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Kaneland volleyball falls short to Sterling

Photo: Seniors Rachel Kintz, Riley Hannula and Anna Senese make a wall against Sterling Oct. 2. “Our blocking has been a huge development for us, and reading the hitters,” head coach Cyndi Violett said. Photo by Laura Gampfer

KANELAND—It hasn’t been a common occurrence in 2014, but the Kaneland Lady Knights volleyball team had to deal with a little losing streak.

Beginning with a loss at the beginning of last week against Yorkville, Kaneland hosted Sterling on Thursday in a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover and fell 16-25, 25-13, 28-26.

On Tuesday in Ottawa, Kaneland won 25-23, 25-22 in a close match with the Lady Pirates.

Overall, Kaneland sits at 15-9, with a 3-2 mark in NIB-12 competition.

On the Kaneland side, Ellie Dunn had four service points, 12 kills, two blocks and eight digs. Teammate Riley Hannula added seven service points, three kills, eight blocks and two digs. Anna Senese had 10 service points, four kills, 13 digs and a block.

Head coach Cyndi Violett knew some things had to be adjusted, while there was still a good stretch of time before regionals begin at the end of this month.

“After our loss to Sterling, I realized that we needed to come back together as a team and family. There wasn’t a specific skill or game play to focus on, but to re-energize ourselves for the love of the game and our teammates,” Violett said.

Still, there has been plenty of intangibles to be proud of.

“Our blocking has been a huge development for us, and reading the hitters,” Violett said.

Against Ottawa, Dunn had 11 kills and 15 digs in the two-game sweep. Hannula added four service points, six kills and two blocks, while Senese had five kills and 11 digs, and Hollie Fedderly had 13 assists and six service points.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, the KHS crew heads to conference foe DeKalb.


Kaneland girls cross thirst for Pretzel Invite

Photo: Sophomore Grace Dodis accepts Kaneland’s second-place trophy at Saturday’s Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to photos@elburnherald.com

FREEPORT, ILL.—For the best girls cross country talent the northern half of the state has to offer on an October Saturday, one need not look farther than the Pretzel Invite.

On Saturday, Kaneland girls cross country took second place with 53 points, meaning the talent is doing nicely after the season’s health and lineup concerns. More local outfit Boylan Catholic of Rockford, Ill., nabbed first with 34 points.

Dixon (59), Freeport (102) and Winnebago (122) filled out the top half of the afternoon in the 10-team invite.

Three top-10 finishers donning Lady Knight garb were Victoria Clinton in fourth with an 18:53, fifth-place Andrea Wells in 18:60 and Brianna Bower with a 19:28, good for seventh.

Senior cornerstone Jessica Kucera paced to a 14th-place finish at 20:06, and Grace Dodis took 23rd at 20:53.

Other KHS varsity runners included Sarah Daley (30th, 21:12) and Carly Bartholomew (39th, 21:53).

The Boylan trio of Delaney Appino (18:01), Erica Lowry (18:40) and Grace McLaughlin (18:44) took the top three spots.

KHS coach Doug Ecker is a fan of the Freeport setup.

“It is nice to run against some different teams and see Boylan before the sectional. We like it because it is a smaller meet and it gives the JV girls a chance to run in a meet where they can be successful. All meets are important in preparing for the end of the season, but we value the entire season as important. We do not just point to the state series as the only thing that determines a successful season,” Ecker said.

Wednesday had the Byron Handicap come the Lady Knights’ way, and Saturday, Oct. 11, has the 65th annual Sterling Invite in Northern Illinois Big XII West territory.


KHS boys Pretzel Invite trip part of process

Photo: The KHS boys varsity cross country team earned second overall at Saturday’s Freeport Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patii WIlk to photos@elburnherald.com

FREEPORT, ILL.—The Knights cross country team saw encouraging signs and cooler weather at the annual Pretzel Invitational.

The cool morning—which even featured early snow flurries—saw Kaneland nab a steady second-place finish, thanks to a 52-point output—just 12 behind Winnebago—five Knights in the the top 16 runners.

After Winnebago and Kaneland, it was Dixon (87), Boylan Catholic (95) and Rockford Guilford (154) securing the top five spots in the 10-team gathering.

While Winnebago’s Nathan Smith won the three-mile challenge with an effort of 15:32, KHS had plenty to be proud about.

On a day some 40 degrees cooler than the previous weekend’s Charger Classic, the Knights’ Austin Kintz grabbed fifth overall in 15:48, while Brandon Park was seventh at 16:01 in the talented field. Park managed a PR on the course by 44 seconds.

Eleventh-place Mitch Reger (16:40), 13th-place Will Kuipers (16:46) and 16th-place James Walker (16:55) were 15 seconds apart and sealed a 67-second pack split.

“We know that in order to finish in the top two today, it would be important to get good production from 3-7,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

Clarey and company also liked what the Freeport setting had to offer.

“We enjoy the different terrain Freeport provides us each year. Not a typical flat course—the rolling hills offer some challenge early on before flattening out and running down at the finish. Our kids love it,” Clarey said.

Other Kaneland athletes in the varsity race were Sean Spaetzel (23rd, 17:16), Andrew Lesak (24th, 17:20), Aaron French (34th, 17:44), Zach Kurz (38th, 18:15), Ben Smith (46th, 18:45), Nick Moses (68th, 19:58), Josh Kasap (76th, 20:29), Grant Gingrich (82nd, 21:35), Jacob Wolfe (83rd, 21:48) and Kyle Osborne (88th, 23:28).

Wednesday saw a trip to the Byron Handicap, with results not available for press, and the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference race.

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Piece of the Rock

Photo: Ivan Bohorquez celebrates scoring his unassisted first-half goal against Sycamore Tuesday. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Second-place effort at Quad Cities gathering has smooth finish
KANELAND—This past weekend had the Kaneland soccer roster heading two hours west, and gain a little footing on an up-and-down 2014 campaign.

On Friday and Saturday, KHS headed to the Rock Island Tournament and went 3-1 overall, finishing second. On Tuesday, Kaneland went to Sycamore for a Northern Illinois Big XII conference skirmish and shut out the Spartans 3-0.

Kaneland sits at 9-7-2, with a 3-2-1 mark in NIB-12 play, and roughly a week and a half left in regular season play.

To begin the Rock Island festivities, the Knights used two penalty kick conversions from Angel Escontrias to take a 2-0 win from Homewood-Flossmoor, and finished Friday with a 2-0 win over Washington. Escontrias’ first-half goal and Mark Dhom’s second-half try sealed the deal.

Facing the host Rocks, a 3-1 win was propelled by Felipe Speraggi’s goal off an Escontrias feed in the first half, the Speraggi-Escontrias connection in the second half, and an Escontrias goal off a feed from Andrew Mathys with 11 minutes left.

In the title match, East Moline United Township beat KHS 2-1, as Escontrias’ penalty try was the lone goal with 12 minutes to go. Kaneland was playing two men short due to red cards.

Against Sycamore, Escontrias and Ivan Bohorquez each had a goal and an assist. Andres Tovar supplied a second-half goal, as well.

Kaneland hosts Morris on Thursday.


That was Sparta

Photo: Junior Steven VanHorn breaks up a 3rd-down pass to a Sycamore wide receiver Friday. “Both defenses played really well,” KHS head coach Tom Fedderly said. Photo by Mary Paulson

Urgency increases after 14-7 loss at Sycamore
SYCAMORE—Kaneland football has yet to pull off a three-game win streak in 2014. It’ll have to in order to be considered for postseason play for the seventh consecutive season.

With a chance to at least tie the Sycamore Spartans during the Spartans’ homecoming week on Friday, Kaneland’s offense put together a sustained drive until an interception in the endzone with 14 seconds remaining cemented a 14-7 loss to Sycamore.

For KHS, its season sits at 2-4 (0-3 Northern Illinois Big XII) for the first time since 2007. The four-game skid notes the longest in-season losing streak since 1993.

The competitive-yet-hard-luck streak means the Knights are 3-6 in their last nine overall contests, playoffs included.

Kaneland and Sycamore’s meeting on Friday was a tad more low-scoring than last season’s 31-21 road loss, and a stark difference from Kaneland’s 30-point per game output.

Juniors Jacob Gomes (below, No. 53) and Andrew Kray (No. 75) hold the Sycamore offense on a 3rd down Friday.
Juniors Jacob Gomes (below, No. 53) and Andrew Kray (No. 75) hold the Sycamore offense on a 3rd down Friday.

Despite just 81 yards passing during the defensive struggle, Knights quarterback Jake Marczuk was the game’s leading rusher with 129 yards on the ground.

After battling through an early stalemate that involved Knights receiver Mitchell Groen recovering a fumble out of the air—to no avail—on offense, the Spartans converted on a one-yard touchdown run by Brett Weaver to make it 7-0 with 2:05 left in the second quarter.

Marczuk’s 4th-down attempt to Connor Fedderly from the Spartans’ 42 was a no-go, ending the final first-half drive.

In the third quarter, Marczuk’s grasp on the ball was loosened during a scamper and Sycamore recovered on its on 29. Three plays later, Spartan Dion Hooker ran for a 63-yard score to take a 14-0 lead with 8:38 to go.

Marczuk finally brought the Knights to the scoring column with 7:09 to go in the fourth on a nine-yard run to make it 14-7. After forcing Sycamore to punt, a forced fumble during Fedderly’s return went to Sycamore. KHS was able to dig deep and block a 32-yard field goal attempt and take over at its own 29. Using the strength of a 21-yard run by Marczuk, the Knights found themselves in Sycamore territory.

On 2nd and 10 from the 32, Marczuk was sacked, but gained 21 yards on a run to the 16. After a pass attempt to the middle of the end zone to Fedderly went incomplete, a slant to Fedderly in the end zone was snagged by Sycamore’s Bryce Hansen to end it the Knight hope.

“(Coach Joe Ryan) does a great job with his kids, and it was just a hard-fought game. I think we did some things to kind of hurt ourselves. They did a tremendous job. We had to put drives together, and Sycamore stepped up and did a good job. Both defenses played really well.” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland has a date with the 2-4 Morris Redskins on Friday, Oct. 10. Morris has ceased to beat Kaneland since rejoining the conference landscape together in 2010.


Kindness Campaign celebrates one-year anniversary

Photo: Renee Dee and Kaneland parent Sarah Ziemba at the Kindness in Kaneland booth Friday. Photo submitted by Renee Dee to LLogan@elburnherald.com

KANELAND—What started as groups organized to combat bullying has turned into a collaboration within the Kaneland School District and community known as the Kindness Campaign. And its organizers are celebrating the campaign’s first anniversary this month.

Rather than create an anti-bullying campaign, Kindness Campaign co-organizer Renee Dee said it’s more of a reminder to make good choices each day.

“It’s better to send a positive message,” Dee said. “People have started to embrace the message, and hopefully, it’s making some kind of change.”

While most of the Kaneland community is involved in some way, Dee and Leigh Ann Reusche were the impetus behind the movement.

Dee said the true purpose of the campaign is to assist with the social emotional issues of not only the School District’s students, but also the parents.

“No other organization is doing that in the Kaneland area,” Dee said.

KHS Assistant Principal Mike Rice agreed that it’s good to get the message out to remind people how important the little things are and the positive impact they can have on others.

“I wouldn’t say we never have trouble here (with bullying), but we have policies to work with students to get to the core of the problem,” Rice said.

Rather than just punish students for bad behavior, Rice said school administrators prefer to work with students to make positive behavioral modifications.

“We try to talk about with them about how their actions impact other people,” Rice said.

Along with assisting students one-on-one as needs arise, the district provides speakers. Dee has helped find speakers who can make a positive impact.

“I find resources and speakers, and act as a funnel to bring resources in to discuss things like Internet safety, healthy friendships, that kind of stuff,” Dee said.

For example, Jeff Dean, a policeman who specializes in Internet and personal safety, has spoken with students several times over the past year.

“A lot of issues are technology-related, and that brings bullying to a whole new level,” Dee said. “Jeff helps parents understand how to manage kids’ daily phone usage, raises awareness and teaches about having difficult conversations.”

Another speaker is Amy Logan, author of the book “A Girl with a Cape: The True Story About the Superhero in All of Us,” seeks to empower girls to be super.

Dee said organizers have worked with the Lions Clubs, and the Sugar Grove Library is sponsoring a writing contest during October. The event will focus on healthy friendships and being a good friend.

The most recent Kindness Campaign kicked off with a happy dance at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil last July, Dee said.

October is national bullying correction month, providing the perfect time for the start of the new campaign to raise awareness. Dee said Harter Middle School has a new program, “Project KC.”

“Last year’s theme was ‘be nice, be happy.’ This year’s theme is ‘be kind,’ and next year’s theme will be ‘be good to each other,’” Dee said.

Rice said the campaign has just gotten underway for the year with appearances at volleyball and football games last week. Various groups wore lime green in support of the campaign, and the volleyball team members presented their opponents with gift bags. The pom pon squad entertained with a special performance.

Rice said Kaneland administration and staff support the campaign, but it’s really on the student organizations to make things happen.

“It’s kind of on them to take it over, and it has gained momentum,” Rice said. “It’s nice to celebrate the good things.”

“All of these kids are good, nice kids; they just need to be reminded,” Dee said.

She said it’s important to remind kids to focus on following their own heart and their own inner voice, not the crowd.

“This campaign belongs to the community,” Dee said. “And it has taken on a life of its own. “It’s nothing we could have imagined when we started it.”

Bakery Truck front

Bakery truck to make Elburn Car Show appearance

ELBURN—Red (Charles) Singleton of Elgin, Ill., plans to feature his antique bakery truck, which he purchased in Elburn, in the Elburn Car Show this Sunday at Lions Park, 500 Filmore St.

Singleton was introduced to the vehicle, a Helms Bakery truck, when he saw it for sale on the corner of Route 38 and Route 47 in 1986.

“I first saw the bakery truck with a telephone number from a guy named Shuck,” Singleton said. “I believed he lived a couple of blocks east of the old (Elburn) school. This truck was used for a house-to-house delivery bakery truck. It was a Helms Bakery truck. Helms Bakery was a prominent bakery in California, and they used trucks like mine in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.”

When Singleton went to buy the bakery delivery truck, it was behind the old Elburn High School building (now the Elburn and Countryside Community Center) on Route 47 in Elburn. The truck had been vandalized and wasn’t running at the time of purchase.

“I paid $2,500 for it, and they were asking $4,500,” Singleton said. “Today, it’s worth $40,000 to $50,000.”

After purchasing the truck, Singleton completely restored it back to running condition, along with a new coat of paint and new lettering. Singleton’s bakery truck is a 1933 model, and boasts a Hercules four-cylinder engine with a clutch and break combination, along with an aluminum body and hydraulic brakes. It was made by a bus company called Twin Coach, according to Singleton.

Helms Bakery’s motto was “Daily at Your Door,” Singleton said. The truck was used for daily deliveries on residential roads, and the delivery man would use an air whistle to alert the customer that they were outside of their home with their order. Singleton’s truck also has an air whistle, and is now one of only four or five Helms Bakery Trucks still in existence, according to Singleton.

The Elburn Lions’ 21st annual Fall Classic All Wheel Show will take place Sunday, Oct. 5, at Elburn Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn.

School Board approves teacher salary increase

KANELAND—The Kaneland Education Association (KEA) and Board of Education have reached an agreement to increase teacher salaries for the 2014-15 school year.

All Kaneland School Board members on Monday agreed to the salary increase, with the exception of Tony Valente.

Valente later spoke further regarding his “no” vote.

“I think there are teachers that deserve a raise and deserve to get paid what they’re worth, which is a lot,” Valente said. “The issue that I have is it’s hard to explain an additional million dollars almost to the levy next year. So we’re going to be looking at paying down our funds in our reserves. And we’re going to have issues with (the) levy if EAVs (equalized assessed value) continue to stay where their at.”

Valente said that there is no plan to pay for the increase.

“We have to have a plan,” he said. “That plan is not presented. And I think the plan is just to raise the tax levy. And I’m not for that.”

The agreement between the School Board and KEA ensures that teachers will receive a salary increase of 3.99 percent. Both sides negotiated using interest-based bargaining to work out salaries for year three of the current teacher contract period, which will conclude on June 30, 2015.

The negotiations had been in effect since December 2013.

School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said that in the last five years, Kaneland teachers have taken two salary freezes. The average salary increase during those five years was 2.6 percent.

Krauspe also confirmed that the current salaries are not competitive with other area schools.

“In terms of our beginning salary, our beginning teaching salary is ranking still near the bottom of our comparative districts,” Krauspe said. “And not just those to the east of us, but also some to the west of us. And that does concern us. We don’t want to lose our teachers.”

Krauspe spoke about there being an investment in the Kaneland staff.

“We value our staff,” Krauspe said. “And we don’t want it to be a training ground for people. Similarly, we talk about the superintendent. We don’t want our teachers to come and go through professional development and mentoring and become part of Kaneland and then not feel that they are compensated appropriately.”

The district’s Education Fund currently has a projected deficit of $2.7 million. However, Krauspe noted that the district has had four years of positive fund balance growth.

She compared Kaneland’s negotiations to those that other school districts have had.

“As in most negotiations, neither side feels that they have wanted or asked for,” Krauspe said. “Do I think it’s reasonable? I do believe that this community values its educators and wants them to remain rather than fleeing.”

KEA President Lori Shroka spoke during public comment at the meeting.

“As we move forward as a district, I want you to know that KEA is committed to fostering a strong partnership with the community, the administration and the School Board to ensure the best possible education and experiences for your children,” Shoka said.

Community can weigh in on superintendent search

KANELAND—The Kaneland community today will have an opportunity to weigh in on the qualities it wants to see in the next district superintendent of schools.

The educational search firm BWP & Associates will host focus groups consisting of stakeholders within the Kaneland School District.

“We value the voices of all of our stakeholders,” School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said. “About three-fifths of the adults that live in the Kaneland community don’t have kids in the school, so it’s important that we hear their voice, as well.”

According to Dr. Mark Friedman, president of BWP & Associates, the information gathered from the Kaneland stakeholders will help BWP form a superintendent profile for the next superintendent of schools. The profile is meant to identify characteristics the public wants to see in the superintendent.

“It’s going to be talking points,” Friedman said. “It’s going to be us listening to all these different subgroups that make up the Kaneland school community and the greater community, such as people who aren’t effectively in the schools but have an interest.”

There will be four search firm consultants on hand to conduct interviews of small groups. Kaneland School Board members will have the chance to be interviewed one-on-one to get their feedback.

Those who cannot attend the focus groups can visit web.kaneland.org beginning Friday, Oct. 3, to fill out a quick survey. The deadline to fill out the survey is Friday, Oct. 17.

All of the feedback from the face-to-face dialogues and online surveys will help BWP & Associates figure out the makeup of the superintendent profile.

“It’s not a checklist,” Friedman said. “So, it’s not like a laundry list (where) you can say, ‘Candidate A, OK, here’s the profile. Everything on the profile.’ It’s not quite like that. It’s a bigger picture.”

Friedman provided an example of someone meeting the profile, yet who lacked chemistry during their interview.

“That would be foolish if the board chose somebody just because they were the profile match but they weren’t the chemistry match,” Friedman said. “So you have to bring all of those pieces together. That chemistry is very important.”

Today’s focus group schedule is as follows:
• 2 p.m. Kaneland District Office—Kaneland High School students, Kaneland Education Association leadership and School Board member
• 3:15 p.m. Kaneland Harter Middle School— Harter Middle School, Kaneland High School teachers, middle school and high school support staff, and School Board member
• 4:15 p.m. Harter Middle School—elementary teachers, elementary support staff and School Board member
• 7:15 p.m. Harter Middle School—open forum for all, including parents, CAC, FAC, FPC, PTO’s, Kaneland Foundation and taxpayers
The next Kaneland superintendent could potentially be announced at the rescheduled School Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 15.

Blackberry Creek Run for Fund-1-4

Photos: Fun and fundraising

Kaneland John Shields and Blackberry Creek elementary students last week participated in a Run for Fund to help raise money for their respective school. All grade levels ran and/or walked outside to get in on the fundraising and the fun. John Shields Elementary fourth-graders (below) participated in the Run for Fund on Sept. 25. Blackberry Creek Elementary did its run on Sept. 26, with two kindergarten pals (above, right) showing that the event was also a great time for friendship.
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Elburn welcomes Station No. 3

The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District on Wednesday opened it’s Fire Station No. 3 in Lily Lake. The station is functional 24 hours a day and features an advanced life support (ALS) engine, which means the station is equipped to handle both fire emergencies and medical needs. According to the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, the presence of Fire Station No. 3 will reduce rescue response times to Campton Hills, Lily Lake, Virgil, Wasco, The Windings and the northern portion of the district.


Keep on moving

Photo: A group of local ladies have exercised together at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center three times a week for over a dozen years. Their workouts include light dumbbell work, as well as exercises done with toner bands and dowel rods. Photo by Susan O’Neill

Group has exercised at Community Center for more than 12 years
ELBURN—With a firm belief that it’s important to keep moving, a group of ladies has been meeting at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center three times a week for more than a dozen years to exercise together.

One of the women, Helen Palello, 84, said that when the group was first formed, they had a leader, Betty Holcomb, who led them through the exercises. She worked through Central DuPage Hospital, which donated toner bands and dowel rods to the group. When Holcomb left to take a full-time job, she made cassette tapes for the women to follow.

With one of the dozen or so tapes playing on a boom box, the women stretch, lift weights and lift dowels over their heads, and use them to bend sideways. They use chairs for some of the exercises, and the women set up the room themselves and put it back when they’re done.

“We vary the tapes,” group member Helen Gossman said. “It’s never dull.”

Rich DeCarlo, facility manager and physical therapist for Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers in Elburn, recently came to observe one of the group’s classes, and donated a set of new toner bands to the group.

Pallelo said that the group exercise is not competitive, and there is no one there to judge or to criticize.

“As long as we are moving, that’s the important thing,” Gossman said.

Palello said she believes the exercise has kept her healthy. She said she has more energy, she’s more limber and is better able to do things. She’s able to maintain her own home, and she sleeps better.

“Plus, there’s the social aspect of it, she said. “We’re a very congenial group.”

“I find that we’re getting as much out of sharing with each other as we do from the exercise,” Gossman said.

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Lady Knights smash Ottawa, compete in Ogle County

Photo: Senior Stephanie Karolewicz and No. 2 doubles partner Colleen Landers won 6-0, 6-4 over Yorkville Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer

KANELAND—If the homestretch of the regular season is any indication of how the Kaneland Lady Knights tennis group handles itself, opponents could be in for a long October.

Last Thursday in Ottawa, the KHS girls took care of their Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent in 6-1 fashion. KHS then came back to compete in the Lady Hub Tennis Invite on Saturday and took first overall. On Tuesday, KHS hosted Yorkville and defeated the Lady Foxes 4-1.

Kaneland is now 7-2 in dual competition.

Against the Ottawa foe, singles wins came as a result of No. 1 Sammie Schrepferman in a 6-1, 6-1 bout, and No. 2 singles entry Brittany Zablocki won a 6-3, 6-2 battle. No. 3 singles entry Kayla Corirossi won her first-ever singles match on the varsity level by taking a 7-6, 6-1 match.

No. 1 doubles unit Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil won a 6-0, 6-2 match, and No. 2 doubles team Colleen Landers and Mallory Dugan followed suit, 6-1, 6-1. To cap, No. 4 doubles team Jessica Poust and Emily Grams won 7-5, 6-2.

Kaneland’s time in Rochelle at the Creason Athletic Complex had an output of 24 team points for the win after topping four of five divisons. Sterling Newman was second with 15, Freeport was third with 14, and DeKalb and Rochelle brought up the rear at 11 each.

Against Yorkville, the Lady Knights saw wins from Schrepferman (6-1, 6-2) at No. 1 singles, and a dominating doubles three-set sweep: Jurcenko/Emmanouil (6-0, 6-0), Landers/Mallory (6-0, 6-0), and Dugan/Wendling (6-0, 6-1).

“This is the perfect season to prove the point that you have to be ready for every match,” head coach Tim Larsen said. “We had a slip-up on that day against Sycamore and they gave us no opportunity to catch up.

“While we won’t finish the regular season in first place, we do have the conference tournament coming up,” he said. “We intend to keep that conference tournament championship trophy right where it is in the KHS hallway.”

On Thursday, Oct. 2, the Lady Knights take on Southwest Prairie Conference opponent Plainfield Central at the Wildcats’ home.

Knights golf measuring shots

KANELAND—With next week’s postseason gauntlet approaching, it was time for Kaneland golf to get some final regular season swings in against some eager competition.

On Sept. 24, the Knights traveled to Pine Hills Golf Club and vanquished crossover opponent Ottawa 159-171. On Sept. 25, KHS travelled to Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., and fell to Wheaton-Warrenville South 145-169.

On Saturday, Kaneland traveled to the Oak Club of Genoa for the usual late September Fran Noyes Invite, and took third in the Genoa-Kingston-hosted battle.

Kaneland sits at 9-4 in dual competition.

Using a modified Stableford scoring system where the highest points win in Genoa, Kaneland’s 110 was behind only Huntley’s 128 and Lake Forest Academy’s 121. Hampshire (107) and Richmond-Burton (104) rounded out the top five. Jesse Denton led the Knights with 29 points, while Brett Glennon had 28 and Jake Hed had 26.

Against the Tigers in Wheaton, Denton led the team with a 40, followed by Jeff VanGemert’s 42 and Glennon’s 43. Also competing for the Knights were Hed (44), Jeremy Faletto (45), Jacob Sheehan (47), Jakob Sanders (48) and Zach Strayve (55). In the Sept. 24 win against Ottawa, Denton again led the team, this time with a 35. Hed’s 40, Sanders’ 41 and VanGemert’s 43 paced the Knights.

Wednesday had Kaneland’s scheduled trek to Ottawa for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet, followed by Tuesday’s IHSA Class 2A Regional setting in Mendota at the Mendota Golf Club. The girls golf unit’s postseason journey was slated for Sycamore Golf Club on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Oct. 2 update: Kaneland’s boys golf team finished as conference runners-up Wednesday, with Jake Hed and Jesse Denton earning individual honors. NIBig12.org

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Pirating a victory

Photo: Junior Felipe Speraggi, in action against Sterling last week, had two goals against Ottawa Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Offensive output comes in crossover win
OTTAWA, Ill.—Tuesday’s Northern Illinois Big XII conference crossover setting was a little bit off-kilter.

For starters, the match between Kaneland and host Ottawa was not at the usual football field setting, but off on a side field.

Additionally, the Knights finally broke open a dam of awaiting goals in a healthy 4-1 win over the Pirates.

Complimenting the week were a scoreless tie against host Hinckley-Big Rock on Saturday and a 2-1 loss to invading Sterling last Thursday.

KHS sits at 5-6-2, with a 2-2-1 mark in NIB-12 play. Postseason seeds are slated to be released on Thursday, with pairings on Friday.

Against the Pirates, Felipe Speraggi’s shot a minute into play was stopped, and Drew Franklin’s shot was stopped as well. A shot past keeper Andrew Mathys found its way to the net, sending KHS into a 0-1 hole, 10:03 into the match.

The goals began to come with Speraggi making good on a shot opportunity just a short time after getting stopped, tying the score at 1-1 with 20:21 left in the first.

Kaneland’s share of opportunities, coupled with execution, finally paid off with Speraggi’s second goal coming with 24:37 left in the game for a 2-1 lead.

To put it away, Knight Trevor Jahns connected on a breakaway goal with 15:49 left for a 3-1 lead, with Jahns scoring again just minutes later.

“I just told them the first goal was a mistake and we had to battle back,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We’ve got so many shots on goal, and the law of averages says we’ll score. They’re trying really, really hard. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Jahns was also relieved to find the scoring column and help his fellow roster mates.

“I just kind of followed through on what we were supposed to do. We executed everything we needed to,” Jahns said.

Preceding the scoreless tie against the Royals, the contest against Sterling featured all the scoring in the first half. Kaneland’s lone goal came with 10:17 left in the first half from Angel Escontrias off an Ivan Bohorquez feed.

Kaneland suits up against host Sycamore on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Positive movement

KHS ends September on strong note
STERLING, Ill.—Patience is key when it comes to long distance running.

For a season that begins in mid-August, runners usually don’t start to see the fruits of their labor until the cooler October weather hits.

But the Lady Knights cross country team decided to begin their upward trajectory a week early, putting together their best team effort of the season Sept. 27 at Sterling High School’s Rock Rive Run Invitational.

KHS placed third in the 17-team meet with 122 points, just one ahead of Hononegah. Geneva, fresh off their win at last week’s Eddington Invitational at Kaneland, took the team championship with 37 points over Belvidere North’s 44. Belvidere North was the runner-up at the Eddington Invite.

Kaneland also placed third at the 2013 edition of the Rock River Run with 134 points.

The Lady Knights, currently ranked No. 16 in DyestatIL.com’s most recent poll, were paced by Brianna Bower’s 19 minute, 32.2 second effort, which was good enough for 14th place out of the 173 runners in the race. Freshman Andrea Wells (20th, 19:47.2) was next for Kaneland, followed by Aislinn Lodwig (23rd, 19:52), Victoria Clinton (27th, 20:05) and Jessica Kucera (39th, 20:50.5). Kaneland’s scoring pack split of 1:18.3 was far better than last week’s 2:30 split.

Head coach Doug Ecker was pleased with the overall improvement week-to-week by the girls squad.

“It was a nice race for Brianna Bower with only two weeks of running after missing seven weeks with a stress fracture,” Ecker said. “Another solid race from freshman Andrea Wells and senior Jessica Kucera.”

Also running for KHS in the varsity race were Sarah Daley (48th, 21:10.9), Carly Bartholomew (79th, 22:19.2), Olivia Galor (82nd, 22:28.4), Grace Drake (86th, 22:50.0), Lilah Klingensmith (99th, 23:23.2), Samantha Sommerville (114th, 24:05.4), Murphy Garcia (120th, 24:25) and Haley Penkala (150th, 26:26.2).

Kaneland travels to Freeport, Ill., on Saturday for the annual Pretzel Invitational, starting at 9:30 a.m. on the campus Highland Community College.

__KHS Football v. DeKalb -1-5

Down to the Barbed Wire

Photo: Senior Zack Thielk manhandles a DeKalb player during Kaneland’s 37-34 loss against the Barbs. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Late comeback try falls short in first-ever conference loss to DeKalb
KANELAND—It seems like 2014 has the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference upside down.

DeKalb and Yorkville are atop the current landscape, with Kaneland, Sycamore and Morris looking up.

The Knights, after a valiant fourth-quarter comeback and a penchant for matching visiting DeKalb’s big plays, had the ball and a chance to at least tie the game with 42 seconds to go, but a Barb interception on the drive’s second play ended the threat and set the final in DeKalb’s favor, 37-34 on Friday.

“That’s what we preach to these guys,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We’ve got to come here and have a chance at the end if we don’t make a lot of mistakes. That’s something we really worked on all week. We really had a good week of practice.”

Kaneland falls to 2-3, with an 0-2 mark in the Northern Illinois Big XII. It marked the first losing streak in conference play since the NIB-12’s 2010 kickoff. The Knights have not had a 2-3 mark in regular season play since the 2007 campaign, after wins over Burlington Central and Batavia, with losses against Marmion Academy, Rochelle and Sycamore.

DeKalb is 5-0 and has already matched its 2013 win total, with meetings against Morris, Rochelle, undefeated Yorkville and undefeated Geneseo still to come.

“These guys have been playing for a while. This is their year, and they have a lot of really good seniors and they’ve got a pretty good sophomore quarterback,” Fedderly said.

Kaneland QB Jake Marczuk was 23-for-36 for 420 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Wideout Connor Fedderly had 294 yards receiving and two touchdown catches, including a 61-yard bomb that brought the game to its final margin. Tyler Paulson had four catches for 69 yards.

DeKalb’s Rudy Lopez picked off a tipped pass to end the first drive of the game, and the Barbs converted with a 63-yard scoring scamper by Eriq Torrey. Danny Hammermeister blocked the PAT to make it 6-0 with 8:44 left in the first frame.

Knight Drew Franklin kept the hosts in it with a 25-yard field goal with 5:06 remaining in the first, and Brandon Kigyos’ fumble recovery paved the way for a 29-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the frame for a tie score.

In the second quarter, DeKalb’s 29-yard field goal with 10:13 to go gave the Barbs a 9-6 lead. Sophomore QB Derek Kyler’s one-yard sneak with 6:51 to go in the half made it 16-6, but Marczuk found Fedderly in the corner of the end zone from the 10 to make it 16-13 with 5:20 to go. Fedderly’s 37-yard catch earlier in the drive had set up the possession’s good tidings.

DeKalb would answer on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Lopez with 2:53 to go, making it 22-13 to close down the first half scoring.

A 15-yard touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion by University of Illinois recruit Dre Brown with 9:24 to go in the third, made it a daunting 30-13 margin. Kaneland’s offense would march 65 yards down the field and punch through on an Isaac Swithers four-yard touchdown run to make it 30-20 with 6:38 to play in the third.

The Barbs’ Brown seemingly put the game away with a 15-yard touchdown run and dive into the end zone just four seconds into the fourth to make it 37-20, but Marczuk’s 16-yard touchdown run with 10:09 to go brought the margin to 37-27.

Fedderly’s catch-and-run with 4:00 to go closed it to three, and DeKalb was forced to punt after four straight penalties made it 2nd and 47 from its own 16-yard line. After a downed punt, Kaneland set up shop with 42 ticks left from their own 27. An attempt to Fedderly was incomplete, and with 31 seconds left, Barb Thomas Lowie snatched the pass after a bobble to ice the contest.

Kaneland’s next challenge is the host Sycamore Spartans on Friday, Oct. 3. Sycamore is 3-2 after a 42-0 shellacking of host Ottawa on Friday.

Volleyball handles Aurora Christian, succumbs to hot Yorkville squad

KANELAND—Rare is the team that can rattle off an undefeated conference season, even with a campaign as steady as the Kaneland Lady Knights in 2014.

A 25-8, 25-22 sweep of visiting Aurora Christian last Thursday was a nice taste of victory, but a hard-charging, one-loss Yorkville squad beat the host school on Tuesday in a 25-15, 25-23 matchup.

Kaneland is still 14-7, with a 3-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII action. The loss against Yorkville was Kaneland’s first since Sept. 13 to LaSalle-Peru at the Pontiac Invite, breaking a six-match win streak.

Against the Eagles, cornerstone Ellie Dunn had nine kills, four service points and four digs. Riley Hannula had seven kills and three service points, while Hannah Nauert had 13 service points and 14 assists.

Against Yorkville, Dunn had eight kills and six digs, while Hannula had six kills and a block. Nauert had six assists, six digs and three kills, Anna Senese had eight service points, and Holly Fedderly had 10 assists and two digs in the loss.

Kaneland finds itself with a crossover challenge in the form of Sterling, Ill., on Thursday, Oct. 2.


Boys XC tries to master rising temps, pressure in Oakhurst setting

Photo: Ben Smith, Austin Kintz and Alex Gale get going at the beginning of Saturday’s varsity race at the Aurora Central Catholic Charger Classic. Kaneland placed 10th as a team. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

ACC’s Invitational another part of lead-up to postseason
AURORA—Temperatures were more akin to a larger boys cross country meet below the Mason-Dixon line than autumn in Aurora.

But as the stakes are raised for Kaneland High School boys cross country on weekends, it’ll have to dig deep and face all kinds of environments and competition, much like Saturday’s ACC Charger Classic Invitational out at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora.

Out of 11 teams in the meet’s Gold division, Kaneland’s score of 222 was good for ninth overall. DeKalb (236) and Marmion Academy (262) were behind the Knights in the stacked field. Linn-Marr High School, of Marion, Iowa, used three pivotal top 10 finishes to grab a 46-point total and a first-place finish. Oswego East’s 58 was second and East Aurora’s 63 was good for third.

Kaneland’s Austin Kintz was the top Knight finisher with a time of 16:16.2, while Daniel Murphy of Linn-Marr was tops in the entire field at 14:59.9.

Knight Mitch Reger was next for the local troops in 33rd at 16:35.3.

Reger knows bigger challenges are ahead for the Knights, but was psyched for his fellow team members and their ability to improve.

“It’s almost essential as practice,” Reger said. “If you don’t think that you can do it, you won’t do it. You have to believe.”

Willi Kuipers finished 44th at 16:52.4, and teammate James Walker took 52nd at 17:03.2. Zach Kurz was 71st overall at 18:14.3 out of a group of 85 varsity runners.

“We’ve seen a lot of good people in a variety of races today,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “What’s most important is to take what we have right now and continue to see the improvement. We had a lot of kids manage personal records on this course. Despite the warm weather, I think that bodes well.”

Ahead for the boys is the Pretzel Invitational hosted by Freeport High School of the NIC-10, on Saturday, Oct. 4.


Volunteers prepare for Halloween Fest’s 25th year

BIG ROCK—The haunted house that started in one room in Sugar Grove has grown to include two haunted houses, a haunted trail, games, entertainment and food for the whole family at Plowman’s Park in Big Rock. And this year, Halloween Fest will celebrate 25 years of scary fun.

The event is set for 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

“This is our give-back to the community,” Colleen Franks said.

Colleen and her husband, Gene, started the event in a school classroom when he served on the parks committee in Sugar Grove.

“Everyone else was involved with sports, so Gene suggested a haunted house,” Colleen said. “The walls were made out of cardboard and plastic.”
After outgrowing several locations, the event moved to Plowman’s Park in 2001. Construction of the haunted house—and less scary kiddie haunted house added in 2006—takes place during the weekends between the Big Rock Plowing Match and Halloween for the one-day festival.

“The intent of the haunted house is to scare by surprise, and there are many opportunities for surprise,” said Charlene, the Franks’ daughter-in-law. “This is a unique event that’s not put on by an organization. It’s run strictly by volunteers, with donations for everything, so the event is free. It’s a fun place for parents to take their kids.”
Colleen said donations are accepted, but any funds collected are used to pay for the food and the party.

The organizers estimate the fest brings in about 3,000 people each year. Many return year after year, and that’s because the haunted house is different every year.

“My husband and I provide the theme. We design both haunted houses and provide props and costumes and sound effects,” Colleen said.
“It’s a lot of work for just one day,” Charlene admitted, but more than a hundred volunteers return each year, too. “Some parts of it, we work on all year long, but the actual building can’t start until after the plowing match.”

Four generations of the Franks family have worked on the festival.

“Mom is 85, so she won’t be out there this year,” Colleen said. “We have six children and eight grandchildren, and they’ve all been involved at one time or another.”
She said Charlene was just dating their oldest son the first year of the festival; they eventually married, and she’s still part of the volunteer crew.

Colleen said this may be the last year for the haunted house, because she and Gene are retiring from the event.

“There won’t be a haunted house unless someone steps up to volunteer,” Colleen said.
For more information on how to donate, volunteer or just join in the fun, visit www.halloween-fest.com.


Program employs horses to treat PTSD

Photo: Veteran Jack Erwin of St. Charles says hello to Honey Nut Cheerio during a program on Boots and Hooves, soon to be known as Hope and Promise. The program employs equine-assisted psychotherapy to treat veterans with PTSD and other mental-health issues relating to their military service. Photo by Debbie Behrends

MAPLE PARK—Jack Erwin compares the equine-assisted psychotherapy program, Boots and Hooves, to some aspects of military life.

The St. Charles Army veteran participated in the first session of the program in March, and returns to volunteer when his teaching schedule allows.

Hosted by Promise Equestrian Center in Maple Park, the program is the first in the area to assist veterans—and caregivers—dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental-health issues related to their military service. Volunteer Sue Koestler, with the help of Kelly McCaughey and her horse Honey Nut Cheerio, demonstrated a relay exercise at Tuesday’s community spaghetti dinner, sponsored monthly by the Elburn Lions Club.

“There’s not a lot of riding,” Erwin said of the program. “There are team-building exercises, discussions and group therapy sessions.”

The groups are small—no more than 10 people during each session—which Erwin said helps to create a feeling of closeness and camaraderie.

“You can connect with the other people there because they’ve faced similar experiences in the military,” he said. “I made friends in the program that I am still in contact with.”

Koestler said many of the people who participate in the program have never been around horses.

“Overcoming the initial fear of being around the big animals is a lot like the fears one faces in the military,” she said.

The five-day program is offered to veterans free of charge. Elburn Lion Chris Halsey said he invited the volunteers to talk about the program to get the word out.

Koestler stressed that the program is confidential and does not affect veteran benefits. All meals are provided, and anyone traveling from a distance is provided with lodging for the week.

Everyone involved in providing the program, from the horse owners to the cooks to the therapist, is a volunteer. Koestler said participants are expected to work at the riding center each day they are there as a way to take ownership of the program. That work might include mucking stalls or mending fences.

Modeled on the equine assisted psychotherapy philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, the program is one of hundreds worldwide that honors and integrates natural horse and herd behavior for the treatment of stress and PTSD.

To learn more about participating or becoming a volunteer, find Boots and Hooves on Facebook. Koestler said the name of the program is changing to Hope and Promise, and she hopes the website, www.hopeandpromise.org, will be online soon.

Hope and Promise Board members anticipate holding its next five-day program in April 2015. For more information, contact Sue Koestler at (815) 587-4952 or Gary Kempiak at (815) 764-5081.


Home construction on the rise again in Blackberry Creek

ELBURN—Home construction continues to gain momentum in Elburn’s Blackberry Creek subdivision.

According to Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan, there are currently 10 homes and two duplexes under construction in the subdivision—already more than the eight building permits that were issued for Blackberry Creek in 2013.

Blackberry Creek has come a long way since 2009, when the biggest news about the subdivision was about property foreclosures and vacant lots taken over by weeds. B&B Enterprises, Inc., the original developer, had pulled out of the area, leaving the development a little more than halfway built out.

It would take another three years for the village to obtain access to more than $10 million in developer insurance bonds to pay for street and other infrastructure work left undone by B&B.

Brennan said that in the three years from 2010 to 2012, there were only six building permits issued.

According to Orleans Homes sales director Bob Meyn, his company has a number of homes already sold or in process, with two currently under construction.

Meyn said Orleans Homes has closed on or is contracted to buy a total of 47 lots within Blackberry Creek.

“We’re very excited that we’re reopening Blackberry Creek,” he said. “It’s been quiet for some time.”

Meyn said that Orleans Homes has five different floor plans for buyers to choose from, including one ranch and five two-story versions, with a price point from the $290,000s to the low $300,000s. There is a model home located off of Blackberry Creek Drive, on Spaulding Avenue; potential buyers can view the options on the builder’s website.

Shodeen Inc., which will begin construction on its Elburn Station development in 2015, also has several vacant lots for sale in Blackberry Creek. Shodeen Inc. President Dave Patzelt said that his company will begin its transition into the Elburn market with home designs similar to those located in the Mill Creek Subdivision in Geneva.

According to a recent press release, Shodeen Homes is offering seven floor plans, including a ranch and six two-story semi-custom home designs, in the Blackberry Creek Subdivision. Base prices, which are subject to change, range from $272,000 to $387,000. Shodeen Homes sales will be conducted at the Mill Creek Center in Geneva.

Elburn Station, a mix of residential and commercial development, will be located north of Blackberry Creek, across Keslinger Road and next to the Metra Commuter Rail Station.

“Shodeen Homes is committed to the village of Elburn, and we look forward to building homes and being an active part of the community,” Patzelt said.

According to Brennan, several other builders, including CMN-ENT, Inc., and Tim Koebler, also have several lots available in Blackberry Creek.

Photo by Susan O’Neill


KHS students, Aquascape Inc. construct courtyard pond

KANELAND—Kaneland High School students recently helped construct a courtyard pond featuring trees, shrubs and flowers.

The water recycled in the pond comes from Kaneland’s tap water, minus the chlorine. Long koi swim the water while cascades of water fall on rocks.

A group consisting mainly of Student Council, Future Farmers of America and Science Club members pitched in to turn a grassy area at the high school into a professional-looking pond. To plan the project, students worked with Aquascape, Inc. representatives from St. Charles during three non-school days last November.

The pond was impressive enough to land the high school on the Nat Geo Wild show “Pond Stars” earlier this month. Those who missed the episode can catch it on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. CST on the Nat Geo Wild channel.
According to KHS Social Studies teacher Javier Martinez, who helped coordinate the pond project, there were 20 students who were nominated by club advisors to help construct the pond.

“You can hear the water running,” said Michelle McCracken, who is Student Council vice president. “And you can also hear any wind, or the birds chirping. It’s a very ‘naturey’ place to be.”

KHS senior Anna Wendling volunteered for the pond project, as she had taken an horticulture class last school year. She called the pond a “masterpiece.”

“It was so blank in there before, and it was just so plain,” Wendling said. “And just having that courtyard come alive is really neat.”

A day’s work totaled eight hours. Lessons were learned on the job.

“I think what we all had hoped, No. 1, (is) that they’d understand working together as a group,” Martinez said. “Working under a timetable, we only had three days to complete the project. (It was like) working in real life.”

Students gained some lessons from their experience creating a pond. McCracken remembered what she learned from the Aquascape representatives.

“There’s a lot more that goes into making a water feature than you would think,” McCracken said. “Because they have a lot of planning that they did right before, and then a lot of tearing up the ground.”

McCracken pondered on the overall lesson she learned from participating.

“When students come together, we can really make something great happen at school,” McCracken said. “It can really impact the school in a good way.”

Wendling learned about teamwork.

“Everything that we did, you couldn’t do alone, like the planting of the trees and everything,” she said. “We needed each other.”

“It wasn’t something super simple, but something really beautiful and amazing,” said Julia Golbeck, who is president of Science Club.

KHS junior Julia Lemp, who serves as service chair for Student Council, recalled the gathering of dirt and rolling rocks in a wheelbarrow.
“Seriously, I know I got some biceps out of that,” Lemp said. “It’s crazy.”

Ed Beaulieu, director of Contractor Development and Field Research for Aquascape, gave the students a lot to learn on the pond.

“We teach them how we design it, how we build it, the importance of the biology, the animals, the plants, everything that’s associated with the water,” Beaulieu said. “It’s a learning experience across multiple disciplines. Everything from construction and design, geometry. We’re talking about formulas, we’re talking about the biological aspects, about the plant aspects.”

KHS senior and Student Council member Samantha Payton said she worked with her friends and also made new friends while constructing the pond.

“We’ll pass it at the same time in the hallway and and be like, ‘Oh my gosh. We built that (pond),’” Payton said.

Photos courtesy of National Geographic Channels

Kaneland staff discusses textbooks

KANELAND—A Kaneland mom at the Sept. 8 School Board meeting expressed concern regarding the fact that her son currently “does not have textbooks.”

As clarification, Mike Purcell, director of Educational Services 6-12 for the Kaneland School District, recently spoke about the textbooks at Kaneland High School.

“All of our classrooms have textbooks—as many textbooks as we need—in addition to other resources in order to educate our kids,” Purcell said. “There are no classrooms that do not have the required amount of both textbooks and resources.”

He pointed out that not all classes absolutely use textbooks, and said that students have access to both a physical textbook or an online textbook.

“Most kids prefer to access their book online rather than the logistics of having to kind of carry their textbook back and forth,” Purcell said.

He added that students can check out textbooks for the whole school year.

The Kaneland parent had also noted that her son has online textbooks and that some teachers have check-in and check-out textbooks.

Purcell said that at Kaneland Harter Middle School all students primarily have textbooks distributed to them. An exception is literature classes, which uses various resources like novels, articles, texts and packets.

“At the elementary level and most of the classes at the middle school, there are textbooks,” said Dr. Sarah Mumm, Kaneland director of Educational Services K-5. “Most of them are consumable textbooks that the students can rip off the pages and take home or take the whole book home, depending on the need for the lesson of that day.”

Students in grades kindergarten through fifth use consumable math books, along with reading level books for guided reading for literacy. Fourth and fifth graders use science and social studies textbooks. These subjects’ textbooks are used as reference tools, Mumm said.

She noted that one or two students may have to share the Social Studies books.

“It’s very rare that they would need to share a textbook,” Mumm said. “And if so, it’s just because of getting an older-conditioned book.”

Mumm also weighed in on the use of technology and textbooks.

“I’m kind of excited to see where the future takes us,” Mumm said. “And see how we balance the use of devices and the use of textbooks and to really build a much more engaging learning environment. I think there’s some great things right on the horizon that we’ve been trying.”


Can’t avoid the rush

Photo: Senior Isaac Swithers was back in action Friday night, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 44 yards. Photo by Ben Draper

Yorkville’s Kurtz rushes for 303 yards, 4 TDs, hands KHS 41-25 loss
YORKVILLE—Local observers of football have eyed a Yorkville football program on the rise.
On Friday, at Campbell Field, the Kaneland Knights were set up for a fall.

Behind 303 yards and four touchdowns for Foxes running back Mike Kurtz, the Knights’ three-quarter-long comeback—and a lead lasting all of 12 seconds—was negated by a furious rally in a 41-25 defeat.

Kaneland falls to 2-2, and 0-1 in the Northern Illinois Big XII. Yorkville improved to 4-0, and 1-0 in the NIB-12.

The victory for Yorkville marks the first win over Kaneland’s program since Oct. 5, 2002, in what was a 34-13 decision at Yorkville’s homecoming. Kaneland’s win streak over Yorkville, over head coaches Jim Still and Karl Hoinkes, stopped at 11 encounters.

KHS has now lost two games in a row for the first time since dropping games to Batavia and Glenbard South in the 2008 season, a campaign that saw the Knights go 5-4 in regular season play. In Kaneland’s last nine combined regular season and playoff games dating back to last year, KHS is now 5-4.

“A credit to them, (Yorkville executed). We’ll look back on this and we’ll try to look at the positives,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland actually outgained the Foxes 371-368, with Yorkville failing to complete a pass in six attempts.

Knights QB Jake Marczuk was 20-for-36 for 252 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions, eventually resulting in three Yorkville touchdown drives. Marczuk was also the leading rusher for KHS with 68 yards, and a returning Isaac Swithers had 44 yards on the ground and two TDs.

On the pass-catching front, Tanner Robertsen caught six balls and Connor Fedderly caught seven, both for 83 yards.

“(Tanner) had a good game, he was a positive; Swizz (Isaac Swithers) was one and Connor was, too. We made some plays. We have playmakers; we just have to take a look at our mistakes,” Fedderly said.

A Brody Sharp interception concluded Kaneland’s first offensive possession, while Kurtz made them pay with a seven-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 8:06 to go in the first. Kaneland answered with an 11-play, 60-yard drive that concluded with a 25-yard field goal from Drew Franklin for a 7-3 score with 3:18 to go in the first.

Yorkville would next strike in the second quarter on QB Nathan Scott’s bootleg from the one 54 seconds into the frame for a 14-3 lead. Kaneland’s Franklin would bring the visitors closer with his boot from 23 yards out to make it 14-6 with 6:47 to go.

Another long drive for Kaneland that began on Isaiah Berenklau’s pick ended in a one-yard TD run for Swithers with 1:04 to play in the half to make it 14-13.

In the third quarter, after a nine-yard run by Tyler Paulson, Swithers busted through to the end zone with 5:52 to go to give the Knights their first lead at 19-14. Kurtz would scamper for a 65-yard touchdown run to give Yorkville the lead for good at 21-19.

Sharp would pick off another Kaneland pass, which would lead to a fourth-down bootleg by Scott for an 11-yard touchdown run with 3:31 to play the frame for a 28-19 lead. After a Knight punt, Yorkville’s Kurtz would convert on yet another 65-yard TD run for a 35-19 lead with 1:23 to go in the quarter.

Fourth-quarter scoring consisted of Kurtz’ 20-yard run with 9:06 to go, and a 33-yard bomb from Marczuk to Robertsen with 6:51 to go for the final 16-point margin.

Kaneland now plays visiting DeKalb, which comes in at 4-0 and is the top team on the IHSA Playoff Outlook for Class 6A. Kickoff is slated for Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:15 p.m.

Photos by Ben Draper


Kaneland soccer splits Yorkville, DeKalb in conference rush

Photo: Senior Ivan Bohorquez tries to keep the ball against two Yorkville players Tuesday. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

KANELAND—Kaneland soccer knows it will have difficulties here and there, but would rather not have them against programs it has traditionally handled.

As it stood, the Yorkville Foxes earned its first win on the grounds of Kaneland this past Tuesday in a 3-0 whitewash.

Additionally, the troops traveled to Dresser Road and handed the host DeKalb Barbs a 2-0 defeat back on Sept. 17.

Knight boys soccer is 4-5-1, and 2-2-1 Northern Illinois Big XII.

Against Yorkville’s onslaught, the Knights were subject to two first-half goals, sending the hosts in an early hole.

With 19:31 to go in regulation, Yorkville scored its clincher goal on a point-blank rebound off keeper Andrew Mathys. A free kick try by Kaneland’s Jack Wolf couldn’t find the net for the last best chance on the KHS front. Mathys made another key save with roughly 12 minutes left, as well.

KHS coach Scott Parillo hoped it was just an outlier.

“It was a good old-fashioned butt-whipping,” Parillo said. “We just didn’t come to play. Our minds must be somewhere else. You just hope it doesn’t happen on gameday, and it did. The only thing you take away from this is that it doesn’t happen again. If we do, we’re going to struggle. It’s unfortunate.”

Against DeKalb, Kaneland’s go-ahead goal came with 7:43 remaining in the first half of play, thanks to a Cameron Pieczynski unassisted effort. Drew Franklin took a successful opportunity with 10:35 remaining to give the KHS crew a 2-0 lead to stay.

Kaneland hosts Sterling on Thursday, Sept. 25.

The biggest rival is …

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Three weeks ago, we set out to find out who was Kaneland High School’s biggest sports rival. We talked with current coaches, former coaches, players and administrators. We also had a survey on our website asking you who is the biggest rival of the Kaneland Knights. In our survey, we asked for basic demographics: male/female and age. But also about your connections with KHS: were you a graduate?; if you were a graduate, were you an athlete at KHS?

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of current or former Kaneland athletes viewed Sycamore
as Kaneland’s biggest historical rival,
compared to only 50 percent of non-athletes

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Kaneland’s Biggest Rival

Based on the survey results, we can say with confidence that Kaneland’s biggest sports rival, both current and historical, is Sycamore High School.

Sycamore earned a whopping 81 percent of the vote for question “In 2014, who is Kaneland’s biggest rival?”
When we asked about historical rivalries, Sycamore still prevailed with 60 percent of the vote. Batavia was second with 23 percent.

2014 Biggest Rivals
1. Sycamore
2. Yorkville
3. DeKalb/Morris (tie)
5. Burlington Central

Historical Biggest Rivals
1. Sycamore
2. Batavia
3. Geneva
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Variations in demographics

While there was a pretty remarkable consensus for the contemporary rivals, historical rival opinions varied depending on if you were a Kaneland athlete or not. Athletes did view Burlington Central as more of a current rival than their non-athlete counterparts that favored Batavia and DeKalb.

71 percent of Kaneland athletes believed Sycamore was Kaneland’s biggest historical rival, compared to 50 percent of non-athletes. Non-athletes cited rivalries with Geneva and DeKalb as other options, while athletes voted for Batavia and Oswego for their historical rivals.

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Location, location, location

Some of our internal office speculation that rivalries in old conferences would make an appearance was squashed when looking at the results. The proximity of rivals was a key component to them making the list. On average, it would only take about 20 minutes to get to the nine most-voted-for schools. The closest: Geneva at just under 12 miles. The farthest: Morris at 39 miles. Rochelle came in at just a touch under 33 miles.

None of the chief rivals were over an hour away, and six are less than a 25 minute drive.

Top 4 closest rivals
Geneva 11.7 miles
Batavia 13.3 miles
Burlington Central 13.7 miles
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Boys XC tries to make own trail in Eddington crowd

Photo: The Knights boys varsity team accelerates out of the box during Saturday morning’s Eddington Invitational at KHS. Over 1,300 runners took to the course during the six contested races. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—It was a different setting, but the same Kaneland pride on display.

On Saturday, the Eddington Invitational was housed on the Kaneland High School grounds, switched from the classic Elburn Woods home, and was the largest athletic event held at KHS, with 1,300 athletes, according to head coach Chad Clarey.

“The meet itself was a huge success due in large part to the effort of many facets of Kaneland schools. From administration to maintenance, coaches to athletes and their families and KHS boosters, this would not have been possible,” Clarey said.

The Knight pack itself finished in 14th place out of 19 teams, but all members ran personal bests during the 65-degree conditions.

KHS, with a 334 point total, was 18 ahead of next-closest school Sycamore, but behind Johnsburg by 30.

Comprising the top five were Glenbard West (70), Crystal Lake Central (114), East Aurora (115) Benet Academy (120) and Grayslake Central (171). Kaneland’s average time was a 17:19.6 effort, compared to the Hilltoppers’ 16:03.8.

West Aurora’s Connor McCue outran the entire field with a time of 15:27.1, 6.5 seconds better than Belvidere North’s Eryk Yunk.

The Knight effort was led by 48th-place senior Brandon Park, who ran a 16:52.6, followed soon after by classmate Mitch Reger at 17:04.1, good for 60th. Knight Sean Spaetzel, at 17:05.9, finished 62nd overall. Will Kuipers ran 17:47.7 for 84th place, and fellow Knight James Walker took 85 at 17:47.9. Aaron French (94th, 18:04.6) and Zach Kurz (117th, 19:01.7) rounded out the varsity group.

“We feel that this meet’s quality for talent is among the best in Illinois on this particular weekend,” Clarey said. “(I’m) very pleased with the strong races from our varsity, who all set personal bests on the well-groomed course.”

Saturday, Sept. 27, sees the Aurora Central Catholic Invitational as the next Knight challenge.

Photos by Mary Paulson


Girls XC produces eight-best in top-flight Eddington field

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Photo: Junior Carly Bartholomew placed 72nd at the Eddington Invitational Saturday. Over 1,300 athletes competed at the Kaneland High School campus—one of the largest athletic events ever held there. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—Kaneland’s Eddington Invitational, held on Saturday, is always a highlight once late September rolls around.

However, its fixed place on the girls cross country schedule can also highlight a team’s strengths and areas it needs to build up before the high-intensity postseason.

Before the quest to Peoria gets rolling, 17 local teams got to gather a head of steam at Kaneland’s Eddington—the 2014 version of which was conducted on the Kaneland High School grounds.

Geneva’s 40-point total, including four of the top 12 finishers, was better than runner-up Belvidere North by 43 points. Crystal Lake Central (115), Benet Academy (116) and Marengo (125) took over the top five spots. Kaneland’s 206, including three of the top 35, was good for eighth, six points ahead of Grayslake Central.

Also finishing ahead of KHS were Glenbard East at 167 and Rosary at 189.

Belvidere North’s Jenna Lutzow’s 18:04.1 effort was a full six ticks better than Marengo entry Kitty Allen on Saturday, while Lady Knight senior Victoria Clinton was the premiere finisher on her roster with a 19:29.5, an 18th-place finish.

Steadily rising Aislinn Lodwig shored up the Kaneland total with a 30th-place finish, thanks to a 19:55.5, and junior teammate Brianna Bower took 35th overall at 20:01.9.

KHS representative Jessica Kucera managed a 53rd-place finish at 20:49.2, while fellow Lady Knight Carly Bartholomew made a case for a postseason spot with a 21:59.9, for 70th place. Additionally, senior Grace Drake hit the 77th spot at 22:45.2 and Murphy Garcia was 108th in 24:26.7.

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Sept. 25 Sports recap

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KHMS Seventh Grade Football
Aug. 27 vs. Batavia Rotolo—Kaneland won 32-8. Max Gagne had three touchdowns, while Joe Smith threw for two TDs and ran for another.
Aug. 30 @ DeKalb Huntley—Kaneland won on the road, defeating Huntley Middle School 14-8. Gagne had two receiving TDs.
Sept. 11 vs. Yorkville—The Knights moved to 3-0 with a 20-8 win over the visiting Foxes. Gagne had two TDs, and Brenden Parks had a defensive TD as well.
Sept. 18 @ St. Charles Haines—Kaneland throttled Haines 42-6. Gagne had three TDs, Colton Doll had a 70 yard TD reception, and Smith threw for three TDs and ran for another. The Knights defense has only given up three touchdowns so far in 2014. Kaneland hosts Geneva Middle School Sept. 25.

KHMS Eighth Grade Football
Aug. 27 @ Batavia Rotolo—The Knights lost to the Rotolo 20-8. Kaneland’s Alstott caught a TD pass and ran in a two-point conversion for the Knights.
Aug. 30 vs. DeKalb Huntley—The Knights got their first win of the season over DeKalb Huntley, 14-6. C. Angelotti’s pass to K. Angelotti got KHMS going, and an Alstott two point conversion made it 8-0 early. A TD pass from McDonald to Denning made (two-point conversion failed) made it 14 for the Knights.
Sept. 11 @ Yorkville—The Knights fell to the Foxes 24-0. The Foxes racked up 211 yards to the Knights’ 69.
Sept. 18 vs. St. Charles Haines—The Knights lost 22-8. Kaneland was behind early 6-0, but a 30-yard pass from McDonald to K. Angelotti, with a good two-point conversion, made it 8-6. Haines would score two more times to seal their victory. The Knights are 1-3 and play St. Charles Wredling on Sept. 29.

Boys Soph. Soccer

Sept. 17 vs. DeKalb—The Knights shut out DeKalb 1-0 on a goal by Jose Chavez. They improved to 3-1-1, and 3-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The freshman A team won 25-10, 25-18 and improved to 2-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 21-25, 19-25 and fell to 0-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The Lady Knights improved to 1-1 in conference play with a 25-14, 25-19 win over Sycamore.

Sophomore Football
Sept. 19 @ Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 21-7. No individual stats were provided.

Girls Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 2 A. Wells 19:36; 27 S. Daley 21:24.6; 45 G. Dodis 22:18.9; 54 A. Shaw 22:46.1; 74 K. Huber 23:34.7; 112 M. Dries, 25:38.5; 148 K. Waweru 29:08.7. OPEN: 26 O. Galor 23:07.4; 35 L. Klingsensmith 23:37.8; 44 S. Sommerville 24:13; 76 H. Penkala 26:34.6.

Boys Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 1 M. Richtman, 16:30.8; 18 A. Kantola, 17:37.2; 44 A. Messina, 18:33.2; 47 S. Webster, 18:36.8; 48 H. Nosek, 18:39.4; 91 C. Girolamo, 19:43; 114 D. Wojak, 20:19.6; 118 K. Wells, 20:22.1; 120 P. Heiser, 20:23.8; 124 G. Wilk, 20:27.9; 135 T. Nance 20:43.9; 178 B. Purcell, 22:00.1; 179 Jack O’Sullivan, 22:13.3; 229 C. Rutter, 27:25.9. OPEN: 101 N. Moses 20:45.2; 123 B. Smith 21:26; 140 Josh Kasap 22:39; 145 J. Wolfe 23:10.4; 150 K. Osborne 23:34.1; 151 A. Parks 23:57.1; 159 E. Cain 24:32.9; 162 I. Piazza 24:48.2.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 22 @ Oswego—The Lady Knights fell 3-4 to visiting Oswego. Abby Purnell and Ava Mandele earned wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while the No. 4 doubles team of Katie Biard and Tiffany Castracion also won.
Sept. 23 vs. LaSalle-Peru—Kaneland defeated visiting L-P 4-1 Tuesday. Nos. 1 and 2 singles Kayla Corirossi and Purnell each won their matches 10-8, while the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz and No. 2 doubles group Mary Collum and Mandele each won their matches 10-3.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 23 @ Marengo—The Knights defeated Marengo 184-215. Dan Franck shot a 43, Luke Calabrese a 44, Jake Pearson a 47, Jacob Milton and Jake Hummel each shot 50’s, and Brock Williams a 56.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 20, 2014

Kaneland White 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Silver 26
@ DeKalb Black 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 19
Kaneland Orange 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

DeKalb Black 33
@ Kaneland Black 16
DeKalb Orange 19
@ Kaneland White 6


Tennis outlasts Oswego opponent

Photo: Senior Stephanie Karloewicz and her partner at No. 2 doubles, senior Colleen Landers, defeated their Oswego counterparts Tuesday 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Photo by Tiffany Kufer

Also blanks L-P 5-0
KANELAND—With a much-needed win against the host Oswego Panthers, Kaneland crept further away from the .500 line.

The 4-3 win over the Southwest Prairie Conference program featured strength on the doubles side on Monday, leading into a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover showdown with host LaSalle-Peru on Tuesday, where the Lady Knights dispatched host LaSalle-Peru 5-0.

Kaneland is now 5-2 in head-to-head skirmishes.

The lone singles win for Kaneland on Monday came from No. 1 anchor Sammie Schrepferman, who dominated with a 6-0, 6-0 outing. Kaneland’s three doubles wins came from No. 1 team Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil, 6-0, 6-2, No. 2 unit Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, and a forfeit win from extra doubles team Anna Wendling and Heather Albrecht.

KHS coach Tim Larsen knows Kaneland braved a tight encounter.

“(It was) a close match,” Larsen said. “They didn’t play their best, but pulled together enough points for the win.”

Against the Illinois Valley-housed Cavaliers on Tuesday, Schrepferman won 6-0, 6-0, while No. 2 singles Brittany Zablocki won 6-4, 6-1. The doubles group of Jurcenko/ Emmanouil won 6-0, 6-1, while Landers/ Karolewicz won 6-0, 6-2 and No. 3 doubles Mallory Dugan and Anna Wendling won 6-2, 6-0.

Upcoming challenges for the Lady Knights include a Thursday, Sept. 25, trip to Ottawa, and the Lady Hub Tennis Invite in Rochelle, Ill., on Saturday, Sept. 27.


Serving notice to Sycamore Spartans

Photo: Kaneland High School girls varsity volleyball team celebrates after a two-game sweep against Sycamore Sept. 18. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—Kaneland volleyball has always had its hands full with the Sycamore Spartans. After struggling for years against the usually top-flight program, the Lady Knights would finally get licks in two years ago during Kaneland’s regional plaque quest.

Last year, Sycamore got revenge, but Kaneland made inroads on tempering that sinking feeling from the 2013 regional, but striking at Sycamore with a 25-16, 25-20 sweep in Maple Park.

Kaneland (13-6, 3-0 Northern Illinois Big XII) also faced host Morris on Tuesday and won 25-22, 25-17. The team has now won five matches in a row.

Against Sycamore, Ellie Dunn had two service points, 11 kills a block and eight digs. Teammate Anna Senese added eight kills. Riley Hannula contributed six service points, four kills, three blocks and four digs. Lady Knight Hannah Nauert had four kills, two blocks and 14 assists.

“The team has really come together and jelled as a team,” KHS coach Cyndi Violett said. “It helps playing in three tournaments, including an overnight, before our first conference game. Teams that we come up against are so focused on Ellie that they don’t realize the other outstanding hitters we have, such as Riley and Anna.“

On Tuesday against Morris, Dunn had 11 kills to go with five service points, two aces and six digs. Hannula provided four kills and three service points, and Senese eight kills and one service point. Additionally, Kathy Nguyen had nine digs, Nauert had 9 assists and six service points, and Holley Fedderly 11 assists and six service points.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a match with visiting Aurora Christian on Thursday.

Photos by Mary Paulson