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Bowling finishes 12th in sectional

Kaneland High School bowling saw its season come to an end on Saturday morning.

Finishing 12th out of 18 teams at the Sycamore Sectional out at Four Seasons Sports, and ahead of previous opponents Huntley and Geneva, the Lady Knights’ team total of 4,611 pins knocked down was not enough to advance to Saturday’s State gathering as a team or with high-enough individual scores.

The Lady Barbs of DeKalb, with a score of 5,796, took the Sectional, with Jacobs also advancing to state with 5,741.

Sycamore (5,676) and Rochelle (5,419) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Sycamore senior Chelsea Royalty, with a series of 1,308, was crowned sectional champ, followed by Rochelle’s Cody Koch at 1,259.

The Lady Knights say goodbye to seniors Amy Kuryliw, Molly Lambert, Tierra Lee and Jessie McHenry in varsity, and Eva Bartel and Sabrina Gabrielle on JV.

Bowlers end regular season, gear up for sectionals

Kaneland bowling fell just 28 points short of matching Illinois Math & Science Academy during a battle at St. Paul’s School in Aurora on Thursday afternoon.

With the 2,220-2,192 loss to the Titans, and a 2,625-2,298 loss to visiting Lisle on Monday afternoon, the Lady Knights fall to 3-10 overall in dual competition with a 1-6 mark in Western Sun Conference play.

Leading the way for KHS was an impressive performance from Jessie McHenry, who bowled a 521 series. Holly Thomas bowled a 447 series, followed by Tierra Lee’s 437.

McHenry’s games of 183, 170 and 168 were team-highs.

The JV team came out on the short end of a 1,730-1,689 result.

Sabrina Gabrielle paced the Lady Knights with a 432 series.

Aganst the visiting Lady Lions, Thomas bowled a 482 series and was buoyed by a high game of 169.

McHenry bowled a 426 series, while Kuryliw bowled a 375 series.

Left for Kaneland bowling is a trip to Four Seasons in Sycamore for the 18-team sectional on Saturday, Feb. 6. Fellow WSC schools DeKalb, Geneva, Rochelle and Sycamore are also in the sectional, along with previous opponent Huntley.

Photo by Susan O’Neill

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.

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

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

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.

Bowlers split first two battles

by Mike Slodki
While there were some positive indicators in Monday’s opening bowling matchup with host Morris, the end result was not what Kaneland was hoping for.

Kicking off the 2009-10 season at Echo lanes off of Route 6 in Morris, the Lady Knights lost by a final of 2,635-2,018 to fall to their future Northern Illinois Big 12 rival.

However, the Lady Knights came back to top WSC rival Geneva on Tuesday at Mardi Gras Lanes with a 2,443-2,280 victory.

KHS now sits at 1-1 (1-0 WSC).

Expected to produce big numbers for Kaneland this winner, Holly Thomas bowled a 517 series and had the top three games bowled with 185, 172 and 160 totals.

“She knows exactly what to do out there,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “We are also looking for improved score from girls like Jessica McHenry and Amy Kuryliw.”

Teammate Seleana Isaacs bowled a 382 series, while McHenry bowled a 378 series.

Against Geneva, Thomas came through again with a 537 series, highlighted by a 200 game. Molly Lambert bowled a 471 series, while Isaacs bowled a 371 series. Other high games were Thomas’ 179 and Lambert’s 172.

The JV crew also game away with a 1,892-1,814 victory. Jenna Bartel paced the effort with a 377 series.

With new home, bowlers look for welcome season

by Mike Slodki
DeKALB—When you are looking to turn the page on a program, you might as well start with a new home.

Looking to go on the comeback trail, the KHS bowling team has packed up its belongings after the shutdown of AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora, and moved to Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

“It’s very different here, but the lanes are nice, it’s clean and well-managed,” Kaneland head coach Jim McKnight said.

The Lady Knights, who finished 5-15 in 2008-09 competition, lost seven seniors to graduation, but returned a valuable number of bowlers.

“We’re looking for Holly Thomas to be the big gun, with Jessica McHenry and Amy Kuryliw bowling full time this year,” McKnight said. “They’re throwing the ball real well so far.”

With Thomas (148 average) in her third year, McHenry (123 average) in her third year, and Kuryliw in her fourth, a stable core is key to Lady Knight success.

“McHenry is a natural leader and a hard worker, Thomas is working hard and bowls quite a bit year-round, and Amy is ready to step up and surprise people,” McKnight said.

Other varsity entries in 2009-10 include senior Jenna Bartel, senior Molly Lambert, senior Tierra Lee and sophomores Seleana Isaacs and Megan Scott.

Other competitors for Kaneland bowling looking to make a contribution are senior Sabrina Gabrielle, sophomore Madi Bluml and the lone freshman, Angela Charhut.

The Lady Knights start the regular season off with a matchup on Monday, Nov. 30 at Morris, and end the regular campaign on February 2 at Geneva for the final Western Sun Conference position night.

Photo: Bowler Holly Thomas, who bowled an average of 148, will be counted on heavily for good things at Kaneland. File Photo

Bowlers split week against rivals

by Mike Slodki

As the conference season heats up, the urgency also rises for Kaneland bowling to make some strides.
Kaneland earned its second win against Geneva this season, but dropped a matchup to DeKalb, as well. KHS is now 3-9, with a 2-6 record in Western Sun Conference action.

Kaneland picked up its third win of the season as the Lady Knights came away with a 2,600-2,242 win in varsity play on Thursday.

Senior Jessica Stebbins bowled a 476 series while teammate Cassie Wilson bowled a 461 series to supplant the effort. High games were bowled by Holly Thomas with a 192 and Wilson with a 180.

In JV action, Kaneland defeated Geneva at AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora 1,993-1768. Top series was held by both Tierra Lee and Amy Kuryliw at 364, while Lee had a team-high 172 game.

The Lady Knight bowlers lost to DeKalb in a home meet on Tuesday by a final of 3,074-2,653.

Kathleen Moravcik had a 481 series, followed by Stebbins’ 473.

High game was had by Moravcik at 199.

“That’s nice to see,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “She’s usually pushing the top scores, so it was nice to see her get one.”

DeKalb was buoyed by sophomore Brandi Underwood’s 619 series.

“We bowled decent, but DeKalb is a good team and you need your best game against them,” McKnight said.

The JV crew lost 2,238-1,995.

The Lady Knight were set to take on visiting Fenton on Wednesday.

Bowling still searching for first win

by Mike Slodki

            Nothing like facing a steady rival to usher in the holidays, but the DeKalb Barbs were not about to yield Kaneland’s first win of 2008.

            DeKalb took care of Kaneland last Wednesday at Mardi Gras Lanes by a final of 3,040-2,618 to drop the Lady Knights to 0-5 (0-3 Western Sun Conference) in dual meet action.

            DeKalb improved to 5-0 on the campaign.

            For Kaneland, the top series were bowled by Emily Curran at 460 and Holly Thomas at 446.

            Cassie Wilson bowled a 444 series, followed by Kathleen Moravcik’s 437 and Jessica Stebbins’ 432. Jessica McHenry bowled a 399 series.

            Top games were bowled by Thomas at 180 and Curran at 171.

            The JV squad lost a 2,239-1,911 skirmish with the Lady Barbs. Tierra Lee and Sonja Isaacs had team-high series with a 392 and 350, respectively. Isaacs had high games of 134 and 125.

            Trish Rogers bowled a 310 series and Seleana Isaacs bowled a 303 series in the effort.

            “At DeKalb, we had one good game from our varsity, but we still lost that game and the match,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “We’re happy that we got pretty good scores from everyone in that game, but the highest was 180. We’re still looking for a game in which we get a few 180s, 190s, and 200s from the team. Those are the scores it’s going to take to beat some of our competition.

            Saturday saw the Lady Knights travel to the 5th annual Panther Invite hosted at Highland Park Bowl in Moline by East Moline United High School.

            Kaneland finished 12th in the invite out of 12 teams with a total of 4,224.

            Belvidere North (5,625), Sterling (5,425) and Rock Island (5,266).

            High six-game series for Kaneland was accomplished by Cassie Wilson at 916 and Jessica Stebbins at 874. Best three-game series for the Lady Knights was handled by Thomas (499) and Wilson (448).

            Kaneland’s JV crew finished 10th out of 12 with a total of 3,273 pins struck down. Belvidere North had 4,574 to win it all. Top six-game series for the JV Lady Knights were done by Amy Kuryliw (680) and Tierra Lee (578).

            Next up for Kaneland bowling is the Lisle Invite on Saturday, Dec. 20. Kaneland was also set to meet up at Rochelle on Wednesday.

Bowling suffers losses to Sycamore, IMSA

by Mike Slodki          
 
            Wins for the Lady Knights bowling squad have been just out of reach.

            The good news is is that the reach is getting shorter.

            Kaneland (0-4, 0-2 Western Sun Conference) dropped a 2,993-2,620 matchup with rival Sycamore at Four Seasons Sports on Dec. 3. Kaneland took a game from Sycamore for the first time in 15 years.

            Monday saw IMSA come to AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora and take a 2,613-2,540 match.

            Against Sycamore, senior cornerstone Cassie Wilson bowled a 487 series, followed by Kathleen Moravcik’s 483 series. Emily Curran bowled a 453 series.

            Wilson also came through with a 185 game and a 179 game, the two highest for the Lady Knights. Both games were key in the first head-to-head matchup of the night which saw Kaneland take a game from the Lady Spartans.

            “It’s an important day and we feel like we can’t get too down and keep improving,” Wilson said.

            Against IMSA, Holly Thomas had a 488 series, followed by Jessica Stebbins’ 475 and Moravcik’s 444. Top games were Thomas’ 200 and Moravcik’s 182.

            The JV troops had a 1,965-1,853 win over IMSA thanks to Amy Kuryliw’s 359.
Coming up for the Lady Knights: the Moline Invite on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and a home matchup with Lisle on Monday, Dec. 15.

Rival Morris handles Lady Knights bowling

            Kaneland and Morris have had many a battle on the bowling lanes, but it was the Redskins who emerged victorious in this 2008 edition.

            Morris traveled to AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora on Tuesday evening and handled Kaneland by a final total of 3,122-2,631.

            The varsity Lady Knights fell to 0-2 on the season.

            Morris entry Ashley Copley had a meet-high 654 series. For Kaneland, sophomore asset Holly Thomas had a team-high 453 series, while senior Emily Curran had a 423.

            Jessica Stebbins had a 450 series, and Thomas added a 164 game.

            The JV troops lost to Morris, as well, 2,313-2,060. Jessica McHenry earned a 393 series and Amy Kuryliw had a 374.

For the Lady Knights, the next challenge is a Monday, Dec. 8 battle vs. IMSA.
 
TIMELINE

            Five years ago, the Lady Knights bowling team started getting into the holiday spirit with a 1,607-1,245 win over Mooseheart. Laura Burkhalter bowled a 435 series, with a high game of 170. Julie Burton bowled a 404 series and a 150 game.

            Last year, Kaneland was edged by IMSA 2,460-2,425 despite Jen Yach’s 461 series.

Senior core of captains key for Lady Knights bowling

by Mike Slodki

            Approaching his 20th year at the helm of Kaneland High School bowling, coach Jim McKnight has seen his share of pins knocked down.

            But the only situation he can help influence at this moment in time is the current 2007-08; just so happens that’s all he’s worried about.

            The Lady Knights look to rebound from a 3-11 (0-7 Western Sun Conference) dual meet mark from 07-08. While key grads are gone, the Lady Knights have their share of returnees looking to make their mark.

            “We have quite a few who do have varsity experience,” McKnight said. “With any luck at all, I think we could have a decent varsity this year.”

            It begins with a group of four senior captains: Emily Curran, Kathleen Moravcik, Jessica Stebbins and Cassie Wilson. It also includes sophomore Holly Thomas, who saw lane time last year.

            “Barring any unforseen circumstances, those five will be our varsity and ready to go,” McKnight said.

            Additional seniors include Donna Sury and Sonja Isaacs. Juniors are Amy Kuryliw, Molly Lambert, Tiera Lee, Jessica McHenry and Danielle Rose. Freshmen are Madi Bluml, Ashley Diddell, Seleana Isaacs, Megan Scott and Grace Snyder.

            The bowlers kick the season off on Monday, Nov. 24, vs. Rochelle.