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Cheering on winter break

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JOLIET, ILL.—A rollercoaster ride the past two weeks ultimately led to a less-than-ideal competition-season opener for the Kaneland cheerleaders. From a car accident to the flu, the squad was simply not at 100 percent.

Although they placed 11th out of 12 teams, the rest of the competition season looks promising.

“We’ve had a really rough past couple weeks, so to pull it together for competiton means a lot,” senior Nicole McClellan said after Sunday’s competition. “Four of our cheerleaders got in a roll-over car accident—including me—and three of them are (still) out. Last week we missed eight girls during the week, and this week we missed two girls (due to the flu).”

The girls in the accident are OK, confirmed coach Jennifer French.

But with so many athletes out, it meant a lot adjustments for those that were preparing for Sunday’s Cheerfest.

“We had to fix everything,” said McClellan. “It was a lot of work.”

French was pleased with the effort she saw from the girls that competed Sunday.

“We had some falls and touch downs, which caused us to have seven points worth of deductions,” French said. “Overall, I’m always proud of what these girls do. It takes a lot to get out on a mat in front of an entire field house full of people and perform.”

Senior Lexi Lund was excited for the beginning of the competition season.

“Football season is fun—it’s good to be involved with the school—but comptition (season) is definitely where us cheerleaders shine,” she said. “We practice every day instead of maybe twice or three times a week. Sundays or Saturdays we have all-day competitions, so it’s very time-consuming.”

McClellan echoed Lund’s sentiment about the competition season.

“We feel like a family together. We get so much closer to our girls, it’s just a lot more fun,” she said.

Looking ahead, the Knight cheerleaders have some time to prepare for their next competion, which takes place in Belvidere, Ill., on Jan. 10. The regular season ends at the DeKalb Sectional Jan. 31.

“There are plenty of things we will be working on for our January competitions, and I look forward to seeing the progress from this first competition to our last,” French said.

With only two seniors—Lund and McClellan—the team has promise this year and beyond.

“I feel like this team has a lot of potential to do really good this year, and even when we do leave, if they keep up their hard work and have their hearts in it, I feel that they will continuously get better,” Lund said. “I see a lot of improvement in the team, and I see them going far.”

Competition Schedule:
Jan. 10: @ Belvidere
Jan. 18: Conference @ Sycamore
Jan. 25: @ Huntley
Jan. 31: Sectionals @ DeKalb

Photos: Cheerleaders @ NIB-12 Competition

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It was a high-flying Sunday in Morris, as the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference cheerleading squads travelled to the home of the Redskins for the annual NIB-12 Conference Cheerleading Competition. The Lady Knights left with a ninth-place showing as a team, but featured All-Conference athletes in Mattie Garrison, Denise Gombar and Nicole McClellan. KHS also recieved two all-conference honorable mentions for Alexis Lund and Jessica O’Donnell. Freshman Amber Evans (above, left to right), sophomore O’Donnell and freshman Rylee Born show their Kaneland spirit at Sunday’s NIB-12 Competition at Morris High School.

Spring is in the air

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Photo: The Kaneland High School Cheerleaders participated in a cheer competition at Joliet West High School on Sunday, placing seventh out of 12 schools in the medium division. During their routine, Kaneland girls performed a cheer, stunts, tumbling and a dance in front of an audience and panel of judges. Prior to performing, the girls do stretches, warm-up tumbles and a run-through of the routine. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer qualifies for State

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The Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer team ended its regular season by earning a bid to the State competition in December. The team is in its second year of existence and is comprised of girls in grades 6-8 from the Kaneland community.

Preparation for this season began in the summer. The team practiced between two and two and a half hours, two to three days per week. Once school started, the girls continued to practice once a week.

The team competed in three regular season competitions this year. At the competitions, Kaneland was judged on several criteria, including overall performance and execution of their routine (dance, pyramids, jumps and fundamentals of cheer), which was limited to three minutes.

In order to participate in the State competition, the team must pay an entrance fee of $70 per girl. The team is holding a raffle to help offset the cost of both the entrance fees and the hotel stays during the competition. Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any of the team members or by emailing competitive@kanelandcheer.org.

Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer team concludes 1st season

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Photo: The Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer team gather after a first-place finish earlier in their season. The team concluded the year on Nov. 10. This year’s team included Asst. Coach Val Massa (back, left to right), Gianna Carbonara, Sarah Ball, Emma Zukauski, Brooke Bastone, Anna Massa, Alyssa Lech and Asst. Coach Meredith Haring; Emily Savarese (front), Kristin Layne, Kailey Krajewski, Niki Kull, (directly behind Niki) Regan Franzen, Maddy Wheatley, Anna Massa and Julianna Klecka. Not pictured are team alternate Brooke Johnson, Asst. Coach Megan Mendoza, Asst. Coach Theresa Miller and Coach Andrea Williams. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland—The Kaneland Youth Competitive Cheer team concluded its first season on Nov. 10 with a third-place finish at the Conant Spirit Challenge.

The team was organized by Andrea Williams last spring. After working with the KYBL cheerleading program for the past few season, Williams said she saw a desire for something more from the girls as they were reaching middle school. A former Kaneland cheerleader herself, Williams said there is currently no school-sponsored cheerleading program at the middle school level.

Even though many of the girls participate in the cheer programs offered by both KYFL and KYBL, the competitive arena is entirely different. Williams said the hope is that this competitive program will teach participants the skills they need and become a feeder program for the Kaneland High School team. Although there are other competitive teams in the area, high cost can be a factor for some families. Williams said she did her best to keep costs at a manageable level for participants, but noted that community support is what keeps programs like this running.

This season, the team consisted of 14 members and one team alternate between sixth and eighth grade. They practiced over the summer to learn a routine approximately 3 minutes in length including dance, cheer, tumbling and advanced stunting skills. Williams said she could not have gotten through the season without the help of her assistant coaches—Emily Haring, Meredith Haring, Valerie Massa, Megan Mendoza and Theresa Miller.

The Knights participated in three area competitions and earned first-, second-, and third-place finishes, respectively. The final competition on Nov. 10 was a qualifying event for the IRCA (Illinois Recreational Cheer Association) state competition in December. Williams said she was proud of the third-place finish—noting that the girls missed a state bid by 1.6 points.

You can find out more information about KYBL including the competitive cheer program and fundraising efforts by visiting their website at: www.kanelandcheer.org.

KHS begins competition season

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Photo: The sectional-bound KHS varsity cheerleaders are Captains Kristen Glover and Courtney Reiss (front); Madison Keith, Briana DiBenedetto, Samantha Markelz and Anna King (second row); Katrina Donnelly, Captain Laken Delahanty, Captain Abby West, Anna Croft and Denise Gombar (third row); and Jacqueline McClellan, Andrea Petrarca, Mattie Garrison and Nicole McClellan (back row). Courtesy Photo

KANELAND—Kaneland varsity cheerleaders began their competition season began in the Belvidere Competition on Jan. 7. KHS took home the second-place win in the medium division.

KHS competed in the ICCA regional competition at Andrew High School on Jan. 14, placing fourth and qualifying for ICCA State Championship Competition on Feb.11. Finally, the Kaneland Cheer Competition Squad participated in the conference competition at Rochelle, Ill. KHS took home the second-place win. For KHS, it’s on to IHSA sectionals on Jan. 28, in Rolling Meadows.

Kaneland Cheer

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KHS Cheerleaders will host a cheer clinic on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Kaneland High School’s gym from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. with a performance at 4:15. The clinic, for grades K through eighth, costs $25 and payment is due by Saturday, Sept. 24.

Please mail checks payable to KHS to
Kaneland High School (Athletic Office)
47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
Attn: Sharon Snyder—Cheer Coach.

Photo Gallery: Thursday Night Lights

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Kaneland Knights football gets a pre-season workout in friendly territory during Thursday’s annual Knights Under the Lights event in Maple Park. The Knights’ first step to try and duplicate regular season success of a year ago occurs on Friday, Aug. 26, against Chicago’s Brooks Prep. This will be the first opening night encounter against someone other than Burlington Central since 2003, when KHS lost a 14-6 battle with defunct Driscoll Catholic. Photos by Madi Cole

Kaneland’s Road to Fall begins shortly

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KANELAND—Kaneland High School released its Fall Sports signup information last week.

•You must have a current physical on file in order to try out to practice. There will be no exceptions. Physicals are good for one calendar year.

• A participation fee of $100 per sport, $100 per season for cheerleaders (please indicate season on check), and $100 for pompons per season.

The Kaneland High School Athletic Department will host a mandatory preseason meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. for fall athletes. One or both parents are required to attend a meeting with their athlete in order to meet Kaneland High School’s eligibility requirements. Parents and students will meet with their fall coaches. The second part of the mandatory meeting will be available on the Kaneland website by Aug. 1, as a podcast that fall parents and students must listen to by Saturday, Aug. 27.

FOOTBALL—Equipment handed out on Monday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 6 p.m. Football insurance is available, or parents may sign a waiver and use their own medical insurance.
Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10. All levels must meet in the East Gym at 7:30 a.m. Practice for lower levels will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Lower levels should bring their lunch. Practice for varsity is 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Meetings will take place at 2:15 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL—Tryouts are Aug. 10 through Aug. 12 for all levels from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Bring a water bottle and light snack. Activity will take place in the East Gym. Varsity conditioning is from 3 to 5 p.m.

TENNIS—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the tennis courts behind the high school.

GOLF—Meeting takes place on Monday, Aug. 8, at 8 a.m., in room C114. Players will not golf at this time, but will turn in physicals, receive practice schedules and go over team expectations. Tryouts take place on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 a.m. at Hughes Creek.

SOCCER—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 10. All levels will have tryouts from 9 to 11 a.m., and from 3 to 5 p.m., at the KHS soccer fields.

All players must purchase a spirit pack from the school. Bring cleats, shin guards, water, and gym shoes (in case of inclement weather). Parents who have questions can e-mail coach Scott Parillo at Scott.parillo@kaneland.org.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 a.m. The team meets in the high school cafeteria. The team will also embark on an overnight camping trip from Aug. 11 to 12. Parents with questions can e-mail coach Chad Clarey at theclarey5@yahoo.com.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The team meets in the commons at 6:30 a.m.

POMS—Mandatory practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 8 to 11 a.m., and the team meets in the high school commons.

CHEERS—Mandatory practices begin on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 7:30 to 10:15 a.m., and the team meets in the East Gym balcony. Also, the cheerleaders will be in the Elburn Days parade and host the annual dunk tank.

Additionally for all fall sports, Knights Under the Lights takes place on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Varsity cheerleaders take 2nd place in Belvidere

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Kaneland High School Varsity Cheerleaders placed second in the Belevidere Winter Cheer Competition held on Jan. 8. Kami Bauer, Bailey Burns, Anna Croft, Mattie Garrison, Kristen Glover, Lindsay Jurcenko, Lacy Lockert, Sydney Luse, Sam Markelz, Jackie McClellan, Kellyn McMullan, Savanah Miles, Kenzie Powell, Courtney Reiss, Kali Wald and Abby Westtook part in the competition. Courtesy Photo

Kaneland Athletic Info Fall Sports 2010

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KHS athletics has released essential information for all families and students planning fall sports involvement.

1) You must have a current physical on file in order to tryout or practice. There will be no acceptions. Physicals are good for one calendar year.

2) A participation fee of $100 per sport, $100 per season for cheerleaders (please indicate season on check), and $100 for pompons per season.

3) The Kaneland High School Athletic Department will host a mandatory pre-season meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the east gym beginning at 7 p.m. for fall athletes. One or both parents are required to attend the meeting with their athlete(s) in order to meet Kaneland High School’s eligibility requirements. Parents and students will meet with their fall coaches. The mandatory part of the meeting will be available on the Kaneland website as a podcast that fall parents and students must listen to by Aug. 27.

FOOTBALL— Equipment handed out on Monday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Football insurance is available to or parents may sign a waiver and use their own medical insurance.

Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 11. All levels will meet in the east gym at 7:30 a.m.

Practice will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. (lower levels—bring your lunch. Practice for varsity is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Meetings will take place at 2:15 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL—Tryouts are Aug. 11 and 12, all levels 8 to 10:30 a.m. First practice is on Aug. 13, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the east gym.

TENNIS—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 11, for all levels from 9 to 11 a.m. The location is at the tennis courts behind the high school.

GOLF—The opening meeting will take place on Monday, Aug. 9, at 8 a.m. in Room C114. You will not be playing at this time but will turn in physicals, receive practice schedules and go over team expectations. Tryouts take place on Wednesday, Aug. 11, and Thursday, Aug. 12, at Hughes Creek at 6 a.m.

SOCCER—Tryouts begin on Wednesday, Aug. 11. V/JV/Frosh from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at the soccer fields. All players must purchase from the school a spirit pack for $30. Bring cleats, shin guards, water and gym shoes (in case of inclement weather).

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The team will meet in the high school cafeteria. The XC team will also embark on an overnight camping trip on Thursday-Friday, Aug. 12 and 13. Parents with questions can e-mail head coach Chad Clarey at theclarey5@yahoo.com.

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY—Practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 a.m., meet in Room C117.

POMS—Mandatory practice begins on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. Meet in the high school commons.

CHEERS—Mandatory practice begins on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Meet in the east gym balcony.

Mandatory fall sports meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

Knights Under The Lights is Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Opening Contests for KHS Fall Athletics

Football—
Friday, Aug. 27, at
Burlington Central,
7:30 p.m.

Volleyball—
Wednesday, Aug. 25, at
Wheaton North Tourney,
TBA

Tennis—
Tuesday, Aug. 24, vs.
Wheaton Academy,
4:30 p.m.

Golf—
Monday, Aug. 16, vs.
Wheaton Academy,
8 a.m.

Soccer—
Tuesday, Aug. 24, at
Marengo,
4:30 p.m.

Boys’ XC—
Tuesday, Aug. 31, vs.
W. Chicago/Wheaton Admy,
4:30 p.m.

Girls’ XC—
Tuesday, Aug. 31, vs.
W. Chicago/Wheaton Admy,
4:30 p.m.

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