January 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
NELIGH — The Wolfpack’s four varsity wrestlers brought home three medals Saturday from the Neligh-Oakdale Invitational.
Some of the best teams and individual wrestlers competed in the tournament and the competition was outstanding.
The Wolfpack medal parade was led by senior Ryan Pelster. Wrestling at 145 pounds, Pelster recorded two pins in four matches. In the championship round, he lost to defending state champion Jaydon Elge of Nebraska Christian.
Senior Andrew Fangman had another good tournament. He recorded three pins and finished third in the 170-pound weight class. Teammate Logan Henn, returning to action after a one-week absence, recorded one pin and finished fourth in the 113-pound weight class.
Individual results were:
113 — Logan Henn (Elgin Public/Pope John) received byes in the first two rounds; Alejandro Martinez (Elkhorn Valley) 23-6 won by major decision (10-0) over Henn; Henn won by fall over Cole Laible (West Holt) 10-12 (Fall 3:33); 3rd Place Match - Trace Baasch (Amherst) 11-3 won by decision over Henn 15-6 (Dec 5-0)
120 — Zac Hazen (Creighton) 22-2 won by fall over Geoffrey Carr (Elgin Public/Pope John) (Fall 0:47); Ben Thiele (West Holt) 13-11 won by fall over Geoffrey Carr (Elgin Public/Pope John) 1-13 (Fall 1:58)
145 — Ryan Pelster (Elgin Public/Pope John) won by fall over Austin Pokorny (Clearwater-Orchard) 2-20 (Fall 1:01); Pelster won by fall over Brady Wortman (Creighton) 18-13 (Fall 2:18); Pelster won by decision over Dawson Trampe (Amherst ) 9-2 (Dec 2-0); 1st Place Match - Jaydon Elge (Nebraska Christian) 27-1 won by tech fall over Pelster 19-6 (TF-1.5 5:37 20-5)
170 — Andrew Fangman (Elgin Public/Pope John) received a bye in the opening round; Fangman won by fall over Dominic Bolling (Clearwater-Orchard) 17-15 (Fall 0:24); Chris Petersen (Elkhorn Valley) 28-3 won by decision over Andrew Fangman (Dec 5-2); Fangman won by fall over Colton Cavaness (West Holt) 20-5 (Fall 2:25); 3rd Place Match - Fangman 24-3 won by fall over Ean Stacken (Creighton) 21-11 (Fall 0:56).
DUNNING — Elgin’s “fantastic four” wrestlers were down to three Saturday, competing at the Knights Invite.
Two of the three wrestlers continued their collection of medals from meets this year.
Senior Andrew Fangman again placed first in the 170-pound weight class.
Teammate Ryan Pelster collected a second place medal for his performance in the 145-pound weight class.
The Wolfpack will next compete at the Neligh-Oakdale Invite to be held Saturday.
Individual results from Dunning were:
120 pounds — Round 1 - Kaden Guerrero (Southwest) 30-0 won by fall over Geoffrey Carr (Elgin/Pope John) (Fall 0:52); Carr received a bye; Jared Shaw (North Central) 5-13 won by fall over Carr 1-11 (Fall 3:19)
145 - Round 1 — Ryan Pelster (Elgin/Pope John) received a bye; Pelster won by fall over Jaydn Brown (North Platte St. Patrick`s) 4-4 (Fall 2:49); Pelster won by fall over Cody Downey (Southwest) 23-11 (Fall 3:07); 1st Place Match - Aaron Allison (North Platte St. Patrick`s) 20-4 won by fall over Pelster 16-5 (Fall 3:35)
170 — Quarterfinal - Andrew Fangman (Elgin/Pope John) won by fall over Brian Baker (Southeast) 3-7 (Fall 0:33); Semifinal - Fangman won by fall over Cole Hewett (Sandhills-Thedford) 15-6 (Fall 1:52); 1st Place Match - Fangman 21-2 won by fall over Seth Racicky (Ansley Litchfield) 19-8 (Fall 3:06)
STUART — Tied entering the fourth quarter, Elgin Public-Pope John put together a big fourth quarter to claim a road victory, 63 to 56, over Stuart.
The Wolfpack made 13 of 23 free throws in the final eight minutes of the game to prevent the Broncos from a come-from-behind victory.
The fourth quarter started with the teams tied at 44-all. Seth Schumacher, who finished as the game’s leading scorer with 27 points, got the Wolfpack going with a two-pointer which was followed by another from Scott Moser.
Chad Bode then put together a string of five points, the last one coming on a free throw for a 53 to 48 lead with 3:15 left in the game.
The rest of the way it would be free throws for the Wolfpack as Schumacher made seven of 10 free throws and the rest of the team was three of eight.
Earlier in the game it was the play of Bode which kept the Wolfpack close to the Broncos. Bode scored the Wolfpack’s first nine points of the second quarter (three field goals and 3-4 free throws) as the Wolfpack led 21 to 20. Stuart then jumped out to a 26 to 23 lead before Schumacher tied the score with a trey with 40 seconds to go before halftime. The teams traded points before Liam Heithoff gave EPPJ the halftime lead with a two-pointer just before the buzzer.
The Wolfpack were led in scoring by Schumacher with 27 points, Bode added 20. The team was 21 of 44 from the field (48 percent).
Stuart was led in scoring by Tate Schmaderer with 23 points, Conner Paxton added 19 and Micah Dexter tossed in 12. The Broncos shot 22 of 57 from the field (39 percent).
A key statistic in the game was free throws. The Wolfpack made 18 of 34 while Stuart was just 10 of 20.
The victory improved the Wolfpack’s record to 6-7.
Wolfpack 63, Broncos 56
Wolfpack……12 18 14 19 — 63
Broncos……..13 15 16 12 — 56
Wolfpack — Dylan Behnk 1-1 0-0 2, Chad Bode 6-13 8-12 20, Ashton Evans 1-3 0-0 3, Liam Heithoff 1-1 0-0 2, Kyle Kallhoff 0-3 0-3 0, Austin Meis 3-9 0-0 6, Scott Moser 1-3 1-2 3, Seth Schumacher 8-11 9-17 27. Team totals: 21-44 18-34 63. Stuart team totals: 22-57 10-20 56.
Team statistics — Three-point shots - Wolfpack 3-9 (Seth Schumacher 2, Ashton Evans 1), Stuart 2/17. Rebounds - Wolfpack 26 (Chad Bode 7, Dylan Behnk 6), Stuart 30. Assists - Wolfpack 7 (Chad Bode 2, Kyle Kallhoff 2), Stuart 8. Steals - Wolfpack 9 (Seth Schumacher 2, Kyle Kallhoff 2, Chad Bode 2), Stuart 6. Turnovers - Wolfpack 13, Stuart 17.
ELGIN — Up by 18 points in the first half, the Wolfpack needed free throws in the final minute to preserve a 46 to 42 victory over top-ranked and unbeaten Fullerton.
Leading by just two points with a minute to play, the Wolfpack made four of five free throws to hold off the Lady Warriors.
As the final buzzer sounded, EPPJ Coach Randy Eisenhauer raised his hands high into the air in triumph, the reserves sitting on the bench jumped into the air and the players on the court relished the moment with smiles and high-fives.
In that final minute, junior Baylee Wemhoff made four of four free throws, the last two coming with 12 seconds left in the game to give the Wolfpack a two-possession lead which they would not relinquish.
EPPJ’s fantastic finish was set up by, arguably, their best first half of any game this year.
Fullerton entered the game with a far superior height advantage with 6’3” Halle Plumbtree anchoring the post. Repeatedly, they tried to work the ball to her.
The Wolfpack’s answer was to employ a 2-3 zone defense with Liz Selting anchoring the middle. The Wolfpack’s swarming defense befuddled the Warriors throughout the first half.
At the other end of the court, the Wolfpack’s up-tempo attack was clicking. Forced to shoot from the perimeter, the Wolfpack connected on seven three-point shots in the first quarter. Wemhoff opened the first quarter with a trey and made her second as the buzzer sounded to give the Wolfpack a 14 to 7 lead.
The Wolfpack increased their lead in the second quarter. Jenna Parks nailed a trey and Ally Wemhoff added three more, the last coming at the 4:04 mark to give EPPJ a 26 to 13 lead. Ally and Parks combined for five points over the next 90 seconds to give the Wolfpack their largest lead of the game, 18 points, 31 to 13 with 2:45 to go before halftime.
Fullerton scored the last six points of the quarter to cut the margin to 31 to 19 entering the second half.
The teams traded baskets to start the third quarter. Each time Fullerton scored, Parks answered back. Her two-pointer with 4:16 left to go in the quarter gave the Wolfpack a 35 to 25 lead. After cutting EPPJ’s lead down to six points, Jordan Mescher answered with two baskets, the last making the score 39 to 31 entering the fourth quarter.
Liz Selting had a big basket midway through the fourth quarter to bump the lead up to seven points.
The Warriors cut the lead down to three points, 41 to 38, with 2:05 left in the game. Parks was fouled driving to the basket and was forced to leave the game after making one free throw due to a cut under her right eye. She finished with 16 points to lead all Wolfpack scorers, Ally Wemhoff had 11 and Baylee Wemhoff tossed in 10.
Three-point shooting was key for the Wolfpack. They made seven of 23 attempts, Fullerton made zero of seven attempts from behind the arc. EPPJ overcame being out rebounded 38 to 24.
The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 11-2.
Wolfpack 46, Fullerton 42
Fullerton………7 12 12 11 — 42
Wolfpack……..14 17 8 7 — 46
Wolfpack — Liz Selting 1-7 0-0 2, Jenna Parks 4-19 6-7 16, Lydia Behnk 0-0 0-0 0, Calli Krebs 0-3 0-1 0, Jordan Mescher 3-6 1-2 7, Baylee Wemhoff 2-9 4-4 10, Ally Wemhoff 4-10 0-0 11. Team totals: 14-54 11-14 46. Fullerton team totals: 19-61 4-6 42.
Team statistics — Three-point shots - Wolfpack 7-23 (Ally Wemhoff 3, Baylee Wemhoff 2, Jenna Parks 2), Fullerton 0-7. Rebounds - Wolfpack 24 (Jenna Parks 8, Liz Selting 7, Jordan Mescher 7), Fullerton 38. Assists - Wolfpack 11 (Baylee Wemhoff 4, Jenna Parks 3), Fullerton 7. Steals - Wolfpack 13 (Jenna Parks 5, Jordan Mescher 4), Fullerton 2. Turnovers - Wolfpack 10, Fullerton 17.
January 14, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — The Wolfpack girls basketball team capped a busy week Saturday afternoon with a 54 to 39 victory over O’Neill.
The Lady Eagles kept the game close in the first half, then were steamrolled in the second half by the Wolfpack’s up tempo attack.
Early on the Wolfpack jumped out to a 12 to 8 lead after the first quarter as Jordan Mescher provided a spark. She had five points in the first quarter to lead the way. O’Neill, to their credit, battled back to tie the score at 18-all with 2:08 left before halftime on a basket by Emily Morrow. Up until that moment the Wolfpack were maintaining their lead with balanced scoring as five players scored in the quarter, led by Liz Selting with four points.
A two-point basket by Baylee Wemhoff and a trey from Jenna Parks staked the Wolfpack to a nine-point lead, 27 to 18, early in the third quarter.
The teams then traded baskets before Parks, a senior, reached a career milestone. A putback basket at the 5:36 mark of the third quarter gave Parks 1,000 points in her four-year career as a member of the Wolfpack.
Leading 31 to 22, the Wolfpack closed out the quarter with a nine-to-four run to take a 15-point lead, 40 to 25. Selting had seven of the nine points including a trey.
In the final eight minutes, O’Neill cut into the Wolfpack’s lead, narrowing it to 10 points with 3:48 left on the clock. EPPJ then closed out the game with a flourish, outscoring the Lady Eagles nine to six. Parks had four points, Allyson Wemhoff added a trey and Paige Meis added a field goal to close out scoring on a victorious night.
O’Neill was led in scoring by Makalya Pardun with 16 points, Payton Birlel added 12.
The Wolfpack were led by Parks with 19 points, Selting added 11.
Wolfpack 54, O’Neill 39
O’Neill……….…………….8 10 7 14 — 39
Wolfpack…………………12 10 18 14 — 54
Wolfpack — Liz Selting 4-8 2-4 11, Jenna Parks 5-13 8-10 19, Anna Heilhecker 0-0 0-0 0, Amy Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Lydia Behnk 0-1 0-0 0, Calli Krebs 0-2 2-3 2, Paige Meis 1-1 0-0 2, Jordan Mescher 2-6 4-5 7, Baylee Wemhoff 2-4 4-5 8, Ally Wemhoff 2-9 0-0 5, Katie Polk 0-1 0-0 0. Team totals: 16-46 19-27 54. O’Neill team totals: 15-47 9-17 39.
Team statistics — Three-point shots - Wolfpack 3-9 (Liz Selting 1, Jenna Parks 1, Ally Wemhoff 1), O’Neill 2-11. Rebounds - Wolfpack 38 (Jenna Parks 14), St. Mary’s 19. Assists - Wolfpack 10 (Jenna Parks 4), O’Neill 3. Steals - Wolfpack 10 (Baylee Wemhoff 4), O’Neill 10. Turnovers - Wolfpack 15.