May 8, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
NELIGH — Paced by three golfers who finished among the top 15, the EPPJ Wolfpack golf team placed second Thursday at the NVC Golf Tournament.
Played at the Antelope Country Club in cool, windy conditions, West Holt captured the team championship with a 340 team score.
EPPJ finished second with a 384, two strokes ahead of third place North Central at 386. Other team scores were Clearwater/Orchard 388, Boyd County 398, Neligh-Oakdale 400, Ewing 407, CWC 439, Niobrara-Verdigre 543, Santee and Elkhorn Valley competed but did not figure in the team scoring.
Medalist at the tournament was Cameron Schumacher of West Holt who finished with an 82.
Freshman Chad Bode led the Wolfpack, shooting an 18-hole score of 89 to finish eighth. He had a front nine score of 43, then shot 46 on the back nine.
Teammate Kyle Heithoff shot a (48-42) 90 to finish ninth in the individual scoring. Also placing in the top 15 was Miles Schrage who was 13th with a (47-46) 93 on his scorecard.
Other Wolfpack varsity scores were Jack Borer (60-52) 112 and Regan Kerkman (62-60) 122.
“Our golfers put up a front nine that wasn’t our best, but was good enough to keep us in the running. We were tied for third, but only five strokes ahead of fifth place at the turn, and I knew we were going to have to golf a better back nine if we wanted a chance to medal as a team,” said Coach Jake Sladky.
“My top two golfers didn’t put up their best scores of the season, which was understandable considering the cold windy conditions of the morning, but our front nine was being held together by a personal best score from our #3 golfer, Miles Schrage.
“I knew that if those three could find a way to shoot lower scores on the back nine we would still have a chance to place in the top four. At the end of the day, Chad Bode and Kyle Heithoff shot well enough on the back to both place in the top 10. Which was of no surprise, those two have been playing solid golf all year. It was another personal best round from Miles Schrage as well as a personal best from Jack Borer that helped our team jump up into the runner up spot. I’m proud of the way our team was able to grind it out in another cold and windy tournament, and I look forward to being able to see them shoot even lower scores as the second half of the season continues,” Sladky said.
May 2, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
NORFOLK — Three Wolfpack athletes competed Thursday at the Northeast Nebraska Track Classic.
The classic features the best track athletes in this part of the state. Elgin Public-Pope John had three individuals compete in their best events, two of the three bringing home medals.
Wolfpack long distance runner Taylor Schumacher finished fourth in the girls 800 meter run. She posted a time of 2:31.87. Winning the event was Quinn Wragge of Crofton with a time of 2:27.09.
EPPJ senior hurdler Blake Schrage placed sixth in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles. Schrage finished with a time of 43.04 seconds. Winning the event was Cameron Kiner of Oakland-Craig with a time of 41.47 seconds.
Also competing on this day was the Wolfpack’s Ryan Pelster. As one of the chosen athletes to compete in the 3200 meter run, Pelster finished ninth with a time of 10:41.68. Winning the event was Cameron Moes of Osmond, crossing the finish line in 10:16.37.
May 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
COLUMBUS — Wolfpack golfers Thursday competed against bigger schools and fared well at the Scotus Invite.
Teams competed in two divisions at the invite. The Wolfpack was assigned to the ‘Tom Watson’ division which included Boone Central, Columbus, Concordia, Fremont Bergan, Lakeview JV, Schuyler, Scotus ‘White’, West Point Beemer and West Point GAAC. Scotus White won the division with a team score of 346 followed by West Point GAAC 360. The Wolfpack finished third with a 377, five shots ahead of Boone Central.
The Wolfpack were led by Kyle Heithoff who shot a blistering 36 on the front nine and a 46 on the back nine for a score of 82. Chad Bode finished with a 44-45 89 followed by Miles Schrage 48-50 98, Regan Kerkman had a 55-53 108 and Jack Borer rounded out scoring with a 62-55 117.The top four scores are used to determine the team score.
Medalist in the ‘Tom Watson’ division in which the Wolfpack competed was Alex Furjanie of Concordia who shot an 18-hole score of 79. For the Wolfpack, Heithoff finished third and teammate Bode was 11th.
“Weather has done everything possible to minimize our early season practice, something that was valuable for our young team this year,” said Coach Jake Sladky.
“I have been very impressed with the improvement of our team as the year has progressed. We have been improving week by week, and have been shooting lower and lower scores at competitions. Finishing 3rd at both the Ewing Invite and the Scotus Invite (Watson Division) have been a great confidence boost for us, and we hope to take those scores even lower for NVC and Districts as the year continues.”
Competing in the ‘Jack Nicklaus’ division were teams from Bishop Neumann, Hastings St. Cecilia, Lakeview, Loganview, Norfolk, Norfolk Catholic, Scotus Green, Waverly, Wayne and York.
May 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
O’NEILL — The Wolfpack track team returned to O’Neill last week, competing at the St. Mary’s Invitational on April 23.
St. Mary’s won the girls team title with 193 points followed by CWC 128, EPPJ 77, Boyd County 59, Ewing 42 and Niobrara/Verdigre 22.
Leading the way for the Wolfpack girls was Taylor Schumacher who placed second in the 800 meter run and third in the 400 meter dash. Jill Schindler won medals in both the 200 and 100 meter dash events.
Taking the boys title was St. Mary’s with 129 points followed by CWC 127, Boyd County 105, Niobrara/Verdigre 59, EPPJ 54, Ewing 31 and N/V JV 4.
For the Wolfpack, Blake Schrage led the way by winning both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. Ryan Pelster won medals in the 3200, 1600 and 800 meter runs.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
April 25, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
EWING — Two Wolfpack golfers placed among the top 10 individuals competing Wednesday at the Ewing Golf Invitational.
Junior Kyle Heithoff finished ninth and freshman Chad Bode placed 10 in the individual competition at Summerland Golf Course.
Heithoff, showing some of the form last year when he competed at the State Golf Tournament, shot a 43 on both the front and back nine to finish with an 18-hole score of 86.
Bode, competing in his first year as a varsity golfer, shot a front nine 40, then finished with a 47 on the back nine for an 18-hole score of 87.
Medalist for the tournament was Brandon Clausen who finished with an 83, one stroke better than teammate Devon Lockman with an 84. Norfolk Catholic had the top three golfers at the tournament. They won the team title with a score of 338, 12 strokes better than second place West Holt at 350.
The Wolfpack finished third in the team standings with 376. Other team scores were Orchard/Clearwater 381, O’Neill 386, Ainsworth 394, Ewing 395, Osmond 401, Boyd County 404 and CWC 421.
No team score was recorded for Elkhorn Valley, Niobrara/Verdigre, North Central and Santee schools.
For EPPJ, Regan Kerkman shot a 52-48 100. Other Wolfpack golf scores were Miles Schrage 51-52 103, and Jack Borer 60-57 117.