Site assignments are out for the boys Sectional and District Golf Tournaments. Sectional play will be on Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th with District play on Friday, May 18th.

The Sheldon Orab boys will play in a sectional hosted by Okoboji at Emerald Hills. The rest of the field includes Emmetsburg, Estherville-Lincoln Central, Okoboji, Rock Valley, Sibley-Ocheyedan, West Lyon. and Western Christian. Teams and individuals advancing from the sectionals will play their district meet at Landsmeer Golf Course on Thursday, May 17 at 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Unity Christian High School.

Other area 2A teams will play at Hinton at the Deer Run Golf Course on Friday, May 11th. Those teams include Alta-Aurelia, Cherokee, Hinton, Manson-NW Webster, Pocahontas Area, Sioux Central, Unity Christian, and West Sioux.

Class 1A area golfers will be at two different sites. On Friday, May 11th, Akron-Westfield, Boyden-Hull, Central Lyon, Gehlen Catholic, George-Little Rock, Harris-Lake Park, and Trinity Christian will be at Rolling Hills Country Club. At the Brookside Golf course will be Clay Central-Everly, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Kingsley-Pierson, MMCRU, Ridge View, South O’Brien and Remsen St. Mary’s. Teams and individuals advancing from the 1A sectionals will play their district meet at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday, May 17 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by St. Edmond, Fort Dodge.

Spencer will host Class 3A area golf teams on Thursday, May 10th at the Spencer Golf and Country Club. Those teams are Algona, Humboldt, LeMars, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sioux Center, Spencer, Spirit Lake, and Storm Lake. Teams and individuals advancing from the sectional will play their district meet at Lake Creek Country Club on Friday, May 18 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Storm Lake.




March 20, 2018 - 11:07 am - Posted in Sports

Keaton Van Roekel, of Hull, has signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career at Northwestern College next fall.

Van Roekel is in his fourth season playing for Boyden-Hull High School. A two-time all-conference selection, Van Roekel helped lead his team to a fifth place finish at the state tournament as a junior. He has personal bests of 38 on nine holes and 78 on 18. Van Roekel plans to major in business management at Northwestern and is the son of Les and Gwen.

“We are very excited to add Keaton to the Red Raider golf team,” commented Northwestern head coach Aaron Aberson. “He is a hard worker who really enjoys the game of golf, and I expect him to add some good depth to our line-up. I’m looking forward to seeing him grow, both on and off the course, over the next four years.”

March 20, 2018 - 8:21 am - Posted in Sports

Adam Viet, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender soccer program.

Viet has scored 24 goals and assisted on 14 in 47 games played for the Knights and helped the Knights to a conference championship in 2016. Viet has earned all-conference honors three times entering his senior season. A multi-sport athlete, Viet earned District Punter of the Year honors this past season, was named to the Academic All-State team and was a Iowa Class 1A All-State Third-Team selection.

“Adam is a great athlete, and works very hard. He fits in great with our guys. Adam is also a great fit for Dordt College, on many levels. We are thrilled that Adam has decided on Dordt College,” said Dordt College associate head soccer coach Craig Stiemsma.

Adam is the son of Jim and Mandy Viet of Hawarden, Iowa. He plans to study Chemistry at Dordt College.

March 20, 2018 - 8:21 am - Posted in Sports

Cori De Jong, a senior at Western Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender track and field program.

De Jong has qualified for the state meet three times in the high jump and once for the Drake Relays. She has a personal best of 5-7 in the high jump and won a state title in 2015 and has back to back third place finishes at the state meet the last two seasons.

“We are excited for Cori to join our high jump crew!” said Dordt College head track and field coach Craig Heynen. “Cori is an excellent high jumper, and she has achieved high levels of success in the event. She is very athletic, and there is room for her to continue to improve her skills as a jumper. Cori has a great attitude and she will be a great teammate. She will contribute to the team in multiple ways, and we look forward to working with her.”

Cori is the daughter of Greg and Jackie De Jong of Sheldon, Iowa. She plans to study Business Administration at Dordt College.

Sioux Center Iowa — The Defender Gold Club/American State Bank High School All-Star Basketball Games were held Saturday, March 17 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt College’s campus in Sioux Center. The game has been an annual event since 1996. MVP’s of the event included Jaden Kleinhesselink of Sheldon for the White Team, Caleb Harmsen of Western for the Gray Team. For the girls MVP honors went to Ashtyn Veerbeek of Western and Jordyn Van Maanen of Sioux Center. The girls 3 point contest winner was Paytin Hagberg of Cherokee. The boys contest went to Caleb Harmsen of Western Christian.

In the boys contest the White team led at halftime 43-30 and went on to down the Gray team 97-77. Brendan Zeutenhorst of Sioux Center led the scoring with 16 points. Jaden Kleinhesselink of Sheldon was next with 14 to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Malachi Van Wyhe of West Lion also hit for 14 points. Tyus Arends of Sioux Center dropped in 12. Jason Taylor of Rock Valley netted 11 while Micah Meyer of West Lyon hit for 10.

In the girls contest the White team led 38-19 at the half and went on to a 67-59 win. Ashtyn VeerBeek of Western Christian hit for 20 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Wolfpack team mate Jessi De Jager with 10 points. Jordyn Van Maanen of Sioux Center led the Black team with 15 points while dishing out 3 assists with 5 steals. Mia Hoogeveen of West Lyon joined her in double figures with 11 points.

The Defender Gold Club High School All Star Game has been an annual event since 1996 involving players form the Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conferences.

March 18, 2018 - 7:49 am - Posted in Sports

Colton Kooima won the 2018 and 5th Annual NABC-NAIA Three-Point Shooting Contest, presented by U.S. Bank this afternoon at the NAIA D-I Men’s Basketball National Quarterfinals in Kansas City, Mo.

One of four competitors from the entire NAIA (D-I and D-II) to compete in Saturday’ event, Kooima defeated Will Hill (Rio Grande-Ohio) in the finals by matching the single-round record with 21 points, one point better than Hill.

Each contestant got 60 seconds to hit as many 3-pointers as they could from five racks with five basketballs on each. The first four basketballs were worth one point and the “money” ball, or final ball, could earn the shooter two points.

Hill held the early advantage following the first round, piling up 20 points to hold a two-point edge over Kooima with 18 points. Brandon Scott (Science & Arts of Oklahoma) and Reed Dungan (Dalton State-Ga.) each posted 17 points in the opening set of shots, missing out on the finals by a single point.

“I feel like I shot the ball well,” said Kooima, whose Northwestern team advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. “The first round was frustrating because I was missing shots early and I couldn’t get into much of a groove. In the second round, I made shots early and really was able to get going.”

“Getting to compete here was a special opportunity. The crowd was great and helped me get going. I was lucky to get nominated to participate in an event like this.”

March 16, 2018 - 12:59 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Cade Moser, of Rock Valley has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next fall.

Moser is a 6’3”, 165-pound wide receiver and defensive back who played three years for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley High School football team. Moser led the Nighthawks with 47 catches for 939 yards and nine touchdowns, earning first team all-state honors at wide receiver as a senior. Moser combined for nearly 500 yards in the return game, averaging a remarkable 20 yards gained every time he touched the ball. On defense, he totaled 13.5 tackles to go with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He helped lead the Nighthawks to the state semifinals with a 10-2 record as a senior and to the state championship his junior year. Moser earned all-district honors and plans to major in elementary education at Northwestern. He is the son of Brian and Melissa.

“Cade is an explosive athlete who had an outstanding career playing for a top-notch high school program at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley,” commented Northwestern head coach Matt McCarty. “He is a threat to score every time he touches the ball and will be a dynamic playmaker for our offense. We are thrilled that Cade will be part of our Red Raider football program and look forward to the impact he will have on our team and campus community.”

March 16, 2018 - 10:30 am - Posted in Sports

Madi Rozeboom, a senior at Rock Valley High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the dance program at Dordt College.

Rozeboom competed in the 2017 Danza National Dance Competition and has earned several first place and high scoring solo placements with special awards for Best Presentation and Best Emotional Execution. She also claimed the “Rock Star” award at JUMP dance for incredible presentation. Rozeboom auditioned for and trained with the Radio City Rockette Intensive in New York City, auditioned for and trained at the Pace University’s Fall Intensive in New York City. She cheered at the State IHSAA the last two seasons and earned distinguished academic achievement from the IHSAA in 2016 and 2017 and served as cheer captain in 2017.

“We are beyond excited to have Madi joining our dance team next year. She comes from a very strong studio and dance competition background, and she will be a great asset to the team! She possesses the technical skills and the experience that make her a very well rounded dancer, and we can’t wait for her to showcase these skills in our upcoming performances next year,” said Dordt College coach Mel Knobloch.

Madi is the daughter of Travis and Karisa Rozoeboom of Rock Valley, Iowa. She plans to study Health and Human Performance at Dordt College.

March 16, 2018 - 9:03 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College seniors Colton Kooima and Nathan Wedel were both named first team NAIA All-American by the national office and the D-II championship committee. This marks the first time in program history that two Red Raiders received first team recognition in the same year.

Kooima, a repeat first team selection, led the conference in scoring at 21.6 points per game. Kooima ended fifth in the league with 87 three-pointers, shooting 39% from beyond the arc, and also ranked sixth with 119 assists. He scored in double figures in 26 of his 33 games played and recorded 20 games with 20+ points. Kooima finished his career second all-time in scoring (2,441pts) and three-pointers made (309) and 13th all-time with 368 assists. He also holds the school record for points in a game, scoring 51 in his team’s win over Concordia earlier this season.

Wedel takes home the national honor for the first time after earning all-conference honors all four years. Wedel ranked second in the GPAC in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game, and sixth in rebounding (6.6 per game). The senior shot 57% from the field also dished out a team-high 125 assists, fourth best in the GPAC. Wedel finished the season with six double-doubles and scored in double figures in 32 of his 33 games played.

Northwestern, under the direction of head coach Kris Korver, finished the season with a 26-7 record, losing to Saint Francis (Ind.) in the second round of the NAIA D-II Men’s Basketball National Championship.

March 16, 2018 - 9:02 am - Posted in Sports

Two Red Raiders, Renee Maneman and Kassidy De Jong, received NAIA All-American honors for the 2017-18 season as announced by the national office Thursday.

Maneman, a three-time all-conference selection, was named to the nine-player second team and takes home the national honor for the first time. The senior point guard had an outstanding final season as the Red Raiders floor general, averaging a career-best 11.3 points per game. She shot nearly 50% from the field and led the NAIA in assists (285) for the second consecutive season. Maneman scored in double figures in 20 games this season and posted seven double-doubles (points / assists). The senior closed her career with 1,014 points (32nd all-time), 538 rebounds (29th), 204 steals (11th) and as the program’s all-time leader in assists (784).

De Jong, now a three-time All-American, earned honorable mention recognition this season. The junior


guard ranked second in the GPAC in both scoring (17.1) and rebounding (8.2) while shooting 45% from the field. De Jong scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games played and accounted for 11 double-doubles.

Northwestern, under the direction of head coach Chris Yaw, finished with a 25-9 record and lost in Monday’s national semifinal.