Evan Caldon, a sixth-place medalist at state last year, heads an Elk lineup which coach Paul Nelson feels has good balance and varsity experience. “I don’t think we’ll have holes,” said Nelson, adding, “We did a good job recruiting and we have a lot of new faces.”
The Elks were 5-15 last year.
Caldon (36-7 last year), a senior at 132, and Kyle Ziemer, freshman at 132-38, are returning all-conference. Others vying for varsity slots are Garrett Caldon (so, 106), Cole Moenning (so, 113-20), Andrew Perry (jr, 126), Trevor Brink (sr, 145), John Reitter (jr, 152), Ryan Osberg (jr, 160-71-80), A.J. Hannan (jr, 160-71-82), Justin Gagnon (sr, 182), Jake Brown (sr, 195), Bobby Schmitz (so, 182-95), Alex Schmitz (sr, 220), Nick LaBat (jr, 220, 285), and Garrett Van Epps (jr, 285).
ELK BASKETBALL, BOYS
Both all-conference players, Porter Morrell (6-1 sr G, 13.4 points, 3.9 assists) and Clay Elrod (6-5 jr F, 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds) return from a 14-13 team, along with a third starter, Bryan Edwards (6-4 C, 5.0 points, 5.9 rebounds).
Other letter winners back are Terry Hadden (6-1 sr G, 3 ppg) and Max Person (6-3 sr F). Mitchell Weege (6-0 so G) and Zach Ernst (6-0 so G) were on varsity. Other players were being determined during tryouts at this writing. “Our only goal right now is to come to practice with a positive attitude and great effort,” said coach Randy Klasen, who passed the 400-win marker last year. “We are trying to get better every day.”
ELK BASKETBALL, GIRLS
Guards Shelby Gracik and Jordyn Sohns are the top veterans for the Elks as they try improve on last year’s 7-20 mark. Gracik (5-8 jr) averaged 8.3 points and made all-conference. Sohns (5-9 sr) scored 7.9 ppg. Anna Rollag (5-7 so G) is also a returning starter.
Other letter winners are Holly Skalsky (5-7 sr G), Brittani Cornelius (5-10 jr P), Erin Ness (5-8 jr G), Becca Brummer (5-7 jr G), Sydney Person (5-9 jr F), Jessica Langbehn (5-9 jr P), Courtney Reistad (5-6 jr G), and Gabbi Jung (5-10 so F). Newcomers who could impact are Molly Detloff (5-8 jr F), Abi Scheid (6-2 fr C) and Jayme Langben (5-8 fr F).
“We have some experience back from last season,” said coach Reed Caouette, “and should have some balance with our inside and outside game.”