April 11, 2019 - 9:24 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern men’s golf finished second at its home spring match-play event, the Red Raider Cup, played at the Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City, Iowa.

The Red Raiders lost to Morningside in the championship match, 4-1, with Tyler Merley scoring the only point with a 4 & 3 win over Torben Boerger. Caleb Badura (6 & 5), Austin Reitz (3 & 2), Isaac Knock (4 & 3) and Jake Olsen (2 & 1) all lost in tight matches.

The day began with all eight varsity and all eight junior varsity teams playing 18 holes of stroke play in the morning. Teams were then placed in match-play format based on their finish in the AM.

Northwestern shot a 283 (-1), second only to the Mustangs who blistered the course with a 275 (-9). The 283 matches the ninth best score in program history (2012 – Siouxland Invite). Reitz fired a one-under 70 and tied for eighth in the morning session. All four other varsity players, Badura, Merley, Knock and Olsen, shot an even-par 71.

The Red Raider junior varsity shot a 303 and placed eighth in the morning session. Ryan Van Ostrand (73) and Ryan Vaden (74) were the top golfers; the JV group then lost to Morningside 5-0 in the title match in the junior varsity bracket.

Northwestern’s third team carded a 327 and defeated Dordt’s JV 4 1/2 – 1/2 for seventh place in the JV bracket. Dana Van Ostrand carded the low round with a 77 and tied for 40th place.

April 10, 2019 - 2:21 pm - Posted in Sports

Carter Francis of Hull has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Francis is a 6’2″ guard who lettered two years for the Boyden-Hull Comets. As a senior, Francis averaged 7 points, 4 rebound and 3 assists for one the best 2A teams in Iowa. The Comets finished with a 24-3 record and a second-place finish at the Iowa State Tournament. Francis earned a spot on the third-team all-conference roster as a senior. He also excels in the classroom, as he is a part of the National Honor Society. He plans to major in accounting at Northwestern College. Francis is the son of Bill and the late Sondra Francis.

“Carter is a high IQ basketball player with a strong work ethic and love for the game!” commented Northwestern head coach Kris Korver. “He has been coached well and comes from a winning program. We are excited to have Carter joining us and we look forward to seeing him grow and mature as a young man, student, player and teammate.”

April 10, 2019 - 2:08 pm - Posted in Sports

The Tulip Festival Road Race has become an annual tradition in Orange City, and we hope you are able to join us again for this special race that supports many important community organizations.

The annual Tulip Festival Road Race will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 8 a.m. The race begins at Windmill Park and consists of a 5k, 10k run, and 1-mile walk. The road race is organized and sponsored by OC Fit and Orange City Area Health System. The races will be professionally timed and all participants will receive a race t-shirt!

Simply click here to register today!

April 10, 2019 - 9:21 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 outdoor track & field athletes-of-the-week for events held April 1-7, 2019. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2018-2019 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes-of-the-Week

Track Events – Matthew Van Eps, Dordt College

Dordt’s Matthew Van Eps is this week’s track athlete-of-the-week. Van Eps, a sophomore from Prinsburg, Minnesota, anchored the 4×800 team to an A standard time and the top time in the GPAC and third best in the NAIA. He then came back later in the meet to run a 1:53.67 in the 800 which tops the GPAC and is 11th nationally and also meets B standard.

April 9, 2019 - 1:41 pm - Posted in Sports

Allison Timmermans, a graduate of Unity Christian High School, has transferred from Wayne State College, and will join the Defender volleyball program.

Timmermans graduated from Unity in 2017 after earning first-team all-state honors for the 2016 season and she was a third-team all-state pick in 2015. She claimed first-team all-conference honors from 2014-16 and was an all-district selection in both 2015 and 2016. Timmermans was the 2016 Sioux City Journal Volleyball Player of the Year and finished her high school career with 2,091 assists, 279 blocks and 166 ace serves. She competed for the Wayne State Wildcats in 2017 and 2018 and played in 18 matches as a rightside hitter and averaged right at one kill per set.

“Alli joined us this spring and has provided a great role for us in setting. We see a wonderful fit for her on the right side with setting as well as blocking and attacking. It is so wonderful to have Alli join us in a transfer role as she was a high profile athlete out of high school. While we did not have her join us right out of high school, we are thrilled she has found a great home here at Dordt. She will impact us greatly as she strives to serve the Lord and others through her education degree and role in our volleyball program,” said Dordt coach Chad Hanson.

Allison is the daughter of Ken and Patty Timmermans of Orange City, Iowa. She plans to study Education at Dordt.

April 9, 2019 - 9:26 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following baseball player and pitcher-of-the-week for contests played April 1-7, 2019. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2018-2019 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Baseball Weekly Honors

Player – Austin Zylstra, Northwestern College (Infield)

Northwestern’s Austin Zylstra is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports baseball player-of-the-week. Zylstra, a senior from Humboldt, Iowa, hit a team-best .481, totaling 13 hits in 27 at-bats while scoring seven runs. Zylstra belted one home run to go along with 13 RBIs and had at least one hit in all eight games. He had four multi-hit games and had at least one RBI in six of the games played.

April 9, 2019 - 9:24 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the softball player and pitcher-of-the-week for contests played April 1-7, 2019. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Softball Weekly Honors

Player – Rachel Evavold, Dordt College (Infield/Pitcher)

Dordt’s Rachel Evavold is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports softball player-of-the-week. Evavold, a junior from Bloomington, Minnesota, posted posting a .625 batting average, going 10-of-16, with a 1.18 slugging percentage. She had two homeruns, a pair of doubles and six RBIs. In addition, Evavold was 2-1 on the mound with 10 strikeouts in three starts and 17 innings pitched.

April 5, 2019 - 3:29 pm - Posted in Sports

Joseph Schoonhoven, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

Schoonhoven has personal bests of 10:12 in the 3200 meters; 4:41 in the 1600 meters and 16:52 on a 5000 meter cross country course. Schoonhoven has been a part of two state runner-up team finishes in cross country and finished 13th in the Class 2A field in 2017 with a time of 16:54. He’s been an all-conference performer three times in track and field, four times in cross country and once in baseball.

“I am excited to have Joey join the Defender Cross Country and Track & Field programs. Joey has had good success as an individual and as a member of the Unity Christian program under Coach Kaemingk. He is an all-around athlete, having played both basketball and baseball in addition to running in high school. That athleticism will be a benefit as he transitions to college running. I look forward to seeing him have a solid group of men to work with daily during the year. I believe his strongest days of running are ahead of him, and I look forward to working with him over the next four years,” said Dordt cross country coach Nate Wolf.

Joseph is the son of Marlin and Leah Schoonhoven of Ireton, Iowa. He plans to study Exercise Science or pre-Physical Therapy.

April 5, 2019 - 11:37 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt will face Briar Cliff on Friday afternoon, April 5 starting at 2:00 and will meet Jamestown on Saturday at 1:00. The games against Briar Cliff are in Sioux City and the Jamestown contests are at Open Space Park in Sioux Center

Dordt is 5-14 this season and 2-10 in the GPAC.

Logan Cline has had a hot start to the season with a .394 batting average and has a team high 28 hits with five doubles, three triples and 18 runs batted in. Dillon Branderhorst has 14 hits with a .250 batting average and has 12 runs batted in with four doubles. Jason Holwerda is batting .260 with 12 hits and has scored seven runs. Lucas Nelson has 11 hits and has a .344 batting average with five runs batted in and seven runs scored.

Isaac Vander Hart has pitched 22 innings and has a 2-1 record in five starts with a 4.37 earned run average and has 17 strikeouts. Cole Vande Vegte has 13 strikeouts in 11 innings and Isaac Buteyn has a 1-3 record in three starts with a team high 25 strikeouts. Luke Drooger has pitched 20 innings and is 2-2 with 18 strikeouts. Logan Horne has pitched 18 innings and has eight strikeouts in four starts.

Dordt will travel to Hastings and Doane this weekend for a pair of GPAC softball doubleheaders. The Friday, April 5 games against Hastings will begin at 5:00 and the Saturday doubleheader in Crete, Nebraska gets underway at 1:00.

The Defenders are 10-11 this season 4-2 in GPAC play after a pair of losses to Mount Marty on the road.

Rachel Evavold is batting .348 with 16 hits and four doubles and a homerun with a .500 slugging percentage. Hailey Heeringa has 20 hits and is batting .308 with four doubles and Carley De Roin has 17 hits and a .279 batting average and Marissa Vanden Berg has a .250 batting average with 16 hits. Dordt has a .237 batting average while teams are batting .331 against the Defenders.

Tianna Soodsma is 5-2 with a 2.64 earned run average and she has pitched 61 innings with 35 strikeouts. Natalie Vos is 3-3 with a 2.82 earned run average and she has 27 strikeouts but she is currently out with an injury. Rachel Evavold is 2-2 with 11 strikeouts and 21 innings pitched.

The Defenders will host Midland on April 8 and is scheduled to host Morningside on Friday, April 12 before capping the week with a home date against the College of Saint Mary on April 13.