Standing l-r: Michael Wyers, Aaron Feenstra, Nick Loew, Zach Pederson, Nick Osborne, Jose Salmeron. Front l-r: Johannes Fuchs, Sarah Arnott, Jordan McNamara and Alex Villegas. Photo by Linda Pederson
Elk Varsity Orange began the day strong last Saturday at Lucky Jack’s, but fell in a roll off 16-15 to TC Christian Maroon. Orange took both baker games by a combined total of 305-237, earning 10 points. In regular play, Maroon earned 15 points and Orange came away with five for the 15-15 tie. In a two game baker roll off, Maroon came out on top with a combined 345-280. Orange earned two points from Aaron Feenstra and Mike Wyers, Nick Loew and Zach Pederson each tallied one point.
“This was a hard loss,” said Elk Coach Ken Hicks. “We had four kids gone with ACTs, vacation and band. It has been a problem this season but the kids here really stepped up.”
Elk Varsity Black lost to first place TC Christian White 23.5 to 6.5. Black took the first baker game 142-101, earning four points. Johannes Fuchs earned two points, and threw the high game of 139. Jordan McNamara won one point for Black. This Saturday at Lucky Jack’s will be the final week of conference play. Orange will roll against Bellaire White, Black has a scheduled bye week.
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL Fifth straight win on hardwood
Logan Crawford (#5) drives hard to the net. Photo by Kim Eardley Photography
The Elks had three Lake Michigan Conference games scheduled this week, winning all three to run their winning streak to five.
Wednesday, the Elks came back from a 30-25 halftime deficit, winning at home 62-47 over Harbor Springs. The Elks dominated the Rams in the third period 21-5 to take a 46-35 lead after three, holding on for the win. “I was very pleased at how we moved the ball in the third quarter and how we guarded,” said Elk Coach Brett Graham. Shae Somers had 24 points, six boards and tallied five steals, Devin Sempert scored 11.
The Elks traveled to Kalkaska Friday, completing a season sweep of the Blazers with 56-40 win. The Elks were minus two players due to illness, and Somers and Max Douglas both played with the flu. The Elks took a 15-9 lead after one, John Boyles hitting a pair of threes and Grayson Krakow adding a three. With Somers, the Elks leading scorer, on the bench for most of the second quarter with the flu, the Elks had six players step up and score, taking a 28-20 lead into halftime. In the third, both squads scored 11, keeping the Elks up eight at 39-31. Somers scoring eight in the fourth, Krakow added his third three as the Elks rolled to a 17-9 fourth and the win. Somers scored 14 and Krakow added 13 and 10 rebounds.
Hosting Boyne City on Tuesday, the Elks completed the first regular season sweep of the Ramblers since the 2011-12 season with a 61-52 win. Trailing 13-6 in the first, the Elks closed out the quarter with a 13-1 run for a 19-14 lead, increasing to 38-26 at the half. The Elks lead by 19 in the third, but Boyne chipped away at the Elk lead, trimming the score to 57-49 with a minute to play. The Elks held on for their fifth consecutive win. Sempert netted 15 and 12 rebounds, Somers scored 12 points with 11 rebounds seven assists and three steals.
“Our guys continue to get better. They are executing better and competing harder,” summed up Graham.
The Elks (8-4, 7-2 LMC) host St. Francis at home on Friday in a key LMC contest. The Elks sit in second place in the conference, a game back of St. Francis and East Jordan. The conference title is still in reach for the Elks, and a win over the Gladiators will put the team one step closer. The Elks host Manton on Monday in a non-conference game, head to Harbor on Tuesday for a LMC match up.
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL Lady Elks get wins against Kalkaska and Boyne
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks JV basketball team defeated Boyne City on Tuesday by a final score of 52-19. “We did an outstanding job all around in all phases of the game,” said Elks Coach Danny Rodts. “This was a high level performance. The girls were impressed.” Leading the way statistically were Heidi Hiser with 11 points. Friederike Hicking added eight and Emma McGuire chipped in with seven.
Elk Rapids vs. Kalkaska The Lady Elks defeated Kalkaska last Thursday by a score of 34-22. The Elks jumped out to a 13-5 first quarter lead and never trailed in a fast paced game with a lot of end to end action. Leading the Elks was Rebecca Marolf with eight points---followed by Emma McGuire and Madison Minnis with seven points each. “I was pleased with the victory,” said Elks Coach Danny Rodts. “We missed way too many layups to really dominate [but] we did a lot of quality things in general by hustling and playing tough defense.” The Lady Elks will have a huge test today (2/11) when they travel to play St. Francis with tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.
VARSITY HOCKEY Bay Reps split at hockey showcase
Playing in the annual Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Showcase (MIHLS) is an honor for 42 chosen teams. The Bay Reps showed they belonged as they opened with a bang, coming from behind to tie, then defeat Grosse Pointe North 5-4 in a shootout on Friday night at the Kennedy Ice Arena in Trenton.
The Reps got on the board in the first minute of play on a shorthanded goal by Thomas Barnes (GRY), assisted by Elk Zach Van Compernolle. The Norsemen followed with three goals, taking a 3-1 lead after one. Barnes scored his second goal in the first minute of the second period. Grosse Pointe countered with a goal, to keep the lead 4-2 after two periods. Matt Bankey (SF) scored on a powerplay for the Reps in the third with an assist from Elk Rapids Vinny Dean. With 21 seconds to play, Van Compernolle found the back of the net to tie the game at 4-4 at the end of regulation. Barnes and RJ Deneweth (SF) scored in the shootout for the Reps, earning the win. Jay Jones (SF) was in net for the Reps tallying 31 saves.
Playing on Saturday afternoon against Riverview, the Reps took an early lead, but lost 3-2. Scoring in the first period were Garrett Diola (KL) and Elk Rapids Jake Sak, giving the Reps a 2-0 shutout after one. Riverview tied the game with two goals in the second, and notched the game winner midway through the third period. Jones had 34 saves in the Reps net. The Bay Reps (8-11-1, 1-0-1 NMHL) were scheduled to play a conference game at Manistee on Wednesday then skate at the Kalkaska Kaliseum today against Grand Rapids Christian at 7:15 p.m.
WRESTLING Elks compete at LMC tournament
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
Three Elk Rapids wrestlers competed at the LMC Championships this past weekend at Grayling-----Trevor Castillo (103); Dylan Gilbert (119); and Keyin Holman (152).
Castillo finished second pinning his way to the finals against opponents from Kalkaska (2) and Boyne City before losing a 4-0 decision to Andrew Hopkins of Grayling in the finals. Hopkins, who also pinned his way to the finals, had defeated Castillo earlier in the season by an identical 4-0 score. Castillo finishes his season with a very respectable 22-5 record. He will not be able to compete at Districts this weekend because of a prior commitment.
Dylan Gilbert was pinned in the opening round by Jeremy Chernavcks of Charlevoix before dropping a close 6-5 decision to Aaron Simaz of St. Francis. Gilbert will be wrestling in both the team and individual districts this week.
Keyin Holman went 1-4 for the day pinning Vincent Baedeker of Boyne City for his win. Holman will also be wrestling in both the team and individual districts this week. Team Districts will be held at Boyne City today (2/11) starting at 6 p.m. Individual Districts will be Saturday at Manistee with matches starting at 10 a.m.
POWERLIFTING Team has standout performance at MHSPLA
Grace Breithaupt with 300lb deadlift. Courtesy photo
With nearly 200 lifters from over a dozen schools, the Elk Rapids High School powerlifting team had a very strong showing at the MHSPLA Northern Michigan Powerlifting Meet on Saturday at Traverse City West High School. The ERHS JV men’s team, consisting of 10 lifters, earned four individual medals and took home the Runner-Up Team trophy for the third year in a row. Every young man on the team earned points that helped them edge out their rivals. In team scoring for each weight class, a 1st place is worth 12 points, 2nd = 9, 3rd = 8 and right on down the line with one point awarded for 10th place. These boys are getting better at every meet.
The ERHS women’s team consisting of five lifters took home three individual medals and finished third place in team scoring as they were just edged out by a solid Kalkaska team for the women’s Runner- Up trophy. The three ERHS men’s varsity team lifters all performed well and recorded personal best lifts in most categories.
The team will be hitting the competitive iron this coming Saturday at the MHSPLA Central Michigan Powerlifting Meet at Shepherd High School in order to be in top form for the MHSPLA State Finals at Muskegon Mona Shores High School in mid-March.
Standout performances include: Freshman Hannah Stites had a women’s high deadlift of 325 pounds and with a lot of hard work is an odds on favorite to break the women’s all class state record deadlift of 385 pounds next season. Sophomore Trent Breithaupt, last season’s JV 207 State Champ, unofficially broke the JV275 DL record of 530 pounds with a pull of 535...he’ll make it official in March at the MHSPLA Finals and will likely pull 550+. Trent’s charismatic little sister, Freshman Grace Breithaupt had an impressive 300-pound deadlift on Saturday in the Women’s 181 class. With plenty of hard work, Grace should be high on the medal stand at the finals in March. Text and photos submitted by Coach Mike Travis
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL Lady Elks defeat Harbor Springs before losing at Kalkaska
Natalie Graf (#21) goes up for two. Photo by Kim Eardley Photography
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity basketball team defeated Harbor Springs last Wednesday by a final score of 52-35. “This was a big win for us and helped solidify third place in the LMC,” said Elks Coach Kevin Ball. The Elks were led by senior Bridget Hintz who had another double-double with 16 points to go with 15 rebounds. Hintz got a lot of help from her teammates as Kendall Brown poured in 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds while senior Nicole Hill added eight points. Senior Alexa Wagner also played a solid game picking up seven points, four rebounds and five assists.
“This game was probably as close as we have come all season to playing for the full 32 minutes,” said Ball. The Elks did let up briefly in the second quarter but came back strong with a 20 point third quarter to widen the lead. The Elks also helped their own cause by cutting down on turnovers---committing just 20 for the entire game.
Elk Rapids vs. Kalkaska The Elks lost at Kalkaska last Friday by a score of 35-46. The Elks trailed 18-28 at halftime before battling the Blazers pretty much even-up in the second half.
“Overall we were never really able to get into any type of rhythm offensively,” said Ball. The Elks committed 37 turnovers for the game. “The pace of the game was a little quick for us and it got us out of our comfort zone,” explained Ball.
Kendall Brown led all Elks scorers with 11 points to go with seven rebounds. Bridget Hintz had nine points and 12 rebounds while freshman Olivia Travis also picked up nine points.
“We struggled against the press but that did not kill us,” said Ball. “We went 0-6 from the free throw line early and only hit 13-27 free throws for the game. You will have a hard time winning when you shoot 47 % from the line.” Ball did make it a point to praise the play of his defense. “Even though we struggled on offense I am very pleased with our defensive effort. Holding a team like Kalkaska under fifty points is quite an accomplishment when you consider we have only done it to three or four teams the entire season.”
Elk Rapids vs. Boyne City The Lady Elks defeated Boyne City on Tuesday by a score of 69-24. “We played well offensively,” said Elks Coach Kevin Ball. “We only committed 15 turnovers and when you take care of the ball like that good things happen.
The Elks got a huge night from Kendall Brown. Brown had a season high 25 points to go with eight rebounds and eight steals. Natalie Graf also had a season high 14 points while senior Alexa Wagner chipped in with eight in what was a very balanced scoring attack. Boyne was able to keep the Elks Bridget Hintz in check. Hintz dominated on the offensive boards with 10 rebounds but she did not get a lot of offensive put-backs as is usually the case. “They did a good job on her with two or three players covering her,” said Ball. “She had to scrap for every point.” Ball added, “Fortunately, we had a good shooting night from outside hitting on nine jumpers. It was just an all-around good team effort.”
The Elks host St. Francis on Friday for a huge LMC showdown.
VARSITY SKI Ski teams earn trophies, prepare for regiona
The Elk Rapids co-op ski team dominated at Crystal Mountain last Friday in the eight team Benzie Invitational. The boys and girls teams finished first in the slalom and giant slalom, and in overall first place score to bring back three trophies.
Ben Hicks (1), Christian Stellin (3), Gaven Mortensen (5) and Jonas Pryde (12) earned 21 points in the slalom, Stellin (2), Finn Husband (3), Mortensen (4) and Chris Morrison (16) combined for 27 in the giant slalom. The boys overall first place score of 48 topped Benzie, in second place with 108. The girls Carlee McCardel (1), Kendra Wells (5), Taylor Hines (6) and Clare Klein (10) finished the slalom with 22 points, McCardel (2), Wells (4), Hines (6) and Claire Kalajian (7) totaled a first place 19 in the giant slalom. The girls combined overall first place was 41, Benzie finished second with 89.
In the last regular season Lake Michigan Conference meet at Boyne Mountain last Thursday, the boys took first overall, and the girls took second. Skiing for the girls, McCardel (2), Hines (5), Wells (6) and Klein (10) had 23 points in the slalom, finishing second to Harbor Springs 21. In the giant slalom, McCardel (2), Wells (8), Lauren Ferris (11) and Klein (12) combined for second with 33. The girls finished in second place overall with 56 points behind Harbor Springs first place finish of 45. Sara Trilla, Elk senior skier, missed the meet with illness.
For the boys, Hicks (1), Christian Stellin (3), Husband (5) and Clark (6) took first in slalom with 15, Hicks (1), Husband (4), Addison Clark (5) and Mortensen (10) had 20 points in the giant slalom, earning first. The boys overall score of 35 was first, with Harbor taking second with 72. The LMC championships will be held February 24 at Boyne Highlands. In the meantime, the teams will practice for a week before skiing at D2 regionals, held at Boyne Mountain on Wednesday, February 17. The top three teams finishing at regionals will move on to the State finals at Schuss Mountain on February 29.
YOUTH SKI Fast times and large field challenges racers
Jason Jansen with his second place medal in giant slalom for the 9-10 year old boys division. Courtesy photo
Antrim Ski Academy (ASA) raced hard at the Nordica Rally at Nub’s Nob this past Sunday. The racers faced the most competitors in each age division for the season at this huge race. There were five local clubs in attendance with a total of 251 racers. The race placed only 1st through 5th for Slalom (S) and Giant Slalom (GS). The coaches for the day were Don and Ben Hicks, who remained positive and upbeat throughout the day, helping their racers to ski their best.
However, the times were fast and ASA had some trouble with keeping up and making the podium. Those who did include the following: U8 Boys-Brady Roggenbeck 5th in both SL and GS out of 19 racers. U10 Boys-Jason Jansen 2nd in GS out of 36 racers, U14 Boys-Luke Helsel 3rd in SL and 1st in GS out of 34 racers, U16 Girls-Morgan Colby 5th in SL and 4th in GS out of 9 racers.
Thanks to the rest of the team for not giving up and skiing as hard as you could: Mikalynn Earl, Ellen Roggenbeck, Reece Kenny, Nicholas Huizenga, Corbin Murphy, Grayson Keener, Avery Kenny, and Justin Jansen. The team’s next competition will be in Traverse City at Hickory Hills on Saturday, February 13. Text and photosubmitted by Sandy Jansen
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