- Jossed. They gave him a check/cheque.
Ichiro and Aki were really good friends since childhood, so it may have been natural for Aki to have some concern over Ichiro's well-being. But after the death of Ichiro's father, the Komabas pretty much ended up with a lack of manpower and struggling for money.
However, the Minamikujous have the opposite problem: A lot of money, but no more land. Thus, at some point between the end of summer break and the beginning of the fall semester, Ichiro may have been bethrothed to Ayame, and that's the reason why Ichiro can no longer have a girlfriend.
Aki, thinking of her own imminent future of inheriting her family's farm, knew that she may have to find a husband soon...or have someone else do that for her. Knowing that she won't be able to fulfill her dreams of having a horse-related job, she cried.
- Jossed. She was crying because Komaba's family is going bankrupt and is going to lose their farm.
So, why is there a club like the Holstein Club when it was explicitly mentioned that all the clubs in Ezono are sports clubs? I submit that it was once a bona fide sports club...the Horse Racing Club!
Mikage the grandfather may have once attended Ezono, and been a part of the Horse Racing Club, as evidenced by the look on his proud look on his face once time when horses were mentioned. Over the years, the Horse Racing Club began to breed their own race horses (probably around Aki's grandfather's time), then eventually stopped racing altogether (because of gambling) and focused on breeding horses.
Later, the former Horse Racing Club began to breed cattle...and over a few decades, they no longer bred horses, but concentrated fully on breeding cows, thus transforming into the Holstein Club. Yet, it somehow never lost that 'sports club' designation. :D