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Naperville Now 03-14-18

National School Walkout:

High school students in Districts 203 and 204 exited their schools today to take part in a national walkout protesting gun violence. Students carried signs and spoke out to their peers hoping to enact change in the current gun laws. The nationwide movement comes exactly one month after the shootings in Parkland, Florida, where 17 were killed after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The protests started at 10 a.m. and were allowed by both districts, with additional police presence on hand as a precaution.

Parks Approved:

At today’s Riverwalk Commission meeting, both the Naperville Jaycees Park and the Harmony Park were approved as additions to the Naperville Riverwalk. The Naperville Jaycees Park is a outdoor wi-fi park which will be right next to the municipal center, and the Harmony Park is an outdoor musical space which will be placed at the top of Rotary Hill. Final design plans are still in the works for both.

Benet at Basketball Supersectional:

Benet Academy headed up to Northern Illinois University to tip off against Larkin in the boys basketball supersectional. The Redwings couldn’t get any shots to fall in the first half, as the Royals took a 21-11 lead into halftime. However, Benet had 18 wins in a row for a reason as the Redwings came soaring back, cutting the deficit to 30-25 at the end of the third quarter. Larkin stretched the lead to double digits in the 4th, but again Benet responded behind big threes from David Buh and Jake Ronnenberg, cutting the lead to 48-46 with 40 seconds to play. But Larkin hit its free throws and Benet was unable to get any closer as the Royals move on with the 53-46 win. Benet finished the season 27 and 5. Larkin advances to state for the first time in the school’s 56-year history.

Big Win for Warriors:

The Warriors Hockey club entered last night’s semi final game of the Blackhawk Cup Combined division as the number five seed facing off with the top seed Glenbard. The Warriors are a combined team made up of players from Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley, so it’s only fitting that Waubonsie senior Cade Kenyon and Metea sophomore Zach Pearce each scored two goals in the Warriors 4-3 victory! Goalie Alex Lee made several big saves to preserve the win as the Warriors advance to the state championship game at the United Center. It’s the first state appearance for Waubonsie since winning the State Championship in 2014.




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