Beacon News Latest news from Beacon News Online en-us (Editor) Beacon News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Boys Track: West Aurora’s McCue brothers sweep 800 at Bell Invite ]]> Lead story image

For John Bell Invite host West Aurora, which finished sixth, the indisputable highlight was brothers Connor and Brady McCue sweeping the open 800. Downers Grove North won the elite meet. ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:51:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boatright comes home to Aurora to celebrate NCAA Championship win ]]> Lead story image

AURORA — East Aurora’s own is home and celebrating his NCAA Championship win in style. To the tune of McFadden and Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” University of Connecticut guard and Aurora native Ryan Boatright was greeted by cheers from hundreds at the Paramount Theatre Saturday. Choking back tears, Ryan Boatright thanked his mother and “backbone” Tanesha Boatright for her unwavering support. “I worked hard every day (to give her) this moment,” Boatright said, with Mayor Tom Weisner and his mother Tanesha at his side. “My mom truly pushed me to be the best that I could be every … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:24:01 -0500 <![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