VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY Elks race strong at Central Lake
Josiah Starr runs to a personal best on Saturday. Photo by Eric Crowe
Elk cross country runners competed in the 21st annual Central Lake Invitational on Saturday. The Elks ran in Division 3, pitted against five other schools. The meet also had athletes from more than 20 Division 4 schools.
Earning medals for the Elk Rapids were David Crowe with a tenth place finish (18:42) and Logan Luckett, taking fourth place (21:22). Luckett’s run kept her medal streak alive this season at five straight. Josiah Starr finished with a personal record (19:55) and Max Crowe (22:30) rounded out the boy’s trio.
Hannah Helferich finished at number 18 (24:13), and Kaylee Coy ran a personal record (27:28). Sophie Baagoe (29:58) and Lauren Marolf (32:20) had strong showings in their first varsity races of the season.
The team will take a break this Saturday, and will run at Mancelona on Thursday, October 2.
VARSITY FOOTBALL Elks topple Lakers in road win
Kollyn Wilson (22) manuevers in behind his blockers to move the ball up the field. Photo by Lisa Lundy
The Elks showed a vast improvement in the execution of the spread offense, defeating the Glen Lake Lakers on the road 38-12 last Friday. The meeting was the first between the two schools since a 29 year rivalry ended in 1989. Playing in the same conference again, Glen Lake entered the game at 2-0, confident of a win over the 1-2 Elks.
Elk Rapids would score first on a six-yard run by quarterback Adam Trautman, with Rob Wolfington hitting the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The Elks scored twice in the second quarter, Kollyn Wilson squeezing in from two yards out and a picture perfect 21 yard, over the shoulder catch by Wolfington for a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Glen Lake scored late in the third as the Laker QB scampered away from a heavy Elk rush to find an open receiver. A failed extra point trimmed the Elk lead to 21-6. Wolfington connected on a 26 yard field goal in the fourth. Glen Lake scored on a TD pass, but missed the two point, putting the score at 24-12. The Laker scoring ended for the night, but the Elks added a 75 yard touchdown sprint by Trautman and Wilson blew through the Lakers defense on a 26 yard TD run. Wolfington was 4-4 on extra point kicks.
On the ground, Trautman led the Elks rushing with 19 carries for 215 yards, Wilson ran nine times for 89 and Logan Sentieri added 50 yards on 11 carries. Trautman was 13-23 passing for 138 yards. Wolfington caught three balls for 58 yards, Sentieri grabbed five for 34, Kole Douglas had three catches tallying 26 yards and Wilson grabbed two for 20 yards.
On defense, Alec Trautman had a game high 12 tackles, Douglas and Chris Gillissie each totaled seven. Logan Thompson had three sacks, Douglas added an interception.
“We still need improvement, but we executed much better tonight,” said Elk coach Ed Schindler. “We are still at about 60 percent of where we want to be. We’ll keep practicing and working hard, and we will continue to make progress.”
The Elks (2-2, 1-1 NMFL) host Benzie Central on Friday for the Homecoming game.
VARSITY SOCCER Elks battle to a hard fought tie against TC Christian
Marty Raymond, Jaden Christensen, Jackson Waugh, Jacob Fedrigon and Carson Altonen are all on high alert watching Ryan Ketz (4) head the ball away from the Elk Rapids goal during the TC Christian game. Photo by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids varsity soccer team hosted rival Traverse City Christian on Tuesday with the two teams battling to a 2-2 tie. The Elks did a good job in controlling the midfield in the first half but they could not capitalize. “When you let the other team stick around like we did tonight, you get something like this,” said Elks Coach Nate Plum. “We missed on two early scoring chances and it came back to haunt us.”
TC Christian found the net with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half to take a 1-0 lead into the break. Henrik Haijanen finally got the Elks on the board with about 27 minutes remaining off an assist from Guy Heger. After the goal the Elks really started pressing offensively and seven minutes later Andy Atkinson finished on an assist from Haijanen.
The Elks continued to play very aggressively as time ran down but with about eight minutes remaining they ran into a bit of misfortune when their defender slipped on the wet grass and gave the Sabres the opening they needed to tie the score 2-2. “[Our defender] had the ball under control but just slipped. That play was not a mistake, just some bad luck,” said Plum.
Plum added, “We’ve talked a lot about effort lately. Our effort tonight was better in the second half and it wasn’t bad in the first half. Traverse City [Christian] plays with a lot of heart. They went as hard as we did.”
The Elks could get another shot at TC Christian if things go well at Districts. “They are on the opposite side of the bracket from us at Districts so we will see,” said Plum.
Elk Rapids vs. Williamston Last Saturday, the Elks returned to Williamston to play the Division 3 powerhouse losing by a final score of 8-1. Williamston was able to jump out to a 3-0 halftime advantage and the Elks were never in the game after that, according to Coach Nate Plum. “We were just kind of demoralized.”
Plum added, “The first three goals were all the result of mistakes on our part. And when you get down 3-0 against a good team like Williamston, on their field, you are done.”
Andy Atkinson scored the lone Elks goal. “We were not ready to play in this game and the result shows that,” said Plum.
Elk Rapids vs. Grayling The Elks hosted Grayling on Monday in a game that had to be re-scheduled defeating the Vikings by a score of 7-1. Andy Atkinson led the scoring with three goals with Henrik Haijanen, Erik Teige, and Grayson Krakow adding single goals. Guy Heger converted on a penalty kick for the other Elks score.
“We dominated this game,” said Coach Nate Plum. We out possessed them and our effort was strong. Andy put it away for us, with two of his goals coming early in the game.” Plum also noted that Grayling lost their best player to injury and it cost them.
The Elks will host Boyne City on Thursday with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
VARSITY TENNIS Elks hard work is paying off
Scott Crawford slices an approach shot in his singles match against Boyne City. Photo by Lisa Lundy
The Elks defeated Boyne City on Monday at home, 5-2, less than a week after beating the Ramblers on the road.
Doubles winners were Max Douglas and A.J. Anderson (6-4, 6-2), Joel Morrison and Jesse Way (7-5, 6-4), Ryan Quinlan and Mike Pearson (6-3, 3-0 injury default) and Riley Rickfelder and Kyler Weekley (6-1, 6-4).
Winning singles matches were #2 singles Scott Crawford (6-3, 6-2 exhibition match) and #3 singles Cole Powers (6-4, 4-6, 10-7). Hayden Morton dropped a hard fought match at #1 singles (7-6, 1-6, 7-10), and Charlie Pfarrer lost in a close match at #4 singles (4-6, 6-3, 11-13).
Hosting Harbor Springs last Thursday, the Elks played to a 4-4 tie. Winning matches were #2 singles player Crawford (6-1, 6-2), #4 singles Pfarrer (1-6, 6-4, 10-8), #3 doubles Quinlan and Pearson (6-2, 6-0) and #4 doubles Rickfelder and Weekley, by default.
“All the matches were close and competitive. Morton played real well in his loss, as did Powers, losing a close match in the third set tiebreak,” said Elk coach Patrick Potter after the Harbor meet. “The boys continue to work hard in practice and it’s finally showing results. It’s been a fun year so far.”
The Elks will try to keep the unbeaten streak alive St Francis on Monday, then play a make-up dual meet at Harbor Springs on Wednesday.
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Lady Elks lose a thriller to Boyne
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity volleyball team played some of their best volleyball of the season last Thursday against Lake Michigan Conference powerhouse Boyne City losing an exciting five set match by scores of 25-22; 22-25; 25-19; 26-28; and 8-15. “We played much better tonight [and] we played as a team,” said an obviously pleased Elks Coach Alleen Popp.
Leading the way statistically was Mylia LaPointe who had nine kills and 8 aces. Shelby Rauch chipped in with eight kills. As a team the Elks served 84.8 % with three players serving above the team goal of 90%. Serving leaders were Adriana Tremaat-Matthews (100%) followed by Morgan Swanson (95%) and LaPointe (94.1%).
After the impressive showing Popp added, “We know now know what it takes to go against them. We had them in our sights more than once tonight.” Elk Rapids vs. Kalkaska The Lady Elks varsity volleyball team returned to action Tuesday night losing at Kalkaska in straight sets by scores of 10-25; 20-25; 22-25.
“It was not good night and I am still trying to get my arms around what happened,” said Lady Elks Coach Alleen Popp. During warm-ups, the Elks middle hitter Shelby Rauch was injured and could not play. Rauch had been filling in for the injured Bridget Hintz and her injury left the Elks without a middle hitter causing Popp to adjust her line-up at the last minute. Popp moved Alexa Wagner to the middle position where she stepped up to the challenge.
“Everyone spent the first game, [which the Elks lost badly], trying to figure out their new positions,” said Popp. We finally got it figured out and made it a little closer in the second and third games.”
If there was a bright spot it was the Lady Elks serving which continues to improve. The Elks served 94% as a team with Molly Gregorski, Adriana Tremaat-Matthews, and Morgan Swanson all serving 100%. Mylia LaPointe and Lydia Christian each chipped in with six kills. LaPointe also helped the cause with a good serving night, picking up five aces along the way.
“Losing tonight was very painful,” said Popp. “We knew what we needed to do but we did not do it.”
The Lady Elks will be back in action today (9/25) when they host LMC rival St. Francis at 7 p.m.
JV VOLLEYBALL Lady Elks defeat Boyne, lose to Kalkaska
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The JV Lady Elks volleyball team defeated Boyne last Thursday winning all three games by scores of 25-19; 25-9; and 25-13. “I’ve been really proud of how the team has been playing,” said JV Coach Carla Waite. “They are really coming together as a team.” The JV team has been led by Cailey Wagner who is a great all-around player according to Waite. The Elks also had strong net play from Hannah Boylan and Clare Kinery. Waite also spoke highly of Anna Donahue who runs the back row and plays the libero position. “She [Donahue] has done a fantastic job throughout the season so far,” said Waite. Adding, “Our serving keeps getting better and better.” This helped in the Boyne match as Sarah Casassa had a nice run with nine points in a row.
On Tuesday, the JV team battled 1-2 against Kalkaska with scores of 25-19; 18-25; and 11-15.
JV SOCCER Elks lose at Williamston
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The JV Elks soccer team traveled to play Williamston last Saturday losing a hard fought match to the Hornets 1-0. “This was another exceptional game for us,” said Elks JV Coach Kip Knight. “The game was very equally matched.”
The teams were tied 0-0 at halftime with Williamston getting the only goal of the game on a nicely played cross in the second half. Knight recognized the excellent play of Alex Settles at defensive midfield and Jacob Elsenheimer at forward.
The Elks record now stands at 7-4-1 with three games left in the season. The Elks will travel to play Grayling Monday at 5 p.m.
Cherryland Middle School Football Great start to the season
The Elk Rapids Cherryland Middle School football team had a strong win in their first game of the season over East Jordan last week. The Elks beat the East Jordan Devils 33-0. The ER team comprises 34 7th and 8th graders.
Tanner Blackmore (32) strong-arms a Red Devil’s futile attempt to tackle him, as Robert Fager (84) comes to assist. Photos by Diane Drogowski
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