GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER Lady Elks on a roll as they head into districts
Elk Rapids High School seniors Taylor Boyd, Mary Kate Klein, Mikaela Rogers, Macey Stites, Mylia LaPointe, Jana Olosky and Madi Brown were honored at Senior Night. Photo by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks are coming off a busy week of soccer as they prepare for districts, playing four games in a six day stretch. On Thursday, the Elks traveled to Boyne City where they defeated the Ramblers 8-0. “I wanted to use this game to try a few of the girls at different positions to try to create a more offense based line-up,” said Elks Coach Andrea Krakow.
The girls responded well on offense as they scored three first half goals and five more after the break while managing to hold Boyne scoreless. Alexa Wagner was in net for the Elks making six saves several of which were off quality chances. “It seemed our defense wasn’t playing as cohesively as they normally do,” said Krakow. “This may have been due to some changes in position, the [small] size of their field, or just an off day.”
Leading the offensive barrage were Carley Patterson and Clare Klein who each picked up a hat-trick while Nicole Hill added two goals to go with two assists. Patterson and Madi Brown were also credited with one assist each.
Elk Rapids vs. Glen Lake Last Friday, the Lady Elks hosted Glen Lake playing to a 1-1 tie. “Playing against Glen Lake is always a good, competitive game of soccer,” noted Krakow. “We started the game with a ‘balloon send-off’ in remembrance of a Glen Lake student who passed away earlier in the week.”
Despite the Elks controlling much of the possession, Glen Lake got on the board first at the nine minute mark. “From where I watched, we outplayed our opponent and outshot them 8-3 in the first half, but we could not finish,” said Krakow. The Elks trailed 1-0 going into halftime.
With about six minutes gone in the second half, the Elks scored the equalizer when Mylia LaPointe dribbled down the left side and sent a beautiful shot across the goal catching the net inside the far post to tie the score 1-1. After the LaPointe goal, the Elks continued to apply offensive pressure as they outshot the Lakers 4-1 but they could not get the go ahead goal. Meanwhile, the Elks defense of Madi Brown, Cailey Wagner and Mikaela Rogers held the Lakers scoreless in the second half to gain the 1-1 tie. Alexa Wagner had three saves in net for the Elks.
Elk Rapids vs. Kalkaska The Lady Elks defeated Kalkaska 8-0 on Tuesday. This was senior night and Coach Krakow started all seven of her seniors Taylor Boyd, Madi Brown, Mary Kate Klein, Mylia LaPointe, Jayna Olosky, Mikaela Rogers, and Macey Stites.
The Elks played great offense against the Blazers taking a 4-0 lead into halftime and adding four more in the second half to win under the ‘mercy rule.’ Leading the way for the Elks was Nicole Hill who picked up the ‘hat-trick.’ Carley Patterson, LaPointe, Shelby Rauch, Clare Klein, and Heather Brothers all added single goals with Cailey Wagner, LaPointe and Rogers each credited with one assist. Alexa Wagner was only called upon to make one save in net. Elk Rapids definitely dominated possession against the shorthanded Blazers said Krakow. “Our offense looked good and our defense was playing the majority of the game in their [Kalkaska’s] defensive end of the field.”
Elks Rapids vs. Harbor Springs The Lady Elks dominated play Tuesday at Harbor Springs as they stormed out to a 5-0 halftime lead and never looked back in an 8-0 win. “The ladies took [the] field as if this was a championship game,” said Krakow.
Helped by the return of Nikki Hayes and Jordan McNamara, the Elks were off and running early when Hayes found Carley Patterson twice in the first six minutes to give the Elks a 2-0 lead. Offensively, it was the Patterson and Hayes show for much of the game with each picking up a hat-trick to go with four assists by Patterson and three by Hayes. Mary Kate Klein and Mylia LaPointe added single scores and Nicole Hill also had an assist. Alexa Wagner was in net with five saves.
“I am proud of the way the girls took the field as they secured second [place] in the conference with this win,” said Krakow. The Elks season mark now stands at 12-4-1 (9-2 LMC). The Elks will host TC Liberty today at 4:00 in the final regular season game with districts beginning next week.
MHSAA Soccer Tournament District 64-4 Host – Leland
5/26A) Elk Rapids @ Suttons Bay5 PM B) Burt Lake NMC @ Harbor Spgs5 PM C) Charlevoix @ Leland5 PM D) Northport - Bye
VARSITY SOFTBALL Elks lose two close games to Kingsley
Kaela McManus safely slides into third. Photo by Kim Eardley
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks lost both ends of a doubleheader against Kingsley last Friday by scores of 5-7 and 5-6. The Elks had their chances, especially in game two where they led 5-1 going into the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, Kingsley battled back to take a 6-5 lead. The Elks responded in the bottom of the inning by putting runners at the corners with two out but they could not push across the tying run.
“We had several runners on base but just could not get them home in key situations,” said Elks Coach Erin Merchant. “Our defense played awesome.” The Elks were led in game one by Kaela McManus who had a single, double and two RBI’s. Emilee Huber had a run producing single while Mylah Loose and Elekcyc Stonex also picked up singles.
In the second game, McManus had an RBI double with Erykah Wilson, Kendra Leonard, and Anna Anochin each picking up a single. Huber was on the mound in both games, striking out four in the second game.
Elk Rapids vs. Boyne City The Lady Elks lost twice at Boyne last Thursday by scores of 0-7 and 2-6. In the first game, the Lady Elk bats were silent for the most part with Madison Minnis, Erykah Wilson, and Shania Lark each picking up a single.
In game two, Wilson had an RBI double. Kaela McManus stroked a triple while Minnis and Anna Anochin each had two singles. Emilee Huber was on the mound for the Elks.
The Elks will conclude the regular season with a home make-up game on Thursday against East Jordan followed by a Friday home make-up against Grayling. The Elks will then play a pre-district game at Kingsley next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
YOUTH SOCCER Elks U-14 team crowned Cherry Cup Champions
In the championship game, the Elks won in a 2-1 overtime thriller. back row: Zane Miles, Mackenzie Bickersteth, Keaton Walker, A.J. Ashley, Evan Sokolowski, Marshall Fox, Zack Nowak, Ethan Pike, Finn Husband, Coach Steve Vandeveer. front row: Drake Collins, Josh Vandeveer, Trevor Castillo, Andrew Bliss, Jacob Graf, Tyler Ketz, Connor Reick, Michael Beaty. Photo by Sydney Vandeveer
VARSITY TRACK Elks medal and set personal records at regionals
Jesse Way was the regional champion in the 100m hurdles with an automatic qualification for the State track meet. Photo by Lisa Lundy
The Elks had several medal winners at the Division 3 track regionals at East Jordan on Saturday. Relay places one through four and individual events one through eight all earned medals at the meet.
Medaling for the boys were the boys 4x100 relay team of Jesse Way, Isaac Moothart, Noah Moothart and Rob Wolfington (46.54-fourth) and the 4x200 relay foursome of Weston Abbas, Isaac Moothart, Noah Moothart and Wolfington (1:36.47-fourth). Jesse Way medaled in the 100m hurdles (16.81-first) and the 300m hurdles (44.23-sixth PR). Albert Hammond earned a medal in the 3200m run (10:29.37-sixth).
For the girls, Tia Blackmore medaled in the shot-put (28›03.75»-eighth PR), Logan Luckett in the 1600m (5:19.19-fifth PR) and the 3200m (11:54.01-fourth). Nicole Jarvis brought home a medal in the high jump (4›06»-sixth PR).
Personal records were set by Zach Hunter in the long jump (17›00.50), Max Crowe (5:29.22) and Montgomery Finch (4:42.26) in the 1600m, Abbas in the 400m run (57.23), and David Crowe (2:13.26) and Max Douglas (2:22.60) in the 800m run. Laura Helfrich had a PR in the 110 hurdles at 21.01.
The Elks competed in the Lake Michigan Conference championships on a very cold Tuesday. (Results to be published in next week’s issue). The annual Traverse City Honor Roll meet will be held Tuesday at Traverse City Central. The meet takes the best times, distances and heights in all events from the area, inviting the best athletes to compete.
VARSITY TRACK Way and Luckett qualify for State
Logan Luckett qualified for the State track meet in two events. Photo by Lisa Lundy
Elk juniors Jesse Way and Logan Luckett both qualified for the State finals on Friday at the Division 3 track and field regionals in East Jordan.
Way advanced with a first place win in the boys 100m hurdles (15.90). Luckett qualified in both the 1600m run (5:19.19) and the 3200m (11:54.01). Luckett finished fifth in the 1600m and fourth in the 3200m, but had better than qualifying times in both events. The top eight finishers in both Luckett’s events had qualifying times.
Way began hurdles as a sophomore, and had a goal to do well in any event that he was thrown into.
“I just wanted to be a part of the team. But I found my passion while learning to hurdle my 10th grade year. I never could have imagined that I would make the state level competition,” Way confessed. “The excitement of being able to compete with the best at State is still buzzing in my mind. Much of my praise goes to my coach, Gerald Degrazia.”
Luckett is a two-time veteran at State finals in cross country, but this is her first trip to State in track.
“I expected to qualify, because I had already run better times than the qualifiers in other meets, but of course I was still nervous,” admitted Luckett. “Our region is really competitive and is full of excellent runners. I had no doubts that a lot of girls were going to qualify. It will be great running against girls I run against all the time. I have never gone to State in outdoor track and field, so it will be a new experience. Before the meet I try to get in a good mindset and just believe in my training and myself. My goal is to medal and to be competitive.”
Both runners broke Elk Rapids track records this season, Way in the 100m hurdles and Luckett in the 800m run. Division 3 State finals will be held at Comstock Park High School on Saturday, May 30.
Good luck to Jesse and Logan! Go Elks!
VARSITY GOLF Golf team ready for districts
Freshman Caleb Widmaier earned First Team All-Conference honors at the Lake Michigan Conference championships meet on Monday. Courtesy photo
Monday’s weather was perfect for golfing, as the Elk Rapids varsity golf team played in the Lake Michigan Conference championships at Twin Birch in Kalkaska. The Elks final foursome of Caleb Widmaier (83), Clay Gates (94), Brenton Drake (94), and Dillon Thompson (100) shot a combined 372, for a fifth place finish. The Elks were a mere five strokes behind Harbor Springs, who shot a 367. St. Francis won the meet with a 349.
Widmaier’s score of 83 tied for the third best, qualifying him for First Team All-Conference honors.
“This was our best finish of the season,” said Elk coach Larry Lavely.
Weather has caused many meets and practices to be cancelled this season across northern Michigan.
The Elks played Division 3 districts at Elmbrook in Traverse City on Wednesday. The top six teams advance to regionals, as do the top six individuals not on a qualifying team. Divisions 3 regionals will be played at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids on Thursday, May 28. Good luck to the Elks on the links!
VARSITY BASEBALL Elks roll over Kingsley
Third baseman Devin Sempert scoops one up to get the out. Photo by Kim Eardley
The Elks took a non-conference doubleheader from Kingsley on Friday, rolling over the Stags 11-2 and 11-0. The games were a hopeful preview of districts, when the two teams will meet in Kingsley next week.
Kingsley scored a run in the first inning of the opener. Devin Sempert singled home Marty Raymond to tie the game after the first. The Elks scored eight runs in the third inning for a 9-1 lead. The Stags added a run in the fourth, and threatened to score again. A rifle throw from leftfielder Kollyn Wilson cut down the Stag at the plate, ending the Kingsley rally. Kingsley looked to score in the fifth, as they loaded the bases with no outs. A pop fly gave the Elks out number one, then a tailor made short to second to first double play sent Kingsley to the dugout. The Elks added two more runs in the fifth for the win.
Ryan Ketz pitched for the Elks, throwing six innings with eight strikeouts, and four hits. Justin Raymond pitched the seventh inning. Marty Raymond had three hits, three RBIs and scored four runs. Keegan Cunningham slapped a pair of doubles and tallied two RBIs.
In game two, Wilson scored for the Elks in the first. The Elks scored six times in the third, after loading the bases on three straight walks. Wilson had a sacrifice RBI, Raymond singled, knocking in a run and Sempert belted a two run double. The Elks added four runs in the fourth inning, after tallying two outs. Charlie Settles had a two RBI single in the five inning mercy game.
Swanson started on the mound for the Elks, going three innings, allowing one hit, with one strikeout and three walks. Marty Raymond pitched from the fourth, giving up a hit and a walk.
“We played good team baseball tonight. We built up some confidence against Kingsley, who we will face in districts,” summed up Elk coach Tim Barber.
In a make-up Lake Michigan Conference doubleheader on Thursday in Boyne, the Elks dropped two by the scores of 7-0 and 3-1. The Elks managed just four hits in each game.
The Elks (7-14-1, 1-8-1 LMC) finish the regular season with home make-up doubleheaders against LMC foes East Jordan on Wednesday and Grayling on Friday. Friday night’s game will be Senior Night for the seven seniors on the squad.
The Elks will begin Division 3 districts against the Stags in Kingsley on Tuesday in the second game scheduled. An Elk victory advances the team to play St. Francis on Saturday, back in Kingsley. “I told the kids, we want to keep playing and coaching as long as we can this season,” Barber added. “We can make a run in districts.”
Elk Rapids News 212 River Street P.O. Box 176 Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629 231-264-6670 Phone 231-264-6685 Fax