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Kaneland golf wins NIB-12 championship

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

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

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

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

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

Kaneland golf powers through Indian Creek, Plano in nice week

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golf takes care of H-BR, Yorkville, Sycamore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knight golfers fall at Sterling in NIB-12 action

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

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

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

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

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

Golf takes swings at NIB12 foes

KANELAND—Kaneland golfers had a nice go of it at Rochelle Golf Club on Wednesday, Aug. 25, taking care of their conference rival by a 163-195 score.

They followed that with more dual action on Tuesday at Hughes Creek, but fell to the visiting DeKalb Barbs 154-163.

The Knights are now 1-1 in dual action.

Leading the way against Rochelle was senior standout Hayley Guyton who shot a 36, good for medalist honors. Teammates Luke Kreiter shot a 42, continuing his early-season momentum from an 80 score at the Geneva Invite. Josh Schuberg also shot a 42, and Adam Grams managed a 43.

Rochelle’s Calvin Anthenat was tops for the Hubs with a 40.

In JV action, Kaneland emerged with a 170-242 victory, thanks to Matt Yonkovich’s 39.

Against the Barbs, Guyton managed a 37 score, while Schuberg shot a 39 and Kreiter had a 43 tally.

The JV ranks came away with a 177-182 win.

Coming up for the varsity troops: a visit to Sterling on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.

Golf gets opening shots at Geneva, Limestone

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Out of the gate, it’s a decent start for Kaneland High School golf after two meets.

Meanwhile, senior cornerstone Hayley Guyton is leading the Knights pack with a more than decent start.

Thursday marked the crowded Geneva Invite at Mill Creek in Geneva, and ended with KHS placing 12th out of 21 teams with a score of 317.

Geneva took its own invite (291) over second-place St. Charles East (295). Bartlett, Geneva’s “B” squad and Batavia rounded out the top five.

Guyton impressed with a 72 score, and finished third overall in the individual tallies.

Teammate Luke Krieter shot an 80, followed by Troy Krueger at 82, Josh Schuberg at 83, and Zach Douglas and Adam Grams at 88 apiece.

At the Limestone Invite near Peoria, Kaneland tied for eighth place with Batavia at 328 points.

Guyton again led the Kaneland crew with a 79 score, followed by Krueger and Grams with 81 each.

Kaneland coach Mark Meyer likes the early trajectory.

“I like to compare scores from the previous year, and I had expected the team to perform better this year,” Meyer said. “To say the least, the team didn’t disappoint. Our team score at Geneva was 10 strokes better than last year, and our team score at Limestone improved by 39 strokes. The best part is that I still think we can lower our scores throughout the season.”

Knights golf tries to handle host Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton gets her swings in during Monday’s practice at Bliss Creek in Sugar Grove. Guyton is off to a hot start for coach Mark Meyer’s squad, shooting a 72 at the Geneva Invite and a 79 at the Limestone Invite. Photo by Mike Slodki

Golf’s fab ‘fore’

Guyton, Douglas, Krueger, Schuberg head up 2010 team
KANELAND—If anything, KHS golf returns in 2010 with some experience at State.

As in second place in the State.

Senior Hayley Guyton comes off a stellar showing in 2009 in the Girls State tournament, to be an important part of the boys golf team in 2010.

Guyton joins Kaneland returning assets Josh Schuberg, a senior, and juniors Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger, in having sectional experience from a year before.

“She’s continuing to play really well,” sixth-year coach Mark Meyer said. “Luckily for us, we have quite a few players that have decided to step up their game. We’re going to have a good strong core at the top.”

Schuberg, Douglas and Krueger provide stability for a team that will have some varsity holes to fill.

“Those three made it into sectionals last year which was exciting, and it’s exciting that they’re all coming back.”

Adam Grams also returns to the links ready to help out, bringing the collective tenure of the team up.

“We are going to have a couple of freshman that will probably play a little bit on varsity, and they’ll have to get ready for playing on the varsity team,” Meyer said about personnel like Brody Kuhar.

Last year’s Knights finished 5-7 in dual competition and hope to accentuate the positive.

“We have a little more depth now than last year. Now we’re playing only seven people per conference match. There’s no doubt that one-through-seven we’ve got some solid golfers,” Meyer said.

Solid and more is what the Knight golfers will have to be to get to postseason glory.

Hayley has set pretty high goals for herself at the end with the State tournament. We’ll get together to set some team goals. I’m sure Hayley is looking forward to the girls tournament at the end of the season and understands that she maybe played the best golf of her life at State. If she gets hot at the end of the season, anything can happen. For the boys that made a dent at the end of the season, they’re looking to get back, and I wouldn’t be surprised if our team as a whole made a dent in the postseason,” Meyer said.

Beginning the season this past Monday, the first conference action begins on Wednesday, Aug. 25 in Rochelle, with the NIB-12 meet on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Kaneland Athletic Info Fall Sports 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opening Contests for KHS Fall Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KHS boys basketball golf outing news

The Kaneland High School boys basketball program is having its first golf outing on Saturday, June 12, at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove, to bring athletes, parents, alumni and community businesses together.

The fundraiser will raise money for uniforms, equipment and fees for summer leagues and shootouts. Thanks to the support of local businesses and donations, a variety of prizes will be available in the raffle. There is also scheduled to be a silent auction with prizes. The golf outing will be scramble and cost $400 for a foursome and $35 for the dinner.

Those interested in playing, sponsorship or making a donation, contact Brian Johnson at (630) 365-5100 ext. 347 or brian.johnson@kaneland.org.

Kaneland shines spotlight on fall athletes with awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaneland’s Guyton finishes second at girls golf State

by Mike Slodki
It was almost a charmed State trip for Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton.

A team captain and a three-time State goer, Guyton was tied at the end of regulation play with a score of 145, but bogeyed on the par four playoff hole.

Meanwhile, Conant’s Kris Yoo won her second straight Class 2A State championship at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

Guyton’s journey to the elite grouping marks the best finish for a KHS golfer in history.

“I think I accomplished a lot by getting all the way to second,” Guyton said. “I think I’ve improved a lot since freshman year.”

Guyton’s 2007 State trip saw her finish in 68th place, while last year’s excursion had her finish 42nd.

The most encouraging aspect of Guyton’s game, according to the junior, was something that she originally had thought of as a weaknes.

“My putting got really good down there. Usually I’m not that great at putting. All the girls were really good that were golfing with me,” Guyton said.

The junior was one over par after 18 holes of action. Ember Schuldt of Sterling was in third place at three over. Homewood-Flossmoor won the team title.

With the golf season now concluded, Kaneland golf sees the departure of seniors Andrew Eberle, J.C. Gillett, Jon Hedrick, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese and Kyle Straughn.

Photo: Lady Knight junior Hayley Guyton did coach Mark Meyer’s roster proud with a second-place medalist showing in Carbondale, Ill. at the girls golf Class 2A State final. Conant’s Kris Yoo out-performed Guyton in a playoff. Photo by Mike Slodki

Lady Knight Guyton makes it three times to State

Kaneland golf’s postseason presence is not quite done with yet.

While the boys golf team’s action was shut down for 2009 after Monday’s Class 2A sectional, girls golfer Hayley Guyton performed well enough to advance to the 2009 Class 2A State gathering Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 18, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

With a score of 75, Guyton finished second and secured a trip to State for the third time in her high school tenure. Abbie Horan of Lakes High School in Lake Villa was sectional champ with a mark of 73.

With her performance at Ingersoll Golf Club in Sterling, Guyton moves on to State, where she tries to improve her last two State appearances. The junior shot a 172 in 2007 to finish 68th and a 167 in 2008 to finish 42nd overall.

“I feel a lot more confident this time around. I feel like my short game is really good and improved,” Guyton said. “I just need to relax, and I want to see if I can make the top 10.”

On the boys end at Emerald Hill in Sterling, Josh Schuberg shot an 83, while Troy Krueger managed an 88, and Zach Douglas shot an 89. Mitchell Homb of Dixon was the medalist with 70, and Dixon and Galesburg scored 317 and 322, respectively to advance to State as a team.

Golf sends three to Class 2A Sectionals

With the end of the regular season, the Knights golf team goes home as a unit, but several individual golfers fight another day.

At Class 2A regionals for the boys golfers at Senica Oak Ridge Golf Course, hosted by LaSalle-Peru, Knights Josh Schuberg (83), Troy Krueger (83) and Zach Douglas (85) advance to sectionals at Emerald Hill GC on Monday, Oct. 12.

Last Wednesday in Yorkville, the Knights finished fifth out of eight teams at Whitetail. With a score of 330, the Knights beat Sycamore (337) and Rochelle (338).

Yorkville was the Cinderella winner at 307, while Batavia (318), DeKalb (322), Glenbard South (322) and Geneva (325) rounded out the standings.

Andrew Morreale of DeKalb shot a 75 to gain the individual medalist honor.

Hayley Guyton, who now goes her own route to compete at girls postseason at Timber Point Golf Course, shot an 80 to excel for Kaneland. Troy Krueger shot a 96.

Guyton placed first at the Belvidere North regional with a 78. She advances to the Rockford (Guilford) Sectional at Ingersoll Golf Course in Rockford on Monday.

Golf gears up for homestretch

Kaneland golfers had satisfactory outings vs. Belvidere North and at the Fran Noyes Invite, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

On Monday against the fledgling vistors, the Knights improved to 5-7 in dual competition with a 176-183 win at Hughes Creek.

On Saturday, out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingston, KHS took 11th with a score of 86.

Monday saw Hayley Guyton shoot a 42, good for medalist honors. Troy Krueger managed a 44, followed by J.C. Gillett and Josh Schuberg hitting a 45.

On the JV front, the Knights took care of Belvidere North by a 186-205 final. Sean Glennon and Adam Grams shot a 46, while Rhys Childs and Anthony Sperando found a 47 on the course to key the victory.

In the Noyes Invite, which uses Stableford scoring, incorporating higher point totals for successful shots on the course, Kaneland’s total was ahead of Timothy Christian’s 86, and behind Rockford Christian’s 88. Rockford Lutheran (126) and Rockford Boylan (113) finished with the two best days.

“It rewards birdies and eagles more than pars, and it’s kind of fun. The kids need to try and be aggressive,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said on Saturday.

As the regular season hits its end, Meyer looks for the regionals to be the Knights’ time to shine.

“Our eyes are set first on the conference,” Meyer said. “We want to finish a couple slots higher than we are at the beginning, either sixth or seventh. The kids that do well at regionals are the ones that can settle their nerves a little bit. The regionals have been on the calendar since the beginning of the year, and those that are confident enough look forward to that.”

Tuesday, Oct. 6, sees KHS hit the LaSalle-Peru Regional, with sectionals hosted by Sterling on Monday, Oct. 12.

Hole in one

On Sept. 3, Scott Boan of Elburn scored his first hole-in-one at Hughes Creek golf course using a five-iron on hole 11 at 201 yards. The shot was witnessed by Margot Monaghan and Richard Shachtay. Also on Sept. 4, Jay Griffin of St. Charles made a hole-in-one at Hughes Creek Golf on hole 3 using a nine-iron at 135 yards. This was witnessed by Mike Colby and Kirk Erickson.

Knights golf goes 2-2, gears up for homestretch

While the Kaneland golf team earned some nice non-conference wins this past week, Western Sun Conference competition provided a tad tougher.

On Thursday, the Knights (4-7, 2-5 WSC) lost a 168-172 clash to host Glenbard South. On Monday at Hughes Creek in Elburn, Kaneland’s score of 164 bested both Indian Creek (171) and Plano (182).

Tuesday had the Knights drop a 153-165 matchup with Batavia at Fox Valley G.C.

Against the Raiders, Josh Schuberg shot a 42, as did Zach Douglas. Hayley Guyton managed a 43, while Tyler Hochsprung shot a 45.

Taking on the Bulldogs, Kaneland had to deal with a solid 36 from Batavia’s Tim Schofield.

Troy Krueger and Guyton shot a 40, while Schuberg hit a 41. Hayden Senese contributed a 44 for the Knights.

On the JV end, Batavia took the meeting in a 177-187 affair.

Adam Grams shot a 45.

Varsity golfers travel to Genoa-Kingston for the G-K Invite on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. The Knights also host Belvidere North on Monday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

Golf outshoots Rochelle, drop matchup with Yorkville

It was a win some, lose some week for the Knights golf squad.

On Monday, KHS golf lost a 155-175 decision to the Yorkville Foxes.

However, Kaneland followed that up with a Tuesday win vs. Rochelle by a 165-173 mark to bring its record to 2-4 in dual action.

Yorkville’s Conor McCormack shot a 32 against the Knights. The top score for the Knights was asset Hayley Guyton, who shot a 41. J.C. Gillett managed a 43, while Josh Schuberg shot a 44. Hayden Senese was close behind with a 47.

The JV roster lost a 177-188 matchup with Yorkville despite the best efforts of Rhys Childs and Ryan Goodenough, who both shot 45.

On Thursday, the Knights lost a 157-166 battle with the DeKalb Barbs. Cody Schmitt of DHS shot a 38 to clinch medalist honors, while Guyton and Gillett shot 41’s. Schuberg and Tyler Hochsprung shot 42’s.

Against the Hubs, Troy Krueger shot a clutch 38, while Tyler Hochsprung managed a 42, as did Guyton.

Schuberg and Senese both shot 43 in the winning cause.

The JV Knights defeated Rochelle, 177-213. Luke Kreiter propelled Kaneland to a win with a 43 score, followed by Dan Miller at 44.

Kaneland gears up for host Glenbard South on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Golf follows that matchup with a home clash against Indian Creek and Plano on Monday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.

Golfers clipped by Geneva

by Mike Slodki
GENEVA—Kaneland found itself on the wrong end of a 157-165 loss at Mill Creek against Geneva, but feels it’s not that far away from going club-to-club with the area elite.

“I hope they take away the fact that they could have done a little bit better, because I think they know they can,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said about the 1-3 Knights. “We’ve got some conference matches we can absolutely take this year, and I think we have a stronger team than in the past couple years. I don’t think we’ll be too satisfied with the scores we shot today.”

For Kaneland, entry Hayley Guyton shot a 39, followed by Tyler Hochsprung with a 40, and Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger shooting 43 each.

“I felt like I would be OK because I’ve played out here a lot,” Guyton said after a productive outing. “I’ve been playing decent, so I thought it would be a pretty good day.”

Geneva’s Jeff Lapetina beat all with a 37.

The JV crew lost a 155-179 affair with Geneva, despite a 41 by Luke Kreiter.

The golfers host DeKalb at Hughes Creek on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. and travel to the Batavia Invite on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m.

Golfers edge Spartans, fall to Marengo Indians

For now, everything’s coming up snake-eyes for the Kaneland High School golfers.

The Knights are 1-1-1 in dual competition, but came away with a tight win against rival Sycamore on Tuesday at Hughes Creek. That followed a 167-174 loss to Marengo on Thursday.

The win over Sycamore went Kaneland’s way after both teams were tied at 166. But the top four scores for Kaneland out-performed Sycamore’s top four entries.

Heroes for KHS included Hayden Senese (41), Troy Krueger (41), Tyler Hochsprung (42) and Hayley Guyton (42).

Sycamore’s Alex Schultz golfed a 37.

The JV Knights lost to the Spartans by a 175-188 mark. Top scores for Kaneland included Mitch Gemini’s 45 and Luke Kreiter’s 46.

Against Marengo, Guyton shot a 40 to get medalist honors, while Krueger and Josh Schuberg shot 43 each. Zach Douglas managed a 48. Marengo’s Jake Tucker keyed the Indians’ win.

The JV crew took care of business against the Indians with a 190-198 win. Knight Rhys Childs rose to the occasion with a 45 score, followed by Gemini’s 46, Ryan Goodenough’s 49 and Kreiter’s 50.

Photo: Josh Schuberg in action Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

American Girls

Rich Harvest Farms site of 16-12 win for U.S. over Europe at Solheim Cup
by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVE—Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, will have a tough road ahead if it wants to compare to the extravaganza put on in Sugar Grove this past week.

However, the site of the 2011 Solheim Cup has plenty to jump off from after an entertaining 16-12 win by the U.S. over Europe in Sugar Grove.

An estimated 120,000 visitors over the four-day period of play saw noteworthy golfers like Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel up close, and witnessed pride for country by a red, white and blue-clad United States squad that successfully retained the Solheim Cup title at Rich Harvest Farms.

After beginning with fourball and foursomes on Friday, Sunday was down to singles competition.

Pressel retained the Solheim Cup for the U.S. Team with a 3-up victory over Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist to clinch the week. Pressel chipped to two feet and had her par putt conceded to give the Americans a 14-11 lead to clinch the 2009 Solheim Cup.

The high level of competition and skill was apparent throughout the clash, and U.S. golfers Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Pressel and Wie finished undefeated in head-to-head play, while Diana Luna and Janice Moodie did so for Europe.

For many fans throughout the week, it was a chance to see Europe’s best up close, and for those across the Atlantic, it was a similar opportunity to hit the local links.

Spain’s Tania Elosegui (1-2 in singles) tried to put it in perspective on Thursday.

“I think everyone is going to be nervous tomorrow, even the Americans. I think, I don’t know, I think everyone is going to be nervous on the first tee. But that’s something that we have to manage to handle.”

With the Junior Solheim Cup taking place at Aurora Country Club the same weekend, Europe coaching staff member Jonas Lilja of Sweden relished the experience.

“It’s a chance to be able to play great courses and well-arranged tournaments. Definitely a great experience,” Lilja said.

After Ireland, the Solheim Cup returns to the U.S. to Parker, Colo., in 2013.

Photo: U.S. team captain Beth Daniel raises the Stars and Stripes after successfully defending the Solheim Cup title with a 16-12 team win that concluded on Sunday.
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Golfers drop opening dual at Wheaton Academy

ST. CHARLES—Kaneland High School golf had a fairly good total of its top four scores on Monday at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

Unfortunately, host Wheaton Academy’s total was more exceptional.

Monday’s first dual meet of the year for the Knights ended up in a 141-161 loss to the Warriors.

For WA, the top scores were had by Jeff Berg at 34, David Flynn and Blake Biddle at 35 and CJ Urbanowski at 37.

For KHS, best score was by Josh Schuberg at 38, followed by Tyler Hochsprung, Adam Grams and Hayley Guyton at 41.

Fall sports preview: Kaneland golf hope youth is strong

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—While Kaneland High School golfers are sure to be missing a senior presence from last year, the younger golfers moving up bring experience.

Coach Mark Meyer, now in his fourth season, is eager to see what the Knights crew is capable of.

“We are pretty young for sure; golfers that didn’t get a lot of varsity time are going to be stepping up, but it does make a difference,” Meyer said.

The golfers returning include J.C. Gillette, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese, Jon Hedrick and Josh Schuberg.

Also returning is fixture Hayley Guyton, who comes back as a junior after competing in tournaments in the summer and a top-50 finish at the IHSA Girls Golf State meet.

“She makes steady progress each year. There has never really been a dramatic drop in her scores, because she started out so low anyway,” Meyer said.

After tryouts, the Knight golfers are still situating their top six, which will include senior captain Gillette and junior captain Guyton, but Meyer said that big things are capable from sophomores like Troy Krueger, Adam Grams and Zach Douglas.

This campaign will also mark the final Western Sun Conference venture for the golfers before moving on to the Northern Illinois Big 12 in the fall of 2010.

“I’m excited about the new conference and new teams. They’re teams we haven’t played before. It’s tough to leave teams behind, because you build relationships with the other coaches, and the players get to have friendships with other players on other teams,” Meyer said.

Kaneland golf kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Geneva Invite, while going into conference play on Tuesday, Sept. 1, vs. Sycamore.

Young golfers a focus at Solheim Cup

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Members of the Northern Illinois University Golf Team helped golf professionals teach nearly 200 young golfer hopefuls how to perfect their swings at Tuesday’s Ronald McDonald House Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour Junior Clinic. The clinic took place on the driving range of Rich Harvest Farms, the site of the 2009 Solheim Cup.

Damilola Oyeyipo, a student from the Latin School in Chicago, said she received some tips during the afternoon that will help her game. Oyeyipo said she recently began to play golf, and participated in a caddy program this summer at the Park Ridge Country Club.

“It’s really fun,” she said.

NIU Assistant Coach Ashley Anast said the young golfers came to the clinic from all over the country, as well as Canada. For three hours, they worked with golf pros and the NIU “Husky Helpers” at the driving range.

“You could tell they were all having a blast,” Anast said.

NIU women’s golf coach Pam Tyska, an LPGA golf professional for more than 30 years, said that Rich Harvest Farms is home to the NIU team, courtesy of owner Jerry Rich, an NIU alumnus.

“He’s been kind enough to let us practice here,” Tyska said.

In return, the team members help with the Kids Golf Foundation in November and February, during their off season. The Kids Golf Foundation, established in 1998 by Rich and Don Springer, introduces children between the ages of 5 and 15 to the sport of golf, its fundamentals, rules, history and etiquette.

However, Holly Alcala of the Hook-A-Kid-On-Golf Foundation of Illinois said the intangibles are the most important things the program can offer.

Alcala said that often, the youngsters walk away with other benefits such as patience, a boost in their self-confidence, an increase in their ability to concentrate and an understanding of the rules of good sportsmanship.

“If they come away with these other things, we’re just as happy,” she said.

Tyska said Rich places a high priority on introducing young people to the sport, and that to her knowledge, no other Solheim site has had a program of this magnitude for young people.

NIU team members will work as ball spotters later in the week, when the tournament begins, she added.

Solheim rookies excited to be here

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—U.S. Solheim Cup team member Kristy McPherson said they haven’t had a chance to see much of the area since they arrived earlier this week, but she’s not complaining.

“They’ve been keeping us here, but it’s not a bad place to be,” she said.

McPherson was referring to the spacious grounds of Rich Harvest Farms golf course in Sugar Grove, where later this week the team will play the European women’s team.

“I really wanted to go to Lollapalooza, but oh well,” Michelle Wie said.

The Solheim Cup, a prestigious international team event in women’s golf, features the best women professionals from the United States against the top European-born players from the Ladies European Tour (LET).

McPherson said the last time some of the team members came to practice at Rich Harvest Farms, they went to a Cubs game, but not this time.

“They’ve been keeping us pretty busy,” she said.

When they are not practicing, McPherson said the team members have been spending their time horseback riding, fishing, visiting owner Jerry Rich’s car museum, biking around the property or engaging each other in putting contests and table games, such as ping pong.

The three rookies, Brittany Lang, McPherson and Michelle Wie, said they were excited to have the chance to play in this tournament with the other, more seasoned players for whom they have much respect.

“She (Captain Beth Daniels) was always my idol,” McPherson said. “I always looked up to her, and when I found out she was going to be the captain, that just gave me more motivation to want to be on this team.”

Growing up in South Carolina, McPherson said that she grew up watching Daniels play.

“It’s a dream come true,” McPherson said. “The coolest thing is just hanging out with 11 cool girls that are just good friends, and for one week every two years, we get to play with each other, pull for each other and have each other’s backs and play for our country together.”

At 19, Wie is the youngest member of the U.S. team. She has set multiple records during her junior and amateur careers, beginning at age 10, when she became the youngest to qualify for the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in 2000.

Chosen as a captain’s pick, Wie said she was honored and thankful that Captain Beth Daniels picked her for the team.

“I’ll do my best not to let her down,” she said.

Photo: Fellow Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Solheim Cup team player Kristy McPherson (left) listens as Michelle Wie responds to a question during a press conference at the Solheim Cup event on Tuesday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Photo by Susan O’Neill

2009 Solheim Cup schedule

Aug. 17-23—Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove

MONDAY: Player Practice

TUESDAY: Player Practice
Solheim After Sundown Event

WEDNESDAY: Player Practice
Past Captains Exhibition and Autograph Session

THURSDAY: Player Practice
Pro-Junior Four-Hole Challenge
Opening Ceremony

FRIDAY: Four Four-ball Matches
Four Foursome Matches

SATURDAY: Four Four-ball Matches
Four Foursome Matches

SUNDAY: 12 Singles Matches
Closing Ceremony

Ready for the Solheim Cup

Village completes prep for 30,000 visitors per day for golf event
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Village President Sean Michels said Sugar Grove is ready for the onslaught of visitors that begins on Monday, Aug. 17, when the 2009 Solheim Cup comes to town.

“The police departments are coming together; even the weather looks like it’s going to cooperate,” Michels said on Tuesday.

Michels and other village officials have been pushing hard to have the local road construction complete before the start of the prestigious international event. The Solheim Cup features the best female golfers in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in the United States against the top European-born players in the Ladies European Tour (LET).

The event, which takes place at Rich Harvest Farms at Dugan Road off of Route 30 in Sugar Grove, will run from Monday, Aug. 17, to Sunday, Aug. 23. Organizers estimate the number of visitors each day at approximately 30,000. Hotels in Aurora, Naperville and beyond have been booked for months.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has been extremely cooperative, Michels said. The Municipal Drive and Galena Boulevard extension was completed a couple of weeks ago.

The spectator guide for visitors to the event directs them to drive west on Interstate 88 and take the Route 56 exit into town. IDOT has promised that the repaving of Route 56 will be complete before the event, something Michels did not think was possible just a few weeks ago.

In addition, IDOT workers have been seen painting the steel bridges over routes 47 and 56 and mowing the grass bordering the roads in an effort to spruce up the area for visitors.

Village trustee Melisa Taylor said it probably did not hurt to mention the rumor that Olympic site selection committee officials will attend the Solheim Cup, to see how Illinois handles an international sporting event.

The Solheim Cup has been in the planning stages since 2004.

“It always seemed so far off,” Michels said. “It’s hard to believe it’s finally here.”

Huge golf event expected to be a boon for business

Village offers vendors opportunity during Solheim Cup
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Local food vendors could have approximately 30,000 potential additional customers during the week of the Solheim Cup.

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry will offer vendors space to sell their food and beverage products in the Sugar Grove Village Hall parking lot. The Village Hall is along Route 30, which is on the way from the east to Rich Harvest Farms, where the event will take place.

The Sugar Grove Chamber first will offer the opportunity to its food business members. If there are additional spaces after the Chamber has commitments from these businesses, it will then open up the opportunity to the other food vendors in town.

The idea came about when Catering Gourmets owner Janet Lagerloef approached the village regarding setting up a spot to sell coffee, burgers and other food on private property along Granart Road. The Illinois State Police and the Ladies Professional Golf Association had safety concerns regarding traffic flow at that location, which led the village to come up with this alternative.

Lagerloef, who is considering the village’s option, said she appreciated the offer. The Solheim Cup takes place from Monday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 23.

2009 Solheim Cup teams cinched

LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND—U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Beth Daniel and European Solheim Cup Captain Alison Nicholas Sunday announced their respective 12-player squads for the 2009 Solheim Cup during a joint press conference at the RICOH Women’s British Open. At the end of the two-year qualifying process, Paula Creamer and Gwladys Nocera are the leading points earners for the U.S. and European Solheim Cup Teams, respectively.

Based on the top-10 rankings in the U.S. Solheim Cup points standings at the conclusion of the RICOH Women’s British Open, the 10 players who automatically qualified for the U.S. Team are (listed in order of points ranking): (1) Paula Creamer, (2) Cristie Kerr, (3) Angela Stanford, (4) Kristy McPherson, (5) Nicole Castrale, (6) Christina Kim, (7) Brittany Lang, (8) Morgan Pressel, (9) Brittany Lincicome and (10) Natalie Gulbis. Michelle Wie (13) and Juli Inkster (16) were selected by Daniel to round out the 12-person U.S. Team.

“We have some experience in The Solheim Cup on this team, but in terms of age, we have a very young team,” said Daniel. “And to me, that’s really exciting, because this is the future of American golf sitting to my right, and it’s a pretty exciting future.”

The European Team is selected by taking the top-five players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) points standings, followed by the next top-four eligible European LET members appearing on the Rolex Rankings, plus three captain’s selections. Players began accumulating points toward the 2009 European Solheim Cup Team at the 2007 De Vere Ladies Scottish Open. Based on the LET’s qualifying process, (1) Gwladys Nocera, (2) Tania Elosegui, (3) Diana Luna, (4) Laura Davies, (5) Sophie Gustafson qualified automatically via the official points system. Suzann Pettersen, Helen Alfredsson, Catriona Matthew and Maria Hjorth qualified from the Rolex Rankings and Becky Brewerton, Janice Moodie and Anna Nordqvist were selected by Nicholas as her captain’s picks.

“That’s the toughest day that I can imagine that I’ve ever had right now,” said Nicholas after announcing her 2009 team. “But I felt this was from my heart and I know the players well, and I’m confident in what I’ve chosen, and I’m delighted in my 12 players.”

Qualifying points for the U.S. Team are awarded weekly to the top-20 finishers and ties at official LPGA tournaments. Points are doubled at the four major championships every year. Points during a Solheim Cup year are weighted with 60 points for a win, 30 for second, 28.5 for third, 27 for fourth, 25.5 for fifth, 24 for sixth, 22.5 for seventh, 21 for eighth, 19.5 for ninth, 18 for 10th, 16.5 for 11th, 15 for 12th, 13.5 for 13th, 12 for 14th, 10.5 for 15th, 9 for 16th, 7.5 for 17th, 6 for 18th, 4.5 for 19th and 3 for 20th.

U.S. players started earning 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup points at the 2007 LPGA State Farm LPGA Classic in Springfield, Ill., and ended today at the RICOH Women’s British Open. U.S. Players begin earning points toward the 2011 Solheim Cup at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola, Aug. 28-30, in North Plains, Ore.

About The Solheim Cup
The Solheim Cup is named in honor of Karsten Solheim and his family, the makers of PING golf equipment. The Solheim Cup is the most prestigious international team event in women’s professional golf. It is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the LPGA and the best European-born players from the LET. The U.S. Team leads the competition 7-3 and has never lost on home soil. The 2009 Solheim Cup will be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove on Aug. 21-23. It will be contested at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, in 2011, and then moved to Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo. in 2013. In addition to founding sponsor PING, Global Partners of The Solheim Cup include AIB Group and Rolex. For more information, log on to www.SolheimCup.com.

Photo: On Sunday at the RICOH Women’s British Open in Lancashire, England, the teams for the upcoming Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove were revealed. The U.S. team is captained by Beth Daniel, while the Europe squad is captained by Alison Nicholas. More information on the first-ever joint announcement is inside the sports section. Courtesy Photo

Single-day tickets for 2009 Solheim Cup on sale

SUGAR GROVE—Single-day tickets for the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms are now available for purchase while supplies last at all Jewel-Osco locations and at www.SolheimCup.com.

Weekly Grounds and PING Pavilion may still be purchased online only for $125 and $350, respectively. Fans can enjoy a variety of options when it comes to viewing the 2009 Solheim Cup, the most prestigious team-event in women’s professional golf.

Individual practice day tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 18-20) are available for $25 (grounds) and $65 (PING Pavilion), while individual competition day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 21-23) are available for $50 (Grounds) and $125 (PING Pavilion). All tickets purchased at Jewel-Osco locations will be in the form of a printed receipt, which may be redeemed for a physical ticket(s) beginning during tournament week at The Solheim Cup.

Additionally, Monday, Aug. 17, will be a bonus day for spectators this year with tickets available for $5 (grounds) and $15 (PING Pavilion) at www.SolheimCup.com only. Fans also have the option of bringing four non-perishable food items to the main gate at Rich Harvest Farms for free admission on Monday.

Food donations will benefit the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove. Thursday, Aug. 20, will be Military Appreciation Days at the 2009 Solheim Cup. Anyone with a valid military ID will receive free admission to Rich Harvest Farms on Aug. 20. The 2009 Solheim Cup will be played at Rich Harvest Farms, Aug. 21-23.

Suiting up for Solheim Cup

Prospective members of U.S. team show skills at Rich Harvest Farms
by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVE—Rich Harvest Farms golf club was the site of some pretty special golf action on Monday.

LPGA legend Beth Daniel was there fielding questions and taking a couple swings, but only in a captain’s capacity and advisory role.

Similarly talented golfers like Angela Stanford, Nicole Castrale and Brittany Lang were there taking swings, and it was just technically practice.

If this June afternoon was just a scrimmage, fans can look toward the real deal on Aug. 21-23 for the LPGA Solheim Cup.

The U.S. vs. Europe competition happens every odd numbered year, and is similar to the Ryder Cup on the men’s side.

The practice round was for Daniel and assistant coach Meg Mallon to see prospective team members in action and get used to the course.

The team is decided based on the 10 best golfers based on the Solheim Cup Standings with Daniel getting two captain’s picks.

Nicole Castrale is ranked fourth in the Solheim Cup Standings and 43rd in the Women’s World Golf Standings. She’s no stranger to pressure, having sunk the winning putt in the 2007 skirmish in Sweden.

“We’ll be back in the U.S. and a good majority of the fans rooting for us,” Castrale said. “It’s a great golf course; it’s challenging and risk-reward.”

“It’s going to be totally different playing at home than playing away,” 21-year old Morgan Pressel (8th Solheim, 37th World) said. “I’m looking forward to shopping for all the red, white and blue paraphernalia and all kinds of stuff.”

Pressel is also looking for a return trip to the Solheim team.

“It’s a different kind of course. Some of the choices that you’re going to make on this golf course especially, you might take an extra risk,” Pressel said.

Photo: Brittany Lincicome, 23, of the LPGA tour drives a ball at Rich Harvest Farms golf club in Sugar Grove on Monday during a practice session that included prospective members of the U.S. team. Lincicome looks to rejoin the team that defeated Europe at the 2007 match in Halmstad, Sweden. Photo by Ben Draper

Leveling the playing field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enrollment comparison

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

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

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

Travel comparison from Kaneland

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

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