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Falcons grapple at Open
Last weekend the Fenwick Falcons Wrestling Club participated in the Kids Open in Peoria. A record attendance of 2,150 wrestlers, ranging in age from 5 to 14 competed. The Falcons brought down 18 of the best athletes along with parents and coaches, Jim Bragado and Nick Ruffino. First place finishers were: Aaron Garland, Nick Dardanes and Nick Kowalczuk. Second place: Jimmy Jodoin, Jimmy DiNino, Anthony Garland and Keith Rogalla. Third place: Chris Dardanes and Jack Dardanes.

Youth baseball/softball registration
In-person registration for 2005 Oak Park Youth Baseball/Softball will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow Center, corner of Jackson and Ridgeland. All players must be registered and fees paid on one of the registration dates. The program is open to all boys and girls ages 6-12 whose parent or guardian resides in Oak Park, who attend an Oak Park school, or whose parent or guardian is a volunteer in the program. More information will be distributed in schools and by mail, on the OPYB/S website

Football camp
The 23rd Annual Justin Gage/Revie Sorey All Pro Football Camp featuring Jerry Azumah returns to River Forest this summer at Concordia University.

The camp features Non-contact instruction by the nation's top NFL pros and high school & college coaches.

All positions & all levels of ability are taught to boys 10 -18.

Although enrollment is limited, the camp is now taking applications.

For questions or additional brochures, call us at (708) 474-2440. Or go to

Windmills banquet
The Oak Park Windmills will host their annual Winter Snowball Banquet on Friday, Jan. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Porretta's Banquet Hall, 3718 N. Central Ave., Chicago.

The Windmills will be honoring the following coaches: Phil Waldron, Bruce Morgan, Ray and Kelly Ostler, all of which have coached and instructed many athletes from Fenwick and Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Dinner, music, and a silent auction will be part of the festivities. Tickets at the door are $30.00.

RF registration
River Forest Youth Baseball Softball is currently having registration for the 2005 Season. Registration fees paid after Feb. 15th will incur a $30 late fee. The Gazettes will be sent home with the Public Elementary School Students. They are also available at the River Forest Library, River Forest Community Center and the River Forest Park District office. You may also register on line by visiting our web site at If you have any questions please call 802-2113.

PONY and COLT league
Registration for the Oak Park and River Forest PONY Baseball League's 53rd season for boys ages 13 and 14 will take place Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Longfellow Center, Ridgeland and Jackson in Oak Park.

COLT registration for boys ages 15 and 16 will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Longfellow Center.

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