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Knights established unique history on Chicago’s NBA floor
KANELAND—Getting a chance to play on New Year’s Eve would be a special opportunity for any high school basketball squad.

On Dec. 31, 2008, the Kaneland High School basketball team took the occasion to compete on a special floor.

It was that meeting with then-conference rival Geneva that kicked off a relationship with the one and only United Center, as part of the Chicago Bulls’ agreement with suburban basketball programs.

Fast approaching the fourth occasion for KHS boys to take the same court as Jordan, Pippen, Rose and Noah, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, marks the first occasion for Kaneland to battle St. Charles North, a switchup from the previous three against Geneva.

“This is just something that I felt the players really liked to do. They get excited for the fact that they are playing on the same floor that the professionals play on. Also, it is a unique experience for them and something that they can look forward to,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said.

“Walking through the tunnel for the first time against Geneva, and you look up at the stands and see your family, that’s great,” Tyler Carlson said.

Carlson, who helped represent Kaneland back on Jan. 4 in a close, 54-51 loss to Geneva, scored 21 points to lead an almost-comeback against the Vikings, but still had some adjustments to make.

“Straight ahead, the sightlines weren’t too bad, it was when you were taking corner shots that you kind of had to get used to them,” said Carlson, now an Aurora University Spartan.

Class of 2014 standout Drew David, point guard from the last Knights’ UC effort, can identify with the somewhat off-kilter surroundings.

“The fact that the ceiling is so high gets you, and also that the stands go all the way around,” David said.

“Once the game starts, at least for me, nothing changes from playing on a normal court,” Johnson adds. “The kids still need to do the little things to execute.”

“It’s really something special, and as you’re playing, you just have to keep calm,” Carlson said.

The game 11 months ago at the Madhouse of Madison marked the first venture to the 20,500-seat arena since Feb. 20, 2010, a 49-40 loss that also marked KHS coach Brian Johnson’s first foray to the Tom Thibeadoau-manned sideline.

“It’s fun to see the kids’ reactions when they first get on the floor. I love the 5th quarter that we play for the kids that might not get into the first game. My first year, David Dudzinski played extremely well, and you could tell he was ready to play on that type of stage in college. Last year, I thought we played one of our best games of the year,” Johnson said.

The first venture to Chicago for Kaneland, right before the calendar turned to 2009, was a 57-40 setback to the Vikings.

David, who will attempt to see younger brother Ryan play in his second United Center game, thinks it’s best to take the good with the bad.

“We were able to shoot around about an hour before the game started, and you tried to get comfortable, and in one of my first shots, I shot an airball that missed by two feet. I was kind of nervous, but the floor is the same,” David said.

Paired with the chance to see the Bulls take on the Boston Celtics, Kaneland fans buying tickets will hope not only for a Bulls win, but for a first-ever Knights win on the hallowed floor.

Pushing back the Barbs

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KHS girls bball v. DeKalb Dec 2014-4

Photo: Freshman Jennifer Weber dives for a loose ball during Friday’s 58-45 win over DeKalb. Weber had 10 points for the Knights. Photo by Laura Gampfer

KANELAND—What a way to stop a mini-skid.

Only one matchup came Kaneland girls basketball’s way this past week, with the home opener on Friday against visiting DeKalb.

Using 13 points from point guard Camri Conley and 10 from Jen Weber, the Knights’ overall game was good enough for a 58-45 win over the Barbs.

Kaneland’s record elevated to 5-2, with a 1-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Seven of Conley’s point total came in the third quarter, and she also added seven boards and four assists.

“Camri has a great overall game for us. She is capable of having these types of games, and we feel like if she continues to stay focused in practice great things can happen for her, as well as the team. Camri is one of our leaders and played like it on Friday,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

KHS also helped its cause by going 23-for-32 from the foul line, complimenting a 16-for-54 night from the field.

The Knights led 15-6 after one frame and held on to a 25-20 lead at the halftime buzzer. The lead stretched to 41-29 before the tightly contested fourth saw Kaneland emerge the victor.

Friday’s matchup in DeKalb will try to be a positive harbinger of things to come when the Ottawa Holiday Tournament begins for the girls on Friday, Dec. 19. The Knights will try and handle Pontiac High School at 4:30 p.m.

“We just want to continue to get better in the tournament,” Colombe said. “We were without some key people last week in Emily Grams, Vanessa Gould and Morgan Weber, who played Friday. It was tough to be without three key wing players, but we want to get them all back before the start of the New Year and get them to gel as a group.”

Knights face big tests

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Photo: Junior Austin Parks looks for an opportunity to take down Yorkville’s Derek Cajina Dec. 11. Parks won 14-1. Photo by Mary Paulson

Back-to-back days against larger opponents see KHS go 1-2
KANELAND—A week that saw the Knights go 1-2 at home against three larger schools still featured much success for the KHS wrestling squad.

Last Wednesday, Kaneland beat Class 2A rival Crystal Lake Central on their home mat, 34-23 before falling to 3A Cary-Grove 44-23. The next day, the Knights grapplers fell to No. 13 ranked 3A school Yorville 48-15. The 2A No. 9 ranked Knights now sit at 9-3.

“Normally, we don’t like to schedule matches on consecutive days. But this was a calendar anomaly,” said head coach Joe Orosco. “Last year we won only one match vs. Yorkville, so our goal was to increase that number.”

On Wednesday against the 2A No. 10 Crystal Lake Central, the Knights were led by Austin Kedzie’s pin at 106 pounds, a 15-0 technical fall by Riley Vanik, and major decisions by both Colin Gussman at 170 pounds and Austin Parks at 182 pounds. Against Cary Grove, KHS got pins from Gussman and 195-pound entry Tom Price. Kedzie and Parks provided major-decision wins.

On Thursday against the Foxes, Kedzie continued his success with a pin over Johnathan Salgado, while 152-pound entry Hayden Patterson won a close 8-7 battle.

“The team score may look like a rout, but we had to forfeit three weight classes and had several close decisions that we lost by only a few points,” Orosco said “Whereas, last year, we lost those matches to pins.”

Next up for the Knights is tonight at Morris, starting at 7 p.m.

Spartans pick their spots

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Photo: Junior guard Dylan Vaca made two three-pointers Saturday against Sycamore. Photo by Mary Paulson

KANELAND—Knights boys hoops would have loved to take it to the host Sycamore Spartans in the second Northern Illinois Big XII matchup on Saturday, but the weekend took a turn for the worse.

Plagued by an 8-for-17 night from the foul line and not enough time on the clock, the Knights fell to 1-6 (0-2 NIB-12) in the lone matchup of the week, 46-36.

Connor Fedderly helped from the perimeter to lead the Knights with a game-high 14 points, but Sycamore’s lineup had nine separate scorers.

Fedderly and Dylan Vaca each supplied two three-pointers each.

KHS trailed 10-7 after one and 14-13 after the first half of play, before Sycamore turned it on with a 34-25 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

“Of late, our free throw shooting has been extremely poor,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “We are going to need to block off more time in practice for them to work on it. The only problem is that we make our free throws in practice. It’s hard to simulate game free throws. Even if we put running on the line for missed free throws in practice, it still isn’t the same as shooting them in the game.”

Knight boys hoops has ample time to recover from the conference loss, not suiting up until Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the prestigious Plano Christmas Classic that goes through Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Dec. 18 sports recap

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Sophomore Boys B-ball
Dec. 6 vs. Rock Island—Kaneland fell to Rock Island 57-47. Three Knights scored 11 points: Jake Hed, Josh Pollastrini and Garret Hukle. Brock Harner had eight points and Matt Noel had four. Hed made three three-pointers, and Hukle went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
Dec. 13 @ Sycamore—Hukle led the Knights with 12 points as they cruised to a 41-25 win over the Spartans. Hed supplied seven points, while Dan Franck and Pollastrini each had six and Harner had five. The sophomore squad is 6-2, 2-0 in conference play.

Freshman Girls B-ball
Dec. 9 @ Sycamore—Kaneland defeated Sycamore 35-25. Addie Ringel led the team with 12 points, while Abigail Taylor had nine, Shanya Hurston had six points and Katrina Van Horn had four.
Dec. 11 vs Benet Academy—Van Horn’s 11 points led the Knights to a 33-21 win over Benet. Taylor and Hurston each had seven points and Faith Cowsert and Ringel each had four.
Dec. 12 vs Wheaton-Warrenville South—The Knights won a low-scoring battle 24-19 against the Tigers. Ringel had 10 points, Van Horn four, and Cowsert, Cierra Kuipers and Taylor each had three.
Dec. 13 vs. Oak Park-River Forest—Kaneland fell to OPRF 35-25. Huston and Van Horn each had seven points, while Kuipers had five and Cowsert and Ringel each had three.
Dec. 15 vs. Yorkville—KHS cruised to a 42-26 win over the visiting Lady Foxes. Van Horn led the way with 13 points, followed by Ringel’s eight, seven from both Cowsert and Hurston, and six from Taylor. The freshman girls are 8-3, 2-0 in conference play.

Sophomore Girls B-ball
Dec. 12 vs. DeKalb—The Knights earned their second conference win with their 37-33 effort over DeKalb. Sydney Davidson had 10 points to lead KHS, while Carley Elliott had nine, Jenna Harvell and Jamie Martens each had five, and Briana Bartman and Caitlin Hammermeister had four. Martens scored her five points from the free-throw line, going five of six with the Knights trailing by one point with 40 seconds to play. The sophomore girls are 4-3 overall, 2-1 in conference play.

Knight grapplers continue to roll

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Photo: Wrestling at 160 pounds, sophomore Riley Vanik (center) pins Sycamore’s Michael Emster. Photo by Mary Paulson

KHS picks up crucial early season wins vs. Sycamore, Lemont
KANELAND—Winning six of its first eight encounters has the Kaneland High School wrestling squad feeling good—especially onsidering the competition.

The Knights on Dec. 4 were able to invade Northern Illinois Big XII rival Sycamore and exit with a slim 34-31 win. On Saturday in Maple Park, KHS followed that win up with a more sizable 49-22 finish over the visiting Lemont Indians.

Highlights against Sycamore included a pin by 160-pounder Riley Vanik and a similar outcome for 220-pound representative Tom Price (Vanik). Austin Kedzie at 106 and George Strang at 145 each had technical falls to help the cause.

“The mid to heavier weights have definitely been towing their weight, and then some, but the team as a whole has been doing a good job picking up the slack from the holes in the lineup, due to some forfeits at 120 and 220. Everyone has been willing to sacrifice for the team,” KHS coach Joe Orosco said.

Kedzie earned a 1:26 pin against Lemont over the weekend, while teammate Matthew Redman took an 11-3 major decision in 126 action. At 132, Knight Jacob Shearer was able to earn a 1:03 pin. Vanik upped his ante with a 1:57 pinfall, and fellow KHS entry Colin Gussman continued his trajectory at 170 with a 10-3 decision. After a pair of forfeits, Price stuck a :53 pinfall, and heavyweight Zach Thielk rose with a :54 pinfall of his own.

Kaneland was set to travel to Crystal Lake Central on Wednesday to face the hosts and Cary-Grove, before hosting NIB-12 rival Yorkville on Thursday.

Girls basketball solved by two NIB12 rivals

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Photo: Junior Bailey Crimmins (right) had four rebounds and four points against Sycamore. Photo by Laura Gampfer

KANELAND—An excellent start by Kaneland girls basketball provides enough of a cushion to soften the blow of a two-game losing skid.

On Friday down in Grundy County, the Knights suffered a slim 43-42 loss to the host Morris Redskins, while Tuesday night saw a less-than-stellar trip to Sycamore in a 46-20 setback.

“Early in the year, regardless of outcomes of games, we are constantly trying to improve each day,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Rebounding was our biggest area of concern coming in, but the girls have done a great job of working on that in practice, and we have been rebounding better in games. (There’s) still work to do, but definite improvement. Our biggest concern is cutting down on unforced turnovers.”

Kaneland (4-2, 0-2 Northern Illinois Big XII) suffered through a 13-for-59 night from the field against the Morris foe while going 14-for-25 from the foul line. Ally Van Bogaert was just one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards. Bailey Crimmins had eight rebounds in the losing effort.

KHS was up 13-12 after the first eight minutes of action, before seeing an 18-18 tie going to the halftime break. Morris ended the third frame up 27-25 before a tightly contested fourth quarter that saw the winning arrow point toward the hosts.

Facing rival Sycamore, Kaneland was just 8-for-39 from the field and 1-for-9 from the charity stripe. This marked the second straight contest KHS was able to only put up 20 on the Spartans, much like the season-ending Plano Regional semi-final loss back in February. Jen Weber had a team-high six points, and the team was plagued by a scoreless fourth quarter.

Ahead for the Knight crew is a crucial home matchup against the DeKalb Barbs on Friday, Dec. 12, Kaneland’s first home game of the season.

Boys basketball to play at United Center

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Tickets on sale through Dec. 19
CHICAGO—The Kaneland boys basketball team will play St. Charles North at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the United Center in Chicago—prior to the Bulls game against the Boston Celtics.

Tickets are $60 and provide admission to both the Kaneland/St. Charles game and the Bulls vs. Celtics game at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at Kaneland High School through Stephanie Douglas at Stephanie.douglas@kaneland.org.

Tickets will be on sale until Friday, Dec. 19.

Photo from UnitedCenter.com

Dec. 11 sports recap

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Freshman Girls

Dec. 3 @ Montini—The Knights fell on the road to Montini 43-34. Addie Ringel led KHS with 16 points, and Katrina Van Horn had eight. Faith Cowsert and Shanya Hurston each had five points. The Knights are 4-2 overall, 1-1 in NIB-12 play.

Sophomore Girls

Nov. 24 vs. Geneva—Kaneland lost to Geneva in its season-opener 40-29. Kristen Siebert led the Knights with 16 points, followed by Carley Elliott’s five and Jenna Harvell’s four points.
Nov. 25 vs. Belvidere North—KHS won 46-28 over Belvidere North. Good defensive pressure led to turnovers, which the Knights were able to then turn into points. Siebert led the way with 16 points, while Harvell supplied 13. Sydney Davidson scored eight points, while Elliott had six and Caitlin Hammermeister had three.
Nov. 26 vs. Marengo—Kaneland used a 31-14 first half to cruise to a 48-22 win over Marengo. Siebert scored 16 points again, while Hammermeister supplied 10. Elliott had six points while Briana Bartman had four. The Knights placed second in the Kaneland Sophomore Girls Thanksgiving Tournament.
Dec. 3 @ Montini—The Knights lost on the road 38-22. Mackenzie Prichard led KHS with five points. Elliott and Jamie Martens each had four points, while Harvell had three.
Dec. 5 @ Morris—Kaneland moved to 3-2, 1-0 in conference play with a 43-24 win at Morris. Elliott led the team with 21 points and five rebounds. Bartman had seven points, while Davidson and Harvell each had five and Hammermeister had three.

Girls JV Bowling
Dec. 9 @ Yorkville—The Knights fell to the host Lady Foxes 1,901 to 1,591. Melissa Endrenal had the high game (118) for Kaneland, while Natalie Barnhart had the high series at 329. Endrenal rolled a 324 series, Marissa Michi a 292, Lindsay Skoney a 253, and Ally McPhee a 194.

Knights dealt more early-season blows

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Boys hoops 1-5 after Morris, Rock Island setbacks
KANELAND—It’s not the start the Knights boys basketball team was hoping for, but with the season still in the beginning stages, there is time for adjustments to be made.

The best hope for the 1-5 (0-1 Northern Illinois Big XII) Knights is to learn and put studies into action.

On Friday in Morris, Kaneland was pushed back on its collective shoes with a 53-46 loss, and Saturday saw a trip to the Quad Cities area all for naught in a 57-30 loss.

Against the host Redskins, it was Jacob Gomes leading the way for KHS with a team-high 14 points, followed by Dylan Vaca with 13, including two three-pointers. The Knights were 14-for-22 from the foul line on the evening.

Up early by a 14-8 count after the first quarter, Kaneland still maintained 24-19 and 34-32 leads at the end of the next two frames. It was a 20-12 run the entire length of the fourth quarter that spelled doom for the visitors.

KHS coach Brian Johnson liked the play from Gomes, who looks to contribute more in 2014-15 after an unhealthy 2013-14 season.

“Jacob is getting better every game,” Johnson said. “As a team, we need to work off of him in the post. It is important for us to get him touches. With his success, it will open up shots for his teammates from the outside.”

Against the Rocks, the Knights were hurt by an 11-for-42 night from the field in a game that saw an 18-8 first quarter deficit balloon to a 30-14 halftime deficit, and a 43-19 lead after three.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Kaneland boys continue conference action with a trip to Sycamore in the eighth of 13 straight road games.

Bowlers vanquish Lisle in 3-headed week

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PHOTO: Senior Amber Spaetzel rolled a personal-best 141 game on Tuesday en route to a 324 series at Yorkville. Photo by Ben Draper

KANELAND—Kaneland’s 2014-15 version of bowling is performing in a way they can get used to.

Spring-boarding off a season-opening win against DeKalb last week, the Knights, 3-1, took care of Lisle High School back on Dec. 3, 2,294-2,006, beat visiting IMSA on Monday in a 2,088-1,612 affair, and faced burgeoning program Yorkville in a road matchup on Tuesday, where they suffered their first loss of the season 2,878-2,263.

“It’s nice to have started the season so well,” KHS coach Jim McKnight said. “The early success may be attributed to good, solid bowling from all the girls. We have many new bowlers, and they have responded well and enthusiastically to instruction and competition. It’s nice to have more bowlers this year, and the girls are having fun.”

To support the Kaneland attack against Lisle, Dominique Lee had a team-high 474 series, followed by Rena Wojciechowski’s 456 and Katie Hill’s 410. Wojciechowski’s 213 was the Knights’ high-game effort.

On Monday, Lee’s 565 series and Anu Kadampelil’s 435 series were key in the third straight dual win.

On Tuesday, the Knights lost to the Lady Foxes, who are fielding a bowling team for the first time ever this school year. Lee and Hill led the way with a consistent effort through their three games, earning a 456 and 441 series, respectively. Anu Kadampelil rolled a 371 series, while Grace Lindgren had a 340, Allison Kadampelil a 331 and Amber Spaetzel a 324. Lee’s 158 was the high game of the night.

Kaneland enjoys a breather before gearing up against Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe LaSalle-Peru at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Knight boys endures court hardship in Batavia

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KANELAND—After an initial win last week at the Batavia-based Ken Peddy Windmill Classic, Kaneland boys basketball failed to get any winning energy in the invite’s three closing contests.

Now 1-3, the Knights lost to St. Francis of Wheaton on Nov. 25, 50-44, and followed up with another setback to Batavia 59-30. On Friday evening, the invite ended with a 68-45 loss to the Wheaton-Warrenville South Tigers.

“We are still trying to find our identity. Valuing each possession on offense is going to be something that we need to concentrate on. Defensively, we need to trust in our principles and work hard on and off of the ball. We are a young team, and it is going to be a process,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said.

Dylan Vaca paced the Knights against the Spartans with a team-high 15, and Ryan David had 12 in the losing effort. The Knights were 13-for-18 from the free-throw line.

Down 8-5 at the end of the first eight minutes, Kaneland charged back for a 21-16 lead at the half. KHS carried a 31-25 lead into the fourth before St. Francis owned the fourth quarter and went on a 25-13 run to end it.

The setback against the host Bulldogs featured Mark Lilly leading the visitors with just seven points. KHS earned 13 of its 30 points from the charity stripe.

Kaneland fell behind 18-3 after the first frame before pulling to 29-20 at halftime. Batavia held Kaneland to just 10 second-half points and found itself up 38-24 going into the fourth frame. The 21-6 run occupying the entire fourth quarter cinched matters.

The Knights failed to get another double-figure scorer against the DuPage Valley Conference rep Tigers, with David leading the way with eight. KHS did go an exemplary 21-for-23 from the foul line.

KHS found itself in another first quarter hole at 21-5 and 38-22 at halftime. Kaneland was outscored 30-23 in the second half.

On Friday, Dec. 5, the Knights travel to Morris for the beginning of Northern Illinois Big XII play.

Girls battle IC roads

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KHS battles Westmont/ Nazareth/IC Catholic triad to win tournament
KANELAND—After a steady season-opening win over Elmwood Park last week, the Lady Knights contingent took to the IC Catholic courts in Elmhurst, Ill., to complete the pre- and post-Thanksgiving tour.

Kaneland’s final three challenges saw two double-digit wins and a spotless slate for the tournament championship and a 4-0 mark to start the 2014-15 season.

On Nov. 25, the Lady Knights took it to Westmont 48-31, and did the same on Nov. 26 to Nazareth Academy 44-30, before besting IC Catholic 40-31 in the final on Friday.

“We feel like we give ourselves a chance to win if we can take away a few of the things that our opponents like to do offensively. Our team did a nice job of making our opponents work hard for a shot,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

In the win over the Interstate Eight Conference entry Sentinels, the Lady Knights saw post presence Bailey Crimmins produce 16 points, followed by Morgan Weber with eight.

Crimmins also had eight rebounds in the winning effort, as did Camri Conley, who also swiped five steals. Kaneland was 7-of-14 from the foul line for a 50 percent clip. KHS was 20-of-55 from the field.

Kaneland trailed 12-10 after one, but used a 14-5 run the span of the second quarter for a 24-17 lead. Westmont closed to within 33-27 after the third quarter buzzer before KHS pulled away with a furious fourth.

Squaring off against the Roadrunners of Nazareth, the Lady Knights went 15-for-39 from the field and 10-for-15 from the charity stripe. KHS allowed only seven total field goals on the day.

Morgan and Jen Weber led the way with 11 points each, and Conley pulled down nine boards—from the point guard position—along with three steals.

KHS dialed it down against the opposing IC Catholic Lady Knight squad, going 11-for-32 from the field and 15-for-24 from the line. Crimmins carried the charge with a 13-point, seven-rebound effort. Ally Van Bogaert contributed eight points.

Ahead for Kaneland is the tip-off for Northern Illinois Big XII action in Morris on Friday, Dec. 5.

Grapplers hook plenty of wins in early-season stretch

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KANELAND—For starters, KHS coach Joe Orosco and his wrestling squad are producing results like seasoned veterans, even if it’s still early.

Back on Nov. 25, Kaneland rolled into East Moline United and came away with two wins out of three tries, while on Saturday, KHS won handily over Burlington Central and Freeport before falling to Wheaton-Warrenville South.

Kaneland (4-2) took to the Quad Cities area before Thanksgiving and beat Sterling 46-18, lost to Moline 41-25 and vanquished Morton 39-33.

KHS beat Burlington Central 44-21 and Freeport 66-12 before losing to WWS 39-32.

“We started off on Tuesday and saw a lot of mistakes, but they’ve come back today and corrected some of that. We’re seeing matchups we want to see, and they’re progressing better than I thought,” Orosco said.

In East Moline against Sterling, 160-pound Riley Vanik won a 4-3 match, followed by 170-pound Colin Gussman winning a 12-1 major decision. At 182, Zach Parker took a 2:56 pinfall, followed by Austin Parks winning a 20-5 tech fall at 195. Tom Price (220) stuck a 1:32 pin, and later Austin Kedzie secured a 13-1 major decision at 106. At 120, Adam Mish won his 3-0 decision, followed by Matthew Redman doing the same at 126 with a 5-1 mark. Jacob Shearer won a 4:55 match at 138, and KHS grappler George Strang pinned his opponent at 5:02 for the 152 win.

In the loss against Moline, Gussman won a 4-2 match, Parker won 6-2 and Parks took a 13-3 major decision. Price was able to get a 2:32 pin, but Moline won four in a row. The other two wins for the Knights occurred thanks to Redman with a 4-2 win and Vanik in 3:34.

Against Morton, Price took a :51 pinfall, and heavyweight Zach Thielk earned a 4:41 pin. Kedzie stuck a 1:35 fall, and at 145, Mitchell Jones earned a 4-2 nod. With the match coming down to the 170 battle, Gussman was able to win for Kaneland by 2:26 pinfall.

On Saturday versus the rival Rockets, wins came the way of Price (2:11), Thielk (1:12), Mish (:15), Redman (5-0), Strang (5:47), Vanik (4:37), Gussman (13-9), Parker (5-2) and Parks (20-5 TF).

“It’s really aggressive out there, and you have to rely on speed and going around and through. It’s a lot more aggressive here than at the other weights,” Parks said.

Six forfeits took place against the Pretzels, but other wins came courtesy of Kedzie (1:23), Mish (12-6), Redman (1:47), Strang (1:43) and Vanik (1:30).

In the loss against the Tigers, two forfeits were stacked on wins for KHS personnel like Redman (12-0 MD), Strang (5-2), Vanik (4:08), Gussman (5-2) and Parks (9-0 MD).

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Kaneland enters head-to-head Northern Illinois Big XII action at Sycamore.

Dec. 4 sports recap

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Boys Sophomore
Westminster Tournament Nov. 25-29

Nov. 25 vs. Luther North—The Knights opened the season with a 54-17 romp of Luther North. Clark Hendricks had nine points, while Jack Marshall had eight. Eleven Knights scored in the game.
Nov. 26 vs. Indian Creek—Kaneland won 58-38. Brock Harner led the Knights with 12 points, while Garrett Hukle had 11 and Josh Pollastrini had 10. Matt Noel and Marshall each had nine points.
Nov. 28 vs. Christian Liberty—KHS won 63-27. Marshall and Hukle each had 11 points to lead the Knights. Noel and Dan Franck each had eight points, while Polastrini supplied six and Luke Calabrese had five.
Nov. 29 vs. St. Edward—The Knights won the tournament championship with their 48-36 win over St. Edward. Calabrese led the team with nine points, while Robby Nachereiner and Jake Hed each had seven points. Noel, Marshall and Pollastrini each had six points.
Dec. 2 vs. Marmion—The Knights fell to 4-1 on the season after a 56-52 loss to Marmion. Hukle had a monster game with 32 points. Noel and Pollastrini each had six points, and Marshall had four.

Girls Freshman Basketball
Leyden Tournament Nov. 25; 29

Nov. 25 vs. Leyden—Katrina Van Horn’s 12 points led Kaneland to a 36-25 win over the tournament host. Shayna Hurston and Addie Ringel each had nine points, while Cierra Kuipers had four.
Nov. 29 vs. Addison Trail—The Lady Knights won 32-14 behind Ringel’s 14 points.
Nov. 29 vs. Riverside-Brookfield—The Knights won 40-13. Faith Cowsert had nine points, while Ringel had eight and Hurston had seven. Nine total girls scored for the Lady Knights. KHS was undefeated at the tournament.
Dec. 1 vs. LaSalle-Peru—The Lady Knights suffered their first loss of the 2014-15 season, falling to L-P 35-24. Ringel led the way with 15 points, while Van Horn was the next-leading scorer with four.

Girls JV Bowling
Dec. 2 vs. DeKalb—The Lady Knights won by forfeit over DeKalb. Amber Spaetzel led the team with a 322 series, followed closely by Melissa Endrenal’s 321. Natalie Barnhart had a 298 series, while Vanessa Guzman rolled a 281, Ally McPhee a 277, Marissa Michi a 226 and Hannah Leeper a 184.

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.

Bowlers earn key win over fellow Mardi Gras tenant

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KANELAND—It wasn’t a bad way for Kaneland bowling to strike first in the 2014-15 season. In fact, it was ideal.

“We did pretty well for the first time out,” said coach Jim McKnight. “We’ll need to add at least another hundred pins per game in order to be competitive from now on.”

With program numbers being given a much-needed lift in the offseason, the Kaneland Lady Knights lane-minders beat fellow Mardi Gras Lanes tenant DeKalb on Tuesday, by a final of 2,365-1,972.

KHS (1-0) was paced by Dominique Lee’s team-high 477 series, Rena Wojciechowski’s 426 series and Katie Hill’s 420 series. Wojciechowski’s 172 game was also good for team-high.

“Dominique Lee and Rena Wojciechowski both had a nice game, and we hope everyone can continue to have fun and improve over the next few days,” McKnight said.

On Wednesday, Kaneland was set to meet host Lisle, and on Saturday, Dec, 6, the Lady Knights trek to the Charger Scramble, hosted by Dundee-Crown.

“We have lots of competition coming up, but we also will have some good practice time, too,” McKnight said.

Wrestlers compete at preseason Nationals

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Photos: Kaneland sophomores Riley Vanik (above, left) and Colin Gussman (below, left) earned All-American honors at Saturday’s preseason Nationals meet in Iowa. Photo submitted by Stephanie Vanik to sports@elburnherald.com

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA—Six Kaneland students competed in the annual preaseason Nationals meet, which took place on Oct. 25 at the UNI-Dome at the University of Norther Iowa.

A pair of KHS sophomores earned All-American status with their efforts. Riley Vanik placed fifth in the 160-pound division, while Colin Gussman was seventh in the 170-pound division.

Also taking part in the tournament were Kaneland juniors George Strang and Austin Parks, as well as eighth-grader Nathan Orosco and seventh-grader Brenden Parks.

The biggest rival is …

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Three weeks ago, we set out to find out who was Kaneland High School’s biggest sports rival. We talked with current coaches, former coaches, players and administrators. We also had a survey on our website asking you who is the biggest rival of the Kaneland Knights. In our survey, we asked for basic demographics: male/female and age. But also about your connections with KHS: were you a graduate?; if you were a graduate, were you an athlete at KHS?

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of current or former Kaneland athletes viewed Sycamore
as Kaneland’s biggest historical rival,
compared to only 50 percent of non-athletes

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Kaneland’s Biggest Rival

Based on the survey results, we can say with confidence that Kaneland’s biggest sports rival, both current and historical, is Sycamore High School.

Sycamore earned a whopping 81 percent of the vote for question “In 2014, who is Kaneland’s biggest rival?”
When we asked about historical rivalries, Sycamore still prevailed with 60 percent of the vote. Batavia was second with 23 percent.

2014 Biggest Rivals
1. Sycamore
2. Yorkville
3. DeKalb/Morris (tie)
5. Burlington Central

Historical Biggest Rivals
1. Sycamore
2. Batavia
3. Geneva
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Variations in demographics

While there was a pretty remarkable consensus for the contemporary rivals, historical rival opinions varied depending on if you were a Kaneland athlete or not. Athletes did view Burlington Central as more of a current rival than their non-athlete counterparts that favored Batavia and DeKalb.

71 percent of Kaneland athletes believed Sycamore was Kaneland’s biggest historical rival, compared to 50 percent of non-athletes. Non-athletes cited rivalries with Geneva and DeKalb as other options, while athletes voted for Batavia and Oswego for their historical rivals.

History was also divided when it came to males and females. 75 percent of males that took our survey pegged Sycamore as the top rival. Females made Sycamore their top choice, but only with 43 percent of the vote. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Location, location, location

Some of our internal office speculation that rivalries in old conferences would make an appearance was squashed when looking at the results. The proximity of rivals was a key component to them making the list. On average, it would only take about 20 minutes to get to the nine most-voted-for schools. The closest: Geneva at just under 12 miles. The farthest: Morris at 39 miles. Rochelle came in at just a touch under 33 miles.

None of the chief rivals were over an hour away, and six are less than a 25 minute drive.

Top 4 closest rivals
Geneva 11.7 miles
Batavia 13.3 miles
Burlington Central 13.7 miles
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Living history

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Tell us who you think is Kaneland’s biggest rival
Kaneland athletics have many rivals, but who is No. 1 in your eyes?
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KHS has had its share of rivals from another time
KANELAND—Kaneland’s athletic battles with local schools Sycamore, Yorkville and Burlington Central, and off-and-on conference foes like Geneva and Batavia, continue to rage on, so it makes sense to look at how KHS got to its current group of noteworthy rivals.

It helps to look back at a previous era, which included schools still achieving success on many fields, and would often battle with Kaneland. The high school enrollments were different, and regular battles may not happen as much in 2014, but they can still trigger memories and fun.

Longtime Kaneland Athletics Director Bob Peterson remembers the glory days of the Little Seven Conference, which had eight decades of play total, with Kaneland joining up in 1963 after coming from the Little Eight.

Peterson is still a fixture at football and basketball games featuring the Knights, and no stranger to intense rivalries between Fox Valley area programs.

“Certainly in basketball, Oswego and Plainfield were big rivals of ours,” Peterson said. “Oswego and Plainfield always had good talent, and we liked to try and beat them, being one of the smaller schools.”

With schools in the 1970s like Cary-Grove, Morris and West Chicago moving in and out of the in flux-Little Seven, Peterson knew what wins on any field would mean.

“You always liked the idea of being able to beat a bigger school, that was nice when you could do that and also beat Sycamore,” Peterson said.

District 302 educator and former KHS volleyball coach and graduate Kris Weiss had her preferences of rivals that don’t cross Kaneland’s path much anymore.

“They’re non-conference now, but back in the ‘80s, Oswego was such a big rival,” Weiss said. “Waubonsie Valley and Plainfield were big rivals, before Plainfield was four schools. At the time, because the Little 7 was 10 schools, we played everybody twice. DeKalb and St. Charles were probably our biggest non-conference foes.”

The Fox Valley area had smaller enrollments, with athletes from schools in the widespread area reaching out and crossing paths.

“If you talk to people that played in the mid-’80s before big club sports and AAU and travel baseball and softball, a lot of us would play in Oswego where we knew people, and that would help the rivalries once we got back into school,” Weiss said.

Dana Wagner, Waubonsee Community College assistant athletic manager and former Kaneland hoops great, had her share of Little Seven skirmishes, along with her preferences.

“For me in basketball, it was always Morris, and it seemed as though every game came down to the wire. For some reason, there was no love lost between us,” Wagner said.

Like Peterson, Wagner feels some rivalries were heightend due to the school sizes.

“I would have to say (I liked playing) Geneva, Batavia and Waubonsie Valley. We were always so much smaller than them, so beating them was extra rewarding,” Wagner said.

The Elburn Herald Sports department heard takes about rivalries old and new, with your turn on favorite foes still to come.

Kaneland Rivals Project: Team of Rivals

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Editors note: This is part one of a three-part series about Kaneland’s rivals—both current and historical. Part one focuses on more contemporary rivals, part two will feature a look at historical rivals, while part three will focus on our survey results. We encourage you to take our survey.
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[/formlightbox_obj] Community gives take on favorite storied programs that have crossed Kaneland’s path
KANELAND—Since forming in the late 1950s, Kaneland athletic travels have taken many athletes to Illinois sports meccas.

Countless Knights and Lady Knights have done well enough to join sports showcases in Peoria, Normal and Joliet.

Those stops usually preceded athletic glory given to the black and silver (and sometimes orange).

But there’s just something about the more local programs Kaneland has faced throughout its time that brings a little more fervor and intensity. Contests for State glory in places like Detweiler Park in Peoria, or Silver Cross Field in Joliet are memorable, in part, because of the stakes involved at the end of a particular season.

However, there remains other times where it doesn’t matter the month or the standings— it’s just two rival schools trying to best one another on the pitch, gridiron or court.

Kaneland has dealt with and continues to deal with storied schools to this day, since entering conference play in groups like the Little Eight, Little Seven, Suburban Prairie and Western Sun before hooking up with the Northern Illinois Big XII.

Schools like Genoa-Kingston and Hiawatha would give way to sustained conference rivals like Sycamore and Yorkville, while the Knights kept touch with Burlington Central and Geneva with or without a conference rival at stake.

In future issues, the Elburn Herald looks to get opinions and thoughts from a variety of people associated with Kaneland athletics. They coached and played under the Kaneland Knight banner, and have their own thoughts on who the biggest rival is, favorite rival to beat, and who they would have liked to face more often. You’ll also read about historical rivals that don’t cross Kaneland’s path much anymore, and readers will have a chance to mark their own opinion with a survey.

Andy Drendel, former cross country and track asset, and now a member of the KHS coaching staff for multiple sports, thinks the most noteworthy rivals were the more conventional ones—Sycamore and Yorkville.

“(Kaneland’s) been in the same conference since the Little Seven days; they are bordering schools with similar enrollment size,” Drendel says.

KHS girls basketball coach Ernie Colombe always gets geared up for Sycamore, as well.

“They’re similar size, and both schools have athletes who compete hard every contest. The two schools have been in the same conference for awhile, which helps build rivalries,” Colombe said. “I really enjoy playing all of our conference schools, but if I had to pick one, it would be Sycamore.”

David Dudzinski, who’s seen two children pass through Kaneland elite athletic history thus far, has a similar perspective on rival No. 1, taking over from another school in the recent past.

“When we were coming into this 15 to 20 years ago, it was always Sycamore. (It was) maybe proximity, but when I spoke to the people that went to school there in the ‘80s, that was it,” Dudzinski said. ”It seemed like Batavia, more than most schools east. It was always a heated battle, football or basketball. They had their chants, and it made for an electric atmosphere, especially when they were in the same conference.”

Former volleyball coach Todd Weimer had his favorites to beat while manning the court sidelines.

“When I was coaching, it was always Geneva and DeKalb,” Weimer said. “The girls knew almost all the players from Geneva. And as far as DeKalb goes, the coaches knew each other, and the rivalry was intense on the court and in the stands at both places. We got after Sycamore as well in the last three years when I was at Kaneland, as well, so it was fun to get them after all the years they beat us.”

Head boys cross country coach Chad Clarey feels one can enjoy the local competition in addition to having the drive to win.

“I enjoy running with Sycamore and Burlington Central,” Clarey said. “Both schools are very well coached in cross country, and they cultivate State-caliber runners on an annual basis. Our portion of the state is a hotbed for cross country talent. There’s been a history of strong track programs at BC and Kaneland. When a team does a victory lap on your home track and sings, it leaves a bit of a bitter taste that one can’t shake. Something like that can add to the rivalry, I guess.”

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