KANELAND—KHS won a Northern Illinois Big 12 conference championship for its scholastic bowl team as it travelled to Dixon, Ill., on Saturday to participate in the conference’s inaugural competition.
The Knights defeated DeKalb, 185-85; Yorkville, 240-55; Sycamore, 180-120; and then Morris, 195-35, earning Kaneland an eastern division title and the right to play for the conference championship against Streator. The Knights jumped out to an early lead against the Bulldogs en route to 165-95 victory and the conference crown.
Senior and co-captain Brock Feece joined teammates Alec Krueger and Elliot Witt with 10 correct responses in the morning round, earning the three Knights all-conference honors. Senior co-captain Dylan Draper and Cameron Carlson also contributed significantly on the day. Senior Bethany Swartz and junior Vicky Likeum also contributed.
In addition to all-conference honors, Alec Krueger and Elliot Witt both reached the 100 toss-up mark for the season. This is the first team in Kaneland history to have two players to reach this mark.
Kanelandâ€”The Kaneland High School Scholastic Bowl hosted the IHSA Regional Championships on March 8, and Kaneland concluded the event with a second-place finish.
The Knights started strong with a solid victory over Dundee Crown High School, defeating them by a score of 221-91. The victory earned the team a spot in the semi-finals, where they took care of Burlington Central 192-129.
In the regional championship contest, Kaneland and Marian Central went back and forth in a tight match. In the end, Marian edged out the home team 218-194 to take home the title.
The Kaneland team included Kylen Pattermann, Kasey Ostarello, Brock Feece, Dylan Draper, Elliott Witt, Mitch Malatek, Alec Krueger and Bethany Swartz.
The Kaneland chess team took part in the Far Side Suburban Chess Conference Championships on Saturday.
The event was a success, as the Knights took second place in the 11-team conference, falling short only to state powerhouse IMSA.
Alex Mollohan and Lucas Ross each won two matches. John Rotella won all three of his matches, good for second place at his board. Taylor Kruause chipped in with a win at board 4. Sophomore Dylan Draper played four boards ahead of his normal position and still managed to earn a win and a draw at board 5. Keli Patterson took home first-place honors at board 6 with a perfect 3-0 day. Cory Clausen also went 3-0 on the day to earn second place at board 7. Zach Brown took home first-place honors with two wins at board 8.
Vickie Likeum earned a draw at her match in the open tournament. Connor Sandquist and Alex Siebert tied for fifth place in the open, each going 3-1. Alejandro Barragan swept through the open tournament at 4-0, taking home first-place honors.
The team looks forward to carrying this momentum into the state championships in two weeks in Peoria.