February 14, 2019 - 9:24 am - Posted in Sports

Brady Roberts pitched six strong innings and Drew Schutt hit a two-run home run in leading Northwestern to a 6-4 game two win and earn a split against Concordia in the Red Raiders season opening doubleheader. The Red Raiders dropped game one 9-8 in a twinbill played this afternoon in Topeka, Kan.

Roberts (1-0) gave up seven hits and three earned runs while striking out three in six innings, picking up his first collegiate win. A.J. Nitzschke allowed two hits, one run and struck out two in the final inning.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Northwestern went ahead as Colton Harold led off with a walk, advanced to second after a single by Ben DeBoer and both players moved up on a bunt by Schutt. Both Josh Fakkema and Alex Fuhs followed with back-to-back singles to put the Red Raiders in front 2-1.

After Columbia came back with a run in the top of the third, Northwestern put the game away with a four-run bottom half. Austin Zylstra belted a two-run double, scoring Sutton Derr and Nitzschke, and De Boer then singled and came around to score on Schutt’s home run.

Northwestern totaled eight hits, seven off Cougars starting pitcher Jacob Ford (0-1), who allowed all six runs in three-plus innings. De Boer went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Nitzschke, Zylstra, Harold, Schutt and Fakkema all had one hit each.

Columbia totaled nine hits, three by Bradley Prebay, who also scored two runs. Chase Urhahn added a solo home run and Blade McKee went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Head Coach Brian Wede’s squad accounted for nine hits in their game one loss, led by DeBoer (2/3, 2 runs) and Harold (2/4, run, RBI). Britton Yoder added two hits, two RBIs and scored a run and Evan Olesen scored two runs and drew a walk.

The Cougars opened up a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, scoring all five runs on just one hit, a three-run home run by Dalton Bealmer off Red Raider starter Ben Zeutenhorst (0-1). Northwestern came back with two runs in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles by Zylstra and Harold.

After both teams went scoreless in the second, Columbia scored three more runs in the third, chasing Zeutenhorst. Kenny Piper led off with a home run and Beamer added a sacrifice fly. Northwestern scored four in the bottom of the third off three hits and two Columbia errors to make it 8-6. Schutt had a sacrifice fly and Yoder hit an RBI single, scoring Olesen.

Still a two-run game, Columbia tallied an insurance run in the top of the seventh after a double by Jady Reese. Northwestern rallied with two runs in the seventh and had both the tying and game-winning runs on base before Cougars reliever Conner Darnell recorded the final out to end it.

Zeutenhorst took the loss, giving up four hits and eight runs in 2.2 innings. Mitchell Diekevers pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief and Shad Wacker allowed two hits and one run in the final 1.2 innings.

Columbia reliever Josiah Imhoff earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings. Ethan Howser and Bealmer both had two hits.

February 14, 2019 - 9:22 am - Posted in Sports

Craig Sterk scored a career-high 21 points in the Red Raiders’ 98-85 home loss to #15 University of Jamestown (N.D.) in a conference match-up played tonight at the Bultman Center. Northwestern drops to 10-9 in the GPAC, 16-12 overall, with one game left in the regular season.

Sterk drained a career-best five three-pointers and electrified the crowd with two thunderous dunks in scoring 21 points, one point more than his previous career-best against Oak Hills Christian. Parker Mulder accounted for 18 points and eight boards and Trent Hilbrands added 11 points in limited action.

Northwestern fell behind big from the start as the visiting Jimmies outscored the hosts 17-4 over the first five-plus minutes. By the 10-minute mark, Jamestown extended its lead to 21 (30-9) and held its largest advantage, 48-22, with 5:17 left in the first half. Jamestown shot better than 65% while the Red Raiders were below 20% after the opening 15 minutes.

The Red Raiders began to comeback, going on a 16-5 run capped by a three-point play by Mulder, to get within 15 just before the half.

Jamestown pushed its lead back to 18 (66-48) before a 12-4 Northwestern run put the score at 70-60 on a lay-up by Chris Borchers. Both teams jostled for momentum over the next few minutes with the Red Raiders getting to within eight only to have Jamestown come back with five straight points to go back up by 13, 83-70, at the six-minute mark.

Another Northwestern run, a 13-4 surge, made it a four-point game after two free throws by Mulder with 2:28 left. Jamestown converted 1-of-2 free throws on its next possession, giving the Red Raiders a chance to cut the lead down further but the hosts failed to convert as the Jimmies scored the next eight points to put the game away.

Northwestern shot 44% for the game, 49% during the final half, and 26% (8/31) from the three-point line. Coach Korver’s squad held a slight edge on the glass, 41-37, led by Isaac Heyer with a career-high 11 rebounds. Grant DeMeulenaere dished out five assists and scored eight.

Jon Purintin scored a game-high 22 points, most coming during the final 10 minutes with the game on the line. Isaiah Dobson scored 20, doing most of his damage from beyond the arc, draining five three-pointers. Jack Talley (15) and Kevin Oberweiser (13) were the other top scorers for the Jimmies. Jamestown shot 51% for the game, 38% (11/29) from three-point range.

February 14, 2019 - 9:22 am - Posted in Sports

Darbi Gustafson scored a game-high 19 points and Kassidy De Jong turned in her 10th double-double of the season in leading No.2 Northwestern to an 88-58 win over the University of Jamestown (N.D.) in a GPAC match-up played tonight at the Bultman Center.

Northwestern improves to 18-3 in conference play and remains tied with Concordia for first place in the GPAC standings with one game left in the regular season. They are now 24-3 overall.

Gustafson shot 6-of-11 from the field, 7-for-9 from the free throw line, scoring in double figures for the 22nd time this season. De Jong scored 13 points to go with 11 rebounds, tying Gustafson for the GPAC lead with 10 double-doubles. Anna Kiel added 12 points, seven boards and matched her career-high with five assists.

A back-and-forth first quarter that featured three ties and five lead changes resulted in the Red Raiders trailing Jamestown 18-17. Northwestern tied the game at 20 and then proceeded to outscore the Jimmies 23-8 over the final eight minutes to push the lead to 15 by half, 43-28. Sammy Blum and Taylor VanderVelde both knocked down a three-pointer and Kiel scored six during the decisive run.

Jamestown guard Paige Schmidt hit a three-pointer at the start of third quarter to make it a 12-point game, the closest the Jimmies would get the rest of the way. Consecutive baskets by Gustafson began a 20-2 Northwestern run that eclipsed over seven minutes of time for a 63-33 advantage. The Red Raiders limited Jamestown to one field goal during that stretch.

Northwestern stretched its lead to 30+ at the five-minute mark of the final quarter.

The Red Raiders shot 53% for the game, 36% (5/14) from the three-point line. Haley Birks, Bre Schuiteman, Blum and VanderVelde all scored nine points and the Red Raiders held a commanding 42-25 edge on the glass.

Jamestown shot 36% for the game and was led by Jory Mullen with nine points, followed by both Grace Benz and Marina Nowak with eight.

February 14, 2019 - 9:20 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team couldn’t run its winning streak to four as it fell at home to the Briar Cliff Chargers in GPAC play on Wednesday night at the De Witt Gym by a score of 95-92.

Dordt controlled much of the first half, taking the lead at 7-5 on an Alec Henrickson basket and the Defenders built the lead to 17 on a free throw by Ben Gesink with :27 left in the half before settling for a 48-34 halftime edge.

The teams traded baskets early and Dordt was still up 57-43 with 16:38 left in the half before the Chargers went on a 14-0 run to tie the game at the 12:52 mark. Jesse Jansma made a basket in the lane to stop the run but the Chargers took the lead with a three-point basket and took the lead for good on a pair of Jackson Lamb free throws at the 12:00 mark for a 62-61 edge.

The lead grew to as many as 11 at 84-73 before Dordt rallied and had the lead at 86-84 after a Gesink basket with 1:37 left. Dordt didn’t have a chance to tie the game until it forced a turnover late in the game and Garrett Franken’s three-point basket spun out with :17 left and Briar Cliff made its free throws to preserve the win.

February 14, 2019 - 9:20 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team secured its first ever 20-win season with an 83-35 home victory over the Briar Cliff Chargers in GPAC play on Wednesday, February 13.

The Defenders were down 8-5 at the 5:29 mark of the first quarter when Siennah Stamness converted a three-point shot to tie the game and start a 12 point run to close the quarter.

Briar Cliff’s offensive woes continued into the second half as the Defenders scored the first 14 points of the quarter and led 31-8 with 2:16 left in the half. The Defenders ended up taking a 37-12 lead into halftime.

Dordt’s lead was never less than 24 in the third period as the Defenders went up 54-24 and outscored the visitors 29-11 in the fourth quarter for the final margin of victory.

February 14, 2019 - 9:19 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Unity Christian advanced to the Class 2A Region 1 semifinal Wednesday night in Orange City after defeating Rock Valley 72-63. Unity will take on Central Lyon, who defeated West Sioux 58-43, in Orange City at Unity’s gym Friday night.

The game was deadlocked at 13 a piece after the first quarter, but Unity was able to create some separation in the second quarter and take a 31-24 lead into halftime. Rock Valley was able to get within one point in the third at 37-36, but the Knights went on a 13-0, and had a 50-40 lead heading into the final eight minutes. Rock Valley and Unity traded baskets in the final quarter, and Unity came away with the 72-63 win.

Unity had four players in double figures. The Knights got a game high 21 from Janie Schoonhoven. Jori Bronner added 18, Justine Malenke put in 13, and Corrina Timmermans had 12 points. Rock Valley got a team high eighteen from Emily DeRuyter. Taylor Richter, Lizzy Blum, and Lexie Van Kekerix each had 13 points a piece.

With the win Unity improves to 17-5 on the year, and will take on Central Lyon Friday night in Orange City. Rock Valley ends their year at 15-8.

February 13, 2019 - 2:22 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern concludes the home portion of its regular season schedule as they host #15 University of Jamestown Wednesday night at the Bultman Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm. The Red Raiders are tied with Dordt for fifth place in the current GPAC standings with a 10-8 record, 16-11 overall. Jamestown is in second place, one-half game up on Briar Cliff, at 13-5, 23-5 overall.

The Jimmies have had a week off since their six-game win streak was snapped by Dordt, 97-94, in a game played in North Dakota last week. Prior to that, Jamestown ran off six straight wins, all over GPAC opponents, to climb into second place in the GPAC. They have a 1/2 game lead on third place Briar Cliff heading into the final week of the regular season and are ranked 15th in the NAIA.

Neville is in his fourth season as the head of the Jimmies program and returns two starters and eight players from a 2017-18 team that finished tied for second in the North Star Athletic Association at 9-7, 20-10 overall. They were picked ninth in their very first GPAC preseason coaches’ poll.

The Red Raiders are tied with Dordt for fifth place in the conference standings, heading into the final week of the regular season. They own a 10-8 record in the GPAC, 16-11 overall, and will play at Midland to conclude regular season play on Saturday. Northwestern is 16-11 overall.

February 13, 2019 - 2:21 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt will host Briar Cliff on Wednesday, February 13 in a GPAC women’s and men’s doubleheader. The women’s game will start at 6:00 with the men to follow at 8:00.

he Charger women are 14-14 this season and 8-12 in GPAC games. The Chargers stopped a three game losing streak with a win over Morningside on Saturday and the Chargers are 5-6 in 2019.

Briar Cliff has been outscored 70.4-68.2 and outrebounded 39.9-38.4. The Chargers make 41.5 percent of their field goals and allow 38 percent success. The Chargers are also converting 36.1 percent of their three-point shots while opponents are making 28.1 percent of their field goal attempts.

The Defender women are 19-9 overall and 12-8 in the GPAC. The Defenders saw a winning streak stopped at two in a seven points loss to Midland on Saturday.

Dordt is averaging 82.0 points per game with a 70.5 defensive average. Dordt also outrebounds teams 46.1-36.2 and are converting 43.9 percent of its field goals while allowing 37.9 percent success for opponents.

Briar Cliff is 19-7 this season and 13-5 in the GPAC. The Chargers are 7-4 in January and February.

Jay Wolfe is averaging 22.4 points per game with 7.4 rebounds and 57.2 percent field goal shooting and 47.5 percent three-point accuracy. Ethan Freidel has lifted his average to 16.1 and Jackson Lamb is at 14.5 points per game and has made a team high 84 three-point baskets.

The Defender men are 18-10 this season and 10-8 in GPAC play. The Defenders have won three games in a row and are 8-4 in 2019.

Dordt is outscoring teams 82.9-78.5 and outrebound teams 40.8-34.9. Dordt has shot 47.0 percent from the field and allow teams to make 44.1. The Defenders have converted 385 free throws out of 525 attempts and have limited opponents’ trips to the free throw line to 379.

Dordt will face Hastings on the road this Saturday, February 16 with the women’s game starting at 2:00 and the men at 4:00.

February 13, 2019 - 11:20 am - Posted in Sports

The Iowa High School Football Coaches Association has selected the Coaches for the 2018 Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Classic. The game will be played Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls starting at 4:00 P.M.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl Game is an all-star football game between selected pre-college football athletes on each side of a north-south dividing line in Iowa.

The players are selected by a process of nomination by coaches, balloting by state-wide sports media professionals, and official invitation from a representative of the Iowa Shrine Bowl.

Area athletes competing in the Shrine Bowl for the North Squad are:
Michael Storey – Spencer
JT Van’t Hul – Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Reagan Frankl – Akron-Westfield
Carter Kooi – Western Christian
Tanner Vanden Top – Central Lyon/George Little Rock
Ben Steffens – Spirit Lake
Brian Egeland – Estherville-Lincoln Central
Joshua Gayer – West Lyon

The coaches for the North Squad are:
Head Coach:
Jay Rozeboom – West Lyon
Assistant Coaches:
Tim Van Regenmorter – Sioux Center
Mark Furhman – South O’Brien
Jayme Rozeboom – Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Trevor Rozeboom – Central Lyon/George Little Rock

The Iowa Shrine Bowl produces this game each year. The game brings honor and recognition to the players, their schools and their communities. It has also been an effective tool in raising money for The Shriner’s Hospital For Children.

To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2,600,000 for The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Funds for The Shriner’s Hospitals For Children are developed by ticket sales, advertising in the Shrine Bowl program, merchandise sales, contributions and sponsorships.

Iowa Shrine Bowl, Inc is an incorporated 501(c)3 fundraising organization. All profits from operations are sent to The Shriner’s Hospital For Children. The principle fundraising event of Iowa Shrine Bowl, Inc is the Iowa Shrine Bowl Game.

February 12, 2019 - 12:26 pm - Posted in Sports

The Lakes Conference girls basketball teams are out. Named to the first team from Western Christian was Olivia Granstra. Cherokee posted the most players on the first team with three.

Lakes Conference 1st Team
Madison Dreckman – LeMars
Jaelynn Dreckman – LeMars
Payton Slaughter – Cherokee
Kassidy Pingel – Cherokee
JeMae Nichols – Cherokee
Jordyn Hamm – Spirit Lake
Olivia Granstra – Western Christian
Josie Condon – ELC

Lakes Conference 2nd Team
Anni Ellis – LeMars
Teagan Slaughter – Cherokee
Karli Olsen – Spirit Lake
Emma Loveall – Spirit Lake
Emma Bousema – Western Christian
Jaydan Nitchals – ELC
Rachel Bozonie – Storm Lake
Skylar Cole – Storm Lake