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Emma Carter’s Battle to Conquer
Traumatic Brain Injury
In early November 2015, Emma Carter was a high school
freshman at Grayslake North High School when her life
changed during a weekend travel soccer game. In the
final moments of the game, Emma was dribbling a soccer
ball down the sideline with speed when she was tackled
from behind by an opponent. She sustained body
contusions and injuries to her ribs and other parts of
her midsection, and although banged up, she returned the
following week for her final game of the soccer season.
However, as the soccer season concluded and she
transitioned back into school for finals, Emma began to
complain of concussion-like symptoms not originally
detected when she was evaluated after the November
soccer game. It became evident that she could not
concentrate and she reported daily headaches coupled
with balance and vision difficulties. Eventually, she
was diagnosed with a concussion in January of 2016, her
second from in-game play.
And as Emma's concussion symptoms became worse, her
focus worsened as well. When trying to read, words would
move and jump around on the page and she was unable to
This lead her to withdraw from school in March, and
eventually, from everyday life, as she showed worsening
neurocognitive deficiencies when trying to participate
in conversations with her friends and family.
Having hit a stagnation point in her recovery process,
Emma was referred to the Rehabilitation Institute of
Chicago. Initial assessments confirmed that Emma would
need to engage in an aggressive rehabilitation program
to regain cognitive abilities.
With aspirations of studying Genetic Engineering, Emma
put her dreams on hold given her new reality — one where
she needed to reset her expectations and learn to set
new limits when studying and performing daily
activities, as well as the cost of being able to achieve
But, as she comes to terms with accepting the changes in
her life, Emma wonders, " when will I feel better? " and
her mother Kelly is worried about how they'll foot the
GOFundMe Emma Carter TBI Page is being setup by the
Chicago Kickers Soccer Club to help provide Coach Kelly
Carter, a mother of three children with financial
assistance in this time of need.
JENNA PECORINI PRESS RELEASE,
Wilmington, NC (12/9/16)
Recent graduate of Grant Community High School/Chicago
Jenna Pecorini (above #13 White Uniform)finished her
sophomore season at Cape Fear Community College.
Pecorini was a two year starter for the Sea Devils in
Wilmington, NC. Cape Fear competes at the NJCAA Division
1 level in Region 10. During Pecorini’s two seasons on
the field at Cape Fear the Sea Devils were 28-10, and
outscored opponents 137-42.
Cape Fear Sea Devil Head Coach Ryan Deppa, “Jenna took a
major step to leave Illinois to come to North Carolina
to begin her college career at Cape Fear. Jenna proved
to come up big for us on a consistent basis through her
two seasons here. Whether it was scoring big time goals,
or just making big plays on and off the ball, Jenna's
talents helped her make a name for herself in Region
During Pecorini’s freshman season she helped the team
earn a regular season Region 10 title, and the Sea
Devils concluded the 2015 season as the Region 10
Tournament runner up. Pecorini held down the attacking
mid position her freshman season with 8 goals and 10
assists, which helped her earn NJCAA Region 10 first
team all-star honors.
Pecorini returned in 2016 with another strong
performance on the field, playing as an attacking mid
and also a wing player for the Sea Devils. Pecorini
notched 9 goals and 4 assists in the 2016 campaign which
included the game winner in the Region 10 Championship
in Raleigh, NC and a repeat position on the first team
of the Region 10 all-stars.
The Sea Devils finished the season at 17-3 which
included earning the Region 10 Regular Season title, the
Region 10 Tournament title, the NJCAA D1 District L
Champions title, which included a key goal from Pecorini
that helped the Sea Devils make history by making its
first trip to the NJCAA Division 1 Championship
Tournament in Melbourne, FL in November. Cape Fear Sea
Devils finished 2016 ranked #8 in the NSCAA National
Poll and #13 in the NJCAA National Poll.
Willy Zettlmeier, 79, was born Jan. 28, 1937, in
Germany, and passed away Nov. 6, 2016, at home with his
family by his side.
Beloved husband of the late Erika; loving father of Bill
Zettlmeier and Renee (Keith) Mehring; dear Opa of Erika,
Karsten and Max; fond brother of Maria (Alex) Gedstad,
Walter (Loni) Zettlmeier, Hilda Schuff and the late Rudy
Zettlmeier; dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Willy was the former owner of Continental Delicatessen
in Arlington Heights, a member
of the Chicago Kickers Soccer Club, a woodworker and
avid Blackhawks fan.
Visitation Thursday, Nov. 10, 3 to 8 p.m. at
Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Road, Mount Prospect.
Lying in state Friday, 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass
at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas of
Villanova Church, 1201 E. Anderson Drive, Palatine.
We are sadden to announce the passing of Eduard
(Eddie) Blechner (October 17, 1937 - October 25, 2016).
Mr. Blechner was one of the originals who was part of
our beginning in 1958 (see photo below).
Eddie located in the Chicago area after leaving Germany
after WWII. He and his family and siblings have been
staunch Chicago Kickers members and continue to be so.
Eddie’s son Kurt was our past President and his daughter
Renee represented us as Miss Chicago Kickers. His
children and grandchildren also were a big part of our
youth program as both players and coaches.
Eddie is survived by his wife Katharina, daughters
Carmen and Renee; daughter-in-law Jenny and son Kurt,
and grandchildren Daniela, Kyle, and Travis.
Eddie, thank you for all your support over all these
years. We truly are going to miss you!
Arrangements are as follows:
Friends may call at he church for 8 a.m. service wake
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October
29th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn, WI.
Procession to the Cemetery right after Mass and then the
family will be serving a meal after the ceremonies for
all who came to celebrate Eduard’s life.