All posts by Ben Draper

  • 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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    Perfect week

    Photo: Senior Brandon Park notched two victories in as many meets, while freshman Matthew Richtman was second at Elburn Woods Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper Invite win and flawless run at home round out boys cross country...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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    New look Knights

    Photo: Junior Will Kuipers was the Knight’s third man at Sycamore Tuesday, running the 3-mile course in 18:00.9 and placing 43rd. Photo by Mary Paulson Top 10 finish for Knights at Sycamore SYCAMORE—Losing quite a few runners...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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    Youth movement

    Photo: Senior Aislinn Lodwig led the Lady Knights at Sycamore on Tuesday, placing 20th overall with a time of 20:53. Photo by Mary Paulson Lady Knights open season at Sycamore SYCAMORE—It was a subdued start to the...

    • Posted September 4, 2014
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    Derks, Palmer win 2014 Corn Boil 5K

    228 runners test themselves on the streets of Sugar Grove SUGAR GROVE—Andy Derks made it two-for-two at the 2014 Corn Boil 5K. After winning the event in 2013 with a time of 16 minutes, 12.1 seconds, the...

    • Posted July 31, 2014
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    Tracksters roll to win

    Photo: Senior Issac Swithers runs the opening leg of the 4x160m Relay at Sycamore on Feb. 26. The relay won, and Swithers went on to place second in the 55m and 200m dashes. Photos by Ben Draper...

    • Posted March 6, 2014
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    Photos: Cheerleaders @ NIB-12 Competition

    It was a high-flying Sunday in Morris, as the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference cheerleading squads travelled to the home of the Redskins for the annual NIB-12 Conference Cheerleading Competition. The Lady Knights left with a ninth-place...

    • Posted January 23, 2014
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  • The preschool-kindergarten students of Chesterbrook Academy in Sugar Grove stopped by the Elburn Food Pantry Thursday with donations of food, toys and gift cards, just in time for Christmas. The Elburn Food Pantry is located in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 N. Main St. in Elburn. Donations are accepted at all times of the year. Photo by Ben Draper
    Giving back

    The preschool-kindergarten students of Chesterbrook Academy in Sugar Grove stopped by the Elburn Food Pantry Thursday with donations of food, toys and gift cards, just in time for Christmas. The Elburn Food Pantry is located in the...

    • Posted December 26, 2013
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    Team defense

    35 points by offense overshadowed by defensive gem in first round KANELAND—Drew David and the Knights offense was clicking, but it was the other side of the ball that stole the show. The Knights opened the 2013...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Seniors lead way to Sectional

    BURLINGTON, ILL—In the race for state, the Kaneland boys cross country team is heading in the right direction. With a trio of seniors leading the way, a return trip to the state meet might be in the...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Girls cross country advances to Sectional

    BURLINGTON, ILL.—One down, one to go in the Kaneland quest for the state meet. Coach Doug Ecker’s crew, led by a sixth-place finish by sophomore Brianna Bower, secured fourth place at the competitive Burlington Central Regional last...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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