November 11, 2019 - 3:06 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Morningside (Iowa) claimed their 17th No. 1 ranking in the Top 25 Poll dating back to October 1st 2018. The Mustangs defeated conference opponent Concordia (Neb.) 52-7 on Saturday to earn their ninth win to remain No. 1 in the ninth edition of 2019 NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The No. 1 Mustangs are currently ranked No. 1 in ten statically categories including third down conversion, pass offense per game, pass efficiency, total sacks, opponent first downs, first down per game, sacks against, total scoring offense, total offense yards per game and scoring offense per game. Northwestern remains in the 5 spot and will face #1 Morningside this Saturday for the GPAC crown, and Dordt is back in the rankings at #24. The Defenders have outscored their last four opponents 209-35.

1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [17] 9-0 392
2 2 Marian (Ind.) 8-0 369
3 3 Kansas Wesleyan 10-0 357
4 4 Grand View (Iowa) 10-0 352
5 5 Northwestern (Iowa) 9-0 328
6 6 College of Idaho 9-0 322
7 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9-0 310
8 8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-0 287
9 10 Keiser (Fla.) 9-0 269
10 11 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-2 258
11 13 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-2 234
12 14 Concordia (Mich.) 7-2 224
13 15 Reinhardt (Ga.) 8-2 201
14 16 Southeastern (Fla.) 8-1 193
15 18 Baker (Kan.) 8-2 185
16 19 Ottawa (Ariz.) (AZ) 8-1 165
17 9 Evangel (Mo.) 8-2 148
18 20 Dickinson State (N.D.) 8-2 131
18 21 Siena Heights (Mich.) 7-2 131
20 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-3 114
21 22 Langston (Okla.) 7-2 102
22 NR Carroll (Mont.) 6-3 53
23 17 Montana Tech 6-3 47
24 NR Dordt (Iowa) 7-3 34
25 NR Bethel (Kan.) 8-2 32

Dropped Out: Sterling (Kan.), Indiana Wesleyan and Montana Western

Receiving Votes: Sterling (Kan.) 20, Indiana Wesleyan 16, Montana Western 12 and Waldorf (Iowa) 9

November 11, 2019 - 12:11 pm - 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, November 9, 2019. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2019-2020 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 junior from Hull, Iowa, helped No.5 Northwestern to a 44-17 home win over Hastings. Solberg totaled six catches for 101 yards and matched his career-high with four touchdowns for a Red Raiders offense that totaled 400 yards. He caught touchdown passes from 24, 5, 29 and 2 yards out and tallied his second straight and fifth overall game with 100 receiving yards. Solberg is the program’s all-time leader in receiving yards, touchdowns and holds both the single game and single season receiving yards records. He is fifth in the NAIA in receptions and yards. The fifth-ranked Red Raiders host the top-ranked Morningside Mustangs on November 16. Kick off will be at 1 pm.

Defense – David Kacmarynski, Defensive End (Dordt University)
Dordt defensive end David Kacmarynski is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Kacmarynski, a junior, from Pella, Iowa, had two sacks, two fumble recoveries, broke up three passes and had an interception return for a touchdown in a 43-7 win over Briar Cliff. He became the career leader in sacks at Dordt with his two sacks on Saturday. His two tackles for loss raised his season total to 18.5 which is eighth best in the NAIA. The Defenders host the Warriors of Midland University on November 16. Kick off will be at 1 pm.

Special Teams – Brett Zachman, Kicker (Dordt University)
Brett Zachman of Dordt University is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Special Teams Player-of-the-Week. Zachman, a freshman, from Leesburg, Florida, converted four field goals in the first half to help the Defenders build a 12-0 lead over Briar Cliff. Made a season long 44 yard field goal and ended the game a perfect 5-of-5 on field goal tries and 4-of-4 on point after attempts. The Defenders will host the Midland Warriors on November 16. Kick off will be at 1 pm.

November 11, 2019 - 8:46 am - Posted in Sports

Jay Small drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:37 left to complete a late rally and defeat Viterbo 69-66 in the final game of the Pizza Ranch Classic played this afternoon at the Bultman Center.

Northwestern earned its third straight win and improved to 4-1 on the season heading into its GPAC opener Tuesday night against Mount Marty.

Down by four (66-62) with 3:23 left to play, Northwestern scored the final seven points of the game and held Viterbo scoreless over the final three-plus minutes. Two free throws by Trent Hilbrands began the rally, cutting lead down to two (66-64) with 2:22 left. Following a missed three-pointer by Viterbo, the Red Raiders pushed the ball to Small, who knocked down a three-pointer from the right win, to put Northwestern up for good, 67-66.

Both teams missed on scoring chances over the final 90 seconds; two free throws by Craig Sterk sealed the Red Raider win.

Sterk scored a game-high 23 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field, coming off the Red Raiders bench. Hilbrands was also in double figures, scoring 16 to go with three assists.

Northwestern shot 41% from the field, 30% (8/27) from the arc, and outrebounded Viterbo 45-33.

The Red Raiders fell behind by double digits in the first half (27-13) but used a 17-3 surge to come back to tie the game at 30 with three minutes left in the opening half. Sterk scored 10 points during the run and Hilbrands added a three-pointer. Northwestern trailed 35-31 at the break.

Viterbo shot 39% for the game, 31% (11/36) from the arc. Noah Fredrickson led the V-Hawks with 19 points, followed by Tyree Young with 14.

November 11, 2019 - 8:45 am - Posted in Sports

Bre Schuiteman netted 19 points, one of five Red Raiders to score in double figures, to lead No.11 Northwestern to an 84-72 win over Haskell Indian Nations in the final game of the Pizza Ranch Classic played today at the Bultman Center.

The Red Raiders improve to 4-0 as they head into their GPAC opener against Mount Marty on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Haskell drops to 4-4 on the year.

Schuiteman drained five three-pointers en route to a season-high 19 points. The senior pulled down six rebounds and added two assists. Sammy Blum scored 17 points to go with a team-high five assists and Taylor VanderVelde added 11 points and nine rebounds, one board shy of her first career double-double.

Both Alexis Toering and Hannah Nerem scored 10 and combined for nine rebounds.

Northwestern raced out to a 28-14 lead by the end of the first quarter, taking the lead for good after three-pointers by Devyn Kemble and Blum. The hosts outscored Haskell 25-15 in the second quarter for a commanding 53-29 advantage at the half.

The Lady Indians rallied in the second half, outscoring Northwestern in each of the final two quarters, behind the shooting of Sierra Penn, who scored a game-high 22 points.

The Red Raiders shot 44% for the game, 31% (10/32) from the three-point line. They held a 40-35 advantage on the boards, pulling down 11 on the offensive end.

Haskell shot 44%, 40% (10/25) from the arc, and committed 21 turnovers.

November 10, 2019 - 10:59 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — No.1 Northwestern dropped its first match of the season, losing to College of Saint Mary in the GPAC Quarterfinals in four sets (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22).

The Red Raiders, now 28-1 on the season, will next play at the NAIA National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, on Dec. 3. They earned one of the GPAC’s two automatic bids to the championship winning the regular season championship.

Makenzie Fink led Northwestern with 15 kills and both Emily Van Ginkel and Bekah Horstman smashed down 13 kills each.

College of Saint Mary scored the first five points of the match and led by as many as nine (18-9) late in the first set. Northwestern rallied behind the strong serving from Jayden Schutt and Lacey Wacker, getting to within three (24-21) after a successful attack by Fink. The Flames, however, finished off the Red Raiders on the on a kill from Amber Anderson, 25-21.

Set two began the same way with College of Saint Mary scoring the first five points to force an early Red Raider timeout. Northwestern came back with six of the next eight points and the set remained close thereafter but the hosts were not able to tie or take the lead. Down four (19-15), Head Coach Kyle Van Den Bosch’s squad made it a one point game, 24-23, with a kill from Horstman only to have CSM win it on a successful attack put down by Makenna Freeman.

Set three featured long scoring runs by both teams as Northwestern stormed out to a 9-3 advantage, its first lead of the match. Back came College of Saint Mary, however, as the Flames scored eight consecutive points served by Freeman. Northwestern came back to tie the set at 12 and it remained close after that with neither team up by more than two. A kill by Van Ginkel put Northwestern up for good (19-18) and the hosts got kills from Fink, Horstman and Van Ginkel down the stretch to force a fourth set, 25-23.

Hoping to use the momentum from its set three win, Northwestern fell behind early in the fourth (10-5). The Flames lead continued at 4-6 points until a Northwestern late rally made it a two-point game, 23-21, after blocks by Van Ginkel and Fink. CSM, however, finished off Northwestern with two of the final three points, winning 25-22.

Both teams hit 18% for the match with Northwestern holding an 11-3 edge in blocks. The Red Raiders hit better than College of Saint Mary in the final two sets, hitting a match-best .333 in set three.

Lacey Wacker put up 47 assists and eight digs; Emily Strasser led Van Den Bosch’s squad in the backrow with 14 digs. Bri Kleinwolterink served two of the Red Raiders six aces.

College of Saint Mary was led by Anderson with 23 kills, hitting over .300 for the match. Freeman and Kamryn Willman both totaled 10 kills. The Flames advance to the GPAC semi’s with a 28-13 record.

November 10, 2019 - 10:36 pm - Posted in Sports

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Columbia, Mo. – Sam Haiby scored a career-high 28 points, including a three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime, to lead Nebraska to a 90-85 women’s basketball win at Mizzou Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Haiby, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minn., hit 11-of-19 shots from the field including a trio of three-pointers to help

Sam Haiby scored a career-high 28 points.

shoot the Huskers to victory. Haiby, who scored NU’s first eight points of the game, added a huge three with just under four seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 76. Haiby added Nebraska’s final field goal in overtime and NU’s last two points of the game at the free throw line with 13.3 seconds left to seal the win. She scored 18 points after halftime for the Big Red.

Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown added a huge performance of her own with 24 points. Brown added 18 points after halftime as well, including four big points in overtime. Brown also set Haiby up on the left side as regulation wound down and made the assist to Haiby for the game-tying shot.

Senior Hannah Whitish pitched in 12 points to go along with team highs of seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, while also taking several big charges to get stops for the Huskers before fouling out late in overtime.

Fellow senior Nicea Eliely, who was the first of three Huskers to foul out in the game, added 10 points in just 24 minutes. For the contest, Nebraska was whistled for 30 fouls, which led to 31 points for the Tigers at the line. But it was Nebraska that made free throws down the stretch to seal the win, including a perfect 6-for-6 shooting in overtime from sophomores Ashtyn Veerbeek (2-2), Brown (2-2) and Haiby (2-2). For the game, NU finished 20-of-28 at the line after starting 5-for-10 at the stripe.

Veerbeek finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists despite fighting foul trouble the entire contest.

The Huskers got off to a solid start on the road, with Haiby scoring Nebraska’s first eight points including a pair of threes. Haiby, who had 10 first-quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting, helped the Huskers build an eight-point (18-10) first-quarter lead before settling for a 21-18 edge at the end of the period.

Nebraska started strong again in the second quarter, jumping out to a 29-20 lead before Missouri rallied late in the half to trim the Husker lead to 31-29 at the half. Haiby did not shoot or score in the second quarter, while Brown added six first-half points. Whitish and Eliely each pitched in five points apiece in the half, including second-quarter threes for both of them.

The Huskers hit 12-of-31 field goals (.387) in the half, including 4-of-11 threes (.364), while knocking down 3-of-6 free throws. Nebraska did a great job of defending Missouri’s shooters in the first half, holding the Tigers to 4-for-13 three-point shooting (.308). As a team, Mizzou hit just 8-of-26 field goals (.308), but kept within striking distance by knocking down 9-of-10 free throws. Nebraska out-rebounded Mizzou 21-18 in the half, and won the first-half turnover battle 10-9.

The Huskers rebuilt the lead to eight points midway through the third quarter, only to see the Tigers rally late again. Nebraska went to the final period with a 54-51 lead. That edge was short-lived as the Tigers tied the game at 54 on a three-pointer, squaring the score for the first time since the opening tip.

But Nebraska rallied to regain an eight-point lead at 67-59 on two free throws from Veerbeek with 4:47 left. A three from freshman Aijha Blackwell tied the game for the Tigers at 68. Blackwell finished with 21 points off the bench.

Amber Smith, who was one of three Tigers to record a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, then got a bucket and a foul before finishing the three-point play to give Mizzou its first lead of the game at 71-69 with two minutes left. Veerbeek then buried a free throw line jumper to tie the score at 71 with 1:47 left. Mizzou then got free throws from Hannah Schuchts, who finished with 13 points and 10 boards, and a pair from Jordan Chavis to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the day at 74-71 with 27.1 seconds left.

With Nebraska trailing 76-73 with 11.8 seconds left, Blackwell was fouled after a Husker turnover and stepped to the line with a chance to seal the win for Missouri. But she missed both free throws. Haiby grabbed a huge defensive rebound to start transition to Brown that ended with Haiby’s game-tying three from the left wing.

Jordan Roundtree added the final double-double for the Tigers with 11 points and 10 rebounds, including a three-point play with 27 seconds left in overtime to pull MU within 86-83. But the Huskers made the plays down the stretch to win.

For the game, Nebraska hit 31-of-76 shots from the field (.408), including 8-of-26 threes (.308). Missouri went just 23-of-63 (.365) from the floor, including 8-of-28 (.286) from long range. Nebraska won the turnover battle, 19-13, and the war on the boards, 46-45.

Nebraska returns to Lincoln to four-game home stand at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night, when the Huskers collide with Morgan State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Bears is set for 7 p.m.

November 10, 2019 - 10:33 pm - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College men’s cross country team ended their 2019 season with a fourth place finish at the 2019 GPAC Championship held today on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Red Raiders totaled 121 points and placed fourth among the 11 teams competing. They were 19 points in back of third place Morningside and edged fifth place Concordia by three. The host Defenders won the team title with 28 points, putting five runners in the top 10 and all seven counters among the top 16. Dordt beat a higher-ranked Doane squad by 16 points and also secured the GPAC’s auto bid to the NAIA National Championship.

Joshua Starr was the first Northwestern runner to cross the finish line, placing 13th out of 94 runners with a personal best time of 25:57. The junior shaved 43 seconds off his previous time recorded earlier this season at the Dordt Invite. Starr earned all-conference honors by way of his top 15 finish.

Both Peyton Brasser, Levi Cross and Jakob VanDerWerff ran personal bests as well, finishing 21st, 22nd and 29th overall. Brasser clocked an 8K time of 26:33 and recorded his second top 25 finish of the season. Cross was just behind with a time of 26:37, 28 seconds faster than his previous best. VanDerWerff finished with a time of 27:03, bettering his previous time by 13 seconds.

Isaiah Lee (46th – 27:47), Ian Wiersma (53rd – 28:05) and Eric Heibult (55th – 28:12) round out Northwestern’s top seven runners. Ben Aberson was the Red Raiders eighth runner and finished 67th with a time of 29:15.

Alec Wick (Doane) won the individual championship, completing the 8K course in 25:05.

Northwestern’s Top Seven:
*1-5 split: 1:50 seconds
**1-7 split: 2:15 seconds
13th-Joshua Starr: 25:57 (All-Conference)
21st-Peyton Brasser: 26:33
22nd-Levi Cross: 26:37
29th-Jakob VanDerWerff: 27:03
46th-Isaiah Lee: 27:47
53rd-Ian Wiersma: 28:05
55th-Eric Heibult: 28:12
67th-Ben Aberson: 29:15

November 10, 2019 - 10:32 pm - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College women’s cross country team finished third at the 2019 GPAC Championship held Saturday on the campus of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Northwestern was one of three teams within 20 points of each other in a tightly contested team competition. The Red Raiders accounted for 59 points and had five runners finish in the top 15 and all seven counters in the top 30. Concordia, the highest ranked GPAC team (#20), won the team championship with 39 points, followed closely by #23 Dordt with 48 points.

The top two teams at the championship qualify for the NAIA National Championship, provided the runner-up is ranked in the top 30 based on the final poll to be released on Monday, Nov. 11.

Freshman Micah Van Kalsbeek finished ninth overall, the first top 10 finish of her career, with a personal best time of 19:15. Van Kalsbeek’s time was nearly 40 seconds faster than her previous best (19:54) at Mount Marty. The freshman earned all-conference honors (top 15 finish) and is the lone Northwestern runner guaranteed a spot to compete at the NAIA National Championship in Fort Vancouver, Wash. on Nov. 22.

Autumn Muilenburg finished 10th overall, two spots better than last year’s showing at the GPAC Championship, with a season-best 5K time of 19:16. Muilenburg, who matched her best career finish (10th at Mount Marty last week), earns all-conference honors for the second straight year.

Hunter Koepke was right behind in 11th place with a season-best time of 19:17 and earns all-conference honors for the first time. Kelsey Lang ran a personal best for the third straight meet, crossing the finish line in 14th place with a time of 19:23, 12 seconds faster than her previous best time. Lang also earns all-conference honors for the first time. Bre Harthoorn finished 15th with a time of 19:27 and earns all-conference honors for the third straight year.

Anna Teigland (23rd – 19:48) and Samantha Dowling (29th – 19:53) round out the top seven runners for Head Coach Scott Bahrke’s squad. Dowling’s time was a personal best by 40 seconds.

Olivia Couch (Dordt) was the overall winner with a time of 18:20. 105 runners competed in the women’s 5K championship.

(The top six individuals at the GPAC meet NOT from a qualifying team make it to nationals…if Dordt is ranked in the top 30, then Van Kalsbeek, Muilenburg and Koepke all qualify; if Dordt is NOT ranked among the top 30, Van Kalsbeek is the only national qualifier)

Northwestern’s Top Seven:
*1-5 split: 12 seconds
**1-7 split: 38 seconds
9th-Micah Van Kalsbeek: 19:15 (All-Conference)
10th-Autumn Muilenburg: 19:16 (All-Conference)
11th-Hunter Koepke: 19:17 (All-Conference)
14th-Kelsey Lang: 19:23 (All-Conference)
15th-Bre Harthoorn: 19:27 (All-Conference)
23rd-Anna Teigland: 19:48
29th-Samantha Dowling: 19:53
37th-Emma Van Meeteren: 20:14
45th-Anessa Schoo: 20:27
55th-Cassidy Rodman: 20:57

November 10, 2019 - 10:07 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — No.5 Northwestern College stayed unbeaten with a dominate 44-17 home win over Hastings in a GPAC match-up played Saturday afternoon on Korver Field at DeValois Stadium.

The Red Raiders improve to 8-0 in the GPAC, 9-0 overall, heading into next weekend’s regular season finale against No.1 Morningside.

Northwestern raced out to a 37-0 halftime lead in a near flawless first half in all three phases. Head Coach Matt McCarty’s squad reached the endzone on their first four possessions, added a field goal on its fifth series and also scored a defensive touchdown over the first 30 minutes. The Red Raiders scored another touchdown on their first possession of the second half, pushing their lead to 44-0 with 11 minutes left in the third quarter.

Tyson Kooima matched his career-high with four touchdown passes, all to junior wideout Shane Solberg, and 279 yards. Kooima added a four-yard touchdown run and rushed for 28 yards. He moved up to fourth all-time with 66 career passing touchdowns, overtaking Craig Hector with his second touchdown pass of the day. Solberg totaled six catches for 101 yards, his second straight 100-yard game and fifth of the season, and matched his career-best with four touchdowns.

Garrett Packer was the catalyst in the Northwestern rushing offense, totaling 15 carries for 81 yards, averaging over five yards per attempt.

The Raider D limited Hastings to 179 total yards for the game, just three first downs in the first half and tallied a score when Ben Granstra returned a 26-yard interception to the house in the first quarter. Northwestern’s defense registered three quarterback sacks, one each by Jessen Reinking, Korbyn Gramstad and Colin Snyder.

Hastings was forced into a three-and-out on the games opening possession and Northwestern’s offense got right to work, marching down the field with a five-play, 56-yard drive finished off with a Kooima to Solberg 24-yard touchdown.

Granstra then intercepted a Isaiah Jackson pass on the Broncos’ third play and returned it to the endzone for a 13-0 lead at the 10-minute mark. Another Hastings punt followed and Head Coach Matt McCarty’s squad added to its lead with an 11-play, 68 yard touchdown drive finished off with a Kooima run.

The second Kooima-to-Solberg touchdown on the fifth play of the second quarter pushed the Northwestern lead to 27-0 at the 12:59 mark of the second quarter. The duo connected again for their third score just three minutes later, this time from 29 yards out, giving the Red Raiders a 34-0 lead. Braxton Williams capped the first half scoring with a 28-yard field goal with 4:25 left in the half.

Kooima and Solberg completed the Red Raider scoring on the first possession of the third quarter, hooking up for a two-yard score to finish off a seven-play 55-yard drive.

Hastings scored the final 17 points on a pair of touchdown passes from Jackson and a 33-yard field goal by Jason Bachle.

Northwestern totaled 398 yards on offense, 119 rushing and 279 passing, averaging 6.3 yards per play. Michael Storey caught four passes for 75 yards and both Packer and Josh Fakkema recorded two catches each.

Sean Powell led the Raider D with nine tackles and both Noah Van’t Hof and Tanner Machacek recorded seven stops each.

Jackson completed 16-of-36 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Griffin Roberts and Riley Ostendorf.

November 10, 2019 - 8:22 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender women’s cross country team finished second in GPAC Championship run in Sioux Center on Saturday morning, November 9.

Dordt totaled 48 points while Concordia had 39 to win the title.

The Defenders were led by Olivia Couch and Sarah Wensink who finished first and third with times of 18:20 and 18:44.  Eden Winslow finished sixth in 19:09.  All three earned all-GPAC honors for their performances.

Jordan Bos and Brenna Tolkamp completed Dordt’s scoring with 17th and 21st place finishes in respective times of 19:30 and 19:39.


Olivia Couch 1st/18:20

Sarah Wensink 3rd/18:44

Eden Winslow 6th/19:09

Jordan Bos 17th/19:30

Brenna Tolkamp 21st/19:39

Mary Kate Postma 24th/19:48

Annika Brands 38th/20:16