Two spirits

Photo: 11-year-old Madison Tegtman, a sixth-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School, with her horse, Preston, navigates over an obstacle during one of their rides. She has been riding horses since she was only three years old. Courtesy Photo

Sixth-grader and derby horse both get life experience
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Located on Lees Road in Maple Park, Silver Spur Farm houses a youngster diligently working toward doing the very best in competition—and that’s just the sixth-grade student from Kaneland Harter Middle School.

11-year old Madison Tegtman doesn’t pick up a ball or racket. Her idea of unwinding is working in tandem with a 10-year old Oldenburg horse named Preston.

Tegtman has six first-place events under her cap, and most recently competed in Gurnee, Ill.

With an attentive and solid support group like her mother and horse owner Gina, grandparents Ed and Polly Ruzic, and trainer Tasha Lasiowski, Tegtman—who’s been a rider since she was 3—can focus on equestrian events and caring for Preston.

“I come here to spend time with him,” Tegtman said. “When we come here and get ready for everything, we have to clean all our stuff, clean the horse, practice, take lessons, and get ready to have competitions on Saturdays and Sundays.”

Preston just got back into the fold in early September after recovering from a damaged femur, the result of getting kicked by a fellow horse.

“That was my favorite place to compete at (Crosswinds in Marengo, Ill.), because it was his first show with me after his injury,” Tegtman said.

Specifically, Preston competes a hunter jumper horse, similar to obstacle courses that have walls, gates and fences, and has had quite the long road back. The recovery process took 18 months, and the injury occurred six weeks after Preston was acquired from Michigan.

“It’s a long wait, but I was patient and I was happy for everyone else, and they finally let me ride,” Tegtman said.

It was Madison’s patience that helped Preston recover, because Preston’s prognosis was not good.

“Every day, Madison was out there working with him. The vet would check him out and say it was doubtful he would be able to get back to where he was, but they kept at it,” Gina said.

Preston is the first Oldenberg horse owned by the family after owning two ponies previously.

It takes not just a level of commitment, but temperament, to take on the task of loving and caring for a prize animal.

“You definitely have to be patient. The horses are so good for the kids. It teaches them patience and responsibility, and you’re caring for a live animal,” Lasiowski said.

Lasiowski also owns and operates Escapar Farms within the grounds of Silver Spur, and has dealt with her share of local animals.

“It’s a big animal, and it’s got a mind of its own. It’s about learning to read your horse. Going forward in life, I think it teaches you how to read people,” Lasiowski said.

Tegtman and crew are enjoying what they do, and eventually would like to ease into different events.

“There’s higher jumps; more derbies in the future, I think,” Ed said. “All around the Midwest, you have an opportunity to see terrific horses and terrific riders.”

“I want to take him to hunter derbies, so he can get recognized more,” Tegtman said.

Hunter derbies, now moving on to an international stage, involve larger courses that are inclined with the horse’s natural way of moving about, and measures overall brilliance.

Brilliance is what Tegtman seems to strive for, along with her 10-year-old partner.

“When you go to compete, you hope you have a good horse to go with, and I do.”

Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer team concludes 1st season


Photo: The Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer team gather after a first-place finish earlier in their season. The team concluded the year on Nov. 10. This year’s team included Asst. Coach Val Massa (back, left to right), Gianna Carbonara, Sarah Ball, Emma Zukauski, Brooke Bastone, Anna Massa, Alyssa Lech and Asst. Coach Meredith Haring; Emily Savarese (front), Kristin Layne, Kailey Krajewski, Niki Kull, (directly behind Niki) Regan Franzen, Maddy Wheatley, Anna Massa and Julianna Klecka. Not pictured are team alternate Brooke Johnson, Asst. Coach Megan Mendoza, Asst. Coach Theresa Miller and Coach Andrea Williams. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland—The Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer team concluded its first season on Nov. 10 with a third-place finish at the Conant Spirit Challenge.

The team was organized by Andrea Williams last spring. After working with the KYBL cheerleading program for the past few season, Williams said she saw a desire for something more from the girls as they were reaching middle school. A former Kaneland cheerleader herself, Williams said there is currently no school-sponsored cheerleading program at the middle school level.

Even though many of the girls participate in the cheer programs offered by both KYFL and KYBL, the competitive arena is entirely different. Williams said the hope is that this competitive program will teach participants the skills they need and become a feeder program for the Kaneland High School team. Although there are other competitive teams in the area, high cost can be a factor for some families. Williams said she did her best to keep costs at a manageable level for participants, but noted that community support is what keeps programs like this running.

This season, the team consisted of 14 members and one team alternate between sixth and eighth grade. They practiced over the summer to learn a routine approximately 3 minutes in length including dance, cheer, tumbling and advanced stunting skills. Williams said she could not have gotten through the season without the help of her assistant coaches—Emily Haring, Meredith Haring, Valerie Massa, Megan Mendoza and Theresa Miller.

The Knights participated in three area competitions and earned first-, second-, and third-place finishes, respectively. The final competition on Nov. 10 was a qualifying event for the IRCA (Illinois Recreational Cheer Association) state competition in December. Williams said she was proud of the third-place finish—noting that the girls missed a state bid by 1.6 points.

You can find out more information about KYBL including the competitive cheer program and fundraising efforts by visiting their website at: www.kanelandcheer.org.

Vanik takes 2nd at USAW Pre-Season Nationals

Iowa—Riley Vanik of Sugar Grove nearly pulled off a championship victory in the USAW Pre-Season Nationals at the University of Northern Iowa inside the UNI-Dome Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Nov. 4.

The tournament drew 2,594 wrestlers from 38 states. Vanik entered the 152-pound weight bracket in the Seventh/Eighth-grade Middle School Division.

Because of Vanik’s performance the previous year, he earned a first-round bye in this year’s tournament. He took a tight match, 3-2, in his second-round opener.

Vanik found himself in another hard-fought battle in the next round, taking his Iowa opponent into overtime. He secured the 5-3 victory with just 19 seconds remaining in the overtime period.

He battled the eventual tournament champion into the second period, where he lost by pin, securing second place in the tournament.

Dratnol named to Capital One Academic All-District team

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Kaneland alum Eric Dratnol was one of two Augustana football players named to the first team of the Capital One Academic All-District team. The junior center earned the honors in District Seven, which includes Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

He will now be advanced to the national ballot, where he will attempt to add to Augustana’s prodigious total of Academic All-Americans. Since the AAA program began in 1951, Augustana has produced 139 honorees, which places the Vikings sixth all-time. Augustana is currently second among NCAA Division III institutions.

Dratnol has been a season-long starter at center and is considered a primary reason why the Augustana rushing attack came to life this year. He is an accounting and applied math major with a 3.83 grade point average. He is the son of David and Phyllis Dratnol of Montgomery.

Knights 8th-graders finish 3rd in St. Charles tourney

Kaneland—The Kaneland eighth-grade football team concluded its season last month with a third-place finish in the annual St. Charles Tournament.

Kaneland’s finish was its second-best ever, and was the first time Kaneland defeated Batavia in the tournament.

The two schools faced each other in the third-place game on Oct. 13, a day that saw Kaneland emerge victorious 26-14.

The game concluded an 8-3 season.

KC pro indoor football team preps for 1st season

Kane County—In preparation for its inaugural season, the Kane County Dawgs professional indoor football team recently announced the hiring of its head coach, Matt Griebel.

Griebel is a former player of the Indianapolis Colts and is a resident of Joliet, Ill.

The Kane County Dawgs Professional Indoor Football team is a part of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL).

Griebel was an offensive lineman for the Colts; he also played for the Georgia Force and the Green Bay Blizzard Professional Indoor Football teams. He has a bachelor degree from Indiana State University, where he was a full athletic scholarship football team captain and scholar athlete (2002-2003). He earned his associate degree at Joliet Junior College and was a N4C All Conference selection (2001), playing high school ball at Lockport Township.

He took over the Dawgs’ head coaching duties immediately and has begun the hiring process of his coaching staff and evaluation of players.

The Kane County Dawgs will play a 10-game schedule, with five home dates at Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Romeoville, Ill. Games begin in February.

The team will hold its second open tryout on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the team’s official training center, ESP Sports Performance, 2050 Mitchell Drive, Oswego, IL 60543. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m., and the try-out begins 6 p.m. View the team’s website, www.kcdawgs.com, for additional information.

Pair of former KC Cougars win Silver Slugger Awards

Total of 5 former Cougars have won award
GENEVA—A pair of former Kane County Cougars have won a 2012 Silver Slugger Award. Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera and Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham were each honored last Thursday evening.

Cabrera and Willingham both played for the 2001 Cougars Midwest League Championship squad. The Silver Slugger, which was first awarded in 1980, is distributed to the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues.

Cabrera has now won four Silver Slugger Awards (2005, ’06, ’10, ’12) in his big league career. Cabrera’s 2012 campaign also included the American League Triple Crown—the first Triple Crown in Major League Baseball since 1967. Cabrera was named a Major League All-Star for the seventh time in his career, and is a strong candidate for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, to be announced on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Willingham was recognized with his first-ever Silver Slugger following a career year offensively. The 2012 season was Willingham’s first season as a Twin, and the 33-year old set personal bests with 35 home runs and 110 RBI.

The ’01 Cougars teammates have combined for 488 major league home runs.

Other past Silver Slugger Award winners who played at Kane County include Edgar Renteria (’93), a three-time Silver Slugger in 2000, ’02 and ’03. Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier (’03) won a Silver Slugger in 2009, while Dodgers teammate Adrian Gonzalez (’01) won his first Silver Slugger in 2011.

Guest Editorial: November is National Diabetes Month

by Julie West, West Physical Therapy
Did you know that here are 23.6 million children and adults living with diabetes in the U.S.? Of these, an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, and 5.7 million are unaware they have the disease.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into the energy necessary for daily life. While the cause of diabetes is unknown, factors such as obesity and lack of exercise play important roles. Diabetes can result in conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease (neuropathy), amputations and problems with the skin, including ulcers and infections.

Managing your diabetes can lower your risk of resulting health issues. Management includes controlling your blood sugar (glucose), lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. Physical therapists are experts in restoring and improving human motion, and can play an integral role in the management of diabetes by establishing and, as needed, supervising exercise programs and providing treatment of complications.

Diabetes that is not well controlled leads to problems in blood vessels and nerves, often in the legs. Low blood flow to the legs can create cramping pain when walking or lead to sores on the legs or feet.

Diabetes can affect the nerves, which can result in tingling in the feet and may progress to complete numbness. This numbness can cause damage to the skin or joints because of the lack of pain sensation. These problems can lead to difficulty with daily activities, limit the ability to exercise, and also result in very serious consequences to one’s health. It is best to take action to prevent complications, but if these problems occur, physical therapists can help restore your quality of life.
Physical therapists can:
• Use special tests to check the sensation in your feet
• Help decrease cramping pain during walking
• Evaluate and care for skin ulcers and sores that are slow to heal
• Improve your walking ability by adapting shoes or orthotics
• Show you how to protect your feet if they have lost sensation
• Recommend shoe wear or assistive devices if needed

A physical therapist can create an exercise program to help you achieve better health safety. You should see a physical therapist to help you with physical activity if you have:
• Pain in your joints or muscles
• Numbness or tingling in your feet
• Calluses or sores on your feet
• Pain or limping with walking
• Used an assistive device such as a cane or crutches
• Had a stroke
• Questions about what type of exercise is best for you

For more information, go to www.apta.org, or www.moveforwardpt.com.

Letter: Sugar Grove Food Pantry Holiday Book and Toy Drive

It is holiday time once again. In an effort to help the many struggling local families here in our community, we are doing a Holiday Book and Toy Drive to help alleviate the financial stress that is associated with this time of year.

All parents and grandparents would like an opportunity to provide for their loved ones during the holidays, and our efforts should help them.

Please drop an unwrapped new toy or book for children of the ages of birth to 18 years of age. The pantry has needs for children of all ages.

Six locations are available for drop off. For more information on these locations, email patdangraceffa@msn.com. A box will be provided for dropping off items between Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Dec. 7.

Thank you in advance for your help in making these local families’ holiday a tiny bit brighter. All items will be dropped off at the pantry by Sunday, Dec. 9.

Pat Graceffa
Sugar Grove

Grace UMC and St. Mary’s of Maple Park to host Turkey Drop 2012

MAPLE PARK—Turkey Drop 2012 will take place at Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event features donation of turkeys, hams, and canned goods to families in Maple Park and other local charities in the Kaneland community.

Special guest Back Country Roads will perform an acoustic set from noon to 2 p.m. Remember, you must bring a ham and/or turkey to get into the Turkey Drop.

For more information, email kariruh@gmail.com.

Book of Genesis study

ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.

A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

Hartmann, Dermody wed Aug. 18

Doug and Cathy Hartmann of Maple Park are pleased to announce the marriage of their son Dan to Ashley Dermody, daughter of David and Laurie Dermody of Williamsburg, Iowa, on Aug 18, 2012, in North English, Iowa.

The best man was Nathan Fabrizius, friend of the groom. The maid of honor was Shelby Williams, friend of the bride. The rest of the bridal party was made up of the couple’s dearest friends. Dan’s sister Holly and Ashley’s brother Travis were also part of the bridal party.

The groom attended Kaneland High School and graduated from Iowa State University in 2010.

The bride also attended Iowa State University and graduated in December 2011. Dan and Ashley both studied agriculture at ISU, and are fulfilling their dreams by their employment in the farm industry. Dan is a swine production manager at Hartmann Farms Inc., and Ashley is a district sales manager for Beck’s Hybrids.

The couple resides in Cortland.

Charles J. Brouch

Charles J. Brouch, 78, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Aurora, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Provena Mercy Center. He was born March 19, 1934, in Aurora to the late John and Louise (Brummel) Brouch.

Charlie was raised and schooled in the Marywood and Pigeon Hill area. He served his country for two years stateside during the Korean conflict.

He worked for Oberweis Dairy as a young man, and later made his career with Illinois Bell/Ameritech, starting as a pole lineman and retiring in 1989. He loved fishing and riding motorcycles.

Survivors include his three sons, Michael (Lorraine) Brouch of Scottsdale, Ariz., James (Christine) Brouch of Naperville, Ill., Joseph Brouch of North Wales, Penn.; one daughter, Cynthia (Jeff) Ford of Oswego, Ill.; and their mother, Donna Brouch of Aurora. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, Christopher (Christine) Brouch, Jacob Brouch, Jack Brouch, Sam Brouch, Nicholas Brouch, Elizabeth Brouch, Emily and Madeleine Brouch, and Jesse and Sara Jarka; one great-granddaughter; brother, Richard (Helen) Brouch of Aurora; sisters, Joan (Paul) Cetto of Phoenix, Ariz., Sister Grace Brouch, O.S.F. of Brazil and Virginia Brouch of Phoenix; special friend, Sharon Lindvall of Sugar Grove; uncle and aunt, Donald and Joan Brummel; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Provena Mercy Center for their extraordinary care of Charlie.

Visitation was held Saturday at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove. Interment was private.

For information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Steven ‘Steve’ G. Fry

Steven “Steve” G. Fry, 66, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully with his loving wife Leronna at his side, on Nov. 5, 2012, at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

He was born Oct. 4, 1946, in Aurora. Steve lived in Wheaton, Ill., for 40 years before he and Leronna made their home in Maple Park. He graduated from Elmhurst College in 1970 and taught science at Glencrest Junior High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. After teaching for more than 13 years, Steve decided to make a career change and took a position with Fermilab, in Batavia, as a computer networking specialist. In March of 2008, after 24 years with Fermilab, Steve retired.

Steve is survived by his wife of 42 years, Leronna of Maple Park.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A memorial service celebrating Steven’s life will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Lisa Kruse- Safford, pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, will officiate.

A memorial has been established in Steve’s name to benefit Loyola University Health System. Checks may be made to the Loyola University Health System and mailed in care of the Fry family P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Joseph

Bernard “Bernie” Joseph, 61, of Elburn, passed away at his home on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

He was born June 17, 1951, in St. Charles, the son of Bernard Sr. and Delores Joseph.

Bernie grew up in St. Charles and attended St. Patrick Catholic Schools. He graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1969.

Bernie met the love of his life when he was a senior. Sandra “Sandy” Charles transferred in as a junior, and it wasn’t long until he made his move by sending roses to her home. Sandy felt obliged to say thank you in person, stealing his heart in the process. Bernie and Sandy quickly became inseparable, walking down the aisle three years later on April 21, 1973.

They began their new life together in Batavia, while they built a home in Elburn. In 1977, they welcomed home their son Dan shortly before moving into their new home. Two years later, a daughter, Amy, made their family complete.

A million memories were made and shared with family and friends for the next many years until a tragic fire took their home but not their hearts. The community came together, and after incredible support from special friends and family, they rebuilt a home using the strength born of community spirit unique to small towns like Elburn.

Right after graduating from high school, Bernie began working in the construction trade. After 15 years, Bernie left Imperial Components as a plant manager and spent more time with his growing children, introducing them to a life of serving the needs of a community that was growing, as well. It was an excellent opportunity to “pay it forward” after receiving so many blessings the years before.

Bernie was a deeply dedicated member of the Elburn Lions Club, where he was everything from “chief cook and bottle washer,” to manning the barbecue pits and chairing large events, including the annual senior citizen dinner, not to mention participating in the annual Elburn Days parade and carnival. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited for many years.

Bernie’s home was always the one the neighborhood kids flocked to as they recognized the “kid inside” that was never too far from the surface. He always enjoyed every holiday, but Halloween was especially sweet. Not only were the best treats to be had at the Joseph house, but also the best tricks as Bernie loved to scare unsuspecting trick or treaters every year.

He was an outdoorsman at heart and loved to spend time at the family farm in Missouri. Bernie loved to hunt with his son Dan, and every season he left for the woods, though never without the good luck charm given to him by his daughter Amy.

There was never a heart that beat so strong for his fellow man. Bernie dedicated years of service to his community, many of them through the Elburn Lions Club, and found that the definition of “family” was not limited to those related by blood. The real definition of family to Bernie was those with a common goal and a common heart, helping people regardless of race or creed.

He was a loving father and husband. Even though years were stolen from him, Bernie leaves behind a legacy of love, friendship and community spirit that lives on in all those he loved.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sandy; two children, Dan (Koreen) Joseph and their daughters, Aley and Andrea of Evans, Colo., and Amy (Brian Robie) Joseph and their son, Nolan, of North Aurora; mother, Delores Stuart of Walden, Ark.; four siblings, Glen Joseph, Terry Van Sickle, Penny Strange and Chris Stewart; many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bernard Sr., and three siblings, Michael Joseph, Thomas Joseph and William Stewart.

Visitation, followed by a remembrance service, was held on Tuesday at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bernie’s name to benefit his favorite charities, including the Elburn Lions Club. Checks may be made to the “Bernard Joseph Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home.

Dorothy Marie Gilmore

Dorothy Marie Gilmore, 89, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

Dorothy was born at home on Jan. 30, 1923, in Wheaton, Ill., the daughter of Adam and Helen (Lambert) Klein. She attended local schools until the 10th grade.

On Jan. 30, 1940, she married the love of her life, Samuel Arthur Gilmore.

Over the years, Dorothy and Samuel made their home in Wheaton and a farm in Carol Stream before purchasing a farm near Elburn. In 1946, the two built their house, where they created many memories with their children until Samuel’s passing in 1991. Dorothy continued to live in their home until 2012, when she moved to Inspirations in St. Charles.

A spiritual woman, Dorothy was a parishioner at St. Gall Catholic Church, where she was active with their Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Kane County Home Extension.

Dorothy had many interests in life. She enjoyed passing her time working on all types of crafts including knitting, crocheting, or stitching together some quilts for the church’s annual raffle.

Dorothy was also no stranger to the kitchen. As you would enter her home, you were greeted with the smell of home cooking. If you were lucky, it would be her homemade coleslaw or baked beans.

Dorothy loved her family more than anything and devoted her entire life to them by attending to their needs as a homemaker. She especially enjoyed spending her time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy always made sure a birthday card was made to each and every one of them.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Sandy (Paul) Beyer of Arkdale, Wis., Dan (Karen) Gilmore of South Elgin, Ill., Mary Gilmore of Elburn and Kathy (Mike) Carney of Elburn; grandchildren, Anne (Dan) Carson, Peggy (Dave) Nelson, Betsy Beyer, Paula (Mark) Robitske, Laura (Paul) Ross, Chris (Jodee) Beyer, Kevin Gilmore, and Michelle (John Douglas) Gilmore; great-grandchildren, Sam, Emily, Sarah, Becky, Eric, Michael, Jacob, Cassie, Deidra, Aiden, Megan, Tyler, Jessica, CJ, Jerome, Sara and Grace; great-great-granddaughter, Anessa; sisters, Bernice (Bill) Graf and Eileen (Bob) Trescott; brother, Bob Klein; and brother-in-law, Don Stargardt.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Samuel Gilmore; infant daughter, Diane; sister, Betty Stargardt; daughter-in-law, Carol Gilmore; sister-in-law, Sharon Klein; and brother-in-law, Bill Graf.

Visitation was held on Sunday at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral Mass celebrating her life was held on Monday at St. Gall Catholic Church. Rev. Tim Siegel, pastor of the church, officiated.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Dorothy Gilmore Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Anna June Reed

Anna June Reed, 97, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2012.

She was born June 15, 1915, in Chicago, the daughter of Vol and Anna (Hulseberg) Turner.

June’s family made their home in both Illinois and Wisconsin over the years, eventually settling “on the farm” in Lily Lake in 1927.

After June completed her schooling, she continued to help on the family farm while working at Ray Reed’s General Store.

June was united in marriage to George Reed on Oct. 19, 1947.

They began their new life together in Lily Lake, later building their own “dream home” in rural St. Charles, raising their daughter Jane, filling the home with memories, laughter and love.

June began working for DuKane Manufacturing around 1950. She worked in data processing and timed her retirement with George’s.

She was a lifetime and faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church, giving her heart and time to many missions through the church, including Rebecca Circle. June also handmade the Paramounts that hung on the altar for many years.

June also was an avid gardener; her flowers and vegetables gracing her table and pantry season after season.

June was an excellent seamstress and even made her own wedding dress. She also made quilts with friends from church, which were given to charity.

June was a member of Leisure League in Geneva, as well as the Sunset Swingers in Elburn. She also volunteered her time for 12 years, helping with crafts and activities at Provena Pine View Care Center in St. Charles.

She is survived by her son-in-law, Paul Cyko of Elburn; two sisters-in-law, Doris Turner of Lily Lake and Phyllis Turner of Sister Bay, Wis.; many nieces, nephews, wonderful neighbors and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; one daughter, Jane Cyko; two brothers, George and Howard Turner; and one sister, Elizabeth Turner.

Visitation and a funeral to celebrate her faith and her memory was held Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment followed on Tuesday at Lily Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “June Reed Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

WCC names Paralympic gold medalist October Featured Alumnus

Photo: Joe Berenyi of Oswego won three cycling medals at the recent 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and has been named WCC’s Featured Alumnus. Berenyi played baseball for the Chiefs before losing his right arm in an accident. Courtesy Photo

SUGAR GROVE—Over the last few months, Waubonsee Community College graduate Joe Berenyi, an Oswego resident, has won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, met President Barack Obama, and been hailed as a hero at local and national appearances.

In recognition of all of these recent accomplishments, as well as the many years of dedication and strength that went into achieving them, Waubonsee is proud to name Berenyi its Featured Alumnus for October.

Growing up in Aurora, Berenyi was always an athlete. He played football and baseball at Aurora Central Catholic before playing baseball at Waubonsee in 1988 and 1989. A pitcher and outfielder, his school record of three doubles in a single game still stands.

“Joe was a quiet, tough player,” said Waubonsee baseball coach Dave Randall. “And he’s used that competitiveness to excel in what he’s doing now.”

After graduating from Waubonsee in 1989, Berenyi’s playing days were over, but his competitive fire still burned.

“I had always liked riding my bike, and I started to do it more for exercise,” he said. “But I like to compete, and so entered a few local races.”

Then, in his second year of cycling, the day before a big race, Berenyi was involved in a construction accident that resulted in a broken leg, shattered kneecap and the loss of his right arm.

Needless to say, recovery was not easy, but after a few years, Berenyi decided it was time to try out the truth of the old axiom about not being able to forget how to ride a bicycle. Prairie Path Cycles was able to modify bikes to include electronic shifting gears and brakes that work with just one lever so Berenyi can ride using only his left arm.

By 2009, Berenyi was back in local races, and in 2010 he was at the Paracycling National Championships.

“I was interested to see how I would fare there, because everyone I had raced around here had been able bodied,” Berenyi said.

Berenyi took silver in that first paracycling race and hasn’t looked back since. In this, his first year of international competition, Berenyi won medals in three of his five events at the Paralympic Games—a gold in the 3 kilometer individual pursuit, a silver in the men’s individual time trial and a bronze in the track cycling mixed sprint competition.

“It was bigger, better and more impressive than I expected,” Berenyi said of his Paralympic experience.

At 6,000 strong, the crowd at the games was large and especially loud, given that Berenyi’s competitor in the gold medal race was British.

“The decibel level was like a jet engine, but it didn’t distract me,” Berenyi said. “I knew what I had to do—just pedal.”

Pedaling is mostly all Berenyi had time for while in London. He and his family were able to take the train to Paris for a day, but otherwise, Berenyi was training, recovering and competing. And, of course, living life in the Olympic village.

“The food in the village was very good,” he said. “They have stations with food from all over the world.”

Berenyi will have plenty of chances to sample more international cuisine as he continues to paracycle on the world stage over the next few years. While he hasn’t ruled out competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, right now he’s trying to enjoy being home and adjusting to his newfound celebrity.

After receiving a hero’s welcome when he returned home to Oswego on Sept. 10, he was off to the White House on Sept. 13, where he and a group of 400 other Paralympians and Olympians got a chance to meet the Obamas and Vice President Biden.

“I don’t know how it happened, but I was chosen to stand in the front row right behind the president,” Berenyi said. “I was right next to [Olympic sprinter] Tyson Gay and two down from [Olympic swimmer] Michael Phelps. I think that photo might end up being the family Christmas card this year.”

Zumba’ing for Elburn Countryside Food Pantry

Photo: Lola Salamon (front) of Elburn and the rest of the class get into the swing of Jennifer Olsem’s session during the charity event at the Community Center on Saturday. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—The opportunity to teach a Zumba class and raise funds for the Elburn Countryside Food Panty was so important to Jennifer Olsem, she traveled all the way from Suwanee, Ga., to do it.

Olsem, formerly a resident of Blackberry Creek subdivision in Elburn, taught the Zumba fundraiser on Saturday at the Elburn Community Center.

I wanted to come back to Elburn and give back, and Lola (Salmon, event coordinator) had the great idea of the Elburn Food Pantry,” Olsem said. “With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m sure the Elburn Food Pantry can use all the help they can get.”

Salmon said the event had a pretty good turnout, and some people actually brought non-perishable food items and still paid the class’ $10 admission fee.

“Jennifer had a wonderful time, and she stated it felt great to give back to the community of where she once lived,” Salmon said. “Jennifer was full of pep and energy, and did a wonderful job on boosting all the ladies’ spirits while in the Zumba session.”

Olsem hopes to make the Zumba fundraiser an annual event for the food pantry. And with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, Salmon and Olsem want to remind people to drop off non-perishable items at the Elburn Community Center anytime before 5 p.m. each day.

The jaunt from Suwanee to Elburn is a long one, but Olsem doesn’t seem to mind at all.

“I’m happy to be coming back to a community that was so pleasant to live in, and give back,” she said.

Photos: Snakes, lizards and gators—Oh, my!

Photo: Dave DiNaso gets some assistance with “Axl,” an American alligator, from Natalie Foss, 5, of Sugar Grove. Photos by Patti Wilk


Dave talks to kids about “Zainy”, a Black Throat Monitor. Dave brought his “Traveling World of Reptiles” to the Sugar Grove Library on Oct. 27. Dave shared his reptile friends with Halloween-costumed kids and their parents, during the library’s Halloween Event. “Traveling World of Reptiles” is an “up-close, live, hands-on experience” with snakes, lizards, turtles, spiders, alligators, frogs and more.


The kids pet “Dino” the Green Iquana.


Zach Tate, 12, of Sugar Grove is covered in snakes, and even his glasses are decorated. Chiquita, an Albino Burmese Python, sits on his lap.

McLaren to receive NCC’s Outstanding Alumni Award

NAPERVILLE, Ill.—Sugar Grove resident Eric McLaren, Ph.D., received North Central College’s 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award during Homecoming Convocation Friday, Oct. 26, in the Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

McLaren has devoted his career to advancing the mission of the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), most recently as its principal and vice president for academic programs. In that role, he has been responsible for ensuring quality instruction and the integrity of the overall academic and residential program. A charter staff member, McLaren began as a resident counselor in 1986 and was subsequently promoted to head resident counselor, coordinator of residential life, assistant principal/coordinator of community learning and principal. He was named vice president for academic programs in 2004.

His leadership style is characterized by his ability to motivate others by building a shared sense of purpose. In fall 2010, McLaren was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“Find something that feeds your sense of purpose and be willing to look low for that purpose as well as high,” McLaren said to IMSA students in a video revealing his diagnosis. “It’s one way to learn how to be more fully human as you press beyond ‘being good’ to ‘being good for something.'”

McLaren has continued in his leadership role at IMSA for an extended time as vice president for academic programs, helping establish a connection between the academy and ALS research efforts. In 2011, he and his family, along with IMSA, hosted an ALS Awareness Night Gala to advance a partnership between IMSA and Project ALS that will focus on programs and research. The proceeds went to the McLaren Family Research Fund at Project ALS and to a fund at IMSA called Cure A Dreaded Human Ailment (CADHA).

McLaren earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Central College in 1986 and went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

SGVB discusses Ash Borer issue

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday discussed ideas on how to treat trees in the community that have been infested by the Ash Borer beetle.

Streets Supervisor Geoff Payton explained that the Ash Borer issue is becoming more and more problematic and should be taken care of soon. Payton advocated a method known as “soil drenching,” which is more cost effective and could be completed by the village’s Public Works crew.

The board also discussed the idea of removing trees that are non-salvageable. These measures are meant to slow the process of Ash Borer spreading.

MP water main project nears completion

by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Village Engineer Jeremy Lin on Tuesday updated the Village Board on the status of the current water main project.

“The project is going really well,” Lin said.

Other than one minor scope change, which the board approved later in the meeting, the construction on the project has gone according to plan.

“The schedule has gone fast and relatively smooth,” Lin said. “The majority is finished, and we have no other foreseeable changes.”

Construction on Pearl, Center, and Elm streets has finished, and work on Willow Street is due to finish up by the end of the week.

“The one change in our plan would come at the end of Elm Street,” Lin said. “We would extend the main further to the end of the property in case of future development.”

After completion of the work, Lin assured the board their contractor would repair and clean the areas they worked on.

“After they’re done, they will come back for a final clean up. They will also replace any asphalt they disturbed, and come back in the spring to re-seed grass,” Lin said.

In addition to the project itself, Lin was also working to update the village’s map of its water lines, as there are discrepancies of the size and location on the current map.

Scary good read


At John Stewart Elementary School, Mrs. Reilley’s fourth-grade class completed book reports on Bluestem Award winning books and created pumpkin characters to match their reports. On Oct. 30, the students read their reports and displayed their pumpkins. Zack Nemechek (above) answers questions about his report. Zack read the book “Kenny and the Dragon,” and constructed “Graham” the dragon for his display. Photo by John DiDonna

A ‘Jazz-y’ Anniversary

Jazzercise of Elburn owner June Ambruster (middle, front) and instructor Heather Coulter pose with the Thursday night class at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center. Nov. 1 marked the fifth anniversary of Jazzercise in Elburn, and it’s still going strong. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

ISBA Illinois Law Now Q&A for November 2012

Question: Is there a law which requires the purchaser of a home
to do a radon test?
Answer: No, but many home buyers are concerned and now have a radon test conducted at the same time they do their home inspection. If the radon test exceeds normal levels, the buyer will usually require that radon remediation be done and that a second test be conducted before the closing.

Question: Even though I signed
up on the federal government’s
do-not-call registry, I still get
several robocalls. Do I have
any recourse?
Answer: Unfortunately, placing your phone number in the do-not-call registry will not stop all telemarketing calls. Also, be aware that political solicitations and calls from charities are not covered by the registry. However, if a third-party telemarketer calls on behalf of a charity, you may ask not to receive any more calls from that specific charity.
Complaints to the government on unsolicited phone calls are up significantly since the do-not-call registry was established. The best thing to do is either hang up or not return the call. Another option is to contact your phone provider and ask them to block the number, but be sure to ask if there’s a charge for that service. You may also want to report the incidents to the Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

Question: As the owner of a small company, can I deny employment based on criminal convictions?
Answer: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission advises businesses to assess a job candidate with a criminal history on the severity of his/her crime, and to give job applicants a chance to explain their background, taking into consideration references and rehabilitative efforts. They also suggest documenting in writing the justification for employment decisions made for those with criminal histories.

Question: What Illinois laws
govern the hunting of various
types of game?
Answer: Illinois law allows hunting of various types of game, including deer, turkey and small game such as squirrels. Waterfowl and doves are also considered fair game. All hunting in Illinois is subject to seasonal restrictions and specifications. Also, the proper Illinois hunting license must be obtained prior to any hunting activity. An applicant must have resided in the state for 30 days prior to submitting an application. Hunters born after January 1, 1980, must have completed the Hunter Education Course as provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Question: How can I be sure
that I am complying with all the
driving laws with regards to
texting and phoning?
Answer: In Illinois, there are numerous laws that restrict the use of cell phones while driving. Recently, the Governor signed three new laws that prohibit specific types of phone use while driving. One law bans most hand-held phone use within 500 feet of emergency scenes. Two other acts, which will go into effect January 1, 2013, contain similar bans on all roads for commercial drivers and for all drivers in construction and maintenance speed zones. Information about traffic laws can be found at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Question: I have a serious issue with my latest credit report and am afraid that unless it is resolved, I will be denied credit altogether or be forced to pay higher interest rates. What are my options?
Answer: It’s good that you are aware of your credit history. Approximately 96 percent of free reports are unclaimed, according to some sources. If you disagree with some of the information it contains, you should request a correction in writing. If that action is unsuccessful, you may want to hire an attorney. A letter from an attorney can often get results.

Question: My grandchild is a huge fan of a certain pop star and has registered on his website. How can people be sure that the information those sites collect doesn’t violate the children’s privacy rule?
Answer: The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act requires operators of these sites to alert parents and obtain their consent before collecting, using or disclosing personal information about children under age 13.

Question: May I deny visitation rights to my ex because he
stopped paying child support?
Answer: The non-payment of child support cannot be a factor in allowing or denying visitation. However, the failure to comply with a visitation court order is a criminal action and could subject the offending parent to a fine and possible jail time. Any parent who violates the child visitation agreement without cause, or falls behind inexplicably on payment of child support, could be held in contempt of court. Your best bet is to consult with an attorney.

Question: What is an employer’s responsibility with regards to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act?
Answer: Among an employer’s responsibilities, he or she must obtain compensation insurance, post a notice in each workplace that lists the insurance carrier and explains workers’ rights, keep records of work-related injuries, and report to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission any accidents involving more than three lost workdays.
Employers may not harass, discharge or refuse to rehire an employee for exercising his/her rights under the law. Finally, an employer may not charge the employee for workers’ compensation insurance premiums that the employer is required to pay. More information about workers’ compensation laws is available at http://www.iwcc.il.gov/

Question: With the holidays right around the corner, I’m thinking of buying some gifts at one of the online auction websites. What should I know?
Answer: While many online auction sites offer excellent deals, they are ripe for scams. Even if an auction site is legitimate, a seller on the site could take your money and never deliver the goods. Before making any purchases, visit the sites and familiarize yourself with how they operate. Talk to friends about the experiences they’ve had with different online auction houses.

Generally, the person who placed the highest bid for an item will be contacted by the seller to arrange payment and delivery. Most legitimate sellers will accept credit cards or use a third-party escrow agent for payment. Be cautious if a seller asks you to pay by check, money order or cash. If you become a victim of fraud, it will be extremely difficult to get your money back.

For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.

SG Twp supervisor resigns

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Township Supervisor Dan Nagel resigned on Oct. 30, citing personal and family reasons as factors in his decision to step down.

Nagel, 67, had served on the Township Board for 38 years, and was elected supervisor in April 2005.

“We got a lot accomplished and got a lot of stuff that needed to be done, and I think a lot of people happy were about it,” he said.

Nagel issued a press release earlier this week, stating that it has been a sincere pleasure to serve the public as supervisor and trustee of the township of Sugar Grove.

“In that time, we have worked together to make our township community a great place to live,” Nagel said in the release.

The release also states that Nagel is proud of the work the township accomplished on major projects over the years, including the establishment of the new Township of Sugar Grove Office at 54 Snow St., the senior center, permeant mental health offices, new assessors offices and renovations to the Township of Sugar Grove Community Building.

“I would like to thank the many government bodies in the township that I have worked with over the years, and for their cooperation on the many successful joint projects,” Nagel said. “While we many not have always agreed on how to get the job done, I am gratified by our ability to work together to serve our community.”

According to a Sugar Grove Police Department document dated Oct. 31, Sugar Grove Township trustee Scott Jessman last week met with police to “speak about activity that he had discovered while serving in the capacity of a trustee for the township.”

Jessman in the document states that he had filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding payment disbursements made to Nagel, and that there had been several suspicious reimbursement checks made payable to Nagel from Sugar Grove Township. The document also states that Jessman “felt he needed to report the matter,” and that he “had some files that could substantiate his claims.”

Sugar Grove interim Police Chief Ron Moser confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the matter, but would not comment any further.

Standing up for the ‘little guy’

[quote] Kaneville residents speak out against reduced post office hours
by Keith Beebe
KANEVILLE—Kaneville residents on Nov. 1 attended a forum expecting to plead their case against the United State Postal Service’s pending decision to reduce Kaneville Post Office hours.

The same residents left the forum believing that they never really had a choice in the matter.

“(The USPS) made up their minds before we got there,” said Pat Hill, owner of Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville. “Afterwards, we all talked and basically said that we felt like we wasted our time.”

The meeting, which drew close to 60 residents, consisted of Huntley Postmaster Derek Strissel fielding questions and explaining the results of a USPS survey that was recently mailed to Kaneville residents. The survey asked whether the post office should realign its hours or close in favor of rural delivery or service through a local company or nearby post office.

Many Kaneville Township residents’ mailboxes have an Elburn, Maple Park or Big Rock address, and those residents didn’t receive the survey. Nevertheless, of the 114 surveys that were returned to the USPS, 89 percent were in favor of hour realignment, 3 percent chose a delivery option, and 0 percent were in favor of the local company or nearby post office options.
Nine percent of the surveys were returned with no selection indicated.

The realignment in hours is a part of the USPS’ “Post Plan” process, which seeks to navigate the service’s 50 percent decrease in first-class mail over the last five years. Strissel said the Kaneville Post Office only requires four hours per day.

As a result, Kaneville Post Office’s hours will likely be 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Strissel said the plan for hour realignment will go into effect sometime during the new year. No date is currently set; the USPS will next review its Post Plan in 2014.

“The community prefers the post office open, so that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.

That explanation wasn’t good enough for some residents, however, as many stated that they thought the forum was an opportunity for the public to make its case against the reduction of hours. Strissel said the Post Plan was a solution to discontinuance.

“It’s not a continuance; it’s the beginning of closing,” one resident said during the meeting.

Hill said Kaneville had a great turnout for the forum, but residents were “totally and completely disgusted with the outcome.”

“We’re a unique town, and we don’t want to lose our identity. We want to keep our postguy.”

That postguy is Roger Fronek, who serves as officer in charge at the Kaneville Post Office. Fronek drew high praise from several residents in attendance during the forum.

“We’d be lost without Roger,” one resident said.

Kaneville resident Joann Murdock during the meeting said Kaneville has experienced growth and will continue to as the economy recovers. Another resident said she felt like the USPS was picking on the “little guy” by choosing to go after smaller post offices.

According to Hill, many Kaneville residents will write Congressman Randy Hultgren and ask him for help with the reduction in post office hours.

“Even if he can’t get us seven hours, hopefully he can get us six hours of operation,” Hill said.

Hill said that, prior to the meeting, she didn’t think hour realignment was a done deal.

“I thought that if the (USPS) saw how many people showed up, they’d reconsider. We don’t have to pay any taxes on the building,” she said.
“Halfway through the meeting, I could tell we were getting nowhere. It was like (Strissel) was reading from a script.

“I thought we were gonna show that we’re a strong community and we’re going to beat this thing. I was disheartened.”

Hill wasn’t the only one.

“I feel like our town just died,” said one resident in attendance.

Victorious Victoria

Photo: Kaneland sophomore Victoria Clinton (908) battles with the top group shortly after the half-way point at Saturday’s IHSA State Cross Country meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Clinton would eventually break away from the pack with less than a mile to go, winning the 2A girls State championship, and leading the Lady Knights to 6th place in the team standings. Photo by Justin Vacha

Clinton takes State crown in cross country
by Mike Slodki
Peoria, Ill.—Victoria Clinton, your spot is ready.

The Kaneland sophomore earned her way into IHSA and Kaneland High School girls cross country history by becoming State champ in the Class 2A race at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill., on Saturday.

It’s the first individual crown in the school’s history.

Clinton, who also finished second at the Belvidere Sectional and first at the Kaneland Regional, topped the three-mile course with a stellar time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds. The pace of a 5:39 mile helped best her sectional time by 43 seconds. It was a personal best for the sophomore.

Senior Stephanie Saey of Galesburg was in second place—11 seconds behind Clinton’s winning time.

Clinton strode ahead in the final 800 meters of the competition.

The sophomore athlete helped Kaneland to a sixth-place team finish with 180 points overall.

“(Victoria) ran a very smart race,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “(She) ran with the front pack for the first two miles, took the lead and pulled away the last half-mile. Earning a State championship pretty much says it all.”

Kaneland’s Victoria Clinton is congratulated after being crowned the IHSA Class 2A Individual Cross Country Champion. Photo by Justin Vacha

It was a dream come true and a job well done for the Kaneland standout.

“I felt great, and the Lord allowed me to do the rest,” Clinton said. “As we started closing in toward the second mile, I said I needed to pick it up. With a half-mile left I had to give it my all.”

Fellow Northern Illinois Big XII school Yorkville took the team crown with a total of 66, followed by Normal University at 112.

Montini Catholic finished third in a tiebreaker over Glenbard South at 172, and Marengo finished with 174 points for fifth.

Kaneland’s effort outpaced Crystal Lake Central, which took seventh with 203 points.

“Our team has really been working hard. We all have positive attitudes,” Clinton said.

After Clinton wowed the crowd, the next Lady Knight to cross the finish line was freshman Brianna Bower, who concluded her first campaign in 32nd place with a time of 18:09. Next for KHS was Sydney Strang, who was 38th with a time of 18:14.

Fourth for KHS was sophomore Aislinn Lodwig, who battled through the field with a finish of 18:36 for 69th place, while senior teammate Amanda Lesak finished, 81st with a time of 18:42.

The Lady Knights’ two-through-five runners all ran personal bests in Peoria.
Maggie Brundige finished her final State race with a 98th-place finish at 18:54. Fellow senior Abby Dodis took 120th at 19:15.

“Girls cross country is back to being the successful program it once was,” Ecker said.

Photos: Honoring our Veterans

On Wednesday, Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School held a veterans celebration and flag raising. VFW veterans were honored and students gave short speeches about their appreciation of our war heroes. Photos by
John DiDonna


Elburn Scout Pack 107 helped raise the colors during the Veterans ceremony
on Wednesday at John Stewart elementary school.


The Mattina Brass Ensemble, a group of seventh and eighth grade brass players from Harter Middle School, played during the Veterans ceremony.



On Wednesday morning, Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School held a veterans celebration and flag raising. VFW veterans were honored, and students gave short speeches about their appreciation of our war heroes.

No-Way for Knight football

Photo: Quarterback Drew David looks downfield under good blocking during the second quarter at Lincoln-Way West on Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk

Lincoln-Way West builds big lead, eliminates Kaneland in second-round action
by Mike Slodki
NEW LENOX, Ill.—It’s been awhile since the Knight football team has seen that kind of offensive and defensive output from a playoff opponent.

The newest of the four Lincoln-Way schools, the Warriors from the West, used their playmakers to the best of their ability while employing their stingy defense on the way to a 31-15 upset of the Kaneland crew on Saturday afternoon.

In the first meeting of the two schools on the football field, the Warriors pressured Drew David and also broke long gains throughout the day in a meeting of No. 1 and No. 9 seeds in the Class 5A playoffs.

For Kaneland, it marks the earliest exit for the squad since 2009, when rival Sycamore bested the host Knights, 40-13, in a first-round matchup.

The Warriors improve to 8-3 on the year, while KHS finishes the season at 10-1, but still is 6-4 in its last 10 playoff encounters. The Knights will also enter 2013 with its 28-game regular season win streak intact.

Junior Drew David had his toughest game of the 2012 campaign, still nursing an injured hand. He was sacked seven times and threw for 84 yards with three interceptions.

L-WW saw its first scoring drive end with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Justin Keuch to Nick Andrade with 5:20 left in the first for a 7-0 lead.

L-WW struck again in the second quarter on a 10-play drive that ended with a 26-yard touchdown run out of the Wildcat formation by senior transfer Lavonte Blackful on fourth down for a 14-0 edge with 7:47 to go before halftime.

Kaneland fell victim to an interception on the ensuing drive’s second play, and runs by Blackful and Javier Montalvo set up a 22-yard field goal from Joe Leo with 2:00 left for a 17-0 lead going into the break.

The Warriors expanded on their lead when the running attack set up a 10-yard TD strike to Jake Robbins with 8:01 remaining in the third for a 24-0 edge.

Jesse Balluff (30) comforts quarterback Drew David (4) at the end of their playoff loss to Lincoln-Way West on Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk

A dagger came after a KHS punt set up the hosts at their own 18, but Blackful went 82 yards for a score on a sweep with 2:24 remaining in the third for a 31-0 lead.

Kaneland finally found the end zone thanks to a nine-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Carlson to Zach Martinelli with 2:06 to go. Martinelli ran in the two-point try to make it 31-8. On its next possession, the Knights’ Carlson ran it in from the four with :47 left for the final 16-point margin.

KHS coach Tom Fedderly gave credit to the Warriors, a force to be reckoned with.

“It was tough, but we kind of got behind so much that we really had to go to our passing game,” Fedderly said. “We knew going in that we’d have to mix things up. To their credit, those guys did a great job. Offensively, they moved the ball on us.”

Lincoln-Way West faces Joliet Catholic in the third round, as the Hilltoppers beat Tinley Park on Saturday, 42-21.

KHS duo secures postseason honor

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Hits just keep on coming for the celebrated tennis duo from Kaneland.

That’s continuing with the volleys and smashes they sent at opponents in 2012.

The State-qualifying duo of Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil were voted in as All-State players the last week of October, by virtue of their performance at the IHSA State Tournament in the northwest suburbs. A letter was mailed to Kaneland High School with the information last week, according to KHS coach Tim Larsen.

It’s the first All-State honor for KHS in tennis.

Going 4-2 in the final tournament, two-time State qualifier Jurcenko and Emmanouil were undefeated in regular season doubles play. The output allowed a top-24 standing at the final competition. The duo had previously nabbed the No. 1 doubles mantle at the Northern Illinois Big XII gathering at DeKalb High School.

No. 1 singles player Sammie Schreperman had also qualified for State.

“Reflecting on Madi and Jelly, I think if anything, that state tournament completely refocused them for next year,” Larsen said. “We had set goals of getting there and winning a match or two. By exceeding expectations to the extent that we did, two things have happened. First, we’ll always think about that weekend with a great, sentimental feeling. It is filled with fun, thrilling, and positive moments. Even though we lost our last match, we took away so many good things that the tournament was a great experience for all of us. Secondly, and more to the point of future seasons, we found out what we’re capable of.”