Photo: Sophomore Jenna Harvell plays in a home game against the visiting Huskers Monday. Photo by Patti Wilk
Girls take to court in summer session
KANELAND—If this is what’s in store for the ensuing school year, then the girls basketball program from Kaneland has quite a bit to look forward to.
Already 6-1 through competition in the summer’s Illinois Valley League, the Lady Knights have been to work in a big way.
“It’s a good time for these girls to step up,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We lost a good group, and they are getting used to different roles now.”
The summer slate, besides the camps, looks a bit different now that snow days made it difficult to rejoin the summer circuit at Glenbard South.
“We are part of the Illinois Valley League this summer and it’s nice. We host games along with Ottawa and Morris,” Colombe said. “It’s good competition, and it’s with teams you don’t really see a whole lot of.”
The opposing teams are sure to get a whole lot of Kaneland.
“We did lose good girls, and we’re off to a good start. They are putting in time and getting comfortable,” Colombe said.
Suiting up in these steady tempuratures are returning upperclassmen like Aly Van Bogaert, Taylor Eaves, Rachel Miller, Emily Grams, Camri Conley, injury-free Vanessa Gould and Bailey Crimmins.
Now joining the upperclass ranks in the summer are Nicole Koczka, Kiandra Powell and Meg Cohrs.
Lower-class assets are Kylie Modaff, varsity returnee Morgan Weber, Kristen Siebert, Jenna Harvell and Jessie Weber.
“They are getting to know each other’s strengths and have a chance to step up in new roles. Camri Conley split time as point guard with Caroline Heimerdinger in the winter, and she’s taking over as point right now,” Colombe said.
The month of June turns out to be pretty busy, with consecutive Mondays at Morris and then at Ottawa. Shootouts take place at Morris, East Aurora, Neuqua Valley and Ottawa.