Logan Sentieri (7) strips the ball from a Kalkaska player, which resulted in a fumble recovered by Adam Trautman. Photo by Lisa Lundy
The Elks came back strong from last week’s home loss to dominate at Kalkaska with a 48-0 win. The Elks scored 28 first half points, starting with a four yard TD pass from quarterback Adam Trautman to Logan Sentieri on the opening drive. Trautman scored on a nine yard scamper in the second, with Kollyn Wilson adding two points. In less than a minute, Wilson took a Blazer punt back 78 yards for a touchdown. Miles Starr caught a 12 yard pass for a TD just before halftime, Trautman adding the extra two.
Midway through the third, Trautman muscled his way into the end zone and a 34-0 lead. The Elks scored to start the fourth quarter on a 46 yard burst by Sentieri, and finished scoring with a 32 yard break away from Wilson, Sentieri running in the extra two. A nagging injury to kicker Rob Wolfington forced the Elks to go for two all night on the extra point attempt.
On the ground for the Elks, Wilson ran six times for 102 yards, Sentieri carried nine for 78, Trautman had 12 rushes for 77 yards. Trautman was 16-29 passing for 224 yards. The Elks had 481 yards of total offense. Six Elks caught passes, with Sentieri leading the pack with five for 97 yards.
The Elks defense held Kalkaska to 56 yards, Dillon Thompson leading with seven tackles, Alec Trautman and Lucas Williams each tallying six. Fumble recoveries by Dillon and Logan Thompson, Alec and Adam Trautman, Sentieri and Starr, with sacks by James Mogford and Janis Freimane kept the Blazers from seeing the end zone all night.
The Elks (1-1) open conference play Friday, hosting long time rival St. Francis (1-1) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Varsity Cross Country Elks run in the mud
Andrew Brady leaps in stride over a hay bale obstacle at the Mud Run in Charlevoix. Photo by Eric Crowe
The Elks cross country team reared and ran through standing water, hilly terrain, hay bale obstacles and mud bogs last Saturday in the Charlevoix Mud Run.
The annual run is divided into four separate races, freshman and sophomore boys and girls, and junior and senior boy and girls. Elk David Crowe took the number 11 position (19:20), one spot from medaling. Andrew Brady (26:31) also finished the upper-grade boy’s race. Josiah Starr (22:04) and Max Crowe (23:19) completed the course in the under-grade boy’s race for the Elks.
On the girl’s side, Logan Luckett earned her third medal with a fifth place finish (20:56), and Hannah Helferich (20:47) also completed the race for the Elks in the upper-grade run. Kaylee Coy (28:31) ran her season best in the under-grade girl’s race.
“Kaylee had an outstanding run and was our only runner to post a season best at the Mud Run,” said Elk coach Gary Carter said. “Logan’s finish was a positive, she is our only runner this year to be in the awards at all three meets so far. We are hoping to pick up some additional athletes and post full teams for the rest of the season.”
The Elks will run on Saturday in the annual House on the Hill meet held in Ellsworth, with a 9 a.m. start time.
VARSITY SOCCER Elks host Cherry Ke Tournament
Carson Altonen (13) and Jarod Selby (1) apply defensive pressure to stop a Tawas advance. Photo by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids varsity soccer team hosted the annual Cherry Ke Invite last Saturday and the weather could not have been nicer. Teams from Cadillac, Tawas Area, and Leland competed with the Elks in the four-team tournament which always offers an opportunity to view some quality soccer matches. Each of the teams played each other in games consisting of two 30 minute halves.
In the first game, the Elks matched up against Cadillac losing a hard fought 1-0 decision. “I thought we played a strong game and we were able to control much of the play,” said Elks Coach Nate Plum. Cadillac got the lone goal with just over 24 minutes remaining in the second half. “They were able to finish their opportunity and we did not finish ours, although we had several chances,” said Plum.
The Elks were able to bounce back in their second game defeating Tawas Area 2-0. Scoring for the Elks was Eliot Huggins off an assist from Andy Atkinson. Marty Raymond later added an insurance goal as he came down the left wing and received a nice cross to finish off the score. “Marty was right where he needed to be,” said Plum.
The Elks third game ended up being a 3-1 loss but the way it happened was a bit unusual. The game was scoreless with just over seven minutes remaining when Marty Raymond came down the left wing and found the net to give the Elks a 1-0 lead. Then, less than a minute later Leland tied the game 1-1. Two minutes later Leland added a second goal and then, with approximately a minute remaining, Leland got a third goal to make it a 3-1 final. “For some reason, we fell apart on defense at the end,” said Plum.
Cadillac ended up winning the tournament going undefeated on the day as they picked up a 1-0 win against Leland and defeated Tawas Area 2-1. “It was a tournament with four evenly matched teams,” said Plum. “Cadillac was able get the goals they needed and they kept the ball out of their own net, so kudos to them.”
Elk Rapids vs Petoskey Elk Rapids traveled to play Division 2 power Petoskey on Tuesday suffering a 7-0 setback. “They play a strong schedule like us and they just picked us apart,” said Elks Coach Nate Plum. “They exposed some of our holes and showed us that if we don’t come in with the right mind-set they will beat us.”
Jackson Waugh was in net for the Elks. Waugh had a solid game according to Plum. “A lot of the goals were not his fault as there was not much he could do. We kind of left him out to dry,” said Plum. “There offense is dangerous and they got a few breakaway goals but Jackson stopped a couple breakaways as well.”
Looking at the positive side Plum commented, “If something like this is going to happen to us, it is better to have happened now than at the end of the season.” And one thing I have learned in my years covering Elks soccer, never count them out.
The Elks will host Harbor Springs today (9/11) at 7 p.m. and then travel to play at Williamston on Saturday at 9 a.m.
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Lady Elks compete at Kingsley
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity volleyball team had a tough day at the Kingsley Tournament last Saturday losing three of four matches along the way. “We didn’t have our best showing,” said Lady Elks Coach Alleen Popp. “We were without our big hitter, Bridget Hintz. Bridget has been injured for about a week so we knew going in she would be unavailable and we prepared for the tournament with that in mind.” Freshman Alison Ashurst filled in for Hintz and she played well according to Popp. “But you have to recognize that as a freshman there is a huge learning curve.”
The Elks started the day splitting with Central Lake 25-27, 25-19. Against Central Lake the Elks built up a 12-1 lead in the first game before dropping a close decision. “Unfortunately we got a false sense of, ‘this one is in the bag’,” said Popp.
In other pool play, the Elks lost to both Benzie Central (24-26; 15-25) and Kalkaska (15-25; 22-25). Coming out of pool play as the bottom seed, the Elks were matched against top seed and eventual tournament champion Kingsley in the first round of bracket play losing by scores of 7-25; 19-25). “We lost bad in the first game [against Kingsley] but made it a little closer in the second,” said Popp. “We lost a lot of close games. Our serving and hitting were big ‘issues’ for us. We gave away way too many points. We have a lot of young players and when they play the game at this speed, they get frustrated and make mistakes. But our seniors made some mistakes too.”
One exception on the serving side was Molly Gregorski who served close to 100 % and played well all day long. Popp also recognized the defensive work and back line play of her libero, Morgan Swanson along with defensive specialists Cara Isenhart and Raquel Reick. “They all passed well and took care of the back row for us,” said Popp.
The Lady Elks are not scheduled to play again until next Tuesday (9/16) when they host Charlevoix in a conference match beginning at 7 p.m.
The Elk Rapids High School Equestrian team performed at their best in Division B at the MIHA District #18 Meets held at Flint Fields in Acme on Saturday and Sunday.
Head coach Sandy Jansen stated, “I am very proud of each rider’s personal accomplishment for this weekend.” Assistant coaches Dennis Penrod and Teri Rogers did a great job of keeping things going smoothly and volunteering at the meet. All team members are dedicated to the team and it shows by the points they put on the scoreboard.
They have accumulated 133 points on Saturday and 134 on Sunday with a combined total of 267 points. Kalkaska is in the same B division with a total of 95 points. Elk Rapids has a diversified team riding all disciplines whereas Kalkaska has fast gymkhana horses that usually take most of those points from all the other teams. However, this year Elk Rapids has three gymkhana horses that have been placing as well. The team had a grand slam in Saddle Seat Equitation on Saturday taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for a total of 26 points for one class.
On Sunday they were awarded 1st, 3rd and 4th place for 19 points. This type of placing is not customary, but the team obviously has some talented riders and horses. The Saddles Seat riders have trainer Jayne Cook of Hill Crest Stables to thank for their equitation fundamentals that helped them win big. Elk senior rider Mikaela Rogers had outstanding performances, gaining first in her Showmanship and Hunt Seat Bareback with her horse Elliot and with Kidder for the Keyhole and Cloverleaf gymkhana classes. She is a beautiful rider and very serious competitor.
Kylee Carroll had an impressive five first places in two days of competition with her Morgan, Ricki Martin. She had some difficulties with her speed horse, Chester, on Saturday. Even after a fall after the timer, they still placed 5th on the 2-person relay with Seryna Broering. Cameron Reffitt and Lucie looked elegant and placed in Showmanship, Saddle Seat Equitation as well as Saddle Seat Pattern. She is dedicated to gaining experience in the showmanship classes. Jess Xaver and Ace placed in all of her Showmanship and Saddle Seat classes and continue to try to excel at the Saddle Seat Pattern. She and Ace are a very graceful pair and flow well in the ring.
Lauren Heyde and Jager were successful in Showmanship even after having her foot stepped on by Jager. She placed in her riding classes as well, and will continue to improve due to her hard work. Broering and Diamond made quite the impressive debut on Flag race, placing both days without having much experience with this class. She did not ride for the Jr. team this spring and is new to MIHA but is doing exceptionally well.
This team is a dedicated young bunch of riders whose goal is to get to State Finals in October. This goal is costly and any donations would be appreciated. Please contact the high school at 264-8108. Coach Jansen added, “Finally, thank you to all the parents. Without you, your children would not have the opportunity to provide the Elk Rapids High School with some of the best riders and horses in the district.”
Come cheer the Elks to victory in their final meet on Saturday (9/13) at Flint Fields off Bates Road and M-72; action starts at 9 a.m.
JV SOCCER Elks undefeated at Cherry-Ke Invitational
The Elk Rapids High School Soccer Program hosted the Cherry-Ke Invitational Tournament on Saturday, September 6. The invited JV and varsity teams included Elk Rapids, Cadillac, Tawas, Leland and Charlevoix.
The JV team swept their portion of the tournament, were undefeated and had no goals scored against them, thanks to great teamwork by the defense. The offense had awesome passing and teamwork that resulted in multiple goals in each of their three games.
Putting the ball in the back of the net for Elk Rapids were Alvaro Fernandez, Jacob Elsenheimer and Caleb Widmaier with one goal each, Blake Bruner with two and Chris Shumate with four goals. Setting up the goals were Alex Settles, Ryan Henige, Alvaro Fernandez, Jacob Elsenheimer, Lorenzo Bentivoglio. Goalkeeper Tom Derks made five saves for the three games.
“Playing hard for three straight games on a soggy field, and coming out on top in the end requires significant determination and endurance by each member of this team,” Knight states. “These young men are nothing short of remarkable – soccer is a game of physical strength, strategy, and constant movement. There is a high level of commitment with each member.”
On Monday, the JV team played against the Kalkaska varsity team at home and won 4-0.
“Coming off a winning weekend of soccer can be a challenge,” Coach Knight said. “We needed to keep the momentum and continue with what we do well – defense and ball possession – and carry it on to the next game.” Kalkaska is a respectable opponent with several strong players on the pitch. At the end of 80 minutes, Blake Bruner and Chris Casey put two goals on the board each. Serving the ball up were Isaac Moothart, Alex Settles, and Dustin Heger with assists. Tom Derks made all four saves of the four shots on goal. “We have extensive depth, solid defense and resounding strikers up front,” said Knight. He added, “This team is a result of significant work done by years of strong coaching and an excellent soccer program.” Submitted by Wendy Fox
Elks lose at Petoskey
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids JV soccer team tasted defeat for only the second time this season as they suffered a 4-0 setback at Petoskey on Tuesday to bring their season record to a very respectable 6-2-1. First year coach Kip Knight stated, “We were back and forth playing the whole field for the whole game. Petoskey made a few nice runs and took advantage of a free kick that resulted in a goal.” Knight added, “Despite a few missed opportunities, all in all, we played well considering we have just come off four straight games.”
The JV team will host Charlevoix on Monday at 5 p.m. then host Traverse City Central on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
JV FOOTBALL JV Elks learn as they play
Elk Rapids High School 2014 JV Football: b-l/r: Coach Korson, Coach Moller, Grant Burfiend, Jacob Sternhagen, Brennen Winowiecki, Perrin Walter, Alec Trautman, Landen Simpson, Teagan Schneider, Coach Starkey, Coach Boylan. m-l/r: Jeremy Mogford, Peyton Schindler, Josh Olosky, Brenton Drake, Dale Pitawanakwat, Brandon Keegan, Zach Platt, Ryan Send. f-l/r: Justin Raymond, Dylan Gilbert, Drexel Noecker, Abe Loose, Gavin Cartmell, Alex Wolfington, Skyler Campbell. Photo by Diane Drogowski, By the Bay Photography
The JV football team will struggle this year, but will learn according to JV coach Tony Moller. The new spread offense used by the varsity is also in place at JV.
The team has four sophomores and 19 freshmen. Drexel Noecker takes over at quarterback, with the backfield manned by Brandon Keegan and Josh Olosky. The JV has a lot of receivers, Jacob Sternhagen and Skyler Campbell are early standouts.
The strength in this year’s team is the line, Landen Simpson and Ryan Send are making an impact. The future will involve more summer camps for the JV to give the players a head start, but for now, the team will learn as they go.
“We had to start over again with changes in our line-up, but the kids are working hard and they are coming together. We are much better than the first two games indicate.” Moller summed up. “It is our job to prepare the players, to teach them and allow them to get better. They will be the varsity team at some point, and we will have them ready.”
The JV (0-2) is at St. Francis on Thursday.
Elk Rapids News 212 River Street P.O. Box 176 Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629 231-264-6670 Phone 231-264-6685 Fax