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In full swing

KHS one stroke away from team advancement, also take fourth at NIB-12

KANELAND—While it won’t quite be to the heights of the 2012 stellar team finish, the Knight golfers still can claim some postseason greens.

Kaneland’s 347 team score at the Mendota Regional was just one shot away from earning a team advancement to the Grayslake Central Sectional. Wheaton Academy’s 333 earned first place, followed by St. Francis’s 336 and Aurora Central Catholic’s 346. Kaneland outlasted Sandwich (366) and LaSalle-Peru (375).

The Knights were third at last year’s Aurora Central Catholic Regional.

Kaneland was able to corner the market on advancing individuals, as five of the 10 slots were Knights. While Wheaton Academy’s Grant Gosden was medalist with a 74 and Sandwich’s Blake Andrew took a 74, the trio of Jake Hed, Jeremy Faletto and Brett Glennon took on 85, 86 and 86, respectively, for the two-through-four slots. Jesse Denton also advanced with a 90, and Jeff VanGemert was able to maintain qualifier status with a 91.

“One of our team goals was to get to sectionals, so it was a little disappointing and bittersweet. But, you get over that when you see that five of our guys qualified,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Hed, Glennon and VanGemert provide a nice sophomore slant to the sectional proceedings, an encouraging program development.

“It’s really big for the sophomores here,” Meyer said. “They can feel what this is like and feel a bit of nerves, and see if they can get to sectionals or even State.”

Out at Senica’s Oak Ridge on Oct. 1, for the L-P hosted Northern Illinois Big XII meet, Kaneland’s 336 was good for fourth ahead of Ottawa (342). DeKalb was conference king with a 322 team score, while Geneseo was king of the West at 332, and Sycamore managed a 333.

Hed was tops for the Knights at an 82 for ninth place, while Denton, with 84, was 13th. Faletto’s 85 took 14th on the day.


Kaneland volleyball falls short to Sterling

Photo: Seniors Rachel Kintz, Riley Hannula and Anna Senese make a wall against Sterling Oct. 2. “Our blocking has been a huge development for us, and reading the hitters,” head coach Cyndi Violett said. Photo by Laura Gampfer

KANELAND—It hasn’t been a common occurrence in 2014, but the Kaneland Lady Knights volleyball team had to deal with a little losing streak.

Beginning with a loss at the beginning of last week against Yorkville, Kaneland hosted Sterling on Thursday in a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover and fell 16-25, 25-13, 28-26.

On Tuesday in Ottawa, Kaneland won 25-23, 25-22 in a close match with the Lady Pirates.

Overall, Kaneland sits at 15-9, with a 3-2 mark in NIB-12 competition.

On the Kaneland side, Ellie Dunn had four service points, 12 kills, two blocks and eight digs. Teammate Riley Hannula added seven service points, three kills, eight blocks and two digs. Anna Senese had 10 service points, four kills, 13 digs and a block.

Head coach Cyndi Violett knew some things had to be adjusted, while there was still a good stretch of time before regionals begin at the end of this month.

“After our loss to Sterling, I realized that we needed to come back together as a team and family. There wasn’t a specific skill or game play to focus on, but to re-energize ourselves for the love of the game and our teammates,” Violett said.

Still, there has been plenty of intangibles to be proud of.

“Our blocking has been a huge development for us, and reading the hitters,” Violett said.

Against Ottawa, Dunn had 11 kills and 15 digs in the two-game sweep. Hannula added four service points, six kills and two blocks, while Senese had five kills and 11 digs, and Hollie Fedderly had 13 assists and six service points.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, the KHS crew heads to conference foe DeKalb.


Kaneland girls cross thirst for Pretzel Invite

Photo: Sophomore Grace Dodis accepts Kaneland’s second-place trophy at Saturday’s Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to

FREEPORT, ILL.—For the best girls cross country talent the northern half of the state has to offer on an October Saturday, one need not look farther than the Pretzel Invite.

On Saturday, Kaneland girls cross country took second place with 53 points, meaning the talent is doing nicely after the season’s health and lineup concerns. More local outfit Boylan Catholic of Rockford, Ill., nabbed first with 34 points.

Dixon (59), Freeport (102) and Winnebago (122) filled out the top half of the afternoon in the 10-team invite.

Three top-10 finishers donning Lady Knight garb were Victoria Clinton in fourth with an 18:53, fifth-place Andrea Wells in 18:60 and Brianna Bower with a 19:28, good for seventh.

Senior cornerstone Jessica Kucera paced to a 14th-place finish at 20:06, and Grace Dodis took 23rd at 20:53.

Other KHS varsity runners included Sarah Daley (30th, 21:12) and Carly Bartholomew (39th, 21:53).

The Boylan trio of Delaney Appino (18:01), Erica Lowry (18:40) and Grace McLaughlin (18:44) took the top three spots.

KHS coach Doug Ecker is a fan of the Freeport setup.

“It is nice to run against some different teams and see Boylan before the sectional. We like it because it is a smaller meet and it gives the JV girls a chance to run in a meet where they can be successful. All meets are important in preparing for the end of the season, but we value the entire season as important. We do not just point to the state series as the only thing that determines a successful season,” Ecker said.

Wednesday had the Byron Handicap come the Lady Knights’ way, and Saturday, Oct. 11, has the 65th annual Sterling Invite in Northern Illinois Big XII West territory.


KHS boys Pretzel Invite trip part of process

Photo: The KHS boys varsity cross country team earned second overall at Saturday’s Freeport Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patii WIlk to

FREEPORT, ILL.—The Knights cross country team saw encouraging signs and cooler weather at the annual Pretzel Invitational.

The cool morning—which even featured early snow flurries—saw Kaneland nab a steady second-place finish, thanks to a 52-point output—just 12 behind Winnebago—five Knights in the the top 16 runners.

After Winnebago and Kaneland, it was Dixon (87), Boylan Catholic (95) and Rockford Guilford (154) securing the top five spots in the 10-team gathering.

While Winnebago’s Nathan Smith won the three-mile challenge with an effort of 15:32, KHS had plenty to be proud about.

On a day some 40 degrees cooler than the previous weekend’s Charger Classic, the Knights’ Austin Kintz grabbed fifth overall in 15:48, while Brandon Park was seventh at 16:01 in the talented field. Park managed a PR on the course by 44 seconds.

Eleventh-place Mitch Reger (16:40), 13th-place Will Kuipers (16:46) and 16th-place James Walker (16:55) were 15 seconds apart and sealed a 67-second pack split.

“We know that in order to finish in the top two today, it would be important to get good production from 3-7,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

Clarey and company also liked what the Freeport setting had to offer.

“We enjoy the different terrain Freeport provides us each year. Not a typical flat course—the rolling hills offer some challenge early on before flattening out and running down at the finish. Our kids love it,” Clarey said.

Other Kaneland athletes in the varsity race were Sean Spaetzel (23rd, 17:16), Andrew Lesak (24th, 17:20), Aaron French (34th, 17:44), Zach Kurz (38th, 18:15), Ben Smith (46th, 18:45), Nick Moses (68th, 19:58), Josh Kasap (76th, 20:29), Grant Gingrich (82nd, 21:35), Jacob Wolfe (83rd, 21:48) and Kyle Osborne (88th, 23:28).

Wednesday saw a trip to the Byron Handicap, with results not available for press, and the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference race.

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.


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.

NIB-12 tennis tournament moves to DeKalb

KANELAND—Kaneland will still host this year’s Northern Illinois Big 12 conference tournament—it’ll just be at DeKalb High School.

The two-day tournament, beginning Friday morning at 10 a.m. at 501 W. Dresser Road, DeKalb, and resuming Saturday at 8 a.m., was moved early this week from KHS. An email to head coach Tim Larsen asking the reason was not returned in time for press.

A seeding meeting took place at DHS Wednesday evening, but the results were not available prior to press. Head coach Tim Larsen’s crew is the defending conference champion.

“We’re going to be very competitive going in,” he said. “I’ll know more after tonight’s seeding meeting.”

Although the forecast looks clear, in the event of rain, the tournament will be moved to Monday.

_KHS tennis v. Yorkville-4

Lady Knights smash Ottawa, compete in Ogle County

Photo: Senior Stephanie Karolewicz and No. 2 doubles partner Colleen Landers won 6-0, 6-4 over Yorkville Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer

KANELAND—If the homestretch of the regular season is any indication of how the Kaneland Lady Knights tennis group handles itself, opponents could be in for a long October.

Last Thursday in Ottawa, the KHS girls took care of their Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent in 6-1 fashion. KHS then came back to compete in the Lady Hub Tennis Invite on Saturday and took first overall. On Tuesday, KHS hosted Yorkville and defeated the Lady Foxes 4-1.

Kaneland is now 7-2 in dual competition.

Against the Ottawa foe, singles wins came as a result of No. 1 Sammie Schrepferman in a 6-1, 6-1 bout, and No. 2 singles entry Brittany Zablocki won a 6-3, 6-2 battle. No. 3 singles entry Kayla Corirossi won her first-ever singles match on the varsity level by taking a 7-6, 6-1 match.

No. 1 doubles unit Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil won a 6-0, 6-2 match, and No. 2 doubles team Colleen Landers and Mallory Dugan followed suit, 6-1, 6-1. To cap, No. 4 doubles team Jessica Poust and Emily Grams won 7-5, 6-2.

Kaneland’s time in Rochelle at the Creason Athletic Complex had an output of 24 team points for the win after topping four of five divisons. Sterling Newman was second with 15, Freeport was third with 14, and DeKalb and Rochelle brought up the rear at 11 each.

Against Yorkville, the Lady Knights saw wins from Schrepferman (6-1, 6-2) at No. 1 singles, and a dominating doubles three-set sweep: Jurcenko/Emmanouil (6-0, 6-0), Landers/Mallory (6-0, 6-0), and Dugan/Wendling (6-0, 6-1).

“This is the perfect season to prove the point that you have to be ready for every match,” head coach Tim Larsen said. “We had a slip-up on that day against Sycamore and they gave us no opportunity to catch up.

“While we won’t finish the regular season in first place, we do have the conference tournament coming up,” he said. “We intend to keep that conference tournament championship trophy right where it is in the KHS hallway.”

On Thursday, Oct. 2, the Lady Knights take on Southwest Prairie Conference opponent Plainfield Central at the Wildcats’ home.

Knights golf measuring shots

KANELAND—With next week’s postseason gauntlet approaching, it was time for Kaneland golf to get some final regular season swings in against some eager competition.

On Sept. 24, the Knights traveled to Pine Hills Golf Club and vanquished crossover opponent Ottawa 159-171. On Sept. 25, KHS travelled to Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., and fell to Wheaton-Warrenville South 145-169.

On Saturday, Kaneland traveled to the Oak Club of Genoa for the usual late September Fran Noyes Invite, and took third in the Genoa-Kingston-hosted battle.

Kaneland sits at 9-4 in dual competition.

Using a modified Stableford scoring system where the highest points win in Genoa, Kaneland’s 110 was behind only Huntley’s 128 and Lake Forest Academy’s 121. Hampshire (107) and Richmond-Burton (104) rounded out the top five. Jesse Denton led the Knights with 29 points, while Brett Glennon had 28 and Jake Hed had 26.

Against the Tigers in Wheaton, Denton led the team with a 40, followed by Jeff VanGemert’s 42 and Glennon’s 43. Also competing for the Knights were Hed (44), Jeremy Faletto (45), Jacob Sheehan (47), Jakob Sanders (48) and Zach Strayve (55). In the Sept. 24 win against Ottawa, Denton again led the team, this time with a 35. Hed’s 40, Sanders’ 41 and VanGemert’s 43 paced the Knights.

Wednesday had Kaneland’s scheduled trek to Ottawa for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet, followed by Tuesday’s IHSA Class 2A Regional setting in Mendota at the Mendota Golf Club. The girls golf unit’s postseason journey was slated for Sycamore Golf Club on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Oct. 2 update: Kaneland’s boys golf team finished as conference runners-up Wednesday, with Jake Hed and Jesse Denton earning individual honors.

_KHS Soccer v. Sterling -1-4

Pirating a victory

Photo: Junior Felipe Speraggi, in action against Sterling last week, had two goals against Ottawa Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Offensive output comes in crossover win
OTTAWA, Ill.—Tuesday’s Northern Illinois Big XII conference crossover setting was a little bit off-kilter.

For starters, the match between Kaneland and host Ottawa was not at the usual football field setting, but off on a side field.

Additionally, the Knights finally broke open a dam of awaiting goals in a healthy 4-1 win over the Pirates.

Complimenting the week were a scoreless tie against host Hinckley-Big Rock on Saturday and a 2-1 loss to invading Sterling last Thursday.

KHS sits at 5-6-2, with a 2-2-1 mark in NIB-12 play. Postseason seeds are slated to be released on Thursday, with pairings on Friday.

Against the Pirates, Felipe Speraggi’s shot a minute into play was stopped, and Drew Franklin’s shot was stopped as well. A shot past keeper Andrew Mathys found its way to the net, sending KHS into a 0-1 hole, 10:03 into the match.

The goals began to come with Speraggi making good on a shot opportunity just a short time after getting stopped, tying the score at 1-1 with 20:21 left in the first.

Kaneland’s share of opportunities, coupled with execution, finally paid off with Speraggi’s second goal coming with 24:37 left in the game for a 2-1 lead.

To put it away, Knight Trevor Jahns connected on a breakaway goal with 15:49 left for a 3-1 lead, with Jahns scoring again just minutes later.

“I just told them the first goal was a mistake and we had to battle back,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We’ve got so many shots on goal, and the law of averages says we’ll score. They’re trying really, really hard. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Jahns was also relieved to find the scoring column and help his fellow roster mates.

“I just kind of followed through on what we were supposed to do. We executed everything we needed to,” Jahns said.

Preceding the scoreless tie against the Royals, the contest against Sterling featured all the scoring in the first half. Kaneland’s lone goal came with 10:17 left in the first half from Angel Escontrias off an Ivan Bohorquez feed.

Kaneland suits up against host Sycamore on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Positive movement

KHS ends September on strong note
STERLING, Ill.—Patience is key when it comes to long distance running.

For a season that begins in mid-August, runners usually don’t start to see the fruits of their labor until the cooler October weather hits.

But the Lady Knights cross country team decided to begin their upward trajectory a week early, putting together their best team effort of the season Sept. 27 at Sterling High School’s Rock Rive Run Invitational.

KHS placed third in the 17-team meet with 122 points, just one ahead of Hononegah. Geneva, fresh off their win at last week’s Eddington Invitational at Kaneland, took the team championship with 37 points over Belvidere North’s 44. Belvidere North was the runner-up at the Eddington Invite.

Kaneland also placed third at the 2013 edition of the Rock River Run with 134 points.

The Lady Knights, currently ranked No. 16 in’s most recent poll, were paced by Brianna Bower’s 19 minute, 32.2 second effort, which was good enough for 14th place out of the 173 runners in the race. Freshman Andrea Wells (20th, 19:47.2) was next for Kaneland, followed by Aislinn Lodwig (23rd, 19:52), Victoria Clinton (27th, 20:05) and Jessica Kucera (39th, 20:50.5). Kaneland’s scoring pack split of 1:18.3 was far better than last week’s 2:30 split.

Head coach Doug Ecker was pleased with the overall improvement week-to-week by the girls squad.

“It was a nice race for Brianna Bower with only two weeks of running after missing seven weeks with a stress fracture,” Ecker said. “Another solid race from freshman Andrea Wells and senior Jessica Kucera.”

Also running for KHS in the varsity race were Sarah Daley (48th, 21:10.9), Carly Bartholomew (79th, 22:19.2), Olivia Galor (82nd, 22:28.4), Grace Drake (86th, 22:50.0), Lilah Klingensmith (99th, 23:23.2), Samantha Sommerville (114th, 24:05.4), Murphy Garcia (120th, 24:25) and Haley Penkala (150th, 26:26.2).

Kaneland travels to Freeport, Ill., on Saturday for the annual Pretzel Invitational, starting at 9:30 a.m. on the campus Highland Community College.

__KHS Football v. DeKalb -1-5

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

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

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

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

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

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Volleyball handles Aurora Christian, succumbs to hot Yorkville squad

KANELAND—Rare is the team that can rattle off an undefeated conference season, even with a campaign as steady as the Kaneland Lady Knights in 2014.

A 25-8, 25-22 sweep of visiting Aurora Christian last Thursday was a nice taste of victory, but a hard-charging, one-loss Yorkville squad beat the host school on Tuesday in a 25-15, 25-23 matchup.

Kaneland is still 14-7, with a 3-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII action. The loss against Yorkville was Kaneland’s first since Sept. 13 to LaSalle-Peru at the Pontiac Invite, breaking a six-match win streak.

Against the Eagles, cornerstone Ellie Dunn had nine kills, four service points and four digs. Riley Hannula had seven kills and three service points, while Hannah Nauert had 13 service points and 14 assists.

Against Yorkville, Dunn had eight kills and six digs, while Hannula had six kills and a block. Nauert had six assists, six digs and three kills, Anna Senese had eight service points, and Holly Fedderly had 10 assists and two digs in the loss.

Kaneland finds itself with a crossover challenge in the form of Sterling, Ill., on Thursday, Oct. 2.


Siebert named CCIW Defensive Player of the Week

Photo submitted by Dave Wrath of Augustana Athletics to

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Augustana junior libero and Kaneland graduate Kylie Siebert was recently selected as the “Defensive Player of the Week” in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in volleyball. Siebert is the first Viking this season to win the honor.

The Sugar Grove native had a tremendous week for first-year head coach Kelly Bethke’s Vikings, and it started with a great effort in Augustana’s opening match in the CCIW. The Vikings came from behind to defeat Illinois Wesleyan 3-2 (25-23; 22-25; 23-25; 25-20; 15-9) at the Carver Center on Sept. 24. In that match, Siebert had a game-high 41 digs and added two assists and one service ace.

Over the weekend, Augustana went 2-2 in the University of Chicago’s Gargoyle Classic, and Siebert piled up a total of 48 digs, 16 setting assists and six service aces. The Vikings beat Concordia-Chicago 3-0 (27-25; 25-14; 25-12) and lost to the University of Chicago 0-3 (15-25; 17-25; 21-25) on Friday, Sept. 26. The next day, Augustana beat Kalamazoo 3-1 (25-12; 25-14; 21-25; 25-15) before falling to Cornell 1-3 (21-25; 26-24; 21-25; 24-26).

For the week, Siebert totaled 89 digs (4.94 per game), seven service aces and 18 setting assists. She has been a force all season from her libero position, and she leads the team with 287 digs in 53 games for a 5.42 average. She also has 16 service aces.


Boys XC tries to master rising temps, pressure in Oakhurst setting

Photo: Ben Smith, Austin Kintz and Alex Gale get going at the beginning of Saturday’s varsity race at the Aurora Central Catholic Charger Classic. Kaneland placed 10th as a team. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

ACC’s Invitational another part of lead-up to postseason
AURORA—Temperatures were more akin to a larger boys cross country meet below the Mason-Dixon line than autumn in Aurora.

But as the stakes are raised for Kaneland High School boys cross country on weekends, it’ll have to dig deep and face all kinds of environments and competition, much like Saturday’s ACC Charger Classic Invitational out at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora.

Out of 11 teams in the meet’s Gold division, Kaneland’s score of 222 was good for ninth overall. DeKalb (236) and Marmion Academy (262) were behind the Knights in the stacked field. Linn-Marr High School, of Marion, Iowa, used three pivotal top 10 finishes to grab a 46-point total and a first-place finish. Oswego East’s 58 was second and East Aurora’s 63 was good for third.

Kaneland’s Austin Kintz was the top Knight finisher with a time of 16:16.2, while Daniel Murphy of Linn-Marr was tops in the entire field at 14:59.9.

Knight Mitch Reger was next for the local troops in 33rd at 16:35.3.

Reger knows bigger challenges are ahead for the Knights, but was psyched for his fellow team members and their ability to improve.

“It’s almost essential as practice,” Reger said. “If you don’t think that you can do it, you won’t do it. You have to believe.”

Willi Kuipers finished 44th at 16:52.4, and teammate James Walker took 52nd at 17:03.2. Zach Kurz was 71st overall at 18:14.3 out of a group of 85 varsity runners.

“We’ve seen a lot of good people in a variety of races today,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “What’s most important is to take what we have right now and continue to see the improvement. We had a lot of kids manage personal records on this course. Despite the warm weather, I think that bodes well.”

Ahead for the boys is the Pretzel Invitational hosted by Freeport High School of the NIC-10, on Saturday, Oct. 4.


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


Kaneland soccer splits Yorkville, DeKalb in conference rush

Photo: Senior Ivan Bohorquez tries to keep the ball against two Yorkville players Tuesday. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

KANELAND—Kaneland soccer knows it will have difficulties here and there, but would rather not have them against programs it has traditionally handled.

As it stood, the Yorkville Foxes earned its first win on the grounds of Kaneland this past Tuesday in a 3-0 whitewash.

Additionally, the troops traveled to Dresser Road and handed the host DeKalb Barbs a 2-0 defeat back on Sept. 17.

Knight boys soccer is 4-5-1, and 2-2-1 Northern Illinois Big XII.

Against Yorkville’s onslaught, the Knights were subject to two first-half goals, sending the hosts in an early hole.

With 19:31 to go in regulation, Yorkville scored its clincher goal on a point-blank rebound off keeper Andrew Mathys. A free kick try by Kaneland’s Jack Wolf couldn’t find the net for the last best chance on the KHS front. Mathys made another key save with roughly 12 minutes left, as well.

KHS coach Scott Parillo hoped it was just an outlier.

“It was a good old-fashioned butt-whipping,” Parillo said. “We just didn’t come to play. Our minds must be somewhere else. You just hope it doesn’t happen on gameday, and it did. The only thing you take away from this is that it doesn’t happen again. If we do, we’re going to struggle. It’s unfortunate.”

Against DeKalb, Kaneland’s go-ahead goal came with 7:43 remaining in the first half of play, thanks to a Cameron Pieczynski unassisted effort. Drew Franklin took a successful opportunity with 10:35 remaining to give the KHS crew a 2-0 lead to stay.

Kaneland hosts Sterling on Thursday, Sept. 25.

The biggest rival is …

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Three weeks ago, we set out to find out who was Kaneland High School’s biggest sports rival. We talked with current coaches, former coaches, players and administrators. We also had a survey on our website asking you who is the biggest rival of the Kaneland Knights. In our survey, we asked for basic demographics: male/female and age. But also about your connections with KHS: were you a graduate?; if you were a graduate, were you an athlete at KHS?

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of current or former Kaneland athletes viewed Sycamore
as Kaneland’s biggest historical rival,
compared to only 50 percent of non-athletes

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Kaneland’s Biggest Rival

Based on the survey results, we can say with confidence that Kaneland’s biggest sports rival, both current and historical, is Sycamore High School.

Sycamore earned a whopping 81 percent of the vote for question “In 2014, who is Kaneland’s biggest rival?”
When we asked about historical rivalries, Sycamore still prevailed with 60 percent of the vote. Batavia was second with 23 percent.

2014 Biggest Rivals
1. Sycamore
2. Yorkville
3. DeKalb/Morris (tie)
5. Burlington Central

Historical Biggest Rivals
1. Sycamore
2. Batavia
3. Geneva
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Variations in demographics

While there was a pretty remarkable consensus for the contemporary rivals, historical rival opinions varied depending on if you were a Kaneland athlete or not. Athletes did view Burlington Central as more of a current rival than their non-athlete counterparts that favored Batavia and DeKalb.

71 percent of Kaneland athletes believed Sycamore was Kaneland’s biggest historical rival, compared to 50 percent of non-athletes. Non-athletes cited rivalries with Geneva and DeKalb as other options, while athletes voted for Batavia and Oswego for their historical rivals.

History was also divided when it came to males and females. 75 percent of males that took our survey pegged Sycamore as the top rival. Females made Sycamore their top choice, but only with 43 percent of the vote. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Location, location, location

Some of our internal office speculation that rivalries in old conferences would make an appearance was squashed when looking at the results. The proximity of rivals was a key component to them making the list. On average, it would only take about 20 minutes to get to the nine most-voted-for schools. The closest: Geneva at just under 12 miles. The farthest: Morris at 39 miles. Rochelle came in at just a touch under 33 miles.

None of the chief rivals were over an hour away, and six are less than a 25 minute drive.

Top 4 closest rivals
Geneva 11.7 miles
Batavia 13.3 miles
Burlington Central 13.7 miles
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Boys XC tries to make own trail in Eddington crowd

Photo: The Knights boys varsity team accelerates out of the box during Saturday morning’s Eddington Invitational at KHS. Over 1,300 runners took to the course during the six contested races. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—It was a different setting, but the same Kaneland pride on display.

On Saturday, the Eddington Invitational was housed on the Kaneland High School grounds, switched from the classic Elburn Woods home, and was the largest athletic event held at KHS, with 1,300 athletes, according to head coach Chad Clarey.

“The meet itself was a huge success due in large part to the effort of many facets of Kaneland schools. From administration to maintenance, coaches to athletes and their families and KHS boosters, this would not have been possible,” Clarey said.

The Knight pack itself finished in 14th place out of 19 teams, but all members ran personal bests during the 65-degree conditions.

KHS, with a 334 point total, was 18 ahead of next-closest school Sycamore, but behind Johnsburg by 30.

Comprising the top five were Glenbard West (70), Crystal Lake Central (114), East Aurora (115) Benet Academy (120) and Grayslake Central (171). Kaneland’s average time was a 17:19.6 effort, compared to the Hilltoppers’ 16:03.8.

West Aurora’s Connor McCue outran the entire field with a time of 15:27.1, 6.5 seconds better than Belvidere North’s Eryk Yunk.

The Knight effort was led by 48th-place senior Brandon Park, who ran a 16:52.6, followed soon after by classmate Mitch Reger at 17:04.1, good for 60th. Knight Sean Spaetzel, at 17:05.9, finished 62nd overall. Will Kuipers ran 17:47.7 for 84th place, and fellow Knight James Walker took 85 at 17:47.9. Aaron French (94th, 18:04.6) and Zach Kurz (117th, 19:01.7) rounded out the varsity group.

“We feel that this meet’s quality for talent is among the best in Illinois on this particular weekend,” Clarey said. “(I’m) very pleased with the strong races from our varsity, who all set personal bests on the well-groomed course.”

Saturday, Sept. 27, sees the Aurora Central Catholic Invitational as the next Knight challenge.

Photos by Mary Paulson


Girls XC produces eight-best in top-flight Eddington field

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Photo: Junior Carly Bartholomew placed 72nd at the Eddington Invitational Saturday. Over 1,300 athletes competed at the Kaneland High School campus—one of the largest athletic events ever held there. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—Kaneland’s Eddington Invitational, held on Saturday, is always a highlight once late September rolls around.

However, its fixed place on the girls cross country schedule can also highlight a team’s strengths and areas it needs to build up before the high-intensity postseason.

Before the quest to Peoria gets rolling, 17 local teams got to gather a head of steam at Kaneland’s Eddington—the 2014 version of which was conducted on the Kaneland High School grounds.

Geneva’s 40-point total, including four of the top 12 finishers, was better than runner-up Belvidere North by 43 points. Crystal Lake Central (115), Benet Academy (116) and Marengo (125) took over the top five spots. Kaneland’s 206, including three of the top 35, was good for eighth, six points ahead of Grayslake Central.

Also finishing ahead of KHS were Glenbard East at 167 and Rosary at 189.

Belvidere North’s Jenna Lutzow’s 18:04.1 effort was a full six ticks better than Marengo entry Kitty Allen on Saturday, while Lady Knight senior Victoria Clinton was the premiere finisher on her roster with a 19:29.5, an 18th-place finish.

Steadily rising Aislinn Lodwig shored up the Kaneland total with a 30th-place finish, thanks to a 19:55.5, and junior teammate Brianna Bower took 35th overall at 20:01.9.

KHS representative Jessica Kucera managed a 53rd-place finish at 20:49.2, while fellow Lady Knight Carly Bartholomew made a case for a postseason spot with a 21:59.9, for 70th place. Additionally, senior Grace Drake hit the 77th spot at 22:45.2 and Murphy Garcia was 108th in 24:26.7.

Next up for the Lady Knights is the usual Rock River Run stop in Sterling, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 27. In 2013, Brianna Bower finished an exceptional eighth with a time of 18:58.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Photos by Mary Paulson” title_align=”separator_align_center” color=”grey”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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

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

Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

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


Tennis outlasts Oswego opponent

Photo: Senior Stephanie Karloewicz and her partner at No. 2 doubles, senior Colleen Landers, defeated their Oswego counterparts Tuesday 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Also blanks L-P 5-0
KANELAND—With a much-needed win against the host Oswego Panthers, Kaneland crept further away from the .500 line.

The 4-3 win over the Southwest Prairie Conference program featured strength on the doubles side on Monday, leading into a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover showdown with host LaSalle-Peru on Tuesday, where the Lady Knights dispatched host LaSalle-Peru 5-0.

Kaneland is now 5-2 in head-to-head skirmishes.

The lone singles win for Kaneland on Monday came from No. 1 anchor Sammie Schrepferman, who dominated with a 6-0, 6-0 outing. Kaneland’s three doubles wins came from No. 1 team Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil, 6-0, 6-2, No. 2 unit Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, and a forfeit win from extra doubles team Anna Wendling and Heather Albrecht.

KHS coach Tim Larsen knows Kaneland braved a tight encounter.

“(It was) a close match,” Larsen said. “They didn’t play their best, but pulled together enough points for the win.”

Against the Illinois Valley-housed Cavaliers on Tuesday, Schrepferman won 6-0, 6-0, while No. 2 singles Brittany Zablocki won 6-4, 6-1. The doubles group of Jurcenko/ Emmanouil won 6-0, 6-1, while Landers/ Karolewicz won 6-0, 6-2 and No. 3 doubles Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling won 6-2, 6-0.

Upcoming challenges for the Lady Knights include a Thursday, Sept. 25, trip to Ottawa, and the Lady Hub Tennis Invite in Rochelle, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 27.


Serving notice to Sycamore Spartans

Photo: Kaneland High School girls varsity volleyball team celebrates after a two-game sweep against Sycamore Sept. 18. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—Kaneland volleyball has always had its hands full with the Sycamore Spartans. After struggling for years against the usually top-flight program, the Lady Knights would finally get licks in two years ago during Kaneland’s regional plaque quest.

Last year, Sycamore got revenge, but Kaneland made inroads on tempering that sinking feeling from the 2013 regional, but striking at Sycamore with a 25-16, 25-20 sweep in Maple Park.

Kaneland (13-6, 3-0 Northern Illinois Big XII) also faced host Morris on Tuesday and won 25-22, 25-17. The team has now won five matches in a row.

Against Sycamore, Ellie Dunn had two service points, 11 kills a block and eight digs. Teammate Anna Senese added eight kills. Riley Hannula contributed six service points, four kills, three blocks and four digs. Lady Knight Hannah Nauert had four kills, two blocks and 14 assists.

“The team has really come together and jelled as a team,” KHS coach Cyndi Violett said. “It helps playing in three tournaments, including an overnight, before our first conference game. Teams that we come up against are so focused on Ellie that they don’t realize the other outstanding hitters we have, such as Riley and Anna.“

On Tuesday against Morris, Dunn had 11 kills to go with five service points, two aces and six digs. Hannula provided four kills and three service points, and Senese eight kills and one service point. Additionally, Kathy Nguyen had nine digs, Nauert had 9 assists and six service points, and Holley Fedderly 11 assists and six service points.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a match with visiting Aurora Christian on Thursday.

Photos by Mary Paulson

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Living history

We want to hear from you!
Tell us who you think is Kaneland’s biggest rival
Kaneland athletics have many rivals, but who is No. 1 in your eyes?
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KHS has had its share of rivals from another time
KANELAND—Kaneland’s athletic battles with local schools Sycamore, Yorkville and Burlington Central, and off-and-on conference foes like Geneva and Batavia, continue to rage on, so it makes sense to look at how KHS got to its current group of noteworthy rivals.

It helps to look back at a previous era, which included schools still achieving success on many fields, and would often battle with Kaneland. The high school enrollments were different, and regular battles may not happen as much in 2014, but they can still trigger memories and fun.

Longtime Kaneland Athletics Director Bob Peterson remembers the glory days of the Little Seven Conference, which had eight decades of play total, with Kaneland joining up in 1963 after coming from the Little Eight.

Peterson is still a fixture at football and basketball games featuring the Knights, and no stranger to intense rivalries between Fox Valley area programs.

“Certainly in basketball, Oswego and Plainfield were big rivals of ours,” Peterson said. “Oswego and Plainfield always had good talent, and we liked to try and beat them, being one of the smaller schools.”

With schools in the 1970s like Cary-Grove, Morris and West Chicago moving in and out of the in flux-Little Seven, Peterson knew what wins on any field would mean.

“You always liked the idea of being able to beat a bigger school, that was nice when you could do that and also beat Sycamore,” Peterson said.

District 302 educator and former KHS volleyball coach and graduate Kris Weiss had her preferences of rivals that don’t cross Kaneland’s path much anymore.

“They’re non-conference now, but back in the ‘80s, Oswego was such a big rival,” Weiss said. “Waubonsie Valley and Plainfield were big rivals, before Plainfield was four schools. At the time, because the Little 7 was 10 schools, we played everybody twice. DeKalb and St. Charles were probably our biggest non-conference foes.”

The Fox Valley area had smaller enrollments, with athletes from schools in the widespread area reaching out and crossing paths.

“If you talk to people that played in the mid-’80s before big club sports and AAU and travel baseball and softball, a lot of us would play in Oswego where we knew people, and that would help the rivalries once we got back into school,” Weiss said.

Dana Wagner, Waubonsee Community College assistant athletic manager and former Kaneland hoops great, had her share of Little Seven skirmishes, along with her preferences.

“For me in basketball, it was always Morris, and it seemed as though every game came down to the wire. For some reason, there was no love lost between us,” Wagner said.

Like Peterson, Wagner feels some rivalries were heightend due to the school sizes.

“I would have to say (I liked playing) Geneva, Batavia and Waubonsie Valley. We were always so much smaller than them, so beating them was extra rewarding,” Wagner said.

The Elburn Herald Sports department heard takes about rivalries old and new, with your turn on favorite foes still to come.


Zombie Run set for Oct. 10

Join the Knight cross country teams for a spooky “Knight of the Zombies” run Oct. 10.

The evening will feature two races:

Trick or Treat Run
This run features friendly zombies sharing treats with participants in grades second through fifth, begining at 5:20 p.m. Competitors may dress up and walk or run for treats from the team. Cost is $5 per student.

Run For Your Life
The second event will begin at 6 p.m. Flagged runners will try to elude the grasp of the zombies over the 1.2 mile course. Survivors will compete for trophies and ribbons. Cost is $10 per runner.

For more information on the Zombie Run and to register, visit


Soccer brings winning logic vs. IMSA

Photo: Peter Jefferson controls the ball Saturday in Kaneland’s 7-0 win over IMSA.
Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Matches against Sycamore, Morris cap week
KANELAND—No matter the opponent, it’s always nice to see offense on the pitch.

After taking a little while to get going, the goals eventually came early and often in a busy week for KHS soccer. Last Thursday against invading Sycamore, the Knights battled the Spartans to a 1-1 tie. Saturday saw IMSA on the wrong end of a 7-0 rout. On Tuesday in Morris, KHS won 3-2.

Kaneland is now 3-4-1 (1-1-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

Facing the rival Spartans, the lone goal came after a scoreless first half, thanks to Ivan Bohorquez’ try with 18:34 remaining.

In the offenseive explosion against the Titans, six goals within a 27:24 span in the first half put the match on ice.

Goals were managed by Drew Franklin, Angel Escontrias, Mark Dhom, Felippe Speraggi in back-to-back conversions and Escontrias again. Escontrias completed his hat trick with four minutes gone by in the second half of play.

Tuesday saw Escontrias supply a goal and an assist, while Speraggi and Cameron Pieczynski also found the back of the net. Ivan Bohorquez and Matthew Gombar supplied assists.

Kaneland was set to travel to DeKalb on Wednesday and host Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Kaneland golf earns key win over Morris

Knight clubbers hold steady at 7-3
ELBURN—With a 7-3 mark in dual competition, Kaneland golf has had its share of good fortune in 2014.

On Tuesday at Hughes Creek Golf Club, it was never a more appropriate time for good fortune and execution, it being Senior Night.

The Knights took care of business against Northern Illinois Big XII rival Morris by a final of 162-181.

On Monday, the Knights traveled to cross-conference rival Sterling and were upended by a slim 172-176 margin, while beating Wheaton Academy by a 169-173 deficit on Sept. 10.

Facing the Redskins, it was Brett Glennon and Jake Hed swinging 39 scores to lead the way. Jacob Sheehan and Jesse Denton shot a 42 apiece, while Jeremy Faletto had a 43.

“We got some help from a few sophomores. Brett and Jake shot 39 and they are starting to find their stride at the right time of the season. This wraps up the conference season, and hopefully we play well in the conference tournament soon,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Glennon put a good individual day on the greens to good use on the friendly course.

“It was very nice and good to shoot well tonight,” Glennon said. “My putter and driver have really helped me out this year.”

Against the victorious Golden Warriors of Sterling, Denton led the way in a losing cause with a 39 score.

Hed managed a 40, while Glennon and Jeff VanGemert swatted a 42 each in the win over the West Chicago-based Warriors last week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Knight group saunters to Marengo.

Girls golfers
earn 3rd place at Invite

KANELAND—Kaneland girls golf participated in the Saturday Stillman Valley Invite, with Lady Knight presence doing enough for a third-place 405 score behind Richmond-Burton’s 359 and a Rockford co-op’s 371.

Kaneland’s Tori Guyton was tied for fourth with an 89 effort, followed by Julia VanGemert’s 98, good for 15th place.


Kaneland tennis nipped by Rosary, Sycamore

Photo: Junior Emily Lutter plays No. 2 singles against IMSA last week. File Photo

KANELAND—Not every week will be a winner for Kaneland High School tennis.

Such was the case this past week, featuring two setbacks to worthy opponents.

Kaneland traveled to Morris and won 5-0 on Tuesday. Monday saw a 4-4 tiebreaker loss to host Rosary in Aurora, and last Thursday witnessed a 3-2 loss to rival Sycamore.

Kaneland is now 3-2 in dual action.

Against Rosary, which was awarded the tiebreaker due to more games won, Kaneland was moved along by a 6-1, 6-1 win by No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman. No. 1 doubles unit Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil took a 6-0, 6-0 matchup. At No. 2 doubles, Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz won a 6-1, 1-6, 10-6 encounter. No. 3 doubles unit Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling won a 7-6, 7-5 challenge.

Tussling with the Spartans, Kaneland’s lone victories came on the doubles edge, with Jurcenko/Emmanouil winning 6-0, 6-1, and Landers/Karolewicz also taking a win.

Despite the close setbacks, KHS coach Tim Larsen is confident and eager about the team’s competitiveness.

“We have fantastic talent with the first six girls in the lineup,” Larsen said. “We also have girls that are developing into really good tennis players. But, we’ve run into a couple of consistency issues with the development of the other girls, and it’s cost us a match or two. Otherwise, I could see us being without a loss. We’ve been very competitive in every match, and I think we will be all season long.”

Facing Morris, Schrepferman won 6-1, 6-0, while junior Brittany Zablocki won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. The doubles teams rolled, as Jurcenko/Emmanouil won 6-0, 6-2; Larnders/Karolewicz 6-3, 6-3; and Dugan/Wendling won 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights hit the usual late September Yorkville Doubles Tournament, folowed by a Monday, Sept. 22, trip to Oswego, and a Tuesday, Sept. 23, jaunt to LaSalle-Peru.

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.


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.