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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.

Girls track 2nd-place finish keyed by strong performances at BC

by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—Looking at indicators for how the Lady Knights track season will end up?
The Tuesday gathering at Burlington Central with the host Rockets and the Oregon Hawks is a positive one.

Kaneland finished second with 66 points behind BC’s 90-point total. Oregon finished third with 31.5 points.

Despite the exceptional showing by BC, Kaneland came up big with a number of first- and second-place finishes.

Kaneland’s 4×800 meter relay foursome took second with a time of 11 minutes, 14.48 seconds.

It was a good outing for sisters Andie and Sydney Strang in the 3200m run. St. Joseph’s College-bound Andie won the event in 12:32.56, while the freshman Strang was right behind in 12:35.24.

Freshman Lauren Zick took first in the 100m dash with a time of 13.02 seconds, a half-second better than the field.

Zick also finished first in the 400m dash at 1:01.68, while teammate Brooke Patterson was second at 1:05.62.

Sophomore Amanda Lesak was second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 55.84 seconds, and Sydney Strang appeared again in the 1600m run with a second-place finish at 6:02.90.

Standout Ashley Castellanos finished second in the 200m dash with a time of 28.43.

Patterson appeared once again in solid fashion for the pole vault event, taking second at 9 feet, 6 inches.

Zick finished her fine showing with a 16-02 effort in the long jump, good for first.

With the growing buzz, Zick is taking things meet-by-meet, and handling the early success the best she can.

“Yeah, it is a little bit overwhelming, because I’m going up against the best girls in the state” Zick said. “It’s tough competition, but it’s fun.”

The freshman doesn’t feel she’s hit her ultimate stride yet in events like the long jump.

“I’m definitely getting better at it. Each meet I’m getting about four or five more inches and today I set a new personal record,” Zick said.

In the triple jump event, Patterson and Castellanos went 1-2, with Patterson finishing at 35-02 and Castellanos at 33-03.

Ahead for girls track is the annual Kaneland-hosted Jill Holmes Invitational on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m.

Ecker’s crew has young, old as formula for success

Photo: Andie Strang has established herself as a threat at any distance and looks to finish her Kaneland tenure with a flourish. Photo by Linda Bell

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Here comes Lady Knights track.

If the early practice sessions and indoor season were any indicator, many a girl in KHS garb will be finishing quite well in 2011 races.

Second-year head coach Doug Ecker is eager to see what the large roster can do, with a mostly healthy lineup.

“The indoor season was encouraging,” Ecker said. “The most encouraging thing is all the distance runners are healthy and we’ve been consistent,” Ecker said. “When we get outside, we’ll have to have a little more depth.”

So far, the three big names to pop up are senior Andie Strang in the distance and relay events, senior Brooke Patterson in pole vault and triple jump and freshman Lauren Zick in sprints and long jump.

“We knew Lauren was fast, she has the temperament and she’ll do what the coaches ask her to do. She listens well,” Ecker said.

Sophomore and state qualifier Ashley Castellanos has excelled in the jumps, as well.

Gabby Aguirre returns and looks to make a mark in the jumps.

With a Division II career ahead of her, Strang is ready to go for the distance events, but Ecker believes a challenge lays ahead.

“This conference is going to be brutal for distance. She can run extremely well one meet and get fifth in the mile. You have so many good distance runners,” Ecker said.

Sydney Strang and Kris Bowen also look to add to the distance ranks for Kaneland.

For relays, the 4x800m team could be in store for big finishes. The Strang sisters, Bowen and Castellanos, will all see time in that event along with Jessica Stouffer. The 4x200m has Sydney Bilotta and Ariana Espino ready to go with Patterson.

Kaneland looks to continue the pole vault excellence.

“Brooke is very good and works very hard, and Sydney Luse has worked very hard, and Shannon Wallace will give us some depth, too,” Ecker said.

Junior Nicole Ketza looks to rise in the weight events after a good late-season run.

Kaneland is still looking for young hurdlers to take the reins in that event.

The stronger each event is, the better for the Lady Knights in the new Northern Illinois Big XII scheme.

“Our conference is maybe one of the better conferences in the state. You throw in every event, we are really solid,” Ecker said.

Girls track captures indoor conference crown

KANELAND—If there was one surefire way to gear up for the outdoor season, Kaneland found a way on Saturday in Sterling.

With 79 team points in the Northern Illinois Big XII conference indoor meet, the KHS girls won the gathering and were crowned champs, bringing the indoor season to an end.

Geneseo finished second with a total of 72 points, and Dixon took third with 64 points.

The Lady Knights were rolling in the exceptional finishes, paced by senior Brooke Patterson’s 10 feet, six inch pole vault. Patterson added to her first-place vault with a second-place triple jump effort of 35-05.5.

Teammate Ashley Castellanos took fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 32-06.

Kaneland’s 4×800 meter relay unit finished second with a time of 10 minutes, 22.66 seconds.

Freshman Lauren Zick finished third in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.56, and also took second in the 400m dash (1:00.15) before winning the 200m dash with a time of 27.07.

Senior constant Andie Strang took the 1600m run mantle with a time of 5:25.85, less than two second better than Geneseo’s Emily Ford.

In additional relay action, the Lady Knights took fourth in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:27.01.

Lady Knights take third in Rockton

Photo: Ashley Castellanos, shown here in recent indoor action, took home a sixth place in the triple jump at the Hononegah Girls Indoor Classic. File Photo

ROCKTON, Ill.—Here’s a way to measure your early-season progress in girls’ track: Compete at a 24-team Track Classic.

Here’s a way to be happy about your early-season progress: Finish third in said 24-team Track Classic.

The Lady Knights continued on their indoor track slate on Friday in Rockton, Ill., at the Hononegah Girls Indoor Classic.

West Aurora won the meet with 102 points, followed by Downers Grove North at 74.5. Kaneland had 59 points, edging Lake Park with 56, and Vernon Hills rounded out the top five at 52.5.

For Kaneland, Brooke Patterson enjoyed a monopoly on first place in her solo events, the pole vault and triple jump.

The senior vaulted a 10 foot, six inch distance and won the triple jump by two inches with a mark of 33-7.25.

Second-places were gathered by Lauren Zick in the 400 meter dash (1:02.40) and by the 4x800m relay squad of Kris Bowen, Ashley Castellanos, Andie Strang and Sydney Strang, with a time of 10:23.91.

Third-places went to the freshman Zick in the 200m dash with an effort of 27.55 seconds.

In the distance medley, fourth place went to the unit of Bowen, Maggie Brundige, Abby Dodis and Jessica Stouffer, running in 14:15.59.

Fifth place for Kaneland was secured in the 4x400m relay, thanks to a 4:30.76 finish by Sydney Bilotta, Castellanos, Ariana Espino and Patterson.

The Lady Knights also added a couple of sixth places to their early indoor season coffers, in the form of a 55m dash time of 7.76 seconds by Zick.

In a solo effort, Castellanos took sixth in the triple jump at 31-11.25.

Finally, Andie Strang wrangled seventh place in the 1600m run with a time of 5:38.58.

Saturday, March 12, brings the Byron Indoor Invitational on the KHS docket, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Freshmen Fever!

On Feb. 8, Freshmen girls won the conference tournament championship, beating Rochelle 35-33 in triple overtime en route to a 24-0 season. (Front row) Jennifer Alderman, Rachel Mathys, Lauren Zick, Caroline Heimer-dinger, Jenna Unruh and Jessica Jablonski (Back row) Sydney Strang, Brittany Olson, Coach Matt Harvell, Bryanna Stoiber, Sarah Childers, Katherine Brinkman, Coach Dan Long, Brittany Kemp, Kelly Wallner and Amber Winquist-Bailey
Courtesy Photo

Girls hoops sandwiches win between two losses

Photo: Lexee Guerra unloads before the halftime horn sounds during Friday’s setback to visiting Yorkville. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland girls basketball will have to be satisfied with a lone win concerning this past week’s tilts with rivals.

Yorkville bested the Lady Knights on Friday night, 47-39, but KHS earned a 46-40 win over rival to the north Burlington Central on Saturday. Kaneland also dropped a 48-34 clash with visiting DeKalb on Tuesday, and was swept in that season series.

KHS is now 9-11 with a 1-4 record in NIB-12 action.

Against the Lady Foxes, Emily Heimerdinger had 12 points, followed by Kelly Evers’ eight. KHS was 16-for-43 from the field and suffered with just four attempts at the foul line on the night, compared to 12-for-25 for Yorkville, including 17 attempts in the fourth quarter.

YHS went out to a 13-12 lead after one quarter and held firm with a 24-22 lead at the half. Kaneland found itself trailing 31-30 after three before the Lady Foxes widened the gap.

Facing the Rockets, Kaneland had a 15-point night from Heimerdinger and 12 points from Tesa Alderman. Evers contributed nine points and 12 boards.

KHS was 17-for-58 from the field and 10-for-16 from the charity stripe.

Heimerdinger had nine steals to key the Kaneland winning effort, as well.

KHS went ahead 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and maintained a slim 20-19 advantage going into halftime. BC took a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter in Maple Park, but free throws by Emma Bradford, Alderman and Heimerdinger gave Kaneland the edge in the fourth quarter that saw KHS outscore BC 18-9.

Facing the Lady Barbs, Kaneland was led by Evers’ and Heimerdinger’s eight points, but DeKalb’s Emily Bemis put up 13 and Rachel Torres had nine.

Kaneland was up 13-11 after one but was outplayed 17-6 in the second frame to fall behind 28-19 at halftime. DeKalb maintained a 40-29 lead going into the final quarter.

In younger contests, the freshman “A” outfit improved to 13-0 with a 35-16 win over Yorkville on Friday, with Lauren Zick and Brittany Kemp contributing 10 points each. The “B” squad earned a 33-9 win over Yorkville.

The sophomores improved to a 16-1 record by virtue of a 41-18 win over Burlington Central.

Coming up for the varsity Lady Knights is a home contest with Rochelle on Thursday, Jan. 13.