All posts by Mike Slodki

  • Volleyball Preview: V-ball hungry for more

    Lady Knights use last year’s semifinal loss as motivation KANELAND-—Last year's Class 3A regional semifinal against Glenbard South had a little bit of everything.

    • Posted August 23, 2012
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  • Boys Soccer Preview: Through it all

    KANELAND—KHS coach Scott Parillo has seen his team go through just about everything on the pitch. A 2010 postseason saw the Knights play nine postseason overtimes enroute to a regional championship—the first for a head-to-head sport at Kaneland...

    • Posted August 23, 2012
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  • Softball star Vest not done yet

    Elite pitcher earns partial scholarship to Northern Illinois KANELAND—Delani Vest is not quite done impressing on the softball diamond.

    • Posted August 16, 2012
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  • Guyton still swinging wicked club

    Storied KHS golfer sharpened skills at Illinois Women’s Open ELBURN—For those that missed last week’s golfing performance from Sugar Grove resident and former Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton, she laughed while offering, “You didn’t miss much.”

    • Posted August 2, 2012
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  • Wielding the hammer: Dyer goes National

    State and Regional totals pay off for junior Olympic-bound athlete KANELAND—One would think that a summer full of footballs and pads would be enough for an ordinary student.

    • Posted July 19, 2012
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  • KHS kids show ‘singlet’-minded focus

    Wrestlers’ week at camp fueled by helping community KANELAND—How do 28 Kaneland middle school and high school wrestlers spend four days in the Wisconsin Dells area?

    • Posted July 12, 2012
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  • Summer league allows Knight baseball to take stock

    IHSA Summer Regional begins Monday, July 16 BATAVIA—It’s the season for local baseball players to embody the “Boys of Summer” tag.

    • Posted July 12, 2012
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  • Goaltender Lekkas brings fire to the ice

    Elburn resident gearing up for elite camp in N.Y. ELBURN—Stefanos Lekkas, 16, of Elburn has his particular tools of the trade. “My mask is white, with all-white straps and an all-white cage,” Lekkas said. “I just fell in love...

    • Posted June 28, 2012
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  • Kaneland holds court in summertime

    MORRIS—Twenty-minute halves, a running clock, and kids wearing something akin to rec-league warmups.

    • Posted June 28, 2012
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  • Crosby visits Friendly Confines

    Stat line: 1-1, 9.49 ERA before heading back to Toledo CHICAGO—Casey Crosby’s first tenure in the majors with the Detroit Tigers was a historic occurrence.

    • Posted June 21, 2012
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  • Harter site of football basics, basic fun

    The five-day Kaneland Youth Football League Skillz and Drillz camp concluded on Friday, with 138 kids participating. Members of the Northern Illinois University Huskies conducted drills on the final day.

    • Posted June 21, 2012
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  • Former Knight Crosby now in MLB win club

    KANELAND—After his Major League Baseball debut on June 1, Casey Crosby knew he had to push on after a less-than-desirable result.

    • Posted June 14, 2012
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  • The Crosby Show

    Former Knight lefty officially becomes current Tiger southpaw KANELAND—Never has a pitching appearance that lasted 3.1 innings been so noteworthy or celebrated.

    • Posted June 7, 2012
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  • Sterling softball too golden for Kaneland

    BELVIDERE, Ill.—Kaneland softball’s season had more ups than downs in 2012. Unfortunately, the Sterling Lady Warriors brand of diamond play made KHS land with a thud.

    • Posted June 7, 2012
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  • Regional Rally

    AURORA—There’s a saying that if you give someone an inch, they’ll take a mile. In the case of Lady Knights softball, give them the sixth inning, they’ll score six runs.

    • Posted May 31, 2012
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  • Kaneland’s 11: Boys track performs at high level

    CHARLESTON, Ill.—When you send as many Class 2A State finalists for boys track as Kaneland High School did, you’ll push some entries to the finals by sheer force and numbers.

    • Posted May 31, 2012
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  • No repeat trip for Kaneland baseball

    KANELAND—Sometimes too much of a good thing turns out to harm you in the end.

    • Posted May 31, 2012
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  • 4th sectional title in a row for KHS boys track

    ROCHELLE, Ill.—Labeling the Kaneland boys track output from Thursday’s Class 3A Rochelle Sectional as “exceptional” would be right on the money.

    • Posted May 24, 2012
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  • Girls track sees 2 finalists at 2A State meet

    KANELAND—While it wasn't on the scale of the final finish in 2011, the Lady Knights track outfit still came out of the weekend at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. with elite totals in terms of the...

    • Posted May 24, 2012
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  • NIB-12 roster to drop by 1 in 2014

    KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII action is going to look different in a couple of years.

    • Posted May 24, 2012
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  • Non-conference foes fall on KHS baseball victory tour

    KANELAND—Whether you are Marmion Academy, St. Francis of Wheaton, DeKalb or IMSA, you can’t be looking forward to what lies ahead next week.

    • Posted May 24, 2012
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  • Regional heartbreak for soccer

    BURLINGTON—Kaneland High School’s current senior crop is the only group in school history to only know regional final action.

    • Posted May 24, 2012
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  • Lady Knights track now Charleston crew

    Lady Knights track qualifies for State in five events after Sterling meet STERLING, Ill.—Some might shake their head at a fourth-place showing for a girls track meet.

    • Posted May 17, 2012
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  • Softball fortunes go Northern

    KANELAND—Right now, there’s no stopping the KHS softball team. For proof, you can look at the record of 27-5, or the Northern Illinois Big XII East Division mark of 10-0, or ask what was left of the Yorkville...

    • Posted May 17, 2012
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  • Baseball wins third straight conference title

    KANELAND—This is getting to be old hat for the Kaneland Knights baseball team.

    • Posted May 17, 2012
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  • Lady Knights end regular season in good shape

    KANELAND—Despite dropping a potential preview for the upcoming regional title match to Burlington Central on Saturday, the Lady Knights have quietly meshed a roster of young and experienced, injured and healthy, and are about to dive foot...

    • Posted May 17, 2012
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  • KHS boys one point short of NIB-12 bragging rights

    KANELAND—Kaneland boys track had many competitors contributing to a winning effort during Friday’s second-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet out at DeKalb’s Dresser Road digs.

    • Posted May 17, 2012
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  • Feels like the 1st place for boys track

    Knight boys tie Geneva for first at prestigious KC meet AURORA—Team numbers don't matter to Kaneland boys track. Neither do past accolades.

    • Posted May 10, 2012
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  • Knight baseball riding 1st-place wave

    KANELAND—Kaneland has had Sycamore’s number on the baseball field as of late, including last year’s regional title win.

    • Posted May 10, 2012
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  • Softball, with 24 wins, continues season steamroll

    KANELAND—Like bills received in the mail, Kaneland softball comes at you whether you like it or not.

    • Posted May 10, 2012
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  • Lady Knights’ trip to NIB-12 meet yields 5th

    KANELAND—Lady Knights track used the important meet at Streator High School to have a Northern Illinois Big XII pow-wow, and found they have a final output good for the middle of the pack.

    • Posted May 10, 2012
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  • KHS soccer solves 3, puzzled by Sycamore

    KANELAND—Lady Knights soccer’s late-season homestretch is busy, to say the least. It matters little how healthy you are heading into the regionals next week.

    • Posted May 10, 2012
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