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Local roundup: Cougars to host two events in February

GENEVA – The Kane County Cougars will host a pair of events in February as the organization prepares for its first season of affiliation with the Cubs.

The Cougars will host a “Meet the Cubs” hot stove event Feb. 1, and a free coaches clinic Feb. 2.

The Meet the Cubs party, to take place inside the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Super Suite from 6-9 p.m., will provide fans a proper introduction to Kane County’s affiliation with the Cubs.

Scheduled speakers include Cubs senior VP of scouting and player development Jason McLeod, Cubs director of player development Brandon Hyde and new Cougars manager Mark Johnson.

Admission is $60 and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, draft beer and a question-and-answer session with the evening’s guest speakers.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to JDRF, in honor of the late Cubs Hall-of-Famer Ron Santo.

Seating will be extremely limited, and fans are encouraged to order their tickets early. Tickets can be purchased by calling 630-232-8811 or by visiting

On Feb. 2, the Cougars will be holding a free coaches clinic that will features professional instructors from the Cougars and Cubs organizations.

The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. until noon inside the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark upper deck level.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling the Cougars at 630-232-8811 or by emailing

Although open to the public, the clinic’s purpose is to specifically instruct coaches. Therefore, the clinic is intended for adult coaches rather than youth players.

Coaches are encouraged to bring video recorders and note pads for their convenience, and will have the opportunity to visit each station to learn valuable pointers in specific areas of on-field execution, practice techniques and coaching style.

North boys swimmers down Bartlett
BARTLETT – St. Charles North defeated Bartlett, 106-61, in an Upstate Eight Conference dual Thursday.

North’s champions included Spencer Gray in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 medley relay team of Kyle Gannon, Josh Clay, Tim Steele and Joey Quan.

Batavia wrestling rolls at home
BATAVIA – Batavia wrestlers collected five victories by fall in a 49-21 dual win against West Chicago, including Noah Frazier’s first-period pin at 195 pounds.

Ryan Marsh (120), Marc Goodin (145), Jon Wagner (160), and Connor McKeehan (220) also had falls for the Bulldogs.

Wheaton Academy boys basketball romps
CARY, N.C. – The Wheaton Academy boys basketball team improved to 11-3 with a 61-25 victory against Cary Christian.

The Warriors are set to conclude their North Carolina trip with Monday’s game at Covenant Day in Matthews, N.C.

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