September 17, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
HOWELLS — The Wolfpack played three matches at the Howells Volleyball Tournament Saturday, winning two.
Howells/Dodge defeated the Wolfpack 25/13 and 25/17 for just their second loss of the season.
The Wolfpack had 15 kills in the match. Selting led the way with six, Nikki Beckman and Jenna Parks each had three, Terri Seier, Amy Nelson and Jill Schindler each had one.
Beckman had the team’s lone ace serve in the match.
At the net, Nelson and Seier each had ace blocks.
The Wolfpack recorded 20 digs in the match, led by Baylee Wemhoff with seven.
Parks led setters with six set assists, Wemhoff had four.
Jordan Mescher led the team in serve receive with 10, Selting had nine and Parks added seven.
The Wolfpack made quick work of Shelby/Rising City, winning in two sets by the scores of 25-17 and 25-17.
Selting led hitters with eight kills followed by Parks with seven, Nelson had three, Seier and Paige Meis each had two and Jill Schindler added one.
Nelson led servers with two ace serves, Beckman, Parks and Mescher each had one.
Seier had three of the team’s four solo blocks, Schindler had the other one.
Beckman led the team in digs with six, Mescher and Selting each had four, Wemhoff and Parks each had three.
Parks led the team in set assists with 10, Wemhoff had seven. Mescher was tops in serve receive with 15.
Against Burwell, the Wolfpack were victorious by the scores of 25-19 and 25-20.
Selting led EPPJ in kills with seven, Parks had four, Seier, Meis and Nelson each had two and Schindler added one.
From the service line, Wemhoff, Parks and Selting each had two ace serves, Beckman and Nicki Payne both recorded one ace serve.
Schindler had two of the team’s three solo blocks, Parks had one.
Mescher led the team in digs with five.
Parks had nine set assists in the match, Wemhoff recorded eight.
Mescher was tops in serve receive with 10.
September 10, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — A night which began with great promise for the Wolfpack ended with everyone wondering what might have been.
The outcome of the game had yet to be decided early in the fourth quarter, then Creighton pulled away to defeat the Wolfpack 64 to 36.
After surrendering 28 unanswered points midway through the game, the Wolfpack suddenly seized momentum in the latter stages of the third quarter.
Coach Randy Eisenhauer said the defensive coordinator’s fiery speech to the team during a break in the action seemed to light a fire under the Wolfpack.
On the ensuing possession they started on their own 20-yard line and began to move the ball on the ground. Three carries by Andrew Fangman and one from fullback Kyle Kallhoff (nursing a hand injury) moved the ball down to the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line. Then quarterback Seth Schumacher went to the air and found senior Dylan Behnk across the middle of the field for a 30-yard touchdown strike. Chad Bode added the two-point conversion and suddenly the Wolfpack were within striking distance.
They would get even closer a few plays later when the defense held on downs when Austin Meis tackled Lane Walton for a loss on fourth down.
The Wolfpack took over on their 37-yard line and one play later they were near the goalline thanks to a 33-yard fingertip catch by Behnk. On the very next play, Fangman bulled his way into the endzone from 10 yards out. A successful two-point conversion made the score 42 to 30 with plenty of time left in the game.
From his safety position, Schumacher made the biggest play of the night for the Wolfpack defense, intercepting Diedrichsen in Bulldog territory.
Creighton’s defense rose to the occasion as the Wolfpack failed to convert on a fourth-and-five.
Two plays later, Neumann put a dagger into the Wolfpack’s heart with a 56-yard touchdown reception.
The Wolfpack then took the ensuing kickoff and drove the length of the field before losing a fumble on the Bulldog’s three-yard line. On the very next play, Neumann went 77 yards to score, putting the game out of reach.
Reserves for each team would score in the game’s final minutes to make the final score 64 to 36.
First half highlights
The Wolfpack lit up the scoreboard on their first possession of the game when Fangman took the ball 49 yards to paydirt.
Fangman added the team’s second touchdown of the first half on a 35-yard run. Quarterback Seth Schumacher’s two-point conversion pass was good to Dylan Behnk to knot the score at 14-all.
The Bulldogs returned the ensuing kickoff to the Wolfpack one-yard line. Two plays later, Diedrichsen scored on an eight-yard run to claim the lead. Then, just before halftime, Creighton added another touchdown on a Diedrichsen to Neumann touchdown pass to take a 26 to 14 lead, setting the stage for the second half shootout.
Eisenhauer said he told the team at halftime “we were doing everything we wanted to.” He said Creighton’s big plays allowed them to take a halftime lead, but the game’s outcome had yet to be decided. “We just had a few plays that didn’t go our way.”
“We were a whole different team for about seven minutes” Coach Eisenhauer said about the Wolfpack closing the gap in the fourth quarter.
Creighton (1-0) was led by Neumann who had four receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one touchdown via punt return for Creighton.
The Wolfpack were led by Fangman with three rushing touchdowns, Behnk had one touchdown reception.
Fangman led the Wolfpack with 172 yards rushing on 24 carries. Behnk had four receptions for 70 yards.
Schumacher connected on 14 of 21 pass attempts for 109 yards.
On defense, Kyle Kallhoff, playing through the pain of a hand injury, led tacklers with 16 tackles. Meis had a quarterback sack and Schumacher had one interception.
“We’re going to go on and get ready,” Eisenhauer said about the Wolfpack’s next game.
The Wolfpack (1-1) will have a bye this week. They will next be in action on Friday, Sept. 18, when they play at Hartington.
Creighton 64, Wolfpack 36
Bulldogs……14 12 16 22 — 64
Wolfpack……6 8 14 6 — 34
EPPJ — Andrew Fangman 49 run (PAT failed)
CRE — Ryan Neumann 57 punt return (PAT failed)
CRE — Neumann 5 run (Austin Diedrichsen run)
EPPJ — Fangman 35 run (Seth Schumacher pass to Dylan Behnk)
CRE — Diedrichsen 8 run (PAT failed)
CRE — Diedrichsen 24 pass to Neumann (PAT failed)
CRE — Diedrichsen 24 pass to Neumann (Diedrichsen pass to Tyler Stubben)
CRE — Diedrichsen 16 pass to Neumann (Diedrichsen pass to Lane Walton)
EPPJ — Schumacher 30 pass to Behnk (Chad Bode run)
EPPJ — Fangman 10 run (Schumacher pass to Fangman)
CRE — Diedrichsen 56 pass to Neumann (Diedrichsen pass to Ean Stacken)
CRE — Neumann 77 run (PAT failed)
CRE — Alex Zimmerer 3 run (Brady Wortman pass to Bryze Zimmerer)
EPPJ — Hunter Reestman 19 pass to Chase Preister (PAT failed)
Team Statistics EPPJ
First Downs 15
Passing Yds 160
Total Offense 381
Interceptions by 1
Fumble recoveries 0
Passing — Hunter Reestman 2/2/0 — 51, Seth Schumacher 14/21/0 — 109
Rushing (carries/yds) — Kyle Schumacher 1/1, Kyle Kallhoff 4/15, Chad Bode 14/33, Andrew Fangman 24/172, Seth Schumacher 5/0
Receiving — Dylan Behnk 4/70, Kyle Kallhoff 1/11, Austin Meis 3/22, Chase Preister 2/51, Andrew Fangman 2/6
Tackles (solo/assists) — Dylan Behnk 0/7, Kyle Schumacher 0/1, Joseph Bailey 0/1, Kyle Kallhoff 4/12, Austin Meis 3/6, Miles Schrage 0/2, Chad Bode 1/9, Chase Preister 3/3, Alois Warner 0/2, Scott Moser 2/9, Liam Heithoff 0/4, Hayes Miller 1/4, Kalin Henn 1/2, Andrew Fangman 4/9, Seth Schumacher 4/5, Ervin Dohmen 1/0
Sacks — Austin Meis (1)
Interceptions — Seth Schumacher (1)
September 10, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — They didn’t have a chance.
Elgin Public-Pope John opened the 2015 volleyball season with a pair of impressive victories Thursday night.
Playing in a double-triangular, the Wolfpack saved their best for the final match of the night, defeating Clearwater/Orchard in straight sets 25-10 and 25-13.
The victory capped a big night. “It was great to start the season 2-0,” Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher said. “We saw some things that we need to improve on but (I) was very happy with how the girls came out.”
The Wolfpack got off to a quick start in the first set. Jenna Parks had two kills and an ace tip as the team jumped out to a 10 to 4 lead on the Cyclones.
The lead grew with an ace block from Terri Seier and an ace tip.
An ace serve by Cyclone Katie Funk made the score 15 to 8. Then, the Wolfpack went on a 10 to one run to close out the set. Jordan Mescher had two ace serves during the run and Amy Nelson had a solo block.
In the second set, kills by Liz Selting and Parks helped the Wolfpack take a six to two lead.
The lead grew to 10 to 4 when Jill Schindler recorded a kill at the net.
The teams then traded points before another kill from Selting made the score 17 to 11. EPPJ then closed out the match with an eight to two run. Calli Krebs came off the bench to serve and sophomore Grace Henn came in the front row. Henn had one kill in limited action.
The Wolfpack had 16 kills in the match, led by Parks with six, Selting had four, Schindler was credited with two.
They were 44 of 48 from the service line with five aces. Mescher led the Wolfpack with three aces, Baylie Wemhoff and Selting each had one.
Amy Nelson, Paige Meis and Parks each had two solo blocks, Selting had one.
Selting led the team in digs with six, Mescher had four and Nikki Beckman contributed three.
Wemhoff led the Wolfpack with seven set assists. Selting was tops in serve receive with eight, Mescher had five.
The Wolfpack’s first match of the season was one of the most competitive of the night as it took three sets to defeat Chambers/Wheeler Central 21-25, 28-26 and 25-18.
The Renegades gave the Wolfpack a hotly-contested match for the first two sets. After winning the first set, CWC fell behind early in the second set as the Wolfpack took advantage of strong net play by Paige Meis and kills from Nelson and Seier to build a 13 to 8 lead. The Renegades then tied the score at 22-all as Jacie Laetsch and Regan Dierks had success hitting against Wolfpack blockers.
Twice the Renegades had match point with their serve and twice the Wolfpack denied them. Seier saved one match point with a kill at the net, Meis did the same on a second match point to keep the match going.
Then it was the Wolfpack’s turn and they made it happen as a kill by Selting gave them set point which they won behind the serve of Parks.
In the decisive third set, three kills by Selting and six service points from Parks gave EPPJ an early nine to three lead. The lead grew to eight points, 17 to 9 with an ace block from Nelson and two service points from Nikki Beckman.
EPPJ then later closed out the match with kills at the net from Seier, Parks and Meis.
“I was proud of the girls having GRIT during that second set with CWC and not folding, pushing ahead for the win,” Thiele-Blecher said. “We need to get back to work with six games next week. We have a huge week with alot of tough competition.”
Against CWC, Selting led the Wolfpack with 15 kills, Seier had seven followed by Meis with six, Nelson had three as did Parks, Jill Schindler recorded one kill.
The team was 73 of 76 from the service line. They had five ace serves, Beckman and Parks each had two and Mescher added one.
EPPJ recorded 17 solo blocks in the match, led by Schindler with six, Meis and Seier each had four and Nelson had three.
Selting led the team in digs with five.
Parks recorded a team-high 11 set assists, Wemhoff had seven and Schindler added six.
Mescher led the team in serve receive with 22, Selting had 12.
September 3, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Coming off the best season in Wolfpack volleyball history and most of the team back for another season, Elgin Public-Pope John looks ready to make more history this season.
Coming off a 26-5 season last year, the Wolfpack will open their season with a double triangular Thursday night at the Elgin High School gymnasium.
Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher and assistants Sandi Henn and Emily Borer have a unique challenge in front of them — to guide the team to the next level of play — a berth in the state tournament in November. Can it be done? Yes! Will they? That’s to be determined in the next two months.
“The girls have high expectations for the season,” Thiele-Blecher said last week. “They are a fun, hard-working group that will make good memories this season!”
Six starters return from last season’s team. They are seniors Jenna Parks, Nicole Beckman and Terri Seier, and juniors Liz Selting, Jordan Mescher and Baylee Wemhoff. Parks and Selting are outside hitters, Seier is a middle hitter while Mescher plays libero, Beckman anchors the right side and Wemhoff shares setter responsibilities along with Parks. Others expected to see action on the varsity are hitters Amy Nelson, Paige Meis and Jill Schindler.
“Having the majority of girls back is pretty awesome,” Thiele-Blecher said, “they know what to expect and they are eager to get on the playing floor.”
Selting led the team last season in kills with 284, Parks had 213 and Seier added 155.
Coach Thiele-Blecher said the entire team can attack opponents. “We are much more aggressive than in the past, we are even attacking from back row,” she said, making it more difficult for opponents to play defense against the Wolfpack.
Parks and Wemhoff combined for 555 set assists, feeding one of the best hitting teams in the conference. They will again split setting duties. “Both of them are great hustlers and have soft hands and are ready to use all of our hitters,” the coach said.
On defense, the Wolfpack are hustling so well that few balls ever hit the floor.
Seier was the team leader in blocks with 67. With Seier able to control the middle with her height, opposing teams again will find it hard to attack due to her blocking skills.
Thiele-Blecher expressed one concern about the team as they head into the season. “Coming off a great year the girls will expect this year to be good; it doesn’t work that way we have to continue to work hard and make ourselves better every day,” she said.
St. Mary’s and Stuart should be considered the conference favorites, Thiele-Blecher said. But, don’t be surprised to see the Wolfpack in the mix.
Come support the Wolfpack at the matches, you won’t be disappointed!
September 3, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
HUMPHREY — Opening night for the Wolfpack football team proved to be a success as they steamrolled Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 52 to 28.
The Wolfpack generated 521 yards of total offense en route to seven touchdowns. The score could have been even more lopsided as the Wolfpack lost three fumbles, one at the one-yard line.
Leading up to the game, Coach Randy Eisenhauer and his assistants stressed “energy” and that’s just what the Wolfpack did as they bolted out to a 32-point lead in the first quarter.
Playing on FieldTurf for the first time in years, the Wolfpack went 50 yards in seven plays with the opening kickoff to score. Senior Andrew Fangman carried the ball four times on the drive, the last for 10 yards and the touchdown.
A turnover set up the Wolfpack’s second touchdown. Just past midfield, Fangman took a pitch from Seth Schumacher and skirted 35 yards for the touchdown. Schumacher then connected with end Austin Meis for the two-point conversion.
Fangman’s third touchdown of the quarter came at the 4:29 mark on an eight-yard run. Chad Bode added the two-point conversion.
The last score of the quarter for the Wolfpack was set up when Meis dislodged the ball from Bulldog quarterback Duncan Hanzel which was then recovered by Liam Heithoff. One play later, the Wolfpack were in the endzone when Schumacher connected with Dylan Behnk on a 26-yard touchdown strike.
The Bulldogs came back to score before the end of the quarter when Hanzel found Logan Beller in the endzone.
After the first quarter, the rest of the game was competitive between the two teams. The Wolfpack added another Schu-macher to Behnk touch-down pass before halftime. The Bull-dogs added a touchdown before halftime.
Forcing a three-and-out, the Wolfpack began their first drive of the second half on their own 10-yard line. What ensued was a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive accomplished all on the ground. Fangman, Bode, Kyle Kallhoff and Schumacher took turns running the ball. Bode capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
The Wolfpack defense kept the Bulldogs out of the endzone until the 1:28 mark in the quarter when Hanzel threaded a needle with a pass caught by Brock Wiese.
Fumbles ended the Wolfpack’s next two possessions, then they got one back when Schumacher made his third interception of the night against Hanzel. Two plays later, backup quarterback Hunter Reestman put the ball into the hands of Kyle Schumacher and he did the rest, darting five yards for the final touchdown of the night.
“We’re happy. It’s a win,” Coach Eisenhauer said. He said the team will work on eliminating penalties (eight) and turnovers (three fumbles) in preparation for a big game Friday night — the home opener against Creighton. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
Fangman led the Wolfpack with 246 yards rushing on 22 carries, Kallhoff had 84 yards on 11 carries. Behnk led receivers with three catches for 59 yards.
On defense, Moser led tacklers with 15 tackles, Fangman had 14, Bode added 13 and Behnk had 10. From his safety position, Schumacher had three interceptions, Fangman added one.
Wolfpack 52, Bulldogs 28
Wolfpack………..32 8 6 6 — 52
Bulldogs…………8 6 6 8 — 28
EPPJ — Andrew Fangman 10 run (Fangman run)
EPPJ — Fangman 35 run (Seth Schumacher pass to Austin Meis)
EPPJ — Fangman 8 run (Chad Bode run)
EPPJ — Schumacher 26 pass to Dylan Behnk (Bode run)
HLHF — Duncan Hanzel 9 pass to Logan Beller (PAT good)
EPPJ — Schumacher 28 pass to Behnk (Schumacher run)
HLHF — Hanzel 1 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Bode 4 run (PAT failed)
HLHF — Hanzel 18 pass to Brock Wiese (PAT failed)
HLHF — Hanzel 30 pass to Derek Hanis (PAT good)
EPPJ — Kyle Schumacher 5 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ Team Statistics EPPJ
First Downs 16
Total Plays 71
Rushing Yds 56/434
Passing Yds 6/15/0 - 87
Total Yds 521
Rushing — Kyle Schumacher 2/8, Kyle Kallhoff 11/84, Chad Bode 16/52, Andrew Fangman 22/246, Seth Schumacher 5/44
Receiving — Dylan Behnk 3/59, Kyle Kallhoff 2/24, Chad Bode 1/4
Passing — Seth Schumacher 6/25/0 - 87
Tackles (solo/asst) — Dylan Behnk 4/6, Kyle Kallhoff 4/6, Austin Meis 2/6, Chad Bode 8/5, Chase Preister 0/1, Scott Moser 4/11, Liam Heithoff 2/4, Hayes Miller 1/1, Kalin Henn 2/3, Andrew Fangman 3/11, Seth Schumacher 3/1
Quarterback Sacks — Dylan Behnk 1, Austin Meis 1, Scott Moser 1
Interceptions — Seth Schumacher 3, Andrew Fangman 1
Fumble Recoveries — Liam Heithoff 1