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Kaneland brings out alumni for soccer

The seventh annual Kaneland High School Alumni soccer game was held this past Saturday at the high school’s varsity soccer field. Many soccer alumni and some current players enjoyed a friendly game on a beautiful summer evening. Any current or former Kaneland soccer players interested in playing in next year’s game and are not already on the contact list should call Bill Durrenberger at (630) 466-9085.


Kaneland Almuni White team (above) members included Nick Williams (back, left to right), Matt VanderSande, Eric Griesinger, Chris Feldott and Ryan Straughn. Santiago Tovar (front, left to right), Kevin Durrenberger, player/coach Max Andrews, Evelio Blanco and Scott Thompson. Courtesy Photo


Kaneland Almuni Blue team members included Josh Williams (back, left to right), Spencer Johnson, Josh Hill, Cooper Andrews, Mike Giese and coach Joe Garlinsky. Joe Garlinsky (front, left to right), Kaitlin Roy, Emily Heimerdinger, Samantha Wantuch and Justin Garlinsky. Courtesy Photo

Heimerdinger looks back on State honor, Lady Knight soccer

Photo: Emily Heimerdinger fights for possession of the ball during 2011 soccer action. Heimerdinger, continuing her studies at the University of Dayton in the fall, rewrote the Kaneland soccer record book in her pitch time. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How did graduated senior Emily Heimerdinger take the news of an All-State honor?

“Coach (Scott) Parillo told me in the classroom after keeping the news from me all day. I was crying, I was so happy,” Heimerdinger said.

It could almost be seen as an appreciation of Heimerdinger’s penchant for goals, all 96 of them. But the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association chose to bestow an All-State honor for Heimerdinger, the forward who has scored more times in Kaneland girls soccer history than anyone.

Heimerdinger had also earned Section 7 All-Sectional nods all four years in a KHS kit, joining former Lady Knights Kaiti Roy and Megan Gil in exclusive company.

Despite the Lady Knights losing to Rosary in the regional final in May—the third consecutive year KHS dropped a regional title chance—the Class of 2011 member liked the way the team came together after a slow start.

“It was kind of frustrating for the season to end like it did, but everyone was tight and had fun. We all knew what we needed to do to get better throughout the season,” Heimerdinger said.

Heimerdinger, who also nabbed all-Northern Illinois Big XII conference MVP honors and was part of the final Western Sun Conference lineup, was a rarity this season as a Class 2A State rep. 50 of the 61 players were from Class 3A.

Heimerdinger was also honored by the IHSSCA in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Soccer Club with special mention placement on the All-State All-Academic team, on June 9.

While a star at forward all season long, Heimerdinger showed her knack for putting team first, stepping in at midfield while the Kaneland lineup was in flux in early-season action.

“I remember thinking of all the positions and which girls were in the lineup in my head, and I thought that I could probably fill in at midfield. I tried to do whatever I could do to pump up the team,” Heimerdinger said.

Heimerdinger, who put up 33 goals and 19 assists in 2011, is particularly fond of one goal from her IHSSCA Section 7 All-Sectional campaign.

“The goals run pretty close together, but my junior year I scored against Rosary and it was the first time we had ever won against them, and it was 1-0 (March 24, 2010),” Heimerdinger said.

For Heimerdinger, soccer now gets put on the backburner. She’s attending the University of Dayton in the fall and plans to study geology.

But she’ll have four years of soccer to look back on, as will fans who saw the best four-year stretch in KHS history.

“I think I improved a lot from freshman year. I was able to be more confident and be a team leader, and help the rest of the team,” Heimerdinger said.

KHS spring sports awards put fitting cap on 2010-11

KANELAND—Coming a little later due to the storybook run of Kaneland baseball, KHS released its spring sports awards for 2010-11, highlighting a successful first step into Northern Illinois Big XII play.

In girls track, Lauren Zick and Andie Strang took home the co-MVP for track, while Brooke Patterson was named MVP on the field end. For most improved, Abby Dodis and Briana Stark took home the honor.

Sydney Bilotta, Strang, Kris Bowen, Jessica Stouffer and Keara Palpant were recognized as captains.

Zick and Patterson were joined by Gabby Aguirre as part of the Northern Illinois Big XII (NIB-12) All-Conference squad. Strang (1600 meter run, 4x800m relay), Bowen (4x800m relay), Patterson (pole vault), Sydney Strang (4x800m relay) and Zick (400m dash, 4x800m relay) were also recognized for their State trip.

For boys track, Taylor Andrews and Tommy Whittaker were named track MVP’s, while teammate Matt Spitzzeri took the field MVP. Curtis Secrest was given the Drendel Award.

Secrest, Trevor Holm, Whittaker, Andrews, Matt Cowans and Spitzzeri were recognized as captains, and Kory Harner took the Ron Probst Award.

The NIB-12 also named Andrews, Spitzzeri, Whittaker, Holm, Brandon Cottier, Mickey Marin and Jesse Balluff as part of the All-Conference squad.

Harner, Marin, Luis Acosta, Clayton Brundige, Balluff, Brandon Bishop, Dylan Nauert, Sean Carter, Holm, Cottier, Whittaker, Andrews and Secrest were all recognized for their State qualifying efforts.

In soccer, Emily Heimerdinger secured an All-State honor, capping her four-year output in style, while also named the NIB-12 MVP. The Class of 2011 member was also named co-MVP for the Lady Knights with teammate Amy Fabrizius.

Conference-wide, Heimerdinger, Fabrizius, Sophia Blank and Sam Wantuch were named to the All-Conference team.

Katie Taylor earned the Lady Knights Award, while Blank took home the Coach’s Award.

Keeper Michelle Ortiz was named Rookie of the Year, while Wantuch was named Most Improved Player for the roster that made it to the regional championship. Blank, Fabrizius, Heimerdinger and Taylor were also recognized as captains.

In softball, McKinzie Mangers and Andrea Potts were recognized as captains, while Allyson O’Herron took home the Lady Knight Award.

Potts was also named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Alexis Villarreal was named Most Improved Player for her efforts on the mound, and teammate Rilee Vest was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Lady Knights softball unit.

Additionally, Potts was a unanimous selection to the NIB-12 All-Conference team as an infielder. Vest and Katy Dudzinski were named as honorable mention candidates.

For the State Champion Knights baseball program, Bobby Thorson was named team Offensive MVP.

Kyle Davidson, Jake Razo and Brian Dixon took the Defensive MVP awards, and Dixon, Razo and Tyler Heinle were named Most Improved Players.

The No. 41 award was given to Sam Komel, Corey Landers and Dixon.

Mr. Kaneland Baseball was given out to the whole of the 2011 Class 3A State winners.

Additionally, Kaneland held the Senior Athletic Banquet Awards in June, giving the Knight Award for three-sport athletes to Stouffer, Strang and Davidson.

Strang was named female athlete of the year, while Andrews was named male athlete of the year. Strang also won the female Birkette Award, while the male Birkette Award went to Curtis Secrest.

Rosary puts an end to Kaneland soccer season

Photo: Emily Heimerdinger had a banner day for her last win under Kaneland soccer’s tenure. In the win over IMSA last week, the senior placed four goals in net. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
AURORA—In the case of Kaneland soccer in regional finals, bad things come in threes.

For the third season in a row, Kaneland girls soccer fell victim to a loss in the title match. This time after a 2-1 loss in double overtime against regional host Rosary.

Against the Royals, Katie Taylor’s goal off a Sophie Blank pass with 19:21 remaining in the first half was the lone score for Kaneland, as was Sam Duarte’s effort for Rosary.

With less than five minutes to play in the second overtime, Taylor Gibson’s header found the net, ending Kaneland’s season.

Before the Rosary heartbreaker, happier times were had against the Lady Titans on May 18.

While it was the senior Heimerdinger’s name in the goal column, the output was made possible by an offensive groove put together by consistent ball movement.

Heimerdinger’s first goal came on winning a battle for the ball near the goalie box and punching it in on a mini-breakaway with 22 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first half for a 1-0 lead on the Lady Titans.

“I’m just happy that we won. I think everyone’s happy just to be here, and this is what we’ve been playing for,” Heimerdinger said.

Heimderdinger then got on the board once again with 4:47 to go in the first half, and scored just 41 seconds later.

The Lady Knight scoring asset tallied her 96th career goal in the second half with 12:59 remaining.

“Once again, she’s doing her stellar part in being a scorer,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

Parillo was plain in noting that the regional opener win was a step on the way to a hopefully larger prize.

“I thought we played OK. I think we should have possessed more, and we weren’t staying out wide. But I’m happy, and hopefully third time’s the charm. We’re way different than we were in the start of the season.”

For the Lady Knights, the end of the season means saying farewell to seniors Heimerdinger, Blank, Sam Wantuch, Amy Fabrizius, Anna Henrichs and Shelby Fredericksen.

Lady Knights see offense open up

Photo: Michelle Ortiz fields a shot as keeper during Thursday’s 6-2 win in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action in Yorkville. The Lady Knights prepare for their next challenge: the KHS Classic on Friday, May 6, and
Saturday, May 7. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a familiar setting for Kaneland soccer on Thursday, with chilly tempuratures and steady to heavy rains.

It’s been so familiar, in fact, that KHS coach Scott Parillo mentioned that the nicest conditions for Kaneland soccer occurred back on March 19, opening day in Geneseo.

However, with a 6-2 win in Yorkville and a 7-0 win against visiting Sterling on Tuesday, the fortunes of Lady Knights soccer look a little bit more sunny.

Kaneland’s mark is 8-7-1 with a 4-3 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

In Yorkville, Sophie Blank had a hat trick, while Emily Heimerdinger added two goals and an assist. Delaney Stryzek scored on a header and had an assist, while Brittany Olson also had an assist.

Breaking a 2-2 halftime tie, Blank hit a shot at close range just two minutes, 55 seconds into the second half. Stryzek’s header near the box with 29:02 left made it 4-2.

Blank completed her hat trick with 17:46 to go on a tricky shot, and felt like the offense’s recent output makes the struggles like the first half a bit easier to bear.

“I don’t know what it is, maybe because we are young,” Blank said. “Our offense is very confident, we just have to remember what to do.”

Heimerdinger’s final goal came with 8:50 remaining.

“We wanted to actually execute a gameplan, which we didn’t do in the first half,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “The coaching staff let them know they weren’t happy. We played much better in the second half. It’s better to have some of the underclassmen scoring lately, because Sophie’s a senior and Emily’s a senior.”

Against Sterling, Heimerdinger scored twice and had three assists while goals were also scored by Olson, Katie Taylor and Taylor White.

The Lady Knights brave the KHS Classic on Friday May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

Soccer regains footing against NIB-12 West

KANELAND—At a point where Kaneland soccer was looking for something, anything to get back in the win column, Thursday and Saturday, the Lady Knights found it.

On Saturday, Kaneland took a 4-2 matchup with Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent Dixon, and also dominated a 7-0 meeting with visiting Streator on Thursday.

Tuesday found the Lady Knights dropping a close 3-2 affair in DeKalb.

The win streak and the Tuesday loss improved Kaneland’s season mark to 6-7-1 (3-3 NIB-12).

Facing the Duchesses in Maple Park, KHS went out to a 2-1 advantage after the first 40 minutes thanks to an Emily Heimerdinger goal on an assist from Katie Taylor just 58 seconds into play, and a Sophie Blank goal from Jessica Coia with 17:57 remaining in the half.

In the second half, Heimerdinger found the net again, thanks to a feed from Amber Winquist-Bailey with 38:26 left. The scoring was capped on a goal by Blank on a pass from Taylor White with 33:44 to go.

In the match against Streator, the floodgates opened with first-half goals from Delaney Stryzek, Heimerdinger and Blank, and then saw four second-half goals thanks to Blank, Heimerdinger, Taylor and Coia.

Heimerdinger came up with a goal in each half against DeKalb, with 1:30 remaining in the first half and 4:17 to go in regulation.

JV action had Kaneland improve to 6-5-4 with a 1-0 win over DeKalb, thanks to a Maddie Hanzer goal.

The Lady Knights battle host Yorkville in a conference tilt on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m.

Soccer deadlocks with E. Aurora, falls to Marengo

Photo: Kaneland’s Brittany Olson battles at the midfield position during the 3-1 loss to Marengo on Monday. The Lady Knights try to right the ship against visiting Streator on Thursday, April 21. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—There would be no West Aurora Blackhawk Tournament championship like in 2010, but there would be no tournament-ending loss for Lady Knights soccer.

Because on April 13, Kaneland rallied to tie the Tomcats of East Aurora in the second half en route to a 2-2 tie.

The Lady Knights also dropped a 3-1 matchup with visiting Marengo on Monday.

Kaneland’s record is now 4-6-1 with a 1-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII conference action.

East Aurora began with a 1-0 lead until 4:52 left in the first half. That’s when Brittany Olson beat the Tomcat goalie after a pass from Jessica Coia, knotting matters at 1.

Emily Heimerdinger’s shot attempt with 1:39 to go in the half just went over the goalpost, and the teams went into halftime tied.

East Aurora consistently cut the field in half, making life difficult for any Lady Knight offensive momentum.

Kaneland did get their chances, but with 21 minutes remaining, East Aurora scored and went up 2-1.

However, KHS rallied to tie on a pass from Katie Taylor to Heimerdinger in the box. Heimerdinger blasted the ball in with 15:40 to go, tying the game, after which there were no scoring opportunities close or capitalized upon.

Coach Scott Parillo is looking for his group to kick into another gear.

“I think both teams escaped with a tie. Certainly not the prettiest soccer to look at. We’ll play a good game and then we’ll play a lousy game again. It’s hard to figure out; there really is talent here,” Parillo said.

Kaneland’s lone goal against the Lady Indians came on a penalty kick from Heimerdinger with 3:49 left in the match.

Kaneland faces NIB-12 crossover opponent Streator on Thursday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. and fellow crossover school, the visiting Dixon Duchesses on Saturday, April 23.

Winter sports awards, NIB-12 honors dished out

KANELAND—For boys basketball, captains Matt Cowans, Tyler Callaghan and Chaon Denlinger were recognized. Most Improved Player nods went to Zach Ringhouse and Trever Heinle. Denlinger also took home the Most Valuable Player. Callghan was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman teammate Daniel Helm was named Offensive Player of the Year. Kory Harner was named the winner of the Mr. Husle Award, and the All-Northern Ilinois Big XII entries were Denlinger and Helm.

For girls basketball, Defensive Player of the Year honor went to senior Andie Strang and teammate Emily Heimerdinger.

Kelly Evers was named MVP of the varsity squad, while teammate Emma Bradford took home the Most Improved Player award.

Heimerdinger was also award Ms. Kaneland Basketball and made honorable mention for the Northern Illinois Big XII, while Evers added to her awards with a Northern lllinois Big XII all-conference mention.

For sophomore girls basketball, Ashley Prost was named MVP. Brooke Harner was given the Defensive Player of the Year award, followed by Ashley Castellanos and Morgan Newhouse combining on the Most Improved Player awards.

Ms. Kaneland Basketball for the sophomore unit went to Sarah Grams.

Additionally, Alli Liss was named the winner of the Sophomore Hustle Chart Winner.

For the freshman level, Lauren Zick was named MVP and Sydney Strang was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Most Improved Player was shared by Kelly Wallner and Katie Brinkman. Ms. Basketball went to Amber Winquist-Bailey, while Strang and Caroline Heimerdinger shared captains honors.

Knights wrestling issued a handful of awards, beginning with Kyle Davidson and Jimmy Boyle taking the Most Valuable Wrestler honors.

Zach Theis was named MVW of the JV ranks. Stephen Gust took home the Most Improved Wrestler award. The JV Most Improved Wrestler nod went to David Barnhart.

Andrew Essex was named the Bob Domena Memorial Award Hardest Worker.

Ben Kovalick was given the Dave Osman Memorial Award Most Dedicated Wrestler honor. The Russell Anderson Memorial Award was given to Dan Goress.

Davidson and Boyle were recognized as team captains, and Zach Ganz took home the Heart and Soul Award.

Finally, Boyle, Kovalick, Goress, Davidson and Keagan Mattes were honored for their inclusion on the All-Northern Illinois Big XII team.

For Kaneland Lady Knights bowling, Holly Thomas took home recognition for high series, high game, high average and captainship.

Morgan Wojciechowski was named Most Improved Bowler, and Seleana Isaacs was named Most Improved, as well. Isaacs also was given the coach’s award.

Lady Knights compete at West Aurora

Photo: Emily Heimerdinger wins the battle for possession in recent action. Heimerdinger scored four goals for the 4-5 Lady Knights this week. File Photo

KANELAND—A three-match skid left the Lady Knights scraping on the soccer pitch, but a Tuesday win over Streamwood sees Kaneland at 4-5 (1-2 Northern Illinois Big XII) through nine matches.

A year ago at this time, KHS was an astounding 8-0-1 on its way to a tournament championship in Aurora.

On Tuesday afternoon, Kaneland used a goal by Melissa Bohorquez and a second-half goal by Emily Heimerdinger for a 2-0 win over Streamood High School. On Saturday morning, the West Aurora Blackhawk Tournament featured Plainfeld East besting Kaneland by a 6-4 final.

With a goal by Sophie Blank 10 minutes into the contest, and an Heimerdinger goal six minutes later, Kaneland nursed a 2-1 lead into halftime over the Bengals.

Despite goals by Blank and Heimerdinger in the second half, Kaneland gave up five second-half goals in the loss. Jessica Coia contributed an assist on Heimerdinger’s second half goal.

Kicking off the tournament was a 3-0 loss to the host Blackhawks on Thursday.

Beginning the latest week of competition, Kaneland fell to visiting Sycamore on April 6 by a final of 4-1. The lone Kaneland goal came from Heimerdinger with 29 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the match.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Marengo on Monday, April 18, followed by a NIB-12 bout with the visiting Lady Redskins of Morris on Tuesday, April 19.

Soccer solves Indian Creek in lone contest of week

Photo: Kaneland defender Anne Marie Giese moves in on an Indian Creek opponent in the second half of their game at Indian Creek on Monday. Kaneland came away with an easy victory, winning 5-0. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—If Indian Creek High School thought it would be able to close a 1-0 deficit in the second half during Monday’s early-April match, it was fooling itself.

Four second-half goals allowed the visiting Lady Knights to corral a 5-1 win over the Timberwolves and raise their record to 3-2 (1-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

With question marks before the season on how the youth-infused lineup would gel, the scoring output has risen to the occasion more than once.

It started on Monday with a goal almost 17 minutes into the affair, thanks to Abby Bend on a feed from Emily Heimerdinger.

With 28:28 remaining in the game, Jessica Coia put one in the net, followed by Heimerdinger capitalizing on a Brittany Olson assist five minutes later.

Heimerdinger scored her second goal of the match and sixth of the season with 12:36 remaining in the contest. Capping off the scoring barrage was Olson with 4:02 remaining.

Sophie Blank and Michelle Ortiz combined in goal for the shutout.

Up ahead for coach Scott Parillo’s crew: a quest to repeat as West Aurora Tournament champions, beginning on Thursday, April 7, against the hosts at 4:30 p.m.

2011 Blackhawk women’s soccer tourney
Thursday, April 7: E. Aurora vs. Streamwood 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 7: W. Aurora vs. Kaneland 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9: Kaneland vs. Plainfield E. 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 9: E. Aurora vs. W. Aurora Noon
Monday, April 11: W. Aurora vs. Streamwood 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 11: Plainfield E. vs. E. Aurora 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12: Plainfield E. vs. W. Aurora 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12: Streamwood at Kaneland 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13: Kaneland vs. E. Aurora 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13: Streamwood vs. Plainfield E. 6:30 p.m.

KHS Lady Knight soccer scoring goals in bunches

Photo: Katie Taylor of Kaneland High School girls soccer made good on a goal against Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent Ottawa on Thursday. Taylor will be one of the Lady Knights counted on against Indian Creek
and in the tourney at West Aurora in mid-April. File Photo

KANELAND—With a mostly new lineup, one could be wary of how the offensive skills would come together for the KHS soccer group.

In two games this week, the Lady Knights lost to visiting Rosary in a regional rematch, but earned a shutout win over Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Ottawa.

After the March 23 loss and the Thursday win, KHS sees its record sit at 2-2 (1-1 NIB-12).

After getting shut out 4-0 in temperatures struggling to hit 35 on the thermometer, Kaneland rallied to hand the Ottawa Lady Pirtates a 6-0 drubbing on Thursday in Maple Park.

Senior leader Emily Heimerdinger got the Lady Knights on the board first with a goal after being fed by Jessica Coia. That gave Kaneland a 1-0 lead with 10:43 remaining in the first half.

Anne Marie Giese scored the first second-half goal with 17:11 to go, giving KHS a 2-0 edge.

Taylor White made the most of her scoring opportunity and found the net with 13:38 to play for a 3-0 edge.

Heimerdinger, Katie Taylor and Sophie Blank each scored within the last 10:46 to take the win over their West Division foe.

Ahead for KHS is a Monday, April 4 clash at Indian Creek.

2011 GOAL-ED STANDARD
Emily Heimerdinger 4 goals
Sophie Blank 2 goals
Abby Bend 1 goal
Anne Marie Giese 1 goal
Katie Taylor 1 goal

New-look Lady Knights try to start 2011 on right foot

Photo: Sam Wantuch participates in preseason ball drills for the Lady Knights. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a season to remember, and an ending to forget.

Kaneland would love to have the regional championship loss to Rosary High School back. The season which ended at 15-3-5 under soccer coach Scott Parillo and a cohesive senior unit had a chance for redemption in 2011.

However, it will have to come with quite the new look.

With last year’s celebrated senior core gone, as well as last year’s freshman sensation in goal Jordan Ginther (playing club soccer in Naperville, Ill.), the Lady Knights break ranks as fluid as can be.

“Jordan was classy enough to tell us in advance and we had time to cry and get that out of the way,” Parillo joked. “Hopefully, she’ll be back next year. We need to replace seven starters. They’re working hard out here, and it should be exciting.”

But, the solid strengths begin with team captain and senior Emily Heimerdinger at midfield/forward, who will go down as having one of the most prolific careers in KHS girls soccer history.

“She’s not a secret anymore. She was no longer a secret at the end of her freshman year. She’s going to be similar to a point guard out there. What she may not get in goals, she’ll maybe contribute in assists and she’ll be a real leader,” Parillo said.

Returnees joining Heimerdinger that are no stranger to big-game soccer include Amy Fabrizius at goalie/defender and Sophie Blank at goalie/midfield.

Returning to a bigger role after a 2010 with limited varsity action include the likes of Abby Bend (mid/forward), Sam Wantuch (defense/mid).

Also providing a spark are returning mid/fwd Katie Taylor, def/mid Anna Heinrichs and mid/foward Taylor White.

“The girls are up to the task, the coaches are up to the task, and we hope the girls gel as quickly as last year,” Parillo said.

New on the varsity ranks for Kaneland are def/mid Amber Winquist-Bailey, mid/forward Brittany Olson, mid/fwd Jessica Coia, mid/fwd Delaney Stryzek, midfielder Delaney Stryzek, goalie/midfielder Michelle Ortiz, midfielder/forward Shelby Fredricksen, def/mid Valerie Tockstein and defender Anne Marie Giese.

With two matches already under their belt, the Lady Knights begin the Northern Illinois Big XII East Division slate on Wednesday, April 6, against Sycamore. The regular season concludes on Tuesday, May 10, in Rochelle.

D302 Board honors Illinois State Scholars

The Kaneland School Board on Monday evening honored 31 students who were recognized as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for outstanding academic achievement.

The honored students are Grant Alef, Elaine Cannell, Jessica Corbett, Lauren Crites, Lacey Eberle, Collin Ellingwood, Ariana Espino, Brock Feece, Drew French, Danielle Frost, Emily Heimerdinger, Lindsay Jurcenko, Joseph Kenkel, John Kintz, Jordan Krawczyk, Amanda Lamp, Alexandra Leonhard, Jessica Lubic, Mark Merfeld, Katie Meuer, Sarah Morgan, Keara Palpant, Karissa Pitstick, Amber Platt, Hannah Schuppner, Danielle Thomas, Holly Thomas, Samantha Wantuch, Amanda Whiteside, Thomas Whittaker and Carl Zagel

Students must be ranked in the top 10 percent of their class (based on ACT/SAT score and class rank) to be eligible for the Illinois State Scholar honor.

Evers heads NIB-12 hoops first team

KANELAND—Even though the Kaneland girls basketball season came to an end 10 days ago, the good news was still able to pour in on Tuesday.

With the Northern Illinois Big XII girls basketball All-Conference team voted on by coaches and released, Lady Knights Kelly Evers was a unanimous selection to the first team, and teammate Emily Heimerdinger was named to the honorable mention group in the East Division.

Evers, a six-foot junior, was recognized for her everyday starting contributions, and for helping the 13-16 Lady Knights to their best mark in five years.

DeKalb had three players on the first team, including co-MVP Kelli Gerace, Emily Remis and Taylor White. Rochelle added Katie Swartz and Cassidy Ziech. Morris supplied co-MVP Layney Miller.

Sycamore’s Lake Kwaza rounded out the first team.

For the honorable mention, Heimerdinger closed her senior season with the nod to the NIB-12 core best. DeKalb’s Courtney Patrick represented the Lady Barbs, while Rochelle’s Shanna Metzger joins her.

Morris added Alex Granger and Leslie Claire to the honorable mention list. Yorkville supplied Jenny Taptich and Jordann Dhuse. Sycamore’s Ashley Berlinski rounded out the list.

Girls basketball ride stopped by group of Warriors

Photo: Kaneland’s Emma Bradford shows maximum effort toward the hoop during the 30-27 loss to Wheaton Academy on Monday. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—The Lady Knights saw their regular season end on Thursday in Rochelle by a final of 61-52, and then with a 30-27 loss on Monday at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill., saw their playoff quest come to an end.

With the 30-27 loss to Wheaton Academy in the St. Francis Regional, Kaneland’s season ended at 13-16, its best end mark since 2007. Wheaton Academy was set to face Montini Catholic on Wednesday at St. Francis High School as of press time.

But the opportunities seemed to be there for the taking. The problem was finishing those opportunities.

The Lady Knights, who also were eliminated by the Warriors four years ago, were just 10-for-50 from the field, and six-for-25 from the charity stripe.

Notwithstanding, the Lady Knights were still leading the hotly contested game in the fourth quarter, and led as late as two minutes, one second left in regulation.

“We were right there,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We’ve been shooting like 63 percent on the season for free throws, and we come in and go (six-for-25), it just seemed like the whole team was tense on their shots today. First half, I just thought it’s the jitters and we’ll get over it.”

The Lady Knights’ largest lead in the game was just four points, but took the lead late on an Evers foul shot, 26-25, with 121 ticks left to play.

Wheaton Academy then proceeded to make four consecutive free throws to take a 29-26 lead with 1:27 left. Two attempts at three-pointers went unsuccessful, but Emma Bradford eventually hit the back end of two foul shot attempts with 16.8 seconds left to cut the lead to two.

When Allyson Witt (15 points) hit the first of two shots with 13.1 ticks left to make it 30-27, KHS set the final possession in motion with a chance to tie to no avail.

In the early outset of the contest, Andie Strang’s three-pointer and an Alderman bucket gave Kaneland an early 8-4 lead before Wheaton Academy tied it at 8 before the end of the quarter. Bradford’s offensive putback with 2:49 left in the half gave KHS a 14-13 lead. However, Bradford’s shot would be the only one made out of 21 attempts from the second to third frames. Alderman’s basket with 2:30 left in the third broke the drought and brought KHS to within 17-16. A Strang foul shot tied the score before the end of the third at 19-all. The largest lead for the Lady Knights was 25-21 with 4:43 left, thanks to an Evers free throw.

Against Rochelle, KHS was paced by Kelly Evers’ 15 points and 10 from Emily Heimerdinger.

The sophomores concluded a remarkable campaign with a 48-43 win at Rochelle to finish at 25-1 and 10-0 in NIB-12 play. A balanced attack was led by Sarah Grams’ 10 points.

With the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, the best for KHS girls basketball in five years, the Kaneland program bids adieu to seniors Andie Strang, Kris Bowen, Emily Heimerdinger, Nicki Ott and Trinae Coachman.

“They were outstanding. A lot of kids wouldn’t have put the time in after winning five games a year ago. They not only put time in but they got better and made sure our younger kids did, as well,” Colombe said.

Lady Knights finishing regular season strong

Photo: Marina Schaefer is seeing valuable minutes, as a freshman, for an improving Kaneland girls basketball squad that beat Yorkville and Marengo in road excursions this week. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Monday featured a textbook case of learning from your mistakes.

After dropping a home matchup with Yorkville back on Jan. 7, the Lady Knights hoops unit traveled along Game Farm Road and secured a hard-fought 45-39 victory.

The Lady Knights then followed that up with a double-overtime victory at Marengo on Tuesday night, 63-56.

With the victory (rescheduled from Friday) and the decision over the Lady Indians, the Lady Knights improved to 13-14 (3-6 Northern Illinois Big XII Conference).

Kaneland went 13-for-35 from the field and a clutch 15-for-19 from the free throw line.

Emily Heimerdinger had 12 points and four steals in the winning effort, while post weapon Kelly Evers contributed 12 points and five boards.

Andie Strang had 10 points, including two key three-pointers, and five boards.

“I think the third quarter helped a lot,” Strang said. “I felt like we had really good effort all the way through, and we kept focus the whole time.”

Baskets by Evers, Heimerdinger and Strang produced an 11-6 lead for KHS after one quarter of play.

A second-quarter struggle ensued as points were at a premium. Evers landed the only shot from the field for KHS, and two foul shots by Strang increased the lead to 15-6 with 4:40 remaining in the half, before the Lady Foxes closed to within 15-12 going into the locker room.

Yorkville powered back to take an 18-17 lead with 4:02 to go, but Strang’s perimeter prowess yielded a trey for a 20-18 lead with 3:34 remaining. Strang’s second three-pointer with 1:26 to go gave KHS a 27-22 lead. Yorkville returned with a three-pointer 26 seconds later, before Trinae Coachman’s basket made it 29-25 with 38.1 left. A long two-point shot closed the game to 29-27 before the third-quarter buzzer.

Yorkville eventually fought back to tie matters at 31-31 with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Kaneland would take the lead for good when Emma Bradford made the second of two shots from the line for a 32-31 lead with 5:03 left. Heimerdinger, Tesa Alderman, Evers and Bradford would all connect on baskets from the charity stripe, and coupled with an Alderman trifecta, saw the lead balloon to 10 points with under a minute to go.

“Rebounding and defense really came through tonight (22 for Kaneland),” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We shot the ball well in the fourth quarter from the free throw line. Overall, there’s a lot of bright spots. There’s a few things we’ve got to work on with a couple games to go here.”

Against host Marengo, Kaneland saw 17 points from Nicki Ott and 12 from Evers. Evers also gathered 12 boards.

Kaneland trailed 29-25 at halftime before, and 39-35 after three frames before tying the game at 50 by regulation’s end. After the first OT ended at 52-all, KHS pulled away with an 11-6 second overtime.

In sophomore action throughout the week, Kaneland (23-1) needed double overtime to bump Yorkville, 39-34, and the freshmen vanquished Ottawa on Monday by a 37-31 margin and improved to 22-0.

Kaneland has a lone regular-season contest remaining: a road trip to Rochelle on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., before heading to the IHSA Class 3A regional at St. Francis High School in Wheaton. The Lady Knights are set to battle Wheaton Academy on Monday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. As of press time, the Warriors are 9-15.

Lady Knights blown over by Leafs, get regional draw

Photo: Trinae Coachman battles for posession in the 62-50 loss on Saturday afternoon to the Geneseo Lady Leafs. Photo by Mary Herra

KANELAND—It’s over and done with, but Kaneland girls basketball would have loved to end its home schedule with a win on Saturday afternoon.

As it stands, the Lady Knights, who have shown strides this season as a team, fell to the visting NIB-12 West Geneseo Maple Leafs in a 62-50 matchup.

The Lady Knights are now 11-14 after their lone contest this week with a 2-6 record in NIB-12 play.

Leading the way for KHS was Kelly Evers, who had 18 points, a game-high, and Emily Heimerdinger with 15 points.

Heimerdinger sunk four three-pointers in the contest.

Kaneland was 15-for-53 from the field and 15-for-21 from the foul line.

Allison Weiss of Geneseo had 16 points.

KHS led 14-12 after the first quarter, but fell victim to a 21-9 second quarter and fell behind 33-23 at the half. Kaneland cut it to 47-39 after the third quarter and even cut the margin to eight points in the fourth, but hitting only three-of-16 shots hindered the comeback chances.

The sophomores improved to 22-1 with an impressive 35-27 win over Geneseo. Sarah Grams led the charge with nine points.

The freshmen improved to 19-0 with a 39-26 win over Geneseo, helped by Lauren Zick’s 10.

Lady Knights basketball was also given its postseason assignment in the Class 3A playoffs.

The Lady Knights will travel to Wheaton for the St. Francis Regional on Monday, Feb. 14, as the fourth seed and play Wheaton Academy, the fifth seed, at 7:30 p.m.

As of press time, the Lady Warriors are 8-14.

Lady Knights split decisions

KANELAND—Streator girls basketball must have felt like Saturday’s game with Kaneland was more of a trampling than a crossover.

A weekend excursion to the home of the Lady Bulldogs yielded a 60-32 win for KHS, while Tuesday’s home matchup with Morris High School ended in a 45-38 overtime loss

Kaneland has now doubled its win total from a year ago and sits at 10-13 (1-6 NIB-12).

Against Streator, Nicki Ott led the Lady Knights with 13 points, as 11 different Kaneland girls entered the scoring column. As a team, the Lady Knights were 23-for-63 from the field.

Tesa Alderman and Emily Heimerdinger had nine points each, and Alderman’s long-range prowess saw her sink three trifectas.

Kaneland held a slim 7-5 edge after one quarter, while running roughshod over the hosts in the second quarter en route to a 26-10 halftime lead.

Kaneland increased its advantage to 42-18 after three before closing out the contest.

Facing the Redskins, Andie Strang’s 13 points and eight boards keyed the KHS attack. Heimerdinger had nine points and five steals.

The Lady Knights were 16-for-51 from the field, and just four-of-13 from the charity stripe.

KHS and Morris found themselves tied at 10 after the first eight minutes, and Morris led 17-15 at halftime before expanding its lead to 31-27 after three. Kaneland tied it in the fourth, but a game-winning shot attempt missed the mark and it was on to OT at 36 all.

Morris outscored Kaneland 9-2 in OT to win.

Coming up for varsity is a Friday, Jan. 21, contest against visting Sycamore.

Girls hoops sandwiches win between two losses

Photo: Lexee Guerra unloads before the halftime horn sounds during Friday’s setback to visiting Yorkville. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland girls basketball will have to be satisfied with a lone win concerning this past week’s tilts with rivals.

Yorkville bested the Lady Knights on Friday night, 47-39, but KHS earned a 46-40 win over rival to the north Burlington Central on Saturday. Kaneland also dropped a 48-34 clash with visiting DeKalb on Tuesday, and was swept in that season series.

KHS is now 9-11 with a 1-4 record in NIB-12 action.

Against the Lady Foxes, Emily Heimerdinger had 12 points, followed by Kelly Evers’ eight. KHS was 16-for-43 from the field and suffered with just four attempts at the foul line on the night, compared to 12-for-25 for Yorkville, including 17 attempts in the fourth quarter.

YHS went out to a 13-12 lead after one quarter and held firm with a 24-22 lead at the half. Kaneland found itself trailing 31-30 after three before the Lady Foxes widened the gap.

Facing the Rockets, Kaneland had a 15-point night from Heimerdinger and 12 points from Tesa Alderman. Evers contributed nine points and 12 boards.

KHS was 17-for-58 from the field and 10-for-16 from the charity stripe.

Heimerdinger had nine steals to key the Kaneland winning effort, as well.

KHS went ahead 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and maintained a slim 20-19 advantage going into halftime. BC took a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter in Maple Park, but free throws by Emma Bradford, Alderman and Heimerdinger gave Kaneland the edge in the fourth quarter that saw KHS outscore BC 18-9.

Facing the Lady Barbs, Kaneland was led by Evers’ and Heimerdinger’s eight points, but DeKalb’s Emily Bemis put up 13 and Rachel Torres had nine.

Kaneland was up 13-11 after one but was outplayed 17-6 in the second frame to fall behind 28-19 at halftime. DeKalb maintained a 40-29 lead going into the final quarter.

In younger contests, the freshman “A” outfit improved to 13-0 with a 35-16 win over Yorkville on Friday, with Lauren Zick and Brittany Kemp contributing 10 points each. The “B” squad earned a 33-9 win over Yorkville.

The sophomores improved to a 16-1 record by virtue of a 41-18 win over Burlington Central.

Coming up for the varsity Lady Knights is a home contest with Rochelle on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Lady Knights take 4th at Oswego East

Photo: Nicki Ott, shown here in action in November, was key in helping the Lady Knights nab their best-ever finish at the Oswego East Holiday Tournament. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
OSWEGO—It wasn’t the ideal end, but Kaneland girls hoops earned its best finish ever at the Oswego East Holiday Classic.

While a third-round contest against the Andrew Thunderbolts wasn’t pretty on Dec. 29, the Lady Knights (8-9, 1-2 NIB-12) were assured at least a fourth-place nod in the Winter Classic Tournament at Oswego East High School. KHS fell to Downers Grove South on Thursday, 36-22.

Andrew played West Chicago on Thursday night for the championship and won the tournament final, 66-53.

In the 50-30 loss to Andrew, Kaneland was outscored 14-1 in the first frame and fell behind 28-11 at halftime before trailing 47-20 after the third quarter.

KHS was 11-for-41 from the field and 7-for-12 from the foul line. Freshman Marina Schaefer led the charge with six points and six boards. Emily Heimerdinger had four steals.

Against DGS, the Lady Knights got a three-pointer and another bucket from Andie Strang, a basket from Kelly Evers (eight points) and a shot from Tesa Alderman to go up 9-0 with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter. DGS scored the last four points of the first quarter, followed by the Lady Knights missing their next 14 shot attempts extending into the third frame. Kaneland’s 14:26 scoreless drought, coupled with DHS completing a 20-0 run, sent KHS reeling.

The scoring famine finally ended with a three-point play from Nicki Ott halfway through the third to make it 20-12.

In the fourth, Ott’s bucket with 3:56 to go cut the difficult lead to 24-20, but KHS could get no closer.

Also noteworthy was Downers Grove South‘s having 26 attempts at the foul line, compared with two for KHS.

“That didn’t really help,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “It was a nice start for us, and it looked like we were ready to play. Then they went to man (defense), they did a good job and were physical.”

The Lady Knights’ all-time mark at the Oswego East tourney is now 8-8.

KHS now hosts Yorkville on Friday, Jan. 7.

Lady KNIGHT LIFE
• The Kaneland High School sophomore girls are 14-1.
• KHS recently captured the Riverside-Brookfield Holiday Tourney,
winning the final on Dec. 30, against Rich Central, 37-23. Paced by
Brooke Harner’s 10 points, and seven each from Ashley Prost and
Alli Liss, Kaneland enjoyed its fourth and final win of the holidays.

KHS girls win first two at Oswego East

Photo: Emma Bradford deals with a Storm during Kaneland’s 59-55 opening win in Oswego East.
Photo by Ben Draper

OSWEGO—Throughout this 2010-11 season, Kaneland girls basketball has dropped hints that this was not the same team from last year.

As exhibited in the sixth annual Oswego East Winter Classic Tournament this holiday weekend, Kaneland dropped more than hints—it dropped the first two foes on the schedule.

With a 59-55 win on Monday over South Elgin, and a 64-52 upset win on Tuesday over Addison Trail (No. 2 seed), Kaneland was set to play either Andrew in the championship semifinal on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Knights are now 8-7 with a 1-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

Against the Storm, KHS and South Elgin were tied at 13 after one quarter, and the Lady Knights took a 28-22 lead at the halftime break. While the Storm closed within 41-37 after three, the Lady Knights were helped by a 10-for-10 fourth quarter at the foul line.

KHS was 16-for-21 from the charity stripe for the game and 20-for-52 from the field. Tesa Alderman had a team-high 12 points while Kelly Evers and Andie Strang had nine each. Emily Heimerdinger was six-for-six from the foul line in the final frame.

South Elgin’s Becca Smith had 26 in a losing effort.

Against Addison Trail on Tuesday morning, KHS shot an astounding 25-for-44 from the field and went 8-for-12 from the line. Strang scored 22 points, while Nicki Ott had 18. The fourth quarter, which began with Kaneland up 50-41, featured Strang with eight and Ott with 10 points.

The championship final is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

6th OSWEGO EAST WINTER
WINTER Classic TOURNEY

1st-round matchups on Monday, Dec. 27
Addison Trail 46, Plainfield C. 23
Kaneland 59, S. Elgin 55
Andrew 52, Aurora Christian 25
Plainfield N. 40, Metea Valley 36
W. Chicago 58, Joliet Cent. 26
Lemont 55, Plainfield E. 45
Oswego E. 51, Aurora Central Catholic 41
Downers Grove S. 49, E. Aurora 47

2nd-round matchups on Tuesday, Dec. 28
Kaneland 64, Addison Trail 52
Andrew 70, Plainfield North 66 (2OT)
West Chicago 53, Lemont 28
Downers Grove South 44, Oswego East 39
South Elgin 74, Plainfield Central 38
Metea Valley 41, Aurora Christian 26
Plainfield East 41, Joliet Central 38
East Aurora 48, Aurora Central Catholic 45

Lady Knights drop contest in Morris

KANELAND—Now entering their first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII slate, contests take on the utmost importance for the Lady Knights.

The conference tilts unfortunately began with a loss on Friday in Morris, 54-48, dropping KHS to 5-5 (0-1 NIB-12). Kaneland has now lost two in a row.

With Kaneland shooting 16-for-45 from the field and 14-for-20 from the free throw line, the Lady Knights kept pace with their Redskin counterparts, but Morris weapons Laney Miller put in 21 and Alex Granger put in 20 to buoy Morris.

Andie Strang had 15 points and seven rebounds for KHS, followed by Emily Heimerdinger’s 11 points. Kelly Evers was two points and two boards away from a double-double.

KHS built a 17-15 lead after one, but Morris went on a 16-5 tear to go into halftime up 31-22.

The third quarter ended with the score 43-34 in Morris’ favor. The fourth frame saw KHS cut the deficit to just one point on three separate occasions, but Morris converted 11-of-19 foul shots in the final eight minutes.

In younger action, the sophomore crew improved to 5-0 on the young season with a 49-10 handling of the Lady Redskins. Alli Liss led the way with 13 points.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a contest in Sycamore on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., followed by a trip to DeKalb High School on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Lady Knights hoops match last season’s win total

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Don’t look now, but the varsity Lady Knights basketball squad is showing measurable improvement from last year, with much of the same crew.

After a productive 3-2 showing at the Immaculate Conception Thanksgiving Tournament in Elmhurst, the Lady Knights have already matched their win total from a year ago at 5-4.

The busy Turkey Week festivities included a 69-31 blowout of Luther North on Nov. 23, followed by a 57-46 win over Elmwood Park on Nov. 24 . Kaneland was then edged by host IC in a 46-41 Friday affair. The gathering’s final matchup featured a 61-28 win over Plainfield South on Saturday afternoon.

On Tuesday night, Kaneland fell in a 53-48 skirmish to visiting East Aurora.

Against Chicago’s Luther North, Kaneland was up 20-3 after one quarter and 37-16 at the half before launching into a 53-25 lead after three.

KHS was 30-for-76 from the field, led by Nicki Ott, Kelly Evers and Tesa Alderman—all with 12 points.

Against former Suburban Prairie Conference mate Elmwood Park, Kaneland found itself trailing at halftime, 23-19, before taking a 40-35 lead after three and then extending the lead in the fourth.

The 38-point second-half effort was fueled by Kelly Evers’ 19-point, 15-rebound game. Ott had 10 points to complement the attack. KHS was 20-for-62 from the field and 14-for-24 from the foul line.

Against the IC opponents, also the Knights, Kaneland used crisp passes and aggressiveness to get opportunities in the field and at the line. Free throws by Emily Heimerdinger and Marina Schafer propelled KHS to a 10-9 lead after one frame.

Baskets by Alderman and Ott gave the Lady Knights a 19-11 lead with 5:31 left in the second quarter, but IC came back to score 10 straight. Ott then hit two free throws, and after IC hit two foul shots of their own with just under a minute left, Ott scored again with 16.7 left to go into the break tied at 23.

The third quarter began hot for the Lady Knights thanks to an Andie Strang basket, and threes by McKinzie Mangers and Alderman. But with the lead at 31-23 with 2:21 left in the third, IC righted its ship and used three baskets to close within 31-30 at the end of the third.

An Emma Bradford foul shot with 3:51 left tied the game at 37 apiece, but Kaneland fell behind and watched the rival Knights hit eight of 13 foul shots to cement the win.

“They’re a good team and an experienced team, that’s varsity basketball. Leading by eight points in the third quarter is nothing, and the game’s not going to end that way. We made a few mistakes here and there but the girls are playing real hard,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

Smothering the PSHS Cougars was the key on Saturday, as the Lady Knights were paced by Evers’ 16 points and seven boards. Alderman had 13 points in the win.

Against the Lady Tomcats, Alderman had a team-high nine points, as the Lady Knights were 17-for-50 from the field.

The Lady Knights try to expand their good fortune when Northern Illinois Big XII play begins at Morris on Friday, Dec. 3.

Lady Knights (2-1) show grit in IMSA tourney

Photo: Knight Tesa Alderman converts on a steal and layup during Friday’s 46-37 triumph over host Aurora Christian during Hoop Happenings. Photo by Ben Draper

Thanksgiving Tournament Lady Knights at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst on Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
by Mike Slodki
AURORA—Slow starts might not be ideal if you’re with Lady Knights basketball, they’ll live with it if it leaves room for mid-game rallies and competent fourth quarters.

Down 16-5 in the second quarter to host Aurora Christian on Friday night, the Lady Knights rallied to take the lead in the second quarter and cut down on mistakes in the second half to swipe a 46-37 result on Friday. At night three of the IMSA Hoop Happenings the next afternoon, Kaneland beat Earlville 62-34 to take the consolation championship.

The Lady Knights, under fifth-year coach Ernie Colombe, are 2-1 in the early outset of the season.

In the night two win over the Lady Eagles, Emily Heimerdinger had a game-high 17 points, followed by Tesa Alderman with six.

The Knights were 13-for-47 from the field and 19-for-29 from the free throw line.

Alderman, on the floor for stretches in which KHS was behind, rallying, and holding the lead, feels the formula for Friday’s win could be the way to go.

“Certain people got on fire and we worked as a team,” Alderman said. “Some of the drills we do in practice really help us in how to handle crunch time.”

After trailing 9-5 to AC at the end of the first frame, things got worse for Kaneland, as the Lady Eagles took their 16-5 lead with 3:17 to go in the half.

Heimerdinger hit two foul shots and a lay-up a minute later. Nicki Ott followed with a basket, and Heimerdinger hit two free throws to close within 16-13 with 1:23 remaining. After Alderman hit a free throw to close within two, Kelly Evers sunk both her foul shots to tie, and Alderman stole the ball and finished with a layup with 18.7 seconds to go to take a two-point lead. KHS eventually went into the break leading 18-17.

Up 26-24 in the third quarter, Lexie Guerra hit a layup, followed soon after by an Andie Strang shot to go up 30-25 with 1:48 to go in the frame. Heimerdinger hit a three-pointer with 1:04 left to go up 33-25, before AC scored the final five points of the quarter.

After an Emma Bradford putback with 7:08 to go in the game gave KHS a 35-30 lead, the Lady Eagles put two baskets and two foul shots together to go up 36-35 with 5:09 remaining.

Bradford then hit a shot to go ahead for good with 4:51 left, and Alderman hit a baseline jumper to go up 39-36 with 3:46 to play.

Heimerdinger, Strang and Alderman hit seven out of eight foul shot attempts to end the game up nine.

“The whole game you have to hit free throws, especially in the fourth quarter, and we took care of the ball. We didn’t turn it over too many times. There’s some stuff we want to clean up but we did a good job handling the ball,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

Facing Earlville in the consolation title game, Evers led the Lady Knights with 14 points while Cory Harrison had 12 points. Ott and Heimerdinger added eight points apiece.

Kaneland was 25-for-61 from the field and 12-for-23 from the charity stripe.

Kaneland stormed out to a 21-8 lead after one and was up 39-12 at the break before going up 52-23 after three.

Meanwhile, the sophomore crew has leapt out to a 2-0 start with a 36-35 Monday win over Geneva, led by Ashley Prost’s 11 points, and a 42-18 handling of Marengo. Prost led the balanced scoring column with nine points.

The Lady Knights try and improve on their early success with a matchup against Thanksgiving Tournament host Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst on Friday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.

Lady Knights lose opener on late 3

AURORA—It would be a fantastic beginning to the 2010-11 campaign for Kaneland Lady Knights basketball if it weren’t for the pesky last shot.

In the opening contest of the season for the Lady Knights on Tuesday evening in Aurora at Illinois Math and Science Academy’s Hoop Happenings, Tesa Alderman hit a game-tying three-pointer, but Rock Island’s Whitney Hoover hit a trey with two ticks left.

The bang-bang exchange dropped Kaneland, 51-48.

The Lady Knights now gear up against either Aurora Christian or Yorkville in the second round, which will tip-off at Aurora Christian High School.

For Kaneland, post player Kelly Evers led the charge with 17 points and nine boards. Emily Heimerdinger had nine points and three steals. Andie Strang had five points and eight boards.

Kaneland was 19-for-50 from the field, with four three-pointers.

KHS led early, 14-5 after the first quarter, but the Lady Rocks took a 23-21 lead at the half. Kaneland rallied for a 37-36 lead before the fourth-quarter stage was set.

The next contest for KHS tips off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

All-WSC, team awards handed out at KHS

KANELAND—Kaneland High School dished out end of the year and spring speason sports awards last week.

In Knights boys track and field, Logan Markuson was named the Track MVP, while Nick Sinon, state champ in high jump, was named Field MVP. Edgar Valle, also a state champ as part of the 4×400 relay , was named recipient of the Drendel Award. Markuson, Derek Bus, Joe Levita, Brett Ketza, Justin Choate and Sinon were recognized as captains. Andrew Essex was named winner of the Ron Probst Award. Sinon, Markuson, Taylor Andrews, Valle, Bus, Matt Reusche, Matt Spitzzeri, Sean Paulick, Tommy Whittaker, Dominic Furco, Trevor Holm and Levita were recognized as the final Kaneland representatives for the all-Western Sun Conference team.

Brandon Cottier, Essex, Curtis Secrest, Whittaker, Spitzzeri, Valle, Bus, Taylor Andrews, Markuson, Levita, Holm and Sinon were all lauded for their trip to the Class 2A State Finals in Charleston, Ill.

For girls track, Lisa Roberson and Andie Strang, both State-goers, were named co-Track MVP’s, while Brooke Patterson, fresh off a trip to Charleston, was named field MVP.

Mel Mazuc and Nicole Ketza were part of a group of three named most improved field athletes, along with Briana Stark in long jump. Hurdler Hillary Luse took the most improved track athlete award.

Roberson and Sydney Bilotta were recognized as captains, while Patterson, Ashley Castellanos and Gabby Aguirre were honored for their All-Western Sun Conference performances.

Strang (800 meter run, 4x800m relay), Roberson and Kris Bowen (4x800m), Sara Wallace (pole vault), Jessica Stouffer (4x800m), Patterson (pole vault, triple jump) and Castellanos (long jump) were lauded for their State trip.

For the 20-win softball team, first-year coach Brian Willis gave most outstanding defensive player to Jordan Hester and most outstanding offensive player to Andrea Dimmig-Potts. Samantha Hansen took home the most improved player award, Kristen Stralka and Brittany Davis got in on the Lady Knight Award, while 13-win pitcher Delani Vest was given the most outstanding player award.

In the freshman softball ranks, Elizabeth Eckert and Sarah Grams took the co-MVP honors, while Danielle McCormack won the Kaneland Knight award.

For baseball, Dave Dudzinski and Bobby Thorson were named recipients of the Mr. Kaneland Baseball award.

Jake Tickle, he of the 19-game hit streak during the season, was named offensive MVP, and Steve Colombe was crowned defensive MVP.

The 41 Award, in honor or Jeff Malewig, was given to Tickle and Jake Fiedler.

Thorson, Fiedler, Colombe and Tickle were all recognized for their All-Western Sun Conference honors.

For the 15-win girls soccer team’s history- making season, Megan Gil, Haley Johnson, Shelby Koester, Colleen Gebauer and Emily Heimerdinger were lauded for their captain-ship.

Amy Fabrizius was given the most improved player honor, and freshman goalkeeper Jordan Ginther was named Rookie of the Year.

Sophie Blank, Andie Bruce and Natalie Swieca won the coach’s award. Gebauer and Katie Taylor were co-winners of the Lady Knights Award, while Heimerdinger and Gil took the MVP honors.

For the final awards of the night, the female Birkette award was given to Roberson. Markuson and Bus took home the male Birkette award.

Markuson was honored with the Male Athlete of the Year award, while Roberson was given the Female Athlete of the Year award.

Levita, for his time in cross country, wrestling and track, was honored for his three-sport commitment.

Photo: Lisa Roberson, shown here in relay action in Charleston, Ill., two weeks ago, was awarded Female Athlete of the Year and Female Birkette Award winner at last week’s 2010 Senior Athletic Banquet Awards. File Photo

Historic girls soccer season ends at foot of Rosary in regional

AURORA—For the second straight year, the Kaneland Lady Knights’ soccer journey ended on the cusp of regional glory.

However, the signs of progress continue to reveal itself, thanks to talent and depth.

Second-seeded Rosary got the best of the top-seeded Lady Knights on Saturday afternoon by a 1-0 final. Kaneland’s final record is 15-3-5 (3-2-2 Western Sun Conference), which marks an all-time best for coach Scott Parillo’s crew.

The Royals earned revenge for a 1-0 Kaneland win back on March 24.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Samantha Duarte of Rosary scored the lone goal of the match, and was good enough for the final margin.

Kaneland now says goodbye to an impressive senior core that rose through the ranks: Colleen Gebauer, Haley Johnson, Natalie Swieca, Megan Gil, Andie Bruce, Shelby Koester and Thalia Garcia.

Slated to return next season, however, are standouts like freshman goalie Jordan Ginther, who shut out 12 different opponents, and junior Emily Heimerdinger, who now has 61 goals through three seasons, including 18 this season.

Rosary, meanwhile, lost to Sycamore 3-1 on Tuesday in the Hampshire Sectional opener. Sycamore defeated DeKalb 2-1 in the Rochelle Regional title match.

Soccer takes regional opener with 2-0 knockout

by Mike Slodki
AURORA—Better the second half than not at all.

A scoreless first half for Kaneland soccer in the semifinal of the Class 2A Rosary Regional had the 15-2-5 Lady Knights flummoxed against the fourth-seeded Aurora Central Catholic Lady Chargers.

But a Sophie Blank goal just 13 seconds into the second half gave Kaneland a lead, and an Emily Heimerdinger goal with 32:19 left provided the final 2-0 margin.

Kaneland now increases its season record for wins and also a team goal with 15 wins.

The Lady Knights will now await the winner of (2) Rosary and (3) IMSA, which were set to battle on Wednesday, in the regional title game on Saturday, May 22, at noon.

This now marks the second consecutive season that Kaneland finds itself in the regional championship.

Coach Scott Parillo feels that Kaneland will need to pick up the performance.

“It wasn’t a good display at times. We didn’t pass well and we didn’t shoot well. The good thing is we won and we’re in the regional championship,” he said.

Blank’s goal got the team off to as good a start as possible for the final 40 minutes of action.

“We just needed to be aggressive, and Andie (Bruce) had a good pass,” Blank said.

Heimerdinger’s goal occurred after weaving through waves of ACC defenders and hitting the left corner.

With the Lady Knights surrendering just 15 goals thus far, and goalkeeper Jordan Ginther pitching another shutout, captain and defender Megan Gil knows the defense’s task is magnified in this “second season.”

“You just have to keep your head in the game,” Gil said. “The defense has to be strong and help the offense. We work together as a team. We’ve played a long time and we’ve come from winning only three games our freshman year. We like playing with each other.”

Photo: Kaneland goalkeeper Jordan Ginther makes a stop against Aurora Central Catholic during Tuesday’s 2-0 regional-opening shutout. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS soccer trumps Sycamore for first time; steadies for regional

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland High School girls soccer continues to add on to its season of greatest hits, and it’s evident the squad doesn’t want the music to stop.

On Thursday, Kaneland defeated visiting Sycamore 1-0, marking the first time in school history that either the boys or girls outfit has defeated Sycamore.

On Friday and Saturday, KHS then hosted the inaugural Kaneland Klassic, and came away with the first-place nod after a scoreless tie vs. the visiting Burlington Central Rockets.

The regular season came to an end with a 5-0 loss at Batavia on Tuesday.

However, KHS has now eclipsed it’s record for season victories, and sits at 14-2-5 (3-2-2 WSC) on the campaign, ready for regional action.

Against the Spartans, the lone goal was scored by Sophie Blank, assisted by Emily Heimerdinger.

With Sycamore desperate to score a goal, Lady Knight captain Haley Johnson was among those trying to put a stop to the Spartans.

“You’re definitely focusing on the defensive aspect and trying to stop goals, and that becomes the important part,” Johnson said.

Coach Scott Parillo was pleased as to how things went down.

“We’ve never, ever, ever beat Sycamore before and we finally did,” Parillo said. “It’s a conference win and that’s huge, that gives us three for the season, and this is huge for the seniors.”

The Lady Knights, at No.1 seed, will play the fourth-seeded Aurora Central Catholic Lady Chargers on Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at Rosary High School in Aurora. The winner of that encounter faces off against the winner of No. 2 Rosary and No. 3 Illinois Math & Science Academy who duke it out on Wednesday, May 19, in the Class 2A regional championship set for Saturday, May 22.

The winner of the Rosary Regional heads off to the Hampshire Sectional against potentially Hampshire or Marian Central Catholic.

Photo: Lady Knight Emily Heimerdinger will be looked on for a big match if Kaneland is to have Rosary Regional success on Tuesday, May 18, against Aurora Central Catholic File Photo

Soccer earns win, tie

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knight soccer found its propensity for finding the net on Tuesday, just in time for the season’s homestretch.

The Lady Knights went to a 0-0 draw in Hinckley against the H-BR Lady Royals. Kaneland came back on Tuesday and took it to the Lady Hubs 4-1 to garner their first win since April 24.

With an 11-1-4 mark and a 2-1-2 record in Western Sun Conference play, the Lady Knights broke open the scoring column, with three first half goals against Rochelle.

Emily Heimerdinger had the first two goals, assisted by Sophie Blank and Andie Bruce on the opening goal and Haley Johnson on the second goal. Katie Taylor closed the first half scoring out with an assist by Colleen Gebauer on a corner kick. Blank scored the lone second half goal and was assisted by Melissa Bohorquez.

The Lady Knights brace for a WSC showdown with the visiting Sycamore Lady Spartans on Thursday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. and also prepare to host the first-ever Kaneland Klassic, which takes the place of the Burlington Central tournament.

On Friday, Kaneland also received post-season news and has earned a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history.

Having matched the mark for most wins in school history for a season, the Lady Knights, at No.1 seed, will play the fourth-seeded Aurora Central Catholic Lady Chargers on Tuesday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at Rosary High School in Aurora. The winner of that encounter faces off against the winner of No. 2 Rosary and No. 3 Illinois Math & Science Academy who duke it out on Wednesday, May 19, in the Class 2A regional championship set for Saturday, May 22.

The winner of the Rosary Regional heads off to the Hampshire Sectional against potentially Hampshire or Marian Central Catholic.