EQUESTRIAN Elks finish in the top ten at State Finals
Elk Rapids High School equestrian team finished in the top ten at the State Finals. l/r: Ricki Martin, Head Coach Sandy Jansen, Chester and Kylee Carroll, Diamond and Seryna Broering, Assistant Coach, Teri Rogers, Kidder and Mikaela Rogers, Lucie and Cameron Reffitt, Assistant Coach, Dennis Penrod, Ace and Jess Xaver, Jager and Lauren Heyde. Photo by Rob Wolfington
The Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association State Finals in Midland were held this past weekend and was streamed live with scores on the website. Elk Rapids families that could not attend watched their riders take on the best teams in Michigan.
The team went with the attitude of having a good chance at placing at the State Finals this past weekend. There were amazing riders and horses from all over the state of Michigan. Competition was extreme and the head coach from St. Francis, Ginny Deisler stated, “If your competition is tough, then you need to be too!” It was good advice for the young Elk team.
The events are double judged in each class. Thursday was the first day of competition and the Elks failed to put points on the board. It was an eye opener for them and they realized they needed to step it up to be in the running. Friday was Fitting and Showing and the Elks were able to pull out a 1st, 2nd and 4th from one judge and only a 3rd from the second judge in Saddle Seat and a 5th and 7th for Hunt Seat fitting and showing then a 1st and 9th in Saddle Seat Equitation from two. The placings were all over the board for the other teams, as well. The Elks were in 8th place overall at the end of the second day. The riders had to figure out what the judges were looking for since the team had some of their best performances at State.
On Saturday, the Elks performed in the Western and Hunt Seat classes. Anything less than perfect was not getting any points, and some minor errors in the patterns cost them dearly. They gained a 9th place in Hunt Seat bareback and that was it for the day and team was still fighting back. On Sunday, the team pulled together in the Saddle Seat Pattern garnering two 3rds and a 4th place and tried to rally back with a 7th and two 9ths in the two- person relay. It was a tough battle but not enough to raise their score by the end of the competition.
As the head coach of the team, I can say “They faced tough competition. The team brought what they could and I am proud to say we competed against the best riders in the state and that includes the Elk Rapids team in the Top Ten in the State of Michigan. It was a great experience and we will work hard next year with the same goal of reaching State Finals in October 2015 for a chance at a trophy. A huge thank you to everyone who helped the team get to state finals this year.” Submitted by Sandy Jansen,Head Coach Elk Rapids Equestrian Team
VARSITY FOOTBALL Elks wipe out Vikings
Janis Freimane (85), Miles Starr (2), Connor Vieracker (74) and Jacob Mercer (57) converge on a Grayling ball carrier to drop him for a loss. Photo by Lisa Lundy
The Elks kept their post season hopes alive at home Friday, demolishing Grayling 70-26.
The Elks scored 10 touchdowns, failing to score on just one possession.
Kollyn Wilson got the Elks on the board with a one-yard plunge. Rob Wolfington kicked the extra point, connecting on all 10 kicks in the game. Grayling answered with a TD, but failed a two-point try, keeping the Elks on top 7-6.
A Grayling onside kick sputtered short of the necessary ten yards, giving the Elks the ball at midfield. Quarterback Adam Trautman connected with Wilson on a 19 yard screen pass for his second touchdown. The Elks continued to score, starting the second quarter with Kole Douglas catching a 29 yard TD pass. Logan Thompson recovered a Grayling fumble, and the Elk drive ended with Trautman scoring on a one yard plunge for a 28-6 lead. Grayling added a touchdown, missing a two point try. The Elks added three more touchdowns before the half, Trautman hitting Wolfington with a 30 yard pass, Logan Sentieri scoring on 27 yard interception and Trautman connecting with Douglas on a 37 yard TD pass. The Elks held a 49-12 lead at halftime.
The entire second half was played with a running clock. Trautman scored first from five yards out. Grayling scored and made the two, making the score 56-20. Sentieri scored on a 62 yard run from one side of the field to the other. Grayling scored a final time, but missed the two. Alec Trautman, now Elk quarterback, broke free on a 57 yard scamper for the final Elk touchdown and a 70-26 win.
Trautman was 16-20 passing for 310 yards, and ran nine times for 49 yards. Sentieri had 67 yards rushing and 86 yards receiving, Douglas 118 yards receiving, and Wolfington added 74 receiving yards.
Douglas led the team with 16 tackles, Jacob Mercer added eight. The defense had interceptions by Miles Starr, Adam Trautman, Wolfington and Sentieri. Dillon Thompson notched two sacks.
The Elks (4-3, 3-2 NMFL) travel to undefeated Boyne on Friday. The Elks need to win their remaining two games to automatically make the playoffs. Take the short drive Friday night to Boyne, and cheer the Elks loud enough to silence the Rambler touchdown cannon!
The highlights from this game and more Elk football can be seen on elkrapidsfootball.com, put together by the man in the white hat, David Dreffs.
CROSS COUNTRY Runners peaking as regionals near
Elk trio Montgomery Finch, Logan Luckett and David Crowe display the medals earned at the TC Central Invite on Saturday. Photo by Eric Crowe
Competing Saturday in the TC Central Invitational at Traverse City Courtade Elementary, the Elk Rapids cross country boys squad ran to a fourth place finish. The runners competed against runners only in the same grade, with the final team score tallied by an average total of all team members.
Running for the Elks were sophomores Josiah Starr (14-19:53) and Max Crowe
(18-21:25), juniors Montgomery Finch (2-17:53) and Andrew Brady (25-23:10) and senior David Crowe (3-18:16). The five Elk runners combined to place the team fourth of nine teams competing.
For the girls, sophomores Lauren Marolf (10-23:03) and Kaylee Coy (21-26:12), with juniors Logan Luckett (2-20:07) and Hannah Helferich (15-24:07) also competing for the Elks. The girls did not have enough runners to accumulate a team score at this meet.
Finch, Crowe and Luckett earned medals at the meet. Luckett has medaled in every event this season, totaling seven. Medals were not given out at the Charlevoix Belvedere meet.
Rain canceled Tuesday’s Lake Michigan Conference Championships at Antrim Dells. The conference finals will be made up this Monday. The Elks will compete Saturday in the Northern Michigan XC Championships at the Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord. The annual event attracts over 20 schools, bringing some quality competition. The race is an excellent tune-up for all runners, with regionals scheduled for next weekend.
“I am expecting all of our runners to have outstanding races and times, and peaking for the LMC championship and regionals,” said Elk coach Gary Carter.
Assistant coach Eric Crowe agreed, “We are getting consistent improvements from all our runners this season. Saturday in Gaylord will be a good test for the team.”
VARSITY SOCCER Elks open district play with win against Boyne
Erik Teige (8) manuevers the ball past a Boyne City defender while Henrik Haijanen (20) runs into the passing lane. Photo by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids varsity soccer team defeated Boyne 6-2 on Tuesday in the first round of district play. With the win the Elks advance to meet Grayling today (10/16). The Boyne match was played under a constant rain for much of the first half making the field conditions tough to deal with at times. But the weather did not slow down the Elks Monte Finch, who picked up three goals, the first coming just 30 seconds after the opening whistle.
“We told the guys our strategy was to score quickly to create opportunities to [substitute] our supporting players so they could gain experience,” said Elks assistant coach Ian Sliger. The strategy worked well as the Elks were able to build a 5-0 halftime lead. “We played them wide the entire game,” said Elks Assistant Coach Kip Knight. “This resulted in a multitude of scoring opportunities.”
Also scoring for the Elks were Henrik Haijanen, Chris Shumate, and Erik Teige. With Teige’s goal coming after an unusual call of an indirect kick awarded within the penalty area. “We were trying to figure out what was called and we are still not sure,” said Knight.
Boyne came out strong in the second half and they were able to score twice but not before the Elks had extended the lead to 6-0. Knight complimented the play of Jake Sak who had a strong game at defensive sweeper. “Our boys did not sit back with a five goal lead,” said Knight. “Boyne played us very tough and they were able to capitalize off a corner kick.” Knight added, “Our defensive and attacking midfielders did a remarkable job of keeping the ball in [their end of the field].” Tom Derks and Jackson Waugh shared the goalkeeper duties with each playing one half. Waugh came up with probably the most difficult save of the night when he punched out a rocket of a shot headed for the near top corner.
Kickoff for tonight’s game at Grayling is set for 5 p.m. If the Elks win, they will play in the district final Saturday at 1 p.m. against the winner of the Cheboygan/TC Christian semifinal.
Elks win final two games to earn a share of conference title By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids varsity soccer team needed victories in their final two games to share the Lake Michigan Conference title. Mission accomplished. This is the fifth consecutive year and seventh of the last eight that the Elks have either won the LMC title outright or shared the title. The Elks finish the regular season with a 10-10-2 record.
Elk Rapids vs. Harbor Springs Last Wednesday (10/8) the Elks traveled to meet Harbor Springs. A win at Harbor would mean the Elks would be playing for a share of the title at Charlevoix on Thursday. The Elks defeated the Rams by a 2-1 final. “They gave us more than we expected,” said Plum. “But we had some sickness so that also figured in.” Andy Atkinson opened the scoring about 15 minutes into the game on an assist from Grayson Krakow. “They play a good off-sides trap but Andy found a way to beat it,” said Plum.
The Elks took a 1-0 lead into halftime but the Rams got the equalizer about ten minutes into the second half. “It was a wet, rainy night,” said Plum. “Our sweeper slipped and they got in on us and finished.” Eliot Huggins got the game winner with an assist from Atkinson. Tom Derks had eight saves in net. “Give them credit,” said Plum. “They put up a good fight and that team is definitely on the way up.” Elk Rapids vs. Charlevoix The following night the Elks headed to Charlevoix for a rematch with the Rayders who had defeated the Elks earlier in the season handing the Elks their only conference loss. “They are a contested, well battled team,” stated Plum. But the Elks got on the board within the first minute and a half of the game when Ryan Ketz sent an attempted clearing ball back in and Marty Raymond was able to put it in the net. “This [the goal] gave us a big advantage,” said Plum. “Their keeper had a hard time adjusting after the quick score. And we had at least four more decent chances within the next 10 minutes but could not finish.”
The Elks second goal came with about 10 minutes left in the first half when Carson Altonen scored off a free kick that was inadvertently headed into the net by a Charlevoix player. “They were trying to clear the ball and headed it in but we might have scored on the play anyway,” said Plum. Just before the first half ended, an Elks player was called for a red card, which forced them to play the entire second half short one player.
“We tweaked things at halftime and decided how we needed to play,” said Plum. “We had to go into somewhat of a defensive shell [down one man] but we attacked and disrupted everything defensively and had two or three breakaways of our own.” With about 10 minutes remaining, Charlevoix scored off a throw-in but after the goal the Elks did a good job of “interrupting the flow” to secure the win, according to Plum. Tom Derks had a strong game in net, coming up with a big save off a point blank head ball. “He made the big save when we needed it,” said Plum.
VARSITY TENNIS Elk tennis looking towards next year
Two years ago Elk Rapids did not have enough players for a boys varsity tennis team. Thursday at regionals in Ludington, Elk coach Patrick Potter watched his young team finish up the season with a tie for sixth place, with all but one player returning next season.
Regional winners for the Elks were Joel Morrison and Jesse Way over Big Rapids (6-1, 6-1) and Ryan Quinlan and Mike Pearson defeating Boyne City (6-0, 6-4).
Potter praised his freshman duo Riley Rickfelder and Kyler Weekley, who lost to a strong team from Grant (2-6, 4-6). The Elks all played competitively according to Potter. “It was a fun year with some great victories as a team and individual match wins. We improved a whole ton from last year, became more competitive as individuals and as a team. It is amazing to witness the vast improvement of the boys from last year to this.”
The Elks will lose senior Ryan Quinlan to graduation, but return the rest of the squad.
“We have all singles players returning for next year. The boys deserve much credit for their time, effort, and great sportsmanship that they showed. They represented themselves, the school and community well.” Potter plans to return as coach next season along with assistant coach Dave Meeker. “Dave put in many hours helping the team, he has a wealth of tennis knowledge,” Potter said.
Congratulations to the Elk tennis program on a greatly improved season!
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Lady Elks finish second at Farwell Tournament
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity volleyball team finished second at the Farwell Tournament last Saturday. “We played well all day long,” said Lady Elks Coach Alleen Popp. “The girls had fire back in their eyes and it was nice to see.”
The Lady Elks made it through pool play as the top seed defeating Farwell 25-19, 28-26; Harrison 25-13, 25-14; Evart 25-18, 25-22; then splitting with Forest Area 25-18, 16-25. Forest Area and the Elks came out of pool play with the two best records to meet again in the championship with Forest Area taking two of three games 25-19, 12-25, and 14-16. “At the end of the day, my girls were exhausted,” said Popp. “In the championship game you could see it in their bodies.”
The Lady Elks had 92 kills for the day with Mylia LaPointe leading the way with 37. LaPointe also served well with 13 aces to also lead the Elks in this category. “We took a couple of sophomores [Cailey Wagner and Claire Kinery] just to make sure we had enough players,” said Popp. “Cailey actually ended up playing quite a bit in the front row for us.” Popp also complimented her freshman standout Alison Ashurst who ‘continues to grow’ according to Popp. Popp added, “This is a nice tournament to go to. The girls played well and they enjoy going there.”
Elk Rapids vs Charlevoix The Lady Elks lost at Charlevoix last Thursday (10/9) in four games by scores of 5-25, 14-25, 25-22 and 9-25. “We played well against them,” said Lady Elks Coach Alleen Popp. “Our defense was fabulous and Mylia [LaPointe] did a nice job of setting and hitting.” LaPointe led the Elks with seven kills for the evening. The Elks also had a good night serving. “We served 94% against a very tough team,” said Popp.
Elk Rapids vs Boyne City The Lady Elks lost to Boyne City on Tuesday in three straight games but every game was close which had to be encouraging to Coach Alleen Popp and the team. The scores were 24-26, 18-25, and 24-26. Against a very tough team such as Boyne this represents quite an effort.
JV SOCCER JV soccer team finishes season with win at Glen Lake
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids JV soccer team finished their season with a 5-2 win at Glen Lake raising their final season mark to a very respectable 10-2-4. The Elks were led by Blake Bruner with two goals. Merritt Fox, Jacob Elsenheimer and Martin Schulz added single goals. Our congratulations goes out to the JV soccer team and Coach Kip Knight on a very successful season.
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