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Winter sports awards, NIB-12 honors dished out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D302 Board honors Illinois State Scholars

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

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

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

KHS bowlers see season end in Roselle

ROSELLE—When DeKalb and Lake Park are in your bowling sectional, it could make for a long morning.

Despite a valiant effort and amassing more pins than five other squads, Kaneland’s bowling season came to an end on Saturday in Roselle at the Lake Park Sectional.

Advancing to State was Lake Park (5,693) and DeKalb (5,670). Kaneland finished 13th out of 18 units with a total of 4,175, 14 pins better than Streamwood. The Lady Knights finished 12th out of 18 a year ago in Sycamore.

The top overall bowler was Lake Park’s Jessica Fuja with 1,311 pins felled. Out of the Northern Illinois Big XII schools, DeKalb senior Brandi Underwood left with 1,252 pins.

The State gathering is on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford, Ill.

The Lady Knights bid farewell to seniors Colleen Ryan and Holly Thomas, with the end of the 2010-11 season at hand.

Bowling’s regular-season end features wins over Geneva, IMSA

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—With the 2010-11 regular season in a true homestretch, the only way to begin a busy week of competition for Kaneland bowling turned out to be the most ideal.

The Lady Knights improved to 3-12 on the season with their second consecutive victory over Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2,354-2,259. Kaneland followed that up with a win on Thursday, Jan. 27, at IMSA, by a final of 2,369-2,087.

Kaneland also lost to visiting Lisle on Monday in the regular season finale by a final of 2,742-2,216.

Leading the way against the Lady Vikings was Holly Thomas with a 489 series and Morgan Wojciechowski with a 485 accompanying series.

Top games were bowled by Thomas at 192 and Wojciechowski at 188.

Geneva’s Nicole Missele bowled a meet-high 525 series.

Taking the fight to the Lady Titans was Thomas with a 518 series and Seleana Isaacs with a 434 series. Thomas, with efforts of 199 and 180, produced the high games for Kaneland.

Facing Lisle, high series were bowled by Isaacs at 493 and Thomas at 392.

Coach Jim McKnight said he was pleased that the team was able to garner two late-season wins and thinks that could mean good things.

“The sectional has 18 teams, and some very tough schools,” McKnight said. “We absolutely have to bowl our best and see what happens. We have a lot of young bowlers, and the inexperience might work to their advantage, and the girls might not be worried about how loud it’s going to be and how the atmosphere is going to be.”

Sophomore Wojciechowski is eager to see what the sectional holds after a productive rookie campaign.

“I think I’m doing pretty good,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s my first year; I started out well and somehow I ended up really good. I’m going to try not to get nervous because then I’ll feel like I’ll be a little bit worse.”

Closing out the 15 dual-meet season this past Monday and conference on Saturday, all that’s left are postseason aspirations, in the form of IHSA sectionals at Brunswick Zone in Roselle, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m.

Hosted by Lake Park High School, the 18-school meet will feature NIB-12-mates DeKalb and Sycamore, and familiar opponents like Jacobs, Dundee-Crown, Geneva, Huntley, St. Charles East and St. Charles North.

A year ago, Kaneland finished 12th of 18 at the Sycamore Sectional (won by DeKalb) with 4,611 pins to its total.

Bowling drops two NIB-12 meetings

Kaneland—Kaneland bowling, despite a 1-11 dual record, is still raring to go against any Northern Illinois Big XII opponent on its schedule.

The Lady Knights just hope their fortunes turn around sooner rather than later.

Kaneland spent Thursday afternoon battling visiting Ottawa of the NIB-12 West and lost a 2,647-2,446 affair at Mardi Gras Lanes.

On Tuesday, KHS took a trip to Rochelle, where it lost 2,779-2,468.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was senior Holly Thomas, who bowled a team-high series of 484. Junior teammate Seleana Isaacs was close behind with a 455 series.

High games for KHS were bowled by Isaacs at 181 and Thomas at 167.

On the JV end, the Kaneland squad fell 2,227-1,797. High series was bowled by Madi Bluml at 316, followed by Michelle Bohanek at 312. High game came in the form of Alex Hornback’s 124.

Against the Lady Hubs, Thomas’ 535 series was best on the team and second-best for the meet. Anne Salerno was next for Kaneland with a 447 series. Top games were bowled by Salerno at 198 and Thomas at 188. Rochelle’s JV earned a 1,750-1,648 win over the Lady Knights.

The Lady Knights now prepare for a trip to Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Bowlers lose to L-P

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights bowling might have to wait until this weekend for some holiday cheer.

A meeting at Mardi Grad Lanes against the LaSalle-Peru lady Cavaliers resulted in a 2,958-2,314 loss, which dropped Kaneland to 1-6 on the season.

Seleana Isaacs had the team-high series for the first time this season, bowling a 452. Holly Thomas bowled a 428 series to help the cause.

Top games were had by Thomas (188) and Isaacs (163).

The JV crew lost a 2,328-1,793 matchup, despite a 343 series by Kayley Larsen.

Kaneland now rests until Tuesday, Jan. 4, when it clashes with host Lisle.

KHS bowling run over by crossovers

KANELAND—Kaneland is still patrolling the lanes for its first dual win in the early goings of 2010-11.

Lady Knights bowling suffered a NIB-12 crossover setback on Thursday in Dixon by a final of 3,249-2,330.

Senior leader Holly Thomas held her own against the Duchesses, per usual, with a team-high 505 series and a team-high 178 game.

Behind Thomas was junior teammate Seleana Isaacs, who bowled a 457 series and a high game of 168.

In JV play, Kaneland fell to Dixon by a final of 2,828-1,598. Madi Bluml led KHS with a series of 365.

Against the Streator unit on Monday, KHS lost in a road contest 3,019-2,376.Thomas had a series of 472, marked by a high game of 163.

Seleana Isaacs bowled a 435 series and a 166 game.

For Streator, Sam Green was tops with a 607 series.The JV ranks lost 2,031-1,797.

Monday, Dec. 13, marks the next challenge for the 0-4 Lady Knights in the form of Illinois Math & Science Academy.

Kaneland bowlers lose to DeKalb in opener

Photo: Kaneland’s Madi Bluml, shown here at a recent practice, helped the JV effort against DeKalb on Nov. 23. File Photo

KANELAND—With many new faces, KHS bowling is still trying to gel, and still looking for an early win.

In the season opener, Kaneland fell to DeKalb at Mardi Gras Lanes on Tuesday, 3,046-2,314.

The high series for the Lady Barbs was bowled by Brandi Underwood, who struck a 655 series. Teammate Alyssa Mershun was next with a 517 series.

For Kaneland, senior anchor Holly Thomas bowled a 571 series, with a meet-high game of 236. Thomas also bowled a 169 game, as well.

Accompanying series were bowled by Seleana Isaacs at 407 and Amanda Strayve at 374.

The Lady Knight JV ranks had a tough 1,910-1,647 loss to DeKalb, despite the efforts of Michelle Bohanek.
The freshman bowled a team-high 323 series, highlighted by a 147 game.

On Tuesday against visiting Sterling, the varsity lost 3,165-2,100, despite a 445 series from Thomas (high game 165). The JV team lost by a 2,363-1,507 tally.

The varsity troops were scheduled to head to Dixon on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Winter sports preview: Thomas leads bowling down Kaneland lane

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How do you try to build on a team that went 3-10 (1-6 Western Sun Conference) and had a large number of departures?

Holly Thomas, senior anchor and an influx of eager new bowlers might go a long way in accomplishing that.

“Holly has already rewritten most of the record book for bowling at Kaneland,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “We already know she’s the captain, she’s the leader. We just hope some of the others can come through.”

With Seleana Isaacs, Madi Bluml and Angela Charhut also returning from the 2009-2010 experience, coach Jim McKnight is encouraged at the early outset of practice.

Other varsity and JV fixtures include Alex Hornback, Colleen Ryan, Morgan Wojciechowski, Marissa Avery, Michelle Bohanek, Kayley Larson, Amy Trotier, Raeven Smith and Amanda Strayve.

“We’re hoping that with all the new blood on the team that they will look to Holly for leadership and for example, and so far they’ve been doing a real good job,” McKnight said. “We literally had to start from square one.”

Regardless of the experience, McKnight is encouraged by the initial atmosphere.

“At the last minute, we got a bunch of girls that we weren’t even expecting. I’m seeing more from some of these newer girls and real surprised at the progress,” McKnight said.

Among the biggest new wrinkles in the season is the emergence of the Northern Illinois Big XII conference, Kaneland’s second new conference in five years.

“With the exception of schools like LaSalle-Peru and Streator, we’ve seen most of these other schools.Teams like Sterling and Dixon are perennially very strong,” McKnight said.

Bowlers end regular season, gear up for sectionals

Kaneland bowling fell just 28 points short of matching Illinois Math & Science Academy during a battle at St. Paul’s School in Aurora on Thursday afternoon.

With the 2,220-2,192 loss to the Titans, and a 2,625-2,298 loss to visiting Lisle on Monday afternoon, the Lady Knights fall to 3-10 overall in dual competition with a 1-6 mark in Western Sun Conference play.

Leading the way for KHS was an impressive performance from Jessie McHenry, who bowled a 521 series. Holly Thomas bowled a 447 series, followed by Tierra Lee’s 437.

McHenry’s games of 183, 170 and 168 were team-highs.

The JV team came out on the short end of a 1,730-1,689 result.

Sabrina Gabrielle paced the Lady Knights with a 432 series.

Aganst the visiting Lady Lions, Thomas bowled a 482 series and was buoyed by a high game of 169.

McHenry bowled a 426 series, while Kuryliw bowled a 375 series.

Left for Kaneland bowling is a trip to Four Seasons in Sycamore for the 18-team sectional on Saturday, Feb. 6. Fellow WSC schools DeKalb, Geneva, Rochelle and Sycamore are also in the sectional, along with previous opponent Huntley.

Photo by Susan O’Neill

Bowlers lose to Fenton, DeKalb

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland bowling fell to non-conference adversary Fenton on Jan. 20 by a final of 2,531-2,386. They followed that up with a 2,903-2,317 loss to rival DeKalb on Tuesday.

For Kaneland (3-8, 1-6 Western Sun Conference), yet another good performance was had by Holly Thomas against the Bison, who gathered a 582 series, buoyed by a massive 257 game, a KHS record. Thomas also had back-to-back games of 164.

Molly Lambert bowled a 466 series, while teammate Jessie McHenry was not far behind with a 462. Lambert’s performance was highlighted by a 183 game, while McHenry managed a 188.

On Tuesday, Thomas bowled a 620 series, followed by a 420 series by both Amy Kuryliw and McHenry.

Molly Lambert bowled a 414 series on what was her birthday, and thinks things could pick up for her in the regular season’s homestretch.

“I think I’ve improved,” Lambert said. “I was at a 138 average and I’ve gone up a few pins so it’s getting better. The focus is there, definitely.”

The Lady Knights battle IMSA in Aurora on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Rochelle beats KHS bowling

Tuesday afternoon spelled more Western Sun Conference action for the Lady Knight bowlers, but it resulted in a loss in Rochelle.

With the slim 2,346-2,242 loss at T-Bird Lanes in Rochelle, Kaneland fell to 3-6 and 1-5 in WSC action.

Holly Thomas once again gave her squad a fighting chance with a 503 series, followed by Jessie McHenry with a 432 series and Amy Kuryliw with a 429 series.

High games were bowled by Thomas at 180 and 173, while Molly Lambert added a game of 169. McHenry bowled a 168.

The JV lineup lost a 1,944-1,546 meeting with the Lady Hubs.

Megan Scott bowled a 314 series, while Angela Charhut bowled a 306.

Up ahead for the Lady Knights is a conference clash with DeKalb at Mardi Gras Lanes on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Holly Thomas file photo

Bowlers beat Huntley in busy week

While the Lady Knights bowling team found itself on the wrong end of a conference loss to Sycamore on Tuesday, Kaneland (3-5, 1-4 Western Sun Conference) beat Huntley by a final of 2,340-2,023 in varsity play.

Holly Thomas continued her positive trajectory on Jan. 6 with a 610 series consisting of 237, 224 and 149 games.

Teammate Jessie McHenry bowled a 455 series, highlighted by a 190 game. Tierra Lee bowled a 428 series for third best on the team.

Against the Spartans at Mardi Gras Lanes, Thomas landed a 534 series (high game 197) and Molly Lambert bowled a 482 series (high game 187).

Coming up for bowling is a Tuesday, Jan. 26, matchup vs. DeKalb.

Lady Knights bowling begins ‘10 with 2 losses

by Mike Slodki
The bowlers got back into the swing of things at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb on Monday afternoon, but with a 2,560-2,220 loss to visiting Rochelle.

Kaneland followed it up with a 2,454-2,222 loss at Lisle Lines to the Lions.

Against the Hubs, Kaneland (2-5, 1-3 Western Sun Conference) saw a nice outing from junior Holly Thomas, who had a 555 series. The display was anchored by three games of 190, 203 and 162.

“She really shined today and is performing well as a leader,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said.
Senior Amy Kuryliw supplied a 459 series, and Jessie McHenry added a 429 series.

Melanie Early of Lisle had a 511 series to lead the hosts against Kaneland.

Thomas performed to expectations once again with a 577 series, featuring games of 226, 181 and 170.

Molly Lambert had a 435 series, while Kuryliw had a 409 series.

The bowlers get back in the swing of things with a conference matchup at Geneva on Thursday, Jan. 7, and a home matchup with Sycamore on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Photo: Jessie McHenry of Lady Knights bowling supplied a 429 series on Monday against Rochelle. File Photo

Bowlers run into WSC juggernaut schools

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland bowlers will need to pick up their game in order to navigate through a tough Western Sun Conference season.

KHS bowling fell hard to Western Sun Conference rival Sycamore on Thursday by a final of 2,886-2,141, and followed that up with a 2,948-2,125 loss to DeKalb in an “away” meet at Mardi Gras Lanes.

KHS now sits at 2-3 with a 1-2 record in conference action.

Junior Holly Thomas was the top series bowler for the Lady Knights with a 510 output, followed by Amy Kuryliw at 443 and Jessie McHenry at 418.

Thomas bowled a 202 game for the high KHS mark, and a 168 as well. McHenry bowled a 163 game.

Tops for Sycamore was area standout Chelsea Royalty with a 648 series and 234 game. Kelsey Colness also supplied a 234.

Meanwhile, the JV crew lost to Sycamore by a final of 2,125-1,621. The top series for KHS was had by Angela Charhut at 340.

Against the Lady Barbs, Thomas supplied the brunt of the offense with a 551 series and the top three games for the KHS outfit (193, 178, 180). McHenry had 445 for a series and Molly Lambert had 417.

Thomas knows she’s being counted on and uses that to drive her and the team through a tough conference stretch.

“I always have room to improve,” Thomas said. “I can be more consistent, but it gives me more confidence to be a leader, and I feel like I can bowl better.”

The Lady Knight bowlers now gear up for the Lisle Invite on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.

Photo: Seleana Isaacs takes to the lines vs. IMSA on Dec. 7. The sophomore bowled a 354 series against DeKalb on Tuesday and a 337 at Sycamore on Thursday. Photo by Ben Draper

Bowling continues nice start

by Mike Slodki
It’s early, but the Kaneland bowling roster will definitely take this inviting start.

With a hard-fought win on Monday evening at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb over non-conference rival IMSA, the Lady Knights are 2-1 with a 1-0 record in Western Sun Conference play.

The Lady Knights took it to the Titans by a final of 2,364-2,209, marking their second dual win in a row after losing their opener to Morris on Nov. 30.

The girls also took third out of 14 teams at the Dundee-Crown Tournament on Saturday.

Holly Thomas once again led the way as the junior had a match-high series of 509 against the Titans. Following her were teammates Molly Lambert at 417 and Jessica McHenry at 412.

High games were bowled by Thomas and Lambert at 177 and McHenry at 170.

“We’re doing OK, with Holly averaging 170,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “The other girls are hot and cold—inconsistent. Fortunately, we’ve had occasional decent scores from the others. We need to get a few girls to average in the 150s or higher in order to be even more competitive.”

In the JV matchup, Kaneland lost a close 1,763-1,760 battle despite the best efforts of Amy Kuryliw, who bowled a 412 series.

The varsity roster looks to beat host Sycamore on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Four Seasons.

Bowlers split first two battles

by Mike Slodki
While there were some positive indicators in Monday’s opening bowling matchup with host Morris, the end result was not what Kaneland was hoping for.

Kicking off the 2009-10 season at Echo lanes off of Route 6 in Morris, the Lady Knights lost by a final of 2,635-2,018 to fall to their future Northern Illinois Big 12 rival.

However, the Lady Knights came back to top WSC rival Geneva on Tuesday at Mardi Gras Lanes with a 2,443-2,280 victory.

KHS now sits at 1-1 (1-0 WSC).

Expected to produce big numbers for Kaneland this winner, Holly Thomas bowled a 517 series and had the top three games bowled with 185, 172 and 160 totals.

“She knows exactly what to do out there,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “We are also looking for improved score from girls like Jessica McHenry and Amy Kuryliw.”

Teammate Seleana Isaacs bowled a 382 series, while McHenry bowled a 378 series.

Against Geneva, Thomas came through again with a 537 series, highlighted by a 200 game. Molly Lambert bowled a 471 series, while Isaacs bowled a 371 series. Other high games were Thomas’ 179 and Lambert’s 172.

The JV crew also game away with a 1,892-1,814 victory. Jenna Bartel paced the effort with a 377 series.

With new home, bowlers look for welcome season

by Mike Slodki
DeKALB—When you are looking to turn the page on a program, you might as well start with a new home.

Looking to go on the comeback trail, the KHS bowling team has packed up its belongings after the shutdown of AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora, and moved to Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

“It’s very different here, but the lanes are nice, it’s clean and well-managed,” Kaneland head coach Jim McKnight said.

The Lady Knights, who finished 5-15 in 2008-09 competition, lost seven seniors to graduation, but returned a valuable number of bowlers.

“We’re looking for Holly Thomas to be the big gun, with Jessica McHenry and Amy Kuryliw bowling full time this year,” McKnight said. “They’re throwing the ball real well so far.”

With Thomas (148 average) in her third year, McHenry (123 average) in her third year, and Kuryliw in her fourth, a stable core is key to Lady Knight success.

“McHenry is a natural leader and a hard worker, Thomas is working hard and bowls quite a bit year-round, and Amy is ready to step up and surprise people,” McKnight said.

Other varsity entries in 2009-10 include senior Jenna Bartel, senior Molly Lambert, senior Tierra Lee and sophomores Seleana Isaacs and Megan Scott.

Other competitors for Kaneland bowling looking to make a contribution are senior Sabrina Gabrielle, sophomore Madi Bluml and the lone freshman, Angela Charhut.

The Lady Knights start the regular season off with a matchup on Monday, Nov. 30 at Morris, and end the regular campaign on February 2 at Geneva for the final Western Sun Conference position night.

Photo: Bowler Holly Thomas, who bowled an average of 148, will be counted on heavily for good things at Kaneland. File Photo

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

Music made

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Madison Keith and Savannah Gray dance at Tuesday’s 6th Grade Choir Concert at Kaneland High School. The Choir sang hits from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Check out ElburnHerald.com for more photos from the concert. Photo by Ben Draper

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Holly Thomas plays the piano at the Kaneland High School Instrumental Spring Concert May 7. The concert featured the Jazz Ensemble, the Chicken Jazztet and the Concert Band. Photo by Mary Herra

Bowlers rolled by IMSA, Lisle

Kaneland Lady Knights bowling suffered two non-conference losses this past week.

The bowlers lost a Thursday clash with host IMSA by a count of 2,630-2,547.

They followed that loss with a 2,768-2,377 loss at Lisle on Monday.

The Lady Knights are now 3-12 with a 2-6 record in the Western Sun Conference.

Highest series were had by Kathleen Moravcik with a 485, Holly Thomas at 476 and Danielle Rose at 421.

Standout games of Kaneland belonged to Moravcik at 193, Thomas at 185 and Rose at 180.

The JV team took a 1,915-1,878 win from IMSA.

Against Lisle, Kaneland’s Thomas had a 450 series, followed by Moravcik’s 432 and Jessica Stebbins’ 406.

Now Kaneland gears up for the IHSA Sectional which takes place at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. All Western Sun bowling schools join Kaneland along with 11 others.

Bowlers solved by Fenton at home

Kaneland lost a close bowling battle with visiting Fenton on Wednesday, Jan. 21, by a final of 2,675-2,651.

Emily Curran, at 484, had the top Lady Knight series, followed by Holly Thomas at 475 and Jessica Stebbins at 464.

The high games were Thomas’ 189, Curran’s 179 and Kathleen Moravcik’s 168.

Fenton also defeated the JV Lady Knights by a final of 2,279-2,090. Jessica McHenry bowled a 370 series and Sonja Isaacs had a 365 series to her credit. Highest game was had by Tierra Lee at 150.

IMSA hosts Kaneland on Thursday, Jan. 29, and Kaneland travels to Lisle on Monday, Feb. 2. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Rochelle is WSC Position Night.

Photo: Senior bowler Trisha Roberts takes aim at the pins during last Wednesday’s JV loss to Fenton at AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora. Photo by Mary Herra

Bowlers split week against rivals

by Mike Slodki

As the conference season heats up, the urgency also rises for Kaneland bowling to make some strides.
Kaneland earned its second win against Geneva this season, but dropped a matchup to DeKalb, as well. KHS is now 3-9, with a 2-6 record in Western Sun Conference action.

Kaneland picked up its third win of the season as the Lady Knights came away with a 2,600-2,242 win in varsity play on Thursday.

Senior Jessica Stebbins bowled a 476 series while teammate Cassie Wilson bowled a 461 series to supplant the effort. High games were bowled by Holly Thomas with a 192 and Wilson with a 180.

In JV action, Kaneland defeated Geneva at AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora 1,993-1768. Top series was held by both Tierra Lee and Amy Kuryliw at 364, while Lee had a team-high 172 game.

The Lady Knight bowlers lost to DeKalb in a home meet on Tuesday by a final of 3,074-2,653.

Kathleen Moravcik had a 481 series, followed by Stebbins’ 473.

High game was had by Moravcik at 199.

“That’s nice to see,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “She’s usually pushing the top scores, so it was nice to see her get one.”

DeKalb was buoyed by sophomore Brandi Underwood’s 619 series.

“We bowled decent, but DeKalb is a good team and you need your best game against them,” McKnight said.

The JV crew lost 2,238-1,995.

The Lady Knight were set to take on visiting Fenton on Wednesday.

Bowling gets first WSC triumph

While conference matchups are normally fairly tough, Kaneland High School bowling earned its first Western Sun Conference.

Kaneland got the best of first-year squad Geneva by a final of 2,578-2,165 on Thursday at St. Charles Lanes.

On Tuesday, Sycamore defeated Kaneland at AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora by a final of 3,424-2,729.

Kaneland’s record is now 2-8 and 1-5 in conference action.

Senior Jessica Stebbins took control with a 523 series, supplanted by a 194 game.

Sophomore Holly Thomas brought home a 447 series. Cassie Wilson added a 171 game.

The JV crew also came away with a win, 2,171-1,899. Jessica McHenry had a 386 series, followed by Molly Lambert’s 2375 series.

Against the Spartans, high series went to Holly Thomas at 501 and Emily Curran at 497. High games went to Thomas at 193 and Curran at 187.

The JV roster lost 2,286-2,151. High series went to Jessica McHenry at 399.

Bowling faces DeKalb in North Aurora on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Photo: Senior Jessica Stebbins had a high game of 155 and 446 series in Tuesday’s 3,424-2,729 loss to WSC foe Sycamore. Photo by Mary Herra

Bowlers get best of first-year program Huntley for first win

by Mike Slodki

Based on the first attempts of the year marked 2009, Kaneland bowling is already looking better, thanks to their first win.

The bowlers took to the lanes on Monday in Huntley to face off against the first-year Raiders program.

“They’re young and have a good attitude, and we’re glad we can bowl against them,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said.

Kaneland nabbed its first head-to-head meet of 2009 with a 2,601-1-2,420 win.

“It’s a pretty heavy schedule now until the end of the season, so we’ll see how it goes,” McKnight said.

The Lady Knights followed that up on Tuesday with a home loss to non-conference rival Lisle in a 2,831-2,508 match.

Kaneland is now 1-7 (0-4 WSC).

Jessica Stebbins led the way with a capable series of 466.

Stebbins wants to see improvement which started at Huntley.

“I want to get either get a 550 series or 250 game,” Stebbins said.

Holly Thomas had the team-high series vs. Lisle with a 454.

Bowling suffers losses to Sycamore, IMSA

by Mike Slodki          
 
            Wins for the Lady Knights bowling squad have been just out of reach.

            The good news is is that the reach is getting shorter.

            Kaneland (0-4, 0-2 Western Sun Conference) dropped a 2,993-2,620 matchup with rival Sycamore at Four Seasons Sports on Dec. 3. Kaneland took a game from Sycamore for the first time in 15 years.

            Monday saw IMSA come to AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora and take a 2,613-2,540 match.

            Against Sycamore, senior cornerstone Cassie Wilson bowled a 487 series, followed by Kathleen Moravcik’s 483 series. Emily Curran bowled a 453 series.

            Wilson also came through with a 185 game and a 179 game, the two highest for the Lady Knights. Both games were key in the first head-to-head matchup of the night which saw Kaneland take a game from the Lady Spartans.

            “It’s an important day and we feel like we can’t get too down and keep improving,” Wilson said.

            Against IMSA, Holly Thomas had a 488 series, followed by Jessica Stebbins’ 475 and Moravcik’s 444. Top games were Thomas’ 200 and Moravcik’s 182.

            The JV troops had a 1,965-1,853 win over IMSA thanks to Amy Kuryliw’s 359.
Coming up for the Lady Knights: the Moline Invite on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and a home matchup with Lisle on Monday, Dec. 15.

Rival Morris handles Lady Knights bowling

            Kaneland and Morris have had many a battle on the bowling lanes, but it was the Redskins who emerged victorious in this 2008 edition.

            Morris traveled to AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora on Tuesday evening and handled Kaneland by a final total of 3,122-2,631.

            The varsity Lady Knights fell to 0-2 on the season.

            Morris entry Ashley Copley had a meet-high 654 series. For Kaneland, sophomore asset Holly Thomas had a team-high 453 series, while senior Emily Curran had a 423.

            Jessica Stebbins had a 450 series, and Thomas added a 164 game.

            The JV troops lost to Morris, as well, 2,313-2,060. Jessica McHenry earned a 393 series and Amy Kuryliw had a 374.

For the Lady Knights, the next challenge is a Monday, Dec. 8 battle vs. IMSA.
 
TIMELINE

            Five years ago, the Lady Knights bowling team started getting into the holiday spirit with a 1,607-1,245 win over Mooseheart. Laura Burkhalter bowled a 435 series, with a high game of 170. Julie Burton bowled a 404 series and a 150 game.

            Last year, Kaneland was edged by IMSA 2,460-2,425 despite Jen Yach’s 461 series.

Senior core of captains key for Lady Knights bowling

by Mike Slodki

            Approaching his 20th year at the helm of Kaneland High School bowling, coach Jim McKnight has seen his share of pins knocked down.

            But the only situation he can help influence at this moment in time is the current 2007-08; just so happens that’s all he’s worried about.

            The Lady Knights look to rebound from a 3-11 (0-7 Western Sun Conference) dual meet mark from 07-08. While key grads are gone, the Lady Knights have their share of returnees looking to make their mark.

            “We have quite a few who do have varsity experience,” McKnight said. “With any luck at all, I think we could have a decent varsity this year.”

            It begins with a group of four senior captains: Emily Curran, Kathleen Moravcik, Jessica Stebbins and Cassie Wilson. It also includes sophomore Holly Thomas, who saw lane time last year.

            “Barring any unforseen circumstances, those five will be our varsity and ready to go,” McKnight said.

            Additional seniors include Donna Sury and Sonja Isaacs. Juniors are Amy Kuryliw, Molly Lambert, Tiera Lee, Jessica McHenry and Danielle Rose. Freshmen are Madi Bluml, Ashley Diddell, Seleana Isaacs, Megan Scott and Grace Snyder.

            The bowlers kick the season off on Monday, Nov. 24, vs. Rochelle.