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Kedzie earns conference title

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Four Knights challenge for top spots in NIB-12 SYCAMORE—You’re not supposed to see one-sided dominance in the championship round of a conference wrestling match, but that’s what transpired at 113 pounds during Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big XII Conference meet at Sycamore Saturday. Kaneland’s Austin Kedzie took care of Ottawa’s Ethan Harsted by fall at 4:47…

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Wrestlers second at Flott

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Knights garner four individual champs MAPLE PARK—Call the trio back-to-back champs. George Strang, Riley Vanik and Colin Gussman all defended their titles in Saturday’s Margaret Flott Invitational in Maple Park, albeit in different weight classes from a year ago. Strang beat Naperville North’s Phil Cameli in the 152-pound championship match. “It’s definitely something I’m proud…

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Wrestlers continue to battle

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Knights tested by stout competition in Sycamore KANELAND—Austin Kedzie highlighted Kaneland’s appearance in Saturday’s Sycamore Invitational, taking second place at 106 pounds. Kedzie (22-5) dropped a 4-0 decision to Waukegan’s Moises Rivera in the title bout. He opened his day with wins by fall, major decision, decision, before earning a sudden victory against Washington’s Trey…

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A tale of two teams

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Knights excel in tournament, struggle with duals PLANO—The makeup of this year’s wrestling team at Kaneland appears to be better suited for tournaments than dual meets. The Knights proved that last week with an impressive showing in the highly touted 61st Annual Berman Holiday Wrestling Classic, on Dec. 29-30 in Palatine, Ill. The Knights tied…

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long-term connections

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Photo: The Kaneland Silver Stars featured current KHS seniors Vanessa Gould (far left top row), Camri Conley (far left, bottom row) and Bailey Crimmins (tallest girl). This photo was from their sixth-grade year. Photo submitted by Camri Conley to cwalker@elburnherald.com In part two of a two-part series, Kaneland Publications examines the ways in which Kaneland…

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Comeback kids

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Kaneland wrestling completes come-from-behind victory against Morris KANELAND—Kaneland was trailing 34-18 with five bouts remaining in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference dual meet against Morris on Dec. 17 in Maple Park.The Knights needed a strong finish to stop the Redskins, and Preston Havis sparked it at 145 pounds. After a brief break early in…

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Feed the need

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In part one of a two-part series, the Elburn Herald examines the ways in which Kaneland replenishes its roster of talent, positions following graduation of seniors KANELAND—Once the seniors play out their eligibility in early 2016, the Kaneland boys basketball team will be left with a roster of only four players qualified to return. Where…

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Wrestling team struggles

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Forfeits continue to create big hole for Knights KANELAND—It was just one of those weeks for the Kaneland wrestling team. The Knights lost all three of their matches, dropping a triangular to Crystal Lake Central and Cary-Grove on Wednesday in Crystal Lake and then falling short against Yorkville on the road on Thursday in a…

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Wrestlers grind through schedule

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Knights enjoy 2-1 record in past week KANELAND—The Kaneland wrestling team experienced a little bit of everything last week, as it wrestled back to back to back. The Knights edged Sycamore, 37-34, in their Northern Illinois Big XII East conference opener on Thursday in Maple Park. They lost substantially to perennial power Providence Catholic by…

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Strang admitted to Cornell College

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MOUNT VERNON, IOWA—George Strang of Elburn was recently admitted to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, for the fall 2016 semester. Cornell College is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum. The One Course schedule provides students the chance to dive into their studies, focus more intensely on…

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Wrestlers start strong at home

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Knights ready to ramp up for tough weekend MAPLE PARK—Kaneland took to the mats for the first time this season, hosting a quad on Saturday in Maple Park against Burlington Central, Freeport and Wheaton Warrenville South. The Knights’ 113-pounder Austin Kedzie needed just 17 seconds to pin his Wheaton Warrenville South opponent to conclude the…

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2014-15 wrestling preview: Extra-strength Knights

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Knights bigger, stronger in 2015-16 KANELAND—The Kaneland wrestling team is moving on up. The Knights return three Class 2A state qualifiers, including junior Riley Vanik, who placed sixth in the State at 160 pounds. In fact, the Knights only had four seniors on their 34-man roster a season ago, so the majority of the team…

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Vanik shines at Nationals

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Kaneland junior places ninth in nation in freestyle wrestling FARGO, ND.—Kaneland wrestling star Riley Vanik competed in the 2015 Asics Vaughan Cadet/Junior National Championships—the top youth wrestling event in the United States—held at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, N.D., last weekend. Last March as a sophomore, Vanik became the youngest wrestler in the school’s history…

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Vanik hopes to go far in Fargo

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Kaneland junior qualifies for Nationals SUGAR GROVE—After becoming the youngest Knight ever to medal at the State Tournament back in March, Riley Vanik kept the momentum going into the offseason. But after winning the 2015 Greco-Roman State Meet in the 185-pound category in late April in Lockport, Ill., and winning the Second-Chance Qualifier in Freestyle…

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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…

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Up and down

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Photo: Junior Austin Parks celebrates after earning fifth place at last weekend’s IHSA State Individual Tournament. Parks and the Knights took on Geneseo Tuesday night in the team Sectional as a team, but lost to the Leafs 43-26. Photo by Stephanie Vanik Two Knights bring home individual medals; team falls in Sectional KANELAND—It’s never easy…

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Final 4

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Four Knights proceed to State, team Sectional looms STERLING, ILL.—The hits keep coming from the Knights. Four individuals from coach Joe Orosco’s varsity lineup qualified out of the Sterling Sectional to the Individual State Tournament, which will begin Thursday at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. George…

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Knights wrestlers win Regional

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Sophomore Colin Gussman was one of four Knights to win an individual Regional title.
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10 Knights advance to Individual Sectional; team to Dual Sectional BELVIDERE, ILL.—For the sixth time in school history—and second since joining Class 2A—the Kaneland varsity wrestling team took home the team championship at Saturday’s Belvidere Regional. Led by four individual championships, Joe Orosco earned his second tournament win as head coach in grand fashion, easily…

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