Sunday, November 13, 2011
Shane and Tracy Darnell, of Yorkville, thanked those who attended Saturday's fundraiser for their 2-year-old son, who has had several surgeries related to a heart defect.
Two-year-old Hunter Darnell got a day-pass from his medical treatment facility to attend a fundraiser in his family’s honor Saturday at the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The little blonde boy is just days (or weeks) from being able to go home for outpatient therapy. Hunter Darnell, who was born with a severely underdeveloped ventricle in his heart, suffered a complication this summer during surgery that caused his brain to lose oxygen for a time period, his father, Shane Darnell, said. His progress is just “the tiniest of steps right now,” his mother, Tracy Darnell, said Saturday during the fundraiser. “Each day’s a new day, and we just hope for the best,” Tracy Darnell said. Tracy Darnell said she knew organizers were putting “heart and …
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Yorkville High School teachers held a fundraiser Sunday to support the Darnell family, whose 2-year-old is battling a heart defect.
The last lap of The Hunter Hustle probably wasn't a hustle, per se. For the 400th lap around the Yorkville High School track, the runners and crowd walked behind 2-year-old Hunter Darnell and his family as The Black Eyed Peas' I've Gotta Feeling played Sunday afternoon. Two high school teachers, Cheri Lynch and Chris Muth, organized the relay to raise money for teacher and wrestling coach Shane Darnell as his younger son battles a heart defect. "Everyone walked the last lap with Hunter," Lynch said. "People were crying; people were laughing and dancing. There was a wide array of emotion. It was a gesture of all the support Hunter has going into the next phase of his life." Hunter Darnell was born with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left…
Monday, April 18, 2011
School coworkers are planning a fundraiser to help teacher Shane Darnell's son, who was born with a heart defect.
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- Rose Boccio
Monday, April 18, 2011
Editor's note: Registration for The Hunter Hustle has been extended until 11 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the day of the event. Hunter Darnell wriggles and squirms in his mother’s arms. The 2-year-old wants to get down and go outside to play. He squeals with laughter after telling his mom, “No” over and over again. It becomes a game between them. “Sometimes, I forget how sick he is,” says Tracy Darnell of Yorkville. “But only for a minute.” The little boy’s typical toddler behavior belies just how precarious Hunter’s life has been. He was born with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), where the left ventricle is severely underdeveloped. Since the left side cannot pump blood effectively, the right side must pump blood – …
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Five of Yorkville’s nine individuals competing at sectionals on Saturday qualified for the Class 2A state tournament.
Five are still alive. Of the nine individuals Yorkville sent to the Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament at Lincoln-Way West on Saturday, five of them place third or better to qualify for the state tournament. The Lincoln-Way West sectional is considered one of the toughest in the state, with three of the top five teams in Class 2A featured in the field--Montini, Marmion and Lincoln-Way West. Eight of the state’s top 25 Class 2A teams were represented. Yorkville wrestling Coach Shane Darnell believes his team did well against the tough odds. “I’m proud of the guys, we wrestled awesome today,” Darnell said. “These guys really showed up and they were ready to go. They wrestled hard for six minutes, and they kept themselves in the match …
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Foxes beat the odds in Class 2A regional wrestling tournament, send nine individuals to sectionals.
Competing against two of the toughest teams in Class 2A wrestling didn’t deter Yorkville’s wrestlers on Saturday. Amid the roaring cheers and shouts from Marmion’s and Montini’s fan sections, each of which more than tripled Yorkville’s small crowd, support for the Foxes could hardly be heard during matches. Despite the tense atmosphere and diehard opposition, however, the Foxes placed third as a team and placed nine individuals in next week’s Class 2A sectional tournament at Lincoln-Way West. “I don’t think we were nervous for any of our matches,” Yorkville head coach Shane Darnell said. “Some of them we didn’t wrestle the best, but I don’t think it was nerves. I don’t know about them. It was a great atmosphere; it was a great wrestling …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Class 2A draw pins the Foxes against two perennial powerhouses and has them thinking in terms of achieving individual goals.
Yorkville easily defeated LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa in its final tuneup before hosting regional wrestling competition. Yet, this weekend the Foxes will find themselves grappling for survival as they compete against two of the toughest teams in Class 2A. In the Yorkville Regional on Saturday, the Foxes will be battling against the likes of Montini and Marmion Academy, the second- and third-ranked teams in Class 2A. “Regionals is going to be a tough contest for us,” Yorkville assistant coach Joe Fornell said after last Thursday’s quad. “Montini and Marmion are there, so we’re going to test our mettle and see where we’re at. A lot of these guys are going to have a tough tournament. It’s going to be great competition, a really good day of …
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Yorkville’s wrestling team walked away with three first-place medals from the Northern Illinois Big 12 tournament on Saturday.
Saturday was a long but proud day for Yorkville’s varsity wrestlers. The Northern Illinois Big 12 conference tournament began at 9 a.m. and didn’t end until 6 p.m., but Yorkville left with eight individual medals and a fifth-place team finish. Yorkville had three first-place finalists. Junior Connor Bass, wrestling in the 135-pound weight class, and seniors AJ Messenger (171) and Brant Corwin (189) each took away first-place medals. “The guys wrestled pretty good today,” Yorkville coach Shane Darnell said. “Brant, AJ and Connor obviously did a really good job. Getting first place, that’s an awesome accomplishment for them here at conference.” The top-seeded Corwin came into the tournament with a 32-7 record and was ranked fourth in his …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wrestlers take down Providence and Homewood-Flossmoor, earn praise from coach.
- Ken Ryan
Saturday, December 11, 2010
After Minooka captured the Class 3A state championship last season, junior Joey Govednik admits there has been more pressure on the Indians. He wouldn't have it any other way. "We always say we're the ones with a target on our back," Govednik said. "We've been trying to fight back to try and defend our state title. That's been driving us pretty far. We've just been trying to do the best we can and it's worked out well so far." Minooka finished 3-0 at its own Minooka Duals Saturday. The Indians (12-1 dual record), who are ranked No. 2 by illinoismatmen.com, cruised to victories over Edwardsville 50-9, O'Fallon 48-12 and Homewood-Flossmoor 64-0. "We had a good day," Minooka coach Bernie Ruettiger said. "The kids are wrestling real well. We …
Sunday, December 5, 2010
With a history of state championships to the school's credit, current coach Shane Darnell maintains high standards for the Foxes.
Over the last 40 years, wrestling has become the signature sport at Yorkville High School. The Foxes have won three state championships and posted top-three finishes on six other occasions. Their hopes for bringing home more hardware this winter rest squarely on the shoulders of a cast of five returning state qualifiers. "Our goal never changes," said Yorkville coach Shane Darnell, who took over the program six years ago. "Our goal is to compete individually and as a team for a state championship." There is another common denominator for the quintet of returning Class 2A state qualifiers for Yorkville: the five have moved up a combined 15 weight classes this year. The Foxes have a murderous schedule, and this weekend represents one of many…