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IHSA releases classifications for 2015-16 school year

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IHSA

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.

Photo: A happy, chilly reunion

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Alumni of the Kaneland Cross Country team for the fifth consecutive year braved the cold and met up on Dec. 30 for their annual Alumni 2 Run. The alumni met at Waubonsee Community College and ran 4 miles with head cross country coach Chad Clarey and head track and field coach Eric Baron. The group then had breakfast at the Golden Acres restaurant in Sugar Grove. Photo submitted by Chad Clarey to MPaulson@elburnherald.com

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

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

Volleyball
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.

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

Golf
Jesse Denton and Jake Hed.

2014 Fall Northern Illinois Big XII All Conference Academic Honors

Football:
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.

Volleyball:
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.

Tennis
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.

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

Bower finishes her cross country season at State Meet

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KHS cross country sectionals Nov 2014-1

PEORIA, ILL.—Kaneland junior Brianna Bower on Saturday stood on the 100 yard long starting line for the start of the IHSA Girls 2A State Cross Country Championships. Looking out toward the wooded hills at the south end of Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill., was a familiar sight for her, as was seeing the entire circumference of the historic 3-mile course ring lined shoulder-to-shoulder with more than 30,000 spectators.

To Bower’s left and right were 175 runners representing 25 advancing teams, and another 35 individual runners who, like her, had punched their tickets to Peoria by being one of the top-seven individual finishers from a non-advancing team at their Sectional.

This was Bower’s third trip to the big dance, where she had placed 32nd as a freshman and 37th last fall as a sophomore, on Lady Knights teams that placed sixth and fifth, respectively. What wasn’t familiar was being in the starting box without her teammates. The previous weekend, Kaneland had fallen one spot short of the fifth and final team qualifying place for the State meet at their Sectional championship, despite running their best race of the season and beating five ranked teams.

So for the first time in her cross country career, Bower was running solo in her silver and black Kaneland Knights checkerboard jersey.

Her focus was on placing in the top 25—a feat that would earn her All-State honors.

The weather earlier in the week in Peoria had been dry, so the footing was firm at this historically fast course. But the conditions were frigid with temperatures in the mid-40s and gusty winds, resulting in a wind chill near 30 degrees.

Bower has a condition known as “exercise-induced asthma” (or E.I.A.), which is a constriction of the airways in the lungs during exercise. It causes shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing during strenuous exercise. E.I.A. is not uncommon among endurance athletes, and it is often triggered or accentuated by cold temperatures. For Bower, it’s like trying to run 3 miles with a belt cinched tightly around her throat. There are inhalers she can, and does, use to ease her condition.

“Brianna got out well and was placed in the top 20 at the halfway mark, then slowed and gradually fell back more than 50 places. I knew right away she was having asthma issues,” head coach Doug Ecker said.

Despite her breathing issues, Bower on the final 600 yard uphill finishing straightaway moved up more than 10 places to finish 57th in the field of 210 of the state’s best 2A runners with a time of 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Bower ran 18:33 last year and 18:09 in 2012.
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Knight harrier teams 1 place short at Kaneland Sectional

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KHS cross country sectionals Nov 2014-1-4

Junior Brianna Bower qualifies for State as an individual
KANELAND—The Knights’ boys and girls cross country teams were hoping for a little home course advantage at the IHSA Class 2A Sectional meet at Kaneland High School on Saturday.

To have a chance to advance to the State championships in Peoria this weekend, the Knights knew they needed to have better performances than they produced at the qualifying meet the previous weekend at the Woodstock regional, where the boys placed fifth and the girls placed fourth in the 10-team fields.

As it turned out, both teams produced their best performances of the season, but both came up just shy of a State berth.

The 18-team Kaneland sectional—one of five held state-wide on Saturday—featured the top-six placing teams from the Antioch, Belvidere North and Woodstock regional meets, plus the top-five placing individuals from teams that did not advance at those meets. It was considered the toughest 2A Sectional meet in Illinois, with 10 of the top-25 ranked girls’ teams on the starting line, including seven of the top-eight ranked teams led by No. 1 Yorkville.

In the boys’ race, five of the top 10 2A teams in the state were in the field, again led by No. 1 Yorkville. At each sectional, only the top-5 placing teams would punch their tickets to Peoria, plus the top-seven individual finishers from non-advancing teams.

At the Kaneland Sectional, it was cloudy and a brisk 37 degrees for the 10 a.m. girls’ race, but the snow and blustery winds from the previous day had disappeared. At the gun, Marengo senior Kitty Allen shot to the front, with only Belvidere North sophomore Jenna Lutzow willing to go with her. Mid-way through the 3-mile race, the duo opened a 100-yard lead on the rest of the field, with Kaneland junior Brianna Bower in the chase pack of 10 runners. In the last half of the race, Bower was in the top-15 and Kaneland senior Victoria Clinton had moved up into the top 30, with teammates Andrea Wells and senior Aislinn Lodwig in tow.

With 100 yards to go, Lutzow passed Allen to win the race in 17 minutes, 33 seconds, and Yorkville packed five runners into the top 22 places to win team honors with a 72-point total. Bower charged home in 12th place in 18:11, with teammates Victoria Clinton, Andrea Wells and Aislinn Lodwig all running under 19:00 in 27th, 35th and 39th place, respectively.

Kaneland’s No. 5 finisher, senior Jessica Kucera, ended up in 70th place in 19:30. Kucera gave the Lady Knights a team score of 171 and a sixth-place finish, ahead of ranked teams like Rockford Boylan, Marengo, Lakes and Woodstock.

Though the Kaneland girls missed advancing to the State championships by one place, Brianna Bower advanced as one of the top seven individual finishers from non-advancing teams.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” head coach Doug Ecker said after the race. “I don’t think any of our seven runners could have finished one place higher today. They left it all on the course and finished our season with a great performance.”

“All I wanted to do today was run a P.R. (personal record),” Bower said. “So I went out fast and pushed hard all the way.”

Bower’s quest for a fast time led her to running an aggressive race, which resulted in her earning her third-consecutive appearance in the State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Peoria, Ill. That, despite suffering a stress fracture in her foot last summer that saw her start the season under-trained and in the back of the pack.

In the boys’ race, things were much the same as for the girls, yet very different for Kaneland. The boys team was closer to a qualifying berth than the girls—missing by only eight points behind Prairie Ridge’s 162.

Prior to the race, head coach Chad Clarey knew an aggressive race was the only way his Knights would emerge from the tough Sectional field.

“Our goal today is to have Austin Kintz and Matt Richtman place in the top 15 individually and make a run at qualifying for the state meet—and for the rest of our team to run faster and closer together than we have all season,” Clarey said prior to the start. “That would be a daunting task with ten of the top-20-ranked 2A teams in the state standing next to them on the starting line, including 19 runners who had qualified for the state track championships last spring.”

At the start, Yorkville’s senior twins Jake and Luke Hoffert sprinted to the front of the race, and stayed there for the next 3 miles. Vernon Hills sophomore Shane Williamson was the only one who took up the chase, which proceeded at sub-15:00 pace. He ran most of the race 50 yards behind the Hofferts and 100 yards ahead of the rest of the chase pack.

A half-mile into the race, Kaneland’s Kintz, Richtman and senior Brandon Park were running in the mid-20s in the field of 147 runners. Over the last mile, Kintz and Richtman kept working their way past tiring early front-runners. Park defended his place in the 20s, and senior Mitch Reger broke away from teammates junior Sean Spaetzel, sophomore Andrew Kantola and junior Will Kuipers.

At the finish, Jake Hoffert crossed the line in 14:49, 1 second ahead of his brother Luke, and Yorkville added places 9, 27 and 28 to win the team title with 67 points. Behind them, a dogfight was being waged for the final four team qualifying spots for the State meet, with runners diving for the finish line and collapsing on the ground due to exhaustion.

In the end, Austin Kintz placed 16th in 15:33, and Matt Richtman placed 17th in 15:39—finishes that left them just two and three places short, respectively, of the final individual State qualifying spot. Park and Reger ran 3-mile lifetime bests of 15:48 and 16:28. And Spaetzel’s 69th-place finish gave Kaneland a team score of 170 points and sixth place—just eight points behind the fifth and final qualifying place for the State Championships.

The Knights’ efforts saw the team finish ahead of five ranked teams. Burlington Central senior Clay Musial qualified as the seventh individual finisher from non-advancing teams.

“This race was the start of something big for these guys,” Clarey said after the race. “It gives us momentum and confidence heading into the track season, and it sets the stage for us to end the cross country season next fall standing on the starting line at the state meet.”

In her third year qualifying for the IHSA State Meet, Bower will toe the line Saturday at 11 a.m. at Detweiller Park in Peoria. As a freshman, Bower placed 32nd with a time of 18:09, and ran 18:33 for 37th place last season. Bower represents the final fall-sport athlete still competing for Kaneland.

Photos by Laura Gampfer

Girls XC goes 4th to Sectional

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Photo: Freshman Andrea Wells and junior Brianna Bower work their way through a challenging Woodstock course at Saturday’s Regional. The Lady Knights qualified as a team to the sectional Saturday, which is hosted by Kaneland High School.
Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to sports@elburnherald.com

WOODSTOCK, ILL.—Saturday’s Woodstock Regional provided many challenges for the Lady Knight roster.

As it turns out, Kaneland excelled enough to make it to the Sectional in their backyard, by virtue of a fourth-place, 107-point output.

Ahead of host Woodstock by 16 points and Hampshire by 53, Kaneland was behind Yorkville’s exemplary 28-point score, Crystal Lake Central’s 68 and Vernon Hills’ 88.

Prairie Ridge, at 172, was 12 points short of qualifying for the Sectional.

Yorkville junior Skyler Bollinger led the entire field with a mark of 18:42. Tops for Kaneland was junior Brianna Bower with a 20:01 time for 15th place. Andrea Wells, in her first regional, was second on the team with a 20:03, good for 16th place. Not far behind in 19th was Aislinn Lodwig at 20:10. Lady Knight and former State champ Victoria Clinton was in 20th place with a 20:12 effort.

Fifth, sixth and seventh for the KHS crew were 37th place Jessica Kucera (21:32), 44th place Sarah Daley (22:03) and 51st place Grace Dodis (22:40).

“It was the best team race of the season for the girls so far,” head coach Doug Ecker said. “The top four of Brianna, Andrea, Aislinn and Victoria all ran strong races on the toughest course they have run on all year and the toughest 2A Regional in the state.”

Saturday, Nov. 1, will see the Kaneland Sectional at the high school grounds, with select teams from the Antioch and Belvidere Regionals, as well. A year ago, Kaneland finished fifth and qualified for State in Peoria, Ill., on the strength of an 18:31 effort from Clinton.

“(The Regional meet) gives us good momentum going into the Sectional,” Ecker said.

Oct. 23 Sports recap

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Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 16 vs. Morris—The freshman A team improved to 12-4, 7-0 in conference play with a 25-15, 25-20 win over Morris. The B team also won against Morris 25-22, 17-25, 25-21.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 16 vs. Morris—The Lady Knights won 25-15, 25-13 over Morris.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 17 @ La Salle-Peru—The Knights won 7-6 Friday.

Girls Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Lady Knights were runners-up to Yorkville at the NIB-12 Conference meet held at Rochelle Twp. High School
8 Grace Dodis, 21:24.3; 11 Katie Huber, 22:14.6; 20. Sandra Gale, 24:03.6; 24. Marissa Dries, 24:49.9.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—Kaneland was second at the NIB-12 Conference meet, held at Rochelle Twp. High School.
10 Grace Drake, 22:14; 16 Sam Sommerville, 23:15; 17 Murphy Garcia, 23:53; 20 Lilah Klingensmith, 24:06; 22 Haley Penkala, 24:17.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Knights scored just 35 points, but lost to Yorkville by six in the six-team race. Third place was Sycamore with 80 points.
1 Matthew Richtman, 16:35; 2 Andrew Kantola, 16:50; 8 Sam Webster, 17:56; 9 Henry Nosek, 18:00; 12 Anthony Messina, 18:09; 25 Kyle Wells, 19:03; 26 David Wojak, 19:06.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 18 @ NIB-12 Meet—The Knights were second at the JV open race at Saturdays conference meet.
5 Aaron French, 18:00; 6 Zach Kurz, 18:07; 8 Jared Murri, 18:22; 10 Alex Gale, 18:31; 13 Peyton Heiser, 18:43; 15 Ben Smith, 18:51; 26 Cristian Girolamo, 19:32; 29 Nick Moses, 19:45; 30 Jack O’Sullivan, 19:48; 31 Tyler Nance, 19:49; 33 Josh Kasap, 20:00; 39 Austin Parks, 20:15; 48 Grant Gingrich, 21:26; 53 Ian Piazza, 21:44; 54 Jacob Wolfe, 21:49; 62 Kyle Osborne, 23:43; 65 Cole Rutter, 26:40/

Kaneland YFL
Oct. 18, 2014—Playoffs, Round 1
8U
Kaneland Silver 0
@ Kaneland White 27
9U
Kaneland White 0
@ Burlington Blue 24
DeKalb Black 8
@ Kaneland Black 0
10U
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 24
11U
Kaneland Black 14
@ DeKalb Black 39
Kaneland White 6
@ DeKalb Orange 26

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Girls pack acclimates well in Rochelle for NIB-12

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ROCHELLE, ILL.—When you are ahead of all other conference outfits with the exception of Yorkville, it’s been a pretty good Northern Illinois Big XII race.

On Saturday in Rochelle, the Kaneland girls cross country squad put shoes to grass in the annual conference gathering in West division territory, and came away with a 78 score and second place overall.

Yorkville, with 18, was a runaway winner, and Sterling (91), LaSalle-Peru (94) and Geneseo (111) cemented the top five slots. Morris (172), DeKaln (199), Ottawa (208) and Sycamore (214) rounded out the top nine point-garnering outfits.

Yorkville’s Skyler Bollinger (18:04), Erin Reynolds (18:34) and Lauren Daffenburg (18:37) were a triple threat at the front of the line. Lady Knight junior Brianna Bower’s 19:03 was good enough for top team finisher and ninth place overall. Hard-charging freshman Andrea Wells joined Bower in the All Conference category with a 19:12 and 11th place.

Other noteworthy Kaneland finishers were senior Aislinn Lodwig in 14th at 19:12, senior Victoria Clinton in 18th at 19:29, and sophomore Sarah Daley in 25th at 20:42. Both Lodwig and Clinton earned All Conference honors.

Rounding out the top seven were junior Carly Bartholomew (39th, 21:50) and senior Jessica Kucera (40th, 21:52).

A year ago, Yorkville’s 52 bested Kaneland’s 66 total for first place out at Morris, with Clinton earning the top KHS spot in fifth at 17:56.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, at Emricson Park in Woodstock, the Lady Knights join Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, Hampshire, Sycamore, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Woodstock and Yorkville for the Class 2A Woodstock Regional. Teams and individuals would then trek to the Kaneland Sectional on Saturday, Nov. 1, with the best from Antioch’s and Belvidere’s Regionals.

Photo: Freshman Andrea Wells

Lady Knights cross country tunes up before conference

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STERLING, ILL.—A loaded field helped propel the Lady Knights to several personal bests at Saturday’s Sterling Invitational.

Even with coach Doug Ecker running some of his top individuals at the freshman/sophomore level, KHS still managed a 14th-place team showing with 359 points, 23 points behind conference-mate Dixon. Schaumburg won with 55 points, followed by Minooka’s 67. Minooka’s Ashley Tutt, Mackenzie Callahan and Emily Shelton went 1-2-3 individually.

For Kaneland, Briana Bower paced the team with an 18th place in 18 minutes, 52 seconds. Bower, who is still working her way back from a stress fracture, was 12th in 2013 in 18:39.

Senior Victoria Clinton was next for Kaneland in 36th place with a time of 19:36. Jessica Kucera was behind her in 66th place, running the 3-mile course in 20:09.

“Kucera continues her steady season with a time of 20:07,” Ecker said. “(That’s) a PR for her.”

Also in the mix for the varsity group was Carly Bartholomew (110th, 21:34), Grace Drake (135th, 22:47), Lilah Klingensmith (143rd, 23:34) and Murphy Garcia (144th, 23:46).

Freshman Andrea Wells paced the frosh/soph squad with a runner-up finish, while Sarah Daley was 12th in the younger race.

The Lady Knights’ next challenge with be the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference meet, held at Rochelle high school. The varsity girls run at 10 a.m., and are followed by the frosh/soph girls at 11:15 p.m. and the JV open at 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 16 Sports Recap

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Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 8 @ Oswego East—The Lady Knights lost 4-3 at Oswego East. Abby Purnell (8-3) and Ava Mandele (8-5) won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and Mary Collum and Marley Schultz won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Boys JV Cross Country
Oct. 8 @ Byron Invite—The Knights put up a perfect score of 15 to win the open race at Byron. The course was 2.87 miles.
1 A. Gale, 18:03; 2 D. Wojak, 18:29; 3 K. Wells, 18:31; 4 C. Girolamo, 18:34; 5 P. Heiser, 18:36; 6 T. Nance, 19:04; 7 G. Wilk, 19:25; 8 J. O’Sullivan, 19:38; 10 J. Kasap, 20:00; 12 K. Osborne, 21:07; 15 I. Piazza, 22:25; 16 J. Wolfe 22:26; 18 G. Gingrich, 22:49; 21 C. Rutter, 28:35

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 9 vs. Morris—The Knights won 5-0 over Morris. Brian Bartholomew had two goals and an assist, while Jose Chavez had a goal and assist. Diego Ruiz and Brandon Luebke also had goals, and Robbie Nachreiner had two assists for KHS.
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield East—The Knights were down 2-1 to PE with 10 minutes to go in the second half when the Plainfield East coach was given a red card, and the game was left as “undecided.” Christian Medrano scored an unassisted goal for the Knights who are 10-1-2 on the season, 8-0-1 in NIB-12 play.

Girls Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won 25-13, 23-25, 25-14.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland won 25-21, 25-13.

Girls Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 9 vs, DeKalb—The freshman A squad won 25-19, 14-25, 25-16. The B team tied 19-25, 25-20, 21-21.
Oct. 14 vs. Sycamore—The A team won 26-24, 23-25, 25-12, while the B team fell 21-25, 19-25.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 11 @ Sterling Invite—The Lady Knights placed 9th out of 22 teams Saturday. Andrea Wells led the team with a runner-up finish, while Sarah Daley was 12th. There were no team scores kept in the JV open race.
Fr/So results: 2 A. Wells, 19:45; 12 S. Daley, 20:42; 39 G. Dodis, 21:24; 76 K. Huber, 23:04; 99 M. Dries, 24:47; 100 M. Burger, 24:49.
JV Open results: 132 S. Sommerville, 24:17; 155 H. Penkala, 24:53.

Middle School
Cross Country

Oct. 11 @ IESA Sectional—In one of the toughest sectionals int he state, the Kaneland Harter Middle School cross country team saw its girls team qualify for the IESA State Meet by placing third behind Batavia Rotolo and Yorkville. The girls were paced by Rachel Richtman’s 3rd place in 12:03 over two miles. Lesley Viveros placed 10th in 12:28. Both were all-sectional selections. Also running for KHMS were Cassidy Motyka (15th, 12:37), Grace Purcell (19th 12:45), Tessa Brennan (21st 12:48), Erin Ball (22nd 12:51), and Emma Ball (28th 13:11). The boys squad placed fifth as a team, but saw two boys qualify as individuals. Seventh grader Zach Long took 3rd place in 10:59, while Dan Occhipinti placed ninth in 11:14—a personal record by 50 seconds. The state meet takes place at Maxwell Park in Normal, Ill. The girls team will run at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 1:15 p.m.

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8th grade volleyball

Eighth Grade Volleyball

Season recap—The 8th grade girls volleyball team of Kaneland Harter Middle School, coached by Jackie Self, had a successful season in the new Fox River Prairie Conference. This new conference includes St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Yorkville. The A team was 8-3 overall in the regular season, and beat Geneva South, Yorkville, and St. Charles Thompson in the Conference tournament to claim the title of conference champions. The B team was 10-1 overall and claimed the title of defending champs at the Yorkville B tournament. This talented group of girls worked together incredibly well and have many great years ahead in the high school volleyball program.

Seventh Grade Volleyball
Season recap—The Kaneland Harter Middle School 7th grade volleyball A team, coached by Kevin Hagan, was 7-4 overall in the regular season and took 2nd at the conference tournament. The B team ended 4-7 and took third at the Yorkville B tournament.

Kaneland Youth
Football League

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
Kaneland White 31
@ Yorkville Red 6
Kaneland Orange 9
@ Kaneland Black 0
Yorkville Black 26
@ Kaneland Silver 30
9U
Yorkville Black 0
@ Kaneland Black 21
Kaneland White 27
@ Yorkville Red 7
10U
Kaneland Black 0
@ DeKalb Black 20
Kaneland White 13
@ Yorkville Red 27
11U
Kaneland Black 11
@ DeKalb Orange 8 (OT)
Yorkville Red 6
@ Kaneland White 20

Oct. 11, 2014:
8U
DeKalb Orange 25
@ Kaneland White 6
Kaneland Orange 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 18
Kaneland Silver 19
@ Burlington White 0
9U
Kaneland Black 31
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 8
@ Burlington Blue 13
10U
Kaneland Black 14
@ Yorkville Red 0
Kaneland White 6
@ Burlington Blue 27
11U
DeKalb Black 38
@ Kaneland Black 8
Kaneland White 33
@ Yorkville White 6

The following teams have
qualified for the playoffs:

8U White, 8U Silver, 9U Black, 9U White, 10U Black, 11U Black and 11U White.

Compiled by Ben Draper

Kaneland girls cross thirst for Pretzel Invite

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Photo: Sophomore Grace Dodis accepts Kaneland’s second-place trophy at Saturday’s Pretzel Invite. Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to photos@elburnherald.com

FREEPORT, ILL.—For the best girls cross country talent the northern half of the state has to offer on an October Saturday, one need not look farther than the Pretzel Invite.

On Saturday, Kaneland girls cross country took second place with 53 points, meaning the talent is doing nicely after the season’s health and lineup concerns. More local outfit Boylan Catholic of Rockford, Ill., nabbed first with 34 points.

Dixon (59), Freeport (102) and Winnebago (122) filled out the top half of the afternoon in the 10-team invite.

Three top-10 finishers donning Lady Knight garb were Victoria Clinton in fourth with an 18:53, fifth-place Andrea Wells in 18:60 and Brianna Bower with a 19:28, good for seventh.

Senior cornerstone Jessica Kucera paced to a 14th-place finish at 20:06, and Grace Dodis took 23rd at 20:53.

Other KHS varsity runners included Sarah Daley (30th, 21:12) and Carly Bartholomew (39th, 21:53).

The Boylan trio of Delaney Appino (18:01), Erica Lowry (18:40) and Grace McLaughlin (18:44) took the top three spots.

KHS coach Doug Ecker is a fan of the Freeport setup.

“It is nice to run against some different teams and see Boylan before the sectional. We like it because it is a smaller meet and it gives the JV girls a chance to run in a meet where they can be successful. All meets are important in preparing for the end of the season, but we value the entire season as important. We do not just point to the state series as the only thing that determines a successful season,” Ecker said.

Wednesday had the Byron Handicap come the Lady Knights’ way, and Saturday, Oct. 11, has the 65th annual Sterling Invite in Northern Illinois Big XII West territory.

Oct. 9 sports recap

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Boys Freshman Soccer
Oct. 1 @ Burlington Central—The Knights won 1-0. Michael Minoque had 16 saves, and Javier Correa had the goal on a Devin Pieczynski assist.
Oct. 6 @ DeKalb—Pieczynski’s goal and Minoque’s five saves helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie on the road against the Barbs.

Girls JV Tennis
Oct. 1 @ Yorkville—The JV tennis team fell 4-1 against the Lady Foxes. The Lady Knights are 3-1 in conference play.

Boys Sophomore Soccer
Oct. 1 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock—The Knights won 2-0. Diego Ruiz (Brian Bartholomew assist) and Tim Wachter (Brandon Luebke) each had goals.
Oct. 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights rolled 6-2 over the Spartans. John McCaffrey had three goals and an assist, while Bartholomew also had two goals. Ruiz had a goal and an assist, while Robbie Nachreiner and Christian Medrano each had assists. The Knights are 9-1-2 overall, and 6-0-1 in conference play.

Freshman Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The A team won 25-21, 25-19, while the B team also won 25-12, 25-8.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—The A team lost 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, while the B team lost 25-23, 20-25, 11-15. The A team is 9-4, 5-1 in conference play, while the B team is 2-9, 1-5.

Sophomore Volleyball
Oct. 2 vs. Sterling—The Lady Knights won 25-21, 25-19.
Oct. 7 vs. Ottawa—KHS won 25-19, 25-15.

Sophomore Football
Oct. 3 @ Sycamore—The Knights won 20-0 over the Spartans.

Girls JV Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Lady Knights won the eight-team meet with 40 points. Boylan was a close second with 46.
3 O. Galor, 21:09; 6. K. Huber, 21:55; 8 G. Drake, 22:12; 9 L. Klingensmith, 22:13; 15 S. Sommerville, 23:27; 18 M. Garcia, 23:38; 26. M. Dries, 24:26; 29 H. Penkala, 24:30.

Boys Fr/So Cross Country
Oct. 4 @ Freeport Invitational—The Knights won the seven-team meet with 37 points, far ahead of runner-up Rockford East’s 66.
2 A. Kantola, 16:50; 3 A. Messina, 17:13; 5 S. Webster, 17:18; 13 H. Nosek, 18:17; 24 P. Heiser, 19:05; 25 D. Wojak, 19:08; 27 T. Nance, 19:14; 29. K. Wells, 19:17; 32. C. Girolamo, 19:29; 35. G. Wilk, 19:34; 38 J. O’Sullivan, 19:50; 80 C. Rutter, 25:22.

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KHS ends September on strong note
STERLING, Ill.—Patience is key when it comes to long distance running.

For a season that begins in mid-August, runners usually don’t start to see the fruits of their labor until the cooler October weather hits.

But the Lady Knights cross country team decided to begin their upward trajectory a week early, putting together their best team effort of the season Sept. 27 at Sterling High School’s Rock Rive Run Invitational.

KHS placed third in the 17-team meet with 122 points, just one ahead of Hononegah. Geneva, fresh off their win at last week’s Eddington Invitational at Kaneland, took the team championship with 37 points over Belvidere North’s 44. Belvidere North was the runner-up at the Eddington Invite.

Kaneland also placed third at the 2013 edition of the Rock River Run with 134 points.

The Lady Knights, currently ranked No. 16 in DyestatIL.com’s most recent poll, were paced by Brianna Bower’s 19 minute, 32.2 second effort, which was good enough for 14th place out of the 173 runners in the race. Freshman Andrea Wells (20th, 19:47.2) was next for Kaneland, followed by Aislinn Lodwig (23rd, 19:52), Victoria Clinton (27th, 20:05) and Jessica Kucera (39th, 20:50.5). Kaneland’s scoring pack split of 1:18.3 was far better than last week’s 2:30 split.

Head coach Doug Ecker was pleased with the overall improvement week-to-week by the girls squad.

“It was a nice race for Brianna Bower with only two weeks of running after missing seven weeks with a stress fracture,” Ecker said. “Another solid race from freshman Andrea Wells and senior Jessica Kucera.”

Also running for KHS in the varsity race were Sarah Daley (48th, 21:10.9), Carly Bartholomew (79th, 22:19.2), Olivia Galor (82nd, 22:28.4), Grace Drake (86th, 22:50.0), Lilah Klingensmith (99th, 23:23.2), Samantha Sommerville (114th, 24:05.4), Murphy Garcia (120th, 24:25) and Haley Penkala (150th, 26:26.2).

Kaneland travels to Freeport, Ill., on Saturday for the annual Pretzel Invitational, starting at 9:30 a.m. on the campus Highland Community College.

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

8U
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

9U
Burlington Blue 12
@ Kaneland Black 6
DeKalb Black 14
@ Kaneland White 13

10U
Burlington Blue 22
@ Kaneland Black 8
DeKalb Black 50
@ Kaneland White 32

11U
Burlington Blue 6
@ Kaneland Black 35
Yorkville White 7
@ Kaneland White 42

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Girls XC produces eight-best in top-flight Eddington field

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Photo: Junior Carly Bartholomew placed 72nd at the Eddington Invitational Saturday. Over 1,300 athletes competed at the Kaneland High School campus—one of the largest athletic events ever held there. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—Kaneland’s Eddington Invitational, held on Saturday, is always a highlight once late September rolls around.

However, its fixed place on the girls cross country schedule can also highlight a team’s strengths and areas it needs to build up before the high-intensity postseason.

Before the quest to Peoria gets rolling, 17 local teams got to gather a head of steam at Kaneland’s Eddington—the 2014 version of which was conducted on the Kaneland High School grounds.

Geneva’s 40-point total, including four of the top 12 finishers, was better than runner-up Belvidere North by 43 points. Crystal Lake Central (115), Benet Academy (116) and Marengo (125) took over the top five spots. Kaneland’s 206, including three of the top 35, was good for eighth, six points ahead of Grayslake Central.

Also finishing ahead of KHS were Glenbard East at 167 and Rosary at 189.

Belvidere North’s Jenna Lutzow’s 18:04.1 effort was a full six ticks better than Marengo entry Kitty Allen on Saturday, while Lady Knight senior Victoria Clinton was the premiere finisher on her roster with a 19:29.5, an 18th-place finish.

Steadily rising Aislinn Lodwig shored up the Kaneland total with a 30th-place finish, thanks to a 19:55.5, and junior teammate Brianna Bower took 35th overall at 20:01.9.

KHS representative Jessica Kucera managed a 53rd-place finish at 20:49.2, while fellow Lady Knight Carly Bartholomew made a case for a postseason spot with a 21:59.9, for 70th place. Additionally, senior Grace Drake hit the 77th spot at 22:45.2 and Murphy Garcia was 108th in 24:26.7.

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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

8U
Kaneland White 19
@ Burlington Blue 0
Kaneland Silver 26
@ DeKalb Black 0
Kaneland Black 0
@ Yorkville Black 19
Kaneland Orange 0
@ Yorkville Red 6

9U
Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

10U
Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

11U
DeKalb Black 33
@ Kaneland Black 16
DeKalb Orange 19
@ Kaneland White 6

Zombie Run set for Oct. 10

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Join the Knight cross country teams for a spooky “Knight of the Zombies” run Oct. 10.

The evening will feature two races:

Trick or Treat Run
This run features friendly zombies sharing treats with participants in grades second through fifth, begining at 5:20 p.m. Competitors may dress up and walk or run for treats from the team. Cost is $5 per student.

Run For Your Life
The second event will begin at 6 p.m. Flagged runners will try to elude the grasp of the zombies over the 1.2 mile course. Survivors will compete for trophies and ribbons. Cost is $10 per runner.

For more information on the Zombie Run and to register, visit kanelandxc.blogspot.com.

Wauconda this way

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Lone meet of the week yields 10th overall for girls XC
WAUCONDA, Ill.—Saturday morning’s 39th annual Wauconda Invitational provided yet another opportunity for Kaneland High School girls cross country to see just what it has at an important juncture of the season.

Paced by decent finishes from the likes of Victoria Clinton and Aislinn Lodwig, the Lady Knights earned a 10th place finish as a team in the week’s only competition, a precursor to the Eddington Invite.

With 219 points, Kaneland’s finish was 85 points ahead of New Trier in the 15-team gathering. Filling the top three were Grant (88), Cary-Grove (96) and Warren (103). Kaneland’s average race time in the 3.05-mile course was 20:55.2.

Cary-Grove senior Morgan Schultz won the event with a 18:07.9.

Clinton’s 21st place was a result of a 19:38.9 effort, followed by Lodwig’s 19:55.4 for 28th. The next two Lady Knights to follow were Jessica Kucera, with a 20:39.5 effort at 36th overall. Carly Bartholomew, Kaneland junior, was a 61st place runner at 21:55.4.

The Wauconda event fit in to the larger puzzle and plan, according to KHS coach Doug Ecker.

“Our goals in September are to see week-to-week individual improvement and to have everyone healthy and running come October,” Ecker said. “(We) see how we look as a team, a very good day really for everyone, a nice starting point for Victoria.”

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Lady Knights go to their own backyard, the Eddington Invitational, located this year at the high school.

Girls cross country building strength

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Photo: Senior Victoria Clinton made her 2014 debut, cruising to a win at Elburn Woods Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

Weekend trip to Oregon, meet in Elburn highlight week
KANELAND—Kaneland High School’s girls cross country squad wants to be ready and healthy for the run up to the conference race and postseason. It could come at the expense of greater totals during meets like Saturday’s Oregon Invite and Tuesday’s varsity matchup with East Aurora, IMSA and Yorkville, but Kaneland still is not without its nice times.

Not at full strength quite yet, KHS coach Doug Ecker knows it’s part of the drill.

“It’s going to take Brianna Bower about five or six weeks to get back from her injury,” Ecker said. “You have to be patient. Two years ago and last year, we were healthy. These things happen, and you lead up to October, and it’s just different then.”

In Saturday’s setting, no team scores were kept up in Hawk-land, but KHS was still able to rattle off good mornings from Andrea Wells (20:56.2) and Aislinn Lodwig (21:02.4) for ninth and 10th, respectively. Teammate Sarah Daily finished 18th at 21:42.7.

On Tuesday at Elburn’s forest preserve, Yorkville won the field with 30, compared to Kaneland’s 42, IMSA’s 61 and East Aurora’s 113.

Victoria Clinton took the 3-mile course with a time of 21:19, while Wells took fourth at 22:20. Jessica Kucera was next for Kaneland in seventh, rounding out Lady Knight top 10 finishes at 22:47.

“We wanted to do a progressive run the first mile,” Clinton said. “Andrea is going to be a great runner, and she was right next to me and we got a little bit faster. We wanted to be faster on the last mile, but not extreme.”

Saturday, Sept. 13, sees Kaneland girls hit the Wauconda Invite.

Photos by Ben Draper

Youth movement

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Photo: Senior Aislinn Lodwig led the Lady Knights at Sycamore on Tuesday, placing 20th overall with a time of 20:53.
Photo by Mary Paulson

Lady Knights open season at Sycamore
SYCAMORE—It was a subdued start to the 2014 season, but that was the plan.

With only four girls toeing the line at Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb for head coach Doug Ecker’s varsity lineup, the Lady Knights cross country team didn’t factor into the team scoring for the annual Sycamore Invitational, Tuesday. But the four that ran took full advantage of the opportunity.

“It was a good start to the season,” Ecker said. “Even though this was an invitational, we tried to downplay it and just find a starting point to begin the season.”

Senior Aislinn Lodwig led the way with a 20th overall performance, with a time of 20 minutes, 53 seconds.

“Lodwig had her best race to start off the season. Aislinn has really embraced the leadership role as a senior, with the departure of the senior captains, and it has had a positive impact not only on her teammates but her as well,” Ecker said.

Ecker was also pleased with sophomore Sarah Daley’s performance, thinking she can make an impact for the varsity squad as the season progresses. Daley’s time of 22:12 was good enough for 41st overall.
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Senior Jessica Kucera was 54th in 22:32.6, while junior Carly Bartholomew finished 77th with a time of 23:47.2.

The youth movement occurred over the 2.4 mile JV race, where freshman Andrea Wells was second overall with a time of 16:50.1 to lead Kaneland to a third-place team finish. Sophomore Becca Ritchman was seventh overall with a time of 17:39.4, while Grace Dodis also cracked the top 10 with her 10th-place finish in 17:58.8. It was the first race for both Wells and Ritchman, according to Ecker.

“Dodis ran very well and is much improved over last year,” Ecker said. “It was nice to see senior Grace Drake (24th, 18:45.8), in only her second year out for cross country, pick up a medal in the JV race.”

The girls cross country team heads to the Oregon Invitational Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

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