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Kaneland High School rises up with fall sports awards

Photo: Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton, was one of the highlighted athletes recognized for her State trip during the fall season for girls’ golf. File Photo

KANELAND—It was time to think warmer thoughts at Kaneland High School, as Friday had the release of the Kaneland High School Fall Sports Awards.

The awards were announced at this late date due to the postseason success of the football squad.

For girls cross-country, the captain trio of Andie Strang, Jessica Stouffer and Kris Bowen were recognized for its service.

Shaela Collins and Kaitlin Munyon took home the most improved runners honor, and Strang was named most valuable runner. Strang, Ashley Castellanos and Jennifer Howland were named to the Northern Illinois Big XII All-Conference squad, and Howland was honored for her State qualifying appearance in Nov.

For the boys cross-country side, Trevor Holm was picked as most valuable runner. and Ryan Paulson took home the most improved runner honor. The Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength went to Tommy Whittaker. Grant Alef, Holm and Whittaker were recognized as captains.

The Golden Knight award, given to one runner in each grade level, was bestowed upon freshman Dylan Kuipers, sophomore Christopher Wido, junior Clayton Brundige and Tommy Whittaker.

Holm was honored for his standing in the NIB-12 All-Conference group, as well as being a State qualifier.

For football, Joe Camiliere, Jimmy Boyle, Taylor Andrews, Blake Serpa, Tyler Callaghan and Curtis Secrest were recognized as captains. Nick Michels won the most improved player nod, and the MVP honor went five ways with Camiliere, Boyle, Andrews, Serpa and Callaghan earning the honor.

Camiliere was named offensive MVP, while teammate Serpa took the defensive MVP. Quinn Buschbacher won the special teams MVP. A slew of Knights were named to the NIB-12 All-Conference team: Sam Komel, Ben Kovalick, Ryan Noel, Buschabcher, Sean Carter, Camiliere, Boyle, Serpa, Kyle Davidson, Jacob Razo, Callaghan and Andrews.

Concerning Kaneland golf, Anthony Sperando was named most improved player on the varsity level, and Hayley Guyton was named varsity MVP. Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar shared the frosh/soph MVP sward. Sean Glennon was awarded the frosh/soph most improved player award. Team leader Guyton was also lauded for her eighth place finish at the girls’ gold State gathering.

For the Lady Knights volleyball crew, Jessica Lubic took the most valuable player award. Katy Dudzinski was named top offensive player, and Kylie Siebert won top defensive player award. The Spirit Award went to Mackenzie Curran, while most improved player was won by Lauren Banbury.

Lubic and Dudzinski were honored for their spots on the NIB-12 Conference team.

For boys’ soccer, Alex Gil, J.P. Minogue, Thansi Pesmajoglou, Trevor Wolf and Derek White were honored for their captaincy. Alex Weiss and Jordan Escobedo were named co-most improved player, while Minogue and White took home the co-MVP award. Rookie of the Year went to Anthony Parillo. The Coach’s Award was given to Gil, Sam Rymarz, Alec Koczka and Pedro Perez.

All-Northern Illinois Big XII members were announced as White, Minogue, Escobedo, Gil, Chad Swieca and Parillo. Honorable mention members were Perez, Rymarz, Koczka, Wolf, Tyler Siebert, Weiss and Pesmajoglou.

Escobedo was named to the all-Sectional squad, and teammate Gil was an honorable mention.

Workin’ overtime: Kaneland soccer earns regional title, falls to Sterling in sectional

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was one heck of a late-season run that the Knights’ soccer roster went on, and it will be nice to reflect on in time.

All that will happen once the team catches up on sleep.

Starting with the Class 2A Sycamore Regional opener on Oct. 20 and ending with the Belvidere Sectional semifinal loss to Sterling, Kaneland played in nine overtime periods and came away with its first regional plaque since 2004.

The Knights beat Sycamore to open the playoffs in a 1-0, four-overtime thriller, and then beat top-seeded Rochelle to win the regional on Friday in a 1-0, two-overtime match.

The season came to an end with a 3-2, three- overtime loss to the Sterling Golden Warriors on Tuesday, ending the season at 11-11-2, a four-game improvement on last year’s end.

Sterling was scheduled to face Wednesday’s winner of Burlington Central-Freeport on Friday for the sectional final.

Against the Spartans, Chad Swieca knotted things up with a close-range goal with 21:32 left in regulation.

With the skies darkening and the Knights 55 seconds away from going into the penalty kick phase, Jordan Escobedo hit a header into the net off a corner kick for the win.

“I missed a bunch of goals, so I was pretty mad,” Escobedo said. “I just went down and saw the ball coming and put my head down and saw it in the back of the net.”

Against the Hubs, Kaneland waded through almost 100 minutes of scoreless soccer before Derek White scored with 57 seconds to go in the second overtime to capture Kaneland’s first soccer regional title since 2004 and the first head-to-head regional for Kaneland since the Lady Knights softball team in 2005.

At Belvidere High School, a scoreless tie was broken by Sam Rymarz with 5:11 remaining in the first half from roughly 25 yards out.

In the second half, Sterling got on the board 5:10 into the frame after a ball caromed off of two Knights.

With 3:01 remaining in the contest, the Warriors got another goal to go up 2-1. When all seemed lost, Swieca won a battle with the Sterling goalkeeper and knocked a loose ball in with 1:23 to go in regulation.

Sterling finally scored a goal with Conrado Solis knocking it in with 8:39 to go in the third overtime.

The disappointing end in the sectionals fails to take away from the prolific late-season run of KHS.

“It was fun,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “Nine overtimes in three playoff games? It ages you. The thing I’m most proud of is that we didn’t give up.”

Photo: J.P. Minogue stops Sycamore cold during the Oct. 20 four-overtime win over the Spartans. Kaneland was unbeaten in three meetings with Sycamore in 2010, and fought all the way to Sectionals this season. Photo by Mike Slodki

Soccer stages ninth win

KANELAND—Kaneland wasn’t the opponent you can overlook when it comes to playing Sycamore in 2010.

Kaneland had the Spartans’ number on Thursday, scoring two second-half goals to win 2-1.

The Knights close their regular season out at 9-10-2 (5-3-2 NIB-12).

Derek White had a goal with 11 minutes, 13 seconds to go, and Jordan Escobedo scored with 2:26 remaining in the contest for the win.

The JV crew finished the regular season with a 2-0 at Sycamore to go 17-0-1, which included 13 shutouts.

Oct. 21, 2010 UPDATE: The Knights faced Sycamore in IHSA Regional action Wednesday night, prevailing 2-1. The game-winning goal was scored by Jordan Escobedo with 55 seconds left in the fourth overtime. Chad Swieca tied the game in the second half. The Knights next game is against Rochelle, at Sycamore, Friday at 4 p.m.

Photo by John DiDonna

Knights soccer finds offense against NIB-12

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In the “world’s most popular sport,” goals can be quite hard to come by, no matter the level.

Leave it to KHS soccer to go against what’s popular.

The Knights lit up the scoreboard in Rochelle on Thursday, winning 6-2 against the regional’s No. 1-seeded Hubs, before being edged by visiting Plainfield East 1-0 on Saturday. Most recently on Tuesday, the Knights solved the invading Yorkville Foxes 5-0.

The recent week of action puts the Knights at 8-10-2 (4-3-2 NIB-12), eclipsing the 2009 win total.

Against the Hubs, KHS jumped on their purple foes for four first half goals: two by Derek White, one by Chad Swieca and one by Kushstrim Ismali.

The second half had goals by Jordan Escobedo, who also had four assists, and Anders Winquist-Bailey.

Against the Bengals of Plainfield East, the Knights gave up a first-half goal and had their chances in the second half, but an Escobedo chance went wide late.

“It just didn’t happen today,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We need to work on health and finishing. We’re one of those feast-or-famine teams. (We) scored twice in five minutes against Rochelle or games like today, that’s kind of been our season.”

Against Yorkville, White scored thanks to an Escobedo assist just 8:44 into the match, and Trevor Wolf put in a goal with an Alex Gil assist with 8:26 remaining in the first half.

Escobedo, Anthony Parillo and Patrick Bratschun found the net.

The JV crew continued its torrid season, earning wins over Rochelle, Plainfield East and Yorkville by a combined score of 12-2. They sit at 15-0-1.

For the varsity side, the next challenge is at Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Photo: Thanasi Pesmajoglou looks for an opening during Saturday morning’s 1-0 setback to Plainfield East at KHS. Photo by Mike Slodki

Knight soccer tries working out of 1-3 week

KANELAND—There is still time to right the ship, but Kaneland soccer is smarting from conference and non-conference setbacks alike.

DeKalb bested Kaneland in a battle situated on Barb Boulevard, 2-0 on Thursday. The JV squad under Travis Berth beat DeKalb 1-0 and improved its mark to 11-0-1 on the season.

This past week also included Kaneland’s trip to the Jacobs Tournament in Algonquin, Ill., where the Knights went 1-2, and a 2-1 loss against Morris.

Kaneland is now 6-9-2 on the year, with a 2-3-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

In the opener of the tournament on Friday, Kaneland lost to Jacobs, allowing one goal in each half. The second game on Saturday saw KHS get a goal 14 minutes, 18 seconds into play by Anthony Parillo off a Derek White assist for the win.

Romeoville got the best of Kaneland in another Saturday clash, 1-0, to end the tournament.

Against the Redskins on Tuesday in Maple Park, the Knights were down 1-0 after the first 40 minutes. Kaneland’s Chad Swieca scored on a feed from Alex Gil in the second half, but it was not enough.

The varsity Knights continue their journey on Thursday, Oct. 7, when they travel to Hub country against Rochelle.

Meanwhile, the Knights found out they secured the second seed in the Class 2A Sycamore Regional, where they will square off against third-seeded Sycamore. The winner of the Wednesday, Oct. 20, showdown faces the winner of the Rochelle/Yorkville vs. Sandwich match on Friday, Oct. 22.

Soccer now 5-4-2

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Knight soccer found a good way to see how its skills were progressing.

Engage Yorkville and Sycamore.

With five goals against the host Foxes on Thursday, Kaneland’s 5-0 win led to a 1-1 tie against visiting Sycamore.

After the first instance of KHS even tying the Spartans, Kaneland has improved to 5-4-2 on the season, with a 2-1-2 mark in the first NIB-12 slate.

The two first-half goals against Yorkville for Kaneland were put in by Jordan Escobedo, 18 minutes, 54 seconds into the first half (from Chad Swieca) and with 2:07 remaining in the first half on a goal by Swieca from Thanasi Pesmajoglou and Alex Gil.

In the second half, goals were scored by Alex Weiss on an assist from Gil, Anders Winquist-Bailey from Gil and Kushstrim Ismail on a penalty kick.

Against the Sycamore unit, with roughly 12 minutes remaining, Escobedo hit a rocket of a shot into the net for a tie score.

The end result was a welcome change from the first half on Tuesday.

“We told them at halftime to pass the ball around and we’ve got to take some shots. That’s the only way we’ll score. Possess 90 percent of the game, but if we’re not willing to take the shot, we’re not going to score,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

Photo: Kaneland captain Derek White completes a header in the 5-0 win over YHS. Photo by Ben Draper

KHS soccer shuts out Morris

Kaneland ties rival Rochelle in storm
KANELAND—The young Knights took care of visiting Morris on Thursday by a final of 3-0.

The lone first-half goal was managed by Anders Winquist-Bailey with 28:58 remaining, thanks to an Alex Gil assist. Six minutes, 45 seconds into the second half, Anthony Parillo put the ball in the net after J.P. Minogue fed him the ball. The scoring closed with a Gil goal with 18:23, left against the Redskins.

Against the visiting Rochelle Hubs, a scoreless tie was stopped with 35:51 remaining in the contest due to torrential rainstorms in the Kaneland area.

Kaneland sits at 4-4-1 on the season and 1-1 in the new Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

KHS gets ready to take on host Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 23, and visiting Sycamore on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

The JV ranks continue to work wonders with a 2-0 win over Morris and a 4-1 win over Somonauk on Saturday.

Photo: There was some shoving during a goal kick in the first half of the Kaneland varsity soccer match against Rochelle on Tuesday. The official game was called early because of severe weather, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Photo by John DiDonna

KHS soccer holds off IMSA, suffers two L’s

KANELAND—When it comes to soccer, the match often comes down to a strong finish.

In that respect, it appears Kaneland soccer is still trying to find its soccer legs.

Although the Knights did squeeze in a win between two setbacks this past week, the KHS crew sits at 3-4 in 2010.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, had the Knights lose to Hinckley-Big Rock along Route 30 by a 1-0 final.

Thursday had host Kaneland solve the IMSA Titans in a 3-2 affair, and on Tuesday, visiting DeKalb beat the Knights 4-0 in the first ever Northern Illinois Big XII meeting for the two schools.

The Royals broke a scoreless tie in the second half, as the Knights saw an injury to starting goalkeeper J.P. Minogue.

Thursday’s win opened the scoring gates and had Kaneland expand a 1-0 halftime lead with two goals in the second 40 minutes. Derek White had two goals, while Kushstrim Ismali supplied the other.

Against the Barbs, KHS gave up three first-half goals to fall behind.

Ahead for the Knights is a battle at Morris on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Knights fall to 2-2 on pitch

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While the Kaneland High School soccer roster would rather leave the loss from Saturday against the DeKalb Barbs behind, they can take something with them—the fact that Kaneland will meet DeKalb later on and try to even the score.

Saturday saw Kaneland lose to DeKalb in the third-place game of the Rocket Invite at Burlington Central High School by a 3-1 tally.

Coupled with a 3-0 loss to Burlington Central on Thursday, the Knights now sit at 2-2 four matches into 2010.

After a Joe Ferguson goal in the first half gave the Barbs a 1-0 lead, Kaneland came back on a goal by midfielder Thanasi Pesmajoglou to even matters with 11:23 left.

However, less than 60 seconds elapsed before Ferguson scored again to take a 2-1 lead.

Ferguson completed the hat trick on a penalty kick.

“We had many, many opportunities,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We didn’t capitalize on them. We had them in the second half with the wind, and we just couldn’t do it. I thought we played much better today than we did on Thursday.”

Against the Rockets, Kaneland gave up one goal in the first 40 minutes, and two in the second half.

South Elgin defeated BC 4-0 in the final matchup on Saturday.

For the Knights, they will try to start a positive streak on Thursday, Sept. 9, vs. IMSA.

Photo: Anthony Parillo (2) looks for a path through DeKalb during Saturday’s 3-1 setback at Burlington Central.
Photo by Mike Slodki

Knight soccer finds its footing early

BURLINGTON—While not entirely sure of what the remaining seven weeks of the regular season will bring, the KHS soccer squad is doing well so far.

Hitting the Rocket Invite at Burlington Central High School on Tuesday, Kaneland played its first match in seven days and stopped Yorkville by a 5-1 final.

Nine minutes, 18 seconds into the matchup with the Foxes, the Knights got a goal from Alex Gil on a feed from Anders Winquist-Bailey.

With 27:12 to go in the first, Derek White put the ball in the net on an assist from Chad Swieca. The first-half scoring concluded with a Jordan Escobedo goal, thanks to an Anthony Parillo assist, with 22:16 left.

With the second half under way and KHS holding onto a 3-1 advantage, Gil scored again with a Thanasi Pesmajoglou assist with 33:42 to go to make it 4-1, and Winquist-Bailey put the final score in the net with a Pesmajoglou assist with 51 seconds remaining.

Earlier in the week, the F/S squad lost to Burlington Central by a 4-1 score on Thursday.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Knights continue their Rocket Invite journey against host BC at 6:30 p.m. The Knights square off against either DeKalb, St. Francis of Wheaton or South Elgin on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Knights get 4-0 kick in opening win over Marengo

by Mike Slodki
MARENGO—It was a tale of two halves for Kaneland High School soccer in its opening match.

At the home of the Marengo Indians, the ending couldn’t have been written any better by a famous British author.

After a scoreless first 40 minutes of action, Kaneland erupted for four goals in the final section for a 4-0 win on Tuesday, beginning the season at 1-0.

“They dominated play in the second half,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We lucked out actually, (Marengo) hit the post a couple of times in the first half. In the second half, we started playing the way we’ve trained to play, which is a few touches, pass the ball, switch the fields, communicate and get the passing lanes open.”

The scoring column opened with midfielder Alex Gil scoring a goal just two minutes, 22 seconds into the second half for a 1-0 lead. Parillo’s son Anthony scored with 23:33 left on a rebound try after Gil’s shot hit the top of the goal.

The third goal came three minutes and one second later, with Chad Swieca scoring on a breakaway. The final deficit was cemented with a goal by Tyler Siebert coming with 16:22 to play.

All the while, goalkeeper J.P. Minogue kept his cool and kept shots away, even in a hotly contested first half.

“I just try and forget about those, forget what happened,” Minogue said. “Just try to keep playing on with the game and hopefully good things will happen now and later.”

The next challenge for soccer is not until Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the annual Burlington Central Invite. The Knights face Yorkville at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: Knight defender Sam Rymarz sends the ball on its way during Monday’s 4-0 shutout in Marengo. The Knights (1-0) used four goals in 21:16. Photo by Mike Slodki

Parillo high on soccer prospects for 2010

Photo: Junior Anders Winquist-Bailey’sfootwork will be key to improving Kaneland’s seven-win total from 2009. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While Kaneland soccer fell to a highly talented Antioch team in the 2009 Class 2A regionals, the Knights’ road to progress didn’t end there.

For those that went through the gauntlet of an injury-filled season have another year of experience under their jersey.

Kaneland’s mark of 7-14-1 (2-5 Western Sun Conference) will hopefully be a thing of the past, said coach Scott Parillo.

“We were so young and we’re just as young this year,” Parillo said. “We’ve had more kids come out this year than any other year with 68 kids trying out, which is awesome. We’ve got huge numbers.”

The Knights lost seven seniors to graduation, but the new core looks to serve as a stabilizing force in Maple Park.

Personnel includes Trevor Wolf, Derek White and starting goalkeeper J.P. Minogue. Patrick Bratschun and Alex Weiss make the varsity ranks as seniors for the first time.

While the seniors will be cornerstones, there’s a hidden treasure trove in the junior class.

“As far as juniors, we’ve got Pedro Perez, three-year varsity player; Thanasi Pesamajlou, another three-year varsity player; Alex Dorado and Anders Winquist-Bailey, and we’ve got Jordan Escobedo. It’s a nice group.”

Chad Swieca comes back and highlights the sophomore crew. He’s joined by Alex Gil, who found the net eight times. Alex Koczka, Jason Biddle, Kushtrim Ismaili, Fernando Ramos and Sam Rymarz also lend a foot to the proceedings from the sophomore class.

Meanwhile, Tyler Siebert, Ignacio Toscano and the coach’s son, Anthony Parillo enter the varsity ranks as freshmen.

The Knights invade the pitch on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Burlington Central Rocket Invite against Yorkville.

“It does look like it’s going to be a pretty exciting time for us. With this much youth, we’ll see what happens,” Parillo said.

The initial NIB-12 action, now featuring ten conference matches, kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 14 against DeKalb.

The regular season is set to end on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Sycamore.

Kaneland Athletic Info Fall Sports 2010

KHS athletics has released essential information for all families and students planning fall sports involvement.

1) You must have a current physical on file in order to tryout or practice. There will be no acceptions. Physicals are good for one calendar year.

2) A participation fee of $100 per sport, $100 per season for cheerleaders (please indicate season on check), and $100 for pompons per season.

3) The Kaneland High School Athletic Department will host a mandatory pre-season meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the east gym beginning at 7 p.m. for fall athletes. One or both parents are required to attend the meeting with their athlete(s) in order to meet Kaneland High School’s eligibility requirements. Parents and students will meet with their fall coaches. The mandatory part of the meeting will be available on the Kaneland website as a podcast that fall parents and students must listen to by Aug. 27.

FOOTBALL— Equipment handed out on Monday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Football insurance is available to or parents may sign a waiver and use their own medical insurance.

Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 11. All levels will meet in the east gym at 7:30 a.m.

Practice will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. (lower levels—bring your lunch. Practice for varsity is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Meetings will take place at 2:15 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL—Tryouts are Aug. 11 and 12, all levels 8 to 10:30 a.m. First practice is on Aug. 13, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the east gym.

TENNIS—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 11, for all levels from 9 to 11 a.m. The location is at the tennis courts behind the high school.

GOLF—The opening meeting will take place on Monday, Aug. 9, at 8 a.m. in Room C114. You will not be playing at this time but will turn in physicals, receive practice schedules and go over team expectations. Tryouts take place on Wednesday, Aug. 11, and Thursday, Aug. 12, at Hughes Creek at 6 a.m.

SOCCER—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 11. V/JV/Frosh from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at the soccer fields. All players must purchase from the school a spirit pack for $30. Bring cleats, shin guards, water and gym shoes (in case of inclement weather).

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The team will meet in the high school cafeteria. The XC team will also embark on an overnight camping trip on Thursday-Friday, Aug. 12 and 13. Parents with questions can e-mail head coach Chad Clarey at theclarey5@yahoo.com.

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 a.m., meet in Room C117.

POMS—Mandatory practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. Meet in the high school commons.

CHEERS—Mandatory practice begins on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Meet in the east gym balcony.

Mandatory fall sports meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

Knights Under The Lights is Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Opening Contests for KHS Fall Athletics

Football—
Friday, Aug. 27, at
Burlington Central,
7:30 p.m.

Volleyball—
Wednesday, Aug. 25, at
Wheaton North Tourney,
TBA

Tennis—
Tuesday, Aug. 24, vs.
Wheaton Academy,
4:30 p.m.

Golf—
Monday, Aug. 16, vs.
Wheaton Academy,
8 a.m.

Soccer—
Tuesday, Aug. 24, at
Marengo,
4:30 p.m.

Boys’ XC—
Tuesday, Aug. 31, vs.
W. Chicago/Wheaton Admy,
4:30 p.m.

Girls’ XC—
Tuesday, Aug. 31, vs.
W. Chicago/Wheaton Admy,
4:30 p.m.

Kaneland shines spotlight on fall athletes with awards

Monday saw Kaneland High School dish out their annual awards for the fall sports season.

For girls cross country, Shelby Koester and Lisa Roberson were recognized by the team as captains, while Shaela Collins and Jessica Stouffer won the most improved runners nods. Junior Andie Strang took home the Most Valuable Runner award and was also recognized for her all-Western Sun Conference nomination.

In Knights golf action, the varsity most improved player award was given to Adam Grams, while Most Valuable Player was Hayley Guyton. Rhys Childs took home the frosh/soph MVP, and Dan Miller was named the frosh/soph most improved player. Guyton was also lauded for her second-place finish at the girls’ golf State gathering.

For soccer, Kevin Szatkowski, Marcos Dorado, Joe Garlinsky and Genaro Garcia were recognized as captains, and Alex Dorado and Sam Rymarz were given coach’s awards. Jake Tickle won the most improved player award, while J.P. Minogue was named team MVP thanks to his play in goal. Marcos Dorado, Derek White and Minogue were named to the All-WSC squad, while Dorado was also named the 2009 All-Sectional team.

For the tennis troops, Randi Bader, Lindsay Jurcenko and Kelsey Lenhardt were recogznied as garnering the best individual records this season with 18-7 records. Most Valuable Player awards were dished out to Jurcenko, Olivia Emmanouil and Liz Webb. Bader, Webb, Megan Cline and Mel Mazuc were recognized as captains. Jordyn Withey took home the team spirit award, while Stephanie Rosenwinkel and Jess Woodward nabbed the most improved player honors.

For the State-going boy cross country, Joe Levita, Edgar Valle, Dominic Furco, Matt Reusche and Logan Markuson were recognized as captains.

Trevor Holm and Reusche took the most valuable runner awards, while Levita was named most improved runner. Valle and Markuson were given the Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength. The Golden Knight award, given to one representative of each grade level, was given to freshman Brad Kigyos, sophomore Jake Ginther, junior Tommy Whittaker and to Furco, a senior.

Reusche and Holm were lauded for their nomination to the all-Western Sun Conference team.

John Meisinger, Ginther, Billy Hart, Nate Rehkopf, Conor Johnson, Holm, Reusche, Levita, Valle, Furco, Markuson, Whittaker and Clayton Brundige were recognized as State qualifiers.

For the playoff-going Knight football team, Brock Dyer, Ryley Bailey, Brett Ketza, Eric Dratnol and Derek Bus were recognized as captains, while Kyle Davidson won the most improved player award. Dratnol was named the Most Valuable Player. Bailey was named the offensive MVP and Taylor Andrews won the defensive MVP award.

Bailey, Joe Camaliere, Andrews, Tyler Callagahan, Dratnol, Ketza, Jimmy Boyle and Blake Serpa were given all-WSC honors, as mentioned in last week’s Elburn Herald.

In volleyball, Jessica Lubic was named the Most Valuable Player, while Katy Dudzinski was given the top offensive player nod. Kylie Siebert won the top defensive player nod. Tara Groen was named best server, and Meredith Ament took home the spirit award. Mackenzie Curran won the most improved player nod, and Lubic and Dudzinski were nominated for the all-Western Sun Conference roster.

Photo: Tennis asset and tri-MVP Lindsay Jurcenko was one of the many KHS athletes noted for exceptional play during the fall season. File Photo

Soccer blanked by Antioch in KHS regional

by Mike Slodki
Nothing was going to stop Antioch on Tuesday during the IHSA Class 2A regional in Maple Park.

Not even the host.

Kaneland gave up four goals in the first half to the Sequoits enroute to a 6-0 season-ending defeat.

Going into the postseason, KHS was the 13th seed compared to Antioch’s fourth seed. Kaneland finishes 2009 at 7-14-1 and 2-5 in the final Western Sun Conference season.

“We had a really hard time finding the right lineup this season,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “But we were just young, so we’re going to have those bumps and bruises along the way. This is a learning experience for them, and it showed today.”

The final output provides a drop from last season’s end, which had the Knights finish 10-10-3 and make it to the Kaneland Regional title match against Oswego.

On Oct. 14, the Knights lost a 7-0 affair with host Oswego East during Senior Day for the Wolves.

Oswego East scored four goals in the first 40- minutes before adding three in the second half.

With the loss, KHS soccer says goodbye to Kevin Szatkowski, Joe Garlinsky, Genaro Garcia, Carlos Hufschlag, Marcos Dorado and Jake Tickle.

Soccer goes 1-2 in run to playoffs

With the regular season wrapping up, Knights soccer is looking for any kind of edge heading into Class 2A postseason play.

The Knights head to the homestretch of regular season play with a 7-12-1 record and a 2-5 record in their final Western Sun Conference go-around.

Kaneland dropped a 3-2 match with the visiting Sycamore Spartans on Thursday, and lost to the host fledgling Plainfield East Bengals on Saturday morning in a 2-1 battle. Tuesday saw a 2-1 win over Belvidere in the last scheduled home match of the season.

Kaneland has lost eight of its last 11 contests.

The Knights made it interesting against their conference rivals with goals by Genaro Garcia and Chad Swieca occurring in the final five minutes

Kaneland was set to finish the regular season with a meeting at Oswego East High School on Wednesday.

Against the visiting Bucs, Jake Tickle and Swieca found net.

The Class 2A regional is hosted by Kaneland and features the 13th seeded Knights facing off against No. 4 Antioch on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. sees (5) Crystal Lake Central against (12) Wauconda.

KHS gets kicks vs. Indian Creek, Rochelle

Kaneland Knights soccer weathered a lean week to take two out of three recent contests.

KHS took care of Shabbona’s Indian Creek High School in Maple Park by a final of 5-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Knights (6-10-1, 2-4 Western Sun Conference) found goals from Gennaro Garcia (twice), Derek White, Pedro Perez and Jack Tickle. Marcos Dorado added two assists.

On Saturday morning in Batavia, the Knights dropped a WSC match with a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs.

Anders Winquist-Bailey scored the lone goal for the Knights.

Against Rochelle in a road match, the Knights built a 5-1 lead on their way to a 6-4 win. Garcia, Winquist-Bailey, Jordan Escobedo and Alex Gil found the net.

The Knights, who are set to face Antioch in the Class 2A regionals at Kaneland on Tuesday, Oct. 20, host Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Lean times for KHS soccer (4-8-1)

Kaneland soccer’s trip to the St. Charles East Invite usually provides a hefty challenge, and Wednesday, Sept. 23, proved no different.

The Knights’ opening match ended with a 3-1 loss to Glenbard North of the DuPage Valley Conference.

Kaneland also dropped a 3-2 meeting with Plainfield South on Thursday in the invite, a 3-1 match to Burlington Central in the final meeting of the Invite, a 3-0 Western Sun Conference clash at DeKalb on Monday and a 3-0 skirmish to visiting Geneva on Tuesday.

The rough week sent KHS down to a 4-8-1 record, and 1-2 in the WSC.

Falling victim to two goals in the first 40 minutes for a 2-0 halftime deficit against the Glenbard North Panthers, Kaneland regrouped and played better on both ends of the pitch, finally finding the net thanks to a Marcos Dorado penalty kick. The margin kept firm thanks to clutch goal play by J.P. Minogue. The goal with 36:41 remaining in regulation made it 2-1, but a third Panther goal with 17:59 to go on a breakaway made it 3-1. An Alex Gil shot with just under seven minutes to go was defended, and the clock ran out before the Knights could catch up.

“We came out flat,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. “Credit Glenbard, they came out and played. We weren’t getting any 50/50 balls; we weren’t passing well. I thought in the second half, we played better. J.P. played a great game, not that the game wasn’t ugly, but it could have been really ugly if he wasn’t in there.”

Jordan Escobedo’s goal against Plainfield South gave the Knights a 1-0 lead at the half, but PS scored three in the final four minutes for the win. Jake Tickle scored in the second half for KHS.

Chad Swieca scored the lone goal against the Rockets, in a match that had BC score two goals in the second half for the win.

That’s more like it for Knight soccer

Other area teams have to be grimacing when they see the Kaneland Knights soccer team on the schedule.

Nicely recovered from a 1-3-1 start to the 2009 season, coach Scott Parillo’s roster has taken three matches in a row, most recently a 7-0 affair in Aurora against the host Illinois Math and Science Academy Titans on Thursday.

Marking its third win in a row, the Knights have now upped their record to 4-3-1 and have outscored their opponents by a total of 14-1 in the last 240 minutes of action.

Against the Titans, KHS scored all seven goals in the first half. Goals were had by Derek White, Alex Gil on three separate occasions, Chad Swieca, Thansi Pesmajoglou and Jordan Escobedo. Swieca had two assists, while Kevin Szatkowski added three of his own.

Coming up for the Knights in the ensuing days are another St. Charles East Invite matchup on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., and the invite finale at the home of the Saints on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Knights kick H-BR, Yorkville to curb

Now that’s more like it, if you’re Kaneland soccer.

The Knights evened up their season slate at 3-3-1 and started the final Western Sun Conference season off right with a Wednesday, Sept. 9, win against Hinckley-Big Rock, 4-1, and a win on Tuesday vs. Yorkville, 3-0.

Taking on the visiting Royals, Derek White’s goal in the first half helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie at halftime before Gennaro Garcia, Jordan Escobedo and Chad Swieca found the net in the second half. White had two assists, while Garcia and Thanassi Pesmajoglou did, as well.

Against Yorkville, White, Alex Gil and Kevin Szatkowski scored goals, while Pesmajoglou, Pedro Perez and White contributed assists.

Coming up for Kaneland soccer: a visit to Aurora to face the IMSA Titans on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:45 p.m. and a visit to Somonauk on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9:30 a.m.

Knights soccer unlucky against Hampshire

It was a tale of two halves on Saturday up in Burlington.

Unfortunately, Knights soccer didn’t get the ending it was looking for.

Giving up three quick goals to Hampshire, the Knights fell to the Whip-purs by a 3-1 final.

The loss sent the Knights to sixth place in the annual Burlington Central Invite, after finishing second a year ago. The Knights are now 1-3-1 as they continue to search for a winning formula.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had to say 1-3-1,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “That’s tough. I know we’ve got the talent. We’re just not gelling, but we’re close. It’s OK that were struggling right now, as long as we’re not struggling at the end of the season. “

The goal came when Chad Swieca scored on a feed from Jordan Escobedo with 35:32 remaining in the match. The first half of the contest occurred under foggy conditions.

KHS suffers winless week on soccer pitch

Soccer fell to 1-2-1 in a week that pitted the Knights against highly formidable competition.

Wheaton Academy came into Maple Park on Thursday and handled the Knights in a 6-0 match. The Warriors scored five times in the first 40 minutes.

On Saturday, the host Rockets sped past Kaneland at the Burlington Central Tourney by a 5-4 final.

The Knights, playing a man down for nearly 60 minutes, found the net thanks to Derek White’s goal and two goals by Marcos Dorado for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

White’s next goal made it 4-2, but Kaneland gave up three goals in the last 15 minutes.

The Knights also tied Genoa-Kingston out at Burlington in a 2-2 battle.

White got on the board in the first half, while teammate Gennaro Garcia found the goal in the second half. Anders Winquist-Bailey had an assist for the Knights.

JV action saw Sycamore best Kaneland in a 3-2 Tuesday match.

Knights soccer opens 1-0 against Marengo

MAPLE PARK—Against the always physical Marengo Indians, the host Knights soccer squad held its own, enough to open 2009 with a win.

The 4-2 win on Tuesday started off with a 1-1 tie after the first 40 minutes, but Jordan Escobedo’s goal six minutes into the second half gave Kaneland a 2-1 lead.

“I called for the ball and Kevin (Szatkowski) gave me a nice pass. I’m excited, it was the first goal in high school,” Escobedo said.

Kevin Szatkowski had three assists. Derek White had two goals with Alex Gil adding another goal. Joe Garlinsky had an assist.

The Knights host Wheaton Academy on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Photo: Mark Breon of Kaneland goes all out to protect the net in Kaneland’s season-opening 4-2 win over Marengo on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Slodki

Fall sports preview: Knights soccer turns new page

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

A regional win producing six goals over Yorkville, and encouraging play from a core featuring Santiago Tovar, Chris Ott, Matt Haffner, Nick Williams and Kevin Durrenberger, gave the team a solid base.

“Those guys were on varsity for so long, it was tough for these guys to get a spot, and you hope these guys can step up,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said.

Now, Kaneland will have to seek out new personnel to replace the departed seniors in a Western Sun Conference that doesn’t seem to have gotten weaker.

Ending last season at 10-10-3 and still looking for its first regional championship since 2004, returning coach Scott Parillo reflected on the task ahead.

“You try not to dwell on the past too much,” Parillo said. “You always think, ‘man, what could we have done differently.’ But that’s over with; we graduated 12 seniors. This is a new beginning once again.”

In order to make a go of it in the last season of the WSC and beyond, Kaneland will need to look to Gennaro Garcia, senior forward and midfielder, forward and midfielder Derek White, defender and midfielder Joe Garlinsky, defender and midfielder Marcos Dorado, who has recovered from surgery, goalkeeper J.P. Minogue, and midfielder and forward Anders Winquist-Bailey.

Personnel also expected to contribute are midfielder/forward Kevin Szatkowski, defender/midfielder Pedro Perez, midfielder/forward Jordan Escobedo, defender/midfielder Thanasi Pesmajoglou, defender Trevor Wolf, plus new varsity additions Alex Gil, Chad Swieca, Alex Dorado, Mark Breon and Jake Tickle.

The current crop of Knights might do the trick, provided several things happen.

“Lot of good kids, just need to get them experience and get them to gel. We need to have some of the older kids to take the reigns,” Parillo said.

Kaneland looks to meet its goal of double digit wins again.

“Our goal all the time is to win as much as we can, never had the guns to do it. We’ll see. If we can get double digit wins, we’ll need some conference games. I think we can do it,” Parillo said.

Even with the wins amassed by the Knights last season, Kaneland spent a lot of energy with shots on goal, not always seeing the goals match up to the output.

“There were lots of shots, and the goals never matched up. I hope we shoot a bit. The ones who shot a lot graduated, so we need guys like Gennaro and Derek to step up,” Parillo said.

To begin the 2009 season, the Knights set up vs. Marengo on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and host Wheaton Academy on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Yorkville becomes the first WSC opponent for the season on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and the Oswego East Wolves host Kaneland for the final regular season match on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Leveling the playing field

by Lynn Meredith
To put Kaneland on a more equal playing field, the district is considering becoming part of a new conference.

At an informational meeting open to the public where two community members, one student, and 20 coaches attended, the School Board heard a presentation on the reasons for switching from the Western Sun Conference to a newly formed conference with schools as far away as Dixon.

“With the new conference proposal we will still be able to compete against schools of our size and IHSA classification on our area,” Superintendent Charlie McCormick said.

The schools in the farther-reaching districts have enrollments closer in size to Kaneland’s, so presumably Kaneland could win more games than it has been able to do with Geneva, Batavia and Glenbard South, in its current conference.

“It’s in our best interests for what we have. It’s good that every school’s the same size,” head girls cross country coach Doug Ecker said. “The conference will give good competition and Kaneland kids can all compete.”

Board member Cheryl Krauspe had questions about the cost of the switch.

“Here’s the question that I continue to ask—how much is it going to cost? It will cost more to drive to Geneseo than it does to Geneva, and you know transportation is the one area where the state reimbursements are not coming in,” Krauspe said.

Financial implications will be discussed further at the regular board meeting Tuesday, May 26.

Enrollment comparison

Division #1 (new) Ottawa 1,602, LaSalle-Peru 1,280, Streator 1,030, Sterling 1,033, Dixon 969, Geneseo 914

Division #2 (new) DeKalb 1,710, Yorkville 1,295, Sycamore 1,162, Rochelle 1,116, Morris 1,075, Kaneland 1,040

WSC Geneva 1,978, Batavia 1,858, DeKalb 1,710, Glenbard South 1,421, Yorkville 1,295, Sycamore 1,162, Rochelle 1,116, Kaneland 1,040

Travel comparison from Kaneland

Proposed conference (miles) DeKalb 14, Sycamore 16.4, Yorkville 18.6, Rochelle 32.9, Morris 38.8, Ottawa 51.2, Dixon 55, Streator 67.1, Sterling 68.5, LaSalle-Peru 71.4, Geneseo 112

WSC (miles) Geneva 11.3, Batavia 12.2, DeKalb 14, Sycamore 16.4, Yorkville 18.6, Glenbard South 27.5, Rochelle 32.9

WSC seeing last days?

In the fall of 2006, Kaneland left the ashes of the Suburban Prairie Conference and joined seven other schools in the brand-new Western Sun Conference.

Now, in the spring of 2009, the Western Sun Conference looks as if its going supernova.

In late-April, Kaneland met with 11 other schools to draw up plans for a new 12-team conference that would kick off in the fall of 2010. The administration will recommend to the Kaneland School Board at the Tuesday, May 26, meeting to exit the eight-team Western Sun Conference.

Joining the exodus of the WSC with Kaneland would be DeKalb, Rochelle, Sycamore and Yorkville.

The proposed unnamed conference would also potentially include old SPC rival Morris, which is slated to join the North Central Illinois Conference in the fall. The new conference would only have Morris as an NCIC school for one year after leaving the Southwest Prairie Conference.

NCIC schools Dixon, Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Sterling and Streator, which make up the NCIC’s Reagan Division would round out the rest of the conference.

The shift would lead Western Sun rivals Batavia, Geneva and Glenbard South looking for new conference homes.

In the Western Sun Conference, KHS ranks eighth in enrollment with 1,140. Geneva’s 1,978 was first in the group.

The new conference would have Kaneland sixth out of 12. DeKalb’s 1,710 students would be at the top of the list, while Geneseo’s 914 would be at the rear.

The conference would likely use two six-team divisions, with the WSC schools pairing up with Morris for one of the divisions.

- Have your voice heard -

Kaneland Board of Education
Special Public Workshop
Monday, May 18 • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kaneland High School Library

District personnel will address Kaneland’s history of conference affiliations;
several reasons why a change in conferences is being considered at this time;
and, various aspects of the option being considered.
Questions and comments from the public can be heard.
The board will not consider the recommendation for conference change until Tuesday, May 26