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Kaneland rolls over Rochelle, improves to 5-0

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by Mike Slodki
ROCHELLE—For a myriad of reasons, Kaneland has had Rochelle’s number lately on the gridiron.

On Friday in the land of the Hubs, that number was 35-8.

Taking advantage of four Rochelle turnovers and spreading the wealth in their running and passing games, the Kaneland Knights matched their 2006 start of 5-0 with a 35-8 win at Rochelle.

“Something we preach all the time, we want to get the ball, and if the other team turns it over, we want to make them pay,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said.

Kaneland is now 4-3 over the Hubs in their last seven meetings, and have won four of the last five.

The Knights earned their first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII East win. Rochelle is now 3-2 (0-1 NIB-12).

Successfully thwarting the Hubs’ Wing-T offense, Kaneland outgained Rochelle 304-280.

Knights quarterback Joe Camiliere had a 17-of-28 day for 229 yards and two touchdowns. The senior also rushed for 83 yards on 13 carries. Central Michigan-bound Blake Serpa had 51 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. No. 2 for the Knights likes the way things are headed.

“We just practiced all week in just coming out and hitting hard,” Serpa said. “We knew, up or down, they were going to come out and hit you as hard as they can.”

For Rochelle, Josh Bernardin had 109 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, while Will Metzger added 73 yards on 12 carries.

Kaneland used nice days from Quinn Buschbacher (four catches, 59 yards) and Taylor Andrews (four catches, 36 yards).

Kaneland used its first drive during Rochelle’s homecoming to go 53 yards in eight plays, ending with a misdirection run by Buschbacher for a seven-yard touchdown with 9:32 left in the first frame for a 7-0 lead. After Hub CJ Navarro coughed up the ball to KHS, the Knights constructed a nine-play, 58-yard drive that ended with Serpa plowing through the middle for a two-yard score. Kaneland then led 14-0 with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter.

After Rochelle used an ill-advised pass on a fourth down, Kaneland took over and had Serpa score on an 18-yard touchdown run with 6:49 remaining in the half for a 21-0 lead.

For the final score of the half, Buschbacher shook a defender loose and went in from the 17 for a touchdown pass to go up 28-0 with 30 ticks left in the half.

Kaneland’s secondary puts the the Knights in a position to make things happen. Take Kory Harner, for example. The defensive back stopped Rochelle’s second drive cold with an interception, driving home the nightmore for the host Hubs.

Rochelle finally got on the board in the third quarter, thanks to a 36-yard scoring scamper from Bernardin with 7:54 to go, the ensuing two-point try cut the lead to 20. Kaneland’s fourth quarter score was a Camiliere-to-Sean Carter five-yard pass with 5:45 remaining.

Sophomore action had KHS beat Rochelle 47-8.

Kaneland’s next NIB-12 test comes on Homecoming Night, Friday, Oct. 1, against the DeKalb Barbs (3-2, 0-1 NIB-12). DeKalb handed host LaSalle-Peru a 41-20 loss on Friday. Kaneland has won the previous four meetings between the schools by a combined score of 168-34.

Top photo: Knight John Kintz (20) gives Rochelle ball-carrier Will Metzger nowhere to run during Friday’s 35-8 dismantling of the host Rochelle Hubs. The win elevated Kaneland to 5-0 (1-0 NIB-12) and to the fourth spot in Class 5A’s IHSA Playoff Points list. Photo by Ben Draper

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Kaneland High School 1 0 5 0 223 55
Sycamore High School 1 0 5 0 190 46
Morris Com High School 1 0 4 1 132 59
Rochelle Twp High School 0 1 3 2 156 70
DeKalb High School 0 1 3 2 116 92
Yorkville High School 0 1 2 3 85 114

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 1 0 5 0 201 49
Sterling High School 1 0 4 1 76 73
Ottawa Twp High School 1 0 3 2 149 60
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 2 3 55 172
Dixon High School 0 1 0 5 56 231
Streator Twp High School 0 1 0 5 12 209

Soccer now 5-4-2

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Knight soccer found a good way to see how its skills were progressing.

Engage Yorkville and Sycamore.

With five goals against the host Foxes on Thursday, Kaneland’s 5-0 win led to a 1-1 tie against visiting Sycamore.

After the first instance of KHS even tying the Spartans, Kaneland has improved to 5-4-2 on the season, with a 2-1-2 mark in the first NIB-12 slate.

The two first-half goals against Yorkville for Kaneland were put in by Jordan Escobedo, 18 minutes, 54 seconds into the first half (from Chad Swieca) and with 2:07 remaining in the first half on a goal by Swieca from Thanasi Pesmajoglou and Alex Gil.

In the second half, goals were scored by Alex Weiss on an assist from Gil, Anders Winquist-Bailey from Gil and Kushstrim Ismail on a penalty kick.

Against the Sycamore unit, with roughly 12 minutes remaining, Escobedo hit a rocket of a shot into the net for a tie score.

The end result was a welcome change from the first half on Tuesday.

“We told them at halftime to pass the ball around and we’ve got to take some shots. That’s the only way we’ll score. Possess 90 percent of the game, but if we’re not willing to take the shot, we’re not going to score,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

Photo: Kaneland captain Derek White completes a header in the 5-0 win over YHS. Photo by Ben Draper

Girls XC nabs 5th at Rock River Run

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by Mike Slodki
STERLING—While gradually working its way back to a full lineup, the lineup Kaneland girls cross country had at its disposal put together a nice Saturday.

The annual Rock River Run at Hoover Park in Sterling saw the Lady Knights finish fifth of 14 teams with a point total of 160.

The tally gave KHS a two-point edge over Freeport. The top three schools in Sterling were Dixon (36), Normal West (61) and Geneva (72).

“We’re still missing a couple people, but we should get them back next week, so I’m happy today,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said.

The top time for the course was handled by Normal West’s Emily Brelsfoard, who ran in 17 minutes, 57 seconds, a 5:59 mile pace.

For KHS, senior Andie Strang finished 13th with a time of 19:35. Teammate Abby Dodis finished 22nd overall and continued her season’s strong trajectory with a time of 19:51.

Ashley Castellanos finished 35th overall with a time of 20:29, while following shortly after was fellow Kaneland runner Maggie Brundige in 39th place (20:34).

“It was nice to see Maggie finish her race. Ashley wasn’t feeling well but she finished. Andie ran a good race and so did Abby, and she’s never been that high up the finish. They’re making progress,” Ecker said.

Coming up for the Lady Knights: the Pretzel Invite hosted by Freeport High School.

Photo: Kaneland’s Abby Dodis charges ahead during Saturday’s Rock River Run. Photo by Mike Slodki

Holm boosts KHS at Sterling Rock River Run

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by Mike Slodki
STERLING—With a personal best on the Rock River Run course at Hoover Park in Sterling, all Knight athlete Trevor Holm could say was, “My teammates think it’s gross.”

Nobody was recoiling after the effort on Saturday, however.

With a time of 15 minutes, 32 seconds, the senior bested his course time by 40 seconds.

“I just tried to stick with Belvidere (North),” Holm said. “I guess it worked out for me. I didn’t want to let them go. Coming into the race I think five of them were ranked higher than me and only two of them beat me today.”

For Kaneland, 148 points was good enough for fourth place overall, edging Dixon’s 152-point total.

Belvidere North (28), Geneva (73) and Normal West (97) earned the top three places.

Blue Thunder entry Paul Zeman, with a time of 15:16 , won the course. For Kaneland, Holm’s fifth-place effort, was followed next by 30th place Clayton Brundige with a time of 16:48. Next on the Knights docket was Nate Rehkopf in 32nd with a time of 16:49, and Conor Johnson finished in 35th at 16:54.

The Knight crew faces the Freeport Invite for its next challenge on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 a.m.

Photo: Trevor Holm is the lone Knight amongst Belvidere North runners during Saturday’s Rock River Run at Hoover Park at Sterling. Holm finished fifth overall at 15:32. Photo by Mike Slodki

Mayor escorts student to school

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Elburn—Elburn Village President and St. Gall Parishioner David Anderson recently made a local student’s dream come true, with the help of the boy’s grandparents and a local limousine company.

The St. Gall’s Annual Gala included the silent auction item “Have the Mayor Take Your Child to School in a Limo,” won by Maple Park residents Eldon and Sandra Gould. Their grandson, Andrew Gould, was ecstatic to learn that Anderson would arrive at his home in a limousine on the first day of school, take him to Blackberry Creek Elementary School, and escort him into his new classroom.

Elburn resident Jeff Hiltunen of West Suburban Limousine in Winfield, Ill., donated the limousine ride.

The Annual Gala is a fundraising event for the building of a new church to be located at the corner of Hughes Road and Route 47. The 2010 Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9. For more information, contact the St. Gall Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.
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Dark Knight for LP: Kaneland takes 56-7 win

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Much like the summer hours that tick away into fall, the chances for the visiting LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers ticked away with every scoring drive put together by the Kaneland Knights.

When it was all said and done, the Knights saw another running clock go to their advantage on the gridiron in a 56-7 handling of LP.

With the win, Kaneland improved to 4-0, the first time it has done so since 2006 and the third time in the last six campaigns.

“We were talking all week about how we need to fine-tune everything as we get into conference play,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We’ve got a tough game at Rochelle, and I’m feeling pretty good about our team.”

Putting up 574 total yards, including 327 yards on the ground, the Knights finished their Northern Illinois Big XII crossover slate on a good note.

Knights signal-caller Joe Camiliere was 9-for-14 for 235 yards and a touchdown.

The leading rusher for Kaneland was Central Michigan University-bound Blake Serpa, who rumbled for 118 yards and two scores on nine carries.

Camiliere also rushed for 74 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

Quinn Buschbacher caught two balls for 101 yards and a touchdown, and incidentally, had his third touchdown of the season called back on a penalty.

KHS came up empty on its first drive, but after forcing a punt, Taylor Andrews used the second play of the next drive for a 42-yard touchdown run. Andrews weaved his way through blocks and avoided the Cavalier defenders.

“I’ve just got to give credit to the O-line,” Andrews said. “It was Serpa on the lead block and I just followed.”

Andrews followed that up on the next drive with a 13-yard touchdown around left end for a 14-0 lead with one minute remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, LP used a one-yard quarterback sneak by Zack Cinotto to close within 14-7 with 11:14 to go in the second quarter, but KHS scored 21 points in the space of 6:31 to go up 35-7 at halftime.

With 7:31 to go, Serpa plowed in from the three-yard line.

Play of the Knight
When Kaneland puts a massive amount of points on the scoreboard early and often, opponents often feel compelled to air it out. When they do, secondary personnel like (8) Jacob Razo will be waiting. Razo made a great interception after bobbling a rainbow of a pass from LaSalle-Peru near the end zone and gave Kaneland the ball already up 21-7 with under 4 minutes to go in the first half.
After a Jacob Razo interception, Serpa avoided tacklers and drove toward the left corner on an exceptional 60-yard TD run, where he dove for the corner from the three-yard line. Just before the half, Buschbacher scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass by following his blockers.

The three second-half touchdowns were scored on a Camiliere sneak with 2:46 left in the third quarter, a 7-yard Curtis Secrest touchdown run with 10:33 remaining in the contest, and a Nick Fornero 13-yard touchdown run with 3:34 to go.

The East part of the NIB-12 schedule begins on Friday, Sept. 24, with a trip to Rochelle. Of the previous four meetings, the Knights have dropped only one, in 2007. The Knights have split the last six meetings overall with Rochelle.

The Knights sophomore squad won over LP, 38-0.

Top photo: Tyler Callaghan puts pressure on L-P quarterback Zack Cinotto. Photo by Ben Draper

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 1 0 4 0 160 41
Kaneland High School 0 0 4 0 188 47
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 3 1 148 35
Morris Com High School 0 0 3 1 113 59
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 2 85 95
DeKalb High School 0 1 2 2 75 72

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School 1 0 4 0 71 43
Geneseo High School 0 0 4 0 160 41
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 2 2 116 54
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 1 3 35 131
Dixon High School 0 0 0 4 48 190
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 4 6 176

KHS soccer shuts out Morris

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Kaneland ties rival Rochelle in storm
KANELAND—The young Knights took care of visiting Morris on Thursday by a final of 3-0.

The lone first-half goal was managed by Anders Winquist-Bailey with 28:58 remaining, thanks to an Alex Gil assist. Six minutes, 45 seconds into the second half, Anthony Parillo put the ball in the net after J.P. Minogue fed him the ball. The scoring closed with a Gil goal with 18:23, left against the Redskins.

Against the visiting Rochelle Hubs, a scoreless tie was stopped with 35:51 remaining in the contest due to torrential rainstorms in the Kaneland area.

Kaneland sits at 4-4-1 on the season and 1-1 in the new Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

KHS gets ready to take on host Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 23, and visiting Sycamore on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

The JV ranks continue to work wonders with a 2-0 win over Morris and a 4-1 win over Somonauk on Saturday.

Photo: There was some shoving during a goal kick in the first half of the Kaneland varsity soccer match against Rochelle on Tuesday. The official game was called early because of severe weather, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Photo by John DiDonna

Eddington Invite sees girls place 14th

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ELBURN—Armed with six seniors in its arsenal at the Eddington Invite, the Kaneland High School girls cross country roster braved 16 other teams and finished 14th out of 17 varsity teams.

Still working to get a full lineup on race day, the Lady Knights’ 316 point total was better than Larkin’s 370, and behind Rochelle’s 293.

Geneva, with 42 points, took the meet. Crystal Lake Central (66) and Glenbard East (117) rounded out the top three.

Geneva’s Tess Erhardt took the Elburn Woods race, finishing in 18 minutes, 41 seconds. Crystal Lake Central’s Kelly McNeely had a time of 18:49.

KHS was led by Andie Strang, who finished 25th overall with a time of 20:15.

Teammate Kris Bowen finished 57th with a time of 21:42. Shaela Collins ran a personal best of 22:10, and Kaitlin Munyon also ran a career-high in 84th place with a time of 22:37.

Next up for KHS is the usual Rock River Run stop in Sterling on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Photo: Kaneland senior Kris Bowen tries leaving the pack behind during Saturday’s Eddington Invite at Elburn Woods. Photo by Ryan Wells

VB drops 2 NIB-12 contests to DeKalb, Sycamore

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—When it comes to Northern Illinois Big XII play, the Lady Knights volleyball club plays against its share of tough competition.

See: DeKalb and Sycamore.

Hosting two former Western Sun Conference schools this past week, Kaneland lost in two straight games on Tuesday to Sycamore, 25-19, 25-11, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 25-6, 25-18 clip.

KHS saw its mark slip to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in NIB-12 play.

Against the vaunted Lady Spartans, Katy Dudzinski had six kills, and Taylor Bradbury had five assists.

Teammates Kylie Siebert had eight digs and an ace, while Jess Lubic added five assists and two digs.

Sycamore went out to an 18-8 lead in the first game, but with steady play and improved communication, the Lady Knights closed to within 22-19 before Sycamore closed the deal.

The Lady Knights saw fortunes unfold almost identically to the second game and fell behind 18-8, but there would be no closing of the margin. Sycamore would close the match on a 6-3 run.

“I don’t know if there was a whole lot of difference in game one and game two,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “It’s the same things we’re trying to fix right now. It’s just about playing smart volleyball. They’re very athletic and very skilled but just putting a lot of pressure on themselves.”

The sophomores lost to Sycamore 25-11, 25-19. The freshmen “A” team lost 25-14, 25-22, while the “B: team lost 17-25, 25-15, 26-24.

Up next for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Photo: Kaneland senior Jess Lubic moves in for the kill in recent volleyball action.
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Scout helps youths with ADHD, Asperger

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Participants sought for Eagle Scout program
by David Maas
SUGAR GROVE—Richard Williams, a junior at Kaneland High School, is attempting to reach the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout. To accomplish this, he must complete an Eagle Project and decided to undertake a program to help kids with the same disabilities he has.

In the fourth grade, the Sugar Grove youth was diagnosed with attention deficit syndrome. Later, before his freshman year of high school, Richard was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.

“Despite the challenges, (with) these two diagnoses present, he has held many positions in the Troop in the past, including Senior Patrol Leader,” said Sean Williams, Richard’s father, “When deciding on an Eagle Project, he wanted to do something to help others with the disabilities he has.”

Richard is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 3.

“New Frontiers,” Richard’s project, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn, for kids ages 8 through 14 with ADHD and/or Asperger. He is seeking participants for the event.

“(Richard) feels Scouting has helped him in dealing with the challenges of his disabilities, and wants to give others the same opportunities he had,” his father said.

The event will feature four stations and lunch; both are free to all participants.

“The stations are meant to expose the participants to the outdoors, as well as different communication, teamwork, leadership, and confidence-building activities,” Williams said.

A first-aid station will expose participants to basic first-aid skills, and a campfire-building/fire-safety station will teach youths the art of safely building and extinguishing a campfire.

Adults will be in charge of each station and also will lead each group, with parents accompanying their child’s group so they can observe the activities.

Richard plans to supervise the entire event, making sure participants correctly execute everything in his project plan.

Pre-registration for this event is required, with a maximum of 40 participants. Send pre-registration requests to CloudFlierX@yahoo.com.

A wonderful life — memories of Bruce Conley

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by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—George Bernard Shaw once said, “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”

It’s hard to imagine a person who lived more, worked more, and gave more than Bruce Conley. His death last Saturday from cancer cemented in people’s minds that his life was thoroughly used in ways that will leave a lasting impact on individuals, families and this community.

“I’ve always thought of Bruce as George Bailey,” said Carol Alfrey Director of Conley Outreach Services. “Humble, selfless, able to laugh at himself and totally unaware of the impact he had on others’ lives. And like George Bailey, he truly had ‘A Wonderful Life.’”

[quote]That impact was repeated over and over by friends and family members since his death on Saturday afternoon. His work as a funeral director for Conley Funeral Home was only part of what he accomplished.

“All those years he wore a suit, but underneath he was a great dad,” Ben said. “When I was young, I was asked if I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I wasn’t sure about that then, but I knew I wanted to be like him. The funeral director was the vehicle, but it was him I wanted to be.”

Who he was can only be illustrated by the stories and memories people have of him. His sister, Karen Howard, recalled last December when she was rushed to the emergency room and ended up in an intensive care unit.

“He got there not long after I did. Even though he was in chemo himself, he spent the night in my room and wouldn’t go home,” she said. “That’s who he was. He did for others.”

Cheryl Hackbarth received Bruce’s help not only during her husband’s death but years later, when her husband’s car, which she cherished, was totaled in an accident.

“He knew I was upset and asked me what I wanted to do. I jokingly said I wanted a funeral for it. He said, ‘Whatever you want. We’ll say some words.’ He dropped everything,” Hackbarth said. “He always put others first.”

Chris Halsey, who worked with Bruce on developing an innovative graveside sound system, said that Bruce was always a positive person and comforting to people in their time of need and distress.

“I always heard the term ‘unconditional love’ for many, many years, but until I met Bruce, I truly didn’t know the meaning of it,” he said.

Bruce was a huge part, not only of his own children’s lives, but also the lives of his nephew and niece.

“He was Shelia’s ‘Prince in Shining Armor’. When he would leave on Monday mornings to go back to college, she would sob when he told her goodbye,” Howard said. “He also wrote a song ‘Troubleshooters’ that he and Bill would sing when they went off on an adventure.”

Helping kids was one of the many dreams that Bruce made come true. Most recently this summer, he was pleased to take part in the grief camp at the Conley Farm, a dream that he was able to see realized.

“He knew that the kids would take to being outside with ample space and the gardens and the creek. They could soak in the sunshine and be able to run around. It would be different than being in rooms,” Howard said. “He drew such inspiration from being at the farm.”

One moment that Howard said has become precious to her is the afternoon right after Bruce’s diagnosis, when she and Bruce walked the creek at Conley Farm, up one side and down the other. They talked and laughed a lot.

“I told him that this was the first time we had ever done something like this and that we would have to do it again. You realize that it’s one of those things you’re blessed to have. The creek has a different meaning to me now,” Howard said.

Talking and laughing with people was one of Bruce’s greatest strengths. Halsey recalls a time he drove to Chicago with Bruce to get parts for the new sound system.

“We never stopped talking—about everything. He could converse on any topic. We got so engrossed I missed two exits,” Halsey said.

Dave Anderson, mayor of Elburn, said that Bruce’s sense of humor and ability to express himself always impressed him. When Anderson owned the grocery store, Bruce would come in for a snack, and they would have fun between the two of them.

“Bruce, the undertaker, would ask me how I was, and I’d say ‘Not ready!’ We’d laugh. He had a sense of humor like his father, Chuck,” Anderson said.

Ben said that Bruce’s goofy nature and sense of humor was not showcased because of what he did for a living, but it was definitely who he was.

“It’s what I hold in my heart. I was lucky to have him for a dad,” Ben said.

Anderson was also impressed with the journal writing that Bruce did on Caring Bridge, the website for cancer survivors.

“He put into words what a lot of us have felt or a lot of us have thought. It is a very unique ability,” he said.

Creativity was one thing Bruce had an abundance of, and he used it in every aspect of his life, from playing the trumpet and writing songs to writing books to creating remarkable and meaningful funeral services.

“He was such a visionary. He would just dream,” said Cheryl Kainz, Director of Programming for Conley Out Reach.

Kainz, a high school classmate of Bruce’s at Kaneland, came on board at the funeral home and joined in the creativity of making each service special and meaningful to the family. She creates digital scrapbooks that are given to the family.

“Bruce would say that the funeral is just the band-aid on the grief and that the scrapbooks were the Neosporin. They speeded up the healing process,” Kainz said.

Often their ideas would take them late into the night when last-minute inspirations came to them. She remembers when a farmer died, Bruce got the idea to build some barn doors. They stayed up to 2 a.m. making those doors. Another time, they hung animal pelts over the fence for a hunter who died.

“It’s going beyond and making things special. Bruce believed in celebrating their type of life. That’s what it’s about,” Kainz said.

So many people emphasized how much they learned from Bruce. Many saw him not only as a friend but as a mentor, including his own son.

“He taught me everything I know. I will take what he imparted and continue his lessons, his passion and his commitment,” Ben said.

Bruce’s wife, Kris Conley, said that sometimes they wondered if what they did mattered.

“We knew that it mattered, but still we asked ourselves if we were making any difference,” she said. “It was amazing; people did not wait until he died to tell us that it did. They told us before, so that he knew. I think that will help Ben in his work, that what he is doing does make a difference, that how you care for people matters.”

In the end, those closest to him say that his spirit remained positive and his faith strong. The family is comforted that the important things were said and that little miracles of timing occurred, so that his kids could be home before he passed.

Darlene Marcusson said that she learned so much from Bruce.

“We learned not only how to live well, but also how to die well,” she said.

It was Bruce’s wish that memorials be made directly to Conley Outreach to continue the work he started.

Three-and-OH!

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Knights run over crossover foe Dixon, 55-6
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Looks like Kaneland Knights football is putting the rest of its schedule on notice.
The visiting Dixon Dukes certainly noticed.

In the first crossover Northern Illinois Big XII contest for Kaneland, the Knights saw both the offense and defense contribute in a 55-6 win over the visitors.

For KHS, it’s their first 3-0 start since the prolific season of 2006, and for coach Tom Fedderly, that falls largely on one aspect of the game.

“It’s all senior leadership,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “These kids want to be a good team. They’ve been through it. They know what it takes, and they’ve got a lot of pride.”

The game featured a running clock due to a 40-point margin, which was achieved on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Sean Carter.

For KHS, it’s the first time a running clock has been accomplished in regular season play since 2006, when KHS beat DeKalb.

“Our offensive line did a great job. Joe had a lot of time, and I thought the receivers executed their routes well,” Fedderly said.

Kaneland cruised on the strength of Joe Camaliere’s five touchdown passes and 10-for-15, 279-yard day through the air.

The leading rusher was backup QB Ryan Fuchs with 32 yards.

Carter had 77 yards receiving on three catches and two scores, while Blake Serpa had 110 yards recieving.

Play of the Knight
While the Kaneland ‘D’ might have been tired of being on the field in the first half, the O wasn’t tired of scoring. Taking the field for the first time with under 7 minutes to play in the first quarter after Dixon ran 15 offensive plays, QB Joe Camiliere threw a bullet pass to a striding Blake Serpa for a 63-yard touchdown on the Knights’ first play from scrimmage. The scoring play gave KHS a 14-0 lead in the first.
For Dixon, Preston Lumzy had 114 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

The party started early, before the KHS offense even got the ball. Three holding penalties plagued things at first, but then a failed pitch attempt by Dixon resulted in linebacker Nick Michels scooping up the ball at the 12 and running in for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 1:06 into the game.

“When the fumble happened, (Taylor) Andrews came up and made a hit. I saw the ball pop out, hesitated a little bit, and picked it up,” Michels said.

Dixon had another sustained drive but had to punt, leading to Camaliere hitting Blake Serpa for a 63-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 6:31 to go in the first.

The first quarter scoring ended on a 38-yard slot pass to Quinn Buschbacher with 2:59 to go to make it 21-0.

In the second quarter, Serpa scored on an 11-yard TD run for a 28-0 lead with 8:38 to go in the half. Dixon’s Lumzy broke into the scoring column with a two-yard scamper with 4:58 to go to make it 28-6 with 4:58 to go, and Camaliere’s 45-yard scoring pass to Carter 32 seconds later made it 35-6. The first half scoring concluded with a 47-yard strike to Serpa with 1:21 to go to make it 41-6 at the half.

After the clock-busting Carter touchdown, Fuchs closed the scoring out with a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:28 to go in the third.

In the earlier sophomore contest, Kaneland won 42-6.

Kaneland goes for a fourth straight win against the NIB-12 West school LaSalle-Peru on Friday, Sept. 17.

Top photo: Knight Tyler Callaghan (6) stifles Dixon Dukes RB Preston Lumzy during Friday’s 55-6 win in Maple Park. Photo by Ryan Wells

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 1 0 3 0 119 41
Kaneland High School 0 0 3 0 132 40
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 2 1 96 20
Morris Com High School 0 0 2 1 94 41
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 1 71 40
DeKalb High School 0 1 2 1 61 55

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sterling High School 1 0 3 0 54 29
Geneseo High School 0 0 3 0 105 27
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 2 1 98 35
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 1 1 2 41 62
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VB nabs 3 wins, starts NIB-12 conference play

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball began the week with a satisfactory performance in Bartlett, and ended with its first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII win.

With a 2-2 showing at the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, and a two-game drubbing of host Morris on Tuesday, Kaneland now sits at 7-6 (1-0 NIB-12).

Kaneland began Saturday with a 25-18, 25-18 loss to Bartlett, but rallied to overtake Dundee-Crown by a final of 25-21, 25-10.

The third match came against Belvidere North and ended with a 27-25, 25-12 loss.

Never separated far from their opponents in the first game, Kaneland never took the lead. Although tied at 25, BN won out, despite strong front line play.

The second game had KHS tied 8-8 at one point, until it fell victim to a 17-3
run to end it.

“We just needed to come out better in that first part,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “We can’t just wait for them to score a bunch of points and catch up. We need to learn to start out each game ahead. It’s still early in the season, and we’re trying to figure out how to fix that.”

In match four, Kaneland solved Larkin of Elgin 25-13, 25-19.

Kylie Siebert had 44 receptions and 43 digs on the day, while Taylor Bradbury added 35 assists and eight aces.

Against Morris, Katy Dudzinski had 10 kills and an ace, while Jess Lubic added six kills, 13 assists and two aces.

Kaneland now hosts DeKalb in conference play on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Grace Fabrizius (14) offers up a serve in Kaneland’s third match of Saturday’s Bartlett Tournament, a 27-25, 25-12 loss to Belvidere North. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS tennis has unbeaten week

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If tennis fans were wondering how the current talent on the roster would come together and produce on the courts, it’s been good so far.

Going 2-0-1 in dual meet competition this week, the Lady Knights improved to 5-3-1. On Tuesday, Kaneland swept host Morris in Northern Illinois Big XII action 5-0. Thursday had the Lady Knights edge visiting Rochelle 3-2, and a historically disappointing rivalry with host Rosary on Monday ended in a 3-3 deadlock.

Lindsay Jurcenko and Amelia Napiorkowski won their matches in straight sets on Tuesday, as did the doubles units of Madi Limbrick/Maria Rossi, Caiti Ellefsen/Megan Hanlon and Maddy McMullen/Stephanie Rosenwinkel.

“I really had to focus on my cross-court and down-the-line shots,” Jurcenko said on Tuesday. “I made sure I got my first serves in.”

Jurcenko also likes the way the team is headed.

“We lost eight girls last year. Bringing in a whole new doubles lineup and going to a new conference could have hurt us. At this point in time, everyone is getting into their groove,” Jurcenko said.

Against the Royals, Jurcenko, Napiorkowski and the team of Sam Williams/Jordyn Withey took home straight-set wins.

The singles crew took a sweep of the Hubs, while McMullen/Rosenwinkel and Williams/Withey won their doubles match.

Coming up for Kaneland is a home matchup vs. Bartlett on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Junior Maria Rossi gets ready to return the favor during a 6-3, 6-2 doubles win for herself and junior Madi Limbrick on Tuesday in Morris. Photo by Mike Slodki

Golf takes care of H-BR, Yorkville, Sycamore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: He inspired us all

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The world lost some of its richness on Saturday, when news of Bruce Conley’s passing made its way through our communities.

Whether directly or indirectly, anyone who lives or works in the area has been touched by his grace, his kindness and his caring.

He has been the calming voice to so many as they struggled through their darkest hours, and he has been the soft smile that spreads as the darkness begins to lift.

Just by his calm and quiet nature, he inspired anyone who was fortunate enough to come into contact with him. There were no routine conversations with him, as every interaction with him, in some way, made it clear just what it means to fully care about your fellow man, whether they be a stranger, a friend or a loved one. The fact was, strangers, friends and loved ones were all loved, were all cared about in a meaningful way that left its mark every time.

Every conversation, regardless of its content or nature, ended with a lingering feeling of brightness, a sense that you, as well as everyone else, truly matter.

He accomplished and “did” so much in his life, there is not enough room in this space, or truly any space, to recite it all. Yet, for many of us, the striking thing about Bruce Conley was not what he “did” but who he “was,” and who he continues to be in our memories and in the ways he continues to inspire us just by thinking of him.

There is no way to adequately capture the essence of a man who was so much to so many people for so long. Like was so often the case through the years, Bruce put it better than any of us ever could:

‘The Gift of Remembrance’
“It has been said that when someone dies, ‘that someone,’ becomes a memory, and ‘that memory’ becomes a treasure. What hasn’t been said is exactly how this all happens. Speaking now, as one hoping to help my own family claim this ‘gift of remembrance’ when the time comes for me, I realize there are no ‘short cuts,’ it’s all in the un-wrapping. Like the tiny chicks who must peck their way out of their own shell in order to have the strength to survive, each of us must un-wrap our own gifts, in order for mourning to turn those memories into treasures.”
—Bruce Conley,
caringbridge.org/visit/bruceconley

Five sisters to appear on Family Feud Thursday

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by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—Five sisters, all Kaneland High School graduates, took a shot that they could get on the game show Family Feud, and they succeeded.

The Turk sisters, who grew up in Maple Park, wanted to give their father, Joe, a special birthday present for his 80th birthday. He was the one, however, who came up with the idea.

“You, girls,” he told them one day when the family was gathered, “you’re just way too intelligent. You’ve got to get on a game show.”

Kathy Turk Claesson took that idea and ran with it. She and her sisters started checking the Family Feud website to see where auditions were being held. Lo and behold, the next audition was being held in Schaumburg, Ill. Claesson sent an e-mail saying that five gregarious sisters wanted to be on the show for their father’s birthday, and enclosed the photo of the sisters they had taken for their dad. Within two weeks, the show asked them to audition.

“I have no idea if the e-mail had anything to do with getting accepted,” Claesson said. “It may have just been that we got it in early, but when we auditioned we didn’t see five sisters there. It was like it was meant to be.”

Out of approximately 100 families auditioning, the show’s producers selected 10 after each participated in a mock game. Family Feud coaches encouraged them to express positive energy and enthusiasm as they played the game. Something must have impressed the producers about the Turk sisters, because the family was asked to stay for another audition that same day, which was videotaped. The sisters returned home to wait on the results.

“Our expectations were not that high at all,” Claesson said. “We went to have fun.”

Two weeks later, the Turk sisters received an invitation to attend a taping, but they were not guaranteed that they would get on the show. From then on it was a whirlwind as the sisters and their family made speedy travel plans. In all, 13 other family members made the trip to Orlando, Fla., including Joe Turk and his wife, Evey Yagen, and eight of his nine granddaughters.

“It was a wonderful experience for all of us to travel together,” said another sister, Rose Turk Miller. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The Turk sisters did it right. Using money from their vacation travel fund, they bought matching aqua shirts and rented a limousine to take to the airport. There, they received a lot of stares and questions as they made their way to the terminal.

“People came up and asked us if we were in a singing group,” Miller said. “They asked us what the occasion was. We even stayed on the plane after everyone got off and had our pictures taken with the pilot and co-pilot.”

At the taping in Orlando, the sisters made their mark during rehearsal, where the final families were selected. They were again coached to be bubbly and enthusiastic and about the “do’s and don’ts” of being on camera.

“Steve Harvey really made you feel comfortable,” Miller said. “He would ask personal questions like he was really taking an interest. He made us not nervous.”

Miller added that Harvey was hilarious.

“It was like going to a comedy show,” she said.

The sisters also were impressed with the production staff.

“The people couldn’t have been better. To us it seemed like they made you feel they were pulling for you to win,” Claesson said. “One producer, Carlos, told us, ‘Don’t leave before we give you a hug.’ We felt like celebrities.”

The sisters can’t divulge before the show airs whether they won the game. To find out, tune in to WPWR My 50 on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Editorial: Patriot Day

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Guest editorial
by William L. Enyart
Major General ILARNG
The Adjutant General

Nine years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, our country experienced major devastation in New York, across the country and across the world. As we reflect on memories from those tragic events of Sept. 11, let us be mindful of the contributions our Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have made in the last decade to defend our nation.

Since Sept. 11, we have deployed approximately 9,600 soldiers and 8,800 airmen in support of operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). In January 2003, we deployed three of our units as part of the first groups in support of OEF and OIF to Iraq. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in Chicago; 244th Army Liaison Team in Chicago and 633rd Personnel Services Battalion in Crestwood were the first Illinois National Guard units mobilized.

Like those we lost on Sept. 11, we will also never forget the 33 soldiers and one airman who have fallen in the line of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice since Sept. 11. Of the 34, 19 have died in Afghanistan and 15 in Iraq. On Patriot Day, and every day, we remember the loss of those heroes, our brothers and sisters, while remembering the families, friends and loved ones they have left behind.

Over the next year, there are seven different groups deploying from the Illinois Army National Guard to continue our mission; 709th Area Support Medical Company in Peoria; Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A7 in Springfield; Illinois Army National Guard Agricultural Development Team in Springfield; 661st Engineer Company in Sparta; 1644th Transportation Company in Rock Falls; 1244th Transportation Company in North Riverside and Detachment 36 Operational Support Airlift Agency in Decatur.

This Patriot Day, let us not only remember the past, but also look forward to a more secure future. Please take a moment of silence on Saturday and reflect in honor of those we lost Sept. 11 and the ones we’ve lost defending our great nation.

Ceremony for 9-11 in Elburn

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by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Paul Wdowicki will host his eighth annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony on Friday in his garden at 405 N. Second St., Elburn. He hopes for a strong turnout for the event this year.

The public ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, the day before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Wdowicki plants his Garden of Memories every year in honor of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including firefighters. Wdowicki was a volunteer firefighter for Glenview Rural Fire Department for 18 years.

Because of recent medical problems, Wdowicki has not been able to care for the garden as much as he would like and was not sure he could host the ceremony again this year. He decided to go ahead with the event, however, after local Explorer Scouts from the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department offered to weed and trim the garden earlier this week.

The Scouts, along with Elburn firefighters, will be on hand for the ceremony on Friday, during which they will raise two flags in the garden and then lower them to half-mast. Wdowicki’s flags were custom-made and include a depiction of the New York skyline when the Twin Towers still stood.

The event also will feature a blessing by the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department chaplain.

Last year, a few neighbors were at the remembrance ceremony, but Wdowicki said everyone in the community is welcome.

“I really hope more people attend this year,” he said.

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