February 26, 2020 - 10:50 am - Posted in Sports

Darby Schuiteman, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

“I am excited to have Darby join our program. She is a talented and driven athlete that enjoys her running. I believe she has the capacity to run at a high level collegiately, and her experiences under Coach Mark Kauk at Unity Christian will provide a solid base as she works towards her goals. I look forward to her time at Dordt and the opportunity to work with her the next four years,” said Dordt cross country coach Nate Wolf.

Schuiteman has a personal best of 19:05 on a 5,000 meter cross country course. She’s been part of four conference champions while with the Unity cross country program and qualified for the state meet four times, helping Unity to a best finish of eighth at the state meet.

“I love the Christian atmosphere I’ve experienced in my college class at Dordt. Also, I want to stay close to home and close to my home church. Furthermore, the pre-veterinary program at Dordt is outstanding,” said Schuiteman.

Darby is the daughter of Jay and Alissa Schuiteman of Orange City. She plans to study Animal Science at Dordt.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – College of Idaho remains No. 1 spot for the second week in a row of the NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Yotes captured all 12 first-place votes this week.

The No. 1 Yotes have won 21 straight games and finished Cascade Collegiate Conference play undefeated at 20-0, which is the first time in conference history. They are playing at an impressive level lately. Beating their last four opponents by 46, 21, 42 and 15.

GPAC teams in the rankings include Morningside at #2, Dakota Wesleyan at #11, Dordt is up to 19th, and Cocordia and Northwestern are receiving votes

2019-2020 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 – Poll 6 (Feb.26)

1 1 College of Idaho [12] 27-2 312
2 2 Morningside (Iowa) 26-2 299
3 3 Indiana Wesleyan 26-4 294
4 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 28-2 283
5 5 Marian (Ind.) 24-6 265
6 6 Ottawa (Kan.) 25-5 264
7 7 Southern Oregon 22-6 257
8 8 Oregon Tech 24-6 243
9 11 Holy Cross (Ind.) 25-5 219
10 10 Washington Adventist (Md.) 23-7 218
11 9 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 21-8 215
12 12 Antelope Valley (Calif.) 25-4 210
13 13 Grace (Ind.) 19-11 189
14 19 Madonna (Mich.) 22-8 157
15 20 WVU Tech 21-7 155
16 18 Saint Francis (Ind.) 20-10 150
17 15 Southeastern (Fla.) 21-8 147
18 14 Oklahoma Wesleyan 22-8 139
19 21 Dordt (Iowa) 22-8 126
20 22 Union (Ky.) 21-9 116
21 17 Keiser (Fla.) 22-6 105
22 16 IU Kokomo (Ind.) 24-6 88
23 NR Indiana East (Ind.) 20-10 83
24 NR Spring Arbor (Mich.) 19-11 81
25 NR Southwestern (Kan.) 23-7 80

Dropped Out: Mayville (N.D.) and Lourdes (Ohio)

Receiving Votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 66, Indiana Tech 59, Mayville State (N.D.) 29, Concordia (Neb.) 25, Indiana South Bend 18, Montreat (N.C.) 17, Rochester (Mich.) 12, Lourdes (Ohio) 6, Northwestern (Iowa) 6, Indiana Southeast 3, St. Thomas (Fla.) 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Southeastern (Fla.) remains in the driver’s seat for the fourth consecutive poll. The Fire earned all 12 first-place votes in the latest edition of the 2019-2020 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

No. 1 Southeastern (Fla.) lead the nation in scoring defense, scoring ,margin, rebound margin, FG % defense, FG% offense and are second in blocks and assists, third in scoring offense.

The GPAC has 5 teams ranked in the top 15 heading into the postseason. Concordia is #2, Hastings at #4, Morningside is in the 8 spot, Dordt remains in the 12 spot, and Dakota Wesleyan is 15th. Northwestern received votes.

2019-20 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 6

1 1 Southeastern (Fla.) [12] 26-2 312
2 2 Concordia (Neb.) 28-2 302
3 3 Marian (Ind.) 27-3 292
4 4 Hastings (Neb.) 28-2 282
5 5 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 26-4 272
6 6 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 27-3 259
7 7 Taylor (Ind.) 27-3 253
8 9 Morningside (Iowa) 22-8 234
8 8 St. Francis (Ill.) 25-5 234
10 11 Indiana Tech 26-4 219
11 10 Saint Francis (Ind.) 23-6 215
12 12 Dordt (Iowa) 23-7 205
13 14 Bryan (Tenn.) 28-1 182
14 15 Kansas Wesleyan 25-5 180
15 13 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 20-10 168
16 16 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 23-5 155
17 18 Siena Heights (Mich.) 26-4 152
18 17 Indiana Wesleyan 22-8 147
19 18 Mayville State (N.D.) 22-5 128
20 20 Sterling (Kan.) 23-7 124
21 21 Antelope Valley (Calif.) 22-4 113
22 22 Reinhardt (Ga.) 25-2 106
23 24 WVU Tech 24-6 87
24 23 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 22-8 86
25 25 Eastern Oregon 21-9 60

Receiving Votes: Northwestern (Iowa) 57, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 42, Bellevue (Neb.) 39, Huntington (Ind.) 35, Indiana South Bend 23, Coastal Georgia 10, Grace (Ind.) 3, Bethany (Kan.) 3, Union (Ky.) 3

February 26, 2020 - 10:20 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team will host a Great Plains Athletic Conference quarterfinal round contest on Wednesday, February 26 against Mount Marty at 8:00.

The Mount Marty men are 19-11 this season and 10-10 in league play. The Lancers started the season with a 13-2 mark through January 1. In 2020 the Lancers are 6-9 and are 2-4 in their last six games.

The Defender men are 22-8 this season and 13-7 in the league. The Defenders have won four games in a row and seven of their last eight contests.

Garrett Franken leads the team with a 15.9 points per game average and 7.4 rebounds with 61 assists and 16 blocks. Jesse Jansma is at 12.3 points per game and is second on the team in made three-point baskets with 50. Cade Bleeker’s average is 10.4 points per game and he gets 4.2 rebounds.  He has made a team high 64 three-point shots and is converting 46 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. Zach Bussard scores 10.0 points per game with 4.7 rebounds and Chad Barkema is good for 9.7 points per game with 4.8 rebounds. Marcus Winterfeld has a 9.2 points per game average as a reserve and Ben Gesink and Josh Van Lingen are at 7.5 and 7.2 points per game respectively. Jansma leads the Defenders with 78 and Gesink has 66. Dordt has six players with 50 or more assists and seven players who have converted 26 or more three-point shots.

Dordt is outscoring teams 86.5-76.2 and outrebound teams 39.6-36.2.  Dordt also converts 48.5 percent of its field goal tries and 39.6 percent of its three-point shots while limiting teams to 44.4 percent field goal shooting and 36.2 behind the arc.

The Dordt-Mount Marty will face the Dakota Wesleyan-Jamestown winner on Saturday in the men’s semifinals. If Dakota Wesleyan wins the Tigers would host the game while a Jamestown win sends the Jimmies to either Sioux Center or Yankton. The other quarterfinals feature Hastings @ Morningside and Northwestern @ Concordia.

February 26, 2020 - 10:19 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team will host a Great Plains Athletic Conference quarterfinal round contest on Wednesday, February 26.  The contest against Dakota Wesleyan e is scheduled for a 6:00 start.

The Dakota Wesleyan women are 20-10 this season and finished the regular season with a 13-9 mark.  The Tigers lost back to back games to Northwestern and Hastings last week after stringing together four straight wins. The Tigers are 9-6 since January 1.

The Defenders are 23-7 this season and 15-7 in the GPAC women’s standings. The Defender women have won three in a row since dropping three straight and are 6-3 in their last nine games.  Of Dordt’s seven losses six are to teams that were ranked in the top-10 of the last NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

Erika Feenstra is averaging a team high 17.7 points per game with 5.7 rebounds and she is making 61 percent of her field goals and is 136-166 from the free throw line. Rachel Evavold and Karly Gustafson are averaging 10.1 and 9.8 points per game and have converted 61.5 and 53.7 percent of their field goal attempts. Bailey Beckman’s average is 7.7 points per game and Jordyn Van Maanen (5.9), Mya Chmielewski(5.9), Gabby Kreykes (5.8) and Baylee Tetzlaff (5.2) average between five and six points per game. Payton Harmsen leads the team with 40 made three-point baskets.  Gustafson and Evaovld average 6.5 and 5.3 rebounds per game respectively and Van Maanen is the leader in assists with 74 through 30 games.

Dordt outscores teams 80.5-666.3 and convert 46 percent of its field goals and 29 percent of its three-point shots. The Defenders allow 37.9 percent field goal shooting and 27.1 from the arc.  Dordt is outrebounding teams 43.2-33.2 and have forced 361 turnovers by steals.

The Dordt-Dakota Wesleyan winner will face the Concordia-Midland winner on Saturday in the women’s semifinals.  If Concordia wins the Bulldogs would host.  If Midland wins it would travel to either Sioux Center or Mitchell.   The other quarterfinals feature Northwestern @ Morningside and Jamestown @ Hastings.

February 26, 2020 - 10:17 am - Posted in Sports

Conference tournament play begins Wednesday night for the Red Raider women’s basketball team as they play at No.9 Morningside for a GPAC Quarterfinal. Tip-off at the Rosen Verdoorn Gym is set for 6pm. Northwestern finished the regular season in sixth place with a 12-10 record, 17-10 overall, and received votes in the NAIA Coaches’ poll. Morningside, ranked ninth in last week’s poll, closed the regular season in third place in the GPAC with a 16-6 record, 22-8 overall.

The Mustangs are on a three-game win streak heading into Wednesday night’s quarterfinal, defeating Jamestown, College of Saint Mary and Northwestern in the last two weeks. They are the No.3 seed in the GPAC Tournament and are ranked ninth in the current NAIA Coaches’ poll with a 22-8 overall record.

Sale returns three starters and nine players from a 2018-19 team that finished sixth in the GPAC regular season with an 11-11 record, 19-13 overall. They lost to Antelope Valley in the first round of the NAIA D-II National Tournament and were picked sixth in the conference preseason poll.

The Red Raiders have won five straight games, defeating three teams recognized in the latest NAIA Coaches’ poll (Dordt, Jamestown and Dakota Wesleyan). They are sixth in the GPAC with a 12-9 record and could move into a tie for fifth place with a win over Morningside and DWU loss to Hastings. Northwestern is 17-9 overall.

February 26, 2020 - 9:51 am - Posted in Sports

Boyden, Iowa — One person is dead as the result of a 3-vehicle accident near Boyden early Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office the crash happened shortly after noon Tuesday, two-and-a half miles west of Boyden.

Deputies say a 2005 GMC Envoy, driven by 69-year-old Susan Guggisberg of Hartley was eastbound on Highway 18. A 2016 Mack semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with steel, driven by 48-year-old Dean Johnson of Rochester, Minnesota was also eastbound on Highway 18, following Guggisberg’s SUV. According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, a 2002 Dodge Stratus traveling westbound on Highway 18 entered the eastbound lane, and struck Guggisberg’s Envoy before hitting Johnson’s semi head-on.

Deputies say the driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sioux County Medical Examiner. The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Guggisberg and Johnson were not injured. There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Boyden Ambulance, Boyden Fire Department, Hull Ambulance, Hull Fire Department and Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

February 26, 2020 - 7:37 am - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College men’s basketball team opens postseason play on Wednesday night, Feb. 26, against Concordia in the 4 vs 5 match-up of the GPAC Tournament. Tip-off at the Walz Arena is scheduled for 8pm. Northwestern, received votes in the last week’s coaches’ poll and is the No.5 seed with a 20-10 overall record; Concordia, the No.4 seed, is 21-9 this season. Both teams finished 12-8 in GPAC play and tied for fourth place.

Fresh off an impressive 101-92 overtime win at Jamestown, Concordia begins postseason play on a roll, winning its last four games, three by under 10 points. The Bulldogs climbed into a fourth place tie with Northwestern and earned the No.4 seed due to its wins over the Red Raiders during the regular season. They finished with a 12-8 league record, 21-9 overall, and have wins against Hastings, Mount Marty, Midland and Jamestown to close the season.

Limback returns four starters and eight players from a 2018-19 team that finished eighth in the GPAC with a 7-13 record, 15-16 overall. A loss to Morningside ended the Bulldogs season last year and they were picked to finish eighth in the GPAC preseason poll. Limback spent nine years as the head coach at Concordia (Mich.) before returning to his alma mater in 2013.

The Red Raiders have lost two straight, both to ranked teams, heading into Wednesday night’s quarterfinal against Concordia. They lost to both Dakota Wesleyan and Morningside last week, both by double digits, to drop into a tie for fourth place with Concordia. They are 20-10 overall and had won five straight prior to last week’s losses.

February 26, 2020 - 7:33 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Madison Blankespoor of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Northwestern College next year.

Blankespoor is a 5’8″ middle distance runner who has competed three years for the Unity Christian High School track and field team heading into her final season this spring. Blankespoor qualified for state in three events, placing fifth as a member of the distance medley and sixth on the 4×800 relay. She was part of a 4×400 relay that claimed first place at the Sioux City Relays and has personal bests of 1:01 in the 400m, 2:28 in the 800m and 28.4 in the 200m. An honor roll student, Blankespoor plans to major in Nursing at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Darin and Denise.

“We are thrilled to have Madi run for the women’s track and field team next year,” commented Northwestern Head Coach Scott Bahrke. “She is a very talented runner who has competed in big races throughout her high school career. Madi is a hard worker, a great teammate and we look forward to watching her run over the next four years.”

February 26, 2020 - 6:12 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Iowa — Boyden Hull got off to a quick start and never looked back as they won the 2A District 3 title Tuesday night with a 72-33 win over the Sioux Central Rebels. With the win the Comets are on to the Substate 1 game on Saturday at the MOC Floyd Valley Gym. It will be an all Siouxland Conference final as West Lyon got by Okoboji 68-63 to claim the District 4 title. Game time is set for 7:00 pm Saturday night and we’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.

The Comets got off to a 16-5 first quarter lead and were up 35-16 at halftime. At the end of three the lead was 63-24 as they went on to get their 20th win of the season 72-33. Boyden Hull got balanced scoring with four players in double figures. Keyton Moser scored a game high 18 points. Andrew Frick and Marcus Kelderman both added 13. Tanner Te Slaa joined them with 10 points. Sioux Central was led by Jacob Hargens with 9 points.

The Comets are 20-3 as they look to return to the State Tournament after reaching the 2A Championship game a year ago. Sioux Central ends the season at 14-10.