Naperville Now 10-30-17

DuPagePads

DuPagePads has added 12 new supportive housing apartment units, giving homes to families or individuals who have been homeless for a year or longer and have a documented disability. Service clubs, congregations and local businesses came together to help furnish the units, moving these households from a pad on the floor to a key in the door. DuPagePads is the largest provider of supportive housing in the county, with 94 apartment units.

Halloween Events

It was a spooky weekend here in Naperville – from pumpkins on the run to dinosaurs downtown. The fun started Saturday with the pumpkin races at Rotary Hill, sponsored by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation for the second year in a row. Racers hot-dogged it to the finish line, hoping their pumpkin would be the one to place. Then Sunday it was a “berry” good time on the streets of downtown, as more than 60 businesses took part in the Halloween Hop, handing out candy to hundreds of trick-or-treaters.

High School Football Playoffs

The first round of the IHSA football playoffs took place over the weekend. In class 7A, Benet Academy traveled to Maine West on Friday night. The Redwings were firing on all cylinders from the start, as quarterback Colin Gillespie ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. Benet moves on to the second round for the third straight season after the 35-13 win and will face the number one seed, Hononegah at home on Saturday.

In class 8A, Naperville Central also came roaring out of the gates against West Aurora. The Redhawks jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter behind two touchdown passes from Payton Thorne to Jayden Reed. Central moves on to face Homewood-Flossmoor in the 2nd round after a 35-14 victory.

On Saturday night Naperville North traveled to Oswego to face one of the stingiest defenses in the state. The Huskies were not fazed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game. But Oswego running back Charles Coleman was an unstoppable force all night, running for more than 320 yards and three touchdowns. Naperville North’s season came to a close after a 28-14 loss to the Panthers.

High School Soccer

And finally defending state champs Naperville North and Naperville Central faced off in the boys soccer sectional final. Neither team could put any goals into the net, forcing the scoreless game to overtime. In the extra session, Colin Iverson used all of his 6’4” frame to knock a header just over the arm of Ethan Conners. The Huskies win 1-0 and move on to tomorrow’s supersectional against Morton at 7 p.m.

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