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Bowling drops duel with Huntley

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland bowling is trying to up the competitive fire against good teams, and its opponents are making sure it’s a difficult ride.

Facing familiar adversary Huntley on the road on Monday evening, KHS fell with a 2,978-2,728 loss in the first meet of 2013.

For KHS, Christie Crews had a team-high series total of 545 and a high game of 205 and Morgan Wojchiechowski added a 527 total and high game of 189.

Kaneland played hosts to visiting Sycamore on Tuesday and pulled out a tight 933-925 win in game three, although the team fell overall, 2,923-2,759.

Annie Salerno led the team with a 204 high game, and Angela Charhut paced the Lady Knights with a 519 high series.

Kaneland travels to Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb to battle crossover foe Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 10.

“On Thursday, we face Ottawa at home, and that match could go just about any way,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “They appear to be a bit inconsistent with their scores, just like us. They’ve had some amazingly high games, but they’ve also shown weakness at times, so it should be a good match.”

Bowling sees promising signs at Lisle Invite

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Photo: Christie Crews is trying to improve on her standout performance last year. Here she throws against LaSalle Peru High School on Tuesday at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Sometimes a weekend invite is all you need to see what can happen.

On Saturday, Kaneland bowling went to the Lisle Invite and came away with a second-place trophy in the “B” bracket.

Kaneland knocked down 1,308 pins in the morning session and 2,060 pins in the afternoon session for a total of 3,368.

The first matchups were traditional five-on-five formats, with the field divided into A and B brackets in the afternoon.

KHS was ninth out of 16 teams, and was placed in the “B” bracket.

Kaneland came away with wins over Lisle and then Willowbrook before losing to Rock Island in the final match of the day.

“It’s a game we should have won, but tiredness showed, and we just didn’t get the scores we needed,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “Still, we got a nice trophy for taking second place. It was good to bowl against several teams on the same day. As is often the case with us, we just seemed to tire out and lose the competitive spirit late in the day. We’ll have to work on that prior to our next tournament in January. All in all, I’m pleased with our performance, and I think the girls are, too.”

Kaneland played hosts to LaSalle-Peru Tuesday and fell in all three games by a total of 2,908-2,620.

Christie Crews led the Lady Knights with a pair of 181-high games and a 508 series. Ellissa Eckert followed with a 175 high game and 467 series.

Bowling picks up on Jan. 3, 2013, hosting Sycamore High School at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

Bowlers secure non-conference win

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Lady Knights solve Lisle, dropped by Dixon
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Kaneland bowling had a rougher start than they would have liked, but it no longer has to wonder where its first win will come from.

A Nov. 28 dual hosted by Lisle resulted in the first win of the 2012-13 campaign for KHS, while a loss followed in Dixon against the host Duchesses on Thursday.

Kaneland’s head-to-head mark sits at 1-4.

KHS defeated the Interstate Eight Conference staple Lady Lions by a final of 2,731-2,363 in varsity action.

Kaneland was led by Morgan Wojciechowski and her 515 series. She was followed closely by Amanda Strayve’s 492 and Dominique Lee’s 488 efforts.

High games went to Wojciechowski at 236 and Lee at 219.

For Lisle, Shelby Jensen had the high series at 481.

In JV action, KHS took home a 1,976-1,796 win.

“It was a great win for us at Lisle. It was a very busy week, with competition Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, so it was great to see the girls bowl well at Lisle. Morgan Wojciechowski’s 236 and Dominique Lee’s 219 really lifted the team,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said.

Against Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Dixon, KHS ended up on the wrong side of a 3,086-2,637 loss.

Wojciechowski’s 520 series and a 513 series from Christie Crews were tops for the Kaneland lineup, and high games went to Wojciechowski at 205 and Crews and 176.

“It’s no wonder they’re right up there near the top of the conference. It was our fourth contest in as many nights, and the girls were showing their tiredness. We actually bowled pretty well, all things considered, but Dixon simply bowled better,” McKnight said.

The Lady Knights host Illinois Math and Science Academy on Monday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m.

Bowlers stopped by Marengo

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Photos: Senior Amanda Strayve stays calm under pressure during Kaneland’s home match against Marengo on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—The Kaneland High School bowling team dropped a pair of meets this week, starting out the season 0-3.

Looking to get its first win in its second meet, Kaneland bowling instead fell victim to a high-powered Marengo unit.

The Indians took a 3,099-2,524 win at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb on Monday. Their high game was 1,048, compared to 868 for KHS.

Marengo’s Dominique Bailey’s total knockdown of pins was 607 to lead the winners. Kaneland was paced by junior Christie Crews with a 480 series and senior Angela Charhut with 458.

Kaneland dropped Tuesday’s meet against visiting Sterling, with the Knights hosting at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

Sterling won all three games by a combined total of 3,267-2,795.

Christie Crews led the Lady Knights with a high game of 192 in game three, as well as with high series with 537.

Kaneland travels to Dixon on Thursday, Nov. 29, for Northern Illinois Big XII crossover action.

Winter Sports Preview: Senior-laden KHS bowlers hope to lay hurt to pins

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Bowlers representing Kane-land High School are taking to the local lanes with a love of the sport.

For the 2012-13 season, the Lady Knight lineup benefits from a heavy presence of seniors in the journey.

Varsity seniors include Angela Charhut, Elissa Eckert, Anne Salerno, Amanda Strayve and Morgan Wojciechowski. They also get a lift from junior talent, as well.

“Christie Crews, a junior, is also back after recording the second-highest average on the team last year,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “We look to Christie and the seniors to lead the team this year. Charhut, Salerno, Strayve, and Wojciechowski can break loose with a high game at any time. Eckert, had varsity time last year and is looking good in practice this year.”

The Lady Knights are joined by sophomore teammate Dominique Lee, with new varsity additions Eckert and Lee being looked upon for big things.

“They both are showing remarkable consistency in practice, so we hope to see some good and consistent scores from them in competition, as well,” McKnight said.

Kaneland bowlers will need to bring that consistency to the lanes on meet day in order to improve on a 2-15 dual meet record from a year ago.

“The better they bowl, the more fun it is for them. It’s usually better to take it slowly when teaching them during the first few weeks,” McKnight said. “It takes time to make new friends and become comfortable playing the game. A good attitude is absolutely essential for instruction and enjoying the game in the short and long term.”

When it comes to the widescale Northern Illinois Big XII conference landscape, Kaneland is preparing to deal with tough forces in the group.

“Our conference is always highly competitive, and this year will be no exception. DeKalb, Sterling, Dixon, Streator and Morris should all be tough this year,” McKnight said. “In addition, Sycamore, Rochelle and Ottawa have the capabilities to roll some very high scores. It should be very interesting to see if any one school starts to dominate the conference. We’re in a position where we just hope we can be competitive.”

Kaneland already had a meet with fellow Mardi Gras Lanes tenant DeKalb on Tuesday, with results unavailable as of press time. The first home meet of the season takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 26, against Marengo.

Bowling season comes to an end at DeKalb

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by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—Postseason action is ripe to provide unlikely performances leading to a sectional berth.

Unfortunately for the roster of Kaneland High School bowlers, that good fortune went to select other squads.

KHS competed gamely in a 19-team logjam out at its home turf of Mardi Gras Lanes off of Route 23 in DeKalb.

With 4,321 pins dethroned, Kaneland finished 13th overall, with no individuals having a high enough total to advance.

Kaneland outbowled Barrington High School by 58 pins. Meanwhile, DeKalb took the sectional title with 5,830 pins, followed by Marengo with 5,799—both punching their tickets to the State final in Rockford, Ill. Jacobs just missed a berth by 93 pins. Northern Illinois Big XII counterpart Sycamore took eighth with 4,887.

The top three individuals were DeKalb’s Savanna Myers with 1,288 pins, followed by St. Charles East’s Katherine Sulaitis’ 1,281 and Becca Czlapinski of Marengo with 1,267.

Kaneland’s totals were highlighted by Christie Crews’ 896 day total, with series of 413 and 483, as well as Angela Charhut with an 893 day total, thanks to series of 455 and 438.

The top game of the sectional for Kaneland was Crews’ 183 in the p.m. session.

The final regular season clash took place in the form of a matchup on Feb. 1 in Lisle against the host Lady Lions.

The Lady Knights’ 2,400 was short of Lisle’s 2,697.

Kaneland finished with a dual mark of 2-15 for the 2011-12 season.

For KHS, top series were bowled by Seleana Isaacs with a 479 total, followed by a 410 from Ellissa Eckert. Top games were bowled by Isaacs at 170 and Eckert at 157.

With the conclusion of the season, Kaneland bowling says goodbye to seniors Isaacs, and JV members Alex Hornback and Madi Bluml, part of an JV squad that finished 11-7.

IMSA bests KHS bowling

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AURORA—A chance to string together another late January win over rival IMSA was not to be for KHS bowling.

While the Lady Knights were able to take care of Geneva and IMSA in late-season matchups a year ago, the second half of the equation didn’t go Kaneland’s way in 2012, with the Lady Titans winning on Thursday by a final of 2,620-2,506.

With one more regular season lane tussle remaining, the Kaneland troops needed to beat host Lisle in a meet scheduled for Wednesday in order to match their win total from a year ago.

The loss brought KHS down to 2-14 through the first 16 meets of the season.

Encouraging for the DeKalb sectional on Saturday, Feb. 4: the Lady Knights’ last two cumulative totals of 2,506 and 2,596 (win over Geneva) have been the second and third highest totals of the season, thus far. The highest total occurred in an early season loss in Sterling on Nov. 29, 2011.

Ottawa stops Kaneland on lanes

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KANELAND—Not even snow and hazardous travel conditions from a week prior could delay the end result of Thursday’s Kaneland-Ottawa bowling matchup.

Finally making it out for the Northern Illinois Big XII crossover matchup, the Lady Knights (2-13) fell to their Pirate counterparts by a 2,854-2,596 margin.

For KHS, the high series were bowled by Angela Charhut at 476 and Christie Crews at 447. Meanwhile, top games were had by Charhut with 181 and 171, and Anne Salerno’s 166.

In JV happenings, the Kaneland girls lost 2,385-2,288.

Also occurring this past week was the second annual Northern Illinois Big XII Conference meet, hosted by Sterling High School.

Kaneland finished in 10th place with a pin total of 4,985 pins felled. Morris, with 6,528, took the conference crown, while DeKalb finished second at 6,385 and Sterling third at 6,380.

Crews had high game, while Amanda Strayve and Elissa Eckert had high series.

The varsity bowlers head to IMSA in Aurora on Thursday, Jan. 26, where they picked up a late season win a year ago.

Anne Salerno has emerged as a bright spot for the Lady Knights, tallying series total of
1,319 pins in Kaneland’s last three encounters.

Rochelle tops Kaneland bowlers

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Photo: Madi Bluml launches on the lane during Kaneland’s JV win over Rochelle on Tuesday. Photo by Patti Wilk

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After a Thursday snowfall shelved Kaneland’s meeting in Ottawa, the Lady Knights took to the lanes on Saturday as part of the IMSA Invite, and on Tuesday when they hosted Rochelle.

Outscoring teams like Chicago outfit St. Ignatius, the Lady Knights (2-12) got some valuable time out on the lanes before heading into Tuesday’s home finale against Rochelle, where Kaneland was edged 2,590-2,452.

In IMSA, bowlers were grouped according to season average, and KHS was treated to a first place in division 7 by Angela Charhut, a second place by Amanda Strayve in division 6 and a first place for Seleana Isaacs in division 6.

Isaacs had high game for the day at 214 and high series in 508.

Taking on the Hubs for Senior Night, the Lady Knights took solace in a 458 series from Anne Salerno and a 448 series from Strayve.

High game was bowled by Salerno at 177.

Senior Isaacs thinks the overall game for the Lady Knights is improving, and felt no added pressure on her last home matchup.

“I tried not to let it mess me up and just tried to focus on the game,” Isaacs said. “I tried not to worry about it. I think we’re getting better throughout the year slowly, and aren’t losing by as much. We just want to be consistent with the regional coming up.”

Kaneland’s JV squad earned a 2,230-1,957 win over its Hub counterpart.

KHS was scheduled to travel to Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 21, for a snow makeup date.

Lady Knights rule lanes against Geneva

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KANELAND—Geneva bowling is a relatively new program, but one thing is already familiar to the Lady Vikings.

Their fate when it comes to battling KHS.

Kaneland swept the season series, punctuated by the win on Monday at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

With a 2,439-2,324 win over Geneva, it took the sting out of earlier losses in Sycamore on Thursday, and Huntley on Jan. 4.

Lady Knights bowling sits at 2-11 in dual competition for the season, thus far.

Defending the lanes on Monday featured a 457 series by Seleana Isaacs and a 424 series by teammate Ellissa Eckert. Top games were bowled by Isaacs with 181 and Anne Salerno with 159.

The JV team also came away with a win by the count of 1,875-1,594.

Kaneland lost to its Spartan counterpart in a road meeting by a final of 3,092-2,447. Top series went to Isaacs at 439 and Christie Crews at 429. Top games were bowled by Crews at 172 and Isaacs at 166.

In JV action, the Lady Knights beat Sycamore, 2,401-2,123.

Last week against visiting Huntley, the Lady Knights fell 2,668-2,466, despite the best efforts of Crews with a 481 series and Salerno with a 458 series.

Ottawa provides the next challenge in the form of a Northern Illinois crossover battle in LaSalle County on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Bowlers squeezed on lanes by Lisle in 2012 opener

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by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—It can take awhile before a bowling squad can get back into the swing of things after a layoff.

Kaneland High School bowling hopes it takes sooner rather than later.

Returning to action on Tuesday at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, it was festive for the visiting Lisle crew in a 2,673-2,417 result. The Lady Knights fell to 1-9 on the year.

Kaneland was topped by Anne Salerno for the first time this season, with a 425 series, and Seleana Isaacs contributed with a 423 series.

Top games were bowled by Salerno at 153 and Christie Crews at 152.

“They were excited to come back,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “They looked tired, and I’m sure they are. During a break like that, they won’t have a regular schedule. I think they’re doing better with focusing on each frame. I think we’re going to see some improvement.”

The 2012 slate continues in Sycamore on Thursday, Jan. 5.

L-P Cavs cave in Kaneland bowling

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KANELAND—Good news emerging from Monday’s bowling encounter between Kaneland and LaSalle-Peru was that the Lady Knights reached the Super Bowl faster than this year’s version of the Bears.

The bad news is that said venue in Peru, Ill., failed to provide friendly enough surroundings necessary for a KHS win.

With a tally of 2,715-2,343, the Lady Knights fell to 1-8 after the final recorded bowling battle of 2011.

Right before last year’s holiday break, KHS was also at the one-win mark.

L-P’s Morgan Brandner took control for the Lady Cavaliers, thanks to a 514 series.

Kaneland was paced by sophomore Christie Crews’ 459 series and senior Seleana Isaacs 417 series.

Top games were bowled by Crews at 171 and Amanda Strayve at 163.

On an encouraging note, the JV crew emerged with a 2,168-1,955 win. The top series was bowled by freshman Mandy Felella at 461.

Kaneland’s bowlers enjoy the winter R & R before hosting Lisle on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.

Bowling gets first win of 2011-12

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Photo: Kaneland’s Christie Crews has emerged as a strength on the bowling squad. Photo by Mary Herra

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While it’s been slow goings at the beginning of this still-new season, the Kaneland bowling unit keeps knocking down pins, and knocked down enough to nab its first win of the season on Dec. 7, against visiting Geneva. Thursday saw Streator get the best of the Lady Knights, while Monday had IMSA take care of KHS, cementing the Lady Knights at 1-7 on the season. Tuesday had Morris beat visiting Kaneland in a conference affair.

Through the first eight matchups, a common theme is the emergence of varsity newcomer Christie Crews.

“She’s been the big surprise for us,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said.” She’s leading the team in average and another pleasant surprise is Amanda Strayve. They’ve turned in some consistently good scores for us.”

In the 2,222-2,144 win over the Lady Vikings, it was Crews’ 520 series and Strayve’s 473 series that put KHS in a winning position. Top games were had by Crews at 190 and 187, and Strayve’s 177.

Streator’s 2,776-2,357 win in DeKalb was despite the best efforts of Crews’ 469 series and Seleana Isaacs’ 401 series. Top games were bowled by Crews at 201 and Strayve at 161.

Facing the Lady Titans, the Lady Knights fell 2,192-2,128. Crews’ 454 and Isaacs’ 448 were top series, while Isaacs’ 175 and Crews’ 166 were the highest game totals for Kaneland.

Against Morris, the Lady Knights’ meeting at Echo Lanes with their counterparts went to the opposition, 2,929-2,323.

Isaacs bowled a 487 series, followed by Crews with 413. Isaacs and Crews had top games at 193 and 149, respectively.

“We need to get the kids to think of each frame individually,” McKnight said. “Do the best you can and not focus on what has happened.”

Ahead for the Lady Knights is the Lisle Invite on Saturday, Dec. 17, and a meeting with NIB-12 crossover opponent LaSalle-Peru on Monday, Dec. 19.

Bowling not spared by Dixon

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DeKALB—At Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, the Lady Knights fell victim to a 2,951-2,451 result at the hands of Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Dixon on Thursday.

The Lady Knights have begun the season 0-4.

Tops for Dixon was Autumn Day with a 545 series.

The Lady Knights’ top series was bowled by Amanda Strayve with 456, followed closely by Christie Crews at 435. Strayve had the top game efforts with 158 in two instances.

The next highest was bowled by Crews with 150.

After a scheduled meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, the Lady Knights were gearing up for visiting Streator on Thursday, Dec. 8, and to host IMSA on Monday, Dec. 12.

Bowling falls to DeKalb in opener

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by Mike Slodki
DeKALB—In the confines of Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, the Lady Knights (0-3) probably felt like it was unfriendly surroundings in a loss to fellow tenant DeKalb on Nov. 22.

In the 3,228-2,422 season-opening loss to the Lady Barbs, the top score of the meet went to DeKalb’s Jessica Eberly with a 576 series.

For Kaneland, the charge was led by senior Madi Bluml, who bowled a 469 series, followed by junior teammate Amanda Strayve’s 431 effort.

Top games were bowled by Strayve at 182 and Bluml at 179.

Strayve will be relied upon, along with select other Lady Knights, to supplant the loss of graduate Holly Thomas.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but I think I improved over the summer,” Strayve said.

Against their Route 23 rivals, Marengo, the team that calls Glo-Bowl home got the upper hand in a 3,196-2,362 affair on Monday.

Christie Crews led the KHS charge with a 491 series, followed by Seleana Isaacs at 465.

Top games were bowled by Crews at 214 and Isaacs at 176.

Tuesday featured a visit to Blackhawk Lanes in Sterling, where the Lady Knights fell 3,433-2,672.

Strayve bowled a team-high 524 series, while she and Crews bowled team-high 213 games.

Bowling welcomes influx of new blood

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—While the Lady Knights will miss record book-rewriter Holly Thomas, and the team finished with a dual mark of 3-12, there are reasons to be optimistic.

KHS took its last two regular season clashes of the year, while coach Jim McKnight is excited about the pieces fitting together in the lineup puzzle.

“It looks like our varsity is going to start out with quite a battle for the six positions. At this point, the contenders are: senior co-captains Seleana Isaacs and Madi Bluml, returning senior Kayley Larsen, returning juniors Amanda Strayve and Morgan Wojciechowski, and newcomers like junior Ellissa Eckert, sophomore Christie Crews, and freshman Mandy Felella,” McKnight said.

McKnight knows that it’ll take a team effort to supplant the talented Thomas.

“Fortunately, we do have much of last year’s team back, and we also have some exciting new players to watch. We have lots of girls who can compete.” McKnight said.

The Lady Knights will have to deal with its usual brand of worthy competition.

“Last year, when our varsity was able to win, it was because we had the combined high scores of Holly, Isaacs, Wojciechowski, and others,” McKnight said.

Winter sports awards, NIB-12 honors dished out

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KANELAND—For boys basketball, captains Matt Cowans, Tyler Callaghan and Chaon Denlinger were recognized. Most Improved Player nods went to Zach Ringhouse and Trever Heinle. Denlinger also took home the Most Valuable Player. Callghan was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman teammate Daniel Helm was named Offensive Player of the Year. Kory Harner was named the winner of the Mr. Husle Award, and the All-Northern Ilinois Big XII entries were Denlinger and Helm.

For girls basketball, Defensive Player of the Year honor went to senior Andie Strang and teammate Emily Heimerdinger.

Kelly Evers was named MVP of the varsity squad, while teammate Emma Bradford took home the Most Improved Player award.

Heimerdinger was also award Ms. Kaneland Basketball and made honorable mention for the Northern Illinois Big XII, while Evers added to her awards with a Northern lllinois Big XII all-conference mention.

For sophomore girls basketball, Ashley Prost was named MVP. Brooke Harner was given the Defensive Player of the Year award, followed by Ashley Castellanos and Morgan Newhouse combining on the Most Improved Player awards.

Ms. Kaneland Basketball for the sophomore unit went to Sarah Grams.

Additionally, Alli Liss was named the winner of the Sophomore Hustle Chart Winner.

For the freshman level, Lauren Zick was named MVP and Sydney Strang was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Most Improved Player was shared by Kelly Wallner and Katie Brinkman. Ms. Basketball went to Amber Winquist-Bailey, while Strang and Caroline Heimerdinger shared captains honors.

Knights wrestling issued a handful of awards, beginning with Kyle Davidson and Jimmy Boyle taking the Most Valuable Wrestler honors.

Zach Theis was named MVW of the JV ranks. Stephen Gust took home the Most Improved Wrestler award. The JV Most Improved Wrestler nod went to David Barnhart.

Andrew Essex was named the Bob Domena Memorial Award Hardest Worker.

Ben Kovalick was given the Dave Osman Memorial Award Most Dedicated Wrestler honor. The Russell Anderson Memorial Award was given to Dan Goress.

Davidson and Boyle were recognized as team captains, and Zach Ganz took home the Heart and Soul Award.

Finally, Boyle, Kovalick, Goress, Davidson and Keagan Mattes were honored for their inclusion on the All-Northern Illinois Big XII team.

For Kaneland Lady Knights bowling, Holly Thomas took home recognition for high series, high game, high average and captainship.

Morgan Wojciechowski was named Most Improved Bowler, and Seleana Isaacs was named Most Improved, as well. Isaacs also was given the coach’s award.

KHS bowlers see season end in Roselle

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ROSELLE—When DeKalb and Lake Park are in your bowling sectional, it could make for a long morning.

Despite a valiant effort and amassing more pins than five other squads, Kaneland’s bowling season came to an end on Saturday in Roselle at the Lake Park Sectional.

Advancing to State was Lake Park (5,693) and DeKalb (5,670). Kaneland finished 13th out of 18 units with a total of 4,175, 14 pins better than Streamwood. The Lady Knights finished 12th out of 18 a year ago in Sycamore.

The top overall bowler was Lake Park’s Jessica Fuja with 1,311 pins felled. Out of the Northern Illinois Big XII schools, DeKalb senior Brandi Underwood left with 1,252 pins.

The State gathering is on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford, Ill.

The Lady Knights bid farewell to seniors Colleen Ryan and Holly Thomas, with the end of the 2010-11 season at hand.

Bowling’s regular-season end features wins over Geneva, IMSA

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by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—With the 2010-11 regular season in a true homestretch, the only way to begin a busy week of competition for Kaneland bowling turned out to be the most ideal.

The Lady Knights improved to 3-12 on the season with their second consecutive victory over Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2,354-2,259. Kaneland followed that up with a win on Thursday, Jan. 27, at IMSA, by a final of 2,369-2,087.

Kaneland also lost to visiting Lisle on Monday in the regular season finale by a final of 2,742-2,216.

Leading the way against the Lady Vikings was Holly Thomas with a 489 series and Morgan Wojciechowski with a 485 accompanying series.

Top games were bowled by Thomas at 192 and Wojciechowski at 188.

Geneva’s Nicole Missele bowled a meet-high 525 series.

Taking the fight to the Lady Titans was Thomas with a 518 series and Seleana Isaacs with a 434 series. Thomas, with efforts of 199 and 180, produced the high games for Kaneland.

Facing Lisle, high series were bowled by Isaacs at 493 and Thomas at 392.

Coach Jim McKnight said he was pleased that the team was able to garner two late-season wins and thinks that could mean good things.

“The sectional has 18 teams, and some very tough schools,” McKnight said. “We absolutely have to bowl our best and see what happens. We have a lot of young bowlers, and the inexperience might work to their advantage, and the girls might not be worried about how loud it’s going to be and how the atmosphere is going to be.”

Sophomore Wojciechowski is eager to see what the sectional holds after a productive rookie campaign.

“I think I’m doing pretty good,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s my first year; I started out well and somehow I ended up really good. I’m going to try not to get nervous because then I’ll feel like I’ll be a little bit worse.”

Closing out the 15 dual-meet season this past Monday and conference on Saturday, all that’s left are postseason aspirations, in the form of IHSA sectionals at Brunswick Zone in Roselle, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m.

Hosted by Lake Park High School, the 18-school meet will feature NIB-12-mates DeKalb and Sycamore, and familiar opponents like Jacobs, Dundee-Crown, Geneva, Huntley, St. Charles East and St. Charles North.

A year ago, Kaneland finished 12th of 18 at the Sycamore Sectional (won by DeKalb) with 4,611 pins to its total.

Bowling drops two NIB-12 meetings

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Kaneland—Kaneland bowling, despite a 1-11 dual record, is still raring to go against any Northern Illinois Big XII opponent on its schedule.

The Lady Knights just hope their fortunes turn around sooner rather than later.

Kaneland spent Thursday afternoon battling visiting Ottawa of the NIB-12 West and lost a 2,647-2,446 affair at Mardi Gras Lanes.

On Tuesday, KHS took a trip to Rochelle, where it lost 2,779-2,468.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was senior Holly Thomas, who bowled a team-high series of 484. Junior teammate Seleana Isaacs was close behind with a 455 series.

High games for KHS were bowled by Isaacs at 181 and Thomas at 167.

On the JV end, the Kaneland squad fell 2,227-1,797. High series was bowled by Madi Bluml at 316, followed by Michelle Bohanek at 312. High game came in the form of Alex Hornback’s 124.

Against the Lady Hubs, Thomas’ 535 series was best on the team and second-best for the meet. Anne Salerno was next for Kaneland with a 447 series. Top games were bowled by Salerno at 198 and Thomas at 188. Rochelle’s JV earned a 1,750-1,648 win over the Lady Knights.

The Lady Knights now prepare for a trip to Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

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