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Local residents named to Lewis University dean’s list

ROMEOVILLE, ILL.—The following local residents were recently named to the Lewis University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester: Abigail Dodis (biochemistry), Alec Koczka (aviation maintenance management), John Scholl (air traffic control management) and Kelly Kovacic (air traffic control management), all of Elburn; and Abby Michels (special education/elementary education) and Emily Thomas (nursing—generic) of Sugar Grove.

To be eligible for the Lewis University dean’s list, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0.

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Kaneland 2013 grad earns pilots license

Photos: 2013 Kaneland grad Alec Koczka of Elburn took his first step toward a career in aviation by earning his private pilot certificate in May. Courtesy Photos

ELBURN—Who knew the most exciting part of an 18-year-old’s day would be landing a plane with crosswinds in excess of 25 knots?

Alec Koczka, an Elburn resident and 2013 Kaneland High School graduate, took the first step in moving toward a career in aviation by earning his private pilot certificate in May. Taking Alec a little under a year to complete the ground school and flight time program, he studied the mechanics of flying, airport operations, and federal regulations, in addition to one-on-one instruction in the air. Flight instructor David Gillingham of Fly America in DeKalb said Alec is one of the best students he has seen in years in regard to focus and good judgment.

“The best quality about Alec is that he consistently pays attention to what is going on in the air and has excellent focus,” Gillingham said. “I have no doubt about his ability to command an aircraft.”
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Rich Koczka, Alec’s father, remembers his son always looking up at the sky, even as a young boy. The natural response as a parent of a child who is intrigued about something is to encourage that fascination.

“You end up investing (financially) in your child now or later, so we just decided to start with Alec from a young age,” Rich said in reference to Alec’s involvement in electrician classes at the Fox Valley Career Center, and recent achievement of earning his private pilot license.

The next step to becoming a skilled pilot is to take the necessary training to become instrument rated. Taking additional classes and extensive training in flying an aircraft in harsh weather conditions will require Alec to fly safely by referencing only instruments and taking cues from the aircraft.

Beginning in August, Alec will attend Lewis University in southwest suburban Romeoville, Ill., with a double major in aviation maintenance management that gives students the skills and technical training needed to become a certified aviation maintenance technician. The oldest aviation program in Illinois, Lewis University is also the only college in the state with an on-site airport for hands-on training.

“Along with that, I will be flying and continuing my training towards becoming an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot),” Alec said.

When asked who has supported him on his journey to the skies Alec replied that his dad and grandpa have been a big influence by getting him into the art of flying.

“My parents support me 110 percent the whole way. I couldn’t have done it without them,” Alec said.

FVCC announces its Students of the Month for November 2012

KANELAND—The following Kaneland students were recently recognized by Fox Valley Career Center as Students of the Month for November 2012: Jack Childress, Auto Technology I; Alec Koczka, Electrician II; Nick Sharp, Fire Science II; Jack VanGemert, Welding I; Bridgett Ausbury, Health Occupations – EMC; Jay Markuson, Auto Technology I; Reid Peters, Small Engines I.

In order to receive this honor, students must demonstrate the ability to do excellent work and accomplish the goals for their particular career training program. These students must also exhibit a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and work with others.

KHS fall sports announce awards

Kaneland—The Kaneland High School fall sports programs recently concluded their respective awards nights.

Cross Country—Boys
• Most Valuable Runner: Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson
• Most Improved Runner: Nathaniel Kucera
• Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength—Nick Messina
• Captains—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Brad Kigyos
• Golden Knight Award—Freshman: Kyle Osborne; Sophomore: Andrew Lesak; Junior: Ryan Bower; Senior: Gus Stott
• State Qualifiers—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Nathaniel Kucera, John Meisinger, Ryan Bower, Brandon Huber, Ryan Paulson, Luis Acosta
• All Conference—Kyle Carter

Cross Country—Girls
• Captains—Abby Dodis, Maggie Brundige, Ashley Castellanos
• Most Improved Runner—Jessica Kucera, Sydney Strang
• Most Valuable Runner—Victoria Clinton
• All Conference—Victoria Clinton, Brianna Bower, Abby Dodis, Sydney Strang, Amanda Lesak
• State Qualifiers—Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig, Sydney Strang, Abby Dodis, Ashley Castellanos, Maggie Brundige, Amanda Lesak, Brianna Bower
• All State, State Champion—Victoria Clinton

Football
• Captains—Blake Bradford, Ryan Lawrence, Dan Goress, Kory Harner, Nick Sharp
• Most Improved Player—Bradley Johnson
• Most Valuable Player—Blake Bradford
• Offensive MVP—Zach Martinelli
• Defensive MVP—Gary Koehring
• Special Teams MVP—Matt Rodriguez
• NIB XII All Conference—Zach Theis, Nick Sharpe, Alex Snyder, Zach Martinelli, Jesse Balluff, Drew David, Justin Diddell, Jaumaureo Phillips, Blake Bradford, Kory Harner, Gary Koehring, Ryan Lawrence, Matt Rodriguez

Golf
• Varsity Most Improved Player—Jessy Denton
• Varsity MVP—Matt Yonkovich
• Fresh/Soph MVP—Jeremy Faletto
• Fresh/Soph Most Improved Player—Tori Guyton, C.J. Wehrmann
• All Conference—Matt Yonkovich, Connor Williams, Brody Kuhar, Luke Kreiter
• State Qualifiers—Connor Williams, Luke Kreiter, Matt Yonkovick, Brody Kuhar, Dan Miller, Sean Glennon

Soccer
• Captains—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Marshall Farthing, Sam Rymarz, Alec Koczka, Ivan Bohorquez
• Most Improved Player—Jason Biddle, Marshall Farthing
• Most Valuable Player—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo
• Rookie of the Year—Ivan Bohorquez
• Coach’s Award—Tyler Siebert, Alec Koczka, Chris Van Dinther, J.T. Karr
• Offensive Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• Defensive Player of the Year—Sam Rymarz
• Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• All Conference—Marshall Farthing, Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Alec Koczka, Sam Rymarz
• All Conference-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional—Alex Gil, Marshall Farthing
• All State—Anthony Parillo

Tennis
• Team Spirit Awards—Varsity: Jess Woodward; JV: Katelyn Blaszynski
• Most Improved Awards—Varsity: Colleen Landers; JV: Mallory Dugan
• MVP—Sarah Grams, Stephanie Zwick
• Outstanding Achievement Awards—School Record: 38 wins—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil; 1st Singles player to qualify for the State Tournament—Samantha Schrepferman
• State Qualifiers—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman
• All Conference—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman, Sarah Grams

Volleyball
• Most Improved Player—Emily Laudont, Keri Groen
• Spirit Award—Rachael Clinton
• MVP—Jenny Lubic
• Top Offensive Player—Ellie Dunn
• Top Defensive Player—Shayna Tucek
• All Conference—Ellie Dunn, Lauren Banbury

Redemption

Photo: Team Captain Anthony Parillo (5) fights for the ball against Yorkville on Tuesday. Kaneland came away with a 2-1 victory. Photo by John DiDonna

Knights win rematch over Yorkville; add wins over Plainfield East, Rochelle
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Just shoot the ball, because who knows what it’ll bring.

That, in essence, is what KHS coach Scott Parillo was preaching to his troops during halftime and in the second half of a match on Tuesday against visiting Yorkville.

Parillo’s son and scoring option Anthony took it to heart after a booming kick ricocheted off players into the net with 12:54 to go.

The score was the difference in the 2-1 Northern Illinois Big XII win.

Kaneland is now 12-3-2 (6-2-1 NIB-12) after the win over Yorkville, plus wins over visiting Plainfield East, 3-2, and at Rochelle, 4-2.

Down 1-0 at the half to a feisty, much-improved Yorkville team, the Knights came back on a goal from Kushstrim Ismaili with 34:44 remaining. The score remained deadlocked until Parillo’s goal 22 minutes later.

“I actually was surprised it went in,” Parillo said. “The deflection didn’t look like it was going to go in; it was a little slow. Luckily, it made it around him.”

The elder Parillo saw positive and stark contrasts from the losing effort against Yorkville from two weeks ago.

“I don’t know what it is about football fields, but they’re not very kind to us,” Parillo said. “Yorkville is an excellent team. We feel very fortunate to have won this game. I thought we played much better here than at Yorkville.”

Against the Bengals of Plainfield East, goals were scored by Arsim Azemi and Alec Koczka in the first half, with a goal from Parillo with 6:33 remaining to put the action on ice.

In the NIB-12 tussle against the Hubs, Koczka’s goal 22 minutes in helped secure a 1-1 tie, before a goal deluge from Sam Rymarz on a penalty kick, Ben Longson and Parillo on a penalty kick tilted the scales.

Ahead for the Knight soccer outfit is a Thursday, Oct. 11, showdown with potential Burlington Central Regional opponent Sycamore along Spartan Trail.

Goal barrage lifts KHS

Photo: Ben Longson (14) shoots the ball past the IMSA goalie during Kaneland’s home victory on Thursday afternoon. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—No matter the competition, it looks like Kaneland is getting used to performing at a certain level.

No longer a pushover against teams like Geneva and handling its other current rivals, the Knights continued their season with a 9-1 win against Illinois Math and Science Academy in Maple Park on Thursday before playing to a 0-0 tie against DeKalb on Tuesday.

Kaneland is now 3-1-3 on the season.

Against IMSA, the first 40 minutes could have been called “The Anthony Parillo Show” as the Knight asset garnered four goals in the first 25 minutes of play.

The only goal the KHS crew would need came two minutes, 11 seconds into play on an assist from Arsim Azemi.

Parillo then assisted Tyler Siebert on the second goal 31 seconds later for a 2-0 edge. Parillo was then fed by Siebert for the third goal with 35:26 go play in the first half. A hat trick was then completed on a feed from Alec Koczka with 29:29 left in the half.

Kushstrim Ismaili and Parillo scored the next two times, with Azemi capping the deluge on a free kick with 10:21 left in the half.

Ismaili would complete his own hat trick on two second-half goals: one with 30:41 left on an assist from Ivan Bohorquez and the last with 2:21 remaining.

The JV squad also had a productive day, winning 8-0 over IMSA.

Tuesday’s conference opener against DeKalb concluded with a 0-0 tie. The sophomore unit fell 1-0, and the freshman squad came through for the Knights’ program with a 4-0 victory.

Felipe Speraggi led the way with two goals and an assist. Cameron Pieczynski added a goal and an assist. Alex Mendoza contributed a goal, while additional assists came from Tristan Powell and Tim Watcher.

Northern Illinois Big XII action continues with a trip to the Morris Redskins’ home pitch on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Boys Soccer Preview: Through it all

Photo: The Kaneland Knights varsity soccer boys finished 12-7-1 last year and fell just short of their quest to clinch a second straight regional title. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—KHS coach Scott Parillo has seen his team go through just about everything on the pitch.

A 2010 postseason saw the Knights play nine postseason overtimes enroute to a regional championship—the first for a head-to-head sport at Kaneland in five years—before losing to Sterling in the sectional semifinal.

In 2011, the Knight roster used a late Alex Gil goal against regional host DeKalb for a win before bowing out to Class 2A State semifinalist Marmion in the regional final.

“They had two D-1 guys, and it was a good team. We were still young with a lot of juniors and sophomores, and we did well,” Parillo said.

Now with nine seniors, 10 juniors and a sophomore on the opening roster, Kaneland wants to improve its win total for the second straight year, after ending 12-7-1 in 2011.

“It’s nice having a lot of experience, and hopefully it works out,” Parillo said.
Stability in goal is personified by senior Marshall Farthing.

“It’s a shame he didn’t get recognized more for how he played in the postseason,” Parillo said of the returnee.

Holes to be filled include the scoring and ball-handling of All-Northern Illinois Big XII forward Jordan Escobedo and honorable mention defender Pedro Perez due to graduation.

Doing their part are returning all-NIB-12 members senior Alex Gil and junior Anthony Parillo.
Other midfield cornerstones are junior Tyler Siebert and Arsim Azemi, while defenders Sam Rymarz and Alec Koczka, another all-conference selection, take charge.

“We have seasoned vets and we’re skilled. We’ve just got to stay healthy,” Parillo said.
Parillo looks for the conference landscape to be tough.

“DeKalb is still tough; Morris’ sophomores won conference, and Yorkville is getting a lot better. Rochelle is solid, so it’s a solid conference,” he said. “We know we can score. It’s important for them to remember to possess the ball, work hard and have fun.”

Kaneland’s tour began on Tuesday at Marengo, and it handles the Jacobs Tournament on Friday, Aug. 24.

Soccer starts with a win
Anthony Parillo led the Knights as they kicked off their 2012 campaign with a 4-1 win over Marengo on Tuesday.

Parillo earned the hat trick, scoring twice in the first half and notching his third goal in the second. Assisting on the goals were Gil, Bohorquez and Koczka.

Gil put in the first goal of the season off an assist fromRymarz.

Varsity Roster—
Marshall Farthing, GK/Mid
Tyler Siebert, Mid/Fwd
Jarred Karr, GK/Mid
Kushstrim Ismaili, Mid/Fwd
Anthony Parillo, Mid/Fwd
Adhurim Azemi, Mid/Fwd
Don Seawall, Mid/Fwd
Alex Gil, Mid/Fwd
Ignacio Toscano, Mid/Fwd
Arsim Azemi, Mid/Fwd
Ryan Longson, Def/Mid
Jason Biddle, Def/Mid
Sam Rymarz, Def/Mid
Ben Longson, Mid/Fwd
Chris Van Dinther, Def/Mid
Alonzo Dominguez, Def/Mid
Matt Vander Sande, Def/Mid
Diego Ochoa, Mid/Fwd
Ivan Bohorquez, Mid/Fwd
Alec Koczka, Def/Mid
Head Coach—Scott Parillo

Varsity Soccer Schedule
• Tuesday, Aug. 21; 4:30 p.m.
At Marengo Community HS
• Friday, Aug. 24; 4:30 p.m.
At Jacobs Invite
• Saturday, Aug. 25; 9 a.m.
At Jacobs Invite
• Thursday, Aug. 30; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Geneva HS
• Friday, Aug. 31; 6 p.m.
At Hinckley-Big Rock HS
• Thursday, Sept. 6; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. IMSA
• Tuesday, Sept. 11; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. DeKalb HS
• Thursday, Sept. 13; 4:30 p.m.
At Morris HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 18; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Rochelle Twp HS
• Thursday, Sept. 20; 4:30 p.m.
At Yorkville HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 25; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Sycamore HS
• Thursday, Sept. 27; 6 p.m.
At DeKalb HS
• Tuesday, Oct. 2; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Morris HS
• Thursday, Oct. 4; 4:30 p.m.
At Rochelle Township HS
• Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m.
Home vs. Plainfield East HS
• Tuesday, Oct. 9; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Yorkville HS
• Thursday, Oct. 11; 4:30 p.m.
At Sycamore HS

FVCC announces its ‘Students of the Month’

KANELAND—Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC) recently recognized Kaneland High School students Nick Crawford (Welding I), Tyler Fabrizius (Small Engines I), Alec Koczka (Electrician I) and Ashley Shearer (Early Childhood II) as “Students of the Month” for February 2012.

FVCC recognizes Students of the Month throughout the school year. In order to receive this honor, students are selected by their program instructors because they have demonstrated the ability to do excellent work and accomplish the goals for their particular career training program during the past month.

Kaneland High School Honor Roll

High Honor Roll
Freshman: Omar Aguilar, Megan Bartholet, Anissa Becker, Rabina Beepath, Jacob Brown, Bryan Bulger, Jason Carlquist, Victoria Clinton, Jaemee Cordero, Mallory Dugan, River Dunne, Jarod Erlandson, Gemma Esposito, Connor Fedderly, James Fell, Robert Foy, Murphy Garcia, Andrew Garland, Breanna Geller, Emily Grams, Brittany Grider, Daniel Hammermeister, Riley Hannula, Anna Hayman, Shannon Herra, Kylee Hill, Olivia Hutar, Brooke Jablonski, Madison Jurcenko, Allison Kadampelil, Stephanie Karolewicz, Madison Keith, Ryan Koeppen, Rachel Kowalski, Matthew Krajewski, Kendall Krawczyk, Colleen Landers, Ashley Larsen, Axel Larsen, Julia Lennon, Andrew Lesak, Steven Limbrunner, Kristin Lipinis, Aislinn Lodwig, Alexis Lund, Alejandra Martinez-Aviles, Alyssa McCannon, Nicole McClellan, Michelle McCracken, Brianna McElroy, Rachel Miller, Jonathan Mills, Marissa Mulligan, Alexia Orosco, Samantha Payton, Marisa Peters, Gina Pettenon, Sabrina Pilkington, Cody Pitstick, Regan Prost, Kassidy Reever, Mitchell Reger, Anna Senese, Morgan Sikon, Amber Spaetzel, Michael Stanley, Nicholas Steers, Caitlyn Strasser, Elle Tattoni, Hannah Theis, Kyra Trynoski, Allison Van Bogaert, Emma Wallace, Hannah Wallace, Taylor Washlow, Anna Wendling, Austin Wheatley, Morgan Withey, Sarah Wolfe

Sophomore: Theresa Alef, Mitchell Bateman, Alexander Beck, Steven Becker, Brandon Bishop, Lauren Black, Morgan Buerke, Molly Campbell, Erika Carlson, Melissa Cherry, Hayley Contorno, Riley Coyle, Christine Crews, Andrew David, Kyle DiSandro, Megan Franklin, Spencer Good, Kyla Goodine, Kelsy Goodwin, Tatiana Guerrero, Kayla Hedgren, Caroline Heimerdinger, Madeline Heinzer, Mara Hernandez Gonzalez, Madison Hester, Tyler Hill, Tyler Holan, Michael Howard, Casey Jacobson, Shane Jorgensen, Koehring, Gary Koehring, Nathaniel Kucera, Emily Laudont, Eun Woo Lim, Jennifer Lubic, Kaley Martens, Rachel Mathys, Meredith McCaffrey, Carissa Miller, Abigail Needham, Brittany Olson, Julie Panasik, Mary Piazza, Eileen Ruppel, Alexandria Russell, Katelyn Schmidt, Tyler Slamans, Rachel Steinmiller, Nicholas Stollard, Elizabeth Strang, Delaney Stryczek, Jordan Thelander, Curtis Thorson, Thomas Van Bogaert, Christian VanDinther, Sophie Wallace, Brin Wilk, Azalia Wilkerson, Michael Williams, Amber Winquist-Bailey, Zachary Winthers, Ethan Witt, Lucas Wolski, Lauren Zick, Nathan Zitko

Junior: Gabriella Aguirre, Lauren Banbury, Kami Bauer, Erica Brettman, Myles Chick, Rachael Clinton, Joshua Cohrs, Vanessa Cook, Kelsey Cotton, Robert Debolt, Abigail Dodis, Austin Doyle, Katelyn Dray, Brendan Dunphy, Zachary Eckhardt, Caroline Eichelberger, Christopher Farrell, Sean Flamand, Dominique Galloway, Sarah Grams, Keriann Groen, Nicole Grossman, Emily Gulanczyk, Nicole Hanlon, Alyson Harner, Brooke Harner, David Hernandez, Jenice Heyob, Conor Johnson, Erin Kettelkamp, Alec Koczka, Jessica Kolzow, Alexander Kovach, Taylor Krawczyk, Joseph Kuipers, Brittany Larsen, Cara Lenhardt, Matthew Limbrunner, Benjamin Longson, Stephanie Maras, Jay Markuson, Madeline McMullen, Daniel Miller, Alyssa Nolte, Allyson O’Herron, Beau Ott, Nicholas Philips, Joseph Pollastrini, Ashley Prost, Maxim Reger, Lauren Rusnok, Michael Saucedo, Jessica Smith, Nathaniel Snyder, Karizza Sotelo, Samantha Sparks, Savannah Stasik, Morgan Stewart, Ryan Straughn, Brianne Strobel, Maria Tapia Escobedo, Alexandra Vickery, Abby West, Jessica Woodward

Senior: Lauren Allen, Rebecca Arnold, Lilly Berrend, Madison Bluml, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Jocelyn Cabral, Lauren Companiott, Ashley Diddell, Katelyn Dudzinski, Brian Edwards, Eric Eichelberger, Kelly Evers, Grace Fabrizius, Ariel Geraghty, Noelle Goodine, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Malory Groen, Elizabeth Howie, Christina Janes, Nicole Ketza, Denitza Koleva, Kaitlyn Kolzow, Benjamin Kovalick, Stelios Lekkas, McKinzie Mangers, Jacob Mazuc, Austin McElderry, Kayley McPhee, Anna Novotny, William Osborne, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Jordan Phillips, Alexa Reger, Karyn Ribbens, Josias Rodriguez, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Melissa Schmidt, Veronica Seawall, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Molly Speckman, Anthony Sperando, Brandon Stahl, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Valerie Tockstein, Catherine Tolan, Amber Urich, Marissa Villafuerte, Savannah Webb, Kathleen Werrline, Anders Winquist-Bailey, Elliot Witt, John Wooten

Regular Honor Roll
Freshman: Karina Alcantara-Camargo, Mariah Ausbury, Jacob Bachio, Melanie Bateman, Ivan Bohorquez, Nicholas Boose, Amy Burgholzer, Briel Castellese, Hannah Conley, Amy Croft, Gabriel David, Destiny Diaz, Courtney Diddell, Zachary Douglas, Sarah Dratnol, Alyssa Evans, Jeremy Faletto, Colton Fellows, Elise Fichtel, Sam Ford, Kevin Fuchs, Justin Garcia, Julia Golbeck, Victoria Guyton, McKayla Helm, Zachary Justus, Joshua Kasap, Rachel Keske, Joshua Kohler, Alyson Kowalczyk, Jessica Kucera, Shannon Limbrick, Matthew Lyons, Raymond McGarvey, Caitrin Mills, Lenora Murphy, Meghen Nance, Kayla Norell, Taylor Opperman, Nicole Partipilo, Katrina Paulick, Lauren Pence, Kellsie Pepponi, Noah Perez, Blaine Rivas, Vanessa Saltijeral, Colleen Schrems, Samantha Schrepferman, Deanna Scialabba, Jacob Sheehan, Christine Shelton, Aaron Steenwyk, Evan Thompson, Taylor Tindall, James Tockstein, Rachel Urich, Paige Wagner, Charles Wehrmann, Samantha White, Nicholas Winthers, John Wolf, Joshua Yeggy

Sophomore: Johnathan Bahena Diaz, Jesse Balluff, James Bartholomew, Anna Bateman, Dzenan Bogaljevic, Michelle Bohanek, Ryan Bower, Alexandra Brenwall, Johnathan Briggs, Lanie Callaghan, Gina Campobasso Jarvis, Andrew Carroll, Ryan Caul, Lesly Chavez, Jacob Cinkus, Taylor Corbett, Michael Deja, Christina Delach, Justin Diddell, Dakota Drefke, Emily Eckert, Daniel Evers, Alyssa Faulkner, Angelique Franks, Brittany Giannini, Denise Gombar, Christopher Hernandez, Jessica Jablonski, Matthew Kalinowski, Brittany Kemp, Samuel Kitz, Lydia Krauz, Broderick Kuhar, Sara Laurie, Thung Lee, Stefanos Lekkas, Nicolas Likeum, Ryan Longson, Trevor Malatek, Kellyn McMullan, Mikaela Messick, Shannon O’Shea, Joshua Opp, Andre Palpant, Anthony Parillo, Alexa Parrenas, Mason Pieczynski, Alec Pope, Shannon Ransford, Muhammad Rehman, Taylor Robertson, Paige Robinson, Joshua Rodriguez, Kyle Romas, Teri Ruffolo, Zackery Russell, Kaprice Sanchez, Blake Schultz, Kaleb Schuppner, Alexander Speckman, Allison Steininger, Sydney Strang, Ashlee Tennant, Cameron Thomas, Katelyn Treinen, Alyson Utterback, Matthew Vander Sande, Cynthia Vasquez, John Venneri, Jessica Villafuerte, Noelia Villanueva, Kelly Wallner, Lucas Welz, Nicholas Welz, Zachary Wielgos, Thomas Williams, Grant Wooten

Junior: Julia Angelotti, Olubukola Ayegbusi, Joanna Barragan, Alex Baumgartner, Jennifer Bicos, Jason Biddle, Emma Bradford, Margaret Brundige, Bailey Burns, Romina Carrano, Ashley Castellanos, Jacob Childress, Madeline Cole, Nicholas Crawford, Anna Croft, Austen Davis, Laken Delahanty, Claiborne Denlinger, Hannah Dewar, Natalie Dietrich, Alonzo Dominguez, Miricle Dominguez, Breanna Evola, Marshall Farthing, Kristin Gabrielson, Jordan Ginther, Sean Glennon, Jack Grimes, Stephen Gust, Nikolas Hale, Kory Harner, Tyler Hawbecker, Alexander Held, Kirstin Hinds, Meagan Holloman, Kushtrim Ismaili, Lisa Jennings, Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Nicholas Katsigiannis, Brad Kigyos , Samuel Kilgore, Esther Kong, Luke Kreiter,, Baylee Lancaster,, Tanisha Lee,, Kara Leyden, Katherine Lucarelli, Sydney Luse, Alexandra Lyons, Zachary Martinelli, Jacqueline McClellan, Stephen McCracken, Joshua McHenry, James Merletti, Eric Meuer, Savanah Miles, Brayden Miller, Paige Nachreiner, Alyssa Nahley, Morgan Newhouse, Cory Nordine, Sarah Norman, Adam Poczekaj, Kyle Pollastrini, MacKenzie Powell, Lyndi Scholl, Collin Seidelman, Benjamin Sommers, Manuel Tapia- Zachary Theis, Kalani Tovar, Jack Van Gemert, Taylor Velazquez, Jemma Waldrop, Caitlin Wallace, Kaitlyn Wendling, Abbie Wilhelm, Connor Williams, Alexander Willis, Morgan Wojciechowski, Danielle Wylie

Senior: Kourtni Bingley, Melissa Bohorquez, Zachary Brown, Emily Carr, Colton Carter, Sean Carter, Jacob Chevalier, Acalia Cleaver, Zachary Douglas, Megan Dressel, , Tyler Fabrizius, John Goodrich, Joseph Gorenz, Casey Haffner, Bridget Hankes, Daniel Hansen, Samantha Hansen, David Heine, Austin Henkelman, Phoojywg Her, Heather Hochsprung, Alexandria Hornback, Seleana Isaacs, Sarah Kitz, Kelly Kovacic, Alec Krueger, Troy Krueger, Kathryn Lanute, Kayley Larsen, Cesar Lazcano, Nicholette LeBlanc, Victoria Likeum, Madison Limbrick, Madeline Meredith, Amelia Napiorkowski, Diana Nuno, Konstantin Paraskevov, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Jake Rosko, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandro Salinas, Max Sanko, Demi Schlehofer, Dana Schultz, Matthew Simmons, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Michael Tattoni, Mackenzie Theisen, Carolina Tovar, Shannon Wallace, Nicholas Wielgos, Joshua Williams, Jordyn Withey, Michael Withey, Maverick Wojciechowski

KHS fall athletes recognized with awards

KANELAND—Kaneland High School athletics released their slate of Fall Sports Awards, with each sport trumpeting the best it had to offer, with some All-Northern Illinois Big XII honors thrown in for good measure.

In golf, All-NIB-12 went to Troy Krueger and Matt Yonkovich. Co-Varsity MVP’s were Brody Kuhar and Yonkovich. Connor Williams won the varsity most improved player award. On the frosh/soph roster, Stephen Cannell took the MVP, and Jacob Sheehan won the most improved player award.

For volleyball, All-NIB-12 nods went to Katy Dudzinski and conference MVP Kylie Siebert.

Dudzinski was named top offensive player while Siebert was named top defensive player.

Most improved player went to Rachael Clinton, and the Spirit award went to Lauren Banbury. Dudzinski and Siebert took home the team MVP awards.

In Kaneland tennis, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Amelia Napiorkowski and Kelly Kovacic were recognized as captains. Mallory Dugan and Stephanie Karolewicz were named most improved. Kovacic and Colleen Landers took the team spirit awards. Outstanding achievement awards went to Jelly Emmnouil for a perfect regular season, Madi Jurcenko for a school record 33 wins, and the doubles tandem of Jurcenko and Napiorkowski for a record of 32-3. All-NIB-12 members were Napiorkowski, Jurcenko, Emmanouil and Sammie Schrepferman, and those four were also named team MVP’s.

For girls cross country, Victoria Clinton was honored for All-State totals, as well as being a State qualifier with teammates Maggie Brundige, Abby Dodis, Aislinn Lodwig, Amanda Lesak, Sydney Strang and Ashley Castellanos.

Lesak, Dodis, Lodwig, Brundige and Clinton were named to the All-NIB-12 team. Dodis, Brundige and Carolina Tovar were recognized as captains. Most improved runners were Dodis and Brundige, while Clinton was named as Most Valuable Runner, capping an exceptional freshman campaign.

For boys cross country, Kyle Carter, John Meisinger, Brandon Huber, Miki Marin, Conor Johnson, Luis Acosta, Clayton Brundige and Nate Rehkopf were recognized as State qualifiers, while Huber, Carter and Meisinger made the All-NIB-12 team.

The Golden Knight Awards went to freshman Andrew Lesak, sophomore Nathanie Kucera, junior Meisinger and senior Rehkopf. Rehkopf, Brundige and Marin were recognized as captains. Huber took the most improved runner nod. Brundige won the Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength. Carter was named most valuable runner.

For the State semifinalist football squad, Quinn Buschbacher was recognized for his IHSCA All-State accomplishment, and Jacob Razo was credited with an IHSCA Honorable Mention. Alex Snyder, Drew David, Blake Bradford and Ben Kovalick were named to the IHSCA Academic All-State team.

Snyder, Nick Sharp, Buschbacher, Sean Carter, David, Ryan Noel, Kovalick, Razo, Kory Harner, Ryan Lawrence and Bradford were named to the All-NIB-12 team.

Special teams MVP was Matt Roriguez, while Buschbacher was offensive MVP and Razo was named defensive MVP.

Most improved player was Brandon Stahl, captains were Kovalick, Noel, Buschbacher, Razo and Carter, while Sean Carter walked away with the MVP award.

For the regional finalist soccer team, Alex Gil and Anthony Parillo were named to the All-Sectional team, while Jordan Escobedo, Gil, Parillo and Alec Koczka made the All-NIB-12 team. Pedro Perez and Tyler Siebert were honorable mention candidates.

Gil was named player of the year, with Escobedo taking the offensive player of the year and Sam Rymarz named the defensive player of the year.

The Coach’s Award went to Siebert, Koczka, Jason Biddle and Chris Van Dinther. Gil, Escobedo and Parillo were recognized as captains.

Rookie of the year went to Arsim Azemi. Thansi Pesmajoglou was named most improved player and Gil and Parillo took the team MVP.

Postseason honors kick in for soccer

Four Knights named to elite squad after regional final run
KANELAND—Kaneland High School soccer saw more benefits roll in even after this last season.

Having made it all the way to the regional final before being ousted by Marmion Academy, the Knights’ squad saw four of its own named to the Northern Illinois Big XII East division All-Conference team, as handed down in November

The Knights had junior midfielder Alex Gil, junior defender Alec Koczka, senior forward Jordan Escobedo and sophomore forward Anthony Parillo named to the elite group.

Meanwhile, sophomore forward Tyler Siebert and senior defender Pedro Perez earned honorable mention nods for their season.

Rochelle brought the most East division honors with five players, and DeKalb’s midfielder Sammy Lake, a senior, won the division MVP.

In the West division, Sterling’s Bryan Gutierrez won the MVP honors.

The Knights finished 12-7-1, and fell short of their quest to clinch a second straight regional title.

Soccer stopped by two schools before NIB-12 win

KANELAND—Kaneland soccer had five matches in nine days, and while the action was close in the second half, the Knights saw chances go the other way this last week.

On Thursday, the Knights hosted conference mate Rochelle and surrendered a second-half goal in a 3-2 setback.

On Saturday, the Knights saw a late second-half flurry by the still-new Plainfield East Bengals in a 2-0 loss.

However, KHS righted their ship somewhat with a 3-2 win over host Yorkville on Tuesday

The Knights are now 10-6-1, with a 5-3-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Against the Hubs, the Knights went out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a Kushstrim Ismaili goal with an assist by Alex Gil. Thanasi Pesmajoglou also scored. Rochelle tied the score with two goals before the halftime buzzer and scored the lone second-half goal for the final margin.

Against the Bengals, the hosts found the net twice in 62 seconds.

“We played four games this week and we’re tired and banged up,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said on Saturday. “I thought we played better in the second half.”

It was the first half that Kaneland excelled in against the Foxes, with Tyler Siebert, Pesmajoglou and Alec Koczka finding the net within a 10-minute space.

Soccer dishes shutouts to Yorkville and Sycamore

Photos: Alec Koczka (20) and Arsim Azemi (3) battle for a head shot near the goal during Kaneland’s varsity game at Sycamore on Tuesday. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Once again, the Kaneland High School soccer roster found a way to acquaint itself with the back of the opposing net on Thursday.

Make that multiple ways to acquaint itself.

Using two goals in the first half and three in the second, KHS solved the visiting Yorkville Foxes by a 5-0 final in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

With that matchup in the books, along with a formerly improbable 2-0 shotout win in Sycamore, the Knights are 7-3-1 and 3-1-1 in NIB-12 clashes.

Jordan Escobedo got things going on Thursday with a goal about 13 minutes into play. Escobedo then fed Alex Gil with 26 minutes, 4 seconds left in the the half for a 2-0 lead.

Anthony Parillo convered on an unassisted opportunity with 33:53 left in the game, and Alex Gil took a pass from Escobedo once again with 30:49 to go for a 4-0 lead.

Kushstrim Ismaili closed the barrage out with an assist from Kris Leeseberg with 8:58 remaining.
The JV team improved to 6-3 with a 7-0 solving of the younger Foxes.

In what was described by KHS coach Scott Parillo as swamp-like conditions, the Knights’ two first-half goals were enough against the Spartans, thanks to a Parillo goal from a Thanasi Pesmajoglou feed just seven minutes into the game and an Ismaili goal from Parillo 12 minutes later.

The Knights’ march continues on Monday, Oct. 3, with a non-conference clash against the visiting Belvidere Bucs.

Soccer handles IMSA, drops NIB-12 opener at DeKalb

Photo: Arsim Azemi battles with a Barb counterpart for the ball in the 2-1 loss on Tuesday night. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—The first trip to the new DeKalb High School grounds off of Dresser Road in DeKalb was not a welcome one for Kaneland soccer.

A goal with 28 minutes, 29 seconds remaining sent KHS on its way to a 2-1 loss to the Barbs.

However, Kaneland did get a win on Thursday in Aurora over Illinois Math and Science Academy by a 7-1 final.

The Knights stand at 4-3 on the season with an 0-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

After allowing a goal three minutes into the contest on DeKalb’s turf surface, Kaneland tied it when Alex Gil fed Kushstrim Ismaili for the game-tying score with 20:46 to go in the first half.

Roughly 12 minutes into the second half, Trevor Freeland of DeKalb put the ball in.

Opportunities were there, but the results were few for the Knights, who have found a knack for the net in 2011.

“Today, we couldn’t do it,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We had a couple of chances at both ends that just didn’t go in. Sometimes, it’s just a game of inches.”

The JV squad did manage a 2-0 win over DeKalb.

The varsity match against the Titans saw first-half goals by Jordan Escobedo and Anthony Parillo’s penalty kick.

An explosion of five goals went the KHS way in the second half with Ismaili, Escobedo, Gil and Alec Koczka getting into the act.

The Knights continue conference play with against Morris on Thursday, Sept. 15.

KHS recognizes students with perfect attendance

Photo: Sophomore Brett Evola helps himself to some pancakes, sausage and fruit salad at the perfect attendance breakfast. Courtesy Photo

They never missed a day of school; and their numbers are increasing.
by Kaneland Krier staff
Kaneland—Kaneland High School honored 42 students with perfect attendance on May 24 with a pancake breakfast and awards ceremony. The number of students with perfect attendance is on the rise, attendance secretary Cathy Mathews said, and is up nearly one-third from the 33 students who achieved it last year.

The students received a certificate of perfect attendance from Counselor Andrew Franklin, and administrators spoke about the students’ achievements.

“You’re every teacher’s dream,” Principal Greg Fantozzi told the assembled students. “To have someone in class every day, not missing tests or homework, that’s the ideal educational experience.”

He pointed out that future employers would appreciate people who showed up to work every day, on time, like clockwork.

“It’s a really important attribute that your boss will appreciate,” Fantozzi said.

And, occasionally, employers do check someone’s attendance with the high school, Mathews said.

“One of the most interesting calls I ever got was from Wal-Mart, asking about the high school attendance of an 82-year-old woman,” Mathews recalled. “It was such a long time ago, but they still wanted to know whether she was someone with a good attendance record. And I went through the old records and told them.”

Mathews particularly praised the Kaneland freshmen class, which had the largest number of students with perfect attendance: 18.

“The freshmen are working on their attendance,” Mathews said.

Freshman Jordan Thelander, who was among those students with a perfect record, said she was proud of her accomplishment.

“I think it’s pretty great because I’ve missed a day of school every year except this year,” Thelander said. “It’s pretty cool to be able to do that. I guess the freshmen class is very determined not to miss school, maybe because it’s really annoying to do the make-up work.”

The sophomore class also had high numbers of students with perfect attendance, with 13 students who had never missed a day. Among them are siblings Brett and Breanna Evola, both sophomores.

The siblings said they were surprised to learn they had both had perfect attendance.
“I knew I had it,” Breanna Evola said. “But I wasn’t trying to get anything, so it was kind of shocking. I didn’t know Brett had it to until he told me he got the letter.”

Brett said the two had not coordinated their accomplishment.

“After third term, I noticed I had perfect attendance and thought I’d keep it going,” he said. “I’ve only gotten perfect attendance one other time, in eighth grade. It’s ironic because we weren’t really trying, and I wasn’t really paying attention until we both got the letter.”

The Evola siblings said that their father had inspired them to strive in school.

“My dad, he’s always impressed with our accomplishments, and he pushes us,” Brett said. “He says, ‘Don’t stay home unless you need to, not unless you’re absolutely dying sick.’ And because he strives, I push and strive too.”

Nine juniors had perfect attendance, including Steven Krafft, who has never missed a day of school in his life, and three seniors had achieved perfect attendance.

Senior Kari Pitstick joked about being one of the only seniors with perfect attendance.

“Even senior skip day, I just came because it was so late in the year, and I didn’t want to ruin it,” she said with a laugh.

Pitstick said she wanted to do it for herself.

“For me personally, it’s all myself. If I wanted to miss a day of school, my parents would let me,” she said. “But I don’t want to miss.”

At the banquet, 37 of the 42 students received a certificate and a $25 gift certificate to Geneva Commons, as well as a pancake breakfast served by the culinary arts students.

The other five students?

They did not want to attend the banquet, which was held during second block, and miss time in class, Mathews said.

“I told them it was okay, but they didn’t want to miss anything,” she said. “I’ll bring their certificates to them.”

Students with perfect attendance at Kaneland High School this year are freshmen Anna Bateman, Steven Becker, Melissa Cherry, Megan Franklin, Mattie Garrison, Lauren Grim, Bailey Harvell, Mara Hernandez, Tyler Hill, Brandon Lewkowich, Joseph Mendoza, Alec Pope, Eileen Ruppel, Rachel Steinmiller, Jordan Thelander, Cynthia Vasquez, Zachary Wielgos and Nathan Zitko. Sophomores were Sarah Briggs, Zachary Eckhardt, Breanna Evola, Brett Evola, David Hernandez, Zachary Jones, Alec Koczka, Matthew Limbrunner, Joseph Pollastrini, Kaitlyn Wendling, Christopher Wido and Nicholas Yankula. Juniors were Bridget Hankes, Steven Krafft, Adam Olderr, William Osbourne, Alexa Reger, Josias Rodriguez, Stephan Rosenwinkle, Margaret Ruppel and Marissa Villafuerte. Seniors were Patrick Bratschun, Kari Pitstick and Amanda Whiteside.

Kaneland High School rises up with fall sports awards

Photo: Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton, was one of the highlighted athletes recognized for her State trip during the fall season for girls’ golf. File Photo

KANELAND—It was time to think warmer thoughts at Kaneland High School, as Friday had the release of the Kaneland High School Fall Sports Awards.

The awards were announced at this late date due to the postseason success of the football squad.

For girls cross-country, the captain trio of Andie Strang, Jessica Stouffer and Kris Bowen were recognized for its service.

Shaela Collins and Kaitlin Munyon took home the most improved runners honor, and Strang was named most valuable runner. Strang, Ashley Castellanos and Jennifer Howland were named to the Northern Illinois Big XII All-Conference squad, and Howland was honored for her State qualifying appearance in Nov.

For the boys cross-country side, Trevor Holm was picked as most valuable runner. and Ryan Paulson took home the most improved runner honor. The Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength went to Tommy Whittaker. Grant Alef, Holm and Whittaker were recognized as captains.

The Golden Knight award, given to one runner in each grade level, was bestowed upon freshman Dylan Kuipers, sophomore Christopher Wido, junior Clayton Brundige and Tommy Whittaker.

Holm was honored for his standing in the NIB-12 All-Conference group, as well as being a State qualifier.

For football, Joe Camiliere, Jimmy Boyle, Taylor Andrews, Blake Serpa, Tyler Callaghan and Curtis Secrest were recognized as captains. Nick Michels won the most improved player nod, and the MVP honor went five ways with Camiliere, Boyle, Andrews, Serpa and Callaghan earning the honor.

Camiliere was named offensive MVP, while teammate Serpa took the defensive MVP. Quinn Buschbacher won the special teams MVP. A slew of Knights were named to the NIB-12 All-Conference team: Sam Komel, Ben Kovalick, Ryan Noel, Buschabcher, Sean Carter, Camiliere, Boyle, Serpa, Kyle Davidson, Jacob Razo, Callaghan and Andrews.

Concerning Kaneland golf, Anthony Sperando was named most improved player on the varsity level, and Hayley Guyton was named varsity MVP. Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar shared the frosh/soph MVP sward. Sean Glennon was awarded the frosh/soph most improved player award. Team leader Guyton was also lauded for her eighth place finish at the girls’ gold State gathering.

For the Lady Knights volleyball crew, Jessica Lubic took the most valuable player award. Katy Dudzinski was named top offensive player, and Kylie Siebert won top defensive player award. The Spirit Award went to Mackenzie Curran, while most improved player was won by Lauren Banbury.

Lubic and Dudzinski were honored for their spots on the NIB-12 Conference team.

For boys’ soccer, Alex Gil, J.P. Minogue, Thansi Pesmajoglou, Trevor Wolf and Derek White were honored for their captaincy. Alex Weiss and Jordan Escobedo were named co-most improved player, while Minogue and White took home the co-MVP award. Rookie of the Year went to Anthony Parillo. The Coach’s Award was given to Gil, Sam Rymarz, Alec Koczka and Pedro Perez.

All-Northern Illinois Big XII members were announced as White, Minogue, Escobedo, Gil, Chad Swieca and Parillo. Honorable mention members were Perez, Rymarz, Koczka, Wolf, Tyler Siebert, Weiss and Pesmajoglou.

Escobedo was named to the all-Sectional squad, and teammate Gil was an honorable mention.