Beacon News Latest news from Beacon News Online en-us (Editor) Beacon News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Metea Valley students see impact of distracted driving ]]> Lead story image

AURORA — The bodies strewn around the mock two-car pileup outside Metea Valley High School Thursday morning painted a picture of what could happen if students are driving a car while texting or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As unsettling as the scene appeared, the students who participated in the simulation were able to walk away from the accident after the event was finished. In real life, people like Leeslyee Huerta often do not. Huerta and her fiancé Johnathan Santos, both 25, told Metea seniors how their lives changed in an instant when the van Huerta was a … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ The grind of the times ]]> Lead story image

Mike Travlos hasn’t had an offseason in almost a decade. The Lake Zurich junior plays boys basketball for the Bears in the winter, but his season doesn’t end in March. In fact, his season hasn’t really ended since the third grade, when Travlos said he started playing travel basketball. Between high school, AAU with Rising Stars Elite and individual workouts, Travlos plays basketball almost the entire year. An average summer week might include three days with a physical performance trainer to work on strength and athleticism, two days with a basketball skills trainer, one or two AAU practices and somewhere … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:57:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Tennis: Hampshire steps up at singles, but IMSA doubles up for team title ]]> Lead story image

IMSA may have been without its top doubles team Saturday, but it didn’t stop the Titans from winning the Hampshire Invitational. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:05:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mooseheart holds celebration to honor first team championship in school history ]]> Lead story image

The Mooseheart Red Ramblers wrote a page in history when they took home their first team state championship trophy of any kind in 101 years, and Friday the school went all out to celebrate. “We know it is the first team title in history, but what is really great about this is that 25 years from now these guys are going to be able to walk through the fieldhouse and see the trophy case with their families,” head basketball coach Ron Ahrens said. On Friday, Mooseheart held an all-school assembly to celebrate the boys basketball team’s 63-47 victory in the … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Track: St. Charles East, Neuqua Valley share Upstate Eight indoor title ]]> Lead story image

Jordan Shead didn’t need to hear the announcement that Saturday’s Upstate Eight girls track and field indoor championship would come down to the last race. She already knew. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:23:13 -0500