Jacob Taormina, 11, far right, leads the rest of the Dubai Falcons including Yash Sachdev, 12, center right, and Fuad Hasan, 13, center left, in stretches before practice at the Nike Sports Complex in Naperville on Wednesday, June 30, 2011. The Falcons traveled from Dubai to play in two local tournaments before going to Poland for a chance to make it to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.
Kids jump off the high dive at Batavia's Quarry Pool on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The Batavia Park District invested more than $1 million worth of improvements to reduce the 250,000 gallons of water leaching into the Fox River every day during previous swimming seasons. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
National Wrestling Association (NWA) Main event wrestling in Portland, TN.
West Aurora High School senior Darryl Stewart breaks a watermelon rind over his head on his way to winning his heat during the 13th annual Battle of the Big Butts competition held at West Aurora on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The event is for the linemen from various high schools to compete in events to prove who is the best. In the watermelon eating event, contestants had to finish a quarter melon in under a minute with the cleanest rind moving on to the next round.
Ariel Pedigo and family outside grandmother Elizabeth Pedigo's home in Bowling Green on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Brian Powers/HERALD
Dorothy Morrison of Aurora, left, and Pat Paku, Aurora, right, practice entering and clearing a room during the Citizen's police academy at the Fourth Street Methodist Church in Aurora on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The class is intended to give Aurora residents and business owners the chance to walk in the Police's shoes and learn a little about how they do their job. "The Police have always fascinated me and I respect them a lot." Morrison said.
"You can't take your turn back!" shouts Jason Liu, 6 of Naperville, after his opponent tried to take back a bad move during a game of Connect Four. The boys are attending the YMCA's Safe and Sound program at Welsh elementary school on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
West Aurora's Juwan Starks lays on the court after the Blackhawks beat Metea Valley 69-61at their Sectional game at East Aurora High School on Friday, March 8, 2012.
Patti Schuler kisses her daughter Kailani after doing their daily exercise to help with Kailani's cerebral palsy on Sept. 29. "I'm going to do whatever I can to help my daughter," Schuler said. Earlier this year, a stem cell transplant was performed on Kailani in hopes it would help. She is unsure if it has helped her daughter's CP symptoms, but she has seen improvements in her asthma and other health problems.
Ruby Ferreira, 3, stares into the distance as she is held by Marciana Aguierre of Aurora, Ill. during the Stations of the Cross re-enactment Friday afternoon on Fulton street. Sacred Heart Church staged the re-enactment after the larger production that had run for 20 years was cancelled.
Photo By Brian Powers University of Colorado Graduate Claude Walton poses for a photo in his Lombard, Illinois home. Walton, who turns 95 in august, was the first black athlete to receive a letter from the school. He graduated from the university in 1937.
Four time water polo Olympian Wolf Wigo holds up his red, white and blue ball to show the correct way to carry the ball and keep it away from defenders. Wigo was at Naperville Central along with Bradley Schumacher, another Olympic Water Polo Player, hosting a Water Polo clinic for local athletes.
Brian Powers/Staff Photographers/The Naperville Sun. 2008.04.20. Naperville. Yoga is led by Acharya Anant Dev during the Indian Fair at the Naperville Cultural Center on Sunday. Dev is one of only 5 students to graduate from the Lakulish Yoga Insitute and has taught thousands the practice of yoga through free "yoga shibirs."
Benet vs. St. Charles East volleyball during their game at Benet Academy in Lisle on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Benet would go on to win the match 2-0. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Sitting in her car outside the church where family and friends celebrated the life of her husband, Larry Pryor, Arlissa Dockery waits for the rest of the caravan that will carry Pryor to his final resting place at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. "Sure we had our problems, but I loved him and was with him to the very end," Dockery said. After months of suffering from cancer, Pryor died in his wife's arms at their home in Aurora, Ill.
Avnish Pagadala, 6 of Naperville, left, looks away as Jeremiah Jamela gives him bunny ears before a bathroom break at the Safe and Sound after school program at Welsh elementary school in Naperville on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Brian Powers/Staff Photograper/The Sun 2007.12.15. Naperville, Santa hitches a ride around the Huntington Estates Subdivision in the back of the Naperville Police Departments Underwater Recovery Vehicle collecting toys to later be delivered to childrens hospitals in chicago. *****SANTA WAS PLAYED BY BRYAN HERNICK*******
Naperville Central's Jill D'Amico is this years Naperville Sun Soccer player of the year. Here she is photographed on Naperville Central's field on Thursday, June 14, 2012.
Waubonsie Valley's Amanda Minahan is the years Beacon-News player of the year.
Naperville North's Spencer Sauter is this year's Naperville Sun Boys Volleyball Player of the year. Here he is photographed at North on Monday, June 18, 2012.
Marmion Academy's Matt Pircon is this years Boys swimming and diving MVP.
Every year newspapers around the country feature the best student athletes in their area and recognized them for their achievments. These five high school students have excelled both in the class and on their respective fields of play. Oswego High School's Samiya Wright is this years Girls basketball Player of the Year.
Geneva Junior Emily Ott is this years Girls Gymnastics MVP.