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Bleacher Blues


Crystal Lake, IL- No matter which side of the Crystal Lake South bleacher issue you fall on, it’s interesting to listen to the men who built them and the coach who really liked them. I stopped and talked to them late last week and learned different perspectives on the current dismantling of the Gator’s bleachers.

Mark Hartlaub and Tim Soto, members of Locals 839/393 Carpenters/Iron Workers (locals working together on the project), were at the field on a nice fall afternoon when I stopped by.

Hartlaub who lives a few blocks from Ken Bruhn Field and a Gator alumnus, had this to say when asked if he cared about taking the bleachers down, “Mixed feelings. Yeah, it was a nice bleacher and we put it in perfectly”.

“Every time I drove by I thought it was awesome.” he continued with a slight sound of regret in his voice.

Head football coach Chuck Ahsmann, whose Gators made the playoffs and finished the season with a record of 5-5, told me this, “From our perspective it (the dismantling) was disappointing because it was an awesome stadium. Gorgeous bleachers, nice press box and beautiful green and gold colors.” He continued, “We filled them up at our games and every parent could sit for graduation {which in the  past was impossible}. It was a nice deal. When it’s all redone, I hope it will be just as nice and everyone is happy.”

On that point, I think everyone can agree.

Scots Phoenix Bound

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Crystal Lake, IL- MCC Athletic Director Karen Wiley is pretty savvy about college sports and what makes them successful. The AD is very proud of Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Kyle McCall and what his ladies have accomplished to date in the 2015 campaign. McCall, who is in his third year at MCC, along with Assistant Coach Shari Mayner, have a good thing going. Maybe a great thing!

Wiley, who also serves as HC of Women’s Basketball, was candid about McCall’s ability and work ethic. “I’m so proud of Kyle and his hard work. Hard work in busting his tail on the recruiting trail.” Wiley continued, “Most people don’t understand the never ending work Kyle puts in (to the program).” The AD went on, “He absolutely loves the kids and has helped turn MCC into a program that sends on legitimate kids to the Division 1 level.”

Those ‘kids’ Wiley referred to include Olivia Warren, Britney Adams, Zoe Lindsey, Peyton Velasquez, Sarah Adams, Maddy Cysewski, Kayli Trausch, Megan Pautrat, Lexi Smith, Brittney Gundlach, Rileigh Florshinger  and Abby Marchewca. McHenry County say “Hello” to your NJCAA Region IV Division II Womens Volleyball Champions. Their journey will take them to Phoenix and who knows how the story will end. Good luck Scots!!

Boulder Ridge CC Raises $6500 for American Cancer Society

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Lake in the Hills, IL– Over 100 club members, their families, friends and employees from Boulder Ridge Country Club helped raise $6500.00 for The American Cancer Society on September 5, 2015. The Boulder Dash was a 5k competitive run and walk for all ages. The event wound through the scenic West Nine of the prestigious 27 hole golf course on a beautiful Fall morning.


Ryan Smith: Another Lattner Grandson Living the Dream


Oxford, OH – Miami Ohio University sophomore Ryan Smith is having a good year. Smith, a tight end, had 2 catches for 34 yards against WMU last Saturday in Kalamazoo. Covered by cousin and linebacker Robert Spillane on a couple plays, both Fenwick HS “14 grads played in front of over 25 proud family members. Grandfather Johnny Lattner (Heisman trophy winner ’53) was in attendance along with his wife Peggy. It was Papa John’s 83rd birthday.

Wearing #82, the 6′ 4″ 261 pound bruiser has soft hands. Smith in 7 games this season has 13 catches for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns. His longest reception was for 32 yards and he averages 24+ yards per game.

Smith said, ” I thought the offense executed well in the first half and we played well as a team but the defense was out on the field too long in the 2nd half.” He continued, ” Coach (HC Chuck Martin) was harping all week to play hard and I think we did.”

On playing in front in of the large family contingent, Smith added ” I was excited to play in front of all my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, all of them. I wanted to go out and make some plays.”

So far this season, he is making the plays for his Redhawks. The future looks very bright.

Broncos honor John Mulhearn in very moving video. RIP. Row the Boat!!!


Kalamazoo, MI – “Rest Easy John Mulhearn” is the emotional video put together by GhostBronco of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Head Coach P.J. Fleck and his team honor 1988 WMU graduate Sean Mulhearn’s son, John, with an absolutely incredible YouTube video. Unfortunately, John recently passed away but WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. God speed John. RIP. John really did Row the Boat!!