Dec. 18 at Hononegah Invite—The Knights JV wrestlers traveled to the Honoegah JV Invite, coming home with a 2-1 team record. The team lost to Hononegah’s JV-1 team 58-13, but defeated Hononegah’s JV-2 team 45-15. Kaneland also won 54-30 against Rockford East. Individually, Austin Kedzie and Colin Gussman were both 3-0 on the day, while Preston Havis, Diego Lobo and Misael Frias were all 2-1. Hayden Patterson was 2-0 on the day.
Dec. 21 @ Lisle Invite—Kaneland JV bowling took seventh place out of 12 at Saturday’s Lisle Invitational Bowling Tournament at Lisle Lanes in Lisle, Ill. The Knights in head-to-head play rolled 502 and 474 in losses, and 485 in a win.
Soph. Girls Basketball
Dec. 21 @ Ottawa Tournament—The Lady Knights sophomore basketball squad split its Ottawa Tournament contests on Saturday, losing 51-44 to LaSalle-Peru before downing Kankakee 55-8. Kristen Siebert’s 15 points and Meg Cohrs 11 paced the Lady Knights against LaSalle-Peru—a contest in which Kaneland’s opponent went 30 for 45 from the free throw line. Against Kankakee, Kaneland was led by Kylie Modaff’s 13 points and Sophie Sandquist’s 12.
Kaneland resumed Ottawa Tournament action on Monday, with results unavailable as of press time.
Girls JV Bowling
Dec. 5 vs. Dixon—Freshman Grace Lindgren led the way for the Lady Knights against visiting Dixon with a 321 series at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb. Freshmen Kayla McDuffee and Natalie Barnhart bowled a 265 and 257 respectively, while Amber Spaetzel bowled a 254. Dixon defeated the KHS 2,257-1,637.
Soph. Boys Basketball
Dec. 5 at Sycamore—The Knights defeated host Sycamore 51-43 behind Jake Marczuk’s 13 points. Joe Laudont had 11 points, Mark Lilly had 10, Tanner Robertsen eight, Jacob Violett six and Mitchel Groen three. The Knights improved to 3-1, 1-0 in NIB-12 play.
Soph. Girls Basketball
Dec. 7 vs. Antioch—The Lady Knights dismantled visiting Antioch 43-10. Morgan Weber led all scorers with 10 points, Kiandra Powell had eight, Meg Cohrs had six and Kylie Modaff had four for KHS.
Dec. 10 vs. Rochelle—On Tuesday, KHS dispatched NIB-12 foe Rochelle 63-38. Cohrs led the Lady Knights with 16 points. Bailey Crimmins had 12 points, while Weber had 11 points. Kristen Siebert had eight points and Powell had four points. The team is now 5-2 overall, 1-1 in NIB-12 play.
vs. Marengo—The boys fr/so golf team defeated visiting Marengo 198 to 219 Thursday, Aug. 29. The Knights were paced by Daniel Frank and Brock Williams, each shooting a 44. Kaneland also got contributions from Joey Branodisio (49), Brandon Cruz (52), Luke Calabrese (53) and Michael Petrick (53).
vs. Glenbard North—Lady Knights JV Tennis squad defeated Glenbard North 6-1 at home last Thursday. Earning singles wins were No. 2 Brittany Zablocki (0-6, 6-4, 10-7) and No. 3 Kayla Corirossi (6-0, 6-0). All KHS doubles teams won: No. 1 Katie Blaszynski/Emily Mirocha (2-6, 6-3, 10-8), No. 2 Heather Albrecht/Ally McPhee (4-6, 7-5, 10-8), No. 3 Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schultz (6-3, 6-1), and No. 4 Mary Collum/Kristen Siebert (6-3, 3-6, 10-5).
vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 4-1 over visiting DeKalb Tuesday. Singles winners included Emily Lutter (10-1), Zablocki (10-3) and Marissa Michi (8-1).
Doubles winners were Blaszynski/ Mirocha (10-1) and Karolewicz/Schultz (10-5).
vs. Brooks—The Knights won over Brooks Prep 38-8. The game was postponed to Saturday, Aug. 31, due to strong storms Friday night.
@ West Aurora—The Kaneland boys freshman soccer team were handed a season-opening 7-0 loss Wednesday, Aug. 28.
vs. Glenbard North—The Knights fell to 0-2 on the year with a 0-3 loss to the visiting Panthers.
@ Burlington Central—The Lady Knights freshman A and B squads had mixed results in Burlington Tuesday. The A squad solved the hosts 25-16, 25-9, while the B squad fell 25-13, 25-23. No individual stats were available at press time.
@ Burlington Central—The sophomore squad fell to the host Rockets 25-7, 25-23. No individual stats were available at press time.
Fr/So Cross Country
Tuesday @ Elburn Woods—The Knights were the only boys team to field a Fr/So team Tuesday, and were led by Sean Spaetzel winning with a time of 14 minutes, 14 seconds over the 2.42 mile course. Following Spaetzel was Michael Booton in 14:40, Will Kuipers in 15:05, Noah Duffey in 15:07, Alex Gale in 15:28, Anthony Messina in 15:56, Aaron French in 16:12, Andrew Kantola in 16:26, Kyle Osborne in 19:05 and Danny Walker in 20:46.
Photo: Returning singles state qualifier Sammie Schrepferman (right), here in action against West Chicago Tuesday, is joined by returning state doubles qualifiers Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil to lead a strong group for coach Tim Larsen. Photo by Kimberly Anderson
All State entries return for tennis crew
KANELAND—Certain expectations are now in the midst of the Kaneland tennis program.
The hard work put into the matches have paid off for the Lady Knights and sixth-year coach Tim Larsen, with State entries the last three seasons.
A 9-3 dual mark and a top-two finish in the Northern Illinois Big XII landscape the last two seasons have the KHS unit feeling good and productive.
Juniors Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil return as State entries in the No. 1 doubles side, while State singles competitor Sammie Schrepferman makes her return as a No. 1 singles entry.
Jurcenko and Emmanouil brought early success and enough of it to solidify their names in KHS tennis lore.
“First girls All-State team for us, it was a breakthrough,” Larsen said. “They’ll go down in history. We’ve had Lindsay Jurcenko, Amelia Napiorkowski and Sammie all make it to State in recent years, and it’s been very exciting for us.”
The upward mobility of the team brings an edge to the landscape.
“The surrounding team has improved tremendously with their work ethic and speed, and they come with experience,” Larsen said.
Schrepferman was a gamble as a freshman for the top spot two years ago and that has paid off for Larsen and Co.
“She is a warrior, and she knows when she’s playing well and not playing well. She’s in a fight on the court,” Larsen said.
The singles and doubles entries are fluid in the early goings of the season, with juniors Colleen Landers and Stephanie Zwick being penciled in for the singles and fellow junior Stephanie Karolewicz also seeing time. Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling could be put into spots that solidify as the season goes on.
“They’ve put in solid practices,” Larsen said.
The complete roster has seniors Abby Meyer, Kaylee Shoaff joining Zwick. Remaining juniors are Julia Golbeck, Madi Michaels, Jessica Poust, along with sophomores Heather Albrecht, Katelyn Blaszynski, Emily Lutter, Ally McPhee, Marissa Michi, Emily Mirocha, Courtney Pree and Brittany Zablocki. Freshmen are Jessie Bowgren, Mary Collum, Kayla Corirossi, Lauren Karolewicz, Katrina McKnew, Abby Purnell, Marley Schultz, Kristen Siebert and Liz Towell.
The conference set-up has tilted toward the Lady Knights, with Larsen aware of the task at hand.
“We have to be ready. Morris returns a No. 1 doubles, and Sycamore has a No. 1 singles that’s always good, and Yorkville does, too,” Larsen said. “We have to put in a solid effort and be consistent.”
Next up for the team is a trip to Glenbard North tonight at 4:30 p.m., and a tournament Saturday at Plainfield North which begins at 8 a.m.
Photo: Harter athletes make their way in the State parade. Courtesy Photo
KANELAND—Kaneland Harter Middle School tracksters ended their successful season with three noteworthy accomplishments. The first was on May 7 at Plano High School, where they claimed the title of Prairie Conference Champs at both the 7th and 8th grade levels against eight other schools. The next accomplishment came a week later at Sycamore, where 35 athletes qualified for the state meet in East Peoria, Ill. Qualifying athletes were: Tanner Robertson, Tyler Paulson, Andrew Burroughs, Jake Marczuk, Sean Spaetzel, Alec Aurelio, Giovanni, Regalado, Andy Delgado, Brandon Cruz, Jack Saloga, Mitch Groen, Freddy Paulino, Brock Harner, Chris Diehl, Hunter Regelbrugge, Adam Rivas, Seth Howlett, David Farrell, Connor Hoeft, Allison Heinzer, Olivia Galor, Brianna Bower, Gabby Cano, Holly Fedderly, Lexie Guerra, Carly Elliot, Maddie Keifer, Jenna Harvell, Rachel Goress, Nicole Sreenan, Alyson Jesionowski, Nina Rotter, Charity Montalbano, Kristen Siebert, and Erica Eckert.
On May 19, the team headed down to East Peoria to compete against the best athletes in the state. Despite the warm temperatures, all athletes performed well with the following outstanding performances: 7th grader Carley Elliott took 6th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.22, Brianna Bower took 9th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:31.79, and the 8th grade girls 4×400 meter relay took 10th with a time of 4:22.40, which broke the previous school record.