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KHS girls tennis three Oct 2014-1

Emmanouil, Jurcenko among State-best at tennis

Photo: Seniors Jelly Emmanouil of Sugar Grove, Sammie Schrepferman and Madi Jurcenko both of Elburn. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Duo officially 9th in doubles, Schrepferman goes 3-2 with consolation end
KANELAND—The last several years of Kaneland tennis has been an exercise in excellence.

A State presence with several qualifiers each year, KHS was always ready to show what it could on the District 214 courts.

In 2014, doubles qualifiers Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko, and singles qualifier Samantha Schrepferman, showed quite a bit.

Schrepferman went 3-2 on her route through the fifth round of the consolation quarterfinals, while the Lady Knight duo made it all the way to the quarterfinals and went 4-2, finishing ninth after consolation quarterfinals.

“I think every match is different,” Jurcenko said. “You’re going to have different opponents every time, so you have to try to win matches a different way. You play to the match.”

KHS, with 13 total team points, finished in a tie with Highland Park for 16th place, tops in school history. Hinsdale Central (49), Stevenson (40) and Lyons Township (33) were the top three schools. Carmel’s Brienne Minor defeated Hinsdale Central’s Isabella Lorenzini to win the singles title, while Stevenson’s Vinaya Rao and Katherine Harvey beat HC’s Erika Oku and Stephanie Dolehide to win the doubles crown.

In her third State singles competition for Kaneland, Schrepferman (30-6), began with a win over Glenbrook South’s Breck Murphy 6-1, 6-4. In the second round, Schrepferman beat Grant’s Gaby Schoenberg 7-6, 6-4. Third-round action brought the first loss over the three-day affair to Palatine’s Asuka Kawai 6-1, 6-0. Fourth-round consolation bracket action saw a 6-1, 6-1 win over South Elgin’s Lisa Derowski, and the final match, in fifth-round consolation action, saw a 6-0, 6-4 loss to Madison Tattini of Bloomington Central Catholic.

Emmanouil and Jurcenko beat Crystal Lake Central’s Maddie Fox and Carely George 6-0, 6-1 in the first round, and Mt. Zion’s Megan Malgemann and Mara Lebo 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the second.
“I’d say the first win was my favorite one. It was good to get that out of the way,” Jurcenko said.

Third-round action had a tense, three-set win over Whitney Young’s Sloane Williams and Kendall Scruggs in a 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 match. In the fourth round, the Lady Knights disposed of Triad’s Alexis and Kylie McCarthy 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champs Rao and Harvey 6-1, 6-0. In the Rolling Meadows-housed consolation quarters, Williams and Scruggs beat the Lady Knights in a shortened match due to darkness.

The pair of Knight-Dolphin matches during State had their share of disputes over line calls.

“The Whitney Young matches were tough and really emotional. They were interesting matches,” Jurcenko said.

“I think the most noteworthy matches were the two with Whitney Young and the quarterfinal match against Stevenson,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “The Whitney Young matches were difficult on two levels. The girls just didn’t like each other, so as good as all four players are, and as good as the tennis was, it was also an emotional and mental battle on the courts. I would say the win in the third round was an emotional high and the loss in the consolation round was an emotional low for the tournament.”

Play on Thursday in the middle of matches was suspended due to a suspicious package left near the football field, halting play for two hours.

“I really wasn’t surprised at all that they made it that far,” Larsen said. “After watching them play the Sectional tournament, I had said to a couple of people privately that if they could maintain that level of play, it would be hard to imagine anyone beating them. Through all of the distractions, emotions, level of play, time on and off the courts, and the sheer volume of tennis they played over those three days, there were some natural ups and downs on the court, and who could blame them? So, no, I wasn’t surprised, but it was a difficult journey to get there, that’s for sure.”

Tennis

Can’t keep KHS tennis down

Photo: The doubles team of Madi Jurcenko (background) Jelly Emmanouil. File photo.

Second-place finish at St. Charles East Sectional produces two State entries
KANELAND—When you’re in the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots for a tennis team, the expectation is that you’ll maintain a certain level of excellence.

KHS was able to put that excellence on display Friday and Saturday on the St. Charles East campus during the Saints’ sectional. No. 1 singles star Sammie Schrepferman reach, State once again with a runner-up finish, and the Madi Jurcenko/Jelly Emmanouil No. 1 doubles tandem took the sectional crown.

Teamwise, Kaneland’s 20-point total was just one behind Geneva. St. Charles North (18), Wheaton Academy (17) and Batavia and Lake Park (12) rounded out the top five.

Schrepferman, a No. 1 singles star for four years, makes her third appearance at the IHSA State meet, while Jurcenko/Emmanouil enter for the third-straight year as a team. Jurcenko qualified for doubles as a freshman with former Lady Knight Amelia Napiorkowski.

Schrepferman’s semifinal victory was over Geneva’s Grace Krueger, 6-1, 6-1, before dropping to champion Kirby Einck 6-3, 6-0. The senior enters the state tournament with a personal record of 27-4 this fall.

The KHS doubles duo, 31-0 on the year, bested the St. Charles North team of Lianne Anderson and Emma Spellman in the final by a 6-0, 6-0 tally.

The first four-time qualifier in school history, Jurcenko doesn’t rest on her laurels of past postseason play.

“We’re always going to be nervous going in to sectionals or State,” Jurcenko said. “But I think our strongest part of our game is communication.”

“Sectionals ends up being really good practice for what to expect when we are at State,” Emmanuoil said. “I think we’re at the top of our game. Together, we are ready and a good team.”

Schrepferman will face Glenbrook South’s Breck Murphy in the first round out at Palatine High School on Thursday, while at Hoffman Estates High School, Jurcenko/Emmanouil will take on Crystal Lake Central’s Maddie Fox and Carley George. For the first time in school history, Kaneland has a seeded entry at State, with the doubles squad a No. 26 seed overall.

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No stopping the Lady Knights

Photo: Senior Sammie Schrepherman was runner-up at No. 1 singles for Kaneland at the NIB-12 tournament. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Tennis takes non-conference battle with OE, wins NIB-12 weekend
KANELAND—It turns out a sweep on Oct. 8 was a welcome precursor to KHS tennis good fortune.

After a 7-0 win over host Oswego East, the Lady Knights participated in the annual Northern Illinois Big XII conference meet at DeKalb and came away as conference champions.

The title marks the second in a row, after a runner-up finish in 2012.

Kaneland (8-2) used a lot of close finishes to its advantage, with No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman earning second behind Sycamore star Angelina Ye.

No. 1 doubles tandem Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil were crowned champs of their group, along with No. 2 duo Colleen Landers and Steph Karolewicz. No. 3 doubles team Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling were third, as was No. 2 singles entry Brittany Zablocki.

Schrepferman earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ottawa’s Savanna Weitzel and a 6-0, 6-0 win over LaSalle-Peru’s Ali Kutz before losing to Ye in 6-3, 6-0 fashion.

The Kaneland Lady Knights tennis squad repeated as Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Champions Saturday.  Photo submitted by Tim Larsen to bdraper@elburnherald.com
The Kaneland Lady Knights tennis squad repeated as Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Champions Saturday.
Photo submitted by Tim Larsen to bdraper@elburnherald.com

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Zablocki beat L-P’s Olivia Pearson 6-2, 6-7, 7-3 and lost to Sycamore’s Kathryn Sullivan 6-0, 6-1 before beating Geneseo’s Sommer Gagnon 6-1, 6-4 in the third-place match.

Jurcenko/Emmanouil beat the L-P team 6-3, 6-0 and Geneseo’s duo 6-0, 6-0 before laying waste to Morris 6-1, 6-2.

Landers/Karolewicz beat Yorkville’s entry in the semis by a final of 6-2, 6-1 before beating Geneseo 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

Dugan/Wendling outlasted Ottawa in the third place match for No. 3, 6-4, 7-5.

The weekend was actually hosted by Kaneland on the DeKalb grounds along Dresser Road.

Preceding the victorious conference event was a total sweep of the Wolves opponent. Schrepferman, No. 2 singles Brittany Zablocki and No. 3 singles Kayla Corirossi emerged with sweeps, as did the Jurcenko/Emmanouil, Colleen Landers/Steph Karolewicz, Dugan/Wendling and Emily Mirocha/Kaelyn Blazsynki pairings.

“The biggest thing when we scheduled this meet earlier was to get these girls ready for sectionals,” assistant coach Dominic Bruno said. “Our sectionals have switched, but it’s still a good opportunity to prepare for sectionals and hopefully for State.”

Schrepferman still feels she can perform at a higher level, even after the DeKalb gathering and the win over the Wolves.

“I don’t think I played the best. I still played good, but the wind was hard to adjust to,” Schrepferman said. “I’ve figured out what my weaknesses are and what I need to focus on.”

All that remains is the survive-and-advance IHSA sectional at St. Charles East on Saturday, Oct. 18. Kaneland joins squads Bartlett, Batavia, Glenbard North, Geneva, Lake Park, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.

“With the rainout last weekend, we missed the opportunity to see what some of the other (sectional) teams look like,” Larsen said. “I know that Kirby (Geneva) will be the singles player to beat, but with so many girls having graduated since we last went to St Charles for the sectional, we’re going in half-blind. But none-the-less, we feel confident that we can be competitive in this tournament, and we’ll do the best we can to get some positions into that State Tournament.”

Oct. 16 Sports Recap

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Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 8 @ Oswego East—The Lady Knights lost 4-3 at Oswego East. Abby Purnell (8-3) and Ava Mandele (8-5) won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and Mary Collum and Marley Schultz won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 8 @ Byron Invite—The Knights put up a perfect score of 15 to win the open race at Byron. The course was 2.87 miles.
1 A. Gale, 18:03; 2 D. Wojak, 18:29; 3 K. Wells, 18:31; 4 C. Girolamo, 18:34; 5 P. Heiser, 18:36; 6 T. Nance, 19:04; 7 G. Wilk, 19:25; 8 J. O’Sullivan, 19:38; 10 J. Kasap, 20:00; 12 K. Osborne, 21:07; 15 I. Piazza, 22:25; 16 J. Wolfe 22:26; 18 G. Gingrich, 22:49; 21 C. Rutter, 28:35

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 9 vs. Morris—The Knights won 5-0 over Morris. Brian Bartholomew had two goals and an assist, while Jose Chavez had a goal and assist. Diego Ruiz and Brandon Luebke also had goals, and Robbie Nachreiner had two assists for KHS.
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield East—The Knights were down 2-1 to PE with 10 minutes to go in the second half when the Plainfield East coach was given a red card, and the game was left as “undecided.” Christian Medrano scored an unassisted goal for the Knights who are 10-1-2 on the season, 8-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Girls Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 25-13, 23-25, 25-14.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland won 25-21, 25-13.

Girls Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs, DeKalb—The freshman A squad won 25-19, 14-25, 25-16. The B team tied 19-25, 25-20, 21-21.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—The A team won 26-24, 23-25, 25-12, while the B team fell 21-25, 19-25.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 11 @ Sterling Invite—The Lady Knights placed 9th out of 22 teams Saturday. Andrea Wells led the team with a runner-up finish, while Sarah Daley was 12th. There were no team scores kept in the JV open race.
Fr/So results: 2 A. Wells, 19:45; 12 S. Daley, 20:42; 39 G. Dodis, 21:24; 76 K. Huber, 23:04; 99 M. Dries, 24:47; 100 M. Burger, 24:49.
JV Open results: 132 S. Sommerville, 24:17; 155 H. Penkala, 24:53.

Middle School
Cross Country

Oct. 11 @ IESA Sectional—In one of the toughest sectionals int he state, the Kaneland Harter Middle School cross country team saw its girls team qualify for the IESA State Meet by placing third behind Batavia Rotolo and Yorkville. The girls were paced by Rachel Richtman’s 3rd place in 12:03 over two miles. Lesley Viveros placed 10th in 12:28. Both were all-sectional selections. Also running for KHMS were Cassidy Motyka (15th, 12:37), Grace Purcell (19th 12:45), Tessa Brennan (21st 12:48), Erin Ball (22nd 12:51), and Emma Ball (28th 13:11). The boys squad placed fifth as a team, but saw two boys qualify as individuals. Seventh grader Zach Long took 3rd place in 10:59, while Dan Occhipinti placed ninth in 11:14—a personal record by 50 seconds. The state meet takes place at Maxwell Park in Normal, Ill. The girls team will run at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 1:15 p.m.

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Eighth Grade Volleyball

Season recap—The 8th grade girls volleyball team of Kaneland Harter Middle School, coached by Jackie Self, had a successful season in the new Fox River Prairie Conference. This new conference includes St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Yorkville. The A team was 8-3 overall in the regular season, and beat Geneva South, Yorkville, and St. Charles Thompson in the Conference tournament to claim the title of conference champions. The B team was 10-1 overall and claimed the title of defending champs at the Yorkville B tournament. This talented group of girls worked together incredibly well and have many great years ahead in the high school volleyball program.

Seventh Grade Volleyball
Season recap—The Kaneland Harter Middle School 7th grade volleyball A team, coached by Kevin Hagan, was 7-4 overall in the regular season and took 2nd at the conference tournament. The B team ended 4-7 and took third at the Yorkville B tournament.

Kaneland Youth
Football League

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
Kaneland White 31
@ Yorkville Red 6
Kaneland Orange 9
@ Kaneland Black 0
Yorkville Black 26
@ Kaneland Silver 30
9U
Yorkville Black 0
@ Kaneland Black 21
Kaneland White 27
@ Yorkville Red 7
10U
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 20
Kaneland White 13
@ Yorkville Red 27
11U
Kaneland Black 11
@ DeKalb Orange 8 (OT)
Yorkville Red 6
@ Kaneland White 20

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland White 6
Kaneland Orange 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 18
Kaneland Silver 19
@ Burlington White 0
9U
Kaneland Black 31
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 8
@ Burlington Blue 13
10U
Kaneland Black 14
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 6
@ Burlington Blue 27
11U
DeKalb Black 38
@ Kaneland Black 8
Kaneland White 33
@ Yorkville White 6

The following teams have
qualified for the playoffs:

8U White, 8U Silver, 9U Black, 9U White, 10U Black, 11U Black and 11U White.

Compiled by Ben Draper

Oct. 9 sports recap

Boys Freshman Soccer
Oct. 1 @ Burlington Central—The Knights won 1-0. Michael Minoque had 16 saves, and Javier Correa had the goal on a Devin Pieczynski assist.
Oct. 6 @ DeKalb—Pieczynski’s goal and Minoque’s five saves helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie on the road against the Barbs.

Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 1 @ Yorkville—The JV tennis team fell 4-1 against the Lady Foxes. The Lady Knights are 3-1 in conference play.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 1 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—The Knights won 2-0. Diego Ruiz (Brian Bartholomew assist) and Tim Wachter (Brandon Luebke) each had goals.
Oct. 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights rolled 6-2 over the Spartans. John McCaffrey had three goals and an assist, while Bartholomew also had two goals. Ruiz had a goal and an assist, while Robbie Nachreiner and Christian Medrano each had assists. The Knights are 9-1-2 overall, and 6-0-1 in conference play.

Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The A team won 25-21, 25-19, while the B team also won 25-12, 25-8.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—The A team lost 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, while the B team lost 25-23, 20-25, 11-15. The A team is 9-4, 5-1 in conference play, while the B team is 2-9, 1-5.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The Lady Knights won 25-21, 25-19.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—KHS won 25-19, 25-15.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 3 @ Sycamore—The Knights won 20-0 over the Spartans.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Lady Knights won the eight-team meet with 40 points. Boylan was a close second with 46.
3 O. Galor, 21:09; 6. K. Huber, 21:55; 8 G. Drake, 22:12; 9 L. Klingensmith, 22:13; 15 S. Sommerville, 23:27; 18 M. Garcia, 23:38; 26. M. Dries, 24:26; 29 H. Penkala, 24:30.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Knights won the seven-team meet with 37 points, far ahead of runner-up Rockford East’s 66.
2 A. Kantola, 16:50; 3 A. Messina, 17:13; 5 S. Webster, 17:18; 13 H. Nosek, 18:17; 24 P. Heiser, 19:05; 25 D. Wojak, 19:08; 27 T. Nance, 19:14; 29. K. Wells, 19:17; 32. C. Girolamo, 19:29; 35. G. Wilk, 19:34; 38 J. O’Sullivan, 19:50; 80 C. Rutter, 25:22.

NIB-12 tennis tournament moves to DeKalb

KANELAND—Kaneland will still host this year’s Northern Illinois Big 12 conference tournament—it’ll just be at DeKalb High School.

The two-day tournament, beginning Friday morning at 10 a.m. at 501 W. Dresser Road, DeKalb, and resuming Saturday at 8 a.m., was moved early this week from KHS. An email to head coach Tim Larsen asking the reason was not returned in time for press.

A seeding meeting took place at DHS Wednesday evening, but the results were not available prior to press. Head coach Tim Larsen’s crew is the defending conference champion.

“We’re going to be very competitive going in,” he said. “I’ll know more after tonight’s seeding meeting.”

Although the forecast looks clear, in the event of rain, the tournament will be moved to Monday.

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Lady Knights smash Ottawa, compete in Ogle County

Photo: Senior Stephanie Karolewicz and No. 2 doubles partner Colleen Landers won 6-0, 6-4 over Yorkville Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer

KANELAND—If the homestretch of the regular season is any indication of how the Kaneland Lady Knights tennis group handles itself, opponents could be in for a long October.

Last Thursday in Ottawa, the KHS girls took care of their Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent in 6-1 fashion. KHS then came back to compete in the Lady Hub Tennis Invite on Saturday and took first overall. On Tuesday, KHS hosted Yorkville and defeated the Lady Foxes 4-1.

Kaneland is now 7-2 in dual competition.

Against the Ottawa foe, singles wins came as a result of No. 1 Sammie Schrepferman in a 6-1, 6-1 bout, and No. 2 singles entry Brittany Zablocki won a 6-3, 6-2 battle. No. 3 singles entry Kayla Corirossi won her first-ever singles match on the varsity level by taking a 7-6, 6-1 match.

No. 1 doubles unit Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil won a 6-0, 6-2 match, and No. 2 doubles team Colleen Landers and Mallory Dugan followed suit, 6-1, 6-1. To cap, No. 4 doubles team Jessica Poust and Emily Grams won 7-5, 6-2.

Kaneland’s time in Rochelle at the Creason Athletic Complex had an output of 24 team points for the win after topping four of five divisons. Sterling Newman was second with 15, Freeport was third with 14, and DeKalb and Rochelle brought up the rear at 11 each.

Against Yorkville, the Lady Knights saw wins from Schrepferman (6-1, 6-2) at No. 1 singles, and a dominating doubles three-set sweep: Jurcenko/Emmanouil (6-0, 6-0), Landers/Mallory (6-0, 6-0), and Dugan/Wendling (6-0, 6-1).

“This is the perfect season to prove the point that you have to be ready for every match,” head coach Tim Larsen said. “We had a slip-up on that day against Sycamore and they gave us no opportunity to catch up.

“While we won’t finish the regular season in first place, we do have the conference tournament coming up,” he said. “We intend to keep that conference tournament championship trophy right where it is in the KHS hallway.”

On Thursday, Oct. 2, the Lady Knights take on Southwest Prairie Conference opponent Plainfield Central at the Wildcats’ home.

Oct. 2 Sports Recap

Sophomore Football
Sept. 26 @ DeKalb—The Knights defeated the Barbs 25-6. No individual stats were provided.

Boys JV Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Aurora Central Catholic—The boys freshman/sophomore team placed sixth at the Charger Classic in Aurora. Kaneland also had runners compete in the open race, but no team score was kept. Fr/So results: 8: A. Kantola, 16:55; 23: A. Messina, 17:32.4; 28: S. Webster, 17:48.4; 33: H. Nosek, 18:05.6; 58: C. Girolamo, 18:53.7; 69: D. Wojak, 19:14.7; 77: K. Wells, 19:31.7. Open results: 63: P. Heiser, 19:20.7; 97: G. Wilk, 20:11.6; 127: J. O’Sullivan, 21:20.1; 139: Josh Kasap, 22:21.6; 140: G. Gingrich, 22:21.6; 155: J. Wolfe, 23:14.3; 159: K. Osborne, 23:29.1; 180: I. Piazza, 26:42.9; 185: C. Rutter, 29:07.5.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Sterling—With only four runners, the Lady Knights didn’t factor into the scoring at Saturday’s Rock River Run in Sterling, Ill. Results: 6: G. Dodis, 21:20.7; 26; K. Huber, 23:14.9; 61: M. Dries, 26:42.6; M. Burger, 28:38.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 24 vs. Burlington Central—The Rockets shut out the Knights 4-0. Michael Minogue had five saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 20 vs. Mendota—Kaneland won 3-2 over Mendota. Peter Castillo had two goals, and Brian Kemp had one. Assists came from Jon Turyna, Diego Ruiz and Brian Bartholomew.
Sept. 20 vs. Genoa-Kingston—The Knights won in overtime on penalty kicks. The score was tied 1-1. Jose Chavez scored on a Christian Medrano assist. KHS converted all five penalty kicks.
Sept. 23 vs. Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 1-0 on a Chavez goal (Ruiz assist).
Sept. 25 vs. Sterling—The Knights and Warriors tied at 2. Brandon Luebke (Ruiz assist) and Bartholomew (John McCaffrey assist) had the Kaneland goals.
Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa—The Knights defeated Ottawa 4-0. Ruiz (Medrano assist) and Bartholomew (McCaffrey assist) each had a goal, while Medrano (one unassisted and a Chavez assist) scored twice. The Knights are 6-1-2, 4-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 25 vs. Ottawa—The Lady Pirates defeated KHS 4-1. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz was the lone Kaneland winner, defeating their Ottawa oppenents 10-5.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—Kaneland defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-19. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—The KHS freshman A team defeated Yorkville 25-12, 25-19 to move to 4-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 25-23, 25-16 to fall to 0-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—The Lady Knights defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-12. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville narrowly defeated the Lady Knights 25-16, 18-25, 25-23. Kaneland is now 2-2 in conference play.

WCC Womens Soccer
Sept. 24 @ Oakton CC—Waubonsee defeated Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., 2-1 in overtime. Andrea Garcia and Haley Kilbride had the WCC goals, while Kelli Cardine and Elizabeth Goll had the assists. Lisa Gaffino had four saves. WCC had 35 shots on goal, and is 7-2 on the season.

WCC Mens Soccer
Sept. 23 @ McHenry—Waubonsee tied McHenry 1-1. Akim Suraji had a goal from a Ramon Eurioles assist in the second half.
Sept. 28 @ Augustana—WCC earned a win over Augustana 3-2 in Rock Island, Ill. David Renoso (Juan Ponce assist) and David Sanchez both scored in the first half for WCC, while Suraji (Alex Del Toro assist) put in the game-winner in the second half. WCC’s men’s soccer is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 25 @ WWS—Wheaton-Warrenville South defeated the Knights 162-186. Dan Franck led KHS with a 45, and was followed closely by Joey Brandonisio’s 46. Jake Hummel (47), Jacob Milton (48), Michael Petrick (53) Brock Williams (53), Jake Romas (54) and Rhett Espe (55) also competed for the Knights.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 27, 2014

8U
Yorkville Black 6
@ Kaneland White 33
Burlington White 12
@ Kaneland Black 6 (OT)
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland Silver 0
DeKalb Black 0
@ Kaneland Orange 20

9U
Burlington Blue 12
@ Kaneland Black 6
DeKalb Black 14
@ Kaneland White 13

10U
Burlington Blue 22
@ Kaneland Black 8
DeKalb Black 50
@ Kaneland White 32

11U
Burlington Blue 6
@ Kaneland Black 35
Yorkville White 7
@ Kaneland White 42

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Sept. 25 Sports recap

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KHMS Seventh Grade Football
Aug. 27 vs. Batavia Rotolo—Kaneland won 32-8. Max Gagne had three touchdowns, while Joe Smith threw for two TDs and ran for another.
Aug. 30 @ DeKalb Huntley—Kaneland won on the road, defeating Huntley Middle School 14-8. Gagne had two receiving TDs.
Sept. 11 vs. Yorkville—The Knights moved to 3-0 with a 20-8 win over the visiting Foxes. Gagne had two TDs, and Brenden Parks had a defensive TD as well.
Sept. 18 @ St. Charles Haines—Kaneland throttled Haines 42-6. Gagne had three TDs, Colton Doll had a 70 yard TD reception, and Smith threw for three TDs and ran for another. The Knights defense has only given up three touchdowns so far in 2014. Kaneland hosts Geneva Middle School Sept. 25.

KHMS Eighth Grade Football
Aug. 27 @ Batavia Rotolo—The Knights lost to the Rotolo 20-8. Kaneland’s Alstott caught a TD pass and ran in a two-point conversion for the Knights.
Aug. 30 vs. DeKalb Huntley—The Knights got their first win of the season over DeKalb Huntley, 14-6. C. Angelotti’s pass to K. Angelotti got KHMS going, and an Alstott two point conversion made it 8-0 early. A TD pass from McDonald to Denning made (two-point conversion failed) made it 14 for the Knights.
Sept. 11 @ Yorkville—The Knights fell to the Foxes 24-0. The Foxes racked up 211 yards to the Knights’ 69.
Sept. 18 vs. St. Charles Haines—The Knights lost 22-8. Kaneland was behind early 6-0, but a 30-yard pass from McDonald to K. Angelotti, with a good two-point conversion, made it 8-6. Haines would score two more times to seal their victory. The Knights are 1-3 and play St. Charles Wredling on Sept. 29.

Boys Soph. Soccer

Sept. 17 vs. DeKalb—The Knights shut out DeKalb 1-0 on a goal by Jose Chavez. They improved to 3-1-1, and 3-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The freshman A team won 25-10, 25-18 and improved to 2-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 21-25, 19-25 and fell to 0-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The Lady Knights improved to 1-1 in conference play with a 25-14, 25-19 win over Sycamore.

Sophomore Football
Sept. 19 @ Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 21-7. No individual stats were provided.

Girls Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 2 A. Wells 19:36; 27 S. Daley 21:24.6; 45 G. Dodis 22:18.9; 54 A. Shaw 22:46.1; 74 K. Huber 23:34.7; 112 M. Dries, 25:38.5; 148 K. Waweru 29:08.7. OPEN: 26 O. Galor 23:07.4; 35 L. Klingsensmith 23:37.8; 44 S. Sommerville 24:13; 76 H. Penkala 26:34.6.

Boys Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 1 M. Richtman, 16:30.8; 18 A. Kantola, 17:37.2; 44 A. Messina, 18:33.2; 47 S. Webster, 18:36.8; 48 H. Nosek, 18:39.4; 91 C. Girolamo, 19:43; 114 D. Wojak, 20:19.6; 118 K. Wells, 20:22.1; 120 P. Heiser, 20:23.8; 124 G. Wilk, 20:27.9; 135 T. Nance 20:43.9; 178 B. Purcell, 22:00.1; 179 Jack O’Sullivan, 22:13.3; 229 C. Rutter, 27:25.9. OPEN: 101 N. Moses 20:45.2; 123 B. Smith 21:26; 140 Josh Kasap 22:39; 145 J. Wolfe 23:10.4; 150 K. Osborne 23:34.1; 151 A. Parks 23:57.1; 159 E. Cain 24:32.9; 162 I. Piazza 24:48.2.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 22 @ Oswego—The Lady Knights fell 3-4 to visiting Oswego. Abby Purnell and Ava Mandele earned wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while the No. 4 doubles team of Katie Biard and Tiffany Castracion also won.
Sept. 23 vs. LaSalle-Peru—Kaneland defeated visiting L-P 4-1 Tuesday. Nos. 1 and 2 singles Kayla Corirossi and Purnell each won their matches 10-8, while the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz and No. 2 doubles group Mary Collum and Mandele each won their matches 10-3.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 23 @ Marengo—The Knights defeated Marengo 184-215. Dan Franck shot a 43, Luke Calabrese a 44, Jake Pearson a 47, Jacob Milton and Jake Hummel each shot 50’s, and Brock Williams a 56.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 20, 2014

8U
Kaneland White 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Silver 26
@ DeKalb Black 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 19
Kaneland Orange 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

9U
Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

10U
Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

11U
DeKalb Black 33
@ Kaneland Black 16
DeKalb Orange 19
@ Kaneland White 6

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Tennis outlasts Oswego opponent

Photo: Senior Stephanie Karloewicz and her partner at No. 2 doubles, senior Colleen Landers, defeated their Oswego counterparts Tuesday 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Also blanks L-P 5-0
KANELAND—With a much-needed win against the host Oswego Panthers, Kaneland crept further away from the .500 line.

The 4-3 win over the Southwest Prairie Conference program featured strength on the doubles side on Monday, leading into a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover showdown with host LaSalle-Peru on Tuesday, where the Lady Knights dispatched host LaSalle-Peru 5-0.

Kaneland is now 5-2 in head-to-head skirmishes.

The lone singles win for Kaneland on Monday came from No. 1 anchor Sammie Schrepferman, who dominated with a 6-0, 6-0 outing. Kaneland’s three doubles wins came from No. 1 team Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil, 6-0, 6-2, No. 2 unit Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, and a forfeit win from extra doubles team Anna Wendling and Heather Albrecht.

KHS coach Tim Larsen knows Kaneland braved a tight encounter.

“(It was) a close match,” Larsen said. “They didn’t play their best, but pulled together enough points for the win.”

Against the Illinois Valley-housed Cavaliers on Tuesday, Schrepferman won 6-0, 6-0, while No. 2 singles Brittany Zablocki won 6-4, 6-1. The doubles group of Jurcenko/ Emmanouil won 6-0, 6-1, while Landers/ Karolewicz won 6-0, 6-2 and No. 3 doubles Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling won 6-2, 6-0.

Upcoming challenges for the Lady Knights include a Thursday, Sept. 25, trip to Ottawa, and the Lady Hub Tennis Invite in Rochelle, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 27.

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Kaneland tennis nipped by Rosary, Sycamore

Photo: Junior Emily Lutter plays No. 2 singles against IMSA last week. File Photo

KANELAND—Not every week will be a winner for Kaneland High School tennis.

Such was the case this past week, featuring two setbacks to worthy opponents.

Kaneland traveled to Morris and won 5-0 on Tuesday. Monday saw a 4-4 tiebreaker loss to host Rosary in Aurora, and last Thursday witnessed a 3-2 loss to rival Sycamore.

Kaneland is now 3-2 in dual action.

Against Rosary, which was awarded the tiebreaker due to more games won, Kaneland was moved along by a 6-1, 6-1 win by No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman. No. 1 doubles unit Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil took a 6-0, 6-0 matchup. At No. 2 doubles, Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz won a 6-1, 1-6, 10-6 encounter. No. 3 doubles unit Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling won a 7-6, 7-5 challenge.

Tussling with the Spartans, Kaneland’s lone victories came on the doubles edge, with Jurcenko/Emmanouil winning 6-0, 6-1, and Landers/Karolewicz also taking a win.

Despite the close setbacks, KHS coach Tim Larsen is confident and eager about the team’s competitiveness.

“We have fantastic talent with the first six girls in the lineup,” Larsen said. “We also have girls that are developing into really good tennis players. But, we’ve run into a couple of consistency issues with the development of the other girls, and it’s cost us a match or two. Otherwise, I could see us being without a loss. We’ve been very competitive in every match, and I think we will be all season long.”

Facing Morris, Schrepferman won 6-1, 6-0, while junior Brittany Zablocki won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. The doubles teams rolled, as Jurcenko/Emmanouil won 6-0, 6-2; Larnders/Karolewicz 6-3, 6-3; and Dugan/Wendling won 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights hit the usual late September Yorkville Doubles Tournament, folowed by a Monday, Sept. 22, trip to Oswego, and a Tuesday, Sept. 23, jaunt to LaSalle-Peru.

9-18 Sports Recap

Sophomore Football
Sept. 12 vs. Rich Central—The sophomore football team won 40-20. No individual stats were provided.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 15 vs. Sterling—Michael Petrick and Jake Hummel led the Knights with 44’s as Kaneland defeated Sterling 180 to 222. Jake Pearson and Jacob Milton each shot 46, while Luke Calabrese 48, Brock Williams 49, Dan Franck 50 and Joey Brandonisio a 51.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 11 @ Sycamore—The Knights shut out host Sycamore 4-0 behind two goals by Javier Correa. Devon Pieczynski had a goal and an assist. Eric Stoll had a goal and Nick Berland an assist. Michael Minogue stopped all seven shots he faced in goal.
Sept. 12 @ Marmion—The Knights didn’t find the back of the net against the Cadets, losing 5-0. Minogue had 10 saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland trounced Sycamore 7-0. Brian Batholomew (2), Jose Chavez, Brian Kemp, Christian Medrano and Hunter Smith all scored. John McCaffrey, Robbie Nachreiner, Chavez (2) and Diego Ruiz all supplied assists.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland dispatched the Redskins 5-2. KHS goals came from Bartholomew (2), McCaffrey, Medrano and Chavez. Nachreiner supplied two assists. The Knights are 2-1-1, 2-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—The Knights swept all matches against Sycamore, winning 5-0. Kayla Corirossi (6-1, 7-5) and Abby Purnell (6-3, 6-0) supplied the wins on the singles side, while Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schultz (6-2, 6-0), Mary Collum/Ava Mandele (6-0, 6-2) and Katrina McNew/Liz Towell (forfeit) had doubles wins.
Sept. 15 vs. Rosary—Rosary defeated the Lady Knights 6-1. Mandele earned a 10-4 win at No. 2 singles for Kaneland.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland won 5-0 over Morris. Corirossi (11-10, 7-3) and Purcell (10-8) won at singles, while Karolewicz/Schultz (10-5), Collum/Mandele (10-2) and McNew/Towell (10-1) had doubles wins. The JV tennis team is 3-0 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The freshman A team won in three sets, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21, while the B teamlost 19-25, 21-25. No individual stats were provided.
Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The sophomore team won the first game, but fell to DeKalb 25-18, 18-25, 17-25. No individual stats were provided.

WCC Women’s Soccer
Sept. 10 vs. Moraine Valley—Waubonsee beat Moraine Valley 7-1. Kellie Cardine had two goals and an assist, while Andrea Garcia had two goals and Elizabeth Goll had a goal and three assists. Ashley Darlak and Olivia Cozzoni each had a goal, and Mayra Patino and Haley Kilbride each had an assist. Christina Sommerfeld had six saves.
Sept. 13 vs. Trinity Int’l University JV—Waubonsee won 8-2. Cardine had a goal and three assists, Goll had two goals and an assist, Andrea Garcia had two goals and an assist, and Darlak and Savannah Ricker each had a goal. Sommerfeld had eight saves. The WCC women’s soccer team is now 4-1, 1-0 in conference play.

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Tough test vs. IMSA sees Lady Knights prevail

Photo: The Lady Knights tennis team held on to a 4-3 victory over visiting IMSA Tuesday. Senior Sammie Schrepferman had the lone singles win for KHS. Photo by Mary Paulson

MAPLE PARK—Kaneland’s tennis team came out on the right side of a 4-3 match over visiting IMSA Tuesday.

At singles, Kaneland’s lone victory went to senior Sammie Schrepferman, winning 6-1, 6-1 over IMSA’s Renu Varadheeswaran. However, IMSA would get the upperhand in the next two singles matches, with KHS junior Emily Lutter falling 6-1, 4-6, 0-6, and senior Emily Grams losing 0-6, 0-6.

The doubles prevailed for the Lady Knights, as they went 3-1 to secure the victory.

The top tandem of seniors Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko won 6-1, 6-1, while No. 2 duo of seniors Colleen Lander and Stephanie Karolewicz won a close 7-5, 6-4 match.

The No. 3 doubles team of seniors Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling fell to their IMSA counterparts 2-6, 3-6 before the No. 4 team of juniors Katelyn Blazynski and Emily Mirocha sealed the KHS team victory with a 7-5, 7-5 win.

Next up for the KHS tennis team is an away match at Sycamore tonight at 4:30 p.m. before Saturday’s Waubonsie Valley Challenge at 8 a.m.

Photos by Mary Paulson

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Lady Knights tennis gets to work

Photo: Junior Brittany Zablocki defeated Sam Myers-Miller of DeKalb 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday at No. 2 singles.
Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Win over Glenbard N., first at Plainfield North Invite key fast start
KANELAND—Finally swinging into action, Lady Knights tennis got off to the start most in the area believed they could.

On Thursday, 2014 action had its first volley with a 4-1 rain-shortened win over visiting Glenbard North. Kaneland was also able to nab a win at the usual late August stop Plainfield North Invite on Saturday.

Kaneland also battled visiting DeKalb on Tuesday, with a 5-0 victory the result.

Kaneland is now 2-0.

The lone win in the singles set for the Lady Knights came from senior No. 1 entry Sammie Schrepferman, with a 6-0. 6-3 win. Doubles was a sweep for KHS, with No. 1 team Madi Jurcenko/Jelly Emmanouil winning 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 team Colleen Landers/Stephanie Karolewicz winning 6-1, 6-1, and No. 3 unit Mallory Dugan/Anna Wendling winning 6-4, 6-2.

At Plainfield North, the team win was buoyed by the three doubles combos taking first places in their brackets.

The Lady Knights get a week off before a home matchup with IMSA on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

9-4 Sports Recap

Games played 8/27-9/2, 2014
Don’t see your results in the Elburn Herald? Have your coach email them to sports@elburnherald.com or fax them to (630) 365-2251.

Boys F/S Soccer
8-28 vs. DeKalb—The Knights defeated DeKalb 5-0 behind three goals by Zach Farris and two by Nick Berland. Michael Minogue had two saves. Javier Correra, Devin Pieczynski and Alex Rodriguez each had one assist.

Boys JV Soccer
9-2 @ Dundee-Crown—Goals from Brian Kenny and Brandon Luebke were not enough as the Knights fell to Dundee-Crown 6-2 in the JV team’s season-opener.

Girls JV Tennis
9-2 @ DeKalb—Kaneland defeated DeKalb 4-1 to move to 2-0 overall. The Lady Knights got wins from Kayla Corirossi and Taylor Parrott at nos. 1 and 3 singles. The doubles teams of Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schiltz, Mary Collum/Ava Mandele, Liz Towell/Katrina McNew and Jess Bowgren/Katie Biard all earned victories as well.

WCC Women’s Soccer
8-28 vs. Rock Valley—The Chiefs defeated visiting Rock Valley 3-1. Haley Kilbride (Batavia, Rosary) had two goals while Lisa Gaffino (Aurora, Central Catholic) had 11 saves
8-30 @ Joliet JC—The Chiefs routed Joliet Junior College 8-1. Ashley Arlak (St. Charles, East), Andria Garcia (Aurora, East) and Kilbride each had two goals. Daniela Bueno (Aurora, West) and Elizabeth Goll (Plano) also had goals for the Chiefs. Kaneland graduate Anne Marie Giese had an assist.

WCC Men’s Soccer
8-30 vs. Lincoln-Land College—The Chiefs fell 8-0 to open the 2014 season.
8-31 vs. Lincoln College—The Chiefs won 6-0 behind a hat-trick by Akim Suraji (DeKalb) and seven saves by Christian Torres (Oswego).

Boys F/S Soccer
8-28 vs. DeKalb—The Knights defeated DeKalb 5-0 behind three goals by Zach Farris and two by Nick Berland. Michael Minogue had two saves. Javier Correra, Devin Pieczynski and Alex Rodriguez each had one assist.

Kaneland Youth Football League
Saturday, Aug. 30
8U
Kaneland Black: 27
@ DeKalb Black: 0
Kaneland Silver: 7
@ Kaneland White: 25
Kaneland Orange: 0
@ DeKalb Orange 27
9U
Kaneland Black: 31
@ Yorkville Red: 6
Kaneland Black: 12
@ Kaneland White: 25
10U
Kaneland Black: 21
@ Yorkville Red: 0
Kaneland Black: 7
@ Kaneland White: 34
11U
Kaneland Black: 14
@ Yorkville Red: 0
Yorkville Black: 12
@ Kaneland White: 25

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2014 Tennis Preview: Bedrock of success on court

Photo: Senior No. 1 singles player Sammie Schrepferman works through drills at last Thursday’s practice at KHS. Photos by Patti Wilk

Lady Knights tennis brings back leaders, battle for conference supremacy
KANELAND—How does a tennis team try and duplicate a 26th-place team finish at State?

Luckily for seventh-year coach Tim Larsen, he can correspond with those very same athletes on how to do that once again for their senior season.

With No. 1 singles Sammie Schrepferman and No. 1 doubles tandem Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil all set to return for another crack at State, Larsen and company are pumped to improve on a 12-4 record (21-7 the last two years).

Additional seniors making a return to the court include Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz, who saw major time along with classmates Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling.

The returnees, along with a new influx of varsity entries, will have to play up to their usual level in order to repeat as Northern Illinois Big XII champs.

“We have them all, everyone who went to State is back, and there is tons of experience coming back. The middle of my lineup is the same. We had two seniors we lost from the lineup. The junior class is filled with talent. It’s going to be a good year and everyone knows it,” Larsen said.

In his experience, Larsen can tell you that nothing about a good year is automatic.

“The challenge is to make sure there is no letup,” Larsen said. “Some of the strategy of how you play your match, you can’t play flat. The other team might see an opening and get hungrier and play harder,” Larsen said.

Schrepferman comes back for year four, battle-tested and experienced.

“That’s the toughest spot you can play, at No. 1 singles. She sees everybody’s best. There’s not a whole lot that can be thrown at her,” Larsen said. “She plays with a chip on her shoulder.”

Larsen expects a No. 2 slot to be filled with a JV entry from last year.

Jurcenko and Emmanouil come back ready to rock the conference.

“They are a pretty good machine at this point,” Larsen said. “They went to camps again; they really have seen everything. They’ve beaten teams and got beaten by really good teams. When we talk at the fence, any strategy they’ve already thought through.”

Landers/Karolewicz are No. 2 doubles.

“It’s overwhelming; Dugan played No. 3, it’s her spot to lose, but there are probably five juniors playing well enough. It’s going to take a good week to know,” Larsen said. “It might change as we go.”

Heather Albrecht, Katelyn Blaszynski, Emily Lutter are juniors in the mix.

Other returning seniors include Julia Golbeck, Madi Michaels and Jessica Poust.

With the rest of the conference awaiting the Kaneland threat, KHS won’t overlook its rivals.

“Yorkville and Sycamore are schools we have our eye on,” Larsen said. “We know each other and get along pretty well. There’s no coaching tension there. They know what to look for from us. They’ll be right on our heels.”

The season begins on Thursday, Aug. 28, vs. Glenbard North in Maple Park.

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32 Knights earn NIB-12 honors

KANELAND—Kaneland High School announced its fall all-conference athletic honorees Tuesday. In all, 32 Knight athletes were honored by the Northern Illinois Big XII.

• Cross Country
Boys: Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera and Andrew Lesak
Girls: Brianna Bower, Erika Carlson, Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig and Sydney Strang

• Golf: Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar

• Football: Brandon Bishop, Drew David, Cole Carlson, Justin Diddell, Gary Koehring, Joe Komel, Dylan Nauert, Jaumaureo Phillips, John Pruett and Alex Snyder

• Soccer: Arsim Azemi, Anthony Parillo, Tyler Siebert and Chris VanDinther

• Tennis: Jelly Emmanouil, Madi Jurcenko, Stephanie Karolewicz, Colleen Landers and Sammie Schrepferman

• Volleyball: Ellie Dunn and Jenny Lubic

Lady Knight tennis handles itself in Stately fashion

No. 1 singles, doubles talents end up in consolation brackets
KANELAND—No matter if you’re seeded or an underdog, the IHSA State tennis competition, housed at District 214 outlets in the northwest suburbs, stands to provide a wallop of a competitive weekend.

It was as advertised for the Kaneland crew on Thursday and Friday.

No. 1 singles competitor Samantha Schrepferman, in her second go-around in State, went five matches, going 3-2.

No. 1 doubles team of Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko, who secured all-State honors a year ago, went 4-2 before a consolation ouster.

Garnering four points each, the two entries helped Kaneland manage a 26th-place tie with eight points at the State tournament.

“Other than Geneva and Oswego East, we finished in a higher place than all of our opponents from throughout our area, so we feel pretty good about the end of the season,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “Of course we feel like we could have won a couple more matches, but I think at the end of the day, 26th place feels pretty good.”

Overall, it was Hinsdale Central and Lake Forest with 39 points each at the top of the tennis heap, with Naperville Central’s Tiffany Chen taking the singles title, and Kendall Kirsch and Alexxis Kiven of Stevenson were crowned the doubles queens.

Schrepferman began her tour with a matchup against Edwardsville’s Emily Lombardi out at Hoffman Estates and won a 6-0, 6-1 match. Schrepferman then took on Glenbard West’s Carolyn Maltby in the second round, only to lose a three-set tussle in 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 fashion. Moving to the consolation bracket’s second round, Schrepferman beat Tori Lindsay of O’Fallon in 6-4, 6-3 fashion. Schrepferman then beat Champaign Centennial’s Lauren Neitzel by a score of 6-2, 6-4. In her final task, the junior was upended by Rock Island’s Nicole Tyulpa, 6-2, 6-0.

Emmanouil and Jurcenko began the end of their junior year campaign at Buffalo Grove High School against the Lyons Township team of Samantha Sherman and Megan Hickey in which the Lady Knights were felled in a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 affair.

Moving to the consolation bracket, the Kaneland duo rattled off four straight wins in a row, all in two sets each. First, the Lady Knights solved Rachel Kaiser and Sara Stremming of Mattoon, 6-0, 6-0. Next, they beat Audrey Angelos and Anna Rossa of Oak Park-River Forest, 6-1, 6-1. The third-round consolation match featured Kaneland’s team taking Peyton Cole and Natalie Odin of Glenwood, 6-1, 6-3. In the fourth-round, Emmanouil and Jurcenko took care of Kelly Ruane and Maggie Ruane of Providence Catholic, 6-4, 6-3 before having their quest ended by the team of Jennifer Gates and Gabriella Gregorio of Bartlett, 6-3, 6-4, in the consolation’s fifth round.

With the conclusion of the 2013 season arrived, the Lady Knights say goodbye to three seniors: Abby Meyer, Kaylee Shoaff and Stephanie Zwick.

“Next year, those three return, and we have three more juniors from our starting lineup returning, as well,” Larsen said. “There are yet a couple more juniors and some talented sophomores that will carry the team on from here. We’re feeling really good about what the team looks like next year. So it’s the part of the year when we say goodbye to our seniors and enjoy the successes we had this season. Come summer, it’ll be time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work.”

Stringing up for State

Singles entry Schrepferman, doubles tandem Jurcenko/Emmanouil write tickets
AURORA—More of the same has turned out to be a good thing for Kaneland tennis.

Kaneland, based on its second-place team showing at the West Aurora Sectional this past Saturday, will have a State tournament prescence for the fourth straight year.

No. 1 singles player Sammie Schrepferman finished second in the singles category, while Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil took fourth in the doubles category.

The State gathering takes place Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, with the finals housed at Buffalo Grove High School.

Kaneland tied for second with 16 team points with Waubonsie Valley. Oswego East, with 21 points, took the sectional. West Aurora and Rosary rounded out the top five teams with 14 points apiece.

“I thought our doubles team would at least make the championship, and you have to give credit to Oswego East,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said.

Schrepferman’s second-place showing, and second State qualifying berth, featured a win over Carley Frauenhoff of West Aurora, 6-0, 6-0, a win over Lindsey Schlichting of Yorkville, 6-0, 6-4, a triumph over Sajela Harlow of Oswego East, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), and a championship setback to West Aurora’s Emily Stefancic, 6-2, 6-4.

Schrepferman noted the win over the Yorkville entry got the weekend going for her.

“I’ve played against Lindsay and trained with her, and it was a really hard match,” Schrepferman said. “My nerves are definitely gone this year; I understand what to do.”

“With the doubles, it’s going to be the same gameplan of staying aggressive,” Larsen said. “Hitting the ball hard and seeing what they’re doing strategy-wise. It’s a confidence factor in playing however they want to play.”

On the doubles side, 2012 qualifers Jurcenko and Emmanouil’s tour featured 6-1, 6-2 wins over Poskute and Lee of IMSA, and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Gow and Peabody of Yorkville, before losing to Blackmon and Hwang of Oswego East in 6-3, 6-7, 5-7 fashion and 6-2, 7-5 to Park and Ling of IMSA.

Despite the finish, the duo knew more action was on the horizon this coming week and a berth at State took away whatever sting existed.

“We know everything happens for a reason,” Emmanouil said. “This is a wake-up call. We need to be practicing harder and strategizing even more.”

It stands to be a familiar, exciting go-around for the KHS group.

“Last year at State, it was, ‘Well, we made it, let’s see how well we can do,’” Jurcenko said. “This year, we have an idea and we can actually do pretty well.”

Thursday will see the KHS state-qualifying trio kick off their opening-round action. Schrepferman will play Emily Lombardi of Edwardsville High School at Hoffman Estates High School, while Jurcenko/Emmanouil will battle the Lyons Twp. pair of Samantha Sherman and Medhan Hickey at Buffalo Grove High School.

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Lady Knights the standard for NIB-12 tennis

DIXON, Ill.—Kaneland High School, for a couple of years now, has acclimated itself as a top-tier team on the conference tennis circuit.

After the events of this past Friday and Saturday at Dixon High School, the Lady Knights don’t look to be leaving that tier any time soon.

Head coach Tim Larsen and company, with 35 tournament points, captured the East division and the Northern Illinois Big XII crown, after finishing second in 2012.

Yorkville (28), Morris (24), Sycamore (20) and West leader LaSalle-Peru (18) rounded out the top five overall schools.

Kaneland boasted two conference champs on the doubles end in the form of No. 1 team Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil, along with No. 2 tandem Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz. KHS also took home second place honors in the No. 1 singles with Sammie Schrepferman and No. 3 doubles unit Mallory Dugan and Kaylee Shoaff.

Jurcenko/Emmanouil beat the Davy/Lines team from Morris for the top prize in a 7-5, 7-5 bout. Kaneland’s team earned a finals berth after beating Cavanaugh/Bradish of Ottawa, 6-2, 6-0.

The Landers/Karolewicz crew bested Yorkville’s challenge of Peabody/Gow in a 6-4, 6-1 affair.

“These two played their best tennis of the season and were in control of every match they played. Great serves, great groundstrokes, great net play, and great reactions to their opponents’ strategies. (I’m) very happy for them and proud of their efforts this weekend,” Larsen said.

Schrepferman beat her Geneseo opponent 6-2, 6-2 before losing to heralded foe Angelina Ye of Sycamore in the finals, 6-1, 6-0.

“Sammie played a great match. She took a lot of points from Ye and forced Ye into hitting the ball long a lot, but Ye was at the top of her game and Sammie couldn’t hold her off. (I’m) still very proud of Sammie for how well she played,” Larsen said.

Dugan/Shoaff beat Ottawa’s team of Paves and Weitzel in three sets before losing to Yorkville’s Gorey and Megazzini in 6-3, 6-1 fashion.

Tuesday’s regular season finale against IMSA was rained out.

Kaneland now deals with the sectional field at West Aurora High School on Saturday, Oct. 19, with Yorkville the only other NIB-12 to join the group.
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Junior Jelly Emmanoui

The road (back) to state

Junior Jelly Emmanoui (right). Photos by Patti Wilk
KANELAND—With conference meets and sectional tournaments on the horizon, it’s getting to be crunch time for Kaneland High School girls tennis.

Madi Jurenko, one-half of the Knights’ undefeated standout junior doubles team along with her partner, Jelly Emmanouil, has already fielded inquiries from friends at Kaneland wanting to know how the pair—which achieved all-state status last fall—will fare if they make a return trip downstate.

“We’re definitely getting a lot of questions,” Jurenko said. “ ‘Oh, are you going to win state?’”

Knights coach Tim Larsen said the sky’s the limit as far as Jurenko and Emmanouli’s potential, but even though they own a 23-0 record as of Wednesday, crowning them state champions is a bit premature.

“It wouldn’t be wise to set a goal as state champions,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent around the state, but it’s safe to say they could be competitive with anybody they play (against).”

Jurenko and Emmanouli boosted their record past the 20-victory plateau last weekend by going 3-0 at the Geneva Invitational. The duo also was undefeated last season prior to the conference and sectional meets, suffering its first loss in the sectional semifinals. Jurenko and Emmanouli went on to win the third-place sectional match, and then posted a 4-2 record at state.

Not bad for a team that hadn’t played together at all before last year.

Junior Madi Jurcenko
Junior Madi Jurcenko

As a freshman in 2011, Jurenko teamed up with senior Amelia Napiorkowski, and they ended up advancing to the state tourney. Following Napiorkowski’s graduation, however, Jurenko and Emmanouli teamed up. It took some getting used to for Emmanouli to adjust to doubles play because Jurenko explained that her new partner had never really played much doubles.

But one would have assumed they had been playing together for quite a while by season’s end.

“We complement each other, and we move well on the court,” Jurenko said. “We talk to each other, and we’re good friends. I’m really good at the baseline hitting groundstrokes. Jelly has a really good wingspan and is good at hitting volleys. And she’s taller than me, so it works pretty well.”

“There’s a bond with doubles players that’s really not like anything else you see in sports,” Larsen said. “The first year, neither one of them knew what to expect, but they had a lot of respect for each; both knew that the other one was a good tennis player. It took a while to catch on with a rhythm as a team, as far as constructing a point; that didn’t happen right away. But at this point, they’ve been on court so long together that you see them reacting to the ball together. It’s something special at this point. They’re two very, very special players.”

Larsen said Jurenko and Emmanouli also are master strategists during a match—an intangible that will particularly benefit them should they return to state.

“Their biggest strength is their ability to adjust their strategy as the match progresses,” Larsen said. “These girls can hit every shot that they need. They have the ability to be smart on the tennis court, not emotional. We’re going to go out and try to win points for the next three weeks, and hopefully it works out well. That’s the goal.”

Girls tennis isn’t divided into classes like nearly every other IHSA sport. Everyone is on equal footing at the state tournament, regardless of the size of a particular school. Jurenko and Emmanouli could be thrown into the mix against teams from perennial state powers such as Hinsdale Central, Lake Forest, Deerfield and New Trier, each of which easily doubles Kaneland’s enrollment.

“It’s intimidating to know these schools have state winners and have good programs,” Jurenko said. “We don’t sell ourselves short, but we know it’s going to be a tough match. We just go into it with an open mind. We definitely want to do even better (at state) than last year. We’re going to have to work really hard, but we want to try and accomplish more at state this year and win more matches.”

Junior Samantha "Sammie" Schrepferman
Junior Samantha “Sammie” Schrepferman

The same dynamics will hold true for Sammie Schrepferman, the Knights’ No. 1 singles player who also is seeking a return trip to state. Schrepferman is putting together quite a season herself, with an overall record that stands at 21-2 prior to the start of this week.

“At this point of season I’m playing better than I did last year,” she said. “I’m able to control my emotions. I’m more focused on my play, instead of opponents dictating play to me.”

The only two blemishes on Schrepferman’s record are losses to Geneva’s Kirby Einek, who defeated her 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday, and to Angela Ye of Sycamore.

“They’re very consistent and aggressive players,” Larsen said. “When she plays against somebody that she knows is a very, very good tennis player, Sammie steps up and plays a great match. It’s fun tennis to watch. Sammie doesn’t like to lose, and I don’t either, but I’m proud of how she plays in those matches.

“Sammie hits the ball well and is serving the ball very hard, which is such a good weapon for her,” Larsen added. “The big issue for Sammie is measuring up her opponent, how much pace you need to generate, where you need to place the ball. It’s like she struggles with herself and she gets frustrated, but she always ends up landing on her feet. There are a ton of things she can do to win a point (with her shots). She figures it out, but the struggle is figuring it out.”

Schrepferman lost both of her state matches in 2012, and of course wants to return to state to better her showing of a year ago.

“Last year it was more nerves for me than anything,” she said. “I expect to be more calm if I make it to state and just go play. I should not go in expecting things, just fight for every point. Everyone (at state) is there for a reason because they won their spots (at sectionals).”

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Rush to the end

Photo: Julia Golbeck competes at Geneva with doubles partner Maddy Michels (not pictured). The Lady Knights tennis team went 1-2 at the Geneva Quad on Saturday.              Photo by Patti Wilk

Tennis competes at Geneva Quad, Mendota, vs. Ottawa
KANELAND—At 12-4, the Kaneland High School tennis outfit is still going strong, with room left over to perfect its game.

After meets against Wheaton Academy and IMSA were rained out, the Lady Knights made their way to the Geneva Quad on Saturday and went 1-2. On Monday, the Lady Knights went to Mendota and won a 3-2 dual. Tuesday saw a home matchup with Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent Ottawa, where it was a 7-0 sweep of the Lady Pirates.

In the Geneva setting, the Lady Knights lost to Geneva 7-1, despite a win from doubles team Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil. KHS also lost to St. Charles East 6-2, despite another Jurcenko/Emmanouil win and a Sammie Schrepferman win in singles action. Kaneland rallied to beat St. Charles North 4-3, with Jurcenko/Emmanouil, Schrepferman, Stephanie Zwick and the Kaylee Shoaff/Mallory Dugan team all victorious.

Wins over the Mendota Lady Trojans were secured by Schrepferman (6-1, 6-1) and Zwick (6-1, 6-0) at the singles spots, and Shoaff and Dugan at the No. 2 doubles slot (6-1, 6-1).

A tightly contested battle provided some room for improvement in the coming days for Kaneland, particularly on the doubles end.

“I think our girls got frustrated with the other team’s resiliency and tightened up a bit,” Larsen said. “Maybe it was the long bus ride, maybe it was just a Monday thing. But we’ll be correcting some issues that we encountered this week at practice before this weekend’s tournament, for sure.”

Schrepferman, Zwick and Emily Lutter all took the singles bouts in two sets, while two-set wins on the doubles edge were completed by Jurcenko/Emmanouil and the No. 2 team of Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, yields the annual Northern Illinois Big XII conference meet out at Dixon High School.

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Tennis swatting away

Photo: Tim Larsen’s Kaneland High School tennis squad poses for a photo after winning the Rochelle Invite Saturday. Courtesy Photo

Lady Knights take care of business on both ends on NIB-12
KANELAND—The remaining six landscapes better brace for Kaneland tennis.

The 9-2 (5-0 Northern Illinois Big XII) squad coached by Tim Larsen ran through visiting LaSalle-Peru last Thursday, 4-1, and headed off to Yorkville on Tuesday in a battle of undefeated conference teams, coming away with a 4-1 win.

In between, the team headed to the Rochelle Invitational on Saturday and took first.

The Lady Knights haven’t lost a conference match since Sept. 12, against Sycamore.

In the final home matchup of the 2013 campaign, the Lady Knights took care of the visiting Lady Cavs. Kaneland split the singles action, with junior Sammie Schrepferman sweeping Ali Kutz in the No. 1 singles battle, 6-0, 6-0.

Junior No. 2 singles competitor Mallory Dugan was defeated 6-2, 7-5.

The traditionally strong doubles side of the net did well in LaSalle County, beginning the No. 1 team of juniors Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil, 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 team of juniors Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz won 6-0, 6-1, and the No. 3 team of seniors Stephanie Zwick and Kaylee Shoaff won a 6-3, 6-1 tussle.

At the Hubs-hosted Rochelle Invite, the Lady Knights cut a victorious path in Ogle County, going 19-1 overall. Schrepferman went 4-0 in singles play, while the doubles section went undefeated, as well.

No. 1 singles, and all three doubles entries, played to victory against Yorkville, including the Jurcenko/Emmanouil team.

Schrepferman won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 over a strong Lindsey Schlichting, while Jurcenko/Emmanouil won 6-0, 6-0.

“They were decent players, definitely, but I knew we could win,” Jurcenko said. “They have a really strong team and a lot of depth, so I knew it’d be a struggle for our team, but I knew we could do it.”

Emmanouil feels the duo is playing at a high level.

“Definitely as a team, we’re playing really well right now. All of our shots are really crisp, and I feel like our game is at its peak,” Emmanouil said.

Larsen was looking forward to the conference battle.

“I was nervous the whole afternoon. We got behind in several matches and we had to make a move. All you can do is tell the girls the shots they need to make. They hit enough of them,” Larsen said.

Kaneland was set to trek to West Chicago to face Wheaton Academy on Thursday, Oct. 3, and to meet with IMSA in Aurora on Friday. Oct. 4.

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Facing Kendall Co. foes

Photo: Madi Jurcenko, part of Kaneland’s No. 1 doubles team with Jelly Emmanouil, defeated their Oswego opponents Monday 6-0, 6-2. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—Not all competitive matches will go your way. Just ask the roster of Kaneland tennis.

Despite performing admirably in dual action this season at 7-2 (3-0 Northern Illinois Big XII), the Lady Knights found themselves on the short end of a 4-3 narrow loss to the Southwest Prairie Conference staple Oswego Lady Panthers on Monday in Maple Park, but saw success by winning the Yorkville Quad on Saturday.

A matchup on Sept. 18 against Ottawa was cancelled due to inclement weather.

To begin against Oswego, it was junior No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman winning her match in 7-5, 6-2 fashion. No. 2 junior teammate Colleen Landers was toppled by a 6-4, 6-1 margin, and No. 3 junior singles rep Stephanie Karolewicz lost a 7-5, 6-3 matchup.

On the traditionally strong doubles side for Kaneland, it was No. 1 powerhouse team Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko winning their match 6-0, 6-2. No. 2 team Kaylee Shoaff and Stephanie Zwick were victors by 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 fashion. No. 3 team Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling took a 7-5, 1-6, 14-0 loss, while No. 4 tandem of sophomores Brittany Zablocki and Emily Mirocha were bounced 6-2, 2-3, 7-4.

The week was a bit of a departure from the usual Shoaff and Dugan pairing, but KHS coach Tim Larsen has been pleased with their contributions in 2013.

“When the lineup put itself together at the start of the season, they were the two with the talent and experience necessary for the spot,” Larsen said. “The thing they have in common is that they love to compete and are very resourceful with shot selection. Great hands at the net, and very good at keeping the ball in play.”

In the Yorkville Quad featuring doubles action, first places were had by Emmanouil/Jurcenko, Schrepferman/Dugan, Landers/Karolweicz and Zwick/Shoaff.

On Tuesday against Morris, the tennis crew defeated the visitors 4-1. KHS swept the doubles matches, while Schrepferman handled her Morris counterpart 6-1, 6-0.

Upcoming action for Kaneland features the third in a three-match home swing against LaSalle-Peru on Thursday, Sept. 26, and the Saturday, Sept. 28, Rochelle Invitational.

Still battling

Tennis endures first loss of dual slate, but bests Sycamore
KANELAND—While win after win is nice, the odds of a long, continuous stretch of them are hard to come by in a competitive landscape.

Kaneland began with four dual wins in a row, and looked good against rival Sycamore this week, but fell to Aurora mainstay Rosary on Monday.

On Tuesday, Kaneland traveled to Ogle County for another chance at a Northern Illinois Big XII win in Rochelle and swept the Hubs 5-0.

KHS is now 6-1, with a (2-0) mark in NIB-12 play.

The Thursday matchup with the Lady Spartans ended in a 3-2 victory for the Lady Knights. While Sammie Schrepferman and Stephanie Zwick suffered losses in singles play, it was the doubles side that helped rally the effort.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko won a 6-0, 6-0 sweep, and the No. 2 side of Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz took a 6-1, 6-0 match. No. 3 doubles unit Kaylee Shoaff and Mallory Dugan won a 6-4, 7-6 match to secure the team win.

Against Rosary in the 4-3 loss, Schrepferman earned the lone singles win with a 6-2, 6-1 decision, the Emmanouil/Jurcenko team won a 6-0, 6-0 clash and the Shoaff/Dugan team won 7-5, 6-1.

At Rochelle Tuesday, KHS swept all matches, with singles Schrepferman (6-0, 6-0) and Zwick (6-4, 6-2) and doubles Emmanouil/Jurcenko (6-0, 6-1), Karolwicz/Landers (6-2, 6-0) and Shoaff/Dugan (6-1, 6-0) all notching wins.

KHS coach Tim Larsen feels the Lady Knights can’t be in the business of overlooking anyone.

“There’s no room in this sport for taking anything lightly. We’re just trying to get ready for each opponent right now. (We) lost a close match to Rosary (Monday) and we feel like we left a lot of points out on the courts, so our next few practices will have a very fine focus on the shots we’re not executing as well as we should.”

Kaneland was scheduled to host crossover opponent Ottawa on Wednesday, and head to the usual late September Yorkville Quad stop on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Hot start

KANELAND—Coach Tim Larsen’s tennis team has to love its hot start, even though some matches have been cancelled due to the heat.

Sitting at 4-0 after a dual win at Plainfield North Saturday, the Lady Knights had a dual at IMSA canceled due to the heat Tuesday.

Against the Tigers, Kaneland swept the match 6-0.

“Plainfield North ended up being a dual meet,” Larsen said. “We got rained out of an eight-team tournament the weekend before, (Plainfield North) and us were the only two teams with an opening, so we just turned it into a dual meet.”

In singles action, No. 1 Sammie Schrepferman won 6-4, 6-0, while No. 2 Stephanie Zwick won 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles, No. 1 Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil swept their match 6-1, 6-1, as did No. 3 tandem Kaylee Shoaff and Mallory Dugan 6-1, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles pair Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz battled their way to a three-set win after falling behind in the first set 2-6. A 6-3, 7-5 sets two and three earned them a hard-fought win.

The No. 4 doubles duo of Brittany Zablocki and Katie Blazynski played a close three-set match, winning 7-6, 6-7, 10-6.

Larsen was pleased with the way his doubles teams earned their victories.

“It was closer than it looks on paper,” he said. “(Plainfield North Coach Lauren Madawick) has good young talent at No.1 singles and No. 1 doubles. No. 2 doubles pushed our girls just about to the limit in that third set—we came from behind in that match for sure, and No. 4 doubles was neck and neck the entire match.”

The Lady Knights next host NIB-12 rival Sycamore today at 4 p.m., and then host Rosary Monday at 4 p.m.

What a smash

KANELAND—Despite the usual late-August stop at Plainfield North getting shelved due to rain, the Lady Knights tennis squad was still able to show what it was made of in the early goings of 2013.

The DuPage Valley Conference representative Glenbard North Lady Panthers fell victim to the visiting Lady Knights on Thursday by a 5-2 mark in head-to-head action.

The Lady Knights’ record sits at 3-0 after a trip to DeKalb on Tuesday.

Against the Carol Stream, Ill. residents, the Kaneland contingent saw strong performances from both the singles and doubles ends.

At No. 1 singles, junior Sammie Schrepferman swept her match 6-0, 6-0, while senior Stephanie Zwick took a 6-4, 6-3 battle at No. 2 singles.

On the doubles front, Kaneland was paced by the No. 1 junior tandem of Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil in a 6-1, 6-1 sweep. No. 2 entries juniors Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz won their bout 6-3, 6-3, and No. 3 duo senior Kaylee Shoaff and junior Mallory Dugan took their match, 6-1, 6-3.

KHS coach Tim Larsen was eager as anyone to see what the lineup on paper would translate to.

“I have four very solid varsity players in Colleen Landers, Stephanie Karolewicz, Stephanie Zwick and Kaylee Shoaff. All four got varsity experience last year, and we’re still rearranging the No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles (when we need it), and No. 2 doubles spots. It’s a nice problem to have, but you want to make sure you get the right players in the best possible situations,” Larsen said.

Against DeKalb, the Lady Knights earned singles wins from Schrepferman (6-1, 6-0), Zwick (6-2, 6-4) and No. 3 Anna Wendling (6-0, 6-1).

In doubles action, Jurcenko/Emmanouil dispatched their opponents 6-2, 6-0, while Landers/Karolewicz won 6-0, 6-0, and Shoaff/ Dugan won 6-1, 6-0.

Kaneland gets back to the net on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Aurora at Illinois Math and Science Academy.

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2013 Tennis Preview: The challenge to duplicate

Photo: Returning singles state qualifier Sammie Schrepferman (right), here in action against West Chicago Tuesday, is joined by returning state doubles qualifiers Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil to lead a strong group for coach Tim Larsen. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

All State entries return for tennis crew
KANELAND—Certain expectations are now in the midst of the Kaneland tennis program.
The hard work put into the matches have paid off for the Lady Knights and sixth-year coach Tim Larsen, with State entries the last three seasons.

A 9-3 dual mark and a top-two finish in the Northern Illinois Big XII landscape the last two seasons have the KHS unit feeling good and productive.

Juniors Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil return as State entries in the No. 1 doubles side, while State singles competitor Sammie Schrepferman makes her return as a No. 1 singles entry.

Jurcenko and Emmanouil brought early success and enough of it to solidify their names in KHS tennis lore.

“First girls All-State team for us, it was a breakthrough,” Larsen said. “They’ll go down in history. We’ve had Lindsay Jurcenko, Amelia Napiorkowski and Sammie all make it to State in recent years, and it’s been very exciting for us.”

“We have to be ready.  Morris returns a No. 1  doubles, and Sycamore has  a No. 1 singles that’s  always good, and Yorkville  does, too. We have  to put in a solid effort and  be consistent.” KHS coach Tim Larsen
“We have to be ready.
Morris returns a No. 1
doubles, and Sycamore has
a No. 1 singles that’s
always good, and Yorkville
does, too. We have
to put in a solid effort and
be consistent.”
KHS coach Tim Larsen

The upward mobility of the team brings an edge to the landscape.

“The surrounding team has improved tremendously with their work ethic and speed, and they come with experience,” Larsen said.

Schrepferman was a gamble as a freshman for the top spot two years ago and that has paid off for Larsen and Co.

“She is a warrior, and she knows when she’s playing well and not playing well. She’s in a fight on the court,” Larsen said.

The singles and doubles entries are fluid in the early goings of the season, with juniors Colleen Landers and Stephanie Zwick being penciled in for the singles and fellow junior Stephanie Karolewicz also seeing time. Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling could be put into spots that solidify as the season goes on.

“They’ve put in solid practices,” Larsen said.

Tennis team captains: Madi Jurcenko, Colleen Landers and Sammie Schrepferman.
Tennis team captains:
Madi Jurcenko, Colleen Landers and Sammie Schrepferman.

The complete roster has seniors Abby Meyer, Kaylee Shoaff joining Zwick. Remaining juniors are Julia Golbeck, Madi Michaels, Jessica Poust, along with sophomores Heather Albrecht, Katelyn Blaszynski, Emily Lutter, Ally McPhee, Marissa Michi, Emily Mirocha, Courtney Pree and Brittany Zablocki. Freshmen are Jessie Bowgren, Mary Collum, Kayla Corirossi, Lauren Karolewicz, Katrina McKnew, Abby Purnell, Marley Schultz, Kristen Siebert and Liz Towell.

The conference set-up has tilted toward the Lady Knights, with Larsen aware of the task at hand.

“We have to be ready. Morris returns a No. 1 doubles, and Sycamore has a No. 1 singles that’s always good, and Yorkville does, too,” Larsen said. “We have to put in a solid effort and be consistent.”

Next up for the team is a trip to Glenbard North tonight at 4:30 p.m., and a tournament Saturday at Plainfield North which begins at 8 a.m.

Sports recap Aug. 29

Varsity Tennis
vs. West Chicago—On Tuesday, the Lady Knights opened their season at home against the visiting West Chicago Wildcats, winning 6-1.

Winners included No. 1 singles Sammie Schrepferman (6-1, 6-0 over Shannon McCarthy) and No. 3 singles Stephanie Karolewicz (6-0, 6-1 over Edith Munoz), and all doubles pairings: No. 1 Doubles Madi Jurcenko/Jelly Emmanouil (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Stephanie Zwick/Kayee Shoaff (6-1, 6-1), No. 3 Mallory Dugan/ Anna Wendling (6-3, 6-3) and No. 4 Jessica Poust/ Mandi Michaels (6-3, 0-6, 10-8).

JV Tennis
at West Chicago—The JV tennis squad swept a match at at West Chicago Monday 7-0. In singles action, No. 1 Emily Lutter won 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Brittany Zablocki won 6-1, 6-0; and No. 3 Marley Schultz won 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, No. 1 pair Katie Blaszynski and Emily Mirocha won 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Heather Albrecht and Ally McPhee won 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 Lauren Karolewicz and Marissa Michi won 6-0, 6-0; and No. 4 Kayla Corirossi and Abby Purnell won 6-0, 6-0.

Varsity Golf
vs. Rochelle—Matt Yonkovich led all golfers with a 38 at the Knights won 161-175 over visiting Rochelle at Hughes Creek Golf Club Tuesday. Stephen Cannell shot a 40 for KHS, while CJ Wehrmann shot a 41 and both Brody Kuhar and Jesse Denton shot 42.

at Geneva Invite—Kaneland traveled to the Geneva Invite Aug. 22, placing 9th out of 21 teams with 318 points. Yonkovich shot a 74, and Denton shot a 79 to lead the Knights.

Results from Saturday’s Limestone Invite were not available by press time.

Fr/So Golf
vs. Rochelle—Freshman Brett Glennon was the top scorer with a 39 as the Knights Fr/So golf squad won easily over visiting Rochelle by a score of 165 to 230. Fellow freshmen Jake Hed shot a 39, and Dan Frank and Jeff VanGemert shot 43 a piece. Sophomore Luke Calabrese and freshman Drew Diffendal contributed 44’s.

KHS duo secures postseason honor

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Hits just keep on coming for the celebrated tennis duo from Kaneland.

That’s continuing with the volleys and smashes they sent at opponents in 2012.

The State-qualifying duo of Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil were voted in as All-State players the last week of October, by virtue of their performance at the IHSA State Tournament in the northwest suburbs. A letter was mailed to Kaneland High School with the information last week, according to KHS coach Tim Larsen.

It’s the first All-State honor for KHS in tennis.

Going 4-2 in the final tournament, two-time State qualifier Jurcenko and Emmanouil were undefeated in regular season doubles play. The output allowed a top-24 standing at the final competition. The duo had previously nabbed the No. 1 doubles mantle at the Northern Illinois Big XII gathering at DeKalb High School.

No. 1 singles player Sammie Schreperman had also qualified for State.

“Reflecting on Madi and Jelly, I think if anything, that state tournament completely refocused them for next year,” Larsen said. “We had set goals of getting there and winning a match or two. By exceeding expectations to the extent that we did, two things have happened. First, we’ll always think about that weekend with a great, sentimental feeling. It is filled with fun, thrilling, and positive moments. Even though we lost our last match, we took away so many good things that the tournament was a great experience for all of us. Secondly, and more to the point of future seasons, we found out what we’re capable of.”

Strong end for KHS tennis

2 entries represent Lady Knights program proudly
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—No State medals were garnered, but the two separate Lady Knight entries that made the trip to the IHSA State meet at various northwest suburban tennis courts acclimated themselves well.

Kaneland High School had two entries head to State competition for the first time in school history, and was represented by No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman and No. 1 doubles tandem, Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko.

Keisha Clousing of Wheaton-Warrenville South ultimately won the singles group, but Schrepferman had already made history by being the first Lady Knight singles player in history to make it to the late October dance.

The sophomore lost her two matches on Thursday, first to Adesuwa Osabuohien of Homewood-Flossmoor in a 6-1, 6-1 match, and finally to Oswego East athlete Jaiere Harlow by a tally of 6-4, 7-5 in the consolation bracket.

For the third year in a row, the Lady Knights had a Jurcenko in the State tourney, and the Emmanouil/Jurcenko crew beat Grace Alexander and Sam Diemer of Boylan Catholic High School by a final of 6-4, 6-0 in the opening round on Thursday.

The second round saw Kaneland’s duo beat the Whitney Young team of Syedah Cabell and Kendall Scruggs in a 7-6, 6-3 match.

The action picked up on Saturday after rain delays at Palatine High School, and the KHS duo took yet another match in the fourth round over Rachel and Rebecca Lewis of Danville by a final of 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.

The fifth round had Emmanouil and Jurcenko take a match over the Glenbrook South team of Martina Dragoytchev and Jessica Chepurda in an 8-5 single-setter, assuring a claim of a top-24 team.

The Lady Knight unit saw its season come to an end with a loss to New Trier’s Kirstie Woodbury and Cammy Frei by an 8-3 final that would have sent Kaneland’s team to a top-16 berth.

KHS coach Tim Larsen was glad that the talent on paper translated to actual court time.

“The girls and I knew that we had talent on the team, but didn’t know what we were capable of in the State tournament,” Larsen said. “Now we know. Having done that well as sophomores isn’t going to be a ‘finish line’ mentality at all. I can tell you for sure that Sammie has seen what it takes to have success in that tournament, and she will be more determined than ever to do so next year. And for Madi and Jelly, they surpassed their own goals for this year’s tournament. That was because the tournament was still somewhat of an unknown to us. Next year, we’ll be able to set challenging, realistic goals because of this year’s experience.”

With the end of the productive season, Kaneland tennis says goodbye to seniors Jenna Bicos, Sara Grams, Aly Harner, Brooke Harner, Cara Lenhardt, Danielle McCormack, Abby Meyer and Jessica Woodward.