Pulse: Friendly sporting events take chill out of winter

Everyone wins

Crone teachers bring ‘A’ game to friendly match

Teachers from Crone Middle School added another victory to the books last week when they took on the eighth-grade boys basketball team in a faculty vs. student game. The event, in its 17th year, culminates the boys basketball season and is a revered Panther tradition.

“As a coach, it’s very gratifying to see them apply the same skills against you that you have spent so much time helping them improve,” said Crone teacher and eighth-grade basketball coach Dan Shields. “It’s a really nice way to have our eighth-grade team step out on their home court and enjoy one last game at Crone.”

In the end, the teachers brought their “A” game, defeating the teens 81-67. However, in a contest that’s played simply for the love of the game, everyone on the court wins.

“I think what makes this annual event work is a mutual appreciation and passion for the game of basketball,” Shields said.

The current seventh-graders cheered from the bleachers and hopefully took a few notes for next year’s game.

Weather no match

Bring on victors of table tennis tourney

More than 50 people competed in the annual Naperville Table Tennis Tournament, co-sponsored by the Naperville Park District and the Naperville Table Tennis Club, on Jan. 25 at River Woods School, 2607 River Woods Drive, Naperville.

The weather did play a factor in the youth turnout but several of last year’s players also moved up to the adult division.

Here are the results:

Men’s open — Pallav Chadurvedi

Men’s Master’s — John Brandt

Women’s Master’s — Beth Aemer

Youth — Chris Voss

For those interested in table tennis beyond the tournament, the Naperville Table Tennis Club provides a weekly practice and game session. The club is beginning its January through May season and is open to new players. Learn more at www.napervilletabletennisclub.com.

Super tradition

Golfing conditions perfect at Springbrook

Did they golf on Super Bowl Sunday? Yes, they did.

Springbrook Golf Course opened briefly at noon Sunday for the group of golfers who tee off each year before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday.

“We played four holes in about 2 ½ hours,” said golfer and event organizer Kevin Wenzel. “The snow was pristine and beautiful. We were able to see the ball marks in the snow, and the golf was surprisingly good.”

The group has played golf on Super Bowl Sunday every year since 1986.

While outdoor golf has closed for the season, the indoor golf simulators at Springbrook are available for individuals or teams.

Thinking ahead to spring, golfers also are invited to apply for a season reserved tee time. Applications are due Feb. 17, and the lottery will be Feb. 23. For more information, visit www.golfnaperville.org.

Lessons learned

Buy new documentary about friendship on DVD

Mike Krumlauf will never forget his best friend Matthew McMahon, who died in a car accident May 3, 2012, in Naperville. The local filmmaker shares McMahon’s story in a feature-length documentary titled “A Place to Call His Own,” which is available in DVD and digital download.

“I wanted to be able to immortalize his essence and his impact in my artwork and remind people the value of friendship,” Krumlauf said. “Matt was someone who never judged anyone; it didn’t matter what race, religion or sexual orientation you were, he always gave everyone unconditional love and a helping hand when needed.”

After McMahon’s sudden death, Krumlauf turned to his camera as a way to cope with the pain.

“As a filmmaker, I’ve always been one who communicates best via the camera,” he said. “The messages I have created in the film are of great importance to people of my age and generation: always treat the road with respect, be kind to one another and leave a positive impact on the world that people can grow from.”

The film is available via DVD or digital download at http://mikekrumlauf.wix.com/mattmcmahonfilm. To see the film’s trailer, visit http://vimeo.com/83904533.

‘Dad is great’

Cosby sells out NCC debut run

Apparently the patriarch of one of TV’s favorite families is one of Naperville’s favorites as well. Emmy-Award winning comedian, author and actor Bill Cosby makes his North Central College debut next month during two sold-out shows.

“When you get the opportunity to book an icon of the entertainment industry, especially a performer the caliber of Bill Cosby, you jump at the chance,” said Brian Lynch, North Central College’s fine arts director. “Dr. Cosby has blazed so many trails in the industry, and he still puts on amazing performances.”

Whether he was playing Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” or just being Cosby, he has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books. It’s no surprise that the show would sell out fast.

“We probably could have sold out a fourth show if he was interested, but we’re only able to present the two sold-out performances,” said Lynch.