April 13, 2021 - 3:46 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa — With her 31st place finish at the NAIA National Cross Country Championship at Seminole Valley in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dordt’s Jessica Kampman (Sophomore; Abbotsford, British Columbia) earned NAIA All-American status for the 2020-21 school year.

Kampman ran first for the Defenders in helping them to an eight place finish at the National Championship and she ran an 18:28 on the 5,000 meter course.

Kampman is the seventh Defender women’s runner to claim All-American honors since 1995.

Finishers in the top-40 at the NAIA National Championship are considered All-Americans

Kansas City, Missouri — Northwestern College is one of the 16 teams to earn a spot in the NAIA Football Championship Series announced by the national office Sunday.

Ranked sixth in the final coaches’ poll released earlier this evening, Northwestern earned an at-large bid and will host 10th-ranked Dickinson State on Saturday, April 17 at 1pm at DeValois Stadium, Korver Field.

The full field features 12 automatic qualifiers (teams that win their conference regular-season title) and four at-large berths, determined by the NAIA Football National Selection Committee. Teams earning an at-large berth must be ranked in the Top 20 of the final NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll.

Northwestern is one three teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship field, joining Morningside and Dordt.

Northwestern is making its fourth straight and 22nd overall appearance in the football championship series, tied for the second most among this year’s field (Carroll-Montana has 23). The Raiders four consecutive appearances is tied for the longest streak in program history (1982-85). Head Coach Matt McCarty’s squad is one of 10 teams that return from the 2019 FCS field.

The Raiders hold a 21-19 overall record in the postseason, winning two titles (1973, 83) and reaching the quarterfinals six times, most recently in 2017.

Northwestern is 1-2 all-time against Dickinson State with all three match-ups taking place since the 2016 season. This will be the second time the teams have played in the NAIA FCS; the Raiders lost to Dickinson State 14-6 in the first round of the 2018 postseason.

First look at Dickinson State:
The Blue Hawks qualified by winning the North Star Athletic Association regular season title. They own a perfect 9-0 record and are ranked 10th in the final coaches poll. This will be the program’s 21st appearance in the postseason, owning a 7-20 overall record; the 2020 playoff appearance is the Blue Hawks sixth straight. The program’s best finish in postseason was in 1991 where they reached the semifinals. Pete Stanton is in his 7th season as head coach and 21st as a coach within the program

April 12, 2021 - 10:31 am - Posted in Sports

Kansas City, Missouri — The NAIA announced the playoff qualifiers for its 16-team Football Championship Series on Sunday, April 11, and the Dordt Defenders qualified for the field for the first time in program history.

Dordt will open playoff action against Grand View (Iowa) on Saturday, April 17 at 12:00 pm. The Defenders were one of four teams to earn at-large bids in the field while Grand View qualified after winning the Heart of America North Division Championship and sports a 6-0 record entering the playoffs.

Dordt was 7-2 this season in GPAC play and finished the regular season with an 8-2 mark after a non-conference win in March over Oklahoma Panhandle State.

The Defenders are:
2nd in the NAIA in rushing, averaging 337 yards rushing per game
1st in total scoring offense in the NAIA with 471 points
Leads the NAIA in total yards per game with 559.8
1st in the nation with 41 total sacks.

April 12, 2021 - 10:30 am - Posted in Sports

Kansas City, Missouri — Northwestern College moved up to sixth in the final installment of the NAIA Football Coaches’ poll released Sunday by the national office.

Ranked seventh in the previous four polls, Northwestern climbed one spot to sixth and totaled 333 points in the final edition of the coaches ranking. The Raiders went 8-1 last fall, finishing with eight straight victories, and will likely qualify for the NAIA Football Championship Series that begins April 17.

Northwestern is one of three teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) that appear in the April 11 coaches poll, joining Morningside (1) and Dordt (18).

The top five teams are unchanged from the last week’s coaches poll; Morningside – 1, Grand View – 2, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – 3, Keiser (Fla.)- 4 and Concordia (Mich.) – 5.

2020-21 NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll – Final Poll (April 11)
1  Morningside (Iowa) [17] 8-0 418
2  Grand View (Iowa) [1] 6-0 401
3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7-0 387
4  Keiser (Fla.) 7-0 359
5  Concordia (Mich.) 5-0 354
6  Northwestern (Iowa) 8-1 333
7  Baker (Kan.) 6-0 314
8  Reinhardt (Ga.) 8-0 307
9  Marian (Ind.) 5-1 295
10  Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-0 268
11  Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 8-0 264
12  Arizona Christian 9-1 220
13  Bethel (Kan.) 9-1 207
14  Georgetown (Ky.) 6-1 201
15 College of Idaho 3-1 185
16  Benedictine (Kan.) 8-2 170
17  Saint Francis (Ind.) 2-2 163
18  Dordt (Iowa) 8-2 158
19  Avila (Mo.) 8-1 147
20  Roosevelt (Ill.) 6-1 104
20 Eastern Oregon 3-1 104
22  Carroll (Mont.) 3-1 67
23  Ottawa (Ariz.) 4-1 57
24 Southwestern (Kan.) 6-2 49
25  Kansas Wesleyan 8-2 36
Dropped Out: Valley City State (N.D.)

Receiving Votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 19, Southeastern (Fla.) 13, Faulkner (Ala.) 9, and St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Dordt Defender baseball team will be hosting a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10 against Northwestern. The Friday baseball games will start at 4:00 pm and the Saturday contests will begin at 1:00.

Northwestern is 11-17 this season and 4-8 in the GPAC.  Northwestern went 3-1 in their last four games with Dakota Wesleyan on April 1 and 3.  The Raiders’ other win in league play is a 5-2 win over Morningside.

Colton Harold is batting .351 with 34 hits and eight homeruns with 34 runs batted in. Sutton Derr has 36 hits and is batting .346 ad Kip Cullinan is good for a .315 batting average and 29 hits.

Brady Roberts is 3-3 with a 3.43 earned run average in 42 innings and he has struck out 38 batters. Dylan Kirkeby is 2-1 with 31 strikeouts in 32 innings and Brett Shelton is 3-3 with 46 strikeouts in 38 innings with a 4.50 earned run average.

Dordt is 10-20 this season with a 3-0 GPAC mark.  Dordt lost a pair of close games to Morningside last Friday and then split with Jamestown on Saturday.

Logan Cline is batting .431 with 47 hits and has five homeruns with 24 runs batted in and 21 stolen bases. John Emerson is batting .413 with nine doubles and Chase Edwards is batting .371 with eight doubles and four homeruns and a team high 40 runs batted in.

Nick Yeager is 3-2 with a 4.96 earned run average in nine relief appearances and Gyengju Kim is 3-3 with a 4.07 earned run average and 63 strikeouts in 42 innings. Luke Turner has pitched 33 innings and has 35 strikeouts.

April 8, 2021 - 10:49 pm - Posted in Sports

Cedar Rapids, Iowa — The Northwestern College men’s cross country team, and Northwestern women’s Cross Country Team runners Anna Hiebner and Hunter Koepke are set to compete at the 2020-21 NAIA National Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Raider ladies will compete in the 5K race on Friday, April 9 at 10:30am, and the Raiders men will hit the 8K course on Friday, April 9 at 11:30am on the Seminole Valley Cross Country Course.

Anna Hiebner has been the Raiders top runner in four of the six races this season. She earned all-conference honors, placing eighth at the 2020 GPAC Championships last fall. Hiebner has three top 10 finishes this season and ran a personal best of 18:34 at the Briar Cliff Invite. She is running in her first NAIA Championship.

Hunter Koepke has been among the Raiders top three runners in every meet this season. She was the team’s top finisher last time out, at the Mustangs Preview, where she ran a personal best 18:54. Koepke is a two-time national qualifier and earned all-conference recognition for the second time, placing 11th at the GPAC Championship. She placed 183rd out 345 runners at last year’s NAIA event with a time of 19:59.

.Northwestern was ranked 17th in the final coaches’ poll released by the NAIA on March 30 and finished among the top four teams in four of the five meets last fall.

Nick Bernhagen has been the team’s fifth or sixth runner in all four meets he competed in. Bernhagen ran a personal best (26:33) at the Mount Marty Invite last fall and is running in his second NAIA Championship (also in 2017).

Riley Chartier ran a personal best 27:36 at the Morningside Invite, the second race held last fall. Chartier is making his first national championship appearance.

Levi Cross earned all-conference honors after finishing 10th at the GPAC Championship with a season-best 8K time of 26:55. Cross was the team’s No.4 or No.3 runner in three meets last fall is running in his first national championship.

Dylan Hendricks competing at nationals for the third time (qualified as part of the 2017 team and as an individual in 2018). Hendricks was the team’s top runner in all five meets he competed in; earned all-conference honors for the second time where he placed fifth overall. Season-best time of 25:44 at Morningside.

Joshua Van Dusseldorp teams No.5 runner in one meet and the seventh runner at the GPAC; ran a career-best time of 26:31 at Mount Marty Invite and is competing at nationals for the first time.

Jakob Van Der Werff among the teams top three runners in four races last fall; earned all-conference honors (9th place) at GPAC Championship; ran a personal best at the Briar Cliff Invite and making his first appearance at nationals.

Ian Wiersma competed in one race last fall and is running at nationals for the first time

April 8, 2021 - 2:42 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840

Black Hawk Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite along shore should start to pick up. Use a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in on the south and southeast boat ramps. Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s. Anglers continue to pick up perch, crappie, and walleye in the marina. Expect shore fishing action to pick up. Black Crappie – Good: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Most have had good luck in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch 8- to 11-inch perch in the marina with minnows fished on a jig. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or gizzard shad fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Throw a twister or fish a minnow or leach under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions.

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s in most district lakes. Expect shore fishing action to pick up as these water temperatures continue to increase. DNR crews are currently netting walleye on the walleye broodstock lakes. More reports will be available as we receive them. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-50’s. The courtesy docks are in at all the boat ramps and the fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom. Walleye – Good: Walleye are biting. Try a jig and minnow or crankbaits fished near the outlet and around the island after sunset. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties. Yellow Bass – Fair: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties.

Crystal Lake
The courtesy docks are in and the fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try dark colored plastics fished around vegetation.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Dordt will compete in the NAIA National Championship Cross Country Meet on Friday, April 9 at Seminole Valley in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The women’s race will start at 10:30 AM and the men’s race will get underway at 11:30 AM.

Dordt’s women’s lineup will include: Taylor Anema, Jessica Kampman, Eden Winslow, Anika Homan, Brenna Tolkamp, Margaret Myskowski and Mary Kate Postma.

The men’s lineup will feature: Davis Tebben, Eric Steiger, Jacob Vander Plaats, Nic Veldhorst, Franklin Reinders, Joe Anderson and Thaniel Schroeder.

The women’s race will feature 35 teams and another 98 individuals and this is the 41st Annual NAIA National Women’s Cross Country Championship. Four schools are making their 11th appearance at the event since 2010 and another two have made 10 appearances in the field. Dordt’s women are making their ninth since 2010.

The men’s race has 36 teams and 96 individuals competing on the 8,000 meter course. This the 65th Annual NAIA National Meet for men. Four teams have competed in 11 championships since 2010 in men’s action and one more has made 10 appearances. This is Dordt’s fourth turn in the field since 2010.

Last year the Dordt women finished 23rd in the field at Vancouver, Washington with 541 points. Olivia Couch ran an 18:55 to lead Dordt and finished 46th while Sarah Wensink ran 78th in 19:16. Jordan Bos, Eden Winslow and Sienna De Jong made up the rest of the Dordt scoring five with 115th, 222nd, 228th respectively.

The Dordt men finished 16th last season with Eric Steiger running 57th in 26:00 and Jacob Vander Plaats was 82nd in 26:16. Davis Tebben (103), Joe Anderson (137) and Nicolas Veldhorst (146) made up the rest of the Dordt scoring five and Trey Engen and Brooks De Waard completed the lineup.

The men recorded a 10th place finish at Seminole Valley in 2018 and the women finished 16th. The women’s best finish was in 2014 when they placed fifth one year after taking sixth.

Neither Dordt team has run a cross country meet since November 7 when the Defenders swept the GPAC titles. The women scored 27 points and were led by Taylor Anema’s title winning 18:50 and Eden Winslow was just a second behind to claim runner-up honors. Jordan De Groot, Jessica Kampman and Bethany Ten Haken all finished in the top-15. De Groot will not run in the NAIA Meet due to injury.

The men won their third straight title at Yankton while scoring 34 points. Davis Tebben ran runner-up in 26:09 while Franklin Reinders, Joe Anderson and Eric Steiger ran sixth, seventh and eighth.

Orange City, Iowa — Bekah Horstman put away a season-high 13 kills in leading No.5 Northwestern to a four-set win (25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23) against 10th-ranked Concordia in the GPAC semifinals played tonight at the Bultman Center. Northwestern advances to play in the GPAC Championship match on Saturday, April 10 where they will be paired against top-seed and No.1 Jamestown.

Northwestern improves its record to 19-3 this season and earned its second victory against the Bulldogs, both by 3-1 scores. Concordia moves to 15-4 on the season.

Horstman hit .545 for the match, making just one error in 22 attack attempts, en route to 13 kills and seven blocks in the middle of the Raider offensive attack. Joining her in double figures were Emily Van Ginkel, who smashed down 11 kills and hit nearly .500, A.J. Kacmarynski (11) and Anna Wedel (10).

Set One: 25-22 win
Down by four (15-11), a run of three straight points, finished off by a kill from Kacmarynski, put Northwestern back to within one. Still trailing by two (18-16), the Raiders went ahead for good with a 5-0 run, behind the strong serving by Emilly Strasser coupled with the blocking by Horstman and Lacey Reitz, and finished off by a kill from Wedel. Northwestern traded points with the Bulldogs from there to win the first set

Set Two: 25-22 win
Northwestern outscored the Bulldogs 7-1 for an early 13-7 advantage; Wedel put away two kills, Van Ginkel one and Fink added a block during the run. Concordia responded with the next four points, making it a one-point Raider lead (13-12); but the hosts never let the Bulldogs tie it. The Raiders capitalized on errors by Concordia to go up by three (19-16) and led by by four (24-20 following a kill by Horstman. The Bulldogs scored consecutive points making it 24-22 but missed a serve on the third set point, giving Northwestern the win

Set Three: 25-18 loss
A double block by Wedel and Van Ginkel gave Northwestern its final lead of set three, 8-7. Concordia scored six of the next seven points, however, on kills by Camryn Opfer and blocks from Kalee Wiltfong. Another 3-0 run gave the Bulldogs a commanding 17-11 lead, a lead that Northwestern could not overcome

Set Four: 25-23 win
Six lead changes and 15 ties highlighted a close fourth set; the largest lead for either team in the final set was two. Down by one (21-20), Northwestern put together three consecutive points on kills from Horstman and Kacmarynski and error by Concordia. The Bulldogs rallied to tie the set for the final time at 23-23, getting a kill by Opfer. A missed serve by Concordia set up match point, which Wedel secured with a block

By the Numbers:
Northwestern hit 26% compared to 19% by Concordia; the Raiders hit better than the visitors in three of the four sets. The Raiders had the advantage in blocks (15-7). Lacey Reitz put up 48 assists to go with 10 digs; her eighth double-double of the season. Olivia Granstra led the backrow play with 11 digs.

Concordia was led by Kara Stark with 13 kills while Opfer and Gabi Nordaker contributed 12 kills each

Lincoln, Nebraska — The Dordt Defender women’s golf team finished with an 11th place 722, and Northwestern’s 36-hole total of 725 got them a finish of 12th out of 15 teams after day two of the Concordia Bulldog Invite held in Lincoln, Nebraska on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7.

Dordt shot a two-day total of 362-360=722 and was 18 strokes out of tenth and three strokes in front of 12th place.

All four Northwestern golfers who played in both rounds shot a better score today than in Tuesday’s first round. Kate Wynja was the top Raider finisher, tying for 42nd place with a 179 after shooting a final round 88. Morgan Roberts was not far behind, alone in 47th place, with a 181 (92/89). Freshman Maddie Schrack shot her second best round of the season (89) and finished 50th with a 36-hole total of 183. Taylor Van Ostrand carded her season-best, 88, and tied for 51st with a 185. Sophie Swart shot a 100 in today’s second round, taking the place of Hayley Carlson, who competed in just the first round.

Dordt’s Gianna Van Klaveren shot an 85-90=175 to finish tied for 32nd and Rylie Brown had an 89-89=178 to tie for 37th place.

Morningside won the meet with a 304-313=617 and was 24 strokes clear of the runner-up finisher, while Bellevue’s Dominika Gradecka was the individual medalist with a 148 (+4).

Gianna Van Klaveren 85-90=175/t-32nd
Rylie Brown 89-89=178/t-37th
Bailey Weg 94-92=186/t-54th
Rachel Bostwick 98-89=187/t-57th
Tess Hemmila 94-103=197th/ t-68th