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May 21 sports recap

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

Freshman Baseball

May 12 vs. Geneseo—The Knights demolished Geneseo 18-0. Reece Sowell picked up the win for the Knights, who scored 10 runs in the third inning. Trevor Jones went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases, a walk and three runs, while Nathan Westmaas went 3-for-3 with a run and Mitchel Jackson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Sophomore Soccer
May 13 vs. Crystal Lake South—Ashley Painer and Mallory Burgin had goals for the Knights as they beat Crystal Lake South 2-0. Marly Schultz and Mary Collum had assists.
May 14 vs. Prairie Ridge—The Knights tied Prairie Ridge 1-1, thanks to Julia Lemp’s unassisted goal.
May 15 vs. Dundee-Crown—The Knights ended their three-game stint at the Dundee-Crown Tournament with a 5-1 win over the hosts. Burgin had a big day for KHS, scoring two goals and supplying two more assists. Schultz, Gabrielle Faletto and Faith Cowsert had the other Knight goals. Rachel Fielding and Valencia Baez had assists. The Knights sit at 11-2-2, 6-1-1 in NIB-12 play.

Sophomore Softball
May 15 vs. Plainfield North—The Knights fell behind the Tigers and could not get the runs back, losing 8-2. Aly Jesionowski was tagged with the loss, but did hit a triple, as did Katie Moore.
May 18 vs. Plano—The Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, and then they poured on the offense, defeating the Reapers 13-3. Jesionowski struck out 16 over seven innings, while walking four and giving up three runs (one earned). Sam Albright (1-for-3) and Lexi Abruzzo (4-for-5) each had doubles, but it was Jesionowski with the showstopper: A walk-off grand slam.
May 19 vs. Rock Falls—The Knights lost to Rock Falls 7-1. Jesionowski went 2-for-3, but was the losing pitcher. Albright went 1-for-3 with a double.

PGA’s next big thing

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SUGAR GROVE, IL - SEPTEMBER 18: The General clubhouse on the Rich Harvest Golf Links Course, on September 18, 2005 in Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SUGAR GROVE, IL - SEPTEMBER 18: The General clubhouse on the Rich Harvest Golf Links Course, on September 18, 2005 in Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
SUGAR GROVE, IL – SEPTEMBER 18: The General clubhouse on the Rich Harvest Golf Links Course, on September 18, 2005 in Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rich Harvest Farms to host 2 major events this summer
SUGAR GROVE—The future competitors on the PGA Tour are likely to be spotted competing at two major amateur tournaments at Rich Harvest Farms this summer: the Palmer Cup June 12-14 and the Western Amateur Aug. 3-8.

“A lot of these players are the next big players on the PGA tour, and we can safely say that some of these players might be playing in the U.S. Open (in June),” Goodbred said.

The Palmer Cup, the collegiate version of the Ryder Cup, pits the top 10 American collegiate golfers against their European counterparts, while the Western Amateur draws the top 156 amateur golfers from around the world to compete in one of the oldest and most grueling amateur golf tournaments.

University of Texas golf team during the first day of play in The Hayt Collegiate Invitational 2015 at Sawgrass in EverBank Field Friday, February 27, 2015 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. (Gary Lloyd McCullough)
University of Texas golf team during the first day of play in The Hayt Collegiate Invitational 2015 at Sawgrass in EverBank Field Friday, February 27, 2015 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. (Gary Lloyd McCullough)

Both of the events are free and open to the general public, and Goodbred hopes that a large number of spectators—both golf enthusiasts and local families—will come out to see the events.

Though the collegiate players are not yet household names, many of them will be soon, Goodbred said.

On each team, six of the Palmer Cup players are selected by NCAA rankings, with an additional three players selected by the committee and one coach’s pick.

Among the biggest American names at the Palmer Cup will be Beau Hossler of the University of Texas, the 2014 Western Amateur defending champion, and Ollie Schniederjans, a Georgia Tech senior and winner of the 2014 Valspar Invitational. Prominent European players include Jon Rahm, an Arizona State junior and Spaniard who is currently the top-ranked amateur in the world, and Thomas Detry of the University of Illinois, a Belgian who helped Team Europe win the 2014 Palmer Cup.

The tournament, which started in 1997, is named after golf legend Arnold Palmer. The United States currently leads the Palmer Cup series 9-8-1.

“A lot of these players will be turning pro in a year or two,” said Vicky McGowan, Rich Harvest Farm’s tournament director. “The event bears Arnold Palmer’s name, and we’re hoping that he will be here.”

Though the Palmer Cup itself goes to the winning team, the tournament will also have an individual winner, selected by the athletes on the winning team as the player whose character is most like Palmer’s.
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“The players decide even before play actually starts which of their teammates has the most attributes of Arnold Palmer, based on character and humility,” McGowan said.

The preselected player from the winning team is invited to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida, a PGA Tour event and a coveted prize for an amateur golfer, McGowan said.

Though the roster for the Western Amateur won’t be finalized until July, Goodbred anticipates many of the Palmer Cup players will return to compete there. The Western Amateur, which was founded in 1899, is one of the leading amateur tournaments and draws top players from around the world.

Previous winners of the Western Amateur include some of the biggest names in professional golf, including Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw.

What makes the Western Amateur so grueling, Goodbred said, is the format.

“It’s a really grueling format, so you know when this person wins that they not only have the talent, but they have the stamina,” Goodbred said. “A lot of the future PGA stars will be playing this event.”

The five-day tournament is essentially a golf marathon, with 156 players competing on stroke play for the first two days, before being cut down to 44 players. Those 44 golfers play another 36 holes of stroke play before being cut to the top 16, and the final 16 golfers play a final 36 holes of match play to determine the winner of the George R. Thorne trophy.
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Just making it into the tournament’s Sweet 16 is prestigious, Goodbred said. She noted that 30 of the last 36 PGA Tour Player of the Year awards have been won by players who had previously placed in the Western Amateur’s Sweet 16.

It’s the first time either event has been hosted at Rich Harvest Farms, a privately owned golf course in Sugar Grove that’s been named one of America’s top 100 golf courses. However, the facility has hosted other big-name golf events, including the 2009 Solheim Cup.

Goodbred said that the facility was approached by Palmer himself, along with the tournament chairman, to host the Palmer Cup a few years ago.

“It wasn’t just about the fact that we’re one of the top 100 golf courses or that we’re ranked in Golf Digest,” Goodbred said. “It was about what Rich Harvest Farms does for children and for amateur golf. The event as a whole is about teaching these amateurs, these students who are about to turn pro, how to turn pro. It is mentoring them in how to act, and Mr. Rich loved that idea and would do anything for amateur golf.”

Rich Harvest Farms is not usually open to the public, so the events are also an opportunity for local residents to stroll the grounds of one of Sugar Grove’s most exclusive spots.

McGowan said that while Rich Harvest Farms expected a number of golf enthusiasts to come out for the tournaments, she also hoped local families would turn out.

“We hope we can encourage a lot of families to come and introduce their children to golf and let them see it firsthand,” McGowan said. “Anyone who has an interest in our course can walk the course. At a professional tournament, there are marshals who rope off the fairways, so you can’t see the professionals up close. But with this kind of event, you can walk the fairways and see the players up close. You can follow them around the course.”

Both events are free and open to the public, and Rich Harvest Farms will provide free parking at 2330 Granart Road in Sugar Grove. There will be signage and traffic control to help direct spectators, Goodbred said, with about 175 volunteers working the events.

Concessions will be sold on the grounds for spectators.
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Schedule of events
Interested in attending the Palmer Cup or the Western Amateur? All events are free and open to the public. Rich Harvest Farms invites spectators to walk the fairways with the players throughout both competitions.

2015 Palmer Cup

Thursday, June 11
Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m.
Friday, June 12
Foursome matches begin at 7:30 a.m.
Four-ball matches begin at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 13
Singles matches begin at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, June 14
Singles matches begin at 8:30 a.m. The
Palmer Cup will be awarded in the
afternoon, after play is complete.
All tee times for the Palmer Cup
are off the No. 1 tee.

2015 Western Amateur

Monday, Aug. 3
Players begin practice at 7 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 4
18 holes of stroke play. Tee times begin
at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. off both the No. 1
and No. 10 tees.
Wednesday, Aug. 5
18 holes of stroke play. Tee times begin
at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. off both the No. 1
and No. 10 tees.
Thursday, Aug. 6
36 holes of stroke play by the top 44
players. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. and
noon off both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.
Sweet 16 selected in the late afternoon.
Friday, Aug. 7
Sweet 16 match play begins. 36 holes.
First round begins at 8 a.m. off the
No. 1 tee; second round at 1 p.m.
off the No. 1 tee.
Saturday, Aug. 8
Sweet 16 match play. 36 holes.
Semifinal round begins at 8 a.m. off the
No. 1 tee. Championship round
begins at 1 p.m. Trophy is awarded at
late afternoon closing ceremonies, after
play is complete.

Parking
Free parking available at
2330 Granart Road, Sugar Grove.

Attire
Rich Harvest Farms asks that
spectators wear golf attire.

05/18/2015 5:51:13 PM: We originally listed in this article the U.S. Open would take place in August. It takes place in June. The above story has been corrected. The Herald apologizes for the error.

Kaneland Wins NIB-12 Championship

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Senior Austin Wheatley beats out a throw to home and scores the winning run for the Knights against Sycamore May 5. Photo by Mary Paulson
Senior Austin Wheatley beats out a throw to home and scores the winning run for the Knights against Sycamore May 5.
Photo by Mary Paulson

Morris helps Knights earn crown with win over Yorkville
KANELAND—The Kaneland baseball team defeated the Sycamore Spartans 7-6 at home to win at least a share of the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference Championship last Wednesday, May 6. On Monday, they would learn they won it outright when Yorkville lost to Morris. The Foxes had won the previous two conference titles.

Against Sycamore, infielder Danny Hammermeister led the offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI while catcher Joe Laudont was 2-for-4 with a run and the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Knights’ Steven Limbrunner pitched two innings, giving up two hits with no runs, a walk and a strikeout for the win.

Kaneland fell to Sycamore on the road the following day on May 7, 4-1. Knights’ pitcher Ryan David pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with one strikeout while surrendering five walks in the loss. Outfielder Matt Rosko went 3-for-4 with a run to lead Kaneland’s offense.

The Knights returned to winning ways on Monday, as they defeated the Burlington Central Rockets 9-2. Kaneland starting pitcher Matt O’Sullivan threw five innings with four strikeouts. Outfielder Nick Stratman led the Knights’ offense with two RBI’s in the win.

On the same day, Kaneland defeated Westminster Christian 5-3. Knights’ pitchers Nick Stratman and Jacob Violett combined for nine strikeouts with a 1.00 WHIP each. Infielder Joe Panico had two RBI’s and one hit to lead Kaneland offensively to the win.

A Tuesday tilt against a talented Geneseo team saw the Knights shut out the Maple Leafs 8-0. Pitcher Colton Fellows was masterful in the win, going seven innings, striking out eight, while allowing only four hits and no walks. Offensively, Jacob Violett went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI, while Hammermeister went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Panico went 2-for-2 with a run.

The Knights’ record now stands at 17-10 overall and 9-3 in NIB-12 play.

Kaneland hosts Geneseo again on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
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Back on track

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Laura Gampfer KHS Girls Soccer v. Morris 5-7-15-6

Soccer improves to 14-3
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—It may have been its most important win of the season.

After its shocking 5-0 loss to Sycamore two days earlier, the Kaneland High School girls soccer team desperately needed to beat Morris last Thursday. Not only was it the Knights’ final home game of the regular season, it was Senior Night—the last time their six seniors would ever play in front of their hometown crowd.

There was also another, perhaps more pressing, reason.

With the Regional Tournament at Rochelle starting next week, head coach Scott Parillo said it was very important to get back on the winning track and finish the season on a positive note. The Morris game was the penultimate contest in Kaneland’s regular schedule.

And they got it.

Scoring the first three goals of the game, the Knights cruised to a 3-1 win, their 14th this season against just three losses, leaving them one shy of tying the school record.

Against Morris, defender Taylor Emigh started the scoring with a 25-yard blast, off a feed from fellow junior Nicole Koczka, with 7:22 to play in the first half. It was her first goal of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Junior Kiandra Powell four minutes later made it 2-0 when she converted a pass from Courtney Diddell over the middle. It was Powell’s 12th goal and Diddell’s 11th assist, both team leaders.

Lauren Ortiz completed the scoring for Kaneland five minutes into the second half when she took a pass from Taylor Opperman, lifting a 20-foot shot over the head of Morris keeper Marlene Bashat.

Before anyone had a chance to relax, however, Emily Burring put Morris (7-6-1) on the board just 33 seconds later when she put a shot past Kaneland keeper Emily Chapman.

It was the only goal Morris scored during the contest.

The win gave Kaneland a record of 14-3, and made them 4-2 in the conference.
On another positive note, Parillo was able to play all six seniors on his roster. Besides Diddell and Opperman, that includes Heather Ortiz, Madison Jurcenko, Emily Grams and Colleen Landers.

Diddell, Jurcenko, Opperman and Landers are all co-captains.

It was an entirely different scenario against Sycamore, where you could almost feel disaster brewing in the overcast sky. From the opening whistle, the Spartan’s pinpoint passing and relentless attack seemed to keep the Kaneland players off balance for most of the game.

After leading 1-0 after a wild first half in which both teams had numerous chances to score, Sycamore scored four times, including twice in the first five minutes, and it took the air out of the Kaneland players.

“I think that third goal was the difference,” Sycamore coach Dave Lichamer said. “You can be down by two goals and have the mindset you can fight back, but three goals is different.”

Three of the goals were scored by Alyssa Maillefer, who just missed scoring at least three more.

“She’s very fast,” Lichamer said.

With the win, Sycamore clinched the conference title—which they shared last year with Kaneland—with a perfect 6-0 conference mark, Overall the Spartans, who beat Kaneland earlier this season 1-0, have compiled a 14-4 record.

They will host their own regional next week, which includes DeKalb.

Kaneland’s best chances to score against Sycamore came near the end of both halves. Each time, Sycamore keeper Drew Moulton made dramatic, diving saves to stop them.

Despite the lopsided loss, their worse of the season, Chapman had an outstanding game, recording one magnificent stop—either diving or leaping to bat a shot away—after another. In fact, she faced more shots on goal in the first half than she had in the previous three weeks combined.

Chapman’s best save came with just 1:20 to go in the first half, when she stopped a penalty shot from Sycamore’s Ella Holland. Holland was awarded the shot when she was accidentally tripped from behind by Grams in front of the Kaneland goal.

Saying Chapman played a good game, Parillo—obviously disappointed by the outcome—had words of praise for his entire team.

“They never gave up,” he said. “They never quit.”

Photos by Laura Gampfer

Softball sits at 15-7

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Knights fall to Leafs, rip Rochelle
KANELAND—In a week that featured two cancellations, the Knights softball crew lost a hard-fought battle against Geneseo 8-7 on May 7, but bounced back in a big way against Rochelle with a 13-0 win on Tuesday.

Kaneland sits at 15-7 overall and a sparkling 7-0 in Northern Illinois Big XII East play.

Against Geneseo, it was all Knights—at least until the sixth inning. Up four runs after the first inning, Kaneland would extent their lead to 7-0 by the end of the fifth. But a monster seven-run inning by the Maple Leafs tied the game and forced it into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Geneseo put a run across, and KHS could not answer in the bottom of the frame, resulting in the 8-7 final score. Mogan Sikon had a big day, going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Paige Kuefler and Meg Cohrs each went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, while Keufler also had an RBI. On the mound, Courtney Davis went 7.2 innings, giving up eight runs (three earned) while striking out seven.

On Tuesday, it was literally all Kaneland, as they easily dispatched the host Hubs 13-0. Kaneland was led by Cohrs and Morgan Weber, each with home runs.

The Knights are back in action Thursday when DeKalb comes to KHS at 4:30 p.m. Then the team heads to Plainfield North Friday, also at 4:30 p.m., and then to the LaSalle-Peru Invite for three games, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Photos by Stephanie Vanik

County boys

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Laura Gampfer KHS Boys T&F at KHS 5-4-15-2

Knights 3rd at Kane County Meet
GENEVA—After torrential rain and thunderstorms forced the Friday postponement of the 96th annual Kane County Boys Track & Field Championships—the second oldest track championship in Illinois—the meet reconvened at Geneva High School on Saturday morning. Despite winning only three events, Kaneland scored in 14 of 18 events and had seven PRs (personal records) en route to a third-place finish behind 3A powers Batavia and West Aurora.

Leading a spirited defense of the Knights’ three consecutive county crowns was senior Ben Barnes, who scored 22.5 points in winning the long jump (21 feet, 5.75 inches), triple jump (PR 44-011.5), and anchoring the 4x100m relay to victory in a 43.91 season best. Barnes won both jump competitions, as is his style, on his sixth and final attempt.

“It’s not intentional,” he said. “I try to put down a meet-winning jump on every attempt. But since the State meet last year, that’s what’s been happening.”

Other highlights for the Knights were PRs set by junior Austin Kintz in the 1600m (second place in 4 minutes, 27.32 seconds) and freshman Matt Richtman in the 3200m (third in 9:53.66); a fourth-place finish in the 300m hurdles by junior Tanner Robertson in 40.80; and a fifth-place finish in the pole vault in a PR 13-03 by sophomore Dan Walker to add to junior Mike Rinella’s fourth-place points. Other Knights PRs set in non-scoring efforts were recorded by sophomore Adam Rivas in the 200m (24.26) and senior Mitch Reger in the 800m (2:09.15).

“I was really pleased with our team’s effort,” head coach Eric Baron said. “Ben Barnes showed he is one of the best horizontal jumpers Kane County has ever produced. Our 4x100m relay team winning from the slow heat was a very big surprise. Other outstanding performances for us was Matt Richtman breaking the freshman school record in the (3200m), Austin Kintz PR-ing again in the 1600m and Danny Walker scaling 13-03 in pole vault.”

Kaneland competes next in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference Championships on Friday, May 15, at Rochelle High School.

May 14 sports recap

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

Sophomore Baseball
May 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights won 6-2 behind a complete game by Jack Marshall on the mound. Marshall went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs, while Luke Calabrese went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run, and Jake Hummel went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. The Knights are 16-4, 11-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Soccer
May 7 vs. Morris—Kaneland defeated the Redskins 6-2. Julia Lemp had a hat trick for the Knights, while Gabrielle Faletto supplied a goal and an assist. Ashley Painer and Valencia Baez also had goals, while Mallory Burgin and Rachel Fielding had assists.
May 11 vs. Wauconda—Marley Schultz got the Knights on the board off a Falleto assist, and Kaneland didn’t stop there. Burgin (Amanda Diaz assist), Schultz again on a penalty kick, and Lemp (Schultz assist) helped KHS to a 4-0 win. The team sits at a 10-1-2 record, 6-1-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Softball
May 6 vs. Morris—Morris defeated Kaneland 10-3. Katie Moor went 2-for-3 with a triple, while Aly Jesionowski went 2-for-4, but was tagged with the loss on the mound.
May 7 vs. Geneseo—Geneseo used a five-run first inning and eight-run seventh inning to cruise to a 16-4 win over KHS. Jesinowski was the losing pitcher, but went 2-for-4 at the plate. Moore was 3-for-4, while Katie Kurzrock went 1-for-2. The Knights are 5-9, 2-5 in conference play.

No excuses for Knights

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Laura Gampfer KHS Girls T&F at Yorkville 5-8-15-6

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Photos by Laura Gampfer

Girls track squad still sees plenty of success at soggy NIB-12 Championships
YORKVILLE—On a day when almost every other boys invitational and girls conference track meet in northern Illinois was postponed due to thunderstorms, they were somehow able to squeeze in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference Girls’ Championships between lightning strikes and rain squalls on Friday night in Yorkville. There, the young Kaneland girls track squad placed second as the meet host won its second-consecutive league title.

The individual star of the meet for the Knights was junior Allie Heinzer, who won both the 200m in 25.72 seconds and 400m in a personal record (PR) 58.94. Joining her on the winner’s podium was junior Brianna Bower, who won her first conference track title by taking the 1600m in 5:18.87 after placing second in the 3200m earlier in the meet with a PR time of 11:14.97. Sophomore Carley Elliott, freshmen Shanya Hurston and Jamie Martens teamed with Heinzer to move the baton around the track to win the 4x100m relay in a season best time of 49.79—a new conference record.

Conference silver medalists were junior Noelle Espino, who placed second in the 800m in a 2:20.54; a 4x800m relay foursome of juniors Carly Bartholomew and Espino and seniors Jessica Kucera and Aislinn Lodwig that placed second in a season-best 9:49.42; the 4x200m relay team of Hurston, junior Olivia Galor, Martens and Elliott that was runner-up in 1:47.19; and the 4x400m relay of Bartholomew, Galor, Becca Richtman and Martens in 4:10.24 also earned all-conference with their second-place finish.

Other third-place team points were scored by Elliott in the 200m (26.95). Fifth-place points came from Lodwig in the 800m (a 2:28.0, PR), senior Taylor Eaves in the 300m hurdles (49.39, PR), sophomore Maddie Keifer in the high jump, (4 feet, 10 inches), and senior Ally Van Bogaert in the shot put, where the basketball star threw a 30-0. Sixth-place points came from Hurston in the 100m (13.56) and senior Victoria Clinton in the 3200m (12:04.86).

The long jump, triple jump and pole vault were not contested because of slippery, wet runway conditions.

“We were lucky to get the meet in,” head coach Doug Ecker said. “Everyone went home soaked, but several teams would not have been able to come back on Saturday, given their travel times and bus schedules. We lost some big points in the jumps that were canceled, but we weren’t the only ones. We were pleased with our second-place team finish, and are now totally focused on qualifying a bus-load of athletes for the State meet next Friday.”

That “next Friday” is the IHSA 2A Sectional Championships on May 15 at River Ridge High School in Hanover, Ill., where the top-two finishers in each event, plus those who meet the State-qualifying standards, will advance to the Girls State Championships on May 22-23 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.

On Monday, the Knights traveled to Oregon for the annual Sectional Prep meet. Event winners included the 4x100m relay team of Hurston, Heinzer, Martens and Elliott in 50.59, Eaves in both the 100m (17.04) and 300m (49.69) hurdle races, Elliott in the 100m (13.15), Bowers in the 800m (2:32.11), Bartholomew in the 400m (1:04.26) and Heinzer in the 200m (26.11). No team scores were kept at the Oregon meet.

KUSC to hold competitive program player assessments

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ELBURN—Kaneland United Soccer Club (KUSC) will hold player assessments for the 2015-16 competitive soccer program from May 19-29. Players interested in participating in the competitive program must pre-register online at www.kanelandsc.com or contact Mike Mitchinson at (630) 463-9001, ext. 702.

KUSC fields girls and boys teams in the U10 and above age groups. These are players born between Aug. 1, 1998, and July 31, 2006.

Boys teams compete in the Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL), and girls teams compete in the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL).

Boys assessments will take place May 19-22; girls assessments will take place May 26-29 at Kaneland High School.

Players accepted into the program will be notified shortly after assessments and are invited to register for the 2015-16 season.

Players who are looking for a higher level of soccer skills development and are younger than U10, or are not offered spots in the competitive program, are invited to participate in the club’s Academy program.

Regrouping

in Boys Track by
Laura Gampfer KHS Boys T&F at KHS 5-4-15-5

Strong week for boys track sets tone for late-season run
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.—After looking over the seeding marks for the Crystal Lake Central Invitational, Kaneland boys head coach Eric Baron projected the Knights for 55 points, a score that would give them no chance to win their fourth-straight team title. He was a little off—41 points off—as the Knights posted one personal record (PR) after another, event by event, throughout the meet.

As it turned out, Kaneland nearly scored Baron’s projected point total in the field events alone, placing in all six jumping and throwing events and having two scorers in three of those events.

The Knights were as hot as the mid-70 degree afternoon temperatures, and leading the charge was junior pole vaulter Mike Rinella. Coming off an injured hamstring, he won his specialty with a new PR height of 14 feet, 6 inches, and just missed setting a new meet record with three great attempts at 14’ 9”. Adding icing to the cake, sophomore Danny Walker placed third with a PR jump of 12-06. In the long jump, senior Ben Barnes was coming off an injury that had kept him from jumping, for the past few weeks. In his return to the runway, he won the meet title with a jump of 21-03, while Kaneland junior, John Delach, placed third at PR 20-07.

“Mike and Ben really got our team going, “Baron said. “After both had missed several meets with injuries, seeing them come back and win the first events of the meet really stoked us up.”

After the long jump, Barnes came back to place third in the triple jump with a season best 44-0.5. Junior Connor Peterson added more jumps points in the high jump with sixth place in a PR 5-011. In the shot put, senior Zach Thielk and freshman Clayton Hannula placed sixth and eighth with throws of 43-09 and 41-08.75, respectively. Junior Tristan Kinder completed the Knights’ scoring in the field events with fifth place in the discus with a throw of 137-06.

On the track, Kaneland added 47 points to the 49 points they scored in the field. A foursome of junior Sean Spaetzel, senior Andrew Lesak, junior Drew Franklin, and junior Austin Kintz started things off by placing third in the 4x800m relay in a season-best 8:11.92, with Kintz clocking 1:58.5 on the anchor. The Knights followed with third place in the 4x100m relay in 44.48 with a team of senior Aaron Olson, Delach, junior Tanner Robertson, and, a new face for 2015, senior Issac Swithers. Freshman Matt Richtman finished fifth in the 3200m in a PR 10:00.33, and Robinson finished fifth in the 110m hurdles in a PR 16.03. In the 4x200m relay, the Knights switched Robertson for junior Issaih Baerenklau from their 4x100m line up and placed fourth in 1:35.06. Robertson, meanwhile, placed second in his 300m hurdles specialty in 41.37. Kintz doubled back from the 4x800m relay to take third in the 1600m in a PR 4:28.10. Kaneland then closed out the meet, and its team victory, with second place in the 4x400m relay in 3:29.05 with a foursome of Spaetzel, Lesak, Franklin, and Robertson.

“It was great to have some good weather for a change. We took advantage of it and created tremendous momentum for our young team going forward,” Baron said. “We had five freshmen in our lineup, and I told them it was the first time we ever had that many in a varsity invitational. In the second track event of the meet, Issac Swithers’ great anchor leg of the 4x100m relay was huge for us. We’ve been telling our team, ‘Be patient. Believe in our system. We are a program that blossoms every year in May.’ We preach that every athlete matters and every event matters—and we scored in 16 of the 18 events and with several new faces. It was a great team win and confidence-builder for us.”

The Knights will compete in the Kane County Championships at Geneva High School, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

Photos by Laura Gampfer

Still rolling

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Photo: Sophomore Holly Collingbourne notched an assist on Kiandra Powell’s go-ahead goal against DeKalb April 30. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights get top seed in Rochelle Regional
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—The Kaneland High School girls soccer team found itself in unfamiliar territory.

Ten minutes into KHS’ conference match against DeKalb on April 30, the Barbs’ McKenny Wallin—off a feed from teammate Sam Myers-Miller—booted a shot past Kaneland goalie Emily Chapman, giving DeKalb a 1-0 lead. It was only the third time this season, and the first in three weeks, the Knights had been behind.

“You want adversity, but when it comes, you don’t want it,” Kaneland head coach Scott Parillo joked afterwards.

“It was kind of a shock to be down so early,” Kaneland junior Kiandra Powell said.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” senior teammate Courtney Diddell said, adding the whole team got off to an uncharacteristically slow start.

Instead of inciting DeKalb’s aggressive offense, which had just missed scoring on several other occasions, it reversed the tone of the match—the Lady Barbs went on cruise control and Kaneland took the offensive.

“It got our butts in gear,” Powell said.

“It was really disappointing,” sophomore Holly Collingbourne said of their slow start. “It put more pressure on us, but we really stepped it up, and I think that caught them off guard. We didn’t give up.”

“I think they thought they had the game,” Diddell said. “But I knew we’d pull through.”

Picking it up offensively, Kaneland managed to tie the score at the 12:45 mark when Diddell slipped through a thicket of DeKalb defenders on a 30-yard run, pushing a shot past DeKalb goal Lauren Haglestein. Although she normally angles toward the corner on such a setup, Diddell explained she saw an opening and decided to take advantage of it, charging toward the DeKalb goal instead.

A few minutes into the second half, Powell gave the Knights the lead for good when she scored among a pack of players in front of the DeKalb goal.

“It hit off my leg and I put it in the corner,” she said. “It was redemption for last year.”

Although that officially concluded the scoring, both sides had numerous chances to put the ball in the net. DeKalb’s best chance came with just two minutes to play in the game when Natalie Vaughn-Lowe got off a shot that sailed over Chapman’s head, only to hit the cross bar behind her and bound away, out of Dekalb’s reach.

A few minutes earlier, Vaughn-Lowe was on another run when Kaneland senior Heather Ortiz—playing another outstanding game—took the ball away from her before she could get a shot off, only a few feet from Chapman.

“It was an amazing effort to come back,” Parillo said afterward. “We’re not used to that, but it was a lot of fun.”:
“We just had to keep at it,” Powell added.

“This happens for a reason,” Diddell said, adding that the entire Kaneland team put in the needed effort to pull out the win.

The win gave the Knights a season record of 13-2 while making them 4-1 in the conference. It was their eighth in a row after their 1-0 loss to Sycamore four weeks ago. Besides being their second win in a row against DeKalb—they topped the Lady Barbs 1-0 earlier this season—it gave Kaneland a tough match, something Parillo has been wanting as the teams prepare for the playoffs later this month. Kaneland has the top seed in the Rochelle Regional, while DeKalb (10-6) is seeded third in the Sycamore Regional.

“I don’t know how they play against anyone else, but they always play us physical,” Collingbourne said of DeKalb, noting that this was probably their biggest win of the season so far. “It was intense the whole game.”

The Knights lost to Sycamore Tuesday 5-0, dropping their record to 13-3-0, 4-2-0 in the Northern Illinois Big XII. The team is scheduled to host Morris on Thursday before traveling to Yorkville on Thursday, May 14.

Photos by Mary Paulson

IHSA pairings announced
As expected, the Kaneland girls soccer team has the top seed in the Rochelle Regional, which will be played later this month.

The Knights, entering this week with a 13-2 record, will play No. 4 seed IMSA at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. With the second seed, Rosary will then take on Rochelle, seeded third, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20.

The winners of those two matches will meet for the Rochelle Regional Championship at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

The Rochelle Regional Champs will then advance to the Rockford Boylan Catholic Sectional to take on the winner of the LaSalle Peru Regional at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. The winners of the Sycamore and Freeport regionals will clash at 5 p.m. that same day.

The winners of those two sectional matches will then meet for the Sectional title at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

The winner there advances to the DeKalb Super-sectional on Tuesday, June 2..

This year’s State championships will be played in Naperville on Saturday, June 6.

According to Kaneland head coach Scott Parillo anything can happen in the playoffs, especially in a sport like soccer in which an unexpected bounce of the ball can affect a game, as well as an entire season. A year ago, the Knights were upset by Rosary—a team they had beaten twice in the regular season—on penalty kicks in the Regional championship.

“Anything can happen,” Parillo said.

Kaneland has already beaten Rosary and IMSA earlier this season. A second match with Rosary had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Two of Kaneland’s conference opponents, Sycamore and DeKalb, will both compete in the Sycamore Regional, along with Burlington Central and Hampshire.

Stiff competition

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Photos: Freshmen Sandra Gale (right) and Meghan Andrews (below) saw action at the Kane County Girls Invitational at St. Charles East April 30. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Knights fifth at Kane County Meet
ST. CHARLES—In competition as stiff as the frigid, gusty, north winds, the Kaneland girls placed fifth out of 16 local teams at the annual Kane County Girls’ Track and Field Championships on April 30. Kaneland was the highest placing Class 2A school in the meet and scored 31 more points than sixth-place St. Charles North. According to the website Dyestat Illinois, there were 129 state elite-level performers in the meet.

With wind chills that hovered in the 40s for the entire afternoon and evening, the Knights got things started on the track with a fifth place finish in the 4x800m relay in a season best time of 9 minutes, 51.70 seconds, with junior Brianna Bower, senior Jessica Kucera, junior Noelle Espino and senior Aislinn Lodwig on the baton carries. Despite losing their best short sprinter, sophomore Nicole Sreenan, for the rest of the season with a chronic lower back injury, next came a second-place finish by the Knights in the 4x100m relay in 50.46 with a team of freshman Shayna Hurston, junior Allie Heinzer, freshman Jamie Martens, and sophomore Carley Elliott. Then came unexpected points from freshman Andrea Wells in the 3200m. Wells, seeded 14th in the second heat, bucked the wind to place seventh with a :15 second personal best time of 12:10.06.
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Next to put points on the Knights’ scorecard was Elliott with an eighth-place finish in 13.20 in the 100m final. Noelle Espino followed with a third-place in the 800m in 2:24.06, and three freshmen—Cierra Kuipers, Sayna Hurston and Jamie Martens—passed the baton on to Elliott in the 4x200m relay to anchor them to third place in 1:49.57. Heinzer followed by continuing her busy day with third place in the 400m in 59.69.

After failing to score in the 100m hurdle finals by one place, senior Taylor Eaves got points in the 300m hurdles with an eighth-place finish in 50.80. Bower doubled back from the 4x800m relay to run a :04 second lifetime best of 5:13.87 in the mile (1600m) for eighth place. Heinzer finished her day with a second-place finish in the 200m final in 26.11, and in her sixth race of the day, Elliott placed eighth in 27.56. The Knights closed out the meet on the track with a fourth-place finish in the 4x400m relay in 4:12.91 with a team of junior Carly Bartholomew, Kuipers, freshman Becca Richtman and Martens.

In the field, the Knights’ 1-2 punch of sophomores Lexie Guerra and Sydney Davidson placed second and third in the pole vault with jumps of 10 feet and 9-06, respectively. Sophomore Maddie Keifer was sixth in the high jump at 4-010. Freshman Meghan Andrews was seventh in the long jump with a new personal best of 15-07.25, and junior Julia Schaefer placed seventh in the discus with a season best throw of 92-07.

“This was one of the best Kane County meets I’ve seen in terms of the depth of talent in every event. We had a great meet and I’m really proud of how well our team competed, “ head coach Doug Ecker said. “The leadership we see from so many of the underclassmen on this team is a preview of the super-successful adult leaders they are destined to become. If we have good weather conditions for the conference meet, were going to completely rewrite our team (personal records) list.”

The Knights will travel to Yorkville on Friday, May 8, for the NIB-12 Conference Championships.

May 7 sports recap

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Freshman Softball
April 29 vs. Sycamore—The Knights lost 8-6. Jessica Shell pitched seven innings, giving up five runs (two earned) and striking out four.
May 1 vs. DeKalb—DeKalb beat the Knights 20-1 behind a 12-run fifth inning.
May 2 vs. Rockford East—The Knights beat RE 15-4.
May 2 vs. Grant—Grant beat the Knights 11-1.
May 2 vs. Antioch—The Knights finished the weekend with a 18-2 loss to Antioch.

Sophomore Softball
April 30 vs. DeKalb—Aly Jesionowski struck out 11, walked two and gave up only two hits in Kaneland’s 6-0 win over DeKalb. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Alexis Abruzzo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Jesionowski went 2-for-4, including a two-run shot. Katie Moore supplied a double for the Knights.

Freshman Baseball
April 27 vs. Yorkville—The Knights fell 3-1 to the Foxes. Zachary Farris went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
April 30 vs. Yorkville—KHS bounced back with a big 13-2 win over YHS. Jack Douglas got the win for the Knights, and also went 3-for-3 with a run and four RBIs.

Sophomore Baseball
April 30 vs. Yorkville—The Knights crushed the Foxes 16-2. Jack Marshall pitched five innings of two-run ball for the win, while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Josh Norman went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and John Weigand went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases.
May 2 vs. Prairie Ridge—Kaneland won 19-10. Weigand went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two stolen bases.
May 4 vs. Sycamore—Clark Hendricks pictched a complete game as the Knights defeated the Spartans 4-3. Weigand went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI, while Luke Calabrese went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs.

Sophomore Soccer
May 5 vs. Sycamore—The Spartans defeated the Knights 2-1. Rachel Fielding scored for the Knights off a Marley Schultz assist.

Up one, down two

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Knights finish sweep of Yorkville; fall to Prairie Ridge, Sycamore
KANELAND—The Knights certainly have the Foxes’ number.

The Kaneland varsity baseball team won their third straight game against the Yorkville Foxes 6-3 at home on April 30 before falling to the Prairie Ridge Wolves 7-2 on Saturday at home and to Sycamore on Monday on the road.

The Knights now have an overall record of 13-9 and 8-2 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

Knights’ starting pitcher Ryan David went the distance against Yorkville. David pitched seven innings giving up three runs on three hits, striking out three with a WHIP of 0.86.

After David pitched out of a jam in the top of the first inning (a hit batsmen, infield single to second base and a runner-advancing fielder’s choice ending with runners at the corners) and a lone single in the bottom half by the Knights given up by Foxes’ starting pitcher Adrian Morris, Yorkville’s Cameron VanBoekel took a four-pitch walk from David to start the second inning. Van Boekel then stole second base when the ball got away from Kaneland catcher Joe Laudont, advanced to third on a ground-out by Jon Jungr and scored on another ball that got away from Laudont. Yorkville took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the second.

The Knights got things rolling with a leadoff walk to infielder Jacob Bachio off new Yorkville pitcher Sam Kiesewetter. Outfielder Matt Rosko then slammed a two-run home run to to right field to give Kaneland a 2-1 lead. Kiesewetter managed to pitch out of a jam himself (a single, walk and a double-steal) to end the inning.

The teams played to a stalemate until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Kaneland outfielder Jacob Violett and infielder Danny Hammermeister took back-to-back walks from Yorkville pitcher Kyle Aloisio. Violett advanced on a balk by Aloisio and scored from third on a wild pick-off throw from Yorkville’s catcher to increase the Knight’s lead to 3-1.

After the Foxes managed two base runners in the top of the fifth inning (both left on base), Kaneland’s bats came alive again in the bottom of the frame. Infielder Joe Panico led off with a single to right field off Christian Carrera, Yorkville’s fourth pitcher of the contest. Laudont drew a walk, then later scored on another wild pick-off throw to third base. Hammermeister hit into a fielder’s choice to third and Bachio lifted an RBI single to left field to stretch the Knights’ lead to 5-1.

After David pitched a perfect top of the sixth, Kaneland scored again in the bottom of the inning, albeit under unique circumstances. With two outs, infielder Austin Wheatley hit an infield single off Yorkville’s fifth pitcher of the game, Brady Kauppila. Wheatley later scored from third on a balk by Kauppila to make the score 6-1 in favor of the Knights. Panico hit a single to right field and reached third on Kauppila’s second balk of the inning. A ground-out by Laudont ended the Knights’ scoring on the day.

Yorkville attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning. with two men on base and two outs, the Foxes’ Matt Gruber hit a two-RBI double to center field to cut the Knights’ lead to 6-3. David sealed the win for Kaneland by striking out Yorkville’s Nathan Scott for the final out.

“Our three guys between (starting pitchers) Colton (Fellows) Sully (Matt O’ Sullivan) and Ryan (David) did a great job,” head coach Brian Aversa said when describing the three-game sweep of Yorkville. “(I) couldn’t ask for anything more from that staff. Jordan Bock coming in and getting the save on Monday was a big-time play with the bases loaded. To hold a really good team to three runs was exceptional.”

“Right from the beginning, we were all asking each other how ready we are. We know we’re going to get a good performance from all three of our (starting) pitchers. We were excited (and) we kind-of had that playoff mentality. We just try to take one game at a time,” Rosko said.

In Saturday’s game, the Knights fell to the Prairie Ridge Wolves 7-2. Starting pitcher Jackson Marwitz tossed six innings for the Wolves, giving up two hits, two runs and a walk with three strikeouts. Bock took the loss for Kaneland, pitching two innings while giving up two hits, three runs and two walks with no strikeouts. Prairie Ridge outfielder Christopher Slack was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Wolves offense. Bachio went 1-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Knights.

Kaneland took on the Sycamore Spartans on Monday, enduring a tough 4-3 loss in eight innings. Sycamore starting pitcher Colan Treml pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and striking out five in the win. Knights starter O’Sullivan tossed 7 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in the loss. Spartans catcher Nate Gross led the way offensively for Sycamore, going 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored while Kaneland’s Nicholas Stratman also went 2-4 with a run scored to lead the Knights.

The Knights played Sycamore Tuesday night (results unavailable as of press time), prior to tonight’s finale of the three-game conference series.

Photos by Mary Paulson

No Barbs

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Knights dispatch western foe 7-3
KANELAND—The visiting Kaneland varsity softball team defeated the Dekalb Barbs 7-3 on April 30.

Knights starting pitcher Angie Morrow threw a complete seven-inning game, giving up three runs on three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. Kaneland’s top hitters included infielder/outfielder Mary Clausen (2-3, double, two RBIs with a run scored) catcher Paige Kuefler (3-4, two RBI’s with two runs scored) and infielder Meg Cohrs (1-4, triple, RBI). The win improved the Knights’ overall record to 13-5 and 6-0 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

Kaneland hosted Morris Wednesday, with results not available before press. The Knights host Geneseo Thursday night at 4:30 p.m.

Photos by Stephanie Vanik

Neahring to be inducted into coaches Hall of Fame

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has announced that it will be inducting long-time Kaneland coach Ken Neahring into its Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held at the Bone Center at Illinois State University on Saturday, May 2.

A former physical education and driver’s education teacher, he is being inducted as a “career coach”—a category that requires at least 30-years of coaching excellence.

Neahring began coaching boys’ basketball at Franklin Center High School, where his .825 winning percentage from 1977-86 produced multiple conference championships and the first regional and sectional championships in Franklin Center history—a period the school’s website calls its “basketball glory years.”

In 1986, Neahring accepted the head basketball coaching position at Kaneland High School where, in 1987, the Knights won the regional championship. He was replaced as head coach the following year, however.

While continuing to be an assistant football coach and girls’ softball coach at Kaneland, Neahring served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Waubonsee Community College. In 1998, he was again assigned head boys’ basketball coaching duties for the Knights, a position he held until his retirement from teaching in 2003. In total, he served as an assistant girls’ softball coach for 12 years at Kaneland and continues to be an assistant golf coach—a career that has now spanned 13 years. In all the sports in which he has been a head coach, he has posted a career winning percentage of .635.

Bruce Firchau, chairman of the IBCA Hall of Fame Committee, said Neahring was nominated for the Hall of Fame by his former assistant coaches. That nomination and Neahring’s coaching resume was reviewed last November by the IBCA Board of Directors, which approved him for induction this year.

The 43rd annual IBCA Hall of Fame festivities on Saturday, May 2, will begin with an afternoon reception at the host hotel, and conclude with a dinner at the Bone Center that is referred to as “The Academy Awards of Illinois Basketball.” The 1,200-seat dinner has been sold-out since March and is the largest banquet held on the Illinois State University campus.

“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame,” Neahring said. “To be included in a fraternity of so many great coaches; it was unexpected. It is much appreciated, and it is the highlight of a wonderful career of coaching several generations of great young men and women. That has truly been a privilege. I loved every minute of it, and I continue to love being involved with Kaneland athletics as an assistant golf coach.”

Overnight tournament provides tests, chance for bonding

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by Doug Oleson
MONROE, WISC.—Head coach Scott Parillo was hoping to find a way for the Kaneland High School girls soccer team to get a chance to bond. What better way than an overnight, mid-season tournament?

After failing to find a place in tournaments in St. Louis, central Illinois and Michigan, Parillo discovered the Monroe Quad, which was held last Saturday in Wisconsin.

As it turned out, it was a good outing for everyone. Besides bonding, the Knights won both their games, against Reedsburg and the host school, by identical 1-0 scores to claim the tournament title.

“They’ve held the tournament for years, but it was the first time for us,” Parillo said.

Senior Taylor Opperman scored Kaneland’s only goal in the first game, while junior Kiandra Powell recorded the only tally in the second.

“We peppered them with shots,” Parillo said. “We probably had 30-35 shots in the first game and another 20 in the second. But their goalies were very good. We were fortunate to get one in.”

Playing only 30-minute halves, which he said went by quickly, Parillo noted both sides were anxious about scoring as quickly as they could.

On the other side of the field, the Knights limited both of their opponents to just one shot on goal. In the Reedsburg game, that shot came with just four seconds left in the game.

“Our defense was great,” Parillo said, adding that ball control also played a big part. “It’s hard to get a shot when we control the ball.”

The wins—their fifth in as many days last week—improve Kaneland’s season record to 12-2. The team now has 12 shutouts, including seven in a row. Entering its match in DeKalb on Thursday, the Knights have outscored their opponents 60-6. If you take away their 5-1 loss to West Aurora, in which 10 players were missing because of spring break, it’s even more impressive.

“I don’t even count that as a varsity game, because half our team was gone,” Parillo said. “We are really playing very good defense.”

Building momentum

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Photo: Second basemen Austin Wheatley slides into home to score for the Knights during their 9-7 win over DeKalb April 23. Photos by Mary Paulson

Knights improve to 7-1 in NIB-12
KANELAND—The Kaneland varsity baseball team has been on a hot streak as of late.

The Knights defeated the Dekalb Barbs 9-7 on April 23, followed by a 12-1 win over Wheaton Academy the following day.

Against Wheaton Academy, Knights starting pitcher Steven Limbrunner tossed 4 1/3 innings, giving up three walks, six hits and one run with one strikeout. Danny Hammermeister went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as Matthew Rosko also went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a home run. Nicholas Stratman was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Kaneland hosted the first of three games in a row against the Yorkville Foxes on Monday, winning the opener 2-0. Starting pitcher Matthew O’ Sullivan went 6 2/3 innings for the Knights, giving up only three hits and striking out seven. Reliever Jordan Bock picked up the save, surrendering one hit while striking out one. Joseph Laudont led the way offensively for Kaneland as he went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a double in the victory.

Kaneland shut out Yorkville for the second time in as many days on Tuesday, beating them 4-0 on the road. Starting pitcher Colton Fellows went the distance, giving up four hits, two walks and zero runs while striking out three in seven innings of work. The Knights’ Jacob Violett went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Joseph Laudont walked twice, had a stolen base and scored two runs.

The four wins improve Kaneland’s record to 12-7 overall and 7-1 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

The Knights will go for the series sweep at home against Yorkville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Steamrolling

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Laura Gampfer KHS Girls Soccer v. Sterling 4-23-15-5

Photo: Senior Taylor Opperman (white jersey), in action April 23 against Sterling, scored Kaneland’s only goal against Reedsburg Saturday, which ended up being the game-winner. Photos by Laura Gampfer

Knights have outscored opponents 60-6 on season
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—It took Kaneland just 15 seconds to take its first shot in its high school girls soccer match against Sterling last Thursday. Less than a minute later, Holly Collingbourne put the Knights on the board.

“Madison (Jurcenko) got a shot and the goalie fumbled it and I got the rebound,” explained Collingbourne, a senior midfielder.

Taking advantage of Sterling’s inability to get the ball out of its own box, Kaneland rolled to an easy 8-0 victory. The final goal—a 20-yard kick by sophomore Kaylee Bilotta—came halfway through the first half, which Kaneland totally dominated.

“It was one of those games (where) we put everything on the frame,” head coach Scott Parillo said.

“We were really on today,” Jurcenko said. “We put the shots on the frame, and we finished.”

After assisting on Kaneland’s first two goals, Jurcenko finally scored herself, 10 minutes into the game, off of a teammate’s free kick. Like many of the Knights’ scores, the ball bounced off a number of Sterling defenders, almost like a real-life pinball machine, rolling right to where she was perfectly positioned in front of an open portion of the goal.

Undoubtedly, Kaneland’s most dramatic goal came a few minutes later. Charging down the left sideline, sophomore forward Paige Guyton swept around a Sterling defender, who suddenly stopped challenging her. Free to attack the goal, her perfectly timed cross pass found senior Courtney Diddell in front of the net for an easy goal.

“Our passing game was really on,” Jurcenko said.

The goal was one of three Diddell tallied. Other Kaneland goals were scored by Collingbourne, who had two, and Guyton.

The Kaneland attack was so overwhelming Sterling didn’t even cross midfield until the 2:24 mark of the first half.

The win was Kaneland’s third in as many days last week, the first two coming against Morris (5-0) and Ottawa (7-0). It was the teams’ fifth win in a row, dating back to its 1-0 loss to Sycamore earlier this month. It was also its 10th shutout this season. In fact, every one of Kaneland’s wins this season have been by shutout.

Since it was a conference crossover game, Parillo said the win against Sterling doesn’t count on its conference record of 3-1. It was 10-2 overall.

Even more impressive is that the Sterling game was the second in a row in which an opponent didn’t even get a shot on the Kaneland goal.

“It’s nice when I don’t have a shot,” Kaneland goalie Emily Chapman said. “But it can get kind of boring.”

Which leads to the obvious question: how do you stay focused when you know how a game is going to turn out and there’s still plenty of time to keep playing?

“I make sure I talk to the players and keep them focused,” Chapman said.

Saying you don’t want to score 100 goals, Collingbourne added that she likes to focus on areas of the game she feels she needs to work on, like passing, rather than scoring.

One of the advantages of winning by such a big margin is that a coach can get other players into the game who may not otherwise get a chance to play. With 10 minutes to play against Sterling, for instance, Parillo brought in nine new subsitutes, giving his starters a chance to rest, which must have come in handy with such a busy schedule.

“We put our kids in different positions,” Parillo said.

On the other hand, there is a downside to it, espcially with the playoffs coming up next month. Kaneland is scheduled to participate in the Rochelle Regional.

“We need to be tested,” he said. “We have to find out how good we are going into the playoffs.”

The Knights will definitely get tested this week when they travel to DeKalb for a match on Thursday. The sophomore game starts at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity scheduled to take the field at 6 p.m. The week after that, they will take on the Spartans in Sycamore.

Kaneland shared the conference crown with Sycamore last year.

Regardless of what may eventually happen, Collingbourne said everything is going good right now.

“I’m proud of what we’re doing,” she said.

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