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IHSA releases classifications for 2015-16 school year

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IHSA

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released the classifications breakdown for the 2015-16, and Kaneland will not see any changes to their sports landscape from the 2014-15 season.

• Baseball: 3A (four classes)
• Basketball (boys and girls): 3A (four classes)
• Cross Country
(boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Cheerleading: Middle
(three classes—small, medium, large)
• Dance: 2A (three classes)
• Football: Determined at the
end of the regular season
• Golf (boys): 2A (three classes)
• Golf (girls) AA (two classes)
• Softball: 3A (four classes)
• Scholastic Bowl: AA (two classes)
• Soccer (boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Track and Field (boys and girls):
2A (three classes)
• Volleyball: 3A (four classes)
• Wrestling: 2A (three classes)

Enrollment for the high school is up 19 students—1,310 to 1,329 —from the 2014-15 school year to the upcoming year. Since classification cut offs vary from sport to sport depending on the number of schools that participate in each sport throughout the state, the Knights had some close calls this upcoming season. Kaneland was 49 students away from moving up to 4A in basketball, 17 students away from moving to 4A in volleyball, and 11 away from moving up to 3A in track and field.

Super Season

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The 2015 Kaneland Knights softball team placed third in State over the weekend in East Peoria, Ill. The team included Angie Morrow, Aly Jesionowski, Sara Lascola, Mary Clausen, Alexis Slowick, Shannon Herra, Meg Cohrs, Rachel Goress, Destiny Cowsert, Morgan Weber, Rachel Ulrich, Paige Kuefler, Hannah Theobald, Annissa Becker, Courtney Davis, Samantha Payton, Hailey Douglas, Alexsis Mullins and Morgan Sikon. Junior Meg Cohrs (right) went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to help the Knights. Photos by Stephanie Vanik

.500 weekend nets KHS third-place trophy
EAST PEORIA, Ill.—Only two softball teams in the state get to say they finished the season with a win, and Kaneland High School became one of those teams on Saturday.

After losing a close 2-1 game Friday against Marengo, the Kaneland softball team regained its offensive potency in the State Third Place game, dispatching Springfield’s Sacred Heart-Griffin (SHG) 7-1 to earn the third-place trophy on Saturday.

Weather played its part in the weekend, as Friday’s game was delayed four hours due to thunderstorms, and Saturday’s game was moved up an hour to get ahead of even more storms forecast for the afternoon.

“(The girls) stayed even-keeled through the whole thing,” head coach Peter Goff said. “They were focused, and I have to give them credit for what they did.”

Friday’s game against eventual State runner-up Marengo looked to be quite the pitchers’ duel, with the Knights facing the daunting task of trying to solve Mariah Dionne, who entered the tournament with a 25-3 record, a 1.89 ERA and 259 strikeouts over 178 innings. Meanwhile, Kaneland countered with Angie Morrow and her 17-2 record, 1.20 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 122 innings.

Kaneland was only able to muster one run on four hits against Dionne, who struck out four. Morrow only allowed two runs (one earned) over six hits, and struck out eight in the loss.

After 1-2-3 innings by both teams in the first inning, Marengo had its first chance against Morrow with two outs in the second, when Amber Proberts singled and advanced to second after a walk. But a fielder’s choice ended the first Indians threat. Kaneland was again stifled in the second, going 1-2-3. Marengo then got all the runs it needed in the third, with a two-run rally with two outs. Kaneland got its first hit in the third when Courtney Davis singled to center, but a double play ended the Knights’ hopes in that inning. Neither team had any significant chances until the top of the sixth, when Marengo got runners on first and second on back-to-back singles with no outs. Both runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice, but a pop fly and a ground out to Meg Cohrs ended the Indian’s chances. Finally in the bottom of the sixth, the Knights’ Hannah Theobald reached on an error and advanced to second on a passed ball. Aly Jesionowski singled in Theobald before a ground out ended the Kaneland threat. A groundout and two Morrow strikeouts kept the game at 2-1 with the Knights coming to the plate one last time. A Morgan Sikon single with two outs gave some hope before a pop up to third base ended the game.

On Saturday, it was once again Morrow taking the ball against the SHG Cyclones. This time, the Knights had few chances early, while SHG got a few runners on base, but advanced them no closer to home than second. SHG finally got on the board first behind a leadoff single by MaKenna Butcher. Courtesy runner Clare Dodson stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly before scoring on a groundout, making it 1-0. Kaneland answered in its half of the fourth, when Cohrs hit a one-out single and Morgan Weber walked. Mary Clausen singled in Cohrs to make it 1-1. A quiet 1-2-3 inning by SHG was followed by an explosive fifth for the Knights, as they plated six runs to put the game out of reach. Jesionowski singled to left field with one out, and Morrow rapped a single to left to advance her to second base. Paige Kuefler reached on an error, and KHS had the bases loaded with just one out. Cohrs came through with a single to center field, scoring Jesionowski and Rachel Urich (running for Morrow) to make it 3-1. Weber then doubled to center, making it 5-1. Sikon reached when she was hit by a pitch, and Clausen singled, scoring Weber. Sikon was able to score on the play due to an error, making it 7-1. SHG could only muster a single in the sixth. Morrow walked a batter with one out in the seventh, and then got a strikeout/throw out double play to end the game and clinch third place.

Goff praised his battery of Morrow and Kuefler.

“It’s nice to have a pitcher (like Morrow),” Goff said about his ace. “To have a battery like we had this year (Morrow and Kuefler), I think they are the best in the State.”

In the championship game on Saturday, the Washington Lady Panthers beat Marengo 2-1, with Dionne taking the loss.

The Knights generally dominated the postseason, going 6-1 overall and outscoring their opponents 48-8. On the season, the Knights finished 25-9 and outscored their opponents 235-91.

This marks the fourth time in KHS history a girls team has brought home a State trophy, according to IHSA.org, with Knights girls basketball (1982) and track and field (1987, 1988) teams each taking home titles.

Goff, also the athletic director at KHS, was appreciative of his team. He noted the head coaching position—which he held on an interim basis this season—would soon be posted. Goff compiled a 63-47 record as a softball coach at his previous stops before taking the reigns at KHS this season.

“We always knew it would be a one-year deal (coaching the team),” Goff said. “The girls knew it was on them to get to where they wanted to go, and I’m just happy to have been along for the ride.”

Sectional Shutdown

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Photo: The Kaneland Knights softball team poses with its 2015 Sectional Championship plaque. They added a Super-Sectional plaque two days later with a 4-0 win over Nazareth Academy, earning a trip to State. Photo by Stephanie Vanik

Knights earn Sectional, Super-Sectional championships; on to State tournament
KANELAND—The Knights softball team will continue its historic run Friday at the State Semifinal, thanks to an impressive run through the Sectional and Super-Sectional.

Now sitting at 24-8, the Knights dispatched St. Francis 12-0 on Saturday for the Sectional title, and then shut out Nazareth Academy 4-0 to earn the Super-Sectional Championship. The wins put the Knights in the top four in Class 3A, and have guaranteed coach Peter Goff’s crew of a State trophy this season.

The Knights have benefited not only from outstanding pitching by senior Angie Morrow, but an explosion of offense—outscoring their opponents 40-5 since they started their run through the postseason. In fact, all five runs scored by Kaneland opponents occurred in the Sectional Semifinal against Montini, who was ranked No. 2 in Class 3A before the postseason began.

After dispatching the Sectional’s top-seed, Montini, earlier last week, the Knights were set to face St. Francis for the Sectional Championship June 6.

It only took them five innings to mercy-rule the Spartans, thanks to 11 strikeouts by Morrow and a nine-run explosion in the top of the fifth. Rachel Goress went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, while Mary Clausen went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and a walk. Goress and Morgan Weber each hit doubles, while Kuefler hit a home run for the Knights.

Kaneland got ahead early, as Goress singled and Aly Jesionowski walked. Kuefler made the most of a ground out, scoring Goress for her first of three RBIs. Meg Cohrs then knocked in Jesionowski on a ground out to put the Knights up 2-0.

The only adversity Morrow faced on the mound came in the bottom of the first, when she walked the leadoff hitter and gave up a bunt single one batter later, placing Spartans on first and second. A fielder’s choice to center and a strikeout ended the early St. Francis threat.

In the fourth, Clausen led off with a walk and was eventually driven in by Goress later in the inning to put the Knights ahead 3-0.

Finally, in the fifth inning, the floodgates opened for the Knights. After loading the bases with no outs, Clausen singled to right field, scoring Cohrs and making it 4-0. A double play didn’t dampen the Knights’ offense, as Goress hit a two-RBI double scoring Morgan Sikon and Clausen to make it 6-0. After Hannah Theobald scored from third on a wild pitch, making it 7-0, Kuefler cracked a three-run home run to center to make it 10-0 Knights. Not done, Cohrs got back on base after being hit by a pitch, and then Weber hit a double to bring Cohrs home. The Knights’ final RBI came when Weber scored on a Clausen single. Morrow struck out the first Spartan in the bottom of the fifth before back-to-back errors had St. Francis runners at first and second base. But Morrow tallied strikeouts No. 10 and 11 to clinch the Sectional Championship for the Knights.

On Monday against Nazareth Academy in Rosemont, Ill., Morrow was yet again masterful, striking out 10 and giving up only three hits. Kuefler went 3-for-4 with two runs, while Cohrs was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run.

The Knights took the lead in the second inning when Jesionowski scored on a Cohrs single to right field. In the third, Kuefler scored when Sikon reached on an error at second base by Nazareth. Cohrs later scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0. Kuefler led off with a triple in the bottom of the fifth inning, and scored on the next pitch when Cohrs singled.

Morrow closed out the game by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Knights now move on to face Marengo, a 3-2 winner over Wauconda Tuesday, at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria, Ill., at 10 a.m. Friday. If the Knights win that game, they will face either Washington or Springfield’s Sacred Heart-Griffin for the State Championship game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. If they lose Friday, they will play in the third-place game at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“We’re really blessed and fortunate,” Goff said. “(The girls) are greedy, but in a good way. They like the fact we’ve made State, but they want that top spot.”

Wow factor

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Knights outscore
opponents 24-5
leading to Sectional Championship
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KANELAND—It’s hard to handle a team that scores 24 runs over its last three games, but when you add stellar pitching, it’s almost unfair.

That must be how opponents have felt lately, as anyone who has tried to tackle the Kaneland Knights’ softball team has seen their season end.

Coach Peter Goff’s squad has stormed through the postseason, earning a 10-0 win over Elmwood Park in the Regional Semifinal May 27, then shutting out Lemont 3-0 on the Indian’s home field for the Regional title May 29. The team then defeated top-seeded Montini—on the Bronco’s home field—in the Sectional Semifinal Tuesday 11-5, earning a spot in the Sectional Championship game Saturday morning in Lombard, Ill.

The team sits at 22-8 on the season and will now play the winner of the Glenbard South/St. Francis Sectional Semifinal game, which was to be played Wednesday evening (results unavailable as of press time).

Paige Kuefler got things going for the Knights against Elmwood Park, scoring on an error in the first inning, which would prove to be the winning run. The Knights tacked on three more runs in the second, thanks to a lead-off home run by Morgan Weber and a two-RBI double by Aly Jesionowski. In the third, Weber led of with a triple and promptly scored when Morgan Sikon singled to left. Kuefler hit a two-out single in the bottom of the fourth, and Meg Cohrs tripled to earn the RBI.

The Knights ended the game early with a four-run sixth inning, where Rachel Goress led off with a double and moved to third when Courtney Davis singled. Kuefler singled to center, scoring Goress, while Davis advanced to third. Cohrs reached on an error in center, which allowed Davis to score. Sikon ended the game with a single to left, scoring Sara Lascola (running for Kuefler) and Cohrs, making it 10-0.

Angie Morrow kept the Tigers on the bench, striking out 14 and only allowing one hit and one walk in a dominating performance on the mound. She only faced 20 total batters.

In the Regional Final game against Lemont, both teams were held to only five hits, but Kaneland took advantage of what was given to them early. Kuefler doubled to center field in the first inning, and scored on an fielding error, while Cohrs got to third. Weber then hit her second home run in as many games, scoring Cohrs. It was all the offense Kaneland needed, as Morrow again pitched a shutout, striking out six while walking one.

On Tuesday in Lombard, the Knights erupted for 16 hits against the top-seeded Montini Broncos. Kaneland again got out to an early lead, this time on back-to-back first-inning home runs by Kuefler and Cohrs. In the third inning, Cohrs hit an RBI double to drive in Kuefler, and Weber followed with a single that scored Jesinowski. Sikon singled to score Weber, making it 6-0. Montini scored twice in the third—the first runs allowed by Morrow in 15 innings—before Kaneland got them right back in the fourth on a Kuefler RBI single and Jesinowski’s steal of home plate.

In the top of the seventh and leading 8-3, Mary Clausen hit a three-run home run to put the exclamation point on the afternoon. Montini hit two home runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the game ended with an 11-5 Knights win.

The Sectional Championship game will be played at Montini High School on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m. If the Knights win, they will move on to the Rosemont Super-Sectional Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Softball rolls

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Knights get No. 5 seed in Montini Sectional
KANELAND—Behind a seven-inning, complete game shutout pitched by Angie Morrow, the Kaneland High School varsity softball team defeated the Genoa-Kingston Cogs 4-0 May 21 on Senior Day. The Knights also defeated Rosary 14-3 on May 23, improving its overall record to 19-8.

Catcher Paige Kuefler got things going for the Knights’ offense in the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field. Infielder Meg Cohrs followed with an RBI triple to center field to give Kaneland a 1-0 lead.

The Knights didn’t score again until the bottom of the fourth inning when Cohrs again tripled, this time to right field. She later scored when outfielder Samantha Payton reached first on an error to give Kaneland a 2-0 advantage.

The top of the fifth saw Morrow escape two baserunners to keep the shutout alive. Morrow finished the game with 13 strikeouts while giving up only three hits and one walk. The bottom of the inning featured Morrow hitting a pinch-hit double to center field and scoring on infielder/outfielder Rachel Urich’s RBI double to right field to increase the Knights’ lead to 3-0.

The sixth inning began with Cohrs reaching base on a Cogs error. After infielder Morgan Sikon’s bunt single and a walk by Payton, infielder/outfielder Shannon Herra hit an RBI flyout to center field as Cohrs scored the Knights’ final run of the game. Morrow finished the top of the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts to end the contest.

“The thing that we’ve had today was timely hitting, and we haven’t had that in awhile,” head coach Peter Goff said. “The junior girls have done a great job to really make this a special night for our seniors. Tonight our seniors got up and did a really good job getting hits.”

In the win against Rosary, infielder Meg Cohrs belted three home runs to emphatically lead the Knights’ offense.

Kaneland, the No. 5 seed, was scheduled to play Elmwood Park (No. 12) in the opening round of the Lemont IHSA Regional on Wednesday (at 5:30 p.m., with results not available before press time). The winner of that game would then face either Lemont (No. 4) or the Chicago Bulls College Prep (No. 13) team for the Regional title Saturday at 5:30 p.m., again at Lemont H.S. Montini, the Sectional host, earned the No. 1 seed.

May 21 sports recap

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

Freshman Baseball

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

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

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

Softball sits at 15-7

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Stephanie Vanik

May 14 sports recap

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

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

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

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.

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

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

4-30 sports recap

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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.

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.

April 23 sports recap

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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.

These are the breaks

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Knights win against Morris, lost to L-P
KANELAND—The Knights used late game-heroics twice last week, but it only worked out once.

Coach Peter Goff’s crew rallied to beat Morris 8-7 on April 9 before falling 3-2 to LaSalle-Peru Friday after the Cavaliers scored a run in extra innings.

The Knights still sit at 5-3 overall, with a 2-0 record in the Northern Illinois Big 12.

Against the Redskins, Morris used a five-run third and another run in the fourth to jump out to a 6-2 lead. But a six-run sixth inning by the Knights was enough to pull out the victory, even though Morris made it interesting with a final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Morgan Weber went 2-for-3 with two hits, a walk and three RBI. Paige Keufler went 2-for-4, while Morgan Sikon went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI. Angie Morrow gave up seven runs (four earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out eight.

In Friday’s loss to L-P, Anissa Becker pitched all eight innings for the Knights, giving up three runs on six hits. L-P got ahead 2-0 in the second inning, but RBIs by Weber and Rachel Urich in the bottom of the seventh sent the game to extra innings. It was L-P that had the last laugh, scoring in the top of the eighth and holding the Knights at bay in their half of the frame.

Kaneland will hit the road, as a six-day layoff ends Thursday when the Knights travel to Sycamore at 4:30 p.m. The next seven games are away, with the next home game taking place on April 28 against Sycamore.

April 16 sports recap

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Sophomore Softball
April 7 vs. Yorkville—The Lady Foxes defeated the Knights 6-3. Aly Jesionowski stuck out nine, but gave up five earned runs and five walks. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-4, while Jesinowski went 1-for-4 with a double.
April 10 vs. LaSalle-Peru—L-P crushed the Knights 13-2. Jesinowski gave up eight earned runs in the loss, stricking out two. Katie Moore hit a home run for the Knights, while Kurzrock went 2-for-3.
April 11 vs. Rosary—Kelly Shell went five innings, stiking out five while surrendering four walks and four runs (two earned), and Jesinowski got five strikeouts in relief as the Knights dispatched the Royals 9-4. Kurzrock and Jesionowski each went 2-for-4 with a double, while Alexis Abruzzo went 2-for-5, and Moore had a double. The Knights are 4-3 overall, 1-1 in conference play.

Freshman Softball
April 8 vs. LaSalle-Peru—The Knights fell to 0-3 after a 14-0 loss to LaSalle-Peru. Jessica Shell stuck out three in the effort.
April 11 vs. Rosary—Four errors cost the Knights in their 13-9 loss to Rosary. Maddi Baker went five innings, striking out two and giving up 12 runs (six earned). Shell pitched one innning in relief, giving up one earned run and a walk. The loss dropped the team to 0-4, 0-1 in the conference.

Girls Sophomore Soccer
April 10 vs. Sycamore—Mallory Burgin’s goal (unassisted) was all it took for the Knights to defeat the Spartans 1-0.
April 11 vs. Geneva—It was the first game Kaneland won in 2015, earning a 1-1 tie with the Vikings. Burgin (unassisted) again supplied the team’s only goal. The team is 4-0-1, 2-0 in the conference play.

St. Charles East downs Kaneland

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Knights prevail over Foxes
ST. CHARLES—The Kaneland Knights softball team fell to the St. Charles East Fighting Saints by a score of 5-2 last April 1. Tuesday saw a reversal of fortunes, as KHS dispatched the Foxes 4-0.

The Knights’ record now stands at 4-2 on the season, with a 1-0 record in the Northern Illinois Big XII.
Against St. Charles, Knights starting pitcher Angie Morrow tossed six innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and striking out five. Jordan Hall went the full seven innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and striking out three for the Fighting Saints.

Kaneland infielder Meg Cohrs was two-for-three, including a home run, while St. Charles East infielder Alexandra Latoria answered with a two-for-three, two-RBI (including a home run) performance of her own. Each team committed three errors in the game.

On Tuesday, the Knights shut down the visiting Foxes behing Morrow’s complete-game shutout. Morrow allowed four hits and two walks, striking out 10. Courtney Davis went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Morgan Sikon went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Next up for the Knights softball team is a matchup at Morris Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

April 9 sports recap

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Sophomore Softball
April 1 vs. St. Charles East—The Knights mounted a great comeback in their 8-7 win over St. Charles East. The Saints took a commanding 5-0 lead after four innings, but a four-run fifth got KHS within one run. After trading runs in the sixth, the Knights tied the game in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
St. Charles scored in the top of the eighth, but a two-run bottom frame for the Knights was the difference.
Hanna Theobald went 2-for-5 with a double, while Katie Kurzrock also went 2-for-5. Aly Jesinowski pitched all eight innings, giving up five earned runs while walking three and striking out eight. Jesinowski also went 3-for-5 from the plate with a double and two runs. The Knights are now 2-1 on the young season.

WCC Baseball
April 3 vs. Benedictine (JV)—The Chiefs won both games of a double-header against the visiting Eagles. In game one, Kaneland grad Blake Sowell went 6.2 innings, giving up six runs and earning an 8-6 win. In game two, the Chiefs won 6-3, thanks to a four-run sixth inning.

Sophomore Soccer
April 7 vs. DeKalb—The Knights improved to 3-0, 1-0 in the Northern Illinois Big XII, with a 2-0 win over DeKalb. Julia Lamp (Faith Cowsert assist) and Ashley Painer (Mallory Burgin assist) notched the KHS goals.

Onslaught continues

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Sophomore Morgan Weber tags out a Batavia base runner trying to steal second base on Monday.							  Photo by Ben Draper
Sophomore Morgan Weber tags out a Batavia base runner trying to steal second base on Monday.							  Photo by Ben Draper
Sophomore Morgan Weber tags out a Batavia base runner trying to steal second base on Monday. Photo by Ben Draper
High-powered offense lifts softball to 3-1 record
KANELAND—An 11-run onslaught in the second inning of last Thursday’s softball contest helped give the Kaneland Knights a 14-4 win against the Dixon Dutchesses in five (run rule) innings. Add a 9-3 Monday win over Batavia, but a 9-3 setback Tuesday against Oswego, and the Knights have a 3-1 record to start the season.

Starting pitcher Anissa Becker (1-0) was effective on the mound in her season debut against Dixon. Becker pitched four innings, giving up three runs (none earned) on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Shannon Herrera came in in relief in the fifth inning, giving up one earned run on two hits with one strikeout and no walks.

After Kaneland retired the side in the top of the first, the Knights offense got things going in a hurry in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, infielder Rachel Goress and catcher Paige Kuefler hit consecutive singles to left field. Infielder Meg Cohrs then lined a two-RBI triple to center field to clear the bases for a 2-0 Knights lead. Infielder Courtney Davis hit an RBI sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Cohrs to extend Kaneland’s lead to 3-0.

The second inning started off promisingly for Dixon. Infielder Phoenix Smith led off with a double to center field. After a Dutchesses fly-out to center, Becker proceeded to strike out the next two Dixon batters. A stolen base by Smith amounted to nothing as Kaneland held off Dixon’s possible scoring opportunity.

The Knight’s offense completely took control in the bottom half of the inning. After Dixon starting pitcher Allison Newman gave up a lead-off walk to Rachel Urich, Morgan Sikon hit a double to center field. Newman then walked infielder Morgan Weber to load the bases. Goress came to bat again for Kaneland and, in what can only be discribed as a balk, trotted to first and scored Urich with an RBI. With the bases still loaded, Kuefler hit a two-RBI single to increase the Knights’ lead to 7-0. Newman was then replaced on the mound by reliever Erika Smith, who promptly walked the next two batters (Cohrs and Davis) loading the bases once again and giving up another RBI. Mary Clausen was next, hitting a two-RBI single. Urich then walked and a Dixon wild pitch scored Kaneland from third. Sikon slapped an RBI single, Becker followed with a single to center as Sikon took a stolen base, Weber doubled to center and Kaneland scored from third on another wild pitch. Weber then had a stolen base of her own. Goress and Kuefler drew consecutive walks, and another Dixon wild pitch scored the Knights from third yet again. At the end of the inning, the Knights scored an incredible 11 runs to take a 14-0 lead.

Becker quickly retired the side again to start the third frame. In the bottom half, the Dutchesses were able to clamp down defensively on Kaneland. Despite giving up two walks, another wild pitch and a stolen base, Smith was still able to retire the side while giving up no runs or hits, maintaining Kaneland’s lead over Dixon at 14-0.

Dixon’s offense began to show signs of life in the top of the fourth inning, closing the gap to 14-3 heading into the bottom of the frame.

Kaneland’s half of the fourth saw Weber draw a one-out walk and Goress reach base via hit-by-a-pitch. Kuefler then grounded into an inning-ending double play to keep the score at 14-3 heading into the fifth inning.

After the game, head coach Peter Goff gave his thoughts on his team’s second double-digit win in as many games.

“Our girls did a good job of staying focused, getting up in the box and making solid contact.,” Goff said. “I was really encouraged with that and our aggressiveness on the base path. It’s not ‘me,’ it’s ‘we.’ Just being a good team. Being unselfish is what I take (out of Thursday’s game).”

“It was a good game. I think everyone brought something to the table,” Becker said. “Our hitting was on. Our fielding was there, so I think everyone did good and we got an overall win as a team.”

“I thought we were doing really well,” Becker added in response to Kaneland’s 11-run second inning. “We didn’t stop. We just kept pressing it to them (Dixon).”

On Monday against the visiting Lady Bulldogs, the Knights fell behind 1-0 in the third before putting up seven unanswered runs in the bottom of the third and fouth innings. Pitcher Angie Morrow went the full seven innings, giving up three hits, three runs (none earned) with five strikeouts and four walks. At the plate, the Knights had 12 hits, with Weber going 3-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and a run. Kuefler (2-3) and Cohrs (2-4) each had a run and two RBI. Goress had a walk and two stolen bases.

On Tuesday, the Knights lost 9-3 to the Panthers. Davis went the distance on the mound in the loss, striking out four. Goress and Kuefler both hit home runs for the Knights.

Results from Wednesdays matchup against St. Charles East were not avaiable before press.

Next up, the Knights will host Yorkville on Monday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m.

Photos by Ben Draper

April 2 sports recap

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Girls Soph. Soccer
March 18 vs. IMSA—The Knights defeated the Titans 8-0. Gabriela Falleto had three goals and Rachel Fielding had two. Mallory Burgin, Willow Dunne and Marry Collum each had a goal. Burgin had two assists, while Marley Schultz, Dunne and Kristen Siebert each picked up one assist.

March 21 vs. Burlington Central—The Knights improved to 2-0 on the season with a 4-0 win over the Rockets. Fielding and Ashley Painer each scored unassisted goals, while Julia Lemp scored on a Tiffany Thompson assist. Faith Cowsert scored on a penalty kick.

JV Softball
March 30 vs. Batavia—The Lady Bulldogs beat the Knights 6-5 Monday. Shannon Herra went the distance on the mound, giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits, striking out 11 and walking four batters.

JV Baseball
March 30 @ St. Xavier (Ky.)—A four-run first inning by St. Xavier doomed the Knights, as they lost 8-4.

Freshman Softball
March 31 vs. Oswego—The Panthers won 19-0 in five innings. Jessica Storck was tagged with the loss. Hannah Theobald went 1-for-2 with a double, and Alexis Abruzzo also went 1-for-2.

Sophomore Softball
March 31 vs. Oswego—The Knights lost 12-4. Oswego out-hit KHS 13-9, but Kaneland also had three errors while Oswego had none. Aly Jesinowski pitched a complete game in the loss, striking out five but surrendering 10 earned runs and three walks. Jesinowski also went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-4. The sophomore team is 1-1 on the season.

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