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ON THE COVER Yorkville School Superintendent Timothy Shimp (right) shows parents Ashley and Corey Ringler the children’s book “I Wish You More” that he personally delivered to their home as a gift for their newborn, Carrick. See story on page 3. Photo provided

By TONY SCOTT A 73-unit assisted living and memory care center is proposed for the northeast corner of Route 34 and Cannonball Trail in Yorkville. The Cedarhurst of Yorkville development proposed by St. Louis-based Dover Development is a two-story memory care and assisted living facility. Future development of the 6.7acre site could include a medical office building, according to Krysti Barksdale-Noble, the city’s community development director. The building is proposed to be 65,000 square feet, with a main entrance facing westward and vehicle access off Cannonball Trail, she said. Barksdale-Noble said the developers “found the site was accessible not only to retail but to health care in the area.” At a public hearing on the project Tuesday evening before the City Council, Jordan D. Dorsey of Dover Development and David Schultz of HR Green presented plans for the facility to aldermen. No members of the public spoke during the hearing. Dorsey said the facility would employ 30 to 40 full-time employees who would work in shifts. Dorsey said provided the development is approved by the city, they hope to break ground April 1. He said it’s a 10- to 12-month process to build the facility, so they expect to open in the spring of 2018. A memory care facility means that all of the residents either have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, he said.

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Jordan D. Dorsey of Dover Development speaks to the Yorkville City Council Tuesday evening about his company’s proposed Cedarhurst of Yorkville assisted living and memory care facility. “That means our building is specially secured, so every exit has a 15-second delay egress and we provide pendants for all the residents,” Dorsey said. “As you know, if you have Alzheimer’s or related dementias one of the tendencies is to wander. In addition, all of our staff is trained by the Alzheimer’s Association.” The project was recently reviewed by the City Council’s Economic Development Committee, and will again be reviewed for a vote by the full City Council at its Feb. 28 meeting. “There was language in the comprehensive plan that specifically stated that the city should seek out more senior and active adult housing because the need of such services is highly an-

ticipated as we age,” Barksdale-Noble said. At the committee meeting, Alderman Chris Funkhouser expressed concerns about the size and number of the proposed signs on the property. The proposed main sign is going to be 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide. “It’s an awful lot of signage for six acres,” he said. According to Barksdale-Noble, the original annexation agreement on the property was approved in August of 2000 and was updated in July of 2008. In 2008, the prior owner was granted approval for a multi-lot commercial/ retail development called Cannonball Trails and the property was rezoned, she said.

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BRIEFS Kindergarten sign-up events set

The Yorkville School District has scheduled parent information and kindergarten registration events for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7 and 8, at Yorkville High School, 797 Game Farm Road. The “Welcome Class of 2030 to Yorkville Schools” events is from 6 to 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and child care will be available. School district officials will present information on curriculum, registration, immunizations, transportation, day care

Big Band dance Sunday

The Yorkville American Legion welcomes back the 21-piece Yorkville Big Band for a monthly dance this Sunday, Feb. 19, as part of the third-Sunday dances held September through May. This Sunday there is a dance lesson from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by the dance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Legion Post 489, 9054 E. Veterans Parkway in Yorkville. For

Fern Dell kumla dinner Saturday

Tickets are available for the Ham and Kumla Dinner sponsored by Fern Dell Historic Association, set for Saturday, Feb. 18. Servings are at 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. at the Newark Fire Station, at the corner of Main and Jackson streets in Newark. Tickets are available at Heartland Bank in Newark and Millbrook or by calling Van at 815-6955656 or Arlene at 815-695-5638.

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Schools chief brings books to newborns “What a great opportunity to give a book and promote how important that mission is to us.” Tim Shimp Yorkville School District superintendent

trot said the goal is to get the book in the hands of all incoming Foxes in hopes that by the time they reach school-age, they will have a common language: a book to share. According to Liptrot, the program’s initial intent was to have books given to infant Yorkville Foxes during their hospital stays. When that got complicated, Shimp decided that he’d like to hand-deliver each book instead. Shimp said that this act is far more meaningful to parents, and himself as superintendent. “There’s not always opportunities to interact on a more informal basis with our parents,” he said. “I truly believe in leading with my heart and if I can start to promote a message of communication and an idea that the district is approachable, then I have succeeded.” When the book is delivered, parents are encouraged to sign up for the district newsletter and keep in touch with Yorkville happenings. By the time their children enter kindergarten, parents already will have built a relationship with the district and began promoting its ideals. “From an academic standpoint, literacy is the foundation of everything we do,” Shimp said. “If kids are exposed to reading at an earlier age, they academically progress at a level that’s

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Yorkville mother Amber Mock and her new baby, Mila, were recently visited by Yorkville Superintendent Tim Shimp, who delivered the little girl a free book as part of a recently launched Yorkville School District program to promote early literacy. The book, “I Wish You More,” is being offered for free to new parents within the district. Parents interested in receiving a higher than those who aren’t.” Now, every Yorkville School District free book from the district are asked infant will have a book to read and a to call the administrative center at 630chance to succeed, he said. 553-4382.

Grocer eyeing south side Yorkville site for new store By TONY SCOTT A grocer is eyeballing a Yorkville site south of the Fox River for one of his stores. Lynn Dubajic, the city’s economic development consultant, told the City Council’s Economic Development Committee that she and City Administrator Bart Olson were scheduled to meet with the grocer last week. “We actually have identified another new grocer, looking at a potential grocery store south of town,” she said at the Feb. 7 meeting. “As a matter of fact, I’m happy to report Friday morning Bart and I will be meeting with that individual at one of his grocery stores to tour that facility.” Dubajic, who did not elaborate on the exact loca-

tion the grocer is looking at, told committee members the store would be a “perfect fit” for the area. “It would be a perfect fit,” she said. “About a 35,000-square-foot store, all the right departments including fresh meat, fresh veggies. So we’re hopeful that he’ll be receptive. Conversations have gone well so far.” Dubajic also updated committee members on other projects she’s working on in town. She said developers are considering sites downtown. “I am continuing to work on downtown redevelopment with some private individuals looking at potentially doing some new development in the downtown area, and I’ll keep you posted on that,” she said. Dubajic said there is a “significant user” looking to locate at Kendall Crossing, the site of the former Countryside Center shopping area. She said more

information will be made public on that project in the next month or so. “We have a significant user that is looking at coming to that site,” she said. “We had a second meeting with city staff. So I would hope that in the next month or so we’ll be going public with some information about what that project would entail, what the investment would be, how many jobs would be created. But it’s a pretty significant user to that site.” She said she’s continuing to work with future retailers and other users on the Kendall Marketplace shopping center, which is currently anchored by Target and Home Depot. “We continue to work with outlot users, inline users and the residential portion as well, to get some activity going there,” she said.

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It’s not uncommon to have a home full of visitors following the arrival of a baby, but new parents living in the Yorkville School District might have an extra guest pop-in following the birth of their little ones: Superintendent Tim Shimp. Shimp is making it his mission to hand-deliver a free children’s book to each child born in his district in hopes of promoting communication and early childhood literacy. “I think as a district we need to figure out a way to support birth through 4-year-old literacy development. Literacy is part of their future academic success and anything we can do on our end, we will,” Shimp said discussing the recently launched program. “What a great opportunity to give a book and promote how important that mission is to us.” The book, “I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, was chosen by the administration to be delivered to future Yorkville Foxes because of its message, Shimp said.  “It’s about wanting more for our children than we had,” Shimp said. “I felt that as educators, we always want more for our students, and this is a book about perseverance, optimism and hope. All things we want for our children.” He described the book as gender neutral, and featuring a wide variety of ethnicities to deliver a diverse perspective. “It has goodness in it, from both the giving and receiving end,” Shimp said. District spokeswoman Kristine Lip-

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Welcome addition to the city’s downtown The news we reported last week that the owners of the Crusade Burger Bar at 209 S. Bridge Street in downtown Yorkville will open a second restaurant in the same block later this spring is very good news for the city and diners everywhere. We know the news was of great interest to our readers as the article published on our website at KendallCountyNow amassed several thousand unique page views within hours of its posting last Tuesday afternoon. Dale Lewis, owner/partner of the

Crusade Burger Bar, told our news editor Tony Scott that his firm will open its new eatery, 1836 Drink Lab & Provisions, in the former Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro at 101 West Van Emmon St. in April. Lewis said the new restaurant will feature the same farmto-table menu concept now offered at his firm’s Sovereign restaurant in downtown Plainfield. Lewis noted that the firm’s Crusader Burger Bar is proving a success. “Yorkville’s been good to us with that store,” he said. “It’s done an

amazing job. Revenues are solid, staff is solid, you couldn’t ask for a better environment.” The new restaurant is expected to attract still more visitors to the downtown, and, along with Crusade Burger Bar and the ever-popular Rowdy’s across Bridge Street, will help make the area a regional destination for diners. We’ve long believed that the downtown with its easy access to the scenic Fox River, Riverfront Park with its whitewater course and

nearby historic courthouse has great potential for further redevelopment as a destination for restaurants and smaller shops. The recent demolition of several industrial buildings in the block east of Route 47 north of Van Emmon Street served to help spruce up the area and, hopefully, will help the city’s ongoing efforts to entice still more private investment in the city’s historic core. The opening of the 1836 Drink Lab & Provisions will be a most welcome addition to the downtown.

Women’s lot hard, lonely on Illinois prairie Deep winter in Illinois can be a stressful time – even in this modern age – especially when the weather closes down and we’re forced to deal with frigid temperatures, short days, long nights, and frequent storms and wind. So just imagine what life must have been like for the families who came west and settled the lonely prairies in the 1830s. Prairie life, especially for pioneer women, consisted of lonely weeks of dull, isolated routine and drudgery, occasionally – very occasionally – punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Writing in her old age, Juliette M. Kinzie, wife of John H. Kinzie Jr., left one of the first accounts by a woman of what life was like during the settlement period in the few, tiny settlements sprinkled across northern Illinois. Juliette’s husband, John Kinzie, son of the founder of modern Chicago, was an Indian agent and trader stationed at today’s Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. In 1831, he and Juliette traveled overland to Chicago roughly following what would become, three years later, the southern road from Chicago to Galena. On the way, they stopped at Dixon’s Ferry (now Dixon, Illinois) and eventually crossed the Fox River near Oswego on their way east. The women Mrs. Kinzie met on her trip ranged from Mrs. Oliver Kellogg, settled with her husband in Kellogg’s Grove (now Timm’s Grove in Stephenson County) to Mrs. Bernard Lawton, who was living near the present site of Riverside on the Des Plaines River. Mrs. Kinzie described Mrs. Kel-

REFLECTIONS Roger Matile logg as “a very respectable-looking matron” who set a surprisingly good table, despite her isolation at Kellogg’s Grove. After a hard, cold eastward march across the prairie, the Kinzies’ party reached the Fox River. They were fortunate to cross just before a winter storm hit. The party stayed overnight at Peter Specie’s cabin in Specie Grove, just south of modern Oswego. After another day’s travel, they arrived at Lawton’s inn on the Des Plaines. The sharp-eyed Mrs. Kinzie described Lawton’s inn as “very comfortable... carpeted, and with a warm stove.” However, young Mrs. Lawton was not at all happy with her life on the Illinois frontier. Her husband was not only an innkeeper, but was also an Indian trader. His brother, David, was the husband of Waish-kee-shaw, a Potawatomi woman who was given a land grant in 1829, part of which is today’s Waa Kee Sha Park southeast of Oswego. According to Mrs. Kinzie: “Mrs. Lawton was a young woman, and not ill-looking. She complained bitterly of the loneliness of her condition, and having been ‘brought out there into the woods; which was a thing she had not expected when she came from the East.’ We did not ask her with what expectations she had come to a wild, unsettled country; but we tried to com-

was greeted by Davis’ Irish housekeeper, who exclaimed to the girl’s consternation, “I haven’t seen a woman in three months!” In 1833, another pioneer couple, Mr. and Mrs. Chester House, settled on the wide-open prairie of Kendall County’s Seward Township. Mrs. House, who enjoyed what little company she could find, kept a candle burning in her window each night. It was later said the candle could be seen at a distance of several miles across the prairie, serving as a welcome beacon for travelers. Added to the sometimes crushing loneliness was the terror of the occasional Indian war and spring and fall prairie fires. The last Indian uprising, the Black Hawk War, erupted in the spring of 1832, forcing most of the Fox Valley’s families to flee either to Chicago or Ottawa. In the bloodiest attack on whites by Indians in the war, three women were Photo provided by the Little White School Museum killed in what has become known as Juliette M. Kinzie left one of the first ac- the Indian Creek Massacre in LaSalcounts by a woman of what life was like le County, just across the Kendall during the settlement period in the few, County line, about an eighth of a mile tiny settlements sprinkled across northern upstream from the Fox River. Martha Davis and her belligerent husband, Illinois. William (whose extreme antipathy fort her with the assurance that things towards local Native Americans led to the attack), Eleanor Pettigrew and would grow better in a few years.” her husband, Charles, and Mary Jane Things hadn’t gotten much better Hall and her husband, William, were a few years later when an English all killed in the attack, along with nine wheelwright, William P. Young, other men and children. and his 17-year-old bride arrived in Prairie fires were most dangerChicago. There, Isaac Townsend perous in the early spring and in the suaded them to work for him in what late fall when lightning set the dried would one day be Kendall County at prairie plants ablaze. The Fox ValTownsend’s sawmill on Waish-keeley’s pioneer farmers kept fires away shaw’s old reserve. When the couple arrived at the home of Townsend’s neighbor, William Davis, Mrs. Young See REFLECTIONS, page 5

FORUM To the Editor: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 489, Yorkville would like to thank the many people who made the 2017 Annual Garage Sale a success. Thank you to our auxiliary members and friends of the Auxiliary that helped with all the planning, baked, donated items, helped with set up, worked the event and helped clean up. Thank you to the American Legion Post 489 for allowing us to use the hall. Thank you to the Legion, Sons of American Legion and The American Legion Riders that came to help us with setup and cleanup and monitor the event. Thank you to the persons who rented a table. And of course, thank to you and all the people that came out and shopped our sale. We also thank Old Second National Bank, Rosatis, Shaw Media/ Kendall County Record, and WSPY for helping us advertise and the Veteran’s Assistance Commission of Kendall County for their support. The money raised for this annual event goes to fund programs that assist the Veterans and their families and servicemen and women who are currently serving our country and we also fund annual youth scholarship funds for seniors in high school, college students and nursing students. We really appreciate the community support.

brances of lost loved ones and celebrations of strong survivors. We are so appreciative of all of the generous donations, and to the following event sponsors: Tap House Grill, Holiday Inn Express, My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe, Wildside Jeep Customs, Katz & Stefani, Synergy Financial Services, Northwestern Medicine, Living Well Cancer Resource Center, Magix Carpet & Upholstery Care, Sages Meat Market, Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, Fish Window Cleaning, Donald & Barbara Stoneburner, Show Your Logo, GP Cyclesports, Edward Cancer Center, Farmers Insurance, Huntington Learning Center, Discount Tire, American Cancer Society, Old Second Bank, and Affordable Roofing. Special thanks to Crystal Robinson for leading this special event. And thank you to all who supported our combined Oswego and Yorkville community fight against cancer.

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sponsors are from or nearby Chicago. This shameless, racist and politically motivated bill is designed to make Gov. Rauner look bad and to abscond [with] taxpayer money through a “legislative process.” Jesus Alaniz Yorkville

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To the Editor: Those who know me best, most likely, they feel that I could come out swinging with some choice words about our “so-called” president. However, I would rather let his words and actions speak for themselves. However, I do have a few illegals had stolen more than one million Social Security numbers, and despite five questions. In 2017, can you think of any person to years of trying to remedy the problem they never bothered to tell the taxpayers. whom these words apply? He is “smug, controlled, doesn’t believe anyone can A Safe Smart Living article citing various touch him, smart, rich, CEO, owns peosources stated that in 2014, more than ple”? Actually, James Patterson wrote all one billion records containing personal Donna Dorilio identifiable information were leaked. Med- of those words in his book “Beach House” Communities vs. Cancer Committee Member written in 2002. Don’t those words speak ical identity theft is on the rise; 500,000 Montgomery victims in 2014 alone. In 2014, $5.8 billion volumes? Can all of those words apply to the man malicious, unpredictable? was given to identity thieves from the Offended by legislation Perhaps you just might think of additional IRS due to fraudulent returns. The top To the Editor: words which help to define our “so-called” consumer complaint to the U.S. Federal HB0426, a humane act, is proposed by president. Trade Commission in 2014 was identity Springfield politicians Emanuel Welch, But no matter how badly some may feel theft. It has ranked first place for 15 years Ann Williams, Elizabeth Hernandez, about our new president, he does possess Kathleen Willis, Gregory Harris, Thaddeus running. Children, especially special needs some admirable qualities: aggressive, Jones, Silvana Tabares, Kelly Cassidy and children, are susceptible to identity theft, bold, concerned, determined, energetic, because they’re under 18 so their credit Theresa Mah. As a Latino I’m offended forceful. Once again, perhaps you could that politicians use my race, heritage and is not being monitored. SSL also reported think of additional words. that 19 people become victims of identity my people for political gain and who use Which qualities of our new president will Deb Lechowicz us to shame Anglos and other Americans theft every minute. The average victim prevail? Four years of silliness and stupidDiane Dillow into silence. I have nothing but the utmost can expect to spend $500 and 30 hours Chairpersons ity is a long, long time. How many world on average resolving each identity theft contempt for these nine lawmakers’ atAmerican Legion Auxiliary Unit 489 leaders will hang up the phone rather than Yorkville tempt to turn American against American. crime. continue to be insulted by our “so-called” Friedrich August von Hayek, a Nobel LauMay God forgive them for I cannot. The president? Hoops for Hope thanks road to hell is paved with good intentions reate of Economic Sciences, noted, “The By 2020, will the United States of AmeriTo the Editor: and the consequences of making Chicago history of government management of money has, except for a few short happy ca be led by a dictator, emperor, king, lord, On behalf of the Communities vs. Cancer and Illinois a sanctuary state are many. pharaoh? Perhaps you just might supply Hoops for Hope committee, I would like There are laws illegals break in order to periods, been one of incessant fraud and to thank everyone who participated in the succeed in the United States, among them deception” and such is this act. On Feb. 2, some additional words. event on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Oswego are identity theft and the use of stolen So- 2017 Forbes reported that taxpayers are Richard Kastner doling out $27 billion to sanctuary cities High School. It was a great evening filled cial Security numbers. On Aug. 30, 2016, Nalcrest, Florida with competitive basketball, wonderful Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan with Chicago being one of the top three • Continued on page 6 raffle baskets, and emotional rememreported that the IRS had discovered that recipients. “Coincidentally” all of the bills’


Continued from page 4 from their farmsteads in those early years by plowing a number of furrows around their farmsteads, while wives and children patrolled the fire break to make sure the blaze didn’t jump the plowed ground and set their farmsteads afire. Wrote Kendall County historian Oliver Johnson in 1941: “Clouds of smoke over the prairies were warnings. Neighbors would hastily gather from

miles away to help fight prairie fires.” Added to the day-to-day danger and loneliness was the danger of childbirth and just plain overwork. Mrs. Peter Minkler arrived in Illinois from Albany County, New York, in May 1833 with her husband, Smith, and their son and his family. Just a few months after arriving, however, Mrs. Minkler, weakened and ill due to the long, hard journey, died. It might seem amazing in this day and age when risks are seen as things to be avoided at all costs that women would have followed their husbands,

sons and fathers to the wild frontier that was Illinois in the 1830s, but they did. The grave risks the pioneers faced from natural disaster, war, disease and other hazards were all seen as normal and were accepted as such. Will our descendants going on two centuries from today look at life in the early 21st century with as much consternation as we view that of our ancestors?

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Residents express opinions on proposed Collins Road extension By ERIKA WURST With a court reporter on hand to record comments, and the ears of the project manager open, dozens of people turned up Feb. 7 to speak their minds about the proposed extension of Collins Road. The open house, held in the Oswego High School cafeteria, was an opportunity for those invested in the future project to have their voices heard. The meeting was part of the phase one engineering study for the Collins Road project, which would extend the road from Grove Road to Minkler Road and on to Route 71. “Our main goal is connectivity through Oswego and the county,” project manager Matt Baldwin of WBK Engineering explained of the extension. The purpose of the project is to “provide a safe and efficient north-south corridor servicing Kendall County and the village of Oswego to accommodate an increase in future traffic volumes while utilizing the Orchard Road/Grove Road corridor and providing access to impending residen-

tial and commercial developments.” There are currently three alignments under consideration. Each has merits and challenges to be discussed, and those discussions were ones Baldwin was interested in being a part of on Tuesday. Did residents want round-about intersections or lighted intersections? Did they prefer one extension pattern over the other? “If the majority of people don’t want round-abouts, we’re not going to put them there,” Baldwin explained, reiterating the importance of public comment concerning the project. Written comments on the project can be completed and mailed to the highway department no later than Tuesday, Feb. 21. The comments can be mailed to Fran Klaas, P.E., Kendall County Engineer, Kendall County Highway Department, 6780 Ill. Route 47, Yorkville, IL 60560. Deer Path Creek resident Brook Henschen showed up on behalf of herself and her neighbors to learn more about the proposed extension. The construction would directly impact Henschen, whose backyard lines up with Collins Road.




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“There’s just a small berm to keep my son in the yard,” Henschen said of her concerns. “There’s already a lot of traffic, and I’m OK with residential traffic, I just don’t want the semis coming by.” It will be up to the village whether or not the road and its extensions would be a dedicated semitrailer route, Henschen learned. She said she’s prepared to plead her case to the village board should the need arise, but, the road’s construction is a long ways off. “We’re early in the project,” Baldwin said. “We’re here today to receive public comment in terms of some of the alignment alternatives.” Fran Klaas, Kendall County engineer, said funds have been programmed for both the first and second phase of the project, but not for construction. “It’s a long-term project,” he said. “We are in the middle of phase one engineering right now, which is being paid for by the county. And we do have phase two engineering monies programmed in our five-year plan, and we have zero construction dollars programmed in our five-year plan. So I think we’re a few years out.”

To the Editor: Congress keeps telling us that Social Security is going broke. For once I believe them. What they don’t say is that they have been stealing, I repeat stealing billions of dollars from that lock box for years for programs dear to their hearts. Our former president Obama took $700 million out of Medicare to support his Affordable Care Act. Whether Republican or Democrat, these empty suits need to go, either through term limits or vote them out. They have only one agenda to stay in power: to collect their overpaid salaries and big pensions. The ‘SWAMP’ needs more draining. Michael Svanovick Plano


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Kendall County Board members learned about the Vietnam Moving Wall coming to Oswego this summer at a recent meeting. Dave Krahn of Oswego, who is co-chairing the event with Herschel Luckinbill of Montgomery, said the event will take place June 29 through July 3 at Prairie Point Community Park along Plainfield Road. The event is a joint effort between the village of Oswego, the Oswegoland Park District, School District 308, Oswego Chamber of Commerce, and the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club. The Moving Wall is a three-fifths scale version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Like the full-size memorial, the Moving Wall bears the names of the more 58,000 U.S. Servicemen and women who lost their lives in Vietnam by the time U.S. involvement ended in 1975. The Moving Wall has traveled to 1,300 cities, and was in Aurora in 2013, according to Krahn. It was built in 1984 and is 253 feet long, he said. Included on the site during the Mov-

ing Wall event will be displays of military equipment and a healing field, which will be a field of 2,017 American flags, Krahn said. The flags will be available to purchase, he said. The organizers are seeking more than 2,000 volunteers to handle the reading of names on the wall, traffic control, assisting visitors and other help. The cost to host the Moving Wall in Oswego, along with logistics and other costs, is approximately $50,000 for the four-day event, Krahn said. The organizers are seeking donations and sponsorships from individuals, clubs and organizations, and businesses. A fundraiser called Operation Salute & Boogie will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. March 31 at Fox Valley Kickers Club, 1015 Harvey Road in Oswego. Those interested need to RSVP by March 25 to Krahn at krahn.david@, 630-373-3299, or 515 Danbury Drive, Oswego, IL 60543. County Board Chairman Scott Gryder, who is on the host committee for the fundraiser, thanked Krahn for visiting the board and raising awareness about the event.

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Cub Scout Pack 350 hosted its 15th annual Pinewood Derby on Jan. 29. Eighty-two cars made by Scouts and their families raced in the event which was attended by over 300 people at Circle Center Grade School in Yorkville. George Werderich rolled in fastest overall, taking top honors as the 2017 Pack champion. Others winning their rank included Emerson Casbarian as the fastest Lion, Trevor Cullen as the fastest Tiger, Evan Sittler as the fastest Wolf, Tristan Dhuse as the fastest Bear, Trevor Nelson as the fastest first year Webelos, George Werderich as the fastest second year Webelos, and Ashlyn Willie as the fastest sibling/family Four-time Pack 350 champion George Werderich member. Design awards were additionally awarded smiles with his mom, Belem, his dad, Wally, and Pack to Luke Svendsen, Aiden Plocher, Colin Berault, and Aiden Kolkmeyer for superior craftsmanship. Committee Chair Craig Emmert.

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Adult Summer Softball Registration: Looking to play softball this summer? The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registration for the Men’s Spring/ Summer Softball League. Registration will run until Friday, April 7, and is $900 per team. The Men’s League will feature an 18 game schedule (double-header format) with games being played from 6:25 p.m. to 10:25 p.m. The A and B Divisions will be held on Thursday, and the C Division will be held on Tuesday. Leagues are USSSA sanctioned. Games will begin the week of April 17. Call the Parks and Recreation office at 630-553-4357 for more information. Register by calling the recreation office or by visiting the recreation office in person, 201 W. Hydraulic Ave., Yorkville. Magic Class: Children are guaranteed to have a great time as they learn a collection of fascinating and mesmerizing tricks from the “Magic Team of Gary Kantor.” Children will amaze family and friends with tricks that involve cards, ropes, coins, mind reading and more. Magic Class will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6:45 to 7:40 p.m. at South Point in Oswego, 810 Preston Lane, Oswego. This class is for children ages 5-12 and costs $20 for Yorkville residents and $25 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357 or visit I Love My Grandparents: Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to spend time together with the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department and Senior Services at the I Love My Grandparents event on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Beecher Community Center, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville. I Love My Grandparents costs $6 per person which includes a light breakfast, crafts, activities, and lasting memories for grandparents and grandchildren to share. Pre-registration is required and everyone attending must register. For more information or to register, call the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357 or log in online at yorkvilleparksandrecreation. com.

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Film blog: Farnsworth House movie in the works By TONY SCOTT A film on the architect and first owner of the Farnsworth House in Plano is apparently in the works, according to a news report. Roger Friedman of the film blog Hollywood411 has reported that Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal have found a script they like for a drama about famed architect Mies van der Rohe and his client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth, who hired him to design the Farnsworth House as a country retreat in the 1940s. The news has not been confirmed by other sources. Maurice Parrish, executive director of the Farnsworth House, said he has not been contacted about the film. “We are aware of the story that’s circulating concerning plans to make a film about the Farnsworth House, Mies van der Rohe, its architect and his client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth,”

he said. “However, we have not been contacted by anyone representing the project. We have no knowledge of any specific plans for this film to be made, or of what the involvement of the Farnsworth House will be, if any.” However, Parrish said he was glad to see the story and the Farnsworth House generating interest. “We are encouraged by how much interest this story is generating,” he said. “Hopefully, this will lead more people to explore why the Farnsworth House is such an architectural icon, and learn more about the relationship between Mies and Dr. Farnsworth.” The Farnsworth House, which sits on 58 acres at 14520 River Road in Plano, was purchased at auction by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Landmarks Illinois and several individual donors in December of 2003 for $7.5 million. The National Trust currently operates Farnsworth House as a museum, and public tours are available.


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Boulder Hill fight County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress involving approximately eight people at a home in the 0-100 block of Springdale Road in Boulder Hill Feb. 12 at 12:08 a.m. Police said everyone had left the scene prior to their arrival. The incident remains under investigation, police said. Woman hurt in cutting incident County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an incident in which a

female subject was cut in the 100 block of Harbor Drive in Oswego Township Feb. 7 at 12:54 p.m. Police said the victim told them that she was cut by an unknown subject with an unknown object. Oswego Fire Protection District paramedics transported the victim to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the incident appears to be isolated with no apparent threat to the community. They ask anyone with information to email or call 630-553-5856. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should contact the Kendall County Crimestoppers at 630-553-5999.

Leomon Jaimel Redmon, 35, of the 0-100 block of Springdale Road, Boulder Hill, at his residence Feb. 11 at 9:38 p.m. Police said Redmon was wanted on a Kendall County warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic violation. Identity theft reported A Boulder Hill resident filed an identity theft report with county sheriff’s deputies Feb. 12 at 10:38 a.m. Police said someone used the victim’s Florida telephone number to purchase a cellphone. In addition, police said someone opened Macy’s and Target credit card accounts in her name and charged approximately $1,000 to the two accounts.

county sheriff’s deputies on a charge of forgery stemming from an incident that occurred last Aug. 25 at the county courthouse in Yorkville. Police said Salmon presented a forged document to staff members in the probation services department. Following an investigation, police said the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized Class 3 felony forgery charges against Salmon and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Police said she was subsequently taken in to custody without incident and posted bond pending a court appearance.

Cited in Wheeler Road crash County sheriff’s deputies ticketed Warrant arrest Miguel A. Rodriguez, 50, of the 100 County sheriff’s deputies arrested Identity theft reported block of Barney Drive, Joliet, after Stewart Gustave DeWard, 23, of County sheriff’s deputies took an the vehicle he was driving struck a the 2900 block of Gloria Court, identity theft report from a resident utility pole on Schlapp Road north Montgomery, in the 300 block of of Bristol Township Feb. 10 at 6:44 of Wheeler Road in NaAuSay TownRoute 71 in Big Grove Township p.m. Police said the victim told ship Feb. 7 at 12:35 p.m. Police said Feb. 11 at 7:54 p.m. Police said them that someone used his credit Rodriguez left the accident scene, DeWard was wanted on a Kendall card information to make online but was tracked down and located County warrant for failure to purchases. within an hour of the crash. He appear in court on a prior charge of was cited for improper lane usage driving on a suspended license. Facing forgery charge and failure to report an accident to An Oswego resident, Mariah police. Warrant arrest Salmon, 23, of the 400 block of County sheriff’s deputies arrested Monroe Street, was arrested by • Continued on page 12

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Incident under investigation County sheriff’s deputies responded along with personnel from the Minooka police and fire departments to an incident in the 2500

block of Wildy Road in Seward Township Feb. 11 at 11:32 p.m. Police said they learned that an unknown subject damaged the rear taillights of a vehicle, while another person told them someone sprayed pepper spray in her face. Another subject told police he was struck in the head with a beer bottle by another unknown subject. Police said a female juvenile was found to be intoxicated and transported by firefighters to an area hospital. The juvenile was subsequently charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol, police said. Police are continuing their investigation into the other reported crimes.

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DUI charge in Rt. 31 crash County sheriff’s deputies arrested Cristian Cid, 36, of the 2000 block of Route 31, Oswego, after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a crash on Route 31 at East Anchor Drive Feb. 13 at 4:45 p.m. Police said Cid left the accident scene but was located near the intersection of Marlin Drive and West Anchor Drive. Police said Cid was injured in the crash and transported to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. Police said Cid faces charges of driving under the influence, improper lane usage, having no valid driver’s license and leaving the scene of a crash. He was later released pending a court date, according to police.

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KENDALL COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS • Continued from page 11 Bogus charges found A Boulder Hill resident told county sheriff’s deputies that someone made $950 in fraudulent charges to the victim’s checking account using a debit card. Police said they are investigating. Deceptive practice reported A Boulder Hill resident filed a deceptive practice report with county sheriff’s deputies Feb. 7. Police said the victim told them that she was contacted concerning a virus on her computer and directed to pay $500 in iTunes gift cards to fix the virus. Police said they are investigating. Domestic arrest County sheriff’s deputies arrested Eliot Garcia-Hernandez, 31, of the 2500 block of Finley Road, NaAuSay Township, at his residence Feb. 8 at 10:28 p.m. on a charge of domestic battery.

Hit-and-run reported An Oswego resident filed a hit-and-run report with county sheriff’s deputies Feb. 7. Police said the victim’s vehicle was struck by a small, light blue sedan in the 600 block of Route 31 in Oswego Township at 5:51 p.m. and then left the scene. Police said the offending vehicle was last seen in the northbound lane on Route 31 near the Light Road area. Damage to the victim’s vehicle was described by police as minor. Mailbox damaged A mailbox in the 0-100 block of Harbor Drive in Oswego Township was found damaged Feb. 7 at 6:44 p.m., according to the county sheriff’s office. Police said the contents of the mailbox were also stolen. Police said they are investigating. Criminal trespass County sheriff’s deputies took a report of criminal trespass and criminal damage to property at a residence in the 20th block of


West Lyncliff Drive in Oswego Township Feb. 9. Police said someone entered and caused damage inside the residence.

the burglary of several vehicles parked at a residence in the 10-20 block of Ridgefield Road in Boulder Hill Feb. 9 at 2:30 a.m.

Prescription theft County sheriff’s deputies took a theft report at a residence in the 17000 block of Ridge Road in Minooka in Seward Township Feb. 9 at 6:36 a.m. Police said they were summoned to the residence on a report of a domestic battery, but learned that a prescription medication had been taken without permission.

Shed damaged Someone entered and damaged a shed at a residence in the 0-100 block of Fernwood Road in Boulder Hill Feb. 6, according to the county sheriff’s office. Police said they are investigating.

Vehicle burglaries County sheriff’s deputies are investigating

Traffic violations Bobbie Joe Coselman, 36, of the 200 block of North Sycamore Street, Somonauk, driving on a suspended license.

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YORKVILLE POLICE REPORTS DUI Yorkville police arrested Maciej P. Piwowarczyk of the 2000 block of Walnut Circle, Yorkville, on Feb. 12 at 1:31 a.m. for DUI after they were dispatched to the dead end area of Faxon Road near Twinleaf Trail. Piwowarczyk’s car had gone off the road at the dead end and was stuck in the field, police said.

Dog bite Yorkville police issued a ticket to Lynn Walters, 70, of the 1000 block of Chestnut Lane, Yorkville, for domestic animal bite after officers responded to a report of her dog biting someone.

Disorderly conduct Yorkville police issued an ordinance violation ticket for disorderly conduct to a male DUI, accident juvenile Feb. 8 after the male juvenile threw Yorkville police arrested Mason David soda pop at a female juvenile “which got her Lawson, 21, of the 2000 block of Lyman Loop, shirt and hair all wet,” police said. Yorkville, Feb. 12 at 12:09 a.m. for driving under the influence of alcohol, following Hit and run an accident in the area of Grande Trail and Yorkville police took a report of a hit and Hollenback Court involving a parked vehicle. run Feb. 10 at 6:14 a.m. after a driver reported Police stated that Lawson’s vehicle, a 2005 that he was stopped in the westbound lane of Volvo, struck a parked Honda Accord while Route 71 at Route 47 when a vehicle behind traveling down the road. In addition to being his struck his vehicle’s rear bumper, causing arrested for DUI, Lawson was cited for failure damage. The vehicle left the scene of the to reduce speed to avoid an accident. accident, police said. No vehicle description was provided. Suspended license Yorkville police arrested John R. Kuzma, Damage to property 24, of the 2000 block of Cottonwood Drive, Yorkville police took a report Feb. 10 of Joliet, Feb. 11 for driving while license sussomeone damaging the lock mechanism of pended after police were called to investigate an exterior door of a business in the 1400 a broken down vehicle on Game Farm Road block of Cannonball Trail. The damage was at Route 34. estimated at $100, police said.

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Moore, Foxes win a close one By LENNY EISELE Javell Moore seems to have Sycamore’s number. Yorkville’s junior forward had the game-winning basket against the Spartans in January. This time, Moore scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter of the Foxes’ 46-41 Northern Illinois Big 12 East win on Tuesday at Sycamore. Moore also had a steal and big block that killed any late momentum Sycamore could generate. “In the first half, shots weren’t falling. We got a couple good looks in the fourth quarter,” Yorkville coach Mike Dunn said. “They started playing zone and we ran a couple sets against them and got some layups, which was big for us.” The teams traded baskets with no team leading by more than four points until late in the fourth quarter, when Yorkville (11-13, 4-6) pulled away behind Moore’s dominant late game performance.

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Jordan Tolzien did his best to keep the Spartans close late, with two 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds, but Moore and the Foxes hit free throws late to close out the game. Jack Mizgalski led the Spartans (10-14, 3-9) with 13 points. “It’s kind of the story of our season where the game is tight, and then we just don’t do enough to get a victory,” Spartan coach Ryan Picolotti said. “Our kids played really hard tonight, they fought really hard. It’s just kind of the way its been.” Keyshawn Stallworth dominated the first quarter scoring all eight Spartan points, but scored just two the rest of the game, fouling out in the final minute. Logan Habada drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter to give Yorkville the lead for good. Yorkville dropped a 40-34 loss to Plainfield Central on Feb. 11. Jake Eberhart and Moore scored nine points apiece. Yorkville is back in action Friday at Morris.

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The Yorkville High School Speech Team had great success at its two tournaments in December. Morris Community High School Redskin Invitational, Saturday, Dec. 3: Team took fourth place overall (out of 18 teams). Individual medalists: Mackenzie Ward, 1, Special Occasion Speaking; Luke Schoenfielder, 3, Impromptu Speaking; Emma Whaley, 4, Poetry Reading; Serena Harn, 4, Informative Speaking; Brianna Pickering, 6, Impromptu Speaking; Brianna Pickering, 6, Poetry Reading; Jacob Love, 6, Original Comedy. Irish Invitational Speech Meet, Saturday, Dec. 1: Team took first place overall (out of 12 teams). Individual medalists: Eve Cone/Nick Frieders,

1, Dramatic Duet Acting; Mackenzie Ward, 1, Special Occasion Speaking; Madeson Martin, 1, Dramatic Interpretation; Corey Mitchell/Ryan Pizzo, 1, Humorous Duet Acting; Serena Harn, 1, Informative Speaking; Jacob Love, 2, Original Comedy; Sierra Iuro, 2, Original Oratory; Eli Smock, 3, Dramatic Interpretation; Taylor Novotny, 3, Informative Speaking; Emma Whaley/ Sierra Iuro, 4, Dramatic Duet Acting; Mackenzie Ward/Madeson Martin, 4, Humorous Duet Acting; Ian Janusz/ Jacob Love, 5, Dramatic Duet Acting; John Harker, 5, Special Occasion Speaking; Madison Grandys, 5, Humorous Interpretation; Scott Carter, 5, Oratorical Declamation; David Butts/ Haley Nell, 6, Humorous Duet Acting; Luke Schoenfielder, 6, Impromptu Speaking.

KENDALL COUNTY RECORD Katie Nolan scored 23 points with 15 rebounds for the Foxes in a 59-34 win over DeKalb on Feb. 9, and in the process became the all-time leading scorer in Yorkville girls basketball history. Nolan has 1,093 career points going into the playoffs this week. Audrey Macciomei and Hayley Farren each added eight points for Yorkville (24-2), which wrapped up a second straight unbeaten season in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. Yorkville sophomores: The Foxes beat DeKalb 43-12 on Feb. 9. Haylee Reyes had eight points and six assists and Katie Straznickas seven points and six rebounds for Yorkville (18-7, 10-3).

The Foxes beat Sandwich 40-35 Feb. 7, finishing the game on a 10-2 run.


Newark: Cam Myre had 30 points and nine rebounds and Corey Jacobson 19 points for the Norsemen (22-4) in an 86-61 win over Mooseheart on Tuesday. Steve McGrath had 15 points and seven rebounds and Myre added 14 points for the Norsemen in a 68-42 win over Waldorf on Feb. 11 at the Indian Creek Shootout. Beau Brown added 11 points and Will Clausel 10 for Newark (21-4). Yorkville sophomores: Jake Polowy scored 11 points for the Foxes (12-10) in a 40-31 loss to Plainfield Central on Feb. 12.

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The son of Tim and Jodi Tatum, he plans to attend Penn University or Dartmouth in the fall to study business. A total of 25 YHS seniors, selected by a panel of faculty members and a junior Student Council representative, will be recognized throughout the school year in the Record. Seniors applied for consideration through the high school guidance office. Co-Sponsored by First National Bank and the Kendall County Record, the $4,000 Student of the Year Scholarship will provide $1,000 each year for four years to the college of the recipient’s choice.

Activities and Honors Well on his way to making his business dreams come true, Senior Josh Tatum has primed himself over the last several years to succeed in college this fall. Not only is Tatum involved heavily in school activities, he has also created several successful businesses of his own during his academic and athletic downtime. He’s built and created his own music studio in an unfinished attic, he begun a moving business and a lawn mowing business, and uses his music skills to land gigs at local bars, pubs and weddings. “Business is definitely something I’m passionate about,” Tatum said. “I have always loved the idea of working collaboratively to solve a problem and provide an innovative product.” Tatum also knows what it means to give back to the Fox community. He’s a member of the math team and president of the Future Business Leaders of America. He’s played basketball, tennis and football, been a member of the choir, National Honor Society and the Red Riot spirit club. When that wasn’t enough, Tatum created the school’s first ping-pong club and a bible-study group called the Yorkville Bible Gang. “One of the primary things that I have gained from all these activities and experiences is a skill and desire for leadership,” Tatum said. “Whether on the basketball or tennis court, on the worship stage, or in the classroom, I have been encouraged to practice leadership roles and strive in leading and challenging others.” In challenging others, he’s also learned to challenge himself and make strides toward a successful business future, he said. “My jobs and entrepreneurial activities have done the best job of preparing me for my business future,” he said. “There is clearly no substitute for first hand experience, and my jobs gave me excellent first hand experience with starting my own business and running a business successfully.”

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Pictured are Yorkville High School athletes who signed letters of intent on National Signing Day Feb. 1. In the front row (from left) are Austin Avery, North Dakota State, football; Dylan Souza, St. Ambrose, football; and Jason Lewan, Illinois State, football. In the back row is Jake Slavin, Augustana, soccer.

The 2017 Student of the Year will be announced in May. A panel of community leaders will choose the finalists and the winner based on their transcripts, applications and an interview. Nomination and the final selection will be based on scholastic achievement, involvement in school and community, leadership and responsibility, ambition and citizenship. Financial need is not a consideration.


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Yorkville’s Jaros sets sights on top finish at state By JOSHUA WELGE Hannah Jaros wasn’t born with a bowling ball cradled in her hand. It only seems that way. Jaros, a Yorkville senior, is the daughter of professional bowler Steve Jaros. He has seven PBA tour titles on his resume, including one major. Hannah and her twin brother, Evan, grew up around bowling. Like, literally. “We traveled with our dad to tournaments when we were young in a motor home. My brother walked for the first time in that motor home,” Jaros remembered. “I was probably three years old when I started playing.” Jaros’ game has grown, for sure. So has bowling at Yorkville.

She’ll be representing the Foxes for the second time this weekend at the state tournament at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. The meet starts Friday. Jaros, 29th in the state last year, is targeting a top 12 finish this time. Her head coach, Julie Renda, thinks she could go even higher. “She’s absolutely capable of top 10,” Renda said. Yorkville’s bowling program started from scratch three years ago, with Jaros’ arrival. Freshman year it was just her, twin brother Evan and one other girl. The Foxes had a whole team by the next year. This season Yorkville was up to 13 bowlers and qualified its team for sectionals for the first time, despite losing two of its top bowlers to a torn ACL and broken hand (non-bowling related).

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“We’re always looking to get the word out, looking for more and more people,” Renda said. Jaros is a special case. Self-described as “very shy,” that could be chalked up to how focused Jaros is. She’s bowled to a 214 average this season, and bowled a program record 806 three-game series in December. Jaros won a regional championship with a 1,373 six-game total and rolled a 1,259 at sectionals. “Her face is the same if she makes a strike or leaves the 10 pin,” Renda said. “She’s calm and level-headed. She doesn’t let a bad shot get in her head.” Jaros hasn’t made her college decision yet, but she does plan on bowling competitively wherever she goes. She’s deciding between Central Missouri and Pikeville University in Kentucky.

She’s been down to watch a college tournament. Jaros’ commitment to the sport is clear to her coach. “I joke that she came to us as a bowler fully-formed,” Renda said. “She has amazing form and technique that normally takes years to cultivate in a bowler.” Having one year of experience at the state meet is bound to help Jaros this weekend. The noise and intensity at Cherry Bowl is not exactly a quiet weekend at the neighborhood lanes. “I was not expecting what it was, actually. There are so many people there,” Jaros said. “When we first walked in and all these people were cheering, it was a little overwhelming. Going back, it’s fun to be a part of.”

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On Jan. 21, the Yorkville Middle School Cheerleaders traveled to Peoria for their IESA State Cheerleading Competition. The girls worked all season to improve their routine to compete at an Elite level. YMS was in the Medium division, which had 22 teams in the division this year. The girls performed their best routine of the season, hitting all of their stunts and tumbling. This is the first year in IESA that cheer is judged on a rubric which includes very elite skills to get top scores which the girls worked toward getting. YMS placed fifth in the state this year with an overall score of 78.53, including their highest scores in their pyramid and motions and dance. They scored just behind Normal Chiddix, which took fourth, Shorewood Troy in third, Lemont Old Quarry taking second, and Alsip Prairie taking first.

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The Yorkville Fury seventh-grade boys basketball team won the CYB MLK Showdown on Jan. 15 in Willow Springs. Pictured are (back row) Wade Davis, Brandon Johnson, Cameron Colquitt, (front row) Luke Fisher, Connor Corrigan, Matt Bivens, Danny New and BJ Mayes.


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Jasmine Mitchell made an impression this year, the way she saw it. It will hopefully stay with Newark for a few years. Mitchell, a 6-foot-3 post, was the Norsemen’s only senior. Newark started a freshman point guard, a sophomore, and had another freshman come off the bench. Mitchell was the only Newark girl who had played in a sectional game before Monday. “I guess this season was about trying to impart my wisdom, if you will,” said Mitchell, who is playing collegiately at Indiana Wesleyan. “It was about me trying to be a good leader, a good teammate and a good friend.” Mitchell left a good last impression Monday. She fought off foul trouble to score 17 points to lead Newark. It was no match for Annawan, though, who pulled away to win the Class 1A Serena Sectional semifinal 57-34. Newark (20-10) trailed by just 37-28 going into the fourth quarter, but Annawan (23-9) had plenty left in the tank. The Bravettes, who won their 17th straight game, advanced to their sixth straight sectional final. “They’re a good team,” Mitchell said. “Our fourth quarter wasn’t super strong, but I’m content with how it turned out. It just wasn’t our night.” Mitchell did everything she could to continue her career, a four-year run that saw her pass 1,000 career points in November. She scored in all sorts of ways, starting with a drop-step hook for the game’s first points. Mitchell even stepped out to hit a 3-pointer in the first half. Three fouls forced her to sit for nearly five minutes in the second quarter, and Newark trailed 29-19 at half. “Jasmine gave us all she had,” Newark coach Barb Scott said. Annawan, though, had its own tal-

ented post that Newark couldn’t contain. Jayde VanHyfte, a 6-foot-1 junior and Arizona State recruit, missed Annawan’s first 10 games recovering from a torn ACL in her left knee suffered last January. VanHyfte scored 28 points in her first game this season, coincidentally a 47-39 win at Newark Dec. 13, and the Bravettes have taken off with her back. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Annawan Monday. “Obviously she’s a difference-maker,” Annawan coach Jason Burkiewicz said. “The biggest thing is the comfort level she gives our younger kids. They feel we can’t lose with her on the court.” VanHyfte scored 11 of her 21 in the fourth quarter, a stretch where she fully showcased a skill set not often seen in a Class 1A post. On one play VanHyfte stole the ball at Newark’s end, dribbled coast-tocoast and flipped in a reverse layup. “I’d consider her a tall three or four. Photos by Steven Buyansky for Shaw Media I definitely wouldn’t consider her a Newark’s Jasmine Mitchell (right) turns on Annawan’s Jayde VanHyfte (33) for a basket center,” Mitchell said. “She’s very good during Monday’s Class 1A Serena Sectional semifinal. at what she does.” Newark, hurt by 29 turnovers, dug itself an early 10-2 hole. Annawan’s lead was 29-15 midway through the second quarter, but the Norsemen battled back. Mitchell came off the bench for a score and Riane Tomsa added a basket to go into halftime, and Meggie Scott’s steal and score continued a 9-0 run. At 29-24, though, Annawan answered with its own 8-0 run and never looked back. League Age Group Fees “We’ve had a tendency this season to dig holes,” Mitchell said. “I’m proud Co-Ed TBALL 5&6 $115 with how we fought back.” Scott, Newark’s freshman point Girls Rookies 7&8 $185 guard, scored seven points as did sophomore Evie Martin off the bench. Even Girls Minors 9 & 10 $195 with Mitchell leaving a void, the future appears bright. Girls Majors 11 & 12 $205 “We got a good taste of it for next year,” coach Scott said. “This hurts Girls Seniors 13 & 14 $220 now but we’ll be OK.”



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Yorkville senior Ryan Morris headed to state wrestling for first time By JOSHUA WELGE Ryan Morris is ending his Yorkville wrestling career in the same place he started five years ago. Wrestling the best of the best. Morris, the Foxes’ senior 285-pounder, is headed to the individual state meet in Champaign this weekend following a third-place finish at the Class 3A Normal Community Sectional. It’s his first time at state in high school, but not his first time in a state meet. Morris went to state in seventh grade, the same year he started wrestling. Big difference, and this is a big deal. “It’s a really good feeling, a little surreal,” Morris said. “I knew if I wrestled like I was capable I could get those wins.” Morris (33-10) sure earned this trip to Champaign. He lost his first sectional match, on Friday evening. Morris came back the next day to win four straight matches. He pinned Granite City’s Korinthian Nabors in 36 seconds to qualify for state, then won a 2-1 overtime decision over Plainfield South’s Dominic Ferraro for third place. “He didn’t have an easy road, either. A couple of those guys were ranked,” Yorkville coach Jake Oster said. “That’s probably the best we’ve seen Ryan wrestle all year long.” It’s been a steady climb to the top for Morris. He wrestled JV his first two years at Yorkville, then wedged his way into the lineup last year. He won 29 matches as a junior, and after last weekend has surpassed that. “I think I’ve grown a lot with my moves,” Morris said. “I do a lot more shooting. The moves I can do now are much more diverse.” Oster considers Morris an active heavyweight, a quality that came in handy at regionals. He trailed going into the third period of his semifinal match, but got an escape and takedown, and then two more takedowns in the last 25 seconds to win a decision. “You don’t see that in a typical heavyweight,” Oster said. “He stays

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Yorkville senior 285-pound wrestler Ryan Morris (top) won four straight matches at the Class 3A Normal Community Sectional to finish in third place and qualify for the state tournament. Morris, a first-time state qualifier, will be wrestling this weekend in Champaign.


week of wrestling will have to put indoor track season on hold for now, but playing three sports is full of benefits. “Wrestling keeps me in great condition, especially in football from a defensive aspect,” Morris said. “It’s kept me nimble.” He’ll need to keep quick on his feet in a tough draw this weekend. Morris’ first match at state is Jake Oster, Yorkville wrestling coach against Argo senior Audel Ochoa (401), ranked fifth in the state by Illinois Matmen. A win there, and Morris likely will active and he stays in good position. worked hard to achieve those goals,” He got a little timid at times last year, Oster said. “Everybody’s goal is win- face top-ranked Anthony Cassioppi of but this week he showed that he’s not ning state or placing at state, but if Hononegah (44-0). Regardless of the outcome, Morris going to be scared and that he can that’s your only goal it makes it kind of hard. Ryan’s embraced different plans to enjoy the experience. compete with anybody.” “It’s a once in a lifetime opportuniRemarkably, Oster said the region- goals.” ty,” Morris said. “I just have to wresal title was the first varsity tournaHe’s kept busy, too. ment Morris has ever won. Morris is a lineman in football, and tle my match. Hopefully it turns out “He’s set small goals, and he’s a thrower in track and field. An extra my way.”

“He’s set small goals, and he’s worked hard to achieve those goals. Everybody’s goal is winning state or placing at state, but if that’s your only goal it makes it kind of hard. Ryan’s embraced different goals.”

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