VARSITY FOOTBALL Playoffs! Elks travel to Boyne for rematch
Following the win over East Jordan, the players, parents and fans of Elk football met at Riverwalk to watch the game film and celebrate the final victory. The coaching staff went as well to celebrate, but also kept an eye on a laptop, watching how the Elks chances of making the Division 6 playoffs was panning out.
Teams with six wins and better are automatically in the playoffs. The Elks finished at 5-4, with a list of scenarios in order to make the playoffs.
“We knew we were about 75 percent sure that we were in,” explained Elk coach Ed Schindler. “We had to watch to see who won, and who had the points to get in. There was anxiety after the game, if we were in and who we would play. Finally, at 1:15 a.m., it all came together. We were in, playing Boyne City on the road.”
According to Schindler, seven at-large Class C bids filled out the D6 bracket, and the Elks were fifth.
“People look at our record and think these guys are 5-4, they will be out in one,” said Schindler. “We don’t feel that way, we are playing as well as anyone right now.”
Last year, the Elks lost to Boyne during the regular season, 28-12, then traveled to Boyne for the opening round of the playoffs, losing 27-6. Two weeks ago, the Elks lost to an undefeated Rambler team 28-23 in the final seconds, turning the ball over inside the 10 yard line. The team is ready to get another crack at the undefeated Ramblers, and make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.
“We have the talent, we have shown we can score,” added Schindler. “We need to go in and execute, and play like we want this.”
The Elks have scored 331 points this season, second most in team history. The defense has allowed 166 points, fewest since the 2010, 9-1 team. The Elks would love to see the fans show up and make some noise, like they did two weeks ago. Fall in northern Michigan, what could be a better time than cheering the Elks to a long overdue playoff victory on the road. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Come and fill the stands!
VARSITY SOCCER Elks give it their all in regional final loss to Tawas
Carson Altonen controls the ball against the Tawas defense. Photo by Renee Fedrigon
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The 2014 soccer season came to an abrupt end last Saturday for Elk Rapids as they dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Tawas in a game that took two ten minute overtime periods and a shoot-out that went down to the eighth shooter to decide.
The Elks got off to a great start when within the first four minutes Andy Atkinson took control from a Tawas defender. As the Tawas keeper came out Atkinson was able to get the ball past him and just like that it was 1-0.
Tawas got the equalizer with about 30 seconds remaining in the first half when Elks keeper Thom Derks made a diving save on a shot from the corner of the 18 yard line but the rebound came out to a Tawas player who was able to finish off the goal sending the two teams into halftime tied 1-1.
“In the first half we were trying to control the ball and it seemed like we had a lot of fouls,” said Elks Coach Nate Plum. “Tawas would clear the free kick and it kind of became a game of kickball.” According to Plum, “It was much of the same in the second half with Tawas able to either clear or kick the ball out of bounds. The next thing we know we are going to overtime.”
The teams played a scoreless first overtime period and then with about eight minutes remaining in the second overtime the Elks defensive back Jacob Fedrigon was sidelined with a possible concussion. Time expired in the second overtime with the teams still tied at 1-1 sending the game to a ‘shoot-out’ to decide.
“When it comes to a shoot-out, it becomes very emotional for many players,” said Plum. “Some players want to take the shot while others prefer not to be under that kind of pressure.” With that in mind, Plum and his fellow coaches picked their five shooters. “Their [Tawas] keeper stands 6’ 5” so I told our players to keep their shots low to the ground,” said Plum.
Of the Elks first five, Erik Teige and Andy Atkinson scored. Tawas also scored two with Elks keeper Jackson Waugh making two huge saves along the way. The game went to sudden death starting with the sixth shooters. The Elks sixth shooter missed but Waugh again saved the day, stopping the Tawas sixth shooter. Alex Settles (7th shooter) scored for the Elks to match the Tawas shooter. Then when the Elks missed on their eighth shot, Tawas was able to find the net to end the game.
Thom Derks was in goal during regulation and the two overtime periods but the Elks decided to go with Waugh in the shoot-out because of his experience in penalty kick situations. “Jackson did a phenomenal job for us,” said Plum. “He made three saves and one hit the bar. He did his part and gave us the opportunity to win (actually two opportunities). Jackson has worked hard all year and for him to come in under that kind of pressure, he just did a great job.”
It was clear in talking to Plum a few days after the game, that he was still smarting from the loss. But not for himself so much as for the kids. Concluding Plum said, “I have been blessed to be able to coach these kids. They deserved to win this game. They worked hard and wanted it bad.”
And although it will take a while, Plum knows in his heart that someday they will look back and say they were winners. Congratulations Elks on a great season!
CROSS COUNTRY Luckett qualifies for State
Logan Luckett crosses the three mile mark at regionals on her way to qualifying for a return trip to the State Finals this Saturday. Photo by
Logan Luckett finished in 10th place at the Division 3 cross country regionals at the Grand Traverse Resort on Saturday, earning the junior runner a trip back to the State Finals. Luckett’s time of 19:47 was three seconds off her personal record, and almost a minute faster than her qualifying time of 20:58 last year.
Having been at the finals last year, Luckett feels more prepared this season. “During States last year I was extremely nervous and had no idea what to expect. Now that I have an idea of the course and the competition I want to medal. The top 30 medal at States and I really hope to be one of those runners.”
Luckett has had a great season so far, earning medals in every race she has competed in.
Hannah Helferich (23:51) and Kaylee Coy (24:46) had strong showings for the Elks. David Crowe was the top finisher for the Elks in the boy’s run (23-18:13), followed by Josiah Starr (19:45), Max Crowe (21:37) and Andrew Brady (22:26).
Regionals marked the end of the high school cross country career for senior David Crowe. Two years ago, Crowe and Luckett trained and ran on their own as Elk Rapids did not have a cross country team. This dedication was noticed by local runner Gary Carter, who volunteered to help the pair, and now is the Elk Rapids cross country coach.
“I stayed healthy this season and medaled in every meet but a couple,” Crowe said. “I didn’t make the State Finals, but I gave a tremendous effort in trying to get there. I certainly feel that I could have been faster, but I feel blessed that Coach Carter stepped up to help us back when we trained on our own.”
Crowe plans to attend Kansas on a scholarship and study petroleum engineering, with an eye on trying out for the cross country team. Crowe along with other members of the cross country team will continue to train with Luckett as she prepares for the State Finals.
The top 15 individual runners at regionals advanced to State, scheduled for this Saturday in Brooklyn at the Michigan International Speedway. Good luck Logan!
JV VOLLEYBALL JV finish second at Remus Chippewa Hills tournament
The Elk Rapids JV Volleyball team finished second at the Remus Chippewa Hills tournament.
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The JV Lady Elks volleyball team finished second at the Chippewa Hills tournament held on Saturday (10/18).
The tournament featured 14 teams from the middle of the state. Teams were divided into three pools with the top eight teams moving on to play in the Gold Bracket medal round and the bottom five teams playing in the Silver Bracket.
In pool play, the Lady Elks finished second. They opened the day against Clare, winning both games. In the second round, the Elks split with Tri County then took two games against Lakeview to qualify as second seed in the Gold Bracket.
In the medal round, the Elks won two games against Shepard. They then won two of three from Lakeview to eliminate them from the tournament. In the championship game, against Tri-County, the Elks lost two of three losing the third game by only a couple of points.
“The team was so excited to travel downstate for this tournament where they knew no one,” said Lady Elks JV Coach Carla Waite. “It was really nice having no expectations since we didn’t know how anyone played. I could feel the confidence of the team as they walked on the court and winning the first two games gave us a huge boost.” Waite added, “I asked a lot of the team all day long, dig deep, and push through being tired. We worked hard all day long as a team and we won second place as a team.”
Waite rewarded her team with a Chinese dinner buffet in Big Rapids on the way back. “I’m blessed to have such an amazing group of young women to coach,” said Waite.
VARSITY FOOTBALL Elks burn Red Devils in finale
back row: Seniors Rob Wolfington, Chris Gillisse, Logan Sentieri, Miles Starr, Kole Douglas and Adam Trautman. front row: Noah Elsenheimer, Dillon Thompson, Janis Freimanis, James Mogford, Steven Gildersleeve, Jacob Mercer and Kollyn Wilson were honored last Friday night. Photo by Lisa Lundy
The Elks got off to a slow start on Friday night hosting the winless East Jordan Red Devils but regrouped for a 49-6 win. The game was billed as Senior Night, paying tribute to the 13 seniors on the team in the final home game of their careers.
East Jordan took the opening kickoff putting together a 10 play drive to the Elk 32. On a third and long, Dillon Thompson and Alec Trautman sandwiched the Red Devil quarterback for a loss. Going for it on fourth down, Thompson broke through the line to sack the quarterback, giving the ball to the Elks. Adam Trautman threw to Rob Wolfington two plays later for a 37 yard touchdown. Wolfington drilled the extra point for a 7-0 Elk lead. The Elk team seemed in slow mode, prompting the coaching staff to suggest to the players that they “Wake Up!” Starting with the second quarter, the team responded. Trautman and Wolfington teamed up for a 14 yard touchdown, and Trautman scored on a 17 yard run. Wolfington split the uprights on a 20 yard field goal as the first half ended, the Elks leading 22-0.
Logan Sentieri began the third quarter with a 20 yard touchdown catch, Kollyn Wilson broke through for a one yard touchdown and Wolfington hauled in an eight yard touchdown pass. East Jordan scored with a double reverse touchdown, ending the third with the Elks on top 43-6. Miles Starr scored the final Elk touchdown of the game with a 17 yard grab from Alec Trautman, in at quarterback.
On offense, Adam Trautman was 15-21 passing for 244 yards, Wilson led the team rushing with 53 yards on six carries. Starr was the leading receiver with five catches for 70 yards. Defensively, Sentieri had nine tackles and Starr had an interception.
The Elks (5-4, 3-3 NMFL) finished the season in a conference tie for third with Kingsley. The Elks will travel to Boyne City on Friday for the second straight year in the opening round of the playoffs.
VARSITY SOCCER Elks defeat Grant to advance to regional final
Chris Morrison (#22) challenges his opponent during the regional semifinal against Grant. Photo by Renee Fedrigon
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids soccer team defeated Grant in the first round of regional play last Wednesday (10/22) by a final score of 2-1. The game was played before a large crowd from both schools on a picture perfect late afternoon day.
Setting the tone for excitement from the opening whistle, the Elks were able to send a ball past the Grant defense and onto the foot of a streaking player who rang his shot off the top cross-bar. Grant was able to clear and started a rush of their own, culminating with their top goal scorer, Alex Barajas, taking a pass and dribbling across the crease to neatly tuck the ball in the corner giving Grant an early 1-0 lead. The Elks were able to control possession for most of the half and their persistence finally paid off when, with just under three minutes remaining until halftime, Erik Teige placed a beautiful shot into the far corner to tie the game 1-1.
In the second half, the Elks continued to dominate possession but neither team would score again in regulation, sending the game to two 10 minute overtime periods.
In overtime, fans from both sides were on their feet, shouting encouragement to their respective teams. But as time was winding down in the second overtime, and with the prospect of a shoot-out looming, the Elks finally found the net for the second time. With just 20 seconds remaining, the Elks Jacob Fedrigon beat a Tawas defender to the ball and found the corner sending Elk fans into a state of euphoria in the process. It was an exciting ending to a hard fought battle.
Commenting after the game Elks Coach Nate Plum said, “It’s about effort and heart at this level. The difference is usually determined by who is going to go 100%. The game comes down to any lapse.”
The game was played on artificial turf and Plum explained, “We tried to get the ball outside to Erik [Teige] and Henrik [Haijanen] who have played a lot on turf fields. They grew up on turf and were more comfortable than anyone else. We wanted to get the ball out to the area where they could be most effective.” Plum added, “We put Chris Morrison on their top scorer (Barajas). He (Morrison) is big and strong and by the end of the game we were able to shut him down.”
The win put the Elks into the regional final last Saturday against Tawas.
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Lady Elks get first LMC win on Senior Night
Mylia LaPointe and Bridget Hintz team up to make a big block against a Harbor Springs hitter.
Photo by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity volleyball team defeated Harbor Springs last Thursday (Oct. 23) and the big win could not have come at a better time before a large crowd on ‘senior night’. Elk seniors and their parents were introduced prior to the start of the game and the honorees included Molly Gregorski, Cara Isenhart, Mylia LaPointe, Raquel Rieck, and Morgan Swanson.
The large crowd seemed to inspire the Lady Elks who played with a great deal of enthusiasm throughout the evening as they won in four games by scores of 25-23; 25-19; 22-25; and 25-18. All of the games were closely contested and featured some very exciting rallies along the way.
“They [the Lady Elks] came in with an attitude that they were not going to lose on senior night,” said Elks Coach Alleen Popp.
Leading the way statistically were Bridget Hintz with 10 kills and three blocks. Mylia LaPointe chipped in with eight kills. The Elks had another strong serving game as a team serving 93.6%. They were led by Adriana Termaat-Matthews and Morgan Swanson who each served 100%.
“We played with a determination that I wish we had all season,” said Popp. They played as a team and everyone did what they could to contribute.”
Elk Rapids vs. Grayling The Lady Elks lost at Grayling Tuesday night in three straight games by scores of 18-25; 12-25; and 8-25. “I guess if I had to think of a bright spot at Grayling it would be the play of Alison Ashurst who once again stepped up for us,” said Popp. “Alison, a freshman, is learning at a very rapid pace.”
Despite the loss, the Elks did have another good night serving as team with a 94.9% probably one of the best performances of the season.
The Lady Elks will close out the regular season tonight at East Jordan beginning at 7 p.m.. “We are going to bring up freshman Cailey Wagner for the last game,” said Popp. “Cailey is a good athlete and got a lot of playing time at the JV level this year.”
District playoffs will begin next week. The Lady Elks will play the winner of the Maple City Glen Lake vs. St. Francis match on Wednesday (11/5) at Mancelona beginning at 6 p.m. The winner will play in the district final on Friday (11/7) at Mancelona at 7 p.m. (opponent to be determined).
Elk Rapids High School seniors Raquel Reick, Mylia LaPointe, Morgan Swanson, Cara Isenhart and Molly Gregorski. Photo by Lisa Lundy
MHSAA Volleyball Tournament District 92-C • Host – Mancelona
11/3A) Elk RapidsBye 11/3B) Maple City/Glen Lake vs TCSF6 PM 11/3C) GT Academy vs Mancelona7:30 PM 11/3D) Joburg-Lewiston Bye 11/5Winner B vs Elk Rapids6 PM 11/5Winner C vs Joburg-Lewiston7:30 PM 11/7Championship 7 PM
CHERRYLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL Young Lady Elks win tournament
Cherryland Middle School 7th grade volleyball team. back row: Hailey Bush, Chloe Darling, Lillia Brookshire, Alea Wilkins, Tori Wilkins, Mady Sleder, Abby Trierweiler, Sarah Campbell. front row: Nicole Leemaster, Mackenzie Huber, Jenna Wilkinson, Madison Hall, Elizabeth Saunders. Not pictured Ellie Rickfelder
The Elk Rapids 7th grade volleyball team won the Suttons Bay Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, October 18th. The girls played a total of 12 games and only lost one all day, making them the champions. They are a truly talented group of gals with a lot of class! I am so proud of all of them! Text and photo submitted by Coach Nikki Wilkins
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