All posts by Mike Slodki

About Mike Slodki

Mike Slodki is a sports reporter for the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at MSlodki@elburnherald.com.
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    Turning up the heat

    Hottest time of year the best time to teach v-ball fundamentals to area athletes MAPLE PARK—Nearly 100 athletes were able to enjoy snow cones from a machine in the Kaneland High School East Gym on Tuesday. That...

    • Posted July 24, 2014
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    Dudzinski bides time before next step

    Europe a possibility for former Knight roundball talent KANELAND—After another workout bordering six hours, KHS Class of 2010 member Dave Dudzinski has a philosophy surrounding his plan of attack. “I want to make this my career,” he...

    • Posted July 17, 2014
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    Knights nine close out summer session

    KANELAND—It was time well-spent, if you’re Kaneland High School baseball. The summer session for baseball teams usually involved getting the capable athletes to play in tandem with one another, and hope for better things in nine months...

    • Posted July 17, 2014
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  • Bringing the heat

    Two Kaneland volleyball players, Jessie Weber (back row, second from right) and Maddie Keifer (back row, third from right) were part of the Kane County Juniors club team that placed third at the Volleyball Festival International Championships...

    • Posted July 10, 2014
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    Kranz takes valuable pole position

    2007 Kaneland graduate Sam Kranz (right), at the KHS pole vault summer camp June 27, is now a coach at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Kranz gets a low-five from current Kaneland High School pole vault...

    • Posted July 10, 2014
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    Summer basics

    Orosco’s offseason spent making imprint on grapplers KANELAND—With his hiring in late-May, new Kaneland Knights wrestling coach Joe Orosco could be spotted last week in the Wisconsin Dells area. It was anything but a breezy four days....

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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  • Familiar with a twist

    IHSA releases 2014 football schedule KANELAND—In a conference landscape that’s shifting, so, too, did the 2014 slate for Kaneland Knights football. Looking to qualify for the IHSA playoffs for the seventh consecutive year but losing a talented...

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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    Recent Kaneland grad finds success on a different track

    ELBURN—Elburn resident Michael Geringer is finding a whole new way to get around—really well. Geringer, a recent member of the Kaneland High School Class of 2014, is finding he can burn rubber on the go-kart circuit. The...

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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  • Skills session

    Girls hoops conclude harried June, find rhythm KANELAND—While most everyone this month had to dodge damaging winds and difficult amounts of rainfall, the Lady Knights dodged opposing defenders and difficult opposition as the summer league action came...

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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    Drills in DeKalb

    Photo: Junior Tyler Paulson makes a long catch and runs in for a Kaneland touchdown. Photo by Mary Paulson Knights’ get reps in 7-on-7 setting at NIU KANELAND—Preseason football practices look to be here before you know...

    • Posted June 26, 2014
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  • Multi-tiered effort highlights summer league win over Batavia

    KANELAND—Humid conditions in Maple Park didn’t make things easy for the Batavia Bulldogs baseball lineup. Neither did the steady inning management of Knights pitcher Steven Limbrunner and the bats of Nick Stratman and Danny Hammermeister, as the...

    • Posted June 26, 2014
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  • Summer time blues

    Kaneland’s Monday meeting with MV ends in loss GENEVA—In a stuffy setting at Geneva High School, the Knights’ summer league basketball team experienced their second Monday of the Geneva Summer League. The result didn’t do much to...

    • Posted June 23, 2014
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    Sectional shutdown

    Baseball’s quest ends in semifinal against rival Sycamore ROCHELLE, Ill.—Kaneland’s baseball season came to an end on June 4, not with a bang or a whimper. Rather, it was the inability to connect aluminum to ball. In...

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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    Familiar faces

    Photo: Sophomore Jenna Harvell plays in a home game against the visiting Huskers Monday. Photo by Patti Wilk Girls take to court in summer session KANELAND—If this is what’s in store for the ensuing school year, then...

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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  • No downtime

    Johnson’s roundball outfit takes to court for busy month KANELAND—Kaneland’s 2013-14 boys basketball team had itself quite the ride, that featured a buzzer-beating regional final win over Marmion Academy and a sectional semifinal appearance against Rockford Lutheran....

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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    Excellence in action

    Boys track captures 2nd place in Class 2A State meet; boasts Barnes, Dyer as champs CHARLESTON, Ill.—It was a group of athletes that rose to the occasion all season long. One could probably say that about any...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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  • Sweet revenge leads to Sectional

    KHS no-hits ACC, outlasts St. Francis for first Regional crown since ‘11 PLANO—Do you remember what happened the last time Kaneland High School baseball captured a regional? It led to a pileup on the Silver Cross Field...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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    Lady Knights have bummer in Burlington

    After close regional semi win vs. G-K, KHS falls in last inning to hosts BURLINGTON, Ill.—For the Lady Knights, a 20-12 final record coupled with a hard-fought win over Genoa-Kingston on May 28 would have the markings...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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    A worthy weekend

    Photos: Freshman Nicole Sreenan (right) earned All-State accolades in four events at the IHSA State Meet: 100m dash (eighth, 12.50), 400m dash (third, 56.34), 4x100m relay (sixth, 49.03) and 4x200m relay (eighth, 1:45.25). Freshman Carly Elliott (1899)...

    • Posted May 29, 2014
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    Fantastic Friday for KHS boys track

    Photo: Sophomore Austin Kintz was a surprising State qualifier for the Knights in the 1600m run, with a big run of 4:30.06. Photo by Marshall Farthing Success comes Knights way at BC boys track sectional BURLINGTON, Ill.—It’s...

    • Posted May 29, 2014
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    Knights heights

    Four-decade tradition of PV State presence still going strong KANELAND—When you hit your 30s, you think you’ve seen most everything. With Kaneland High School’s boys track squad on its way to the State finals in Charleston, Ill.,...

    • Posted May 29, 2014
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    Raiding Rosary Regional

    KHS soccer gets off on right foot vs. Rochelle AURORA—Never let it be said that Kaneland soccer fails to make the most of its opportunities when it counts. As a threat of storms and hail permeated the...

    • Posted May 22, 2014
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    KHS rolls to NIB-12 title

    Sectional meet challenge awaits Friday KANELAND—It was all in a conference season’s work on Saturday at Kaneland for the Northern Illinois Big XII boys track meet. A weather delay from Friday evening didn’t deter any Kaneland success,...

    • Posted May 22, 2014
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    Knights baseball makes diamond rough

    Photo: Senior Curtis Thorson pitching for the Knights at the Pack the Park Special Event. Photo by Mary Paulson KANELAND—On Thursday, Kaneland went to the Northern Illinois Big XII well once again for a trip to Morris,...

    • Posted May 22, 2014
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    Softball ups and downs

    Split week sees big cancer benefit KANELAND—Kaneland softball continued its late-season stretch with some run explosions, and some community help on the side, as well. Monday saw a trip to Ogle County and a 12-0 win in...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Rivals come together in Cougar-land

    Photo: KHS softball coach Brian Willis, who is battling colon cancer, will be honored at Monday’s Pack the Park event at Fifth Third Bank Park in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk Kaneland-Batavia clash to benefit great causes...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Not lonely near the top

    Photo: Elle Tattoni had a big day in the throws, placing second in the shot put and third in discus at the NIB-12 Conference Championship in Dixon, Ill. Photo by Mary Paulson Girls track takes second at...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    May days going OK for baseball

    Photo: Senior catcher Sean Dunphy (above) catches a pop-up foul in the first inning against Oswego Saturday. Photos by Mary Paulson KANELAND—Dealing with some rivalries and non-conference foes this past week, the Knights were tripped up after...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Soccer holds steady

    Photo: Senior captain Delaney Stryczek (13) defends the ball early in the first period against DeKalb Monday. Photo by Mary Paulson KANELAND—Your Lady Knights soccer team, while enjoying a wildly successful 2014 regular season, has shown it...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Chief celebration

    Past, present and future celebrate Randall’s WCC diamond tenure SUGAR GROVE—Area collegiate baseball has seen its share of great players and institutions. Dave Randall, of Waubonsee Community College, has seen his share of area collegiate baseball. On...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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  • Despite pair of losses, KHS still moving on basepaths

    KANELAND—The won/loss percentage may have sunk a tad, but Kaneland baseball has shown it has the talent on all sides of the diamond to work past troubles. On May 1, defending conference champ Yorkville invaded Maple Park...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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  • Case of the missing bats

    Baseball, Softball levels bear witness to no-hitters, perfect game KANELAND—To win on the baseball or softball field, many things have to go right. For a no-hitter or perfect game to be thrown, pitches have to go right...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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