All posts by Mike Slodki

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    2014 Tennis Preview: Bedrock of success on court

    Photo: Senior No. 1 singles player Sammie Schrepferman works through drills at last Thursday’s practice at KHS. Photos by Patti Wilk Lady Knights tennis brings back leaders, battle for conference supremacy KANELAND—How does a tennis team try...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Girls Cross Country Preview: Trail mix

    Photo: The girls cross country team started its practice schedule the morning of Aug. 13 at the high school. The last three years have seen the Lady Knights continue their upward trajectory, placing eighth in 2011, sixth...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Boys Soccer Preview: Soccer hopes for more of the same

    Photo: Freshman John McCaffrey works on a ball-handling drill. Photos by Patti Wilk Parillo’s roster has talent pool to be in postseason picture KANELAND—Four straight regional final appearances would be satisfactory for any area soccer program. For...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Golf Preview: Chipping away at challenges

    Photo: Senior Jesse Denton tees off at the 10th hole during Monday’s Plainfield North Invitational. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland Knight golf roster looks different at the top KANELAND—In the most recent handful of Kaneland High School...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    2014 Volleyball Preview: Kaneland volleyball rolls on despite reset button

    Seniors Brittany Grider and Elle Dunn (right) work on a blocking drill at last Friday’s practice. Junior Makenzie McMullan (below) taps the ball over the net in other practice action Friday. Photos by Patti Wilk Violett returns...

    • Posted August 21, 2014
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    Close to the finish line

    Exclusive group of area drivers stake claim at Speedway SYCAMORE—Friday and Saturday nights during the summer months bring a lot of action to Sycamore Speedway. That atmosphere draws familiar and enthusiastic crowds, but only a handful of...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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    Diamond business

    Photo: Sarah Elliott, a sixth-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School, makes the catch at first during Wasco Diamonds 12U tryouts Aug. 7. Photo by Patti Wilk Wasco softball outfit’s success tells story WASCO—Early August at the Anderson...

    • Posted August 14, 2014
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  • Robert Ybarra of Montgomery can be seen patrolling the sidelines as Illinois High School Association football officials every Friday night.

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    Upon further review: Experienced local IHSA officials take time to get it right

    KANELAND—It could be that the best officiating crew in any high school sport is the one you barely notice. That’s ironic, considering the countless officials that make up the Illinois High School Association landscape go through painstaking...

    • Posted August 7, 2014
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  • New look for NIB-12

    Streamlined look triggers after year of preparation KANELAND—Beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 school year, Kaneland’s home of the Northern Illinois Big XII will have officially outlasted its previous stop of the Western Sun Conference. In year five,...

    • Posted July 31, 2014
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    Turning up the heat

    Hottest time of year the best time to teach v-ball fundamentals to area athletes MAPLE PARK—Nearly 100 athletes were able to enjoy snow cones from a machine in the Kaneland High School East Gym on Tuesday. That...

    • Posted July 24, 2014
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    Dudzinski bides time before next step

    Europe a possibility for former Knight roundball talent KANELAND—After another workout bordering six hours, KHS Class of 2010 member Dave Dudzinski has a philosophy surrounding his plan of attack. “I want to make this my career,” he...

    • Posted July 17, 2014
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    Knights nine close out summer session

    KANELAND—It was time well-spent, if you’re Kaneland High School baseball. The summer session for baseball teams usually involved getting the capable athletes to play in tandem with one another, and hope for better things in nine months...

    • Posted July 17, 2014
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  • Bringing the heat

    Two Kaneland volleyball players, Jessie Weber (back row, second from right) and Maddie Keifer (back row, third from right) were part of the Kane County Juniors club team that placed third at the Volleyball Festival International Championships...

    • Posted July 10, 2014
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    Kranz takes valuable pole position

    2007 Kaneland graduate Sam Kranz (right), at the KHS pole vault summer camp June 27, is now a coach at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Kranz gets a low-five from current Kaneland High School pole vault...

    • Posted July 10, 2014
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    Summer basics

    Orosco’s offseason spent making imprint on grapplers KANELAND—With his hiring in late-May, new Kaneland Knights wrestling coach Joe Orosco could be spotted last week in the Wisconsin Dells area. It was anything but a breezy four days....

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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  • Familiar with a twist

    IHSA releases 2014 football schedule KANELAND—In a conference landscape that’s shifting, so, too, did the 2014 slate for Kaneland Knights football. Looking to qualify for the IHSA playoffs for the seventh consecutive year but losing a talented...

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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    Recent Kaneland grad finds success on a different track

    ELBURN—Elburn resident Michael Geringer is finding a whole new way to get around—really well. Geringer, a recent member of the Kaneland High School Class of 2014, is finding he can burn rubber on the go-kart circuit. The...

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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  • Skills session

    Girls hoops conclude harried June, find rhythm KANELAND—While most everyone this month had to dodge damaging winds and difficult amounts of rainfall, the Lady Knights dodged opposing defenders and difficult opposition as the summer league action came...

    • Posted July 3, 2014
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    Drills in DeKalb

    Photo: Junior Tyler Paulson makes a long catch and runs in for a Kaneland touchdown. Photo by Mary Paulson Knights’ get reps in 7-on-7 setting at NIU KANELAND—Preseason football practices look to be here before you know...

    • Posted June 26, 2014
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  • Multi-tiered effort highlights summer league win over Batavia

    KANELAND—Humid conditions in Maple Park didn’t make things easy for the Batavia Bulldogs baseball lineup. Neither did the steady inning management of Knights pitcher Steven Limbrunner and the bats of Nick Stratman and Danny Hammermeister, as the...

    • Posted June 26, 2014
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  • Summer time blues

    Kaneland’s Monday meeting with MV ends in loss GENEVA—In a stuffy setting at Geneva High School, the Knights’ summer league basketball team experienced their second Monday of the Geneva Summer League. The result didn’t do much to...

    • Posted June 23, 2014
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    A quick example

    Kaneland grad Heckert utilizes experience to coach, run marathons PLAINFIELD, Ill.—As a multi-sport athlete at Kaneland High School nearly a full decade ago, Kristen Heckert used her immense talent to cross many a State-qualifying finish line. Now...

    • Posted June 15, 2014
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    Sectional shutdown

    Baseball’s quest ends in semifinal against rival Sycamore ROCHELLE, Ill.—Kaneland’s baseball season came to an end on June 4, not with a bang or a whimper. Rather, it was the inability to connect aluminum to ball. In...

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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    Familiar faces

    Photo: Sophomore Jenna Harvell plays in a home game against the visiting Huskers Monday. Photo by Patti Wilk Girls take to court in summer session KANELAND—If this is what’s in store for the ensuing school year, then...

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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  • No downtime

    Johnson’s roundball outfit takes to court for busy month KANELAND—Kaneland’s 2013-14 boys basketball team had itself quite the ride, that featured a buzzer-beating regional final win over Marmion Academy and a sectional semifinal appearance against Rockford Lutheran....

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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    Excellence in action

    Boys track captures 2nd place in Class 2A State meet; boasts Barnes, Dyer as champs CHARLESTON, Ill.—It was a group of athletes that rose to the occasion all season long. One could probably say that about any...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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  • Sweet revenge leads to Sectional

    KHS no-hits ACC, outlasts St. Francis for first Regional crown since ‘11 PLANO—Do you remember what happened the last time Kaneland High School baseball captured a regional? It led to a pileup on the Silver Cross Field...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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    Lady Knights have bummer in Burlington

    After close regional semi win vs. G-K, KHS falls in last inning to hosts BURLINGTON, Ill.—For the Lady Knights, a 20-12 final record coupled with a hard-fought win over Genoa-Kingston on May 28 would have the markings...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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    A worthy weekend

    Photos: Freshman Nicole Sreenan (right) earned All-State accolades in four events at the IHSA State Meet: 100m dash (eighth, 12.50), 400m dash (third, 56.34), 4x100m relay (sixth, 49.03) and 4x200m relay (eighth, 1:45.25). Freshman Carly Elliott (1899)...

    • Posted May 29, 2014
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    Fantastic Friday for KHS boys track

    Photo: Sophomore Austin Kintz was a surprising State qualifier for the Knights in the 1600m run, with a big run of 4:30.06. Photo by Marshall Farthing Success comes Knights way at BC boys track sectional BURLINGTON, Ill.—It’s...

    • Posted May 29, 2014
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    Knights heights

    Four-decade tradition of PV State presence still going strong KANELAND—When you hit your 30s, you think you’ve seen most everything. With Kaneland High School’s boys track squad on its way to the State finals in Charleston, Ill.,...

    • Posted May 29, 2014
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    Raiding Rosary Regional

    KHS soccer gets off on right foot vs. Rochelle AURORA—Never let it be said that Kaneland soccer fails to make the most of its opportunities when it counts. As a threat of storms and hail permeated the...

    • Posted May 22, 2014
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