A quick, barely seen turnover with 20 seconds to play turned the excitement of a final drive to numbing disbelief, as the Elks lost 28-23 at Boyne City in a tremendous game Friday night. Boyne City, 7-0 and sitting at number five in the Division Six rankings were favorites to beat the 4-3 Elks. The Elks came ready to show this wasn’t true.
A cold, heavy, continuous rain fell the entire game. Boyne fumbled the first play, Rob Wolfington recovered for the Elks. Quarterback Adam Trautman found Kole Douglas in the end zone for a 15 yard scoring toss. Wolfington’s extra point gave Elk Rapids a 7-0 lead, putting Boyne behind for the first time this season. Boyne scored on a 74 yard pass to tie the game 7-7. Trautman tossed a quick pass to Alec Trautman over the middle, and he sped 74 yards before being tackled at the one. Adam Trautman carried into the end zone, the Elks went back up 14-7. Boyne countered with a TD, but the extra point missed, leaving the Elks up 14-13. The cold rain still falling, Trautman’s pass slipped out of the hands of the Elk receiver, intercepted by Boyne. The Ramblers scored and got the two points for a 21-14 lead. The teams had combined for five first quarter touchdowns, but the rest of the half was scoreless. The Ramblers led 21-14 at halftime.
Wolfington split the uprights on a field goal from the Boyne 15 yard line, the only scoring of the third quarter. Boyne started the fourth with a touchdown, increasing their lead to 28-17. Both teams seemed to feel the effects of the weather. After trading punts, the Elks took over with five minutes to play. Trautman engineered a drive, scoring on a three yard run, but the two point failed, making the score 28-23. Boyne needed a first down, the Elk defense stiffened, and the ball turned over on downs. The Elks had 1:44 to play, needing 59 yards for a touchdown.
Mixing the run and pass, Trautman connected with Wolfington on the Boyne six with 26 seconds to play. Trautman hustled to the line for the spike, the snap hit his hands and went into the air, and hit the ground. Boyne recovered, the ball was ruled a fumble, much to the disbelief of the Elk side of the field. Boyne kneeled down, winning 28-23. The play happened so fast in such a rain that it was unclear as to what had happened. Replay later showed the call was correct.
Trautman was 12 - 25 throwing for 211 yards, and ran 12 times for 57 yards. Logan Sentieri ran six times for 54 yards, Kollyn Wilson had six carries for 49 yards. Alec Trautman had four catches for 119 yards. The Elks tallied 371 yards of offense. Defensively, Alec Trautman had 11 tackles, Dillon Thompson chipped in nine.
“Though it was disappointing, the final drive was still very good and we showed that we can play against anyone,” said Elk coach Ed Schindler. “We executed the offense very well and I was very happy with the effort the guys showed in these conditions. It showed us that we can play with a team like Boyne.”
The Elks (4-4, 3-3 NMFL) host East Jordan in the final game of the regular season.
“There are 14 games in week nine that will determine our fate, starting with us defeating East Jordan,” explained Schindler. “I’d give us a 75 percent success rate overall to make the playoffs.”
The playoff pairings will be officially announced during the Selection Sunday Show, beginning at 7 p.m. this Sunday on the FOX Sports Channel.
VARSITY SOCCER Elks advance to District Final
Ryan Ketz (4) heads a ball away from the Elk Rapids goal while Carson Altonen (13), Chris Morrison (22), Erik Teige (8) and Jake Sak (14) assist at defense. Photos by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids varsity soccer team advanced to the District Final defeating Grayling last Thursday (10/16) by a score of 4-0. “We played extremely well,” said Elks Coach Nate Plum. “Probably the best we have played all year.”
Marty Raymond opened the scoring for the Elks on a penalty kick. Plum explained that Eliot Huggins was on a breakaway when he was pulled down in the box, resulting in the penalty call. The Elks second goal came when Andy Atkinson dribbled up and got the ball over to Jacob Fedrigon who ‘cranked a hard shot’ according to Plum making it 2-0 Elks going into the halftime break.
About five-six minutes into the second half, Henrik Haijanen sent an attempted clear of a corner kick back into the mix and Erik Teige volleyed it into the net to make it 3-0 Elks. The final Elks score came about 10-15 minutes later. “I put my shooters [Guy Heger] and [Jacob Fedrigon] in,” said Plum. “Heger got the ball at midfield and hit Marty [Raymond] with a perfect pass. Marty ‘dribbled’ their keeper and put it past him” giving him his second goal of the evening and making it a 4-0 final. Plum added, “After about 10-15 minutes into the game, it was like a switch flipped. We started playing like a team who would not allow themselves to lose. It was fun to see.”
CROSS COUNTRY Cross country ready for regionals, Luckett and Finch earn All-Conference
Kaylee Coy sets a pace for the Elks in Gaylord. Photos by Eric Crowe
Logan Luckett earned First Team All-Conference for the second year in a row with a fourth place (20.24) finish at the Lake Michigan Conference Championships on Monday at Antrim Dells. Monty Finch received an All-Conference Honorable Mention, finishing in tenth place (18:17), despite being hampered slightly by losing a spiked shoe with a half mile left in the race. The top seven runners were awarded All-Conference, places 8-14 received Honorable Mention.
David Crowe (16-19:02), Josiah Starr (24-19:45), Max Crowe (47-21:51) and Andrew Brady (52-22:23) combined to give the Elks a fourth place finish for the boys. The girl’s team got strong performances from Hanna Helferich (22-23:25) and Kaylee Coy (38-25:25).
The Elks ran in the Northern Michigan XC Championships in Gaylord on Saturday. Medaling were Luckett, with a personal record (11-19:44), and David Crowe (26-18:21). The top 30 runners were awarded medals. Finishing strong for the Elks against quality competition were Starr (20:31), Max Crowe (20:55) and Brady (22:36) for the boys and Helferich (22:51) and Coy (24:13) on the girls side. 41 teams from across the state competed in the meet.
Luckett ran her medal count to nine straight this season. The junior standout is peaking at the right time for regionals this Saturday, and is looking for a return trip to the State finals. “I like to medal every race and want to keep pushing for better places and better times,” explained Luckett. “My biggest focus right now is qualifying for States. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and just run. I try to think of catching people and improving my time during a race.”
Finch is a key member of the Elk soccer team, and will not run at regionals if the soccer team wins on Wednesday, advancing to play on Saturday.
“I›m very proud of all of our runners as we prepare for the regional meet. They were at the resort last year, so our runners are seeing the course for the second time,” said Elk coach Gary Carter. Division 3 regionals will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort, Spruce Run Golf Course on Saturday. The top 15 finishers move on to the State finals.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADING Elk Rapids spirit
front row: Shelby Ray. back row: Coach Kristie Wolgamott, Alexis Youngman, Lexi Ornatowski, Olivia Ferguson, Kayleigh FIscher and Grace Briethaupt. Photo by Diane Drogowski, By the Bay Photography
The Cherryland Middle School football cheerleading team worked hard this season and it showed in the cheers and stunts they performed. – Kristie Wolgamott, CMS Cheerleading Coach
VARSITY FOOTBALL Elk football brothers
Seniors Dillon Thompson, Adam Trautman, Kollyn Wilson and Steve Gildersleeve stand behind their younger brothers Logan, Alec, Blake and Andrew. Photo by Lisa Lundy
Football players, battling together will refer to their teammates as “brothers.” This reflects on the success of the team, and the bond players feel as the season goes on.
In Elk Rapids football, the term can be used in a literal sense. The Elks have four sets of brothers playing on the varsity team. Seniors Dillon Thompson, Adam Trautman, Steve Gildersleeve and Kollyn Wilson call each other brothers, but when they look around the locker room, they see freshman Logan Thompson, sophomore Alec Trautman and juniors Andrew Gildersleeve and Blake Merriam. Three are younger siblings, Wilson and Merriam are stepbrothers. Elk Rapids News photographer Lisa Lundy was asked to get a picture of the brothers in an early season game, causing her to notice there were four groups that would qualify.
“We push each other to make the other better,” Adam Trautman said.
“Adam is able to explain things to me in simple terms, and we find ways to pump each other up and keep things rolling,” agreed Alec.
“We go over plays, routes, things we can improve on,” Steve Gildersleeve said.
“We coach each other and share experiences,” agreed Andrew.
“We look at each other in the eyes and get instantly pumped up during a game, we have a rivalry because we both want to be the best,” Dillon Thompson said.
“He is tough on me and it pays off, he gives me tips during the game,” Logan agreed.
“We are pretty close, I tell him to give it all he’s got and he will succeed,” Kollyn Wilson said.
“He pushes me to be the best I can be, and when he does well, it makes me want to do well,” agreed Blake.
When it is time to play football they are all brothers. One team. Lets go Elks!
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Elks lose twice in conference action
Mylia LaPointe knocks down a big hit against Kalkaska. Photo by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity volleyball team lost to Kalkaska last Thursday (10/16) by scores of 21-25; 25-15; 17-25; and 20-25.
“On the whole, our girls played hard,” said Lady Elks Coach Alleen Popp. “I think it was a matter of simple mistakes which got in our way.” The Elks were led by Alison Ashurst with 12 kills while Mylia LaPointe chipped in with 11. “Alison played a wonderful game and our serving was strong,” said Popp. “But we seemed to lose our hitting in the third and fourth games. After we hit a couple out, we seemed to lose a little bit of our confidence and we started just tipping it over the net.”
On defense the Elks got another strong game from Adriana Termaat-Matthews who was credited with 16 digs. “Adriana is by far our best passer,” said Popp. “She always comes to play and she prefers playing in the back row.”
The Lady Elks are scheduled to meet St. Francis on Tuesday (10/21). The Elks will welcome the return of their talented hitter Bridget Hintz who has missed much of the season due to a leg injury.
“We will finally be able to put people back into the spots they are supposed to be playing in,” said Popp. “We will move Shelby [Rauch] back to outside hitter and move Bridget back into the center. This should help bring back our confidence and excitement.”
Elk Rapids vs. St. Francis The Lady Elks lost to LMC powerhouse St. Francis on Tuesday by scores of 20-25; 16-25; and 8-25. “The girls played great in the first game but then we sort of checked out,” said Lady Elks Coach Alleen Popp.
Bridget Hintz was back in the lineup for the Elks. While still not playing at full strength, Hintz did lead the Elks with six kills. “Having Bridget on the court changes how the other team plays,” said Popp. “But we had a hard time passing tonight which affected our hitting because we end up just sending many tips over. We did do a good job serving on target.”
The Elks will play their final home game of the season today (10/23) against Harbor Springs. The game begins at 7 p.m. and it will be Senior Night.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Team wraps up undefeated season
frist row: Kolton Drogowski, Jeriko Swenson, Cameron Blakeslee, Luke Henderson, Trevor Vankersen, Logan Henderson, Ricky Saunders, Gage Crowell. second row: Marlin Starkey, Andrew Hinkley, Tristan Beebe, Alex Koeplin, Ryan Fryer, Remington Shively, Logan Russell, Quentin Korson, Devon Pitawanakwat. third row: Gunnar Keaton, Robert Fager, Keegan Fischer, Logan Schlaak, Griffin Walters, Isaac Belongia, Alex Villegas, Gage Vowels, Matt Boylan, Cole Helmreich. fourth row: Coach Kevin Sempert, Kyle Hoff, Micah Starr, Nick Aseritis, Jack Hawkins, Bryon Peterson, Tanner Blackmore, John Boyles, Coach Carl Feeman, Coach Rod Trautman. Not pictured: Marshall Fox Photo by Diane Drogowski, By the Bay Photography
The Elk Rapids Cherryland Middle School football team finished their 2014 season undefeated, going 5-0. They closed out their undefeated season last week with a win at home over Charlevoix. The boys set this goal for themselves after seeing the picture of the 2012 undefeated team in the locker room. They wanted their team picture up there, too. These 35 boys began their journey back in August and successfully beat East Jordan (33-0), Kalkaska (38-0), Boyne (35-16), Grayling (44-6) and Charlevoix (31-0) during the season. The team was comprised of 19 eighth graders and 16 seventh graders. The team had a tremendous challenge from the beginning of the season, as they had to learn the new spread offense and 4-4 defense being used at the high school in three short weeks. The boys definitely excelled in picking up the new schemes looking at their results. Not only did they learn the new plays but also by mid-season they were able to audible to a new play at the line of scrimmage based on the defensive alignment and run it perfectly. “Being able to audible gave us a tremendous advantage over our opponents,” said Coach Rod Trautman. “The boys worked very hard during practice but also at home memorizing their roles and responsibilities. We couldn’t be prouder of this team.”
During the season the Elks outscored their opponents 181 to 22 over five games. Utilizing the new spread offense they scored over 30 points in each game. The defense was outstanding, shutting out three opponents and only allowing three scores all season.
“It was a great season and we really appreciate all the fan support. The coaches challenged us to come together and become 35 football brothers. I think I speak for all the players in saying that we brothers look forward to playing together for the next four years,” said quarterback John Boyles.
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