All posts by Mike Slodki

  • Soccer wishes to carry momentum from ‘10 season’s end

    KANELAND—While an 11-11-2 record from a year ago might not seem super impressive, the way Kaneland boys soccer went about arriving to that final mark was noteworthy.

    • Posted August 18, 2011
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  • Tennis wants to recapture last season

    KANELAND—For the first time, Kaneland comes off a season a year ago in which it had a state presence. Kaneland also finished 8-6-1 in dual tussles, and finished second in the Northern Illinois Big XII East division.

    • Posted August 18, 2011
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  • Volleyball plans to build on 2010 with returning core

    KANELAND—Could this be a lucky seventh for KHS volleyball coach Todd Weimer? After a 2010 season that featured a record of 19-14, wins over Geneva (first time since 1991) and Sycamore (road win for the first time since...

    • Posted August 18, 2011
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  • Girls XC looks to better health for success

    KANELAND—It's been ideal running weather in mid-August. Good enough for KHS coach Doug Ecker and the Lady Knights cross-country team to take advantage of.

    • Posted August 18, 2011
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  • Boys XC curbing loss of 3 key parts

    On a mid-August day with creeping humidity, the Knights boys cross-country pack attacks practice in a business-like manner—like it’s part of the day’s task.

    • Posted August 18, 2011
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  • New day for 5K at Elburn Days 2011

    New course layout just one of the changes to August staple ELBURN—It’s fitting that the new course for the 2011 version of the Elburn Days 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk begins and ends at Lions Park.

    • Posted August 11, 2011
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  • Elburn’s international pastime

    Express gives Dubai team local flavor ELBURN—It’s funny how a game like baseball can bring towns together.

    • Posted August 4, 2011
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  • A July bump

    Todd Weimer of Kaneland High School volleyball oversees drills on Thursday during Team “K” Volleyball Camp at Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.

    • Posted August 4, 2011
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  • Mike and Joe, 28 Days, Bonepony headline Corn Boil stage

    You braved inches upon inches of snow, and rivers of rain. But at last, the 2011 version of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil is here, and with the event, comes trademark tunes throughout the weekend.

    • Posted July 29, 2011
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  • June, July help KHS boys’ long-range game

    Knights’ Johnson reveals busy hoops-filled summer KANELAND—In coach Brian Johnson's case, school wasn't really out for summer after all. Summer league action for the Knights basketball league completed last week, and Johnson was glad to get some floor time...

    • Posted July 14, 2011
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  • KHS football schedule has one new wrinkle

    Knights football opens with 2 home games, faces Chicago’s Brooks KANELAND—With the Illinois High School Association’s official release of the 2011 football schedules, Kaneland High School now has an official idea of who it will clash with, en...

    • Posted July 7, 2011
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  • Heimerdinger looks back on State honor, Lady Knight soccer

    KANELAND—How did graduated senior Emily Heimerdinger take the news of an All-State honor? “Coach (Scott) Parillo told me in the classroom after keeping the news from me all day. I was crying, I was so happy," Heimerdinger said.

    • Posted July 3, 2011
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  • KHS girls basketball having fun all summer long

    KANELAND—Summer has been no time for play if you’re Kaneland High School girls basketball. Coach Ernie Colombe and crew have been keeping busy with shootouts in Genoa-Kingston, Sterling, Morris, Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and have one scheduled...

    • Posted June 30, 2011
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  • Area can help Illinois Hoops Hall of Fame launch

    ELBURN—Westminster Christian High School basketball coach Bruce Firchau is equipped with a brochure about the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame Museum that reads, “For over a century, the game of basketball has played a significant role in...

    • Posted June 30, 2011
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  • High level of camp

    The 27th annual Waubonsee Community College baseball and softball hitting camp gave area boys and girls a chance to put what they’ve learned into action during the camp’s final day on Thursday.

    • Posted June 23, 2011
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  • Oh, Kaneland!

    KHS baseball wins 1st State championship with 11-3 win vs. Oak Forest JOLIET—In high school baseball postseason, only one team can follow through on its aim to run the table and win its last game.

    • Posted June 16, 2011
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  • Best Week Ever for State-bound Kaneland baseball

    Knights add Sectional, Supersectional title to historic campaign KANELAND—It figures the 16th year of the Kaneland varsity baseball program would wind up being the sweetest.

    • Posted June 9, 2011
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  • More thoughts from Coach Aversa

    School may be out, but for Kaneland baseball and sixth-year head coach Brian Aversa, there remains important work to be done.

    • Posted June 9, 2011
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  • Regional rampage: KHS baseball earns title plaque in Sycamore

    SYCAMORE—Bobby Thorson may have never pitched a bigger game in his life. Jacob Razo may have not had a bigger hit in a his life.

    • Posted June 2, 2011
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  • Taylor-made: Senior is Class 2A 110m hurdle champ

    CHARLESTON—West Point wants the best and brightest. It’s a good thing, because Knights senior Taylor Andrews showed he not only has those traits, but it also among the fastest.

    • Posted June 2, 2011
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  • Softball reaches end of 2011 season with loss to Sycamore

    KANELAND—With the rivalry between Kaneland and Sycamore softball, the battle is bound to shift one way when the stakes are higher at a certain point.

    • Posted June 2, 2011
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  • Rosary puts an end to Kaneland soccer season

    AURORA—In the case of Kaneland soccer in regional finals, bad things come in threes.

    • Posted May 26, 2011
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  • Boys track win 3rd straight sectional

    ROCHELLE—Call ‘em champs. With 90 team points, Kaneland pulled off the sectional three-peat. Sterling was second, tied with Burlington Central at 78 points.

    • Posted May 26, 2011
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  • Swing away

    Bad news: Rilee Vest and Andrea Potts of Lady Knights softball will no longer be suiting up for Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action after the season concludes. Good news: The two sluggers are bringing their bats to...

    • Posted May 26, 2011
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  • Boys track stakes claim to NIB-12 title

    OTTAWA—The venue name of Friday’s Northern Illinois Big XII Conference meet was appropriate—King Field. Because that’s the level of performance put forth by Kaneland boys track.

    • Posted May 19, 2011
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  • Four-midable outing for Lady Knights track at Sectional

    OTTAWA—KHS girls track followers will have four reasons to visit Charleston, Ill., this May.

    • Posted May 19, 2011
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  • Softball suffers setbacks to Minooka, Yorkville

    KANELAND—There’s still a little bit of time to make Maple Park feel like home-field advantage, but not much.

    • Posted May 19, 2011
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  • Softball grabs two victories after tough May stretch

    KANELAND—Welcome to the dog days of May. After losses to Morris, Sycamore, Yorkville and non-conference Elk Grove High School, the Lady Knights managed wins against Oswego East and Rochelle, situating themselves at 12-14 (3-6 NIB-12).

    • Posted May 12, 2011
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  • Knights boys track visits 93-year old friend

    STREAMWOOD, Ill.—Millenium Field housed some Kaneland boys track performances to take notice of on Friday.

    • Posted May 12, 2011
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  • Zick, Aguirre, Patterson lift girls track to third in NIB-12

    KANELAND—With top-tier finishes on Friday during Kaneland's venture into the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII Conference girls track meet, what else could make it a memorable evening?

    • Posted May 12, 2011
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  • Soccer finishes second at KHS Classic, brandishes 11 wins

    KANELAND—Despite weather that could generously be described as “dumpy,” Kaneland High School soccer’s fortunes are heating up.

    • Posted May 12, 2011
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  • Baseball beats Sycamore, falls behind Morris in NIB-12

    KANELAND—Knights baseball (13-10, 9-5 Northern Illinois Big XII) saw itself making the most of its hits, in both wins and losses this week.

    • Posted May 12, 2011
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