May 24, 2017

Overcome evil with good


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

President Donald Trump has renamed terrorists from monsters to losers. I agree.

People such as 22 year old Salmon Abedi who contrive to inflict such a heinous act as the carnage he recently inflicted in Manchester, England, is the worst of pathetic world losers. Abedi joins now a long list of scum who are so disconnected from rational thinking and healthy emotions that they are filled with hatred resentment of normal life loving people who simply want a night out on the town such as an Ariana Grande concert.

In the case of Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan, it was just a fun walk in New York City. She was heinously killed in Times Square most recently by Richard Rojas who also injured 21 other pedestrians in a killing spree that he hoped would end in his death by the police. He is another sad loser who took a vibrant girl's life.

These losers of the world spend too much of their lives locked away in their private rooms staring at a computer contriving and discovering how to completely waste their lives by gaining world recognition by killing innocent people. Instead of getting a real life by mowing grass, building a real career, serving in the military or serving humanity they internally seethe inside to destroy or maim a few human beings.

I understand that all human beings have struggles and issues but there is a depravity that some hideous, crazy losers unfortunately stoop to in trying to make them feel momentarily better.

The list of losers has sadly grown to the point we can no longer find the space to write about or identify all the names. From around the world now there are people young and old who maniacally and successfully brought about school killings, theater shootings, church murders and concert massacres.

While the national news informs us well of the bad news and the hideous people who are making it happen we must not forget that most of the world is still filled with good people.

As we face Memorial Day weekend in America we remember all the good people serving in our military. We remember the many, many men and women who fought valiantly for our country because they were decent, strong and good moral people. Many of us go to the cemetery this time of year and remember not only our military heroes but moms and dads, grandparents, children and siblings and friends who have preceded us in death. We remember them and we miss them.

I often have the pleasure of attending the Hinkle reunion during Memorial weekend. My mother was a Hinkle. Last year I was taking pictures of my sister's daughter who smiled into the camera. She appeared to be feeling good and doing well. Since that occasion she has passed on. We will miss her at this reunion. We will miss her and a lot of other people who have passed on over the years. They were all good people. Looking back they were part of group that must be classified as winners. They lived good lives. They were good neighbors. They worked hard and contributed to society. They made America great.

Last weekend a taxi driver from South Africa gave me a ride and was so thrilled to be working in America. He was a nice guy. A college student working weekends at a hotel helped me with my bags. He's from Sudan and was an articulate hard working kind young man happy to be working in America. They are winners.

I don't understand the radical evil hatred that permeates a person to end his or her life and the lives of others. They dramatically need a changed way of thinking - a different mind and a different heart. So many are so immersed in such hatred, radicalized we call it, there is no turning back for them.

What can we do? Try to impact the world around us with good. Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good. Be alert. There are poisonous vipers in the world and they intend to hurt somebody. You aren't going to change them.

I've always believed in hope. However, I do believe a person can reach a mental/emotional state where they are beyond the help and influences of sane reasonable people. These people are lost. President Trump called them losers.

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Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.
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May 21, 2017

Quincy's Schutte earns two state medals

May 20, 2017 - Charleston, IL - Quincy's Maggie Schutte and Prairie Ridge's Samantha Fisher share smiles during the awards ceremony for the Class 3A Pole Vault at Saturday's IHSA State Track & Field Finals. Schutte qualified for three other state track events including the triple jump, 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles. She tied for 9th in the pole vault with Fisher and 3rd in the 300-meter hurdle event. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks


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May 16, 2017

Stevenson's Shi brings home badminton title

It has been 12 years since a freshman has been crowned state champion at the IHSA badminton state finals. In the 41 years that the underappreciated sport has been part of the high school association's state championship series there have been just three. Saturday afternoon, Stevenson High School's Esther Shi became the fourth first-year prep athlete to ascend to the top of the podium.

Stevenson's Esther Shi hits an overhead shot
May 13, 2017 - Charleston, IL - Stevenson's Esther Shi hits an overhead shot during championship match against Naperville North's Emma Lin. Shi, a freshman and the #1 seed, won this year's title with a 21-13, 21-11 victory over Lin. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks


Shi, the #2 seed, never took her foot of the throttle in the title match rushing to a 21-13, 21-11, victory over Naperville North freshman Emma Lin. Scoring eight of the first 10 points in the opening game and forcing Lin to work against a nine point deficit most of the second game, the Patriots' singles specialist finished her first state outing with a 6-0 record.

Not one of her adversaries posted more than 25 points total against her in the two-day tournament.

After Shi secured her individual title, duo May Ling and Jenny Yang took the floor with a shot at becoming doubles champions. After knocking off challengers from Lake Park, Lyons Township, Naperville North, Fremd and Matea Valley on their way to title match on Friday. Earning second place points toward the team score Saturday, the pair fell 21-17, 21-13 in their afternoon bout against Neuqua Valley's Joyce Chen and Shrinithi Venkatesan.

In addition to her runner-up medal, Lin's runner-up performance helped the Huskies secure third-place in the team race. Neuqua Valley was this year's second place finisher in the overall school standings.

May 13, 2017

Freaking fast Frankie Izard leads SJO to sectional title

She runs like lightning. Blink and she's over there. Blink again and she gone. If Barry Allen was indeed a real life, oxygen breathing high school student right now, St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard would be his dream date for prom.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard strains to pull ahead of Camp Point Central's Zakila Wiskirchen and Chicago Christian's Rylei Jackson during the finals heat of the 100-Meter Dash during the 2016 IHSA Girls State Track Finals. Izard finished 7th in the race with a time of 12.64. The Spartan junior will return to state next weekend with another chance to medal in the event. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/ Clark Brooks)

Izard, the Spartans' marquee sprinter use to be fast. Now, she is even faster. Taking the top spots in both sprint events at the St. Joseph-Ogden Class 1A sectional and grabbing another first place title with the programs 4x100 relay squad, the junior led the Spartans to this season's sectional title.

What a difference a year makes. Having shaved more than .15 second off her 2016 state qualifying time in the 100-meter dash, she is even more of blur on the track turning in a 12.56, just .13 off last year's top mark off 12.43.

In the 200-meter event, she beat teammate Maclayne Taylor over the finish line by hair with a time of 26.62. Taylor, on her hip, stopped the clock at 26.69.

Later, Izard once again teamed up with Abbey Mizer and Zea Maroon, from last year's state 4x100 title squad, along with newcomer Taylor Maclayne to capture her third gold medal with a time of 49.9.

SJO also enjoy first place finishes in both hurdles races. 100-meter hurdle specialist Park Francisco, who finished fourth in her previous state appearance, won the sectional race crossing the finish line at 15.36. Maroon took first in the 300m hurdles ahead of Francisco and Bismarck-Henning's Emily Meidel.

May 12, 2017

96 smashing badminton players to battle for state titles

Badminton players from 56 Illinois schools will start their journey for this year's state titles at Eastern Illinois University today. 96 players, 32 singles specialist and 32 doubles pairs will go head-to-head to day in the annual double elimination tournament at the Lantz Building courts.

New Trier's Julia Matyjas hits the shuttlecock back over the net during game one against Fremd's Jenny Li at the 2016 IHSA State Badminton Finals on Saturday, May 14. Matyjas, who returns to this year's state finals, advanced to the consolation bracket after falling 21-8, 21-10 to Li. Click here to see our photo coverage from past state badminton tournaments . . .


Last year's singles champion Judy Yang, who also has two runner up titles to her name, enters the tournament as a third-fourth seed behind Naperville North's Emma Lin, Easter Shi from Lincolnshire. The Hinsdale South senior defeated Neuqua Valley's Lauren Ho in dramatic fashion, 25-23, 22-20 for the 2016 title.

Joyce Chen and Shrinithi Venkatesan, representing the perennial front-running Neuqua Valley girls program, return to the state finals as the number one doubles duo. The pair lost last year's title match to teammates Eva Chen and Sophia Li in a bittersweet loss, 21-12, 21-16, that helped the Wildcats to the 2016 team trophy.

Neuqua Valley along with Hinsdale South and Naperville North return as top seeds for this season's team title.

Below are the opening round pairings for both singles and doubles matches today.

Singles

1. Emma Lin (Fr.), Naperville (North) vs. Grace Chantos (Sr.), Villa Park (Willowbrook)

2. Mary Grace Mutia (Jr.), Addison (A. Trail) vs. Mary Xu (Sr.), Arlington Heights (Hersey)

3. Julia Matyjas (Sr.), Winnetka (New Trier) vs. Julia Bautista (Jr.), Elk Grove Village (E.G.)

4. Rose Clement (Jr.), Palatine (H.S.) vs. Linnea Dierksheide (Jr.), Elmhurst (York)

5. Lauren Ho (Jr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley) vs. Grace Cook (Jr.), Hinsdale (Central)

6. Susan Zhou (Sr.), Downers Grove (South) vs. Emma Hardy (Jr.), St. Charles (East)

7. Cassie Ruettiger (Sr.), New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) vs. Iris Xu (Jr.), Aurora (Metea Valley)

8. Ruthie Silberman (Jr.), Deerfield (H.S.) vs. Erin Jang (Jr.), Glenview (Glenbrook South)

9. Judy Yang (Sr.), Darien (Hinsdale South) vs. Emma Boyd (So.), Buffalo Grove

10. Veronika Khazanovska (Sr.), McHenry vs. Annie Carmody (Sr.), Oswego (East)

11. Emily Bian (Sr.), Roselle (Lake Park) vs. Katie Materick (So.), LaGrange (Lyons)

12. Allie Schweigert (Sr.), Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) vs. Laura Stallter (Sr.), Downers Grove (North)

13. Jenny Li (So.), Palatine (Fremd) vs. Melissa Chen (Jr.), Naperville (Central)

14. Marie Mendoza (Jr.), Wheeling vs. Jalyn Baumgartner (Sr.), New Lenox (Lincoln-Way Central)

15. Ashley Richardson (Sr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson) vs. Burcin Asilturk (Jr.), Hoffman Estates (Conant)

16. Ivy Flores (So.), Lansing (Thornton Fractional South) vs. Jiayi Huang (Sr.), Northbrook (Glenbrook North)

17. Claire McLoone (So.), Buffalo Grove vs. Emily Gorczynski (Jr.), Lake Forest (H.S.)

18. Annie Zhou (Sr.), Naperville (Central) vs. Arthi Cunkari (Sr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley)

19. Liza Henn (Sr.), Park Ridge (Maine South) vs. Mia Ko (Sr.), Orland Park (Sandburg)

20. Julie Mills (Jr.), Wheaton (North) vs. Cindy Tang (So.), Hinsdale (Central)

21. Jenna Franzen (Sr.), Lockport (Twp.) vs. Megan Spencer (Jr.), St. Charles (East)

22. Danielle Kennedy (Sr.), Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) vs. Maggie Tierney (Sr.), Downers Grove (North)

23. Lily Morris (So.), Palatine (H.S.) vs. Hanna Konrath (So.), Villa Park (Willowbrook)

24. Serena Zhang (So.), Mt. Prospect (Prospect) vs. Kellie Liu (Fr.), Palatine (Fremd)

25. Caroline Christopher (Sr.), Winnetka (New Trier) vs. Christine Moravek (Jr.), LaGrange (Lyons)

26. Sunaina Addanki (Sr.), Hoffman Estates (Conant) vs. Julianna Rylko (So.), Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)

27. Lauren Oda (So.), Elk Grove Village (E.G.) vs. Simin Rajwany (Jr.), Darien (Hinsdale South)

28. Savannah Cornejo-Garcia (Sr.), Carol Stream (Glenbard North) vs. Vaishali Manoharan (Jr.), Aurora (Waubonsie Valley)

29. Sara Chen (Jr.), Northbrook (Glenbrook North) vs. Peyton Nielsen (Sr.), New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West)

30. Vivian Cui (Sr.), Tinley Park (Andrew) vs. Clara Duan (So.), Naperville (North)

31. Annisia Thounsavath (Jr.), Elgin (H.S.) vs. Laura Hyink (Jr.), Elmhurst (York)

32. Emily McClanahan (Jr.), Glenview (Glenbrook South) vs. Esther Shi (Fr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson)

Doubles 1. Joyce Chen (Jr.), & Shrinithi Venkatesan (Jr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley) vs. Athena Kakolires (Sr.), & Kasia Czepiel (Jr.), Addison (A. Trail)

2. Kelynn Brummel (Jr.), & Grace Michel (Jr.), Plainfield (South) vs. Taylor Fanella (Sr.), & Gabby Macenis (Jr.), Downers Grove (South)

3. Shirley Cao (Jr.), & Kaitlyn Lu (Fr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson) vs. Jane Chun (Sr.), & Priyanka Patel (So.), Hoffman Estates (H.S.)

4. Joyce Zheng (Jr.), & Kathy Zheng (Fr.), Naperville (Central) vs. Emma Helsel (Jr.), & Audrey Treadwell (Jr.), St. Charles (North)

5. Angela Li (Sr.), & Lana Millman (So.), Hinsdale (Central) vs. Elana Ferris (Sr.), & Catherine Gray (Jr.), Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais)

6. Ryan Largosa (Jr.), & Paityn Schabes (Sr.), Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South) vs. Brooke Gorski (Sr.), & Megan Kalinowski (Sr.), Des Plaines (Maine West)

7. Brooke Buranosky (Sr.), & Ellie Wilson (Sr.), Deerfield (H.S.) vs. Helene Collin (Jr.), & Alyse Mommer (Sr.), DeKalb

8. Fatima Medina (Jr.), & Jackie Lopez (Jr.), Lansing (Thornton Fractional South) vs. Tess Fallon (So.), & Holly Fessler (So.), Winnetka (New Trier)

9. Megan Gamber (Sr.), & Katie Jarosz (Sr.), Buffalo Grove vs. Vivian Xu (Sr.), & Ariana O'Connell (Fr.), Barrington

10. Alexis Duda (Sr.), & Mary O'Brien (Sr.), Lockport (Twp.) vs. Katie Cooper (Sr.), & Catherine Meredith (Sr.), Mt. Prospect (Prospect)

11. Glyn He (Sr.), & Taylor Zhou (Fr.), Naperville (North) vs. Zoe Meyer (Sr.), & Hannah Kearney (Jr.), Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)

12. Jodie McLennan (Sr.), & Sophia Kics (Jr.), Palatine (H.S.) vs. Kate Bodensteiner (Jr.), & Jasmine Caro (Jr.), Palatine (Fremd)

13. Annie Bedalov (Sr.), & Natalie White (Jr.), Downers Grove (North) vs. Gabriela Bascunan Simone (Jr.), & Maria Krunic (Sr.), Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest)

14. Elena Sgarbossa (Sr.), & Jessica Spitalli (Sr.), Roselle (Lake Park) vs. Christina Li (Sr.), & Ally Rosenbaum (Jr.), Northbrook (Glenbrook North)

15. Irin Abraham (Sr.), & Grace Mazzocco (Sr.), Elmhurst (York) vs. Nikita Varshney (Jr.), & Vyshnavi Nukasani (So.), Aurora (Metea Valley)

16. Ashley Deckelman (Sr.), & Jenna Bostick (Sr.), Flossmoor (Homewood-F.) vs. Kaitlyn Hurka (Fr.), & Imani Williams (Sr.), Darien (Hinsdale South)

17. Anna Brady (Sr.), & Susannah Browning (Jr.), Downers Grove (North) vs. Jenna Gallichio (Jr.), & Samantha Reed (Jr.), Elmhurst (York)

18. Reed Fazel (Sr.), & Anne Hruska (Jr.), Evanston (Twp.) vs. Gabby Yordanova (Sr.), & Sarah Katz (Jr.), Buffalo Grove

19. Bailey Ekstrand (Jr.), & Sam Katsikas (Sr.), Lombard (Glenbard East) vs. Lauren Abbattista (Sr.), & Nika Belova (Fr.), Lake Forest (H.S.)

20. Evelina Kozyra (So.), & Hannah Wang (So.), Schaumburg (H.S.) vs. Samantha Ortiz (Sr.), & Kamila Czyszczon (Jr.), Palatine (H.S.)

21. Emily Ripp (Jr.), & Becca Ricker (Sr.), Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) vs. Margo Farley (Jr.), & Mary Andersen (Jr.), Wheaton (North)

22. Colleen Stanford (Jr.), & Katherine Ponzi (Sr.), Mt. Prospect (Prospect) vs. Aishwarya Katiki (Sr.), & Avni Limdi (Sr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley)

23. Bhavana Bheem (Sr.), & Divya Gudur (Sr.), Hoffman Estates (Conant) vs. Morghann Furr (Jr.), & Jessica Sterna (Sr.), Lockport (Twp.)

24. Tina Guo (Sr.), & Helen Hu (Sr.), Hinsdale (Central) vs. Nitya Nagarajan (So.), & Allison Yu (Sr.), Aurora (Metea Valley)

25. Clara Kochanski (Sr.), & Esther Park (Sr.), Park Ridge (Maine South) vs. Saadiqa Hafiz (Sr.), & Ena Rizvic (Sr.), Hoffman Estates (H.S.)

26. Halley Bergen (So.), & Maeve Heflin (Jr.), Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest) vs. Grace Chen (Sr.), & Kathleen Nie (So.), Naperville (North)

27. Gwen Grodek (Sr.), & Lauren De La Rosa (Jr.), LaGrange (Lyons) vs. Sarah Ko (Sr.), & Brianna Mitchell (Sr.), Naperville (Central)

28. Christina Mazzucchi (Jr.), & Christine Rainey (Sr.), Roselle (Lake Park) vs. May Ling (Sr.), & Jenny Yang (Fr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson)

29. Christina Moy (Jr.), & Rhea Shah (So.), Glenview (Glenbrook South) vs. Elsa Barron (Sr.), & Kathryn Holy (Sr.), Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)

30. Alison McKenney (Sr.), & Kavisha Baxi (Sr.), Downers Grove (South) vs. Frances Romero (Sr.), & Cassie Cintron (Jr.), Lansing (Thornton Fractional South)

31. Holly Trapp (Jr.), & Hui Zhu (Jr.), DeKalb vs. Claire Pomey (Sr.), & Priya Deshmukh (Jr.), Darien (Hinsdale South)

32. Sarah Lucchesi (Sr.), & Melissa Powers (Sr.), Plainfield (South) vs. Hannah Chen (So.), & Sharon Wu (Fr.), Palatine (Fremd)