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Kaneland rolls over Rochelle, improves to 5-0

by Mike Slodki
ROCHELLE—For a myriad of reasons, Kaneland has had Rochelle’s number lately on the gridiron.

On Friday in the land of the Hubs, that number was 35-8.

Taking advantage of four Rochelle turnovers and spreading the wealth in their running and passing games, the Kaneland Knights matched their 2006 start of 5-0 with a 35-8 win at Rochelle.

“Something we preach all the time, we want to get the ball, and if the other team turns it over, we want to make them pay,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland is now 4-3 over the Hubs in their last seven meetings, and have won four of the last five.

The Knights earned their first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII East win. Rochelle is now 3-2 (0-1 NIB-12).

Successfully thwarting the Hubs’ Wing-T offense, Kaneland outgained Rochelle 304-280.

Knights quarterback Joe Camiliere had a 17-of-28 day for 229 yards and two touchdowns. The senior also rushed for 83 yards on 13 carries. Central Michigan-bound Blake Serpa had 51 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. No. 2 for the Knights likes the way things are headed.

“We just practiced all week in just coming out and hitting hard,” Serpa said. “We knew, up or down, they were going to come out and hit you as hard as they can.”

For Rochelle, Josh Bernardin had 109 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, while Will Metzger added 73 yards on 12 carries.

Kaneland used nice days from Quinn Buschbacher (four catches, 59 yards) and Taylor Andrews (four catches, 36 yards).

Kaneland used its first drive during Rochelle’s homecoming to go 53 yards in eight plays, ending with a misdirection run by Buschbacher for a seven-yard touchdown with 9:32 left in the first frame for a 7-0 lead. After Hub CJ Navarro coughed up the ball to KHS, the Knights constructed a nine-play, 58-yard drive that ended with Serpa plowing through the middle for a two-yard score. Kaneland then led 14-0 with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter.

After Rochelle used an ill-advised pass on a fourth down, Kaneland took over and had Serpa score on an 18-yard touchdown run with 6:49 remaining in the half for a 21-0 lead.

For the final score of the half, Buschbacher shook a defender loose and went in from the 17 for a touchdown pass to go up 28-0 with 30 ticks left in the half.

Kaneland’s secondary puts the the Knights in a position to make things happen. Take Kory Harner, for example. The defensive back stopped Rochelle’s second drive cold with an interception, driving home the nightmore for the host Hubs.

Rochelle finally got on the board in the third quarter, thanks to a 36-yard scoring scamper from Bernardin with 7:54 to go, the ensuing two-point try cut the lead to 20. Kaneland’s fourth quarter score was a Camiliere-to-Sean Carter five-yard pass with 5:45 remaining.

Sophomore action had KHS beat Rochelle 47-8.

Kaneland’s next NIB-12 test comes on Homecoming Night, Friday, Oct. 1, against the DeKalb Barbs (3-2, 0-1 NIB-12). DeKalb handed host LaSalle-Peru a 41-20 loss on Friday. Kaneland has won the previous four meetings between the schools by a combined score of 168-34.

Top photo: Knight John Kintz (20) gives Rochelle ball-carrier Will Metzger nowhere to run during Friday’s 35-8 dismantling of the host Rochelle Hubs. The win elevated Kaneland to 5-0 (1-0 NIB-12) and to the fourth spot in Class 5A’s IHSA Playoff Points list. Photo by Ben Draper

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Kaneland High School 1 0 5 0 223 55
Sycamore High School 1 0 5 0 190 46
Morris Com High School 1 0 4 1 132 59
Rochelle Twp High School 0 1 3 2 156 70
DeKalb High School 0 1 3 2 116 92
Yorkville High School 0 1 2 3 85 114

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 1 0 5 0 201 49
Sterling High School 1 0 4 1 76 73
Ottawa Twp High School 1 0 3 2 149 60
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 2 3 55 172
Dixon High School 0 1 0 5 56 231
Streator Twp High School 0 1 0 5 12 209

Kaneland golf wins NIB-12 championship

The Kaneland golfers won the inaugural Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East championship Wednesday.

The Knights scored 316 points at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville, enough to outlast DeKalb (321) and host Yorkville (324).

Individually, Zach Douglas (2nd, 75), Hayley Guyton (9th, 78) and Troy Krueger (16th, 81) earned All Conference honors.

The Knights won the overall season championship, which included conference dual meet points and the conference tournament results. DeKalb finished second in the conference, Yorkville third, and the bottom three were Sycamore, Morris and Rochelle.

Coach Mark Meyer’s golf squad had a meet canceled at Belvidere North on Monday, but not before finishing third out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingston’s Fran Noyes Invite Saturday.

Soccer now 5-4-2

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

Engage Yorkville and Sycamore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Knights tennis beats DeKalb

KANELAND—With the tennis season essentially in its homestretch, this is not a Lady Knights team that is dragging across the finish line.

KHS handed Northern Illinois Big XII conference mate DeKalb a 4-1 dual loss in Maple Park on Tuesday that raised Kaneland’s mark to 7-5-1 (4-1 NIB-12).

No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko managed a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over Dana Jorgensen, and No. 2 player Amelia Napiorkowski had a 6-0, 6-0 win over Brooke Wilson.

In doubles action, No. 2 team Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon took care of Heidi Pittsley and Madison Marten by a 6-3, 6-3 count. No. 3 team Maddy McMullen and Stephanie Rosenwinkel beat Samantha and Taylor Volk by a 6-2, 6-4 count.

Girls XC nabs 5th at Rock River Run

by Mike Slodki
STERLING—While gradually working its way back to a full lineup, the lineup Kaneland girls cross country had at its disposal put together a nice Saturday.

The annual Rock River Run at Hoover Park in Sterling saw the Lady Knights finish fifth of 14 teams with a point total of 160.

The tally gave KHS a two-point edge over Freeport. The top three schools in Sterling were Dixon (36), Normal West (61) and Geneva (72).

“We’re still missing a couple people, but we should get them back next week, so I’m happy today,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said.

The top time for the course was handled by Normal West’s Emily Brelsfoard, who ran in 17 minutes, 57 seconds, a 5:59 mile pace.

For KHS, senior Andie Strang finished 13th with a time of 19:35. Teammate Abby Dodis finished 22nd overall and continued her season’s strong trajectory with a time of 19:51.

Ashley Castellanos finished 35th overall with a time of 20:29, while following shortly after was fellow Kaneland runner Maggie Brundige in 39th place (20:34).

“It was nice to see Maggie finish her race. Ashley wasn’t feeling well but she finished. Andie ran a good race and so did Abby, and she’s never been that high up the finish. They’re making progress,” Ecker said.

Coming up for the Lady Knights: the Pretzel Invite hosted by Freeport High School.

Photo: Kaneland’s Abby Dodis charges ahead during Saturday’s Rock River Run. Photo by Mike Slodki

Holm boosts KHS at Sterling Rock River Run

by Mike Slodki
STERLING—With a personal best on the Rock River Run course at Hoover Park in Sterling, all Knight athlete Trevor Holm could say was, “My teammates think it’s gross.”

Nobody was recoiling after the effort on Saturday, however.

With a time of 15 minutes, 32 seconds, the senior bested his course time by 40 seconds.

“I just tried to stick with Belvidere (North),” Holm said. “I guess it worked out for me. I didn’t want to let them go. Coming into the race I think five of them were ranked higher than me and only two of them beat me today.”

For Kaneland, 148 points was good enough for fourth place overall, edging Dixon’s 152-point total.

Belvidere North (28), Geneva (73) and Normal West (97) earned the top three places.

Blue Thunder entry Paul Zeman, with a time of 15:16 , won the course. For Kaneland, Holm’s fifth-place effort, was followed next by 30th place Clayton Brundige with a time of 16:48. Next on the Knights docket was Nate Rehkopf in 32nd with a time of 16:49, and Conor Johnson finished in 35th at 16:54.

The Knight crew faces the Freeport Invite for its next challenge on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 a.m.

Photo: Trevor Holm is the lone Knight amongst Belvidere North runners during Saturday’s Rock River Run at Hoover Park at Sterling. Holm finished fifth overall at 15:32. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS spikes Rochelle, Yorkville

KANELAND—Kaneland rose back up to the .500 mark with a strong victory at Rochelle by a final of 25-14, 25-8 on Sept. 22, and elevated its season tally with a 25-10, 25-18 win against Yorkville on Tuesday.

With the wins over the Lady Hubs and Foxes, the Lady Knights improved to 9-8 with a 3-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big 12 play.

Katy Dudzinski had six kills for KHS, while teammate Jessica Lubic had 11 assists, 14 serving points and three digs.

Grace Fabrizius had three kills, three blocks, four digs and two aces. Kylie Siebert had five digs and six receptions.

Lower-level action had KHS with a 25-14, 25-19 sophomore win. The freshmen “A” squad took a 27-25, 25-17 win, while the “B” roster came away with a 25-20, 17-25, 25-19 win.

Against YHS, Taylor Bradbury had four aces and four digs, to go along with three assists, while Lubic had 11 assists, two blocks and an ace.

This past week also had the Lady Knights given their postseason assignment. KHS will host the October regional and host fellow schools Burlington Central, Hampshire and Sycamore, as part of the Belvidere Sectional and Hampshire Super-Sectional.

The Lady Knights take to the court on Thursday, Sept. 30, going to NIB-12 crossover opponent Dixon.

Dark Knight for LP: Kaneland takes 56-7 win

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Much like the summer hours that tick away into fall, the chances for the visiting LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers ticked away with every scoring drive put together by the Kaneland Knights.

When it was all said and done, the Knights saw another running clock go to their advantage on the gridiron in a 56-7 handling of LP.

With the win, Kaneland improved to 4-0, the first time it has done so since 2006 and the third time in the last six campaigns.

“We were talking all week about how we need to fine-tune everything as we get into conference play,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We’ve got a tough game at Rochelle, and I’m feeling pretty good about our team.”

Putting up 574 total yards, including 327 yards on the ground, the Knights finished their Northern Illinois Big XII crossover slate on a good note.

Knights signal-caller Joe Camiliere was 9-for-14 for 235 yards and a touchdown.

The leading rusher for Kaneland was Central Michigan University-bound Blake Serpa, who rumbled for 118 yards and two scores on nine carries.

Camiliere also rushed for 74 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

Quinn Buschbacher caught two balls for 101 yards and a touchdown, and incidentally, had his third touchdown of the season called back on a penalty.

KHS came up empty on its first drive, but after forcing a punt, Taylor Andrews used the second play of the next drive for a 42-yard touchdown run. Andrews weaved his way through blocks and avoided the Cavalier defenders.

“I’ve just got to give credit to the O-line,” Andrews said. “It was Serpa on the lead block and I just followed.”

Andrews followed that up on the next drive with a 13-yard touchdown around left end for a 14-0 lead with one minute remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, LP used a one-yard quarterback sneak by Zack Cinotto to close within 14-7 with 11:14 to go in the second quarter, but KHS scored 21 points in the space of 6:31 to go up 35-7 at halftime.

With 7:31 to go, Serpa plowed in from the three-yard line.

Play of the Knight
When Kaneland puts a massive amount of points on the scoreboard early and often, opponents often feel compelled to air it out. When they do, secondary personnel like (8) Jacob Razo will be waiting. Razo made a great interception after bobbling a rainbow of a pass from LaSalle-Peru near the end zone and gave Kaneland the ball already up 21-7 with under 4 minutes to go in the first half.

After a Jacob Razo interception, Serpa avoided tacklers and drove toward the left corner on an exceptional 60-yard TD run, where he dove for the corner from the three-yard line. Just before the half, Buschbacher scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass by following his blockers.

The three second-half touchdowns were scored on a Camiliere sneak with 2:46 left in the third quarter, a 7-yard Curtis Secrest touchdown run with 10:33 remaining in the contest, and a Nick Fornero 13-yard touchdown run with 3:34 to go.

The East part of the NIB-12 schedule begins on Friday, Sept. 24, with a trip to Rochelle. Of the previous four meetings, the Knights have dropped only one, in 2007. The Knights have split the last six meetings overall with Rochelle.

The Knights sophomore squad won over LP, 38-0.

Top photo: Tyler Callaghan puts pressure on L-P quarterback Zack Cinotto. Photo by Ben Draper

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 1 0 4 0 160 41
Kaneland High School 0 0 4 0 188 47
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 3 1 148 35
Morris Com High School 0 0 3 1 113 59
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 2 85 95
DeKalb High School 0 1 2 2 75 72

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School 1 0 4 0 71 43
Geneseo High School 0 0 4 0 160 41
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 2 2 116 54
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 1 3 35 131
Dixon High School 0 0 0 4 48 190
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 4 6 176

Kaneland golf powers through Indian Creek, Plano in nice week

KANELAND—Kaneland earned two wins over rivals from the Interstate Eight Conference and the Little Ten.

Hughes Creek was the site of a three-team battle between Kaneland, Plano and Indian Creek. The Knights’ team score of 154 bested Indian Creek’s 169 and Plano’s 180.

Leading the charge for the Knights was an exceptional 38 score, shot by both Hayley Guyton and Josh Schuberg. Troy Krueger and Adam Grams both came through with 39 each.

Indian Creek’s Alex Bremner was meet medalist with a 36, while Plano’s top tally was Corey Clevenger with a 39.

Other scores for Kaneland included Zach Douglas with a 47 and Luke Kreiter with a 49 score.

Ahead for the Knights golf squad is a trip to the Genoa-Kingston Invite on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m., followed by a road excursion to Belvidere North High School on Monday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

KHS tennis takes care of Yorkville

KANELAND—It figures that the only thing to stop Kaneland from exhibiting its tennis prowess would be the elements on Tuesday.

Interrupted by lightning, the third doubles match was stopped, but Kaneland still earned a Northern Illinois Big XII win over Yorkville, 3-1.

That followed a 4-3 setback to host Oswego on Monday and a 6-1 loss to visiting Bartlett on Thursday.

The dual meet mark for Coach Tim Larsen’s Lady Knights is 6-5-1, with a 3-0 tally in NIB-12 action.

No. 1 singles star Lindsay Jurcenko took her battle with Yorkville’s Lindsey Schlichting, 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 singles entry Amelia Napiorkowski won her match with Jess Bossong, 6-2, 6-2.

The doubles win for KHS was earned by No. 2 tandem Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon over Jess Arnfelt and Rachel Ems, 6-4, 7-6.

Against the Panthers on Monday, the singles were all won by Kaneland, including a first-ever varsity win for sophomore Jess Woodward in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 matchup.

The lone win over Bartlett was had by Sam Williams and Jordyn Withey in doubles action, 6-3, 6-4.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is the Rochelle Invite on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

Boys XC takes seventh at Eddington

ELBURN—Kaneland boys cross country had to wade not only through 18 other full varsity teams, but also the weather at the annual Eddington Invite.

During intermittent storms, the Knights amassed 212 points, which was good for seventh place.

Crystal Lake Central (78), Jacobs (92) and Dundee-Crown (93) hit the top three.

“We finished strong, and we packed up well. We liked the way the boys responded to the delay in start due to lightning and soggy conditions. We’re making improvements that can’t always be seen in the race results,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

Kaneland cornerstone Trevor Holm led the Knights with a 15 second PR on his home course with a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds, good for eighth place overall. Next for the Knights was Clayton Brundige in 39th place with a time of 17:34 and Nate Rehkopf in 40th place at that time. Both Knights improved their best time by 25 seconds each.

Grant Alef (18:14), Jake Ginther (18:15) and Tommy Whittaker (18:19) took up 62nd through 64th place.

Ahead for the Knights is their usual late-September trip to the Rock River Run hosted by Sterling on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

KHS soccer shuts out Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eddington Invite sees girls place 14th

ELBURN—Armed with six seniors in its arsenal at the Eddington Invite, the Kaneland High School girls cross country roster braved 16 other teams and finished 14th out of 17 varsity teams.

Still working to get a full lineup on race day, the Lady Knights’ 316 point total was better than Larkin’s 370, and behind Rochelle’s 293.

Geneva, with 42 points, took the meet. Crystal Lake Central (66) and Glenbard East (117) rounded out the top three.

Geneva’s Tess Erhardt took the Elburn Woods race, finishing in 18 minutes, 41 seconds. Crystal Lake Central’s Kelly McNeely had a time of 18:49.

KHS was led by Andie Strang, who finished 25th overall with a time of 20:15.

Teammate Kris Bowen finished 57th with a time of 21:42. Shaela Collins ran a personal best of 22:10, and Kaitlin Munyon also ran a career-high in 84th place with a time of 22:37.

Next up for KHS is the usual Rock River Run stop in Sterling on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Photo: Kaneland senior Kris Bowen tries leaving the pack behind during Saturday’s Eddington Invite at Elburn Woods. Photo by Ryan Wells

VB drops 2 NIB-12 contests to DeKalb, Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—When it comes to Northern Illinois Big XII play, the Lady Knights volleyball club plays against its share of tough competition.

See: DeKalb and Sycamore.

Hosting two former Western Sun Conference schools this past week, Kaneland lost in two straight games on Tuesday to Sycamore, 25-19, 25-11, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 25-6, 25-18 clip.

KHS saw its mark slip to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in NIB-12 play.

Against the vaunted Lady Spartans, Katy Dudzinski had six kills, and Taylor Bradbury had five assists.

Teammates Kylie Siebert had eight digs and an ace, while Jess Lubic added five assists and two digs.

Sycamore went out to an 18-8 lead in the first game, but with steady play and improved communication, the Lady Knights closed to within 22-19 before Sycamore closed the deal.

The Lady Knights saw fortunes unfold almost identically to the second game and fell behind 18-8, but there would be no closing of the margin. Sycamore would close the match on a 6-3 run.

“I don’t know if there was a whole lot of difference in game one and game two,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “It’s the same things we’re trying to fix right now. It’s just about playing smart volleyball. They’re very athletic and very skilled but just putting a lot of pressure on themselves.”

The sophomores lost to Sycamore 25-11, 25-19. The freshmen “A” team lost 25-14, 25-22, while the “B: team lost 17-25, 25-15, 26-24.

Up next for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Photo: Kaneland senior Jess Lubic moves in for the kill in recent volleyball action.
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Knights run over crossover foe Dixon, 55-6
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Looks like Kaneland Knights football is putting the rest of its schedule on notice.
The visiting Dixon Dukes certainly noticed.

In the first crossover Northern Illinois Big XII contest for Kaneland, the Knights saw both the offense and defense contribute in a 55-6 win over the visitors.

For KHS, it’s their first 3-0 start since the prolific season of 2006, and for coach Tom Fedderly, that falls largely on one aspect of the game.

“It’s all senior leadership,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “These kids want to be a good team. They’ve been through it. They know what it takes, and they’ve got a lot of pride.”

The game featured a running clock due to a 40-point margin, which was achieved on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Sean Carter.

For KHS, it’s the first time a running clock has been accomplished in regular season play since 2006, when KHS beat DeKalb.

“Our offensive line did a great job. Joe had a lot of time, and I thought the receivers executed their routes well,” Fedderly said.

Kaneland cruised on the strength of Joe Camaliere’s five touchdown passes and 10-for-15, 279-yard day through the air.

The leading rusher was backup QB Ryan Fuchs with 32 yards.

Carter had 77 yards receiving on three catches and two scores, while Blake Serpa had 110 yards recieving.

Play of the Knight
While the Kaneland ‘D’ might have been tired of being on the field in the first half, the O wasn’t tired of scoring. Taking the field for the first time with under 7 minutes to play in the first quarter after Dixon ran 15 offensive plays, QB Joe Camiliere threw a bullet pass to a striding Blake Serpa for a 63-yard touchdown on the Knights’ first play from scrimmage. The scoring play gave KHS a 14-0 lead in the first.

For Dixon, Preston Lumzy had 114 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

The party started early, before the KHS offense even got the ball. Three holding penalties plagued things at first, but then a failed pitch attempt by Dixon resulted in linebacker Nick Michels scooping up the ball at the 12 and running in for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 1:06 into the game.

“When the fumble happened, (Taylor) Andrews came up and made a hit. I saw the ball pop out, hesitated a little bit, and picked it up,” Michels said.

Dixon had another sustained drive but had to punt, leading to Camaliere hitting Blake Serpa for a 63-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 6:31 to go in the first.

The first quarter scoring ended on a 38-yard slot pass to Quinn Buschbacher with 2:59 to go to make it 21-0.

In the second quarter, Serpa scored on an 11-yard TD run for a 28-0 lead with 8:38 to go in the half. Dixon’s Lumzy broke into the scoring column with a two-yard scamper with 4:58 to go to make it 28-6 with 4:58 to go, and Camaliere’s 45-yard scoring pass to Carter 32 seconds later made it 35-6. The first half scoring concluded with a 47-yard strike to Serpa with 1:21 to go to make it 41-6 at the half.

After the clock-busting Carter touchdown, Fuchs closed the scoring out with a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:28 to go in the third.

In the earlier sophomore contest, Kaneland won 42-6.

Kaneland goes for a fourth straight win against the NIB-12 West school LaSalle-Peru on Friday, Sept. 17.

Top photo: Knight Tyler Callaghan (6) stifles Dixon Dukes RB Preston Lumzy during Friday’s 55-6 win in Maple Park. Photo by Ryan Wells

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 1 0 3 0 119 41
Kaneland High School 0 0 3 0 132 40
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 2 1 96 20
Morris Com High School 0 0 2 1 94 41
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 1 71 40
DeKalb High School 0 1 2 1 61 55

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School 1 0 3 0 54 29
Geneseo High School 0 0 3 0 105 27
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 2 1 98 35
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 1 2 41 62
Dixon High School 0 0 0 3 33 138
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 3 6 135



Lady Knight XC sees bright spots with slim lineup at Wauconda Invite

WAUCONDA—Still working to get a full lineup from injuries and illness, the Lady Knights cross country team went north and saw some individual fortunes turn that way, as well.

The Wauconda Invitational had Kaneland field a select group of varsity and JV runners. Team-wise in the F/S race, Lake Forest took the meet with 59 points, followed by Cary-Grove (89) and West Chicago (140).

Sophomore Ashley Castellanos finished fourth overall in the frosh/soph race with a time of 17 minutes, two seconds, beating Lake Forest’s Lisa Bennatan by five seconds.

In ninth place, Abby Dodis finished the course in 17:20.

Anna Piazza took 40th with a time of 18:36. Teammate Morgan Modaff took 107th with a time of 20:13.

Varsity action saw Crystal Lake Central win the meet with 48 points.

The top runner for Kaneland was Shaela Collins at 22:37, good for 102nd place out of 172 runners.

Coming up for KHS girls cross country: hosting the Eddington Invite on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Elburn Woods.

VB nabs 3 wins, starts NIB-12 conference play

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball began the week with a satisfactory performance in Bartlett, and ended with its first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII win.

With a 2-2 showing at the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, and a two-game drubbing of host Morris on Tuesday, Kaneland now sits at 7-6 (1-0 NIB-12).

Kaneland began Saturday with a 25-18, 25-18 loss to Bartlett, but rallied to overtake Dundee-Crown by a final of 25-21, 25-10.

The third match came against Belvidere North and ended with a 27-25, 25-12 loss.

Never separated far from their opponents in the first game, Kaneland never took the lead. Although tied at 25, BN won out, despite strong front line play.

The second game had KHS tied 8-8 at one point, until it fell victim to a 17-3
run to end it.

“We just needed to come out better in that first part,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “We can’t just wait for them to score a bunch of points and catch up. We need to learn to start out each game ahead. It’s still early in the season, and we’re trying to figure out how to fix that.”

In match four, Kaneland solved Larkin of Elgin 25-13, 25-19.

Kylie Siebert had 44 receptions and 43 digs on the day, while Taylor Bradbury added 35 assists and eight aces.

Against Morris, Katy Dudzinski had 10 kills and an ace, while Jess Lubic added six kills, 13 assists and two aces.

Kaneland now hosts DeKalb in conference play on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Grace Fabrizius (14) offers up a serve in Kaneland’s third match of Saturday’s Bartlett Tournament, a 27-25, 25-12 loss to Belvidere North. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS tennis has unbeaten week

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If tennis fans were wondering how the current talent on the roster would come together and produce on the courts, it’s been good so far.

Going 2-0-1 in dual meet competition this week, the Lady Knights improved to 5-3-1. On Tuesday, Kaneland swept host Morris in Northern Illinois Big XII action 5-0. Thursday had the Lady Knights edge visiting Rochelle 3-2, and a historically disappointing rivalry with host Rosary on Monday ended in a 3-3 deadlock.

Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski won their matches in straight sets on Tuesday, as did the doubles units of Madi Limbrick/Maria Rossi, Caiti Ellefsen/Megan Hanlon and Maddy McMullen/Stephanie Rosenwinkel.

“I really had to focus on my cross-court and down-the-line shots,” Jurcenko said on Tuesday. “I made sure I got my first serves in.”

Jurcenko also likes the way the team is headed.

“We lost eight girls last year. Bringing in a whole new doubles lineup and going to a new conference could have hurt us. At this point in time, everyone is getting into their groove,” Jurcenko said.

Against the Royals, Jurcenko, Napiorkowski and the team of Sam Williams/Jordyn Withey took home straight-set wins.

The singles crew took a sweep of the Hubs, while McMullen/Rosenwinkel and Williams/Withey won their doubles match.

Coming up for Kaneland is a home matchup vs. Bartlett on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Junior Maria Rossi gets ready to return the favor during a 6-3, 6-2 doubles win for herself and junior Madi Limbrick on Tuesday in Morris. Photo by Mike Slodki

Holm, juniors spur Kaneland boys XC

PEORIA—Whatever the fortunes of the Kaneland High School boys cross country team this season, the Knights have a gelling core that will give those fortunes a fighting chance.

At cross-country hub Detweiler Park in Peoria, Kaneland finished eighth out of 36 teams at the Woodruff Invite.

With 321 points, KHS outlasted Aurora Central Catholic, which had 341 points. Just ahead of KHS was Woodstock at 313 points.

The top three squads were Normal U-High at 64 points, Burlington High School of Iowa at 151 points, and Yorkville at 163.

Kaneland anchor Trevor Holm showed what he was capable of with an eighth-place finish at 15 minutes, 30 seconds, just five seconds shy of a school record.

In 58th place was Clayton Brundige at 16:29, a personal best by 30 seconds. Teammate Nate Rehkopf took 74th with a time of 16:42.

With a 16:49 effort, Grant Alef took 81st place.

More PR times came Kaneland’s way thanks to Jake Ginther in 108th place (17:16), Tommy Whittaker in 130th (17:35) and Devin Swearingen in 137th (17:40).

“We are a slow starting team looking to build some momentum these next 3-4 weeks,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “It’s going to be a very formidable challenge, battling in the new NIB-12, and through the State series. We have confidence in or boys and the direction we’re heading.”

The direction the Knights are headed is toward Saturday, Sept. 18, and the annual Eddington Invite event at Elburn Woods.

Golf takes care of H-BR, Yorkville, Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Don’t look now, but the Kaneland golf roster (4-2, 2-0 NIB-12) could be stacking some wins together, thanks to stacking productive shots.

On Sept. 8 at Hughes Creek, the Knights routed Hinckley-Big Rock 160-227, and solved host Yorkville at Blackberry Oaks on Thursday by a final of 156-161.

Against the Royals, the best scores were courtesy of Troy Krueger at 38, Zach Douglas at 39 and Hayley Guyton at 40.

In the razor-thin win against the Foxes, Josh Schuberg earned a 37, followed by Guyton’s 38 and a 40 from Krueger.

Guyton emerged with a nice score but felt she could have done even better.

“I was parring every single hole and it was an exciting round, but on the last hole I had a decent approach shot, but it hit the tree and went into the water,” Guyton said.

Tuesday had Kaneland use a 39 from both Adam Grams and Douglas in a 163-171 win over Sycamore

The Knights go with Indian Creek to visit Plano on Monday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Junior Zach Douglas lines up his put during Thursday’s win over Yorkville. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS soccer holds off IMSA, suffers two L’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knights’ high gear offense shines at Huntley, 40-12

by Mike Slodki
HUNTLEY—That wasn’t powerful wind gusts fans felt on Friday at Huntley High School.

That was a Kaneland football squad successfully exacting gridiron revenge on the Red Raiders for last year’s week two loss.

The residual effects of the Knights’ offense and defense working on all cylinders was a 40-12 handling of the Huntley Red Raiders.

For the first time since 2006, the Knights have begun the season 2-0.

Successfully negating the 17-14 week two loss from Sept. 4, 2009, in Maple Park, Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly won’t need to worry about this non-conference clash being one that got away.

“The main thing we concentrated on was trying to improve our mistakes from last week,” Fedderly said. “The guys really took it to heart. We practiced really hard this week, and we had a lot of pride in wanting to have a good first half.”

Kaneland outpaced Huntley in total yards, 347-239, and put up 15 first downs compared to Huntley’s eight.

For KHS, Joe Camiliere was 8-for-12 for 144 yards through the air and two scoring strikes. The senior also rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

After a two-yard Blake Serpa touchdown run with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter to go up 7-0, Camiliere felt the Knights were on the right track.

“We wanted to get going early,” Camaliere said. “We only made one mistake and had a lot of things open. We did a great job of executing.”

In the second quarter, KHS completed a five-play, 52-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Davidson from Camiliere, who rolled out of pocket. The score with 10:51 to go in the half made it 14-0.

With Huntley still struggling to get things going, Kaneland took over, and on the third play of the drive, got a seven-yard run up the middle for a Camiliere touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 8:04 to go in the second quarter.

After another three-and-out for Huntley, Camiliere went down the Knight sideline for a 42-yard TD run with 5:41 to go for a 27-0 lead that went into halftime.

Taylor Andrews
Knights LB Taylor Andrews did his part on both sides of the ball, but it was an instance on defense that sunk the hopes of the Red Raiders on Friday. Down by four scores, Huntley QB Tim Lycos tried to take the team’s fortunes into his own hands, but late in the second quarter, fumbled. Andrews pounced on the ball at his own 13, which sent the Knights into the half on a high note.

In the third quarter, the Knights got a 52-yard touchdown pass from Camiliere to Taylor Andrews (two catches, 65 yards) in stride for a 34-0 lead with 9:10 to go.

After a Tim Lycos to James Davis 43-yard scoring pass with 7:22 to go in the frame, Huntley closed to within 34-6, but Camaliere scored on a 28-yard run after a fake exchange with 5:12 to go in the third to make it 40-6. Huntley’s last score came on a Lycos run from the two-yard line with 8:22 remaining in the game.

The sophomores lost to Huntley, 30-29.

Kaneland battles visiting Dixon on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

For the Knights, this will mark the first game in Northern Illinois Big XII history with a crossover opponent.

The Dukes come into the contest at KHS with an 0-2 mark. Dixon lost to host Rock Island Alleman by a 49-14 clip on Friday. The Dukes finished 2-7 a year ago as a member of the NCIC, and last made it to the postseason in 2006.

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 2 0 99 28
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 2 0 90 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 2 0 77 34
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 0 64 6
DeKalb High School 0 0 2 0 48 35
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 1 41 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 2 0 91 21
Sterling High School 0 0 2 0 41 29
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 1 1 64 28
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 1 1 28 62
Dixon High School 0 0 0 2 27 83
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 2 6 82

Top photo: Knight Joe Camiliere (12) lets nothing get in his way en route to a long touchdown run during Friday’s 40-12 win at Huntley. Photo by John Di Donna

Lady Knights volleyball plows through H-BR, Geneseo

KANELAND—The Lady Knights improved to 4-4 in the early outset of the season after a 25-13, 25-10 sweep of the host Lady Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, followed by an Northern Illinois Big XII crossover with visiting Geneseo. The Lady Knights beat the Maple Leafs 25-27, 25-15, 25-22.

Against H-BR, Katy Dudzinski had 14 kills, two aces and five digs. Teammate Jess Lubic added 17 assists, four digs and three kills.

Malory Groen had five kill,s and Kylie Siebert added 12 digs and three aces.

The sophomores beat the Lady Royals 25-10, 25-14.

The freshman squad won by a final of 25-13, 25-16.

Against Geneseo, the Lady Knights got 13 kills and two blocks from Dudzinski, and a 10 kill, 21 assist, three block effort from Lubic.

Asset Taylor Bradbury had 13 assists and two aces. Siebert added 18 digs, two aces and 16 receptions.

Sophomore action on Saturday saw KHS win 25-14, 25-10, and the freshmen handled their match 25-14, 8-25, 25-13.

The Lady Knights storm into the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11.

KHS girls XC has productive week

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Through two meets this week, the only thing able to stop the Lady Knights cross-country crew is sickness.

Saturday had the Lady Knights tackle the Oregon Invite, while Tuesday had Kaneland host East Aurora and Yorkville with only one regular varsity competitor to its name.

On Saturday along Route 64, no team scores were kept, but senior Andie Strang powered through the three-mile terrain in windy conditions with a 19 minute, 58 second effort.

Sophomore Abby Dodis finished third overall at 20:43. Freshman Sydney Strang took sixth overall at 20:57, and Ashley Castellanos took eighth at 21 minutes.

On Tuesday, Kaneland won the meet with a 25 score, followed by Yorkville with 45 and East Aurora with 74.

Castellanos won the course with a 22:52 time, and was glad to help the team, despite being hampered by the elements.

“I’m actually struggling with allergies,” Castellanos said. “It’s really tough not having the girls that are out to run with. I’m not used to it.”

Teammate Shaela Collins finished second at 22:59. Carolina Tovar took sixth with a time of 23:59, and Ariana Espino finished seventh at that same time.

Photo: Shaela Collins of KHS girls cross-country takes to the Elburn Woods course during a 22:59 effort on Tuesday against East Aurora and Yorkville. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

Boys Cross Country outpaces rivals

ELBURN—On Tuesday, the Knights cross-country team built a nice block toward eventual success this season.

They built it on the strength of their feet.

Hosting Yorkville and East Aurora at Elburn Woods, the Knights’ 24 points outdid the efforts of the Foxes (58) and East Aurora (78).

“It’s very early in our campaign, but we like what we see, and hopefully our depth will begin to shine as the calendar switches to October,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

The charge was led by Trevor Holm with a 16 minute, 43 second time. Teammate Clayton Brundige finished third at 17:49. Nate Rehkopf, with a 17:51 mark, finished fifth and Kaneland’s John Meisinger took seventh at 18:20.

Kaneland travels to Peoria Woodruff for an invite on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Photo: It may have been close in pockets of the race, but Kaneland’s Nate Rehkopf flew to a 34-point margin of victory against Yorkville and a 54-point gap over East Aurora on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

Knight golfers fall at Sterling in NIB-12 action

STERLING—In a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover matchup, Kaneland golf was passed over.

The rival Golden Warriors of Sterling took care of Kaneland with a 149-162 clip, lowering the KHS dual meet mark to 1-2.

Despite the less-than-positive result, encouraging showings took place at Emerald Hill G.C.

Hayley Guyton, Zach Douglas and Josh Schuberg each shot a 40 score, and Luke Kreiter managed a 42.

Coming up for KHS, a matchup at Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Tennis serves defeat to two foes

KANELAND—Not a bad week for Lady Knights tennis.

A better than average week has KHS at 3-3 in dual meet competition.

On Thursday, Kaneland hosted the larger DuPage Valley Conference school Glenbard North on Friday and won 4-2. On Thursday, Kaneland took care of host Minooka by a 5-2 final.

Against the Panthers, No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko beat Nicole Durante 6-1, 6-0, while No. 2 singles player Amelia Napiorkowski beat Elizabeth Bierman 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles action, No. 2 tandem Maddy McMullen and Stephanie Rosenwinkel beat Gretchen Nichols and Erin Abell 6-1, 6-3. No. 3 team Caiti Ellefsen and Jordyn Withey came away with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Nikki Riscassa and Emily Laurila.

Against Minooka, Jurcenko (6-2, 6-0), Napiorkowski (6-0, 6-1) and No. 3 Nikki LeBlanc (6-0, 6-2) emerged victorious, while Ellefson and Megan Hanlon at No. 2 doubles took the win in a 6-7, 6-3, 7-3 win.

On Tuesday, the Lady Knights lost to IMSA by a 5-2 final, with Napiorkowski picking up a 7-6, 6-4 win and McMullen/Rosenwinkel winning at No. 3 doubles.

Kaneland’s next dual challenge is on Thursday, Sept. 8, against the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs.

Knights fall to 2-2 on pitch

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

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

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

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

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

Ferguson completed the hat trick on a penalty kick.

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

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

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

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

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

Advantage—Kaneland

Kaneland holds off host Rockets in opener, 37-22
by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—When it comes to season openers, Kaneland can’t think of a better way to begin the football season.

In fact, the Knights haven’t been able to think of a better way to start things for six straight years.

The team offered a glimpse of what might be down the line, but was played evenly for much of the contest. While giving up the occasional big play, the Knights took advantage of opportunities presented on both sides of the ball.

“We put the challenge to the guys in the second half that we have to answer the call and can’t be a team that hurts ourselves,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We played better in the second half.”

Third-year signal caller Joe Camaliere had more incompletions than caught passes, going 15-for-32 for 114 yards, but threw for three touchdowns along with one pick.

The senior was also the leading rusher for the squad, rushing seven times for 69 yards and a score.

WR Quinn Buschbacher caught four passes for 24 yards.

“I had a couple drops, but I just tried to get back in there and help the team as best I could,” Buschbacher said.

The junior also had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back in the third quarter.

“That’s just football. Hopefully, I can get another one next week,” Buschbacher said.

Rocket standout Tre Llanes rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries for a touchdown.

Senior Tim Maroder, who switched to running back after two years at QB, suffered a knee injury on a screen pass in the first quarter and is projected to be lost for the season.

The first real scoring opportunity came for the Knights after a punt snap went over Chandler Crary’s head and was pounced on at the Rocket 4-yard line. Three plays later, Taylor Andrews caught a pass in the left corner of the end zone six seconds into the second quarter.

With 2:41 remaining in the half, BC’s punt snap went airborne and out the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 KHS lead. Kaneland added to that on a six-play, 40-yard drive after the free kick, thanks to Sean Carter’s 11-yard TD catch on the left side of the endzone with 2:05 to go making it 16-0.

KHS WR Sean Carter
PLAY OF THE KNIGHT: Knights WR Sean Carter didn’t wait for a welcome to varsity action. He broke the door down. On a third-and-10 from the BC 26-yard line in the second quarter, and KHS muddling through three of four incompletions, Carter caught a pass and raced to the sidelines for a 15-yard gain. The next play had Carter catch an 11-yard TD pass to give KHS a 16-0 lead with 2:05 left in the first half.

Kaneland’s three fourth-quarter touchdowns came on a six-yard strike to Kyle Davidson with 11:51 to go making it 23-8, a Camaliere sneak with 7:00 to go making it 30-16, and a Blake Serpa touchdown run with 1:49 to go to cement the 15-point margin.

The sophomores emerged victorious over the Rockets with a 37-21 win over BC.

Kaneland battles host Huntley on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:15 p.m.

A year ago, Kaneland lost to the Red Raiders 17-14.

Kaneland and Huntley were conference mates as recently as the 1960s, as part of the Little Eight Conference.

Huntley, currently residing in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, is coming off of a 44-34 loss to Wauconda on Friday.

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 1 0 42 7
Sterling High School 0 0 1 0 20 10
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 0 1 21 28
Dixon High School 0 0 0 1 13 34
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 0 1 7 42
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 1 6 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 1 0 57 12
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 1 0 49 6
Yorkville High School 0 0 1 0 41 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 1 0 37 22
DeKalb High School 0 0 1 0 28 21
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 0 21 14

Top photo: Knight Curtis Secrest (16) separates Rocket QB Ryan Ritchie from the ball in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 37-22 season-opening win for Kaneland. Photo by Ben Draper

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