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The power of a dream

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Family helps church bring Christian singer to Kaneville for concert
by Lynn Meredith
KANEVILLE—The far-fetched vision of one Kaneville family is making a dream come true for their church and community.

The Wendlings, members of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, dreamed big enough to persuade Grammy-nominated musician Paul Colman to perform in the village on Saturday, Sept. 11, and also to share his message of faith at the church during the next morning’s service.

Australian-born singer and song-writer Colman travels the globe singing, speaking and sharing his songs, thoughts and faith. He has released 15 recordings, both solo and with various groups. He played with the Aussie rockers, The Newsboys, until 2008. Since then, he has been touring and recording in the studio.

The story of how this international musician came to book a performance at the Kaneville church is one that Russ Wendling is happy to tell. The story proves that it never hurts to ask, no matter how far-fetched something might seem, he said.

The Wendlings’ youngest daughter, Anna, 13, is a huge fan of Paul Colman and The Newsboys. The family had the opportunity last summer to attend a concert he headlined in McHenry at a Family Faith Night.

“It was awesome to see our favorite. We really enjoyed it,” Russ Wendling said. “Usually he plays at mega-churches for thousands of people. This venue was smaller, about 500 people.”

That smaller venue is what got Anna thinking out-loud on the way home from the concert with her parents.

“‘If Paul Colman would come to McHenry,’ she asked us, ‘do you think he would come to Kaneville?’” Wendling said. “We laughed a little bit at the thought. We went on dreaming about it as if it couldn’t be a reality. But I always say, it never hurts to check into things.”

Check in, he did. First he called his contacts at the K-LOVE radio station. They referred him to a booking agency which then referred him to a family friend of Colman’s. Wendling was surprised when he sailed through the list of referrals. Each contact answered his call on the first ring.

“I got goose bumps,” Wendling said. “Usually in these situations, it’s a series of voice mails and I’ll-get-back-to-you’s. But they each picked up on the first ring. This just doesn’t happen. I knew that God was working.”

In an e-mail, the musician agreed to play on Saturday. He then went on to ask if he could preach to the congregation on Sunday morning. Wendling was amazed that this international performer, busy with touring and a new CD release, would want to preach in their church.

Kaneville United Methodist officials then had to decide what the church could afford to pay Colman for his appearance. A small church has a small budget, Wendling said, and Colman’s usual fee was twice what they could fathom paying.

Eventually, they proposed splitting expenses with a church in Lake Zurich that wanted Colman to perform on Friday. To their delight, Colman agreed to split his fee and travel expenses between the two churches.

“It’s been an amazing process,” Wendling said. “It’s been a learning thing for all of us and a teaching thing for my kids. It never hurts to ask.”

Paul Colman
performance

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11
Kaneville United Methodist Church
General seating, $15.
Call (630) 557-2483 to reserve tickets.

Knights’ high gear offense shines at Huntley, 40-12

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by Mike Slodki
HUNTLEY—That wasn’t powerful wind gusts fans felt on Friday at Huntley High School.

That was a Kaneland football squad successfully exacting gridiron revenge on the Red Raiders for last year’s week two loss.

The residual effects of the Knights’ offense and defense working on all cylinders was a 40-12 handling of the Huntley Red Raiders.

For the first time since 2006, the Knights have begun the season 2-0.

Successfully negating the 17-14 week two loss from Sept. 4, 2009, in Maple Park, Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly won’t need to worry about this non-conference clash being one that got away.

“The main thing we concentrated on was trying to improve our mistakes from last week,” Fedderly said. “The guys really took it to heart. We practiced really hard this week, and we had a lot of pride in wanting to have a good first half.”

Kaneland outpaced Huntley in total yards, 347-239, and put up 15 first downs compared to Huntley’s eight.

For KHS, Joe Camiliere was 8-for-12 for 144 yards through the air and two scoring strikes. The senior also rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

After a two-yard Blake Serpa touchdown run with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter to go up 7-0, Camiliere felt the Knights were on the right track.

“We wanted to get going early,” Camaliere said. “We only made one mistake and had a lot of things open. We did a great job of executing.”

In the second quarter, KHS completed a five-play, 52-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Davidson from Camiliere, who rolled out of pocket. The score with 10:51 to go in the half made it 14-0.

With Huntley still struggling to get things going, Kaneland took over, and on the third play of the drive, got a seven-yard run up the middle for a Camiliere touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 8:04 to go in the second quarter.

After another three-and-out for Huntley, Camiliere went down the Knight sideline for a 42-yard TD run with 5:41 to go for a 27-0 lead that went into halftime.

Taylor Andrews
Knights LB Taylor Andrews did his part on both sides of the ball, but it was an instance on defense that sunk the hopes of the Red Raiders on Friday. Down by four scores, Huntley QB Tim Lycos tried to take the team’s fortunes into his own hands, but late in the second quarter, fumbled. Andrews pounced on the ball at his own 13, which sent the Knights into the half on a high note.

In the third quarter, the Knights got a 52-yard touchdown pass from Camiliere to Taylor Andrews (two catches, 65 yards) in stride for a 34-0 lead with 9:10 to go.

After a Tim Lycos to James Davis 43-yard scoring pass with 7:22 to go in the frame, Huntley closed to within 34-6, but Camaliere scored on a 28-yard run after a fake exchange with 5:12 to go in the third to make it 40-6. Huntley’s last score came on a Lycos run from the two-yard line with 8:22 remaining in the game.

The sophomores lost to Huntley, 30-29.

Kaneland battles visiting Dixon on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

For the Knights, this will mark the first game in Northern Illinois Big XII history with a crossover opponent.

The Dukes come into the contest at KHS with an 0-2 mark. Dixon lost to host Rock Island Alleman by a 49-14 clip on Friday. The Dukes finished 2-7 a year ago as a member of the NCIC, and last made it to the postseason in 2006.

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 2 0 99 28
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 2 0 90 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 2 0 77 34
Yorkville High School 0 0 2 0 64 6
DeKalb High School 0 0 2 0 48 35
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 1 41 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 2 0 91 21
Sterling High School 0 0 2 0 41 29
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 1 1 64 28
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 1 1 28 62
Dixon High School 0 0 0 2 27 83
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 2 6 82

Top photo: Knight Joe Camiliere (12) lets nothing get in his way en route to a long touchdown run during Friday’s 40-12 win at Huntley. Photo by John Di Donna

KHS girls XC has productive week

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Through two meets this week, the only thing able to stop the Lady Knights cross-country crew is sickness.

Saturday had the Lady Knights tackle the Oregon Invite, while Tuesday had Kaneland host East Aurora and Yorkville with only one regular varsity competitor to its name.

On Saturday along Route 64, no team scores were kept, but senior Andie Strang powered through the three-mile terrain in windy conditions with a 19 minute, 58 second effort.

Sophomore Abby Dodis finished third overall at 20:43. Freshman Sydney Strang took sixth overall at 20:57, and Ashley Castellanos took eighth at 21 minutes.

On Tuesday, Kaneland won the meet with a 25 score, followed by Yorkville with 45 and East Aurora with 74.

Castellanos won the course with a 22:52 time, and was glad to help the team, despite being hampered by the elements.

“I’m actually struggling with allergies,” Castellanos said. “It’s really tough not having the girls that are out to run with. I’m not used to it.”

Teammate Shaela Collins finished second at 22:59. Carolina Tovar took sixth with a time of 23:59, and Ariana Espino finished seventh at that same time.

Photo: Shaela Collins of KHS girls cross-country takes to the Elburn Woods course during a 22:59 effort on Tuesday against East Aurora and Yorkville. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

Boys Cross Country outpaces rivals

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ELBURN—On Tuesday, the Knights cross-country team built a nice block toward eventual success this season.

They built it on the strength of their feet.

Hosting Yorkville and East Aurora at Elburn Woods, the Knights’ 24 points outdid the efforts of the Foxes (58) and East Aurora (78).

“It’s very early in our campaign, but we like what we see, and hopefully our depth will begin to shine as the calendar switches to October,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said.

The charge was led by Trevor Holm with a 16 minute, 43 second time. Teammate Clayton Brundige finished third at 17:49. Nate Rehkopf, with a 17:51 mark, finished fifth and Kaneland’s John Meisinger took seventh at 18:20.

Kaneland travels to Peoria Woodruff for an invite on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Photo: It may have been close in pockets of the race, but Kaneland’s Nate Rehkopf flew to a 34-point margin of victory against Yorkville and a 54-point gap over East Aurora on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Yorkvilletrackandfield.com

Archivist organizing Elburn artifacts

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Library’s goal is to create public collection
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A wealth of artifacts related to local history has been in storage for many years, boxed and stacked in two rooms at the Elburn & Countryside Community Center. Now, a project is under way to archive the artifacts and establish a collection that the public can see.

Archivist Laura Lorenzana is organizing the collection at the request of Town and Country Library Director Mary Lynn Alms, who hopes that someday all of the archived items will be housed at the library.

“I always thought that the library would be a good place for it,” Alms said. “It is our responsibility to preserve this historical information.”

The library adopted the collection from the former Elburn Historical Society.

“When we were finally able to acquire it, I was very excited,” Alms said.

A donation from the Almer Gliddon estate and the library budget are funding the project.

“Now the library has the ability to take care of the collection and make it accessible,” Lorenzana said. “Hopefully the people of Elburn will find value in it.”

Archivist Laura Lorenzana
Archivist Laura Lorenzana handles Elburn historical documents and photos with care. Photo by Martha Quetsch
Lorenzana said her job is to organize, arrange and describe material of enduring value, and make it accessible.

“Basically, we take somebody’s old stuff and put it together to be accessed for historical research,” said Lorenzana, an archivist for Kenamore & Klinkow, Inc. “We take things out of boxes and try to create an order.”

The Elburn artifacts, donated over the years by Elburn residents, have not been assembled for public viewing for more than two decades, since local historian Bea Johnson kept the collection. For decades, Johnson made it a personal mission to gather and maintain those items.

“Bea Johnson is the reason this material is here,” Lorenzana said. “She was a meticulous, detail-oriented hoarder.”

Village President Dave Anderson remembered seeing some of the artifacts at Johnson’s house at the northwest corner of Gates and Pierce streets in Elburn, where she filled the third floor with the historical collection.

“As Scouts, every year our den would go there and she would give us a presentation,” Anderson said.

After Johnson died, members of the former Elburn Historical Society stored the collection at various places, and when the group disbanded the artifacts ended up at the Community Center. There, locked in two rooms on the first floor, are stacks and boxes of artifacts-photos, school records, art, letters, trophies, military items, village documents, residents’ mementos and more.

There, Lorenzana has set up as small working space including a computer, where she spends two days a week delving into the collection, which she has found extremely interesting.

“This is one of the coolest collections I’ve ever seen because things are so interconnected,” Lorenzana said.

Lorenzana said among the “yummies” in the collection is a ringside ticket to the Tunney and Dempsey prize fight in Chicago in 1927. Who owned the ticket is a mystery, one of many she hopes to solve as she connects different elements of the collection.

“Someone in Elburn went to that fight,” Lorenzana said.

Photos of children and grade books from the early 1900s provide some of that connectivity. Having the students’ names, she can connect them to earlier family members whose photos in the archive date to the 1800s. Through a genealogy program, Lorenzana said she will be able to start making more familial connections among the photos and other items in the collection.

“We can start to put people together,” Lorenzana said. “We could make a genealogy of the village of Elburn through the 1940s. It’s a fascinating collection. From a genealogical standpoint, people would go nuts to get at it.”

Lorenzana is creating a database that will list and describe each item in the collection. She also wants to digitize all of the historical photos, some of which she has arranged in files and hundreds of others that still are in storage boxes.

Alms’ ultimate goal is to make the collection accessible to the public to view and study in a controlled setting at the library on North Street. However, that would require an addition to the building, she said.

“For the foreseeable future, it will be housed here (at the Community Center),” Alms said.

Among the artifacts
• A photo of Ever Swanson, who pitched for the Elburn Town Team in the 1920s and later was a White Sox outfielder.
• An 1870s desk from the former commuter train station in downtown Elburn.
• 1940s Red Cross nurse uniform that belonged to Elburn resident Edith Johansen, plus her Red Cross 1933 textbook and a recognition certificate signed by President Harry Truman.
• Military items that belonged to Elburn American Legion Post 630 member Charles Lee Morris, including a beret emblazoned with the post name and “Paris 1937,” which he wore while a member of the Foreign Pilgrimage Committee during a ceremony honoring WWII soldiers in France.
• The 1960 U.S. Census, hand-transcribed by Elburn historian Bea Johnson.
• A 1922 bill from the Elburn Herald for a public notice ad for the estate of Thomas E. Ferrell, which ran three times for $6.
• Elburn baseball and basketball statistics from 1921 through 1924, in a handwritten score book kept by Joseph Cheli.
• Cardboard diorama of Elburn circa 1895, probably made in the 1920s.
• A wood model of Albert’s Corner filling station, formerly located on the southwest corner of Routes 47 and 38.
• Elburn municipal records from 1905.

Hometown girl rocking the suburbs

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Copycat frontwoman started singing as a child in Elburn
by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—Ask any musician about when they first became inspired to sing or pick up an instrument and they’ll likely tell you it happened sometime during childhood, perhaps after hearing a great song on the radio or seeing a groundbreaking video on MTV.

Singer Bree Kolaites found that kind of musical inspiration easily in her youth, dancing and singing in front of the mirror atop her bathroom ledge while living in Elburn.

“I always loved listening to music (growing up),” she said. “I would say Madonna was my childhood inspiration. I even dressed up as her for Halloween in pre-school.”

Kolaites is the lead singer and occasional pianist for the cover band Copycat, a quartet that plays regularly around the Chicago area, including in the western suburbs. The group plays a mix of ’70s (Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith), ’80s (Bryan Adams, Def Leppard), country (Kenny Chesney), alternative (311, Alanis Morrisette) and contemporary pop songs (Matchbox Twenty, Fergie).

“After college, I moved out to Aurora and would go down to Mike & Denise’s every Tuesday night and sing karaoke,” she said. “One night, a DJ told me about a band that lost their lead vocalist, and (said) that he would set up a night for the drummer to come hear me sing. That’s where Copycat came into my life.”

Copycat had already been together for six years prior to Kolaites joining.

“I have to admit I was a little unsure and scared of the idea (of singing in a band), but (I) thought, ‘What do I have to lose?’ So I’ve been singing in this band for about four years now.”

Bree began singing on her own as a child, choosing not to join the choir because she was uninterested in being told by others what to sing. She attended St. Charles East High School, where she focused on athletics, spending most of her time playing soccer.

Her interest in singing rekindled after Kolaites graduated from high school in 1998 and began attending Northern Illinois University. There, she discovered karaoke and began going out to bars with her friends one night a week to sing. She even competed in Starbuster’s Northern Idol contest and won a trip to Las Vegas.

“I guess that is when I thought, ‘Hey, I could actually enjoy doing this,’” she said. “I won another karaoke contest a couple years later at Sportsters in St. Charles.”

Kolaites’ decision to become a frontwoman seems to be paying off, as Copycat played at the Taste of Chicago this summer.

“I would have to say the biggest highlight gig we have played is the Taste of Chicago,” Kolaites said. “We submitted a demo and got the call to play the cover band day.”

Kolaites currently works full-time at Nordstrom’s and is looking forward to her wedding in September. As for her singing career, Bree claims she is completely content being a singer in a successful cover band.

“I am good where I am at, but if something big were to come my way, I would definitely consider it,” she said.

Photo: The Chicago-area band Copycat features frontwoman Bree Kolaites, who grew up in Elburn. While at Northern
Illinois University, she started singing karaoke in clubs and won the Starbuster’s Northern Idol Contest. Courtesy photo

Adventure of a lifetime

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SG teen participates in the national Boy Scout Jamboree
by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—Imagine spending 10 days choosing activities from among motocross, adventure obstacle courses, rock climbing, air rifle shooting, fly fishing, conservation learning centers, canoeing and rafting, and attending rotating stages of evening entertainment. Add in trading patches and pins with kids from all around the country, and you’ll have a sense of what it was like for Andrew Carroll of Sugar Grove to attend the national Boy Scout Jamboree.

Thirty-seven-thousand Boy Scouts from all 50 states descended on Fort A.P. Hill near Washington, D.C. for a 10-day jamboree in this the 100th anniversary of scouting. Andrew, a member of Troop 7 in Elburn, went with scouts from St Charles, Batavia, and Elgin. He especially enjoyed getting to know Scouts from other states.

“This was a great way to meet people from all across America,” said Andrew, a Kaneland High School freshman. “I found that trading patches and pins was a very fun activity, and I even got a Senior Scout patch from an Egyptian scout.”

One Jamboree activity Andrew particularly liked was the adventure obstacle course. Scouts crossed the military training course by crawling under barbed wire and wrapping their legs around ropes and swinging over barriers. He also enjoyed the arena shows in which 45,000 scouts and their leaders marched to and attended wearing their Class A uniforms and carrying hometown, troop, council and American flags.

“It was an impressive sight,” he said. “The one on Saturday night had some top-name entertainment and ended with the largest fireworks display ever on a military installation. There were also many inspiring messages, which really reinforced your commitment to the Scouting movement.”

Andrew’s commitment to Scouting comes naturally. His grandfather, Bob Carroll, has been a scout all his life.

“I am an Eagle Scout, and when I was younger I couldn’t afford to go (to the Jamboree),” Carroll said. “I encourage every boy to participate as there is so much to be learned and you develop lifelong friendships through scouting.”

Carroll, along with Andrew’s mother, spent a day and a half as visitors to the Jamboree, along with 275,000 other visitors who join the celebration.

The adventure continued for the local scouts when on the trip home their flight was canceled. They spent the night sleeping on the floor of the Reagan National Airport, something that didn’t go unnoticed by NBC News.

“All in all, it was a tremendous experience,” Andrew said. “I’d like to attend the 2013 Jambo at the Summit in West Virginia. It was an adventure that I won’t ever forget.”

Photo: Andrew Carroll, of Troop 7 in Elburn, was among 37,000 Boy Scouts from all 50 states who participated in a 10-day jamboree in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting. Courtesy Photo

Fun Fest: Marching bands, Model A’s, majorettes

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by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—Those who arrive at Fun Fest early on Saturday can reserve their best vantage point for watching the annual parade.

Attendees will be treated to traditional parade favorites: marching bands, antique cars and Marlyn’s Majorettes. They also will have a chance to see antique fire trucks from neighboring towns, classic cars from the Kane County car clubs and even the winner of this year’s Toilet Bowl race.

The Girl Scouts will lead off with a welcome banner, followed by the Maple Park Police Department, the trustees, and the fire trucks. Fox Valley Model A Club will be there, as will the Kane County Corn Growers, who drive go-carts styled as ears of corn. Also in the lineup will be local businesses, politicians and floats.

Rich Ferdinand will reprise his role as master of ceremonies for the third year. He will announce this year’s 72 entries.

Judges name the winners in three categories. They select two winners from the marching band category. Kaneland High School marching band, along with Kaneland Middle School marching band, will compete with DeKalb and Burlington Central bands. Also, the best motor vehicle and the biggest crowd pleaser receive trophies.

“We have two judges who keep an eye on the crowd and see which entry gets the most response,” Brittany Alpeter, one of the parade organizers, said. “The winner is announced after the parade.”

Step-off
The Fun Fest Parade begins at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4.

Advantage—Kaneland

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Kaneland holds off host Rockets in opener, 37-22
by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—When it comes to season openers, Kaneland can’t think of a better way to begin the football season.

In fact, the Knights haven’t been able to think of a better way to start things for six straight years.

The team offered a glimpse of what might be down the line, but was played evenly for much of the contest. While giving up the occasional big play, the Knights took advantage of opportunities presented on both sides of the ball.

“We put the challenge to the guys in the second half that we have to answer the call and can’t be a team that hurts ourselves,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “We played better in the second half.”

Third-year signal caller Joe Camaliere had more incompletions than caught passes, going 15-for-32 for 114 yards, but threw for three touchdowns along with one pick.

The senior was also the leading rusher for the squad, rushing seven times for 69 yards and a score.

WR Quinn Buschbacher caught four passes for 24 yards.

“I had a couple drops, but I just tried to get back in there and help the team as best I could,” Buschbacher said.

The junior also had a kickoff return for a touchdown called back in the third quarter.

“That’s just football. Hopefully, I can get another one next week,” Buschbacher said.

Rocket standout Tre Llanes rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries for a touchdown.

Senior Tim Maroder, who switched to running back after two years at QB, suffered a knee injury on a screen pass in the first quarter and is projected to be lost for the season.

The first real scoring opportunity came for the Knights after a punt snap went over Chandler Crary’s head and was pounced on at the Rocket 4-yard line. Three plays later, Taylor Andrews caught a pass in the left corner of the end zone six seconds into the second quarter.

With 2:41 remaining in the half, BC’s punt snap went airborne and out the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 KHS lead. Kaneland added to that on a six-play, 40-yard drive after the free kick, thanks to Sean Carter’s 11-yard TD catch on the left side of the endzone with 2:05 to go making it 16-0.

KHS WR Sean Carter
PLAY OF THE KNIGHT: Knights WR Sean Carter didn’t wait for a welcome to varsity action. He broke the door down. On a third-and-10 from the BC 26-yard line in the second quarter, and KHS muddling through three of four incompletions, Carter caught a pass and raced to the sidelines for a 15-yard gain. The next play had Carter catch an 11-yard TD pass to give KHS a 16-0 lead with 2:05 left in the first half.

Kaneland’s three fourth-quarter touchdowns came on a six-yard strike to Kyle Davidson with 11:51 to go making it 23-8, a Camaliere sneak with 7:00 to go making it 30-16, and a Blake Serpa touchdown run with 1:49 to go to cement the 15-point margin.

The sophomores emerged victorious over the Rockets with a 37-21 win over BC.

Kaneland battles host Huntley on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:15 p.m.

A year ago, Kaneland lost to the Red Raiders 17-14.

Kaneland and Huntley were conference mates as recently as the 1960s, as part of the Little Eight Conference.

Huntley, currently residing in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, is coming off of a 44-34 loss to Wauconda on Friday.

Northern Illinois Big 12 West Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Geneseo High School 0 0 1 0 42 7
Sterling High School 0 0 1 0 20 10
Ottawa Twp High School 0 0 0 1 21 28
Dixon High School 0 0 0 1 13 34
LaSalle-Peru High School 0 0 0 1 7 42
Streator Twp High School 0 0 0 1 6 41

Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division

Team name Conf Wins Conf Losses Wins Losses PF PA
Sycamore High School 0 0 1 0 57 12
Rochelle Twp High School 0 0 1 0 49 6
Yorkville High School 0 0 1 0 41 6
Kaneland High School 0 0 1 0 37 22
DeKalb High School 0 0 1 0 28 21
Morris Com High School 0 0 1 0 21 14

Top photo: Knight Curtis Secrest (16) separates Rocket QB Ryan Ritchie from the ball in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 37-22 season-opening win for Kaneland. Photo by Ben Draper

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Tennis overcomes early struggles

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—A busy week for Lady Knights tennis had key players show progress.

Against the visiting Marengo Lady Indians on Thursday, KHS pulled out a 4-3 win that came down to the final doubles match of the evening.

With a 6-1, 6-7, 10-5 win, Sierra Cruz and Nikki LeBlanc took care of business and allowed Kaneland the slim team win.

The No. 1 team of Stephanie Rosenwinkel and Maria Rossi lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. No. 2 tandem of Caiti Ellefsen and Megan Hanlon lost a 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 affair, and No. 3 squad of Sam Williams and Jordan Withey lost a 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 matchup.

The singles battles had No. 1 competitor Lindsay Jurcenko win 6-3, 6-0, followed by No. 2 Amelia Napiorkowski’s 6-3, 6-2 win. No. 3 entry Madi Limbrick emerged with a 7-6, 7-5 win.

Wednesday saw Wheaton Academy come into Maple Park and sweep the Lady Knights in a 5-0 rout.

Saturday had Kaneland finish second at the Plainfield North Invite as a team behind Lemont. Jurcenko and Napiorkowski took their brackets, and Ellefsen/Hanlon finished second in No. 2 doubles.

‘I think the season’s going good so far,” Napiorkowski said on Saturday. “I’ve been on varsity for a year, so I try to use that experience.”

On Tuesday along Spartan Trail, the Lady Knights lost a 3-2 matchup despite wins from Napiorowski and the Rosenwinkel/Maddy McMullen team.

KHS is at Minooka on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Lady Knight Lindsay Jurcenko takes her swings during Saturday’s Plainfield North Invite in which she emerged queen of her bracket. Photo by Mike Slodki

Boys XC takes care of area foes

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by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—Tuesday’s opening meet for the Kaneland boys cross-country roster seemed to serve two purposes.

The muggy afternoon skirmish with visiting Wheaton Academy and West Chicago provided a winning experience, as well as a learning experience.

The varsity rankings had KHS win with 27 points, compared to the Wildcats’ 37 and the Warriors’ 70.

However, toward the final leg of the three-mile race, Knight asset Trevor Holm was outpaced by West Chicago’s Gunnar Sterne, who beat Holm by seven seconds at 16 minutes, 46 seconds.

“Holm ran a good race, just outkicked by a better runner at this point. Lessons should be learned every week. He’ll be tougher for it,” Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said.

The next four KHS finishers were separated by 44 seconds. Clayton Brundige finished fourth at 18:11, Grant Alef finished sixth at 18:31, Nate Rehkopf finished seventh at 18:51. Jake Ginther took eighth at 18:55.

Alef was pleased as far as first meets go.

“I think it was a pretty good meet overall,” Alef said. “We definitely still have work to do and have a lot of room for improvement.”

On the JV side, Kaneland beat West Chicago, 15-72.

The race was highlighted by John Meisinger’s 14:34 on the 2.4-mile course, and Luis Acosta’s 15:05.

Future action for the Knights include a home matchup at Elburn Woods with East Aurora and Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: It’s a pack of Knights at Tuesday’s Elburn Woods encounter with West Chicago and Wheaton Academy.
Photo by Mike Slodki

Kaneland volleyball digs to 2-4 beginning

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If the Wheaton North Volleyball Classic would serve as an accurate barometer for how the Lady Knights volleyball team is doing, it looks like there’s progress, with more progress needing to be made for a successful campaign.

Despite the 2-3 record to begin 2010, Kaneland finished fourth out of 12 squads.

With Katy Dudzinski and Jess Lubic making the All-Tournament team, the Lady Knights lost their opening match to last year’s champ Oak Forest on Aug. 25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-18, and came back to beat Buffalo Grove later that night 26-24, 25-21.

Kaneland earned their one win on Saturday against Oak Forest, winning 20-25, 25-20, 25-23. The Lady Knights then succumbed to St. Viator by a 25-8, 25-22 margin.

Against the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West, the Lady Knights lost 25-18, 25-16.

Post-tournament action had KHS losing to visiting Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 28-26, 25-22.

In meeting one vs. Oak Forest, an overzealous attack led to many balls going beyond the lines.

Kaneland was down 14-6 in the first game before closing to within 20-18 before Oak Forest pulled away.

Front line play from Lubic keyed a 19-6 lead in game two that led to the eventual eight-point win.

“What we saw in game two was very cool and very promising. We really haven’t fully unloaded yet,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said.

The Lady Knights fell behind by as much as 21-9 before the final loss.

Lubic had 12 kills and 28 assists, while Dudzinski added 17 kills and four aces.

In the win over the Bison, Lyndi Scholl had nine kills.

On Saturday, Dudzinski had 31 kills against Oak Forest. Against the Lions of Arlington Heights, Lubic had 37 assists and four aces, while Kylie Siebert had 24 digs against the Hilltoppers.

Taylor Bradbury had eight assists and an ace while Lubic had seven kills, 12 assists and 12 aces.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a visit to Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Despite five kills and one ace from Katy Dudzinski (right), KHS fell to rival Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 26-28, 25-22. Photo by Ben Draper

Lady Knights XC runs to 1st place

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by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—It was anything but lonely at the top for Kaneland High school girls cross country.

With five of the top nine runners, Kaneland powered through for a win over West Chicago and Wheaton Academy at Elburn Woods on Tuesday. The Lady Knights had 19 points, compared to 38 for WC and 85 for WA.

Leading the course was senior Andie Strang at 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Shortly behind her was her sister, freshman Sydney Strang just two seconds behind.

Abby Dodis was third at 16:54.

“I was especially happy with Abby’s race today,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “This was a good confidence builder for her.”

The sophomore beat her closest competitor by seven seconds.

“I feel like it’s a good first step. We’ve been working on staying in groups in practice, staying together and pushing each other,” Dodis said.

Kris Bowen finished fifth with a time of 17:12.

Next up for Kaneland is the annual Oregon Invite on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9:15 a.m.

Photo: Ashley Castellanos finished 8th overall Tuesday. photo by Mike Slodki

‘Hairspray’ features local talent

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Fox Falley Theatre Company present ’60s tribute musical
ELBURN—The Fox Valley Theatre Company’s production of “Hairspray” features Elburn talent both on stage and behind the scenes.

Opening Friday, Sept. 10, at the Blizzard Theater in Elgin, “Hairspray” is directed by Aaron Thomann of Elburn, and is choreographed by Annette Thomann, also of Elburn. The cast is composed of more than 60 young actors from throughout the Fox Valley, including Kristin McFadden, 15, of Elburn.

“Hairspray” will take audiences back to 1962 Baltimore as Tracy Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teenager, sets out to dance her way onto TV’s popular “Corny Collins Show.” The TV studio is full of teens boasting bouffant hair and bopping their after-school hours away while the adults try to keep the music square and the dance floor segregated. A joyous tribute to the ’60s, the original stage production in New York won eight Tony Awards in 2003, including “Best Musical.”

The musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film. A remake of the original movie was released in 2007 and starred John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

“Hairspray” was written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Songs include “Good Morning Baltimore,” “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” “Mama I’m A Big Girl Now,” and “Welcome To The ’60s.”

Fox Valley Theatre Company (FVTC) is a nonprofit organization for young people from ninth grade through age 20. The theater is in-residence at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

Photo: Jeffrey Pierpoint portrays Link Larkin and Jocelyn Vanderwiel plays Linda Andrews in the Fox Valley Theatre Company production of ‘Hairspray.’ Courtesy photo

Performances
7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 11, 17 and 18
2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19
Blizzard Theater
1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin
Tickets cost $10 for adults
and $8 for students and seniors.
Purchase online at
www.elgin.edu
or call the box office at
(847) 622-0300

Photo Gallery: Knights 37, Rockets 22

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After a quiet first quarter, Kaneland scored 16 points in the second, 14 in the third and 7 in the fourth in a 37-22 victory over the Burlington Central Rockets in Burlington Friday night. Five Knights scored touchdowns as Kaneland kicks the season off 1-0.

Photos by Ben Draper

Maple Park family wins contest for Ugliest Door

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by Keith Beebe
MAPLE PARK—It’s not very nice to tell someone that their front door is ugly, but that sort of criticism was music to the ears of Wade and Tara Scharlau. They recently won a $5,000 door makeover after winning Therma-Tru’s Ugliest Door contest.

The contest, which ran from May 3 to July 2, selects its winners based on online votes and offers the possibility of both reward and redemption to those who have out-of-date, tacky and hideous front doors on their homes.

The Scharlaus first became aware of the contest in 2008 after seeing a contest flyer at a Lowe’s hardware store. They entered the contest that year but were eliminated before reaching the finals.

“We kept looking at Therma-Tru’s website to see if they had the contest again, (but) last year there was no contest,” Tara Scharlau said. “This year, we entered and made it to the finals because the (rest of the) house looks so much better with all the windows replaced.”

Therma-Tru manufactures both fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. And when the Scharlaus filled out a Certificate of Appropriateness three years ago with the Kane County Historical Society, they were provided with a list of front-door options for their historical home, including a Therma-Tru door that matched all of the house’s existing doors.

The Scharlaus’ home, located on Beith Road, was built in 1847 and is considered a Kane County historical landmark. Their new door system will be so well-insulated that it will reduce the couple’s gas bill, which is currently a bit too high for Tara’s liking.

“I’m just waiting to hear when we can order our (new) door and install it,” she said.

Contest entrants were required to submit either a 150-word essay or 90-second narrated video explaining why they thought their door was the ugliest.

For more information regarding the Ugliest Door contest, visit myuglydoor.com.

2010 Kaneville Fest schedule

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• Thursday, Aug. 26
5-8pm Library book presale,
$5 at door

• Friday, Aug. 27
9am Community
garage sales
10am-4pm Library book
sale
8pm Movie night at
Hill’s County Store

• Saturday, Aug. 28
9 am Community
garage sales
9am-3pm Craft/Business Fair
10am Volleyball tournament
at ball fields
10am-2pm Library book sale
10am-3pm Smokehouse,
Touch-A-Truck
11am-1pm Police K-9 Unit,
DARE Car & Child IDs
Noon Horse-drawn wagon
rides by
Blue Meadow Belgians
1-3pm Kids games
with firemen
2pm Bags tournament at ball
fields, $5 per person
3pm Ice Cream Eating
Contest—Sponsored by
Colonial Ice Cream
5-7pm Band—Swing Assembly
Sponsored by
Ream’s Elburn Market
5:30-7pm Dinner—
Food for Thought
7-10:30pm On Stage—
Back Country Roads
9-9:30pm Fireworks

• Sunday, Aug. 29
9-2:30pm Car/Tractor Show—
Dr. Hardy’s office on
Harter Road
9am-3pm Craft/Business Fair/
Food Vendors
9:30am Community church
outdoor service at
KUMC
11am-2pm On Stage—Demos,
local talent,
yoga classes
Noon Horse-drawn wagon
rides by
Blue Meadow Belgians
12-2pm Historical houses open,
tractors
2:30 pm Car Show trophies
3 pm Softball games

Ongoing activities both days include:
• inflatables
• pet a pony
• raffles
• games

Volleyball, bags, softball
Sign-up at Hill’s Country Store

Kaneville Fest: bigger and better

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New activities, enhanced fireworks slated this year
by David Maas
KANEVILLE—On the weekend of Aug. 28 and 29, Kaneville once again will host its Kaneville Fest summer celebration.

Although Kaneville Fest has taken place for many years, this is only the second year in its larger format. The event offers activities for the whole family, including volleyball and bags tournaments, various raffles, a craft show, music groups, fireworks and more.

One activity organizers added to the festival is horsedrawn wagon rides offered by Blue Meadow Belgians from noon until dark on Saturday.

Another new event at this year’s festival will be an historical house tour. The tour will showcase two buildings in Kaneville, as well as old machinery including tractors and steam engines, and it will feature various demonstrations.

A particularly popular event at Kaneville Fest is the fireworks, which organizers expect will be even more spectacular than in the past.

“We worked hard on funding this year’s fireworks,” said Pat Hill, of Hill’s Country Store. “We raised more money for a bigger and better show.”

Both before and after the fireworks, live music will entertain the crowd. From 5 to 7 p.m., the Chicago-area band Swing Assembly will play, followed by local band Back Country Roads, which also will perform after the fireworks.

Last year’s Kaneville Fest had a strong turnout, and Hill is excited for another great event.

“I’m hoping the Kaneville community, and the surrounding community, will come and have a good time,” Hill said. “Most of the fest is free, so come out and enjoy yourselves.”

Golf gets opening shots at Geneva, Limestone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaneland coach Mark Meyer likes the early trajectory.

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

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

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

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