The Lady Elks defeated LMC rival Grayling last Thursday by a final score of 4-0. After a back and forth first few minutes, the Elk’s Carley Patterson found the back of the net at the 7-minute mark on an assist from freshman Nikki Hayes. Following the Patterson goal, the Elks took control offensively while the defense of Cailey Wagner, Heather Brothers, Taylor Boyd and [sweeper] Maddie Brown quickly shut down the few scoring opportunities that Grayling had. Alexa Wagner was in net for the Elks and was called upon to make three saves.
In the early season, some of the Elk defenders have been learning new roles and positions and according to Coach Andrea Krakow, “The defense continues to gain confidence.” Krakow is especially pleased with the job they are doing covering the entire backfield as they play well as a team. Add to this that the Elks have played the first two games without their senior defender Mikaela Rogers and it is easy to see why Krakow is excited about their play thus far. “I am looking forward to having Mikaela return,” stated Krakow.
The Elks got their second goal with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half when Nicole Hill scored on an assist from Patterson giving them a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Krakow told her team at halftime that a 2-0 lead would not be enough to ensure a win against a tough Grayling team. “This year’s Grayling team is the best group from Grayling that I have seen in nine years,” said Krakow.
The Elks responded nine minutes into the second half as Patterson again connected on an assist from Hayes. The Elks then added an insurance goal near the midpoint of the second half when Jordan McNamara connected off an assist from Hayes---her third of the game.
“The girls are continuing to get into shape with each game we play,” added Krakow. “[They] are playing with a sense of urgency. In other words, I need them to get to the ball as quickly as possible.”
Elk Rapids vs. Benzie Central The Lady Elks hit the road last Saturday to take on Benzie Central defeating their non-league opponent by a score of 8-0. The Elks got their eighth goal with 22 minutes remaining in the game. This would normally invoke the ‘Mercy Rule’ and end the game but because of the distance the Elks traveled to play the game the two teams agreed to play it out to the end without counting any subsequent scores.
Mylia LaPointe got the three goal hat-trick for the Elks with Nicole Hill picking up two goals and Carley Patterson, Jordan McNamara and Nikki Hayes each adding single goals. Hayes had three more assists for the Elks with Clare Klein, McNamara, Hill, and Mikaela Rogers also getting credit for one assist apiece.
The Elks held a 6-0 lead at halftime and used the second half to concentrate on ball movement and distribution. “I was able to try a few different options of players in different positions in order to better prepare for our next game against Charlevoix,” said Krakow. “I know that game will be one in which our offense will be pushed to work hard and our defense, including our keeper, will be continually tested.”
The Elks season record now stands at 3-0 (1-0 LMC). The Elks will host Charlevoix on today (4/16) with kickoff set for 4:30 p.m.
GIRLS SOFTBALL Lady Elks split with Harbor Springs in season opener
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks opened their 2015 season at Harbor Springs on Tuesday where they split a pair of games with their LMC rival. The Elks won the opener 16-7 before losing the second game 12-2.
In the opener, the Elks started a little slow, falling behind 4-0 in the first inning before battling back for the win. “In the first game we were aggressive with the bat and had some good fielding,” said Elks Coach Erin Merchant. The Elks picked up two runs in both the second and third innings before a big seven run fifth inning gave them a little breathing room. At the plate, the Elks were led by senior Kaela McManus who had an RBI to go with three hits (single, double, and triple). Senior Kendra Leonard chipped in with two singles and an RBI while freshman Mylah Loose had a triple and a single producing one RBI. Emilee Huber was on the mound for the Elks striking out two along the way.
In the second game, the Elk bats cooled off a bit. “We lost our batting intensity in the second game and struggled at the plate,” said Merchant. In game two, Huber had an RBI single while McManus stroked a double and a single. Merchant was happy with the effort of her team in gaining the split. “I was pleased that we fielded well in both games,” added Merchant. “Now we know what we have to work on.”
The Lady Elks will be back in action on Friday when they host St. Francis beginning at 4:30 p.m.
VARSITY TENNIS Lady Elks defeat East Jordan
Sonya Huron returns a very deep ball during her match against East Jordan. Photo by Lisa Lundy
ERHS varsity girl’s tennis team defeated East Jordan by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday. Winners for Elk Rapids include Sonya Huron at #3 singles; #1 doubles team Kenzie Nowak and Allison Ashurst; #2 doubles team Sara Trilla and Gwen Johnson, #3 doubles Amanda Jorgensen and Anastasia Tafelsky and #4 doubles Anna Donahue and Cary Stadel. The Lady Elks host TC Christian at 4 p.m. on Friday.
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