Great Lakes hosts President’s Day Tournament this weekend

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The Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora will host the 2011 President’s Day Tournament Saturday-Monday, February 19-21 at a number of locations in the western and far northwest suburbs.

The Great Lakes Center will host the 17 and 18 Open divisions, the Illinois Heat Volleyball Center will host the 18 Club and 15 Open divisions, Sunsetter’s Volleyball Center will host 15 Club and the Flight Volleyball Center will host some of the overflow from the 18 Open and 18 Club divisions at Great Lakes.

The 17 Club division will be played at the Fusion Sports Center in Marengo.

Participating clubs include: 1st Alliance, A5, KIVA, Team Indiana, Capital, Celtic Force, Cirlce City, Dead Frog, Fusion, Fort Wayne, HIgh Performance, Illini Elite, Kane County, Michigan Elite, Milwaukee Sting, Munciana, Premier, Powerhouse, Rolling Thunder, Sky High, Southwest Illinois, Sports Performance, St. Louis CYC and Edge.

Play begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday with pool play and resumes Sunday at 8:00 a.m. with gold, silver and bronze pool play and other consolation flights. The tournament concludes Monday.

As the tournament progresses, team information can be found at:


Girls in grades kindergarten-8 who want to improve their volleyball skills are invited to attend Benedictine University’s Spring Break Volleyball Camp on Monday, March 28 through Thursday, March 31 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center.

The Spring Break Volleyball Camp is designed to introduce the sport of volleyball to new players in kindergarten and the elementary grades and enhance the skills of older players at the junior high level. The clinics are conducted by Benedictine volleyball coach Jennifer Wildes, who will be assisted by the University coaching staff and current and former players and coaches.

Campers should wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes and bring a bottle of water. All items should be brought in a bag that is clearly marked. Knee pads are not required.

The camp for girls in grades kindergarten-5 is conducted from 9:00-10:45 a.m. and for girls in grades 6-8 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The cost is $60 per child.

For more information, contact Wildes at or call (630) 829-6141.


Here is an update on former Downers Grove South volleyball player Casey Patton.

Patton, who was diagnosed with a inoperable brain tumor while in high school, is completing two months of proton therapy treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and will be heading home soon. But she has to take care of some business first.

“When your treatment is done, you get to ring the ‘Good Luck’ bell and everyone in the proton center gathers around you,” said her mother, Diane Patton. “It is a celebration. I think January and February were the two longest months on record!”

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