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UofI announces graduates, dean’s list

Champaign, Ill.—The following local residents were named May 2011 graduates of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Kerrington Brown, Melanie Carlson, Sara Gramley, Lauren Steidl, Michelle Weiland, all of Elburn; Adam Blazek, Jamie Fields, Andrew Herren, Bridgett Husk, Melanie Marr, John Payne, Ericka Rogers, Charlie Ward, Ryan Well, all of Sugar Grove; and Kathleen Stover of Maple Park

The following local residents were named to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester: Steven Boor, Kerrington Brown, Haley Davis, Lauren Farmer, Haley Johnson, Mark Michelson, Jacqueline Ream, Jared Shurtleff, all of Elburn; Whitney Christman, Thomas Cruger, Ryan Eberle, Jamie Fields, Bridgett Husk, Michael Vilim, Brian Weltzer, Jessica White and Victoria Zapata, all of Sugar Grove; and Hayden Johnson and Tyler Larson of Maple Park.

U of I names dean’s list

Champaign, ill.—The following local students have been named to the Dean’s lists for the 2010 fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Mark Michelson, Steven Boor, Melanie Carlson, Lauren Farmer and Haley Johnson, all of Elburn; Abigayle Vanderheyden, Emily Hopkins, Kristin Pitstick and Hayden Johnson, all of Maple Park; Bridgett Husk, Kapil Gudivada, Meghan Murphy, Michael Vilim, Adam Blazek, Tondera Ben, Brian Weltzer, Jessica White, Victoria Zapata and Ryan Eberle, all of Sugar Grove.

Dean’s list eligibility is limited to the top 20 percent of a student’s college class or curriculum. To be eligible for the Dean’s list recognition, students must complete at least 14 academic semester hours taken for letter grade.

Erickson Foundation awards scholarships

The Arnold and Mildred Erickson Charitable Foundation, Inc., awarded $49,600 in scholarships to graduates of Kaneland High School and Burlington Central High School.

Students receiving the awards include Hannah Bergman, Karla Blanco, Kelsey Borg, Bethany Doty, Michael Doty, Joshua Ehlers, Katherine Fabrizius, Page Foster, Margaret Gannon, Allison Gibble, Elizabeth Gibble, Lindsay Gruenke, Daniel Hagberg, Alexa Hill, Veronica Jenssen, Haley Johnson, Brittany Laggett, Nicholas Laggett, Samantha Laggett, Carrie Lund, Logan Markuson, Erin Martin, Joseph Martinez McWhorter, Emily Moxness, Christopher Ott, Stacy Pauli, Lauren Perucco, Lisa Roberson, Patrick Ruffolo, Joseph Russo, Shelly Santo, Ashley Schultz, Megan Shumaker, Taylor Slager, Julia Smith, George Spirakis, Kathleen Stover, Michael Sullivan, Brian Towell, Ashley Turk, Marissa Vokening, Samantha Wallace, Jennifer Weatherhead and Mariella Zavala.

Scholarship information is available at www.nabatco.com, and all application materials must be received by March 1, 2011, for scholarships pertaining to the 2011-12 academic year.

Local residents earn scholarships through the CFFRV

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently awarded 16 scholarships to southwestern Kane County residents for the 2010-11 academic year. The potential value of these scholarships over the next four years is $51,000.

The purpose of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students who are academically qualified to pursue an advanced education in their chosen field of study. Scholarships are established within the Community Foundation by individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, civic clubs and through bequests.

Local residents earning scholarships include Zachary Nolte of Elburn (Alexander Family Scholarship), Thomas Cruger of Sugar Grove (Wesley F. Fisher Memorial Scholarship), Luke Singer of Sugar Grove (Lee W. & Rosemary A. Jordan Scholarship), Stefanie Rempala of Sugar Grove (Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Illinois Dr. Harry Y. Greeley Medical/Healthcare Scholarship), Haley Johnson of Elburn, Anna Pauls and Jamela Thompson of Sugar Grove (J. Paul & Wanda H. Kuhn Scholarship), Jordan Rettig of Sugar Grove (Marguerite E. Miller Education Foundation Scholarship), Stephen Cervantes of Sugar Grove (Nicor Gas Scholarship), Lisa Roberson of Sugar Grove and Patrick Ruffolo of Montgomery (David B. Perry Scholarship), Joseph Gendusa of Sugar Grove (Moshe Jamil Rogers Memorial Scholarship), Michael Vilim of Sugar Grove and Jared Shurtleff of Elburn (Robert G. Schweitzer Scholarship), and Abigail Strong of Sugar Grove (Simons-Minkler Scholarship).

Citizens interested in creating scholarship funds to support the continuing education of southwestern Kane County students are invited to contact the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley by calling (630) 896-7800 or visiting www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.

The Community Foundation office is located at 111 West Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora.

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.

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

Going abroad

43 KHS students hone language skills while seeing Europe
by Paula Coughlan
Last fall, Kaneland High School Spanish teacher Michelle Jurcenko approached then-principal Tony Valente and the School Board with an idea of taking a group of students on a trip to Spain and France. Jurcenko spent three years in Copenhagen, Denmark and traveled to Europe several times besides living and teaching in Ohio, from where she twice led groups to Europe. She found these trips were a wonderful opportunity for students to use the language skills she had taught in class.

Despite concern that with the state of the economy there might not be much of a response, Jurcenko met with parents in February this year, and within five days, 43 students had filled the trip to capacity, with more on a waiting list.

Pre-trip meetings took place once a month so that the students could learn the ways of the cultures they would be visiting. For example, Jurcenko told them that although Americans are used to taking large slices of bread and buttering them, in European cultures people take small pieces and often there is no butter present on the table at all. The students also were taught how to navigate the European metro transportation system and were told what they would see.

Three weeks before the trip, Jurcenko met with the parents to give them the final details. They were told there would be a phone message system on which she would leave daily updates about the trip. A few of the students obtained international service on their cell phones so they could call home.

Each student had a laminated card with Jurcenko’s cell phone number and their hotel and tour-guide information; and they were told if they were separated from the group to get in a cab and go back to their hotel. On the back of the card was the exchange rate for American money and Euros so students could refer to it when buying something. Prior to the trip, the students were told to have $50 converted into Euros and to bring a debit or credit card that had the Visa or MasterCard logo.

Leaving on March 25, the first leg of the nine-day journey for the students and six school staff members was an eight-hour flight to Zurich, then a two-hour flight to Madrid. Most of the students had flown before, and a few had taken long overseas flights, although many were glad to get off of the last plane after a bumpy ride.

A typical day involved a tour in the morning, then two hours for lunch and free time, after which there might be another tour or time spent walking around the city. Students were always directed to meet at a certain spot after free time, and Jurcenko suggested that they take a picture of the meeting area including the street signs, so if they got lost they could show it to someone for directions.

In Madrid, Spain, the group visited cathedrals and the Prado Art Museum. Some students took an optional side trip to the medieval town of Segovia. There, they had a chance to see the Palm Sunday parade, which senior student Haley Johnson said was one of the most memorable parts of her trip. The students also met a visiting men’s Japanese indoor soccer team and had pictures taken with the team.

All the students visited Toledo, where they toured cathedrals and watched swordmaking.

In Madrid, the students stopped at a park called Retiro (parque de buen retiro). There, several of the girls from Kaneland’s soccer team saw some Spanish girls playing soccer and asked if they could play with them. The girls surprised their Kaneland coach, Scott Parillo, with a phone call to tell him they had just won a soccer game in Madrid: Maple Park 4, Madrid 1.

The next four days were spent in Paris after a 14-hour train trip during which they slept four to a small cabin. Half an hour outside of Paris, the students toured the famous Palace at Versailles. The palace has 2,000 rooms, so they were able to see only a few of them. They saw the famous gardens around the palace and visited the cathedral at Notre Dame and the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa.

At the Louvre, they saw the modern pyramid entrance to the museum, recognized by everyone who’d read “The DaVinci Code.”

Their guide had to cancel an outside tour on a rainy day in Paris, but found an indoor perfume-making demonstration instead. On a drier day, some students decided to take a cruise on the Seine River, embarking near the Eiffel Tower. They went to the top of the Eiffel Tower both during the day and on a 2-1/2 hour night trip which included a laser light show.

Breakfasts were at the hotels, but lunch and dinner were at local restaurants. The food in both Spain and France wasn’t a lot different from back home, they said. A common item at breakfast was croissants. Other meals in Spain featured egg and potato omelets and pasta. Some of the students decided to be adventuresome in France and ate snails and squid. There was also a medieval band at one of the Madrid restaurants, where the students danced the macarena.

Senior Megan Cline said it was difficult to understand some of the people in Spain because of how fast they spoke, but that she liked to challenge herself by speaking in complete sentences rather than just one-word responses. Haley Johnson said it was exciting for her to be immersed in the language that she has spent four years studying, adding that everyone she encountered was nice about letting her practice.

Junior Lindsay Jurcenko felt it was an awesome experience to use the language for the first time without textbooks or worksheets. She said she gained a much better understanding of the Spanish language. Johnson also said that through the trip, she gained the desire and knowledge she needed to go back to Europe on her own.

A favorite excursion for the students was the visit to the Eiffel Tower at night. All in all though, they seemed to enjoy Madrid most for its smaller, old-town quaintness.

Megan summed up the students’ feelings by saying that she realized after this trip that it is important to learn about the culture and languages of other countries.

“There is so much going on in the world outside of our small town, and it’s important to know what’s happening in the world, or you might miss out on something you’d love,” Megan said.

Future trips planned
Kaneland High School Spanish teacher Michelle Jurcenko hopes to lead a trip abroad every two years, varying the destinations each time. The first trip she coordinated at Kaneland
was to Europe this spring, through E. F. Educational Tours.

The company charges an average of $2,500 per person, which covers everything except lunch and gifts and a few of the side excursions. A 12-month payment plan is available. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible and do not have to be language students to go.
Parents or students who would like to inquire about the next trip may contact Jurcenko at Michelle.Jurcenko@kaneland.org.

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.

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.

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.

State group names KHS Illinois State Scholars

Kaneland—The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized 19,345 high school students from 752 different schools from across the state as 2010 Illinois State Scholars.

Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors. Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year.

“Excellent high school grades are tremendously important for laying the groundwork for future college success,” said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis. “Illinois State Scholars are the best and the brightest in our state’s high schools, and we salute them, their families and their teachers on this achievement.”

Earning the distinction from Kaneland were Jenna Bartel, Emily Butts, Kristyn Chapman, Megan Cline, Eric Dratnol, David Dudzinski, Joseph Garlinsky, Tara Groen, Amy Husk, Haley Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Brett Ketza, Kevin Krasinski, Micaela Lane, Logan Markuson, Melanie Mazuc, Vincent Micek, Alexandra Morefield, Joss Nicholson, Zachary Nolte, Tara Olson, Kasey Ostarello, Kylen Pattermann, Justin Phillips, Lisa Roberson, Erin Rodway, Patrick Ruffolo, Kelly Shaw, Nikki Smith, George Spirakis, Elizabeth Webb.

Girls XC powers through Sterling, Byron

Kaneland girls cross country continues toward the season’s homestretch in productive fashion.

The girls managed an eighth-place finish at their usual Sterling Invite stop with 236 points. The Lady Knights were ahead of Normal West (265) and Geneseo (314).

Schaumburg (29), Iowa City High School (61) and Loyola Academy (143) finished in the top three.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Lady Knights traveled to Byron for its Handicap Invite that featured staggered starts.

At Sterling, Schaumburg’s top three runners were also 1-2-3 in the 30-team race with junior Colette Falsey taking the crown at 18 minutes, eight seconds.

For KHS, Andie Strang topped the team’s roster with a 21st place showing of 19:28. In 48th place, freshman Abby Dodis continued her rise at 20:23.

“I just know that I can do it, so I just push myself to stay with the top girls,” Dodis said about her current progress. “Everyone just says to go out there and do the best you can.”

Kelly Evers was third for the Lady Knights with a time of 20:28, and Lisa Roberson finished 56th at 20:29. The race under sunny skies and 40-degree conditions had 203 runners.

“Once again our girls team responded to a big challenge, having their best team performance of the season,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “Andie Strang had her season’s best run. She looked strong throughout and is getting going at just the right time.”

At Byron, Kaneland took fourth with 77 points. Byron won the event with 18, and Rock Falls took second with 70 points.

Lady Knight Haley Johnson finished 10th with a time of 21:52, Kaitlin Munyon took 15th at 22:13, while Shaela Collins finished at 22:14.

This Saturday, Oct. 17, has the Lady Knights headed to Kishwaukee Junior College for the Western Sun Invite hosted by Rochelle at 9 a.m.

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.

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.