Beacon News http://beaconnews.suntimes.com Latest news from Beacon News Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/beaconnews.gif Beacon News http://beaconnews.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Boys Track Insider: Hoffert twins lead Yorkville to next level ]]> Lead story image

With outdoor track season ready to commence in earnest, distance standouts Luke and Jake Hoffert are out to make sure there is no repeat of last year in track and field. “It was the first time in seven years we didn’t have any state qualifiers,” Yorkville coach Ben Draper said. “Making the transition from (Class) 2A to 3A has been tough.” ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:35:16 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26903323-419/boys-track-insider-hoffert-twins-lead-yorkville-to-next-level.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26903323-419/boys-track-insider-hoffert-twins-lead-yorkville-to-next-level.html <![CDATA[ High School Track: Yorkville girls, Oswego East boys win titles at Matt Wulf Invite ]]>

Big-time individual performances highlighted Friday’s co-ed Matt Wulf Invitational at Yorkville High School. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:40:00 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26913745-419/high-school-track-yorkville-girls-oswego-east-boys-win-titles-at-matt-wulf-invite.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26913745-419/high-school-track-yorkville-girls-oswego-east-boys-win-titles-at-matt-wulf-invite.html <![CDATA[ Girls Track: West Aurora’s Spagnola sweeps four events at invite ]]>

West Aurora’s Emma Spagnola won all four of her events at Downers Grove North’s 13-team Ritter Invitational Thursday and started off the meet with a bang when she set a meet record in the long jump in her only attempt. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:20:00 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26914068-419/girls-track-west-auroras-spagnola-sweeps-four-events-at-invite.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26914068-419/girls-track-west-auroras-spagnola-sweeps-four-events-at-invite.html <![CDATA[ Girls Track: Waubonsie sweeps sprint relays at Gus Scott Invite ]]> Lead story image

Morgan Schulz of Cary-Grove, named the meet MVP, won the A-level 100 hurdles and the 800, anchored a third-place 800 relay and then came back to win the 300. Cary-Grove won the event with 349 points. Naperville North was second with 313. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:12:00 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26914052-419/girls-track-waubonsie-sweeps-sprint-relays-at-gus-scott-invite.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26914052-419/girls-track-waubonsie-sweeps-sprint-relays-at-gus-scott-invite.html <![CDATA[ Boys Track: Waubonsie Valley takes third place at Gus Scott Invite ]]>

Naperville North senior Jake Pecorin edged New Trier’s Josh Rosenkranz by less than a second in the 3,200 with an effort of 9:31.83 Thursday in his school’s Gus Scott Invitational. Oak Park-River Forest won the team title with 306 points and Waubonsie Valley took third with 281. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:02:07 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26914015-419/boys-track-waubonsie-valley-takes-third-place-at-gus-scott-invite.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26914015-419/boys-track-waubonsie-valley-takes-third-place-at-gus-scott-invite.html <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: Buffalo Grove edge Metea Valley in double OT ]]>

Colleen Zickert received a pass from her sister Kelli and lofted a 20-yard shot just inside the far post 90 seconds into the second overtime to lift No. 1 Buffalo Grove to a 2-1 victory over Metea Valley in a PepsiCo Showdown quarterfinal in Aurora. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:52:01 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26913888-419/girls-soccer-buffalo-grove-edge-metea-valley-in-double-ot.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26913888-419/girls-soccer-buffalo-grove-edge-metea-valley-in-double-ot.html <![CDATA[ Area Roundup: April 17 ]]>

Scores and highlights from around the Aurora area. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26913492-419/area-roundup-april-17.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26913492-419/area-roundup-april-17.html <![CDATA[ Boys Track: Three things to know ]]> Lead story image

1. A track tradition. John Bell, boys head track coach for almost three decades at West Aurora, is synonymous with Blackhawks track and field. The annual 12-team boys John Bell Invitational Saturday is always fiercely contested. Oswego is the only other local school in the field. 2. A league of his own. Batavia senior Ryan Wieties was in the zone at the Les Hodge Meet on Saturday, destroying the 800 meters field in 2 minutes, 2.36 seconds. But it was a day of experimentation for the Bulldogs’ distance ace, who captured the Upstate Eight Conference indoor 1,600 title last month. … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:35:05 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26903006-419/boys-track-three-things-to-know.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26903006-419/boys-track-three-things-to-know.html <![CDATA[ Baseball: Ryan Jones’ RBI single lifts Waubonsie Valley over Geneva ]]>

Bases-loaded hit hands Geneva its first loss of the season. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:08:01 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26910802-419/baseball-ryan-jones-rbi-single-lifts-waubonsie-valley-over-geneva.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26910802-419/baseball-ryan-jones-rbi-single-lifts-waubonsie-valley-over-geneva.html <![CDATA[ Local College Notes: Waubonsee hoops star Ashley Wilk will play for North Central ]]> Lead story image

Ashley Wilk, the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, has made a commitment to continue her education and play basketball at North Central College. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:36:16 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26903838-419/local-college-notes-waubonsee-hoops-star-ashley-wilk-will-play-for-north-central.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26903838-419/local-college-notes-waubonsee-hoops-star-ashley-wilk-will-play-for-north-central.html <![CDATA[ Softball Notes: Six area teams face off in Fox Valley Tournament ]]>

West Aurora hosts the Fifth Annual Fox Valley Softball Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Stuart Park Complex on Jericho Road west of Orchard Road. The six-team event features two pools of three teams — Yorkville, Metea Valley and the host Blackhawks in the Red with Rosary, Batavia and Oswego in the Blue. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:15:22 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26905974-419/softball-notes-six-area-teams-face-off-in-fox-valley-tournament.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26905974-419/softball-notes-six-area-teams-face-off-in-fox-valley-tournament.html <![CDATA[ Girls Track Insider: Metea Valley goes three-deep in throwers ]]> Lead story image

When push comes to shove at Metea Valley track practices, coach Jim Braun’s three standout throwers — Holly Julifs, Courtney Morgan and Qualicia Miller — give the Mustangs a win-win-win situation. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:32:57 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26885818-419/girls-track-insider-metea-valley-goes-three-deep-in-throwers.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26885818-419/girls-track-insider-metea-valley-goes-three-deep-in-throwers.html <![CDATA[ Minor League Baseball: Cougars rally with five in ninth to beat Bowling Green ]]>

Kane County wins seventh straight Wednesday night. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:02 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26890403-419/minor-league-baseball-cougars-rally-with-five-in-ninth-to-beat-bowling-green.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26890403-419/minor-league-baseball-cougars-rally-with-five-in-ninth-to-beat-bowling-green.html <![CDATA[ Boys Volleyball: Metea Valley rallies to beat St. Charles North in three games ]]>

Metea Valley played its second three-set match in as many nights Wednesday against St. Charles North. The Mustangs rallied from a 25-23, 16-14 deficit to defeat the North Stars 23-25, 25-20, 25-15 in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:46:38 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26890386-419/boys-volleyball-metea-valley-rallies-to-beat-st-charles-north-in-three-games.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26890386-419/boys-volleyball-metea-valley-rallies-to-beat-st-charles-north-in-three-games.html <![CDATA[ Area Roundup: April 16 ]]>

Scores and highlights from around the Aurora area. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:38:00 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26890413-419/area-roundup-april-16.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26890413-419/area-roundup-april-16.html <![CDATA[ Girls Track: Three things to know ]]> Lead story image

1. The 800 race Thursday at Yorkville’s Wulff Invitational should be a doozy with super sophs Karina Liz of Aurora Central and Skylar Bollinger of Yorkville going head-to-head. “Karina has run a 2:12 and has the top seed,” Foxes coach Ben Draper said. “Skylar’s seed time is 2:17 but she’s run 2:12 before. “Both have long meets and are scheduled for four events, but that should be a good one.” 2. Yorkville throwers bear watching, too. Senior Jocelyn Ocon bounced back from winter jaw surgery that cost her some strength and last Saturday threw 122-1 in the discus, breaking a … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:10:08 -0500 http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26885736-419/girls-track-three-things-to-know.html http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/26885736-419/girls-track-three-things-to-know.html