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KHS fall sports announce awards

Kaneland—The Kaneland High School fall sports programs recently concluded their respective awards nights.

Cross Country—Boys
• Most Valuable Runner: Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson
• Most Improved Runner: Nathaniel Kucera
• Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength—Nick Messina
• Captains—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Brad Kigyos
• Golden Knight Award—Freshman: Kyle Osborne; Sophomore: Andrew Lesak; Junior: Ryan Bower; Senior: Gus Stott
• State Qualifiers—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Nathaniel Kucera, John Meisinger, Ryan Bower, Brandon Huber, Ryan Paulson, Luis Acosta
• All Conference—Kyle Carter

Cross Country—Girls
• Captains—Abby Dodis, Maggie Brundige, Ashley Castellanos
• Most Improved Runner—Jessica Kucera, Sydney Strang
• Most Valuable Runner—Victoria Clinton
• All Conference—Victoria Clinton, Brianna Bower, Abby Dodis, Sydney Strang, Amanda Lesak
• State Qualifiers—Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig, Sydney Strang, Abby Dodis, Ashley Castellanos, Maggie Brundige, Amanda Lesak, Brianna Bower
• All State, State Champion—Victoria Clinton

Football
• Captains—Blake Bradford, Ryan Lawrence, Dan Goress, Kory Harner, Nick Sharp
• Most Improved Player—Bradley Johnson
• Most Valuable Player—Blake Bradford
• Offensive MVP—Zach Martinelli
• Defensive MVP—Gary Koehring
• Special Teams MVP—Matt Rodriguez
• NIB XII All Conference—Zach Theis, Nick Sharpe, Alex Snyder, Zach Martinelli, Jesse Balluff, Drew David, Justin Diddell, Jaumaureo Phillips, Blake Bradford, Kory Harner, Gary Koehring, Ryan Lawrence, Matt Rodriguez

Golf
• Varsity Most Improved Player—Jessy Denton
• Varsity MVP—Matt Yonkovich
• Fresh/Soph MVP—Jeremy Faletto
• Fresh/Soph Most Improved Player—Tori Guyton, C.J. Wehrmann
• All Conference—Matt Yonkovich, Connor Williams, Brody Kuhar, Luke Kreiter
• State Qualifiers—Connor Williams, Luke Kreiter, Matt Yonkovick, Brody Kuhar, Dan Miller, Sean Glennon

Soccer
• Captains—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Marshall Farthing, Sam Rymarz, Alec Koczka, Ivan Bohorquez
• Most Improved Player—Jason Biddle, Marshall Farthing
• Most Valuable Player—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo
• Rookie of the Year—Ivan Bohorquez
• Coach’s Award—Tyler Siebert, Alec Koczka, Chris Van Dinther, J.T. Karr
• Offensive Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• Defensive Player of the Year—Sam Rymarz
• Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• All Conference—Marshall Farthing, Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Alec Koczka, Sam Rymarz
• All Conference-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional—Alex Gil, Marshall Farthing
• All State—Anthony Parillo

Tennis
• Team Spirit Awards—Varsity: Jess Woodward; JV: Katelyn Blaszynski
• Most Improved Awards—Varsity: Colleen Landers; JV: Mallory Dugan
• MVP—Sarah Grams, Stephanie Zwick
• Outstanding Achievement Awards—School Record: 38 wins—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil; 1st Singles player to qualify for the State Tournament—Samantha Schrepferman
• State Qualifiers—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman
• All Conference—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman, Sarah Grams

Volleyball
• Most Improved Player—Emily Laudont, Keri Groen
• Spirit Award—Rachael Clinton
• MVP—Jenny Lubic
• Top Offensive Player—Ellie Dunn
• Top Defensive Player—Shayna Tucek
• All Conference—Ellie Dunn, Lauren Banbury

KHS fall athletes earn accolades

Kaneland—A number of Kaneland High School fall athletes were recognized for their performance from throughout the 2012 season.

Leading the way for Kaneland’s post-season honors was senior offensive lineman Zach Theis. He was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team, was the NIB-12 East Division Offensive MVP and All-Conference.

Joining Theis as Kaneland football All-Conference Team members were senior offensive lineman Nick Sharp, junior offensive lineman Alex Snyder, senior wide receiver Zack Martinelli, junior running back Jesse Balluff, junior quarterback Drew David, junior defensive lineman Justin Diddell, junior defensive lineman Jaumaureo Phillips, senior defensive back Blake Bradford, senior defensive back Kory Harner, junior linebacker Gary Koehring, senior linebacker Ryan Lawrence, and junior kicker Matt Rodriguez. Balluff was also an All-State Honorable Mention. Balluff, David, Snyder and Koehring were each named to the All State Academic Team.

Earning All-Conference honors from the Kaneland High School volleyball team were sophomore Ellie Dunn, senior Lauren Banbury and senior Ashley Prost.

Girls cross country All-Conference honors went to sophomore Victoria Clinton, freshman Brianna Bower, senior Abby Dodis, junior Sydney Strang, and senior Amanda Lesak.

Junior Kyle Carter earned All-Conference distinction for boys cross country.

All-Conference golf team members were juniors Matt Yonkovick and Brody Kuhar, and seniors Luke Kreiter and Connor Williams.

Weekend in Normal caps extraordinary golf campaign

Rain clips State tourney, but KHS fights hard in first trip since ’95
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’ll be a trip to remember for Kaneland High School golf.

The Knight group, making its first trip to the big gathering in 17 years, pushed its way to 10th place overall after one day of Class 2A competition at Weibring Golf Club in Bloomington, Ill.

After three holes on Saturday, lightning paused play and after two hours of stoppage, the course was ruled unplayable, cementing the totals.

Kaneland’s 341 score was good for 10th overall, just two strokes behind local rival Wheaton Academy.

Belleville’s Althoff Catholic was first in a tiebreaker over Normal U-High with 321. Washington was third with 323.

Glenbard South took sixth with 327, while fellow Northern Illinois Big XII Conference school Ottawa finished eight with a 332 tally.

Normal U-High’s Adam Baracani was the top individual with a score of 72.

Leading the way for KHS was junior Matt Yonkovich with 83, good for a 42nd place tie.

Teammates Connor Williams and Luke Kreiter shot 85 for 55th place overall.

Brody Kuhar shot an 88th for 74th place, while Sean Glennon shot a 92 for 90th place.

Dan Miller shot 95 for 105th place.

Kreiter would have liked to get out there for more action, but is richer for the experience.

“Our first three holes on the second day were pretty good and we were getting better,” Kreiter said. “The first day, we were off to some bad shots. The front nine and back nine were about the same for me.”

For Kaneland, the 2012 season will stick out for those who are returning, and those that have swung their last driver for the Knights, like Kreiter.

“We put in a lot of work this year, guys like Glennon and Yonkovich and Kuhar. It was great to see and we’ve come a long way. We believed in ourselves this year,” Kreiter said.

The golf program and eighth-year coach Mark Meyer say goodbye to Glennon, Kreiter, Stephen McCracken, Miller and Williams.

It’s in the hole

Strong Sectional effort punches Knight golf’s State ticket
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland golf will be taking swings at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13.

It’s not for a campus visit.

Kaneland is one of the exclusive teams that showed exceptional talent and scores at its sectional, qualifing as a team for the Class 2A State Tournament.

It marks the first time KHS has gone to State since 1995, and its first State go-around under coach Mark Meyer, now in his eighth year.

“All season long, we’ve stressed leaving numbers out of their heads and just focus on the next shot,” Meyer said. “It worked, and we are really excited to go.”

After advancing out of the Sycamore Regional on Oct. 3 as meet champion, Kaneland put together a team score of 352 to make the cut as the third best team by seven strokes over Sterling at the Belvidere North Sectional.

Ottawa was Sectional champ at 340, followed by Kaneland’s regional mate Wheaton Academy at 348.

Sterling (359) and Vernon Hills (363) rounded out the top five of the 12-team meet.

Ottawa’s Lane Barbier’s 77 was enough for medalist honors, and Andrew Blackburn of Sterling was the top individual to advance with a 79 score.

But the Knights’ team effort did the trick to extend the noteworthy 2012 season another week.

Junior Matt Yonkovich, the only KHS golfer to qualify for Sectionals in 2011, paced the lineup with an 84 score, followed by Luke Kreiter’s 86. Brody Kuhar shot an 89, while Connor Williams and Dan Miller shot 93 and 95, respectively.

“In golf, you just have to focus on one thing at a time, and the most important thing is that next shot. It can be difficult, but these guys managed to do it,” Meyer said.

Kaneland begins on the 10th tee beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, with Sean Glennon matching clubs with Washington’s Matt Johnson, Glenbard South’s Eli Qahhaar and Mt. Carmel’s Daniel Dydo.

The Knights have a practice round tomorrow at 10 a.m. before making the trek south for the State meet.

Champions—Twice As Nice

Brody Kuhar led KHS with a score of 73 at the Northern Illinois Big XII meet in LaSalle, Ill. File Photo

Golfers win NIB-12, then regional, in 5-day stretch
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Much like the ball off a drive, the Knights’ golf team’s fortunes keep going up and forward.

With a considerably better showing this year compared to the 2011 postseason that saw just one individual advance to Sectionals, the Kaneland lineup was crowned Sycamore Regional champion after play on Monday.

Kaneland’s score was a meet-best 302, followed by fellow advancing teams Wheaton Academy (319) and Burlington Central (322).

“We’re starting to get hot at the right time,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “Several guys struggled on the front nine, but came back on the back nine, and we have some people at the bottom of the scorecard playing better and stepping up.”

Junior Matt Yonkovich, the lone sectional golfer from KHS a year ago, led the way with a 72. He was followed by senior Luke Kreiter with a 75.

Kreiter was cited by Meyer as the lone golfer who didn’t struggle on the front nine.

“I just went out there and hit good drives,” Kreiter said. “I took that to the hole. I hit a speed bump on hole eight, but came back.”

Brody Kuhar shot a 76, followed by Sean Glennon’s 79, Dan Miller’s 81 and Connor Williams’ 87.

Kreiter feels that the team is playing at a high level compared to a year ago.

“I think we came into last year’s regional a little nervous, but this year we knew if we play our best, we’ll pull through,” Kreiter said.

The good fortune for the week began at the Sept. 26 Northern Illinois Big XII meet hosted by LaSalle-Peru.

Kaneland captured the East bracket with a 310 clip, followed by Yorkville’s 325 and Sycamore’s 333. Morris (347), Rochelle (348) and DeKalb (349) rounded out the six. Ottawa’s 318 was tops for the West.

Brody Kuhar’s 73 was tops for the entire field, followed by Ottawa’s Lane Barbier (75).

Yonkovich (76) and Kreiter (80) also provided firepower for the NIB-12 gathering.

Ahead for Kaneland is the sectional hosted by Belvidere North on Monday, Oct. 8, at Timberpointe Golf Course in Poplar Grove, Ill., featuring the advancing teams from the Vernon Hills Regional and the Dixon Regional.

Golfers clipped by Jacobs, swing in Genoa

Sept. 28: Kaneland won the NIB-12 Conference meet Wednesday, Sept. 26. Knight Brody Kuhar medaled for the champion Knights with a 73, while the team score of 310 easily outdistanced second-place Yorkville’s 325. See next week’s Elburn Herald for in-depth coverage.

KANELAND—Sometimes good totals aren’t enough.

The scorecard can go your way with consistent totals, but the opponent can experience the same phenomenon, but sometimes a stroke better.

That was the case on Sept. 19, when the Knight golfers were given a 162-163 loss to Algonquin’s Jacobs High School at Randall Oaks Golf Club.

The Knights are looking at a 5-4 record in dual action.

Kaneland also took a trip to the Oak Club in Genoa, Ill., for the Fran Noyes Invite on Saturday and finished third.

Brody Kuhar shot a 39 for Kaneland against Jacobs, followed by Connor Williams with a 40, and both Luke Kreiter and Matt Yonkovich with 42.

Sam Kozak of Jacobs earned medalist honors with a 37.

Using Stableford scoring on Saturday, the Knights’ team total of 103 was better than 20 other teams near Route 23.

Huntley was first with 114, and Rockford Boylan was second with 106.

Yonkovich was best among the individuals in the field with a score of 33, while Kreiter was third with 28.

Kaneland was set to travel to Senica Oaks Ridge Golf Club to the Northern Illinois Big XII meet hosted by LaSalle-Peru on Wednesday, with results unavailable as of press time.

KHS has its regional assignment on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Sycamore Golf Club, for the 10-team regional. The sectional takes place the following Monday, hosted by Belvidere North.

KHS nabs Morris in dual match

Kaneland—Kaneland defeated visiting Morris on Tuesday at Hughes Creek Golf Course, winning the varsity match 151-169.

The Knights were paced by dual medalist winners Matt Yonkovich and Luke Kreiter, who each put up 37 scores.

Connor Williams finished one stroke off the lead with a 38. Dan Miller was the fourth Knight to contribute to the team tally, finishing just two back off the lead with a score of 39.

Kaneland’s number-four score tied Morris’s number-one score.

In JV action, Kaneland defeated Morris by 23 strokes, 181-204.

Jeremy Faletto earned medalist honors with a 43. Jacob Sheehan finished two back with a 45. Zach Streyve scored 46 and Tori Guyton finished with a 47 to complete the Knight scoring.

Kaneland traveled to Jacobs High School on Wednesday in dual meet action, although results were not available at press time. The Knights travel to the Genoa Kingston Invite on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Knights win handily on links vs H-BR

Photo: Kaneland’s Stephen McCracken watches teammate Josh Kilgore putt during their varsity home match against Sycamore at Hughes Creek on Tuesday. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Hughes Creek was the site of a handy dual win for Knights golf on Sept. 5.

Facing Little Ten Conference representative Hinckley-Big Rock, the Knights used a consistent scorecard to vanquish the Royals by a final of 161-192 under clear skies.

The Knights also played Tuesday, losing to rival Sycamore 157-166.

Kaneland is now 4-3 in dual action in 2012.

It was last year’s postseason torchbearer junior Matt Yonkovich leading the way last week with a solid 38, followed by Brody Kuhar, Sean Glennon and Connor Williams with tallies of 41.

“It’s a good feeling to be competitive,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “It’s against everyone we play against. It’s never fun to lose, but then again, you can only play against the course.”

Golfers like Yonkovich hope to play quite well against every course, and he is encouraged by the level of recent play.

“We’ve been playing really good lately, and I think the way we’ve been playing will get us through the season. My putting has been really good lately, and I’ve been making almost everything,” Yonkovich said.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, sees the golfers host Morris at Hughes Creek.

Golfers chip away at Sterling

KANELAND—While the journey last Thursday for Kaneland High School golf was west, the Knights’ fortunes went north after its Northern Illinois Big XII crossover battle.

A win over the host Sterling Golden Warriors at their home course improved the Knights overall dual record to 3-1 at this early juncture of the 2012 campaign. Tuesday’s close home loss to Wheaton Academy puts the Knights’ dual-meet record at 3-2 heading into Wednesday’s action, of which results were not available as of press time.

Competing at Emerald Hill Golf Club, the Knights used a top-end performance from its top four to emerge with a 153-158 edge.

Paced by co-medalist Matt Yonkovich’s clutch 36, it turns out the Kaneland roster needed every exceptional score.

In order to neutralize Sterling’s Andrew Blackburn’s score of 36, KHS also employed a 37 final score from Sean Glennon, as well as a 40 from both Brody Kuhar and Luke Kreiter.

Sterling also had additional totals from Trevor Sisson (39) and Austin Cook (40).

For the Knights, Jesse Denton also managed a 43, and teammate Connor Williams managed a 45.

In the frosh/soph meeting between the East and West Division institutions, it was Kaneland slamming Sterling by a wide 178-219 margin.

The underclass win was in large part due to Jeremy Faletto and his 43, along with Jacob Sheehan’s 44.

Tuesday saw the Knights lose a one-stroke nail-biter against visiting Wheaton Academy.

Kaneland’s Brody Kuhar came through with a big performance, earning medalist honors with a score of 35. Kreiter finished two strokes off the winning pace, with a 37. Yonkovich followed with a 38, and Williams and Denton each put up 40s for the day.

Kaneland also had play against Hinckley-Big Rock on Wednesday at Hughes Creek, followed by a Friday, Sept. 7, encounter with conference foe Yorkville in Kendall County.

Rebound

Knights top W. Aurora, DeKalb after loss to Marengo
KANELAND—Kaneland High School golf coach Mark Meyer knew his team wasn’t as deep as in years past, but believed the talent at the top could more than make up for any holes.

In the first several dual meets of 2012, that talent pool was enough for wins in two of three contests.

In Rochelle on Aug. 22, the Knights took a 157-174 win, before dropping a 174-179 matchup with host Marengo on Thursday.

On Friday at Orchard Valley GC in Aurora, Kaneland took care of the West Aurora Blackhawks in a close 161-167 affair.

Meyer was glad to see the events on West Aurora’s turf unfold.

“Golf is a game that depends heavily on confidence,” Meyer said. “I was glad that we had a match the day after Marengo, because we were able to put that performance behind us and regain some of our confidence.”

Against the Northern Illinois Big XII conference-sharing Hubs, the Knights saw top scores from medalist Connor Williams with a 36, Brody Kuhar and Luke Kreiter with a 39 and Matt Yonkovich with a 41.

Rochelle’s Brandon O’Rourke and Zach Pauser each had 42 for the Hubs.

JV action had Jesse Denton shoot a 42 to lead KHS to a 184-221 win.

On Thursday against Marengo, the Knights saw a 41 from Yonkovich and 45 from Williams and Kreiter.

Against the Blackhawks, the Knights were paced by co-medalist Williams’ 39, while Kuhar managed a 40.

The JV crew had a handy 181-219 win, in part to Jeremy Faletto’s 42.

Tuesday’s action against visiting DeKalb saw the Knights win 160-167, with Yonkovich earning medalist honors with a round of 36.

Thursday, Aug. 30, in Sterling sees the Knights have a NIB-12 crossover dual.

Golf Preview: Familiar faces lead charge to the green

Photos: Junior Matt Yonkovich (right) concentrates before his putt during the varsity golf regional last year at The Highlands in Elgin. Brody Kuhar (below) drives onto the green during the 2011 Boys IHSA Golf Regional. File Photos

KHS golf looks to improve upon 8-4 dual meet finish a year ago
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—You’ll have to excuse seventh-year coach Mark Meyer for not approaching 2012 with trepidation.

Yes, the Knight golfers have to go into battle without their departed senior captain trio of Troy Krueger, Adam Grams and Zach Douglas.

But Meyer is confident that the remaining names jotted on the scorecard a year ago can achieve great heights this year.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Meyer said. “We may not be quite as deep, but we have a lot of talent at the top.”

Finishing 8-4 in dual competition and earning a fifth-place nod at the Northern Illinois Big XII meet a year ago, Meyer will count on a top five of seniors Luke Kreiter, Sean Glennon and Connor Williams, juniors Brody Kuhar and Matt Yonkovich.

Yonkovich was the lone individual to advance to sectionals in 2011 as a sophomore, shooting an 80 at regionals to help cap his first varsity year.

“Kuhar and Yonkovich came up with the two best averages on the team last season, they really stepped up their game. Luke is becoming a great golfer,” Meyer said.

While the lineup’s last spot has yet to be filled, the Knights will depend on a consistent score from everyone.

“We have three golfers that are capable of shooting low 70s. We’ll have to see about that last spot and that’ll help the depth, but we’re looking for consistent scores,” Meyer said.

The Knights won’t rest easy on the links with the beginning of the season already under their belt with meets in Plainfield and Geneva, and they look forward to the meet with Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 23.

“It can only help. A bad start won’t doom you, but a good start can help set expectations for you,” Meyer said.

Kaneland’s first home NIB-12 meet is with visiting DeKalb on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Golf season already underway
Kaneland High School golf has looked productive in its first couple of outings.

The team kicked off the KHS athletic season with a third-place finish in the Plainfield North Invite on Aug. 13. Its team-wide score of 314 was just behind Benet Academy’s 306 and Lockport’s 312. KHS finished just ahead of Marmion at 314 in the 16-team meet.

Kuhar earned the top morning for the Knights with a score of 75, which included a round of 37. Teammate Matt Yonkovich shot a 77 to prop Kaneland up in the 16-team invite.

Last Thursday at the Geneva Invite, the Knights took fourth with a total of 304. Marmion’s 288 accumulation was good for the win. Kuhar managed a 74 tally for 10th overall and best on the team.

Varsity roster
Seniors
Sean Glennon
Luke Kreiter
Stephen McCracken
Daniel Miller
Connor Williams
Juniors
Stephen Cannell
Joshua Kilgore
Brody Kuhar
Matthew Yonkovick
Sophomores
Dominick Cozzi
Jesse Denton
Jeremuy Faletto
Victoria Guyton
Sterling Matias
Cody Pitstick
Jacob Sheehan
Zachary Strayve
Julia VanGemert
CJ Wehrmann
Freshman
Drew Diffendahl
Head coach
Mark Meyer

Varsity Golf Schedule
• Monday, Aug. 13; 7 a.m.
At Plainfield North Invite
• Thursday, Aug. 16; 7:30 a.m.
At Geneva Invite
• Saturday, Aug. 18; 8 a.m.
At Lemont Invite
• Wednesday, Aug. 22; 4 p.m.
At Rochelle Twp HS
• Thursday, Aug. 23; 4 p.m.
At Marengo Comm HS
• Friday, Aug. 24; 4 p.m.
At W. Aurora High School
• Monday, Aug. 27; 2 p.m.
At 18-hole Quad at Mill Creek
• Tuesday, Aug. 28; 4 p.m.
Home vs. DeKalb High School
• Thursday, Aug. 30; 4 p.m.
At Sterling High School
• Tuesday, Sept. 4; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Wheaton Academy
• Wednesday, Sept. 5; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Hinckley-Big Rock HS
• Friday, Sept. 7; 4 p.m.
At Yorkville High School
• Saturday, Sept. 8; 8 a.m.
At Batavia Invite
• Tuesday, Sept. 11; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Sycamore High School
• Tuesday, Sept. 18; 4 p.m.
Home vs. Morris High School
• Wednesday, Sept. 19; 4:30 p.m.
At Jacobs High School
• Saturday, Sept. 22; 8 p.m.
At Genoa Kingston Invite
• Wednesday, Sept. 26; 8 a.m.
At NIB XII Conference

Guyton still swinging wicked club

Storied KHS golfer sharpened skills at Illinois Women’s Open
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—For those that missed last week’s golfing performance from Sugar Grove resident and former Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton, she laughed while offering, “You didn’t miss much.”

That’s just the level of standard that the current Illinois State University women’s golfer and four-time IHSA State qualifier holds herself.

Guyton still managed to finish 39th at the July 25-27 2012 Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Ill. The pool of nearly 100 competitors was mostly concentrated in the Midwest.

“It was great to see people from the college meets there, and it’s good to compete against them in the summer,” Guyton said. “It’s fun to get to compare where we’ve been.”

Guyton managed to hold her own with scores of 76, 80 and 82.

Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., native Samantha Troyanovich took the open with a total tally of 215.

Guyton, who finished in second place at the 2009 IHSA State meet after a playoff, competes at around five tournaments a summer including a 2012 Naperville Women’s City Championship-best 76 back in June, when she’s not suiting up in the Bloomington-Normal, Ill. area for the Lady Redbirds.

But even Guyton can get rattled occasionally, which she admitted occurred in her first collegiate year.

“The level of competition and ability against the other teams was really high and you found yourself having to play differently, but I am golfing with a lot more confidence now,” Guyton said.

As part of a Redbirds squad that missed a Missouri Valley Conference crown by three strokes, Guyton is eager to show her skills with a year of collegiate play under her belt for a roster with multiple conference titles.

“I love getting out and playing all the courses, like the one at Missouri. I’m playing in the evenings and at the course all weekend, and I’m up for it and really excited. It didn’t sit well with us when we lost,” Guyton said.

Sixth-year ISU coach Darby Sligh has offered valuable help with Guyton’s game as it continues to transition.

“My coach really helped me, and now I’m really practicing with more confidence,” Guyton said. “I’m lacing the ball more.”

Guyton and the rest of the Redbird crew will putt against the field at its very own Redbird Invitational at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9. ISU also treks to the island of Oahu in March 2013 for the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.

Wherever the course, Guyton is using the action locally to up her golf game.

“I have a purpose out there.”

KHS fall athletes recognized with awards

KANELAND—Kaneland High School athletics released their slate of Fall Sports Awards, with each sport trumpeting the best it had to offer, with some All-Northern Illinois Big XII honors thrown in for good measure.

In golf, All-NIB-12 went to Troy Krueger and Matt Yonkovich. Co-Varsity MVP’s were Brody Kuhar and Yonkovich. Connor Williams won the varsity most improved player award. On the frosh/soph roster, Stephen Cannell took the MVP, and Jacob Sheehan won the most improved player award.

For volleyball, All-NIB-12 nods went to Katy Dudzinski and conference MVP Kylie Siebert.

Dudzinski was named top offensive player while Siebert was named top defensive player.

Most improved player went to Rachael Clinton, and the Spirit award went to Lauren Banbury. Dudzinski and Siebert took home the team MVP awards.

In Kaneland tennis, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Amelia Napiorkowski and Kelly Kovacic were recognized as captains. Mallory Dugan and Stephanie Karolewicz were named most improved. Kovacic and Colleen Landers took the team spirit awards. Outstanding achievement awards went to Jelly Emmnouil for a perfect regular season, Madi Jurcenko for a school record 33 wins, and the doubles tandem of Jurcenko and Napiorkowski for a record of 32-3. All-NIB-12 members were Napiorkowski, Jurcenko, Emmanouil and Sammie Schrepferman, and those four were also named team MVP’s.

For girls cross country, Victoria Clinton was honored for All-State totals, as well as being a State qualifier with teammates Maggie Brundige, Abby Dodis, Aislinn Lodwig, Amanda Lesak, Sydney Strang and Ashley Castellanos.

Lesak, Dodis, Lodwig, Brundige and Clinton were named to the All-NIB-12 team. Dodis, Brundige and Carolina Tovar were recognized as captains. Most improved runners were Dodis and Brundige, while Clinton was named as Most Valuable Runner, capping an exceptional freshman campaign.

For boys cross country, Kyle Carter, John Meisinger, Brandon Huber, Miki Marin, Conor Johnson, Luis Acosta, Clayton Brundige and Nate Rehkopf were recognized as State qualifiers, while Huber, Carter and Meisinger made the All-NIB-12 team.

The Golden Knight Awards went to freshman Andrew Lesak, sophomore Nathanie Kucera, junior Meisinger and senior Rehkopf. Rehkopf, Brundige and Marin were recognized as captains. Huber took the most improved runner nod. Brundige won the Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength. Carter was named most valuable runner.

For the State semifinalist football squad, Quinn Buschbacher was recognized for his IHSCA All-State accomplishment, and Jacob Razo was credited with an IHSCA Honorable Mention. Alex Snyder, Drew David, Blake Bradford and Ben Kovalick were named to the IHSCA Academic All-State team.

Snyder, Nick Sharp, Buschbacher, Sean Carter, David, Ryan Noel, Kovalick, Razo, Kory Harner, Ryan Lawrence and Bradford were named to the All-NIB-12 team.

Special teams MVP was Matt Roriguez, while Buschbacher was offensive MVP and Razo was named defensive MVP.

Most improved player was Brandon Stahl, captains were Kovalick, Noel, Buschbacher, Razo and Carter, while Sean Carter walked away with the MVP award.

For the regional finalist soccer team, Alex Gil and Anthony Parillo were named to the All-Sectional team, while Jordan Escobedo, Gil, Parillo and Alec Koczka made the All-NIB-12 team. Pedro Perez and Tyler Siebert were honorable mention candidates.

Gil was named player of the year, with Escobedo taking the offensive player of the year and Sam Rymarz named the defensive player of the year.

The Coach’s Award went to Siebert, Koczka, Jason Biddle and Chris Van Dinther. Gil, Escobedo and Parillo were recognized as captains.

Rookie of the year went to Arsim Azemi. Thansi Pesmajoglou was named most improved player and Gil and Parillo took the team MVP.

Guyton, Yonkovich see season end at Sectionals

KANELAND—Playoff golf arrived with a vengeance, and had a KHS girls golfer with the last name of Guyton taking on all comers.

It was anything but deja vu, as freshman Tori Guyton, younger sister of current-ISU Redbird Hayley, advanced out of the IHSA Class AA Girls Golf Burlington Central Regional, hosted at Sycamore Golf Club on Oct. 5.

Competing as an individual, Guyton, who competed for Kaneland in the JV ranks this season, shot a 102, earning the last individual qualifying spot for Tuesday’s Buffalo Grove Sectional.

Guyton’s season came to an end shooting that same score at famed Cog Hill in Lemont on Tuesday for the St. Ignatius Sectional.

Geneva’s Megan Rush outshot Guyton by one stroke at the regional. The top individual qualifier was Sycamore’s Carly Hudon at 78.

Wheaton-Warrenville South took the regional crown with a score of 340.

Meanwhile, boys golf saw its season officially come to an end on Monday at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, as sophomore Matt Yonkovich was unable to advance to State as an individual qualifier. The highest qualifying score for an indivudla was 76. Sterling, Marmion Academy and Vernon Hills advanced as a team.

A year ago, KHS played as a team at the Freeport Sectional and finished 11th out of 12.

The 2011 boys golf outfit says goodbye to captains Adam Grams, Troy Krueger and Anthony Sperando, along with fellow seniors Zach Douglas and Mitch Gemini.

Yonkovich shoots to Sectional for KHS golf

KANELAND—Kaneland golf will have a sectional presence after all.

Despite a sixth-place finish in the IHSA Class 2A Regional at the Highlands of Elgin golf course, the Knights’ sophomore talent Matt Yonkovich emerged as an advancing individual and heads to the sectional hosted by Wheaton Academy out at Pheasant Run in St. Charles on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The top three teams to advance were Marmion Academy with a 314 score, Wheaton Academy at 315 and Burlington Central at 322.

Kaneland’s 338 was one stroke behind St. Francis.

“It’s a fair course, and if you play it smart, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t shoot low scores here. What was giving us some trouble today were the greens. They’re in good shape, but for one reason or another, we weren’t putting very well,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Yonkovich, who got a large amount of time on the varsity courses in his first varsity year, shot an 80.

The top advancing individual was St. Edward High School’s Michael Holevas.

On Sept. 28, Kaneland finished fifth with a score of 328 at the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference meet in Yorkville. The host Foxes took the meet over second-place Streator.

Yonkovich and teammate Adam Grams took an 80 off the course.

Junior varsity member Tori Guyton, younger sister of current Illinois State University golfer Hayley Guyton, was scheduled for regional action in girls golf on Wednesday.

Updatde: Tori Guyton qualified for sectionals. See next week’s paper for more details.

KHS golf earns win over rival DeKalb in conference action

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Consistency and depth are two intangibles that KHS coach Mark Meyer preaches and touts for his Knights golf outfit.

Those were put into motion on Thursday, when KHS traveled to Kishwauee Country Club in DeKalb, Ill., and solved the Barbs in a 160-176 affair.

With the regular season in its homestretch, the Knights are 8-4 in dual competition.

“I think the big difference this year is consistency, and we’re a much deeper team than before,” Meyer said. “Where last year we had one or two players able to make par or one over, now we have like six or seven that can do that.”

Headlining for the Knights were Connor Williams and Adam Grams, who both shot a 39. Brody Kuhar shot a 44, and Zach Douglas shot a 45.

Kaneland had eyes on a repeat for Northern Illinois Big XII conference glory with the Wednesday meet in Yorkville, and heads to Regionals in South Elgin, Ill, on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Golfers solve Morris after Streator setback

ELBURN—Kaneland High School golf continues to get exceptional efforts from a nicely gelling roster, despite suffering two of three losses.

Going back to last week’s loss at Sycamore, Kaneland also dropped a 150-156 matchup at Streator on Sept. 14 before rallying against Northern Illinois Big XII rival Morris on Tuesday by a final of 151-168.

Against the host Bulldogs, the Knights (7-4) saw noteworthy scores from Brody Kuhar (36), Luke Kreiter (37) and Adam Grams (41).

The JV team was edged by Streator 198-199.

In the win over Morris, the visiting Knights saw a 34 from medalist Matt Yonkovich, a 37 by Kreiter and a 40 from both Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger. Grams also managed a 41 score.

The JV roster came away with a 177-199 win.

The varsity troops head off to DeKalb for a meeting with the Barbs on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Knights golf on a tear

Photo: Troy Krueger is heavily contributing to the early dual success of Kaneland golf. File Photo
KANELAND—With their sixth dual win in a row, Kaneland High School golf is making opponents feel as if they’ve been clubbed.

With a convincing 172-199 win over the visiting Hinckley-Big Rock Royals squad out at Hughes Creek in Elburn on Sept. 7, and a 154-157 loss to Sycamore on Tuesday, the Knights see their mark go to 6-2.

KHS has now won 15 of its last 19 regular season dual matchups, dating back to the beginning of 2010.

Exceptional scores were shot by medalists Sean Glennon and Connor Williams with 42 each.

Zach Douglas shot a 43, followed by Mitch Gemini’s 45.

In the JV skirmish, the Knights took a 197-226 meeting with H-BR. Jacob Sheehan shot a 46.

On Saturday, the golfers traveled to Batavia for the Bulldogs’ invite, and finished 16th out of 30 teams, with a total of 322, one better than Joliet Catholic. Lyons Township took the meet with a 302. Matt Yonkovich shot a 78, while Williams shot an 80.

Against the Spartans were led by Yonkovich’s 38.

Ensuing action sees Kaneland at Morris on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Knight golfers score big in wins over W. Aurora, YHS

Photo: Stephen Cannell studies his drive during Kaneland’s home varsity match against Yorkville on Sept. 6 at Hughes Creek. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—How are the KHS golfers supplantiing the loss of key people like Josh Schuberg and Hayley Guyton?

Quite well, thank you.

With handy wins over visiting West Aurora on Aug. 31, and the visiting Sterling crew on Thursday, the Kaneland club has a 5-1 record in dual meets thus far.

Luke Kreiter shot a medalist-worthy 36 against the Blackhawks in the 158-173 win at Hughes Creek G.C., and was aided by a 39 from Brody Kuhar and a 41 from Troy Krueger. Dan Miller and Connor Williams shot 42 each.

The JV crew was edged by W. Aurora by a 183-186 margin.

Against the Golden Warriors of Sterling, a 36 by Adam Grams and a 38 by Krueger and Matt Yonkovich led the way to a 151-164 win. Kuhar also shot a 39 in the win.

Sterling’s JV team beat Kaneland 183-195.

Krueger’s 38 also helped KHS beat Yorkville on Tuesday, 153-172.

On tap for varsity golf: a trip to the Batavia Invite on Saturday, Sept. 10.

KHS golfers swing past Marengo, Rochelle

KANELAND—Kaneland golf didn’t like the feeling of losing the opening match to Jacobs last week, so the Knights made their own luck, and made it better.

On Thursday, Kaneland (2-1) took care of Marengo out at Hughes Creek by a 160-179 tally, while Aug. 24 ended with a convincing conference push of the Rochelle Hubs by a 159-182 final.

Against the Indians, Matt Yonkovich, Connor Williams and Zach Douglas each shot a 39 score to help the winning effort.

The JV crew beat Marengo by a 196-213 final.

Against the Hubs, Yonkovich continued his stellar start with a 27 score, while Luke Kreiter shot a 39.

The JV also emerged victorious with a 192-221 win.

Up next for the Knights is a home matchup with Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Sterling, on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Golf drops opener, sees progress at invites

Photo: Brody Kuhar eyes his progress in the season opener against Jacobs of Algonquin, Ill., on Aug. 17. Despite the slim two-shot loss, the up-and-coming sophomore finished the dual with a 40 score. Photo by Madi Cole

Experience-infused lineup sees action at Geneva, Limestone
KANELAND—While golfers often prefer to face other competition after several weeks of practicing against each other, the Kaneland Knights were hoping for a more ideal result.

In the first event for any sport for Kaneland High School in 2011-12, Kaneland golfers dropped a close 162-164 match with visiting Jacobs High School of Algonquin, Ill., out at Hughes Creek on Aug. 17.

The top scores garnered by Kaneland were had by Sean Glennon at 40, teammate Brody Kuhar at 40, and the trio of Adam Grams, Luke Kreiter and Troy Krueger at 42.

JV action had the Jacobs crew beat Kaneland by a 178-193 tally. Stephen Cannell of Kaneland had the best score for his team with 43.

The varsity crew also competed at Geneva’s invite on Thursday and came away with 10th place out of 19 teams with a 322 cumulative score. Geneva Blue took the invite with a 300 clip, followed by Batavia at 309.

At Limestone High School’s Invite on Saturday, Kaneland finished 13th out of 21 teams, with a 333 score, just one behind Limestone. Neuqua Valley took the invite with 297.

On tap: a home matchup at Hughes Creek against northern rival Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 25, followed by the Oswego Invite on Monday, Aug. 29.

Photo Gallery: Thursday Night Lights

Kaneland Knights football gets a pre-season workout in friendly territory during Thursday’s annual Knights Under the Lights event in Maple Park. The Knights’ first step to try and duplicate regular season success of a year ago occurs on Friday, Aug. 26, against Chicago’s Brooks Prep. This will be the first opening night encounter against someone other than Burlington Central since 2003, when KHS lost a 14-6 battle with defunct Driscoll Catholic. Photos by Madi Cole

NIB-12 for Kaneland golf’s taking

Photo: Adam Grams of the Kaneland golf squad is looked to for any chance at season and conference success in 2011. File photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How does a golf squad repeat good fortune of a year ago, despite the loss of two intregral pieces?

KHS coach Mark Meyer, in his sixth season, has some ideas.

“We have good leaders and they know how to do things right,” Meyer said.

With the loss of Josh Schuberg and current Illinois State University Lady Redbird Hayley Guyton to graduation, Krueger and Grams, both seniors, bring their valuable experience on the links into positions of leadership.

A 9-2 dual meet mark and a first-place showing for a Northern Illinois Big XII East Division crown is fresh in their minds.

“The guys coming back like Troy and Adam and others aren’t the most vocal guys, but they know how to lead by example,” Meyer said. “Last year, we elevated our game as a team and shot great at the end. The team is feeling pretty confident and has been working hard in practice.”

The conference should get set for elevated play from a pair of Knight sophomores, Brody Kuhar and Matt Yonkovich.

Coach Meyer looks to turn home course Hughes Creek into an advantage, something that hasn’t always been the case.

“Sometimes we’ve played better away, but I don’t think that’ll be the case this year. It’s a grownup course, and the more you play it, the more you can get comfortable,” he said.

Captains for the roster are Grams, Krueger and fellow senior Anthony Sperando. Other returning seniors are Zach Douglas and Mitch Gemini.

Juniors are Sean Glennon, Luke Kreiter, Stephen McCracken, Dan Miller and Connor Williams, with Kuhar and Yonkovich as the sophs.

The Knights got started with a home matchup against Jacobs on Wednesday and travel to the Geneva Invite on Thursday. Wednesday, Aug. 24, marks the first NIB-12 matchup as the visiting Rochelle Hubs enter Hughes Creek.

“Ultimately, our season boils down to the big tournaments, that can lead to performing well at conference and even State,” Meyer said.

Kaneland’s Road to Fall begins shortly

KANELAND—Kaneland High School released its Fall Sports signup information last week.

•You must have a current physical on file in order to try out to practice. There will be no exceptions. Physicals are good for one calendar year.

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

The Kaneland High School Athletic Department will host a mandatory preseason meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. for fall athletes. One or both parents are required to attend a meeting with their athlete in order to meet Kaneland High School’s eligibility requirements. Parents and students will meet with their fall coaches. The second part of the mandatory meeting will be available on the Kaneland website by Aug. 1, as a podcast that fall parents and students must listen to by Saturday, Aug. 27.

FOOTBALL—Equipment handed out on Monday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 6 p.m. Football insurance is available, or parents may sign a waiver and use their own medical insurance.
Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10. All levels must meet in the East Gym at 7:30 a.m. Practice for lower levels will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Lower levels should bring their lunch. Practice for varsity is 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Meetings will take place at 2:15 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL—Tryouts are Aug. 10 through Aug. 12 for all levels from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Bring a water bottle and light snack. Activity will take place in the East Gym. Varsity conditioning is from 3 to 5 p.m.

TENNIS—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the tennis courts behind the high school.

GOLF—Meeting takes place on Monday, Aug. 8, at 8 a.m., in room C114. Players will not golf at this time, but will turn in physicals, receive practice schedules and go over team expectations. Tryouts take place on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 a.m. at Hughes Creek.

SOCCER—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 10. All levels will have tryouts from 9 to 11 a.m., and from 3 to 5 p.m., at the KHS soccer fields.

All players must purchase a spirit pack from the school. Bring cleats, shin guards, water, and gym shoes (in case of inclement weather). Parents who have questions can e-mail coach Scott Parillo at Scott.parillo@kaneland.org.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 a.m. The team meets in the high school cafeteria. The team will also embark on an overnight camping trip from Aug. 11 to 12. Parents with questions can e-mail coach Chad Clarey at theclarey5@yahoo.com.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The team meets in the commons at 6:30 a.m.

POMS—Mandatory practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 8 to 11 a.m., and the team meets in the high school commons.

CHEERS—Mandatory practices begin on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 7:30 to 10:15 a.m., and the team meets in the East Gym balcony. Also, the cheerleaders will be in the Elburn Days parade and host the annual dunk tank.

Additionally for all fall sports, Knights Under the Lights takes place on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where the Redbird golfs: Guyton to ISU in fall

Photo: Hayley Guyton, one of the more celebrated KHS golfers in recent memory, has committed to Illinois State University golf for the 2011-12 year. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights senior Hayley Guyton is set to move from trying to best Barbs and Foxes to getting the upper hand on Bears and Braves.

Such is life in the Missouri Valley Conference circuit of women’s golf, soon to be joined by Guyton.

The Sugar Grove resident signed a letter of intent this month to compete for Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. in the fall.
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Guyton will move closer to her previous home in the Decatur, Ill. area and remains relatively close to her current school district.

“I know I’m the type of person to get homesick and I still have a lot of friends and family down there,” Guyton said. “I know people going to school in Bloomington, Ill., so it just seemed like the perfect fit. It’s a home away from home and will be more comfortable.”

Head womens’ coach Darby Sligh is eager for what Guyton can bring to Normal.

“We’re incredibly excited to have her. She brings a wealth of experience, and it’s always nice to bring a little local flair to our golf program,” she said.

Guyton, who competed on the Kaneland boys squad under coach Mark Meyer, is ready for adjustments inherent with playing on the girls circuit.

“It’ll be different practicing with the girls all the time. It’s a great group of girls and I’m really excited to play with them,” Guyton said.

Guyton brings the sixth-lowest IHSA Statetournament score of 145, acheived as a junior when she finished second overall, and an eighth-place Class AA finish this past fall.

“I need to be more consistent and hit the ball further, because I want to travel my freshman year, I think that’d be really great. It’ll all help me in dealing with the college pressure,” Guyton said.

In the meantime, Guyton is taking a break from the links aside from the occasional lesson and weightlifting.

It’s a welcome calm leading to the next phase of Guyton’s golf story.

Kaneland High School rises up with fall sports awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guyton secures eighth at Girls Golf State gathering

FORSYTH, Ill.—Hayley Guyton will always be remembered at Kaneland High School for what she pulled off on the golf course.

Now, she’ll be remembered throughout the State for what she did the last four years.

While not getting to the astounding heights of a year ago, when she was second in the IHSA 2A Girls Golf meet, the senior finished eighth in the state with a total score of 152 over the two-day festivities. Guyton was 11 back from champion Stephanie Miller of Stevenson High School.

Guyton shot a 77 on Saturday and a 75 on Friday.

The senior shot a 39 on the front end and 38 on the back nine. Guyton was sixth after the first day of swinging with a 40 on the front half and 35 on the back end.

In 2009, Guyton went to a playoff with eventual champ Kris Yoo of Conant, shooting a 145.

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Guyton gets last qualifying State spot after Sectional
KANELAND—This is becoming old hat for Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton.

Shooting an 80 at Monday’s IHSA Class 2A Sectional gathering hosted by LaGrange Park’s Nazareth Academy, Guyton made it into the Girls Golf State tournament as the last individual qualifier.

At Willow Crest Golf Club, Guyton was just behind Caitlan Smollen of Chicago’s St. Ignatius (79). Medalist was Glenbard West’s Brooke Kochevar with a 71.

On Oct. 6, Guyton qualified for Sectional with an 80 at the St. Charles East Regional held at St. Andrew’s Golf Course in West Chicago.

The IHSA Class 2A State battle takes place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Ill. Guyton’s Friday tee time is 10:09 a.m. on the tenth tee, along with Kelly Muskat of Barrington, Smollen and Krystal Garritson of Lockport.

Meanwhile, the Knight boys team saw their season end after Monday’s Freeport Sectional.

Finishing 11th out of 12 squads, Kaneland shot a 341. Freeport (307), Sterling (313) and Burlington Central (313) advance to State at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.

Coach Mark Meyer bids adieu to senior Josh Schuberg with the conclusion of the season, while fellow senior Guyton continues postseason golf.

Photo: Hayley Guyton gets some suggestions from her coach, Mark Meyer, before the start of the St. Charles East Regional tournament on Wednesday, October 6 at St. Andrews Golf Club in West Chicago. Hayley was the only Kaneland athlete competing. Photo by John DiDonna

Golfers win NIB-12 East, finish third at Regionals

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Looks like KHS has a bunch of straight shooters.

With a fantastic showing at the Northern Illinois Big XII gathering at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville that yielded a first place in the East Division, and a third-place nod at Tuesday’s Dixon Regional, the Knights golf team shot itself straight to Sectionals.

Thanks to a score of 328 on Tuesday at Timber Creek, the Knights’ third-place finish will send them to the sectional in Freeport on Monday, Oct. 11.

Dixon, with 307, and Sterling with 319, took the top two places.

For KHS, Troy Krueger’s 80 was tops for the Knights, followed by Josh Schuberg’s 82, and Zach Douglas’ and Luke Kreiter’s 83.

“My putting was a little off, but overall I did alright,” Douglas said. “I just try to take one or better on the holes against the other golfers.”

Dixon’s Mitch Homb shot a 70, earning him medalist honors.

Last week in Yorkville, Kaneland took its first conference championship in eight years, with a score of 316. DeKalb was second in the East in 321, and Yorkville took third at 324.

Dixon won the West side with 311.

Douglas (75), Hayley Guyton (78) and Krueger (81) earned all-conference honors.

“The conference title allowed us to reach our regular season goals and gives our team something to strive for in the coming years. We’re hoping that this year’s performance will set a precedent for upcoming seasons,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Photo: Kaneland’s Adam Grams (87 score), shown here in Dixon on Tuesday, makes the trip to Sectionals after enjoying a third-place nod. Photo by Mike Slodki