February 4, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
O’NEILL — Trailing entering the fourth quarter, Elgin Public-Pope John rallied to defeat North Central 44 to 42 in the quarter-final round of the girls Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament.
In the final eight minutes of the game, the Wolfpack outscored the Lady Knights 12 to nine to survive and advance in the tournament.
The game was won in the final moments. Coach Randy Eisenhauer said North Central was unable to get the ball in-bounds and was whistled for a five-second call. With the ball under EPPJ’s basket, Jenna Parks got the ball to Ally Wemhoff at the top of the key. She was fouled on her shot attempt with 1.1 seconds left in the game. The freshman then made two free throws for the margin of victory.
The Wolfpack’s defense may have been the difference in the game. In the second half the Wolfpack outscored North Central 23 to 12.
Senior Jenna Parks led EPPJ with 15 points, Baylee Wemhoff added 11.
By virtue of the victory, the Wolfpack will now play St. Mary’s in the semi-final round of the tournament Friday night (February 5) at St. Boniface gymnasium. Tip-off will be at 6:15 p.m.
Wolfpack 44, North Central 42
Wolfpack……………………………5 16 11 12 — 44
North Central………………………13 17 3 9 — 42
Wolfpack — Liz Selting 5, Jenna Parks 15, Calli Krebs 2, Jordan Mescher 2, Baylee Wemhoff 11, Allyson Wemhoff 8, Lydia Behnk 2.
February 4, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — Victory tastes sweet, especially at tournament time when it’s win and advance.
Elgin Public-Pope John did just that Saturday night, defeating North Central 60 to 46 in the first round of the Niobrara Valley Conference boys basketball tournament.
The Wolfpack built a 13-point lead in the first half as, Coach Scott Becker said, the team passed the ball well to find the open man.
In the second half, the Wolfpack held off several runs by the Knights. Back-to-back baskets by Kyle Kallhoff gave the Wolfpack a 36 to 21 advantage with just over six minutes left in the third quarter. North Central answered back, cutting the lead to 38 to 27 on a trey by Cash Cosgrove.
Following a basket by Chad Bode, the two teams traded baskets before North Central’s Quinton Shaw cut the lead to 11 points, 42 to 31.
Twice the Knights had a chance to cut the Wolfpack’s lead to single digits, only to be thwarted by the Wolfpack’s defensive play.
A three-pointer by Ashton Evans bumped the lead back to 14 points with two minutes to go in the quarter and the Knights were unable to make another significant run the rest of the game.
At one point in the fourth quarter the lead grew to 16 points as the Wolfpack’s quickness was too much for North Central to overcome on this night.
Kallhoff led EPPJ with 12 points, Scott Moser had 11 and Dylan Behnk tossed in 10 points. Cosgrove led the Knights with 10 points.
Wolfpack 60, North Central 46
North Central..8 9 17 12 — 46
Wolfpack……16 14 19 11 — 60
Wolfpack — Dylan Behnk 4-6 2-4 10, Chad Bode 3-5 1-2 7, Ashton Evans 1-1 1-2 4, Liam Heithoff 0-2 0-0 0, Kyle Kallhoff 5-11 1-4 12, Austin Meis 4-5 0-1 8, Scott Moser 3-7 5-6 11, Seth Schumacher 4-13 8. Team totals: 24-50 10-19 60.
North Central — Jakob Heerten 4, Cash Cosgrove 10, Ethan Munger 4, Sage Osborn 8, Quinton Shaw 8, Kevin Udd 7, Griffin Smith 5. Team totals: 16-47 10-16 46.
Team statistics — Three-point shots - Wolfpack 2-7 (Ashton Evans 1, Kyle Kallhoff 1), North Central 4-15. Rebounds - Wolfpack 33 (Dylan Behnk 7), North Central 31. Assists - Wolfpack 11 (Seth Schumacher 4, Ashton Evans 3), North Central 8. Steals - Wolfpack 10 (Seth Schumacher 7), North Central 16. Turnovers - Wolfpack 16, North Central 20.
EWING — On paper, the game was a mismatch. On the court, it was even more so Friday night at Elgin Public-Pope John defeated the Ewing Tigers in boys NVC basketball action.
Scoring at will against the over-matched Tigers, the Wolfpack (7-7) opened up a 38 to 7 lead at halftime and coasted the rest of the way to the victory, their seventh of the season.
The Wolfpack started the game scoring the first 13 points. Senior Seth Schumacher had seven points including a trey and Kyle Kallhoff added four.
Ewing got on the scoreboard with 3:32 left in the quarter on a two-pointer by Bryce Summers.
The Wolfpack then went on an 11 to 0 run over the next four minutes to seize control of the game. Austin Meis had four points, Chad Bode added two and Schumacher drained a trey.
After another basket by Summers, the Wolfpack closed out the first half with a 14 to 0 run as the Wolfpack took advantage of matchups to score inside and outside. Schumacher’s third trey of the half concluded the Wolfpack onslaught. Ewing’s Trevor Brummels had the Tigers’ final three points of the half on a trey.
Up by 31 points to start the second half, the Wolfpack kept up their torrid scoring pace as Schumacher scored from the outside while Meis and Bode were able to get easy baskets on the inside. A two-pointer by Ashton Evans late in the quarter gave the Wolfpack a 52 to nine lead. The clock continuously ran in the fourth quarter as Wolfpack reserves finished up the game. Liam Heithoff and Kyle Schumacher accounted for the Wolfpack’s fourth quarter points.
For the game the Wolfpack made 25 of 47 shots from the field and sevenof 15 free throws.
Meis and Seth Schumacher tied for the team high in rebounds with five apiece. Seth Schumacher led the Wolfpack in assists with four. He, Meis and Evans each had two steals.
Wolfpack 60, Tigers 11
Wolfpack……..22 16 18 4 — 60
Tigers………….2 5 2 2 — 11
Wolfpack — Dylan Behnk 0-4 0-2 0, Chad Bode 6-8 0-2 12, Ashton Evans 2-3 0-0 4, Liam Heithoff 1-3 1-1 3, Kyle Kallhoff 5-10 0-0 10, Austin Meis 4-5 5-9 13, Hunter Reestman 0-3 0-0 0, Seth Schumacher 6-8 0-0 15, Kyle Schumacher 1-3 1-1 3. Team totals: 25-47 7-15 60.
Ewing — Bryce Summers 4, Jonas Richter 2, Trevor Brummels 3, Lee Napier 2.
Team statistics — Three-point shots - Wolfpack 3 (Seth Schumacher 3). Rebounds - Wolfpack 25 (Austin Meis 5, Seth Schumacher 5). Assists - Wolfpack 11 (Seth Schumacher 4). Steals - Wolfpack 10 (Seth Schumacher 2, Austin Meis 2, Ashton Evans 2). Turnovers - Wolfpack 11.
EWING — The Lady Tigers led early before Elgin Public-Pope John turned it on Friday night to claim a 61 to 35 victory.
The battle between NVC opponents looked, at the outset, like it might be a good game. That changed over the last half of the first quarter when the Wolfpack’s up-tempo attack outscored Ewing 19 to 3 to take control of the game. Senior Jenna Parks had two treys and accounted for eight points in the 19-point outburst, freshman Ally Wemhoff added five points.
Once the Wolfpack took the lead, they never slowed down. Parks and Wemhoff teamed up to score the first nine points of the second quarter as EPPJ took a 28 to 12 lead. Ewing managed just nine points in the quarter as the Wolfpack built a 36 to 18 lead when the buzzer sounded. Helping to keep the offense running smoothly was Baylee Wemhoff with a trey and sophomore Lydia Behnk with an inside basket.
The teams traded baskets for much of the third quarter. A two-pointer by Jordan Mescher gave the Wolfpack a 43 to 25 lead at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter. Ally Wemhoff added a trey and Baylee Wemhoff another two-pointer and Amy Nelson came off the bench to get a basket as the Wolfpack took a 48 to 27 lead after three quarters.
Wolfpack starters played just three minutes at the start of the fourth quarter before reserves came in to close out the game. Before heading to the bench, Liz Selting added a field goal and Baylee Wemhoff scored four points.
Sophomore Calli Krebs scored late in the fourth quarter as did Behnk to close out scoring for the Wolfpack.
Parks and Ally Wemhoff tied for the team-high in points with 18 apiece.
The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 12-3.
Wolfpack 61, Ewing 35
Wolfpack……19 17 14 11 — 61
Ewing…………9 9 9 8 — 35
Wolfpack — Liz Selting 2-9 0-0 4, Jenna Parks 7-12 1-4 18, Anna Heilhecker 0-0 0-0 0, Amy Nelson 1-2 0-0 2, Lydia Behnk 3-5 0-1 6, Calli Krebs 1-7 0-2 2, Jordan Mescher 2-6 0-3 4, Baylee Wemhoff 3-12 0-0 7, Ally Wemhoff 6-15 2-2 18, Katie Polk 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 25-68 3-12 61. Ewing team totals: 14-46 6-11 35.
Team statistics — Three-point shots - Wolfpack 8-19 (Ally Wemhoff 4, Jenna Parks 3), Ewing 1-14. Rebounds - Wolfpack 33 (Jenna Parks 9), Ewing 26. Assists - Wolfpack 14 (Baylee Wemhoff 3), Ewing 4. Steals - Wolfpack 20 (Jenna Parks 6), Ewing 2. Turnovers - Wolfpack 7, Ewing 26.
NELIGH — The Wolfpack’s four varsity wrestlers brought home three medals Saturday from the Neligh-Oakdale Invitational.
Some of the best teams and individual wrestlers competed in the tournament and the competition was outstanding.
The Wolfpack medal parade was led by senior Ryan Pelster. Wrestling at 145 pounds, Pelster recorded two pins in four matches. In the championship round, he lost to defending state champion Jaydon Elge of Nebraska Christian.
Senior Andrew Fangman had another good tournament. He recorded three pins and finished third in the 170-pound weight class. Teammate Logan Henn, returning to action after a one-week absence, recorded one pin and finished fourth in the 113-pound weight class.
Individual results were:
113 — Logan Henn (Elgin Public/Pope John) received byes in the first two rounds; Alejandro Martinez (Elkhorn Valley) 23-6 won by major decision (10-0) over Henn; Henn won by fall over Cole Laible (West Holt) 10-12 (Fall 3:33); 3rd Place Match - Trace Baasch (Amherst) 11-3 won by decision over Henn 15-6 (Dec 5-0)
120 — Zac Hazen (Creighton) 22-2 won by fall over Geoffrey Carr (Elgin Public/Pope John) (Fall 0:47); Ben Thiele (West Holt) 13-11 won by fall over Geoffrey Carr (Elgin Public/Pope John) 1-13 (Fall 1:58)
145 — Ryan Pelster (Elgin Public/Pope John) won by fall over Austin Pokorny (Clearwater-Orchard) 2-20 (Fall 1:01); Pelster won by fall over Brady Wortman (Creighton) 18-13 (Fall 2:18); Pelster won by decision over Dawson Trampe (Amherst ) 9-2 (Dec 2-0); 1st Place Match - Jaydon Elge (Nebraska Christian) 27-1 won by tech fall over Pelster 19-6 (TF-1.5 5:37 20-5)
170 — Andrew Fangman (Elgin Public/Pope John) received a bye in the opening round; Fangman won by fall over Dominic Bolling (Clearwater-Orchard) 17-15 (Fall 0:24); Chris Petersen (Elkhorn Valley) 28-3 won by decision over Andrew Fangman (Dec 5-2); Fangman won by fall over Colton Cavaness (West Holt) 20-5 (Fall 2:25); 3rd Place Match - Fangman 24-3 won by fall over Ean Stacken (Creighton) 21-11 (Fall 0:56).