September 18, 2018 - 4:20 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Park (Mo.) remains in the No. 1 spot in the latest edition of the 2018 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday.

Park is one of three undefeated teams in the Top 25 poll. What sets the Pirates apart from the other two teams though is that they have not dropped a set to date.

Dordt jumps two spots in this week’s edition to tenth, while Northwestern nudges up to 15th.

2018 Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Sept. 18)

1 1 Park (Mo.) [19] 11-0 560
2 2 Grand View (Iowa) [1] 12-0 542
3 3 Columbia (Mo.) 12-1 522
4 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 13-2 505
5 5 Viterbo (Wis.) 13-3 486
6 6 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 13-1 471
7 8 Midland (Neb.) 12-2 451
8 9 Missouri Baptist 13-2 430
9 10 Southern Oregon 14-0 418
10 12 Dordt (Iowa) 9-2 396
11 7 Westmont (Calif.) 11-2 367
12 14 College of Idaho 10-4 361
13 11 Hastings (Neb.) 8-2 336
14 25 The Master’s (Calif.) 14-3 315
15 16 Northwestern (Iowa) 11-4 289
16 19 Saint Francis (Ind.) 18-2 272
17 21 Eastern Oregon 10-4 236
18 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 9-1 233
19 17 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 14-3 229
20 23 Montana Tech 10-6 225
21 13 Vanguard (Calif.) 14-2 224
22 24 Bellevue (Neb.) 10-4 190
23 19 Madonna (Mich.) 11-1 174
24 NR McPherson (Kan.) 14-1 155
24 NR Central Methodist (Mo.) 14-1 155

Dropped from the rankings: No. 15 Providence (Mont.) and No. 22 Doane (Neb.)

Others receiving votes: SAGU (Texas) 107, Jamestown (N.D.) 90, Carroll (Mont.) 39, Providence (Mont.) 29, Corban (Ore.) 26, Reinhardt (Ga.) 22, Campbellsville (Ky.) 17, Marian (Ind.) 13, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 13, Morningside (Iowa) 10, Ottawa (Kan.) 9, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 5, Southeastern (Fla.) 3

September 18, 2018 - 4:19 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lauryn Hilger of Northwestern (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Valorie Flick of Saint Francis (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Marija Djonovic of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA National Volleyball Setter of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.

The trio was selected based on their performances from Sept. 10-16 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Hilger posted double-digit kills in each of Northwestern’s wins last week over No. 12 Dordt (Iowa) and RV Jamestown (N.D.). with 34 kills, 4.86 kills/set, a 0.500 attack percentage, and also added 14 digs, four service aces and two block assists to her stat line

September 18, 2018 - 11:57 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 10-16, 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 Volleyball Players-of-the-Week

Attacker – Lauryn Hilger, Northwestern College (Outside Hitter)

Northwestern’s Lauryn Hilger is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Attacker-of-the-Week. Hilger, a senior, from Omaha, Nebraska, hit .500 and put down 4.9 kills per set against #12 Dordt and (RV) Jamestown. She recorded double figures in both matches and has hit for 10+ kills in 13 of the 15 matches played. She also averaged two digs per set (totaled 14) and served four aces for the 16th-ranked Red Raiders.

Setter- Jamie De Jager, Dordt College

Jamie De Jager of Dordt College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Setter-of-the-Week. De Jager, a senior from Sioux Center, Iowa, guided the Defenders to a pair of wins last week, including a 3-1 win over 16th-ranked Northwestern. She finished with week with a total of 79 assists, averaging 11.29 assists per set. In addition, she had four blocks, three kills and a pair of ace serves for the 12th-ranked Defenders.

Defender – Aubrey Drake, Dordt College (Libero)

Dordt’s Aubrey Drake is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Defender-of-the-Week. Drake, a senior from Rock Island, Illinois, had 14 digs in a win against Northwestern and 24 digs in a sweep of Dakota Wesleyan. For the week she also added two ace serves for the 12th-ranked Defenders.

September 18, 2018 - 10:04 am - Posted in Sports

Tyler Limmer and Connor Tupper earned GPAC Player of the Week honors Tuesday as announced by the league office. The awards are presented by the Great Plains Athletic Conference and Hauff Mid-America Sports.

Limmer, a senior, from Brandon, South Dakota, was integral in the upset of 14th-ranked Marymount California University, scoring the first goal of the night and earning the assist on the game winner. Limmer also scored the first two goals of the night against the Golden Eagles of La Sierra University. He only played 45 minutes in that match. Limmer has five goals and six assists on the season after seven games played.

Tupper, a senior, from Omaha, Nebraska, played a pivotal role in the Red Raiders 3-2 upset of 14th-ranked Marymount California. Tupper made numerous plays in the back that helped keep the Raiders in front. He also helped the team register a shutout against La Sierra.

The Raiders return to action Wednesday night as they host the University of Jamestown in their first GPAC match of the year.

September 18, 2018 - 9:28 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College held its position in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ poll released by the national office Monday.

The unbeaten Red Raiders are ranked fifth for the second straight week, totaling 308 points. They are one of two teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the top five (Morningside-2nd) and one of four league teams recognized in this week’s poll (Briar Cliff, Midland-receiving votes). Northwestern is 3-0 on the season.

Saint Francis (Ind.), the two-time defending national champion, owns the top spot once again, earning all 16 first place votes. Morningside, Southern Oregon, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and the Red Raiders round out the top five. 15 of the teams ranked in the top 25 are still unbeaten.

Northwestern heads to Mitchell, S.D. to play Dakota Wesleyan for a night game on Saturday, Sept. 22.

2018 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll Two (Sept. 17)

1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) [16] 3-0 366
2 2 Morningside (Iowa) 3-0 351
3 3 Southern Oregon 3-0 339
4 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-0 324
5 5 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-0 308
6 6 Marian (Ind.) 2-0 294
7 7 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-1 278
8 8 Concordia (Mich.) 3-0 253
9 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-1 237
10 11 Evangel (Mo.) 4-0 234
11 10 Grand View (Iowa) 2-1 231
12 12 Baker (Kan.) 2-1 204
13 13 Langston (Okla.) 1-0 194
14 16 Kansas Wesleyan 3-0 165
15 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 2-1 161
16 17 Cumberlands (Ky.) 3-0 155
17 19 Bethel (Tenn.) 3-0 145
18 18 Southeastern (Fla.) 2-0 139
19 20 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 106
20 21 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 2-2 98
21 22 Arizona Christian 3-0 87
22 NR Montana Western 3-0 85
23 14 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 2-2 41
24 23 Montana Tech 2-1 33
25 NR Faulkner (Ala.) 2-1 26

Dropped from the Top 25: Midland (Neb.), Sterling (Kan.)

Others Receiving Votes: Webber International (Fla.) 23, Avila (Mo.) 11, SAGU (Texas) 9, Midland (Neb.) 5, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 3, Tabor (Kan.) 3, Siena Heights (Mich.) 3.

September 17, 2018 - 2:09 pm - Posted in Sports

The second RPI rankings are out according to the IAHSAA. Spirit Lake leads the area teams ranked 4th in Class 2A,  BHRV fell to 11th, and Sheldon jumps to 15th. Class 1A features West Sioux in 18th and West Lyon at 19th. Unity Christian fell to 27th. Hinton leads Class A area teams by being ranked 8th, Akron-Westfield is 16th, and HMS comes in at 26th.

Class 4A

Class 3A

Class 2A

Class 1A

Class A


September 17, 2018 - 12:08 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest Radio Iowa Football poll is out, and Spirit Lake slides up into the 2 spot, while Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley falls from first to third. Class 1A features West Lyon up two spots to 6th, and West Sioux back in the rankings to #9. In Class A, Hinton makes their debut at the 9 spot.

Class 4A
1. WDM Valley (4-0) LW #1 @ C.B. Thomas Jefferson
2. Cedar Falls (4-0) LW #3 @ Dubuque Hempstead
3. Ankeny Centennial (4-0) LW #5 vs Marshalltown
4. Bettendorf (3-1) LW #2 vs C.R. Washington
5. Iowa City West (3-1) LW #6 vs Pleasant Valley
6. Dowling Catholic (2-2) LW #4 vs Ankeny
7. Johnston (3-1) LW #7 @ DSM East
8. Waukee (2-2) LW #8 @ Mason City
9. Cedar Rapids Prairie (3-1) LW #9 vs Dubuque Senior
10.Indianola (4-0) LW #10 @ Ottumwa

Class 3A
1. Lewis Central (4-0) LW #1 @ Creston
2. Cedar Rapids Xavier (4-0) LW #2 @ Maquoketa
3. Pella (4-0), LW #3 @ Knoxville
4. Solon (4-0) LW #4 @ Fort Madison
5. Sioux City Heelan (4-0) LW #5 vs #9 Sergeant Bluff-Luton
6. North Scott (3-1) LW #6 @ Central DeWitt
7. Western Dubuque (3-1) LW #7 vs Dubuque Wahlert
8. Waverly-Shell Rock (4-0) LW #9 vs Decorah
9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (3-1) LW #10 @ #5 Heelan
10.Clear Creek-Amana (4-0) LW (X) vs Iowa City Liberty

Class 2A
1. PCM (Monroe) (4-0) LW #2 vs #9 Chariton
2. Spirit Lake (4-0) LW #3 vs Estherville Lincoln Central
3. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (3-1) LW #1 vs Central Lyon
4. Benton (4-0) LW #4 @ Union (LaPorte City)
5. Waukon (3-1) LW #5 vs Monticello
6. Clear Lake (3-1) LW #7 vs Hampton-Dumont
7. Green County (4-0) LW #8 vs Shenandoah
8. Algona (4-0) LW #9 vs Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
9. Chariton (4-0) LW (X) @ #1 PCM
10.West Marshall (3-1) LW #10 @ Roland-Story

Class 1A
1. Van Meter (4-0) LW #1 @ ACGC
2. West Branch (4-0) LW #2 @ #7 Bellevue
3. Dike-New Hartford (4-0) LW #3 @ North Linn
4. South Central Calhoun (4-0) LW #4 @ Ogden
5. Wilton (3-1) LW #5 vs Sigourney-Keota
6. West Lyon (3-1) LW #8 vs Emmetsburg
7. Bellevue (4-0) LW (X) vs #2 West Branch
8. Mediapolis (4-0) LW (X) vs Wapello
9. West Sioux (3-1) LW (X) vs Sibley-Ocheyedan
10.Sumner-Fredricksburg (4-0) LW (X) @ Lake Mills

Class A
1. Hudson (4-0) LW #1 vs BCLUW
2. Algona Garrigan (4-0) LW #2 @ #4 West Hancock
3. AHSTW (Avoca) (4-0) LW #3 vs Oakland Riverside
4. West Hancock (3-1) LW #4 vs #2 Garrigan
5. Saint Ansgar (3-1) LW #5 vs Nashua-Plainfield
6. North Tama (3-1) LW #6 @ East Buchanan
7. Pekin (3-1) LW #8 @ Cardinal (Eldon)
8. Hinton (4-0) LW (X) vs Akron-Westfield
9. Highland (Riverside) (4-0) LW #9 vs BGM
10.Belmond-Klemme (4-0) LW (X) @ West Fork

1. Don Bosco (4-0) LW #1 @ Tripoli
2. Newell-Fonda (4-0) LW #2 @ River Valley
3. Turkey Valley (4-0) LW #3 @ Central City
4. Iowa Valley (5-0) LW #4 Idle
5. New London (4-0) LW #5 vs Tri-County
6. Exira-EHK (4-0) LW #6 @ CAM (Anita)
7. Midland (Wyoming) (4-1) LW #7 @ Central Elkader
8. AR-WE-VA (4-0) LW #8 vs Remsen St. Mary’s
9. S.E. Warren (5-0) LW #10 vs East Union
10.Northwood-Kensett (4-0) LW #10 @ Riceville

Orange City Iowa — Three Northwestern College graduates will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 29. The honorees, along with the 2018–19 Red Raider Club Coaches of the Year and Barnabas Award recipients, will be recognized at a luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Vermeer South Dining Room and at halftime of the football game against Doane, which starts at 1:30 p.m.

Kendra De Jong of Hospers, Phil Kooistra of Rock Valley and Sara (Kernes) Nessa of Alton will bring the number of Hall of Famers to 116. Aaron Aberson of Orange City and Julie (Jansen) Oldenkamp of Sioux Center 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. Barnabas Award winners are TJ Philips of Sioux Falls and Josh Van Es of Orange City.

De Jong graduated from Northwestern in 2013 and earned NAIA first team All-American honors in basketball her last three seasons, including being named the national player of the year as a senior. She also was named to the WBCA All-American first team in 2013 and 2012 and earned honorable mention recognition in 2011. Named to the all-tournament team three times at nationals, De Jong is the leading rebounder in school history, with 1,231. She also is third in scoring with 2,388 points, and third in steals, with 248. De Jong also earned All-American honors as a high jumper in track in 2012 and 2010 and garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition in both sports.A 2009 graduate of Unity Christian High School, De Jong is a nurse at Orange City Area Health System and works on the family farm.

Kooistra, a 2007 graduate of Northwestern, was a four-year letter winner on the football team’s offensive line. He earned first team all-conference honors in 2005 and 2006 and was named a Victory Sports Network second team All-American as a senior. Kooistra was selected as the Raiders’ most valuable offensive lineman his last two years. He went on to play for two championship teams with the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League. A 2003 graduate of Rock Valley Community High School, Kooistra is a truck driver for Van Kekerix Brothers.

Nessa, a 2006 Northwestern alumna, sits atop a number of categories in the Raiders’ women’s soccer record book. A forward who was the 2005 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) player of the year and an All-American honorable mention, Nessa is the school’s leader in career goals, 57; career assists, 23; career points per game, 2.58; goals per season, 29 in 2005; and assists per season, 10 as a senior. She twice scored four goals in a game, which ties her as Northwestern’s leader in that category as well. Nessa’s honors also included first team all-conference recognition in 2004 and honorable mention in 2003 and 2002.A 2002 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Nessa teaches special education at MOC-Floyd Valley High School.

Oldenkamp, a 2001 Northwestern alumna, is in her 11th year as head volleyball coach at Sioux Center High School, where she also serves as a counselor. She led the 2017 team to second place in Iowa Class 3A and a record of 34-6. Overall, her teams have compiled a 319-114 record. Oldenkamp, who graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1997, has earned state coach of the year honors and was named district coach of the year three times.

Aberson, Northwestern’s head men’s golf coach, graduated from NWC in 2006. Now in his ninth year at the helm of the Raiders, he has led them to six GPAC championships and been named the league’s coach of the year six times. His teams have competed in the NAIA national tournament six years, with the 2018 squad finishing 18th. Over the years he has coached three GPAC golfers of the year and three All-Americans. He graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High School in 2002.

Philips, a 2009 Northwestern alumnus, was a three-year member of the varsity basketball team and was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete as a junior and senior. A 2005 graduate of Le Mars Community High School, he is an assistant actuary for the Sammons Financial Group.

Van Es also graduated in 2009 and was on the basketball team. He was a four-year letter winner who earned honorable mention all-conference recognition in 2006. A 2005 graduate of MOC-Floyd Valley High School, he manages the Walmart in Sioux Center.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon. Tickets are $10 apiece. For more information, contact Kara Smit in Northwestern’s athletic department, 712-707-7280 or

September 17, 2018 - 9:39 am - Posted in Sports

A native of Rock Valley, Iowa, Deb Remmerde-Leusink ended her playing career at Northwestern College with a 108-26 record, including a 2006 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship semifinals appearance, a 2007 quarter finalist finish and ultimately a 2008 National Championship title for her team.

Remmerde-Leusink is the Red Raiders’ all-time leading scorer (3,854 points), which ranks second in NAIA history, and also holds several other career records at Northwestern, including three-point field goals made (481), three-point percentage (.542) and free throw percentage (.958). A sharp-shooter from anywhere on the court, she also holds the record for the most points in a single NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship, tallying 177 points in the 2008 event, nabbing Tournament MVP honors in the process. She was a four-time NAIA First Team All-American, while also earning NAIA National Player of the Year accolades in both 2006 and 2008.

Following her standout career at Northwestern College, Remmerde-Leusink received a tryout with the Houston Comets of the WNBA, and eventually went on to play professionally for a brief stint in Germany before suffering a career-ending injury. She began her coaching career in 2009 with a graduate assistant position at South Dakota State University, before returning to her alma mater in 2011 as an assistant coach under current Red Raiders’ leader, Chris Yaw. Remmerde-Leusink is a member of the Northwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame. She currently resides in her hometown of Rock Valley, Iowa, with her husband Barry, and is a full-time stay at home mom to their three young children.

September 15, 2018 - 10:45 pm - Posted in Sports

Jacob Kalogonis rushed for two touchdowns and the Raider D added two more scores as No.5 Northwestern cruised to a 49-20 win over #24 Midland in the Red Raiders home opener.

The Red Raiders stay unbeaten on the year, improving to 2-0 in the GPAC, 3-0 overall, and Midland loses for the first time this season, falling to 2-1 on the year.

Kalogonis was the catalyst for the Red Raider offense, carrying the ball 18 times for 158 yards and two scores, averaging over eight yards per attempt. This was his second 100-yard game of the season and 14th for his career. Tyson Kooima was equally impressive as the dual threat quarterback rushed for a touchdown and threw for two more, accounting for over 300 yards of total offense.

The Raider D forced three Midland turnovers, leading to 21 points. Both Noah Van’t Hof and Liam Stubbe ran back interceptions for touchdowns and a forced fumble by Jed Van’t Hof and recovered by Ben Granstra turned into a long touchdown on the very next play as Kooima connected with Canon Flores for a 31-yard scoring strike.

Northwestern totaled nearly 500 yards of offense and showcased a balanced attack with 256 yards rushing and 230 through the air. Kooima completed 11-of-17 passes for 230 yards and two scores, competing passes to six different receivers. Shane Solberg made the most of his two catches, totaling 103 yards, and both Jared Nelson and Cade Moser totaled three catches for 51 and 41 yards, respectively.

Midland jumped out to an early lead, marching down the field on a nine-play, 77-yard drive finished off with a Payton Nelson two-yard pass to Jacob Ellis for a 6-0 lead. Northwestern responded immediately on its first drive as Kalogonis scored on a 21-yard run to cap a four-play, 62-yard drive and a 7-6 lead. Both teams would score again before the first quarter ended with Midland retaking its lead with a Lukas Vopnford four-yard scamper. The Warriors’ final lead was short-lived as Northwestern came back with its quick-strike offense, going 87 yards on four plays and finished off with a 15-yard pass to Moser.

The teams went scoreless in the second quarter and with Northwestern leading 14-13 at the break, Coach McCarty’s squad put another touchdown on the board with a 60-yard run by Kalogonis just moments into the third quarter. Following the quarterback sack and forced fumble by Van’t Hof, Kooima found Flores for a 31-yard score and 28-13 lead. On Midland’s next offensive series, Noah Van’t Hof intercepted a Nelson pass and ran it back 38 yards to put his team on top 35-13 at the end of the third quarter.

Midland scored its final touchdown early in fourth quarter when Noal Oswald connected with Jordan Jackson for a 12-yard scoring strike. The Red Raider offense scored its final touchown on a 12-yard scamper by Kooima and Stubbe capped the game’s scoring on his pick six, running it back from 35-yards out.

Sean Powell totaled a team-high eight stops on defense, followed by both Noah Van’t Hof and Bryce Van Beek with seven. Garrett Sayler added six tackles and Tanner Machacek registered five stops.

Nelson led the Midland offense with 234 yards combined rushing and passing. The dual-threat quarterback rushed 11 times for 65 yards and completed 14-of-32 passes for 169 yards and a score.

Northwestern will head to Mitchell, S.D. to play Dakota Wesleyan for a night game on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Joe Quintal Field.