Daily Archive : Saturday April 20, 2013



    FBI: Aurora man planned to join Syrian extremists

    An Aurora teenager has been arrested on terrorism-related charges and accused of seeking to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group in war-torn Syria, the FBI announced Saturday.


    FEMA tips on flood aftermath
    A look at what homeowners should do in the aftermath of a flood

    In this May 4, 2009, file photo, Tamerlan Tsameav, left, fights Lamar Fenner of Chicago in the 201 weight class, during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament at the Salt Palace. Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer with muscular arms and enough brio to arrive at a sparring session without protective gear.

    Boston suspects’ Chechen family worked hard for success

    The two brothers accused of blowing up homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon came from a Chechen family that for decades had been tossed from one country to another by war and persecution.

    A banner reading “United We Stand For Peace on Earth” stands Friday outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass. A mosque official confirmed that the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, who lived a short distance away, worshipped there occasionally.

    Dead bombing suspect went through radical shift

    The exact trajectory of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s journey into radicalism is still emerging, but it first surfaced in 2011 when he somehow entered the radar of the Russian security services. It accelerated in late 2012 upon his return to the United States from a six-month visit to the Caucasus, when friends and relatives noticed a new religious and political fervor. And it ended in violent death.


    Southwest flight diverted to O’Hare after mechanical problem

    A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Charlotte, N.C. was diverted to O'Hare International Airport instead of Midway late Saturday afternoon after a possible mechanical problem. No one was injured.

    Police officers stand near statues of fromer Boston Red Sox greats, from left, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox, the first game held in the city following the Boston Marathon explosions, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, late Friday, after a wild car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Boston bombings expose limits of post-9/11 security

    The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks led to a massive buildup of security to make the country safe. The bombings at the Boston Marathon, carried out by two young men who immigrated to this country about a decade ago, are likely to yield a more frustrating security postmortem. “There’s just no way to secure many large public events, and the kind of intrusive steps we would have to take are ones that no...

    Texas and U.S. flags hang Saturday from a firetruck ladder above the West Volunteer Fire Department, three days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

    Some residents allowed back home after Texas blast

    After days of waiting, the first group of residents who fled their homes when a Texas fertilizer plant exploded in a blinding fireball were allowed to go home Saturday to find out what remained.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, arrives for a news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, and Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib after a “Friends of Syria” group meeting at the Adile Sultan Palace on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey.

    U.S. doubles aid to Syrian rebels

    The additional aid, which brings total non-lethal U.S. assistance to the opposition to $250 million since the fighting began, “underscores the United States’ firm support for a political solution to the crisis in Syria and for the opposition’s advancement of an inclusive, tolerant vision for a post-Assad Syria,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    ALTERNATE CROP - This still frame from video shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. The 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

    Boston bomb suspect hospitalized under heavy guard

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lay hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday — apparently in no shape to be interrogated — as investigators tried to establish the motive for the deadly attack and the scope of the plot.

    Mason Lancaster holds a picture of his brother, Alex, and wears a wristband that first-graders at Big Hollow Primary School in Ingleside are selling to raise money for a scholarship fund. The fund honors Alex, who died last year.

    Big Hollow school selling wristbands to honor student

    First-graders at Big Hollow School in Ingleside are selling wristbands to raise money for a scholarship fund that honors student Alex Lancaster of Round Lake, who died last year. “Ultimately, it is hoped that through the Alex Lancaster Scholarship Fund, his family and friends can help his memory alive, leave a positive legacy and make a difference for students in both big and small ways at...

    Rich Sanders checks the level of the water on his boots and decides to walk back to his house on Lincolnshire Way in Lincolnshire. Sanders wanted to checking the water level at the end of the block but turning back on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Rich said his house did not get any water.

    Images: Flooding in suburbs on Saturday

    Gallery of images of the 2013 spring flood Saturday from our readers and Daily Herald staff photographers.

    The lobby of South Elgin High School is packed with students and parents for the 4th annual Discovery STEM Exposition, which included more than 1,000 students in Elgin Area U-46 School District and the Gail Borden Public Library District. More than 600 projects were on displayed in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

    Science projects spark students' interest at STEM Expo

    From moldy strawberries to three-in-one shoes and even an electric car, students who participated in an annual science expo in South Elgin on Saturday said it's just as much fun to take part as it is to check out other people's projects.

    The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) teams fit a GPS-tracking collar onto a tranquilized 26-year-old male elephant, to monitor migration routes and to help prevent poaching, at the Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary next to Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, near the border with Tanzania.

    Tanzanians see official hand in elephant poaching

    Conservationists have long warned of the existential danger that poachers pose to Africa’s elephants. And it’s in Tanzania, home of the Serengeti game reserve and one of the world’s two largest elephant populations, that the scale of the killings and the involvement of government employees may be the most chilling.

    Youths smoke marijuana Saturday at the Denver 4/20 pro-marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver.

    Shots fired at Colorado pot holiday gathering

    A crowd of marijuana smokers expected to swell to 80,000 had gathered at the park to mark the counterculture holiday known as 4/20 on the first celebration since Colorado and Washington made pot legal for recreational use. The shooting happened at about 5 p.m. and shortly after pot smokes shared hugs and joints in a mass 4:20 p.m. smoke-out.

    Fans hold an American flag during ceremonies in tribute of victims and first responders to the Boston Marathon bombings before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

    Images as Boston remembers

    Images from Boston Saturday as they remember the Boston marathon bombing tragedy

    Gov. Pat Quinn addresses flooding concerns throughout the state during a news conference Saturday along the Fox River in North Aurora.

    Quinn tours flood damage, urges towns to work together

    Gov. Pat Quinn toured flood-ravaged areas by helicopter Saturday, declaring four more counties as disaster areas and making a final stop in North Aurora, where he urged residents to be safe and said cities will work together so the state can ask for federal aid within a month.


    Sheriff: Five snowboarders killed in Colorado avalanche

    Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said in a statement that six snowboarders were caught in the slide. The condition of the lone survivor was not released.

    Walter Borg helps is wife Sherrie into a set of waders, which they purchased from Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee, as they prepare to walk to their home on Big Bend Drive in Des Plaines Saturday.

    Des Plaines gears up for post-flooding cleanup

    Des Plaines city officials and residents are gearing up for a massive cleanup effort with the Des Plaines River starting to recede from its record high of 10.92 feet reached Friday afternoon. Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax said firefighters evacuated 70 residents from flooded homes, rescued 15 people from cars stuck in floodwater, and rescued one person from the river.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Rich Sanders walks back to his house on Lincolnshire Way in Lincolnshire after checking the water level at the end of the block and turning back on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Rich said his house did not get any water.

    Fox River, Chain expected to crest Monday

    Storm-battered residents are casting a weary eye over the Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes in Lake County, which will continue to rise until they crest Monday, while the Des Plaines River reached its peak in that county early Friday, said Rita Lee, a water resources engineer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “The tributaries have crested and are starting to fall.”


    Go Green event canceled
    :“Go Green! A Celebration of Conservation” that was scheduled for Sunday at Fullersburg Woods Nature Center in Oak Brook has been canceled. The event was canceled due to flooding at the forest preserve.


    Elmhurst streets open

    All streets have been reopened in Elmhurst

    Pat Summerall, completing his 34th and final season with CBS, receives an award for lifetime achievement.

    Notable deaths last week

    Pat Summerall soothed American television audiences over four decades; Al Neuharth changed the look of American newspapers when he founded USA Today; English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson's eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia.

    Democratic Party secretary Pierluigi Bersani touches his forehead Saturday after Giorgio Napolitano was elected new Italian head of state, at the Lower Chamber, in Rome.

    Napolitano re-elected Italy’s president

    Italy’s Parliament on Saturday re-elected Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term as president after party leaders persuaded the 87-year-old to serve again in hopes of easing the hostility that has thwarted formation of a new government.


    Des Plaines River level falling slowly in Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire update on flooding offers various sites for information.


    County, federal officials aim to help McHenry residents

    McHenry County flood update


    Aurora residents get free pickup for flood-damaged items

    Aurora update includes how to dispose of flood-damaged household items.

    AmeriCorps members, from left to right, Dan Farrell, Sara Lavine and Jennifer Johnson walk Saturday along a temporary levee in Clarksville, Mo.

    Midwestern river cities brace for floodwaters

    The Mississippi, Missouri and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since torrential rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths are blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, while crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away.

    Firefighters Ron Swidler, from left, and Scott Rhodes are recognized Saturday by Deputy Chief Tom Krueger for saving civilians trapped in a fire at a home on Apple Hill Lane in unincorporated Lake County near Lincolnshire in March. The presentation was made during a fire district board meeting at Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53 in Vernon Hills.

    Lake firefighters, rescuers honored for saving 5 from burning home

    Three rescuers, along with members of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics who helped a family of five to safety from their burning home in March, were honored Saturday after an emotion-packed presentation that included those frantic calls to 911.


    Conservation event at Fullersburg Woods canceled

    Go Green! A Celebration of Conservation scheduled for Sunday at Fullersburg Woods Education Center in Oak Brook has been canceled.

    President Barack Obama walks up the steps of Air Force One Thursday at Boston’s Logan International Airport, after attending the “Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service,” dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in Mondayís bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

    Obama: Boston capture closes out ‘tough week’

    Both President Obama and Republicans used their weekly addresses to celebrate the resolve Americans demonstrated after the attack.“The world has witnessed one sure and steadfast truth: Americans refuse to be terrorized,” Obama said in his radio and Internet address released Saturday.

    Community gun safety advocates and members of the public hold signs Thursday during a rally and vigil to honor victims of gun violence, sponsored by Colorado Ceasefire, on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, in Denver.

    Gun control forces seek new path after big loss

    In the immediate aftermath of the latest votes, with legislative strategy up in the air, gun control advocates are pinning their best hopes on two broad paths forward—trying to counter the NRA’s impressive grass-roots network of nearly 5 million members and strengthening gun laws at the state level.


    Fox River still threatens Algonquin residents

    The Fox River is still rising near Algonquin and local residents should sandbag their properties.


    Share your flood stories and photos with us
    The flooding in the suburbs made a hard week even harder for many of us. Share your stories and photos so we can include it in our post-flood and cleanup coverage.

    This still frame from video shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. The 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.

    Final shootout, then Boston bombing suspect caught

    For just a few minutes, it seemed like the dragnet that had shut down a metropolitan area of millions while legions of police went house to house looking for the suspected Boston Marathon bomber had failed. Then one man emerged from his home and noticed blood on the pleasure boat parked in his backyard. Soon after that, the 24-hour drama that paralyzed a city and transfixed a nation was over and...


    Tips for Des Plaines residents navigating flooding cleanup

    Floodwater from the Des Plaines River has started to recede in Des Plaines and was at 10.67 feet as of 8:45 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. As cleanup begins, garbage collection in the city will be unaffected and resume as normal starting Monday. However, the collection of yard waste has been suspended until further notice.

    Federal agents wearing hazardous material suits and breathing apparatus inspect the home and possessions in the West Hills Subdivision house of Paul Kevin Curtis in Corinth, Miss., Friday, April 19, 2013. Curtis is in custody under the suspicion of sending letters covered in ricin to the U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

    Attorney: Scant evidence in Mississippi ricin case

    Federal authorities have produced scant evidence linking a Mississippi man to the mailing of ricin-laced letters to the president and a senator, his attorney says.


    Runners pause to honor Boston Marathon victims

    OSHKOSH, Wis. — Runners participating in the Oshkosh Half Marathon this weekend will pause to honor those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.


    Ind. man dies after car swept away by floodwaters

    ARCADIA, Ind. — A central Indiana man has died after his car was swept away by floodwaters.Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen said in a news release that 64-year-old Robert Morgan of Arcadia died Friday night.


    Purdue tuition freeze puts eye on other schools

    A tuition freeze implemented by Purdue University is putting public pressure on other public universities to do the same.


    Rockford Symphony receives $720,000 gift

    The Rockford Symphony Orchestra has received a $720,000 gift, its largest-ever single endowment.

    In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, buildings are destroyed by a powerful earthquake at Gucheng village of Longmen Township of Lushan County in Ya'an City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, April 20, 2013. The powerful earthquake jolted Sichuan province Saturday near where a devastating quake struck five years ago.

    Strong quake jolts China's Sichuan, killing 156

    A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 5,500 injured, nearly five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region.


    'Bishop' pipe bomber apologizes in Chicago court

    A former Iowa letter carrier who sent dud pipe bombs to investment firms has apologized in a federal courtroom in Chicago.


    Ill. veterans learn about starting a business

    More than 200 veterans are getting help from the state of Illinois in starting or growing their own business.


    Suburban flood victims warned to watch out for scams

    Illinois' attorney general is warning homeowners cleaning up and making repairs after this week's storms to be on the lookout for con artists posing as legitimate contractors.

    This image made on Friday, April 19, 2013 from the a post on the imgur.com online image hosting service by user “gdhdshdhd” shows analyses overlaid on photographs of the site in Boston where one of two explosives were detonated at the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon. “I’m seeing a lot of confusion and misinformation from news sites about where each bomb was detonated. After combing through the photos I’ve seen, I believe I’ve been able to make a solid case as to their exact location, where ‘exact’ in this case has an error margin of about 2-meters,” user “gdhdshdhd” said.

    In Boston manhunt, online detectives flourish

    The deadly Boston Marathon attacks didn’t take place only on the streets with professional police officers and SWAT teams. In an era of digital interactivity, it also unfolded around the country from laptops and desk chairs filled with regular folks. Fueled by Twitter, online forums like Reddit and 4Chan, smartphones and relays of police scanners, thousands of people played armchair detective as...

    Crystal Sosa of Aurora University helps Lilian Martinez,11, of Aurora pick out a free book during the 10th annual El Dia de los Ninos literacy festival in Aurora in 2011. This year’s festival is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. April 27.

    Children, ‘Books and Libros’ the focus at Aurora festival

    For the third year in a row, the annual El Dia de los Ninos festival in Aurora will feature a “Books and Libros” theme, focusing on literacy and making reading fun for children, organizers say. “The focus really should be with the younger generation on books and literacy,” said Tony Martinez, chairman of the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board, which plans the festival.

    Rich Sustich

    Lake Zurich budget approved amid concerns on debt, public safety

    Lake Zurich officials have approved a $46 million budget for the next year, but not without some concerns about debt. Village trustees voted 4-1 this week in favor the budget the begins May 1 and runs through April 30, 2014. Village Manager Jason Slowinski said the budget will be balanced with the transfer of $272,000 from a reserve fund.


    New Vernon Hills budget provides some breathing room

    Vernon Hills officials have approved a balanced budget with more breathing room than in past years. With sales tax rebounding and past cost cuts a factor, Vernon Hills this year plans to buy some equipment and operate without as many encumbrances due to a tight economy.

    This Monday, April 15, 2013 photo provided by Bob Leonard shows second from left, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was dubbed Suspect No. 1 and third from left, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who was dubbed Suspect No. 2 in the Boston Marathon bombings by law enforcement. This image was taken approximately 10-20 minutes before the blast.

    Boston bomb suspect was under FBI surveillance, mother says

    The older of the two top suspects in the Boston bombings this week had been under FBI surveillance for at least three years, his mother said in an interview with Russian state television broadcaster RT. "“My son would never do this,” she said. “He was controlled by the FBI for three to five years, they knew what my son was doing, they knew what actions, on what sites on the...


    Morton Arboretum to stay closed this weekend

    The Morton Arboretum will remain closed to the public this weekend due to extensive flooding, officials said.


    Goalie Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks might be setting all sorts of goals had this been a full NHL season.

    Blackhawks’ season on pace for best ever

    If this had been a full NHL season, the Blackhawks would be on pace to break records. At 44 games played, the Hawks would be just past the halfway point of a full, 82-game schedule — Gary Bettman permitting — and already they have 73 points. In a full season, that projects to 136 points. Needless to say, that would be an NHL record.

    Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano reacts after the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. “Everybody in this clubhouse wants to win so bad and we want to show to the other team and to the fans that we can do it,” he said after the game.

    Sveum: Perform or lose your jobs

    The error of the Cubs’ ways is starting to get to manager Dale Sveum. “Yes,” Sveum said when asked after Saturday night’s 5-1 loss to the Brewers if he is losing patience. “You can probably tell it in my voice. The big leagues is about performing. We haven’t performed at all now in however many games we’ve played. We really haven’t performed (but) in a couple of them.”


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


    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 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 boys gymnastics scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity boys gymnastics 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.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stops a shot by the Coyotes’ David Moss on Saturday night.

    Seabrook brings the ‘power’ to Hawks’ power play

    It’s apparent one of the changes the Blackhawks made on the power play this week in an attempt to get it going was to make better use of Brent Seabrook and his big shot on the left side. Seabrook scored both goals for the Blackhawks on the power play from the left side in a 3-2 loss to Phoenix by shootout at the United Center. “Seabs has a great shot, and we want him to use it," Coach Quenneville said.

    It was that kind of night for Kirk Hinrich and the Bulls in Saturday’s Game 1 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn.

    Bulls look beat, beat up against Nets

    It’s easy to say the Bulls came out flat and just got outhustled from beginning to end by the Nets in Game 1, but what is a fair expectation for a team that is exhausted, beat up and can’t score?

    A drum line plays outside of the Barclays Center before the start of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets Saturday, April 20, 2013 in New York.

    For Nets, it’s all about Brooklyn

    The Bulls were caught up in the first NBA playoff game in Brooklyn history on Saturday and the game atmosphere was little more than repeating the name of the borough as often as possible. Brooklyn this, Brooklyn that, it’s a Brooklyn blackout and so on.

    Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopez, right, fouls the Bulls’ Joakim Noah, center, while Nets’ Gerald Wallace watches during the second half of Game 1 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2013 in New York. The Nets beat the Bulls 106-89.

    Bulls’ Noah plays, says he will again Monday

    After describing the pain in his right foot on Friday, just about everyone assumed Joakim Noah would miss Game 1 against Brooklyn, and maybe beyond. But Noah made a quick recovery and ended up in the starting lineup.

    The Bulls’ Joakim Noah, left, and Carlos Boozer watch the end of the game against the Brooklyn Nets from the bench during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at the Barclays Center, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in New York. The Nets defeated the Bulls 106-89.

    Bulls never in Game 1 loss to Nets

    Brook Lopez and Deron Williams led Brooklyn to a 60-35 halftime lead and the Bulls never even threatened to get back into Saturday's game. The final result was a 106-89 loss at the Barclays Center and a 1-0 lead for Brooklyn in this first-round playoff series. “The game was over in the first half,” said Carlos Boozer, who led the Bulls with 25 points.


    Neuqua Valley wins big twice

    An early goal from Brooke Ksiazek and a back-breaking strike in the 40th minute from Katie Ciesiulka helped send Neuqua Valley through to the quarterfinals of the 16th annual Naperville Invite with a 4-0 victory over St. Viator. The Wildcats also scored a 5-0 shutout of Wheaton Warrenville South.

    Huntley’s Mike Dollar pulls ahead during the last leg of the 400-meter relay during the McHenry County boys and girls track meet Saturday at Cary-Grove High School in Cary.

    Huntley, McHenry graciously share county crown

    Huntley and McHenry were well suited to split the 2013 McHenry County Boys Track and Field Meet title in Cary Saturday. “It’s great that we tied,” Huntley relay anchor Mike Dollar said. “We both competed really hard. I have a lot of buddies on McHenry and I have since middle school.” Once the meet concluded athletes from both programs posed together with the trophy. Even the chummy coaches seemed satisfied with the split decision of a meet delayed two days by bad weather, though both expressed some surprise at the outcome.


    Downers Grove South tops Palatine

    Goals from Autumn Rasmussen and Kelly Stapleton on both sides of the half helped get Downers Grove South back to its winning ways.The Mustangs notched their first victory in pool play at the 16th Naperville Invite with a 2-0 triumph over Palatine Saturday morning at the Naperville Central venue.


    Vernon Hills’ Tran wins long jump
    Lake track roundup


    Libertyville wins 2 at quad
    Lake softball roundup


    Libertyville downs Lake Zurich
    Lake lacrosse roundup


    Grayslake North splits at Lakes
    Lake soccer roundup


    Carmel takes 2

    Carmel Catholic’s East Suburban Catholic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday was moved from Mundelein to Joliet Catholic because its field was too soggy.So the Corsairs traveled, and then triumphed.Carmel won 4-2 behind Matt Ryan’s complete-game 1-hitter and took the second game 6-3 to improve to 9-2 and 4-0 in the ESCC.“Two well-played games,” Corsairs coach Dann Giesey said. “It made the drive nicer.”Ryan improved to 3-0, allowing no earned runs, while striking out five and walking four. Tyler Murphy led Carmel’s 7-hit attack by going 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Sean Brennan was 1-for-2 with a double, walk and run scored, and Brett Milazzo had a single, stolen base, 2 runs scored and an RBI.Carmel got another complete-game effort on the mound in Game 2, as Dalton Wright (2-2) allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs. He struck out six and walked a pair.Milazzo went 2-for-3 and scored a run, Murphy was 1-for-1 with 2 walks and a run, and Matt Skarzynski went 1-for-1 with an RBI.Libertyville 11, Highland Park 1: Libertyville kept the offense rolling with another big win, just one day after its 22-run output against North Chicago.The Wildcats struck quickly against Highland Park and were up 8-0 after three innings. Evan Skoug led the way with 3 hits, while both Matt Vogt and Jimmy Govern each had 2 hits. Pitcher Jeff Barton got the win. He went 3 innings and had 2 strikeouts.Stevenson 8, Rolling Meadows 4: Zach Novoselsky drilled a grand slam to lead the Patriots to the nonconference victory.Stevenson also got 2 hits apiece out of Jimmy Marchese and Mitchell Goll. One of Marchese’s hits was a double. Meanwhile, pitcher Jordan Sheinkop picked up the win. He allowed just 2 walks and no runs over 6 innings. He also struck out 6 batters.Antioch sweeps: Antioch experienced two extremes in its doubleheader with Northside Prep. The Sequoits got a 5-4 win in the first game and then cruised to a 14-5 win in the second game.In the first game, both Adam Harvey and Mitch Everett had 2 hits apiece. One of Harvey’s hits went for a triple. Meanwhile, Christian Norris had a double for the Sequoits, who improve to 6-3. Everett also picked up the win on the mound. He gave up only 2 walks and 1 earned run over 7 innings. He also struck out 3 batters.In the second game, Nick Muskat led the way with 3 hits. Harvey, Everett and Josh Saldivar each finished with 2 hits. Harvey, Saldivar, Sam Smithson and Matt DeJong all had doubles. Pitcher David Rzewnicki got the win. He struck out 2 batters and gave up no earned runs over 21⁄3 innings pitched.Mundelein 17, Lakes 4: Ryan Dolan homered and Will Farmer went 4-for-4, as the Mustangs improved to 15-0.Mundelein also got big production from Mike Metz (3-for-3), Derek Parola (3-for-4) and Mitch Schulewitz (3-for-4, 2 doubles). Farmer and Logan Reckert also doubled, while Adam Turner earned the win.Joe Sisk homered forLakes (2-11).Grant 8, Jacobs 4: Simeon Lucas doubled and knocked in 3 runs, and Jake Ring went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Bulldogs, wo improved to 10-3.Winning pitcher Jacob Trumpis (2-1) tossed 4 innings.RocktonHononegah 4, Wauconda 3: Ben Peterson had a double for Wauconda (4-3), which had 3 errors. Pitcher Jeff Lindberg had 8 strikeouts and just 2 walks in the loss. He threw 7 innings.Palatine 5, Vernon Hills 2: Vernon Hills was hampered by 4 errors in the loss. Jordan Freibrun and Connor Dickman drove in the Cougars’ only runs.


    Palatine duo no-hits Vernon Hills

    Palatine senior Nick Refka and teammate Alex Piszczek, a junior, teamed up for a no-hitter on Saturday at Vernon Hills.The Pirates duo helped lead the visitors to a 5-2 win.Jarrod Juskiewicz had the game’s only extra base hit with a double.

    An official separates the Blackhawks’ Bryan Bickell, left, and Phoenix Coyotes’ Shane Doan during the first period of Saturday’s game in Chicago.

    Coyotes beat Blackhawks 3-2 in shootout

    Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko scored shootout goals to lift Phoenix to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, snapping the Coyotes’ three-game losing streak and preserving their fading playoff hopes.Schlemko beat Corey Crawford with a high shot for the deciding score in the third round of the tiebreaker to end Chicago’s seven-game winning streakRostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata scored in the first period for Phoenix.Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook scored two power-play goals in regulation for his first two-goal game this season and second of his career.Despite the loss, league-leading Chicago has points in 11 straight games (9-0-2).


    Coach Q pondering whether to rest some regulars

    With four games left in the regular season and all but the President’s Trophy wrapped up, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville admitted Saturday he might consider resting some of his regulars for the playoffs.“We’ll definitely visit that,” Quenneville said.


    Admirals eliminate Wolves

    The Chicago Wolves saw their Calder Cup playoff hopes dashed as they fell to the Milwaukee Admirals 2-0 in an Amtrak Rivalry contest Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.

    Buffalo Grove catcher Amanda Salzman closes in on a foul pop off an Elk Grove bunt attempt that wound up being caught by third baseman Erin Barton Saturday.

    Buffalo Grove upsets Elk Grove; Barrington loses first

    The pitcher can often be the focal point of any softball game.Never was that more the case for Buffalo Grove than during the final innings of Saturday’s Mid-Suburban League East Division contest against visiting Elk Grove.Bison sophomore ace Julia Camardo helped carry her team to a dramatic 7-5 victory — not only with her arm but with her bat.


    New Cub gets to game in the 9th only to be thrown out

    It's been a whirlwind past 48 hours for new Cub Julio Borbon. He flew in from Texas Friday after being claimed off waivers. He got to Miller Park just in time to make the final out of Friday night's game on a caught-stealing.

    Burlington Central’s Ryan Olsen wins the final heat of the 400 meter dash in Kaneland meet on Saturday, April 20.

    Kaneland repeats Peterson title

    The three individuals Kaneland boys track coach Eric Baron credited as most valuable to the Knights' victorious outing at Saturdays' Peterson Prep Invitational didn't run, throw or jump in anything. They made it possible for those who did.

    Burlington Central’s Ryan Olsen wins the final heat of the 400 meter dash in Kaneland meet on Saturday, April 20.

    Kaneland repeats Peterson title

    The three individuals Kaneland boys track coach Eric Baron credited as most valuable to the Knights' victorious outing at Saturdays' Peterson Prep Invitational didn't run, throw or jump in anything. They made it possible for those who did.

    Burlington Central’s Lucas Ege takes first in the 110-meter hurdles at Kaneland’s Peterson Prep meet on Saturday.

    Burlington Central’s Ege double-winner at Kaneland

    Burlington Central’s Lucas Ege looks smooth as silk running hurdles. His technique and foot speed helped settle an old score. As a freshman Ege had faced Kaneland all-state hurdler Dylan Nauert several times and beat him once, in the 110-meter race at last year’s Class 2A Rochelle sectional. Ege got him twice Saturday at Kaneland’s own Peterson Prep Invitational in Maple Park, once in Nauert’s trademark 300 hurdles. In that race, Ege dramatically lowered his personal-best to 40.45 seconds from 42.9. Coming from the pack into the final 100, Ege remained focused even as another runner banged into a hurdle.

    Cary-Grove’s Erika Sternard launches herself into the air as she competes in the high jump during the McHenry County boys and girls track meet Saturday at Cary-Grove High School in Cary.

    Cary-Grove girls make it 5 straight county titles

    Cary-Grove’s drive for five didn’t come easy. The Trojans edged Huntley by 7 points to win their fifth consecutive McHenry County Girls Track and Field Meet on a crisp Saturday in Cary, and they did so by navigating potholes. Sophomore Morgan Schulz tweaked an ankle in warm-ups and had to pull out of the 800-meter relay, which finished second only to Huntley. The Trojans relinquished points in the day’s second race when the 400-meter relay team dropped the baton and finished sixth.

    Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano reacts in the dugout after the sixth inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday in Milwaukee.

    Oh no, shoddy fielding Cubs’ downfall against Brewers
    Associated PressMILWAUKEE — Jonathan Lucroy homered, Hiram Burgos pitched five innings in his major league debut and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of shoddy fielding by the Chicago Cubs in a 5-1 win Saturday night. Burgos held the Cubs to one run and five hits with a strikeout and no walks to help the Brewers win their sixth straight game. The Brewers scored first when Lucroy hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot to left center field in the second inning off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (0-3). Jackson lost to the Brewers for the second time this season. Burgos faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings and the only run he allowed was on Alfonso Soriano’s single in the fourth. Three Brewers relievers combined to hold the Cubs scoreless over the final four innings.Jackson, who lowered his ERA to 4.84 from over 6, held the Brewers to two hits through four innings. Two Cubs’ errors in the fifth led to a pair of unearned runs, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead.The Brewers extended the lead to 5-1 with two more unearned runs in the sixth. Ryan Braun singled. After Rickie Weeks struck out, Lucroy hit a bouncer back to the mound that Jackson cleanly fielded but his throw to second base sailed into center field, allowing Braun to advance to third. Braun scored on a sacrifice bunt by Logan Schafer. A single by Martin Maldonado drove in Lucroy.Jackson pitched six innings, giving up four hits and five runs, only one of them earned, with one walk on four strike outs.Notes: With the win, the Brewers joined the 1977 Yankees as the only teams ever to start 2-8 and climb to .500 by winning their next six games. The Yankees won the World Series that season. . The Brewers have won 17 of their last 19 games against the Cubs at Miller Park, including the last seven. . Cubs SS Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest active streak in the majors, with a bloop single to right field in the fourth inning. . The Cubs were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and are now 17-for-115 — .148 — this season.


    Red-hot Szczesny’s hat trick boosts Barrington

    After having trouble lately finding the back of the net, Barrington proved in the past 48 hours just how potent its attack can be. On Saturday night, the Fillies (6-3-1) defeated St. Charles East 3-1 at Barrington to win their group and advance to the quarterfinals of the 16th Naperville Invitational. On Thursday, the Fillies will meet Loyola (12-1-0), which also went 2-0-0 in pool play. Sophomore Jenna Szczesny helped restore the Fillies’ faith in their offense with a hat trick, giving her 5 goals in her last two matches and 10 this season.


    Bartlett wins 2 in Ohio

    The Bartlett softball team bounced back from Friday’s loss to win twice Saturday at the Wendy’s Spring Classic in frigid Ashland, Ohio.Playing in wind chills in the 20s, the Hawks defeated McGaffey (OH) 15-2 and Windham (OH) 10-1.Against Gaffney, Sydney Johnson, Lauren Janczak, Sarah Schmitz, Alyssa Nowak and Cara Carrion each had doubles for Bartlett and Kayla Haberstich had a triple. Amy Johnson won the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits in 4 innings.In the second game, Katie Fornoff had 2 doubles and Rachel Odolski doubled for Bartlett (10-5). Holly Pagan allowed just 2 hits in 5 innings for the win.Libertyville 2, Huntley 0: Huntley managed just 4 hits in this loss at the Libertyville quad. Angela Tribuzio had a double for the Red Raiders. Haley Spannraft was the losing pitcher, allowing 7 hits with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk.Huntley 7, Vernon Hills 0: Angela Tribuzio was 2-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI and Ashley Laxner threw a 2-hitter and went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Huntley to a win in the Libertyville quad. Haley Spannraft was 3-for-4 for the Red Raiders (9-3).St. Edward 5, IC 2: Kali Kossakowski was 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 stolen bases to lead the Green Wave to a Suburban Christian Blue win in a game played at the old Driscoll High School field in Addison. Julie Larson went 2-for-3 for St. Edward while Kelly Theriault and Allison Stratman each had an RBI. Lindsay Zdroik (4-4) allowed just 4 hits and no earned runs, striking out 5 and walking 2 to earn the win for St. Edward (6-4, 2-2).

    Brooklyn Nets’ C.J. Watson reacts after hitting a 3-point basket during the second quarter of Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Barclays Center, Saturday.

    Nets crush Bulls in first playoff game in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK — Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and the Nets turned the Brooklyn blackout into a blowout, beating the Chicago Bulls 106-89 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.Williams scored 22 points, Lopez had 21 and the Nets ripped apart the Bulls’ vaunted defense with a spectacular second quarter, when they made 16 of 20 shots. Joe Johnson finished with 16 for the Nets, who made their successful first season in Brooklyn even better with a victory in their first playoff appearance since 2007. They will host Game 2 on Monday night.The Nets wore their road black uniforms and fans were encouraged to wear black as well to make it a “blackout” for the first major postseason game in Brooklyn since Oct. 10, 1956, when the Yankees beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series at Ebbets Field.The Nets then came out white-hot, shooting nearly 56 percent and putting six players in double figures. Carlos Boozer had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who had Joakim Noah in the starting lineup despite foot pain. But he was clearly limited, and there was no reason to play him more than the 14 minutes he got with the game never in doubt after halftime.The sellout crowd of 17,732 was roaring long before Nets reserve Jerry Stackhouse, who wears the No. 42 that Jackie Robinson once sported in Brooklyn, sang the national anthem. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who spent hundreds of millions on player contracts last summer expecting a longtime loser in New Jersey to win big in Brooklyn, came on the court to thank fans for their passion and support, telling them that this playoff appearance was only the beginning. And what a beginning it was.Williams even had a reverse dunk in the third quarter, showing how much better he feels after ankle pain had him playing well below his usual level before the All-Star break, when he could barely jump.Gerald Wallace and C.J. Watson each scored 14 for the Nets, while Andray Blatche had 12. Noah has battled plantar fasciitis in his right foot and coach Tom Thibodeau said he didn’t want his All-Star center playing if he was injured. But Noah, who grew up in New York, wanted to give it a try. He finished with four points.The Bulls are still without Derrick Rose, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in last year’s playoff opener. Thibodeau hasn’t ruled out the former MVP returning in this series, noting the end would be two weeks from Saturday if it went the distance. That looked unlikely after Game 1.Chicago won three of four during the regular season, holding the Nets to 87.5 points per game, but Brooklyn had 89 after the third quarter of this one. Fans chanted “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” before the tip and chanted Wallace’s name during it, recognizing his strong performance after a difficult regular season. The Nets jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter, getting 12 points from Lopez. It was 38-26 midway through the second before the Nets blew it open. Lopez made two straight baskets, the latter a dunk after Williams juked Marco Belinelli so badly that Jay-Z practically jumped out of his nearby courtside seat. Former Bulls backup Watson followed with a 3-pointer to make it a 20-point game for the first time, and it was 60-35 at halftime after the Nets scored the final six points.Noah started the second half, clearly not running well, but was back on the bench before long.NOTES: Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo got his first playoff victory since April 30, 1997, when he coached Portland. ... The Bulls reached the conference semifinals the previous three times they were a No. 5 seed. ... Jay-Z was in his usual seat near the Nets’ bench even though the rap mogul is selling his small portion of the team, as required, to focus on his player agency business.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 2, CL South 0: Brandon McCumber scattered 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and no walks as the Trojans won in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Cary-Grove (12-3, 7-1), which also had 6 hits, got RBI singles from McCumber (2-for-3) and Matt Ewert (2-for-3). Tommy Gaede and losing pitcher Tyler Hall were each 2-for-3 for Crystal Lake South (10-1, 7-1). Hall struck out 8 and walked 2.McHenry 6, Dundee-Crown 5: Dylan Kissack was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI and Ryan Suwanski went 3-for-3 with a double for Dundee-Crown in this FVC Valley loss. Luis Garcia and Trent Muscat each drove in 2 runs for D-C (5-5, 3-3). Suwanski suffered the loss in relief of Vince Damato.Bartlett sweeps East Aurora: Doug VanDyke and Tim McTeague combined on a five-inning no-hitter as Bartlett won the opener 21-0 in the Upstate Eight River. The Hawks completed the sweep with an 8-0 win in Game 2. In the opener, Bartlett pounded out 22 hits, led by 4 each from Ben Havel (2 doubles, 4 RBI) and Matt Vitulli (2 doubles, 5 RBI). Trevor Scetic (3-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI), Ryan Karrick (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Mike Roberson (RBI), Jake Barrutia (3-for-3), Colin Nowak (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Sam Franco (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) also contributed. Van Dyke pitched the first 3 innings and had 4 strikeouts to earn the win. McKeague struck out 6 of the 7 batters he faced. In Game 2, Vitulli was 3-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI while Karrick (2-for-3, RBI) and Franco (RBI) each had doubles. Havel had 2 RBI and Justin Blanchett drove in a run. Blanchett was also the winning pitcher for the Hawks (7-2, 6-2), going 5 innings and allowing 2 hits with 5 strikeouts and a walk.St. Edward sweeps St. Francis: Jacob Koehring threw a 4-hitter in Game 1 and went 5-for-6 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI on the day as St. Edward swept a Suburban Christian doubleheader, winning 5-1 and 7-2. In Game 1, Koehring struck out 5 and walked 3 while allowing only 1 earned run. Ryan Nudd added a double and an RBI for the Green Wave and Tighe Koehring had 2 RBI. In the second game, Tighe Koehring was 2-for-4 with a double for St. Edward (9-3, 7-2). Michael Castoro and Jack Tierney (RBI) each had 2 hits and Zach West drove in a run. Nick Bouley got the win in relief of Scotty Palmer.Elgin drops 2: The Maroons managed just 1 hit in Game 1 and 5 hits in Game 2 in losing an Upstate Eight River doubleheader to St. Charles East, 5-0 and 3-1. Nick Turner and Ryan Sitter took the losses for Elgin (2-9, 1-7).Geneva takes 2 from Streamwood: The Sabres had only 1 hit in a 7-0 loss in Game 1 and then fell 11-6 in Game 2 of this UEC River twin bill. Kevin Drwal had a double and an RBI in Game 2 for Streamwood, while Jeff Weaver (3-for-3), Troy Caminitti and Zach Pisarek each drove in runs. Chad Caminitti took the loss in Game 1 and Matt Harding was the losing pitcher for the Sabres (1-10, 1-8) in Game 2.Jacobs 6, Waukegan 5: Danny Vandewalker’s walk-off double led the Golden Eagles to this nonconference win. Connor Conzelman was 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBI for Jacobs, while Ben Murray (3-for-4, 2 doubles, RBI), Greg Sidor (RBI), Grant Kale (2B), Ryan Sargent (2-for-5, 2B) and Joe Berndt (2-for-3) also contributed to the offense. Sargent was the winning pitcher in relief.Grant 8, Jacobs 4: Grant Kale was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI but the Golden Eagles fell in a nonconference game played at Trout Park in Elgin Saturday night. Tom Hubner had a double and an RBI for Jacobs (11-3). Nick Ledinsky was the losing pitcher.Two tough losses for Storm: South Elgin couldn’t muster any offense Saturday, dropping a pair of 1-0 UEC Valley decisions to Waubonsie Valley, whose Tyler Hasper threw a no-hitter in Game 1. David Palmer suffered the loss for South Elgin despite allowing no earned runs. He gave up 6 hits with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks. In Game 2, all the Storm (6-5, 5-3) could manage was singles from Palmer and Jared Lee off the Warriors’ Troy Fumagalli. Joe Crivolio took the loss, allowing just 2 hits.

    Wheaton Academy’s Matt Ruff in the final heat of the 400 meter dash at the Kaneland meet on Saturday, April 20.

    Wheaton Academy’s Ruff, VanDyke moving up

    The maturation of Wheaton Academy track athletes Matt Ruff and Noah VanDyke continued at Kaneland’s annual Peterson Prep Invitational.


    Injuries becoming an issue for White Sox

    As expected, the White Sox placed left fielder Dayan Viciedo (oblique strain) on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Blake Tekotte was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take Viciedo's roster spot.

    The White Sox wasted another strong outing from Jake Peavy, who worked 7 innings and allowed only 1 run while striking out nine Saturday.

    Dunn just one of struggling Sox hitters

    The White Sox' offense was silent Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Twins. But fans at U.S. Cellular Field weren't shy about booing Adam Dunn, who was 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts. Dunn is batting .098. “Today aside, I don’t feel terrible up there,” Dunn said. “Obviously, the results aren’t there, and this is a results-oriented game. That’s the first thing people think, that there’s something wrong."


    Lake Zurich drops 1-0 heartbreaker to Loyola

    All-state defender Corey Burns popped up with a crucial second-period header that found the back of the net and helped dash the hopes of coach Mike Castronova's Lake Zurich Bears on Saturday. Burns' timely play in the 47th minute came off a corner from teammate Tori Iatarola, as Loyola earned a 1-0 triumph over the Bears (5-4-1) in the final pool-play match of the Naperville girls soccer invitational played at regional host Barrington. The victory enabled the Ramblers (12-1-0) to earn a hard-fought berth in Thursday's semifinals against Barrington, which won its group play after defeating St. Charles East.

    Cynthia Mote of Glenbard West launches during the triple jump during the Sue Pariseau girls track invitational hosted by Glenbard West Saturday.

    Glenbard West reigns

    Emma Gambol was not about to leave Benedictine University with three runner-up performances Saturday afternoon in Lisle. The Glenbard West sophomore, after razor-thin defeats in the 100-meter dash and 300 hurdles, not to mention a third-place finish in the triple jump, had a comfortable lead on the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay. Gambol proceeded to lengthen the Hilltoppers’ lead over Whitney Young to cement their third consecutive team championship of the Sue Pariseau girls track and field invitational. Gambol, with support from Emma Reifel, Mary Nevins and Emma Winans, catapulted the Hilltoppers’ quartet to victory in 4:03.19 as the last event of the 15-team invitational was emblematic of the final team score.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 6, Addison Trail 1: Jill Weichmann had a goal and 3 assists to lead the Chargers to a win at the Lake Park/Rolling Meadows tournament. Alyssa Moreno scored twice for D-C, while Franki Scarpelli and Krystal Moreno each added single scores and Carson Bloch and Alexis Lewis assists. Isabel Miranda had 4 saves in goal for the Chargers (4-9). Weichmann and Jordan Fryer were named to the all-tournament team for Dundee-Crown.Larkin 3, Harvest Christian 1: Jaci Bridgers scored twice and Samantha Moreno added a goal for Larkin in this nonconference win. Brittany Salazar had a goal for Harvest Christian, while Evelyn Bautista made 8 saves in goal and Shayna Manusos had 2 saves for the Lions (3-4-3).St. Edward 7, Rockford East 0: Corey Lepoudre had 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the Green Wave to a nonconference win. Allison Kruk, Chelsea Gnan, Kim Smith, Megan Kearney and Monica Ramirez also scored goals with Smith and Kailey Durkin adding assists. Paige Dykstra had 2 saves in goal for St. Edward (6-2-1).Burlington Central 10, Yorkville 0: Ellen Jayne had a hat trick and Alyssa Messina 2 goals to lead the Rockets at DeKalb’s BarbFest Tournament. Camille Dela Cruz, Tatiana Reynoso and Ashley Ahrens also scored for Central, which got 3 assists from Messina, 2 from Reynoso and 1 each from Cali Andrew, Karrington Bell and Franki Marchett. Taylor Martin made 2 saves in goal.DeKalb 4, Burlington Central 1: Camille Dela Cruz scored the Rockets’ only goal in the championship game of the DeKalb BarbFest. Taylor Martin made 7 saves in goal for Central (10-1-1).


    Vernon Hills’ double wins well worth the wait

    The Vernon Hills girls soccer team waited to get on the field longer than it wanted. It was worth it. Due to the inclement weather, it had been 10 days since the Cougars’ last game. But they played twice Saturday and made the matches worthwhile. Their 4-0 shutout over visiting Waukegan gave them the championship of the Lakes tournament at Vernon Hills. The Cougars also picked up a 5-0 win over Woodstock North.

    Mundelein’s Maddie Zazas slides safely into second base past Johnsburg’s Carly Wilson at Mundelein on Saturday.

    Zazas, Mundelein celebrate MBSA Day with sweep

    The future Maddie Zazases watched the real Maddie Zazas zip around bases and play impeccable shortstop Saturday. Those Mundelein Baseball Softball Association girls are not that much younger than Zazas, in truth. They’ll be playing varsity before too long. “Someday,” a smiling Zazas said. “Someday. It’ll happen.” If the many little girls who watched Mundelein sweep Johnsburg in a nonconference doubleheader possess the same softball savvy as the 16-year-old Zazas, the future of Mustangs softball is bright. Mundelein celebrated its second annual MBSA Day by capturing the opening game 5-2 and then taking the second 14-4 on JV call-up Amanda Diaz’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.


    Big 2nd half lifts Batavia over West Chicago

    Down a goal and not playing particularly well, Batavia needed to find some spark to its play as the second half began in Saturday’s nonconference girls soccer match at West Chicago. Instead, the Bulldogs lit an offensive bonfire in the first 25 minutes of the half – scored three times and left town with comprehensive 3-1 victory.


    Lake Park sweeps Neuqua Valley

    To win the Upstate Eight Valley Conference baseball title, you have to get through Neuqua Valley.That’s exactly what Lake Park did on Saturday.Behind standout pitching performances from Christian Taugner and Mark Pall, the Lancers (11-2, 7-1) swept a key doubleheader against the Wildcats (9-5, 6-2) in Naperville. The three-game series concludes Tuesday in Roselle.


    Departing wins Illinois Derby

    Race favorite Departing came on strong at the head of the stretch to win the Grade III $750,000 Illinois Derby by 3¼ lengths Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course.


    Cougars sweep doubleheader

    After their Friday night matchup was postponed, the Kane County Cougars snapped their five-game losing streak to the Quad Cities River Bandits by sweeping a doubleheader Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, with a 7-3 victory in Game 1 followed by a 4-3 decision.


    Batavia sweeps Larkin

    Luke Horton isn’t afraid to throw his breaking ball on any count in any situation. Batavia’s senior right-hander went the distance, allowing just 5 hits with 1 walk and a pair of strikeouts, as the Bulldogs (13-2, 7-2) edged Larkin (3-8, 0-7) 4-2 to complete an Upstate Eight Conference River Division doubleheader sweep Saturday in Batavia. The Bulldogs used an 8-run fifth to take the opening game, 10-5.


    Naperville North strikes twice in second half

    Playing against a cold wind and an unbeaten Naperville North team, Lyons Township coach Bill Lanspeary was just fine with a scoreless tie after 40 minutes of soccer Saturday afternoon.


    Prairie Ridge hands No. 1 Huntley 1st loss

    Huntley’s baseball team produced enough runs to win Saturday. But in the end, the Red Raiders’ season-opening winning streak of 13 came to an abrupt halt because of shoddy defense and pitching. Hindered by 4 errors and 8 walks combined from pitchers Bryce Only and Tommy Regan, the No. 1 Red Raiders absorbed their first loss of the season, 9-7, to Prairie Ridge in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division contest in Huntley.


    Benet earns DH split

    What do you get when you combine Benet’s great lineup, a very good opponent and a tight strike zone? A tough afternoon for pitchers. It was that kind of day Saturday at Providence. No. 2 Benet battled back from deficits of 5-0 and 9-6 in the second game of a doubleheader, but the host Celtics scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh for a 13-11 win.


    Elgin’s Khan, South Elgin shine at Elgin quad

    The boys tennis team at Elgin High School survived one storm surge this week but Saturday, the Storm surge that was South Elgin was just unavoidable. A creek less than 30 yards away helped flood Elgin’s courts after the midweek rains. But the Maroons were out early Saturday morning with roll driers frantically getting their courts ready after the water receded. Elgin got the courts ready in time, but it set the stage for South Elgin to win an Elgin-themed quad with 13 victories in total. Host Elgin compiled 11, Larkin came in third with and Elgin Academy came away with a single victory.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Jeff Keppinger left, watches his throw to first base after forcing out Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer at second base during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Twins’ Josh Willingham was safe at first. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Ramirez’s error costly for Sox

    Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez's throwing error, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 2-1 on Saturday.


    Elgin CC splits with Waubonsee

    ECC splits with Waubonsee: After losing the opener 7-0, the Elgin Community College baseball team came back to win the second game 6-3 Saturday. In the win, John Menken had 2 doubles and an RBI for the Spartans, while Bobby Thorson added a double and 2 RBI and Andy Kovarik had 2 doubles. Drew Peters was the winning pitcher. In the opener, Lee Jackson was 2-for-3 with a double and Dominick Tatone took the loss.

    Neil Diamond sings '"Sweet Caroline" during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Red Sox, Bruins back after bombing, manhunt

    A defiant David Ortiz stood on the Fenway Park infield and told the crowd, “Stay Strong,” bringing a rousing cheer from Bostonians weary from a week of bombings, stay-at-home orders and a manhunt that locked down the city for a day.


    Grayslake Central hangs on, tops Hampshire

    Saturday’s victory was a little more nerve-wracking than Grayslake Central baseball coach Troy Whalen would have liked. The Rams led 9-1 after the top of the fifth inning before Hampshire scored 7 unanswered runs, but Grayslake Central held on for a 9-8 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division victory.

    Safety Tom Zbikowski, of Buffalo Grove, works out during Bears minicamp at Halas Hall as he prepares to earn a roster spot with his third NFL team.

    Zbikowski ready to fight for job with Bears

    After four years with the Baltimore Ravens and a year with the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Grove High School graduate Tom Zbikowski is back home after being signed by the Bears. The feisty safety,special teams standout and professional boxer isn't being handed anything, and he's competing for playing time in a crowded secondary. But that's fine with him; he's always been up for a fight.


    Judson splits at Ashford tournament

    Ashford 6, Judson 4: Deanna DeBoscherre was 2-for-3 with a double, and Brianna Tennyson and Maddie Smith each had 2 hits and an RBI for Judson at the Ashford Tournament in Morrison, Ill.

    United States elite wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden, and winner of the Women’s Wheelchair Boston Marathon, will race in Sunday’s London Marathon despite security fears in the wake of the bomb blasts in the Boston.

    Boston wheelchair winner to help wounded

    Tatyana McFadden’s thrill at winning her first Boston Marathon wheelchair title didn’t last long. Shortly after leaving the Boston streets, she learned of the explosions at the finish line. Sunday is McFadden’s 24th birthday, and she'll mark it with a defiant return to action in the London Marathon. “We will be racing for the people in Boston,” she said from her hotel overlooking the River Thames. “So I’ll be carrying them in my heart.”


    Revolving roster continues for Cubs

    The Cubs' revolving-door roster continued to spin Friday as they claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Texas Rangers. They also designated infielder Alberto Gonzalez for assignment.


    Molly Bloom exits Manhattan federal court, Friday, in New York. Nearly three dozen people were charged on Tuesday in what investigators said was a Russian organized crime operation that included illegal, high-stakes poker games for the rich and famous and threats of violence to make sure customers paid their debts.

    Authorities deal Russian mob a losing hand

    Prosecutors say in recent years gambling operations laundered at least $100 million in illegal gambling proceeds through hundreds of bank accounts and shell companies in Cyprus and the United States.

    A burger king meal, which includes hamburgers and Pepsi soft drinks, sits on a tray inside a Burger King fast food restaurant in Moscow, Russia.

    Pepsi-Mondelez stakes raise merger speculation

    Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management LP disclosed stakes in PepsiCo Inc. and Mondelez International Inc., increasing speculation that he’ll push for a merger of the food makers.

    Associated Press/Feb. 3, 2012 The Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, which opened in 1974.

    Bid for FBI building sets off regional competition

    The contenders include Maryland’s Prince George’s County, already home to federal agencies specializing in intelligence research and cybersecurity. Northern Virginia proponents boast of the area’s high-quality schools and proximity to the CIA headquarters and other existing FBI facilities, including its training academy, in the area. The District of Columbia is also offering a waterfront site near highways, public transit and a major league baseball stadium.


    Turks aim to emulate Israel tech

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to catapult Turkey into the top 10 of the global economic elite over the next decade. To get there, he may need to spend more time mimicking the country he's been feuding with.


    ACLU: Slow smartphone updates are privacy threat

    One of the leading U.S. civil-rights organizations is taking on an unusual cause: spotty smartphone updates. The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate what it considers a failure by U.S. wireless carriers to properly update the Google-built operating system used on Android phones. The ACLU says that sluggish fixes have been saddling many smartphone users with software that is out of date and therefore dangerous.

    This undatated image provided by Amazon shows actor Ed Begley Jr. playing a financier in an episode of ìBetas,î one of the 14 TV show pilots being made by Amazon.com Inc. Amazon is hoping people will sign up to pay $79 a year for an Amazon Prime membership, a free shipping, online video and e-book borrowing service that will include access to the full series on the Web, connected TVs and mobile devices when they’re completed.

    Amazon nears debut of original TV shows

    There used to be just one way for getting shows on TV. Networks would spend tens of millions of dollars ordering scripts and shooting pilots and then show the fruits of their labor to focus groups. A small group of executives would cherry-pick a few promising shows to put on TV, hoping they'd be a hit with bigger audiences.


    Taiwan tech industry faces up to Samsung

    Taiwanese companies have long viewed tech giant Samsung as a major threat and the battle has recently appeared to tilt in favor of the South Korean rival as Taiwan's smartphone, memory chip and display panel makers suffered sagging exports. The sales erosion has been driven by competition, some of it from South Korea, and a weak global economy but has also spawned fears on this export-reliant island of 23 million that Samsung has deliberately targeted Taiwanese firms as part of a campaign to undermine their competitiveness in markets around the world.


    Microsoft offers security enhancement for sign-ins

    Microsoft is offering enhanced security for its email, storage and other services. People who turn on the new feature will be asked not just for a username and password, but also a second piece of information, such as a temporary code sent as a text message to a phone on file. Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. already allow two-step verification as an option.


    Samsung Galaxy S 4 sales start next week in U.S.

    U.S. wireless carriers have started revealing prices for Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S 4, which goes on sale starting next week.

    The HTC Corp. One smartphone is displayed for a photograph in San Francisco, California, U.S. The HTC Corp. One is among the initial handful of phones compatible with Facebookís new Home software.

    HTC is best Android phone, at least this week

    When it comes to making Android phones, Samsung seems to suck up most of the profits and all the buzz. Meanwhile, HTC quietly produces phones every bit as capable and sometimes considerably more handsome. The latest example is the HTC One, about to go on sale in the U.S. After using the device for a couple of weeks, I'm impressed. Yet it may get lost amid the massive marketing blitz for Samsung's Galaxy S4, which arrives later this month.

    If you’re like me, you waited until the final days of the tax season to file your returns. And if you’re like me, you’re thinking there ought to be ways to keep your finances organized throughout the year to avoid the mad scramble as April 15 approaches.

    Review: 4 services to keep tax records organized

    If you're like me, you waited until the final days of the tax season to file your returns. And if you're like me, you're thinking there ought to be ways to keep your finances organized throughout the year to avoid the mad scramble as April 15 approaches. As I procrastinated on doing my taxes, I researched several Web services that can help make tax season smoother next year.

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    Plote Homes’ Dan Shepard oversees things at Lakes at Boulder Ridge, a new community in Lake in the Hills.

    Plote Construction associated with homes, too

    The Plote name is well known for heavy road construction throughout the Northwest suburbs. But few realize the breadth of the family's interests and holdings, such as Plote Homes LLC, which was originally established as Par Development in 1989. The home-building company is run by Dan Shepard, executive vice president.

    Old Viva Kennedy! campaign buttons of civil rights leader and G.I. Forum founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia, lower left, are on display at the Garcia exhibit at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

    Corpus Christi provides link to U.S. Latino history

    For most residents from bigger Texas cities, the south Texas city of Corpus Christi has always been a day-trip destination for a quick beach getaway. But often overlooked are the coastal city's deep roots in Mexican-American history, some of it wrapped up in the civil rights movement. And while Corpus Christi doesn't have a huge number of museums or landmarks connected to Latino history, visitors can find plenty of interesting things to see, from an exhibit about a physician and civil rights leader to a statue of the late Tejano star Selena.

    Sue Canfield, and dogs Toby, Pike and Rascal in the surf off the California coastline. Watching as a beloved dog is swept out to sea is heart-wrenching. Doing nothing seems unthinkable. But experts say that is exactly what a dog owner should do.

    Don’t attempt to save swept-away pets, experts warn

    Watching as a beloved dog is swept out to sea is heart-wrenching. Doing nothing seems unthinkable.But experts say that is exactly what a dog owner should do: nothing. "The human-animal bond is no joke. Most pet owners are very attached to their pets," said Dr. Lynn Miller, a veterinarian who runs the animal clinic at Travis Air Force Base, north of San Francisco. "But you're not going to save your dog by risking your own life. It does your dog no favors in the end if he comes back and you're dead. Then what is he going to do?"

    Peter Yarrow is set to perform at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Weekend picks: Peter Yarrow goes solo at Raue Center

    Peter Yarrow, a former member of the famed folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs in concert Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Honor our planet at the Earth Day Celebration Saturday at Friendship Park Conservatory in Des Plaines. Zombie expert and author Max Brooks presents “10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack” Saturday in the auditorium of Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

    Jennifer Lawrence at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Prom season provides many girls a chance to have their moment in the spotlight.

    Prom fashion turns into red carpet moment

    You might as well roll out the red carpet in front of the school gymnasium or hotel ballroom and line it with parental paparazzi: Prom season provides many girls a chance to have their moment in the spotlight. It's likely that this year's parade of fashions will include a few starlet lookalikes. And why not?


    Protect yourself against mortgage lock scams

    A price quote means nothing until it is properly locked with the lender. Too often, lenders take advantage of home mortgage borrowers because interest rates are continuously changing.

    A necklace with a charm made of breast milk is one of the items jewelry designer Allicia Mogavero offers on the handmade marketplace site Etsy.

    Add breast milk jewelry to childhood keepsakes

    Strands from baby's first haircut. The first tooth. Tiny footprints sunk into clay. Some parents even tuck away the dried stump of the umbilical cord or the stick pregnancy test as a touching memento marking the milestones of their kids. The latest? Breast milk jewelry. Few issues polarize mothers more than breast-feeding, and all things related to breast-feeding, so wearing processed breast milk around the neck or in a bracelet has ignited some passions.

    This chalice is Italian and probably made on the Venetian island of Murano.

    A handblown glass item from Italy

    Q. I have attached photographs of a handblown glass item that — to me — looks like an ostrich. It was found in my mother’s attic, but I have no idea where or when she obtained it. It is 12 inches tall. Can you give me any information as to what it is and its current value, if any?


    Ford Roadster taken on remarkable road trip

    Over many years of working in the custom-car industry, Gary Heidt of Rolling Meadows accumulated and saved the needed parts to build a 1932 Ford Roadster. "As it finally came together, I realized I could fulfill my dream of driving to the Bonneville Salt Flats," he said.

    Naomi Watts plays a woman who survives a tsunami in the fact-based drama “The Impossible.”

    DVD previews: ‘The Impossible,’ ‘Gangster Squad’

    New movies on the DVD this week include "The Impossible" and "Gangster Squad."


    An HVAC upgrade makes sense if you plan to stay in home

    Q. We need a new air conditioner. I have received several estimates on what we need to do to upgrade. One contractor wants to replace the air conditioner only. Some want to replace the furnace and air conditioner, and one wants to replace everything including most of the ducts. What should we consider in making a decision?

    The Dunberry model can be built in any Meritus Homes community.

    Reserve of St. Charles offers Dunberry model

    While this particular home in the Reserve of St. Charles has recently gone under contract, this model, known as The Dunberry, can be built in any Meritus Homes community, including Ravenna of Long Grove, Tamarack South in Naperville and Reserve of St Charles.

    Author Mary Higgins Clark’s current book is a vintage thriller featuring women in distress, mysterious pasts and secret identities.

    Mary Higgins Clark active as ever at age 85

    The desk of Mary Higgins Clark looks remarkably ordered for one of the world's most popular novelists. But the upkeep can be explained by spring cleaning and by a pause between projects as Clark promotes a new novel, and plans her next. "It's a total mess when I'm working, because I have research books here," she says. "And last year, it was getting all dusty from all the books, so we had to take them out. I get allergies easily and it was getting too dusty."


    Factors used to determine association reserves

    Q. Our condominium association has set aside funds each year for our reserve fund; however, we have no idea if it is sufficient. Are there any guiding principles here?


    Only painful steps remain if mortgagees stop paying

    Q. We rented a home to a couple for 16 years who never missed a payment. Last year they purchased the home and pay us the mortgage. Now they have not paid the mortgage in five months.

    Decals are growing in popularity because they can easily be installed and removed without damaging walls or paint.

    Decals can transform a wall cheaply, easily

    Wall decals have taken off as an easy, affordable and temporary way to transform a room. The flexible vinyl decals come in dozens of colors and hundreds of designs, everything from animals and music notes to funky patterns and religious symbols.

    A hand-stitched quilt made by Barney Stickles’ grandmother Bertha Hirsch, in 1884 is displayed in Stickles’ home.

    What you should know before buying antiques

    When you shop for antiques, don't go in cold. You need to have some knowledge so you don't just end up with something old. "Just because something is old doesn't mean it's an antique," said Byron "Barney" Stickles, an antiques appraiser.

    Rolled towels and neatly displayed toiletries cost next to nothing but create a high-end feel.

    Inexpensive ways to give your bathroom a spalike feel

    Upscale hotels get bathrooms right. The puffy white towels are carefully folded and stacked, toiletries are lined up in a countertop tray even the toilet paper is folded into a neat point.

    Trees give the landscape unique character

    Art in the garden: Put trees first in design plans

    Flowers are usually the first thing folks consider when planning a new landscape, but trees should be at the top of their lists. Trees have the greatest visual impact and should be the first plants placed in a new landscape. As trees grow, they give a garden structure.

    The multilevel interior is composed of dips and swirls with different ceiling heights.

    Feelin’ groovy in a home made of foam

    In Minnetrista, Minn., there’s a funny-looking house that could have dropped straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. The dwelling is made almost entirely of polyurethane foam. Its quirky appearance — drooping rooflines, domed top and organic shape rising from the earth — has inspired many nicknames, including “the Mushroom House,” “the Foam House” and “Hobbit House.”



    Assumed guilt led to dismissal of charges
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The three Schaumburg police officers who are accused of wrongdoing have not been convicted in a court of law. Therefore, the 19 people who were arrested by them had cases dismissed because of an assumed guilt of the three.


    New mayor should focus on rebuilding
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: It is my opinion that the mayor of Mundelein should be more concerned with rebuilding Mundelein though small business and not corporations.


    Cats aren’t alone preying on birds
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I have watched the hawk swoop down, grab a bird with his claws and hack it up for food with only feathers are left behind. I try to knock on my window, try to run outside as fast as I can, but the minute the hawk hears the door he is gone.


    Anonymity has no place in public dialogue
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Three days before the election I received in the email a flier from "Civility and Transparency in Government." It was nothing but mudslinging against a candidate for village president and the type of repugnant behavior we are hoping to end in Bartlett. Anyone paying attention to the politics in Bartlett is also aware that this mudslinging began at a recent candidates forum by one of the other candidates.


    Got used clothing? Consider donating it
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Many poor families need clothing but can't afford to buy any, and children outgrow their clothes every year. We need to spread the word about donating, and slowly we all can encourage each other to donate and make a difference.


    Let’s question U.S. purchases of arms
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Why is the U.S. government buying up 1.6 billion bullets for Homeland Security? Many of these are hollow-point bullets. This will create a shortage of bullets for the American people.


    Disabled were ‘bullied’ out of opportunity
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Philhaven, an apartment building for people with mental and physical disabilities, is running into resistance. I hope the leaders in Wheeling do not let bullying stand in the way of rights of those with disabilities.


    Thanks to the voters of Huntley
    A Huntley letter to the editor: I would like to thank the voters of Huntley for their support during my campaign to seek a trustee position in Huntley. Your votes put me into first place and I want to thank everyone who voted for me.


    Many questions on immigration bill
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Some questions on the pending immigration legislation: 1. I believe the actual number will be way more than 11 million. 2. How will we verify their date of entry and what proof will be required?


    The Soapbox

    Read editor's quick opinions on cameras in court, medical marijuana and the Senate gun vote, among other topics.


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