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Where the Redbird golfs: Guyton to ISU in fall

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Photo: Hayley Guyton, one of the more celebrated KHS golfers in recent memory, has committed to Illinois State University golf for the 2011-12 year. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights senior Hayley Guyton is set to move from trying to best Barbs and Foxes to getting the upper hand on Bears and Braves.

Such is life in the Missouri Valley Conference circuit of women’s golf, soon to be joined by Guyton.

The Sugar Grove resident signed a letter of intent this month to compete for Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. in the fall.
[quote] Guyton will move closer to her previous home in the Decatur, Ill. area and remains relatively close to her current school district.

“I know I’m the type of person to get homesick and I still have a lot of friends and family down there,” Guyton said. “I know people going to school in Bloomington, Ill., so it just seemed like the perfect fit. It’s a home away from home and will be more comfortable.”

Head womens’ coach Darby Sligh is eager for what Guyton can bring to Normal.

“We’re incredibly excited to have her. She brings a wealth of experience, and it’s always nice to bring a little local flair to our golf program,” she said.

Guyton, who competed on the Kaneland boys squad under coach Mark Meyer, is ready for adjustments inherent with playing on the girls circuit.

“It’ll be different practicing with the girls all the time. It’s a great group of girls and I’m really excited to play with them,” Guyton said.

Guyton brings the sixth-lowest IHSA Statetournament score of 145, acheived as a junior when she finished second overall, and an eighth-place Class AA finish this past fall.

“I need to be more consistent and hit the ball further, because I want to travel my freshman year, I think that’d be really great. It’ll all help me in dealing with the college pressure,” Guyton said.

In the meantime, Guyton is taking a break from the links aside from the occasional lesson and weightlifting.

It’s a welcome calm leading to the next phase of Guyton’s golf story.

Davidson, Boyle key in KHS winning own Flott Invite

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Photo: Jimmy Boyle takes care of business during the Flott Invite held at KHS on Saturday. Boyle ended the tournament as 285-pound champ. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While the Knights sit with a dual record they’d no doubt like to improve, gatherings like the annual Margaret Flott Memorial Tournament hosted by KHS do a nice job of getting headed in the right direction.

On the strength of two first places, five second places and a third place, KHS had a winning total of 203.5 team points, besting Marengo’s 148.65 and Prairie Central’s 129.

Kaneland also got a Northern Illinois Big XII dual in and fell to Morris, 33-21, on Thursday.

The Knights’ 9-15 mark will not be rested on, according to KHS coach Monty Jahns.

“We have an eye on postseason, and not as bad a team as our record shows,” Jahns said. “It’s hard to come back from injuries we’ve had, but we’re probably a better tournament team than a dual meet team.”

In the 103-pound group, Steve Gust took a 15-0 technical fall from Cory Graham to get into the final, and lost the final of Elgin’s Nathan Andresen in an 8-4 decision.

At 130 pounds, Dan Gorress took care of Addison Trail’s Eric Feliciano with a 6-4 decision before losing to St. Joe’s Bryant Roby in the final by 1-0 decision.

At 140 pounds, Mark Southern beat Burlington Central’s Brad Roberts in 62 seconds but lost to Prairie Central’s Joey Reis by a 13-11 count to advance to the final.

Kyle Davidson emerged from Saturday as 152-pound titleholder after wins over Addison Trail’s Silvestre Flores (:30 fall), Marian Central Catholic’s Joe Klinger (4:20 fall) and Marengo’s Sam Klenske (14-3 major decision).

“At this weight class, every kid can be great, real strong and quick,” Davidson said.

Nick Michels made it into the 171-pound final by beating St. Joe’s Adam Goetz in 4:50, but lost the final to Marengo’s Jon Goerke.

Michels credits conditioning in helping him get through the longer matches.

“We have one of the best conditioned teams around. Our coach really stresses it, and I know I can get that takedown in the last period,” Michels said.

In 189-pound acton, Keagan Mattes took care of BC’s Brent Sunderlage in an 8-5 encounter, but lost to champ Jared Koch of Marian by 2:55 pinfall.

Ben Kovalick advanced to the 215-pound final by pinning Marengo’s Andrei Doughtery in three minutes flat, but lost the final in overtime, 3-2, to St. Joe’s Malcolm Watson.

Kaneland’s Jimmy Boyle took home the 285-pound honor by pinning Marengo’s Manny Macias in 5:31 and outlasting St. Joe’s Jaleel Johnson 2-1.

Kaneland now gears up for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Rochelle High School on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Photo gallery: 2011 Margaret Flott Invitational

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Kyle Davidson (right) and Jimmy Boyle took home individual titles as the Knights placed first in their home invite with 203.5 points, well ahead of Marengo’s 148.65 and Prairie Central’s 129.
Photos by Ben Draper

Kaneland students honored by IAEA, Sugar Grove Public Library

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Brandon Abordo, a second grader at Kaneland McDole Elementary School, here along with art teacher Erin Livermore, was selected by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) to have his artwork be a part of the IAEA’s 2010-11 travelling art show. His artwork, plus artwork from students from all over Illinois, was on display at the Sugar Grove Library Jan. 6. Three other Kaneland-area students had artwork displayed as well: Betse Hauser and Sydney Stacy (John Stewart Elementary), and Keely Noel (John Shields Elementary).

Photo by Mary Herra

‘Doc Hall’ building razed

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by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Drive through downtown Elburn, and you may notice something missing. An empty lot sits where the two-story building on the east corner of North and Main was demolished Monday. The building was owned by a long-time veterinarian in Elburn known as “Doc Hall,” who moved in 1979. The building sat vacant for several years. Recently, Hall passed away, and his estate put the building up for sale.

Elburn Building and Zoning Enforcement Officer Jim Stran said that the building was not in good repair. It was over 100 years old and had only surface repairs done to it at the request of the village in 2008.

“We’ve had a number of people who contacted the village to see about developing it, but when they got inside, they could see that it was not cost-effective to bring the building into compliance,” Stran said.

Stran said that Kevin Schmidt purchased the building and has done all the testing for asbestos removal and air sampling that were required. Stran said he believes the owner will fill in the hole created by the foundation.

Schmidt could not be reached for comment about what he intends to do with the downtown lot.

Photos: Standing for over 100 years, the old “Doc Hall” building, located on the corner of Route 47 and North Street in downtown Elburn, was torn down Monday, with cleanup on the property continuing through the week. Photos by Mary Herra and Ben Draper

Some local ‘Folk’

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The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival presented Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert at the KHS auditorium on Saturday. Lee Murdock (left) sang several songs and introduced special guest, southern Indiana farmer-song writer-actor Tim Grimm was the special guest at Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert on Saturday at the Kaneland High School auditorium. The concert was presented by the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival. Photos by John DiDonna

Longtime friend

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Bob Pederson was honored Saturday by the Kaneland boys basketball program as a “Friend of the program.” Pederson was the boys basketball coach at KHS from 1978-86, amassing 116 wins to 97 losses. His 1981-82 team went 26-6, and won conference, regional, sectional and super-sectional championships, and was the last KHS boys basketball team to go downstate. Pederson was also the KHS
athletic director from 1983-93.
Photo by Mary Herra

Wrestling trumps Rochelle, sees action in Spartanland

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Photo: Sonny Horn, 125-pound representative for Kaneland wrestling, executes a takedown against Pleasant Valley’s Jesse Richardson on Thursday. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Kaneland wrestling earned an important Northern Illinois Big XII win and placed in the middle of the pack at the usual early-Jan. stop of the Sycamore Invite.

After losing to Pleasant Valley of Iowa, 38-19, Kaneland defeated host Rochelle on Thursday by a final of 45-21 in order to improve to 9-14 in dual competition. KHS then took an eighth-place finish at Sycamore on Saturday in a 17-team field.

Against the Hubs, Chris Sabal won the 145-pound matchup with opponent Scott Rodefelt by 6-1 decision. Kyle Davidson, at 152 pounds, pinned Brady Mendez in four minutes, 47 seconds. 160-pound action featured Cody McGinnis beating Kane Rodridguez, 1-0. Keagan Mattes (189) and Ben Kovalick (215) took home pinfalls. Jimmy Boyle won his heavyweight match in overtime, while Stephen Gust (103) and Esai Ponce (119) won by decision.

On Saturday, Kaneland’s 95-point total was ahead of Rock Island’s 91 and just behind Granite City’s 97.

Harlem High School of Machesney Park took the invite with 192.5 points, followed by Lockport (166.5), Downers Grove South (137), Sycamore (128), Crystal Lake South (121) and York (110.5).

Davidson made it to the finals of 152 by pinning Larry LeBlanc of DGS by pinfall in 2:12, and beat McHenry’s Jake Pait by 3-2 decision, before losing the final of Lockport’s Shaun’Qae McMurtry by 15-6 major decision. Boyle was given second place after beating Cary-Grove’s Richard Kersten by 4-1 decision and Granite City’s Casey Krohne in a 9-5 meeting, but losing to Lockport’s Shaquille McMurtry in a 3:06 fall.

The Knights now gear up for a Thursday matchup at the home of the Morris Redskins on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Girls hoops sandwiches win between two losses

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Photo: Lexee Guerra unloads before the halftime horn sounds during Friday’s setback to visiting Yorkville. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland girls basketball will have to be satisfied with a lone win concerning this past week’s tilts with rivals.

Yorkville bested the Lady Knights on Friday night, 47-39, but KHS earned a 46-40 win over rival to the north Burlington Central on Saturday. Kaneland also dropped a 48-34 clash with visiting DeKalb on Tuesday, and was swept in that season series.

KHS is now 9-11 with a 1-4 record in NIB-12 action.

Against the Lady Foxes, Emily Heimerdinger had 12 points, followed by Kelly Evers’ eight. KHS was 16-for-43 from the field and suffered with just four attempts at the foul line on the night, compared to 12-for-25 for Yorkville, including 17 attempts in the fourth quarter.

YHS went out to a 13-12 lead after one quarter and held firm with a 24-22 lead at the half. Kaneland found itself trailing 31-30 after three before the Lady Foxes widened the gap.

Facing the Rockets, Kaneland had a 15-point night from Heimerdinger and 12 points from Tesa Alderman. Evers contributed nine points and 12 boards.

KHS was 17-for-58 from the field and 10-for-16 from the charity stripe.

Heimerdinger had nine steals to key the Kaneland winning effort, as well.

KHS went ahead 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and maintained a slim 20-19 advantage going into halftime. BC took a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter in Maple Park, but free throws by Emma Bradford, Alderman and Heimerdinger gave Kaneland the edge in the fourth quarter that saw KHS outscore BC 18-9.

Facing the Lady Barbs, Kaneland was led by Evers’ and Heimerdinger’s eight points, but DeKalb’s Emily Bemis put up 13 and Rachel Torres had nine.

Kaneland was up 13-11 after one but was outplayed 17-6 in the second frame to fall behind 28-19 at halftime. DeKalb maintained a 40-29 lead going into the final quarter.

In younger contests, the freshman “A” outfit improved to 13-0 with a 35-16 win over Yorkville on Friday, with Lauren Zick and Brittany Kemp contributing 10 points each. The “B” squad earned a 33-9 win over Yorkville.

The sophomores improved to a 16-1 record by virtue of a 41-18 win over Burlington Central.

Coming up for the varsity Lady Knights is a home contest with Rochelle on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Lady Knight bowling falls to Huntley, Sycamore

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KANELAND—Kaneland bowling ran into tough luck against two familiar foes as it entered 2011.

On Jan. 6, the Lady Knights dropped a 2,438-1,916 matchup with host Huntley High School, and fell to Sycamore on Thursday, 3,007-2,471, at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

With the two losses, Kaneland finds itself 1-9 in dual meet competition.

Kaneland was led by junior Morgan Wojciechowski’s 422. Fellow junior Seleana Isaacs bowled a 403 to supplant the effort. Top game was bowled by freshman Amanda Strayve.

For Huntley, the top series was bowled by Amy Antezak at 569.

In JV action, Kaneland was edged by the Red Raiders in a 1,586-1,489 skirmish. Colleen Ryan bowled a 331 series for KHS.

Against Sycamore, the Lady Knights were led by Holly Thomas’ 563 series and Wojciechowski’s 480 series. Thomas’ 184 game was tops for KHS.

Ahead for Kaneland bowling is a crossover home meet with Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Photo: Seleana Isaacs prepares her next effort during Thursday’s NIB-12 loss to Sycamore at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb. Photo by Mike Slodki

Hospice offers hope for the new year

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Photo: Trained volunteer facilitator Laura Mooberry works with children in Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice’s bereavement program for families who have lost loved ones. Courtesy Photo

GENEVA—To start out the new year with hope, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering programs in January to help families cope with a death loss, and to help those who have lost a life partner move on.

Herbie’s Friends is a program to help grieving families coping with loss, grief and death. The group is for families with children ages 5 to 18, and creates a safe environment to express thoughts, feelings and stories with others who have also experienced a death loss. Participants will enjoy a meal together, followed by activities led by trained facilitators. Herbie’s Friends meets Mondays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva. The program is free, but registration is required.

Next Step is a resource for those who have lost a life partner. Each month, the program offers practical topics that will help participants move forward in their grief journey, develop coping skills and adapt to the life changes they are experiencing. This drop-in group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at FVVH, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva.

The program is free, but registration is required. The topic for the Jan. 13 session is “Managing Your Finances,” in which participants will learn how to reduce financial worries by defining goals, understanding financial challenges, and developing a sound savings and investment strategy. See www.fvvh.org for a complete list of 2011 topics.

To register for either program, call (630) 232-2233. Spanish interpretation is available.

Lady Knights take 4th at Oswego East

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Photo: Nicki Ott, shown here in action in November, was key in helping the Lady Knights nab their best-ever finish at the Oswego East Holiday Tournament. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
OSWEGO—It wasn’t the ideal end, but Kaneland girls hoops earned its best finish ever at the Oswego East Holiday Classic.

While a third-round contest against the Andrew Thunderbolts wasn’t pretty on Dec. 29, the Lady Knights (8-9, 1-2 NIB-12) were assured at least a fourth-place nod in the Winter Classic Tournament at Oswego East High School. KHS fell to Downers Grove South on Thursday, 36-22.

Andrew played West Chicago on Thursday night for the championship and won the tournament final, 66-53.

In the 50-30 loss to Andrew, Kaneland was outscored 14-1 in the first frame and fell behind 28-11 at halftime before trailing 47-20 after the third quarter.

KHS was 11-for-41 from the field and 7-for-12 from the foul line. Freshman Marina Schaefer led the charge with six points and six boards. Emily Heimerdinger had four steals.

Against DGS, the Lady Knights got a three-pointer and another bucket from Andie Strang, a basket from Kelly Evers (eight points) and a shot from Tesa Alderman to go up 9-0 with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter. DGS scored the last four points of the first quarter, followed by the Lady Knights missing their next 14 shot attempts extending into the third frame. Kaneland’s 14:26 scoreless drought, coupled with DHS completing a 20-0 run, sent KHS reeling.

The scoring famine finally ended with a three-point play from Nicki Ott halfway through the third to make it 20-12.

In the fourth, Ott’s bucket with 3:56 to go cut the difficult lead to 24-20, but KHS could get no closer.

Also noteworthy was Downers Grove South‘s having 26 attempts at the foul line, compared with two for KHS.

“That didn’t really help,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “It was a nice start for us, and it looked like we were ready to play. Then they went to man (defense), they did a good job and were physical.”

The Lady Knights’ all-time mark at the Oswego East tourney is now 8-8.

KHS now hosts Yorkville on Friday, Jan. 7.

• The Kaneland High School sophomore girls are 14-1.
• KHS recently captured the Riverside-Brookfield Holiday Tourney,
winning the final on Dec. 30, against Rich Central, 37-23. Paced by
Brooke Harner’s 10 points, and seven each from Ashley Prost and
Alli Liss, Kaneland enjoyed its fourth and final win of the holidays.

KHS boys split final 2 games in Plano

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KANELAND—It wasn’t the same ending to the tournament, and wasn’t even the ideal ending to the fifth-place game for Kaneland boys hoops.

While the Knights vanquished the Hall Red Devils on Dec. 29, coach Brian Johnson’s crew fell to Sandwich due to a late rally on Thursday and were slotted in the sixth-place slot at the 48th annual Plano Christmas Classic.

KHS (8-4, 3-0 NIB-12) didn’t end up with a repeat championship, as was the case in 2009 after a win in the final over Rockford Christian.

Rockford Christian defeated Newark in the final, 48-44.

Despite the middle-of-the-pack finish, Knights Chaon Denlinger and Daniel Helm were named to the All-Tournament team.

Photo: Trever Heinle is finding himself with major minutes for a Kaneland Knights unit that finished sixth at the Plano Christmas Classic. File Photo

Against the Red Devils, Helm scored 18 and Trever Heinle scored 17. Kaneland was 8-for-12 from the foul line. Kaneland outscored Spring Valley’s school 20-15 after one and led 33-25 at the half. The Knights increased their lead to 49-33 after three quarters.

Against the Interstate Eight Indians, Denlinger was the lone double-figured player with 17. Sandwich led 16-7 after one, but Kaneland rallied to close within 23-20. With the score at 34-31 after three, Kaneland’s Denlinger’s trey with under 11 ticks left tied the score at 40. Indian Justin Wegner’s basket on the next possession gave Sandwich the final margin of victory.

The Knights’ fortunes take them back home on Friday, Jan. 7, where they will host conference rival Yorkville, itself a third-place school in Plano.

• The Kaneland High School sophomore
boys have achieved a record of 12-0.
• Most recently, the young Knights
captured the JV side of the Plano
Christmas Classic,
defeating Yorkville, 50-41.
• Matt Limbrunner had 15 points,
and Thomas Williams had 13.

Wrestling ends up sixth place at Flavin Invite

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Photo: Kyle Davidson provided a boost in the 152-pound class for KHS wrestling. Davidson came away with two major decisions on the second day of competition at the Don Flavin Invite in DeKalb last week. File Photo

DEKALB—With an 8-13 dual meet record through the first half of the year, Kaneland High School wrestling might not look like it’s making strides.

However, a 3-3 mark in the vaunted Don Flavin Invite at DeKalb High School, and a sixth-place finish out of 12 overall teams can provide reasons for a sunny outlook in 2011.

After finishing with a 2-1 day last Tuesday, the Black Division-placed Knights went into the afternoon session for a chance at winners’ glory.

KHS began Dec. 29 with a 36-26 loss to Rockton’s Hononegah in the opener, but followed with a 38-33 win over Waubonsie Valley before dropping the fifth-place clash with Prospect, 28-27.

York High School defeated Hononegah in the Flavin final, while Glenbard West bested Stillman Valley in the third-place matchup.

Against Hononegah, Kaneland trailed from buzzer to buzzer, but Kyle Davidson won a 10-0 major decision at 152 pounds. Nick Michels took a 5-3 win in 171-pound action, and Keagan Mattes won a 189-pound duel with a 12-5 decision. At 215, Ben Kovalick won with a 4-0 nod, and teammate Jimmy Boyle won a decision in the heavyweight category. Additional decisions went in favor of Connor Williams at 112, Esai Ponce at 119 and Dan Goress at 130.

Against the Warriors of the Upstate Eight Conference, Kaneland’s five-point win was helped by Davidson’s 8-0 major decision, Michel’s 14-4 major decision, Mattes’ 7-5 decision, Kovalick’s 1-0 decision, Ponce’s pinfall and Goress’ pinfall.

Wins against the Prospect Knights of the northwest suburbs were garnered by Michels (3-0 dec.), Mattes (8-2 dec.), Kovalick (1-0 dec.), Boyle (2-0 dec.), Steven Gust (7-0 dec.) and Williams (2:19 pin).

Ahead for the Knight grapplers is a conference battle with Rochelle on Thursday, Jan. 6, in Maple Park.

Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert Saturday, Jan. 7

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MAPLE PARK—Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert will welcome special guest artist Jim Post at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Kaneland High School Auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

Post is well-known for his one-man shows, including “Mark Twain and the Laughing River,” and has enjoyed a long career, beginning in 1968 with the No. 3 hit song “Reach Out in the Darkness (as Friend and Lover).”

Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

Courtesy Photo: Jim Post

Donating a truckload of toys

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Cindy Halsey of the Elburn Lions Club shows off the over 100 gifts donated to West Towns Human Services Network. Before Christmas each year, Cindy and her husband, Chris, also a member of the Elburn Lions Club, delivered a truckload of toys to be distributed to Kaneland families that are in need of some extra help. Most of the money to buy the toys is raised from the Elburn Lions Motorcycle Ride. Courtesy Photo

Grapplers take two in Wauconda, storm Flavin

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Photo: Andrew Essex is on offense against St. Viator of Arlington Heights, Ill.during day one of the Don Flavin Invite in DeKalb. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Instead of a face-full of candy and other winter goodies, Kaneland spent Thursday and this past Tuesday introducing opponents to a face-full of mat.

Having a less-than-easy time with dual meets so far this season, Kaneland had an encouraging Thursday trek to Woodstock High School and captured two of three encounters.

The Knights also began another edition of the Don Flavin Invite at DeKalb High School on Tuesday and went 2-1 in the first day of the tournament.

Kaneland’s dual meet record is now 7-11.

Against Mundelein on Thursday, the Knights came away with a 38-21 win. Major decision wins were had by Nick Michels (10-2), Keagan Mattes (14-1) and Connor Williams (11-1). Ben Kovalick took a pin in two minutes, 45 seconds, and Jimmy Boyle earned a 15-0 technical fall. Stephen Gust, Esai Ponce and Sonny Horn all won by decision. In the 58-16 win over Woodstock, Dan Goress took a 15-4 major decision and Davidson earned a pin in 2:24.

In the 29-24 loss to Richmond-Burton, Horn, Andrew Essex, Davidson, Kovalick, Gust and Ponce won by decision.

In Dekalb, KHS won over St. Viator 67-6, over Stagg 58-23 and lost to York 58-23.

Essex hopes the team’s fortunes solidify this week.

“We’re getting the guys back to fill in the lineup,” he said. “I just want to get better and better as I go, and I think I’ve definitely improved from last year.”

KHS was set for the winner’s bracket on Wednesday against Hononegah in the afternoon.

Masons give back

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Local fraternal organization promotes good works and good character
by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Most of us have heard of the Shriners and their children’s hospitals that treat burn, spinal cord and orthopedic conditions free of charge for any child under the age of 18. What we may not realize is that all Shriners began first as Masons. The Masons are a fraternal organization that welcomes every race, religion, opinion or background. The mission is to promote friendship, morality and brotherly love among its members.

Blackberry Masonic Lodge in Elburn has been helping local charities throughout its 150-year history.

“The tradition of the Masonic lodge is more for local charities,” said Past Master Paul Thorn. “We have contributed to the food pantry, Conley Outreach, inner-community baseball and academic achievement award sponsorship.”

Blackberry Lodge also set up a trailer at Elburn Days to register kids for the Illinois Child Identification Program (IL CHIPS). Parents bring their kids in not only to have their picture taken, but also to record any identifying mannerisms or gestures that would help in their rescue should they go missing.

“We talk to the child and see what little characteristics they might have. We make a point of putting that on the disk,” Thorn said. “It really helps the police. We see if they have a tendency to look up or down, what their skin complexion is or if they have a tendency to shuffle their feet when they are standing or talking.”

With three million members nationwide, the Masons are the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world. They were thought to have been started by stone masons who built the great cathedrals in the Middle Ages, but no one knows their origins for certain.

Some of their mystique comes from the secrets they keep, but in fact those secrets were made public centuries ago by London newspapers. Ben Franklin, a Mason, said that the Masons are a society with secrets, not a secret society.

Personal betterment is the goal of each member. The society uses metaphors and symbols from geometry and architecture to build character, one principle at a time.

“They join for the betterment of themselves. We look at not what you can gain from membership, but for what you can give, what makes you a better person,” Thorn said. “The more people look into themselves, the more they are willing to give. We want people to know you’re a Mason, not by what you wear, but by how you act.”

Fifty years ago in Elburn, the Masonic Lodge played a real social function for its members. With big dinners and card games following, it was an outing every two weeks for the men of the community, Thorn said. Today, it’s not the social function it once was. Fathers are busy taking kids to games and can’t make meetings as regularly.

Still, one of the goals of the Masons is to make good family men. Blackberry Lodge is starting a program to invite interested men for a casual meal at 6:30 p.m. before the second Tuesday of the month meeting. They will have a chance to meet the members and learn more about what the Masons do. Meetings take place at 121 Main St. on the third floor.

For more information, call Tim Ward at (630) 510-7663 or Paul Thorn at (630) 365-6217.

History of the
Blackberry Lodge

Nov. 5, 1859: The first meeting of the Masonic Lodge was held.

Oct. 3, 1860:
Blackberry Lodge #359 was officially named. The members voted to establish Blackberry Cemetery at the corner of Route 47 and Keslinger Road.

April 19, 1865: Members were invited at attend Memorial Services for Abraham Lincoln.

1909: Lodge meetings were held on the third floor at the location of the present building. The first floor, which currently houses the Elburn Herald, was then a pool room and barber shop.

1918: After a fire destroyed the building, the Masons raised $13,000 in three days and voted to build a new temple.

1919: The members held a celebration to lay the cornerstone of the new building. A band from Oak Park, Ill., presented a concert. Deposited in a copper box placed inside the cornerstone were several items from the times: a Holy Bible, copies of the Elburn Herald and the Aurora Beacon, a picture of the Elburn baseball team of 1912, a flag, a list of veterans from World War I, the names of the faculty and teachers of the Elburn Public School, and a list of officers and Past Masters, among other things.

1960: The lodge held its 100th Anniversary celebration. It listed 417 members.

2010: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested in learning more about the lodge is invited to a casual meal held at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting. Call Tim Ward at (630) 510-7663 or Paul Thorn at (630) 365-6217 for more information.

Students write to soldiers

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by John Pruett
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Kaneland—Sixty pounds of Christmas cards.

That’s what physical science teacher Joanna Edelman sent off to the troops after her students spent class on Dec. 10 writing Christmas cards for soldiers in Afghanistan.

“I am not sure exactly how many cards we sent out, but we had 60 pounds of cards that were sent to three different battalions,” Edelman said.

Freshman Morgan Modaff estimated her class mailed out over a thousand cards. Modaff herself wrote at least 20, she said.

“I said, ‘Thanks for your services and I hope you get to come home soon,’” Modaff said. “It was rewarding knowing you are putting a smile on their faces.”

Freshman Lesly Chavez said she made seven cards, but spent a lot of time on them.

“I was thanking them for what they do and put some funny things to keep them happy during the holidays,” said Chavez.

Edelman said she was inspired by her husband, who is currently a contractor in Afghanistan doing electrical work for the United States Army. Some of the bases currently used by U.S. troops are former Russian military bases, and Edelman said some soldiers had been electrocuted in the shower because of shoddy wiring jobs. Her husband is working to improve the safety at bases and will not be home for the holidays, she said.

“The post office says they will receive them before Christmas,” Edelman said. “Both the soldiers and contractors deserve recognition for what they do, and I thought the holidays was the best time to recognize them.”

Photo by Alexis Villarreal, Krier Reporter

Former police chief sues village

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by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—The former police chief of Elburn has filed a lawsuit against the village.

James Linane, who was Elburn’s police chief from May 2001 to July 2009, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 3 alleging that the village of Elburn owes him $147,665.48 in accrued unpaid severance, holiday, personal day and sick pay, as well as compensation time.

Linane was one of four Elburn department heads asked by Dave Anderson to resign after Anderson was elected village president in April 2009. Anderson said at the time that he would interview all four with the possibility of re-hiring them. According to the lawsuit, Linane declined to resign and was terminated without cause on or about July 29, 2009.

Linane’s hiring agreement with the village, which he entered into on or about May 7, 2001, specified that Linane’s position as chief of police was subject to termination with or without cause, but such an event would necessitate a reasonable severance package consistent with village policy.

The lawsuit states that the village policy was to pay one month of severance for each year of service, which would result in a severance payout of $62,369.40 to Linane. Accrued unpaid holidays, personal days, sick pay and compensation time account for the remaining $85,296.68 of the sought amount.

“As a result of my not being reappointed, a number of compensation issues were not resolved consistent with the personnel manual, nor with my employment agreement which now necessitates legal action through the courts,” Linane said in a prepared statement. “I gave total effort to the village of Elburn during those eight years and held up my part of the conditions of my employment agreement, as well as to the village of Elburn personnel manual. The village of Elburn has not.”
Dave Anderson declined to comment.

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