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Guyton still swinging wicked club

Storied KHS golfer sharpened skills at Illinois Women’s Open
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—For those that missed last week’s golfing performance from Sugar Grove resident and former Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton, she laughed while offering, “You didn’t miss much.”

That’s just the level of standard that the current Illinois State University women’s golfer and four-time IHSA State qualifier holds herself.

Guyton still managed to finish 39th at the July 25-27 2012 Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Ill. The pool of nearly 100 competitors was mostly concentrated in the Midwest.

“It was great to see people from the college meets there, and it’s good to compete against them in the summer,” Guyton said. “It’s fun to get to compare where we’ve been.”

Guyton managed to hold her own with scores of 76, 80 and 82.

Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., native Samantha Troyanovich took the open with a total tally of 215.

Guyton, who finished in second place at the 2009 IHSA State meet after a playoff, competes at around five tournaments a summer including a 2012 Naperville Women’s City Championship-best 76 back in June, when she’s not suiting up in the Bloomington-Normal, Ill. area for the Lady Redbirds.

But even Guyton can get rattled occasionally, which she admitted occurred in her first collegiate year.

“The level of competition and ability against the other teams was really high and you found yourself having to play differently, but I am golfing with a lot more confidence now,” Guyton said.

As part of a Redbirds squad that missed a Missouri Valley Conference crown by three strokes, Guyton is eager to show her skills with a year of collegiate play under her belt for a roster with multiple conference titles.

“I love getting out and playing all the courses, like the one at Missouri. I’m playing in the evenings and at the course all weekend, and I’m up for it and really excited. It didn’t sit well with us when we lost,” Guyton said.

Sixth-year ISU coach Darby Sligh has offered valuable help with Guyton’s game as it continues to transition.

“My coach really helped me, and now I’m really practicing with more confidence,” Guyton said. “I’m lacing the ball more.”

Guyton and the rest of the Redbird crew will putt against the field at its very own Redbird Invitational at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9. ISU also treks to the island of Oahu in March 2013 for the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.

Wherever the course, Guyton is using the action locally to up her golf game.

“I have a purpose out there.”

NIB-12 for Kaneland golf’s taking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KHS Prom Court

The Kaneland High School 2011 Prom Court includes Brian Dixon (left to right), Hayley Guyton, Michael Caballero, Hannah Schuppner, Queen Sophia Blank, King Curtis Secrest, Princess Amanda Schiff, Prince Corey Landers, Elaine Cannell, Christian Limbo, Allie Grossman and Drew French. Courtesy Photo

Where the Redbird golfs: Guyton to ISU in fall

Photo: Hayley Guyton, one of the more celebrated KHS golfers in recent memory, has committed to Illinois State University golf for the 2011-12 year. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights senior Hayley Guyton is set to move from trying to best Barbs and Foxes to getting the upper hand on Bears and Braves.

Such is life in the Missouri Valley Conference circuit of women’s golf, soon to be joined by Guyton.

The Sugar Grove resident signed a letter of intent this month to compete for Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. in the fall.
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Guyton will move closer to her previous home in the Decatur, Ill. area and remains relatively close to her current school district.

“I know I’m the type of person to get homesick and I still have a lot of friends and family down there,” Guyton said. “I know people going to school in Bloomington, Ill., so it just seemed like the perfect fit. It’s a home away from home and will be more comfortable.”

Head womens’ coach Darby Sligh is eager for what Guyton can bring to Normal.

“We’re incredibly excited to have her. She brings a wealth of experience, and it’s always nice to bring a little local flair to our golf program,” she said.

Guyton, who competed on the Kaneland boys squad under coach Mark Meyer, is ready for adjustments inherent with playing on the girls circuit.

“It’ll be different practicing with the girls all the time. It’s a great group of girls and I’m really excited to play with them,” Guyton said.

Guyton brings the sixth-lowest IHSA Statetournament score of 145, acheived as a junior when she finished second overall, and an eighth-place Class AA finish this past fall.

“I need to be more consistent and hit the ball further, because I want to travel my freshman year, I think that’d be really great. It’ll all help me in dealing with the college pressure,” Guyton said.

In the meantime, Guyton is taking a break from the links aside from the occasional lesson and weightlifting.

It’s a welcome calm leading to the next phase of Guyton’s golf story.

Kaneland High School rises up with fall sports awards

Photo: Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton, was one of the highlighted athletes recognized for her State trip during the fall season for girls’ golf. File Photo

KANELAND—It was time to think warmer thoughts at Kaneland High School, as Friday had the release of the Kaneland High School Fall Sports Awards.

The awards were announced at this late date due to the postseason success of the football squad.

For girls cross-country, the captain trio of Andie Strang, Jessica Stouffer and Kris Bowen were recognized for its service.

Shaela Collins and Kaitlin Munyon took home the most improved runners honor, and Strang was named most valuable runner. Strang, Ashley Castellanos and Jennifer Howland were named to the Northern Illinois Big XII All-Conference squad, and Howland was honored for her State qualifying appearance in Nov.

For the boys cross-country side, Trevor Holm was picked as most valuable runner. and Ryan Paulson took home the most improved runner honor. The Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength went to Tommy Whittaker. Grant Alef, Holm and Whittaker were recognized as captains.

The Golden Knight award, given to one runner in each grade level, was bestowed upon freshman Dylan Kuipers, sophomore Christopher Wido, junior Clayton Brundige and Tommy Whittaker.

Holm was honored for his standing in the NIB-12 All-Conference group, as well as being a State qualifier.

For football, Joe Camiliere, Jimmy Boyle, Taylor Andrews, Blake Serpa, Tyler Callaghan and Curtis Secrest were recognized as captains. Nick Michels won the most improved player nod, and the MVP honor went five ways with Camiliere, Boyle, Andrews, Serpa and Callaghan earning the honor.

Camiliere was named offensive MVP, while teammate Serpa took the defensive MVP. Quinn Buschbacher won the special teams MVP. A slew of Knights were named to the NIB-12 All-Conference team: Sam Komel, Ben Kovalick, Ryan Noel, Buschabcher, Sean Carter, Camiliere, Boyle, Serpa, Kyle Davidson, Jacob Razo, Callaghan and Andrews.

Concerning Kaneland golf, Anthony Sperando was named most improved player on the varsity level, and Hayley Guyton was named varsity MVP. Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar shared the frosh/soph MVP sward. Sean Glennon was awarded the frosh/soph most improved player award. Team leader Guyton was also lauded for her eighth place finish at the girls’ gold State gathering.

For the Lady Knights volleyball crew, Jessica Lubic took the most valuable player award. Katy Dudzinski was named top offensive player, and Kylie Siebert won top defensive player award. The Spirit Award went to Mackenzie Curran, while most improved player was won by Lauren Banbury.

Lubic and Dudzinski were honored for their spots on the NIB-12 Conference team.

For boys’ soccer, Alex Gil, J.P. Minogue, Thansi Pesmajoglou, Trevor Wolf and Derek White were honored for their captaincy. Alex Weiss and Jordan Escobedo were named co-most improved player, while Minogue and White took home the co-MVP award. Rookie of the Year went to Anthony Parillo. The Coach’s Award was given to Gil, Sam Rymarz, Alec Koczka and Pedro Perez.

All-Northern Illinois Big XII members were announced as White, Minogue, Escobedo, Gil, Chad Swieca and Parillo. Honorable mention members were Perez, Rymarz, Koczka, Wolf, Tyler Siebert, Weiss and Pesmajoglou.

Escobedo was named to the all-Sectional squad, and teammate Gil was an honorable mention.

Guyton secures eighth at Girls Golf State gathering

FORSYTH, Ill.—Hayley Guyton will always be remembered at Kaneland High School for what she pulled off on the golf course.

Now, she’ll be remembered throughout the State for what she did the last four years.

While not getting to the astounding heights of a year ago, when she was second in the IHSA 2A Girls Golf meet, the senior finished eighth in the state with a total score of 152 over the two-day festivities. Guyton was 11 back from champion Stephanie Miller of Stevenson High School.

Guyton shot a 77 on Saturday and a 75 on Friday.

The senior shot a 39 on the front end and 38 on the back nine. Guyton was sixth after the first day of swinging with a 40 on the front half and 35 on the back end.

In 2009, Guyton went to a playoff with eventual champ Kris Yoo of Conant, shooting a 145.

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Guyton gets last qualifying State spot after Sectional
KANELAND—This is becoming old hat for Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton.

Shooting an 80 at Monday’s IHSA Class 2A Sectional gathering hosted by LaGrange Park’s Nazareth Academy, Guyton made it into the Girls Golf State tournament as the last individual qualifier.

At Willow Crest Golf Club, Guyton was just behind Caitlan Smollen of Chicago’s St. Ignatius (79). Medalist was Glenbard West’s Brooke Kochevar with a 71.

On Oct. 6, Guyton qualified for Sectional with an 80 at the St. Charles East Regional held at St. Andrew’s Golf Course in West Chicago.

The IHSA Class 2A State battle takes place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Ill. Guyton’s Friday tee time is 10:09 a.m. on the tenth tee, along with Kelly Muskat of Barrington, Smollen and Krystal Garritson of Lockport.

Meanwhile, the Knight boys team saw their season end after Monday’s Freeport Sectional.

Finishing 11th out of 12 squads, Kaneland shot a 341. Freeport (307), Sterling (313) and Burlington Central (313) advance to State at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.

Coach Mark Meyer bids adieu to senior Josh Schuberg with the conclusion of the season, while fellow senior Guyton continues postseason golf.

Photo: Hayley Guyton gets some suggestions from her coach, Mark Meyer, before the start of the St. Charles East Regional tournament on Wednesday, October 6 at St. Andrews Golf Club in West Chicago. Hayley was the only Kaneland athlete competing. Photo by John DiDonna

Golfers win NIB-12 East, finish third at Regionals

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Looks like KHS has a bunch of straight shooters.

With a fantastic showing at the Northern Illinois Big XII gathering at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville that yielded a first place in the East Division, and a third-place nod at Tuesday’s Dixon Regional, the Knights golf team shot itself straight to Sectionals.

Thanks to a score of 328 on Tuesday at Timber Creek, the Knights’ third-place finish will send them to the sectional in Freeport on Monday, Oct. 11.

Dixon, with 307, and Sterling with 319, took the top two places.

For KHS, Troy Krueger’s 80 was tops for the Knights, followed by Josh Schuberg’s 82, and Zach Douglas’ and Luke Kreiter’s 83.

“My putting was a little off, but overall I did alright,” Douglas said. “I just try to take one or better on the holes against the other golfers.”

Dixon’s Mitch Homb shot a 70, earning him medalist honors.

Last week in Yorkville, Kaneland took its first conference championship in eight years, with a score of 316. DeKalb was second in the East in 321, and Yorkville took third at 324.

Dixon won the West side with 311.

Douglas (75), Hayley Guyton (78) and Krueger (81) earned all-conference honors.

“The conference title allowed us to reach our regular season goals and gives our team something to strive for in the coming years. We’re hoping that this year’s performance will set a precedent for upcoming seasons,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Photo: Kaneland’s Adam Grams (87 score), shown here in Dixon on Tuesday, makes the trip to Sectionals after enjoying a third-place nod. Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneland golf wins NIB-12 championship

The Kaneland golfers won the inaugural Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East championship Wednesday.

The Knights scored 316 points at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville, enough to outlast DeKalb (321) and host Yorkville (324).

Individually, Zach Douglas (2nd, 75), Hayley Guyton (9th, 78) and Troy Krueger (16th, 81) earned All Conference honors.

The Knights won the overall season championship, which included conference dual meet points and the conference tournament results. DeKalb finished second in the conference, Yorkville third, and the bottom three were Sycamore, Morris and Rochelle.

Coach Mark Meyer’s golf squad had a meet canceled at Belvidere North on Monday, but not before finishing third out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingston’s Fran Noyes Invite Saturday.

Kaneland golf powers through Indian Creek, Plano in nice week

KANELAND—Kaneland earned two wins over rivals from the Interstate Eight Conference and the Little Ten.

Hughes Creek was the site of a three-team battle between Kaneland, Plano and Indian Creek. The Knights’ team score of 154 bested Indian Creek’s 169 and Plano’s 180.

Leading the charge for the Knights was an exceptional 38 score, shot by both Hayley Guyton and Josh Schuberg. Troy Krueger and Adam Grams both came through with 39 each.

Indian Creek’s Alex Bremner was meet medalist with a 36, while Plano’s top tally was Corey Clevenger with a 39.

Other scores for Kaneland included Zach Douglas with a 47 and Luke Kreiter with a 49 score.

Ahead for the Knights golf squad is a trip to the Genoa-Kingston Invite on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m., followed by a road excursion to Belvidere North High School on Monday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

Golf takes care of H-BR, Yorkville, Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Don’t look now, but the Kaneland golf roster (4-2, 2-0 NIB-12) could be stacking some wins together, thanks to stacking productive shots.

On Sept. 8 at Hughes Creek, the Knights routed Hinckley-Big Rock 160-227, and solved host Yorkville at Blackberry Oaks on Thursday by a final of 156-161.

Against the Royals, the best scores were courtesy of Troy Krueger at 38, Zach Douglas at 39 and Hayley Guyton at 40.

In the razor-thin win against the Foxes, Josh Schuberg earned a 37, followed by Guyton’s 38 and a 40 from Krueger.

Guyton emerged with a nice score but felt she could have done even better.

“I was parring every single hole and it was an exciting round, but on the last hole I had a decent approach shot, but it hit the tree and went into the water,” Guyton said.

Tuesday had Kaneland use a 39 from both Adam Grams and Douglas in a 163-171 win over Sycamore

The Knights go with Indian Creek to visit Plano on Monday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Junior Zach Douglas lines up his put during Thursday’s win over Yorkville. Photo by Mike Slodki

Knight golfers fall at Sterling in NIB-12 action

STERLING—In a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover matchup, Kaneland golf was passed over.

The rival Golden Warriors of Sterling took care of Kaneland with a 149-162 clip, lowering the KHS dual meet mark to 1-2.

Despite the less-than-positive result, encouraging showings took place at Emerald Hill G.C.

Hayley Guyton, Zach Douglas and Josh Schuberg each shot a 40 score, and Luke Kreiter managed a 42.

Coming up for KHS, a matchup at Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Golf takes swings at NIB12 foes

KANELAND—Kaneland golfers had a nice go of it at Rochelle Golf Club on Wednesday, Aug. 25, taking care of their conference rival by a 163-195 score.

They followed that with more dual action on Tuesday at Hughes Creek, but fell to the visiting DeKalb Barbs 154-163.

The Knights are now 1-1 in dual action.

Leading the way against Rochelle was senior standout Hayley Guyton who shot a 36, good for medalist honors. Teammates Luke Kreiter shot a 42, continuing his early-season momentum from an 80 score at the Geneva Invite. Josh Schuberg also shot a 42, and Adam Grams managed a 43.

Rochelle’s Calvin Anthenat was tops for the Hubs with a 40.

In JV action, Kaneland emerged with a 170-242 victory, thanks to Matt Yonkovich’s 39.

Against the Barbs, Guyton managed a 37 score, while Schuberg shot a 39 and Kreiter had a 43 tally.

The JV ranks came away with a 177-182 win.

Coming up for the varsity troops: a visit to Sterling on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.

Golf gets opening shots at Geneva, Limestone

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Out of the gate, it’s a decent start for Kaneland High School golf after two meets.

Meanwhile, senior cornerstone Hayley Guyton is leading the Knights pack with a more than decent start.

Thursday marked the crowded Geneva Invite at Mill Creek in Geneva, and ended with KHS placing 12th out of 21 teams with a score of 317.

Geneva took its own invite (291) over second-place St. Charles East (295). Bartlett, Geneva’s “B” squad and Batavia rounded out the top five.

Guyton impressed with a 72 score, and finished third overall in the individual tallies.

Teammate Luke Krieter shot an 80, followed by Troy Krueger at 82, Josh Schuberg at 83, and Zach Douglas and Adam Grams at 88 apiece.

At the Limestone Invite near Peoria, Kaneland tied for eighth place with Batavia at 328 points.

Guyton again led the Kaneland crew with a 79 score, followed by Krueger and Grams with 81 each.

Kaneland coach Mark Meyer likes the early trajectory.

“I like to compare scores from the previous year, and I had expected the team to perform better this year,” Meyer said. “To say the least, the team didn’t disappoint. Our team score at Geneva was 10 strokes better than last year, and our team score at Limestone improved by 39 strokes. The best part is that I still think we can lower our scores throughout the season.”

Knights golf tries to handle host Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton gets her swings in during Monday’s practice at Bliss Creek in Sugar Grove. Guyton is off to a hot start for coach Mark Meyer’s squad, shooting a 72 at the Geneva Invite and a 79 at the Limestone Invite. Photo by Mike Slodki

Golf’s fab ‘fore’

Guyton, Douglas, Krueger, Schuberg head up 2010 team
KANELAND—If anything, KHS golf returns in 2010 with some experience at State.

As in second place in the State.

Senior Hayley Guyton comes off a stellar showing in 2009 in the Girls State tournament, to be an important part of the boys golf team in 2010.

Guyton joins Kaneland returning assets Josh Schuberg, a senior, and juniors Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger, in having sectional experience from a year before.

“She’s continuing to play really well,” sixth-year coach Mark Meyer said. “Luckily for us, we have quite a few players that have decided to step up their game. We’re going to have a good strong core at the top.”

Schuberg, Douglas and Krueger provide stability for a team that will have some varsity holes to fill.

“Those three made it into sectionals last year which was exciting, and it’s exciting that they’re all coming back.”

Adam Grams also returns to the links ready to help out, bringing the collective tenure of the team up.

“We are going to have a couple of freshman that will probably play a little bit on varsity, and they’ll have to get ready for playing on the varsity team,” Meyer said about personnel like Brody Kuhar.

Last year’s Knights finished 5-7 in dual competition and hope to accentuate the positive.

“We have a little more depth now than last year. Now we’re playing only seven people per conference match. There’s no doubt that one-through-seven we’ve got some solid golfers,” Meyer said.

Solid and more is what the Knight golfers will have to be to get to postseason glory.

Hayley has set pretty high goals for herself at the end with the State tournament. We’ll get together to set some team goals. I’m sure Hayley is looking forward to the girls tournament at the end of the season and understands that she maybe played the best golf of her life at State. If she gets hot at the end of the season, anything can happen. For the boys that made a dent at the end of the season, they’re looking to get back, and I wouldn’t be surprised if our team as a whole made a dent in the postseason,” Meyer said.

Beginning the season this past Monday, the first conference action begins on Wednesday, Aug. 25 in Rochelle, with the NIB-12 meet on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Kaneland shines spotlight on fall athletes with awards

Monday saw Kaneland High School dish out their annual awards for the fall sports season.

For girls cross country, Shelby Koester and Lisa Roberson were recognized by the team as captains, while Shaela Collins and Jessica Stouffer won the most improved runners nods. Junior Andie Strang took home the Most Valuable Runner award and was also recognized for her all-Western Sun Conference nomination.

In Knights golf action, the varsity most improved player award was given to Adam Grams, while Most Valuable Player was Hayley Guyton. Rhys Childs took home the frosh/soph MVP, and Dan Miller was named the frosh/soph most improved player. Guyton was also lauded for her second-place finish at the girls’ golf State gathering.

For soccer, Kevin Szatkowski, Marcos Dorado, Joe Garlinsky and Genaro Garcia were recognized as captains, and Alex Dorado and Sam Rymarz were given coach’s awards. Jake Tickle won the most improved player award, while J.P. Minogue was named team MVP thanks to his play in goal. Marcos Dorado, Derek White and Minogue were named to the All-WSC squad, while Dorado was also named the 2009 All-Sectional team.

For the tennis troops, Randi Bader, Lindsay Jurcenko and Kelsey Lenhardt were recogznied as garnering the best individual records this season with 18-7 records. Most Valuable Player awards were dished out to Jurcenko, Olivia Emmanouil and Liz Webb. Bader, Webb, Megan Cline and Mel Mazuc were recognized as captains. Jordyn Withey took home the team spirit award, while Stephanie Rosenwinkel and Jess Woodward nabbed the most improved player honors.

For the State-going boy cross country, Joe Levita, Edgar Valle, Dominic Furco, Matt Reusche and Logan Markuson were recognized as captains.

Trevor Holm and Reusche took the most valuable runner awards, while Levita was named most improved runner. Valle and Markuson were given the Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength. The Golden Knight award, given to one representative of each grade level, was given to freshman Brad Kigyos, sophomore Jake Ginther, junior Tommy Whittaker and to Furco, a senior.

Reusche and Holm were lauded for their nomination to the all-Western Sun Conference team.

John Meisinger, Ginther, Billy Hart, Nate Rehkopf, Conor Johnson, Holm, Reusche, Levita, Valle, Furco, Markuson, Whittaker and Clayton Brundige were recognized as State qualifiers.

For the playoff-going Knight football team, Brock Dyer, Ryley Bailey, Brett Ketza, Eric Dratnol and Derek Bus were recognized as captains, while Kyle Davidson won the most improved player award. Dratnol was named the Most Valuable Player. Bailey was named the offensive MVP and Taylor Andrews won the defensive MVP award.

Bailey, Joe Camaliere, Andrews, Tyler Callagahan, Dratnol, Ketza, Jimmy Boyle and Blake Serpa were given all-WSC honors, as mentioned in last week’s Elburn Herald.

In volleyball, Jessica Lubic was named the Most Valuable Player, while Katy Dudzinski was given the top offensive player nod. Kylie Siebert won the top defensive player nod. Tara Groen was named best server, and Meredith Ament took home the spirit award. Mackenzie Curran won the most improved player nod, and Lubic and Dudzinski were nominated for the all-Western Sun Conference roster.

Photo: Tennis asset and tri-MVP Lindsay Jurcenko was one of the many KHS athletes noted for exceptional play during the fall season. File Photo

Kaneland’s Guyton finishes second at girls golf State

by Mike Slodki
It was almost a charmed State trip for Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton.

A team captain and a three-time State goer, Guyton was tied at the end of regulation play with a score of 145, but bogeyed on the par four playoff hole.

Meanwhile, Conant’s Kris Yoo won her second straight Class 2A State championship at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

Guyton’s journey to the elite grouping marks the best finish for a KHS golfer in history.

“I think I accomplished a lot by getting all the way to second,” Guyton said. “I think I’ve improved a lot since freshman year.”

Guyton’s 2007 State trip saw her finish in 68th place, while last year’s excursion had her finish 42nd.

The most encouraging aspect of Guyton’s game, according to the junior, was something that she originally had thought of as a weaknes.

“My putting got really good down there. Usually I’m not that great at putting. All the girls were really good that were golfing with me,” Guyton said.

The junior was one over par after 18 holes of action. Ember Schuldt of Sterling was in third place at three over. Homewood-Flossmoor won the team title.

With the golf season now concluded, Kaneland golf sees the departure of seniors Andrew Eberle, J.C. Gillett, Jon Hedrick, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese and Kyle Straughn.

Photo: Lady Knight junior Hayley Guyton did coach Mark Meyer’s roster proud with a second-place medalist showing in Carbondale, Ill. at the girls golf Class 2A State final. Conant’s Kris Yoo out-performed Guyton in a playoff. Photo by Mike Slodki

Lady Knight Guyton makes it three times to State

Kaneland golf’s postseason presence is not quite done with yet.

While the boys golf team’s action was shut down for 2009 after Monday’s Class 2A sectional, girls golfer Hayley Guyton performed well enough to advance to the 2009 Class 2A State gathering Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 18, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

With a score of 75, Guyton finished second and secured a trip to State for the third time in her high school tenure. Abbie Horan of Lakes High School in Lake Villa was sectional champ with a mark of 73.

With her performance at Ingersoll Golf Club in Sterling, Guyton moves on to State, where she tries to improve her last two State appearances. The junior shot a 172 in 2007 to finish 68th and a 167 in 2008 to finish 42nd overall.

“I feel a lot more confident this time around. I feel like my short game is really good and improved,” Guyton said. “I just need to relax, and I want to see if I can make the top 10.”

On the boys end at Emerald Hill in Sterling, Josh Schuberg shot an 83, while Troy Krueger managed an 88, and Zach Douglas shot an 89. Mitchell Homb of Dixon was the medalist with 70, and Dixon and Galesburg scored 317 and 322, respectively to advance to State as a team.

Golf sends three to Class 2A Sectionals

With the end of the regular season, the Knights golf team goes home as a unit, but several individual golfers fight another day.

At Class 2A regionals for the boys golfers at Senica Oak Ridge Golf Course, hosted by LaSalle-Peru, Knights Josh Schuberg (83), Troy Krueger (83) and Zach Douglas (85) advance to sectionals at Emerald Hill GC on Monday, Oct. 12.

Last Wednesday in Yorkville, the Knights finished fifth out of eight teams at Whitetail. With a score of 330, the Knights beat Sycamore (337) and Rochelle (338).

Yorkville was the Cinderella winner at 307, while Batavia (318), DeKalb (322), Glenbard South (322) and Geneva (325) rounded out the standings.

Andrew Morreale of DeKalb shot a 75 to gain the individual medalist honor.

Hayley Guyton, who now goes her own route to compete at girls postseason at Timber Point Golf Course, shot an 80 to excel for Kaneland. Troy Krueger shot a 96.

Guyton placed first at the Belvidere North regional with a 78. She advances to the Rockford (Guilford) Sectional at Ingersoll Golf Course in Rockford on Monday.

Golf gears up for homestretch

Kaneland golfers had satisfactory outings vs. Belvidere North and at the Fran Noyes Invite, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

On Monday against the fledgling vistors, the Knights improved to 5-7 in dual competition with a 176-183 win at Hughes Creek.

On Saturday, out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingston, KHS took 11th with a score of 86.

Monday saw Hayley Guyton shoot a 42, good for medalist honors. Troy Krueger managed a 44, followed by J.C. Gillett and Josh Schuberg hitting a 45.

On the JV front, the Knights took care of Belvidere North by a 186-205 final. Sean Glennon and Adam Grams shot a 46, while Rhys Childs and Anthony Sperando found a 47 on the course to key the victory.

In the Noyes Invite, which uses Stableford scoring, incorporating higher point totals for successful shots on the course, Kaneland’s total was ahead of Timothy Christian’s 86, and behind Rockford Christian’s 88. Rockford Lutheran (126) and Rockford Boylan (113) finished with the two best days.

“It rewards birdies and eagles more than pars, and it’s kind of fun. The kids need to try and be aggressive,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said on Saturday.

As the regular season hits its end, Meyer looks for the regionals to be the Knights’ time to shine.

“Our eyes are set first on the conference,” Meyer said. “We want to finish a couple slots higher than we are at the beginning, either sixth or seventh. The kids that do well at regionals are the ones that can settle their nerves a little bit. The regionals have been on the calendar since the beginning of the year, and those that are confident enough look forward to that.”

Tuesday, Oct. 6, sees KHS hit the LaSalle-Peru Regional, with sectionals hosted by Sterling on Monday, Oct. 12.

Knights golf goes 2-2, gears up for homestretch

While the Kaneland golf team earned some nice non-conference wins this past week, Western Sun Conference competition provided a tad tougher.

On Thursday, the Knights (4-7, 2-5 WSC) lost a 168-172 clash to host Glenbard South. On Monday at Hughes Creek in Elburn, Kaneland’s score of 164 bested both Indian Creek (171) and Plano (182).

Tuesday had the Knights drop a 153-165 matchup with Batavia at Fox Valley G.C.

Against the Raiders, Josh Schuberg shot a 42, as did Zach Douglas. Hayley Guyton managed a 43, while Tyler Hochsprung shot a 45.

Taking on the Bulldogs, Kaneland had to deal with a solid 36 from Batavia’s Tim Schofield.

Troy Krueger and Guyton shot a 40, while Schuberg hit a 41. Hayden Senese contributed a 44 for the Knights.

On the JV end, Batavia took the meeting in a 177-187 affair.

Adam Grams shot a 45.

Varsity golfers travel to Genoa-Kingston for the G-K Invite on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. The Knights also host Belvidere North on Monday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

Golf outshoots Rochelle, drop matchup with Yorkville

It was a win some, lose some week for the Knights golf squad.

On Monday, KHS golf lost a 155-175 decision to the Yorkville Foxes.

However, Kaneland followed that up with a Tuesday win vs. Rochelle by a 165-173 mark to bring its record to 2-4 in dual action.

Yorkville’s Conor McCormack shot a 32 against the Knights. The top score for the Knights was asset Hayley Guyton, who shot a 41. J.C. Gillett managed a 43, while Josh Schuberg shot a 44. Hayden Senese was close behind with a 47.

The JV roster lost a 177-188 matchup with Yorkville despite the best efforts of Rhys Childs and Ryan Goodenough, who both shot 45.

On Thursday, the Knights lost a 157-166 battle with the DeKalb Barbs. Cody Schmitt of DHS shot a 38 to clinch medalist honors, while Guyton and Gillett shot 41’s. Schuberg and Tyler Hochsprung shot 42’s.

Against the Hubs, Troy Krueger shot a clutch 38, while Tyler Hochsprung managed a 42, as did Guyton.

Schuberg and Senese both shot 43 in the winning cause.

The JV Knights defeated Rochelle, 177-213. Luke Kreiter propelled Kaneland to a win with a 43 score, followed by Dan Miller at 44.

Kaneland gears up for host Glenbard South on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Golf follows that matchup with a home clash against Indian Creek and Plano on Monday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.

Golfers clipped by Geneva

by Mike Slodki
GENEVA—Kaneland found itself on the wrong end of a 157-165 loss at Mill Creek against Geneva, but feels it’s not that far away from going club-to-club with the area elite.

“I hope they take away the fact that they could have done a little bit better, because I think they know they can,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said about the 1-3 Knights. “We’ve got some conference matches we can absolutely take this year, and I think we have a stronger team than in the past couple years. I don’t think we’ll be too satisfied with the scores we shot today.”

For Kaneland, entry Hayley Guyton shot a 39, followed by Tyler Hochsprung with a 40, and Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger shooting 43 each.

“I felt like I would be OK because I’ve played out here a lot,” Guyton said after a productive outing. “I’ve been playing decent, so I thought it would be a pretty good day.”

Geneva’s Jeff Lapetina beat all with a 37.

The JV crew lost a 155-179 affair with Geneva, despite a 41 by Luke Kreiter.

The golfers host DeKalb at Hughes Creek on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. and travel to the Batavia Invite on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m.

Golfers edge Spartans, fall to Marengo Indians

For now, everything’s coming up snake-eyes for the Kaneland High School golfers.

The Knights are 1-1-1 in dual competition, but came away with a tight win against rival Sycamore on Tuesday at Hughes Creek. That followed a 167-174 loss to Marengo on Thursday.

The win over Sycamore went Kaneland’s way after both teams were tied at 166. But the top four scores for Kaneland out-performed Sycamore’s top four entries.

Heroes for KHS included Hayden Senese (41), Troy Krueger (41), Tyler Hochsprung (42) and Hayley Guyton (42).

Sycamore’s Alex Schultz golfed a 37.

The JV Knights lost to the Spartans by a 175-188 mark. Top scores for Kaneland included Mitch Gemini’s 45 and Luke Kreiter’s 46.

Against Marengo, Guyton shot a 40 to get medalist honors, while Krueger and Josh Schuberg shot 43 each. Zach Douglas managed a 48. Marengo’s Jake Tucker keyed the Indians’ win.

The JV crew took care of business against the Indians with a 190-198 win. Knight Rhys Childs rose to the occasion with a 45 score, followed by Gemini’s 46, Ryan Goodenough’s 49 and Kreiter’s 50.

Photo: Josh Schuberg in action Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

Golfers drop opening dual at Wheaton Academy

ST. CHARLES—Kaneland High School golf had a fairly good total of its top four scores on Monday at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

Unfortunately, host Wheaton Academy’s total was more exceptional.

Monday’s first dual meet of the year for the Knights ended up in a 141-161 loss to the Warriors.

For WA, the top scores were had by Jeff Berg at 34, David Flynn and Blake Biddle at 35 and CJ Urbanowski at 37.

For KHS, best score was by Josh Schuberg at 38, followed by Tyler Hochsprung, Adam Grams and Hayley Guyton at 41.

Fall sports preview: Kaneland golf hope youth is strong

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—While Kaneland High School golfers are sure to be missing a senior presence from last year, the younger golfers moving up bring experience.

Coach Mark Meyer, now in his fourth season, is eager to see what the Knights crew is capable of.

“We are pretty young for sure; golfers that didn’t get a lot of varsity time are going to be stepping up, but it does make a difference,” Meyer said.

The golfers returning include J.C. Gillette, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese, Jon Hedrick and Josh Schuberg.

Also returning is fixture Hayley Guyton, who comes back as a junior after competing in tournaments in the summer and a top-50 finish at the IHSA Girls Golf State meet.

“She makes steady progress each year. There has never really been a dramatic drop in her scores, because she started out so low anyway,” Meyer said.

After tryouts, the Knight golfers are still situating their top six, which will include senior captain Gillette and junior captain Guyton, but Meyer said that big things are capable from sophomores like Troy Krueger, Adam Grams and Zach Douglas.

This campaign will also mark the final Western Sun Conference venture for the golfers before moving on to the Northern Illinois Big 12 in the fall of 2010.

“I’m excited about the new conference and new teams. They’re teams we haven’t played before. It’s tough to leave teams behind, because you build relationships with the other coaches, and the players get to have friendships with other players on other teams,” Meyer said.

Kaneland golf kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Geneva Invite, while going into conference play on Tuesday, Sept. 1, vs. Sycamore.

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