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Sports neighbors: Geneva's Jesse Freidel hauls in monster catfish

Batavia Youth Baseball team wins championship

The 10U Batavia Youth Baseball White Sox team won the city championship June 26 at Woodard Field.

“I wanted to instill as much confidence as I could in each and every one of these boys,” coach Jake Renteria wrote in an email. “The bonds that these kids formed this summer is what continues to make Batavia such a great town to raise kids in.”

Hole-in-one for Elburn man at Hughes Creek

Joel Speckman of Elburn got a hole-in-one July 9 at Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn.

He hit a TaylorMade golf ball with a pitching wedge on the 124-yard third hole for his hole-in-one. It was Speckman’s third hole-in-one and his second at Hughes Creek on the same hole.

Waubonsee women’s soccer seeks players

Waubonsee Community College’s women’s soccer team is looking for players for the 2017 fall season. The chiefs will begin practicing Aug. 1 at the Sugar Grove campus. Interested individuals can contact Waubonsee coach Brad Schlemmer at or by calling the Waubonsee Athletic Department at 630-466-2524.

Geneva man hauls
in monster catfish

GENEVA – A small bait led to a big catch for Jesse Freidel.

The Geneva resident cast out with a minnow on the line near the corner of Stevens Street and River Lane in downtown Geneva on July 6. A few minutes later he was hauling in the catch of a lifetime. After a 15-minute battle, Freidel brought in a 44-inch, 32-pound catfish, the largest fish he’s ever landed.

“It almost got away,” Freidel said. “It did not come out easy.”

Freidel was using bass fishing gear that was put to the test by the feisty catfish.

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