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32 Knights earn NIB-12 honors

KANELAND—Kaneland High School announced its fall all-conference athletic honorees Tuesday. In all, 32 Knight athletes were honored by the Northern Illinois Big XII.

• Cross Country
Boys: Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera and Andrew Lesak
Girls: Brianna Bower, Erika Carlson, Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig and Sydney Strang

• Golf: Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar

• Football: Brandon Bishop, Drew David, Cole Carlson, Justin Diddell, Gary Koehring, Joe Komel, Dylan Nauert, Jaumaureo Phillips, John Pruett and Alex Snyder

• Soccer: Arsim Azemi, Anthony Parillo, Tyler Siebert and Chris VanDinther

• Tennis: Jelly Emmanouil, Madi Jurcenko, Stephanie Karolewicz, Colleen Landers and Sammie Schrepferman

• Volleyball: Ellie Dunn and Jenny Lubic

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Yonkovich snatches All-State honor with fifth in Class 2A battle
KANELAND—Weibring Golf Club on the grounds of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. might seem far away from the Kaneland High School area, but it provided an astounding athletic accomplishment for the golf arena.

With a 150 score, individual qualifier and Kaneland senior Matt Yonkovich earned an All-State honor and a fifth-place showing in the Class 2A tournament, which occurred on Friday and Saturday.

Tied with Triad’s Austin Buente, Yonkovich was just eight strokes away from first-place champ Danny Gorman of Rockford’s Boylan Catholic.

“I really (had) a good second day and I finished strong,” Yonkovich said. “It was better than the first day by far.”

Boylan Catholic, with a 622 score, also took the team title by one stroke over Dunlap.

Yonkovich split his weekend competition with an uptick toward the latter stages of play. The senior was in a tie for 23rd after Friday when he shot a 78, making 39 on both the front and back nines.

“I knew the way I was playing I could get back to State, and once I got there and got with the other guys, it was about being focused on every shot,” Yonkovich said.

The senior’s focus worked with a prolific Saturday, when he shot a 72 and jumped 18 places in the standings. Yonkovich shot a 35 on the front nine and a 37 on the back nine to conclude his journey, with one standout memory.

“There was a 210-yard shot that was a par three with a 35-mile an hour wind and I used a 4-iron and got it onto the green; and that ended up being my favorite shot,” Yonkovich said.

With Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar leaving the senior slot after this season, Kaneland golf will continue to see better days, according to the All-Stater.

“With guys like me and Brody and Stephen qualifying for State last year as a team, guys that are returning like Jesse Denton and Jake Hed have seen the energy in practice, and I think they can qualify again next year,” Yonkovich said.

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Return of the Matt

Consistent Knight talent emerges as individual qualifier at Monday golf sectional
FREEPORT, Ill.—While there may not be quite the team accolades that the 2012 season brought, Kaneland golf still has plenty to be proud of.

After a productive Aurora Central Catholic Regional that saw the Knight golfer emerge as a third-place tiebreaker recipient, Kaneland suited up at Park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, Ill., on Monday for the Class AA Freeport Sectional.

Looking to book a repeat team trip back to the State tournament this coming week-end, Kaneland finished with a score of 335, good for sixth place. The Knights ended up just four team strokes from the qualifying mark, and saw their team season end.

The silver-and-black lining to the competition was the securing of a State slot for experienced senior Matt Yonkovich, who was an individual qualifier with a 78, tied for fifth-best. Also tied with Yonkovich were athletes Hunter Simonini of Marengo, Andrew Tichler of Rock Falls and Zack Spear of Wheaton Academy.

A year ago, Yonkovich as a junior finished 42nd in the entire state with an 83 effort. The second round was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The senior looks to bring his competitive streak, according to KHS coach Mark Meyer.

“Matt always puts pressure on himself to succeed, no matter if it is a team or individual competition,” Meyer said. “He expects the best from himself in every match. Sometimes these expectations are unrealistic, and he could benefit from tempering his emotions during the round.”

Sectional medalist honors for the afternoon went to Dixon senior Ryan Dixon with a 71.

The top three teams in the meet that head down to Normal, Ill., are Boylan Catholic with a 310 score, Burlington Central with a 317 and Sterling with a 331.

After Yonkovich’s effort, Knight teammates’ eventful outing ended with an 85 from fellow senior Stephen Cannell, an 86 from both junior Jeremy Faletto and senior Brody Kuhar, a 90 from junior Jesse Denton and a 92 from freshman Jake Hed.

With only two returnees from last year’s State trek in the form of Yonkovich and Kuhar, inexperience in a pivotal setting may have taken hold.

“Our performance yesterday may have had to do with the lack of experience in the state tournament from four of our players. We started pressing after a slow, slow start, and sometimes that compounds errors,” Meyer said.

The Normal, Ill.-based Class AA State tournament swings away on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University.

Senior Brody Kuhar watches his ball in flight at Tuesday’s golf regional at Phillips Park in Aurora.

To the last man

Golfers’ Regional total enough to advance to sectional
KANELAND—Just enough was good enough for Kaneland High School golf on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a Class 2A field featuring the Knights shot on the greens at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora for the Aurora Central Catholic Regional. The Knights, by virtue of fifth entry Jeremy Faletto’s score, emerged as a tiebreaker recipient with a 310 over Elgin’s St. Edward, earning a sectional berth.

Kaneland now advances to Freeport Sectional play on Monday with advancing teams from the Grayslake Central and Belvidere North Sectionals.

Kaneland’s play was just behind first place Burlington Central’s 295 and Aurora Central Catholic’s 298. It’s the second sectional berth in a row for the Knight squad.

“It was by the skin of our teeth, no doubt about it,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “We talked about nerves going into the day and to just play through that. Everyone in the regional is going through it.”

St. Edward and Wheaton Academy (311) rounded out the top five of the 10-team field. Senior Matt Weber of Burlington Central emerged as the medalist with a 66 outing.

For Kaneland, the troops were paced by senior Matt Yonkovich with a 67 and fellow senior Brody Kuhar with a 78. Junior Faletto’s 81 was third-best for the Knights, followed by senior Stephen Cannell’s 84 and junior Jesse Denton’s 84. Freshman entry Jake Hed shot an 87 for the Knight cause.

“This experience is new for a lot of them,” Meyer said. “We have two returnees from last year’s team, and it’s our top two guys, but this will feel new.”

Last week saw the Knights travel to Senica Oak Ridge Golf Course to take on its Northern Illinois Big XII bretheren on Oct. 2. The Knights placed fourth in the meet with 321 points. Yorkville took the team title with 308, with DeKalb second (312) and Ottawa third (319). Yorkville’s Fred Washburn was the individual medalist with a 70 on the par 72 course. Kaneland was led by Yonkovich, who placed third with a 72. Adding up the season points with the tournament points, Kaneland placed third overall this season in the NIB-12 East Division with 17 points. Yorkville was the NIB-12 champ with 23, with DeKalb right behind at 20. All three teams were deadlocked at 8 points each heading into the tournament.

The sectional on Monday, Oct. 14, takes place at Park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, Ill.

Knight golfers prepare for end-of-season run

KANELAND—Who knows exactly what the Kaneland golfers will be capable of as the 2013 season comes to a close, especially on the heels of last year’s stellar State finish?

Their play as of late could serve as some indication.

Now on a handy streak of five wins in six matches, Kaneland (9-2) was preparing for a Northern Illinois Big XII Conference matchup against the entire field in the meet hosted by LaSalle-Peru High School at Senica Oaks on Wednesday.

KHS was crowned champion in 2012 with a 310, 15 shots better than rival Yorkville. Brody Kuhar earned medalist honors with a 73.

This year, Kaneland comes into the NIB-12 tournament tied with Yorkville and DeKalb at eight points. Rounding out the field, Rochelle, Morris and Sycamore all have two points.

“We feel very prepared for the tournament (Wednesday), but we understand that we are deadlocked with two very good teams at the top going into the championship round,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “Nerves tend to play a role during this part of the season, so it will all come down to which team can play steady for all 18 holes.”

Individually, Yorkville’s Evan Dill enters the tournament with 17.5 conference points, but Kaneland’s Matt Yonkovich is close behind at 15.5. DeKalb’s Austin Freeman has 14, Kuhar sits at 11, and Jacob Cook of DeKalb and Fred Washburn of Yorkville each have nine.

Following the conference tussle, it’s IHSA Class 2A Regional time on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Phillips Park in Aurora for the ACC Regional. Besides Kaneland, Aurora Central Catholic, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Burlington Central, St. Edward, Hampshire, Plano, Sandwich, Sycamore and Wheaton Academy suit up, with the top three teams going to the Freeport Sectional the following week.

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Split decisions

Photo: The Knights golfer are 7-2 overall, with the conference tournament on the horizon. Against visiting Sterling Sept. 12. Jessie Denton (above) shot a 43. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—Knights golf continues to see impressive scores from those it needs to count on in the regular season homestretch.

Kaneland (7-2) dropped a crossover battle with visiting Sterling on Thursday, 161-164, before coming back and seeing what its depth could do against Hinckley-Big Rock, 177-220 on Friday. Tuesday saw the Knights defeat Sycamore 152-174.

Against the Little Ten Conference Royals at Indian Creek GC, the top four scores by Kaneland were gathered by medalist Jacob Sheehan with a 42, CJ Wehrmann with a 43, Jake Hed with a 46 and Jakob Sanders with a 46.

Facing off against the Golden Warriors, Matt Yonkovich shot a 37, matching Sterling’s Ryan Hurley. Other noteworthy KHS scores were Jesse Denton’s 43, Zach Strayve’s 40 and Stephen Cannell’s 44.

Yonkovich’s progress is not as surprising as observers might think.

“Matt’s play this season has been very consistent. Thus far, we have counted his score in every match of the year and his scoring average is only slightly above par. This hasn’t come as much of a surprise however, because he put a lot of work into his game over the summer, and had similar scores in his IJGA and MAJGT tournaments,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

On Tuesday, Yonkovich led all golfers with a 34, while Brody Kuhar supplied a 38 and Hed a 39.

With the run-up to conference rapidly approaching, the Knights club hosted Jacobs for its final home meet of 2013 at Hughes Creek in Elburn Thursday.

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Knights club takes a hit in NIB-12 action

Photo: Senior Steven Cannell shot a 39 to help the Knights defeat the visiting Yorkville Foxes Tuesday. File Photo

KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII golf has its share of talent, just ask last year’s conference champ Kaneland.

The conference also has depth, and you can ask victorious DeKalb, which swung against rival Kaneland last Thursday.

Kaneland (1-1) fell 158-169 against the Barbs unit to open conference play in a road matchup, and followed that up with a trip to the 27-team Batavia Invite on Saturday.

KHS also braved the oppressive heat on Tuesday at Hughes Creek against Yorkville.

Against the Barbs contingent, it was Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar leading the charge with 40 scores, Jeremy Faletto hit a 43, while Jacob Sheehan shot a 46. DeKalb’s Austin Freeman shot a 38.

At Fox Valley GC, Kaneland battled through a wide array of competition that included local schools Aurora Christian, West Aurora, Batavia, Marmion Academy, Waubonsie Valley and NIB-12 rival Sycamore.

Hinsdale Central, Lyons and Oak Park-River Forest took the top three. Brody Kuhar shot an 82 to lead the Knights group. The Knights finished with a 338 on the day.

“I think regardless of who you’re playing, you have to focus on playing against the course instead of playing against your opponent,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “In the end, golf is not like basketball or football, where you’re playing defense. You can’t control what other teams do. So, you just try to play your game.”

Kaneland had a scheduled match on Wednesday at Wheaton Academy of West Chicago, while suiting up for a home matchup with crossover foe Sterling on Thursday, Sept. 12.

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Golfers handle early challenges

Photo: Senior Brody Kuhar tracks his shot during Thursday’s matchup against Marengo. Kuhar shot a 40 at Hughes Creek, and the Knights defeated the visitors 153-171. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—Proven talent is a nice thing to have if you’re Kaneland High School golf.

The reason for that, is the talent seems to prove itself time and again.

In early head-to-head action, the Knight golfers took to the links against Marengo on Thursday and came away with a 153-171 victory against the rivals to the north.

Kaneland is 2-0 in dual competition. A Friday meet with West Aurora was cancelled due to torrential rainfall.

The Knights had a handful of exceptional scores against the Indians at Hughes Creek, starting with Matt Yonkovich’s 36. Stephen Cannell, Jesse Denton and Jeremy Faletto managed 39 apiece, while Brody Kuhar added a 40 score.

Marengo was paced by Hunter Simonini and a 36.

Thursday, Sept. 5, will see Kaneland travel to DeKalb in a Northern Illinois Big XII meeting at 4 p.m. The Knights then head to the Batavia Invitational Saturday at 8 a.m.

KHS fall sports announce awards

Kaneland—The Kaneland High School fall sports programs recently concluded their respective awards nights.

Cross Country—Boys
• Most Valuable Runner: Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson
• Most Improved Runner: Nathaniel Kucera
• Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength—Nick Messina
• Captains—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Brad Kigyos
• Golden Knight Award—Freshman: Kyle Osborne; Sophomore: Andrew Lesak; Junior: Ryan Bower; Senior: Gus Stott
• State Qualifiers—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Nathaniel Kucera, John Meisinger, Ryan Bower, Brandon Huber, Ryan Paulson, Luis Acosta
• All Conference—Kyle Carter

Cross Country—Girls
• Captains—Abby Dodis, Maggie Brundige, Ashley Castellanos
• Most Improved Runner—Jessica Kucera, Sydney Strang
• Most Valuable Runner—Victoria Clinton
• All Conference—Victoria Clinton, Brianna Bower, Abby Dodis, Sydney Strang, Amanda Lesak
• State Qualifiers—Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig, Sydney Strang, Abby Dodis, Ashley Castellanos, Maggie Brundige, Amanda Lesak, Brianna Bower
• All State, State Champion—Victoria Clinton

Football
• Captains—Blake Bradford, Ryan Lawrence, Dan Goress, Kory Harner, Nick Sharp
• Most Improved Player—Bradley Johnson
• Most Valuable Player—Blake Bradford
• Offensive MVP—Zach Martinelli
• Defensive MVP—Gary Koehring
• Special Teams MVP—Matt Rodriguez
• NIB XII All Conference—Zach Theis, Nick Sharpe, Alex Snyder, Zach Martinelli, Jesse Balluff, Drew David, Justin Diddell, Jaumaureo Phillips, Blake Bradford, Kory Harner, Gary Koehring, Ryan Lawrence, Matt Rodriguez

Golf
• Varsity Most Improved Player—Jessy Denton
• Varsity MVP—Matt Yonkovich
• Fresh/Soph MVP—Jeremy Faletto
• Fresh/Soph Most Improved Player—Tori Guyton, C.J. Wehrmann
• All Conference—Matt Yonkovich, Connor Williams, Brody Kuhar, Luke Kreiter
• State Qualifiers—Connor Williams, Luke Kreiter, Matt Yonkovick, Brody Kuhar, Dan Miller, Sean Glennon

Soccer
• Captains—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Marshall Farthing, Sam Rymarz, Alec Koczka, Ivan Bohorquez
• Most Improved Player—Jason Biddle, Marshall Farthing
• Most Valuable Player—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo
• Rookie of the Year—Ivan Bohorquez
• Coach’s Award—Tyler Siebert, Alec Koczka, Chris Van Dinther, J.T. Karr
• Offensive Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• Defensive Player of the Year—Sam Rymarz
• Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• All Conference—Marshall Farthing, Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Alec Koczka, Sam Rymarz
• All Conference-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional—Alex Gil, Marshall Farthing
• All State—Anthony Parillo

Tennis
• Team Spirit Awards—Varsity: Jess Woodward; JV: Katelyn Blaszynski
• Most Improved Awards—Varsity: Colleen Landers; JV: Mallory Dugan
• MVP—Sarah Grams, Stephanie Zwick
• Outstanding Achievement Awards—School Record: 38 wins—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil; 1st Singles player to qualify for the State Tournament—Samantha Schrepferman
• State Qualifiers—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman
• All Conference—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman, Sarah Grams

Volleyball
• Most Improved Player—Emily Laudont, Keri Groen
• Spirit Award—Rachael Clinton
• MVP—Jenny Lubic
• Top Offensive Player—Ellie Dunn
• Top Defensive Player—Shayna Tucek
• All Conference—Ellie Dunn, Lauren Banbury

Weekend in Normal caps extraordinary golf campaign

Rain clips State tourney, but KHS fights hard in first trip since ’95
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’ll be a trip to remember for Kaneland High School golf.

The Knight group, making its first trip to the big gathering in 17 years, pushed its way to 10th place overall after one day of Class 2A competition at Weibring Golf Club in Bloomington, Ill.

After three holes on Saturday, lightning paused play and after two hours of stoppage, the course was ruled unplayable, cementing the totals.

Kaneland’s 341 score was good for 10th overall, just two strokes behind local rival Wheaton Academy.

Belleville’s Althoff Catholic was first in a tiebreaker over Normal U-High with 321. Washington was third with 323.

Glenbard South took sixth with 327, while fellow Northern Illinois Big XII Conference school Ottawa finished eight with a 332 tally.

Normal U-High’s Adam Baracani was the top individual with a score of 72.

Leading the way for KHS was junior Matt Yonkovich with 83, good for a 42nd place tie.

Teammates Connor Williams and Luke Kreiter shot 85 for 55th place overall.

Brody Kuhar shot an 88th for 74th place, while Sean Glennon shot a 92 for 90th place.

Dan Miller shot 95 for 105th place.

Kreiter would have liked to get out there for more action, but is richer for the experience.

“Our first three holes on the second day were pretty good and we were getting better,” Kreiter said. “The first day, we were off to some bad shots. The front nine and back nine were about the same for me.”

For Kaneland, the 2012 season will stick out for those who are returning, and those that have swung their last driver for the Knights, like Kreiter.

“We put in a lot of work this year, guys like Glennon and Yonkovich and Kuhar. It was great to see and we’ve come a long way. We believed in ourselves this year,” Kreiter said.

The golf program and eighth-year coach Mark Meyer say goodbye to Glennon, Kreiter, Stephen McCracken, Miller and Williams.

It’s in the hole

Strong Sectional effort punches Knight golf’s State ticket
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland golf will be taking swings at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13.

It’s not for a campus visit.

Kaneland is one of the exclusive teams that showed exceptional talent and scores at its sectional, qualifing as a team for the Class 2A State Tournament.

It marks the first time KHS has gone to State since 1995, and its first State go-around under coach Mark Meyer, now in his eighth year.

“All season long, we’ve stressed leaving numbers out of their heads and just focus on the next shot,” Meyer said. “It worked, and we are really excited to go.”

After advancing out of the Sycamore Regional on Oct. 3 as meet champion, Kaneland put together a team score of 352 to make the cut as the third best team by seven strokes over Sterling at the Belvidere North Sectional.

Ottawa was Sectional champ at 340, followed by Kaneland’s regional mate Wheaton Academy at 348.

Sterling (359) and Vernon Hills (363) rounded out the top five of the 12-team meet.

Ottawa’s Lane Barbier’s 77 was enough for medalist honors, and Andrew Blackburn of Sterling was the top individual to advance with a 79 score.

But the Knights’ team effort did the trick to extend the noteworthy 2012 season another week.

Junior Matt Yonkovich, the only KHS golfer to qualify for Sectionals in 2011, paced the lineup with an 84 score, followed by Luke Kreiter’s 86. Brody Kuhar shot an 89, while Connor Williams and Dan Miller shot 93 and 95, respectively.

“In golf, you just have to focus on one thing at a time, and the most important thing is that next shot. It can be difficult, but these guys managed to do it,” Meyer said.

Kaneland begins on the 10th tee beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, with Sean Glennon matching clubs with Washington’s Matt Johnson, Glenbard South’s Eli Qahhaar and Mt. Carmel’s Daniel Dydo.

The Knights have a practice round tomorrow at 10 a.m. before making the trek south for the State meet.

Champions—Twice As Nice

Brody Kuhar led KHS with a score of 73 at the Northern Illinois Big XII meet in LaSalle, Ill. File Photo

Golfers win NIB-12, then regional, in 5-day stretch
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Much like the ball off a drive, the Knights’ golf team’s fortunes keep going up and forward.

With a considerably better showing this year compared to the 2011 postseason that saw just one individual advance to Sectionals, the Kaneland lineup was crowned Sycamore Regional champion after play on Monday.

Kaneland’s score was a meet-best 302, followed by fellow advancing teams Wheaton Academy (319) and Burlington Central (322).

“We’re starting to get hot at the right time,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “Several guys struggled on the front nine, but came back on the back nine, and we have some people at the bottom of the scorecard playing better and stepping up.”

Junior Matt Yonkovich, the lone sectional golfer from KHS a year ago, led the way with a 72. He was followed by senior Luke Kreiter with a 75.

Kreiter was cited by Meyer as the lone golfer who didn’t struggle on the front nine.

“I just went out there and hit good drives,” Kreiter said. “I took that to the hole. I hit a speed bump on hole eight, but came back.”

Brody Kuhar shot a 76, followed by Sean Glennon’s 79, Dan Miller’s 81 and Connor Williams’ 87.

Kreiter feels that the team is playing at a high level compared to a year ago.

“I think we came into last year’s regional a little nervous, but this year we knew if we play our best, we’ll pull through,” Kreiter said.

The good fortune for the week began at the Sept. 26 Northern Illinois Big XII meet hosted by LaSalle-Peru.

Kaneland captured the East bracket with a 310 clip, followed by Yorkville’s 325 and Sycamore’s 333. Morris (347), Rochelle (348) and DeKalb (349) rounded out the six. Ottawa’s 318 was tops for the West.

Brody Kuhar’s 73 was tops for the entire field, followed by Ottawa’s Lane Barbier (75).

Yonkovich (76) and Kreiter (80) also provided firepower for the NIB-12 gathering.

Ahead for Kaneland is the sectional hosted by Belvidere North on Monday, Oct. 8, at Timberpointe Golf Course in Poplar Grove, Ill., featuring the advancing teams from the Vernon Hills Regional and the Dixon Regional.

Golfers clipped by Jacobs, swing in Genoa

Sept. 28: Kaneland won the NIB-12 Conference meet Wednesday, Sept. 26. Knight Brody Kuhar medaled for the champion Knights with a 73, while the team score of 310 easily outdistanced second-place Yorkville’s 325. See next week’s Elburn Herald for in-depth coverage.

KANELAND—Sometimes good totals aren’t enough.

The scorecard can go your way with consistent totals, but the opponent can experience the same phenomenon, but sometimes a stroke better.

That was the case on Sept. 19, when the Knight golfers were given a 162-163 loss to Algonquin’s Jacobs High School at Randall Oaks Golf Club.

The Knights are looking at a 5-4 record in dual action.

Kaneland also took a trip to the Oak Club in Genoa, Ill., for the Fran Noyes Invite on Saturday and finished third.

Brody Kuhar shot a 39 for Kaneland against Jacobs, followed by Connor Williams with a 40, and both Luke Kreiter and Matt Yonkovich with 42.

Sam Kozak of Jacobs earned medalist honors with a 37.

Using Stableford scoring on Saturday, the Knights’ team total of 103 was better than 20 other teams near Route 23.

Huntley was first with 114, and Rockford Boylan was second with 106.

Yonkovich was best among the individuals in the field with a score of 33, while Kreiter was third with 28.

Kaneland was set to travel to Senica Oaks Ridge Golf Club to the Northern Illinois Big XII meet hosted by LaSalle-Peru on Wednesday, with results unavailable as of press time.

KHS has its regional assignment on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Sycamore Golf Club, for the 10-team regional. The sectional takes place the following Monday, hosted by Belvidere North.

KHS nabs Morris in dual match

Kaneland—Kaneland defeated visiting Morris on Tuesday at Hughes Creek Golf Course, winning the varsity match 151-169.

The Knights were paced by dual medalist winners Matt Yonkovich and Luke Kreiter, who each put up 37 scores.

Connor Williams finished one stroke off the lead with a 38. Dan Miller was the fourth Knight to contribute to the team tally, finishing just two back off the lead with a score of 39.

Kaneland’s number-four score tied Morris’s number-one score.

In JV action, Kaneland defeated Morris by 23 strokes, 181-204.

Jeremy Faletto earned medalist honors with a 43. Jacob Sheehan finished two back with a 45. Zach Streyve scored 46 and Tori Guyton finished with a 47 to complete the Knight scoring.

Kaneland traveled to Jacobs High School on Wednesday in dual meet action, although results were not available at press time. The Knights travel to the Genoa Kingston Invite on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Knights win handily on links vs H-BR

Photo: Kaneland’s Stephen McCracken watches teammate Josh Kilgore putt during their varsity home match against Sycamore at Hughes Creek on Tuesday. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Hughes Creek was the site of a handy dual win for Knights golf on Sept. 5.

Facing Little Ten Conference representative Hinckley-Big Rock, the Knights used a consistent scorecard to vanquish the Royals by a final of 161-192 under clear skies.

The Knights also played Tuesday, losing to rival Sycamore 157-166.

Kaneland is now 4-3 in dual action in 2012.

It was last year’s postseason torchbearer junior Matt Yonkovich leading the way last week with a solid 38, followed by Brody Kuhar, Sean Glennon and Connor Williams with tallies of 41.

“It’s a good feeling to be competitive,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “It’s against everyone we play against. It’s never fun to lose, but then again, you can only play against the course.”

Golfers like Yonkovich hope to play quite well against every course, and he is encouraged by the level of recent play.

“We’ve been playing really good lately, and I think the way we’ve been playing will get us through the season. My putting has been really good lately, and I’ve been making almost everything,” Yonkovich said.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, sees the golfers host Morris at Hughes Creek.

Golfers chip away at Sterling

KANELAND—While the journey last Thursday for Kaneland High School golf was west, the Knights’ fortunes went north after its Northern Illinois Big XII crossover battle.

A win over the host Sterling Golden Warriors at their home course improved the Knights overall dual record to 3-1 at this early juncture of the 2012 campaign. Tuesday’s close home loss to Wheaton Academy puts the Knights’ dual-meet record at 3-2 heading into Wednesday’s action, of which results were not available as of press time.

Competing at Emerald Hill Golf Club, the Knights used a top-end performance from its top four to emerge with a 153-158 edge.

Paced by co-medalist Matt Yonkovich’s clutch 36, it turns out the Kaneland roster needed every exceptional score.

In order to neutralize Sterling’s Andrew Blackburn’s score of 36, KHS also employed a 37 final score from Sean Glennon, as well as a 40 from both Brody Kuhar and Luke Kreiter.

Sterling also had additional totals from Trevor Sisson (39) and Austin Cook (40).

For the Knights, Jesse Denton also managed a 43, and teammate Connor Williams managed a 45.

In the frosh/soph meeting between the East and West Division institutions, it was Kaneland slamming Sterling by a wide 178-219 margin.

The underclass win was in large part due to Jeremy Faletto and his 43, along with Jacob Sheehan’s 44.

Tuesday saw the Knights lose a one-stroke nail-biter against visiting Wheaton Academy.

Kaneland’s Brody Kuhar came through with a big performance, earning medalist honors with a score of 35. Kreiter finished two strokes off the winning pace, with a 37. Yonkovich followed with a 38, and Williams and Denton each put up 40s for the day.

Kaneland also had play against Hinckley-Big Rock on Wednesday at Hughes Creek, followed by a Friday, Sept. 7, encounter with conference foe Yorkville in Kendall County.

KHS fall athletes recognized with awards

KANELAND—Kaneland High School athletics released their slate of Fall Sports Awards, with each sport trumpeting the best it had to offer, with some All-Northern Illinois Big XII honors thrown in for good measure.

In golf, All-NIB-12 went to Troy Krueger and Matt Yonkovich. Co-Varsity MVP’s were Brody Kuhar and Yonkovich. Connor Williams won the varsity most improved player award. On the frosh/soph roster, Stephen Cannell took the MVP, and Jacob Sheehan won the most improved player award.

For volleyball, All-NIB-12 nods went to Katy Dudzinski and conference MVP Kylie Siebert.

Dudzinski was named top offensive player while Siebert was named top defensive player.

Most improved player went to Rachael Clinton, and the Spirit award went to Lauren Banbury. Dudzinski and Siebert took home the team MVP awards.

In Kaneland tennis, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Amelia Napiorkowski and Kelly Kovacic were recognized as captains. Mallory Dugan and Stephanie Karolewicz were named most improved. Kovacic and Colleen Landers took the team spirit awards. Outstanding achievement awards went to Jelly Emmnouil for a perfect regular season, Madi Jurcenko for a school record 33 wins, and the doubles tandem of Jurcenko and Napiorkowski for a record of 32-3. All-NIB-12 members were Napiorkowski, Jurcenko, Emmanouil and Sammie Schrepferman, and those four were also named team MVP’s.

For girls cross country, Victoria Clinton was honored for All-State totals, as well as being a State qualifier with teammates Maggie Brundige, Abby Dodis, Aislinn Lodwig, Amanda Lesak, Sydney Strang and Ashley Castellanos.

Lesak, Dodis, Lodwig, Brundige and Clinton were named to the All-NIB-12 team. Dodis, Brundige and Carolina Tovar were recognized as captains. Most improved runners were Dodis and Brundige, while Clinton was named as Most Valuable Runner, capping an exceptional freshman campaign.

For boys cross country, Kyle Carter, John Meisinger, Brandon Huber, Miki Marin, Conor Johnson, Luis Acosta, Clayton Brundige and Nate Rehkopf were recognized as State qualifiers, while Huber, Carter and Meisinger made the All-NIB-12 team.

The Golden Knight Awards went to freshman Andrew Lesak, sophomore Nathanie Kucera, junior Meisinger and senior Rehkopf. Rehkopf, Brundige and Marin were recognized as captains. Huber took the most improved runner nod. Brundige won the Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength. Carter was named most valuable runner.

For the State semifinalist football squad, Quinn Buschbacher was recognized for his IHSCA All-State accomplishment, and Jacob Razo was credited with an IHSCA Honorable Mention. Alex Snyder, Drew David, Blake Bradford and Ben Kovalick were named to the IHSCA Academic All-State team.

Snyder, Nick Sharp, Buschbacher, Sean Carter, David, Ryan Noel, Kovalick, Razo, Kory Harner, Ryan Lawrence and Bradford were named to the All-NIB-12 team.

Special teams MVP was Matt Roriguez, while Buschbacher was offensive MVP and Razo was named defensive MVP.

Most improved player was Brandon Stahl, captains were Kovalick, Noel, Buschbacher, Razo and Carter, while Sean Carter walked away with the MVP award.

For the regional finalist soccer team, Alex Gil and Anthony Parillo were named to the All-Sectional team, while Jordan Escobedo, Gil, Parillo and Alec Koczka made the All-NIB-12 team. Pedro Perez and Tyler Siebert were honorable mention candidates.

Gil was named player of the year, with Escobedo taking the offensive player of the year and Sam Rymarz named the defensive player of the year.

The Coach’s Award went to Siebert, Koczka, Jason Biddle and Chris Van Dinther. Gil, Escobedo and Parillo were recognized as captains.

Rookie of the year went to Arsim Azemi. Thansi Pesmajoglou was named most improved player and Gil and Parillo took the team MVP.

Guyton, Yonkovich see season end at Sectionals

KANELAND—Playoff golf arrived with a vengeance, and had a KHS girls golfer with the last name of Guyton taking on all comers.

It was anything but deja vu, as freshman Tori Guyton, younger sister of current-ISU Redbird Hayley, advanced out of the IHSA Class AA Girls Golf Burlington Central Regional, hosted at Sycamore Golf Club on Oct. 5.

Competing as an individual, Guyton, who competed for Kaneland in the JV ranks this season, shot a 102, earning the last individual qualifying spot for Tuesday’s Buffalo Grove Sectional.

Guyton’s season came to an end shooting that same score at famed Cog Hill in Lemont on Tuesday for the St. Ignatius Sectional.

Geneva’s Megan Rush outshot Guyton by one stroke at the regional. The top individual qualifier was Sycamore’s Carly Hudon at 78.

Wheaton-Warrenville South took the regional crown with a score of 340.

Meanwhile, boys golf saw its season officially come to an end on Monday at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, as sophomore Matt Yonkovich was unable to advance to State as an individual qualifier. The highest qualifying score for an indivudla was 76. Sterling, Marmion Academy and Vernon Hills advanced as a team.

A year ago, KHS played as a team at the Freeport Sectional and finished 11th out of 12.

The 2011 boys golf outfit says goodbye to captains Adam Grams, Troy Krueger and Anthony Sperando, along with fellow seniors Zach Douglas and Mitch Gemini.

Yonkovich shoots to Sectional for KHS golf

KANELAND—Kaneland golf will have a sectional presence after all.

Despite a sixth-place finish in the IHSA Class 2A Regional at the Highlands of Elgin golf course, the Knights’ sophomore talent Matt Yonkovich emerged as an advancing individual and heads to the sectional hosted by Wheaton Academy out at Pheasant Run in St. Charles on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The top three teams to advance were Marmion Academy with a 314 score, Wheaton Academy at 315 and Burlington Central at 322.

Kaneland’s 338 was one stroke behind St. Francis.

“It’s a fair course, and if you play it smart, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t shoot low scores here. What was giving us some trouble today were the greens. They’re in good shape, but for one reason or another, we weren’t putting very well,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Yonkovich, who got a large amount of time on the varsity courses in his first varsity year, shot an 80.

The top advancing individual was St. Edward High School’s Michael Holevas.

On Sept. 28, Kaneland finished fifth with a score of 328 at the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference meet in Yorkville. The host Foxes took the meet over second-place Streator.

Yonkovich and teammate Adam Grams took an 80 off the course.

Junior varsity member Tori Guyton, younger sister of current Illinois State University golfer Hayley Guyton, was scheduled for regional action in girls golf on Wednesday.

Updatde: Tori Guyton qualified for sectionals. See next week’s paper for more details.

Golfers solve Morris after Streator setback

ELBURN—Kaneland High School golf continues to get exceptional efforts from a nicely gelling roster, despite suffering two of three losses.

Going back to last week’s loss at Sycamore, Kaneland also dropped a 150-156 matchup at Streator on Sept. 14 before rallying against Northern Illinois Big XII rival Morris on Tuesday by a final of 151-168.

Against the host Bulldogs, the Knights (7-4) saw noteworthy scores from Brody Kuhar (36), Luke Kreiter (37) and Adam Grams (41).

The JV team was edged by Streator 198-199.

In the win over Morris, the visiting Knights saw a 34 from medalist Matt Yonkovich, a 37 by Kreiter and a 40 from both Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger. Grams also managed a 41 score.

The JV roster came away with a 177-199 win.

The varsity troops head off to DeKalb for a meeting with the Barbs on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Knights golf on a tear

Photo: Troy Krueger is heavily contributing to the early dual success of Kaneland golf. File Photo
KANELAND—With their sixth dual win in a row, Kaneland High School golf is making opponents feel as if they’ve been clubbed.

With a convincing 172-199 win over the visiting Hinckley-Big Rock Royals squad out at Hughes Creek in Elburn on Sept. 7, and a 154-157 loss to Sycamore on Tuesday, the Knights see their mark go to 6-2.

KHS has now won 15 of its last 19 regular season dual matchups, dating back to the beginning of 2010.

Exceptional scores were shot by medalists Sean Glennon and Connor Williams with 42 each.

Zach Douglas shot a 43, followed by Mitch Gemini’s 45.

In the JV skirmish, the Knights took a 197-226 meeting with H-BR. Jacob Sheehan shot a 46.

On Saturday, the golfers traveled to Batavia for the Bulldogs’ invite, and finished 16th out of 30 teams, with a total of 322, one better than Joliet Catholic. Lyons Township took the meet with a 302. Matt Yonkovich shot a 78, while Williams shot an 80.

Against the Spartans were led by Yonkovich’s 38.

Ensuing action sees Kaneland at Morris on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Knight golfers score big in wins over W. Aurora, YHS

Photo: Stephen Cannell studies his drive during Kaneland’s home varsity match against Yorkville on Sept. 6 at Hughes Creek. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—How are the KHS golfers supplantiing the loss of key people like Josh Schuberg and Hayley Guyton?

Quite well, thank you.

With handy wins over visiting West Aurora on Aug. 31, and the visiting Sterling crew on Thursday, the Kaneland club has a 5-1 record in dual meets thus far.

Luke Kreiter shot a medalist-worthy 36 against the Blackhawks in the 158-173 win at Hughes Creek G.C., and was aided by a 39 from Brody Kuhar and a 41 from Troy Krueger. Dan Miller and Connor Williams shot 42 each.

The JV crew was edged by W. Aurora by a 183-186 margin.

Against the Golden Warriors of Sterling, a 36 by Adam Grams and a 38 by Krueger and Matt Yonkovich led the way to a 151-164 win. Kuhar also shot a 39 in the win.

Sterling’s JV team beat Kaneland 183-195.

Krueger’s 38 also helped KHS beat Yorkville on Tuesday, 153-172.

On tap for varsity golf: a trip to the Batavia Invite on Saturday, Sept. 10.

KHS golfers swing past Marengo, Rochelle

KANELAND—Kaneland golf didn’t like the feeling of losing the opening match to Jacobs last week, so the Knights made their own luck, and made it better.

On Thursday, Kaneland (2-1) took care of Marengo out at Hughes Creek by a 160-179 tally, while Aug. 24 ended with a convincing conference push of the Rochelle Hubs by a 159-182 final.

Against the Indians, Matt Yonkovich, Connor Williams and Zach Douglas each shot a 39 score to help the winning effort.

The JV crew beat Marengo by a 196-213 final.

Against the Hubs, Yonkovich continued his stellar start with a 27 score, while Luke Kreiter shot a 39.

The JV also emerged victorious with a 192-221 win.

Up next for the Knights is a home matchup with Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Sterling, on Thursday, Sept. 1.

NIB-12 for Kaneland golf’s taking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaneland High School rises up with fall sports awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golf takes swings at NIB12 foes

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

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

The Knights are now 1-1 in dual action.

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

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

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

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

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

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