All posts by Mike Slodki

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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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    KHS rolls to NIB-12 title

    Sectional meet challenge awaits Friday KANELAND—It was all in a conference season’s work on Saturday at Kaneland for the Northern Illinois Big XII boys track meet. A weather delay from Friday evening didn’t deter any Kaneland success,...

    • Posted May 22, 2014
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    Knights baseball makes diamond rough

    Photo: Senior Curtis Thorson pitching for the Knights at the Pack the Park Special Event. Photo by Mary Paulson KANELAND—On Thursday, Kaneland went to the Northern Illinois Big XII well once again for a trip to Morris,...

    • Posted May 22, 2014
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    Softball ups and downs

    Split week sees big cancer benefit KANELAND—Kaneland softball continued its late-season stretch with some run explosions, and some community help on the side, as well. Monday saw a trip to Ogle County and a 12-0 win in...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Rivals come together in Cougar-land

    Photo: KHS softball coach Brian Willis, who is battling colon cancer, will be honored at Monday’s Pack the Park event at Fifth Third Bank Park in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk Kaneland-Batavia clash to benefit great causes...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Not lonely near the top

    Photo: Elle Tattoni had a big day in the throws, placing second in the shot put and third in discus at the NIB-12 Conference Championship in Dixon, Ill. Photo by Mary Paulson Girls track takes second at...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    May days going OK for baseball

    Photo: Senior catcher Sean Dunphy (above) catches a pop-up foul in the first inning against Oswego Saturday. Photos by Mary Paulson KANELAND—Dealing with some rivalries and non-conference foes this past week, the Knights were tripped up after...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Soccer holds steady

    Photo: Senior captain Delaney Stryczek (13) defends the ball early in the first period against DeKalb Monday. Photo by Mary Paulson KANELAND—Your Lady Knights soccer team, while enjoying a wildly successful 2014 regular season, has shown it...

    • Posted May 15, 2014
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    Chief celebration

    Past, present and future celebrate Randall’s WCC diamond tenure SUGAR GROVE—Area collegiate baseball has seen its share of great players and institutions. Dave Randall, of Waubonsee Community College, has seen his share of area collegiate baseball. On...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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  • Despite pair of losses, KHS still moving on basepaths

    KANELAND—The won/loss percentage may have sunk a tad, but Kaneland baseball has shown it has the talent on all sides of the diamond to work past troubles. On May 1, defending conference champ Yorkville invaded Maple Park...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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  • Case of the missing bats

    Baseball, Softball levels bear witness to no-hitters, perfect game KANELAND—To win on the baseball or softball field, many things have to go right. For a no-hitter or perfect game to be thrown, pitches have to go right...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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  • KHS girls best of the track

    Lead-up to Kane County competition yields plenty of good news with first place KANELAND—On a Friday night at Grant High School in Fox Lake, Ill., the Lady Knights’ track outfit was out hunting hardware and great totals....

    • Posted May 1, 2014
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    Steady lineup

    Photo: Sophomore Anthony Holubecki went six strong innings Monday against Yorkville. Photo by Patti Wilk Baseball looks to solidify against Yorkville, DeKalb, Wheaton Academy KANELAND—Compared to last year’s mediocre season output, it appears this year’s version of...

    • Posted May 1, 2014
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    Rolling along

    Photo: Sophomore keeper Emily Chapman blocks an attempt on goal by Sycamore. Emily did not allow a goal by Sycamore at the April 24 game. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland soccer continues its steamroll tour KANELAND—Kaneland High...

    • Posted May 1, 2014
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    Family lineup

    Photo: Three sisters, senior Michelle (No. 10), freshman Lauren (4) and junior Heather Ortiz (7), play on the Kaneland varsity soccer team this year. Photo by Lynn Logan Soccer enjoying spoils of three Ortiz sisters on varsity...

    • Posted April 27, 2014
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  • Baseball dethrones DeKalb, sits at 8-3

    Key second inning, pitching prowess make good recipe for NIB-12 win KANELAND—It’s good to be a member of Kaneland baseball at the moment. By that same token, it must be a giant headache to be on the...

    • Posted April 25, 2014
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    Positive spin

    Photo: Senior captain Brittany Olson goes after the soccer ball. Olson, together with her teammates, scored eight goals. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland secures Blackhawk Invite title, slams Yorkville KANELAND—This group of Lady Knights kickers is putting...

    • Posted April 25, 2014
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    Boys track tests mettle

    Photo: Senior Brandon Bishop hands off to junior Isaac Swithers during the 4x200m relay Tuesday vs. Yorkville. The team ran 1:31.35. Photo by Mary Paulson April tour features NIB-12 triangular, Minooka Invite, Yorkville challenge KANELAND—Kaneland boys track...

    • Posted April 25, 2014
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    Softball stuck by Yorkville

    Photos: Junior pitcher Angie Morrow (right) pitched well against Geneva Saturday, earning a win. Senior center fielder Lanie Callaghan (below) set up an early run at Yorkville Thursday, but the Lady Knights lost to the Lady Foxes...

    • Posted April 25, 2014
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    Girls track hosts Jenni’s ABC, deals with Ottawa version of event

    Photo: Freshman Maddie Keifer (right) jumped 31-0.25 feet Tuesday in the triple jump. Senior Christina Delach (below) vaulted 10-09 in the pole vault. Photos by Mary Paulson ABC meets test program depth KANELAND—An April tradition, Jenni’s ABC...

    • Posted April 25, 2014
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    House of Steel

    Lekkas brothers have lived lives on ice ELBURN—There’s a whole lot of hockey talent in Elburn. Much of it is courtesy of one household. The Lekkas brothers of Elburn have long shown an affinity for hockey, having...

    • Posted April 19, 2014
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    Triple jump

    April always time for KHS track atmosphere to shine KANELAND—KHS track always seems to rise to the occasion, no matter the location. For the month of April, the chance to rise, and go a little farther happens...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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    Turf battle

    Soccer troops take to Zimmerman Field for Blackhawk Invite AURORA—Don’t look now, but the Lady Knights are winners with regularity. Granted, it’s still early. Finally getting out to a regular rhythm of play after a long spring...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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    Second best

    Photo: Freshman Nicole Sreenan has transitioned well in her first year at KHS, winning the 100m and 400m dashes Saturday, and also taking part in the champion 4x100m relay for Kaneland. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland girls...

    • Posted April 17, 2014
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