placed third with 81 points, falling just behind the host school (112) and Belvidere North (85). Harlem had 65 points and Burlington Central had 60.5 to round out the top five. Bartlett (59), Round Lake (36), Vernon Hills (26), Glenbard North (19) and Antioch rounded out the team scoring.

Knight honors began rushing in with sophomores Kory Harner (12-03) and Alex Gil (11-09) nabbing third-and-fourth place in the pole vault event.

In the 4×100 meter relay event, the group of Jesse Balluff, Brandon Cottier, Taylor Andrews and Tommy Whittaker took first with a time of 43.91 seconds.

Andrews also ran the 110m hurdles in 14.49 seconds, good for second place in the finals.

Whittaker also made the final of the 100m dash and finished second with a time of 11.32, just .01 behind Harlem’s Jamie Dainty.

In the 4x200m relay, Balluff, Curtis Secrest, Andrew Essex and Cottier were meet champs after running in 1:33.48.

The 400m dash final had Whittaker finishing fourth in 51.96, after finishing fourth in his prelim heat.

In the 300m intermediate hurdles event, Andrews’ 40.54 time was good for fourth in the final.

Whittaker also included himself in the meet elite for the 200m dash, finishing second at 23.28 seconds.

Kaneland’s 1600m relay squad finished in 3:31.59 seconds.

Coming up for the boys track roster is the annual Kane County Meet, eminating from Streamwood High School’s Millenium Field on Friday, May 6. Last year at West Aurora, Kaneland took second in the annual affair.

Express never stops

Elburn Express U13 took second place at the Early Bird Tournament in Hampshire on April 8 and 9. Team members include: Ryan Bowman, Tyler Paulson, Andrew Mathys, Sterling Matias, Brett Hansen, Coach Jones, Andy Kray, Noah Jones, Austin Vickery, Coach Esposito, Colin Turner, Joey Esposito, Coach Turner,Kyle Osborne, Jarod Erlandson and Coach Kray.
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Kaneland girls track takes the fifth at annual Kane County Meet

Photo: Kaneland’s freshman phenom Lauren Zick has applied her craft to almost everything that Kaneland girls track has to offer, including long jump. Photo by Mike Slodki

KANELAND—At Millenium Field in Streamwood, Ill., the Lady Knights used key outings from some familiar names to reach a fifth-place plateau with 50 points.

West Aurora was a runaway winner with 136 points, followed by former Kaneland conference-mate Geneva at 72 points.

St. Charles East had 59 points followed by Burlington Central with 51.5 points in fourth place. Rosary gathered the same amount of points at KHS for fifth, as well.

Hampshire, St. Charles North, Batavia, East Aurora and Dundee-Crown rounded out the 11 teams.

“We could have gotten third if we were healthy, but overall I think we’ve done well at every meet,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “All the kids have run well and we’re pretty happy with that, and we’ve moved some things around.”

Noteworthy finishes for the Lady Knights crew included the 4x800m relay team finishing second with a time of 9 minutes, 44.69 seconds.

Freshman phenom Lauren Zick took second in the 400m dash with a time of 59.78 seconds, .96 seconds behind Geneva’s Taylor Wickware.

On the other end of the high school spectrum, Andie Strang took third in her final Kane County Meet 1600m run with an effort of 5:21.24.

Field events for Kaneland saw Gabby Aguirre take fourth in the high jump with a mark of five feet.

In the long jump, fellow sophomore Ashley Castellanos took fourth with a jump of 15-11.

Brooke Patterson’s 35-04.25 triple jump was a quarter-inch better than West Aurora’s Jasmine Ranson and enough to garner the Kane County Meet triple jump championship.

Patterson capped her evening off with a fourth place effort in the pole vault, hitting the 10-foot mark.

“I really want to improve on pole vault,” Patterson said. “I’ve gotten better throughout the season, but I really want to get to 11-06.”

The regular season homestretch for the Lady Knights continues with the first-ever NIB-12 Meet, hosted by Kaneland High School on Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m.

Lady Knights swing bats valiantly in two losses

KANELAND—On Monday, Kaneland dealt with a makeup game against the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Streator. The Lady Knights might wish that game stayed shelved.

The Lady Knights folllowed that matchup with a 9-7 loss in DeKalb on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, the Lady Knights softball squad is 10-9 with a 2-3 record in NIB-12 conference play.

Two innings of five runs each were key, as were 14 hits off of Kaneland pitching in a 14-0 rout at the hands of Streator.

KHS could manage only one hit, and made five errors in the field.

After Kaneland put up two runs in the top of the first, DeKalb countered with one in the first, one in the second and two in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.

Kaneland tied it with two in the fifth, but the Lady Barbs came back with four in the bottom of the fifth. After plating one more in the sixth for a 9-4 lead.

DeKalb deflected a three-run rally in the seventh to hand KHS the loss.

Ahead for Kaneland is a trip to Sycamore on Thursday, May 5.