April 7, 2021 - 9:41 pm - Posted in Sports

Jamestown, North Dakota — The Dordt Defenders played in the second of back-to-back road trips at Jamestown on Wednesday, dropping game one of the doubleheader in 5 innings.

The Jimmies scored first, sending two runs across the plate in the 2nd inning. Following a leadoff single for Katie Reisdorfer, Gracie Fisher hit a 2-run home run to center to give Jamestown their first runs of the game.

Dordt came back in the 3rd inning with two runs of their own, using two hits and an error to tie the game. Jessica Oules reached first to open the inning, and eventually advanced to third on passed balls. With runners on first and third, Hannah Sikkema hit a single that scored Oules. On the next at bat, Hailey Heeringa singled to center field, scoring Sikkema.

Jamestown broke the tie in their half of the 3rd, as Kassie Ward hit a double with two runners on base, giving the Jimmies a 4-2 lead after three innings.

The Defenders put one runner on base in the 4th, but Jamestown scored eight runs in the bottom of the 4th, moving their lead to 10 runs facilitated by an RBI double and a 3-run home run early in the inning.

Hannah Sikkema went 1-2 with an RBI and 1 run scored

Hailey Heeringa had 1 RBI

In game two, Dordt opened the game with a single by leadoff hitter Kenzie Cunard, and after Cunard stole second base, Rachel Evavold hit an RBI single to center field for the Defenders’ first run of the game. In the next at-bat, Hannah Sikkema reached, and a defensive error allowed Evavold to come around to score, giving Dordt a 2-0 lead after their first at-bats.

Jamestown answered with a home run in the bottom of the 1st for Morgan Geiszler, putting the Jimmies on the board, their only run of the inning.

In the bottom of the 2nd with two runners in scoring position, Jamestown tied the game as Lauren Diemert hit a shallow single that scored the runner from third.

In the top of the 3rd, Evavold hit a leadoff single as was advanced on Erin Bredemus’s sacrifice bunt. Brooklyn Van Oort then singled to left, scoring Evavold and allowing Dordt to take back the lead. With Van Oort on first, Hailey Heeringa hit an RBI double to deep right-center.

Jamestown tied the game again on a 2-run home run by Sydney Prussia, making the score 4-4 after three innings of play.

In the next inning, Dordt scored 1 run on a sacrifice fly from Evavold, scoring Karli Olsen. Jamestown then added 4 runs to their total, taking an 8-5 lead.

The Defenders scored one more run in the top of the 6th, but Jamestown held onto the lead for an 8-6 win.

Dordt will host Hastings in a doubleheader on Friday, April 16. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm at Open Space Park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jamestown (N.D.) remains at No. 1 in the latest edition of the 2020-21 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

GPAC team in the rankings include: Northwestern up to #5, Concordia stays at #10, Midland jumps to 12th, and Dordt falls to the 16 spot. Hastings received votes.

1 1 Jamestown (N.D.) [20] 24-1 591
2 2 Park (Mo.) [1] 19-3 570
3 4 Westmont (Calif.) 13-0 550
4 3 Indiana Wesleyan 19-2 527
5 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 18-3 506
6 5 Missouri Baptist 19-2 505
7 6 Marian (Ind.) 15-4 483
8 8 Eastern Oregon 15-0 465
9 9 Central Methodist (Mo.) 13-6 433
10 10 Concordia (Neb.) 15-3 426
11 14 Keiser (Fla.) 35-0 369
12 18 Midland (Neb.) 11-7 358
13 13 Corban (Ore.) 10-4 355
14 11 Grand View (Iowa) 15-4 353
15 16 Providence (Mont.) 18-2 329
16 12 Dordt (Iowa) 14-6 315
17 15 Bellevue (Neb.) 15-4 308
18 17 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 16-3 261
19 22 Ottawa (Kan.) 28-7 242
20 20 Viterbo (Wis.) 11-7 234
21 19 Oklahoma City 11-2 213
22 21 Cornerstone (Mich.) 21-3 199
23 24 IU Kokomo (Ind.) 22-4 185
24 23 Bethel (Ind.) 23-6 151
25 25 Aquinas (Mich.) 19-2 132

Dropped from the poll: None

Receiving votes: Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 75, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 62, Reinhardt (Ga.) 49, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 33, Bushnell (Ore.) 32, Mayville State (N.D.) 30, McPherson (Kan.) 26, Madonna (Mich.) 22, The Master’s (Calif.) 20, Texas Wesleyan 8, Oregon Tech 8, Hastings (Neb.) 6, Ottawa (Ariz.) 5

April 6, 2021 - 10:42 pm - Posted in Sports

Fremont, Nebraska — Kolby Newborg won the individual title and helped lead Northwestern to the team championship at the Midland Men’s Golf Invite held this afternoon at the Fremont Golf Club.

Newborg claimed medalist honors for the second time in his Raider career, winning today’s championship after a birdie on the second playoff hole against Preston Carbaugh (Midland). Both golfers finished the initial 18 holes with a one-under 70, two strokes better than the third place golfer.

Northwestern shot a 297, winning the team championship by one stroke over the host Warriors. Southeast Community College was third (304), followed by Northeast Community College (324) and Midland’s B (325).

Four Raiders placed in the top 10 and all six Northwestern golfers finished among the top 25. Jake Olsen tied for sixth with a 75, turning his first top 10 finish of the season. Brock Murphy and Alex Snyder both shot 76 and tied for ninth in the 52-player field. Nick Bomgaars added a 77 (T12th) and Trenton De Haan shot an 83 and tied for 25th.

April 6, 2021 - 10:41 pm - Posted in Sports

Lincoln, Nebraska — The Dordt Defender women’s golf team is in 11th place, and Northwestern shot a 371 and is in 12th place after Tuesday’s round, nine shots in back of Dordt of the Concordia Bulldog Invite hosted at the Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Defenders shot a first day total of 362 and is four shots out of tenth place entering play on Wednesday.

Morningside shot a 304 and is 22 shots clear of its nearest competitor.

Gianna Van Klaveren led Dordt with an 85 and Rylie Brown had an 89 for the Defender effort.  Van Klaveren is tied for 20th and Brown 36th in the 90 golfer field.

Wednesday’s final round will begin at 10am.

For Northwestern, Kate Wynja is the front-runner for Head Coach Courtney Den Herder’s squad, tied for 39th place with a 91. Morgan Roberts is close behind, in a tie for 46th with a 92. Both Hayley Carlson and Maddie Schrack are tied for 52nd with a 94 and Taylor Van Ostrand is currently tied for 64th with a 97.

Gianna Van Klaveren 85/t-20th
Rylie Brown 89/t-36th
Tess Hemmila 94/t-52nd
Bailey Weg 94/t-52nd
Rachel Bostwick 98th/t-68th

Orange City, Iowa — Samantha Ubben pitched a complete-game, six-hitter and both Erika McKenney and Emily Strasser hit home runs in leading Northwestern to a 4-2 win against Dordt in game one of a GPAC doubleheader played today in Orange City. Northwestern dropped the nightcap 2-0 and is now 5-3 in the GPAC, 18-8 overall.

Ubben struck out three and walked two and pitched her seventh complete game while improving her record to 6-5 this season. She held Dordt scoreless for the first five innings until the Defenders broke through with a pair of runs in the sixth, both scored with two outs. Ubben, however, struck out pinch hitter Sophia Caldwell with the tying run at third to end the sixth.

Erika McKenney put Northwestern in front 2-0 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning after Jennifer Boeve reached base on a walk. The Raiders made it 3-0 in the bottom of the second when Emily Strasser drove the first pitch over the left field fence, her fourth home run of the season.

Dordt scored its runs with a pair of two-out RBI singles from Hailey Heeringa and Erin Bredemus. Northwestern picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Taylor De Jong, scoring courtesy runner Lily Anderson from third.

Six Raiders registered one hit each; McKenney, Strasser, De Jong, Emily Bosch, Kameryn Etherington and Madysn Grotewold.

Dordt’s Abby Kraemer (7-6) picked up the loss, giving up three earned runs in six innings.

Dordt took game two with a 2-0 win over Northwestern.

Dordt scored both runs in the third inning when Chandler Schemper led off with a single and Brooklyn Van Oort followed with a two-run home run.

Rachel Evavold (6-4) earned the complete-game win for the Defenders, walking three, giving up 5 hits, and striking out five.

Etherington (12-3) limited the Defenders to four hits while striking out six in the full seven innings. The freshman retired the final 10 batters she faced.

April 6, 2021 - 9:24 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — After winning their quarterfinals matches last Saturday, No. 7 Northwestern and No. 10 Concordia will go head-to-head in the GPAC tournament semifinals. First serve is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, April 7th at the Bultman Center.

Jamestown earned the GPAC regular season automatic berth to the NAIA National Volleyball Championship.The Cypress Risk Management GPAC Volleyball Tournament winner (runner-up if Jamestown wins) also receives an automatic berth to the NAIA National Volleyball Championship.

Earlier this season in their regular season meeting on Saturday, October 10th, Northwestern handed Concordia their first loss of the season, 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22).

The Raiders dominated play on both sides of the net, hitting .243 compared to Concordia’s .076, while also owning a 10-7 edge in blocks.

Northwestern was led by Anna Wedel, who contributed 19 kills and 12 digs. A.J. Kacmarynski and Emily Van Ginkel both put down 11 kills each. Lacey Reitz contributed 42 assists, two kills, and 12 digs. Emily Strasser and Oliva Granstra had 19 and nine digs, respectively.

Concordia was led by Kalee Wilfong, who had 18 kills and hit a match best .300, and Arleigh Costello, who put down 11 kills.

The Bulldogs are one of seven teams from the GPAC in the latest NAIA Coaches’ poll and 15-3 this season. Prior to the GPAC tournament, they played two non-conference games this spring, defeating Ottawa University, 3-1, and Grand View University, 3-0. They defeated Dakota Wesleyan in the GPAC Quarterfinals, 3-0. Tara Callahan lofted up 34 assists and directed a balanced attack for the Bulldogs, with five players having at least six kills, led by Kara Stark with 13.

Hired in December of 2017, Boldt is in the midst of his third season as the head of the Concordia volleyball program. Boldt has coaching stops at Hendrix College, a NCAA D-III school, and the University of Nebraska. He returns six starters, eight players from a 2019 team that finished third in the GPAC with an 11-5 record, 25-8 overall, and qualified for its first NAIA National Championship tournament. They went 2-1 and advanced out of pool play before losing to Missouri Baptist.

The Raiders defeated No.7 seed Hastings 3-0 in last Saturday’s GPAC quarterfinals for their third straight win this spring. Lacey Reitz directed an offense that hit .494, putting away 46 kills in 83 attempts, only making five errors. Makenzie Fink put down a match high 12 kills and hit .611. Anna Wedel contributed 11 kills, hitting .320, while Bekah Horstman had a season-high eight kills and five blocks, hitting .538. A.J Kacmarynski hit .545 for the match and Emily Van Ginkel hit .444; all five Raider hitters compiled a hitting percentage better than .300.

April 6, 2021 - 3:51 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa — Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2020 NAIA Cross Country season were announced Monday, April 5, by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Dordt’s Nate Wolf was named the Midwest Region Men’s Coach of the Year.

Wolf is in his sixth season at Dordt and led the Defenders to the GPAC team title in the fall and has the Defenders rated in the top-10 of the nation ahead of the NAIA National Championship Meet held on Friday, April 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Wolf guided the Defenders to wins at the Dordt Sunflower Opener and the GPAC Championship and runner-up finishes at the Mount Marty, Briar Cliff and Morningside Invitationals. He was also named the conference’s coach of the year his work with both the Dordt women and men and he guided the women to a GPAC title this fall as well.

This is Wolf’s second honor from the USTFCCCA this spring as he also claimed the Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Assistant Coach of the Year award for 2021.

April 6, 2021 - 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 baseball player and pitcher-of-the-week for contests played March 29-April 4, 2021. 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.

Player – Colton Harold, Northwestern College (Infield)

Northwestern’s Colton Harold is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports baseball player-of-the-week. Harold, a senior from Abbotsford, British Columbia, totaled 10 hits in 15 at-bats for a .667 average in four games against Dakota Wesleyan. He had four home runs and drove in 13 to go with seven runs scored. Harold hit two home runs in the Raiders 13-8 win against the Tigers on Thursday and then smacked two more home runs, including a grand slam, in his team’s 9-2 game-one win on Saturday. He ranks in the GPAC’s top five in both home runs and RBIs for the season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Mustangs remain No. 1 in the fourth edition of the NAIA Football FirstDown Playbook Top 25 Poll. Morningside earned 17 first-place votes and 418 points for the third week in a row. Saving one first-place vote for No. 2 Grand View (Iowa). The top 15 teams stayed the same from the previous poll highlighted by Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Keiser (Fla.) and Concordia (Mich.) in the top five.

Northwestern remains in the 7 spot and Dordt moves up one position to #17

2020-21 NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll – Poll 4 (April 5)

1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [17] 8-0 418
2 2 Grand View (Iowa) [1] 6-0 401
3 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 6-0 387
4 4 Keiser (Fla.) 7-0 349
5 5 Concordia (Mich.) 5-0 347
6 6 College of Idaho 3-0 336
7 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-1 318
8 8 Baker (Kan.) 6-0 299
9 9 Reinhardt (Ga.) 8-0 292
10 10 Marian (Ind.) 4-1 272
11 11 Saint Francis (Ind.) 2-1 260
12 12 Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-0 248
13 13 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 7-0 238
14 14 Arizona Christian 8-1 203
15 15 Bethel (Kan.) 9-1 187
16 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 5-1 171
17 18 Dordt (Iowa) 8-2 156
18 17 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-2 155
19 19 Avila (Mo.) 8-1 141
20 21 Roosevelt (Ill.) 5-1 104
21 20 Eastern Oregon 2-1 84
22 23 Ottawa (Ariz.) 3-1 66
23 24 Kansas Wesleyan 8-2 62
24 22 Southwestern (Kan.) 6-2 61
25 25 Valley City State (N.D.) 5-2 25

Dropped Out: None

Receiving Votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 22 and Southeastern (Fla.) 20

April 3, 2021 - 11:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Silvis, Illinois — The Northwestern College men’s golf team finished third and Dordt finished 13th in the field with a 327-324=651 and was two strokes behind IU South Bend and nine strokes behind Mt. Vernon Nazarene at the two-day, 36-hole TPC Deere Run Invitational played this weekend at the TPC Deere Run Golf Course in Silvis, Ill.

Tied for third after shooting a 307 in Friday’s first round, Northwestern maintained its spot in the team standing after today’s final round score of 312. The Raiders 36-hole total of 619 tied IU-Kokomo for third out of 16 teams and finished 10 strokes out of second place (Missouri Valley). Faulkner won the team title with a 607; Northwestern finished four shots ahead of fellow GPAC-team, Doane.

Trevor Rupp (Spring Arbor) claimed medalist honors with a 144 (+2), one stroke in front of Ryan Feauto, who led the Dordt effort with a 72-73=145 for second place overall in the 92 golfer field. Dustin Widman had an 83-84=167 and tied for 66th.

Brock Murphy was the top Raider golfer, finishing tied for 10th overall with a two-day, 36-hole total of 151. The sophomore closed the tournament with a 79 today and recorded his team-best fourth top 10 finish this season. Ezra Meyer placed just outside the top 10, finishing 13th with a 153 (72/81).

Northwestern’s next three golfers all shot better in today’s second round, led by Kyle Christy who trimmed seven strokes off his day one score and moved up 20 place to finish 30th overall. The freshman shot a 157 (82/75). Jake Olsen shot two strokes better than Friday’s score of 80, closing with a 78, to place tied for 35th with a 158. Kolby Newborg improved 19 spots in the standing with a 76 today, a seven-stroke improvement from day one.

Other Raider scores / places:
Alex Snyder – T45: 76/85 – 161
Nick Bomgaars – T53: 83/80 – 163
Trenton DeHaan – T75th: 91/79 – 170

Ryan Feauto 72-73=145/2nd
Dustin Widman 83-84=167/t-66th
Caleb Dokter 84-85=169/t-71st
Colin Kloostra 88-85=173/t-83rd
Kolin Kroeze 91-82=173/t-83rd

Faulkner 303-304=607
Missouri Valley 307-302=609
IU Kokomo 301-318=619
Northwestern 307-312=619
Doane 319-304=623
Grand View 312-313=625
Spring Arbor 314-315=629
Briar Cliff 318-313=631
St. Ambrose 320-316=636
Midland 322-314=636
Mt Vernon Nazarene 324-318=642
IU South Bend 322-327=649
Dordt 327-324=651
Culver Stockton 332-323=655
Graceland 333-331=664
Indiana Tech 341-351=692