All posts by Mike Slodki

  • GBB1
    Knights’ quick turnaround

    Girls hoops runs Luther North out of gym in IC Catholic Prep tourney opener by Mike Slodki ELMHURST, ILL.—It was a less-than-uplifting opening night against the visiting Lady Blackhawks of West Aurora on Thursday evening. To recover,...

    • Posted November 28, 2013
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    Long-range game

    Photo:Senior John Pruett drives to the hoop with junior Ben Barnes right behind during Saturday’s boys basketball practice. Photos by Patti Wilk Johnson’s crew aims for third NIB-12 title in four seasons KANELAND—Kaneland boys basketball may have...

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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  • Bowling on Crews control

    KANELAND—After a 2012-13 campaign that saw a pickup of two late-season wins to improve to 3-6 in dual action, Kaneland girls bowling could be excused if it dwelled in the positive. But the loss of five seniors...

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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    Recovery mission

    Photo: Junior Taylor Eaves looks to shoot with sophomore Vanessa Gould playing defense during Friday’s practice. Photos by Patti Wilk Kaneland girls feel they can replace successful leaders KANELAND—Last February’s season-ending regional loss to Plano hurt in...

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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    Leveraging Success

    Photo: Kaneland sophomore Austin Parks carries some familiar weight up the hill during the annual wrestling training/team building practice at Johnson’s Mound in Elburn on Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk KANELAND—With a 13-13 dual mark and three...

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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    Knights valiant

    Injuries, JCA juggernaut create perfect storm for 2nd-round elimination JOLIET, ILL.—Even before the Class 5A playoffs began, Kaneland football knew what it could be getting into. After a convincing win over first-round opponent Hampshire last week, Kaneland...

    • Posted November 14, 2013
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    Lady Knights display Peoria power

    Collective effort yields fifth place in Class 2A final PEORIA, ILL—There may have been no individual state champ for the Lady Knights cross country squad in 2013, but the team-wide effort was still something to behold. Detweiller...

    • Posted November 14, 2013
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    Knight boys show tough State of mind

    Photo: Senior Nathaniel Kucera crosses the finish line at Saturday’s State meet as Kaneland’s third finisher in 15:54. Photo by Mary Paulson Tough field meets solid resolve for 22nd place finish PEORIA, ILL.—Without fail, every time you...

    • Posted November 14, 2013
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    Last line of offense

    Knight behemoths help Kaneland football in trenches KANELAND—Throughout the 35-game regular season win streak and 47 wins in the last 52 overall games, Kaneland’s playmakers have made plenty of noise with their actions. But it’s been said...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • BXC_File
    Kaneland takes care of sectional challenge

    Photo: Sophomore Sean Spaetzel cracked the varsity roster, running as Kaneland’s seventh runner at the Belvidere Sectional with a time of 16:51. File Photo Boys’ fourth place yields State berth KANELAND—In certain situations, a team’s fourth-place finish...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • GXC_File
    Just enough: Girls cross country’s fifth place means another trip to Peoria

    Photo: Senior Erika Carlson stepped up for the Lady Knights, running as their No. 3 with a time of 19:30. File Photo KANELAND—Looks like the Lady Knights cross country squad had just enough on Saturday in Belvidere,...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Anna Sinise
    Third game not a charm

    Photo: Sophomore Anna Sinise had four digs and two kills in the Lady Knight’s Regional loss to Sycamore last Thursday. Photos by Patti Wilk Lady Knights’ journey ends by third-seed Sycamore in regional final SANDWICH, Ill.—There would...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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    More like it at Morris

    Knights recover nicely from Sycamore setback, finish regular season 8-1 MORRIS, ILL.—One never knows how the usual Week 9 regular season battles between the Kaneland Knights and Morris Redskins will go. Luckily, the Friday gridiron battle decided...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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    Lady Knights earn regional final berth-day

    Photo: Riley Hannula (left) and Vanessa Gould prepare to battle Riverside Brookefield during Saturday’s Spikefest at KHS. Photo by Lynn Logan Sweep against Plano means Halloween contest against Sycamore SANDWICH, ILL—Tough challenges can come your way as...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Lady Knight tennis handles itself in Stately fashion

    No. 1 singles, doubles talents end up in consolation brackets KANELAND—No matter if you’re seeded or an underdog, the IHSA State tennis competition, housed at District 214 outlets in the northwest suburbs, stands to provide a wallop...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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    First setback

    Photo: Senior John Pruett makes an athletic grab in Kaneland’s 31-21 loss to Sycamore Friday. Pruett had five receptions for 91 yards—a game high. Photos by Patti Wilk Sycamore hands Kaneland its first regular season loss since...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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    Coaching back to Normal

    Former KHS standout Drendel having a ball at Normal West KANELAND—You’ll have to excuse area volleyball fans if there is some positive sentiment for another team besides Kaneland High School. That’s because the incoming Normal West Wildcats...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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  • Yonovich_File
    Welcome to the club

    Yonkovich snatches All-State honor with fifth in Class 2A battle KANELAND—Weibring Golf Club on the grounds of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. might seem far away from the Kaneland High School area, but it provided an...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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  • Stringing up for State

    Singles entry Schrepferman, doubles tandem Jurcenko/Emmanouil write tickets AURORA—More of the same has turned out to be a good thing for Kaneland tennis. Kaneland, based on its second-place team showing at the West Aurora Sectional this past...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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    Setting a second-place course in Morris

    Photo: Senior Sydney Strang leads most of the field at Saturday’s NIB-12 championship. Photo by Ben Draper Girls cross country takes to Redskin school grounds for NIB-12 outing MORRIS—The Northern Illinois Big XII conference cross country field...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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  • Soccer ends regular season with hunger for more

    KANELAND—It was a struggle at times, but Senior Night yielded a win, and a drive to keep going. An Ignacio Toscano goal in the second half broke open a tie and the margin held for Kaneland on...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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    Taking on the field

    Photo: Junior Brandon Park was the Knights sixth man on Saturday at the NIB-12 championships, placing 26th with a time of 16:16.8. Kaneland placed third in the meet. Photo by Ben Draper Third-place Knight boys cross take...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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  • Dunn_File
    Far from Dunn

    Junior volleyball standout verbally commits to Ball State program KANELAND—While the football landscape in the Mid-American Conference has been coined “MACtion” as of late, the volleyball scene in that collegiate group looks to be getting some of...

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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    Return of the Matt

    Consistent Knight talent emerges as individual qualifier at Monday golf sectional FREEPORT, Ill.—While there may not be quite the team accolades that the 2012 season brought, Kaneland golf still has plenty to be proud of. After a...

    • Posted October 17, 2013
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    Lady Knights the standard for NIB-12 tennis

    DIXON, Ill.—Kaneland High School, for a couple of years now, has acclimated itself as a top-tier team on the conference tennis circuit. After the events of this past Friday and Saturday at Dixon High School, the Lady...

    • Posted October 17, 2013
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  • Stopping by Byron

    Early Oct. stop provides Knights look at themselves, field BYRON, Ill.—Byron Forest Preserve in Byron, Ill., holds a unique October challenge for the Knight boys cross country roster. The setup and field might be out of the...

    • Posted October 17, 2013
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    Tough road: Kaneland drops battle with Morris

    KANELAND—Finding a groove can be tough in a long volleyball season. The Lady Knights just hope that comfort finds them before the playoff road begins. Last Thursday, KHS trekked to the competitive setting of Morris where it...

    • Posted October 17, 2013
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  • Wild in Whiteside Co.

    Girls XC takes seventh at Sterling Invite STERLING, Ill.—In a Saturday meet hosted by Northern Illinois Big XII outlet Sterling, Kaneland High School girls cross country had to deal with the talented field from the northern half...

    • Posted October 17, 2013
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  • Senior Brody Kuhar watches his ball in flight at Tuesday’s golf regional at Phillips Park in Aurora.
    To the last man

    Golfers’ Regional total enough to advance to sectional KANELAND—Just enough was good enough for Kaneland High School golf on Tuesday. On Tuesday, a Class 2A field featuring the Knights shot on the greens at Phillips Park Golf...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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  • Nate Dyer had 62 yards in Kaneland’s 35-12 triumph at DeKalb Friday. Photo by Patti Wilk
    By the numbers

    KHS increases regular season win streak to 34 with NIB-12 win at DeKalb DEKALB—Kaneland and DeKalb have had quite the football battles the last two years. In 2011, Kaneland found itself visiting the new Dresser Road turf...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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    Kaneland volleyball faces Geneva test

    Photo: The Lady Knights volleyball team celebrates a point Wednesday against Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk GENEVA—Only one challenge was out there to await Kaneland volleyball, but it was a familiar and daunting one. KHS traveled to...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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    Rush to the end

    Photo: Julia Golbeck competes at Geneva with doubles partner Maddy Michels (not pictured). The Lady Knights tennis team went 1-2 at the Geneva Quad on Saturday.              Photo by Patti Wilk Tennis competes...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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