July 31, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
There was plenty of action on the softball fields at Petersburg Saturday and Sunday as the Pope John Alumni Softball Tournament was held. A team comprised of graduates from 1988, 1989 and 2000 won the tournament.
Taking second place was the team of alumni from 1998 and 2013.
Finishing third was the 2005 alumni team while a team composed of faculty, 2002 and 2004 placed fourth.
July 31, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
First held in 1925, the Wheeler County Fair has always been an attraction which has drawn people from far and wide. This year marks the 90th annual Wheeler County Fair which will run from Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2.
Rodeo action, a steak fry, car & tractor show and a community potluck dinner are just some of the activities planned during the county fair.
MSRA/NSRA Rodeo action will be featured Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 8 p.m.
The Fifth Annual Wheeler County Steak Feed will be Saturday evening. Steak tickets and gate admission include the rodeo, dance, 24’ water slide, sand box, train rides and bounce houses.
The Second Annual Car & Tractor Show will be held at the City Park on Saturday afternoon.
As part of Sunday’s closing day activities, there will be a community pot luck supper starting at 5 p.m.
Here’s a list of all fair activities:
Friday, July 31
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. — Small Animal Check-In
10 a.m. — Small Animal Show
4 p.m. — Sheep, Swine, Beef Weigh-In
7:45 p.m. Wild Horse Race Calcutta
8 p.m. — MSRA/NSRA Rodeo, Wild Horse Races (Slack to follow)
9 p.m. — Fat Kid Productions DJ/Dance
Saturday, August 1
8 a.m. — 4-H Livestock Show
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Second Annual Car & Tractor Show at City Park
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Fifth Annual Wheeler Co. Steak Feed
5:30 p.m. — 4-H Scholarship, Friend of 4-H, Contest Winners Recognized
6 p.m. — 4-H Livestock Premium Auction
8 p.m. — Open Class Entry release
8 p.m. — MSRA/NSRA Rodeo, Wild Horse Races
9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. — Dance to “Shelia Greenland Band”
Sunday, August 2
1 p.m. — Sign-in for Turtle Races
2 p.m. — Turtle Races and Bingo
5 p.m. — Community Pot Luck
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Travis Wizardry Magician
6:30 p.m. — Ranch Rodeo Calcutta followed by Ranch Rodeo
July 23, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
In little more than a month, the Wolfpack football team will begin the 2015 season.
Fresh off a district championship last year, Elgin Public-Pope John is looking for more this year.
Since the end of school in May, four senior captains (Dylan Behnk, Andrew Fangman, Kyle Kallhoff and Seth Schumacher) and their teammates have made the weight room their home away from home. Pumping iron, getting stronger and faster in preparation for a new season.
Heavy metal music from Metallica, Limp Biskit and other bands fills the weight room, so do the sounds made by lifting weights, all for a single purpose — to be the best football team in Class D-1.
“Our goal is to get 40 days,” Fangman said about work in the weight room.
Seniors on this year’s team were freshmen when the Wolfpack walked out of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln with a state championship trophy.
“We got a good taste of that (winning a state championship three years ago) we know what it’s like,” Fangman said.
The last two years, in their minds, didn’t live up to the expectations of Wolfpack fans. Beginning August 28 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, they are focused on winning one game at a time towards the postseason.
Chosen by their teammates to lead the way, each has earned his place.
As a signal-caller last season, Schumacher led the team back from an 0-3 start, completing more than 50 percent of his passes. Playing safety on defense, he had six interceptions.
Behnk was one of his “go-to” receivers, averaging more than 10 yards a catch.
Fangman and Kallhoff were two of the top three rushers on a team which, over the course of nine games, rushed for over 2,200 yards, averaging 4.5 yards every time they carried the ball. Kallhoff finished with 555 yards, Fangman had 543. Underclassman Chad Bode led the team with 755 yards on the ground.
Each player stressed the importance of getting off to a strong start early in the season, during an interview session Thursday afternoon.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
July 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
On July 1 Elgin played the Norfolk Impact and took a 15-1 loss, Elgin’s only hit in the game came from Kayce Kallhoff. Anna Heilhecker took the pitching loss for Elgin. She walked four and struck out four.
Elgin traveled to Creighton on July 6 and took a 14-2 loss. Calli Krebs, Paige Meis and Heather Bauer each had a single for Elgin. Ally Wemhoff pitched for Elgin striking out two and walking 14.
Final games for the season were a double header with O’ Neill on July 9. In the first game Elgin lost a close one 11-9. Hitting for Elgin were Paige Meis with two singles and two RBI’s, Heather Bauer with a single and three RBI’s, Marie Meis with a single and an RBI, Calli Krebs and Emma Kerkman each with a single and Grace Rittsher and Harlie Bode with RBI’s. Ally Wemhoff pitched for Elgin striking out two and walking eleven.
In the nightcap, Elgin won 19-16 in the extra innings. Nine of Elgins eleven players had hits in the game. Paige Meis led Elgin hitters with a triple, a double, a single, and four RBI’s. Ally Wemhoff had a double, a single, and an RBI, Emma Kerkman had three singles and an RBI, Grace Rittscher had two singles and three RBI’s, Ally Selting had two singles and an RBI, Marie Meis had a single and an RBI, Calli Krebs had a single, and Hanna Seier and Heather Bauer each had an RBI. Emma Kerkman started pitching for Elgin, She struck out one and walked eleven. Ally Wemhoff came in to finish the game. Ally struck out three and walked nine. Elgin finished the season with a 9-7 record.
On Monday, June 29 Elgin traveled to Atkinson for a doubleheader. Elgin won both games. In the first game Elgin had twelve hits and won 16-3. Paige Meis led Elgin with two singles, a triple, and four RBI’s. Others hitting for Elgin were Grace Rittscher with three singles and an RBI, Heather Bauer with two singles and an RBI, Ally Wemhoff with a single and two RBI’s, Marie Meis and Grace Henn each with a single and an RBI, and Emma Kerkman with a single. Anna Heilhecker pitched for Elgin striking out two and walking two.
Elgin won the nightcap 10-4. Paige Meis again led Elgin in hitting, she had a single, a double and two RBI’s. Emma Kerkman had two singles and an RBI, Heather Bauer and Calli Krebs each had a single and an RBI, and Ally Wemhoff, Grace Rittscher, and Marie Meis each had a single. Ally Wemhoff got the pitching win for Elgin. She truck out four and walked one.
July 8, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
While he would never put himself in the same category as Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso or van Gogh, one Minnesota painter is busy creating masterpieces - of sorts - on gymnasium courts across the nation including several school gyms located here in Northeast Nebraska.
While Michelangelo’s canvas at the Sistine Chapel was a ceiling, this artist’s canvas is wooden floors. Fans of EPPJ sports and Elgin Public School activities will get to enjoy this work of art for years to come.
This past week, Steve Faragher spent three days in Elgin, beginning with the prep work on Thurssday and finishing the painting of the Wolfpack mascot logo Saturday morning at the center of the court on Elgin Public School’s new gymnasium floor. Faragher is the go-to guy when it comes to graphics at Anderson Ladd, the flooring company contractor located in Minneapolis.
The Elgin Review was able to visit with Faragher on a few occasions during his stay.
“I’m usually in the office, creating the computer graphics that our painters use on site,” Faragher said on Friday. But when the job demands a little more detail work, Faragher gets to pack his bags, toothbrush and paint brushes and take a road trip.
“I’ve done several gyms that required more detail work here in Nebraska. I worked on the Creighton Bulldog, Orchard’s Cyclone, O’Neill’s Eagle and the Palmer Tiger”.
According to Faragher, while all these mascots required some fairly complicated detail work, the Wolfpack logo is by far the most detailed due to the trio of wolves and background around the ‘pack.
He explained the process to us: prep work begins on the raw wood floor. The wood is seal coated and then the “sander” (person working the project) applies the computer vinyl cutout (similar to a stencil) after carefully measuring to be sure everything is centered and in its proper position. Once it is attached, the sander takes an X-acto knife and carefully cuts out sections that will be used for a particular color. For instance, all the areas that were to be painted gray were cut out at the same time, painted and allowed time to dry. In observing Faragher as he worked, most of this time is spent either on his kneels or sitting down, bent over the project with a brush or knife in his hands.
At this time in the project, it’s crucial that the painted areas be left alone. The painted areas will receive two coats of polyureathane over them at the same time that the entire court is coated.
Surprisingly, of all the artwork he has worked on, the one that caused him the most frustration was a staining job on the gymnasium floor in Friend, Nebraska.
“The Superintendent wanted the area inside the three point line to be stained as a gradient. The wood was hickory which doesn’t take stain well. I knew she wasn’t going to be happy but I did it anyway and she wasn’t,” he said. After one week of working on that and then coming back for another week to try to make the stain better, everyone was happy - except for the Superintendent. “I knew it wasn’t going to work but she wanted what she wanted and I wasn’t going to change her mind,” Faragher says with some regret.
No one likes to have their name attached to a project that is destined to fail and he is no exception.
Like everything, these works of art have a lifespan.
“Wear varies with care and maintenance,” he said. “Most big schools re-sand about every ten years, the design can be repainted any time it’s needed”.
The painting on the logo and around the perimeter of the court is finished but work continues. Several “bump size rises” have occurred around the perimeter of the court.
Superintendent Dan Polk said Complete Floors Inc. of Norfolk plans to complete the repair work and apply the final finishes this week.