All posts by Mike Slodki

  • Bowling falls to DeKalb in opener

    DeKALB—In the confines of Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, the Lady Knights (0-3) probably felt like it was unfriendly surroundings in a loss to fellow tenant DeKalb on Nov. 22.

    • Posted December 1, 2011
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  • NIB-12 volleyball accented with Siebert MVP tag

    KANELAND—It was a productive year for Kaneland volleyball, much like last year.

    • Posted December 1, 2011
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  • Wrestlers see some success in Saturday meet

    KANELAND—The season opener featured a 45-34 loss to Wheaton-Warrenville South, a 34-28 win over the Pretzels of Freeport, and a 42-36 loss to Burlington Central.

    • Posted December 1, 2011
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  • Semifinal sting: Montini edges KHS, 35-31

    KANELAND—Sequels can be more entertaining and gripping than the original, but for Kaneland football and its fans, the ending to this particular drama was still hard to take.

    • Posted November 23, 2011
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  • Knight boys hoops hope to repeat NIB-12 glory

    “Kids know what the expectations are,” says Johnson KANELAND—In KHS coach Brian Johnson’s first year, he had the pleasure of Dave Dudzinski in the post.

    • Posted November 23, 2011
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  • Bowling welcomes influx of new blood

    KANELAND—While the Lady Knights will miss record book-rewriter Holly Thomas, and the team finished with a dual mark of 3-12, there are reasons to be optimistic.

    • Posted November 23, 2011
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  • 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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