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Kaneland boys downed by DeKalb, handle Hampshire

Kaneland boys hoops was still stumped by DeKalb on Friday, but managed to pass the Hampshire test on Saturday evening.

The KHS basketball crew were swept in the regular season series by the Barbs thanks to a 50-38 setback on Friday night.

Kaneland came back and handed the visiting Whip-purs a small measure of revenge for last year’s playoff exit with a 50-35 win.

The Knights sit at 12-6 (4-4 Western Sun Conference) with seven games left in regular season play.

Against the rival Barbs, center Dave Dudzinski outscored counterpart Jordan Threloff 16-13, and Chaon Denlinger scored 13.

One pivotal aspect of the game that proved beneficial to DeKalb was from the foul line; while KHS went just 2-for-6, the Barbs ended up 17-for-26 from the line.

Kaneland led 11-10 after one, and fell behind 21-20 at the half before falling to a 16-9 third quarter run by DeKalb. The Barbs outscored the Knights 13-9 to secure the win.

Against the visiting Whip-purs, Dudzinski impressed with a game-high 19 points, followed by Steve Colombe’s 11.

The Knights were a spotless 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.

Kaneland led 11-8 after one before Hampshire knotted matters at 18 apiece at the halftime break. The Knights’ offense found openings in the third and led 31-28 at the buzzer before opening up a 19-7 run for the fourth.

The sophomore game had Hampshire beat KHS 46-43.

On tap for the varsity Knights: a road venture to WSC school Rochelle on Friday, Jan. 29.

Lady Knights hang tough but lose to Barbs

by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—Kaneland girls basketball not only had to deal with the host DeKalb Lady Barbs and a vocal crowd, but also with the loss of guard Andie Strang before Friday’s contest.

Strang could be out for an undetermined length of time due to a stress fracture, according to Colombe.

That said, they hung in there and kept it competitive until the end in a 41-32 loss to DHS.

Kaneland dropped to 5-16 (0-10 Western Sun Conference). DeKalb improved to 15-7.

Emily Heimerdinger led the Lady Knights with 9 points. Kaneland was 14-for-28 from the field (50 percent).

“We did a much better job playing defense,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “I saw improvement across the board.”

“We’ve been struggling offensively and we need to see how we’re going to step up.”

After taking a brief 2-0 lead 23 seconds into the game thanks to Heimerdinger, the Lady Barbs poured it on and got three straight jumpers from Taylor White, including two three-pointers to make it 9-3 with 2:46 to go. Another trey by DeKalb with five seconds left made it 14-5 after one quarter.

Kaneland didn’t let the game get out of hand in the second frame and even cut it to 23-18 with :34 seconds left in the half thanks to Trinae Coachman’s putback and a Mallory Carlson shot. DeKalb came back with a three with 16 seconds remaining to make it 26-18 at halftime.

Kaneland held DeKalb to two field goals in the third quarter. Kelly Evers nailed a basket with 1:33 to go to cut it to 32-24.

The closest Kaneland came to slimming the margin in the fourth quarter was 39-30 with 2:12 remaining on a Carlson bucket.

The Lady Knights try to right the ship against Rochelle at KHS on Friday, Jan. 29.

Bowlers lose to Fenton, DeKalb

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland bowling fell to non-conference adversary Fenton on Jan. 20 by a final of 2,531-2,386. They followed that up with a 2,903-2,317 loss to rival DeKalb on Tuesday.

For Kaneland (3-8, 1-6 Western Sun Conference), yet another good performance was had by Holly Thomas against the Bison, who gathered a 582 series, buoyed by a massive 257 game, a KHS record. Thomas also had back-to-back games of 164.

Molly Lambert bowled a 466 series, while teammate Jessie McHenry was not far behind with a 462. Lambert’s performance was highlighted by a 183 game, while McHenry managed a 188.

On Tuesday, Thomas bowled a 620 series, followed by a 420 series by both Amy Kuryliw and McHenry.

Molly Lambert bowled a 414 series on what was her birthday, and thinks things could pick up for her in the regular season’s homestretch.

“I think I’ve improved,” Lambert said. “I was at a 138 average and I’ve gone up a few pins so it’s getting better. The focus is there, definitely.”

The Lady Knights battle IMSA in Aurora on Thursday, Jan. 28.

KHS wrestling defends home mat at Flott Invite

Four weight classes won by Knights in invite win
At the annual Flott Wrestling Invite on Saturday, the Knight grapplers saw plenty of first-place accolades come their way in an invite win.

285-pounder Jimmy Boyle, 145-pound entry Kyle Davidson, 112-pounder Dan Goress and 103-pound representative Esai Ponce all came away with top nods against the varied area competition.

Additional noteworthy mornings were had by Devon Scholl finishing second at 125 and Dennis Brettman taking third in the 130 range.

Boyle’s path to glory started with a one minute, 38 second fall over Marian Central Catholic’s Scott Taylor, and then a 5-0 victory over Tim Vincent of Burlington Central. That led to a championship pinfall over Ottawa’s Robby Marotta with just two seconds left in regulation time.

Boyle’s record stands at 28-2.

For Davidson (27-5), his day started with a technical-fall win over Marian Central Catholic’s Tim Skelton in 4:00. Davidson then pinned Burlington Central’s Omar Awad at 4:12, and then took the final match by 12-4 decision over Larkin’s Brett Barry.

In the 112-pound win for Goress (29-5), it started with a 13-2 decision over Rochelle’s Eduardo Macareno, and then continued with a 8-2 win over Prairie Central’s Ben Traub, and ended with a tech fall win at the buzzer over Bo Pradel of Oswego.

Ponce (24-6) took a 6-4 win over Addison Trail’s Luis DeLacruz and won the group with a 12-6 major decision over Elgin’s Nathan Andresen.

Scholl (25-5) beat MCC’s Tyler Hickey in 3:54 andd BC’s Johnny Major in a major decison before succumbing to Addison Trail’s Johnny Delmedico 8-3. Brettman (17-11) beat Adam Polak of St. Joe’s in a 12-4 major decision and lost to Josh Smith of PC, 7-3. In the third-place duel.

Brettman beat Larkin’s Tim Einhorn 4-2.

Other action during the past week had Geneva beat Kaneland 31-30 on Thursday and Batavia get past the Knights on Jan. 13 by a final of 32-30.

KHS now gears up for the Western Sun Conference meet at Yorkville High School on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Top photo: Kyle Davidson (145) is on his way to a technical-fall victory over Marian Central Catholic’s Tim Skelton in 4:00 on Saturday. Photo by Ben Draper

Boys feel better after taking two

by Mike Slodki
How do you combat a three-game losing streak at a pivotal point in the season?

How about going toe-to-toe with conference rival Glenbard South on Friday and handling a tenacious Hinckley-Big Rock squad on Saturday.

With two wins on the weekend, Kaneland improved to 11-5 and 4-3 in Western Sun Conference play.

Friday saw the Knights handle the host Raiders in Glen Ellyn by a 41-36 clip, while Kaneland also invaded Hinckley-Big Rock for a 63-49 non-conference win on Saturday evening.

Not much luck happened for the Knights or Raiders on the offensive end but KHS still led 8-6 after one and 14-12 at the half.

The Knights added to their lead and found themselves up 25-21 after the third before outscoring GS 16-15 in the final eight minutes.

Dave Dudzinski paced all scorers with 20 points, also went 8-for-9 from the foul line, accounting for all the successfull free throws on Kaneland’s end.

In Little 10-country, Kaneland led 10-7 early, but a basket and free throw tied the game at 10 for H-BR with under two minutes to go in the frame. A Dudzinski basket with 33.2 seconds to go in the quarter gave KHS a 13-12 lead but a three-pointer by Brian Michaels with 20.7 remaining and a breakaway buzzerbeater gave the Royals a 17-13 lead after one.

Hinckley kept attacking the basket and led 28-25 before Dudzinski put back a Donovan Williams trey attempt with 1:53 to go to close within 28-27 and hit another shot for a one point led with 52.9 remaining. The center hit a shot from underneath the rim to go up 31-28 with 34.9 to go while Matt Spitzzeri’s layup with 18.7 remaining closed out the scoring at 33-29.

Dudzinski hit two shots in a row and Spitzzeri nailed a shot for a 45-33 lead with 2:35 remaining in the third. The full-court press was on and H-BR called its final timeout, to the delight of the Kaneland players and coaching staff.

“We made a good adjustment in the locker room,” KHS coach Brian Johnson. “Coach Bieritz said to think about going to full-court press. If they couldn’t get Michaels, their main ball-handler the ball, they struggled a bit and our energy picked up a little bit.”

The fourth quarter featured the Knights hitting four shots in a row to nab their biggest lead of 57-36 with 5:42 to go in the game.

Dudzinski had 24 points and Ryley Bailey had 14 points for the effort.

“We knew that Michaels was their main ball-handler,” Bailey said. “We caused some of their other players to make decisions and it benefited us.”

The Knights travel to DeKalb on Friday, Jan. 22.

Photo: Inside presence Dave Dudzinski, shown here in action last week at Geneva, had a productive weekend in wins at Glenbard South and Hinckley-Big Rock. The Holy Cross signee had a combined 44 points over the weekend. File Photo

Lady Knights fall to GS, Batavia in WSC meetings

by Mike Slodki
If only the Lady Knights could capture how prolific guard Andie Strang was in the first quarter of Friday’s contest at Glenbard South, and duplicate it for everyone game-long.

The junior connected on her first four shots and scored the first nine points for KHS in a tight first quarter, but the GS offense and rebounding took hold of the game and it resulted in a 61-32 setback for Kaneland.

KHS also suffered a 46-22 loss to visiting Batavia on Tuesday night.

The Lady Knights are now 5-15 with an 0-8 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Strang led the way with 12 points followed by Mallory Carlson with seven. KHS was 8-for-15 from the foul line and 10-for-31 from the field.

The clash started out well enough as Strang was responsible for the first nine points, including a three-pointer to go up 9-7 with 2:34 to go. After the Raiders went up 11-9, two Kelly Evers free throws with 1:35 to go tied the score at 11. A Nicki Ott foul shot with 42 seconds to go closed within 14-12 before GS used two foul shots and an offensive putback to lead 18-12 after one.

Glenbard South then outscored the Lady Knights 21-12 in the second quarter to take a 39-24 lead. The third quarter’s tempo was slowed down, but still the Raiders went out to a 47-29 lead after three.

Kaneland’s night was hurt by putting up just eight points in the second half.

“We’re a young team and we’re kind of struggling, I’m sure (GS) made adjustments,” said KHS coach Ernie Colombe. “We did a decent job on defense until the shot went up, and then you get second, third and fourth chance shots and people are scrambling. That’s were we broke down.”

Against the Lady Bulldogs, Kaneland went out to a 9-6 lead before falling victim to a 21-3 second quarter. The Lady Knights trailed 41-17 after three. Carlson led the Kaneland lineup with six points.

KHS sees more WSC action its way with a Friday, Jan. 22 game vs. DeKalb.

Mckinzie Mangers file photo

Rochelle beats KHS bowling

Tuesday afternoon spelled more Western Sun Conference action for the Lady Knight bowlers, but it resulted in a loss in Rochelle.

With the slim 2,346-2,242 loss at T-Bird Lanes in Rochelle, Kaneland fell to 3-6 and 1-5 in WSC action.

Holly Thomas once again gave her squad a fighting chance with a 503 series, followed by Jessie McHenry with a 432 series and Amy Kuryliw with a 429 series.

High games were bowled by Thomas at 180 and 173, while Molly Lambert added a game of 169. McHenry bowled a 168.

The JV lineup lost a 1,944-1,546 meeting with the Lady Hubs.

Megan Scott bowled a 314 series, while Angela Charhut bowled a 306.

Up ahead for the Lady Knights is a conference clash with DeKalb at Mardi Gras Lanes on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Holly Thomas file photo

KHS boys hoops going through three-game skid

Knights see setbacks against Batavia, BC and Geneva
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland High School basketball was a Ryley Bailey three-point shot away from sneaking by Batavia on Friday and potentially riding that positive wave into Burlington Central on Saturday evening.

Instead, Bailey’s running attempt went in and out of the rim and the Knights lost 42-40 to the visiting Bulldogs. Saturday had the Knights lose 65-51 to the host Rockets. The Knights also dropped a 61-51 skirmish at Geneva.

The three-game skid has Kaneland sitting at 9-5 with a 3-3 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Going into the fourth quarter vs. the Bulldogs, Kaneland was down 31-30 and gave up a basket to Ricky Clopton 34 seconds into the frame.

Bailey’s first basket of the contest followed by two Dave Dudzinski foul shots gave KHS a 34-33 leads with 5:21 remaining.

Two baskets by Batavia put the Bulldogs ahead 38-34 with 4:20 remaining, but a Steve Colombe basket on a feed by Dudzinski and a Donovan Williams shot tied it with 3:02 to go.

Bailey missed a free throw but Dudzinski’s putback with 1:53 remaining gave KHS a 40-38 lead. Two foul shots by Batavia tied the score 11 seconds later. After Kaneland worked on a possession, the ball was lost and Batavia’s Clopton was fouled driving to the hoop with 7.9 ticks left. After hitting his free throws, Bailey got the ball on a pass and lifted the unsuccessful trey attempt.

“I thought we could bring it up the sideline, try to go middle and get a layup,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “Didn’t work out that way. Ryley had a nice shot, it just didn’t go in, and that happens. Those shots will fall eventually.”

Kaneland’s biggest leads of the entire night was two points.

Dudzinski’s 20 points resembled the only Knight line in double figures.

The Knights were also 8-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Against BC, Chaon Denlinger led the way with 20 points, followed by Colombe’s 13 and Dudzinski’s 11.

Kaneland led 15-14 after one quarter, but fell behind 29-20 at halftime. The Knights closed the deficit to 43-35 after three but could get no closer.

Against Geneva, KHS saw Ryley Bailey score 15 and Dudzinski score 11.

The Knights fell behind 12-9 to the Vikings after one frame and 37-21 after the second quarter. Kaneland closed within 49-34 at the end of three, but it was too late to gain any more momentum.

In sophomore action, the Knights beat the Rockets 50-35 behind eight points from Ray Barry.

KHS tries to earn a conference win at Glenbard South on Friday, Jan. 15.

Photo: Knight hoopster Ryley Bailey gets two of his team-high 15 points the hard way in Kaneland’s 61-51 loss at Geneva on Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

Bowlers beat Huntley in busy week

While the Lady Knights bowling team found itself on the wrong end of a conference loss to Sycamore on Tuesday, Kaneland (3-5, 1-4 Western Sun Conference) beat Huntley by a final of 2,340-2,023 in varsity play.

Holly Thomas continued her positive trajectory on Jan. 6 with a 610 series consisting of 237, 224 and 149 games.

Teammate Jessie McHenry bowled a 455 series, highlighted by a 190 game. Tierra Lee bowled a 428 series for third best on the team.

Against the Spartans at Mardi Gras Lanes, Thomas landed a 534 series (high game 197) and Molly Lambert bowled a 482 series (high game 187).

Coming up for bowling is a Tuesday, Jan. 26, matchup vs. DeKalb.

Lady Knights come back vs. BC, lose to Batavia, Geneva

Lady Knights basketball looked like it was headed for more of the same at Burlington Central, but came out with an extraordinary win.

Using the strength of defense, rebounding and a stingy fourth quarter on Saturday, Kaneland beat the Lady Rockets by a final of 42-38.

The result sat much better than Friday night’s 43-16 loss at Batavia.

KHS also lost vs. visiting Geneva on Tuesday evening by a final of 71-18.

KHS is now 5-14 with an 0-7 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Against BC, Kaneland had 10 points from Nicki Ott and seven points and seven assists from Andie Strang. Strang also had the tough defensive task of guarding Taylor Colby.

Mallory Carlson had five points and 10 boards.

KHS had a 6-3 lead after one quarter and 19-13 going into the halftime break. Burlington Central turned it into overdrive out of the locker room and outscored the Lady Knights 19-6 in the third to lead Kaneland 32-25. Kaneland came back with defense in the final frame and outscored BC 17-6 to get the four-point nod.

On Friday in Batavia, KHS fell victim to cold shooting and missed its first 15 shots en route to a 43-16 loss.

Against Geneva, the Lady Knights went just 4-for-30 from the field and 10-for-18 from the foul line. In the two most recent contests, Kaneland lost to Geneva 139-43.

Saturday also saw the sophomores lose a 34-21 battle to BC. Friday had the sophomores drop a 38-15 decision to Batavia.

Up next for the Lady Knights in varsity play is a road jaunt to Glen Ellyn, Ill. to face Glenbard South for the final time on their home floor as conference rivals. The game is set for Friday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

Photo: Kaneland’s Mallory Carlson is quickly enveloped by three Lady Vikings during Tuesday’s convincing loss to Geneva. Photo by Ben Draper

Wrestlers exhibit strong Sycamore Invite showing

by Mike Slodki
With the way Kaneland High School wrestling began the regular season, conventional wisdom would dictate that it would perform better in Saturday’s 34th Sycamore Invite than last year.

That line of thinking proved to be a winner.

Out of 17 teams present in Sycamore’s gym, the Knights finished sixth with 110 points as a team. It beats last year’s 13th place finish out of 16 teams (49.5) points.

While last year featured no top-three finishes, the Knights brought four of them out of Spartanland. Nick Michels took second place in the 171-pound category.

Jimmy Boyle (285), Devon Scholl (125) and Esai Ponce (103) all came away with third place finishes.

With the vastly improved finish, coach Monty Jahns didn’t put the reason soley at one more year’s experience for the squad, or the aggressiveness he wants Kaneland grapplers to employ.

“It’s a little of both,” Jahns said. “The technical skills they have gained over the last year is evident in the practice room and in competition. The coaches stress basic fundamental wrestling combined with high reps and an aggressive attack. When you have wrestlers willing to give the effort and buy into our coaching strategy, it makes coaching much easier and fun.

Lockport took the invite, as it did in 2009, with 193.5 points. Host Sycamore took second with 173 points and Grant had 158.5 for third place.

For the Knights, Michels went 3-1 on the day which began with a 4-minute, 26-second pinfall against Jacobs’ Kyle Cook.

Michels then beat Downers Grove South’s Adam Oakes with an 8-0 major decision. Michels then beat Moline’s Peter Mickiewicz with a 6-1 decision before losing to Lockport’s Matt Andre in the final, 6-2.

In the 285-pound grouping, Boyle pinned Crystal Lake South’s Sam McCole in 2:17 and then took a major decision over Genoa-Kingston’s Skyler Petracosta, 11-0. Moving to the semis, Boyle was defeated in a 3-2 squeaker by Moline’s Jeremy Howell. Boyle then clinched third place with a 9-1 major decision over Hononegah’s Max Geyer.

Scholl’s day started with a pin in 3:12 over Downers Grove South’s Travis Hill. Scholl then beat Harlem’s Mitchel Kennington 8-2. Lockport’s Jameson Oser of Lockport got the best of Scholl with a pin in 3:30 in the semis before the Kaneland asset won a 7-2 decision in the third place match over Sycamore’s Jeff Flanigan.

Ponce began his day with a 5-2 victory over Downers Grove South’s Frank Wenmouth, and then moved on to a 7-0 win over Harlem’s Jordan Northrup. The Kaneland grappler lost a 3-0 matchup with Crystal Lake South’s Nick Fontanetta before taking the third place match in a 3-2 result over Grant’s Cameron Kennedy.

Lying in wait for Kaneland wrestling is a Western Sun Conference battle at Geneva on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Plano speaking: Boys b-ball takes 2009 Classic title

47-39 win over Rockford Christian gives Knights third-ever championship
by Mike Slodki
What does an eight-point win over Rockford Christian get you?

How about a Plano Christmas Classic Tournament win?

The 47-39 win over Rockford Christian on Dec. 30, 2009, netted the Knights their third Plano tourney win and their first since 1994.

The win put the cap on a gathering that saw coach Brian Johnson’s crew also defeat Putnam County, Sandwich and Genoa-Kingston.

“Winning the Plano tournament gives us a head of steam going into an extremely tough part of our schedule,” Johnson said. “We are very excited about what we were able to accomplish and are hopeful that the momentum that has been built will help us within the conference.

Center Dave Dudzinski was named the tournament MVP, following Seneca’s Seth Evans who won in 2008.

Ryley Bailey was also named to the all-tournament group.

Kaneand (9-2, 3-1 Western Sun Conference) got 32 points from Dudzinski, who was also 8-for-10 from the foul line. It’s the second highest point total for a Knight, behind P.J. Fleck’s 40 against Sandwich in 1999.

Kaneland and RC were tied 10-10 after one and the Knights poured it on in the second frame and led 26-16 at the break.

While Rockford Christian closed the deficit to 32-27 after three, Kaneland won the fourth quarter battle 15-12.

Kaneland hosts rival Batavia on Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The last meeting in Maple Park between the two squads on Feb. 27, 2009, resulted in Mike Pritchard’s evident three-point shot being ruled a two and a 54-53 loss for KHS.

Photo: Dave Dudzinski travels to the hoop during the Plano Christmas Classic. The Holy Cross signee scored 32 to lift the Knights to the title. File Photo

Plano Christmas Classic
2009 All-Tournament Team
*Dave Dudzinski – Kaneland (MVP)
*Ryley Bailey – Kaneland

Brayden Teuscher – Rockford (Christian)
Jahlil Smith – Rockford (Christian)
Scott Suchy – Genoa-Kingston
Josh DeGraaf – Morris
Kjeld Torkelson – Morris
Kyle Anderson – Newark
Robert Hearon – Plano
Brian Michaels – Hinckley-Big Rock
Tavis Gibson – Yorkville
Justin Wegener – Sandwich

The 00’s Champions
2000 Bureau Valley
2001 Bureau Valley
2002 Coal City
2003 Yorkville
2004 Seneca
2005 Seneca
2006 Seneca
2007 Hall
2008 Seneca
2009 Kaneland

Girls hoops split pair of contests at Geneva, Oswego

by Mike Slodki
It wasn’t just the weather outside that left the Kaneland Lady Knights girls basketball team cold on Tuesday night.

A five-point first half, 9-for-40 shooting from the field and a 12-minute stretch of no points all went toward sending KHS to a 68-25 loss in Western Sun Conference action.

“You have to sprint against (Geneva), and you’ve got to tip your hat to them,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “They’re a very talented team, obviously, and they work very hard. We can’t expect to come in here and compete against them if we’re not going to do that.”

The Lady Knights also finished up play at the Oswego East Holiday Classic with a 55-49 win over Aurora Christian on Dec. 30, 2009.

Kaneland’s record is 4-12 with an 0-5 record in the WSC.

The Lady Vikings went out to a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Evers’ bucket with 1:02 remaining in the quarter were the last Kaneland points until Nicki Ott’s basket with 5:19 remaining in the third made it 47-7.

The biggest lead for Geneva was 49 points, happening with 3:39 remaining in the game when it was 64-15.

The Lady Knights did manage to grab a win this week right before 2009 came to a close against the Eagles of Aurora Christian.

A 7-6 lead after one increased to 23-21 at the break. The Lady Knights increased the lead to 37-34 before taking advantage of AC foul trouble in the fourth. KHS made 14-of-22 foul shots in the frame and 23-of-38 foul shots in the game.

Mallory Carlson, who had 16 points, was 10-for-10 from the line with seven boards. Emily Heimerdinger had 10 points and four steals.

The girls suit up for host Batavia on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

Grapplers finish fourth at Don Flavin Invite

The wrestlers improved to 15-6 in dual meets this season after a productive Don Flavin Invite in Dekalb that saw the Knights finish in fourth place.

The 11-team meet had Kaneland start off on a high note with Waubonsie Valley on Dec. 29, and also lose to Bloomington 36-35 and beat St. Viator 63-13.

On Dec. 30, the championship bracket had Kaneland beat Elmhurst’s York High School 32-29, and lose to Rockton’s Hononegah 44-18 in the semis before dropping a 40-24 decision to Naperville North.

Ultimately, Hononegah captured the title with a 41-27 win over Stillman Valley. Pewaukee High School of Wisc. beat Prospect 34-26 to take fifth place.

Against St. Viator in the opening session, falls were had by 215-pounder Ben Kovalick, 103-pound entry Esai Ponce, 112-pounder Dan Goress, 119-pounder Tyler Esposito, Deven Scholl at 125, 140-pounder Spencer Bergstrom, JT Webb at 160 pounds, 171-pounder Nick Michels and 189-pounder Keagan Mattes.

In the loss to Bloomington, Esposito earned a fall, while Davidson earned a 17-1 technical fall to keep it close.

Against York, Jimmy Boyle’s win in the heavyweight category by decision gave the Knights the three-point win.

Kaneland wrestling now gets set for a road jaunt to Sycamore on Thursday, Jan. 7, and the Sycamore Invite on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Photo: 171-pound Knight wrestler
Nick Michels had a
productive Flavin Invite, which included
a pinfall vs. St. Viator
of Arlington Heights, Ill.
File Photo

Lady Knights bowling begins ‘10 with 2 losses

by Mike Slodki
The bowlers got back into the swing of things at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb on Monday afternoon, but with a 2,560-2,220 loss to visiting Rochelle.

Kaneland followed it up with a 2,454-2,222 loss at Lisle Lines to the Lions.

Against the Hubs, Kaneland (2-5, 1-3 Western Sun Conference) saw a nice outing from junior Holly Thomas, who had a 555 series. The display was anchored by three games of 190, 203 and 162.

“She really shined today and is performing well as a leader,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said.
Senior Amy Kuryliw supplied a 459 series, and Jessie McHenry added a 429 series.

Melanie Early of Lisle had a 511 series to lead the hosts against Kaneland.

Thomas performed to expectations once again with a 577 series, featuring games of 226, 181 and 170.

Molly Lambert had a 435 series, while Kuryliw had a 409 series.

The bowlers get back in the swing of things with a conference matchup at Geneva on Thursday, Jan. 7, and a home matchup with Sycamore on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Photo: Jessie McHenry of Lady Knights bowling supplied a 429 series on Monday against Rochelle. File Photo

Knight boys spreading cheer in Plano Christmas Classic

Dudzinski, Denlinger, Bailey key components in 3-0 start to tourney
by Mike Slodki

Note: The Kaneland boys basketball team won the Plano Christmas Classic, defeating Rockford Christian 47-39 Wednesday night, behind Dave Dudzinski’s 32 points. This was the fifth year the Knights have made it to the final of the Classic, and their third win.

PLANO—No.1 seed? No problem.

Kaneland Knights boys basketball (8-2, 3-1 Western Sun Conference) cut a path to the Plano Christmas Classic championship contest set for Wednesday against Rockford Christian, after defeating Putnam County, Sandwich and Genoa-Kingston so far in the tourney.

Kaneland took care of business within the cozy confines of Plano High School away from the snowy outdoor landscape, beating the Panthers of Putnam County on Saturday, 62-28.

It was prolific enough a morning that the 14 points each by Dave Dudzinski and Chaon Denlinger were enough to match the entire Panther output.

Kaneland also went 7-for-10 from the foul line, while PC went 10-for-14.

The Knights found the basket early with a 23-5 first quarter production, and kept Putnam County in check in the second to go up 35-11 at halftime.

The Knights once again outscored the Panthers by a 12-6 margin in the third to lead 47-17 after three.

The Knights took it to their second round opponent, Sandwich, in the form of a 47-27 win on Monday afternoon.

Dudzinski and Denlinger supplied 15 points apiece.

The first quarter got off to a nice start for the Knights as Denlinger supplied the first seven points.

“We like to run and Ryley gets the ball up the floor really good,” Denlinger said. “He finds a seam and gets me the ball.”

A Steve Colombe jumper and a Dudzinski putback of a Ryley Bailey blocked shot made it 12-3 with 2:05 left, and Bailey sunk a three-point basket with 31.6 seconds remaining.

That field goal gave KHS a 15-5 lead after one.

The tempo slowed considerably and Kaneland managed just two field goals from Dudzinski at 2:03 and Tyler Callaghan at 16.1 seconds for a 19-8 lead at the half.

Sandwich made six of its first eight shots in the third quarter to close within 30-21 before Callaghan made a shot with 1:39 left in the frame to go up 32-21. KHS had a cold streak which saw the team miss 12 out of 14 shots through the third and fourth quarters, but still led 32-23 at the end of the third.

The Indians put two foul shots in just eight seconds into the final quarter to close within 32-25, but two free throws and a basket by Denlinger, followed by a bucket by Bailey brought the lead to 38-26 with 3:01 to go. A reverse layup by Dudzinski put a nice flair on the afternoon and increased the lead to 45-27 with 1:35 remaining.

“When we decided to pull the ball out, extend their zone and get David the ball in the middle of the floor, he kicked it out a couple of times. That’s when we started to feel we could play our game,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said.

In the semifinal matchup, Kaneland got past the Cogs 58-47 on Tuesday.

A 21-point night by Bailey led the way and Dudzinski had 11.

Kaneland gets back into the regular swing of things on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, vs. Batavia.

Photo: Chaon Denlinger goes skyward during Monday’s 47-27 second round win over the Sandwich Indians at the 47th Plano Christmas Classic Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights start 1-2 in Oswego East Holiday Classic

Girls nab win over Joliet, lose to OE and Plainfield C. at tourney
by Mike Slodki
OSWEGO—Kaneland girls basketball got off to a less than desirable start to its first-round matchup, and thus the Oswego East Holiday Classic, but found a win vs. Joliet on Monday before losing to Plainfield Central on Tuesday.

Spotting the host Wolves a 13-2 lead after the first eight minutes, Kaneland closed the dam and played with OE evenly before succumbing 43-31 on Saturday evening.

Overall, the Lady Knights (3-11, 0-5 Western Sun Conference) went 10-for-37 from the field and 10-for-21 from the foul line.

For the Lady Knights, Emily Heimerdinger and Mallory Carlson had eight points apiece to pace the effort, with Heimerdinger adding five steals.

Area standout Jordan Jackson led the host Wolves with 14 points.

Oswego East took what the first quarter had to offer with a 13-2 lead after the first frame. A Nicki Ott basket with 3:47 to go closed within 8-2, but the Lady Knights went 1-for-9 from the field, while OE had its passing game working well.

A Kelly Evers putback and a Strang basket made it 16-9 with 4:31 to go in the half. An Ott bucket with 3:48 to get within 16-11, but OE went on a 6-1 run to close the frame.

The Lady Knights got their bearing in the third and with a Tesa Alderman foul shot, cut it to 24-18 with 5:54 remaining. Oswego East converted on its opportunities in the quarter and extended its lead to 34-22 by the end of the frame.

In the second round matchup, KHS beat the Joliet Steelwomen 56-34 on Monday evening.

Andie Strang (13 points), Nicki Ott (10), Heimerdinger (11) and Carlson (11) supplied double-figure scoring for the Lady Knights.

Kaneland went 23-for-64 from the field and 7-for-20 from the foul line.

The Lady Knights hit three out of four shots and used three free throws to go on a 7-0 run and make it 38-31 with 4:12 to go, but could get no closer.

“We’ll play well, and then switch it off and not play well for four or five minutes,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe. “Our goal is trying to extend those good periods longer and longer. We need to try and turn a four-minute good stretch into a six-minute good stretch.”

Kaneland lost its third round matchup by a final of 45-37, having difficulty with shots against PC’s 1-2-2 zone. The Lady Knights were 14-for-58 from the field and 0-for-15 from the three-point arc.

Kelly Evers supplied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

After their final game at the Oswego East Holiday Classic, the girls go to Geneva on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010.

Photo: Emma Bradford (32) tries a layup during Monday evening’s 56-34 handling of Joliet at the Oswego East Holiday Classic. Photo by Ben Draper

Grapplers top Waubonsie Valley to open Flavin Invite

by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—Kaneland got its first dual out of the way, in a big way.

Going out to a big lead against Aurora’s Waubonsie Valley at the 11th annual Don Flavin Invite in DeKalb, the Knight grapplers took home a 42-24 win to improve to 13-3 in dual action thus far.

Finishing second in Pool B, the Knights await the winner of Pool C, either Naperville North, York, Woodstock or Mascoutah for Wednesday action.

Afternoon results were unavailable as of press time.

Against the Warriors, Deven Scholl earned a pin for a 24-9 lead, while WV crawled back into the dual with wins in the 130, 135 and 140 pound matches. Kyle Davidson nabbed a pin on a reversal while on the mat with :52 left in round 2 to go up 30-19.

“Going out there, I knew I had to get six,” Davidson said. “I needed to step up and I toned it down a bit and did the basics.”

Later, Nick Michels earned a pin at 171 pounds for a the final tally.

“The pins definitely helped us out,” KHS coach Monty Jahns said. “We started out a little bit slow which is what happened two Saturdays ago. I think we’re awake now and we’re going to wrestling with a little more aggression.”

The Knights go to Woodstock on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 along with Mundelein and Richmond-Burton.

Knights hoops gains footing against Rochelle

by Mike Slodki
The game itself had a tough time getting started for Kaneland.

Even before the visiting Rochelle Hubs stormed out to an initial halftime lead, the game was originally shelved from a Dec. 8 starting point due to cold temperatures.

The Knights finally got their footing against their Western Sun Conference foe and came away with a 69-55 win on Dec. 16.

The win raises Kaneland’s record to 5-2 with a 3-1 record in WSC play.

Center Dave Dudzinski had a career-high 29 points on the night, eclipsing his previous career-high of 27, also achieved against the Hubs.

Chaon Denlinger also supplied 16 in the win.

The Knights also went 13-for-24 from the foul line.

Rochelle went up early after the first eight minutes by a 16-15 score, and led Kaneland 32-26 at the break.

Kaneland roared back with a 21-11 third quarter to go up 47-43 at the end of the third before outscoring the Hubs by 10 in the fourth to pull away.

Lower-class action this past week featured the Knights losing a 51-46 meeting with Yorkville on Friday, despite Bryan VanBogaert scoring 12. Rochelle got the best of the sophomores on Dec. 16 by a 50-47 clip. Trever Heinle had 12 in the effort.

Next up for the Knights is the 47th annual Plano Christmas Classic that has Kaneland the No. 1 seed in the gathering. Coach Brian Johnson’s crew is set to face the Putnam County Panthers on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 10:30 a.m. and will face either Sandwich or Hinckley-Big Rock on Monday, Dec. 28, at either 9 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.

Photo: Knights guard Ryley Bailey makes a mad dash for the ball on Dec. 16 in a 69-55 win over the rival Hubs. Photo by Ben Draper

47th Annual Plano Christmas Classic
Dec. 26-30, 2009

FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS
Saturday, Dec. 26
• 9 a.m. (8) Sandwich vs. Hinckley-Big Rock
• 10:30 a.m. (1) Kaneland vs. Putnam County
• 12:30 p.m. (4) Genoa-Kingston vs. Hall
• 2 p.m. (5) Yorkville vs. Coal City
• 3:30 p.m. (2) Newark vs. Somonauk
• 5:30 p.m. (7) Forreston vs. Morris
• 7 p.m. (6) Seneca vs. Plano
• 8:30 p.m. (3) Rockford Christian vs. Mendota

Kaneland could face either Sandwich or Hinckley-Big Rock
on Monday, Dec. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the championship bracket,
or 9 a.m. in the consolation bracket.
Championship Game is Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.

In 2008: Kaneland finished 3-1 in the 59th E.C. Nichols Tourney
in Marengo. The Knights beat Hampshire 51-43 in the fifth-place game.
Winnebago beat Chicago’s Bogan high School by a final of 67-49
to win the Marengo gathering.

Wrestlers drop WSC clash with Yorkville, compete in Chicago

Knights earn one win out of four in busy week; prepare for DeKalb trip
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland wrestling saw its prolific dual meet streak end on Thursday night vs. Yorkville, but still managed to get one win out of three opponents at a dual meet on Saturday.

The Knights lost to Yorkville 43-19 in front of the home fans, and then traveled to St. Patrick High School in Chicago, where they lost 37-27 to Argo, 43-27 to St. Patrick and beat Kelly 39-21.

Kaneland now sits at 12-3 in dual competition.

Against Yorkville in the 171-pound clash, Nick Michels took a fall from Brian Mogle in one minute, 24 seconds. Jimmy Boyle, at 285 pounds, beat Seth Gonzalez with a pinfall in 2:30. 125-pounder Deven Scholl won a major decision, 11-3 over Chris Watts, and Dennis Brettman won a 6-1 matchup over Brian McCue in 130-pound action.

On Saturday, Kaneland got noteworthy wins over Summit’s Argo High School thanks to Dan Goress at 112 pounds (1:38 pin) and Boyle (3:34 pin). Joe Levita won a 2-0 battle at 135 pounds, and Kyle Davidson won his 145-pound matchup with a 9-2 outing.

Against St. Patrick, the Knights got pinfall wins from 140-pound entry Spencer Bergstrom at :57, Davidson at 4:31 and Boyle at 5:09.

In the lone win of the morning, 103-pounder Esai Ponce won a 15-0 outing, and Goress won a 10-2 meeting. Davidson had himself a 17-0 tech fall win, and 152-pounder Chris Sabal won a 3-1 match. Michels won his match by sticking a pin at 1:43. Keagan Mattes, at 189 pounds, won a 11-1 match. Ben Kovalick won his 215-pound match at 4:59, and Boyle went the distance in a 7-5 win.

The Knights wait until Tuesday, Dec. 29 to face top Midwestern competition. That’s when they’ll travel to DeKalb and join the Don Flavin Invite hosted by the Barbs.

Photo: 103-pound wrestler Esai Ponce, shown here in action on Dec. 5, managed a 15-0 win over his Chicago Kelly opponent on Saturday. File Photo

Frosh/soph girls hoops action

On Dec. 16, the sophomore Lady Knights took to the floor against Elgin at Burlington Central and came away with a 54-19 win. Kylie Siebert led the way with 16 points, while Allyson O’Herron had six of her own. The Lady Knights had a 26-9 lead at the half and 45-12 after three quarters.

The sophomores also went the distance with Yorkville in Maple Park, and came away with a 54-48 overtime loss on Friday. The Lady Knights and Lady Foxes were tied at 46 after the first four quarters. Lexee Guerra led the Lady Knights with 16 points, while O’Herron added 11.

In other sophomore action, Saturday saw Burlington Central beat KHS 40-35 despite 11 points from O’Herron.

Meanwhile the freshmen beat Sycamore 37-15 in a “B” outing. Ashley Castellanos had 19 points in the effort.

The “A” freshmen beat the Lady Spartans on Saturday by a 31-19 score thanks to 11 points from Sarah Grams.

Oswego East Holiday Classic Dec. 26-30, 2009

FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS
Saturday, Dec. 26
• 9 a.m. East Aurora vs. Aurora Christian
• 10:30 a.m. South Elgin vs. Addison Trail
• 12 p.m. (1) Plainfield North vs.
Aurora Central Catholic
• 1:30 p.m. (4) West Chicago vs.
Plainfield East
• 3:30 p.m. (2) Lemont vs. Larkin
• 5 p.m. Plainfield Central vs.
Downers Grove South
• 6:30 p.m. (3) Oswego East vs. Kaneland
• 8 p.m. Andrew vs. Joliet Central

Kaneland faces either Andrew or Joliet Central on Monday, Dec. 28, at 8 p.m. in the championship bracket, or 5 p.m. in the consolation bracket. Championship Game is Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

In 2008: Kaneland finished 2-1 in an abbreviated Holiday Classic.
The Lady Knights beat Brooks Prep of Chicago 37-35 in the third-place consolation game. Driscoll Catholic beat Oak Park-River Forest by a final of 58-47 to win the Classic.

Grapplers take care of DeKalb, Glenbard S.

by Mike Slodki
Just call them Kaneland’s 11.

While not quite on the same scale of the ensemble movie that was released eight years ago this month, the Knights wrestling squad has shown a penchant for boosting victories— 11 of them in fact—as opposed to zero dual losses.

The Knights went into DeKalb and solved the Barbs 28-16 on Friday, and took care of visiting Glenbard South 53-18.

On Friday, 103-pounder Esai Ponce earned a 56-second pin, and 112-pound entry Dan Goress won a technical fall in six minutes. Deven Scholl, at 125, won an 8-6 decision. Mark Southern at 140 won an 8-7 decision. Chris Sabal, at 145, took a 3-2 decision. 160-pounder JT Webb stuck a pin at 1:26. 171-pounder Nick Michels won an 8-4 decision, and Ben Kovalick took a 7-1 decision at 215.

Against the Raiders on Tuesday, Michels took a pin with 57 seconds left in regulation, and Kovalick won 3-1 in his match. Goress won 11-4. Tyler Esposito managed a pin in the 119-pound matchup.

Dennis Brettman was down 5-2 in the 130-pound match and managed to leave regulation tied at 7 until executing a takedown in overtime for a 9-7 win.

“I really started out dead but saw opportunities and got a lot of points and tied it up. It was just not letting him score and doing a takedown,” Brettman said.

Joe Levita took an 11-5 win in 135-pound action. Sabal earned a pin, and Kyle Davidson won on a technical fall in a 15-0 affair at 152. Webb also earned a pin.

It all leads to a WSC showdown vs. Yorkville on Thursday, Dec. 17. KHS is ranked 10th in 2A according to Illinoismatmen.com, and Yorkville is ranked fifth.

Photo: 160-pounder JT Webb is a main reason for the hot undefeated start for Kaneland wrestling. Webb earned two pinfalls in this past week of competition. File Photo

Boys hoops improves to 4-2 with win vs. YHS

Four players in double figures lead to 55-50 win
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—It took a quarter for the Knights boys basketball team to gain their footing on Thursday evening, but they righted themselves for the final three frames and held off a charging Yorkville squad to win 55-50.

The Knights improved to 4-2 with a 2-1 record in Western Sun Conference play.

The Foxes stormed out to a 13-6 lead ,which found Kaneland playing catch-up, but the Knights outscored Yorkville 15-4 in the second and 22-19 in the third, before Yorkville closed the deficit by two.

Chaon Denlinger of Kaneland supplied a team-high 13 points, while Donovan Williams had 12 points, all in the second half. Ryley Bailey added 12 (three three-pointers) and man-in-the-middle Dave Dudzinski had 10.

The Knights went 12-for-19 from the free throw line, while the Foxes went 14-for-16. Tavis Gibson of Yorkville had 18 points.

After falling behind by seven in the first, Kaneland stormed back to take a 16-15 lead with 4:44 remaining in the half and went up 21-17 at the break.

A Denlinger basket with 5:05 gave Kaneland its biggest lead of the game to that point at 29-20. Denlinger later hit a three-point play to go up 32-23 with 3:55 to go, but a mini-Fox rally closed within 34-32 with 2:14 left.

Bailey’s five-point barrage at the end of the third gave the Knights a 43-36 lead.

Yorkville failed to go away and got the lead at 43-42 with 5:20 to go, but a Denlinger shot and two foul shots by Williams gave some breathing room at 47-42.

Williams would hit two more important free throws down the stretch to help secure the win.

“The last games I haven’t been much of a scoring threat,” Williams said. “I’ve been told I should step up and score some points, so I just tried to do that.”

With the score at 52-50, Dudzinski took the ball and made a reverse layup to give the Knights a 54-50 lead with 16.5 left to ice the game.

“Yorkville had that zone, and they made us work for every bucket,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “They competed and played hard, and you’ve got to give it to Yorkville.”

The boys now get an extended break until their entry into the historic Plano Christmas Classic on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Lady Knights victim of poor shooting against Yorkville

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Kaneland girls basketball had a tough task ahead of it on Friday night in Maple Park with an improved Yorkville squad.

The fact that the Lady Knights went 17-for-52 from the field didn’t help matters, either.

A tough shooting night that saw Kaneland make just four of 23 shot attempts in the first half and all seven foul shot attempts paved the way for a 49-40 loss to the visiting Lady Foxes.

KHS drops to 2-9 on the season and 0-4 in Western Sun Conference play.

“You’re not going to beat many teams when you’re (4-for-23) to start,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Against Rochelle we were 5-for-31 in the first half. We’re not going to beat anybody shooting the ball like that, and that’s where it starts. We played hard all night, and we did a good job on defense, but some of the shots we missed were two-foot shots and point-blank shots at the basket, so we have to do a better job at that.”

Lone senior Mallory Carlson had a productive night with a game-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

A Nicki Ott basket with 13.9 seconds to go in the first quarter closed the deficit to 7-4.

Life got more difficult for the Lady Knights in the second quarter. Kelly Evers and Emma Bradford supplied the only field goals, and Yorkville increased its lead to 19-9 by the end of the first half.

Down 25-11 in the second quarter, Kaneland made a run and hit five consecutive shots, thanks to Carlson, Emily Heimerdinger and Tesa Alderman, to close within 28-20 with 4:20 to go.

After the Lady Foxes went back out to a 34-22 lead with 1:54 left, Carlson made good on a putback, Bradford put back Carlson’s ensuing foul shot attempt, and Bradford then converted a three-point play to close within 34-29 as the teams went into the final quarter.

A Carlson free throw 71 seconds into the fourth quarter closed within 34-30, but the Lady Knights would get no further as Yorkville upped its tempo and went out to a 46-36 lead. They’d hold Kaneland at bay for the duration.

The varsity troops take an extended break until picking up the action on Saturday, Dec. 26, at the usual Oswego East Holiday Classic stop. The Lady Knights’ first contest will be the host Lady Wolves at 6:30 p.m.

Bowlers run into WSC juggernaut schools

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland bowlers will need to pick up their game in order to navigate through a tough Western Sun Conference season.

KHS bowling fell hard to Western Sun Conference rival Sycamore on Thursday by a final of 2,886-2,141, and followed that up with a 2,948-2,125 loss to DeKalb in an “away” meet at Mardi Gras Lanes.

KHS now sits at 2-3 with a 1-2 record in conference action.

Junior Holly Thomas was the top series bowler for the Lady Knights with a 510 output, followed by Amy Kuryliw at 443 and Jessie McHenry at 418.

Thomas bowled a 202 game for the high KHS mark, and a 168 as well. McHenry bowled a 163 game.

Tops for Sycamore was area standout Chelsea Royalty with a 648 series and 234 game. Kelsey Colness also supplied a 234.

Meanwhile, the JV crew lost to Sycamore by a final of 2,125-1,621. The top series for KHS was had by Angela Charhut at 340.

Against the Lady Barbs, Thomas supplied the brunt of the offense with a 551 series and the top three games for the KHS outfit (193, 178, 180). McHenry had 445 for a series and Molly Lambert had 417.

Thomas knows she’s being counted on and uses that to drive her and the team through a tough conference stretch.

“I always have room to improve,” Thomas said. “I can be more consistent, but it gives me more confidence to be a leader, and I feel like I can bowl better.”

The Lady Knight bowlers now gear up for the Lisle Invite on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.

Photo: Seleana Isaacs takes to the lines vs. IMSA on Dec. 7. The sophomore bowled a 354 series against DeKalb on Tuesday and a 337 at Sycamore on Thursday. Photo by Ben Draper

Bowling continues nice start

by Mike Slodki
It’s early, but the Kaneland bowling roster will definitely take this inviting start.

With a hard-fought win on Monday evening at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb over non-conference rival IMSA, the Lady Knights are 2-1 with a 1-0 record in Western Sun Conference play.

The Lady Knights took it to the Titans by a final of 2,364-2,209, marking their second dual win in a row after losing their opener to Morris on Nov. 30.

The girls also took third out of 14 teams at the Dundee-Crown Tournament on Saturday.

Holly Thomas once again led the way as the junior had a match-high series of 509 against the Titans. Following her were teammates Molly Lambert at 417 and Jessica McHenry at 412.

High games were bowled by Thomas and Lambert at 177 and McHenry at 170.

“We’re doing OK, with Holly averaging 170,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “The other girls are hot and cold—inconsistent. Fortunately, we’ve had occasional decent scores from the others. We need to get a few girls to average in the 150s or higher in order to be even more competitive.”

In the JV matchup, Kaneland lost a close 1,763-1,760 battle despite the best efforts of Amy Kuryliw, who bowled a 412 series.

The varsity roster looks to beat host Sycamore on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Four Seasons.

Wrestlers leave opponents looking up at lights

Three dual wins on Saturday has grapplers unbeaten
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Ask the likes of Bremen, Lemont and Rochelle high schools if they had a nice weekend.

If it concerns wrestling, chances are they would have rather not faced Kaneland.

For on Saturday, the Knights of the square mat continued their hot start at 9-0 in dual competition.

The Knights beat Western Sun Conference rival Rochelle by a final of 58-17, beat Bremen 65-3 and got past Lemont 30-26.

Falls were accomplished by 103-pounder Esai Ponce (technical fall 5:59), 112-pound Dan Goress (3:55), Devon Scholl at 125 (3:10), Dennis Brettman in the 130-pound match (:57), Mark Southern in the 140-pound clash (4:19), 152-pounder Kyle Davidson (4:00), and JT Webb, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a reversal and pin at 1:30.

“This is a really big meet,” said Webb. “I knew I had to do it for my team. I was on my back and I knew I couldn’t lose.”

Competitors like Davidson are among those who KHS coach Monty Jahns will be counting on for the season’s duration.

“Kyle is aggressive and his confidence level is high right now. He’s moving well and scoring points,” Jahns said.

The win against Rochelle proved a nice barometer for where the coaching staff felt the team was at.

“On our feet, defensively and in the bottom position, I think we were aggressive. We weren’t as aggressive on the top position as we needed to be,” KHS coach Monty Jahns said.

Nick Michels took his match with a pinfall in 5:46, and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle won with a fall in 3:31.

Southern (1:53), Davidson (5:16) and Webb (1:46) earned pinfall wins in the rout of Bremen.

Scholl (5:12), Davidson (1:42) and Boyle (3:42) took the pinfall wins against Lemont, with Goress pulling out an overtime win, 4-2, in the 112-pound match.

The wrestling crew heads to DeKalb on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in a Western Sun battle.

Photo: 112-pound entry Dan Goress makes life difficult in a 65-3 team win vs. Bremen on Saturday. With additional wins over Rochelle and Lemont, the Kaneland Knights’ undefeated start has produced a No. 10 ranking in Class 2A by illinoismatmen.com.
Photo by Ben Draper