Hello, friends.

Imagine I’m speaking in my best Jim Nance voice — respectfully solemn and barely above a whisper befitting the CBS broadcaster — as I tell you the tale of Kaneland’s Nate Bermes and his role in the program’s storied history in the pole vault.

It’s a tradition like no other, or at least very few.

Entering the 2019 season, Kaneland had produced at least one state qualifier in the pole vault for 35 straight years dating to Gary Lubic in 1984.


Lubic, who placed seventh at state that year, is one of 27 individuals who have earned all-state honors in the pole vault in that 35-year span.

The list includes four state champions in Jerry Oksas (1990), Marty Keifer (1998), Kurt Long (1999) and Danny Walker (2015).

Enter Bermes, a junior who didn’t start in the event until midway through his freshman year, for his first varsity season.

Now, he’s part of the legacy after keeping the streak alive at 36.

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