All posts by Mike Slodki

  • Fall sports preview: Knights stride for better things

    MAPLE PARK—When Kaneland boys cross country finishes eighth in the Class 2A State gathering in 2008, what do they want to do for an encore?

    • Posted August 21, 2009
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  • Fall sports preview: Knights soccer turns new page

    MAPLE PARK—Plenty of encouraging signs were all around during last year’s Kaneland High School boys’ soccer season.

    • Posted August 21, 2009
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  • Fall sports preview: Girls XC sees return of talent

    MAPLE PARK—With the Lady Knight girls cross country roster getting stopped after a sixth-place finish at the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional a year ago, the group wishes to hold off offseason plans a little later, in to...

    • Posted August 21, 2009
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  • Festival’s community stage full of fun

    Somehow, some way, Elburn Days will attempt to pack an astounding amount of fun on the community stage from Friday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 23.

    • Posted August 19, 2009
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  • Rock out at Elburn Days

    There’s no better place to rock out in late-August than the main stage at Elburn Days.

    • Posted August 19, 2009
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  • Annual truck pull set for Saturday

    For 80 years, Elburn Days has been letting festival-goers run wild.

    • Posted August 19, 2009
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  • Cancel the diet

    Want to sample mounds of area foods without having to go through the area?

    • Posted August 19, 2009
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  • Long Time: Girls hoops great gives back

    It wasn’t too long ago that Lyndsie Long was running up and down the court draining three-pointers against the likes of Batavia and Geneva, for highly successful Kaneland Lady Knight basketball squads.

    • Posted August 14, 2009
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  • Spreading the cheer

    A group of Kaneland JV and varsity cheerleaders spent time volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora on Monday.

    • Posted August 7, 2009
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  • Photo gallery: Dropping back

    KHS coaching staff member Brian Aversa looks on over passing drills during Tuesday’s football fundamentals camp for middle school students.

    • Posted July 23, 2009
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  • Photo gallery: Pitch of Dreams

    Area youngsters wishing to be budding soccer players try their craft during Tuesday’s edition of Kaneland High School’s soccer fundamentals camp for 2nd-8th graders.

    • Posted July 23, 2009
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  • Express strives to be area’s team

    ELBURN—When any travel baseball or softball team does well, word tends to get out.

    • Posted July 23, 2009
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  • Keep the pace

    The 2009 edition of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil 5K run/walk gives local runners a chance to celebrate the weekend with some sweat.

    • Posted July 22, 2009
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  • 2009 entertainment lineup

    Live entertainment is always a crowd-builder at the Corn Boil, and with the addition of a Sunday performance, this year will be no different. Event organizers built a strong lineup of local and diverse bands to keep...

    • Posted July 16, 2009
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  • Dudzinski a center of gravity

    With one more year at Kaneland, Knight gets summer work in at court DEERFIELD—After going to the hoop, working in the paint and jockeying for position against some of the area and nation’s best, what was Kaneland Class...

    • Posted July 16, 2009
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  • Knights baseball a summer job

    MAPLE PARK—Infielder Jake Fiedler makes his way to base on a walk, then takes a quick opportunity to steal second out from under the nose of Aurora Christian on Tuesday.

    • Posted July 9, 2009
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  • Take that!

    Sean Gilkey hacks at the tee during a recent t-ball game at Lions Park West. Sean is a member of the Elburn Yankees.

    • Posted July 9, 2009
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  • Knight Sinon hits North Carolina for Nationals

    In some cases, participating in a national showcase with elite high school track stars would be cause for extreme intimidation.

    • Posted July 1, 2009
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  • Boys of summer

    Leyden Electric’s Zack Shoaff flings the ball to infielder Jacob Milton as Tyler Kraus heads to second during Saturday’s Gold Divsion championship at McNair Field in Elburn. Tyler’s Elburn A’s won the title game 8-5 in seven...

    • Posted July 1, 2009
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  • What about Brian?

    MAPLE PARK—Tuesday morning had the usual cast of characters when it comes to KHS boys basketball. Your Dudzinskis and your Bayleys were there at the East Gym, but the gray-shirted player leading the camp was a new face.

    • Posted June 25, 2009
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  • Give me a T!

    Miabella Brandonisio takes her swings during Saturday morning’s T-Ball battle at Lions Park West in Elburn. Miabella is part of the Elburn Angels, the only local all-girl t-ball squad.

    • Posted June 25, 2009
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  • Suiting up for Solheim Cup

    SUGAR GROVE—Rich Harvest Farms golf club was the site of some pretty special golf action on Monday.

    • Posted June 19, 2009
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  • AD Jaffke talks Northern Illinois Big 12 launch

    MAPLE PARK—In August of 2006, the Elburn Herald's headline in the sports section was entitled "Hello Sun,” previewing the Western Sun Conference.

    • Posted June 19, 2009
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  • Silver Sluggers at WCC

    Sugar Grove—Many things that began in the 1980s are woefully out of style. But if they offer a good product and rising returns every year, thriving is in the cards.

    • Posted June 11, 2009
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  • Logan’s Run

    This past weekend, Kaneland High School junior Logan Markuson lept right over hurdles and into the IHSA State record books.

    • Posted June 4, 2009
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  • Baseball sees season end at Rockets home

    Monday’s Class 3A regional championship showed Kaneland and Burlington Central’s affinity for the long ball.

    • Posted June 4, 2009
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  • Kaneland loses heartbreaker to BC girls

    Lady Knights softball only had to score one run to take the regional title from host Burlington Central during Saturday’s championship.

    • Posted June 4, 2009
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  • KHS girls track secures 9th-place finish at State

    Lady Knights girls track put an exclamation point on its 2009 story this past weekend in Charleston.

    • Posted May 28, 2009
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  • Boys track crowned Sectional champs, send vanload to State

    Before the season, boys track coach Eric Baron had a good feeling about his team's chances this season.

    • Posted May 28, 2009
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  • Kaneland’s ‘09 kicks ended by Crystal Lake Central

    A productive Kaneland soccer season launched the girls into their first ever regional championship match on Friday night.

    • Posted May 28, 2009
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  • Lady Knights finish 2nd in WSC, look toward playoffs

    Softball comes into its regional action with a formidable 25-8 record, but it doesn’t include a share of the conference title.

    • Posted May 28, 2009
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  • Kaneland boys anticipate sectional

    Kaneland saw plenty of top finishers as it prepares for the important Freeport Sectional this Friday, May 22.

    • Posted May 21, 2009
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