The Pope John National Honor Society will be hosting a "Pink Out for Hope" on Friday at the Wolfpack's basketball game.
When the Wolfpack take on Ewing, all fans and students are encouraged to wear pink . there will be a themed basket raffled off that night, with all proceed going to benefit The Hope Fund.
The Hope fund provides funding for items and services that support cancer recovery and survivorship through Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
The Junior Class at Elgin Public will have some financial assistance with their East Coast Trip due to a generous donation by Invenergy.
Luke Hinkle, Operations and Maintenance Manager at Prairie Breeze Energy Center, presented the Elgin Public School Board with a $2000 donation to go towards the Junion Class Trip this summer.
Each summer, the Elgin Public's Junior Class travels to the East Coast on a four-day trip that includes touring many landmarks in both Washington D.C. and New York City. The trip is made possible by fundraising, donations from people and businesses in the community, and the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Grant, a grant given out by the US Department of Education to smaller rural schools to be put towards non-curiculum related activities.
The Elgin Public/Pope John girls continued their hot start at the Madison Public Schools 2016 Holiday Tournament.
The Lady Wolfpack held on to top an upset-minded Burwell squad 47-36. The Longhorns came out strong in both halves, ending the first quarter trailing just 15-14 and outscoring the Wolfpack in the third 13-8. However, the Wolfpack were able to adjust to the Burwell press and height by using their sound defense and fast pace attack, just as they have all season.
Individual statistics for the Wolfpack were unavailable at this time.
After the girls took the win to move on, the boys hoped to do the same against the Longhorns. However, Burwell's length was too much for the Wolfpack as they fell 64-16. They managed just 13 points in the first half before being almost completely shut out in the final half of play.
Just one Wolfpack player shot better than 33 percent from the floor, Kenny Bush who finished with six points on 75 percent shooting to lead EPPJ. Ashton Evans, in his first play of the season, added five for the Wolfpack on two of nine shooting.
The girls move on to face Madison in the championship game Friday at 2:30 p.m. The boys will take on Emerson-Hubbard for a chance at third place at 12:45 p.m.
Basketball has been a huge part of Baylee and Allyson Wemhoff’s lives for as long as they can remember.
Their parents, Greg and Joyce, a former basketball player for Northeast in Norfolk, coached varsity basketball together at Anselmo-Merna for five years. Greg recalled the first time he saw Baylee walk was on the gym floor one day at practice.
Greg then coached girls basketball in Battle Creek for 10 years before the family moved to Elgin. He remembered the girls being with him at every practice and behind the bench at every game. When Baylee and Allyson were old enough, they began playing club basketball, coached by none other than their father.
“When second and third grade came, we got them playing club ball and coached them all the way up. It was fun,” said Joyce.
“I coached both of them all the way through eighth grade,” Greg recalled.
Baylee, a senior, is currently averaging 7.8 points per game and 4.5 assists per game for the undefeated Wolfpack while Allyson, a sophomore, is leading the way with 11.5 points per game and 2.8 assists per game. While being leaders on an unbeaten team certainly adds to the enjoyment of the game, the Wemhoffs truly just love the game.
“I’ve been through basketball since I was a little girl, and I’ve just enjoyed playing the sport,” said Baylee. “I really do truly love the sport. They (Greg and Joyce) always help strengthen our love for it.”
Growing up, the two girls would continually push each other playing one-on-one. As a family, they would often go to the gym and shoot around. Basketball simply became a past time for the Wemhoffs.
It is obvious that after playing together so much, the two girls have a strong connection on the court. It is evident to any fan watching that one is always well aware of what the other is doing. That connection helped the Wolfpack finish last year 19-8 and has helped the team to a 6-0 start this year.
“I think we have really good chemistry with each other. We just know where each other is usually because we grew up together and we know that the chemistry is there,” Allyson said.
“Sometimes we get frustrated with each other. I think I’m usually the one that gets after her the most,” admitted Baylee. “That’s just part of that big sister thing.”
Once the game is over, the two simply work toward getting better while Greg and Joyce take the opportunity to give them advice.
“We just try to keep them positive and keep them up and loving the game,” said Joyce. “We’re enjoying every game and the last game they play is going to be very hard.”
Baylee will graduate this May and look toward college. While she is still undecided on what her future holds and whether basketball will be a part of it, she plans to make sure that she is there still for her sister.
Allyson, on the other hand, has a few years before she has to make that decision and for now, she is simply just enjoying the ride.
Both the Wemhoffs and fans of Elgin Public/Pope John hope that ride ends with a state championship for the first time in Wolfpack history.
With the Wemhoffs in control of the high-powered offense, the Wolfpack should have much to celebrate by season’s end.
Elgin Public School students showed their Christmas spirit with their annual holiday program.
Check out these pictures from the night!
The Elgin Public/Pope John wrestlers hosted a fantastic tournament Thursday at St. Boniface.
Despite having to reschedule from Saturday due to weather, 22 teams made their way to Elgin for the day.
The Wolfpack were led by Cory Romej on the day. Romej was the only Wolfpack wrestler to take home a win, taking down Neligh-Oakdale's Calli Wilkinson in the third round of consolations.
EPPJ will return to the mat January 6 when they take part in the Burwell Invite.
Elgin Public-Pope John Wresting Tourney Results for Elgin Public-Pope John
106 - Cory Romej (4-6) place is unknown and scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Cory Romej (Elgin Public-Pope John) 4-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Kaiden Mrsny (Pender) 12-5 won by fall over Cory Romej (Elgin Public-Pope John) 4-6 (Fall 1:58)
Cons. Round 2 - Cory Romej (Elgin Public-Pope John) 4-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 - Cory Romej (Elgin Public-Pope John) 4-6 won by fall over Calli Wilkinson (Neligh-Oakdale) 3-6 (Fall 4:00)
Cons. Semi - Hadden Kuck (Palmer) 1-2 won by fall over Cory Romej (Elgin Public-Pope John) 4-6 (Fall 3:36)
132 - Geoffrey Carr (5-9) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Roy Guzman (Palmer) 10-8 won by fall over Geoffrey Carr (Elgin Public-Pope John) 5-9 (Fall 1:31)
Cons. Round 1 - Geoffrey Carr (Elgin Public-Pope John) 5-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Jaegher Ogden (West Holt) 4-5 won by fall over Geoffrey Carr (Elgin Public-Pope John) 5-9 (Fall 2:59)
132 - Hayes Miller (2-10) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Andrew Herley (Neligh-Oakdale) 8-3 won by fall over Hayes Miller (Elgin Public-Pope John) 2-10 (Fall 0:18)
Cons. Round 1 - Hayes Miller (Elgin Public-Pope John) 2-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - John (Cody) Timbs (Weeping Water) 9-12 won by fall over Hayes Miller (Elgin Public-Pope John) 2-10 (Fall 1:56)
145 - Austin Bauer (2-10) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Joshua McFarland (Elkhorn Valley ) 14-4 won by fall over Austin Bauer (Elgin Public-Pope John) 2-10 (Fall 1:34)
Cons. Round 1 - Austin Bauer (Elgin Public-Pope John) 2-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Colton Beacom (Osmond) 7-6 won by fall over Austin Bauer (Elgin Public-Pope John) 2-10 (Fall 1:26)
Residents in and around Elgin have always been able to count on their first responders in emergency situations, and drills like the one on Thursday prove just how great those responders are.
The Elgin Fire Department and paramedic team was part of a drill Thursday afternoon involving the wind towers south of town.
According to Luke Hinkle, operations and maintenance manager at Prairie Breeze Energy Center, the drill was for a general injury at a tower site. The drill was a coordinated effort between Invenergy and a select few people on the department and at dispatch.
The drill was intentionally kept secret to test the response time of the fire department and paramedic team. It is done twice a year and once on scene, the responders go through general protocol for what to do in the situation.
Thanks to the efforts of Pope John students, the students council's grocery sales project was once again a success.
Started in 1995, the Pope John Student Council Grocery Sales Project has become an annual fundraiser for students. They have completed another very successful year due to the efforts and cooperation of area grocers, patrons and supporters. Those who purchased certificates or debit cards also contributed an additional 5% as a donation.
A number of Pope John supporters added generous donations, making it possible for the students to donate a total of $12,550.75 to the school's Annual Fund.
Participating grocery stores included: Dean and Kim Schrage of Dean’s Market in Elgin, Greg and Carm Thramer and Terry and Connie Kaczor of Ewing Family Foods, Joan Allemang of Jo’s Market in Clearwater, Larry and Radeene Temme of Rae Valley Market in Petersburg, and Paul and Lynne Bichlmeier of Thriftyway Market in Neligh and Tilden. They all contributed 5% of the total sales to their respective stores to Pope John.
High salespersons recognized for their outstanding efforts were individuals Grace Henn, Kyle Schumacher and Erin Beckman. Families bringing in the most were Miles and Maddie Schrage, Logan and Luke Henn and Heather, Austin and Natalie Bauer.
It is Christmas season and some students in Elgin are well into the holiday spirit.
Pope John XXIII and St. Boniface students held an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest on Tuesday, December 20. High school winners were Cole Preister (1st Place) and Jordan Mescher (2nd Place). The elementary winners were Sharon Bartak (1st Place) and Sydney Niewohner (2nd Place).
Students were awarded candy prizes.
It all happened so fast for Adam Dreger.
After holding the lead for much of the game, Elgin Public/Pope John surrendered two late free throws with just a few seconds left to give Creighton a 40-39 lead. The Bulldogs proceeded to put pressure on the inbound pass, hoping to slow the Wolfpacks' attempt to push the ball.
However, they found Conor Ramold, who had broken free, streaking down the court. The lone Bulldog defender attempted to cut him off and Ramold found Dreger, who had trailed his teammate, under the rim in perfect position. With five seconds left, Dreger put up his only shot of the night, a lay up to give the Wolfpack their first win of the season. Time seemed to stop as Dreger had just one thing on his mind.
"Don't miss," Dreger said.
He didn't and his only score of the night gave EPPJ a 41-40 win over the Bulldogs. The Wolfpack jumped out to a big 22-11 lead at half, thanks in part to strong defense in the middle by Kenny Bush, who finished with four blocks on the night. However, Creighton powered back to take the lead with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. The two teams traded blows for the remainder of the game until Dreger's final shot to end it.
Coach Michael Becker was proud of his team's resilience as they struggled to hold on to the lead late.
"I think that's a testament to our kids and to their ability to respond from adversity," he said. "It's a young group but they continue to improve every day and that's our number one goal."
He noted that his teams improvement in ball security and taking what the game gives them has been building them toward the win. He also added that the team's focus on defense made the difference Monday night.
"We've talked all year that it starts on the defensive end and I think from the get-go, the kids came out tonight and made them earn everything and tried to get our easy transition points and it paid off towards the end," he said.
As a team, the Wolfpack shot 39 percent from the floor, led by Hunter Reestman, who hit three of his five shots for 13 points. Kyle Schumacher added nine and Chad Bode added eight points.
Besides his four blocks, Bush added five points, eight rebounds and three steals. Bode brought in 13 rebounds and found his teammates on four assists.
Earlier in the night, the Lady Wolfpack continued their dominant start to the year. They took down the Bulldogs 67-22 to extend their season-opening win streak to six games. The only quarter that the Wolfpack allowed more than four points was the third quarter, in which the Bulldogs scored 12.
Jordan Mechser was nearly flawless on the night, going 10 of 14 from the floor for 25 points and adding four assists. Allyson Wemhoff added 16 points while Liz Selting dropped in 10.
Lydia Behnk pulled in five rebounds, four of them coming on the offensive end. Baylee and Allyson Wemhoff each added four more rebounds and Baylee also dished out six assists.
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