November 20, 2018 - 12:19 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt will travel to Dakota State in Madison, South Dakota on Tuesday, November 20 starting at 5:30.  The women’s game will precede the men’s contest in the non-conference doubleheader.

The Dakota State women are 1-5 this season with losses to four GPAC members (Northwestern, Briar Cliff, Dakota Wesleyan, Mount Marty).  The other loss is to McPherson and Dakota State earned a win over Trinity Bible on November 13 to stop the losing skid.

Dakota State is averaging 69 points per game and allowed 81.  Teams are out rebounding the Lady T’s 40-32 and opponents are making 48.3 percent of its field goals against Dakota State.

Dordt’s women are 6-2 this season and 2-2 in the GPAC.  Morningside handed Dordt its first loss of the season on November 10 after the Defenders started the season 5-0 and Dakota Wesleyan nipped the Defenders by four the next game.  Dordt got back to its winning ways with an 82-62 victory over the College of Saint Mary Flames on Saturday.`

Dordt’s women are averaging 85 points per game and limit teams to 67 points per outing.  Dordt also has a 46-35 rebounding advantage and has converted 46.8 percent of its field goals and 36 percent of its three-point shots.

The Dakota State men are 2-4 this season and are 1-3 in games against GPAC teams. The Trojans are averaging 82.5 points per game and allowing 82.5.  Dakota State also has a 35.5-32.5 rebounding advantage and is converting 47 percent of its field goals.

The Defender men are 5-2 this season and 2-1 in the GPAC.  Dordt’s loss in league play is to Morningside.

Dordt is outscoring teams 81-73 and has a 44.4-35.9 rebounding edge. Dordt’s converting 45.4 percent of its field goals and 32.7 percent of its three-point shots while limiting opponents to 40.8 percent field goal success.

The Lady T’s are scheduled to travel to Bellevue on December 1 while the Defender women are off until November 28 when Dordt faces Northwestern.

The Defender men face Waldorf and Wartburg on Friday and Saturday this week while the Dakota State men play at Midland against the Warriors on Friday and Morningside on Saturday.

November 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm - Posted in Sports

The IGCA released their All State Volleyball Teams for Classes 1A-5A.

Class 2A Coach of the year honors went to Tammi Veer Beek of Western Christian, while player of the year went to Corrina Timmermans of Unity. First team members along with Timmermans include teammate Jori Bronner and Western’s Madison Hofman.

2nd Team honors went to Western’s Olivia Granstra.

3rd teamers included MaCay Van’t Hall and Tori Wynja of Western.

Erin Wieringa of Unity earned Honorable Mention accolades.

3A 2nd team honors went to Jazlyn DeHaan of MOC-FV

For Complete 1st through honorable mention, click on the links below.

Class 1A

Class 2A

Class 3A

Class 4A

Class 5A

November 20, 2018 - 9:34 am - Posted in Sports

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following basketball players-of-the-week for contests played Nov. 12-18, 2018. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2018-2019 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

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

Women – Kassidy De Jong, Northwestern College (Guard)

Northwestern guard Kassidy De Jong is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports women’s basketball player-of-the-week. De Jong, a senior from Hospers, Iowa, averaged 25.5 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists in a pair of wins over Mount Marty and Morningside. De Jong shot 52% from the field and an impressive 65% from the arc, making 11-of-17 three-pointers. She had a season-high six three-point field goals in the Red Raiders win over Mount Marty.

November 20, 2018 - 8:55 am - Posted in Sports

Cade Bleeker, a senior at Sioux Center High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Bleeker averaged 15 points per game as a junior and helped the Warriors to an 18-5 record. He converted 54 percent of his field goal tries and 41 percent of his three-point shots. He took in nearly five rebounds per game and averaged over two assists per game with 1.5 steals. He was a first-team all-conference pick in 2018. A multi-sport athlete, Bleeker also claimed all-district honors in football and baseball as a junior and advanced to the state track and field meet in the high jump. He’s listed 6-5, 180 pounds.

“Cade will be a tremendous player at Dordt,” said Dordt College coach Brian Van Haaften. “He’ll be a tremendous example, leader and person our players can count on. As a basketball player he will stretch the floor and his athleticism will help him score in many different ways. Cade will be a perfect fit at Dordt.”

Cade is the son of Bryan and Becca Bleeker of Sioux Center, Iowa. He plans to study Business at Dordt College.

November 19, 2018 - 2:40 pm - Posted in Sports

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has released the pool assignments and schedule for the 2018 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship presented by Delta Hotels in Sioux City, Iowa. The 12 winners from the national championship opening round games join the 19 teams that received an opening round bye and host Morningside (Iowa) to form the 32-team field.

The Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa, will serve as the venue for the 11th-straight women’s volleyball national championship. The tournament will be played from November 27 – December 1. For the first time in NAIA Women’s Volleyball Championship history, both semifinal matches that take place at 11:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, Dec. 1 will be broadcast of ESPN3 as well as the NAIA Network. The championship match will be played at 7:P00 p.m. CST December 1 and will be broadcast on ESPN3 for the fifth time.

The 32 teams are divided into eight pools with four teams in each pool. The 2018 season is the third year that the entire field (including opening rounds) was expanded to 44 teams. The top two teams out of each pool will advance to the single-elimination bracket starting on Nov.30.

Dordt will play Reinhardt at 8:00 p.m on Tuesday, November 27th, Corban on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:00 p.m and The Master’s at 8:00 p.m on Thursday, November 29th.

Northwestern will play Marian on Tuesday, November 27th at 8:00 p.m. McPherson at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 28th, and ends pool play against Rocky Mountain at 8:00 p.m on Thursday, November 29th.

2018 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Pool Play Assignments

Pool A Pool B Pool C
Grand View (Iowa)College of Idaho

Providence (Mont.)

Milligan (Tenn.)

Park (Mo.)Westmont (Calif.)

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)

Morningside (Iowa)

Columbia (Mo.)Midland (Neb.)

Vanguard (Calif.)

Aquinas (Mich.)

Pool D Pool E Pool F
Missouri BaptistHastings (Neb.)

Ottawa (Kan.)

Trinity Christian

Dordt (Iowa)The Master’s (Calif.)

Corban (Ore.)

Reinhardt (Ga.)

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Eastern Oregon

Central Methodist

Oklahoma City

Pool G Pool H
Viterbo (Wis.)Southern Oregon

Jamestown (N.D.)

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

Northwestern (Iowa)Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

McPherson (Kan.)

Marian (Ind.)

November 19, 2018 - 12:03 pm - Posted in Sports

The War Eagle All-Conference volleyball teams are out.

Unity Christian led the way with 3 members on the first team. Gehlen Catholic and Hinton each had two players on the first team.

First Team
Jori Bronner Sr Unity Christian
Aspen Coffee Sr Hinton
Alyssa Fischer Sr Hinton
Taryn Hintz Jr South O’Brien
Brooke Koele Sr Akron-Westfield
Katelyn Langel Sr Gehlen Catholic
Taylor Meyer Sr Harris-Lake Park
Katie Peters Sr Gehlen Catholic
Corrina Timmermans Sr Unity Christian
Erin Wieringa Sr Unity Christian

Second Team
Jaylen Bork So MMCRU
Madison Brevik Sr Harris-Lake Park
Chloe Bunkers Jr Gehlen Catholic
Sydney Livermore Jr Gehlen Catholic
Sydney Reinking Sr West Sioux
Skye Rehder Jr South O’Brien
Janie Schoonhoven So Unity Christian
Kailee Tucker Jr Akron-Westfield
Alyssa Uittenbogaard Sr Trinity Christian
Shelbie Young Sr Hinton

Honorable Mention
Anna Coffee Fr Hinton
Paige Dagel Jr Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Emily Dreckman Fr MMCRU
Lizzy Hagedorn Sr Clay Central-Everly
McKenzie Heikens Jr Harris-Lake Park
Brooklyn Heissel Sr Gehlen Catholic
Hailey Klein Sr Remsen St. Mary’s
Danielle Kroeze Sr Unity Christian
Jordan Nieuwenhuis Sr South O’Brien
Payton Schwiesow Jr West Sioux
Caitlin Van Engen Sr Trinity Christian
McKenna VanEldik Jr Akron-Westfield

November 19, 2018 - 11:19 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — All District Volleyball Teams have been released by the IGCA and the KIWA listening area  is extremely well represented by both players and coaches. In Class 1A, the Northwest District Coach of the year is Mike Meyer from Gehlen Catholic. The 2A Northwest District Coach of the year Charity Anderson of Cherokee.

Unity and Western topped the 2A District NW Teams with 3 selections each.

For a list of players on the 1A, 2A and 3A All District teams for Northwest Iowa click on the links below.

Class 5A All District Teams

Class 4A All District Teams

Class 3A All District Teams

Class 2A All District Teams

Class 1A All District Teams

November 18, 2018 - 12:09 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The Class 1A District 1 All-District Football Team has been released. Offensive MVP went to West Sioux quarterback Hunter Deckers, while Defensive MVP went to West Sioux’s Chase Koopmans.

Head Coach of the year honors went to Falcon coach Ryan Schwiesow. Assistant Offensive Coach of the year went to West Lyon’s Steve Hawf, and Assistant Defensive Coach of the year went to West Sioux’s Jerome Hoegh. West Sioux led the district with seven first teamers, while West Lyon had six.

For a Complete List of 2018 1A District 1 All-District Teams CLICK HERE

November 17, 2018 - 11:38 pm - Posted in Sports

Kassidy De Jong scored a game-high 24 points and was among five players in double figures as No.8 Northwestern defeated No.11 Morningside 91-66 in a conference match-up between ranked teams.

Northwestern improved its record to 3-1 in the GPAC, 6-1 overall.

De Jong knocked down 5-of-9 three-point attempts en route to a 24-point effort, her second straight and third overall 20-point game of the season. Haley Birks missed just two shots, going 8-for-10 from the field, on her way to 18 points and Darbi Gustafson contributed another double-double with 17 points and 11 boards.

Northwestern trailed just once and outscored the host Mustangs in every quarter. Tied at 12, Northwestern scored the final nine points over a 2:30 stretch to take a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Four different players scored during the run, two-point baskets by Birks, Gustafson and Alexis Toering along with a three-pointer by De Jong.

Morningside countered with the first seven points of the second quarter to cut the lead down to two, 21-19, on a basket by Sydney Hupp with 6:25 left in the half. The Red Raiders, however, pushed the lead back up to 10 (38-28) after Jada Cunningham converted two free throws just before the half.

Leading by nine, Northwestern put the game away with a 14-4 run over the final 3:22 of the third quarter to take a 68-49 advantage heading into the final period. De Jong and Bre Schuiteman hit back-to-back three-pointers and Toering scored five to spark the decisive run.

The Red Raiders extended their lead to 20+ points with 5:53 left in the final quarter.

Northwestern shot 52% for the game, 61% in the second half. They made 10-of-28 three-point attempts and held a commanding 43-24 edge on the glass. Schuiteman (12) and Toering (11) were also in double figures for Coach Yaw’s squad.

Jordyn Moser led Morningside with 14 points, followed by Sierra Mitchell with 11, well below her GPAC-leading 22 points per game average. The Mustangs shot 42% for the game, 31% (5/16) from the three-point line.

Northwestern will play Waldorf in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday night, Nov. 20, in Forest City, Iowa at 6pm.

November 17, 2018 - 11:33 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt never trailed an forged an 82-62 win on the road Saturday afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska over the College of Saint Mary Flames

Dordt got a three-point basket by Payton Harmsen and an Erika Feenstra basket to lead 5-0- right away and never relinquished the lead.

Dordt scored five off the last six points of the first quarter to lead 25-17 at the break and then tacked on six more to start the second quarter. The hosts never got closer than ten the rest of the half and Dordt led 41-29 at the intermission.

Dordt pushed the lead up to 67-38 late in the third quarter as Annie Rhinesmith and Harmsen hit back to back three-point shots and Rachel Evavold added a free throw as the Defenders put the game out of reach.

The lead was in between 25 and 18 points the rest of the game before Dordt settled for the 82-62 win.