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Naperville Now 12-31-18

Drive Safely:

New Year’s Eve is here – but before you head out for the night, make sure you have a safe way to get home. The Naperville Police Department will have patrols out to enforce the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and Click-It-Or-Ticket program. They remind drivers to keep the celebration off the road and drive responsibly, making sure that if you plan to drink, you designate a sober driver ahead of time.

Operation Caramel Corn:

A local business is doing their part to help our troops overseas. Since 2003, Naper Nuts & Sweets has sent caramel corn filled care packages to our troops abroad, to brighten the days of those serving our country. Many community members join in with their own donations, bringing candy, toiletries and handmade gifts. The boxes are sent out each week, year round.

The Year’s State Titles:

It was quite a year for the Naperville High School sports scene with eight teams bringing home state titles. Starting back in March, the Warriors Hockey club took a trip down to the United Center for the first time since 2014 to compete in the Combined State Championship Tournament where they brought home the second place trophy.

After them, it would be the Naperville Central Boys Water Polo team who was ranked in the top 5 for most of their season. They competed against Fenwick and won handedly, 13-5. Also in the spring, two Naperville North girls teams brought home trophies with the Badminton team placing second at state and the Track and Field team taking first place behind a dominate performance from hurdler Halle Bieber.

Neuqua Valley got a taste of winning state titles in the spring thanks to their boys track team bringing home the state title for the first time in school history and the boys volleyball team placing as runners-up for the first time in school history.

Now on to the most recent titles to round out an epic year of sports. The Naperville North Girls Cross Country team three-peated as state champions down at Detweiler Park and the Naperville North Boys Soccer team also three-peated as state champions at Hoffman Estates. Both of these historic finishes happened on the same day.

And finally, the Neuqua Valley Girls Swimming team, our most recent state titleholders, who dethroned three-time state defending Rosary in November behind Rachel Stege who broke the IHSA record in the 500-meter.

With all of these historical seasons happening in 2018, we can only imagine what 2019 will bring.




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