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Elburn hoops holds signup

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Elburn Basketball currently has three open registrations for the following programs:
• Third through Eighth Grade Girls Basketball—The Girls In-House program is a developmental and recreational league, running mid-October through early-December. The program is open to all children in the community. All participants, regardless of ability level, will be placed on a team. There will be some out-of-district games scheduled for the seventh and eighth grade girls In-House teams. This league is recreational.
• First and Second Grade Little Dribblers Basketball for Girls and Boys. This is a 3-on-3 basketball teaching program designed to instruct children on basketball fundamentals.
• All-Star Sports Instruction: Super Sports Ages 4-6 years old.This class teaches kids teamwork and sportsmanship. Sports covered include basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, dodgeball and kickball.

More information or link to register can be found at www.elburnbasketball.com.

Elburn hoops holding signup

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Elburn Basketball currently has three open registrations for the following programs:

• Third through Eighth Grade Girls Basketball—The Girls In-House program is a developmental and recreational league, running mid-October through early-December. The program is open to all children in the community. All participants, regardless of ability level, will be placed on a team. There will be some out of district games scheduled for the seventh and eighth grade girls In-House teams. This league is recreational, with emphasis on development and fun.

• First and Second Grade Little Dribblers Basketball for Girls and Boys. This is an innovative 3-on-3 basketball teaching program designed to instruct children on proper basketball fundamentals in a fun and entertaining way.

• All-Star Sports Instruction: Super Sports Ages 4-6 years old.This class teaches kids the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship while attempting to spark an interest in kids to play a variety of sports. Sports covered include basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, dodge ball and kickball.

More information or link to register can be found at www.elburnbasketball.com.

11U Baseball Tryouts

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Kaneland Knights 11U Baseball holds tryouts on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Sugar Grove Sports Complex from 4 to 6 p.m. A rain date is Saturday, Sept. 10. Bring your own equipment and arrive 15 to 30 minutes early for registration and warmups. Contact (630) 466-9796 or (630) 624-6806 for info.

Silver Stars hold tryouts

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KANELAND—Kaneland’s Silver Stars will hold tryouts on Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. in the East Gym at Kaneland High School.

Fourth- through sixth-grade try out from noon to 2 p.m., and seventh through eighth grades try out from 2 to 4 p.m. A makeup tryout is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym at KHS. There is also a parent meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at KHS. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Colombe at ernie.colombe@kaneland.org.

Kaneland Area Travel Baseball Tryouts

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Kaneland Area Travel Baseball Tryouts
MAPLE PARK—Open tryouts will be held for a newly formed 12U Travel baseball team.
Boys, age 12 and under, as of April 30, 2012, are eligible for tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Fidler Farms Baseball Diamond in Maple Park (two miles west of Route 47(two miles west of Rte 47 on the north side of Welter Rd. at 1st intersection S. of Rte 64). The season begins in April 2012.
Boys will be evaluated on running, throwing, catching, hitting and sliding. Players should wear a T-shirt and practice/game pants, cleats, hat, and protective gear. Pitchers and catchers will also be evaluated if interested.
For any questions, contact Head Coach Mike Piercy at (630) 466-5582, or at kanelandbaseball@gmail.com.

New day for 5K at Elburn Days 2011

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Elburn Days 5K
Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m.
Check-in 7 a.m. at Lion’s Park
Online registration $18
Pre-registration (check by 8/15) $20
Day of race $25
For more info, e-mail:
5KRun@ElburnLions.com
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New course layout just one of the changes to August staple
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—It’s fitting that the new course for the 2011 version of the Elburn Days 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk begins and ends at Lions Park.

The hub of most everything Elburn Days will be the start and finish point for this year’s version of the competition. It’s just one of the modifications put forth by Lions Club Chairman of the 5K Mark Eddington.

“We did some homework and we’re making modifications that a lot of the area races have already done,” Eddington said on Wednesday. “We’ve wanted to do some of these things for a couple of years and are finally pulling the trigger.”

The first change was the course itself.

“We had done it at the fire department, and while designing a new course, you can’t do Route 47 and across the train tracks. Then you look at the four different quadrants of the town and we looked at Lions Park in the southwest quadrant. You can get more people to participate around there,” Eddington said.

The other changes set to impact the race in 2011 include the program of chip timing, which electronically records start and stop times for individual racers by a timing company.

“It takes the human error out of recording times, and makes the race more sophisticated,” Eddington said.

In addition to trophies, the Lions Club also has cash prizes in store for the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the men’s and women’s groups.

“We have cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 and it should make things more interesting,” Eddington said.

Online registration is also newly available for the 2011 gathering.

No stranger to long-distance running himself, Eddington offers helpful advice to fleet-footed participants.

“It’s going to be significantly flatter, so those that hate hills will probably enjoy it more. I’d make sure to stay well hydrated, as well,” he said.

Maple Park holding court this fall

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MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Fall Youth Basketball Program for first and second-grade boys and girls, and girls, third through eighth runs from early-October through mid-December, with games on Saturday. Registration ends Friday, Sept. 2. Registration forms are available at the Maple Park Library and are also posted on the village of Maple Park’s website.

For more information about Maple Park youth basketball, call Scott Willis at (630) 621-0736.

Elburn’s international pastime

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The Elburn Express 12U and Dubai Falcons, gather after their meeting on the diamond on June 26. The baseball lineup from the Middle East was on a tour of the Midwest before trying to qualify for the Little League World Series in Poland. Courtesy Photo

Express gives Dubai team local flavor
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—It’s funny how a game like baseball can bring towns together.

But how about teams seperated by oceans and continents?

Such was the case for the Elburn Express 12U and a lineup from the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on June 26.

After the Express competed in a tournament in West Chicago on June 24 and 25, that also featured Dubai, the seeds were planted for a meeting between the Express and Dubai Falcons.

“The game is still new to them, but they were on a tour of the U.S. before playing in Poland to try and qualify for the Little League World Series (in Williamsport, Pa.),” Express coach Scott Glennon said. “They were the team that everyone was rooting for at the tournament. We discussed with their coaches about having them play us at the diamond in the middle of the cornfield and show them hospitality.”

The exhibition was set at McNair Field, and a unique experience took place for not only a team from a burgeoning financial and oil hub, but also for pre-teens familiar with the sport.

“My son, Brett, was wondering about Dubai, and we looked up a little bit about it on the Internet. It was a nice experience for our kids, and it showed them a little bit about life outside the Midwest,” Glennon said. “Dubai has a lot of ex-pats, and one of the parents of the kids had actually lived in Naperville.”

The Falcons were on a three-week tour, including two weeks stateside, and were also treated to a cookout.

“We felt a responsbility. They were 8,000 miles from home. They saw what competition is like here, and we tried to help them however we could,” Glennon said.

As is the case with most Middle Eastern kingdoms, soccer rules the day in the sporting world, but the local national pastime was able to wedge into children from the UAE for a summer weekend.

“We received an invite to eventually go over there, and they really enjoyed themselves. The coaches and parents and kids couldn’t have been nicer,” Glennon said.

Elburn Express looks to 2012

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ELBURN—All tryouts for the Elburn Express 2012 team will be held at McNair Field in Elburn on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Saturday, Aug. 27.

11U—9 to 10:30 a.m.
12U—11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
13U—1 to 2:30 p.m.
14U—3 to 4:30 p.m.
(Rain dates will be Sunday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 28.) Athletes must reside within the Kaneland School District.

For additional information, check www.elburn.com/baseball/express

Wasco Fastpitch ready for fall

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WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball has begun registration for 2011 Fall Ball season. Teams will be made by Saturday, Aug. 6; practices will start after Monday, Aug. 8, and games start approximately Saturday, Aug. 20. The season will conclude in October with playoffs for 10U-HS. Games will be played on Saturdays at either Verhaeghe Field or Poyner Park in St. Charles/Campton Township, allowing plenty of time for school and other activities.

A registration form can be downloaded and mailed or register online at www.wascofastpitch.com or call (630) 513-1200.

WCC fall baseball info

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SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College will host a fall baseball hitting and game league for high school players who are not participating in any fall high school sports. This IHSA approved league is the area’s longest-running and most economical fall league. Over 2,000 players have participated throughout the past 26 years, with hundreds going on to compete at the collegiate level.

The league is scheduled to run from Tuesday, Aug. 30, through the end of September. Games will be played on every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of September, beginning at 4:30 p.m. each day. All games will be played on Waubonsee Community College’s baseball diamond in Sugar Grove, and all players signed up are guaranteed playing time. Each of the eight game days will provide players the opportunity to use Waubonsee’s outdoor hitting facility that features two astro-turfed batting cages and multiple hitting stations.

Individuals interested in playing should attend an organizational meeting on Monday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. on the Sugar Grove campus. The meeting will take place in Room 219 of Erickson Hall, Waubonsee’s gymnasium, with a $60 fee due at that time. For more information, contact Waubonsee baseball coach Dave Randall at (630) 466-2527.

X-Factors

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The Kane County Xplosion 14U won its second-consecutive USSSA State Tournament Championship after going 7-0 at the tournament held in Rockford, Ill. The team features Kaneland High School athletes Paige Kuefler, Ali Miller, Lauren Zick and Lexi Roach, and is coached by Mike Kuefler, Wally Spagnola, Don Miller and Keith Olinger. The team leaves this week for the USSSA World Series in Orlando, Fla. The team is currently 30-5. Courtesy Photo

Sugar Grove Phillies

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The Sugar Grove Phillies defeated the Minors Elburn 3 team 14-1, June 30 at McNair Field in Elburn. The team includes (front row, from left) Austin Morris, Adrian Almaraz, Gabe Phillips and Evan Callahan; Justin Erlandson (middle, from left), Jacob Hawkins, Christopher Angelotti, Nolan Fergus, Kyle Angelotti, Joe Albrecht and Nolan Matthys; (back) coaches Ray Callahan and Bill Angelotti. (Not pictured: Bryce Cohoon.)
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Warrior Spirit

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The 12U Wasco Warriors, celebrate in Homer Glen, Ill., after capturing the State championship The Warriors defeated the McHenry County Outlaws, 7-4 on June 26. The Wasco Warriors consist of Niko Klebosits, Josh Ottum, Raph Phoades, Thomas Paul, Holden Gilkey, Seth Howlett, Ben Lynam, Connor Weckerly, Keegan Kochis, Tristyn Ross and Noah Dawkins. Courtesy Photo

Knights 11U go north

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Kaneland Knights 11U Baseball team claimed second place in the Father’s Day weekend Slip and Slide Tournament at Wisconsin Dells. Team members include: Brennan Hare, Trevor Jones, CJ Girolamo, Logan Piercy, Mac Doherty, Jimmy Fidler, Austin Berens, Dylan Baker, Colin Noel, Michael Rivas-Vera, Jake Romas (absent). Courtesy Photo

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