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Howland first girls XC State rep in three years

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by Mike Slodki
BELVIDERE—Kaneland girls cross country may not have a large presence in Peoria this coming weekend, but it will be significant.

While the Lady Knights fell short by 68 points and one place in a quest to get the entire roster down to Peoria for the Class 2A State race, junior Jen Howland will represent Kaneland.

Howland, who recently made a return from injuries in time for the State series, finished 12th in the field, finishing the course in 19 minutes, 8 seconds.

“I’m just happy to make the top 25, that was my goal,” Howland said on Tuesday. “I know anything can happen and I just have to try my best and improve my time.”

Senior Andie Strang, who was the last State qualifier in her freshman year, was 24th overall in her final high school race at 19:33.

Sophomore Ashley Castellanos finished her overall consistent campaign with a time of 19:52, good for 37th place. Senior Kris Bowen was next for KHS in her final race, finishing in 20:20.

Meanwhile, Howland spend the prep time this week practicing with the boys team.

“I’m very honored to get down to State, everyone worked real hard this year and pushed themselves,” Howland said.

Kaneland’s 198 points was behind Crystal Lake Central (82), Woodstock (94), Montini Catholic (112) and St. Francis (127).

Kayla Beattie was crowned sectional champ with a 17:03 effort for Woodstock.


Kaneland’s Jen Howland looks to make the rest of the Class 2A State field eat dust on Saturday.
File Photo

Nov. 2, 2010 Election results

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The early results showed it was a tight race, but supporters of Sugar Grove resident and current Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, who had his Tuesday night election party at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora, unofficially won his re-election bid over challenger Donald E. Kramer. Photo by Ben Draper

Election Results

Below are the local unofficial results from the Nov. 2, 2010 general election. Winners names are in bold/italics.



District Representative
14th Congressional District
Bill Foster 95,878
Randall M. “Randy” Hultgren 110,026
Daniel J. Kairis 7,766
State Senator
25th District
Leslie N. Juby 30,284
Chris Lauzen 68,536
State Representative
50th District
Linda Healy 16,856
Kay Hatcher 36,608
Kane County Clerk
Mavis A. Bates 38,192
John A. “Jack” Cunningham 76,388
Jose Luis Del Bosque 5,270
Kane County Treasurer
Joseph Lowery 41,777
Republican candidates
David J. Rickert 77,332
Kane County Sheriff
Democratic candidates
Pat Perez 61,428
Republican candidates
Donald E. Kramer 59,586
16th Judicial Circuit
Kane County Vacancy
Democratic candidates
John G. Dalton 44,867
Republican candidates
David R. Akemann 72,449

RF Houtz & Son celebrates 50 years

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Elburn—Cub Cadet, the leader in premium quality outdoor power equipment, recently celebrated 50 years of success at their National Dealer Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The celebration included recognition of those dealers that have carried Cub Cadet equipment since the day the first tractor hit the market in 1961. Eighty dealers were honored for their hard work and dedication to the brand, including RF Houtz & Son Inc. located in Elburn.

“We are honored to have dealers like RF Houtz & Son Inc., who have been with Cub Cadet from the very beginning,” said Gary Lobaza, Cub Cadet executive vice president, Specialty Retail Group. “It is because of our mutual dedication to providing consumers with products that uniquely meet their needs that we’ve been able to establish Cub Cadet as a leading brand of outdoor power equipment. And it is the loyalty and enthusiasm of quality partners like RF Houtz & Son Inc. that make the next 50 years just as promising as the first.”

To honor and reward those original 80 dealers, Cub Cadet presented each with the special title of First Cut Partners and awarded them with a commemorative, engraved gold plate. First Cut Partners were recognized on stage in front of a crowd of more than 1,200 attendees during the 2011 Cub Cadet National Dealer Meeting and invited to attend a special reception prior to the opening session.

Barn destroyed in afternoon blaze

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Firefighters stop flames from spreading
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A barn burned to the ground at 42W733 Route 38 late Tuesday afternoon after a sparking electrical line caused a fire in the building. But firefighters managed to save a large shed on the property whose roof caught fire when strong winds spread the flames.

“We were able to contain that one,” Elburn and Countryside Fire Department Chief Kelly Callaghan said.

The 120-year-old wood barn had been vacant for 15 years, said Bud Motz, whose family owns the property. But the shed housed a boat and a truck, which were not damaged, Motz said.

“I don’t know how they did it, but they saved it (the shed),” Motz said.

Motz said the wind was blowing eastward. A harvested field east of the barn also caught fire, but firefighters doused it soon after arriving at the scene.

“They managed to keep it from spreading too far into the cornfield,” Motz said.

Motz arrived on the scene at 5:10 p.m. and stayed until about 8 p.m., when firefighters were finished. He said he and his family are grateful for their efforts.

“The Fire Department did a miraculous job,” Motz said.

A vacant farmhouse on the property and a neighboring house owned by the Forth family were not affected by the fire. Another large shed also was untouched.

No one was on the property when the fire started, Callaghan said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene after receiving a TriCom dispatch at 4:42 p.m. Callaghan and Motz said they do not know who made the 911 call about the fire, but Motz speculated that it was someone driving by on Route 38.

Callaghan said no fire hydrants are located near the site, so firefighters had to rely on water from fire tankers from the various departments to douse the blaze.

Nine other area fire departments assisted the Elburn department in fighting the fire, including Maple Park, Sugar Grove and Kaneville. Geneva and South Elgin fire departments staffed the Elburn fire stations during the event.

PHOTO: Firefighters battle high winds and a blaze that destroyed a barn late Tuesday afternoon on Route 38 near Anderson Road in Elburn. Firefighters from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, as well as from nine other departments, responded to the call. Photo by Ryan Wells

Halloween happenings and Trick or Treat hours

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Elburn resident Chuck Swanson went all-out with the Halloween decorations this year, but the high winds Tuesday wreaked havoc on the frightful crew in his front yard. Photo by Mary Herra

Trick-or-Treat Times
Local officials have set the following times for trick-or-treating in their villages on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31.
• Maple Park: 3-6 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m., Lincoln Highway 4-H Club will host a costume judging the Civic Center gym.
• Sugar Grove: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• Elburn: 4-7 p.m.
• Kaneville: 3-7 p.m.

Seeing Redskin

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Football cinches first unblemished regular season since 1998
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After Friday’s 47-7 win by Kaneland over Morris, the Redskins were probably glad the two teams met only once this season.

Kaneland had a funny way of repeating itself that way—nine times over.

The regular season-ending win for KHS squares things at 9-0 (5-0 NIB-12).

The victory over Morris gives Kaneland the first undefeated regular season since 1998, under current defensive coordinator Joe Thorgeson, and awards the Knights the first-ever NIB-12 title over Sycamore and Morris.

“I’m so happy for our seniors and all their hard work they put in over the years. It’s something that’s a special thing. Our seniors throughout the whole week talked about not wanting to have any letdown,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

The win also left the Redskins at 6-3 for the regular season, but they live to fight another day. Morris will be the tenth seed in Class 4A’s upper bracket and travel to Bishop McNamara in Kankakee on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

In Friday’s contest, the Knights garnered 402 yards of offense, compared to Morris’ 238.

Kaneland earned 160 yards on the ground on 27 carries and three touchdowns. Kaneland spread the ball through the air to great effectiveness, led by Taylor Andrews’ 66 yards on four catches, and Blake Serpa’s 83 yards on two grabs.

Joe Camiliere was 9-for-11 for 235 yards on two touchdowns.

The Knights wasted little time, as a Quinn Buschbacher swing pass on the first offensive play netted 51 yards. Camiliere went up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown just 21 seconds into the game for a 7-0 lead.

Morris took five plays on the next possession to go 58 yards and ended its drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Austin Feeney to Kjeld Torkelson.

After running out of downs on their second possession, the Knights got back to work on a five-play drive and scored on a five-yard Camiliere TD run with 3:07 to go in the first frame.

Kaneland went up 21-7 soon after, as Serpa blocked a Redskins punt attempt and went 52 yards for a score with 44 seconds left in the quarter.

The Knights kept the late-October festivities going with three more touchdowns in the second frame.

Camiliere hit Buschbacher on an 11-yard scoring strike to complete a seven-play drive with 6:45 to go in the third for a 27-7 lead.

Serpa caught a bomb and strode for an 81-yard touchdown pass with 3:00 to go for a 34-7 lead, and with Morris trying to make something happen, Andrews snuffed out the Redskin threat with a 70-yard interception touchdown with :59 left to go up 41-7 at the break.

“We just came out strong,” Andrews said. “We knew it was going to be a big game. Like we say, everyone did their ‘one-eleventh’ and we fought through.”

The running clock was tripped with a Curtis Secrest 25-yard TD run with 1:03 to go in the game.
In sophomore action, Morris defeated Kaneland 21-19.

The Knights, as the top-seed team in Class 5A’s upper bracket, host the King Jaguars of Chicago’s Public League (16-seed), on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

Kaneland or King will face the winner of (8) Crystal Lake Central and (9) Antioch in the second round.

The first season for Kaneland ended on Friday, and Blake Serpa helped end it in style. The future Chippewa’s blocked punt and touchdown return made life difficult for Morris and continued the renewed output from the Kaneland defense and special teams as of late.

Tidbits about the No. 16 King Jaguars

• The Jaguars are members of the Chicago Public League and play in the Illini Conference, Land of Lincoln division.

• King, at 5-4, is one of only two Class 5A playoff qualifiers to be outscored by their opponents during the season, along with 6-3 Champaign Centennial.

• The Jaguars, coached by Lonnie Williams, put up a season-high 34 points in a 34-26 win over Whitney Young on Aug. 26, but have been shut out twice.

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Champion: Kaneland High School* 5 0 9 0 376 95
Sycamore High School* 4 1 8 1 305 118
Morris Com High School* 3 2 6 3 210 162
DeKalb High School* 2 3 5 4 202 203
Yorkville High School 1 4 3 6 146 220
Rochelle Twp High School 0 5 3 6 207 175

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Champion: Sterling High School* 4 1 7 2 188 111
Champion: Geneseo High School* 4 1 8 1 305 89
Champion: Ottawa Twp High School* 4 1 6 3 264 115
LaSalle-Peru High School 2 3 4 5 173 278
Dixon High School 1 4 1 8 142 392
Streator Twp High School 0 5 0 9 66 405

*denotes playoff qualifier

Workin’ overtime: Kaneland soccer earns regional title, falls to Sterling in sectional

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was one heck of a late-season run that the Knights’ soccer roster went on, and it will be nice to reflect on in time.

All that will happen once the team catches up on sleep.

Starting with the Class 2A Sycamore Regional opener on Oct. 20 and ending with the Belvidere Sectional semifinal loss to Sterling, Kaneland played in nine overtime periods and came away with its first regional plaque since 2004.

The Knights beat Sycamore to open the playoffs in a 1-0, four-overtime thriller, and then beat top-seeded Rochelle to win the regional on Friday in a 1-0, two-overtime match.

The season came to an end with a 3-2, three- overtime loss to the Sterling Golden Warriors on Tuesday, ending the season at 11-11-2, a four-game improvement on last year’s end.

Sterling was scheduled to face Wednesday’s winner of Burlington Central-Freeport on Friday for the sectional final.

Against the Spartans, Chad Swieca knotted things up with a close-range goal with 21:32 left in regulation.

With the skies darkening and the Knights 55 seconds away from going into the penalty kick phase, Jordan Escobedo hit a header into the net off a corner kick for the win.

“I missed a bunch of goals, so I was pretty mad,” Escobedo said. “I just went down and saw the ball coming and put my head down and saw it in the back of the net.”

Against the Hubs, Kaneland waded through almost 100 minutes of scoreless soccer before Derek White scored with 57 seconds to go in the second overtime to capture Kaneland’s first soccer regional title since 2004 and the first head-to-head regional for Kaneland since the Lady Knights softball team in 2005.

At Belvidere High School, a scoreless tie was broken by Sam Rymarz with 5:11 remaining in the first half from roughly 25 yards out.

In the second half, Sterling got on the board 5:10 into the frame after a ball caromed off of two Knights.

With 3:01 remaining in the contest, the Warriors got another goal to go up 2-1. When all seemed lost, Swieca won a battle with the Sterling goalkeeper and knocked a loose ball in with 1:23 to go in regulation.

Sterling finally scored a goal with Conrado Solis knocking it in with 8:39 to go in the third overtime.

The disappointing end in the sectionals fails to take away from the prolific late-season run of KHS.

“It was fun,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “Nine overtimes in three playoff games? It ages you. The thing I’m most proud of is that we didn’t give up.”

Photo: J.P. Minogue stops Sycamore cold during the Oct. 20 four-overtime win over the Spartans. Kaneland was unbeaten in three meetings with Sycamore in 2010, and fought all the way to Sectionals this season. Photo by Mike Slodki

V-ball enters regionals with 19 wins

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KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball continued their recent roll on Thursday at the home of the Lady Foxes by a final of 25-23, 25-21.

They also put in time at their usual end-of-season stop at Kaneland’s Spikefest on Saturday.

Against Yorkville, Kylie Siebert had 13 digs and two aces. Katy Dudzinski had 14 kills and a block while Jessica Lubic paced Kaneland with 15 assists, an ace and three kills.

The eight-team rumble at Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove resulted in Kaneland taking third place with three wins in five matches.

The Lady Knights now head into the “second season” with a 19-13 record (7-3 NIB-12).

At Spikefest, Kaneland began with a 19-25, 25-19, 15-6 win over Aurora Central Catholic. They moved on to a 25-16, 18-25, 15-10 win over regional opponent Hampshire. The first loss of the day came at the hands of Peotone by a 25-23, 26-24 clip.

Kaneland began the crossover play with a loss to Geneva, but came back to beat ACC again in the third-place matchup.

With the regular season at an end, Kaneland (3) tries to erase the bad taste of 2009 by ousting Hampshire (2) from the Kaneland Regional in Class 3A on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.

The regional title game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. against the winner of (1) Sycamore and (4) Burlington Central.

Eight teams competed in the 2010 Spikefest at Harter Middle School on Saturday, October 23. Here, Kylie Siebert (left) and Melanie Thompson of Kaneland wait for the serve in their second game against Peotone.
Photo by John DiDonna

Sensei Carlos Carranza receives rank of 5th Degree Black Belt

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Sugar Grove—Rocky’s Dojo and Gym, Inc. (Champion Karate Studio) promoted Sensei Carlos Carranza of Montgomery, 36, to 5th Degree Black Belt on Saturday, Sept. 25, at its facility in Sugar Grove.

Ron and Rocky Troutman, co-owners and Master Senseis’ of Rocky’s Dojo and Gym, Inc., have promoted more than 100 students to the black belt ranking in the past, but only two have achieved the coveted rank of 5th degree. In this esteemed black belt ranking, there are over 10 degrees, taking over five years of training between promotions, a tremendous lifetime commitment and achievement.

In 1984, at the age of 10, Sensei Carlos moved from Mexico, his birthplace, to Aurora. Carlos received his U.S. citizenship in 2001. His love of karate began in 1992, when he decided to take karate courses through Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove with his best friend and fellow 5th degree Black Belt, Sensei Chris Moore, also a student at Rocky’s.

In 1995, Carlos received his 1st degree Black Belt in Karate. After 18 years of working diligently in martial arts, Carlos earned his 5th degree black belt rank.

In 2002, Sensei Carlos earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and achieved his MBA from Illinois Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill., in 2005. He currently is employed by Molex Incorporated in Lisle as a product design engineer.

Carlos commented on his love of martial arts. “Karate is one of the most mental and physical extra-curricular sports I have participated in. It has helped me deal with the stresses of life, increased my patience level, given me confidence and a higher self esteem and most certainly made me physically stronger. I am honored to have earned this degree at one of the best dojos in the country; Seneis Ron and Rocky Troutman are tough instructors, but extremely fair. I am pleased to say the sport of karate has made me an all-around better person and it has become a staple in my daily life.”

Photo gallery: Kaneland 47, Morris 7

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The Kaneland Knights football squad wrapped up a 9-0 season Friday night with a convincing 47-7 win over the visiting Morris Redskins. Kaneland plays Chicago’s King High School Friday night at 7 p.m. at Peterson Field in Maple Park.
Photos by Ben Draper

Local youth helps fuel the cure for NF

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by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—Cole Rutter looks like any other kid, but his resiliency is tested on a daily basis. This Sugar Grove 12-year-old was born with neurofibromatosis (NF), a disease that can cause tumors to grow on nerves anywhere in the body. It can lead to blindness, brain tumors, high blood pressure, head-aches, cancer, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain.

The Racing4-Research program of the Children’s Tumor Foundation recently named Cole an NF Hero for 2011. He joins youths from all over the United States in promoting awareness of this disorder and raising money for research.

Cole will have the chance to attend the Rolex 24 Hour Race in Daytona in January, for which race-car drivers donate their time and vehicles to race for 24 hours to raise money for NF research. Last year, they raised $422,000 in 611 laps, all of which went to medical research.

Cole became an NF Hero after attending a camp for kids with NF in Virginia last summer. He was able to meet others who struggle with many of the issues he does.

“I don’t like having NF, but I haven’t let it stop me from doing things I like to do,” Cole said. “ I love to play sports, especially baseball. I’m involved in spring and fall baseball.”

But Cole’s mom, Julie Rutter, said that life often revolves around doctor’s appointments.

“We have seven upcoming appointments,” Rutter said, as she listed the MRA’s, MRI’s, and echocardiograms that Cole faces. “We don’t just go for a check-up and not go back for two years. Life revolves around appointments.”

Cole has suffered from brain tumors, bone deficiencies, headaches, scoliosis, high blood pressure and ADD.

Aside from all their medical issues, kids with NF often have learning difficulties.

“They learn differently,” Rutter said. “They need help processing information and with executive functioning. They need more help.”

Kids with NF must learn to live with teasing and rejection from peers. They also must learn to live with uncertainty of what the future brings. At any time, tumors can begin to grow and cause complications. A few summers ago, Cole had a tumor on his jaw. It was removed, and so far there is no sign it is growing back.

“It looked like I had a giant gumball in my mouth,” he said.

Rutter said that with all the doctors her son sees, he always hopes the next appointment will be a “talking appointment.”

“A talking appointment is when there is no surgery or no IV’s,” she said. “He likes those.”

On race day in Daytona, the names of the NF Heroes will be painted on the side of the race cars. The kids can sign their names on the car and have their pictures taken with the drivers.

NF Hero
Cole Rutter on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Coles-Crew-Racing-4-Research/168337943183489
Cole’s donation page:

Dog’s visit educates about consequences of drugs

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by Morgan Buerke
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Kaneland—A visit from Dakar, a police dog trained to sniff out drugs, helped Kaneland High School health teacher Cindy Miller educate students about the consequences of drug possession and use on Oct. 1.

“Drug dogs have found children (and) they have confiscated thousands of drugs,” Miller said. “They have made students and faculty aware that we are a drug-free school and that we will not tolerate the use of drugs.”

Deputy Terry Hoffman brought his canine companion to the high school library, where he gave a presentation about drug dogs to students in Miller’s Contemporary Health class. Dakar, who was born in Hungary in 2007, has been with Hoffman since last November. All of Dakar’s commands are in Hungarian so that Hoffman can command him without anyone knowing what he’s been told to do.

Hoffman said that he has to watch closely for signs made by the dog because Dakar understands what his job is better than the police do. He points his nose and stares at any drug that he finds, but Hoffman knows Dakar’s just playing when he isn’t completely focused on the drug.

Hoffman said that he trains Dakar every day.

“I spend more time with this dog than my family,” Hoffman said. “Police dogs are probably one of the most valuable tools to officers.”

Junior Danielle Micek was one of the students at the presentation.

“It was interesting. I thought the dogs were a good idea,” Micek said.

Dakar is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, building searches, evidence recovery area searches and handler protection, but Hoffman said that there were signs of Dakar being trained wrong when he went into a crime scene and didn’t bite a stationary person.

As a new method of training, Hoffman got police officers into bite suits and told them to stay completely still and Dakar would have to go bite them.

“We have to train the way we go out into the street,” Hoffman said. “I have no doubt, now, that he will bite a stationary person.”

‘Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.’ features local actors

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ELGIN—Young thespians from Elburn and Maple Park are among the nearly 100 youths who will bring “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” to the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, when the Children’s Theatre of Elgin brings its newest production to the stage Friday through Sunday, Oct. 22-24.

Local cast members are Tracey Suppes of Elburn, and Amanda and Tristan Schulz of Maple Park.

Based on a 1970s television series, “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” tells the story of a new teacher facing his first day at his job and the fear and uncertainty he experiences. The musical follows Tom Mizer on his first day of teaching, as his thoughts come to life in the form of songs about math, language, art, science and history.

The show includes nearly a dozen songs including “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing” and “Three is a Magic Number.”

“Along with being a high-energy, enticing show, it’s educational as well,” co-director Allison Cherry said. “Facts are easily retained when put to music, and this show gives a lot of information through song.”

Cherry added that “Schoolhouse Rock! Jr.” is a wonderful experience for the actors onstage as well as the audience.

“The kids are having so much fun while performing that it’s impossible not to get into it as well,” she said.

While the children have been rehearsing on stage in recent weeks, parents have been busy behind the scenes sewing costumes, building sets, doing publicity, making baked goods for the concession stands and handling ticket sales.

“Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” is produced and presented by the Children’s Theatre of Elgin (CTE), a nonprofit organization and an in-residence ensemble at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

Friday, Saturday, Oct. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 for adults
and $8 for students and seniors
Call the Hemmens Box Office
at (847) 931-5900

McDonald’s wants to open in SG

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Restaurant’s proposed site is Rt. 47 and Park
by Martha Quetsch
SUGAR GROVE—McDonald’s Corporation proposed opening a restaurant in Sugar Grove in late-spring 2011, Village Planner Mike Ferencak said Monday.

“They (McDonald’s) made a formal submittal Oct. 6,” Ferencek said.

Ferencak said McDonald’s wants to locate at the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Route 47. The site is lot five of the Sugar Grove Center, owned by Winding Road LLC.

Plans for the 39,000-square-foot restaurant include a dual-lane drive-through and a parking lot with 42 spaces.

The design of the building will be McDonald’s latest style.

“It’s not so orange-looking (as some of the older McDonald’s restaurants), more red with white accents that cover much of the (exterior),” Ferencak said. “It will be the same look as the building at U.S. Route 30 and Douglas Road in Oswego.”

Ferencak said the restaurant possibly will have outdoor seating in front, although it is not yet part of McDonald’s plan.

McDonald’s representatives will be at Village Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to present the restaurant plan to the Planning Commission.

“The primary things we will talk about are the building design, the restaurant sign and the landscaping,” Ferencak said.

Village officials want the restaurant’s exterior to be of a durable material like stucco, the sign to be smaller than the restaurant proposed and the landscaping to be increased from McDonald’s current plan, Ferencak said.

After the Planning Commission reviews McDonald’s proposal, it will go to the Village Board for a vote in December.

Sugar Grove officials have talked with McDonald’s officials periodically since 2004, when the restaurant presented a preliminary proposal to the village to locate a restaurant two lots south of the location they now propose.

The construction period for the restaurant will be about 90 days.

Ferencak said a McDonald’s in Sugar Grove could lead to additional commercial growth.

“I think it is (a big deal) because of the whole name recognition,” Ferencak said. “McDonald’s is known for their real estate decisions. This could lead to more stores coming here (to Sugar Grove).”

Photo gallery: Blast Off!

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Kaneland Harter Middle School teacher Chari Trembly (top photo) helps launch a rocket on Oct. 15. The 6th grade class built rockets from water bottles and launched them with air and water pressure. Inside each rocket was a cushioned egg to see if it would survive the landing. Photos by John DiDonna

Guyton secures eighth at Girls Golf State gathering

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FORSYTH, Ill.—Hayley Guyton will always be remembered at Kaneland High School for what she pulled off on the golf course.

Now, she’ll be remembered throughout the State for what she did the last four years.

While not getting to the astounding heights of a year ago, when she was second in the IHSA 2A Girls Golf meet, the senior finished eighth in the state with a total score of 152 over the two-day festivities. Guyton was 11 back from champion Stephanie Miller of Stevenson High School.

Guyton shot a 77 on Saturday and a 75 on Friday.

The senior shot a 39 on the front end and 38 on the back nine. Guyton was sixth after the first day of swinging with a 40 on the front half and 35 on the back end.

In 2009, Guyton went to a playoff with eventual champ Kris Yoo of Conant, shooting a 145.

Knights win clash with Spartans

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Kaneland improves to 8-0 with 30-13 win over rival

Photo: Knight Joe Camiliere (12) tries to avoid the Sycamore defense in Kaneland’s 30-13 win over the Spartans on Friday in Maple Park. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was the biggest regular season game in quite some time for Kaneland.

The Knights played like it.

Facing a fellow undefeated squad in the visiting Sycamore Spartans, the Knights used offensive drives to the best of their ability and came up with timely defensive plays in a 30-13 win over the Spartans.

With the win, Kaneland gets a modicum of satisfaction for last year’s first-round ousting at the hands of SHS, and has the inside track at the Northern Illinois Big XII East championship at 8-0 (4-0 NIB-12). Sycamore drops to 7-1 (3-1 NIB-12), and faces Yorkville (3-5, 1-4 NIB-12) in the regular season finale.

The latest IHSA Class 5A Playoff Points standings has Kaneland fourth and Sycamore seventh.

Joe Camiliere was the field general coach Tom Fedderly’s offense requires and went 13-for-19 for 140 yards with a touchdown throw and no interceptions.

“I thought he had good time to throw,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “That’s what we were concerned about. He had enough time to get the ball out of his hands and did a good job tonight.”

Taylor Andrews was the leader in the rushing category for the Knights with 70 yards on six tries, while KHS had 190 yards on the ground total.

Sycamore’s Tommy Nice was the game’s leading rusher with 94 yards.

Quinn Buschbacher was the leading receiver for KHS with six catches totaling 34 yards.

Kaneland outgained Sycamore 330-304.

The game between two playoff-caliber squads in a playoff atmosphere had its first big play when Blake Serpa fumbled on the Knights’ first drive at their own 30.

Two plays later, running back Eric Ray scored from the 10 with 8:24 to go in the first for a 7-0 Spartan lead.

Using a balanced attack, KHS calmly drove 48 yards in 11 plays highlighted by a third-and-nine catch by Tyler Callaghan. Camiliere plunged in from the one-yard line with 2:24 to go to deadlock matters at 7-7.

The next time Kaneland got the ball they drove down for another score, as Callaghan caught a lofted ball in the corner of the end zone on the first play of the second frame for a 14-7 lead.

Sycamore looked to be on its way to knotting things up, until a backward pass that landed on the grass was scooped up by Andrews for an 84-yard touchdown to the shock of Sycamore’s faithful.

“It was a backward pass and I was about to give the ball to the ref,” Andrews said. “I looked over and heard everyone say ‘go, go go’, so I just took off running.”

“We were all just screaming ‘pick it up and run!’,” Fedderly said. “We knew it was a fumble, it went backwards, what can you say? What a play.”

Sycamore did come back on a QB Ryan Bartels TD run from 12 yards out with 1:25 to go, making it 20-13.

Kaneland wasn’t done, as they drove 40-yards to the 10, where freshman kicker Matt Rodriguez hit a 27-yard field goal to make it 23-13 at halftime.

With Blake Serpa’s four-yard touchdown run coming with 7:44 left in the third, the scoring was closed at 30-13.

Now Kaneland hosts Morris on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The Redskins are playoff-bound, having lost only two games, and are coming off a dramatic 15-8 win in Rochelle on Friday.

Play of the Knight
Having already climbed back from an early deficit and nursing a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, Kaneland was trying to hold Sycamore from coming into their end zone again on Friday. They not only did that on a wild play, they took it to the other end zone with a heads-up play from Taylor Andrews. Sycamore was at the Kaneland 12-yard line and attempted a backward pass that fell to the ground. Andrews picked it up, and after some hesitation, was joined by several Knights on the way to an 84-yard score.

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Kaneland High School* 4 0 8 0 329 88
Sycamore High School* 3 1 7 1 272 118
Morris Com High School* 3 1 6 2 203 115
DeKalb High School 1 3 4 4 164 196
Yorkville High School 1 3 3 5 146 187
Rochelle Twp High School 0 4 3 5 200 137

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School* 4 0 7 1 188 94
Geneseo High School* 3 1 7 1 277 77
Ottawa Twp High School 3 1 5 3 247 115
LaSalle-Peru High School 2 2 4 4 161 250
Dixon High School 0 4 0 8 100 373
Streator Twp High School 0 4 0 8 47 363

*Clinched playoff berth

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Tennis duo places fourth at sectional, head to State

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For the way things ended up at IHSA tennis Sectionals at St. Charles East on Saturday, all you had to do was look at Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski.

“The final point where we won I was thinking, ‘oh my God we are going to State’, and (Amelia) turned around and we just ran at each other. Everyone was crying and jumping. I don’t even remember the next match,” Jurcenko said.

In the matchup with St. Charles North’s Kate Lesswing and Abby Roggemann, Kaneland’s unit won 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Napiorkowski doesn’t discount the impressive nature of Kaneland tennis’ accomplishment.

“Everyone there knew we were singles players and thought they could use doubles strategies against us but we caught on fast. We would adjust our strategies during the match,” Napiorkowski said.

Saturday’s celebration was warranted, and KHS hopes it will continue at the upcoming IHSA State Tennis meet. The meet takes place at courts in District 211, 214 and 220 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and now will feature the first-ever Kaneland presence at the State tennis finals.

The IHSA announced Tuesday that the Jurcenko-Napiorkowski tandem, who took fourth at Sectionals, will face Rosary’s duo Angelina Goheen and Katie King at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Jurcenko and Napiorkowski lost the third-place match to Bartlett’s Katie Gates and Gabby Gregorio 6-2, 6-1.

St. Charles North took home the sectional crown with 22 points.

Photo: Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski make KHS history as the first reps from the school at the State Tennis meet
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Boys XC finishes seventh at NIB-12

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by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—In a tough group of teams, Kaneland had several standouts at the first-ever gathering of the Northern Illinois Big XII conference.

The meet at Elburn Woods saw the Yorkville Foxes take the crown with 46 points, compared to Dixon’s 75.

The Knights’ 138-point total was good for seventh, ahead of Rochelle (183) and behind Sterling (135).

Sterling’s Jacob Landis, at 16 minutes, nine seconds, took the course crown by nine seconds over Dixon’s Simon Thorpe.

Next up was Knight Trevor Holm, who has been at or near the top for much of this season.

Holm, who ran his Elburn Woods-best at 16:24, had a good run at this late regular season juncture, according to KHS coach Chad Clarey.

“Our goal today was to try and hit some personal records on this course, because it’s far different from the rest that we compete on,” Clarey said. “Trevor had a great race and he’s still coming back from being sick last week. He’s in a good spot. He might be disappointed that he didn’t win on his home course, but you can’t always pick your best races.”

“Although he may not have been satisfied with the outcome, he will continue to feel fresher and faster with the taper,” Clarey said.

Junior Nate Rehkopf was 23rd at 17:24, and also set a new PR for himself.

“I’m pretty pleased how we’re doing as a team and how I’m doing personally,” Rehkopf said. “Trevor’s been good leading the guys, and it’s usually been me, Clayton Brundige and Grant Alef backing him up. We have a good team on all levels.”

Tommy Whittaker, running his last Elburn Woods course, ran in 17:49 and set a new PR, as well.

Additionally, junior Jake Ginther finished 33rd with a time of 18:07.

Photo: Tommy Whittaker runs his way to a 17:49 finish during Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Elburn Woods. Photo by Ashley Leonetti

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