November 11, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Men and women who served our country in times of war and peace were honored Wednesday, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month as Veterans Day was observed in Elgin.
Nearly every folding chair was occupied, and bleachers on both sides of the gymnasium held students from Elgin’s three schools as an hour-long salute to veterans was held at Elgin Public Schools gymnasium.
Veterans of armed conflict dating back to World War II marched in behind our nation’s flag. Once seated, they were treated to patriotic music, special readings and inspirational words from guest speaker Mike Flood of Norfolk.
“Armed Forces On Parade” was performed by band members, following a welcome by EHS senior Alois Werner. “I am honored to gather,” he said, “to pay special tribute to the men and women who served during times of peace and war.” Later in the program, the combined choir of the schools performed “One Great Nation.”
PJCC senior Lexie Heithoff read a letter written by Army 1st Sergeant Clarence Schmitt to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Schmitt, just days after V-E Day during World War II. The letter told about the Army’s march across Europe into Germany. In Germany, he said, “We are allowed to attend a Catholic Mass in a German church, but must stay on a certain side, etc. Today we were at church and a very old priest had Solemn High Mass and preached in German … The people in this area are very religious. Lots of nuns and priests and very fine churches. I saw lots of churches and buildings that had been bombed.”
“I’ll write more next time. I’m just fine, only missing you all so much. Hope all this mess ends soon.” Heithoff read at the end of the letter.
EHS senior Dylan Widger then read a poem about how freedom isn’t free …. Here’s an excerpt of the poem Widger read:
Here’s the poem:
I heard the sound of taps one night,?When everything was still?I listened to the bugler play?And felt a sudden chill??I wondered just how many times?That taps had meant “Amen”?When a flag had draped a coffin?Of a brother or a friend??I thought of all the children,?Of the mothers and the wives,?Of fathers, sons and husbands?With interrupted lives??I thought about a graveyard?at the bottom of the sea?Of unmarked graves in Arlington.?No, Freedom isn’t free!
PJCC senior Scott Moser read from an account of life on the U.S.S. Yorktown narrated by Harold McKay and published in The Elgin Review. In the letter he sent home, McKay spoke of battles he and other soldiers experienced first hand, the hardships endured on the road to victory in the Pacific. “No one was nervous,” McKay said, “As this wasn’t the first time that we were under attack … At a later date I’ll be able to tell you more about some of our later experiences. Some of them would make the hair rise from a bald head. In every one of these battles I’ve gotten by without a scratch and feel very fortunate,” Moser read of McKay’s account.
Guest speaker for the event was radio/TV station owner and former state senator Mike Flood of Norfolk. The former speaker of the unicameral, Flood directed most of his remarks to the students in the audience, noting how most of them have grown up at a time when our nation has been at war. His remarks focused on how Americans have been given a “choice” and how they have responded.
Recognizing William “Red” Arehart, the lone World War II veteran attending the program, he pointed out how “Red” served. “He did it (served his country) because that was what you do.”
World War II was a popular war, the same couldn’t be said for the Vietnam War, Flood noted. “Do you think they chose? It was what you did,” he said about being drafted into the military.
He then shared a personal moment. As tears began to form in his eyes, he spoke about the hardships endured by wives and mothers whose sons and daughters are serving now in Afghanistan and Iraq, how they don’t know whether or not they are in harms way. “It wasn’t fair,” he said about being called to serve. They may have had other plans, other dreams, but they chose to serve their country.
“When they come home, they come home having seen things that we can’t understand,” he said. And, then, he said at another meeting he heard from a parent who complained about their child right’s and not receiving a proper hearing before being removed from school, noting the contrast between the parents.
“It’s about choices,” Flood said. Comparing Arehart to students today, Flood said to the students in the gym, “Think about what you’re thinking about. Red wanted every one of those things too. But our president said ‘we need you’ … The soldier. that’s a choice. It’s about choices, they didn’t ask about their rights, about having a hearing, they just did it.”
Taps was then performed by Allyson Wemhoff and Kaitlyn Polk, before the “Colors” were retired by the American Legion and VFW as the veterans marched out of the gymnasium one more time.
ELGIN — West Holt had no chance.
The goal all season for Elgin Public-Pope John has been to put themselves in a position to qualify for the Class C2 State Volleyball Tournament. They did just that Tuesday night, defeating the Huskies 25-14, 25-17 and 25-13 in the C2-10 Sub-District Final played at O’Neill High School.
The Wolfpack played a near flawless match against West Holt, never allowing the Huskies a chance to get in the match. The Wolfpack dominated the net on both offense and defense, according to statistics from the match.
Junior Liz Selting led the way with a team-high 14 kills. As a team, the Wolfpack were 82 of 94 in attacks with 36 kills. Other Wolfpack players with kills were Jenna Parks eight, Terri Seier six, Paige Meis five, Amy Nelson two and Jill Schindler one. West Holt had two players with six kills apiece.
EPPJ made 58 of 64 serves in the match with three ace serves, one each from Nelson, Selting and Jordan Mescher.
Nelson led the way in blocking with three solos, Selting, Seier and Schindler each had one.
A key statistic in the match was digs and the Wolfpack had just 17 errors. West Holt had 32 errors. Parks led EPPJ with eight, Selting had seven followed by Nelson, Mescher and Nicole Beckman all with six.
EPPJ recorded 24 set assists in the match, led by Parks with 13, Baylee Wemhoff had seven, Meis and Schindler each with two.
Mescher led the Wolfpack in serve receive with 14, Selting was next with seven.
The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 25-6 heading into the C2-5 District final against Crofton to be played Thursday night at Norfolk Catholic High School. The match begins at 7 p.m.
EPPJ volleyball players offered their own version of “The Late Show” Monday night, defeating Neligh/Oakdale in the opening round of the C2-10 Sub-District Tournament.
Taking the court to play the match, more than two hours after the scheduled start due to both early matches going five games, the Wolfpack played with purpose in demolishing the Warriors 25-12, 25-15 and 25-10.
An ace serve by Nicole Beckman gave the Wolfpack an 18 to 8 lead in game one. Kills by Liz Selting and Terri Seier helped the Wolfpack close out the game.
In game two, the Wolfpack led 14 to 12, then put together an 11 to three run to close out the game. Jenna Parks had an ace serve and Amy Nelson added a big kill. Seier then teamed up with Jill Schindler for a stuff block on game point.
In the final game, there was no stopping the Wolfpack as they led 22 to seven at one point. Paige Meis and Nelson teamed up for a stuff block, sophomore Grace Henn came off the bench to record a kill and Anna Heilhecker served an ace on match point.
For the match, Selting led Wolfpack hitters with 10 kills, followed by Seier with seven, Parks six, Nelson and Meis three apiece, Henn and Schindler each with one. Danae Smith and Chase Vleck led the Warriors with six kills apiece.
The Wolfpack had nine ace serves. Parks had three, Selting and Mescher each had two, Beckman and Heilhecker each had one.
Seier had four of the team’s 10 solo blocks, Schindler added three.
Mescher led the team in digs with eight, Selting had seven and Beckman added six.
Parks was tops in set assists with 14, Baylee Wemhoff added 12.
Mescher led the Wolfpack in serve receive with 14.
The win boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 24-6.
ELGIN — Two teams entered Elgin Field looking to make their mark in the D1 State Football Playoffs, one exited the field as victor on a sun-splashed Thursday afternoon.
Elgin Public-Pope John boosted their record to 7-2 with a 52 to 28 victory over Axtell in the opening round of the playoffs.
Dylan Behnk caught three touchdown passes and Andrew Fangman rushed for three touchdowns, The defense, after surrendering 22 points in the first half, gave up just six in the second half to hand Axtell their fifth loss of the season.
The Wolfpack lit up the scoreboard on the game’s first play from scrimmage as Fangman, who finished with 207 yards rushing, went 65 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Axtell answered right back with a 12-play, 53-yard touchdown drive. Going into the game, Wolfpack Coach Randy Eisenhauer said the Wolfpack had to shut down Wildcat running back Cody Nickel. Early on, Nickel got his yards, but it was a 22-yard completion from quarterback Parker Sis to Adam Lundeen which set up their touchdown. Sis scored on a one-yard plunge.
The score was 8-all, but not for long as Schumacher went to the air on the next drive. He connected with Behnk for a 36-yard gain. Then, two plays later, he found Behnk in the left corner of the endzone for a 20-yard scoring strike with 4:46 left in the opening quarter.
Behnk set up the Wolfpack’s next score with a play on special teams. After a quarterback sack by Scott Moser forced the Wildcats to punt, Behnk burst through the line to block the kick, giving the Wolfpack the ball on Axtell’s 11-yard line. On the very next play, Schumacher found Behnk in the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown.
Down 16 points, Axtell came back with a heavy dose of Nickel running the ball. He gained 34 yards on four consecutive carries to put the ball on the Wolfpack 17-yard line. Two plays later, Nickel got the touchdown on a 10-yard run.
For a few moments, Axtell looked like they might make a game of it as they recovered a fumble on the Wolfpack’s 30-yard line. A Maxwell run of 21 yards down to the Wolfpack’s two-yard line was called back due to a holding penalty. On the very next play, Behnk intercepted a Sis pass to end the scoring threat.
The Wolfpack then went 51 yards in eight plays. Schumacher completed a 15-yard pass to senior Austin Meis, then found Kyle Kallhoff for 12 yards, down to the three-yard line. From there, Fangman ran it in on the next play.
Axtell added one more touchdown before halftime on a six-yard run by Maxwell. The two-point conversion was no good, thanks to Behnk batting the ball down in the endzone.
The Wildcats recovered another Wolfpack fumble to set up one last drive before halftime. They attempted a 30-yard field goal, on the last play of the half, but it went wide right.
Coach Eisenhauer made a halftime adjustment which caught the Wildcats off guard. He decided to mix in runs by Kallhoff and Chad Bode since the Axtell defense was keying on Fangman. Bode gained 19 yards on two carries and the Wolfpack overcame a holding penalty to keep the drive alive. With the ball on Axtell eight-yard line, Kallhoff bulled his way into the endzone.
On their next possession, the Wolfpack scored again as Behnk caught his third touchdown pass, this one good for 19 yards.
Axtell’s Jarett Bertrand returned the ensuing kickoff down to the Wolfpack’s 16-yard line. Three plays later the Wildcats were in the endzone, thanks to a six-yard run by Nickel.
Fangman scored the team’s final touchdown, with just under five minutes left to play in the fourth quarter to account for EPPJ’s final points.
Wolfpack reserves finished out the final moments of the game.
The Wolfpack had 423 yards of total offense in the game. Fangman led all rushers with 207 yards. Behnk caught five balls for 89 yards and Schumacher completed eight of 10 passes for 120 yards.
On defense, Bode and Fangman each had 15 tackles to lead the Wolfpack.
Wolfpack 52, Wildcats 28
EPPJ…………..…24 8 6 14 — 52
Axtell…………..…16 6 0 6 — 28
EPPJ — Andrew Fangman 65 run (Seth Schumacher run)
AXT — Parker Sis 1 run (Sis pass to Colton Maxwell)
EPPJ — Dylan Behnk 20 pass from Schumacher (Fangman run)
EPPJ — Behnk 1 pass from Schumacher (Schumacher pass to Behnk)
AXT — Cody Nickel 10 run (Nickel run)
EPPJ — Fangman 3 run (Fangman run)
AXT — Maxwell 6 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Kyle Kallhoff 8 run (Kallhoff run)
EPPJ — Behnk 19 pass from Schumacher (Fangman run)
AXT — Nickel 6 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Fangman 5 run (PAT failed)
Team statistics EPPJ
Total plays 62
First downs 18
Passing Yds 120
Total Offense 423
Fumbles lost 2
Interceptions by 1
Rushing — Kyle Schumacher 3/9, Kyle Kallhoff 6/31, Chad Bode 7/39, Hunter Reestman 2/1, Andrew Fangman 37/207, Seth Schumacher 4/16
Passing — Seth Schumacher 8/10/0 — 120
Receiving — Dylan Behnk 5/89, Kyle Kallhoff 1/12, Austin Meis 1/19
Tackles (solo/assists) — Dylan Behnk 0/4, Kyle Schumacher 0/1, Kyle Kallhoff 2/5, Austin Meis 2/2, Miles Schrage 2/6, Chad Bode 8/7, Chase Preister 1/2, Alois Warner 3/2, Scott Moser 4/10, Liam Heithoff 1/2, Kalin Henn 1/0, Andrew Fangman 9/6, Seth Schumacher 6/7
Quarterback sacks — Austin Meis (1), Miles Schrage (1), Scott Moser (1)
Interceptions — Dylan Behnk (1)
October 29, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
NELIGH — Elgin Public-Pope John won the first game, then Stuart came on strong to claim the victory in the semi-final round of the NVC Volleyball Tournament Tuesday night at Neligh/Oakdale High School.
The Wolfpack defeated the Lady Broncos 25 to 20 in the first game, then dropped the next three by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-21.
By virtue of the loss, the Wolfpack will play in the consolation finals Friday at 6:15 p.m. at Niobrara.
In the first game against Stuart, the Wolfpack had things going their way. With the score tied 15-all, EPPJ took advantage of two Stuart miscues from the service line to build a lead. A kill by Amy Nelson and an ace tip by Liz Selting boosted the lead to 20 to 17.
Selting added another kill and Terri Seier added two more, making the score 23 to 18. A service winner from Selting gave the Wolfpack game point. Stuart’s Jaden Schafer then served out, giving EPPJ the game.
In game two, the score was tied at 10-all when Stuart went on a five-to-zero run to take control of the game. Stuart’s lead grew to 10 points, 23 to 13, before the Wolfpack made a late charge, highlighted by back-to-back ace serves from Selting. However, it was too little, too late.
Stuart dominated action in game three, building an 18 to 10 lead before Nelson came in with a kill at the net. Stuart’s lead grew to 11 points. The Wolfpack cut it back to nine as Jordan Mescher had an ace serve and Nelson added another kill.
In game four, the score was tied at 18-all, then Stuart put together a five-point run. Nicole Beckman’s service point, an ace tip from Parks for another point, and an ace block for a sideout were all the points the Wolfpack could put on the scoreboard as Stuart closed out the match. Complete stats will be in next week’s paper.
First round action
The Wolfpack opened the tournament Monday night with a three-game victory over North Central. Scores were 25-17, 25-22 and 25-9.
Wolfpack hitters were 81 of 98 in attacks with 38 kills. Leading the way was Selting with 13 kills, Parks had 11. Seier added seven followed by Amy Nelson with four and Jill Schindler with three.
EPPJ was in double figures with ace serves with 12. Selting had five ace serves, Parks recorded three, Baylee Wemhoff had two while Jordan Mescher and Nelson each had one. On the night, the Wolfpack missed just three serves (70/73).
At the net, Wolfpack blockers recorded 11 solo blocks, led by Seier with four, Schindler had three, Parks added two while Nelson and Paige Meis each had one.
Mescher led the team in digs with 17.
Parks had a team-high 13 set assists in the match, Wemhoff added 10, Schindler was credited with three and Meis had two.