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Registration opens for MP Youth Basketball

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Maple Park—The Maple Park Youth Basketball Program for third- through-eighth-grade boys runs from mid-January through mid-March.

Registration is now open and runs through Friday, Nov. 16. Registration forms are available at the Maple Park Library and are also posted on the village of Maple Park’s website.

For more information on sign-up, call Scott Willis at (630) 621-0736.

Opening the Tour of Champions

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Alyssa Nore of Sugar Grove (left) and Paige Klimavicius of Yorkville, both of Premier Gymnastics Academy West in Oswego, were selected to participate in the Kellogg’s Tour of Champions opening and closing numbers on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the United Center. Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team join 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and her fellow 2008 Olympic team silver medalists, Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone, in headlining the all-star cast for the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Both girls compete on the Premier West girls team. Alyssa is the 2012 state floor champ and Paige is the 2012 vault/bar champ. Courtesy Photo

Knights Wrestling Club registration

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KANELAND—Knights Wrestling Club (KWC), an IKWF-affiliated youth wresting program serving the Kaneland community, is opening registration for its 2012-13 wrestling season, which is set to kick off this November.

In its 27th year, KWC continues its tradition of instilling the love of the sport, knowledge of technique, and a supportive coaching staff to enable wrestlers to become the best that they can be. As a feeder program for Kaneland High School, there is a strong tradition of turning out some of the best wrestlers Kaneland has to offer.

The program is opened to wrestlers of any experience level from ages 5-14. Sign-ups will take place in the KHS Wrestling Room on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. To view a complete list of registration dates, as well as what is needed at registration, visit www.Knights WrestlingClub.com.

Information can also be found on the club’s Facebook page, Knights Wrestling Club, and on Twitter at WrestlinKnights.

For any questions or comments, contact Michelle Parks at (815) 216-6007 or mmparks227@yahoo.com.

Silver Stars announce upcoming tryouts

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Kaneland—The Kaneland Silver Stars—a girls feeder program for the high school’s basketball program—announced the schedule for its tryouts for the 2012-13 season.

Tryouts will be held Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6-8, at the old Kaneland Middle School, 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park.

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will try out from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Seventh- and eighth-graders will try out from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

At least one parent must accompany the player, and players are only required to attend one tryout date, although attendance at all three are recommended.

For information about the program or tryouts, call Chad Conley at (630) 335-3782, or Ernie Colombe at (630) 365-5100, ext. 446.

KYFL partners with Potbelly Sandwich Shop for fundraiser

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Geneva—The Kaneland Youth Football League (KYFL) will hold a fundraiser at Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Geneva Commons on Friday, Aug. 24.

A portion of the restaurant’s sales between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. will be donated to KYFL.

For the 2012 season, KYFL has more than 400 participants between the ages of 5 and 12 in its flag football, tackle football and cheerleading programs. Anyone interested in more information can contact Eric Marler, Sponsorship & Fundraising Director, Kaneland Youth Football League, Inc., at eric.marler@kyfl.com, or visit www.KYFL.com for more information.

Champions!

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Photo: The Kaneland Knights 12U team is all smiles following their 10-9 win in the championship game of the Kane County Bronco League season-ending tournament. The Knights finished the year with an 18-2 record. Team members included Colin Noel (front row, left to right), Brennan Hare, Jake Romas, Luke Gomes and Trevor Jones; Josh Marczuk (middle row, left to right), Jack Douglas, Dylan Baker, Austin Berens, Reece Sowell and Michael Rivas-Vera; and coaches Kevin Gomes (back row, left to right), Mike Noel, Mike Romas and Mike Berens. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland Knights 12U team takes KCBL tourney championship
kaneland—The Kaneland Knights 12U baseball team concluded its 18-2 season with a championship victory in the Kane County Bronco League (KCBL) Tournament in late July.

The team faced the Oswego Cobras in the championship game, and the two teams battled into extra innings.

The KCBL utilized what is known as “California Rules” for extra innings, which is a way to speed up the conclusion of a game. Each team begins each extra inning with an automatic one out with a runner on second. Each batter begins their at-bat with an automatic 1-1 count.

Oswego started off their half of the extra inning by driving one run in.

When Kaneland took their turn at the plate, the Knights secured their victory with a walk following by a two-run drive into right-center field.

Kaneland Knights 13U hosts tryouts
Black 13U Travel Baseball tryouts
Thursday, Aug. 9 • 6 to 8 p.m.,
& Saturday, Aug. 11 • a.m. to noon.

Sugar Grove Sports Complex
901 Wheeler Road
abcmberens@aol.com.

Xplosion takes 3rd in nationals

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Photo: The Kane County Xplosion 16U softball team battled for a series of come-from-behind wins for the Class A Northern National Tournament. The team included Coach Don Miller (back, center); Coach Wally Spagnola (standing, left to right), Lauren Zick, Denise Gombar, Samantha Phelps, Kaylee Hayton, Allison Miller and Coach Mike Kuefler; Paige Kuefler (kneeling) and Stephanie Prentice; Emma Spagnola (sitting, left to right), Madeline Avery, McKenzie Bretag and Amanda Lack. Courtesy Photo

Kane County 16U softball team takes talents to Nebraska
North platte, neb.—With a never-say-die attitude, the Kane County Xplosion 16U softball team earned several come-from-behind victories to earn a third-place finish in the Class A Northern National Tournament in North Platte, Neb.

In game one of Pool Play, the girls beat the Echoes Adrenaline from Omaha, Neb., 6-4. Offensively, Lauren Zick and Emma Spagnola each had two hits and accounted for three of the runs, while Amanda Lack had a triple and Samantha Phelps added a double. Stephanie Prentice got the win with five strikeouts. Lauren Zick turned in the defensive play of the game with a diving catch in center field.

Game two saw the girls win 14-5 over the JR. Phoenix from Wisconsin. After falling behind 5-1, the girls put up 10 runs in the top of the fourth to blow the game wide open. Madeline Avery and Allison Miller were both 3-for-4, with Avery knocking in three runs in the fifth with her first homer of the tournament. Kaylee Hayton got the win.

The Orland Park A’s were the first opponent of Bracket Play, and after spotting them four runs in the first inning, the girls shut them out the rest of the way for a 7-4 win. McKenzie Bretag was 4-for-4 and Avery 3-for-4 to lead the team offensively, with Prentice notching the win. Kuefler was stellar at third base on defense.

Next up were the Wisconsin Bandit’s Black, and in a hard-fought game the girls came out on top with a 7-6 win. After jumping out to a quick lead, the girls found themselves behind 5-4 in the fifth. The girls were able to score two in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind for the win. Avery added her second home run of the tournament and was 3-for-4, while Kuefler and Phelps were 2-for-4.

Next up were the Bridgeview Redbirds, and once again the girls fell behind early. Kane County was down 4-0 after three innings before the bats came alive, scoring six runs in the last three innings for another come-from-behind win, 6-5. Phelps led the charge, going 3-for-3.

On Sunday, the girls came out flat for the first game and lost to the eventual champion. Kuefler notched her first home run of the tournament, and Lack went head over heels for a diving fly ball. After dropping to the loser’s bracket with three teams remaining, the girls once again faced the Bandits Black and came up one run short in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The girls finished the season at 40-15-2.

Tryouts for the Kane County Xplosion are this week; interested girls should check www.kcxplosion.com for details.

SG Corn Boil 5K sees exceptional times (with photo gallery)

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SUGAR GROVE—A sunny day brought out the best in area runners for the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil 5K trek.

The Saturday race also brought in excess of 300 competitors.

Saturday’s overall race champion was Yorkville resident Patrick Austin, who finished first in his group with a time of 16 minutes, 11.2 seconds, equivalent to a 5:13 pace.

Hinckley’s Jake Austin was close behind with a time of 16:26, good for a 5:18 pace.

Knight cross country and track standout Kyle Carter, an incoming junior at KHS, finished third with a time of 16:44.9.

Oswego resident Ashley Golembeski was 11th overall and top female with a time of 19:56.7. Next on the female side was Sugar Grove’s Dorcey Bartholemew in 45th place with a time of 23:44.6.

Lisle’s Michael Lucchesi won the 2011 version of the race, with a time of 16:06.4.

Former KHS volleyball standout Katy Dudzinski finished 64th with a time of 25:01.2

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Baseball gearing up in 2013

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Kaneland Travel
KANELAND—The Kaneland Travel Baseball Program, which will begin in the summer of 2013, has released its tryout dates and information for the 11U, 12U and 13U travel baseball teams that will compete in the KCBL next year, with a birthday cut-off day of May 1. Beginning with the summer of 2014, the KTB will incorporate 10U and 14U for a total of five levels of travel baseball.

The following information is for those tryouts:
Friday, Aug. 3: 11U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 12U 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
(at Wheeler Park)
Saturday, Aug. 4: 13U—9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
(at McNair Field in Elburn)
Sunday, Aug.12: 11U, 12U, 13U 1 to 3 p.m.
(at McNair Field)

This is for anyone at any of the age levels that couldn’t make the other tryout dates. All the participants are run through the same tryout. There will be a pre-registration form posted on the Kaneland Travel Baseball website, www.kanelandtravelbaseball.com, that can be printed and filled out and brought to tryouts, or a parent will need to fill one out once you arrive. These tryouts are only open to those students who will go to Kaneland High School and reside in the district. If you have any questions, contact coach Brian Aversa at Brian.Aversa@kaneland.org.

12U second to no one

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The Kaneland Knights 12U baseball team swept the Yorkville Fury Summer Classic Tournament last month to take first place. Coaches: Mike Noel, Mike Romas, Kevin Gomes and Mike Berens. Top row (left to right): Josh Marczuk, Jack Douglas, Dylan Baker, Austin Berens, Trevor Jones, Michael Rivas-Vera. Bottom row (left to right): Colin Noel, Brennan Hare, Jake Romas, Luke Gomes and Reece Sowell. vCourtesy Photo

Xplosion go unbeaten in Lemont

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LEMONT—The KC Xplosion Girls traveled back to Lemont for four games in the Jim Didi Memorial College Showcase Tournament, finishing 3-0-1. The girls outscored their opponents 39-6. Samantha Phelps led the way with a .786 batting average Including six doubles, followed by Allison Miller (.400) and Kaylee Hayton (.333). Lauren Zick scored eight runs, and Emma Spagnola added another five. Kaylee Hayton and Stephanie Prentice split the 26 innings in the circle and combined for a 1.08 ERA, giving up 11 hits and recording 24 strikeouts. On Sunday, the girls travel to Nebraska to compete in the ASA Northern Nationals.

If you would like to become a part of the Xplosion for the 2012 fall and 2013 Summer Season, visit www.kcxplosion.com for information.

Kaneland Travel Baseball gearing up in 2013

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KANELAND—The Kaneland Travel Baseball (KTB) program, which will begin in the summer of 2013, has released its tryout dates and information for the 11U, 12U and 13U travel baseball teams that will compete in the KCBL next year, with a birthday cut-off day of May 1. Beginning with the summer of 2014, the KTB will incorporate 10U and 14U for a total of five levels of travel baseball.

The following information is for those tryouts: Friday, July 27: 11U—4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 12U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 13U—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Wheeler Park, Sugar Grove). Friday, Aug. 3: 11U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 12U 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Wheeler Park, Sugar Grove). Saturday, Aug. 4: 13U—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (McNair Field, Elburn). Sunday, Aug. 12: 11U, 12U, 13U—1 to 3 p.m. ( McNair Field, Elburn).

This is for anyone at any of the age levels that couldn’t make the other tryout dates. There will be a pre-registration form posted on the Kaneland Travel Baseball website, www.kanelandtravelbaseball.com. These tryouts are only open to those students who will go to Kaneland High School and reside in the district. If you have any questions, contact coach Brian Aversa at Brian.Aversa@kaneland.org.

Big Rock gathering baseball talent

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BIG ROCK—Cobras 11U Baseball Team is an independent organization from the Hinckley-Big Rock area. The 2013 11U team is looking to add players for the 2013 season. The team plays in three or four tournaments (35-game schedule) in 2013. Tryouts are on Saturday, July 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Plowman’s Park in Big Rock.

Contact Scott Swanson at (630) 768-3009 or Dennis Flanagan at (630) 391-8413.

Take Route 30 west to Big Rock. Turn south on Rhodes and go south to 2nd Street. Turn west on 2nd Street (becomes Hinckley Road), to the fairgrounds.

Wasco fastpitch holds registration

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WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch, with registration ending Tuesday, July 31, is a recreational softball league open to all area girls, grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Games are played only on Saturdays at the home fields. Practices start in mid-August with games starting Saturday, Aug. 25 and conclude with the Susan G. Komen tournaments mid-October. Wasco also offers Fall Ball Training Camps, but space is limited. Players may download a registration form, register online at www.wascofastpitch.com or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200. Fees are the same regardless of where you live—no “out-of-district” fees.

We’re No. 1

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The KC Xplosion 98 Girls Fastpitch Softball Team is the 2012 Chicago Bandits Experience 14U—Omaha, Neb. Tournament Champions. This year’s team consited of Coaches Tim Krantz (back, left to right), Artie Cohrs, Rick Lovestrand and Bob Cruz. Annika Radabaugh (middle, left to right), Maddie Rydholm, Natalie Offutt, Maddie Webb, Toni Galas, Bailee Krantz and Rachael Lovestrand. Brieann Cruz (front, left to right), Kaitlyn Plocinski, Meg Cohrs, Sarah Baurer and Aly Snider. Courtesy Photo

A family affair

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Photo: Coach Jim Gussman (left to right), Colin Gussman, Austin Parks and Coach Beau Parks. Courtesy Photo

The Knights Wrestling Club, Kaneland’s youth wrestling program, on July 13 sent two wrestlers to the Midwest Army Nationals Wrestling Tournament hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

Colin Gussmanm of Oswego, Ill., and Austin Parks of Maple Park were part of an estimated 900-plus participants. Colin, who will be a second-year senior-level club wrestler, was bracketed in the 121.6 pound division. Austin, who just finished his club career and is an incoming freshman wrestler for Kaneland High School, was bracketed in the 145 pound division and took third place.

Both boys were lucky enough to have their fathers, Jim Gussman and Beau Parks, coach them through this tournament.

Big Rock area gathering baseball talent

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BIG ROCK—Cobras 11U Baseball Team is an independent organization from the Hinckley-Big Rock area and surrounding communities. The 2013 11U team is looking to add players for the 2013 season. The team plays in three or four tournaments (35-game schedule) in 2013. Tryouts are on Saturday, July 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Plowman’s Park, 48W508 Hinckley Road, Big Rock.

Contact Scott Swanson at (630) 768-3009 or Dennis Flanagan at (630) 391-8413.

Kaneland Travel Baseball gearing up in 2013

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KANELAND—The Kaneland Travel Baseball Program, which will start in the summer of 2013, has released its tryout dates and information for the 11U, 12U, and 13U travel baseball teams that will compete in the KCBL next year, with a birthday cut-off day of May 1. Beginning with the summer of 2014, the KTB will incorporate 10U and 14U for a total of five levels of travel baseball.

The following information is for those tryouts:
Friday, July 27: 11U—4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 12U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 13U—6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
(all at Wheeler Park in Sugar Grove)
Friday, Aug. 3: 11U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 12U 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
(at Wheeler Park)
Saturday, Aug. 4: 13U—9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
(at McNair Field in Elburn)
Sunday, Aug.12: 11U, 12U, 13U 1 to 3 p.m.
(at McNair Field)

This is for anyone at any of the age levels that couldn’t make the other tryout dates. All the participants are run through the same tryout. There will be a pre-registration form posted on the Kaneland Travel Baseball website, www.kanelandtravelbaseball.com that can be printed and filled out and brought to tryouts, or a parent will need to fill one out once you arrive. These tryouts are only open to those students who will go to Kaneland High School and reside in the district. If you have any questions, contact coach Brian Aversa at Brian.Aversa@kaneland.org.

Xplosion 96 goes 6-3

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LEMONT, Ill.—The Kane County Xplosion competed in the recent Chicago Metro’s Tournament, held this past weekend in Lemont, Ill., earning a top-10 finish in the 48-team field with a 6-3 overall record.

Madeline Avery hit four home runs, while Paige Kuefler, Samantha Phelps and Emma Spagnola each added a home run. Amanda Lack added two triples, and Allison Miller batted .389. Lauren Zick accounted for nine runs. Denise Gombar and McKenzie Bretag added key hits. Kaylee Hayton and Stephanie Prentice pitched for the Xplosion.

This week the girls will be back in Lemont for the Jim Dede Memorial Tournament.

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