VARSITY BOWLING Elks looking for good season on alley
Elk Rapids High School Varsity Orange Bowling Team 2018-2019:
Tanner McLean, Johannes Fuchs, Zak Miracle, Lane Scheiern, Logan Beach. Not pictured: Preston Ball. Photo by KLW
The return to the lanes looks promising for Elk Rapids bowling this season, as the Varsity Orange team returns six of the eight bowlers that took home the conference first place trophy last season. Back on Varsity Orange, this year, are senior Johannes Fuchs, in his fourth season, juniors Tanner McLean, Zak Miracle, Lane Scheiern and Andrew Pearson, all in their third season and sophomore Preston Ball, back for his second season.
The JV Black team has second year returning juniors Logan Beach, Zach Conklin and Novalee Dunnill. New, this season, are senior Ethan Pike, sophomore Brooke Conklin and freshmen Caroline Ducharme and Evan Pike.
“We have a great team on and off the lanes. We’re expecting good things for both teams this year,” said Elk bowling coach Ken Hicks.
The teams bowl in the Great Northwest Bowling Conference, competing on Saturdays at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City. League play is scheduled to begin this Saturday at Lucky Jack’s. Varsity Orange will go against Glen Lake and JV Black will be competing against Glen Lake JV.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL Elk JV look to improve as they play
Elk Rapids High School JV Boys Basketball Team 2018 – 2019: front row: Charlie Ward, Jamison Starr, Jack Spencer, Matthew Garrow, Brett Bruner. back row: Coach Kevin Ball, Izaac Huhn, Zak Bolde, Avery Kellogg, Josh Lavely, Scott Russell, Max Irelan, Coach Doug Spencer Photo by Diane Drogowski, By the Bay Photography
Elk JV basketball coach Kevin Ball is back for his second season at the JV helm, with almost an entirely new team.
Sophomore Zak Bolde returns to JV, the lone player from last year’s team that finished 14-4. Jamison Starr and Bret Bruner, sophomores, move up to JV after playing on the freshmen team last season. Bolde, Starr and freshman Jack Spencer are slated to handle the ball, and along with freshman Charlie Ward will be the primary outside shooters. Three freshmen, Joshua Lavely, Scott Russell, Max Irelan and sophomores Izaac Huhn and Avery Kellogg will be called on for rebounding duties. Coach Ball is looking for sophomore Matthew Garrow and Bruner to be defensive specialists and momentum changers for the squad.
“The players have been introduced to the system but right now it’s about learning rotations and how hard we have to play to make it help us be successful,” said Ball. “We have quite a bit of skill and our determination to compete. We are working on our consistency in offensive execution, rebounding, and just understanding defensive rotations. Defensively we are okay, we aren’t where we want to be yet. I am confident this group will continue to get better each day. We have a good mix of sophomores and freshmen, all of which work hard everyday. I’m excited to see how they develop throughout the season.” The JV lost their season opener at home to Glen Lake 48-26 on Friday.
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL Elks JV team ready to begin new season
Elk Rapids High School JV Girls Basketball Team 2018-2019:
front row: Gabby Krakow, Monika Gregorski, Mary Gregorski, Maddie Zell, Abigail Platt, Caitlyn Morley, Karyme Barcenas. back row: Coach Anderson, Cassidy Sincic, Sarah Zamaites, Logan Reasoner, Natalie Boals, Emma Macaluso, Gwen Carroll, Annabelle Parrish. Photo by Diane Drogowski, By the Bay Photography
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks JV basketball team will begin the season with a new coach, Carrie Anderson (nee Myers). Anderson is a 2001 ERHS graduate. Although this is her first year coaching, Anderson is certainly not new to the game. After playing four year on the Elks varsity, she went on to play four years of college ball at Lake Superior State University. “This will be my first year as a coach, but it feels like I am back home as a Lady Elk,” said Anderson.
This year’s team will consist of five returning sophomores and eight freshmen. Anderson points out that it is a young, but a very athletic group who know each other from playing together in other sports. “We will build on those relationships this year.”
Anderson is trying many of her players in new positions that they may not be familiar with and may never have played before. “I can see great results from this in the future by creating more versatile players for our team.”
When asked about the strengths of this team Anderson said, “We have a great number of girls who can play basketball.” Anderson is particularly impressed with the rebounding and quickness of the team adding, “Having a deep bench will give us an advantage over many teams this season.”
The Elks will open on the road against a couple of tough teams playing at Benzie Central on Tuesday (12/4) followed by a game at Glen Lake on Thursday (12/6). “This team loves a good challenge,” says Anderson. “They challenge each other to be the best they can be. So, while we start out with tough schedule, I know they will give it all they got.” We wish the Lady Elks JV team all the best this coming season and look forward to watching them compete.
FRESHMAN BOYS BASKETBALL Players learning the Elk ropes
Elk Rapids High School Freshman Boys Basketball Team 2018- 2019: front row: Paul Schultz, Ryan Lemmien, Emery Rubert, Seth Denomme, Garrett Schell. back row: Dale Sobbry, Calvin Kurtz, Ethen Huhn, Ryan Sweetapple, Landen Moore, Brad Morley, Coach AJ Anderson. Photo by Diane Drogowski, By the Bay Photography
The Elk freshman basketball will be under guidance of first year coach AJ Anderson, a 2016 Elk Rapids graduate and multi-sport athlete, including basketball.
The freshmen have 11 players on the roster and bring middle school experience that gives the team a boost in fundamentals. “Most of our guys have experience from playing in middle school, so they were able to develop a higher basketball IQ to help us out this year,” said Anderson.
Although it is early in the season, Emery Rubert, Seth Denomme and Dale Sobbry have shown potential as the team shooters. Ethan Huhn and Ryan Sweetapple are displaying talent in the post, and Brad Morely has been a standout defensively, giving his all on every possession, according to Anderson. Garrett Schell, Paul Schultz, Ryan Lemmien, Calvin Kurtz and Landen Moore will each have more defined role as the season goes on.
“Improving communication is a key; we work on it every day. We are getting better as a team every practice. It’s a lot of fun to see,” Anderson said. Good luck this season to the future Elk varsity players!
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL Lady Elks lose to Benzie in season opener
Drew Antcliff drives to the basket. Photo by Andrea Krakow
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
A cold shooting night doomed the Lady Elks on Tuesday as they lost 34-43 to Benzie in the season opener. Despite suffering a very cold shooting night, the Elks were able to keep the game close trailing only 30-32 going into the final quarter.
Benzie came out firing in the first quarter putting up 20 points but the Elks defense tightened up in the second holding the Huskies to just three points and cutting the margin to 20-23 going into halftime.
Going into the last quarter, trailing by only two points and with the game still well within reach, the shooting went from bad to worse as the Elks only managed two points. “I am not sure if it was the first game jitters or what but we didn’t shoot well and this was tough to overcome,” said Coach Mike Brown.
The poor shooting carried over to the free-throw line where the Elks only converted on 6 of 22 attempts. Putting this in perspective Brown noted, “We left 16 points at the line and lost by nine.” Senior Kendall Brown led the Elks in scoring with 17 points. The Elks will hit the road again today (12/6) playing at Glen Lake starting at 7:30 p.m.
VARSITY HOCKEY Bay Reps remain undefeated
The Reps skated to a 6-2 win over Grand Haven at Centre Ice on Saturday afternoon to remain unbeaten at 5-0. Jackson Ellis (SF) had three goals for the hat trick, Jacob Stevenson (SF) scored twice and Kaleb Miller (SF) added a solo score in the win. Judd Lawson (SF) was in the Rep net with 11 saves.
Skating at Centre Ice on Friday night, the Reps downed the Midland Chemics 3-1 for win number four. Logan Kerry (SF), Chris Deneweth (SF) and Miller all scored in the win. Kam Lannen (SF) had nine saves in net. The Bay Reps (5-0) have an 11-day layoff before heading north to the Marquette Lakeview Arena to play in the Marquette Showcase on December 14 and 15. The Reps face the Escanaba Eskymos on Friday at 6:00 p.m., then skate against the Marquette Redmen on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. scheduled face off.
VARSITY BOWLING Elks earn first place at Baker Tournament
Coach Ken Hicks, Tanner McLean, Lane Scheiern, Zak Miracle, Johannes Fuchs and Preston Ball after Saturday’s opening win for Elk Varsity Orange. Courtesy photo
On Saturday, Varsity Orange defeated Benzie Central in the championship match for a first place finish in the season opening annual Baker Tournament. Orange avenged a 10 pin loss to Benzie last season in the Baker championship, giving Orange a second place finish. This year 14 teams competed, with five bowlers per team throwing two frames each to make up a game. Each team rolled a total of six Baker games, the top four boy’s and girl’s teams advancing to bracket play. Elk Varsity Orange finished the six Baker games seeded number one, advancing to face fourth seed TC Christian in a two game Baker match, with total pins deciding the winner. Orange took the opener 182-153, lost game two 182-181, but advanced to the finals with a 363-335 pin total. Meeting Benzie Central in the championship re-match, Orange won the two Baker games 193-184 and 167-134 for the total pin win of 377-302.
Rolling for Orange were Fuchs, McLean, Scheiern, Miracle and Ball.
“The team did a good job, we averaged 185 in the bracket Bakers,” said Hicks. League play is scheduled to begin this Saturday at Lucky Jack’s. Varsity Orange will go against Glen Lake and JV Black will be competing against Glen Lake JV.
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL Elks play tough in season opening loss
Jack Hawkins wins the tip-off to start the basketball season. Photo by Kim Eardley Photography
The young Elk Rapids varsity basketball team fell 80-66 against a tough Glen Lake team, runners-up from last season’s Class C state finals. The Lakers return five players that made significant contributions last year, including two that earned All-State honorable mentions.
The Elks took the floor with senior Jack Hawkins and sophomore Preston Ball as the lone Elk starters returning this year. Despite any pre-game jitters from the packed gym and the lack of seniors and varsity experience, the Elks did not back down in the game, drawing praise from Coach Brett Graham. “We are so young that I did not know what to expect, but I loved the fact that we went right at them and attacked from the tip off. I was really proud of how hard we played and the commitment to playing the right way that the guys demonstrated,” Graham said.
The Elks got on the board first as Hawkins slapped the opening tip to a streaking Jacob Sayre for a quick layup. Midway into the quarter, Marlin Starkey dropped a three from the right corner to give the Elks a 7-4 lead. Hawkins was whistled for his second foul and went to the bench. The Lakers went up by four, but the Elks rallied twice in the final minute to get within one. The buzzer sounded with the Elks trailing 16-13.
The Elks struggled with turnovers in the second quarter, allowing the Lakers to increase their lead to 14 with three minutes to play. Battling back instead of folding, the Elks rallied with an 8-3 run to cut the lead to nine with under a minute in the half. Two quick Laker baskets put the lead to 13 points, with waning seconds Preston Ball let go a half court buzzer beater that cracked the net for a 42-32 halftime score.
Beginning the third, Ball drove the middle and got the roll on a leaning shot, Starkey followed with a three and the Lake lead was cut to five. The experience of the Laker squad emerged as they outscored the Elks 22-8 for the rest of the quarter for a 64-45 lead after three. The Elks would get within 13 points midway through the final quarter as Hawkins scored six straight points in a 45 second span. The Elk big man was then whistled for his fifth foul, ending his night. The game finished with the final score of 80-66. Although the Elks showed their inexperience and had communication problems at times, the team did not give up, regrouping several times to fight back against a strong opponent.
Starkey and Ball both scored 16, Hawkins chipped in 10. Starkey had seven rebounds, Charley Anderson hauled in five boards. Glen Lake had a 43-25 rebound advantage in the game.
“Communication is an on-going skill that we will still be working on and improving on at the end of the season,” said Graham. “I am hoping that we see a big improvement from game one to two with communication and trust. Our goal now is to continue to get better every day. We have a long way to go, however we could see flashes of what this team is capable of this season.”
The Elks (0-1) hosted Suttons Bay on Wednesday in a non-conference matchup.
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