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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Johnson to return as Cougars manager

GENEVA – The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with the Cubs, announced the field staff Wednesday for the 2014 season. 

Mark Johnson will return as Cougars manager after making his Kane County debut last season. This will be Johnson’s fourth season as a manager in the Cubs organization after spending 2011 and 2012 with Short-A Boise. Johnson’s big league playing career included portions of eight seasons as a catcher, beginning with his major league debut in 1998 with the White Sox. After his time with the Sox (1998 to 2002), Johnson played with Oakland in 2003, Milwaukee in 2004, and closed out his major league career with St. Louis in 2008. Johnson hit 16 home runs and drove in 83 runs in 332 major league games.

David Rosario has been named Cougars pitching coach after serving in the same role with Boise for the past three seasons. This is Rosario’s 10th season as a minor league coach in the Cubs system. Rosario played professionally in the minor leagues with the Cubs, Yankees and Expos. 

Tom Beyers will return as Cougars hitting coach. Beyers has been a coach or coordinator in the Cubs system since 2000. A 15th-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1979, Beyers advanced as high as Triple-A as a player and spent time in the Midwest League with Clinton in 1979 before concluding his playing career in 1983. Beyers managed the 2004 Boise squad that won the NWL championship. 

Hoops for Hope event at St. Charles East

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East boys basketball team is hosting its second annual Hoops for Hope fundraiser Saturday at the freshman, sophomore and varsity basketball games against Batavia High School.  

The majority of this year’s proceeds will support The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization named after Jim Valvano, a college basketball coach who died at age 46 of cancer. There are several activities planned for the event including showing a short video on Jimmy V and how cancer has touched several people at St. Charles East. 

Students are seeking donations for community service hours, selling “Hoops for Hope” T-shirts, raffling prizes and selling tribute basketballs to raise funds for cancer research. Last year the event raised more than $10,000.  

Wear your “Hoops for Hope” T-shirt to the game and enjoy free admission. Invite your holiday guests and family to help those suffering from this dreaded disease.  

For more information,  please contact Jill Adduci at 630-335-9355.

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