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Elburn native earns rowing scholarship to D-1 school

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ELBURN—Kylen Patterman is new to the University of Louisville’s rowing team, but she’s one of the most experienced rowers on the team.

The 2008 Kaneland graduate rowed for three years on a club team at Grand Valley State before graduating early with a degree in anthropology—and getting snatched up by the Louisville Cardinals.

“We had a unique opportunity to take someone who’s essentially been through the whole college rowing experience and had two years (of eligibility) left. Frequently, you can get someone with one year left, but not two,” said Derek Copeland, Louisville’s head coach.

Copeland said he expects Patterman to be in the top half of the team quickly.

“She’s had a lot of success rowing at a high level (at Grand Valley). She’s proven; we know she can handle it. She’s new to the program, but she’s not new to the practice schedule, so we think she’s going to make an impact in the top half of the team very quickly.”

The Cardinals have 44 varsity rowers this year, and the novice rowers will probably put the team over 85, Copeland said. With just three full-time coaches, Copeland said he tries to recruit people who can provide leadership on the team.

Kylen Patterman (fourth from left) took up rowing at Grand Valley State University. Courtesy Photo
Kylen Patterman (third from left) took up rowing at Grand Valley State University. Courtesy Photo
That’s a challenging task because, since few high schools have rowing teams, few rowers enter a college team with much experience, he said.

“When you recruit rowers, people haven’t rowed for more than 18 months or a couple of years, because they start late,” Copeland said. “So that’s the benefit for us, because she can help with leading other new athletes on our team.”

Patterman hadn’t planned to go to graduate school right away, but when the Cardinals started talking to her in June and offered her a two-year rowing scholarship, she scrambled to take the GRE and apply to Louisville’s political science program.

“I thought I was done (rowing) when I left Grand Valley, and all of a sudden here I am,” Patterman said. “Everything happened very quickly, and I was fortunate that everything worked out.”

It’s Patterman’s first time racing for a Division I rowing team, but she rowed for the varsity eight—a rowing team’s fastest boat—at Grand Valley, which won the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta in May with a time of 6:30.

Grand Valley’s team has won the American Collegiate Rowing Association’s national championship six years in a row, with Patterman rowing in the varsity eight in both 2012 and 2013.

“(They’re) quite serious. I refer to it as ‘super club,’” Copeland said. “The coach is very good. He replicates the DI very well, and they beat a lot of DI teams, so it’s pretty similar.”

Both of Louisville’s assistant coaches used to coach for Grand Valley, so the connection between the programs is strong, Copeland said.

“We knew the coaches (at Grand Valley), so we had inside information about her being a good fit for our team. She’s quite smart, so we knew she could come in and adjust pretty quickly to grad school,” he said.
Louisville will be racing at least four boats, each with eight rowers, this fall.

Kylen Patterman (second row) is now attending Louisville University on a scholarship. Courtesy Photo
Kylen Patterman (second row) is now attending Louisville University on a scholarship. Courtesy Photo
The Cardinals finished second overall in the 2013 Big East Championship last year, finishing with 129 points to slip past Syracuse’s 128 points and grab the runner-up trophy. Notre Dame won the Big East for the tenth year in a row with 151 points.

It was a good finish for the Cardinals, who have never competed in the NCAA tournament.

Copeland hopes that the team might break into the NCAA this year, as the Cardinals compete in a new conference, the American Athletic Conference, for the 2013-2014 season.

Out of the 80 Division I rowing programs, the Cardinals were ranked 20 last season—higher than any other school in the AAC—but even if the team doesn’t win their conference, they still have a shot at the NCAA tournament if they row fast enough. The winner of each of the 11 conferences gets an automatic bid to the NCAA, but a selection committee chooses the other 11 teams.

“We were top 20 all last year, and that was a significant jump for us,” Copeland said. “I would expect that trend to continue. Cracking the top 12 or 14 is a pretty big leap, but we are aiming for it.”

Patterman hasn’t been boated yet at Louisville, and the team won’t select its varsity eight until March, after seeing how rowers compete in the longer fall races.

“Right now we have more than four eights, so we keep all the boats very competitive in the fall,” he said. “We want all the boats to be the same speed in the fall so that the younger women can learn from the more experienced ones. We won’t start to split them into boats until the fall, and we won’t decide until March. But we’re very, very happy with our choice (of Patterman). We can tell we made the right one because she’s already fitting into the team.”

Patterman said she was happy to be a Cardinal.

“Honestly, it’s been awesome. The facilities here are absolutely gorgeous, and everyone’s been really nice,” Patterman said. “As a rower, I show up and try to do the best I can and do my part to make the boat go as fast as I possibly can.”

Two spirits

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Photo: 11-year-old Madison Tegtman, a sixth-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School, with her horse, Preston, navigates over an obstacle during one of their rides. She has been riding horses since she was only three years old. Courtesy Photo

Sixth-grader and derby horse both get life experience
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Located on Lees Road in Maple Park, Silver Spur Farm houses a youngster diligently working toward doing the very best in competition—and that’s just the sixth-grade student from Kaneland Harter Middle School.

11-year old Madison Tegtman doesn’t pick up a ball or racket. Her idea of unwinding is working in tandem with a 10-year old Oldenburg horse named Preston.

Tegtman has six first-place events under her cap, and most recently competed in Gurnee, Ill.

With an attentive and solid support group like her mother and horse owner Gina, grandparents Ed and Polly Ruzic, and trainer Tasha Lasiowski, Tegtman—who’s been a rider since she was 3—can focus on equestrian events and caring for Preston.

“I come here to spend time with him,” Tegtman said. “When we come here and get ready for everything, we have to clean all our stuff, clean the horse, practice, take lessons, and get ready to have competitions on Saturdays and Sundays.”

Preston just got back into the fold in early September after recovering from a damaged femur, the result of getting kicked by a fellow horse.

“That was my favorite place to compete at (Crosswinds in Marengo, Ill.), because it was his first show with me after his injury,” Tegtman said.

Specifically, Preston competes a hunter jumper horse, similar to obstacle courses that have walls, gates and fences, and has had quite the long road back. The recovery process took 18 months, and the injury occurred six weeks after Preston was acquired from Michigan.

“It’s a long wait, but I was patient and I was happy for everyone else, and they finally let me ride,” Tegtman said.

It was Madison’s patience that helped Preston recover, because Preston’s prognosis was not good.

“Every day, Madison was out there working with him. The vet would check him out and say it was doubtful he would be able to get back to where he was, but they kept at it,” Gina said.

Preston is the first Oldenberg horse owned by the family after owning two ponies previously.

It takes not just a level of commitment, but temperament, to take on the task of loving and caring for a prize animal.

“You definitely have to be patient. The horses are so good for the kids. It teaches them patience and responsibility, and you’re caring for a live animal,” Lasiowski said.

Lasiowski also owns and operates Escapar Farms within the grounds of Silver Spur, and has dealt with her share of local animals.

“It’s a big animal, and it’s got a mind of its own. It’s about learning to read your horse. Going forward in life, I think it teaches you how to read people,” Lasiowski said.

Tegtman and crew are enjoying what they do, and eventually would like to ease into different events.

“There’s higher jumps; more derbies in the future, I think,” Ed said. “All around the Midwest, you have an opportunity to see terrific horses and terrific riders.”

“I want to take him to hunter derbies, so he can get recognized more,” Tegtman said.

Hunter derbies, now moving on to an international stage, involve larger courses that are inclined with the horse’s natural way of moving about, and measures overall brilliance.

Brilliance is what Tegtman seems to strive for, along with her 10-year-old partner.

“When you go to compete, you hope you have a good horse to go with, and I do.”

KC pro indoor football team preps for 1st season

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Kane County—In preparation for its inaugural season, the Kane County Dawgs professional indoor football team recently announced the hiring of its head coach, Matt Griebel.

Griebel is a former player of the Indianapolis Colts and is a resident of Joliet, Ill.

The Kane County Dawgs Professional Indoor Football team is a part of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL).

Griebel was an offensive lineman for the Colts; he also played for the Georgia Force and the Green Bay Blizzard Professional Indoor Football teams. He has a bachelor degree from Indiana State University, where he was a full athletic scholarship football team captain and scholar athlete (2002-2003). He earned his associate degree at Joliet Junior College and was a N4C All Conference selection (2001), playing high school ball at Lockport Township.

He took over the Dawgs’ head coaching duties immediately and has begun the hiring process of his coaching staff and evaluation of players.

The Kane County Dawgs will play a 10-game schedule, with five home dates at Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Romeoville, Ill. Games begin in February.

The team will hold its second open tryout on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the team’s official training center, ESP Sports Performance, 2050 Mitchell Drive, Oswego, IL 60543. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m., and the try-out begins 6 p.m. View the team’s website,, for additional information.

Goaltender Lekkas brings fire to the ice

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Photo: Stefanos Lekkas looks to don the mask for AAA hockey once again this year, after competing at a USA Hockey camp in N.Y. Courtesy photo

Elburn resident gearing up for elite camp in N.Y.
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—Stefanos Lekkas, 16, of Elburn has his particular tools of the trade.

“My mask is white, with all-white straps and an all-white cage,” Lekkas said. “I just fell in love with it early on.”

That’s a common theme for the honor-roll student from Kaneland, who finds a lot to love about the sport of hockey.

Threaded throughout his family, including his two siblings, Lekkas could be seen tending goal for area hockey outlets like the amateur Chicago Mission for the past four years.

Now, Lekkas prepares to head to Rochester, N.Y. for a USA Hockey National Player Development Camp held from July 7-13, at the Sports Centre.

Lekkas is slated for the Youth Select 16 grouping.

It’s no small feat; Lekkas was one of eight goaltenders selected, after being chosen from an Illinois group, and then a five-state grouping in the Midwest.

Lekkas relishes the opportunity to be between the posts, even with the players by definition being the best of a particular area.

“It’s fun, because everyone has respect for each other and everyone is a great hockey player,” Lekkas said.

He was selected by the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in their futures draft in May, and while not being selected for the under-20 team after a tryout camp earlier this month, he remains property of the franchise.

“I have another year and I’m optimistic that something can happen. They could still call me up as a prospect on a weekend if they need someone,” Lekkas said.

At 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, Lekkas makes the most of his frame with a hybrid style of goaltending.

“With hybrid, you mix technique with athleticism. I’m not tall enough to be a standup goalie and it’s different from butterfly,” Lekkas said.

Lekkas doesn’t consider himself done even when off the ice, taking in National Hockey League contests on occasion.

“I’ve been up to Detroit three or four times a year to see a game. I like Toronto, and my favorite team is the Montreal Canadiens,” Lekkas said.

Lekkas is eyeing his next move once the gathering out East concludes.

“I’ll be skating with a AAA team somewhere and want to do a goalie camp,” Lekkas said.

Wherever Lekkas stops one-timers next and on whatever level, it stands to be tough to get the ice out of his blood from now on.

“It’s more than a sport. You’re with a family and it’s cool to be around. I’ll always get used to more hockey time.”

Hybrid goaltenders in the NHL include:
Jonathan Quick
Ryan Miller
Martin Brodeur
Jaroslav Halak

Lekkas among elite chosen for hockey camp

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ELBURN—Junior Stefanos Lekkas of Elburn is set to attend the USA Hockey National Player Development Camp held from July 7-13, at the Sports Centre in Rochester, N.Y.

Lekkas, a goaltender, is slated for the Youth Select 16 grouping. He was selected by the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in their futures draft in May.

Calder Cup chase ends for Sweatt

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Photo: Bill Sweatt, shown here in earlier season action against Abbotsford, excelled locally in 2011-12 for the Chicago Wolves, who saw their season end on Friday to San Antonio in the Calder Cup Playoffs’ first round. Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

First year with Chicago’s Wolves ends in first-round defeat
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—If it’s not navigating the puck or avoiding checks into the boards, it’s packing boxes.

The activity never stops for the Elburn native Bill Sweatt, moving back to Colorado Springs for the offseason, after his 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves that ended in the fifth game of the first round Calder Cup series against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday.

“We were down 2-0 in the series, and won games three and four, and took it to double-overtime in game five before we lost,” Sweatt said. “It was great to play in Chicago, and I was able to show teammates the area a little bit. I enjoyed every second of it.”

A left-wing, Sweatt was the Blackhawks’ next draft pick after Patrick Kane in 2007, and was involved in a trade with former Blackhawk Kris Versteeg to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before the 2010-11 season, Bill and brother Lee signed with the Vancouver Canucks organization and starred for the AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose.

With the Winnipeg Jets returning to the National Hockey League, Vancouver switched its top affiliate to the Wolves, giving Sweatt a chance to play at home, of sorts.

“Hockey is big here, like it was when I was growing up. The Blackhawks have new ownership and won the Cup, and youth hockey seems bigger here. It’s more intense,” Sweatt said.

Sweatt scored 16 goals and supplied 18 assists on Wolves duty, with a goal and assist in the five-game playoff series that ended with a 3-2 loss.

Sweatt has played internationally as well as in Winnipeg, Manitoba last year, and even got called up for the parent club for two games in 2011-12.

The former Colorado College star has an idea of a common thread in any playing environment.

“Everywhere is different. We had really good fans here, and it was sold out most games (at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.). Internationally, though, instead of booing something they don’t like, they’ll whistle,” Sweatt said.

Sweatt feels good about being with the Vancouver organization, which saw an abrupt end to its Stanley Cup dreams with a first-round loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

“They had someone present at a lot of the games, mostly before the trade deadline. It motivates you a little more when you see someone from the office there,” Sweatt said.

Sweatt played under the coaching eye of Craig MacTavish, a player on four Stanley Cup teams, and a former coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

“He wasn’t a screamer; he only really got on us when we had a five- or six-game losing streak,” Sweatt said. “He was on an even keel and would really work with us individually.”

Sweatt and the Wolves will try to rebound next year for their first Calder Cup since 2008.

“I think we never changed our style of play, even after being down 2-0. We were able to push it to game five, and San Antonio is a good team. We were still a good team at the end,” Sweatt said.

In the meantime, it’s time for some “R and R” before Sweatt’s nuptials in August. Then it’s back to the grind for Sweatt, who has a year left on his original deal with the Canucks.

If that means suiting up for a squad by where he once called home en route to skating on NHL ice, so be it.

“It was great to get there (into the NHL). My end goal is to stay there, not just for two games,” Sweatt said.

Sweatt, Wolves still alive in Calder Cup chase

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ROSEMONT, Ill.—Elburn native Bill Sweatt contributed an assist as the Chicago Wolves defeated the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday night, 3-2, at Allstate Arena in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

San Antonio had won the first two games of the series and had not been beaten by the Wolves in six meetings this season.

The Wolves hoped to even the series on Wednesday.

Elburn Herald sports section’s 3rd Annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft

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by Keith Beebe and Mike Slodki

1) Carolina – QB Cam Newton, Auburn
2) Denver – DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3) Buffalo – QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
4) Cincinnati – WR A.J. Green, Georgia
5) Arizona – LB Von Miller, Texas A & M
6) Cleveland – CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
7) San Francisco – CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
8) Tennessee – DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9) Dallas – DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina
10) Washington – WR Julio Jones, Alabama
11) Houston – DE Aldon Smith, Missouri
12) Minnesota – QB Jake Locker, Washington
13) Detroit – OT Tyron Smith, USC
14) St. Louis – DT Corey Liuget, Illinois
15) Miami – RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
16) Jacksonville – DE Cameron Jordan, California
17) New England – DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
18) San Diego – DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
19) N.Y. Giants – G Mike Pouncey, Florida
20) Tampa Bay – DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
21) Kansas City – DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
22) Indianapolis – OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
23) Philadelphia – CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
24) New Orleans – DE Brooks Reed, Arizona
25) Seattle – DE Justin Houston, Georgia
26) Baltimore – DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio St.
27) Atlanta – DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
28) New England – OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
29) Chicago – OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St.
30) N.Y. Jets – NT Phil Taylor, Baylor
31) Pittsburgh – OT Nate Solder, Colorado
32) Green Bay – LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA


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Kaneland junior, Stelios Lekkas of Elburn won the Illinois 16U state championship playing for the Northewest Charger Hockey Club. After claiming the State Title for Tier II AA Travel Youth Ice Hockey, he will travel to the Washington D.C. area for the USAH Nationals Tournament from March 29-April 3 in Reston, Va. Courtesy Photo

IHSA grants eligibility to displaced Japanese students

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Marty Hickman announced last week that any students displaced by the earthquake and subsequent disasters in Japan that relocate to IHSA member schools will be granted immediate eligibility to participate in IHSA sports and activities.

The United State Department of Defense Education Activity recently informed IHSA member schools that it has issued a voluntary authorized departure from the Island of Honshu, Japan for United States military family members. The number of families that will relocate from Japan to the United States, or to Illinois, is unknown at this point.

“We don’t know if we will have any high school students relocating from Japan to IHSA member schools,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “But if we do, we want to help these students transition back to normalcy in any way that we can.”

Vancouver Canucks add dose of Sweatt to winning formula

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After a Dec. 9 feature on Bill and Lee Sweatt as members of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, Lee was called up to the parent Vancouver Canucks and managed to be a difference maker against the Nashville Predators. Sweatt’s goal on Jan. 26 broke a third-period tie in his first NHL contest and sent the Canucks to a 2-1 victory. File Photo

KC Cougars spreading holiday cheer

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GENEVA—With the wintry weather outside, the Kane County Cougars are keeping warm thoughts alive with a variety of holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers this month. Holiday shoppers can take advantage of the Cougars’ winter wonderland for some special savings and limited-time offers. Here’s a glimpse:

Gift certificate special—Between now and the end of December, the Cougars are offering fans a complimentary $25 gift certificate if $100 or more in gift certificates is purchased. The $100 benchmark can be reached through one or more gift certificates totaling that figure. Gift certificates are good in any denomination and quantity, and recipients can use them for tickets or merchandise. (complimentary $25 gift certificate is valid only for tickets and food for April, May or June games next season).

“Jersey and ticket” offer—For a limited time, fans may purchase authentic team-worn batting practice jerseys and receive four undated reserved seat tickets valid for any 2011 home game, for just $50. The jerseys, which have been used over the years by former players, are being sold “as-is” and are available in numerous sizes and with various jersey numbers. While fans are able to order the special online at, fans are encouraged to either call the Cougars at (630) 232-8811 or stop by the Cougars box office during business hours to view available jerseys. There’s no guarantee that certain numbers were actually worn by specific former Cougars players who morphed into big league stars, but available numbers do include #6 (Miguel Cabrera), #17 (Andrew Bailey) and #19 (Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett), among others.

Merchandise and novelties—Perfect for the young and not-so-young, the Cougars’ online ordering is super-easy with a variety of apparel and items to cover gifts for everyone on the list. Items are available in men’s, women’s, youth, toddler and infant sizes. “Grab bag” gifts such as baseball card sets, mini-bats and Ozzie dolls are also in stock.

Ticket packages—Cougars ticket packages range from five to 20 games and give fans the best seats in the house. Package holders enjoy prime seats for each game and receive exclusive benefits, such as a complimentary picnic next summer, free t-shirts and the option of reserving premium giveaway items. Popular fireworks and special entertainment nights are included within each package.

Birthday packages, Kids club—Birthday packages are now on sale for the 2011 season. The “all-inclusive” packages feature tickets, food, drink, souvenirs and unique on-field opportunities such as a ceremonial first pitch, being recognized and sung to on the field, and having the honoree’s name listed on the scoreboard. Memberships are also on sale for Ozzie’s Little Cougars Club, which includes several benefits for Kane County’s younger fans such as tickets, KidZone passes, a t-shirt and more.

Those interested in receiving more information on any of the above options may contact the Cougars at (630) 232-8811. The Cougars are also accepting reservations for holiday parties and events to be held on the Old Second Bank upper deck level at Elfstrom Stadium. The stadium features a banquet facility capable of hosting various events including holiday parties, business conferences, meetings, and more.

Manitoba hockey team has case of the SWEATTS

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Elburn native Bill Sweatt battles with Chicago Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino but comes up empty in the shootout portion of the Manitoba Moose 2-1 loss at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Sweatt, a left winger, is contributing to the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks as its fourth-leading scorer.
Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
ROSEMONT, Ill.—Look a little close to see which team is the home favorite.

On Nov. 30, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League took the Allstate Arena ice for the 24th time in the 2010-11 season, but it wasn’t against an ordinary opponent.

Their foe was the Vancouver Canucks’ top affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, featuring brothers Bill and Lee Sweatt, who have taken to the ice for the first time this season as professional teammates.

Originally from Elburn, and now based in Colorado, the Sweatts saw big minutes of ice time, but saw their efforts fall just short in a 2-1 loss that went to a shootout. Bill was the last Moose entry of five to aim for Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino, but was stopped. Chicago’s Darren Haydar scored for the only goal past Eddie Lack for the final result.

Seasoned hockey players will tell you ‘that’s hockey’ but coming to the suburban Chicago area for the first time as pro teammates made a cold November night anything but ordinary.

“That’s exactly what it is,” Lee said. “We just didn’t score enough goals.

Playing for the biggest pro hockey team in hockey-crazy Manitoba, the Sweatts can provide what a phenomenon playing the national sport can truly be.

“It’s way different,” Bill said. “Chicago’s getting a little hockey-crazy because of the Hawks, but it’s just on a different level. They’re obsessed with it.”

The Moose (12-9-0-3) currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference’s North Division and got a goal from center Cory Hodgson with 5:59 remaining in the second period, only to be matched by Jason Krog’s shot with 2:25 remaining in regulation.

But both Sweatts put their franchise in a position to win with needed contributions. Rookie Bill has 13 points with five goals and eight assists as the fourth-leading point gatherer on the squad, while Lee has four goals and four assists as the sixth-leading points nabber.

Bill, 22, was the second-round pick of the Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, behind the first-round pick of Patrick Kane, but after sticking with his standout college hockey career at Colorado College (CC), he found himself traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Kris Versteeg. Waiting until ownership of his rights expired, Sweatt signed with Vancouver, capping a crazy stretch.

“Absolutely, I’m happy,” Bill said. “No matter what happened, I knew I was going to have to play in the minors and work my way up and learn the pro game a little bit, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Lee, 25, who played at CC with his brother for a year and was undrafted, enjoys playing in North American after making the rounds in Latvia, Austria and Finland over the last four years.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be in Finland and Austria. I would say they all have their pros and cons, Riga (Latvia) has the wildest fans, but I like Winnipeg. The fans are great there.”

The Moose, with Sweatts in tow, return to Rosemont on March 6, 2011.

Elburn native Lee Sweatt does what he can as defenseman during the Manitoba Moose 2-1 shootout loss to the local Chicago Wolves on Nov. 30 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. He graduated from Colorado College like his younger brother, Bill, and spent last year split between teams in Latvia and Finland. Photo by Ben Draper

Mini-stadiums in Geneva

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Baseball enthusiast, vintage ball player and historian Bill Rose will display more than 50 miniature baseball stadiums at the Geneva History Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, from noon to 4 p.m.

Rose is a founding member of the Midway Marauders Vintage Base Ball Club, has played three seasons with the Geneva Rovers, and currently plays for the Somonauk Blue Stockings. Rose noted, “I enjoy the history of baseball and the early stadiums shaped the game and the way we played.” Rose will be on hand to answer questions.

In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Geneva History Center’s sports exhibition, Beyond the Score: Moments in Geneva Sports History. For more information, contact Dave Oberg, Executive Director at (630) 232-4951 or via e-mail at

Sweatt dealt to Maple Leafs in Versteeg trade

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For those hoping that one day they would see Elburn-bred Bill Sweatt putting on the Indian head sweater of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, commence disappointment.

However, there now exists an opportunity for the Colorado College graduate to make inroads to the National Hockey League another way: through Toronto.

The Blackhawks, in an ongoing attempt to navigate out of salary cap difficulties, included the 2007 second-round draft pick’s rights in a trade that sent playoff asset Kris Versteeg to the Maple Leafs for Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis.

Sweatt, who scored 15 goals and 33 points in 39 contests for the Tigers in his senior season, was an economics major.

Sweatt participated in the Blackhawks prospect camp in 2008 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Ill. and in 2009 at Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago.

The 21-year old was selected 38th overall in 2007, just 37 picks behind Stanley Cup hero Patrick Kane.

In other Sweatt news, Bill’s older brother Lee will compete for a spot with the Vancouver Canucks after signing in May. Lee spent the 2009-10 season in Europe.

Bill Sweatt
Left wing
Born: Sept. 21, 1988
Selected 38th overall by Blackhawks in 2007

Photo: Elburn native Bill Sweatt, shown here at a previous Blackhawks prospect camp, was dealt June 30 to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Kris Versteeg in the continued restructuring of the Stanley Cup Champions’ roster. File Photo

Mike Slodki’s 2010 Mock Draft

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by Mike Slodki
1. St. Louis – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma.
2. Detroit – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska.
3. Tampa Bay – DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma.
4. Washington – OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma St.
5. Kansas City – LB Rolando McClain, Alabama.
6. Seattle – OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma.
7. Cleveland – S Eric Berry, Tennessee.
8. Oakland – LB Jason Pierre-Paul, S. Florida.
9. Buffalo – OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa.
10. Jacksonville – DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech.
11. Denver – RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson.
12. Miami – NT Dan Williams, Tennessee.
13. San Francisco – QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame.
14. Seattle – S Taylor Mays, USC.
15. NY Giants – OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland.
16. Tennessee – CB Joe Haden, Florida.
17. San Francisco – OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers.
18. – Pittsburgh – G Mike Iupati, Idaho.
19. Atlanta – C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida.
20. Houston – S Earl Thomas, Texas.
21. Cincinnati – WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma St.
22. New England – LB Sergio Kindle, Texas.
23. Green Bay – CB Kyle Wilson, Boise St.
24. Philadelphia – DE Everson Griffen, USC.
25. Baltimore – LB Brandon Graham, Michigan.
26. Arizona – LB Sean Witherspoon, Missouri.
27. Dallas – DT Jared Odrick, Penn St.
28. San Diego – RB Jahvid Best, California.
29. NY Jets – OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana.
30. Minnesota – CB Patrick Robinson, Florida St.
31. Indianapolis – DT Terrence Cody, Alabma.
32. New Orleans – LB Jerry Hughes, TCU.

Cougars celebrate 20th year with food

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GENEVA—The Kane County Cougars have announced an all-you-can-eat Opening Day buffet to be held in conjunction with the team’s home opener on Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m.

Held inside the new Super Suite on the Old Second Bank Upper Deck, fans can enjoy a menu that includes burgers, chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, fruit salad, cookies, brownies and Pepsi products from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

A cash bar will be available from noon to 3 p.m.

During the game, buffet attendees can enjoy exclusive stadium seating from either inside or outside the Super Suite as the Cougars kick off their 20th season of baseball in Geneva.

Admission is $30 per person. Fans can save $5 off regular admission price by ordering on or before April 5. Reservations can be made by ordering online at, by phone at (630) 232-8811 or at the Cougars’ office during business hours (Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-1 p.m.).

Sports briefs

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Learn hoops with Lyndsie Long
This special camp just for middle school girls will focus primarily on offensive skills including shooting, screening, driving and dribbling. Key aspects of defense like rebounding and shuffling will also be taught. The last day of camp will be loaded with fun, games and prizes while reviewing concepts learned.
Session 1
Grades Entering 6th-8th
Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7
10 a.m. to noon
$50 (includes camp t-shirt)
Kaneland John Shields Elementary
School gym
Instructor: Lyndsie Long

KHS boys hoops camp rescheduled
Due to scheduling issues, the 9-12 grade KHS Boys Basketball camp is being rescheduled. The new dates for the camp are Monday through Thursday, June 15-18, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Kaneland High School east gymnasium, and Monday through Thursday, June 22-25, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the high school east gymnasium. If you have scheduled a session in this camp and need to now withdraw due to a conflict, please contact Leigh Jaffke at (630) 365-5100, ext. 224, or at

KHS rivals still playing
Although the last bell has rung for area schools, two Lady Knight rivals still have work to do.

The Class 3A Softball State Tournament will feature Burlington Central and Western Sun Conference rival Glenbard South.

Burlington Central, who defeated Kaneland in a 1-0, nine-inning affair on May 30, is set to face Oak Forest on Friday at 9:30 a.m., while Glenbard South faces Chatham’s Glenwood High School at noon in the other semifinal.

Crosby named to Midwest League All-Star game

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Former Knight, now 4-0, to suit up on June 23
COMSTOCK PARK, MI—The Midwest League announced today that six Whitecaps players were selected to the league’s annual All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 23 in Clinton, Iowa.

First baseman Ronnie Bourquin, second baseman Brandon Douglas along with pitchers Casey Crosby, Jared Gayhart, Mauricio Robles and Tyler Stohr were among those selected to play in the game. Bourquin was selected to start at first base.

Bourquin is batting .317 with two home runs and 29 RBI this season and has currently put together a nine-game hitting streak. Douglas is tied for fifth in the Midwest League with a .335 batting average. He has also tallied 17 RBI and seven stolen bases.

The Whitecaps boast the most pitchers on the Eastern All-Star Squad. Crosby is having a stellar season after missing most of last season with an injury. He is 4-0 with a 2.83 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 47.2 innings of work. Robles is leading the league with 70 strikeouts. He is 4-3 with a 3.91 ERA.

Gayhart and Stohr have been anchoring the Whitecaps bullpen this season. Gayhart is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA. Earlier this season he fired 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Stohr leads the team with seven saves and has put together a 2-1 record with a 2.13 ERA.

Both the Whitecaps and the Great Lakes Loons lead the Eastern All-Star team with six representatives each.

Individual and group tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the West Michigan Glass Block Ticket Office at Fifth Third Ballpark, by calling the Whitecaps front office at (616) 784-4131 or by visiting

Golf Clinic at Tanna Farms Junior League Clinic

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Who: For Juniors up to age 15
What: Golf Clinic divided into two sessions.
Session 1: Rules, safety, basic terminology, scoring, boundaries, penalty strokes, chipping game, putting
Session 2: Etiquette, attire, ball identification, honors system, pace of play, tee box etiquette, fairway and bunkers etiquette, green and pin etiquette, general course etiquette and respect, respect of peers and course, off course respect to each other and golf course personnel, chipping contest, longest putt
When: Session 1: June 8, 6 a.m.
Session 2: June 22, 6 a.m.
Where: Tanna Farms Golf Club
39W808 Hughes Rd.
Geneva, IL 60134
Why: Help Educate children on the rules and etiquette of golf. Free to those participating in the junior league. For the general public it is only $10 for one session or $15 for both sessions.

Call, email, or visit to register by June 1st.

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