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Valiant comeback falls short

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Softball eliminated despite six-run flurry in seventh inning
AURORA—The end of Saturday’s Class 3A Rosary Regional final is something Kaneland fans will remember for quite awhile.

Kaneland softball wishes there was more to the season than mere memories, however.

Falling behind 7-0 to No. 2 seed Rosary on Saturday morning, the top seed Lady Knights put together an exciting six-run rally before falling just short in a 7-6 loss.

Kaneland finished the season at 24-4, while Rosary improved to 13-18. The Lady Royals were scheduled to face perennial powerhouse Marengo at Wednesday’s Rochelle Sectional semifinal.

The Lady Knights captured a regional title last year at IMSA against Yorkville before being dethroned by Sterling at the Belvidere North Sectional, and seemed to have odds in its favor after a recent doubleheader sweep of Rosary, as well as a five-inning rout of Sandwich in the regional semi last week.

Rosary put up one run in the top of the second for a 1-0 lead, and KHS had a two-out opportunity with two runners in scoring position, but came up empty.

After Rosary put up two more runs in the top of the fourth for a 3-0 lead, the Lady Knights had the bases loaded with one out, but a fielder’s choice and groundout were induced by Rosary to extinguish the threat.

The Lady Royals tallied three in the fifth and one more in the sixth for a sizable lead, setting the drama for the last frame.

With one out, Lexi Roach and Aly O’Herron both singled before Lanie Callaghan drove home a run with a single to finally get on the board.

Catcher Paige Kuefler proceeded to smack a three-run homer to right field to close the deficit to 7-4, and was followed by Sarah Grams’ solo shot in her final Kaneland at-bat to make it 7-5.

Meg Cohrs doubled, and Allie Miller lined out to right. Haley Contorno hit a double to the wall to drive Cohrs home, cutting the lead to one. With the tying run in scoring position, Caroline Heimerdinger grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.

Ellissa Eckert took the loss in the pitchers’ circle.

“You have to take advantage of every opportunity, both offensively and defensively,” KHS coach Brian Willis said. “We didn’t do it early in the game. Until the last inning, it seemed every ball we hit hard went right at them.”

With the elimination, the Kaneland program bids farewell to the season with a core of seniors Grams, O’Herron, Morgan Newhouse, Taylor Krawczyk, Kristin Gabrielson and Eckert.

“I’m proud of the way they did win two back-to-back conference championships and a lot of victories,” Willis said. “They’ve only lost 11 games in two years. This is a painful one to lose, but Rosary gets credit today.”

Photos by Kimberly Anderson

Baseball spiked by Spartans

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Knights nab first postseason win in 2 years, but loses in regional final
KANELAND—After getting upended by DeKalb in the regional semifinal in 2012, to play for a regional plaque in 2013 was a welcome sight for Kaneland baseball.

But the sight of a regional plaque is all that can be afforded, rather than grasping it.

The Knights took a day-long break before getting to the field due to rain in the area, ultimately beating Sandwich on Friday by a final of 6-0. They followed that up with a tough 3-2 loss to St. Francis of Wheaton on Saturday morning.

Kaneland finished the season with a 13-18 record, its first losing campaign since 2006, which ended in a regional loss to Batavia at Oswego High School.

Kaneland has hosted regionals three of the last four years in Class 3A, and been bounced by Hampshire, DeKalb and now St. Francis at the home location.

Before the end of the season, Kaneland was able to tame the Interstate Eight Conference stalwart Indians and Ohio University-bound pitcher Jake Roehn on Friday.

Roehn managed to mow down 10 Knights, but the KHS lineup supported winning hurler Curtis Thorson with five second-inning runs.

Thorson, Zack Martinelli, Ty Bellock, Dan Miller and Matt Limbrunner with a triple all had run-scoring hits in the frame. Tyler Carlson’s RBI single cemented the margin in the fifth inning.

Against the top-seeded Spartans, scheduled to face Burlington Central at the Sycamore Sectional on Wednesday, Kaneland found two runs in the top of the first thanks to a Joe Komel single and a Josh Cohrs fielder’s choice.

St. Francis managed to plate three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off losing pitcher John Hopkins, and held off Kaneland threats the rest of the way.

With the loss, Kaneland says goodbye to seniors Josh Sitterly, Kyle Pollastrini, Martinelli, Limbrunner, Bellock, Matt Kucera, Hopkins, Cohrs, Miller, Lane Davis, Blake Sowell, Austen Davis, Jake Parry, Joe Pollastrini and Nick Albano.

Photos by Patti Wilk

Fine finish

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Freshman Brianna Bower (19) cruised to an 11:19.33 in Saturday’s 3200m Run Final at the IHSA State Meet. Bower placed seventh overall, earning all state honors. Photo by Ben Draper

Girls track concludes season at state finals
KANELAND—It was a weekend well spent in Charleston, Ill.

With a select few events able to go down to Eastern Illinois University for the Class 2A girls track State meet, Kaneland made the most of it.

Seven events saw Kaneland garb grace the track, and the Kaneland’s four team points in the finals earned it 52nd place in the entire Class 2A landscape.

Six events, with the exception of the long jump, made PRs.

Lauren Zick still managed to finish 11th overall in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 11.25 inches, despite no PR and battling an illness.

Christina Delach took a 10th place tie in the pole vault with a 10-foot effort, same as in her prelim group.

Amanda Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Sydney Strang took ninth in a crowded 4x800m relay field with a time of 9:40.76. They raced a 9:39.47 in prelims.

In the 3200m run, Brianna Bower broke the school record held for 26 years by Amy Eddington, with a time of 11:19.33, good for seventh overall.

Ashley Castellanos concluded a productive career in the triple jump by hitting a 35-06 in her Friday effort.

Victoria Clinton raced a 5:18.32 in her 1600m run effort on Friday, while the 4x400m relay unit of Lesak, Castellanos, Allie Heinzer and Zick raced a 4:04.11 on Friday.

“I think the consistent effort you see each year from the girls is a combination of learning from older girls, the work ethic and the fact we get quality girls to come out for track and field at KHS,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “Girls like Clinton and Bower show up with a great work ethic. But it’s much easier to keep the ball rolling than to start from scratch each year.”

The team sweepstakes was taken by Springfield Southeast, with 66 points.

Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Brianna Bower nears the end of the 3200m Run Final at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet. Photo by Ben Draper
Brianna Bower nears the end of the 3200m Run Final at Saturday’s IHSA State Meet.
Photo by Ben Draper
Amanda Lesak hands off to teammate Aislinn Lodwig during Saturday’s 4x800m Relay Final at the IHSA State Meet. Photo by Ben Draper
Amanda Lesak hands off to teammate Aislinn Lodwig during Saturday’s 4x800m Relay Final at the IHSA State Meet.
Photo by Ben Draper
Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Junior Christina Delach vaulted 10’0” at Saturday’s Pole Vault Final during the IHSA State Meet, placing 10th overall. Photo by Ben Draper
Senior  Amanda Lesak  gets a good start to the 4x800m Relay. The Lady Knight quartet of Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Sydney Strang ran the relay in 9:40.76, good enough for ninth place and a state medal. Photos by Ben Draper
Senior Amanda Lesak gets a good start to the 4x800m Relay. The Lady Knight quartet of Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Sydney Strang ran the relay in 9:40.76, good enough for ninth place and a state medal. Photos by Ben Draper
Freshman Brianna Bower (19) cruised to an 11:19.33 in Saturday’s 3200m Run Final at the IHSA State Meet. Bower placed seventh overall, earning all state honors. Photo by Ben Draper
Freshman Brianna Bower (19) cruised to an 11:19.33 in Saturday’s 3200m Run Final at the IHSA State Meet. Bower placed seventh overall, earning all state honors. Photo by Ben Draper

Just short

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Soccer falls in overtime to Rosary in regional
ROCHELLE—They have to stop meeting like this.

For the third time in the past five seasons, the Kaneland Lady Knights were eliminated in a regional final by the rival Rosary Royals.

It happened in double overtime to Rosary on Friday afternoon in Ogle County at Rochelle High School, by a final of 2-1.

That followed a 8-0 regional semifinal win on May 15 in Rochelle over Illinois Math and Science Academy.

KHS finishes the 2013 campaign 11-5-3, with a 7-1-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

Kaneland lost to Rosary in regional finals in 2010 and 2011, while losing to Crystal Lake Central in 2009 and in a regional semi to CLC in 2012.

Rosary was set to play Prairie Ridge of Crystal Lake on Wednesday in the Freeport Sectional semifinal.

KHS played Rosary tight but couldn’t find the back of the net, until a Brittany Olson goal with just 1:20 to go in regulation tied the score after a 1-0 Rosary lead chiseled in the first half.

After one 10-minute overtime session went scoreless, the Lady Knights were felled by a goal in the second overtime for the loss.

Against IMSA last Wednesday, the Lady Knights ambushed the Lady Titans for six goals in the first half.

“The one thing we stress every game is win each half. So if we’re up 6-0, we immediately say ‘alright, it’s 0-0,’ and we’ve done that every game this year,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

Olson scored 1:28 into the contest on a feed from Jess Coia to open the floodgates. With 36 minutes to play in the first half, Heather Ortiz scored on an assist from both Olson and Courtney Diddell.

With 27:30 to go, Kiandra Powell found the back of the net on a feed from Courtney Diddell for a 3-0 lead.

Twenty minutes went by with no scoring until Olson scored for the second time with 7:12 left in the half on an assist from Madi Jurcenko for a 4-0 edge.

The first half scoring closed out thanks to Emily Chapman’s goal with 6:19 on a Diddell assist and Emily Grams’ score with 3:17 to go on a Coia assist.

In the second half, goals were accounted for by Diddell (Gabby Cano assist) with 34:15 to go, and the victory stamp came from Julia Lemp with 11:48 to play from a Michelle Ortiz assist.

The scoring barrage made it an easy day in net for keeper Jordan Ginther.

“You just have to stay in the game and stay focused,” Ginther said. “I know they can score, and they’re capable. It’s just as important for me to keep the ball out of the net.”

With the season-ending setback, the Lady Knights bid farewell to seniors Ginther, Anne Marie Giese, Brooke Harner, Alex Lyons, Nicole Hanlon, Anne Salerno and Karizza Sotelo.

Rise of the Knights

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Photo: Three-time state qualifier Corey Harner will be joined by numerous members of the boys track team at the IHSA State Track and Field meet this weekend. The Knights won the Sectional title, easily outdistancing second-place Winnebago 151-68. File Photo

Boys tracks wins 5th straight Sectional, qualifies 10 individuals, three relays for State
KANELAND—Fans could most likely identify Kaneland boys track on Friday by the team out in front.

At the Class 2A Sterling Sectional, the Knights amassed 151 points, compared to second-place Winnebago (68) and third-place Burlington Central (66).

School records were set by Kaneland in both the 4x800m relay and 4x400m relays.

In the 4×800, Kyle Carter, Luis Acosta, Nathaniel Kucera and Conor Johnson ran wild with a 7:55.09, while the foursome of Carter, Dylan Nauert, Kucera and Johnson hit the 3:19.99 mark in the 4×4.

“We just go out there and do what we’ve been doing all season,” Johnson said. “We just stay calm and try our hardest. We don’t want to look ahead too much.”

The 4x100m relay squad of Brandon Bishop, Brandon Cottier, Nauert and Ben Barnes also qualified for state with a second-place, 43.30 tally.

“At the state meet, that’s when we want to run our best times and do our best,” Cottier said. “This is all on the table, and we perform good at big meets.”

The relay success was just the beginning.

In the pole vault, both Dylan Kuipers (13-9) and Kory Harner (13-3) qualified as the top two vaulters.

As a three-time qualifier, Harner still gets pumped and focused for Charleston, Ill.

“I think this year I’m more mature than in the past,” Harner said. “The outcome has been the same at the sectional meet the last few years, but I think I still have a lot of room to grow.”

Marshall Farthing took second in the high jump with an effort of 6-3.

“I was pretty consistent on Friday and made a 6-1 attempt in my first jump and got all the nerves out of my system. I’m hoping the same thing happens at State,” Farthing said.

Fellow field competitor Nate Dyer won the shot put at 51-4.

Tanner Andrews won the triple jump at 44-9, and doesn’t feel like slowing down.

“I think I have pretty good form, and I’ve improved a lot from last year,” Andrews said. “I’ve been working in practice every day in all three phases.”

Nauert became sectional champion in the 100m high hurdles (15.33) and 300m intermediate hurdles (39.00), while teammate Kucera also took some individual praise with a 49.22, second-place showing in the 400m dash.

In the 200m dash, Bishop took third with a 22.4, followed closely by Cottier at 22.46.

The trip to Eastern Illinois University will be a packed one, but nothing the Knights aren’t used to handling, according to KHS coach Eric Baron.

‘We don’t win the sectional on the back of one or two athletes, we win the sectional on the depth of our entire squad,” Baron said. “We scored in all but two events. We have expectations, and the seniors know that, and the junior class will lead on with that next year, and our freshman saw it.”

The Class 2A meet begins on Friday, May 24.

Taking care of business

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KHS begins regional with rout over Sandwich
KANELAND—Lady Knights softball continues to roll.

In the case of DeKalb, Rosary and Sandwich, it was over the opponents.

Kaneland clinched the outright claim of Northern Illinois Big XII champions after the 4-0 blanking of the Lady Barbs last Thursday, and followed it up with a 10-3 and 16-6 twin sweep of visiting Rosary on Saturday before crushing the Sandwich Lady Indians in the Class 3A Rosary Regional semifinal, 10-0 in five innings.

NIB-12 champion Kaneland is now 24-3 (9-1 Northern Illinois Big XII) headed into this weekend’s play.

Against the rival Lady Barbs, Ellissa Eckert earned the win in the pitcher’s circle. Leadoff presence Lexi Roach scored two runs, while cleanup slugger Lanie Callaghan homered off DeKalb pitching.

After stockpiling 26 runs against the Lady Royals over weekend play—including 17 hits in game two—to officially close out the 2013 regular season, Kaneland took over as top seed in the Aurora-based regional to subdue Sandwich. The Lady Indians earned the right to face KHS after a Monday win over IMSA, 27-5.

”I was pleased all-around,” KHS coach Brian Willis said. “Defensively and with the pitching, and of course, scoring 10 runs helps, too. I wouldn’t say they got on another level, but they’re at the level they’re capable of being at. That helps everybody else get going.”

Eckert didn’t allow a hit in the five-inning affair. Kaneland broke a scoreless tie with a six-run second inning that featured triples by Sarah Grams and Meg Cohrs (two RBI), with Haley Contorno, Caroline Heimerdinger and Lexi Roach getting run-scoring hits.

In the bottom of the third, Allie Miller scored on an RBI single by Roach to make it 7-0.

The three-run explosion by Kaneland would end the contest early, beginning with back-to-back singles by Contorno and Miller, with Cohrs reaching on an error.

Heimerdinger singled to make it 8-0, followed by game-ending walks drawn by Roach and Aly O’Herron for the victory.

Miller thinks she can help the lineup continue with a torrid pace.

“I’ve been seeing the ball so much better,” Miller said. “I’ve improved my swing. I’m smarter when I’m hitting, and everything is coming together this year.”

Kaneland is set to face either (2) Rosary or (3) Plano in the regional title game on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m.

KHS boys basketball annual golf outing set for June 8

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Kaneland—Foursomes and sponsorships are going fast, but there is still time to join the Kaneland boys basektball program in a day of fun at its fourth annual golf outing on Saturday, June 8, at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove.

The outing has been developed to bring together the Kaneland community, athletes, parents, alumni and community businesses. It will also serve as a fundraiser to raise money for uniforms, equipment and fees for summer leagues and shootouts.

There will be a variety of prizes available in a raffle, as well as a silent auction. The golf outing will be a scramble format, and the cost is $400 for a foursome or $35 for those who wish to only attend the dinner.

For further information, contact Brian Johnson at (630) 365-5100, ext. 347 or email brian.johnson@kaneland.org.

Follow the Chiefs at NJCAA Division III World Series

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Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College blasted Harper College 13-1 on Sunday to capture the Region IV Division III championship for the second time in the last four years. The Chiefs advance to the eight-team, double-elimination 2013 NJCAA Division III World Series in Tyler, Texas.

Sixth-ranked Waubonsee (36-22) plays 10th-ranked Brookhaven (TX) College (30-18) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, in their opening game at Mike Carter Field.

You can follow all the action live online by either going to www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/ or by logging on to Tyler Junior College’s website www.apacheathletics.com and clicking on the “Division III World Series” link. Access to live stats, audio and video, along with additional tournament information, will be available on the site.

For further information, you can also go to www.njcaa.org.

Hello, old friend

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Senior Joe Pollastrini, leaps to grab a high throw in attempt to make an out at second base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk

KHS faces Batavia in Midwest League setting in tail-end of regular season
KANELAND—What’s one more postponement for Kaneland baseball?

In a 2013 campaign rife with cancellations, 19 to be exact, Kaneland baseball wanted to make up its non-conference contest from Friday with Batavia.

It was to get a final tune-up before Class 3A regionals start; it was for a good cause—the Caitlyn Phillips Memorial game—and it was a chance to get some innings in at the home of the Cubs’ Class A team, the Kane County Cougars.

With the match-up moved to Saturday morning, the Knights were not able to withstand the Bulldogs in a 5-3 matchup.

The game was moved in place of a contest with West Aurora.

Tuesday saw the regular season finale with visiting Wheaton-Warrenville South of the Dupage Valley Conference, in which Kaneland fell 10-2.

Kaneland finishes the regular season with a 12-17 mark, with a 7-8 record in Northern Illinois Big XII play. The tally marked the first losing season for Kaneland baseball in seven years.

Against the former Suburban Prairie Conference North division and Western Sun Conference rivals, the Knights gave up single runs in the first, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, with the one of the fourth breaking a 1-1 tie. Kaneland’s two-spot in the bottom of the sixth closed it within 4-3.

John Hopkins took the loss for the Knights, despite giving up just one run on two hits. Josh Sitterly went 1-for-1, while teammate Jake Parry went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Against WWS, Kaneland fell behind early, surrendering one in the first, three in the second, and two in the third. The Knights put up a pair of runs in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide.

Kaneland prepares for the Class 3A postseason landscape, with the No. 2 seed Knights facing No. 3 Sandwich in the Kaneland Regional.

The winner of that Thursday, May 23, 4 p.m. contest faces either No. 1 St. Francis of Wheaton or No. 4 Plano (Tuesday) in the regional title game on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m.

The Kaneland Regional champ faces the Burlington Central Regional winner out at Sycamore next week for a sectional semifinal.

A year ago, and fresh off a 2011 State crown, Kaneland was dropped by DeKalb on May 21, 2012, in a 9-3 regional semifinal. DeKalb would go onto the Kaneland Regional final only to lose to Marmion Academy 4-1.

The 2013 Kaneland baseball seniors. Photo by Patti Wilk
The 2013 Kaneland baseball seniors.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Varsity Head Coach Brian Aversa addresses the team at the end of the game. Photo by Patti Wilk
Varsity Head Coach Brian Aversa addresses the team at the end of the game.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Joe Pollastrini leaps for a high throw in attempt to make an out at second, while John Hopkins looks on. Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Joe Pollastrini leaps for a high throw in attempt to make an out at second, while John Hopkins looks on.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Dan Miller dives back to first base during the sixth inning. Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Dan Miller dives back to first base during the sixth inning.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Josh Cohrs tags for an out at home plate , but the call was overturned.  Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Josh Cohrs tags for an out at home plate , but the call was overturned.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Matt Kucera makes a flyball catch for an out. Photo by Patti Wilk
Matt Kucera makes a flyball catch for an out.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Matt Limbrunner is ready to grab the ball for an out at first base during the third inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Matt Limbrunner is ready to grab the ball for an out at first base during the third inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Zack Martinelli offers a high five to Lane Davis as he arrives at home plate during the second inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Zack Martinelli offers a high five to Lane Davis as he arrives at home plate during the second inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Joe Pollastrini, leaps to grab a high throw in attempt to make an out at second base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior Joe Pollastrini, leaps to grab a high throw in attempt to make an out at second base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior John Hopkins readies a throw to first base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk
Senior John Hopkins readies a throw to first base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk
The family of Caitlyn Phillips was warmly received by Kaneland Varsity players. Photo by Patti Wilk
The family of Caitlyn Phillips was warmly received by Kaneland Varsity players.
Photo by Patti Wilk
Seniors and their parents are announced and gather on the field to be recognized at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva May 18.  Photo by Patti Wilk
Seniors and their parents are announced and gather on the field to be recognized at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva May 18.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Middle school track takes 2nd at state meet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Century club

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KHS girls soccer team gives coach Parillo his 100th career victory
MAPLE PARK—Coach Scott Parillo didn’t mince words with his Kaneland girls soccer team during halftime of its regular-season finale versus rival Sycamore last Thursday.

The two teams, which had battled to a scoreless tie the day before, were playing for second place in the NI Big East. Third place, he told them, was not an option.

The Knights’ stingy defense carried over from Wednesday, and they did, indeed, lock up second place with a 1-0 victory on an afternoon at Kaneland that honored the club’s three seniors: goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, defender-midfielder Anne Marie Giese and defender Brooke Harner, all co-captains.

“This was huge,” said Parillo, who locked up his 100th career victory. “Yesterday we didn’t play well. We talked to the girls about it. They knew we didn’t play very well. I thought we came out with a little more intensity today. We wanted to at least get second place.

“I’m really proud of the girls. What we’ve done with such a little amount of players is absolutely amazing this year.”

Parillo noted there have been games this season in which the Knights (10-4-3, 6-1-2) dressed only 13 players if there happened to be an injury. And that was the case again Thursday as injured junior midfielder-forward Delaney Stryczek missed the game.

“We only had three subs today,” Parillo said. “Whenever we have an injury, that’s huge to us. We can’t go take from our JV (team) because they only have 16 (players). What we did today was absolutely amazing and it says a lot about the girls and their character.”

Kaneland scored early in the matchup when freshman forward Kiandra Powell took a feed from sophomore Courtney Diddell inside the box, pushed past a Sycamore defender and put a 10-yard shot on net. Sycamore goalkeeper Amanda Cook got her hands on the shot, but the ball trickled past her at 34:40 of the first half.

That goal stood up throughout the remainder of the game. Ginther made seven saves while notching her second straight shutout.

“It (Powell’s goal) really set the tone for the game,” Ginther said. “Everybody came out with a 100 percent effort and we did what we came to do on the field.”

Kaneland finished with 13 shots on goal. Powell had a couple of scoring chances within a few minutes of each other five minutes later, but was turned aside by Cook. Cook also denied sophomore midfielder-forward Emily Grams from point-blank range with 7:35 left in the half after being set up by a touch pass from Powell.

“She (Powell) stepped it up this year. The kids played well today. They’re tired. Two back-to-back 80-degree days, nobody’s used to that this year,” said Parillo, whose team, as well as Sycamore, also had to deal with swarms of nats along the sidelines.

Ginther and Harner, who’s been on varsity since her sophomore year, both used the same word to describe playing their last home game at Kaneland.

“Honestly it’s bittersweet,” Harner said, “but it’s pretty awesome that we just won second place. It’s really special that it’s my last game and I’m never going to be able to play on this field again.”

“It’s bittersweet,” the Purdue-bound Ginther added. “This year it’s a lot of endings, but soon I’ll be starting new beginnings, and I’m excited.”

Conference Champs

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KHS boys track team takes top spot at NIB-12
KANELAND—Northern Illinois Big XII conference boys track certainly has its share of talented teams.

Kaneland made certain it was included in that discussion, netting a conference championship as a team and showing the strength it boasts in a variety of events.

Venturing to the grounds of Dixon High School for the final time under NIB-12 jurisdiction, the Knights finished first by a sizable margin, with 139 points. Close rival DeKalb was second with a 95-point output, and Geneseo was third at 71 points.

It marked the last stop before Kaneland’s trip to the Class 2A sectional gathering in Sterling.

Kyle Carter beat his conference foes and almost beat a KHS school record, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.46, the second-fastest time in school history.

“Distance had a huge night,” Baron said. “(Carter) beat his best time by almost four seconds.”

Carter added to his winning ways as part of the 4×400-meter relay team and the 4×800-meter relay team, earning a total of three conference crowns.

The 4×400 team of Carter, Dylan Nauert, Nathaniel Kucera and Brandon Bishop took the top spot with a time of 3:23.77. The 4×800 team of Carter, Kucera, Conor Johnson and Luis Acosta left the rest of the field behind, winning the event by a 12-second margin at 8:03.68.

Kucera, who earned conference titles with Carter in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, added his third of the night with a big win in the 400-meter dash, cruising to a 49.79 time. Johnson took third in the event with a time of 50.80.

Nauert earned two conference titles and added a second-place finish, having been part of the 4×400-relay team and then taking the 300-meter low hurdles title with a time of 39.88 seconds, 1.2 ahead of the rest of the pack. He teamed up with Bishop, Brandon Cottier and Ben Barnes to nab second in the 100-meter relay, with a time of 43.80.

Kaneland relays earned another second-place finish with a tally of 1:31.81 in the 4×200-meter relay, featuring Bishop, Cottier, Isaac Swithers and Barnes.

The field events proved to be an equal opportunity for Knight success, with the top two pole vault spots going to Dylan Kuipers (14-0) and teammate Kory Harner (13-3).

Tanner Andrews of the Knights outfit was king of the triple jump with a 44-05, a good 1-04 over Geneseo’s Josh Beard.

Kaneland heaver Nate Dyer managed a first in the shot put with a 53-02.25, while a 151-04 was good for third in the discus throw.

In the 100-meter dash, Cottier took second with a time of 11.20 seconds, while teammate Bishop managed a fourth with a mark of 11.32.

The 200m dash yielded similar success, as Cottier took second at 22.90, while fellow Knight Barnes was fourth with a time of 23.43.

Kaneland also hosted a pre-postseason get-together in Maple Park against the likes of Hinckley-Big Rock, IMSA and Sandwich on Monday, with team scores not kept.

Noteworthy first-place performances were had by the 3200m relay team (9:11.94), Nauert in the 110m high hurdles (15.29), Bishop in the 100m dash (10:59), Dalvell Triplett in the triple jump (41-03) and Carter in the 800m run (2:04.12).

Ahead for Kaneland is the Friday, May 17, Sterling Sectional. Other NIB-12 schools include Dixon, Rochelle and Sycamore.

Leading the way at Burlington Sectional

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Lady Knights qualify for state in seven events
KANELAND—Friday’s Class 2A Burlington Central Sectional had many good teams, but only one collective winner.

That would end up being the local outfit from Maple Park.

With 73 points as a team, Kaneland girls track edged Hampshire to become 2013 sectional champs.

The hosts, at 69 points, took third, followed by Sterling with 57 and Sycamore with 52.

Kaneland ended up with seven events in the state-qualifying range, with the end-of-season meet at Eastern Illinois University this weekend.

“They always rise to the occasion, just like they did at conference,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “We never try to win a sectional; we try to qualify kids, but I think if they did what they were supposed to do, they would have a chance. Hampshire is a very good team.”

Junior Christina Delach got the party going with a third place, 9-9 effort in the pole vault.

Delach said she is happy to continue the long line of successful State-bound vaulters.

“I’ve been with a lot of girls that have qualified before, so it’s just kind of cool to be down there. I’ve been there to watch, now I can jump,” Delach said.

Junior Lauren Zick took second in the long jump, thanks to a 16-6.5.

Senior Ashley Castellanos was crowned sectional champion in her triple jump group by covering 34-08, which she did on her second, as well as her final jump.

Going for multiple events, Castellanos knew the value of practice and form.

“Every day I practiced, it made me a little bit better,” Castellanos said. “In something like the 4x400m, it’s how I can push through and how I can hold on to running that whole lap.”

In relay action, the KHS 4x800m foursome of senior Amanda Lesak, sophomore Aislinn Lodwig, junior Sydney Strang and sophomore Jessica Kucera captured the event with a time of 9:51.73, 2.23 seconds ahead of the Dixon challenge.

Freshman sensation Brianna Bower, with an 11:37.52 time in the 3200-meter run, secured a first-place honor.

Sophomore 1600m run rep Victoria Clinton continued along on her stellar 2012-13 athletic season by qualifying with a second-place, 5:20.92.

Finally, the 4x400m relay group of Castellanos, freshman Allie Heinzer, Lesak and Zick finished in second with a 4:07.45.

“I’ve definitely been working on race plans,” Zick said. “Basically getting ready for the competition and being ready for whatever comes our way.”

Lesak, a 4×4 veteran since the beginning of the campaign, thinks this week’s prep is simple.

“The most important thing we have to remember is to stay relaxed,” Lesak said. “Sometimes if you’re really nervous or tense up or thinking too much, that’s when the mistakes happen.”

The State meet occurs Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18.

Pitching, defense lead to win over Cary-Grove

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Baseball beats Streator, falls to Marengo, Sycamore, in big week
KANELAND—Knights baseball may have had a rougher go of it in 2013, but that doesn’t mean the boys can’t put together a stellar performance.

Behind junior Curtis Thorson’s arm, the infield defense and a homer by Matt Limbrunner, the Knights bested the Cary-Grove Trojans in non-conference play, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon.

Monday brought a loss to invading Marengo by a 2-0 clip, while Saturday had KHS beat crossover foe and host Streator, 2-1. Last Thursday had the host Knights drop a 12-4 loss to the Morris Redskins.

With the regular season homestretch in sight, the Knights are 12-15 (7-8 Northern Illinois Big XII).

Thorson had his best arsenal against the Trojan lineup, and even went through a two inning stretch with just nine pitches thrown. Two key double plays in the field also helped the effort.

“This gives us some momentum going into regionals,” Thorson said. “My fastball was working, and the double plays kept the pitch count low.”

Limbrunner smacked a ball that straddled the inside of the left field foul pole for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After C-G tied the score in the fourth, a three-run fifth gave the Knights the lead once again. Nate Hopkins and Ty Bellock submitted RBI singles in the frame.

The win serves as a glimpse of what could happen if it all gets put together for KHS.

“I’d much rather have it this way,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “The double plays were a key to getting out of a lot of big innings. They turned it a few times and that was huge.”

Against Marengo, the Knights could manage just three hits in the shutout. Limbrunner went 5.2 innings on the mound for the loss, and also had a hit in the batters box.

Facing the Bulldogs on Saturday morning, the Knights saw a complete-game five-hitter from winner John Hopkins along with eight K’s. Hopkins also helped his cause with an RBI double, while Josh Cohrs also managed a two-bagger.

In the eight-run loss against Morris, Blake Sowell took the loss, and the Morris lineup broke a 5-2 game wide open with seven runs in the seventh inning.

Thorson had two RBI in the loss, while Dan Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

KHS heads to Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva, home of the Class A Kane County Cougars, for a matchup with Batavia on Friday, May 17, for “Caitlyn Phillips Memorial Night”. The sophomore game starts at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Waubonsee wins ISCC’s All-Sports Trophy again

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Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College has once again won the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference’s All-Sports Trophy. After a 20-year drought from 1989 to 2009, Waubonsee has now won the ISCC’s prestigious award three out of the last four years.

Waubonsee teams won four ISCC titles during the 2012-13 school year on the way to compiling 56 points to finish four and a half points ahead of second-place Prairie State College. The Chiefs were ISCC Champions in women’s cross country, men’s soccer, men’s basketball and softball, to go along with second-place finishes in women’s tennis and men’s golf, while the baseball team placed third in the conference standings.

The women’s cross country team captured the ISCC crown for the first time since 2008 and had four runners go on to qualify for the NJCAA Division I National Meet. The men’s soccer team won the ISCC title for the first time ever, finishing 6-0-1 in league play a year after going only 1-6 in the conference. Coach Brett Suhayda’s squad ended the year 16-3-1 overall and ranked 17th nationally among all NJCAA Division II soccer teams. Waubonsee’s men’s basketball team finished as co-champions of the ISCC after going 12-2 in conference action en route to a 24-8 overall mark. Coach Perry Clark’s softball squad finished 11-1 in ISCC play to win their third straight league title.

Over the last three years the Lady Chiefs have gone 35-3 in conference play.

Battle for the top

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Lady Knights’ conference race goes down to the wire
KANELAND—With the end of the regular season in sight, the Kaneland High School softball team finds itself battling for the top spot in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference.

“We’re going to have to go out and earn it if we want a solo championship,” head coach Brian Willis said. “They’re a tight-knit group that play well together and they encourage each other, and I think that helps if somebody starts getting down.”

On Saturday in Sterling, the Lady Knights escaped with a close 5-4 win. Against the non-conference host Plainfield North Tigers, the KHS crew used a seven-run seventh inning under cloudy skies for an 11-4 win.

On Thursday in Sycamore, Kaneland won 6-4. The Lady Knights improved to a stellar 19-3 with an 8-1 tally in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play, earning at least a tie in conference action. KHS has won five in a row.

With a close win over the conference crossover Golden Warriors, the bats came out in full force against the Plainfield North team.

The Knights broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning helped by four hits, including RBI singles from Caroline Heimerdinger and Meg Cohrs; a Maddie Hester hit was mishandled by the pitcher to bring the third run home.

Plainfield North took advantage of opportune hits and smacked a three-run homer to tie the game before tacking one on for a 4-3 lead.

Cohrs tied the game with a run-scoring double in the top of the sixth, setting the stage for the top of the seventh, which got the win for reliever Ellissa Eckert.

Eleven batters came to plate in the inning. Heimerdinger’s at-bat resulting in an E-6 brought Aly O’Herron home to break the tie, and Cohrs earned her fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right. After a walk to Hester, Sarah Grams torched a ball for a three-run double to the wall to break the game wide open. Lexi Roach had an RBI triple, and O’Herron added a run-scoring single to cap the immense rally.

Cohrs’ big day, featuring a double and four RBI, was sizable on its own, meaning more that it was able to help a rally.

“I was able to hit a changeup, which was good, because I sometimes have trouble staying back,” Cohrs said. “I just ripped it to centerfield, and it was really rewarding.”

Willis was glad with the late-inning heroics.

“We stayed resilient once we gave up that lead,” he said. “We came back, and I thought we hit the ball real hard the last couple innings, especially that last inning. We hit line drives and made their defense work hard.”

Against Sycamore, Roach went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while O’Herron went 3-for-4 with four RBI and her first career home run.

The Lady Knights face off against DeKalb on Thursday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Maple Park.

Regional action begins

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MAPLE PARK—The Knights begin what they hope will be a long run in the Class 2A playoffs Wednesday at the Rochelle regional. Results were not available as of press time.

Kaneland, seeded second in the regional, took on Aurora-based Illinois Math and Science Academy at 4 p.m. The Knights handed IMSA an 8-1 loss earlier this season, but as is the case in single-elimination postseason play, a repeat victory can’t be taken for granted.

“They work hard,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said last week. “We’ve got to make sure we’re prepared for that. We beat them the first time, so hopefully we can do that again.”

A statistic that bodes well for the Knights going into playoffs is that they haven’t lost to a Class 2A team all season. Each of their four losses has been to Class 3A squads.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls,” Parillo said. “It’s been a great season; it’s been fun. They’ve worked their tails off to accomplish what they’ve accomplished.”

A victory over IMSA would pit the Knights against the winner of Tuesday’s match between top-seeded Rosary and No. 4-seeded Rochelle for the regional championship on Friday.

“We’re going to go in there pretty confident (on Wednesday),” Ginther said. “I’m pretty confident that we will get our first regional title this year.”

Harner agrees.

“I think we can get it,” she said. “We’re definitely ready to play. We’re definitely going to bring our ‘A’ game and try our hardest.”

Kane County Champs

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BURLINGTON—The closest thing that was able to stop the Kaneland boys track squad on Friday during the Kane County Invite, now in its 10th decade, was the weather.

But the cold and wind were not as powerful as the local Knights in Burlington, Ill.

With 117 team points, the outright meet title was Kaneland’s alone, unlike the tie acquired with Geneva at the 2012 version of the meet at West Aurora.

Rounding out the top five schools were St. Charles North (101), West Aurora (82), Geneva (61) and Batavia (52.5).

The host Rockets were sixth with 50 points overall.

Kaneland boasted two relay champs in the Kane County landscape, first with the 4×400 group of Brandon Bishop, Kyle Carter, Dylan Nauert and Nathaniel Kucera (3:24.17) and the 4×800 grouping of Conor Johnson, Carter, Luis Acosta and Kucera at 8:03.15.

Kucera felt the 4x800m win was indicative of the hard work and talent that went into the unit.

“That was how we were hoping to do, walk away with a championship,” Kucera said. “We take whatever we can get; as long as it’s not raining and the wind’s not too bad, we’ll be happy.”

It looks like Kucera and Co. were just playing to the level of competition: good.

“We have all these great teams around us and pushing us the whole race, so that helps us with our times,” Kucera said.

The shot put went to Nate Dyer, who took first at 50-11, followed closely by teammate Shane Jorgensen in third (46-2.25). Dyer would go on to take second in discus with a heave of 153-09.

Kaneland’s presence was felt in the 100m dash finals, with Brandon Cottier (11.30) finishing fourth and Bishop (11.32) taking fifth.

Cottier was at it again in the 200m dash finals with a 22.90 time, good for fourth, while teammate Ben Barnes was seventh at 23.40.

In the finals of the 110m high hurdles, Knight threat Nauert was fourth at 15.92, but came back to win the 300m low hurdles at 40.80.

In the 4x100m relay, the foursome of Bishop, Cottier, Nauert and Barnes managed a third overall with a time of 43.76. Dylan Pennington, Cottier, Bishop and Barnes suited up and took third in the 4x200m relay at 1:32.31, 1.29 seconds behind victorious St. Charles North.

In the remaining field events, it was Dylan Kuipers effort of 13 feet, three inches that netted third in the county for KHS. In the long jump, Barnes gave himself a third overall with an effort of 20-0.75.

Ahead for the Knights is a stop in Dixon for the Northern Illinois Big XII meet, Dixon’s last opportunity to host before vacating the NIB-12 in the fall of 2014.

Zick Shines at NIB-12 meet

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KHS sprinter takes 3 conference crowns
KANELAND—Friday’s Northern Illinois Big XII girls track meet in DeKalb gave many individuals an opportunity to see how they measure up conference-wide.

For Kaneland sprinter Lauren Zick, it became clear that others need to use her as the basis for comparison.

Zick left the competition in the dust in all three of her track events, winning the conference title in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes.

She blew away the field in the 100-meter dash, winning by 0.49 seconds with a time of 12.46. She both doubled the distance and nearly doubled the margin of victory in the 200-meter dash, winning by 0.94 seconds with a time of 25.78. Zick earned the hat trick with a .98-second win in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 1:00.01.

She nearly took her fourth victory in the long jump, just missing first by less than three inches. Her jump of 17-08.75 was good for second place.

Zick wasn’t the only Lady Knight to earn a conference championship, however. Kaneland’s 4×400-relay team of Jessica Kucera, Amanda Lesak, Sydney Strang and Allie Heinzer won their event with a time of 4:13.99.

While there were many individual accolades for Kaneland, the team overall proved strong as well, putting up 104 points in a second-place effort.

Bested by only West Division foe Geneseo’s 110, Kaneland’s second place was ahead of Yorkville by 14 points. Rounding out the top five were DeKalb at 69 and Sterling at 58.

Sycamore finished sixth with 52, and Dixon was well behind in seventh at 21 points.

“If they had put forth their best effort and they had finished sixth I would have been happy with that,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “We try to concentrate on working hard, being prepared for the conditions and the competition, and just executing the race, or jump, or throw. The girls have been very consistent and shown steady improvement as the season has progressed.”

That steady improvement led to a series of strong finishes in a variety of events, which supported the team’s strong showing.

Elle Tattoni took second in the discus with a 101-10 .

On the field, it was Lady Knight Christina Delach who earned second in her pole vault category by vaulting a 9-3.

Brianna Bower managed a third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:33.53.

In the relay groups, the KHS foursome of Kaltrina Ismaili, Ashley Castellanos, Noelle Espino and Allie Heinzer took third in the 4x200m relay at 1:51.81. The 4x800m relay group of Lesak, Kucera, Aislinn Lodwig and Strang took second at 9:58.50.

Ahead for Lady Knights track is the Class 2A Sectional held on Friday, May 10, at Burlington Central High School. Dixon, Rochelle, Sterling and Sycamore round out the NIB-12 contingent at the meet.

Searching for the sweet spot

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KHS baseball sports 3-2 week to even NIB-12 record at 7-7
KANELAND—Seeing Morris, Rochelle and Sycamore during a week of competition can be good or bad, depending on how you handle the field action.

For the most part, KHS acclimated itself well on the local diamonds, trying to scale its way back to .500.

Kaneland (10-13, 7-7) faced off against conference foe Morris on Monday and Tuesday, but lost 4-1 and 7-6, respectively. On Saturday, the Knights battled Rochelle and won 4-2, while Thursday had Kaneland best Sycamore 4-2 before beating Rochelle in 10 innings in Ogle County 10-3.

Tuesday featured a battle at Morris, and Kaneland wasted no time taking the lead with a five-run first inning. Morris chipped away at the lead with a run in the first, two in the second, and then two each in the fourth and fifth to take a one-run lead and, ultimately, the game.

Josh Cohrs led the team in hitting with a 1-for-3 day, including his two-run double in the first.

The previous day, the same teams squared off in Maple Park. Kaneland fell in eight innings, despite the best efforts of hurler Matt Limbrunner, who went 7.2 innings with three strikeouts. He also went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Teammate Ty Bellock went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

KHS put its run on the board in the bottom of the first, before Morris tied it in the third, paving the way for the three-run eighth from the visitors.

In the 4-2 win over the Hubs during the weekend, the visiting Knights saw Blake Sowell even up his pitching record at 2-2, going six innings while fanning six. John Hopkins pitched the final inning for the save.

Kaneland put up two runs in the first, one in the fifth and one in the sixth in the victorious effort, helped along by Tyler Carlson (1-for-2, double) and Limbrunner (1-for-2, RBI).

A three-spot in the fourth inning last Thursday proved to be the winning edge the Knights needed against the visiting Spartans. The runs came after being down 2-0 after the top of the fourth, but the days of Cohrs (2-for-3, RBI), Carlson (2-for-3, RBI) and Joe Komel (1-for-3, double, 2 RBI) proved too much for Sycamore.

On the pitching end, Curtis Thorson went 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts for the win, while Komel acquired his second save of the 2013 campaign by retiring the final two batters.

In the opening game of the week against Rochelle, the Knights initially went up 3-0 , but Rochelle scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to tie matters.

Kaneland finally put up a seven-spot in the extra frame of the 10th inning for the win. Limbrunner and Bellock had two RBI each. Anthony Holubecki had six K’s, while Nick Stahl added four in relief for the win. Komel struck a homer for the visitors, as well.

Up ahead for Knights baseball is a home matchup with Morris on Thursday, May 9.

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