Kaneland High School Honor Roll

High Honor Roll
Freshman: Omar Aguilar, Megan Bartholet, Anissa Becker, Rabina Beepath, Jacob Brown, Bryan Bulger, Jason Carlquist, Victoria Clinton, Jaemee Cordero, Mallory Dugan, River Dunne, Jarod Erlandson, Gemma Esposito, Connor Fedderly, James Fell, Robert Foy, Murphy Garcia, Andrew Garland, Breanna Geller, Emily Grams, Brittany Grider, Daniel Hammermeister, Riley Hannula, Anna Hayman, Shannon Herra, Kylee Hill, Olivia Hutar, Brooke Jablonski, Madison Jurcenko, Allison Kadampelil, Stephanie Karolewicz, Madison Keith, Ryan Koeppen, Rachel Kowalski, Matthew Krajewski, Kendall Krawczyk, Colleen Landers, Ashley Larsen, Axel Larsen, Julia Lennon, Andrew Lesak, Steven Limbrunner, Kristin Lipinis, Aislinn Lodwig, Alexis Lund, Alejandra Martinez-Aviles, Alyssa McCannon, Nicole McClellan, Michelle McCracken, Brianna McElroy, Rachel Miller, Jonathan Mills, Marissa Mulligan, Alexia Orosco, Samantha Payton, Marisa Peters, Gina Pettenon, Sabrina Pilkington, Cody Pitstick, Regan Prost, Kassidy Reever, Mitchell Reger, Anna Senese, Morgan Sikon, Amber Spaetzel, Michael Stanley, Nicholas Steers, Caitlyn Strasser, Elle Tattoni, Hannah Theis, Kyra Trynoski, Allison Van Bogaert, Emma Wallace, Hannah Wallace, Taylor Washlow, Anna Wendling, Austin Wheatley, Morgan Withey, Sarah Wolfe

Sophomore: Theresa Alef, Mitchell Bateman, Alexander Beck, Steven Becker, Brandon Bishop, Lauren Black, Morgan Buerke, Molly Campbell, Erika Carlson, Melissa Cherry, Hayley Contorno, Riley Coyle, Christine Crews, Andrew David, Kyle DiSandro, Megan Franklin, Spencer Good, Kyla Goodine, Kelsy Goodwin, Tatiana Guerrero, Kayla Hedgren, Caroline Heimerdinger, Madeline Heinzer, Mara Hernandez Gonzalez, Madison Hester, Tyler Hill, Tyler Holan, Michael Howard, Casey Jacobson, Shane Jorgensen, Koehring, Gary Koehring, Nathaniel Kucera, Emily Laudont, Eun Woo Lim, Jennifer Lubic, Kaley Martens, Rachel Mathys, Meredith McCaffrey, Carissa Miller, Abigail Needham, Brittany Olson, Julie Panasik, Mary Piazza, Eileen Ruppel, Alexandria Russell, Katelyn Schmidt, Tyler Slamans, Rachel Steinmiller, Nicholas Stollard, Elizabeth Strang, Delaney Stryczek, Jordan Thelander, Curtis Thorson, Thomas Van Bogaert, Christian VanDinther, Sophie Wallace, Brin Wilk, Azalia Wilkerson, Michael Williams, Amber Winquist-Bailey, Zachary Winthers, Ethan Witt, Lucas Wolski, Lauren Zick, Nathan Zitko

Junior: Gabriella Aguirre, Lauren Banbury, Kami Bauer, Erica Brettman, Myles Chick, Rachael Clinton, Joshua Cohrs, Vanessa Cook, Kelsey Cotton, Robert Debolt, Abigail Dodis, Austin Doyle, Katelyn Dray, Brendan Dunphy, Zachary Eckhardt, Caroline Eichelberger, Christopher Farrell, Sean Flamand, Dominique Galloway, Sarah Grams, Keriann Groen, Nicole Grossman, Emily Gulanczyk, Nicole Hanlon, Alyson Harner, Brooke Harner, David Hernandez, Jenice Heyob, Conor Johnson, Erin Kettelkamp, Alec Koczka, Jessica Kolzow, Alexander Kovach, Taylor Krawczyk, Joseph Kuipers, Brittany Larsen, Cara Lenhardt, Matthew Limbrunner, Benjamin Longson, Stephanie Maras, Jay Markuson, Madeline McMullen, Daniel Miller, Alyssa Nolte, Allyson O’Herron, Beau Ott, Nicholas Philips, Joseph Pollastrini, Ashley Prost, Maxim Reger, Lauren Rusnok, Michael Saucedo, Jessica Smith, Nathaniel Snyder, Karizza Sotelo, Samantha Sparks, Savannah Stasik, Morgan Stewart, Ryan Straughn, Brianne Strobel, Maria Tapia Escobedo, Alexandra Vickery, Abby West, Jessica Woodward

Senior: Lauren Allen, Rebecca Arnold, Lilly Berrend, Madison Bluml, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Jocelyn Cabral, Lauren Companiott, Ashley Diddell, Katelyn Dudzinski, Brian Edwards, Eric Eichelberger, Kelly Evers, Grace Fabrizius, Ariel Geraghty, Noelle Goodine, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Malory Groen, Elizabeth Howie, Christina Janes, Nicole Ketza, Denitza Koleva, Kaitlyn Kolzow, Benjamin Kovalick, Stelios Lekkas, McKinzie Mangers, Jacob Mazuc, Austin McElderry, Kayley McPhee, Anna Novotny, William Osborne, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Jordan Phillips, Alexa Reger, Karyn Ribbens, Josias Rodriguez, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Melissa Schmidt, Veronica Seawall, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Molly Speckman, Anthony Sperando, Brandon Stahl, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Valerie Tockstein, Catherine Tolan, Amber Urich, Marissa Villafuerte, Savannah Webb, Kathleen Werrline, Anders Winquist-Bailey, Elliot Witt, John Wooten

Regular Honor Roll
Freshman: Karina Alcantara-Camargo, Mariah Ausbury, Jacob Bachio, Melanie Bateman, Ivan Bohorquez, Nicholas Boose, Amy Burgholzer, Briel Castellese, Hannah Conley, Amy Croft, Gabriel David, Destiny Diaz, Courtney Diddell, Zachary Douglas, Sarah Dratnol, Alyssa Evans, Jeremy Faletto, Colton Fellows, Elise Fichtel, Sam Ford, Kevin Fuchs, Justin Garcia, Julia Golbeck, Victoria Guyton, McKayla Helm, Zachary Justus, Joshua Kasap, Rachel Keske, Joshua Kohler, Alyson Kowalczyk, Jessica Kucera, Shannon Limbrick, Matthew Lyons, Raymond McGarvey, Caitrin Mills, Lenora Murphy, Meghen Nance, Kayla Norell, Taylor Opperman, Nicole Partipilo, Katrina Paulick, Lauren Pence, Kellsie Pepponi, Noah Perez, Blaine Rivas, Vanessa Saltijeral, Colleen Schrems, Samantha Schrepferman, Deanna Scialabba, Jacob Sheehan, Christine Shelton, Aaron Steenwyk, Evan Thompson, Taylor Tindall, James Tockstein, Rachel Urich, Paige Wagner, Charles Wehrmann, Samantha White, Nicholas Winthers, John Wolf, Joshua Yeggy

Sophomore: Johnathan Bahena Diaz, Jesse Balluff, James Bartholomew, Anna Bateman, Dzenan Bogaljevic, Michelle Bohanek, Ryan Bower, Alexandra Brenwall, Johnathan Briggs, Lanie Callaghan, Gina Campobasso Jarvis, Andrew Carroll, Ryan Caul, Lesly Chavez, Jacob Cinkus, Taylor Corbett, Michael Deja, Christina Delach, Justin Diddell, Dakota Drefke, Emily Eckert, Daniel Evers, Alyssa Faulkner, Angelique Franks, Brittany Giannini, Denise Gombar, Christopher Hernandez, Jessica Jablonski, Matthew Kalinowski, Brittany Kemp, Samuel Kitz, Lydia Krauz, Broderick Kuhar, Sara Laurie, Thung Lee, Stefanos Lekkas, Nicolas Likeum, Ryan Longson, Trevor Malatek, Kellyn McMullan, Mikaela Messick, Shannon O’Shea, Joshua Opp, Andre Palpant, Anthony Parillo, Alexa Parrenas, Mason Pieczynski, Alec Pope, Shannon Ransford, Muhammad Rehman, Taylor Robertson, Paige Robinson, Joshua Rodriguez, Kyle Romas, Teri Ruffolo, Zackery Russell, Kaprice Sanchez, Blake Schultz, Kaleb Schuppner, Alexander Speckman, Allison Steininger, Sydney Strang, Ashlee Tennant, Cameron Thomas, Katelyn Treinen, Alyson Utterback, Matthew Vander Sande, Cynthia Vasquez, John Venneri, Jessica Villafuerte, Noelia Villanueva, Kelly Wallner, Lucas Welz, Nicholas Welz, Zachary Wielgos, Thomas Williams, Grant Wooten

Junior: Julia Angelotti, Olubukola Ayegbusi, Joanna Barragan, Alex Baumgartner, Jennifer Bicos, Jason Biddle, Emma Bradford, Margaret Brundige, Bailey Burns, Romina Carrano, Ashley Castellanos, Jacob Childress, Madeline Cole, Nicholas Crawford, Anna Croft, Austen Davis, Laken Delahanty, Claiborne Denlinger, Hannah Dewar, Natalie Dietrich, Alonzo Dominguez, Miricle Dominguez, Breanna Evola, Marshall Farthing, Kristin Gabrielson, Jordan Ginther, Sean Glennon, Jack Grimes, Stephen Gust, Nikolas Hale, Kory Harner, Tyler Hawbecker, Alexander Held, Kirstin Hinds, Meagan Holloman, Kushtrim Ismaili, Lisa Jennings, Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Nicholas Katsigiannis, Brad Kigyos , Samuel Kilgore, Esther Kong, Luke Kreiter,, Baylee Lancaster,, Tanisha Lee,, Kara Leyden, Katherine Lucarelli, Sydney Luse, Alexandra Lyons, Zachary Martinelli, Jacqueline McClellan, Stephen McCracken, Joshua McHenry, James Merletti, Eric Meuer, Savanah Miles, Brayden Miller, Paige Nachreiner, Alyssa Nahley, Morgan Newhouse, Cory Nordine, Sarah Norman, Adam Poczekaj, Kyle Pollastrini, MacKenzie Powell, Lyndi Scholl, Collin Seidelman, Benjamin Sommers, Manuel Tapia- Zachary Theis, Kalani Tovar, Jack Van Gemert, Taylor Velazquez, Jemma Waldrop, Caitlin Wallace, Kaitlyn Wendling, Abbie Wilhelm, Connor Williams, Alexander Willis, Morgan Wojciechowski, Danielle Wylie

Senior: Kourtni Bingley, Melissa Bohorquez, Zachary Brown, Emily Carr, Colton Carter, Sean Carter, Jacob Chevalier, Acalia Cleaver, Zachary Douglas, Megan Dressel, , Tyler Fabrizius, John Goodrich, Joseph Gorenz, Casey Haffner, Bridget Hankes, Daniel Hansen, Samantha Hansen, David Heine, Austin Henkelman, Phoojywg Her, Heather Hochsprung, Alexandria Hornback, Seleana Isaacs, Sarah Kitz, Kelly Kovacic, Alec Krueger, Troy Krueger, Kathryn Lanute, Kayley Larsen, Cesar Lazcano, Nicholette LeBlanc, Victoria Likeum, Madison Limbrick, Madeline Meredith, Amelia Napiorkowski, Diana Nuno, Konstantin Paraskevov, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Jake Rosko, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandro Salinas, Max Sanko, Demi Schlehofer, Dana Schultz, Matthew Simmons, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Michael Tattoni, Mackenzie Theisen, Carolina Tovar, Shannon Wallace, Nicholas Wielgos, Joshua Williams, Jordyn Withey, Michael Withey, Maverick Wojciechowski

Celebrate Illinois Poison Prevention Month in March

CHICAGO—This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24); in 2009 Governor Pat Quinn declared March to also be Illinois Poison Prevention Month (IPPM) because of its importance, and encouraged all residents to educate themselves about the potentially dangerous substances in their homes. To learn more about Illinois Poison Prevention Month and how to get involved please visit the Illinois Poison Center’s website www.illinoispoisoncenter.org, for activity suggestions and free materials to distribute to family, friends and the community.

“Poison prevention education is vital to the public’s safety,” said Michael Wahl, MD, managing medical director, IPC. “By using the entire month of March as a means to increase awareness of this serious health issue, we hope to reduce the incidence and injury caused by poisonings.”

Year after year, millions of accidental poisonings occur in America. Poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related adult deaths in the U.S. surpassing firearms and motor vehicle accidents as causes. Nine out of ten poisoning deaths are caused by drugs/medications, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Preparing yourself and your family is the best way to avoid a potential poisoning, according to the Illinois Poison Center experts.

IPC tips to prevent poisonings:
• Store all food and beverages in a completely separate area away from cleaners, medicines, automotive, yard and health care products.
• Keep medicines and household products in their original containers with original labels. Always read labels before using medicines, cleaners and other products
• Teach children to ask first before eating or drinking anything
• Never call medicine candy or make a game out of taking it
• Keep the IPC phone number, 1-800-222-1222, near all phones in the house, and store the number in your cell phone

To celebrate IPPM, this year the IPC will:
• Host a four week Twitter chat series, every Thursday, starting March 8. Participants can follow us on Twitter- @ILPoisonCenter and use hashtag #PoisonCtrChat to join the various topic discussions led by our experts.

• Debut “Meet the IPC Experts” blog series, highlighting the call center experts who answered over 85,000 calls from the general public and health care professionals last year. Join the experience at ipcblog.org starting March 6.
• Provide free poison prevention training and educational materials available to anyone living/working in Illinois at www.IllinoisPoisonCenter.org.

Expansion of Stuart Sports Complex to begin in spring

MONTGOMERY—In continuing to keep pace with community growth and the accompanying demand for more athletic fields, the Fox Valley Park District will begin expansion of Stuart Sports Complex this spring.

On Monday, the Montgomery Village Board gave final approval for the plan, paving the way for four new ball fields with lights and 11 new soccer fields to be built. The expansion covers 135 acres at the south end between the current park border and Base Line Road (Route 30).

Community leaders worked closely with various consultants and representatives from local athletic organizations to formulate an expansion plan that would best meet the needs of residents.

“This project is a great example of how communities benefit when public agencies collaborate to work together in the best interests of their residents,” said Nancy McCaul, Fox Valley Park District Executive Director. “The intergovernmental cooperation between the Park District and the Village of Montgomery allowed us to develop a plan that will be implemented quickly and create an even better athletic facility for our communities.”

Of the 11 full-size soccer fields, five would be designated as “flex” fields to be used for a variety of activities. Other highlights of the master plan include:
• A permanent restroom and concession structure near the ball fields and associated parking.
• A 280-vehicle parking lot and drop-off aisle to serve the ball fields and soccer at the northeast area of the site.
• A 320-vehicle parking lot and drop-off aisle to serve the eight soccer/flex fields at the southern area of the site.
• Asphalt paths, primarily around the ball fields.
• Native plantings in areas of storm water management/bioswale areas.
• A 15-acre dog park with a 30-vehicle parking lot.

Stuart Sports Complex currently features 25 full-size soccer fields and four baseball diamonds. A master plan for the expansion was developed following a detailed study by Market and Feasibility Advisors (MFA) to ascertain present athletic field demand. In summary, MFA concluded that within the next five years the District’s athletic field demand can support the addition of four flexible baseball/softball fields and up to 14 soccer fields.

“This master plan will allow the district to address this demand in an efficient and safe manner that provides high-quality athletic fields suitable for extensive in-house league play, affiliate use and potential tournaments,” said Jeff Palmquist, director of planning, development and grants.

The inter-governmental agreement will have far-reaching benefits, said Montgomery Village Manager Anne Marie Gaura.

“This is going to be a huge development for the village and our residents and it’s going to be an economic development driver for the whole area out west of Orchard Road,” said Gaura.

The project is a major component to the District’s 2008 Open Space, Park and Recreation Investment (OSPRI) plan that allocates $8.6 million toward the expansion of the Stuart Sports Complex. Bidding for the project is expected in May, with a bulk of construction work to take place this season and completion by 2013. However, athletic field use will not be available until 2014 to allow turf areas time to grow.

‘Where is everybody going to park?’

Church’s plan to close parking lot stirs business owners into action
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—For anybody coming through Elburn on a given day, it’s noticeable that the downtown is experiencing a boon. The streets are lined with parked cars, and the lot on the corner of Shannon and Main Streets is nearly full. The merchants couldn’t be happier with the rise in the number of customers coming to their establishments. But when the church that owns the property announced its decision to close the lot to public parking, effective March 15, downtown business owners knew that something needed to be done-and fast—to continue to provide convenient parking for their patrons. They got together on Monday afternoon, talked the problem over and attended the Elburn village meeting that evening to ask the village for help.

“When the merchants met, I asked, ‘Where’s everybody going to park?’” Business owner Kevin Schmidt said. “We’ve got a good downtown going. We feel the village needs to buy the lot.”

Other business owners reiterated the uptick in business that Elburn is experiencing.

“Elburn used to look like a ghost town,” Wiley Overly said. “Now we’re starting to get out-of-town money. We’re getting local money. There are a lot of jobs downtown. We’re on the cusp of something very good right now. It (closing the lot) could be fatal to what’s going on, and when it’s gone, there’s no replacing it.”

Elburn Herald owner and editor Ryan Wells commented that closing the lot would create a chain reaction.

“We would have to park in potential customers’ spots. The only spots they’d have would be taken up by employees who hope to have their business,” Wells said. “It’s our consensus that the village needs to get involved in some shape or form.”

Schmidt said that if the 40-space lot closes, that leaves 30 spaces on the street and a parking lot behind his business that he owns. The other lots are farther than most people will want to walk. Village President Dave Anderson countered by saying that people walk farther than that to shop at Geneva Commons.

Anderson made it clear that the village doesn’t have money to purchase the lot. According to Church Moderator Sharon Lackey, both the village and the Chamber of Commerce turned down their offer to sell them the property several months ago.

“We don’t have the funds. It’s pretty hard to justify to the taxpayers of Elburn to buy a parking lot. I know how critical parking is, but it’s private property,” Anderson said. “If the Village Board decides to do it, that’s fine, but I think it’s a mistake. Is it the taxpayers’ responsibility to provide parking for businesses?”

Trustee Jeff Walter suggested that the village use its resources to lead the movement to keep the lot open and provide some direction toward a solution that both parties could agree to.

Several people offered possible solutions, such as checking into grants and redevelopment or financial vehicles, a lease-to-own option while charging patrons to park, and a land swap with the village.

“There are a million different options involving the chamber and the businesses. We’re not ready for solutions yet. We need to put direction and structure around it,” Walter said.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett volunteered to coordinate a public meeting between the business owners and the church to talk about what could be done to keep the lot open.

“We all agree that having downtown parking is important,” Wells said. “We’re seeking engagement and acknowledgement that the Village is concerned.”

A step closer

Village authorizes IGA with Rob Roy Drainage District No.2 to address Mallard Point issue
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday voted 6-0 to authorize an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Rob Roy Drainage District No.2 in regards to the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks area drainage project.

The drainage project would allow for the installation of a pipe—30 inches in diameter and 8,800 feet long—that would convey water from the subdivisions to the Drainage District ditch located near Jericho Road and Route 30.

Following approval of the Rob Roy Drainage District IGA, the next steps for the drainage project will include an easement agreement with landowners, special assessment, Army Corps of Engineers approval, project bid approval, a Kane County IGA, pond/wetland proposal approval and SSA levy.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction and a long time coming. I think this will help the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks people as we move forward in getting the project moving,” trustee Kevin Geary said.

According to the IGA, the village and Rob Roy Drainage District agree to the following:

• The village will submit all final plans from the village’s project engineer to the district engineer. The district hereby approves the village project and gives permission to discharge into the district system at or near Jericho Road east of Illinois Route 47.

• The village will reimburse the district for its professional fees in the amount of $10,000, with $5,000 to be paid within five days of site construction and the remaining $5,000 upon completion of the project.

• All parties will mediate any engineering issues or deviations from the submitted plans with Kane County engineering and their representatives. All parties will work in good faith to resolve the drainage issues facing the village, district and residents, and will work in a spirit of cooperation to achieve those goals.

• The district has passed an ordinance that, on its face, regulates certain conduct within the district jurisdiction. Sugar Grove is unwilling to agree or disagree as to the validity, applicability or enforceability of said ordinance. The parties agree that the execution of the agreement and the construction of this project shall in no way prejudice the rights of either party to challenge or defend said ordinance at a future time.
It is the intent of both parties to not affect the legal position of either party relative to said ordinance’s validity, applicability or enforceability by the execution of this agreement.

“I am pleased that we were able to come to terms with Rob Roy Drainage District, and we’re hoping to get final easements and a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers so we can get this project started,” Village President Sean Michels said.

The village last week hosted an Open House for the drainage project, featuring a presentation that outlined the project goal to “lower the groundwater table within the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks area through gravity pipes, and improve the performance of the pond/wetland,” and documented the “routing of flows (agricultural tile, groundwater and stormwater detention) into a bypass tile to South.”

According to the presentation, cost allocation and annual residential payment for the drainage project is $2,084,236.24 ($1,048,715.16 for residents, $863,996.37 for the village, and $171,524.71 for the county). The total annual payment for year one is simply the special assessment payment—$394.10 for Mallard Point residents and $120.29 for Rolling Oaks. For years two through 20, an annual pond/wetland maintenance fee of $54.59 for Mallard Point residents and $36.85 for Rolling Oaks residents will be added to the special assessment payment, resulting in a total payment of $448.69 and $157.14, respectively.

The presentation also noted that the pond/wetland maintenance payments are based on current dollars and will increase with inflation over time.

Opening Lent

Rev. Mark Harkness (third from left), pastor at Kaneville United Methodist Church, was among Methodist pastors leading a community Ash Wednesday service by six UMC churches at Bethany UMC in Aurora Feb. 22. Rev. Steve Good, Sugar Grove UMC (from left); Rev. Alka Lyles, Bethany UMC; Rev. Harkness; and Rev. Juancho Campanano, Wesley UMC, Aurora. The service included reflections by lay speakers and music by a Wesley UMC praise team and a 25-voice choir from participating churches. Courtesy Photo

Parish Lenten Mission at St. Peter Church

GENEVA—Parish Lenten Mission at St. Peter Church in Geneva will host a parish mission Sunday through Thursday, March 4-8.

The mission will be led by Fr. George Knab, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate from Chicago. A parish mission is a preaching event conducted on consecutive evenings. The preaching centers on the Word of God, as well as Catholic doctrine and Catholic practice. The mission helps one to focus on their personal relationship with the Lord and inspires one to look at their life, values and direction.

• Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m.—Sermon: “We Believe (the Creed).” Ritual: “Sharing the Creed”
• Monday, March 5, 8 a.m.—Mass, Seton Hall. Talk: “The Greatest Commandment.”
7 p.m.—Sermon: “Remembering and Celebrating.” Ritual: “Renewal of Baptismal Promises (The Sacraments)”
• Tuesday, March 6, 8 a.m.—Mass, Seton Hall. Talk: “Second Greatest Commandment”; 7 p.m.—Sermon: “Lift Up Your Hearts” (prayer). Ritual: “Piecing Together the Puzzle of Life”
• Wednesday, March 7, 8 a.m.—Mass, Seton Hall. Talk: “Good Grief: Accepting Loss Gracefully”; 7 p.m.—Sermon: Life In Christ (Moral Living). Ritual: “Sacrament of Penance being offered”
• Thursday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Confessions each hour on the hour

A free-will donation may be given. The church is located at 1891 Kaneville Road in Geneva. Questions can be directed to the parish office, (630) 232-0124.

Boys BB shows playoff hoop skills in win over Spartans

Photo: KHS head coach Brian Johnson tries to spur a comeback in the fourth period of Kaneland’s close match against Rochelle on Friday. Rochelle escaped with a 59-57 NIB-12 win. Photo by Patti Wilk

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—This has already turned out to be a better postseason than the last for KHS boys hoops.

Exorcising some demons of last year’s season-ending regional opener loss to Aurora Central Catholic on March 2, 2011, top-seed Kaneland worked their offense and came weathered Sycamore runs for a solid 55-45 win.

Sycamore (9-20) had outlasted Burlington Central in the opening game of the Rochelle Regional.

Kaneland is set to play two-seed Rochelle on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. after the Hubs edged Hampshire, 59-57.

The Knights, now 16-10, have a chance to make good on a regional title after losing to DeKalb two years ago in Maple Park.

The task at hand on Tuesday was more difficult than listed on paper, with the Spartans on a positive trajectory and having gotten the better of Kaneland in the second regular-season meeting.

“It’s a big win against a conference opponent, and they beat us earlier in the year,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “This is going to be a tough game no matter what.”

The victory marked a nice change of pace for the Knights after sustaining two losses in a row—the first time that has happened since Jan. 18, 2011.

Thomas Williams and Marcel Neil had 15 points apiece, and Trever Heinle had 13 points. It was all the better to combat Sycamore’s Devin Mottet, who scored the Spartans’ first 10 points of the evening and finished with 20.

Down 8-4 early, Heinle had a putback, Williams made two foul shots, and with 4.6 seconds to go, Dan Miller sunk a shot to go up 10-8.

Williams’ basket with 1:38 to go in the half made it 22-16 before a Spartan three just before the buzzer cut the margin to three at the half.

The offense started to click for KHS midway through the quarter on a Drew David three for a 31-21 lead with 4:21 to go. Tyler Heinle’s trey with 4.6 to go made it 36-27 by the buzzer.

The lead ballooned to 44-31 with 4:18 to go, and the free throws did the rest of the damage.

Tyler Heinle and Neil came up with pivotal three-point plays, as well.

“We knew coming into the game they’d been playing a lot better,” David said. “We knew we had to compete from the beginning.”

In the regular season finale, the Knights’ comeback fell short against the Hubs, 59-57—a reversal of fortune from the regular season finale a year ago that resulted in a Northern Illinois Big XII conference title.

The Knights were paced by Williams’ 15 points, Tyler Heinle’s 13 and Neil’s 12.

Rolling Thunder: Lady Knights’ season ends in 43-31 sectional final

Photo: Sarah Grams looks for someone to pass to in the third period of Kaneland’s Class 3A sectional title game against Belvidere North on Feb. 23 at Sycamore High School. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
SYCAMORE—Emotions on the faces of the Lady Knights as they came out of the game, one-by-one, told the story. It would prove to be a sad ending.

However, the Lady Knights basketball squad can be proud of the memories they forged in the most prolific season for the program since 2005-06, which came to an end on Thursday with a 43-31 loss to the Belvidere North Blue Thunder.

The Sycamore Sectional final concluded the season at 20-10, while Belvidere North’s season finally concluded at 23-10 with a 53-46 loss to Vernon Hills High School during Monday’s Elgin High School Super-Sectional.

Kaneland was buoyed by Ashley Prost and Kelly Evers, each with 11 points. Center Katie Dovenuehle had 12 points for the winners.

KHS was also nicked by a 5-for-12 night at the foul line, compared to 14-for-20 for BN.

“Belvidere North’s a good team,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Defensively, we did some good things, but we had to start fouling at the end. I thought free throws hurt us tonight.”

Kaneland and the Blue Thunder were deadlocked at 7-7 after one frame. With a basket by Evers and a steal from Alli Liss leading to a lay-in by Allyson O’Herron, the Lady Knights were up 11-7 with 7:21 remaining in the second quarter.

However, BN’s offense and board attack showed dividends, and KHS found itself on the wrong end of an 8-0 run.

Down 18-12, Prost’s bucket with 28.4 remaining brought the halftime score to 18-14.

In the third, KHS enjoyed foul shots from Prost and a putback from Evers to tie the game at 22-22 with 2:59 to go, but that would be the last time Kaneland would sniff a lead.

Belvidere North went on a 9-0 run that went into the fourth quarter. The Blue Thunder were able to get to the foul line with frequency as the seconds ticked away. Sarah Grams and Prost found the net to close within 36-31 with 1:39 remaining, but the Blue Thunder hit seven-of-eight foul shots to close it out.

“Free throws sometimes deflate you, they hit a bunch at the end and their kids stepped up and that’s why they’re moving on,” Colombe said.

With a team that loses just two seniors, Kelly Evers and Liz Barnette, Kaneland has laid a winning foundation.

“The girls gave us everything they had all year. They enjoyed the atmosphere of the playoffs and got a lot of support from the school. They got a taste for it,” Colombe said.

Galvan a good sport


University of Wisconsin-Platteville women’s basketball junior forward Alyssa Galvan was named to the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team on Monday. Galvan, of Maple Park, was recognized for her display of exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. Courtesy of Wisconsin-Platteville Sports Information

Maple Park registration

MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Baseball, Softball and T-Ball registration is open for the 2012 season. To register, visit the Maple Park baseball website at mapleparkbaseball.net. Children ages 4-14 are welcome to join. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 24.

Young Kaneland-area wrestlers excel

KANELAND—This past weekend a number of students from the Kaneland School District participated in the IKWF (Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation) Regional Championships held in Wheaton and Sycamore.

The top six finishers at each weight class advance to Sectional Meets in Elgin, Ill. and Rochelle, Ill. Ten of the wrestlers are members of the Martinez Fox Valley Elite Wrestling Club, and all qualified for this weekend’s Sectional Meet in Elgin, Ill. Those who qualified were: Nathan Orosco (3rd place – Novice), John McCaffrey (2nd place – Novice), Zack Farris (5th place – Novice), Jacob Shear (3rd place – Senior), Matthew Redman (5th place – Senior), Hayden Patterson (4th place – Senior), Trevor Jones (4th place – Novice), Luke Eggenberger (5th place – Novice). Riley Vanik (2nd place – Novice), and Mitchell Jones (3rd place – Senior).

The Knights Wrestling Club had 12 wrestlers advance to their Sectionals in Rochelle. Those who qualified were: Jace Black (4th place – Intermediate), Brenden Parks (3rd Place – Intermediate), Jack Certa (6th place – Intermediate), Brandon Bryan (6th place – Intermediate), Colin Gussman (5th place – Senior), Diego Lobo (5th place – Senior), George Strang (4th place – Senior), Tommy Kumar (2nd place – Novice), Austin Parks (4th place – Senior), Ben Long (5th Place – Senior), Connor Hoeft (4th place – Novice), and Zach Parker (1st place – Senior).

The Sectional meets have 12 wrestlers at each weight, and the top three finishers will move on to the State Championships in Rockford, Ill., on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10.

Carter navigating Whitewater football in ‘12

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Based on the last two football seasons, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football program can be glad they’ve added a solid piece to its receiving core.

In February, Sean Carter, wideout and track weapon for Kaneland High School, committed to the Division III program.

Carter was a deep threat for a Kaneland squad for the last two undefeated seasons of KHS football—a team that has advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals in consecutive years.

“Knowing all your accomplishments mean something and that you can continue to play after getting used to doing that for so many years,” Carter said on Tuesday. “It takes a lot of pressure off finally having that decision made.”

An all-conference player, Carter hopes to help a Warhawks squad that ran roughshod over the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on its way to its fourth Division III championship in five years.

“Last year, we had a lot of big weapons. This year, Quinn (Buschbacher) and I were the seniors. It was a position we weren’t in the year before, and we were big targets,” Carter said. “Just being a big target gets you into a mindset.”

Carter was debating Wisconsin-Platteville, Minnesota State-Moorhead and St. Joseph’s (Ind.) before making his decision.

Teammate Buschbacher committed to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Letter: Valente inconsiderate of KSB meeting attendees, disrespectful to expertise of Kaneland administration

On Monday, Feb. 13, I attended the Kaneland Board of Education (BoE) meeting, with the agenda item of interest for me being the proposed areas of cuts to meet the 2012-13 school year budget.

During the meeting, there was an extensive presentation by Erika Schlichter, director of Educational Services 6-12, regarding the Response to Intervention (RTI) program as it relates to development and implementation in the high school, with an overview of data from the Harter Middle School.

As Ms. Schlichter attempted to move through her presentation, she was interrupted by board member Tony Valente repeatedly with extremely pointed questions about information that was not part of the presentation, taking the presentation off track and requiring those in attendance no choice but to sit quietly and wait for his pontifications to conclude. While the questions Mr. Valente asked are justifiable and deserving of a response, taking such a blatant approach is inconsiderate of those in attendance and disrespectful to the expertise of the Kaneland administration.

On an aside, having children in the Kaneland schools and seeing firsthand the RTI program come to fruition, along with networking among other districts, it is clear that the implementation of the RTI program in this district is far above many other districts. Anyone questioning the accolades Kaneland has received for their implementation of the RTI program is encouraged to perform some due diligence to ease their concerns.

While Kaneland faces harsh budgetary times, all time and money needs to be spent wisely. It seems that if Mr. Valente, like the other members on the BoE, could strive for a more unified approach and cohesive communications with the Kaneland administration, the ability to make the most of the district’s time and money would then be at the forefront for everyone involved.

Susan Hazen
Elburn

Letter: Last two ‘snow events’ a waste of fuel and wear and tear on city vehicles

Regarding snow removal, the last two “snow events” we had—each of which produced a fraction of an inch—the city decided to unleash our snow plows, complete with salt spreading, when the weather forecast called for temperatures in the 40s later in the day.

I realize that we pay the city employees whether they’re “plowing slush” or playing solitaire back at the shop, but what a waste of fuel and wear and tear on city vehicles that results from this ridiculous waste of Elburn taxpayers money.

Joe Cacic
Elburn

Letter: Support for Karin Herwick Candidate for Kane County Circuit Clerk

I would like the residents of Kane County to consider Karin Herwick for Circuit Clerk. Karin grew up in Sugar Grove with her parents, Gary and Kathi Wilson, and is a graduate of Kaneland High School and Aurora University. She is the only candidate with the knowledge and actual experience to analyze current business practices and effectively transition them into new business solutions to support the public.

Currently Karin is Chief Deputy Clerk and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the Circuit Clerk office. Of all the announced candidates for this position, Karin is the only one with the administrative knowledge and experience of how the Circuit Clerk’s office actually operates.

The past 20 years Karin has been employed at the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s office. She started as Family Division Supervisor, and due to her dedication to service and compassion for the customer, was promoted to customer service manager. She has held the position of chief deputy clerk for the past seven years and is expected to know all the procedures of the clerk’s office.

Karin lives in North Aurora with her husband, Scott, and their son. She has great ideas as to what works and what could be more efficient in the Circuit Clerk’s office. I would like you to meet Karin on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at my home, 108 Cross St. in Sugar Grove.

Karen McCannon
Sugar Grove

Letter: In support of Chris Lauzen

As a lifelong resident of Kane County and a member of the Kane County Board, I have an admittedly biased opinion that Kane County is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

I am also proud of our county and local government’s ability to maintain our high quality of life in Kane County. To that end, I am wholeheartedly endorsing Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman.

Chris is a model father, husband and citizen. As a longtime member of the state Senate, Chris’s reputation for returning all calls and doggedly following up on his constituents’ issues is well known. He is a CPA and a Harvard MBA, which will serve us well, overseeing a $230 million budget and 1,300 employees.

Chris puts his constituents’ needs well above party politics and has vowed, along with other reform candidates, to eliminate the cloud unethical campaign contributions has cast over county government.

It is important to note that Chris’ opponent has stated that he plans on hiring a full-time county administrator. This would be a new six-figure salary position with full benefits. Kane County taxpayers must ask themselves, why vote for a candidate that is planning on hiring someone else to do the job?

Please consider voting for Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman and supporting his longtime vow to “Work hard, stay honest, and use common sense.”

Drew Frasz
Elburn
Kane County Board member
District 26

Letter: In response to ‘My family was needlessly scared’

Last week a letter was posted in the Elburn Herald from Jennifer Hall.

She stated that she was terrified when city workers came to her home at 10 p.m. and knocked on her door. Mrs. Hall was concerned for the safety of her family, and no one can blame her for that. However, posting a letter in a public forum stating the time your husband leaves for work, the fact that you are alone with your children, and the ages of your children is not the best way to protect yourself. The only thing needed is your address, and that is just a quick Internet search away.

Mrs. Hall did the right thing by calling 911, and it is understandable that she was afraid, but hiding from possible intruders and not turning on lights or yelling through your door would only affirm that no one was home.

I am sure the family that was experiencing the sewer back-up was appreciative that the city was there within an hour and a half. Mrs. Hall couldn’t understand why the city did not call her before the workers showed up at her door (probably wearing either a reflective vest or uniform). I am guessing that they did not have her number. Looking at a map of the sewer lines wouldn’t give them her phone number. Perhaps this could be a topic of discussion for the city staff and a protocol can be put in place to advise the police if there is a public works emergency.

In this situation, the city workers must be commended. I am glad that they are dependable and would leave their own families at night to respond to a resident’s complaint of a sewer back-up. The situation may have been avoided if the city workers had the opportunity to identify themselves or if their vehicle was close by. I have to assume they were trying to get the problem taken care of as soon as possible and did not realize that anyone was home or awake at the Hall residence.

Shevon Ramirez
Elburn

Robert Dale ‘Bob’ Lewis

Robert Dale “Bob” Lewis, 74, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife and family after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Robert was a salesman for Elgin Corrugated Box Company in Elgin, Ill.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Robert was born July 9, 1937, in Hord, Ill., to Paul Edward and Lura Faye (Wilson) Lewis.

Robert was united in marriage with Vickie Lynn Durham on Aug. 19, 1993, in Nashville, Tenn.

Surviving are, his wife of 18 years, Vickie Lynn Lewis of rural Carbondale; his children, Paulette Lewis of Rochelle, Ill., Michael Lewis of Bartlett, Ill., and Shauna Kane and her husband, Phil of Cortland, and Robin Lewis of California; three grandchildren, Joey Bemos, Tyler Nolan and Maddison Kane; brother, Gary Eugene Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz.; former wife, Eva Lewis of Bartlett; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruby and Charles Durham of Carbondale, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Kevin Durham and his wife, Ivona, of Cortland, Rick Durham and his wife, Allison, of Elburn; nephew, Charles Durham of Cortland; niece, Crystal Durham of Elburn; and close friends, Dale and Gloria Gabriel of rural Carbondale, Roger and Lois Propes of rural Carbondale and many other close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27, at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with Mr. Dale Gabriel officiating. Interment with military graveside rites conducted by the Herrin American Post # 645, Baker-Ladd V.F.W. Post # 1567 and the IL Army National Guard Honor Detail will be in Friendship Cemetery at Goreville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Patrick A. “Pat” Taylor

Patrick A. “Pat” Taylor, 59, passed away peacefully at Delnor-Community Hospital Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, after a long fought battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 7, 1952, in La Porte, Ind., the son of Robert and Helen Taylor.

He grew up in La Porte, where he attended St. Peter’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from La Porte High School. Wanting to further his education, he attended St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind. Pat later earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

In the 1970s, Pat often visited his brother, Joe, in Palatine, Ill., and the young lady who lived across the street caught his eye. Nine years later, Pat married Bev on Aug. 23, 1980. For the next 31 years, Pat would faithfully stand by her. Five years later, they were blessed with their first child, Aimee. In the years that followed, Pat and Beverly would welcome Jim, Dan and Katie into their lives.

They made their home in St. Charles for a time before moving to Virgil and finally, in 1994, came to make their home in Elburn.

Pat had a love for education and history. He began his teaching career at East Aurora High School in 1980 and would spend 13 years there teaching social studies. With an opportunity to work closer to home, Pat became a social studies teacher at St. Charles East High School, where he continued until the end of January.

Pat was a faithful parishioner of St. Gall Parish in Elburn, where on Saturday evenings he would devote his time to the church as an usher.

Pat had a special place in his heart for sports, especially his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He became very excited whenever tickets made their way into his hands. His love for sports extended beyond the Fighting Irish to his Chicago Bears and Cubs. His interest in sports did not stop there, however. Whenever he had the opportunity to coach his children, whether it was baseball or basketball, he would be there. Pat also had a passion for tennis, which he not only enjoyed playing, but teaching others to play, as well.

If Pat was not spending time coaching or watching one of his beloved teams, he was spending time with his family. He enjoyed taking vacations, especially time in a cottage overlooking a lake. You would often find him out on the porch with his family playing cards or board games. In the background, you would hear some of his favorite artists playing. You could still hear the echoes of the Beatles, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Pat and his family enjoyed spending time at numerous cottages, but Door County, Wis., was where they spent most of their vacations together. Pat enjoyed the simple pleasures and beauty in life. He spent endless hours in the garden growing flowers or would lose himself in books, particularly historical fiction. Those who knew Pat well knew that his interesting sense of humor was like no other.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Taylor of Elburn; four children, Aimee Taylor, Jim (Kristen) Taylor, Dan Taylor, Katie Taylor; seven siblings, Joe (Audrey) Taylor, Mary Gineman, Martha Taylor (Lester Gillespie), Mike (Judy) Taylor, Rita (Gerry) Bambrick, Beth (Don) Lopotko and Bobi (Mike) Wheeler; a host of nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends.

He is preceded by his parents.

Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 26, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral mass celebrating his life was held Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Dennis Morrissy, pastor of The Church of St. Mary of Assumption in Maple Park, officiated the funeral.

Memorials in Patrick’s name may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Checks may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and mailed to 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06815, on the web at www.themmrf.org, or mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the family through P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119, or on the web at www.conleycare.com.