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Knights solid at First to the Finish

Photo: Ryan Bower led the Knights in Peoria, running a personal-best 15:55 effort over the 3-mile course. Photo by Ben Draper

Boys place 11th in strong field
PEORIA, Ill.—When you have 13 of the top 25 ranked teams, it could be easy to get lost in the crowd.

But coach Chad Clarey’s boys cross country squad rose to the challenge, finishing 11th in the highly competitive 52-team First to the Finish Invitational at Peoria’s Detweiller Park Saturday.

The Knights tallied 405 points, seven behind 10th-place Champaign Central.

No. 1-ranked Illiana Christian won the meet with 121 points.

“It felt good to get back to Detweiller and run a faster course against some top-tier teams,” Clarey said. “We feel like we have a lot of room for growth, and we realize that we have about five weeks to put our pieces in place, ahead of the conference meet.”

Nine other Northern Illinois Big 12 conference schools were at the meet, including Yorkville (2nd, 136 points), Dixon (5th, 274), Sycamore (9th, 348), Sterling (13th, 414), Geneseo (20th, 562), DeKalb (34th, 870), Ottawa (35th, 901), Rochelle (45th, 1244) and Streator (52nd, 1684).

Individually, the Knights were led by a strong effort by Ryan Bower, running a personal best time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds over the 3 mile course.

Luis Acosta was the next Knight to cross the finish line, placing 71st with a time of 16:21. Nathaniel Kucera (92nd, 16:37), Andrew Lesak (94th, 16:38) and Sean Spaetzel (106th, 16:47) rounded out the Knight scorers.

Clarey was happy with his team’s ability to run as a pack in the 735-runner field.

“Using a 52-second pack split, and 55 (seconds) between our first six, we now have a baseline to work with,” he said.

Brandon Park was Kaneland’s sixth man, placing 116th in 16:50.

Rounding out the Knight runners were Phil Cutsinger (179th, 17:20), Michael Booton (191st, 17:26), Brock Robertsen (233rd, 17:42), Dylan Kuipers (277th, 17:59), Noah Duffey (315th, 18:15), Mitch Reger (316th, 18:15), Alex Gale (255th, 18:31), Will Kuipers (361st, 18:33), Aaron French (369th, 18:39), James Walker (371st, 18:40), Andrew Kantola (431st, 19:11), Danny Walker (565th, 20:38), Kyle Osborne (628th, 21:38) and Phil Rawers (629th, 21:39).

Although running in the varsity race, Clarey was happy with how his freshmen and sophomores competed.

“We have a terrific group of frosh soph runners who were eager to compete,” Clarey said. “For their first time out on a three-mile course, we notched many races in the 18:00’s, including a two-minute drop from Will Kuipers, Alex Gale and Aaron French.

It will be fun to see how this group continues to gel, and to follow their leaders,” he added.

Next up for the Knights is the 44th installment of the Eddington Invitational at Elburn Woods Saturday. The boys varsity runs at 9:45 a.m., boys fr/so at 10:45 a.m., and boys open at 11:15 a.m.

Parking for the meet will be at Kaneland High School, with regular shuttles going to and from the Elburn Woods course every 10 minutes.

Sports recap Sept. 5

Fr/So Golf
vs. Marengo—The boys fr/so golf team defeated visiting Marengo 198 to 219 Thursday, Aug. 29. The Knights were paced by Daniel Frank and Brock Williams, each shooting a 44. Kaneland also got contributions from Joey Branodisio (49), Brandon Cruz (52), Luke Calabrese (53) and Michael Petrick (53).

JV Tennis
vs. Glenbard North—Lady Knights JV Tennis squad defeated Glenbard North 6-1 at home last Thursday. Earning singles wins were No. 2 Brittany Zablocki (0-6, 6-4, 10-7) and No. 3 Kayla Corirossi (6-0, 6-0). All KHS doubles teams won: No. 1 Katie Blaszynski/Emily Mirocha (2-6, 6-3, 10-8), No. 2 Heather Albrecht/Ally McPhee (4-6, 7-5, 10-8), No. 3 Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schultz (6-3, 6-1), and No. 4 Mary Collum/Kristen Siebert (6-3, 3-6, 10-5).
vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 4-1 over visiting DeKalb Tuesday. Singles winners included Emily Lutter (10-1), Zablocki (10-3) and Marissa Michi (8-1).
Doubles winners were Blaszynski/ Mirocha (10-1) and Karolewicz/Schultz (10-5).

Sophomore Football
vs. Brooks—The Knights won over Brooks Prep 38-8. The game was postponed to Saturday, Aug. 31, due to strong storms Friday night.

Freshman Soccer
@ West Aurora—The Kaneland boys freshman soccer team were handed a season-opening 7-0 loss Wednesday, Aug. 28.
vs. Glenbard North—The Knights fell to 0-2 on the year with a 0-3 loss to the visiting Panthers.

Fr/So Volleyball
@ Burlington Central—The Lady Knights freshman A and B squads had mixed results in Burlington Tuesday. The A squad solved the hosts 25-16, 25-9, while the B squad fell 25-13, 25-23. No individual stats were available at press time.
@ Burlington Central—The sophomore squad fell to the host Rockets 25-7, 25-23. No individual stats were available at press time.

Fr/So Cross Country
Tuesday @ Elburn Woods—The Knights were the only boys team to field a Fr/So team Tuesday, and were led by Sean Spaetzel winning with a time of 14 minutes, 14 seconds over the 2.42 mile course. Following Spaetzel was Michael Booton in 14:40, Will Kuipers in 15:05, Noah Duffey in 15:07, Alex Gale in 15:28, Anthony Messina in 15:56, Aaron French in 16:12, Andrew Kantola in 16:26, Kyle Osborne in 19:05 and Danny Walker in 20:46.

BXC

2013 Boys CC Preview: Stride right

Photo: Head coach Chad Clarey’s Knights look to make some noise at the conference and state levels in 2013. The Knights are currently ranked 11th in DyestatIL.com’s preseason poll. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

Knight harriers hope health and improvement go long way in ‘13
KANELAND—Productive finishes are a funny thing, sometimes.

For KHS boys cross country, the challenge is now to live up to the noteworthy end of 2012, by combatting the graduation losses and a consistent work ethic.

Gone are key elements like Conor Johnson, John Meisinger and Brandon Huber, but potent talent still remains who know what’s expected of them.

Assets like seniors Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera, Luis Acosta and Ryan Bower remain.

All feet will have to be on deck to match and surpass a fifth-place sectional finish and a 13th Class 2A State output.

“We have four of our top seven back, and three of those seven have State championship experience from track,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “Ryan Bower is also an accomplished 9:50 two-miler. Those four have us sitting in a good position with senior leadership and experience. They understand the pressures of big meets.”

Those four are a pleasant group to have, but Clarey wishes for a solidifying of the rest of the lineup for conference tussles and Saturday invites.

“What weighs heavily is where do we go when it comes to keeping everyone healthy,’ he said. “When you feel like you’ve been dealt a nice hand, and we’re not anything but one of those teams that tries to qualify out of that sectional, we have to work to stay healthy and we’ve made adjustments to our training.”

“... in my 19th season, I’ve learned you may have an idea what’s going to happen, but you roll with whatever you’re given” KHS boys cross country coach  Chad Clarey
“… in my 19th season, I’ve learned you may have an idea what’s going to happen, but you roll with whatever you’re given”
KHS boys cross country coach
Chad Clarey

Seniors looking to crack into the everyday lineup include Dylan Kuipers, Phil Cutsinger and Brock Robertsen. Juniors include Mitch Reger, Adam Lesak, Brandon Park, James Walker, Connor Pennington and Phil Rawers.

Clarey cites upperclassmen Kuipers, Cutsinger, Lesak and Walker as examples who could see time, along with sophomore Sean Spaetzel.

“Bower and Lesak have really turned things up a notch, which makes it great for us as coaches. But in my 19th season, I’ve learned you may have an idea what’s going to happen, but you roll with whatever you’re given,” Clarey said.

Boys cross country seniors: Phil Cutsinger, Nathaniel Kucera and Kyle Carter (bottom row). Ryan Bower and Dylan Kuipers (middle row) and Luis Acosta.
Boys cross country seniors:
Phil Cutsinger, Nathaniel Kucera and Kyle Carter (bottom row).
Ryan Bower and Dylan Kuipers (middle row) and Luis Acosta.

Additional sophomores include Will Kuipers, Elliott Mejia, Aaron French, Kyle Osborne and Alex Gale.

Freshmen are Noah Duffey, Michael Booton, Anthony Messina, Andrew Kantola, Troy Moss, Cole Rutter and Danny Walker.

Around the Northern Illinois Big XII landscape has a steady group not affected by heavy turnover.

“The only school that might be affected is DeKalb, who had a great team last year and graduated five of their top seven. Dixon will be a top five school. Yorkville, if they’re healthy, will seriously be a factor. Things happen over the course of a season,” Clarey said.

KHS boys cross country heads to the Elburn Woods course for a triangular against West Chicago and Wheaton Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The martial way

by Martha Quetsch
Karate a winning activity for Elburn youth, family
ELBURN—Lorie and Matt Gale of Elburn have unwaveringly supported their son Alex’s passion for karate during the past six years, leading to his success in the martial arts and a lot of fun for the family.

Both were highlights of the Gales’ recent trip to Las Vegas, where Alex won a bronze medal at the USA Open Karate Championships.

Alex is 11 years old and has studied karate since he was 5. He is a 1st Kyu Brown Belt in Shotokan Karate, a Japanese form of karate. He is a member of the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs (ISKC).

The Gales flew to Nevada to see Alex compete in both the 2010 Junior Olympics and the USA Open Karate Championships, held April 2-4. The tournaments were huge international events with more than 1,400 competitors and took place at Caesar’s Palace.

Alex’s family, including his sister, Sandra, 10, cheered on the ISKC athletes and the USA karate teams, met competitors from around the world and watched “some amazing world-class karate,” Lorie said.

For the Gales, the excitement surrounding the event was topped off by watching Alex reap the benefits of all his years of dedication to karate.

“He had strong performances throughout both tournaments, and seeing him win the Bronze Medal in Advanced Kata at the USA Open was a thrill,” Lorie said.

Alex trains year round and practices an average of eight hours a week. His parents take him to ISKC karate classes three times a week, in Woodridge, Geneva and Batavia. Periodically, Alex has special training at the main dojo (training facility) in Palatine, Ill.

He likes karate so much that he has continued doing it despite a full schedule of other activities, including the cross country team, chess club, student council and the jazz band at Kaneland Harter Middle School.

“I just have a great time doing it,” Alex said.

He remembers becoming interested in karate when he was about 3 years old, watching people practicing at a local park district. What Alex enjoys most about karate is that it always challenges him to do his best, he said.

His next goal is to place in the ISKC state tournament in Palatine on Sunday. If he does, he will be eligible to compete at the USA National Karate Federation tournament this summer in Greenville, S.C.

Alex’s parents have seen their son take part in 28 tournaments over the years, Lorie said. Among those have been the four annual tournaments hosted by the ISKC, including the Illinois State Championships. He participated in the USA National Karate Championships in Houston in 2008 and in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. in 2009, and in the 2010 Junior Olympics and the USA Open Karate Championships in Las Vegas.

The Gales said they support Alex’s interest in karate because he enjoys it and because it provides excellent conditioning for both the mind and body.

“It improves fitness, builds confidence, strengthens self-discipline and is fun,” Lorie said.

Photo: Alex Gale (right) challenges his opponent during a USA Open Karate Championship in Las Vegas. Courtey Photo