All posts by Mike Slodki

  • Exceptional start for Kaneland girls hoops

    ELMHURST, Ill.—For the second year in a row, the Kaneland Lady Knights basketball outfit visited the Immaculate Conception Tournament for Thanksgiving week.

    • Posted November 23, 2011
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  • Depth, knowledge of system charges girls basketball in ‘11-’12

    KANELAND—Sixth-year coach Ernie Colombe has the table set for success when it comes to KHS girls basketball.

    • Posted November 23, 2011
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  • Leadership key for KHS wrestling roster

    KANELAND—It’s no small task; to ask a group of grapplers to perform after losing graduates like State-goers Jimmy Boyle and Kyle Davidson of a year ago.

    • Posted November 23, 2011
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  • Road warriors: Knights (12-0) take 20-14 quarterfinal at Hubs’ home

    Montini Catholic provides second straight semi challenge ROCHELLE—Kaneland football has dealt with Northern Illinois Big XII rival Rochelle quite successfully in recent years.

    • Posted November 17, 2011
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  • Just barely

    Late TD waved off, 11-0 Knights beat St. Francis, 31-28 KANELAND—There exists a song by Ringo Starr entitled “It Don’t Come Easy.” While Starr was part of a group that forever changed the face of music, the Liverpool lad...

    • Posted November 10, 2011
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  • 8th in Class 2A for Lady Knights XC

    KANELAND—With six of seven athletes reaching a personal best mark, the Lady Knights unit accumulated a score of 225 at the State race at Detweiler Park in Peoria, Ill., on Saturday, good for eighth place of all...

    • Posted November 10, 2011
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  • Top-15 finish at State for KHS boys

    PEORIA—Kaneland's boys cross country lineup went after the finish line all season long, with the burden of sizable turnover from last year.

    • Posted November 10, 2011
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  • Knights emerge with 51-45 victory in round one

    KHS has date with St. Francis Spartans in second round KANELAND—On the surface, it wouldn’t seem like a Class 5A No. 16 seed like the Belvidere Bucs would make any kind of a splash in the first-round matchup...

    • Posted November 3, 2011
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  • Peoria next stop for Lady Knights cross-country

    BELVIDERE, Ill.—All KHS coach Doug Ecker could have hoped for was a consistent and smart race by his girls cross country team.

    • Posted November 3, 2011
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  • ‘One solid group’ gets to a better State

    Fourth-place means 15th trip to State in 25 years KANELAND—In a loaded Class 2A sectional hosted by Belvidere High School, Knight boys cross country had quite the challenge ahead of it and quite the trail to conquer.

    • Posted November 3, 2011
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  • Conference chase complete

    Early lead holds up for NIB-12 East champs in 31-28 win in Morris MORRIS—All that stood between a second consecutive Northern Illinois Big XII East division championship for undefeated Kaneland was fellow undefeated juggernaut Morris.

    • Posted October 27, 2011
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  • Kaneland’s State-going tennis duo ends 2011 campaign

    KANELAND—It matters little that a team like Amelia Napiorkowski and Madi Jurcenko were ousted after one match at this past weekend’s State tennis gathering in District 214 territory.

    • Posted October 27, 2011
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  • Soccer ousted by Cadets

    DeKALB—There would be no last-minute magic for Kaneland soccer on Saturday evening.

    • Posted October 27, 2011
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  • Volleyball falls in regional to Glenbard S. in three games

    KANELAND—In coach Todd Weimer’s regime, the fact that Kaneland was one point away from a regional match victory shows the significant progress KHS has made on the court.

    • Posted October 27, 2011
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  • Fifth place at own regional good for boys XC

    ELBURN—When you deal with boys cross-country rosters like Yorkville and Crystal Lake Central, the squeeze for sectionals can be a bit crowded. Luckily, Kaneland’s crew can worry about Sectionals as an active participant.

    • Posted October 27, 2011
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  • Lady Knights XC sees season continue with third place

    KANELAND—It would take a team effort to make it out of one of the premier girls cross-country regionals in Illinois. For Kaneland, that effort was solid enough to garner third place in Saturday’s Elburn Woods clash.

    • Posted October 27, 2011
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  • Opportunity knocks for Kaneland

    35-21 win at Sycamore leads to Week Nine showdown at Morris SYCAMORE—For the second time in three weeks, Kaneland football had to dig deep for a double-digit comeback.

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Tennis sends frosh/senior duo to State gathering

    The doubles unit of senior Amelia Napiorkowski (right) and freshman Madi Jurcenko (left) had performed at a high level all season, and was put to the test on Saturday during the St. Charles East Sectional.

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Gil! Late heroics send KHS soccer to regional final Sat.

    KANELAND—After struggling in the previous two outings against conference rival DeKalb, the Knights soccer team (12-6-1) triumphed on Tuesday night in Barb-land.

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Lady Knights on good pace after second in conference

    GENESEO, Ill.—Three runners in the top 10 equaled a second-place finish for the Kaneland Lady Knights cross-country team after Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big XII conference free-for-all.

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Boys XC sees improvement, third place in NIB-12 action

    GENESEO, Ill.—Looking at how the Kaneland High School boys cross-country team performed at the Northern Illnois Big XII Conference meet a year ago, the improvement in the 12-team field is apparent.

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Using your noodle for boys hoops

    The Kaneland boys’ basketball program hosts their third annual spaghetti dinner for the Kaneland community on Monday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Volleyball sweeps rival Sycamore

    KANELAND—It had been rough going the past week and a half for KHS volleyball. Six matches failed to go Kaneland’s way, albeit with a strong slate of opponents.

    • Posted October 20, 2011
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  • Knights knock Foxes

    Buschbacher sees plenty of end-zone in 45-7 win over YHS KANELAND—One would have to wonder how the Knights gridiron collection would respond, a week after an emotionally satisfying comeback win at DeKalb, and it being the last regular...

    • Posted October 13, 2011
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  • NIB-12 crown makes smashing time for KHS

    Napiorkowski, Jurcenko,Emmanouil take top honors ROCHELLE, Ill.—What better way to approach postseason play than a great showing at conference?

    • Posted October 13, 2011
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  • Soccer stopped by two schools before NIB-12 win

    KANELAND—Kaneland soccer had five matches in nine days, and while the action was close in the second half, the Knights saw chances go the other way this last week.

    • Posted October 13, 2011
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  • Knight boys XC takes to Sterling, Byron

    KANELAND—At Byron, Kaneland’s 31 points was tops for the meet, above Byron’s 62. Richmond-Burton’s 68-point total was good for third.

    • Posted October 13, 2011
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  • Lady Knights in midst of six-match skid

    KANELAND—For awhile, the Lady Knights volleyball contingent was stacking wins. Photo by Madeline Cole

    • Posted October 13, 2011
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  • Tennis’ trajectory still skyward

    KANELAND—This has been an impressive season for KHS tennis by any stretch of the imagination. The 13-2 dual record has been made more impressive by the Lady Knights powering through the sometimes inclement weather, which has infringed on...

    • Posted October 6, 2011
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  • Yonkovich shoots to Sectional for KHS golf

    Despite a sixth-place finish in the IHSA Class 2A Regional at the Highlands of Elgin golf course, the Knights’ sophomore talent Matt Yonkovich emerged as an advancing individual and heads to the sectional hosted by Wheaton Academy...

    • Posted October 6, 2011
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  • Comeback city

    Knights overcome 17-point second-half deficit in Barb-land DEKALB, Ill.—DeKalb Barbs football, as exhibited by the first playoff run since 1989 a season ago, is much improved.

    • Posted October 6, 2011
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  • Lady Knights get dig on Dixon

    KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball continues to go on a tear after solid wins against crossover foe Dixon on Thursday.

    • Posted October 6, 2011
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