All posts by Mike Slodki

  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Late surge leads to Kucera win

    Trio of KHS track athletes compete in elite meet; Kucera wins the 800-meter KANELAND—Kaneland High School track state champion Nathaniel Kucera continued his dominating year by setting a school record in the 800m run on Saturday. Kucera was one of...

    • Posted June 13, 2013
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    Trophy case closed

    Kaneland emerges with NIB-12 All-Sports Trophy by Mike Slodki KANELAND—You’d be hard pressed to argue with the facts. The facts say Kaneland High School athletics had an exemplary year in athletics for the 2012-13 calendar. As a...

    • Posted June 7, 2013
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  • Boys track going the Midwest Distance

    Two Kaneland runners compete at Benedictine by Mike Slodki KANELAND—Not content with the productive goings-on at Eastern Illinois University two weekends ago, Kaneland High School track members Kyle Carter and Nathaniel Kucera, junior State medalists, have more...

    • Posted June 7, 2013
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  • Nathaniel Kucera secures the 4x800m State Title for the Knights. Tanner Andrews secured All State honors in the Triple Jump with a 44’ 1.5” effort at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.                  
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    A weekend to remember

    4x800m Relay nabs State title, boys track takes sixth in Class 2A KANELAND—Kaneland boys track has a long and storied history, and the 2013 team added to it this weekend. The 4x800m relay team of Conor Johnson,...

    • Posted May 30, 2013
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    Valiant comeback falls short

    Softball eliminated despite six-run flurry in seventh inning AURORA—The end of Saturday’s Class 3A Rosary Regional final is something Kaneland fans will remember for quite awhile. Kaneland softball wishes there was more to the season than mere...

    • Posted May 30, 2013
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    Baseball spiked by Spartans

    Knights nab first postseason win in 2 years, but loses in regional final KANELAND—After getting upended by DeKalb in the regional semifinal in 2012, to play for a regional plaque in 2013 was a welcome sight for...

    • Posted May 30, 2013
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  • Freshman Brianna Bower (19) cruised to an 11:19.33 in Saturday’s 3200m Run Final at the IHSA State Meet. Bower placed seventh overall, earning all state honors. Photo by Ben Draper
    Fine finish

    Girls track concludes season at state finals KANELAND—It was a weekend well spent in Charleston, Ill. With a select few events able to go down to Eastern Illinois University for the Class 2A girls track State meet,...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Just short

    Soccer falls in overtime to Rosary in regional ROCHELLE—They have to stop meeting like this. For the third time in the past five seasons, the Kaneland Lady Knights were eliminated in a regional final by the rival...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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    Rise of the Knights

    Photo: Three-time state qualifier Corey Harner will be joined by numerous members of the boys track team at the IHSA State Track and Field meet this weekend. The Knights won the Sectional title, easily outdistancing second-place Winnebago...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Taking care of business

    KHS begins regional with rout over Sandwich KANELAND—Lady Knights softball continues to roll. In the case of DeKalb, Rosary and Sandwich, it was over the opponents. Kaneland clinched the outright claim of Northern Illinois Big XII champions...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Senior Joe Pollastrini, leaps to grab a high throw in attempt to make an out at second base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
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    Hello, old friend

    KHS faces Batavia in Midwest League setting in tail-end of regular season KANELAND—What’s one more postponement for Kaneland baseball? In a 2013 campaign rife with cancellations, 19 to be exact, Kaneland baseball wanted to make up its...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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    Conference Champs

    KHS boys track team takes top spot at NIB-12 KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII conference boys track certainly has its share of talented teams. Kaneland made certain it was included in that discussion, netting a conference championship as...

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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    Leading the way at Burlington Sectional

    Lady Knights qualify for state in seven events KANELAND—Friday’s Class 2A Burlington Central Sectional had many good teams, but only one collective winner. That would end up being the local outfit from Maple Park. With 73 points...

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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    Pitching, defense lead to win over Cary-Grove

    Baseball beats Streator, falls to Marengo, Sycamore, in big week KANELAND—Knights baseball may have had a rougher go of it in 2013, but that doesn’t mean the boys can’t put together a stellar performance. Behind junior Curtis...

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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  • Battle for the top

    Lady Knights’ conference race goes down to the wire KANELAND—With the end of the regular season in sight, the Kaneland High School softball team finds itself battling for the top spot in the Northern Illinois Big 12...

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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  • Zick Shines at NIB-12 meet

    KHS sprinter takes 3 conference crowns KANELAND—Friday’s Northern Illinois Big XII girls track meet in DeKalb gave many individuals an opportunity to see how they measure up conference-wide. For Kaneland sprinter Lauren Zick, it became clear that...

    • Posted May 9, 2013
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    Barrage of offense

    Firepower dovetails with regular season KANELAND—KHS coach Scott Parillo believes his team is playing great in this current stretch of the 2013 season. His current lineup is making it quite hard to argue such a claim. Kaneland...

    • Posted May 9, 2013
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  • Lengthy layoff ends

    Photos by Patti Wilk KHS baseball team faces full conference schedule by Mike Slodki KANELAND—It was familiar territory for Kaneland baseball, trying to tee off against Sycamore, DeKalb and Yorkville pitching. The Knights had varying degrees of...

    • Posted May 2, 2013
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  • Kaneland boys track talent on display

    KANELAND—Boys track’s landscape in the area had best watch out for KHS, as it stands to mow most teams down in its tracks. With the weather largely improving, Kaneland’s roster took to the track at Marmion Academy...

    • Posted May 2, 2013
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  • Kane and gain

    Castellanos wins triple jump, team takes 3rd at Kane County Invite by Mike Slodki GENEVA—For the first time since 2005, the girls version of the Kane County Invite was hosted by Geneva. You’d have to go back...

    • Posted May 2, 2013
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  • Defense rules the field

    KHS soccer earns shutouts in all 3 games of strong week Kaneland–Withstanding challenges from conference rivals, Kaneland girls soccer is holding up nicely with just two weeks left in regular season play. Traveling to Morris on April...

    • Posted May 2, 2013
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    Familiar face fills coaching vacancy

    KANELAND—As seems par for the course, the Knights wrestling program will have a familiar face leading the matmen. Beginning this fall, the Knights will be steered by new head coach and Class of 2004 alum Jeremy Kenny,...

    • Posted May 2, 2013
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