by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Looks like KHS has a bunch of straight shooters.
With a fantastic showing at the Northern Illinois Big XII gathering at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville that yielded a first place in the East Division, and a third-place nod at Tuesdayâ€™s Dixon Regional, the Knights golf team shot itself straight to Sectionals.
Thanks to a score of 328 on Tuesday at Timber Creek, the Knightsâ€™ third-place finish will send them to the sectional in Freeport on Monday, Oct. 11.
Dixon, with 307, and Sterling with 319, took the top two places.
For KHS, Troy Kruegerâ€™s 80 was tops for the Knights, followed by Josh Schubergâ€™s 82, and Zach Douglasâ€™ and Luke Kreiterâ€™s 83.
â€œMy putting was a little off, but overall I did alright,â€ Douglas said. â€œI just try to take one or better on the holes against the other golfers.â€
Dixonâ€™s Mitch Homb shot a 70, earning him medalist honors.
Last week in Yorkville, Kaneland took its first conference championship in eight years, with a score of 316. DeKalb was second in the East in 321, and Yorkville took third at 324.
Dixon won the West side with 311.
Douglas (75), Hayley Guyton (78) and Krueger (81) earned all-conference honors.
â€œThe conference title allowed us to reach our regular season goals and gives our team something to strive for in the coming years. We’re hoping that this year’s performance will set a precedent for upcoming seasons,â€ KHS coach Mark Meyer said.
Photo: Kanelandâ€™s Adam Grams (87 score), shown here in Dixon on Tuesday, makes the trip to Sectionals after enjoying a third-place nod. Photo by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”There is still time to right the ship, but Kaneland soccer is smarting from conference and non-conference setbacks alike.
DeKalb bested Kaneland in a battle situated on Barb Boulevard, 2-0 on Thursday. The JV squad under Travis Berth beat DeKalb 1-0 and improved its mark to 11-0-1 on the season.
This past week also included Kanelandâ€™s trip to the Jacobs Tournament in Algonquin, Ill., where the Knights went 1-2, and a 2-1 loss against Morris.
Kaneland is now 6-9-2 on the year, with a 2-3-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.
In the opener of the tournament on Friday, Kaneland lost to Jacobs, allowing one goal in each half. The second game on Saturday saw KHS get a goal 14 minutes, 18 seconds into play by Anthony Parillo off a Derek White assist for the win.
Romeoville got the best of Kaneland in another Saturday clash, 1-0, to end the tournament.
Against the Redskins on Tuesday in Maple Park, the Knights were down 1-0 after the first 40 minutes. Kanelandâ€™s Chad Swieca scored on a feed from Alex Gil in the second half, but it was not enough.
The varsity Knights continue their journey on Thursday, Oct. 7, when they travel to Hub country against Rochelle.
Meanwhile, the Knights found out they secured the second seed in the Class 2A Sycamore Regional, where they will square off against third-seeded Sycamore. The winner of the Wednesday, Oct. 20, showdown faces the winner of the Rochelle/Yorkville vs. Sandwich match on Friday, Oct. 22.
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Youâ€™ll have to excuse the KHS boys cross country roster for being full.
They feasted on the Pretzel Invitational on Saturday.
Keyed by a first-place effort from senior star Trevor Holm, the Knightsâ€™ 45-point total beat out Rock Falls (57) and Rockford Boylan (57). Itâ€™s their third Pretzel title.
Holmâ€™s 15 minute, nine second time was 21 seconds better than Boylanâ€™s Matt Melloch.
The Knights had a big boost from sophomore call ups Conor Johnson and John Meisinger. Johnson finished in eighth place with a time of 16:16, while Meisinger took tenth at 16:22.
â€œOur biggest keys to success, and the championship, came from sophomore call ups,â€ KHS coach Chad Clarey said. â€œEach were able to garner top-10 places, racing with some tough, top runners of the other schools.â€
Junior Nate Rehkopf took 14th at 16:29.
The JV ranks saw KHS take second place with 36 points, behind Rockford Jeffersonâ€™s 25.
Ryan Paulson finished fifth with a time of 17:23 and Ryan Bowen took eighth at 17:36.
Kanelandâ€™s next challenge is the Sterling Invite on Saturday, Oct. 9.
The Maple Park Youth Basketball Program for 3rd through 8th grade boys runs from mid-January through mid-March. Registration is now open and runs through Nov.12. Registration forms are available at the Maple Park Library and are also posted on the village of Maple Park’s website.
For more information on sign-up, call Scott Willis at (630) 621-0736.
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Looks like the Kaneland girls satisfied some pretzel cravings.
Netting a third-place finish at Saturday’s Pretzel Invitational in Freeport, the Lady Knights produced a nice effort with 71 total points, and will need more of the same effort to see postseason fortune.
Rockford Boylan, with 45 team points, finished first, and host Freeport took second with 68. Rock Falls, with 87 points, finished behind Kaneland.
KHS put forth an average course time of 19 minutes, 52 seconds, thanks in large part to senior runner Andie Strang. Strang completed her best time ever in Freeport, with a time of 18:47. Due to her top-five finish, she also received an oversized pretzel.
Rockford Boylan’s Kayla Droessler won the race in 18:29.
Ashley Castellanos was next for Kaneland and broke the 20 minute barrier at 19:37, good for 12th place.
Kris Bowen was next in 15th place at 20:02. Maggie Brundige continued her positive trajectory and broke into the top 20 with a time of 20:16.
Additionally, Shaela Collins ran in 20:35, good for 22nd place overall.
“Kris Bowen really helped the team to a thirdplace showing,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said.
“Maggie Brundige is gaining confidence with each successful week. Shaela Collins was called on, in a pinch, to complete our fifth scoring place. We are very grateful to Shaela for stepping up.”
In the JV ranks, Kaneland’s Kaitlin Munyon took second with a time of 21:01, and Anna Piazza (21:16) and Carolina Tovar took fourth and fifth (21:25), respectively.
DIXONâ€”Lady Knights volleyball won’t be able to get enough of visiting its neighbors to the west.
On Thursday, Kaneland improved to 10-8 (3-2 NIB-12) with a 25-18, 25-14 sweep of the host Dixon Duchesses.
For KHS, Katy Dudzinski had nine killls, while NIU-bound Jessica Lubic had three aces and 15 assists. Libero Kylie Siebert contributed 11 digs, and Grace Fabrizius had five kills, two aces and five digs.
The sophomore crew improved to 12-4 with a 25-10, 25-17 over Dixon. The freshmen “A” unit dropped to 1-2 with a 25-15, 25-23 loss to Dixon and the “B” team dropped a 25-23, 25-21 matchup, falling to 11-3.
Photo: Kaneland varsity doubles partners Meg Hanlon (left) and Caiti Ellefsen warm up before their home match against Mendota on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Kaneland Lady Knights tennis is still holding its own at this season’s late juncture.
Rebounding from a dual loss to Sterling on Thursday, KHS handled non-conference foe Mendota on Monday in Maple Park.
The Lady Knights are now 8-6-1 in dual competition (3-2 NIB-12).
The lone win for Kaneland in Sterling was the doubles tandem of Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski, who won 6-3, 6-4.
Against the Lady Trojans, it was pro-set scoring due to more matches in the 7-0 win.
Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon, two of the seniors (along with Jurcenko and Sierra Cruz) honored on Monday afternoon, went about business as usual and didn’t let the modified scoring get to their heads in an 8-4 win.
“Not at all,” Hanlon said. “You just think of it as an extra-long set.”
Monday marked the final regular season home meet before NIB-12 conference action in Rochelle this weekend.
“I think we’ve improved a lot over the season,” Ellefsen said. “We’ve been getting better with aiming our shots and hitting them harder.”
by Mike Slodki
ROCHELLEâ€”For a myriad of reasons, Kaneland has had Rochelleâ€™s number lately on the gridiron.
On Friday in the land of the Hubs, that number was 35-8.
Taking advantage of four Rochelle turnovers and spreading the wealth in their running and passing games, the Kaneland Knights matched their 2006 start of 5-0 with a 35-8 win at Rochelle.
â€œSomething we preach all the time, we want to get the ball, and if the other team turns it over, we want to make them pay,â€ KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.
Kaneland is now 4-3 over the Hubs in their last seven meetings, and have won four of the last five.
The Knights earned their first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII East win. Rochelle is now 3-2 (0-1 NIB-12).
Successfully thwarting the Hubsâ€™ Wing-T offense, Kaneland outgained Rochelle 304-280.
Knights quarterback Joe Camiliere had a 17-of-28 day for 229 yards and two touchdowns. The senior also rushed for 83 yards on 13 carries. Central Michigan-bound Blake Serpa had 51 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. No. 2 for the Knights likes the way things are headed.
â€œWe just practiced all week in just coming out and hitting hard,â€ Serpa said. â€œWe knew, up or down, they were going to come out and hit you as hard as they can.â€
For Rochelle, Josh Bernardin had 109 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, while Will Metzger added 73 yards on 12 carries.
Kaneland used nice days from Quinn Buschbacher (four catches, 59 yards) and Taylor Andrews (four catches, 36 yards).
Kaneland used its first drive during Rochelleâ€™s homecoming to go 53 yards in eight plays, ending with a misdirection run by Buschbacher for a seven-yard touchdown with 9:32 left in the first frame for a 7-0 lead. After Hub CJ Navarro coughed up the ball to KHS, the Knights constructed a nine-play, 58-yard drive that ended with Serpa plowing through the middle for a two-yard score. Kaneland then led 14-0 with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter.
After Rochelle used an ill-advised pass on a fourth down, Kaneland took over and had Serpa score on an 18-yard touchdown run with 6:49 remaining in the half for a 21-0 lead.
For the final score of the half, Buschbacher shook a defender loose and went in from the 17 for a touchdown pass to go up 28-0 with 30 ticks left in the half.
Rochelle finally got on the board in the third quarter, thanks to a 36-yard scoring scamper from Bernardin with 7:54 to go, the ensuing two-point try cut the lead to 20. Kanelandâ€™s fourth quarter score was a Camiliere-to-Sean Carter five-yard pass with 5:45 remaining.
Sophomore action had KHS beat Rochelle 47-8.
Kanelandâ€™s next NIB-12 test comes on Homecoming Night, Friday, Oct. 1, against the DeKalb Barbs (3-2, 0-1 NIB-12). DeKalb handed host LaSalle-Peru a 41-20 loss on Friday. Kaneland has won the previous four meetings between the schools by a combined score of 168-34.
Top photo: Knight John Kintz (20) gives Rochelle ball-carrier Will Metzger nowhere to run during Fridayâ€™s 35-8 dismantling of the host Rochelle Hubs. The win elevated Kaneland to 5-0 (1-0 NIB-12) and to the fourth spot in Class 5Aâ€™s IHSA Playoff Points list. Photo by Ben Draper
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 Meyerâ€™s golf squad had a meet canceled at Belvidere North on Monday, but not before finishing third out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingstonâ€™s Fran Noyes Invite Saturday.
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Knight soccer found a good way to see how its skills were progressing.
Engage Yorkville and Sycamore.
With five goals against the host Foxes on Thursday, Kanelandâ€™s 5-0 win led to a 1-1 tie against visiting Sycamore.
After the first instance of KHS even tying the Spartans, Kaneland has improved to 5-4-2 on the season, with a 2-1-2 mark in the first NIB-12 slate.
The two first-half goals against Yorkville for Kaneland were put in by Jordan Escobedo, 18 minutes, 54 seconds into the first half (from Chad Swieca) and with 2:07 remaining in the first half on a goal by Swieca from Thanasi Pesmajoglou and Alex Gil.
In the second half, goals were scored by Alex Weiss on an assist from Gil, Anders Winquist-Bailey from Gil and Kushstrim Ismail on a penalty kick.
Against the Sycamore unit, with roughly 12 minutes remaining, Escobedo hit a rocket of a shot into the net for a tie score.
The end result was a welcome change from the first half on Tuesday.
â€œWe told them at halftime to pass the ball around and weâ€™ve got to take some shots. Thatâ€™s the only way weâ€™ll score. Possess 90 percent of the game, but if weâ€™re not willing to take the shot, weâ€™re not going to score,â€ KHS coach Scott Parillo said.
Photo: Kaneland captain Derek White completes a header in the 5-0 win over YHS. Photo by Ben Draper
KANELANDâ€”With the tennis season essentially in its homestretch, this is not a Lady Knights team that is dragging across the finish line.
KHS handed Northern Illinois Big XII conference mate DeKalb a 4-1 dual loss in Maple Park on Tuesday that raised Kanelandâ€™s mark to 7-5-1 (4-1 NIB-12).
No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko managed a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over Dana Jorgensen, and No. 2 player Amelia Napiorkowski had a 6-0, 6-0 win over Brooke Wilson.
In doubles action, No. 2 team Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon took care of Heidi Pittsley and Madison Marten by a 6-3, 6-3 count. No. 3 team Maddy McMullen and Stephanie Rosenwinkel beat Samantha and Taylor Volk by a 6-2, 6-4 count.
by Mike Slodki
STERLINGâ€”While gradually working its way back to a full lineup, the lineup Kaneland girls cross country had at its disposal put together a nice Saturday.
The annual Rock River Run at Hoover Park in Sterling saw the Lady Knights finish fifth of 14 teams with a point total of 160.
The tally gave KHS a two-point edge over Freeport. The top three schools in Sterling were Dixon (36), Normal West (61) and Geneva (72).
“We’re still missing a couple people, but we should get them back next week, so I’m happy today,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said.
The top time for the course was handled by Normal West’s Emily Brelsfoard, who ran in 17 minutes, 57 seconds, a 5:59 mile pace.
For KHS, senior Andie Strang finished 13th with a time of 19:35. Teammate Abby Dodis finished 22nd overall and continued her season’s strong trajectory with a time of 19:51.
Ashley Castellanos finished 35th overall with a time of 20:29, while following shortly after was fellow Kaneland runner Maggie Brundige in 39th place (20:34).
“It was nice to see Maggie finish her race. Ashley wasn’t feeling well but she finished. Andie ran a good race and so did Abby, and she’s never been that high up the finish. They’re making progress,” Ecker said.
Coming up for the Lady Knights: the Pretzel Invite hosted by Freeport High School.
Photo: Kanelandâ€™s Abby Dodis charges ahead during Saturdayâ€™s Rock River Run. Photo by Mike Slodki
by Mike Slodki
STERLINGâ€”With a personal best on the Rock River Run course at Hoover Park in Sterling, all Knight athlete Trevor Holm could say was, â€œMy teammates think itâ€™s gross.â€
Nobody was recoiling after the effort on Saturday, however.
With a time of 15 minutes, 32 seconds, the senior bested his course time by 40 seconds.
â€œI just tried to stick with Belvidere (North),â€ Holm said. â€œI guess it worked out for me. I didnâ€™t want to let them go. Coming into the race I think five of them were ranked higher than me and only two of them beat me today.â€
For Kaneland, 148 points was good enough for fourth place overall, edging Dixonâ€™s 152-point total.
Belvidere North (28), Geneva (73) and Normal West (97) earned the top three places.
Blue Thunder entry Paul Zeman, with a time of 15:16 , won the course. For Kaneland, Holmâ€™s fifth-place effort, was followed next by 30th place Clayton Brundige with a time of 16:48. Next on the Knights docket was Nate Rehkopf in 32nd with a time of 16:49, and Conor Johnson finished in 35th at 16:54.
The Knight crew faces the Freeport Invite for its next challenge on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 a.m.
Photo: Trevor Holm is the lone Knight amongst Belvidere North runners during Saturdayâ€™s Rock River Run at Hoover Park at Sterling. Holm finished fifth overall at 15:32. Photo by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Kaneland rose back up to the .500 mark with a strong victory at Rochelle by a final of 25-14, 25-8 on Sept. 22, and elevated its season tally with a 25-10, 25-18 win against Yorkville on Tuesday.
With the wins over the Lady Hubs and Foxes, the Lady Knights improved to 9-8 with a 3-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big 12 play.
Katy Dudzinski had six kills for KHS, while teammate Jessica Lubic had 11 assists, 14 serving points and three digs.
Grace Fabrizius had three kills, three blocks, four digs and two aces. Kylie Siebert had five digs and six receptions.
Lower-level action had KHS with a 25-14, 25-19 sophomore win. The freshmen “A” squad took a 27-25, 25-17 win, while the “B” roster came away with a 25-20, 17-25, 25-19 win.
Against YHS, Taylor Bradbury had four aces and four digs, to go along with three assists, while Lubic had 11 assists, two blocks and an ace.
This past week also had the Lady Knights given their postseason assignment. KHS will host the October regional and host fellow schools Burlington Central, Hampshire and Sycamore, as part of the Belvidere Sectional and Hampshire Super-Sectional.
The Lady Knights take to the court on Thursday, Sept. 30, going to NIB-12 crossover opponent Dixon.
KANELANDâ€”On Sept. 21, Drew French, a varsity baseball player at Kaneland High School, made an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tournament Team in Oak Creek, Wis., after trying out at Milwaukee Technical Institute College.
French is playing on their team that goes to the Arizona Fall Invitational, Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 6-10, in Peoria, Ariz., which is the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres.
French will play third base and also pitch. Besides playing for Kaneland baseballâ€™s Brian Aversa, Drew also plays for Coach Tom Siebert with Team Illinois Baseball.
The Under Armour Baseball Factory sees 10,000 baseball players from around the country each year.
The Kaneland Cagers boys travel basketball program will host tryouts for the 2011 winter season on the following dates and times:
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, at Kaneland High School.
Times: Saturday; 5th grade: Noon to 1 p.m.; 6th grade: 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; 7th grade: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m; 8th grade: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday; 5th grade: Noon to 1 p.m.; 6th grade:1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; 7th grade: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 8th grade: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Players are only required to attend one of the sessions but can attend both if they desire. Rosters are limited to boys who reside within the Kaneland Community School District boundaries. Call Joe Spitzzeri at (630) 232-8105 for more information.
Kaneland athletes will â€œPink Outâ€ for Breast Cancer awareness. During sporting events the week of Oct.11, culminating on Friday, Oct. 15, with the matchup against Sycamore, KHS athletes plan to don pink apparel, including socks for the football team. Contact the high school for more information.
Waubonsee Community College freshman Maxzine Rossler was named the NJCAA’s Division I Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for all games played from Sept. 13 through 19. The Hinckley-Big Rock graduate had five goals and a pair of assists in the Lady Chiefs’ two victories during the week. Rossler had two goals and two assists as Waubonsee set five school records in blasting Truman College 13-0 on Sept. 13. She followed that up by scoring a ‘hat trick’ with three goals in the Lady Chiefs’ 6-3 win over the College of DuPage on Sept. 16. Entering yesterday the Big Rock native was tied for most goals scored in the nation among NJCAA Division I players with 15 goals in 11 games played. Rossler was also second nationally in points with 34 (15 goals, 4 assists), helping lead the nationally-ranked Lady Chiefs to an 8-2-1 record overall. Waubonsee was ranked 16th in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, and is set to host 11th-ranked Schoolcraft, (Mich.) College (8-1) on Saturday, Oct. 2, beginning at noon.
The Kaneville Crush is having tryouts for all Kane County boys who will be 14 after April 30, 2011. The one-day tryout is Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Kaneville East field, at the corner of Harter & Main Street roads, three miles west of Route 47. The team will play a 16-game competitive schedule in the Kane County Bronco League next spring. Games will run from the end of April thru mid-July.
Fee to play is around $300. Contact Steve Gaulin at (847) 561-8775.
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Much like the summer hours that tick away into fall, the chances for the visiting LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers ticked away with every scoring drive put together by the Kaneland Knights.
When it was all said and done, the Knights saw another running clock go to their advantage on the gridiron in a 56-7 handling of LP.
With the win, Kaneland improved to 4-0, the first time it has done so since 2006 and the third time in the last six campaigns.
â€œWe were talking all week about how we need to fine-tune everything as we get into conference play,â€ KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. â€œWeâ€™ve got a tough game at Rochelle, and Iâ€™m feeling pretty good about our team.â€
Putting up 574 total yards, including 327 yards on the ground, the Knights finished their Northern Illinois Big XII crossover slate on a good note.
Knights signal-caller Joe Camiliere was 9-for-14 for 235 yards and a touchdown.
The leading rusher for Kaneland was Central Michigan University-bound Blake Serpa, who rumbled for 118 yards and two scores on nine carries.
Camiliere also rushed for 74 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.
Quinn Buschbacher caught two balls for 101 yards and a touchdown, and incidentally, had his third touchdown of the season called back on a penalty.
KHS came up empty on its first drive, but after forcing a punt, Taylor Andrews used the second play of the next drive for a 42-yard touchdown run. Andrews weaved his way through blocks and avoided the Cavalier defenders.
â€œIâ€™ve just got to give credit to the O-line,â€ Andrews said. â€œIt was Serpa on the lead block and I just followed.â€
Andrews followed that up on the next drive with a 13-yard touchdown around left end for a 14-0 lead with one minute remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, LP used a one-yard quarterback sneak by Zack Cinotto to close within 14-7 with 11:14 to go in the second quarter, but KHS scored 21 points in the space of 6:31 to go up 35-7 at halftime.
With 7:31 to go, Serpa plowed in from the three-yard line.
After a Jacob Razo interception, Serpa avoided tacklers and drove toward the left corner on an exceptional 60-yard TD run, where he dove for the corner from the three-yard line. Just before the half, Buschbacher scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass by following his blockers.
The three second-half touchdowns were scored on a Camiliere sneak with 2:46 left in the third quarter, a 7-yard Curtis Secrest touchdown run with 10:33 remaining in the contest, and a Nick Fornero 13-yard touchdown run with 3:34 to go.
The East part of the NIB-12 schedule begins on Friday, Sept. 24, with a trip to Rochelle. Of the previous four meetings, the Knights have dropped only one, in 2007. The Knights have split the last six meetings overall with Rochelle.
The Knights sophomore squad won over LP, 38-0.
Top photo: Tyler Callaghan puts pressure on L-P quarterback Zack Cinotto. Photo by Ben Draper
ELBURNâ€”Kaneland boys cross country had to wade not only through 18 other full varsity teams, but also the weather at the annual Eddington Invite.
During intermittent storms, the Knights amassed 212 points, which was good for seventh place.
Crystal Lake Central (78), Jacobs (92) and Dundee-Crown (93) hit the top three.
“We finished strong, and we packed up well. We liked the way the boys responded to the delay in start due to lightning and soggy conditions. We’re making improvements that can’t always be seen in the race results,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.
Kaneland cornerstone Trevor Holm led the Knights with a 15 second PR on his home course with a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds, good for eighth place overall. Next for the Knights was Clayton Brundige in 39th place with a time of 17:34 and Nate Rehkopf in 40th place at that time. Both Knights improved their best time by 25 seconds each.
Grant Alef (18:14), Jake Ginther (18:15) and Tommy Whittaker (18:19) took up 62nd through 64th place.
Ahead for the Knights is their usual late-September trip to the Rock River Run hosted by Sterling on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 a.m.
Kaneland ties rival Rochelle in storm
KANELANDâ€”The young Knights took care of visiting Morris on Thursday by a final of 3-0.
The lone first-half goal was managed by Anders Winquist-Bailey with 28:58 remaining, thanks to an Alex Gil assist. Six minutes, 45 seconds into the second half, Anthony Parillo put the ball in the net after J.P. Minogue fed him the ball. The scoring closed with a Gil goal with 18:23, left against the Redskins.
Against the visiting Rochelle Hubs, a scoreless tie was stopped with 35:51 remaining in the contest due to torrential rainstorms in the Kaneland area.
Kaneland sits at 4-4-1 on the season and 1-1 in the new Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.
KHS gets ready to take on host Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 23, and visiting Sycamore on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
The JV ranks continue to work wonders with a 2-0 win over Morris and a 4-1 win over Somonauk on Saturday.
Photo: There was some shoving during a goal kick in the first half of the Kaneland varsity soccer match against Rochelle on Tuesday. The official game was called early because of severe weather, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Photo by John DiDonna
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”When it comes to Northern Illinois Big XII play, the Lady Knights volleyball club plays against its share of tough competition.
See: DeKalb and Sycamore.
Hosting two former Western Sun Conference schools this past week, Kaneland lost in two straight games on Tuesday to Sycamore, 25-19, 25-11, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 25-6, 25-18 clip.
KHS saw its mark slip to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in NIB-12 play.
Against the vaunted Lady Spartans, Katy Dudzinski had six kills, and Taylor Bradbury had five assists.
Teammates Kylie Siebert had eight digs and an ace, while Jess Lubic added five assists and two digs.
Sycamore went out to an 18-8 lead in the first game, but with steady play and improved communication, the Lady Knights closed to within 22-19 before Sycamore closed the deal.
The Lady Knights saw fortunes unfold almost identically to the second game and fell behind 18-8, but there would be no closing of the margin. Sycamore would close the match on a 6-3 run.
â€œI donâ€™t know if there was a whole lot of difference in game one and game two,â€ KHS coach Todd Weimer said. â€œItâ€™s the same things weâ€™re trying to fix right now. Itâ€™s just about playing smart volleyball. Theyâ€™re very athletic and very skilled but just putting a lot of pressure on themselves.â€
The sophomores lost to Sycamore 25-11, 25-19. The freshmen â€œAâ€ team lost 25-14, 25-22, while the â€œB: team lost 17-25, 25-15, 26-24.
Up next for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Photo: Kaneland senior Jess Lubic moves in for the kill in recent volleyball action. File Photo
Photo gallery below story Knights run over crossover foe Dixon, 55-6 by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”Looks like Kaneland Knights football is putting the rest of its schedule on notice.
The visiting Dixon Dukes certainly noticed.
In the first crossover Northern Illinois Big XII contest for Kaneland, the Knights saw both the offense and defense contribute in a 55-6 win over the visitors.
For KHS, it’s their first 3-0 start since the prolific season of 2006, and for coach Tom Fedderly, that falls largely on one aspect of the game.
â€œItâ€™s all senior leadership,â€ KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. â€œThese kids want to be a good team. Theyâ€™ve been through it. They know what it takes, and theyâ€™ve got a lot of pride.â€
The game featured a running clock due to a 40-point margin, which was achieved on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Sean Carter.
For KHS, it’s the first time a running clock has been accomplished in regular season play since 2006, when KHS beat DeKalb.
â€œOur offensive line did a great job. Joe had a lot of time, and I thought the receivers executed their routes well,â€ Fedderly said.
Kaneland cruised on the strength of Joe Camaliere’s five touchdown passes and 10-for-15, 279-yard day through the air.
The leading rusher was backup QB Ryan Fuchs with 32 yards.
Carter had 77 yards receiving on three catches and two scores, while Blake Serpa had 110 yards recieving.
For Dixon, Preston Lumzy had 114 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
The party started early, before the KHS offense even got the ball. Three holding penalties plagued things at first, but then a failed pitch attempt by Dixon resulted in linebacker Nick Michels scooping up the ball at the 12 and running in for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 1:06 into the game.
â€œWhen the fumble happened, (Taylor) Andrews came up and made a hit. I saw the ball pop out, hesitated a little bit, and picked it up,â€ Michels said.
Dixon had another sustained drive but had to punt, leading to Camaliere hitting Blake Serpa for a 63-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 6:31 to go in the first.
The first quarter scoring ended on a 38-yard slot pass to Quinn Buschbacher with 2:59 to go to make it 21-0.
In the second quarter, Serpa scored on an 11-yard TD run for a 28-0 lead with 8:38 to go in the half. Dixon’s Lumzy broke into the scoring column with a two-yard scamper with 4:58 to go to make it 28-6 with 4:58 to go, and Camaliere’s 45-yard scoring pass to Carter 32 seconds later made it 35-6. The first half scoring concluded with a 47-yard strike to Serpa with 1:21 to go to make it 41-6 at the half.
After the clock-busting Carter touchdown, Fuchs closed the scoring out with a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:28 to go in the third.
In the earlier sophomore contest, Kaneland won 42-6.
Kaneland goes for a fourth straight win against the NIB-12 West school LaSalle-Peru on Friday, Sept. 17.
Top photo: Knight Tyler Callaghan (6) stifles Dixon Dukes RB Preston Lumzy during Fridayâ€™s 55-6 win in Maple Park. Photo by Ryan Wells
WAUCONDAâ€”Still working to get a full lineup from injuries and illness, the Lady Knights cross country team went north and saw some individual fortunes turn that way, as well.
The Wauconda Invitational had Kaneland field a select group of varsity and JV runners. Team-wise in the F/S race, Lake Forest took the meet with 59 points, followed by Cary-Grove (89) and West Chicago (140).
Sophomore Ashley Castellanos finished fourth overall in the frosh/soph race with a time of 17 minutes, two seconds, beating Lake Forestâ€™s Lisa Bennatan by five seconds.
In ninth place, Abby Dodis finished the course in 17:20.
Anna Piazza took 40th with a time of 18:36. Teammate Morgan Modaff took 107th with a time of 20:13.
Varsity action saw Crystal Lake Central win the meet with 48 points.
The top runner for Kaneland was Shaela Collins at 22:37, good for 102nd place out of 172 runners.
Coming up for KHS girls cross country: hosting the Eddington Invite on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Elburn Woods.