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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    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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    2014 Tennis Preview: Bedrock of success on court

    Photo: Senior No. 1 singles player Sammie Schrepferman works through drills at last Thursday’s practice at KHS. Photos by Patti Wilk Lady Knights tennis brings back leaders, battle for conference supremacy KANELAND—How does a tennis team try...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Girls Cross Country Preview: Trail mix

    Photo: The girls cross country team started its practice schedule the morning of Aug. 13 at the high school. The last three years have seen the Lady Knights continue their upward trajectory, placing eighth in 2011, sixth...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Boys Soccer Preview: Soccer hopes for more of the same

    Photo: Freshman John McCaffrey works on a ball-handling drill. Photos by Patti Wilk Parillo’s roster has talent pool to be in postseason picture KANELAND—Four straight regional final appearances would be satisfactory for any area soccer program. For...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Golf Preview: Chipping away at challenges

    Photo: Senior Jesse Denton tees off at the 10th hole during Monday’s Plainfield North Invitational. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland Knight golf roster looks different at the top KANELAND—In the most recent handful of Kaneland High School...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Volleyball Preview: Kaneland volleyball rolls on despite reset button

    Seniors Brittany Grider and Elle Dunn (right) work on a blocking drill at last Friday’s practice. Junior Makenzie McMullan (below) taps the ball over the net in other practice action Friday. Photos by Patti Wilk Violett returns...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    Close to the finish line

    Exclusive group of area drivers stake claim at Speedway SYCAMORE—Friday and Saturday nights during the summer months bring a lot of action to Sycamore Speedway. That atmosphere draws familiar and enthusiastic crowds, but only a handful of...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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    Diamond business

    Photo: Sarah Elliott, a sixth-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School, makes the catch at first during Wasco Diamonds 12U tryouts Aug. 7. Photo by Patti Wilk Wasco softball outfit’s success tells story WASCO—Early August at the Anderson...

    • Posted August 14, 2014
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    Upon further review: Experienced local IHSA officials take time to get it right

    KANELAND—It could be that the best officiating crew in any high school sport is the one you barely notice. That’s ironic, considering the countless officials that make up the Illinois High School Association landscape go through painstaking...

    • Posted August 7, 2014
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  • New look for NIB-12

    Streamlined look triggers after year of preparation KANELAND—Beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 school year, Kaneland’s home of the Northern Illinois Big XII will have officially outlasted its previous stop of the Western Sun Conference. In year five,...

    • Posted July 31, 2014
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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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