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MP’s Bobbitt triumphs daily, wins award

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by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—After being diagnosed with cancer, dealing with unemployment, going through a divorce, and later relocating from Georgia, Maple Park resident Leah Bobbitt knows what it is like to go through many hardships.

“When I found the lump through a self-breast exam, I knew in my gut that something was not right,” Bobbitt said, “My gut told me what I was about to have diagnosed. I felt numb; I just didn’t know how I was going to tell my Mom that I had cancer. I was at a very busy time in my life.”

Bobbitt was 28 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After having both breasts removed, she found out the cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes.

“They took a cancerous tissue sample, and sent it to the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion,” Bobbitt said, “It came back that I actually had two different cancers in my breast.”

Bobbitt was then diagnosed with Stage IIA breast cancer, which would require chemotherapy to kill any residual cells that may have spread.

“My journey had just begun,” said Bobbitt, “The cancer out of my body was the easy part. The nine surgeries, four-and-a-half months of chemo, and tissue expanders for over six months—that was the most trying and painful part.”

Bobbitt, going through a divorce, then relocated to Illinois, giving up her job as a nail technician in Georgia.

“It was challenging; I had no job,” Bobbitt said. “I wanted to make sure my daughter had a relationship with her father, so I gave up my clientele, rented a townhouse sight unseen, and moved up here.”

That is when Bobbitt found Everest College. She had always been steered toward the medical industry and found she could change her career after an accelerated two-year program, which is completed in nine months. While in the program, she was also a Student Ambassador, a leadership program exceptional students may apply for.

“As part of the program, I was responsible for showing leadership,” said Bobbitt, “I tutored students and helped in class wherever I could. Our duty was to help whoever we could.”

Bobbitt is now working as a traveling phlebotomist, doing wellness check-ups for companies and their employees.

To recognize Bobbitt for all that she has overcome, Everest College has chosen to give Bobbitt the 2010 Dream Award, which is given to a graduate who has completed a post-secondary education while overcoming great challenges.

“Leah is truly deserving of this award and is an inspiration to all of her teachers, classmates and Everest staff,” said Robert Van Elsen, president of Everest’s North Aurora campus. “Though she faced many hardships, we are very proud of her for finding a way to succeed. We congratulate her on winning this award and wish her continued success in fulfilling her education and career goals.”

“I just feel that I’ve done what I’ve done because that’s who I am,” Bobbitt said, “But I am humbled that the staff, administrators and teachers have bestowed this honor on me.”

Along with the award, Bobbitt will receive a $2,500 scholarship to pursue an advanced program at Everest.

Bobbitt continues to be involved with various breast cancer organizations, working to raise awareness.

“I wear pink every October, loud and proud, because people need to know that cancer doesn’t care who you are, how old you are, where you are in your life, or what your plans are,” Bobbitt said.

Wizards on the court

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David “DP” Paul (left) and Eric “Broadway” Jones of the Harlem Wizards basketball team show some fancy moves to fifth-grader Clayton Slamans and the rest of the students at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School. The players put on a special show on Nov. 11. Since 1962, the Harlem Wizards have played more than 6,000 games in both the United States and abroad, thrilling millions of fans along the way. Photo by John DiDonna

Better late than never

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Photo: Knight Quinn Buschbacher (22) (right) follows upfield blocking in the form of teammate Blake Serpa in Kaneland’s win. Photo by Ryan Wells

Camiliere-to-Callaghan with :10 left sends Knights to semi
by Mike Slodki
VERNON HILLS—What is it about Kaneland football and Class 5A State quarterfinals?

After Saturday afternoon, we know the Knights like playing games with a flair for the dramatic. But most importantly, they like winning them. Much like the quarterfinal win over Sterling four years ago, Kaneland pulled out a late win. Joe Camiliere hit an outstretched Tyler Callaghan in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left to stun the host Vernon Hills Cougars and fans, 27-21.

“It’s just something we’ve preached all year long about. Just keep playing. Forget about the last play, see what you can do the next play,” Fedderly said.

With the win, Kaneland now has its most wins in a season since 1998, improves to 12-0 and now hosts Lombard’s Montini Catholic this coming weekend for the right to face either Peoria Richwoods or Glenwood High School of Chatham, Ill. in the Class 5A State final at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

Vernon Hills, which boasts two Division I recruits in DaVaris Daniels (Notre Dame) and Evan Spencer (Ohio State), finished the year at 10-2.

KHS amassed 412 total yards, compared to 383 for the Cougars.

Camiliere was 25-for-41 for 317 yards and four touchdown throws, along with a season-high three interceptions.

“All we want to do is get it to our receivers and just move the chains. When we get in rhythm, we’re hard to stop,” Fedderly said.

Camiliere was also the leading rusher for KHS with 63 yards on 10 carries. Vernon Hills’ Brian Palmer ran 22 times for 91 yards and a TD. Balance was the key for the spread offense as six different receivers were hit throughout the game, led by Blake Serpa’s six catches for 88 yards and a score.

After trading scores in the second and third quarters, the lone fourth-quarter score came from the Knights on the final drive of the game.

After Vernon Hills missed a 38-yard field goal with 2:29 remaining, Kaneland set up shop at its own 20-yard line. A pass to Serpa and Callaghan got the ball to the Kaneland 31 before Camiliere was sacked. Camiliere rattled off two runs to get to the 46 before an incomplete pass. Quinn Buschbacher caught a second-down pass for a first-down at the VH 40, and Sean Carter caught a 17-yard pass over the middle to get to the 23. Carter then caught a seven-yard pass after two incompletions.

Setting up on a fourth-and-three from the 16-yard line, Daniel Helm caught a pass near the KHS sideline after falling on the wet grass—his most important catch of 2010.

A clock-stopping spike set up second-and-goal from the 10, leading to the deciding touchdown.

“I did everything I could to get that ball and came down with it,” Callaghan said. “We came up clutch and Helm, the freshman came up big, too.”

Vernon Hills got the scoring started with a 49-yard touchdown from Chris Argianas to Daniels on a bobbled ball with 6:38 to go in the half. Camiliere found Buschbacher on a 34-yard TD with 10 seconds remaining in the half.

In the third quarter, Palmer broke free for a 21-yard TD run with 10:06 left before Camiliere hooked up with Carter for an 11-yard score with 8:08 to go. Spencer gave VH a 21-14 lead with 1:19 left in the quarter on a one-yard run, but Serpa caught a 33-yard touchdown pass with :22 left to tie matters and set the stage for the fourth.

The Kaneland-Montini Catholic showdown is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m.

Knight Sean Carter (25) (above) tries to avoid a Cougar defender during Kaneland’s thrilling 27-21 win at Vernon Hills in the 5A quarterfinals. Photo by Ryan Wells

PLAY OF THE KNIGHT

Daniel Helm will have something to remember 2010 by. On fourth-and-three from the 16 of Vernon Hills, Helm slipped on the grass, but caught a first down throw before standing all the way up.

Device that captures solar power is new teaching tool at Waubonsee

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Photo: With the mid-day sun shining, workers install a photovoltaic array near Weigel Hall on Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus. The array, which will consist of 24 solar panels when completed, was paid for by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Waubonsee will offer its first Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems course this spring. Courtesy Photo

Sugar Grove—With daylight savings time now at an end, sunlight is more valuable than ever. And Waubonsee Community College is poised to discover another value of it with the completion of its photovoltaic array, which consists of a series of panels used to capture solar power.

While primarily designed and installed as a teaching tool for students in the college’s new photovoltaic certificate programs, the array has the added benefit of providing supplementary electricity to the campus.

Installed on the north side of the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, the ground-mounted array’s physical footprint measures 33 feet wide by 10 feet tall, but its environmental and economic benefits loom even larger.

“A photovoltaic system generates clean, renewable energy and electricity,” said Gregg Erickson, Waubonsee’s renewable energy technologies instructor. “Not only do these systems help save the environment, they can help property owners save money on their electric bills and see a full return on their investment in 15 to 20 years.”

Waubonsee’s photovoltaic system was funded by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. In addition to the outdoor array, the grant is also being used to fund 12 indoor lab stations and a mock-up of a roof-mounted array system.

While the system will produce supplementary electricity to help power the campus’ Weigel Hall, the real benefit is having a local workforce trained for increasingly popular “green” jobs.

The college’s three-semester-hour Photovoltaic Basics Certificate of Achievement will teach students the basic principles of photovoltaic energy and industry safety practices, preparing them for entry-level careers in the field. The more advanced Photovoltaic Certificate of Achievement teaches students to install and maintain photovoltaic systems.

Two sections of the “Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems” course will be offered for the first time this spring semester. One will meet on Tuesday afternoons, 2 to 5:30 p.m., with the other meeting on Thursday nights, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. All of Waubonsee’s photovoltaic coursework is aligned with the standards of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Installer Tom DeBates, owner of Habi-Tek Renewable Energy Systems in Geneva, is working on the installation for the college. Since starting renewable energy work in 2001, Habi-Tek has installed photovoltaic systems for a variety of facilities, including the Chicago Botanical Gardens, Wheaton high schools and a number of private residences.

For more information on Waubonsee’s photovoltaic program and other renewable energy technologies courses, visit www.waubonsee.edu or call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2319.

Tom DeBates (right), owner of Habi-Tek Renewable Energy Systems in Geneva, places a solar panel with the help of another worker. Habi-Tek installs a photovoltaic array on the north side of Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus. The array will be used both as a teaching tool in new photovoltaic coursework debuting this spring as well as a way to help power the campus’ Weigel Hall.     						 Courtesy Photo

Tapping the storehouse of joy

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‘Healing Memories ’author reflects on his life
by Lynn Meredith
Geneva—In his career in the senior living industry, Dick Hattan hears seniors talking daily, all day long, about their memories. They wonder why they have lived this long, and what the purpose of it all is. He himself has discovered a way to ponder these “big” questions and come up with his own answers. He has written and published a book of poems on the topic of healing.

“Let these poetic pieces heal your memories and give memories to your healing,” Hattan, a Geneva resident, wrote. “By this I mean that we have a storehouse of joy in our memories from childhood to adolescence, and adulthood that we can reflect on.”

“Healing Memories” is a book of 30 poems that follow Hattan’s life from his Catholic school childhood on the southwest side of Chicago to his military service in Vietnam. The poems were all written in the last year or so, but have given Hattan a way to deal with the feelings of over 30 years ago.

“They helped me get in touch with feelings I had, and some that I didn’t even know that I had,” Hattan said. “The idea of healing became very important to me. Writing poetry dredged up feelings from 30 years ago. I’ve been healed, and it doesn’t bother me anymore.”

A portion of one poem on returning home from Vietnam expresses the feeling he had at how Vietnam vets were greeted:

“For the parade that never was,
Welcome home.
For the returning warrior’s missing mantle,
Welcome home.
For the burning flag’s empty flame,
Welcome home.
For the wounds that never healed,
Welcome home. (p. 33)”

Although Hattan has written poetry for 20 years, this last year as a graduate student in theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary inspired him to write and publish a book.

“There are things I needed to do, and one of those was to write poetry and publish a book,” Hattan said. “Poetry allows me to express emotions much more forcefully than say a journal or short story or a paper.”

Besides his childhood and military service, Hattan also writes about his religious background, family life and hobbies. He includes black-and-white family photos with each poem.

“It’s very personal. The poetry reads almost like a story. I choose things from ordinary life,” Hattan said. “I can’t think of a greater legacy to my child than by sharing with them the memories in this book.

“Healing Memories” is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Town House Books in St. Charles.

R Kids Closet expands into larger space

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SG resident’s new store makes consignment fashionable
by Keith Beebe
Batavia—The need for a new career inspired Vicki Ryan to open the upscale consignment boutique R Kids Closet in Batavia in October 2009.

The need for more space to satisfy public demand and further develop her new business led Ryan to move the boutique into a bigger location next door just 13 months later.

“I was in the mortgage business forever, did really well and had a good run before I lost my job,” she said. “So I took about a year, year-and-a-half off and decided I wanted to work with families and give back to the community and the people. I had a couple of people suggest to me that I should look into doing (a consignment store), and I love kids and love people, so this is how I can (give back) and get my husband and my family all involved.”

Ryan, a resident of Sugar Grove, established a boutique featuring just about everything, from infant and women’s clothing, shoes and outerwear to children’s jewelry and hair bows. And though the majority of the store’s inventory is gently used, Ryan said she is extremely picky about what items she’ll take into the store. After all, R Kids Boutique is meant to be a fashionable and contemporary store, not a place to find casual hand-me-down clothing. And once a particular item sells, the original owner receives 40 percent of the sale, with the other 60 percent going to the boutique.

“Right now, I have a waiting list of people who want to drop (items) off, and I put new stuff out daily,” she said. “We get a lot of regular shoppers, and now we’re getting new shoppers through word of mouth. And the boutique doesn’t look like your average retail shop at all. I mean, why would someone pay $60 for Abercrombie jeans when I have them for $10?”

Ryan had never owned a business prior to establishing R Kids Closet, but her sales background and ability to communicate effectively with clients has adequately made up for any lack of management experience.

“I’ve been a sales rep my whole life, so it’s been hard to learn the (management) aspect of things,” she said. “Now I have a staff, and I have to manage that staff. I have to make sure that staff is treating everyone who walks through the door like I treat those people. And I’ve learned that I have to have tank tops out in February because that’s when people shop for them. It can be such an obstacle, because I’ve never (managed) before.”

Ryan must be doing all right in her new position, since public reception to the boutique has been overwhelmingly positive over the last 13 months. In fact, R Kids Closet was originally located in a space measuring 1,500 square feet, but the store was doing so much business that Ryan decided to move the boutique next door into a space measuring 3,500 square feet in order to add new sections for knick-knacks and home goods.

“I didn’t think I would be expanding after just one year, but we moved two weeks ago to our new location at 69 N. Randall Road, and it pretty much doubled my space,” she said. “In my original business plan, my goal was to gradually expand to the level I am currently at and then eventually open up multiple locations. Overall, I’d say the (boutique’s) first year definitely exceeded my initial expectations, and the store has really become a home away from home for my family.”

R Kids Closet
one-year celebration

Thursday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m to 8 p.m.
69 N. Randall Road, Batavia
(630) 879-7543
or visit their Facebook page

Kaneland falls short of AYP, but makes progress

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Graphic by Alex Leonhard, Kaneland Krier Graphic Designer

by Amanda Schiff
Kaneland Krier Editor

KANELAND—Although Kaneland High School’s PSAE scores declined and didn’t meet federal requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress (APY), the same scores showed more students are college-ready.

Juniors are given the test and each spring, and the scores come back each fall. Students’ scores declined in three of the four areas.

In reading, 61 percent of KHS students met or exceeded goals, a decrease of 10 percentage points from 2009. In writing, 60 percent met or exceeded, an increase of 6 points. In math, 52 percent met or exceeded, a decrease of 10 points; and in science, 57 percent met or exceeded, a decrease of four percent.

The standards, which are set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), require all schools to provide evidence that students meet learning standards. NCLB is a moving target, with schools required to have a greater percentage of students passing each year in order to make AYP. In 2008, the percentage of students who had to meet or exceed to make AYP was 62.5 percent; in 2009, it was 70 percent; and in 2010, it is 77.5 percent.

“The idea behind it is that after a certain number of years, no one will fail the test,” Patty Welker, English department chair, said.

The scores, however, are more than just numbers. They also tell whether students are prepared to succeed in college, a measure called a College Readiness Benchmark. The difference between the two is that AYP is a general benchmark set by the state, and CRB is based on research and measures readiness of students entering college.

“College Readiness Benchmarks measure four areas: English, reading, science and math. It helps us to be specific about what students need to be ready for college. They are researched by the College Board, so we know they are a good guideline,” Erika Schlichter, curriculum coordinator, said.

Although the number of Kaneland students meeting or exceeding decreased in most subjects, the number of students who met College Benchmarks increased by 7 percent in both math and reading, which Schlichter said was an indicator that more students are well prepared to take college courses.

Several changes at the high school have been implemented to help more students succeed on the exams.

“Staff have been receiving training and have put in place multiple interventions, such as the math power review, writing intensive courses and question-of-the-day,” Schlichter said.

Although Kaneland is revamping its curriculum and schedule to improve test scores, the rise in college readiness is a positive sign, Ken Dentino, math department chair, said.

“We are properly preparing our students for life after high school, which is obviously the most important thing we do as teachers,” Dentino said.

KHS fall play Nov. 12-14

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The Kaneland High School Theatre Department will be presenting the comedy “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick. Performances are Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Director April Rames (above) gives some instructions to cast members Eric Eichelberger (standing in back) and (left to right) Dylan Draper, Kelsey Cotton and Kathryn Lanute during dress rehearsal.
Photo by John DiDonna

‘Taps’ was Conley’s contribution to Legion

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Elburn American Legion Veterans Day Parade and Celebration
11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Parade steps off from the American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St. and marches to Veterans Park on East North Street,
for a Color Guard ceremony near the military tank.
The public is invited to participate.

Photo: Bruce Conley chats with a youngster before the 2007 Elburn Veteran’s Day celebration. This year, Elburn Legion Post 630 will celebrate Veteran’s Day without Conley, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. A trumpet with a device that automatically plays “Taps” will be used. File Photo

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The playing of “Taps” is a longstanding tradition at many military events, including Veterans Day celebrations. In Elburn, longtime village resident Bruce Conley did the honors on his trumpet for many years, just before each annual American Legion parade downtown.

However, since Conley’s recent passing, the event no longer will feature his rendition of the soulful tribute to our nation’s servicemen.

Currently lacking another trumpeter, the local Legion came up with a creative way it could offer the familiar tune for parade-goers on Veterans Day and at other events, said the organization’s president Wiley Overley.

The Legion acquired a trumpet that has a device inside that makes it automatically play “Taps.”

“Since we lost Bruce, we do that,” Overley said.

The version the instrument plays is the same as the one military trumpeters play at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. for U.S. soldiers’ funerals.

Conley played “Taps” not only for the annual Veterans Day celebration in Elburn, but for other local Legion events including veterans’ funerals.

“He was always available for us, always gracious,” Overley said.

Kaneland confident in 34-7 playoff win

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by Ryan Wells
Maple Park—“Confidence” was the word on the lips of the Kaneland players as they exited Peterson Field Saturday night following their 34-7 victory over Crystal Lake Central in round 2 of the IHSA football playoffs.

“We’re all just confident with each other,” said Kaneland wide receiver and defensive lineman Blake Serpa. “We know everyone is going to do their job, and not pay attention to what everybody else is supposed to do, and just execute.”

Perhaps most impressive in Saturday night’s win was how each phase of the Knights’ game built confidence in the other phases.

For example, each of the six booming kickoffs by Matt Rodriguez forced the Tigers to start deep in their own territory, including three that went for a touchback after crossing the plane of the endzone. According to Serpa, who caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown, as well as rushed eight times for 41 yards and another score, this simply added to the defensive unit’s confidence, as has been the case all season.

“Our kicker has always given us field position,” he said. “With our defense, we think if they have to drive 80 yards it’s going to be harder for them than it is for us driving the 50 yards that we have to drive.”

Another example of the cyclical nature of the Knights’ confidence Saturday night was how their defensive ability to stop the Tigers emboldened the Knights’ offense, particularly on third down. Not only did Kaneland fare well on third down, converting on eight of 11 attempts, but the offense became even more aggressive on third downs, going for the long play just as often as going for first-down yardage.

In fact, four of the Knights touchdowns—and all of KHS quarterback Joe Camiliere’s touchdown tosses—came on third down. Quinn Buschbacher, who led the receiver corps with 104 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions, said their success on third down is a result of their confidence in each other.

“I think we have a lot of confidence in everybody on the offense,” he said. “I mean, we trust our offensive line to hold their block as long as possible. We also trust Joe, and the receivers, to find the opening, to find the open man.”

The game began with both teams showing confidence; each team putting together a long drive that took the game into the second quarter.

Kaneland opened the game with a drive from its own 32 yard line. They pushed the ball to the Tiger 21-yard-line with a mix of runs and passes before facing a third-and-eight at the Tiger 21 yard line.

That’s when Camiliere found Tyler Callaghan over the middle. Callaghan worked his way toward the end zone, falling across the goal line with 6:50 left in the first quarter. Rodriguez’s extra point gave Kaneland a 7-0 lead.

Crystal Lake Central responded with its own long drive, one that started from its own 20 and ate up the rest of the first quarter and the first 14 seconds of the second. Highlighted by a 33-yard pass to the left flat from quarterback Brett Schuld to reciever Connor Baumann, the Tigers worked their way to a second-and-goal at the Kaneland 9-yard-line.

Tiger running back Dyllon McKinney took a pitch around the left end and dove over the corner of the end zone to knot the score at 7 apiece.

Kaneland had the benefit of great field position on its next drive, starting from its own 46-yard-line. A leaping grab for an 18-yard gain by Taylor Andrews put the ball at the Tiger 36-yard-line, and soon Kaneland found itself facing a third-and-seven from the CLC 33-yard-line. That’s when freshman receiver Daniel Helm caught a pass on a 10-yard turnaround on the right side, shook off a couple of would-be tacklers and raced to a 32-yard touchdown and 13-7 lead. Trouble with the snap and hold on the extra-point attempt left the score at 13-7, with 10:19 left to play in the half.

After forcing Crystal Lake Central to punt on its next drive, Kaneland found itself having to punt away as well. However, the Tigers fumbled on the return, giving Kaneland the ball back with great field position at the Tiger 40-yard-line with 5:13 to go in the half.

Just over a minute later, Serpa took a hand-off and broke through the line off the right tackle, finding the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown run. The TD and extra point gave Kaneland a 20-7 lead with 3:56 remaining in the half.

Serpa helped end the Tigers’ next drive, pressuring Tiger QB Brett Schuld on third-and-11 from their own 19 and forcing him to throw the ball away. The defensive stand led to a Tiger punt and great field position for the Knights, who started their next drive at the CLC 30-yard-line.

On third-and-10 from the Tiger 18, Camiliere tossed a pass down the right seam to Serpa, who was double-covered by the Tigers. Serpa’s leaping grab in the end zone gave Kaneland a 27-7 lead with 43 seconds left in the half, effectively putting the game out of reach for Crystal Lake.

The second half saw Kaneland’s defense clamp down, holding CLC scoreless, and its offense to run time off the clock and make sure that when the Tigers would regain the ball, it was deep in its own territory.

Kaneland added the final points of the night with 3:42 left in the game when Camiliere hit Buschbacher in stride over the middle for a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Holding a 20-7 lead with less than three minutes left in the first half, the Kaneland defense needed to keep Crystal Lake from clawing back into the game before half time. Having just scored a touchdown on the previous drive, Kaneland defensive lineman/wide receiver Blake Serpa worked through the CLC offensive line and put pressure on the Tiger quarterback, forcing him to throw a third-down pass out of bounds to set up a fourth down punting situation. A couple of minutes later, Serpa would score again on a leaping catch in the end zone with less than a minute left in the half, giving Kaneland a 27-7 lead and effectively putting the game out of reach for the Crystal Lake Central Tigers.

Up next …

Vernon Hills
#1 Maple Park (Kaneland) (11-0)
at #4 Vernon Hills (10-1),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

Kaneland will travel to North Suburban Prairie Conference champions Vernon Hills on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.
Vernon Hills enters the contest as the No. 4 seed with a 10-1 record. The team started the season with an amazing seven-consecutive shutout victories, outscoring its opponents 310-0 during the streak.
Fresh off a 37-22 victory over Tinley Park High School last week, Vernon Hills may prove to be the Knights’ toughest test yet this season.

And then there were 8
Third-round 5A contests
#1 Kaneland (11-0)
at #4 Vernon Hills (10-1),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

#10 Woodstock (Marian) (8-3)
at #6 Lombard (Montini),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

#2 Joliet (Catholic Academy) (10-1)
at #1 Peoria (Richwoods) (11-0),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

#4 Chatham (Glenwood) (8-3)
at #3 Springfield (H.S.) (9-2),
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

Photo: Receiver Tyler Callaghan drives to the goal line for the first 6 points of Kaneland’s 34-7 victory over the visiting Crystal Lake Central Tigers in 2nd-round playoff action in Maple Park. The Knights travel to Vernon Hills Saturday at 1 p.m. in quarterfinal action. Photo by Ryan Wells

Holm secures KHS record at State race

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by Keith Beebe
Peoria—“Bittersweet” would be an accurate term to describe Kaneland senior Trevor Holm’s performance at the IHSA boys cross country 2A State Finals on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Holm finished in 37th place with a time of 15:25, failing to earn an All-State medal. However, his time was both a personal best and the fastest ever for a Kaneland Knight at Detweiller Park, eclipsing the previous record of 15:26 set by Jim Probst in 1987.

“I thought Trevor was a little disappointed after the race that he wasn’t able to repeat as an All-State athlete even though he ran 10 seconds faster this year,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “We’re very proud of him, though. He gutted it out and left everything he had out on the track.”

Holm was slightly less enthusiastic about his performance despite the record-setting time.

“It wasn’t my best race. I peaked way too early into the season and it was just downhill from there,” he said. “I could’ve run a way lower time. I ran 15:09 in the beginning of October, and it was by myself. I felt great then, but I just peaked too early.”

Clarey said this was Holm’s first completely healthy, 12-week season since his freshman year.

“In past years, he’s had to get himself prepared and ready on a shortened timetable because of illnesses at the start of his season, but he did a great job all season long this year,” he said. “And Trevor’s basically been going at maximum speed with training and everything since the end of last season.”

Clarey also pointed out the significance of Holm breaking the Kaneland record in his final high school race.
“The fact that Trevor ran a personal-best race at the end of his career is something special, even if it didn’t net an All-State medal this year. And he went out by setting the fastest time on that course,” he said.

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Photo: Kaneland’s Trevor Holm was unable to repeat as an all-state athlete, even after running the fastest time in Knight history at the state meet. Holm finished 37th at the IHSA State Meet with a time of 15:25.
File Photo

Howland sets season best at state

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by Keith Beebe
Peoria—A two-year layoff from cross-country running didn’t seem to have much of an effect on Kaneland High School’s Jen Howland at the IHSA 2A State Final on Saturday in Peoria.

Howland, a world-class triathlete who competed in the International Triathlon Union’s Women’s Junior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, last September, finished in 51st place with a season-best time of 18:26.

“For someone who had not run high school cross country (in) over two years, I would say she did a great job,” KHS Coach Doug Ecker said. “She only started practicing with us the last week (of) September (and had) only five to six weeks of practice and limited meet experience.”

Howland missed the last two cross-country seasons because of injuries, including two broken legs brought on by stress fractures in her shins in 2009.

Photo: Kaneland’s Jen Howland (880) finished 51st at Saturday’s IHSA State Cross Country meet. In what is considered the fastest race in the history of the state meet, Howland’s time of 18:26 would have been good enough for All-State last season. Photo by Linda Bell

Harlem Wizards exhibition comes to HMS

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by Keith Beebe
Sugar Grove—Anyone interested in seeing a little bit of basketball wizardry and showmanship on the hardwood should check out the Harlem Wizards entertainment group’s exhibition against the Kaneland Dream Team on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Harter Middle School.

The friendly exhibition will be presented by the Kaneland John Shields PTO in order to promote positive character education and community service in honor of Veterans Day. And though you won’t find Jordan, Bird, Kobe, LeBron or Magic Johnson on this Dream Team, Kaneland’s squad will feature plenty of familiar faces from around District 302.

“We have created a Kaneland team from students, teachers and staff right here in our School District,” PTO member Laura Sigrist said. “All the schools (from District 302) are included and invited, (so it’s a) community and school-wide event.”

The Wizards will also be doing a little community interaction the day of the show by appearing in Veterans Day assemblies at every elementary and middle school in the district.

“The Harlem Wizards are very entertaining. They promote health and fitness as well as other positive messages for our young people,” Sigrist said. “This is a fun night out for families within our community. We were looking for some creative ways to raise money and have fun without selling stuff.”

Tickets for the exhibition are $10 for students and $12 for adults, and can be purchased at www.harlemwizards.com or at the door the evening of the event. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit academic and social programs at John Shields Elementary School, including a new audio system for the gym stage.

And what are the chances of this basketball exhibition becoming an annual event? It’s certainly not out of the question, according to Sigrist

“If this works out well and everyone has a good time, it could become an annual event. Or we could showcase other performances and invite or involve the entire school community,” she said.

Waubonsee to celebrate Plano campus opening

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PLANO—Waubonsee Community College will celebrate the grand opening of its Plano Campus at Route 34 and Waubonsee Drive, with events on Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13.

The formal grand opening will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, and will feature a short program, ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours and refreshments. Saturday’s community open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be family-oriented with tours, hands-on activities, prize drawings and food. To RSVP for events on either day, visit www.waubonsee.edu/plano or call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2411.

Waubonsee will offer full transfer and occupational associate degrees at the Plano campus, as well as certificates in a variety of in-demand fields, including business, computers, health care, criminal justice and fire science. Other offerings will include developmental education, adult education, GED classes, English as a second language classes, community education programming, and workforce and professional development.

The $13 million main building on the new campus has 15 classrooms, including two science labs, two computer labs, an interactive television classroom and a certified nurse assistant lab.

A soldier’s story

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Kevin Lamb shows pictures of Afghanistan during the program. Lamb served in the 2nd and 4th Infantry divisions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program, called ‘A Soldier’s Story’ included a dinner, the slide show, a question and answer period and an award presentation.


Mike Titre (above, left) of God Bless the Troops stands with veteran Kevin Lamb and his father, Dave. They are showing the award presented to Kevin. It is a print called “The Defender,” which represents the fallen
soldier. Kevin is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who won two commendations of valor. The local award was presented on Oct. 27 at the Elburn Lions Club.

Photos by John DiDonna

Holm representing KHS boys at State

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by Mike Slodki
BELVIDERE—According to KHS coach Chad Clarey, Knight runner Trevor Holm ran his race strategy to perfection.

Based on Saturday’s perforance at the IHSA 2A Belvidere Sectional, Holm will finish his senior year in style.

One of the productive Knight anchors throughout the year, Holm finished 10th overall with a 16 minute clip.

Holm feels, despite the accolades, it was not his best race of 2010.

“No, I felt tired and I really had to push myself at the end. I was getting over being sick, but I was getting confidence toward the end,” Holm said.

Meanwhile, Kaneland as a whole unit fell short of State by one place and 28 points.

With 231 team points, Kaneland was behind Belvidere North (30), Crystal Lake Central (87), Marmion Academy (96), Glenbard South (183) and Woodstock (203).

“We wanted our 2-5 to be less than 30 seconds. Today they were 25 seconds. It was good enough to beat nearly all off the teams battling for the last qualifying spot. We just couldn’t counterbalance the 1-2 punch of Woodstock.

After Holm, teammate Nate Rehkopf was 44th overall with a time of 16:54. Close behind was Grant Alef in 45th place just one second behind Rehkopf.

In 58th, Conor Johnson finished in 17:05, while John Meisinger was 74th at 17:19.

Holm wishes the entire team was represented at State, but is glad to be down there as a lone Knight.

“It was a goal of mind, and it’s great that one of us gets to go down there instead of no one. We deserve recognition,” Holm said.

About last year…
IHSA 2A State Finals
Kaneland finished in 5th place (192 points)
Trevor Holm – 18th place (15:35)
Dominic Furco – 34th place (15:56)
Edgar Valle – 45th place (16:08)
Matt Reusche -47th place (16:11)
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Perfect 10

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Photo: Knight pass-catcher Tyler Callaghan found himself up close and personal with the turf, but not until after the final KHS touchdown in a 42-0 win over Chicago’s King High School. Kaneland now awaits Crystal Lake Central on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Photo by John DiDonna

Knights get all they need in first half of 42-0 win
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Before the beginning of the fourth quarter on Friday night, Knights Taylor Andrews and Nick Michels ran from the sidelines to the field in a sprint.

The winner of that footrace was pretty much the only question to answer on Friday.

With 21 points each in the first and second quarter, the top-seeded Kaneland squad eliminated No. 16 King High School by a 42-0 tally.

“It’s always fun to play somebody different,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “In the playoffs, you’re going to see a lot of different things, and preparation is just really important.”

The 10-0 Knights now gear up for eighth-seeded Crystal Lake Central, who outlasted Antioch on Saturday evening in overtime, 24-21.

With the running clock implemented for the entire second half, the Knights got productive nights from their key players and also found them rest.

The 42-0 shellacking of the Jaguars saw Joe Camiliere go 13-for-15 for 217 yards with four scoring strikes.

The senior and three-year starter was also the game-high rusher with 48 yards on two carries.

The leading receiver was Quinn Buschbacher, who grabbed four balls for 75 yards.

Kaneland’s scoring escapades began on it’s second play from scrimmage when Camiliere followed blockers en route to a 45-yard touchdown just 45 seconds into the game for a 7-0 lead.

On Kaneland’s third-drive, Buschbacher scored on a six-yard TD run to cap a four-play drive and made it 14-0.

Kaneland made it three successful third-quarter drives with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Blake Serpa with :57 left in the quarter.

The second quarter featured a 20-yard touchdown pass to Andrews with 11:08 left in the second frame, followed by a 12-yard slant pass to Buschbacher for a 35-0 lead with 8:29 remaining, and a nine-yard paydirt strike to Tyler Callaghan with :57 left in the first half.

The Crystal Lake Central Tigers are 8-2 entering Saturday’s tiff. The Tigers have not suffered a loss since a 14-7 setback to Peoria Richwoods on Sept. 11.

“ A lot of teams coming ahead of us are really good teams,” Callaghan said. “We’ve got a ton of potential, especially with Blake and Joe and our offensive line was really young coming into the year, but now they’re one of our strengths.”

The winner of KHS-CLC is slated to face either No. 4 Vernon Hills or No. 12 Tinley Park in a semifinal matchup.

The King Jaguars might have had a good night on the gridiron if it weren’t for the Knights. While it was going to be a tough night defensively for King, Taylor Andrews also made sure it would be trying on the offensive side. Andrews’ sack of Kendal Harris on third-and-14 from the King 10 pinned the visitors deep in their own territory. The punt landed at the King 27, leading to a Quinn Buschbacher TD run and a 14-0 lead.

And then there were 16:
Second Round 5A contests

#8 Crystal Lake (Central) (8-2) at
#1 Maple Park (Kaneland) (10-0),
Saturday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

#4 Vernon Hills (9-1) at
#12 Tinley Park (H.S.) (7-3),
Saturday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m.

#15 Grayslake (Central) (6-4) at
#10 Woodstock (Marian) (7-3),
Saturday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.

#6 Lombard (Montini) (8-2) at
#3 Sycamore (H.S.) (9-1),
Saturday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

#4 New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) (8-2) at #1 Peoria (Richwoods) (10-0),
Saturday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

#2 Joliet (Catholic Academy) (9-1) vs.
#3 Sterling (H.S.) (8-2) at Joliet Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.

#4 Chatham (Glenwood) (7-3) at
#8 Jacksonville (H.S.) (6-4)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

#3 Springfield (H.S.) (8-2) at
#2 Marion (H.S.) (9-1),
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.

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