Photo: Matt Yonkovich will be a part of the group that looks to return to the state meet, after making the trip as a team in 2012. File Photo
Knight golfers wish to get back to great heights
KANELAND—Knight golf wants to party again like its 1995.
Before last season, that year it was the last instance of Kaneland golf making it to State as a team.
Last year, the roster accomplished that feat, and has the select returnees to make enough of a difference to get back there.
With personnel like Luke Kreiter, Connor Williams, Sean Glennon and Dan Miller off to college, the talented program sees the re-emergence of senior cornerstones like Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar.
Yonkovich and Kuhar, along with senior Stephen Cannell and junior Jesse Denton, are part of a golf team that is familiarizing itself with success after a Northern Illinois Big XII title and regional title to mark 2012.
“We’ve played three tournaments and a quad, with two being good and two being mediocre,” ninth-year coach Mark Meyer said. “I think the most important thing for our team right now is finding someone for that fifth and sixth spot that can step up.”
Finding those last two slots would help production, as well as solving any questions of depth.
“It’s very hard to rely on the same four people. Law of averages says a couple of the guys will have a bad round, and some will have a good round. We want to go to that next level where we’ll be very competitive heading into conference and regionals,” Meyer said.
Through Geneva- and Plainfield-hosted invites, the four established Knights have accustomed themselves well to area play. Members trying to make their way into the lineup on a consistent basis are: senior Josh Kilgore, juniors Jacob Sheehan, Zach Strayve, Jacob Sanders, CJ Wehrmann and Jeremy Faletto, sophomores Drew Diffendal and Brandon Cruz, and freshmen Jake Head, Brett Glennon, Dan Frank, Jeff VanGemert, Brock Williams, Jake Pearson, Jake Hummel, Joey Brandonisio, Michael Petrick and Luke Calabrese.
The team’s level of success will be in part due to the Yonkovich-Kuhar duo.
“They saw time freshmen year, and were co-MVP’s sophomore year. Both have separated themselves as team leaders and captains. This season, especially, they’ve separated themselves along with Denton and Cannell,” Meyer said.
Conference-wide, the Knights know their plate is full with plenty of NIB-12 threats.
“A conference title is something we want to attain, and we’ll focus on those goals,” Meyer said. “ We know there aren’t going to be any pushovers in our conference.”