November 28, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Fans of volleyball didn’t have to travel far to see one of the best volleyball teams in the state.
Elgin Public-Pope John featured some of the best volleyball players in northeast Nebraska. Under the guidance of Tina Thiele-Blecher and assistants Sandi Henn and Emily Borer, the Wolfpack put together a 26-5 season, Their only losses were to Stuart (2), St. Mary’s (2) and Crofton in the district championship game. Those three foes qualified for the state tournament. All three reached the finals and one, St. Mary’s, won the Class D-1 championship match to cap an undefeated season.
The Wolfpack earned the respect of the Cardinals to the point that, after the season concluded, St. Mary’s sent the Wolfpack red roses complimenting them on their great season, saying that the play of the Wolfpack made them a better team.
The Wolfpack’s season record was the best ever by an EPPJ team, with a winning percentage of .839.
They posted a 10-2 record at home, 12-3 on the road and 4-0 at neutral sites.
Two members of the team, Liz Selting and Jenna Parks earned first team all-NVC honors.
Selting led the team in ace serves with 42, Parks had 31 and sophomore Jordan Mescher recorded 30.
At the net, the Wolfpack produced 837 kills during the season. Leading the way were Selting (284), Parks (213), Terri Seier (155) and Hayley Stamp (99). Parks posted 293 set assists to lead the squad, sophomore Baylee Wemhoff had 262.
Leading the team in serve receive was Mescher with 340, Sharla Schindler recorded 206.
Seier led the team in solo blocks with 67, the next closest was Parks with 21.
The Wolfpack had five players with more than 100 digs. They were Selting (196), Parks (194), Taylor Schumacher (194), Wemhoff (146) and Mescher (143).
November 17, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Two members of the Elgin Public-Pope John volleyball team have been named to the All-NVC Conference first team.
The selections were made by coaches in the conference.
Representing the Wolfpack on the first team are junior Jenna Parks and sophomore Liz Selting.
Other athletes named to the first team were Mackenzie Wecker, St. Mary’s; Courtni Kunz, Stuart; Bridget Schneider, St. Mary’s; Krissy Krotter, St. Mary’s; Katie Koenig, Ewing; Monique Schafer, Stuart; Sydney Hupp, St. Mary’s; Brittany Hanzlik, Stuart; Jacie Laetsch, CWC; and Mallory Cooper, Clearwater/Orchard.
Heading up the second team selections was sophomore Baylee Wemhoff of EPPJ.
Other second team selections were Harlee Fischer, Stuart; Riley Sibbel, St. Mary’s; Marissa Koenig, CWC; Lydia Fry, Ewing; Briana Stelling, Clearwater/Orchard; Emily Pongratz, St. Mary’s; Kassidy Jelinek, West Holt; Jaden Schafer, Stuart; Hailey Paxton, Stuart; Kara Bruns, North Central; and Drew Purviance, Boyd County.
Earning honorable mention were senior Taylor Schumacher, sophomore Jordan Mescher and junior Terri Seier of EPPJ. Others chosen were Tracy Chvala, St. Mary’s; Rachel Stewart, North Central; Jentrie Maurer, North Central; Bailey Kraus, West Holt; Jessie Mohnsen, West Holt; Amber Bendig, Boyd County; Alyssa Rood, Elkhorn Valley; Logan Jensen, Elkhorn Valley; Trisha Fox, Stuart; Chase Vleck, Neligh-Oakdale; Kinsley Klabenes, Neligh-Oakdale; Dawn Marie Klabenes, CWC; Sierra Hansen, West Holt; Madison Rossmeier, Boyd County; Kinsley Macke, Clearwater/Orchard; Katie Funk, Clearwater/Orchard; Tami Jo Marcellus, CWC; Reagan Larsen, Niobrara/Verdigre; and Brittany Eisenhauer, Niobrara/Verdigre.
November 13, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
A good season of deer hunting is expected in Nebraska for the Nov. 15-23 firearm season.
“Most hunters should see more deer this year after two good years of fawn production,” said Kit Hams, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s big game program manager. “The number of older bucks should also remain high as hunters have continued to be selective in their harvest.”
Hams estimated Nebraska deer harvest for all seasons may end up similar to 2013 and surpass 45,000.
The deer population is recovering from a 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.
Safety should be the top priority for hunters, who should:
• Be careful driving to and from hunting spots. Deer activity increases this time of year at dusk and dawn, so be alert behind the wheel. Watch out for slow-moving farm vehicles on rural roads as the crop harvest continues.
• Wear blaze orange. It is required of all November firearm deer hunters, regardless of the type of equipment used.– Use only approved safety equipment when hunting from a tree stand.
• Know where the firearm is pointed and never allow it to be pointed at anything you do not intend to shoot.
• Know the target and what lies beyond it.
Game and Parks offers additional deer hunting reminders:
• A hunter should never go onto private property without the owner’s permission.
• Have a plan for the cleaning, cooling, transporting and processing of deer.
• Firearm deer hunters and archers harvesting deer during the firearm season must deliver their deer to a check station no later than 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season.
• Hunters should locate a check station online that they intend to use before the start of the firearm season. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for an updated list of check stations.
• Only take good shots. Exact shot placement into a vital organ is required of all hunters.
The best shot is made on a broadside or quarter-away deer and hits the heart and lungs.– Call Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers toll-free at 800-742-7627 to report game law violations.Plenty of permits remain in several hunting units. To view a list of available permits, go to OutdoorNebraska.org, then click on Buy a Permit, then Remaining Permits. Permits may be purchased at that site or at Game and Parks permitting offices.The website is a resource for hunters looking for any information regarding deer hunting. It includes the 2014 Big Game Guide and 2014 Public Access Atlas for help finding public hunting lands and private lands open to public access. Also on the website are links to the Hunters Helping the Hungry and the Deer Exchange programs.
Deer Hunters Should Note Recent Check Station Changes
LINCOLN – Nebraska hunters should locate a check station online that they intend to use before the start of the upcoming firearm deer season. The list of check stations has changed since it was first printed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in May.Firearm deer hunters and archers harvesting deer during the Nov. 15-23 firearm season must deliver their deer to a check station no later than 1 p.m. on the day following the close of the season.There no longer is a deer check station in Ralston. A new check station is available at Game and Parks’ Omaha office, 8494 Frederick St. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and the phone number is 402-595-2144.Diller also no longer has a deer check station. Hunters may check their deer at the new Fairbury check station at Wildlife Creations Taxidermy, 2505 H St. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and the phone number is 402-587-0274.Other changes to the check station list are:– The check station in Creighton has changed its name to the C-Mart.– The check station in Crete, Dave’s Wine and Liquor, will operate from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., except on Nov. 15, 16 and 23, when it will operate from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.– The phone number for the Harrison check station has changed to 308-665-5199.To see an updated list of check stations, visit OutdoorNebraska.org, then click on Hunting, Deer, and then Regulations and Check Stations.-30-
Be Aware of Multiple Users on WMAs During Hunting Seasons
LINCOLN – Users of the state’s wildlife management areas should be aware of the presence of hunters on those areas during all hunting seasons, but especially for the Nov. 15-23 firearm deer season, when approximately 70,000 hunters will be in the field.Bird watchers, horseback riders, hikers, wildlife viewers and anyone else using those areas are encouraged to use common courtesy by being aware of hunters using the area for the safety of all. Hunter numbers are highest on the opening weekend of the season and during the early and late times of the day. Other users might want to avoid these times.Area users should make themselves as visible as possible by wearing blaze orange or brightly colored clothing.-30-
November 13, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
PIERCE — As one of the best volleyball teams in all of Class C-2, the Wolfpack ran into an obstacle they couldn’t overcome in the District C2-4 finals.
A slow start allowed Crofton to take a two-game lead and the Warriors went on to prevail 25-13, 25-13, 20-25 and 25-18 over the Wolfpack, ending EPPJ’s season just one victory shy of a state tournament berth.
Down two games to none, the Wolfpack put a charge into their fans in Game Three. They jumped out to a 10 to two lead early on behind the hitting of junior Jenna Parks. Parks had three kills in a four-point run, Terri Seier and Hayley Stamp also had kills as the Wolfpack took an eight-point lead.
The teams traded points before Liz Selting put together back-to-back kills and an ace serve to give the Wolfpack a 16 to 6 lead.
Crofton tried to fight back with Maria Wortmann attacking. However, the Wolfpack had an answer in this game.
An ace serve by Parks gave the Wolfpack a 23 to 17 lead. Crofton closed to within 23 to 20 when Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher called a Wolfpack timeout. The timeout settled down the Wolfpack as they scored the final two points of the game, the last coming on a kill by Selting.
It marked only the eighth game the Warriors had dropped over the course of the season.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review.
October 30, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elgin Public-Pope John will play in the consolation finals of the NVC Volleyball Tournament.
The Wolfpack fell to St. Mary’s 25-15, 25-14 and 25-20 in semi-final round action Tuesday night.
The consolation finals will be played on Friday night, Oct. 31, at 6:15 p.m. at O’Neill High School.
Their opponent will be Chambers/Wheeler Central. The Renegades were defeated in the semi-final round by the Stuart Broncos.