December 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Both the boys and girls Wolfpack basketball teams won their first round Riverside Holiday Tournament games yesterday. They advance to the Championship games to be held on Friday in Cedar Rapids. The girls will take to the court at 2:30 p.m. The boys will tip-off at 4:15 p.m. Good luck to both teams!
December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — The Pope John Wrestling Invitational annually draws some of the best wrestlers in the state.
Such was the case again Saturday as 19 schools competed into early evening to crown champions.
Elgin Public-Pope John had four wrestlers compete. Two of them reached the championship round.
Freshman Logan Henn had his best performance of the season, winning the 106-pound division, defeating Alejandro Martinez of Elkhorn Valley in the finals. Finishing third was Dominque Rickard of Plainview while Bryson Bovee of Pender took fourth.
Teammate Andrew Fangman, wrestling at 152 pounds, also reached the finals. There, he faced Riley Dugan of Central Valley. On this day, Dugan bested Fangman, as the Wolfpack junior finished in second place. Placing third was Peter Gubbels of Plainview while Ryan Smith of Riverside took fourth.
At 120 pounds, Wolfpack wrestler Geoffrey Carr pinned Chase Tate of Nebraska Christian to highlight his day on the mats.
Wrestling at 145 pounds, Ryan Pelster was 2-2 on the day with one pin.
Randolph won the team title with 130 points followed by Plainview 129.5, Cross County/Osceola 86, Palmer 84.5, Pender 83, Central Valley 78.5, West Holt 66, Clearwater-Orchard 65, Nebraska Christian 62, Elkhorn Valley 59.5, EPPJ 51, North Central 47.5, Pleasanton 42, St. Mary’s 30, Hartington CC 21, GACC 17, Fullerton 8, Riverside 5 and LHF 2.
PLAINVIEW — Tied at 25-all entering the second half, the Wolfpack gave the Pirates a lesson in how to put the ball in the basket. Elgin Public-Pope John collected their second victory of the season, defeating the Pirates 63 to 38.
One might wonder how a game tied at halftime could become so one-sided? The answer would be scorers getting hot and the Pirates going cold from the field.
The Wolfpack outscored Plainview 38 to 13 in the second half to claim the victory.
Jack Borer led the way for the Wolfpack, connecting on three treys and finishing with 15 points. Zach Eischeid added 10 points in his best effort of the season. They were the only two Wolfpack players to score in double figures.
The Wolfpack made 24 of 50 field goal attempts and converted on 11 of 18 free throws.
Another key statistic in the game was rebounds as the Wolfpack pulled down 35. Eischeid, Scott Moser and Austin Meis led the way with seven rebounds apiece.
Riverside jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in handing the Wolfpack a 67 to 51 loss Saturday night at Cedar Rapids.
After the first quarter, EPPJ (2-2) played Riverside tough, nearly matching them basket for basket over the final three quarters. Riverside was only able to outscore the Wolfpack 48 to 41 during that time span.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
PLAINVIEW — The Wolfpack girls varsity basketball team remained undefeated, winning a pair of games over the weekend.
On Friday night, the Wolfpack held off Plainview, winning 43 to 36.
Leading by just two points, 32 to 30, entering the fourth quarter, the Wolfpack outscored the Pirates 11 to six in the final eight minutes to preserve the victory.
Junior Jenna Parks led the way with 13 points, teammate Baylee Wemhoff had 10 in the game.
After falling behind in the first quarter, the Wolfpack rallied to defeat Riverside by the score of 55 to 44 Saturday night.
Trailing nine to six to start the second quarter, the Wolfpack put together a spree of 20 points in eight minutes to take a 26 to 23 lead at halftime.
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.