GIRLS SOCCER Lady Elks senior Mikaela Rogers to play at Wisconsin-Superior
Lady Elk Mikaela Rogers has committed to play college soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Photo by KLW
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
Lady Elk senior soccer standout Mikaela Rogers recently announced she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the fall where she will play for the Yellowjackets. Wisconsin-Superior, a Division III school, plays in the Western Collegiate Athletic Conference. The school is located near Duluth, about a seven and one-half hour drive from Elk Rapids according to Rogers.
As Rogers tells the story, it is kind of ironic how she ended up signing with Wisconsin-Superior. “I was considering several colleges and actually verbally committed to Siena Heights during my junior year,” said Rogers. “Wisconsin-Superior saw my video on YouTube and contacted Coach Andrea [Krakow]”. Shortly thereafter, it was a done deal.
Rogers added, “I visited the school, met with the coach and liked the school a lot.” Another plus for Rogers besides being able to play soccer was that Wisconsin-Superior offered an exercise science program, a major that gives Rogers many career options including athletic trainer, physical therapist, conditioning coach or exercise physiology. “They have their own Human Health and Performance Building,” said Rogers, which was a real plus when making her final decision.
Wisconsin-Superior Coach Morgan MacLean stated, “We are very excited to have a player such as Mikaela decide to commit to our program. Not only is she a quality player but in my conversations with her I have learned that she is a quality person who is as committed to her education as she is playing soccer. And those are the type of people I am proud to welcome into our UWS family. I look forward to see her progress as a player.”
Rogers began playing soccer at the age of four as a member of the “Kinder-Kickers.” At that time the Rogers’ lived in Washington State where Mikaela got her start before moving to Michigan when she was eight years old. “I always loved the game,” said Rogers. “My mom was the head of the AYSO [in Washington] and she was always into it. Back when mom played, her high school did not have a women’s team so she played on the men’s team.”
Rogers, who has started on the Elks varsity since she was a freshman, plays defender. But watching her play and with the Elks style of play, it quickly becomes apparent that her game also has a strong offensive component. Many Elk offensive runs begin off the aggressive play of Rogers. In her junior season, Rogers was named to the All-Region, All-Conference and All-District Teams. Rogers has also been on the equestrian team four years and played basketball for three years before hip surgery last fall caused her to miss her senior basketball season.
ERHS girl’s soccer coach Andrea Krakow stated, “I am very proud of Mikaela for pursuing her dream, as I know she wanted to play soccer at the collegiate level. She is an extremely coachable kid and is always looking to improve her game. She has demonstrated her athletic ability on the field as well as her ability to be a leader and role model both on and off the field. I look forward to hearing about her collegiate experiences as she continues her soccer career.”
To say Mikaela is excited about her senior season and then the chance to play at Wisconsin-Superior would be an understatement. “It’s a gorgeous area, and just the right fit for me,” says Rogers.
We wish Mikaela all the best in her senior season with the Elks and continued success as she transitions into a Yellowjacket.
BASKETBALL Elks to sell ads on sports uniforms
Elk Rapids High School sports teams are faced with tight budgets like most schools. The average fan is approached with countless bake sales, pop bottle drives, coupon books, 50/50 raffles and many other fundraising ideas to help the various athletic departments make ends meet. In a bold move, this upcoming school year, Elk Rapids schools have announced that they will be selling sponsor ads to be placed on the team uniforms.
For a fee, your business logo can be displayed across the back of any jersey worn by the Elks. Individual sponsor packages for a wide receiver, point guard, setter, rightfielder, bowling anchor or other specific positions will be available. Per game options are also available, for private messages or help wanted ads. These will be at a slightly lower price range, and displayed on the backside of the uniform. Girl’s volleyball not included in this offer.
Support Elk Rapids sports with your logo or message proudly displayed on the uniform of your favorite sports team, all season long. Playoffs will be extra. Championship games are a premium. April Fools
TRACK Pole vault pit delayed by oil strike
The Elk Rapids football and track complex has been incomplete due to the lack of a pole vault pit. A generous donation from the Elk Rapids Harbor Run committee has made the new pit possible. Elk Rapids is scheduled to host the Division 3 Regional meet in mid-May, an event impossible to host without a pole vault pit. Earlier this week, however, The Elks were dealth another setback, when developers struck oil while prodding the pole vault pit area.
“No one was more surprised than I was,” said lead engineer Jed Clampit. “Up through the ground, it came bubbling crude. Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.”
The well was instantly capped with Kalkaska Blazer t-shirts found near a dumpster. The well will be analyzed, and the pole vault pit moved to another location, hopefully in time for Regionals. Should the oil strike be as prosperous as initially reported by OK Oil Company, the school district would be flush with unexpected revenue. This could delay another heated millage vote for a new school gym, which is likely to resurface soon.
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