VARSITY FOOTBALL Elks prepare for Rayders with tri-scrimmage
The Elks set up to run a play at the Mancelona tri-scrimmage last Friday. The Elks open the season Friday at Charlevoix with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Courtesy photo
The Elk Rapids football team donned pads to hit against another team for the first time this season, in a three team scrimmage at Mancelona last Friday.
The Elks, Ironmen, and Frankfort Panthers squared off against each other, each team running 20 plays on offense and 20 plays on defense. The varsity players took one half of the field, the JV played on the other at the same time. While plenty of rust showed on all three squads, Elk head football coach Ed Schindler wanted to see improvement in his team.
“Just like we see in practice, the guys that really want to play, they play with heart. The execution was off at times, but that was to be expected. We get better at each practice. This is a hard working group of guys, and they are very coach-able,” Schindler explained. “It isn’t really possible to say who wins a scrimmage like that, but we held our own.”
Thursday’s scheduled home JV game has been cancelled this week. The JV had several linemen unable to suit up, leaving the Elks without players at that key position. The Elks will dress the entire squad of 47 players, going on the road to the varsity season opener in Charlevoix on Friday. The JV will open their season on Wednesday, September 2, at Kalkaska. Go Elks!
VARSITY TENNIS Elks defeat Petoskey in tennis season opener
Elk Rapids boys tennis started the season off with a bang, knocking off visiting Petoskey 6-2 in the season and home opener last Thursday.
Posting wins in the singles matches were #1 singles Hayden Morton (8-4), #2 singles Scott Crawford (8-1) and #3 singles Joel Morrison (8-6). Winning at doubles play, #1 duo Max Douglas and AJ Anderson (8-3), #2 Riley Rickfelder and Kyler Weekley (8-3) and the #3 tandem of Cole Powers and Charlie Pfarrer (8-4).
Elk head tennis coach Patrick Potter was pleased with the teams play. “This was a great start to our season. The boys played real well in really bad weather conditions. The boys early season hard work in practice allowed us to beat a solid Petoskey team, even though were forced to default the number four doubles due to missing players.”
The Tuesday match at Traverse City Central was postponed due to rain. A make-up date has not yet been decided. Elk Rapids (1-0) faces a tough challenge on Thursday, as the team will compete in the Traverse City St. Francis Pre-Regional Invitational. Eight teams, including St. Francis, St. Francis Gold, Big Rapids, Whitehall, Ludington, Elk Rapids, Glen Lake and Grant will play in the tournament held on 20 courts at Traverse City Central and Traverse City West.
VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY Elks run like deer, Luckett and Finch finish one-two
Elk Rapids made some noise in the cross-country arena in the season opening two mile Ryan Shay Memorial Cross Country Invitational at Central Lake last Saturday. Senior
Logan Luckett finished first overall in the Division 2-3 girls race with a time of 12:08.3. Luckett finished the race a full minute and eleven seconds over the second place runner. On the Division 2-3 boys side, Elk senior Montgomery Finch ran to a second place overall finish at (11:10.0).
Running for the girls was junior Victoria Garrow (38-18:28.1). The boys had juniors Max Crowe (27-12:52.7) and Josiah Starr (29-12:59.9) both finish in the top 30. Freshmen Clayton Davis (14:18.9) and Henry Brown (15:27.1) also competed for the Elks, both finishing the race in their high school debut.
The team travels to Benzie Central this Saturday to compete in the Benzie Pete Moss Invitational.
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Lady Elks begin new season with nice effort
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Lady Elks varsity volleyball team opened their 2015 season on Tuesday (8/25) at Charlevoix playing matches against Kalkaska, Boyne City and host Charlevoix.
The Elks went 1-2 for the day defeating Boyne 23-25, 25-14. 25-15, and 25-13; while losing to Kalkaska 16-25, 23-25, 25-21 13-25; and Charlevoix 17-25, 20-25, and 12-25. “It was our first go in competition this year,” said Lady Elks Coach Alleen Popp. “The kids are still learning but they are a good squad. They play like they want it. I think frustration and nerves got in our way a little bit.”
The Elks were led by Bridget Hintz and Adriana Termaat-Matthews who combined for a 99% serving percentage. According to Popp, the overall serving game wasn’t as good as the Elks are capable of. “It could have been a case of the nerves,” added Popp. Popp also praised the play of Alexa Wagner and Lydia Christian. “They still have a lot to learn and they got tired, but they did a nice job of setting for us,” said Popp. Adding, “Shelby Rauch was on fire against Boyne where she picked up most of her kills.”
The Lady Elks will be in action on Thursday when they compete at the Johannesburg-Lewiston Tournament and they will be on the road again Saturday to compete in the Kingsley Tournament.
VARSITY SOCCER Cherry Ke Soccer Showcase
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids varsity soccer team will host the annual Cherry Ke tournament this Saturday.
The format is changing this year according to Elk Rapids Athletic Director, Jim Standerfer. “We are changing things up a little this year. The tournament, which will now be known as the Cherry Ke Soccer Showcase, will feature varsity teams only,” said Standerfer.
Gladwin, Saginaw Nouvel, Tawas, Harbor Springs, Leland, Berkley and Gaylord will join Elk Rapids in competing for the Gene Veliquette Memorial Trophy. According to Standerfer, the participating schools in the expanded eight team bracket have very competitive teams, most of whom the Elks do not see during regular season play.
Kickoff for the first games will begin at 9 a.m. Please come out Saturday and cheer on our Elks in what should be an exciting day of soccer.
VARSITY SOCCER Elks open season with a tie at East Grand Rapids
By Rick Martel, Sports Writer
The Elk Rapids varsity soccer team opened the 2015 season with their annual trip downstate to play East Grand Rapids last Friday coming away with a 2-2 tie. “They are a little bigger school but we played with a lot of heart, emotion, and work ethic,” said Elks Coach Nate Plum.
The Elks took a 1-0 lead into halftime when Grayson Krakow placed a nice shot in the upper corner off an assist from Jared Selby. “We did not have a lot of scoring chances in the first half, but we finished on one of them,” said Plum. “It took us the entire first half to get settled in but we went hard,” said Plum.
Approximately 15 minutes into the second half, East Grand Rapids converted on a penalty kick to even the score 1-1. Ten minutes later Albert Hammond put the Elks back on top 2-1. Shortly after the Hammond goal, the Elks’ Alex Settles went down after a hard tackle and had to be taken to the hospital with a broken tibia. Then, with about 20 minutes remaining, East Grand Rapids got the equalizer on somewhat of a fluke goal that deflected off an Elks player in the box and eventually found its way into the net to make it 2-2.
“We were not overpowering in this game but the effort was definitely there,” said Plum. The Elks were credited with 10 shots for the game while Elk’s keeper Thom Derks was credited with 23 saves. “Thom kept us in the game and helped preserve the tie,” added Plum. “We won a lot of the 50/50 balls and it was a good effort.” The Elks were without two of their starters coming into the game before Settles went down. “Playing without three starters, I’ll take this game [result] anytime,” said Plum.
The Elks played at Grayling on Wednesday before hosting the annual Cherry Ke tournament this Saturday.
SOFTBALL Tulk plays for USA in Europe
USA outfielder Shelby Tulk hauls in a fly ball during a softball tour in Europe. Courtesy photo
Elk Rapids 2012 graduate Shelby Tulk was a four year varsity starter for the Elks on the softball diamond. Tulk was good enough to continue playing at the collegiate level, and is entering her senior year at Northwood University in Midland, where she has roamed the outfield for the Timberwolves for four years.
This summer, Tulk was one of 13 girls chosen to play softball for the USA against teams in Europe.
Division 2 and 3 players from all over the country were considered for the team. Tulk’s coach at Northwood, Meaggan Pettipiece, was a coach for the USA team. Pettipiece brought up the idea of joining the squad to Tulk, who accepted. The team had players from schools in Texas, California, Kentucky, Wisconsin and several other states.
“Invites were sent out to players in the country, throughout the school year,” Tulk explained. “Two weeks after the season ended, the girls that were chosen met in New York and flew to Paris. Our first practice was the first time we played together in Paris, we won 5-0.”
The USA team also played in Belgium and the Netherlands. The toughest game came against the Junior National Team from Holland. The USA came back to win in the final inning, 3-2, and would remain undefeated on the tour. The players received gifts from the host teams, such as clogs from the Netherlands, to show their appreciation for the USA traveling to play.
“It was amazing to play with the girls from different states, and different countries, they were all very good,” Tulk continued. “It was a great experience. I made some great friends on the trip, and had some great times.” Tulk is studying Entertainment and Sports Promotion Management and will graduate from Northwood in the spring of 2016. Congratulations Shelby, on a job well done!
JV SOCCER JV kicks off season with a 3-1 loss
Last Friday, the Elk Rapids soccer team headed down to Grand Rapids for their annual game against the East Grand Rapids Pioneers to start the season. For the junior varsity team, this game is a unique opportunity to play on artificial turf.
The junior varsity started out the night of soccer at a slow pace. The boys were shaking off the cobwebs of the off-season as the first minutes ticked by. The Pioneers controlled much of the play in the opening half, and the Elks saw few chances at goal. By the end of the first half, East Grand Rapids also controlled the scoreboard with 2 goals to 0.
While the Elks came out in the second half with more energy, the Pioneers managed to score another goal, making it 3-0. The Elks finally got a break in the last 10 minutes when Isaac Moothart stole the ball from the backline and was fouled in the penalty area on a breakaway. Tyler Stanton took the penalty kick, putting the Elks on the scoreboard, 3-1. The goal boosted Elk Rapids’ morale and energy, and they played with a new vigor that they can hopefully bring to their coming games. While the JV team struggled to get their footing, their goalkeeper, Ethan Pike, served as a rock on the team, holding down the defensive end with numerous key saves. With a 3-1 loss, the JV boys are eager to turn that scoreline around in their coming games. By Isaac Moothart, Elk Rapids News student intern
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