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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    No stopping the Lady Knights

    Photo: Senior Sammie Schrepherman was runner-up at No. 1 singles for Kaneland at the NIB-12 tournament. Photo by Tiffany Kufer Tennis takes non-conference battle with OE, wins NIB-12 weekend KANELAND—It turns out a sweep on Oct. 8...

    • Posted October 17, 2014
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    True Norse

    Thorbjornsen bringing lift to Knights soccer KANELAND—Nesodden is a town in southern Norway, not far from Oslo, the capital. It’s also where, after the standard eligibility wait, the Kaneland Knights soccer team secured its latest find. With...

    • Posted October 17, 2014
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    Kaneland Volleyball takes on NIB-12 rivals

    Photo: The varsity volleyball team awaits a DeKalb serve during its 2-1 win over the Barbs Oct. 9. Photo by Mary Paulson Hard-charging crew earns wins over DeKalb, Sycamore SYCAMORE—At 17-9, and 5-2 in the Northern Illinois...

    • Posted October 17, 2014
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    Golfers get taste of postseason

    Senior Tori Guyton was the lone Kaneland golfer to qualify for the state golf tournament. Photo by Laura Gampfer Guyton continues family qualifying tradition KANELAND—While the boys golf individual State quest had to wait 24 hours in...

    • Posted October 17, 2014
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    In full swing

    KHS one stroke away from team advancement, also take fourth at NIB-12 KANELAND—While it won’t quite be to the heights of the 2012 stellar team finish, the Knight golfers still can claim some postseason greens. Kaneland’s 347...

    • Posted October 9, 2014
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    Kaneland volleyball falls short to Sterling

    Photo: Seniors Rachel Kintz, Riley Hannula and Anna Senese make a wall against Sterling Oct. 2. “Our blocking has been a huge development for us, and reading the hitters,” head coach Cyndi Violett said. Photo by Laura...

    • Posted October 9, 2014
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    Kaneland girls cross thirst for Pretzel Invite

    Photo: Sophomore Grace Dodis accepts Kaneland’s second-place trophy at Saturday’s Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to photos@elburnherald.com FREEPORT, ILL.—For the best girls cross country talent the northern half of the state has to offer on...

    • Posted October 9, 2014
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    KHS boys Pretzel Invite trip part of process

    Photo: The KHS boys varsity cross country team earned second overall at Saturday’s Freeport Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patii WIlk to photos@elburnherald.com FREEPORT, ILL.—The Knights cross country team saw encouraging signs and cooler weather at the...

    • Posted October 9, 2014
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    That was Sparta

    Photo: Junior Steven VanHorn breaks up a 3rd-down pass to a Sycamore wide receiver Friday. “Both defenses played really well,” KHS head coach Tom Fedderly said. Photo by Mary Paulson Urgency increases after 14-7 loss at Sycamore...

    • Posted October 9, 2014
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    Lady Knights smash Ottawa, compete in Ogle County

    Photo: Senior Stephanie Karolewicz and No. 2 doubles partner Colleen Landers won 6-0, 6-4 over Yorkville Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer KANELAND—If the homestretch of the regular season is any indication of how the Kaneland Lady Knights...

    • Posted October 2, 2014
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    Pirating a victory

    Photo: Junior Felipe Speraggi, in action against Sterling last week, had two goals against Ottawa Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer Offensive output comes in crossover win OTTAWA, Ill.—Tuesday’s Northern Illinois Big XII conference crossover setting was a...

    • Posted October 2, 2014
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    Down to the Barbed Wire

    Photo: Senior Zack Thielk manhandles a DeKalb player during Kaneland’s 37-34 loss against the Barbs. Photo by Laura Gampfer Late comeback try falls short in first-ever conference loss to DeKalb KANELAND—It seems like 2014 has the Northern...

    • Posted October 2, 2014
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    Boys XC tries to master rising temps, pressure in Oakhurst setting

    Photo: Ben Smith, Austin Kintz and Alex Gale get going at the beginning of Saturday’s varsity race at the Aurora Central Catholic Charger Classic. Kaneland placed 10th as a team. Photo by Tiffany Kufer ACC’s Invitational another...

    • Posted October 2, 2014
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    Can’t avoid the rush

    Photo: Senior Isaac Swithers was back in action Friday night, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 44 yards. Photo by Ben Draper Yorkville’s Kurtz rushes for 303 yards, 4 TDs, hands KHS 41-25 loss YORKVILLE—Local observers of...

    • Posted September 25, 2014
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    Kaneland soccer splits Yorkville, DeKalb in conference rush

    Photo: Senior Ivan Bohorquez tries to keep the ball against two Yorkville players Tuesday. Photo by Tiffany Kufer KANELAND—Kaneland soccer knows it will have difficulties here and there, but would rather not have them against programs it has traditionally...

    • Posted September 25, 2014
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    Boys XC tries to make own trail in Eddington crowd

    Photo: The Knights boys varsity team accelerates out of the box during Saturday morning’s Eddington Invitational at KHS. Over 1,300 runners took to the course during the six contested races. Photo by Mary Paulson KANELAND—It was a...

    • Posted September 25, 2014
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    Tennis outlasts Oswego opponent

    Photo: Senior Stephanie Karloewicz and her partner at No. 2 doubles, senior Colleen Landers, defeated their Oswego counterparts Tuesday 6-3, 3-6, 10-7. Photo by Tiffany Kufer Also blanks L-P 5-0 KANELAND—With a much-needed win against the host...

    • Posted September 25, 2014
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    Serving notice to Sycamore Spartans

    Photo: Kaneland High School girls varsity volleyball team celebrates after a two-game sweep against Sycamore Sept. 18. Photo by Mary Paulson KANELAND—Kaneland volleyball has always had its hands full with the Sycamore Spartans. After struggling for years...

    • Posted September 25, 2014
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    Living history

    We want to hear from you! Tell us who you think is Kaneland’s biggest rival Kaneland athletics have many rivals, but who is No. 1 in your eyes? Results from this survey will be compiled for publication...

    • Posted September 18, 2014
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    Kaneland tennis nipped by Rosary, Sycamore

    Photo: Junior Emily Lutter plays No. 2 singles against IMSA last week. File Photo KANELAND—Not every week will be a winner for Kaneland High School tennis. Such was the case this past week, featuring two setbacks to...

    • Posted September 18, 2014
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    Kaneland boys cross plays in Peoria

    Photo: Freshman Matt Richtman ran the course at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill., in 16:01, earning a top 50 medal for his efforts.Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to Photos@elburnherald.com First to the Finish gathering tests KHS mettle...

    • Posted September 18, 2014
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  • Wauconda this way

    Lone meet of the week yields 10th overall for girls XC WAUCONDA, Ill.—Saturday morning’s 39th annual Wauconda Invitational provided yet another opportunity for Kaneland High School girls cross country to see just what it has at an...

    • Posted September 18, 2014
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    Kaneland Rivals Project: Team of Rivals

    Editors note: This is part one of a three-part series about Kaneland’s rivals—both current and historical. Part one focuses on more contemporary rivals, part two will feature a look at historical rivals, while part three will focus...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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  • Volleyball looks for Centennial challenge

    KANELAND—Kaneland volleyball now has 10 matches under its jersey, all in large invite fashion. Now at 6-5, the volleyball crew must hope the action this past weekend in Champaign, Ill., and the previous week in Wheaton, Ill.,...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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    Kaneland 49ers

    Photo: Junior Jake Marczuk (left) had a big second game under center for the Knights, throwing for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Photos by Mary Paulson Knights have solid non-conference win vs. visiting Marshall KANELAND—Friday’s matchup between...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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    Girls cross country building strength

    Photo: Senior Victoria Clinton made her 2014 debut, cruising to a win at Elburn Woods Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper Weekend trip to Oregon, meet in Elburn highlight week KANELAND—Kaneland High School’s girls cross country squad wants...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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    Knight football wins 10th-straight opener

    Photo: Senior Connor Fedderly had six catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights on Saturday. Photo by Mary Paulson 24-hour delay, tough beginning leads to 30-8 win over Brooks KANELAND—Kaneland faithful and fans of...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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    Volleyball’s spike OK in first test

    Photo: Anna Senese spikes the ball over Raider defenders in action against Glenbard South Aug. 27. Photo by Laura Gampfer Lady Knights manage comeback win over Romeoville as part of middle-of-pack finish at Wheaton WHEATON, Ill.—Aug. 27...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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  • Kaneland kicks season off up north

    KANELAND—Knights soccer headed to its usual Fox Valley stop to kick off the 2014 season, with some success and growing pains. At the Jacobs Tournament on Friday, Kaneland began with a 2-0 loss to Harvard and a...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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    Knight golfers trek to West Aurora, Geneva Invite

    KANELAND—Knight golfers, fresh off several years of sustained regular season and postseason success, continue to progress through the early part of the 2014 schedule. On Friday, the Knights managed to beat West Aurora by a final of...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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    2014 Football Preview: Helmet to helmet

    Photo: Senior Connor Fedderly will return as receiver and be a leader in the squad. Photos by Patti Wilk Knights look to replace previous talented class on gridiron KANELAND—Knight names that had heavy contributions the past three...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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