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IHSA releases classifications for 2015-16 school year

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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.

Waubonsee makes first National Tourney appearance

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Brooke Harner bringing the ball across mid-court against North Arkansas College on Thursday, March 19.
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Knights making a difference 3 former Knights help
• Sarah Grams at guard (soph.)
• Brooke Harner at guard (soph.)
• Ashley Prost at forward (soph.)
Brooke Harner bringing the ball across mid-court against North Arkansas College on Thursday, March 19. Photo submitted by Steve Moga to
Brooke Harner bringing the ball across mid-court against North Arkansas College on Thursday, March 19.
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Three former Knights on basketball team
OVERLAND PARK, KS—The 2015 edition of Waubonsee Community College women’s basketball began the season with a new coach and big expectations.

Head coach Jim Sury took over the program after the retirement of long-time head coach Dana Wagner, and following the squad’s best season in school history.

In 2014, the Lady Chiefs won the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title for the first time since 1993 and went undefeated (14-0) in league play for the first time ever. In Regional championship play, they got to the district championship game for the first time, and as runner-up, ended the season at 25-7 and a school record for total wins in a season.

This year, Waubonsee had its ups and downs early, falling to a conference record of 4-3 by mid-season. The sophomore-dominated team featured Brooke Harner, Sarah Grams and Ashley Prost, all from Kaneland; Bailey Klass from Yorkville; Lizzy Goll from Plano; and freshman Julianna Wadsworth from Oswego East. The team started to gel and caught its stride en route to rattling off five straight ISCC wins to put itself in a four-way tie for the conference lead. A last-second loss to Oakton CC in the final game of the season left the Lady Chiefs second in the conference with an overall record of 18-12.

Sarah Grams (13) playing defense in Waubonsee's 78-73 victory over North Arkansas College at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on Thursday, March 19. Photo submitted by Steve Moga to
Sarah Grams (13) playing defense in Waubonsee’s 78-73 victory over North Arkansas College at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on Thursday, March 19.
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Moving on to regional play, Waubonsee closed out February by beating Illinois Valley and Carl Sandburg Community College to earn its second-straight appearance in the Regional IV Division II title game. There, the Lady Chiefs created some “March Madness” of their own by beating McHenry County College 66-49 to advance to the NJCAA National Division II Tournament for the first time ever.

On March 18, in their first game of the national tournament in Overland Park, Kan., the 12th-seeded Waubonsee Chiefs almost pulled-off a stunning upset of 27-1 Monroe Community College from Rochester, N.Y.—a team which had three or more players at least 6 feet tall on the floor at all times. Rallying from a 17-point deficit midway through the second half, the Lady Chiefs fell just short in a 69-63 first-round loss.

Ashley Prost (30) defending North Arkansas College's Danielle Graves during the Lady Chiefs' 78-73 triumph, the first ever win for the program at the National Tournament Photo submitted by Steve Moga to
Ashley Prost (30) defending North Arkansas College’s Danielle Graves during the Lady Chiefs’ 78-73 triumph, the first ever win for the program at the National Tournament
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Dropping into the consolation bracket, Waubonsee on March 19 made history by eliminating North Arkansas College 78-73 for its first win at the national tournament. WCC did so by making free throws down the stretch, with freshman forward Julianna Wadsworth connecting on 9 of 10 attempts from the charity stripe over the final two minutes to seal the historic victory.

Next, Waubonsee took on Phoenix College on March 20, where its fairy-tale season ended with a 69-59 loss. Phoenix led 41-25 at the half, never trailed in the game, and shot 47.5 percent from the floor, compared to the Lady Chiefs’ 36 percent. Wadsworth led all scorers with 20 points, but Phoenix had three players score in double-digits.

Girls lose to Burlington Central

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Senior Ally Van Bogaert (32) gets pressured by a defender during the fourth quarter, while Morgan Weber (20) and coach Ernie Colombe look on. The Knights only scored four points to close out the final quarter. Photo by Mary Paulson
Senior Ally Van Bogaert (32) gets pressured by a defender during the fourth quarter, while Morgan Weber (20) and coach Ernie Colombe look on. The Knights only scored four points to close out the final quarter. Photo by Mary Paulson

Great effort falters in fourth quarter
SYCAMORE—In a game for the ages, the Kaneland girls basketball team led state second-ranked Burlington Central for three-and-a-half quarters of play. However, a furious 10-point fourth quarter comeback propelled the Rockets to a 44-38 win over the Knights in round two of the IHSA Class 3A Regional Tournament.

The season-ending loss gave Kaneland a final overall record of 18-10.
The Knights came out with aggression on both sides of the court from the opening tipoff. Kaneland guard Camri Conley (seven points, eight rebounds, six assists and three-of-five from the free throw line) played with relentless intensity, setting up her teammates with scoring opportunities, as well as creating her own with mid-range shots and hard drives to the basket. All of the Knights’ starters scored in the opening frame, led by Conley, guard Morgan Weber (team-high 11 points, three-of-eight from three-point range, five rebounds and two steals) and center Bailey Crimmins (nine points, five rebounds) as Kaneland went on an 8-0 run in the first 4:30 of the contest. Burlington Central had trouble with inside shooting early on, but found its outside shot late as the Rockets drilled four three-pointers, led by junior Sam Pryor. The teams were tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Kaneland’s trademark defense begin to clamp down on the Rockets as Burlington Central still had difficulty locating its inside shot. The Knights went on a 10-3 quarter-long drive as Weber hit another trey, and shots from Crimmins, forward Vanessa Gould (two points, eight rebounds) forward Ally Van Bogaert (seven points) and a free throw by Conley sparked the run. The Rockets’ three points came in the form of junior Kayla Ross. The Knights went seven-for-10 from two-point range in the first half while Burlington Central was only one-for-10 from two-point range, and Kaneland out-rebounded its opponents 22-12 as it led the Rockets 24-17 at halftime.

The third quarter began with Conley continuing her relentless command of the offense. Despite early full-court pressure by the Rockets, Weber got a bucket off a fast break after Pryor scored five straight points (including a three-pointer) for Burlington Central. Treys by Van Bogaert (one-of-nine from three-point range on the night) and Weber opened up the biggest lead of the night for Kaneland at 12 (34-22) with 2:15 remaining. The Knights outscored Burlington Central 10-7 to take a 34-24 advantage into the final frame of play.

The Knights’ overall game began to unravel in the fourth quarter. Although the continued leadership of Conley helped keep Kaneland in the lead for the first 6:45 of the last frame, the Rockets finally began to find their inside shot and became more aggressive on defense down the stretch. A two-point shot by Conley and two free throws by Crimmins were all the Knights could muster as the team suddenly went cold on offense as their defense began to falter. Forced shots by Kaneland turned into rebounds and scoring opportunities for Burlington Central as the Rockets went on a 10-2 run in the first 5:14. Key shots by Ross, free throws by senior Aly DeTamble and three-pointers by Pryor and junior Shelby Holt, as well as Holt’s three-point play, cut the Knights’ lead to one with two minutes to go in the game. Senior Alison Colby hit two-of-two free throws as the Rockets took the lead with 1:15 remaining. The Knights continued to intentionally foul as Burlington Central pulled away with five three throws in the last 30.1 seconds. Burlington Central outscored the Knights 20-4 in the final quarter to seal the comeback win for the Rockets.

Kaneland head coach Ernie Colombe offered thoughts on his team’s season-ending loss after the game.

“They’re (Burlington Central) a good team, and they stepped up and they made more plays (in the fourth quarter) than we did,” he said. “Our kids played hard the whole game. The effort was there the entire night. (It) just came down to hitting a couple shots at the end. They got us (on) the turnover once or twice there in the last couple (of) minutes, and that hurt. In the end, they just hit some shots.

“We (the coaching staff) told our kids in (the locker room) we’re proud of their effort. It wasn’t for lack of effort (or) lack of intensity. We had that for the entire 32 minutes. Our future is bright. Kudos to them (the Rockets,) but it was a good experience for us. We showed we can play with teams like this.”

Colombe also gave his take on Conley’s aggressive gameplay.

“She’s one of our best players. She’s got the ability to be one of the best players in the area, and I think tonight you saw why she had the ability to control the tempo,” Johnson said. “She goes in there; she rebounds. She’s playing defense. She’s running the offense. She’s a big key for us, and we’re really proud of the way she’s progressed from the start of the year until now.”

Crimmins also weighed in on the contest.

“We played a great effort throughout the entire game. No one wasn’t hustling for every ball,” she said. “We rebounded really well. I think we took really good shots; we played defense. But it just didn’t fall our way. We went in with the mentality to play as a team. No one needs to be a hero. No one needs to go out and try to win the game for us. We kept our composure. We played with the momentum and just really hustled.”

Crimmins then reflected on the season as a whole.

“I think we had some tough losses, but overall it was really successful. Next year, we’ll be even more successful,” she said.

Late momentum

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Girls basketball wins final home game, opening round of Regional
KANELAND—Before the last home game of the season, the Kaneland girls basketball team honored senior players Emily Grams and Ally Van Bogaert. After the honors were presented, Van Bogaert led the Knights with 13 points—including three-of-six from three-point range—in a 41-30 win over the Sterling Golden Warriors.

A win over St. Edwards on Monday during the opening round of the Sycamore Regional helped the Knights continue through the State Tournament.

The wins boosted Kaneland’s record to 18-9 overall and 6-7 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

Kaneland against Sterling showed defensive pressure early on as they held their opponent to eight points in the first quarter. Golden Warriors guard Gabby Sandoval (19 points) scored half of her team’s points, while forward Jailyn Borum and guard Denajha Phillips combined for the rest. Knights guard Camri Conley (two points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal) continued her leadership on offense, setting up her teammates as guards Jennifer and Morgan Weber each connected from downtown. Center Bailey Crimmins (12 points with five rebounds) scored four points to help Kaneland to a 10-8 advantage at the end of the quarter.

The Knights came out in the second quarter with a balanced attack on offense and a smothering defense to back it up. Forward Vanessa Gould (eight points and five rebounds) hit two-of-two from the free throw line early as she and Crimmins scored all of the Knights’ 10 points in the second quarter. Kaneland’s defense continued it’s aggressive play, creating Sterling turnovers and holding the Golden Warriors to just five points. Sandoval, Borum, center Lauren Fritz and forward Rashel Robinson scored for Sterling as Kaneland took a 20-13 lead into halftime.

Although both teams showed offensive prowess in the second half, it was Kaneland forward Ally Van Bogaert who came out on fire from the start. She drilled three three-pointers and a two-point field goal as she led the Knights with 11 points in the third quarter. Gould scored the other two points for Kaneland as Sandoval and Borum each hit three-pointers of their own for Sterling. The Knights went on an 11-7 run the first seven minutes of the quarter and took a 10 point lead of 33-23 heading into the final frame.

Sterling attempted to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, as Sandoval hit two-of-two from three-point range and Robinson split two from the line for the Golden Warriors. However, those were the only points Sterling scored for the rest of the game. Though Van Bogaert found herself in trouble with three fouls, she, Conley, Gould and Crimmins scored eight points for the Knights. A change of tempo on offense, combined with aggressive rebounding and ever-solid defense sealed the win for Kaneland.

The Knights on Monday night traveled to Sycamore to take on the St. Edward Green Wave in the IHSA Class 3A Regional Tournament. Led by forward Van Bogaert’s 13 points—including three-of-eight from three-point range—the Knights withstood a furious second-half comeback by St. Edward to advance with a 39-37 win.

Kaneland’s defense played a major role in the team’s first-half dominance, holding the Green Wave to only 10 points at halftime. The Knights’ ability to create turnovers and out-rebound St. Edward on both sides of the court (35 total) were also contributing factors. Guard Camri Conley (two points and a team-high eight rebounds) continued to be Kaneland’s leader on the floor, with guard Morgan Weber (11 points) in fine form, as well.

The second half saw the Green Wave come roaring back to tie the game with 3:30 to go in the fourth quarter. A re-energized St. Edward defense, partnered with a resurgent offensive game, kept the Knights on their toes. Green wave forward CeCe Rapp led her team with 13 points and an inside game that nearly got the better of Kaneland’s defense. Leading by two, Crimmins (seven points, five rebounds and two steals) made a game-saving steal with six seconds to go in the game. Crimmins’ key play, along with Van Bogaert’s 11 second-half points, proved to be the difference in Kaneland’s all-important victory.

Round two of the IHSA Class 3A Regional Tournament will feature the Knights against the top-seeded Rockets at 6 p.m. Wednesday (results not available before press). The Knights lost 44-38 and ended their season with an 18-10 record. See next Thursday’s paper for complete game coverage.

Photos by Ben Draper

Feb. 19 sports recap

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Girls Basketball

Feb. 6 @ Yorkville—A tight game got out of hand when Yorkville went on a 16-6 run on their way to a 35-17 win over the Knights. Kristen Siebert led the Knights with seven points and seven rebounds, while Carley Elliott had six points.
Feb. 7 vs. Ottawa—The visiting Pirates bested the Knights 35-31, despite a Kaneland comeback. Siebert led with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jamie Martens put in nine points and eight rebounds. Sydney Davidson had 10 rebounds to go along with five points.
Feb. 12 vs. Sterling—In their season finale, the Knights turned a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter to a 34-20 win. Siebert led with 10 points and five rebounds. Jenna Harvell had eight points, while Addie Ringel had four points and eight rebounds. Elliott had five points. The Knights ended the year with a 16-9 overall record, and a 9-4 record in the Northern Illinois Big XII, earning second place in the conference.

Sophomore Basketball

Feb. 11 @ St. Charles North—The North Stars beat the Knights 55-36. Jake Hed led the Knights with 13 points. Luke Calabrese had six points, Garrett Hukle had five points and Josh Pollastrini had four points.
Feb. 13 @ DeKalb—The Knights beat DeKalb 39-31. Pollastrini led the team with 13 points, with three three-pointers. Hukle went four-for-four from the free throw line and finished with 10 points, while Jack Marshall went five-for-six from the free throw line to finish with nine points.
Feb. 17 vs. Geneseo—The Knights buried Geneseo 52-22, behind Brock Harner’s 18 points. The Knights allowed 12 points in the first quarter, then clamped down on defense, allowing only seven, two and one points over the final three.Marshall had nine points, Hed had eight points and Hukle had six in the win. The Knights sit at 13-9 overall, 18-3 in Northern Illinois Big XII play.


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Junior Bailey Crimmins directs the opening jump ball against Aurora Central Catholic to a teammate. Photo by Laura Gampfer
Junior Bailey Crimmins directs the opening jump ball against Aurora Central Catholic to a teammate.
Photo by Laura Gampfer

Knights beat Yorkville, ACC; lose to Ottawa
KANELAND—Great back-to-back efforts on both sides of the court propelled the Kaneland girls basketball team to consecutive wins over the weekend. The Knights defeated the Yorkville Foxes 48-42 on the road Friday night and the Aurora Central Catholic Chargers 39-32 on Saturday.

But a four-overtime marathon went the way of Ottawa Tuesday, as the Knights lost 75-69.

Kaneland sits at 16-9 overall and 5-7 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

The Friday tilt against Yorkville was a close back-and-forth contest from the start. Both teams traded shots to begin the first quarter. As Yorkville found itself in early foul trouble (six), Kaneland’s offense stepped up with key shots made by guard Camri Conley (four-of-six from the field with eight points, four assists, two steals and a game-high 10 rebounds), guard Jen Weber (seven points, including two three-pointers), forward Ally Van Bogaert (game-high 16 points), center Bailey Crimmins (five points and five rebounds) and forward Meg Cohrs (four points). The Foxes kept pace thanks in part to forward Erica Cycko’s five (overall) points as the Knights led Yorkville 14-12 at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter saw Yorkville’s offensive firepower emerge. The Foxes outscored Kaneland 15-11 behind guard Audrey Macciomei’s 10 (overall) points, including two-of-two from three-point range. Yorkville went on a 7-2 run in the first three minutes as the Foxes increased their defensive pressure against the Knights. Kanelan nevertheless managed to withstand Yorkville’s fire. Conley kept the offense running as she, Van Bogaert and Cohrs combined for all of the Knights points as they trailed by only two (27-25) at halftime.

Junior Camri Conley had nine points and 11 rebounds against the Chargers Saturday. Photo by Laura Gampfer
Junior Camri Conley had nine points and 11 rebounds against the Chargers Saturday.
Photo by Laura Gampfer

The third quarter was a low-scoring affair as Kaneland and Yorkville scored only nine and eight points, respectively, before Yorkville was able to start the quarter on a 6-2 run in the first 3:45. Guard Aynia McGowan (five points) and forward Mackenzie Lee (Yorkville game-high 11 points) both hit three-point shots to begin the run. Conley kept the offense running once again as she, Van Bogaert (hitting one of her three three-pointers on the night) and Crimmins were able to keep the Knights to within one as the Foxes led 35-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

Senior Ally VanBogaert had three points against ACC Saturday, but put in 18 against Ottawa Tuesday. Photo by Laura Gampfer
Senior Ally VanBogaert had three points against ACC Saturday, but put in 18 against Ottawa Tuesday.
Photo by Laura Gampfer

Despite a 5-0 run in the first minute of the fourth frame, Yorkville would manage to score only two points in the final seven minutes as Kaneland’s combination of offensive relentlessness and defensive prowess shut the Foxes down the rest of the way. The Knights made five-of-six free throws (guard Morgan Weber was six-of-eight from the line on her own on the night) as Conley’s command of the offense never waned. Van Bogaert herself showed command of the defense as she and her teammates clamped down on Yorkville to help seal the win for Kaneland.

On Saturday, Conley continued her offensive leadership against the Chargers, scoring nine points and hauling in 11 rebounds. Forward Meg Cohrs had eight points and three rebounds as well. The Knights made nine-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter for their second win in as many days.

Junior Meg Cohrs had eight points against ACC Saturday night. Photo by Laura Gampfer
Junior Meg Cohrs had eight points against ACC Saturday night.
Photo by Laura Gampfer

Tuesday’s thriller saw Ottawa lead 30-25 at halftime. A 14-8 third quarter by the Knights got KHS the lead, but a 10-9 fourth by Ottawa sent the game to overtime. The teams matched each other 5-5 in both the first and second overtimes, and 4-4 in the third overtime to send the game to a fourth overtime. The Pirates prevailed with a 13-7 final overtime. Van Bogaert’s 18 points led the team and Crimmins had 14 (eight rebounds). Conley had 10 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and a steal, and Morgan Weber had 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and four steals.

The Knights play Sterling at home on Thursday before entering next Monday’s Sycamore Regional as the fourth seed, against fifth-seeded St. Edward at 6 p.m. The winner will play top-seeded Burlington Central Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m.

Feb. 12 sports recap

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Girls Soph Basketball
Feb. 3 @ DeKalb—The Knights beat DeKalb 33-27 to win their seventh-straight game. Kristen Siebert led KHS with 14 points and eight rebounds. Carly Elliott had 10 points and six rebounds, and Jamie Martens had seven rebounds. The Knights are 15-7, 8-2 in NIB-12 play.

Girls Freshman Basketball
Feb. 3 @ DeKalb—Kaneland beat the Barbs 41-31. Faith Cowsert led the team with 13 points, and Shayna Hurston had 12. Taylor Parrott had eight points and Katrina Van Horn 4.
Feb. 6 @ Yorkville—Yorkville beat the Knights 31-22. Van Horn had nine points, Abigail Taylor had six and Hurston had five.
Feb. 9 @ NIB-12 Tournament—The Knights lost to Sterling at Sycamore High School 43-34. Hurston and Cierra Kuipers each supplied 10 points, while Taylor had seven, Van Horn had four and Ivory Diaz had three points. The Knights are 14-11 on the season.

Boys Soph Basketball
Feb. 5 vs. Sycamore—The Knights easily outdistanced the visiting Spartans 31-20 behind a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter. Brock Harner had 11 points and Jack Marshall and Jake Hed each had six.
Feb. 10 vs. Ottawa—Ottawa beat the Knights 47-44 Tuesday despite Garrett Hukle’s 17 points. Hed had seven points. The sophomore Knights are 10-8, 6-3 in NIB-12 play.

Kaneland girls lose to Morris in heartbreaker

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Photo: Junior Camri Conley had seven points, four rebounds and three assists Friday against Morris. Photo by Laura Gampfer

Earn OT win over DeKalb
KANELAND—Despite a great second-half comeback by the girls varsity basketball team, the Knights lost a heartbreaking game to the Morris Redskins 44-43 at home on Friday night.

However, a Camri Conley free throw with six seconds left in overtime lifted KHS over DeKalb 49-48 on Tuesday.

The Knights sit at 14-8 overall and 4-6 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

On Friday, Kaneland’s trademark defense dominated early in the first quarter. The Knights held Morris scoreless through the first 2:30 of the game until the Redskins went on a 14-0 run in the last 2:45. Kaneland turnovers resulted in points for the Redskins, including two three-pointers from guard Jessica Ponce (12 points). The Knights’ four points in the quarter came courtesy of center Bailey Crimmins (five-for-eight from the floor, five-for-six from the line and a Kaneland game-high 15 points) and forward Vanessa Gould (two points).

Kaneland’s offense turned up the heat in the second quarter. The Knights outscored Morris 15-11 behind three-pointers from guards Jennifer Weber (11 points) and Morgan Weber (five points). Both team’s defenses clamped down, and shots were traded, with the Redskins leading 25-19 at halftime. Morris kept its lead in the third thanks to five points (including a three-pointer) scored by forward-center Julie Jurasits (Morris game-high 13 points).

The Knights came out aggressively on both sides of the court in the third quarter. While Kaneland’s defense held Morris to only five points, the Knights’ offense roared back with a 5-0 run in the first 4:25. Kaneland took a 32-30 lead into the fourth quarter on the strength of three three-pointers by Jennifer Weber, guard Camri Conley (seven points) and forward Ally Van Bogaert (three points).

Hoops for a Cure shootout
Saturday, Feb. 7
Kaneland High School

3 p.m. Glenbard North vs. West Aurora
5:30 p.m. Marshall vs. Marian Catholic
7:30 p.m. Kaneland vs. Aurora Central Catholic

The Knights’ defense again came out fighting to start the final quarter. After holding the Redskins scoreless through the first 3:38 of the fourth, Kaneland let their lead slip away due to back-to-back three pointers from Ponce and Jurasits. The two Morris starters combined for 12 of the Redskins 14 fourth-quarter points. Despite the continued heroics of Jennifer Weber and Bailey Crimmins (nine of the team’s 11 fourth-quarter points), the Knights would fall by one point as Jurasits split two from the line in the final seconds to get the win for Morris.

On Tuesday in DeKalb, the Knights lept out to a 18-8 first-quarter lead, but the Barbs kept creaping back over the next two quarters. The fourth quarter opened with both teams deadlocked at 27. Van Bogaert led the Knights behind 14 points and eight rebounds, and Crimmins supplied 13 points and nine rebounds. Conley, in addition to the game-winning free throw, had seven rebounds and eight assists.

The Knights travel to Yorkville on Friday before hosting Aurora Central Catholic at home at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday as part of the Hoops for a Cure basketball shootout. The evening includes Glenbard North vs. West Aurora at 3 p.m., and Chicago’s Marshall vs. Marian Catholic at 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Kaneland vs. Aurora Central Catholic.

Feb. 5 sports recap

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Soph Boys Basketball
Jan. 29 vs. Morris—The Knights won 40-39 over the visiting Redskins. Jack Marshall led the team with 12 points, while Jake Hed was right behind with 11. Brock Harner, Dan Franck and Garrett Hukle each had four points.

Soph Girls Basketball
Jan. 27 vs. Sycamore—The Knights had Sycamore nipping at their heels all game, but kept them at bay, winning 32-25. Kristen Siebert led the team with 10 points, while Sydney Davison and Carley Elliott each had seven. Jamie Martens had five points and nine rebounds.
Jan. 29 vs. Morris—KHS burst out to a 10-0 lead before Morris closed to within four points. A strong second half helped the Knights win 36-24. Siebert again led the team with 15 points, while Davidson supplied seven. Addie Ringel had six points and six rebounds.

Girls JV Bowling
Feb. 3 @ Ottawa—The Pirates defeated KHS 1,855-1,748 Tuesday. Amber Spaetzel led the squad with a 378 series (159 high game), while Natalie Barnhart was next with a 351 series (137 high game). Marissa Michi supplied a 315 (119 high game).

Jan. 29 Knight of the Week: Ally Van Bogaert

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Ally Van Bogaert
The senior forward had 10 points at Rochelle and nine against Sycamore, but her hustle and ability to score and help run the offense have made her a vital piece of the Kaneland girls varsity basketball team.

Knights dominate IMSA, Rochelle Township

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KANELAND—In what could only be described as a dominant road week for Kaneland girls basketball, the Knights overwhelmed IMSA 78-33 on Thursday night and Rochelle Township 61-33 on Saturday.

The Knights did suffer a 53-46 home setback against visiting Sycamore Tuesday.

Senior Emily Grams looks for an open Knight Saturday at Rochelle. Photo by Mary Paulson
Senior Emily Grams looks for an open Knight Saturday at Rochelle. Photo by Mary Paulson

Kaneland sits at an overall record of 13-7 overall and 3-5 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

In Thursday night’s game at IMSA, the Knights played their entire bench in the first half. After leading 51-10 at halftime, Kaneland held their opponents to 23 points in the second half and never looked back. Ally Van Bogaert led the way for the Knights with 14 points and seven rebounds (four-of-six shots from the floor, including one trey) followed by Camri Conley with 13 points and Jen Weber with 12 points.

At Rochelle Township on Saturday, Kaneland continued its unstoppable play. The Knights jumped out to a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and never relinquished it. Crisp passing, hustle on both sides of the court, balanced ball distribution and a smothering defense had Kaneland up 29-10 at halftime. Only in the third quarter did Rochelle manage to score in double-digit figures as a team. Abby Kearns led the Hubs with 15 points.

The Knights had four players in double figures behind center Bailey Crimmins, who had 16 points and seven rebounds. Ally Van Bogaert, Jen Weber and Vanessa Gould scored 10 points apiece. Camri Conley led the team with 11 rebounds and seven assists in the 28-point win.

On Tuesday, Sycamore used an 18-7 run in the fourth quarter to negate a three-point Knight lead. Sycamore scored six-straight points on a made basket, two free throws, a technical foul, and a basket after the technical, and also made 10 free throws total in the frame. Morgan Weber led the Knights with 10 points followed by Van Bogaert’s nine. Conley had eight rebounds and six assists.

Kaneland is home against Morris on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 29 sports recap

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Boys Basketball

Jan. 10 @ LaSalle-Peru—The sophomore Knights lost 47-36 to LaSalle-Peru. Jake Hed and Garrett Hukle each had nine points, while Josh Pollastrini had six.
Jan. 16 vs. Yorkville—The visiting Foxes won 36-28. Jack Marshall, Hed and Hukle each supplied five points.
Jan. 24 @ Rochelle—The Knights earned a 70-67 overtime win at Rochelle. Brock Harner had 23 points (three treys, and four-of-six from the free throw line) and Hukle had 20 (eight-of-12 free throws). Hed went five-of-seven from the free throw line on his way to 11 points.

Girls Basketball

Jan. 20 vs. Geneseo—The sophomore Knights held off Geneseo 27-26, avenging an earlier-season loss to the Leafs. A 14-7 second quarter propelled KHS, which was led by Kristen Siebert’s 15 points and Addie Ringel’s eight.
Jan. 22 @ IMSA—Kaneland easily dispatched IMSA 28-7. Sydney Davidson led all scorers with nine points. Ringel supplied eight rebounds.
Jan. 24 @ Rochelle—Down 17-8 entering the fourth quarter, the Knights used a 16-2 fourth quarter run to win at Rochelle 24-19. Siebert and Jenna Harvell helped the cause by shooting 11-for-16 from the free throw line to secure the win.
Date vs/@ opponent—recap

Girls Basketball

Jan. 21 vs. Plano—The Knights used a 18-7 run in the second quarter to outpace the visitng Lady Reapers, winning 48-30. Faith Cowsert led the team with 14 points, and Katrina Van Horn had 13. Shayna Hurston had eight points, while Ivory Diaz and Logan Guerra each had four.
Jan. 24 @ Rochelle—The freshman girls won a close one at Rochelle, 35-32. Abigail Taylor led the way with 14 points, while Van Horn had nine and Hurston had seven.

JV Bowling

Jan. 22 vs. Lisle—The JV squad lost to visiting Lisle 2,197-1,727. Marissa Michi led the team with a 341 series (133 high game), and Natalie Barnhart was close behind with a 335 series (126 high game).

Three of a kind

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Photo: Sophomore Morgan Weber goes up for two points early in the first quarter. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights girls basketball can’t find a way against Yorkville, Aurora Christian, Geneseo
KANELAND—After a string of victories, Kaneland girls basketball saw two losses to Yorkville and Aurora Christian last weekend, and then a loss at the hands of visiting Geneseo on Tuesday.

Even after the recent skid, the team still sits at 11-6 overall, 2-4 in Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference play.

“Just like anytime you lose, we’re pretty disappointed,” head coach Ernie Colombe said.

Yorkville was already up by five points just four minutes into Friday’s contest. Plagued by poor defense and ball-handling, the Knights just couldn’t catch a break, but found a way to knot the score at 9 heading into the second quarter.

Yorkville ultimately took the game 43-34.

“I can’t say that there was one girl who stuck out in that game. Everyone gave it their all (and) perservered,” Colombe said.

Kaneland’s luck wasn’t any better against Aurora Christian in a 50-45 loss.

“There was a lot of stuff going on in that game that was pretty weird,” Colombe said.

Despite being out-rebounded by the Eagles, Colombe noted that the efforts of Camri Conley and Bailey Crimmons gave the Knights a fighting chance.

“We did a lot of things well, but in the end, we just came up short,” Colombe said.

Colombe said the Knights took some positives from last weekend’s contests.

“We definitely found some things we could fix, like rebounds,” Colombe said. “Those two games came down to two things: rebounds and taking care of the ball.”

In Tuesday’s game against the visiting Leafs, Ally Van Bogaert and Conley led the the Knights with 10 points each. Conley also notched seven assists while Morgan Weber secured eight rebounds.

The varsity crew will look to stop its current skid when it visits IMSA Thursday at 7 p.m and then travels to Rochelle Saturday, with tipoff against the Hubs scheduled for 4 p.m.

Jan. 22 sports recap

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Girls Freshman Basketball
Jan. 14 vs. Sycamore—The Knights lost to the Lady Spartans 25-19. After leading by five after the first quarter, Sycamore led 15-14 heading into the half. SHS outscored the Knights 4-0 in the third and 6-5 in the fourth to seal the win. Addie Ringel led the Knights with 11 points, and Katrina Van Horn had six points. The freshman girls are 9-8 overall, and 4-3 in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

Girls Soph Basketball
Dec. 20 vs. Streator—The Knights opened the Ottawa Christmas Tournament with a 30-27 win over the Bulldogs. Jenna Harvell led the team with 11 points, and went 3-4 from behind the three-point arc.
Dec. 20 vs. LaSalle-Peru—In their second game of the day, the sophomores dispatched L-P 43-29. Harvell and Carley Elliott each had 11 points, while both Kristen Siebert and Addie Ringel had seven. Elliott and Ringel each had five rebounds.
Dec. 22 vs. Geneseo—The Knights lost a two-overtime game to the Leafs 32-31. Elliott led the team with 13. A hail mary shot by Geneseo forced the initial extra frame.
Dec. 23 vs. Ottawa—The Knights played host Ottawa for third place, losing 37-36. Ottawa hit a basket with just two seconds left to seal the win. Jamie Martens led KHS with eight points, while Sydney Davidson had seven, and Elliott, Sieber and Ringel each had six.
Jan. 6 vs. Rosary—Rosary was able to escape KHS with a 25-21 victory, thanks to a 10-6 fourth quarter. Siebert led the Knights with 14 points.
Jan. 10 @ LaSalle-Peru—Kaneland got back in the win column with a 31-22 win over the Cavaliers. Siebert had 13 points and eight rebounds and Harvell had 12 points. The Knights held L-P scoreless in the fourth quarter while scoring 16 points of their own (11 from Siebert).
Jan. 16 vs. Yorkville—The Lady Foxes upended the Knights 44-39. After allowing 17 first-quarter points, the Knights closed within one at the end of the third quarter. YHS was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line to end the game. Siebert led Kaneland with 15 points, while Elliott had 10, Harvell had nine and Davidson had four.
Jan. 17 @ Aurora Christian—The Knights led 23-5 at halftime and saw 11 different girls score in their 43-19 win over the Eagles. Elliott and Harvell led the team with seven points, and Siebert and Lauren Maki each supplied six.

Girls JV Bowling
Jan. 14 vs. Rochelle—The JV Knights defeated the Hubs 1,843-1,783. Ally McPhee led the team with a 353 (131 high game), while Vanessa Guzman rolled a 351 (146) and Natalie Barnhart had a 336 (125). Also bowling was Marissa Michi (295, 101) and Lindsay Skoney (289, 100).
Jan. 20 vs. Sycamore—The JV squad lost 3,082-2,186. Barnhart led the team with a 373 series and 161 high game. Michi (365, 148), Spaetzel (325, 128) and McPhee (267, 114) also bowled for the Knights.

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Defense, rebounds key Knights victories

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Photo: Morgan Weber had a career-high 26 points Tuesday against Plano. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—Despite a rocky beginning, the Kaneland girls can take pride in their 52-41 win over the Lasalle-Peru Cavaliers on Saturday.

“(The girls) overcame a sloppy first half (with 18 turnovers),” head coach Ernie Colombe said.
After ending the first quarter with a mere five points to their rival’s eight, the girls quickly knotted the score at 14 just before the half.

“That turned the pressure on,” Colombe said.

Adding to the team’s success was Carmi Conley, who led the way with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jen Weber also took charge and supplied the team with 12 points.

In the end, Lasalle-Peru fell behind nine points, and the Knights claimed another victory.

On Tuesday, the Knights dispatched the visiting Plano Reapers 78-45 to move to 11-3 on the season (2-2 in Northern Illinois Big XII play). Morgan Weber had a career night for KHS, scoring 26 points and nabbing four steals.

“(Our) defense disrupted Plano’s offense, and led to 22 Reaper turnovers,” Colombe said.

Vanessa Gould scored eight points and also had four rebounds, four steals and three assists in the winning effort. Bailey Crimmins had nine points and eight rebounds, and Kylie Modaff had eight rebounds and three assists.

Up next for the girls will be a home game on Friday against Yorkville at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 15 sports recap

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Boys Soph. Basketball
Jan. 9 vs. DeKalb—Down by two with seconds left, Jake Hed hit a go-ahead three-pointer for the win against the Barbs 54-52. Hed led the team with 21 points, and ended with four three-pointers. Neil Glazier finished with 13 points, while Jack Marshall and Brock Harner each had eight.

Girls Fresh. Basketball
Jan. 10 vs. Sterling—The Knights won 28-22. Shayna Hurston and Cierra Kuipers each had nine points, while Logan Guerra had four.
Jan. 12 @ Morris—The Knights lost 40-12. Hurston had four points. The freshman team sits at 9-7, 4-2 in conference play.

Girls JV Bowling
Jan. 12 vs. LaSalle-Peru—LaSalle-Peru defeated the Knights 2,062-1,727. Natalie Barnhart led the team with a 368 series, while Vanessa Guzman rolled a 336. Also bowling was Amber Spaetzel (299), Marissa Michi (284), Ally McPhee (233) and Lindsay Skoney (207). Barnhart’s 128 was the high game.

Coming up Rosary

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Laura Gampfer KHS girls bball v. Rosary 1-6-15-2

KANELAND—A team can only move forward through the schedule with the wins it has.

When it comes to Kaneland High School girls basketball, it could get to a point where the girls aren’t just moving forward, they’re blazing a trail.

With a nifty 62-37 win in Maple Park over Aurora counterpart Rosary on Tuesday evening, the Knights took its first challenge of the 2015 side of the schedule with aplomb.

KHS sits at 9-3, with a 1-2 tally in Northern Illinois Big XII action.

“We feel like this team is starting to come together in terms of how we are practicing and also in terms of our mindset,” head coach Ernie Colombe said. “This group is starting to have more of an attack mentality on both sides of the ball.”

The Knights were 21-for-50 from the field, and 15-for-24 from the foul line in the Tuesday meeting. Needed parts of the victory machine were supplied by post presence Bailey Crimmins and Jen Weber, each with 15 points apiece. Point guard Camri Conley added 10, as well. Crimmins also pulled down seven of the 42 team boards.

“The girls did a great job of looking into Bailey Crimmins early as Rosary tried a box and one” Colombe said. “We had great contributions from Jenni Weber and Madi Edwards off the bench.”

Up 20-9 after the end of the first eight minutes, the Knights increased their advantage to 33-17 at the first half’s end. Rosary fell behind 50-27 before the final frame of play.

The next obstacle for Kaneland is Friday, Jan. 9, with a non-conference journey to Aurora Christian.

Knight girls split Ottawa tournament encounters

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KHS finishes third

KANELAND—A third-place nod made for a decent last-minute stocking stuffer for the Kaneland High School girls basketball squad following its final pair of Ottawa Holiday Tournament gigs last week.

On Dec. 22, Kaneland (8-3, 1-2 Northern Illinois Big XII) fell to New Lenox, Ill., outfit Lincoln-Way West in a 59-42 affair, before decking the host Pirates 43-37 in the third-place game the following day.

“We really try not to look back and just keep moving forward. We want to win every game, so we focus on going 1-0 each game. We lost to a good LWW team—they are currently still undefeated and beat some good teams, especially Ottawa and Pontiac,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

Lincoln-Way West would end up topping Yorkville in the final, 61-54.

Against the Warriors, the Knights trailed 33-21 at the halftime break and 48-32 after the third quarter, and were outgunned 11-10 in the final eight minutes.

Post presence Bailey Crimmins paced Kaneland with a team-high 14 points.

Facing Ottawa, Kaneland was led by Crimmins’ 16 points and point guard Camri Conley’s 12. Crimmins also added nine rebounds, while Morgan Weber was good for six steals. The roster was 15-for-36 from the field and 11-for-23 from the foul line.

KHS trailed 14-9 after one, but had a stellar second quarter to lead 21-17 at halftime. In the third, Kaneland upped its lead to 36-26 at quarter’s end before Ottawa slimmed the lead.

With a balanced attack and Crimmins getting her share of key points, Colombe stresses that the team’s progress lies within the entire lineup.

“We really do not have one standout player right now,” Colombe said. “All of our players rely on the other four players on the court in order to have success. Our low-post players have been getting better, and that goes hand-in-hand with our guards getting better at getting them the ball.”

The girls will enjoy a New Year’s break before hosting Rosary on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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