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Golfers get on better course

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Sophomore Paige Guyton putts on the third green at Hughes Creek.

KANELAND—There’s nothing like getting off to a potential win streak in dual competition. And for KHS golf, there’s nothing like taking it to a Northern Illinois Big XII Conference rival.

Such was the case Tuesday out at Hughes Creek in Elburn, as the Knights handled the DeKalb Barbs by a slim 157-158 margin.

Kaneland sits on its dual slate with a 1-2 record, as it hopes to achieve the level of success it has seen in recent years.

Doing their best to ward off elite scores like Jacob Cook’s 38 and Connor Hoyle’s 39, the Knights countered with exemplary scores from Jake Hed (37), Jesse Denton (39) and Jeremy Faletto (40).

KHS also had crucial efforts from Brett Glennon with a 41, Jakob Sanders at 45 and Jacob Sheehan at 47.

Kaneland heads to the Geneva Invite on Thursday, Aug. 28, and treks to West Aurora on Friday, Aug. 29.

Photos by Mary Paulson

2014 Golf Preview: Chipping away at challenges

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Photo: Senior Jesse Denton tees off at the 10th hole during Monday’s Plainfield North Invitational. Photo by Mary Paulson

Kaneland Knight golf roster looks different at the top
KANELAND—In the most recent handful of Kaneland High School golf seasons, the caliber of play has yielded individual and team success.

Dual records, including nine dual wins a year ago, coupled with high-caliber athletes like Hayley Guyton, Brody Kuhar, Matt Yonkovich and Stephen Cannell, have made for a fun ride.

With the loss of personnel like fifth-place State finisher Yonkovich and teammate Brody Kuhar, the road back to considerable success could provide a challenge. However it’s something that Mark Meyer, now in his 10th season as head golf coach, has seen before.

“After 10 years, I feel like we’re good,” Meyer said. “It’s remained the same game here, and we’ve played a good game. I feel and think that golf is getting more popular.”

With Yonkovich and Kuhar responsible for so much good fortune on the Knight greens at Hughes Creek in Elburn and beyond, Meyer knows what must happen.

“Matt and Brody leaving has us with big shoes to fill,” Meyer said. “They were our top two players for three years. Last year, I think there was only one meet that we didn’t take their scores.”

Senior Jesse Denton and sophomore Jake Hed return to the varsity ranks and attempt to do damage to visiting lineups in the fall of 2014. Jeremy Faletto also returns, along with seniors Jacob Sheehan and Jacob Sanders. Sophomore Brett Glennon is also expected to see fairway time.

“We look for consistency and low scores. We have a lot of good seniors going for us, and it should be good,” Meyer said.

With the conference a breeding ground for rising teams and talent in the rough, Meyer thinks the KHS contingent can stand up to the rest, but the NIB12 is certainly not without its competitive teams.

“It kind of looks like DeKalb and Yorkville,” Meyer said. “Yorkville was good last season, but Morris also could step up.”

Additionally, Kaneland is projected to have a lineup of girl golfers able to compete at some select tournaments in 2014.

“We’re going to field a team, and it’ll be nice to have this year. We’re going to have Tori Guyton, a senior (medalist at NIB-12 tourament), her sister Paige, who’s a sophomore and comes over from soccer in the spring, Dominique Lee, a senior, and they’re joined by Julia Van Gemert.”

The first girls golf meet will be at the L-P Invite on Friday, Sept. 5, while the boys already teed off on Monday at the Plainfield North Invite and at Geneva on Tuesday. Tuesday, Aug. 26, represents the first NIB12 boys tussle against DeKalb at Hughes Creek.

Hole(s)-in-one at Hughes

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A couple hole-in-ones were shot at Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn this past week. On May 21, Deb Peterson (right) of St. Charles shot a hole-in-one on the 140-yard hole No. 17, a par 3. Peterson’s shot was witnessed by Ken Peterson. On Sunday, Elburn’s Joel Speckman (below) shot a hole-in-one on the 152-yard hole No. 3, a par 3. Speckman used a Callaway Razr X 7 iron with a Callaway golf ball. Speckman’s wife, Sue, was the witness.
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Photos submitted to sports@elburnherald.com

Schuberg, Krueger help U-D win first golf title since 1975

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DUBUQUE, IOWA—The University of Dubuque captured its first men’s golf title in 39 years after posting a 7-shot victory at the 2014 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Men’s Golf Championships.

Kaneland grads Josh Schuberg and Troy Krueger are members of the team, placing sixth and t-20th respectively. Schuberg was also named to the all-conference team for his efforts.

The former KHS pair and their new team now head to the NCAA Division III National Championship May 13-16.

32 Knights earn NIB-12 honors

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KANELAND—Kaneland High School announced its fall all-conference athletic honorees Tuesday. In all, 32 Knight athletes were honored by the Northern Illinois Big XII.

• Cross Country
Boys: Luis Acosta, Kyle Carter, Nathaniel Kucera and Andrew Lesak
Girls: Brianna Bower, Erika Carlson, Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig and Sydney Strang

• Golf: Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar

• Football: Brandon Bishop, Drew David, Cole Carlson, Justin Diddell, Gary Koehring, Joe Komel, Dylan Nauert, Jaumaureo Phillips, John Pruett and Alex Snyder

• Soccer: Arsim Azemi, Anthony Parillo, Tyler Siebert and Chris VanDinther

• Tennis: Jelly Emmanouil, Madi Jurcenko, Stephanie Karolewicz, Colleen Landers and Sammie Schrepferman

• Volleyball: Ellie Dunn and Jenny Lubic

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Yonkovich snatches All-State honor with fifth in Class 2A battle
KANELAND—Weibring Golf Club on the grounds of Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. might seem far away from the Kaneland High School area, but it provided an astounding athletic accomplishment for the golf arena.

With a 150 score, individual qualifier and Kaneland senior Matt Yonkovich earned an All-State honor and a fifth-place showing in the Class 2A tournament, which occurred on Friday and Saturday.

Tied with Triad’s Austin Buente, Yonkovich was just eight strokes away from first-place champ Danny Gorman of Rockford’s Boylan Catholic.

“I really (had) a good second day and I finished strong,” Yonkovich said. “It was better than the first day by far.”

Boylan Catholic, with a 622 score, also took the team title by one stroke over Dunlap.

Yonkovich split his weekend competition with an uptick toward the latter stages of play. The senior was in a tie for 23rd after Friday when he shot a 78, making 39 on both the front and back nines.

“I knew the way I was playing I could get back to State, and once I got there and got with the other guys, it was about being focused on every shot,” Yonkovich said.

The senior’s focus worked with a prolific Saturday, when he shot a 72 and jumped 18 places in the standings. Yonkovich shot a 35 on the front nine and a 37 on the back nine to conclude his journey, with one standout memory.

“There was a 210-yard shot that was a par three with a 35-mile an hour wind and I used a 4-iron and got it onto the green; and that ended up being my favorite shot,” Yonkovich said.

With Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar leaving the senior slot after this season, Kaneland golf will continue to see better days, according to the All-Stater.

“With guys like me and Brody and Stephen qualifying for State last year as a team, guys that are returning like Jesse Denton and Jake Hed have seen the energy in practice, and I think they can qualify again next year,” Yonkovich said.

Return of the Matt

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Consistent Knight talent emerges as individual qualifier at Monday golf sectional
FREEPORT, Ill.—While there may not be quite the team accolades that the 2012 season brought, Kaneland golf still has plenty to be proud of.

After a productive Aurora Central Catholic Regional that saw the Knight golfer emerge as a third-place tiebreaker recipient, Kaneland suited up at Park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, Ill., on Monday for the Class AA Freeport Sectional.

Looking to book a repeat team trip back to the State tournament this coming week-end, Kaneland finished with a score of 335, good for sixth place. The Knights ended up just four team strokes from the qualifying mark, and saw their team season end.

The silver-and-black lining to the competition was the securing of a State slot for experienced senior Matt Yonkovich, who was an individual qualifier with a 78, tied for fifth-best. Also tied with Yonkovich were athletes Hunter Simonini of Marengo, Andrew Tichler of Rock Falls and Zack Spear of Wheaton Academy.

A year ago, Yonkovich as a junior finished 42nd in the entire state with an 83 effort. The second round was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The senior looks to bring his competitive streak, according to KHS coach Mark Meyer.

“Matt always puts pressure on himself to succeed, no matter if it is a team or individual competition,” Meyer said. “He expects the best from himself in every match. Sometimes these expectations are unrealistic, and he could benefit from tempering his emotions during the round.”

Sectional medalist honors for the afternoon went to Dixon senior Ryan Dixon with a 71.

The top three teams in the meet that head down to Normal, Ill., are Boylan Catholic with a 310 score, Burlington Central with a 317 and Sterling with a 331.

After Yonkovich’s effort, Knight teammates’ eventful outing ended with an 85 from fellow senior Stephen Cannell, an 86 from both junior Jeremy Faletto and senior Brody Kuhar, a 90 from junior Jesse Denton and a 92 from freshman Jake Hed.

With only two returnees from last year’s State trek in the form of Yonkovich and Kuhar, inexperience in a pivotal setting may have taken hold.

“Our performance yesterday may have had to do with the lack of experience in the state tournament from four of our players. We started pressing after a slow, slow start, and sometimes that compounds errors,” Meyer said.

The Normal, Ill.-based Class AA State tournament swings away on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University.

To the last man

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Senior Brody Kuhar watches his ball in flight at Tuesday’s golf regional at Phillips Park in Aurora.

Golfers’ Regional total enough to advance to sectional
KANELAND—Just enough was good enough for Kaneland High School golf on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a Class 2A field featuring the Knights shot on the greens at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora for the Aurora Central Catholic Regional. The Knights, by virtue of fifth entry Jeremy Faletto’s score, emerged as a tiebreaker recipient with a 310 over Elgin’s St. Edward, earning a sectional berth.

Kaneland now advances to Freeport Sectional play on Monday with advancing teams from the Grayslake Central and Belvidere North Sectionals.

Kaneland’s play was just behind first place Burlington Central’s 295 and Aurora Central Catholic’s 298. It’s the second sectional berth in a row for the Knight squad.

“It was by the skin of our teeth, no doubt about it,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “We talked about nerves going into the day and to just play through that. Everyone in the regional is going through it.”

St. Edward and Wheaton Academy (311) rounded out the top five of the 10-team field. Senior Matt Weber of Burlington Central emerged as the medalist with a 66 outing.

For Kaneland, the troops were paced by senior Matt Yonkovich with a 67 and fellow senior Brody Kuhar with a 78. Junior Faletto’s 81 was third-best for the Knights, followed by senior Stephen Cannell’s 84 and junior Jesse Denton’s 84. Freshman entry Jake Hed shot an 87 for the Knight cause.

“This experience is new for a lot of them,” Meyer said. “We have two returnees from last year’s team, and it’s our top two guys, but this will feel new.”

Last week saw the Knights travel to Senica Oak Ridge Golf Course to take on its Northern Illinois Big XII bretheren on Oct. 2. The Knights placed fourth in the meet with 321 points. Yorkville took the team title with 308, with DeKalb second (312) and Ottawa third (319). Yorkville’s Fred Washburn was the individual medalist with a 70 on the par 72 course. Kaneland was led by Yonkovich, who placed third with a 72. Adding up the season points with the tournament points, Kaneland placed third overall this season in the NIB-12 East Division with 17 points. Yorkville was the NIB-12 champ with 23, with DeKalb right behind at 20. All three teams were deadlocked at 8 points each heading into the tournament.

The sectional on Monday, Oct. 14, takes place at Park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, Ill.

Girls golfers fair well in conference, Regionals

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ROCHELLE, Ill.—Kaneland girls golf individual entry Tori Guyton was the medalist at the Oct. 1 NIB-12 tournament at Fairways Golf Course in Rochelle, Ill., with an 85 afternoon. Teammate Julia VanGemert shot a 94 to place seventh. The girls were set to compete as individuals at the Sycamore Golf Club on Wednesday as part of the girls golf Burlington Central Regional. Both Guyton and VanGemert advanced to the Rockford Guilford Sectional, which will take place Monday at Ingersoll Golf Course in Rockford, Ill. Guyton placed second in the regional, shooting an 83 as the top-advancing individual not on an advancing team, while VanGemert’s 99 was enough to move on to the Sectional as well.

Knight golfers prepare for end-of-season run

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KANELAND—Who knows exactly what the Kaneland golfers will be capable of as the 2013 season comes to a close, especially on the heels of last year’s stellar State finish?

Their play as of late could serve as some indication.

Now on a handy streak of five wins in six matches, Kaneland (9-2) was preparing for a Northern Illinois Big XII Conference matchup against the entire field in the meet hosted by LaSalle-Peru High School at Senica Oaks on Wednesday.

KHS was crowned champion in 2012 with a 310, 15 shots better than rival Yorkville. Brody Kuhar earned medalist honors with a 73.

This year, Kaneland comes into the NIB-12 tournament tied with Yorkville and DeKalb at eight points. Rounding out the field, Rochelle, Morris and Sycamore all have two points.

“We feel very prepared for the tournament (Wednesday), but we understand that we are deadlocked with two very good teams at the top going into the championship round,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “Nerves tend to play a role during this part of the season, so it will all come down to which team can play steady for all 18 holes.”

Individually, Yorkville’s Evan Dill enters the tournament with 17.5 conference points, but Kaneland’s Matt Yonkovich is close behind at 15.5. DeKalb’s Austin Freeman has 14, Kuhar sits at 11, and Jacob Cook of DeKalb and Fred Washburn of Yorkville each have nine.

Following the conference tussle, it’s IHSA Class 2A Regional time on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Phillips Park in Aurora for the ACC Regional. Besides Kaneland, Aurora Central Catholic, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Burlington Central, St. Edward, Hampshire, Plano, Sandwich, Sycamore and Wheaton Academy suit up, with the top three teams going to the Freeport Sectional the following week.

Split decisions

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Photo: The Knights golfer are 7-2 overall, with the conference tournament on the horizon. Against visiting Sterling Sept. 12. Jessie Denton (above) shot a 43. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—Knights golf continues to see impressive scores from those it needs to count on in the regular season homestretch.

Kaneland (7-2) dropped a crossover battle with visiting Sterling on Thursday, 161-164, before coming back and seeing what its depth could do against Hinckley-Big Rock, 177-220 on Friday. Tuesday saw the Knights defeat Sycamore 152-174.

Against the Little Ten Conference Royals at Indian Creek GC, the top four scores by Kaneland were gathered by medalist Jacob Sheehan with a 42, CJ Wehrmann with a 43, Jake Hed with a 46 and Jakob Sanders with a 46.

Facing off against the Golden Warriors, Matt Yonkovich shot a 37, matching Sterling’s Ryan Hurley. Other noteworthy KHS scores were Jesse Denton’s 43, Zach Strayve’s 40 and Stephen Cannell’s 44.

Yonkovich’s progress is not as surprising as observers might think.

“Matt’s play this season has been very consistent. Thus far, we have counted his score in every match of the year and his scoring average is only slightly above par. This hasn’t come as much of a surprise however, because he put a lot of work into his game over the summer, and had similar scores in his IJGA and MAJGT tournaments,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said.

On Tuesday, Yonkovich led all golfers with a 34, while Brody Kuhar supplied a 38 and Hed a 39.

With the run-up to conference rapidly approaching, the Knights club hosted Jacobs for its final home meet of 2013 at Hughes Creek in Elburn Thursday.

Knights club takes a hit in NIB-12 action

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Photo: Senior Steven Cannell shot a 39 to help the Knights defeat the visiting Yorkville Foxes Tuesday. File Photo

KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII golf has its share of talent, just ask last year’s conference champ Kaneland.

The conference also has depth, and you can ask victorious DeKalb, which swung against rival Kaneland last Thursday.

Kaneland (1-1) fell 158-169 against the Barbs unit to open conference play in a road matchup, and followed that up with a trip to the 27-team Batavia Invite on Saturday.

KHS also braved the oppressive heat on Tuesday at Hughes Creek against Yorkville.

Against the Barbs contingent, it was Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar leading the charge with 40 scores, Jeremy Faletto hit a 43, while Jacob Sheehan shot a 46. DeKalb’s Austin Freeman shot a 38.

At Fox Valley GC, Kaneland battled through a wide array of competition that included local schools Aurora Christian, West Aurora, Batavia, Marmion Academy, Waubonsie Valley and NIB-12 rival Sycamore.

Hinsdale Central, Lyons and Oak Park-River Forest took the top three. Brody Kuhar shot an 82 to lead the Knights group. The Knights finished with a 338 on the day.

“I think regardless of who you’re playing, you have to focus on playing against the course instead of playing against your opponent,” KHS coach Mark Meyer said. “In the end, golf is not like basketball or football, where you’re playing defense. You can’t control what other teams do. So, you just try to play your game.”

Kaneland had a scheduled match on Wednesday at Wheaton Academy of West Chicago, while suiting up for a home matchup with crossover foe Sterling on Thursday, Sept. 12.

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.

Golfers handle early challenges

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Photo: Senior Brody Kuhar tracks his shot during Thursday’s matchup against Marengo. Kuhar shot a 40 at Hughes Creek, and the Knights defeated the visitors 153-171. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—Proven talent is a nice thing to have if you’re Kaneland High School golf.

The reason for that, is the talent seems to prove itself time and again.

In early head-to-head action, the Knight golfers took to the links against Marengo on Thursday and came away with a 153-171 victory against the rivals to the north.

Kaneland is 2-0 in dual competition. A Friday meet with West Aurora was cancelled due to torrential rainfall.

The Knights had a handful of exceptional scores against the Indians at Hughes Creek, starting with Matt Yonkovich’s 36. Stephen Cannell, Jesse Denton and Jeremy Faletto managed 39 apiece, while Brody Kuhar added a 40 score.

Marengo was paced by Hunter Simonini and a 36.

Thursday, Sept. 5, will see Kaneland travel to DeKalb in a Northern Illinois Big XII meeting at 4 p.m. The Knights then head to the Batavia Invitational Saturday at 8 a.m.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Knights Under the Lights

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Photos from Thursday, Aug. 22.

2013 Golf Preview: Swing for success

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Photo: Matt Yonkovich will be a part of the group that looks to return to the state meet, after making the trip as a team in 2012. File Photo

Knight golfers wish to get back to great heights
KANELAND—Knight golf wants to party again like its 1995.

Before last season, that year it was the last instance of Kaneland golf making it to State as a team.

Last year, the roster accomplished that feat, and has the select returnees to make enough of a difference to get back there.

With personnel like Luke Kreiter, Connor Williams, Sean Glennon and Dan Miller off to college, the talented program sees the re-emergence of senior cornerstones like Matt Yonkovich and Brody Kuhar.

Yonkovich and Kuhar, along with senior Stephen Cannell and junior Jesse Denton, are part of a golf team that is familiarizing itself with success after a Northern Illinois Big XII title and regional title to mark 2012.

“A conference title is something we want  to attain, and we’ll focus on those goals.   We know there aren’t  going to be any pushovers  in our conference.” KHS golf coach  Mark Meyer
“A conference title is something we want
to attain, and we’ll focus on those goals.
We know there aren’t
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in our conference.”
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“We’ve played three tournaments and a quad, with two being good and two being mediocre,” ninth-year coach Mark Meyer said. “I think the most important thing for our team right now is finding someone for that fifth and sixth spot that can step up.”

Finding those last two slots would help production, as well as solving any questions of depth.

“It’s very hard to rely on the same four people. Law of averages says a couple of the guys will have a bad round, and some will have a good round. We want to go to that next level where we’ll be very competitive heading into conference and regionals,” Meyer said.

Through Geneva- and Plainfield-hosted invites, the four established Knights have accustomed themselves well to area play. Members trying to make their way into the lineup on a consistent basis are: senior Josh Kilgore, juniors Jacob Sheehan, Zach Strayve, Jacob Sanders, CJ Wehrmann and Jeremy Faletto, sophomores Drew Diffendal and Brandon Cruz, and freshmen Jake Head, Brett Glennon, Dan Frank, Jeff VanGemert, Brock Williams, Jake Pearson, Jake Hummel, Joey Brandonisio, Michael Petrick and Luke Calabrese.

The team’s level of success will be in part due to the Yonkovich-Kuhar duo.

“They saw time freshmen year, and were co-MVP’s sophomore year. Both have separated themselves as team leaders and captains. This season, especially, they’ve separated themselves along with Denton and Cannell,” Meyer said.

Conference-wide, the Knights know their plate is full with plenty of NIB-12 threats.

“A conference title is something we want to attain, and we’ll focus on those goals,” Meyer said. “ We know there aren’t going to be any pushovers in our conference.”

Sports recap Aug. 29

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Varsity Tennis
vs. West Chicago—On Tuesday, the Lady Knights opened their season at home against the visiting West Chicago Wildcats, winning 6-1.

Winners included No. 1 singles Sammie Schrepferman (6-1, 6-0 over Shannon McCarthy) and No. 3 singles Stephanie Karolewicz (6-0, 6-1 over Edith Munoz), and all doubles pairings: No. 1 Doubles Madi Jurcenko/Jelly Emmanouil (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Stephanie Zwick/Kayee Shoaff (6-1, 6-1), No. 3 Mallory Dugan/ Anna Wendling (6-3, 6-3) and No. 4 Jessica Poust/ Mandi Michaels (6-3, 0-6, 10-8).

JV Tennis
at West Chicago—The JV tennis squad swept a match at at West Chicago Monday 7-0. In singles action, No. 1 Emily Lutter won 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Brittany Zablocki won 6-1, 6-0; and No. 3 Marley Schultz won 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, No. 1 pair Katie Blaszynski and Emily Mirocha won 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Heather Albrecht and Ally McPhee won 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 Lauren Karolewicz and Marissa Michi won 6-0, 6-0; and No. 4 Kayla Corirossi and Abby Purnell won 6-0, 6-0.

Varsity Golf
vs. Rochelle—Matt Yonkovich led all golfers with a 38 at the Knights won 161-175 over visiting Rochelle at Hughes Creek Golf Club Tuesday. Stephen Cannell shot a 40 for KHS, while CJ Wehrmann shot a 41 and both Brody Kuhar and Jesse Denton shot 42.

at Geneva Invite—Kaneland traveled to the Geneva Invite Aug. 22, placing 9th out of 21 teams with 318 points. Yonkovich shot a 74, and Denton shot a 79 to lead the Knights.

Results from Saturday’s Limestone Invite were not available by press time.

Fr/So Golf
vs. Rochelle—Freshman Brett Glennon was the top scorer with a 39 as the Knights Fr/So golf squad won easily over visiting Rochelle by a score of 165 to 230. Fellow freshmen Jake Hed shot a 39, and Dan Frank and Jeff VanGemert shot 43 a piece. Sophomore Luke Calabrese and freshman Drew Diffendal contributed 44’s.

Hughes Creek has two hole in ones in one week

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ELBURN—Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn announced a couple rarities—two seperate hole in ones—both in the same week.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Justin Abbey of Geneva shot a hole-in-one on the 135 yard, par 3 hole three. Abbey used an 8 iron with a Titleist ProV 1 golf ball.

Not to be outdone, Jim Flood of St. Charles shot a hole-in-one just five days later on Sunday, Aug. 18. Flood’s accomplishment came on the 206 yard, par 3 hole six, while using a driver and a Nike golf ball.

Golf sees strong start to season

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Kaneland’s Matt Yonkovich watches his ball after a putt on the second hole during a quad meet of Geneva, Glenbard South, South Elgin and Kaneland at Mill Creek Golf Club Tuesday. Photo by Erik Anderson

KHS golf team takes 2nd place at Geneva, Plainfield
KANELAND—A solid start by the Kaneland High School golf team highlighted the beginning of 2013, and could be one of a handful of highlights to look back on, provided things go their way the rest of the year.

At Mill Creek in Geneva on Tuesday, Kaneland took second in a quad meet that involved the hosts, Glenbard South and South Elgin. Monday had the Knight clubbers going to an invite hosted by Plainfield North High School, also seeing a second-place nod.

At Mill Creek, Geneva’s 300 was good to lead the pack, followed by a 303 for KHS, a 309 for Glenbard South and South Elgin’s 324 score.

While Russell Matos of Glenbard South had the medalist honor with a 70 effort, Kaneland’s top four totals provided a boost. Brody Kuhar shot a 72, followed by Matt Yonkovich’s 75, Jesse Denton’s 76 and Stephen Cannell’s 80.

At the Plainfield North Invite, Kaneland’s team score of 306 was 11 behind top-rated Wheaton North, and three strokes ahead of Lockport. Plainfield North (311) and Yorkville (323) rounded out the top five in the 15-team gathering.

Yonkovich was able to put his skill into action by shooting a 69, second-best out of all the field, with Kuhar’s 77 good for 15th overall. Denton and Cannell each produced an 80.

Kaneland’s Brody Kuhar putts while Geneva’s Nathan Desens watches during the same meet.Photo by Erik Anderson
Kaneland’s Brody Kuhar putts while Geneva’s Nathan Desens watches during the same meet.Photo by Erik Anderson
“Our team is pleased with the first few performances of the season,” KHS head coach Mark Meyer said. “Matt and Brody have already established themselves as leaders at the top of our lineup, and other players like Stephen Cannell and Jesse Denton have made significant improvements in the off season to work their way into the top four. We’re excited about where we can go from here.”

Kaneland faces off against the field at the Geneva Invitational, back at Mill Creek, on Thursday, Aug. 22.

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

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