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Summer league allows Knight baseball to take stock

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Photo: John Hopkins fires toward the plate during Tuesday’s summer league twinbill at Batavia High School. The Knights recovered from a 3-1 loss in the first contest to take an 8-2 win. Photo by Mike Slodki

IHSA Summer Regional begins Monday, July 16
by Mike Slodki
BATAVIA—It’s the season for local baseball players to embody the “Boys of Summer” tag.

Kaneland’s baseball program saw its season end abruptly in the Class 3A regional opener against DeKalb in late May. But beginning on June 12, Knight players expected to contribute heavily in 2013 suited up to play in summer gear.

It’s not the hard-charging atmosphere where you treat every at-bat like your last, but it is important.

The summer season consists of 26 games over a month’s time, and has a modified routine.

Games against opponents like Sycamore, DeKalb, West Aurora and Streator litter the slate, with details like amount of games and innings hammered out well beforehand.

“It’s really important in the summer for these guys who are trying to make the team,” KHS assistant coach Alex Beckmann said. “We have a really big team and it’s important for guys to get at-bats and get some innings in.”

The situation on Tuesday in Batavia had the Knights and Bulldogs clashing in a doubleheader of five innings each, and the Knights came back with an 8-2 win in game two after losing 3-1 in the opener.

Pitching assignments have anything but an aim of a complete game, but are placed to give valuable arms work. In game two, Nick Stahl worked the first inning, John Hopkins took care of the second and third, and Tom VanBogaert finished the final two frames.

Tyler Carlson, an incoming junior, blasted a two-run double in the third inning to propel the Knights over the Bulldog lineup and put the game out of reach.

“I was looking for my pitch,” Carlson said. “I found it, fortunately. The guys got on base and I got to bring them in.”

Carlson is glad for the opportunity to man groundballs at second and get his cuts in at the plate in an environment that’s relaxed, but still focus-worthy.

“Facing these pitchers, it’s a good experience for me,” Carlson said.

The summer crew hosts Batavia in a seven-inning affair on Thursday, July 12. IHSA summer regionals begin on Monday, July 16.

Thunder strikes

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Northern Illinois Thunder 16U girls won first place at the Wisconsin Sparkler USSSA State Tournament in Columbus, Wisc., over the July 1 weekend. Jessa Garcia hit seven home runs, including a grand slam, in the championship game. Kayla Kauffman and Shannen Sutherland also hit home runs during earlier games. The team consists of (front) Ellissa Eckert , Madison Hester, Courtney Thomas, (middle) Selena Kweder, Ashlyn Ebel, Abbey Etheridge, Jessa Garcia, Mackenzie Brown, (back) Coach Hester, Shannen Sutherland, Cara Smoczynski , Coach Thomas, Kayla Kauffman, Molly Jordan and Coach Perry Clark. In addition, the 12ULH girls also captured first place, 18U took second place, and the 14U-SG 3rd place. Courtesy Photo

Xplosion has successful time in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Kane County Xplosion finished 12th out of 96 teams at the Buckeye Showdown, College Exposure Tournament.

The girls played the Streamwood Magic to a 7-7 tie, beat Ohio Triple Threat 17-0 and beat Vengeance of Ohio, 4-2 . In the Super Pool opener, the Xplosion beat the Pittsburgh Spirit, 4-0, but lost to the eventual champion Ohio Madness, 2-1.

The girls will be in Lemont this weekend for the ASA Metro tournament.

Kaneland Travel Baseball gearing up in 2013

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KANELAND—The Kaneland Travel Baseball Program, which will start in the summer of 2013, has released its tryout dates and information for the 11U, 12U, and 13U travel baseball teams that will compete in the KCBL next year, with a birthday cut-off day of May 1. Beginning with the summer of 2014, the KTB will incorporate 10U and 14U for a total of five levels of travel baseball.

The following information is for those tryouts:
Friday, July 27: 11U—4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 12U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 13U—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (all at Wheeler Park in Sugar Grove)
Friday, Aug. 3: 11U—5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 12U 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (at Wheeler Park)
Saturday, Aug. 4: 13U—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (at McNair Field in Elburn)
Sunday, Aug.12: 11U, 12U, 13U 1 to 3 p.m. (at McNair Field)

This is for anyone at any of the age levels that couldn’t make the other tryout dates. All the participants are run through the same tryout. Your son only needs to come to one of the tryouts at his age level. There will be a pre-registration form posted on the Kaneland Travel Baseball website (www.kanelandtravelbaseball.com) that can be printed and filled out and brought to try-outs, or a parent will need to fill one out once you arrive. These tryouts are only open to those students who will go to Kaneland High School and reside in the district. Additionally, the coach’s application process has been extended until Sunday, July 15, and if you have any questions, contact Coach Brian Aversa at Brian.Aversa@kaneland.org.

KWC running July camp

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KANELAND—Knights Wrestling Club, an IKW-affiliated youth wrestling program, is running a summer camp this year for ages 4-18. Held at Kaneland High School, the camp runs from Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening and also includes a celebratory pizza party the last night.

Guest clinicians for the event include KHS head coach Monty Jahns, assistant coach Jeremy Kenny and NIU assistant coach Jeff Brees, as well as Knights Wrestling Club coaches Jim Gussman and John Robinson.

Regardless of club affiliation or experience level, this camp is opened up to any and all wrestlers who wish to attend. The cost for the camp is $25 for early registration and $30 at the door. For information on this event, please contact Michelle Parks, Knights Wrestling Club at (815) 216-6007.

KWC running summer camp

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KANELAND—Knights Wrestling Club, an IKW- affiliated youth wrestling program, is running a summer camp this year for ages 4-18. Held at Kaneland High School, the camp runs from Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening and also includes a celebratory pizza party the last night.

Guest clinicians for the event include KHS head coach Monty Jahns, assistant coach Jeremy Kenny and NIU assistant coach Jeff Brees, as well as Knights Wrestling Club coaches Jim Gussman and John Robinson.

Regardless of club affiliation or experience level, this camp is opened up to any and all wrestlers who wish to attend. The cost for the camp is $25 for early registration and $30 at the door. For information on this event, please contact Michelle Parks, Knights Wrestling Club at (815) 216-6007.

Cost for the camp is $25 for early registration, and $30 at the door.

Weather or not

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Kane County XPlosion 16U finished pool play with a 2-1 record at this weekend’s Tinley Park Rockets ASA Star Spangles Qualifier. The event was abbreviated due to rain. Samantha Phelps and Emma Spagnola had five hits each over the weekend. The squad heads to Columbus, Ohio, Thursday to Saturday, July 6-8 , for the Buckeye Showdown and College Showcase. Courtesy Photo

Westminster Christian hoops camp approaching

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ELGIN, Ill.—Westminster Christian School hosting a coed basketball shooting camp which will be open to any interested players in grades 3-12 from any school, from Monday to Wednesday, July 9-11.

WCS shooting camp teaches players to perfect their shot through strong rhythmic

drills that lock the necessary shooting technique into the player’s muscle memory. This enables the athlete to execute proper shooting mechanics.

The instructors are:
Jim Irwin: Jim has been a high school basketball coach in Indiana for over 30 years. Coach Irwin has worked as a shooting evaluator at Dick Baumgartner’s shooting camp for 20 years helping 20,000 players improve their shot.

Avis Stewart: Coach Stewart has coached two AAU state championship teams and four state runners up in 10 years.

The camp levels and times are:
Grades 5 through 8 from 9 a.m.—Noon.
Grades 9 through 12 from 1 p.m.—4 p.m.

Please note camp will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, for grades 5 through 8 and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, for grades 9-12 The camp site is: Westminster Christian School
2700 W. Highland Ave. Elgin, IL
Camp Fees:
Grades 5-8: $150
Grades 9-12: $150

Players do have the option to attend only 1 or 2 days at a prorated fee. Players may also register on the first day of camp, but please call to reserve your spot. Contact Information: Westminster Christian School, Summer Sports Camps, 2700 West Highland Avenue, Elgin, IL 60124.

Address questions to: Rich Engle, Asst. Coach (407) 924-4673, or Rick Palmer, Athletic Director, (847) 695-0310, ext. 231, Fax (847) 695-0135.

2012 T-ball a ‘hit’

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The last T-ball game was played in Maple Park on June 16 with the Elburn Super Stars facing the Maple Park Catering Gourmets. The Elburn team was coached by Roy Dennis and Maple Park was coached by Ryan Ruh. T-ball is a sport based on baseball and is intended as an introduction for children to develop baseball skills and have fun. Here, Elburn’s Connor Spence, 5, takes a swing and gets a hit. Photo by John DiDonna

Xplosion turns clutch into success

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Kane County Xplosion 16U girls earned first place at the Heartland Shootout in Moline for an ASA qualifier and took first place overall. Madeline Avery, Mackenzie Bretag, Paige Kuefler and Stephanie Prentice all hit home runs. Kaylee Hayton and Stephanie Prentice combined for a 1.08 ERA and 17 strikeouts on the mound. The Xplosion travels to Tinley Park for the next ASA qualifier this coming weekend. The team consists of (front) Madelyn Avery, Amanda Lack, Lauren Zick, Stephanie Prentice and Mackenzie Bretag, (back) Emma Spagnola, Kaylee Hayton, Samantha Phelps, Denise Gumbar, Allison Miller and Paige Kuefler. Courtesy Photo

KYSO registration online

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KANELAND—Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can now register online to play in the KYSO fall season, which will run from Aug. 18-Oct. 20. The registration deadline is June 30. The fee, which includes a jersey, shorts and socks, is $85 for the first player and $60 for any additional players from the same family. Register now at www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com.

KYSO is an open-registration organization that serves soccer players across Northern Illinois. All KYSO practices and games are held at the fields located to the east of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

Consider coaching your child’s team. Support and training will be provided. Open registration can also accommodate special needs players between the ages of 5 and 16 years old, who play with Buddy assistance —the fee is $25. More information can be found on www.kanelandyouthsoccer .com regarding the Kaneland United Soccer Club, as well.

Photo Gallery: Take 5K

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Robert Johnson seems to be taking Friday evening’s Kaneland Knight Run 5K in stride. All proceeds for the Knight Run were to benefit the Kaneland
Foundation. The 5K was the first of a triple-header that also featured quarter-mile kids’ track run and a one-mile Fun Run/Walk.

Photo by Marshall Farthing

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KYSO registration online

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KANELAND—Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 4 and 17 years old can now register online to play in the KYSO fall season, which will run from Aug. 18 through Oct. 20. The registration deadline is Saturday, June 30. The fee, which includes a jersey, shorts and socks, is $85 for the first player and $60 for any additional players from the same family. Register now at www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com.

KYSO is an open-registration organization that serves soccer players all across Northern Illinois. All KYSO practices and games are held at the fields located just to the east of Kaneland High School (47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park).

Consider coaching your child’s team. Support and training will be provided. Open registration can also accommodate special needs players between the ages of 5 and 16 years old, who play with Buddy assistance —the fee is $25. More information can be found on www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com regarding the Kaneland United Soccer Club, as well.

Kaneland United Soccer Club holding tryouts

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MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland United Soccer Club will be holding tryouts for its 2012 fall travel teams for boys and girls from U8 through U18. Tryouts will be held from May 29-June 1 at the Kaneland High School soccer fields east of the auditorium. Register ahead of time at www.kanelandunitedsoccerclub.com. Contact Brad Simmons at bradsimmons71@yahoo.com for questions.

Kaneland United Soccer Club holding tryouts

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MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland United Soccer Club will be holding tryouts for its 2012 fall travel teams for boys and girls from U8 through U18. Tryouts will be held from May 29-June 1 at the Kaneland High School soccer fields east of the auditorium. Register ahead of time at www.kanelandunitedsoccerclub.com. Contact Brad Simmons at bradsimmons71@yahoo.com for questions.

Rockford now Outlaw country

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The Maple Park Outlaws won the Rockford Riverhawks tournament at the Road Ranger Stadium in Rockford on April 7. Maple Park beat the Rockhounds 16-5 in game one, Lake Zurich 7-6 in game two and Wheaton 20-4 in game three to take home the first-place prize in the Round Robin Series. Jeff Violett (front, left to right), Sean O’Shea, Will Ring, Jack Coyle, Tyler Jarka, Matt O’Sullivan and bat boys Brendan O’Shea and Parker Violett. Coach Tom O’Shea (back, left to right), Jake Marczuk, Joe Laudont, Ryan David, Jason Edwards, Tanner Van Horn, Jacob Violett, Coach Jim Van Horn and Coach Tim Laudont.

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MP baseball hosts Parents Night Out

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MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Baseball will host its 4th annual Parents Night Out Raffle on Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Come to the Maple Park Pub and win meats, sports apparel, golf passes and many other prizes donated by local businesses. There will also be a “stock the bar” and a 50/50 raffle at the end of the evening. Enjoy an evening out and help raise money for the Maple Park Baseball, Softball and T-ball Association.

Anyone interested in donating raffle prizes, please contact Amy at amyj@mapleparkbaseball.net.

Wasco searching for umps

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WASCO—Wasco Girls Fastpitch is looking for 10U and 12U/14U umpires for the 2012 Spring/Summer season. For 10U games, applicants must be 14 years of age or older and complete umpire training in Lily Lake on Saturday, April 14. 12U and 14U should be patch umpires but will be considered applicants based on experience.

Visit wascofastpitch.com or leave a message at (630) 513-1200.

Vanik’s IKWF trip worth it

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Photo: Riley Vanik of Sugar Grove is recognized at the IKWF championships in Rockford, Ill. for finishing second in his 138-pound novice class on Saturday. Courtesy Photo

Vanik Places second in State
ROCKFORD, Ill.—This past weekend 840 wrestlers met at the BMO Harris Bank Centre in Rockford for the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF) State Championships.

The championships were to crown a State Champion in each of 35 weight classes in two age divisions. Riley Vanik of Sugar Grove placed second in the Novice 138-pound weight class. He was joined by teammate John McCaffrey in the Novice 70-pound class, also of Sugar Grove, who finished in the top 12, falling one win short of placing.

Both are members of the Martinez Fox Valley Elite Wrestling Club who won the team championship for the Novice Division (11 and 12-year-olds). Zach Parker (Senior, 177pounds), the third wrestler from Sugar Grove and member of the Knights Wrestling Club also participated in the event.

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