All posts by Ben Draper

  • Junior Brandon Cruz gets the baton from senior Ben Barnes during the 4x16m relay Feb. 25 at Sycamore. Photo by Mary Paulson
    Cold start

    Frigid conditions keep track team confined SYCAMORE—It’s far from uncommon to see coach Eric Baron’s track and field team sprinting through the hallways after school at KHS. It’s just what they have available after what is now...

    • Posted March 6, 2015
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    Up and down

    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...

    • Posted March 2, 2015
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    Tantalizingly close

    ROCKFORD, ILL.—Kaneland senior Dominique Lee has been a force all year for the Knights, and went out with a bang at last Saturday’s Guilford Sectional. Knights coach Jim McKnight last week told the Elburn Herald that Lee...

    • Posted February 20, 2015
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  • Sophomore Colin Gussman was one of four Knights to win an individual Regional title.
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    Knights wrestlers win Regional

    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...

    • Posted February 12, 2015
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  • Head coach Jim McKnight (from left), senior Sectional qualifier Dominique Lee and assistant coach Beth Trafton prepared for Saturday’s Sectional at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb Tuesday. 			                Photo by Tiffany Kufer
    Final uptick

    Knights close out regular season with win, Lee All-Conference and Sectional qualifier KANELAND—After a rough stretch plagued the Knights bowling team in 2015, the girls closed out the regular season on a positive note, defeating visiting Sterling...

    • Posted February 12, 2015
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    So close

    Photo: Junior Zac Parker (182 pounds) helped the Knights dominate the upper-middleweights against Batavia Friday. Photo by Stephanie Vanik Wrestlers can’t ruin Batavia senior night BATAVIA—In a rare Friday night dual, the Knight wrestlers fell just short...

    • Posted February 5, 2015
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    Tough stretch

    Photo: Senior Allison Kadampelil rolled a 108 high-game on her way to a 312 series against IMSA Jan. 29. Photo by Tiffany Kufer Bowlers aim to right the ship before Saturday’s Regionals KANELAND—A trip to a historic...

    • Posted February 5, 2015
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    Wrestlers hold their own against NIB-12

    Photo: Junior George Strang (right) earned All-Conference Saturday at the Northern Illinois Big XII Tournament in Yorkville. Sophomore Collin Gussman (below) was the runner-up at 170 pounds, earning All-Conference. Photos by Stephanie Vanik Five earn All-Conference; team...

    • Posted January 29, 2015
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    Bowlers struggle to find rhythm

    Photo: Junior Melissa Endrenal (left) high-fives senior Allison Kadampelil before taking on Lisle Jan. 22. Photo by Laura Gampfer Lions spoil senior night for Knights at Mardi Gras KANELAND—A festive mood was dampened by a senior night...

    • Posted January 29, 2015
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    Hard work pays off

    Wrestlers take Flott Invitational championship KANELAND—Joe Orosco earned his first tournament win as Kaneland High School wrestling head coach Saturday behind four first-place finishes, and seven more wrestlers in the top five, at Kaneland’s Margaret Flott Invitational....

    • Posted January 22, 2015
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    ‘Syco’ Saturday

    Photo: Head coach Joe Orosco has been pleased with sophomore Matt Redman. “(He) has really turned it up since losing a disappointing overtime loss due to some stalling calls … at the Berman tournament at the end...

    • Posted January 15, 2015
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  • Kaneland bowling falls to Cavaliers

    DEKALB—Dominique Lee bowled a 529 series, but in the end, LaSalle-Peru (L-P) outdistanced the Knights 2,852-2,464 Monday. The Knights bowled a collective 923 in game one against the Cavaliers—including a 205 from Lee—but saw their totals fall...

    • Posted January 15, 2015
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  • Top 10 stories from 2014 on ElburnHerald.com

    Our most-viewed stories of 2014 Tragedy and new beginnings dominated our 2014 top-ten most-viewed stories on ElburnHerald.com. The list is quite diverse in terms of specific topic, but the common theme remains: the Kaneland community is all...

    • Posted December 31, 2014
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    Cheering on winter break

    JOLIET, ILL.—A rollercoaster ride the past two weeks ultimately led to a less-than-ideal competition-season opener for the Kaneland cheerleaders. From a car accident to the flu, the squad was simply not at 100 percent. Although they placed...

    • Posted December 24, 2014
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  • Sophomore football undefeated for first time

    KANELAND—The Kaneland High School football team went 9-0 this fall. It was the first time in school history the sophomore team has been undefeated. Led by head coach John Pavlak, the Knights allowed only 53 points all...

    • Posted November 6, 2014
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  • Lady Knights cross country tunes up before conference

    STERLING, ILL.—A loaded field helped propel the Lady Knights to several personal bests at Saturday’s Sterling Invitational. Even with coach Doug Ecker running some of his top individuals at the freshman/sophomore level, KHS still managed a 14th-place...

    • Posted October 17, 2014
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  • Knights boys CC 2nd at Byron

    BYRON, ILL.—A unique format gave coach Chad Clarey a chance to feature a different lineup than usual. The Knights, idle the this past weekend in preparation for Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big 12, last saw action at the...

    • Posted October 17, 2014
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  • Positive movement

    KHS ends September on strong note STERLING, Ill.—Patience is key when it comes to long distance running. For a season that begins in mid-August, runners usually don’t start to see the fruits of their labor until the...

    • Posted October 2, 2014
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    That’s Rich

    First regular-season home loss since 2009 sees KHS fall to 2-1 MAPLE PARK—As the saying goes, “You can’t win them all”— but it’s been a quite a run for the Kaneland Knights football team. An impressive home...

    • Posted September 18, 2014
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  • Castle Bank Challenge a success

    Castle Bank presented the Kaneland Sports Boosters with a check for $28,544 prior to the varsity football game against Rich Central Friday.

    • Posted September 18, 2014
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