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Camiliere impresses behind center

Former Knights QB thriving as Elmhurst College senior
ELMHURST, Ill.—Down 14-0 at halftime, the Elmhurst Bluejays offense needed to get their team back on track. The quarterback, a senior and second-year starter, capped off drives of 83 and 99 yards with touchdown passes. However, the team just ran out of time, losing to Millikin 21-14.

Kaneland football fans should be familiar with who’s lining up at the quarterback position for Elmhurst.

Sugar Grove native and Class of 2011 Knight Joe Camiliere, starter for three Knight gridiron playoff teams, earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Week honors after a win over North Park University, and has had a career year in his second season of starting responsibilities.

Camiliere, an All-State signal-caller for the 2010 Kaneland squad that earned a Class 5A semifinalist spot, and a starting outfielder for the 2011 Class 3A champion baseball team, feels he’s at a high after some initial bumps and injuries last year.

The quarterback who had to adjust to the play of high school football as a sophomore six years ago has picked up differences on the Division III level.

“The level of competitiveness is a little different,” Camiliere said. “Everybody on a college team was ‘that guy’ on their high school team and the one to go to. I think as you come in as a freshman, it’s a lot of accepting that and learning.”

First-year head coach Ron Planz is glad to have Camiliere carry out the plans, resulting in a year when adjustments can be excused.

“We look for leadership, and someone who can get into the huddle and be somebody that leads by example and who does things right. That’s number one for someone who’s our quarterback,” Planz said.
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Working with Camiliere has also been fruitful for members of the coaching staff who work even more intensely on the offensive side.

“You’re going to need a guy that’s going to want the ball in his hands in the pressure situations,” offensive coordinator Kyle Derickson said. “We have someone right now that will get it done.”

The Bluejays senior has passed for 1,329 yards through seven contests with
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eight touchdowns to boot, in a better position than the early 1-2 stretch.
‘We’ve got athletic guys up front and at skill positons that we like to use. We didn’t start out the year well at all. There was a tough loss to Lewis, a tough win the next week and then a loss to University of Chicago. At the bye week, we just kind of sat down as a group. Nobody panicked or needed to change this or that and the coaches didn’t change anything up. We knew we needed to correct,” Camiliere said.
“We looked for ways that were easier for Joe to get things and worked on that. That’s where you’re seeing the success now through conference. We’ve done a really good job of making sure we’re utilizing his skill set,” Planz said.

Throwing for a season-high 262 yards in a 28-0 shutout of the NPU Vikings back on Oct. 18, Camiliere knows his skills can help the Bluejays attack in the pivotal last third of the 2014 regular season.

“It’s a similar system, and it changes up a little bit, and we do some different things up front and use our speed,” Camiliere said.

In his second year of starting and fourth year of seeing action in the CCIW and around the Midwest, Camiliere has his favorite venues to sling the ball besides his own Langhorst Field.

“As of right now, it’s Illinois Wesleyan (in Bloomington, Ill.). Being able to go down there and walk on that field is something. The 2.5 hour bus ride after a win was great. Carthage (in Kenosha, Wis.) is great, too,” Camiliere said.

With no set plans to play on at any level, the talent that tossed such memorable touchdowns, like the quarterfinal winner to Tyler Callaghan against Vernon Hills in Nov. 2010, is enjoying this final three-game regular season stretch.

“I think this last month will be the last for playing football,” Camiliere said. “Coaching would definitely be something I would enjoy, but I don’t know if it’s something I would get into right away. The game of football has definitely been a big part of my life.”

Earlier in the season, the Bluejays football squad enjoyed a four-game win streak, rallying from early troubles for a current 5-4 overall record. Elmhurst closes out the regular season at home against North Central Nov. 15.
Photos courtesy of Elmhurst College Sports Information director Kevin Juday

Sophomore football undefeated for first time

Sophomore
KANELAND—The Kaneland High School football team went 9-0 this fall. It was the first time in school history the sophomore team has been undefeated.

Led by head coach John Pavlak, the Knights allowed only 53 points all season, compared to their 181. They opened the season with a 7-0 win at home over McHenry, then earned a win over Sterling, 6-0. Rich Central was dispatched on Sept. 12 40-20 before KHS earned their first road win—a 21-7 battle over Yorkville. Back at home on Sept. 26, the Knights defeated DeKalb 25-6 and shut out Sycamore 20-0 the following week. On Oct. 10, Kaneland beat Morris 27-14 and beat La Salle-Peru 7-6 in their closest game of the season Oct. 17. In the final game on Oct. 24, the Knights earned their fourth shut-out of the season with a 28-0 win over visiting Rochelle.

“Our kids worked hard from the middle of July through the end of the season,” Pavlak said. “They worked well as a team.”

The lower level football teams practice together at KHS, so the sophomore team was a combination of freshman and sophomore players, according to Pavlak. The focus of the coaching staff—Brian Aversa, Mike Thorgesen, Matt Smith, Steve Auchstetter and Pavlak—is to develop the players in the fundamentals of football, and to install the philosophy of the program.

“The kids had a couple of specific goals at the beginning of the season, which was to defend our home field and to win conference—they achieved both,” Pavlak said.

Pavalk said he is excited to see the sophomore team join the current juniors as they move into their varsity playing years.

“Being successful at the varsity level is the ultimate goal (and) why the team works hard and continues to improve fundamentally,” Pavlak said. “Their record this year is something that they should all be proud of, but it should ultimately be used as a reminder of what it took to get there and that they need to continue to do all those things in the future in order to be successful.”

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Nice week 9 for Knights

Photo: Senior Danny Hammermeister No. 55 was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball in 2014. Photo by Laura Gampfer

All cylinders firing in 33-6 win over Rochelle
KANELAND—It wasn’t an ideal ending, but it was on a positive note.

While Kaneland’s 4-5 record meant there would be no playoff football for the first time since the 2007 season, the Knights followed an Oct. 17 smackdown of LaSalle-Peru with a 33-6 win over now crossover opponent Rochelle in Maple Park on Friday. Rochelle ended its season with a 3-6 mark. The rout meant Kaneland outscored its last two opponents by a final of 91-12.

Kaneland has now beaten Rochelle eight consecutive times in regular season and postseason play.

The Knights outgained the Hubs 353-216 on the night. Jake Marczuk went 15-for-25 for 162 yards and two touchdown throws. Isaac Swithers, of the torn ACL from the Week 1 win over Brooks, had a stellar 122-yard night with two scoring runs. Connor Fedderly had 112 yards receiving on nine catches.

Marczuk found Fedderly on the game’s first drive for a 13-yard touchdown with 8:40 remaining in the first for a 7-0 lead. Later, a 21-yard field goal try by Drew Franklin put the Knights up 10-0 with 1:44 left in the first.

Rochelle struck first in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge by Adam Rickets with 7:10 to go in the half, but the extra point try missed to keep matters at 10-6. Kaneland answered with a 13-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a throw in the corner to Fedderly, who kept his feet inbounds for a 17-yard scoring throw and a 17-6 lead with :31 left.

Franklin’s 30-yard field goal try to make it 20-6 with 4:47 to go was the lone third quarter score.

Kaneland put together another drive, bleeding into the fourth, with Swithers punching it in from the 3-yard line just five ticks into the frame for a 27-6 lead. Swithers broke free for another TD from 32 yards away, making it 33-6 with 8:26 to go, the final score of the 2014 campaign.

Marczuk, a junior, felt playing with departing offensive mates like Fedderly and Swithers was a privilege.

“The seniors led the way this year, and we get to do the same thing next year,” Marczuk said. “It was great to play with guys like Connor and Isaac Swithers. They’ve been making big plays all year.”

Fedderly ended his career as the go-to through the air.

“It meant a lot to end it this way,” Fedderly said. “We wanted to end on the right note. We’ve been in every game, and we were able to make big plays (tonight).”

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Peaking in the Illinois Valley

Senior Brandon Kigyos intercepts the football and scores a touchdown for the Knights against La Salle-Peru Friday. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights’ 58-6 win over LaSalle-Peru has stars on both sides of ball
LA SALLE, ILL.—Having not won since the second week of the year, a five-game losing streak and scratch from the postseason hunt can put the hurt on a team.

On Friday, the penultimate game of 2014 featured a 30-point first quarter deluge for the Kaneland Knights football squad in a 58-6 trouncing of winless LaSalle-Peru.

Kaneland is now 3-5 (0-4 Northern Illinois Big XII), after its first trip to the Illinois Valley grounds since 2011.

Quarterback Jake Marczuk was 8-for-16 for 183 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Isaac Swithers had 85 yards receiving on two catches, while Connor Fedderly had four catches for 79 yards.

The total yards battle went Kaneland’s way, 250-126.

The scoring party got going early when Swithers caught a swing pass, followed a Fedderly block and scampered into the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown just 20 seconds into the game for a 7-0 lead.

After an L-P punt, the Knights put together a 55-yard scoring drive that ended on a one-yard sneak by Marczuk for a 14-0 lead with 7:28 left in the first.

Just as it looked like L-P could progress, senior linebacker Brandon Kigyos stepped in front of a pass attempt and ran 52 yards for a pick-six and a 21-0 lead with 6:23 left in the opening frame.

“It was all teamwork and everyone knew their jobs,” Kigyos said. “All I know is I was in the right position and it came to me. Luckily, it was open field, and I couldn’t make that play without the lead blockers. It was crazy.”

Andrew Kray was part of the swarm that blocked the Cavaliers’ punt attempt on the next drive, and knocked the ball out of the end zone for a safety and a 23-0 edge with 4:19 to go in the quarter.

Closing the first frame scoring was Fedderly on a rare sweep from the two for a 30-0 edge with 1:15 to play.

Mitchell Groen earned himself an interception, which would lead to a 10-yard touchdown toss to Fedderly 17 seconds into the second quarter for a 37-0 lead. Cameron Mignone would return the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for the lone Cavs score 31 seconds into the second for a 37-6 deficit.

With 2:46 left in the half, Fedderly scored again on a 1-yard pass for a 44-6 lead going to halftime.

In the second half, a 39-yard counter to Tyler Paulson had him going down the sidelines for the running clock trigger and a 51-6 edge with 8:55 to go in the third. Alec Aurelio’s one-yard scoring run with 4:30 to go in the third cemented the final 58-6 margin.

“The defense was great. We had one score on defense and some that were pretty close. They set us up. I’m really happy, hoping we’d be ready to play. I’m really happy how we came out,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

All that remains for KHS is a Friday, Oct. 24, home matchup with now-West division foe Rochelle, also coming in at 3-5 after a 21-6 road loss to Sterling. Rochelle hasn’t beaten Kaneland since 2007, and has lost seven in a row to the Knights.

Oct. 23 Sports recap

Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 16 vs. Morris—The freshman A team improved to 12-4, 7-0 in conference play with a 25-15, 25-20 win over Morris. The B team also won against Morris 25-22, 17-25, 25-21.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 16 vs. Morris—The Lady Knights won 25-15, 25-13 over Morris.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 17 @ La Salle-Peru—The Knights won 7-6 Friday.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Lady Knights were runners-up to Yorkville at the NIB-12 Conference meet held at Rochelle Twp. High School
8 Grace Dodis, 21:24.3; 11 Katie Huber, 22:14.6; 20. Sandra Gale, 24:03.6; 24. Marissa Dries, 24:49.9.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—Kaneland was second at the NIB-12 Conference meet, held at Rochelle Twp. High School.
10 Grace Drake, 22:14; 16 Sam Sommerville, 23:15; 17 Murphy Garcia, 23:53; 20 Lilah Klingensmith, 24:06; 22 Haley Penkala, 24:17.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Knights scored just 35 points, but lost to Yorkville by six in the six-team race. Third place was Sycamore with 80 points.
1 Matthew Richtman, 16:35; 2 Andrew Kantola, 16:50; 8 Sam Webster, 17:56; 9 Henry Nosek, 18:00; 12 Anthony Messina, 18:09; 25 Kyle Wells, 19:03; 26 David Wojak, 19:06.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Knights were second at the JV open race at Saturdays conference meet.
5 Aaron French, 18:00; 6 Zach Kurz, 18:07; 8 Jared Murri, 18:22; 10 Alex Gale, 18:31; 13 Peyton Heiser, 18:43; 15 Ben Smith, 18:51; 26 Cristian Girolamo, 19:32; 29 Nick Moses, 19:45; 30 Jack O’Sullivan, 19:48; 31 Tyler Nance, 19:49; 33 Josh Kasap, 20:00; 39 Austin Parks, 20:15; 48 Grant Gingrich, 21:26; 53 Ian Piazza, 21:44; 54 Jacob Wolfe, 21:49; 62 Kyle Osborne, 23:43; 65 Cole Rutter, 26:40/

Kaneland YFL
Oct. 18, 2014—Playoffs, Round 1
8U
Kaneland Silver 0
@ Kaneland White 27
9U
Kaneland White 0
@ Burlington Blue 24
DeKalb Black 8
@ Kaneland Black 0
10U
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 24
11U
Kaneland Black 14
@ DeKalb Black 39
Kaneland White 6
@ DeKalb Orange 26

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Morris Mishandle

Photo: Junior Drew Franklin kicks off after a Kaneland score early in the first quarter. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights football eliminated from playoff contention
KANELAND—Kaneland’s first play from scrimmage last Friday night resulted in a sack by Morris. The Redskins would get to KHS quarterback Jake Marczuk five more times, and also recover three first-half fumbles, en route to a 26-21 win over the Knights.

The loss was Kaneland’s fifth-straight, and eliminated the Knights from playoff contention for the first time since 2007. Four of Kaneland’s five losses have been decided by seven points or less this season.

“Our kids have battled every single game right down to the last minute, and so I told them I was really proud of them and their effort,” KHS head coach Tom Fedderly said after the game.

Despite the start Friday, Kaneland got on the board first with a 37-yard pass from Marczuk to senior Connor Fedderly. A PAT by Drew Franklin made it 7-0 early.

“They came with some pressure and I thought ‘it doesn’t matter, (our) first drive went right down and scored,’” Fedderly said.

After a see-saw battle of possession, the Knights lost a fumble on Morris’ 18 yard line, and the Redskins made KHS pay, marching 83 yards down the field, and scoring on a Griffin Sobel pass to Chase Hansen with 7:07 to go in the first half. A penalty moved the PAT back for Morris, and it was no good, giving Kaneland the edge by one point.

“Fumbles. We just gotta to hang on to the ball,” Fedderly said.
On the ensuing possesion, another fumble on 2nd-and-10 from Kaneland’s own 29 yard line gave Morris another offensive opportunity.

After Morris was called for holding and faced 1st-and-25 from Kaneland’s 33 yard line, a pass deep into the endzone appeared to be intercepted by Kaneland senior Isaac Swithers, but the officials ruled that both Swithers and Morris’ Jake Walker had equal posession of the ball before both stepped out of bounds, and Walker was awarded the touchdown. Morris could not convert a two-point conversion attempt, thanks to a great defensive play by Knight Kyle Diehl. Morris would hold their 12-7 lead into halftime.

Kaneland’s defense in the third quarter was stout, forcing Morris to punt on three three-and-outs, including the Redskins’ opening posession. The Knights made quick work of terrific field position at the Kaneland 46 yard line after Connor Fedderly’s fair catch on the punt. Five plays later, Connor Fedderly caught his second of three touchdowns on the night, a 7-yard strike. Franklin’s PAT made it 14-12 Knights with 10:13 to go in the third quarter.

The Kaneland Knights honored KHS Junior Julia Pratte, cancer survivor, prior to Friday’s game against Morris. “Coach Julia” lead the Kaneland Varsity Football team through the Knights tunnel on to the field during Friday night’s homecoming football game. Julia, together with the football team captains and head coach Tom Fedderly, did the coin toss. Photo by Mary Paulson
The Kaneland Knights honored KHS Junior Julia Pratte, cancer survivor, prior to Friday’s game against Morris. “Coach Julia” lead the Kaneland Varsity Football team through the Knights tunnel on to the field during Friday night’s homecoming football game. Julia, together with the football team captains and head coach Tom Fedderly, did the coin toss. Photo by Mary Paulson

The offense had a good drive that spanned late in the third quarter and into the fourth, moving from their own 21 yard line, but it was stalled on Morris’ 22 yard line after an incomplete pass to Fedderly on fourth down.

Morris got their offense going, putting together a 78-yard drive that featured a lateral to wide receiver Nathan Guth who in turn threw the ball 32 yards to Hansen to the Kaneland 21 yard line. Four plays later, Morris hit paydirt again, with Griffin Sobol finding Hansen all alone in the endzone for a five yard touchdown pass. Morris converted a two-point conversion to make it 20-14 with 4:19 to go.

Kaneland went three-and-out, including a 3rd-down sack, before disaster struck on the punt. The snap got away from Marczuk, who then kicked it into a Kaneland player, bouncing the ball toward the Kaneland endzone. Morris was able to recover on the Kaneland five yard line, and was back in the endzone two plays later on a Matt Feiden three-yard run. Morris again failed to convert the two-point conversion, but now led 26-14 with only 3:14 to go in the game.

Kaneland proved they still had fight in them, converting on 4th-and-10 from their own 35 yard line. Brock Harner kept the drive alive with his 13-yard catch. On the next play, it was Connor Fedderly with a 37-yard catch to the Morris 15 yard line. Immediately after, Marczuk avoided pressure by rolling out of the pocket and was rewarded by finding Connor Fedderly all alone in the endzone for a 15-yard touchdown with 1:07 to go.

“I was just glad that our kids don’t give up. Everybody was out there just fighting to the very end, and Connor came up with some plays at the end, and Jake made some good scrambles and made a good throw,” Fedderly said.

Down 26-21, Kaneland tried an onside kick, but Morris recovered and was able to run out the clock for the victory.

Marczuk ended the night with 19 completions on 35 attempts for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Connor Fedderly led all receivers with 142 yards on eight receptions and three touchdowns. Swithers had seven carries for 75 yards.
“It was a hard-fought battle and it came down to the last drive,” Tom Fedderly said.

Oct. 16 Sports Recap

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Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 8 @ Oswego East—The Lady Knights lost 4-3 at Oswego East. Abby Purnell (8-3) and Ava Mandele (8-5) won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and Mary Collum and Marley Schultz won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 8 @ Byron Invite—The Knights put up a perfect score of 15 to win the open race at Byron. The course was 2.87 miles.
1 A. Gale, 18:03; 2 D. Wojak, 18:29; 3 K. Wells, 18:31; 4 C. Girolamo, 18:34; 5 P. Heiser, 18:36; 6 T. Nance, 19:04; 7 G. Wilk, 19:25; 8 J. O’Sullivan, 19:38; 10 J. Kasap, 20:00; 12 K. Osborne, 21:07; 15 I. Piazza, 22:25; 16 J. Wolfe 22:26; 18 G. Gingrich, 22:49; 21 C. Rutter, 28:35

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 9 vs. Morris—The Knights won 5-0 over Morris. Brian Bartholomew had two goals and an assist, while Jose Chavez had a goal and assist. Diego Ruiz and Brandon Luebke also had goals, and Robbie Nachreiner had two assists for KHS.
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield East—The Knights were down 2-1 to PE with 10 minutes to go in the second half when the Plainfield East coach was given a red card, and the game was left as “undecided.” Christian Medrano scored an unassisted goal for the Knights who are 10-1-2 on the season, 8-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Girls Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 25-13, 23-25, 25-14.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland won 25-21, 25-13.

Girls Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs, DeKalb—The freshman A squad won 25-19, 14-25, 25-16. The B team tied 19-25, 25-20, 21-21.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—The A team won 26-24, 23-25, 25-12, while the B team fell 21-25, 19-25.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 11 @ Sterling Invite—The Lady Knights placed 9th out of 22 teams Saturday. Andrea Wells led the team with a runner-up finish, while Sarah Daley was 12th. There were no team scores kept in the JV open race.
Fr/So results: 2 A. Wells, 19:45; 12 S. Daley, 20:42; 39 G. Dodis, 21:24; 76 K. Huber, 23:04; 99 M. Dries, 24:47; 100 M. Burger, 24:49.
JV Open results: 132 S. Sommerville, 24:17; 155 H. Penkala, 24:53.

Middle School
Cross Country

Oct. 11 @ IESA Sectional—In one of the toughest sectionals int he state, the Kaneland Harter Middle School cross country team saw its girls team qualify for the IESA State Meet by placing third behind Batavia Rotolo and Yorkville. The girls were paced by Rachel Richtman’s 3rd place in 12:03 over two miles. Lesley Viveros placed 10th in 12:28. Both were all-sectional selections. Also running for KHMS were Cassidy Motyka (15th, 12:37), Grace Purcell (19th 12:45), Tessa Brennan (21st 12:48), Erin Ball (22nd 12:51), and Emma Ball (28th 13:11). The boys squad placed fifth as a team, but saw two boys qualify as individuals. Seventh grader Zach Long took 3rd place in 10:59, while Dan Occhipinti placed ninth in 11:14—a personal record by 50 seconds. The state meet takes place at Maxwell Park in Normal, Ill. The girls team will run at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 1:15 p.m.

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8th grade volleyball

Eighth Grade Volleyball

Season recap—The 8th grade girls volleyball team of Kaneland Harter Middle School, coached by Jackie Self, had a successful season in the new Fox River Prairie Conference. This new conference includes St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Yorkville. The A team was 8-3 overall in the regular season, and beat Geneva South, Yorkville, and St. Charles Thompson in the Conference tournament to claim the title of conference champions. The B team was 10-1 overall and claimed the title of defending champs at the Yorkville B tournament. This talented group of girls worked together incredibly well and have many great years ahead in the high school volleyball program.

Seventh Grade Volleyball
Season recap—The Kaneland Harter Middle School 7th grade volleyball A team, coached by Kevin Hagan, was 7-4 overall in the regular season and took 2nd at the conference tournament. The B team ended 4-7 and took third at the Yorkville B tournament.

Kaneland Youth
Football League

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
Kaneland White 31
@ Yorkville Red 6
Kaneland Orange 9
@ Kaneland Black 0
Yorkville Black 26
@ Kaneland Silver 30
9U
Yorkville Black 0
@ Kaneland Black 21
Kaneland White 27
@ Yorkville Red 7
10U
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 20
Kaneland White 13
@ Yorkville Red 27
11U
Kaneland Black 11
@ DeKalb Orange 8 (OT)
Yorkville Red 6
@ Kaneland White 20

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland White 6
Kaneland Orange 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 18
Kaneland Silver 19
@ Burlington White 0
9U
Kaneland Black 31
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 8
@ Burlington Blue 13
10U
Kaneland Black 14
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 6
@ Burlington Blue 27
11U
DeKalb Black 38
@ Kaneland Black 8
Kaneland White 33
@ Yorkville White 6

The following teams have
qualified for the playoffs:

8U White, 8U Silver, 9U Black, 9U White, 10U Black, 11U Black and 11U White.

Compiled by Ben Draper

Kaneland Sports Boosters to give cancer the boot

KANELAND—The Kaneland Sports Boosters have announced their plans for the annual pink out, which will take place during the football games the evening of Friday, Oct. 24.

Pink out shirts and socks will be sold the week of Oct. 20 during lunch at Kaneland High School. They will also be sold at the games on Oct. 24.

Anyone that enters the Oct. 24 game with cowboy boots on will receive a free raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing.

Before the varsity game the boosters will be have a parade on the track for anyone that is suffering from cancer, a survivor, or anyone that wants to walk in memory of a loved one. If you are interested in participating please contact Shanne Kuipers at digum@sbcglobal.net.

All proceeds from the pink out will be donated to breast cancer research.

Oct. 9 sports recap

Boys Freshman Soccer
Oct. 1 @ Burlington Central—The Knights won 1-0. Michael Minoque had 16 saves, and Javier Correa had the goal on a Devin Pieczynski assist.
Oct. 6 @ DeKalb—Pieczynski’s goal and Minoque’s five saves helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie on the road against the Barbs.

Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 1 @ Yorkville—The JV tennis team fell 4-1 against the Lady Foxes. The Lady Knights are 3-1 in conference play.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 1 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—The Knights won 2-0. Diego Ruiz (Brian Bartholomew assist) and Tim Wachter (Brandon Luebke) each had goals.
Oct. 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights rolled 6-2 over the Spartans. John McCaffrey had three goals and an assist, while Bartholomew also had two goals. Ruiz had a goal and an assist, while Robbie Nachreiner and Christian Medrano each had assists. The Knights are 9-1-2 overall, and 6-0-1 in conference play.

Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The A team won 25-21, 25-19, while the B team also won 25-12, 25-8.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—The A team lost 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, while the B team lost 25-23, 20-25, 11-15. The A team is 9-4, 5-1 in conference play, while the B team is 2-9, 1-5.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The Lady Knights won 25-21, 25-19.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—KHS won 25-19, 25-15.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 3 @ Sycamore—The Knights won 20-0 over the Spartans.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Lady Knights won the eight-team meet with 40 points. Boylan was a close second with 46.
3 O. Galor, 21:09; 6. K. Huber, 21:55; 8 G. Drake, 22:12; 9 L. Klingensmith, 22:13; 15 S. Sommerville, 23:27; 18 M. Garcia, 23:38; 26. M. Dries, 24:26; 29 H. Penkala, 24:30.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Knights won the seven-team meet with 37 points, far ahead of runner-up Rockford East’s 66.
2 A. Kantola, 16:50; 3 A. Messina, 17:13; 5 S. Webster, 17:18; 13 H. Nosek, 18:17; 24 P. Heiser, 19:05; 25 D. Wojak, 19:08; 27 T. Nance, 19:14; 29. K. Wells, 19:17; 32. C. Girolamo, 19:29; 35. G. Wilk, 19:34; 38 J. O’Sullivan, 19:50; 80 C. Rutter, 25:22.

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That was Sparta

Photo: Junior Steven VanHorn breaks up a 3rd-down pass to a Sycamore wide receiver Friday. “Both defenses played really well,” KHS head coach Tom Fedderly said. Photo by Mary Paulson

Urgency increases after 14-7 loss at Sycamore
SYCAMORE—Kaneland football has yet to pull off a three-game win streak in 2014. It’ll have to in order to be considered for postseason play for the seventh consecutive season.

With a chance to at least tie the Sycamore Spartans during the Spartans’ homecoming week on Friday, Kaneland’s offense put together a sustained drive until an interception in the endzone with 14 seconds remaining cemented a 14-7 loss to Sycamore.

For KHS, its season sits at 2-4 (0-3 Northern Illinois Big XII) for the first time since 2007. The four-game skid notes the longest in-season losing streak since 1993.

The competitive-yet-hard-luck streak means the Knights are 3-6 in their last nine overall contests, playoffs included.

Kaneland and Sycamore’s meeting on Friday was a tad more low-scoring than last season’s 31-21 road loss, and a stark difference from Kaneland’s 30-point per game output.

Juniors Jacob Gomes (below, No. 53) and Andrew Kray (No. 75) hold the Sycamore offense on a 3rd down Friday.
Juniors Jacob Gomes (below, No. 53) and Andrew Kray (No. 75) hold the Sycamore offense on a 3rd down Friday.

Despite just 81 yards passing during the defensive struggle, Knights quarterback Jake Marczuk was the game’s leading rusher with 129 yards on the ground.

After battling through an early stalemate that involved Knights receiver Mitchell Groen recovering a fumble out of the air—to no avail—on offense, the Spartans converted on a one-yard touchdown run by Brett Weaver to make it 7-0 with 2:05 left in the second quarter.

Marczuk’s 4th-down attempt to Connor Fedderly from the Spartans’ 42 was a no-go, ending the final first-half drive.

In the third quarter, Marczuk’s grasp on the ball was loosened during a scamper and Sycamore recovered on its on 29. Three plays later, Spartan Dion Hooker ran for a 63-yard score to take a 14-0 lead with 8:38 to go.

Marczuk finally brought the Knights to the scoring column with 7:09 to go in the fourth on a nine-yard run to make it 14-7. After forcing Sycamore to punt, a forced fumble during Fedderly’s return went to Sycamore. KHS was able to dig deep and block a 32-yard field goal attempt and take over at its own 29. Using the strength of a 21-yard run by Marczuk, the Knights found themselves in Sycamore territory.

On 2nd and 10 from the 32, Marczuk was sacked, but gained 21 yards on a run to the 16. After a pass attempt to the middle of the end zone to Fedderly went incomplete, a slant to Fedderly in the end zone was snagged by Sycamore’s Bryce Hansen to end it the Knight hope.

“(Coach Joe Ryan) does a great job with his kids, and it was just a hard-fought game. I think we did some things to kind of hurt ourselves. They did a tremendous job. We had to put drives together, and Sycamore stepped up and did a good job. Both defenses played really well.” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland has a date with the 2-4 Morris Redskins on Friday, Oct. 10. Morris has ceased to beat Kaneland since rejoining the conference landscape together in 2010.

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Down to the Barbed Wire

Photo: Senior Zack Thielk manhandles a DeKalb player during Kaneland’s 37-34 loss against the Barbs. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Late comeback try falls short in first-ever conference loss to DeKalb
KANELAND—It seems like 2014 has the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference upside down.

DeKalb and Yorkville are atop the current landscape, with Kaneland, Sycamore and Morris looking up.

The Knights, after a valiant fourth-quarter comeback and a penchant for matching visiting DeKalb’s big plays, had the ball and a chance to at least tie the game with 42 seconds to go, but a Barb interception on the drive’s second play ended the threat and set the final in DeKalb’s favor, 37-34 on Friday.

“That’s what we preach to these guys,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We’ve got to come here and have a chance at the end if we don’t make a lot of mistakes. That’s something we really worked on all week. We really had a good week of practice.”

Kaneland falls to 2-3, with an 0-2 mark in the Northern Illinois Big XII. It marked the first losing streak in conference play since the NIB-12’s 2010 kickoff. The Knights have not had a 2-3 mark in regular season play since the 2007 campaign, after wins over Burlington Central and Batavia, with losses against Marmion Academy, Rochelle and Sycamore.

DeKalb is 5-0 and has already matched its 2013 win total, with meetings against Morris, Rochelle, undefeated Yorkville and undefeated Geneseo still to come.

“These guys have been playing for a while. This is their year, and they have a lot of really good seniors and they’ve got a pretty good sophomore quarterback,” Fedderly said.

Kaneland QB Jake Marczuk was 23-for-36 for 420 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Wideout Connor Fedderly had 294 yards receiving and two touchdown catches, including a 61-yard bomb that brought the game to its final margin. Tyler Paulson had four catches for 69 yards.

DeKalb’s Rudy Lopez picked off a tipped pass to end the first drive of the game, and the Barbs converted with a 63-yard scoring scamper by Eriq Torrey. Danny Hammermeister blocked the PAT to make it 6-0 with 8:44 left in the first frame.

Knight Drew Franklin kept the hosts in it with a 25-yard field goal with 5:06 remaining in the first, and Brandon Kigyos’ fumble recovery paved the way for a 29-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the frame for a tie score.

In the second quarter, DeKalb’s 29-yard field goal with 10:13 to go gave the Barbs a 9-6 lead. Sophomore QB Derek Kyler’s one-yard sneak with 6:51 to go in the half made it 16-6, but Marczuk found Fedderly in the corner of the end zone from the 10 to make it 16-13 with 5:20 to go. Fedderly’s 37-yard catch earlier in the drive had set up the possession’s good tidings.

DeKalb would answer on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Lopez with 2:53 to go, making it 22-13 to close down the first half scoring.

A 15-yard touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion by University of Illinois recruit Dre Brown with 9:24 to go in the third, made it a daunting 30-13 margin. Kaneland’s offense would march 65 yards down the field and punch through on an Isaac Swithers four-yard touchdown run to make it 30-20 with 6:38 to play in the third.

The Barbs’ Brown seemingly put the game away with a 15-yard touchdown run and dive into the end zone just four seconds into the fourth to make it 37-20, but Marczuk’s 16-yard touchdown run with 10:09 to go brought the margin to 37-27.

Fedderly’s catch-and-run with 4:00 to go closed it to three, and DeKalb was forced to punt after four straight penalties made it 2nd and 47 from its own 16-yard line. After a downed punt, Kaneland set up shop with 42 ticks left from their own 27. An attempt to Fedderly was incomplete, and with 31 seconds left, Barb Thomas Lowie snatched the pass after a bobble to ice the contest.

Kaneland’s next challenge is the host Sycamore Spartans on Friday, Oct. 3. Sycamore is 3-2 after a 42-0 shellacking of host Ottawa on Friday.

Local athlete on Central College football team

PELLA, IOWA—Kaneland graduate and wide receiver Zack Martinelli is a member of the Central College football team.

Central has captured a record 30 Iowa Conference championships with 20 NCAA Division III playoff berths, including 17 in the past 27 years. The Dutch have not had a losing season since 1960. Central is 2-1 heading into Iowa Conference play. Coach Jeff McMartin has an 81-28 (.743) record, and is in his 11th season for Central.

Oct. 2 Sports Recap

Sophomore Football
Sept. 26 @ DeKalb—The Knights defeated the Barbs 25-6. No individual stats were provided.

Boys JV Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Aurora Central Catholic—The boys freshman/sophomore team placed sixth at the Charger Classic in Aurora. Kaneland also had runners compete in the open race, but no team score was kept. Fr/So results: 8: A. Kantola, 16:55; 23: A. Messina, 17:32.4; 28: S. Webster, 17:48.4; 33: H. Nosek, 18:05.6; 58: C. Girolamo, 18:53.7; 69: D. Wojak, 19:14.7; 77: K. Wells, 19:31.7. Open results: 63: P. Heiser, 19:20.7; 97: G. Wilk, 20:11.6; 127: J. O’Sullivan, 21:20.1; 139: Josh Kasap, 22:21.6; 140: G. Gingrich, 22:21.6; 155: J. Wolfe, 23:14.3; 159: K. Osborne, 23:29.1; 180: I. Piazza, 26:42.9; 185: C. Rutter, 29:07.5.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Sterling—With only four runners, the Lady Knights didn’t factor into the scoring at Saturday’s Rock River Run in Sterling, Ill. Results: 6: G. Dodis, 21:20.7; 26; K. Huber, 23:14.9; 61: M. Dries, 26:42.6; M. Burger, 28:38.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 24 vs. Burlington Central—The Rockets shut out the Knights 4-0. Michael Minogue had five saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 20 vs. Mendota—Kaneland won 3-2 over Mendota. Peter Castillo had two goals, and Brian Kemp had one. Assists came from Jon Turyna, Diego Ruiz and Brian Bartholomew.
Sept. 20 vs. Genoa-Kingston—The Knights won in overtime on penalty kicks. The score was tied 1-1. Jose Chavez scored on a Christian Medrano assist. KHS converted all five penalty kicks.
Sept. 23 vs. Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 1-0 on a Chavez goal (Ruiz assist).
Sept. 25 vs. Sterling—The Knights and Warriors tied at 2. Brandon Luebke (Ruiz assist) and Bartholomew (John McCaffrey assist) had the Kaneland goals.
Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa—The Knights defeated Ottawa 4-0. Ruiz (Medrano assist) and Bartholomew (McCaffrey assist) each had a goal, while Medrano (one unassisted and a Chavez assist) scored twice. The Knights are 6-1-2, 4-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 25 vs. Ottawa—The Lady Pirates defeated KHS 4-1. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz was the lone Kaneland winner, defeating their Ottawa oppenents 10-5.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—Kaneland defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-19. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—The KHS freshman A team defeated Yorkville 25-12, 25-19 to move to 4-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 25-23, 25-16 to fall to 0-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—The Lady Knights defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-12. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville narrowly defeated the Lady Knights 25-16, 18-25, 25-23. Kaneland is now 2-2 in conference play.

WCC Womens Soccer
Sept. 24 @ Oakton CC—Waubonsee defeated Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., 2-1 in overtime. Andrea Garcia and Haley Kilbride had the WCC goals, while Kelli Cardine and Elizabeth Goll had the assists. Lisa Gaffino had four saves. WCC had 35 shots on goal, and is 7-2 on the season.

WCC Mens Soccer
Sept. 23 @ McHenry—Waubonsee tied McHenry 1-1. Akim Suraji had a goal from a Ramon Eurioles assist in the second half.
Sept. 28 @ Augustana—WCC earned a win over Augustana 3-2 in Rock Island, Ill. David Renoso (Juan Ponce assist) and David Sanchez both scored in the first half for WCC, while Suraji (Alex Del Toro assist) put in the game-winner in the second half. WCC’s men’s soccer is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 25 @ WWS—Wheaton-Warrenville South defeated the Knights 162-186. Dan Franck led KHS with a 45, and was followed closely by Joey Brandonisio’s 46. Jake Hummel (47), Jacob Milton (48), Michael Petrick (53) Brock Williams (53), Jake Romas (54) and Rhett Espe (55) also competed for the Knights.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 27, 2014

8U
Yorkville Black 6
@ Kaneland White 33
Burlington White 12
@ Kaneland Black 6 (OT)
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland Silver 0
DeKalb Black 0
@ Kaneland Orange 20

9U
Burlington Blue 12
@ Kaneland Black 6
DeKalb Black 14
@ Kaneland White 13

10U
Burlington Blue 22
@ Kaneland Black 8
DeKalb Black 50
@ Kaneland White 32

11U
Burlington Blue 6
@ Kaneland Black 35
Yorkville White 7
@ Kaneland White 42

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Can’t avoid the rush

Photo: Senior Isaac Swithers was back in action Friday night, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 44 yards. Photo by Ben Draper

Yorkville’s Kurtz rushes for 303 yards, 4 TDs, hands KHS 41-25 loss
YORKVILLE—Local observers of football have eyed a Yorkville football program on the rise.
On Friday, at Campbell Field, the Kaneland Knights were set up for a fall.

Behind 303 yards and four touchdowns for Foxes running back Mike Kurtz, the Knights’ three-quarter-long comeback—and a lead lasting all of 12 seconds—was negated by a furious rally in a 41-25 defeat.

Kaneland falls to 2-2, and 0-1 in the Northern Illinois Big XII. Yorkville improved to 4-0, and 1-0 in the NIB-12.

The victory for Yorkville marks the first win over Kaneland’s program since Oct. 5, 2002, in what was a 34-13 decision at Yorkville’s homecoming. Kaneland’s win streak over Yorkville, over head coaches Jim Still and Karl Hoinkes, stopped at 11 encounters.

KHS has now lost two games in a row for the first time since dropping games to Batavia and Glenbard South in the 2008 season, a campaign that saw the Knights go 5-4 in regular season play. In Kaneland’s last nine combined regular season and playoff games dating back to last year, KHS is now 5-4.

“A credit to them, (Yorkville executed). We’ll look back on this and we’ll try to look at the positives,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland actually outgained the Foxes 371-368, with Yorkville failing to complete a pass in six attempts.

Knights QB Jake Marczuk was 20-for-36 for 252 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions, eventually resulting in three Yorkville touchdown drives. Marczuk was also the leading rusher for KHS with 68 yards, and a returning Isaac Swithers had 44 yards on the ground and two TDs.

On the pass-catching front, Tanner Robertsen caught six balls and Connor Fedderly caught seven, both for 83 yards.

“(Tanner) had a good game, he was a positive; Swizz (Isaac Swithers) was one and Connor was, too. We made some plays. We have playmakers; we just have to take a look at our mistakes,” Fedderly said.

A Brody Sharp interception concluded Kaneland’s first offensive possession, while Kurtz made them pay with a seven-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 8:06 to go in the first. Kaneland answered with an 11-play, 60-yard drive that concluded with a 25-yard field goal from Drew Franklin for a 7-3 score with 3:18 to go in the first.

Yorkville would next strike in the second quarter on QB Nathan Scott’s bootleg from the one 54 seconds into the frame for a 14-3 lead. Kaneland’s Franklin would bring the visitors closer with his boot from 23 yards out to make it 14-6 with 6:47 to go.

Another long drive for Kaneland that began on Isaiah Berenklau’s pick ended in a one-yard TD run for Swithers with 1:04 to play in the half to make it 14-13.

In the third quarter, after a nine-yard run by Tyler Paulson, Swithers busted through to the end zone with 5:52 to go to give the Knights their first lead at 19-14. Kurtz would scamper for a 65-yard touchdown run to give Yorkville the lead for good at 21-19.

Sharp would pick off another Kaneland pass, which would lead to a fourth-down bootleg by Scott for an 11-yard touchdown run with 3:31 to play the frame for a 28-19 lead. After a Knight punt, Yorkville’s Kurtz would convert on yet another 65-yard TD run for a 35-19 lead with 1:23 to go in the quarter.

Fourth-quarter scoring consisted of Kurtz’ 20-yard run with 9:06 to go, and a 33-yard bomb from Marczuk to Robertsen with 6:51 to go for the final 16-point margin.

Kaneland now plays visiting DeKalb, which comes in at 4-0 and is the top team on the IHSA Playoff Outlook for Class 6A. Kickoff is slated for Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:15 p.m.

Photos by Ben Draper

Sept. 25 Sports recap

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KHMS Seventh Grade Football
Aug. 27 vs. Batavia Rotolo—Kaneland won 32-8. Max Gagne had three touchdowns, while Joe Smith threw for two TDs and ran for another.
Aug. 30 @ DeKalb Huntley—Kaneland won on the road, defeating Huntley Middle School 14-8. Gagne had two receiving TDs.
Sept. 11 vs. Yorkville—The Knights moved to 3-0 with a 20-8 win over the visiting Foxes. Gagne had two TDs, and Brenden Parks had a defensive TD as well.
Sept. 18 @ St. Charles Haines—Kaneland throttled Haines 42-6. Gagne had three TDs, Colton Doll had a 70 yard TD reception, and Smith threw for three TDs and ran for another. The Knights defense has only given up three touchdowns so far in 2014. Kaneland hosts Geneva Middle School Sept. 25.

KHMS Eighth Grade Football
Aug. 27 @ Batavia Rotolo—The Knights lost to the Rotolo 20-8. Kaneland’s Alstott caught a TD pass and ran in a two-point conversion for the Knights.
Aug. 30 vs. DeKalb Huntley—The Knights got their first win of the season over DeKalb Huntley, 14-6. C. Angelotti’s pass to K. Angelotti got KHMS going, and an Alstott two point conversion made it 8-0 early. A TD pass from McDonald to Denning made (two-point conversion failed) made it 14 for the Knights.
Sept. 11 @ Yorkville—The Knights fell to the Foxes 24-0. The Foxes racked up 211 yards to the Knights’ 69.
Sept. 18 vs. St. Charles Haines—The Knights lost 22-8. Kaneland was behind early 6-0, but a 30-yard pass from McDonald to K. Angelotti, with a good two-point conversion, made it 8-6. Haines would score two more times to seal their victory. The Knights are 1-3 and play St. Charles Wredling on Sept. 29.

Boys Soph. Soccer

Sept. 17 vs. DeKalb—The Knights shut out DeKalb 1-0 on a goal by Jose Chavez. They improved to 3-1-1, and 3-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The freshman A team won 25-10, 25-18 and improved to 2-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 21-25, 19-25 and fell to 0-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The Lady Knights improved to 1-1 in conference play with a 25-14, 25-19 win over Sycamore.

Sophomore Football
Sept. 19 @ Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 21-7. No individual stats were provided.

Girls Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 2 A. Wells 19:36; 27 S. Daley 21:24.6; 45 G. Dodis 22:18.9; 54 A. Shaw 22:46.1; 74 K. Huber 23:34.7; 112 M. Dries, 25:38.5; 148 K. Waweru 29:08.7. OPEN: 26 O. Galor 23:07.4; 35 L. Klingsensmith 23:37.8; 44 S. Sommerville 24:13; 76 H. Penkala 26:34.6.

Boys Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 1 M. Richtman, 16:30.8; 18 A. Kantola, 17:37.2; 44 A. Messina, 18:33.2; 47 S. Webster, 18:36.8; 48 H. Nosek, 18:39.4; 91 C. Girolamo, 19:43; 114 D. Wojak, 20:19.6; 118 K. Wells, 20:22.1; 120 P. Heiser, 20:23.8; 124 G. Wilk, 20:27.9; 135 T. Nance 20:43.9; 178 B. Purcell, 22:00.1; 179 Jack O’Sullivan, 22:13.3; 229 C. Rutter, 27:25.9. OPEN: 101 N. Moses 20:45.2; 123 B. Smith 21:26; 140 Josh Kasap 22:39; 145 J. Wolfe 23:10.4; 150 K. Osborne 23:34.1; 151 A. Parks 23:57.1; 159 E. Cain 24:32.9; 162 I. Piazza 24:48.2.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 22 @ Oswego—The Lady Knights fell 3-4 to visiting Oswego. Abby Purnell and Ava Mandele earned wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while the No. 4 doubles team of Katie Biard and Tiffany Castracion also won.
Sept. 23 vs. LaSalle-Peru—Kaneland defeated visiting L-P 4-1 Tuesday. Nos. 1 and 2 singles Kayla Corirossi and Purnell each won their matches 10-8, while the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz and No. 2 doubles group Mary Collum and Mandele each won their matches 10-3.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 23 @ Marengo—The Knights defeated Marengo 184-215. Dan Franck shot a 43, Luke Calabrese a 44, Jake Pearson a 47, Jacob Milton and Jake Hummel each shot 50’s, and Brock Williams a 56.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 20, 2014

8U
Kaneland White 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Silver 26
@ DeKalb Black 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 19
Kaneland Orange 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

9U
Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

10U
Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

11U
DeKalb Black 33
@ Kaneland Black 16
DeKalb Orange 19
@ Kaneland White 6

9-18 Sports Recap

Sophomore Football
Sept. 12 vs. Rich Central—The sophomore football team won 40-20. No individual stats were provided.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 15 vs. Sterling—Michael Petrick and Jake Hummel led the Knights with 44’s as Kaneland defeated Sterling 180 to 222. Jake Pearson and Jacob Milton each shot 46, while Luke Calabrese 48, Brock Williams 49, Dan Franck 50 and Joey Brandonisio a 51.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 11 @ Sycamore—The Knights shut out host Sycamore 4-0 behind two goals by Javier Correa. Devon Pieczynski had a goal and an assist. Eric Stoll had a goal and Nick Berland an assist. Michael Minogue stopped all seven shots he faced in goal.
Sept. 12 @ Marmion—The Knights didn’t find the back of the net against the Cadets, losing 5-0. Minogue had 10 saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland trounced Sycamore 7-0. Brian Batholomew (2), Jose Chavez, Brian Kemp, Christian Medrano and Hunter Smith all scored. John McCaffrey, Robbie Nachreiner, Chavez (2) and Diego Ruiz all supplied assists.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland dispatched the Redskins 5-2. KHS goals came from Bartholomew (2), McCaffrey, Medrano and Chavez. Nachreiner supplied two assists. The Knights are 2-1-1, 2-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—The Knights swept all matches against Sycamore, winning 5-0. Kayla Corirossi (6-1, 7-5) and Abby Purnell (6-3, 6-0) supplied the wins on the singles side, while Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schultz (6-2, 6-0), Mary Collum/Ava Mandele (6-0, 6-2) and Katrina McNew/Liz Towell (forfeit) had doubles wins.
Sept. 15 vs. Rosary—Rosary defeated the Lady Knights 6-1. Mandele earned a 10-4 win at No. 2 singles for Kaneland.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland won 5-0 over Morris. Corirossi (11-10, 7-3) and Purcell (10-8) won at singles, while Karolewicz/Schultz (10-5), Collum/Mandele (10-2) and McNew/Towell (10-1) had doubles wins. The JV tennis team is 3-0 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The freshman A team won in three sets, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21, while the B teamlost 19-25, 21-25. No individual stats were provided.
Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The sophomore team won the first game, but fell to DeKalb 25-18, 18-25, 17-25. No individual stats were provided.

WCC Women’s Soccer
Sept. 10 vs. Moraine Valley—Waubonsee beat Moraine Valley 7-1. Kellie Cardine had two goals and an assist, while Andrea Garcia had two goals and Elizabeth Goll had a goal and three assists. Ashley Darlak and Olivia Cozzoni each had a goal, and Mayra Patino and Haley Kilbride each had an assist. Christina Sommerfeld had six saves.
Sept. 13 vs. Trinity Int’l University JV—Waubonsee won 8-2. Cardine had a goal and three assists, Goll had two goals and an assist, Andrea Garcia had two goals and an assist, and Darlak and Savannah Ricker each had a goal. Sommerfeld had eight saves. The WCC women’s soccer team is now 4-1, 1-0 in conference play.

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That’s Rich

First regular-season home loss since 2009 sees KHS fall to 2-1
MAPLE PARK—As the saying goes, “You can’t win them all”— but it’s been a quite a run for the Kaneland Knights football team.

An impressive home winning streak was snapped by the visiting Rich Central last Friday, as the Olympians edged the Knights 14-13.

You’d have to look to Week 8 of the 2009 season to find the last time KHS lost on Peterson Field—a 27-24 overtime loss to Geneva. The 2009 season-opener against Huntley marked the last time a non-conference opponent won at Kaneland.

“Our defense played very well,” said Knights head coach Tom Fedderly. “We played a good team and our kids had to play a four-quarter game. There were a lot of positives.”

The stat lines on Friday saw the Knights dominate in almost all facets of the game, out-gaining the Olympians 322 to 185 yards, and dominating the time of possession 30:22 to 17:38. The only key stat that RC led was passing, out-gaining the Knights 212-109. The Knights defense held RC to -27 yards rushing and forced two turnovers.

The Knights got on the board first, with a 24-yard field goal by junior Drew Franklin. Rich Central scored almost immediately after on a spectacular 86-yard catch-and-run by Olympian DeQuan Dudley. The Knights blocked the point after attempt to keep the score 6-3.

In the second quarter it was Franklin again, this time with a 30-yard field goal to lock the score up at 6 all. Senior Danny Hammermeister (eight tackles, two for a loss) came up with three big tackles for the Knights late in the second quarter, forcing a punt. With only :20 to go in the quarter, the Knights couldn’t find the endzone.

After penalties pushed RC to a 3rd and 20 in their own zone, senior Brandon Kigyos intercepted DaQuan Richie. Shortly after, junior Tyler Paulson stiff-armed and fought his way 20 yards for the Knights’, touchdown. After a Franklin PAT, the Knights lead was 13-6.

But with 2:14 to go in the third, it was the speedy Dudley again, catching a pass from Richie for 57 yards and a RC touchdown. A two-point conversion attempt was good via Jordan Fuqua, making it 14-13 heading into the fourth quarter.

The final quarter was a seesaw battle of possession. With 1:49 left, Kaneland forced RC to punt on 4th and 25, eventually getting the ball back on RC’s 34 yard line. Kaneland converted on a 4th and 3 with :29 seconds to go. After taking a couple chances to the endzone, it was Franklin’s turn to try to win the game with a field goal with 7.7 seconds left from the Kaneland 18. The junior’s kick missed and RC squeaked away with a hard-fought road victory.

“I was happy how we competed right down to the last play,” Fedderly said. “We made some big plays in the last drive to give us a chance to win. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for us.”

Friday sees the Knights take to the road for the first time in 2014, visiting the 3-0 Yorkville Foxes at Campbell Field. The Foxes have outscored their opponents 119-37 this season, including a 38-24 win at home over Rochelle last week. Last year, head coach Karl Hoinkes led the team to their first playoff berth since 2002. Between his time at Oswego (26 seasons) and Yorkville (4th season), Hoinkes has 205 wins and 103 losses, including two state championships with Oswego. The last time Yorkville defeated the Knights was a 34-13 homecoming win at YHS on Oct. 5, 2002.

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Kaneland 49ers

Photo: Junior Jake Marczuk (left) had a big second game under center for the Knights, throwing for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Photos by Mary Paulson

Knights have solid non-conference win vs. visiting Marshall
KANELAND—Friday’s matchup between Kaneland and Chicago’s Marshall on the football field had fewer weather hazards, but the same positive result for KHS.

The 49-6 win for Kaneland had area fans thinking T.G.I.F. at the end of the night.

Containing a physical Commandos team on both sides of the ball, the Knights had a smoother beginning than last week’s win over Brooks Prep of Chicago, and scored touchdowns on four of its first five possessions.

“We had a bunch of fundamental mistakes last week that we focused on in practice, and we wanted to get it right, right away,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland begins 2-0 for the fifth consecutive season, and hasn’t lost a non-conference matchup since a Week Two loss against Huntley in 2009.

QB Jake Marczuk went 20-for-26 on the often rainy night for 221 yards and four touchdown throws. Wideout Connor Fedderly had 123 yards and a TD on 10 catches.

“Last year, I didn’t have a huge role, and I knew my role. This year, the team is counting on me. We’re really happy to get a win today,” Fedderly said.

Through two weeks, the senior captain is getting some idea of what the Knights offer week in and week out.

“The team’s really hard working. Everyone’s really tough and really starting to come together. This is one of the hardest-working seasons we’ve had,” Fedderly said.

Additionally, Mitch Groen had 59 yards receiving on six catches, while target Tyler Paulson also had 59 yards on four catches and a touchdown.

KHS won the total yards battle handily, 356-92.

The first drive for Kaneland went six plays and 44 yards, as Paulson caught a bullet pass from 15 yards out for the touchdown, and Marczuk rescued a botched point-after by tossing to Isaiah Baerenklau for an 8-0 edge with 9:12 left in the first quarter.

Kevin Fuchs ended the second scoring drive with a 3-yard touchdown catch with 5:05 to go that made it 15-0. Marshall scored its lone touchdown on the first play of the second quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass to close within 15-6 with just six ticks gone in the frame.

Kaneland’s next scoring drive ended on a Marczuk 4-yard scramble to make it 22-6 with 4:46 to go in the half, while the Knights’ next drive went 50 yards on seven plays, ending in Fedderly’s 32-yard snag in the end zone on fourth down. The score made it 29-6 with 1:08 before halftime.

The third-quarter flurry ended any chance of a Commando comeback once and for all, beginning with Kaneland’s special teams swarming Marshall’s punt attempt, and then scoring on a Groen catch from 6 yards out three minutes into second-half play for a 36-6 edge.

After a Kyle Diehl interception, Alec Aureilo converted two plays later on a three-yard scamper with 6:31 to go in the third for a 43-6 margin. The scoring closed with 9:50 remaining in the contest on a 16-yard run by Giovanni Regalado to make it 49-6.

Coach Fedderly feels good about what the gelling Knights are capable of with seven games to go.

“What I know is that these guys are going to play hard. There’s no egos on the team, they just want to play football. Marshall had a lot of talent over there (tonight), and the coach did a really good job,” Fedderly said.

On Friday, Sept. 12, the Knights play Olympia Fields outpost Rich Central. The Olympians come into Maple Park at 1-1, including a 36-20 loss to Plainfield East and a 48-0 shutout of Chicago’s Kenwood Academy.

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Fr/So Golf
Aug. 26 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—Kaneland defeated Hinckley-Big Rock 178 to 261. Jacob Hummel led the team with a 43. Michael Petrick and Rhett Espe each shot a 44. Jacob Milton (47), Jacob Romas (47) and Joey Brandonisio (53) rounded out the scores.
Sept. 8 vs. Yorkville—The Knights defeated the Foxes 176-194. Dan Franck led the team with a 42. Milton (44), Brandonisio (45) Luke Calabrese (45) Hummel (45) Jacob Pearson (47), Brock Williams (49) and Petrick (49) also competed.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 9 @ Montini—The Lady Knights defeated Montini 25-20, 25-18. No individual stats were provided.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 9 @ Montini—The freshman A squad won 25-22, 13-25, 25-14, while the B squad lost 13-25, 19-25. No individual stats were provided.

Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 9 vs. DeKalb—The Knights settled for a 1-1 tie against DeKalb. John McCaffrey scored the lone KHS goal unassisted. The sophomore team is now 0-1-1, and 0-0-1 in conference play.

Kaneland Youth Football League
Saturday, Sept. 6
8U
Kaneland White 20
@ Kaneland Orange 0
Kaneland Silver 28
@ Burlington Blue 8
Burlington White 6
@ Kaneland Black 25

9U
Kaneland Black 6
@ DeKalb Black 0 (OT)
Kaneland White 32
@ Yorkville Red 14

10U
Kaneland Black 12
@ DeKalb Black 6 (OT)
Kaneland White 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

11U
DeKalb Orange 33
@ Kaneland Black 8
Kaneland White 27
@ Yorkville Red 6

Don’t see your results in the Elburn Herald? Have your coach email them to sports@elburnherald.com or fax them to (630) 365-2251.

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Knight football wins 10th-straight opener

Photo: Senior Connor Fedderly had six catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights on Saturday. Photo by Mary Paulson

24-hour delay, tough beginning leads to 30-8 win over Brooks
KANELAND—Kaneland faithful and fans of decent weather probably hope Kaneland stops meeting Brooks Prep of Chicago like this.

For the second consecutive year, the Knights and Eagles were delayed due to stormy weather, postponing football’s season opener by 24 hours. After a leg injury to running back Isaac Swithers on his first carry, and three fumbles on Kaneland’s first three drives, the defense came up with key stops. After QB Jake Marczuk’s initial TD pass to Tyler Paulson in the first quarter, things settled down en route to a 30-8 win.

KHS has won 10 consecutive season openers, and four straight against the Eagles. The delay was the third such occurrence in eight seasons for KHS football, also happening before the 2007 season opener. It marked the third straight Saturday meeting between Kaneland and Brooks.

Kaneland has gone undefeated in regular season home encounters since an overtime loss to Geneva in Week 8 of 2009. The last home loss at Peterson Field was on Oct. 31, 2009, in a first-round loss to Sycamore.

Marczuk went 11-for-22 for 176 yards and four touchdowns in his first varsity action. Connor Fedderly caught six passes for 67 yards, while Paulson caught two passes, both TD’s for 65 yards. Kaneland was actually outgained by Brooks in total yards, 265-228.

“They had some really good kids rushing the passer, and we had to make our adjustments up front,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “But, we have kids that can make plays and we used the spread offense, where one play looks bad and then the next is a 70-yard touchdown.”

On Kaneland’s second play from scrimmage after Brooks botched a field goal attempt, Swithers coughed up the ball and sustained an injury, only to return to action in the fourth quarter. Brooks went four-and-out, leading to Kaneland’s Alec Aurelio fumbling on Kaneland’s next drive. After Brooks couldn’t convert on fourth down, Marczuk would cough up the ball on the third play of the next drive.

Brooks was forced to punt, and an errant snap was corralled by the punter, only to be swarmed by Mitch Groen. With KHS setting up shop at the 12-yard line, Marczuk found Paulson in the end zone for a TD pass with 4:16 remaining in the first quarter.

After a Brandon Kigyos pick, Kaneland’s drive ended in a three-yard scoring pass to Fedderly for a 13-0 edge with 9:49 remaining in the second quarter.

Austin Vickery pounced on a fumble giving possession back to Kaneland, and Marczuk found Fedderly on a fade for a 10-yard touchdown pass just 23 seconds after the last score for a 20-0 edge.

Eric Matthews called his own number for Brooks for an eight-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point try to make it 20-8 with 6:05 remaining in the second quarter.

Later, Drew Franklin’s first varsity field goal try from 25 yards out was good with 1:38 left in the half for a 23-8 lead before the break.

After a scoreless third frame, the Knights cinched Saturday night on a bomb to Paulsen for a 53-yard scoring strike as he outran the Brooks secondary to make it 30-8 just 20 seconds into fourth quarter play.

Paulson was glad to leave Peterson Field with a victory which he contributed heavily.

“Being my first varsity game, I was pretty nervous to hit the field, but after I caught a couple balls I felt pretty good,” Paulson said. “After the fumbles, we needed to change our mindset, and we knew what we had to do to continue to succeed.”

Kaneland hosts Chicago’s Marshall High School for the two schools’ first-ever meeting on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.. KHS hosted IC Catholic in the second game of 2013.

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Week 1 Preview: Brooks Prep (0-0) at Kaneland (0-0)

Friday, Aug. 29, 7:15 p.m.

KANELAND—Knights football hopes recent history repeats itself against Brooks Prep in Friday’s season opener.

The KHS gridiron contingent has won every meeting between the two programs since starting the rivalry back in 2011. This encounter was originally scheduled for Gately Stadium before necessitating a move due to Chicago’s Gately Stadium’s unavailability, meaning Kaneland has six home games in 2014 at Peterson Field.

Kaneland, behind two Jesse Balluff touchdowns, bested the Eagles by a final of 27-7 in the 2013 season opener, a change of pace from the 2012 opener in Chicago that saw KHS scurry for an 18-point comeback in a 25-24 win.

Friday marks the debut under center for junior quarterback Jake Marczuk, who takes over for three-year starter Drew David.

Brooks, led by coach Jason Richardson, finished 9-3 in Class 5A, and sees one other suburban school in 2014, Carol Stream’s Glenbard North in week three.

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2014 Football Preview: Helmet to helmet

Photo: Senior Connor Fedderly will return as receiver and be a leader in the squad. Photos by Patti Wilk

Knights look to replace previous talented class on gridiron
KANELAND—Knight names that had heavy contributions the past three seasons for a squad that advanced to a 5A semifinal and two second-round appearances are many.

Names like David, Balluff, Pruett, Bishop, Carlson, Dyer, Nauert, Koehring, Komel, Diddell and Snyder provided big moments against noteworthy rivals.

New names must be added to the cast in order for this season to be a similar success in Maple Park.

That’s a challenge that is just fine with head coach Tom Fedderly, now in his eighth year.

“It’s the same thing, I’ve been here 23 years, and been through the routine. When Camaliere and Serpa left, people didn’t know what (kind of) year we would have, and who knows. We’re getting them ready,” Fedderly said.

A key for the Knights, coming off a 9-2 season after an opening round win over Hampshire and second-round loss to Joliet Catholic last November, is to copy the intangibles imprinted by the departed crew—the same group that helped launch a 35-game regular season win streak dating back to 2009, stopped by Sycamore in October 2013.

“They’ve gone through the system. We just want these guys to be themselves and play hard. If they do that, things are going to work out,” Fedderly said.

Taking snaps under center for the famed spread offense is junior athlete Jake Marczuk, a new varsity addition.

“He’s a really good athlete and can run, and he’s about the same size of Drew and Joe, so we’ll see how he does,” Fedderly said.

Isaac Swithers, who took a portion of the carries after Balluff went down with a knee injury vs. Sterling, figures to carry the load in 2014.

Catching passes will be Connor Fedderly, Tyler Paulson, Kevin Fuchs and Mitch Groen.

“We’ve got a group of receivers that are pretty good and pretty quick after Connor and Tyler,” Fedderly said. “Connor is a leader, and has been with us for three years and knows the role of a senior leader now.”

Many a game has been won in the trenches, but with a talented group mostly departed, new personnel will get a chance at a starting gig for the Knights.

Danny Hammermeister, Zach Thielk and Jake Gomes help anchor the O-line, with some two-way play forecasted with a rotation. Linebackers include Hammermeister, with Swithers playing secondary along with Kyle Diehl.

With Matt Rodriguez gone, it’s up to Drew Franklin to boom kicks into the stratosphere and at least give Kaneland a leg up on defense and field goals.

“He’s a soccer kid, and he’s kicking well. He has a real strong leg and should be pretty good,” Fedderly said.

With a slightly modified schedule compared to years past, which includes three non-conference games and two crossover games sandwiching the Northern Illinois Big XII East division slate, it’s paramount that the Knights are as solid a unit as possible.

“Turnovers are probably the biggest thing and penalties offensively are so hard to overcome, so that’s what we’re stressing, and hopefully it takes care of itself,” Fedderly said.

Projected to be solid as a conference can be, the new five-team East looks to be tight, with DeKalb, Sycamore and Yorkville all returning from playoff years.

“It’s going to be business as usual with a number of teams having good years, and anyone can beat you,” Fedderly said.

Kaneland kicks off at home against Chicago’s Brooks Prep on Friday, Aug. 29. The season opener last year was postponed 24 hours due to rain.

Familiar with a twist

IHSA releases 2014 football schedule
KANELAND—In a conference landscape that’s shifting, so, too, did the 2014 slate for Kaneland Knights football.

Looking to qualify for the IHSA playoffs for the seventh consecutive year but losing a talented 2013 class, the Knights face a nine-game list of opponent that finished a combined 54-40 last year. That includes six playoff qualifiers: Chicago’s Brooks, Rich Central, Northern Illinois Big XII East division mates DeKalb, Yorkville and Sycamore, and new West division foe Rochelle.

With the schedule released last Thursday, Kaneland, who was ousted in the second-round of the Class 5A playoffs by Joliet Catholic in November 2013, is slated to travel to playoff qualifier Brooks Prep of Chicago on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7:15 p.m. The fourth season of the opening-week rivalry between the Knights and Eagles has no listed site yet, but had taken place at Chicago’s Gately Stadium in 2012.

On Friday, Sept. 5, Kaneland has its home opener against Chicago’s Marshall High School, with the game at 7 p.m., the lone contest not scheduled for 7:15 p.m. this season.

On Friday, Sept. 12, the Knights host the Rich Central Olympians of Olympia Fields, Ill. The school finished 9-2 and is a representative of the Southland Conference.

The NIB-12 East Division, with one less team, sees action with Kaneland traveling to Campbell Field on Friday, Sept. 19, to face playoff qualifier Yorkville. DeKalb comes to Peterson Field on Friday, Sept. 26, having qualified for postseason play a year ago, as well. Friday, Oct. 3, has Kaneland trecking to the site of the end of its 35-game win streak, Sycamore, to face the Spartans (12-1 in 2013). The East division section of the schedule features Morris coming to Maple Park on Friday, Oct. 10, as Morris tries to rebound from a lowly 3-6 season.

The last two regular season challenges feature Kaneland going to LaSalle-Peru on Friday, Oct. 17, for the first time since 2011, and hosting Rochelle on Friday, Oct. 24. KHS has won seven straight against the Hubs.

Rochelle joins the West division as part of the NIB-12 landscape that now has 10 teams.

Dixon joined the Big Northern Conference West division, along with Byron, Mendota, Oregon, Rock Falls, Rockford Lutheran, Stillman Valley and Winnebago.

Streator left for the Interstate Eight Conference Large division along with Coal City, Manteno, Peotone, Plano and Sandwich.

The first day of football practice is set for Monday, Aug. 11.

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Drills in DeKalb

Photo: Junior Tyler Paulson makes a long catch and runs in for a Kaneland touchdown. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights’ get reps in 7-on-7 setting at NIU
KANELAND—Preseason football practices look to be here before you know it.

The Kaneland Knights could think of no better setting to get drills and work in before that time than the campus of Northern Illinois University this past Saturday.

KHS, along with 23 other teams from around the state, participated in 7-on-7 exhibitions, as they did last year, with coach Tom Fedderly enjoying and taking notes of the setting.

“I was really happy with how it went,” Fedderly said. “It’s a big challenge just getting out there and getting started, and we’re pretty excited.”

Kaneland was in a pool with opponents Waubonsie Valley, Rockridge, Rich Central, DeKalb and Watertown High School of Wisconsin.

“We had 26 guys there for our side and playing offense and defense. It was cool for them to play on the turf, and then after two games we got to play at the new indoor facility, which was cool,” Fedderly said.

As with other sports, a crucial element for a team that has had two consecutive second-round exits but just one regular season loss since 2009 is getting familiar on the field once again.

“I really liked what they did and what I saw out there. The 26 guys stepped up. There’s a number of these guys that are balancing football and baseball, and as we hit July those go away and we really get into football,” Fedderly said.

Familiar faces laced the KHS roster, according to Fedderly, with standouts expected to show the same field presence like Isaac Swithers, Kevin Fuchs and Mitch Groen.

“Connor (Fedderly) caught a lot of balls and had a good day out there,” Fedderly said.

For KHS football, other 7-on-7 challenges lie in the form of an Aurora Christian setting on Tuesday, July 8, and Saturday, July 12, at Willowbrook in Villa Park, Ill.

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Joy Division: Knight athletes know what they’ve signed up for at D-I peak

KANELAND—High school athletes’ talent can bring them amazing things: wins, titles and even the chance to keep playing the sport they love.

With powerhouses like senior Joe Komel, future Central Michigan University Chippewa, it also brings certainty.

“I think every kid wants to ideally compete at that next level,” Komel said.

That’s echoed by speedster classmate Kyle Carter.

“I just knew I wanted to go to the next level and I knew I didn’t want to stop,” Carter said.

Last month, 13 Kaneland High School athletes participated in National Signing Day, with several athletes signing letters of intent with Division I schools.

For a speedster like Brandon Bishop, who signed as a preferred walk-on at the University of Iowa, he’s aware of the unique task and slot that awaits him on the gridiron.

“I just look at it as I get to do a sport that I love to play. I don’t look at it as a job,” Bishop said.

One of six Knight football players that signed to play with various levels of college programs, Bishop doesn’t know how big of a role he’ll have as part of the Hawkeye program, but will take what comes.

“Any level of college football is big time,” Bishop said. “I was originally with a D-II school, but once you experience a Big 10 program, you dream about that stuff. It’s a big-time mentality there.”

Bishop was also present at a Hawkeyes practice when the squad was practicing for the Outback Bowl in Tampa, that resulted in a 21-14 loss on New Year’s Day to LSU.

“It’s an eye-opener, and I was fortunate to see it,” Bishop said. “They have great facilities in the Big 10.”

Bishop, who wishes to major in social work and possibly be a position coach, is no stranger to the work as a gridiron and track standout.

“It just matters that I compete. I believe in myself to play at that level,” Bishop said.

Bishop joined fellow Knight football gladiators Justin Diddell (Indiana State), Gary Koehring (St. Cloud State), Komel (Central Michigan), Dylan Nauert (St. Cloud State) and Tyler Slamans (Western Illinois) in the Class of 2018 football group.

Komel joins a Mid-American Conference outfit that also boasts former Knight offensive threat Blake Serpa.

“Blake is good friends with my older brother, Sam, and he was able to help me meet with officials from the football program. I had been looking at MAC and Missouri schools,” Komel said.

Komel, part of the solid offensive line that yielded three consecutive Northern Illinois Big XII championships, feels the success at KHS helped buoy him and his chances at the top collegiate level.

“When CMU talked with me, they told me that I came from a program that knows how to win, and that’s what a lot of those schools are looking for,” Komel said. “Kaneland prepared me for that and they know how to win.”

The spring season action in the higher collegiate ranks look to highlight Sydney Strang (Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne) and Carter (Southern Illinois), who are joined by Nathaniel Kucera, who recently committed to Stanford track.

Kucera’s options opened up after receiving a packet from universities following the June Midwest Distance Festival at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

“Things really opened up for me after that,” Kucera said. “I would have competed at any level after high school, Division III, whatever, but I jumped at the chance.”

Kucera, who’s a verbal commitment to the Pac-12 Conference school, visited the Palo Alto, Ca., institution in the fall.

“It was a surreal moment whenever you get out there. They are such high-caliber athletes, but I was able to talk to everyone on the team. There’s no big egos there,” Kucera said.

The senior looks to be taking a different path than his fellow classmates, all the way to the west coast.

“The first time I got there, it was mindblowing and not something I pictured. It’s a really beautiful city,” Kucera said.

Carter, who’s excelled at cross country and track for his four years as a State qualifier, always had a continuation of his gifts in mind.

“I was getting contacted by D1 schools. I think going to State multiple times and being the best in the NIB-12 prepared me,” Carter said.

Strang, headed to Division 1-AA territory, echoes her distance counterpart.

“I’m glad to move on,” Strang said. “Running is such a part of me. I have so much passion for it. My teammates and (coach Doug) Ecker helped me through it all and help keep that. I just want to continue getting better and keep my love for it.”

Commonplace among the Knight athletes that get picked is a flexibility that comes with the wide-eyed enthusiasm.

“I’ll be able to go anywhere, and wherever they need me next year,” Carter said. “I just want to compete with the best.”

Kaneland’s presence of Division I athletes, which includes the trio of Lanie Callaghan (Valparaiso), Lexi Roach (Youngstown State) and Lauren Zick (St. John’s) that committed to D-I softball outfits in late 2013, not only have the athletic talent, but also seem to know what to expect.

For those that have seen the group in action, that comes as no surprise.

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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 yards in a season. Courtesy Photo

Former KHS pass-catcher Bailey continues high level of play for UW-Platteville

KANELAND—A local buzz for something like the Division III football playoffs can be excused, especially with the deep semifinal run from Naperville, Ill.-outlet North Central College.

Look deeper, and you’d see even more reason to follow.

Kaneland High School Class of 2010 member Ryley Bailey, who played both sides of the ball for Knight playoff contenders in 2008 and 2009, also made a playoff run in D-III for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UW-P) Pioneers football roster.

UW-P, with the senior Bailey, made it to the second round before losing to North Central, 52-24, at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville, Ill., to finish at 10-2, which tied a school win record.

“It was just a great feeling,” Bailey said. “It was a great group of guys and an amazing feeling, and it wouldn’t have happened without guys like Quinn (Buschbacher, fellow Kaneland football alum) and (quarterback) John Kelly.”

Bailey, of Elburn, was also one of six Pioneers this month to get a D3Football.com 2013 All-West Region award for outstanding play.

Helping Bailey throughout his Pioneer tenure was the similarity to Kaneland’s noted spread offense.

“I fit right in, which was kind of unique for me I was the receiver that kind of went across the middle. They needed me to do the dirty work in there, because I’m not as fast as the other guys.”

Doing the dirty work this year yielded 86 receptions for 1,047 yards, on his way to becoming the second Pioneer in school history to record over 1,000 yards receiving in a season. The senior receiver averaged 7.17 receptions per game for 87.2 yards per game.

His 86 catches also set a new school record and ranked fourth most in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history.

The wideout came in with accomplished skills, but resolved to pick up his game this season to help make a postseason run.

“You had to stay focused. You had to be ready to do the little things. It was tough this year because of all the hype. We really had a target on our back,” Bailey said.

The Pioneers, paced by assets like Bailey, Buschbacher (28 catches) and Trevor Whitehead (81 catches) in its wide-open offense, had a season to remember, only to end in DuPage County.
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Despite that, Bailey, a first-team all-WIAC member, was able to hold his head up, even catching two touchdowns in the season-ender.

“I’ll remember that game, and I was rooting for (North Central) on Saturday when they lost (41-40 to Mount Union in D-III semifinals). That and the win over Wisconsin-Oskhosh, where we got a late field goal to get us into the playoffs, were what I’ll remember. Those were really emotional,” Bailey said.

Bailey isn’t done with the Wisconsin setting yet, as he works toward his degree.

“I’d like to still be around the football (progam) up here and help the team and the receivers,” Bailey said. “I know football, and football’s been good to me.”

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‘Drew’ grit: Senior signal-caller earns pinnacle All-State honor

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Who knew that suiting up for the Aurora Superstars 10 years ago would lead to this?

For Knights senior Drew David, toiling away in the organized tackle football ranks eventually led to being tabbed the starting quarterback three years running for Kaneland High School football. With that responsibility came numerous all-conference honors and a State semifinalist trip in 2011.

Last week, David was named to the Class 5A 2013 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team.

“I was on my way to first period, and coach (Tom) Fedderly found me in the hallway and handed me the paper that said I was an All-Stater,” David said. “It was pretty surprising.”

Having thrown 84 touchdowns in his varsity tenure, good for sixth all-time in the state, and rushing for 14 touchdowns on his own, Fedderly was not surprised at the season-long culmination.

“That kid is just a student of the game,” Fedderly said. “We put a lot on his shoulders, especially this year. The bigger the game, the calmer he was.”

Leading the Knights offense to three winning seasons and two undefeated regular season campaigns meant an entire body of work for the Association to look upon, including an impressive 2013 outing.

“I’m not saying it was an expectation, but it was a pretty big honor. You just work for it,” David said.

David, who threw for over 7,200 yards in his varsity time, noted one instance in particular to encapsulate his Kaneland stay.

“It was the comeback win over Morris to end my junior year (Oct. 19, 2012),” David said. “It was finally playing with all my buddies, and we got a conference championship, and it was a team effort.”

With such rival skill players like Evan White of Rochelle and Ben Niemann of Sycamore also making the All-State squads, it speaks to the fierceness of the Northern Illinois Big XII, as well.

“You see all the All-Staters from the conference, and it tells you how good it is week in and week out,” Fedderly said.

While not entirely sure what lies ahead, David is exploring options to schools large and small for the 2014-15 school year.

Whether David walks on at a bigger program or plays at a larger role in a Division III outfit, Fedderly can easily relay what a team would be getting.

“They’ll get a very good student and a good kid,” Fedderly said. “Not only an All-Stater, but a quality person.”

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Knights valiant

Injuries, JCA juggernaut create perfect storm for 2nd-round elimination
JOLIET, ILL.—Even before the Class 5A playoffs began, Kaneland football knew what it could be getting into.

After a convincing win over first-round opponent Hampshire last week, Kaneland would have to deal with Montini Catholic and Sycamore in potential quarterfinal and semifinal matchups.

It was noted football factory Joliet Catholic on the immediate horizon at Joliet Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. With the penchant for big running plays and injuries coming together at an inopportune point for the Knights, Kaneland saw its season end in a 45-8 defeat.

It marked the second straight year that the Knights were tossed in the second round, having lost to host Lincoln-Way West by a 31-15 margin on Nov. 3, 2012.

The previous two seasons saw home semifinal losses to Montini to end those particular seasons.

Kaneland finishes the 2013 campaign at a still-exemplary 9-2, the first year since 2009 that the Knights didn’t finish with a double-digit win total. The loss to the Hilltoppers marked the lowest point total for the Knights since a 42-7 loss to former conference rival Geneva on Oct. 17, 2008.

For the Knights, early-season injuries to running back Jesse Balluff and lineman Zach Thielk converged with the round one back injury to wideout Brandon Bishop, and in-game injuries to quarterback Drew David and lineman Sam Bower to make matters difficult for the visitors.

“David tried to slide as he got hit and hurt his ribs,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

David was 6-for-13 for 69 yards before being knocked out of the game. Classmate Tyler Carlson stepped in and went 10-for-18 for 95 yards.

Isaac Swithers ran for 34 yards on seven carries, and John Pruett had 55 yards receiving on five catches.

JCA had 392 yards rushing on the night, paced by Nick Borgra’s and Nick Ivlow’s 140 yards apiece.

KHS began with the ball, saw some openings and moved down the field, thanks to runs by Swithers and David and a pass to Pruett, but the drive stalled after 11 plays and 52 yards following an incomplete pass to Swithers. On the Hilltoppers’ second play from scrimmage, a counter by Ivlow resulted in a 67-yard touchdown scamper with 6:52 to go in the frame, despite Dylan Nauert almost chasing him down.

An additional drive for either team in the quarter stalled, but Joliet Catholic took control in the second quarter. Kaneland had a chance to tie matters with a pass that went through the hands of Pruett in the end zone on a second-and-10 from the 21 of JCA. Two plays later, Matt Rodriguez was wide left on a 38-yard field goal attempt.

Ivlow immediately turned around and rocketed to an 80-yard TD run on the next play with 4:58 remaining in the half for a 14-0 lead. A three-and-out for the Knights gave way to another Hilltopper possession, and Ivlow managed his third touchdown two plays later from 24 yards out, giving the hosts a 21-0 lead with 2:22 before halftime.

Ivlow would cap his astronomical first half on the next drive with a 15-yard touchdown run with 1:06 to go for his fourth touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

The floodgates would open for the Hilltoppers on a 42-yard touchdown run by Borgra with 6:17 left in the third for a 35-0 lead, followed by a 23-yard field goal by Brian Bravo with 4:00 to go for a 38-0 lead, and the running clock kicked in with a 51-yard scoring scamper by Borgra with 29 seconds to go in the third for a 45-0 lead.

Kaneland finally got on the scoreboard with an orchestrated drive that ended on a three-yard run and a two-point catch by Nate Dyer with 6:44 for the final 37-point deficit.

Dyer and company brought their skills the best they could not only throughout the season-ender, but the entire year as well, despite not being at total strength.

“It has been a rough year with injuries,” Dyer said. “Especially on the turf, that’s kind of a nightmare at times for us. Our juniors worked so hard in practice. Everybody is going to talk like all the other schools, saying ‘Our seniors are gone.’ Those kids worked just as hard. I expect them to come back firing.”

“We lost to some good teams this year, but the only thing I can say is just how grateful I am coaching these kids,” Fedderly said. “It was just a tremendous run that we had; unfortunately, when it rained, it poured with the injuries with Bishop, David and Bower. Hats off to (Joliet Catholic), they did a nice job.”

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32 Knights earn NIB-12 honors

KANELAND—Kaneland High School announced its fall all-conference athletic honorees Tuesday. In all, 32 Knight athletes were honored by the Northern Illinois Big XII.

• Cross Country
Boys: Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera and Andrew Lesak
Girls: Brianna Bower, Erika Carlson, Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig and Sydney Strang

• Golf: Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar

• Football: Brandon Bishop, Drew David, Cole Carlson, Justin Diddell, Gary Koehring, Joe Komel, Dylan Nauert, Jaumaureo Phillips, John Pruett and Alex Snyder

• Soccer: Arsim Azemi, Anthony Parillo, Tyler Siebert and Chris VanDinther

• Tennis: Jelly Emmanouil, Madi Jurcenko, Stephanie Karolewicz, Colleen Landers and Sammie Schrepferman

• Volleyball: Ellie Dunn and Jenny Lubic

IHSA

Saturday Preview: No. 5 Kaneland (9-1) @ No. 4 Joliet Catholic (9-1)

Joliet Memorial Stadium • Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
It’s a battle of two 9-1 teams as the Knights head to ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium to battle perennial playoff contender Joliet Catholic Academy (JCA).

JCA is no stranger to the IHSA playoffs, having made it the previous 16 years, and 37 years overall. JCA has won 13 state titles, with their most recent in the 2006 season while playing in the 6A division. They have been in the title game 17 times.

JCA’s road to the 2013 playoffs had them winning the stout East Suburban Catholic Conference with an 8-1 overall record (6-1 in conference). The ESCC boasted six playoff qualifiers this year. JCA’s only loss came to 7A St. Patrick by a score of 22-21. St. Patrick defeated Geneva 31-23 on the road in the first round last weekend.

JCA defeated Chicago Urban Prep-Englewood 69-12 in the First Round of the 5A playoffs last weekend.

Both teams come in with similar offensive point totals, with Kaneland averaging 39.2 points per game and JCA averaging 41.8 through 10 games. The defenses are both staunch, with Kaneland surrendering just 10.5 points per game, to JCA’s 15.1 through 10 games.

Jaumaureo Phillips & Gary Koehring

Team defense

35 points by offense overshadowed by defensive gem in first round
KANELAND—Drew David and the Knights offense was clicking, but it was the other side of the ball that stole the show.

The Knights opened the 2013 playoffs in dominating fashion, picking apart the visiting Hampshire Whip-Purs 35-0.

Defensive coordinator Keith Snyder was very happy with how his unit played.

“I was really happy with how the kids responded,” Snyder said. “We’ve been trying to get back to being a little more simple and letting the kids play football after the Sycamore game, and the last two weeks they’ve done a heck of a job doing it.”

On Friday, the Knights’ defense was always in the right spots to make plays.

“We tried to dial it down to let the kids fly around and be aggressive, and they’ve really responded,” he said.

Senior Gary Koehring, who led the team with 8.5 tackles, led the defense, which has given up an average of only 10.5 points through last Friday’s game.

“Our defense played awesome; we all are buying into what coach Snyder has us doing,” Koehring said, “Everyone is doing their jobs, and we’re just playing as a whole unit.”

Koehring was impressed with his teammates’ contributions, too.

“Tyler Carlson played really well; he had two interceptions. He’s done a really nice job filling in for our two graduated guys last year in Korey Harner and Blake Bradford,” Koehring said. “Andy Kray steps up as a sophomore; he’s been doing really good this year.”

Carlson also had a tackle for a loss, and Kray had one of three sacks for the Knights.

“Everyone has just stepped up as a unit this year,” said Koehring.

The Knight’s offense was impressive, too. Junior Isaac Swithers got the Knights on the board on their third possession with a three-yard touchdown run with 2:56 left in the first quarter.

The Knights drove the ball well early in the second quarter, with key catches coming from senior John Pruett (five catches for 91 yards), and were rewarded with another Swithers TD run, this time from the goal line.
Later in the second, after a Brandon Bishop 51-yard touchdown pass was called back due to a penalty, David found junior Connor Fedderly for a seven-yard TD pass with 1:57 to go before the half.

Two third quarter touchdowns: a four-yard run by senior Nate Dyer after a nice drive, and a quick strike 14 yard pass from David to senior Tyler Slamans as time expired in the third quarter finished the scoring on the night.

However, a scary moment came with 7:51 left in the third quarter, when Bishop (seven catches, 91 yards) had to be taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after taking a helmet to the back on a punt return. The senior did give his teammates and the Peterson Field crowd a thumbs up as he was loaded into the ambulance. Head coach Tom Fedderly said Bishop’s playing status wouldn’t be determined until late in the week.

Hampshire finished the night with only 84 yards of total offense, and had just four first downs.

“To do what we did tonight and with the turnovers, (to give up) only four first downs and to shut a team out in the playoffs—that’s a total team defensive effort right there,” Snyder said after the game.

Snyder credited his unit’s preparation for keeping the Whip-Purs offense in shambles.

“It starts in film study, and they’ve been phenomenal. They see things I haven’t even seen, and I pride myself in studying film,” Snyder said.

Snyder was quick to credit the rest of the defensive staff.

“Their position coaches do a tremendous job with them—Pat Ryan with the inside linebackers, Marcus Goedken with the defensive line and Ryan Gierke with the defensive backs—so when they get to me, I can just coach them on some smaller things, and then they just know what is going on out there,” Snyder said. “It makes my job much easier when you have smart football players that play like that.”

The Knights now travel to Joliet, Ill., to take on the Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers at Joliet Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of the second-round matchup will face the winner of the Montini Catholic/Marian Catholic matchup in the Quarterfinals.


Photos by Patti Wilk