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Soccer stages ninth win

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KANELAND—Kaneland wasn’t the opponent you can overlook when it comes to playing Sycamore in 2010.

Kaneland had the Spartans’ number on Thursday, scoring two second-half goals to win 2-1.

The Knights close their regular season out at 9-10-2 (5-3-2 NIB-12).

Derek White had a goal with 11 minutes, 13 seconds to go, and Jordan Escobedo scored with 2:26 remaining in the contest for the win.

The JV crew finished the regular season with a 2-0 at Sycamore to go 17-0-1, which included 13 shutouts.

Oct. 21, 2010 UPDATE: The Knights faced Sycamore in IHSA Regional action Wednesday night, prevailing 2-1. The game-winning goal was scored by Jordan Escobedo with 55 seconds left in the fourth overtime. Chad Swieca tied the game in the second half. The Knights next game is against Rochelle, at Sycamore, Friday at 4 p.m.

Photo by John DiDonna

Howland earns all NIB-12 honor at conference

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by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—For the majority of the 2010 season, Kaneland girls cross-country has struggled to post a full lineup.

But there have always been encouraging developments. That came to a head at the first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII gathering on Saturday morning at Elburn Woods.

Kaneland finished fourth overall with 97 points, just two behind DeKalb.

Dixon (40) and Yorkville (46) took the top two slots. Geneseo, Sycamore, Rochelle, Sterling, Ottawa and Morris rounded out the top 10.

While Kelsey Schrader of DeKalb took the course with a time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds, Kaneland bore witness to a season-best day from junior Jen Howland, who posted a 19:20 time.

“The beginning of the race was really good ,and I had my teammates right by me,” Howland said. “I felt really strong, and going up the hill my teammates were pushing me, and knowing they were working just as hard as I was really pushed me.”

After Howland’s all-NIB-12 day, KHS saw senior Andie Strang finish in 13th place at 19:48.

“We’ve always been good about staying pretty modest,” Strang said. “People can get hurt so fast in cross-country, and this was a good race to prepare us for next weekend.”

Sophomore Ashley Castellanos took 18th overall with an effort of 20:23. Teammate Kris Bowen also had a productive outing with a time of 20:54.

All four runners ran a personal best on their home course.

Awaiting KHS this Saturday, Oct. 23, is the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Kishwaukee College in Malta.

The meet, hosted by Sycamore, also includes Aurora Central Catholic, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Rosary, Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central and Hampshire.

Photo: Jen Howland supplied her most productive day of the 2010 season at Elburn Woods on Saturday. Photo by Ashley Leonetti

JEA names Charles McCormick ‘Administrator of the Year’

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Maple Park—Dr. Charles McCormick was named Administrator of the Year by the national Journalism Education Association on Sept. 27.

According to Linda Drake, the JEA Awards Committee Chair, McCormick was one of eight top-notch candidates from across the country who the committee considered, and he was selected for his strong support of scholastic journalism education and students’ free speech rights. McCormick stood out particularly because of his open support of Tinker rights, which give student publications free speech without administrative prior review.

While the high school’s student newspaper, the Kaneland Krier, has always had Tinker rights in practice, one of McCormick’s final acts at Kaneland was to work with the District 302 School Board to officially change the publications policy to match the practice, thus codifying student’s free speech rights. The school board voted to implement a Tinker policy at Kaneland in April, 2010.

McCormick, who retired from his position as District 302’s superintendent on July 1, has also promoted a culture of openness within the district. Editors described McCormick as having an open-door policy, always making time to explain district policies to them, and creating an atmosphere of mutual trust between the administration and the various editorial boards over the years.

“He trusted the editorial board to make responsible editorial choices and therefore allowed us to continue with our Tinker practices, even when the School Board policy said we were Hazelwood,” Jessica Corbett, Kaneland Krier executive editor, said. “That level of trust, combined with his continuous support of all students in the district, pushed us to make ethical choices and encouraged us to capture the culture of Kaneland in the Krier. As he’s watched the Krier grow in his own time at Kaneland, he’s seen it evolve into a very professional atmosphere. He helped create that atmosphere by always encouraging other administrators and staff to welcome reporters into their offices, and his own office was always an open door. He always made time for students from the Krier to interview him. His consistent presence in our stories added to the quality of our work as student journalists. Not only did his quotes answer my interview questions, they challenged my own beliefs and allowed me to better grasp all the topics I interviewed him about.”

That open-door policy created learning opportunities for the students of Kaneland High School.

“Instead of having an adversarial relationship with the student newspaper, as so many administrators do, Dr. McCormick instead cultivated a strong relationship with student editors over the years, always extending a helping hand,” said Cheryl Borrowdale, journalism teacher. “He values students’ journalistic rights, and he saw supporting those rights as a way he could enhance their learning, develop their judgment, and encourage them to think critically. He has been a model of the kind of strong relationship administrators everywhere should try to build with student journalists, and in doing so, he also provided extraordinary and authentic learning opportunities for the students of Kaneland.”

McCormick’s support of student journalism remained steady, even during times of controversy, which is one of the things both Borrowdale and retired Kaneland journalism teacher Laurie Erdmann wrote about in their letters of recommendation to the JEA.

In her letter, Erdmann praised McCormick for his unflagging support, even when news cameras appeared outside Kaneland High School after a cover photo considered controversial was published. Borrowdale also praised McCormick for helping students cover controversial content in responsible ways, rather than trying to inhibit it, by providing students with resources, putting them in contact with expert sources they might not otherwise be able to reach, and offering background and perspective during interviews.

“His philosophy was always to provide students with as much information as possible, under the idea that giving students access to background, facts and expert sources would inform them, challenge them and encourage them to make thoughtful and responsible decisions,” Borrowdale said. “It has been an extraordinarily successful approach at Kaneland, and it shows that Dr. McCormick was always, first and foremost, an educator who had students’ best interests at heart.”

McCormick will speak at the JEA’s national convention in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 13, where he will lead a session for advisers and administrators on how to support students’ free speech rights, critical thinking and responsible decision-making.

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Small-town settings are local writer’s inspiration

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by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Just about every detail of Tammy Schmidt’s life has taken place locally. She grew up in Sugar Grove, was the editor for the Kaneland Krier, earned a degree in English from Northern Illinois University and student-taught at St. Charles East High School.

These days, Schmidt is an author under the pen name of Tamara Lyon, using small-town settings inspired by Sugar Grove, Elburn and Geneva in her novels.

“I began writing my first novel 10 years ago when my son was an infant. I’ve since had three novels released,” Schmidt said. “Every one of my books is unique. I pride myself on the fact that my novels don’t subscribe to one theme.”

Schmidt, a Kaneland class of 1993 graduate, worked for publications such as The Kane County Chronicle and The Elburn Herald before she wrote her first novel, “Falling to Him,” while managing her cleaning business and putting her husband, Chris, through medical school.

“I scrub toilets for a living, and I am still doing (it),” she said. “I took several career detours before (I came) back to writing.”

According to Schmidt, her second novel, “Fixing Forever Broken,” recently received a bronze IPPY award in the romance category. And her third novel, “The Ugly Tree,” was nominated for an Abraham Lincoln Award by a Lisle High School librarian.

Her next novel, “The Peel and Stick Heart,” is slated to be released in 2012.

Schmidt’s demanding work and family schedule has kept her from being able to consistently market and promote her novels, but she’s hoping a mini book-signing tour and also some speaking engagements at high schools in Illinois and Wisconsin will have more people talking about Tamara Lyon’s series of novels.

“(I’ll) talk about my journey as a writer and what brought me back to writing,” Schmidt said. “I also do a PowerPoint presentation on the publishing industry for students interested in a writing career.”

Schmidt said she plans to market her novels by giving presentations at women’s organizations, professional organizations and book clubs, and said she will employ out-of-the-box book promotion concepts, including “Meet the Author” events where she’ll sell and sign books and network at small gatherings hosted by her friends and family.

“This concept has been taking off like wildfire, as people are intrigued by and enjoy (the) idea of personal interaction with an author,” she said.

Schmidt will give a presentation Monday, Oct. 25, at the United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, where she will read excerpts of her work, answer questions and sign books. She’ll also do a similar meet-and-greet on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Maple Park.

For more information about Schmidt’s novels, visit www.tamaralyon.com or search Tamara Lyon on Facebook.

Photo gallery: Fine Arts Fest: Take 1

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Brandon Fox is Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School’s Music Specialist and member of the Cor Cantiamo Choral Ensemble.

Dr. Eric Johnson directs the ensemble, which kicked off the Kaneland Fine Arts Festival at Kaneland High School on Oct. 9. The ensemble was founded in the Spring of 2009 by Dr. Johnson and has received accolades for their performances.

Photos by John DiDonna

Perez, Kramer focus on public safety, reducing costs

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Kane County—Incumbent Kane County Sheriff and Democrat Pat Perez will face Republican challenger Donald E. Kramer on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Both expressed a desire to increase the department’s effectiveness while dealing with the recent budget crunch caused by the economic downturn.

Pat Perez
Democrat
Age: 53
Family: Married, wife Terrie, sons Stephan, 23 and Gabe, 20
Hometown: Sugar Grove
Background:
• 1975 graduate—West Aurora H.S.
• 1992 graduate—Police Training Institute
• 2007 graduate—National Sheriff’s Institute
• 2007 graduate—Souther Police Institute Executive Management
Community involvement: Member of Batavia Rotary, Co-Chair CASA Kane County Chairman’s Advisory Panel, Co-Chair of Fundraising United Way Fox Valley, past coach and co-founder of Aurora Superstars Youth Football, former assistant coach, Kaneland High School.

Current Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said he wants a second term because of the commitment he made to the county prior to his first one.

“My priorities have always been proactive enforcement and to rid our county of violent offenders, gang members and drug dealers,” Perez said. “This has had the greatest impact on the quality of life and safety for all our citizens.”

He pointed to his department’s accomplishments in his first term as the reason he is best suited to earn the public’s vote. He fulfilled his promise to implement mandatory random drug testing, create a safer environment for county corrections officers, stabilize the department communications division, adjust his staffing structure to focus on public safety, and to do it all in a fiscally responsible way.

In addition, Perez said he re-established the School Resource Officer program, putting in officers at the Kaneland and Burlington high schools.

Another success Perez touts is the department’s move from the Geneva to the St. Charles facility in 2008.

“This included moving 511 inmates in one night without incident,” Perez said.

While it may be his name on the ballot, Perez pointed out that the department’s accomplishments were due to the work of everyone involved.

“I am surrounded by a staff of professionals who take pride in our profession and share my vision,” he said. “I realize our work is a team effort, and have led by example and have held myself to the same standards that my staff is held to.”

Looking to the future, Perez said he plans to expand the department’s partnership with the citizens of Kane County, through the Citizens Police Academy, TRIAD Senior Services, Neighborhood Watch and Too Good for Drugs programs. He will also be focused on completing the buildout at the Kane County Jail to eliminate the need to send overflow inmates to other counties.

“By completing the buildout, we will eliminate the need to outsource inmates and have the ability to rent beds to the Federal Marshals or ICE and create a positive revenue stream for Kane County rather than having money leave Kane County,” Perez said.

His third priority is also what he considers his department’s biggest challenge: “to continue to provide the best service possible with limited resources.”

Perez points to the budget reductions already achieved as an indication of what is possible when a department faces a budget crunch. He said that his department’s total combined savings from 2007 to 2009 was $762,000.

“I did not wait for the recession to begin fiscal reform, I began that the day I took office,” Perez said. “We have all had to make sacrifices in this economy, and we have learned to do the best we can with the resources we have available.”

Donald E. Kramer
Republican
Age: 52
Family: Wife, Kelly; son, Colin; daughters, Amanda and Holly
Hometown: Geneva, 15 years; originally from Batavia
Background: Education—School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, 2004; Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Chicago State University, 1995; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Aurora University, 1991; Associate in Business Management, Waubonsee Community College, 1984; Employment—Kane County Sheriff’s Office, June 1979 to November 2009; promoted to lieutenant March 2002; and sergeant August 1986
Community Involvement: Rotary Club of Geneva, Kane County Safe Kids, Geneva Academic Foundation, Suicide Prevention Services and several church committees

Challenger Donald E. Kramer said he is running for Kane County Sheriff to bring what he said is the leadership necessary to provide more effective service to Kane County citizens.

“After working more than 30 years for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, I realized that in order to make a difference I must have greater involvement in the process,” Kramer said.

Armed with his experience at all levels of the department, combined with his upper level management education, he said he has the necessary skillset to increase the department’s efficiency and effectiveness. He plans to apply that combination of skill, experience and education to restructure the department in a more effective manner while also working within the budget.

Kramer said he plans to reassign personnel to address crime and safety in the neighborhoods and county roads, including the creation of a domestic violence unit, as well as a traffic unit, within the public safety division. He also plans to restructure the management of the department to more effectively monitor its activities and finances.

“I plan on building a management team that will determine the needs of the community and work with supervisors on achieving successful strategies to reduce crime,” Kramer said. “Upper level management will also be more responsible for collaborating with other agencies and managing finances to achieve goals and objectives within financial constraints.”

To extend the department’s resources, Kramer said he plans to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies to combine efforts in combating drugs and gangs, as well as improve traffic safety.

The restructuring and collaborative efforts will be vital to accomplish what Kramer said is the biggest challenge facing the department—providing public safety services while dealing with reductions in finances and personnel.

“Because there has been a significant cut in the budget and personnel, it will be necessary as sheriff to redeploy resources to address core issues that affect the greatest number of citizens,” Kramer said. “To accomplish this, I will reduce the number of specialized units and reassign personnel in order to provide the greatest amount of service necessary to protect our streets, courthouse and jail.”

Stable owner, others receive safety award

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by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District on Monday recognized individuals from two local businesses and a school for exemplary fire prevention practices.

During the district’s board meeting, Fire Marshal Alan Isberg presented the 2010 Henry S. Parmalee Business Award in Fire Safety to Home Depot in Geneva; Lily Lake Elementary School and Burlington Central School District; and Grand Prix Equestrian in Maple Park.

“They have not just done the normal, they have gone above and beyond,” Isberg said.

Isberg said the award’s namesake, Parmalee, invented the fire sprinkler in the 1870s.

Grand Prix Equestrian owner Ginna Frantz accepted the Paramalee award for her business’ contribution to local fire protection. She recently completed a three-year project to enhance fire safety at her horse farm, including installing several public fire hydrants on the property at her own expense, Isberg said.

“I thank you for the challenge you took on,” Isberg said.

Frantz decided to install the hydrants and other fire safety improvements after 32 horses died in a barn blaze on Francis Road in Kaneville Township Oct. 4, 2005.

“She wanted to make sure her horses were safe,” Isberg said.

The hydrants are connected to a pond on her property. Elburn Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan said that about a week ago, they came in handy.

“We used the hydrants at her farm to put out a barn fire down the street,” Callaghan said.

Frantz said during the award ceremony that she was “proud and honored to have been able to provide that service for the community.”

Jessica Lawton, site manager at Grand Prix Equestrian, also received a Parmalee award for maintaining the fire hydrants at the farm.

Isberg commended Lily Lake Elementary for its fire safety improvements to the school, its speedy evacuation of the school during a practice fire alarm, and its emergency access plans, which he said other schools in the state are drawing upon to create their own. Lily Lake principal Trent Lange accepted the award on behalf of the school, at which Elburn firefighters conducted fire safety drills recently during Fire Prevention Week.

Home Depot Safety manager Bob Brockmann received the Parmalee award for his efforts on behalf of the business to aid the Fire Department and the village of Elburn with materials such as fire extinguishers and evidence cans. Isberg also thanked him for hosting the annual Kids Safety Day at the store. The Fire Department takes its hazard house demonstration to the event.

Photo: Elburn Fire Marshal Alan Isberg (center) and Elburn Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan presented a fire safety award to Ginna Frantz, owner of Grand Prix Equestrian in Maple Park, on Monday. The Elburn and ountryside Fire Protection District honored her for a project that included installing several public fire hydrants on the property at her expense. Courtesy Photo

KHS makes itself at home in 34-13 win at Yorkville

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by Mike Slodki
YORKVILLE—Friday night at Campbell Field in Yorkville featured four quarters of Fox hunting.

For Kaneland, the instrument of choice was a scalpel.

Highlighted by a third-quarter drive that went eight minutes, 11 seconds and ended with a Blake Serpa touchdown run, the Knights saw big things from their offense and a steady defense in a 34-13 win over the Foxes.

With the final outcome, Kaneland is now 7-0 (3-0 NIB-12), and heads into a battle of the undefeateds with visiting Sycamore.

Sycamore is now the top-ranked Playoff Points team in Class 5A, while Kaneland is the third-ranked team.

Kaneland gathered 387 yards of offense compared to 225 yards for YHS.

Joe Camiliere had a 13-for-20 for 185 yards evening, with two touchdowns and one interception. The senior has thrown 19 scoring strikes, compared to two picks.

Serpa ran for 91 yards. Sean Carter caught three passes for 77 yards to be the Knights’ leading receiver.

“I have to tip my hat to Yorkville, they played hard,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “They played a good game and that’s what we expected. That (8:11) drive, that’s something we’ve been talking about putting together for awhile.”

After Taylor Andrews recovered a fumble on a pitch on Yorkville’s first play from scrimmage, Kaneland used three plays to score, thanks to Serpa’s one-yard plunge just 1:44 into the game for a 7-0 lead.Yorkville used a 21-yard field goal by Maxwell Brusveen with 6:22 to go to make it 7-3. The kick marked the Foxes’ first points against Kaneland since 2007.

In the second quarter, Kaneland struck again on a 70-yard pass to Carter in stride with 2:59 to go making it 14-3. Yorkville came back with a 10-play drive that ended with a 32-yard field goal by Brusveen with 29 ticks left to make it 14-6.

Kaneland began the second half with that 15-play drive that covered 80-yards. Serpa and Camliere ran the ball for most of the drive, sandwiched around a Carter catch. It gave Kaneland the chance to dominate the game via run, and kept YHS offensive assets off the field.

“We had a lead already. We had a touchdown lead, and the line did a great job. It was a long drive and they just blocked on every play. Blake ran the ball better than I’ve ever seen him run,” Camiliere said.

In the fourth quarter, Tyler Callaghan caught his first touchdown pass of the season from nine yards out with 10:09 to go in the game, making it 28-6. After Callaghan intercepted a Brant Corwin pass, Quinn Buschbacher ran it in from the 14 to make it 34-6 with 9:08 to go.

Yorkville closed the scoring with a Liir Emini TD catch from 23-yards out to make it 34-13 with 2:06 remaining. In sophomore action, KHS won 62-25.

Sycamore tries to knock off the Knights this Friday, Oct. 15. The Spartans won the 2009 Class 5A first-round matchup 40-13 on Oct. 31, 2009.

Play of the Knight
Quinn Buschbacher has had a productive season so far. He showed why on Friday. Faced with a third-and-7 from its own 35, Buschbacher got the carry and broke two tackles on his way to a 39-yard gain. The play went a long way to widening a close game, and eventually led to a Kaneland score with 3:11 left in the third quarter for a 21-6 lead.

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School* 3 0 6 1 143 94
Geneseo High School* 2 1 6 1 229 70
Ottawa Twp High School 2 1 4 3 213 95
LaSalle-Peru High School 2 1 4 3 141 216
Dixon High School 0 3 0 7 100 328
Streator Twp High School 0 3 0 7 40 315

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Kaneland High School* 3 0 7 0 299 75
Sycamore High School* 3 0 7 0 259 88
Morris Com High School 2 1 5 2 188 107
Yorkville High School 1 2 3 4 122 160
Rochelle Twp High School 0 3 3 4 192 122
DeKalb High School 0 3 3 4 137 172

*Clinched playoff berth

Four!

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Guyton gets last qualifying State spot after Sectional
KANELAND—This is becoming old hat for Kaneland’s Hayley Guyton.

Shooting an 80 at Monday’s IHSA Class 2A Sectional gathering hosted by LaGrange Park’s Nazareth Academy, Guyton made it into the Girls Golf State tournament as the last individual qualifier.

At Willow Crest Golf Club, Guyton was just behind Caitlan Smollen of Chicago’s St. Ignatius (79). Medalist was Glenbard West’s Brooke Kochevar with a 71.

On Oct. 6, Guyton qualified for Sectional with an 80 at the St. Charles East Regional held at St. Andrew’s Golf Course in West Chicago.

The IHSA Class 2A State battle takes place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth, Ill. Guyton’s Friday tee time is 10:09 a.m. on the tenth tee, along with Kelly Muskat of Barrington, Smollen and Krystal Garritson of Lockport.

Meanwhile, the Knight boys team saw their season end after Monday’s Freeport Sectional.

Finishing 11th out of 12 squads, Kaneland shot a 341. Freeport (307), Sterling (313) and Burlington Central (313) advance to State at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.

Coach Mark Meyer bids adieu to senior Josh Schuberg with the conclusion of the season, while fellow senior Guyton continues postseason golf.

Photo: Hayley Guyton gets some suggestions from her coach, Mark Meyer, before the start of the St. Charles East Regional tournament on Wednesday, October 6 at St. Andrews Golf Club in West Chicago. Hayley was the only Kaneland athlete competing. Photo by John DiDonna

Knights soccer finds offense against NIB-12

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In the “world’s most popular sport,” goals can be quite hard to come by, no matter the level.

Leave it to KHS soccer to go against what’s popular.

The Knights lit up the scoreboard in Rochelle on Thursday, winning 6-2 against the regional’s No. 1-seeded Hubs, before being edged by visiting Plainfield East 1-0 on Saturday. Most recently on Tuesday, the Knights solved the invading Yorkville Foxes 5-0.

The recent week of action puts the Knights at 8-10-2 (4-3-2 NIB-12), eclipsing the 2009 win total.

Against the Hubs, KHS jumped on their purple foes for four first half goals: two by Derek White, one by Chad Swieca and one by Kushstrim Ismali.

The second half had goals by Jordan Escobedo, who also had four assists, and Anders Winquist-Bailey.

Against the Bengals of Plainfield East, the Knights gave up a first-half goal and had their chances in the second half, but an Escobedo chance went wide late.

“It just didn’t happen today,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We need to work on health and finishing. We’re one of those feast-or-famine teams. (We) scored twice in five minutes against Rochelle or games like today, that’s kind of been our season.”

Against Yorkville, White scored thanks to an Escobedo assist just 8:44 into the match, and Trevor Wolf put in a goal with an Alex Gil assist with 8:26 remaining in the first half.

Escobedo, Anthony Parillo and Patrick Bratschun found the net.

The JV crew continued its torrid season, earning wins over Rochelle, Plainfield East and Yorkville by a combined score of 12-2. They sit at 15-0-1.

For the varsity side, the next challenge is at Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Photo: Thanasi Pesmajoglou looks for an opening during Saturday morning’s 1-0 setback to Plainfield East at KHS. Photo by Mike Slodki

V-ball spikes Geneva for first time since 1991

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KANELAND—This past week saw Lady Knights volleyball take care of an NIB-12 opponent, participate in some Iowa action, and vanquish an old foe.

The 13-11 (4-3 Northern Illinois Big XII) Kaneland crew earned i’s first win over non-conference foe Geneva for the first time in 19 years on Oct. 6, then followed that with a win against visiting Morris on Thursday, before going 1-2 in Bettendorf, Iowa, tourney action on Saturday morning. The week ended with a 25-18, 25-11 loss to host DeKalb on Tuesday.

In the 26-24, 23-25, 25-22 win over the Lady Vikings, Katy Dudzinski had 18 kills and three blocks, while teammate Jess Lubic added 32 assists, three kills, three blocks and two aces.

Lower level action saw the sophomores lose 25-22, 14-25, 15-25, the freshmen “A” roster lose 25-18, 25-21, and the “B” side take a 25-21, 26-24 win.

Against the Lady Redskins on Thursday, the Lady Knights swept a 25-13, 25-21 matchup. Grace Fabrizius had 10 kills and nine service points. Kylie Siebert had 10 digs and an ace.

In the Quad Cities, KHS lost 21-10, 21-19 to Bettendorf High School and 21-8, 21-13 to Ankeny High School before rallying to beat West Des Moines Valley High School 21-13, 22-20.

Siebert had 38 digs and 32 receptions on the day while Dudzinski had 24 kills and five blocks.

Against the Lady Barbs, Fabrizius had five kills, and Lubic added two aces and seven assists.

Coming up for the Lady Knights: a meeting with Sycamore along Spartan Trail on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Kaneland Krier wins Quill and Scroll International first place award

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by Sarah Arnold
Kaneland News Bureau Editor

Krier—Kaneland High School’s newsmagazine, the Kaneland Krier, was awarded a Quill and Scroll International First Place Award last month, earning its highest score in several years.

“We had a very hardworking staff last year who put their whole heart into the Krier, and the judges saw that and rewarded them for it,” journalism teacher Cheryl Borrowdale said.

The judges commended the 2009-2010 Krier, giving it high scores for policy guidelines, coverage, writing and editing, display and design, and business practices.

“I think the judges saw the staff had good story topics, high quality in terms of writing and research and an attractive paper design,” Borrowdale said. “The Krier is a completely student-run paper and publishes without censorship or prior review, and the editorial board has set very high standards for itself, both in terms of production and ethics. They are perfectionists, and it shows.”

In the critique, the judges offered both praise and some constructive criticism.

“The judges commented they really liked our designs, ads and in-depth stories. It feels good because that is what we worked hard on last year. They want us to improve our captions and use our space wisely,” executive editor Maria Kernychny said.

The overall score of 950 placed the Krier in the superior achievement category, giving the staff the International First Place Award.

“It feels good to win Quill and Scroll because it goes to show the success of all of our staff’s time and effort throughout the year,” web editor Megan Nauert said.

Schools from 49 countries compete in Quill and Scroll, the largest of the journalism honor societies. Quill and Scroll, which is run by the University of Iowa’s Communications Department, has college journalism professors and professional journalists judge student newspapers from around the world each year. Over the Krier’s 37-year history, Quill and Scroll has distinguished the Krier many times. The newsmagazine also received an International First Place Award last year and won the 2010 Golden Eagle from the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association, which is given to the best student newspaper in its class.

The current Krier staff is working on making the judges’ suggested improvements to ensure another win next year.

“We are working to develop our layout even more, involve more Kaneland students, continue to make sound editorial board decisions, and maintain our journalistic integrity. Our goal is to receive an even higher score,” head copyeditor and advertising manager Jessica Corbett said.

Photo: The 2009-2010 Krier editorial board, which recently won a Quill and Scroll’s International First Place Award. Melanie Mazuc (front, left to right), Hope Zegiel, Ali Boan, Erin Rodway, Megan Nauert, and Jessica Raines. Zach Brown (back, left to right), Jessica Corbett, Sarah Arnold, Maria Kernychny, and Anthony Sperando. Courtesy Photo

Get a haircut!

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Mom learns on birthday why her son grew out his locks
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The usual banter between mothers and sons about long hair took a sudden twist for Candy Miller and her son, Tommy McCartney, during Miller’s 50th birthday party in September.

McCartney, 23, whose hair was roughly six inches longer than it ever had been before, came clean that day: He announced that he was donating his eight-inch locks to Panteen Pro-V for wigs for cancer patients.

His gift not only was to cancer patients in need of quality wigs, but also was a present to his own mom, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February.

“It was a total surprise for me,” Miller said. “His hair was really getting long. I’d tell him, ‘You really need to get it cut. I’ll even pay for it,’ but he’d say, ‘I like it and I’m not getting it cut. I’m never cutting it again.’”
Tommy McCartney
McCartney had something more up his sleeve. He was inspired several months ago while riding in the car with his mom about three weeks after she started chemotherapy.

“I could tell that she was upset. I kept asking her what was wrong, but she wouldn’t say,” McCartney said. “Then she ran her fingers through her hair, and it was just falling out. It went through my mind that I could donate my hair for a wig for her, but I knew it was not long enough yet.”

His hair at that time was two to three inches long. The minimum requirement for donation is eight inches.

While growing out his locks, he didn’t tell anyone the reason except, eventually, his girlfriend, who liked the long hair at first but as the months passed, agreed with his mother. During those months, McCartney took a lot of teasing at every family party. He wanted to cut his hair at the beginning of September but the back wasn’t long enough yet.

In a wonder of timing, McCartney’s hair was long enough just in time for Miller’s big 50th birthday party at the end of the month. Not one to take the spotlight, McCartney waited for the 60-some party-goers to thin out to just close family and friends before making his move. With a cousin and a beautician relative, clippers in hand, McCartney pulled his mom aside.

“He said to me, ‘Mom, I’ve got another present for you. I want you to shave my head,’” Miller said.

Miller said her son’s gift made her very emotional and that his support meant a lot to her.

“I have always told him that he has the best heart,” Miller said.

McCartney realized his announcement was spur-of-the-moment, but he knew what it would mean to his mom.

“It felt good to see her happy,” he said. “It was nice to see her cry and be happy and not sad.”

Top Photo: Tommy McCartney and his mother, Candy Miller, smile after McCartney donated 8 inches of hair to Panteen Pro-V for cancer patient wigs. Miller was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February. Courtesy Photo

Unmixing the message

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Photo: The Get Movin’ mascot, Movin’ Max, encourages the kids as they participate in the All School Fun Run at John Shields Elementary School on Sept. 29. Photo by John DiDonna

PTO holds Fun Run instead of candy sales fundraiser
by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—Instead of selling candy or other catalog items for its fundraiser this year, the John Shields Elementary School PTO sponsored a Fun Run on Sept. 29. More than 600 students participated, from kindergarteners through fifth-graders.

“We are trying to get away from the mixed message we felt we were sending,” PTO member Laura Sigrist said. “There is a healthy message being promoted in the schools, yet we were selling candy and other unhealthy items.”

This year, rather than asking friends and neighbors to buy something, the students asked them to sponsor an activity.

Every child in the school participated in the Fun Run, whether they collected pledges or not. They all received wristbands as a souvenir. Those who collected $50 before the event received a pedometer to wear the day of the race.

“Over 100 kids made the goal,” said Amy Sullivan, fundraising vice president. “Our goal was to raise $17,500, and we think we made $13,000.”

Each hour on the day of the event, a different grade came out to the fields behind the school to join in the fun. The Original Get Moving Crew, based in Milford, Mich., provided music and motivation. They began with a lively warm-up including the Cha-cha Slide, led by volunteers, and Fun Run Max, led by a character dressed as a yellow cheetah with black spots.

When the race began, the students started sprinting around the marked-out course.

“It gets them excited about moving,” John Shields physical education teacher Lorrie Hamblen said. “It’s been fun. The kids are excited. They are making their brains stronger. Exercise grows brain cells.”

Luke Weetz, a fourth-grader, enjoyed the event.

“I like it because we get to exercise,” he said. “Lots of kids don’t like to run in gym class.”

Fun Runs are catching on in the area. McDole will host one next month. Bryan Lederhouse of the Get Moving Crew said the company will coordinate 14 events in the Chicago area this fall.

“What really makes it great as a PTO fundraiser is that we take care of the leg-work,” Lederhouse said. “We use some volunteers, but they don’t have to pull the event together. I can’t believe schools wouldn’t want to do it.”

The John Shields PTO will use the money the students raised at the Fun Run to help pay for Family Fun Knights Out.

Barb-eque: Knights batter DeKalb, now 6-0

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Photo: Knight Quinn Buschbacher (12) hopes to come down with the ball during Kaneland’s 42-7 win against visiting DeKalb. Buschbacher’s output this season has been key to the Knights’ No. 3 placing in the IHSA Class 5A Playoff Points scale. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Dealing with the hysterics of 2010 homecoming? Fine.

Having to host a DeKalb team that just came off of a win at LaSalle-Peru and was at the .500 mark in week six under coach Marty Sanders? OK.

Knowing that every win amassed creates a giant bullseye on the Kaneland jersey? Bring it on.

It seemed like nothing could get the Knights down on Friday, and Kaneland strode to a 42-7 win over the visiting Barbs.

The win, Kaneland’s fifth in a row over DHS, improved the KHS mark to 6-0 (2-0 Northern Illinois Big XII). It marks the best start for Kaneland since 2006, and the Knights have now won seven straight regular season games dating back to last season.

“This is a special group. We’ve got a couple guys that stepped in big time, and we’re just really happy with the outcome,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland outgained DeKalb by a tally of 402-286.

Joe Camiliere was a stellar 18-of-22 for 306 yards and five touchdown tosses.

Blake Serpa carried the ball for 70 yards on 10 tries. On the receiving end, Quinn Buschbacher caught eight passes for 153 yards and three scores, while Sean Carter caught five passes for 93 yards and a score.

After coming up empty on their first drive, a Serpa punt pinned DeKalb back on its own eight. Two plays later, QB Brian Sisler was wrapped up by Tyler Callaghan for a safety four minutes, 29 seconds into the game for a 2-0 KHS lead. Three plays later, Kaneland’s Buschbacher caught a 38-yard touchdown pass for a 9-0 lead with 6:03 to go in the first quarter.

The second-quarter scoring had Camaliere find Carter on a 27-yard pass with 9:44 remaining in the half for a 21-0 lead.

Blake Serpa followed blockers for a 45-yard touchdown run with 3:43 to go to make it 28-0, and before the half was up, Jacob Razo caught his first TD of the year, a five-yard grab.

With the Knights entering the third frame up 28-0, the offense was at it again thanks to a Buschbacher 24-yard touchdown catch, making it 35-0.

The Barbs repelled the running clock by Dan Matya’s 84-yard touchdown catch with 7:45 left in the third.

Buschbacher caught a 15-yard pass from Camilere for his third and final touchdown with 3:18 to go in the third.

Play of the Knight
Facing an improved DeKalb Barbs squad, the undefeated Knights needed contributions from both the defense and the offense. Already up 9-0 due to a safety and a passing TD,. Joe Camiliere found frequent target Sean Carter on a 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter to go up 16-0 and to effectively put the contest out of reach.
“All our linemen are working hard,” Buschbacher said. “It’s really showing out there. Joe had all day to throw the ball. I hope it carries out for the entire season.”

In sophomore action, the Knights took a 10-3 battle with visiting DeKalb to capture their Homecoming game.

Kaneland’s week 7 clash is in Yorkville against the 3-3 Foxes. The Knights travel to Kendall County for the second consecutive year, after handing YHS a season-ending 10-0 loss on Oct. 23, 2009. Yorkville beat Rochelle 24-12 on Friday.

Golfers win NIB-12 East, finish third at Regionals

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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

Lady Knight racketeers 8-6-1

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Photo: Kaneland varsity doubles partners Meg Hanlon (left) and Caiti Ellefsen warm up before their home match against Mendota on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland Lady Knights tennis is still holding its own at this season’s late juncture.

Rebounding from a dual loss to Sterling on Thursday, KHS handled non-conference foe Mendota on Monday in Maple Park.

The Lady Knights are now 8-6-1 in dual competition (3-2 NIB-12).

The lone win for Kaneland in Sterling was the doubles tandem of Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski, who won 6-3, 6-4.

Against the Lady Trojans, it was pro-set scoring due to more matches in the 7-0 win.

Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon, two of the seniors (along with Jurcenko and Sierra Cruz) honored on Monday afternoon, went about business as usual and didn’t let the modified scoring get to their heads in an 8-4 win.

“Not at all,” Hanlon said. “You just think of it as an extra-long set.”

Monday marked the final regular season home meet before NIB-12 conference action in Rochelle this weekend.

“I think we’ve improved a lot over the season,” Ellefsen said. “We’ve been getting better with aiming our shots and hitting them harder.”

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