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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.


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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.

Boys track wins over Yorkville

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Peterson Prep canceled for just second time in 46 years
YORKVILLE, Ill.—The Kaneland boys track and field team traveled south 19 miles on Route 47 on Tuesday, April 21, for its annual dual meet with Yorkville. Both schools use their Tuesday dual meets as a competition opportunity for their athletes who don’t compete in most weekend invitationals, which are mostly varsity-only competitions where entries are limited to two per event per school. Competition between the two Northern Illinois Big XII conference rivals was also tempered by the weather conditions, where winds gusting to 35 mph made the 53-degree afternoon temperature feel like 43. The pole vault and high jump were not contested due to the winds.

In a dual track meet, events are scored 5-3-1 for places first through third, and 5-0 for first and second place in the relays.

In the boys’ meet, the Knights won 9 of 16 events and placed second in 9 events to out-point Yorkville 77-51. On the track they split the four relays, winning the 4x100m and 4x800m, and swept the 400 and 1600 meters with one-two-three finishes in each. Junior Sean Spaetzel won the 400m in 57.0, and junior Will Kuipers won the 1600m in 5:04.0. Other highlights included a one-two finish in the 3200m by senior Mitchell Reger and junior Matt Kainrath in 11:12.0 and 11.13.0, a double hurdles win by junior Tanner Robertson in 16.6 (110m) and 43.7 (300m), and a 200m win by senior Aaron Olson in 25.0. In the field, junior pole vaulter Jared Matthys gave the Knights their only win, as he took long jump honors with a leap of 17’, 7”.

“It’s easy to lose your focus in weather conditions where all you can think about is how cold you are,” head coach Eric Baron said. “But our team did a really good job of rallying each other to keep their heads in the competition. We’re starting to see some really big improvements from our freshman, and that’s exciting.”

Four days later, Barron had to cancel Kaneland’s Peterson Prep Meet—only the second time the signature boys’ track and field invitational has had to be cancelled in the last 46-years.

“You have to question what you can accomplish in the rain with temperatures in the high 30s” he said. “With safety concerns in the hurdles, jumps and throws, it was the right thing to do … but it was still awfully disappointing.”

With the meet’s cancellation, Barron invited any team scheduled to be at the Peterson Prep meet on Saturday to come back on Tuesday, April 28, for Kaneland’s home dual meet with Oswego and try to recreate some of the match-ups they were looking forward to on Saturday. Results were not available prior to press time.

Later this week, the team will compete in the Crystal Lake Central Invitational on Friday, May 1.

Perfect week

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Softball team outscores four opponents 34-8
KANELAND—The Kaneland softball team continued its winning ways this past week with victories against Yorkville (16-3, five-inning rule) Quincy Notre Dame (ND) (6-2,) Camp Point, Wisc., (8-2) and Sycamore (4-1).

The wins gave the Knights an overall record of 12-5 and a perfect 5-0 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Kaneland took advantage of many run scoring opportunities to get the huge win over the host Yorkville Lady Foxes on April 23. After an RBI single by Hannah Theobald and a bases loaded, two-RBI single by Anissa Becker, infielder Rachel Goress hit a three-run home run to give the Knights a 6-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Following a walk issued by Yorkville starting pitcher Cailin Dilday to Kaneland infielder Courtney Davis, catcher Paige Kuefler hit a two-run home run to center field to extend the Knights lead to 8-0. Yorkville changed pitchers, and reliever Allyson Johnson gave up a single to infielder Meg Cohrs and a four-pitch walk to infielder Morgan Sikon. After back-to-back outs, IF/OF Mary Clausen was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Becker followed with an RBI walk, and Goress was then hit by a pitch for another RBI walk (her fourth RBI of the inning) to increase the lead to 10-0. Davis then took yet another RBI walk for an 11-0 Kaneland lead.

In the top of the fifth inning, Davis led off with a triple to right field, followed by Kuefler’s RBI (out) to increase Kaneland’s lead to 12-2 (the Foxes scored one run apiece in the bottom of the third and fourth innings). After Cohrs and Sikon reached base, infielder Morgan Weber launched a three-run home run to center field for a 15-2 advantage. Theobald then hit a single to right field and Clausen ripped an RBI double to to right field for a 16-2 lead. Yorkville’s Sydney Woodworth lifted an RBI infield single for the Foxes’ third and final run of the game in the bottom of the final frame (via five-inning rule).

Knights starting pitcher Angie Morrow threw five complete innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts, and head coach Peter Goff offered his thoughts on his team’s big win after the game.

“We did come out and we did a good job of not wading back. We started driving it (the ball.) The wind’s blowing out to right center ,and that’s our groove,” Goff said. “As a team effort, we talk about doing the little things out there. A-hundred-and-ten percent, and sometimes we fell asleep a little bit. When we can stop falling asleep on the little things, we’ll be a pretty great team.”

Goress also offered her take on her four-RBI performance as well as that of her team so far this season.

“I was just really glad with my performance, that I could help the team. I’m just glad we could take it to (Yorkville) like we did,” Goress said. “I think we’ve been doing well (as a team). I think that we let little things get to us, and that’s what pretty much makes or breaks us sometimes. In the first inning, if we get down on ourselves, that can make or break the game. Today, we took it to them in the first two innings, so that was good.”

The Knights went on to defeat Quincy ND 6-2 the following day behind Cohrs’s 3-4, three-RBI performance and another complete game pitched by Morrow. Morrow gave up two runs on seven hits in the win.

On Saturday, visiting Kaneland scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to an 8-2 victory over Camp Point (Wisc). The winning streak continued on to Tuesday as Morrow struck out 11 batters to help Kaneland to a 4-1 victory over Sycamore.

The team travels to DeKalb on Thursday to take on the Barbs at 4:30 pm.

Photo by Stephanie Vanik

Flying high

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Laura Gampfer KHS Girls T&F at Yorkville 4-21-15-3

Five event wins, Guerra’s meet record highlight Wauconda Invite for Knights
WAUCONDA, Ill.—So close.

The Kaneland girls placed second by the narrowest of margins at the 10-team Wauconda Invitational last Friday evening. The final team scores read Grant 100, Kaneland 96, as both teams showcased their depth of running, jumping and throwing talent. The Knights won five events, placed second in two events, third in three events, and scored in a total 13 of the 18 events overall.

There is a saying that,“Track and Field is an individual sport, but winning track meets is a team sport.” Grant High School, located in northeast suburb of Fox Lake, Ill., won only two events, but they placed second in five events and scored in 16 of 18 events. Ultimately, they won the meet in the throwing events by placing first and second in the shot put and discus and scoring 35 points—compared to one point for Kaneland in those same events.

On the track, Kaneland once again showed its outstanding depth in the sprints, winning the 4x100m relay in 51.5, the 4x200m relay in 1:52.4, and placing 4th in the 4x400m relay in 4:09.7. Individually, junior Allie Heinzer was third in the 100 meters in 12.6 seconds, just behind a meet record 12.3. Later, Allie came back to win the 400m in 59.3, while sophomore Carley Elliott placed third in the 200m finals in 27.2 after having just the sixth best time in the prelims. Junior Noelle Espino continued to dominate in the 800m, winning by a :02 second margin in 2:26.2. Distance ace junior Brianna Bower was third in the 3200m in 11:40.7, and later placed seventh in the 1600m in 5:28.9—a race that saw just 2.7 seconds separate third and eighth places at the finish line. Kaneland didn’t score in the hurdles, but freshman Sandra Gale ran a lifetime best time of 18.7 in the 100m hurdle preliminaries.

In the field, one of the highlights of the meets was the Knights scoring 18 points in the pole vault with a 1-2 finish, as sophomore Sydney Davidson placed second at 9 feet, 6 inches, and sophomore Lexie Guerra won the event with a new meet record of 10’ 3”. In the high jump, sophomore Maddie Keifer tied for third with a height of 4’ 8”, while Sandra Gale also jumped 4’ 8” but didn’t score based on earlier misses at that height. In the long jump, freshman Meghan Andrews and Maddie Keifer fell just short of scoring with jumps of 14’ 6.5” and 14’ 6.25”, but Andrews came back later to place fifth in the triple jump at 32’ 4.5”. In the discus, junior Julia Schaefer placed sixth with a throw of 84’ 8”.

“We were really lucky to get all the field events completed except the pole vault before the rain started,” head coach Doug Ecker said. “It makes Lexie’s meet record in the vault even more impressive. As the track events progressed, the temperatures dropped from the low 50s to almost 40 degrees by the end of the meet. But our girls are really a tough-minded group, and they didn’t surrender a bit to being cold and wet and soaked to the skin. They compete like warriors, and we are really proud of them for that.”

Yorkville won eight events to seven for Kaneland and prevailed 63-55 in a dual meet Tuesday, April 21. The girls and boys pole vault and high jump was not contested due to the near gale-force winds.

Event winners for the Knights included Heinzer in the 100 and 200 meters in 12.8 seconds and 26.4, respectively. Carly Bartholomew teamed with fellow juniors Espino and Bower for a one-to-three Knights sweep of the 400m, winning in 64.0. And senior Ally Van Bogart won the shot put at 29 feet, 7 inches. The Knights also won the 4x100m, 4x800m and 4x400m relays. Other performances of note included two-three finishes in the 100m by sophomore Elliott and freshman Shanya Hurston in 13.2 and 13.6, third place in the 100m hurdles by freshman Gale in 18.3, and a third-place finish in the 200m by junior Olivia Galor in 27.7.

The Knights travelled out to Bureau Valley High School, scoring 116 points and placing second to the meet host this past Monday. Event winners for the Knights included the 4x800m relay, Taylor Eaves in the 300 hurdles, Bower in the 800m and Davidson in the pole vault.

This Friday, the Knights will compete in the Kane County Girls’ Track & Field Championships at St. Charles East High School.

Photos by Laura Gampfer

4-30 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
April 23 vs. DeKalb—The Knights dispatched the Barbs 15-4 in a mercy rule-shortened game. Preston Havis got the win on the mound. Jack Marshall went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and two runs. Luke Calabrese wet 2-for-3 with three runs, an RBI and a double. Jake Hummel went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs, one run and a walk.
April 27 vs. Yorkville—Clark Hendricks earned the win as the Knights defeated Yorkville 8-1. Calabrese went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs, while Marshall also went 2-for-4 with two runs.
April 28 vs. Yorkville—The Foxes got revenge on the Knights, winning 3-0. The Knights were held to just one hit. The Knights now sit at 10-4, 7-1 in conference play.

Freshman Softball
April 24 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville’s early one-nothing lead erupted into a 20-3 loss for the Knights.

JV Softball
April 25 vs. Quincy Notre Dame—Kaneland defeated QND 8-5. Alexis Slowick went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk, while Hailey Douglas went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Aly Jesinowski went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Shannon Herra pitched four innings, striking out eight and giving up five runs (one earned).
April 28 vs. Sycamore—Jesinowski struck out nine, but gave up six earned runs in Kaneland’s 6-2 loss to Sycamore. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-4, while Lexi Abruzzo went 3-for-4 and Elizabeth Elliott went 1-for-3 with a double.

Elburn youth wins State bowling title

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

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

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

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

A little extra

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Photo: Senior Anissa Becker warms up between innings during Saturday’s game against Burlington Central. The Knights lost 3-2. Photo by Stephanie Vanik

Morrow pitches eight innings in win
KANELAND—The visiting Knights softball team defeated the Sycamore Spartans 10-6 in eight innings on April 16.

The win improved the Knights’ record to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Kaneland starting pitcher Angie Morrow went beyond the distance, pitching all eight innings played (the high school game features seven-inning games). Morrow gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits with six walks and struck out 14. She was helped out on offense courtesy of infielder Meg Cohrs (a home run with three RBIs), catcher Paige Kuefler (three RBIs), infielder Morgan Sikon (two RBIs) and infielder Morgan Weber (one RBI).

The Knights and Spartans were tied at five at the end of seven innings before Kaneland went on a tear, scoring five runs in the top of the eighth inning to seal the win.

Kaneland traveled to Ottawa Township High School Wednesday, with results not available prior to press. The Knights then travel to Yorkville Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

More ups than downs

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Photo: Junior Ryan David pitched seven innings with three strikeouts against Morris on Thursday night. The Knights defeated the Redskins 5-2. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights earn wins over Morris, DeKalb; lose to Geneva
KANELAND—Knights starting pitcher Ryan David went the distance last Thursday as Kaneland defeated the Morris Redskins 5-2. However, the Geneva Vikings shut out visiting KHS 7-0 on Saturday. Kaneland rebounded in a big way on Monday, beating the DeKalb Barbs 12-1 on the road.

The Knights’ record now stands at 7-7 overall and 3-2 in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

David pitched seven strong innings on Thursday with three strikeouts and a 1.43 WHIP. Offensively, he was helped out by walks taken by outfielders Jacob Marczuk and Matt Rosko, and one by infielder Matt O’Sullivan. Jacob Bachio had two RBIs for the Knights as the team combined for six hits in the win.

Kaneland did not fair so well on Saturday at Geneva. The Vikings led the Knights 1-0 at the end of the first inning and never looked back. After a quick 1-2-3 second inning for the Knights, they were able to turn a brilliant 5-4-3 double play after a one-out single by Vikings third baseman Nicholas Porretto. Kaneland starting pitcher Steven Limbrunner tossed 5.1 innings and had a 1.12 WHIP in the eventual loss.

The third inning started on a promising note for the Knights as infielder River Dunne lifted a single to left field. He was later called out while caught stealing second base. A groundout to the shortstop by outfielder Kevin Fuchs and a strikeout by Marczuk ended Kaneland’s side of the inning. The bottom half of the frame saw Limbrunner record two of his four strikeouts back-to-back to keep Geneva’s lead at 1-0.

The top of the fourth inning saw two Knights (catcher Joe Laudont and outfielder Nick Stratman) get on base with two outs, courtesy of a throwing error by Porretto and an infield single, respectively. Kaneland was again unable to capitalize with a runner in scoring position as O’Sullivan struck out to end the team’s half of the frame. The Knights would end the game with two runners left on base/in scoring position. Left-handed pitcher James Prisco threw six shutout innings for Geneva in the win.

After a one-out walk given up to Geneva shortstop Jack Wassel (who later stole second base), Limbrunner was able to get a flyout to right field and a groundout to the shortstop to end the inning.

The top of the fifth inning saw the Knights reach base again courtesy of a hit by Limbrunner, who was later thrown out at second while Dunne made it safely to first. Fuchs would hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end another Kaneland scoring chance. Geneva started the bottom half of the frame with an infield single by Alex Hostman. After a strikeout by Porretto and a flyout to left by outfielder Justin Soeldner, Hostman was picked off at first by Limbrunner for the third out.

Marczuk was hit by a pitch from Prisco to start the sixth inning. Infielder Austin Wheatley then reached first on a fielder’s choice by Prisco. After Wheatley stole second, Prisco retired the next two Kaneland batters to again deny the Knights a scoring chance.

The Vikings turned up the heat in the bottom half of the frame. Justin Hasegawa led off with a single to right field. Outfielder Justin Croci hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Hasegawa to second, who then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Outfielder Garret Davis was declared safe at first on the same pitch. Wassel followed with an RBI single to left field, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead. Limbrunner was then lifted, and Jordan Bock came on in relief. Catcher Nate Montgomery struck out as Davis and Wassel completed a double-steal. Outfielder Matthew Simpson walked to load the bases, then Hostman delivered an infield RBI single for a 3-0 advantage. With the bases still loaded, Porretto hit a three-RBI double to right field to give Geneva a 6-0 lead. Soeldner followed that with another RBI single to center field, then advanced to second for a 7-0 Vikings lead. Croci (batting for the second time in the inning) flew out to right field to end Geneva’s onslaught.

Nicholas Porretto switched from third base to relief pitcher to start the seventh inning of play. After a tagout on Stratman, pinch-hitter Danny Hammermeister was struck out/thrown out at first base by Montgomery, and pinch-hitter Noah Jones struck out to end the game for Kaneland.

“We just got behind batters, and (Geneva) did a nice job of putting the ball in play (and) taking walks,” head coach Brian Aversa said. “Steve (Limbrunner) pitched a great game. We made some mistakes early on and just kind-of got behind where we didn’t feel like we were in the game, for some reason.

“We’re just really at a point right now where we’re not executing very well,” Aversa added. “We can’t get a bunt down. We can’t get a hit-and run; can’t steal. When you can’t do those things, you’re going to lose.”

Kaneland got back to winning ways on the road at DeKalb on Monday, defeating the Barbs 12-1. Knights starting pitcher Colton Fellows threw a complete game, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out two with a WHIP of 0.43. Fellows was aided in his cause by hits from Rosko (three) and Laudont (two), as the Knights totaled 12 hits in all. Hammermeister led both teams with three walks. A seven-run third inning helped seal the win for the Knights.

After Tuesday’s game at home against DeKalb (results not available before press), the Knights visit the Barbs one more time Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Top test

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Knights prevail against Morris
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—It wasn’t a good sign.

Normally when the KHS girls soccer team has an away match, it’s pretty quiet on the team bus heading to the game. That wasn’t the case last week.

“That day we weren’t,” head coach Scott Parillo said, adding that his team didn’t seem to be as focused as normal.

As it turned out, it didn’t matter.

Unlike this week, when they play four times in five days, the Knights only had one game scheduled for last week, a tough conference match in Morris, who entered the match undefeated. Regardless, the Kaneland players did what they had to do to record a 1-0 win, which just may prove to be one of their biggest victories of the spring so far.
“We peppered their goalie with shots and were fortunate to get one in,” Parillo said. “As a team, it was one of our better performances.”

The only score came at the 18:26 mark of the second half when Kaneland sophomore midfielder Lauren Ortiz managed to get one past the Morris goalkeeper. It was only the third goal Morris had given up to that point, as Morris had outscored its first five opponents an impressive 32-2.

It was also Morris’ first loss this spring, as the Knights improved their record to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Despite the win, Parillo said his team seemed a little sluggish at times.

“We didn’t seem as focused, and it showed,” he said. “We talked about it after the game and everyone was pretty much in agreement that we weren’t focused.”

The Knights will have a lot to keep focused on this week. After hosting Yorkville on Tuesday and traveling to Ottawa on Wednesday, the girls will host Sterling on Thursday. They’ll close out the week by competing in Monroe, Wis., on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Honey Creek Park.

The Kaneland squad is then off until Thursday, April 30, when it travels to Dekalb. The contest will start at 6 p.m. The Knights beat DeKalb 1-0 on April 7.

Finding their way

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Laura Gampfer KHS Boys T&F at Sycamore 4-14-15-1

Boys tie for 8th at tough Minooka Invite
MINOOKA, Ill.—A tough field at Minooka tested the Knights boys track team, as they finished tied for eighth at the second-annual Minooka Invitational Saturday.

Kaneland mustered up two fourth-place showings in both the 4x200m (1 minute, 36.04 seconds) and 4x400m (3:39.47) relays, while hurdle standout Tanner Robertson finished third in the 300m hurdles with a 41.51, and finished fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.37.

Up next, the Knights host the 46th annual Peterson Prep invitational this Saturday at Kaneland High School. Field events kick off the day at 10 a.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Laura Gampfer KHS Boys T&F at Sycamore 4-14-15-5

April 18 @ Minooka Invitational
VARSITY TEAM SCORES: 1) Huntley, 136; 2) Minooka, 131; 3) McHenry, 66; 4) Lyons, 60; 5) Plainfield South, 56; 6) Normal West, 31; 7) Lincoln-Way Central, 26; t8) Jones, KANELAND, 22; 10) Joliet Central, 8
4X100M: 5) Kaneland, 44.60
3200M: 13) Park, 10:31.61; 18) Kuipers, 10:59.62; 21) Kurz, 11:21.97
110H: 4) Robertson, 16.37
100M: 9) Cruz, 11.61; 10) Olson, 11.94
800M: 10) Lesak, 2:06.08; 12) Spaetzel, 2:06.68; 14) Walker, 2:07.52
4X200M: 4) Kaneland, 1:36.04
400M: 13) Baerenklau, 56.33; 17) Regalado, 58.56
300H: 3) Robertson, 41.51
1600M: 7) Kintz, 4:30.44; 16) Kainrath, 4:52.11; 18) Reger, 5:01.34
200M: 14) Olson, 24.79; 17) Delgado, 25.64
4X400M: 4) Kaneland, 3:29.47
LONG JUMP: 6) Delach, 18’ 7.5”
TRIPLE JUMP: 12) Delach, 35’ 2.75”; 13) Peterson, 35’ 0.5”
SHOT PUT: 8) Thielk, 44’ 6”; 14) Kray, 40’ 10”
DISCUS: 10) Kinder, 115’ 6”; 14) Thielk, 103’
HIGH JUMP: 6) Peterson, 5’ 9”
POLE VAULT: 8) Groen, 12’ 3”; 10) Rinella, 12’ 3”
F/S TEAM SCORES: 1) Minooka, 166; 2) Lyons, 94; 3) Plainfield South 75; 4) Normal West, 62; 5) Kaneland, 54; 6) McHenry, 38; Huntley, 29; 9) Joliet Central, 19; 9) Jones, 17
4X100M F/S: 4) Kaneland, 46.59
3200M F/S: 11) Kantola, 10:53.30; 17) Webster, 11:34.53
110MH F/S PRELIMS: 9) Gould, 20.18; 13) Nance, 23.56
100M F/S PRELIMS: 14) N. Regelbrugge, 12.37
800M F/S: 15) Messina, 2:17.97
4X200M F/S: 3) Kaneland, 1:42.64
400M F/S: 7) Delarme, 55.91; 20) Glazier, 1:02.99
300MH F/S: 5) Nance, 45.93
1600M F/S: 2) Richtman, 4:43.73; 14) Duffey, 5:01.63
200M F/S: 15) Sanders 28.39
4X400M F/S: 6) Kaneland 3:49.94
LONG JUMP F/S: 15) Delarme, 16’ 1.75”; 16) Sanders, 14’ 7.5”
TRIPLE JUMP F/S: 6) Rivas, 35’ 9”; 15) Sanders, 31’ 10.5”
SHOT PUT F/S: 4) Hannula, 41’ 00”; 14) M. Regelbrugge, 34’ 3”; 17) Harper, 32’ 4”
DISCUS F/S: 1) Hannula, 130’ 1”; 12) Suggs, 101’ 8”; 16) Harper, 92’ 6”
HIGH JUMP F/S: 3) Glazier, 5’ 1”
POLE VAULT F/S: 1) Walker, 12’ 9”; 5) Wilk, 11’ 3”; 14) O’Sullivan, 8’ 9”

April 23 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
April 14 vs. Morris—Kaneland used a five-run second inning to help them jump out to a 7-0 lead before Morris scored five of its own in the top of the sixth, and one more in the seventh. But Kaneland scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to win 9-6. Josh Pollastrini earned the win, while Stephen Bicos got the save. Joey Brandonisio went 2-for-2 with four runs, a stolen base, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Luke Calabrese was 2-for-4 with two runs ,a double and an RBI, while Josh Norman was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a double.
April 16 vs. Morris—Mike Krause earned the win at Kaneland’s 14-7 visit to Morris. Norman went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple for the Knights, who scored five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Girls Soph. Soccer
April 14 vs. Morris—The Knights got on the board with a Morris own goal, and Faith Cowsert (Gabrielle Faletto assist) made it a 2-0 shut out. The Knights are 5-0-1, 3-0 in conference play.

Freshman Softball
April 15 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland earned an 8-7 win, coming back from a 6-0 deficit. Jocelyn Garcia hit a three-run double in the fifth. The Knights are now 1-4, 1-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Softball
April 16 vs. Sycamore—The Spartans handed the Knights a 6-4 loss. Aly Jesionowski pitched six innings, striking out seven and giving up six runs. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-3 with a double.

Freshman Baseball
April 16 vs. Morris—The Knights dismantled Morris 17-2. Jack Douglas went 3-for-5 with three runs, a double and two RBIs. Bryce Burton was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Matthew Olson went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI, while Reece Sowell went 2-for-2 with two runs.

Two for two

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Freshman Haley Goodine (left) and senior Taylor Eaves take flight in the 100m hurdles April 14 at Sycamore. The pair also had a nice weekend for the Knights, with both scoring points in the hurdle races at the Ottawa and Boylan invitationals. 						          Photo by Laura Gampfer
Freshman Haley Goodine (left) and senior Taylor Eaves take flight in the 100m hurdles April 14 at Sycamore. The pair also had a nice weekend for the Knights, with both scoring points in the hurdle races at the Ottawa and Boylan invitationals. 						          Photo by Laura Gampfer
Freshman Haley Goodine (left) and senior Taylor Eaves take flight in the 100m hurdles April 14 at Sycamore. The pair also had a nice weekend for the Knights, with both scoring points in the hurdle races at the Ottawa and Boylan invitationals. Photo by Laura Gampfer
Girls track runners-up at Ottawa and Boylan
KANELAND—A back-to-back weekend for the Knights ended with a pair of runner-up finishes. Kaneland fell to Huntley by 13 points at Ottawa on Friday, 282 to 269, and lost to meet host Boylan Catholic by 18 on Saturday, 104 to 86.

At Ottawa’s ABC invitational, each team typically matches their best athletes up in the A heat, second-best in the B, and third best in the C.

In A flight action, Noelle Espino was the Knights’ lone event winner, winning the 800m with a time of 2 minutes, 21.76 seconds.

In th B flights, Carley Elliott won the 100m in 13.39, Olivia Galor won the 200m in 26.91 and the 400m in 1:03.36, and Sydney Davidson won the pole vault with a 9 foot, 6 inch effort.

In the C flights, Carly Bartholomew won the 400m in 1:04.34, and Abby Shaw won the 3200m in 13:03.86.

In the relays, the 4x100m team of Shanya Hurston, Allie Heinzer, Jamie Martens and Elliott won with a 50.08, while the 4x400m relay team of Martens, Becca Richtman, Espino and Heinzer won with a time of 4:07.92, and the 4x800m relay team of Brianna Bower, Espino, Aislinn Lodwig and Bartholomew won in 9:57.29.

The next day in Rockford, the Knights got wins from Elliott in the 100m dash (12.88), Bartholomew in the 400m (1:04.22), Taylor Eaves in the 300m hurdles (51.40), Maddie Keifer in the high jump (4’ 10”), Crystal Durham in the long jump (15’ 5.5”), and won the 4x200m (1:48.94) and 4x400m (4:09.49) relays.

Up next for the Knights is the Wauconda Invite on Friday at 4 p.m.

April 17 @ Ottawa ABC
TEAM SCORES: 1) Huntley, 282; 2) KANELAND, 269; 3) Dunlap, 261.5; 4) Burlington Central, 191; 5) LaSalle-Peru, 146; 6) Oregon, 106.5; 7) Ottawa, 106; 8) Morris, 49
100M A: 2) Heinzer, 12.92
100M B: 1) Elliott, 13.39
100M C: 2) Martens, 13.75
200M A: 2) Galor, 26.91
200M B: 2) Hurston, 28.32
200M C: 4) Guerra, 29.51
400M A: 2) Martens, 1:01.70
400M B: 1) Galor, 1:03.36
400M C: 1) Bartholomew, 1:04.34
800M A: 1) Espino, 2:21.76
800M B: 2) Kucera, 2:32.36
800M C: 3) Daley, 2:38.08
1600M A: 2) Bower, 5:17.86
1600M B: 2) Lodwig, 5:44.90
1600M C: 2) Clinton, 5:57.83
3200M A: 4) Clinton, 12:44.89
3200M B: 3) Wells, 12:24.73
3200M C: 1) Shaw, 13:03.86
100H A: 5) Eaves, 18.19
100H B: 6) Goodine, 19.92
100H C: 3) Gale, 19.10
300H A: 3) Eaves, 50.39
300H C: 3) Goodine, 55.97
4X100M: 1) Kaneland, 50.08
4X200M: 2) Kaneland, 1:48.72
4X400M: 1) Kaneland, 4:07.92
4X800M: 1) Kaneland, 9:57.29
HIGH JUMP A: 4) Keifer, 4’ 8”
HIGH JUMP B: 4) Gale, 4’ 8”
HIGH JUMP C: 2) Davidson, 4’ 6”
POLE VAULT A: 2) Guerra, 9’ 6”
POLE VAULT B: 1) Davidson, 9’ 6”
POLE VAULT C: Kuipers, 8’ 6”
LONG JUMP A: 5) Durham, 14’ 9”
LONG JUMP B: 3) Martens, 13’ 7”
LONG JUMP C: 4) Andrews, 13’ 11”
TRIPLE JUMP A: 5) Keifer, 30’ 10”
TRIPLE JUMP B: 3) Andrews, 31’ 0.5”
TRIPLE JUMP C: 3) Disandro, 30’ 7.5”
SHOT PUT A: 6) Crimmins, 27’ 6.5”
SHOT PUT B: 3) Van Bogaert, 29’ 8”
SHOT PUT C: 4) Edwards, 25’ 7”
DISCUS A: 5) Schaefer, 82’ 11”
DISCUS B: 5) Crimmins, 71’ 3”
DISCUS C: 6) Edwards, 61’ 10”
April 18 @ Boylan
TEAM SCORES: 1) Boylan, 104; 2) Kaneland, 86; 3) Rock Falls, 34; 4) St. Edwards, 18; 5) Lutheran, 14
100M Prelims: 2) Elliott, 13.19q; 3) Galor, 13.28q; 8) LaScola, 14.62
100M Final: 1) Elliott, 12.88; 3) Galor, 13.28
200M: 5) Guerra, 12) Bumsted, 32.24
400M: 1) Bartholomew, 1:04.22; 3) Kucera, 1:06.65; 8) Huber, 1:10.31
800M: 2) Bower, 2:24.63; 5) Lodwig, 2:32.47; 8) Garcia, 3:02.76
1600M: 4) Wells, 5:50.94; 8) Drake, 6:21.12; 10) Sommerville, 6:57.69
3200M: 4) Dodis, 14:00.61
100H Prelims: 2) Eaves, 18.10q; 3) Gale, 18.60q; 5) Goodine, 19.53q
100H Final: 2) Eaves, 17.53; 3) Goodine, 18.72
300H: 1) Eaves, 51.40; 4) Goodine, 55.12
4X100M: 2) Kaneland, 52.50
4X200M: 1) Kaneland, 1:48.94
4X400M: 1) Kaneland, 4:09.49
4X800M: 3) Kaneland, 10:40.29
HIGH JUMP: 1) Keifer, 4’ 10”; 3) Gale, 4’ 8”; 6) Davidson, 4’ 6”
LONG JUMP: 1) Durham, 15’ 5.5”; 3) Ransford, 12’ 11”
TRIPLE JUMP: 2) DiSandro, 30’ 6”
SHOT PUT: 5) Van Bogaert, 29’ 9”; 7) Edwards, 28’ 8.5”; 9) Kruse, 24; 8.5”
DISCUS: 4) Schaefer, 77’ 5”; 9) Edwards, 66’ 5”; 10) Crimmins, 62’ 4”

Heading Holmes

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Girls track picks up 2 wins in as many tries
KANELAND—The Kaneland girls track team opened its 2015 outdoor season with a triangular meet at Oregon with Burlington Central last Tuesday. To say it got off to a good start would be an understatement. The team won 11 of the 12 running events and two of the six field events to double the team score on second place BC, 109-52.

On a cold, windy, damp afternoon that caused the Chicago Cubs to cancel their home game, the Knights persevered to overcome both the weather and their competitors with some impressive performances. They won the 4x800m relay by 1 minute, 32 seconds, and the 4x100m relay by three seconds—huge margins in those events.

Sophomore Allie Ganz won the 3200m by 26 seconds. The Knights took the first four places in the 100m dash behind sophomore Nicole Sreenan, and the first four places in the 300m hurdles behind senior Taylor Eaves. Led by junior Brianna Bower, they took the first three places in the 800m. KHS went 1-2 in the 400m, led by junior Carly Bartholomew, and took the first five places in the 200m behind junior Allie Heinzer. Kaneland closed the meet by winning the 4x400m relay by eight seconds.

In the field events, sophomore Maddie Keifer won the high jump at 5 feet, and freshman Jamie Martens won the long jump with a leap of 15’ 0“.

“These Tuesday meets are important to us because they give everyone on our team the chance to compete, which we cannot do in most of our weekend invitationals that have limited entries,” head coach Doug Ecker said. “This meet was especially important because it was the only opportunity we have to do the new events we add to the event schedule outdoors—the 4x100m relay, the longer dash and hurdle races, and the discus—before our big home meet invitational on Saturday.”

On Saturday—a day blessed with one of the first sunny, warm days of spring—the Knights hosted their 38th annual Holmes Invitational, where the 14-team field included many of their biggest northern Illinois AA rivals.

The meet’s namesake, Jill Holmes, was a teacher and coach at Kaneland for 33 years and served as its girls’ athletic director for 14-years until her retirement in 2000.

On the day, the Knights won three individual track events, three of the four relays, and Keifer continued her high jump winning streak with a mark of 5’ 2”. Showcasing their outstanding team depth, they scored in 15 of the 18 events, and had two athletes score in five of the eight running events and in three of the six field events.

Individually, sprint stars Sreenan won the 100m in 12.57, and Heinzer won the 200m in 25.60 and the 400m in 59.19. Junior Noelle Espino was third in the 800m at 2:21.41, and Bower was second in both the 3200m and 1600m in 11:31.31 and 5:34.40, respectively. Eaves was fourth in the 300m hurdles in 51.26.

Sreenan, freshman Shayna Hurston and sophomore Carley Elliott all ran on the winning 4×100 and 4×200 relays, with Heinzer in the former and junior Olivia Galor in the latter. Galor, Espino, Jamie Martens and sophomore Becca Richtman combined to win the 4x400m relay. Espino, senior Aislinn Lodwig, Bartholomew and senior Jessica Kucera combined to finish second in the 4x800m relay.

In the field, sophomore Sydney Davidson was third in the pole vault at 9’ 6”, and freshman Cierra Kuipers was fourth at 8’ 6”. Freshman Crystal Durham was third in the long jump, and freshmen Mehan Andrews and Jamie Martens were fifth and sixth—all over 15’. Keifer and Andrews placed third and fourth in the triple jump at 32’ 3” and 32’ 1.5”, respectively.

When the smoke from the starter’s gun cleared and the scores were tallied, the Knights claimed a 45-point team victory over Hononegah.

“This was the best weather conditions we’ve had for this meet in 30 years, and we tried to make the most of it,” Ecker said. “The performance of our sprinters was spectacular, and I was very pleased with how well we did in the jumps. Maddie’s high jump mark was an outdoor PR (personal record), and I don’t know if we’ve ever had three freshman place in the long jump—and all jump over 15 feet. And we think freshman Cierra Kuipers is going to be a star in the pole vault. It was a great day.”

Girl’s track results: April 7 @ Oregon
TEAM SCORES: 1) Kaneland, 109; 2) Burlington Central, 52; 3) Oregon, 24
4X800M: 1) Kaneland, 10:23.22; 3) Kaneland, 12:10.05
4X100M: 1) Kaneland, 50.81
3200M: 1) Ganz, 13:14.97
100MH: 1) Weber, 19.09; 3) Gale, 20.14; 4) Eaves, 20.45; 5) Goodine, 21.56
100M: 1) Sreenan, 13.12; 2) Heinzer, 13.66; 3) Galor, 13.77; 4) Elliott, 14.02; 6) Martens, 14.19; 7) Hurston, 14.24; 12) Guerra, 14.43; 23) Bumsted, 15.51; 24) Lacola, 15.58; 27) Pacheco, 15.96; 30) Goodine, 16.28
800M: 1) Bower, 2:33.92; 2) Lodwig, 2:40.30; 3) Kucera, 2:42.16; 8) Klingensmith, 3:00.58; 14) Dries, 3:19.02; 17) Garcia, 3:23.38
4X200M: 1) Kaneland, 1:56.00; 5) Kaneland, 2:06.00
400M: 1) Bartholomew, 1:06.62; 2) Espine, 1:06.94; 7) Ganz, 1:16.10
300MH: 1) Eaves, 55.32; 2) Richtman, 56.71; 3) Weber, 58.31; 4) Gale, 59.51
1600M: 2) Clinton, 5:53.49; 4) Drake, 6:44.66; 7) Penkala, 6:58.87; 8) Sommerville, 7:09.92
200M: 1) Heinzer, 27.54; 2) Elliott, 28.92; 3) Galor, 29.27; 4) Martens, 29.44; 5) Durham, 29.78; 8) Kuipers, 31.03; 10) Eaves, 31.54; 11) Andrews, 31.80; 16) Ransford, 32.84; 20) Bumsted, 33.79
4X400M: 1) Kaneland, 4:31.24; 4) Kaneland, 4:55.57
HIGH JUMP: 1) Keifer, 5-00; 6) Gale, 4-06; 8) Davidson, 4-02
POLE VAULT: 2) Davidson, 9-00; 4) Kuipers, 8-00; 6) Klingensmith, 6-06
DISCUS: 4) Schafer, 74-07; 11) Crimmins, 57-02; 14) Van Bogart, 53-05; 15) Kruse, 52-03; 17) Edwards, 50-03; 20: Barnhart, 34-06
SHOT PUT: 6) Van Bogart, 26-00; 8) Crimmins, 24-06.5; 9) Kruse, 24-03.25; 11: Edwards, 23-06.5; 13) Shafer, 22-00.5; 18) Barnhart, 15-00.5
LONG JUMP: 1) Martens, 15-00; 4) Andrews, 14-05; 5) Keifer, 14-01; 6) Durham, 14-00; 12) Ransford, 12-00
TRIPLE JUMP: 2) Keifer, 31-11; 3) Andrews, 31-01
April 11 Jill Holmes Invite
TEAM SCORES: 1) Kaneland, 165; 2) Hononegah, 120; 3) Vernon Hills, 73; 4) Rosary, 67.5; 5) Brooks, 66; 6) Dixon, 55; 7) DeKalb, 42.5; 8) Sycamore, 32; 9) Auburn, 21.5; 10) Chicago Christian, 19.5; 11) Dundee-Crown, 18.5; 12) Jefferson, 14; 13) East Aurora 4; 14) Belvidere, 1.5
100M Prelims: 1) Sreenan, 12.75; 2) Hurston, 13.19; 30) Pacheco, 15.82
100M Finals: 1) Sreenan, 12.57; 7) Hurston, 13.37
200M Prelims: 1) Heinzer, 26.26; 4) Elliott, 27.08; 24) Brumsted, 31.70
200M Finals: 1) Heinzer, 25.60; 6) Elliott, 28.17
400M: 1) Heinzer, 59.19; 3) Martens, 1:02.86; 25) Dries, 1:19.90
800M: 3) Espino, 2:21.41; 23) Sommerville, 3:06.80; 28) Garcia, 3:18.88
1600M: 2) Bower, 5:34.40; 6) Lodwig, 5:50.39; 25) Penkala, 6:51.47
3200M: 2) Bower, 11:31.31; 4) Clinton, 12:22.20; 6) Wells, 12:27.67
100MH Prelims: 6) Weber, 17.90; 13) Gale, 19:56; 18) Goodine, 20.30
100MH Finals: 9) Weber, 18.43
300MH: 4) Eaves, 51.26; 7) Richtman, 53.26; 8) Weber, 53.78
4X100M A: 1) Kaneland, 49.70
4X200M A: 1) Kaneland, 1:47.97
4X200M B: 4) Kaneland, 2:04.08
4X400M A: 1) Kaneland, 4:16.90
4X400M B: 1) Kaneland, 4:33.96
4X800M A: 2) Kaneland, 10:04.17
4X800M B: 3) Kaneland 11:43.67
800M SMR: 4) Kaneland, 2:09.08
HIGH JUMP: 1) Keifer, 5-02; t8) Gale, 4-06
POLE VAULT: t2) Davidson, 9-06; 4) Kuipers, 8-06; 16) Klingensmith, 6-00
LONG JUMP: 3) Durham, 15-06.25; 5) Andrews, 15-03; 6) Martens, 15-01.25
TRIPLE JUMP: t2) Keifer, 32-3; 4) Andrews, 32-01.5; 18) Ransford, 26-02
SHOT PUT A: 20) Crimmins, 24-09
SHOT PUT B: 1) Edwards, 25-07; 5) Kruse, 24-07; 11) Schaefer, 21-09
DISCUS A: 18) Schaefer, 76-04
DISCUS B: 3) Crimmins, 74-03; 7) Edwards, 64-06; 25) Barnhart, 35-11
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