TribLocal - Wilmette & Kenilworth /wilmette-kenilworth TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:49:16 +0000 en hourly 1 Fans could see the next Pujols or Maddux as Cougars host Midwest All-Star Game Tuesday /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/15/fans-could-see-the-next-pujols-or-maddux-as-cougars-host-midwest-all-star-game-tuesday/ /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/15/fans-could-see-the-next-pujols-or-maddux-as-cougars-host-midwest-all-star-game-tuesday/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:53:27 +0000 Jeff Vorva /geneva/?p=30557

Time will tell if fans will be watching future Major League impact players such as Albert Pujols or Greg Maddux play Tuesday, June 19 in Geneva.
The Kane County Cougars host the Midwest League All-Star game at 6 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and more than 65 players have been invited. In the past, stars such as Maddux, Pujols, Prince Fielder and several other major league stars played in the game.
When the Cougars last hosted the game in 2007, Clayton Kershaw was on one of the rosters and worked his way to the majors and won the Cy Young Award in 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This year’s marquee players include Cleveland Indians’ top prospect Francisco Lindor and Minnesota Twins minor league standout Miguel Sano.
Kane County’s coaching staff, led by manager Brian Buchanan, will lead the Eastern Division team.
Cougars invited to the game are outfielders Lane Adams, Jorge Bonifacio, infielder Danny Mateo and pitcher Matt Ridings.
The Cougars will host a Fan Fest at 11:30 a.m. leading up to the game.
The event will feature a variety of fun including music, food and drink, and opportunities to take batting practice and play catch on the field from noon to 2 p.m. A rock-climbing wall, trackless train and plenty of kid-friendly attractions such as face painters, jugglers, magicians and balloon artists will all be part of the event. The first 1,500 fans through the gates that day will receive a commemorative All-Star Game aluminum sports bottle.
Before the game, there will be an autograph session from 5:10 to 5:40 p.m. and will feature both All-Star rosters.
Entertainment that will be featured during the game includes in-game performances by the Zooperstars, live organ music during the game by former Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust, music by the Chicago Cubs Dixieland Band, a post-game performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, and a fireworks show. Wayne Messmer will perform the National Anthem before the game. Fans may run the bases after the game.
Tickets for the Midwest League All-Star Game includes admission to that day’s Fan Fest. A limited number of tickets remain for the contest. Fans may call 630-232-8811 or visit for more information.

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Area sophomore basketball teams get a summer workout at USF shootout /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/13/area-sophomore-basketball-teams-get-a-summer-workout-at-usf-shootout/ /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/13/area-sophomore-basketball-teams-get-a-summer-workout-at-usf-shootout/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:31:10 +0000 Jeff Vorva /lincolnshire/?p=18795

The first tipoff was at 8 a.m., and 13 hours later a champion was crowned.
And in the middle was nonstop basketball featuring several TribLocal-area sophomore boys basketball teams with players trying to hone their skills for next November.
The University of St. Francis hosted a 16-team shootout for high school sophomores. Thornton beat out Neuqua Valley for the title with Stevenson and Providence Catholic making it to the semifinals and Marist claiming fifth.
Other TribLocal-area teams that participated were Aurora West, Hinsdale Central, Joliet West, Hoffman Estates, Marian Central Catholic and Niles West.

Niles West's Nick Kanjou lets a 3-pointer fly against South Elgin in the sophomore shootout in Joliet. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Teams played five or six games on the day but the format featured 12-minute halves with a running clock. During the regular season, sophomores play seven-minute quarters with a stopped clock during fouls, turnover, free throws and out-of-bounds plays.
USF coaches and players helped run the tournament. The Saints came off a 15-16 campaign in 2011-12 a year after one of its best recent campaigns – 21-10 in 2010-11.
Coach John Baines enters his third year at the helm and nine players are eligible to return including Andrew Lerg, who averaged 10.2 points per game. The Saints are also welcoming St. Xavier University transfer Mark Peters of Aurora, Plainfield’s Edvinas Presniakovas, Joliet’s Brian Edwards and Florida’s Logan Timmons.

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Kenilworth village manager leaving for Lincolnshire /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/12/kenilworth-village-manager-leaving-for-lincolnshire/ /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/12/kenilworth-village-manager-leaving-for-lincolnshire/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:47:58 +0000 John P. Huston /wilmette-kenilworth/?p=31338 Kenilworth’s village manager is leaving the post after six years to take the top municipal job  in Lincolnshire.

Brad Burke was credited with helping “to lead the Village through a most difficult economic period in the Village’s history,” said Kenilworth Village President Fred Steingraber, in a release.

Known as the Chicago’s area’s ritziest ZIP code, Kenilworth was listed by Forbes magazine in January 2011 as the second most affluent area in the country.

Burke was  hired in June 2006. Under his leadership, the village adopted its first comprehensive land use plan, upgraded its bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, and updated several sections of the local zoning ordinance. Burke was also instrumental in a public works department reorganization that saves $200,000 annually in the village budget, according to the release.

“His work ethic, dedication, and care for his profession and the community as a whole have helped to set the Village of Kenilworth on solid financial footing to position the community to address the next level of opportunities and challenges which lie ahead,” Steingraber said, in the release.

Burke’s last day with Kenilworth will be Aug. 10, after which he will become Lincolnshire’s village manager, where he said he is looking forward to the challenges of running a larger community.

“It has great residential neighborhoods, but also large and diverse commercial and industrial development,” Burke said. “It’s an opportunity to work in a broader range of issues than in Kenilworth.”

Village trustees have already developed a plan to recruit his successor.

“Although Manager Burke will be missed, the existing staff and leadership are eager and fully prepared to help build upon the work already begun under Brad’s leadership,” Steingraber said, in the release.

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White, Maier capture second annual Slider Cup /wilmette-kenilworth/community/stories/2012/06/white-maier-capture-second-annual-slider-cup/ /wilmette-kenilworth/community/stories/2012/06/white-maier-capture-second-annual-slider-cup/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:31:11 +0000 Tim Terchek /wilmette-kenilworth/?post_type=community_post&p=31304

WILMETTE – The second annual Ouilmette Golf Club’s Slider Cup saw the last two teams alive duel it out on the 18th hole three times in a sudden death scenario before Fred White and Jeff Maier eventually bettered the team of Jim Costello and Carl Imburgia. For Costello and Imburgia, it was the second year in a row they made it to the final two, only to get edged out again.

For their efforts, White and Maier took home hefty gift certificates and got their names emblazoned on the Slider Cup, a permanent trophy designed to look like a White Castle restaurant. Each winning team member also gets to keep the trophy for a month (ala the tradition of hockey’s Stanley Cup), after which it will be returned and put on display in the dining room at the Wilmette Golf Club until next year’s event.

The format for the event was two-man better ball for the front nine, and alternate shot for the back. Golfers competed in four flights from which the top two teams qualified for a three-hole alternate shot playoff for the Slider Cup. After the first hole, the eight qualifying teams were pared down to four. And after the second hole, the two teams that remained were White/Maier and Costello/Imburgia.

Teams that qualified from the Bubba Flight were Ed Hungler/Cory Puyear, first place, and Brian Coffman/Gary Benson, second place.

Duffy Flight qualifiers included both finalists, Costello/Imburgia in first place, and White/Maier in second.

Fuzzy Flight winners were Steve Ganek/Ron Katz, with second place going to Chris Delaney/Richard Alexander.

The Lumpy Flight was won by John Jacobs/Bill Scherr, with the team of Ron Potocnik and Bob Gonnella claiming second.

All top four finishing teams from each flight were awarded gift certificates, as were the winners of 15 on-course events. Befitting the name of the event, the 70 participating golfers dined on 400 White Castle slider hamburgers for lunch before the teams teed off in a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.

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New Trier Township Adds Transit Program for Mobility Challenged /wilmette-kenilworth/community/stories/2012/06/new-trier-township-adds-transit-program-for-mobility-challenged/ /wilmette-kenilworth/community/stories/2012/06/new-trier-township-adds-transit-program-for-mobility-challenged/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:28:30 +0000 New Trier Township Government /algonquin/?post_type=community_post&p=94455

New Trier Township is partnering with Council on Jewish Elderly/Senior Life (CJE) to provide a new transit program that will provide a Township Government subsidized transportation alternative to residents who are mobility impaired. Mobility Access is a door-to-door paratransit service that provides accessible van service for mobility challenged residents.

"Mobility Access is an essential service allowing New Trier Township residents with mobility challenges to travel where they need to go, whether it's to life essential appointments or social and recreational activities,” said Patricia B. Cantor, New Trier Township Supervisor. Prior to using the service, riders are required to register with the Township and provide a doctor’s certification of eligibility.

Through the financial support of the Township, all eligible residents who utilize wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices that require a lift-equipped vehicle will receive a discounted fare. Upon providing proof of income, residents with household income under $50,000 will be eligible for a 75% subsidy from the Township.

The service is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for other days and hours. Applications and additional information is available at look for Transit Services in the Programs tab) or by calling the Township office at 847-446-8203.

In addition to Mobility Access, the Township’s Dial A Ride program offers discounted taxi fares for residents 65 years of age and older and persons with disabilities. The Township also partners with North Shore Senior Center and provides an Escorted Transportation service for persons age 60 and older who require transportation and an escort to and from medical or dental appointments.

About New Trier Township
New Trier Township’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to benefit the physical, mental and social-well being of Township residents. Established in 1850, New Trier Township government serves the 56,000 residents in the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield. The Township Office is located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka or on-line at

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Arrogance ‘in a good way’ helps Oak Park win first state baseball title since ’81 /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/11/arrogance-in-a-good-way-helps-oak-park-win-first-state-baseball-title-since-81/ /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/11/arrogance-in-a-good-way-helps-oak-park-win-first-state-baseball-title-since-81/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:08:25 +0000 Jeff Vorva /oak-park-river-forest/?p=59573

Oak Park River Forest High School’s baseball team needed a seventh-inning single from Mike Brennan to score Jack Picchiotti to set off a wild celebration as the Huskies won the Illinois High School Association Class 4A title Saturday night.
The Huskies nipped defending state champion Lyons Township, 4-3, at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Lyons was denied the opportunity to become the first team since Maine in 1958 and 1959 to win back-to-back baseball titles.
The Huskies have a rich baseball history but only won titles in 1942 and 1981.

Oak Park fans had a lot to cheer about over the weekend as the Huskies won the Class 4A state baseball title. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Still, they came into the 2012 postseason ready for a title.
While many strong programs were upset in regional and sectional action, the Huskies won three wild postseason games heading into the state semifinals including a 2-1 win over Evanston, an 8-7 win over New Trier, a 10-8 slugfest over Maine South and a 2-0 pitcher’s dual win over Highland Park.
“They were very confident and arrogant in a good way not in a negative way,” Huskies coach Chris Ledbetter said. “They knew they couldn’t overlook anybody. They were mature week in and week out about it.”
The Huskies finished the season at 30-9-1.
Other members on the Huskies roster include seniors Jack Belcaster, Dan Shinsako, Joe Romoro, Jack Johanesson, Zach Weigel, Max Guzzetta, Colin O’Brien, Joe McKune, Matt McCormack and Mike Adams plus juniors Charlie Fencik, Henry Pine, Dain Mrozek, Henry Cappel, Patrick Clifford, Ryan Nelson, Nick Kowalczuk and Sam Munno.

Matt McCormack, 21, kicks up a load of dust on a play at the plate against Grant. He was ruled out but the Huskies still won the game and the state tournament. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Sophomores Sam Cottingham-Beard and Alex Rice were also on the roster.
Lyons was a fifth seed in its sectional and wasn’t expected to return to the final four. But the Lions made it to the title game and played even with the Huskies for six innings.
Evan Booth, pitcher Steve Heilenbach and Brad Taylor each had two hits for the Lions in the title game.
Grant finished third thanks to a 7-1 victory over Minooka to finish 26-12 and to bring home the baseball program’s first state trophy. Tino Torres had two hits in a six-run fourth inning to help the Bulldogs to the victory.
In Class 3A, Nazareth Academy claimed third place with a 2-1 victory over Troy Triad.
Ryan Marske homered for the Roadrunners (31-10) and Dominic Purpura pitched the victory. Last year, the Roadrunners finished fourth.
Marian Catholic won the state title in 3A with a 10-2 victory over LaSalle Peru.

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Five area softball teams bring home state trophies and two win titles /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/11/five-area-softball-teams-bring-home-state-trophies-and-two-win-titles/ /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/11/five-area-softball-teams-bring-home-state-trophies-and-two-win-titles/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:56:46 +0000 Jeff Vorva /glen-ellyn/?p=41769 Glenbard South and Marist High School each won Illinois High School Association softball championships Saturday in East Peoria while Bartlett claimed second and Providence Catholic and Elk Grove each finished third.
Glenbard South upended defending state champion Marengo, 2-1, to win the Class 3A title and Marist, a Chicago school that draws from several TribLocal south suburbs, beat Bartlett, 5-0 to win the Class 4A title.
South had been to the state semifinals in 2009 and 2011 but could not reach the title game until this year.
“I’ve been on the other side too many times,” senior pitcher Danielle Chitkowski told the Tribune after the title game. “I’ve been seeing other teams celebrate like that for years an that made our 10 times better.”
Chitkowski and her junior sister, Stephanie, combined for the victory allowing just three hits to Marengo. South (37-4) was led on offense by junior Hannah Taylor’s two-run single in the fourth.
Other members on the Raiders roster are senior Rachel Cohen, Olivia Ramirez, Brianna Meath, Lisa Bartha, Taryn Andros and Hannah Dewey plus juniors Jane Trzaska and Madison Rankin.
Also on the roster were sophomores Tarah Valdez, Angelica Eichele and Aimee Gerhardt plus freshmen Taylor Carli, and Tricia Weigland.
Providence dropped an extra-inning heartbreaker to Marengo (2-1 in eight innings) on Friday and came back for a 2-0 win over Mattoon to finish third. Sarah Brightmore and Jessica Jatis each drove in runs to help winning pitcher Amanda Wilson.
Marist, once 15-15 during the season, won 12 in a row to win the Class 4A title.
Haley Richy’s grand slam in the fifth helped break the game open against Bartlett.
Other members on the RedHawks’ roster include Brooke Wilson, Kaitlin Kenny, Nicole Babrowski, Audra Hecker, Katie Caulfield, Maggie Gorman, Brooke Wyderski, Kristin Klutcharch, Angela Sorrentino, Lauren Holt and Ashley Rios.
Kaylyn Zierke had two hits for Bartlett (32-9) in the title game.

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2012 N.S. 5K & Half Marathon /wilmette-kenilworth/community/galleries/2012/06/2012-n-s-5k-half-marathon/ /wilmette-kenilworth/community/galleries/2012/06/2012-n-s-5k-half-marathon/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:50:53 +0000 Larry Bloom /algonquin/?post_type=community_gallery&p=94109

Runners heading south on St. Johns Avenue, just south of Lincoln. Good times!

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Area softball teams hoping to knock off defending state champs Marengo and Moline /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/07/area-softball-teams-hoping-to-knock-off-defending-state-champs-marengo-and-moline/ /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/07/area-softball-teams-hoping-to-knock-off-defending-state-champs-marengo-and-moline/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:38:46 +0000 Jeff Vorva /elk-grove-village/?p=19278 Five TribLocal area teams are gunning for state softball titles this weekend but will have to knock off a pair of defending state champs to do it.
Class 3A and 4A semifinals in the Illinois High School Association state tournament start Friday in East Peoria.
Elk Grove High School coach Ken Grams has 778 victories and numerous 30-victory seasons but is looking for his first state title. The Grenadiers bring in a 31-8 mark against Marist at 2:30 p.m. Friday and have outscored their five postseason opponents by a combined score of 29-7.
Senior pitcher Dani Goranson is a strikeout machine, notching 284 Ks in 198 innings. She also leads the team with 10 homers and 13 doubles.
The Grenadiers finished second in the state in 1982 and third in Class 4A in 2010.
Marist, a Chicago school that draws several students and athletes from the south suburbs, is making its state finals debut and brings in a 25-15 mark.
The Redhawks are riding a 10-game winning streak and sophomore Brooke Wyderski has been on fire all year, hitting 10 homers and driving in 41 runs.
Bartlett, which draws students from West Chicago, is in the other semifinal bracket and takes on defending Class 4A champ Moline Friday at 5 p.m.
The Hawks (31-8) outscored postseason opponents by a combined 22-2 score and are led by senior Tori Burke, who has four homers and 26 RBI and has 20 wins on the mound.
In Class 3A, Glenbard South is making its fourth appearance in the final four in the past five years, finishing third in 2008, fourth in 2009 and third in 2011. Coach Julie Fonda’s squad is 34-4 and takes on Mattoon at noon Friday.
Solving South’s Chitkowski sisters has not been an easy thing to do for opponents. Senior Danielle Chitkowski own a 17-2 mark with a 1.74 ERA and has driven in 51 runs. Junior Stephanie Chitkowski is 16-2 with an 0.98 ERA.
The Raiders had a 15-game winning streak halted with a 7-3 loss to Burlington Central to close out the season but have beaten four postseason opponents b a combined score of 27-3.
Providence Catholic takes a 28-12 record into its Class 3A semifinal game against defending Class 3A champ Marengo at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The Celtics are making their first state finals appearance.
Coach Jay Biesterfeld is enjoying this run. He opened his coaching career at Rich South, where his team won just 25 games in five years. Since coming to Providence in 2005, he has racked up 164 wins.
Last year, the Celtics were 16-19-1 but this year they have claimed nine straight victories heading into the final four including a 2-1 sectional victory over Tinley Park, a 5-4 sectional title win over Oak Forest and a 4-3 supersectional triumph over Geneseo.
Pitcher Allie Strick struck out 174 hitters over 142 1/3 innings en route to a 17-4 record for the Celtics. Amanda Wilson has driven in 30 runs and Morgan Greenwood 29.

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Area baseball teams hope to continue wild postseason /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/06/area-baseball-teams-hope-to-continue-wild-postseason/ /wilmette-kenilworth/2012/06/06/area-baseball-teams-hope-to-continue-wild-postseason/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:12:20 +0000 Jeff Vorva /la-grange-la-grange-park/?p=30280

In a wild postseason that saw several top-ranked teams fall, four TribLocal area baseball team survived in Class 3A and 4A and have a date to try to win state titles.

The state semifinals take place Friday and Saturday at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

In Class 4A, defending champion Lyons Township faces Minooka at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Lyons (26-12-1) had its moments of greatness and also had some rough patches during the season and picked up a fifth seed in the sectional.

But the Lions put on an impressive postseason run, beating Reavis 10-7 and Morton, 12-2 to win a regional title. They beat three strong private school teams in St. Laurence, 8-3, Mt. Carmel, 9-1, and Marist, 3-2 to reach the semifinals for the second straight year.

Kevin Lehmann has a 9-2 mark with an 0.86 ERA. Evan Booth, Steve Heilenbach and Lehmann lead the club with seven homers apiece.

Oak Park-River Forest faces Grant at 3 p.m. and comes into the final four with a 28-9-1 mark.

The Huskies boast a deep pitching staff as six of the seven pitchers who stepped on the mound threw between 25 and 45 innings.

Joe McKune has a 1.43 ERA and Zachary Weigel is at 1.71. Weigel also hit a team-high five homer runs this season.

Grant (25-11) closed the regular season winning four games by a combined score of 58-3 to help go into the postseason on a roll.

The Bulldogs were 12-17-1 and 10-17 the past two years and have never made it this far in the posteason.

In Class 3A, Nazareth returns to the final four after finishing fourth in 2011.

The Roadrunners, 30-9, sputtered toward the end of the year, dropping three of their last four regular-season games.

But they returned to form in the postseason, clobbering Chicago Westinghouse, 11-0, and Chicago Little Village, 10-1 in regional play and knocking off their next three opponents by a combined score of 22-8 to make it back to the state semifinals.

Dominic Pupura (9-1, 1.43 ERA) and Jake Bartels (7-2, 2.01) are a tough one-two punch on the hill and Ryan Marske has driven in 30 runs this season.

The Roadrunners’ semifinal opponent at noon Friday is East Suburban Catholic Conference foe Marian Catholic (23-17). During the regular season, Nazareth won 4-1 on May 2 but fell 5-3 the next day.

LaSalle Peru and Troy Triad are the two teams in the other bracket.

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