November 17, 2017 - 2:20 pm - Posted in Sports

The 2017 Preseason Girls Basketball rankings are out and Western Christian starts out the season ranked #4 in Class 2A. Other teams ranked in 2A include West Sioux at the 8 spot and Okoboji in 13th. Class 3A is topped by last year’s State runner-up Sioux Center, and Cherokee is at #4. LeMars is ranked in the 5 spot in Class 4A, along with Heelan at 12th and SBL in the 14th position.

Class 1A

School 2016-17 Record
1 Springville 25-2
2 Kingsley-Pierson 24-2
3 Central Decatur 24-1
4 North Mahaska 16-7
5 Dunkerton 17-5
6 West Hancock 19-4
7 Exira-EHK 24-2
8 Newell-Fonda 20-4
9 Montezuma 17-7
10 Kee 17-5
11 Janesville 24-1
12 Lynnville-Sully 21-3
13 Marquette Catholic 21-4
14 Algona Bishop Garrigan 16-7
15 Boyer Valley 18-5

Class 2A

School 2016-17 Record
1 North Linn 24-4
2 Iowa City Regina 26-1
3 Treynor 27-1
4 Western Christian 25-2
5 Logan-Magnolia 21-4
6 Panorama 22-2
7 Bellevue 17-7
8 West Sioux 22-2
9 Grundy Center 19-3
10 IKM-Manning 18-5
11 Cascade 23-3
12 Maquoketa Valley 19-5
13 Okoboji 15-8
14 Van Buren 16-7
15 Dike-New Hartford 13-10

Class 3A

School 2016-17 Record
1 Sioux Center 26-1
2 Crestwood 22-2
3 Clear Lake 21-4
4 Cherokee 21-4
5 Osage 17-5
6 Davenport Assumption 16-8
7 Camanche 16-8
8 Roland-Story 15-8
9 West Marshall 20-4
10 Nevada 22-2
11 Forest City 17-7
12 Kuemper Catholic 14-9
13 Monticello 14-9
14 Algona 18-5
15 Shenandoah 21-3

Class 4A

School 2016-17 Record
1 Marion 24-2
2 Lewis Central 22-2
3 Center Point-Urbana 22-4
4 Grinnell 19-5
5 LeMars 19-4
6 North Scott 21-5
7 Boone 19-6
8 Mason City 11-12
9 Western Dubuque 21-2
10 Pella 20-5
11 Denison-Schleswig 18-6
12 Bishop Heelan 13-10
13 Cedar Rapids Xavier 18-7
14 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 14-9
15 Harlan 11-11

Class 5A

School 2016-17 Record
1 Cedar Falls 23-2
2 Indianola 24-1
3 Iowa City West 21-4
4 Iowa City High 22-2
5 Dowling Catholic 19-5
6 West Des Moines Valley 24-2
7 Pleasant Valley 19-4
8 Johnston 19-5
9 Ankeny Centennial 17-6
10 Waukee 18-5
11 Bettendorf 15-7
12 Ames 15-8
13 Southeast Polk 14-9
14 Cedar Rapids Prairie 9-13
15 Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 11-12
November 17, 2017 - 10:14 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt College women’s cross country team will be competing at the 2017 NAIA National Championship on Saturday, November 18. The women’s race will be run at 1:30 pm (Central).

Dordt sends two men, Adam Daane and Jacob Vander Plaats, to compete in the men’s race which begins at 12:30 pm (Central).

The races will be run at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

36 teams and 92 individuals who qualified on their own will make up the 300-plus runner field in the women’s race. The women will run 5,000 meters.  Northwestern along with Michelle Mumm (Morningside), Janelle Bethea (Hastings), Emily Deschaine (Concordia) and Payton Boer (Morningside) all qualified along with Dordt from the GPAC for the competition.

36 teams and 87 individuals will compete in the men’s race.  The men will run 8,000 meters. Northwestern qualified as a team and Jeremiah Panec (Dakota Wesleyan) and Rosten From (Doane) qualified out of the GPAC along with Daane and Vander Plaats.

November 17, 2017 - 10:10 am - Posted in Sports

Seven Dordt College Defender women’s volleyball players have earned all-GPAC honors for the recently completed regular season in which the Defenders won a share of the GPAC Title and claimed the runner-up spot in the GPAC Postseason Tournament.

Jamie Gesink (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) was named the GPAC Setter-of-the-Year and was on the first-team. Ema Altena (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Summer Jansen (Senior; Sheldon, Iowa) completed the trio of Defenders on the first-team.

Claiming second-team honors were Leah Kamp (Junior; Tinley Park, Illinois) and Julia Lindbergh (Junior; Margate, Florida).

The honorable mention list included Ally Krommendyk (Sophomore; Bell Plaine, Minnesota) and Haley Moss (Senior; Boyden, Iowa).

Gesink earns first-team honors for a third straight season and put up 10.61 assists per set while adding 1.1 kills and 2.3 digs per outing. Gesink’s 36 ace serves was the second highest total on the team.

“To be named GPAC Setter of the Year and receive First-Team All-Conference is a remarkable honor and well deserved. Jamie has demonstrated each week that she is a leader striving for the total success of her team. She has been named to GPAC Player of the Week honors four times as well as received National Player of the Week honors two times this season. The conference coaches recognized her ability to be an offensive threat in delivering the ball as well as attacking it herself. She has already had a wonderful season and we are excited for more of her leadership to continue,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.

Altena is on the first-team for a third straight season as well and led the league in kills per set with 4.45 and had a kill efficiency of .280 while playing outside hitter. Altena also got to 2.12 digs per set and accounted for 42 service aces which led the team.

“Ema’s season has been marked by strong offensive play throughout each week. She has produced the strongest attacking numbers in the conference where opposing teams are strategizing against her attack. In every conference match she led us in kills and also produced strong results in serve receive passing and digging. Throughout this season, she was named GPAC Player of the Week three times and also received NAIA National Player of the Week one time. She has continued to strive for growing opportunities to help her team become more successful. This First Team All-Conference honor is well deserved. We look forward to seeing more as we enter the NAIA National Tournament,” said Hanson.

Jansen led the conference in digs per set with a 5.23 average and she had 26 service aces. She handled 95 percent of her serve receptions cleanly. Jansen was an honorable mention pick last season and a second-team pick as a sophomore.

““Summer has earned this first team recognition through this strongest season of her career. Her ongoing leadership for our defense and serve receive have been the foundation for our ball control strength and in-match adjustments. I rely on her instincts and court wisdom regularly to make adjustments where and when we need,” said Hanson. “She has continued to be a team servant through each week of our season. For Summer to receive four different GPAC Defensive Player of the Week honors as well as two different NAIA Defensive Player of the Week honors, this First-Team All-Conference recognition is one more reminder of the tremendous year she has already had and we trust will continue to have.”


Moss came back from should surgery in the off-season to play in the final 16 matches of the season. She put down 1.17 kills per set with a .333 kill efficiency and recorded nearly a block per set.

“This season was supposed to be a sideline experience for Haley as she had career-ending shoulder reconstruction surgery back in April. Her desires to stay with our program in a support role on the bench and in practices was quickly upended by a September follow-up doctor’s appointment that gave her clearance to return to the court and compete,” said Hanson. “In late September, she joined our rotation to finish out a great conference run. The conference coaches recognized Haley’s ability to influence opposing hitters as well as attack the ball herself. For her to make the All-Conference Honorable Mention team is really special.”

The Defenders are 29-6 and await their pool assignment at the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Sioux City, Iowa beginning Tuesday, November 30.

November 17, 2017 - 10:05 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — No.10 Northwestern College will meet No.7 Langston (Okla.) in a NAIA Football Championship Series-1st Round match-up between top 10 teams this weekend. Kickoff at W.E. Anderson Stadium in Langston, Okla. is scheduled for 2 pm. Northwestern is 9-1 on the season and Langston brings an unbeaten 10-0 record into Saturday’s game.

This is the 19th overall postseason appearance for the Red Raiders and first since the 2014 season. Northwestern also qualified in 1972, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1982-85, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2012-24. The Red Raiders have a 20-16 record in the postseason and are 13-5 in first round match-ups (note: the 1987 season was the first the NAIA went to a 16-team format for the championship; from 1978 – 1986, the NAIA had an 8-team championship field, prior to that, it was four-team championship; therefore, the 13-5 record in the first round accounts for the FIRST game played in the postseason by the Red Raiders, whether it be the round of 16, 8 for 4.) Northwestern has dropped three straight games in the postseason and last advanced out of the first round in 2006.

Orange City, Iowa — Court dates for an Orange City woman accused of burglary and theft have been pushed back yet again.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the charges against 23-year old Stacy Carr stem from the investigation into a residential burglary in Hull. Deputies say Carr is accused of entering a residence on Maple Street in Hull without permission and stealing a cell phone.

According to authorities, Carr faces charges of 3rd Degree Burglary, a Class D Felony, and 5th Degree Theft, a Simple Misdemeanor, in connection with the incident.

Carr has filed a plea of not guilty.

According to Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle, District Judge Patrick Tott has pushed Carr’s pretrial conference back to January 8th, and her jury trial is set to begin at this point on March 6th. Before the postponement, the trial was to have begun this past Monday.

November 15, 2017 - 3:34 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt College Cross Country coach Nate Wolf has been named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

This is the third time Wolf has been named coach of the year by the GPAC and comes after his team won its fifth GPAC title in six years.  The Defender women claimed the title by a 25 point margin in the race run at Dordt’s campus.  Wolf was named the coach of the year after voting by the other GPAC coaches.

“Coach Wolf has once again demonstrated this season why he is a tremendous coach and leader.  Several runners were sidelined throughout the season with various ailments, but coach Wolf helped the team stay focused on peaking at the conference meet where the Defenders claimed yet another conference title,” said Dordt College Athletic Director Ross Douma. “In addition to their athletic development, coach Wolf helps his athletes grow in their walk with the Lord and achieve excellent in the classroom.  Coach Wolf embodies the Defender Way and we are grateful for his contributions to our athletic department.”

The GPAC race was the 5th team title the Defenders won in seven meets this season.

The Defender women will run at the NAIA National Championship Meet on Saturday, November 18 at Vancouver, Washington.

November 15, 2017 - 2:31 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking. The 42nd annual Great American Smokeout is being held this Thursday, November 16, 2017.

The Great American Smokeout has its origins in Minnesota’s first “Don’t Smoke Day” in 1974. The California American Cancer Society got nearly a million smokers to quit for a day in 1976. The next year the Smokeout went nationwide. The idea is that if smokers can quit for a day, that can turn into two days, and that can turn into quitting permanently.

In the more than 50 years since the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults has been reduced by approximately half. Nonetheless, since 1964, the year of that first report, an estimated 20 million people have died because of smoking. Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Shay Davis, the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Community Health Partners of Sioux County tells us the benefits of quitting smoking.

He says there is help available.

He says that you may even qualify for free nicotine patches or gum to help you quit.

Experts say that getting effective help through counseling and use of medications can increase the chances of quitting by as much as threefold.

Davis works for the “Why? Coalition,” which helps schools, businesses, and landlords implement tobacco-free, nicotine-free policies.

He also notes that if you think that vaping is a way to help you quit smoking, you should think again. He says not only do e-cigarettes and vaping pens give you a dose of toxic chemicals, they also give you an unknown amount of nicotine. He says if you want to quit, use a regulated nicotine delivery system like patches or nicotine gum.

Information and support for quitting smoking is available by telephone at 800-QUIT-NOW (800–784–8669). CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign offers additional quit resources at Or Davis says you can call him at 712-737-2971 and he’ll help you find the help you need.

November 15, 2017 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Sports

Following a tri-regular season championship and a top five ranking in the national polls, Northwestern College landed seven of its players on the 2017 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Volleyball All-Conference teams as announced by the league office earlier today.

Three Red Raiders earned first team honors, including junior Lauryn Hilger and sophomores A.J. Horstman and Anna Kiel. Two players, Makenzie Fink and Lacey Wacker, landed on the second team while both Josie Blankespoor and Karsyn Winterfeld claimed honorable mention accolades. Wacker earned additional postseason recognition in being named the GPAC Freshman of the Year.

Says Head Coach Kyle Van Den Bosch: “When our team has success, then individual honors will follow and we were well represented in the all-conference awards.  We are excited and proud of our regular season and to represent the GPAC as one of its champions.  We are also looking forward to the experience and competing at the upcoming NAIA Championship.”

2017 All-Conference
First Team

Lauryn Hilger
A.J. Horstman
Anna Kiel

Second Team
Makenzie Fink
Lacey Wacker (GPAC Freshman of the Year)

Honorable Mention
Josie Blankespoor
Karsyn Winterfeld

Kiel earns first team honors in her first year with the Red Raider volleyball program. The sophomore middle hitter is one the top hitters in the GPAC, averaging 3.5 kills per set while hitting at a .375 clip, second best in the conference and ninth in the NAIA. Kiel accounts for 85 blocks, second best on the team, and puts up two digs per set. She has hit for double figures in a team-best 26 matches and has three double-doubles on the year.

Blankespoor ranks eighth in the GPAC with a team-high 105 blocks while also hitting 32% from the middle hitter position. The freshman averages 1.4 kills and has hit for double figures in one match.

Winterfeld is a dominating presence in the backrow for the Red Raiders, ranking second on the team in digs (2.7) while also leading the NAIA with 82 ace serves. The freshman has at least one ace serve in all but two matches this season.

Northwestern, with a 28-4 overall record, earned an opening round bye and will be one of the 32 teams at the final site (Sioux City) of the 2017 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, beginning Nov. 28. The Red Raiders will find out their seed and pool play assignment on Monday, Nov. 19.

Orange City, Iowa — Colton Kooima poured in a season-high 40 points in leading No.5 Northwestern to a 108-92 win over Presentation Tuesday night at the Bultman Center. The win was the 400th for head coach Kris Korver, who currently is ninth on the NAIA’s active win list. Korver owns a 400-152 record in his 16 years at Northwestern for a 72% win percentage. Northwestern improves to 5-0 as they head into their GPAC opener on Saturday afternoon against Doane. Presentation is now 2-3 on the year.

During his career, Korver has guided Northwestern to the national tournament 11 times, compiling an impressive 368-145 (.72) overall record, and is the winningest coach in the history of the program. Korver earned his 300th career win in the first game at the 2011-12 NAIA Division II national tournament, where his team defeated Tennessee Wesleyan. Korver has guided the Raiders to a 204-88 record (.700) in the GPAC.

Korver guided the Raiders to five national semifinals, most recently in 2007 and 2008, while his 2005 squad advanced to the national quarterfinals. Korver led his teams to the national title in 2001 and 2003. In addition, Korver was named NAIA Coach of the Year in 2001.

During his tenure, Korver’s teams have either shared or won the GPAC regular season title eight times, most recently in 2013 where they finished 17-3 in the conference, 24-7 overall. His teams won the title five straight years (2001-2005). The Red Raiders also captured the GPAC tournament championship four times (2001, 2002, 2008 and 2012). In addition, Korver has been named the GPAC Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 2013.

Korver has had the privilege of coaching 21 NAIA D-II All-Americans and one NAIA D-II Player of the Year. Under his tenure, 22 players have been named NAIA Scholar-Athletes and the Raiders received NAIA Scholar Team honors three of the last four years.

“Character formation is the name of the game,” comments Korver. “We want young men to display character in everyday life and on the court. We view basketball as a tool for life transformation.”

Korver and his wife, Ann, have three children: Christian, Elizabeth and Luke. Aside from his basketball duties, Korver is an instructor in the kinesiology department.