March 24, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Great teams build on success. Both Elgin Public and Pope John had successful wrestling programs years ago. When they joined together to form the EPPJ Wolfpack, that success continued.
A look back at the accomplishments of the 2014/2015 Wolfpack wrestling team shows how success breeds more success.
Led by state medalist junior Andrew Fangman, the Wolfpack overcame low numbers to produce big-time results. Fangman earned a fifth place medal last month at the NSAA State Wrestling Championships held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Fangman was one of three Wolfpack wrestlers to participate in the state wrestling meet. The others, junior Ryan Pelster and freshman Logan Henn, both won matches at the state meet prior to being eliminated during second-day action.
The fourth member of this year’s squad, sophomore Geoffrey Carr showed promise of better things ahead.
He reached the double-digit mark in victories (12) this season.
In terms of statistics, Fangman led the team in victories with 37 and falls with 23.
Henn led the “fantastic four” in reversals with 14, and near fall 2’s with nine.
Pelster was second in takedowns. His numbers in all categories would have been higher had it not been for injuries which kept him off the mats for a period of time.
Coach Doug Jones was very positive about the accomplishments of Wolfpack wrestlers this year. “These guys had a great season,” he said. “We were fortunate that they were close in weight and that really helped in the practice room. Logan had a great freshman season. He worked very hard at controlling his weight to stay a 106 and it paid off for him. Geoffrey more than doubled the amount of wins from last season and showed a great deal of improvement. Ryan had to give up quite a bit of weight and in spite of being small for his weight class was extremely competitive this season. Andrew showed continued improvement throughout the season. Wrestlers he lost to earlier in the season were defeated by Andrew later on. It was great seeing that improvement during the year. Congratulations on a fantastic season!”
March 6, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
This week the best girls basketball teams will compete for championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
Unfortunately for Wolfpack fans, Elgin Public-Pope John won’t be among them.
Having compiled an 18-8 record, the Wolfpack were eliminated from postseason play by Plainview at the C2-8 Subdistrict. Plainview was defeated in the District C2-4 final by undefeated Crofton.
Still, it was a great year for the Wolfpack and Coach Randy Eisenhauer.
They opened the season with five straight victories and, by Jan. 6, had put together an 8-1 record.
The Wolfpack fell to O’Neill St. Mary’s as part of a 1-3 streak which saw their record go to 9-4. A 60 to 41 victory over Elkhorn Valley started a stretch where EPPJ won six of seven games. EPPJ then split their final six games of the season.
As a team, the Wolfpack averaged 48 points per game for the season.
On defense, they allowed an average of 42.6 points per contest.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
O’NEILL — An eight-point run right before the end of the first half gave Plainview an edge which they used to defeat Elgin Public-Pope John 66 to 55 at the C2-8 Subdistrict.
A bucket by Chad Bode tied the score at 30-all. Plainview (5-17) then scored eight unanswered points in the final 80 seconds to go up 38 to 30 at halftime.
The lead ballooned to 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Wolfpack mounted a comeback, cutting the deficit to seven points with three minutes to play. The Wolfpack managed just two points the rest of the way.
Seth Schumacher led EPPJ with 14 points, Regan Kerkman had 11. The loss ends the Wolfpack’s season. They finished with a 7-15 record.
Plainview 66, Wolfpack 55
Plainview……13 25 15 13 — 66
Wolfpack……14 16 15 10 — 55
Wolfpack — Chad Bode 2-5 2-4 6, Jack Borer 1-5 0-0 3, Zach Eischeid 3-6 0-1 6, Kyle Heithoff 2-5 0-2 5, Kyle Kallhoff 2-12 0-0 5, Regan Kerkman 5-7 0-1 11, Austin Meis 1-5 2-4 4, Seth Schumacher 5-11 3-3 14. Team totals: 21-56 7-15 55. Three-point shots — Wolfpack 5 (Jack Borer 1, Kyle Heithoff 1, Kyle Kallhoff 1, Regan Kerkman 1, Seth Schumacher 1).
Team statistics: Rebounds — Wolfpack 33 (Kyle Heithoff 8). Assists — Wolfpack 13 (Seth Schumacher 4). Steals — Wolfpack 10 (Seth Schumacher 5, Regan Kerkman 4). Turnovers — Wolfpack 9.
O’NEILL — Victory tastes sweet when it is unexpected. The Plainview Lady Pirates tasted the sweet nectar of victory Thursday night, upsetting top-seed Elgin Public-Pope John 39 to 36 in the C2-8 Subdistrict finals.
Ahead for most of the game, the Wolfpack saw the lead slip away midway through the third quarter and couldn’t score when they needed it most, in the game’s final minutes.
Neither team got off to a fast start. Brittany Waldow scored first for the Pirates at the 2:20 mark of the first quarter. Nikki Beckman tossed in two bombs from three-point range and Jenna Parks added a free throw as the Wolfpack led 7 to 6 after one quarter. The Wolfpack added two more treys in the second quarter from Baylee Wemhoff and Liz Selting, then got two pointers from Hayley Stamp and Parks to give the Wolfpack a 19 to 15 lead at halftime. Keeping Plainview close was Caitlyn Hart who had six points in the quarter.
The Lady Pirates’ defense helped turn things around in the third quarter. They held the Wolfpack scoreless for nearly 7 1/2 minutes to start the second half. By the time Wemhoff sliced through the land to score and add a free throw for a three-point play, the Pirates had fought back to lead 25 to 22.
EPPJ fought back, cutting the lead to just two points when Jill Schindler got free inside for two points. Plainview answered with back-to-back baskets from Alicia Jensen to push the lead up to six points with 2:25 left in the game.
Two free throws by Nicole White gave Plainview a nine-point lead with 34 seconds to play. The Wolfpack answered back with treys from Wemhoff and Parks to cut the lead to four points with 15 seconds left in the game. After another made free throw by Plainview, Schindler scored and was fouled with just over a second to play in the game. With the score 39 to 36, Schindler intentionally missed a free throw, but the Wolfpack failed to get off a game-tying trey as the buzzer sounded.
In the final 90 seconds of the game, Plainview made seven of 10 free throws. Prior to that, they had made just six of 14.
To their credit, Plainview prevented the Wolfpack from getting good looks at the basket. Wemhoff led the Wolfpack with 11 points, Parks added 10.
Lady Pirates 39, Wolfpack 36
Plainview……………………………6 9 11 13 — 39
Wolfpack……………………………7 12 3 14 — 36
Wolfpack — Liz Selting 1-10 0-0 3, Jenna Parks 4-8 1-4 10, Nikki Beckman 2-7 0-0 6, Jordan Mescher 0-4 0-0 0, Jill Schindler 2-2 0-3 4, Baylee Wemhoff 4-8 1-3 11, Hayley Stamp 1-4 0-0 2. Team totals: 14-43 2-10 36. Three-point shots — Wolfpack 6 (Baylee Wemhoff 2, Nikki Beckman 2, Jenna Parks 1, Liz Selting 1).
Lady Pirates — Nikki Mosel 0 3-6 3, Nicole White 1 5-6 8, Brittany Waldow 4 0-1 8, Caitlyn Hart 2 5-10 10, Alicia Jensen 2 0-0 4, Catherine Williams 3 0-1 6. Team totals: 12-36 14-26 39. Three-point shots: Lady Pirates 1 (Caitlyn Hart 1).
Team statistics: Rebounds — Wolfpack 30 (Liz Selting 11), Plainview 37. Assists — Wolfpack 7 (Liz Selting 2, Jenna Parks 2), Plainview 5. Steals — Wolfpack 6 (Liz Selting 2, Jenna Parks 2), Plainview 8. Turnovers — Wolfpack 17, Plainview 18.
OMAHA — Wolfpack wrestlers shined on Nebraska’s biggest stage, competing in the NSAA State Wrestling Championships last week. Andrew Fangman, a junior, made his third appearance at the state meet and came home a medal winner — placing fifth in the Class D 152-pound weight class.
Pelster won both of his matches Thursday to advance to the semi-final round. It was there that he faced Devin Dibbern of Amherst. Dibbern came into the match with just one loss. He exited with just one loss, pinning Fangman in 1:54.
Fangman split his two matches Saturday, losing to Neligh-Oakdale’s Garret Allemang 4 to 0. He then wrapped up the tournament, winning the fifth place medal by defeating Noah Rutjens of Elkhorn Valley by the score of 3 to 0. He finished the season with a record of 37-12.
Ryan Pelster and Logan Henn were eliminated in consolation round matches Friday.
Pelster, competing at 145 pounds, made his second appearance at state. He opened up Thursday by pinning Josh Cinocco of Minatare in 1:23. In the quarterfinals that night, Pelster came out on the short end of a 12 to 2 score against Pleasanton’s Colton Lammers.
On Friday, wrestling in consolation round #2, Pelster lost a 5 to 2 decision to Jake Buhring of Sumner-Eddyville-Miller. Pelster finished the season with a 28-9 record.
Henn then competed in consolation round #1 Friday morning. Matched up against Tyler Kapperman of Arapahoe, Henn earned his first victory at state with a 7 to 2 decision. Later that day, Henn matched up against Sutherland’s Ryan Patrick. Henn put up a good fight on the mat, but lost to Patrick by the score of 2 to 0. Henn ended his season with a 29-11 record.
Individual results were:
106 pounds — Champ. Round 1 - Kale Fishler (Harvard) 29-15 won by decision over Logan Henn (Elgin Public/Pope John) (Dec 9-2); Cons. Round 1 - Henn won by decision over Tyler Kapperman (Arapahoe) 26-15 (Dec 7-2); Cons. Round 2 - Ryan Patrick (Sutherland) 22-15 won by decision over Henn 29-11 (Dec 2-0)
145 — Champ. Round 1 - Ryan Pelster (Elgin Public/Pope John) won by fall over Josh Cinocco (Minatare) 24-15 (Fall 1:23); Quarterfinal - Colton Lammers (Pleasanton) 43-1 won by major decision over Pelster (MD 12-2); Cons. Round 2 - Jake Buhring (Sumner-Eddyville-Miller) 34-11 won by decision over Pelster 28-9 (Dec 5-2)
152 — Champ. Round 1 - Andrew Fangman (Elgin Public/Pope John) won by fall over Austin Johnson (Ansley-Litchfield) 12-20 (Fall 2:28); Quarterfinal - Fangman won by decision over Riley Dugan (Central Valley) 35-11 (Dec 2-1); Semifinal - Devin Dibbern (Amherst) 44-2 won by fall over Fangman (Fall 1:54); Cons. Semi - Garett Allemang (Neligh-Oakdale) 45-7 won by decision over Fangman (Dec 4-0); 5th Place Match - Fangman 37-12 won by decision over Noah Rutjens (Elkhorn Valley) 28-10 (Dec 3-0)