All posts by Mike Slodki

  • Tennis_September23_1
    Facing Kendall Co. foes

    Photo: Madi Jurcenko, part of Kaneland’s No. 1 doubles team with Jelly Emmanouil, defeated their Oswego opponents Monday 6-0, 6-2. Photo by Kimberly Anderson KANELAND—Not all competitive matches will go your way. Just ask the roster of...

    • Posted September 26, 2013
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  • Eddington_BXC_1
    KHS boys secure 6th at Eddington

    Photo: The start of the 44th annual Eddington Invitational boys varsity race. The Knights took sixth place overall. Ryan Bower (left to right), Nathaniel Kucera, Luis Acosta and Andrew Lesak get things going. Photo by Mary Paulson...

    • Posted September 26, 2013
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  • FB3
    Streat Talk

    Kaneland (4-0) subdues Streator in inter-divisional game KANELAND—Friday’s result from Peterson Field in Maple Park was a familiar one. But Kaneland football was a different unit against visiting Streator, and will be for the remainder of 2013....

    • Posted September 26, 2013
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  • Golf_September12_4
    Split decisions

    Photo: The Knights golfer are 7-2 overall, with the conference tournament on the horizon. Against visiting Sterling Sept. 12. Jessie Denton (above) shot a 43. Photo by Kimberly Anderson KANELAND—Knights golf continues to see impressive scores from...

    • Posted September 20, 2013
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  • Still battling

    Tennis endures first loss of dual slate, but bests Sycamore KANELAND—While win after win is nice, the odds of a long, continuous stretch of them are hard to come by in a competitive landscape. Kaneland began with...

    • Posted September 20, 2013
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  • 310
    Late-night run

    Photo: Nate Dyer (32) had a big night for the Knights, rushing for three touchdowns. Photo by Patti Wilk Sterling can’t counter Kaneland (3-0) balance STERLING, Ill.—Kaneland showed a great crossover move on Friday night, but not...

    • Posted September 20, 2013
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  • Kaneland Football 001
    Higher ground

    Photo: The Knights Dylan Nauert carries the ball during the first quarter. Photo by Erik Anderson Knights beat Elmhurst-based namesake in week 2 affair KANELAND—Friday night’s first drive set the tone. Facing an all-new non-conference opponent in...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • GOLF_file
    Knights club takes a hit in NIB-12 action

    Photo: Senior Steven Cannell shot a 39 to help the Knights defeat the visiting Yorkville Foxes Tuesday. File Photo KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII golf has its share of talent, just ask last year’s conference champ Kaneland. The...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • VB_File
    Tweaking the formula

    Photo: The Kaneland girls volleyball team celebrates a point in recent action. The Lady Knights sit at 5-4 to start the season after winning Tuesday against LaSalle-Peru. File Photo Lady Knights volleyball handles ACC, drops close sweep...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • KHS takes modified early season trek to Jacobs tourney

    KANELAND—Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Ill., was as good of a place as any to see how the early-season formations would work for KHS soccer. After three matches of the Jacobs Tournament, it can be said that...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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  • What a smash

    KANELAND—Despite the usual late-August stop at Plainfield North getting shelved due to rain, the Lady Knights tennis squad was still able to show what it was made of in the early goings of 2013. The DuPage Valley...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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  • FB_2
    Coming up big

    Photo: Linebacker Cole Carlson contributed an interception during Saturday’s game against Brooks Prep of Chicago. Photo by Patti Wilk Defense makes tide-changing plays in 27-7 win over Brooks KANELAND—Kaneland football’s defense on Saturday night picked up the...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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  • VB_1
    Volleyball goes for Blue & Gold

    Photo: Junior Ellie Dunn (left) had eight points and 12 kills, but the Lady Knights fell short at Burlington Central Tuesday, falling to 3-3. Photo by Patti Wilk Wheaton North tourney provides first test of season KANELAND—A...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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  • football
    2013 Football Preview: The road black

    Photo: Senior quarterback Drew David, here taking the field at last Thursday’s Knights Under the Lights scrimmage, will lead the Knights in 2013. The Knights are looking to move past an early second-round playoff exit in 2012....

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Girls Cross Country_2013_2
    2013 Girls CC Preview: Breezing past

    Photo: Tuesday’s high temperatures kept the girls cross country team indoors, but the Lady Knights won’t be cooled off this season. Kaneland is currently ranked 4th in DyestatIL.com’s preseason poll, and still feature returning state champion Victoria...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Soccer_2013_4
    2013 Soccer Preview: Seeking return to Sweet 16

    Photo: After reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012, the Knights soccer program is working hard to repeat and improve on that success in 2013. Photo by Kimberly Anderson Knights soccer wants to play up to last year’s...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Tennis_August_26_6
    2013 Tennis Preview: The challenge to duplicate

    Photo: Returning singles state qualifier Sammie Schrepferman (right), here in action against West Chicago Tuesday, is joined by returning state doubles qualifiers Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil to lead a strong group for coach Tim Larsen. Photo...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Golf_FILE
    2013 Golf Preview: Swing for success

    Photo: Matt Yonkovich will be a part of the group that looks to return to the state meet, after making the trip as a team in 2012. File Photo Knight golfers wish to get back to great...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • BXC
    2013 Boys CC Preview: Stride right

    Photo: Head coach Chad Clarey’s Knights look to make some noise at the conference and state levels in 2013. The Knights are currently ranked 11th in DyestatIL.com’s preseason poll. Photo by Kimberly Anderson Knight harriers hope health...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Volleyball
    2013 Volleyball Preview: New faces, new era

    Photos: Senior captain Jenny Lubic will provide leadership for first-year coach Kerri McCastland’s Lady Knights. Photo by Patti Wilk McCastland era begins with mission to duplicate success KANELAND—It’s a different look to the ladies of the court...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Geneva_Golf_Quad 006
    Golf sees strong start to season

    Kaneland’s Matt Yonkovich watches his ball after a putt on the second hole during a quad meet of Geneva, Glenbard South, South Elgin and Kaneland at Mill Creek Golf Club Tuesday. Photo by Erik Anderson KHS golf...

    • Posted August 22, 2013
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  • McCastland_bySlodki
    McCastland teaches away from court

    New KHS volleyball coach well-versed in leadership training, school improvement efforts PLAINFIELD—Before taking care of volleyball business for Kaneland, Kerri McCastland is directing a group of upperclassmen on a Tuesday morning for her day job at Plainfield...

    • Posted August 22, 2013
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  • Knights football drills home summer with 7-on-7’s

    KANELAND—There’s no rest for KHS football, even in the summer. With official practices now underway, the Knights got busy in the time off from school by participating with rival area schools in 7-on-7 gatherings that ended July...

    • Posted August 15, 2013
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  • Kerri Headshot 2013
    McCastland sees all sides of volleyball

    New hire inherits program on rise, eager to be involved KANELAND—Approved for the job two weeks ago, new Kaneland varsity volleyball head coach Kerri McCastland says, “It’s been a great two weeks.” Followers of Kaneland volleyball, on...

    • Posted August 15, 2013
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  • VB_Camp_4C
    Weimer says goodbye to KHS volleyball

    Eight years and an improved program later, Weimer tends to other responsibilities KANELAND—For the first time since the 2004 season, Kaneland volleyball will have a new face patrolling the sidelines this fall. The resignation of eight-year head...

    • Posted August 1, 2013
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  • photo
    Former Knight champs boost CSBL Joliet squad in postseason

    Photo: Former KHS baseball player Brian Dixon (left) helped the Joliet Dirtbags baseball team beat the Crestwood Pantheers 14-4 in seven innings on Thursday in Midlothian, Ill. The Dirtbags qualified to compete in the NABF Major Regional...

    • Posted August 1, 2013
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  • Summer close-out

    Boylan Catholic ends Knight baseball’s summer season KANELAND—After the events of Monday in Maple Park, it seems like the lineup from Boylan Catholic of Rockford was a little better than the No. 13 seed. Boylan traveled to...

    • Posted July 18, 2013
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  • Dixon
    What a ‘dirtbag’

    Former Knight Dixon finds role with Joliet Dirtbags men’s team KANELAND—For countless players of high school baseball, playing for your school is all you can hope for, much less be on a field celebrating a State championship....

    • Posted July 18, 2013
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  • O-Herron_FilePhoto
    O’Herron recognized as one of Illinois’ elite

    Lady Knight shortstop earns 2nd-team ICA, 3 others get 3rd team KANELAND—Winona State University in Minnesota already knew it was gaining a talented ballplayer on its softball team for the 2013-14 season. The honor bestowed upon Kaneland...

    • Posted July 11, 2013
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  • Tyler Carlson - File photo
    Taking summer stock

    Photo: Tyler Carlson contributed a couple RBI, but it wasn’t enough as the Knights fell short in their Summer League comeback bid against Sycamore 7-6 on Monday. File Photo Sycamore bests Kaneland in summer league action SYCAMORE—It’s...

    • Posted July 11, 2013
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  • VanessaGould_1
    Lady Knight hoops solidifies core with summer play

    Photo: Vanessa Gould handles the rock with care against Morris. File Photo SUGAR GROVE—Cracking open a textbook can wait until the summer ends, but breaking through a defensive scheme on the court can’t, if you’re a KHS...

    • Posted June 27, 2013
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  • DrewDavid
    Kaneland keeps ball rolling with summer basketball

    File Photo: Drew David Knights participate in weekend’s Tiger Shootout in Joliet KANELAND—In the sixth tournament final, it was Benet Academy laying the roundball skills to Rich East on Saturday to capture championship glory. Benet beat Homewood-Flossmoor,...

    • Posted June 27, 2013
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