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VB nabs 3 wins, starts NIB-12 conference play

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball began the week with a satisfactory performance in Bartlett, and ended with its first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII win.

With a 2-2 showing at the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, and a two-game drubbing of host Morris on Tuesday, Kaneland now sits at 7-6 (1-0 NIB-12).

Kaneland began Saturday with a 25-18, 25-18 loss to Bartlett, but rallied to overtake Dundee-Crown by a final of 25-21, 25-10.

The third match came against Belvidere North and ended with a 27-25, 25-12 loss.

Never separated far from their opponents in the first game, Kaneland never took the lead. Although tied at 25, BN won out, despite strong front line play.

The second game had KHS tied 8-8 at one point, until it fell victim to a 17-3
run to end it.

“We just needed to come out better in that first part,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “We can’t just wait for them to score a bunch of points and catch up. We need to learn to start out each game ahead. It’s still early in the season, and we’re trying to figure out how to fix that.”

In match four, Kaneland solved Larkin of Elgin 25-13, 25-19.

Kylie Siebert had 44 receptions and 43 digs on the day, while Taylor Bradbury added 35 assists and eight aces.

Against Morris, Katy Dudzinski had 10 kills and an ace, while Jess Lubic added six kills, 13 assists and two aces.

Kaneland now hosts DeKalb in conference play on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Grace Fabrizius (14) offers up a serve in Kaneland’s third match of Saturday’s Bartlett Tournament, a 27-25, 25-12 loss to Belvidere North. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS tennis has unbeaten week

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If tennis fans were wondering how the current talent on the roster would come together and produce on the courts, it’s been good so far.

Going 2-0-1 in dual meet competition this week, the Lady Knights improved to 5-3-1. On Tuesday, Kaneland swept host Morris in Northern Illinois Big XII action 5-0. Thursday had the Lady Knights edge visiting Rochelle 3-2, and a historically disappointing rivalry with host Rosary on Monday ended in a 3-3 deadlock.

Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski won their matches in straight sets on Tuesday, as did the doubles units of Madi Limbrick/Maria Rossi, Caiti Ellefsen/Megan Hanlon and Maddy McMullen/Stephanie Rosenwinkel.

“I really had to focus on my cross-court and down-the-line shots,” Jurcenko said on Tuesday. “I made sure I got my first serves in.”

Jurcenko also likes the way the team is headed.

“We lost eight girls last year. Bringing in a whole new doubles lineup and going to a new conference could have hurt us. At this point in time, everyone is getting into their groove,” Jurcenko said.

Against the Royals, Jurcenko, Napiorkowski and the team of Sam Williams/Jordyn Withey took home straight-set wins.

The singles crew took a sweep of the Hubs, while McMullen/Rosenwinkel and Williams/Withey won their doubles match.

Coming up for Kaneland is a home matchup vs. Bartlett on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Junior Maria Rossi gets ready to return the favor during a 6-3, 6-2 doubles win for herself and junior Madi Limbrick on Tuesday in Morris. Photo by Mike Slodki

Holm, juniors spur Kaneland boys XC

PEORIA—Whatever the fortunes of the Kaneland High School boys cross country team this season, the Knights have a gelling core that will give those fortunes a fighting chance.

At cross-country hub Detweiler Park in Peoria, Kaneland finished eighth out of 36 teams at the Woodruff Invite.

With 321 points, KHS outlasted Aurora Central Catholic, which had 341 points. Just ahead of KHS was Woodstock at 313 points.

The top three squads were Normal U-High at 64 points, Burlington High School of Iowa at 151 points, and Yorkville at 163.

Kaneland anchor Trevor Holm showed what he was capable of with an eighth-place finish at 15 minutes, 30 seconds, just five seconds shy of a school record.

In 58th place was Clayton Brundige at 16:29, a personal best by 30 seconds. Teammate Nate Rehkopf took 74th with a time of 16:42.

With a 16:49 effort, Grant Alef took 81st place.

More PR times came Kaneland’s way thanks to Jake Ginther in 108th place (17:16), Tommy Whittaker in 130th (17:35) and Devin Swearingen in 137th (17:40).

“We are a slow starting team looking to build some momentum these next 3-4 weeks,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “It’s going to be a very formidable challenge, battling in the new NIB-12, and through the State series. We have confidence in or boys and the direction we’re heading.”

The direction the Knights are headed is toward Saturday, Sept. 18, and the annual Eddington Invite event at Elburn Woods.

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

KHS soccer holds off IMSA, suffers two L’s

KANELAND—When it comes to soccer, the match often comes down to a strong finish.

In that respect, it appears Kaneland soccer is still trying to find its soccer legs.

Although the Knights did squeeze in a win between two setbacks this past week, the KHS crew sits at 3-4 in 2010.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, had the Knights lose to Hinckley-Big Rock along Route 30 by a 1-0 final.

Thursday had host Kaneland solve the IMSA Titans in a 3-2 affair, and on Tuesday, visiting DeKalb beat the Knights 4-0 in the first ever Northern Illinois Big XII meeting for the two schools.

The Royals broke a scoreless tie in the second half, as the Knights saw an injury to starting goalkeeper J.P. Minogue.

Thursday’s win opened the scoring gates and had Kaneland expand a 1-0 halftime lead with two goals in the second 40 minutes. Derek White had two goals, while Kushstrim Ismali supplied the other.

Against the Barbs, KHS gave up three first-half goals to fall behind.

Ahead for the Knights is a battle at Morris on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Knights’ high gear offense shines at Huntley, 40-12

by Mike Slodki
HUNTLEY—That wasn’t powerful wind gusts fans felt on Friday at Huntley High School.

That was a Kaneland football squad successfully exacting gridiron revenge on the Red Raiders for last year’s week two loss.

The residual effects of the Knights’ offense and defense working on all cylinders was a 40-12 handling of the Huntley Red Raiders.

For the first time since 2006, the Knights have begun the season 2-0.

Successfully negating the 17-14 week two loss from Sept. 4, 2009, in Maple Park, Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly won’t need to worry about this non-conference clash being one that got away.

“The main thing we concentrated on was trying to improve our mistakes from last week,” Fedderly said. “The guys really took it to heart. We practiced really hard this week, and we had a lot of pride in wanting to have a good first half.”

Kaneland outpaced Huntley in total yards, 347-239, and put up 15 first downs compared to Huntley’s eight.

For KHS, Joe Camiliere was 8-for-12 for 144 yards through the air and two scoring strikes. The senior also rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

After a two-yard Blake Serpa touchdown run with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter to go up 7-0, Camiliere felt the Knights were on the right track.

“We wanted to get going early,” Camaliere said. “We only made one mistake and had a lot of things open. We did a great job of executing.”

In the second quarter, KHS completed a five-play, 52-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Davidson from Camiliere, who rolled out of pocket. The score with 10:51 to go in the half made it 14-0.

With Huntley still struggling to get things going, Kaneland took over, and on the third play of the drive, got a seven-yard run up the middle for a Camiliere touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 8:04 to go in the second quarter.

After another three-and-out for Huntley, Camiliere went down the Knight sideline for a 42-yard TD run with 5:41 to go for a 27-0 lead that went into halftime.

Taylor Andrews
Knights LB Taylor Andrews did his part on both sides of the ball, but it was an instance on defense that sunk the hopes of the Red Raiders on Friday. Down by four scores, Huntley QB Tim Lycos tried to take the team’s fortunes into his own hands, but late in the second quarter, fumbled. Andrews pounced on the ball at his own 13, which sent the Knights into the half on a high note.

In the third quarter, the Knights got a 52-yard touchdown pass from Camiliere to Taylor Andrews (two catches, 65 yards) in stride for a 34-0 lead with 9:10 to go.

After a Tim Lycos to James Davis 43-yard scoring pass with 7:22 to go in the frame, Huntley closed to within 34-6, but Camaliere scored on a 28-yard run after a fake exchange with 5:12 to go in the third to make it 40-6. Huntley’s last score came on a Lycos run from the two-yard line with 8:22 remaining in the game.

The sophomores lost to Huntley, 30-29.

Kaneland battles visiting Dixon on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

For the Knights, this will mark the first game in Northern Illinois Big XII history with a crossover opponent.

The Dukes come into the contest at KHS with an 0-2 mark. Dixon lost to host Rock Island Alleman by a 49-14 clip on Friday. The Dukes finished 2-7 a year ago as a member of the NCIC, and last made it to the postseason in 2006.

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 2 0 99 28
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 2 0 90 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 2 0 77 34
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 0 64 6
DeKalb High School 0 0 2 0 48 35
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 1 41 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 2 0 91 21
Sterling High School 0 0 2 0 41 29
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 1 1 64 28
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 1 1 28 62
Dixon High School 0 0 0 2 27 83
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 2 6 82

Top photo: Knight Joe Camiliere (12) lets nothing get in his way en route to a long touchdown run during Friday’s 40-12 win at Huntley. Photo by John Di Donna

Lady Knights volleyball plows through H-BR, Geneseo

KANELAND—The Lady Knights improved to 4-4 in the early outset of the season after a 25-13, 25-10 sweep of the host Lady Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, followed by an Northern Illinois Big XII crossover with visiting Geneseo. The Lady Knights beat the Maple Leafs 25-27, 25-15, 25-22.

Against H-BR, Katy Dudzinski had 14 kills, two aces and five digs. Teammate Jess Lubic added 17 assists, four digs and three kills.

Malory Groen had five kill,s and Kylie Siebert added 12 digs and three aces.

The sophomores beat the Lady Royals 25-10, 25-14.

The freshman squad won by a final of 25-13, 25-16.

Against Geneseo, the Lady Knights got 13 kills and two blocks from Dudzinski, and a 10 kill, 21 assist, three block effort from Lubic.

Asset Taylor Bradbury had 13 assists and two aces. Siebert added 18 digs, two aces and 16 receptions.

Sophomore action on Saturday saw KHS win 25-14, 25-10, and the freshmen handled their match 25-14, 8-25, 25-13.

The Lady Knights storm into the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11.

KHS girls XC has productive week

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Through two meets this week, the only thing able to stop the Lady Knights cross-country crew is sickness.

Saturday had the Lady Knights tackle the Oregon Invite, while Tuesday had Kaneland host East Aurora and Yorkville with only one regular varsity competitor to its name.

On Saturday along Route 64, no team scores were kept, but senior Andie Strang powered through the three-mile terrain in windy conditions with a 19 minute, 58 second effort.

Sophomore Abby Dodis finished third overall at 20:43. Freshman Sydney Strang took sixth overall at 20:57, and Ashley Castellanos took eighth at 21 minutes.

On Tuesday, Kaneland won the meet with a 25 score, followed by Yorkville with 45 and East Aurora with 74.

Castellanos won the course with a 22:52 time, and was glad to help the team, despite being hampered by the elements.

“I’m actually struggling with allergies,” Castellanos said. “It’s really tough not having the girls that are out to run with. I’m not used to it.”

Teammate Shaela Collins finished second at 22:59. Carolina Tovar took sixth with a time of 23:59, and Ariana Espino finished seventh at that same time.

Photo: Shaela Collins of KHS girls cross-country takes to the Elburn Woods course during a 22:59 effort on Tuesday against East Aurora and Yorkville. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

Boys Cross Country outpaces rivals

ELBURN—On Tuesday, the Knights cross-country team built a nice block toward eventual success this season.

They built it on the strength of their feet.

Hosting Yorkville and East Aurora at Elburn Woods, the Knights’ 24 points outdid the efforts of the Foxes (58) and East Aurora (78).

“It’s very early in our campaign, but we like what we see, and hopefully our depth will begin to shine as the calendar switches to October,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

The charge was led by Trevor Holm with a 16 minute, 43 second time. Teammate Clayton Brundige finished third at 17:49. Nate Rehkopf, with a 17:51 mark, finished fifth and Kaneland’s John Meisinger took seventh at 18:20.

Kaneland travels to Peoria Woodruff for an invite on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Photo: It may have been close in pockets of the race, but Kaneland’s Nate Rehkopf flew to a 34-point margin of victory against Yorkville and a 54-point gap over East Aurora on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

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.

Tennis serves defeat to two foes

KANELAND—Not a bad week for Lady Knights tennis.

A better than average week has KHS at 3-3 in dual meet competition.

On Thursday, Kaneland hosted the larger DuPage Valley Conference school Glenbard North on Friday and won 4-2. On Thursday, Kaneland took care of host Minooka by a 5-2 final.

Against the Panthers, No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko beat Nicole Durante 6-1, 6-0, while No. 2 singles player Amelia Napiorkowski beat Elizabeth Bierman 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles action, No. 2 tandem Maddy McMullen and Stephanie Rosenwinkel beat Gretchen Nichols and Erin Abell 6-1, 6-3. No. 3 team Caiti Ellefsen and Jordyn Withey came away with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Nikki Riscassa and Emily Laurila.

Against Minooka, Jurcenko (6-2, 6-0), Napiorkowski (6-0, 6-1) and No. 3 Nikki LeBlanc (6-0, 6-2) emerged victorious, while Ellefson and Megan Hanlon at No. 2 doubles took the win in a 6-7, 6-3, 7-3 win.

On Tuesday, the Lady Knights lost to IMSA by a 5-2 final, with Napiorkowski picking up a 7-6, 6-4 win and McMullen/Rosenwinkel winning at No. 3 doubles.

Kaneland’s next dual challenge is on Thursday, Sept. 8, against the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs.

Knights fall to 2-2 on pitch

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While the Kaneland High School soccer roster would rather leave the loss from Saturday against the DeKalb Barbs behind, they can take something with them—the fact that Kaneland will meet DeKalb later on and try to even the score.

Saturday saw Kaneland lose to DeKalb in the third-place game of the Rocket Invite at Burlington Central High School by a 3-1 tally.

Coupled with a 3-0 loss to Burlington Central on Thursday, the Knights now sit at 2-2 four matches into 2010.

After a Joe Ferguson goal in the first half gave the Barbs a 1-0 lead, Kaneland came back on a goal by midfielder Thanasi Pesmajoglou to even matters with 11:23 left.

However, less than 60 seconds elapsed before Ferguson scored again to take a 2-1 lead.

Ferguson completed the hat trick on a penalty kick.

“We had many, many opportunities,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We didn’t capitalize on them. We had them in the second half with the wind, and we just couldn’t do it. I thought we played much better today than we did on Thursday.”

Against the Rockets, Kaneland gave up one goal in the first 40 minutes, and two in the second half.

South Elgin defeated BC 4-0 in the final matchup on Saturday.

For the Knights, they will try to start a positive streak on Thursday, Sept. 9, vs. IMSA.

Photo: Anthony Parillo (2) looks for a path through DeKalb during Saturday’s 3-1 setback at Burlington Central.
Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneville Crush tryouts

Kaneville Crush will have tryouts for 2011.

They will play a 16-game regular season schedule in the KCBL.

Tryouts will be held at the Kaneville East Pony field on Saturday, Sept.11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Boys must turn 14 after April 30, 2011, to compete.

Fee will be around $300.

Any questions, contact Steve Gaulin (847) 561-8775.

Elburn Express tryouts

Elburn Express is holding baseball tryouts for its 11U team.

The tryouts will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m.

The tryout is scheduled for McNair Field, and the Express requests arrival 15 minutes prior to start time.

For additional information or questions, contact David Dudzinski at (630) 244-6632.

Advantage—Kaneland

Kaneland holds off host Rockets in opener, 37-22
by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—When it comes to season openers, Kaneland can’t think of a better way to begin the football season.

In fact, the Knights haven’t been able to think of a better way to start things for six straight years.

The team offered a glimpse of what might be down the line, but was played evenly for much of the contest. While giving up the occasional big play, the Knights took advantage of opportunities presented on both sides of the ball.

“We put the challenge to the guys in the second half that we have to answer the call and can’t be a team that hurts ourselves,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We played better in the second half.”

Third-year signal caller Joe Camaliere had more incompletions than caught passes, going 15-for-32 for 114 yards, but threw for three touchdowns along with one pick.

The senior was also the leading rusher for the squad, rushing seven times for 69 yards and a score.

WR Quinn Buschbacher caught four passes for 24 yards.

“I had a couple drops, but I just tried to get back in there and help the team as best I could,” Buschbacher said.

The junior also had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back in the third quarter.

“That’s just football. Hopefully, I can get another one next week,” Buschbacher said.

Rocket standout Tre Llanes rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries for a touchdown.

Senior Tim Maroder, who switched to running back after two years at QB, suffered a knee injury on a screen pass in the first quarter and is projected to be lost for the season.

The first real scoring opportunity came for the Knights after a punt snap went over Chandler Crary’s head and was pounced on at the Rocket 4-yard line. Three plays later, Taylor Andrews caught a pass in the left corner of the end zone six seconds into the second quarter.

With 2:41 remaining in the half, BC’s punt snap went airborne and out the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 KHS lead. Kaneland added to that on a six-play, 40-yard drive after the free kick, thanks to Sean Carter’s 11-yard TD catch on the left side of the endzone with 2:05 to go making it 16-0.

KHS WR Sean Carter
PLAY OF THE KNIGHT: Knights WR Sean Carter didn’t wait for a welcome to varsity action. He broke the door down. On a third-and-10 from the BC 26-yard line in the second quarter, and KHS muddling through three of four incompletions, Carter caught a pass and raced to the sidelines for a 15-yard gain. The next play had Carter catch an 11-yard TD pass to give KHS a 16-0 lead with 2:05 left in the first half.

Kaneland’s three fourth-quarter touchdowns came on a six-yard strike to Kyle Davidson with 11:51 to go making it 23-8, a Camaliere sneak with 7:00 to go making it 30-16, and a Blake Serpa touchdown run with 1:49 to go to cement the 15-point margin.

The sophomores emerged victorious over the Rockets with a 37-21 win over BC.

Kaneland battles host Huntley on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:15 p.m.

A year ago, Kaneland lost to the Red Raiders 17-14.

Kaneland and Huntley were conference mates as recently as the 1960s, as part of the Little Eight Conference.

Huntley, currently residing in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, is coming off of a 44-34 loss to Wauconda on Friday.

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 1 0 42 7
Sterling High School 0 0 1 0 20 10
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 0 1 21 28
Dixon High School 0 0 0 1 13 34
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 0 1 7 42
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 1 6 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 1 0 57 12
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 1 0 49 6
Yorkville High School 0 0 1 0 41 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 1 0 37 22
DeKalb High School 0 0 1 0 28 21
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 0 21 14

Top photo: Knight Curtis Secrest (16) separates Rocket QB Ryan Ritchie from the ball in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 37-22 season-opening win for Kaneland. Photo by Ben Draper

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Tennis overcomes early struggles

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—A busy week for Lady Knights tennis had key players show progress.

Against the visiting Marengo Lady Indians on Thursday, KHS pulled out a 4-3 win that came down to the final doubles match of the evening.

With a 6-1, 6-7, 10-5 win, Sierra Cruz and Nikki LeBlanc took care of business and allowed Kaneland the slim team win.

The No. 1 team of Stephanie Rosenwinkel and Maria Rossi lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. No. 2 tandem of Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon lost a 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 affair, and No. 3 squad of Sam Williams and Jordan Withey lost a 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 matchup.

The singles battles had No. 1 competitor Lindsay Jurcenko win 6-3, 6-0, followed by No. 2 Amelia Napiorkowski’s 6-3, 6-2 win. No. 3 entry Madi Limbrick emerged with a 7-6, 7-5 win.

Wednesday saw Wheaton Academy come into Maple Park and sweep the Lady Knights in a 5-0 rout.

Saturday had Kaneland finish second at the Plainfield North Invite as a team behind Lemont. Jurcenko and Napiorkowski took their brackets, and Ellefsen/Hanlon finished second in No. 2 doubles.

‘I think the season’s going good so far,” Napiorkowski said on Saturday. “I’ve been on varsity for a year, so I try to use that experience.”

On Tuesday along Spartan Trail, the Lady Knights lost a 3-2 matchup despite wins from Napiorowski and the Rosenwinkel/Maddy McMullen team.

KHS is at Minooka on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Lady Knight Lindsay Jurcenko takes her swings during Saturday’s Plainfield North Invite in which she emerged queen of her bracket. Photo by Mike Slodki

Knight soccer finds its footing early

BURLINGTON—While not entirely sure of what the remaining seven weeks of the regular season will bring, the KHS soccer squad is doing well so far.

Hitting the Rocket Invite at Burlington Central High School on Tuesday, Kaneland played its first match in seven days and stopped Yorkville by a 5-1 final.

Nine minutes, 18 seconds into the matchup with the Foxes, the Knights got a goal from Alex Gil on a feed from Anders Winquist-Bailey.

With 27:12 to go in the first, Derek White put the ball in the net on an assist from Chad Swieca. The first-half scoring concluded with a Jordan Escobedo goal, thanks to an Anthony Parillo assist, with 22:16 left.

With the second half under way and KHS holding onto a 3-1 advantage, Gil scored again with a Thanasi Pesmajoglou assist with 33:42 to go to make it 4-1, and Winquist-Bailey put the final score in the net with a Pesmajoglou assist with 51 seconds remaining.

Earlier in the week, the F/S squad lost to Burlington Central by a 4-1 score on Thursday.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Knights continue their Rocket Invite journey against host BC at 6:30 p.m. The Knights square off against either DeKalb, St. Francis of Wheaton or South Elgin on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Boys XC takes care of area foes

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—Tuesday’s opening meet for the Kaneland boys cross-country roster seemed to serve two purposes.

The muggy afternoon skirmish with visiting Wheaton Academy and West Chicago provided a winning experience, as well as a learning experience.

The varsity rankings had KHS win with 27 points, compared to the Wildcats’ 37 and the Warriors’ 70.

However, toward the final leg of the three-mile race, Knight asset Trevor Holm was outpaced by West Chicago’s Gunnar Sterne, who beat Holm by seven seconds at 16 minutes, 46 seconds.

“Holm ran a good race, just outkicked by a better runner at this point. Lessons should be learned every week. He’ll be tougher for it,” Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said.

The next four KHS finishers were separated by 44 seconds. Clayton Brundige finished fourth at 18:11, Grant Alef finished sixth at 18:31, Nate Rehkopf finished seventh at 18:51. Jake Ginther took eighth at 18:55.

Alef was pleased as far as first meets go.

“I think it was a pretty good meet overall,” Alef said. “We definitely still have work to do and have a lot of room for improvement.”

On the JV side, Kaneland beat West Chicago, 15-72.

The race was highlighted by John Meisinger’s 14:34 on the 2.4-mile course, and Luis Acosta’s 15:05.

Future action for the Knights include a home matchup at Elburn Woods with East Aurora and Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: It’s a pack of Knights at Tuesday’s Elburn Woods encounter with West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.
Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneland volleyball digs to 2-4 beginning

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If the Wheaton North Volleyball Classic would serve as an accurate barometer for how the Lady Knights volleyball team is doing, it looks like there’s progress, with more progress needing to be made for a successful campaign.

Despite the 2-3 record to begin 2010, Kaneland finished fourth out of 12 squads.

With Katy Dudzinski and Jess Lubic making the All-Tournament team, the Lady Knights lost their opening match to last year’s champ Oak Forest on Aug. 25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-18, and came back to beat Buffalo Grove later that night 26-24, 25-21.

Kaneland earned their one win on Saturday against Oak Forest, winning 20-25, 25-20, 25-23. The Lady Knights then succumbed to St. Viator by a 25-8, 25-22 margin.

Against the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West, the Lady Knights lost 25-18, 25-16.

Post-tournament action had KHS losing to visiting Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 28-26, 25-22.

In meeting one vs. Oak Forest, an overzealous attack led to many balls going beyond the lines.

Kaneland was down 14-6 in the first game before closing to within 20-18 before Oak Forest pulled away.

Front line play from Lubic keyed a 19-6 lead in game two that led to the eventual eight-point win.

“What we saw in game two was very cool and very promising. We really haven’t fully unloaded yet,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said.

The Lady Knights fell behind by as much as 21-9 before the final loss.

Lubic had 12 kills and 28 assists, while Dudzinski added 17 kills and four aces.

In the win over the Bison, Lyndi Scholl had nine kills.

On Saturday, Dudzinski had 31 kills against Oak Forest. Against the Lions of Arlington Heights, Lubic had 37 assists and four aces, while Kylie Siebert had 24 digs against the Hilltoppers.

Taylor Bradbury had eight assists and an ace while Lubic had seven kills, 12 assists and 12 aces.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a visit to Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Despite five kills and one ace from Katy Dudzinski (right), KHS fell to rival Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 26-28, 25-22. Photo by Ben Draper

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.

Lady Knights XC runs to 1st place

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—It was anything but lonely at the top for Kaneland High school girls cross country.

With five of the top nine runners, Kaneland powered through for a win over West Chicago and Wheaton Academy at Elburn Woods on Tuesday. The Lady Knights had 19 points, compared to 38 for WC and 85 for WA.

Leading the course was senior Andie Strang at 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Shortly behind her was her sister, freshman Sydney Strang just two seconds behind.

Abby Dodis was third at 16:54.

“I was especially happy with Abby’s race today,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “This was a good confidence builder for her.”

The sophomore beat her closest competitor by seven seconds.

“I feel like it’s a good first step. We’ve been working on staying in groups in practice, staying together and pushing each other,” Dodis said.

Kris Bowen finished fifth with a time of 17:12.

Next up for Kaneland is the annual Oregon Invite on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9:15 a.m.

Photo: Ashley Castellanos finished 8th overall Tuesday. photo by Mike Slodki

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

Knights get 4-0 kick in opening win over Marengo

by Mike Slodki
MARENGO—It was a tale of two halves for Kaneland High School soccer in its opening match.

At the home of the Marengo Indians, the ending couldn’t have been written any better by a famous British author.

After a scoreless first 40 minutes of action, Kaneland erupted for four goals in the final section for a 4-0 win on Tuesday, beginning the season at 1-0.

“They dominated play in the second half,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We lucked out actually, (Marengo) hit the post a couple of times in the first half. In the second half, we started playing the way we’ve trained to play, which is a few touches, pass the ball, switch the fields, communicate and get the passing lanes open.”

The scoring column opened with midfielder Alex Gil scoring a goal just two minutes, 22 seconds into the second half for a 1-0 lead. Parillo’s son Anthony scored with 23:33 left on a rebound try after Gil’s shot hit the top of the goal.

The third goal came three minutes and one second later, with Chad Swieca scoring on a breakaway. The final deficit was cemented with a goal by Tyler Siebert coming with 16:22 to play.

All the while, goalkeeper J.P. Minogue kept his cool and kept shots away, even in a hotly contested first half.

“I just try and forget about those, forget what happened,” Minogue said. “Just try to keep playing on with the game and hopefully good things will happen now and later.”

The next challenge for soccer is not until Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the annual Burlington Central Invite. The Knights face Yorkville at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: Knight defender Sam Rymarz sends the ball on its way during Monday’s 4-0 shutout in Marengo. The Knights (1-0) used four goals in 21:16. Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneland Knights at Burlington Central Rockets

Friday, Aug. 27
7:30 p.m.

• On Aug. 28, 2009,
the Knights handled
the Rockets, 35-0.

• KHS goes for its sixth
straight opening win
against BC.

• A year ago, QB Joe
Camaliere threw for
321 yards and 3 TD’s.

• Last year’s contest
was played under a
clear sky and 65
degrees, a change
from 2006 and 2007,
which were both
delayed by rain.

Mini-stadiums in Geneva

Baseball enthusiast, vintage ball player and historian Bill Rose will display more than 50 miniature baseball stadiums at the Geneva History Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, from noon to 4 p.m.

Rose is a founding member of the Midway Marauders Vintage Base Ball Club, has played three seasons with the Geneva Rovers, and currently plays for the Somonauk Blue Stockings. Rose noted, “I enjoy the history of baseball and the early stadiums shaped the game and the way we played.” Rose will be on hand to answer questions.

In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Geneva History Center’s sports exhibition, Beyond the Score: Moments in Geneva Sports History. For more information, contact Dave Oberg, Executive Director at (630) 232-4951 or via e-mail at Exec_Dir@genevahistorycen-ter.org.

Maple Park hoops arriving

The Maple Park Youth Basketball Program for first- and second-grade boys and girls (Little Dribblers) and third- through eighth-grade girls runs from mid-October through mid-December.

Registration is now open and runs through Friday, Sept.10. Registration is also open for third- through eighth-grade boys, whose season runs from mid-January through mid-March.

Registration for the boys program will end on Friday, Nov. 12. Forms are available at the Maple Park Library and also posted on the Maple Park website.

For more information on sign-up, call Scott Willis at (630) 621-0736.

Grid-Iron Men, too: KHS begins life as NIB-12 school

Photo: Leading up to the first ever Northern Illinois Big XII campaign, the Knights partake in drills in Maple Park. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—With a core of three-year starters and the beginning of a new conference, Kaneland High School football looks to be poised for big things in 2010.

It begins with a select group of players that put the “skill” in skill positions.

“We’re excited about having so many guys back with experience,” fourth-year head coach Tom Fedderly said on Monday. “They paid their dues and we want to see what they can do this year.”

Joe Camaliere returns at quarterback, now in his third-year of playing within the spread offense with a flourish.

The senior comes into the Friday, Aug. 27, opener at Burlington Central having tossed just three interceptions in 2009.

“That all comes down to preparation,” Fedderly said. “Making decisions in the game, and Joe takes a lot of pride in taking care of the ball.”

Camaliere will have a void this year, with two-way player Ryley Bailey off to Wisconsin-Platteville.

“Obviously, Ryley was a huge part of what we did last year. But we have guys working hard this year. We look at all of our skills kids back,” Fedderly said.

Running back Blake Serpa, soon to be a Mid-American Conference weapon at Central Michigan University, returns and figures to shoulder a load of the carries.

At the wideout positions are seniors Taylor Andrews and Tyler Callaghan, providing production, height and talent.

“Cally’s about six-foot-five, Taylor’s about six-foot-three and so is Serpa. It’s nice to see those guys out there. They can block, too. They can do it all,” Fedderly said.

The Knights like their height advantage, and plan to use it to their, well, advantage.

“It really helps,” Fedderly said. “It helps when you have a big target to throw to in a space. It helps Joe a lot.”

Junior Quinn Buschbacher also found productive playing time last year, as well as the end zone, and will be counted on in 2010.

“Curtis Secrest is another kid that’s been working hard. We have a number of guys that can catch the ball,” Fedderly said.

Serpa and Secrest figure to be carrying the ball, but Fedderly and staff are looking at more options on that end.

Fedderly also mentioned the offensive and defensive lines could have a younger slant and will be open to competition.

Callaghan and Andrews will get time in at linebacker, and Secrest will get a look at secondary.

Serpa will handle punting, while Chad Swieca will handle extra points.

The Knights’ roster looks to make a big splash in the new Northern Illinois Big XII conference, and will add East Division-mate Morris, and West Division cousins Dixon and LaSalle-Peru to its slate.

“What we’re really excited about is that all these are all similar programs,” Fedderly said. “So our younger kids are going to be playing against similar situations with programs that play sophomores, whereas other schools we played had upperclassmen. I think it’s going to really even out.”

The last time Kaneland invaded a new conference, in 2006, the Knights won the Western Sun Conference title in a one-loss regular season.

Now, coming back onto the field after a three-loss regular season and an 40-13 opening round playoff loss to Sycamore, the Knights look to improve their end result.

“If we want to be a good team, we need to watch turnovers and cut down on the mental errors. When we won, it was when we took care of the ball,” Fedderly said.

After the opener, the first East Division matchup is at Rochelle on Friday, Sept. 24. The regular season ends on Friday, Oct. 22 against visiting Morris.

Parillo high on soccer prospects for 2010

Photo: Junior Anders Winquist-Bailey’sfootwork will be key to improving Kaneland’s seven-win total from 2009. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While Kaneland soccer fell to a highly talented Antioch team in the 2009 Class 2A regionals, the Knights’ road to progress didn’t end there.

For those that went through the gauntlet of an injury-filled season have another year of experience under their jersey.

Kaneland’s mark of 7-14-1 (2-5 Western Sun Conference) will hopefully be a thing of the past, said coach Scott Parillo.

“We were so young and we’re just as young this year,” Parillo said. “We’ve had more kids come out this year than any other year with 68 kids trying out, which is awesome. We’ve got huge numbers.”

The Knights lost seven seniors to graduation, but the new core looks to serve as a stabilizing force in Maple Park.

Personnel includes Trevor Wolf, Derek White and starting goalkeeper J.P. Minogue. Patrick Bratschun and Alex Weiss make the varsity ranks as seniors for the first time.

While the seniors will be cornerstones, there’s a hidden treasure trove in the junior class.

“As far as juniors, we’ve got Pedro Perez, three-year varsity player; Thanasi Pesamajlou, another three-year varsity player; Alex Dorado and Anders Winquist-Bailey, and we’ve got Jordan Escobedo. It’s a nice group.”

Chad Swieca comes back and highlights the sophomore crew. He’s joined by Alex Gil, who found the net eight times. Alex Koczka, Jason Biddle, Kushtrim Ismaili, Fernando Ramos and Sam Rymarz also lend a foot to the proceedings from the sophomore class.

Meanwhile, Tyler Siebert, Ignacio Toscano and the coach’s son, Anthony Parillo enter the varsity ranks as freshmen.

The Knights invade the pitch on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Burlington Central Rocket Invite against Yorkville.

“It does look like it’s going to be a pretty exciting time for us. With this much youth, we’ll see what happens,” Parillo said.

The initial NIB-12 action, now featuring ten conference matches, kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 14 against DeKalb.

The regular season is set to end on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Sycamore.

Boys XC wish to re-run great ending

Photo: Trent Holm (left) will serve in a senior leadership role for the Kaneland boys cross-country squad. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How does a team that finished fifth in the Class 2A boys cross country race a year ago repeat the appealing end?

With the same preparation and attack, and new personnel to replace the graduates.

“For the most part, everyone is healthy, but we are resting and repairing some pieces to our team,” coach Chad Clarey said.

Out of the 14 to go to State, nine return.

Clarey has some holes to fill, but the senior leadership of Grant Alef, Trevor Holm and Tommy Whittaker provide stability to a team that lost five of its top seven places.

“We return three seniors and each one of them is an All-State athlete in cross-country, track or swimming in 2009.

Holm finished 23rd in State and Clarey likes his trajectory.

“He has had a good summer. He’ll see where the best runners in the state are and compare himself to that,” Clarey said.

Alef was often the fifth runner for the Knights a year ago and was second and fourth in two events for swimming Junior Nationals recently.

“He’s finally on dry land now and ready to run. I think I’ll be a quicker transition for him. He worked his way up through the lineup last year,” Clarey said.

Whittaker, a sprinter by nature, “has groomed himself to be a nice distance runner and had an excellent offseason,” Clarey said.

The junior circuit includes Austin Paulson, Jake Ginther, Kelvin Peterson, Frankie Furco, Clayton Brundige, Stelios Lekkas, John Michek and Nate Rehkopf.

“We’ve got solid juniors and eventually we look for the frosh/soph runners to make their push during the season. Kids that might be in that mix are (sophs) Conor Johnson, Billy Hart, John Meisinger,” Clarey said.

Other sophomores include Nick Messina, Ryan Paulson, Gus Stott, Brad Kigyos, Nicholas Albano, Chris Wido, Brandon Huber and Justin Pollastrini.

Freshmen are Luis Acosta, Ryan Bower, Garrett Patterson, Dylan Kuipers, Phil Cutsinger and Kyle Carter.

A new opportunity for getting back to the postseason promised land also brings a new opportunity for fresh conference foes in the Northern Illinois Big XII.

“When we ran in the old Western Sun Conference, we only finished in the top four one time. It was that talented and Sycamore who was a State champ didn’t even win the conference. Geneseo has a nice nucleus, DeKalb is getting better. I think Yorkville would be the team to beat going into all this,” Clarey said.

The regular season begins on Tuesday, Aug. 31 against West Chicago and Wheaton Academy, while the Eddington Invite takes place on Saturday, Sept. 18. Conference is on Saturday, Oct. 16.