Newly Updated 9/7/00

This section contains letters (E-mail), that have been recieved from former and current Kaneland students and staff. This is some fun reading and a way to stay in touch with everyone. So if you got something you want passed on to the school - here is the place to do it. You can send your message by simply clicking here : message.

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New letters:

Date: Fri 22, Sept 2000 23:58:27 EST
From: Stewart Holmes []

Go Knights! It's so great to keep up with my nephews through this website. Thanks for all the great game details.

Jean Flanders Holmes

NOTE: new e-mail for both Stewart & Jean
Stewart =
Jean =

Date: Wed 6, Sept 2000 23:46:12 EST
From: Connie Leffelman []

I came across your website tonight while working with my sports page. This has been a lot of fun. I graduated from Kaneland in '72 and played football there my last year. I have known about the great success that the Knights have enjoyed and I also know that you are off to great start in 2000. My name is Jeff Leffelman and my entire family graduated from Kaneland after I did. Enough of that. Your website is fantastic!!!!

My girls attend Queen Anne's High School in Centreville,MD. I do PA work for the Lion's stadium events and that is a lot of fun for me. Our Lion's went 9-2 last year and made it to the state playoffs for the first time since early 80's. That was a huge thrill for us. We start our 2000 campaign this Friday and there are some good returnees and some more great expectations for this year. Did P.J. Fleck go to Northern Illinois? Is he playing football for them?

Go Knights!!

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 20:14:00 EST
From: Janet A. Smith []

Congratulations on win #1 Kaneland Varsity!

It is great to follow Kaneland football from my Manhattan apartment computer. Thank you for the great web site.

BTW - I am looking forward to seeing Russell Flanders name added to the roster. I print it out to hang on the wall in my office.

Janet (Flanders) Smith

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 6:06:12 EST
From: Daylin Titus []

Hello ... Anyone remember the early 70's? How about when the graduation class of '71' or '72' (can't place which) put the VW bug on the school roof? This was back when football was only played during the day as there must have been a problem getting power out into that corn field. And soccer? Well, soccer was only for P.E. Now I help coach a soccer team and my son plays goalie and forward. He holds a league record for the most headers into the goals. Anyone that remembers this ole 'Sugar Grove' boy and wants to contact me just send email to:

Daylin (a/k/a Lenny) Titus

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 9:04:26 EST

Hi, this is Kim Washburn, you probably remember me from kaneland softball (graduate 97). I was just wondering if you can tell me the current stolen base record (if i still hold it at 38). I hope that the current coaches aren't counting passed balls as stolen bases :-) because I didn't ! THANKS! And also at the bottom of the '97 page is says that I made 1st team all-conference, but I also made 1st team all area. :-) thanks. P.S. Who is the coach now? Maybe i should ask him for a copy of the school records for each category. I don't think that coach Lentz entered any of our info from our season when he coached senior year.

Kim Washburn

Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 20:51:57 EST
From: Leming, Brian (DCSO) []

Hi Kaneland,
I was sitting here thinking that it's been awhile since I checked up on my old school. I see that you've been busy with the web design. It looks great!!!!! For those of you who don't know me. I graduated in "82", my sister Cindy (Grad. 79) lives in Washington. Some of you heard of my older brother Robert (Chris) Leming getting killed while he slept. I'm happy to say that after 2 trials, the woman that shot him is in Prison for the next 51 Years. I haven't been back to Elburn in the past 5 years. I've been here in Nashville Tn. working for the Sheriffs Office for the past 6 ½ Years. I enjoyed reading the letters and remembering some of the names of the teachers that are still there. It brings a smile to my face :-) just to Think of some of the things that we as a class did during the years together. If anyone knows when our next class reunion is, Please let me Know. I will continue to check the web page, keep up the Great Job.. If any of you Class of 82ers read this please e-mail me, at least just to say Hi.

Long live Knight Football...
Brian Leming
Class of 1982

Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2000 1:30:34 EST
From: Justin []

Well, its been almost 3 years since I've walked the halls of Kaneland, and for what its worth, I miss the place. With graduation looming in the not-so-distant future, I thought I would toss up a quick note.

I moved away from Kaneland on January 20th, 1997. I thought it couldn't be that bad, but let me tell you, Murphysboro, IL is no paradise. ;-) hey, the people are not that bad, but the scenery leaves a little to be desired...

Things around here stay pretty consistent. I will graduate this year on June 1st, with a class size of ( give or take ) 200. I'm still a " band nerd " but at least now I'm playing quads in one of the best drumlines in So. IL. in a band roughly 97 members strong. check out < > for more info on that.

The people down here are great, a little more cenacle and sarcastic, but other than that, not bad at all. However, I'd like to get in touch with those in my class who still remember me ! If anyone of you guys read this, drop me a line ! Or use ICQ/AIM to get ahold of me, i'm on in the evenings if I'm home long enough.

In the meantime, I'll catch you cats on the flipside

J. Justin Davis Murphysboro, IL

ICQ: 6842115
AOL/AIM: SKAmedly3

Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 14:04:08 EST
From: Jessica Chatman []

Dear Kaneland,
Hey this is Sarah Diller and Breanna Davis, and we were visiting this sight, and thought we would let everyone know how it has been at school. Well, Sarah is going to SIU, and Breanna is going to Western Michigan University. Well, Sarah is having a great time down at SIU, and is in the Delta Zeta sorority. Breanna too, is in the Delta Gamma sorority. So we all know they are learning those life lessons taught by Mr. Pedersen. We would like the teachers to know that they did teach us well, and value their work greatly.

Well, the first semester was hard being away from the familiar faces and places, and now we are settled in and having a great time. So far, neither of us have been arrested, so we are doing good. Well, Kaneland Knights, good luck with the sports and everything. Class of 99, hope that everyone is doing alright. And thank you class of 99 for all of the memories.

Here is our emails. Breanna' Sarah's:

The Gruesome Twosome,
Breanna Davis and Sarah Diller

Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 22:03:42 EST

Dear Fans,
I've been out of school for almost 16 years. It brings back memories looking around your site. I recognize some names but there are alot I don't.

I had a couple records in track...maybe they are still standing???? Mr. Sheetz was my coach & my favorite........what's he up to now?? Just wanted to drop a line-----keep up the great work & I will visit alot.......

Denise Wolf Secor
Class of '84

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 12:00:24 -0500
From: "John Beck" <>

Hey Kaneland-

This is Audrey Heyob, I graduated class of 1998. I joined the Military and now I am stationed in South Korea. Well I just wanted to tell you that the Web Site looks good.

Take Care

Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 00:37:45 -0500
From: Melodi Carrier <Melodi Carrier>

Hey Kaneland!!! It has been a long time! I never thought I would see you guys on the internet. Sure miss the old place. Never thought I would here myself say that! I am a 1989 graduate. Glad to hear the teams are still doing good. Can't get out to see many of them since I live in Viginia! I hope sometime you get something here to find the old alumni. And you also need something telling about the old teachers. But could I tell some stories about them. Especially you, Coach Thorgeson! Ha! Ha! Love to hear from you all so please get in touch anytime!! Keep up the good work all you Knights!!!

Love and miss you all!!

Melodi Carrier 1989 Graduate

Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 17:19:46 PST
From: "Forest" <>

Hi Everyone,

Remember me? Vicki Mansfield, Well I only be gone for a year but I really do miss all the people at Kaneland High School! You guys are everything to me and I am sorry that I did not relize that until I was gone. I now live many states away, I am going to school at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. If I have any advise to you, it is, don't come to this school, the four corners is not the place to be. Now the place I call home is Phoenix, AZ, and here is a little more advise, don't go there either it is too hot! I wish I was back in Elburn! My thoughts are always with you guys.


Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 09:22:33 -0500
From: "Jim Reynolds" <>

As reading the history page, I couldn't help but remember the 1976 team that I was a member of, we went 7-1-1 and missed the Little Seven Conference title and the playoffs by 1/2 game because of the tie. There was no tie-breaker system then.

Throughout the rest of the 70's though the Kaneland teams usually had losing seasons and I could understand how this one season might get lost in all the losing seasons before and after '76. In the three years preceding my senior year in 1976, I think we had won a total of 5 games. Pretty sad!

But we turned it around in '76 and had a great year with lots of talent on the team. Our '76 lines were anchored by two huge tackles, Mike Jorgensen and Tony Klusak (huge for then). The backfield was Sr. Jim Morris at QB, Jr. Steve Fredrickson at RB, Sr. Gary Pesina at RB and Sr. Marty Lyle at FB. We were predominately a running team and only passed 10-12 times a game. In today's terms, I guess we were a smash-mouth football team. If I remember correctly, we had 7 players that made first team all-conference and 1 player (Marty Lyle) made first team all-conference on both offense and defense.

Anyway, thought you might like to know about one season where we at least came close to making the playoffs.

Jim Reynolds
'76 Grad

Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 07:44:24 -0400
From: "Pastor Jean" <>

Dear friends, I'm a 1968 graduate of Kaneland High School and the proud Aunt of Ben and Russell Flanders. This is so wonderful to be able to keep up with their football team all the way from New York State. Thanks for all you hard work in keeping this wonderful site!

Jean Flanders Holmes
Pearl River, New York

Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 18:42:47 EDT

joe is doing good. he will take the week off and we will go from there. untill then ill be rotating inside. its a little different there because im used to the outside from the last 2 years but we will be ok. thanks for your complments and best of luck the rest of the year.

adam baxa #56

Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 09:20:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: Rich Nowicki <>

Hi Alumni,

Through the past years I've never told you how much I've Enjoyed being a part of the Knights family. Yes the past years have had their awful moments with tears and dread but that makes those MAGIC times of Madrigals, Football Championships, Volley Ball, Track , Cheerleading, Poms,Basketball, Wrestling, and lets not forget all the Good Times - sorry I will miss them :(

There are just too many times I don't tell you that you are the greatest ....
I Love You

Your Sensei,
R. W. Nowicki

Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 01:15:00 EDT

I am writing from Battle Creek, Michigan. I am a cousin to Jenni and Lindsay's step-mom Lorrie. Tonight being the anniversary of Jenni and Lindsay's accident, all the family from here and I want to express our love for Jenni. She will be missed greatly. We also want to send our love and support to Lindsay, we love her very much, she a beautiful young lady.We can not wait until she comes back to Battle Creek to see us all. Lindsay, we love you.

We would also like to say thank you to the Community of Kaneland for all your support and love through this past year. Best Wishes...

The Swallows family
The Collige family
The Speck family
The Bonifer family
and all Jenni and Lindsay's friends from Battle Creek, Michigan

Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 12:53:48 -0500
From: Tim Pinnick <>

hey kaneland fans whats up, the knights are awesome this year but there are alot of teams in the hunt this year and one of those teams is yorkville they look very solid this year so the knights better watch out because the foxes could give them alot of problems this year.

Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 11:58:30 -0500
From: Eric Delaney <>

hey you guys, this is eric d. i wish that was a part of this upcoming campaign. i am having a good time here down in redbird country. i hope all is going well up in knight country. i keep hearing tidbits of the coming team and i am pleased to hear that all ino has been very positive. i hope that the injuries stay low and i hope that you guys can keep the winning ways going. i hope the best for everyone and i look forward to seeing you guys play down here again. good luck this friday and kick the poop out of marengo. try your best and listen to the coaches. do that and you will get #29. look forward to seeing you guys again. talk to ya later.

1/3 of the 3 amigos

Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 23:59:04
From: Amy Dalton <>

This is Emily and Amy! Remember us? We enjoy this web page to keep up on the sports we played in high school-such as VOLLEYBALL, CROSS COUNTRY, and track. We also enjoy looking at the stuff on the sports we didn't play, but should have, like football. We think that there needs to be more pictures of Mr. Drendel on this page though.

We are very proud of the Cross Country teams 9th place finish in state and we wish the football team lots of luck!!

Good luck to everyone the rest of the year! We miss you guys!

Amy Dalton and Emily Guthke (ISU) &

Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 18:39:54 -0600
From: "Bonnie Morneweg" <>

Dear Kaneland Fans,

I have become somewhat of a Kaneland football fan. I'm from Johnston City, Ill. (home of the Indians), and I try to go to the football championship games (1A-4A) each year. If the J.C. Indians get beat out, I generally follow the team from the 3A southern region.

In '97 that team was Harrisburg and I thought they had a legitimate chance to win the championship; they have a very good coach in Al Way. Then I saw the best high school football team that I have ever seen. The only reason Kaneland didn't win the 4A championship is because they played in 3A. I've been following Kaneland in the local newspaper when I can and I see that you are undefeated again this year.

I'm supporting Nashville from this area this year but I'm looking forward to seeing Kaneland again at Normal. If they are close to as good as last year I expect them to repeat as champs.

Good luck in your game against Spring Valley Hall and if Nashville loses their semifinal I will be supporting Kaneland all the way. Keep up the winning tradition at Kaneland and I will enjoy visiting your website.

A new Kaneland Knight fan,
Bruce Morneweg

Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 21:43:31 EST

That's a beautiful picture and a beautiful tribute to our jenni.

Uncle Tom

Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 07:15:25 +-100
From: Ruth Pierson <>

As a friend of the Schrader family and a former Kaneland Graduate in Copenhagen, Denmark-we really look forward to checking the site every Sunday to see how Kaneland did and what heroics Kyle and Ryan might have contributed to cause.

Keep up the great work!!! We will watch from here on the internet all the way to the championship.

Kay Garvin

Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 00:04:16 -0600
From: "pamnance" <>

Uh, cool kaneland finally made it big.

Rob Nance
in texas 1993 grad

Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 11:07:52 -0500
From: "Jim Reynolds" <>

Great site.....I moved to Oklahoma in 1979 and have been here ever since and this site is the only way I have to keep up with Kaneland. I suggest a guest book where people that visit the site can sign in if they don't want to leave a message.

Was recently in Maple Park visiting and was able to attend the homecoming game against Herscher....quite a team they have this year (and last year).

Jim Reynolds
Class of '76
Tulsa, Okalhoma

Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 12:49:33 -0400
From: "gman3" <>

I would like to say that the Knights site is one of the best school sites I have seen. As a graduate of Kaneland in 1984 it is great to see some hometown news.

After 1984 I joined the Coast Guard and have not had the opportunity to see much from the hometown area. My job skill keeps me on the coast and Virginia is too far from Illinois. Go Knights!

Patrick Gallagher

Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 19:30:54 -0500
From: Joe Itools <>

Hello all of you KHS web monkeys,

My name is Nate and I used to attend the Greatest school in the world. I also went to Kaneland. It's real great to have a place to check up on the happenings at the old school.

I'm happy to see that the golf team is kickin' rear and taking names this year. You guys rule. I like the picture of the team in the golf section. Isn't my little brother cute? Just remember: "it isn't the Distance, golf has more to do with Strategy and Accuracy". If you have any questions about that saying contact Mr. Ross. Well have a nice year. Somebody say hi to Mr. Bertrand and Mr. Dean for me, mmmmmkay?

Nathanial Lanthrum IV- 1998 KHS Grad

Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 23:41:22 EDT

hey this is little brattany....
i just like to say i really like that picure of jenni on the front of the web site..... its really nice to see the school come to gether like this......i hope everyone keeps linsay in their prayers and and hope that everything is going to be ok......

love brattany
a.k.a brittany karau

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 22:49:22 -0700
From: Meghann Adams <Meghann Adams>

My condolences also go out to the athletic department and the cheerleading squad for losing one of its members. I didn't know Jenni Kirwan well, but she was a cool kid. I know how it feels to lose a friend you think highly of.

Best Wishes,
Meghann Adams class of 97

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 22:49:22 -0700
From: Meghann Adams <Meghann Adams>

Congratulations on finally getting a soccer program started. You all will never regret it.
Go Knights!

Meghann Adams class of 97
Western Illinois University

Date: Sat, 11 Jul 1998 18:38:09 -0700
From: "Anne Burkholder" <>

Hi. you don't know me, but I just did a ton of web searching and I found your page and since there is no guest book i decided to write a message. Okay, I understand Mr Hibbeler is going to be the new vocal music instructor at your high school. Well, he left my school (Morrison) to come teach there. I guess you could say I am a little bit resentful of his decision, but I know its for the better so I have decided to move on.

The main point of this message is to let you know how truely lucky you are to have Mr H. teaching you. Really, if I got into describing it I would 1, start crying and 2, run out of room. There really aren't enough words. And, when Mr H. came to our school, some people weren't too accepting.. boy what fools we were!

So, to end this babbling, I am going to say that we got this lecture at least 20 times from him before he left. 'Every teacher teaches chours different' So basically, give him a chance. Trust me, you will not regret it

Thank you ---

Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 18:28:50 EDT

I would just like to say that this site is great!!! I don't know if any of you will remember me, but this is Lexi LeKander i was a former night I moved after my 7th grade year im now a junior well i just wanted to say great page and HI to everyone

~ Lexi ~

Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 23:54:30 EDT

>From Cecile Dorneden Mutch, Galesburg, MI, Class of '79

Dizzying changes at KHS over the last 19 years. Frank (KHS freshman) and Jackie (6th grade) Dorneden kept me up on the school until I found the website--now I don't have to wait for Christmas to hear about you!

Beamed with alumni pride during last fall's football championship (I missed going downstate as a cheerleader with the 1977 sweet 16 team - we lost to Aurora Central Catholic in basketball, remember?)

Living near Kalamazoo, Michigan still playing softball - raising Kyle (8) and Patrick (7) with husband Dennis. Using my degree from ISU in sales for Corporate Travel/Meeting Planning - seeing the world and missing good ole Elburn. Fond memories of teachers Sylvia Flint, Judy Jobe, George Birkett, Joan Wilkins, Jim Butler, Jill Holmes, Steve Kusner, Bill Black and Bob Pederson. My senior year was Coach Thorgy's first year at Kaneland!

Thanks for the ride down memory lane.

Keep up the good website.

Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 18:39:30
From: Kelly McGinnis <>

I can't believe it has been almost a year since graduation!! We were sitting in my dorm room and I decided to show my roommates the high school I talk so much about. I got to show them some of my friends, and teachers, and coaches! It was such a blast! I even showed them my baby brother (well, he's bigger than me, but that's not the point!). I love seeing the school on the web! Keep up the good work!

Kelly McGinnis, 1997 graduate

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 12:02:53 -0600
From Steve Medlock<>

Just thought I'd drop you a line and let you know, you folks have done a great job with your website! I'm with Sports Stats ( ) and we produce a website about H.S. athletics in the St. Louis and surrounding areas, and we know the amount of work involved in producing the site.

I see a lot of H.S. websites, and yours ranks in the top 5 of any I have seen. Keep up the good work!

Steve Medlock Sports Stats

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 15:30:24 EST

HI my name is Lexi Lekander and i used to go to Kaneland, but i move after my seventh grade year and now i am a sophomore at Marshall High School in wisconsin. And I just wanted to tell you that this is an excelent homepage. My cousins attend your school there names are Danielle and Lindsey McAdam. I love how you put all the pictures in there it is really nice. And I hope all the teachers there are doing well. Im not sure who reads this mail, but who ever it is could you tell Josh Hill i said hello??? if you do this that would be great.

bye and good luck with everything
- Lexi -

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 16:56:33
From: Janelle Frye <>

I just wanted to tell all the football players congratulations again!! You guys just proved to everyone that we may be a small school in the middle of some cornfields, but we can kick some butt!! To all the seniors-have a great rest of the year!! The best is yet to come!!! Good luck to everyone and never forget the teachers who have gotten you where you are!!!

Love to everyone,
Janelle (Class of '97)

P.S. Good luck Softball!!!

Date: Sun, 18 Jan 1998 13:45:38 EST
From: ChuckDad <ChuckDad@aol.COM>

Hi, this is Chuck Kaminski, from the Class of '73. I happened upon your website, and am very impressed! As a suggestion, how about organizing the messages and/or links to personal home pages by class year? It would be a great way to help alums stay in touch. Of course, you have already done some very nice work, thanks for effort.

p.s. Does anyone know of any plans for a 25-year class reunion this year for the Class of 73?

Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 22:12:03 EST
From: Bmatea <>

I must tell you I am very impressed with the website. I thought it was great when the site was first started but you just keep making it better and better. Thanks so much for all your efforts. I can't tell you what it has meant to me to stay updated on everything that was going on during the playoffs.

We never missed a game but I didn't always know how to get to them and your directions were very useful. Our son did not always keep us updated on events - so I found out for myself - thanks to you!

We live in Sugar Grove township so our copy of the Herald has to be mailed and we also get the news late, sometimes to late so the website has been very useful to us for many things. Thanks so much for all of your hard work - you are great!

Bonnie Mateas

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 18:09:28 -0600
From: Emily Z <>

Dear Knights,

WHY don't you have anything for us "LITTLE KIDS"?


Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 14:07:57 -0500
From: "Chuck and/or Judy" <>

Having become an internet addict during this past year, I discovered the Elburn Herald site a while back, and just today the site with so many letters from alumni. The oldest alumni I saw was a 1968 grad. I graduated in 1961, and I do not see any familiar names from that era; are there any left???

Judy Leifheit Scheibly;
I'm currently in Ohio, but have spent time over the past 30 years in CA, VA, ME, ND, WA, FL, TX, TN, and even back in Illinois for six years.
EMail at

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 12:01:20 -0600
From: Joy McGill <>

The website looks really good. It's Joy McGill, a 1997 grad and it's great to have a place to see how Kaneland's doing. It would be neat if the site could expand to include things like the plays, Band and Choir. I'm up here in Wisconsin at Carroll College as a theatre major and it would be great if I could keep up on the arts at Kaneland too.

I hope everyone's having a good year. I appreciate any and all e-mails. I'll be there in November to see the Fall Play. To all the cast and crew- break a leg!

Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 12:50:31 -0500
From: "Eric Hestrup" <012677EH@D302.KANE.K12.IL.US>

this website has been a touching wonderful experience for me

Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 19:49:16 -0400
From: Michael Bower <>

Just wanted to tell the Kaneland people thank you for all of the help you gave me as a student teacher last spring. I am really enjoying teaching down in sunny Florida! 7th graders are a handful. If someone can send me an attachment with a list of staff/administration email addresses I would appreciate it.

Again thank you all for the wonderful experience in helping me make the right career change. Mr. Bertrand and Mr. Thorgesen, thank you both for the references on my behalf! Mike Bower

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 15:39:49 -0300
From: "Laurie Green" <>

Wow, Kaneland has an internet site!!! News to me. Pretty cool though. I just thought I'd write and say hello to all my former teachers and friends, that is if anyone remembers me, Laurie Green. Well, living in Indiana, oooh, it's, well, not that much different from living in Illinois. I like my new school, friends, things are going great. Well, anyways, just thought I'd say hello. Anyone wants to write me back, feel free. My adress is Good luck this year!!!!

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 19:34:54 -0600
From: no one <>
Organization: Vanderbilt University

Hey all you Kaneland people!!! This is Stephanie Lackey, a 1997 graduate. I'm really happy to be the first letter of the new school year. The site is looking good. I hope it will get an overhaul pretty soon, though. To the pom squad: Hope you guys have a great season.

Keep me informed on your progress. You guys still have last year's picture up. I want to see the new squad!!!! Hello to everyone back home. E-mail me if you get the chance. I will be home to cheer the team on at homecoming.


Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 18:45:56 -0400 (EDT)

My name is Craig Ashton......look at all the teaching staff run!!! I am a 1994 Grad. and it was so cool to see my old school and football team on the internet. I miss the old hallways and the goodtimes with my friends but life moves on. I would like to say congrats to coach Thorg. on a great season last year and goodluck on this year. I'll never forget my years as the center for the Knights. This is so cool i'll keep checking on the teams progress all year(ok i'll try to make some games).

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 11:35:03 -0700
From: Linda Muxfeld <>

I enjoyed your home page. Keep up the good work.

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 00:31:03 -0500
From: (David M. Motzenbecker)

Hello. David Motzenbecker here. AKA "Motz" Kaneland Class of 1988. I was sitting up here in the great white north thinking about all the fun I had and all the teachers & friends I miss from HS. I'm currently living in Minneapolis. I've been up here since 1994. It's a great city!

Summer's up here are unbeatable. Don't think you'll catch me coming back anytime soon. Although I'm very interested to know if the class of '88 will be having it's 10 year (Oh my Lord!!!, has it been that long?) reunion next yr? If so, who's organizing it, details, etc. Please send them to me!!!! I'll be there.

Great web page! Does the school have a generic web page as well or is it all just for sports? I'd like to email some teachers or just find out about other activities the school has going on in addition to sports.

I'd like to send a big hello out to Mrs. Ferdinand if you're still around. Miss you terribly and would really like to chat with you at length sometime. And a lovely good-day to Ms. Bonnie, music, music, what will I ever do without you? And I used to think choir was only for the lame & the weak. Ahhhhh, how wrong I was and boy am I glad.

Well, I've blathered on long enough. If any old friends & teachers get to read this drop me a line or give me a call...would LOVE to hear from you. 612-822-5571

David M. Motzenbecker

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 23:23:07 +0000

My name is Justin Davis, at the end of Kanelands 96-97 school year I moved downstate to southern IL. just in case you were wondering.

anyway, down to business,

I have a suggestion, as a Current Band Memeber at my Current high school, and an ex-member of the kaneland marching band, I would like to see stuff about to " goings on " about the Kaneland High School marching band. and not just sports info.

anyway, thats just my suggestion

Justin - former kaneland Student

Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 10:55:54 -0700
From: (Brian Watkins)
Organization: Elgin Community College

I would personaly like to thank all of you who have given me the tools nessessary to become successful in the "real world". My four year experience as a Kaneland knight has proven to be of utmost importance in my success as a post-grad. I am now enrolled in some classess at Elgin community college, and will transfer to North Central Cololege in Naperville in a year. OH! by the way, I am engaged to be married but their is no date yet. Thanks again for your years of support and encouragement.

Brian Watkins (Class of 1997)

If you wish to mail me :
Brian Watkins
1N348 Northway dr.
Elburn, IL 60119

Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 06:37:18 -0400
From: "Charles A. Klein" <>
Organization: The Ohio State University


I am a graduate of KHS 1967. I was hoping to see a link to maybe some alumni pages but I only see sports. ANy ideas?

One of my cousins used to be a teacher. Her name is Janice Bastian Vesta. Is she still at Kaneland?

Chuck Klein

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 11:04:30 -0700
From: yvonnekeifer <>
Organization: wcc

I finally got netscape on my computer at work so I got to read your Web Page. I like it! Love to see Marty's name, too. I made a copy and brought it home for him.

How about a word or two on the State Indoor Meet that was held April 5 in Champaign that Marty and Shaun Kramer attended. I could put that in his scrap book, too!!

Yvonne Keifer

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Date: Sun, 6 Oct 1996 15:01:47 CST
From: "Andrea S. Headley"

I just browsed around the Knight's home page. It was really neat to be able to see how my little brother is doing in football even though I am at school. I would, however, like to see some information about the cheerleaders and poms. Maybe tell who is on the squad, who the captians are, and give a picture of the squads. Will there eventually be a place to get information about Kaneland alumni? I would appreciate a short response to this message. Thank you, Andrea Headley, class of 96

Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 19:50:41

I think the Kaneland Knight defense is a great example of TEAM D!! The guys play together and never put their heads down.There are some young kids doing a great job and some seniors stepping up as well. I think we owe it all to the defensive coordinator-Coach Kearney. He is the guy who puts it all together in practice and puts us in the right place to make the play.We never think the other team is better than us because we go harder than they do every play.Even when the offense fumbles or throws a pick we run out on to the field and do our best to get the ball back.Overall the defense is the main reason we have a 6-2 record and playoff bound. We play our hardest because we never want to let coach Kearney down and we take pride in it. We still don't have a shutout and will do our best to get coach one this week at Westmont because he deserves it for all the help and time he has put into this TEAM!!!!

Senior Captain
Paul Aspengren

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 1996 17:22:53
From: "Jason Carver"

My name is Jason Carver, I am a Kaneland Alum, and also a former member of the Knights football squad. As a former Knight I would like to extend congradulations out to Coach Thorgesen and Coach Kearney on an outstanding football season. It is great to see a school like Kaneland, which for years suffered seasons of heartbreak in the mighty Little Seven Conf, finally mature into one of the truly dominating teams in the Fox Valley area. Coach T. and Coach K. are to men who exlimplfy what high school football is all about. They bring heart to a game that at times can be heartless. They coach with the emotion that is neccassary to motivate their young players into the fierce competitors that we see on Friday nights. It is these two men that devote hours upon hours to the game of football, so that we may get 60 minutes of pure enjoyment come game time. It is great to see that finally, after years of heartache, they are reaping the benefits that they deserve. The play-offs are just a catalyst to the ultimate goal of Kaneland football, a State Championship! To the players, thank you for an excellent year. Your success is something you, as well as the community, can always be proud of. Take pride in what it means to be a Knight, when you're gone you will realize what a special place Kaneland is.

Jason Carver

Date: Sat, 14 Dec 1996 18:58:34

We would like to see 7 th and 8th grade sports included in this Website.. Thank You, An Eigth Grade Basketball Family.

The eigth grade boys team won the Wabonsee tournament. Beating Central by eight points. Ryan Schrader was named to the all tounament team along with Dave Issel and Ryan was also named the tournament M.V.P.

Date: Thu, 09 Jan 1997 18:21:26 EST
From: (Tina E Lepley)

Just happened to do a search on the area I grew up in and found the Kaneland Knights page. Being a Webpage Designer myself I found the site to be very nicely done. Of course, I might be a bit biased as I graduated from Kaneland way back in 1968. Looking at the coaches I only recognized one name , Jill Holmes( and, I guess was somewhat surprised considering how long ago I attended Kaneland). I live a ways from there now, Bemidji, MN and have only been back twice. I do think of Kaneland HS with fond memories. I look forward to more of the Kaneland's Webpages.

Sincerely Tina Frogness Lepley

Date: Thu, 6 Feb 1997 19:26:14 (EST)

hey .. this is ken nance.. I used to goto kaneland.. I move last year after spring break.. I am a senior now at Clinton High School about three hours south of there... I just was going through the pictures and stuff... the kaneland football team played great this year.. I played right up there with Morris.. in which could have easily been a win.. and the loss to Yorkville was a disaster.. Offense was off key I hear.. I was gonna be the quarterback probably and so it upsets me not playing for you guys.. I really just wanted to say.. I am not sure if maybe Mr. Drendel is in charge.. but tell him I said "HI".. I think I told Paul Aspengren to do that though. You know moving down here, I got something everybody always wished for there.. all I heard at Kaneland was how bad the building was, which really wasnt that bad.. but I know Kaneland students wanted more money, and here in Clinton, they have money for the school... but it's the people that really mold kaneland. I cant even start to compare the difference of people down here. Kaneland was really a much better school. The staff puts more effort into teaching.. and being a friend, you cant find people like Mr. Drendel, Mr. Thorgason, Mr Green, and almost all of the staff. Kaneland is a much better school. and I would give anything if I could have this year to do over, at kaneland :).. well anyway.. I dont even know who is going to get this, but say hi to everyone, and good luck with everything :)

Ken - 97

Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 23:52:40 -0500 (EST)

Hello Joe, from one of your old friends Ricky A. Thomas. I think that this home page is great. Now My brother who now lives in Fortworth, Texas can now keep up on the happenings of Kaneland Knights and also his friend Joe . (Once he gets a computer) Hey Joe I think this web page would be a good spot for the poem written for the 1995 Football Team. Keep up the good work buddy Respectfully, Ricky A. Thomas

Date: Fri, 7 Mar 1997 19:00:50 -0500
From: "Hanspeter Baumann"

What a great page! It enables me to follow Kaneland Sports all the way from Europe!!! I thought it would be nice for all of you to know that your pages are not only read throughout the country, but also overseas. Sure brings back many good memories about my time at the highschool. As an AFS student I graduated back in 1985 (gee - time is running....) and was a member of the Cross Country and Track team. I will certainly browse through these pages every once in a while and definitely keep my fingers crossed for all the teams. If someone reading this - alumni, staff, or teacher - remembers me, then I would be very happy about every email. I will certainly answer back. For now, so long from Switzerland Hans

Date: Sat, 29 Mar 1997 19:22:17 -0800
From: "Hanspeter Baumann"

Very cool home page! It is nice to see the sports highlighted. I am a 1988 grad (Jeff Osman) and enjoy seeing this. I work for a large software company (Microcadam and do not see many companys with such a nice web page. Keep up the good work. Need any help e-mail me Support Knights Wrestling Club.

Date: Thu, 03 Apr 1997 08:41:43 -0600
From: "Mark Laubersheimer"

My cousin is Steve Auchstetter. He told of your new site. I think it is very professional and informative. You need more info on Baseball as Steve is one of the coaches.

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 19:31:29 -0700
From: "paul l kussman"

Congratulations on a GREAT Website! Very proud of you. Anyone remember the Kussmans? We're up here in Packer country, only 40 min. from Green Bay. Mr. Green, I'll bet you were busting with pride at Superbowl time. Of course, Don Beebe did all of you proud. Hi to everyone from Two Rivers, WI.

Barbara, Ginger, Elizabeth, and Dianna Kussman