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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.

Keep the money in town

Photo: Last Chance Auto Sales is a new business at 807 S. County Line Road in Maple Park. They had their official grand opening on March 31. Many well wishers stopped by to see the business and have refreshments. The people who run Last Chance Auto are Theresa Miller (co-owner), Earl Thorne (owner) and Lisa Johnson (assistant). Photo by John DiDonna

Local resident opens used car business in Maple Park
by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—After a grand opening Saturday, Last Chance Auto Sales, a used car business located in Maple Park, officially opened its doors for business on Monday.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Earl Thorne, owner of Last Chance Auto. “I have another business, but this is something less physical I can do in the coming years.”

Thorn, who has lived in Maple Park for 20 years, realizes how important it is to open a business in the village.

“Maple Park is a small town; I wanted to keep the money here,” Thorne said. “Also, with it being so close to home, if anyone needs to make an appointment, I’m 5 minutes away.”

Last Chance Auto will operate Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also by appointment.

“For now, we’ll be working on building our inventory,” Thorne said. “But at the same time, we can try to locate any specific cars customers might want.”

Thorne will look for whatever make or model the customer needs, as long as he knows what to look for.

“A customer can tell us what they need, what their budget is, and we’ll try to find it,” Thorne said.

Before opening, Last Chance Auto held a grand opening event to let the community know they were there.

“We’ve had a pretty good turnout,” Thorne said. “A lot of locals and friends stopped by to show us support.”

Last Chance Auto Sales is located at 807 S. County Line Road, Maple Park, next to Casey’s General Store.

“Come in and see us,” Thorne said. “We’re fair, we’re reasonable, we’re honest, and we’ll work with anyone we can to help them find a car.”