Elk River fall sports honors and leaders listed

Conference and team honors for Elk River fall sports are listed along with each team’s statistical leaders.


Elk River had eight all-conference picks after their 6-3 season — including Moses Saygbe, who was named Most Valuable Player in the Mississippi 8. The senior fullback rushed for 1,315 yards, second-best in Elk history behind Jeff Hawkins’ 1,655 in 1973. Dylan Chambers added 676 yards and eight TD’s. Team honors went to center Pierce Heston for best offensive player, kicker Austin Larson for special teams and linebacker Bryan Edwards for defense. Edwards was by far the tackling leader with 114. All-conference were Saygbe, Heston, Chambers, Edwards, Mitch Beaudry, Kyle Wiemann, Garrett Ott, Jordan Meyer, and Terry Hadden.

Team record – 5-2 conference, 6-3 overall

All-conference – seniors Moses Saygbe (RB),  Pierce Heston (C), Mitch Beaudry (G), Kyle Wiemann (T), Dylan Chambers (RB), Garrett Ott (LB); juniors Jordan Meyer (TE), Bryan Edwards (LB),  Terry Hadden (DB) …. Honorable mention: seniors Corey Collins (QB), Matt Madsen (DE); soph Austin Larson (PK)

Conference award – MVP: Saygbe

Team awards – MVP: Saygbe … Offense MVP: Collins  … Defensive MVP: Edwards …. Special teams MVP: Larson … Most improved: Kevin Boser (soph OL) … Terry McLean coaches award: Zach Brown (sr OL) … Captain’s award: Chambers … Elk Award (academic/athletic leadership): Ott

Offensive leaders – Passing: Collins 9-for-23, 109 yards, 3 TD, 1 int … Rushing (att-yards-TD): Saygbe 163-1315-14, Chambers 117-676-8, Collins 98-431-5, Larson 30-195-1, Michael Larkins 35-177-1 …. Receiving: Meyer 3-59-1, Chamber 5-54-1  … Placekicking: Larson 4-for-6 field goals … Points: Saygbe 84, Chambers 76, Collins 48,  Larson 20

Defensive leaders – Tackles (solo-assist-total): Edwards 67-47-114, Nick Johnson 35-14-49, Ott 30-19-49, Jori Lubinski 26-21-47, Alec Plaisted 23-17-40, Hadden 35-5-40 … QB sacks: Lubinski 3, Madsen 3 … QB hurries: Ott 10, Matt Hauge 7 … Interceptions: Edwards 2, Hadden 2



Ryan Ness and Kaleb Orrock, senior mids, shared the MVP award, and made all-conference along with Cody Christ and Storm Heyer. Ness, with 29 career goals and 31 assists, is the Elks leader with 60 points, passing the points record of 53 by Matt Foss (2003) and the assist record of 29 by Carl Foss (2003). Matt Foss still has the goals record of 39.

Team record – 6-4 conference, 9-9 overall

All-conference – seniors Ryan Ness (mid), Kaleb Orrock (mid); sophomores Cody Christ (GK), Storm Heyer (F) … Honorable mention: senior Gavin Doppler (D), junior Josh Chuba (D)

Team awards – MVP: Ness, Orrock … Mr. Defense: Doppler … Golden Boot: Ness, Heyer … Most improved: Christ … Coaches award: Doppler

Scoring leaders (goals-assists-points) – Ness 6-8-14, Heyer 6-4-10, Orrock 4-6-10, Max Riebel 5-0-0, Nelson Valdez 4-1-5

Goalkeeping – Christ 1.77 goals-against, .798 save percentage



Josie Brown and Logan Daulton made all-NWSC for the Elks, with Daulton’s seven goals leading the team.

Team record – 4-6 conference, 6-11-1 overall

All-NW Suburban –Josie Brown (sr mid), Logan Daulton (so F) … Honorable mention: Emily Lewis (jr F), Abby McDonald (jr mid)

Team awards – MVP: Brown … Ms Defense: Jenna Kivley (so) … Most improved: Rachel Mynahan (so D) … Coaches Award: Lindsay Madden (sr mid)

Scoring leaders – Daulton 7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points; Lewis 4-1-5; McDonald 3-2-5



Six Elks made all-conference after a 23-5 season and third-place finish in the state tournament. Junior Michaela Schulz got her fourth all-NWSC honor and second team MVP award. At No. 1 singles she won 35 matches and boosted her career total to 167. Camille Kraljic finished with 117 wins and Katie O’Connell 97. Also all-NWSC were Taylor Lussier-Flesher, Ali May Kuebelbeck, and Jen Koehler.

Team record – 8-1 conference, 24-5 overall, 3rd place at state

All-conference – Katie O’Connell (sr 1D), Camille Kraljic (sr 2S), Taylor Lussier-Flescher (sr 1D), Michaela Schulz (jr 1S), Ali May Kuebelbeck (so 3S), Jen Koehler (8th 4S) … Honorable mention: Hadley Purdy (so 2D), Becca O’Connell (so 2D), Kelsey Rausch (sr 3D), Kathi Opsahl (so 3D)

Team awards – MVP: Schulz …Most improved: Koehler .. Snowman (most 6-0 wins): Schulz

Season records – Schulz 35-5, K. O’Connell 29-9, Kraljic 27-6, Kuebelbeck 26-9, Koehler 24-9, Purdy 21-8, Lussier-Flesher 20-11, B. O’Connell 20-10, Opsahl 16-7, Rausch 12-9

Career totals – Schulz 167-29, Kraljic 117-39, O’Connell 97-38



Kara Ziemer, who led the team with 217 digs and 608 serve receives and was second with 263 kills, was named MVP for Elk volleyball. Jayde Krauth (kill leader with 278) and Janell Finkbeiner (assist leader with 461) made all-conference. The Elks were 16-14 and reached the section finals.

Team record – 6-4 conference, 16-14 overall

All Conference –  Jayde Krauth (sr MH), Janell Finkbeiner (jr S-OH) … Honorable mention: Jordan Moening (sr OH), Kara Ziemer (jr OH)

Team awards – MVP: Ziemer … Best offense: Krauth … Best defense: Rachel Anderson (sr L) … Most improved: Lindsey Lowe (jr MH) … Top server: Moening … Spirit award:Aulara Perkins (sr RH)

Team leaders – Kills: Krauth 278, Ziemer 263, Finkbeiner 174, Moenng 157 … Kill percentage: Krauth .396, Ziemer .340, Finkbeiner .335, Moening .274 … Serve aces: Moening 114, Finkbeiner 75, Ziemer 32, Tessa Zeman 25, Krauth 24 … Serving percentage: Rachel Anderson .957, Zeman .918, Krauth .886, Finkbeiner .871 … Assists: Finkbeiner 461, Bailey Lundquist 401 … Digs: Ziemer 217, Anderson 201, Moening 182, Finkbeiner 133 … Serve-receives: Ziemer 608, Anderson 527, Moening 428 … Blocks (solo-assist): Krauth 18-48