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32 Knights earn NIB-12 honors

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

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

• Golf: Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar

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

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

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

• Volleyball: Ellie Dunn and Jenny Lubic

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Kaneland soccer finding more net

Three late-season contests provide skill showcase
KANELAND—Knight soccer might be finding a little groove, and not a moment too soon.

With the postseason challenge coming next week in the form of rival Sycamore on Oct. 23, the Knights met three opponents in the form of visiting Rochelle, host Plainfield East and host Yorkville.

After the 4-0 win over the Hubs, and a 3-3 tie against Southwest Prairie Conference foe PE, coupled with the 1-0 victory against the Foxes, the Knights are now 8-5-4 and 5-2-2 in Northern Illinois Big XII action. Kaneland has also won seven of its last nine outings.

Last Thursday’s clash with the Hubs had Kaneland post two goals each in the first and second halves of play. Just 20 seconds into the game, Tyler Siebert scored on an assist from Igancio Toscano, and the Knights followed it up with a Toscano goal with 4:34 left off a Kyle Romas assist. In the second half, goals by Toscano with 9:05 left off a Siebert assist and a goal from Arsim Azemi off an assist from Adhurim Azemi sealed the match’s fate with 3:12 to go.

Against the Bengals, Siebert scored with 10:41 to go off an Ivan Bohorquez assist for the first half goal, but KHS found itself down 2-1 at the break. Playing a man down in the second half, the Knights found a goal at the cleat of Arsim Azemi off an Anthony Parillo assist with 36:46 go go and another successful Azemi-Parillo combo with 4:41 to go for a 3-2 lead before PE tied the game in the last minute.

Facing off against rival Yorkville on Tuesday under the Campbell Field lights, Siebert’s goal in just the fourth minute of the game proved to be the difference, as KHS locked down defensively to pitch a shutout. Parillo provided the assist.

The regular season finale takes place against visiting Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m.


Photos from Tuesday, Oct. 15 @ Yorkville by Ben Draper

Kaneland soccer stung by Barbs in conference battle

KANELAND—Fortunes have been as even as it gets for the Kaneland High School soccer squad this season.

In conference matches like last Thursday’s home matchup against the visiting DeKalb Barbs, the end result refused to break its way.

A heartbreaking 2-1 loss to DeKalb was followed by a Tuesday trek to Morris, where the Knights came back from a 2-1 first-half deficit to win 3-2.

The Knights find themselves with a 6-5-3 record, and a 3-2-2 tally in Northern Illinois Big XII conference action. Just four regular season matches remain.

“I don’t think you can ever be truly satisfied, because there is always room for improvement,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We need to possess the ball better and finish our chances. That is where we haven’t been consistent. We look much better in practice as of late and hope we will continue to improve in all areas. It would be nice to make it back to the regional championship game for the fourth year in a row.”

Against the Barbs, the Knights found a goal just 7:36 into the contest thanks to a Tyler Siebert goal off the assist from Arsim Azemi. The Barbs shut the Knights out the rest of the way, and Kaneland surrendered two goals.

Against the Redskins, Arsim Azemi scored off an Angel Escontrias assist, but the Knights got to halftime trailing 2-1. Escontrias had a big second half, scoring twice while the defense held Morris scoreless sealing the KHS win.

Kaneland learned of its Class 2A postseason assignment last Friday, as it’s housed in the Sycamore Regional. The No. 2 seed Knights play the No. 3 Sycamore Spartans on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m., with the winner facing off against the Tuesday victor between No. 1 Burlington Central and No. 4 Sandwich on Friday, Oct. 25, for the regional plaque.

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2013 Soccer Preview: Seeking return to Sweet 16

Photo: After reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012, the Knights soccer program is working hard to repeat and improve on that success in 2013. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

Knights soccer wants to play up to last year’s level
KANELAND—It can be disappointing for a high school soccer squad to reach a sectional championship, only to fall short.

That’s just one way to look at it.

A more productive way is looking at how far talent can take you and what it can mean to the program.

Taking that tack, Kaneland High School soccer looks to accomplish big things in 2013 after a first-ever trip to a sectional title match and a 16-4-2 mark in 2012.

“In previous years, there were a lot of close matches we would have lost,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “But then we would win 2-1, instead of lose 2-1. East Moline United is 3A now; hopefully we get that far and that’s one less team we’ll have to worry about.”

Parillo’s crew doesn’t look to overstep the season on its way to similar heights.

“Everyone  is going to play at least  two positions.  The depth  is there. It’s  their time  to shine and take full  advantage  of this.” KHS soccer coach Scott Parillo
“Everyone
is going to play at least
two positions.
The depth
is there. It’s
their time
to shine and take full
advantage
of this.”
KHS soccer coach
Scott Parillo

“Of course we’d love to be Sweet 16 again and hopefully go farther. We graduated nine players and have 11 returning, and that’s a good thing,” Parilllo said.

Knight captains are midfielders junior Ivan Bohorquez, Tyler Siebert (four-year varsity) and Anthony Parillo (four-year varsity).

“Anthony is up for All-American honors and is a preseason All-American and All-State selection. That fact that he’s up for All-American is remarkable, you can’t beat that. But, he wants to have fun. The seniors want to have fun and hope it turns out like last year,” Parillo said. “They’re cautiously optimistic the new guys will gel quickly.”

Outside of the steady middle of the pitch, the Kaneland crew has a new goalkeeper, replacing Marshall Farthing.

“JT Karr was the backup last year, and he’s getting his chance to shine this year. He’s got the most experience; he’s going to be the one and we’ll go from there,” Parillo said.

Soccer captains:  Tyler Siebert, Ivan Bohorquez and Anthony Parillo.
Soccer captains:
Tyler Siebert, Ivan Bohorquez and Anthony Parillo.

Jake Bilotta also serves at goal for the Knights. Forwards include Kyle Romas and James Bartholomew, while midfielders include Peter Jefferson, Siebert, Parillo, Adhurim Azemi, Don Seawall, Ignacio Toscano, Arsim Azemi, Drew Franklin, Bohorquez and Michael Meisinger.

Defenders look to be Kolin Limbrick, Ryan Longson, Curtis Thorson, Chris Van Dinther, Matt Vander Sande, Jack Wolf, Esteban Ochoa and Jason Carlquist.

“Everyone is going to play at least two positions. The depth is there. It’s their time to shine and take full advantage of this,” Parillo said.

The Northern Illinois Big XII provides some interesting scenarios for Parillo’s team.

“Yorkville is on the rise, they’re good. Morris is going to surprise some people, and of course DeKalb. Sycamore is one of the great unknowns, and Rochelle is, too,” Parillo said.

Kaneland begins the season on Friday, Aug. 30, in Algonquin Ill., at Jacobs High School.

KHS fall sports announce awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soccer’s sectional dream stopped

Photo: Tyler Siebert put the Knights ahead 1-0 in the first half during the Class 2A Sterling sectional championship against East Moline United on Friday. Kaneland hung on for two overtimes but lost 3-2. File Photo

Knight’s furthest road ever blocked by East Moline U. after 2 OT
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Kaneland High School soccer was in definite unchartered territory this postseason.

The further out you go in unchartered territory, however, the more threats can cut you down.

Such was the case on Friday evening at the Class 2A Sterling Sectional, where the Knight attack was defeated in two overtimes by East Moline United, 3-2.

The Knights’ journey ended with a record of 16-4-2, thanks to the setback at the hands of the Panthers.

Kaneland had reached its first ever Sectional title match with a 1-0 win over Freeport on Oct. 24.

The Panthers met Arlington Heights, Ill., outfit St. Viator in the Hampshire Super-Sectional meeting on Tuesday.

Kaneland made it to the DeKalb Regional championship in 2011 before being eliminated by Marmion Academy, and was defeated in overtime by semifinal opponent Sterling in the Belvidere Sectional in 2010.

A Panther goal 93 seconds into the first overtime provided the final margin, and Kaneland was unable to match the output in the following 10-minute overtime.

The regulation scoring all occurred in the first half, as Tyler Siebert put one on the board five minutes, 24 seconds into action.

After EMU scored two goals, Alec Koczka scored with 5:01 remaining.

The Knights’ win over the Pretzel lineup was highlighted by a second-half goal from Alex Gil with 20:20 remaining in the contest.

“We had a very good run, and it was a shame it ended, but the boys worked hard all year,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “It is amazing we were able to accomplish all we did when we didn’t have a Saturday practice because of players having to work. That is the way it is; the economy has had an effect on us. I am so very proud of what we accomplished.”

With the loss, Kaneland says goodbye to a handful of seniors instrumental in the success garnered in 2012: Ryan Straughn, Cullen MacKenzie, Sam Kilgore, Marshall Farthing, Kushstrim Ismaili, Gil, Jason Biddle, Sam Rymarz, Ben Longson, Alonzo Dominguez, Diego Ochoa and Koczka.

Back to the top

Photo: Kushstrim Ismaili tries to get control of the ball in the rain during Kaneland’s 5-1 playoff win against IMSA at Burlington on Oct. 17. Photo by John DiDonna

Soccer crew wins 2nd regional plaque in 3 seasons
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Saturday’s Class 2A Burlington Central Regional title match between No. 1 Kaneland and No. 2 Burlington Central was a tight affair between two teams playing with a well-disciplined edge.

While that can fill any accomplished team with some degree of pride, what really seals the deal is the hardware the Knights secured after a 2-1 win.

An initial two-goal lead held until the end, despite constant pressure from the host Rockets, and Kaneland came away with its second regional title in three seasons. The Knights last won a regional in 2010, but were defeated by Sterling at Belvidere High School in the sectional semifinal in a postseason that featured nine overtime frames.

Kaneland got to the regional promised land due to a 5-1 win over Illinois Math and Science Academy on Oct. 17.

Kaneland now takes on Freeport, which beat Belvidere on Saturday as part of the Belvidere Regional on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Knights (15-3-2) took it to the Rocket rivals (17-4-2) early with a booming rocket of a kick by Alex Gil with 19:20 remaining in the first half.

“We practice switching the field and going back and forth,” Gil said. “We go left and right, and I was able to get it in.”

The Rockets were barely able to catch their breath before Alec Koczka’s header in the same area where Gil’s goal ended up made it 2-0 with 18:05 to go.

Burlington Central kept pressing and ended up halving the deficit with a goal from Alan Camarena with 10 minutes left on the first-half clock.

The second half had the majority of the action around Kaneland’s goal and a final flurry was set away, volleyball style, by goalkeeper Marshall Farthing with :16 left.

“That was just a quick reaction I had,” Farthing said. “I didn’t know what else to do. It just came right in and I stuck my hands out.”

The Knights’ win over the Titans featured a 5-0 lead at halftime, thanks to goals from Tyler Siebert, Kushstrim Ismaili, a free kick by Sam Rymarz and two goals from Anthony Parillo.

The Knight-Pretzel encounter was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Sterling, with the winner facing either East Moline’s United Twp. or Rochelle in the final on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Results of Wednesday’s contest were unavailable at press time.

Goal barrage lifts KHS

Photo: Ben Longson (14) shoots the ball past the IMSA goalie during Kaneland’s home victory on Thursday afternoon. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—No matter the competition, it looks like Kaneland is getting used to performing at a certain level.

No longer a pushover against teams like Geneva and handling its other current rivals, the Knights continued their season with a 9-1 win against Illinois Math and Science Academy in Maple Park on Thursday before playing to a 0-0 tie against DeKalb on Tuesday.

Kaneland is now 3-1-3 on the season.

Against IMSA, the first 40 minutes could have been called “The Anthony Parillo Show” as the Knight asset garnered four goals in the first 25 minutes of play.

The only goal the KHS crew would need came two minutes, 11 seconds into play on an assist from Arsim Azemi.

Parillo then assisted Tyler Siebert on the second goal 31 seconds later for a 2-0 edge. Parillo was then fed by Siebert for the third goal with 35:26 go play in the first half. A hat trick was then completed on a feed from Alec Koczka with 29:29 left in the half.

Kushstrim Ismaili and Parillo scored the next two times, with Azemi capping the deluge on a free kick with 10:21 left in the half.

Ismaili would complete his own hat trick on two second-half goals: one with 30:41 left on an assist from Ivan Bohorquez and the last with 2:21 remaining.

The JV squad also had a productive day, winning 8-0 over IMSA.

Tuesday’s conference opener against DeKalb concluded with a 0-0 tie. The sophomore unit fell 1-0, and the freshman squad came through for the Knights’ program with a 4-0 victory.

Felipe Speraggi led the way with two goals and an assist. Cameron Pieczynski added a goal and an assist. Alex Mendoza contributed a goal, while additional assists came from Tristan Powell and Tim Watcher.

Northern Illinois Big XII action continues with a trip to the Morris Redskins’ home pitch on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Boys Soccer Preview: Through it all

Photo: The Kaneland Knights varsity soccer boys finished 12-7-1 last year and fell just short of their quest to clinch a second straight regional title. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—KHS coach Scott Parillo has seen his team go through just about everything on the pitch.

A 2010 postseason saw the Knights play nine postseason overtimes enroute to a regional championship—the first for a head-to-head sport at Kaneland in five years—before losing to Sterling in the sectional semifinal.

In 2011, the Knight roster used a late Alex Gil goal against regional host DeKalb for a win before bowing out to Class 2A State semifinalist Marmion in the regional final.

“They had two D-1 guys, and it was a good team. We were still young with a lot of juniors and sophomores, and we did well,” Parillo said.

Now with nine seniors, 10 juniors and a sophomore on the opening roster, Kaneland wants to improve its win total for the second straight year, after ending 12-7-1 in 2011.

“It’s nice having a lot of experience, and hopefully it works out,” Parillo said.
Stability in goal is personified by senior Marshall Farthing.

“It’s a shame he didn’t get recognized more for how he played in the postseason,” Parillo said of the returnee.

Holes to be filled include the scoring and ball-handling of All-Northern Illinois Big XII forward Jordan Escobedo and honorable mention defender Pedro Perez due to graduation.

Doing their part are returning all-NIB-12 members senior Alex Gil and junior Anthony Parillo.
Other midfield cornerstones are junior Tyler Siebert and Arsim Azemi, while defenders Sam Rymarz and Alec Koczka, another all-conference selection, take charge.

“We have seasoned vets and we’re skilled. We’ve just got to stay healthy,” Parillo said.
Parillo looks for the conference landscape to be tough.

“DeKalb is still tough; Morris’ sophomores won conference, and Yorkville is getting a lot better. Rochelle is solid, so it’s a solid conference,” he said. “We know we can score. It’s important for them to remember to possess the ball, work hard and have fun.”

Kaneland’s tour began on Tuesday at Marengo, and it handles the Jacobs Tournament on Friday, Aug. 24.

Soccer starts with a win
Anthony Parillo led the Knights as they kicked off their 2012 campaign with a 4-1 win over Marengo on Tuesday.

Parillo earned the hat trick, scoring twice in the first half and notching his third goal in the second. Assisting on the goals were Gil, Bohorquez and Koczka.

Gil put in the first goal of the season off an assist fromRymarz.

Varsity Roster—
Marshall Farthing, GK/Mid
Tyler Siebert, Mid/Fwd
Jarred Karr, GK/Mid
Kushstrim Ismaili, Mid/Fwd
Anthony Parillo, Mid/Fwd
Adhurim Azemi, Mid/Fwd
Don Seawall, Mid/Fwd
Alex Gil, Mid/Fwd
Ignacio Toscano, Mid/Fwd
Arsim Azemi, Mid/Fwd
Ryan Longson, Def/Mid
Jason Biddle, Def/Mid
Sam Rymarz, Def/Mid
Ben Longson, Mid/Fwd
Chris Van Dinther, Def/Mid
Alonzo Dominguez, Def/Mid
Matt Vander Sande, Def/Mid
Diego Ochoa, Mid/Fwd
Ivan Bohorquez, Mid/Fwd
Alec Koczka, Def/Mid
Head Coach—Scott Parillo

Varsity Soccer Schedule
• Tuesday, Aug. 21; 4:30 p.m.
At Marengo Community HS
• Friday, Aug. 24; 4:30 p.m.
At Jacobs Invite
• Saturday, Aug. 25; 9 a.m.
At Jacobs Invite
• Thursday, Aug. 30; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Geneva HS
• Friday, Aug. 31; 6 p.m.
At Hinckley-Big Rock HS
• Thursday, Sept. 6; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. IMSA
• Tuesday, Sept. 11; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. DeKalb HS
• Thursday, Sept. 13; 4:30 p.m.
At Morris HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 18; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Rochelle Twp HS
• Thursday, Sept. 20; 4:30 p.m.
At Yorkville HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 25; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Sycamore HS
• Thursday, Sept. 27; 6 p.m.
At DeKalb HS
• Tuesday, Oct. 2; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Morris HS
• Thursday, Oct. 4; 4:30 p.m.
At Rochelle Township HS
• Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m.
Home vs. Plainfield East HS
• Tuesday, Oct. 9; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Yorkville HS
• Thursday, Oct. 11; 4:30 p.m.
At Sycamore HS

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.

Postseason honors kick in for soccer

Four Knights named to elite squad after regional final run
KANELAND—Kaneland High School soccer saw more benefits roll in even after this last season.

Having made it all the way to the regional final before being ousted by Marmion Academy, the Knights’ squad saw four of its own named to the Northern Illinois Big XII East division All-Conference team, as handed down in November

The Knights had junior midfielder Alex Gil, junior defender Alec Koczka, senior forward Jordan Escobedo and sophomore forward Anthony Parillo named to the elite group.

Meanwhile, sophomore forward Tyler Siebert and senior defender Pedro Perez earned honorable mention nods for their season.

Rochelle brought the most East division honors with five players, and DeKalb’s midfielder Sammy Lake, a senior, won the division MVP.

In the West division, Sterling’s Bryan Gutierrez won the MVP honors.

The Knights finished 12-7-1, and fell short of their quest to clinch a second straight regional title.

Gil! Late heroics send KHS soccer to regional final Sat.

Photo: Alex Gil (right) celebrates his game-winning goal on Tuesday. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After struggling in the previous two outings against conference rival DeKalb, the Knights soccer team (12-6-1) triumphed on Tuesday night in Barb-land.

With 72 seconds remaining in regulation, the Knights’ midfielder Alex Gil took a pass from teammate Tyler Siebert on a breakaway and launched the shot to the right of an outstretched goalkeeper for the final 1-0 margin, setting off an ensuing celebration.

“Siebert played a great ball to me and I was just one-on-one with the defender, and I just wanted to get past him and have a quick shot,” Gil said.

It comes in stark contrast to the previous two losses in 2011 to the Barbs, and to last year’s postseason, where the regional champ Knights found themselves playing nine overtimes.

“I kept telling them ‘we can beat DeKalb’,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “Just be patient, and you’ve got to play 80 minutes, and it took us 78 minutes and 48 seconds to do it, and so we did it.”

Goalkeeper Marshall Farthing made key stops in the regional shutout, and supplied the Knights with a fighting chance throughout the match.

“The times that they had a chance, we came up big, and the wide field at DeKalb helps us with our game. It’s definitely nice to not play an overtime,” Farthing said.

Kaneland’s regional final test takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22, at DeKalb High School, with kickoff at 6 p.m.

The Knights’ 5-0 win over Sycamore on Thursday in the regular season finale marked their final Northern Illinois Big XII mark at 6-3-1.

Pedro Perez found the net for the 1-0 lead 25 minutes into the match. After the teams went to halftime, the Knights added a four-goal barrage to settle the matter.

Jordan Escobedo scored on two occasions, Kushstrim Ismaili, and Arsim Azemi had ball meet net in the second half.

Soccer stopped by two schools before NIB-12 win

KANELAND—Kaneland soccer had five matches in nine days, and while the action was close in the second half, the Knights saw chances go the other way this last week.

On Thursday, the Knights hosted conference mate Rochelle and surrendered a second-half goal in a 3-2 setback.

On Saturday, the Knights saw a late second-half flurry by the still-new Plainfield East Bengals in a 2-0 loss.

However, KHS righted their ship somewhat with a 3-2 win over host Yorkville on Tuesday

The Knights are now 10-6-1, with a 5-3-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Against the Hubs, the Knights went out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a Kushstrim Ismaili goal with an assist by Alex Gil. Thanasi Pesmajoglou also scored. Rochelle tied the score with two goals before the halftime buzzer and scored the lone second-half goal for the final margin.

Against the Bengals, the hosts found the net twice in 62 seconds.

“We played four games this week and we’re tired and banged up,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said on Saturday. “I thought we played better in the second half.”

It was the first half that Kaneland excelled in against the Foxes, with Tyler Siebert, Pesmajoglou and Alec Koczka finding the net within a 10-minute space.

KHS goes to Thursday stalemate on pitch, solves Rochelle

KANELAND—Looking to get off of a losing track, the Knights soccer unit did just that on Thursday against Morris, but would like to go a little further in future matches.

Thanks to a Jordan Escobedo goal, the Knights were able to hold off a Redskins scoring attack enroute to a 1-1 tie.

The Knights are now 4-3-1 with an 0-1-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

Escobedo’s goal was fed by Tyler Siebert’s assist with seven minutes, four seconds to go in the first half.

The Knights beat Rochelle on Tuesday, 5-1, with five goals from five players.

Kaneland faces Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Soccer survives shootout with Royals, now over .500

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For those that wish the game of soccer could use a couple more handfuls of scoring got their wish on Friday afternoon at Kaneland High School.

The Knights used a huge first half to propel themselves to a 7-4 win over the H-BR Royals.

The six-goal outburst within the first 40 minutes of play allowed Kaneland to improve to 3-2 on the young season.

Anthony Parillo kicked things off with a 35-yard free kick just six minutes, 53 seconds into the match.

Alex Gil scored on an assist from Parillo with 28:22 to go. With 20:50 remaining, Tyler Siebert began his prolific day with a goal on a Kushstrim Ismaili assist.

Jordan Escobedo put it in the net with 12:12 to go thanks to a Tyler Siebert assist.

Thanasi Pesmajoglou got in on the scoring party with an unassisted effort with 8:09 left, and H-BR put the ball in its own net just five seconds out from the break.

Alex Gil completed the scoring with 24:59 to go, helping offset the three-goal burst by the Royals.

The Knights move on to deal with Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora on Thursday, Sept. 8, and head to DeKalb for a matchup at the Barbs’ new grounds on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Soccer wishes to carry momentum from ‘10 season’s end

Photo: Jordan Escobedo looks to see his share of scoring chances in 2011. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While an 11-11-2 record from a year ago might not seem super impressive, the way Kaneland boys soccer went about arriving to that final mark was noteworthy.

Nine overtimes in the playoffs were a byproduct of a regional title—the first for boys soccer since 2004, and the first for a head-to-head sport in Maple Park since 2005.

It was Sterling that ousted the Knights last October in the sectional semifinal, but KHS coach Scott Parillo saw the end of the last season as a possible indicator of what could be in 2011.

“We finally started clicking at the end of the season, which is how you want to do it,” he said. “It was a very young squad last year. Once the playoffs began, I had 22 players on the roster and 11 couldn’t drive.”

Those that know what it’s like to go far return in high numbers for the Knights.

“Hopefully, we won’t start as slow and we’ll be very competitive,” Parillo said.

The depth chart was still in a state of flux with athletes still vying for starting slots, but the returnees who have minutes under their belts will need to provide leadership.

Names like Jordan Escobedo, who brought a dose of athleticism at midfield, as well as a knack for finding the net, return for Kaneland for a senior season.

Escobedo is accompanied by sophomore Anthony Parillo and junior Alex Gil at forward.

Tyler Siebert also provides a spark at midfield and forward for his sophomore season.

The goalkeeper derby has yet to be settled, with three possible entries ready for the opener.

At last count, Kaneland was employing six sophomores on the varsity level, seven juniors and seven seniors.

The road to postseason begins on Tuesday, Aug. 23, against familiar rival Marengo, while conference action begins on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in DeKalb.

“Everything has to go right. Our passing has to be right there. Our defensive intensity has to be right there. I’ve stressed as soon as we lose the ball, we’re on defense. We’re all on offense once we have the ball, and we’ve picked up the intensity in practice,” Parillo said.

Kaneland High School rises up with fall sports awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knights get 4-0 kick in opening win over Marengo

by Mike Slodki
MARENGO—It was a tale of two halves for Kaneland High School soccer in its opening match.

At the home of the Marengo Indians, the ending couldn’t have been written any better by a famous British author.

After a scoreless first 40 minutes of action, Kaneland erupted for four goals in the final section for a 4-0 win on Tuesday, beginning the season at 1-0.

“They dominated play in the second half,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We lucked out actually, (Marengo) hit the post a couple of times in the first half. In the second half, we started playing the way we’ve trained to play, which is a few touches, pass the ball, switch the fields, communicate and get the passing lanes open.”

The scoring column opened with midfielder Alex Gil scoring a goal just two minutes, 22 seconds into the second half for a 1-0 lead. Parillo’s son Anthony scored with 23:33 left on a rebound try after Gil’s shot hit the top of the goal.

The third goal came three minutes and one second later, with Chad Swieca scoring on a breakaway. The final deficit was cemented with a goal by Tyler Siebert coming with 16:22 to play.

All the while, goalkeeper J.P. Minogue kept his cool and kept shots away, even in a hotly contested first half.

“I just try and forget about those, forget what happened,” Minogue said. “Just try to keep playing on with the game and hopefully good things will happen now and later.”

The next challenge for soccer is not until Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the annual Burlington Central Invite. The Knights face Yorkville at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: Knight defender Sam Rymarz sends the ball on its way during Monday’s 4-0 shutout in Marengo. The Knights (1-0) used four goals in 21:16. Photo by Mike Slodki

Parillo high on soccer prospects for 2010

Photo: Junior Anders Winquist-Bailey’sfootwork will be key to improving Kaneland’s seven-win total from 2009. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While Kaneland soccer fell to a highly talented Antioch team in the 2009 Class 2A regionals, the Knights’ road to progress didn’t end there.

For those that went through the gauntlet of an injury-filled season have another year of experience under their jersey.

Kaneland’s mark of 7-14-1 (2-5 Western Sun Conference) will hopefully be a thing of the past, said coach Scott Parillo.

“We were so young and we’re just as young this year,” Parillo said. “We’ve had more kids come out this year than any other year with 68 kids trying out, which is awesome. We’ve got huge numbers.”

The Knights lost seven seniors to graduation, but the new core looks to serve as a stabilizing force in Maple Park.

Personnel includes Trevor Wolf, Derek White and starting goalkeeper J.P. Minogue. Patrick Bratschun and Alex Weiss make the varsity ranks as seniors for the first time.

While the seniors will be cornerstones, there’s a hidden treasure trove in the junior class.

“As far as juniors, we’ve got Pedro Perez, three-year varsity player; Thanasi Pesamajlou, another three-year varsity player; Alex Dorado and Anders Winquist-Bailey, and we’ve got Jordan Escobedo. It’s a nice group.”

Chad Swieca comes back and highlights the sophomore crew. He’s joined by Alex Gil, who found the net eight times. Alex Koczka, Jason Biddle, Kushtrim Ismaili, Fernando Ramos and Sam Rymarz also lend a foot to the proceedings from the sophomore class.

Meanwhile, Tyler Siebert, Ignacio Toscano and the coach’s son, Anthony Parillo enter the varsity ranks as freshmen.

The Knights invade the pitch on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Burlington Central Rocket Invite against Yorkville.

“It does look like it’s going to be a pretty exciting time for us. With this much youth, we’ll see what happens,” Parillo said.

The initial NIB-12 action, now featuring ten conference matches, kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 14 against DeKalb.

The regular season is set to end on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Sycamore.