ELGIN — Two matches, two more victories for Elgin Public-Pope John.
On Tuesday night, Sept. 6, the Wolfpack hosted a triangular at EHS. In the first match, they defeated Ewing 25-16 and 25-22.
The Wolfpack had 19 kills in the match. Senior Elizabeth Selting led the way with 10 kills, Amy Nelson had three followed by Grace Henn and Paige Meis with two apiece, Nicki Payne and Baylee Wemhoff each had one. The team was 31 of 37 in attacks.
From the service line the team was 42 of 46 with five ace serves. Nelson had two aces, Meis, Baylee Wemhoff and Calli Krebs each had one.
In the two-game match, the Wolfpack had four ace blocks, led by Nelson with two, Meis and Selting each with one.
Baylee Wemhoff led setters with seven set assists, Ally Wemhoff had four followed by Nelson with two and Payne with one. Selting led the team in serve receive with eight, Krebs had four, Meis and Jordan Mescher each had two.
The nightcap featured a dominant performance from the Wolfpack as they limited Niobrara/Verdigre to just 19 points in two games, winning 25-13 and 25-6.
EPPJ dominated the net with 25 kills, led by Selting with 10. Henn had five followed by Meis with four, Nelson had three while Baylee Wemhoff, Lydia Behnk and Payne each had one. They were 40 of 49 in attacks.
Niobrara/Verdigre gave up 12 ace serves in the match. Krebs led the way with three followed by Meis, Baylee Wemhoff and Nelson with two apiece, Selting, Henn and Anna Heilhecker each had one. The team was 41 of 47 serving.
Nelson led the team in solo blocks with three, Behnk and Meis each had one.
Baylee Wemhoff again led the team in set assists with 16, Ally Wemhoff had six, Behnk and Payne each had one.
Selting led the team in serve receive with five, Krebs and Ally Wemhoff each had three and Meis had one.
The Wolfpack’s record is now 4-0.
ELGIN — One could understand Thursday night if someone changed the name of the Wolfpack volleyball team to the bulldozers.
Like the equipment which knocks down houses, the Wolfpack knocked down the Spartans of Boyd County 25-12, 25-8 and 25-13.
The Spartans didn’t have a chance as the Wolfpack dominated at the net and from the service line to remain unbeaten.
Tied 10-all in the first game, EPPJ outscored the Spartans 15 to 2 to gain the upper hand.
Three kills from Elizabeth Selting, a kill and a solo block from Amy Nelson and another kill from Paige Meis led the way. Nelson closed out the first game with an ace serve.
In Game Two, the Wolfpack jumped out to a 12 to 3 lead. Calli Krebs had six service points in a row and she received help from Nicki Payne with a kill at the net while Selting and Nelson continued their attacks.
Wemhoff had two aces in a six-point run to close out the game, aided by a kill from Grace Henn.
Game Three featured libero Jordan Mescher serving seven consecutive points. Payne and Meis teamed up for a stuff block towards the end of the game. Junior Lydia Behnk came off the bench to hammer home the Wolfpack’s final kill of the game, coming on match point.
For the match, the Wolfpack recorded 33 kills as they were 53 of 66 in attacks. Selting led the way with 11 kills and she had plenty of help. Nelson produced seven, Meis added six, Henn notched five, Nicki Payne had two while Mescher and Behnk each had one.
From the service line the Wolfpack were equally effective as they recorded nine ace serves. Baylee Wemhoff led the way with four, Mescher had two, Nelson, Selting and Krebs each had one. They were 66 of 72 serving (91.7 percent).
Nelson led the team with five solo blocks in the match, Meis and Selting each had two, Payne and BayleeWemhoff each had one.
Wemhoff, Krebs and Mescher tied for the team-high in digs with three-apiece.
EPPJ recorded 28 set assists in the match, led by Baylee Wemhoff with 18, Payne had seven and Ally Wemhoff recorded 3.
Mescher led the Wolfpack in serve receive with 12, Selting had seven.
The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 5-0 heading into the Howells/Dodge Tournament.
ELGIN — Held scoreless for the first 10 quarters of the season, Elgin Public-Pope John lit up the scoreboard in the second half of a 54 to 12 loss to Chambers/Wheeler Central/Ewing (CWCE).
Kenny Bush, seeing his first action at running back, lunged into the endzone with 47 seconds left in the third quarter to give Wolfpack fans something to celebrate.
Then, with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, sophomore Joseph Bailey went left, then cut back right and outraced Renegade defenders to the endzone for the team’s second touchdown of the night.
That proved to be all the offensive highlights for a Wolfpack team, decimated by injuries, missing four of the eight players who started the season. On this night the Renegades, who reached the Class D-2 state championship game last year, were the better team. They scored the first two times they touched the ball on offense as the Wolfpack fell behind early in the game.
Capitalizing on a Wolfpack fumble, the Renegades’ first touchdown came when quarterback Carter Croxen connected with Daniel Libolt on a 63-yard touchdown pass. Libolt scored the second touchdown on a 52-yard run, making the score 16 to 0 with 7:23 left in the first quarter.
Two more touchdowns before the end of the quarter gave the Renegades a 32 to 0 lead.
A Wolfpack fumble gave the Renegades the ball on EPPJ’s 26-yard line early in the second quarter. CWCE took advantage with their third one-play scoring drive of the game, a Croxen to Connor Croxen pass for a 40 to 0 lead.
The Wolfpack offense showed a spark on their ensuing possession as Conor Ramold connected with Kyle Schumacher on a 21-yard reception past midfield. A penalty stalled the drive and it came to an abrupt end with a Connor Croxen interception.
The Wolfpack got the ball back on the next play when Schumacher recovered a Renegades’ fumble on the CWCE 14-yard line. The Wolfpack’s best chance to score in the first half came up empty as Nicholas Haburchak picked off Ramold.
The Wolfpack defense stiffened after the Renegades moved the ball across midfield. The teams then took turns with fumble recoveries to quash drives thus ending the first half.
The Renegades took the second half kickoff and went 55 yards in four plays, scoring on a Croxen to Croxen 41-yard strike. Leading 54 to 0, the Renegades were then picked apart by the Wolfpack on a 5-yard scoring drive.
The drive appeared to be going nowhere when the Renegades were flagged for a roughing-the-punter 15-yard pe-nalty. That put the ball on the Renegades’ 36-yard line.
The Wolfpack got big runs from Bush and Carter Schindler to get the ball down to the five-yard line where, on the next play, Bush took a pitch and beat two tacklers to the pylon for EPPJ’s first score.
Wolfpack reserve running back Joseph Bailey gave the team a spark with a 31-yard run deep into Renegades territory midway through the fourth quarter. Four plays later, Bailey got the Wolfpack’s second touchdown.
Renegades 54, Wolfpack 12
Renegades……32 14 8 0 — 54
Wolfpack……….0 0 6 6 — 12
CWCE — Carter Croxen 63 pass to Daniel Libolt (2-pt conversion good)
CWCE — Libolt 52 run (2-pt conversion good)
CWCE — Croxen 9 pass to Libolt (2-pt conversion good)
CWCE — Libolt 34 run (2-pt conversion good)
CWCE — Croxen 26 pass to Connor Croxen (2-pt conversion good)
CWCE — Carter Croxen 51 interception return (PAT failed)
CWCE — Croxen 41 pass to Croxen (2-pt conversion good)
EPPJ — Kenny Bush 5 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Joseph Bailey 16 run (PAT failed)
Team statistics EPPJ
Total plays 48
First downs 10
Passing Yds 72
Total Off. 191
Fumbles lost 2
Fumbles recovered 2
Rushing — Conor Ramold 4/-2, Joseph Bailey 4/50, Kyle Schumacher 3/-1, Kenny Bush 20/30, Carter Schildler 5/42
Passing — Conor Ramold 3/11/3 — 72
Receiving — Kyle Schumacher 2/62, Liam Heithoff 1/10
Tackles (solo/assists) — Cameron Nielsen 2/2, Conor Ramold 0/3, Joseph Bailey 4/0, Miles Schrage 8/4, Kyle Schumacher 9/1, Cory Romej 4/0, Kenny Bush 6/6, Liam Heithoff 4/3, Lane Bartak 2/2, Austin Bauer 3/1, Tyler Iburg 1/0
Tackles for loss — Joseph Bailey 1, Kyle Schumacher 1, Kenny Bush 1
Fumble recoveries — Miles Schrage 1, Kyle Schumacher 1
The Wolfpack volleyball team went undefeated at a round-robin tournament played in Dodge.
Against Shelby/Rising City in their first match, the Wolfpack won in three games by the scores of 25-16, 23-25 and 25-12.
Elizabeth Selting led the Wolfpack with 12 kills, Grace Henn had 10 followed by Amy Nelson nine, Paige Meis eight, Baylee Wemhoff three and Nicki Payne one.
Shelby/Rising City was led by Sydnie Adams with 10.
The Wolfpack had three ace serves, led by Ally Wemhoff with two, Nelson had one. Shelby/Rising City was led by Sydney Smith with three.
The Wolfpack had six solo blocks in the match, led by Henn and Selting with two apiece, Nelson and Meis each had one.
Jordan Mescher led EPPJ in digs with 11. Courtney Smith and MaryEli Kohl each had nine for the Huskies.
Baylee Wemhoff had 22 set assists in the match, Ally Wemhoff added 13. Erica Pokorney led the Huskies with 13.
Mescher led in serve receive with nine.
The easiest match for the Wolfpack may have been the second match of the day when EPPJ defeated Howells-Dodge in the championship game by the score of 25-22 and 25-19.
The Wolfpack had 22 kills in the match, led by Selting with seven, Nelson had five, Henn and Meis each had four while Mescher and Payne each had one.
Sam Brester led Howells/Dodge with nine.
EPPJ had five ace serves in the match. Leading the way was Baylee Wemhoff with two, Krebs, Nelson and Selting each had one. Emily Ritzdorf led Howells/Dodge with two.
Nelson had three solo blocks in the match, Selting, Meis and Henn each had one.
Selting led EPPJ in digs with four, Krebs had three and Mescher added two. Macey Kulhanek led Howells/Dodge with 11.
Baylee Wemhoff led EPPJ with 12 set assists, Ally Wemhoff added eight. Tessa Brester led Howells/Dodge with 21.
Mescher and Selting tied for the team-high in serve receive with 10 apiece.
The Wolfpack defeated Elkhorn Valley 23-25, 25-9 and 25-21 in their final match of the day.
Selting led the way with 17 kills, Henn had seven followed by Meis with five, Nelson had four and Payne contributed three. Elkhorn Valley was led by Sierra Rystrom with seven.
EPPJ had eight ace serves in the match. Baylee Wemhoff, Nelson and Krebs each had two, Ally Wemhoff and Mescher each had one. H. Ollendick had four for Elkhorn Valley.
The Wolfpack had five solo blocks in the match, led by Nelson and Selting with two apiece, Meis had one. H. Ollendick led Elkhorn Valley with four.
Mescher again led EPPJ in digs with six. Bri Werner and Alyssa Rood each had 12 for Elkhorn Valley.
Baylee Wemhoff led EPPJ in set assists with 16, Payne had nine and Ally Wemhoff had eight. Amber Miller led Elkhorn Valley with 14.
Mescher led the way in serve receive with 10 while Ollendick led Elkhorn Valley with 18.
By Dennis Morgan
ELGIN — Class D-1’s top-ranked Burwell Longhorns showed why they are the odds-on favorite to be state champions.
In an awesome display of quick-strike offense and shut down defense, they posted the most rare of feats at Elgin Field — shutting out the Wolfpack.
Elgin Public-Pope John managed just three first downs in the game which was shortened in the second half by the 35-point rule.
To make matters worse, the Wolfpack may be without senior running back Chad Bode for much of the season. On the first play of the second quarter, Bode scrambled to his right attempting a halfback pass. He was hit and fell to the ground, suffering an apparent broken wrist. He left the field and did not return.
“We knew coming into this year it was going to be a learning curve for us,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said after the game. “They’re (Burwell) ranked number one for a reason. They showed that tonight against us. We have to fight adversity.”
On this night, Burwell had more experience and size and they used it to their advantage early and often.
On their first offensive play, after holding the Wolfpack on downs, Burwell’s Tori Huffman broke free for a 35-yard touchdown. He would add two more touchdown runs (two, five yards) as the Longhorns took a 20 to 0 lead.
Capitalizing on turnovers, Burwell added one more touchdown before the end of the quarter on a 17-run by Cayden Owens.
The biggest cheers for the Wolfpack came midway through the second quarter when linebacker Kenny Bush picked off an Owens pass and returned it to near midfield. Unfortunately, two plays later the Wolfpack fumbled the ball and the Longhorns recovered. It was one of five fumbles lost by the Wolfpack in the game.
Burwell added two more touchdowns before halftime to lead 42 to 0. Then, they started the second half with Ryan Dawe returning the kickoff for a touchdown, the first of two touchdowns he would score in the second half. The Longhorns tacked on one more score in the fourth quarter.
Burwell’s defense limited the Wolfpack to just 72 yards in total offense. Sophomore starting quarterback Hunter Reestman, under constant pressure for most of the night, completed three of nine passes and rushed nine times for 19 yards. Bode, before being injured, had 39 yards on 10 carries.
On defense, the Wolfpack were led by Liam Heithoff with 12 tackles, Miles Schrage had eight.
The Wolfpack (0-1) will next be in action Friday night, on the road against High Plains (1-0).
The game will be played in Clarks. Kickoff will be 7 p.m.
“Our kids will come back ready to go,” Coach Eisenhauer said.
Longhorns 62, Wolfpack 0
Burwell………28 14 14 6 — 62
Wolfpack……..0 0 0 0 — 0
BHS — Tori Huffman 35 run (PAT failed)
BHS — Huffman 2 run (2 pt conversion good)
BHS — Huffman 5 run (PAT failed)
BHS — Cayden Owens 17 run (2 pt conversion good)
BHS — Owens 20 pass to Tyler Gideon (2 pt conversion good)
BHS — Ryan Dawe 1 run (PAT failed)
BHS — Dawe kickoff return (PAT kick)
BHS — Dawe 59 run (PAT kick)
BHS — Sage Konicek 17 pass to Joshua Urbanovsky (PAT failed)
Team totals EPPJ
Passing Yds 17
Total Yds 72
Total plays 39
First downs 3
Fumbles lost 5
Interceptions by 1
Passing — Hunter Reestman 3-9-0 — 17
Rushing — Conor Ramold 1/0, Chad Bode 10/39, Kyle Schumacher 4/-2, Hayes Miller 1/-1, Hunter Reestman 9/19
Receiving — Kenny Bush 1/8, Liam Heithoff 1/9
Tackles (solo/assists) — Cameron Nielsen 2/2 Conor Ramold 2/2, Miles Schrage 2/6, Chad Bode 1/3, Kyle Schumacher 1/3, Cory Romej 1/1, Kenny Bush 1/6, Liam Heithoff 1/11, Hayes Miller 2/2, Lane Bartak 0/1, Austin Bauer 0/1, Hunter Reestman 3/4, Brody Hupp 0/3, Nick Iburg 1/2
Tackles for loss — Hunter Reestman 2, Conor Ramold 1, Cory Romej 1, Liam Heithoff 1
Quarterback sacks — Miles Schrage 1
Interceptions — Kenny Bush 1