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KHS Students of the Term

KANELAND—Kaneland High School administration and staff would like to congratulate the following students for being named Term 3, 2011-12 Students of the Term: Troy Krueger, CTE (business) and fine arts (foreign language); Lyndi Scholl, CTE (Orientation to Family Consumer Science); Kelsey Gould, English; Amber Urich, fine arts (music) and social studies; Maria G. Tapia Escobedo, math; Ernesto Yep, Jr., physical education/health; Tyler Hill, science; Emily Carr, social studies; and Christopher Wido, student services.

Kaneland High School Honor Roll

High Honor Roll
Freshman: Omar Aguilar, Megan Bartholet, Anissa Becker, Rabina Beepath, Jacob Brown, Bryan Bulger, Jason Carlquist, Victoria Clinton, Jaemee Cordero, Mallory Dugan, River Dunne, Jarod Erlandson, Gemma Esposito, Connor Fedderly, James Fell, Robert Foy, Murphy Garcia, Andrew Garland, Breanna Geller, Emily Grams, Brittany Grider, Daniel Hammermeister, Riley Hannula, Anna Hayman, Shannon Herra, Kylee Hill, Olivia Hutar, Brooke Jablonski, Madison Jurcenko, Allison Kadampelil, Stephanie Karolewicz, Madison Keith, Ryan Koeppen, Rachel Kowalski, Matthew Krajewski, Kendall Krawczyk, Colleen Landers, Ashley Larsen, Axel Larsen, Julia Lennon, Andrew Lesak, Steven Limbrunner, Kristin Lipinis, Aislinn Lodwig, Alexis Lund, Alejandra Martinez-Aviles, Alyssa McCannon, Nicole McClellan, Michelle McCracken, Brianna McElroy, Rachel Miller, Jonathan Mills, Marissa Mulligan, Alexia Orosco, Samantha Payton, Marisa Peters, Gina Pettenon, Sabrina Pilkington, Cody Pitstick, Regan Prost, Kassidy Reever, Mitchell Reger, Anna Senese, Morgan Sikon, Amber Spaetzel, Michael Stanley, Nicholas Steers, Caitlyn Strasser, Elle Tattoni, Hannah Theis, Kyra Trynoski, Allison Van Bogaert, Emma Wallace, Hannah Wallace, Taylor Washlow, Anna Wendling, Austin Wheatley, Morgan Withey, Sarah Wolfe

Sophomore: Theresa Alef, Mitchell Bateman, Alexander Beck, Steven Becker, Brandon Bishop, Lauren Black, Morgan Buerke, Molly Campbell, Erika Carlson, Melissa Cherry, Hayley Contorno, Riley Coyle, Christine Crews, Andrew David, Kyle DiSandro, Megan Franklin, Spencer Good, Kyla Goodine, Kelsy Goodwin, Tatiana Guerrero, Kayla Hedgren, Caroline Heimerdinger, Madeline Heinzer, Mara Hernandez Gonzalez, Madison Hester, Tyler Hill, Tyler Holan, Michael Howard, Casey Jacobson, Shane Jorgensen, Koehring, Gary Koehring, Nathaniel Kucera, Emily Laudont, Eun Woo Lim, Jennifer Lubic, Kaley Martens, Rachel Mathys, Meredith McCaffrey, Carissa Miller, Abigail Needham, Brittany Olson, Julie Panasik, Mary Piazza, Eileen Ruppel, Alexandria Russell, Katelyn Schmidt, Tyler Slamans, Rachel Steinmiller, Nicholas Stollard, Elizabeth Strang, Delaney Stryczek, Jordan Thelander, Curtis Thorson, Thomas Van Bogaert, Christian VanDinther, Sophie Wallace, Brin Wilk, Azalia Wilkerson, Michael Williams, Amber Winquist-Bailey, Zachary Winthers, Ethan Witt, Lucas Wolski, Lauren Zick, Nathan Zitko

Junior: Gabriella Aguirre, Lauren Banbury, Kami Bauer, Erica Brettman, Myles Chick, Rachael Clinton, Joshua Cohrs, Vanessa Cook, Kelsey Cotton, Robert Debolt, Abigail Dodis, Austin Doyle, Katelyn Dray, Brendan Dunphy, Zachary Eckhardt, Caroline Eichelberger, Christopher Farrell, Sean Flamand, Dominique Galloway, Sarah Grams, Keriann Groen, Nicole Grossman, Emily Gulanczyk, Nicole Hanlon, Alyson Harner, Brooke Harner, David Hernandez, Jenice Heyob, Conor Johnson, Erin Kettelkamp, Alec Koczka, Jessica Kolzow, Alexander Kovach, Taylor Krawczyk, Joseph Kuipers, Brittany Larsen, Cara Lenhardt, Matthew Limbrunner, Benjamin Longson, Stephanie Maras, Jay Markuson, Madeline McMullen, Daniel Miller, Alyssa Nolte, Allyson O’Herron, Beau Ott, Nicholas Philips, Joseph Pollastrini, Ashley Prost, Maxim Reger, Lauren Rusnok, Michael Saucedo, Jessica Smith, Nathaniel Snyder, Karizza Sotelo, Samantha Sparks, Savannah Stasik, Morgan Stewart, Ryan Straughn, Brianne Strobel, Maria Tapia Escobedo, Alexandra Vickery, Abby West, Jessica Woodward

Senior: Lauren Allen, Rebecca Arnold, Lilly Berrend, Madison Bluml, Brianna Brehm, Taylor Buri, Jocelyn Cabral, Lauren Companiott, Ashley Diddell, Katelyn Dudzinski, Brian Edwards, Eric Eichelberger, Kelly Evers, Grace Fabrizius, Ariel Geraghty, Noelle Goodine, Kelsey Gould, Adam Grams, Malory Groen, Elizabeth Howie, Christina Janes, Nicole Ketza, Denitza Koleva, Kaitlyn Kolzow, Benjamin Kovalick, Stelios Lekkas, McKinzie Mangers, Jacob Mazuc, Austin McElderry, Kayley McPhee, Anna Novotny, William Osborne, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Drew Peters, Jordan Phillips, Alexa Reger, Karyn Ribbens, Josias Rodriguez, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Maria Rossi, Alejandra Salinas, Connor Sandquist, Melissa Schmidt, Veronica Seawall, Ashley Shearer, Kylie Siebert, Ashlyn Slamans, Molly Speckman, Anthony Sperando, Brandon Stahl, Trevor Storck, Katherine Taylor, Valerie Tockstein, Catherine Tolan, Amber Urich, Marissa Villafuerte, Savannah Webb, Kathleen Werrline, Anders Winquist-Bailey, Elliot Witt, John Wooten

Regular Honor Roll
Freshman: Karina Alcantara-Camargo, Mariah Ausbury, Jacob Bachio, Melanie Bateman, Ivan Bohorquez, Nicholas Boose, Amy Burgholzer, Briel Castellese, Hannah Conley, Amy Croft, Gabriel David, Destiny Diaz, Courtney Diddell, Zachary Douglas, Sarah Dratnol, Alyssa Evans, Jeremy Faletto, Colton Fellows, Elise Fichtel, Sam Ford, Kevin Fuchs, Justin Garcia, Julia Golbeck, Victoria Guyton, McKayla Helm, Zachary Justus, Joshua Kasap, Rachel Keske, Joshua Kohler, Alyson Kowalczyk, Jessica Kucera, Shannon Limbrick, Matthew Lyons, Raymond McGarvey, Caitrin Mills, Lenora Murphy, Meghen Nance, Kayla Norell, Taylor Opperman, Nicole Partipilo, Katrina Paulick, Lauren Pence, Kellsie Pepponi, Noah Perez, Blaine Rivas, Vanessa Saltijeral, Colleen Schrems, Samantha Schrepferman, Deanna Scialabba, Jacob Sheehan, Christine Shelton, Aaron Steenwyk, Evan Thompson, Taylor Tindall, James Tockstein, Rachel Urich, Paige Wagner, Charles Wehrmann, Samantha White, Nicholas Winthers, John Wolf, Joshua Yeggy

Sophomore: Johnathan Bahena Diaz, Jesse Balluff, James Bartholomew, Anna Bateman, Dzenan Bogaljevic, Michelle Bohanek, Ryan Bower, Alexandra Brenwall, Johnathan Briggs, Lanie Callaghan, Gina Campobasso Jarvis, Andrew Carroll, Ryan Caul, Lesly Chavez, Jacob Cinkus, Taylor Corbett, Michael Deja, Christina Delach, Justin Diddell, Dakota Drefke, Emily Eckert, Daniel Evers, Alyssa Faulkner, Angelique Franks, Brittany Giannini, Denise Gombar, Christopher Hernandez, Jessica Jablonski, Matthew Kalinowski, Brittany Kemp, Samuel Kitz, Lydia Krauz, Broderick Kuhar, Sara Laurie, Thung Lee, Stefanos Lekkas, Nicolas Likeum, Ryan Longson, Trevor Malatek, Kellyn McMullan, Mikaela Messick, Shannon O’Shea, Joshua Opp, Andre Palpant, Anthony Parillo, Alexa Parrenas, Mason Pieczynski, Alec Pope, Shannon Ransford, Muhammad Rehman, Taylor Robertson, Paige Robinson, Joshua Rodriguez, Kyle Romas, Teri Ruffolo, Zackery Russell, Kaprice Sanchez, Blake Schultz, Kaleb Schuppner, Alexander Speckman, Allison Steininger, Sydney Strang, Ashlee Tennant, Cameron Thomas, Katelyn Treinen, Alyson Utterback, Matthew Vander Sande, Cynthia Vasquez, John Venneri, Jessica Villafuerte, Noelia Villanueva, Kelly Wallner, Lucas Welz, Nicholas Welz, Zachary Wielgos, Thomas Williams, Grant Wooten

Junior: Julia Angelotti, Olubukola Ayegbusi, Joanna Barragan, Alex Baumgartner, Jennifer Bicos, Jason Biddle, Emma Bradford, Margaret Brundige, Bailey Burns, Romina Carrano, Ashley Castellanos, Jacob Childress, Madeline Cole, Nicholas Crawford, Anna Croft, Austen Davis, Laken Delahanty, Claiborne Denlinger, Hannah Dewar, Natalie Dietrich, Alonzo Dominguez, Miricle Dominguez, Breanna Evola, Marshall Farthing, Kristin Gabrielson, Jordan Ginther, Sean Glennon, Jack Grimes, Stephen Gust, Nikolas Hale, Kory Harner, Tyler Hawbecker, Alexander Held, Kirstin Hinds, Meagan Holloman, Kushtrim Ismaili, Lisa Jennings, Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Nicholas Katsigiannis, Brad Kigyos , Samuel Kilgore, Esther Kong, Luke Kreiter,, Baylee Lancaster,, Tanisha Lee,, Kara Leyden, Katherine Lucarelli, Sydney Luse, Alexandra Lyons, Zachary Martinelli, Jacqueline McClellan, Stephen McCracken, Joshua McHenry, James Merletti, Eric Meuer, Savanah Miles, Brayden Miller, Paige Nachreiner, Alyssa Nahley, Morgan Newhouse, Cory Nordine, Sarah Norman, Adam Poczekaj, Kyle Pollastrini, MacKenzie Powell, Lyndi Scholl, Collin Seidelman, Benjamin Sommers, Manuel Tapia- Zachary Theis, Kalani Tovar, Jack Van Gemert, Taylor Velazquez, Jemma Waldrop, Caitlin Wallace, Kaitlyn Wendling, Abbie Wilhelm, Connor Williams, Alexander Willis, Morgan Wojciechowski, Danielle Wylie

Senior: Kourtni Bingley, Melissa Bohorquez, Zachary Brown, Emily Carr, Colton Carter, Sean Carter, Jacob Chevalier, Acalia Cleaver, Zachary Douglas, Megan Dressel, , Tyler Fabrizius, John Goodrich, Joseph Gorenz, Casey Haffner, Bridget Hankes, Daniel Hansen, Samantha Hansen, David Heine, Austin Henkelman, Phoojywg Her, Heather Hochsprung, Alexandria Hornback, Seleana Isaacs, Sarah Kitz, Kelly Kovacic, Alec Krueger, Troy Krueger, Kathryn Lanute, Kayley Larsen, Cesar Lazcano, Nicholette LeBlanc, Victoria Likeum, Madison Limbrick, Madeline Meredith, Amelia Napiorkowski, Diana Nuno, Konstantin Paraskevov, Jari Ramos-Orbe, Sawyer Rego, Courtney Reiss, Jake Rosko, Margaret Ruppel, Alejandro Salinas, Max Sanko, Demi Schlehofer, Dana Schultz, Matthew Simmons, Grace Snyder, Erica Sorensen, Michael Tattoni, Mackenzie Theisen, Carolina Tovar, Shannon Wallace, Nicholas Wielgos, Joshua Williams, Jordyn Withey, Michael Withey, Maverick Wojciechowski

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.

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.

Golf drops opener, sees progress at invites

Photo: Brody Kuhar eyes his progress in the season opener against Jacobs of Algonquin, Ill., on Aug. 17. Despite the slim two-shot loss, the up-and-coming sophomore finished the dual with a 40 score. Photo by Madi Cole

Experience-infused lineup sees action at Geneva, Limestone
KANELAND—While golfers often prefer to face other competition after several weeks of practicing against each other, the Kaneland Knights were hoping for a more ideal result.

In the first event for any sport for Kaneland High School in 2011-12, Kaneland golfers dropped a close 162-164 match with visiting Jacobs High School of Algonquin, Ill., out at Hughes Creek on Aug. 17.

The top scores garnered by Kaneland were had by Sean Glennon at 40, teammate Brody Kuhar at 40, and the trio of Adam Grams, Luke Kreiter and Troy Krueger at 42.

JV action had the Jacobs crew beat Kaneland by a 178-193 tally. Stephen Cannell of Kaneland had the best score for his team with 43.

The varsity crew also competed at Geneva’s invite on Thursday and came away with 10th place out of 19 teams with a 322 cumulative score. Geneva Blue took the invite with a 300 clip, followed by Batavia at 309.

At Limestone High School’s Invite on Saturday, Kaneland finished 13th out of 21 teams, with a 333 score, just one behind Limestone. Neuqua Valley took the invite with 297.

On tap: a home matchup at Hughes Creek against northern rival Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 25, followed by the Oswego Invite on Monday, Aug. 29.

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.

Golfers win NIB-12 East, finish third at Regionals

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Looks like KHS has a bunch of straight shooters.

With a fantastic showing at the Northern Illinois Big XII gathering at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville that yielded a first place in the East Division, and a third-place nod at Tuesday’s Dixon Regional, the Knights golf team shot itself straight to Sectionals.

Thanks to a score of 328 on Tuesday at Timber Creek, the Knights’ third-place finish will send them to the sectional in Freeport on Monday, Oct. 11.

Dixon, with 307, and Sterling with 319, took the top two places.

For KHS, Troy Krueger’s 80 was tops for the Knights, followed by Josh Schuberg’s 82, and Zach Douglas’ and Luke Kreiter’s 83.

“My putting was a little off, but overall I did alright,” Douglas said. “I just try to take one or better on the holes against the other golfers.”

Dixon’s Mitch Homb shot a 70, earning him medalist honors.

Last week in Yorkville, Kaneland took its first conference championship in eight years, with a score of 316. DeKalb was second in the East in 321, and Yorkville took third at 324.

Dixon won the West side with 311.

Douglas (75), Hayley Guyton (78) and Krueger (81) earned all-conference honors.

“The conference title allowed us to reach our regular season goals and gives our team something to strive for in the coming years. We’re hoping that this year’s performance will set a precedent for upcoming seasons,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Photo: Kaneland’s Adam Grams (87 score), shown here in Dixon on Tuesday, makes the trip to Sectionals after enjoying a third-place nod. Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneland golf wins NIB-12 championship

The Kaneland golfers won the inaugural Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East championship Wednesday.

The Knights scored 316 points at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville, enough to outlast DeKalb (321) and host Yorkville (324).

Individually, Zach Douglas (2nd, 75), Hayley Guyton (9th, 78) and Troy Krueger (16th, 81) earned All Conference honors.

The Knights won the overall season championship, which included conference dual meet points and the conference tournament results. DeKalb finished second in the conference, Yorkville third, and the bottom three were Sycamore, Morris and Rochelle.

Coach Mark Meyer’s golf squad had a meet canceled at Belvidere North on Monday, but not before finishing third out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingston’s Fran Noyes Invite Saturday.

Kaneland golf powers through Indian Creek, Plano in nice week

KANELAND—Kaneland earned two wins over rivals from the Interstate Eight Conference and the Little Ten.

Hughes Creek was the site of a three-team battle between Kaneland, Plano and Indian Creek. The Knights’ team score of 154 bested Indian Creek’s 169 and Plano’s 180.

Leading the charge for the Knights was an exceptional 38 score, shot by both Hayley Guyton and Josh Schuberg. Troy Krueger and Adam Grams both came through with 39 each.

Indian Creek’s Alex Bremner was meet medalist with a 36, while Plano’s top tally was Corey Clevenger with a 39.

Other scores for Kaneland included Zach Douglas with a 47 and Luke Kreiter with a 49 score.

Ahead for the Knights golf squad is a trip to the Genoa-Kingston Invite on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m., followed by a road excursion to Belvidere North High School on Monday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

Golf takes care of H-BR, Yorkville, Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Don’t look now, but the Kaneland golf roster (4-2, 2-0 NIB-12) could be stacking some wins together, thanks to stacking productive shots.

On Sept. 8 at Hughes Creek, the Knights routed Hinckley-Big Rock 160-227, and solved host Yorkville at Blackberry Oaks on Thursday by a final of 156-161.

Against the Royals, the best scores were courtesy of Troy Krueger at 38, Zach Douglas at 39 and Hayley Guyton at 40.

In the razor-thin win against the Foxes, Josh Schuberg earned a 37, followed by Guyton’s 38 and a 40 from Krueger.

Guyton emerged with a nice score but felt she could have done even better.

“I was parring every single hole and it was an exciting round, but on the last hole I had a decent approach shot, but it hit the tree and went into the water,” Guyton said.

Tuesday had Kaneland use a 39 from both Adam Grams and Douglas in a 163-171 win over Sycamore

The Knights go with Indian Creek to visit Plano on Monday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Junior Zach Douglas lines up his put during Thursday’s win over Yorkville. Photo by Mike Slodki

Golf gets opening shots at Geneva, Limestone

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Out of the gate, it’s a decent start for Kaneland High School golf after two meets.

Meanwhile, senior cornerstone Hayley Guyton is leading the Knights pack with a more than decent start.

Thursday marked the crowded Geneva Invite at Mill Creek in Geneva, and ended with KHS placing 12th out of 21 teams with a score of 317.

Geneva took its own invite (291) over second-place St. Charles East (295). Bartlett, Geneva’s “B” squad and Batavia rounded out the top five.

Guyton impressed with a 72 score, and finished third overall in the individual tallies.

Teammate Luke Krieter shot an 80, followed by Troy Krueger at 82, Josh Schuberg at 83, and Zach Douglas and Adam Grams at 88 apiece.

At the Limestone Invite near Peoria, Kaneland tied for eighth place with Batavia at 328 points.

Guyton again led the Kaneland crew with a 79 score, followed by Krueger and Grams with 81 each.

Kaneland coach Mark Meyer likes the early trajectory.

“I like to compare scores from the previous year, and I had expected the team to perform better this year,” Meyer said. “To say the least, the team didn’t disappoint. Our team score at Geneva was 10 strokes better than last year, and our team score at Limestone improved by 39 strokes. The best part is that I still think we can lower our scores throughout the season.”

Knights golf tries to handle host Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m.

Photo: Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton gets her swings in during Monday’s practice at Bliss Creek in Sugar Grove. Guyton is off to a hot start for coach Mark Meyer’s squad, shooting a 72 at the Geneva Invite and a 79 at the Limestone Invite. Photo by Mike Slodki

Golf’s fab ‘fore’

Guyton, Douglas, Krueger, Schuberg head up 2010 team
KANELAND—If anything, KHS golf returns in 2010 with some experience at State.

As in second place in the State.

Senior Hayley Guyton comes off a stellar showing in 2009 in the Girls State tournament, to be an important part of the boys golf team in 2010.

Guyton joins Kaneland returning assets Josh Schuberg, a senior, and juniors Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger, in having sectional experience from a year before.

“She’s continuing to play really well,” sixth-year coach Mark Meyer said. “Luckily for us, we have quite a few players that have decided to step up their game. We’re going to have a good strong core at the top.”

Schuberg, Douglas and Krueger provide stability for a team that will have some varsity holes to fill.

“Those three made it into sectionals last year which was exciting, and it’s exciting that they’re all coming back.”

Adam Grams also returns to the links ready to help out, bringing the collective tenure of the team up.

“We are going to have a couple of freshman that will probably play a little bit on varsity, and they’ll have to get ready for playing on the varsity team,” Meyer said about personnel like Brody Kuhar.

Last year’s Knights finished 5-7 in dual competition and hope to accentuate the positive.

“We have a little more depth now than last year. Now we’re playing only seven people per conference match. There’s no doubt that one-through-seven we’ve got some solid golfers,” Meyer said.

Solid and more is what the Knight golfers will have to be to get to postseason glory.

Hayley has set pretty high goals for herself at the end with the State tournament. We’ll get together to set some team goals. I’m sure Hayley is looking forward to the girls tournament at the end of the season and understands that she maybe played the best golf of her life at State. If she gets hot at the end of the season, anything can happen. For the boys that made a dent at the end of the season, they’re looking to get back, and I wouldn’t be surprised if our team as a whole made a dent in the postseason,” Meyer said.

Beginning the season this past Monday, the first conference action begins on Wednesday, Aug. 25 in Rochelle, with the NIB-12 meet on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Lady Knight Guyton makes it three times to State

Kaneland golf’s postseason presence is not quite done with yet.

While the boys golf team’s action was shut down for 2009 after Monday’s Class 2A sectional, girls golfer Hayley Guyton performed well enough to advance to the 2009 Class 2A State gathering Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 18, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

With a score of 75, Guyton finished second and secured a trip to State for the third time in her high school tenure. Abbie Horan of Lakes High School in Lake Villa was sectional champ with a mark of 73.

With her performance at Ingersoll Golf Club in Sterling, Guyton moves on to State, where she tries to improve her last two State appearances. The junior shot a 172 in 2007 to finish 68th and a 167 in 2008 to finish 42nd overall.

“I feel a lot more confident this time around. I feel like my short game is really good and improved,” Guyton said. “I just need to relax, and I want to see if I can make the top 10.”

On the boys end at Emerald Hill in Sterling, Josh Schuberg shot an 83, while Troy Krueger managed an 88, and Zach Douglas shot an 89. Mitchell Homb of Dixon was the medalist with 70, and Dixon and Galesburg scored 317 and 322, respectively to advance to State as a team.

Golf sends three to Class 2A Sectionals

With the end of the regular season, the Knights golf team goes home as a unit, but several individual golfers fight another day.

At Class 2A regionals for the boys golfers at Senica Oak Ridge Golf Course, hosted by LaSalle-Peru, Knights Josh Schuberg (83), Troy Krueger (83) and Zach Douglas (85) advance to sectionals at Emerald Hill GC on Monday, Oct. 12.

Last Wednesday in Yorkville, the Knights finished fifth out of eight teams at Whitetail. With a score of 330, the Knights beat Sycamore (337) and Rochelle (338).

Yorkville was the Cinderella winner at 307, while Batavia (318), DeKalb (322), Glenbard South (322) and Geneva (325) rounded out the standings.

Andrew Morreale of DeKalb shot a 75 to gain the individual medalist honor.

Hayley Guyton, who now goes her own route to compete at girls postseason at Timber Point Golf Course, shot an 80 to excel for Kaneland. Troy Krueger shot a 96.

Guyton placed first at the Belvidere North regional with a 78. She advances to the Rockford (Guilford) Sectional at Ingersoll Golf Course in Rockford on Monday.

Golf gears up for homestretch

Kaneland golfers had satisfactory outings vs. Belvidere North and at the Fran Noyes Invite, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

On Monday against the fledgling vistors, the Knights improved to 5-7 in dual competition with a 176-183 win at Hughes Creek.

On Saturday, out of 22 teams at Genoa-Kingston, KHS took 11th with a score of 86.

Monday saw Hayley Guyton shoot a 42, good for medalist honors. Troy Krueger managed a 44, followed by J.C. Gillett and Josh Schuberg hitting a 45.

On the JV front, the Knights took care of Belvidere North by a 186-205 final. Sean Glennon and Adam Grams shot a 46, while Rhys Childs and Anthony Sperando found a 47 on the course to key the victory.

In the Noyes Invite, which uses Stableford scoring, incorporating higher point totals for successful shots on the course, Kaneland’s total was ahead of Timothy Christian’s 86, and behind Rockford Christian’s 88. Rockford Lutheran (126) and Rockford Boylan (113) finished with the two best days.

“It rewards birdies and eagles more than pars, and it’s kind of fun. The kids need to try and be aggressive,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said on Saturday.

As the regular season hits its end, Meyer looks for the regionals to be the Knights’ time to shine.

“Our eyes are set first on the conference,” Meyer said. “We want to finish a couple slots higher than we are at the beginning, either sixth or seventh. The kids that do well at regionals are the ones that can settle their nerves a little bit. The regionals have been on the calendar since the beginning of the year, and those that are confident enough look forward to that.”

Tuesday, Oct. 6, sees KHS hit the LaSalle-Peru Regional, with sectionals hosted by Sterling on Monday, Oct. 12.

Knights golf goes 2-2, gears up for homestretch

While the Kaneland golf team earned some nice non-conference wins this past week, Western Sun Conference competition provided a tad tougher.

On Thursday, the Knights (4-7, 2-5 WSC) lost a 168-172 clash to host Glenbard South. On Monday at Hughes Creek in Elburn, Kaneland’s score of 164 bested both Indian Creek (171) and Plano (182).

Tuesday had the Knights drop a 153-165 matchup with Batavia at Fox Valley G.C.

Against the Raiders, Josh Schuberg shot a 42, as did Zach Douglas. Hayley Guyton managed a 43, while Tyler Hochsprung shot a 45.

Taking on the Bulldogs, Kaneland had to deal with a solid 36 from Batavia’s Tim Schofield.

Troy Krueger and Guyton shot a 40, while Schuberg hit a 41. Hayden Senese contributed a 44 for the Knights.

On the JV end, Batavia took the meeting in a 177-187 affair.

Adam Grams shot a 45.

Varsity golfers travel to Genoa-Kingston for the G-K Invite on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. The Knights also host Belvidere North on Monday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

Golf outshoots Rochelle, drop matchup with Yorkville

It was a win some, lose some week for the Knights golf squad.

On Monday, KHS golf lost a 155-175 decision to the Yorkville Foxes.

However, Kaneland followed that up with a Tuesday win vs. Rochelle by a 165-173 mark to bring its record to 2-4 in dual action.

Yorkville’s Conor McCormack shot a 32 against the Knights. The top score for the Knights was asset Hayley Guyton, who shot a 41. J.C. Gillett managed a 43, while Josh Schuberg shot a 44. Hayden Senese was close behind with a 47.

The JV roster lost a 177-188 matchup with Yorkville despite the best efforts of Rhys Childs and Ryan Goodenough, who both shot 45.

On Thursday, the Knights lost a 157-166 battle with the DeKalb Barbs. Cody Schmitt of DHS shot a 38 to clinch medalist honors, while Guyton and Gillett shot 41’s. Schuberg and Tyler Hochsprung shot 42’s.

Against the Hubs, Troy Krueger shot a clutch 38, while Tyler Hochsprung managed a 42, as did Guyton.

Schuberg and Senese both shot 43 in the winning cause.

The JV Knights defeated Rochelle, 177-213. Luke Kreiter propelled Kaneland to a win with a 43 score, followed by Dan Miller at 44.

Kaneland gears up for host Glenbard South on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Golf follows that matchup with a home clash against Indian Creek and Plano on Monday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.

Golfers clipped by Geneva

by Mike Slodki
GENEVA—Kaneland found itself on the wrong end of a 157-165 loss at Mill Creek against Geneva, but feels it’s not that far away from going club-to-club with the area elite.

“I hope they take away the fact that they could have done a little bit better, because I think they know they can,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said about the 1-3 Knights. “We’ve got some conference matches we can absolutely take this year, and I think we have a stronger team than in the past couple years. I don’t think we’ll be too satisfied with the scores we shot today.”

For Kaneland, entry Hayley Guyton shot a 39, followed by Tyler Hochsprung with a 40, and Zach Douglas and Troy Krueger shooting 43 each.

“I felt like I would be OK because I’ve played out here a lot,” Guyton said after a productive outing. “I’ve been playing decent, so I thought it would be a pretty good day.”

Geneva’s Jeff Lapetina beat all with a 37.

The JV crew lost a 155-179 affair with Geneva, despite a 41 by Luke Kreiter.

The golfers host DeKalb at Hughes Creek on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. and travel to the Batavia Invite on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m.

Golfers edge Spartans, fall to Marengo Indians

For now, everything’s coming up snake-eyes for the Kaneland High School golfers.

The Knights are 1-1-1 in dual competition, but came away with a tight win against rival Sycamore on Tuesday at Hughes Creek. That followed a 167-174 loss to Marengo on Thursday.

The win over Sycamore went Kaneland’s way after both teams were tied at 166. But the top four scores for Kaneland out-performed Sycamore’s top four entries.

Heroes for KHS included Hayden Senese (41), Troy Krueger (41), Tyler Hochsprung (42) and Hayley Guyton (42).

Sycamore’s Alex Schultz golfed a 37.

The JV Knights lost to the Spartans by a 175-188 mark. Top scores for Kaneland included Mitch Gemini’s 45 and Luke Kreiter’s 46.

Against Marengo, Guyton shot a 40 to get medalist honors, while Krueger and Josh Schuberg shot 43 each. Zach Douglas managed a 48. Marengo’s Jake Tucker keyed the Indians’ win.

The JV crew took care of business against the Indians with a 190-198 win. Knight Rhys Childs rose to the occasion with a 45 score, followed by Gemini’s 46, Ryan Goodenough’s 49 and Kreiter’s 50.

Photo: Josh Schuberg in action Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

Fall sports preview: Kaneland golf hope youth is strong

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—While Kaneland High School golfers are sure to be missing a senior presence from last year, the younger golfers moving up bring experience.

Coach Mark Meyer, now in his fourth season, is eager to see what the Knights crew is capable of.

“We are pretty young for sure; golfers that didn’t get a lot of varsity time are going to be stepping up, but it does make a difference,” Meyer said.

The golfers returning include J.C. Gillette, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese, Jon Hedrick and Josh Schuberg.

Also returning is fixture Hayley Guyton, who comes back as a junior after competing in tournaments in the summer and a top-50 finish at the IHSA Girls Golf State meet.

“She makes steady progress each year. There has never really been a dramatic drop in her scores, because she started out so low anyway,” Meyer said.

After tryouts, the Knight golfers are still situating their top six, which will include senior captain Gillette and junior captain Guyton, but Meyer said that big things are capable from sophomores like Troy Krueger, Adam Grams and Zach Douglas.

This campaign will also mark the final Western Sun Conference venture for the golfers before moving on to the Northern Illinois Big 12 in the fall of 2010.

“I’m excited about the new conference and new teams. They’re teams we haven’t played before. It’s tough to leave teams behind, because you build relationships with the other coaches, and the players get to have friendships with other players on other teams,” Meyer said.

Kaneland golf kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Geneva Invite, while going into conference play on Tuesday, Sept. 1, vs. Sycamore.