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KHS golf earns win over rival DeKalb in conference action

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Consistency and depth are two intangibles that KHS coach Mark Meyer preaches and touts for his Knights golf outfit.

Those were put into motion on Thursday, when KHS traveled to Kishwauee Country Club in DeKalb, Ill., and solved the Barbs in a 160-176 affair.

With the regular season in its homestretch, the Knights are 8-4 in dual competition.

“I think the big difference this year is consistency, and we’re a much deeper team than before,” Meyer said. “Where last year we had one or two players able to make par or one over, now we have like six or seven that can do that.”

Headlining for the Knights were Connor Williams and Adam Grams, who both shot a 39. Brody Kuhar shot a 44, and Zach Douglas shot a 45.

Kaneland had eyes on a repeat for Northern Illinois Big XII conference glory with the Wednesday meet in Yorkville, and heads to Regionals in South Elgin, Ill, on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Knights golf on a tear

Photo: Troy Krueger is heavily contributing to the early dual success of Kaneland golf. File Photo
KANELAND—With their sixth dual win in a row, Kaneland High School golf is making opponents feel as if they’ve been clubbed.

With a convincing 172-199 win over the visiting Hinckley-Big Rock Royals squad out at Hughes Creek in Elburn on Sept. 7, and a 154-157 loss to Sycamore on Tuesday, the Knights see their mark go to 6-2.

KHS has now won 15 of its last 19 regular season dual matchups, dating back to the beginning of 2010.

Exceptional scores were shot by medalists Sean Glennon and Connor Williams with 42 each.

Zach Douglas shot a 43, followed by Mitch Gemini’s 45.

In the JV skirmish, the Knights took a 197-226 meeting with H-BR. Jacob Sheehan shot a 46.

On Saturday, the golfers traveled to Batavia for the Bulldogs’ invite, and finished 16th out of 30 teams, with a total of 322, one better than Joliet Catholic. Lyons Township took the meet with a 302. Matt Yonkovich shot a 78, while Williams shot an 80.

Against the Spartans were led by Yonkovich’s 38.

Ensuing action sees Kaneland at Morris on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

KHS golfers swing past Marengo, Rochelle

KANELAND—Kaneland golf didn’t like the feeling of losing the opening match to Jacobs last week, so the Knights made their own luck, and made it better.

On Thursday, Kaneland (2-1) took care of Marengo out at Hughes Creek by a 160-179 tally, while Aug. 24 ended with a convincing conference push of the Rochelle Hubs by a 159-182 final.

Against the Indians, Matt Yonkovich, Connor Williams and Zach Douglas each shot a 39 score to help the winning effort.

The JV crew beat Marengo by a 196-213 final.

Against the Hubs, Yonkovich continued his stellar start with a 27 score, while Luke Kreiter shot a 39.

The JV also emerged victorious with a 192-221 win.

Up next for the Knights is a home matchup with Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Sterling, on Thursday, Sept. 1.

NIB-12 for Kaneland golf’s taking

Photo: Adam Grams of the Kaneland golf squad is looked to for any chance at season and conference success in 2011. File photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How does a golf squad repeat good fortune of a year ago, despite the loss of two intregral pieces?

KHS coach Mark Meyer, in his sixth season, has some ideas.

“We have good leaders and they know how to do things right,” Meyer said.

With the loss of Josh Schuberg and current Illinois State University Lady Redbird Hayley Guyton to graduation, Krueger and Grams, both seniors, bring their valuable experience on the links into positions of leadership.

A 9-2 dual meet mark and a first-place showing for a Northern Illinois Big XII East Division crown is fresh in their minds.

“The guys coming back like Troy and Adam and others aren’t the most vocal guys, but they know how to lead by example,” Meyer said. “Last year, we elevated our game as a team and shot great at the end. The team is feeling pretty confident and has been working hard in practice.”

The conference should get set for elevated play from a pair of Knight sophomores, Brody Kuhar and Matt Yonkovich.

Coach Meyer looks to turn home course Hughes Creek into an advantage, something that hasn’t always been the case.

“Sometimes we’ve played better away, but I don’t think that’ll be the case this year. It’s a grownup course, and the more you play it, the more you can get comfortable,” he said.

Captains for the roster are Grams, Krueger and fellow senior Anthony Sperando. Other returning seniors are Zach Douglas and Mitch Gemini.

Juniors are Sean Glennon, Luke Kreiter, Stephen McCracken, Dan Miller and Connor Williams, with Kuhar and Yonkovich as the sophs.

The Knights got started with a home matchup against Jacobs on Wednesday and travel to the Geneva Invite on Thursday. Wednesday, Aug. 24, marks the first NIB-12 matchup as the visiting Rochelle Hubs enter Hughes Creek.

“Ultimately, our season boils down to the big tournaments, that can lead to performing well at conference and even State,” Meyer said.

Wrestling ends up sixth place at Flavin Invite

Photo: Kyle Davidson provided a boost in the 152-pound class for KHS wrestling. Davidson came away with two major decisions on the second day of competition at the Don Flavin Invite in DeKalb last week. File Photo

DEKALB—With an 8-13 dual meet record through the first half of the year, Kaneland High School wrestling might not look like it’s making strides.

However, a 3-3 mark in the vaunted Don Flavin Invite at DeKalb High School, and a sixth-place finish out of 12 overall teams can provide reasons for a sunny outlook in 2011.

After finishing with a 2-1 day last Tuesday, the Black Division-placed Knights went into the afternoon session for a chance at winners’ glory.

KHS began Dec. 29 with a 36-26 loss to Rockton’s Hononegah in the opener, but followed with a 38-33 win over Waubonsie Valley before dropping the fifth-place clash with Prospect, 28-27.

York High School defeated Hononegah in the Flavin final, while Glenbard West bested Stillman Valley in the third-place matchup.

Against Hononegah, Kaneland trailed from buzzer to buzzer, but Kyle Davidson won a 10-0 major decision at 152 pounds. Nick Michels took a 5-3 win in 171-pound action, and Keagan Mattes won a 189-pound duel with a 12-5 decision. At 215, Ben Kovalick won with a 4-0 nod, and teammate Jimmy Boyle won a decision in the heavyweight category. Additional decisions went in favor of Connor Williams at 112, Esai Ponce at 119 and Dan Goress at 130.

Against the Warriors of the Upstate Eight Conference, Kaneland’s five-point win was helped by Davidson’s 8-0 major decision, Michel’s 14-4 major decision, Mattes’ 7-5 decision, Kovalick’s 1-0 decision, Ponce’s pinfall and Goress’ pinfall.

Wins against the Prospect Knights of the northwest suburbs were garnered by Michels (3-0 dec.), Mattes (8-2 dec.), Kovalick (1-0 dec.), Boyle (2-0 dec.), Steven Gust (7-0 dec.) and Williams (2:19 pin).

Ahead for the Knight grapplers is a conference battle with Rochelle on Thursday, Jan. 6, in Maple Park.

Grapplers take two in Wauconda, storm Flavin

Photo: Andrew Essex is on offense against St. Viator of Arlington Heights, Ill.during day one of the Don Flavin Invite in DeKalb. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Instead of a face-full of candy and other winter goodies, Kaneland spent Thursday and this past Tuesday introducing opponents to a face-full of mat.

Having a less-than-easy time with dual meets so far this season, Kaneland had an encouraging Thursday trek to Woodstock High School and captured two of three encounters.

The Knights also began another edition of the Don Flavin Invite at DeKalb High School on Tuesday and went 2-1 in the first day of the tournament.

Kaneland’s dual meet record is now 7-11.

Against Mundelein on Thursday, the Knights came away with a 38-21 win. Major decision wins were had by Nick Michels (10-2), Keagan Mattes (14-1) and Connor Williams (11-1). Ben Kovalick took a pin in two minutes, 45 seconds, and Jimmy Boyle earned a 15-0 technical fall. Stephen Gust, Esai Ponce and Sonny Horn all won by decision. In the 58-16 win over Woodstock, Dan Goress took a 15-4 major decision and Davidson earned a pin in 2:24.

In the 29-24 loss to Richmond-Burton, Horn, Andrew Essex, Davidson, Kovalick, Gust and Ponce won by decision.

In Dekalb, KHS won over St. Viator 67-6, over Stagg 58-23 and lost to York 58-23.

Essex hopes the team’s fortunes solidify this week.

“We’re getting the guys back to fill in the lineup,” he said. “I just want to get better and better as I go, and I think I’ve definitely improved from last year.”

KHS was set for the winner’s bracket on Wednesday against Hononegah in the afternoon.

Grapplers take on four squads tough week

KANELAND—While Kaneland wrestling has nabbed some nice individual wins lately, the dual meet results that are desired are harder to come by.

On Thursday, the Knights dropped a 44-16 result to the visiting Yorkville Foxes. On Saturday, Kaneland faced Dixon, Geneva and Rock Island. KHS lost to Geneva, 46-27, and also lost to Rock Island, before beating Dixon 58-15.

Kaneland’s dual meet mark is now 3-9.

Against Yorkville, 119-pounder Esai Ponce won a decision over Adam Wyeth, 4-1. 130-pound teammate Dan Goress won a 13-4 major decision over Brennan Sharp, Ben Kovalick took a forfeit at 215, and 285-pound entry Jimmy Boyle won a 3-0 matchup with Seth Gonzalez.

On Saturday in Maple Park, wins over the Vikings came from five matches.

Kovalick pinned Viking David James in three minutes, 43 seconds. Boyle eked out a 1-0 win over Jake Mills. Connor Williams won a 103-pound match by forfeit. Ponce pinned Geneva’s Kyle Roberts in 1:44 and Goress took a forfeit.

In the win over the Dukes, Williams, Ponce, Goress, Kyle Davidson, Cory Taber and Nick Michels had wins.

On Thursday, Dec. 23, Kaneland hopes to get some production on the mat this winter break with wins over Mundelein, Richmond-Burton and host Woodstock.

Photo: Dan Goress, shown here in earlier action this season, earned a major decision in his 130-pound encounter against Yorkville on Thursday. File Photo

Wrestling starts on mat in Freeport

KANELAND—With a full lineup after the end of football season, it was time to hit the mat for Kaneland wrestling on Saturday morning.

At Freeport High School, Kaneland emerged with a win over the host Pretzels and a 43-22 loss against Kendall County rival Oswego.

In the 51-21 dual win over Freeport, Chris Sabal earned a pin in three minutes, 59 seconds over Tevin Person in the 145-pound clash.

152-pound entry Jordan Wolf earned a 7-2 decision, while 215-pound teammate Ben Kovalick took home a 4-1 decision.

Stalwart Jimmy Boyle won a technical fall, 17-2, over Kendall Parker in the heavyweight tussle.

112-pounder Connor Williams earned a 3:16 pin over Ryan Angell, while Ryan Goodenough took a 5:20 pin in the 119-pound matchup.

In other victories, 125-pounder Tyler Esposito won a 15-1 major decision, and 140-pounder Andrew Essex won by pin over Wade Dodson in 5:47.

Against the Panthers, wins were harder to come by, but 189-pound rep Keagan Mattes took a 62-second pinfall over Jack Smith, and Kovalick added to the mix with a 4-0 decision. Boyle won a 5-0 decision, and the 130-pound clash went to Dan Goress, who took a 14-3 major decision on the final matchup.

On the horizon for Kaneland wrestling is the first Northern Illinois Big XII meeting in school history, at Sycamore on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m., and a weekend meeting at Lemont High School that will also feature Thornton Fractional South on Saturday, Dec.4.

Winter sports preview: Wrestlers look to increase 19-win total in 2010-11

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—With a solid core coming back for coach Monty Jahns’ third season at the helm and a program that thrives on aggressiveness, opponents will have to take short relief in the fact that the Knights are still waiting for athletes to get back from football.

Those include returning State qualifiers Kyle Davidson and Jimmy Boyle. Davidson’s weight class could be 152, while Boyle will stake claim to heavyweight status.

After making it to the big dance in Champaign in February, this year takes on a different light as returnees from State.

“I think they will get that respect,” Jahns said. “I would hope that they’ll take that and lead the team with it. We want to develop six or seven more of those guys this year.”

Returnees also include Zach Ganz (189), Josh Kuefler (who returns from a December injury at 130), Keagan Mattes (189), Cody McGinnis, Nick Michels (171), Tyler Esposito (119) and super sophs Esai Ponce (112) and Dan Goress (125).

“(Esai and Dan) have put a lot of time in the weight room and gained some size so they’ll be able to compete physically with a lot of these kids,” Jahns said.

For the 103-pound slot, look for sophs Stephen Gust and Connor Williams to grapple opponents, while the middleweights will be decided between a handful of juniors and seniors. Cory Taber looks to get time at 160. Ben Kovalick looks to cement the 215-pound category

A 19-10 dual meet record looks to be eclipsed, and Jahns’goal of 20 could be a possibility if some factors fall into place.

“It’s all basics,” Jahns said. “Basics and hard work, and we’ve got a good group here now. They’re all working and busting their butts to get in shape early and be ahead of their opponent.”