December 11, 2018 - 3:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern will host No.8 Briar Cliff for a conference match-up Wednesday night, Dec. 12. Tip-off at the Bultman Center is scheduled for 8pm. Northwestern has dropped two straight, both within GPAC play, and is 2-4 in the conference, 7-6 overall. Briar Cliff has won five straight and is in second place in the GPAC with a 6-1 mark, 10-1 overall.

The Chargers have won five straight games since losing its only game of the season to cross-town rival Morningside, 76-67, at home on Nov. 14. They earned wins over Doane, Mount Marty, Dakota Wesleyan and Dordt, all in GPAC play, along with coming out on top against Dakota State last weekend in a non-conference match-up to move a game behind the Mustangs in the league standings. BCU won five straight games to start the season, four of them on the road.

Svagera is in his second season as the head of the Briar Cliff program after serving as an assistant under previous head coach Nic Nelson for six years. Svagera returns three starters and nine players from a 2017-18 team that tied Northwestern for second with a 13-5 conference record, 26-8 overall. They lost to Indiana University-East in the quarterfinals of the NAIA D-II National Championship.

Since its three-game win streak to conclude November, the Red Raiders have lost two straight to fall back into eighth place in the GPAC standings at 2-4, 7-6 overall. Northwestern has lost to the University of Jamestown and Midland, both last week. Leading by seven with under five minutes to go, the Red Raiders were outscored 10-0 down the stretch to fall to Midland 74-73 last Saturday night at the Bultman Center.

Northwestern has outrebounded its opponent in 10 of its 13 games played; they have been outrebounded in three straight games, however

The Red Raiders have shot better than 50% in nine of their 13 games; and shot better than its opponent in eight games

December 11, 2018 - 3:23 pm - Posted in Sports

No.5 Northwestern plays host to (RV) Briar Cliff for a mid-week match-up in conference play between ranked teams. Tip-off is set for 6pm at the Bultman Center. On a seven-game win streak, Northwestern currently sits in third place within the GPAC with a 6-1 record, 10-1 overall. Briar Cliff is currently eighth in the conference with a 3-5 record, 7-5 overall.

The Chargers have a modest two-game win streak heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Red Raiders. Wins over College of Saint Mary and Dakota State have put the Chargers in eighth place in the GPAC with a 3-5 league record, 7-5 overall. BCU is 2-5 against ranked teams so far this season.

In his second stint and 19th overall season as the BCU head coach, Power returns two starters and seven players from a 2017-18 team that finished eighth in the GPAC with a 7-13 record, 10-21 overall.

One of nine teams from the GPAC currently recognized in the NAIA D-II Coaches’ poll, Northwestern has won seven straight to move up to third in the GPAC standings with a 6-1 record, 10-1 overall. They are 5-1 against ranked teams this season, earning wins over Valley City State, Morningside, Dordt, Midland and University of Jamestown. Northwestern’s only setback was a three-point loss on the road against No.2 Dakota Wesleyan.

The Red Raiders have outrebounded their opponent in all but three games; they have shot better than their opponent in all but two games

Kassidy De Jong (8th), Darbi Gustafson (21st) and Haley Birks (27th) have all scored 1,000+ points in their career

Both De Jong and Gustafson have scored in double figures in every game this season; Gustafson leads the team with six double-doubles

Northwestern travels to Hastings, Neb. for a showdown against the Broncos on Saturday, Dec. 15 in its final game before Christmas break.

December 11, 2018 - 11:22 am - Posted in Sports

Bryce Van Beek was named to the 2018 American Football Coaches Association / NAIA All-American team announced by the national office Tuesday.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Van Beek, a two-time all-conference selection as one of the anchors of the Red Raider secondary, ranked second in the NAIA with 10 interceptions this season. The senior broke up 19 passes, 10th most in the NAIA, and ranked third on the team with 60 total stops. Van Beek closed his career with 17 interceptions, tied for seventh most all-time in program history.

Selection Process: The AFCA’s NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s seven districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.

2018 AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team – First Team


Pos.  Name                             Ht.      Wt.      Cl.      School                                 Coach                                               Hometown (High School)

QB     Trent Solsma                6-0     215     Sr.      Morningside (Iowa)           Steve Ryan    Dakota Dunes, S.D. (Bishop Heelan Catholic)

RB     Joe Conner                   6-0     215     Jr.      Concordia (Mich.)              Joshua Schumacher                     Flat Rock, Mich. (Flat Rock)

RB     Demarco Prewitt          5-10   204     Jr.       Kansas Wesleyan             Matt Drinkall                            Menifee, Calif. (Paloma Valley)

WR    Darrion Dillard              6-4     205     Sr.      Ottawa (Kan.)                     Kent Kessinger                                    St. Louis, Mo. (McCluer)

WR    Brenden Kelly               6-2     205     R-Sr.  Eastern Oregon                 Tim Camp                               Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge)

TE     Brandon Dillon             6-5     250     Sr.      Marian (Ind.)                       Mark Henninger                                   Bringhurst, Ind. (Carroll)

OL     *Garrett Bader              6-5     293     Sr.      Benedictine (Kan.)            Larry Wilcox                                                               Aurora, Mo. (Aurora)

OL     Anthony Vereen           6-4     290     Sr.      Jamestown (N.D.)             Josh Kittell                                         Las Vegas, Nev. (Mojave)

OL     Shabari Jones              6-2     300     Sr.      Avila (Mo.)                           Marc Benavidez                            Leesburg, Ga. (Lee County)

OL     Dustin Rivera                5-11   250     Jr.       Southwestern (Kan.)         Brad Griffin                                         Buckeye, Ariz. (Buckeye)

OL     Trevor Wietzema         6-2     290     Sr.      Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)   Ross Cimpl                           Worthington, Minn. (Worthington)



Pos.  Name                             Ht.      Wt.      Cl.      School                                 Coach                                               Hometown (High School)

DL     *Curt Boeke                  6-5     265     Sr.      Dakota State (S.D.)           Josh Anderson                                    Clear Lake, S.D. (Deuel)

DL     Kenneth Steele, Jr.      6-0     212     Sr.      Ottawa (Ariz.)                     Mike Nesbitt                                            Tampa, Fla. (Tolleson)

DL     JT Graydon                   6-0     215     R-So. Reinhardt (Ga.)                  James Miller                                          Tifton, Ga. (Tift County)

DL     Andreas Moeller          6-1     245     Jr.       Evangel (Mo.)                     Chuck Hepola                                         Hebo, Ore. (Nestucca)

LB     Jason Ferris                  6-3     215     R-Jr.   Montana Western              Ryan Nourse                     Dillon, Mont. (Beaverhead County)

LB     Damarcus Wimbush   5-10   211     R-So. Bluefield (Va.)                    Dewey Lusk                                            Danville, Va. (Tunstall)

LB     Caleb Coe                     6-1     210     Sr.      Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)         Eric Hehman                                Cedarville, Ohio (Cedarville)

DB     Nicholas Holmes         5-11   207     So.     St. Mary (Kan.)                   Jay Osborne                            Lansing, Kan. (Pleasant Ridge)

DB     Anthony Murray            5-8     170     Sr.      Hastings (Neb.)                  Tony Harper                              Aurora, Colo. (Cherokee Trail)

DB     Jay Liggins                   6-2     200     Sr.      Dickinson St. (N.D.)           Pete Stanton                                    Bismarck, N.D. (Bismarck)

DB     Wilmer Cole                  6-1     194     Sr.      Saint Francis (Ind.)            Kevin Donley                                     Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)



Pos.  Name                             Ht.      Wt.      Cl.      School                                 Coach                                               Hometown (High School)

P        Drake Higgins              6-2     257     Jr.       Missouri Valley                  Paul Troth                                                Lathrop, Mo. (Lathrop)

PK     Marcus Montano          6-1     205     Sr.      Southern Oregon               Charlie Hall                                       Manteca, Calif. (Manteca)

AP     J’Kobi Reddick             5-8     183     So.     Bethel (Tenn.)                    Brent Dearmon                 Tampa, Fla. (Cambridge Christian)


*-2017 AFCA All-American


2018 AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team – Second Team


Pos.  Name                         Ht.     Wt.     Cl.      School                                           Coach                                        Hometown (High School)

QB     Jaylen Lowe             6-0     200    Sr.      Langston (Okla.)                           Quinton Morgan                      Collinsville, Okla. (Owasso)

RB     Milton Shelton          5-10  190    Jr.       Cumberlands (Ky.)                       Matt Rhymer        Roswell, Ga. (Blessed Trinity Catholic)

RB     Drevion Cooper       5-7     170    Sr.      Tabor (Kan.)                                  Mike Gardner                       Coldspring, Texas (Oakhurst)

WR    Aaron Jackson         6-2     187    Sr.      Benedictine (Kan.)                       Larry Wilcox                                  Frankfort, Ky. (Frankfort)

WR    *Connor Niles           5-11  195    Sr.      Morningside (Iowa)                      Steve Ryan     Sioux City, Iowa (Bishop Heelan Catholic)

TE     Devante Jimenez    6-5     277    Sr.      Bethel (Tenn.)                               Brent Dearmon                     Pulaski, Tenn. (Giles County)

OL     Tre Coney                 6-1     275    Jr.       Reinhardt (Ga.)                             James Miller                                                          Dublin, Ga. (Dublin)

OL     Mick Wilson              6-5     285    R-Sr.  Eastern Oregon                            Tim Camp                                      Council, Idaho (Council)

OL     Jordan Heldreth       6-5     310    Sr.      Southeastern (Fla.)                      Keith Barefield         Port Orange, Fla. (Warner Christian)

OL     Jarin Bush                 6-4     295    Sr.      Marian (Ind.)                                  Mark Henninger                                      Flora, Ind. (Carroll)

OL     D.J. Loving               6-2     280    Sr.      Grand View (Iowa)                       Mike Woodley                      St. Louis, Mo. (East St. Louis)



Pos.  Name                         Ht.     Wt.     Cl.      School                                           Coach                                        Hometown (High School)

DL     Mike Mitchell            6-4     270    Sr.      Southeastern (Fla.)                      Keith Barefield      Plano, Texas (Prestonwood Christian)

DL     Shaq Bradford          5-10  219    Jr.       Kansas Wesleyan                        Matt Drinkall                              San Diego, Calif. (Hoover)

DL     Dmitri Joe                  6-3     285    Sr.      St. Xavier (Ill.)                               Mike Feminis   La Grange Park, Ill. (Nazareth Academy)

DL     Ryder Rice                6-6     220    Jr.       Rocky Mountain (Mont.)              Jason Petrino                                Savage, Mont. (Savage)

LB     Ben Slavens             5-10  215    Jr.       Grand View (Iowa)                       Mike Woodley              Bettendorf, Iowa (Pleasant Valley)

LB     *Trent Mueller          6-0     225    Gr.      Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)                    Chris Oliver                              Nashville, Tenn. (Christian)

LB     Eric Dunten               6-2     220    Sr.      Saint Francis (Ind.)                       Kevin Donley                               Fort Wayne, Ind. (Carroll)

DB     Bryce Van Beek       6-0     175    Sr.      Northwestern (Iowa)                    Matt McCarty                   Rock Valley, Iowa (Rock Valley)

DB     Landon Jones          6-1     215    Jr.       Southwestern Assemblies (Tex.) Ryan Smith                                      Waco, Texas (Midway)

DB     Xavier Spann            6-1     185    Sr.      Morningside (Iowa)                      Steve Ryan                                 Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland)

DB     #Cain Boschee        6-3     185    Sr.      Dickinson St. (N.D.)                     Pete Stanton                                                  Kalispell, Mont. (Glacier)



Pos.  Name                         Ht.     Wt.     Cl.      School                                           Coach                                        Hometown (High School)

P        Austin Bohn              6-4     180    Jr.       Ottawa (Ariz.)                                Mike Nesbitt                                                Erie, Colo. (Erie)

PK     Jared Amundson     6-3     220    Sr.      Morningside (Iowa)                      Steve Ryan                                       Sioux City, Iowa (East)

AP     Nate McLaurin         5-11  190    Sr.      Baker (Kan.)                                  Mike Grossner                                      Erie, Pa. (Cathedral Prep)

*-2017 AFCA All-American      #-2016 AFCA All-American

December 11, 2018 - 9:19 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following basketball players-of-the-week for contests played Dec. 3-9, 2018. 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 Basketball Players-of-the-Week

Women – Darbi Gustafson, Northwestern College (Center)

Northwestern center Darbi Gustafson is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports women’s basketball player-of-the-week. Gustafson, a senior from Ethan, South Dakota, averaged 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in wins over #20 University of Jamestown and #25 Midland. Gustafson shot 63% from the field and registered a double-double in both games. She matched her career high with 29 points, going 12-of-17 from the field, in the Red Raiders 95-71 win over Midland on Saturday. Northwestern, ranked #5, has won seven straight games and is 10-1 on the season.

December 10, 2018 - 2:40 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt will travel to face Bellevue on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm in non-conference women’s basketball.

The Bellevue Bruins are 9-4 this season and 1-0 in North Star Athletic Association play. Bellevue started the season with three wins and then won four in a row from November 2-13.  The Bruins lost three straight to MidAmerica Nazarene, College of the Ozarks and Hastings and then followed that with back to back wins in their two most recent games.

The Bruins are averaging 81.8 points per game and allow 65.  The Bruins are getting outrebounded by a 39.7-39 average and convert 43.6 percent of their field goals and allow 38.8 success.  Bellevue gets to the free throw line 24 times per game and converts 73.4 percent of their field goals.

Dordt’s women are 10-3 this season and 5-3 in the GPAC.  Morningside handed Dordt its first loss of the season on November 10 after the Defenders started the season 5-0. The Defenders have won three straight games and five of the last six games dating back to November 14.

Dordt’s women are averaging 85.5 points per game and limit teams to 68.7 points per outing.  Dordt also has a 47-37 rebounding advantage and has converted 46.3 percent of its field goals and 33 percent of its three-point shots.

Erika Feenstra averages 25.5 points per game and takes in 8.2 rebounds and she is making 65 percent of her field goals. Annie Rhinesmith averages 13.5 points per game with 5.2 rebounds with five assists per game. Rachel Evavold has an 11.2 points per game average and she gets 7.6 rebounds per outing. Payton Harmsen is scoring 9.3 points per outing and Siennah Stamness contributes 5.9 points. Harmsen leads the team with 36 made three-point shots and Rhinesmith has 26 made three-point field goals.

The Defender women will travel to face Midland on Saturday in their final game before the Christmas break. Dordt resumes play after the Christmas break against Dakota State and Trinity Christian at a classic hosted by Northwestern on December 28 and 29 in Orange City.

December 10, 2018 - 9:33 am - Posted in Sports

The Iowa High School Football Coaches Association has selected the Coaches for the 2019 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 South Head Coach is Butch Pedersen of West Branch.

Assistant Coaches are Cody Snitker, Iowa Valley, Marengo, Ryan Hetzler, Wilton, Jared Jensen, Sigourney-Keota, Shawn Striegel, Mount Pleasant, and Adam Goodvin, Marshalltown.

The North Head Coach is Jay Rozeboom of West Lyon.

Assistant Coaches are Dale Ploessl Dubuque Senior, Dan Burke of Center Point- Urbana, Tim Van Regenmorter of Sioux Center, Andy Kleema of Nevada, and Mark Fuhrman of South O’Brien, Paullina.

The Coaches have selected 46 players for each Squad. The selections are made from nominations from coaches around the state.

The cheerleading coaches for 2019 are Sandy Norby, Osage, Megan Stumpf from Southeast Valley, Gowrie and Choreographer Kinsey Dinsdale, Waterloo.

The 2019 game will be the 47th. Annual All-Star game which has raised over $2,680,000 for the Shrine Hospitals for Children. There are 19 orthopedic hospitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii, 3 burn centers in the US and 1 unit in the US that treats all types of cases. We have been privileged to have some of the finest football players participate in this prestigious game- Many who have gone on to excel at the college and professional level. Regardless of the score-everyone is a winner in the All-Star game, especially our hospitals.

December 9, 2018 - 5:34 pm - Posted in Sports

Darbi Gustafson matched her career-high with 29 points in leading No.5 Northwestern to a 95-71 win over 25th-ranked Midland in a GPAC match-up played this afternoon at the Bultman Center. The Red Raiders pushed their win streak to seven games and improve to 6-1 in the GPAC, 10-1 overall.

The Warriors fall to 4-4 in the conference, 7-5 overall.

Gustafson, one of five Red Raiders to score in double figures, converted 12 of her 17 field goal attempts and all four free throws en route to 29 points, matching her career-best set earlier this season against Dakota State. Gustafson also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, earning her sixth double-double of the season. Kassidy De Jong netted 16 points and both Bre Schuiteman and Haley Birks scored 14 points. Jada Cunningham chipped in a career-high 10 points, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

Baskets by Gustafson and two free throws by Sammy Blum put the Red Raiders up 6-0 from the start as the hosts opened up a 27-13 lead by the end of the first quarter. Schuiteman knocked down the second of her four three-pointers to put Northwestern up 19 (38-19) midway through the second quarter and teams traded baskets for the final five minutes, ending with a 50-31 Red Raider lead at half.

Consecutive three-point plays by Makenna Sullivan made it a 15-point game at the start of the second half but Northwestern came back with a 16-6 run, extending its lead to 68-43 after a three-pointer by Kassidy De Jong with 5:23 left in the third quarter. Schuiteman’s final three-pointer put Coach Yaw’s squad in front 77-50 by quarters end, matching the largest lead of the game.

Northwestern shot 44% for the game, 35% (7/20) from the three-point arc and 92% (24/26) from the free throw line. The Red Raiders held a commanding 53-40 edge on the boards and committed just 10 turnovers. Blum dished out seven assists and Cunningham totaled four assists.

Midland shot 36% for the game, 24% (5/21) from the arc. Three players, Sullivan, Amanda Hansen and Maddie Egr, all scored 14 points to lead the Warriors.

Northwestern will host Briar Cliff on Wednesday night, Dec. 12, at 6pm.

December 8, 2018 - 9:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt overcame a ten-point second quarter deficit to beat the Hastings Broncos 85-66 in GPAC play on Saturday, December 8 in Sioux Center.

Dordt fell behind by ten early in the game as the visitors used a 16-6 start to take control.  The deficit was still ten at the end of the quarter with the Broncos leading 22-12 at the break. The Broncos were still up 29-22 when Dordt scored six unanswered points with an Annie Rhinesmith basket and Erika Feenstra basket starting the run and Kenzie Bousema added a basket with 4:45 left to get it to 29-28.  Dordt’s first lead since 2-0 came with a Feenstra free throw at the 3:30 mark for a 32-31 Dordt leand the difference was 38-35 at halftime.

An 8-0 run early in the second half put the Defenders up 49-38 with 8:05 left in the third but the Broncos were able to keep pace and cut the lead to 64-61 late in the period before an Erika Feenstra basket with two seconds remaining got Dordt in front 66-61 at the break.

The Defenders scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter and didn’t surrender a basket in the period until the 4:12 mark when the score was 78-61.  Hastings couldn’t put together a run and Dordt went on to defeat the Broncos 85-66.

December 8, 2018 - 9:17 pm - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team had a fast start and used that to propel itself to a six point win in GPAC play over the Hastings Broncos on Saturday in Sioux Center.

Dordt took a 26-9 lead with 9:25 left in the first half on a Josh Van Lingen basket. The was as many as 19 before a 10-0 lead eventually  cut the lead to 34-27 with 2:55 left in the half.  Dordt answered with a Jesse Jansma basket and a pair of free throws by Zach Bussard and a two-point basket made the halftime score 42-29.

The Defenders picked up where they left off in the second half as the lead ballooned to 61-38 on a pair of Chad Barkema free throws with 12:20 left in the game and the lead was still 63-43 at the 10:00 mark after a Bussard basket.

Hastings did rally and worked the lead to 79-75 with a 32 point explosion over a nine minute period but Jesse Jansma converted two late free throws for Dordt to win by the final margin of 81-75.

December 7, 2018 - 2:44 pm - Posted in Sports

Fifth-ranked Northwestern College plays host to No.25 Midland this weekend in a conference match-up between ranked teams. Tip-off at the Bultman Center is scheduled for 2pm. Northwestern has won six straight games and is in third place in the current GPAC standings with a 5-1 record, 9-1 overall. Midland brings a two-game win streak into the weekend and is tied with Dordt for sixth in the GPAC at 4-3, 7-4 overall.

The Warriors earned a 63-58 road win over No.8 Morningside last time out (Dec.5) to move above .500 in the GPAC at 4-3. They are 7-4 overall and are one of the nine teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference recognized in the recent NAIA Coaches’ poll. Within conference play, Midland has wins over Doane, Mount Marty, College of Saint Mary and Morningside; losses to Concordia, Dakota Wesleyan and Hastings.

Gilbert, a former assistant at the University of Nebraska, is in his sixth season as the head of the Warriors program. He also spent time as the head coach at Mount Mercy for six years, leading teams to the NAIA D-II Championship several times. Gilbert returns three starters and 10 players from a 2017-18 team that finished sixth in the GPAC with a 9-11 record, 14-17 overall.

The Red Raiders have won six straight games, three against ranked teams, heading into the weekend against Midland. They have wins over No.8 Morningside, #15 Dordt and #20 University of Jamestown during the streak. Northwestern’s lone loss was on the road to #2 Dakota Wesleyan.

Northwestern has outrebounded its opponent in seven of 10 games; they have shot better from the field than their opponent in all but two games.

Both Kassidy De Jong and Darbi Gustafson have scored in double figures in all 10 games and both have five 20+-point games. Gustafson leads the team with five double-doubles. Haley Birks has scored in double figures in eight games and all three players have scored 1,000 points in their career.

Northwestern will host (RV) Briar Cliff on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6pm.