October 20, 2020 - 12:40 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest high school cross country individual rankings are out from IowaRunJumpThrow.com

In the Class 3A Boys rankings, MOC-Floyd Valley’s Sam May is ranked #14, and BHRV’s Marco Lopez is 19th. Class 3A Girls rankings have MOC-Floyd Valley’s Emily Haverdink in the 11 spot, and Spencer’s Brenna Fisher in 14th.

In Class 2A Boys rankings, Sheldon’s Brendan Cain maintains his 2nd ranking, West Sioux’s Deven Henry is 12th, and Sheldon’s Jager Rozeboom is ranked 22nd. Class 2A Girls rankings have Cherokee’s Kyrstin Agnitsch in the 7 spot, Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Madison Brouwer is 13th, and Bria Wasmund is 17th. Unity’s Amaya Van Essen is ranked 21st.

October 20, 2020 - 11:06 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt will travel to Sioux City to face the Briar Cliff Chargers in GPAC volleyball. The junior varsity match will start at 6:00 and the varsity will get underway at 7:30.

Briar Cliff is 8-11 this season and 3-8 in the GPAC with conference wins over the College of Saint Mary, Mount Marty and Doane. The Chargers have won four of their last six contests after a nine match losing streak from September 9-October 7.

Briar Cliff has averaged 11.69 kills per set with a .193 kill efficiency and limit teams to .190 for a kill efficiency while holding a 2.13-1.37 points off of blocks advantage to go with a 104-90 ace serves edge.

The Defenders are 8-5 overall and 7-5 in the league after winning back to back matches last weekend over Hastings and Doane.

Dordt is averaging 13.3 kills per set with a .248 kill efficiency and has a 54-38 ace serves edge. The Defenders also record 2.44 points per set on blocks while allowing 12.2 kills per set with 1.4 blocks per outing.

Dordt’s next action as the road swing continues will be on Friday, October 23 at Yankton against Mount Marty and on Saturday at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha.

October 20, 2020 - 9:34 am - Posted in Sports

After a week of four matches in six days, the Raiders enjoyed a two-day respite this weekend and now prepare to play Mount Marty on the road Tuesday night, Oct. 20. First serve in Yankton, S.D. is set for 7:30pm. Northwestern has won six consecutive matches and moved to within a half game of first place Jamestown with an 8-1 record, 10-1 overall. Mount Marty has lost five in a row and winless in the GPAC at 0-6, 5-11 overall.

Mount Marty has lost five straight matches since a 3-0 sweep against York (Neb.) on Sept. 19 in Yankton, S.D. They have dropped matches to Concordia (2), Morningside, Briar Cliff and the University of Northwestern (Minn.) during the streak. The Lancers are winless in the GPAC (0-6), 5-11 overall; owning a 5-5 record in non-conference play.

Hebenstreit is in his sixth season as the Lancers head coach and returns six starters from a 2019 team that went 0-16 in the GPAC, 8-25 overall. Hebenstreit previously served as the head coach at Norfolk High School for 18 seasons.

October 20, 2020 - 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 Volleyball players-of-the-week for contests played October 12-18, 2020. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2020-2021 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Setter- Lacey Reitz, Northwestern College

Lacey Reitz of Northwestern College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Setter-of-the-Week. Reitz, a senior from Jackson, Minnesota, played a key role in leading the Raiders to a 4-0 record last week. Reitz piled up 176 assists as she directed an offense that hit .317 in wins against Briar Cliff, Dakota Wesleyan, Doane and Hastings. She averaged 12.6 assists, 2.1 digs and served a team-best six aces.

Defender – Emily Strasser, Northwestern College (Defensive Specialist)

Emily Strasser of Northwestern College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Defender-of-the-Week. Strasser, a junior, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, totaled 68 digs, averaging 4.9 per set, in wins against Briar Cliff, Dakota Wesleyan, Doane and Hastings. Strasser had 20 or more digs in two of the four matches, including a season-high 26 in the win over Hastings.

October 19, 2020 - 11:07 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following football players-of-the-week for games played on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2020-21 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Offense – Shane Solberg, Wide Receiver (Northwestern College)
Northwestern wide receiver Shane Solberg is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Solberg, a senior from Boyden, Iowa, had a near-record setting day in leading Northwestern to a 31-17 win over previously unbeaten Concordia. Solberg caught 11 passes for a season-high 267 yards, two shy of his own school record that he set in 2018 against Briar Cliff. Solberg caught a pair of touchdown passes (45 yards, 19 yards) in his third straight game and has had at least 100 receiving yards in three of four games this season. The Raiders travel to Doane on October 24. Kick off will be at 1 pm.

October 19, 2020 - 10:34 am - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College football team’s final game of the regular season against Jamestown scheduled for November 28 will now be played in Orange City, Iowa. Kickoff at DeValois Stadium will be at noon.

The Raiders will now play at home in three of their final four games this fall;
Home vs Midland, Oct. 31
@ Hastings, Nov. 7
Home vs Briar Cliff, Nov. 14
Home vs Jamestown, Nov. 28

October 16, 2020 - 3:45 pm - Posted in Sports

Kerri Kroeze, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender golf program.

“We are very happy that Kerri has chosen to attend Dordt University and join our golf program. She is a very consistent player with a great short game and has the ability to immediately make an impact on the team,” said Dordt coach Jon Crane.

Kroeze carries a 43 average for nine-hole competitions. She was a second-team all-conference pick in 2018 and a first-team all-conference selection in 2019. The 2020 season was canceled. Kroeze was a part of state qualifying team in both 2018 and 2019 and helped Unity to a pair of fourth-place finishes at the meet.

“I have always wanted to attend a Christian college close to home and continue to play golf. The coaches and professors at Dordt have been very welcoming and helpful in my decision-making. I am thankful for the opportunity and excited to start next fall,” said Kroeze.

Kerri is the daughter of Rob and Julia Kroeze of Orange City, Iowa. She plans to study in the Business Administration/Administrative Assistant programs.

The Northwestern College volleyball team concludes a busy stretch with a pair of home matches this weekend. The Raiders host Doane on Friday night at 6/7:30pm and will then play Hastings on Saturday afternoon at 3:30/5pm.

Northwestern has won four straight matches, all in conference play, and is 6-1 in the GPAC, 8-1 overall. Doane has lost five straight matches heading into the weekend and is 1-5 in the GPAC, 3-5 overall. Hastings plays Dordt on Friday night, their first match since Sept. 23; they are 3-1 in the GPAC, 4-2 overall.

Doane is currently in 10th place in the GPAC with a 1-5 record, 3-5 overall, and has lost its last five matches. Last time out, they were defeated by Briar Cliff in four sets on Oct.10. The Tigers lone GPAC win came against Mount Marty on Sept. 9.

Taking over for long-time college and high school coach Gwen Egbert, who retired after last season, Jones is in the midst of her first year as the Tigers head coach. Jones spent three years as an assistant at Nebraska Wesleyan and was an All-American setter for Nebraska-Kearney during her playing career. Jones inherits a team that returns six rotation players, nine overall, from a 2019 team that tied Morningside for sixth place in the GPAC at 8-8, 17-13 overall. Doane graduated their top three hitters from last year, all of which earned all-conference honors.

The Broncos have not played since a four-set win against Doane on Sept. 23; they are currently 3-1 in the GPAC, 4-2 overall heading into their match against Dordt on Friday night. Hastings has wins against Valley City State, College of Saint Mary and Midland and losses to Mayville State and Concordia.

Allard is in her second year as head coach, coming to the Broncos in 2019 after serving as an assistant for University of Incarnate Word in Texas. Allard returns six players from their rotation, eight total, from a 2019 team that finished ninth in the GPAC with a 6-10 record, 11-15 overall. They missed out on the conference tournament. Hastings won the national title in 2016 with a 33-3 mark.

October 16, 2020 - 2:34 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt will host Doane on Saturday, October 17 with kickoff at 1:00.

Doane is 2-2 this season and both overall and in the GPAC. The Tigers have wins over Briar Cliff (13-6) and Hastings (52-37) and losses to Concordia (24-7) and Dakota Wesleyan (29-26).

The Tigers run for 196 yards per game and pass for 105 and are allowing 132 on the ground and 194 in the air. Doane is outscoring teams 24.5-24 this season.

Jamaine Derogene has run for 354 yards and five touchdowns and has a 6.6 yards per carry average. Jacobi White has run for 266 yards with a 6.7 yards per carry average and has two scores and Adam Wasserman has run for 192 yards on 40 carries and has two touchdown runs and a 4.5 yards per carry average. Wasserman has completed 22-51 passes for 244 yards this season and has five touchdowns and five interceptions. Drake Davidson is 23-42 passing for 177 yards in two game appearances.

The Defenders are 3-1 this season and in the GPAC with wins over Midland (22-14), Dakota Wesleyan (47-10) and Jamestown (66-13). The loss for Dordt cam on October 3 against Northwestern (48-40).

The Defenders run for 300 yards per game on average and pass for 233. Dordt’s defense allows 103 yards per game on the ground and 239 in the air. Dordt is outscoring teams on average 44-21.

Noah Clayberg has completed 60-90 passes for 749 yards and six touchdowns with one interception. He has also run 60 times for 466 yards—a 7.8 yards per carry average and has six rushing touchdowns. Carter Schiebout has 317 yards rushing on 53 attempts with a 6.0 yards per carry average with five touchdowns. Michael Sondermann has run 37 times for 142 yards and a 3.8 yards per carry average.

Levi Jungling has caught 29 passes for an 11.8 yards per catch average and has two touchdown catches. Ben Heuvelhorst has a 10.1 yards per catch average with two touchdowns and Raphael Carr has eight catches for 11.4 yards per catch.

Dordt will travel to face Concordia on Saturday, October 24 before hosting Morningside on October 31. Doane will be at home with Northwestern on October 24 before a bye week.

October 16, 2020 - 8:51 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Northwestern College is set to host unbeaten Concordia this weekend in GPAC play. Kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 17, is set for 1pm. The Raiders, coming off their scheduled bye week, are 2-1 in the GPAC; Concordia is a perfect 4-0 this season.

Northwestern holds a 28-14 lead in the all-time series, dating back to 1960 (the first year of Raider football as a four-year institution). The Raiders have won the last three meetings and are 8-2 in the last 10 games against Concordia. Northwestern defeated the Bulldogs 20-14 last year in Seward, Neb. and has not lost to their GPAC rival at home since 2002. Six of the last 10 games in the rivalry have been decided by 10 points or less.

Concordia was picked seventh in the GPAC preseason poll while Northwestern was picked second. The Bulldogs were not ranked at the end of the 2019 season, Northwestern finished 10th in the NAIA poll. (There has been no NAIA Coaches’ poll this fall). Based on the current Massey Ratings, Concordia is 30th and the Raiders are eighth.

Northwestern’s Offense (1st in GPAC, 8th overall) vs Concordia Defense (1st in GPAC, 5th overall). Northwestern comes into the weekend averaging a GPAC-best 545 yards of offense and averages 43ppg; Concordia’s defense is tops in the GPAC, giving up just 11.8ppg and 253 ypg.

Northwestern passing attack vs Concordia pass rush. The Raiders sport the best passing offense in the NAIA (370ypg) and have given up 5 sacks; Concordia has been especially stingy against the pass, allowing a mere 157 yards per game; they lead the NAIA with 17 sacks

Raider rush defense vs Concordia rush offense. The Raiders defense vs the run is eight in the GPAC and will have to deal with a Bulldogs rushing attack that ranks fifth in the GPAC (165ypg), led by Jonah Weyand with 128ypg, second best in the NAIA