Eisenhower High School senior Josh English won the IHSA Class AAA boys track state championship in the 800 meters at Eastern Illinois University. Josh ran a personal best time of 1:51.94 to become the first Eisenhower student to win a track championship in 32 years. "I couldn't be more proud of him for never giving up," said Eisenhower varsity boys track head coach Dr. Jeremy Ceja.
By Bob McParland
Cardinal Dance Team, the 2017 Dance Team Union national champions, helped the Blue Island fire department and police department raise money for a great cause. CDT performed at the annual Guns and Hoses fund raiser at St. Benedict School in Blue Island. Proceeds from the event support the athletic program at St. Benedict.
Dragon Boat racing is a sport where teamwork and synchronization are by far the largest contributors to your team’s success. So perhaps it’s not too surprising that a similar collaborative community spirit emerged in Blue Island as the Blue Island Park District hosted the third annual Chicago Southland Dragon Boat Festival.
In addition to the races, which featured nine teams comprised of local organizations, community groups, businesses, and professional teams from as far away as Racine, the fest featured local food, drinks, and music along with a bounce house for the kids. Spectators came by foot, bike, car and train to witness the competition along Blue Island’s Cal-Sag Canal, and spectacular views of the waterfall and Blue Island’s famous car, train, and pedestrian bridges.
The festival once again awarded top honors in three categories for the races, with the Chicago Blades/Greater Chicagoland Dragon Boat Club taking home top honors in the Professional Cup category, Blue Island Beer Company winning Community Cup honors, and The A-Team taking home the Amateur Cup.
“I can’t say enough about the residents, business owners, elected officials, and clubs and organizations in town and all over Chicagoland, and their support of this park district event,” said Blue Island Park District Board of Commissioners President Ted Ruthenberg. “Congratulations to the winning teams and everyone who made this event possible. We look forward to seeing you all back at the 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival on June 1, 2019.” For more information, visit blueislandparks.org.
Blue Island Park District’s Summer 2018 program guide is packed with programs and events that will have you #ParkingIt in Blue Island for all your summer fun. From youth and adult athletic programs, to American Red Cross swimming lessons, to their popular day camp, festivals and special events, Blue Island Park District wants you to have the #BestSummerEver, this year upping the ante with the addition of Men’s Baseball League (MBL).
The Blue Island Park District’s Men’s Baseball League (MBL) was given the “major league” treatment when special guest, Keith Konsoer made the first toss for the season opener. Keith who has been with Blue Cap 10-years and is an all-around sports fan officially held the honor of making the first pitch in the inaugural season for the Blue Island Park District’s new league.
Opening day marked the start of a 16 game season for 17 teams. Games were played throughout the day making use of three baseball fields including Blue Island’s Hart Park, Kroc Field, and Chicago’s Lakeshore Field. Originally, league organizers planned on localizing this new league to a single location but after an overwhelming team involvement, additional fields were added to the season’s schedule.
“2018 may be the MLB’s freshman year but the combined advice from dozens of veteran coordinators, team captains, and league officials have left us with a healthy sense of confidence.” Blue Island Park District Director of Recreation Josh Edwards said when asked about starting an adult league from scratch. “Our [The Blue Island Park District] commitment to listening to our public’s advice has been so beneficial that we now have over 50 years of combined experience in adult baseball league coordination at our disposal.” Blue Island Park District coordinators are hard at work on ways to add more to the MBL experience for players and spectators. Be on the lookout for free-give away days, and an All-Star game.
Catch a home game this Sunday and every Sunday now through September 23rd at Hart Park, 12325 S. Western Ave. Blue Island, IL. MBL games are also held at Kroc Center Field and Lakeshore Field in Chicago, IL. Visit www.blueislandparks.org/mbl to view a schedule, team stats, and field locations. Admission and Parking are free.
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