December 18, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
STANTON — Elgin’s “fantastic four” wrestling team all brought home medals from the Stanton Invitational held Saturday.
Andrew Fangman, Ryan Pelster and Logan Henn each brought home third place medals and teammate Geoffrey Carr added a fifth place medal from the meet which featured some of the best wrestlers in the area.
Wrestling at 152 pounds, Fangman’s best performance came in the consolation semi-finals when he won by major decision (12 to four) over Peter Gubbels of Plainview. In the third place match, Fangman won by forfeit. So far this season, Fangman has a 9-1 record.
Pelster is quickly regaining the form that earned him a berth in the state wrestling tournament two years ago. He won four matches to boost his season record to 8-2. Like Fangman, in the third place match Pelster won by forfeit. He finished with three pins at the tournament.
December 18, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Wednesday night was a night to celebrate achievements for Wolfpack fall sports athletes.
The Fall Sports Awards pro-gram was held at the Elgin High School gymnasium. Recognized were outstanding efforts by members of the Wolfpack football and volleyball teams.
Wolfpack Football Coach Randy Eisenhauer praised the team who battled through adversity to come back and win five straight games and defeat Neligh-Oakdale to claim the district championship and an automatic berth in the D1 State Football Playoffs.
Individual records broken during the season were:
Best average yards per reception — 25 yards Kyle Heithoff
Most tackles in a game: — 26 – Kyle Heithoff vs. Hartington-Newcastle
Most tackles in a season — 186 – Kyle Heithoff
Most solo tackles in a season — 48 – Kyle Heithoff
Average tackles per game: — 20.6 – Kyle Heithoff
Most tackles in a career — 478 – Kyle Heithoff
Most Sacks in a season — 9 – Scott Moser
Most interceptions in a game: — 3- Seth Schumacher vs. Clearwater-Orchard
Best Punt average — 39.1 Kyle Heithoff (min 5)
Records tied were:
Most tackles for loss in a season — 15 – Austin Meis
Most fumble recoveries in a season — Christopher Bush - 3
Team records set:
Fewest opponents rushing in a season — 985 (108 yards per game) (9 games)
Student Managers receiving a certificate — Hunter Reestman, Cade Heithoff, Austin Bauer and Adam Dreger
Student Managers receiving a letter — Christian Lundgren and Evan Schindler
Freshmen — (all certificates) Liam Heithoff, Hayes Miller, Cameron Nielsen, Cole Preister and Carter Schindler
Sophomores — (certificates) Kenny Bush and Anthony Getzfred; (letters) Miles Schrage and Chad Bode
Juniors — (certificates) Tanner Dozler, Kalin Henn and Mason Vleck; Chase Preister, Dylan Behnk, Andrew Fangman, Kyle Kallhoff, Austin Meis, Scott Moser, Seth Schumacher and Alois Warner
Seniors — (all letters) Ethan Fischer, Chris Bush, Trent Bauer and Kyle Heithoff
Defensive MVP — Kyle Heithoff
Offensive MVP — Andrew Fangman
2014 D-1 7 All District Team
Honorable Mention — Austin Meis
All District Team — Kyle Heithoff, Andrew Fangman, Kyle Kallhoff, Scott Moser, Seth Schumacher and Chad Bode.
Norfolk Daily News — All Area Class D First Team — Kyle Heithoff
Also recognized were the athletes who lifted 40 plus days in the summer. This year an agility session was incorporated 2 days a week. Eisenhauer said the kids that I list also on this list did not miss more then 2 of these sessions. “I believe this is a big part of our program and I have heard many positives from the kids on how this has helped. Keep working hard and making yourself a better athlete not just a football player.”
Special Team awards (Kids that lift 40 days) — Dylan Behnk, Chad Bode, Ethan Fischer, Andrew Fangman, Seth Schumacher, Kenny Bush, Hayes Miller, Cole Preister, Miles Schrage, Kyle Kallhoff, Austin Meis, Chase Preister, Alois Warner, Scott Moser, Liam Heithoff, Kalin Henn, Christopher Bush, Kyle Heithoff and Trent Bauer
Wolfpack Lifter of the Year — Kyle Heithoff
Coach Tina Tiehe-Blecher handed out awards for the 2014 Wolfpack volleyball team. Competing in Class C-2, the Wolfpack finished the season with a 26-5 record, ranked sixth in polls released by Norfolk Daily News, Lincoln Journal Star and Nebraska Prep at the conclusion of the season. Awards were:
Letter winners: Hayley Stamp, Sharla Schindler, Taylor Schumacher, Nikki Beckman, Jenna Parks, Liz Selting, Baylee Wemhoff, Jordan Mescher and Terri Seier
Participants: Katie Polk, Amy Nelson, Lexie Heithoff, Jill Schindler, Paige Meis, Nicki Payne, Grace Henn, Marie Meis, Heather Bauer, Lizzy Mlnarik, Jaime Hoefer, Gracie Bullock, Avenley Short, Lydia Behnk, Taylor Sehi, Calli Krebs, Kelsey Welding, Taya Voborny, Emily Seier and Shantel Preister
Student Managers: Ally Wemhoff, Anna Heilhecker and Kayce Kallhoff
Wolfpack Award: Varsity — Jenna Parks; JV — Jill Schindler
Most Valuable Player: Varsity — Jenna Parks; JV — Amy Nelson; and C-team — Lydia Behnk
Hustle Award: Varsity — Taylor Schumacher; JV — Nicki Payne; and C-team — Calli Krebs
Best Defense: Varsity — Jordan Mescher; JV — Calli Krebs and Paige Meis; C-team — Lydia Behnk
Best Offense: Varsity — Liz Selting; JV — Amy Nelson; and C-team — Lydia Behnk
Most Improved: Varsity — Hayley Stamp and Terri Seier; JV — Grace Henn; and C-team — Shantel Preister
NVC: First Team — Jenna Parks and Liz Selting; Second Team — Baylee Wemhoff; Honorable Mention — Taylor Schumacher, Jordan Mescher and Terri Seier
Norfolk Daily News: Second Team — Liz Selting; Honorable Mention — Jenna Parks
Lincoln Journal Star: Honorable Mention — Liz Selting, Jenna Parks, and Baylee Wemhoff
Nebraska Prep Volleyball: Honorable Mention — Jenna Parks and Liz Selting
As a team EPPJ was also rated 6th at the end of the season by Norfolk Daily News, Lincoln Journal Star and Nebraska Prep.
HOWELLS — Wolfpack wrestlers saw their first action of the season Saturday, competing at the Howells Invitational. The Wolfpack had four wrestlers competing in pool action on the mats, each scoring points for EPPJ.
Leading the way was junior Andrew Fangman (5-0). Competing at 152 pounds, Fangman pinned all five of his opponents to place first. In the championship match, Fangman pinned Wakefield’s Jonathan Romero in 1:05.
Fangman had the fastest pin of any Wolfpack wrestler at the tournament when he pinned Ben Leathers-Arnold of Elkhorn South in 21 seconds.
Returning to the mats after a year’s absence due to injury, Ryan Pelster (4-1) won four of five matches to place second. Posting pins in his first four matches, Pelster was pinned in the finals by Brandon French.
Freshman Logan Henn went 2-2 in his matches to place fifth. He earned his first pin of the season when he pinned Ponca’s Walter Messerlie in 42 seconds.
Sophomore Geoffrey Carr (1-4) rounded out scoring for the Wolfpack, placing seventh in the 120-pound division.
The Wolfpack will return to the mats Saturday when they compete at the Stanton Invitational.
Individual match results were:
113 pounds — Joshua Via (Elkhorn South) won by tech fall over Logan Henn (EPPJ) 16-0; Ryan Molacek (Howells-Dodge) won 7 to 0 over Henn; Henn pinned Walter Messerlie (Ponca) in 42 seconds; 5th place match — Henn pinned Cody Klinkacek (Millard South) in 2:11.
120 — Jacob Vacha (Archbishop Bergan) pinned Geoffrey Carr (EPPJ) in 35 seconds; Jace Caniglia (Millard South) pinned Carr in 1:32; Humberto Andrade-Goeken (Stanton) pinned Carr in 1:18; Jaden Riesberg (Millard South) pinned Carr in 40 seconds; Carr won by medical forfeit over Cullen Cook (Ponca).
145 — Ryan Pelster (EPPJ) pinned Lucas Hrabanek (Battle Creek) in 2:46; Pelster pinned Grant Nesemeier (Oakland-Craig) in 1:04; Pelster pinned Damon Korus (LHF) in 56 seconds; Pelster pinned Michael Brewer (Ponca) in 3:44; Finals — Brandon French (Scribner-Snyder) pinned Pelster in 1:26.
152 — Andrew Fangman pinned Travis Rudloff (Clearwater/Orchard) in 1:02; Fangman pinned Ben Leathers-Arnold (Elkhorn South) in 21 seconds; Fangman pinned Cannon Arett (Archbishop Bergan) in 48 seconds; Fangman pinned Damon Risch (Scribner-Snyder) in 1:07; Finals — Pelster pinned Jonathan Romero (Wakefield) in 1:05.
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.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review.
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.”
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review