Statewide Iowa — High School Cross Country State qualifying meet assignments were released by the state on Wednesday.

For Class 2A Sheldon, Cherokee, E-LC, GLR/CL, Okoboji, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Center, Spirit Lake, Unity, West Lyon, Western, and several other schools will be running at Landsmeer Golf Course in Orange City.

Class 1A area teams will be running at Ridge View. The area teams competing are Gehlen, H-LP, HMS, Hinton, MMCRU, South O’Brien and West Sioux.

Area 3A teams will be running at Humboldt. Teams competing will be BHRV, Heelan, Le Mars, MOC-Floyd Vallye, SB-L, Spencer, and Storm Lake.

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October 16, 2019 - 2:22 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) will create an Association of Student Athletes (ASA). The GPAC ASA was approved after a vote of the Council of Presidents (COP) at their fall meeting earlier this month in Fremont, Nebraska.

The GPAC ASA will be developed over the coming months, with their first in person meeting scheduled for April 2020 at the league meetings at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota.

The mission of the Association of Student-Athletes (ASA) is to serve as the voice of all GPAC student-athletes in the conference. The ASA provides a platform for student-athletes to discuss issues of concern to them, offer feedback to GPAC leadership, and to organize initiatives that are important to them.

The ASA will serve as an advocacy group on behalf of GPAC student-athletes to enhance their collegiate athletics experience. Additionally, the ASA will offer its members the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they represent all GPAC student-athletes.

“This is one of the most exciting developments within the 20-year history of the GPAC,” said GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra. “Our league has over 6,000 student-athletes and now they have a platform to work together on issues and initiatives that are important to them. I am very excited for our outstanding student-athletes of the GPAC to have this new forum within the league.”

The Chair of the GPAC ASA this year will be Nishesh Yadav from Doane University. Yadav is a senior men’s soccer student-athlete for the Tigers from Las Vegas, Nevada. He currently serves as the Chair of the NAIA Association of Student Athletes (ASA).

“Much credit goes to Nishesh for the development of our GPAC ASA,” said Westra. “He has worked very hard to bring this vision to reality for the league. He has been an outstanding leader for the NAIA and will play a key role for the GPAC as our ASA is developed.”

Each member institution of the GPAC will have representation on the ASA.

October 16, 2019 - 9:29 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following Cross Country Runners-of-the-Week for Oct. 7-13, 2019. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2019-2020 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Cross Country Runners-of-the Week

Women – Olivia Couch, Dordt University

Dordt’s Olivia Couch is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Cross Country Runner-of-the-Week. Couch, a senior from Fort Collins, Colorado, was the top NAIA finisher at the meet hosted by Dordt. She led the Defenders to a team title with 17 points. She covered the 5k course in 18:44, good for second overall, trailing only an unattached runner.

Orange City, Iowa — No.2 Northwestern College returns to the court for its rivalry match against 22nd-ranked Dordt in a GPAC showdown between ranked teams. First serve on Wednesday night, Oct. 15, at the Bultman Center is scheduled for 7:30pm. Northwestern sits atop the current GPAC standings with an 8-0 record, 20-0 overall; Dordt has won five straight matches and is tied with Midland for fourth place in the current standings with a 6-3 mark, 15-6 overall.

The Red Raiders lead the all-time series 45-42, dating back to the 1989 season. Northwestern is 3-7 over the last 10 matches against Dordt, having snapped a five-match losing streak with its 3-1 win last month in Sioux Center.

Since its 3-1 loss to Northwestern, Dordt has gone 7-1 and has won five consecutive matches. They are currently tied with Midland for fourth place in the GPAC with a 6-3 record, 15-6 overall. Dordt has a pair of five set wins over DWU, a five-set win over Grand View and victories against Briar Cliff and Mount Marty during its streak.

Now in his ninth season as the Defenders head coach, Hanson returns four starters and six players from a 2018 team that won the GPAC regular and postseason titles, going 16-0. They lost to national runner-up Columbia (Mo.) in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Championship and finished 31-3 on the year. Hanson is a two-time GPAC Coach of the Year and served as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia for three years prior to coming to Dordt.

The Red Raiders won their only match played last week, defeating Briar Cliff 3-1 at the Bultman Center. Scheduled to play Jamestown over the weekend, the match was postponed due to snow and will now be played Oct. 21. Northwestern’s most recent wins come against DWU, York, Jamestown, Mount Marty and BCU.

Earlier This Season Anna Wedel put down a career-high 22 kills in leading Northwestern to a 3-1 win over Dordt in a match-up played in Sioux Center on Sept. 11. The Red Raiders dropped the first set 25-22 but rallied to win the final three, 25-13, 25-20, 25-15.

Northwestern hit .328 for the match and totaled seven blocks; Dordt hit .126 and tallied eight blocks. Emily Van Ginkel and A.J. Kacmarynski both put down nine kills and Bekah Horstman and Makenzie Fink added seven kills each. Lacey Wacker directed the Red Raiders offense and put up 47 assists; Wedel (13 digs) and Emily Strasser (10 digs) led the backrow effort.

Karsyn Winterfeld led Dordt with 13 kills and Hannah Connelly totaled 12 digs.

October 15, 2019 - 11:27 am - Posted in Sports

The Week 7 Cross Country Rankings from the Iowa Track and Cross County Coaches Association are out.

In Class 3A Girls Rankings Spencer is #10. In 3A Boys Rankings, MOC-Floyd Valley and Le Mars are receiving votes.

Class 2A Girls Rankings has Unity at the 9 spot, Emmetsburg at 11, and Okoboji in 15th. Sibley-Ocheyedan and Cherokee are receiving votes. In the 2A Boys Rankings, Okoboji is 9th, Western 10th, and Sioux Center is receiving votes.

For complete rankings CLICK HERE

October 15, 2019 - 11:27 am - Posted in Sports

The latest individual cross country rankings were released Tuesday.

In the 3A Boys individual rankings MOC-Floyd Valley’s Sam May is 20th, and Spencer’s Elisa Fisher is ranked 30th in the girls 3A rankings.

In Class 2A Boys individual rankings E-LC’s Taylor Myers is 13th, Western’s Tage Hulstein is ranked 14th, Sioux Center’s Carter VandeVegte is 16th, Dan Schriever of George-Little Rock/Central Lyon is 21st, Cherokee’s Bryce Kremer is 23rd, and Sioux Center’s Sam Harrison is 24th. 2A Girls rankings has Cherokee’s London Rogge in 21st, Western’s Whitney Minderhoud in 29th, and Okoboji’s Lexi Duffy in 30th.

Class 1A boys rankings has Will Roder of Gehlen Catholic maintaining his #2 ranking.

For the complete rankings CLICK HERE

October 15, 2019 - 9:18 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following Men’s Soccer Players-of-the-Week for contests played October 7-13, 2019. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2019-2020 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men’s Soccer Players-of-the-Week

Men’s Defense – James Warren, Northwestern College (Goal Keeper)

James Warren of Northwestern College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Soccer Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Warren, a senior, from Southhampton, England, tallied two shut-outs last week as the Red Raiders have posted a shut-out in all four of their conference victories this season. He made seven saves in a 1-0 win over Dordt on Wednesday. He followed up that performance with two saves in the 6-0 win over Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday in the snow. Warren now has now earned a shut-out in every one of the seven Red Raider wins this season.

October 14, 2019 - 3:05 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After another impressive victory over the weekend, Morningside (Iowa) remained in the driver’s seat in the fifth regular season edition of the Top 25. The top three remained the same this week as Kansas Wesleyan also cruised to a victory while Marian (Ind.) was idle. Grand View (Iowa) advanced to No. 4 while Benedictine (Kan.) rounded-out the top five.

Northwestern is up to number six in the latest rankings after defeating Dordt last Saturday.

2019 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 5 (October 14)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [17] 5-0 392
2 2 Kansas Wesleyan 6-0 367
3 3 Marian (Ind.) 4-0 365
4 5 Grand View (Iowa) 6-0 346
5 6 Benedictine (Kan.) 5-1 316
6 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 5-0 310
7 8 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-1 301
8 8 College of Idaho 5-0 295
9 10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 6-0 278
10 4 Concordia (Mich.) 5-1 260
11 11 Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-0 238
12 12 Southeastern (Fla.) 5-0 214
13 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-2 202
14 14 Dickinson State (N.D.) 5-1 189
15 16 Langston (Okla.) 4-1 180
16 17 Evangel (Mo.) 5-1 160
17 18 Ottawa (Ariz.) 6-0 142
18 19 Keiser (Fla.) 5-0 130
19 22 Montana Tech 4-1 124
20 20 Reinhardt (Ga.) 5-2 121
21 21 Siena Heights (Mich.) 5-1 101
22 15 Montana Western 4-1 88
23 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 5-1 59
24 24 Baker (Kan.) 4-2 57
25 RV Sterling (Kan.) 5-1 42

Dropped Out: Bethel (Tenn.)

Others Receiving Votes: None

October 14, 2019 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest RPI Playoff rankings are out from the IAHSAA through week 7.

Class 2A has Spirit Lake ranked #7, and Sioux Center in the fourteen spot.

In Class 1A Western Christian is in the three spot, West Sioux is fourth, and West Lyon is ranked 9th. Unity Christian is #15, and Emmetsburg is 19th.

Class A RPI Rankings have South O’Brien in the eleven spot, Gehlen in 12th, Hinton is 13th.

Eight-Player has Remsen St. Mary’s ranked #6 and Harris-Lake Park ranked 12th.

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October 14, 2019 - 12:37 pm - Posted in Sports

Sean Powell has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Mazda, announced by the National Football Foundation earlier this fall.

Powell, a senior linebacker from Sioux Falls, S.D., is one of 185 semifinalists from all football divisions selected by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame committee. Powell is one of seven players from the NAIA to be named to the list, including four from the Great Plains Athletic Conference; Tyler Wagner (DWU), Bryce Cooney (Doane) and Joel Katzer (Morningside).

This award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

A three-year starter, Powell has earned all-conference accolades the last two years. He is a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete, team captain and a chemistry major.