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Kaneland Harter MS @ IESA State Meet

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May 22-23, 2015 @ Eastside Centre, East Peoria, Ill.
* denotes school record

Seventh-Grade Girls
200M Dash:
21) Donatela Sommesi, 28.06
400M Dash:
18) Cassidy Motyka, 1:04.45; 34) Lesley Viveros, 1:06.02
800M Run:
7) Lesley Viveros, 2:28.28
1600M Run:
5) Rachel Richtman, 5:23.98*
4x100M Relay:
6) Avery Smith, Donatella Sommesi, Holly Brown, Emma Stoker, 53.29*
4x200M Relay:
20) Bailey Prichard, Keely Noel, Grace Vranicar, Cassidy Motyka, 1:57.43*
4x400M Relay:
20) Grave Vranicar, Keely Noel, Rachel Richtman, Cassidy Motyka, 4:32.73*

Eighth-Grade Girls
800M Run:
44) Grace Purcell, 2:35.76
Pole Vault:
NH) Linsey Turner (school record set in Sectionals, 7-06)
4x100M Relay:
24) Linsey Turner, Miranda Hansen, Taylor Moss, Maddy Wheatley, 53.88
4x400M Relay:
38) Lizzie Laudont, Erin Ball, Emma Ball, Grace Purcell, 4:34.12

Seventh-Grade Boys
1600M Run:
8) Daniel Occhipinti, 5:02.33*
Pole Vault:
t9) Andrew Saloga, 8-06
4x100M Relay:
35) Colton Doll, Ian Diehl, Guy Sreenan, Andrew Saloga, 52.12
4x400M Relay:
8) Austin Adams, Daniel Occhipinti, Colton Doll, Andrew Saloga, 4:05.08*
Long Jump: t30) Ian Diehl, 16-00.5

Eighth-Grade Boys
400M Dash:
28) David Delarme, 55.91
4x100M Relay:
35) Carter Hayes, Sheldon Bartmann, Ben Saloga, David Delarme, 49.54
4x400M Relay:
28) Ben Saloga, David Delarme, Justin Lin, Keegan Urbanik, 3:57.12

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Photos: Pass it on

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Kaneland Harter Middle School hosted a IESA Sectional Meet at Kaneland High School on Saturday. The Knights qualified 11 individuals and nine relays to the State meet this weekend. One of the Knights’ qualifiers was the seventh-grade girls 4x200m. Grace Vranicar (above, center) hands off the baton to Cassidy Motkya during the relay.
Photo by Mary Paulson

Elburn youth wins State bowling title

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ELBURN—Mabel Cummins, an eighth-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School, finished in first place in the Illinois State Elementary School Association bowling tournament Saturday at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill.

Mabel‘s 10-game (scratch) total of 2,121 pins across the two-day event outpaced second place by 200 pins and helped her gain the highest overall score among all boys and girls in the competition.

Her per-game average of 212 set a new Illinois state record in the girls division, as did her high three-game series of 714.

Mabel started bowling at the age of 4, and the many years of practice helped her achieve national recognition last year with a win in the U.S.B.C. Youth Open National Championship and three gold medals in the AAU Junior Olympics. Mabel credits her success to great coaches and generous support from the owners of local bowling centers like Funway Entertainment and Yorkville Bowl, who make it possible for young strikers to compete in local tournaments and earn college scholarships.

Seventh-grade football enjoy undefeated season

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With an Oct. 18 win over Yorkville, the Kaneland Harter Middle School seventh-grade football team finished 9-0 on the year and were crowned conference champions. Up 6-0 on an early interception return for a touchdown by Dylan Calabrese, Yorkville would push the pace and lead 14-6. A screen pass to Colton Doll for a 65-yard touchdown, coupled with a Max Gagne two-point conversion, made it 14-all. Joe Smith found Gagne again right before halftime, with Gagne running in a two-point conversion to make it 22-14 Knights. The defenses clamped down in the second half, and two key first downs late helped the Knights run out the clock to clinch the championship.
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Harter lady harriers earn 6th at state meet

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Long All State for boys
NORMAL, ILL.—The Kaneland Harter Middle School girls cross country team finished in 6th place at Saturday’s IESA State Cross Country Championship, held at Maxwell Park in Normal, Ill. It was the first time the girls team had qualified for the meet.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was seventh-grader Rachel Richtman, who finished in 32nd place, covering the 2-mile course in 12 minutes. Rounding out the Knights top 7 were Cassidy Motyka (38th, 12:08), Lesley Viveros (45th, 12:12), Erin Ball (93rd, 12:36), Grace Purcell (97th, 12:38), Emma Ball (112th, 12:44) and Tessa Brennan (144th, 13:00).

On the boys side, seventh-grader Zach Long earned all-state honors with a 12th-place finish with a time of 10:42. Long was the top seventh grade boy in the entire state of Illinois. Also running at the state meet was seventh-grader Daniel Occhipinti, who placed 47th with a time of 11:09.

Oct. 16 Sports Recap

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Don’t see your results in the Elburn Herald? Have your coach email them to or fax them to (630) 365-2251.

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.

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

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

Sept. 25 Sports recap

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Don’t see your results in the Elburn Herald?
Have your coach email them to
or fax them to (630) 365-2251.

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

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

Boys Soph. Soccer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaneland Youth
Football League
Sept. 20, 2014

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

Kaneland Black 12
@ Kaneland White 6

Kaneland Black 27
@ Kaneland White 21

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

Kaneland Knight logo challenge

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Be part of history and design your best Knight logo
KANELAND—The Kaneland athletic and activities departments want you to submit your best Knight logo.

Entries can be drawn freehand or digitally produced, and must be original work that does not infringe on any copyrighted material. You must be a resident of the Kaneland School District to submit a logo.

Entries are due Friday, Sept. 26, to the athletic office at Kaneland High School.

The top four submissions, chosen by a committee, will then be put to vote during homecoming week, and the winner announced soon after.

Contest forms can be picked up at Kaneland High School. Contact Peter Goff at with any questions. You can also download it here: LINK >

Elburn bowler runner up in “Best of the Best” tournament

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WHEATON, Ill.—Elburn seventh-grader Mabel Cummins was second in Sunday’s “Best of the Best” Tournament hosted by the Fox Valley Bowling Proprietors Association (FVBPA). Sixty young bowlers were invited to contend for over $2,500 in college scholarship funds at a season-ending event for regional travel teams held at Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill. Cummins was only seven pins behind eventual the champion, a high school senior. Cummins was part of the Funway Youth Bowling travel team.

KHMS Football ends year 8-3

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SUGAR GROVE—The Kaneland Harter Middle School eighth grade football team finished the year 8-3, after going 2-1 in the St. Charles Tournament in October.

The eighth-grader Knights outscored their opponents 243-136. The KHMS Knights earned wins over Sycamore, DeKalb Rossette, Yorkville, Geneva South, Aurora Herget, Batavia Rotolo and St. Charles Thompson.

Check out this great recap written by coach Barney Callaghan.

Middle school track takes 2nd at state meet

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student-athletes sent to Peoria
returned with




second-place trophy,
a handful of school records
several personal bests

Kaneland—The Kaneland Harter Middle School track team sent 28 student-athletes to Peoria on Friday and Saturday to compete at the IESA State Track Meet. They returned to school Monday with 19 medals, a second-place trophy, a handful of school records and several personal bests from their efforts this past weekend.

The eighth grade girls team total of 35 points was second only to Cahokia Wirth (42 points) and earned them the IESA Runner Up Trophy.

Individually, the Knights seventh-graders gave solid performances overall setting many personal best while gaining invaluable experience competing at the highest level. Tyler Nance qualified for the semifinals in the 110 Hurdles and finished 13th in the state out 39 runners with a time of 17.59 sec. Tyler also competed in the 100m Dash and finished 28th in the state out of 44 runners with a time of 12.7 sec. In the shot put, Calvin McDonald’s throw of 33’2.75’’ was good for 24th place and Shanya Hurston’s throw of 25’5.5” earned her 33rd overall. Sandra Gale tied for 15th place in the state out of 37 competitors in the high jump with her jump of 4’4”.

Brooke Delahanty finished 36th in the state in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:47.59, while Meghan Andrews finished 41st in the 200m Dash, running a 29.12.

The seventh-grade girls 4x100m Relay team of Meghan Andrews, Crystal Durham, Mallory Burgin, Shanya Hurston and Jamie Martens ran a 56.37 for 23rd place out of 40 teams. The seventh grade girls 4x400m Relay team of Mallory Burgin, Meghan Andrews, Kami Buza, Olivia Swindle and Jamie Martens time of 4:38.02 established a Personal Best and 26th place in the state out of 39 teams.

The KHMS eighth-graders exceeded expectations, setting several personal records, school records, and bringing home lots of hardware. Connor Hoeft’s throw of 41’9.75” earned him 16th place in the state in the shot put, while Lio Arredondo’s 41’00.25” moved him into 23rd place in the state, also in the shot put. The eighth grade boys 4x100m Relay team of Adam Rivas, Brock Harner, Matt Noel and Seth Howlett finished in 20th place in the state with a time of 48.56 seconds. The eighth grade girls 4x200m Relay team of Maddie Keifer, Nina Rotter, Becca Richtman, Charity Montalbano and Kristen Siebert ran a 1:54.04 for 15th place out of 37 teams.

Leading the class in medals was Nicole Sreenan, who qualified in four events, earning All-State Status in every one of them. Starting off the meet Friday afternoon running in the 400m Dash, Sreenan and teammate Carley Elliott finished second and seventh respectively. Sreenan finished in a time of 1:00.34, while Elliott set a new personal best running a time of 1:02.36. Elliott was a sixth-place finisher in this event in 2012.

Both athletes completed their KHMS careers with four medals, setting the bar high for future track and field athletes. Nicole also competed in the 100m Dash prelims, semifinals and finals, earning a fourth-place finish and her second medal in a time of 13.21.

The eighth grade boys 4x400m Relay team also earned medals with an eighth-place finish, cutting 9 seconds off their PR with a time of 3:49.83. That school record-breaking performance was accomplished by Lio Arredondo, Brock Harner, Matt Redman, Matt Noel, and Seth Howlett.

This relay team was seeded 12th prior to the race.

The 4x100m Relay team of Rachel Goress, Aly Jesionowski, Lexie Guerra, Nicole Sreenan and Carley Elliott finished as state champions and the new KHMS record holders with a time of 51.21 seconds. In addition, the group of Nina Rotter, Aly Jesionowski, Becca Richtman, Nicole Sreenan and Carley Elliott finished as state champions with a time of 4:12.92 seconds in the 4x400m Relay. This team shaved 13 seconds off of their team best and set a new school record with their time.

Return from state

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Five Kaneland Harter Middle School students qualified for IKWF State Wrestling Championship this year at the BMO center in Rockford, Ill.: Riley Vanik (left to right), Luke Eggenberger, Jacob Shearer, Mitch Jones and Trevor Jones. Jones was the lone medalist, taking fifth place at 130 pounds in the novice division.
Courtesy Photo

Vanik takes 2nd at USAW Pre-Season Nationals

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Iowa—Riley Vanik of Sugar Grove nearly pulled off a championship victory in the USAW Pre-Season Nationals at the University of Northern Iowa inside the UNI-Dome Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Nov. 4.

The tournament drew 2,594 wrestlers from 38 states. Vanik entered the 152-pound weight bracket in the Seventh/Eighth-grade Middle School Division.

Because of Vanik’s performance the previous year, he earned a first-round bye in this year’s tournament. He took a tight match, 3-2, in his second-round opener.

Vanik found himself in another hard-fought battle in the next round, taking his Iowa opponent into overtime. He secured the 5-3 victory with just 19 seconds remaining in the overtime period.

He battled the eventual tournament champion into the second period, where he lost by pin, securing second place in the tournament.

Knights 8th-graders finish 3rd in St. Charles tourney

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Kaneland—The Kaneland eighth-grade football team concluded its season last month with a third-place finish in the annual St. Charles Tournament.

Kaneland’s finish was its second-best ever, and was the first time Kaneland defeated Batavia in the tournament.

The two schools faced each other in the third-place game on Oct. 13, a day that saw Kaneland emerge victorious 26-14.

The game concluded an 8-3 season.

Harter dominates middle school track

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Photo: Harter athletes make their way in the State parade. Courtesy Photo

KANELAND—Kaneland Harter Middle School tracksters ended their successful season with three noteworthy accomplishments. The first was on May 7 at Plano High School, where they claimed the title of Prairie Conference Champs at both the 7th and 8th grade levels against eight other schools. The next accomplishment came a week later at Sycamore, where 35 athletes qualified for the state meet in East Peoria, Ill. Qualifying athletes were: Tanner Robertson, Tyler Paulson, Andrew Burroughs, Jake Marczuk, Sean Spaetzel, Alec Aurelio, Giovanni, Regalado, Andy Delgado, Brandon Cruz, Jack Saloga, Mitch Groen, Freddy Paulino, Brock Harner, Chris Diehl, Hunter Regelbrugge, Adam Rivas, Seth Howlett, David Farrell, Connor Hoeft, Allison Heinzer, Olivia Galor, Brianna Bower, Gabby Cano, Holly Fedderly, Lexie Guerra, Carly Elliot, Maddie Keifer, Jenna Harvell, Rachel Goress, Nicole Sreenan, Alyson Jesionowski, Nina Rotter, Charity Montalbano, Kristen Siebert, and Erica Eckert.

On May 19, the team headed down to East Peoria to compete against the best athletes in the state. Despite the warm temperatures, all athletes performed well with the following outstanding performances: 7th grader Carley Elliott took 6th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.22, Brianna Bower took 9th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:31.79, and the 8th grade girls 4×400 meter relay took 10th with a time of 4:22.40, which broke the previous school record.

Harter’s mat triumph

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ROCKFORD, Ill.—The Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF) held its Sectional Tournaments on Saturday as a qualifying event to the annual State Championships in Rockford. Three Harter Middle School wrestlers placed in the top three at their respective weights. The top three in each weight class qualify for State. John McCaffrey (3rd Place—Novice) and Riley Vanik (2nd place–Novice) of the Martinez Fox Valley Elite Wrestling Club advance out of the South Elgin Sectional, while Zach Parker (3rd place–Senior) of the Knights Wrestling Club advanced out of the Rochelle Sectional.

Falling one win short of a trip to State with 4th-place finishes were Nathan Orosco and Luke Eggenberger of Martinez and Austin Parks of the Knights.

Vanik, McCaffrey and Parker are among the 24 qualifiers at each weight that will compete in the championships on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at the BMO Harris Bank Centre in Rockford.

3-on-3 fever at old KMS

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MAPLE PARK—Kaneland Youth Basketball League presents the second annual 3-on-3 Presidents Day Tourney for boys and girls on Monday, Feb. 20, at the old Kaneland Middle School. Create your own team of boys and girls from fourth through eighth grade.

Kids get a four-game guarantee with eight-minute games, with trophies for the champions. The price is $20 per player. Go to to register.

Small hometown team helps country’s largest team

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Photo: The Harter 8th grade basketball team and families (right) puts together care packages at the Batavia VFW for the overseas troops. Courtesy Photos

SUGAR GROVE—On the morning of Dec. 10, the Kaneland Harter Middle School boys basketball team and their parents traveled to the Batavia VFW, where they helped Fox Valley Troop Support assemble over 100 care packages for our deployed troops.

Chris Derby, who recently served in Afghanistan, speaks to the team about the impact they will have on the deployed, and how current service members along with those who have ever served, and all their family members will respect them for their participation.

Courtside, Reed Overhaug then packed up his team, traveled to a B-team tournament in Yorkville and took first place that afternoon. Later in the week, they went to Oswego for a three-day tournament, where the A team also brought home first finishing the season.

“Because of the large number of kids who want to be involved in sports programs, coaches (with little or no help) have a tendency to focus on a select few that will help them win,” team parent Mike Robertsen said. “Reid’s strong efforts to develop a team by getting everyone involved enables kids to learn from and help each other understanding by developing strength as a team, wins will follow. The kids aren’t the only winners this year. Looking at the pictures for the parents equals any trophy. I have to believe to teach values of this nature on and off the court this community also wins. Thanks, Coach.”

The Harter 8th Graders (18-2 record) Coach Reed Overhaug (back row, left to right), Andrew Burroughs, Kevin Fajardo, Noah Jones, Mitchel Groen, Tanner Robertsen, Jake Marczuk, Brett Hansen, Tanner Vanhorn and Jason Edwards. Ross Cortino (middle row), Andy Delgado, Joe Laudont, Jake Gomes, Jake Violett, Austin Kintz, Ryan David, Brandon Cruz, Andy Kray and Dylan Vaca. Mark Lilly (fron row), Kyle Osborne and Sam Wolf.

Making strides

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Harter Middle School eighth-grader Brianna Bower earned All State honors by placing 23rd out of a field of 260 in the Class 2A girls race with a time of 12 minutes, 16 seconds in the two-mile race. The boy’s team finished the year by placing 26th in the Illinois State Meet. The boys representing Kaneland were Andrew Burroughs, Sean Spaetzel, Sam Wolf, Mark Dhom, Dan Heineman, Michael Booten, Triston Powell, Ryan Weber, Noah Jones and Sam Webster. Courtesy photo

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