All posts by Mike Slodki

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    Warrior week

    Photo: Sophomore Dylan Vaca scored 12 points against Hillcrest Saturday, following up his 10-point output the night before at Yorkville. Photo by Patti Wilk Knights host gathering for a cause after getting upper hand on YHS KANELAND—It...

    • Posted February 20, 2014
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    Many happy returns

    Photos: Coaches share memories > One need not look far for former athletes returning to teach, coach at KHS KANELAND—It’s one thing to compete for your school—to put in hours of blood, sweat and tears for a...

    • Posted February 20, 2014
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    Helping hands

    Six-team shootout at Kaneland on Saturday to benefit worthy cause KANELAND—It stands to be no ordinary Saturday at Kaneland. You’ll have your customary weekend basketball action, but the Kaneland boys team and dedicated volunteers are coming together...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    In proper position

    Photos courtesy of Stefanie Vanik Third-place at tough sectional paves way for potential state berths KANELAND—Call them the lucky seven. After a third-place finish at the Class 2A Belvidere Regional, however, the rest of the field at...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    Crews controls fate after Regional

    Photo: The 2013-14 KHS bowlers competed as a team one final time Saturday at the Metea Valley Regional in Aurora. The team included senior Michelle Bohanek (from left), junior Rena Wojciechowski, junior Katie Hill, freshman Grace Lindgren,...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    Emerging victors

    Photo: Senior John Pruett continued his torrid scoring streak, putting up 26 points Friday at Rochelle, and following that up with 28 more against West Chicago Tuesday evening. Fellow senior Tyler Carlson (23) was the team’s high-scorer...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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  • All cylinders

    KHS continues to roll in duals, ends regular season with close win vs. Batavia BATAVIA—It doesn’t matter the caliber of opponent—Kaneland wrestling makes sure the foe has its mat work cut out for it. The latest example...

    • Posted February 6, 2014
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    Starts and stops

    Photo: Sophomore Ryan David had six points for the Knights at DeKalb Tuesday. Photo by Patti Wilk KANELAND—It was a game that had two near-misses. Unfriendly weather had shelved the Kaneland boys basketball team to Elgin outfit...

    • Posted February 6, 2014
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  • Hard Luck Lady Knights

    Skid hits five after road loss to rival Yorkville YORKVILLE—With as hard as the Lady Knights basketball team plays game in and game out, the bad luck could end soon. The shame is that the bad luck...

    • Posted February 6, 2014
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  • Degree of difficulty

    Delayed NIB-12 gathering has KHS bowling 10th STREATOR, Ill.—It took only a week to get going, but the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference meet took place on Monday at Dixon Plum Hollow Lanes. The meet, hosted by...

    • Posted February 6, 2014
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  • Lady Knights endure weekend conference loss

    KANELAND—It hasn’t been an easy stretch for KHS girls hoops. Kaneland girls basketball has had just one opportunity to play a game in Maple Park since Dec. 10, and had lost three in a row coming into...

    • Posted February 2, 2014
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    Ky’s the limit

    Lady Knight star-turned-college libero wins prestigious Augustana honor ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—For a rising Kaneland volleyball program in the beginning of this decade, Class of 2012 athlete Kylie Siebert of Sugar Grove could be seen digging plenty of...

    • Posted February 2, 2014
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    Body of work

    Boys track assistant coach accepts award KANELAND—For two decades, Rob Bieritz has been a part of the fabric of Kaneland track. Two weeks ago, he was awarded some hardware for his work. Bieritz, a Batavia resident and...

    • Posted January 23, 2014
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    Wrestlers continue to roll

    Photo: Riley Vanik throws his opponent to the mat during Saturday’s Tournament at KHS. Vanik took second place in the 145-pound bracket. Zach Parker (below) was Kaneland’s lone tournament champ, winning the 182-pound bracket. Photos by Patti...

    • Posted January 23, 2014
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    KHS stops streak on lanes

    Photo: Kaneland High School seniors Christie Crews (left) and Michelle Bohanek enjoy one of their last few games as seniors. Photo by Patty Wilk Bowlers celebrate win, seniors KANELAND—It was bound to happen, and lucky for Kaneland,...

    • Posted January 23, 2014
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    Downed in DeKalb

    Photo: Senior Kelly Wallner was the high scorer for the Lady Knights with eight points against a strong DeKalb squad. Photo by Mary Paulson DEKALB—Kaneland girls basketball, despite being 9-11 (2-2 Northern Illinois Big XII), has managed...

    • Posted January 23, 2014
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    Feeling the freeze in Burlington Central

    Photo: Senior forward Brittany Kemp contests a Morris shot Jan. 9. Kemp had four points against the Lady Redskins, but came back with a team-high 11 points Monday at Plano. Photo by Marshall Farthing Rockets’ wide-open style...

    • Posted January 16, 2014
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    Bowlers get back into strike of things

    Photo: Junior Dominique Lee gets a high five from junior Rena Wojciechowski Saturday. Lee was awarded medals for fourth place individual high game for the morning round, and first place for individual high series in the afternoon...

    • Posted January 16, 2014
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    Knights contain Cadets

    Photo: Kaneland varsity boys basketball coach Brian Johnson and his team honor senior Drew David for breaking the program record for most games played. David has played in over 87 games for the Knights varsity basketball team...

    • Posted January 16, 2014
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    Knights renew UC rivalry with Geneva

    Photo: Senior Cole Carlson tries to recover a rebound in the first quarter of Kaneland’s 54-51 loss to Geneva at the United Center Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk Late 3-pointer dooms Knights; KHS closes Plano tourney as...

    • Posted January 9, 2014
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    Waubonsee’s Wagner feels good about collecting 200

    Waubonsee Community College head women’s basketball coach Dana Wagner celebrated her 200th victory recently. She is a 1992 Kaneland graduate that went on to play at Aurora University. Courtesy/File Photo Kaneland alum’s milestone victory paves way for...

    • Posted January 9, 2014
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  • Girls hoops makes way through holidays

    Seventh-place finish in Ottawa, 2-2 finish at Dixon KANELAND—It took a while to get going on the final day of the Ottawa Christmas Tournament on Dec. 23, but it did end on a winning note for KHS...

    • Posted December 31, 2013
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    Christmas Classic begins with minor holiday hangup

    Photo: Senior Tyler Carlson had averaged 16.5 points per game at the 2014 Plano Christmas Classic. The Knights lost their first game last week, but won three straight to place ninth in the tournament. Photo by Patti...

    • Posted December 31, 2013
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    Split decisions

    Photo: Sophomore Camri Conley looks to attack the basket against Pontiac on Friday. Photo by Marshall Farthing KHS girls lose opener, recover in second game at Ottawa Holiday Tournament by Mike Slodki KANELAND—The Lady Knights girls basketball...

    • Posted December 24, 2013
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  • Knights see success in quadrangular

    KHS also steamrolled in NIB-12 tussle at Yorkville by Mike Slodki KANELAND—As the calendar tips to a new year, it was in the Kaneland High School wrestling roster’s best interest to try and continue to end on...

    • Posted December 24, 2013
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    Air supply

    Photo: Junior Ben Barnes scored a team-high 16 points in Kaneland’s 83-63 rout of Rochelle Friday. Photo by Patti Wilk Knight boys hoops runs wild on rival Hubs KANELAND—Five players managing a double-figure night should be a...

    • Posted December 19, 2013
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    Pride in Platteville

    Photo: Elburn native Ryley Bailey had 86 catches for 1,047 yards for UW-Platteville’s football team this season. It was a school record for catches, and only the second time in school history a receiver recorded over 1,000...

    • Posted December 19, 2013
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    KHS grapplers can’t grab hold in tough week

    Cary-Grove, CLC, DeKalb dish Kaneland losses KANELAND—Kaneland wrestling had done well so far this season, but they can be sure to run into a wall of tough opponents for days at a time, as was the case...

    • Posted December 19, 2013
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  • Bowlers sunk by Streator, Morris

    Photo: Senior Christie Crews has been a leader for the Lady Knights bowlers this season. She bowled a 414 series against Streator and a 434 against Morris in recent action. File Photo KANELAND—Sometimes you’ll just run into...

    • Posted December 19, 2013
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    Close encounter

    Photo: Senior John Pruett went 3/4 at the foul line, and finished with seven points against Sycamore Friday night. Photo by Mary Paulson Sycamore bests KHS boys to complete Friday sweep KANELAND—Knight boys basketball dropped to 2-2...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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    Stuck at Sycamore

    Photo: Sophomore Camri Conley attempts a free throw Friday night at Sycamore. Photo by Mary Paulson Kaneland girls basketball drops conference outing KANELAND—Lady Knights basketball is always up for a conference battle with rival Sycamore. On Friday...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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    Wrestlers go Huskie-size over Sycamore, beat Lemont

    Photo: Junior Adam Mish pinned his Sycamore opponent in 1:38 Thursday at NIU. Sophomore Photo by Ben Draper KANELAND—Venues may change, but victories are still as sweet anywhere. Kaneland traveled to NIU’s Convocation Center last Thursday to...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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