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Lady Knights grab Oregon Invite

Lady Knights cross country found its way to Oregon on Saturday, and also performed well vs. Yorkville on Tuesday.

Kaneland girls won the Oregon Open at Oregon Park West on Saturday with a 64-point effort.

Winnebago took second with 70 points while Oregon finished third with 97 points.

The top KHS finisher was Andie Strang, who came in fifth with a time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds. Abby Dodis finished eighth at 20:49, while teammate Maggie Brundige took 10th at 20:58. Kelly Evers finished 15th at 21:29.

The Kaneland JV side took second with 45 points, behind Winnebago at 32.

Ashley Castellanos took third with 22:32. Shaela Collins finished sixth at 23:13.

In the 15-50 win over Yorkville, Strang ran a 20:48, while Maggie Brundige ran eight seconds behind.

Cross country complete double-win at home

Lady Knights run over W. Chicago, W. Academy

ELBURN—Kaneland girls cross country found a surefire way to get some of those opening-race jitters out of the way.

Just win.

At Elburn Woods on Tuesday, the Lady Knights’ 31-point total out-performed West Chicago (34) and Wheaton Academy (77).

While West Chicago’s Kelsey Sauner won the course with a 15 minute, 25 second effort, Lady Knight Andie Strang finished second at 16:12. Teammate Kris Bowen finished fourth at 16:36, while Maggie Brundige was fifth at 16:43.

Abby Dodis of KHS finished eighth at 17:03, while Shelby Koester took 12th at 17:29. Ashley Castellanos rounded out the top six for Kaneland with a time of 18:35.

Upcoming challenges for the Lady Knights include the Oregon Invite on Saturday, Sept. 5, and a trip back to Elburn Woods on Tuesday, Sept. 8, against East Aurora.

Photo: Lady Knight Kris Bowen (16:36) provided support for the winning effort on Tuesday against West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.
Photo by Ben Draper

Boys XC handles visiting rosters

ELBURN—Ask Matt Reusche what kind of day he had on Tuesday at Elburn Woods.

Better yet, ask West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.

Reusche’s course-winning effort was key for Kaneland’s victory at the boys cross country race hosted by Kaneland on Tuesday.

Reusche’s 16 minute, 42 second effort was paramount in helping Kaneland (27) beat the Wildcats (34) and the Warriors (77) and get the season off to a favorable start.

Following Reusche for KHS was Logan Markuson, who took third with a time of 17:06. In sixth place was Edgar Valle at 17:27.

Joe Levita finished eighth at 17:46, and teammate Grant Alef took ninth at 18:22.

Tyler Howland rounded out the top six Knights finishers with a 18:59 effort, good for 13th overall.

The frosh-soph troops beat West Chicago on Tuesday, as well, by a 15-68 score.

The top three finishers were Clayton Brundige (14:15), Nate Rehkopf (14:22) and Jake Ginther (14:31).

Coming up for the cross country crew is a home matchup with East Aurora on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Fall sports preview: Girls XC sees return of talent

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—With the Lady Knight girls cross country roster getting stopped after a sixth-place finish at the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional a year ago, the group wishes to hold off offseason plans a little later, in to November.

For head coach Doug Ecker and crew, the work for postseason glory begins now, with a return of many of their top runners.

“We return the top five from sectionals, plus Haley Johnson, so it’s six of the top eight, and we have talented freshmen coming in,” Ecker said. “You never know what they’re going to do, but they’ll at least add depth.”

Junior Andie Strang returns, as does sophomores Kelly Evers and Kris Bowen, seniors Lisa Roberson and Shelby Koester.

“The other teams return good people. Our girls can compete and have worked pretty hard and have been consistent this summer,” Ecker said.

Junior Sam Collins and senior Johnson also come back.

Sophomore Jen Howland is not returning in exchange for a go on the national triathalon circuit, and Ali Olson, Laney Deligianis, Chassidy Mangers and Kelli Patterson are gone due to graduation.

Krissy Chapman also makes up the senior side.

Sydney Bilotta, Shaela Collins, Arianna Espino, Liz Hylland, Jessica Stouffer and Bethany Swartz are the juniors.

Sophomores include Ashley Diddell, Jordyn Lawrence, April Smith and Carolina Tovar, while the freshmen are Maggie Brundige, Ashley Castellanos, Abby Dodis and Mikayla Ness.

With depth now on their side, Ecker will try and swat away all challenges, including the injury bug.

“You always get people hurt. Injuries can pop up anytime, and it happens to all teams,” Ecker said.

All that’s left is practice until the starting gun goes off for real.

“Right now, the top five are in good shape. Evers had a good track season and could be considerably better, and Strang is probably our top runner going in,” Ecker said.

The Lady Knights hit Elburn Woods to host West Chicago and Wheaton Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The girls host the Eddington Invite on Saturday, Sept. 19, and the regular season ends with the Western Sun Conference Invite at Rochelle on Saturday, Oct. 17.

KHS hands out year-end awards for athletes

Rose, three others highlight senior banquet
MAPLE PARK—The end of the year awards and spring awards were handed out on June 9, recognizing the year-long effort of Knight athletes.

At the Senior Athletic Banquet awards, Knight awards were handed out to the five three-sport athletes from the class of 2009: Katie Hatch for tennis, basketball and track, Chassidy Mangers for cross country, basketball and softball, Curtis Lubic for golf, basketball and baseball, Chris Ott for football, soccer and basketball and Matt Weaver for cross country, wrestling and track.

The female Birkette award went to Mangers, while the male Birkette award found its way to Lubic.

Sara Rose was named the female athlete of the year at KHS, while Mike Pritchard was named male athlete of the year.

For boys track and field, Logan Markuson took the Track MVP, while Nick Sinon won the Field MVP.

Weaver took the Drendel Award home, and seven captains were recognized in the form of Lucas Ross, Weaver, Brendan McCarthy, Colin Zagel, Hayden Johnson, Paul Davies and Joshua Bloome.

Taylor Andrews won the Ron Probst Award.

The boys track had a glut of Western Sun All-Conference reps in the form of Derek Bus, Johnson, Edgar Valle, Markuson, Andrews, Sinon, Bloome and Matt Reusche.

Markuson, Johnson, Valley, Davies, Sinon, Bloome, Bus, Sean Paulick, Andrews and Tommy Whittaker were also highlighted for qualifying for the State gathering at Eastern Illinois University.

For the soccer squad that earned a berth to the regional title match at Burlington Central, Megan Gil, Sarah Goodrich, Paige Rogers and Bridget Crosby were recognized as captains. Crosby was also named most improved player. Savannah Webb took home the rookie of the year. Shelby Koester and Haley Johnson took the coach’s award, while Colleen Gebauer and Gil won the Lady Knights awards. Emily Heimerdinger was named team MVP. Girls soccer had three members named to the All-WSC roster in the form of Gil, Koester and Heimerdinger.

In the freshman soccer ranks, Haley Garcia was awarded Team Leader, Tatiana Brown took home the most improved honor, while Maggie Ruppel won the team spirit award.

In softball, the best offensive player award went to Jessica Lubic and Andrea Potts.

Brianna Hurst was given the best defensive player award. Rose took home the team MVP award, while Jordan Herra took home the most improved honors after her showing at the plate and in the field.

Erin Heyob, Hurst, Mallory Huml, Rose, Mangers and Herra were honored as captains.

Huml, Rose, Potts, Delani Vest and Lubic also brought home All-WSC honors.

For baseball, Curtis Lubic earned the Mr. Kaneland Baseball award, while Pritchard and Joe Gura took the Offensive MVP awards. Jeff Smith won the Defensive MVP award. Joe Spitzzeri took the 41 award, in honor of late teammate Jeff Malewig. Pritchard, Gura and Smith were named to the All-WSC team.

For girls track, Lindsay Gierke, Lisa Roberson and Andie Strang were given the track MVP award, while Kelli Patterson and Jordan Pinkston were named field MVP’s.

Patterson was honored with the Most Improved award.

Laney Deliginais, Alyssa Galvan, Gierke, Patterson, Roberson, Katie Weiss and Lauren Whittaker took home nods for captain.

Named to the all-conference group for the WSC were Whittaker, Gierke, Patterson and Pinkston.

Gierke, Pinkston, Strang, Roberson, Kris Bowen, Sara Wallace and Kelly Evers were also recognized for their State-going effort.

KHS girls track secures 9th-place finish at State

Lady Knights girls track put an exclamation point on its 2009 story this past weekend in Charleston.

Buoyed by stellar performances in the preliminaries and finals, Kaneland came away with a ninth place finish (26.5 points) in the Class 2A State track meet at Eastern Illinois University.

Rock Island turned out to be the champs with 49.5 points, followed by Springfield Southeast at 48 and Cahokia at 39.

Incidentally, five of the six Western Sun Conference schools were bunched together in the standings. Sycamore and Rochelle tied for seventh at 27, while Yorkville finished just behind Kaneland in tenth at 25 points. Glenbard South was tied with Kankakee with 24 points for 11th place.

Lindsay Gierke claimed her spot as one of the most exceptional track athletes in school history with her showing on Friday. The senior finished second in the 100 meter hurdles at 14.67 seconds, second only to Cahokia’s Laquitsha Bejoile (14.48). Gierke made the finals by tying for first in the preliminaries with a 15.02 effort in her heat.

Gierke also finished fourth in the 100m dash at 12.28 seconds, after finishing second in her prelim heat at 12.35.

Gierke also finished third overall in the 300m hurdles event at 45.14 seconds. Cahokia’s Bejoile took that event as well at 44.92. The Lady Knight senior finished second in her prelim heat at 46.13.

Sophomore Andie Strang was up to her old tricks at her second trip down to State. Not only did she finish 10th in the 800m run (2:22.95) but was also part of the ninth-place 4x800m relay squad that finished in 9:47.58. Strang joined Kris Bowen, Kelly Evers and Lisa Roberson for the honors.

Lady Knight Jordan Pinkston took home a fifth-place tie overall in the pole vault at 10 feet, three inches. In the prelims, Pinkston went 10 feet, and teammate Sara Wallace finished with nine feet.

Photo: Lady Knight senior Lindsay Gierke goes for the finish during Friday’s Class 2A girls track State gathering in Charleston. Gierke came away with a second overall in the 100m hurdles, a fourth in the 100m dash (pictured) and a third in the 300m intermediate hurdles. Photo by Ben Draper

Girls track sending large group to State competition

by Mike Slodki
For those who were looking for a bigger Kaneland High School presence at the upcoming IHSA Class 2A State finals, they’ll get their wish.

Include the seven Lady Knight athletes in that group.

Based on its showing on Saturday morning at the 2A Sterling Sectional, KHS, which finished third with 71 points, sends seven entries to Eastern Illinois University beginning on Thursday, May 21.

Senior Lindsay Gierke enters her final postseason listed in three State events, thanks to a 15.09 second effort in the 100 meter high hurdles, a 12.48 time in the 100m dash and a 48.69 second tally in the 300m low hurdles.

“It felt a little different and the endurance was a bit harder, but I still gave it my all,” Gierke said.

Gierke has qualified for State all four seasons in Kaneland colors.

“I’m just going to go out there and run and not think about anybody else,” Gierke said.

Teammate Andie Strang qualified for the ultimate season’s end for the second consecutive year as the sophomore ran a 2:24.62 in the 800m run and was part of the 4x800m relay along with Kris Bowen, Kelly Evers and Lisa Roberson, which ran 10:04.44.

“We were worried about a lot of teams in the sectional, but it’s all the mental part now. We’re just trying to get faster and we know what we need to do,” Strang said on the relay.

“It was coming down to State and we knew how hard we worked and how much we wanted it, so we just left everything out on the track,” Roberson said.

Kaneland also sends a double-barreled attack to Charleston, thanks to a 10 foot effort from Jordan Pinkston and a 9-0 try from Sara Wallace.

“My coach (Barney Callaghan) looked at me and said my try was bigger than 10 feet and I was so excited,” Pinkston said. “Then Sara made it and it was even more exciting. I think we know what to expect down there.”

“I was more nervous than most meets,” Wallace said. “I felt prepared and it was a good season. Turning over was my biggest problem, and it makes a big difference, and I just have to keep it up.”

Gierke narrowly missed the 200m dash threshold by finishing third in 26.25 seconds.

Sycamore and Yorkville, with 88 and 79 points, respectively, finished ahead of Kaneland in the sectional.

Freeport, at 64 points, finished fourth and Rochelle took fifth with 57 points.

Gierke’s Hitlist: State events for Lindsay Gierke through the years.
2006
100m dash
300m low hurdles
200m dash
2007
100m dash
300m low hurdles
200m dash
2008
100m high hurdles
100m dash
300m low hurdles
200m dash
2009
100m high hurdles
100m dash
300m low hurdles

Girls track gearing up for postseason glory

by Mike Slodki
Friday’s third annual Western Sun Conference girls track meet served as a benchmark for Kaneland before the upcoming postseason sectionals.

At the end of the litmus test, the Lady Knights looked at a third-place tie (70 points), along with Yorkville and Sycamore. Geneva (164.5) took the crown, followed by Batavia (75.5).

Glenbard South took sixth with 47 points, followed by Rochelle at 36 and DeKalb at 25.

The Lady Knights also had a sectional tuneup in Oregon on Tuesday, coming away with several high finishes.

At Geneva, senior Lindsay Gierke saw plenty of action in the finals of several races. The Lady Knight took a second place in the 100 meter dash finals with an effort of 12.43 seconds, just .06 behind Sycamore’s Lake Kwaza. Gierke also finished second in the 100m hurdles at 15.25 seconds. Batavia’s Melissa Norville’s 15.19 took the honors.

Gierke became 200m dash champ with a finals run of 26.0 seconds.

“I felt really good coming out of the 100m today in the prelims.,” Gierke said. “I’ve been working on the 300, but the 100, I feel pretty comfortable.”

The junior varsity side earned a little recognition with a second-place nod for the 4×800 meter relay foursome (11:13.21).

JV entry Jessica Stouffer finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 1:06.93.

Pole vaulter Jordan Pinkston worked on her postseason trajectory by nailing a second place finish with a 9 foot, six inch entry.

Kaneland’s Nicole Ketza won the JV discus throw with a mark of 90-1, more than three feet better than Glenbard South’s Marcy Rudins.

KHS teammate Katie Bergman finished second in the JV pole vault at eight feet.

Gierke schooled the rest of the field at the 12-team Oregon meet with a 15.44 second time in the 100m hurdles, good for first place.

Gierke also won first in the 300m low hurdles at 48.67.

The 3200m relay contingent of Laney Deligianis, Stouffer, Andie Strang and Lisa Roberson won first with a final time of 10:35.81.

Freshman Kelly Evers won second in the 800m run at 2:38.09.

Kelli Patterson took third in the long jump at 14-2.5.

Pinkston finished second in the pole vault at nine feet, while Sara Wallace finished third.

Alyssa Galvan was third in the shot put with a mark of 30-6.5.

Patterson also became triple jump winner with a 32-6 effort, but says she wishes to up the ante in all of her field events.

“I kind of hit a slump in the high jump for a couple weeks, and I fixed everything and ironed some stuff out; and same thing with my triple jumping,” Patterson said on Friday.

The Sectional challenge for the Lady Knights lies in Sterling at the home of the Golden Warriors on Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m.

The 2A gathering also features teams like Burlington Central, Dixon, Hampshire, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Rochelle, Sandwich, Sycamore and Yorkville.

Photo: Senior Jordan Pinkston readies for liftoff during Friday’s Western Sun Conference meet at Geneva High School. Pinkston finished second overall with a 9-6 in the finals. Photo by Ben Draper

Kaneland’s Gierke snatches two firsts at Sycamore

Looks like the mini-layoff for KHS girls track got out of its system in a hurry.

With the annual Kane County Meet shelved in Batavia due to the closing of the school, thanks to H1N1 virus prevention, the girls’ track squad hadn’t seen competition since May 5.

With a meet at Yorkville vs. the Lady Foxes and Sycamore, the Lady Knights continued to tune up for a competitive Sterling Sectional in a little over a week with a close second-place finish in Kendall County on Tuesday. Kaneland had 73 points, compared to Sycamore’s 74 and Yorkville’s 35.

Garnering first places were senior Lindsay Gierke in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles (48.39 seconds) and the 110m high hurdles (15.54) and the 4x400m relay foursome, who hit the finish line in 4:29.71.

Lady Knight Andie Strang also picked up a first-place nod in the 800m run thanks to a time of 2:25.51, and the 4x100m relay team’s 54.31 time took the top crown on Tuesday.

Sara Wallace’s 8 feet, six inches effort in the pole vault brought home a first for Kaneland in the pole vault, and Kelli Patterson guarded her triple jump turf with a first, thanks to a 32-10.5 jump.

The Lady Knights also got several second places like Brianna Stark in the triple jump (30-10.5), Alyssa Galvan in the shot put (32-4), Lauren Whittaker in the discus (98-9), Grace Snyder in the 110m high hurdles (21.17), Lisa Roberson in the 800m run (2:26.69) and the 4×200 contingent (1:59.03).

Coming up
The Lady Knights program heads to the usual Western Sun Conference meet stop at Geneva High School on Friday, May 8, followed by a Pre-Sectional Invite taking place at Big Northern Conference stalwart Oregon High School on Tuesday, May 12.

Photo: Sophomores Ashley Diddell (left) and Grace Synder run the 100m hurdles at Tuesday’s triangular at Sycamore with Yorkville. Kaneland placed second with 73 points, one behind Sycamore’s 74. Yorkville placed third with 35 points. Photo by Ben Draper

KHS shows talent at Dixon, Glenbard S.

by Mike Slodki
With the temperature finally rising in the area, Kaneland High School girls track seems to be taking that as a cue.

The first-place honors are becoming more frequent, and the Lady Knights have a bit of momentum entering the prestigious Kane County Meet on Friday in Batavia.

Last Wednesday had the Lady Knights edged by just one point in a 72-71 loss to Glenbard South.

Friday saw Kaneland compete at its usual late-April stop, the Dixon Relays.

Against the host Raiders, Lauren Whittaker’s discus effort of 97 feet was good enough for first.

Teammate Kelli Patterson enjoyed three firsts on the day. The senior hit a 4-8 in the high jump, a 15-3 in the long jump and a 33-3.5 in the triple jump.

Jordan Pinkston was tops in the pole vault thanks to a 9-6 effort.

The Lady Knights also took first in the 4×800 relay thanks to a 11 minute, 5.7 seconds effort from their foursome.

s 15.4 second 100m high hurdles time was good for first place, as was her 48.7 second 300m intermediate hurdles time.

Kelly Evers, who ran a 5:53 1600m run, won the event.

In the 10-team Dixon Relays, the Lady Knights were fourth-best on the evening with 64 points. Machesney Park’s Harlem High School was first with 86, followed by Western Sun Conference mainstay Rochelle (73) and Moline (65).

First places by Kaneland were achieved in the pole vault, thanks to the efforts of Pinkston, Sara Wallace and Katie Bergman, and the varsity 3200m relay.

The vaulters hit a combined 27 feet, while the long-distance foursome of Lisa Roberson, Andie Strang, Laney Deligianis and Evers finished in 10:11.

Kaneland’s frosh/soph 400m relay took third in 54.04 seconds, and the F/S 3200m relay finished in 10:49, good for second.

“As of today this was the first time I didn’t hit 9 feet on my first attempt this season, so that kind of upset me, but I was hoping for a top finish because some of the girls here went to indoor State,” Pinkson said.

KHS coach Pat Sheetz saw the 3200m first-place finish in the works already, which happened as Strang pulled away in the anchor leg.

“They were posting great times, their best of the year, and it was a matter of continuing to work,” Sheetz said. “They’ll get better and better as we head toward Sectionals.”

“I just go out and try to get a lead for the rest of my team; if need be they have the lead to fall back on,” Roberson said.

Strang felt no added pressure being the last hope for the Lady Knights in the event.

“I don’t think I had any more pressure than any of the other girls; we ran what we needed to,” Strang said. “I just did what I had to do to catch up to the Geneseo girl.”

In the mile team race, Kaneland finished second with a cumulative time of 20 minutes.

In the unique throwers relay, Kaneland’s 58.66 time was enough for second place.

After the Kane County meet this Friday, the girls travel along with Yorkville to Sycamore on Tuesday, May 5.

Girls track shows talent at Jenni’s ABC

Kaneland High School girls track spent its Saturday winning.

The Lady Knights squad hit a stride in a well-spent showing in its own Jenni’s ABC Invite in Maple Park. The meet returned after a one-year layoff due to less-than-favorable conditions in 2009.

KHS had a 354 point total to take the invite crown while Huntley took second with 319 points. Rockford Boylan finished third in the seven-team group at 306 points.

Team anchor Lindsay Gierke took home four first places, beginning with her 100 meter dash “A” heat showing. The senior blazed to a 13.16 seconds finish, and followed that up with a 200m dash “B” first of 26.5 seconds. Gierke then won the 300m intermediate hurdles “A” race at 48.83 seconds, and also won the 100m intermediate hurdles challenge at 15.77 seconds.

Teammate Lisa Roberson continued her strong season with a first in the 800m run “A” (2:26.89) and a first place in the 1600m run “B” (5:45.61).

Andie Strang nabbed herself a first-place showing in the 800m run “B” with a time of 2:29.17 and took a second in the 1600m “A” at 5:35.17.

Kelly Evers’ effort consisted of a first in the 3200m run “A” at 12:24.84 and a first in the high jump “A” with a mark of four feet, four inches.

Kelli Patterson finished second in the high jump “B” with an effort of 4-6 and in the triple jump “A” at 31-10.5.

Brianna Stark took home a second place in the long jump “B” grouping with an effort of 14-1, and also won second in the triple jump “B” at 30-6.

Athina Ajazi had a second-place effort in the 400m dash “C” with a time of 1:10.96. The discus was supported by Kathleen Kuhar in “B” at 74-9, good for first, and second-place Katie Weiss in “C” at 72-9.

Kris Bowen won first in the 800m run “C” with a run of 2:37.11. In the pole vault event, asset Jordan Pinkson vaulted to a 9-6 and a first in “A” and Sara Wallace managed an 8-0 and a first in the “B” group.

Lindsay Douglas won first in the long jump “C” heat with a 14-0 jump. In the 300 intermediate hurdles “B”, Ashley Augusty took second at 55.11 seconds. The 4x400m relay “B” team won second at 4:38.87 and Kelsey Gould threw a 27-6 in the shot put “C”.

The Kaneland girls track roster is set to participate in the Dixon Relays on Friday, April 24.

Photo: Lady Knight Lindsay Douglas competes in the Long Jump at Saturday’s Jenni’s ABC Meet at Kaneland High School. Kaneland won the meet with 354 points, outdistancing Huntley (319) and Boylan (306). Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights have steady showing at Holmes Invite

by Mike Slodki
This past Saturday, Geneva was crowned the overall winner of the 32nd Holmes Invitational for the second straight season thanks to a 147.75 point output.

West Aurora came in second with a 123.5 point day. Rosary of Aurora finished third with 59.5 points, followed by fourth-place Rockton Hononegah at 52. The Lady Knights finished fifth overall in the 16-team invite with a total of 48.5 points, tied with Lockport. Oswego East finished sixth with 40 points. Western Sun Conference rivals Sycamore (22) and DeKalb (21) finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

Tuesday had the Lady Knights appear at a Western Sun Conference clash in Rochelle along with Batavia. Kaneland finished third with 43 points, compared to Batavia’s 73 and Rochelle’s 63.

The Lady Knights had plenty of representation in the final heats on Saturday, improving their standings. University of Northern Iowa-bound senior Lindsay Gierke took the 100 meter dash event with a final time of 12.84 seconds, edging Geneva’s Sammi Hill by .17 seconds. Gierke finished third in the 200m dash finals at 26.30 seconds, behind Hononegah’s Ana Armitage (25.95) and Geneva’s Erica Miller (25.93).

Lisa Roberson finished a solid fifth in the 800m run with a final time of 2:27.33. The 4×100 relay foursome of Gierke, Sydney Bilotta, Jordyn Lawrence and Arianna Espino finished sixth in 52.99 seconds. The 4×400 squad of Bilotta, Gierke, Lawrence and Roberson finished third at 4:19.15.

Roberson, Andie Strang, Kris Bowen and Kelly Evers put in a third-place result in the 4x800m event with a time of 10:04.40. Junior Sara Wallace took sixth place in the pole vault with a eight-foot vault in the final. The discus had a strong Kaneland flourish as Lauren Whittaker finished second with a final throw of 96 feet-6 inches, and Katie Weiss finished sixth at 91-1.

With the throwing ranks of Kaneland showing big numbers in the early outset of the season, the discus troops were encouraged by Saturday’s showing.

“You can kind of tell how the day will go by how you feel right then, and I thought my last throw was better,” Whittaker said.

Main keys were coaching and preparation.

“(Pat) Sheetz encourages us the whole time, and he’s a great coach,” Weiss said. “It’s been great because we use what he says and we see what the other throwers on the team do and feed off of that.”

In Rochelle, Gierke was up to more of her old tricks and ran to a first in the 100m high hurdles (15.45).

Gierke also won the 300m low hurdles at 47.87 seconds. Strang was crowned the winner of the 1600m run at 5:40.69.

Pole vaulter Jordan Pinkston won the event at 9 feet, six inches.

The Lady Knights look to impress at Jenni’s ABC Invite at Kaneland on Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m. They’ll also travel to Glenbard South on Tuesday, April 21.

Lindsay Gierke makes quick work of the 200m dash field in her first victorious heat at the Jill Holmes Invitational on Saturday at Kaneland. Photo by John DiDonna

KHS track hits Bloomington

At the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic in Bloomington, Kaneland’s presence was felt in a number of events.

The Knights and Lady Knights participated in the A and AA school grouping on Friday, with Nick Sinon kicking things off with a fifth place finish in the high jump at six feet, one inch in the finals. Lady Knight Jordan Pinkston finished seventh in the pole vault at 9-6.

Logan Markuson’s pole vault of 13-6 was good for fifth, while teammate Josh Bloome went eighth at 13 feet. The 4×800 relay team of Lisa Roberson, Kelly Evers, Kris Bowen and Andie Strang finished fourth with a final effort of 10:10.18.

The 4×800 boys group of Hayden Johnson, Derek Bus, Matt Reusche and Edgar Valle went sixth at 8:20.03. Strang finished 18th in the 1600m run with a time of 5:45.47.

Lucas Ross, Johnson, Valle and Logan Markuson took seventh in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:35.23.

The first outdoor meets of the season are Tuesday, April 7 for the Lady Knights at Burlington Central and Saturday, April 11 at East Moline United.

Photo: Freshman Kelly Evers runs her leg of the 3200m Relay at the 18th annual Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic, held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. Friday. Evers and teammates Lisa Roberson, Kris Bowen and Andie Strang placed fourth overall, with a time of 10 minutes, 10.26 seconds. Photo by Ben Draper

Spring Sports Preview: Lady Knights track off to running start

by Mike Slodki
For the 2009 season, Kaneland girls track has a slew of returning athletes, some whom have seen State action.

That’s good news for the Lady Knights program, and downright scary for opposing teams.

Pat Sheetz, in his 32nd year of heading the girls program, has 45 athletes that have worked out the kinks in the indoor season and are ready to tackle the outdoor campaign head on.

“We have a pretty good idea where people fit, and in other spots, people will separate themselves and we’ll see what our lineup is as the season goes on,” Sheetz said.

Any discussion of the Kaneland track program needs to start with University of Northern Iowa-signee and three-time State qualifier Lindsay Gierke. Gierke qualified in the 200m hurdles and 100m hurdles.

“I think she’ll be way better than last year,” Sheetz said. “She can do the job and she’ll have no problem hitting the times she wants to hit.”

Sophomore Andie Strang returns after having qualified for the 800m run a year ago.

“The talent is there, and the toughness is there in how she approaches things,” Sheetz said about Strang.

Looking to make things happen in the distance ranks for the Lady Knights are personnel like Lisa Roberson, who’s “doing real well so far, and we’re expecting even more out of her,” Sheetz said. Kris Bowen also looks to make an impact in the distance events, allowing with freshman Kelly Evers, Laney Deligianis, Carolina Tovar, Jessica Stouffer, Brianna Stark and Jordan Krawczyk.

Maggie Dawe and Sydney Billotta will also get their chances at distance and sprints, if needed. Gierke, Krissy Chapman, Mackenzie Curran and Bilotta work the sprints, while new personnel like Tesa Alderman, Arianna Espino and freshman Jordyn Lawrence also look to get their shot in that category.

The relays are up for grabs. “We’re playing around with options, we have seven kids that could be thrown in there, just a matter of how they progress,” Sheetz said.

Strang and Roberson were among those who saw time last year in the relays.

The field events see girls like Jordan Pinkston in the pole vault. Pinkston, who has reached 9 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault in the indoor season, qualified for the indoor State meet in Bloomington. Sara Wallace, Katie Bergman, Taylor Olson and Shannon Wallace also look to make a mark in the vault.

Newcomer Lindsay Douglas, Kelli Patterson and Stark could see time at the triple jump, with Patterson trying her hand the high and long jump.

Fifteen throwers fill the Lady Knights roster including returnee Alyssa Galvan. Lauren Whittaker and Katie Weiss also bring needed experience to the shot and discus. Newcomers to the event are senior Kathleen Kuhar, Mel Mazuc, Keara Palpant and Nicole Ketza. Kelsey Gould, Elicia Dibella, Deva Shamely and Erin Hanold will get their shot at various events, as well. Other members looking for their shot are Athina Ajazi, Ashley Augusty, Amelia Napiorkowski, Lexie Pniewski, Grace Snyder, Meggen Southern, and Julia Wittbrodt.

Improvement will bring about team-wide success.

“I can see us really improving in all events. We’re just putting everything together and putting people in the right events, and it’ll take care of themselves.

Getting on track

Kaneland’s indoor girls track season continued on the homestretch with its Western Sun Conference Indoor track meet at Glenbard South on Friday, with the Lady Knights.

Kaneland’s varsity squad finished seventh with 32 points, ahead of DeKalb’s 22.

Batavia (78), Sycamore (71) and Glenbard South (55) finished in the top three. Lady Knight Jordan Pinkston finished second with a 10-foot effort in the pole vault.

In the Sterling Triangular, Kaneland finished third with 38 points behind Sterling (58) and Freeport (49).

Jordyn Lawrence won the 400 meter dash at 1:05.46, while Andie Strang took the 800m run (2:37.60) and the 1600m run (5:54). The 4x800m relay squad took first with a 10:07.60 time.

Girls track makes indoor strides on Saturday

At the Hononegah Girls Indoor Classic on Saturday, Kaneland Lady Knights track finished 21st out of 22 teams (6.5 points). Homewood-Flossmoor, with 82 points, led the charge, followed by Whitney Young at 73 points and West Aurora at 71.5.

Top finishes for the Lady Knights included a double shot in the 800-meter run, with Andie Strang and Lisa Roberson taking sixth and seventh, respectively. Strang ran the event in 2 minutes, 28.98 seconds, and Roberson ran in 2:30.91.

In the 55m high hurdles, sophomore Jessica Brinkman finished 15th in the preliminaries with a run of 10.38 seconds, just .33 away from qualifying for the finals.

For the field side, Kelly Evers finished in a tie for 15th in the high jump at four feet, four inches. The pole vault had Katie Bergman and Sara Wallace nab seventh place in the pole vault with 7-6.

Shot put also yielded some returns. Alyssa Galvan took 13th at 31-9.5, Lauren Whittaker finished 20th at 30-4.5 and Nicole Ketza took 34th at 27-11.75.

Hampshire ends Lady Knights’ quest in regional semifinal

by Mike Slodki
With every silver lining, sometimes comes a cloud.

In the case of Kaneland girls basketball nabbing its first postseason win since the 2004-2005 campaign, the Lady Knights saw its campaign come to a halt with the very next contest.

The win came over Illinois Math & Science Academy on Monday during the IHSA Class 3A opening round game in a 57-34 affair, but lost to the No. 1-seeded Hampshire Lady Whip-purs on Tuesday, 60-42.

The Lady Knights also dropped a 51-37 matchup to host Sycamore on Friday night in the final regular season game.

Kaneland’s final mark of 2008-2009 is 8-19 (3-11 Western Sun Conference), a two-game dropoff from a year ago.

Kaneland’s playoff adversary was also the team’s first opponent back in Nov., with much the same result. The Whip-purs, who began the season ranked eighth in Class 3A, bested the Lady Knights 59-39 in the season opener.

“I can’t fault our effort or anything,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “The keys to the game were going to be limiting turnovers on offense and not giving up layups, and we did both. We didn’t get either accomplished and that’s how they hurt us the first game.”

Buckets by Alex Dumoulin and Christine Schumacher keyed a 9-0 run to start the game for Hampshire. Katie Hatch’s two free throws with 4:32 remaining closed to within 9-2 in the first before Hampshire went on an 8-2 tear to lead 17-4 with 1:43 to go. Hatch and the rising Mallory Carlson scored baskets as time ran out to set it at 17-8 after the first eight minutes.

High-percentage shots by Alyssa Galvan began the second quarter and closed to within 17-12 with just 34 seconds elapsed in the second, and a Brianna Hurst shot with 4:52 to go cut the lead to 21-15 before Hampshire went on a tear as Dumoulin and Heine hit baskets that highlighted an 8-0 ruin and a 29-15 lead with 1:32 to go. Hampshire led 31-18 going into the locker room.

A Schumacher three made it 38-20 with 6:01 to go, and the Whip-purs kept the press on while converting on opportunities down the floor for a 48-25 lead with 1:42 to go. Schumacher’s two foul shots with no time left in the third doubled the Lady Knights at 52-26.

Kaneland hit 7-of-8 foul shots and outscored Hampshire 16-8 in the final quarter, but it was too late. The final bucket of the season was by sophomore call-up Nikki Ott with 28.4 seconds to go.

The Lady Knights had one last hurrah in a playoff setting, and Carlson led the troops with 12 points, while Galvan added 10. Sara Rose had five steals to go along with eight points. Kaneland went 25-for-53 from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line. IMSA’s Sapna Patel led the Titans with 12 points.

Rapid-fire baskets by Hatch, Andie Strang and Kelly Evers again gave Kaneland a quick 8-0 lead just two minutes in. KHS went out to a 14-0 lead at the 4:42 mark before IMSA finally got on the board, and the Lady Knights led 20-5 after one. Nine steals highlighted the first-quarter fireworks.

Kaneland continued the barrage in the second quarter thanks to eight points in a row by Carlson. The junior scored eight out of 10 in a stretch that turned into a 33-13 halftime lead.

Two shots by Mallory Huml gave the Lady Knights a 48-18 lead before IMSA closed to within 48-23 by the end of the quarter. CeCe Anderson’s shot with 1:11 to go in the game gave KHS the biggest lead of the game at 55-34.

In the WSC tussle against the Spartans, Hurst led the charge with 10 points, and the Lady Knights were 10-for-15 from the line. The game was deadlocked at 8-8 after one before Sycamore took a 22-17 lead at halftime. Sycamore continued the trend at 30-23 after the third before stifling Kaneland enough for the win.

With the conclusion of the campaign, the Lady Knights say goodbye to seven seniors, including four-year varsity member Hatch, the lone holdover from the Dennis Hansen era.

“We’re going to miss her on the court as well as off,” Colombe said. “The seniors were great kids and we’ll miss having them around.”

Hatch joins Hurst, Huml, injured senior Chassidy Mangers, Anderson, Rose and Galvan as Lady Knights who played their final contest.

“We all worked hard,” Hatch said. “We tried our best, even if things didn’t work out the way we wanted to tonight.”

Photo: Katie Hatch tries to get a shot in the fourth period of the Kaneland girl’s varsity game at Sycamore on Friday. Sycamore won the contest 51-37. Photo by John DiDonna

Lady Knights go 2-1, includes wins over Sycamore, Yorkville

by Mike Slodki
With the regular season down to its final contests, the Kaneland High School girls basketball roster is seeing more things come its way, like wins.

Despite a close 52-48 loss at Marengo on Tuesday, the Lady Knights defeated Sycamore at home on Saturday night by a 50-45 margin and also took out Yorkville on Friday in a 58-44 road win.

The Lady Knights have gone 3-2 in their last five contests and sit at 7-17 with a 3-10 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Against the Indians, Sara Rose led the Lady Knights with 11 points and four steals.

Kaneland led 12-9 after the first quarter and maintained a 22-21 lead at halftime. KHS increased its lead to 39-33 after three quarters before Marengo pulled out the win in the fourth.

Against Sycamore, Katie Hatch had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds, as the Lady Knights went 20-for-31 from the foul liine.

Sycamore led the game 11-9 after one frame and 26-18 at halftime before running wild over the Spartans in the third to tie the score at 33. Kaneland outscored Sycamore 17-12 to clinch it in the fourth.

Kaneland used the foul line to key its win over the Foxes as it went 20-for-30 from the foul line. Alyssa Galvan led KHS with 13 points and Brianna Hurst had 10.

The Lady Knights used baskets by Megan Nauert, Hurst and Emily Heimerdinger to go up 14-10 in the first and led 14-12 at the buzzer.

Up 18-14 in the second, the Lady Knights used shots by Andie Strang and Mallory Huml, along with two foul shots from Rose to go up 24-14 with 2:19 to go in the half. Kaneland led 28-21 at the halftime horn.

A third-quarter Yorkville run closed it to 36-31 before KHS scored the final bucked of the quarter thanks to a Galvan basket.

Hurst hit two shots to increase the lead to 42-33 with 6:53 left. Hatch’s three-point play effectively put the game out of reach at 47-35 with 4:02 to go. The win satisfied KHS coach Ernie Colombe, despite 20 turnovers.

“I thought we did a lot of things well, but that was disappointing in a sense that we just worked on that in practice. Yorkville fought hard after they lost (Alyssa) Harbin, who’s arguably their best player (due to second-quarter injury). But we had pretty good effort and hit a lot of free throws,” Colombe said.

“It was good to get a win even if it wasn’t out best game,” Galvan said. “But we’re looking forward to (Saturday’s win) and this game was important.”

Kaneland’s passing led to a good start, one that keyed the rest of the game, according to Galvan.

“When they’re playing zone we know we can’t make one pass and a shot, so passing the ball around gets the defense tired and that was one of our goals,” Galvan said.

The Lady Knights visit Sycamore on Friday, Feb. 13 to finish the regular season.

Girls’ basketball continues to struggle in WSC play

by Mike Slodki

A strong Lady Knight run on Friday evening had host Glenbard South reeling.

But Glenbard South returned the favor and with greater authority in a 53-43 handling of KHS.

On Tuesday, Batavia handed the visiting Kaneland crew a 58-37 loss.

Kaneland’s mark fell to 4-14 with a 1-7 record in the Western Sun Conference.

Against the Lady Raiders, KHS stormed out to a 17-10 lead, but pressure and defense took its toll on the Lady Knights, which lead to a 27-24 halftime deficit. The third quarter saw GS pull away with a 45-35 lead.

Andie Strang, Sara Rose, Alyssa Galvan and Mallory Carlson each had seven points to pace the Lady Knights. Kaneland was 8-for-19 from the foul line.

“We made some easy baskets early,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “The girls were playing hard and we didn’t always make the right decisions with the ball out there, but I can’t fault the effort.”

Varsity tries to rebound against DeKalb on Friday, Jan. 23.

Photo: Junior Mallory Carlson elevates over a Glenbard South defender. Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights taken in 3 contests, fall to 4-12

Lady Knight Chassidy Mangers lifts a shot during Kaneland’s victory on Jan. 3.   Photo by John DiDonna.
Lady Knight Chassidy Mangers lifts a shot during Kaneland’s victory on Jan. 3. Photo by John DiDonna.
The girls are playing at a 4-12 clip with a 1-6 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Tuesday night saw a blizzard in the form of Geneva Lady Vikings basketball taking it to visiting KHS 57-19.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights dropped a 53-36 matchup at home vs. Burlington Central.

Burlington Central defeated Kaneland in a 2008 regional heartbreaker, 49-48.

The Lady Knights also lost a 55-43 decision vs. Batavia on Friday.

Kaneland fell behind 23-3 to the Lady Vikings in the first quarter, followed by 38-9 at the half. Geneva continued its prolific run in the third, going up 49-11 before the final frame.

Sara Rose led the Lady Knights with seven points, and Alyssa Galvan had seven rebounds.

Against the Rockets, Rose and Galvan had 10 points each to lead the KHS charge, but Taylor Colby had a red hot game with 28 points, and Jordan Maisto added 17 of her own.

Kaneland was 13-for-30 from the field and 7-for-15 from the free throw line.

Burlington Central went ahead 17-13 after the first eight minutes, and increased it after Kaneland went cold from the floor 29-17.

Kaneland closed to within 37-28 after three before the Lady Rockets went on a 16-8 run for the fourth quarter.

Against Batavia, Chassidy Mangers had a team-high 10, while Lady Bulldogs asset Natalie Tarter had a game-high 11.

Andie Strang had eight points for KHS. The Lady Knights were 14-for-36 from the field and an improved 15-for-21 from the foul line.

Batavia went out to an 11-7 lead after one quarter and 29-20 at the half. The Lady Bulldogs increased their lead to 44-32 at the end of the third before the final buzzer.

Lower class action during the week had the Lady Knight sophomores dropping a 38-26 decision to Batavia on Friday, despite 10 points from Tesa Alderman.

The sophomores got the best of the Lady Rockets on Saturday 40-18, with Alderman supplying 13 points, and Keara Palpant scoring.

The freshmen lost to Rochelle on Thursday 54-36, despite 19 points from Kylie Siebert.

The varsity troops have a date at Glenbard South on Friday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. and a meeting at Batavia on Tuesday, Jan .20.

Lady Knights split pair of WSC contests

by Mike Slodki

With the Western Sun Conference schedule in full swing, KHS girls basketball was hoping that both conference contests could swing its way. Kaneland will have to be happy with a split.

The Lady Knights took care of visiting Yorkville on Saturday evening by a final of 37-26 for their first WSC win. Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Lady Knights were vanquished by visiting Geneva 65-26. KHS now sits at 4-9 (1-4 WSC).

Despite senior Katie Hatch going down with a leg injury in the first quarter against the Lady Foxes, KHS held firm and rebounded from a 7-6 first quarter deficit to take a 20-15 lead at the half. Kaneland led 25-19 after three.

Andie Strang had eight points. Kaneland was 13-for-47 from the field.

Against Geneva, Mallory Huml had a team-high five.

Five steals by Geneva keyed a bad start for KHS and they fell behind 14-0 just 4:14 into the contest, before Alyssa Galvan put back a miss for the Lady Knights’ first points. A Huml three-pointer with 18.8 seconds to go closed the deficit to 20-7 to end the first frame.

KHS, who takes on Batavia on Friday, Jan. 9, made a mini-run in the second to cut it to 28-15 before Lauren Wicinski found her way to the basket twice to lead 32-15 at halftime. Geneva then went on an 13-0 run to seal it.

“They’re a good team and they showed why they’re undefeated,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said about Geneva.

01/09/2009

Girls split first two contests at Oswego East Holiday Classic

by Mike Slodki

            Once they made it through the snow, Kaneland girls basketball down to business at the fourth annual Oswego East Holiday Classic.

            After forgoing the first scheduled meeting on Wednesday against Oak Park-River Forest to pay respects to their fallen classmates, the Lady Knights went in the consolation bracket on Saturday afternoon and took it to Plainfield East 60-14. Kaneland fell just short on Monday afternoon by a final of 40-38 against Plainfield North.

            Kaneland’s mark is now 2-8 with an 0-3 record in Western Sun Conference play.

            Ten different Kaneland players found the scoring column led by Brianna Hurst with 10. Kelly Evers and Andie Strang had eight each. Playing their first game since Dec. 8, the Lady Knights started the game against the first-year varsity Bengals right when Sara Rose corralled the opening tip and laid it in just seven second into the game.

            “Yeah, that kind of got us going at first tip,” Hurst said. “We felt we had a pretty good first half and everybody getting in the game will help us when we play some tougher teams in the second half.”

            Three steals, coupled with converting on their shots, allowed Kaneland to storm out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter with 2:36 to go.The Lady Knights led 24-6 after one.

            Plainfield East just had one point in the second quarter, a free throw with 35.7 second left. Megan Nauert’s shot with 43.2 seconds in the half gave KHS its biggest lead of the game at 37-7.

            The Bengals’ shot to close the score to 46-9 with 2:17 left in the third was their first field goal in 18 minutes of play. Strang later hit another trey, and Evers’ offensive putback with 49.2 left gave KHS its biggest lead at 60-12.

            “We came out pretty fast and pushed the ball. It was nice to get some confidence today after two one-point losses in conference,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

            For the KHS team, it was also nice to just come out to the court.

            “It’s important for the girls to get back to a routine. It’s been a tough week for the whole community and we talked about how we could pay respects to Blake and Jeff and thats to compete hard every night,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe.

            Against Plainfield North, Kaneland went just 15-for-48 from the field, although inside presence Alyssa Galvan had 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Kaneland led 9-7 after one quarter and 18-17 at the half. Going into the final eight minutes up 35-33, Kaneland stopped producing and went just 1-for-8 from the field and 1-for-6 from the foul line (7-for-18 for the game).

            The Lady Knights were scheduled to conclude the Oswego East gathering on Tuesday before next suiting up against Yorkville on Satruday, Jan. 3, 2009.

Lady Knights look to keep arrow pointing up

Girls hoops using seven seniors for lift in WSC

by Mike Slodki

            Two years ago, the Lady Knights basketball squad, helmed by Ernie Colombe, limped toward a 5-21 mark.

            Last year, KHS improved to 10-16 with a 5-9 record in Western Sun Conference play and was 5.7 seconds away from ousting Burlington Central in the regionals before losing 49-48 last February.

            This year, the Lady Knights look to make more positive strides under Colombe in his third year.

            “We work hard,” Colombe said. “I know it sounds like a cliche, but we push these girls in practice, and they seem to respond well to that.”

            First off, the Lady Knights have to deal with departed Class of 2008 members Brittney Hankes, Lesley Winslow, Vickie Mathieu and Jackie Smith.

            Hankes is playing collegiately at Elgin Community College this winter.

            Forwards on the 2008-09 roster are seniors Brianna Hurst and Katie Hatch. Hatch is on for her fourth varsity year, and made all-WSC last year.

            “Day in, day out. No one works harder than Katie,” Colombe said.

            Junior forwards are Kaila Ingraham and Mallory Carlson, both new to the varsity ranks, and sophomore Megan Nauert joins the ranks as well.

            Guards are seniors Sara Rose, who brings an improved shot, according to Colombe, CeCe Anderson, Chassidy Mangers and defensive stopper Mallory Huml, along with new sophomore editions Emily Heimerdinger and Andie Strang.

            Senior Alyssa Galvan provides minutes at the center position.

            Colombe, along with assistant coach Tom Dillavan, thinks that the younger set of sophomores bring intangibles to the court.

            “Andie might be the best shooter in the program and gets up and down the court well. Emily is really improved and is working against Sara every day in practice and is so competitve. Megan can play around the basket and has a knack for scoring,” Colombe said.

            The Knights will have their hands full with Geneva (21-7 in 2007-08) and Batavia (21-5).

            After the opening matchup at Hampshire on Tuesday, the Lady Knights hop on over to Burlington Central for its annual Thanksgiving Tournament beginning on Saturday, Nov, 22. The first conference matchup is vs. Glenbard South on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The regular season ends for the Lady Knights on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Sycamore.

Hampshire deals out convincing loss to KHS girls

by Mike Slodki

            As is customary over the last several years, Kaneland High School girls basketball opened its campaign against Hampshire.

            Unfortunately, the results are as customary as the previous two seasons were.

            For the third consecutive year, Hampshire got the best of the Lady Knights, this time by a final of 59-39.

            Center Alyssa Galvan had a game-high 10 points in the Tuesday night affair at the brand new Hampshire High School. Chassidy Mangers added nine.

            Hampshire went on an early 12-0 run to take a 14-3 lead with 3:10 to go in the frame.

            KHS cut the margin to 15-7 after one.

            The Lady Knights went on a mini-run and made adjustments in the second quarter. Down 22-11, Sara Rose hit a layup and Mangers made a foul shot to close within 22-14 with 5:41 to go in the half. Later on, the Lady Knights went on a 7-0 run, thanks to a Rose shot, a Galvan basket, a Katie Hatch free throw and an Emily Heimerdinger baseline jumper that closed it to 24-21 with 2:24 left. Rose’s offensive putback with 1:19 to go made it 29-25, but Hampshire clamped on the defense and Kaneland went into the half down 36-25.

            Hampshire upping the tempo on both ends led to a 23-point lead in the third quarter before Andie Strang’s two foul shots closed it to 51-30 at the end of three.

            “We made defensive mistakes today,” Colombe said. “These are mistakes that you make when you’re sophomores but not when you’re on varsity. We’ve got a lot to fix, but we’ll work hard in practice.”

            The Lady Knights head out to Burlington Central, facing Rockford Auburn at 2:30 p.m. and Woodstock at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.