PLATTEVILLE, WIS.—Bryan VanBogaert of Elburn and Alyssa Galvan of Maple Park were named to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville dean’s list for the 2013 spring semester.
Photo: Delani Vest capped a stellar senior season for Lady Knights softball by nabbing the NIB-12 MVP honor. File photo
KANELAND—A highly successful 2011-12 spring season was recognized with team awards dished out earlier this week, as well as honors from the end-of-year senior athletic banquet.
Awards were released on June 3.
Leading the charge was sectional semifinalist softball, which boasted the Northern Illinois Big XII MVP in pitcher Delani Vest. Joining the senior on the all-conference list was Paige Kuefler, Hayley Contorno, Allyson O’Herron and McKinzie Mangers, with teammate Lexi Roach an honorable mention.
Vest, Mangers, O’Herron and Sam Hansen were recognized as captains. O’Herron was named defensive player of the year, while Roach was named most improved player. Kuefler and Lanie Callaghan were named co-offensive players of the year, while Contorno and Kristen Gabrielson took home the Lady Knight award.
The senior athletic banquet awards recognized University of Wisconsin-Whitewater bound Sean Carter as Male Athlete of the Year, Kelly Evers as Female Athlete of the Year, Clayton Brundige as the Male Birkette award winner for dedication, and both Evers and Katy Dudzinski as the Female Birkette award for dedication recipient.
For boys track, Carter was named the Track MVP, while Nate Dyer took home the Field MVP honors. Brundige and Brandon Stahl were co-winners of the Drendel Award. Brundige, Carter, Miki Marin, Stahl, Nate Rehkopf, Kelvin Peterson and Mitch Dienst were recognized as captains. Dylan Nauert was named the winner of the Ron Probst award.
Finally, Kaneland’s boys track group of Luis Acosta, Brandon Bishop, Kyle Carter, Sean Carter, Dyer, Shane Jorgensen, Nate Kucera, Nauert, Tanner Andrews, Brandon Cottier, Marshall Farthing, Kory Harner, Conor Johnson, Dylan Pennington, Brundige and Marin were recognized as All NIB-12.
Meanwhile, the 11 State qualifiers were also lauded for their trip to Eastern Illinois University.
For Knights baseball, Tom Fox, Drew Peters, John Hopkins, Trevor Storck, Jake Razo and Tyler Heinle were named to the All NIB-12 team, with Bryan VanBogaert an honorable mention.
VanBogaert, Storck and Ray Barry took home the most improved player nods, and Trever Heinle was the recipient of the 41 Award in memory of Jeff Malewig. Fox was named the offensive MVP and Tyler Heinle was named defensive MVP, with Razo nabbed Mr. Kaneland Baseball for 2012.
The girls track season yielded quite the prestigious awards, with Amanda Lesak, Jessica Kucera, Maggie Brundige, Sydney Strang, Jen Howland, Lauren Zick and Kaltrina Ismaili being recognized as state qualifiers.
Christina Delach, Nicole Ketza, Elle Tattoni, Lesak, Gabby Aguirre, Strang, Zick, Ismaili and Howland also secured Northern Illinois Big XII honors.
Carolina Tovar and Ketza were recognized for their work as captains. Lesak took home the team’s most improved trophy.
The Track MVP honor was given to Strang, while the Field MVP honor went to Tattoni.
Kaneland soccer congratulated Jess Coia, Jordan Ginther, Delaney Stryczek and Katie Taylor for making All NIB-12, while Brittany Olson made the honorable mention list.
Melissa Bohorquez, Ginther, Taylor and Taylor White were recognized as captains, while Brooke Harner was named Most Improved Player for the Lady Knights.
Courtney Diddell and Madi Jurcenko capped impressive campaigns by garnering Rookie of the Year honors.
Taylor Opperman, Heather Ortiz and Stryczek were named winners of the Coach’s Award.
Michelle Ortiz and Olson were named winners of the Lady Knights Award, while the co-MVPs were revealed as Taylor and Ginther.
Photo: Ray Barry dives safely back to first base in the first inning of Kaneland’s home playoff game against DeKalb on May 23. Photo by John DiDonna
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Sometimes too much of a good thing turns out to harm you in the end.
Kaneland baseball had to get past DeKalb in the Class 3A Kaneland Regional semifinal on May 25 in order to embark on its repeat road to Joliet, Ill., and another State plaque.
But three instances of bases-loaded situations for the Knights yielded only one run total, and the DeKalb Barbs made the most of its late-inning at-bats.
The end result was a 9-3 loss that ended the KHS campaign at 24-11.
The Knights finished last year as Class 3A champions at 26-10 after winning its final 13 contests of the year.
DeKalb went on to lose on Saturday during the regional final to Marmion Academy, 4-1, and finished 18-16-1.
This marked the second time in three seasons the Knights have exited in the regional semi, having lost to Hampshire at home in 2010.
“Things came back to haunt us,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “We had situations early in the game. If we took advantage of the bases-loaded situation, it would have been a completely different game.”
For Kaneland, John Hopkins earned the loss, going 4.2 innings while giving up five runs on four hits.
Ray Barry went 1-for-3 with two runs, a double and RBI, while Tom Fox went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
DeKalb took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Kaneland got one back.
Barry singled and stole second and third. After Jake Razo walked and stole second, Tom Fox drove Barry home with an RBI to make it 2-1. Trever Heinle walked, but Quinn Buschbacher grounded into a 5-1-3 double play to end the threat.
Kaneland had another bases loaded opportunity in the second, but Tyler Heinle lined into a double play.
Kaneland would tie the game in the third, beginning with a Razo walk. After he moved to second on a balk, Fox drove him in with an RBI double. With one out, Buschbacher walked, but Hopkins grounded out to the pitcher and Jordan Jones struck out.
The Knights took their last lead of the year when Barry hit a one-out double, and Tyler Heinle drove him in with a single. After Razo sacrificed him over, Fox popped out to short.
DeKalb went on the offensive with three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 5-3 advantage. In the bottom of the fifth, Kaneland saw what would be its last, best opportunity.
Buschbacher drew a one-out walk, and new pitcher Drew Peters singled. With two outs, Joe Pollastrini singled for a bases loaded situation, but Barry flied out to right.
In the top of the sixth, DeKalb poured it on with four more runs to cinch the win.
“DeKalb’s a good club, they came out and proved it today. We’re good, too. We just didn’t play up to our caliber,” Aversa said.
The Knights say goodbye to Buschbacher, Trevor Storck, Fox, Tyler Heinle, Peters, Jones, Mike Tattoni, Trever Heinle, Barry, Bryan VanBogaert and Razo due to graduation.
Photo: Bryan VanBogaert fires toward the dish against Batavia on Friday’s Senior Night at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva. The Knights won 2-1. Photo by Patti Wilk
KANELAND—Whether you are Marmion Academy, St. Francis of Wheaton, DeKalb or IMSA, you can’t be looking forward to what lies ahead next week.
Kaneland baseball rolled through the last week of non-conference competition, ending on Saturday with a 7-2 solving of host West Aurora.
Previously, the Knights also took care of Batavia, 2-1 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva, and also traveled north to Cary-Grove High School to hand the Trojans an 8-2 shellacking.
Despite a Monday setback to host St. Charles East, The Knights finish 24-10 with the regular season and conference crown already collected.
Kaneland was 20-10 when the 2011 regular season concluded on the way to a State title.
More currently, the Knights are winners of nine of their last 10.
Jordan Jones took the ball for a complete-game win over the Blackhawks.
Jones went seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits.
Mike Tattoni went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI to go along with three base swipes.
Ray Barry went 2-for-3 with two swipes.
The Knights put up three runs in both the second and third innings for the cushion.
In the win against former Suburban Prairie Conference North Division and Western Sun Conference rival Batavia, Kaneland’s two-run output in the bottom of the second inning was enough to ward off Batavia’s run in the third.
Trevor Storck improved to 7-0 on the mound, while Bryan VanBogaert earned the save with two innings of work.
Kaneland jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first three innings thanks to personnel like Tyler Heinle (3-for-3, three runs, two RBI), Jake Razo (2-for-4, double, two RBI) and Tom Fox (1-for-3, three RBI, double).
In the 5-4 loss to the Saints, Matt Limbrunner saw the loss come his way after giving up five runs on five hits. Barry went 2-for-2 with double and Quinn Buschbacher went 2-for-3 with a double
Kaneland was set to play on Wednesday as the top seed of its own regional on Wednesday against fourth-seed DeKalb, which beat IMSA on Monday evening.
The regional title matchup is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. with either Kaneland or DeKalb facing the winner of the second-and-third seed matchup of Marmion Academy vs. St. Francis.
Photo: Quinn Buschbacher beats the ball to first in the sixth inning of Kaneland’s 1-0 home win over Morris on Tuesday. Photo by Patti Wilk
Aversa’s troops in NIB-12 drivers seat
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland has had Sycamore’s number on the baseball field as of late, including last year’s regional title win.
On Thursday and Friday, Kaneland’s number of 10 was good enough for a win in both contests.
Meanwhile on Monday, the Knights even won without the benefit of a hit against Morris at KHS.
Against Morris, the Knights were the beneficiary of nine walks, and the lone run in the first inning scored on a balk, allowing Ray Barry to score.
John Hopkins earned the win with a complete-game shutout, in which he fanned seven.
It took just six innings for KHS to vanquish the Spartans in Maple Park by a final of 10-0 on Friday, and the Knights needed a run-filled top of the seventh inning to put away host Sycamore on May 3.
The Knights sit at 18-8 with an exemplary 11-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play, good for first place. They have a one-game edge over the Yorkville Foxes with two conference games remaining
Matt Limbrunner earned the win in the Thursday rout and improved to 2-0 with a five-hit shutout. The tall right-hander struck out six in the victory.
Tom Fox went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Quinn Buschbacher had an RBI triple and two runs scored.
On May 3, Bryan VanBogaert earned the win in a relief effort, going 2.1 innings and allowing just one run and one hit.
Limbrunner retired the final batter to earn a save.
Up 3-1 after three innings, Kaneland surrendered two runs to Sycamore in the fourth and a run in the fifth to trail 4-3. Kaneland proceeded to score seven runs in the top of the seventh for a 10-4 lead. Sycamore’s four-run seventh failed to complete the comeback for the final 10-8 margin.
Jake Razo went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Fox went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
“We are looking for consistency now,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “The bats are there, they just have to show up everyday.
The Knights look to continue the win streak in more NIB-12 conference action in Morris, on Thursday, May 10.
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Knight pitcher John Hopkins kept the ball down, and with it, the chances for Sycamore to break through.
Using an array of pitches that worked, the Hopkins’ complete-game effort raised his mark to 4-2, while yielding only five hits on two runs in a 5-2 win on Monday afternoon in Sycamore.
Inducing grounders was the name of the game.
“We know that of John,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “They’ll drill it to shortstop, and the defense kept runners off the bases.”
“I’ve been trying to keep the ball low and trying to get grounders or to pop up,” Hopkins said.
It was a considerably better outcome than Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Yorkville Foxes in Maple Park.
Kaneland still has a hold on the Northern Illinois Big XII mantle with a 15-8 mark and an 8-2 record in conference action.
In the win over SHS, Ray Barry acquitted himself in the leadoff role with a 2-for-4 day with a double and two stolen bases. Tyler Heinle had a 2-for-4 day with an RBI, as well.
With a scoreless deadlock in the fifth and two runners on, Heinle blasted an RBI single, followed by another run-scoring smack from Tom Fox. After Sycamore tied the score at 2-2, Kaneland rallied in the top of the sixth.
A fielding error by the shortstop allowed Hopkins to race home from second base for the go-ahead run, and Jake Razo laced a two-RBI double for the final 5-2 lead.
Bryan VanBogaert was tagged with the loss in 5.2 innings of work against the Foxes, and no earned runs given up.
Photo: Second baseman Joe Pollastrini tries to turn a double play in the fourth inning, but the ball was just a little late getting to first baseman Jordan Jones during Kaneland’s home game against Yorkville on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna
KANELAND—Much like last year, the Knight nine are taking care of business as the calendar turns pages on the season.
Wins over Yorkville, Wheaton Academy and DeKalb have the first-place KHS baseball crew feeling quite good.
Kaneland’s (14-7, 7-1 Northern Illinois Big XII) steady pitching went well with just enough hitting on Thursday in DeKalb.
The 2-1 victory was earned with a single run in the second and fifth innings, and Matt Limbrunner (1-0) took the win in a starting assignment. The tall right-hander went 6.2 innings and allowed no earned runs on four hits.
Ray Barry swiped three bases and scored both runs, while Jordan Jones produced an RBI.
In a 6-0 Saturday shutout of Wheaton Academy, the Knights got help on the mound from Jones, who went five innings and allowed four hits. Barry went 2-for-4 and swiped three more bases, along with his double and two RBI, while Tyler Heinle went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run.
On Monday, the Knights engineered an 8-6 win against the Yorkville Foxes. Down 3-1 in the third, KHS scored two in the third and four in the fourth for a lead before YHS tied matters with runs in the fifth and sixth. Kaneland’s two-run sixth gave the the hosts the edge.
Bryan VanBogaert improved to 2-1 with a win in relief, while Jordan Jones earned the save in a perfect seventh inning.
Tom Fox was 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple and three RBI, while Joe Pollastrini was 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk.
In Kendall County, the Knights erased a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the top of the seventh to subdue the Foxes.
Trevor Storck improved to 4-0 on the year with a six hitter, in which he allowed just two earned runs.
Tyler Heinle went 1-for-3 with a run scored, as did brother Trever Heinle.
The Knights are at Yorkville on Thursday, April 26.
Photo: Mike Tattoni makes the turn at second base in recent action. File photo
More action for State champs includes two setbacks
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If only the Kaneland Knights could put up double-figure run totals in every contest.
While they enjoyed wins over conference rivals, the Knights could have used them in two losses this past week.
A week with split fortunes saw a 17-0 win over the Hubs on Thursday, followed by a trip to Woodstock, Ill., and a close 6-5 loss to Marian Central Catholic on Saturday. Northern Illinois Big XII action continued on with a 6-2 win in Barb-land on Monday and a 4-3, 12-inning marathon loss to DeKalb on Tuesday in Maple Park.
Kaneland now sits at 10-7 (4-1 NIB-12).
In the five-inning rout of the Hubs, Trevor Storck (5 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned the win, while John Hopkins had a double and three RBI in the effort. Tyler Heinle joined the party with two doubles and three RBI. Kaneland’s 10-run second inning made it 11-0 after two innings.
Against the Hurricanes, Kaneland’s 3-1 lead went by the wayside as MCC scored three in the bottom of the fifth. KHS tied it in the sixth before the hosts’ two-run sixth sealed the result.
Joe Pollastrini took the loss in relief, while Tom Fox went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
In DeKalb, the Knights’ four-run second and two-run fifth buoyed the visitors.
Hopkins took the win with a complete-game, six-hitter. Quinn Buschbacher jacked a grand slam, and Heinle went 2-for-3 with a triple and walk.
On Tuesday, DeKalb scored three in the fourth, with Kaneland’s three-run sixth tying the game until the Barbs’ one run in the 12th.
The loss went to Bryan VanBogaert, who went 7.2 innings in relief, while Fox went 3-for-6 with two doubles.
The Knights finish the series with DeKalb in a road contest on Thursday, April 19, before hosting old rival Geneva on Friday, April 20.
Knights add Sectional, Supersectional title to historic campaign
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It figures the 16th year of the Kaneland varsity baseball program would wind up being the sweetest.
With a successful throw to second base resulting in a “caught stealing” in the scorebook, the Kaneland Knights (24-10) defeated Peoria Notre Dame (PND) (27-7) 8-3 on Monday evening at Augustana College’s Swanson Stadium near Rock Island, Ill., clinching a supersectional championship.
The win, the Knights’ 11th in a row, wrote Kaneland’s ticket to the IHSA Class 3A State Tournament in Joliet, Ill., at Silver Cross Field beginning this Friday, June 10.
Before the recent acquiring of playoff hardware, Knights baseball had not made it out of a regional.
Preceding the unchartered territory for the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference crew, the Knights clinched the Rochelle Sectional championship with a 6-3 win over Aurora’s Marmion Academy on Saturday morning, and earned a spot against the Cadets with a comeback 7-4 win over Woodstock’s Marian Central Catholic on June 1.
Drew Peters improved to 4-1 with six innings pitched, allowing three runs on five hits. KHS handed the Irish pitcher Vince Cicciarelli his first loss (10-1).
Bobby Thorson went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Drew French went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
PND squeezed a run home on a bloop hit to right field, but Kyle Davidson started matters in the bottom of the first getting plunked, and on a sacrifice attempt by Cory Landers, the second baseman’s error put two men on. Joe Camiliere walked. Thorson grounded into a fielder’s choice to get the tying run in. A grounder to short by Sam Komel was mishandled, allowing the go-ahead run in.
The third inning began with a walk to Landers. With one out, Thorson was hit by a pitch. Komel’s single brought home Landers for a 3-1 lead, and Komel advanced to second on an error. French’s two-run double made in 5-1. Three more runs came home in the fourth inning as nine men batted for an 8-1 lead, before PND scored two in the fifth, but it would get no closer.
Rightfielder Jacob Razo also made a catch and doubled off a runner in the first inning, for the second time in these playoffs, setting the tone and highlighting a theme.
“Anybody here can make a great play at any time in the field, and at the plate we were relaxed and just got on base” Landers said.
Against Marmion under a blazing sun, Thorson improved to 6-3 in five innings of work, while Peters earned the save with two innings of one-hit ball. Camiliere went 2-for-3 with an RBI, with the big blow being Thorson’s two-run homer in the top of the fifth after Camiliere singled, breaking a 3-3 tie.
“I just got out in front of it,” Thorson said. “We just showed mental toughness today, it was killer out there on the mound, and I only threw two breaking pitches. I gave all I had for five innings and Drew got in there.”
Thorson also doubled home the first KHS run in the very first frame.
Against the Hurricanes, Peters earned the win in relief and Thorson not only earned the save, but also cracked the winning HR.
IHSA Class 3A State
Friday, June 10, 10 a.m.
Oak Forest Bengals vs.
Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park) Roadrunners
Friday, June 10, Noon
Kaneland Knights vs.
Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m.
Oak Forest/Nazareth Ac. winner vs.
2011 Kaneland Knights baseball
Quinn Buschbacher Jr.
Brian Dixon Sr.
Tom Fox Jr.
Trevor Storck Jr.
Tyler Heinle Jr.
Corey Landers Sr.
Bobby Thorson Sr.
Joe Camiliere Sr.
Drew Peters Jr.
Drew French Sr.
Dalton Allen Jr.
Jordan Jones Jr.
Mike Tattoni Jr.
Trever Heinle Jr.
Ryan Fuchs Jr.
Kyle Davidson Sr.
Sam Komel Sr.
Shane Fergus Jr.
Ray Barry Jr.
Bryan VanBogaert Jr.
Jake Razo Jr.
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Not only do the Knights of Kaneland boys basketball want to deal with the ghosts of last yearâ€™s regional heartbreaker against the DeKalb Barbs, they also have to deal with the six-foot-10 gap in the middle of their lineup that finished 17-10 in 2010.
Dave Dudzinski takes his impressive skills to Holy Cross this fall, still leaving coach Brian Johnson a talented roster.
â€œItâ€™s something thatâ€™s going to be really different for the boys,â€ the second-year coach said on Tuesday. â€œWe relied heavily on Dave. He was our best player and one of the best players in the state of Illinois. The guys are going to have to have an adjustment period where they deal with trying to figure themselves out.â€
Seniors include forwards Chaon Denlinger, Tyler Callaghan and Matt Spitzzeri and guards Matt Cowans, Andrew Oâ€™Herron and Zach Ringhouse.
Juniors are forwards Sean Carter and Bryan VanBogaert and guards Trever Heinle, Tyler Heinle and Jacob Razo. Sophomores are Kory Harner and Dan Miller at guard, along with Kyle Pollastrini at forward.
Three frosh are along for the ride in the form of guards Drew David and Thomas Williams and forward Daniel Helm.
â€œWeâ€™re going to lean on Chaon and push him to be a complete player both offensively and defensively as a 2 or 3, and heâ€™s got a deadly shot,â€ Johnson said.
The team is eagerly awaiting a full-strength roster after football season concludes, and to write a new chapter after the disappointing end.
â€œI know the guys here from last year definitely had a bad taste in their mouths, but want to get back and have that feeling of playing in a game like that. I think about it a lot and what I could have done differently,â€ Johnson said about the 50-47 regional title loss.
As usual, Kaneland begins things at the Strombom Tournament in Sycamore on Tuesday, Nov. 23, against Chicagoâ€™s Hope Academy.
by Mike Slodki
The game itself had a tough time getting started for Kaneland.
Even before the visiting Rochelle Hubs stormed out to an initial halftime lead, the game was originally shelved from a Dec. 8 starting point due to cold temperatures.
The Knights finally got their footing against their Western Sun Conference foe and came away with a 69-55 win on Dec. 16.
The win raises Kanelandâ€™s record to 5-2 with a 3-1 record in WSC play.
Center Dave Dudzinski had a career-high 29 points on the night, eclipsing his previous career-high of 27, also achieved against the Hubs.
Chaon Denlinger also supplied 16 in the win.
The Knights also went 13-for-24 from the foul line.
Rochelle went up early after the first eight minutes by a 16-15 score, and led Kaneland 32-26 at the break.
Kaneland roared back with a 21-11 third quarter to go up 47-43 at the end of the third before outscoring the Hubs by 10 in the fourth to pull away.
Lower-class action this past week featured the Knights losing a 51-46 meeting with Yorkville on Friday, despite Bryan VanBogaert scoring 12. Rochelle got the best of the sophomores on Dec. 16 by a 50-47 clip. Trever Heinle had 12 in the effort.
Next up for the Knights is the 47th annual Plano Christmas Classic that has Kaneland the No. 1 seed in the gathering. Coach Brian Johnsonâ€™s crew is set to face the Putnam County Panthers on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 10:30 a.m. and will face either Sandwich or Hinckley-Big Rock on Monday, Dec. 28, at either 9 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Photo: Knights guard Ryley Bailey makes a mad dash for the ball on Dec. 16 in a 69-55 win over the rival Hubs. Photo by Ben Draper
47th Annual Plano Christmas Classic
Dec. 26-30, 2009
FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS
Saturday, Dec. 26
â€¢ 9 a.m. (8) Sandwich vs. Hinckley-Big Rock
â€¢ 10:30 a.m. (1) Kaneland vs. Putnam County
â€¢ 12:30 p.m. (4) Genoa-Kingston vs. Hall
â€¢ 2 p.m. (5) Yorkville vs. Coal City
â€¢ 3:30 p.m. (2) Newark vs. Somonauk
â€¢ 5:30 p.m. (7) Forreston vs. Morris
â€¢ 7 p.m. (6) Seneca vs. Plano
â€¢ 8:30 p.m. (3) Rockford Christian vs. Mendota
Kaneland could face either Sandwich or Hinckley-Big Rock
on Monday, Dec. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the championship bracket,
or 9 a.m. in the consolation bracket.
Championship Game is Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.
In 2008: Kaneland finished 3-1 in the 59th E.C. Nichols Tourney
in Marengo. The Knights beat Hampshire 51-43 in the fifth-place game.
Winnebago beat Chicagoâ€™s Bogan high School by a final of 67-49
to win the Marengo gathering.