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Lady Knights finishing regular season strong

Photo: Marina Schaefer is seeing valuable minutes, as a freshman, for an improving Kaneland girls basketball squad that beat Yorkville and Marengo in road excursions this week. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Monday featured a textbook case of learning from your mistakes.

After dropping a home matchup with Yorkville back on Jan. 7, the Lady Knights hoops unit traveled along Game Farm Road and secured a hard-fought 45-39 victory.

The Lady Knights then followed that up with a double-overtime victory at Marengo on Tuesday night, 63-56.

With the victory (rescheduled from Friday) and the decision over the Lady Indians, the Lady Knights improved to 13-14 (3-6 Northern Illinois Big XII Conference).

Kaneland went 13-for-35 from the field and a clutch 15-for-19 from the free throw line.

Emily Heimerdinger had 12 points and four steals in the winning effort, while post weapon Kelly Evers contributed 12 points and five boards.

Andie Strang had 10 points, including two key three-pointers, and five boards.

“I think the third quarter helped a lot,” Strang said. “I felt like we had really good effort all the way through, and we kept focus the whole time.”

Baskets by Evers, Heimerdinger and Strang produced an 11-6 lead for KHS after one quarter of play.

A second-quarter struggle ensued as points were at a premium. Evers landed the only shot from the field for KHS, and two foul shots by Strang increased the lead to 15-6 with 4:40 remaining in the half, before the Lady Foxes closed to within 15-12 going into the locker room.

Yorkville powered back to take an 18-17 lead with 4:02 to go, but Strang’s perimeter prowess yielded a trey for a 20-18 lead with 3:34 remaining. Strang’s second three-pointer with 1:26 to go gave KHS a 27-22 lead. Yorkville returned with a three-pointer 26 seconds later, before Trinae Coachman’s basket made it 29-25 with 38.1 left. A long two-point shot closed the game to 29-27 before the third-quarter buzzer.

Yorkville eventually fought back to tie matters at 31-31 with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Kaneland would take the lead for good when Emma Bradford made the second of two shots from the line for a 32-31 lead with 5:03 left. Heimerdinger, Tesa Alderman, Evers and Bradford would all connect on baskets from the charity stripe, and coupled with an Alderman trifecta, saw the lead balloon to 10 points with under a minute to go.

“Rebounding and defense really came through tonight (22 for Kaneland),” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We shot the ball well in the fourth quarter from the free throw line. Overall, there’s a lot of bright spots. There’s a few things we’ve got to work on with a couple games to go here.”

Against host Marengo, Kaneland saw 17 points from Nicki Ott and 12 from Evers. Evers also gathered 12 boards.

Kaneland trailed 29-25 at halftime before, and 39-35 after three frames before tying the game at 50 by regulation’s end. After the first OT ended at 52-all, KHS pulled away with an 11-6 second overtime.

In sophomore action throughout the week, Kaneland (23-1) needed double overtime to bump Yorkville, 39-34, and the freshmen vanquished Ottawa on Monday by a 37-31 margin and improved to 22-0.

Kaneland has a lone regular-season contest remaining: a road trip to Rochelle on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., before heading to the IHSA Class 3A regional at St. Francis High School in Wheaton. The Lady Knights are set to battle Wheaton Academy on Monday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. As of press time, the Warriors are 9-15.

KHS says never say die against Rochelle, beats Geneseo

Photo: Knight Zach Ringhouse provided a needed spark with a 16-point display during the 65-63 comeback win over Rochelle. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After the hysterics of Friday night, it was conceivable the Knights would have a letdown.

Instead, Kaneland basketball defeated crossover rival Geneseo in Maple Park on Saturday afternoon, 54-45, after coming back from a 19-point deficit against road opponent Rochelle on Friday and winning 65-63.

KHS now sits at 12-8 (4-2 Northern Illinois Big XII), exactly where it was a year ago after 20 contests played.

Facing Geneseo, Daniel Helm and Zach Ringhouse both paced Kaneland with a game-high 16 points. KHS also helped its cause by hitting 17-of-20 shots from the foul line. Ringhouse was eight-for-eight from the line.

The Knights went out to a 15-11 lead after one and 33-22 at the halftime. The lead remained steady at 45-34 heading into the final frame.

Lined up against NIB-12 East rival Rochelle, Helm led the team with 16 points, followed by Ringhouse with 14, Trever Heinle with 13 and Kory Harner with 10.

Rochelle’s sharpshooter Matt Rosenwinkel had a game-high 22.

The game looked early on like one with its share of points, and after Harner’s bucket with 1:09 to go in the first gave the Knights a 15-13 edge, Rochelle’s perimiter game took over.

The Hubs hit their sixth consecutive shot attempt with 30.2 ticks left to take a 19-15 lead and bring the first frame to an end.

Kaneland struggled in the second quarter, hitting only three shots from the field and saw Rochelle stretch its lead to 31-21 by the halftime buzzer.

Rochelle expanded its lead in the third quarter at 46-27 with 2:51 to go, its largest of the game. With 1:16 remaining in the third, Rochelle went up 50-33 before a basket by Harner and a shot by Ringhouse closed it to 50-38 at the end of the quarter.

That set the stage for a fourth quarter that had KHS outscore Rochelle 27-13.

Kaneland brought its clutch play in the early stages, using a Ringhouse trey, a Heinle pair of foul shots, two Helm baskets and a Chaon Denlinger basket to close within 54-49 in a space of 1:27.

Heinle connected on a bucket with 3:34 to go, closing it to 56-55 and giving the Knights faithful a reason to believe.

Rochelle got to the foul line and converted on its shots, increasing its lead to 62-57 with 1:11 remaining.

Denlinger sunk two foul shots to make it 62-59 wth 53.3 to go, while Rochelle hit the second of two shots from the line to go up 63-59 with 28.5 ticks left.

Ringhouse sunk a rainbow from long distance to make it 63-62 with 19.5 remaining.

Then, Heinle stole the ball from the Hubs and put it in to go up 64-63 with 13.5 left, taking the lead for the first time since the first quarter.

“We wanted to get a trap in the corner, and that’s what we did,” Heinle said. “ I got the steal, went up strong and put the game away. Coach told us to work on three things before the game: rebounding, taking care of the ball and defensive intensity, and in the second half we did that and pulled it out.”

But Rochelle quickly got the ball down the court for a lay-up try that missed. Helm was soon fouled and went to the line and made one of two for a 65-63 lead with 3.2 left, and the clock ran out after a scramble on the floor.

“We got a spark with Zach Ringhouse, and we were able to cut it to 11 and we got some confidence,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “We played with a lot of passion and a lot of heart, and I give them a lot of credit.”

Kaneland now gears up for Saturday, Feb. 5, against Sycamore at 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling defeated by Marmion Academy

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—When you have evenings like Thursday against Marmion Academy, you have to look for bright spots.

A 59-15 loss in dual action to the Cadets brought the Knights to 9-15 in dual competition, with IHSA regionals looming this weekend.

Already finding themelves behind 35-0, Kyle Davidson earned the first collected points for Kaneland after a 7-6 win in the 152-pound matchup.

Davidson had a 3-2 lead before having to come from behind in the final two minutes with a takedown, and withstood a near-fall at the end to secure the win.

“I was down one, and I knew I had to score,” Davidson said. “I muscled him over and got my turn, looked at the clock and just rode it out.”

Keagan Mattes earned a pinfall in the 189-pound matchup in just 40 seconds.

Ben Kovalick won via forfeit in the 215-pound slot to get the final win for Kaneland.

With the regular season done, Kaneland experienced a dual meet dropoff from a year ago, when the Knights finished 17-9 in 2009-10.

However, the Knights can make hay in the IHSA Class 2A Regional, set for Saturday, Feb. 5, at Sycamore High School. Accompanying schools in the eight-team group are Burlington Central, Dixon, Freeport, Hampshire, Rochelle, Sycamore and Wheaton Academy. Worthy grapplers to make it out of Saturday’s tussle head to Rochelle for the sectional on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Bowling’s regular-season end features wins over Geneva, IMSA

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—With the 2010-11 regular season in a true homestretch, the only way to begin a busy week of competition for Kaneland bowling turned out to be the most ideal.

The Lady Knights improved to 3-12 on the season with their second consecutive victory over Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2,354-2,259. Kaneland followed that up with a win on Thursday, Jan. 27, at IMSA, by a final of 2,369-2,087.

Kaneland also lost to visiting Lisle on Monday in the regular season finale by a final of 2,742-2,216.

Leading the way against the Lady Vikings was Holly Thomas with a 489 series and Morgan Wojciechowski with a 485 accompanying series.

Top games were bowled by Thomas at 192 and Wojciechowski at 188.

Geneva’s Nicole Missele bowled a meet-high 525 series.

Taking the fight to the Lady Titans was Thomas with a 518 series and Seleana Isaacs with a 434 series. Thomas, with efforts of 199 and 180, produced the high games for Kaneland.

Facing Lisle, high series were bowled by Isaacs at 493 and Thomas at 392.

Coach Jim McKnight said he was pleased that the team was able to garner two late-season wins and thinks that could mean good things.

“The sectional has 18 teams, and some very tough schools,” McKnight said. “We absolutely have to bowl our best and see what happens. We have a lot of young bowlers, and the inexperience might work to their advantage, and the girls might not be worried about how loud it’s going to be and how the atmosphere is going to be.”

Sophomore Wojciechowski is eager to see what the sectional holds after a productive rookie campaign.

“I think I’m doing pretty good,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s my first year; I started out well and somehow I ended up really good. I’m going to try not to get nervous because then I’ll feel like I’ll be a little bit worse.”

Closing out the 15 dual-meet season this past Monday and conference on Saturday, all that’s left are postseason aspirations, in the form of IHSA sectionals at Brunswick Zone in Roselle, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m.

Hosted by Lake Park High School, the 18-school meet will feature NIB-12-mates DeKalb and Sycamore, and familiar opponents like Jacobs, Dundee-Crown, Geneva, Huntley, St. Charles East and St. Charles North.

A year ago, Kaneland finished 12th of 18 at the Sycamore Sectional (won by DeKalb) with 4,611 pins to its total.

Lady Knights blown over by Leafs, get regional draw

Photo: Trinae Coachman battles for posession in the 62-50 loss on Saturday afternoon to the Geneseo Lady Leafs. Photo by Mary Herra

KANELAND—It’s over and done with, but Kaneland girls basketball would have loved to end its home schedule with a win on Saturday afternoon.

As it stands, the Lady Knights, who have shown strides this season as a team, fell to the visting NIB-12 West Geneseo Maple Leafs in a 62-50 matchup.

The Lady Knights are now 11-14 after their lone contest this week with a 2-6 record in NIB-12 play.

Leading the way for KHS was Kelly Evers, who had 18 points, a game-high, and Emily Heimerdinger with 15 points.

Heimerdinger sunk four three-pointers in the contest.

Kaneland was 15-for-53 from the field and 15-for-21 from the foul line.

Allison Weiss of Geneseo had 16 points.

KHS led 14-12 after the first quarter, but fell victim to a 21-9 second quarter and fell behind 33-23 at the half. Kaneland cut it to 47-39 after the third quarter and even cut the margin to eight points in the fourth, but hitting only three-of-16 shots hindered the comeback chances.

The sophomores improved to 22-1 with an impressive 35-27 win over Geneseo. Sarah Grams led the charge with nine points.

The freshmen improved to 19-0 with a 39-26 win over Geneseo, helped by Lauren Zick’s 10.

Lady Knights basketball was also given its postseason assignment in the Class 3A playoffs.

The Lady Knights will travel to Wheaton for the St. Francis Regional on Monday, Feb. 14, as the fourth seed and play Wheaton Academy, the fifth seed, at 7:30 p.m.

As of press time, the Lady Warriors are 8-14.

Elburn base/softball sign-up

Elburn—Elburn Baseball & Softball is currently taking online registration for the upcoming 2011 season.

Register for all levels of baseball and softball, including T-ball and Little Sluggers.

All registration information is available at

Registration runs through Sunday, Feb. 6. Visit

Wasco fastpitch ready for ‘11

WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball (WGFSL) has begun registration. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played in the evenings and some Saturdays, so parents can attend and participate. Players may register at, or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200 for a form.

Registration ends Feb. 28. After that date, players will be placed on a waiting list. Fees are the same regardless of where you live, with no out-of-district fees. Spring Training and pitching/catching clinics will be in April and take participants through numerous stations, age-appropriate drills and conditioning. Space is limited. Visit

Knights Wrestling Club invade West Aurora, head to season’s end

KANELAND—Knights Wrestling Club celebrates 25 years of dedication.

The Knights Wrestling Club is the youth (5-14 year olds) wrestling organization that is a feeder program to and operates out of Kaneland High School. This season marks their 25th year since Monty Jahns (current head coach at Kaneland High School) started the club. This year’s squad of 75 wrestlers is led by head coach Steve Kenyeri, who is in his 10th year with the club. Coach Kenyeri is assisted by 12 volunteer assistant coaches.

On Jan. 20, the club had 33 Knights participate in the Derrick Munos Invite at West Aurora High School. Knight wrestlers had a very good day on the mats with Jace Black, Zack Farris and John McCaffrey each placing 1st in their respective weight classes/divisions. Second-place honors went to Collin Gussman and Riley Vanik.

This coming weekend, the club will be sending the advanced wrestlers to a tournament in Minooka, while the newer wrestlers will compete in Mendota. The final regular season tournament will be Sunday, Feb. 13, in DeKalb, followed two-weeks later with the State Series Regional in Sycamore in February.

Kane County Cougars praised by Baseball America

GENEVA—With Major League camps opening in less than three weeks and baseball on the horizon, the Kane County Cougars organization received news on Tuesday afternoon that Baseball America has rated the Kansas City Royals farm system as the best in all of baseball in the soon-to-be-released 2011 Prospect Handbook.

The Cougars are the Class-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and announced a two-year player development contract with Kansas City last September, making for a “KC/KC” relationship and the most Midwest-centered affiliate the Cougars have held since the organization’s inception in 1991. The Cougars have held past affiliations with Baltimore, Florida and Oakland.

“The Royals have one of the deepest and most talented farm systems in recent memory,” said Jim Callis, Executive Editor at Baseball America. “It’s unusual to see a system with three stud hitters like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers, or four quality lefties like John Lamb, Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy and Chris Dwyer, and the Royals have both. To show how highly we regard the Royals system, we ranked it No. 1 before the Zack Greinke trade, which netted more top prospects.”

Seven of the Royals’ Top 10 prospects will be in Major League Spring Training camp next month in Surprise, Ariz. The group includes first baseman Hosmer (ranked No.1), third baseman Moustakas (No.3) and left-handed pitcher Lamb (No.4).

The Cougars’ home opener is set for April 11 and tickets for all 70 regular season games, including group outings, season tickets and packages are on sale now.

Royal events planned for next weekend:
The Cougars will host a pair of events next weekend as anticipation for the 2011 season grows and the organization prepares for its first year as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Cougars will host a “Meet the Royals” event on Friday, Feb. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. inside Elfstrom Stadium’s Old Second Bank upper deck level. The event will provide fans a introduction to Kane County’s new affiliation with the Kansas City Royals, complete with a speakers series including Vance Wilson, first-year Cougars manager. Royals coaches are also expected to attend.

In addition to meeting members of the Royals family, fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and complimentary draft beer. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for season ticket and ticket package holders. Fans can purchase tables of 8 for $200. Space is limited and fans are encouraged to get their tickets by visiting or by calling the Cougars at (630) 232-8811.

Girls hoops double (OT) trouble for SYC in 47-39 win

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If you are going to play some extra basketball, you might as well get a win out of the deal.

Such was the case on Friday night in Maple Park.

Kaneland allowed Sycamore to climb back into the game in the fourth quarter, and was felled by a Kate Berlinski three-pointer with 20.3 ticks left in the first overtime. But Kelly Evers was fed a pass by Andie Strang down low for a lay-in off the glass to tie the score with under a second left and force a second OT.

Kaneland then fought its way to the line and hit 12-of-16 foul shots in the second extra frame to key a 47-39 win.

“It all just happened so fast,” Evers said. “We were trying to work the ball, and my teammates helped out so much; it was an amazing pass by Andie.”

With the win over the rival Lady Spartans, the rival Lady Knights improved to 11-13 with a 2-6 record in the Northern Illinois Big XII.

Evers’ astounding night ended with 19 points and seven rebounds. Nicki Ott had nine points.

Overall, Kaneland was 12-for-44 from the field, and 22-for-33 from the foul line.

Meanwhile, Lake Kwaza of Sycamore put up a game-high 20 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

“She wasn’t going to let that team go down,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “She’s a great competitor, and our girls stepped up and recognized that and she wasn’t going to beat us 1-on-5. We responded pretty well defensively.”

In a low-scoring first half, the Lady Knights trailed 11-7 going into the break. An aggressive approach and baskets by Emma Bradford and Evers more than doubled the scoring output to that point and gave KHS a 16-14 lead with 5:50 to go in the third.

A foul shot by Ott was soon followed by an Evers bucket with 1:57 to go in the frame to give KHS a six-point edge before the Lady Spartans closed to within 21-17 by the end of the quarter.

Sycamore tied the score at 23-all with 2:31 to go on a Kwaza putback, but McKinzie Mangers’ layup gave KHS a 25-23 edge with 59.8 ticks left before Berlinski’s two foul shots tied the score with 45.7 left to force the first overtime. Mangers’ three-try by the end was off the mark.

Down 30-28, Ott hit three of four free throws to take a 31-30 lead with 36.6 to play before Sycamore hit the trifecta to set up the final sequence in OT number one.

Trailing early in the second extra quarter, Evers hit a shot to tie the game and Strang sunk two free throws to take the lead for good at 39-37 with 1:44 to go. Emily Heimerdinger, Evers and Strang supplied the rest of the foul shots to cruise to the victory.

In the sophomore tilt, Kaneland improved to 21-1 with a 44-21 win over the Lady Spartans.

Freshmen action during the week had Kaneland beat DeKalb on Thursday, 34-23, to improve to 16-0.

The varsity troops tangle with visiting Geneseo on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 12:30 p.m.

Waubonsee’s Fernandez takes Region IV Player of the Week for men’s hoops

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College men’s basketball player Danny Fernandez was named the NJCAA Region IV Division II District B Player of the Week for the third week of January. Fernandez set a Waubonsee record by making eight baskets from three-point range en route to scoring a collegiate career high of 24 points in the Chiefs’ 85-45 victory over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Oakton Community College.

The 5’9” guard made his last seven attempts from long range and finished the game 8 of 10 from beyond the arc. Fernandez also dished out three assists, grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds and recorded a steal in the Chiefs’ (12-8, 3-2) lopsided win. In Waubonsee’s last three contests, the graduate of Sunset Senior High School in Miami, has nailed 14 treys while averaging 16 points-per-game.

Fernandez, who missed five games in late November and early December with a deep bruise in his right bicep, was averaging just 4.7 points-per-game prior to his recent hot streak. The sophomore tallied more points (48) in the last three games than he did in the previous 10 contests (47) he competed in this season.

Kaneland wrestling earns fourth at NIB-12 showcase

Photo: Keagan Mattes took third place to help the Knight effort on Saturday. Kaneland took fourth as a team thanks in large part to Mattes’ performance in the 189-pound group. Photo by Mary Herra

ROCHELLE—Like KHS coach Monty Jahns said a week ago, Kaneland wrestling might just be a better tournament team than a dual team at this point.

That was put into action with the Knight grapplers leaving the Rochelle mats with a top-third finish at the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII tournament.

With 161 points, Kaneland earned fourth out of 12 teams. Sterling hit a total of 219, edging Sycamore by a half-point. DeKalb was third with 170.5 points, ahead of KHS.

Yorkville was fifth at 154, followed by Morris at 125.5.

Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Dixon , Rochelle, Ottawa and Streator rounded out the rest of the lineup.

The five top finishers for the Knights have been proven stalwarts through the campaign thus far.

Dan Goress took home the championship for 130, thanks to a 12-5 decision over DeKalb’s Evan Jones.

Goress went to the final after a 10-6 win over Sterling’s Dylan Devers.

In the 152-pound bracket, Kyle Davidson lost a 14-4 major decision to Sterling’s Stevie Dewitt. Davidson reached the final with an 8-2 win over DeKalb’s Robbie Miller and a previous pin over Rochelle’s Bradley Mendez in two minutes, 11 seconds.

At 215, Ben Kovalick got to the finals by pinning DeKalb’s Alex Roach in 3:09 and Sycamore’s Matt Copple in 2:03, before losing to Sterling’s George Canales by 12-8 decision.

Third-place nods were gathered by heavyweight Jimmy Boyle and Keagan Mattes in the 189 group.

Boyle beat Rochelle’s Nate Rodefelt by 1-0 decision and Sterling’s Curtis Lilly in the third-place match, 3-0.

Mattes went to the third-place match by beating DeKalb’s Cullen Banta , 8-2, and solved Sycamore’s Jacob Davis in an 8-4 affair.

Kaneland boys hoops cinch 45-38 comeback win at Ottawa HS

KANELAND—History shows us that dealing with pirates was never smooth sailing.

No matter, the Kaneland boys basketball team was able to leave the Northern Illinois Big XII West stop on Saturday night with their head held high.

A prolific fourth quarter allowed KHS to beat Ottawa by a 45-38 clip, which increased their record to 10-8 and 3-2 in NIB-12 play.

Balanced scoring was paced by Daniel Helm and Chaon Denlinger with nine each.

Kaneland’s foul shooting produced a 13-for-18 night, while Ottawa’s production was only 17-for-34. Kaneland’s Zach Ringhouse came through with an eight-for-eight line at the charity stripe.

The Knights took a 13-6 lead after one quarter. Ottawa climbed back to tie the contest at 19-all at halftime, and took a 26-21 lead by the end of the third , before Kaneland’s 24-12 final frame led to a seven-point win.

In sophomore action, the Knights improved to 17-1 on the year with a 46-45 comeback win on the Pirates. Thomas Williams had 14 for KHS.

The Knights’ next challenge is hosting Rochelle High School on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7 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.
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.

Davidson, Boyle key in KHS winning own Flott Invite

Photo: Jimmy Boyle takes care of business during the Flott Invite held at KHS on Saturday. Boyle ended the tournament as 285-pound champ. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While the Knights sit with a dual record they’d no doubt like to improve, gatherings like the annual Margaret Flott Memorial Tournament hosted by KHS do a nice job of getting headed in the right direction.

On the strength of two first places, five second places and a third place, KHS had a winning total of 203.5 team points, besting Marengo’s 148.65 and Prairie Central’s 129.

Kaneland also got a Northern Illinois Big XII dual in and fell to Morris, 33-21, on Thursday.

The Knights’ 9-15 mark will not be rested on, according to KHS coach Monty Jahns.

“We have an eye on postseason, and not as bad a team as our record shows,” Jahns said. “It’s hard to come back from injuries we’ve had, but we’re probably a better tournament team than a dual meet team.”

In the 103-pound group, Steve Gust took a 15-0 technical fall from Cory Graham to get into the final, and lost the final of Elgin’s Nathan Andresen in an 8-4 decision.

At 130 pounds, Dan Gorress took care of Addison Trail’s Eric Feliciano with a 6-4 decision before losing to St. Joe’s Bryant Roby in the final by 1-0 decision.

At 140 pounds, Mark Southern beat Burlington Central’s Brad Roberts in 62 seconds but lost to Prairie Central’s Joey Reis by a 13-11 count to advance to the final.

Kyle Davidson emerged from Saturday as 152-pound titleholder after wins over Addison Trail’s Silvestre Flores (:30 fall), Marian Central Catholic’s Joe Klinger (4:20 fall) and Marengo’s Sam Klenske (14-3 major decision).

“At this weight class, every kid can be great, real strong and quick,” Davidson said.

Nick Michels made it into the 171-pound final by beating St. Joe’s Adam Goetz in 4:50, but lost the final to Marengo’s Jon Goerke.

Michels credits conditioning in helping him get through the longer matches.

“We have one of the best conditioned teams around. Our coach really stresses it, and I know I can get that takedown in the last period,” Michels said.

In 189-pound acton, Keagan Mattes took care of BC’s Brent Sunderlage in an 8-5 encounter, but lost to champ Jared Koch of Marian by 2:55 pinfall.

Ben Kovalick advanced to the 215-pound final by pinning Marengo’s Andrei Doughtery in three minutes flat, but lost the final in overtime, 3-2, to St. Joe’s Malcolm Watson.

Kaneland’s Jimmy Boyle took home the 285-pound honor by pinning Marengo’s Manny Macias in 5:31 and outlasting St. Joe’s Jaleel Johnson 2-1.

Kaneland now gears up for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet at Rochelle High School on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Lady Knights split decisions

KANELAND—Streator girls basketball must have felt like Saturday’s game with Kaneland was more of a trampling than a crossover.

A weekend excursion to the home of the Lady Bulldogs yielded a 60-32 win for KHS, while Tuesday’s home matchup with Morris High School ended in a 45-38 overtime loss

Kaneland has now doubled its win total from a year ago and sits at 10-13 (1-6 NIB-12).

Against Streator, Nicki Ott led the Lady Knights with 13 points, as 11 different Kaneland girls entered the scoring column. As a team, the Lady Knights were 23-for-63 from the field.

Tesa Alderman and Emily Heimerdinger had nine points each, and Alderman’s long-range prowess saw her sink three trifectas.

Kaneland held a slim 7-5 edge after one quarter, while running roughshod over the hosts in the second quarter en route to a 26-10 halftime lead.

Kaneland increased its advantage to 42-18 after three before closing out the contest.

Facing the Redskins, Andie Strang’s 13 points and eight boards keyed the KHS attack. Heimerdinger had nine points and five steals.

The Lady Knights were 16-for-51 from the field, and just four-of-13 from the charity stripe.

KHS and Morris found themselves tied at 10 after the first eight minutes, and Morris led 17-15 at halftime before expanding its lead to 31-27 after three. Kaneland tied it in the fourth, but a game-winning shot attempt missed the mark and it was on to OT at 36 all.

Morris outscored Kaneland 9-2 in OT to win.

Coming up for varsity is a Friday, Jan. 21, contest against visting Sycamore.

Boys hoops now 9-8 on year

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland is finding that a tour through the Northern Illinois Big 12 might not be as filled with good fortune as the Knights would like.

A Friday night meeting with the visiting Morris Redskins in Maple Park had KHS fall in an overtime clash, 46-39.

On Tuesday, the Knights were felled on Big Timber Road as Hampshire used a gigantic third quarter to best Kaneland, 61-44.

Kaneland is now 9-8, and 3-2 in the NIB-12. The Knights have now lost four out of their last five.

Chaon Denlinger and Drew David were lead scorers for KHS with nine each.

Kaneland’s time at the foul line consisted of a 5-for-8 night, compared to a whopping 14-for-28 night for Morris.

The Knights led 11-4 after one quarter, and went cold with just two points in the second frame, trailing 16-13.

Morris still led 30-26 after three quarters, and saw Kaneland tie it up before regulation ended at 33 apiece. A 13-6 overtime period meant a mark in the “L” column for Kaneland.

Facing the Whip-purs, KHS was led by Trever Heinle’s 15 and Denlinger’s 12, which came on four threes.

Hampshire led 10-7 after one and 21-20 going into halftime.The Whip-purs went on a 24-8 run for the third quarter and led 45-28 going into the fourth.

Kaneland’s next challenge lies in the form of the NIB-12 West’s Ottawa Pirates along Route 23 on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Bowling drops two NIB-12 meetings

Kaneland—Kaneland bowling, despite a 1-11 dual record, is still raring to go against any Northern Illinois Big XII opponent on its schedule.

The Lady Knights just hope their fortunes turn around sooner rather than later.

Kaneland spent Thursday afternoon battling visiting Ottawa of the NIB-12 West and lost a 2,647-2,446 affair at Mardi Gras Lanes.

On Tuesday, KHS took a trip to Rochelle, where it lost 2,779-2,468.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was senior Holly Thomas, who bowled a team-high series of 484. Junior teammate Seleana Isaacs was close behind with a 455 series.

High games for KHS were bowled by Isaacs at 181 and Thomas at 167.

On the JV end, the Kaneland squad fell 2,227-1,797. High series was bowled by Madi Bluml at 316, followed by Michelle Bohanek at 312. High game came in the form of Alex Hornback’s 124.

Against the Lady Hubs, Thomas’ 535 series was best on the team and second-best for the meet. Anne Salerno was next for Kaneland with a 447 series. Top games were bowled by Salerno at 198 and Thomas at 188. Rochelle’s JV earned a 1,750-1,648 win over the Lady Knights.

The Lady Knights now prepare for a trip to Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Varsity cheerleaders take 2nd place in Belvidere

Kaneland High School Varsity Cheerleaders placed second in the Belevidere Winter Cheer Competition held on Jan. 8. Kami Bauer, Bailey Burns, Anna Croft, Mattie Garrison, Kristen Glover, Lindsay Jurcenko, Lacy Lockert, Sydney Luse, Sam Markelz, Jackie McClellan, Kellyn McMullan, Savanah Miles, Kenzie Powell, Courtney Reiss, Kali Wald and Abby Westtook part in the competition. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland Pom Squad holding Jan. clinic

The Kaneland Pom Squad will hold its annual elementary school clinic on Saturday, Jan. 29, at KHS. Participants will learn a pom routine and perform at a KHS Varsity basketball game. All elementary age girls are welcome. Registrations can be obtained on the KHS athletic website, or through any elementary school’s virtual backpack. Please contact coach Chris Carter at with any questions.

Kaneville, Maple Park hosts baseball, softball, T-Ball opps

KNVL/MP—Kaneville Baseball & Softball 2011 registration is currently open, and the open house will be on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dave Werdin Community Center. Forms are available online at or at the open house.

Children ages 4-14 are welcome to join. Maple Park Baseball added Pony League for the 2011 season. Participants may also register online at The registration deadline is Feb.15.

WCC accepting Hall of Fame noms

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College is accepting applications for the Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at the school’s year-ending Athletic Banquet on May 10. Individuals or groups can be nominated for induction until Feb. 1. Nomination forms are available online by going to or through Waubonsee’s Athletic Office on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus.

Inductees will then be determined by a selection committee representing Waubonsee’s staff, administration and former Waubonsee student-athletes. Nominated athletes must be five years removed from competing for Waubonsee.

Nominees will fall into one of five categories: administrators, faculty and staff; athletes; coaches; community supporters; and specific teams. Criteria for induction varies based on the category of nominee, but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, years at Waubonsee, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee.

Hall of Fame selections will be announced the week of April 4. For more information, contact the WCC Athletic Dept. at (630) 466-2524.

Wasco fastpitch ready for ‘11

WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch Softball (WGFSL) has begun registration. WGFSL is a recreational softball league open to all area girls in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Games are played in the evenings and some Saturdays, so parents can attend and participate. Practice starts in April, and most games conclude late June and early July. Players may register online at or call the hotline at (630) 513-1200 for a form.

Registration concludes Feb. 28. After that date, players will be placed on a waiting list. Fees are the same regardless of where you live with no out-of-district fees. Spring Training and pitching/catching clinics will be held in April and take participants through numerous stations, age-appropriate drills and conditioning. Space is limited.

There are also 10U-12U-14U All-Star teams. These players are chosen on a tryout basis and play regulation in-house games plus play in several area tournaments. For more information, visit

KYSO has online sign-up

Kaneland—Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can register online to play in the KYSO Spring Season, which will run from April 16 through May 21.

The spring registration deadline is Jan. 31. The fee (which includes a jersey, shorts and pair of socks) is $65 for the first player and $60 for any additional players from the same family. There is a volunteer fee of $20 payable at the time of registration. Your fee will be refunded to you once your volunteer activity is completed.

Visit the website for more information about the Top Soccer program for special needs players from 5-16 ($35 per player), as well as the Crusader Soccer Club Travel Teams.

All KYSO practices and games are held at the fields located just to the east of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. To register online or for more information, visit

Longtime friend

Bob Pederson was honored Saturday by the Kaneland boys basketball program as a “Friend of the program.” Pederson was the boys basketball coach at KHS from 1978-86, amassing 116 wins to 97 losses. His 1981-82 team went 26-6, and won conference, regional, sectional and super-sectional championships, and was the last KHS boys basketball team to go downstate. Pederson was also the KHS
athletic director from 1983-93.
Photo by Mary Herra

Wrestling trumps Rochelle, sees action in Spartanland

Photo: Sonny Horn, 125-pound representative for Kaneland wrestling, executes a takedown against Pleasant Valley’s Jesse Richardson on Thursday. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Kaneland wrestling earned an important Northern Illinois Big XII win and placed in the middle of the pack at the usual early-Jan. stop of the Sycamore Invite.

After losing to Pleasant Valley of Iowa, 38-19, Kaneland defeated host Rochelle on Thursday by a final of 45-21 in order to improve to 9-14 in dual competition. KHS then took an eighth-place finish at Sycamore on Saturday in a 17-team field.

Against the Hubs, Chris Sabal won the 145-pound matchup with opponent Scott Rodefelt by 6-1 decision. Kyle Davidson, at 152 pounds, pinned Brady Mendez in four minutes, 47 seconds. 160-pound action featured Cody McGinnis beating Kane Rodridguez, 1-0. Keagan Mattes (189) and Ben Kovalick (215) took home pinfalls. Jimmy Boyle won his heavyweight match in overtime, while Stephen Gust (103) and Esai Ponce (119) won by decision.

On Saturday, Kaneland’s 95-point total was ahead of Rock Island’s 91 and just behind Granite City’s 97.

Harlem High School of Machesney Park took the invite with 192.5 points, followed by Lockport (166.5), Downers Grove South (137), Sycamore (128), Crystal Lake South (121) and York (110.5).

Davidson made it to the finals of 152 by pinning Larry LeBlanc of DGS by pinfall in 2:12, and beat McHenry’s Jake Pait by 3-2 decision, before losing the final of Lockport’s Shaun’Qae McMurtry by 15-6 major decision. Boyle was given second place after beating Cary-Grove’s Richard Kersten by 4-1 decision and Granite City’s Casey Krohne in a 9-5 meeting, but losing to Lockport’s Shaquille McMurtry in a 3:06 fall.

The Knights now gear up for a Thursday matchup at the home of the Morris Redskins on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Girls hoops sandwiches win between two losses

Photo: Lexee Guerra unloads before the halftime horn sounds during Friday’s setback to visiting Yorkville. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland girls basketball will have to be satisfied with a lone win concerning this past week’s tilts with rivals.

Yorkville bested the Lady Knights on Friday night, 47-39, but KHS earned a 46-40 win over rival to the north Burlington Central on Saturday. Kaneland also dropped a 48-34 clash with visiting DeKalb on Tuesday, and was swept in that season series.

KHS is now 9-11 with a 1-4 record in NIB-12 action.

Against the Lady Foxes, Emily Heimerdinger had 12 points, followed by Kelly Evers’ eight. KHS was 16-for-43 from the field and suffered with just four attempts at the foul line on the night, compared to 12-for-25 for Yorkville, including 17 attempts in the fourth quarter.

YHS went out to a 13-12 lead after one quarter and held firm with a 24-22 lead at the half. Kaneland found itself trailing 31-30 after three before the Lady Foxes widened the gap.

Facing the Rockets, Kaneland had a 15-point night from Heimerdinger and 12 points from Tesa Alderman. Evers contributed nine points and 12 boards.

KHS was 17-for-58 from the field and 10-for-16 from the charity stripe.

Heimerdinger had nine steals to key the Kaneland winning effort, as well.

KHS went ahead 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and maintained a slim 20-19 advantage going into halftime. BC took a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter in Maple Park, but free throws by Emma Bradford, Alderman and Heimerdinger gave Kaneland the edge in the fourth quarter that saw KHS outscore BC 18-9.

Facing the Lady Barbs, Kaneland was led by Evers’ and Heimerdinger’s eight points, but DeKalb’s Emily Bemis put up 13 and Rachel Torres had nine.

Kaneland was up 13-11 after one but was outplayed 17-6 in the second frame to fall behind 28-19 at halftime. DeKalb maintained a 40-29 lead going into the final quarter.

In younger contests, the freshman “A” outfit improved to 13-0 with a 35-16 win over Yorkville on Friday, with Lauren Zick and Brittany Kemp contributing 10 points each. The “B” squad earned a 33-9 win over Yorkville.

The sophomores improved to a 16-1 record by virtue of a 41-18 win over Burlington Central.

Coming up for the varsity Lady Knights is a home contest with Rochelle on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Kaneville, Maple Park has baseball, softball, T-Ball opps

KANEVILLE/MP—Kaneville Baseball & Softball 2011 Registration is currently open, and the open house will be on Saturday Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kaneville Werdin Community Center. Forms are available online at or at the open house.

Maple Park Baseball, Softball and T-Ball walk-in registration will be held Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maple Park Civic Center. Children ages 4-14 are welcome to join. Maple Park Baseball added Pony League for the 2011 season. Participants may also register online at The registration deadline is Feb.15.

WCC accepting HOF noms

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College is accepting applications for the Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at the school’s year-ending Athletic Banquet on May 10, 2011. Individuals or groups can be nominated for induction until Feb. 1, 2011. Nomination forms are available online by going to or through Waubonsee’s Athletic Office on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus.

Inductees will then be determined by a selection committee representing Waubonsee’s staff, administration and former Waubonsee student-athletes. Nominated athletes must be five years removed from competing for Waubonsee.

Nominees will fall into one of five categories: administrators, faculty and staff; athletes; coaches; community supporters; and specific teams. Criteria for induction varies based on the category of nominee, but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, years at Waubonsee, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee.

Hall of Fame selections will be announced the week of April 4, 2011. For more information, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at (630) 466-2524.