Daily Archive : Saturday April 13, 2013


    Sandra Coughlin

    Glebard East assistant named principal at Glenbard South

    Glenbard High School District 87 officials have selected the next principal of Glenbard South. Sandra Coughlin, currently assistant principal for instruction at Glenbard East, has been chosen for the principal role at South. She will replace Terri Hanrahan, who will become the school district's teaching and learning coordinator and Title I facilitator effective July 1.


    Ill. GOP to discuss 2012 election, party future

    Illinois Republicans are unveiling an analysis of what went wrong in the 2012 election and what it will take to do better at the polls in the future.


    Ebertfest Theater shows off renovations

    The Champaign theater that hosts the annual Ebertfest film festival is showing off more than $5 million in renovations as the festival prepares to start.

    Rescuers stand near the wreckage Saturday of a crashed Lion Air plane in Bali, Indonesia.

    Lion Air jet crashes into sea in Bali; 45 hurt

    All 108 passengers and crew survived after a new Lion Air jet crashed into the ocean and snapped into two while attempting to land Saturday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, injuring up to 45 people. The injured were taken to several different hospitals for treatment, but there appeared to be no serious injuries, said airport spokesman Alfasyah.


    Police reports
    Two men were arrested about 5:30 p.m. Friday after Carpentersville police executed a drug-related search warrant on the 5000 block of Breezeland Road.

    Debbie Weiman of Hampshire sits next to a portrait of her friend Margaret Hite of South Elgin during a kickoff event on Saturday for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Elgin Community College. The two are co-captains of a Relay For Life team they called “The Big Girl Panty Club.” Hite is a cancer patient. The relay event is June 14-15.

    Relay for Life at ECC hosts kickoff event

    Walking around a track all night long might sound grueling, but those who have participated in an annual cancer fundraiser at Elgin Community College say it's not only worth it — it's also fun. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life at ECC takes place June 14-15. A kickoff event was held Saturday.

    The Bartlett Learning Center will be leaving its current location at the end of this school year.

    Bartlett school for special-needs students moving to Wheaton

    More than 100 special-needs students will be attending school in a new building this fall, as the Bartlett Learning Center is moving to downtown Wheaton. The new location, near the corner of Seminary Avenue and Main Street, was once part of St. John Lutheran School. It has newer classrooms, as the building was built in stages between the 1950s and 1990s. It also includes a full-size gym, stage...

    Daniel Wilbrandt

    West Dundee board gets youthful infusion

    When William Pflanz, a 25-year-old recently elected to the West Dundee village board was knocking on doors, at least two people asked him if he was campaigning for his father. Christopher Nelson, 41, said he was asked how old he is and whether he was old enough to be the village president. Their election Tuesday ensures an infusion of youth on the village board.

    Don Castella of Lincolnshire holds his sign as opponents of gay marriage protest Saturday outside state Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr.'s office in Mundelein.

    'Traditional marriage' supporters protest at Sullivan's office

    State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein said he's received "overwhelming support" from his district since announcing last week that he intends to support a bill to allow gay marriage in Illinois. That support, however, likely wasn't coming from the more than 100 protesters outside his local district office Saturday afternoon.


    Women accused of human trafficking

    Two Wisconsin women are charged with human trafficking involving a girl in Illinois.According to the Cook County sheriff’s office, Elizabeth Roeder of Milwaukee and Shannon Hathaway of Stoughton were charged with involuntary servitude of a minor and trafficking for labor/benefits.Bail was set Saturday at $175,000 for the 41-year-old Hathaway and $150,000 for the 33-year-old Roeder.

    Libertyville High School teacher Mark Buesing is shown on a flight over Greenland. He’s there as part of a scientific expedition called Operation IceBridge.

    Libertyville High’s Mark Buesing working with NASA in Greenland

    Veteran Libertyville High School science teacher Mark Buesing didn't go to Florida, Mexico or anywhere remotely tropical for spring break. Instead, Buesing packed some cold-weather gear and headed to glacier-filled Greenland, where he's part of a NASA mission to study ice in both of our planet's polar regions.


    Fire causes evacuation at Northbrook hotel

    A fire Saturday morning in a mechanical room caused evacuation of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 2875 Milwaukee Ave., Prospect Heights fire officials said. One person was taken to the hospital after the fire, which began at 6:37 a.m., but staff said the hotel was able to reopen shortly after the fire was extinguished.

    James Bodony, seen here before retiring from the Oak Brook Fire Department, will lead the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company until April 2014.

    Bodony elected Glen Ellyn fire chief

    Longtime Oak Brook firefighter and retired chief James Bodony is a chief once again. Bodony, who retired from Oak Brook in 2009, has been elected fire chief of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company. Bodony, of Glen Ellyn, replaces Jeff Buccola who will continue to serve the company as an assistant chief.

    Walt Disney studio’s star, 16-year-old Annette Funicello, poses with her Shaggy Dog doll.

    Notable deaths last week

    She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls.Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, ruled among baby boomers, who tuned in every weekday afternoon to watch her on their flickering black-and-white television sets.

    Robert Iden

    Bloomingdale mayor still stinging over defeat

    For the first time in 34 years, Bloomingdale Mayor Bob Iden's Monday nights will be free. And he's perfectly fine with that. He just wishes it was on his terms. Iden's 20-year mayoral run and previous 14-year tenure as a village board member came to an end Tuesday, during only the second challenge of his political career.

    The renovated Virginia Theater will plays host to the annual Ebertfest film festival beginning Wednesday, April 17, in Champaign.

    Ebertfest theater shows off renovations

    The Champaign theater that hosts the annual Ebertfest film festival is showing off more than $5 million in renovations before this year's festival starts. The Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign was built in 1921 and was a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert, who grew up in neighboring Urbana. He died last week.


    American flight makes emergency landing at O’Hare

    An American Airlines flight carrying 107 passengers made an emergency landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday afternoon because of a mechanical problem affecting its landing gear. No one was injured.

    A vendor barbecues chicken at the Taste of Chicago last July. This year’s festival runs July 10-14.

    Taste of Chicago to add food trucks for concerts

    Chicago's food fest features evening concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park. Food trucks will serve concertgoers this year, accepting the same food and beverage tickets as the event's restaurant booths.


    Cause of O’Hare runway lighting outage identified

    Investigators have determined the cause of an airfield lighting outage at O'Hare International Airport that forced the closure of several runways. Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Gregg Cunningham says an electrical equipment failure occurred during a switchover from one power source to another. The switch then had to be made manually.


    Criminal justice students experience house arrest

    A classroom debate over just how tough house arrest is has prompted a criminal justice professor at Eureka College to come up with what is literally a punishing assignment for his students.


    Woman accidentally runs over husband in driveway

    Police in South suburban Oak Lawn said a woman accidentally ran over her husband in their driveway, killing the man. Police said the man had just gotten out of the car to open a driveway gate when the woman backed the car up, pinning him under the car.


    Low-income apartment project reopens in Chicago

    Chicago community leaders are celebrating the reopening of an 89-unit apartment complex on the city's Near West Side. The renovation of the Harvest Commons complex, which can house about 90 people, cost $22 million.


    Student from Winnetka killed in Denver

    Wilson King of Winnetka, a 20-year-old University of Denver student, was struck and killed by a car early Friday morning.

    Albany Public Schools Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard speaks about a Nazi-themed assignment given to students during a news conference on Friday.

    Teacher who assigned Nazi letter put on leave

    A high school English teacher who had students pretend to be Jew-hating Nazis in a writing assignment has been placed on leave.The teacher at Albany High School caused a storm of criticism after having students practice the art of persuasive writing by penning a letter to a fictitious Nazi government official arguing that "Jews are evil."

    Tami Erin grew up in Wheaton before she became an international star from the motion picture “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.” Celebrity news sites are reporting she was arrested Thursday in northern California and charged with assault.

    Reports: ‘Pippi’ star, Wheaton native charged with assault

    Celebrity news websites are reporting Wheaton native Tami Erin, who starred in the title role of the 1988 movie "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," was arrested in northern California and charged with assaulting her roommate.


    Louisiana company recalls 468K pounds of meat

    The Manda Packing Co. recall announced this past week now includes 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef, and pastrami. The products were shipped to retailers in Illinois and 12 other states.


    Louisiana company recalls 468,000 pounds of meat

    The Manda Packing Company recall announced this past week now includes 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef, and pastrami. The products were shipped to retailers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.


    Police say homeless man set stranger on fire

    Police say a homeless man set a 63-year-old California man on fire outside a 7-Eleven store by throwing a flammable substance inside the man's parked SUV.

    Two people jog Saturday up stairs painted with the eyes of the late Hugo Chavez at a park in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Venezuelans head to New Orleans to vote

    The largest concentration of Venezuelans in the U.S. resides in South Florida. Most were stridently anti-Chavez and were expected to vote for Henrique Capriles. They must travel to New Orleans to cast their ballots because Chavez closed the Miami consulate in January 2012. Some 20,000 Venezuelans were registered to vote from the Miami consulate.

    Secretary of State John Kerry conducts a press conference Saturday answering questions from U.S. and Chinese media, in Beijing, China.

    China, U.S. to push for talks with N. Korea

    Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied China to lean harder on its Marxist ally North Korea, arguing Saturday that the North’s escalating belligerence threatens the entire Pacific region and the interests of its benefactor China. He won a modest restatement of the shared goal of a non-nuclear Korean Peninsula and a public call from China’s foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi, for a way...

    Schaumburg officials Tuesday will consider a resolution to build a connecting road and annex 80 acres north and east of Medieval Times for Japanese firm Sunstar Americas Inc. to build a new plant. The property is owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

    Schaumburg to annex site for Japanese firm's plant

    Schaumburg officials on Tuesday will discuss a resolution for Sunstar Americas Inc. to build a 300,000-square-foot plant on 80 acres north and east of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament north of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and east of Roselle Road. The land is owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago. What would Sunstar produce in its plant? Toothbrushes.

    The sculpture of the late Pope John Paul II is unveiled Saturday during a ceremony in Czestochowa, Poland.

    Poland unveils giant statue of John Paul II

    A giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II billed as the world's tallest has been unveiled in southern Poland.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

    Durbin's growing war chest points toward another bid

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is expected to make an official announcement about running for a fourth term in the coming weeks, and a look at the war chest of the Senate's No. 2 Democrat reveals he appears to be taking a 2014 bid quite seriously. According to a campaign disclosure report expected to be filed with the Federal Election Commission at midnight Monday, Durbin raised $727,081 in the first...

    Pope Francis waves to faithful upon his arrival for his installation Mass at the St. John in Lateran Basilica, in Rome. Pope Francis has named nine cardinals to advise him on running the church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy. The Vatican announced Saturday, April 13, 2013 the members of the advisory panel and said they would hold their first meeting Oct. 1-3. They include current Vatican officials but more importantly cardinals from Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia.

    Pope taps cardinals to advise on governing, reform

    Pope Francis marked his first month as pontiff on Saturday by naming eight cardinals from around the globe to a permanent advisory group to counsel him on running the Catholic Church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy — a bombshell announcement that indicates he intends a shift in how the papacy should function.

    Wind twisted lifts and cranes and a trailer are among the debris that litter the grounds of Contract Fabricators Inc. in Kemper County, where authorities said one person died and another was injured when an apparent tornado hit Thursday, April 11, 2013 near De Kalb, Miss. Bent pieces of tin hung from the heavily damaged building and a tractor trailer was twisted and overturned. Debris from the business was strewn through the woods across the street. Sightseers drove slowly by the destruction, taking pictures.

    Spring storm socks Midwest, Deep South; 3 dead

    A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes and winds strong enough to peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest, killing three people and leaving thousands without power. The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that the storm system spawned 12 tornadoes in six states in recent days.


    Migrant rafters rescued by 2 cruise ships

    Two cruise ships have rescued migrant rafters off the Florida Keys. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said that the Disney Wonder and the Carnival Conquest both spotted "rustic vessels" in separate incidents Friday afternoon.


    Police: 3 found shot to death inside Kansas home

    Police say three people have been found shot to death inside a home in Topeka, Kan.

    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., seated right, meets in his office with families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., on the day he announced that they have reached reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Seated on sofa from left are David and Francine Wheeler, who lost their six-year-old son Ben in the shooting, Katy Sherlach and her father Bill Sherlach, whose wife Mary Sherlach was killed. At far right is Mark Barden, father of victim Daniel Barden.

    Newtown mom pleads for gun control at White House

    The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence.


    5,000 expected at Milwaukee Millennials events

    MILWAUKEE — Thousands of 20- and 30-somethings are expected to participate in workshops and social events being offered in Milwaukee this week as part of a program focusing on Millennials.Young Professional Week begins Sunday with a series of events focused on Milwaukee. Other days will focus on water issues, women in leadership, economic development and the environment.


    Memorial scheduled for Netsch in Chicago

    Northwestern University's School of Law will host a memorial for late former Illinois comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch.


    Taste of Chicago to add food trucks for concerts

    City officials have announced the annual Taste of Chicago festival will add food trucks during concerts for the first time.


    Low-income apartment project reopens in Chicago

    Chicago community leaders are celebrating the reopening of an 89-unit apartment complex on the city's Near West Side.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks at the World Leaders Forum at Judson University's Herrick Chapel Friday night.

    What Tony Blair’s Elgin visit meant for local police

    The 40 or so police officers at Judson University making sure Tony Blair's visit went smoothly were a far cry from the approximately 150 people who descended on the campus for former President George W. Bush's speech in 2011. Elgin Police Department Lt. Dan O'Shea said the whole effort started out with a call to the Secret Service. "It's a lot of work but it's kind of matter of fact because I do...

    A waste transfer station is proposed for Porter Drive and Route 120 in Round Lake Park by Groot Industries Inc.

    Garbage transfer station plan for Round Lake Park cleared for next step

    Lake County and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County have approved host agreements with Groot Industries, a required step in the company's pursuit of a garbage transfer station in Round Lake Park. Opponents fear the facility would adversely affect property values among other concerns. "What we are doing is not going to mean that anybody can build a transfer station yet," Lake County Board member...



    Saturday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls track scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls water polo matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s badminton scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls badminton meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys track scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys tennis scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys tennis matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s boys water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys water polo meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wolves rally for shootout victory

    The Chicago Wolves earned a crucial victory, rallying to beat the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in a shootout Saturday night at the Allstate Arena. Center Jordan Schroeder knotted the game at 1-1 with 5:31 gone in the third period, with an assist by defenseman Yann Sauve. After a scoreless overtime, forwards Darren Haydar, Brett Sterling and Jon Matsumoto netted shootout goals to give the Wolves (36-27-5-4) their first win this year when trailing after two periods.


    Grayslake North takes Lakes quad
    Boys tennisLakes Quad: Grayslake North took first place at the Lakes Quad while host Lakes came in fourth. Johnsburg and Zion also participated. Matt Kizhakkadthu of Grayslake North finished in second place in the No. 1 singles pool while teammate Spencer Freman got second in No. 2 singles. In the No. 1 doubles pool, Jason Adlam and Ben Wayne of Lakes took first place while Nick Rice and Scott Wonsil of Grayslake North got first in No. 2 doubles. Grayslake North also won the No. 3 singles pool thanks to the team of Zach Harmon and Marco Chavez. Lakes took second in both No. 2 doubles (Sean Clark and Michael Dexheimer) and No. 3 doubles (Kase Pooley and Wyatt Nelson).Stevenson wins two: At Deerfield, Stevenson got a 6-1 win over Fremd and a 5-2 win over Lake Forest. The Patriots lost to host Deerfield 5-2. Stevenson’s No. 1 singles player, Jeremy Bush, won all three of his matches in straight sets.


    Stevenson wins Lake County Invite
    Boys volleyballStevenson wins title: After third place finishes each of the last two years, Stevenson broke through and won the championship of the 16-team Lake County Boys Volleyball Tournament. The Patriots, who defeated Deerfield 25-19, 25-20 in the championship game, last won the title in 2009.Meanwhile, Barrington defeated Vernon Hills 25-13, 25-19 to win the third-place game. Over their final two games, the Patriots (12-2) got a team-high 20 kills out of Brad Tiler and 44 assists out of setter Jonah May. Brian Dubinsky led the team with 21 digs. For Vernon Hills, which finished fourth, Max Spiglanin rolled up 30 kills over five matches while Ryan Opitz and Lemuel Turner finished with 16 and 15 kills respectively. Opitz also had 67 assists and Chris Edwards led the team with 38 digs.For Mundelein, which went 3-2 at the tournament, John Lentz had 35 kills over five matches while Blake Burton and Jeremy Doll finished with 21 and 20 kills respectively. Victor Magana rolled up 76 assists.For Lakes, which went 2-3, Mason Solbrig finished with 40 kills over five matches while Richard Galat finished with 38. Setter Matt Perenti rolled up 101 assists and Nick Powell led the team with 36 digs.


    Antioch’s a tournament champ
    Girls soccerAntioch wins tourney: With a 3-0 record over the weekend, Antioch won its own Antioch Invite. On Saturday, the Sequoits got a 2-0 win over Westosha Central (Wis.) and a 7-0 win over Harvard. Against Westosha, Mikayla Abbeduto scored a goal and assisted on the other, which was scored by Alex Fracek. Domanique Nelson had the shut out in goal. Against Harvard, Fracek scored 3 goals while Abbeduto scored a goal and assisted on another. Sinclair Guntharp also had a goal and an assist and Maria Pena had 2 assists. Nelson and Shannon Zogran shared the shutout in goal. Antioch is now 3-2-1 on the season.Mundelein wins title: With two shutout wins, Mundelein won the Johnsburg tournament. The Mustangs got a 2-0 victory over Woodstock thanks to goals by Michaela Dalin and Hailey Talbot. They were assisted by Stephanie Johnson and McKenna Joy, respectively. In a 6-0 win over Burlington Central, Talbot and Jasmine Ader each scored 2 goals while both Johnson and Kelly Grove tallied 2 assists each. Goalie Ashley Nensel had 4 saves agianst Woodstock. Lake Zurich 3, Lincoln-Way North 0: At the Pepsi Showdown at Olympic Park, goalie Eleanor Daleske had 4 saves for Lake Zurich as Maggie Tuckey, Vanesa Abad and Danielle Tassi scored 1 goal apiece. Meagan Bens, Meaghan Gelinas and Claire Skowron each had an assist as the Bears moved to 4-2-1.Stevenson 1, Jacobs 1: Both teams scored after the halftime break.


    O’Connor connects for Stevenson

    Abby O’Connor powered her way into Stevenson softball history Saturday.And pitcher Sam Feder had a game to remember too.Unfortunately for Stevenson, the feats of O’Connor and Feder came in a losing effort, as the Patriots dropped a 12-9 decision to visiting Evanston in Game 1 of a nonconference doubleheader. Stevenson won the second game 9-8 on freshman Trisha Porzycki’s walk-off RBI in the bottom of the eighth.In the third inning of the opener, O’Connor, a junior and first-year varsity player, hit a solo homer over the fence in right-center field. It was the first over-the-fence home run by a Stevenson player on Stevenson’s field in the program’s history.“It was a bomb,” said Patriots coach Larry Friedrichs, who estimated O’Connor’s blast traveled 260 feet, well beyond the fence, which is about 240 feet from home to right-center.Before Saturday, the only players to homer over the fence at Stevenson were Barrington legend Ashley Berggren and Zion-Benton’s Jennifer Lotz, whose dad, Dave, is Stevenson’s first-year pitching coach.Feder suffered the loss, despite striking out a career-high 17 batters.Dana Morgan had an inside-the-park home run and 2 RBI for Stevenson.Stevenson (5-4) pounded out 10 hits in the nightcap. In her first game of the season, Patriots senior Maggie Thon, who had been sidelined since having her tonsils taken out, drilled the first pitch she saw for a triple. Thon had 2 hits, as did Lexi Yonkovic (triple, RBI, run), Jordan Cortesi (2 doubles, 2 RBI) and Porzycki (triple, RBI).In the eighth, Stevenson loaded the bases thanks to singles by Kat Trotter and Thon and a walk. With Evanston’s outfielders and infielders playing in, Porzycki hit a shot that the third baseman couldn’t handle, scoring Katelyn Noronha with the winning run.Sophomore Lindsey Micucci went the distance in the circle to earn the victory. She struck out 10 and walked only one.Evanston’s Caroline Duke homered, tripled and doubled.Carmel sweeps: Carmel won both games of its doubleheader against Marian Catholic, 2-1 and 2-0. In the first game, sophomore pitcher Mia Dicara logged a complete game while Sarah Koesser drove in 2 runs and hit a double. In the second game, Amanda Elert, Jenny Behan and Kathleen Felicelli each had a double. Elert and Behan finished with 2 hits apiece. Winning pitcher Nicole Bitter went the distance.Wauconda sweeps: Wauconda got two wins over Waukegan, 9-3 and 10-5. Lexie Redman hit a jaw-dropping 3 home runs in the first game alone, while teammate Paige Motley added 2 home runs of her own. In the second game, Alex Kinnamon blasted a home run and Motley homered again for her third home run of the day. Kayla Wedl was the Bulldogs’ winning pitcher in both games. Wauconda improved to 8-4 on the season.Grayslake Central sweeps: Grayslake Central got two wins over Highland Park, 18-8 and 11-1. In the first game, the Rams rolled up 8 doubles, including 2 apiece from Brandy Heraty and Caitlin Flary. Katie Strickland had a double and a triple. Brittany Brown was the winning pitcher. She gave up just 1 walk in six innings. In the second game, the Rams (6-7) got 2 hits and 2 RBI from Heraty, who was also the winning pitcher. She gave up 2 walks and no earned runs over five innings.Antioch wins tournament: Antioch won its own tournament by going 2-0 on the day. The Sequoits defeated Johnsburg 11-0 and got a 13-1 win over Richmond-Burton. Against Johnsburg, pitcher Katie Phillips got the win with 8 strikeouts. Kaytee Keefe and Sage Keyes both went 3-for-3 at the plate and combined for 6 RBI. Taylor Schiltz went 2-for-4 with 1 RBI. Against Richmond-Burton, Keefe was the winning pitcher and Keyes smacked a double.Grant 5, Addison Trail 4: Grant improved to 6-2 by scoring 2 clutch runs in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs got a triple from both Brooke Buckley and McKenzie Sanchen and doubles from Jamie Reiser, Caitlyn Moran, Deanna Rodriguez and Jane Williams. Moran was the winning pitcher.

    Kobe Bryant grimaces after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon Friday. Bryant will be out 6-9 months.

    Does overuse lead to more injuries?

    Kobe Bryant's minute count was 48, 47, 43, 47, 41, 48 and 45 over seven straight games until he tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg late Friday night against Golden State and will be sidelined 6 to 9 months. This injury adds to the epidemic of serious injuries to NBA stars and continues the popular local debate over whether heavy usage can lead to serious injuries.


    Heflin, Downers North top Plainfield South

    A roundup of Saturday's softball action around DuPage County.


    Rare air for Lake Park pole vaulter Ehrhardt

    One needn't be a physics genius to understand pole vault dynamics. For example, Lake Park senior Tim Ehrhardt weighs 148 pounds. The pole he finished with Saturday, a 16-foot carbon beauty, offered 175-pound capacity.


    Hawks will look at LeBlanc

    What do the Blackhawks have planned for Drew LeBlanc, the St. Cloud State center they signed Friday for the rest of the season? The 2013 Hobey Baker award winner as the top player in NCAA hockey is coming to practice with his new teammates and go from there, according to Hawks coach Joel Quenneville "Hopefully we'll get a look at him in practices and see from there." Quennevile said.


    Unbeaten Mundelein rallies at Meadows

    Mundelein's baseball team had to rally late on the road to keep its undefeated season intact Saturday. Mitch Schulewitz doubled twice and earned the win in relief, and Ryan Dolan went 3-for-4 with a double, as Mundelein edged Rolling Meadows 12-11 in nonconference play. Mundelein, which improved to 13-0, trailed 7-2 after three innings and 8-4 after five. The Mustangs scored 6 runs in the top of the sixth and added two more in the seventh.


    Geneva rallies to win own invite

    The members of the Geneva boys track and field team were anxiously watching their conference rival. Larkin paid its brethren from the Upstate Eight a huge bonus when junior anchor Jarelle Shipp passed McHenry senior Nick Shawler to capture the 1,600-meter relay Saturday afternoon at the Mike VanDeveer Invitational. Geneva finished third in the 10-team-closing event, and the Royals' margin of victory over McHenry proved to be the difference in the final race. The Vikings' 137-135 victory over McHenry capped an exciting day as Burlington Central, Dundee-Crown and Larkin occupied the third through fifth slots.


    Naperville North best of ‘West’

    Naperville North finished a perfect run through Naperville Central’s Best of the West boys water polo tournament on Saturday.The Huskies, led by the tournament’s leading scorer Eric Curia, topped Lake Forest 14-5 and Hinsdale Central 14-10 in championship-round action.Curia finished with 16 goals in the tournament.Hinsdale Central, runner-up at 3-1, defeated Lake Forest 13-6 and had the second-leading scorer in Brogan O’Doherty (15 goals).Naperville Central beat Mundelein 11-7 and Glenbrook South 11-3 and got 8 goals apiece from Connor Lamb and Joe Bigenwald.


    Conant wins Vernon Hills tourney

    Conant wrapped up a perfect run in the girls water polo tournament hosted by Vernon Hills with a 9-2 victory over Maine West on Saturday.Conant also defeated Hoffman Estates 8-4 and Vernon Hills 12-5 in the tournament.Angela Skittone led the way against Maine West with 3 goals, and Maddy Demaret stopped 16 shots for the Cougars.Against Vernon Hills, Carmen Rosas had a game-high 6 goals, Skittone had 3 goals, and Demaret had 10 saves and Kaitlyn Claffey had 4 steals.In the win over Hoffman, Rosas had 4 goals, Skittone had 2 and Claffey and Rosas had 2 steals each.Maine South 11, Palatine 10: Rachel Chumbook (7 goals), Caroline Wojtas (2) and Caitlin McHugh (1) led the Pirates’ offense in the nonconference match.


    Barrington second in own tourney

    Barrington fell 9-4 to eventual tournament champion Libertyville in the boys water tournament hosted by the Broncos on Saturday, but victories over McHenry and St. Viator assured a second-place overall finish for Barrington.Against Libertyville, Chase Lesniak scored twice and Sam Miseyka and Sean McCarthy once. But Libertyville got 3 goals apiece from Jeremy Kucera and Adam King in what turned out to be the tourney’s pivotal matchup.In an 8-6 victory over McHenry, Miseyka had 4 goals and Lesniak had 2 while McCarthy made 14 saves in goal.In a 12-9 win against St. Viator, Lesniak had 5 goals and Miseyka had 2 with McCarthy stopping 13 shots. St. Viator’s Robert Battin had 4 goals and Charles Wood 3 in the contest.St. Viator also dropped a 6-4 decision McHenry, in which Keegan Finn scored 3 goals, and a 13-3 decison to Libertyville, with Finn scoring twice.


    Buffalo Grove wins at Downers South

    A consistent approach helped Buffalo Grove earned the team championship of the six-team badminton invitational hosted by Downers Grove South on Saturday.Binu Kolenchery won all five of her matches at first singles to lead the way for the Bison, who finished with 43.8 points to edge runner-up Stevenson (41.3).BG also had strong finishes at second singles (Jessie Schwartz, 2nd), third singles (Kylie North, 2nd) and fourth singles (Tori Appelt, 1st).In doubles, Mary Zawlocki/Julie Jambrone were second at No. 1, Katelyn Sommers and Stephanie Mayer were second at No. 2, Kelly Peterson and Emily Michelsen won at No. 3 and Becky Diamond and Kristen McClellan were second at No. 4.


    Wheeling rallies past Maine West

    Wheeling trailed host Maine West 4-1 after the fifth inning on Saturday, but 2-run singles by Nathan Cooney and Angelo DeBlasio were the key hits in a 5-run rally as the Wildcats earned a 6-4 victory in nonconference play.Sophomore Jake Jordan (2-0) pitched 5 innings for Wheeling, striking out eight and allowing 5 hits. Cooney, also a sophomore, pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief for the Wildcats (3-5).St. Viator splits: The Lions dropped a 9-2 decision in the first game but bounced back to hand Nazareth its first loss of the season 6-1 in the second in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.Andrew Ferrante had a homer in the first game as Nazareth produced a 6-run rally in the sixth inning to pull away.In game two, Patrick Martin allowed Nazareth only singles as he tossed a complete-game 4-hitter with 7 strikeouts.Joe Rossi went 3-for-3 with 2 steals, Ben Dickey was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 steals and Roy Pettingill was 2-for-4 for St. Viator (6-6, 1-1).Nazareth dropped to 11-1-1 and 1-1.Hoffman Estates splits: The visiting Hawks split a pair of nonconference games against Elgin, rallying to win 3-2 in the first game before falling 3-1 in the second.In game one, Chris Eisele figured prominently. He started and earned the winning decision, allowing 7 hits in 6 innings.Eisele also drove in the winning run in the sixth inning by getting down a suicide squeeze to score Jimmy Ward.Zack Hommowun doubled and had 2 hits for the Hawks, and Jack Kelley earned a save by getting the final two outs.In the second game, Nick Fraser pitched 5 innings of scoreless relief for Hoffman Estates, but Elgin’s Ryan Sitter limited the Hawks (2-7) to 5 singles while striking out eight in a complete-game victory.Barrington 4, South Elgin 3: Scott Nelson drove home Dylan Lidge with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with his second sacrifice fly of the game in nonconference play.Ryan Lidge, who finished 2-for-2 with a solo homer in the third inning, advanced his brother in the seventh inning with a sacrifice bunt.Wyatt Trautwein tossed a complete-game 6-hitter to earn the decision for Barrington (6-7).Glenbrook North 1, Buffalo Grove 0: The visiting Bison got a great pitching performance from Brian Kleczysnki, who allowed 1 hit and struck out four in his 6-inning stint, but came up short in nonconference play.The Bison had 3 hits but also committed 3 errors.Hinsdale South 1 Leyden 0: Matt Reschke allowed Leyden just 5 singles as Hinsdale South in West Suburban Gold play. Jeremy Conradson allowed the Hornets 4 hits and also threw a complete game.


    Seniors sparkling for Libertyville

    Lots of seniors. Lots of team chemistry. That's the case so far, anyway, for Libertyville's girls soccer team. Senior Katie McAuliffe fed classmate Gen Kapecki for the game's only goal, and the Wildcats netted a 1-0 shutout of host Highland Park in a nonconference match Saturday.


    Maher’s doubles key Elk Grove wins

    Becca Maher and Elk Grove's softball team doubled their fun on Saturday. Maher had 5 doubles in a 9-8 and 18-4 (5 innings) doubleheader sweep of visiting Maine South.

    Neuqua Valley pitcher Megan Bilgri delivers a pitch at Naperville Central on Saturday.

    Loud and proud: Naperville Central rolls

    Andy Nussbaum calmly sat in the dugout, all around him his Naperville Central Redhawks shouting and laughing in a sea of raucous celebration. "Believe it or not," Nussbaum smiled, "this used to be a quiet team." His Redhawks have plenty to talk about. No. 5 Naperville Central banged out 17 hits in winning the opener of a Saturday doubleheader with No. 15 Neuqua Valley 9-3, then batted around in a 6-run second inning to take the second game 6-4.


    DuPage County roundup

    Glenbard East 13, Naperville Central 10:D.J. Spears launched a 3-run homer for the Rams (5-10, 1-2) in the bottom of the seventh to win in the DuPage Valley Conference. Tyler Behrendt doubled twice and went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. Winning pitcher Mike Hansen threw 2 innings of relief. Nicky Lopez homered and drove in 4 runs for Naperville Central (7-3, 2-1). York 3-1, Glenbard West 0-2:Dennis Rudolph scattered 5 hits in a complete-game victory in Game 2 to help the Hilltoppers (5-6, 3-5) earn a split in their West Suburban Silver Conference doubleheader. Spencer Refer and Daniel Simoneit drove in the runs for Glenbard West. Pete Doughty drove in all 3 runs for York (6-6, 3-4) in the opener. River Pitlock pitched a 2-hitter with 5 strikeouts and a walk. Downers South 5-9, Morton 3-3:The Mustangs (9-3, 7-1) scored twice in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie in Game 1 of their West Suburban Gold Conference sweep. Nick Alfini improved to 5-0 and Danny Mayer, who went 3-for-4 in the opener, moved to 2-0. Zack Burdi went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in Game 2.Glenbard North 10, Wheaton Academy 0:Brandon Kressner 2-run homer powered the Panthers (6-4) in their 6-inning nonconference victory. Matt Frawley, Jeff LaPage and Adam Villanueva had 2 hits apiece. Winning pitcher Luke Greenberg lasted into the sixth inning of a 1-hitter with 6 strikeouts.Hinsdale South 2-1, Leyden 1-0:Complete-game pitching performances by Mike Rizzo and Matt Reschke led the Hornets (9-3, 6-2) to a West Suburban Gold Conference sweep. In both games Hinsdale South scored all its runs in the first inning. Reschke and Jerry Stoltz drove in the runs in the opener. Reschke’s sacrifice fly scored D.J. Deolitsis with the lone run of Game 2.Elmwood Park 3, Glenbard South 2:The Raiders (7-3, 5-1) surrendered the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth of their first Metro Suburban Conference loss. Tony Tenuta went 2-for-3 and Alex McGimpsey drove in 2 runs for Glenbard South.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood 5, Genoa-Kingston 0: After tying Elgin Academy 0-0, the Sabres came back to beat Genoa and finish second at the St. Edward tournament. Kim Jimenez scored twice for Streamwood (5-2-3), while Sharloe Ellenwood, Hannah McGlone and Lilly Orozio each had single goals. Tawny Carroll had 2 assist and Natalie Guindon made 1 save in goal.Huntley 4, Glenbrook North 0: Jessica Brock scored twice and Deanna Hecht and Taryn Jakubowski added single goals to lead Huntley to a win at the Pepsi Showdown. Crystal Hoffman added an assist for the Red Raiders (8-2-1), while Jessica Galason (3 saves) and Kelli Rubino (1 save) shared time in the goal.Harvest falls twice: Harvest Christian lost a pair of 1-0 games to Genoa-Kingston and Westminster Christian at the St. Edward tournament. Tori Nelson had a combined 9 saves in the two games for the Lions (2-3-3). Whitney Woodhouse scored the goal for Westminster and Savannah Dutcher had 7 saves in goal for the Warriors (1-4-1).Burlington Central 5, Hinckley-Big Rock 0: Cali Andrew and Camille Dela Cruz each scored twice and Lexi Kern added a goal for the Rockets at the DeKalb BarbFest tournament. Alyssa Messina had 3 assists for Central and Taylor Martin made 3 saves in goal.Burlington Central 11, Mendota 1: Cali Andew had a hat trick and Alyssa Messina and Franki Marchetti each scored twice to lead the Rockets to a second win at the DeKalb BarbFest. Ellen Jayne, Camille Dela Cruz, Tatiana Reyenoso and Bailey Panjkovich each had goals for Central as well and Dela Cruz had 4 assists. Taylor Martin made 1 save in the net for the Rockets (8-0-1).Lake Park 3, Dundee-Crown 0: Freshman Milagross Massu had 9 saves in goal for the Chargers (2-8) in this loss at the Lake Park/Rolling Meadows tournament.Jacobs 1, Stevenson 1: Margaret Rivera scored for Jacobs in this tie at the Pepsi Showdown. Liz Foster had 10 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (4-6-1).Latin 2, Elgin Academy 0: Alysson Wittmeyer had 12 saves in goal for the Hilltoppers in this Independent School League loss.CL South at Prospect: After losing to Waukesha North of Wisconsin 1-0 Friday night, the Gators came back with wins of 5-0 over Elgin and 2-1 over McHenry in overtime Saturday at the Prospect tournament. In the win over Elgin, MacKenzie Taldone had 2 goals for Crystal Lake South, with Bianca Miceli, Kimmy Sulikowski and Jaclyn Quill adding single scores. Audrey Collard scored for the Gators against McHenry, and South got PK goals in the OT period from Collard, Miceli, Amy Sulikowski and Erin Woeste to come away with the win.

    Gabe Gage of Willowbrook is tagged out by Zack Dowz of Addison Trail at home plate on Saturday in Addison.

    Willowbrook wallops Addison Trail

    Willowbrook's baseball team enjoyed its best day of the season on Saturday. It showed clear as could be on the scoreboard. The Warriors dominated Addison Trail in Villa Park, winning 18-0 and 11-2 in their West Suburban Gold Conference doubleheader in Villa Park.


    Sansone, Heller lead the way in Wheaton co-op victory

    The Wheaton co-op boys gymnastics has had a great deal of success this season. It hasn't necessarily come easily, though, as Wheaton has had to overcome its share adversity throughout the spring. The was the case Saturday's in the 14-team Donaldson Invitational at Wheaton Warrenville South. Despite being without leading all-arounder David MacDonald and key specialist Connor Ritchie, Wheaton was able to hold off Glenbrook North 148.675 to 147.525 for the title. Junior Ethan Sansone led the team by taking third in the all-around with a 51.9.


    St. Charles East shuts out Kaneland

    It takes something out of the ordinary to beat Kaneland keeper Jordan Ginther. On Saturday, for 77 minutes, the only shot St. Charles East was able to put past the Knights shot-stopping superstar was a ball that hit Shannon Rasmussen in the face and redirected into the net within the opening 2 minutes of play. "Their keeper is fantastic and we knew that before the game started," Rasmussen said. "We had a bunch of chances but we couldn't put it away. We kept hitting it straight at her or taking really far-out shots." Rasmussen scored the other goal of the match with three minutes left when she placed a quickly-taken free kick into the right side netting. The 2-0 nonconference victory is the Saints' fourth in a row and continues a 10-match unbeaten run that started with the second match of the season. St. Charles East enters Tuesday's key matchup with crosstown rival St. Charles North 9-1-1.


    Cougars split with Timber Rattlers

    After inclement weather caused the first two games of the series to be postponed, the Kane County Cougars and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finallly took the field Saturday at Fox Cities Stadium. The Cougars (3-6) dropped Game 1 of a doubleheader 7-6 before bouncing back to take the nightcap 3-1 in 11 innings.


    Palatine edges Geneva for VanDeVeer title

    The Palatine mindset of appropriating the girls state track and field championships paid handsome dividends Saturday afternoon in Geneva. One day after finishing third against a top-notch Downers Grove North field, the Pirates, behind a clean 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,600-meter run, vanquished all comers at the 10-team Mike VanDeVeer Invitational. Host Geneva won its second sprint relay in the final event to close the gap, but it was not enough to stop Palatine, in its maiden entrance, from snaring the team title with 116 points. Geneva had two individual champions to duplicate its relay quartets to finish second with 109 points.


    Bartlett 2nd at Flyin’ Hawk Invite

    Aaron Everson won the 100-meter dash in 11.33 and Bartlett’s team of Brandon Smith, Matt Hess, Elvin Donald and Mitch Sullivan took the 3,200 relay in a time of 8:16.2 Saturday as the Hawks scored 72 points to finish second at their own Flyin’ Hawk Invitational at Millennium Field.Lakes won the team championship with 90 points and Schaumburg was third with 70. South Elgin finished ninth with 17 points.Sophomore Bryce Petty took the 200 in 23.45, while Bartlett finished second in the 1,600 relay in 3:34.35, and Connor Rachford was third for the Hawks in the 800 run in a time of 2:01.32. Senior Alex Bailey finished second in the 110 hurdles (15.28).South Elgin was led by a first-place finish in the high jump (6-foot) from junior Kyle Kumerow, who also took fourth in the triple jump.


    Carmel cleans up at Schaumburg

    It was all Carmel on Saturday at the Schaumburg Tennis Invite. Dy dominating the finals at both singles and doubles, the Corsairs produced a clean sweep to capture the team title by 15.5 points over runner-up Glenbard North (13.5) and an eight-team field.


    Harvest Christian wins Luther N. invite

    The Harvest Christian girls track team scored 71 points to win the Luther North Invitational Saturday. North Shore Country Day was second with 65 points.Junior Sydney Doby led the Lions, winning the shot put (34 feet, 7 inches) and the high jump (4-8) and taking second in the discus (97-4). Freshman Hannah Nelson won the 3,200 run for Harvest in 13:00.60 and sophomore Valerie Richter won the 800 in 2:37.10.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin 5, St. Edward 3: The Royals scored twice in the fourth inning and twice more in the fifth to saddle St. Edward (7-1) with its first loss. The Green Wave mustered 9 hits compared to 6 hits for Larkin (3-4), but St. Edward committed 3 errors while the Royals played error free. Dan Lenz doubled and drove in a run, and Will King earned the victory on the mound for Larkin. Losing pitcher Jack Tierney allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits. He struck out 4 in 6 innings.“We did a good job of executing late in the game to come out on top,” Larkin coach Matt Esterino said. Elgin splits doubleheader: The Maroons dropped the first game of a doubleheader against Hoffman Estates 3-2, but rebounded to notch their first victory of the season with a 3-1 win in Game 2. Ryan Sitter (1-1) pitched Elgin (1-7) to its first victory of the season in the nightcap. The junior threw a 4-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks and was supported by RBIs from Kiko Mari and Nick Turner. John Zima was the hard-luck loser in Game 1. He held the Hawks to 3 earned runs on 6 hits, but absorbed the loss when Hoffman Estates scored twice in the sixth to take the lead. Jhon Payne went 1-for-3 and drove in a run and Ethan Henke doubled for Elgin.Schaumburg 14, Streamwood 1: The visiting Saxons scored 10 first-inning runs and outhit the Sabres 12-5 in nonconference action. Mike Murawski doubled twice in 3 at-bats and drove in the only run for Streamwood (1-7). Jeremy Campbell took the loss, allowing 10 earned runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in of an inning.Burlington Central swept: Bloomington took both ends of a doubleheader from the Rockets by scores of 10-3 and 9-6. Bloomington tagged losing pitcher Danny Gerke with the Game 1 loss after he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk in 5 innings. Alex Bell doubled and drove in 2 runs in the loss for Central. Bloomington took command of a 2-2 tie in the nightcap by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the second inning. Mike Lee went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI, and Cody Schuver was 3-for-3 with 3 runs for Burlington Central (4-4). Losing pitcher Ryan Schuring allowed 9 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 7 in 4 innings. The Rockets outhit Bloomington 9-8 but committed 5 errors.Crystal Lake South 5, Johnsburg 1: Eric Schiller’s no-hit bid was interrupted by a single with two outs in the seventh inning of this Fox Valley Conference crossover victory. Tom Gaede doubled for CL South (7-0, 4-0), which outhit the Skyhawks 7-1.Woodstock 2, Dundee-Crown 1: The Chargers scored once in the sixth inning to pull within a run but couldn’t come all the way back in this Fox Valley Conference crossover in Woodstock. Blue Streaks pitchers Alex Ferguson and Jake Ellegood held Dundee-Crown (5-4, 3-2) to 3 hits.

    Warren’s Nick Orslini, left, gets tagged out at third by Grant’s Tyler Gorski while trying to stretch a double into a triple Saturday.

    Grant wins, the hard way

    Simeon Lucas' way-short breaking ball nearly broke Tino Torres. The pitch, an excuse-me 60-footer in the sixth inning of Saturday's North Suburban Conference crossover in frigid Fox Lake, hit Grant's catcher flush in the Adam's apple on a wicked bounce. Torres flipped over and lay motionless on his back, as Lucas hustled from the mound to retrieve the baseball before Warren's base runner could advance. Grant's athletic trainer had to be summoned, before a wobbly Torres finally hopped back up and resumed his catcher's squat. "I went down to block (the pitch), and poor form by me," Torres said. "I should have tucked my chin in." "Tino's a tough kid," Grant coach Dave Behm said of the junior, who contributed on Grant's state runner-up squad last season. "He must have gotten it pretty good." Torres wasn't out, and neither was Grant against Warren. After Lucas, who was on in relief of lefty starter Ryan Noda, got out of the top of the sixth with the Blue Devils scoring just 1 run, Grant struck for 3 runs in its half of the inning and held on for a 3-2 win.


    Burlington Central beats Geneva

    Burlington Central junior Brooke Gaylord continued her strong season Saturday, hitting a home run, going 3-for-3, and moving her season pitching record to 8-1 as the Rockets downed Geneva 6-2 in a nonconference softball game at Geneva.Gaylord, who also had a double, walked 3, struck out 2 and allowed 1 earned run on 8 hits in a complete-game effort.Bekah Harnish, Lauren King and Emily Kisch each added 2 hits for the Rockets (11-1).


    Sulentic, Eilrich lead Conant at Buffalo Grove

    The brutal wet and cold spring was not about to put a damper on some great performances Saturday at the second annual BATE Invitational at Buffalo Grove. With the rare good days to race outside so far, runners from the nine-team field didn't look rusty at all — with Conant looking the sharpest of them. It came down to the final race of the afternoon at Grant Blaney Stadium, and the Cougars busted out a solid 1,600-relay effort in 3:32.60 to narrowly win the meet over second-place Crystal Lake Central. The Cougars amassed 207.5 points to 202 for the second-place Tigers. The host Bison (178), Glenbrook South (156.5), and Crystal Lake South (133) rounded out the top five teams. "All in all there were a lot of really solid performances today considering what the kids ran in," Buffalo Grove coach Jamie Klotz said. "Some of the times in the distance events especially were solid."


    Warren takes top honors in home invite debut

    As the day went on at the inaugural Warren Boys Track Invitational, not only did the weather get better, but the times did as well. While the hosts were on their way to capturing the first meet title with 135 points Saturday, it didn't overshadow two impressive distance races between some of the best runners in the area.


    Efflandt, Cary-Grove blank Fremd

    Lindsay Efflandt was superb in the pitchers circle while Lisa Semro provided the offensive fireworks. Those were the main story lines as Cary-Grove dropped Fremd 2-0 in nonconference softball action in Cary on Saturday.

    Brandt Snedeker strolls to the 16th green during the third round of the Masters golf tournament, on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.

    Snedeker, Cabrera tied for lead at Masters

    Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera were tied for the lead after the third round of the Masters, a Saturday that will be remembered for Tiger Woods' penalty. Woods is four shots back and still in contention despite being docked two strokes for an improper drop in the second round. Snedeker and Cabrera will play in the final group Sunday at 7-under 209.

    Marmion’s Jackson Rettig returns a shot from Geneva’s Brad Burgess Saturday.

    No stopping St. Charles East duo

    Nobody has been able to solve St. Charles East's one-two punch of Jasper Koenen and Justin Bowman this season, and nobody came close to snapping their winning streaks Saturday at Geneva's annual invitational. Koenen and Bowman both won their three matches without much of a challenge to win the first and second singles championships, respectively, at the eight-team tournament. The invite also included Geneva, Marmion, IMSA, Oswego, DeKalb, Crystal Lake Central and Lincoln-Way East, who used their doubles play to tie the Saints for the team title with 14 points. The 3-0 record for Koenen and Bowman Saturday improved them both to 11-0 on the young season.


    Fumagalli, Waubonsie Valley efficiently edge WW South

    Some big hits did occur Saturday afternoon at Waubonsie Valley, but the Warriors beat Wheaton Warrenville South 4-3 courtesy some outstanding pitching of Troy Fumagalli and the ability to take advantage of some smaller opportunities. Waubonsie Valley (6-5) came back from a 3-1 deficit with 2 runs in the fourth and 1 in the fifth, and Fumagalli went the distance, striking out a season-high 14 and moving his record to 2-2.

    Tyler Flowers (21) and manager Robin Ventura talk with home plate umpire Tom Hallion about a past ball call that scored a run during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Washington.

    Ventura wants to prove himself to Sox management

    Robin Ventura turned down a one-year contract extension over the winter, but that doesn't mean he's unhappy as White Sox manager. Ventura talked to Sox beat writer Scot Gregor about his unorthodox decision and what it really means.

    Tiger Woods holds up his ball after putting out on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.

    Woods drama casts shadow over Masters

    The shame of it is the Tiger Woods drama has distracted from the greatest golf tournament on the calendar, and for the casual golf fan, it reeks of country club stuffiness and men of a certain age and background once again imposing their will.

    Don Sutherland

    Cary-Grove’s Sutherland notches win No. 500

    The Cary-Grove baseball players encircled coach Don Sutherland following Saturday's 12-1, five-inning dispatch of Grayslake North, clapping in salute of his 500th career victory and taking turns shaking his hand. The celebration's modest tone fittingly mirrored Sutherland's career-long, low-key approach. In fact, the humble 26th-year coach wasn't aware he had reached a milestone until told by his players. The victory improved his career record to 500-372 (.573).

    Viktor Stalberg (25), of Sweden, battles for the puck against Detroit Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist left, of Sweden during the second period of a NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, April 12, 2013. Chicago won 3-2 after a shootout.

    Blackhawks vow to keep improving as playoffs approach

    With eight games to play, there's not much left for the Blackhawks to accomplish in their record-breaking regular season other than win the Western Conference and nail down the President's Trophy for best record in the NHL. "It doesn't matter what aspect of our game we're working on. There are still some parts we can really work on as far as our power play and penalty killing maybe," Jonathan Toews said.

    Cubs prospect Jorge Soler needs immediate professional help to deal with his anger issues after the recent incident with Daytona, according to Matt Spiegel.

    Cubs can’t waste any time dealing with Soler situation

    Weekly baseball column by Matt Spiegel, who co-hosts "The McNeil & Spiegel Show" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, The Score. Spiegel says The Cubs need to deal with Jorge Soler's anger issues and the sooner, the better.


    Fujikawa placed on DL

    The Cubs are dealing with a spate of injuries. They put closer Kyuji Fujikawa on the DL Saturday with a forearm straing. Catcher Steve Clevenger appeared to injure his oblique in Saturday's game, and pitcher Scott Feldman will have his start skipped because of back tightness.

    Cubs third baseman Brent Lillibridge nabs a popup hit by the Giants’ Brandon Belt in the sixth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs prove it’s the little things that hurt

    Just enough little things keep going wrong for the Cubs. In Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Giants, they missed cutoff men, threw late to bases and walked the opposing pitcher. They also didn't hit with runners in scoring position.


    Glenbard North steals the show at Schaumburg

    Glenbard North made quite a statement at the Mike Rebeck Invitational at Schaumburg on Saturday. The Panthers won 11 events in cruising to the title in the nine-team field with 183 points. Rockton Hononegah took a distant second with 91 points, with host Schaumburg (86 points) nipping St. Ignatius (85 points) for third and Whitney Young (83.5) taking fifth. "It's a team sport, and we got it done on both the field and track," said Glenbard North coach Gary Heilers. "I think our kids have that itch that they want to win and they go out and compete. It's great to see them feeding off each other."


    Judson sweeps William Penn

    The Judson University softball team swept William Penn in a nonconference doubleheader Saturday, winning 7-4 and 12-2.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale walks back to the mound after giving up a grand slam to Cleveland Indians’ Mark Reynolds, background, in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday in Cleveland.

    Grand slam puts Indians over Sox

    Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam in a big fifth inning and Zach McAllister pitched into the seventh, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Reynolds had an RBI single to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead in the third inning. He connected off White Sox ace Chris Sale in a six-run fifth and tied a career high with five RBIs.


    Illinois gives Groce contract extension, raise

    Illinois has rewarded coach John Groce's successful first season in Champaign with a contract extension and a $200,000-a-year raise. Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Saturday that Groce's contract will be extended one year through the 2017-18 season. The raise will increase his pay to $1.6 million a year.

    St. Viator’s Michelle Trovato gets tangled up with Carmel goalkeeper Jenna Bauer and Emily Helle on Saturday in Arlington Heights.

    Carmel’s Carlson speaks up, acts out

    Bri Carlson proved to be equal parts prophet and hero. The Carmel Catholic senior boldly predicted before the match that her club would be victorious. And hours later, she personally assured that outcome by striking in the game-winner as the Corsairs defeated St. Viator 1-0 Saturday afternoon in Arlington Heights to stay atop the East Suburan Catholic Conference with a perfect 3-0-0 record. The 53rd-minute goal also functioned as a nice milestone for Carmel coach John Halloran, who netted his 150th career victory.


    Team effort makes Huntley 10-0

    A no-hitter was nowhere to be found on the list of priorities for Huntley pitcher Eric Luecht and coach Andy Jakubowski. And the lack of concern for individual achievements helps explain why the Red Raiders have no losses in 10 games after they won their Fox Valley Conference baseball crossover 10-0 over Woodstock North on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon in Huntley.


    Ledinsky, Conzelman leads Jacobs by Hampshire

    The sun did make a cameo appearance during the Hampshire-Jacobs baseball game Saturday, but it didn't do much to warm the players and the smattering of spectators. It didn't warm up the bats very much, either. Jacobs heated up its weapons enough to squeeze out a 4-1 victory against the Whip-Purs in a Fox Valley Conference crossover on another ridiculously cold day in Hampshire.

    St. Edward girls soccer coach Tim Brieger, background, won his 200th game with the Green Wave girls program Saturday when his team beat Harvest Christian 3-0 at the Green Wave Invitational. Brieger started the girls program in 1996.

    St. Edward gets No. 200 for Brieger, wins tournament

    St. Edward girls soccer coach Tim Brieger tried to convince his team not to dump the water cooler on him Saturday morning. The players didn't care and tried anyway. But Brieger was able to avoid the water and celebrate his and the program's 200th victory, a 3-0 win over Harvest Christian at the Green Wave Invitational at Greg True Field. "It goes to the success of the program," Brieger said. "If you look at it, you're averaging more than 10 wins a season. For a single A school that in the early years was playing the St. Charles, the Larkins and the Elgins, to even be able to get it this quick is kind of nice."

    Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday in Augusta, Ga.

    Tiger Woods gets a reprieve in the Masters

    Tiger Woods got a reprieve Saturday in the Masters when he was given a two-shot penalty for a bad drop after signing his card and still was allowed to stay in the tournament. He wasn't disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard under a revised rule — announced at the Masters two years ago — that allows a player to stay in the tournament if a rules dispute was based on television evidence.

    San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, left, throws to first after forcing out Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday in Chicago. Scott Hairston was safe at first.

    Bumgarner shuts down Cubs in Giants’ 3-2 win

    Madison Bumgarner allowed two runs while pitching neatly into the seventh inning, Marco Scutaro had three hits and the San Francisco Giants held off the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Saturday. Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit a two-out, two-run homer off Bumgarner in the seventh to pull the Cubs to 3-2.

    Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel. Bryant's Achilles' tendon apparently is torn. His season likely is over. And though the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant thinks they'll have to continue their playoff chase without their leader.

    Kobe Bryant likely tears Achilles, out for year

    Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel. Bryant's Achilles' tendon apparently is torn. His season likely is over. And though the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant thinks they'll have to continue their playoff chase without their leader.


    Two one kilogram gold bars sit with a 500 gram gold bar at London bullion dealers Gold Investments Ltd. in this file photograph.

    Billionaire Paulson loses more than $300 million as gold slumps

    Billionaire John Paulson has roughly $9.5 billion invested across his hedge funds, of which about 85 percent is invested in gold share classes. Gold dropped 4.1 percent Friday, shaving about $328 million from his net worth on this bet alone.

    Visitors wait to board a cable car in San Francisco’s Union Square.

    San Francisco cable car accidents cost millions

    Cable cars average about an accident a month and routinely rank among the most accident-prone mass transportation modes in the country per vehicle mile traveled annually, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Over the last 10 years, city officials have reported 126 accidents injuring 151 people.

    Associated Press/July 8, 2009 A specially designed rocket to test the Alternative Astronaut Escape System is launched from the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

    NASA’s Wallops Island prepares for spotlight

    More than 16,000 rockets have been launched from Wallops Island since 1945, but none has drawn the attention of Antares. Most of the launches are suborbital and focus on educational and research programs.

    Students relax beside an image of a young woman taken from “Google Maps,”as part of “The Public Private” exhibit at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York. The exhibit seeks to explore the boundaries and gray areas of online privacy, surveillance and data collection in the age of Facebook and Google.

    Art exhibit pushes boundaries of online privacy

    Image after image splashes on the wall of the art exhibit — a snapshot of young people laughing and drinking, a picture of an elephant, an exposed belly of a woman barely covering her breasts with one arm. The works are part of “The Public Private,” an art exhibit that explores the gray areas of online privacy, surveillance and data collection in the age of Facebook and Google.


    Ericsson to buy Microsoft’s TV software unit

    Ericsson, the Swedish maker of telecommunications equipment, has agreed to buy Microsoft’s Mediaroom business, which makes the software that powers AT&T’s U-Verse TV service, the companies said.

    This image provided by HTC, shows the company’s new HTC One smartphone .The HTC One belongs to the big camp of smartphones running Google Inc.’s Android software. Collectively, they’re the big alternative to the iPhone, though no one model outsells the iPhone. What makes the HTC One really stand out is that it’s the only phone that can match Apple Inc.’s standards of feel and finish.

    Review: HTC One impresses but software disappoints

    Ready for the battle of the phones? This year’s crop of high-end smartphones is starting to emerge, like bear cubs crawling out of their burrows, sniffing the spring air. First out is the HTC One, a handsome, powerful animal that should do well this year.

    The photo-sharing site Instagram has become wildly popular as a way to trade pictures of pets and friends. But a new trend on the site is making parents cringe: beauty pageants, in which thousands of young girls — many appearing no older than 12 or 13 — submit photographs of themselves for others to judge.

    Instagram beauty contests worry parents, privacy advocates

    The photo-sharing site Instagram has become wildly popular as a way to trade pictures of pets and friends. But a new trend on the site is making parents cringe: beauty pageants, in which thousands of young girls -- many appearing no older than 12 or 13 -- submit photographs of themselves for others to judge.


    Microsoft to use AMD chips in new Xbox to spur game-making

    Microsoft Corp. will use an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. processor in its next Xbox game console as it seeks to cut the cost of building machines and get developers to create more titles, people with knowledge of the matter said.


    Pandora co-founder takes on music industry elites

    Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren’s squabble over royalties has chafed at raw spots in a music world wary of artists getting scammed. There have been recriminations and accusations, dissing and dishing. Once Westergren embodied nothing more than the struggling musician, the long-shot entrepreneur. Now he’s confronted by critics who want to portray him as the guy who crossed over.


    HP CEO seeks turnaround with super server

    After a board shakeup that investors said was overdue, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman is seeking to use a new line of servers to jump- start a multiyear turnaround of a company that has become a symbol of corporate mismanagement.


    Exec takes Silicon Valley moxie to East Coast

    CA Technologies Chief Executive Officer Mike Gregoire is trying to bring a startup culture to the East Coast software maker. He’s deciding what products and people don’t fit into his goals for fast growth. “The pain has to be acute enough to where you want to take the medication,” he said. “The pain is acute enough.”

    BioShock Infinite is the latest in Irrational’s series of Shock titles, a shooting game in which players use a variety of guns and magical powers to fight two ideological factions warring over a dream city in the sky called Columbia.

    'BioShock Infinite' embraces history, philosophy

    Irrational Games, founded and led by Ken Levine, has become one of the most admired studios in the world, creating games like the newly released BioShock Infinite that both depict revolutionary events and are thought of as revolutionary for their embrace of history and philosophy where other games settle for hedgehogs and race cars. When viewed as philosophic works, however, Irrational’s games are distinctly anti-revolutionary.

    Google executives and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are expected Tuesday, April 9, 2013 to name tech-savvy Austin as the second city where the search giant will offer its ultra-fast home Internet service. Last summer, Kansas City became the first metro area in the U.S. to receive Google Fiber.

    Austin next city for ultra-fast Google Fiber

    Google Inc. picked tech-savvy Austin this week as the next city where the search giant will wire homes with ultra-fast Internet connections, but did not say how much customers will pay or when the fiber-optic experiment might expand elsewhere in the U.S.

Life & Entertainment

    South Korean rapper PSY, who sang the popular “Gangnam Style,” said he hopes North Koreans enjoy his new single, “Gentleman.”

    PSY says he hopes N. Koreans enjoy his new single

    South Korean rapper PSY says he hopes North Koreans enjoy his new single even as tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula. The single, "Gentleman," was released in 119 countries Friday.

    Residents greet Kotzebue musher John Baker as he nears the finish line in Nome, Alaska. If you want to see mushers cross the finish line at the world’s most famous sled dog race in March 2014, better make your reservations soon.

    Mush and book early for next year’s Iditarod race

    If you want to see mushers cross the finish line at the world’s most famous sled dog race in March 2014, better make your reservations soon. There aren’t many hotel rooms available at the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, leaving mushers and their families battling with fans, tourists and volunteers for a place to sleep.

    Festival goers run toward the main stage to catch the beginning of Kendrick Lamar’s set during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

    Music festivals thriving as 2013 season starts

    Coachella and Lollapalooza are sold out. Bonnaroo’s nearly there, too. But eager fans need only be patient: Wait a few years and chances are you’ll have a star-studded music festival of your own within driving distance. New music festivals are popping up more quickly than you can count in the U.S. As the summer festival season gets under way with the sprawling Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival down in the desert in Indio, Calif., some of the most successful promoters in the scene are looking ahead to next year and beyond when they’ll launch new ventures in untapped markets.

    A rare screening of “Sorcerer” Sunday night is part of the first Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Muvico in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Film fest, Friedkin come to Muvico

    For movie lovers: The inaugural Chicago Critics Film Fest features screenings of more than 20 films and conversations with many filmmakers, including Oscar winner William Friedkin on Sunday, at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 this weekend. MSNBC talk-show host Rachel Maddow discusses her new book Saturday at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Plus, Fleetwood Mac headlines the United Center Saturday.

    “All That Is” by James Salter

    ‘All That Is’ is masterpiece for writers

    James Salter is a brilliant writer. But “All That Is,” his latest work and his first full-length novel since 1979, feels written more for writers than for readers. “All That Is” tells the story of the life and loves of Philip Bowman, a World War II veteran who spends a career in publishing. But what happens to Bowman — whom he loves, whom he loses — feels less important than the wisdom Salter leaves behind.

    Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx star in “Django Unchained,” coming out on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘Orchestra of Exiles,’ Django Unchained’

    New films coming out on DVD this week include: 'Orchestra of Exiles" and "Django Unchained."


    Complications arise when splitting real estate in divorce

    If a couple is not married when they purchase a house, the possibility of a future split looms large, and they should agree before the purchase on how the house will be handled if it occurs. Married homeowners sometimes split, as well.


    Was it ethical for estate to accept a lower offer?

    Q. We put in an $180,900 purchase offer on a house with an asking price of $175,900. We included the contingency of a home inspection. Later we were shocked to see the property transfer listed in the newspaper at $165,000. We wonder if our offer was really ever presented to the seller.

    First-time homebuyers DJ and Michelle O’Brien are happy with their new home at Highland Woods in Elgin.

    Many young buyers shy away from older houses, foreclosures

    First-time buyers are actively driving the housing market as they tire of high rents, waiting to own or their lack of building equity. The housing crash that took place about four years ago caused many potential buyers to delay their plans for a significant period of time, but now they are jumping into the market in increasing numbers.

    Actress January Jones arrives at the 3rd Annual Coach Evening to Benefit Children's Defense Fun at Bad Robot.

    January Jones: Fashion criticism 'makes me laugh'

    AMC's "Mad Men" drama may garner attention for bringing back '60s glamour, but January Jones, known for her daring red carpet looks, says she doesn't care what critics think of her personal style. "I think that fashion is an art," the 35-year-old actress, who has topped many best- and worst-dressed lists, said in a recent interview. "It's a fun way to express yourself. ... And I sort of like not pleasing people a bit."


    Old wiring a concern in century-old home

    Q. The house we bought in 2005 was built in 1900. We have done our best to update the electricity by removing knob and tube wiring in the basement and attic. Our electrician advised us not to worry about the knob and tube buried in the walls and ceiling.

    A John Tobin Millwork installer finishes up the hardware on a newly installed door at a home in Park Ridge.

    Retro doors, rain glass is ‘in’ in millwork

    John Tobin Millwork has been a fixture in Villa Park since 1960, originally supplying millwork, windows and doors to contractors and builders, and later expanding to sell and install those same products in existing homes in the West and Northwest suburbs. In recent years, with new home construction reeling from the housing crisis, the family firm’s business has swung heavily toward retail sales.


    How to determine condo ownership

    Q. A unit in our association has been occupied by the same individual for many years. A new resident claims he and his brother, who had occupied the unit, have been owners of the unit for many years. How can the board confirm the resident’s representation that he is, and has been, an owner?



    The Soapbox

    More thoughts about the election, the good and bad in sports, and smart government moves are on the minds of Daily Herald editors this week.


    Eminent domain part of foreclosure solution
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Each city, town or village can condemn homes with underwater mortgages, buying them at their current value and then allow the original homeowners to refinance under the lower rate. This will put pressure on banks to refinance voluntarily.Seventy percent of the U.S. economy is consumer based. The less money Americans give to the banks the more they have to spend.


    Keep Washington from overspending
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I don't know about anyone else, but I am fed up with how our country is being run. Before life as we have known it is completely destroyed, someone better start holding Washington accountable.


    Furthering the breakdown of the family
    An Elk Grove Village lletter to the editor: Do you really think that same sex-marriage and civil unions will enhance the family unit and help us turn the tide against these ever-growing problems? The politically correct and secular "regressives" think we're heading in the right direction. Do you?


    We pay taxes for things we don’t use
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: After reading the article in the March 28 morning paper regarding the property tax debate in Long Grove, I had a good laugh about Mr. Borawski's comment "That's a heck of a lot of money to pay for roads that I never use."


    Responsibility missing from ruling on pill
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Responsibility will soon come out of a bottle available at any pharmacy to anyone who has the price of the package. What wonderful news! Now elementary District 59 and high school District 214 can reduce costs by eliminating their Character Counts programs.


    How far should majority rules go?
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: I would like to commend Barry North on his "Let the people decide" letter of April 4. I assume he will also endorse, using his "people" philosophy, no restrictions on abortion, background checks for all handgun purchases, no 60 percent rule to cut off filibusters, no touching Social Security, etc.


    Third candidate cost mayoral race
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Is Robin Meier's campaign be to blame for Wally Frasier's loss in the Mundelein mayoral race?


    Biggest mistake: U.S. delay on WWII
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: I would like to comment on Richard Cohen's World War II column and the fine response by Mr. Hogan on April 6. First, contending that the Soviet Union won the war seems to me quite an exaggeration of the facts.


    A case for abolishing political parties
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Don Buck wrote that there are two issues that are most of our financial and political problems. His solutions are excellent.


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