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Recalled in regional final

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Late goal dooms Knight soccer against BC, semi sees rout of Spartans
SYCAMORE—Class 2A Regional soccer features squads that have to make the most of the 80 regulation minutes given.

In the case of the Oct. 23 Regional semifinal at Sycamore between the Knights and host Spartans, Kaneland could have played at a high level for more than the time allotted in a 4-0 win.

During Friday’s regional final against the local rival Rockets of Burlington Central, the Knights probably wished they had more time than given after a late goal led to a 1-0 defeat.

It marked the end of the season for a program that has seen four straight regional final appearances and two plaques. Kaneland advanced to the sectional finals last year.

Burlington Central, the top seed at the regional, advanced to its own sectional, where it was scheduled to battle Freeport on Tuesday.

Kaneland finished its 2013 season with a record of 10-6-4 through 20 matches.

Against the Rockets, it remained scoreless for nearly all of regulation before Alan Camarena scored off the Knights with just 55 seconds remaining. BC improved to 21-2 with the win.

Facing off against the No. 3 seed Spartans as the No. 2 unit, Kaneland started to take care of business fairly early thanks to a rocket from Anthony Parillo from 20 yards out 9:01 into the match for a 1-0 lead.

“I made a run to the box and took a one-touch hit,” Anthony Parillo said. “We’re playing really well, and we’re going to have to step it up on Friday.”

Knight Angel Escontrias struck with a shot from the left of the goalie box with 8:15 before halftime to go up 2-0.

“You always hope you can pop a couple of early ones in and make the other team really push,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We did well, and Anthony’s shot was just unbelievable. That was a wicked shot.”

About six minutes into the second half, Sycamore committed an own goal off a deflection for a 3-0 edge for Kaneland. The scoring concluded when Escontrias put a shot in thanks to a feed from Adhurim Azemi with 19:40 to play for a 4-0 lead.

JT Karr had two saves in the effort.

Soccer ends regular season with hunger for more

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KANELAND—It was a struggle at times, but Senior Night yielded a win, and a drive to keep going.

An Ignacio Toscano goal in the second half broke open a tie and the margin held for Kaneland on the way to a 2-1 victory on Thursday in the season finale.

For Kaneland, it now goes into the Class 2A Sycamore Regional opener, set for Wednesday, with a final record of 9-5-4 and a 6-2-2 record in Northern Illinois Big XII play. The Knights are aiming for a higher plane than the 2012 Sectional title match run.

Against the rival Spartans on a chilly Thursday afternoon, Kaneland struck first just seven minutes, 23 seconds into the contest on a goal from Arsim Azemi off a feed from Adhurim Azemi.

Sycamore battled back and scored off of a corner kick with 21:47 to go in the first half, deadlocking the match at one goal apiece.

KHS struggled with passes and finishing possessions, which made scoring opportunities scarce.

Kaneland made good on a scoring try with 23:15 left on the rocket from the top of the box from Toscano off a feed from teammate Anthony Parillo.

“We’ve played (Sycamore) before, and we honestly came out here expecting to win. We needed to step it up and take it more serious, and it was a close game,” Toscano said.

Ivan Bohorquez’ header attempt two minutes later was close but couldn’t find its way in.

The senior-dominated lineup did enough for the regular season-ending win.

“It’s a one-and-done; there’s no tomorrow now,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We’ll have our regular lineup starting on Wednesday. The seniors got more playing time; I told the other guys the seniors are going to get the majority tonight.”

Kaneland, as the No. 2 seed in the Sycamore Regional, was scheduled to face No. 3 Sycamore again on Wednesday. The winner would face either No. 1 Burlington Central or No. 4 Sandwich in the Friday, Oct. 25, regional final.

Kaneland soccer finding more net

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Three late-season contests provide skill showcase
KANELAND—Knight soccer might be finding a little groove, and not a moment too soon.

With the postseason challenge coming next week in the form of rival Sycamore on Oct. 23, the Knights met three opponents in the form of visiting Rochelle, host Plainfield East and host Yorkville.

After the 4-0 win over the Hubs, and a 3-3 tie against Southwest Prairie Conference foe PE, coupled with the 1-0 victory against the Foxes, the Knights are now 8-5-4 and 5-2-2 in Northern Illinois Big XII action. Kaneland has also won seven of its last nine outings.

Last Thursday’s clash with the Hubs had Kaneland post two goals each in the first and second halves of play. Just 20 seconds into the game, Tyler Siebert scored on an assist from Igancio Toscano, and the Knights followed it up with a Toscano goal with 4:34 left off a Kyle Romas assist. In the second half, goals by Toscano with 9:05 left off a Siebert assist and a goal from Arsim Azemi off an assist from Adhurim Azemi sealed the match’s fate with 3:12 to go.

Against the Bengals, Siebert scored with 10:41 to go off an Ivan Bohorquez assist for the first half goal, but KHS found itself down 2-1 at the break. Playing a man down in the second half, the Knights found a goal at the cleat of Arsim Azemi off an Anthony Parillo assist with 36:46 go go and another successful Azemi-Parillo combo with 4:41 to go for a 3-2 lead before PE tied the game in the last minute.

Facing off against rival Yorkville on Tuesday under the Campbell Field lights, Siebert’s goal in just the fourth minute of the game proved to be the difference, as KHS locked down defensively to pitch a shutout. Parillo provided the assist.

The regular season finale takes place against visiting Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m.

Photos from Tuesday, Oct. 15 @ Yorkville by Ben Draper

Kaneland soccer stung by Barbs in conference battle

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KANELAND—Fortunes have been as even as it gets for the Kaneland High School soccer squad this season.

In conference matches like last Thursday’s home matchup against the visiting DeKalb Barbs, the end result refused to break its way.

A heartbreaking 2-1 loss to DeKalb was followed by a Tuesday trek to Morris, where the Knights came back from a 2-1 first-half deficit to win 3-2.

The Knights find themselves with a 6-5-3 record, and a 3-2-2 tally in Northern Illinois Big XII conference action. Just four regular season matches remain.

“I don’t think you can ever be truly satisfied, because there is always room for improvement,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We need to possess the ball better and finish our chances. That is where we haven’t been consistent. We look much better in practice as of late and hope we will continue to improve in all areas. It would be nice to make it back to the regional championship game for the fourth year in a row.”

Against the Barbs, the Knights found a goal just 7:36 into the contest thanks to a Tyler Siebert goal off the assist from Arsim Azemi. The Barbs shut the Knights out the rest of the way, and Kaneland surrendered two goals.

Against the Redskins, Arsim Azemi scored off an Angel Escontrias assist, but the Knights got to halftime trailing 2-1. Escontrias had a big second half, scoring twice while the defense held Morris scoreless sealing the KHS win.

Kaneland learned of its Class 2A postseason assignment last Friday, as it’s housed in the Sycamore Regional. The No. 2 seed Knights play the No. 3 Sycamore Spartans on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m., with the winner facing off against the Tuesday victor between No. 1 Burlington Central and No. 4 Sandwich on Friday, Oct. 25, for the regional plaque.

Soccer knee deep in the NIB-12

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Knight kickers above .500 after first 11 matches
KANELAND—With a 5-4-3 overall mark and a 2-1-2 mark in the opening stages of Northern Illinois Big XII play, the Kaneland Knights soccer unit is still getting its cleats wet against local rivals.

Soon, they’ll have to jump into the deep end of heavy competition if they wish to separate themselves from the pack.

A slim week of action saw Kaneland go to a scoreless stalemate against visiting Yorkville last Thursday, and a Tuesday match with host Sycamore that ended in a 2-0 Knight shutout.

The tie brought the Kaneland unbeaten streak to four matches before Tuesday’s encounter at Sycamore stretched it to five.

Against the Spartans, Arsim Azemi provided both goals—one in each half—for the Knights. The first off an Anthony Parillo assist, and the other on a Drew Franklin assist.

Coming up for the Knights: a Thursday, Oct. 3, home match with the DeKalb Barbs and a Tuesday, Oct. 8, trip to Grundy County to face the Morris Redskins.

The Knights will find out their Class 2A postseason assignment on Friday, Oct. 4 as part of the Sycamore Regional along with rivals Burlington Central, Sandwich and Sycamore. The foursome sees one squad take the plaque and go to the Burlington Central Sectional.

Like father, like sons

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Photo: Soccer is a a family thing for the Parillos. KHS senior Anthony (from left) is an NSCAA all-American nominee, while Scott is the head coach and Cody is the assistant coach at Kaneland. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

ELBURN—A father coaching his son is a regular occurrence in sports. But it’s rare to have both your father and brother as your coaches.

Yet that’s the case in the Parillo family this fall. Senior Anthony Parillo, one of the standout players on Kaneland’s boys soccer team, not only calls his father, Scott, “coach,” but also his older brother, Cody.

Cody, 23, is a Knights’ assistant coach who joined the staff this year, while Dad, of course, is the head coach who’s in his 13th season.

“It’s pretty nice,” said Anthony in regard to having his father and his brother as coaches. “He’s been there since I’ve been play (soccer) for as long as I can remember. And me and my brother get along really well. He always backs my decisions no matter what so it’s nice to have him there.”

Asked to compare his father’s coaching style to his brother’s, Anthony replied, “My brother is more laid back and goes with the flow. My Dad’s got the intensity and fire that drive us (the team) to do a lot better.”

Naturally, Anthony and Cody have grown up around the game. Scott coached both his sons in recreactional leagues, and they’ve been around the team since they were boys.

“We have (newspaper) photos of Anthony at age 6 or 7,” Scott recalls. “He would stand on the sidelines with me. Kids (on the team) used to love him and pass the ball to him.”

One of Anthony’s best soccer-related memories as a child occurred in 2004 when the Knights won their first regional title.

“It was a very good team and they were all cool guys,” Anthony said. “I think I was 9 or 10 (at the time). I was like a ball boy back then, a little mascot.”

Cody took a different path, sports-wise. He competed in rec soccer, but bypassed prep soccer and played freshman football at Kaneland. After that, he devoted his time to school and working at Paisano’s Pizza and Grill in Elburn, where he is still employed today.

Even though Cody didn’t play competitive soccer in high school, Scott said Cody is very knowledgeable about the game.

“It’s nice (to have him on the team), I’m not going to lie,” Scott said. “He’s always had a passion for soccer. He knows exactly who I am, my good points and my bad points. It always seems like we’re on the same page.”

“I really enjoy it,” adds Cody, a 2013 Western Illinois graduate who majored in information systems. “I like being around the kids and I like being around the game. It’s nice to have our whole family out there.”

There is no favoritism shown to Anthony, who’s a team co-captain, on the field … or in the classroom, for that matter. Anthony had his father as a teacher for U.S. History last year, and Cody was a student of Scott’s for both U.S. History and Government classes.

“You have to treat him as a player and not your son,” Scott said. “He doesn’t call me Dad on the field. I have to treat him like any of the other players.”

But both Scott and Cody value and rely on his feedback—as well as those of co-captains Tyler Siebert and Ivan Bohorquez—during games and at practice.

“He’s just like any other captain,” Scott said.

“He gives his input. They see some of the stuff (on the field) I don’t catch. We always ask the captains during halftime if there’s anything we (the coaches) didn’t address.”

“He’s a four-year varsity player,” Cody said. “When Anthony speaks up, we take his input seriously.”

There are times, though, when the team can enjoy a few laughs, and the Parillos are right in the middle of the levity. They try to keep the team loose.

“I think they (team members) enjoy listening to us joke around, and the dynamics between us are good,” Cody said. “The rest of the players, it lifts their spirits just joking around and having fun out there.”

Anthony Parillo is coming off a 2012 season in which he scored a team-best 19 goals as a midfielder for the Knights, who advanced to the Class 2A sectional title game. Prior to the start of the 2013 campaign, Anthony was a National Soccer Coaches Association of American prep all-American nominee.

“It’s fun to go out and watch him,” Cody said. “He’s really good. I think it (being an all-American nominee) is awesome and it’s going to open a lot of doors for him.”

“It’s pretty cool of having that honor of being one of those types of players,” Anthony said, “but I don’t really care about individual awards. I care what we do more as a team.”

And Scott? He takes pride in whatever Anthony and Cody do in life.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with soccer,” he said. “They’re fun, I love them, they have good senses of humor, they have dreams and aspirations just like everybody else. They’re my boys.”

Preview: 44th annual Eddington Invite

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ELBURN—The 44th annual Eddington Cross Country Invitational is Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at Elburn Woods.

The meet commemorates the 25-year teaching and coaching career of Larry Eddington, a long-time Elburn resident who passed away suddenly in 1994.

On the girls side, the team race appears to favor Geneva, Crystal Lake Central and Marengo, with Benet and Jacobs potentially a factor as well. Top individuals in the girls race include Lauren Van Vlierbergen of Jacobs, Kelsey Schrader of DeKalb, Allie Sprague and Katie St. Clair of Marengo, Maddie Dagley and Mary Fleming of Crystal Lake Central, McKenzie Altmayer and Brooke Nusser of Geneva, and Brianna Bower of Kaneland.

In 2012, four teams from the Eddington went on to qualify for state at either the 2A or 3A level Seven individuals went on to earn all-state honors. The Lady Knights took fifth at the meet in 2012, as Jacobs earned the team title.

On the boys side, Crystal Lake Central returns to defend their 2012 team title, as does 2012 runner-up Jacobs. Perennial 2A power Belivdere North joins the fray this year as well. The Knights finished sixth in 2012, paced by returner Kyle Carter’s fourth-place finish individually.

The girls varsity race kicks off the day at 9 a.m., followed by the boys varsity at 9:45 a.m. The girls f/s race is 10:45 a.m., and boys f/s is 10:45 a.m. Open races conclude the day, with the boys starting gun going off at 11:15 a.m. and the girls starting 11:45 a.m.

Parking for the meet will be at Kaneland High School, with regular shuttles going to-and-from the Elburn Woods course every 10 minutes.

Ups and downs

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KANELAND—Coach Scott Parillo’s Soccer team had an up and down week, securing a road win over IMSA 9-1, but falling to conference foe DeKalb in Barbland Tuesday by a score of 3-1.

KHS now sits at 3-3-1, 0-1 in conference play.

Against IMSA, the Knights lit up the scoresheet. Anthony Parillo had two goals and three assists, Drew Franklin had two goals, Angel Escontrias, Ivan Bohorquez and Michael Meisenger each had a goal and an assist, while Adhurim Azemi and Kyle Romas each scored a goal.

Against DeKalb on Tuesday, Ignacio Toscano supplied the lone Knight goal when he scored on a header off an assist from Parillo.

Next up for the Knights is a home match against Morris today, before they travel to Geneva Monday.

Sept. 13 sports recap

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Freshman Football
At Aurora Christian—In a tight game, the freshman football Knights lost to the Aurora Christian Eagles 34-32. No stats were provided.

Sophomore Football
vs. IC Catholic Prep—The Knight sophomore football team shut out visiting IC Catholic Prep 40-0 Friday night. No stats were provided.

Sophomore Soccer
vs. Streamwood—Andy Tovar had the only Kaneland goal as the Knights deadlocked with Streamwood 1-1 Monday. The Sophomore team now sits at 0-0-1.

Freshman Volleyball
vs. Aurora Central Catholic—The freshmen volleyball teams defeated Aurora Central Catholic Thursday. The A squad won 26-24, 25-14, while the B group won 27-25, 25-14.
vs. Montini—Both freshman squads handled visiting Montini Monday. The A squad defeated the Broncos 25-13, 25-14, while the B squad won 25-16, 25-17. No stats were provided.

Sophomore Volleyball
vs. Aurora Central Catholic—Thursday saw the sophomore volleyball team lose 25-23, 21-25, 23-25 in a close match against ACC.
vs. Montini—The Lady Knights lost a close match to visiting Montini 25-23, 21-25, 14-25 on Monday. No stats were provided.
vs. LaSalle-Peru—Tuesday saw KHS fall 13-25, 28-26, 25-15 to visiting LaSalle-Peru.

Fr/So Golf
vs. Yorkville—Tuesday’s tilt against visiting Yorkville was fruitful for the Knights Fr/So golf team. Brett Glennon led all golfers with a 39, while Luke Calabrese shot a 45. Dan Franck and Jake Pearson each shot a 47 to finish the scoring. The Knights defeated the Foxes 178-192.

Split decisions

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KANELAND—For a little while, Kaneland soccer was able to see how its offense was able to click against a Little Ten Conference school.

Unfortunately, the Knights were also able to see how stifling an opponent could be against an Upstate Eight Conference opponent.

On Friday, the Knights stifled Hinckley-Big Rock by a 6-0 final, and on Monday were defeated by the host Streamwood Sabres, 2-0.

Kaneland sits at 2-2-1 through five matchups at the early juncture of the 2013 campaign.

KHS got two first half goals against the Royal foes, thanks to an Arsim Azemi score off a James Bartholomew feed with 30:57 to go before halftime, and an Ignacio Toscano goal 24 minutes later from a Jack Wolf assist.

The four goals in the second half were tallied by personnel Bartholomew, Toscano, Azemi and Kolin Limbrick within a span of 25:29.

Kaneland fought to a scoreless first half against the Sabres, but were blown back by two goals in the second half, down three starters due to injury.

Sophomore soccer had KHS and Streamwood tie at one apiece.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the Knights travel to Aurora to battle Illinois Math and Science Academy which continues their three-match road trip.

KHS takes modified early season trek to Jacobs tourney

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KANELAND—Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Ill., was as good of a place as any to see how the early-season formations would work for KHS soccer.

After three matches of the Jacobs Tournament, it can be said that the plan of attack is working, somewhat.

Rain postponed the end of Friday games due to weather, and forced 25-minute halves for Saturday play.

Harvard bested Kaneland (1-1-1) in a match started on Friday and concluded on Saturday, with two additional matches in round-robin fashion taking the form of a win over Crystal Lake Central and a tie against host Jacobs.

Against the Harvard Hornets, the Knights gave up a first-half goal, which stood until play resumed the next day, and the KHS attack was unable to convert in the 1-0 setback.

Kaneland earned its first win of the season against CLC, 1-0. After a scoreless stalemate in the first half of play, Ignacio Toscano found paydirt for the first goal of 2013, thanks in part to assists from Arsim Azemi and captain Anthony Parillo.

The Kaneland-Jacobs match played all the way to a scoreless tie.

The audible on the 25-minute halves may have changed the setting, but goals still have to be scored.

“The shortening of games had some effect,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “It made us press a little more than we would like; we like to possess, find the opponents’ weakness and then attack, and 25 minute halves really didn’t allow us to do that. We are not making excuses though, we just didn’t finish. We out possessed every team and out shot every team, the ball just didn’t go in the back of the net as much as we would have liked. That happens sometimes.”

Friday, Sept. 6, will see a matchup with Little Ten Conference contender Hinckley-Big Rock, at 4:30 in Maple Park.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Knights Under the Lights

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Photos from Thursday, Aug. 22.

2013 Soccer Preview: Seeking return to Sweet 16

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Photo: After reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012, the Knights soccer program is working hard to repeat and improve on that success in 2013. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

Knights soccer wants to play up to last year’s level
KANELAND—It can be disappointing for a high school soccer squad to reach a sectional championship, only to fall short.

That’s just one way to look at it.

A more productive way is looking at how far talent can take you and what it can mean to the program.

Taking that tack, Kaneland High School soccer looks to accomplish big things in 2013 after a first-ever trip to a sectional title match and a 16-4-2 mark in 2012.

“In previous years, there were a lot of close matches we would have lost,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “But then we would win 2-1, instead of lose 2-1. East Moline United is 3A now; hopefully we get that far and that’s one less team we’ll have to worry about.”

Parillo’s crew doesn’t look to overstep the season on its way to similar heights.

“Everyone  is going to play at least  two positions.  The depth  is there. It’s  their time  to shine and take full  advantage  of this.” KHS soccer coach Scott Parillo
“Everyone
is going to play at least
two positions.
The depth
is there. It’s
their time
to shine and take full
advantage
of this.”
KHS soccer coach
Scott Parillo
“Of course we’d love to be Sweet 16 again and hopefully go farther. We graduated nine players and have 11 returning, and that’s a good thing,” Parilllo said.

Knight captains are midfielders junior Ivan Bohorquez, Tyler Siebert (four-year varsity) and Anthony Parillo (four-year varsity).

“Anthony is up for All-American honors and is a preseason All-American and All-State selection. That fact that he’s up for All-American is remarkable, you can’t beat that. But, he wants to have fun. The seniors want to have fun and hope it turns out like last year,” Parillo said. “They’re cautiously optimistic the new guys will gel quickly.”

Outside of the steady middle of the pitch, the Kaneland crew has a new goalkeeper, replacing Marshall Farthing.

“JT Karr was the backup last year, and he’s getting his chance to shine this year. He’s got the most experience; he’s going to be the one and we’ll go from there,” Parillo said.

Soccer captains:  Tyler Siebert, Ivan Bohorquez and Anthony Parillo.
Soccer captains:
Tyler Siebert, Ivan Bohorquez and Anthony Parillo.
Jake Bilotta also serves at goal for the Knights. Forwards include Kyle Romas and James Bartholomew, while midfielders include Peter Jefferson, Siebert, Parillo, Adhurim Azemi, Don Seawall, Ignacio Toscano, Arsim Azemi, Drew Franklin, Bohorquez and Michael Meisinger.

Defenders look to be Kolin Limbrick, Ryan Longson, Curtis Thorson, Chris Van Dinther, Matt Vander Sande, Jack Wolf, Esteban Ochoa and Jason Carlquist.

“Everyone is going to play at least two positions. The depth is there. It’s their time to shine and take full advantage of this,” Parillo said.

The Northern Illinois Big XII provides some interesting scenarios for Parillo’s team.

“Yorkville is on the rise, they’re good. Morris is going to surprise some people, and of course DeKalb. Sycamore is one of the great unknowns, and Rochelle is, too,” Parillo said.

Kaneland begins the season on Friday, Aug. 30, in Algonquin Ill., at Jacobs High School.

Parillo makes the cut

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Kaneland—Kaneland soccer standout Anthony Parillo was recently selected to be in a pool of 125 juniors who play high school soccer to participate in the All-American game Dec. 14, 2013, after their senior season in Philadelphia.

If Parillo makes the cut to the final 75 players, he is automatically a McDonald’s All-American selection. If he makes the final pool of 40 players, he will play in the All-American Game.

NFHS announces rules changes

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Indianapolis—That National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently announced some changes for soccer and football; all of which will take effect starting with the 2013-14 season.

Soccer Clarification on coach-player communications
The NFHS announced new rules clarifying when and how coaches can communicate with their players.

Effective with the 2013-14 season, coaches and players can communicate during a stoppage of play for an injury. Rule 3-3-1c(1) still requires a coach or appropriate health-care professional to have the approval of the referee before entering the field; however, teams may now huddle and receive coaching instruction during the stoppage, which previously was prohibited.

Another change in regard to communication involves electronic devices. While using electronic communication devices to communicate with on-field players is still prohibited, the use of electronic devices on the sideline is allowed.

“If a coach is on the bench and wants to use a tablet-type device to video and then at halftime show the players the rights and wrongs, they are able to do that,” said Mark Koski, NFHS director of sports and events and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee.

Koski said the previous rule banned all communication devices, including cell phones, from the sideline. If such devices were found, a caution could have been issued.

Another of the seven rules changes involves the intentional fouling of a player who has an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. The new rule states that if a player commits a foul while attempting to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the goal is scored, that player will be issued a yellow card. If the foul is considered serious foul play, however, the player will still be issued a red card.

If a goal is not scored, the player who committed the foul will be issued a red card.

“The committee doesn’t want to penalize a team twice for the same play by having the goal scored against them, then to lose a player,” Koski said. “On the other hand, when a red card is issued when the shot is missed, the team is still suffering just a single blow.”

Revisions to two rules now require players to check in with the scorer/timer—or the referee if there is not a scorer/timer in place—prior to entering the game when a goal is scored or when a player is injured and removed from the field. After checking in, the player must wait until he or she is beckoned onto the field by the referee.

“This rule helps with game organization and allows officials to know who the players of record are,” Koski said.

At the start of the half, the players can enter the field of play without being beckoned by an official.

Another rules change for 2013-14 involves uniforms, specifically the use of tape on socks. Rule 4-1-1c requires both socks to be the same color and consist of a single dominant color. The change results in the use of tape that is applied outside of the sock, which now must be a similar color to the area of the sock to which it is applied.

The Soccer Rules Committee also approved a change to the definition of the “Free Kick.” The committee agreed that just tapping the top of the ball was not “putting it in play.” For the ball to be considered “in play,” it must be kicked and move.

Soccer is the fifth-most popular sport for boys and fourth among girls at the high school level. According to the 2011-12 High School Athletics Participation Survey, 411,757 boys are involved in soccer and 370,975 girls participate in the sport.

Football New rules regarding helmets that come off players
In an effort to continue minimizing the risk of injury in high school football, three additional rules will take effect next season to address helmets coming off players’ heads during games.

These three risk-minimization additions were among 10 rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 18-20 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

As a follow-up to last year’s rules change that requires players to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live, the committee approved three additional rules that are extensions of last year’s change.

An illegal personal contact foul was added to Rule 9-4-3 to state that “no player or nonplayer shall initiate contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come completely off.”

In addition, a new listing in Rule 9-6-4 will state that it is illegal participation “for a player whose helmet comes completely off during a down to continue to participate beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged.”

“With its continued focus on risk minimization, the committee determined that a helmet-less player shall not block, tackle or otherwise participate beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged when the helmet came completely off,” said Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine. “The penalty would be a live-ball, basic-spot foul.”

The committee also added language to Rule 3-5-10 to clarify that if the helmet comes completely off during the down or subsequent dead-ball action related to the down—and is not directly attributable to a foul by the opponent—the player must leave the game for at least one down, with the exception of halftime or overtime intermission. When this occurs, an official’s time-out shall be called.

“Player safety has been and will continue to be the top priority for members of the NFHS Football Rules Committee,” said Brad Garrett, chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association. “These rules changes regarding helmet-less players are more examples of the group’s commitment to minimize risk within the game.”

Perhaps the most significant rules change next season will be one that reduces the penalty for pass interference. While the 15-yard penalty will remain for both offensive and defensive pass interference, the loss of down has been removed for offensive pass interference and the automatic first down has been eliminated for defensive pass interference.

“Offensive and defensive pass interference and the penalty structure related to these fouls has been debated many times in recent years,” Garrett said. “Proposals that either deleted the loss of down or the automatic first down—but not both—failed to gain support among committee members. The proposal to eliminate both components, thus not upsetting the balance between offense and defense, was the key factor in the adoption of the new rule.”

Another change at high school football games next year will be the expanded use of communication devices. In specific situations, coaches, players and nonplayers will be allowed to use any form of communication technology.

This expansion of the rule allows the use of communication devices during authorized conferences outside the nine-yard marks, on the sidelines and during the halftime intermission. Use of communication devices by players except conferences outside the nine-yard mark continues to be prohibited.

In Rule 2-4-1, the committee clarified the rule approved last year regarding the definition of a catch, which stated that a receiver is required to establish possession of the ball and contact the ground inbounds while maintaining possession—regardless of the opponent’s action.

“The committee clarified the definition of a catch such that an airborne player who has forward progress stopped inbounds and is carried out of bounds by an opponent before contacting the ground is awarded a catch at the spot of forward progress,” Colgate said.

In Rule 9-3-8, the committee added another provision to the rule enacted last year regarding contact by the kicking team against members of the receiving team. The new provision stipulates that the kicking team may initiate contact once the receiving team has initiated a block within the neutral zone.

The committee also approved the addition of a 15-yard penalty to the existing option of accepting an awarded fair catch for kick-catch interference.

Finally, in Rule 8-3-3, the committee clarified that the touchdown scoring team is the only team that can score on a try, and in Rule 1-5-3 the committee modified the rule regarding the wearing of towels.

Football is the No. 1 participatory sport for boys at the high school level with 1,121,744 participants in the 2011-12 school year, according to the High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS through its member state associations. In addition, the survey indicated there were 1,805 girls who played football in 2011-12.

KHS fall sports announce awards

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Kaneland—The Kaneland High School fall sports programs recently concluded their respective awards nights.

Cross Country—Boys
• Most Valuable Runner: Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson
• Most Improved Runner: Nathaniel Kucera
• Larry Eddington Award for Courage, Leadership and Strength—Nick Messina
• Captains—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Brad Kigyos
• Golden Knight Award—Freshman: Kyle Osborne; Sophomore: Andrew Lesak; Junior: Ryan Bower; Senior: Gus Stott
• State Qualifiers—Kyle Carter, Conor Johnson, Nathaniel Kucera, John Meisinger, Ryan Bower, Brandon Huber, Ryan Paulson, Luis Acosta
• All Conference—Kyle Carter

Cross Country—Girls
• Captains—Abby Dodis, Maggie Brundige, Ashley Castellanos
• Most Improved Runner—Jessica Kucera, Sydney Strang
• Most Valuable Runner—Victoria Clinton
• All Conference—Victoria Clinton, Brianna Bower, Abby Dodis, Sydney Strang, Amanda Lesak
• State Qualifiers—Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig, Sydney Strang, Abby Dodis, Ashley Castellanos, Maggie Brundige, Amanda Lesak, Brianna Bower
• All State, State Champion—Victoria Clinton

Football
• Captains—Blake Bradford, Ryan Lawrence, Dan Goress, Kory Harner, Nick Sharp
• Most Improved Player—Bradley Johnson
• Most Valuable Player—Blake Bradford
• Offensive MVP—Zach Martinelli
• Defensive MVP—Gary Koehring
• Special Teams MVP—Matt Rodriguez
• NIB XII All Conference—Zach Theis, Nick Sharpe, Alex Snyder, Zach Martinelli, Jesse Balluff, Drew David, Justin Diddell, Jaumaureo Phillips, Blake Bradford, Kory Harner, Gary Koehring, Ryan Lawrence, Matt Rodriguez

Golf
• Varsity Most Improved Player—Jessy Denton
• Varsity MVP—Matt Yonkovich
• Fresh/Soph MVP—Jeremy Faletto
• Fresh/Soph Most Improved Player—Tori Guyton, C.J. Wehrmann
• All Conference—Matt Yonkovich, Connor Williams, Brody Kuhar, Luke Kreiter
• State Qualifiers—Connor Williams, Luke Kreiter, Matt Yonkovick, Brody Kuhar, Dan Miller, Sean Glennon

Soccer
• Captains—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Marshall Farthing, Sam Rymarz, Alec Koczka, Ivan Bohorquez
• Most Improved Player—Jason Biddle, Marshall Farthing
• Most Valuable Player—Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo
• Rookie of the Year—Ivan Bohorquez
• Coach’s Award—Tyler Siebert, Alec Koczka, Chris Van Dinther, J.T. Karr
• Offensive Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• Defensive Player of the Year—Sam Rymarz
• Player of the Year—Anthony Parillo
• All Conference—Marshall Farthing, Alex Gil, Anthony Parillo, Alec Koczka, Sam Rymarz
• All Conference-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional-Honorable Mention—Arsim Azemi
• All Sectional—Alex Gil, Marshall Farthing
• All State—Anthony Parillo

Tennis
• Team Spirit Awards—Varsity: Jess Woodward; JV: Katelyn Blaszynski
• Most Improved Awards—Varsity: Colleen Landers; JV: Mallory Dugan
• MVP—Sarah Grams, Stephanie Zwick
• Outstanding Achievement Awards—School Record: 38 wins—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil; 1st Singles player to qualify for the State Tournament—Samantha Schrepferman
• State Qualifiers—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman
• All Conference—Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Samantha Schrepferman, Sarah Grams

Volleyball
• Most Improved Player—Emily Laudont, Keri Groen
• Spirit Award—Rachael Clinton
• MVP—Jenny Lubic
• Top Offensive Player—Ellie Dunn
• Top Defensive Player—Shayna Tucek
• All Conference—Ellie Dunn, Lauren Banbury

Soccer’s sectional dream stopped

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Photo: Tyler Siebert put the Knights ahead 1-0 in the first half during the Class 2A Sterling sectional championship against East Moline United on Friday. Kaneland hung on for two overtimes but lost 3-2. File Photo

Knight’s furthest road ever blocked by East Moline U. after 2 OT
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Kaneland High School soccer was in definite unchartered territory this postseason.

The further out you go in unchartered territory, however, the more threats can cut you down.

Such was the case on Friday evening at the Class 2A Sterling Sectional, where the Knight attack was defeated in two overtimes by East Moline United, 3-2.

The Knights’ journey ended with a record of 16-4-2, thanks to the setback at the hands of the Panthers.

Kaneland had reached its first ever Sectional title match with a 1-0 win over Freeport on Oct. 24.

The Panthers met Arlington Heights, Ill., outfit St. Viator in the Hampshire Super-Sectional meeting on Tuesday.

Kaneland made it to the DeKalb Regional championship in 2011 before being eliminated by Marmion Academy, and was defeated in overtime by semifinal opponent Sterling in the Belvidere Sectional in 2010.

A Panther goal 93 seconds into the first overtime provided the final margin, and Kaneland was unable to match the output in the following 10-minute overtime.

The regulation scoring all occurred in the first half, as Tyler Siebert put one on the board five minutes, 24 seconds into action.

After EMU scored two goals, Alec Koczka scored with 5:01 remaining.

The Knights’ win over the Pretzel lineup was highlighted by a second-half goal from Alex Gil with 20:20 remaining in the contest.

“We had a very good run, and it was a shame it ended, but the boys worked hard all year,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “It is amazing we were able to accomplish all we did when we didn’t have a Saturday practice because of players having to work. That is the way it is; the economy has had an effect on us. I am so very proud of what we accomplished.”

With the loss, Kaneland says goodbye to a handful of seniors instrumental in the success garnered in 2012: Ryan Straughn, Cullen MacKenzie, Sam Kilgore, Marshall Farthing, Kushstrim Ismaili, Gil, Jason Biddle, Sam Rymarz, Ben Longson, Alonzo Dominguez, Diego Ochoa and Koczka.

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Photo: Kushstrim Ismaili tries to get control of the ball in the rain during Kaneland’s 5-1 playoff win against IMSA at Burlington on Oct. 17. Photo by John DiDonna

Soccer crew wins 2nd regional plaque in 3 seasons
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Saturday’s Class 2A Burlington Central Regional title match between No. 1 Kaneland and No. 2 Burlington Central was a tight affair between two teams playing with a well-disciplined edge.

While that can fill any accomplished team with some degree of pride, what really seals the deal is the hardware the Knights secured after a 2-1 win.

An initial two-goal lead held until the end, despite constant pressure from the host Rockets, and Kaneland came away with its second regional title in three seasons. The Knights last won a regional in 2010, but were defeated by Sterling at Belvidere High School in the sectional semifinal in a postseason that featured nine overtime frames.

Kaneland got to the regional promised land due to a 5-1 win over Illinois Math and Science Academy on Oct. 17.

Kaneland now takes on Freeport, which beat Belvidere on Saturday as part of the Belvidere Regional on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Knights (15-3-2) took it to the Rocket rivals (17-4-2) early with a booming rocket of a kick by Alex Gil with 19:20 remaining in the first half.

“We practice switching the field and going back and forth,” Gil said. “We go left and right, and I was able to get it in.”

The Rockets were barely able to catch their breath before Alec Koczka’s header in the same area where Gil’s goal ended up made it 2-0 with 18:05 to go.

Burlington Central kept pressing and ended up halving the deficit with a goal from Alan Camarena with 10 minutes left on the first-half clock.

The second half had the majority of the action around Kaneland’s goal and a final flurry was set away, volleyball style, by goalkeeper Marshall Farthing with :16 left.

“That was just a quick reaction I had,” Farthing said. “I didn’t know what else to do. It just came right in and I stuck my hands out.”

The Knights’ win over the Titans featured a 5-0 lead at halftime, thanks to goals from Tyler Siebert, Kushstrim Ismaili, a free kick by Sam Rymarz and two goals from Anthony Parillo.

The Knight-Pretzel encounter was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Sterling, with the winner facing either East Moline’s United Twp. or Rochelle in the final on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Results of Wednesday’s contest were unavailable at press time.

Knights emerge victor in rivalry contest

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Photo: Kaneland goal keeper Marshall Farthing puts the ball in play during the first half of the varsity boy’s 1-0 win at Sycamore on Oct. 11. It was the team’s regular season finale. The Knights (13-3-2, 7-2-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) finished second to DeKalb in the conference. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Nothing like a tight and close match to show what you’re made of.

It looks as if Kaneland High School soccer is made of pretty strong material.

The lone match this week occurred in Sycamore, with the Knights facing off against their conference rivals, the Spartans, on Thursday.

With one goal in the second half, the Knights were lifted to a 1-0 win over the host Sycamore squad, raising their record to an exemplary 13-3-2 mark at the end of the regular season.

The Knights also boast a 7-2-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play, good for second.

All that was needed was a goal from Arsim Azemi on an assist from Kushstrim Ismaili with 17:24 remaining in the contest to secure a shutout win.

Meanwhile, the Kaneland sophomores came away with a 5-0 win over the Spartans, and the freshmen won 4-0.

Up ahead for the No. 1 Knights is the first test of the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional, a meeting with No. 4 IMSA on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.

“We have had a good season,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “I hope the team can go a little farther. We will see what happens. We always thought we would have a nice record because of the talent we had, but there are so many things that can change that, injuries, grades, etc. You never really know. We have been fortunate that we have been able to do as well as we have this year.”

The winner of the KHS-Titans match faces either No. 2 BC or No. 3 Hampshire on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m.

A year ago, Kaneland used an Alex Gil goal to beat DeKalb in the regional semis before losing to Marmion Academy in the final.

Redemption

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Photo: Team Captain Anthony Parillo (5) fights for the ball against Yorkville on Tuesday. Kaneland came away with a 2-1 victory. Photo by John DiDonna

Knights win rematch over Yorkville; add wins over Plainfield East, Rochelle
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Just shoot the ball, because who knows what it’ll bring.

That, in essence, is what KHS coach Scott Parillo was preaching to his troops during halftime and in the second half of a match on Tuesday against visiting Yorkville.

Parillo’s son and scoring option Anthony took it to heart after a booming kick ricocheted off players into the net with 12:54 to go.

The score was the difference in the 2-1 Northern Illinois Big XII win.

Kaneland is now 12-3-2 (6-2-1 NIB-12) after the win over Yorkville, plus wins over visiting Plainfield East, 3-2, and at Rochelle, 4-2.

Down 1-0 at the half to a feisty, much-improved Yorkville team, the Knights came back on a goal from Kushstrim Ismaili with 34:44 remaining. The score remained deadlocked until Parillo’s goal 22 minutes later.

“I actually was surprised it went in,” Parillo said. “The deflection didn’t look like it was going to go in; it was a little slow. Luckily, it made it around him.”

The elder Parillo saw positive and stark contrasts from the losing effort against Yorkville from two weeks ago.

“I don’t know what it is about football fields, but they’re not very kind to us,” Parillo said. “Yorkville is an excellent team. We feel very fortunate to have won this game. I thought we played much better here than at Yorkville.”

Against the Bengals of Plainfield East, goals were scored by Arsim Azemi and Alec Koczka in the first half, with a goal from Parillo with 6:33 remaining to put the action on ice.

In the NIB-12 tussle against the Hubs, Koczka’s goal 22 minutes in helped secure a 1-1 tie, before a goal deluge from Sam Rymarz on a penalty kick, Ben Longson and Parillo on a penalty kick tilted the scales.

Ahead for the Knight soccer outfit is a Thursday, Oct. 11, showdown with potential Burlington Central Regional opponent Sycamore along Spartan Trail.

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