Regional action begins

by Mike Sandrolini
MAPLE PARK—The Knights begin what they hope will be a long run in the Class 2A playoffs Wednesday at the Rochelle regional. Results were not available as of press time.

Kaneland, seeded second in the regional, took on Aurora-based Illinois Math and Science Academy at 4 p.m. The Knights handed IMSA an 8-1 loss earlier this season, but as is the case in single-elimination postseason play, a repeat victory can’t be taken for granted.

“They work hard,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said last week. “We’ve got to make sure we’re prepared for that. We beat them the first time, so hopefully we can do that again.”

A statistic that bodes well for the Knights going into playoffs is that they haven’t lost to a Class 2A team all season. Each of their four losses has been to Class 3A squads.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls,” Parillo said. “It’s been a great season; it’s been fun. They’ve worked their tails off to accomplish what they’ve accomplished.”

A victory over IMSA would pit the Knights against the winner of Tuesday’s match between top-seeded Rosary and No. 4-seeded Rochelle for the regional championship on Friday.

“We’re going to go in there pretty confident (on Wednesday),” Ginther said. “I’m pretty confident that we will get our first regional title this year.”

Harner agrees.

“I think we can get it,” she said. “We’re definitely ready to play. We’re definitely going to bring our ‘A’ game and try our hardest.”