September 17, 2019 - 12:28 pm - Posted in Sports

In the latest IATC Cross Country Team Rankings, the Spencer girls team is ranked #5 in Class 3A. Western is in at the 9 spot and Unity in 14th in the 2A boys rankings. In the 2A girls rankings, Unity is ranked #9, Cherokee 14th, and Western is in the 15 spot.

For complete team rankings from IATC, CLICK HERE

September 17, 2019 - 12:16 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest individual rankings from IATC are out.

In the Class 3A girls rankings, Spencer’s Elisa Fisher is ranked 26th and Emily Havderdink of MOC-Floyd Valley is in at #30.

In the 2A boys rankings, Sioux Center’s Carter VandeVegte is ranked 10th, Tage Hulstein of Western is in at 15, and Sioux Center’s Sam Harrison is in the 16 spot.

Western’s Whitney Minderhoud is ranked 26th in the Class 2A girls rankings.

Gehlen’s Will Roder is second in the Class 1A boys rankings, and in the girls 1A rankings, South O’Brien’s Abby Boardman is in at #11.

For full rankings from IATC CLICK HERE

September 17, 2019 - 12:06 pm - Posted in Sports

The top remaining class of 2020 recruit in Iowa is now off the board as three-time state champion Adam Allard of West Sioux has committed to the University of Northern Iowa. Allard chose the Panthers over Iowa State and North Dakota State.

Allard has been a familiar name in the state of Iowa for years as he has a career record of 149-1 with a chance to join the elite list of four-time Iowa State Champions next season. He also made a splash nationally this summer when he rattled off ten straight victories to place third in the country in Greco-Roman at the USMC/USAW Junior Nationals in Fargo.

Allard joins fellow three-time state champion Cael Happel of Lisbon in UNI’s 2020 recruiting class. The Panthers also have 2020 commitments from Woodbury Central state champion Wade Mitchell and out of state wrestlers Nevan Snodgrass of Ohio and Ethan Basile of Florida.

This article originally appeared on IAWrestle.com

September 17, 2019 - 9:43 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following Volleyball players-of-the-week for contests played September 9-15, 2019. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2019-2020 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Volleyball Players-of-the-Week

Attacker – Anna Wedel, Northwestern College (Outside)

Northwestern’s Anna Wedel is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Attacker-of-the-Week. Wedel, a junior, from Orange City, Iowa, averaged 4.7 kills and .475 in wins over #19 Dordt and Mount Marty. Wedel put down a career-high 22 kills to go with 13 digs in her team’s 3-1 win against Dordt. She followed with an 11-kill, eight dig showing against Mount Marty. Wedel has hit for double figures in 13 of 14 matches and has four double-doubles. Northwestern, ranked No.2 in the NAIA, is now 14-0 on the season.

Setter- Lacey Wacker, Northwestern College

Lacey Wacker of Northwestern College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Setter-of-the-Week. Wacker, a junior from Jackson, Minnesota, led second-ranked Northwestern to a 2-0 record last week in GPAC play. She put up 77 assists, averaging 11 assists per set, in wins over 19th-ranked Dordt and Mount Marty. Wacker directed a Red Raider offense that hit .402 for the week. She also totaled a team-high five aces serves and accounted for six blocks and 1.7 digs per set. Northwestern is 14-0 on the year.

September 16, 2019 - 3:21 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Mustangs of Morningside College claim the No. 1 spot in the 2019 Coaches’ Top 25 for a second week in a row. The Mustangs are now 2-0 after having outscored their opponents 136-14 over the course of the last two games.

Northwestern is the only other GPAC team in the Top 25 as the Red Raiders moved up one spot to 10th.

Midland and Hastings received votes, and Dordt fell out of the Top 25.

2019 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 1 (September 16)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [17] 2-0 392
2 2 Benedictine (Kan.) 3-0 377
3 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) 1-0 362
4 4 Kansas Wesleyan 3-0 342
5 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 1-0 327
6 6 Concordia (Mich.) 2-0 315
7 7 Marian (Ind.) 1-0 302
8 10 Reinhardt (Ga.) 3-0 271
9 12 Grand View (Iowa) 3-0 270
10 11 Northwestern (Iowa) 2-0 258
11 15 College of Idaho 3-0 232
12 13 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-0 231
13 8 Baker (Kan.) 2-1 202
14 18 Evangel (Mo.) 3-0 189
14 17 Cumberlands (Ky.) 1-0 189
16 9 Dickinson State (N.D.) 1-1 151
17 19 Southeastern (Fla.) 1-0 140
18 16 Bethel (Tenn.) 2-1 134
19 14 Langston (Okla.) 1-1 127
20 25 Montana Western 2-0 109
21 22 Ottawa (Kan.) 1-0 104
22 NR Siena Heights (Mich.) 2-0 66
23 NR Ottawa (Ariz.) (AZ) 2-0 54
24 23 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 2-1 44
25 NR Cumberland (Tenn.) 2-0 33

Dropped Out: Dordt (Iowa) and Georgetown (Ky.)

Others Receiving Votes: Keiser (Fla.) 12, Montana Tech 10, Sterling (Kan.) 9, Midland (Neb.) 4, Hastings (Neb.) 3, Kentucky Christian 3

September 16, 2019 - 11:49 am - Posted in Sports

In the latest Radio Iowa High School Football poll, SB-L moves up three spots to #10 in Class 3A. In Class 1A, West Sioux remains top ranked, West Lyon stays at the 5 spot, and Western is still 7th. South O’Brien continues to be ranked #10 in Class A. Eight-man has Remsen St. Mary’s still at the four spot, Harris-Lake Park jumps into the rankings at 9, and Newell-Fonda continues to be in the ten spot.

Class 4A
1. Ankeny Centennial (3-0), LW #1 vs #4 Dowling Catholic
2. WDM Valley (3-0), LW #2 vs Waukee
3. Bettendorf (3-0), LW #5 vs #5 Cedar Falls
4. Dowling Catholic (2-1), LW #4 @ #1 Ankeny Centennial
5. Cedar Falls (3-0), LW #6 @ #3 Bettendorf
6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (2-1), LW #3 @ C.R. Prairie
7. Southeast Polk (2-1), LW #8 @ DSM East
8. Ankeny (1-2), LW #7 @ DSM Roosevelt
9. Fort Dodge (3-0), LW #9 @ Carroll
10.Waterloo West (2-1), LW (X) vs DSM Hoover

Class 3A
1. Western Dubuque (3-0), LW #1 vs #4 North Scott
2. Solon (3-0), LW #2 vs Davenport Assumption
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (3-0), LW #3 vs West Delaware
4. North Scott (3-0), LW #4 @ #1 Western Dubuque
5. Lewis Central (3-0), LW #6 @ C.B. Thomas Jefferson
6. Glenwood (3-0), LW #7 vs Dallas Center-Grimes
7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (2-1), LW #10 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
8. Washington (3-0), LW (X) @ West Liberty
9. Webster City (3-0), LW #9 vs 2A #3 Algona
10.Pella (2-1), LW #5 @ Carlisle

Class 2A
1. Waukon (3-0), LW #1 vs Cascade
2. Clear Lake (3-0), LW #2 vs Mason City
3. Algona (3-0), LW #3 @ 3A #9 Webster City
4. Crestwood (2-1), LW #4 vs Decorah
5. Des Moines Christian (3-0), LW #6 vs DSM North
6. Waterloo Columbus (3-0), LW #7 vs Vinton-Shellsburg
7. Greene County (3-0), LW #8 vs Gilbert
8. Benton (3-0), LW #9 vs Wilton
9. Southeast Valley (3-0), LW #10 vs 1A #6 South Central Calhoun
10.OABCIG (3-0), LW (X) @ Storm Lake

Class 1A
1. West Sioux (3-0), LW #1 vs LeMars Gehlen
2. Dike-New Hartford (3-0), LW #2 @ Union (LaPorte City)
3. Van Meter (3-0), LW #3 @ Woodward-Granger
4. West Branch (3-0), LW #4 @ Tipton
5. West Lyon (3-0), LW #5 vs MOC-Floyd Valley
6. South Central Calhoun (3-0), LW #8 @ 2A #9 Southeast Valley
7. Western Christian (Hull) (3-0), LW #7 @ Central Lyon
8. Mediapolis (3-0), LW #6 vs Louisa-Muscatine
9. Mount Ayr (3-0), LW #9 @ Clarke (Osceola)
10.Treynor (3-0), LW #10 @ Red Oak

Class A
1. West Hancock (3-0), LW #1 vs Forest City
2. Saint Ansgar (3-0), LW #3 vs Postville
3. North Tama (3-0), LW #5 @ Hudson
4. Edgewood-Colesburg (3-0), LW #4 @ North Linn
5. Wapsie Valley (2-1), LW #2 vs GMG (Garwin)
6. Westwood (Sloan) (3-0), LW #6 vs Missouri Valley
7. BGM (Brooklyn) (3-0), LW #7 vs East Marshall
8. Grundy Center (3-0), LW #8 @ East Buchanan
9. Algona Garrigan (2-1), LW #9 @ St. Edmond
10.South O’ Brien (3-0), LW #10 vs Sioux Central

Eight-man
1. Don Bosco (3-0), LW #1 @ Janesville
2. Turkey Valley (3-0), LW #2 @ Springville
3. New London (3-0), LW #3 vs Lone Tree
4. Remsen St. Mary’s (3-0), LW #4 @ River Valley
5. Coon Rapids-Bayard (3-0), LW #6
6. Audubon (3-1), LW #7 @ Woodbine
7. English Valleys (3-0), LW (X) vs HLV (Victor)
8. Lenox (4-0), LW #8 @ East Union
9. Harris-Lake Park (3-0), LW (X) vs AR-WE-VA
10.Newell-Fonda (2-1), LW #10 @ Kingsley-Pierson

September 13, 2019 - 10:58 pm - Posted in Sports

Inwood, Iowa – #5 West Lyon topped Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in a 52-28 shootout at Jay Rozeboom Sports Complex in Inwood Friday night.

On West Lyon’s first play a scrimmage Logan Meyer ran 69 yards for the score to give the Wildcats a quick 7-0 lead. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley responded with a scoring drive of their own that was capped off by a Kodi Noble 6 yard touchdown run, tying the game a seven each. West Lyon used another big play to score. Jalyn Gramstad took the QB keeper 81 yards to pay dirt, making it 14-7 in favor of the Wildcats. BHRV again had an answer. Josh Heitritter was on the receiving end of a 40 yard touchdown pass from Keyton Moser to tie the game a 14 each. A third big play by the Wildcats resulted in points. Meyer took a screen pass 84 yards to the goal line to make it 21-14 West Lyon. The Nighthawks again responded with a score of their own. Kodi Noble ran it in from 26 yards out to tie the game again, making it 21-21 with 5 minutes left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats took a 28-21 lead midway through the second quarter when Meyer punched it in from 2 yards out, but again, BHRV scored in response. Josh Heitritter was on the receiving end of a 35 yard touchdown pass to make it 28-28. West Lyon took the lead for good when Mason Maurer scored on a 73 yard touchdown reception and Jordan VanVeldhuizen hit a 28 yard field goal before the end of the first half to give West Lyon a 10 point lead at 38-28 at intermission.

West Lyon added a score in the 3rd, and another in the first and came away with the 52-28 win.

With the win the Wildcats improve to 3-0 on the year and will host MOC-Floyd Valley next week. The Nighthawks fall to 0-3 on the season and will host SB-L in Hull on Friday.

September 13, 2019 - 8:22 am - Posted in Sports

Boyden Hull Rock Valley is at West Lyon to go against the 2-0 Wildcats who come in ranked  #5 in Class 1A. The Wildcats posted a win at Sioux Center last Friday. The Nighthawks are 0-2 after a home loss to Western Christian who came in at # 7 in this weeks 1A Radio Iowa Poll.

Nighthawks Head Coach Cory Brandt described this years collection of Wildcat talent as scary.

The big key for the Nighthawks will be playing physical.

Wildcat Head Coach Jay Rozeboom is impressed with the Boyden Hull Rock Valley coaching staff and the shear number of players on the roster.

For West Lyon the emphasis this week and every week is on the basics.

Jon and Justin Hellinga bring you season long coverage of Nighthawk football on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame will begin at 6:05 with “The Water Boys ” pregame show. Opening kickoff set for 7:00 and  will be streamed from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.

September 13, 2019 - 6:51 am - Posted in Sports

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Three Northwestern College graduates will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 28. The honorees, along with the 2019–20 Red Raider Club Coaches of the Year and Barnabas Award recipient, will be recognized at a luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Vermeer South Dining Room and at halftime of the football game against Jamestown, which starts at 1:30 p.m.

Kami (Kuhlmann) Busch of Lawton, Iowa; Ann (Sybesma) Korver of Orange City; and Kale Wiertzema of Hills, Minn., will bring the number of Hall of Famers to 119. Bruce Held of Hinton, Iowa, and Jeff Meyn of Boyden, Iowa, will receive Red Raider Club Coach of the Year honors. The Barnabas Award—which recognizes Raiders who encouraged others to strive for their best performance athletically, academically and personally, and who used their sport as a way to bring others to a knowledge of Jesus Christ—will be bestowed upon Jerome Hoegh of Hawarden, Iowa.

Busch graduated from Northwestern in 2013 and earned NAIA second team All-American honors in basketball in 2012. She was a member of three Red Raider national championship teams—in 2010, 2011 and 2012—and was the national tournament MVP as a senior. She also earned NAIA Player of the Week honors that season. She received all-Great Plains Athletic Conference recognition four years, averaging 14.4 points in her career, and was a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Busch is fifth in Northwestern’s record book for career steals with 221, eighth in scoring with 2,028, and 12th in assists with 383.

Busch also earned all-conference honors three years in softball, recorded a career batting average of .355, and was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete in that sport as a junior and senior. She earned a Master of Education degree in teacher leadership from Northwestern in 2017 and teaches Spanish at Lawton-Bronson High School. Busch graduated from Charter Oak-Ute High School in 2008.

Korver, a 1993 alumna, was an NAIA second team All-American in volleyball in 1992. In Northwestern’s record book she is second in career solo blocks with 179, third in total blocks with 498, fourth in solo blocks per season with 60, fifth in blocks per game for a season with 1.49, and fifth in kills per season with 581 in 1992. She also played varsity basketball each year during her Northwestern career, starting as a junior and senior.

A 1989 graduate of Spirit Lake High School, Korver is office manager/appraiser for Ranschau Appraisal.

Wiertzema, a 2009 Northwestern graduate, earned NAIA first team All-American and NABC/State Farm All-American recognition in basketball as a senior. He was also the GPAC Player of the Year that season, averaging 19.3 points. Wiertzema competed on Red Raider teams that made it to the NAIA Div. II Final Four in 2007 and 2008, and he earned all-tournament honors in 2007. He ranks fourth in career steals for Northwestern with 155, seventh in made free throws with 407, and seventh in assists with 376. He’s the Raiders ninth leading scorer with 1,576 points. He hit all 14 of his free throws in a 2009 game.

Wiertzema graduated from Hills-Beaver Creek High School in 2005. He teaches secondary special education and coaches girls basketball at his alma mater.

Held, who graduated from Northwestern in 1979, recently retired as co-head football coach at Hinton High School, a role he held since 1983. Under his leadership the Blackhawk football team compiled a 204-137 record. Last season’s squad went 8-2 and qualified for the playoffs. Held served a total of 40 years at Hinton, where he also taught and coached golf and boys basketball. He graduated from Hinton in 1975.

Meyn, a 1978 Northwestern alumnus, has been an assistant boys basketball coach at Boyden-Hull High School for 41 years. He also serves as a teacher and athletic director. His teams have compiled a record of 368-199; last season’s junior varsity squad went 17-0. The Comets varsity finished as Class 2A state runner-up in 2019. Meyn graduated from Boyden-Hull in 1974.

Hoegh graduated from Northwestern in 2010 and was a four-year member of the basketball team. He is a middle school science teacher at West Sioux, where he also serves as head boys basketball, head track and assistant football coach. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 2006.

In the latest IGHSAU Volleyball Rankings, LeMars Gehlen remains in the four spot in Class 1A. Western Christian remains atop Class 2A, and Boyden-Hull and Central Lyon are ranked 12 and 13. Class 3A has Spirit Lake at 9, and MOC-Floyd Valley at #11, and Sioux Center at #12

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Sidney 12-1 1
2 North Tama 12-0 2
3 Janesville 6-3 3
4 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 4-1 4
5 Holy Trinity Catholic 5-2 6
6 Wapsie Valley 3-0 7
7 Lisbon 9-2 14
8 Southwest Valley 3-1 10
9 Council Bluffs St. Albert 6-5 9
10 Lamoni 4-0 13
11 East Mills 3-1 11
12 Tripoli 4-4 5
13 Fremont Mills 2-2 12
14 North Butler 9-1 NR
15 Winfield-Mount Union 7-2 NR
Dropped Out: Montezuma (8), BCLUW (15)

Class 2A
School Record LW
1 Western Christian 5-3 1
2 Osage 3-0 2
3 Beckman Catholic 14-2 3
4 Van Buren 8-0 4
5 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 7-0 5
6 Wilton 9-0 6
7 Underwood 6-1 7
8 Grundy Center 9-1 8
9 Hudson 12-2 9
10 Mediapolis 1-0 10
11 Sumner-Fredericksburg 6-3 11
12 Boyden-Hull 6-1 12
13 Central Lyon 5-2 13
14 Lake Mills 7-2 14
15 Cascade 10-2 NR
Dropped Out: Ridge View (14)

Class 3A
School Record LW
1 Tipton 10-1 2
2 Mount Vernon 7-2 1
3 West Liberty 6-0 3
4 Union 7-0 4
5 Davenport Assumption 7-0 6
6 Dike-New Hartford 6-4 5
7 Kuemper Catholic 8-1 8
8 New Hampton 11-0 9
9 Spirit Lake 13-2 7
10 Red Oak 6-2 11
11 MOC-Floyd Valley 7-1 12
12 Sioux Center 9-1 11
13 Humboldt 7-2 13
14 Des Moines Christian 4-0 NR
15 Albia 8-1 15
Dropped Out: Bishop Heelan (14)

Class 4A
School Record LW
1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 8-1 2
2 Dubuque Wahlert 7-1 1
3 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 5-0 3
4 West Delaware 11-1 4
5 Lewis Central 7-2 6
6 Waverly-Shell Rock 16-0 7
7 North Scott 10-1 8
8 Marion 6-2 NR
9 Knoxville 9-0 13
10 Clear Creek-Amana 5-3 10
11 Dallas Center-Grimes 9-2 5
12 Winterset 3-0 12
13 Gilbert 13-4 11
14 Norwalk 9-5 9
15 Western Dubuque 4-5 NR
Dropped Out: Pella (14), Charles City (15)

Class 5A
School Record LW
1 Cedar Falls 9-0 1
2 Ankeny 12-1 2
3 West Des Moines Valley 10-3 3
4 Waukee 12-4 4
5 Dowling Catholic 9-6 5
6 Pleasant Valley 6-0 7
7 Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 6-0 8
8 Iowa City Liberty 6-0 9
9 Indianola 8-3 13
10 Bettendorf 7-3 11
11 Ankeny Centennial 5-6 6
12 Southeast Polk 6-4 12
13 Dubuque Hempstead 5-2 NR
14 Waterloo West 2-1 NR
15 Sioux City East 8-3 15
Dropped Out: Iowa City High (10), Johnston (14)