KANELAND—Thirty-four Kaneland High School athletes earned All Conference honors—either first team or honorable mention—for the 2014 fall sports season. In addition, 90 Knights were honored for their academic achievement during their time as student-athletes.
In addition to the honors from the Northern Illinois Big XII conference, these Kaneland
athletes also earned All State honors: Madison Jurcenko (tennis), Angelica Emmanouil (tennis), Samantha Schrepferman (tennis) and Connor Fedderly (football).
2014 Fall Northern Illinois Big XII All Conference
Connor Fedderly, Dan Hammermeister, Isaac Swithers, Andrew Kray and Drew Franklin.
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Baerenklau.
Ellie Dunn and Riley Hannula.
Honorable Mention: Anna Senese, Kathy Nguyen and Hollie Fedderly.
Ivan Bohorquez, Angel Escontrias and Jack Wolf.
Honorable Mention: Felipe Speraggi, Andres Tovar and Matthew Gombar.
Boys Cross Country
Brandon Park and Austin Kintz.
Girls Cross Country
Victoria Clinton, Aislinn Lodwig, Brianna Bower and Andrea Wells.
Samantha Schrepferman, Madison Jurcenko, Angelica Emmanouil, Colleen Landers and Stephanie Karolewicz.
Jesse Denton and Jake Hed.
2014 Fall Northern Illinois Big XII All Conference Academic Honors
Mitchel Groen, Tanner Robertson, Jacob Gomes, Austin Wheatley, Connor Fedderly, Daniel Hammermeister, Kevin Fuchs and Tyler Kurzrock.
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Soucie, Austin Vickery, Jacob Marczuk, Tyler Paulson, Thomas Price, Luke Olson, Zachary Douglas, Grant Burris, Jorge Espinosa, Brandon Kigyos, Tarkan Cetinal, Steven VanHorn, Alec Aurelio, Nick Wilson and Giovanni Regalado.
Samantha Burgin, Hollie Fedderly, Riley Hannula, Anna Senese, Brittany Grider, Kathy Nguyen, McKenzie McMullan and AnnMarie Franz.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Hedgren, Rachel Kintz and Ellie Dunn.
Jason Carlquist, Sam Wolf, Andrew Mathys, Mark Dhom, Timothy Wachter and John Reed.
Honorable Mention: Ivan Bohorquez, Jack Wolf, Michael Meisenger and Jonathan Turyna.
Boys Cross Country
Austin Kintz, Kyle Osbourne, Alexander Gale, Mitchell Reger, Andrew Lesak and Benjiman Smith.
Honorable Mention: Grant Gingrich, Aaron French, Brandon Cruz, Sean Spaetzel, Ian Piazza, Zach Kurz and Joshua Kasap.
Girls Cross Country
Aislinn Lodwig, Murphy Garcia, Victoria Clinton, Samantha Sommerville, Bridget Ransford, Haley Penkala, Brianna Bower, Carly Bartholomew and Lilah Klingensmith.
Honorable Mention: Olivia Galor and Jessica Kucera.
Anna Wendling, Samantha Schrepferman, Colleen Landers, Stephanie Karolewicz, Madison Jurcenko, Emily Grams, Mallory Dugan, Emily Mirocha, Marissa Michi, Allyson McPhee, Katelyn Blaszynski and Britttany Zablocki.
Honorable Mention: Angelica Emmanouil and Heather Albrecht.
Victoria Guyton, Jeremy Faletto, Jacob Sheehan and Zachary Strayve.
Honorable Mention: Julia VanGemert, Jakob Sanders, Jesse Denton and Kevin Healy.
KANELAND—Although the nearest beaches are some 60-miles away on the shores of Lake Michigan, Kaneland senior Julia Goldbeck has signed a college athletic scholarship to play sand volleyball at San Jose State University.
Goldbeck’s high school volleyball career has followed a circuitous route from the indoor game to the sand game. At 5 feet, 10.5 inches tall and 150 pounds, she was a starting middle hitter as a sophomore for a Lady Knights volleyball team that advanced to the IHSA regional final. She started playing club sand volleyball as summer conditioning after her freshman year.
Following a coaching change at Kaneland after her sophomore season, Goldbeck became fully-immersed in the sand game and started playing and training for it year-around for a local club team called Team One, which has an indoor/outdoor facility in Aurora and plays in major summer Midwest sand volleyball tournaments at North Avenue Beach and Montrose Beach in Chicago, and at City Municipal Beach in Milwaukee. Team One won the 18 and under USA title at the 2013 National Beach Volleyball Championships in Milwaukee and the 16 and under team title at the 2014 AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships, in Hermosa Beach, Calif.—tournaments where lots of college recruiters saw Julia play.
Sport: Sand Volleyball
Julia says: “I love the strategy of sand volleyball, having to master all the skills of the game, and having to play in lock-step with my partner. My goal is to make an impact on the San Jose State sand volleyball program and to play in the NCAA Championships before I graduate.”
Former Knights QB thriving as Elmhurst College senior
ELMHURST, Ill.—Down 14-0 at halftime, the Elmhurst Bluejays offense needed to get their team back on track. The quarterback, a senior and second-year starter, capped off drives of 83 and 99 yards with touchdown passes. However, the team just ran out of time, losing to Millikin 21-14.
Kaneland football fans should be familiar with who’s lining up at the quarterback position for Elmhurst.
Sugar Grove native and Class of 2011 Knight Joe Camiliere, starter for three Knight gridiron playoff teams, earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Week honors after a win over North Park University, and has had a career year in his second season of starting responsibilities.
Camiliere, an All-State signal-caller for the 2010 Kaneland squad that earned a Class 5A semifinalist spot, and a starting outfielder for the 2011 Class 3A champion baseball team, feels he’s at a high after some initial bumps and injuries last year.
The quarterback who had to adjust to the play of high school football as a sophomore six years ago has picked up differences on the Division III level.
“The level of competitiveness is a little different,” Camiliere said. “Everybody on a college team was ‘that guy’ on their high school team and the one to go to. I think as you come in as a freshman, it’s a lot of accepting that and learning.”
First-year head coach Ron Planz is glad to have Camiliere carry out the plans, resulting in a year when adjustments can be excused.
“We look for leadership, and someone who can get into the huddle and be somebody that leads by example and who does things right. That’s number one for someone who’s our quarterback,” Planz said.
Working with Camiliere has also been fruitful for members of the coaching staff who work even more intensely on the offensive side.
“You’re going to need a guy that’s going to want the ball in his hands in the pressure situations,” offensive coordinator Kyle Derickson said. “We have someone right now that will get it done.”
The Bluejays senior has passed for 1,329 yards through seven contests with
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eight touchdowns to boot, in a better position than the early 1-2 stretch.
‘We’ve got athletic guys up front and at skill positons that we like to use. We didn’t start out the year well at all. There was a tough loss to Lewis, a tough win the next week and then a loss to University of Chicago. At the bye week, we just kind of sat down as a group. Nobody panicked or needed to change this or that and the coaches didn’t change anything up. We knew we needed to correct,” Camiliere said.
“We looked for ways that were easier for Joe to get things and worked on that. That’s where you’re seeing the success now through conference. We’ve done a really good job of making sure we’re utilizing his skill set,” Planz said.
Throwing for a season-high 262 yards in a 28-0 shutout of the NPU Vikings back on Oct. 18, Camiliere knows his skills can help the Bluejays attack in the pivotal last third of the 2014 regular season.
“It’s a similar system, and it changes up a little bit, and we do some different things up front and use our speed,” Camiliere said.
In his second year of starting and fourth year of seeing action in the CCIW and around the Midwest, Camiliere has his favorite venues to sling the ball besides his own Langhorst Field.
“As of right now, it’s Illinois Wesleyan (in Bloomington, Ill.). Being able to go down there and walk on that field is something. The 2.5 hour bus ride after a win was great. Carthage (in Kenosha, Wis.) is great, too,” Camiliere said.
With no set plans to play on at any level, the talent that tossed such memorable touchdowns, like the quarterfinal winner to Tyler Callaghan against Vernon Hills in Nov. 2010, is enjoying this final three-game regular season stretch.
“I think this last month will be the last for playing football,” Camiliere said. “Coaching would definitely be something I would enjoy, but I don’t know if it’s something I would get into right away. The game of football has definitely been a big part of my life.”
Earlier in the season, the Bluejays football squad enjoyed a four-game win streak, rallying from early troubles for a current 5-4 overall record. Elmhurst closes out the regular season at home against North Central Nov. 15. Photos courtesy of Elmhurst College Sports Information director Kevin Juday
Future Ball St. Cardinal gets Under Armour All-American consideration
KANELAND—Despite coming up on the short end of a regional final opportunity in Hampshire late last month, senior Ellie Dunn still had something to celebrate for herself and Kaneland volleyball as a whole.
On Nov. 5, Dunn was named as one of 150 players included in the Under Armour All-America Honorable Mentions by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
“Coach Violett texted me and the AD (Peter Goff) shook my hand in the hallway and said congratulations,” Dunn said. “It’s awesome for me to be included. It’s cool to see that honor and to see people I play club with get the honor, too.”
An outside hitter, Dunn was one of seven honorable mentions from Illinois and joins first-teamer Brooklyn Goodsel of Corry, Pa., as future Ball State University Cardinal volleyball players.
Dunn feels that even with the wide variety of players and regions, there are some common threads.
“If you’re on that list, there’s a competitiveness and a drive there that they all have,” Dunn said.
Dunn, who played three years of varsity volleyball at Kaneland for coaches Todd Weimer, Kerri McCastland and Cyndi Violett, made it to three consecutive Regional finals with the Lady Knights, earning a regional plaque in 2012 as a sophomore.
“From the beginning, we always wanted to play hard, no matter who was there. We wanted to be a team and gave our best,” Dunn said.
The senior had 795 total career kills, 211 service points, 139 blocks and 525 digs to hang her reputation on, and might even give her a lift to Muncie, Ind., for future Mid-American Conference play.
“There’s going be talented girls on the team and in the conference; they were the best girls where they were from,” Dunn said. “But it’s awesome to have accomplished.”
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. File Photo
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 6-1 to accept the resignations of two Kaneland High School assistant softball coaches.
Board trustee Tony Valente was the lone “no” vote. He spoke about the two coaches, Kristyn Crawford and Andrew Franklin, during the meeting.
“We’re losing the majority of our staff,” Valente said.
Valente also mentioned former softball head coach Brian Willis. The School Board on Sept. 29 voted and approved Willis’ release from his coaching position.
Willis had said that a harassment charge was filed against him in May 2014.
“After an investigation, it was found to have no basis,” Willis read from a statement at the Sept. 29 meeting. “The root of the complaint was because an athlete was not playing as many innings as the parents thought she should. And they had to come up with something, thus the harassment charge.”
Valente on Monday called it “troubling” to lose three coaches at the high school, and noted that the coaches are “phenomenal teachers.”
Valente also said he was tempted to call the coaches, but decided to “stay off the dance floor.”
Kaneland Interim Superintendent Renee Goier said that the resignations were due to “personal reasons.”
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.
Volleyball run down by BC in three-game regional final loss
HAMPSHIRE, Ill.—Kaneland volleyball didn’t meet with defeat often in 2014.
But, similar to last season’s regional final end, the Lady Knights fell victim to two unfortunate games in a row. Burlington Central, the No. 2 Hampshire Regional seed, bested No. 1 KHS last Thursday evening by a 14-25, 25-20, 25-20 tally.
Kaneland (24-9-1) finished the season with an eight-match improvement in the first year of head coach Cyndi Violett’s second go-around. The Lady Knights had earned a trip to the final with a sweep of No. 4 St. Edward of Elgin, Ill., on Monday.
“It was a back-and-forth game,” Violett said. “The first one we came out really strong; Burlington came together. It could have gone either way—no big run of points at all. Our serve-receive was breaking down, and we couldn’t get it to our hitters as much as we wanted.”
KHS was defeated by Sycamore in the Sandwich Regional final in 2013 after capturing the first game there, as well.
Taking advantage of disjointed Rocket play and well-placed kills, Kaneland found itself up 20-12 in the first set, and eventually led 22-14. Hannah Nauert’s bump, Riley Hannula’s tip and a joint block by Ellie Dunn and Hannula ended the first game in speedy fashion.
The BC game solidified and was able to keep the match from getting out of hand. Kaneland was only able to muster a 12-9 advantage for its biggest lead. The Rockets tied it up at 16, with Dunn’s emphatic kill giving the Lady Knights its final lead of the game at 17-16. BC would then go on a 7-2 run. A Nauert slap over the net would later close to 23-20 before a KHS tandem block went out of bounds to even the match.
Another even meeting took place in the rubber game, with neither team able to build more than a three-point lead. The Rockets became more cohesive and took advantage of unsuccessful Kaneland sequences for a 14-12 lead. Down 16-15, Kaneland benefited from a Dunn kill and a net violation to go up 17-16, the final Kaneland lead.
BC would score five of the next eight available points for a 24-19 edge before a Nauert set over the net closed it to four. On game point, a block attempt was ruled out sending the Rocket fans on the Whip-pur court in celebration.
Dunn finished with 13 kills against the Rockets, providing 19 digs, five service points and two blocks. Anna Senese had seven service points, six kills and eight digs, while Nauert had eight kills, four service points and two blocks.
Kaneland says goodbye to seniors like Ball State-bound Dunn, Rachel Kintz, Brittany Grider, Senese and Hannula.
“We’re going to miss some key girls,” Violett said “What’s good for this offseason is we still have a lot of great girls. It’s a good nucleus of hitters, not as much power hitters, but still good.”
KANELAND—The Kaneland High School football team went 9-0 this fall. It was the first time in school history the sophomore team has been undefeated.
Led by head coach John Pavlak, the Knights allowed only 53 points all season, compared to their 181. They opened the season with a 7-0 win at home over McHenry, then earned a win over Sterling, 6-0. Rich Central was dispatched on Sept. 12 40-20 before KHS earned their first road win—a 21-7 battle over Yorkville. Back at home on Sept. 26, the Knights defeated DeKalb 25-6 and shut out Sycamore 20-0 the following week. On Oct. 10, Kaneland beat Morris 27-14 and beat La Salle-Peru 7-6 in their closest game of the season Oct. 17. In the final game on Oct. 24, the Knights earned their fourth shut-out of the season with a 28-0 win over visiting Rochelle.
“Our kids worked hard from the middle of July through the end of the season,” Pavlak said. “They worked well as a team.”
The lower level football teams practice together at KHS, so the sophomore team was a combination of freshman and sophomore players, according to Pavlak. The focus of the coaching staff—Brian Aversa, Mike Thorgesen, Matt Smith, Steve Auchstetter and Pavlak—is to develop the players in the fundamentals of football, and to install the philosophy of the program.
“The kids had a couple of specific goals at the beginning of the season, which was to defend our home field and to win conference—they achieved both,” Pavlak said.
Pavalk said he is excited to see the sophomore team join the current juniors as they move into their varsity playing years.
“Being successful at the varsity level is the ultimate goal (and) why the team works hard and continues to improve fundamentally,” Pavlak said. “Their record this year is something that they should all be proud of, but it should ultimately be used as a reminder of what it took to get there and that they need to continue to do all those things in the future in order to be successful.”
Photo: Seniors Jelly Emmanouil of Sugar Grove, Sammie Schrepferman and Madi Jurcenko both of Elburn. Photo by Laura Gampfer
Duo officially 9th in doubles, Schrepferman goes 3-2 with consolation end
KANELAND—The last several years of Kaneland tennis has been an exercise in excellence.
A State presence with several qualifiers each year, KHS was always ready to show what it could on the District 214 courts.
In 2014, doubles qualifiers Jelly Emmanouil and Madi Jurcenko, and singles qualifier Samantha Schrepferman, showed quite a bit.
Schrepferman went 3-2 on her route through the fifth round of the consolation quarterfinals, while the Lady Knight duo made it all the way to the quarterfinals and went 4-2, finishing ninth after consolation quarterfinals.
“I think every match is different,” Jurcenko said. “You’re going to have different opponents every time, so you have to try to win matches a different way. You play to the match.”
KHS, with 13 total team points, finished in a tie with Highland Park for 16th place, tops in school history. Hinsdale Central (49), Stevenson (40) and Lyons Township (33) were the top three schools. Carmel’s Brienne Minor defeated Hinsdale Central’s Isabella Lorenzini to win the singles title, while Stevenson’s Vinaya Rao and Katherine Harvey beat HC’s Erika Oku and Stephanie Dolehide to win the doubles crown.
In her third State singles competition for Kaneland, Schrepferman (30-6), began with a win over Glenbrook South’s Breck Murphy 6-1, 6-4. In the second round, Schrepferman beat Grant’s Gaby Schoenberg 7-6, 6-4. Third-round action brought the first loss over the three-day affair to Palatine’s Asuka Kawai 6-1, 6-0. Fourth-round consolation bracket action saw a 6-1, 6-1 win over South Elgin’s Lisa Derowski, and the final match, in fifth-round consolation action, saw a 6-0, 6-4 loss to Madison Tattini of Bloomington Central Catholic.
Emmanouil and Jurcenko beat Crystal Lake Central’s Maddie Fox and Carely George 6-0, 6-1 in the first round, and Mt. Zion’s Megan Malgemann and Mara Lebo 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the second.
“I’d say the first win was my favorite one. It was good to get that out of the way,” Jurcenko said.
Third-round action had a tense, three-set win over Whitney Young’s Sloane Williams and Kendall Scruggs in a 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 match. In the fourth round, the Lady Knights disposed of Triad’s Alexis and Kylie McCarthy 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champs Rao and Harvey 6-1, 6-0. In the Rolling Meadows-housed consolation quarters, Williams and Scruggs beat the Lady Knights in a shortened match due to darkness.
The pair of Knight-Dolphin matches during State had their share of disputes over line calls.
“The Whitney Young matches were tough and really emotional. They were interesting matches,” Jurcenko said.
“I think the most noteworthy matches were the two with Whitney Young and the quarterfinal match against Stevenson,” KHS coach Tim Larsen said. “The Whitney Young matches were difficult on two levels. The girls just didn’t like each other, so as good as all four players are, and as good as the tennis was, it was also an emotional and mental battle on the courts. I would say the win in the third round was an emotional high and the loss in the consolation round was an emotional low for the tournament.”
Play on Thursday in the middle of matches was suspended due to a suspicious package left near the football field, halting play for two hours.
“I really wasn’t surprised at all that they made it that far,” Larsen said. “After watching them play the Sectional tournament, I had said to a couple of people privately that if they could maintain that level of play, it would be hard to imagine anyone beating them. Through all of the distractions, emotions, level of play, time on and off the courts, and the sheer volume of tennis they played over those three days, there were some natural ups and downs on the court, and who could blame them? So, no, I wasn’t surprised, but it was a difficult journey to get there, that’s for sure.”
Photo: Sophomore Hannah Nauert, and junior Annmarie Franz set up senior Ellie Dunn for a spike back over to St. Edwards Tuesday. Photo by Mary Paulson
Lady Knights also handle St. Edward in Regional match
KANELAND—Area volleyball fans are now able to classify Kaneland High School volleyball as an upper-echelon Northern Illinois Big XII conference squad, and depending on how the Class 3A regionals go, something even greater.
To close out the 2014 regular season campaign, Kaneland sought and earned revenge over a Yorkville squad that entered with just one loss on the year in a two-game Thursday sweep. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Kaneland trekked to Hampshire for the start of the regional and solved Elgin’s St. Edward by a final of 25-21, 25-22.
Against the host Foxes, the Lady Knights earned a 26-24, 25-14 duke. It is believed to be the first share of a conference title for the KHS program in over 30 years, as the Kaneland and Yorkville crews each finished with one loss. Kaneland finished 7-1 in East division play.
After the regional win over St. Edward on Tuesday in Hampshire, Kaneland is now 24-8-1 overall.
Ellie Dunn had a key 13-kill total against the Foxes, while Hannah Nauert and Hollie Fedderly supplied 14 assists each. Kathy Nguyen added 11 digs.
Facing the Green Wave, the Lady Knights got six service points, two aces, six kills and 10 digs from Dunn. Riley Hannula supplied four service points, an ace, three blocks and eight kills. Teammate Anna Senese had three service points, four kills and eight digs in the sweep.
Kaneland was set to face (2) Burlington Central on Thursday, Oct. 30, for the Hampshire Regional title, and the right to go to the Rochelle Sectional beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
BC defeated Genoa-Kingston 26-24, 25-14 on Tuesday. A year ago, Kaneland beat Plano in the Sandwich Regional semifinal before falling to Sycamore in the title match, 17-25, 25-12, 25-18.
10/31/2014 update: The Kaneland volleyball team lost to Burlington Central 25-14, 20-25, 20-25 in the Regional final. Their season ends at 24-9-1. See the Elburn Herald next Thursday for more detailed coverage.
Photo: Junior Austin Kintz edged this Yorkville runner by .1 seconds to finish 13th at Saturday’s Woodstock Regional. Photo submitted by Patti Wilk to firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK, ILL.—Due to the clutch performance during Saturday’s Class 2A Woodstock Regional, the Knight boys cross country roster lives to run another day.
That day will actually take place at Kaneland High School this Saturday.
With a fifth-place, 125-point finish, the Knights were one of the top six regional teams, advancing to the Kaneland Sectional at the Maple Park grounds this weekend.
Yorkville’s 49 total was king for the meet, followed by Vernon Hills’ 74, Crystal Lake Central’s 76, Prairie Ridge’s 104, Kaneland and Sycamore’s 161. Burlington Central was three points shy of qualifying at 164 at the 10-team gathering.
Jake Hoffert of Yorkville was the fastest runner at 15:43, but Kaneland’s seven served its purpose. Separated by a minute and 46 seconds, the Knights were paced by Austin Kintz’s 16:46 for 13th place.
Matthew Richtman, in his first KHS postseason, was second-best on the team in 19th place at 16:56. Brandon Park ran a 17:11 (22), followed by teammate Sean Spaetzel at 17:38 (33).
Fifth-best for KHS was Mitch Reger at 17:50 (38), followed by Andrew Kantola at 17:59 (42) and Will Kuipers at 18:32 (52).
“We feel fortunate to have advanced from the most talented regional in the 2A field,” KHS coach Chad Clarey said. “With two state trophy teams and three other State qualifiers from a year ago, it was packed. We realize that very good teams did not advance.”
A year ago, Kaneland finished third with 109 points at the Burlington Central Regional, with Spaetzel the only returnee from the top seven.
The Kaneland Sectional is set to start the boys field at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, with teams from the Woodstock, Antioch and Belvidere Regionals.
“We are happy to head home, where we can host the Sectional and hopefully bring a peak race to the field,” Clarey said.
Photo: Senior Danny Hammermeister No. 55 was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball in 2014. Photo by Laura Gampfer
All cylinders firing in 33-6 win over Rochelle
KANELAND—It wasn’t an ideal ending, but it was on a positive note.
While Kaneland’s 4-5 record meant there would be no playoff football for the first time since the 2007 season, the Knights followed an Oct. 17 smackdown of LaSalle-Peru with a 33-6 win over now crossover opponent Rochelle in Maple Park on Friday. Rochelle ended its season with a 3-6 mark. The rout meant Kaneland outscored its last two opponents by a final of 91-12.
Kaneland has now beaten Rochelle eight consecutive times in regular season and postseason play.
The Knights outgained the Hubs 353-216 on the night. Jake Marczuk went 15-for-25 for 162 yards and two touchdown throws. Isaac Swithers, of the torn ACL from the Week 1 win over Brooks, had a stellar 122-yard night with two scoring runs. Connor Fedderly had 112 yards receiving on nine catches.
Marczuk found Fedderly on the game’s first drive for a 13-yard touchdown with 8:40 remaining in the first for a 7-0 lead. Later, a 21-yard field goal try by Drew Franklin put the Knights up 10-0 with 1:44 left in the first.
Rochelle struck first in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge by Adam Rickets with 7:10 to go in the half, but the extra point try missed to keep matters at 10-6. Kaneland answered with a 13-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a throw in the corner to Fedderly, who kept his feet inbounds for a 17-yard scoring throw and a 17-6 lead with :31 left.
Franklin’s 30-yard field goal try to make it 20-6 with 4:47 to go was the lone third quarter score.
Kaneland put together another drive, bleeding into the fourth, with Swithers punching it in from the 3-yard line just five ticks into the frame for a 27-6 lead. Swithers broke free for another TD from 32 yards away, making it 33-6 with 8:26 to go, the final score of the 2014 campaign.
Marczuk, a junior, felt playing with departing offensive mates like Fedderly and Swithers was a privilege.
“The seniors led the way this year, and we get to do the same thing next year,” Marczuk said. “It was great to play with guys like Connor and Isaac Swithers. They’ve been making big plays all year.”
Fedderly ended his career as the go-to through the air.
“It meant a lot to end it this way,” Fedderly said. “We wanted to end on the right note. We’ve been in every game, and we were able to make big plays (tonight).”
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 email@example.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.
Loss to Wheaton Academy in sectional ends season
KANELAND—Kaneland soccer can only take what the yearly calendar gives them, but in this 2014 season, the Knights followed the odd trend of winning a regional plaque in the last three even-numbered seasons.
On Friday, the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional title match saw No. 2 Kaneland defeat No. 4 Hampshire by a 2-0 clip. Kaneland had ousted No. 3 Sycamore back on Sept. 21 in a 3-0 affair, while Hampshire had upended top-seeded Burlington Central in overtime, 3-1.
However, a Sectional opening-round loss to Wheaton Academy put a damper on things, as the Knights lost 0-3.
Kaneland finishes the season with a 13-9-2 record, and had won nine of their final 12 games.
On Tuesday, Kaneland took on the Wheaton Academy Warriors, winners of the St. Francis of Wheaton Regional, up in Hampshire for the Sectional semifinal.
Facing the rival to the north Whip-purs in Kaneland’s fifth consecutive regional final, the Knights got all they needed with two goals. First, Andres Tovar found the net thanks to a Carl Thorbjornsen assist, and with roughly 10 minutes to go before the break, Thorbjornsen capped the scoring column.
“It was a nice win for us; we controlled possession most of the game and finished a couple of shots to put the game away,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “It certainly helps when more players get involved in finishing and scoring. It makes it that much harder to mark just one player.”
The Knights couldn’t get anything going against a strong Wheaton Academy team Tuesday.
“Sectional teams usually do everything well; that is why they are there,” Parilllo said on Tuesday before the game.”We have a very tough opponent in Wheaton Academy (Tuesday), as they have finished fourth (2012) and third (2013), and they are doing very well this year. But that is why we play the game, as anything can happen. If we play well, it should be fun.”
Photos: Kaneland sophomores Riley Vanik (above, left) and Colin Gussman (below, left) earned All-American honors at Saturday’s preseason Nationals meet in Iowa. Photo submitted by Stephanie Vanik to firstname.lastname@example.org
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA—Six Kaneland students competed in the annual preaseason Nationals meet, which took place on Oct. 25 at the UNI-Dome at the University of Norther Iowa.
A pair of KHS sophomores earned All-American status with their efforts. Riley Vanik placed fifth in the 160-pound division, while Colin Gussman was seventh in the 170-pound division.
Also taking part in the tournament were Kaneland juniors George Strang and Austin Parks, as well as eighth-grader Nathan Orosco and seventh-grader Brenden Parks.
Photo: Elburn’s Brett Deutsche and his 1969 Chevy C-10 pickup truck won the 2014 National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) Pro Street World Final title at Texas Motorplex Speedway in Ennis, Texas, with a world record time of 8.81 on Oct. 4. Deutsche (below, right) accepts his trophy from NHRDA’s Katie Radewald. Photos courtesy of NHRDA
ELBURN—Elburn’s Brett Deutsche and his 1969 Chevy C-10 pickup truck won the 2014 National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) Pro Street World Final title at Texas Motorplex Speedway in Ennis, Texas, with a world record time of 8.81 on Oct. 4. In doing so, it became the first street truck to break 9.0 seconds for a quarter mile.
In footage from the race, the truck leaps forward off the track at the start to open a lead on the former national record holder, en route to reaching a record top speed of 158.19 mph.
Brett and his father Don have been drag racing the truck since 1999, when Brett was 16. Brett was given the pickup by his grandfather, Chuck Deutsch, when Brett was just 15 years old. His grandfather had owned it for about 10 years and decided to give it to Brett so he could redirect his attention on restoring a 1914 Model-T Ford.
Brett and his dad brought the truck into the family’s diesel repair shop in West Chicago, Ill., and went to work stripping it down to the chassis for a complete restoration. After replacing its rusted panels and installing a new truck bed from a 1995 Chevy, Don painted it black with several high-gloss clear coats.
Most important, they replaced its three-cylinder diesel engine with a Chevy 350 gas engine for the speed Brett wanted. The father-son team finished the truck before Brett turned 16 and got his driver’s license. After enjoying it for a year, Brett saved the money to add a supercharger, and then blew up the engine while racing a muscle car. After putting other gas engines in the truck, Brett realized it was about as quick as it was going to get, and lost interest in it as a racing vehicle.
In 2008, he came across a junkyard bus chassis with a new Duramax diesel engine in it. After adding that and an Allison transmission to the truck, Brett in 2011 decided to make it a NHRDA Pro Street class pickup and attempted to reduce its 5,300-pound weight.
To meet the Pro Street class racing requirements, the truck has to be legal to drive on the street, have a factory frame, and weigh a minimum of 4,500 pounds. Brett went to work lightening the truck by removing its bumper and truck bed lining, and adding a lighter radiator and other internal components. Remarkably, he was able to shed 650 pounds from the truck without pulling out all its creature comforts. It still even has air-conditioning.
With its new engine and lighter weight, the truck initially had a quarter-mile best of 9.8 seconds and reached 145 mph. Recently, Brett outfitted it with a drive lockup converter specifically designed for diesel racing. Made of 100 percent Kevlar, the lockup converter keeps the the big diesel’s massive torque from burning up the truck’s clutch.
Brett says he’s spent a small fortune on retrofitting the truck, and couldn’t have done it without the help of his sponsors. One of Duetsche Racing’s local sponsors is the St. Charles-based company VERTEX, a human resource company. Other sponsors include Danville Performance, which provides the truck’s electronic engine tuning; HSP Diesel, which provided its triple-turbo piping; Wagler Competition, which provided its engine cylinder heads and machining; Neal Chance Racing Converters, which provided its torque converter; Bullseye Power, which provided its turbo-chargers and turbo components; Flexicorps Racing; and, of course, Deutsch’s Diesel Truck Repair. Recently, the truck was appraised at $104,000.
Typically, drag racing events involve a couple of qualifying rounds, then one-on-one elimination rounds that lead to a two-vehicle final. That can require running eight-10 races in a day, creating stress that often results in them breaking down and not being able to make it to the starting line for the next round when they advance.
The NHRDA Pro Street World Final was the final event of an 11-race 2014 national diesel drag racing series where, during the eight-truck elimination rounds, the Duetsche car ran 8.87, breaking the world record of 9.20. In the final, racing against national record holder Jarid Vollmer and his 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, Brett lowered the world best to 8.81 seconds. Even though he only participated in two of the eleven circuit races, Brett finished second in points among 25 scoring drivers.
This Saturday, Brett and his record-setting Chevy C-10 pickup race at the Diesel Truck Blackout Drag Day Fall Nationals at the Byron Dragway in nearby Bryon, Ill.—the final Midwest drag racing event of the year. The competition will start at 10 a.m. and feature several “T & T” races, where drivers can test and tune their race cars in competition on the track.
BLACKBERRY TWP.—Thanks to the Kane County Forest Preserve, Elburn and Kaneland community sports teams will have an expanded field for softball and baseball, soccer, football and lacrosse.
Kane County Board District 18 Representative Drew Frasz attended last week’s Blackberry Township meeting to announce the purchase. The land, originally owned by the Gum family, was sold to the Forest Preserve by Donald Westlake, who was married to Helen Gum Westlake until her death in 2012.
The 62 acres is located on Bateman Road, south of and adjacent to McNair Field, where Elburn’s Youth Baseball and Softball team has played for years. The Forest Preserve paid $10,000 an acre for the land, for a total of approximately $620,000. The closing on the property took place Sept. 30.
The Forest Preserve will enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Blackberry Township, which will coordinate the development and construction of the field with the leagues.
The township has for some time carried an annual line item of $10,000 in its budget for youth sports, Blackberry Township Supervisor Fred Dornback said. He said the township would coordinate the use of the space, and will grade and seed the site, as well as providing rudimentary roads and parking areas.
Then it would be up to the youth sports groups to develop and maintain the fields, he said.
“We won’t be spending any new tax money,” Dornback said. “We’re in the facilitating business.”
Frasz said that he saw a lot of opportunities for people to donate their talent and time. He said the Forest Preserve sees this as a “citizen-led effort.”
The township will apply for an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. If it receives the grant money, those funds, together with local fundraising and individual and company donations, will be used to make the necessary improvements.
One of the Forest Preserve’s requirements will be for portions of the property restored to prairie, with walking trails and benches for anyone to use. In addition, Dornback said one of the wishes of the township, going back to when Dave Anderson was the supervisor, is to have a common area where a family can get together to play volleyball, or kids can play pick-up games.
“When I was a kid, that’s how we did it,” Dornback said.
McNair Field had been leased by Blackberry Township from the Transmission Relay Corporation since it purchased the land in 2003. The lease had granted the local athletic leagues the use of five of the corporation’s 20 acres, located south and east of the intersection of Bateman and Rowe roads. The 10-year lease expired in April 2013.
Although the township negotiated a new lease with the owners, it was a short-term agreement.
“This will take away the fear of losing the land,” Frasz said. “It gives more long-term stability.”
Photo: The doubles team of Madi Jurcenko (background) Jelly Emmanouil. File photo.
Second-place finish at St. Charles East Sectional produces two State entries
KANELAND—When you’re in the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots for a tennis team, the expectation is that you’ll maintain a certain level of excellence.
KHS was able to put that excellence on display Friday and Saturday on the St. Charles East campus during the Saints’ sectional. No. 1 singles star Sammie Schrepferman reach, State once again with a runner-up finish, and the Madi Jurcenko/Jelly Emmanouil No. 1 doubles tandem took the sectional crown.
Teamwise, Kaneland’s 20-point total was just one behind Geneva. St. Charles North (18), Wheaton Academy (17) and Batavia and Lake Park (12) rounded out the top five.
Schrepferman, a No. 1 singles star for four years, makes her third appearance at the IHSA State meet, while Jurcenko/Emmanouil enter for the third-straight year as a team. Jurcenko qualified for doubles as a freshman with former Lady Knight Amelia Napiorkowski.
Schrepferman’s semifinal victory was over Geneva’s Grace Krueger, 6-1, 6-1, before dropping to champion Kirby Einck 6-3, 6-0. The senior enters the state tournament with a personal record of 27-4 this fall.
The KHS doubles duo, 31-0 on the year, bested the St. Charles North team of Lianne Anderson and Emma Spellman in the final by a 6-0, 6-0 tally.
The first four-time qualifier in school history, Jurcenko doesn’t rest on her laurels of past postseason play.
“We’re always going to be nervous going in to sectionals or State,” Jurcenko said. “But I think our strongest part of our game is communication.”
“Sectionals ends up being really good practice for what to expect when we are at State,” Emmanuoil said. “I think we’re at the top of our game. Together, we are ready and a good team.”
Schrepferman will face Glenbrook South’s Breck Murphy in the first round out at Palatine High School on Thursday, while at Hoffman Estates High School, Jurcenko/Emmanouil will take on Crystal Lake Central’s Maddie Fox and Carley George. For the first time in school history, Kaneland has a seeded entry at State, with the doubles squad a No. 26 seed overall.