NAYS basketball tourney
in Aurora has openings
The North American Youth Sports basketball tournament that will take place at East Aurora High School on July 8 still has openings.
The tournament will have 12 brackets: Fourth- and fifth-grade boys; fourth- and fifth-grade girls; sixth-grade boys; sixth-grade girls; seventh-grade boys; seventh-grade girls; eighth-grade boys; eighth-grade girls; ninth- and 10th-grade boys; ninth- and 10th-grade girls; 11th- and 12th-grade boys; and 11th- and 12th-grade girls. All brackets are based on the current grade of enrollment.
The entry fee for each tournament is $160 and guarantees each team a minimum of three games.
The deadlines to register is June 23.
For information, visit www.northamericanyouthsports.org or call the NAYS hotline at 866-352-5915.
Kane County Cougars to host Craig Sager Tribute Night
Craig Sager Tribute Night will be June 29 at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva when the Kane County Cougars take on the Clinton LumberKings at 6:30 p.m.
On what would have been his 66th birthday, the Cougars will honor Sager, a Batavia native and longtime sideline reporter for TNT during the network’s NBA coverage.
Cougars staff will wear T-shirts resembling the suit Sager wore while accepting the Jimmy V award at the 2016 ESPY Awards, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the SagerStrong foundation, and the first 1,500 fans through the gates will receive a Craig Sager bobblehead figure.
There also will be a postgame fireworks display set to 1980s music.
Tickets can be bought at kccougars.com or by calling the Cougars box office at 630-232-8811.
Chicago Bears youth football camps coming to area in July
The Chicago Bears will host a number of noncontact youth football camps in the western suburbs in July.
Designed for children ages 6 through 14 and led by professional, USA Football-certified coaches, kids learn to run, throw, catch, defend and compete like a pro. Through safe, noncontact instruction, the program develops athletic skills, football skills and life skills.
Chicago Bears alumni players Rashied Davis, Kris Haines, Al Harris, Michael Haynes, Jason McKie and Jim Morrissey will be on hand to lend instruction for camps.
Camps coming to the area are as follows:
• July 10 to 14 at Berens Park in Elmhurst from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily.
• July 17 to 21 at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily.
• July 24 to 28 in Geneva from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily.
For information about the cost or to register for the camps, visit www.BearsCamps.com or call 312-226-5553.
Former Burlington softball
player is named All-American
Waubonsee Community College softball player Courtni Neubauer was recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association for her outstanding play this season.
Neubauer, a Burlington Central graduate, was selected to the NJCAA Division II All-American second team. She helped propel Waubonsee (37-20) to an undefeated Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title, the Region IV Division II District B title for the first time in school history, and a berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
The Chiefs’ leadoff hitter, Neubauer was in the top 10 nationally in four categories, including leading all NJCAA Division II players with 47 walks.
The sophomore finished second in the nation with a Waubonsee single-season record of 71 stolen bases, and she established a Waubonsee career mark for stolen bases by swiping 109 bags the past two years.
The left-handed batter also was second nationally with 95 runs scored and ended up seventh nationally with a .580 on-base percentage.
Neubauer batted .462 for the season, and was second on the team with 79 hits in 56 games played.
– Kane County Chronicle
Chicago Steel add Mike Garman as assistant coach
The Chicago Steel recently announced the hiring of Mike Garman as an assistant coach, joining head coach Dan Muse behind the bench. Garman replaces Peter Mannino, who accepted a position at the University of Nebraska-Omaha after the Steel’s United States Hockey League Clark Cup Championship season.
Garman, 29, is a former collegiate and professional goaltender who brings a variety of coaching experience to the Steel. He has worked as a goalie evaluator for USA Hockey, and as a goalie consultant for junior and college teams. As owner of GoalieByGarman LLC, Garman has worked as an elite level goalie coach and consultant. He has hosted elite camps in Colorado alongside NHL goaltender Ben Scrivens.
Garman retired from playing in 2014 after three seasons in professional hockey, including the ECHL, CHL, Get Ligan (Norway), Division I (Sweden), and Magnus League (France). He played junior hockey for the Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) and Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) before recording the second-highest save percentage in NCAA Division I hockey with Cornell.