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Malawski excels on international track

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Amanda Malawski

Time in UK more precious than medals

SUGAR GROVE—Team USA’s youngest athlete, Amanda Malawski, brought home two medals from the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation’s (IWAS) World Junior Games, held in England from Aug. 2-8.

The 13-year-old Sugar Grove resident won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay, with a time of 1:10.45, with her teammates, Jessica Heims, Lauren Gates and Aubrey Headon.

She took home a bronze medal in the long jump, with a distance of 2.28 meters.

Amanda also set personal records in the 400m dash, with a time of 1:27, and in the javelin. She improved her time in the 200m dash from 38.75 at the National Junior Games in July to 36.73 and in the 400m from 1:28.53 to 1:27.72—times that will make her a contender for the 2016 US Paralympic team.

The 2014 IWAS World Junior Games were held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, England, and hosted teams from 32 countries. To participate, athletes must first qualify at the regional level, then qualify at the national level.

Amanda qualified at the Great Lakes Regional Games in Lake Forest, Ill., this year, then competed against more than 200 regional champions at the National Junior Games in Ames, Iowa, to earn her spot on Team USA.

“It’s a huge accomplishment, absolutely huge,” said Cindy Housner, the executive director of the Great Lakes Adaptive Sport Association (GLASA). “Amanda is an extremely talented and gifted athlete, and she’s worked really hard. She is competing against others in the same ability level and age group, and she rises to the top.”

In the games, Amanda competes in a class known as T36, for athletes whose disability affects only one side of their body. Amanda, who was born with cerebral palsy, is affected on her right side. Her twin, Alex, is affected on his left side.

Both Amanda and Alex train at the GLASA facility in Lake Forest on a weekly basis, working with specialized coaches. GLASA offers recreational and competitive activities for athletes with physical and visual disabilities throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Housner praised Amanda as a particularly hard-working athlete.

“One thing that stands out in my mind is that Amanda is a good athlete, but what makes her really outstanding is her work ethic,” Housner said. “If you came out on a Saturday practice and watched her, she is just tireless. She goes on and on. Not many athletes are doing both track and field. She is just working hard and has a really positive attitude. She’s always looking for feedback, so she’s very coachable.”

The IWAS World Junior Games are a proving ground for the Paralympics, and though Amanda was the youngest member of Team U.S.A., she is already being scouted for the U.S. Paralympic team.

“We’ve talked to the Paralympics coach, and it’s amazing thinking that the Paralympic team is looking at our daughter,” said Lori Malawski, Amanda’s mother. “Never when you have a child with special needs do you think something like this is in their future.”

Amanda hopes to qualify for the IWAS World Junior Games again next year, in Amsterdam, and then be chosen to represent the US in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio.

To qualify for the Paralympics, she will need to compete at several events sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee over the next year. The committee will select 40 men and 40 women to compete in the 2016 games; a number of spots are reserved for injured military veterans.

“If she does get selected, the next big event will be next August in Toronto, and then the one after that is in Qatar,” Matt Malawski, Amanda’s father, said. “The end of next year is when they start selecting athletes to represent the US in Rio.”

Despite Amanda’s achievements, few of her classmates at Harter Middle School realize just how fast she is.

“When I was on the track team for my school, I was considered slow,” she said. “Because I’m affected on one side of my body, I’m slower than able-bodied people because they’re not affected. It was kind of discouraging on my track team because I was always the last.”

That’s partly why competing in GLASA and the IWAS World Junior Games is so important to her, she said.

“There’s not a lot of programs for kids with disabilities,” Amanda said. “We are practicing, but we have to travel far. It’s worth it because we can talk to people with the same disabilities, and it’s a lot of fun.”

She qualified for the World Junior Games last year, but she was too young to participate.

“You have to be 14 the year of the games, so I was underage,” Amanda said. “They sent an email saying that I made the team, and then a week and a half later, I got another email saying that I was too young to participate. It was a little disappointing, but it kind of wasn’t, because it meant that I am faster than people who are 16 or 17.”

Going to the 2014 World Junior Games was a great experience for her.

“I was the youngest on the team, so it was kind of a good experience being with other people who have been competing for awhile and are older than me,” she said. “I just started competing internationally, and I liked competing against people with tons of experience.”

It was also a valuable lesson, she said.

“It taught me not to let my disability get in the way of things. If I did, I wouldn’t be where I am and able to compete,” Amanda said. “The people I made friends with (at the games) don’t let their disability stop them. They are normal when they compete, and that’s how I like it.”

Those interactions were more precious than the medals to her parents.

“It was an amazing week. Yes, she worked really hard, but the interaction with the teammates is what will stay with her forever. It made it all worth it,” Lori said.

Amanda Malawski Photo submitted by Jennifer Drews/GLASA to sports@elburnherald.com

Diamond business

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Photo: Sarah Elliott, a sixth-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School, makes the catch at first during Wasco Diamonds 12U tryouts Aug. 7. Photo by Patti Wilk

Wasco softball outfit’s success tells story

WASCO—Early August at the Anderson Park fields off of Brown Road, north of Elburn, is tryout time for the Wasco Diamonds teams spanning six age groups.

It’s business as usual for the travel softball program, but their business is getting the most out of players, growing their skills and accumulating banners.

Since beginning as an outlet for area softball players in the mid-1990s, the Wasco Diamonds keep winning and keep getting exposure in local and national tournament exhibitions.

A program that has averaged six national tournament qualifications a season, taken two first places at the USSSA World Series, and sends handfuls of eligible college players to college programs every year has found a formula for success, namely coaches, staff and players performing at a high level.

With former Kaneland varsity players like Delani (Northern Illinois University) and Rilee Vest (Cornell College) and Lexi Roach (Youngstown State University), and current Lady Knights personnel like Morgan Sikon and Angie Morrow, the Diamonds have seen their share of local KHS talent.

The Diamonds are also the choice for athletes from schools like Burlington Central and Elgin.

Steve Cihlar, former coach with the Diamonds program and recently retired from Diamond dealings, feels it’s no mystery why the Wasco softball institution belongs to more than just the Route 64 area.

“The training is second to none,” Cihlar said. “We had the best training staff and coaches. Girls try to get college scholarships and be seen, but you’ve got to be able to play the game here.”

Cihlar, of St. Charles, has coached at the 16U and 18U levels and put two daughters through the Diamonds way of doing things, and always feels a sense of pride when players get signed to the next level, even when not directly coaching the player.

“I am proud of that, and that’s part of what building up the program is,” Cihlar said.

Playing anywhere from local fields to tournaments featuring 40 teams in other states under the USSSSA or ASA banner, Cihlar is just one of many Diamonds personnel who has seen the growth of the program.

“The most amazing thing to me about the Wasco Diamonds is seeing the growth firsthand. I remember going to some of these college exposure tournaments five or 10 years ago and now teams see the name and want to play us. That’s due to the people involved being incredibly dedicated,” Cihlar said.

Incoming Kaneland senior Angie Morrow has donned a Diamonds uniform through her pre-teen years, two high schools and a couple of May no-hitters, and knows the Diamonds program was instrumental in her skill elevation and signing with University of Wisconsin softball.

“It’s about the coaches and the players. We all try to play at a high level. We want to be good enough to keep playing these teams from California that never have to go inside,” Morrow said.

Morrow, who plans to once again suit up for the Wasco Diamonds at 18U competition, has seen her share of every result, but can point to one particular memory.

“When I was in 11U, we won the first World Series for the Diamonds in Missouri. To win a World Series was amazing,” Morrow said.

Taking over from Cihlar on the 18U front will be Steve’s co-coach and Angie’s father, Bill.

The elder Morrow has seen the Wasco crew become a definition of an area travel softball squad, with an eye on the future.

“We get kids from St. Charles North, St. Charles East, Batavia, Kaneland, Burlington, and even DeKalb and Jacobs. I mean, we get girls playing from all of Fox Valley. The philosophy of the Wasco Diamonds over the last five or so years has changed where we focus more on helping the kids get to college. Academically, we require a higher standard. If you’re good academically, it becomes easier for colleges to assist them financially with scholarships,” Morrow said. “This program is dedicated to helping these kids, and we go to the best tournaments in the country for recruiting. We have built a national name.”

Morrow, who has experience coaching baseball and softball, is one of many who have seen the influence of the Wasco Diamonds, and like others currently involved, continues to help it grow from just outside the chalk lines.

“Travel softball now has had a light put on it. It’s gone from an infield game with dink and dunk hits, but now there’s more power than ever before. There’s nothing like being around this and around the kids. There’s nothing better than having a kid you coached and now in college and see you and say ‘Hi.’”

Information on the Wasco Diamonds can be found at www.wascodiamonds.com.

Harris hits hole-in-one

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ELBURN—Geneva resident Mary Claire Harris hit a hole in one at Hughes Creek Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Harris used a No. 4 Hybrid ball on the 105-yard hole No. 3—a par 3 hole.

Bruce Harris was the witness.

Hughes Creek Golf Club is located on Hughes Road, in Elburn and is a public course. For more infomarion call (630) 365-9200 or visit www.hughescreek.com.

Aurora Raiders Softball hosts tryouts Aug. 9, 10

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Tryouts for the Aurora Raiders Girls Fastpitch Softball team are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, at the West Aurora High School Varsity Softball Field, 1201 W New York St, Aurora.

On Saturday, the tryout will focus on:
• 11U/12U: All positions and hitting: 9-11 a.m.
• 16U: All positions and hitting: 2-4 p.m.
• 18U: All positions and hitting: 4-6 p.m.

On Sunday, the tryout will focus on:
• 11U/12U: All positions and hitting: 9-11 a.m.
• 16U: All positions and hitting: 2-4 p.m.
• 18U: All positions and hitting: 4-6 p.m.

Players only need to attend one tryout date; please arrive 15 minutes prior to tryout time for on-site registration and warm-ups.

The mission of the Aurora Raiders Girls Fastpitch Softball team is to create a fun environment for athletes to develop fundamental softball skills, engage in competitive sport, learn life-lessons on and off the field, and build long-lasting friendships.

The team consists of players from the Fox Valley area, including Elburn, Sugar Grove, Montgomery, Oswego, Aurora and more.

To learn more about the Aurora Raiders and online registration, visit www.aurorafastpitch.org.

Derks, Palmer win 2014 Corn Boil 5K

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228 runners test themselves on the streets of Sugar Grove

SUGAR GROVE—Andy Derks made it two-for-two at the 2014 Corn Boil 5K.

After winning the event in 2013 with a time of 16 minutes, 12.1 seconds, the Sugar Grove resident won the event again this year with a time of 16:15.9.

“I moved to Sugar Grove last year, and thought it would be fun to do a race in my new hometown,” said Derks, who is also the cross country coach at Plainfield North High School. “I plan all summer to do it, but I just like to use it as a hard workout and part of my marathon training.”

Derks plans on competing in the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Yorkville resident Lena Palmer was the overall female winner. A former all-state runner with the Lady Foxes in cross country and track, the current Aurora University runner was surprised she was the female winner.

“I was pretty shocked that I won because the year that I did run it (2011), there was a lot of competition,” Palmer said. “The race didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, but it was still a pretty good race.“

Overall, 228 runners completed the race, ranging from 4-year-old Tess Muth of Yorkville (219th place; 47:33.6) to 74-year-olds Tyger Johnson of Dakota, Ill., (30th place; 23:04.7) and Phyllis Wells of Aurora (207th place, 43:25.5). The event has averaged over 257 runners per year since 2002, with the fewest running in 2002 (123) and the most in 2009 (355). The 2014 race had the fewest runners since 2010’s 224.

“We were down a little,” said Karen Pritchard, Superintendent of Recreation for the Sugar Grove Park District. “This year we didn’t have our Park District running club in the event.”

The running club brought in approximately 30 more registrations for the event.

“Maybe people thought it was going to rain,” Pritchard said. “I really thought we would have bigger numbers this year.”

Even with the slight dip in numbers, enthusiasm for the event hasn’t diminished in the eyes of Derks.

“I hope to continue to run the Corn Boil 5K every year,” Derks said. “I love the laid back atmosphere. I love the fact that I can roll out of bed and go sign up 30 minutes before the race.”

13U Palatine Champs

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The Wasco 13U All Star Team recently won the Palatine Community Classic. The team was 5-1 at the tournament and outscored its opponents 59-7. Jed Kuefler also won the home run derby at the tournament. The team includes John Tabor (back row, from left), Max Ledone, Vince Miszkiewicz, Joey Lupa, Ryan Dziatkowiec, Dalton Hollis (front row, from left), Ryan Vanderway, Jed Kuefler, Ryan Stangle and Cole Winslow. Athletes not pictured include Ben Chandler, Nick Aiello and Tanay Abichandani. The team is coached by Jeff Hollis, Rich Ledone, Frank Aiello and Bill Chandler.

Photo submitted by Dawn Kuefler to sports@elburnherald.com

KC Xplosion tryouts begin Aug. 4

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MAPLE PARK—The Kane County Xplosion softball will begin hosting tryouts Aug. 4 through Aug. 9.

On Monday, Aug. 4, all age groups can try out at Frontier Park in Naperville, Ill. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. with tryouts starting at 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, 10U, 12U and 14U try outs will take place at Batavia High School, while 16U and 18U will take place at Kaneland High School. Both locations will have a 5 p.m. check-in and tryouts begin at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, 10U, 12U, and 14U tryouts will take place at Kaneland High School, while 16U and 18U will take place at Batavia High School. Both locations will have a 5 p.m. check-in and tryouts begin at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, 16U and 18U tryouts will have an 8:30 a.m. check-in with tryouts starting at 9 a.m. at Batavia High School. The 10U, 12U, and 14U check-in will begin at noon, with the tryouts starting at 12:30 p.m., also at Batavia High School.

For more information, visit KCXplosion.com, or email kcxplosion@gmail.com.

Bringing the heat

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IMG_2856Two Kaneland volleyball players, Jessie Weber (back row, second from right) and Maddie Keifer (back row, third from right) were part of the Kane County Juniors club team that placed third at the Volleyball Festival International Championships in Phoenix June 26-29. Photo submitted by Bob Webber to sports@elburnherald.com

Kane County Juniors finish third in 15-year-old bracket in Phoenix

PHOENIX—Summer is a time for local athletes to showcase themselves in a realm outside the Maple Park fields and courts.

Lady Knight volleyball talents Jessie Weber and Maddie Keifer did so in Phoenix last month as part of the annual Volleyball Festival International Championships June 26-29.

Housed at the Phoenix Convention Center, the festival featured teams from the 12-through-18 age range on the club circuit, and had a majority of teams from Arizona, California and Washington, and teams like Weber and Keifer’s Kane County Juniors 15 Gold squad to complete the 73-team age bracket.

The extravaganza also featured teams from British Columbia and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Gold crew, with head coach KC Johnsen, went 8-2 during the four-day trial and finished in third place.

In the Saturday championship bracket, the Gold side beat Epic 15-Shawn in a 25-20, 25-20 match before beating Legacy 15 Elite in a 25-22, 25-23 affair. The Juniors took a 25-17, 25-21 rematch with Epic 15-Shawn before losing to eventual winner AZ Sky 15 Gold, 23-25, 25-21, 15-3, which stopped the eight-match win streak, and second-place club El Paso Stars 15 Blue, 25-12, 25-13, in the double elimination chance.

Assistant coach Cindy Weber, Jessie’s mother, felt it was a successful tournament gathering.

“For lack of a better term, the other teams were gunning for us,” Weber said. “We didn’t have their height, but we were a quick team out there.”

With teams from all over, the Kane County crew was no stranger to unique settings like Phoenix and a Navy Pier tournament last month, Weber said.

“We were able to get our kills and blocks in, and it was really a fun experience. The Kane County Juniors have been to Arizona, and we were very excited to go again this time,” Weber said.

The 15 Gold contingent improved to 59-13 with the Phoenix performance.

Photos: youth baseball and softball

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Kaneville Skeeters Ellie Peck hits a line drive to center field during a game against the Sugar Grove Tigers Monday at the Kaneville West Softball Field. 
Photo by Mary Paulson

Photos from various community sporting events

Good weekend

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The Kaneland 9U Travel Baseball team finished second at the 2014 Oswego Cobra Summer Classic Tournament, held June 20-22. The team includes coaches Bryan Miller (back row, from left), John Robinson, Jeff Violett, Jim Van Horn and Jim Wituk, and players Elliott Kovacs (middle row, from left), Collin Miller, Johnny Spallasso, Parker Violett, Patrick Collins, Lane Robinson (front row, from left), Alex Panico, Luke Wituk, Jake Gagne and Troyer Carlson. Santino Grano was not pictured. Tryouts for the 2015 season begin in July.

Photo submitted by Jim Wituk to sports@elburnherald.com

Kaneland Youth Soccer fall registration through July 7

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ELBURN—The Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization (KYSO) is taking registrations for its fall recreational soccer season through July 7 at www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com. For registration related questions, contact Mo Gannon at (630) 463-9001, ext. 707, or by email at registrar@kanelandyouthsoccer.com.

The fall recreational season includes eight games running from Sept. 6 through Oct. 18. All games and practices are held at the KYSO fields next to Kaneland High School in Maple Park. Games are played on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Each team typically practices one evening per week.

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 17 and special needs players through the TOPSoccer program.

Three- and 4-year-olds play in the Little Knights program. This introduction to soccer program includes eight, one hour skills and games sessions on Saturday mornings. Little Knights is $50 and includes a soccer jersey.

The recreational program for ages 5 through 17 is $110 through July 7. Recreational soccer includes a full uniform including jersey, shorts, socks, volunteer coaches supported by college level players, trainers and certified referees. After July 7, the normal registration rate of $145 is in place. Discounts are available for multiple player families.

KYSO also provides a TOPSoccer program for players with special needs. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment. The program is generally carried out by volunteers at the local level, with financial support from US Youth Soccer and local youth soccer organization such as KYSO. TOPSoccer is offered free to registered players.

KYSO features small sided games, balanced teams and college level trainers to support player development and provide coach support.

Player assessments for all age groups will be conducted in early August and teams formed immediately after assessments. Practices begin the week of Aug. 18.

KYSO provides Big Rock, Elburn, Hinckley, Kaneville, Maple Park, Sugar Grove, and Virgil youth with recreational soccer opportunities. KYSO has approximately 50 recreational soccer teams for boys and girls ages 4 through 17. KYSO recreational program teaches soccer through the use of smaller teams and fields, maximizing participation by all. The program also allows young players to learn and enjoy soccer in a positive and fun environment, usually in their own community with the same children with whom they go to school.

For the player who is primarily interested in fun, fitness and friendship; KYSO provides a healthy activity through its recreational and small sided games program. This program emphasizes fun and de-emphasizes winning at all costs. Every child is guaranteed playing time (three quarters minimum) and the game is taught in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

Registration for 2014 fall fastpitch youth softball starts July 1

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WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball League (WGFSL) registration for the 2014 fall ball season starts July 1. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays at fields in northwest St. Charles.

Practices start in early August with games starting Aug. 23 and conclude with the Susan G. Komen tournaments mid-October.

WGFSL also offers fall ball training camps., but space is limited.

Players may download a registration form, or register online after July 1 at www.wascofastpitch.com. There are no “out-of-district” fees. WGFSL is celebrating its 26th year.

Kaneland United Soccer Club tryouts begin May 19

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ELBURN—The Kaneland United Soccer Club (KUSC) is holding tryouts for its competitive travel program May 19 through 30.

Players need to pre-register online at www.kanelandunitedsoccerclub.com or contact Brad Simmons at (630) 463-9001, ext. 709.

KUSC fields girls and boys teams in the U8 and above age groups. Boys teams compete in the Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) and girls teams compete in the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL).

Boys tryouts will be held from May 19-23, while girls tryouts will be held from May 27-30. All tryouts will be held at Blackberry Elementary School in Elburn beginning at 5:30 p.m. Arrive 15 minutes early.

The KUSC program provides year round player development, competitive games in the leagues it participates in and tournament play. Teams are led by experienced and licensed coaches, and player development includes working with trainers with significant club and professional backgrounds.

House of Steel

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Lekkas brothers have lived lives on ice
ELBURN—There’s a whole lot of hockey talent in Elburn.

Much of it is courtesy of one household.

The Lekkas brothers of Elburn have long shown an affinity for hockey, having all participated to various degrees. Even when not participating, the chill of the sport was always around.

“Hockey was always on TV in the house, always that instead of MTV,” said Stefanos, who graduated high school in Springfield this past December and has donned the goalie mask for the NAHL’s Springfield Jr. Blues and currently for the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede.

Older brother Stelios, a sophomore in the medical program at University of Illinois-Chicago, also participated in cross country at Kaneland and played hockey before shoulder surgery put his ice career on the backburner. Youngest, but not least, is eighth-grader Evan, who attends Kaneland Harter Middle School and is currently playing “AAA” level with the Chicago Young Americans this spring.

“There was always 110 percent support for each other. Our house was definitely a hockey home,” Stefanos said. “I think it was great my parents (Angelo and Lisa) followed it.”

Angelo, principal of Genoa-Kingston middle school, is able to view the sport as a bonding experience for any family, not just the Lekkas’ of Elburn.

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“Hockey is a very family-oriented sport,” Angelo said. “Due to the long distances and overnight trips, families and players spend many hours together in rink lobbies and hotels. Very strong bonds develop. The relationships they build last a lifetime.

“Each of the boys drove their decision to play and the level to which they take their game,” Angelo said.

Stefanos, who was named team MVP in Springfield at the conclusion of the last season, was called up to Sioux Falls and got thrown into the fire on ice, having to step into goal in the middle of the April 5 regular season finale against the Omaha Lancers. Stopping 12 of 12 shot attempts in the 3-2 loss, the netminder was cognizant of the level of play.

“Every level you move up, the players that move up with you are better,” he said. “You’re playing for an opportunity and trying to go to college for free.”

The Stampede, facing the Waterloo Black Hawks this week in the USHL playoffs first round, led the league in attendance with over 127,000 fans in 2013-14 at the Sioux Falls Arena.

“Springfield is the capital, and it’s a good team, but hockey is big in Sioux Falls. They get a lot of support there and the arena is packed and the whole town rallies,” Stelios said. “I’ll always try to give him a shoutout on Facebook after a game or call him.”

The Tier 1 junior hockey level club has accented the strides Stefanos feels he’s made in the two years since suiting up for the Chicago Mission U16 club in Midget-level hockey.

“I’m just mentally able to handle adversity better and whatever comes along,” Stefanos said. “I just try to go out every day and stick with what works.”

Stelios had to make a decision after shoulder surgery stopped his forward momentum and championship run with the “AA” level Northwest Chargers of Hoffman Estates, Ill., but can still be supportive and offer experience.

“I still wanted to play, and it kind of sucks to stop,” Stelios said. “I talked it over with my parents, who played a big role, and it was tough at the time, but it ended up being the right decision.”

The current UIC Flame student can point at his mask-donning brother as taking the passion to a new level in the family.

“Hockey is definitely our No. 1 sport. I’m not as crazy as my brother about it, he was only hockey. We would watch it all the time on TV, but we still have our stupid shows we watch,” Stelios said.

Now with Evan coming up through the ranks, the elder brothers can relive a bit of what they went through, and even issue perspective.

“Evan’s getting up there now, and it’s cool to see and to see him go through some of the same things I went through,” Stefanos said. “I’ll do anything I can for him.”

“He’s a real hard worker, and it’s going to turn out all right for him,” Stelios said. “He’s very focused.”

With the brothers having spent countless hours in chilly ice arenas, pride for the hockey accomplishments don’t need to thaw.

“I’ve been very fortunate to spend hundreds of hours with each of my kids coaching them on the ice,” Angelo said.

Stefanos and the Stampede began the first round of the Western Conference semifinals in Waterloo, Iowa, on Friday, losing 7-4 to Waterloo. Saturday saw the the Stampede lose 6-3, they now travel back to home ice tonight at 7:05 p.m.

When not picking
up the stick, the brothers are also musically inclined.
Stelios plays piano,
Stefanos plays trumpet
and Evan plays violin.

Cagers are champs

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The seventh-grade boys Cagers basketball team won the league tournament championship over March 15-16. The team includes Sam Weigand (front row, from left), Brett Wallner, John Schaefer, Spencer Brown, Head Coach Hunter Emigh (back row), Declan McDonald, Joe Such, Sheldon Bartmann, Luke Brost and Ben Saloga. Not pictured are Drew Hahn and assistant coach Brian Schaefer.
Photo submitted by Neil Wallner to sports@elburnherald.com

Team Harvell wins KYBL Tournament

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The Kaneland Youth Basketball League title went to Team Harvell during the March 15 tournament that took place at Kaneland Harter Middle School. The team included Aiden Watkiss (front, left to right), Daniel DiChiarro, Caleb Hubbard and Dylan Lederman; coach Bailey Harvell (back), Aaron Glover, Mason Kottmeyer, Owen Branson, Wyatt Harvell, Ryan Rinella and coach Henry Harvell.

Photo submitted by Henry Harvell to the Elburn Herald office

Cagers bring home championship

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Cagers-6thThe Kaneland Cagers won the sixth-grade youth basketball championship over Burlington Central 33-31 this past weekend at Genoa High School. The team includes coach Tom David (back row, from left), Niko Scheibal, Brett David, Aiden Korpela, coach Josh Carlson, Colby Sochia (front row, from left), Trevor Carlson, Colton Doll and Dylan Calabrese.
Photo submitted by Josh Carlson to sports@elburnherald.com

Silverstars are golden

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silverstarsThe fifth-grade Kaneland Silverstars took home the championship trophy at the Grayslake tournament Feb. 23. This was the end of the season for the girls whose record was 24-5 overall. Pictured (from left) are Kelsey Modaff, Chloe Conley, Taylor Carlson, Kylie Holubecki, Nora Crimmins, Delaney Lancaster, Abby Peeler and Mya Saltijeral. The team was coached by Lori Crimmins, Stacy Carlson and Chad Conley. Photo submitted by Lori Crimmins via ElburnHerald.com

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