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Soccer now 10-1-2

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’s been an unfamiliar feeling for the Kaneland soccer squad this year.

For the first time this season, despite a close match, KHS lost to host Geneva (9-5-1, 3-0-0 WSC) on Monday in Western Sun Conference play by a 2-1 tally.

“It’s not unfamiliar, just this year,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

“We’ll practice and go. We had a couple players not here, and the players did well with that adversity and we’ll move on.”

Geneva broke a 1-1 tie on a goal with 13:29 to play in regulation by Amanda Lulek.

Earlier in the week, Kaneland completed its 12th straight match without a loss in a 4-3 win at Morris.

Currently, the Lady Knights are 10-1-2 (1-1-1 WSC).

The Lady Knights fell behind early against the Vikings six minutes, nine seconds into the game on a double penalty kick, a first seen by Parillo.

Geneva’s first attempt at the penalty kick was high over the crossbar, but the officials ruled a KHS player had stepped into the goal box, allowing another try, which was converted by Sammi Hill. The kick went off of the post and off of goalkeeper Jordan Ginther (12 saves) into the net for the lead.

“I’ve never had it happen to me in nine years of coaching,” Parillo said.

With 10:04 remaining in the first half, Colleen Gebauer converted on a penalty kick to the right of goalie Jenny Lienau to tie matters after getting tripped up in the box.

Against the Lady Redskins, Kaneland and Morris were tied at one after the first 40 minutes before pulling away.

Sophie Blank had two goals, while Katie Taylor and Gebauer had the others.

Emily Heimerdinger had two assists, and Gebauer added one.

Soccer takes Blackhawk title

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For Kaneland girls soccer, it’s quite alright to party like its 2005.

For the 2010 version of the Lady Knights is easily the best since the version five years ago, evidenced by KHS taking the Blackhawk Invite title at West Aurora on April 14.

The 3-0 win over Rochelle cinched the deal, and continued Kaneland girls soccer’s best start in school history.

On Saturday, KHS managed a 1-1 tie vs. Burlington Central, stopping a seven-match win streak, but continuing an unbeaten streak.

On Monday, Kaneland finished off host Marengo by a 6-1 count.

Tuesday had Kaneland battle host DeKalb to a 1-1 draw.

The Lady Knights now sit at 8-0-2.

Against the Western Sun Conference rival Hubs, scoring threat Emily Heimerdinger had a shot stopped five minutes in, while Katie Taylor’s opportunity seven minutes later was also stymied.

Kaneland finally hit the net when Heimerdinger received a centered pass from Taylor in the box and scored with 21:03 remaining in the first half.

With a chance to do more damage, Heimerdinger rocketed a shot from just outside the box to give KHS a 2-0 lead with four ticks left in the half.

“(Asst. coach Travis) Bickley said to me, watch and we’ll score with less than a minute left, and sure enough we did. They’re talented enough and they believe in themselves enough that even when they’re lackluster, they’re going to win,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

“2-0 is a good lead, I guess, but it’s not where we wanted to be,” Heimerdinger said. “They were still in it.”

Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, who’s allowed just three attempts to get past her through eight matches, continued her strong play in the second half.

Heimerdinger attributes the above-average play in the net as one of the perks of a fantastic start.

“The shutouts are the biggest thing; Jordan has been playing great and our defense is stopping everything,” Heimerdinger said.

The scoring column was closed with 22 seconds remaining in the contest, thanks to a Shelby Koester goal that occured despite two Rochelle defenders hanging with her every step.

Against the host Indians, KHS went out to a 4-1 lead at the half before tacking on two more.

Heimerdinger scored twice and had two assists, while Colleen Gebauer had two of her own. Sophie Blank had a goal and assist while Sam Wantuch scored her first goal of the 2010 campaign.

Heimerdinger scored goal No. 14 on the year in the first half against DHS, but the Lady Barbs rallied in the second half to tie.

KHS faces Yorkville on Thursday, April 22.

Lady Knights Soccer:
Alive and Kicking
EMILY HEIMERDINGER—14 goals
SHELBY KOESTER—6 goals
THALIA GARCIA—3 goals
COLLEEN GEBAUER—3 goals
ANDIE BRUCE—3 goals
KATIE TAYLOR—2 goals
SOPHIE BLANK—2 goals
SAM WANTUCH—1 goal
Kaneland has outscored its opponents 34-5 in 2010.

Lady Knights 6-0 on pitch

Kaneland’s start on the pitch shows no signs of slowing down.

Even if the Lady Knights have given up a whopping two goals after three straight shutouts to open 2010.

The girls soccer squad has its best start in team history and are 6-0.

So far this week, the Lady Knights took care of visiting Class A team Indian Creek in Maple Park by a final of 7-0 under cold conditions on April 7.

In the opening of the 2010 Blackhawk Soccer Tournament on Thursday, Kaneland executed a 3-2 win over host West Aurora. Kaneland followed that gem with a 4-0 shutout against Plainfield East in the second game of the gathering on Saturday. Finally, the Lady Knights put forth a Tuesday shutout against the Lady Sabres of Streamwood by a 4-0 clip.

Against the Lady T-Wolves, Emily Heimerdinger scored twice, while additional goals were scored by Andie Bruce, Katie Taylor, Shelby Koester, Thalia Garcia and Colleen Gebauer.

Against West Aurora, KHS and the hosts were deadlocked at two after the first 40 minutes until Kaneland scored again.

Heimerdinger, Koester and Gebauer found the net.

Heimerdinger managed a hat trick against the Bengals and Garcia also added one. Haley Johnson tallied an assit.

Against Streamwood, Heimerdinger, Koester, Sophie Blank and Andie Bruce found the net.

Kaneland names students-of-the-term

Kaneland—Kaneland High School recognized the following students for being named students-of-the-term for the third term of the 2009-10 school year: Edwin Rodriguez, CTE (Business); Zachary Douglas, CTE (Orientation to Family Consumer Science); Erin Rocha, English; Vincent Micek, Fine Arts (Foreign Language); Cory Nordine, Fine Arts (Theatre); Emily Heimerdinger, Math; Dominic Furco, Physical Education/Health; Elliot Witt, Science; Katelyn Dray, Social Studies; Nikki Smith and John Majejka, Student Services.

Soccer defeats Rosary

AURORA—Kaneland High School girls soccer can get used to this.

Using an Emily Heimerdinger goal on a Thalia Garcia assist with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, the Lady Knights came away with a 1-0 triumph over nearby rival Rosary last Wednesday.

Kaneland, following a season-opening win against IMSA, now improves to 2-0.

Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Ginter has yet to allow a goal in her two matches.

In JV action, Rosary defeated KHS by a 6-0 final.

Kaneland has an extended break before picking up the non-conference action on Wednesday, April 7, against visiting Indian Creek.

Lady Knights kick off with 4-0 win

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Ideal conditions met the Kaneland High School girls soccer team on Tuesday afternoon, as did an ideal result.

Using four first-half goals and enough defense to do the trick, the Lady Knights came away with a 4-0 win over IMSA to begin the season 1-0.

Captain Shelby Koester found the net 5 minutes, 48 seconds into the contest off an assist by Emily Heimerdinger.

Koester struck again with 27:29 left in the first half after putting in a blocked shot attempt that rebounded her way.

Midfielder Thalia Garcia rocketed a ball in the net 2:07 later, and midfielder Taylor White put in a shot thanks to a Katie Taylor assist with 10:42 to go in the half.

“We stepped it up,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We started out a little sluggish, but once we got the first goal it seemed we got another one every few minutes. We had other people besides Emily (Heimerdinger) score goals, so that’s huge.”

Earning her first shutout, freshman Jordan Ginther appreciated the opportunity.

“I was pretty nervous,” Ginther said. “It was my first game in high school, but the girls are great.”

The Lady Knights take on host Rosary on Thursday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m.

5 captains, new goalie for soccer

Photo: Midfielder Sophie Blank participates in pre-season drills for Lady Knights soccer. Photo by Mike Slodki
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—What happens when most of the Lady Knights soccer squad that scored a sizable upset over Hampshire in regional action returns?

You’ll have optimism and talent on a squad that tied its mark for most wins in club history.

“We got the lead against Hampshire and held on to it,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “You go back a few months and we lose a 3-0 lead at West Aurora. So that win was a ‘get over the hump’ moment for us.”

Leading the charge are the five captains. Midfielder Colleen Gebauer, defenseman Megan Gil, forward Emily Heimerdinger, midfielder Haley Johnson and midfielder Shelby Koester bring talent, experience and a solid core familiar with big late-season victories.

“They bring knowledge of the game and played big schools and small schools. Megan is a four-year varsity player, Emily’s a scoring machine, and Shelby, Colleen and Haley are all three-year varsity players. They’ve all been in pressure-filled games,” Parillo said.

Returnee Sophie Blank, pivotal to the regional semifinal win, moves out of goal to midfield, her more natural position.

In goal is freshman Jordan Ginther, who has already managed a shutout this year.

One might ask why there’s a wealth of experience in the field and a freshman in goal.

“You’ve got to watch her play. Her club team is nationally ranked. She will blow people’s minds,” Parillo said.

Joining Gil on the defense is teammate Natalie Swieca, back for a third year.

Savannah Webb returns as well on defense, for a unit looking to recover from graduation losses.

Amy Fabrizius is set for forward, midfield and maybe a bit of defense.

“We have enough players that can play multiple positions; we should be OK,” Parillo.

Katie Taylor shores up the forward ranks along with Andi Bruce and Abby Bend. Melissa Bohorquez can play forward and midfield, as can Sam Wantuch.

Also back for more is midfielder Thalia Garcia, who has already found the net this season. Anna Heinrichs plays defense and midfield, while Valerie Tockstein and Taylor White help out the midfield and forward ranks.

Soccer plays its usual West Aurora Tournament stop beginning on Thursday, April 8, and hosts the Burlington Central Tournament beginning on Friday, May 7. The regular season ends on Tuesday, May 11, at Batavia.

Lady Knights eliminated by Rochelle in 3A opener

by Mike Slodki
There will be no repeating playoff opener success for Kaneland girls basketball in 2010.

Last year, the Lady Knights beat IMSA in an opening round duel in Maple Park before being eliminated by Hampshire.

This past Monday saw Kaneland be eliminated by the 3A regional host Lady Hubs of Rochelle by a 63-35 final.

The Lady Knights also lost at Sycamore on Friday, 62-52 and to Marengo 49-46 on Saturday, closing out regular season action.

Rochelle, the third-seeded outfit, was set to face (2) DeKalb on Wednesday, while (5) Sycamore, which upset (4) Burlington Central on Monday, was scheduled to meet the top-seeded Hampshire Lady Whip-purs in the other semifinal.

Rochelle improved to 18-10 (7-7 Western Sun Conference), and Kaneland finished its slate at 5-23 (0-14 WSC). Kaneland finished 8-18 a year ago.

Eleven different Lady Knights found the scoring column, led by Kelly Evers’ seven points.

Seventeen seconds into the game, Nicki Ott drained a shot for the first basket of the game until Rochelle senior Olivia Caron hit two quick three-pointers. Departing senior Mallory Carlson hit a shot with 4:33 to go in the frame to close within 9-4, but Rochelle scored seven in a row to close the quarter out.

The Lady Hubs then continued their 19-0 run into the second quarter until a Tesa Alderman basket with 2:43 to go in the half made it 28-6 and continued a 7-0 run by KHS.

Kaneland recovered somewhat from their 10-minute scoring drought and trailed 31-13 at the break.

Rochelle led by as much as 36 points with three minutes to go in the third. Evers’ basket with 53.8 seconds to go marked the final points of the season.

“We just didn’t play well, no excuses,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We had nothing to lose; they played well, we didn’t.”

Against the host Lady Spartans, the Lady Knights fell behind early in their last ever WSC game 17-6 after one quarter.

Kaneland righted its ship somewhat and outscored Sycamore in the second quarter by one point, going to halftime trailing 29-19.

The Lady Knights were behind 46-37 at the end of three before Sycamore outscored KHS 16-15 in the fourth.

Kaneland had three girls in double figures, led by Carlson with 13 points, followed by Kylie Siebert with 11 and Emily Heimerdinger with 10.

The Lady Knights were 15-for-25 from the foul line.

On Saturday against the visiting Lady Indians, Kaneland was led by Nicki Ott’s 14 points (4-for-4 FT) and Heimerdinger’s 10.

KHS was 19-for-62 from the field.

The two squads were deadlocked at 13 after one, with Marengo taking a 23-22 lead at the break.

KHS snuck ahead 34-32 at the end of the third quarter before Marengo’s Taylor Berman (19 points) hit three three-pointers and went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe in the fourth to key a 17-12 fourth quarter.

Other girls competition had Batavia beating the Kaneland freshmen “A” squad 33-31 on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The sophomores lost to Marengo 50-29 on Saturday, but beat Sycamore on Thursday, 32-21.

Lady Knights drop 2 in WSC homestretch

With the regular season entering its homestretch, the Lady Knights basketball team fell to Western Sun Conference rivals Sycamore on Saturday and Yorkville on Friday.

With the 43-39 loss to visiting Sycamore and a 44-32 setback to host Yorkville, the Kaneland hoops crew finds itself sitting at 5-20 with an 0-13 record in the final season of WSC play.

The Lady Knights have two more chances to improve on their win total before Monday’s regional opener in Rochelle against the host Hubs.

The encounter with Sycamore saw Emily Heimerdinger lead the way with 12 points, while Mallory Carlson had 11.

With the score tied at 12 after the first quarter, KHS had its offense suffer and went eight minutes without scoring in between the second and third frames. Sycamore went out to a 35-19 lead and led 32-21 after three. Kaneland rallied to cut the fourth quarter deficit to four on two occasions but could get no closer.

Carlson had 11 points vs. Yorkville, but Kaneland’s night would be complicated by a 9-for-39 night from the field.

Friday, Feb. 12, sees the Lady Knights go to Sycamore, while Saturday, Feb. 13 has KHS face off with the visiting Marengo Lady Indians in a make-up game that was rescheduled due to snowy conditions.

Photo: Lady Knight Emily Heimerdinger (12) weaves through traffic during Friday’s 44-32 loss to Yorkville . Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights defeated by WSC rival Rochelle

Unfortunately for the Kaneland High School girls basketball squad, the results of the first quarter of Friday night’s contest against visiting Rochelle failed to be duplicated.

After going out to an 8-7 lead on the Lady Hubs in Maple Park, the Lady Knights fell victim to a flurry of points in the second quarter and eventually lost 61-44.

The Lady Knights now sit at 5-18 (0-9 Western Sun Conference) with four regular season contests remaining.

Emily Heimerdinger led the way for KHS with 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Kaneland was 16-for-29 from the foul line, while Rochelle was 11-for-21.

After KHS led 8-7 after one, Rochelle came back and turned a deficit into a 22-17 lead. The Lady Hubs then tacked on eight straight points to go into the locker room up 30-17.

Kaneland closed the chasm to 44-32 at the end of three before Rochelle outscored the hosts 17-12 in the final eight minutes.

Kaneland has now lost six contests in a row; the last win coming on Jan. 9 at Burlington Central.

Sophomore action had the Rochelle troops beat Kaneland 41-27 on Friday. The freshmen “A” group beat Yorkville on Saturday by a final of 46-16.

The freshmen “B” team came away with a 50-11 win over the Lady Foxes.

The Lady Knights have a varsity contest on Friday, Feb. 5, at Yorkville, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Photo: Lady Knight Tesa Alderman attempts a foul shot during Friday evening’s 61-44 loss to the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs. Alderman had six points. Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights hang tough but lose to Barbs

by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—Kaneland girls basketball not only had to deal with the host DeKalb Lady Barbs and a vocal crowd, but also with the loss of guard Andie Strang before Friday’s contest.

Strang could be out for an undetermined length of time due to a stress fracture, according to Colombe.

That said, they hung in there and kept it competitive until the end in a 41-32 loss to DHS.

Kaneland dropped to 5-16 (0-10 Western Sun Conference). DeKalb improved to 15-7.

Emily Heimerdinger led the Lady Knights with 9 points. Kaneland was 14-for-28 from the field (50 percent).

“We did a much better job playing defense,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “I saw improvement across the board.”

“We’ve been struggling offensively and we need to see how we’re going to step up.”

After taking a brief 2-0 lead 23 seconds into the game thanks to Heimerdinger, the Lady Barbs poured it on and got three straight jumpers from Taylor White, including two three-pointers to make it 9-3 with 2:46 to go. Another trey by DeKalb with five seconds left made it 14-5 after one quarter.

Kaneland didn’t let the game get out of hand in the second frame and even cut it to 23-18 with :34 seconds left in the half thanks to Trinae Coachman’s putback and a Mallory Carlson shot. DeKalb came back with a three with 16 seconds remaining to make it 26-18 at halftime.

Kaneland held DeKalb to two field goals in the third quarter. Kelly Evers nailed a basket with 1:33 to go to cut it to 32-24.

The closest Kaneland came to slimming the margin in the fourth quarter was 39-30 with 2:12 remaining on a Carlson bucket.

The Lady Knights try to right the ship against Rochelle at KHS on Friday, Jan. 29.

Girls hoops split pair of contests at Geneva, Oswego

by Mike Slodki
It wasn’t just the weather outside that left the Kaneland Lady Knights girls basketball team cold on Tuesday night.

A five-point first half, 9-for-40 shooting from the field and a 12-minute stretch of no points all went toward sending KHS to a 68-25 loss in Western Sun Conference action.

“You have to sprint against (Geneva), and you’ve got to tip your hat to them,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “They’re a very talented team, obviously, and they work very hard. We can’t expect to come in here and compete against them if we’re not going to do that.”

The Lady Knights also finished up play at the Oswego East Holiday Classic with a 55-49 win over Aurora Christian on Dec. 30, 2009.

Kaneland’s record is 4-12 with an 0-5 record in the WSC.

The Lady Vikings went out to a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Evers’ bucket with 1:02 remaining in the quarter were the last Kaneland points until Nicki Ott’s basket with 5:19 remaining in the third made it 47-7.

The biggest lead for Geneva was 49 points, happening with 3:39 remaining in the game when it was 64-15.

The Lady Knights did manage to grab a win this week right before 2009 came to a close against the Eagles of Aurora Christian.

A 7-6 lead after one increased to 23-21 at the break. The Lady Knights increased the lead to 37-34 before taking advantage of AC foul trouble in the fourth. KHS made 14-of-22 foul shots in the frame and 23-of-38 foul shots in the game.

Mallory Carlson, who had 16 points, was 10-for-10 from the line with seven boards. Emily Heimerdinger had 10 points and four steals.

The girls suit up for host Batavia on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

Lady Knights start 1-2 in Oswego East Holiday Classic

Girls nab win over Joliet, lose to OE and Plainfield C. at tourney
by Mike Slodki
OSWEGO—Kaneland girls basketball got off to a less than desirable start to its first-round matchup, and thus the Oswego East Holiday Classic, but found a win vs. Joliet on Monday before losing to Plainfield Central on Tuesday.

Spotting the host Wolves a 13-2 lead after the first eight minutes, Kaneland closed the dam and played with OE evenly before succumbing 43-31 on Saturday evening.

Overall, the Lady Knights (3-11, 0-5 Western Sun Conference) went 10-for-37 from the field and 10-for-21 from the foul line.

For the Lady Knights, Emily Heimerdinger and Mallory Carlson had eight points apiece to pace the effort, with Heimerdinger adding five steals.

Area standout Jordan Jackson led the host Wolves with 14 points.

Oswego East took what the first quarter had to offer with a 13-2 lead after the first frame. A Nicki Ott basket with 3:47 to go closed within 8-2, but the Lady Knights went 1-for-9 from the field, while OE had its passing game working well.

A Kelly Evers putback and a Strang basket made it 16-9 with 4:31 to go in the half. An Ott bucket with 3:48 to get within 16-11, but OE went on a 6-1 run to close the frame.

The Lady Knights got their bearing in the third and with a Tesa Alderman foul shot, cut it to 24-18 with 5:54 remaining. Oswego East converted on its opportunities in the quarter and extended its lead to 34-22 by the end of the frame.

In the second round matchup, KHS beat the Joliet Steelwomen 56-34 on Monday evening.

Andie Strang (13 points), Nicki Ott (10), Heimerdinger (11) and Carlson (11) supplied double-figure scoring for the Lady Knights.

Kaneland went 23-for-64 from the field and 7-for-20 from the foul line.

The Lady Knights hit three out of four shots and used three free throws to go on a 7-0 run and make it 38-31 with 4:12 to go, but could get no closer.

“We’ll play well, and then switch it off and not play well for four or five minutes,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe. “Our goal is trying to extend those good periods longer and longer. We need to try and turn a four-minute good stretch into a six-minute good stretch.”

Kaneland lost its third round matchup by a final of 45-37, having difficulty with shots against PC’s 1-2-2 zone. The Lady Knights were 14-for-58 from the field and 0-for-15 from the three-point arc.

Kelly Evers supplied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

After their final game at the Oswego East Holiday Classic, the girls go to Geneva on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010.

Photo: Emma Bradford (32) tries a layup during Monday evening’s 56-34 handling of Joliet at the Oswego East Holiday Classic. Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights victim of poor shooting against Yorkville

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Kaneland girls basketball had a tough task ahead of it on Friday night in Maple Park with an improved Yorkville squad.

The fact that the Lady Knights went 17-for-52 from the field didn’t help matters, either.

A tough shooting night that saw Kaneland make just four of 23 shot attempts in the first half and all seven foul shot attempts paved the way for a 49-40 loss to the visiting Lady Foxes.

KHS drops to 2-9 on the season and 0-4 in Western Sun Conference play.

“You’re not going to beat many teams when you’re (4-for-23) to start,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Against Rochelle we were 5-for-31 in the first half. We’re not going to beat anybody shooting the ball like that, and that’s where it starts. We played hard all night, and we did a good job on defense, but some of the shots we missed were two-foot shots and point-blank shots at the basket, so we have to do a better job at that.”

Lone senior Mallory Carlson had a productive night with a game-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

A Nicki Ott basket with 13.9 seconds to go in the first quarter closed the deficit to 7-4.

Life got more difficult for the Lady Knights in the second quarter. Kelly Evers and Emma Bradford supplied the only field goals, and Yorkville increased its lead to 19-9 by the end of the first half.

Down 25-11 in the second quarter, Kaneland made a run and hit five consecutive shots, thanks to Carlson, Emily Heimerdinger and Tesa Alderman, to close within 28-20 with 4:20 to go.

After the Lady Foxes went back out to a 34-22 lead with 1:54 left, Carlson made good on a putback, Bradford put back Carlson’s ensuing foul shot attempt, and Bradford then converted a three-point play to close within 34-29 as the teams went into the final quarter.

A Carlson free throw 71 seconds into the fourth quarter closed within 34-30, but the Lady Knights would get no further as Yorkville upped its tempo and went out to a 46-36 lead. They’d hold Kaneland at bay for the duration.

The varsity troops take an extended break until picking up the action on Saturday, Dec. 26, at the usual Oswego East Holiday Classic stop. The Lady Knights’ first contest will be the host Lady Wolves at 6:30 p.m.

Girls hoops splits IC tourney

The Lady Knights basketball squad would rather take the first half of their tournament at Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst during Thanksgiving week.

Winning the first two but losing the last two, Kaneland now sits at 2-5 on the season.

Kaneland’s first win of the season came on Nov. 24 at the hands of Luther North of Chicago by a final of 57-40, thanks to 13 points from Emily Heimerdinger and 12 points from Emma Bradford.

The Lady Knights went 25-for-71 from the field and 7-for-16 from the foul line.

Kaneland was up 17-11 after one quarter before seeing the lead shrink to 28-25 at the halftime break. Kaneland pulled away in the third to go up 42-36 before going on a 15-4 run in the fourth for the win.

KHS then nabbed its second straight win on Nov. 25 against Elmwood Park in a 41-34 affair.

Mallory Carlson was the lone Lady Knight in double figures with 15 points, as Kaneland went 17-for-51 from the field and 7-for-17 from the free throw line.

Despite falling behind 15-6 after one quarter, KHS managed to close within 22-15 at the break before outscoring its opponent 26-12 in the second half.

The last two matchups in Elmhurst provided a bit roughter as Kaneland lost to host IC on Friday, by a final of 64-17, in a game that featured a scoreless third quarter.

In the finale on Saturday, Plainfield South bested KHS by a 57-45 final despite 15 points from Carlson. The Lady Knights went 19-for-73 from the field.

The Lady Knights try to right the ship vs. DeKalb in Maple Park on Friday, Dec. 4.

Lady Knights drop matchups with E. Aurora, Westmont

Lady Knights basketball is hoping that the next couple of contests go better than their three opening games.

After losing their opener at Rosary on Nov. 17, the KHS troops went to East Aurora on Thursday only to drop a 48-41 affair.

The girls also opened action at the Immaculate Conception Thanksgiving tournament in Elmhurst with a 54-41 setback at the hands of Westmont on Monday.

Coach Ernie Colombe’s squad is 0-3 as it continues at Immaculate Conception. Kaneland had won four straight meetings since losing a regional opener in February, 2006, to the Lady Tomcats.

Senior Mallory Carlson paced the Lady Knights with a team-high 13 points. Tesa Alderman followed with seven.

The Lady Knights fell behind early after the first quarter by a 12-5 count, but closed to within 26-24 at the halftime break. East Aurora took control in the third frame with a 14-7 edge and a 40-31 lead.

Kaneland outscored the Lady Tomcats 10-8 in the fourth quarter to no avail.

Against the Sentinels, a former conference mate in the Suburban Prairie Conference, the Lady Knights fell behind 18-8 after one quarter and 34-15 after two.

Kaneland came back in the third quarter to close within 40-29 until Westmont held its ground.

The Lady Knights were 14-for-37 from the field and 3-for-11 from three-point land. Andie Strang had a team-high 14 points, followed by Emily Heimerdinger with nine.

In other Kaneland-East Aurora action, the freshmen “B” team handled its task with a 21-8 win and the “A” squad won 43-32 thanks to 14 points from Ashley Prost. The sophomores lost 44-41 despite 18 from Kylie Siebert.

On Nov. 17, the freshmen “B” won 15-13 over Rosary, while the “A” won 32-16.

On Saturday, the sophomores were defeated by visiting Rochelle by a 39-22 final.

Next up for the Lady Knights is another IC Thanksgiving game vs. the hosts on Friday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., and the tourney finale vs. Plainfield South on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m.

Lady Knights look to steady core in 09-10

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Look beneath the surface if you’re worried about Kaneland girls basketball in 2009-10.

While the Lady Knights finished 8-19 a year ago, with a 3-11 mark in Western Sun Conference play, they did manage a playoff victory for the first time since 2005.

In addition, even though Kaneland lost seven seniors to graduation, the team returns a core of players that saw quality minutes in the starting lineup.

“We definitely lost a lot in terms of graduation,” fourth-year coach Ernie Colombe said. “We are fortunate that we do have Andie Strang, Mallory Carlson, Emily Heimerdinger and Kelly Evers back. Emily and Andie were in our rotation the entire season and gained valuable experience.”

With Strang and Heimerdinger looking forward to bigger roles, Carlson and Evers look to join them in creating a nucleus.

“Mallory knows that she has to step up this season, and we feel like she can do that. Kelly played on the sophomore (team) and the varsity at the end of the year, and we think they’ve all improved,” Colombe said.

New additions to the varsity roster primed for contribution are Nicki Ott, Emma Bradford, Tesa Alderman and Trinae Coachman.

Also making up the Lady Knights roster is Kris Bowen, Tatiana Brown, McKinzie Mangers and Jessica Stouffer.

All will need to subscribe to a “zero-tolerance” policy when it comes to turnovers, a stat that plagued the team a year ago.

“Turnovers really did hurt us last season. We know that we have a young team and we have to be patient in some aspects this season. We are emphasizing taking care of the basketball and knowing what a good pass and a good shot is,” Colombe said.

Working on that aspect will go a long way to adding success to the roster.

“The biggest positive we have right now is that we really have a group of kids that enjoy being around each other and want to work together to get better,” Colombe said.

With the end of this coming season brings the end of the WSC, Colombe said that focusing on the present will help in the future.

“We believe playing in this conference will prepare us well for the move to the new conference. There are no easy games, and the new conference will be tough night-in and night-out,” he said.

The girls began their season on Tuesday in Aurora against Rosary.

KHS honor roll 2009

High Honor Roll
9th grade
Upashruti Agrawal, Lauren Allen, Abby Bend, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Lauren Companiott, Brian Edwards, Eric Eichelberger, Kelly Evers, Tyler Fabrizius, Jacob Ginther, Kristen Glover, Noelle Goodine, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Malory Groen, Courtnie Holland, Christina Janes, Nicole Ketza, Thomas King, Benjamin Kovalick, Stelios Lekkas, Austin McElderry, Anna Novotny, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Alexa Reger, Nathan Rehkopf, Karyn Ribbens, Kayla Rivera, Nicholas Rodriguez, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Melissa Schmidt, Dana Schultz, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Molly Speckman, Anthony Sperando, Brandon Stahl, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Mackenzie Theisen, Valerie Tockstein, Catherine Tolan, Kalani Tovar, Delani Vest, Marissa Villafuerte, Mercedes Walper, Nicholas Wielgos, Isaac Williams, Anders Winquist-Bailey, Elliot Witt
10th grade
Priscilla Aguilar, Grant Alef, Taylor Andrews, Stephanie Breen, Jocelyn Cabral, Elaine Cannell, Cory Clausen, Jessica Corbett, Emily Darrow, Lacey Eberle, Caitlin Ellefsen, Collin Ellingwood, Ariana Espino, Amy Fabrizius, Brock Feece, Drew French, Danielle Frost, Allison Grossmann, Emily Heimerdinger, Amanda Helfers, Guillermo Hernandez, Andrew Hladilek, Lindsay Jurcenko, Joseph Kenkel, Jordan Krawczyk, Amanda Lamp, Corey Landers, Alexandra Leonhard, Christian Limbo, Jessica Lubic, Bernice Marsala, Katie Meuer, Danielle Micek, Abby Michels, Richard Miller, Sarah Morgan, Brian Olson, Nicole Ott, Keara Palpant, Brooke Patterson, Karissa Pitstick, Amber Platt, Alyson Rehr, Mackenzie Rich, Alicia Robinson, Linnea Scherer, Joshua Schuberg, Hannah Schuppner, Elizabeth Smith, Andrea Strang, Danielle Thomas, Holly Thomas, Brooke Thompson, Samantha Vazquez, Samantha Wantuch, Breanna White, Amanda Whiteside, Thomas Whittaker, Michael Wille, Caitlyn Young, Cara Zagel
11th grade
Jenna Bartel, Andrea Bruce, Danilo Bruno, Scott Burgholzer, Derek Bus, Emily Butts, Kristyn Chapman, Megan Cline, Stephen Colombe, Lindsey Dodis, Eric Dratnol, David Dudzinski, Joseph Garlinsky, Lily Garrison, Megan Gil, Trever Grimoldby, Tara Groen, Rebecca Hauge, Kevhlub Her, Joseph Herzer, Kevin Hodge, Katlin Howard, Angela Humphrey, Amy Husk, Haley Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Elizabeth Kennedy, Brett Ketza, Kevin Krasinski, Taylor Krause, Micaela Lane, Kelsey Lenhardt, Logan Markuson, Melanie Mazuc, Vincent Micek, Alexandra Morefield, Brianne Myers, Joss Nicholson, Zachary Nolte, Alyse Olson, Tara Olson, Kasey Ostarello, Kylen Pattermann, Justin Phillips, Lisa Roberson, Chelsea Roberts, Michelle Rodgers, Danielle Rose, Paula Ross, Patrick Ruffolo, Kelly Shaw, Nikki Smith, George Spirakis, Natalie Swieca, Kevin Szatkowski, Edgardo Valle, Elizabeth Webb
12th grade
Angelica Acosta, Emma Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Jessica Arnold, Lindsay Bartel, Kathryn Bergman, Ryan Blake, Emily Curran, Kelly Davies, Stacey Davis, Margaret Dawe, Lindsay Douglas, Samantha Eichelberger, Matthew Galica, Ashley Girard, Lauren Gould, Caitlin Haag, Matthew Haffner, Erica Hankes, Erin Hanold, Sarah Harant, Samantha Hauser, Devin Mae Heath, Jordan Herra, Alexa Hill, Rebecca Holloman, Michael Jenny, Hayden Johnson, Leina Kameyama, Emily Kenkel, Casey Komel, Kathleen Kuhar, Angeline Tracy Limbo, Anna Limbrick, Curtis Lubic, Chassidy Mangers, Briana Minogue, Kathleen Moravcik, Evan Olson, Madeline Osman, Christopher Ott, Sarah Otterness, Perren Palpant, Kelaine Patterson, Jordan Pinkston, Emiliano Ponce, Michael Pritchard, Nicole Prusinski, Jacqueline Ream, Bryan Renaud, Brody Root, Anna Rossi, John Rotella, Kristen Rusnok, Kristen Sanecki, William Schaid, Meghan Schiber, Christine Schieve, Jeffrey Smith, Daniel Spence, Emily Tockstein, Zachary Tolan, Santiago Tovar, Cristofer Vargas, Yasintorn Wongwoottisaroch, Victoria Yurachek, Joanna Zielinski, Jennifer Zmrhal

Honor Roll
9th grade
Erin Arndt, Rebecca Arnold, Dhurata Azemi, Raymond Barry, Madison Bluml, Jordyn Boley, Zachary Brown, Acalia Cleaver, Andrew Correll, Ashley Cottier, Ashley Diddell, Alex Dorado, Zachary Douglas, Katelyn Dudzinski, Mitchell Gemini, Ariel Geraghty, Ryan Goodenough, John Goodrich, Matthew Grimm, Samantha Hansen, Samantha Heinle, Austin Henkelman, LaQuanda Hood, Seleana Isaacs, Jordan Jones, Sarah Kitz, Denitza Kolev, Ryan Kolk, Kelly Kovacic, Alec Krueger, Amber-Rose Lano, Cesar Lazcano, Ashton MacKenzie, Aracelli Magana, Jacob Mazuc, Nicholas McCarney, Kayley McPhee, Julianne Miller, Brendan Morgan, Amelia Napiorkowski, Diana Nuno, Konstantin Paraskevov, Austin Paulson, Sierra Perteete, Jordan Phillips, Edker Pope, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Josias Rodriguez, Angela Schramer, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Meggen Southern, Dalton Stewart, Michael Tattoni, Carolina Tovar, Amber Urich, Bryan Van Bogaert, Savannah Webb, Taylor White, Joshua Williams, Jordyn Withey, Maverick Wojciechowski, Erin Woodill
10th grade
Athina Ajazi, Yesenia Ayala, Kristina Bowen, Taylor Bradbury, Patrick Bratschun, Kayla Burns, Tyler Callaghan, Josiah Camiliere, Shaela Collins, Lauren Crites, Jonathon Delgado, Cali Dickerson, Andrea Dimmig Potts, Brian Dixon, Nicholas Dodis, Michelle Dugan, Tyler Esposito, Zachary Ganz, Angelica Garza, Damien Gilbert, Hayley Guyton , Michael Hammermeister, Megan Hanlon, Anna Henrichs, Elizabeth Hylland, Kelsey James, Kellie Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Allison Jones, Pamela Katsigiannis, Dylan Keith, Maria Kernychny, Skyler King, John Kintz, Kristen Krajewski, Nathan Krauz, Cameron LeBlanc, Mark Merfeld, Kaitlin Munyon, Joshua Nahley, Derek Nordine, Angela Parillo, Angelica Perez, Jimmy Ramirez, Stewart Ream, Kendall Renaud, Keith Runde, Colleen Ryan, Nicole Rymarz, Curtis Secrest, Briana Stark, Charlene Steininger, Bethany Swartz, Robert Thorson, Erich Turk, Alexander Vallejo, Logan Vines, Christian Williams, Ryan Wozniak, Robert Zachara, Kelsey Zollinger
11th grade
Danielle Anderson, Randi Bader, Ryley Bailey, Brittany Bauer, Robert Bergstrom, Chloe Bluml, Dennis Brettman, Edgar Celaya, Jaclyn Diehl, Scott Dienst, Brock Dyer, Andrew Eberle, Olivia Fabrizius, Angela Filippin, Kalina Flamand, Sabrina Gabriele, Lauren Gallucci, Colleen Gebauer, Jeffrey Gillett, Dylan Good, Tyler Hamer, Aaron Hayman, Matthew Ikemire, Jaclyn Isham, Lindsay Kahl, Tessa Kuipers, Caitlin Larson, Brandie Mattice, Jessica McHenry, Donald McLennan, Thomas Orr, Sean Paulick, Brenda Petersen, Izatmar Quiroz, Jordan Rego, Matthew Reusche, Connor Risch, Erin Rocha, Erin Rodway, John Scholl, Alyssa Snyder, Bradley Staker, Daniel Steinmiller, Cody Stults, James Tarchala, Benjamin Tennant, Kayla Thompson, Jacob Tickle, Xavier Torres-Valdovinos, Abigayle VanDerHeyden, Katie Walton, Nicholas Zimmer
12th grade
Cecelia Anderson, Jacob Astin, Garrett Austin, Kathryn Banbury, Joshua Bloome, John Brennan, Michael Chavez, Paul Davies, Laney Deligianis, Samantha Dixon, Alycia Donais, Kevin Durrenberger, Kelsey Fletcher, Alyssa Galvan, Eric Geiger, Lindsay Gierke, Mallory Gigl, Sally Gorenz, Kristen Hamer, Laura Hansen, Kathryn Hatch, Adrian Hernandez, Erin Heyob, Amanda Hilton, Mallory Huml, Brianna Hurst, Sonja Isaacs, Jenna Ivkovich, Krista Johnson, Lydia King, William King, Christopher Kovacic, Meghan Krajewski, Robert Kuti, Nathan Lewis, Robert Locke, Dylan Luse, Grant Mooney, Brittany Nelson, Michael Nguyen, Alexandra Olson, Daniela Parra, Benjamin Paulus, Troy Pritchard, Scott Proctor, Frank Reyes, Leah Richards, Paige Rogers, Sara Rose, Luis Ruiz, Joseph Ruppel, Samantha Sills, Kyle Slamans, Joseph Spitzzeri, Zachary Stavinsky, Jessica Stebbins, Kyle Stryczek, Annelise Weiss, Rick White, Lauren Whittaker, Cassandra Wilson, Mariella Zavala, Dana Zimmer

KHS hands out year-end awards for athletes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taylor Andrews won the Ron Probst Award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patterson was honored with the Most Improved award.

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

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

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

KHS rockets over Hampshire in 1-0 thriller

Free kick by Gebauer propels soccer to regional title chance
by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights soccer had the odds against it in the regional semifinal match on Tuesday.

Going up against a Class A juggernaut in Hampshire that moved to 2A in the new three-class system and was a State-goer the past three seasons, the Lady Knights’ chances against the Whip-purs may have seemed slight.

What happened was that Kaneland made good on its best chance, a free kick by Colleen Gebauer with 4:17 remaining in regulation, and took a 1-0 win into Friday’s 2A Burlington Central Regional against (1) Crystal Lake Central.

Kaneland improved to 11-8-3 and tied the most wins in team history.

“I just asked for my 10 yards and waited for our people to get set up,” Gebauer said. “I just aimed for the corners and hoped for the best.”

With still more work to do, Sophie Blank held strong in goal and made a sliding save with 3:28 remaining. Emily Heimerdinger had a chance just a minute prior to the goal with a shot that hit the post.

“We just needed to be aggressive and keep our focus,” defender Megan Gil said. “The last five minutes were going to be the most crucial of the whole game. Celebrate the goal and settle down.”

With a 9-1 win at Western Sun Conference rival Yorkville in the morning, the Lady Knights assured themselves of their first winning season since 2005 (11-10-1) and the second in team history.

Kaneland also ends its conference portion of the season at 2-5.

Against the Lady Foxes, KHS went out to a 5-1 lead after the first 40 minutes of action, and added four more in the second half.

Emily Heimerdinger scored three goals, and Bridget Crosby added two herself. The other goals were had by Thalia Garcia, Andi Bruce, Paige Rogers and Sarah Goodrich.

The freshmen closed their season out with an 8-1 loss to Plainfield North on Thursday, as Hayley Garcia found the net.

PHOTO: Megan Gil tries to get the ball out of Kaneland’s zone in the second half of the varsity home loss to Batavia on May 12. The Lady Knights improved to 11-8-3 with an upset win over Hampshire at Tuesday’s regional. Photo by John DiDonna

KHS improves to 8-4-2

by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights soccer (8-4-2, 1-2 Western Sun Conference) saw some tough wins and a tie along the way, but ended this past week with an undefeated slate.

Kaneland’s match with the visiting Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock ended in a 1-1 deadlock last Wednesday, April 29. On Monday, the Lady Knights defeated host Mendota 3-1, and Tuesday saw KHS hand Rochelle a 3-0 loss.

Despite overloading the Royals goal with shot attempts, the Lady Knights could manage just an Emily Heimerdinger score thanks to a Shelby Koester assist. Hinckley-Big Rock attempted just two shots on goal. Both goals were scored in the first half.

Monday brought the Lady Knights down I-39 for a meeting with the Mendota Lady Trojans. Kaneland won 3-1 after seeing the contest knotted up in the second half on a Mendota goal.

Colleen Gebauer scored a goal with 19:49 left in the second half to break the 1-1 deadlock and Danni Garcia scored an insurance goal with 18:01 left.

“I’ve been working on my touches a little more and I’m getting more confident in my shooting,” said Gebauer, who has found her share of goals this season.

Emily Heimerdinger scored the opening goal for the Lady Knights.

Despite getting the win, coach Scott Parillo feels that the last two matches have KHS not quite playing up to its potential.

“It was an ugly win,” Parillo said. “We had six point-blank breakaways and couldn’t finish. We need to finish and play better defense or else our season’s going to end in two weeks.”

Heimedinger, Gebauer and Koester scored vs. the Hubs, in a win that Parillo thought was a much better effort.

Awaiting the Lady Knights are the host Sycamore Lady Spartans on Thursday, May 7, and the Burlington Central tourney on Saturday, May 9.

Photo by Mike Slodki

Soccer pouring the offense on

Lady Knights soccer (6-4-1, 0-2 Western Sun Conference) hasn’t seen this much early success in quite a while, but it’ll take it.

Kaneland bested the visiting T-Wolves of Indian Creek on Thursday by a score of 2-0.

KHS weapon Emily Heimerdinger once again showed an affinity for the net by scoring one goal in each half.

In less than ideal weather, the Lady Knights peppered 30 shots on goal compared to just three for ICHS.

Meanwhile, Coach Kevin Bickley’s JV roster is not only unbeaten in six matches, but has yet to score a goal.

On Thursday, the JV Lady Knights beat visiting Hampshire 4-0, behind two goals by Katie Taylor and two by Abby Bend.

On Friday, Kaneland varsity used a prolific second half to squash Morris, 5-0.

Braving strong wind gusts, Heimerdinger scored three goals and Haley Johnson contributed with a goal and assist. Colleen Gebauer had two assists, while Andi Bruce added a goal. Megan Gil also notched an assist.

On Tuesday, KHS fell victim to the visiting Geneva Lady Vikings 6-0.

Soccer faces host Glenbard South on Thursday, April 30, and goes to Mendota on Monday, May 4.

Photo: Bridget Crosby gets a header in the second half of Kaneland soccer’s home game against Indian Creek on Thursday. Kaneland won 2-0 with both goals scored by Emily Heimerdinger. Photo by John DiDonna

Lady Knights bring the goals in win over BC

by Mike Slodki
If Lady Knights soccer had more weeks like this, it’d put itself in pretty good shape.

A productive week leaves the Lady Knights at 4-3-1 through eight matches. Kaneland hosted Burlington Central on Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 6-0 win. Wednesday, April 15, saw KHS end the West Aurora Tournament with a 1-1 tie vs. Rochelle. KHS could have made it through with an undefeated week if not for a 2-1 Tuesday loss to DeKalb.

Against the Rockets, the Lady Knights went out to a 4-0 lead after the first 40 minutes and added two more goals in the second half.

Colleen Gebauer had a goal and assist, while Andi Bruce, Sophie Blank and Emily Heimerdinger also added goals. Amy Fabrizius scored an assist.

The Lady Knights finished the gauntlet a West Aurora with a 2-1-1 record, the second best in team history.

Down 1-0 after the first half against the Lady Hubs, Kaneland felt the pressure and was stopped on several close-range shots in the initial stages of the second frame.

A Blank save seven minutes in preserved the deficit and paved the way for a tie score. A rocket by Shelby Koester just outside the goalie box tied the score at one with 29:39 to go.

“I’m happy we salvaged a tie, because we did not play well in the first half,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. “We played much better in the second half; that I’m happy about. If we play well, we’re going to score. I told the girls that it shows how good they really are, to not play up to their potential and still manage a tie.”

Against the Barbs, Crosby scored after being fed by Heimerdiner’s assist, but the Lady Knights still suffered a loss in its first conference match.

The JV crew managed a 2-1 win over Plainfield North on Wednesday, April 15. Perla Gaytan and Katie Merlo found the net.

Varsity heads back on the pitch Thursday, April 23, vs. Indian Creek and Saturday, April 25, vs. Morris.

3/16 Soccer Notes

by Mike Slodki
Blackhawk down
A recent standing tradition for the Lady Knights crew is its April stop at West Aurora High School for the Blackhawk tournament.

Now in its fourth year of participating in the invite, Kaneland is 2-1 as of presstime. In 2008, the Lady Knights finished 2-2 in the four matchups-an improvement over the 1-3 finish of 2007.

The Lady Knights took the tournament in 2006 with a 2-0-2 finish.

Net-work
With the infusion of personnel like sophomore Emily Heimerdinger a year ago, Kaneland’s offense has given itself a fighting chance.

The Lady Knights have outscored the competition by a 14-8 count after five matches.

A year ago, Kaneland had just five goals through four contests, while giving up 10.

Battling Burlington
When the Lady Knights get back to the non-tournament swing of things, they’ll be facing the host Burlington Central Rockets on Saturday.

A member of the Big Northern East Conference, the Rockets are finding it difficult to match the good fortune of last year’s 12-8-1 finish. Currently at 1-5 on the season, BC is led by players like goalkeeper Kirby McMahon and forward Emma Bruderle.

Soccer (3-2) finding good fortune at West Aurora stop

Braving chilly temperatures and unforgiving defenses, Kaneland is doing well for itself in the opening chapters of the 2009 season.

Lady Knights soccer (3-2) opened the annual West Aurora Tournament with a bang as it handed Plano a 5-0 loss on Thursday, April 9.

The Lady Knights improved to 2-1 thanks to a prolific shoot attack. Emily Heimerdinger scored four goals while Bridget Crosby added one. Paige Rogers contributed with an assist.

KHS led 1-0 after the first 40 minutes of play.

KHS then suffered a tough 4-3 loss on Saturday to the host Blackhawks in a game that featured West Aurora coming back from a 3-0 deficit at halftime.

Crosby, Heimerdinger and Colleen Gebauer scored the goals, with Sarah Goodrich supplying an assist.

Continuing the Blackhawks escapade on Tuesday, Kaneland served up a 2-1 defeat to the Streamwood Sabres.

Crosby and Gebauer each scored for KHS while Heimerdinger had an assist.

The Lady Knights looked to end the tournament on a winning note vs. Western Sun Conference-mate Rochelle on Wednesday. A win would put the Lady Knights at 3-1 at West Aurora, their best finish.

Meanwhile, the JV team improved to 3-0 with a 5-0 shutout of Lake Park on Tuesday.

The Lady Knights travel to Burlington Central on Saturday, April 18, and host DeKalb on Tuesday, April 21.

Photo: Junior Thalia Garcia gets one of Kaneland’s many shots on goal in a 5-0 win over Plano last Thursday at the West Aurora Tournament. Kaneland spent almost the entire game on the attack against a second-year Plano squad. Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights subdue IMSA in opener

Kaneland girls soccer got the season off to a winning start with a rain-swept 4-0 win at Illinois Math & Science Academy in Aurora on Tuesday.

With drenched conditions and high winds, Kaneland had 18 shots on goal, hitting paydirt thanks to Emily Heimerdinger (twice), Colleen Gebauer and Shelby Koester.

Sophie Blank made five saves in goal.

Kaneland was up 3-0 after the first half.

The JV squad under coach Kevin Bickley took IMSA by a 6-0 final, thanks to goals by Judith Chavez (2), Katie Taylor (2), Abby Bend and Sam Wantuch.

The Lady Knights’ next test is at home vs. Rosary on Thursday, March 26.

Spring Sports Preview: Kaneland soccer looks to meet team-wide goals

by Mike Slodki
A year ago, Kaneland soccer coach Scott Parillo said his roster had a majority of young, eager players ready to attack the field.

As the 2009 season arrives, those players are returning, still eager and with a year of tough matches on their resume.

It all goes toward what the fifth-year coach hopes will be a successful season with 18 players.

“We are still relatively young, and we have more experience,” Parillo said. “I’m hoping we can finish games better and pull out some of the close ones.”

Looking to avenge a season-ending loss in May to Batavia in the Neuqua Valley Regional last May, Parillo brings back players like sophomore Emily Heimerdinger, a bona fide scoring option.

With those 18 goals, Heimerdinger at forward still serves to be a threat, but the setting will be different.

“She’s not going to surprise anyone this year, and they know about her. People will be reading about her a lot this year,” Parillo said.

Returning forwards also include Bridget Crosby and Amy Fabrizius.

On the midfield side of things look to be Colleen Gebauer and Thalia Garcia. Haley Johnson and Shelby Koester look to be midfielders and scoring options as well.

The defense is projected to have Megan Gil sweeping and Natalie Sevieca stopping. Sarah Goodrich and four-year entry Paige Rogers also help out the defensive side of things.

Returning in goal is Sophie Blank, who performed under fire as a freshman a year ago.

Savanna Castillo patrols midfield, and Savannah Webb joins the team as a defender. Anna Heinrichs, a sophomore, picks up the defense, as well. Andie Bruce is slotted at forward, while Brittany Chase looks to see some time in goal. Danni Garcia, who injured her knee three years ago as a freshman, looks to do damage at the forward spot.

While the conference looks to give Kaneland the usual fits, Kaneland looks to be anything but a pushover.

“Conference will be a challenge, and Sycamore has a couple of D-1 kids. We want to definitely have a .500 conference season and a .500 season. Those were goals that the kids set for themselves, and (we) want to surpass them,” Parillo said.

The season got underway on Tuesday at Illinois Math and Science Academy, with the conference season beginning on Monday, April 6, at Yorkville.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KHS girls lose in final seconds

Last year, Kaneland girls basketball fought to double overtime before losing to DeKalb at KHS.

With the same opponent, same setting and familiar drama, the same result happened.

DeKalb used clutch foul shooting as the seconds wound down on Friday to earn a 34-32 win over the Lady Knights. The loss dropped Kaneland’s record to 4-15 (1-9 Western Sun Conference). A year ago at this time, Kaneland was 7-12 (1-9 WSC).

Emily Heimerdinger led the way with a game-high 12 points, while Sara Rose and Alyssa Galvan had eight points each.

Kaneland was 12-for-30 from the field and 6-for-11 from the free-throw line.

The Lady Knights led 8-6 after one quarter, but fell behind 17-14 going into the locker room at halftime. KHS rallied to take a 25-24 lead after three quarters.

Late in the fourth quarter, DeKalb’s Ali Ford was fouled by Heimerdinger on a trey attempt and hit all three foul shots to go up 32-30. Heimerdinger then hit a shot to tie the score at 32 apiece. DeKalb’s Emily Murphy was then fouled on a shot attempt and made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to go up 34-32. Kaneland’s last gasp was a shot by Heimerdinger that was blocked.

In underclass action, the freshmen Lady Knights outlasted Burlington Central on Friday 40-27. Kaneland went out to a 12-0 lead after one and 22-4 after the first half.

McKinzie Mangers had 11 points and Ariel Geraghty added 10. Sophomore hoops action for the girls featured a 27-16 loss to visiting DeKalb on Thursday.

Kaneland freshmen defeated the Glenbard South faction by a final of 41-39 on Jan. 17, thanks to Kylie Siebert’s 10 points.

Upcoming varsity action has the Lady Knights hosting Rochelle at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29. Kaneland was scheduled to make up a contest vs. East Aurora on Wednesday.

Photo: Emily Heimerdinger ties the score with 20 seconds left during the Kaneland girls varsity game against DeKalb Friday night. The Lay Knights lost 34-32. Photo by John DiDonna

Lady Knights look to keep arrow pointing up

Girls hoops using seven seniors for lift in WSC

by Mike Slodki

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

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

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

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

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

            Hankes is playing collegiately at Elgin Community College this winter.

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

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

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

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

            Senior Alyssa Galvan provides minutes at the center position.

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

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

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

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

Hampshire deals out convincing loss to KHS girls

by Mike Slodki

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

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

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

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

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

            KHS cut the margin to 15-7 after one.

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

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

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

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