July 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Results from the Vetch Days’ Kids Races held Tuesday were:
Toddlers (boys and girls together) — Running Race (1) 1. Paisley Schulz, 2. Natalie Pichler, 3. Taryn Schindler. Bean Bag 1. Paisley Schulz, 2. Barrett Schulz, 3. Natalie Pichler. Running Race (2) 1. Sawyer Richardson, 2. Paisley Schulz, 3. Barrett Schulz.
Pre-K/Kindergarten — Running Race (Girls) 1. Anna Dworak, 2. (tie) Sydney Niewohner/Tenley Schindler, 3. Gentry Zwingman. (Boys) 1. Cael Bottorf, 2. Jacob Niewohner, 3. Braedon Hinkle. Bean Bag (Girls) 1. Jenna Beard, 2. Teagan King, 3. Anna Dworak. (Boys) 1. Braedon Hinkle, 2. Hunter Nielsen, 3. Cael Bottorf. Pillow Case (Girls) 1. Tenley Schindler, 2. Gentry Zwingman, 3. Anna Dworak. (Boys) 1. Garrett Busteed, 2. Braedon Hinkle, 3. Hunter Nielsen.
1st/2nd — Running Race (Girls) 1. Kierstyn Eisenhauer, 2. Braelyn Martinsen, 3. Gabby Pichler. (Boys) 1. Tyson King, 2. Max Henn, 3. Justice Blecher. Bean Bag (Girls) 1. Kierstyn Eisenhauer, 2. Braelyn Martinsen, 3. Gabby Pichler. (Boys) 1. Kristian McNally, 2. Tyson King, 3. Max Henn. Pillow Case (Girls) 1. Kierstyn Eisenhauer, 2. Braelyn Martinsen, 3. Gabby Pichler. (Boys) 1. Evan Pelster, 2. Tyson King, 3. Kristian McNally.
3rd/4th — Running Race (Girls) 1. Cynley Wilkinson, 2. Camry Kittelsen, 3. Cierraa Kluthe. (Boys) 1. Karson Kallhoff, 2. Landon Kallhoff, 3. Austin Hinkle. Bean Bag (Girls) 1. Chloe Henn, 2. Callie Heithoff, 3. Juliana McNally. (Boys) 1. Landon Veik, 2. Taylor Beckman, 3. Brodie Nielsen. Pillow Case (Girls) 1. Cynley Wilkinson, 2. Kayton Zwingman, 3. Camry Kittelson. (Boys) 1. Austin Hinkle, 2. Taylor Beckman, 3. Landon Veik.
5th/6th — Running Race (Girls) 1. Jordan Wilkinson, 2. Kadence Dworak, 3. Payton Wilkinson. (Boys) 1. Hayden Kluthe, 2. Colby Nielsen, 3. Blake Henn. Bean Bag (Girls) 1. Jordan Wilkinson, 2. Baylee Busteed, 3. Brenna Martinsen. (Boys) 1. Blake Henn, 2. Hayden Kluthe, 3. Colby Nielsen. Pillow Case (Girls) 1. Payton Wilkinson, 2. Jordan Wilkinson, 3. Brenna Martinsen. (Boys) 1. Hayden Kluthe, 2. Taylor Beavens, 3. Ethan Hinkle.
June 30, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
By Marie Meis
Summer Intern, Elgin Review
Before graduating from Pope John in 1982, Dale Mackel left a legacy. He set the boy’s track two-mile record with a time of 9:24.48, a time that many haven’t even come close to.
“I expect all records are set to be broken, and mine will be broken at some point,” Mackel said Monday.
Although no one has broken it quite yet, Ryan Pelster, a 2016 graduate of Pope John, had taken quite an interest in that record. As a freshman, his dad promised him a Corvette if he could beat Mackel’s record. It may have seem far-fetched at the time, but it became Pelster’s dream to beat the long-standing mark.
“I started following Ryan, from a running perspective, right away in his high school career. Some of the times he posted when he was a freshman, were just as good, if not better, than mine,” said Mackel.
Ryan qualified for state track sophomore, junior, and senior year, and Dale had wanted to come down to watch Ryan compete, but was unable those first two years. Instead he followed Ryan’s track career through the Elgin Review.
Mackel’s high school track career ended when he graduated from Pope John. He then ran collegiately at University of Nebraska at Kearney, battling different injuries along the way.
After college, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked for Motorola in accounting and finance. He lived in Phoenix for 10 years, and then moved to Chicago, Illinois for 10 years.
After college, he ran casually, not competitively for a long time. In 2002, he started to become involved in a very competitive road racing circuit. That lasted about six years, running many five and 10K races and some half marathons and getting very involved in running again.
In January of 2008, Mackel moved back to Nebraska and joined Coventry Health Care as their chief financial officer and currently lives in Omaha.
When Dale had heard that Ryan had qualified for state track in the 3200 meter run his senior year, he knew this was his last chance to see Ryan run high school track. They hadn’t met each other yet and Mackel decided to surprise Ryan after he had finished his last race.
They both described the experience as incredible, one getting to meet his idol, and the other getting to see someone carry on his legacy.
Pelster explained the experience saying, “I’ve always looked up to this guy, and I’ve heard about him, and then all of a sudden he shows up my senior year at state track, I was kind of blown away.”
Mackel has always enjoyed following all of Elgin’s youth through paper articles and school newsletters.
“Elgin, as well as the school of Pope John, will always have a deep place in my heart, and I want to stay connected to the community and the school,” stated Mackel. “I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else.”
He explained that Elgin offers youth a different experience that kids in metropolitan areas can’t relate to, and he really appreciates that experience now, and hopes to come back to the area for retirement in later years.
It was quite an experience for Ryan and Dale, getting to finally meet each other after both hearing about the other throughout the years.
Dale described why he wanted to meet Ryan, saying, “If you follow somebody from a distance, you certainly can get a perspective from pictures and words on a paper, but you can’t get the true perspective until you meet somebody.”
Dale describes Ryan as a very genuine and hardworking young man and truly feels inspired by how much Ryan looks up to him.
June 30, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
On June 25, Elgin played in the league tournament at Pierce. In their first game, Elgin defeated Battle Creek 23 to 2 in a 2 1/2 inning game.
Elgin scored 15 runs in the first inning then added another eight in the second inning. Elgin had 13 hits in the game.
Leading the hit parade was Grace Rittscher with a triple and two singles. Anna Heilhecker, Courtni Heckert and Harley Bode each had two singles, Calli Krebs, Paige Meis, Grace Henn and Heather Bauer each had one single.
Pitching for Elgin was Amy Nelson. She walked one and struck out three to get the victory.
In the second game, Elgin fell to O’Neill’s 18’s by a score of 5 to 0. Nelson led Elgin in hits with two singles, Heilhecker, Heckert, Heather Bauer and Skylar Reestman each had one single.
Heilhecker started on the mound for Elgin. She walked two and struck out two.
In the last game of the tournament, Madison’s 18’s beat Elgin 10 to 2 to eliminate Elgin from the tournament.
Rittscher, Heilhecker, Heckert and Grace Henn each had a single for Elgin.
Amy Nelson pitched the first four innings, walking one and striking out two. Heckert pitched the last inning, walking four.
Elgin’s last game of the season will be Wednesday, July 6, when they host Pierce’s 16’s and 18’s.
June 23, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
NORFOLK — Down the stretch, the Dark team made their shots when they needed to to claim a 60 to 53 victory in the annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Girls Basketball Game.
Competing against each other for years, Elgin Public-Pope John’s Jenna Parks teamed up with St. Mary’s Sydney Hupp and Riley Sibbel, along with Dawn Klabenes of Chambers/Wheeler Central to get the job done.
With the outcome of the game still in doubt with less than three minutes to play, Parks hit a field goal to put the Dark team up by six points.
It was Parks’ lone basket in the game, to go with a number of rebounds.
From there, the Dark team held on for the victory.
Klabenes, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, was named the MVP for the game.
June 23, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
HASTINGS — Wolfpack football standout Andrew Fangman saw plenty of action Saturday at the 39th Annual Sertoma 8-Man Classic.
The all-state running back played inside linebacker for most of the game and was used sparingly on offense as the East fell to the West 36 to 14.
Fangman caught one pass for 10 yards and carried the ball three times for three yards as the West defense dominated the line of scrimmage for much of the game.
He had better success on defense as, from his inside linebacker position, he was in on a number of solo tackles and assisted on several others.
The East scored all their points in the first quarter as they took a 14 to 8 lead. However, over the final three quarters, the West outscored the East 28 to 0.
Clearwater-Orchard’s Andy Kerkman had a big game as he earned MVP offensive honors for the West team, catching six passes for 98 yards.
West 36, East 14
East………………14 0 0 0 — 14
West……………….8 14 8 6 — 36
W - Schnitzler 6 pass from Pelster (Pelster run)
E - Ericson 3 run (Run failed)
E- Paprocki 20 fumble return (Ortmeier pass from Ratkovec)
W- Schnitzler 9 pass from Pelster (kick failed)
W- Monette 1 run (Schnitzler run)
W - Gilligan 80 punt return (Kerkman pass from Pelster)
W - Pelster 7 run (kick failed)
Team Stats E W
First downs 10 16
Rushes-yards 40-100 39-169
Passing yards 106 145
Comp-Att-Int 4-11-1 11-21-1
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties-yards 7-75 3-20
Rushing—E- Tyler Holz (Bloomfield) 5-32, Kyle Wemhoff (Humphrey St. Francis) 8-29, Andrew Fangman (Elgin-Pope John) 3-3, Cody Stratman (Wynot) 7-12, Luke Ericson (Osceola), Kyle Francois (Lourdes CC) 2-8, Skylar Ratkovec (East Butler) 3(-2). W - Brenden Pelster (CWC) 7-52, Gideon Monette (Mullen) 12-35, Mitchel Atkinson (Boyd County) 3-14, Trey Taubenheim (Amherst) 7-33, Preston Schnitzler (Kenesaw) 10-35.
Passing — E - Luke Ericson 2-6-39, Skylar Ratkovec 2-4-67. N - Brenden Pelster 3-5-28, Trey Taubenheim 8-15-141.
Receiving—E - Cody Stratman 3-106. W - Andy Kerkman 6-98, Preston Schnitzler 3-20