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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    House of Steel

    Lekkas brothers have lived lives on ice ELBURN—There’s a whole lot of hockey talent in Elburn. Much of it is courtesy of one household. The Lekkas brothers of Elburn have long shown an affinity for hockey, having...

    • Posted April 19, 2014
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    Triple jump

    April always time for KHS track atmosphere to shine KANELAND—KHS track always seems to rise to the occasion, no matter the location. For the month of April, the chance to rise, and go a little farther happens...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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    Turf battle

    Soccer troops take to Zimmerman Field for Blackhawk Invite AURORA—Don’t look now, but the Lady Knights are winners with regularity. Granted, it’s still early. Finally getting out to a regular rhythm of play after a long spring...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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    Second best

    Photo: Freshman Nicole Sreenan has transitioned well in her first year at KHS, winning the 100m and 400m dashes Saturday, and also taking part in the champion 4x100m relay for Kaneland. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland girls...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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  • KHS adds to luck in Quad Cities

    Boys track hits the usual outdoor opener in East Moline, Ill. KANELAND—It doesn’t seem as if the learning curve for the Knights boys track roster will be that steep, if the East Moline United High School Boys...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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    Measure of Revenge

    Photo: Junior Heather Ortiz (left) maneuvers around a Rosary defender Monday. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland evens up mark after two contests with win over Royals KANELAND—There was a KHS soccer sighting on Monday. After a 17-day...

    • Posted April 11, 2014
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    Kaneland baseball hits Ohio

    KANELAND—Playing at the University of Cincinnati against Ken Griffey Jr.’s former high school team was the highlight of a spring break trip for the Kaneland baseball team that featured more cancelations than games. The Knights’ ability to...

    • Posted April 11, 2014
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  • Kaneland softball gets in more outdoor swings

    DEKALB—It was only one contest, but the more outdoor diamond time the Lady Knights get, the better. On Monday, the lone contest of a Spring Break week, the Lady Knights met their former conference mates Batavia out...

    • Posted April 4, 2014
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    Joy Division: Knight athletes know what they’ve signed up for at D-I peak

    KANELAND—High school athletes’ talent can bring them amazing things: wins, titles and even the chance to keep playing the sport they love. With powerhouses like senior Joe Komel, future Central Michigan University Chippewa, it also brings certainty....

    • Posted April 4, 2014
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    Downright dominant

    Photo: Senior Dalvell Triplett placed third in the Long Jump and first in the Triple Jump for the Knights as they rolled to a conference victory Saturday in Sterling, Ill. Photo by Marshall Farthing Kaneland boys track...

    • Posted March 27, 2014
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    An early jump

    Photo: Sophomore Brianna Bower placed third in the 3200m run Saturday in Sterling, Ill., with a time of 12:00.28. Photo by Marshall Farthing KHS girls track takes NIB-12 bragging rights in Sterling, Ill. KANELAND—There’s only so much...

    • Posted March 27, 2014
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    Kaneland bowling shoe-in for awards

    Photo: Kaneland High School Interim Athletic Director Ruby Keller (right) presents head coach James McKnight with a crystal bowling pin in honor of his 25 years of coaching girls bowling at KHS March 13. Photo by Mary...

    • Posted March 22, 2014
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    2014 Boys Track & Field Preview: Sprint toward success

    Photo: Relay, distance and sprint runners resort to running laps through school halls due to poor weather so far this season. Photo by Patti Wilk Sixth-place finishers from a year ago, Knight boys track takes charge KANELAND—It...

    • Posted March 20, 2014
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    2014 Girls Track & Field Preview: Making their mark

    Photo: Freshman Nicole Sreenan looks to make an impact on the varsity level this season for Doug Ecker’s Lady Knights. Photo Submitted by Jocelyn Ocon Lady Knights have rivals bracing for impact KANELAND—Kaneland High School girls track...

    • Posted March 20, 2014
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    2014 Girls Soccer Preview: Cornering competition

    Lady Knights eye regional nod, another winning campaign KANELAND—Eventually, Kaneland High School girls soccer would like to rid themselves of a couple nagging points. Those would be being eliminated by Rosary in the playoffs, as has been...

    • Posted March 20, 2014
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    2014 Baseball Preview: Big hopes in Big XII

    Photo: Junior catcher Danny Hammermeister and senior catcher Sean Dunphy practice indoors with the baseball team. Photo by Patti Wilk Diamond crew looks to turn page, rebound from a year ago KANELAND—Knights baseball in 2014 represents, in...

    • Posted March 20, 2014
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    Postseason party

    Photo: Senior Tyler Carlson was named co-Player of the Year for the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference. Fellow seniors Drew David and John Pruett also made the all-conference squad. File Photos Knight boys see sectional berth pay...

    • Posted March 20, 2014
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    Every second counts

    Sectional semi loss follows David’s buzzer-beater for Regional crown KANELAND—Kaneland boys basketball set the bar pretty high for Tuesday evening’s Hampshire Sectional semifinal against fellow No. 1 seed Rockford Lutheran. After all, how could a team top...

    • Posted March 13, 2014
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    Clinton’s weekend a triple threat

    SARASOTA, FLA.—In her first international triathlon in nine months, Kaneland junior Victoria Clinton acclimated herself well. Under the ITU Triathlon banner, Clinton, the 2012 Class AA Individual State cross-country champion, finished 26th overall in Sarasota, Fla., as...

    • Posted March 13, 2014
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    Prize fighting

    Photo: Senior Drew David was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line on his way to a team-high 22 points against Glenbard South Tuesday. Photo by Patti Wilk Share of NIB-12 title in bag, Kaneland begins...

    • Posted March 6, 2014
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    Tri again

    Clinton named to All-American list by USA Triathlon, preparing for Florida race ELBURN—With the mood-crushing winter season still upon us, the urge to get outside and participate in athletic activities can weigh heavily. Lady Knight sophomore Victoria...

    • Posted March 6, 2014
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    On a tear

    Photo: Senior Cole Carlson hit this double-clutch jumpshot as time expired in the first half Saturday vs. Sycamore. The basket gave the Knights a 27-24 lead. Photo by Ben Draper Boys lineup sees ball bounce their way...

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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    End game

    Photo: Sophomore Camri Conley and the Lady Knights dispatched hosted Plano on Feb. 19 regional semifinal, but fell to rival Sycamore in the final 40-20 on Friday. Photo by Ben Draper Lady Knights finish 14-15 after Plano...

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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  • Just one try for Justin

    Heavyweight Knight’s opening match his only one as part of State field CHAMPAIGN, ILL.—There would be no repeat performance for KHS wrestling in 2014′s version of the State tournament. On the State Farm Center mats on the...

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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    A better State

    Diddell powers through for lone Knight Champaign berth KANELAND—Pontiac’s Class 2A Sectional can dampen the dreams of most any wrestler wishing to advance to the individual State tournament this weekend. Fortunately for Kaneland High School, the wrestling...

    • Posted February 20, 2014
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    Bowling season ends, but new territory carved

    KANELAND—In the first year of a new postseason setup, Kaneland Lady Knights bowling did well for itself. With an exemplary performance at the Metea Valley Regional on Feb. 8, Kaneland was able to send senior cornerstone Christie...

    • Posted February 20, 2014
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    Warrior week

    Photo: Sophomore Dylan Vaca scored 12 points against Hillcrest Saturday, following up his 10-point output the night before at Yorkville. Photo by Patti Wilk Knights host gathering for a cause after getting upper hand on YHS KANELAND—It...

    • Posted February 20, 2014
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    Many happy returns

    Photos: Coaches share memories > One need not look far for former athletes returning to teach, coach at KHS KANELAND—It’s one thing to compete for your school—to put in hours of blood, sweat and tears for a...

    • Posted February 20, 2014
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    Helping hands

    Six-team shootout at Kaneland on Saturday to benefit worthy cause KANELAND—It stands to be no ordinary Saturday at Kaneland. You’ll have your customary weekend basketball action, but the Kaneland boys team and dedicated volunteers are coming together...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    In proper position

    Photos courtesy of Stefanie Vanik Third-place at tough sectional paves way for potential state berths KANELAND—Call them the lucky seven. After a third-place finish at the Class 2A Belvidere Regional, however, the rest of the field at...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    Crews controls fate after Regional

    Photo: The 2013-14 KHS bowlers competed as a team one final time Saturday at the Metea Valley Regional in Aurora. The team included senior Michelle Bohanek (from left), junior Rena Wojciechowski, junior Katie Hill, freshman Grace Lindgren,...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    Emerging victors

    Photo: Senior John Pruett continued his torrid scoring streak, putting up 26 points Friday at Rochelle, and following that up with 28 more against West Chicago Tuesday evening. Fellow senior Tyler Carlson (23) was the team’s high-scorer...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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