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IHSA releases classifications for 2015-16 school year

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released the classifications breakdown for the 2015-16, and Kaneland will not see any changes to their sports landscape from the 2014-15 season.

• Baseball: 3A (four classes)
• Basketball (boys and girls): 3A (four classes)
• Cross Country
(boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Cheerleading: Middle
(three classes—small, medium, large)
• Dance: 2A (three classes)
• Football: Determined at the
end of the regular season
• Golf (boys): 2A (three classes)
• Golf (girls) AA (two classes)
• Softball: 3A (four classes)
• Scholastic Bowl: AA (two classes)
• Soccer (boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Track and Field (boys and girls):
2A (three classes)
• Volleyball: 3A (four classes)
• Wrestling: 2A (three classes)

Enrollment for the high school is up 19 students—1,310 to 1,329 —from the 2014-15 school year to the upcoming year. Since classification cut offs vary from sport to sport depending on the number of schools that participate in each sport throughout the state, the Knights had some close calls this upcoming season. Kaneland was 49 students away from moving up to 4A in basketball, 17 students away from moving to 4A in volleyball, and 11 away from moving up to 3A in track and field.

Rich Harvest Farms hosts the Palmer Cup

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Arnold Palmer on hand for opening ceremonies
SUGAR GROVE—Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove last week hosted the world’s 20 best collegiate players to play in the Palmer Cup, the 18th annual Ryder Cup-style amateur tournament named in honor of the legendary Arnold Palmer. Adding to the excitement of the event, Palmer attended the opening ceremonies evening of June 11.

Palmer, a former collegiate player himself, has been called America’s greatest ambassador for the game of golf.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be on the same stage with ‘the King,’” Palmer Cup U.S. Coach Bruce Heppler said of Palmer. “Thank you for your character and the way you support the game.”

Heppler, who just completed his 20th season coaching the Yellow Jackets at Georgia Tech, was serving as head coach of the USA team for the second time. He introduced his players individually, saying that there are future Ryder Cup players among this group of the best players from the best collegiate teams in the country.

The Palmer Cup, started by the Golf Coaches Association of America in 1997, includes in its mission the preparation of the players for careers in professional golf.

The tournament, which ran from Friday through Sunday, June 12-14, also included a Junior Clinic for participants of the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, headquartered at Rich Harvest Farms. More than 130 young people participated in Wednesday’s Junior Clinic, which the 20 players and their coaches conducted.

“It was a tremendous experience for the participants to learn from the PGA Tour stars of tomorrow” Rich Harvest Farms’ Tournament Director Vicky McGowan said in a release.
The Kids Golf Foundation is a statewide junior golf association that offers and supports several golf programs and events designed to introduce children between the ages of 5 and 17 to the sport of golf, its fundamentals, rules, history, etiquette and life lessons.

The 20 players also competed in a college-am on June 11, which is similar to a pro-am on the PGA Tour. They were required to sign numerous autographs throughout the week, something that made Palmer one of the most popular athletes in the country.

“One of Arnold Palmer’s big things is to make sure people can read your autograph,” Heppler said. “That way, you can look at it later and know who signed it. It’s about taking care of people.”

Palmer concluded his remarks during the tournament’s opening ceremony with these words.

“If you ever find 20 young men that look any better, act any better than these young men, watch them play, and you will see something that will put a feather in everyone’s cap,” Palmer said. “Let’s have a great tournament.”

Team USA wins the 2015 Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms
SUGAR GROVE—Despite Europe winning five matches on Sunday, the United States reclaimed the Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms by defeating Europe 18-12. The United States leads the all-time Palmer Cup series, 10-8-1.

Going into Sunday, the Americans needed just 2 points to win the Palmer Cup. Europe’s Clement Sordet earned and kept a lead early. After a birdie on 11 and par on 13, Sordet went 3-up and would go on to take the match 2 and 1, keeping Europe’s hopes alive for a short time.

USA’s Hunter Stewart went 1-up on the first hole, and Europe’s Thomas Detry battled back to go 1-up through five. After a birdie on 8, Stewart continued to win holes and went on to take it 4 and 3.

Europe’s Pep Angles led early in his match with USA’s Beau Hossler. However after a few lost balls, Angles found himself in trouble on 11 and 16, which allowed Hossler to finish 2 and 1 on 17 to clinch the Palmer Cup for USA. Ollie Schniederjans claimed his match against Europe’s Max Rottluff around the same time.

During the Closing Ceremonies, Maverick McNealy received an exemption into the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. The honor was voted on by his teammates before play began. McNealy’s Palmer Cup caddie Zach Urwiler, a freshman at Mooseheart Academy and second-year caddie at Rich Harvest Farms, will accompany McNealy as his caddie at the 2016 event at Bay Hill. This is the first time the Palmer Cup has awarded this honor to a player.

Stewart and Robby Shelton of Team USA became the 15th and 16th players to post a 4-0 record at a Palmer Cup and the first since Andrew Yun of the United States in 2012. It was the first time that multiple players went undefeated and untied since Europe accomplished the same feat in 2006.

Matthias Schwab of Austria and Stewart of Lexington, Ken., were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.

Photos by Laura Gampfer

PGA’s next big thing

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SUGAR GROVE, IL - SEPTEMBER 18: The General clubhouse on the Rich Harvest Golf Links Course, on September 18, 2005 in Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SUGAR GROVE, IL - SEPTEMBER 18: The General clubhouse on the Rich Harvest Golf Links Course, on September 18, 2005 in Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SUGAR GROVE, IL – SEPTEMBER 18: The General clubhouse on the Rich Harvest Golf Links Course, on September 18, 2005 in Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rich Harvest Farms to host 2 major events this summer
SUGAR GROVE—The future competitors on the PGA Tour are likely to be spotted competing at two major amateur tournaments at Rich Harvest Farms this summer: the Palmer Cup June 12-14 and the Western Amateur Aug. 3-8.

“A lot of these players are the next big players on the PGA tour, and we can safely say that some of these players might be playing in the U.S. Open (in June),” Goodbred said.

The Palmer Cup, the collegiate version of the Ryder Cup, pits the top 10 American collegiate golfers against their European counterparts, while the Western Amateur draws the top 156 amateur golfers from around the world to compete in one of the oldest and most grueling amateur golf tournaments.

University of Texas golf team during the first day of play in The Hayt Collegiate Invitational 2015 at Sawgrass in EverBank Field Friday, February 27, 2015 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. (Gary Lloyd McCullough)
University of Texas golf team during the first day of play in The Hayt Collegiate Invitational 2015 at Sawgrass in EverBank Field Friday, February 27, 2015 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. (Gary Lloyd McCullough)

Both of the events are free and open to the general public, and Goodbred hopes that a large number of spectators—both golf enthusiasts and local families—will come out to see the events.

Though the collegiate players are not yet household names, many of them will be soon, Goodbred said.

On each team, six of the Palmer Cup players are selected by NCAA rankings, with an additional three players selected by the committee and one coach’s pick.

Among the biggest American names at the Palmer Cup will be Beau Hossler of the University of Texas, the 2014 Western Amateur defending champion, and Ollie Schniederjans, a Georgia Tech senior and winner of the 2014 Valspar Invitational. Prominent European players include Jon Rahm, an Arizona State junior and Spaniard who is currently the top-ranked amateur in the world, and Thomas Detry of the University of Illinois, a Belgian who helped Team Europe win the 2014 Palmer Cup.

The tournament, which started in 1997, is named after golf legend Arnold Palmer. The United States currently leads the Palmer Cup series 9-8-1.

“A lot of these players will be turning pro in a year or two,” said Vicky McGowan, Rich Harvest Farm’s tournament director. “The event bears Arnold Palmer’s name, and we’re hoping that he will be here.”

Though the Palmer Cup itself goes to the winning team, the tournament will also have an individual winner, selected by the athletes on the winning team as the player whose character is most like Palmer’s.
Thomas Detry
“The players decide even before play actually starts which of their teammates has the most attributes of Arnold Palmer, based on character and humility,” McGowan said.

The preselected player from the winning team is invited to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida, a PGA Tour event and a coveted prize for an amateur golfer, McGowan said.

Though the roster for the Western Amateur won’t be finalized until July, Goodbred anticipates many of the Palmer Cup players will return to compete there. The Western Amateur, which was founded in 1899, is one of the leading amateur tournaments and draws top players from around the world.

Previous winners of the Western Amateur include some of the biggest names in professional golf, including Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw.

What makes the Western Amateur so grueling, Goodbred said, is the format.

“It’s a really grueling format, so you know when this person wins that they not only have the talent, but they have the stamina,” Goodbred said. “A lot of the future PGA stars will be playing this event.”

The five-day tournament is essentially a golf marathon, with 156 players competing on stroke play for the first two days, before being cut down to 44 players. Those 44 golfers play another 36 holes of stroke play before being cut to the top 16, and the final 16 golfers play a final 36 holes of match play to determine the winner of the George R. Thorne trophy.
Just making it into the tournament’s Sweet 16 is prestigious, Goodbred said. She noted that 30 of the last 36 PGA Tour Player of the Year awards have been won by players who had previously placed in the Western Amateur’s Sweet 16.

It’s the first time either event has been hosted at Rich Harvest Farms, a privately owned golf course in Sugar Grove that’s been named one of America’s top 100 golf courses. However, the facility has hosted other big-name golf events, including the 2009 Solheim Cup.

Goodbred said that the facility was approached by Palmer himself, along with the tournament chairman, to host the Palmer Cup a few years ago.

“It wasn’t just about the fact that we’re one of the top 100 golf courses or that we’re ranked in Golf Digest,” Goodbred said. “It was about what Rich Harvest Farms does for children and for amateur golf. The event as a whole is about teaching these amateurs, these students who are about to turn pro, how to turn pro. It is mentoring them in how to act, and Mr. Rich loved that idea and would do anything for amateur golf.”

Rich Harvest Farms is not usually open to the public, so the events are also an opportunity for local residents to stroll the grounds of one of Sugar Grove’s most exclusive spots.

McGowan said that while Rich Harvest Farms expected a number of golf enthusiasts to come out for the tournaments, she also hoped local families would turn out.

“We hope we can encourage a lot of families to come and introduce their children to golf and let them see it firsthand,” McGowan said. “Anyone who has an interest in our course can walk the course. At a professional tournament, there are marshals who rope off the fairways, so you can’t see the professionals up close. But with this kind of event, you can walk the fairways and see the players up close. You can follow them around the course.”

Both events are free and open to the public, and Rich Harvest Farms will provide free parking at 2330 Granart Road in Sugar Grove. There will be signage and traffic control to help direct spectators, Goodbred said, with about 175 volunteers working the events.

Concessions will be sold on the grounds for spectators.

Schedule of events
Interested in attending the Palmer Cup or the Western Amateur? All events are free and open to the public. Rich Harvest Farms invites spectators to walk the fairways with the players throughout both competitions.

2015 Palmer Cup

Thursday, June 11
Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m.
Friday, June 12
Foursome matches begin at 7:30 a.m.
Four-ball matches begin at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 13
Singles matches begin at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, June 14
Singles matches begin at 8:30 a.m. The
Palmer Cup will be awarded in the
afternoon, after play is complete.
All tee times for the Palmer Cup
are off the No. 1 tee.

2015 Western Amateur

Monday, Aug. 3
Players begin practice at 7 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 4
18 holes of stroke play. Tee times begin
at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. off both the No. 1
and No. 10 tees.
Wednesday, Aug. 5
18 holes of stroke play. Tee times begin
at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. off both the No. 1
and No. 10 tees.
Thursday, Aug. 6
36 holes of stroke play by the top 44
players. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. and
noon off both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.
Sweet 16 selected in the late afternoon.
Friday, Aug. 7
Sweet 16 match play begins. 36 holes.
First round begins at 8 a.m. off the
No. 1 tee; second round at 1 p.m.
off the No. 1 tee.
Saturday, Aug. 8
Sweet 16 match play. 36 holes.
Semifinal round begins at 8 a.m. off the
No. 1 tee. Championship round
begins at 1 p.m. Trophy is awarded at
late afternoon closing ceremonies, after
play is complete.

Free parking available at
2330 Granart Road, Sugar Grove.

Rich Harvest Farms asks that
spectators wear golf attire.

05/18/2015 5:51:13 PM: We originally listed in this article the U.S. Open would take place in August. It takes place in June. The above story has been corrected. The Herald apologizes for the error.

Neahring to be inducted into coaches Hall of Fame

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has announced that it will be inducting long-time Kaneland coach Ken Neahring into its Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held at the Bone Center at Illinois State University on Saturday, May 2.

A former physical education and driver’s education teacher, he is being inducted as a “career coach”—a category that requires at least 30-years of coaching excellence.

Neahring began coaching boys’ basketball at Franklin Center High School, where his .825 winning percentage from 1977-86 produced multiple conference championships and the first regional and sectional championships in Franklin Center history—a period the school’s website calls its “basketball glory years.”

In 1986, Neahring accepted the head basketball coaching position at Kaneland High School where, in 1987, the Knights won the regional championship. He was replaced as head coach the following year, however.

While continuing to be an assistant football coach and girls’ softball coach at Kaneland, Neahring served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Waubonsee Community College. In 1998, he was again assigned head boys’ basketball coaching duties for the Knights, a position he held until his retirement from teaching in 2003. In total, he served as an assistant girls’ softball coach for 12 years at Kaneland and continues to be an assistant golf coach—a career that has now spanned 13 years. In all the sports in which he has been a head coach, he has posted a career winning percentage of .635.

Bruce Firchau, chairman of the IBCA Hall of Fame Committee, said Neahring was nominated for the Hall of Fame by his former assistant coaches. That nomination and Neahring’s coaching resume was reviewed last November by the IBCA Board of Directors, which approved him for induction this year.

The 43rd annual IBCA Hall of Fame festivities on Saturday, May 2, will begin with an afternoon reception at the host hotel, and conclude with a dinner at the Bone Center that is referred to as “The Academy Awards of Illinois Basketball.” The 1,200-seat dinner has been sold-out since March and is the largest banquet held on the Illinois State University campus.

“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame,” Neahring said. “To be included in a fraternity of so many great coaches; it was unexpected. It is much appreciated, and it is the highlight of a wonderful career of coaching several generations of great young men and women. That has truly been a privilege. I loved every minute of it, and I continue to love being involved with Kaneland athletics as an assistant golf coach.”

Van de Velde, Heppler to Coach 2015 Palmer Cup Teams at Rich Harvest Farms

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SUGAR GROVE—Former Ryder Cup player Jean Van de Velde and Bruce Heppler will serve as coaches of the European and United States 2015 Palmer Cup teams, respectively, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition, put on by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), will be played June 12-14. The 20 players will be announced by the GCAA mid-April. Both general admission and parking at the event will be free of charge.

“We would love to see a large amount of spectators on our course in June,” said Rich Harvest Farm’s Tournament Director Vicky McGowan. “With the tournament being just six months away, both the GCAA and Rich Harvest Farms are hard at work to make the tournament a huge success. This announcement only adds to the excitement on our property.”

Consistently ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Rich Harvest Farms is an ultra-private, members-only club located in Sugar Grove. Owned and built by Jerry Rich, the course consists of 18 holes and is a 1,820-acre showcase of nature and agriculture.

The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) was established in 1958 and is located in Norman, OK. The GCAA is a non-profit organization and is the professional association of men’s collegiate golf coaches. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men’s golf. There are over 750 members in the GCAA representing all three NCAA divisions as well as NAIA and NJCAA.

The GCAA annually administers the Palmer Cup. In addition, the GCAA administers the team that represents the United States in the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup. Through its CEO and national office staff, the GCAA is also responsible for coordinating several recognition and educational events each year. The GCAA functions as the primary award granting organization for men’s collegiate golf and has honored thousands of student-athletes and coaches since its inception.

Jean Van de Velde, European Coach
Van de Velde won the French amateur championship in 1986 and represented France in the World Team Amateur and the Continent against GB&I in the St. Andrews Trophy later that year. He launched his professional career in 1987. Van de Velde claimed his first European Tour event at the Roma Masters in 1993. In 1999, Van de Velde finished runner-up at The Open Championship and became the first French player to qualify for the Ryder Cup.

In addition to his appearances in the Ryder Cup, World Team Amateur and St. Andrews Trophy, Van de Velde represented France in 12 World Cups. He helped lead the Continent to victory over GB&I at the 2000 Seve Cup and Van de Velde captained at the 2011 event.

Van de Velde will also serve as Team Europe’s head coach for the 2016 Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club on England’s Golf Coast.

“I feel very honored to have been appointed coach of the European Team of the Palmer Cup,” said Van de Velde. “It is a privilege, as well as a responsibility, to try guiding some of tomorrow’s future stars of the game. I hope that everyone involved with Team Europe will continue the successes our predecessors established. It is a big task, but we will try our utmost best, in doing so prolonging the values of our wonderful sport.”

Bruce Heppler, American Coach
This will be the second stint as head coach of the United States Palmer Cup team for Heppler. The Georgia Tech head coach was the first American Palmer Cup coach to face a team composed of European Players when the event was held at Cassique in 2003.

Heppler has guided the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Championship every year since 1998, and helped author 11 top-8 finishes in the Finals, including three runner-up showings. Tech is currently on a run unprecedented in school history—seven Atlantic Coast Conference titles in the last nine years and four trips to match play at the NCAA Championship in the last five.

During his tenure, Tech has won or shared 10 Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Only two ACC coaches have led their teams to more ACC titles than has Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have captured or shared 44 team titles overall. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2014 for the eighth time, more than any coach in ACC history except one, and was a finalist for the GCAA’s Dave Williams national coach of the year award.

Since 2000, the Yellow Jackets have finished in the top 10 of the final Golfstat rankings 11 times, and in the final Golfweek/Sagarin top 10 twelve times. Tech has not finished lower than 14th in either ranking in any year.

Heppler has recruited and developed his share of star players as well. The Yellow Jackets have had at least a pair of All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorees in 16 of the last 17 years, and landed four members of the team on the squad twice (2005, 2011). Tech has had at least two players earn All-America honors 14 of the last 16 years, and Ollie Schniederjans became the Jackets’ 20th first-team selection in 2014. Three of his players, Matt Kuchar, Bryce Molder and Troy Matteson, have been named national players of the year.

Heppler was a 2013 inductee to the GCAA Hall of Fame and serves as the Association’s treasurer.

“I am certainly honored to be selected as part of this year’s Palmer Cup,” Heppler said. “Any time you get a chance to represent your country and peers in any form it becomes a special opportunity. I know Rich Harvest Farms is committed to having a great event for these great players. I’m looking forward to a great week for these special players.”

The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 9-8-1.

KHS announces All Conference honorees for fall season

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Ninety athletes also earn academic honors

KANELAND—Thirty-four Kaneland High School athletes earned All Conference honors—either first team or honorable mention—for the 2014 fall sports season. In addition, 90 Knights were honored for their academic achievement during their time as student-athletes.

In addition to the honors from the Northern Illinois Big XII conference, these Kaneland
athletes also earned All State honors: Madison Jurcenko (tennis), Angelica Emmanouil (tennis), Samantha Schrepferman (tennis) and Connor Fedderly (football).

2014 Fall Northern Illinois Big XII All Conference

Connor Fedderly, Dan Hammermeister, Isaac Swithers, Andrew Kray and Drew Franklin.
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Baerenklau.

Ellie Dunn and Riley Hannula.
Honorable Mention: Anna Senese, Kathy Nguyen and Hollie Fedderly.

Boys Soccer
Ivan Bohorquez, Angel Escontrias and Jack Wolf.
Honorable Mention: Felipe Speraggi, Andres Tovar and Matthew Gombar.

Boys Cross Country
Brandon Park and Austin Kintz.

Girls Cross Country
Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig, Brianna Bower and Andrea Wells.

Samantha Schrepferman, Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz.

Jesse Denton and Jake Hed.

2014 Fall Northern Illinois Big XII All Conference Academic Honors

Mitchel Groen, Tanner Robertson, Jacob Gomes, Austin Wheatley, Connor Fedderly, Daniel Hammermeister, Kevin Fuchs and Tyler Kurzrock.
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Soucie, Austin Vickery, Jacob Marczuk, Tyler Paulson, Thomas Price, Luke Olson, Zachary Douglas, Grant Burris, Jorge Espinosa, Brandon Kigyos, Tarkan Cetinal, Steven VanHorn, Alec Aurelio, Nick Wilson and Giovanni Regalado.

Samantha Burgin, Hollie Fedderly, Riley Hannula, Anna Senese, Brittany Grider, Kathy Nguyen, McKenzie McMullan and AnnMarie Franz.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Hedgren, Rachel Kintz and Ellie Dunn.

Boys Soccer
Jason Carlquist, Sam Wolf, Andrew Mathys, Mark Dhom, Timothy Wachter and John Reed.
Honorable Mention: Ivan Bohorquez, Jack Wolf, Michael Meisenger and Jonathan Turyna.

Boys Cross Country
Austin Kintz, Kyle Osbourne, Alexander Gale, Mitchell Reger, Andrew Lesak and Benjiman Smith.
Honorable Mention: Grant Gingrich, Aaron French, Brandon Cruz, Sean Spaetzel, Ian Piazza, Zach Kurz and Joshua Kasap.

Girls Cross Country
Aislinn Lodwig, Murphy Garcia, Victoria Clinton, Samantha Sommerville, Bridget Ransford, Haley Penkala, Brianna Bower, Carly Bartholomew and Lilah Klingensmith.
Honorable Mention: Olivia Galor and Jessica Kucera.

Anna Wendling, Samantha Schrepferman, Colleen Landers, Stephanie Karolewicz, Madison Jurcenko, Emily Grams, Mallory Dugan, Emily Mirocha, Marissa Michi, Allyson McPhee, Katelyn Blaszynski and Britttany Zablocki.
Honorable Mention: Angelica Emmanouil and Heather Albrecht.

Victoria Guyton, Jeremy Faletto, Jacob Sheehan and Zachary Strayve.
Honorable Mention: Julia VanGemert, Jakob Sanders, Jesse Denton and Kevin Healy.

New heights for Guyton

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Kaneland golf program’s lone State rep finishes 76th
DECATUR, ILL.—The State golf gathering is getting to be old hat for the Guyton clan.

However, there is a first time for everything, as Friday and Saturday marked the first go-around for Lady Knight senior Tori Guyton.

Guyton, who had qualified for the Decatur, Ill.-based gathering at Red Tail based on her Oct. 11 Wheaton Academy Sectional performance, made it through Friday and Saturday with a 76th-place finish (179) in Class 2A.

Guyton’s weekend saw improvement, smashing a 91 on Friday and an 88 on Saturday for the total output.

The senior battled to a tie with Sandburg senior Patty Meza. Guyton was barely ahead of Glenbard West’s Samantha Moody and Waubonsie Valley’s Kayla McHale at 180.

“It was certainly a talented field of girls this season, and considering the windy conditions, the girls put up some impressive scores,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

The top three scores at State belonged to Neuqua Valley’s Jessica Yuen at 142, Waubonsie Valley’s Bing Singhsumalee (144) and Lincoln-Way West’s Alexis Biedrzycki (148).

Friday had Guyton shoot a 44 on the front nine and 47 on the back nine for a 91 and 85th place, while the Saturday action had a 47 on the front and 41 on the back.

“We were very proud of Tori’s success this season,” Meyer said. “She made it to sectionals in her freshman, sophomore and junior years, but came up just a bit short of qualifying for the State tournament in those years. She showed great determination to improve every season, and as a result, she finished her high school career with a trip to State.”

Guyton was the first State girls golf qualifier for Kaneland since sister Hayley in 2010, by virtue of an 81 at the Conant Sectional back on Oct. 13.

Golfers get taste of postseason

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Senior Tori Guyton was the lone Kaneland golfer to qualify for the state golf tournament. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Guyton continues family qualifying tradition
KANELAND—While the boys golf individual State quest had to wait 24 hours in Grayslake, Ill., due to rainfall, the girls side was able to get down to business on Oct. 8 and Monday.

Senior Tori Guyton, who qualified for the Monday Conant Sectional by virtue of her performance at the Burlington Central Regional, punched her ticket to this weekend’s State meet with an 81 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

With the boys, there would be no state qualifying after a modified Grayslake Central Sectional that had to be spread out over two days in Grayslake, Ill.

Guyton, the first State qualifier for Kaneland girls golf since sister Hayley in 2010, was the eighth-best individual qualifier, just ahead of Conant’s Carly Bryeans’ 82. Oak Park-River Forest’s Amanda Youman was a 75 to top the individual qualifer list, while St. Charles North’s Kate Lillie shot a 69 for medalist honors.

“We are very excited for her to advance in her senior year,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “She has put a lot of hard work into her game these last four years, and she deserves to cap off her final season with a trip to state. We couldn’t be more proud of Tori.”

Maine South’s team score of 328 led the way at Conant.

Guyton had also qualified with classmate Julia VanGemert for sectional duty back at BC, with an 89 and 94, respectively.

For the boys, Brett Glennon shot an 81, while Jake Hed managed an 83. Jeff VanGemert launched an 88, while Jesse Denton’s 89 and Jeremy Faletto’s 92 ended the scoring column.

Glennon was involved in a eight-man playoff to determine the final individual qualifying spot, but lost out to Burlington Central’s Joe Sherman and Wheaton Academy’s Zack Spear.

Richmond-Burton’s Jordan Hahn’s 70 was good for medalist, while St. Francis (317), Richmond-Burton (324) and Vernon Hills (327) took the team qualifying spots.

The girls State tournament is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, Ill.

In full swing

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KHS one stroke away from team advancement, also take fourth at NIB-12

KANELAND—While it won’t quite be to the heights of the 2012 stellar team finish, the Knight golfers still can claim some postseason greens.

Kaneland’s 347 team score at the Mendota Regional was just one shot away from earning a team advancement to the Grayslake Central Sectional. Wheaton Academy’s 333 earned first place, followed by St. Francis’s 336 and Aurora Central Catholic’s 346. Kaneland outlasted Sandwich (366) and LaSalle-Peru (375).

The Knights were third at last year’s Aurora Central Catholic Regional.

Kaneland was able to corner the market on advancing individuals, as five of the 10 slots were Knights. While Wheaton Academy’s Grant Gosden was medalist with a 74 and Sandwich’s Blake Andrew took a 74, the trio of Jake Hed, Jeremy Faletto and Brett Glennon took on 85, 86 and 86, respectively, for the two-through-four slots. Jesse Denton also advanced with a 90, and Jeff VanGemert was able to maintain qualifier status with a 91.

“One of our team goals was to get to sectionals, so it was a little disappointing and bittersweet. But, you get over that when you see that five of our guys qualified,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Hed, Glennon and VanGemert provide a nice sophomore slant to the sectional proceedings, an encouraging program development.

“It’s really big for the sophomores here,” Meyer said. “They can feel what this is like and feel a bit of nerves, and see if they can get to sectionals or even State.”

Out at Senica’s Oak Ridge on Oct. 1, for the L-P hosted Northern Illinois Big XII meet, Kaneland’s 336 was good for fourth ahead of Ottawa (342). DeKalb was conference king with a 322 team score, while Geneseo was king of the West at 332, and Sycamore managed a 333.

Hed was tops for the Knights at an 82 for ninth place, while Denton, with 84, was 13th. Faletto’s 85 took 14th on the day.

Knights golf measuring shots

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KANELAND—With next week’s postseason gauntlet approaching, it was time for Kaneland golf to get some final regular season swings in against some eager competition.

On Sept. 24, the Knights traveled to Pine Hills Golf Club and vanquished crossover opponent Ottawa 159-171. On Sept. 25, KHS travelled to Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., and fell to Wheaton-Warrenville South 145-169.

On Saturday, Kaneland traveled to the Oak Club of Genoa for the usual late September Fran Noyes Invite, and took third in the Genoa-Kingston-hosted battle.

Kaneland sits at 9-4 in dual competition.

Using a modified Stableford scoring system where the highest points win in Genoa, Kaneland’s 110 was behind only Huntley’s 128 and Lake Forest Academy’s 121. Hampshire (107) and Richmond-Burton (104) rounded out the top five. Jesse Denton led the Knights with 29 points, while Brett Glennon had 28 and Jake Hed had 26.

Against the Tigers in Wheaton, Denton led the team with a 40, followed by Jeff VanGemert’s 42 and Glennon’s 43. Also competing for the Knights were Hed (44), Jeremy Faletto (45), Jacob Sheehan (47), Jakob Sanders (48) and Zach Strayve (55). In the Sept. 24 win against Ottawa, Denton again led the team, this time with a 35. Hed’s 40, Sanders’ 41 and VanGemert’s 43 paced the Knights.

Wednesday had Kaneland’s scheduled trek to Ottawa for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet, followed by Tuesday’s IHSA Class 2A Regional setting in Mendota at the Mendota Golf Club. The girls golf unit’s postseason journey was slated for Sycamore Golf Club on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Oct. 2 update: Kaneland’s boys golf team finished as conference runners-up Wednesday, with Jake Hed and Jesse Denton earning individual honors. NIBig12.org

Oct. 2 Sports Recap

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Sophomore Football
Sept. 26 @ DeKalb—The Knights defeated the Barbs 25-6. No individual stats were provided.

Boys JV Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Aurora Central Catholic—The boys freshman/sophomore team placed sixth at the Charger Classic in Aurora. Kaneland also had runners compete in the open race, but no team score was kept. Fr/So results: 8: A. Kantola, 16:55; 23: A. Messina, 17:32.4; 28: S. Webster, 17:48.4; 33: H. Nosek, 18:05.6; 58: C. Girolamo, 18:53.7; 69: D. Wojak, 19:14.7; 77: K. Wells, 19:31.7. Open results: 63: P. Heiser, 19:20.7; 97: G. Wilk, 20:11.6; 127: J. O’Sullivan, 21:20.1; 139: Josh Kasap, 22:21.6; 140: G. Gingrich, 22:21.6; 155: J. Wolfe, 23:14.3; 159: K. Osborne, 23:29.1; 180: I. Piazza, 26:42.9; 185: C. Rutter, 29:07.5.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Sept. 27 @ Sterling—With only four runners, the Lady Knights didn’t factor into the scoring at Saturday’s Rock River Run in Sterling, Ill. Results: 6: G. Dodis, 21:20.7; 26; K. Huber, 23:14.9; 61: M. Dries, 26:42.6; M. Burger, 28:38.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 24 vs. Burlington Central—The Rockets shut out the Knights 4-0. Michael Minogue had five saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 20 vs. Mendota—Kaneland won 3-2 over Mendota. Peter Castillo had two goals, and Brian Kemp had one. Assists came from Jon Turyna, Diego Ruiz and Brian Bartholomew.
Sept. 20 vs. Genoa-Kingston—The Knights won in overtime on penalty kicks. The score was tied 1-1. Jose Chavez scored on a Christian Medrano assist. KHS converted all five penalty kicks.
Sept. 23 vs. Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 1-0 on a Chavez goal (Ruiz assist).
Sept. 25 vs. Sterling—The Knights and Warriors tied at 2. Brandon Luebke (Ruiz assist) and Bartholomew (John McCaffrey assist) had the Kaneland goals.
Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa—The Knights defeated Ottawa 4-0. Ruiz (Medrano assist) and Bartholomew (McCaffrey assist) each had a goal, while Medrano (one unassisted and a Chavez assist) scored twice. The Knights are 6-1-2, 4-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 25 vs. Ottawa—The Lady Pirates defeated KHS 4-1. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz was the lone Kaneland winner, defeating their Ottawa oppenents 10-5.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—Kaneland defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-19. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—The KHS freshman A team defeated Yorkville 25-12, 25-19 to move to 4-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 25-23, 25-16 to fall to 0-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 25 vs. Aurora Christian—The Lady Knights defeated Aurora Christian 25-12, 25-12. No individual stats were provided.
Sept. 30 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville narrowly defeated the Lady Knights 25-16, 18-25, 25-23. Kaneland is now 2-2 in conference play.

WCC Womens Soccer
Sept. 24 @ Oakton CC—Waubonsee defeated Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., 2-1 in overtime. Andrea Garcia and Haley Kilbride had the WCC goals, while Kelli Cardine and Elizabeth Goll had the assists. Lisa Gaffino had four saves. WCC had 35 shots on goal, and is 7-2 on the season.

WCC Mens Soccer
Sept. 23 @ McHenry—Waubonsee tied McHenry 1-1. Akim Suraji had a goal from a Ramon Eurioles assist in the second half.
Sept. 28 @ Augustana—WCC earned a win over Augustana 3-2 in Rock Island, Ill. David Renoso (Juan Ponce assist) and David Sanchez both scored in the first half for WCC, while Suraji (Alex Del Toro assist) put in the game-winner in the second half. WCC’s men’s soccer is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 25 @ WWS—Wheaton-Warrenville South defeated the Knights 162-186. Dan Franck led KHS with a 45, and was followed closely by Joey Brandonisio’s 46. Jake Hummel (47), Jacob Milton (48), Michael Petrick (53) Brock Williams (53), Jake Romas (54) and Rhett Espe (55) also competed for the Knights.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 27, 2014

Yorkville Black 6
@ Kaneland White 33
Burlington White 12
@ Kaneland Black 6 (OT)
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland Silver 0
DeKalb Black 0
@ Kaneland Orange 20

Burlington Blue 12
@ Kaneland Black 6
DeKalb Black 14
@ Kaneland White 13

Burlington Blue 22
@ Kaneland Black 8
DeKalb Black 50
@ Kaneland White 32

Burlington Blue 6
@ Kaneland Black 35
Yorkville White 7
@ Kaneland White 42

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Sept. 25 Sports recap

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KHMS Seventh Grade Football
Aug. 27 vs. Batavia Rotolo—Kaneland won 32-8. Max Gagne had three touchdowns, while Joe Smith threw for two TDs and ran for another.
Aug. 30 @ DeKalb Huntley—Kaneland won on the road, defeating Huntley Middle School 14-8. Gagne had two receiving TDs.
Sept. 11 vs. Yorkville—The Knights moved to 3-0 with a 20-8 win over the visiting Foxes. Gagne had two TDs, and Brenden Parks had a defensive TD as well.
Sept. 18 @ St. Charles Haines—Kaneland throttled Haines 42-6. Gagne had three TDs, Colton Doll had a 70 yard TD reception, and Smith threw for three TDs and ran for another. The Knights defense has only given up three touchdowns so far in 2014. Kaneland hosts Geneva Middle School Sept. 25.

KHMS Eighth Grade Football
Aug. 27 @ Batavia Rotolo—The Knights lost to the Rotolo 20-8. Kaneland’s Alstott caught a TD pass and ran in a two-point conversion for the Knights.
Aug. 30 vs. DeKalb Huntley—The Knights got their first win of the season over DeKalb Huntley, 14-6. C. Angelotti’s pass to K. Angelotti got KHMS going, and an Alstott two point conversion made it 8-0 early. A TD pass from McDonald to Denning made (two-point conversion failed) made it 14 for the Knights.
Sept. 11 @ Yorkville—The Knights fell to the Foxes 24-0. The Foxes racked up 211 yards to the Knights’ 69.
Sept. 18 vs. St. Charles Haines—The Knights lost 22-8. Kaneland was behind early 6-0, but a 30-yard pass from McDonald to K. Angelotti, with a good two-point conversion, made it 8-6. Haines would score two more times to seal their victory. The Knights are 1-3 and play St. Charles Wredling on Sept. 29.

Boys Soph. Soccer

Sept. 17 vs. DeKalb—The Knights shut out DeKalb 1-0 on a goal by Jose Chavez. They improved to 3-1-1, and 3-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The freshman A team won 25-10, 25-18 and improved to 2-0 in conference play. The freshman B team lost 21-25, 19-25 and fell to 0-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 18 vs. Sycamore—The Lady Knights improved to 1-1 in conference play with a 25-14, 25-19 win over Sycamore.

Sophomore Football
Sept. 19 @ Yorkville—Kaneland defeated the Foxes 21-7. No individual stats were provided.

Girls Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 2 A. Wells 19:36; 27 S. Daley 21:24.6; 45 G. Dodis 22:18.9; 54 A. Shaw 22:46.1; 74 K. Huber 23:34.7; 112 M. Dries, 25:38.5; 148 K. Waweru 29:08.7. OPEN: 26 O. Galor 23:07.4; 35 L. Klingsensmith 23:37.8; 44 S. Sommerville 24:13; 76 H. Penkala 26:34.6.

Boys Cross Country
Sept. 20 Eddington Invite—FR/SO: 1 M. Richtman, 16:30.8; 18 A. Kantola, 17:37.2; 44 A. Messina, 18:33.2; 47 S. Webster, 18:36.8; 48 H. Nosek, 18:39.4; 91 C. Girolamo, 19:43; 114 D. Wojak, 20:19.6; 118 K. Wells, 20:22.1; 120 P. Heiser, 20:23.8; 124 G. Wilk, 20:27.9; 135 T. Nance 20:43.9; 178 B. Purcell, 22:00.1; 179 Jack O’Sullivan, 22:13.3; 229 C. Rutter, 27:25.9. OPEN: 101 N. Moses 20:45.2; 123 B. Smith 21:26; 140 Josh Kasap 22:39; 145 J. Wolfe 23:10.4; 150 K. Osborne 23:34.1; 151 A. Parks 23:57.1; 159 E. Cain 24:32.9; 162 I. Piazza 24:48.2.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 22 @ Oswego—The Lady Knights fell 3-4 to visiting Oswego. Abby Purnell and Ava Mandele earned wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while the No. 4 doubles team of Katie Biard and Tiffany Castracion also won.
Sept. 23 vs. LaSalle-Peru—Kaneland defeated visiting L-P 4-1 Tuesday. Nos. 1 and 2 singles Kayla Corirossi and Purnell each won their matches 10-8, while the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz and No. 2 doubles group Mary Collum and Mandele each won their matches 10-3.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 23 @ Marengo—The Knights defeated Marengo 184-215. Dan Franck shot a 43, Luke Calabrese a 44, Jake Pearson a 47, Jacob Milton and Jake Hummel each shot 50’s, and Brock Williams a 56.

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 20, 2014

Kaneland White 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Silver 26
@ DeKalb Black 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 19
Kaneland Orange 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

DeKalb Black 33
@ Kaneland Black 16
DeKalb Orange 19
@ Kaneland White 6

Kaneland golf earns key win over Morris

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Knight clubbers hold steady at 7-3
ELBURN—With a 7-3 mark in dual competition, Kaneland golf has had its share of good fortune in 2014.

On Tuesday at Hughes Creek Golf Club, it was never a more appropriate time for good fortune and execution, it being Senior Night.

The Knights took care of business against Northern Illinois Big XII rival Morris by a final of 162-181.

On Monday, the Knights traveled to cross-conference rival Sterling and were upended by a slim 172-176 margin, while beating Wheaton Academy by a 169-173 deficit on Sept. 10.

Facing the Redskins, it was Brett Glennon and Jake Hed swinging 39 scores to lead the way. Jacob Sheehan and Jesse Denton shot a 42 apiece, while Jeremy Faletto had a 43.

“We got some help from a few sophomores. Brett and Jake shot 39 and they are starting to find their stride at the right time of the season. This wraps up the conference season, and hopefully we play well in the conference tournament soon,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

Glennon put a good individual day on the greens to good use on the friendly course.

“It was very nice and good to shoot well tonight,” Glennon said. “My putter and driver have really helped me out this year.”

Against the victorious Golden Warriors of Sterling, Denton led the way in a losing cause with a 39 score.

Hed managed a 40, while Glennon and Jeff VanGemert swatted a 42 each in the win over the West Chicago-based Warriors last week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Knight group saunters to Marengo.

Girls golfers
earn 3rd place at Invite

KANELAND—Kaneland girls golf participated in the Saturday Stillman Valley Invite, with Lady Knight presence doing enough for a third-place 405 score behind Richmond-Burton’s 359 and a Rockford co-op’s 371.

Kaneland’s Tori Guyton was tied for fourth with an 89 effort, followed by Julia VanGemert’s 98, good for 15th place.

9-18 Sports Recap

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Sophomore Football
Sept. 12 vs. Rich Central—The sophomore football team won 40-20. No individual stats were provided.

Boys Fr/So Golf
Sept. 15 vs. Sterling—Michael Petrick and Jake Hummel led the Knights with 44’s as Kaneland defeated Sterling 180 to 222. Jake Pearson and Jacob Milton each shot 46, while Luke Calabrese 48, Brock Williams 49, Dan Franck 50 and Joey Brandonisio a 51.

Boys Freshman Soccer
Sept. 11 @ Sycamore—The Knights shut out host Sycamore 4-0 behind two goals by Javier Correa. Devon Pieczynski had a goal and an assist. Eric Stoll had a goal and Nick Berland an assist. Michael Minogue stopped all seven shots he faced in goal.
Sept. 12 @ Marmion—The Knights didn’t find the back of the net against the Cadets, losing 5-0. Minogue had 10 saves.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland trounced Sycamore 7-0. Brian Batholomew (2), Jose Chavez, Brian Kemp, Christian Medrano and Hunter Smith all scored. John McCaffrey, Robbie Nachreiner, Chavez (2) and Diego Ruiz all supplied assists.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland dispatched the Redskins 5-2. KHS goals came from Bartholomew (2), McCaffrey, Medrano and Chavez. Nachreiner supplied two assists. The Knights are 2-1-1, 2-0-1 in conference play.

Girls JV Tennis
Sept. 11 vs. Sycamore—The Knights swept all matches against Sycamore, winning 5-0. Kayla Corirossi (6-1, 7-5) and Abby Purnell (6-3, 6-0) supplied the wins on the singles side, while Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schultz (6-2, 6-0), Mary Collum/Ava Mandele (6-0, 6-2) and Katrina McNew/Liz Towell (forfeit) had doubles wins.
Sept. 15 vs. Rosary—Rosary defeated the Lady Knights 6-1. Mandele earned a 10-4 win at No. 2 singles for Kaneland.
Sept. 16 vs. Morris—Kaneland won 5-0 over Morris. Corirossi (11-10, 7-3) and Purcell (10-8) won at singles, while Karolewicz/Schultz (10-5), Collum/Mandele (10-2) and McNew/Towell (10-1) had doubles wins. The JV tennis team is 3-0 in NIB-12 play.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The freshman A team won in three sets, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21, while the B teamlost 19-25, 21-25. No individual stats were provided.
Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 16 vs. DeKalb—The sophomore team won the first game, but fell to DeKalb 25-18, 18-25, 17-25. No individual stats were provided.

WCC Women’s Soccer
Sept. 10 vs. Moraine Valley—Waubonsee beat Moraine Valley 7-1. Kellie Cardine had two goals and an assist, while Andrea Garcia had two goals and Elizabeth Goll had a goal and three assists. Ashley Darlak and Olivia Cozzoni each had a goal, and Mayra Patino and Haley Kilbride each had an assist. Christina Sommerfeld had six saves.
Sept. 13 vs. Trinity Int’l University JV—Waubonsee won 8-2. Cardine had a goal and three assists, Goll had two goals and an assist, Andrea Garcia had two goals and an assist, and Darlak and Savannah Ricker each had a goal. Sommerfeld had eight saves. The WCC women’s soccer team is now 4-1, 1-0 in conference play.

Golfers face familiar challenges

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Photo: Rhett Espe tees off for the freshman/sophomore team against Hinckley-Big Rock Sept. 3. Photo by Tiffany Kufer

KANELAND—Knight golfers had its share of time on the greens this past week as conference season gets set to blossom.

On Sept. 3, the Knights hosted Hinckley-Big Rock out at Hughes Creek, and came away with a win over the Little Ten Conference staple by a final of 177-205.

On Friday, Blackberry Oaks saw a slim 165-172 win over Yorkville for the Kaneland group. Saturday, out at Fox Valley Golf Club, Kaneland clubbed at the Batavia Invite and finished eighth. Meanwhile, KHS hosted rival Sycamore on the home greens on Tuesday and won 152-168.

KHS sits at 5-2 (2-0 NIB-12) and enjoys a five-match win streak.

Against the Royals, it was Jacob Sheehan taking the mantle with a 41, followed by Jeremy Faletto at 42, Jakob Sanders with a 46 and Zach Strayve at 48.

Jesse Denton paced Kaneland against the Foxes with a 40 medalist try, followed by Brett Glennon at 41, and both Jake Hed and Jeff VanGemert managed a 42.

In the Batavia-hosted clash, Kaneland’s 331 team try bested St. Charles North’s 332, paced by Denton and Hed, both with 80 scores. Hinsdale Central won the afternoon with a 286.

Against Sycamore it was Hed leading the way with a 35, with Deton right behind with a 36. Sanders shot a 40 and Sheehan a 41.

Wednesday had a match vs. Wheaton Academy, with results not available for press. On Monday, Sept, 15, Kaneland was set to travel to Sterling.[/vc_column_text][vc_message color=”alert-info” style=”3d”]Kaneland’s girls golf team made a trip to the LaSalle-Peru Invite on Friday and finished 5th out of 29 teams with a score of 103 on the 97-par course.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sugar Grove’s Morton wins PGA golf contest

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SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove resident, Jimmy Morton. a freshman at Marmion Academy, won the Boys 14-15 year old Midwest Regional PGA sponsored Drive-Chip-Putt contest at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind., on Sept 6. He advances to the finals that will be held April 5, 2015, at the kickoff event of the Masters next year.

Morton is on the varsity golf team at Marmion.

Last year’s event at the Masters featured live coverage on the Golf Channel. Morton was interviewed and photographed by the Golf Channel for airing during the event next year.

For more information on the contest, visit drivechipandputt.com.

9-11 Sports recap

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Fr/So Golf
Aug. 26 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—Kaneland defeated Hinckley-Big Rock 178 to 261. Jacob Hummel led the team with a 43. Michael Petrick and Rhett Espe each shot a 44. Jacob Milton (47), Jacob Romas (47) and Joey Brandonisio (53) rounded out the scores.
Sept. 8 vs. Yorkville—The Knights defeated the Foxes 176-194. Dan Franck led the team with a 42. Milton (44), Brandonisio (45) Luke Calabrese (45) Hummel (45) Jacob Pearson (47), Brock Williams (49) and Petrick (49) also competed.

Sophomore Volleyball
Sept. 9 @ Montini—The Lady Knights defeated Montini 25-20, 25-18. No individual stats were provided.

Freshman Volleyball
Sept. 9 @ Montini—The freshman A squad won 25-22, 13-25, 25-14, while the B squad lost 13-25, 19-25. No individual stats were provided.

Sophomore Soccer
Sept. 9 vs. DeKalb—The Knights settled for a 1-1 tie against DeKalb. John McCaffrey scored the lone KHS goal unassisted. The sophomore team is now 0-1-1, and 0-0-1 in conference play.

Kaneland Youth Football League
Saturday, Sept. 6
Kaneland White 20
@ Kaneland Orange 0
Kaneland Silver 28
@ Burlington Blue 8
Burlington White 6
@ Kaneland Black 25

Kaneland Black 6
@ DeKalb Black 0 (OT)
Kaneland White 32
@ Yorkville Red 14

Kaneland Black 12
@ DeKalb Black 6 (OT)
Kaneland White 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

DeKalb Orange 33
@ Kaneland Black 8
Kaneland White 27
@ Yorkville Red 6

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Knight golfers trek to West Aurora, Geneva Invite

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KANELAND—Knight golfers, fresh off several years of sustained regular season and postseason success, continue to progress through the early part of the 2014 schedule.

On Friday, the Knights managed to beat West Aurora by a final of 165-172.

KHS also finished sixth out of 18 teams in the Geneva Invite last Thursday.

Kaneland is now 2-2 in dual action.

In the slim, seven-shot win over the local Blackhawks foe, top scores were had by Jake Hed with 40, Brett Glennon with 40, Jeff VanGemert with 42 and Jesse Denton with 43.

In Geneva, Kaneland’s 313 was just one behind DeKalb, but one ahead of Geneva’s Blue team. St. Charles East (291), Glenbard South (291), Marmion (309) Burlington Central (309) and DeKalb (312) rounded out the top five.

While the top three individual scores went to St. Charles East’s Gary King (69), Glenbard South’s Michael Wittenberg (69) and teammate Russell Matos (70), Kaneland was paced by ninth-place Denton at 73, 17th-place Glennon at 76 and Hed in 24th with a 78.

KHS coach Mark Meyer still sees the team as a work in progress through the early duals and invites.

“We’ve had our ups and downs in the early portion of this season,” Meyer said. “We were fortunate to start out our conference season with a one-stroke victory over a very good DeKalb team, and we were also very happy with our performance at the Geneva Invitational. However, we’re still searching for some consistency, especially at the back end of our roster.”

Kaneland was set to host Hinckley-Big Rock on Wednesday and go to Yorkville on Friday.

File photo: Senior Jakob Sanders

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