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Sept. 19 Sports Recap

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Fr/So Golf
vs. Sterling—On Sept. 12, The Knights fr/so golf team defeated visiting Sterling 170-245 at Hughes Creek Golf Club in Elburn. Brett Glennon led the way with a 40, followed by Jake Peason and Michael Petrick 43’s, Jake Hummel’s 44, and Dan Franck’s 45. Jeff VanGemert shot a 47 and Drew Diffendal shot a 48.
vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—At Indian Creek Golf Club Friday, the Knights dispatched H-BR 179-228. Brock Williams led the way with a 43, while Joey Brandonisio had a 44. Luke Calabrese and Jake Pearson each supplied a 46, while Brandon Cruz shot a 48 and Petrick shot a 51.
at Sycamore—The Knights traveled to Sycamore Tuesday and dsipatched the host Spartans 174-189. Glennon was the leading Knight with a 40. Hummel had a 42, and Drew Diffendal shot a 45.

Sophomore Soccer
at IMSA—The Knights routed IMSA 6-0 Sept. 12. Filipe Speraggi supplied three goals, and Edson Del Real had two goals. Omar Aguilar had a goal and two assists. Sam Wolf, Joese Chavez and Andy Tovar each supplied assists.
at IMSA—Tuesday saw the Knights shut out the Barbs in DeKalb 2-0. Felipe Speraggi had a goal and an assist, while Del Real contrinute a goal and Mike Sorenson had an assist. The Sophomore group sits at 2-0-1, 1-0 in conference play.

Freshman Soccer
vs. DeKalb—The freshmen Knights lost a 4-3 battle against the visitng Barbs Tuesday. Javier Correa supplied all three goals for KHS.

JV Tennis
at Sycamore—The Lady Knights JV tennis squad defeated their Sycamore counterparts 4-1 Sept. 12. KHS swept the singles, with Emily Lutter (6-1, 6-0) and Brittany Zablocki (6-1, 6-1) easily dispatched their opponents. At doubles, the No. 2 duo of Ally McPhee and Heather Albrecht won a closely contested match 6-0, 1-6, 10-8, while No. 3 tandem Lauren Karolewicz and Marissa Michi won 6-0, 6-0.
at Rosary—KHS fell to Rosary at Marmion Academy Monday 5-2. No. 1 singles entry Emily Lutter won 6-3, 6-1, while No. 2 doubles McPhee/Albrecht won 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.
vs. Rochelle—Tuesday’s matchup against Rochelle was all Kaneland, as the Lady Knights won 5-0 to move to 6-2-1, 3-0 in conference play.

Sophomore Football
at Sterling—The Knights traveled to Sterling and defeated the Golden Warriors 36-6. No stats were available.

F/S and JV Volleyball
Kaneland JV Invite—The Lady Knights went 1-3 to place fourth at their own tournamnet Saturday. Geneva defeated KHS 25-10, 25-20, KHS defeated Lemont 27-25, 15-17, 15-8, Wheaton North defeated KHS 25-11, 25-22, and West Aurora defeated Kaneland 25-21, 25-19. Wheaton North won the tournament, going 4-0 on the day. Geneva was second, West Aurora third and Lemont fifth. No individual stats were available.
at DeKalb—KHS freshman B volleyball lost at DeKalb 25-13, 25-13, while the A squad lost 33-31, 25-18 Monday. The sophomores won 25-22, 25-22.
vs. Morris—The sophomore Lady Knights came back after a first-set defeat to upend Morris 18-25, 25-18, 25-22 Tuesday. The freshman B lost 18-25, 25-23, 24-26, while the freshmen A won 25-17, 25-13 against the visiting Redskins.

Eighth Grade Football
vs. Sycamore—On Aug. 26, the Kaneland Harter Middle School eighth grade football team defeated visiting Sycamore 35-0. Josh Marczuk had a rushing touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown. Garrett Hukle returned a blocked punt 37 yards for a touchdown. Calvin McDonald had an 8-yard touchdown run, and Dimitri Matarangas had a 66-yard touchdown run.
at DeKalb Rossette—On Aug 29, Kaneland traveled to DeKalb Rossette, winning 36-6. Jack douglas had 9- and 24-yard touchdown runs, Marczuk a 10-yard touchdown run, Matarangas a 30 yard touchdown run, and Hukle caught an 18-yard touchdown pass.
at Yorkville—On Sept. 3, Kaneland traveled south to Yorkville, defeating the Foxes 18-0. Marczuk caught a 6-yard pass from Douglas and also had a 19-yard touchdown scamper. Hukle added a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown.
vs. DeKalb Huntley—Kaneland fell to 3-1 with a 34-0 loss against DeKalb Huntley. Sept. 11. Four turnovers plagued the Knights, who were outgained 63-181. Kaneland had 5 first downs to DeKalb Huntley’s 12.

Individual focus

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Short-handed Lady Knights look for individual gains

WAUCONDA, Ill.—Without assets like senior Sydney Strang and junior Victoria Clinton in the lineup, the Lady Knights traveled to Wauconda’s 23-team Invitational held Saturday. Head coach Doug Ecker’s ladies finished 14th in the team standings with 390 points, sandwiched between Grant’s 354 and Richmond-Burton’s 400. Cary-Grove (88) won a close battle for first over Lake Zurich (82) and Crystal Lake Central (97). Lake Forest (123) and West Chicago (153) rounded out the top five teams.

Last year, Kaneland finished second only to Crystal Lake Central.

Kaneland sophomore Brianna Bower continued he impressive streak of meets, placing ninth in the 154-girl field with a time of 18 minutes, 44.36 seconds over the rolling hills of Lakewood Forest Preserve. Bower improved over her 2012 time by over 50 seconds when she placed 21st as a freshman.

Senior Erika Carlson was the next KHS runner to cross the finish line, placing 64th with a personal-best time of 20:47. Jessica Kucera (90th, 21:17), Noelle Espino (92nd, 21:20) and Anna Piazza (145th, 24:15) rounded out the KHS varsity.

Next up for the girls cross country squad is the 44th Annual Eddington Cross Country Invitational at Elburn Woods Saturday, Sept. 21. The morning kicks off with the girls varsity race at 9 a.m. The fr/so girls run at 10:15 a.m., and girls open at 11:45 a.m.

“We hope to have our full varsity team running in the next two to three weeks so the girls will continue to focus on individual improvement at this meet,” Ecker said.

Parking for the Eddington Invite will be at Kaneland High School, with regular shuttles available.

Knights solid at First to the Finish

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Photo: Ryan Bower led the Knights in Peoria, running a personal-best 15:55 effort over the 3-mile course. Photo by Ben Draper

Boys place 11th in strong field
PEORIA, Ill.—When you have 13 of the top 25 ranked teams, it could be easy to get lost in the crowd.

But coach Chad Clarey’s boys cross country squad rose to the challenge, finishing 11th in the highly competitive 52-team First to the Finish Invitational at Peoria’s Detweiller Park Saturday.

The Knights tallied 405 points, seven behind 10th-place Champaign Central.

No. 1-ranked Illiana Christian won the meet with 121 points.

“It felt good to get back to Detweiller and run a faster course against some top-tier teams,” Clarey said. “We feel like we have a lot of room for growth, and we realize that we have about five weeks to put our pieces in place, ahead of the conference meet.”

Nine other Northern Illinois Big 12 conference schools were at the meet, including Yorkville (2nd, 136 points), Dixon (5th, 274), Sycamore (9th, 348), Sterling (13th, 414), Geneseo (20th, 562), DeKalb (34th, 870), Ottawa (35th, 901), Rochelle (45th, 1244) and Streator (52nd, 1684).

Individually, the Knights were led by a strong effort by Ryan Bower, running a personal best time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds over the 3 mile course.

Luis Acosta was the next Knight to cross the finish line, placing 71st with a time of 16:21. Nathaniel Kucera (92nd, 16:37), Andrew Lesak (94th, 16:38) and Sean Spaetzel (106th, 16:47) rounded out the Knight scorers.

Clarey was happy with his team’s ability to run as a pack in the 735-runner field.

“Using a 52-second pack split, and 55 (seconds) between our first six, we now have a baseline to work with,” he said.

Brandon Park was Kaneland’s sixth man, placing 116th in 16:50.

Rounding out the Knight runners were Phil Cutsinger (179th, 17:20), Michael Booton (191st, 17:26), Brock Robertsen (233rd, 17:42), Dylan Kuipers (277th, 17:59), Noah Duffey (315th, 18:15), Mitch Reger (316th, 18:15), Alex Gale (255th, 18:31), Will Kuipers (361st, 18:33), Aaron French (369th, 18:39), James Walker (371st, 18:40), Andrew Kantola (431st, 19:11), Danny Walker (565th, 20:38), Kyle Osborne (628th, 21:38) and Phil Rawers (629th, 21:39).

Although running in the varsity race, Clarey was happy with how his freshmen and sophomores competed.

“We have a terrific group of frosh soph runners who were eager to compete,” Clarey said. “For their first time out on a three-mile course, we notched many races in the 18:00’s, including a two-minute drop from Will Kuipers, Alex Gale and Aaron French.

It will be fun to see how this group continues to gel, and to follow their leaders,” he added.

Next up for the Knights is the 44th installment of the Eddington Invitational at Elburn Woods Saturday. The boys varsity runs at 9:45 a.m., boys fr/so at 10:45 a.m., and boys open at 11:15 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.

Late-night run

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Photo: Nate Dyer (32) had a big night for the Knights, rushing for three touchdowns. Photo by Patti Wilk

Sterling can’t counter Kaneland (3-0) balance
STERLING, Ill.—Kaneland showed a great crossover move on Friday night, but not on the basketball court.

Instead, the Knights football roster (3-0) successfully handled its Northern Illinois Big XII West division opponent on the turf of Sterling Chevrolet Field, the home of the Sterling Golden Warriors (2-1), in a 48-7 running clock defeat.

For the Knights, it marked the 31st consecutive victory in the regular season, and marked the third win in the last four meetings between the two schools.

Kaneland beat Sterling in the Class 5A State quarterfinals in Maple Park in 2006, a 52-45 double-overtime epic. Sterling returned the favor in Whiteside County two years later in a 23-21 first-round meeting. KHS bested the visiting Golden Warriors on Sept. 14, 2012, 42-0.

KHS gained 369 yards of total offense, compared to 80 for the hosts, with ball-carrier Nate Dyer running like a bull for the Knights with a game-high 97 yards.

“We always got guys coming in and that’s what we strive for is if a man goes down, we get that second man in,” Dyer said. “Every team that comes in, we have to expect them to be a tough team. We just had to practice hard and play hard.”

Dyer (three TDs) took the brunt of the carries, along with Isaac Swithers and Dylan Nauert, spelling Jesse Balluff, who went down in pain after being tackled to the sidelines after a first-quarter pass. The senior was on crutches with a wrap on his knee after the contest.

Senior quarterback Drew David passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a score of his own.

David and Co. were adept at extending plays for more gains on Friday.

“The line always does a great job with blocking,” David said. “(Sterling) kind of threw different coverage than we were expecting, so it kind of confused us a little bit, but we always have guys that can make plays.”

To get to the ground punishments, Kaneland began the first drive with passes to Balluff, John Pruett, Nauer and Balluff again to gather 62 yards of offense. Five plays later, David snuck in from the one-yard line for a 7-0 lead with 7:41 to go in the first.

After a punt by Sterling, Kaneland took over and went six plays for 45 yards, ending in an 18-yard fade pattern to Connor Fedderly, his first varsity touchdown. The score made it 14-0 with 3:15 to go.

KHS would score on its third consecutive drive when David, Swithers and Dyer would make productive carries, and Dyer would scamper for a 10-yard touchdown just six seconds into the second frame for a 20-0 edge.

Sterling would strike back in short fashion, thanks to a 38-yard touchdown pass to Logan Wharff 21 seconds later to close within 20-7. Wharff set up the play with a 60-yard kickoff return.

Later, Kaneland would get pick from Swithers to set up the ball at the Sterling 28. On the third run of the drive, Dyer’s six-yard score would make it 27-7 with 5:04 left in the half.

The Knights would convert on the next drive toward the end of the frame, with six runs and one pass. Dyer’s four-yard run completed a 60-yard drive for a 34-7 lead with 43 seconds before the buzzer.

Two third-quarter scores put the game on ice, as Nauert took an inside handoff and went 19 yards for a touchdown with 8:37 to go to make it 41-7, and Nauert made an up-for-grabs catch from the three with 4:19 to go for the 48-7 margin, completing an eight-play drive.

Photos by Patti Wilk:

Kaneland (3-0) vs. Streator (0-3)

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Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Kaneland High School’s Peterson Field

The Knights host the Streator Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 20, for the second of two NIB-12 crossover meetings in 2013. A year ago, Kaneland traveled to Streator and won 41-0 in a contest that triggered a running clock for the entire second half. Balluff, Nauert and Dyer all found the end zone in the win.

Streator comes into next Friday at 0-3 after a 29-13 loss at Ottawa. The Bulldogs have scored a total of 33 points this season, and are coached by Kirk Melody. Streator last amassed both a winning record and playoff qualification in 2008, and has lost 29 of its last 30 regular season encounters.

This stands to be the last regular season meeting between the two squads for the foreseeable future, as Streator leaves the NIB-12 after four years in June 2014. Streator, the conference’s southern-most school, leaves for the Interstate Eight Conference, while Dixon departs for the Big Northern Conference.

The shuffling necessitated a divisional realignment in the NIB-12 football landscape in 2014, with Rochelle relocating to the West to balance out the schools.

Closing it out

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Volleyball wades through conference challenges
KANELAND—Hovering around .500, the Lady Knights volleyball contingent keeps trying create a little breathing room between itself and that line.

They’ll have to spend a little more time trying to create after the past week.

Monday had a trip to DeKalb and a 28-26, 16-25, 22-25 three-game loss, and Tuesday had a home matchup against Morris that ended in a 25-13, 25-18 conference win.

Kaneland sits at 8-7 now (1-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

Saturday saw a trip to the home of the new Upstate Eight Conference entry West Chicago for a tournament where the Lady Knights split four matches.

West Chicago beat Dundee-Crown in the championship final by a 25-23, 25-16 score, the two teams to beat Kaneland in the grouping.

Against DeKalb, Ellie Dunn had nine kills and 14 service points. Bridget Ransford had five kills and four service points, and fellow Lady Knight Jenny Lubic had eight assists and two digs.

Facing another conference foe in Morris, Lubic had seven service points, two kills and nine assists, while Hannah Nauert had five service points and eight assists. Dunn had 10 kills, 10 digs, three aces, three blocks and four service points.

Kaneland is still finding a court roadblock with winning a first game, but dropping a second and third.

“We figured that out though last night, and I saw my team play the way I’ve always seen them against a very tall and veteran Morris team,” first-year coach Kerri McCastland said. “We will work this week and continue learning, and give it a go next Tuesday.

The lone contest for Kaneland during the next week features a trip to Sycamore on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Photo by Kimberly Anderson

Photos: IC Catholic @ Kaneland

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Higher ground

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Photo: The Knights Dylan Nauert carries the ball during the first quarter. Photo by Erik Anderson

Knights beat Elmhurst-based namesake in week 2 affair
KANELAND—Friday night’s first drive set the tone.

Facing an all-new non-conference opponent in Elmhurst’s IC Catholic Prep, Kaneland could have relied on the air game, but instead went to the rushing attack spurred on by workhorses Jesse Balluff, Dylan Nauert and Nate Dyer.

The first drive of the contest lasted nine plays and went 75 yards, ending with a 20-yard touchdown run around left end for Balluff with 7:33 remaining in the first quarter, setting the stage for an eventual 45-14 domination of the visitors.

“We just love running this year,” Balluff said. “We have a huge line that’s just dominant, and anybody can run behind them and get a touchdown, seriously.”

For Kaneland football, it’s the 30th consecutive regular season win in a row. The Knights haven’t lost a non-conference regular season matchup in four years, last dropping a 2009 matchup to Huntley.

It was a departure for the Knights crew, who last played someone other than Marmion Academy or Huntley in the season’s second game back in 2004, in a 34-0 win over Ridgewood High School.

Quarterback Drew David went 10-for-17 for 165 yards on the night, while Balluff went 185 yards on 16 carries.

On the next KHS drive, the Knights executed a 10-play drive with a concentration on ball-control. Matt Rodriguez booted a 38-yard field goal to give the hosts a 10-0 lead with 1:05 remaining in the quarter.

The ICC (1-1) drive that followed was stopped in its tracks after one play after a rush on the quarterback by Isaac Swithers resulted in a fumble recovery by Andrew Kray.

A touchdown pass to John Pruett was called back due to a penalty, but Balluff took charge with a 35-yard touchdown scamper on the next play for a 17-0 edge with 15 ticks left in the frame.

The opposing Knights finally got on the board with 8:13 left in the second on a six-yard touchdown run to close within 17-7.

Balluff had three carries on the next drive for Kaneland and scored his third touchdown of the game, with a 1-yarder up the middle for a 24-7 edge with 5:59 remaining in the half.

Kaneland’s defense took over on the next ICC drive, with Ryan Bower emerging with a sack. Four plays later, linebacker Cole Carlson picked off a pass and went 51-yards down the sideline for a touchdown and a 31-7 lead with 2:41 to go in the half.

The third quarter officially put the game on ice, despite a fourth-quarter score by ICC. Nauert ran the ball in from the 10 with 7:32 remaining in the third for a 38-7 lead, and a three-yard touchdown with 2:43 to go in the third for a 45-7 lead.

A running clock scenario was almost set into motion, but a punt return TD by Nauert was flagged for an illegal block at the tail-end of the third quarter.

KHS coach Tom Fedderly was pleased to see the early gameplan come to fruition.

“We thought we had the advantage up front,” Fedderly said. “We were going to keep running the ball until they stopped it.”

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.

Tweaking the formula

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Photo: The Kaneland girls volleyball team celebrates a point in recent action. The Lady Knights sit at 5-4 to start the season after winning Tuesday against LaSalle-Peru. File Photo

Lady Knights volleyball handles ACC, drops close sweep to Montini
KANELAND—Through eight matches in 2013, Kaneland’s new volleyball setup is still in the process of setting up.

This past week showed both highs and lows, with the new-look Lady Knights still looking to put it all together.

Kaneland was able to handle a nearby threat from the Aurora Central Catholic unit last Thursday by a final of 25-13, 25-18, and lost a competitive and tight sweep to the invading Montini Catholic unit by a 25-23, 25-21 count.

The Lady Knights also finished their three-match home swing against Northern Illinois Big XII crossover rival LaSalle-Peru on Tuesday, winning 25-15, 25-14.

Kaneland is now 5-4 through the first stretch of the season after going 5-3 a year ago.

Against the Lady Chargers, lone senior anchor Jenny Lubic paced the lineup with six kills, four digs and 17 assists. Teammate Ellie Dunn added six kills and six digs, and fellow Lady Knight Bridget Ransford supplied four kills and five service points. KHS rep Hannah Nauert also hammered home four kills in the sweep.

Facing off against Lombard, Ill., contender Montini, the Lady Knights saw stat sheet impact from Lubic (18 assists), Anna Senese (six kills) and Dunn (eight kills).

Neither team was able to get out to a comfortable lead, with the first margin of two points occurring when Montini took a 14-12 lead in game one. Montini was up 21-17 when Kaneland saw a kill from Senese to close the margin to three. A sideout and error closed the margin to 22-20, but the Lady Broncos cinched the first-game deal with aggressive front-line play and two blocks.

Able to stifle Montini’s aggressiveness, Kaneland went out to a 14-10 edge, which forced MC to call a time-out. The strategy worked with the visitors able to rattle off a 6-1 run to take a lead before a kill from McKenzie McMullan tied the score at 16. Montini’s next kill attempt gave KHS a 17-16 edge before the lead briefly switched again. Down by one, Vanessa Gould’s kill tied the game at 19. An errant dig by the Lady Broncos would eventually tie the score at 20 apiece. Down by three, a Dunn kill would eventually close the margin to 23-21 before finished off the threat.

KHS coach Kerri McCastland sees a roster still working out the kinks and solidifying execution in close games.

“We are yet to do that,” McCastland said. “We’re yet to believe that we’re that team. You’d see it for three points, then all of the sudden we’d lay down for three points and let them back in the game. I wish they’d come to believe that they are the team that they are. I really believe they are in my heart.”

Stats from Tuesday’s NIB-12 game against LaSalle-Peru were not available at press time.

Kaneland heads to the West Chicago Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Oregon trail

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Photo: Kaneland senior Sydney Strang continued her solid start to the season, earning a fourth-place finish in Oregon, Ill., Saturday. File Photo

Lady Harriers run strong Saturday
OREGON, Ill.—The Lady Knights trekked to Oregon High School Saturday, and left with numerous individual accolades.

In a meet where no team score was kept, Kaneland placed six girls in the top 30 in the varsity race.

Brianna Bower again led the way with a time of 20 minutes, 32 seconds, which was good for third place overall. She was followed closely by Sydney Strang in fourth place, with a time of 20:42. Jessica Kucera also cracked the top ten, placing ninth with a time of 21:26.

“The three mile hilly Oregon High School course is very challenging on a good day to run,” head coach Doug Ecker said. “Today with the hot, humid, sunny conditions, all the girls did a very good job.”

Rounding out the Lady Knights varsity was Anna Piazza (15th, 22:00), Erika Carlson (17th, 22:14) and Noelle Espino (29th, 22:56).

The good times continued in the girls open race, as KHS placed three freshmen in the top five, led by Abby Shaw’s individual win in a time of 22:12.1. Katie Huber (3rd, 23:19) and Grace Dodis (4th, 23:48) were solid as well.

“The three freshmen running their first three mile high school race under today’s conditions were impressive,” Ecker said.

Rounding out the KHS open runners were Brianna Booton (11th, 24:27), Lilah Klingersmith (12th, 24:47), Sarah Daily (16th, 25:27), Carly Bartholomew (23rd, 26:09), Haley Penkala (27th, 26:21), Samantha Sommerville (31st, 26:59), Grace Drake (32nd, 27:08), Christina Delach (33rd, 27:09), Murphy Garcia (38th, 27:29) and Kayla Hedgren (46th, 28:45).

Kaneland canceled a triangular meet Tuesday at Elburn Woods against East Aurora and Yorkville due to hot conditions.

The Lady Knights next travel north to the Wauconda Invitational Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Hot start

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KANELAND—Coach Tim Larsen’s tennis team has to love its hot start, even though some matches have been cancelled due to the heat.

Sitting at 4-0 after a dual win at Plainfield North Saturday, the Lady Knights had a dual at IMSA canceled due to the heat Tuesday.

Against the Tigers, Kaneland swept the match 6-0.

“Plainfield North ended up being a dual meet,” Larsen said. “We got rained out of an eight-team tournament the weekend before, (Plainfield North) and us were the only two teams with an opening, so we just turned it into a dual meet.”

In singles action, No. 1 Sammie Schrepferman won 6-4, 6-0, while No. 2 Stephanie Zwick won 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles, No. 1 Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil swept their match 6-1, 6-1, as did No. 3 tandem Kaylee Shoaff and Mallory Dugan 6-1, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles pair Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz battled their way to a three-set win after falling behind in the first set 2-6. A 6-3, 7-5 sets two and three earned them a hard-fought win.

The No. 4 doubles duo of Brittany Zablocki and Katie Blazynski played a close three-set match, winning 7-6, 6-7, 10-6.

Larsen was pleased with the way his doubles teams earned their victories.

“It was closer than it looks on paper,” he said. “(Plainfield North Coach Lauren Madawick) has good young talent at No.1 singles and No. 1 doubles. No. 2 doubles pushed our girls just about to the limit in that third set—we came from behind in that match for sure, and No. 4 doubles was neck and neck the entire match.”

The Lady Knights next host NIB-12 rival Sycamore today at 4 p.m., and then host Rosary Monday at 4 p.m.

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.

Friday Preview: IC Catholic Prep vs. Kaneland

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Kaneland now hosts IC Catholic Prep of Elmhurst, Ill., on Friday, Sept. 6, in Maple Park at 7:30 p.m.

IC Catholic beat Chicago’s Noble Street Charter by a 47-6 clip on Saturday. As part of the Suburban Christian Gold Conference, the Knights are headed by second-year coach Bill Krefft. The Class 2A State champs in 2008, the Knights have gone to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, and gone 7-4 three of the last four campaigns.

“We’re going to take a look at what we’ve got,” Tom Fedderly said. “It’s our first game and now we got something on film.”

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.

What a smash

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KANELAND—Despite the usual late-August stop at Plainfield North getting shelved due to rain, the Lady Knights tennis squad was still able to show what it was made of in the early goings of 2013.

The DuPage Valley Conference representative Glenbard North Lady Panthers fell victim to the visiting Lady Knights on Thursday by a 5-2 mark in head-to-head action.

The Lady Knights’ record sits at 3-0 after a trip to DeKalb on Tuesday.

Against the Carol Stream, Ill. residents, the Kaneland contingent saw strong performances from both the singles and doubles ends.

At No. 1 singles, junior Sammie Schrepferman swept her match 6-0, 6-0, while senior Stephanie Zwick took a 6-4, 6-3 battle at No. 2 singles.

On the doubles front, Kaneland was paced by the No. 1 junior tandem of Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil in a 6-1, 6-1 sweep. No. 2 entries juniors Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz won their bout 6-3, 6-3, and No. 3 duo senior Kaylee Shoaff and junior Mallory Dugan took their match, 6-1, 6-3.

KHS coach Tim Larsen was eager as anyone to see what the lineup on paper would translate to.

“I have four very solid varsity players in Colleen Landers, Stephanie Karolewicz, Stephanie Zwick and Kaylee Shoaff. All four got varsity experience last year, and we’re still rearranging the No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles (when we need it), and No. 2 doubles spots. It’s a nice problem to have, but you want to make sure you get the right players in the best possible situations,” Larsen said.

Against DeKalb, the Lady Knights earned singles wins from Schrepferman (6-1, 6-0), Zwick (6-2, 6-4) and No. 3 Anna Wendling (6-0, 6-1).

In doubles action, Jurcenko/Emmanouil dispatched their opponents 6-2, 6-0, while Landers/Karolewicz won 6-0, 6-0, and Shoaff/ Dugan won 6-1, 6-0.

Kaneland gets back to the net on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Aurora at Illinois Math and Science Academy.

Coming up big

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Photo: Linebacker Cole Carlson contributed an interception during Saturday’s game against Brooks Prep of Chicago. Photo by Patti Wilk

Defense makes tide-changing plays in 27-7 win over Brooks
KANELAND—Kaneland football’s defense on Saturday night picked up the pieces.

It also picked up the team, as well as any loose balls and errant passes.

The Knights’ D managed two third-quarter safeties to add to the point total in a 27-7 opening weekend victory over the Brooks Prep Eagles from Chicago.

It marked the third straight win over the Eagles since the series began in 2011, and marked a stark contrast from the 25-24 comeback win at Gately Stadium on Aug. 25, 2012 that was possible only with a fourth-quarter surge.

The 1-0 Knights won their 29th consecutive regular season contest, dating back to week nine of the 2009 campaign against Yorkville. The trumping of Brooks was delayed 24 hours after torrential rain and plentiful lightning wiped high school football action out throughout the area on Friday.

It marked the first postponement of a Kaneland football game since the opening weekend of the 2007 season, when heavy storms on a Thursday prompted moving the Kaneland win over Burlington Central to a Saturday kickoff.

The offensive output by Kaneland was largely confined to the first half and a 23-7 lead, but five turnovers bruised additional scoring chances, making the defensive play from personnel like Sam Bower, Grant Wooten (interception) and Tyler Carlson all the more important.

Tyler Slamans (above) eludes three Brooks defenders during Kaneland’s 27-7 victory Saturday. Slamans had three receptions for 71 yards.  Photo by Patti Wilk
Tyler Slamans (above) eludes three Brooks defenders during Kaneland’s 27-7 victory Saturday. Slamans had three receptions for 71 yards. Photo by Patti Wilk
“It was nice, we knew we got embarrassed last year,” Carlson said. “We came out and did our job on the defensive end and it was a good game. Our defensive line just got pressure for the safeties, and it was really good work by them.”

For Kaneland, quarterback Drew David went 15-of-29 for 232 yards and three interceptions. Jesse Balluff went 84 yards on 18 carries, while David was close behind with 81 yards rushing. Tight end Tyler Slamans paced the receiving corps with 71 yards on three catches, while John Pruett and Brandon Bishop each had 44 yards receiving.

The night began with a Dylan Nauert kickoff return to the Brooks’ 24-yard line, where runs by Drew David and Jesse Balluff got the drive going. After two incomplete passes, kicker Matt Rodriguez booted a 24-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead one minute, 42 seconds into battle.

After a Brooks punt was downed at the Eagles’ 12, Balluff broke one tackle on the next play and scampered into the end zone for a 9-0 lead with 8:54 to go in the first.

Another Brooks punt led to a six-play, 77-yard scoring drive for Kaneland, ending with a five-yard touchdown run up the middle for Balluff with 5:05 to go in the first for a 16-0 lead. The drive was keyed by a 34-yard completion to Slamans.

The lone scoring drive for Kaneland in the second quarter was made of the ball-control variety, with the seventh and last run of the drive a one-yard run by fullback Nate Dyer with 3:33 to go for a 23-0 lead.

Brooks found the scoreboard on a 21-yard scoring pass from Tyree Dantzler to Dakota Starks with 36 seconds remaining in the half, closing the deficit to 23-7.

The Kaneland offense saw drives fizzle out with a missed field goal, three interceptions and a lost fumble. The second-half scoring came as a result of two third-quarter safeties, causing the ever-rare four-point third quarter.

“We’re really happy with our defensive line,” KHS coach Tom Fedderly said. “Sophomores had a big game, Bower had a huge game and Ty Carlson, in his first game as linebacker, I thought he did a terrific job.”

With 10:40 to go in the third quarter, a team sack of Dantzler in the end zone made it 25-7, while the next drive ended with a punt block by Bower out of the end zone for a 27-7 lead with 7:24 to go in the third and capping the scoring.

Sports recap Sept. 5

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Fr/So Golf
vs. Marengo—The boys fr/so golf team defeated visiting Marengo 198 to 219 Thursday, Aug. 29. The Knights were paced by Daniel Frank and Brock Williams, each shooting a 44. Kaneland also got contributions from Joey Branodisio (49), Brandon Cruz (52), Luke Calabrese (53) and Michael Petrick (53).

JV Tennis
vs. Glenbard North—Lady Knights JV Tennis squad defeated Glenbard North 6-1 at home last Thursday. Earning singles wins were No. 2 Brittany Zablocki (0-6, 6-4, 10-7) and No. 3 Kayla Corirossi (6-0, 6-0). All KHS doubles teams won: No. 1 Katie Blaszynski/Emily Mirocha (2-6, 6-3, 10-8), No. 2 Heather Albrecht/Ally McPhee (4-6, 7-5, 10-8), No. 3 Lauren Karolewicz/Marley Schultz (6-3, 6-1), and No. 4 Mary Collum/Kristen Siebert (6-3, 3-6, 10-5).
vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 4-1 over visiting DeKalb Tuesday. Singles winners included Emily Lutter (10-1), Zablocki (10-3) and Marissa Michi (8-1).
Doubles winners were Blaszynski/ Mirocha (10-1) and Karolewicz/Schultz (10-5).

Sophomore Football
vs. Brooks—The Knights won over Brooks Prep 38-8. The game was postponed to Saturday, Aug. 31, due to strong storms Friday night.

Freshman Soccer
@ West Aurora—The Kaneland boys freshman soccer team were handed a season-opening 7-0 loss Wednesday, Aug. 28.
vs. Glenbard North—The Knights fell to 0-2 on the year with a 0-3 loss to the visiting Panthers.

Fr/So Volleyball
@ Burlington Central—The Lady Knights freshman A and B squads had mixed results in Burlington Tuesday. The A squad solved the hosts 25-16, 25-9, while the B squad fell 25-13, 25-23. No individual stats were available at press time.
@ Burlington Central—The sophomore squad fell to the host Rockets 25-7, 25-23. No individual stats were available at press time.

Fr/So Cross Country
Tuesday @ Elburn Woods—The Knights were the only boys team to field a Fr/So team Tuesday, and were led by Sean Spaetzel winning with a time of 14 minutes, 14 seconds over the 2.42 mile course. Following Spaetzel was Michael Booton in 14:40, Will Kuipers in 15:05, Noah Duffey in 15:07, Alex Gale in 15:28, Anthony Messina in 15:56, Aaron French in 16:12, Andrew Kantola in 16:26, Kyle Osborne in 19:05 and Danny Walker in 20:46.

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.

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