Elk Rapids Orange Bowling team, consisting of RJ Kassel, Austin Wolfgram, Jacob Fedrigon, Zach Pederson and Michael Jakobczyk, dominated Kingsley on Saturday. Photo by Linda Pederson
Elk Orange dominated Kingsley on Saturday at Lucky Jack’s, winning 28.5 to 1.5.
Austin Wolfgram rolled the high game of 180 for Orange. Wolfgram, Zach Pederson and Jacob Fedrigon each tallied two points in the win. Michael Jacobczyk added a point and RJ Kassel earned 1.5 points, the result of a tie against his opponent.
Elk Black lost 25-5 to the TC Central Varsity. Elk coach Ken Hicks was impressed with the way the Elk Black team handled themselves during the match.
“Each JV team (Elk Black) had to bowl against a varsity team and we drew TC Central instead of a Division 3-4 team,” Hicks explained. “Our kids did not give up at all in this meet.” Black took the first Baker game 146-133 but dropped the second. Jose Salmeron earned one point, bowling a 176.
Orange faces TC Central this week, while Black throws against TC Christian White. The bowling meets will be on Saturday at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City.
VARSITY HOCKEY Reps put together wins
After a rough start to the season, the young Bay Rep team appears to be coming together. A solid weekend started Friday, as the Reps met Portage Central at Centre Ice.
The Reps scored first by a backhand goal by Carson Altonen (ER) in the first. Portage countered with two quick goals to go up 2-1, adding another early in the second for a 3-1 lead. Altonen (ER) got his second goal to close the gap to 3-2. RJ Denewith (SF) scored twice around a goal by Portage for a 4-4 score at the end of regulation. Neither team was able to score in the extra period, ending the game in a tie.
Bay Reps defeated Bay City Central 5-4 Saturday at Centre Ice. Goals for the Reps were scored by Denewith (SF), Garrett Diola, Altonen (ER), Scott Crawford (ER) and Ben Yaakoby (LD). Jay Jones (SF) had 30 saves in net for the Reps.
Playing on Tuesday night, the Reps dismantled Northern Michigan Conference foe Cheboygan 7-4 to remain unbeaten at 2-0 in the conference. The game was played at The Kaliseum in Kalkaska. The Reps got scoring from Duke Angers (GL), three goals from Thomas Barnes (GY), two from Denewith (SF) and Vinnie Dean (ER). Jones was in net for the Reps.
The Reps (4-9, 2-0 NMHL) have won three of their last four games, with one tie. They will look to keep the streak going Saturday at Centre Ice as they face TC West with a 7 p.m. face-off.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL Elks lose two in conference action
Lauren Peterson (20) drops in a three over a Kalkaska defender. Photo by Lisa Lundy
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity basketball team lost to Kalkaska last Friday by a final score of 55-13. “Everyone played hard and I certainly can’t fault the effort,” said Lady Elks coach Kevin Ball. Adding “All of our JV players dressed for this game and all of them got a chance to play. This was a good experience [for our younger players] and a chance to see some good competition.”
Leading the scoring for the Elks was Nicole Hill with seven points. Sophomore Lauren Peterson who was among the JV players moved up to play in this game scored three points, her first points at the varsity level.
Sophomore Clare Kinery also chipped in with two points. “Clare had a solid game and played a lot of minutes for us,” said Ball. “Kalkaska is a very good team. They have only lost once so far this year.”
Elk Rapids vs. St. Francis The Lady Elks were defeated by St. Francis on Tuesday, 55-17, as the Gladiators remain undefeated for the season. Nicole Hill and Clare Kinery led the Elks with six points each. The Elks will be on the road at Kingsley today (1/22) to play a make-up game. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. They will then host Harbor Springs on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
VARSITY SKI Ski team on fire
Burning up the slopes to start the ski season, the ERSF boys took first place at the Lake Michigan Conference meet at Schuss last Thursday. Scoring in the giant slalom were Ben Hicks (1), Christian Stellin (3), Gavin Mortensen (7) and Addison Clark (9) with 20 points, beating Harbor Springs by one point for first place. In the slalom race, Hicks (2), Clark (4), Mortensen (5) and Chris Morrison (12) finished first with 23.5 points. The ERSF boys total score of 43.5 gave them a first place overall finish.
On the ERSF girl’s side, the giant slalom racers of Haley Chell (6), Taylor Hines (14), Lauren Ferris (16) and Carlee McCardel (17) earned third with 53 points. Skiing in the slalom, McCardel (2), Sara Trilla (8), Kendra Wells (10) and Chell (11) took second with 31 points, and a combined 84 points for second place.
“The boys did very well, but there is a lot of season left and we can get better,” commented Elk coach Doug White. “While the girls took second, they could have challenged for first. They had some really good first runs, but lost skis and some errors on the second run. It happens, and they still did well, some more practice and they will be fine.”
Tuesday, they skied at Schuss in the Grayling Invitational, with 11 overall teams competing. The giant slalom boy’s race had Hicks (1), Mortenson (13), Clark (14) and Jonas Pryde (17) at first with 45 points, the slalom, had Hicks (2), Stellin (4), Clark (6) and Mortenson (14) in first with 26 points, totaling 71 points for first place on the boys side.
The ERSF girl’s giant slalom, McCardel (1), Trilla (7), Wells (11) and Taylor Hines (19) finished first with 38 points, and in the slalom, McCardel (2), Wells (9), Hines (10) and Trilla (11) were first with 32 points. As did the boys, the girl’s team took first place overall with 70 points.
“I hoped we would do well today, and after I saw where we stood after the first run, I knew we had a chance. I told the kids to just do as well in the afternoon, and they responded,” White said.
The team will next ski at Boyne Mountain on Tuesday in the second LMC meet.
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL Elks win two LMC games, tie for first
Cole Walker (33) denies a Kalkaska shooter with a big block. Photo by Lisa Lundy
Playing two Lake Michigan Conferences games to start 2015, the Elks varsity basketball team came away with a pair of wins with a 75-52 drubbing of Kalkaska on Friday, then defeating St. Francis on Tuesday, 72-59. The Elks have scored 70 or more points four times this season.
Against Kalkaska, the Elks led 18-7 after one and 37-24 at halftime. The Blazers edged the Elks 14-11 in the third, but the Elks still had a commanding 51-35 lead, on the way to the win. Cole Walker scored 29 points, with a three-point basket, blocked five shots and hauled down 10 rebounds. Adam Trautman had 12 rebounds, and Marty Raymond scored 15 points.
St. Francis came to Elk Rapids Tuesday night, anxious to avenge the last season sweep by the Elks. Elk Rapids led 17-14 after one, and clung to a 31-28 halftime lead. Turning the offense up a notch in the third, the Elks scored 23 points to the Gladiator’s nine in the third for an Elk 54-37 lead after three. St. Francis made a late run to get within nine points at 66-57 with a minute to play, but the Elks made their free throws down the stretch for the win. Walker had his second double-double, with 27 points and 15 boards. Trautman, Raymond and Somers all scored 13 in the win.
“When things come easy we tend to take quick shots, this is fine if we are making them and are in a rhythm. It›s when we go stretches of missing shots we need to really focus on running our stuff through,” summed up Elk coach Luke Johnson. Kalkaska upset undefeated East Jordan on Tuesday, throwing the Elks, the Red Devils and Boyne City into a three-way tie for first in the Lake Michigan Conference.
The Elks (5-2, 3-1 LMC) will look to remain on top with a pair of LMC games coming up, starting at home against Harbor on Friday, then at East Jordan on Tuesday.
VARSITY WRESTLING Elks compete at Mancelona team tournament
James Mogford trying for a takedown against Traverse City St. Francis. Photo by Samantha Arbenowski
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids wrestling team competed at the Mancelona team tournament last Saturday. With only five wrestlers to fill 14 weight classes the team scores were a little lopsided as the Elks lost to Kalkaska (24-54); Manton (12-48); Mancelona (30-36); Boyne City (21-33); and Fife Lake Forest Area (15-36).
“Our five wrestlers were 18-7 for the day which is a very respectable finish,” said Elks Coach Rob Petersen. “Everyone had some good matches through the day and came out of the tournament with some positive results.”
Chris Gillissie (160) raised his season record to 30-2 with five wins. Gillissie saved the best for last on Saturday with a solid 11-6 decision over Chris Schelske from Fife Lake Forest Area. Schelske came in ranked fifth in Division 4 at 160 while Gillissie started the day ranked sixth.
“Gillissie had an outstanding day,” added Petersen. [He] knows Schelske quite well and was a bit nervous coming into the match, but he [was able] to keep the match at his pace and controlled the action throughout.”
Elk heavyweight James Mogford (285) also had an opportunity to knock off a ranked wrestler when he went against Reese Velfling who is also from Forest Area and came in ranked eighth in Division 4. After a scoreless first period, Velfling was able to pin Mogford in the second period handing the Elks heavyweight his first loss of the year. “[H]e handled it well and learned some areas that need improvement,” said Petersen.
Also picking up wins for the Elks were William Hedrick (112/119) who won a match by fall; Dylan Gilbert (112/119) who was 2-2 on the day winning both matches by fall; and Devon Stonex (171) who also won a match by fall.
Traverse City West quad meet The Elks wrestled at Traverse City West last Wednesday (1/14) losing to Traverse City St. Francis (18-40); and Traverse City Central (18-36).
The Elks were led by Chris Gillissie (160/171) and James Mogford (285) with each picking up two falls. Mogford, who improved his season mark to 7-0 “wrestled well in both matches,” according to Elks Coach Rob Petersen.
One of Gillissie’s wins came at 171 when he bumped up to wrestle Jake Klinglesmith of TCSF. “Klinglesmith is quite strong and threw Gillissie to his back at one point in the match, but Chris kept his composure and wrestled through it for the win,” said Petersen.
Elk Rapids vs. Boyne City The Elk Rapids wrestling team defeated Boyne City 25-24 Tuesday in a wrestling quad held at St. Francis. The two teams were tied 24-24 at the conclusion of the matches but the Elks were awarded an extra point for ‘most wins by fall’ which is one of the tie-breaker criteria.
In the Boyne match, Chris Gillissie (160); Devon Stonex (171); and James Mogford (285) all won by fall. The Elks also picked up six points from Dylan Gilbert (112) who was awarded a void. The Elks, who lost a dual to Boyne earlier in the season, benefited from Stonex’s fall over Mac Alexander which avenged an earlier 8-4 loss.
Elk Rapids vs. Charlevoix The Elks were defeated by Charlevoix 19-48 in their other match which featured a rematch of Gillissie and Sam Hovie. Going into the match Gillissie was ranked sixth at his weight in Division 4 while Hovie was ranked third.
Gillissie trailed 4-3 going into the third period but managed to tie it up with a third period escape. Gillissie was then awarded a stalling point to take a 5-4 lead and held on for a 7-4 win with a takedown with just seconds remaining.
Gilbert and Mogford also picked up falls against Charlevoix and Stonex won a 13-0 major decision.
“[This] was a very good night of wrestling for the Elks,” said Petersen. We ended the night 8-2 for all matches and came away with a conference dual win.”
An obviously pleased Petersen also noted that in addition to the exciting Gillissie and Stonex wins, Mogford improved his season mark to 13-1 with his two falls. “I can’t even begin to say how pleased I was with the performance from all of our wrestlers tonight,” said Petersen. “I’m really proud of all the guys and looking forward to these last couple of weeks of regular season competition.”
The Elks will compete on Saturday, January 31 at the Northern Michigan Championships in Gaylord.
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