Naperville Now 05-25-18

Kingsley Last Day Parade

School’s out for District 203 students, but those at Kingsley Elementary made their last day a little more special. This morning the entire school paraded throughout the nearby neighborhood, with family and friends waving from the sidelines. Other  schools throughout the district will be celebrating through the hallways after that last bell rings.

 

Historic Preservation Commission

Last night the Historic Preservation Commission approved schematic renderings and nearly complete concepts for the Old Nichols Library development. That project includes a four-story, mixed-use building deemed “Central Park Place,” and the refurbishing of Old Nichols. Also during the meeting, owner of Old Nichols, Dwight Avram, presented the commission with a gift of the original plaque from the 1962 addition, which was dismantled in April, as a gift. Final design plans for “Central Park Place” could be ready to present by mid summer.

 

Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, Naperville has plenty to offer to keep you busy. Centennial Beach will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and the Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:30 on Monday morning. The parade will be followed directly by an observance in Central Park at noon, to honor military members who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our county.

 

Baseball and Softball Highlights

Regional semi finals continued in high school baseball and softball yesterday with three of our local teams in action. Benet Academy matched up against Oswego at Hinsdale South. The Panthers took a lead early with a two run home run off Redwings starter Quinn Moriarty. But the Benet offense backed up their pitcher; scoring seven runs throughout the game as Moriarty settled down to keep Oswego at bay. Benet moves on to the regional final to face Plainfield East after a 7-4 win.

 

Naperville North played at Plainfield North against the sixth seed, Downers Grove South. The Huskies got off to a good start, scoring a pair of runs thanks to Drew McCauley in the second inning. The Mustangs responded by scoring four runs in the second and third to take a 4-2 lead. Despite a strong effort from the bullpen, North was unable to add any more runs as DGS advanced with a 4-2 win. The loss ends the season for the Huskies and the 29-year coaching career of Naperville North’s Carl Hunckler. Congratulations on a great career coach.

 

In softball, Naperville Central looked to be in good shape to win over Oswego after home runs from senior Lauren Anderson in the third inning and from sophomore Katlyn Allen in the eleventh inning. But the Panthers never gave up, trying the game with two outs in the bottom of the eleventh. In the top of the twelfth, Staci Stark hit a go ahead single to score Lauren Anderson. Redhawks pitcher Halle Arends got the final out in the bottom of the twelfth as Central won the marathon contest by a score of 7 to 6. The Redhawks will face Plainfield North in the regional final.

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