September 5, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — After dominating their opponent early in the game, Elgin Public-Pope John surrendered 22 unanswered points to give Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family their first-ever victory as a co-op school.
The Bulldogs took the lead just before halftime and never trailed again in handing the Wolfpack their first loss of the season.
Conditions Friday night were wet and damp for the start of the 2014 football season. Coach Randy Eisenhauer’s team, capitalizing on the strength of its offensive line, marched 46 yards with their opening possession to light up the scoreboard.
With fans barely settled into the new bleachers, they had plenty to celebrate when sophomore Chad Bode capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Seth Schumacher added the two-point conversion.
The defense forced a three-and-out on the Bulldogs, getting the ball back. However, the Wolfpack’s subsequent possession helped set up the Bulldogs’ first touchdown. Penalties pinned EPPJ deep in their own territory. A Wolfpack punt gave the Bulldogs good field position near midfield. They then began to start making big plays. Quarterback Duncan Hanzel connected with Brayden Frauendorfer on a 17-yard pass play down to the 10-yard line. On the next play, Frauendorfer took it into the endzone. The two point conversion tied the score at 8-all with 1:17 left in the first quarter.
The Wolfpack answered right back with an 11-play, 53-yard drive. The big play in the drive was a 20-yard run by Bode. Five plays later, Andrew Fangman scored on a three-yard run to give the Wolfpack a 14 to 8 lead.
Christopher Bush saved the day for the Wolfpack just moments later. The Bulldogs had marched down to EPPJ’s two-yard line when, on the next play, Hanzel coughed up the football and Bush recovered.
Momentum, on the side of the Wolfpack for much of the first half, disappeared on the next play when Hanzel intercepted a Wolfpack pass and returned it 18 yards to the two-yard line. Frauendorfer scored the touchdown on the next play to tie the score.
The teams traded possessions. The Bulldogs capitalized with just seconds left on the clock when Hanzel found Ashton Dohmen for a touchdown for a 20 to 14 lead at halftime.
“We wanted to really get a touchdown here right at the end and then hold them you know and it kinda turned on us in a hurry where we didn’t score at the end and then they got a big pass play at the end and took the lead going into halftime,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said.
Kyle Heithoff recovered a Bulldog fumble on the second play of the third quarter, giving EPPJ good field position on the Bulldogs’ 34-yard line. However, EPPJ was unable to gain a first down, turning the ball over on downs at the 25-yard line.
The Bulldogs then went 65 yards to take the lead, covering 55 through the air. Dohmen got the touchdown on a seven-yard run.
Any hope of EPPJ answering the Bulldogs’ touchdown on their next possession was lost when the they fumbled the ball away.
The teams then traded possessions the remainder of the half. With under a minute to play in the game, the Bulldogs added a late touchdown to make the final score 36 to 14.
“Everything that happened tonight is things we can improve on all next week,” Eisenhauer said about the loss. “We were inside the 20-yard line four or five times and didn’t score. We had them stopped a lot of times and then they got a big play … They hit every big play that they needed and that’s something we didn’t.”
The Wolfpack were plagued by turnovers with four (two interceptions/two fumbles).
As a team, they gained 180 yards on the ground and just 13 through the air for a total offense of 193. Leading rusher for the Wolfpack was Chad Bode with 17 carries for 69 yards.
Frauendorfer led the Bulldogs in rushing with 73 yards on 17 carries.
On defense, the Wolfpack were led by Kyle Heithoff with 23 tackles, Schumacher had 14.
The Wolfpack had nine quarterback sacks in the game, led by Scott Moser with three.
Bush and Heithoff were each credited with fumble recoveries.
The Wolfpack (0-1) will play their first road game of the season Friday night at Creighton. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs 36, Wolfpack 14
Bulldogs………….8 12 8 8 — 36
Wolfpack………….8 6 0 0 — 14
EPPJ — Chad Bode 7 run (Seth Schumacher run)
H/LHF — Brayden Frauendorfer 9 run (PAT good)
EPPJ — Andrew Fangman 2 run (PAT failed)
H/LHF — Frauendorfer 2 run (PAT failed)
H/LHF — Duncan Hanzel 25 pass to Ashton Dohmen (PAT failed)
H/LHF — Hanzel 8 pass to Dohmen (PAT good)
H/LHF — Austin Preister 5 run (PAT Good)
Team Stats Wolfpack
First Downs 9
Passing Yds 13
Total Offense 193
Fumbles Lost 2
Passing — Seth Schumacher 2/5/2 — 13 yds.
Rushing — Kyle Kallhoff 12/45, Chad Bode 17/69, Kyle Heithoff 1/2, Andrew Fangman 6/18, Seth Schumacher 1/9.
Receiving — Kyle Kallhoff 1/6, Austin Meis 1/7.
Tackles (solo/asst) Dylan Behnk 2/2, Kyle Kallhoff 0/8, Austin Meis 2/6, Miles Schrage 1/1, Chad Bode 3/10, Alois Warner 0/4, Scott Moser 1/17, Christopher Bush 0/6, Kyle Heithoff 4/19, Andrew Fangman 1/10, Trent Bauer 1/11, Seth Schumacher 2/12.
Sacks — Scott Moser 3, Kyle Kallhoff 1, Austin Meis 1, Chad Bode 1, Kyle Heithoff 1, Andrew Fangman 1, Trent Bauer 1.
September 5, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — Every year Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher’s Wolfpack volleyball team aims to be playing their best volleyball of the season when it matters most — in the postseason.
Last year the Wolfpack made it to the district finals before seeing their season come to an end. This year, they want to take it to the next level of postseason play — the state tournament.
One year ago the Wolfpack posted a 12-17 record, winning the C2-10 sub-district before seeing their season end with a loss to Crofton in the district finals.
While Coach Thiele-Blecher has some holes to fill with the graduation of four seniors from last year’s team, there’s a strong nucleus of players ready to take the court and earn their place in Wolfpack lore. Returning starters from last year are hitters Jenna Parks, Liz Selting, Taylor Schumacher, Nikki Beckman and Baylee Wemhoff.
“We have a lot of returners that gained a lot of maturity since last year, and these girls worked hard all summer long,” Coach Thiele-Blecher said.
Back for her junior season in all-conference second team selection is Jenna Parks. She led the team in kills last year with 160 and was second in set assists with 168.
Another standout performer from last year whose numbers should increase will be sophomore Liz Selting. As a freshman last year, she had 139 kills at the net and led the team with 36 ace serves.
Another sophomore who made a major contribution last season and will be expected to do so again this year is Baylee Wemhoff. She was the team’s top setter as a freshman, with 185 set assists last year.
Seniors Taylor Schumacher and Nikki Beckman also return as starters from last year. Beckman led the team in serve percentage at 97 percent last year and was third on the team in serve receive with 243. Schumacher was second on the team in serve receive with 287 last season.
There are areas of concern for the team as they head into the season. “We aren’t the tallest team around,” Coach Thiele-Blecher said. The teams top two blockers from last year were seniors. Newcomers expected to lend their talents to the varsity team this year are defense specialists Sharla Schindler and Jordan Mescher, and front row players Hayley Stamp and Terri Seier.
“We are excited to play, we are ready to compete,” Thiele-Blecher said. “With a majority of girls back this year we are ready to play in districts again!”
Tabbed as the conference favorites this year are St. Mary’s and Stuart. The tournament will be played in October.
EPPJ opens the season Thursday night at a double triangular hosted by CWC. The matches will be played at Chambers.
August 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The annual “Punt, Pass & Kick” competition for area youth will be held Saturday afternoon, Sept. 13.
The event, to be held at Elgin Field, will get underway at 4 p.m.
Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions broken down into the following age groups: Ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.
August 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
There will be plenty of things to see and do at the 89th Wheeler County Fair & Rodeo this weekend.
On Thursday, Aug. 14, open class entries will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m. on the fairgrounds. That evening, starting at 6 p.m., there will be youth roping events. Then, at 7 p.m., the Wheeler County Resident/Land Owner Team Roping (Top Header & Heeler Buckles) will be held. The event is being sponsored by Sandhills Service & Elgin Livestock Sales LLC. Throughout the four-day weekend, there will be a 25-foot water slide which the children will enjoy, especially with warm summer weather.
Friday night, Aug. 15, starting at 8 p.m. will be the MSRA/NSRA Rodeo with slack to follow. Admission is free. After the rodeo, fairgoers can dance to “Shaboom Entertainment, Kevin Pelc DJ” starting at 9 p.m.
Both Friday and Saturday night will feature a wild horse race with a calcutta each night.
Saturday activities get underway with the Nebraska Pedal Pullers event at 2:30 p.m.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Fourth Annual Wheeler County Steak Feed will be held. Advance tickets are $10 per person, $12 at the door. Open class entries will be dismissed at 8 p.m.
Also at 8 p.m. will be the second night of the MSRA/NSRA Rodeo.
The evening will wrap up with a dance featuring the “Lonesome Walker Band” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The last day of the fair, Sunday, Aug. 17, will feature a ranch rodeo calcutta at 5:30 p.m. followed by the ranch rodeo. Entries close Aug. 10. Contact Travis or Tina Patrick at (402) 843-5857 to enter. Top Hand & Top Horse Breast Collars are being sponsored by Ericson-Spalding Livestock Market & Wagonhammer Ranches.
August 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elgin Elementary Volleyball will be starting its season shortly!
This is open to all 4th-6th grade girls.
Cost of the league is $25 and will be played in Albion on Sundays starting September 7.
It will run for 5 weeks with the tournament to be on one day, Saturday, October 11.
They will run two divisions, 4th and 5th grade and a 6th grade division as they have in the past.
Tentative practices are on Tuesday, August 19, Monday, August 25, Tuesday, August 26, Tuesday, September 2, and Saturday, September 6.
All practices will be at 7:00 p.m. at Elgin Public Gym except for Saturday, September 6 we will practice at 10:00 a.m. Please contact Amy Selting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-843-8110 if you haven’t already signed up!