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Versatile York girls soccer team ready for action
Varsity veterans Dvorak and Lundgren lead the way.
By Mike Miazga
York girls soccer coach Dan Vana has a lot to look forward to this season.
His Dukes’ squad is filled with plenty of potential thanks to a talented group of returners mixed in with talented newcomers.
“I think a strength of ours is our versatility,” said Vana. “We have a lot of players who can play a lot of different positions and in the conference we play in you need that versatility because there are so many good teams.”
York went 10-9 overall last year and finished 3-3 in the always tough West Suburban Conference Silver Division.
Back for the Dukes this season is four-year varsity starter Jenna Dvorak (defense), three-year starter Jenna Lundgren (midfield), along with junior forward Maggie Bleyer and senior midfielder Gabby Uribe. Lundgren will continue her soccer career at Western Illinois University.
“We also have some good senior leadership,” said Vana.
Key newcomers to the squad include senior defender Elizabeth Kowalski, junior midfielder Lauren Healy, senior midfielder Whitney Wood and junior midfielder Morgan McCarthy. Kowalski, who did not play for York last year (club soccer commitments), will continue her career at the next level at the University of Miami (Ohio).
Sophomore Kathleen Levins is the team’s goalie.
Vana said a major key to the team’s season is on the defensive front.
“We play solid team defense,” he said. “If our defense is good and we play solid and good back there like we can and find a goal somewhere, we can be very successful.”
Vana added the gelling together of the team also will be a factor. “It will be the development of the four returning starters and the development of the girls who did not play last year. How quick we get on board and up to speed will be important for us, especially in the conference we play in.”
Vana said that process already is well under way.
“It’s a fun group of girls,” he said. “They like to be around each other and that’s half the battle right there. They work hard for each other and when you have something like that, you usually can have a good season.”
York is competing in the Elk Grove tournament this week and is slated to head to Gurnee on Saturday to face Warren High School in a non-conference game. ... See MoreSee Less
There’s no place like home
New exhibition tours America’s residential landscape at History Museum
Home. It’s where we all come from. Whether we have lived in military barracks or college dormitories; in rental apartments or condos; in public housing or gated communities; in trailer parks or row houses—where we live is home. But the word “home” also reminds us of where we grew up and the type of house we dream about and work toward.
Over time, Americans have lived in all kinds of places for all kinds of reasons. This spring, Elmhurst History Museum invites the public on a tour of America’s rich history of residential architecture in a traveling exhibit from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. entitled “House & Home.” The exhibit embarks on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, to explore the varied history and many cultural meanings of the American home. “House & Home” provides a national story with a personal focus, exploring the remarkable transformations in technology, laws, and consumer culture that have brought about enormous change in American domestic life.
“House & Home” opens at the Elmhurst History Museum, located at 120 E. Park Ave. in Elmhurst, on April 7 through May 25, 2017. The exhibit is made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ NEH on the Road initiative, and is organized by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and is toured by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Local sponsors include Elmhurst 255 Downtown Apartments and L.W. Reedy Real Estate.
“House & Home” tells the story of American architecture through a kaleidoscopic array of artifacts, video, photographs, and construction models. The exhibit encourages visitors to explore how our ideal of the perfect house and our experience of what it means to “be at home” have changed over time. Items such as domestic furnishings, home construction materials, photographs, hands-on interactive components, and films contribute to the story.
The exhibition also showcases domestic objects—from cooking utensils to telephones—and traces how household goods tell the stories of our family traditions, heritage and the activity of daily living. Another key section of “House & Home” explores how different laws, historic trends and economic factors have impacted housing in America. ... See MoreSee Less
ESO musicians to perform at Mayslake
The Elmhurst Symphony Musicians in Performance at Mayslake series concludes its 2016-17 season with “All That Jazz” on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. ESO Assistant Conductor Allison Gaines will lead a selected group of ESO musicians in an evening of jazz—with strings attached! Join them for jazz with a classical twist when area musicians Patti Garvey (cello), Anthony Perry (piano), Alison Gaines (bass), and Kevin Kosnik (drums) present a program of jazz standards and jazz-classical fusion. Featured in the first half of the program are standards like Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia. In the second half, the group showcases selections from Claude Bolling’s Jazz Suite for Cello with an updated, more improvisatory interpretation of Bolling’s classical work. Tickets are adults $25; seniors $23; students $7. Call 630-941-0202 for tickets or visit elmhurstsymphony.org/Concert-Seasons/MayslakeSeries.aspx ... See MoreSee Less