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EPPJ Edges Niobrara-Verdigre

December 11, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ELGIN — Eight players found their way into the scoring column as the Wolfpack claimed a 51 to 43 victory in the season opener Friday night.
Playing at St. Boniface gymnasium, the Wolfpack (1-0) trailed early, rallied to build a commanding lead then had to hold off a late charge by the Cougars to secure the victory.
“We got the jitters out of the way.  The guys have had a good couple of weeks of practice, a positive attitude. So I just let them work out of it a little bit,” Coach Scott Becker said after the game.
The Wolfpack were led in scoring by Regan Kerkman who finished with 10 points, making six of nine free throws. Kyle Heithoff had nine points while Austin Meis and Kyle Kallhoff each had six.

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Wolfpack Girls Defeat Cougars in Season Opener

December 11, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ELGIN — Trailing by nine points nearly midway through the first quarter, Wolfpack Coach Randy Eisenhauer called a timeout to settle his team down. The strategy worked as the Wolfpack rallied to blow out Niobrara-Verdigre 67 to 42 Friday night.
The Wolfpack trailed 10 to 1 at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter when Eisenhauer gathered his team during the timeout. When they returned to the floor they were a different team as they outscored the Cougars 66 to 32 the rest of the way to earn their first victory of the season.
“I think a lot of it was the nerves, first game jitters,” Eisenhauer said about the team’s slow start.
“We kinda switched up the defense, we went to a man-defense following that time out.  The girls got a little more energized. They kinda got into the game — took a ‘deep breath’ and really pushed it.”

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Wrestlers Begin Season Saturday At Howells

December 5, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ELGIN — Everything is looking up for Coach Doug Jones and the Wolfpack wrestling team.
Numbers are up this year. Last year, Coach Jones went into most tournaments with just four wrestlers.
This year, seven wrestlers are competing on the mats for Elgin Public-Pope John.
“We have more out this year which makes practices more competitive,” Jones said last week.
“I hope the aggressiveness in  the practice room translates to a successful season.”
Of the four wrestlers who competed last year, two qualified for the state wrestling tournament. Brett Kinney and Andrew Fangman won matches at state last year. Kinney graduated, but Fangman returns for his junior year as one of the best wrestlers in the area.
Last year Fangman posted a 32-15 record including 23 pins, numbers which he hopes to improve upon this year.
He won’t be the only state qualifier on this year’s team. Ryan Pelster, who qualified for state as a freshman, returns to the mats again.
A junior, Pelster was sidelined last year with an injury, he will seek to regain the form exhibited two years ago.
Letterwinner Geoffrey Carr returns for another season. Again, there’s good reason to believe with a year’s experience, he should fare better in matches. So, too, should Brody Hupp who saw extensive action last year.
Joining those four on the mats will be Taven Cameron, Rider Short and Logan Henn, all seeking to make their mark as Wolfpack wrestlers.
The Wolfpack begin the season on Saturday at the Howells Invite. Their only home tournament will be the Pope John Invitational to be held on December 20.
“We have made our schedule tougher this year and we hope we will see rewards from that when districts and state arrive,” Coach Jones said.

EPPJ Girls Ready To Return To Winning Record — Basketball Preview

December 5, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ELGIN — The Elgin Public-Pope John girls varsity basketball team will open the season Friday night.
They will host Niobrara-Verdigre in their season opener at St. Boniface Gymnasium.
New faces with new roles will help to define success for the Wolfpack this season.
Coach Randy Eisenhauer faces the prospect of replacing several starters from last year’s team which finished the season with an 8-14 record.
Returning are letter winners Jenna Parks, Baylee Wemhoff, Liz Selting, Nikki Beckman and Jill Schindler.
Parks, Wemhoff and Selting started on last year’s team. One year ago, Parks averaged just over nine points per game and led the team in steals (73) and assists (84). She finished second on the team in rebounds (104).
Wemhoff, as a freshman, averaged 10.2 points per game from her shooting guard position. She was second on the team in made three-pointers (19) and made 57 of 96 free throw attempts.
Directing the offense, Wemhoff finished with 73 assists (second on the team).
Another sophomore, Selting was second on the team in rebounds with 82.
“We have a good core of kids coming back and look to be competitive throughout the year,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said.

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Wolfpack Boys Ready To Win More Games — Basketball Preview

December 5, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ELGIN — A good nucleus of players with experience should bode well for the fortunes of the Wolfpack boys varsity basketball season.
Coach Scott Becker returns eight players who saw extensive action on the court last season.
“The team is looking forward to the upcoming season,” Coach Becker said last week. “Practice has been upbeat with a lot of guys stepping forward as leaders.”
Last year’s leading scorer, Jake Eischeid has graduated, but much of the rest of the Wolfpack’s firepower returns. Swingman Jack Borer returns. Last season he averaged 9.4 points per game and led the Wolfpack in made three-pointers with 44.
Back for his senior campaign is post player Kyle Heithoff. Heithoff was a force inside where he averaged 7.4 points per game.
Regan Kerkman, Austin Meis and Kyle Kallhoff all played big minutes for the Wolfpack as did Chad Bode. Kerkman averaged 6.4 points per game, connecting on better than 50 percent of his field goal attempts from two and three-point range.
Meis led the Wolfpack in rebounds last season with 20. Bode finished third on the team in rebounds with 63 while Kallhoff was fourth on the team in steals last year.

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