Pope John Central Catholic Crusaders
ELGIN — On a cool, crisp night with alumni returning home, Pope John Central Catholic’s Crusaders gave them plenty to celebrate in a 42 to 18 victory over Spalding/Spalding Academy.
The Crusaders (5-2) will wrap up the regular season Thursday with a later afternoon game at Chambers. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m.
ELGIN — Pope John Central Catholic’s Lady Crusaders improved their record to 16-5 by sweeping a double triangular.
Hosting Neligh-Oakdale, Newman Grove and Humphrey Tuesday night, by virtue of the draw the Lady Crusaders faced and defeated Newman Grove and Humphrey.
Against Newman Grove in the opening round, Pope John easily won by the scores of 25-19 and 25-15.
Senior Jackie Seier had a big game at the net as she recorded eight solo blocks in the match. As a team, Pope John had 10 solo blocks.
On offense, Seier led hitters with seven kills, Jenna Beckman and Megan Veik each had five and Angie Pelster added one.
Jessie Pelster recorded 12 set assists in the short match, Kasi Stoltz had four.
Stoltz led the team with two ace serves, Veik and Tracey Eischeid each had one.
Stoltz led the team in digs with 11, Eischeid had seven and Jessie Pelster contributed five.
In the other first round matchup, Humphrey defeated Neligh-Oakdale 25-18 and 25-12.
By virtue of their victories, Pope John squared off against Humphrey in the finale.
This time around, Pope John faced a much tougher foe. Humphrey gave the Lady Crusaders all they wanted. But, in the end, Pope John prevailed 28-26 and 26-24. In the other match of the night, Neligh-Oakdale defeated Newman Grove 27-25 and 26-24.
NORFOLK — Let’s call it a ‘speed bump’ and leave it at that.
Heading into Saturday’s volleyball triangular at Lutheran High Northeast, Pope John had posted 16 victories. When they walked out of the gymnasium after two matches, the victory total remained at 16.
Lutheran High Northeast defeated Pope John 25-20 and 25-11 in the first match.
Elgin High Eagles
CEDAR RAPIDS — Twenty four minutes of football netted Elgin all the points they would need to defeat Cedar Rapids 65 to 22 Friday night.
The offensive onslaught began early and continued non-stop in the first half as the top-ranked Eagles played their final tune-up before Friday night’s showdown with #2-ranked Ewing. Both teams come into the game with records of 7-0. Kickoff is at 7 pm at Eagle Field.
ELGIN — Playing on their home court, victory eluded Elgin High Thursday night as they dropped a triangular to Newman Grove and Orchard.
In the opening match, Newman Grove held off Elgin to claim a 25-22 and 25-19 victory over the Lady Eagles. In the finale of the triangular, Elgin dropped the first game, won the second but couldn’t hold on to momentum as Orchard claimed a 25-9, 23-25 and 25-16 victory.
BARTLETT — Victory eluded the Lady Eagles Tuesday night as Wheeler Central needed five games to defeat Elgin 25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 24-26 and 15-5.
The loss was a tough one for Elgin as their play improved from the start, only to be swept away by mometum in game five.
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