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Concert series returns to Fishel Park The Downers Grove Park District is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. Thirteen live concerts will bring music to Fishel Park on Tuesday evenings from May 29 through August 21. The free, family friendly concerts will be held at Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park located on Grove Street just west of Main Street in Downers Grove. Concerts begin at 7 p.m and food, beer and wine sales will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to an all-new lineup of fabulous bands, more food

trucks will be offered in 2018. This summer, visitors can purchase concessions from Fancy Fajita, Robinson’s Ribs, Wells Street Popcorn and Every Day’s a Sundae. Michelle Pusateri, Recreation Center Manager and Concert Series organizer, says that Fishel Park is the perfect place to spend a beautiful Tuesday evening. “We hope to see more families come out and join us this summer. The lineup offers something for everyone.” Full lineup: • May 29: The Hat Guys

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(Pop/Rock) June 5: Rosie and the Rivets (50’s and 60’s Hits) June 12: Suburban Cowboys (Country) June 19: Classical Blast (Pop/Rock with classical instruments) June 26: Mellencougar (John Mellencamp Tribute) July 3: Pirates Over 40 (Caribbean/Buffett) July 10: Final Say (Pop/ Rock) July 17: Generation (Oldies/Rock)


Police officers to stake out nearly 300 Dunkin’ Donuts On May 18 area police officers again taking to rooftops to raise funds for Illinois Special Olympics For the 16th year in a row, law enforcement officers from throughout the state will rise to the occasion and support Special Olympics Illinois atop nearly 300 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops on Friday, May 18, beginning at 5 a.m. until noon. Officers hope to top last year’s donation total of more than $700,000 from 272 rooftops as they go to new heights to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Special Olympics athletes and their families and representatives from Chicago’s major sports teams are among the special guests who will join police officers and show their support. In honor of the Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement participating in the rooftop event, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run. In addition, each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a free donut coupon. Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law En-

forcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for free medium coffee. Other items, such as Torch Run T-shirts and raffle tickets, will be sold for various donation amounts. Additional activities will vary by Dunkin’ Donuts location. Dunkin’ Donuts also has created a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The donut, called “The Champion,” will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 18. Detective Robbie Peterson of the West Chicago Police Department says “Cop on a Rooftop is important because it puts the athletes of Special Olympics in the forefront that day across the state of Illinois and gives us, law enforcement officers, an opportunity to interact with our community in a positive manner. My

involvement with Special Olympics is truly an honor and another chance to uphold the oath I took when I was protect and serve.” Special Olympics Athlete Becky Cavanagh of Clarendon Hills adds,” Eating donuts is my favorite part of Cop on a Rooftop. Then I like talking to Detective Robbie and all the nice people who donate.” Local police departments will be at the following Dunkin’ Donuts: • 522 Ogden Ave Downers Grove • 1200 75th St Downers Grove • 1103 Maple Ave Lisle • 1920 87th St Woodridge • 2401 W. 75th St Woodridge • 121 W Ogden Ave Westmont • 19 W 63rd St Westmont

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July 24: The Four C Notes (The Four Seasons Tribute) July 31: Soda (Pop/Rock) August 7: Rockstar Rodeo (Country) August 14: Cadillac Groove (Horns/Classic Rock) August 21: The Rhythm Rockets (40’s & 50’s Jazz/ Rhythm & Blues)

The Summer Concert Series welcomes over 15,000 visitors each summer and is a great opportunity for local businesses to connect with residents of the

Downers Grove community. To learn more about vendor opportunities, contact Michelle Pusateri at 630.960.7467. To learn about Concert Series sponsorship packages, contact Dawn Hartman at 630.960.4579. The Downers Grove Park District 2018 Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Bank Financial, Maple and Main, BMO Harris Bank, Downers Grove Public Library, Orange Theory Fitness, Community Bank of Downers Grove and West Suburban Wellness.


Office Evolution brings new co-working space to Lisle Local entrepreneurs Joshua and Ashley Shi are pleased to announce their opening of an Office Evolution® shared office space in Lisle at the Corporetum Office Campus at 650 Warrenville Rd., Suite 100. Office Evolution Lisle is one of over 70 nationwide Office Evolution locations. As a rapidly growing B2B franchise which offers co-working space, private office space, virtual offices and business services, the new location in Lisle will be the third Office Evolution location to open in the Chicago area. “We chose Office Evolution from hundreds of franchises because we see how the need for co-working is on the rise,” said Joshua Shi, co-owner of the new location and founder of a local cybersecurity consulting firm, OnDemand Group. “We also saw a need for coworking between Chicago and the Naperville/Aurora area. We found the perfect location just off two major arteries through the Chicago suburbs, I-88 and I-355, for the convenience of our members.” The 7,800 square-foot coworking space includes 27 private offices, a large conference room (for 10) and a small conference room (for 6). Office

Evolution offers all-inclusive dedicated workspaces, hourly or day rentals of conference rooms and offices, shared workspaces, phone answering (live or remote receptionist) and business addresses. At Office Evolution, members enjoy all the benefits of a permanent office space, including a receptionist, community kitchen, community office equipment, free wireless internet, coffee, tea and a professional environment. Office Evolution Lisle, as part of the Corporetum office campus, offers distinctive amenities: • convenient first floor, easy access from the parking lot • 24/7 access to the office evolution space • on-site café in building complex • access to on-site fitness room • access to on-site, 45-person training room Co-owner Ashley Shi, who also owns Ashley Music Studio in Naperville, is looking forward to facilitating the co-working and shared office space movement in Chicagoland suburbs. “We see it as a way to connect with the community and help our members get out of their individual “bubble” and grow with each other. We want to become an active part of the community and are already doing so through the Lisle Chamber of Commerce and sponsorships with the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA).”

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DuPage County Animal Control has new name Animal Services will expand offerings to include pet adoption, education, micro-chipping DuPage County announces that the Animal Care and Control function will now be referred to as Animal Services. The name change better reflects the wide range of services available to residents and their pets through the department’s operations. DuPage County’s Animal Services (DCAS) will continue to provide animal control services to communities and its partners. In addition, DCAS offers pet adoption, public micro-chipping, humane education, and other services and information

to encourage responsible pet ownership. “DuPage County Animal Services’ name is reflective of the agency’s new vision for Animal Control as an active member of and resource to our community,” said DuPage County Animal Services Committee Chairman Brian Krajewski. “The name change symbolizes an increased focus on providing community members with the information and resources needed to keep pets in their homes where they are safest and happiest, while continu-

ing to provide services aimed at promoting public safety, responsible pet ownership, and providing a safety net for animals that fall through the cracks.” The agency will continue to offer residents a one-stop resource for animal health and safety services. Residents can receive information about having their animal spayed, neutered or vaccinated. They can also have their pet microchipped, report a lost/ found pet, report domestic animal issues, and purchase tags at their Wheaton location. Residents can learn more about animal services by visiting the DCAS webpage at animalservices.


2 South students earn ACT-SO Awards High School students, Myles Henderson and Noah Jones, earned awards from DuPage County ACT-SO. Myles earned a gold medal and will advance to the National Competition in San Antonio, Texas, in July. The South High students and their awards include: Myles Henderson: Instrumental Classical, Gold, Performing Arts Instrumental Contemporary, Silver, Performing Arts Music Composition, Gold, Humanities Noah Jones: Photography, Silver, Visual Arts

Fifty-one students from 13 area high schools competed for top honors in various categories in the fields of STEM, Business, Humanities, Performing Arts and Visual Arts at the 2018 Annual DuPage County ACT-SO competition, which was held at the College of DuPage on Saturday, March 17. More than 400 attendees, including parents, ACT-SO alumni, volunteers, partners and local elected officials celebrated the hard work of the 2017-2018 DuPage County ACT-SO students at the Awards Banquet, which was held the next day at Bolingbrook Golf Club.

“Congratulations to Myles and Noah for their talents being highlighted to our community,”

District 99 Parent Liaison Walt Williams said. “DuPage County ACT-SO is an outstanding orga-

nization providing life enrichment opportunities for our students.” “DuPage County ACT-SO has emerged as the top-performing STEM program as a result of the partnership with Argonne National Laboratory,” said ACT-SO Chairperson Doreletta Flucas Payton. “In addition to STEM, our students in the Humanities and other areas also continue to shine, making DuPage County ACT-SO a major competitor at every national competition.” Learn more about DuPage County ACT-SO and view photos from the banquet on their website.


New format for solicitor ID badges The Village of Woodridge is issuing new ID badges for all registered solicitors for the 2018-2019 license year. The license year runs from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. The new ID badges will feature a sticker with an easy-to-identify number that is tied to the solicitor. Commercial solicitors must

possess a valid Village solicitor ID badge. Anyone that comes in contact with a solicitor that does not have a Village-issued ID badge, is attempting to speak with you although a “No Solicitors” sign is displayed, or is soliciting outside of the allowed hours should call 9-1-1. Always ask to see a solicitor’s ID badge before speaking with them. If it’s not a valid Village-issued ID, please note their description and call 9-1-1.

Groot Industries is new waste hauler starting June 1 Woodridge signed a new contract with Groot Industries to provide refuse, recycling, and yard waste services starting on June 1. The Village of Woodridge anticipates a smooth transition as Groot begins service. Highlights of the Groot refuse contract along with Frequently Asked Questions

(FAQs) to address the transition from Waste Management to Groot (sticker usage and refunds and transitioning under the optional monthly cart service program) can be found at https://www.vil.

Woodridge Dist. 68 seeks input on facilities plan Woodridge School District 68 has developed a three-year Facili-

ties Investment Plan to enhance and upgrade facilities, improve the educational experience for students, improve the work environment for staff, and provide opportunities for the community. Residents are invited and encouraged to review the plan and provide input on the district website ( Residents are also invited to attend a Community Open House to view plans and ask questions on Monday, May 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Jefferson Junior High School, 7200 Janes Avenue.





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Great Migration brought more than 500,000 to Illinois Victory Bell can still remember the night when he boarded the Illinois Central Railroad BY CHUCK SWEENY OF THE ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR Victory Bell can still remember the night when he boarded the Illinois Central Railroad’s City of New Orleans in Durant, Mississippi, bound for Chicago, then changing trains and ending up in Rockford. It was 1945, at the height of the Jim Crow apartheid in Dixie that purposely kept blacks poor with few rights. Bell, his mother and siblings were headed north to join his father, who had already moved north to get a factory job. “We had been sharecroppers,” the 83-year old Bell remembers working near Durant, 60 miles north of Jackson. The family had eked out a living, but opportunities for advancement just were not there for black folks. “I remember it was in the middle of the night when we boarded the train. We had to sit in the black section. When we got to Illinois, the conductor said we could sit anywhere we liked on the train,” Bell said, “and we no longer had to say ‘sir ‘or ‘ma’am’ to white people, which was new to us.” His uncle and father had come to Rockford in 1943 and 1944 to get jobs that paid better than sharecropping. “The machine tool businesses were very aggressive in hiring at that time, and people were able to come to Illinois and get jobs at various machine companies and make a decent salary,” Bell said. Illinois’ manufacturing industries were working around the clock to turn out planes, tanks, guns and bullets for the armed forces during World War II. The state’s manufacturers continued to boom after the war. Bell is a living embodiment of The Great Migration, the movement from 1916 to 1970 of 6 million to 7 million black Americans from the states of the old Confederacy to the North. More than 500,000 came to Illinois.

They were fleeing legal oppression. They were looking for better lives for their families, and for the rights to vote, to participate in their government, to serve on juries — in other words, to exercise all their rights as U.S. citizens. Yes, these freedoms had been won in the Civil War, but when Reconstruction ended in 1877 and the U.S. Army withdrew from its occupation of the former rebel states, white Democrats reasserted their total control and suppression of the “freedmen,” as slaves were called after the war. From 1900 through the 1920s, whites erected monuments throughout the South in honor of rebel leaders to demonstrate in granite and metal who was back in charge. The Great Migration’s beginnings also coincided with World War I, when immigration from Europe slowed to a trickle and factories were short of workers. Migration to the North slowed during the Great Depression of the 1930s but picked up again during World War II and in post-war years when highways were better and cars were relatively cheap. Although prejudice was not absent in northern Illinois, it wasn’t codified into state laws that were sometimes enforced by night riders in hoods carrying torches. “When I came to Rockford I was 7 or 8 years old. I started school that same year and I had a great homeroom teacher, Mrs. Burns,” Bell said.

Bell had never been to an integrated school before because they did not exist under the mandated segregation of Mississippi. “Mrs. Burns was the kindest person and made sure I was comfortable in the school. She never showed prejudice. She had a clear understanding of how to help all the kids learn.” Bell learned well. He got a job as a janitor with the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. and advanced to lineman, installer and then supervisor. Active in Democratic Party politics, Bell became Rockford’s first black alderman in 1971, a post he held for more than 30 years before he retired. “We knew there was a different standard for blacks here, but Illinois was not as openly prejudiced. Mississippi was just a terrible, terrible place to be in if you were black,” Bell said. “We were kept out of school until November to pick cotton.” Looking back, Bell said that boarding that train so many years ago “was the best thing we could have ever done.” Chuck Sweeney of the Rockford Register Star can be reached at Editor’s note: The weekly Illinois Bicentennial series is brought to you by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association. More than 20 newspapers are creating stories about the state’s history, places and key moments in advance of the Bicentennial on Dec. 3, 2018. Stories published up to this date can be found at






Robert Guerrieri named Cicero Man pleads Chief of Investigations guilty to drug induced homicide Zdan named Deputy Chief, McAnally joins as Office’s newest Investigator

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin recently announced that former Deputy Chief of Investigations for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office Robert Guerrieri has been named Chief of Investigations following the retirement of former Chief Norman Hall. As Chief, Guerrieri will supervise nine investigators and support staff responsible for all investigations of criminal offenses, service of subpoenas, summons, warrants and evidence preparation among other duties. Berlin also announced the promotion of Special Investigator Dave Zdan to Deputy Chief of Investigations and named former Naperville Police Department Patrol Watch Commander John McAnally as the Office’s newest Investigator. Guerrieri joined the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2009 following a distinguished twenty-four year career with the Naperville Police Department. Guerrieri began his law enforcement career as a Patrolman for the Riverside Police Depart-

ment in 1982. In 1985, he joined the Naperville Police Department. During the final three years of service with Naperville, Guerrieri served as Commander of the Special Operations Section where he supervised the Naperville Police Department’s Intelligence Unit and the Special Enforcement Unit. He also served as Commander of the Naperville Special Response Team and the ILEAS Region 4 Weapons of Mass Destruction Team. Guerrieri also served as Assistant Commander of the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force – Intelligence Unit, which provided assistance to local police departments during complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations in DuPage County. Additionally, Guerrieri holds an adjunct faculty position at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage, a position he has held since 2003. “Bob has had, and continues to enjoy, a distinguished and exemplary career in law enforcement,” Berlin said. “For more than thirty-five years he has dedicated his entire professional career to protecting the public and we are very lucky to have him leading our already outstanding Investigations team. He is fair, honest and compassionate, all important qualities to have when dealing with crime victims and their families. He is

CALENDAR Until AUGUST 11 “Are We There Yet?” Exhibit at

Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Take a trip through the history of vacations, tourism and leisure from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. This exhibit explores how Downers Grove residents and tourists who visited the village planned, enjoyed and remembered their travels. 630-9631300 or visit

Until JUNE 16 40th Anniversary Exhibit Series, Part 2. At The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street, Lisle. Experience the second of two exhibits in a year-long series that explores four decades of preserving, sharing, and discussing Lisle’s history. Explore the progression from the Chicago-

also tough, determined and tenacious, traits that have enabled Bob to achieve success throughout his career.” Zdan, a former Detective with the Wheaton Police Department will take over Guerrieri’s former position of Deputy Chief. Zdan began his law enforcement career with the Wheaton Police Department in 1985 as a Patrol Officer. Zdan remained with the Wheaton Police Department until 2013 when he retired after twenty-eight years of service as a Criminal Investigations Detective. In July 2013, he joined the State’s Attorney’s Office as a Special Investigator. Additionally, Zdan also served on the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force and was an instructor at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage. McAnally joined the office on May 7, 2018, after a twenty-six year career as a police officer beginning with the Lisle Police Department and culminating as Patrol Watch Commander with the Naperville Police Department. McAnally also served as Assistant Commander of the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force. He is also a member of the Association of Financial Crimes Detectives and the International Association of Financial Crimes Detectives.

Victim was found dead in an Oak Brook hotel in 2016 DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced that a Cicero man has entered a blind plea of guilty to supplying heroin to Zachary Giebel, 25, of Wisconsin, who died as a result of a heroin overdose. Matthew Chapman, 31, of 1800 S 58th Avenue, entered a plea of guilty May 7 in front of Judge John Kinsella to one count of Drug Induced Homicide, a Class X Felony. On August 13, 2016, Giebel traveled to Oak Brook to attend a party with friends. The following day, Giebel contacted Chapman, who used to live in Wisconsin, to purchase heroin which Giebel then ingested. At approximately 5 a.m. the following morning, friends of Giebel found him unresponsive in his Oak Brook hotel room and dialed 911.

An investigation led by the Oak Brook Police Department with assistance from DuMEG led to Chapman who has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since February 24, 2017 on a bond of $500,000 with 10% to apply. “At the young age of twentyfive, Zachary Giebel lost his life to heroin,” Berlin said. “This afternoon, Mr. Chapman admitted it was he who supplied the fatal dose to his friend. This is a tragic story that we have heard over and over again that must come to an end. People must realize that heroin is a killer and it only takes one dose of this deadly poison to end a life. I would like to thank the Oak Brook Police Department and DuMeg for their outstanding work and assistance in this sad case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Claudia Fantauzzo for her work on this case and her continued efforts in getting illegal narcotics off our streets.” Chapman’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 5, for return of the presentence report.


Aurora Line to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line of today, and how this important network of infrastructure shaped the Village of Lisle. This exhibits ends June 16. lisleparkdistrict. org.

MAY 19 Electronics Recycling Program.

8 a.m. at Downers Grove Township Highway Department Facility, 318 E. Quincy Street, Westmont. The program is the third Saturday of each month, unless that date falls on a holiday. There are a few program changes including a charge for TVs. AVA Recycling will be the new recycling vendor. For more info go to or call 847-3972900. Sidewalk Art Contest. 11 a.m. at Gregg House Museum, 115 S Linden Ave, Westmont. Let’s color splash the

sidewalk in front of the museum into a mosaic of designs. We’ll provide the chalk; you bring your ideas and drawing skills! No previous art experience required. This interactive art activity is a great way to enjoy the community atmosphere and show off your ingenious, creative side! Drawings will be judged and prizes awarded at 1:30 p.m. Program is FREE, however, but pre-register by May 17. Dueling Pianos 7:30 p.m. at the Wheatstack, 5900 S. Route 53, Lisle. It’s an entertaining Saturday night with great music and food. This is a 21 & over event.

MAY 20 Flying for Kids. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

at Ty Park, 801 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont. The Westmont Park District is participating in the 7th

annual statewide Flying 4 Kids kite fly. The Chicago Kite Club come out to do demonstrations and show off their assortment of kites. Candy Drop at 2:15 p.m., make your own kite, Touch-A-Truck and Pet Promenade.

WWII Radio Hour: Music Concert. 2 p.m. at Woodridge Public

Library, 3 Plaza Dr. Woodridge. Our costumed and piano-accompanied trio reenact a 1940’s radio hour that is perfect for all ages! While answering musical requests from soldiers and loved ones during wartime, Patti, Maxine and Andrew entertain the “studio audience” with Andrews Sisters-style tunes and choreography, Abbott and Costello comedy sketches, and a touching tribute to Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Concert: Classical Jam. 2 p.m. at Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove. Enjoy a variety of classical music – solo piano, instrumentals, and voice – performed by DG Music Club musicians before we break for summer. Refreshments provided. Contact Melissa at with questions. JUNE 10 Musician Michael Silvestri. 2 p.m. at Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Dr. Woodridge. Talented singer and guitarist Mike Silvestri covers songs from the likes of Bill Withers, Elton John and Johnny Cash in his unique style that blends the best of folk and rock. His performance can range from pop, classic rock, 90’s music, top 40, country, and blues.








LATER One year under new coach, Downers Grove South softball is on a different path as playoffs loom BY RANDY WHALEN For the Bugle

What a difference a year has made for the Downers Grove South softball team. The Mustangs will enter the postseason next week with as good of a chance as anyone to emerge from the Class 4A Oswego Sectional. They host their own regional, are the No. 4 seed, but narrowly lost to No. 2 seed Downers Grove North last week. Through May 12, South had a record of 20-5. Last year it was 18-13. While that doesn’t sound bad, it was the first time since 1996 that the Mustangs didn’t win at least 22 games. To make things worse, a year after finishing third in Class 4A, they lost 4-2 to Oswego in the semifinals of the Neugua Valley Regional. But that was then, this is now. “Oh gosh, yes,” South coach Lauren Berg replied when asked

if she could tell a personal difference for her in her second season of being a head coach. “Just with all the behind the scenes stuff. I’m much more prepared for that now.” Her team is much more prepared too. “Last years team was young,” Berg said. “We only had two returning starters from [the 2016 team that finished 36-4]. This year we have seven senior starters back and a lot more confidence. I’m glad we’re in that sectional mix again. It’s definitely a goal of ours to win a regional and improve on that finish from last year.” Randi McKay has been the top pitcher for South. The junior, who has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, actually has all five of the Mustang losses on her record. She’s 7-5 on the season [through May 12], but obviously has pitched in all the big games. SEE SOUTH PAGE 10


A year after getting a new coach, Downers Grove South is clicking heading into the postseason.

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Local player making good in the NBA In only his third year in the league, Lockport grad Holmes is winning while proving he belongs in the NBA

BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard

The Joliet area has been one to produce a plethora of talented high school and major college basketball players. That has not, however, resulted in sending players to the professional ranks in the National Basketball Association. Sure, several have found success in the professional ranks overseas, but the NBA is the pinnacle of any player’s career and few have broken through. Three years ago – as a second round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers – Lockport High School graduate Richaun Holmes entered into that sacred fraternity. Holmes started off on one of the worst teams in the NBA, but now the Sixers and the 24-yearold former Porter is placing his name among the Will County greats. Holmes is only the seventh player born in the Joliet area to play in the NBA and only the sixth that attended a local school. “I am tremendously blessed,” Holmes said. “There are so many talented players to come from that area and God has been so good to me. When you put the work in and see where the game can take you and you never know. I just keep my head on straight and keep that tunnel vision.” Bulbs Ehlers, the first-ever draft pick of the Boston Celtics, was born in Joliet, but attended high school at South Bend Central in South Bend, Indiana. With 156 games currently played in the NBA, Holmes is second only to Hall of Famer George Mikan as far as games played in the league for players in the Joliet area. When he was drafted, he joined Mikan, George Munroe (80 games), Roger Powell, Jr. (3 games) and fellow Lockport graduate Alando Tucker (51 games) as the only area players.

Bolingbrook’s Ben Moore was called up from the G-League and saw action in a pair of games this year for the Indiana Pacers. With a four games to one series win over the Miami Heat, Holmes became the first Jolietarea player to be part of a playoff-winning team since Mikan won the 1954 NBA title with the Minneapolis Lakers. “This has been a pretty good run and we are just trying to do the best we can to extend it,” Holmes said. “It has been an exciting time for the city and for us – especially the guys that went through that 10-win season. To see the fruits of your labor and to see all the hard work you put in turn around and put us in a position we are in now, it has been great. I can’t really explain it.” The Sixers were not the talented team they are now when Holmes joined the squad in the 2015-16 season. His rookie year, Philly earned only 10 wins, while increasing the total to 28 last season before posting a 55-27 record this year. “For me, it was tough going through that time. I was trying to prove I belonged in the NBA and trying to secure a spot in the NBA while going through a 10-win season,” Holmes. “It was more about trusting the work that we all put in. I had to go through the grind those first couple years, but this turnaround has been great. “We all love each other on this team. We are a very close knit group and I think that has a lot to do with us being so close in age and going through the same experiences. We have really leaned on each other. We have very competitive practices and everyone is trying to prove themselves and we are all getting better and it is a great thing to be competitive.” While the team was going through rough spots, Holmes was able to get more floor time than he would have if selected SEE HOLMES PAGE 9


Lockport Township High School grad Richaun Holmes is one of very few area players to make it to the NBA.

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Cardinals win 2ndstraight CCIW title Dominating all weekend long, the North Central College baseball team captured its second-straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW ) Tournament Championship and the ninth in program history, while earning the conference’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Regional Championships, making the third-consecutive trip to the regional. Nobody could find a solution to shutting down the Cardinal offense during the tournament, as all nine batters in the lineup recorded a hit in each of the three games, racking up 55 total hits and 40 runs including two shortened seven-inning contests. The scoring started early once again for the Cardinal offense, as John Carmody and Colin Weilbacher each singled to begin the top of the second, as the Cardinals were playing as the visiting team. Rob Marinec followed with another single, sending Carmody home to score, before Ryan Scott loaded the bases with the fourth single of the frame. Jeremy Quade then drew a bases loaded walk to score Weilbacher while giving North Central the early 2-0 lead.

HOLMES FROM PAGE 8 by a winning team. “Philly gave me the opportunity to show what I have and to get better in games and I had all the experiences you need as a young NBA player and going through those rough times, it gave me a chance to get better and to see what I had to do to stay in the league,” he said. Having to prove himself is nothing new to Holmes. As a Porter, he played behind Landon Gamble and Ed Ward. As a senior, the scholarship offers did not pour in from the

In the top of the third, Mike Wisz singled to left while Weilbacher doubled to left center two batters later, before a RBIgroundout from Marinec increased the lead 3-0. North Park (20-23) drew to within one with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, but Cardinal starter Charlie Klemm induced a huge 4-6-3 double play to strand the tying run on third to end the inning. Klemm settled in nicely from that point forward, shutting down the Viking lineup over his next three innings, while the offense exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth. Matt Sutherland led off with a double down the left field line and came around to score on a RBIsingle off the bat of Quade a few pitches later. Eric Outlaw got in on the hit parade with a base knock to left field, before Michael Mateja doubled home Quade. Still with nobody out in the inning and following a Viking pitching change, Wisz lined the first pitch he saw to left field for a double, sending home Outlaw and Mateja in the process while increasing the Cardinal lead 7-2. The offense continued to torcher North Park pitching,

plating five more runs in the top of the sixth as Weilbacher and Marinec each recorded RBI-singles, before Scott launched his second homerun of the tournament, a three-run shot to left to put the game out of reach. North Central (28-12) added another run in the top of the seventh while Nick Rogalski shut the door in the bottom of the seventh, closing out the victory for Klemm who improves to 6-1 on the season, going six innings, striking out three and walking none. All nine batters in the Cardinal lineup reached base on multiple occasions, racking up 20 hits, led by a 4-for-5 performance with two RBI and two runs scored from Weilbacher. Wisz finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI, bringing his season total to 72 which currently leads the nation and falls just two shy of the program record. Carmody finished 3-for4 with a walk and two runs scored, while Mateja was 2-for3 with a walk, hit by pitch, RBI and run scored. Scott was 2-for4 from the plate with three RBI, while Outlaw and Marinec each added two hits and Quade also drove in a pair.

schools he had hoped, forcing Holmes to attend Moraine Valley Community College for one year. All that, he said, taught him lessons and made him better. “Since I have been playing basketball, this has been my path and I am in a similar situation now where I have to continue to prove myself to get minutes on the floor,” he said. “But, it is what I am built for and what I am made of and what I have been doing what I’ve done since I have been playing. My goal was to always make it to the NBA. I always wanted to give myself that motivation. Landon and

Ed helped me out tremendously while I was at Lockport and just learning from those who are ahead of you and trying to get better was always my mindset. “It is a never satisfied attitude for me. I always want to push myself to see how far I can get. It all motivates you. Success motivates you because you want more of that, failure motivates you because you want less of it. It is all about constantly improving and constantly get better and show this is what you want to do. This game is everything for me, so I try and put everything I have in it and it rewards me.”



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SOUTH FROM PAGE 7 The right-hander had 85 strikeouts and only 18 walks in 70 innings of work to go along with a 2.50 ERA at the end of last week. Another junior, who has already committed to college, is shortstop Maggie Greco. She will attend George Washington University in Washington, DC. She’s batting .563 (36-for-64) with 15 extra base hits, including a trio of homers, and 16 RBI. “Randi is a clutch pitcher and has a competitive demeanor not only as a pitcher, but batting in the No. 3 spot in the order,” Berg said of McKay, who is batting .554 (36-of-65) with 14 extra base hits and 27 RBI. “And Maggie [Greco] is a dual sport athlete that also plays basketball. She’s a catalyst for us. When she gets on we feel we can score.” Two seniors the Mustangs look too are first baseman Lindsey Herrmann - who will attend Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and third baseman Kara McKenna - who will continue to play at The Milwaukee School of Engineering. “Lindsey is a 4-year varsity

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 | BUGLENEWSPAPERS.COM player and a great kid,” Berg said of Herrmann, who is batting .324 and has only struck out four times this season. “She has heart and energy and always gives 120 percent. Kara [McKenna, who is batting .435 with 23 RBI] is a brilliant kid and one of our most consistent players.” The Mustangs had won 12 in a row until a 5-4 heartbreaking loss to crosstown rival Downers Grove North on Thursday, May 10 at McCollum Park in Downers Grove. The Trojans (21-7) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and blanked South in the seventh for the win. Still it showed that the Mustangs will be ready come playoff time. South opens the postseason on Tuesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. by hosting No. 13 seeded West Aurora. If the Mustangs win that one, they will advance to the regional title game, which will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. There, they would face the winner of No. 5 seeded Geneva against No. 12 seeded Yorkville, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m.


Lindsey Herrmann is a four-year varsity player that will look to take the Mustangs deep into the postseason this year.





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