Naperville Now 10-23-17

Half Marathon and 5K:

Yesterday the streets of downtown Naperville were filled with runners taking on the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K. About 3,600 people turned out for the event, with 546 of those taking part for one of the 13 charities in the program. The 5K first place finisher for men’s overall was Nate Kennedy, and for women’s overall was Jennifer Garrison. For the half marathon, Leighton Becher and Amber White took the first place spots in their groups respectively.

Science Center Dedicated:

The Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, which opened this March at North Central College, has now been officially dedicated. Dr. Myron Wentz, renowned scientist, North Central alum and the building’s namesake was there for the dedication, along with about 500 others. The 125,000 square-foot facility features teaching and research labs, classrooms and almost 20 unique student gathering areas.

Football Wrap-Up:

The high school football regular season came to a close this weekend.

Waubonsie Valley was unable to come up with its fifth win of the season at Wheaton North. The Warriors ended their season at 4 and 5 after the 20 to 10 loss.

Neuqua Valley had five wins, but needed one more to clinch a playoff berth. The Wildcats held a 14 to 7 lead in the 2nd quarter after a Jake Eskoff touchdown run, but the Glenbard North defense forced 5 turnovers to help the Panthers complete the comeback. Neuqua fell 24-14 and will miss the playoffs for the first time ever under coach Bill Ellinghaus.

Metea Valley had to travel all the way to Rock Island to end the season. Facing a 10 point 4th quarter deficit, the Mustangs rallied around quarterback Garret Despot who scored two late touchdowns to give Metea its first win of the season, 37 to 33.

Naperville North traveled to Wheaton Warrenville South. The Huskies got tricky to even up the score at 21 when Cliff Vickers threw a touchdown pass to Nick Calcagno. Naperville North ran for over 300 yards, grinding out a 28-21 win over the Tigers. North will play at Oswego on Saturday night in the first round of the playoffs.

Benet Academy fell behind early, but the Redwings defense and quarterback Colin Gillespie teamed up to take control of the game. Benet won big 38-21 over Carmel Catholic. The Redwings will travel to Maine West on Friday night for their first round playoff game.

Naperville Central was at Lake Park looking to secure the DVC championship. AJ Deinhart ran for over 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Redhawks to a 35-21 win and the DVC championship. Central hosts West Aurora Friday night at 7 in the first round of the playoffs.

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