Remembering Wilma Reschke:
A pioneer in shaping Naperville’s schools died Friday. Back in 1972, Wilma Reschke helped in bringing together Elementary District 78 and High School District 107 to form what we now know as District 203, becoming their first school board president. She was also instrumental in creating the Land-Cash donation ordinance, the practice of having new developers donate either land or money to the schools or park district for new school sites and parks: a model followed by communities throughout the state. Wilma then went on to serve as the first woman on the Harris Bank Board of Directors. She was married to Dr. Bob Reschke for 65 years, and the two have four children. Wilma was 89 years old.
At Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School some little pilgrims are learning why we celebrate Thanksgiving. The kindergarten class celebrated its Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Feast today by sharing food, songs and lots of prayers about what they are each most thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Football From the Weekend:
On Saturday, Benet Academy football hosted Batavia with a trip to the state championship game on the line. The Redwings brought back quarterback Matt Boyle after a two-month injury to run goal line plays, and it worked to perfection in the first half. Boyle threw for one touchdown and ran for another to put Benet up 13-0. But Batavia got its offense in gear in the second quarter, scoring 20 points to take a halftime lead. The Redwing defense fought hard in the second half forcing a fumble and blocking a punt, but Batavia was able to stymie any comeback attempt. The Bulldogs advance to the state title game to face Lake Zurich after the 23-13 win.
Dealing with the same brutal weather conditions, North Central College welcomed the 6th ranked St. John’s of Minnesota. NCC lost Conference MVP Austin Breunig to injury during the week, but Dom Muoghalu had a career day filling in, rushing for a 16-yard touchdown to start the game and 180 yards in the game. Early in the 4th quarter, Broc Rutter hit Andrew Kamienski for a touchdown to put the Cardinals up 17-0. The North Central defense made big stops all game long as the Cardinals picked up the 17-7 win over the Johnnies. North Central plays 3rd ranked UW-Oshkosh in the 2nd round on Saturday.
Sticking with North Central College, congratulations to the men’s cross country team on its 18th National Championship and second in a row. The number one team in the country all year showed its dominance for the 2nd straight season, winning by nearly 140 points with a score of 57. Four NCC runners earned All-American honors.