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NIB-12 crown makes smashing time for KHS

Napiorkowski, Jurcenko, Emmanouil take top honors
ROCHELLE, Ill.—What better way to approach postseason play than a great showing at conference?

With coach Tim Larsen’s rotation performing at a consistent and reliable level much of the year, the level of surprise only rises so high after KHS captured the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference title with a 34-point showing on Friday and Saturday at Rochelle.

Not only did Kaneland win its East Division group by 12 points over runner-up Sycamore, they also outlasted West Division topper Ottawa by seven points.

Kaneland now can boast two 2011 conference champs for tennis as No. 1 doubles unit Amelia Napiorkowski and Madi Jurcenko beat Dixon’s selection in the final by a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 count. Additionally, Jelly Emmanouil took the No. 2 singles crown with 7-5, 6-1 win over Brooke Hendricks of Sterling.

The Lady Knights also came away with two second-place finishes as No. 1 singles entry Sammie Schrepferman and the No. 3 doubles team of Madi Limbrick and Stephanie Rosenwinkel found themselves on the finals court.

This Saturday, Oct. 15, brings the IHSA Sectional to St. Charles East High School, with Kaneland looking to get a State invite for the second straight season. Napiorkowski and Lindsay Jurcenko made it to State in 2010, becoming the first Kaneland representatives to do so.

Tennis wants to recapture last season

Photo: Madi Limbrick is set for a big year, her third on varsity tennis. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Fourth-year Lady Knights tennis coach Tim Larsen finds himself in a unique spot.

For the first time, Kaneland comes off a season a year ago in which it had a state presence. Kaneland also finished 8-6-1 in dual tussles, and finished second in the Northern Illinois Big XII East division.

Everyone was a true wild card when slotted into the depth charts, and it might even be more of a shootout for the singles and doubles spots, according to Larsen.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm, and a lot of concern about where to put these girls,” Larsen said. “We have a lot of talent and a lot of new girls, including very talented freshmen.”

But girls that achieved success a year ago, like seniors Amelia Napiorkowski and Madi Limbrick, bring a track record.

Napiorkowski’s success during the regular season was on the singles front, but went to State as a doubles tandem with Class of 2011 member Lindsay Jurcenko.

“(Lindsay) played with a lot of heart, and the other girls saw her play hard and took a cue from it,” Larsen said.

Napiorkowski is projected for a No. 1 doubles slot with Lindsay’s younger sister, Madi, a freshman.

“Madi is playing really well, and I think the time Amelia spent playing with Lindsay was fantastic for her and for us as a team. Amelia has really shown up to practice as a leader on the court,” Larsen said.

Limbrick, projected for double, brings experience and improvement in both singles and doubles matches.

“We’ve been scrambling to find any experience at all the last two season, and Madi brings a lot and she’s seen an awful lot. I’m looking forward to watching her play,” Larsen said.

In singles action, freshman Samantha Schrepferman and Angelica Emmanouil could make an impact.

Larsen knows its a long season ahead, but feels whatever combination goes out there, they’ll carry fighting spirit.

“Last year, whenever our girls would be down a set, it’s as if they played harder, and it’s about finding another gear when you think you might lose the match,” Larsen said.

The tennis campaign volleys on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in West Chicago against Wheaton Academy. NIB-12 play begins the following Tuesday against Sycamore.

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.

Varsity cheerleaders take 2nd place in Belvidere

Kaneland High School Varsity Cheerleaders placed second in the Belevidere Winter Cheer Competition held on Jan. 8. Kami Bauer, Bailey Burns, Anna Croft, Mattie Garrison, Kristen Glover, Lindsay Jurcenko, Lacy Lockert, Sydney Luse, Sam Markelz, Jackie McClellan, Kellyn McMullan, Savanah Miles, Kenzie Powell, Courtney Reiss, Kali Wald and Abby Westtook part in the competition. Courtesy Photo

KHS duo make one giant leap for tennis at State

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Not only did KHS tennis athletes make their way into the history books, they added a chapter.

Lady Knights duo Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski repped the Kaneland area during Thursday’s action in the IHSA State tennis meet and earned the first win in school history.

Jurcenko and Napiorkowski went 1-2 in Thursday’s action that included Kaneland’s first State match win in school history.

The unit earned a berth at the state final in the northwest suburbs after a fourth-place showing at the St. Charles East Sectional, and had their first meeting on Thursday against Rosary’s Angelina Goheen and Katie King. Rosary’s tandem emerged victorious in a 6-1, 6-2 battle.

Jurcenko and Napiorkowski defeated Hampshire’s team of Kendall Walker and Taylor Zilch 6-0, 6-4. The third match was an elimination loss to Emma Peck and Bethany Sexton of Danville by a final of 6-0, 7-6.

Marika Cusick & Caroline Lorenzini of Hinsdale Central won the doubles title.

With the conclusion of the State finals, Kaneland tennis and Coach Tim Larsen say goodbye to Jurcenko and fellow seniors Sierra Cruz, Caiti Ellefson and Meg Hanlon.

Tennis duo places fourth at sectional, head to State

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For the way things ended up at IHSA tennis Sectionals at St. Charles East on Saturday, all you had to do was look at Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski.

“The final point where we won I was thinking, ‘oh my God we are going to State’, and (Amelia) turned around and we just ran at each other. Everyone was crying and jumping. I don’t even remember the next match,” Jurcenko said.

In the matchup with St. Charles North’s Kate Lesswing and Abby Roggemann, Kaneland’s unit won 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Napiorkowski doesn’t discount the impressive nature of Kaneland tennis’ accomplishment.

“Everyone there knew we were singles players and thought they could use doubles strategies against us but we caught on fast. We would adjust our strategies during the match,” Napiorkowski said.

Saturday’s celebration was warranted, and KHS hopes it will continue at the upcoming IHSA State Tennis meet. The meet takes place at courts in District 211, 214 and 220 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and now will feature the first-ever Kaneland presence at the State tennis finals.

The IHSA announced Tuesday that the Jurcenko-Napiorkowski tandem, who took fourth at Sectionals, will face Rosary’s duo Angelina Goheen and Katie King at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Jurcenko and Napiorkowski lost the third-place match to Bartlett’s Katie Gates and Gabby Gregorio 6-2, 6-1.

St. Charles North took home the sectional crown with 22 points.

Photo: Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski make KHS history as the first reps from the school at the State Tennis meet
starting Thursday, Oct. 21 Courtesy photo

Lady Knights tennis serves up talent at NIB-12, eyes IHSA Sectionals

ROCHELLE—There was no rest this past weekend for Kaneland tennis.

Gearing up for the upcoming sectional, the Lady Knights’ talent was put on display at the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII meet in Rochelle on Friday and Saturday.

After the last volley, Kaneland ended up with a second-place finish in the NIB-12 East gathering with 16 points.

Sycamore took the East crown to become division champ, while Dixon was tops in the West.

For KHS, senior cornerstone Lindsay Jurcenko was a fourth-place finisher in the No. 1 singles bracket, while teammate Amelia Napiorkowski took second in the No. 2 bracket.

Kaneland now gears for the postseason, namely the IHSA sectional at St. Charles East High School on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Lady Knight racketeers 8-6-1

Photo: Kaneland varsity doubles partners Meg Hanlon (left) and Caiti Ellefsen warm up before their home match against Mendota on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland Lady Knights tennis is still holding its own at this season’s late juncture.

Rebounding from a dual loss to Sterling on Thursday, KHS handled non-conference foe Mendota on Monday in Maple Park.

The Lady Knights are now 8-6-1 in dual competition (3-2 NIB-12).

The lone win for Kaneland in Sterling was the doubles tandem of Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski, who won 6-3, 6-4.

Against the Lady Trojans, it was pro-set scoring due to more matches in the 7-0 win.

Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon, two of the seniors (along with Jurcenko and Sierra Cruz) honored on Monday afternoon, went about business as usual and didn’t let the modified scoring get to their heads in an 8-4 win.

“Not at all,” Hanlon said. “You just think of it as an extra-long set.”

Monday marked the final regular season home meet before NIB-12 conference action in Rochelle this weekend.

“I think we’ve improved a lot over the season,” Ellefsen said. “We’ve been getting better with aiming our shots and hitting them harder.”

Lady Knights tennis beats DeKalb

KANELAND—With the tennis season essentially in its homestretch, this is not a Lady Knights team that is dragging across the finish line.

KHS handed Northern Illinois Big XII conference mate DeKalb a 4-1 dual loss in Maple Park on Tuesday that raised Kaneland’s mark to 7-5-1 (4-1 NIB-12).

No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko managed a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over Dana Jorgensen, and No. 2 player Amelia Napiorkowski had a 6-0, 6-0 win over Brooke Wilson.

In doubles action, No. 2 team Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon took care of Heidi Pittsley and Madison Marten by a 6-3, 6-3 count. No. 3 team Maddy McMullen and Stephanie Rosenwinkel beat Samantha and Taylor Volk by a 6-2, 6-4 count.

KHS tennis takes care of Yorkville

KANELAND—It figures that the only thing to stop Kaneland from exhibiting its tennis prowess would be the elements on Tuesday.

Interrupted by lightning, the third doubles match was stopped, but Kaneland still earned a Northern Illinois Big XII win over Yorkville, 3-1.

That followed a 4-3 setback to host Oswego on Monday and a 6-1 loss to visiting Bartlett on Thursday.

The dual meet mark for Coach Tim Larsen’s Lady Knights is 6-5-1, with a 3-0 tally in NIB-12 action.

No. 1 singles star Lindsay Jurcenko took her battle with Yorkville’s Lindsey Schlichting, 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 singles entry Amelia Napiorkowski won her match with Jess Bossong, 6-2, 6-2.

The doubles win for KHS was earned by No. 2 tandem Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon over Jess Arnfelt and Rachel Ems, 6-4, 7-6.

Against the Panthers on Monday, the singles were all won by Kaneland, including a first-ever varsity win for sophomore Jess Woodward in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 matchup.

The lone win over Bartlett was had by Sam Williams and Jordyn Withey in doubles action, 6-3, 6-4.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is the Rochelle Invite on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

KHS tennis has unbeaten week

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If tennis fans were wondering how the current talent on the roster would come together and produce on the courts, it’s been good so far.

Going 2-0-1 in dual meet competition this week, the Lady Knights improved to 5-3-1. On Tuesday, Kaneland swept host Morris in Northern Illinois Big XII action 5-0. Thursday had the Lady Knights edge visiting Rochelle 3-2, and a historically disappointing rivalry with host Rosary on Monday ended in a 3-3 deadlock.

Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski won their matches in straight sets on Tuesday, as did the doubles units of Madi Limbrick/Maria Rossi, Caiti Ellefsen/Megan Hanlon and Maddy McMullen/Stephanie Rosenwinkel.

“I really had to focus on my cross-court and down-the-line shots,” Jurcenko said on Tuesday. “I made sure I got my first serves in.”

Jurcenko also likes the way the team is headed.

“We lost eight girls last year. Bringing in a whole new doubles lineup and going to a new conference could have hurt us. At this point in time, everyone is getting into their groove,” Jurcenko said.

Against the Royals, Jurcenko, Napiorkowski and the team of Sam Williams/Jordyn Withey took home straight-set wins.

The singles crew took a sweep of the Hubs, while McMullen/Rosenwinkel and Williams/Withey won their doubles match.

Coming up for Kaneland is a home matchup vs. Bartlett on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Junior Maria Rossi gets ready to return the favor during a 6-3, 6-2 doubles win for herself and junior Madi Limbrick on Tuesday in Morris. Photo by Mike Slodki

Tennis serves defeat to two foes

KANELAND—Not a bad week for Lady Knights tennis.

A better than average week has KHS at 3-3 in dual meet competition.

On Thursday, Kaneland hosted the larger DuPage Valley Conference school Glenbard North on Friday and won 4-2. On Thursday, Kaneland took care of host Minooka by a 5-2 final.

Against the Panthers, No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko beat Nicole Durante 6-1, 6-0, while No. 2 singles player Amelia Napiorkowski beat Elizabeth Bierman 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles action, No. 2 tandem Maddy McMullen and Stephanie Rosenwinkel beat Gretchen Nichols and Erin Abell 6-1, 6-3. No. 3 team Caiti Ellefsen and Jordyn Withey came away with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Nikki Riscassa and Emily Laurila.

Against Minooka, Jurcenko (6-2, 6-0), Napiorkowski (6-0, 6-1) and No. 3 Nikki LeBlanc (6-0, 6-2) emerged victorious, while Ellefson and Megan Hanlon at No. 2 doubles took the win in a 6-7, 6-3, 7-3 win.

On Tuesday, the Lady Knights lost to IMSA by a 5-2 final, with Napiorkowski picking up a 7-6, 6-4 win and McMullen/Rosenwinkel winning at No. 3 doubles.

Kaneland’s next dual challenge is on Thursday, Sept. 8, against the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs.

Tennis overcomes early struggles

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—A busy week for Lady Knights tennis had key players show progress.

Against the visiting Marengo Lady Indians on Thursday, KHS pulled out a 4-3 win that came down to the final doubles match of the evening.

With a 6-1, 6-7, 10-5 win, Sierra Cruz and Nikki LeBlanc took care of business and allowed Kaneland the slim team win.

The No. 1 team of Stephanie Rosenwinkel and Maria Rossi lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. No. 2 tandem of Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon lost a 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 affair, and No. 3 squad of Sam Williams and Jordan Withey lost a 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 matchup.

The singles battles had No. 1 competitor Lindsay Jurcenko win 6-3, 6-0, followed by No. 2 Amelia Napiorkowski’s 6-3, 6-2 win. No. 3 entry Madi Limbrick emerged with a 7-6, 7-5 win.

Wednesday saw Wheaton Academy come into Maple Park and sweep the Lady Knights in a 5-0 rout.

Saturday had Kaneland finish second at the Plainfield North Invite as a team behind Lemont. Jurcenko and Napiorkowski took their brackets, and Ellefsen/Hanlon finished second in No. 2 doubles.

‘I think the season’s going good so far,” Napiorkowski said on Saturday. “I’ve been on varsity for a year, so I try to use that experience.”

On Tuesday along Spartan Trail, the Lady Knights lost a 3-2 matchup despite wins from Napiorowski and the Rosenwinkel/Maddy McMullen team.

KHS is at Minooka on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Lady Knight Lindsay Jurcenko takes her swings during Saturday’s Plainfield North Invite in which she emerged queen of her bracket. Photo by Mike Slodki

Young tennis group vying for spots

Photo: Third-year coach Tim Larson leads the initial days of Lady Knights tennis practices that include freshman Abby Meyer. Photo by Mike Slodki

KANELAND—While eight seniors are gone from last year’s Kaneland tennis crew, the three varsity returnees all bring a game that’s been battle tested.

2010 begins with senior and three-year player Lindsay Jurcenko.

Jurcenko comes back with the most success from past rosters and finished strong, placing fourth in the No. 1 singles bracket at the final Western Sun Conference tournament.

“She’s got big goals for herself,” third-year coach Tim Larsen said last Thursday. “Our plan is to get as good a record as we can going into the Sectional tournament, get a nice high seed. She’s really dedicated and has played all year.”

Jurcenko serves in the model of upperclassmen well-versed in the Kaneland tennis system, making that part of Larsen’s job worry-free.

“She’s very competitive. It helps to keep her centered in the middle of the match, but she has the shots and she’s confident.”

Joining Jurcenko are juniors Maddie Limbrick and Amelia Napiorkowski.

“I took a big risk last year with Maddie and Amelia playing varsity singles as sophomores. They were playing a little ahead of their time. They would get frustrated sometimes, but that experience will pay off,” Larsen said.

In the early stages of KHS Lady Knights tennis practice, the lineup Larsen plans to take to court is still in flux with many slots open.

“We’re still early into practice. I’ve talked with a lot of girls that will play varsity for us, and we’re going to try out a lot of doubles team members. I’m going to try and see who’s playing the best and who’s playing the best together,” Larsen said.

Whomever plays No. 1 doubles this season will have quite the amount to live up to, with last year’s top combo Olivia Emmanouil and Liz Webb graduated.

“The No. 1 doubles team will be a team that didn’t play varsity last year. It’s going to be quick learning, while the No. 3 and No. 4 doubles might be more comfortable,” Larsen said.

The Lady Knights will look to improve on a 4-7 dual meet record from 2009, even though only three members return and the team now has some new opponents thanks to the new Northern Illinois Big 12 conference.

“I’ll tell you right now, I plan on winning them all,” Larsen said. “I feel very good about the ability these girls have. I think we have a shot to win every one of those dual matches in conference.”

With the new conference volleying for the first time, the East Division includes DeKalb, Rochelle, Sycamore, Yorkville and NCIC-school Morris.

“I know the coaches and they know the shots I’m planning to hit, and I know the shot they’re planning to hit, and it’s turned into a fun little conference between us,” Larsen said.

Serving against opponents in the varsity ranks will also be seniors Caiti Ellefsen, Megan Hanlon and Sierra Cruz, juniors Jordyn Withey, Maria Rossi, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Sam Williams and Nikki LeBlanc and sophomore Maddy McMullen.

The Lady Knights begin 2010 against Wheaton Academy in Maple Park on Tuesday, Aug. 24, with the first conference action at Sycamore a week later.

The first ever NIB-12 conference gathering is the weekend of Friday-Saturday, Oct. 8-9 in Yorkville.

Going abroad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Knight tennis concludes at SCE sectional

Kaneland tennis saw its season end on Saturday after the St. Charles East Sectional.

With both St. Charles outfits and Western Sun Conference anchor Geneva, it proved to be one of the more difficult groupings in 2009.

Tied with Wheaton Academy for sixth place, the Lady Knights were behind St. Charles North (30), Geneva (24), St. Charles East (18), Sycamore (12) and Bartlett (8).

Geneva senior Kayla Fujimoto was sectional singles champ, while St. Charles East tandem Lexi Baltes and Erin Bowman took the doubles title.

No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko, No. 1 doubles team Olivia Emmanouil/Liz Webb, and No. 2 doubles unit Randi Bader/Kelsey Lenhardt were eliminated by eventual semifinalists.

The IHSA State tourney takes place on Thursday, Oct. 22, through Saturday, Oct. 24, at District 211, 214 and 220 courts throughout the northwest suburbs.

With the conclusion of the 2009 season, Kaneland tennis says goodbye to seniors Bader, Megan Cline, Emmanouil, Liz Kennedy, Tessa Kuipers, Lenhardt, Joss Nicholson, Mel Mazuc and Liz Webb.

Tennis braves WSC Invite, looks to sectional

by Mike Slodki
Heading into postseason, the KHS tennis crew had to deal with not only opposing teams, but the elements.

Friday’s Western Sun Conference action was shelved due to rain, and everything had to be condensed to Saturday out at Kaneland and Sycamore High Schools. With the rain cleared but the wind still swirling, KHS finished fifth with six points. Geneva (30) took the title.

No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko took fourth after the conference gathering. Jurcenko lost to Batavia’s Kim Sawyer after previously defeating Yorkville’s Ashley Nelson.

“The first set, she just hit everything back,” Jurcenko said. “It was frustrating to get the ball where I wanted it to go. It took me a while, but I was able to figure out how to get a drop shot in there, and it was mainly the key to winning.”

No. 1 doubles team Olivia Emmanouil and Liz Webb won over Rochelle’s Elizabeth LaFleur and Mikaela Rogers before losing in the third-place match to Batavia’s Kaitlin Mills and Michelle Sapyta.

Saturday, Oct. 17,has Kaneland at the St. Charles East sectional.

Tennis falls to Geneva, Glenbard S.

With a couple of tough outings against Western Sun Conference teams, the Lady Knights tennis squad fell to 4-6 in dual action this season.

On Thursday, host Kaneland fell prey to Geneva by a final of 7-0. Geneva’s JV team also got past Kaneland 6-1, despite Jess Woodward’s victory.

On Tuesday under chilly conditions, the Lady Knights lost 6-1 to the host Glenbard South Raiders. No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko took the lone win for the Lady Knights with a 7-6, 6-3 win. Olivia Emmanouil and Liz Webb were defeated in the No. 1 doubles category by a 6-3, 6-3 margin.

Kaneland’s next challenge is a home meet with Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Kaneland tennis prevails over DeKalb, Oswego

No. 1 Jurcenko on hot streak for Lady Knights
by Mike Slodki
That makes three wins in a row for the Lady Knights tennis team.

Shaking off an iffy start, the girls have captured three matches in a row to improve to 4-4 on the season.

On Thursday, DeKalb fell victim to the Lady Knights by a final of 6-1 at Northern Illinois University. Kaneland followed up that piece of good news with a 4-3 win over Oswego in Maple Park.

No. 1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko took on Alison Anderson and won a 6-1, 6-1 matchup. No. 2 competitor Amelia Napiorkowski came back against Dana Jorgenson to win a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 battle. Meanwhile, KHS swept the doubles slate, thanks to wins by the Olivia Emmanouil/Liz Webb, Randi Bader/Kelsey Lenhardt, Tessa Kuipers/Mel Mazuc and Caiti Ellefsen/Liz Kennedy teams.

“This caps off a pretty good week for Kaneland tennis,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “Most impressive today was Amelia’s win. She never did find a good forehand but played around it, found a good strategy, and won enough points to get the win.”

The JV team defeated the Lady Barbs by a 4-3 score, helped out by Maddy McMullen’s 7-6, 6-3 win.

Against the visiting Panthers, Jurcenko took a 6-2, 4-6, 8-6 win over Bre Vergonet, and Bader and Lenhardt won a 6-4, 6-4 tussle vs. Dani Blocker and Erin Montgomery in the No. 2 doubles category.

In JV action, the Lady Knights earned a 7-1 win.

Future meetings for Kaneland tennis include a home meet with Geneva on Thursday, Sept. 24, and the Rochelle Invite on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Lady Knights tennis split WSC action; top Rochelle

by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights tennis (2-4, 1-1 Western Sun Conference) took a tumble against Batavia on Thursday, but righted itself on Tuesday at Rochelle.

The Bulldogs swept the Lady Knights 7-0 in Maple Park, while the JV team lost 6-1, with the No. 1 doubles tandem of Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon earning a 6-3, 6-3 win.

Against the host Hubs, the Lady Knights swept the singles side in impressive fashion in a 5-2 win. No .1 entry Lindsay Jurcenko won 6-3, 6-3. No. 2 competitor Amelia Napiorkowski took a 6-2, 6-1 contest, while No. 3 Madi Limbrick earned her first varsity singles win 6-4, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles team Olivia Emmanouil and Liz Webb emerged victorious, as did No .2 team Randi Bader and Kelsey Lenhardt.

“Real bright spots today,” Kaneland coach Tim Larsen said. “We lost a tough match to Batavia, but all the girls played strong and I could see it coming together. Their swings are approaching midseason form and that win for Madi is a big one.”

Limbrick, a sophomore, was glad to get that first varsity win under her racket.

“It really does feel good,“ Limbrick said. “I feel like I don’t have to worry as much any more. I just have to worry about my own game and not the other player’s.”

The next challenge for Kaneland tennis is a road excursion to DeKalb on Thursday, Sept. 17. The girls then go to the Yorkville Quad, set to serve at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Tennis beats Minooka, loses to IMSA

Lady Knights tennis (1-3) got back on track with a win against Minooka on Thursday by a 5-2 dual score, but fell to IMSA (5-2) the following Tuesday.

“Our first win of the year … what I like about our team is that our girls at every position came off the courts with ideas of what shots are working for them, and what we need to work on in practice,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said about the action against Minooka.

In singles action, No. 1 entry Lindsay Jurcenko took care of Michelle Dominik by a 6-1, 6-1 tally. In the No. 2 singles matchup, Amelia Napiorkowski defeated Sarah Crowley, 6-0, 6-1.

Liz Webb/Olivia Emmanouil took care of Taylor Hartman/Sara Tredennick in the No. 1 clash by a 6-2, 6-4 margin.

No. 2 doubles tandem Randi Bader/Kelsey Lenhardt went the distance and won over Taylor and Tori Anians by a 7-5, 5-7, 7-4 result.

No. 3 doubles team Tessa Kuipers/Mel Mazuc won out over Paige Sandal/Chanteil Vlatowski 6-4,6-0.

Against the Titans in Aurora, Jurcenko’s 6-2, 6-0 win and Napiorkowski’s 6-0, 6-1 victory went in the Lady Knight’s favor.

Lady Knights lose opening two skirmishes

by Mike Slodki
The effort was there, the preferred end result was not, however.

Rosary defeated the Kaneland High School tennis squad in the season opener on Monday in Maple Park by a 5-1 final.

Tuesday also saw a 3-2 loss to the Wheaton Academy Warriors.

The lone win was a 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 doubles win by No. 3 combination Tessa Kuipers and Mel Mazuc.

“Today was a tough start for our team,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “Rosary has some talented players. But we found some things to work on in order to be ready for our conference season.”

The JV crew dropped a 6-1 result to Rosary, played out at Marmion Academy in Aurora. No.3 doubles team Jordyn Withey and Jess Woodward earned the lone win with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 result.

In West Chicago, No.1 singles entry Lindsay Jurcenko took a 6-3, 6-3 affair from Emmy Gaffey, while Amelia Napiorkowski won her No.2 singles matchup with a 6-4, 6-3 effort.

Wheaton Academy swept the doubles slater on Tuesday.

Thursday, Aug. 27, marks the next varsity challenge, with a trip to Marengo.

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

Softball makes life difficult for opponents

KHS 3-1 in WSC skirmishes
by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights softball had itself a productive week, and in the process, elevated its record to a nice 10-4.

The Lady Knights, who are also 3-1 in Western Sun Conference play, vanquished the host Maine West Warriors in a Saturday doubleheader, 3-0 and 5-0. Preceding that was a 6-1 win over the host Yorkville Foxes on Thursday. Kaneland began the week as road warriors with an 11-1, five-inning win over host Wheaton Academy on Wednesday, April 15.

In the first game of the doubleheader in Des Plaines, hurler Delani Vest (6-1) scattered just four hits and struck out five.

Sara Rose (2-for-3), Vest (2-for-4) and Jessica Lubic (2-for-3) smacked doubles, while Rose and Mangers parked pitches over the fence for home runs.

The Lady Knights scored single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

Senior Mallory Huml (3-3) put on a clinic in game two, allowing just two hits and fanning nine. Kaneland put up a three-spot in the third inning while scoring two additional runs in the seventh.

Andrea Potts went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Tara Groen went 2-for-3.

Against Yorkville, Kaneland scored three runs in the top of the first thanks to an RBIs double to dead-center by Rose, Potts reaching on an error that scored Rose and a run-scoring single by Lubic.

Yorkville threatened in the bottom of the first by loading the bases but couldn’t score.

Kaneland scored three more in the third. Rose doubled and later came home on an error by the shortstop. Rilee Vest then drove home a run with a grounder, and Jordan Herra reached on another error that scored Lubic, who had previously singled.

“We’ve done a pretty good job this last week of hitting the ball,” KHS coach Dennis Hansen said after the output on Thursday. “We get some people hot up and down the order, and our pitching has been good.”

Vest, only a freshman and counted on for big innings, has come through thus far.

“My screwball was really working today. I struck out a lot of girls with that. It’s different every game depending on how I warm up. Whatever works in the first inning, I try to stick with that,” said Vest, who K’d eight Lady Foxes.

Against Wheaton Academy, Huml struck out seven batters and walked just one while giving up just three hits. Kaneland scored in every inning, including five times in the first and three in the second.

Potts had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and four driven in. Huml also went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Lower class action this past week saw the sophomores sweep a doubleheader at Maine West by 11-10 and 10-5 finals.

In game one, Beth Smith improved to 5-0 with a nine-strikeout day. Katy Dudzinski went 3-for-4 with a homer. The Lady Knights scored six times in the top of the seventh to secure the win.

Game two had Dudzinski pitch four innings for the win (4-2). Brooke Thompson went 2-for-3 with a triple and Lindsay Jurcenko go 2-for-4.

The freshmen swept the doubleheader vs. Maine West at Kaneland by scores of 14-3 (five innings) and 14-4 (six innings).

Sarah McGinnis and Brittney Miller earned wins for the Lady Knights.

Ahead for Kaneland varsity is a road venture to Rochelle on Thursday, April 23, and a trip to Woodstock on Saturday, April 25.

Photo: Kaneland pitcher Delani Vest crashes into her sister, catcher Rilee Vest, as they both went after a fly ball in the sixth inning against DeKalb on April 14. Kaneland won the home game 9-4. Photo by John DiDonna