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A tractor tows a pair of grain wagons onto 330th Street near Sheldon on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Rylan Howe)

Be alert for farm equipment Motorists urged to be patient during harvest By Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e r

REGIONAL—Boyden farmer Mike Doorenbos was traveling on Highway 18 near Hull en route to deliver a load of corn by straight truck to Siouxland Energy and Livestock Cooperative outside Sioux Center last week. In the

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The descent begins for Cami Jo Howrey as she rappels down the side of the 345-foot, 25-story Financial Center in Des Moines as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa. (Photo submitted)

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HOSPERS—Cami Jo Howrey went over the edge for Special Olympics Iowa. “It was very humbling,” said the 40-year-old Hospers resident. “It was probably the most emotionally gratifying experience I’ve had in a long time, maybe since my kids were born.” The event, which was held Sept. 19,

Incumbent Steve King and former first lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack square off during a debate for the 4th Congressional District seat of Iowa Thursday evening at Northwestern College in Orange City. The event was sponsored by The N’West Iowa REVIEW, KTIV-TV of Sioux City and Northwestern. (Photos by Josh Harrell)

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“I hope that anybody who is willing to commit to another person would be willing to have the same kind of relationship that I’ve had with my husband for the last 39 years and should have the same privileges as well.”

“Marriage is something that all history points to as between a man and a woman, and I helped write that language in Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act and defended that language in the Defense of Marriage Act against the federal law.”

have a wonderful face for print media. I’ve heard some radio guys make similar statements. But I got the double whammy. The good Lord blessed me with neither a beautiful baritone radio voice, nor a face fit for the television. Unfortunately, it’s hard to hide behind a piece of broadsheet newsprint when

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RANGE CITY—Steve King was the clear frontrunner at the debate for Iowa’s newly drawn 4th Congressional District held Thursday evening at Christ Chapel on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City. At least, that’s what it seemed like based on the reaction of the about 800 audience members. The hourlong debate pitted King, the five-term incumbent Republican U.S. representative from Kiron, against his challenger, former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack, a Democrat from Ames and the wife of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The event was co-sponsored by The N’West Iowa REVIEW, KTIV-TV in Sioux City and Northwestern College. While King has had other challengers during his re-election bids, this is the first time he agreed to a series of debates. Audience members let their appreciation be known with a standing ovation and boisterous cheers when King entered the debate venue. While Vilsack also received a small standing ovation and a few cheers, numerous attendees booed and hissed at the Mount Pleasant native. The debate, which was broadcast to two-thirds of the state, allowed King and Vilsack 90 seconds to

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Competing Wiggins bus tours visit Orange City Appeal to voters about Supreme Court retention By Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e r

ORANGE CITY—Assistant Chief Justice David Wiggins is up for retention on the Iowa Supreme Court with active campaigns being made on both sides of

whether or not he should return to the high court. Both campaigns drove into Orange City on Thursday afternoon, parking at Windmill Park to share their message with voters before the televised debate between incumbent Steve King and challenger Christie Vilsack for the 4th Congressional District of Iowa.

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Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of The Family Leader, speaks to an audience of about 50 during the “No Wiggins” bus tour stop Thursday afternoon at Windmill Park in Orange City. (Photo by Josh Harrell)

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Playdate will aid kids with sensory issues It will help develop deeper connections By

TO ENROLL: The Sensory Family Playdate will be held once per month for three months starting 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 27, at First Reformed Church gymnasium in Sioux Center. Applications for the playdates may be picked up at Bethany Christian Services at 123 Albany Ave. in Orange City. A maximum of 20 families are eligible to sign up, and registration must be completed by Oct. 12. The cost of three sessions is $30 per family. For more information, call Bethany Christian Services at (712) 7374831.

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ORANGE CITY—Sensory processing disorder is a relatively new diagnosis for children who may have attachment issues. Rachel Valentine, a family therapist specializing in attachment issues at Bethany Christian Services in Orange City, will facilitate Sensory Family Playdate, an opportunity for parents to learn about the disorder and spend time connecting with their child. Trauma is an all-encompassing word to describe the disruption of normal function in the brain. Children are especially affected by trauma because their brains are developing at a high speed neurologically. In children, trauma may occur from: n In utero exposure to high stress level hormones in the birth mother or poor prenatal nutrition; n Medical procedures like surgery; n Removal from birth parent; n Adoption; n Foster placement; n Abuse/neglect; n Emotional absence by a primary caregiver due to drug or alcohol abuse or depression. “All of these things keep the mom and the dad from being fully emotionally present for the child, which creates a rupture in attachment,” Valentine

said. Attachment is closely related to brain development because it teaches self-regulation in the brain and turns off the flight, fight or freeze responses. If a child experiences a traumatic incident or repetitive trauma, it is possible the child could develop ruptured attachment. Infants learn self-regulation through attention from caregivers. If caregivers ignore their baby’s cries for attention, the baby will not learn self-regulation, but rather will learn no

Bethany Christian Services of Orange City will host a Sensory Family Playdate once a month. The playdate will foster the development of a deeper relationship between parents and children with sensory processing disorder through the use of fun activities that provide sensory attachment-rich play. (Photo by Josh Harrell) one is coming despite its cries. “When somebody comes to them, picks them up, loves on them, basically little centers in their brain light up to say, ‘This is what it means to selfregulate,’” Valentine said. Children who have attachment issues are unable to selfregulate and develop sensory processing disorder. They may be adverse to being touched, become aggressive and break objects or exhibit a clumsy nature because they have not developed a sense of where their body is in space. “We know that the larger population of children with sensory processing issues come from issues of trauma,” Valentine said. “When there’s neurological impairment, it very often manifests itself thorough sen-

sory issues.” She said these children are not being willfully naughty, but rather have not developed normally. Often, they are misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder instead of sensory processing disorder. The goal of the playdates are not to diagnose children with the disorder, but rather shift the understanding of why a child behaves in a particular manner. Caregivers can shift their focus from not knowing what to do and feeling ashamed of their child’s behavior and instead realize there may be something else preventing normal development. “They start to have a deeper connection with their child versus this sense of detachment,” Valentine said.

With the help of social work and psychology students from Northwestern College in Orange City and Dordt College in Sioux Center, children and parents will participate together during the playdates in fun activities designed to provide sensory attachment-rich play to develop social skills, attachment and shared play. If children are adverse to a certain activity and have a meltdown because of some sort of sensory discomfort, Valentine and another therapist from Northwest Area Education Agency will be available. “I’ll come and be there with the family and be talking with the parents, watching how they normally handle it and validating that for them,” she said. “I never want to step on their

toes. That’s not what it’s about.” The playdate also will foster education for the parent regarding sensory processing disorder and provide resources for future treatment. “Even if the only thing they take from this is that they have an hour or two of totally focused fun with that child, that might be a tremendous gift that they don’t normally have,” Valentine said. The playdate will be capped at 20 families, and Valentine has marketed the program to entities where children with sensory processing disorders may be found like ATLAS, Iowa Department of Human Services, Family Crises Centers of Northwest Iowa, The Bridge in Orange City and Northwest Area Education Agency.

MOC-Floyd Valley board approves Adams for superintendent Now is principal in school district By

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ORANGE CITY—The MOCFloyd Valley School District will have a new superintendent next fall. That individual, however, is quite familiar. Russ Adams, who has served as principal of MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City since 2003, was unanimously approved as the district’s new superintendent by its board of education on Monday. “I’m ver y excited,” said Adams, who will begin his duties July 1, 2013. Current super intendent Gary Richardson tendered his resignation in July, but said he would not leave the post until the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year. Richardson has been at MOCFloyd Valley since 2002. His final year is 11th in the district and his 35th overall in education. By announcing his departure when he did, the board was allowed plenty of time to find a replacement and make a gradual transition. Adams, who is in his 10th year at MOC-Floyd Valley, immedi-

ately knew he wanted to make the step up in the district. “I always enjoy the challenges of leadership and have a passion for education, and that’s a natural merging of the two,” he said. “Obviously, this is a great district, so for the opportunity to do that here, I don’t think I could have asked for a better opportunity.” Fo l l ow i n g R i c h a rd s o n’s announcement, the school board brought in former superintendent Les Douma, an Area Education Agency director who has worked as a consultant on numerous superintendent searches. Douma advised that the district could open a search beyond the district, but that Adams was interested internally. A series of stakeholder meetings were held with district staff, teachers, administrators and teachers, and the board decided to advertise the position internally. After initial stakeholder meetings, the board sought further advice, conducted more interviews and evaluated subgroup interview data. Two search firms were contacted, each with the knowledge of the current superintendent pool, and each indicated Adams was a “top tier” candidate. As Adams will not begin his

new duties until next school year, he is thankful for the opportunity to be mentored by Richardson. “Obviously, we both have jobs we need to take care of, but I’m sure Mr. Richardson will do a great job of helping me understand everything,” Adams said. “I’m looking forward to a really good opportunity to learn that you don’t always have, so I think that’s very insightful of the board to create the opportunity this early, and I think Gary, announcing his retirement when he did, allowed that to happen, so I’m very thankful for that.” Adams has seen quite a bit of success throughout his 32 years in education. He was named the State of Iowa High School Principal of the Year in 2003, the same year he received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Adams also led MOC-Floyd Valley High School to be recognized as one of seven Iowa schools that were named as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. According to Adams, it is the individuals involved in the district that make MOC-Floyd Valley so successful. “ We just have excellent people within the school sys-

AT A GLANCE: Name: Russ Adams Position: MOC-Floyd Valley School District superintendent Salary: $125,000 Start date: July 1, 2013 Age: 50 Residence: Orange City Education: Graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1980; received bachelor’s degree in business education and coaching from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls in 1985; obtained master’s degree in educational administration from Drake University in Des Moines in 1993; working on certificate of advanced studies through Iowa State University in Ames. Experience: Taught business and coached football, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls track and softball at Lake City High School for three years; was family-teacher at Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home in Boys Town, NE, for one year; returned to Lake City High School for five years; served as grades 6-12 principal for Springville School District for two years; served as principal of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School in Sanborn for three years and Hartley-MelvinSanborn High School in Hartley for eight years; has been principal at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City for 10 years. Family: Wife, Jana; three children, Ashley, Nick and Noah; five grandchildren with two more on the way. Interests: Spending time with family, reading and exercising.

tem, and we have a strongerthan-average level of parental involvement and parental support,” he said. “It’s also a unique place, because of the resources we have like our opportunity to be as close as we are to NCC (Northwest Iowa Community College) and have Northwestern (College) right here in our

community, to be able to partner with them and have strong partnerships with the local nonpublic schools, it’s just a unique system that’s outstanding. I think Mr. Richardson has done an outstanding job of unifying our vision and our board is extremely supportive; they do a wise job of overseeing

things.” Adams plans to do what he can to continue the district’s stretch of outstanding accomplishments. “I look forward to continue to develop more relationships within the community and the district and work with people to do what we do,” he said.



Watching democracy in action!

’m home safe and sound in my slippers and robe writing this column. Sounds like I’m all mellow, soft and toasty. Actually, that’s about as far from the truth as possible! I’m hyper, agitated, mad, disgusted, disillusioned and shaking my head in disbelief. This evening, my daughter-in-law, our two middle school-age grandkids and I attended the King-Vilsack debate in Orange City. The debate was held in Christ Chapel on the grounds of Northwestern College. KTIV, Northwestern College and The N’West Iowa REVIEW sponsored the event with our own Dan Breen sharing in the asking of questions. It was a proud moment for this lady to share this evening with our grandkids and to know that our newspaper took part in this whole process of democracy. Democracy is defined as government by the people, a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them. It gives me goose bumps just typing those words! Now I know and admit I’m highly biased, but I tried to be open. Questions

were asked of each candidate running for Iowa’s 4th District in U.S. Congress. I felt Steve King answered the questions right on, but in most cases, Christie Vilsack answered her questions with other comment not pertaining or only vaguely pertaining to the question asked. Many of the questions related to the hot topics of the day: Farm Bill, wind power, same-sex marriage, abortion, Medicare, Obamacare, education, our neighbors who are here illegally. None of these topics were answered in any agreement whatsoever. Basically, Mrs. Vilsack blamed all the ills of the country on King, until at one light moment King responded that he was a congressman, not the president of the United States. At first I was irritated, then I was uncomfortable, and then I felt sorry. To put it all in perspective of my age, it seemed to me that Mrs. Vilsack was this very nice person who had been encouraged to run for office for who-knowswhat-reason, accepted and then knew nothing of which she was talking about. And just as an aside, most of the time, if not all of the time, Christie Vilsack was addressed or referred to as Mrs. Vilsack. I thought that in itself was interesting. In

this day and age of women being their own person and equality for women, she was being overly connected to her U.S. Secretary of Agriculture husband, Tom. People should/would be voting for Christie Vilsack, not Mrs. Tom Vilsack. I was there determined to have an open mind and ears, but it didn’t work for very long. What happened was when it wasn’t what Vilsack was saying that was disturbing me, it was the man next to me grunting and groaning with every word from Steve’s mouth and then clapping and hooting uncontrollably with every utterance from Vilsack. I guess it just goes to prove that our individual actions in a public arena does matter and does affect others. It made me wonder about how bipartisanship could ever work. How can people from two such differing beliefs and perspectives possibly come together and ever come to some kind of workable solution that does make it work? But, I guess, ideally it’s the two opposing parties coming together and finding a common ground through compromise. Unfortunately, what so often happens then is in compromise one party has to set aside something they

have promised those who have supported them or go against something they believe in for the good of the whole. And, undoubtedly, that promise or ideal will come back to haunt them time and again. “But you said; you promised.” And, obviously, this is true on both sides of the aisle, promises made and broken. Did our grandkids learn anything in the process? I think so. In walking to the car, they commented on some of the things that were said, but of course I know they were influenced by their mom and by me and by meeting and shaking hands with Mr. King. However, the real comment came from one of them earlier in the evening, as Mrs. Vilsack was answering a question. Listening intently, Katie poked me and said, “Grandma, she’s not answering the question she was asked.” As is said, you can sometimes fool the adults, but children are seldom fooled. Keep safe and remember . . . God is good.

Connie Wagner lives in Sibley. She is the co-publisher of The N’West Iowa REVIEW and may be reached at





Campolo to speak at Dordt Monday

Orange City elects 2013 Tulip Court ORANGE CITY—In a citywide election Sept. 19, the following girls were selected for the Orange City 2013 Tulip Court: Larkin De Haan, daughter of Derrick and Pam De Haan; Jessica Giannantonio, daughter of Patrick and Susan Giannantonio; McKenzie Mulder, daughter of Scott and Jill Mulder; Autumn Pluim, daughter of Dale and Jill Pluim; and Samantha Wielenga, daughter of Brad and Julie Wielenga. The five high school girls will participate in a Queen’s Tea and Pageant on Monday, Nov. 19, to select the 2013 tulip queen. The queen and her court will serve as representatives of Orange City’s Tulip Festival May 16-18.

O’Brien County extends camping REGIONAL—The O’Brien County Conservation Board is extending the camping season with full amenities — water, electric, etc. where available — through the first weekend of October at Dog Creek Park near

Legion Post slates meeting for Oct. 4 SHELDON—American Legion McClothlen-Cowie Post 145 will meet 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the American Legion Building in Sheldon City Park. This is a change from its usual meeting date of the second Thursday of the month.

Input sought on Iowa’s state parks

and the band played on Senior Zach Behrens plays the tuba with the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Marching Generals at the Pursuit of Excellence Marching Band Festival last Saturday in Marshall, MN. The band, which placed third in its class, will participate in the TriState Band Festival today (Saturday, Sept. 29) in Luverne, MN. (Photo by Jeff Grant) Sutherland and Mill Creek Park in Paullina. Douma Park near Sanborn and Tjossem Park near Primghar will be open for camping, but there will not be water or electric at those facilities. At this time, all of the six-person cabins at both parks and the lodge at Mill Creek Park are available for rent. For information, call (712) 295-7200.

Melvin church to show ‘Soul Surfer’ MELVIN—First Reformed Church in Melvin welcomes everyone to the next Community Movie night at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, when “Soul Surfer” will be shown. The film is the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again. Various desserts will be served during a brief intermission.

will host its annual Faculty Reading at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Science and Technol-

SIOUX CENTER—“One Fish: Old Testament,” an artwork exhibit of drawings and linocuts by Steve Prince of Silver Spring, MD, will be on display through Oct. 2 at the Campus Center Art Gallery of Dordt College in Sioux Center.

Blood drives to be held in area towns REGIONAL—LifeServe Blood Center will hold a blood drive 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the George Community Building; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Demco Community Center in Boyden; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Centre Mall in Sioux Center. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-287-4903.

Making a difference, one child at a time

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS! Money raised at this auction will be used to fund grants to help bring children into loving, Christian homes. Money raised will also assist with our partnering orphanage in Haiti. Your donations – and your attendance at this event – can make a real difference in their lives!

No gift is too large or small. Food, merchandise, and services of all kinds are welcome! To make a donation or for questions, contact Sherri Langton at 712-737-6882. Online donation form at

PLAN TO ATTEND THIS FUN EVENT Friday, November 9 • New Life Reformed Church, Sioux Center Doors open at 5:30pm • Meal served 5:30-6:30pm • Auction begins at 6:30pm

has an awesome assortment of kitties at this time!

CURRENTLY WE HAVE AT TWO OF OUR SITES: •A mother cat with three very cute 6-week-old kittens that we would like to relocate as a family. They will receive their checkups, vaccinations and treatments before relocation. •Two black 6-8 week old kittens that will be picked up this week. We would like them kept together and raised as siblings if possible. These two will also receive their checkups, vaccinations and treatments.

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Grieving support group to start up ORANGE CITY—Orange City Home Health & Hospice is offering a free Grief Support Group 6:30-8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Mondays, beginning Oct. 1, in Orange City Area Health System’s Downtown Campus. The program provides directed group support within an educational format. Preregistration is required by calling (712) 737-5279.

Diabetes support group to eat, talk ORANGE CITY—The public is invited to join the Sweet Talk Diabetes Support Group at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the lower level training room


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Let’s all put our hands together and applaud Vivian who is celebrating her 85th birthday on October 3, 2012. Way to go, Vivian!! Cards of congratulations can be sent to Vivian at the address above. Happy Birthday, Vivian and may you have many, many MORE!! FROM ALL OF US WHO LOVE YOU!!

WE ARE ALSO ASSISTING IN THE RELOCATIONS OF: •A long haired male cat who’s name is Harry. Harry is a three-year-old Maine Coon cat that is very nice looking, has a great disposition and will make a good pet. He is fixed, declawed on his fronts and his shots are current. •A very pretty and affectionate female kitty who is less than a year old. She was found by a family and needs a new home. She has a white, orange and black coat and a stub tail. She will receive her checkup, vaccinations and treatments before relocation as well.



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WAHPETON—The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Gull Point State Park in Wahpeton to collect input from state park users that will help provide direction for services and amenities to keep Iowa’s state parks premier destinations for years to come.

High school pages sought for House REGIONAL—Applications for high school juniors and seniors interested in serving as pages for the legislative session of the Iowa House of Representatives, which begins in January, are due no later than Oct. 5. For more information or an application, visit www.legis.iowa. gov/Agencies/pageInfo.aspx.

Bloodmobile to visit NCC Oct. 9 SHELDON—Community Blood Bank of Sioux Falls, SD, will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon to benefit the blood supply for Sanford Sheldon Medical Center. Donors must be at least 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Coats wanted to give to children SHELDON—The Coats for Kids project is back in Sheldon. The 12th annual drive is being conducted through Friday,

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Oct. 12. People are encouraged to bring adult and children’s coats that no longer fit or are no longer worn to Bubbles Professional Dry Cleaning & Laundry in Sheldon. The coats will be cleaned, and minor repairs will be made before they are distributed to needy local families. The Sheldon Area Ministerial Association will do the distribution of coats 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the basement of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

College student, alumni concert set ORANGE CITY—The Northwestern College Music Department will perform its annual concert at Raider Days, the college’s celebration of homecoming and family weekend, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Christ Chapel on campus in Orange City. The concert will feature all of the department’s major ensembles as well as a reunion performance by an alumni band.

Professor, author to speak at NWC ORANGE CITY—Paul Borgman, an English professor at Gordon College in Massachusetts and author who specialized in biblical narrative, will speak during chapel services at Northwestern College at 10:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, and 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Christ Chapel in Orange City..

Corrections: n Information accompanying a photograph of Jean Holman’s gravestone in the Sept. 15 REVIEW listed her incorrect last name as the victim of a 1976 shooting in Alton. n To clarify information accompanying a Sept. 22 REVIEW story on Lems Auto Recyclers in Doon: The business is a family-owned corporation. Co-owners are Clyde Lems, Carol Lems, Stacey Lems, Dalton Lems, Alan Lems, Garrett Lems and Audrey Plasier. n The N’West Iowa REVIEW welcomes comments and suggestions as well as information about errors that call for a correction. Call (712) 324-5347 Ext. 5740 or e-mail editor@


I would like to thank everyone for all the cards, gifts and birthday wishes I received and to all the friends and the relatives who attended the open house for my 80th birthday. And thanks also to my children for all the work they did to make it such a special day! It meant so much to me that my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren traveled far and near to be there. It was truly an enjoyable birthday.

to our children for the great day we had celebrating our 60th anniversary and to all who sent cards or called sending greetings. It was greatly appreciated. Robert & Bette Pekelder

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AND WE HAVE AT THIS TIME: •A four-month-old kit/cat named Blackie who is pure black with a beautiful short coat and green eyes. He has received his shots and is scheduled to be fixed.

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for those coping with mental illness when the National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Group meets 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to attend for education and support. For more information, call Shirley Matheis at (712) 722-4462.

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SIOUX CENTER—As part of the First Mondays Speaker Series, Tony Campolo will bring his ministry and dynamic spirit to Dordt College in Sioux Center on Monday, Oct. 1. “Speaking Your Mind: The Radical Evangelical Prophet” will be offered at 11 a.m. and “Tackling Tough Issues Many Christians Are Afraid to Face” will be offered at 7:30 p.m., at B.J. Haan Auditorium. An author, sociologist, pastor, social activist and follower of Jesus Christ, Campolo is the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He lives near Philadelphia.

at Orange City Area Health System. Participants will lunch at Puddlejumper Grille, count carbs and talk about living well with diabetes. For information, call Shannon Beaty, the health system’s diabetes educator, at (712) 737-5153.

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BOYDEN—A mere coincidence led Shirley Mulder and her grandson to plan a trip to a place neither of them thought they would ever have the opportunity to visit. The 61-year-old Doon woman has sponsored a child named Phillips who lives in a small village in Uganda through a program called World Vision for about five years. She and her grandson, Austin Brands, a freshman at Boyden-Hull High School in Hull, traveled to Uganda in June to visit Phillips and his family and participated in a mission trip with Believers World Outreach. Mulder originally connected with her sponsor child at a Women of Faith convention in Minneapolis. As a promotion for the World Vision program, folders with different sponsor children were placed on each woman’s seat. “I picked it up and I looked at it and thought, ‘Oh I know I should.’ I looked at it and thought, ‘I’ll wait,’” she said. “It’s not something you want to do spur of the moment.” Upon returning to the convention center the next day, the folders had been redistributed to different seats. However, when Mulder looked at her folder, she was surprised to find it was the same child she looked at the previous day. “I was thinking, ‘I think that’s a pretty good sign that I’m supposed to sponsor him,’” Mulder said. She quickly signed up to be the sponsor the 7-year-old Phillips. The $35 month fee goes toward the his schooling, which is considered a luxury for many Ugandan children. Ever since she began sponsoring Phillips, Mulder had wanted to visit him to see how he was using the donations and what his life was like. Mulder also had been considering taking a trip with Austin. It is a goal for her to travel with each of her seven grandchildren somewhere special.

parents lived in a small thatched-roof hut. Phillips’ older brother had died a few months prior to Mulder’s visit, so Phillips was charged with extra responsibilities. Each day, Phillips retrieves water from a well about a mile away from the village on a rickety bicycle that once belonged to his mother. Mulder noted how small Phillips looked compared to American 12-year-olds. “I recognized him right away because of his pictures,” she said. Knowing Mulder was visiting, Phillips also was able to recognize his American sponsor right away. Upon first arriving at his home, Phillips’ mother saw Mulder and exclaimed “This is your mother” to her son. “I said ‘No, I’m not his mom. You’re his mom, I’m just his foster mother,’” Mulder said. Shirley Mulder and her 15-year-old grandson, Austin Brands, meet with 12-year-old Phillips (center), Mulder and Austin were served a meal of potatoes and rice with the boy she sponsors through World Vision during a mission trip to Uganda. (Photo submitted) special the family, which tasted bland to their American palates. She already had taken her oldest it would be. But the most awe-inspiring moment Mulder was thrilled to see Phillips. granddaughter, Samantha Mika, 19, “They welcomed us with a warm of the trip was getting to meet Phillips. She brought with her a harmonica to on a trip to Israel two years ago. heart. They really didn’t treat us like Mulder wanted to go for three rea- give to her sponsor child, who had “We had such an awesome time. I we were complete aliens,” Austin said. sons: to see Phillips, check out World never seen such an instrument. Philsaid I would love to do that with all “I thought this is going to be kind of Vision and see where her donations lips turned out to be a natural, giggling my grandkids — take them out of scary.” were going. every time he blew into it to make a their element and have a good experiHe had researched Uganda and Phillips lives in a village off the sound. ence for them,” Mulder said. “I think learned that about six hours north of beaten path, and Mulder and Austin Phillips was shy and knew only a litthe best time to do it is when they’re where they were staying was a war- had to leave their Believers World Out- tle bit of English, but it was enough for in their impressionable years, old torn area. reach group and travel alone to meet Mulder to hear him thank her when enough to remember.” That initially was frightening, but with her sponsor child. Mulder had she and Austin went to the market So she invited her 15-year-old grand- they but soon warmed up to the coun- arranged a visit with the World Visions to purchase school supplies, beans, son to travel to Uganda with her. try as they were treated kindly and office prior to leaving for Uganda, flour, sugar and other goodies. They “There wasn’t any really hesitation offered hospitality. which had cleared the request with spent about $100 on the items. about it,” Austin said. “We pretty For their mission work, Mulder Phillips’ mother. She also promised to purchase a new much were planning this for two helped asses patients at the Believers When Austin and Mulder located the bike for Phillips through World Vision. months.” World Outreach-sponsored phar- village, they noticed it was filled with The grandmother and grandson After a 16-hour flight, the pair arrived macy, and Austin talked to Ugandan thatched-roof homes, much smaller returned home from Uganda with a in Jinja, the second-largest city in children about the Bible. than anything they had imagined. It new perspective. Uganda. Assisting residents of a Third World was shocking to see the conditions in “You know what to pray for,” Mulder They soon realized Uganda was not country was an eye-opener for grand- which her sponsor child lived. said. “They’re not rich, but they’re rich the place either of them had expected mother and grandson. Phillips, his mother, sister and grand- in spirit.”

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SHELDON—Direct care professionals comprise the largest workforce in Iowa, yet there is no credentialing system for these workers. Iowa was selected for a national grant to participate in the Direct Care Workforce Initiative. The initiative is a testing process of new standards and training modules for direct care professionals that eventually could be implemented nationwide. Representatives from the State Public Policy Group based in Des Moines have been spearheading panel discussions regarding the Direct Care Workforce Initiative and made a stop Monday at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. Policymakers — including state Sen. David Johnson (R-Ocheyedan) and Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull) — joined the discussion along with individuals who work in a direct care profession. “Iowa really approached this initiative that this is a workforce,” said Erin Davison-Rippey, State Public Policy Group program manager. “Looking at how do we provide better services across settings, knowing that within this umbrella workforce, folks are mobile.” The federal government eventually

DIRECT CARE PROFESSIONALS: Direct care professional is an umbrella term to describe an individual who provides handson care to patients of all ages. They serve children and adults with disabilities, patients recovering from acute illness or surgery or elderly individuals. Common titles for direct care professionals include certified

nursing assistant, home care and home health aide, personal care attendant, rehabilitation, medication and hospice aides or direct support professional. They often serve clients in their own homes, assisted living or nursing facilities, adult day center, hospitals and hospices.

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State Public Policy Group president Arlinda McKeen speaks to the direct care workforce panel Monday afternoon at Northwest Iowa (Photo by Josh Harrell) hopes to implement a system for stan- are getting enough respect for their Community College in Sheldon. dardizing education for direct care professionals. Iowa is at the forefront of testing those new standardizations, according to Davison-Rippey. Research on the direct care industry indicated a high turnover rate and subsequently high turnover costs. “There’s a lot of redundancy happening and a lot of retraining because of the lack of standardization,” DavisonRippey said. The Direct Care Worker Advisory Council, which includes direct care workers, conducted research on the reasons for turnover and determined that most often direct care professionals do not feel adequately prepared for their careers and do not feel like they

work, Davison-Rippey said. The council developed a set of recommendations to provide a model for improving recruitment and retainment of new direct care workers. The recommendations that were presented to the Iowa General Assembly include: n Essential competency: Providing basic training to ensure minimum qualifications and establishing standards to create portability across services and settings. n Career pathway: Providing opportunities for direct care professionals to develop and grow within their field, which would help increase retainment. Career pathways also could

include a grandfathering process that recognizes the workers for skills they already have. n Overseen by a board: Providing regulation by a board of direct care professionals. Tony Wells, a certified nursing assistant at Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center, helped lead the panel discussion. “As a direct care professional, I want to see this to fruition,” Wells said. He also served as a co-chair on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Task Force, which began looking into methods of streamlining educational standards for the workforce. Wells, who began his career in Texas,

Lyon County intends to appoint attorney Petersen leaving to be district judge By Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e r

ROCK RAPIDS—The Lyon County Board of Supervisors has decided to fill its vacant county attorney position by appointment and hopes to have a new attorney in place by early November. Lyon County attorney Carl Petersen, 44, is leaving the position after 12 years to become a judge in Iowa’s 3rd Judicial District. He was appointed to the new post on Sept. 4 by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Petersen’s last day was Friday. He had been the county attorney since May 2000. “He’s been a good county attorney,” said Randy Bosch of Rock Rapids, chairman of the Lyon County Board of Supervisors. “He’s represented the county well. He’s pursued

a lot of delinquent fines. Just all around he’s been a good attorney for us.” The county is advertising for the position and will begin interviews after Oct. 19. Interested applicants can contact the Lyon County Auditor’s Office at (712) 472-3713 for more information. While the county waits for the supervisors to make an appointment, Lyon County has entered an agreement with Osceola County to share the services of Osceola County attorney Bob Hansen for assistance with cases. Petersen’s resignation left the county with three options for filling the position: n Appoint a temporary attorney to fill the seat while a more permanent replacement can be appointed through an interview process with the board; n Postpone a decision and use assistance until the next general election for the seat in Lyon County, which would be

ENGINEER UPDATE: Lyon County also is in the process of finding a replacement for its county engineer position, which has been vacant since Jeff Williams was fired in late May for alleged felony theft. The county closed the application period Friday and soon will begin reviewing the applications. County auditor Wayne Grooters said about 15 applications have been submitted for the position. Sioux County is lending shared services of its engineer, Doug Julius, to Lyon County while the county searches for a full-time replacement. in November 2014; n Hold a special countywide election for the attorney position. Lyon County is following a similar path to what it did when Petersen was hired in 2000. After Paul White had resigned as Lyon County attorney, Lyon County asked Osceola County and Bob Hansen for assistance in the interim before Petersen was hired.

Whoever is selected for the position will complete Petersen’s term and be up for election in November 2014. The residents of Lyon County also could try to force an election by gathering roughly 500 signatures — based on voting percentages from the last country attorney election — in the next two weeks, however, Lyon County auditor Wayne Grooters doubts that will happen.

lost four of his certifications when he moved to Iowa. The only certification that was recognized in the Iowa was his CNA certification. “This is my calling. If this is going to be my calling I want it to be respected as someone who’s professional doing what I do,” Wells said. “It’s all about education. This will put a professional face on it.” John Hale, public policy/fund development consultant for the Iowa Caregivers Association, agreed the policy is important to have in place. “This is about workers, no question about it,” he said, “but bottom line is it’s about the people that they serve.”

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SIBLEY—Joseph Lee Daggett, 25, George, pleaded guilty Aug. 6 in Osceola County District Court in Sibley to harassment and criminal mischief, both simple misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail on each offense, with all time suspended except for four days to be served concurrently, and placed on probation for two years. The case arose July 2 when Daggett threatened a female worker and spit on the counter where the worker was serving a customer at a local business in Sibley.

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SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Micah Jerome Albert, 18, Sioux Center, following a traffic stop at about 3:55 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the intersection of 400th Street and Ibex Avenue, two miles east of Sioux Center. During the stop, an investigation led to Albert being charged with possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.

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GEORGE—Nicholas David Larsen, 19, Sibley, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 6:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, on McKinley Avenue, onequarter mile north of 210th Street, six miles east of George. Larsen was

driving south when he fell asleep and the 2004 Dodge Durango he was driving started to enter the west ditch, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. He woke up, overcorrected, losing control and the vehicle entered the east ditch, striking a culvert. He was transported to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

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SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of three people at about 12:55 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, after investigating a Text-A-Tip reporting a suspicious vehicle that was parked at the intersection of 420th Street and Harrison Avenue, three miles southeast of Sioux Center. Deputies were able to locate and stop the vehicle at the intersection of 390th Street and Harrison Avenue, one mile east of Sioux Center. Cesar Gomez Quintanilla, 21, Sioux Center, and Katy Ann Landwier, 21, Newton, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Caleb Alexander Waldecker, 20, Bluff City, TN, was arrested for operating while intoxicated — drugged, a serious misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.





Dr. Chip provides expertise for windshield repair event Serves as judge in Louisville, KY By

DR. CHIP: Gerald Zwart is known to much of N’West Iowa as Dr. Chip. While appearing in commercials, he wears a white doctor’s coat with the name “Dr. Chip” embroidered on it. He has had the nickname for as long as he has been in the windshield repair industry — about 28 years. “I was brainstorming with some guys and we got to talking about the Dr. Chip thing and they said ‘You’ve got to run with it,’” Zwart said.

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INWOOD—This 2012 Summer Olympics may have been the main event, but competitors from different walks of life are gathering to compete at their own Olympic-like events. One such event was the seventh annual Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics held Sept. 21-22 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. Sixty-year-old Gerald Zwart of Inwood offered his expertise as a judge at the event. Zwart, who is known by his nickname Dr. Chip, owns Clearview Windshields in Inwood. He made his first foray into the windshield repair/replacement field 28 years ago. Zwart initially started in the vehicle repair industry doing wheel alignment, but soon switched to working with windshields when he realized it was just as lucrative. The Windshield Repair Olympics is a prestigious event in which only certified mechanics are eligible to participate. The first-place winner receives $10,000, second place receives

FOR MORE INFO: n To learn more about Clearview Windshields, call 1-800533-2447 or visit $1,000 and third place wins $500. “If you’re looking for somebody to repair your windshield, it’s good to look for a certified technician,” Zwart said. “They’re the leader in the industry.” He served as emcee for the sixth annual Windshield Repair Olympics and this year was asked to judge the event. “I have been going to conventions for probably 25 years; they know who I am,” Zwart said. “I’ve been there a lot. They know that we run a very conscientious business.” Zwart also serves on the National Windshield Repair Association Board and helped compose the industry standard

for window repair, which has been approved by the American National Standard Institute. Windshield repair/replacement is a serious business. Zwart said most people do not realize how detrimental cracks in windshields can be in the event of an accident. Cracks can compromise the integrity of the windshield, increasing the likelihood it could shatter in the event of airbag deployment or rollover. It is no surprise the judges at the Windshield Repair Olympics took the job seriously. Judges were barred from showing each other or anyone else their score sheets, and the 11 contestants were judged on

Gerald Zwart, known as Dr. Chip and the owner of Clearview Windshields in Inwood, was among the judges at the seventh annual Windshield Repair Olympics in Louisville, KY. (Photo submitted) everything from the quality of repair to how they greeted the customer. “All 11 of them compete. We had two heats, one of six and one of five. They get a point for everything they did right,” Zwart said. “When we’re all done with 11, we evaluate the scores and the ones with the top three go into the finals.” Each of the contestants’ cars had a chip the judges made in the exact same place on the windshield. “The pressure on the glass was all equal. All the damages — you wouldn’t believe how

identical they were. The same place, the same pressure on the tool and everything,” Zwart said. Each contestant had 45 minutes to repair the chip. In the final round, contestants had one hour to complete a repair while spectators watch. “What we do is we give them a little more difficult repair for the final heat, you might say, and then we judge them again on a lot of the same things they did on the first heat,” Zwart said. Chip repair requires a few steps. The technician must first

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Candidates address debt, immigration, more


DEBATE Continued from page A1 make their opening statements. Moderators Dan Breen from The REVIEW, Matt Breen from KTIV, Ann Minnick from Northwestern College and Tom Overlie from KWWL-TV of Waterloo and KTTC-TV of Mason City, then asked each candidate a series of questions that they had one minute to answer and 30 seconds to rebut. Question topics focused on debt and spending, jobs and the economy, immigration, gun control, student loans, social issues, health-care reform, bipartisanship and the proposed five-year Farm Bill. The audience seemed to respond the most to each candidates’ response to their views on same-sex marriage and a woman’s right to have an abortion. “First of all, I know that these are hard issues. It’s particularly hard for my generation when we’re talking about same-sex marriage, but I do think that when two people love each other, they should be allowed to marry,” said Vilsack to resounding boos. “I hope that anybody who is willing to commit to another person would be willing to have the same kind of relationship that I’ve had with my husband for the last 39 years and should have the same privileges as well.” In terms of a woman’s right to choose, Vilsack said she is pro-choice but added that educating teenagers on prevention and the importance of contraceptives is key in reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in the state. King said his views on both issues are clear. “I know when everyone’s life begins. Our life begins at the moment of conception and ends at natural death, and that’s where I stand on abortion,” he said. King voiced his support for the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, a bill that bans sex-selective abortions — the practice of aborting a fetus based on gender discrimination — which failed in the U.S. House in May. “Increasingly in this country we’re following the model in Asia that little girls are aborted simply because they’re little

I’m glad to know that I have more power than both of them put together. Steve King


Former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack and U.S. Rep. Steve King vie for the hearts and minds of voters of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District during Thursday’s debate at Northwestern College in Orange City. (Photo by Josh Harrell)



girls,” he said. “We brought legislation to block that and ban that. Christie Vilsack said it’s ridiculous to talk about it, and Iowans don’t care. I do care, and I think it matters to those little girls who were aborted because they were not boys.” In stating his position on

AUDIENCE REACTIONS: Here are the thoughts of five individuals who attended the debate: n “It was good to hear them talk about the issues, and it was well-moderated. I was a little upset by some of the hissing I heard and the disrespect, but I guess that goes with the territory.” — robert Hubbard, 44, theatre professor, orange city. n “I wish she would have answered the questions. She seemed to evade some of the questions that were asked. She would go back to the Farm Bill time and time and time again, not even addressing what it was about. I think she’s stuck on one topic, and that’s the Farm Bill. True, it is a big deal, but we’ll get it passed.” — tom Farnsworth, 65, o’Brien county supervisor, rural archer. n “The immigration issue was very important, and I sided with Christie Vilsack. I think that in this area, we could not survive

same-sex marriage, King referenced the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision that made them

without them, so we need to make sure they have a presence and are allowed a path to citizenship.” — april Hubbard, 45, director and actress, orange city. n “It was really good. I’m a longtime King fan. I’ve grown up in the 5th District, and now the 4th District, and my family has always supported King. Tonight made it very clear that’s who I need to support in this election.” — jenna Harms, 21, northwestern college student, alta. n “It was great that we had the opportunity to listen to both sides, and it’s something that a lot of people in the community have been pushing for, for a long time. I think it was very good to hear both sides on the immigration issue because immigrants are a vital part of our economy, and a lot of people are interested to see what the future of Iowa may look like.” — amanda Bahena, 30, attorney, sioux center.

legal in the state. “On the gay marriage issue, or same-sex marriage as it was

Plays role in questioning King, Vilsack BREEN Continued from A1 you’re asked to be a part of a live, televised debate as I was Thursday evening in Orange City. Sadly, I wasn’t even afforded the opportunity to hide behind stage makeup. The N’West Iowa REVIEW partnered with Northwestern College and KTIV-TV in Sioux City to air a special one-hour debate between incumbent Republican Congressman Steve King and former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack, who are vying to be elected to the newly formed 4th Congressional District. When The REVIEW’s publisher, Peter W. Wagner, brought up the idea of having me sit on the panel back in June, I thought, sure. Why not? Back then, no one told me it’d be in front of 800-plus people, or that it would be broadcast to two-thirds the state on different NBC-TV affiliates. Oh well, it’s just asking questions. That’s my job, and I was up for the task. More than questions, we wanted to start with topics that had the biggest impact on the region: Jobs, spending, health care, the Farm Bill, same-sex marriage and abortion — just to name a few. Questions were built off the topics. Two Northwestern students submitted questions. We took two more from Facebook submissions and asked one question tweeted during the debate. Variety is the spice of life. I was fairly familiar with both candidates. King is a frequent friend of the conservatively fertile soils of N’West Iowa. As many times as I’ve interviewed him, I think we’re on a first-name basis now. I was less familiar with Vilsack. I had interviewed her in May 2006 when she presented the Glass Apple Award to South O’Brien High School teacher-librarian Susan

phrased, my opinion is this: All human experience points toward the best way to raise

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SHELDON—Armand Bile, 42, Sioux Falls, SD, was injured in a one-vehicle accident bout 1:35 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, on Highway 18, about a mile and a half east of Sheldon, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. Bile was driving west when he fell asleep and his 2000 Dodge Durango entered the south ditch, striking mile marker number 45 sign. Bile drove back onto the Highway 18 and his vehicle came to rest facing east on the north shoulder.

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Serving among four panelists asking questions, REVIEW staff writer Dan Breen listens to the debate between U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack on Thursday evening in Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel in Orange City. (Photo by Josh Harrell)

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Radosti in May 2006. Back then she was Iowa’s first lady. This was the first chance I got to talk politics — or rather, to let her talk politics. We kept our fingers crossed that the debate would remain civil. We had hoped the candidates would spend most of their allotted time sharing their positions as opposed to attacking the positions of their opponent. But it became clear early on that would be a difficult proposition. Vilsack got through her opening statement on task, but by time the first panelist question on debt and spending was asked, she had dropped the gloves and gone

on the offensive. King, not natured to stand by and take an attack, went right back on the offensive himself. From there a good portion of the debate predictably became a snowball fight between King and Vilsack, both locking in on what the other did or didn’t do. As the debate progressed, it was clear time was going to be an issue. A planned commercial break had to be dropped and several topics with questions at the ready about their qualifications for Congress, alternative energy and the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System funding had to be axed for time purposes. KTIV was showing “The Office” at the top of the hour. I’m sure fans of the show would have been in an uproar if the show’s final season premiere was preempted in any such way. Anyone who watched the debate or has done any

research at all knows the candidates possess vastly different opinions on the issues — Vilsack riding her Democratic donkey and King crushing those philosophy’s one at a time with an elephant’s thud. Hopefully, one of the candidates resonated with your political philosophy. More importantly, we hope the hour we dedicated will get you prepared for the Nov. 6 general election. Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, black or white, Christian or Muslim, radio voice or TV face, remember we’re all Americans. Let’s do our founding father’s right and exercise our right to vote on Nov. 6. I’m Dan Breen, I have a face for print, and I approve this message.

Dan Breen lives in Orange City. He is a staff writer for The N’West Iowa REVIEW and may be reached at dbreen@

a family is a mom and a dad joined together in holy matrimony,” he said. “Marriage is something that all history points to as between a man and a woman, and I helped write that language in Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act and defended that language in the Defense of Marriage Act against the federal law. If the American people and if Iowans decide to change their mind, I will abide by that decision, but not by a judge’s decision to pose it upon us.” The issue of immigration also got audience members riled up, and the two candidates sparred back and forth on the best way to address undocumented migrants. King has never been quiet about his stance on immigration and securing the border. Vilsack said numerous Iowans have talked to her about asking King “to tone down his rhetoric” on a get-tough immigration policy. “When he speaks on national television, he often embarrasses us in Iowa when he talks about immigrants as if they are stray cats and dogs,” she said. K ing retor ted by saying Vilsack was soft on enforcement by being in favor of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who have been in America for years. “Mrs. Vilsack is for amnesty,” he said. Both candidates closed the debate by endorsing themselves. An outcry of “Steve for Congress” then echoed throughout the chapel.

SIBLEY—One person was injured in a two-car accident about 3:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street in Sibley. Lavonne Kay Prins, 55, Sibley, was driving a 2005 Ford Focus north on Fourth Street when she stopped at the Fifth Street intersection then pull out and her 2005 Ford Focus collided with an eastbound 1998 Dodge pickup driving by Dustin Wyatt Taylor, 17, Sibley, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department. Prins was transported to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. No other injuries were reported. Prins was cited with failure to yield upon entering through highway.

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HULL—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Heather June DeStigter, 34, Rock Valley, at about 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, on a charge of second-degree theft, a class D felony. The arrest stemmed from an investigation started on Tuesday, Sept. 11, when it was reported that DeStigter was suspected in taking money from her employer, De Jong Hardware Hank in Hull. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered DeStigter had taken $1,500 from the store over the past four months.

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HOSPERS—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department reported receiving information at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, of someone was using a false name to maintain employment at Hickory Hills Farms at 4045 400th St. near Hospers. The investigation revealed that Israel Trejo-Olmedo, 31, Sioux Center, was using the identity of another person to maintain his employment. Deputies located and arrested Trejo-Olmedo on Friday, Sept. 21, at 1902 First St., Rock Valley, for identity theft, a Class D felony, and fraudulent practices, a Class D felony.

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HOSPERS—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Gloria Mondragon, 34, Sioux City, at about 2:20 p.m. Monday, Sept.

17, on charges of identity theft and forgery, both Class D felonies, following the investigation into a Sept. 13 complaint. Upon investigation, deputies found that Mondragon was using a name and Social Security number that belonged to another person to gain employment at Premium Iowa Pork in Hospers.

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MAURICE—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Antolin Ramos Lopez, 35, Sioux City, at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, following a traffic stop on Highway 75 in Maurice. During the traffic stop Ramos Lopez gave the deputy multiple names and a false identification card. Ramos Lopez was arrested for forgery, a class D felony, driving while suspended, driving without a valid driver’s license, excessive speed and no insurance, all simple misdemeanors.

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SIOUX CENTER—Kaleigh Schildhouse, 19, Sioux Center, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 8:55 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, on Highway 75, one mile north of Sioux Center. Schildhouse was driving south on Highway 75 when she lost control of her 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass and it entered the west ditch and rolled onto its top, according to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department. Schildhouse required extrication from the vehicle and was transported to Sioux Center Community Hospital.

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MAURICE— Leah Anne Forbes, 22, Sioux Center, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and 510th Street, four miles southeast of Maurice. Forbes was driving north on Harrison when she lost control of her 2000 Pontiac Bonneville, which entered the east ditch and rolled, according to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department. Forbes was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to have a valid license.

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HARRIS—Randall Steven Hanson, 60, Emmetsburg, was injured about 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, when he fell asleep at the wheel of his westbound 2006 Ford Ranger on Highway 9, east of Wilson Avenue, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle entered the south ditch, then came out, crossed over Highway 9 and entered the north ditch, where it came to rest on the passenger side. Hanson transported to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. He was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.





Buses appeal for opposite votes on judge WIGGINS Continued from page A1

The background

A polarizing decision made by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 has again made justice retention a hot topic in the state this election season. The court’s Varnum v. Brien decision ruled Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, paving the way for the state to permit same-sex marriage. Wiggins was among those siding with the unanimous decision. Sheldon native Michael Streit and fellow justices Marsha Ternus and David Baker were the target of an Iowans for Freedom campaign in 2010. All three received more than 54 percent of the vote statewide against retention. Because justices are up for retention after their first two years, then not again for eight years, Wiggins is up for his eight-year evaluation this year. Three other judges are up for retention this year — the three that replaced Ternus, Baker and Streit. Opponents of Wiggins said they have no interest in removing the other three.

No Wiggins

The Iowans for Freedom’s “No Wiggins” bus tour arrived first Thursday in Orange City, its final stop on a four-day, 17-stop, 1,300-mile journey across the state. Most of the tour’s high-profile

participants, such as former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP up-andcomer, were no longer on the bus when it rolled through Orange City. About 50 individuals gathered shortly after 4:30 p.m. Several individuals, including state Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull), spoke to those in attendance. King even made a surprise stop shortly before he was to debate Vilsack that evening at Northwestern College. “We have a constitution that has to mean what it says,” King said. “You can’t change it just because you have a black robe on. When judges are appointed to sit on the bench, it doesn’t mean they can change the words of the constitution. When they don’t exercise good judgment, those judges cannot be allowed to sit on the bench.” Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of The Family Leader, which co-sponsored the tour, also was on the tour. Vander Plaats talked about the constitution’s recognition of God as a supreme being and His intended purpose for marriage being between one man and one woman. He said the high court overstepped its judicial bounds. “It’s not their job to amend the constitution, it’s only, ‘We the People,’” Vander Plaats said. The Iowa Bar Association conducts peer polling ahead of the retention vote. Wiggins

Iowa State Bar Association past president Dan Moore of Sioux City speaks during a “Yes Iowa Judges” bus tour stop Thursday at Windmill Park in Orange City. The tour was piggybacking the “No Wiggins” bus tour in hopes of setting the record straight and preventing retention campaigns from becoming political. (Photo by Josh Harrell)

AT A GLANCE: Name: David Wiggins Position: Iowa Supreme Court assistant chief justice Start Date: 2003 Age: 60 Residence: West Des Moines Education: Graduated from Niles East Township High School in Skokie, IL, in 1969; earned bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1973 and law degree from Drake University Law School in Des Moines in

1976. Experience: Lawyer at the Wiggins, Anderson & Tully in West Des Moines, 1976-2003; Iowa Supreme Court justice 2003-present Family: Wife, Marsha; three daughters; one grandson. Interests: Coaching youth sports and high school mock trial; working with Habitat for Humanity.

Windmill Park block. The organization waited until the “No Wiggins” group had concluded its presentation before starting its own, hoping a few people would wander over to their presentation. About 30 did. Proponents of retaining Wiggins say he was only doing his judicial duty when he helped to issue the ruling in 2009.

received a 63 percent score while the other three up for retention received scores above 90 percent.

Yes Wiggins

About 15 minutes into the “No Wiggins” presentation, a smaller truck bearing the words “Yes Freedom, Yes Liberty, Yes Iowa Judges” arrived and parked on the opposite corner of the

Joe Feller of Sibley, vice president of the Iowa Bar Association, said politics and the bench should not mix. “A huge majority of the over 8,000 attorneys in Iowa agree that we don’t want to see politics get involved in the retention or selection of a judge,” Feller said. “We need to keep politics out of the courtroom and keep the judiciary fair and

impartial.” The Iowa State Bar Association has been vocal in urging Iowans to vote “yes” to retain all the justices on the ballot. One Iowa, a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Iowans, also supports retaining Wiggins. Sioux City attorney Dan Moore, a past president of the Iowa Bar Association, also spoke to the crowd, reading from a prepared speech. “The truth of the matter is the justices followed their sworn oaths. They applied the constitution unanimously,” Moore said. “Removing more justices will only weaken our courts.” Moore said the court correctly interpreted the constitutional clause of equal protection in the ruling. He added that Iowa cannot allow court decision to be determined by money and campaigns. “Justice should not be for sale to the highest bidder,” he said.

Farm equipment adds hazards to roadways in harvest season TRAFFIC Continued from page A1 oncoming lane was a tractor pulling a wagon. All of a sudden, a pickup truck passed the tractor and wagon. Then a second pickup passed. As Doorenbos was getting closer, a third pickup truck attempted a last-second pass. “When that third pickup came, I had to get on the brake pretty hard,” the 43-year-old said. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Accidents do happen on roadways this time of year and sometimes with serious consequences. The harvest season is in full throttle, which is a good time to take the foot off the accelerator and give an extra look at safety. For the next several weeks

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Focus on the issue Too many rely on handouts


h-oh. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did something the other day you just can’t do in our political environment: He spoke the truth. He told supporters at a private fundraiser that 47 percent of American voters probably won’t cast a ballot for him. Let’s review exactly what he said:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what . . . These are people who pay no income tax. My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” These remarks were immediately pounced on by Democrats, and even some Republicans, who wondered how in the world Romney could say he didn’t care about 47 percent of the American people. Well, for starters, he never said that. He said that it doesn’t make a lot of political sense to focus his campaign on people who aren’t going to vote for him. It was political calculus —

nothing more, nothing less. What was lost in the media firestorm over these remarks is a debate worth having but one that President Obama and the Democrats would rather ignore: How is it good for America when so many people are relying on government to supply their basic needs? How long can the country afford to continue down this path? We can argue over the percentage and the amount of money involved, but the truth is, a large percentage of this country’s citizens pay no income taxes. A record 46 million Americans are on food stamps. The number of people receiving government assistance — and the amount of money it’s costing — continues to soar. It should be a great concern to all of us that the United States seems headed to a society in which about half of the citizens work and help subsidize the other half. How is that good for anyone? This is not about being insensitive. This is not about ignoring people who legitimately need help. But the goal should be to encourage those people on the government dole to become wage earners and contribute to, not take from, society. In the long run, it’s better for them, and for us, in every respect. One of the candidates is talking about this. The other, who currently sits in the White House, is not, and why should he? Romney’s right. Obama’s going to get the votes from those people who are satisfied with getting a federal check. That’s what Mitt Romney was saying. It’s too bad so few people heard him.

Life offers perspective


h, thank goodness. Do you have any idea just how close to catastrophe we really came? No, I’m not talking about another four-year term for Barack Obama. (I know my audience!) I’m not referring to the imminent threat that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. I am talking about something so momentous and earthshaking that it threatened to overwhelm the entire planet. Just in the nick of time, we avoided disaster. I am referring, of course, to the National Football League’s decision to stop using replacement referees. We pause now to allow you to offer a silent prayer of thanks. Or you could pray loudly, too. Who am I to set the rules on volume? If you’ve watched a news or sports program this week, you already know that the subject of the NFL’s replacement referees had become the world’s most pressing issue. To review, the regular NFL refs wanted more money. The NFL, a $9 billion-a-year industry, didn’t want to pay it. There was no grand principle at stake, unless you consider greed a noble principle. When the season started, the NFL replaced the regular refs with guys with limited experience. One fellow had been a referee in what’s called a lingerie league. I assume the players were women. The inevitable happened. The replacement referees blew a lot of calls. This went on for three weeks. Then, on Monday night, my football team got robbed. We pause again while you say, “Awww.”

KEN FUSON LETTER FROM DES MOINES On the last play of the game, a Hail Mary pass into the end zone, a Green Bay Packers defender clearly appeared to catch the ball. A Seattle Seahawks receiver wrestled him for it. Looked to almost everyone like an obvious interception. The referee called it a touchdown. The Packers lost. From across the country, if not the world, a cry rang out: Something must be done! The future of the republic is at stake! “The NFL used to be the Mona Lisa,” wrote Rick Reilly of ESPN. “This thing is painting a mustache on it.” A state senator from Wisconsin, home of the Packers, released two phone numbers for Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, and urged disgruntled fans to call him. Yawn. Don’t get me wrong. I was as upset as the next Packers fan. But that was only one of several egregiously bad calls in that game, against both teams. So, yes, I was ticked off. At myself. As well as any other NFL fans who continued to tolerate this nonsense. Ratings and revenue for the NFL have never been higher. The owners and NFL brass knew we would

continue to watch, even if they let blind monkeys referee the games. I decided to take a stand. I decided not to watch another second of an NFL game until the competent referees were allowed back. I wasn’t the only fan to voice this opinion. At a certain point, one tires of being treated like a chump. I don’t know if this worked. I think the NFL felt more embarrassed than pressured. But, the NFL apparently decided it did have enough money to give the regular referees a raise. They will be back on the field this weekend. Will I watch? I’m not sure. The entire episode is another reminder of how much emphasis we — and by “we” I mean “me” — place on professional sports, especially football. A week ago Sunday, as the replacement refs were botching more calls at more games, I attended a memorial service for a baby who was born with terrible birth defects. Little Aaron lived only 16 hours, but that was long enough for him to be baptized, held by his parents and his siblings, and to be loved. Aaron’s parents are people of great faith, and that faith has given them enormous strength in these sad days. They comforted the rest of us more than we comforted them. My favorite football team got robbed Monday night by a replacement ref. You know, there are worse things to endure this side of heaven. Perspective. It’s a wonderful thing.

Ken Fuson lives in Des Moines. He may be reached at kfuson@iowainformation. com.

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES “I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.” — Thomas Jefferson

Subject of Omaha Press Club roast tells of Sheldon connection


y son, Jeff, and I made a quick trip to Nebraska on Thursday evening to attend the Omaha Press Club’s roast of Bob Hoig and his daughter, Andee Hoig. A gala event was presented under the misleading title “Face on the Barroom Floor.” It was held at the plush Omaha Press Club at the top of First National Bank building, the tallest structure in downtown Omaha. Jeff and I became acquainted with Bob Hoig when he approached us some 10 years ago about printing his publications, Midlands Business Journal and The Lincoln Business Journal. Longestablished and wellmanaged, the two papers were a nice addition to our list of White Wolf Web Bob Hoig printing customers. Bob is an interesting individual who appears decades younger than the 80 on his resume. At 60 he took an interest in tennis and became a competitive force on the Omaha courts. At 70 Bob decided to learn to fly and does so today. He has a nice single-engine plane and had just flown back in the nick of time for the evening from the East Coast. There is no schedule or limit to the number of times the Omaha Press Club can pres-


ent the “Face on the Barroom Floor” honor. Bob and Andee — who independently from her father owns and publishes Omaha’s Metro Magazine — were the 134th to be so acknowledged. Each honoree is featured in a large, beautifully detailed chalk drawing by local Omaha artist Jim Horan. The drawing is framed and ready to hang on one of the many club room walls. Rumor has it, although it is not done today, that the early drawings were actually placed under a plastic protector on the entry room floor so the guests could walk over it on the way to the event. Today the drawings are already framed and waiting near the speaker’s podium under a huge black cloth waiting the unveiling. Bob is a publisher who came up the ranks from the reporting side of the business. He claims to have fallen into the business by accident when he mistakenly walked into the New York Herald offices just out of college. Once there, he decided to see if they had a

job opening and was hired as a copy boy. That gave him the experience and the conduit to climb up the rungs to eventual reporting positions. In responding to some of the friendly digs made during the roast, Hoig remembered early in his career being at The Miami Herald to apply for a position. The editor at the time was Al Neuharth who later founded USA Today. “Neuharth was satisfied with my writing clips,” recalled Hoig, “but said I’d have to take a mental fitness test before being hired.” And you can imagine Hoig’s surprise when he was told he failed the test. “Why?” the insulted wouldbe reporter asked. “Simple,” he was told. “Our psychologist believes anyone who would come to Florida without already having a job must be crazy.” Bob said he went down the street to the competing paper and got hired right away. It was a good move, in his opinion, since that publication was much more cutting edge in crime reporting, an early Hoig specialty. Another time he and a friend decided to see what opportunity might await them in California and proceeded to hitchhike across the country. They were picked up by a couple of guys in Vegas, one white and one black, who asked where they wanted to go. “San Francisco,” the two hitchhikers replied. “But we weren’t in the car but a few minute,” Bob shared,

“when the black guy turned to the white man and said ‘What do ya think? Should we kill ’em?’” Not long after that the driver pulled over so the black man could run into a store for something. Once he was out of the car, remembers Hoig, the driver sped off leaving him behind. “Don’t worry,” the driver told them. “My wife will ride along with us to San Francisco.” But when they stopped by the house — and the man went into get his wife — she quickly came out screaming she didn’t want her husband driving all the way to San Francisco when he was drunk. Still the would-be driver said he wasn’t worried. They’d get his girlfriend to go along. Again that idea didn’t work

out as planned. When they reached the girlfriend’s house her mother came running out behind the driver screaming, “How could you have been so dumb as to make my daughter pregnant?” “We ended up being dropped off just two blocks from where we’d been picked up hours earlier,” Hoig shared. Hoig’s writing career eventually led him to United Press International. While there he was sent to cover the financial collapse of Sheldon National Bank in 1961. “I only thought I’d be there for the day so I didn’t even take a razor,” Hoig remembered. Then Elliott Roosevelt suddenly appeared on the scene to clear up the mess as a representative of the government and FDIC.

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“UPI called and told me to stay for a number of additional days and cover what happened next.” Roosevelt might have been sent to clean things up, Hoig recalled, but he and the other reporters digging for details in Sheldon found out things about him that needing clearing up, too. Like the apartment Roosevelt had included for his current mistress he was listing on his expense account. Isn’t it interesting how so many stories can begin elsewhere and end up so close to home?

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Selections for elections should be ‘slam dunks’ To The REVIEW: Now that the candidates have been selected, it is time for us, the voters, to research them so that wise decisions can be made in November. These decisions should be a “slam dunk.” There are four or five basic issues that are commonly discussed in the media. Unless we are of the “1 or 2 percent” who benefit most from our capitalist society, the greatest in the world, it really should make little difference if we are independent, Republican or Democrat when we make our choices. We need to ask ourselves if we are concerned about: 1. The debt we are forcing on ourselves, our parents and future generations. 2. The health and welfare of those same individuals. 3. The quality of education and safety for future generations. 4. Employment, the economy and jobs. 5. Wars, veterans and the resulting casualties and injuries to our fighting forces. If we are sincerely concerned about number one, two and three, we should be ready to select individuals that indicate they are ready to pay for them, not take 2 percent from Social Security and Medicare to give everyone tax breaks as we have the past two years. We, as individuals, have the opportunity to seek additional employment to pay off our debts. Governments must rely on taxes. It is time that the Congress realizes this. Yes, I agree that there is too much graft and misuse of funds which needs to be eliminated, but we need people who are ready to make the tough choices, not sit idly by doing “nothing.” If we could all agree to pay a penny here and a penny there, concerns numbered one, two and three could be alleviated. After all, federal taxes are presently at a 30-year low. As to items number four and five, we need to review our history and government courses and remember that we have three distinct branches of government. The legislative branch (Congress) is “supposed” to make and pass laws to provide for all of the above concerns and provide finances to pay for them. The executive branch (presidency) is responsible to see that these laws are enforced. The judicial branch (Supreme Court) is responsible for making sure these laws are constitutional. We also need to realize that this same 1 or 2 percent will never require enough production to get people

lina pralines and a letter welcoming them to the city and offering assistance in transportation, child care and spiritual matters. The DNC banned the churches from distributing the gift baskets to delegates because, DNC said, the congregations hold family values and their views on women’s rights are contrary to the party platform. Even the Charlotte mayor’s office jumped in to tell the churches not to participate. The baskets did not contain a single political or pro-life message. If you are not convinced, then there’s this: The Obama administration proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their health back to work. We need to assure that care while leaving unionized civilian some extra income is received by defense worker benefits untouched. the lower income classes. They are Significantly, the plan calls for the ones who have needs and will be increases between 30 percent and 79 glad to spend and get our economy going again. Both Houses of Congress percent in Tricare annual premiums for the first year. After that the plan voted on tax measures this summer which indicates their stand, executive will impose five-year increases rangcandidates have indicated where they ing from 94 percent to 345 percent — more than three times current levels. stand on getting the economy going. U.S. military service people don’t get All one has to do is research these the equipment they need to do their votes and elect people to replace the jobs. They don’t have the manpower “do nothing” Congress we now have. they need to complete their missions. After we make our decisions, which Their families scrimp and sacrifice should easily be “slam dunks,” let us financially so they can serve their hold the proper candidates responcountry. They risk their lives and give sible for their expected duties. their lives for their country. Do your homework and then vote. But, according to the Obama adminSee you there. Vincent Huls, istration, unionized civilian defense Boyden workers sitting behind their comfortable desks in Washington deserve betAre Democrats who ter treatment than our heroes serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and we want in control? elsewhere. To The REVIEW: Obama is the guy who wants to In a few weeks we will have the privi- cut medical care for soldiers, sailors, lege of going to the voting booth to Marines and airmen — all while cast our ballot for president. Maybe preserving the goodies for Washingyou are undecided who you will ton bureaucrats. Men and women vote for as president because you who put their lives on the line, who don’t care for either candidate. Keep risked their health and well-being, are in mind you are not only voting for treated like second-class citizens in president but people in Congress, the Obama World. Senate and judges, the people who Obama and the Muslim brothermake, pass and interpret the law. This hood would like the United States to election is extremely important. The lose it’s “position of strength” and its future of the United States is hanging bargaining power. If we lose our miliin the balance. We are close to the tary, we would lose our credibility in point of no return. the world political arena. So, weaken When the Democratic National our military and our credibility is Convention came to Charlotte, area weakened. churches, 100 of them, offered hosIf you still are not convinced, here pitality, not knowing how much the is something else that might interDems hate God and would actually est you: Executive Order 13603 that boo God at the convention. They had Obama signed March 16: Obama’s no idea how that hatred would be plan to seize control regardless of directed at them and their churches. Congress. The Sunday before the DNC, over This 10-page document is a blue9,000 people had come together to print for the federal takeover of pray for the convention. Then, wantthe economy that would dwarf the ing to extend hospitality to the visitors looming Obamacare takeover of the to their city, 56 of the churches set out health-care insurance business. Speto “Adopt-a-Delegation.” They put cifically, Obama’s plan involves seiztogether gift baskets featuring Caroing control over:

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To The REVIEW: Let’s really compare the Democratic and Republican national conventions about the most important matter of all. At the Democratic convention, our Creator God was entirely ignored to start with and finally made note of — although very reluctantly — after the third attempt to change their party platform. If you had listened to the Republican convention, you would have heard speaker after speaker acknowledge their need of our Creator God. Did not this president take an oath to abide by the Constitution of the United States? Now he ignores it and says it’s outdated. Another four years of Obama and our Constitution will be replaced by Sharia law. If you do not know what Sharia law is, it’s time you did. We have a president who is the “most biblically hostile president of all time,” according to presidential historian David Barton; a president who deems abortion by choice OK. Do we really want a president who stated of Muslims in his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Yes, the Republican candidate is a Mormon, but Mormons do not force their religion on others. Many

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She rappels down building’s side as fundraiser DESCENT Continued from page A1 allowed Howrey and dozens of others to rappel off the 345-foot Financial Center in downtown Des Moines. Howrey heard about the Over the Edge event while she was working at Sioux Center radio station KSOU, where she is a midday announcer. A story detailing the specifics of the event were sent to the station. “I thought it would be cool for somebody else to do sometime,” she said. About a month later, however, Howrey told her husband, Daren, that she thought she wanted to participate. “He said, ‘You’re nuts,’ then a little while later he said, ‘Go for it,’” Howrey said. “It took about a month of thinking it through before I committed.” The more she thought about participating, the more she decided she wanted to do it. Her brother, Cody Boltman, has Down syndrome, a genetic condition that occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. Boltman, 37, who lives in a Hope Haven waiver home in Sioux Center, has participated in the Special Olympics for as long as Howrey can remember. It seemed fitting for Howrey to participate in Over the Edge, since the event served as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa. The Howreys are advocates for Special Olympics Iowa and have volunteered their time to assist with athletic events. “When the world tells kids they’re not even players, Special Olympics tells them they’re athletes,” Howrey said. To participate in Over the Edge, Howrey had to raise at least $1,000. She started a campaign on FirstGiving, a website that partners with nonprofit organizations to allow them to plan, execute and measure successful online fundraisers and ended up securing $1,670 to benefit Special Olympics Iowa, making her the sixth-highest individual and third-highest team beneficiary. Howrey and her stepmother,

SPECIAL OLYMPICS IOWA: Special Olympics Iowa is a nonprofit organization based in Grimes that has been serving Iowans with intellectual disabilities since 1968. The mission of Special Olympics Iowa, which serves athletes in each of the state’s 99 counties, is to provide yearround sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. About 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports Partners participate in Special Olympics Iowa events and competitions annually. More than 15,000 individuals and 2,000 certified coaches volunteer to participate in the programs.

Sherry Boltman of Sioux City, made the trek to Des Moines for the event. After the pair arrived in the state capital, however, Howrey was not sure what she was getting herself into. “When we got there, I plugged in the address of the building, which is 666 Walnut, and at first I just said to myself, ‘That’s a funny coincidence,’ but then when we got there, they told me I had to go to the 13th floor to register. I said, ‘OK, wait a second; the building’s address is 666 and I have to go to the 13th floor. You realize you’re tempting fate?’ and the lady just laughed,” Howrey said. “I asked her if she needed my ID or anything, and she said, ‘No,’ so I said, ‘Oh, so you’re just going to leave the bodies with no identification?’ I think when I get nervous I get funnier.” Howrey registered, then was taken to the back of the building to do a three-story practice rappel. “The hardest part of actually rappelling is when you are facing your instructor so your back is to the street and they have you all in the rigging and say, ‘Lean back,’ because every fiber in your being says, ‘If I lean back, I will fall to my death,’ but once I did the practice one I thought, ‘Let’s do this,’” she said. Howrey was taken to the top of the Financial Center building, which stands 25 floors tall. She stepped off the ledge and

Cami Jo Howrey of Hospers is unbuckled after rappelling down the side of the 25-floor Financial Center in Des Moines as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa. She raised the sixth most money among 50 participants. (Photos submitted) began her descent. The rappel took her about 20 minutes to complete. “There is no time limit, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want, but they encourage you to enjoy the view,” Howrey said. “The instructor said, ‘People who live in Des Moines their whole lives never are going to see what you see today.’” Howrey said it was an experience in and of itself to witness bystanders gawking at the rappellers. Individuals inside the Financial Center also were getting in on the action. “There were people in the building having board meetings and then a stranger was coming down the windows. Can you imagine that?” Howrey

said. “On the 15th floor there was a sign in the window that said, ‘Smile, we’ll take your picture two floors down.’ On the next floor there was another sign that said, ‘No, really, you can smile,’ so they did take a couple of photos but I haven’t gotten them yet.” While Howrey looked around while she was rappelling, she only glanced below her once. “I looked down once and only once,” she said. “That was enough.” During Howrey’s rappel, she heard someone cheering her name. She thought it was her stepmom, but when she reached the bottom, Howrey discovered it was a group of six Special Olympians who wanted to

thank her for raising money for them. “As much as I’ve cheered on other Olympians, it felt so good,” she said. “It was amazing. They just thanked me and gave me flowers.” Because of the money raised, Howrey also was informed that athletes will not have to pay to participate in the Special Olympics. “They get to participate because of things like this, so just for them to thank me for the chance to play, it was very humbling,” she said. What’s more, Howrey is aware of what a wonderful opportunity it is to help out such a worthwhile organization as Special Olympics Iowa. “It’s our charge in life to be a

part of something bigger than ourself,” she said. “We get so wrapped up in our own stuff, and it’s important for us to step back and say someone else needs me more than my schedule, more than my phone, more than my computer, more than my bills, and be a part of something bigger and something positive. There’s so much bad in the world, and this is really, really, really good, and everybody needs to embrace opportunities that are good in life.” Howrey already has plans to participate in next year’s event. “I’m definitely returning to Des Moines next year,” she said. “I plan literally to take a busload of people, raise lots of money and have a great day; that’s my goal.”

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SIG International expanding facilities Processes Berkshire pork for consumers

See SIG on page B3


years together

By Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e r

BOYDEN—For more than a decade, the largest Berkshire pork processer in the United States has made its home in Boyden. Prior to opening the Boyden location, SIG International had been purchasing pork from a process➻ Then & Now ing facility using the same building in Boyden, but when it came available for purchase in 1999, SIG International was there to scoop it up. “We wanted to take control of the overall quality level of our products instead of relying on the inconsistency of what others

his year marks the 50th anniversary of The Golden Shopper➻ andSibley 40th anniversary of The ➻ N’West Iowa REVIEW. We’re marking those occasions with a series of special tributes where we reflect on the most important participants in that growth — you the reader. We are interviewing early subscribers and former employees, updating big stories published over the years, ➻ Boyden ➻ looking at longtime businesses, profiling establishments and talking to residents about their dreams for the next 50 years for communities throughout the region. This week’s tribute focuses on Boyden.

Joe Daneff of JB Contracting Services of Omaha, NE, works on an expansion project at SIG International in Boyden. The $800,000 project will expand the pork processing facility’s cold storage capacity at its downtown location. (Photo by Rylan Howe)



➻ The Big Story

Growing together Demco partners with community through years By

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Don Damstra was an accountant at Demco in Boyden for 33 years. He serves as the president of the Boyden Economic Development Corporation. (Photos by Rylan Howe)


OYDEN—Don Damstra always said that if Demco in Boyden goes down, the town will go right down

with it. Demco, formally known as Dethmers Manufacturing Co., has experienced significant growth since it was incorporated in 1964 by a staff of five individuals. As the company — which

manufactures agriculture, trailer and recreational vehicle equipment — grew, it realized the city of Boyden could experience growth along with it. The Sioux County community of about 700 and the locally-owned corporation have fostered a symbiotic relationship that has allowed each entity to grow and advance for nearly half of a century. “We’re trying to make life better for anyone and everyone,” said Damstra, former Demco accountant of 33

Brunsting provides insurance services Agency seeks to find ‘best deal’ for clients By

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Agents Mary Van Es, Dennis Brunsting and Linda Brunsting offer customers a wide range of services and policies at Brunsting Insurance Agency Inc. in Boyden. (Photo by Rylan Howe)


BOYDEN—Dennis and Linda Brunsting have been taking care of insurance ➻ Still the Same needs in Boyden for about a quarter of a century.

The couple opened Brunsting Insurance Agency Inc. in the Sioux County community in 1988. Dennis had been working as an insurance agent at a Boyden bank when Logan Vanden Brink opted to sell his business, Logan Vanden Brink Agency. The Brunstings bought Vanden Brink out, and the first office of Brunsting Insurance Agency Inc.



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B OY D E N — N o t m u c h excites Shari Fedders like receiving a shipment of books. “I really enjoy ordering new books,” ➻ Profile said the director of Boyden Public Library. “When that box of books comes, that’s a great day.” Fedders became the library director in 1999 after her family moved to Boyden. It’s a role, however, she never imagined herself in. “In the past I didn’t really



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Boyden Public Library director Shari Fedders said some interesting programming is coming up. Sioux County naturalist Sunday Ford will speak on bird migration in October, and November will feature a presentation on Pinterest, a virtual pinboard that lets users organize and share various ideas they find on the Internet. Users can use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes and organize their favorite recipes. “Pinterest is the big rave right now,” Fedders said. “If you don’t know anything about Pinterest, come and learn, and if you do, then bring something that you’ve made off Pinterest, rather it be a recipe or a craft item or something like that.”

ing at Boyden Public Library,


Maybe like a swimming pool, because in the summer it gets really hot and all we have is a Splashpad. And maybe a bigger fire Kali Maassen 10-YEAR-OLD station.”

It’s small. I want to see that change.


see myself doing this, but I really do enjoy it,” she said. When Fedders began work-

See DEMCO on page B5


Librarian, patrons still enjoy new books’ arrival Library serving their need to read

years. “If they taught me one thing, it’s to be generous and to be involved and civic-minded.” Damstra served on the city council for 24 years and is the president of the Boyden Economic Development Corporation. Watching the community and Demco grow together has been gratifying for the 66-year-old. Demco began supporting community entities in the 1970s, starting with


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Sydney Damstra, Autumn Vander Brink and Mallory Nilles work to create bubble gum drawings during Club 56 at Boyden Public Library on Monday. (Photo by Josh Harrell)

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SIG International expands to meet demands of niche sales

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SIG Continued from page B1 could provide,” said Troy Enger, vice president of SIG International. The purchase was a wise one as the company has continued to grow over the years. An expansion under way in Boyden is providing space for even more growth. Enger shares an overview about the pork processing company:

Q: What is SIG International and what do you do at the company? A: SIG International is a niche market pork processing plant that provides high-quality, 100 percent Berkshire pork to the world. As our international reputation g r e w, s o m e U.S. providers of 100 percent Berkshire pork also came to us for help in processing their 100 percent Berkshire pork. We are now the largest 100 percent Berkshire pork processor in the United States. We also have the ability to process organic and other specialty pork lines. Q: Why was Boyden selected as a location? A: Because we were familiar with the location and layout of the facility and because Boyden was a good central location for all of the pork producers that deliver to SIG. We have specialty hogs coming from Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and other Midwest states. Q: How many people are employed at the plant? A: When we first began operations, the facility only had 20 employees. Since that time we

Like adults, they hope to see it grow By Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e r

Bob Beller and Joe Daneff of JB Contracting Services of Omaha, NE, work on an expansion project on Wednesday at SIG International in Boyden. The $800,000 project will expand the Berkshire pork processing facility’s cold storage capacity. (Photos by Rylan Howe) have gradually grown to a staff of over 75. We have never had a layoff off mode or shutdown, even in the worst of times.

Q: What are the main operations you do in the plant? A: SIG Iowa focuses on partnering with small family farmers to raise and market 100 percent pure Berkshire pork. This pork is highly renowned by chefs and consumers worldwide as the most succulent pork available. It requires much more time and money to raise such a hog so our job is to process this prized pork with the utmost care and quality so that the end consumer has a unforgettable eating experience. The pork produc-

ing and processing is a highly competitive industry that typically focuses on speed and volume. Most will not consider investing the time and effort necessary to work with this old-fashion style of pork. We do, and we have enjoyed being one of the few companies in the world that can provide this most-sought-after product.

Q: What expansion are you doing at the facility? A: We are currently doing an $800,000 expansion that will increase our chilled product holding space and it will also add another blast freezing cell. Once this phase is completed we will look at renovating a couple current areas of the facility

so that we can have some other further processing options available to our business.

cess. Boyden has been a great home for SIG and many of our employees.

Q: How is that going to help you in the growth and development of the company? A: With the expansion of the building we are looking at taking on more processing possibilities. This could create more jobs and more potential customers for us.

Q: What do you most want people to know about SIG International? A: SIG is not just the run-ofthe-mill pork processing plant. We process the pork very differently than others by using much more care and at a much slower pace so that we can be proud of each and every cut of meat that leaves our building. We have strong ties to the community and strong hometown values. Many of our employees have been with us for eightplus years and like the family friendly environment provided for them.

Q: What do you see as the future of the company. A: When you are dealing with a type of pork that is as scarce as Berkshire, there are always many opportunities presented for growth and diversity. Our future is bright, continued suc-

Agency seeks to offer needed claim coverage BRUNSTING Continued from page B1

Dennis Brunsting works in his office at Brunsting Insurance Agency Inc. in Boyden. He opened the agency with his wife, Linda, in 1988. (Photo by Rylan Howe)

was located at 821 Main St., the present site of SIG International. After nine years in business, the agency moved to its current location of 806 Main St. Brunsting Insurance Agency employs three full-time and one part-time representatives, including Dennis and Linda. The agency offers numerous types of insurance, including automobile, home, farm, crop, business, life, health, boat, motorcycle and recreational vehicles. Dennis is licensed in all lines of business, commercial and personal insurance, while Linda can offer personal lines. Linda, who also does the bookkeeping for Brunsting Insurance Agency, delights in helping customers. “I enjoy trying to find the best deal for people as far as insurance and making sure they have coverage when they have a claim,” she said. While Brunsting Insurance Agency maintains set business hours, Linda said evening and

AT A GLANCE: Business: Brunsting Insurance Agency Inc. Owners: Dennis and Linda Brunsting Address: 806 Main St., Boyden Hours: 8 a.m.-noon and 12:30-5 p.m. MondayThursday, 8 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday Phone: (712) 725-2354

Saturday appointments can be made by request. “We’ll gladly set appointments if necessary,” she said. Linda said the biggest change that Brunsting Insurance Agency has seen in the past 24 years has been the advancement in technology. “There’s a lot more automation, like auto quotes and homeowner quotes,” she said. “When we first started, that was all done manually.” Linda also remembers the company’s first computer.

Before that, everything from applications to memos were prepared on a typewriter. “We had never worked on a computer before,” she said. And although she and her employees faced a few challenges with the new machines at first, the ease of the computers have made certain things, like sending memos and printing applications, a bit simpler. Linda is not sure what the future holds for the insurance agency, but she has faith the business will be in Boyden for many years to come. “The economy has kind of taken a toll on it, but that’s part of every business right now,” she said. “I think as long as you get through it everything will be all right.” The Brunstings do not have much to worry about, either, when considering the smalltown helping atmosphere of Boyden. “We’ve lived in Boyden for as long as we’ve been married, so it’s home to us now,” Linda said. “It’s nice being in a small community, because you know so many people and it’s such a caring place.”

BOYDEN—From late spring through early fall, we’ve been talking to young people almost weekly about the future of their towns. We conclude our 50 Years Together series this week by talking with Boyden residents who are students at BoydenHull Elementary. Suggestions have been wide ranging, but one common thread has run through all the N’West Iowa towns we visited: Young people want their communities to grow. Talk is good, but action is better. For growth, we need to be communities with residents who walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Perhaps these young Boyden residents are among those who grow the community in the future. Here are some of their hopes and dreams for the future of Boyden:

WHAT’S NEXT? “I’ve always wanted a music store. I’m a huge music player.” — Eli Dykstra, 10, fifthgrader “I want to have a pool in Boyden so I don’t have to go all the way to Hull.” — Dylan Miller, 11, fifth-grader

“There’s one thing we need, and that’s a restaurant.” — Andrew Frick, 11, fifth-grader “It’s small, so I’d like to see us make it bigger, and put in a restaurant.” — Abby Sufle, 9, fifthgrader

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which was able to promote faster growth because we could lower the price of lots,” Manning said. But Demco would not have been able to grow to the extent it has without support from the city. “A progressive community makes Demco more progressive, too,” said Boyden city administrator Lori Wolkow. The city has been mindful of Demco while making community decisions. “It’s difficult to get businesses in town so when you are passing a ruling or something like that you want to make sure that it’s not detrimental to growth or business,” Manning said. The city has been supportive of Demco’s growth as well, including installing a waterline north of the building to allow the company for extra fire protection, which helped increase Demco’s Insurance Services Office rating. The lower rating allowed Demco to lower its insurance cost. The city has assisted Demco in other ways, as well. “We vacated an alley — a usable alley — for Demco printing so that they could grow,” Wolkow said. “We utilized TIF (tax increment financing) districts heavily in small communities, and Demco is in a TIF district so that we can help foster any growth that they need.” Demco also has supported Boyden Fire and Ambulance, which consists of volunteers, including fire chief Galen Blankers. If a fire call is received, Demco allows Blankers to leave the work day on the company’s dollar to take care of the community. “Demco has always had representation in the city. Whether it’s on the economic development board or in city council. They’ve always had their finger on the pulse so to speak of what the community needs,” Wolkow said. “They’ve just always been one of those driving forces to keep growing in the right direction.”

Continued from page B1 the Otter Valley Country Club, which was completed in 1973. The nine-hole golf course located about five miles north of Boyden began receiving annual funds from Demco to purchase equipment and develop the land. “The golf course is not municipal-based. It’s privatebased, but it takes some corporate support to make those little nine-hole courses in small communities work,” Damstra said. “They’ve been certainly instrumental in a financial sense to help that place over the years just about annually.” Helping fund the golf course sparked a legacy of Demco’s support of Boyden. In 1989 — the town’s centennial year — the community dedicated Centennial Park, which was constructed by a federal grant and matching funds provided partially by Demco. Plans to develop the park began in 1984, and by 1985 funds from Demco and the federal grant were secured and the park was completed four years later. Demco’s support of Boyden stems from the employees’ connections with the town early in the company’s history. “The key to small towns and businesses is the local ownership of it that fosters that winwin mentality,” said Boyden mayor Tim Manning. After Centennial Park was dedicated, Demco supported the purchase of trees and flowers for the park. Most recently, Demco helped fund the city’s Splashpad along with donations from the community members. The Splashpad, which opened June 23, 2010, serves as a substitute for a community pool, but has proven to be a popular addition. Boyden had been utilizing a makeshift community meeting center located in city hall, which was small and did not adequately serve the needs of the town. But in the early 1990s,

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Demco began construction on the town’s current meeting center. The building was donated to the city in 1996. “Part of the property was owned by the local co-op elevator society and they donated the land and Demco basically hired a contractor, built a facility and then handed over the keys to the city.” Manning said. “That was a really nice addition.” The Demco Community Center has enough space for families to host wedding receptions, family reunions and luncheons, among other events, and dwarfs the old meeting

Originally Dethmers Manufacturing Co., Demco incorporated in 1964 and has had a continuous supportive relationship with the community of Boyden as both have progressed and expanded over the years. (Photos by Rylan Howe) center. Demco has been integral in supporting community growth. Land located just east of Centennial Park used to

belong to Demco, but the city eventually took ownership of the land and developed the Twin Oaks housing area. “We were getting ready to

purchase that land, and as it turned out, Demco basically just gave us the land so we could grow, which helped keep the cost of those lots down,

Check out new library offering: Club 56 for fifth-, sixth-graders LIBRARY Continued from page B1 the establishment was housed in the same location on Main Street it is now, albeit in a different building. That all changed 10 years ago when everything but the steel support beams and cement floors was replaced. The project, which began in late September 2002 and was completed in April 2003, nearly doubling the library’s space. While the remodeling was in process, all of the library’s materials were housed in the former Boyden Food Mart. “Picture in an old grocery store the big freezers, the open freezers,” Fedders said. “They stayed, so we used them for the videos. We made use of what we had there, and it all worked out and then we were able to move back here.” A new computer center area, more floor space, better lighting, raised ceilings, new furnishings, new equipment, new windows and new exterior were

AT A GLANCE: Business: Boyden Public Library Director: Shari Fedders Address: 905 Main St., Boyden Hours: 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, 1-5:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Phone: (712) 725-2281 Online:

all part of the project. Most of the project’s funding came from the city, with the library board supplying new furnishings for the remodeled building that also houses the Boyden city offices. Fedders estimated the project cost at more than $400,000. With the new space has come new programming and club opportunities for patrons of the library. Club 56, an hourlong program for fifth- and sixth-grade girls that meets monthly or bimonthly during the school year, is in its second year. “My goal is for them to build

relationships and strengthen the friendships they already have,” Fedders said. “I do some book talks and we always do some sort of activity. It’s just an hour of having a good time.” As an added incentive to participants, Fedders also holds back all of the new junior high books she receives. “They’re the first ones to see them and then they can check them out,” she said. “That’s a bigger deal than I ever thought it would be.” The library also recently purchased a movie screen and projector and showed its first film to school-age children two

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ALTON PRESBYTERIAN, 311 12th St. E. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

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REFORMED, 305 Eighth St. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.


ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC , 609 10th St. Father Terry Roder. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Mass.

ARCHER REFORMED, 210 Locust St. Rev. Jeremy Wiersema. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

UNITED METHODIST, 309 Harriman Ave. Pastor Cory Flanigan. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

ASHTON ASHTON BIBLE , 140 First St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship. ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC , 643 Sixth St. Father John Vakulskas. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Mass. Second and fourth Saturdays: 5 p.m. Mass.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN , 419 Fourth St. Meeting at Jurrens Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Dale Lint. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.


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IOUX CITY—Along with the Catholic School Foundation of the Diocese of Sioux City, Spalding Catholic School based in Granville announces that tickets for the 16th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools are available for purchase. The dinner is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Sioux City Convention Center, beginning at 4 p.m. with a social hour and dinner served at 5. Legendary television star Jerry Mathers will begin his keynote address at 6, with “Excellence in Education” award winners presented at 6:30. Tickets are $125 per person with a significant portion of the ticket price being designated to the school of the buyer’s choice. “For each ticket purchased, $80 comes back to Spalding Catholic if the buyer chooses as such,” said Dan Goebel, Spalding Catholic’s development director. “This is a great way for community members to show their support for our school and experience a great evening in Sioux City. Thanks to the generosity of local donors, a group of Spalding journalism students are able to attend each year and enjoy ‘back stage’ access to the speaker.” Not only does Spalding Catholic School receive money through ticket sales, the school also is the recipient of funds through Education Enhancement Grants made possible by corporate and individual sponsors of the dinner. Schools are encouraged to apply for these grants each spring to improve technology in the school, pay for additional textbooks and other learning resources as well as compensate teachers for continuing education opportunities. More than $200,000 was raised at the Bishop’s Dinner in 2011. “The Bishop’s Dinner is the largest fundraiser conducted by the Catholic School Foundation and we are so blessed to be the beneficiary of so much generosity,” Goebel said. “I’d encourage anyone who is a supporter of Catholic schools to attend.” Tickets may be purchased by calling (712) 233-7524 or online at

BOYDEN FIRST REFORMED, 901 Pleasant St. Rev. Matthew Draffen. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN (NALC), 3941 280th St. Rev. Daniel Hart. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN, 817 Lincoln St. Sunday: 9:25 a.m. Worship.

Hogan. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Mass.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN (LCMS), 60 N. Central Ave. Rev. David Ericksen. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN , 503 Fisher St. Rev. Scott Burdsall. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.



Rev. Jeffrey Filkins. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.


CALUMET ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 110 W. Third St. Pastor Barbara Weier. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

CARMEL REFORMED, 2801 360th St. Rev.

Eighth Ave. W. Rev. Steve Campbell. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

HOSPERS CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 110 Fourth Ave. N. Rev. Nicholas Davelaar. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

Mark Heijerman. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN (Presbyterian Church in America),


200 Elm St. Dr. Brian Janssen. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

FIRST REFORMED, 406 Barton Ave. Rev. Donald Baker. Sunday: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST, 201 Barton Ave. Pastor Steven Swenson. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.


FIRST REFORMED, 501 Main St. Rev. Milton Sikkema. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC, 500 Elm St. Father Terry Roder. Saturday: 6 p.m. Mass.



First St. Rev. Steve Bierly. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Worship.

GEORGE CENTRAL BAPTIST, 206 E. Minnesota Ave. Rev. Harold “Harry” Anderson and Pastor Aaron Van’t Hul. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

EBENEZER PRESBYTERIAN, 300 E. Iowa Ave. Sunday: 9:25 a.m. Worship. FIRST BAPTIST, 4102 190th St. Rev. Stephen May. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

HOPE REFORMED , 2251 Jay Ave. Rev. David Poppen. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship; 6:30 p.m. Bible Study. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN (ELCA), 400 E. Iowa Ave. Rev. Tony


C A LV A R Y P R O T E S T A N T REFORMED CHURCH , 2011 Second St. Rev. Cory Griess. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.



HERITAGE REFORMED, 1204 Third St. Rev. Michael Fintelman. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

HOPE CHRISTIAN REFORMED , 1407 Sixth St. Rev. Todd Zuidema. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN (LCMC), 3483 290th St. Rev. Robert Gordon. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.

MELVIN AMERICAN LUTHERAN (ELCA) , 352 Center St. Pastor Judy Johnson. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

FIRST REFORMED, 138 North St. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship; 7:30 p.m. Worship (third Sunday). Melvin Road. Rev. David Finley. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

MERIDEN OAKDALE FREE, 1207 450th St. Rev. Clint Hogrefe, senior pastor; Mark Anderson, pastor of student ministries; Rev. Merle Wester, visitation pastor. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Midweek Worship.

3630 370th St. Rev. Stephen Breen. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Worship.

NEWKIRK REFORMED, 4103 400 St. Rev.

Fifth St. Rev. J. William Van Der Heide. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

ST. PETER LUTHERAN (LCMS), 1075 Pine St. Rev. Russell Anderson. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.




OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN (LCMC), 2065 Birch Ave. Pastor Rich Stevenson. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

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FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 408 Arizona Ave. S.W. Rev. Tim Ouwinga. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

Albany Ave. S.E. Rev. Keith Krebs. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

CALVARY CHRISTIAN RE FORMED, 709 Fifth St. S.E. Rev. David Heilman. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR , 7530 Arizona Ave. S.W. Rev. Dr. Karen Wacome. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.

CORNERSTONE BAPTIST, 211 Third St. Rev. Ryan Perz. Sunday:


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ROCK RAPIDS CHRISTIAN CHURCH DISCIPLES, 110 S. Greene St. Pastor Carolyn Salberg. Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Worship.

CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 303 S. Bradley St. Rev. Dr. Clifford Hoekstra. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.


CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 208 N. Western St. Rev. Al Van Dellen. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

CORNERSTONE UNITED REFORMED, 805 Sunrise Ave. Rev. Dan Donovan. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN , 410 Franklin St. Rev. Gregg Johnson, interim pastor. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship. FIRST REFORMED, 512 Summit St. Rev. Gary Hegstad. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship. GRACE EVANGELICAL FREE, 210 N. Main St. Rev. Kenneth Carlson. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

S T. A N D R E W ’ S U N I T E D METHODIST, 604 Sunrise Ave. Rev. Thomas Connors. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

ST. CECILIA’S CATHOLIC, 310 E. Fourth St. Father Tim Hogan. Saturday: 6 p.m. Mass. S T. J O H N ’ S L U T H E R A N (LCMS), 305 Angie St. Pastor Jesse Burns. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service.

SHELDON BETHEL REFORMED, 611 Seventh St. Rev. Troy Van Beek. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship; 3 p.m. Comunidad Cristiana Worship.

CALVARY BAPTIST , 823 10th St. Rev. Marcus Moffitt. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 3011 Marsh Ave. Rev. David Loveall. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

CROSSROADS COMMUNITY (EFCA), 730 Western Ave. Pastor Bob Donley. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.


Third Ave. Rev. Dean Shelly. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.

Wynja. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

Ave. N.W. Rev. Timothy Breen; Rev. Mark Haverdink, pastor of congregational life. Sunday: 9:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Worship.

FAITH BAPTIST, 704 S. 12th Ave. Rev. Jeff Poppinga. Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Worship.

HARVEST COMMUNIT Y (Presbyterian Church in America), 209 First St. N.E. Rev. James

FIRST REFORMED , 512 S. Union St. Rev. Dan Haggar and Rev. Katie Van Veldhuizen. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

FIRST REFORMED, 1101 Seventh St. Rev. David Brower. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Heritage Worship; 10:45 a.m. Hosanna Worship.


Hakim. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 1405 Albany Ave. N.E. Rev. Bob Drenten. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

LIVING WATER COMMUNITY, 1005 Eighth St. S.E. (Highway 10). Pastor Jason Wyk. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.

NEW HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE, 718 Florida Ave. S.W. Rev. Jeff Whitt. Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Worship.


HOLY NAME CATHOLIC, 1108 S. Carroll St. Father Jeffrey Schleisman. Saturday: 6 p.m. Mass. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Mass. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN (ELCA), 409 S. Third Ave. Rev. Dan Kordahl. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship Service.

PEACE LUTHERAN (LCMS) , 902 S. Carroll St. Pastor Mark Hansen. Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Worship.

UNITED METHODIST, 302 S. Carroll St. Rev. Marcia Sangel. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

Rev. Todd DeRooy. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.



C A LV I N C H R I S T I A N R E FORMED, 1804 17th Ave. Rev.

Albany Ave. N.E. Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth, senior pastor; Rev. Jonathan Nelson, associate pastor. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel.


204 S. Clark St. Rev. Elizabeth Pfeifle. Sunday: 10:45 a.m. Worship.

E. Madison St. Rev. Sam Krikke. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

709 S. Douglas St. Rev. Tim Larson. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

Eighth St. S.E. Rev. David Daumer. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.






Tanager Ave. Rev. Russell Anderson. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

Elm St. Father Terry Roder. Saturday: 4 p.m. Mass. Sunday: 9 a.m. Mass.

417 Third St. N.E. Rev. Jeffrey Keady. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.


John Wolf. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.



W. Groesbeck St. Pastor Andrew Hilla. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service.



10:30 a.m. Worship.

David Powers. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

B E T H L E H E M LU T H E R A N (ELCA) , 302 N. Oak St. Pastor

Oak St. Rev. Rob Horstman. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

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6665 Frederick Ave. Rev. Paul Johnson. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.

Third St. Pastor Shannon Pascual. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.


N. Fourth Ave. W. Father Tim



5092 480th St. Rev. Donald Erickson. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.




St. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

1006 Hayes Ave. Rev. James Laning. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

Log Ave. Rev. Dale Lint. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

St. Rev. Don De Kok, preaching pastor. Rev. Harlan De Jong, congregational care pastor. Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.







TABERNACLE BAPTIST, 206 E. Indiana Ave. Pastor Bryan Anderson. Pastor Rick Henning, youth pastor. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Worship.


Hansen. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

Metz. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

Paul Fischer. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

Ave. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.


Sixth Ave. Rev. David Overway. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship. Ave. Rev. Simon Lievaart. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.



ZION LUTHERAN (LCMS), 103 E. Bertha St. Rev. Daniel Wagner. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship.

PRIMGHAR AMERICAN REFORMED , 280 First St. N.E. Rev. Dennis Hietbrink. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

CHURCH OF CHRIST, 280 First St. N.W. Rev. John Byrd. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship. GRACE LUTHERAN (ELCA), 380 N. Rerick Ave. Pastor Kim and Pastor Trudy Peterson. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship. SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (Quaker), 5.5 miles south of Primghar on Highway 59. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

ST. ANTHONY’S CATHOLIC , 375 S. Green Ave. Father Tim Hogan. Sunday: 9 a.m. Mass.

UNITED CHURCH OF PRIMGHAR, 465 N. Heritage. Pastor Cory Flanigan. Sunday: 9:15 a.m. Worship.

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IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 601 Union Ave. Rev. Kevin Muyskens. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

O U R S AV I O R LU T H E R A N (LCMS) , 1225 S. Second Ave. Rev. Tim Oetting. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.

PARKVIEW ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 516 Fourth Ave. Pastor Ken Snyder. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship; 6:30 p.m. Evening Praise.

ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC, 310 10th St. Father Allan Reicks. Sunday: 9 a.m. Mass; 11 a.m. Spanish Mass. Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Mass.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN (NALC), 1425 Pleasant Court. Rev. Craig Nissen. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.


Gideon Wamala. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship.

Eighth St. Rev. Marvin Lindley. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship; 11 a.m. Modern Worship.



enth St. Rev. Mike Molenaar and Rev. Tom Smith. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Worship.

FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 1401 16th St. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

FIRST REFORMED, 1501 16th St. Rev. Dr. Michael Van Hamersveld. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

GRACE COMMUNITY , 1616 18th St. Rev. Joseph Terrell. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship.

LIGHTHOUSE, 1503 14th St. 11 a.m. Worship.

NETHERLANDS REFORMED, 1610 Main St. Rev. Peter L. Bazen. Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Worship.

OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN (ELCA), 1921 12th St. Rev. James Demke. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.

PIONEER UNITED METHODIST , 1030 18th Ave. Rev. Todd Schlitter. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC, 1821 14th St. Father Douglas Klein. Saturday: 5:30 p.m. English Mass. Domingos: 7 p.m. Misa en Español (2nd and 4th Domingos). TRINITY CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 2020 Eighth St. S.E. Rev. Mark Beernink. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship.

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CHRISTIAN REFORMED, 115 Maple. Rev. Roger Bouwman, interim pastor. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Worship.

FAITH LUTHERAN , 700 11th Ave. (Meeting at United Methodist Church) Rev. Tim Nappe. Sunday: 6:30 p.m. Worship. FIRST BAPTIST, 402 Sixth St. Pastor Doug Noonkester. Sunday: 9 a.m. Traditional Worship; 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship. First Sunday of month: 11 a.m. Combined Worship. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN , 601 Sixth Ave. Rev. Terry Simm. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship. FIRST REFORMED, 1010 Sixth St. Rev. Gary Van Heukelom; Mike Molettiere, director of youth and education. Sunday: 9 a.m. Cornerstone Worship; 11 a.m. Open Door Gathering Worship.

ST. ANDREW’S CATHOLIC, 708 Eighth St. Father John Vakulskas. First, third and fifth Saturdays: 5 p.m. Mass. Sunday: 10 a.m. Mass.

TRINITY LUTHERAN (ELCA), 704 Poplar Drive. Pastor James Berka. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST CONGREGATIONAL, 704 Fourth Ave. Rev. Larry Laskie. Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship.

UNITED METHODIST, 700 11th Ave. N.E. Pastor Shannon Pascual. Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship.


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Rachel and Bryce

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Sietstra, Boogerd unite in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Van’Hul, Ostrander say vows on hillside setting

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO— Rachel Ann Sietstra and Bryce Andrew Boogerd were married Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Moon Palace in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Parents of the couple are Loren and Carla Sietstra of Boyden and Robert and Lori Boogerd of Rock Valley. The beach was the setting for the small wedding ceremony, which was attended by Rachel

INWOOD—Emily Faye Van’t Hul and Kr istopher John Ostrander were married Sept. 24, 2011, in an outdoor ceremony on a hillside outside of Calico Skies Winery in Inwood, with Pastor Sam Krikke officiating. Parents of the couple are Loy and Jan Van’t Hul of Rock Valley and Kevin and Jackie Ostrander of Grand Junction. Grandparents of the bride are Alvina Van’t Hul of Rock Valley and Jake and Margaret Teunissen of Rock Valley. Grandparents of the groom are Max and Ramona Kersey of Grand Junction. Maid of honor was Alyssa Van’t Hul, sister of the bride.

and Bryce’s immediate families. Friends and extended family celebrated with the couple at a dinner reception and dance on April 21 in Rock Valley. The couple is at home in Rock Valley. The bride is a retirement plan specialist at American Investment & Trust in Sioux Center. The groom is a glass technician at Glass Doctors of Northwest Iowa in Rock Valley.

ENGAGEMENT Oct. 26 wedding plans announced ORANGE CITY—Rhonda Oolman of Sheldon and James Kats of Sioux Falls, SD, announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Robert and Jeanine Oolman of Alton and Doug and Karla Kats of Hudson, SD. The bride-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Unity Christian High School in Orange City and a 2007 graduate of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. She is and owner and manager of the Sheldon Pizza Ranch. Her fiancé is a 2004 graduate of Western Christian High School in Hull and a 2008 graduate of Dordt College in

Sioux Center. He is an accountant at Furniture Mart Headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD. An Oct. 26 wedding ceremony is planned in Orange City.

PASSAGES Stephanie Smith, daughter of Larry and Lois Postma of Sheldon, recently graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, as an adult geriatric nurse practitioner. She is continuing her education at Vanderbilt by seeking a doctor of nursing practice degree. N’West Iowa students of Buena Vista University Graduate and Professional Studies on the Spencer campus who were named to the dean’s list for terms five and six with a 3.5 grade-point average or better are Bart Bonnstetter, Milford; and Jade Thiessen, Everly. Gary Richardson , superintendent of the MOC-Floyd Valley School District based in Orange City, is beginning his first term as a board of directors member of the Siouxland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sharon Rosenboom , an instructor in mathematics at Northwestern College in Orange City, and Jasper Lesage, Northwestern’s provost, are playing roles in Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s STEM initiative. Rosenboom has been

appointed to a three-year term on the STEM Advisory Council and Lesage will serve on one of six regional STEM advisory boards. Gregory Ulmer, a senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy Smit, son of Ron Smit of Hospers, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is a 2007 graduate of MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City and a 2011 graduate of University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Rachel Steinkamp, Primghar, has been named to the summer dean’s list at Clarkson College in Omaha, NE. N’West Iowans graduating from University of Iowa in Iowa City during summer commencement ceremonies were Jennifer Forsberg , Arnolds Park, master of science in nursing; and Melissa Osman, Milford, bachelor of arts in communication studies, English.

BRIEFLY Immunizations offered in region REGIONAL—Community Health Partners will provide immunizations for children 1-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Orange City Public Health; 1-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Hope Christian Reformed

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Hofmeyers to note 65th anniversary

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Church in Hull; 1-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Christian Reformed Church in Hawarden; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at New Life Reformed Church in Sioux Center; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley. For more information, call (712) 737-2971.

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May 16, 1933—Sept. 23, 2012 GEORGE—George Eben, 79, 27, at First Baptist Church in George, died Sunday, Sept. 23, George. Burial was at Evergreen at the Good Samaritan Society Lawn Cemetery in George, in George. under the direction of Jurrens Services were Thursday, Sept. Funeral Home in George.

Gerald Van Beek

Feb. 12, 1947—Sept. 23, 2012 R O C K VA L L E Y — G e r a l d Reformed Church in Rock Val“Jerry” Lee Van Beek, 65, Rock ley. Burial was at Valley View Valley, died Sunday, Sept. 23, Cemetery in Rock Valley, under at his apartment. Services were the direction of Porter Funeral Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Faith Home in Rock Valley.

Timothy Ribbens

Dale and Marilynn, 1962

BIRTHS n Isabell Kay Huizenga , daughter of Matthew and Melissa Huizenga of Kimball, SD, was born Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Mitchell, SD, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces, and measuring 21½ inches. Grandparents are Wally and Dianne Wolthuizen of Sheldon and Monte and Jan Huizenga of Hitchcock, SD. Greatgrandparents are Willis and Verilyn Schilling of Sheldon, Eileen Simon of Cuba City, WI, and Olga Huizenga of Huron, SD. n Hayden Wade Beckman, son of Trafton and Angela Beckman of Sheldon, was born Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and measuring 19½ inches. He has a sister, Addison. Grandparents are Ken and Sue Roseberry of Sheldon, Glenda Kreykes of Sheldon, Brad and Rhonda Beckman of Faribault, MN, and Jim and Beth Kreykes of Sheldon. n Bryson William Stofferan, son of Michael Stofferan and Lynette Matthiesen of Sibley,

Feb. 18, 1945—Sept. 22, 2012 HARTLEY—Karen Mae Weg- Sept. 26, at Jurrens Funeral ter, 67, Hartley, died Saturday Home in Sibley. Sept. 22, suddenly at her home. Burial was at Holman Town Services were Wednesday, ship Cemetery in Sibley. April 6, 1925—Sept. 23, 2012 S A N B O R N — Ja y R u s s e l l Andrew’s United Methodist Raymond, Sanborn, 87, died Church in Sanborn. Burial will Sunday, Sept. 23, at his home. be at Roseland Cemetery in Services will be 11 a.m. today Sanborn, under the direction of (Saturday, Sept. 29) at St. Sanborn Funeral Home.

DeBoers to note 50th anniversary SIBLEY—Dale and Marilynn DeBoer of Sibley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 10. Their children are Roger and Teresa and Scarlett and Preston of Boyden, Nelva at Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon, and Marianne Bartelson and Elle Jo and Anthony of Loveland, CO. Greetings may be sent to the couple at 1805 Oak Hill Ave., Sibley, IA 51249.

Timothy Galm

June 11, 1949—Sept. 21, 2012 EVERLY—Timothy Jay Galm, Church in Milford. 63, Everly, died Friday, Sept. 21, Burial was at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly, under the direcMatron of honor was Betsy near Everly. Coon, sister of the bride. Junior Services were Thursday, Sept. tion of Warner Funeral Home in bridesmaid was Macay Van’t 27, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Everly. Hul, niece of the bride. Flower Marcia Oldenkamp girls were Addison Van’t Hul, Oct. 7, 1931—Sept. 22, 2012 niece of the bride, and Ella Ostrander, niece of the groom. HOSPERS—Marcia Joy Old- Sept. 26, at First Presbyterian G r o o m s m e n w e re Re e d enkamp, 80, Hospers, died Sat- Church in Hospers. Ostrander, brother of the urday, Sept. 22, at Sioux Center Burial was at Hospers Cemetery, under the direction of Oolgroom, and Brandon Muir, Community Hospital. friend of the groom. Junior Services were Wednesday, man Funeral Home in Hospers. groomsman was Ethan Van’t Lucy Post Hul, nephew of the bride. March 4, 1917—Sept. 22, 2012 A reception was held at Calico S I B L E Y— L u c y Po s t , 9 5 , Services were Wednesday, Skies. The couple is at home in Rock Northfield, MN, formerly of Sept. 26, at Andringa Funeral Rapids. The bride is employed Sibley, died Saturday, Sept. 22, Home in Sibley. as Lyon County naturalist and at Three Links Care Center in Burial was at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley. the groom is employed by Northfield, MN. Doon Elevator.


SIOUX CENTER—Peter Willis and LaVonne Hofmeyer of Sioux Center will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 3. Their family is requesting a card shower in their honor. Greetings may be sent to the couple at Kosgrove No. 108, 4155 U.S. 75, Sioux Center, IA 51250.

March 19, 1936—Sept. 20, 2012 SHELDON—Jennie Smit, age Jennie enjoyed living on the 76, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed farm and was good at cooking away on Thursday, Sept. 20, and baking. She was a wonderful aunt and mother to many 2012, at nieces and nephews. She also Sanford took care of neighborhood chilSheldon dren and many others. Medical Jennie will be remembered as Center in a very loving and caring person. Sheldon. She was a member of the First Memorial services Christian Reformed Church in were MonSheldon. d a y, Se p t . Those left to cherish her 2 4 , 2 0 1 2 , Jennie Smit memories are her husband: at the First Jim Smit of Sheldon, IA; one Christian brother: Gary and Norma Reformed Church in Sheldon. Harmelink of Oakdale, CA; five The Rev. Luke Wynja officiating. sisters: Gloria and Randy PatGraveside service was at East terson of Laguna Niguel, CA, Rosie and Gary Lauterbach Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. The Andringa Funeral Home of Fort Dodge, IA, Helen and Sheldon Funeral Service in Dave Huitink of Orange City, charge of arrangements for Jen- IA, Barb and Herb Hardwick of nie Smit. Las Vegas, NV, Karen and Kevin Jennie Joan Smit was born on Vanden Brink of Orange City, March 19, 1936, in Orange City, IA; and many nieces, nephews Iowa. She was the daughter and other relatives. of Henry and Etta (De Vries) Online expressions of sympaHarmelink. Jennie lived her thy can be sent to www.andrinyouth on a farm near Archer, Iowa, and graduated from Shel- She was preceded in death by don Christian Grade School. her parents and sister, Lois E. She was united in marriage to and Jerold Postma. James “Jim” Smit of Sheldon, In lieu of flowers, memorials Iowa, on Dec. 30, 1977, at the may be given to Love In the Archer Reformed Church. They Name of Christ of Greater Shellived on a farm near Sheldon. don.

was born Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measuring 20¾ inches. Grandparents are Lonnie and Chris Matthiesen of Ocheyedan and David and Michele Stofferan of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sioux City. Greatgrandparents are Jerry and Angie Reisma of Sioux Center, William and Julie Stofferan of Sanborn, Dave Bryngelson of Bigelow, MN, and Janice Grave of Sibley. n Carter David Carroll, son of Christopher and Samantha Carroll of Spencer, was born Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 21½ inches. Grandparents are Ann Carroll of Hartley and Janet Horan of Hartley. n Note: The N’West Io­­ wa REVIEW welcomes birth announcements. The information may be e-mailed to, faxed to (712) 324-2345 or mailed to P.O. Box 160, Sheldon, IA 51201.

Oct. 13, 1950—Sept. 23, 2012 SIOUX CENTER—Timothy Church in Sioux Center. Burial Grant Ribbens, 61, Sioux Cen- will follow at Memory Gardens ter, died Sunday, Sept. 23, at Cemetery in Sioux Center. Heart Hospital of South Dakota A memorial service will be in Sioux Falls. A prayer service 11 a.m. today at the church. for family and friends will be Arrangements are under the 9:45 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. direction of Memorial Funeral 29) at Faith Christian Reformed Home in Sioux Center.

Vestie Rachuy

Oct. 17, 1920—Sept. 24, 2012 LITTLE ROCK—Vestie Rachuy, byterian Church in Little Rock. 91, Little Rock, died Monday, Burial was at Pleasant View Sept. 24, at the Good Samaritan Cemetery in Little Rock, under Society in George. Services were the direction of Jurrens Funeral Thursday, Sept. 27, at First Pres- Home in George.

Russell Zangger

Feb. 22, 1922—Sept. 24, 2012 LARCHWOOD—Russell G. be held after the annual fly-in Zangger, 90, Larchwood, died at Zangger Vintage Airport Monday, Sept. 24, at Sanford near Larchwood in July of 2013. USD Medical Center in Sioux Arrangements are under the Falls, SD. A celebration of life direction of Jurrens Funeral to honor his achievements will Home in Rock Rapids.

Amanda Steffen

Oct. 7, 1921—Sept. 25, 2012 SPENCER—Amanda Caroline Sacred Heart Catholic Church Steffen, 90, Spencer, formerly of in Spencer. Burial was at North Ashton, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, Lawn Memorial Park in Spenat Spencer Hospital. Services cer, under the direction of Warwere Thursday, Sept. 27, at ner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Hazel Wasser

Aug. 2, 1914—Sept. 25, 2012 HAWARDEN—Hazel Irene Sept. 29) at United Methodist Wasser, 98, Hawarden, died Church in Hawarden. Burial Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Hill- will be at Grace Hill Cemetery crest Healthcare Center with in Hawarden, under the direcfamily at her side. Services will tion of Porter Funeral Home in be 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday, Hawarden.

Alla Kraayenbrink

Dec. 17, 1919—Sept. 26, 2012 SIOUX CENTER—Alla Kraay- Church in Sioux Center. enbrink, 92, Sioux Center, died Burial was at Memory GarWednesday, Sept. 26, at Sioux dens Cemetery in Sioux Center, tions, call (712) 324-5347 Ext. Center Community Hospital. under the direction of Memo4 or 1-800-247-0186 or e-mail Services were Friday, Sept. rial Funeral Home in Sioux 28, at First Christian Reformed Center.



The N’West Iowa REVIEW • September 29, 2012 • Section C

Volleyball pairings announced


he suspense is finally over. All week long, volleyball coaches have been anxious to see what the postseason brackets were going to look like in N’West Iowa. Late Friday afternoon, they final got to take a peek as the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union made its announcement. The switch to a fiveclass system has made a major impact this season, essentially eliminating one round of regional competition. That means it takes fewer wins to SCOTT BYERS reach the state tourSPORTS EDITOR nament, but it also means your odds of facing a highly-ranked foe early in the postseason are increased. In Class 1A Region 1, Central Lyon is the highest ranked team, but does not receive an opening-round bye. The fifth-ranked Lions host West Sioux. The only team to get a bye in the group is seventh-ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic, which plays the winner of a match between River Valley and Kingsley-Pierson in the second round. Trinity Christian, which sports a glossy 16-2 record, will start the postseason on the road against George-Little Rock for the second straight year. Spalding Catholic plays at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in the first round. All first-round contests in the region will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16.

See BYERS on page C5 Sioux Center senior Amber Bakker extends to send a spike over the block of Sheldon senior Courteney Scholten on Thursday. Bakker had 17 kills to lead the Class 3A third-ranked Warriors to a four-set win over the Orabs. (Photos by Scott Byers) THURSDAY SIOUXLAND VOLLEYBALL

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SIOUX CENTER—Sioux Center gained sole possession of the Siouxland Conference volleyball lead on Thursday, winning a showdown with Sheldon. Sioux Center, ranked third in Class 3A, found its groove late in the third set, then narrowly avoided a fifth set after a furious Sheldon rally. Both teams had been unbeaten in conference play coming into the match. The first two sets of the match were as close as it gets, although each coach thought the level of play could have been better. “We didn’t play great. We were down in game one and were

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Knights win critical league test First two sets at Hinton extended to extra points

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HINTON—Unity Christian won epic struggles in each of the first two sets, taking the wind out of Hinton and taking control of the War Eagle Conference volleyball race with a three-set road win Thursday. The Knights, ranked eighth in Class 3A, and the Blackhawks, ranked ninth in Class 2A, each entered the match unbeaten in War Eagle play. “It was quite an exciting match for the girls,” said Unity Christian coach Janna Van Donge. The two teams traded blows throughout the first set. Hinton began the match with six straight points. Unity Christian followed with six of its own. That became a theme for the evening. Each squad had three set points before the Knights finally

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Runners finding pecking order entering postseason Dutch girls, Wolfpack boys appear to be in good shape Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e


HULL—N’West Iowa cross country teams are beginning to find out more about themselves and where they stand among competition as the season hits its stretch run. The MOC-Floyd Valley girls and Western Christian boys had to like where they were sitting after winning titles Tuesday at the Western Christian Invitational in Hull.

Dutch girls reign supreme

Class 3A MOC-Floyd Valley did not get a big chal-

lenge from any of the teams in the field, which included Class 2A second-ranked Unity Christian. Bethany Dykstra won the meet for the Dutch in 14 minutes, 33 seconds on the 4-kilometer course. She led four MOC-Floyd Valley runners who finished in the top 10. “It was a great night to run,” said MOC-Floyd Valley coach Doug De Zeeuw. “Our girls varsity team followed up a great meet last week with another one at Western. Our pack continues to get closer and closer together, which is what we need as we get toward the end of the season.” Unity Christian continues to inch closer to putting together a complete performance. The Knights placed second. “This was one of the first courses that we could get

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Unity Christian senior Dylan Bartels gets a drink of water midway through the race at the Western Christian Invitational on Tuesday in Hull. He finished 20th and Knights took second place as a team. (Photo by Rylan Howe)

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Unity takes command of league race KNIGHTS Continued from page C1 closed out the first set with the win. The Blackhawks seemed determined to get it back, leading 15-5 early in the second set. The Knights worked their way back, eventually taking the lead at 20-19. Hinton led 23-21 before Unity Christian rallied back one more time for the win. No rally was needed in the third set as the Knights took an 8-1 lead early and kept the upper hand. “It was good to see the girls battle back in the first two games, especially game two being down 10 points,” Van Donge said. “The blocking and passing got better as the night went on, which helped a lot.” Unity Christian registered 88 percent in serve reception, had 75 digs and put up 20 blocks. Jill Schouten led the team in digs with 18, Anna Kiel had 15, Hope Kramer had 13 and Jenna Zevenbergen had 10. Anna Kiel led the blocks with six, Elizabeth Kiel and Allison Bylsma had four and Kramer had three. Offensively, Josie Zomermaand was 23-for-23 serving with one ace. Kramer was 13-for-13 with one ace. Elizabeth Kiel slammed 16 kills and Kramer had 13. Schouten lofted 33 assists. Unity Christian improved to 19-5 overall and 7-0 in the War Eagle with the win.

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HARTLEY—Kendra Zeutenhorst ripped off seven ace serves and Hartley-MelvinSanborn turned in 14 aces as a team in a three-set sweep of Remsen St. Mary’s on Thursday. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

coach Kristin Thorn said the more aggressive serving is welcome, though the Hawks need to work on consistency. “The girls did a nice job serving. They did a much better job of putting it where it needs to be,” Thorn said. “The problem was we’d have a girl get on a roll and then miss one. We need to keep that percentage going up. It’s all about keeping that momentum going.” The Hawks served at 83 percent as a team. Dixie Lauesen was 11-for-11 serving with three aces for the Hawks. Kailey Enger and Kaley Tewes each served two aces. Thorn said Hartley-MelvinSanborn put up good numbers on the attack. “Kailey Enger has been doing a really nice job of getting the ball up to a lot of different hitters and giving us lots of opportunities to hit,” Thorn said. “The girls hit it well. It’s nice to have that offense going and not have to play defense so much. It was nice to have another one in the win column. I told the girls they have worked hard and they are starting to see how that’s paying off.” Zeutenhorst and Tewes each had six kills in a balanced front line attack. Katie Mills had five kills and Amber Buren four. Enger sent up 16 assists. Defensively, Jaylin Rieck had nine digs, Lauesen had six and Mills five. Buren had one solo block. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn is 4-9 overall and 2-4 in War Eagle Conference play.

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HAWARDEN—West Sioux saw its balloon deflate rather quickly on Thursday as the Falcons fell to Remsen-Union in four sets in War Eagle Confer-

Junior Shanell Nieuwendorp takes an attack attempt cross-court for Unity Christian against the block of HartleyMelvin-Sanborn junior Kendra Zeutenhorst on Tuesday. Both teams won Thursday. (Photo by Scott Byers) ence volleyball. West Sioux used the energy of the homecoming week crowd to spark a win in the first set. “The first game was great. The girls had fantastic energy and were working together as a team,” said West Sioux coach Laura Hensley. “Once again, though, we showed that we are young. When you are inexperienced, it seems like the highs are just fantastic, but then you struggle to maintain that level of play.” Remsen-Union sapped the Falcons confidence quickly in the last three sets. “We seem to have spurts of three to four points that are some really great volleyball,” Hensley said. “We have to learn to make those into 10 to 15 points runs right out of the gate.” Hensley said Rylee Negaard and Shannon Jasper each had solid offensive outings. Jasper had seven kills and Negaard had five. Jenna Rehder offered 13 assists. Carly Dekkers served five aces and Rehder had three ace serves. Defensively, Callie Schmidt had one solo block and two assisted blocks. Jasper and Dekkers each had one solo block and one assisted block. Carissa Anderson came up with 11 digs and Negaard had 10. West Sioux fell to 9-9 overall

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GRANVILLE—Dropping two close sets early took a lot out of Spalding Catholic as the Spartans fell in three sets to AkronWestfield in War Eagle Conference volleyball Thursday. Spalding Catholic coach Beth Bunkers said the early portions of the match were exciting and intense. “Games one and two were full of long rallies. It was a fight for every point,” Bunkers said. “We struggled in serve receive in game three and let them get too far ahead for us to ever be in the game.” The Spartans were accurate and efficient when they had control of the ball. Samantha Newborg was 10-for-10 in serves with three aces. Caitlin Murphy, Abby Van Den Top and Leah Bunkers each went 5-for5 in serves. Murphy was 23-for25 in attacks with seven ills. Newborg was 22-for-24 with five kills. Sarah Konz handed out 10 assists. Defensively, Van Den Top led the Spartans in serve receive, going 12-for-15. Murphy plucked eight digs. Newborg

and Leah Bunkers each had five digs. Newborg and Bunkers also had one solo block and one assisted block apiece. Spalding Catholic is now 8-14 overall and 3-4 in War Eagle play.

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SIOUX CITY—Trinity Christian added another win to its collection on Thursday, starting strong and holding back Siouxland Community Christian for a three-set nonconference volleyball victory. Siouxland Community Christian took Trinity Christian to four sets in the first meeting between the schools this season. Coach Jon Mooy said the Tigers learned a lot from that match. “They were pretty similar to what they did the first time. We knew what to expect,” Mooy said. “They run a middle attack, and they really focus on one player and try to get her the ball a lot when she is up there. So our game plan was to serve them hard and get them out of system. We did a really good job of that in the first game.” Siouxland Community Christian was able to counter to

some extent. “They started to serve receive better and they started to tip on us and we didn’t react as quickly as I’d like. We got down by five or six early in that second game,” Mooy said. “We had a few more errors in that one, and they found some holes, but we were able to get it back point by point and pull it out. We responded a little better in the third. We hit the ball a little better and we managed to pull it out.” Trinity Christian had a .355 kill efficiency as a team in the win. Vanessa Van Den Top had 10 kills. Karina Heynen and Louise Van Maanen each had nine. Rochelle Kooiker dealt out 19 assists and Kayla Kooima had 13. Van Maanen had a great match serving, going 13-for-13 with six aces. Van Maanen and Van Den Top each had eight digs. Heynen had one solo block. Trinity Christian improved to 16-2 on the year. “It was nice to notch another win. We’re excited about that,” Mooy said. The Tigers, who have no conference affiliation, now hit a break in the schedule. Trinity Christian does not play again until capping the regular season schedule on Oct. 6 at the Harris-Lake Park Invitational.

West Sioux Homecoming

The 2012 West Sioux homecoming court: (from left) Courtney Hummel, Jacobe Millikan, Andrea Shoemaker, Brandon Burkard, queen Jaylen Blankenship, king Austin Hultquist, Lee Tapper, Calie Peterson, August DaCosta and Bailey Van Den Berg.

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Sioux Center senior Jillian Estes pops up for a kill attempt before Sheldon can set its block on Thursday. She had 13 kills as Sioux Center won the battle of Siouxland Conference unbeatens 25-22, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23. (Photos by Scott Byers)

Sioux Center outlasts pesky Sheldon squad for home win WARRIORS Continued from page C1 able to battle back and fight to get it,” said Sioux Center coach Julie Oldenkamp. “In game two we scored at least five points for them. We got into a little bit of a train wreck we couldn’t get out of. I think some of our girls maybe weren’t ready for that big of a match. Some of them haven’t been in that situation, and everybody reacts differently to it. They were all very emotional, but some had trouble controlling that.” Emotion was something Sheldon coach Eric Maassen felt was a bit lacking for the Orabs, who were coming off an upset win over MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday. “We just didn’t play quite like we wanted. We didn’t have that same determination and energy. We were just kind of hanging around,” Maassen said. “We’ve done a better job blocking and covering, which helped at times, but we weren’t consistent enough. We weren’t making enough plays.” Sioux Center was the first team to get into rhythm, using a solid run at the end of the third set to gain momentum and pushing out to a five-point lead early in the second set. “Some of the things we talked about before the match, we finally started to execute. We had better ball placement and were making better choices,” Oldenkamp said. “Toward the end of the fourth set, we got into a rotation that is a little bit limiting in what we can do. There are only two options, and while they are good options, it was a little predictable. We were just happy to get a couple of things to fall our way to finish it out.” Sioux Center had match point and a five-point lead. Sheldon cut it all the way down to 24-23 on Allie Jongewaard’s serve. The final point spurned a bit of controversy as the officials hesitated before making the call on a close play down the line. “We had things going for a while. We were playing one point at a time and got closer. We really had a chance to get it done,” Maassen said. “There were portions of the match where we played at a very high level, and there were other portions where we stopped making the fundamental plays you have to make to beat the No. 3 team in the state.” Amber Bakker had 17 kills and a .536 kill efficiency for Sioux Center. Jillian Estes slammed 13 kills and Jill Vander Plaats had 10. Malyn Hulstein offered 45 assists. Estes served five aces. Bakker and Jennifer Buyert each had five blocks. Carrigan Cleveringa had 13 digs. Jessica Van Beek hammered 18 kills for Sheldon. Jonege-


Class 2A

Class 1A

1. Mediapolis 2. Davenport Assumption 3. Sioux Center 4. Nevada 5. West Liberty 6. Mount Vernon 7. MOC-Floyd Valley 8. Unity Christian 9. Union (LaPorte City) 10. East Sac County 11. Cascade 12. A-D-M (Adel) 13. Red Oak 14. Clarinda 15. Beckman (Dyersville)

1. Dike-New Hartford 2. Western Christian 3. West Branch 4. Council Bluffs St. Albert 5. Carroll Kuemper 6. Treynor 7. Lake Mills 8. Woodward-Granger 9. Hinton 10. Ridge View 11. Durant 12. Denver 13. Eddyville-Blakesburg 14. Sumner-Fredericksburg 15. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto

1. Grundy Center 2. Holy Trinity Catholic 3. Tripoli 4. Janesville 5. Central Lyon 6. Stanton 7. LeMars Gehlen Catholic 8. Bellevue Marquette 9. Preston 10. Bedford 11. East Union (Afton) 12. New London 13. West Bend-Mallard 14. Lisbon 15. Grandview Park Baptist

Source: Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

ference. Okoboji fell to 10-13 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Service line divides squads in Lions’ win Central Lyon Sibley-Ocheyedan

Sheldon coach Eric Maassen explains the plan to the Orab players during a timeout against host Sioux Center in a Siouxland Conference match on Thursday evening. waard had 31 assists and two ace serves. Kaitlyn Holtrop was 21-for-22 serving. Marti Vogel had two solo blocks and five block assists. Courteney Scholten had two solo blocks and three block assists. Kayla Johnson and Van Beek each made five digs. Sioux Center improved to 21-5 overall and 5-0 in the Siouxland. Sheldon slipped to 16-9 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

Hosts Mustangs rally from two sets down West Lyon 25 25 16 16 12 George-Little Rock17 23 25 25 15

GEORGE—West Lyon ap­­ peared to be on the verge of a breakthrough win, but that will have to wait for another day as George-Little Rock bounced back for a five-set victory over the Wildcats in Siouxland Conference volleyball Thursday. The visiting Wildcats seemed to have it rolling early on. “We started off the night strong. We played so well. Our serve receive was strong at the beginning,” said West Lyon coach Darla Grotewold. “We were on the attack all night, but with some errors and fatigue, we just couldn’t finish the match.” She said seniors Jamie Tracy and Aurelie Rozeboom helped with the good start. “Our seniors really stepped up. They played so well at the net. We made a couple of adjustments with the two of them and they really had more success in switching roles,” Grotewold said. “They deflected many attacks to help our back row. Aurelie is coming off an ankle injury, but she probably played her best match all year.” It was George-Little Rock that stared to adjust by the end of the second set. “It took us a couple of sets to get it together and do what we needed to do. We missed some

serves and made some other mistakes. We moved slower than we should,” said Mustang coach Chelsey Mersbergen. “By the end of the second set and the start of the third, we were being more consistent and playing with more intensity.” She said the fifth set stayed close, with both teams believing they could win. “We just kind of went point by point and made it to the top,” Mersbergen said. “Our girls really stepped it up at the end of the match. After those first two sets, they regrouped and played really well.” Shannon Klaassen was the focal point of the George-Little Rock attack with 17 kills. Amber Stettnichs offered 24 assists and went 29-for-33 serving with three aces. Jessica Sandbulte was in on three blocks and Dani Eben took part in two. Abigail Eben pounced for nine digs. Courtney Knobloch led West Lyon with eight kills. Tracy, Tarah Meyer and Paige Boote each had six kills. Alyssa Kock passed out 19 assists. Boote was 11-for-12 serving with three aces. Tarah Meyer was 11-for12 with two aces. Boote pulled up 16 digs and Meyer had 12. Meyer took part in two blocks. George-Little Rock improved to 10-14 overall and 2-3 in the league. West Lyon dropped to 3-12 and 0-5.

Comets finding floor often with big swings Boyden-Hull Okoboji

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MILFORD—Boyden-Hull was in control the whole way, using an accurate and efficient attack to take down Okoboji in three sets of Siouxland Conference volleyball Thursday. The Comets had a .384 kill efficiency as a team in the contest. “We played really solid volleyball. All the girls really hit

the ball well. There were a lot of hard hit balls,” said BoydenHull coach Dean Hoogeveen. Boyden-Hull came into the match well known for its serving prowess, but Okoboji was prepared for that. “We knew that Boyden-Hull would be one of the tougher teams we’ve faced. Their strength is in their ability to attack you on the serve. We spent a lot of time preparing for that, and I thought we did a decent job of handling it,” said Okoboji coach Eric Thompson. “But they are also very good at attacking to the open spots. We’d make some adjustments and covered a few of those spots, then they would recognize it again and find new holes to hit. They were pinpoint in terms of hitting their spots.” Thompson was particularly impressed with Courtney Schafer, who finished with 13 kills for the Comets. “Schafer is an excellent hitter. There were not many balls that she hit that she didn’t finish on,” Thompson said. The Comets did still manage 15 ace serves in the match. “We served very well and ended up getting a lot of points and free balls off of our serves,” Hoogeveen said. Nicole Ewoldt served dual roles for Boyden-Hull, tying for the team lead in kills with 13 and lofting 18 assists. Allison Te Slaa had eight kills and Kendra Van Meeteren five. Schafer and Te Slaa each had three ace serves. Van Meeteren put up four blocks. Skyler Hansen had eight kill for Okoboji. Darby Jones had seven. Sydney Boeckholt offered 12 assists. Boeckholt was 9-for-9 serving with one ace. Anna Vos was 8-for-8 with one ace. Abby Taylor was credited with seven digs and Hansen had six. Jones, Boeckholt and Vos each got in on two blocks. Boyden-Hull is 17-5 overall, but 2-3 in the Siouxland Con-

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S I B L EY— C l a s s 1 A f i f t h ranked Central Lyon served at 97 percent with 15 aces in a three-set sweep of SibleyOcheyedan in Siouxland Conference volleyball Thursday. The Lions’ service game was the critical factor all night as the team converted on 71-of-73 attempts. Lexi Ackerman was 13-for-14 with six aces. Kelsey Ackerman was 16-for-16 with four aces. Claire Snyder was 15-for-16 with three aces. Angel Rasmussen was 15-for-15 with two aces. “We played well at times. There were times where we stayed right with them,” said Sibley-Ocheyedan coach Lincoln Robinson. “Where they got us was on the serves. They have some very good top spin servers and some good jump servers. They serve it where they want to and they serve tough.” Central Lyon coach Jamie Helmers was happy with the Lions’ execution in most areas. “The girls played well. We really mixed up our offense. Many of our hitters had multiple kills. Sibley digs well, so they made us work hard for those kills,” Helmers said. “We served extremely well.” Helmers said the Lions did have a little trouble closing up blocks in the third set. Robinson said the Generals were ready to take advantage. “You walk away from that match with a lot of shoulda, coulda, woulda, but we had some positives. There was a stretch in that third game that I think was the best we’ve played all year,” Robinson said. Lexi Ackerman had 16 assists for Central Lyon and Snyder had 15. Ashley Vande Stowe and Sarah Halse each had seven kills. Lexi and Kelsey Ackerman had six kills apiece. Lexi Ackerman led the team in digs with 11. Jody Vanden Hoek had two blocks. Bridget Doeden led SibleyOcheyedan with 12 kills. Kaylee White issued 14 assists and Alyssa Stofferan had nine. Michaela Wolter went 13-for-13 serving with two aces. Stofferan was 12-for-12 with two aces. Wolter picked up 22 digs and Kayla Ackerman had 17.

Central Lyon moved to 18-5 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Sibley-Ocheyedan is 12-12 overall and 2-3 in the league.

MOC-Floyd Valley pops Rock Valley ROCK VALLEY MOC-Floyd Valley

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ORANGE CITY—Rock Valley has had its struggles in close games this year, but the Rockets were never able to provide any drama on Thursday as Class 3A seventh-ranked MOCFloyd Valley cruised to a threeset win in Siouxland Conference volleyball. “It wasn’t too bad. We started a little slow. We had a couple of missed serves and a couple of hitting errors early, but once we got to about midway through that first game, our serve receive picked up and we played really well,” said MOCFloyd Valley coach Jon Mouw. The main advantage the Dutch were able to exploit was front and center. “Our focus coming into the match was to try to get more out of our middle attackers, and we got more in games two and three. That’s something we want to incorporate more of into our attack,” Mouw said. “The other thing we did well was block. Both of our middles did a great job of getting to it and closing up the block. They did a great job of being in the right spot to make a play.” Rock Valley coach Megan Malenosky said it was a difficult night. Rock Valley was down only 12-10 in the first set before the wheels came off. “We weren’t competitive at all. We were only down two in game one, and from then on it wasn’t good at all,” she said. “We weren’t competing at all. We weren’t seeing the floor. Any time we would go to hit, they had a double block up. They are very tall, so it was clearly visible. Yet our girls would still just hit right into it.” MOC-Floyd Valley statistics were not provided. Kensy Vande Hoef led the Rockets with seven kills. Jaedyn Rus handed out 13 assists. Rock Valley was 35-for-35 serving as a team, but did not have an ace. Karen Sanchez had eight digs and Vande Hoef had seven. MOC-Floyd Valley improved to 19-6 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Rock Valley stumbled to 3-19 and 0-5.





Unity Christian settles for second in both contests WESTERN Continued from page C1 some valid time comparisons from previous years, and we had some good improvements,” said Unity Christian girls coach Mark Kauk. “Our leaders up front, Kassidy (De Jong) and Jacki (Hoogland), have cut some big chunks of time off of last year. We continue to see some improvement in different aspects of each race.” Injuries have derailed the progress Western Christian coach Dan Kroeze had hoped to be seeing. The Class 2A 12th-ranked Wolfpack, which finished fourth, hope to get back on track as the calendar flips to October. “We were blessed with some nice weather again this meet, and some excellent times were run,” Kroeze said. “Our girls ran well, but I know we are not up to the capabilities. We are just not healthy enough to run like we can even though the girls are giving great effort in each meet. Hopefully, we can recover from some of these injuries and compete well at the end of the season.” Sioux Center, ranked fifth in Class 2A, had hoped to have a little tighter pack but instead had to settle for fifth place. “We figured that was about where we were going to be. We were hoping to be a little closer to Western,” said Sioux Center coach Brock Lehman. “I was very pleased with Stephanie Husa, the fifth runner. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it; if we’re going to be a competing team at the end of the year, we’ve got to have our fifth runner. Our spread’s way too large, and she keep cutting into that spread.” Sheldon, which has won two meets this year, placed sixth. “The girls ran in a tough field again but are staying close to the competition,” said Orab coach Kris Groff. “The top seven girls all ran a good race, but I’m not sure we ran our best races. We are a little sore from last week’s races yet. We are getting better, and our training this week will allow for us to make adjustments.” George-Little Rock/Central Lyon landed in seventh, led by Kori Schulte, who came in seventh. “This was the first bump,” said Mustang co-coach Curt Fiedler. “The nice thing was we got the first bump out of the way, and I think we’ll compete better now. It’s nice to see them be disappointed and know they’re going to improve.” Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley finished ninth but did hold off Cherokee. “Michelle Palafox really ran well again,” said Nighthawk coach Tim Brunsting. “She just needs to get stronger. She’s gaining more experience; she just needs to gain some more confidence and feel more comfortable starting off a little bit more toward the front.” Spalding Catholic just missed out on a team score with four runners. Emily Pohlen was the Spartans’ top finisher at 44th.

Wolfpack boys lock down title

Western Christian figured it would learn something about its boys team at the meet.

The 11th-ranked Wolfpack emerged from the meet as perhaps the team to beat in next month’s Class 2A statequalifying meet. Western Christian had a 23-point cushion on second place in a race that featured several ranked teams that figured to be pitted against the Wolfpack in the state-qualifying meet. “The boys competed very well, getting three in the top 10 and the other two not far behind,” Kroeze said. “David Te Krony, P.J. (Kooima) and Kevin (Steiger) all took turns leading each other during the race. They are running great in a little pack. They compete against each other, but when MOC-Floyd Valley junior Coleman McAllister leads all runners early in the race Tuesday at the Western the race is over, their goal is to have Christian Invitational at Rolling Hills Country Club north of Hull. He crossed the finish line in third our team do as well as possible. They place and the Dutch took fourth as a team at the meet.  (Photos by Rylan Howe) are really making each other better.” Unity Christian, unranked for the first time since September 2008, went in as the runner-up, doing most of its damage with runners in the second tier of runners. The Knights’ top runner, Trevor Kauk, was 13th, but all five counters were in the top 25. “Our guys really stepped up and attacked the race,” said Unity Christian boys coach Karl Kaemingk. “We wanted to test how hard we could push and increased our confidence. Things are coming together, and I am pleased with our progress. Our pack was only spread by 29 seconds, which is great. Trevor Kauk had one of his best races, and Michael Wolgen continues to develop confidence in his pacing. Schuyler Malenke ran a great time and continues to impress me with his running maturity as a fresh- Runners, parents and coaches check the results after the Western men.” Christian Invitational at Rolling Hills Country Club on Tuesday. Sioux Center tied Class 3A 14thranked MOC-Floyd Valley for thirdplace, with the Warriors winning came on strong in the end and had a don’t remember the last time we had Western Christian sophomore based on the finish of the sixth runner. really good finish. There were some an individual get first at that meet. P.J. Kooima and senior Kevin Lehman saw some positive signs from bright spots, some good things to take That is a good quality meet for teams Steiger near the finish line at the his team. away from this meet.” and individuals.” Western Christian Invitational “You’d still like to see that gap close West Lyon came in eighth. Micah Spalding Catholic also had three on Tuesday. Kooima finished between us and Unity, but it’s the Bajema was second overall, and Chase individual runners. Matthew Holz- eighth and Steiger ninth helping man was the team’s top runner at 61st. first time I’ve run seven in a varsity Bruggeman came in 11th. the Wolfpack to the team title. race and two of those are freshmen,” “I’m happy with both of those kids. I Western Christian Invitational Girls team results: 1. MOC-Floyd Valley 38; 2. Unity Lehman said. “It’s staring to come think they’re really stepping up,” said together for the guys. Now, how much West Lyon coach Todd McCallum. Christian 65; 3. LeMars 87; 4. Western Christian 113; 5. Boys team results: 1. Western Christian 71; 2. Unity Christian 94; 3. Sioux Center 127; 4. MOC-Floyd Valley its going to come together, I don’t “We’ve got to get everyone healthy Sioux Center 137; 6. Sheldon 159; 7. George-Little Rock/ 127; 5. OA-BCIG 141; 6. LeMars 149; 7. Boyden-Hull/ Central Lyon 175; 8. OA-BCIG 201; 9. Boyden-Hull/Rock know. If we’re going to be competing and together. Christian Bouwman Valley 278; 10. Cherokee 280. Rock Valley 151; 8. West Lyon 173; 9. Sheldon 243. it’s going to have to be the younger dropped out midway though the race N’West Iowa individual results: 1. Bethany Dykstra N’West Iowa individual results: 1. Josh Schriever guys who are going to have to grow up with migraine issues. James Dub- (MOC-FV) 14:33; 3. Kassidy De Jong (UC) 15:31; 4. (GLRCL) 16:48; 2. Micah Bajema (WL) 16:56; 3. Coleman belde had a foot issue, but he made it Caroline Ascherl (MOC-FV) 15:37; 5. Erika Douma (WC) McAllister (MOC-FV) 16:59; 5. Joseph Tolsma (MOC-FV) and take some risks.” 15:45; 6. Miranda Moss (SC) 15:55; 7. Kori Schulte 17:19; 6. Haile Duden (SC) 17:26; 7. David Te Krony (WC) De Zeeuw said MOC-Floyd Valley through the race.” 15:50; 8. Kenzie Mulder (MOC-FV) 16:00; 9. 17:27; 8. P.J. Kooima (WC) 17:28; 9. Kevin Steiger (WC) looked at the meet as a preview of next Sheldon did not have as much health (GLRCL) Jacki Hoogland (UC) 16:06; 10. Jaycee Vander Berg 17:29; 10. Quinn Groff (Sh) 17:32; 11. Chase Bruggeman month’s Siouxland Conference com- trouble but was running some new (MOC-FV) 16:10; 13. Miranda Hulstein (WC) 16:33; 14. (WL) 17:34; 12. Josh Olvera (SC) 17:39; 13. Trevor Kauk petition with the exception of Okoboji. athletes in the Orabs’ eighth-place fin- Samantha Bandstra (UC) 16:37; 15. Rebekah Muilenburg (UC) 17:46; 17. Kyle Vander Plaats (WC) 18:01; 18. (MOC-FV) 16:42; 16. Michelle Croghan (MOC-FV) 16:50; Michael Wolgen (UC) 18:07; 19. Schuyler Malenke (UC) “Our boys were led by Coleman ish. 20. Dylan Bartels (UC) 18:08; 21. John Ver Mulm (McAllister),” De Zeeuw said. “Joseph “Our boys struggled against some 18. Tessa Schoonhoven (UC) 17:00; 21. Alyssa Fedders 18:07; 17:12; 22. Keanna Vaandrager (WC) 17:15; 23. Tara (BHRV) 18:11; 23. Reid Guse (GLRCL) 18:13; 24. Ben kept him in his sights. Our supporting strong competition,” Groff said. (UC) Tilstra (UC) 17:15; 24. Anna Vande Kamp (WC) 17:17; 25. Broers (UC) 18:15; 25. Brandon Wilkens (BHRV) 18:22; cast didn’t look as strong or focused “Quinn (Groff) ran in the top 10 most Anna Marie Fjeld (Sh) 17:18; 27. Jade Hanson (MOC-FV) 27. Nolan Meerdink (BHRV) 18:25; 29. Ross Rozeboom as they did in Sheldon, so it gives us a of the night and finished 10th overall. 17:25; 28. Shelby Bruns (Sh) 17:29; 29. Kelsey Gorthaus (SC) 18:28; 30. Marcus De Weerd (WC) 18:29; 31. Alex bit more to work on for the Cherokee We ran Trevor Fiddelke and Jake Kor- (SC) 17:32; 32. Macie Wessels (GLRCL) 17:52; 33. Dorhout (UC) 18:34; 33. Carter Foughty (MOC-FV) 18:40; ver both in their first varsity race of the Jennie Droog (UC) 17:52; 34. Allegra St. Clair (Sh) 17:57; 36. Randy Boon (BHRV) 18:53; 37. Cole Wohlgemuth meet.” (MOC-FV) 18:58; 38. Jeff Jeltema (UC) 18:58; 39. Andres Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley fell back season — which was tough. We will get 35. Frannie Feekes (Sh) 17:58; 37. Allorie Feekes (Sh) Ortiz (SC) 19:00; 41. Louis Vander Velde (SC) 19:12; 42. 18:01; 38. Brittany Van Wyk (Sh) 18:05; 39. Caitlin Cain into seventh, but Brunsting noted it better as we add training the next two (Sh) 18:12; 40. Miranda Mouw (SC) 18:19; 41. Brittney Chandler Brunsting (BHRV) 19:20; 43. Matt Van Otterloo weeks.” was a talented field. Thedens (GLRCL) 18:19; 43. Steph Husa (SC) 18:21; 44. (BHRV) 19:20; 47. Brady Schreiner (SC) 19:29; 48. Mark “I was generally pleased with our Junior Josh Schriever of George- Emily Pohlen (SpC) 18:24; 47. Hannah Sieperda (GLRCL) Ahlers (Sh) 19:41; 49. Justin Te Grotenhuis (MOC-FV) times. They were generally consistent Little Rock/Central Lyon won the boys 18:37; 48. MaKayla De Jong (GLRCL) 18:38; 49. Kenedie 19:47; 50. James Dubbelde (WL) 19:50; 51. Andrew De Boer (MOC-FV) 19:51; 52. Thomas Johnson (WL) 19:52; with where they’ve been at lately,” 5-kilometer race in 16:48. The win was Kats (WC) 18:44; 50. Michelle Palafox (BHRV) 18:46; 55. Justin Kamstra (WC) 19:58; 56. Zach Rohlfs (BHRV) 51. Elizabeth Rankin (BHRV) 19:04; 53. Courtney Stiens Brunsting said. “John Ver Mulm was his second of the season. (BHRV) 19:26; 54. Grace Rens (WL) 19:27; 55. Megan 20:09; 57. Chaz DeRocher (Sh) 20:11; 58. Ben Feucht just steady. He broke away from our “He looked really flat the first half of Kelderman (WC) 19:35; 56. Lindsay Mouw (SC) 19:40; (WL) 20:38; 59. Nick Bruggeman (WL) 20:39; 60. James pack and really ran strong again. He’s the race. It looked like he was going 57. Becky Streff (SpC) 19:41; 58. Maggie Schroeder Hooyer (SC) 20:41; 61. Matthew Holzman (Spc) 20:41; kind of coming into his own. I’m really through the motions,” Fiedler said. (SpC) 19:41; 59. Christina Schmit (SpC) 19:46; 60. Analy 62. Jason Zenk (SpC) 20:57; 63. Chris Jansen (Sh) 21:21; Jake Korver (Sh) 22:02; 66. Tyler Full (SpC) 23:06; 67. hoping to see him go under 18 (min- “He ran a lot better in the second half. Dominguez (BHRV) 19:55; 62. Hope Bosler (WL) 20:19; 65. Trevor Fiddelke (Sh) 24:04. 64. Brooke Fick (BHRV) 20:27. utes) at some point. Brandon Wilkens On the way home, I was thinking, I


South O’Brien gets confidence boost with team title Eclipses talented Alta-Aurelia group Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e


ALTA—The Alta-Aurelia Invitational on Monday was another preview of an intriguing battle between two cross country teams that will have high hopes going into next month’s Class 1A state-qualifying meet. Eleventh ranked Alta-Aurelia and South O’Brien were separated by only two points in the boys standings with the Wolverines coming out on top. South O’Brien coach Byron Foster did not think his team had won as the runners finished. He was so sure that he congratulated the Warriors’ coach on winning before the totals were even added up. Once the scores were tabulated, the Warriors coach returned the congratulations to Foster, who was surprised with winning. “They want to get better every time,” Foster said. “They’ve really been working hard.” Sibley-Ocheyedan had its best finish of the season as a team in the girls race, finishing second to Alta-Aurelia. Leah Seivert ran to the gold in a 4-kilometer time of 14 min-


Class 2A girls

Class 1A girls

Class 3A boys

Class 2A boys

Class 1A boys

1. Decorah 2. Davenport Assumption 3. Sioux City Heelan 4. Dubuque Wahlert 5. Solon 6. Grinnell 7. Williamsburg 8. Dallas Center-Grimes 9. Pella 10. MOC-Floyd Valley 11. Charles City 12. Harlan 13. Spencer 14. Mount Vernon/Lisbon 15. Shenandoah/Essex

1. Northeast (Goose Lake) 2. Unity Christian 3. Gilbert 4. Cascade 5. Sioux Center 6. North Fayette (West Union) 7. Davis County (Bloomfield) 8. CMB (Baxter) 9. North Polk (Alleman) 10. Roland-Story 11. South Hamilton (Jewell) 12. Western Christian 13. Monticello 14. Spirit Lake 15. East Marshall (LeGrand)

1. Griswold 2. North Linn (Troy Mills) 3. Earlham 4. Eagle Grove 5. Pekin (Packwood) 6. Central (Elkader) 7. Nashua-Plainfield 8. Dike-New Hartford 9. Denver 10. Tri-Center (Neola) 11. Bellevue Marquette 12. Algona Garrigan 13. Lynnville-Sully 14. Emmetsburg 15. Underwood

1. Decorah 2. Sioux City Heelan 3. Pella 4. Boone 5. Charles City 6. Grinnell 7. Dubuque Wahlert 8. Mount Vernon/Lisbon 9. Glenwood 10. Shenandoah/Essex 11. Knoxville 12. Fort Madison 13. Vinton-Shellsburg 14. MOC-Floyd Valley 15. Cedar Rapids Xavier

1. Monticello 2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 3. Northeast (Goose Lake) 4. Spirit Lake 5. Gilbert 6. Tipton 7. Center Point-Urbana 8. North Polk (Alleman) 9. Osage 10. South Winneshiek (Calmar) 11. Western Christian 12. Okoboji 13. South Central Calhoun 14. North Iowa (Buffalo Center) 15. Albia

1. Council Bluffs St. Albert 2. Trinity Christian 3. Denver 4. Dike-New Hartford 5. Riverside (Oakland) 6. Hudson 7. Guthrie Center 8. BCLUW (Conrad) 9. Highland (Riverside) 10. Tri-Center (Neola) 11. Woodward Academy 12. Alta-Aurelia 13. Bellevue Marquette 14. North Butler (Greene) 15. Nashua-Plainfield

Source: Iowa Association of Track Coaches

utes, 1 second. “I like going to Alta because we compete against schools that we rarely see, and the schools are our same size,” said Sibley-Ocheyedan coach Keith Swenson. “I am very proud of all of my athletes because they competed and fought all the way to the finish line.” South O’Brien’s girls haven’t had a lot of success, so the Wolverines are just looking to make some baby steps. They finished fifth. “We beat a team for a change,” said Wolverine coach Byron Foster. “They were happy about that.”

Alta-Aurelia Invitational Girls team results: 1. Alta-Aurelia 39; 2. Sibley-Ocheyedan 67; 3. Sioux Central 73; 4. Manson Northwest Webster 97; 5. South O’Brien 110; 6 Hinton 118. N’West Iowa individual results: 1. Leah Seivert (S-O) 14:01; 2. Amy Dreessen (S-O) 16:02; 3. Halee Rahbusch (SOS) 16:45; 19. Marie Jeppesen (S-O) 19:47; 23. Joanna Kruger (S-O) 19:50; 26. Arielle Wohlert (SOS) 20:05; 29. Miranda Liebsack (SOS) 20:14; 30. Shilo Herrmann (S-O) 20:17; 31. Olivia Sickelka (SOS) 20:15; 33. Kellie Einck (SOS) 20:32; 36. Rebecca Thiel (SOS) 21:31. Boys team results: 1. South O’Brien 43; 2. Alta-Aurelia 45; 3. Manson Northwest Webster 56; 4. Hinton 98; 5. Sioux Central 135. N’West Iowa individual results: 3. Daniel Patterson (SOS) 17:38; 5. Tyler Reck (S-O) 17:57; 6. Austin Dunnick (SOS) 18:08; 7. Luke Hoger (SOS) 18:21; 16. Brian Haden (SOS) 19:17; 17. Ben Aberson (SOS) 19:21; 19. Tanner Hedberg (SOS) 19:42; 20. Sean Anderson (SOS) 19:45.

Pioneers test selves against large schools ALGONA—Okoboji tried to approach the Algona Invitational cross country meet Monday with as little pressure as possible. The meet featured a large and strong field, one that included a number of Class 3A schools. “It was a very competitive meet. It was a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and see some very quality competition,” said Okoboji coach Brad Peter. “It’s nice to get a feel for what the district and/or state meet might feel like.”

The Pioneers’ girls team was 13th out of 17 schools, while the boys ran 11th in the field of 17. Clare Eckard came in ninth to pace the Pioneers individually. “Our girls ran really consistent,” Peter said. “They ran very even and worked their way up through the field. I thought our girls ran incredibly well as a group.” The Okoboji boys, ranked 12th in Class 2A, ran without top runner Joe Hilsabeck, who was out an illness. Chris Albright was the team’s top runner, coming in 37th. “Chris Albright really ran well,” Peter said. “He really improved from the year before

and stepped into that leadership role and ran really well. Our kids got out really well and hung on really tough.” Peter said his team faded slightly in the last mile, costing it a few spots in the standings. Okoboji returns to the course on Oct. 2 at Cherokee as it hits the final month of competition. “I certainly like the chances moving forward; we just have to get more consistent,” Peter said. “We have proven to be hot and cold. If we can get a little more consistent at the front and bring some of our freshmen along, we’ll be alright.” Algona Invitational Girls team results: 1. Spencer 71; 2. Charles City 125; 3. Algona 125; 4. Mason City 138; 5. Estherville Lincoln Central 171; 6. Spirit Lake 192; 7. Algona Garrigan 196; 8. Webster City 230; 9. Emmetsburg 255; 10. Fairmont, MN, 277; 11. Eagle Grove 289; 12. Humboldt 297; 13. Okoboji 342; 14. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 361; 15. Fort Dodge 364; 16. Pocahontas Area 387; 17. Clarion-Goldfield 449. Okoboji results: 9. Clare Eckard 15:47; 57. Olivia Albright 17:24; 64. Jordan Duncan 17:37; 95. Elizabeth Ellrich 18:31; 117. Grace Goehring 19:58. Boys team results: 1. Charles City 47; 2. Fort Dodge 110; 3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 122; 4. Webster City 133; 5. Spirit Lake 137; 6. Algona 141; 7. Spencer 177; 8. Clear Lake 184; 9. Humboldt 217; 10. Algona Garrigan 266; 11. Okoboji 293; 12. Forest City 340; 13. Eagle Grove 355; 14. Estherville Lincoln Central 397; 15. Fairmont, MN, 397; 16. Emmetsburg 511; 17. Pocahontas Area 523. Okoboji results: 37. Chris Albright 17:41; 51. Colby Kraninger 17:56; 55. Ryan Chindlund 18:01; 70. Blake Lineweaver 18:35; 81. Jason Feather 19:06; 84. Brady Jones 19:10; 100. Dakota Kraninger 20:03.





N’West Iowa Class 3A volleyball teams split into two regions BYERS Continued from page C1 Three N’West Iowa teams — second-ranked Western Christian, Sibley-Ocheyedan and Boyden-Hull, earned byes in the opening round of the Class 2A tournament. Class 2A action starts Oct. 17. South O’Brien will play at Okoboji, Emmetsburg is at

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and West Lyon is at Rock Valley. Boyden-Hull hosts the winner of the Emmetsburg vs. HartleyMelvin-Sanborn clash in the second round Oct. 23. Either South O’Brien or Okoboji will get a trip to Sibley-Ocheyedan. Western Christian awaits the West Lyon-Rock Valley winner. The three ranked Class 3A schools in the region were split

up a bit, just as the IGHSAU has traditionally done with schools from this area in the past when several ranked teams are in one class. Class 3A Region 1 opens Oct. 22, with Sheldon traveling to eighth-ranked Unity Christian in the first round and seventhranked MOC-Floyd Valley hosting Spirit Lake. Other Region 1 first round games are Forest

City at Garner-Hayfield and Estherville Lincoln Central at Algona. The winner of the Sheldon-Unity Christian game would play the winner of the MOC-Floyd Valley-Spirit Lake game in the next round. Sioux Center takes a trip south into the Class 3A Region 2 bracket. The third-ranked Warriors open at home against Cherokee. Other first-round

games in Class 3A Region 2 are Roland-Story at South Central Calhoun, Greene County at 10th-ranked East Sac County, and OA-BCIG at Sergeant Bluff-Luton. The Warriors would host the winner of the game in Sergeant Bluff in the next round if they advance.

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football season produced a couple of upsets that made it tougher on the participants of The N’West Iowa REVIEW Football Contest, but two of the 32 entrants managed to get by with just one wrong. It came down to a tiebreaker between Allyson Moser of Sanborn and Jerry Van Middendorp of Sheldon. Van Middendorp won to garner the prize.


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SHELDON—Sheldon kept its hopes for another Siouxland Conference volleyball title alive, upsetting Class 3A fifthranked MOC-Floyd Valley in a five-set classic Tuesday in Sheldon. Sheldon joined the Siouxland Conference during the 200910 school year. It has won or shared the league title in each of its first three seasons. The Orabs and Dutch both went into the match unbeaten in league play this season. The Orabs had a bit of a rough weekend at the Sioux City East Invitational, but coach Eric Maassen knew his team would be ready Tuesday. “The scores didn’t look like it, but we played well in spurts this weekend. The big thing was we just didn’t finish,” Maassen said. “We came in with a game plan in place, and we executed it just the way we’d talked about. Most importantly, we finished. When it came down to the end, we played to win instead of playing not to lose.” MOC-Floyd Valley coach Jon Mouw said the match provided a tremendously high level of volleyball. “I was extremely proud of our girls. We didn’t get the win, but we fought. That was two good teams just slugging away at each other and playing hard,” Mouw said. “I knew Sheldon would be tough, especially at home. I wasn’t sure what defense they would use. They ended up in kind of an outside coverage. They have got a lot more diggers back than most teams. We got a lot of swings, but we had a lot of trouble getting kills.” Maassen said the Orabs’ defensive execution was key. “Defensively, that’s as complete a match as we’ve played all year. MOC-Floyd Valley got off a lot of hard hits,” Maassen said. “We blocked all right, but we were really focused on covering our spots, and the girls made sure we got to the right spot just about every time.” Sheldon controlled the first set from the start, but the next four were as close as it gets. “We weren’t ready for game one. We looked slow and tired. But after that, we got things going pretty well,” Mouw said. “The best thing we did is we played hard. We didn’t let them go on long runs. Our passing wasn’t the greatest, but we did a great job of making sure we still got real good swings at it anyway.” The Orabs had a chance to close it out in four, leading 22-18, but MOC-Floyd Valley rallied to force a fifth set. “ We w e re a l i t t l e d ow n between sets, but the girls did a really nice job of picking each other up,” Maassen said. “They were able to rally and get back to the things we’d been doing all night. They were just so mentally tough.” Jessica Van Beek had a huge game for Sheldon at the net, slamming 22 kills and putting up four solo blocks. Allie Jongewaard had 30 assists and three ace serves. Marti Vogel was 31-for-32 serving with one ace. Katlyn Holtrop was 21-for-21 with two ace serves. Courteney Scholten had two solo blocks. Kayla Johnson managed 15 digs. Van Beek helped out with 13 digs. MOC-Floyd Valley statistics for the match were not made available.

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ROCK RAPIDS—No matter how long Boyden-Hull kept the ball in the air, Central Lyon

Junior Caitlynn Fedders bumps a pass to the setter for Sioux Center in Thursday’s Siouxland Conference battle with Sheldon. The Class 3A thirdranked Warriors won in four sets to remain unbeaten in league play. They beat George-Little Rock on Tuesday. (Photos by Scott Byers) play the complete games to win these types of matches, and we can’t get that done yet.” Hoogeveen did try a lineup tweak that he had used to some success over the weekend at the Spalding Catholic tournament to try to turn the tide. “I tried Nicole Ewoldt setting in the third and fourth sets just for something different,” he said. “We will keep trying new things and see if we can get it done.” Mikayla Miller was 32-for-36 passing for the Lions and Angel Rasmussen went 24-for-27. Coryn Van Beek led the Lions in digs with eight. Ashley Vande Stowe had one solo block and was in on five assisted blocks. Sarah Halse had one solo block and three assisted blocks. Lexi Ackerman was 21-for-23 serving with three aces. Kelsey Ackerman was 15-for-15 with two ace serves. Miller also had two ace serves. Claire Snyder offered 10 assists and Lexi Ackerman had seven. Kelsey Ackerman had seven kills and Halse pounded six. Courtney Schafer led BoydenHull with 12 digs. Allison Te Slaa had nine digs. Ewoldt and Caryle Polacek both had eight digs. Kendra Van Meeteren had one solo block and two block assists. Alidea Savage was 9-for-9 serving with three aces. Ewoldt was credited with 22 assists and Kasey Olson had 20. Te Slaa led the team in kills with 17, Schafer had 12 and Ewoldt had 10.

Sheldon junior Kaitlyn Holtrop aims on a service Generals focus on attempt Thursday against Sioux Center. She was 21-for- small goals in victory 22 serving in the match, but the Orabs fell to the WarSibley-Ocheyedan 25 27 25 riors in four sets in a battle for the Siouxland Confer- West Lyon 15 25 13 ence lead. Sheldon upset MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday. INWOOD—Sibley-Ocheyerefused to let down and make a mistake as the Class 1A fifthranked Lions outlasted the Comets in four sets for a Siouxland Conference volleyball victory Tuesday. Central Lyon served at 91 percent with nine aces and had a passing percentage of just over 81 percent in the contest. “The girls played really well. They were on top of their blocking and played with excitement,” said Central Lyon coach Jamie Helmers. “Our good blocking was important against their big hitters outside. We didn’t make a lot of serving errors or serve receive errors, and we did a great job of getting Boyden-Hull out of system.” Boyden-Hull has long been

known for its defense, and Helmers said while the Comets were good in that area again, the Lions were able to equal that effort. “We played right with them. We serve received extremely well, and that is very important when playing an aggressive serving team like BoydenHull,” Helmers said. “BoydenHull didn’t allow us a lot of kills. They are a great, scrappy team.” Comets coach Dean Hoogeveen said the level of play was good on both sides. “It was a great match. We had our chances to win and just didn’t quite get it done,” Hoogeveen said. “We just make a few too many easy mistakes at the wrong times. We need to

dan snapped out of a fourmatch skid Tuesday, climbing back over the .500 mark for the season with a three-set win at West Lyon in Siouxland Conference volleyball. Sibley-Ocheyedan coach Lincoln Robinson said the Generals narrowed their focus going into the match, breaking it down into three specific areas. “We set individual or team goals for this match. What we wanted to do was improve our number of ace serves, get our block back and get more offensive than what we have been lately,” Robinson said. “I think we met those goals.” The Generals pulled away in the middle of the first set. In the second set, Sibley-Ocheyedan had an early lead, but West

Lyon took over in the middle portion of the game. The Wildcats led by as many as five points before the Generals rallied again. “Give West Lyon the credit there. They battled back and had us on our heels for a while. It was a pretty sizable turn. It took a while for us to get our ducks back in a row,” Robinson said. “In the third set, we were able to establish the middle more with (Bridget) Doeden. She got rolling, and that was contagious with the rest of our hitters.” West Lyon coach Darla Grotewold said it was “another roller coaster night” for her young squad. “We started slow, but then we played better in the second set. The score shows we were in it to win it, but we had to finish games when we are leading 23-20. If we win that game, it could possibly change the outcome of the whole match,” Grotewold said. “We had a decent night passing and serving, but we do need to be more aggressive serving. We had more attacks, but unfortunately tonight we had a bunch of errors, so that takes a lot of points away.” Grotewold said the Wildcats still could surprise some teams in the stretch run. “We aren’t going away,” she said. “These girls are fighters. If you let up, we will challenge you.” Doeden wound up with 11 kills to lead Sibley-Ocheyedan. Kayla Ackerman hammered 10 kills. Alyssa Stofferan put up 14 assists and Kaylee White dealt out 13. Emma Bruns was 19-for-20 serving with three aces. White was 15-for-16 with three aces. Defensively, Jenn Vipond had five solo blocks and Doeden added four. Michaela Wolter tracked down 20 digs, Ackerman had 15 and White 10. Tarah Meyer had six kills for West Lyon, Courtney Knobloch had five and Paige Boote four. Alyssa Kock handed out nine assists and Addy Meyer had seven. Boone was 8-for-8 serving with one ace. Boote and Tarah Meyer both garnered 11 digs.

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SIOUX CENTER—Sioux Center served at 91 percent and ripped off 17 ace serves, run-

ning away from George-Little Rock for a three-set sweep in a Siouxland Conference volleyball victory Tuesday. Amber Bakker had six ace serves to lead the way for the Warriors. Madison Beaver was 14-for-14 with four aces. Jennifer Buyert, Jillian Estes and Caitlynn Fedders each served two aces. “We had a good, balanced effort on offense and did a nice job serving throughout the night,” said Sioux Center coach Julie Oldenkamp. “I did think we had a little sluggish spot in the middle, but overall it was good.” Bakker served nine points in a row to get Sioux Center a cushion in the first set. The Warriors again started quickly in the second. “In the first two sets, we started slow. We had some fairly deep deficits before we started to pick it up and mount some kind of attack,” said GeorgeLittle Rock coach Chelsea Mersbergen. “When we made our runs, we had some good serving. In the match, our blocking was two to three times what it has been this year. We’ve been working really hard on putting up a big, strong block. We did our best to get into our offense, but Sioux Center is so tall. We kept hitting it right into the blocks, and they dug up everything we hit at them.” That eventually frustrated the Mustangs, and the Warriors quickly put it away in the third set. “We didn’t make too many mistakes in the third set. We served tough,” Oldenkamp said. “Our jump servers went on a couple of runs. We cut down on our errors. It was nice to finish strong.” Jillian Estes cranked eight kills for the Warriors. Bakker and Jennifer Buyert both had seven. Malyn Hulstein was credited with 21 assists. Buyert had five solo blocks and one assisted block. Bakker had three solo blocks. Estes led the team in digs with six. Amber Stettnichs was 7-for-7 serving with three aces for the Mustangs. Shannon Klaassen had two ace serves. Stettnichs and Jessica Sandbulte both had three assists. Keeley Kruse and Sandbulte both put down three kills. Dani Eben had a stellar defensive outing, with four assisted blocks and three solo blocks. Sandbulte had three assisted blocks. Abigail Eben managed four digs.





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Unity Christian senior setter Jill Scholten jump sets a teammate during a three-set win over Hartley-MelvinSanborn on Tuesday. She had 27 assists in the match.

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ORANGE CITY—Unity Christian dented its home floor with 36 kills and a .430 kill efficiency Tuesday, zooming past Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in three sets of War Eagle Conference volleyball. The visiting Hawks gave the Knights a little trouble, keeping it close for much of the first set. “Overall, we had one of our best passing games. Jaylin Rieck had her best game of the year. That libero position is a little like the line in football. People don’t tend to notice them as much, but what they do is really important,” said Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn coach Kristin Thorn. “In the first game, we played more relaxed. We were digging up a lot of balls and getting a few blocks. In the second game, they started hitting the ball better. After that, we couldn’t get any offense going.” Unity Christian seemed to have it all ironed out after the early missteps. The Knights got off to quick starts in each of the next two sets and were never threatened. “Once the girls got settled in and the play got a little cleaner, we could run our offense better,” said Knights coach Janna Van Donge. “We need to do a

better job of being ready for every ball, both in the front row and in the back row.” Elizabeth Kiel had 10 kills for the Knights. Anna Kiel was 12-for-13 in attacks with seven kills. Jill Schouten handed out 27 assists. Hope Kramer was 11-for-11 serving with three aces. Jenna Zevenbergen also had three ace serves. Zevenbergen paced the defense with 16 digs. Anna Kiel had six solo blocks. Kaley Tewes paced HartleyMelvin-Sanborn offensively with five kills. Kailey Enger passed around eight assists. Dixie Lauesen was 7-for-7 serving with one ace. Jaylin Rieck worked for 10 digs. Katie Mills and Kendra Zeutenhorst both had one block.

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AKRON—South O’Brien was taken out of its comfort zone by something out of its control, but the Wolverines still managed to fend off AkronWestfield for a War Eagle Conference road win Tuesday. “We didn’t have our heads on straight. On the way there, our bus broke down, so we were late getting there,” said South O’Brien coach Kelsey Bachman. “We never did get our heads in the right place.” Bachman said the second set a wake-up call. “We kind of fell asleep after winning the first one,” she said.

Becca Ten Napel extends on a kill attempt for Unity Christian against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Tuesday. The senior had six kills in the War Eagle Conference match and the Knights won in three sets. (Photos by Scott Byers) “Our serve receive did really well all night, and our digs were good. The back row kept us in it, for sure. Akron was able to put a lot of balls back at us, but they didn’t hit anything real hard. We ended up getting a lot of attack attempts, but we weren’t always getting what we wanted in the front row either. It was just nice to get out of there with a win.” Mikayla Hintz was the busiest of the Wolverine hitters, cranking down 20 kills. Taylor Paulsen had 13 kills. Emma Sweeney offered 19 assists. Hintz was 20-for-20 serving with one ace. Terran Ebel was 15-for-15 with three aces. Paulsen had five ace serves. Kendra Rohlfsen led the defense with 25 digs. Paulsen and Sweeney both were credited with 25 digs. Paulsen and Rachel Struve both had one block.

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REMSEN—Spalding Catholic never gave itself a chance at a long scoring binge, struggling from the service area throughout a three-set War Eagle Conference loss at Remsen-Union on Tuesday. The Spartans had a few players that put up decent serving

numbers, but as a team, Spalding Catholic converted at only 76 percent in the match. “We struggled putting our serves in the court,” said Spalding Catholic coach Beth Bunkers. “We missed 14 serves and only lost by 19 total points on the night.” Spalding Catholic did play hard, hustling for 34 digs, and put up some good attack numbers, but it was working against the tide of momentum all night. “We never really got it all together,” Bunkers said. Caitlin Murphy had nine digs in the match and Becca Feller had six. Samantha Newborg put up two solo blocks and two assisted blocks. Murphy had one solo block and two assisted blocks. Sarah Konz offered up 13 assists. Murphy had eight kills. Newborg and Abby Van Den Top both went 12-for-13 serving with two aces. Konz was 12-for-13 with one service ace.

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HULL—Abby Pollema helped Western Christian get off to a quick start, but the Wolfpack was mainly lackluster in a three-set home win over Storm Lake in Lakes Conference vol-

leyball Tuesday. Western Christian scored the first 10 points of the match behind the serve of Pollema, who finished the night 18-for18 with three aces. Coach Tammi Veerbeek said the start may have been too good, as Western Christian relaxed and lost its intensity. “We jumped out to a big lead in the first set. We played an efficient sideout game and had some big scoring runs,” Veerbeek said. “In the next two sets, we at times got complacent and played with them, not above them like we are capable of. Our serving was poor in the last two games, which made it hard for us to put together big scoring runs.” Veerbeek said the Wolfpack needs to stay concerned with its own performance level, even when the opponent seems a bit overwhelmed. “We are going to have to focus on being better in those situations and in those games,” she said. Jamie Gesink delivered 27 assists in the contest and Josie Kollis had 12. Jade Schaap led the front line with 12 kills. Brooke Wolterstorff and Haley Moss both had eight kills. Ema Altena had three ace serves. Summer Jansen pulled up nine digs, Wolterstorff had eight and Alissa Pollema seven. Moss was credited with six blocks.

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PAULLINA—South O’Brien was ready for the challenge of playing Class 1A’s seventh-ranked team but fell just a couple of steps short in each set of a War Eagle Conference loss to LeMars Gehlen Catholic on Monday in Paullina. “We had our heads on right that day. We were ready to play,” said South O’Brien coach Kelsey Bachman. “We were really digging well. We made a few adjustments on defense because we knew they were going to bring it hard at us. They swing hard every play, so we adjusted back a little bit and just played the hits and didn’t worry about the tips.” South O’Brien was able to challenge the Gehlen Catholic defense as well. “It all started with the digs, but we did a good job of moving the ball around, and then our hitters gave them some different looks — hits, pushes and tips,” Bachman said. She said there simply is no margin for error when playing a team as good as the Jays. “I think in the end it was unforced errors that decided it,” Bachman said. “We had just a few of them each time, and they were able to get a couple of points out of them. That’s all it took.” Mikayla Hintz and Rachel Struve both had nine kills for the Wolverines in the contest. Emma Sweeney issued 20 assists. Sweeney was 14-for-14 serving and Taylor Paulsen was 14-for-16. Hintz picked up 19 digs and Paulsen had 18. Paulsen had three assisted blocks and one solo block. Struve had

South O’Brien junior libero Kendra Rohlfsen goes full extension to save a ball against LeMars Gehlen Catholic on Monday. She had 14 digs in the match, but the Wolverines dropped the War Eagle Conference contest 25-19, 25-23, 27-25. (Photo by Scott Byers) four assisted blocks.

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GRANVILLE—Boyden-Hull aced every test, using a sizzling service game to bring home the title at the Spalding Catholic Invitational volleyball tournament last Saturday. The Comets went 3-for-3 at the event, rifling across a total of 27 ace serves in the three matches combined. Tournament host Spalding Catholic won its opening match of the day but then suffered a pair of setbacks.


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ROCK VALLEY—Okoboji had to battle the whole night but reaped the rewards of a three-set win over Rock Valley in Siouxland Conference volleyball on Monday. “Those bus rides home from Lyon and Sioux County don’t seem as long when you come home with a victory,” said Okoboji coach Eric Thompson. He said each set had some suspense. “In game one, Skyler (Hansen) went

on a great service run to get us a big lead. Rock Valley kept drawing it closer and closer after that, so it was a good thing we had that cushion,” Thompson said. “In game two, we got in a hole and had to fight our way out of it. That game was kind of a battle of unforced errors. We didn’t execute. We made a lot of hitting errors, and we weren’t talking like we should be. We just happened to get into the right rotation at the end. The third one was close the whole way, but I felt like we were at least able to minimize some of those errors and play better volleyball.” Rock Valley has been on the wrong end of a lot of close scores all season. “That’s what is frustrating,” said Rock-

ets coach Megan Malenosky. “We’re right there every time. We have our chances.” Malenosky said the Rockets played OK in the first set. She said the second set was as competitive as it gets. “Oh man, that was a fun one,” she said. “It’s just unfortunate we didn’t come out on top. We had a lead and let them back in. Then, Jana Vermeer went on a great service run that got us a 21-18 lead. They tied it up right away, and it was a dog fight from there. There was a lot of action. Defensively, we were very aggressive. Again, we had trouble finishing. We tried to be too fancy with what we did with the ball. You’ve got to keep swinging away. Eventually, it will find the floor.” Thompson said a key factor for Okoboji all night was serving. The Pioneers went 68-for-74. “That’s a ton of serves and an awesome percentage,” he said. Malenosky wasn’t disappointed by the level of play but was not pleased with the outcome. “We did some great things, but to not even get one game is hard,” she said. “We need to figure out how to finish. We have to get a little more competitive and get it done.” Hansen led Okoboji with eight kills. Darby Jones and Olivia Rohlk both put down seven kills. Sydney Boeckholt dealt out 19 assists. Jones was 14-for15 serving with one ace. Hansen was 12-for-14 with four aces. Abby Taylor was 14-for-15 serving. Jones and Rohlk both got in on four blocks. Taylor and Hansen both compiled 11 digs. Joanna Heemstra pounded nine kills. Kensy Vande Hoef and Maddie Godfredsen both had eight kills. Jaedyn Rus handed out 22 assists and was 11-for11 serving with one ace. Vermeer was 18-for-18 serving with one ace. Courtney Vonk had five digs. Heemstra was in on four blocks.

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Boyden-Hull completely dominated all three of its foes. The Comets started the day with a 21-6, 21-12 win over Akron-Westfield. Boyden-Hull had a .419 kill efficiency in that contest and served at 92.5 percent with nine aces. Kasey Olson handed out 13 assists. Nicole Ewoldt and Courtney Schafer both had six kills. Allison Te Slaa went 7-for-7 serving with three aces. Ewoldt was 9-for-9 with two aces. Kaylee Van Voorst went 7-for-7 with two aces. Te Slaa and Ewoldt both had four digs. Te Slaa and Kendra Van Meeteren both were in on two blocks. “It was nice to see the girls come out and play good volleyball again after a not so good Thursday night,” said BoydenHull coach Dean Hoogeveen. “We really passed the ball well all morning, which led to good sets and great hitting.” Six different Comets had two ace serves in the next round, a 21-13, 21-11 win over Spalding Catholic. Olson dished out 16 assists. Ewoldt powered down seven kills and Te Slaa had six. Ewoldt and Te Slaa both had three digs. Van Meeteren had two blocks. Hoogeveen decided to experiment a bit in the last match of the day, a 21-12, 21-9 win over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn. “In the last match against M-M-C, we changed the whole lineup and tried something new,” he said. “I thought the girls responded to that very well.” Ewoldt went from being one of the mainstays on the front line to being the setter and lofted 17 assists. Courtney Schafter led the team in kills with six and was 7-for-7 serving with one ace. Ewoldt, Schafer and Te Slaa each had two digs. Jenna Ribbens, Te Slaa and Van Meeteren each had two blocks.

Spartans settle for one

Spalding Catholic was fired up for its home event, but that spark was doused later in the day. The Spartans thumped Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 21-13, 21-16 in the opening round. Sarah Konz handed out 11 assists and was 11-for-13 serving with two aces. Leah Bunkers also had two ace serves. Caitlin Murphy had six kills. Samantha Newborg contributed six digs. The Spartans managed just five kills in the loss to BoydenHull, two of them coming from Abby Van Den Top. Konz had four assists and three digs. Becca Feller also had three digs. Murphy was 5-for-5 serving. “We played very well in our opening game against M-MC,” said Spalding Catholic coach Beth Bunkers. “ We played hard against BoydenHull.” Bunkers wasn’t quite as pleased with a 21-18, 21-12 loss to an Akron-Westfield team that Spalding Catholic will see again soon in War Eagle Conference play, although she said the level of play was high in the first set. “We really did show AkronWestfield what we can play like,” Bunkers said. “I really felt we could win that game, but we just couldn’t put it all together.” Murphy was 12-for-12 serving in that contest. Konz had six assists. Van Den Top had three kills. Leah Bunkers scrambled for 10 digs.




SPORTS SATURDAY VOLLEYBALL: Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Invitational

Trinity Christian pulls itself off deck after loss Tigers get revenge during title match By Scot t Byers Sp

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HARTLEY—Trinity Christian made the most of a second chance, beating the only team it had lost to during pool play in the championship match of the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Invitational volleyball tournament last Saturday. The Tigers lost the first set but came back to beat LaurensMarathon in three for the title. Okoboji won its pool and made it to the semifinals while Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, South O’Brien and Rock Valley experienced more limited success. Trinity Christian 4-1 Okoboji3-1 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn1-2 south o’brien 1-2 Rock Valley 0-3

Tigers roar to life

Trinity Christian did not have a good start to its day, and for a while, it didn’t look like the ending would be that great either. The Tigers got thumped by Laurens-Marathon in their first match of the day 21-10, 21-12. “Out of the gate, we were flat. We struggled really badly,” said Trinity Christian coach John Mooy. “They ran something really quick on us. That threw us off, but we just lost complete focus once we were down. They got on runs, and we couldn’t recover.” Karina Heynen and Vanessa Van Den Top both had three kills in that contest. Rochelle Kooiker issued six assists and Kayla Kooima had five. Heynen and Kooima had one ace serve. Van Den Top and Nicole Gritters had five digs apiece. Mooy was worried after he saw the Tigers’ next opponent, South O’Brien, play. Trinity Christian wound up beating the Wolverines 21-17, 21-18. “I thought we’d better wake up. We needed to regain some focus,” Mooy said. “We changed the location of some of our girls in the rotation, and that helped a little. What really helped is that we were able to get sideouts. We got stops on them. We matched up a little better in the middle. Vanessa Van Den Top hit the ball well, and Kayla Kooima had a good match at setter.” Van Den Top easily led the team in kills with 10 for the match. Kooima dropped off 10 assists and Kooiker had nine. Louise Van Maanen was 6-for7 serving with one ace and had six digs. Gritters contributed five digs. Van Maanen and Nicole Vander Veen both got in on two blocks. Trinity Christian then faced a Rock Valley team desperate for a win. The Rockets could have put the pool into a tiebreaker, but the Tigers fought them off for a 21-15, 16-21, 15-12 win. Heynen had 10 kills in the match and Van Den Top added seven. Kooiker issued 15 assists and Kooima had nine. Gritters was 8-for-9 serving with one ace. Van Den Top had 11 digs, Kooiker had nine and Gritters eight. Heynen had a pair of solo blocks. Due to the pool play loss to Laurens-Marathon, Trinity Christian was matched up with the winner of the other pool, Okoboji. The Tigers again needed three sets but won 15-21, 21-15, 15-13. “We hadn’t watched them play at all, so the first set was kind of a feeler set. We needed to see what they bring and what we needed to do,” Mooy said. “After that, the kills went down better. We were able to find some holes. We were also able to dig a lot of balls. It was still nip and tuck the whole time, but they made a few more mental errors on their side, and we were able to keep ours to a minimum.” Mooy said the Tigers also banded tighter under the pres-

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn coach Kristin Thorn talks it over with her team during a timeout against Unity Christian on Tuesday. The Hawks hosted a tournament last Saturday and just missed a berth in the semifinals. sure. “It seemed like we’d drop one and pull it out all day long,” he said. “The girls showed a lot of determination. They were going to find the holes in the end. It says a lot about the grittiness of our team.” Jessica Kooima led a balanced hitting attack with six kills. Van Maanen and Heynen both had five kills as the Tigers had a .300 kill efficiency for the match. Kooiker lofted 13 assists and Kayla Kooima had eight. Van Maanen served four aces and Kayla Kooima had two. Van Den Top and Van Maanen both had eight digs. Heynen and Van Maanen both had two blocks. Trinity Christian looked to be in trouble in the title match. After losing badly to the Chargers in the pool play match, Laurens-Marathon dominated the first set of the title game. The Tigers again showed their resolve, working back for a 8-21, 21-19, 16-14 win. “I heard the girls say in the huddle, ‘We aren’t leaving without that trophy.’ Our setters did a great job. We were able to get a lot of attacks,” Mooy said. “Defensively, we were focused on their big middle, and while it’s hard to stop someone that is that good, we at least slowed her down.” Heynen had eight kills in that contest and Van Den Top contributed five. Kayla Kooima offered 14 assists and Kooiker had 13. Gritters was 8-for-8 serving with two aces. Van Den Top had 12 digs. Kooiker got in on two blocks. Mooy said while the Tigers flickered on and off “like a light switch,” he was pleased with how it all turned out. “When we were on, things progressively got better,” Mooy said. “These girls really respond well to instruction. They are a determined group. They are fun to watch.”

Pioneers play right way

Okoboji coach Eric Thompson was pleased with the Pioneers’ execution, at least until the semifinals. “We played very strong in the pool. I was very pleased,” Thompson said. “I thought all day, with the exception of the match with Trinity, we serve received and passed well. That was the key to our success. When we are doing that, Sydney (Boeckholt) can distribute the ball, and we can attack, attack, attack. That’s how we want to play.” The Pioneers began with a 21-13, 21-12 win over NewellFonda. Next was a 21-13, 21-8 win over Sioux City West. They finished the pool play rounds with a 21-14, 21-15 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. “We have some talented — I wanted to say bigs, but that’s a basketball term. Our middles

also had two blocks. The Wolverines then fell to Trinity Christian. “We were going back and forth the whole time, but it still felt like we couldn’t get much going. Our passing in the back row was good, but we just couldn’t get anything down on the other side,” Bachman said. “We weren’t getting the offense we wanted. We weren’t getting anything hard at them.” Hintz led the defense with nine digs and a solo block. Sweeney and Kendra Rohlfsen both had six digs. Sweeney put up four assists. Struve had five kills. Hintz and Paulsen both served two aces. South O’Brien then fell to Laurens-Marathon 21-18, 21-16. “It was pretty much the same as Trinity. It was back and forth,” Bachman said. “We saw them in the summer, so we knew what to expect. We just couldn’t get anything going in the front row.” Rohlfsen scrambled for eight digs in the contest. Emily Riedemann was 5-for-5 serving with three aces. Sweeney issued seven assists and Burmakow had five. Struve, Paulsen and Hintz each had four kills.

Rock Valley close all day

South O’Brien junior Rachel Struve fools a pair of LeMars Gehlen Catholic blockers by going cross court on Monday in Paullina. The Wolverines played in the HartleyMelvin-Sanborn Invitational last Saturday. (Photos by Scott Byers) played well, and Skyler (Hansen) is a little taller on the outside, and that helps us. But the back row play is always what starts it off. We passed the ball well.” Some of the physical advantages Okoboji normally enjoys were not there against Trinity Christian. “Trinity is very comparable to us, if not bigger. In game one against them, we served well and we did what we needed to do,” Thompson said. “After that, everything that we did well all day, we didn’t do. Trinity started to attack us more with the serve and kind of picked us apart. The third game was better. It was back and forth, but we ended up on the short end.” For the tournament, Darby Jones led Okoboji in kills with 24. Hansen had 19 kills and Anna Vos 17. Boeckholt delivered 46 assists. Hansen had eight ace serves and Boeckholt had five. Vos was 33-for-35 serving with three aces. Abby Taylor was 24-for-24 with two aces. Taylor had 23 digs and Olivia Rohlk contributed 20. Jones was in on nine blocks.

Early lapse costs Hawks

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn ended up regretting not getting its wake up call until after it had already gotten started. Coach Kristin Thorn said a match the hosts should have won got away when Sioux City West took a 24-22, 15-21, 16-14 win in the opening round. “The girls know we should have had that. As much as you’d like to, you can’t go back. That was a prime example of why you have to be ready to

play right away. We came out extremely flat,” Thorn said. “We had made some changes and had girls in different positions, but once they had a set to get used to it they seemed to handle it well. Then we got into that third set and got down right off the bat again.” Kailey Enger issued seven assists in the loss. Kaley Tewes had three kills. Kendra Zeutenhorst was 13-for-13 serving with three aces. Enger was 15-for-15 with one ace. Jaylin Rieck had 11 digs. Amber Buren had a part in three blocks. The Hawks still were reeling after a loss to Okoboji in the next round. “Okoboji has a couple of nice blockers who are also good hitters,” Thorn said. “We played well at times, but I thought we got a little intimidated when they got some blocks on us.” Serving again was a strength for the Hawks, who converted at 91 percent with six aces in the match. Katie Mills was 6-for-6 with two aces. Enger issued five assists. Tewes and Zeutenhorst both had two kills. Rieck had two digs. Tewes had one block. Thorn decided to make a few more switches, and those worked out better in a 17-21, 21-18, 15-12 win over NewellFonda. “We made some changes and got into what was a nice rotation for us. We were attacking the ball and playing a lot better. After we won the second game, we were able to keep that momentum going,” Thorn said. “We started hitting the ball again. We have got to have the offense going. We need those

numbers in kills, and it helps us get them when we serve receive better.” Zeutenhorst had seven kills in match, Tewes had five and Erica Thorn had four. The Hawks had a .298 kill efficiency as a team. Enger lofted 22 assists. Tewes had a pair of ace serves. Rieck was credited with three digs. Zeutenhorst, Amber Buren and Enger each had one block.

Wolverines seem just off

South O’Brien was good enough to be competitive in every match but wasn’t able to generate any sustained momentum. “They were all close, but we never got enough going. It wasn’t what we expected,” said South O’Brien coach Kelsey Bachman. “Those Saturday tournaments are tough. I just don’t think we were prepared to play.” The Wolverines did begin with a win, but were up and down in a 21-16, 15-21, 15-7 triumph over Rock Valley. “We did end up winning, but we lost our concentration in the second game. We started missing serves, and they came back on us,” Bachman said. “In the first and third games, I don’t think we missed a serve, and our serve receive and passing was good.” Rachel Struve had seven kills, Mikayla Hintz six and Taylor Paulsen five in the win. Megan Burmakow had nine assists and Emma Sweeney offered seven. Burmakow had two ace serves. Hintz picked up 10 digs and was in on two blocks. Emily Riedemann and Rachel Struve

The end result of the day was a continuing source of frustration for Rock Valley and coach Megan Malenosky. The team was in the match each time but went without a win. Twice, it was denied in the third set. The first match was the threeset loss to South O’Brien. “We had our chances. When it got to set three, I told the girls I wanted to be the first team to eight, the first to 12 and hopefully the first to 15. We were down 8-7; then we just let them pull away. We don’t know how to finish,” said Rock Valley coach Megan Malenosky. “Our serving had been a problem, but that was fairly steady all day. Now we need to recognize what the other teams are doing and react to it. We need to attack more. We are doing far too much tipping.” Rock Valley served at 91 percent with six aces in that match. Karen Sanchez was 9-for-9 with two aces. Kensy Vande Hoef had five kills. Jaedyn Rus issued 13 assists. Sanchez plucked 12 digs. Joanna Heemstra and Vande Hoef both had two digs. Next up was a 21-19, 21-16 loss to Laurens-Marathon. “We watched them play a little before we faced them. We noticed they had a couple of tall girls, but it was nothing bigger than what we see in other tournaments or in our own conference,” Malenosky said. “Both sets were close. We could have had it. We just didn’t finish again. We just don’t seem to have that desire it takes at the end of games.” Vande Hoef pelted five kills for the Rockets and Sanchez had four. Rus handed out 13 assists. Courtney Vonk was 9-for-9 serving with two aces. Jana Vermeer went 6-for-6 serving with two aces. Sanchez picked up eight digs and Vonk had seven. Heemstra was in on two blocks. Rock Valley was up and down again in a three-set loss to eventual tournament champion Trinity Christian. “We started off really sluggish. We couldn’t get into our groove. In game two, we got going, but I was just wondering why we couldn’t have done that in game one, or even earlier in the day,” Malenosky said. “In game three, we had it, and we let them come back.” Vande Hoef and Maddie Godfredsen both had six kills. Rus dealt out 14 assists. Vermeer was 9-for-9 serving with two aces and Vande Hoef was 7-for-8 with two aces. Sanchez had 18 digs and Vande Hoef 10. Godfredsen had one block. “I really thought that any team could have won our pool, and Trinity ended up winning the tournament. We just didn’t play like we should have,” Malenosky said.

COLLEGE Watts shines again

ORANGE CITY—Northwestern College keeper Ariel Watts made six saves as the Red Raiders posted their fourth shutout of the year in a 1-0 Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s soccer win over rival Dordt College on Sept. 26. Northwestern outshot Dordt 22-9 in the contest. Ashley Williamson scored her first goal of the season in the 69th minute of play. Missy Yorchak had the assist. The Red Raiders improved to 5-3-1 on the season and 2-0 in league play.

Dordt got nine saves from Katie Kortman before she switched roles and played in the field. Natalie Locke had two saves in the final 14 minutes. The Defenders fell to 1-6-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Kinsinger nets winner

ORANGE CITY—Graham Kinsinger scored the game’s only goal in the 66th minute as host Northwestern College topped rival Dordt College 1-0 in Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s soccer Sept. 26. Kinsinger’s tally was unassisted.

Northwestern outshot Dordt 24-11 but had just an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. Austin Stoesz made six saves for his third shutout of the season for the Red Raiders, who improved to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the league. Jon Brinkerhoff made seven saves for the Defenders, who fell to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC.

Dordt outlasts NWC

ORANGE CITY—Traditional rivals fought down to the last few points once again as Dordt College clipped

Northwestern College 25-19, 25-16, 18-25, 25-27, 15-9 in Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball Sept. 26 in Orange City. Kayla Gesink put up 37 assists and had 12 digs for the victorious Defenders, who were up 23-20 in the fourth set before Northwestern rallied to force one more. Katelyn Schuller had 14 kills for Dordt, Danae Geels had 13 and Meghan Krausman had 10. Kayla Broekhuis had 18 digs. Celaine Haan had a pair of ace serves. Kaitlin Floerchinger had a career-

high 17 kills and lofted 13 assists for the Red Raiders. Karlie Schut had 11 kills. Madeline Hanno offered 22 assists. Alexis Bart had 18 digs and was 32-for-32 in serve reception. The win was the seventh straight for Dordt, which improved to 15-3 overall and 5-0 in the GPAC. Northwestern fell to 13-5 and 3-2.

Golfers see course

LINCOLN, NE—The women’s golf teams from Northwestern College and Dordt College got a look at the course that will host the 2013 NAIA

Women’s Golf National Championship on Sept. 25 at the Doane Fall Invitational. The Wilderness Ridge Course in Lincoln, NE, also will be the site of the next Great Plains Athletic Conference meet. Northwestern placed 13th in the 20-team meet with a team score of 727. Emily Wynja tied for 28th out of 107 golfers with a 169. Dordt was 20th with a team score of 786. Kim Brumfield had the low round for the Defenders with a 180. Lubbock Christian University of Texas won the meet with a score of 592.





Warriors deny Knights in finals Sioux Center wins in battle of rated teams By Scot t ByerS Sp

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ORANGE CITY—Sioux Center was on when it needed to be last Saturday, fending off its opponents in a series of tight matches to come away with the title at the Unity Christian Invitational volleyball tournament. The Warriors, ranked fourth in Class 3A, beat Class 3A eighth-ranked Unity Christian in the championship match on the Knights’ home court. “To go 5-0 in what we felt like was a pretty big tournament, I was very pleased with the effort,” said Sioux Center coach Julie Oldenkamp. “We’re at an important point in our season with the (regional) pairings coming out soon. It was big to stay ahead of Unity, and MOC-Floyd Valley didn’t play this weekend, so hopefully we can stay ahead of them.” George-Little Rock was the only other N’West Iowa team besides Sioux Center and Unity Christian in the field. The Mustangs placed sixth out of eight teams at the event. sioux center unity cHristian GeorGe-LittLe rock

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Warriors answer call

Sioux Center faced its fair share of challenges throughout the day but always seemed to be able to respond. The Warriors started pool play by battling past Class 1A seventh-ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-19, 22-20. Jennifer Buyert and Jillian Estes each had five kills in that match. Malyn Hulstein put up 16 assists. Amber Bakker and Caitlynn Fedders both had two ace serves. Carrigan Cleveringa led the defense with seven digs. Bakker and Buyert both got in on two blocks. “It was a sluggish start in each game, but then the girls got on a roll,” Oldenkamp said. “We had close matches all day, but we kept finding ways to dig our way out of holes and finish.” Oldenkamp said errors, particularly hitting errors and service errors, slowed the Warriors in the first match and were again a slight problem in a 21-18, 21-14 win over Sergeant BluffLuton in the second round. “It was back and forth to start; then we were able to make three- or fourpoint runs at the end to finish it off,” Oldenkamp said. “We still had too many errors, but the girls were being aggressive. You are going to have a few more errors when you are being aggressive, but playing that way is what allowed us to overcome those errors.” Hulstein lofted 15 assists in that match. Jill Vander Plaats pounded five kills. Bakker was 9-for-10 serving with four aces. Buyert had five solo blocks. Cleveringa was credited with five digs. The Warriors concluded pool play with a 22-20, 21-15 win over Sioux Falls Christian of South Dakota. “The first game was close. Again, it was the same type of thing. We let

them have about a five-point swing; then we dug our way out of the hole,” Oldenkamp said. “We were able to swing much more efficiently in game two, and we had much better blocking. With that, it’s not always the stuff blocks, but we were able to slow the ball down enough that we were able to make a better play on it defensively.” Bakker had a strong match, turning in seven kills, putting up three stuff blocks and going 7-for-7 serving with two aces. Estes and Vander Plaats both had five kills. Hulstein passed out 15 assists. Cleveringa and Estes both managed three digs. Buyert had two blocks. Oldenkamp remembered the Warriors’ semifinal opponent well. Sioux Center was matched up with LeMars for the second straight year at the Unity tournament. Last year, the Bulldogs knocked off the Warriors. This time, it was Sioux Center that earned a 19-21, 21-18, 15-8 win. “We lost to them a year ago, and they have a lot of seniors back from that team. They have quite a few weapons, and they serve really tough,” Oldenkamp said. “It was about midway through that second game when I thought our girls really started to gel and play with even more tenacity. Amber stepped up big. She just took over in game three.” Bakker blasted 13 kills and had a .706 kill efficiency in that match. She also went 13-for-14 serving with three aces and had four digs. Buyert connected for 10 kills and had three ace serves. Hulstein dealt out 29 assists. Estes plucked six digs. Bakker, Buyert and Haley Simonson each had two blocks. Sioux Center earned a 21-14, 22-20 win over Unity Christian in the championship match. “Unity was done a little earlier, so they got a chance to watch us against LeMars. I think they were really trying to key in on Amber,” Oldenkamp said. “That left our outside hitters with a solo block in front of them. The girls really started out on fire after the big win over LeMars.” Estes had seven kills in that contest. Bakker still managed six. Hulstein chalked up 18 assists and was 12-for12 serving. Bakker had four digs and three blocks.

Knights reach finals

Unity Christian coach Janna Van Donge said the Knights played at a fairly high level throughout the day. “We had some good matches and hard play throughout the day. We had some nice wins, especially against LeMars and Sioux Falls Christian,” Van Donge said. “The girls responded well to those tight situations and coming from behind.” Van Donge also said the team still could use a bit more polish. “We need to keep working on keeping our errors to a minimum,” she said. Unity Christian couldn’t have started its day much better. The Knights rocked George-Little Rock 21-9, 21-8 in the first round of pool play. Elizabeth Kiel was 11-for-12 in attacks with 10 kills in that contest. Jill Schouten offered 16 assists. Anna Kiel was 9-for-10 serving with two aces. Hope Kramer came up with nine digs and

Unity Christian junior Shanell Nieuwendorp, freshman Anna Kiel and senior Becca Ten Napel cut off all the angles for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn junior Amber Buren, who has to go over the top of the block Tuesday. The Knights hosted a tournament last Saturday and placed second. (Photo by Scott Byers) Josie Zomermaand had seven. Anna Kiel had two blocks. The next match was a 21-19, 21-16 win over LeMars. Elizabeth Kiel had eight kills and Kramer seven. Schouten was credited with 22 assists. Schouten had four blocks and Elizabeth Kiel had three. Autumn Pluim picked up 14 digs and Anna Kiel had eight. The Knights capped pool play with a 21-14, 21-10 win over Southwest Christian of Minnesota. Elizabeth Kiel had eight kills, two blocks and two ace serves in that match. Becca Ten Napel had six kills. Schouten had 13 assists, seven digs and two blocks. Pluim had 11 digs and was 13-for-14 serving with one ace. Next up was a 21-16, 21-17 semifinal win over Sioux Falls Christian. The defensive work of the front line was a big key. Unity Christian had 16 blocks in the contest. Elizabeth Kiel had six of them. Allison Bylsma and Schouten each had three. Pluim had 10 digs and Kramer contributed eight. Offensively, Elizabeth Kiel had nine kills. Schouten lofted 15 assists. Anna Kiel had two ace serves. That set up the championship match against Sioux Center. “Sioux Center played well and really passed and blocked tough,” Van Donge said. The Knights served at only 83 percent in that match and did not have an ace. Elizabeth Kiel and Kramer both had five kills. Schouten delivered 14 assists. Pluim had nine digs. Elizabeth Kiel, Anna Kiel and Bylsma each had two blocks. It was the third meeting between the Knights and the Warriors this year. Sioux Center has won two of the three.

Mustangs put work in

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Mersbergen had slightly different expectations for the tournament based on a radical change she made that she hopes will help the Mustangs in the postseason. “We saw our pool schedule and knew that was a tough lineup. It was going to be a tough day for us anyway because of some changes we made in our rotation,” Mersbergen said. “I made the changes based on some things I saw defensively against MOC-Floyd Valley. I thought it would help us get our coverage when we play some of the taller teams we are going to face. Because of that, we just kind of treated the tournament as a day to work out the kinks.” The uncertainty was certainly a factor in the loss to Unity Christian. “At that point, I was still questioning a bit whether it was the right thing to do,” Mersbergen said. Jessica Sandbulte and Amber Stettnichs both had three assists in the loss. Shannon Klaassen had three kills. Stettnichs was 6-for-6 serving. Abigail Eben had five digs. Taylor Carstensen put up two blocks. It was even worse in the first set of the second round against LeMars, but then something started to click during the 21-3, 21-17 loss to the Bulldogs. “It was an interesting game. In the first set, I thought we were still shaken from what happened against Unity. We played young. We played like we were flustered,” Mersbergen said. “In between, we had a heart to heart about what we needed to do, and the girls really went out and did a good job. Going from three to 17 points is a big change. Our serve receive was a lot better in the second set, so we ended up getting more hits.” Carstensen and Teyha Graham led the team in kills with three each. Sandbulte put up five assists and Stettnichs

four. Klaassen was 6-for-6 serving with one ace. Eben plucked five digs. Pool play ended with the bright spot on the day for George-Little Rock — an intense 15-21, 21-17, 17-15 win over Southwest Christian. The offense was spread around, with Carstensen and Klaassen each slamming five kills. Sandbulte and Dani Eben both were credited with four kills. Stettnichs had eight assists and Sandbulte seven. Stettnichs was 12-for-12 serving with three aces and Klaassen was 7-for-7 with two aces. Abigail Eben hustled for eight digs. Carstensen and Sandbulte both had three blocks. “It started to fall into place for us. Southwest Christian doesn’t have quite as many tall girls as some of those other teams, so we were able to get more attacks. When you start getting kills, you get more confidence,” Mersbergen said. “But the big thing was that everyone played where they needed to be and did what they needed to do. We had more blocks than we’ve had all year. It’s a good feeling, thinking that this change could really add up to something good.” Despite the score, Mersbergen said the improvement continued in a 21-15, 21-18 loss to Sergeant BluffLuton in the fifth-place game. “We were more balanced as far as the way we played. There were no big runs. We stuck with them the whole time; we just didn’t quite get it in the end,” she said. “Our serve receive was really good, and our blocking really improved.” Carstensen and Klaassen again led the front line, knocking down five kills apiece. Stettnichs passed out seven assists and Sandbulte had five. Stettnichs was 8-for-8 serving with three aces. Abigail Eben had eight digs. Dani Eben had three blocks.


Sheldon struggles against talented field in Sioux City East tournament challenges Orabs By Scot t ByerS Sp

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SIOUX CITY—The Sheldon volleyball team flickered like a light bulb in a storm last Saturday, producing on again, off again results at the Sioux City East Invitational. The Orabs went 2-4 for the day against what coach Eric Maassen considered to be the deepest field they have faced this season. “We certainly had some ups and downs. I would like to see more consistent play, but given the setting with four games in the morning and playing two really tough teams after a long break, I would say from the start of the day to the end of the day we improved,” he said. “I would say it was the best we’ve played all year, especially in that last match against Heelan. We showed what I’ve know all along. We can compete with anybody as long as we go out and execute our stuff.” sHeLdon

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Sheldon had been a strong finisher for much of the season, but that was not the case in a 22-20, 21-15 loss to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in the opening round.

Sheldon senior Audrey Gustafson and sophomore Jena Van Marel reach for the ball on a double block Thursday in Sioux Center. The Orabs played at the Sioux City East Invitational last Saturday and won twice in six matches. (Photo by Scott Byers) “We had really talked a lot about getting off to good starts and getting into a situation where we force the opponent to make mental errors,” Maassen said. “We got off to good starts in both sets. The problem was, we didn’t finish. We got to the end of those games, and we were the ones that started making mental errors. It was like we were playing more not to lose than to win.” Allie Jongewaard went 12-for13 serving and put up seven assists in that contest. Kayla

Johnson had five digs. Courteney Scholten had three kills. Audrey Gustafson put up two solo blocks. The opposite was the case in the next round, with the Orabs coming up big in the clutch in both sets of a 23-21, 21-18 victory over Sioux City East. “That was a lot better. We were a little more consistent. We weren’t quite as sharp early in the games, but we did a much better job of staying tough to the end,” Maassen said. “Both of those first two teams we

faced had pretty good size. East did try to use its setter on the block against Jess (Van Beek). We had a big advantage there, and we were able to exploit it.” Van Beek hammered 10 kills and Marti Vogel had seven. Jongewaard handed out 21 assists. Katlyn Holtrop was 8-for-8 serving. Johnson had six digs. Van Beek had one solo block. The scale moved back down in the next round as Sheldon lost to Class 4A 14th-ranked Council Bluffs Lewis Central

21-11, 24-22. “We got off to a very poor start. We had no energy,” Maassen said. “In the second set, we started to turn it around. We passed the ball better. We had more energy. We were playing like we had nothing to lose.” Jongewaard put up nine assists in that match. Vogel led the team in kills with six. Johnson was 8-for-8 from the service area. Van Beek compiled four digs. Sheldon’s fortunes flipped completely again in the next round as the Orabs topped Sioux City North 21-11, 22-20. “We used the momentum we gained in that second set against Lewis Central. We did a much better job of blocking and just played better defense overall,” Maassen said. “We were more crisp and more energetic.” Vogel popped off five kills in that contest. Holtrop was 12-for-13 serving. Jongewaard had eight assists and sent over two ace serves. Johnson garnered six digs. Sheldon then faced Class 2A 10th-ranked Hinton for the second time this season. Despite an improved effort, the Orabs dropped a 21-19, 21-15 decision. “Compared to the last time, this was much better. We moved the ball around really well. We did look a little tired toward the end, but we played much better,” Maassen said.

“Still, it was one of those matches where you think you played well, but at the same time you know you could have played much better. For us, just like with everyone else, it’s all about the serve receive. We’ve been a little up and down in that area.” Holtrop was 8-for-8 serving in that contest. Jongewaard lofted seven assists. Van Beek had five kills. Gustafson put up one solo block. Johnson made five digs. Sheldon then faced Class 4A’s top-ranked team, Sioux City Heelan. The Orabs had two match-point opportunities but did not convert. Sheldon foiled one match-point attempt by Sioux City Heelan, but the Crusaders finished on a second chance for an 18-21, 21-19, 19-17 victory. “In the first set, both teams were really sloppy. We were able to tough it out when we needed to. We really battled. It was ugly, but we won it,” Maassen said. “Both teams played a lot better in the second set. We just had a couple of plays at the end that didn’t go our way. In the third one, we really fought hard. We had match point a couple of times, and they had one that we battled back from. Both teams played really well.” Gustafson was 18-for-19 serving in that contest. Van Beek had 12 kills and three solo blocks. Jongewaard was credited with 14 assists. Johnson hustled for 18 digs.




The N’West Iowa REVIEW • September 29, 2012 • Section D FRIDAY FOOTBALL: CLASS 2A DISTRICT 1

Nighthawks thwart Orabs MOC-Floyd Valley senior defenders Joe Vander Stelt and David De Haan put pressure on Unity Christian junior quarterback Arie Hoekstra on Friday in Orange City. The Dutch defense controlled a 23-8 win. (Photo by Dan Breen) FRIDAY FOOTBALL: CLASS 2A DISTRICT 1

Dutch win first test against nearby foe MOC-Floyd Valley defense smothers Unity Christian By Dan Breen S t a f f W ri t e r

ORANGE CITY—Despite their unique proximity to each other, MOC-Floyd Valley and Unity Christian never had met on the varsity football field before this week. The Dutch earned the first tally mark in the Dutch 23 budding Class 2A District 1 rivalry Friday with a 23-8 Knights 8 win over the Knights. “It was a little strange being on the visitors’ side of our home field,” said MOC-Floyd Valley coach Tom Rupp. “We knew they would be ready to go, and they played probably one of their best games of the year. Our kids were able to put some points on the board and put some things together to keep them out of the end zone.”

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Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley sophomore Omar Mejia leans into a tackle attempt Sheldon senior Peter Fonkert on Friday in Rock Valley. The Class 2A top-ranked Nighthawks beat the Orabs 49-0. (Photos by Josh Harrell)

Turnovers by Sheldon turn contest into romp By Scot t ByerS S p o rt S e d i t o r

ROCK VALLEY—Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley forced six Sheldon turnovers and allowed the Orabs only 87 yards of total offense, turning a battle of Class 2A District 1 football unbeatens into a 49-0 blowout Friday in Rock Valley. The top-ranked Nighthawks stayed perfect overall with a smothering defensive effort. Sheldon managed just four first downs, completed only one pass and had 74 yards rushing. “Our defense has been doing that all year. It’s Orabs 0 nothing new, but wow, I think we might have Nighthawks 49 held them to negative yards in the first half,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Cory Brandt. “The kids played hard, our defense created some turnovers, we executed well, and we scored on special teams, so it was all parts of it that got involved.” While the Nighthawks were having a happy homecoming scoring all its points in the first half, it quickly became a nightmare road trip for the Orabs. “We haven’t had that many turnovers all year. Now, some of that

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Sheldon senior Chris Balster extends in an attempt to recover a fumble Friday against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in Rock Valley. The Nighthawks recovered and thumped the Orabs 49-0.



Nelson shows nose for end zone in win Quarterback strikes on ground and in air By

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South O’Brien junior running back Zach Nieman charges into the HartleyMelvin-Sanborn defense on Friday night. He rushed 23 times for 124 yards in the Wolverines’ 37-14 Class 1A District 1 victory. (Photo by Jeff Wagner)

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PAULLINA—South O’Brien senior quarterback Kody Nelson garnered 177 yards of total offense, leading the Wolverines to a 37-14 Hawks 14 homecoming victory Wolverines 37 over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Class 1A District 1 football Friday night in

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Paullina. “Kody had a heck of a night,” said South O’Brien coach Mark Fuhrman. Nelson rushed six times for 49 yards and was 6-of-9 passing for 108 yards. He also played a part in five of the Wolverines’ six scoring plays. With South O’Brien’s victory, which kept the Wolverines undefeated in the district, the Hawks were handed their second straight loss of the season. “It was a tough night,” said Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn coach Steve

Waechter. “They’re a good football team, and they played very well. Our kids played well, they just didn’t execute as much, but it was a good game as far as getting kids in there and getting them playing time.” South O’Brien got on the board first when Nelson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run at the 8:50 mark in the first quarter. About five and a half minutes later, Nelson lofted the pigskin to Matt DeVos for an 11-yard TD


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Lions run over Midgets with ground attack

Deficit doesn’t last thanks to big push By Derrick VanDer Waal S t a f f W ri t e


RO C K R A P I D S — Ce n t ra l Lyon/George-Little Rock got knocked off its stride for a while, but its ground game Midgets 23 eventually overLions 42 powered Estherville Lincoln Central in A 42-23 nondistrict football win Friday. The Lions jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Midgets put the next three scores on the board to take a 20-14 lead early in the third quarter. The Lions then outscored the Midgets 28-3 the rest of the way as they imposed their will in the running game. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock rolled up 489 yards rushing on the night. Senior running back Josh Hunt piled up 269 yards on the ground to lead the Lions to the homecoming win. “We knew going in it was going to be a tough nondistrict game,” said Lion coach Toby Lorenzen. “Estherville Lincoln Central is a very physical ball team, and we felt like we had to come out and establish our physical play also.” Central Lyon/George-Little Rock’s rushing attack was unstoppable early as it was churning out yards and first downs. The hosts promptly marched about 80 yards for a touchdown on the opening possession, capped by a 6-yard jaunt by Hunt at the 6:23 mark of the first quarter. Hunt then scampered for 54 yards to pay dirt on the Lions’ second possession to

give them a 14-0 lead at 2:55 in the first period. That drive went about 70 yards. “We were mainly keeping it on the ground, trying to establish some things on the ground,” Lorenzen said. But the tide then turned. Estherville Lincoln Central struck back by the end of the first quarter with a 7-yard TD run by Evan Hansen. They then scored again early in the second quarter on a 5-yard TD run by Andres Blanco. Luke Grooters blocked the extra-point kick try, however, to maintain Central Lyon/George-Little Rock’s lead at 14-13. The score stayed that way until halftime. The Midgets struck quickly again in the second half. After getting good field possession on the kickoff, Billy Snyder raced for a 45-yard score with less than a minute gone. After the lull, Central Lyon/ George-Little Rock was able to re-establish itself in the game — scoring two TDs in both the third and fourth quarters and holding the Midgets to just a field goal. “We didn’t start out the second half like we wanted to,” Lorenzen said. “Once that happened, we got refocused and played pretty good on both sides of the ball from there on out. We started to get control of things and slow them down on defense and were able to continue to move the ball and put it in the end zone on offense.” Seven players contributed positive yards to the Lions’ ground game. Jesse Markus added to Hunt’s monster total with 91 yards rushing on 15 carries. He also completed 3-of-8 passes for 78 yards. Ethan Christians had 53 yards rushing on five attempts. “It was clicking,” Lorenzen said about the ground game.

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock senior Josh Hunt picks up key blocks on his way to the end zone during the first quarter against Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday in Rock Rapids. He had a pair of scores in the opening stanza and the Lions picked up a 42-23 victory over the Midgets. (Photo by Rylan Howe)


Class 2A 1. BHRV 2. Mediapolis 3. West Marshall 4. Carroll Kuemper 5. Spirit Lake 6. New Hampton 7. Waukon 8. Union 9. Bondurant-Farrar 10. Beckman

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“Anytime we can do that, that’s what we like to do. So we were able to attack the way we like to and mix some pass in there throughout the night.” Estherville Lincoln Central had 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing. Ethan Christians topped Cen-

tral Lyon/George-Little Rock’s tackle charts with five solo and three assisted stops. Austin Hayenga snagged two interceptions.

Next week

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (4-2 overall, 2-1 in district)

will host Class 2A District 1 opponent Unity Christian (0-6, 0-4) next. The Lions still remember their 19-14 loss to the Knights last year. “We had an extremely poor game against them last year,” Lorenzen said. “We overlooked them last year, and that won’t happen again.” ELC CLGLR

7 14

6 7 3 - 23 0 14 14 - 42

FIRST QUARTER 06:23 - CLGLR - Josh Hunt, 6 Run (Luke Grooters Kick) 0-7. 02:55 - CLGLR - Josh Hunt, 54 Run (Luke Grooters Kick) 0-14. 00:23 - ELC - Evan Hansen, 7 Run (Andres Blanco Kick) 7-14. SECOND QUARTER 09:32 - ELC - Andres Blanco, 5 Run (Kick failed) 13-14. THIRD QUARTER 11:01 - ELC - Billy Snyder, 45 Run (Andres Blanco Kick) 20-14.

01:09 - CLGLR - Josh Hunt, 15 Run (Luke Grooters Kick) 20-21. 01:09 - CLGLR - Luke Grooters, 9 Run (Luke Grooters Kick) 20-28. FOURTH QUARTER 11:31 - ELC - Andres Blanco, 32 Field Goal 23-28. 09:44 - CLGLR - Kalvin Popkes, 27 Pass from Jesse Markus (Luke Grooters Kick) 23-35. 07:40 - CLGLR - Josh Hunt, 20 Run (Luke Grooters Kick) 23-42. Team Statistics ELC CLGLR First Downs.................................11 ...............27 Rushes-Yards ..................... 26-200 .......68-489 Passing Yards ...........................200 ...............78 Passing ................................20-8-2 ......... 8-3-0 Punts-Yards ...................................- ...........2-69 Total Yards ................................400 .............567 Fumbles-Lost............................ 0-0 .............1-1 Penalties-Yards ...................... 3-35 ...........5-45 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: CLGLR - Josh Hunt 32-269, Jesse Marcus 15-91, Ethan Christians 5-53, Luke Grooters 6-29, Jesse Henrichs 6-27, Brent Klingenberg 2-15, Luke De Jong 1-6, Andrew McCarty 1-(-1). PASSING: CLGLR - Jesse Marcus 3-8-0, 78. RECEIVING: CLGLR - Kalvin Popkes 2-42, Austin Hayenga 1-36. INTERCEPTIONS: CLGLR - Austin Hayenga 2.

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TGIF Dordt Football

Defenders hope home crowd can help spur them to GPAC win Briar Cliff also seeking first victory of season by Scot t Byers S p o rt s E d i t o r

SIOUX CENTER—Dordt College has another opportunity to put one in the win column when it hosts Briar Cliff University in Great Plains Athletic Conference football at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 29). Both teams enter the contest 0-4

overall and 0-3 in the GPAC. Dordt played at Concordia University last week and lost 52-12. The Bulldogs’ first two scoring drives began following Defender turnovers. Concordia scored 31 points in the second quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Kyle Henricks scored Dordt’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run. Trai Pickney later added another 1-yard TD run. For the season, Dordt has been plagued by turnovers. The Defenders have thrown 10 interceptions and lost

five fumbles. Dordt averages almost 200 yards per game on the ground. Lenard Manuel has 168 yards on 25 carries and Pickney has 149 yards on 23 attempts. Henricks and Bryce Rusler have both seen time at quarterback, but Dordt has struggled in the passing game. The Defenders have just 288 yards passing in four games. Defensively, Ray Cleveland has 21 solo tackles and two interceptions. Seth Vande Voort and Sam Ashmore each have 20 solo stops.

Briar Cliff lost to Graceland University in its nonconference contest and has league losses to Hastings College, Doane College and Dakota Wesleyan University. It has been in the game in its conference tilts, losing the three times by a combined 34 points. P.J. Quiroga is the triggerman for the Chargers, throwing for 727 yards after taking over in the second game of the year for an injured Kevin Van Egdom. Bryce Harshman has caught 24 passes for 403 yards and five TDs. Jared Wil-

liams has 256 yards rushing and two TDs to lead the ground attack. Defensively, Marcell Moody leads the team with 26 solo tackles and 20 assisted stops. Briar Cliff has beaten Dordt in all four meetings between the two teams. The Chargers won 16-10 in overtime last season. The Defenders scored the game’s first 10 points before Briar Cliff mounted a rally. Williams ran for 155 yards to lead the Chargers in that game. Daniel Fennig had 109 yards rushing for Dordt in the contest.


Whitehead tears it up in Jays’ homecoming

Helps QB Wiltgen set school record by

Tom Westerholm S t a f f W ri t e


LEMARS— LeMars Gehlen Catholic took to the air on Friday, besting Okoboji 54-15 on homecoming night and setting Pioneers 15 s e v e r a l school Jays 54 re c o rd s in Class 1A District 1 football. Junior Blake Wiltgen connected with senior Michael Whitehead 13 times for 265 yards to pace the Jays. That was higher than any other singlegame receiving total in the state going into the week. Wiltgen set a school record with 367 total passing yards, finishing 26-for46 in the contest. “We have discovered we are better as a pass-first team,” said LeMars Gehlen Catholic coach Tony Gunter. “We have a good quarterback and five or six good receivers, and it worked well.” Whitehead finished the game with six of Jays’ seven touchdowns, all of which came through the air. “ We’ve been waiting for Michael to step up and take some passes to the house,” Gunter said. “That’s what he did tonight.” Many of Whitehead’s big gainers came when he hauled in short passes and simply outran the Pioneer defense. “Whitehead burned us quite a bit,” said Okoboji coach John Allen. “We thought we had an answer for him early on, but that kid is an athlete. He did a great job.” LeMars Gehlen Catholic began the game by giving up a safety to Okoboji, and after Pioneer senior Weston Burgeson rushed for a 2-yard TD with 5:27 left in the first quarter, the visitors led 9-6. “We got off to a great start,” Allen said. “We moved the ball well, and the kids were excited. We just couldn’t make the tackles we needed to.” LeMars Gehlen Catholic scored four unanswered TDs to take a commanding 34-9 advantage into halftime. All five of the Jays’ first-half TDs came on aerials from Wiltgen to Whitehead. The hosts tacked on two more TDs and two field goals in the

Okoboji senior Weston Burgeson gets shoved by LeMars Gehlen Catholic senior Michael Whitehead on Friday. The defensive push on this play came a bit to late as Burgeson scored a touchdown, but the Jays quickly overtook the Pioneers for a 54-15 victory. (Photo by Scott Byers) second half, adding to their wide margin of victory. Other school records for LeMars Gehlen Catholic came in total yards with 525 and first downs as the Jays moved the chains 27 times. They also forced Okoboji into making passing mistakes, as the Pioneers tossed six interceptions. “When we get behind, we become one-dimensional,” Allen said. “That’s when we start throwing the ball away.” Michael Flack led the LeMars Gehlen Catholic defense with 14 tackles and had one interception. Angel Chagolla made eight tackles and had two sacks. Wiltgen had two interceptions. Austin Herbst, Solomon Frek-

ing and Corey Sitzmann each had one interception. Parker Harms had 70 yards receiving to lead the Okoboji offense. Brett Barthman had a sack and an interception for the Pioneer defense. Taylor Cody recorded two sacks.

Next week

LeMars Gehlen Catholic (2-4 overall, 2-2 in the district) will travel to Western Christian (2-4, 2-1) next for a district contest. The Wolfpack lost 40-7 on the road against Emmetsburg on Friday. “This is a huge game for us,” Gunter said. “Western looks like us. They can run a little bit, pass a little bit, defend a little

bit. I don’t expect us to score like we did tonight.” Okoboji (0-6) will step outside of district play to face Sioux Central (2-4) in the Pioneers’ homecoming game. Sioux Central lost 30-26 to Manson Northwest Webster on Friday. “The kids are excited,” Allen said. “We made a goal at the beginning of the season to ring the victory bell, which hasn’t been run in a while. Hopefully, we get to do that.” Okoboji 9 0 6 0 - 15 Gehlen 12 22 13 7 - 54 FIRST QUARTER 09:40 - Okoboji - Safety 2 - 0. 08:27 - Gehlen - Michael Whitehead, 25 Pass from Blake Wiltgen (Kick failed) 2-6.

05:27 - Okoboji - Weston Burgeson, 2 Run (Parker Harms Kick) 9-6. 04:06 - Gehlen - Michael Whitehead, 45 Pass from Blake Wiltgen (Kick failed) 9-12. SECOND QUARTER 06:41 - Gehlen - Michael Whitehead, 21 Pass from Blake Wiltgen (Solomon Freking Pass from Blake Wiltgen) 9-20. 02:21 - Gehlen - Michael Whitehead, 14 Pass from Blake Wiltgen (Fabio Rivera Kick) 9-27. 00:12 - Gehlen - Michael Whitehead, 14 Pass from Blake Wiltgen (Fabio Rivera Kick) 9-34. THIRD QUARTER 09:08 - Gehlen - Fabio Rivera, 45 Field Goal 9-37. 08:05 - Okoboji - Parker Harms, 59 Pass from Jordan Hanna (Run failed) 15-37. 07:19 - Gehlen - Michael Whitehead, 30 Pass from Blake Wiltgen (Fabio Rivera Kick) 15-44. 02:27 - Gehlen - Fabio Rivera, 23 Field Goal 15-47. FOURTH QUARTER 11:50 - Gehlen - Aaron Jentz, 13 Pass from Blake Wiltgen (Fabio Rivera Kick) 15-54.

Team Statistics OKO Gehlen First Downs...................................6................27 Rushes-Yards........................ 19-14........27-138 Passing Yards............................210..............387 Passing...............................42-16-6...... 46-26-1 Punts-Yards........................... 4-140............1-12 Total Yards.................................224..............525 Fumbles-Lost............................ 0-0..............1-1 Penalties-Yards..................... 10-80............9-80 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: OKO - Gabe Goehring 12-18, Weston Burgeson 3-4, Jordan Hanna 4-(-8). PASSING: OKO - Jordan Hanna 14-39-5, 196. Gabe Goehring 2-3-0, 14. Gehlen -Blake Wiltgen 26-460, 387. RECEIVING: OKO - Gabe Goehring 2-7, Weston Burgeson 4-24, Parker Harms 5-70, Marc Nielsen 1-58, Keaton Jones 3-50, Alex Heller 1-1. Gehlen Michael Whitehead 13-265, Aaron Jentz 6-66, Colton Kneip 5-43, Solomon Freking 2-13. SACKS: OKO - Brett Barthman 1. Gehlen - Angel Chagolla 2. INTERCEPTIONS: OKO - Brett Barthman 1. Gehlen - Blake Wiltgen 2, Corey Sitzmann 1, Mitchel Flack 1, Austin Herbst 1, Solomon Freking 1.


West Lyon uses traditional method to grind away at Alta-Aurelia in victory Bigger, stronger Wildcats pound foe by

Jordan Harmelink S t a f f W ri t e


LARCHWOOD—Seventhranked West Lyon used a strong rushing attack to pound Alta-Aurelia for a 42-7 Class A Warriors 7 District 1 football Wildcats 42 win Friday. The Wildcats tallied 391 yards with the ground game. Brandon Snyder and Kaleb Heyer both recorded more t h a n 1 0 0 y a rd s r u s h i n g . “We had a great week of practice, and the kids played hard,” said West Lyon coach Jay Rozeboom. “The offensive line had a good push up front, and the backs ran hard.” West Lyon struck first when Snyder broke free from the defense and scampered for a 75-yard score. A two-point run from Bennett Feuchtenberger

capped off the drive. Snyder and the Wildcats were just getting started. Jacob Meyer hauled in a 31-yard pass from Snyder to put the host squad up 15-0 after one quarter. Feuchtenberger found pay dirt from 2 yards out in the second quarter to extend the Wildcat lead to 22-0 Snyder found the end zone for the third time on a 7-yard run with less than five minutes to play in the first half for a 28-0 halftime lead. “Overall, I was pleased with our offensive production, but we still had too many costly penalties,” Rozeboom said. One penalty cost West Lyon a score. James Van Beek took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, but a holding call brought the play back. “You never want to hurt yourself like that,” Rozeboom said. Late in the third quarter, Snyder scored on a 13-yard run and kicked the point-after, giving the Wildcats a 35-0 lead and

starting the continuous clock. Alex Groeneweg scored from 5 yards out to cap off the scoring for West Lyon. Alta-Aurelia did not go completely quiet into the night, putting one score in toward the end of the final quarter. Snyder went 4-for-8 with 92 yards and a score through the air, adding to his 122 yards on the ground. He ye r l e d h i s s q u a d o n defense with seven solo tackles. Tyler Van Middendorp had four solo tackles and a sack.

Next week

West Lyon next hosts LawtonBronson in a pivotal district match. Both teams sport 5-1 overall records and 3-1 district marks after the third-ranked Eagles were upset 20-19 by Woodbury Central on Friday. “They are a well-coached team and have a lot of speed,” Rozeboom said. “They will try to spread us out on offense, and their defense can flat out fly, We

are going to have to have a solid week of practice to get ready for this one.” Alta-Aurelia 0 0 0 7 - 7 West Lyon 15 13 7 7 - 42 FIRST QUARTER

10:56 - WL - Brandon Snyder, 75 Run (Bennett Feuchtenberger Run) 0-8. 04:43 - WL - Jacob Meyer, 31 Pass from Brandon Snyder (Brandon Snyder Kick) 0-15. SECOND QUARTER

09:20 - WL - Bennett Feuchtenberger, 2 Run (Brandon Snyder Kick) 0-22. 04:35 - WL - Brandon Snyder, 7 Run (Kick failed) 0-28. THIRD QUARTER

03:11 - WL - Brandon Snyder, 13 Run (Brandon Snyder Kick) 0-35. FOURTH QUARTER

08:39 - WL - Alex Groeneweg, 5 Run (Brandon Snyder Kick) 0-42. 02:11 - Alta - Michael Stender, 13 Run (Junior Molina Kick) 7-42. Team Statistics Alta WL First Downs.................................11................12 Rushes-Yards...................... 50-165........45-391 Passing Yards................................2................92 Passing...................................8-1-0.......... 8-4-0 Punts-Yards....................................-.................. Total Yards.................................167..............483 Fumbles-Lost............................ 0-0..............0-0 Penalties-Yards....................... 3-10............5-50

West Lyon senior Tyler Van Middendorp digs deep for extra yards after a long reception against Alta-Aurelia Friday near Inwood. The Class A seventh-ranked Wildcats beat the Warriors 42-7. (Photo by Josh Harrell) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: WL - Kaleb Heyer 13-126, Brandon Snyder 7-122, Bennett Feuchtenberger 10-56, Alex Groeneweg 2-26, Tanner Van Middendorp 4-16, Damon Knobloch 1-14, Marty Pottebaum 2-9, Jacob Meyer 1-8, Kyle Groeneweg 1-6, James Van Beek

2-6, Vaughn Moser 1-2, Taeric Ezzell 1-0. WL - Brandon Snyder 4-8-0, 92. RECEIVING: WL - Jacob Meyer 3-59, Tyler Van Middendorp 1-33. SACKS: WL - Keegan Knobloch 1, Tyler Van Middendorp 1.





Westerners’ speed creates issues for host Generals do have success through air by Kiley Roth S t a f f W ri t e r

SIBLEY—Akron-Westfield’s speed was a positive on both sides of the ball, and SibleyOcheyedan could not sustain Westerners 54 i t s f i r s t quarter Generals 18 strength in a 54-18 Class A District 1 loss Friday. Fourth-ranked and undefeated Westerners racked up 402 rushing yards to the Generals’ 46 during the win. “We couldn’t run the ball. That was the start of it, and we couldn’t complete passes overall,” said Sibley-Ocheyedan coach Jordan Menning. “They have great team speed. They use it well.” The Generals were up 6-0 at the end of the first quarter, after Ethan Mino connected with Dylan Brockshus on a 35-yard scoring pass. The PAT failed. “We started off really well. We came out to play, something we’ve been struggling to do all season,” Menning said. However, the wheels fell off in the second quarter. Mino unleashed a 65-yard bomb to Dillon Thies to score, but a try for two was unsuccessful. That one touchdown

was not a match for the Westerners’ scoring barrage. AkronWestfield scored four rushing TDs in the period and earned two points on defense with a safety to make it 31-12 at the break. “We just ran out of steam,” Menning said. “They ran the ball, and we just couldn’t stop them.” The Westerners kept racking up points, with two TDs in the third quarter. Akron-Westfield kicked a field goal and returned an interception for a TD in the fourth quarter before the Generals finally responded with a 37-yard TD pass from Mino to Wiese in the fourth, but it was too little too late. Going into the game, Menning thought his team could keep up with Akron-Westfield, and he said his players had some nice, long passes to score and they played hard. The Generals simply did not sustain throughout the game, having several three-and-outs. He said eventually that lack of sustained drives that led to a huge time of possession edge for Akron-Westfield took its toll. “We have to be able to finish, and we have to keep our enthusiasm,” Menning said. Thies led the Sibley-Ocheyedan offense with two receptions for 77 yards. Dalton Frick had 12 carries for 20 yards

Sibley-Ocheyedan junior Owen Wiese fends off Akron-Westfield senior Dylan Myers and junior Cody Bosse during a kickoff return in the fourth quarter Friday in Sibley. The Generals lost 54-18. (Photo by Rylan Howe) rushing. Sibley-Ocheyedan’s defense was busy, with Alex Fisher racking up 14 tackles, Jose Olvera notching 12 and Wiese with 11.

Next week

Sibley-Ocheyedan (1-5 overall, 0-4 in the district) will take on Hinton, which won 39-7 against West Sioux on Friday. The Blackhawks (4-2, 3-1) have been in and out of the state rankings all year. “They’re another really good

team,” Menning said. “It’ll be physical, and we have to be ready to go.” A-W S-O

0 31 13 10 - 54 6 6 0 6 - 18

FIRST QUARTER 00:06 - S-O - Dylan Brockshus, 35 Pass from Ethan Mino (Kick failed) 0-6. SECOND QUARTER 11:32 - A-W - Taylor James, 20 Run (Kick failed) 6-6. 06:42 - A-W - Taylor James, 6 Run (Taylor James Run) 14-6. 05:31 - A-W - Safety 16-6.

04:50 - A-W - Taylor James, 1 Run (Taylor James Run) 24-6. 03:43 - S-O - Dillon Thies, 65 Pass from Ethan Mino (Run failed) 24-12. 02:50 A-W - Taylor James, 72 Run (Garrett Finzen Kick) 31-12. THIRD QUARTER 10:30 - A-W - Taylor James, 44 Run (Garrett Finzen Kick) 38-12. 06:52 - A-W - Taylor James, 12 Pass from Cory Eskra (Kick failed) 44-12. FOURTH QUARTER 11:55 - A-W - Garrett Finzen, 35 Field Goal 47-12. 09:56 - A-W - Taylor James, 41 Interception return (Garrett Finzen Kick) 54-12 06:03 - S-O - Owen Wiese, 37 Pass from Ethan Mino (Run failed) 54-18.

Team Statistics A-W S-O First Downs.................................16..................4 Rushes-Yards...................... 46-402..........28-46 Passing Yards..............................68..............149 Passing...................................4-2-0........ 19-4-1 Punts-Yards............................... 0-0..........9-195 Total Yards.................................470..............195 Fumbles-Lost............................ 1-1..............0-0 Penalties-Yards......................... 0-0..............0-0 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: S-O - Dalton Frick 12-20, Alex Fischer 5-18, Dylan Brockshus 7-15, Dillon Thies 2-8, Ethan Mino 2-(-15). PASSING: S-O - Ethan Mino 4-19-1, 149. RECEIVING: S-O - Dillon Thies 2-77, Owen Wiese 1-37, Dylan Brockshus 1-35.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defense smacks Sheldon NIGHTHAWKS Continued from page D1 is that Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley makes you make mistakes,” said Sheldon coach Matt Meendering. “I guess the one thing that stands out in my mind is when we were down 14-0, we were already hanging our heads. Our defense was able to get a turnover; then we just turned it over right back. We quit playing. If we would have played like this last week, we would have lost then, too.” Brandt was looking for a quick start and got just what he had in mind. The Nighthawks took their first drive to the end zone, with quarterback Brandt Van Roekel capping it on a 10-yard touchdown run. The kick failed, but the Nighthawks were up 6-0 with 8:52 left in the first quarter. “I’m very proud of our guys. We executed really well,” Brandt said. “We talked about how we needed to be ready to go right away and how we needed to get up early. We have so much respect for Sheldon and what they have done. They have some outstanding athletes. We wanted to score on that opening drive and give ourselves that advantage.” Van Roekel scored one more time in the first quarter, rambling in from 37 yards out. Running back Chris Sietstra then

threw a conversion pass to J.C. Koerselman to make it 14-0. Sheldon was covered in an avalanche of turnovers in the second quarter, and the Nighthawks made them pay every time. “We just ran into a train wreck in the second quarter. It’s hard to explain. We hung our heads and quit playing,” Meendering said. “We got beat by a better team, or at least a team that is a lot better at this moment in time.” Miguel Alvarado scored on a 5-yard TD run just 10 seconds into the second quarter. Less than a minute later, Koerselman crashed in to block a Sheldon punt, and Dillon Schamber scooped it up and returned it 15 yards for a TD. Alvarado scored two more second quarter TDs before reserve running back Logan Steins scored what proved to be the game’s last TD on a 24-yard run with 1:37 left in the first half. “We pretty much stuck with what we planned on doing. We’re so fortunate to have kids who can go out and make the plays and do the things they are coached to do,” Brandt said. “We were efficient when we chose to pass. Of course, after we got a lead, we worked the clock a little more. Our line did a great job blocking, and our backs ran hard.”

The Nighthawks finished with 310 yards rushing and 362 total yards despite the game being played with a continuous clock for the entire second half. “They don’t have a lot of size, but they play really quick. They play with a lot of confidence, and they are very well-schooled in what they do,” Meendering said. Van Roekel led the way offensively, running for 94 yards on just six carries and completing 3-of-5 passes for 46 yards. Koerselman paced the defense with six tackles, five of them for losses, and the blocked punt. Dallas Rozeboom made two of his five tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Van Roekel made an interception. Logan Steins, Blake Eichmann, Nic Rosenboom, Andrew Van Ginkel and Schamber recovered fumbles. Matt Dykstra had five rushes for 25 yards, which was the top offensive total for Sheldon. Dykstra and Tanner Whitsell both had seven solo tackles and one assisted stop. Chris Balster recovered a fumble.

Next week

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the district, visits MOC-Floyd Valley. The Dutch moved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the district with a win over Unity Christian on Friday. “We know they’ve got ath-

Sheldon junior Hunter McDonald is wrapped up by a Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley tackler before he can get too far up the field. The Orabs were held to 87 yards of total offense in a 49-0 loss to the Nighthawks on Friday. (Photo by Josh Harrell) letes, and they are going to play well at home,” Brandt said. “We’re going to have to prepare very well.” Sheldon, which slipped to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the district, goes to Sioux Center. The Warriors are 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the district after thumping Cherokee on Friday night. “This is only one game. The big thing now is we’ve got to come out and respond to this adversity. It’s a gut check,” Meendering said. “We have to improve ourselves this week or Sioux Center will beat us. We obviously didn’t improve ourselves last week because we’re a lot better club than what we

showed tonight.” Sheldon 0 0 0 0 - 0 BHRV 14 35 0 0 - 49 FIRST QUARTER 08:52 - BHRV - Brandt Van Roekel, 11 Run (Kick failed) 0-6. 05:52 - BHRV - Brandt Van Roekel, 38 Run (J.C. Koerselman Run) 0-14 SECOND QUARTER 11:50 - BHRV - Miguel Alvarado, 5 Run (David De Bruin Kick) 0-21 10:55 - BHRV - Dillon Schamber, 23 Blocked Punt Return (Kick failed) 0-27. 07:12 - BHRV - Miguel Alvarado, 6 Run (Dillon Schamber Run) 0-35 05:43 - BHRV - Miguel Alvarado, 6 Run (David De Bruin Kick) 0-42 01:47 - BHRV - Logan Steins, 24 Run (David De Bruin Kick) 0-49 Team Statistics SHE BHRV First Downs...................................4................15

Rushes-Yards........................ 24-74........51-310 Passing Yards..............................13................52 Passing...................................8-1-1.......... 6-4-0 Punts-Yards............................. 2-29..........2-104 Total Yards...................................87..............362 Fumbles-Lost............................ 6-4..............4-1 Penalties-Yards....................... 2-10............7-70 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: SHE - Matt Dykstra 5-25, Logan Otis 3-14, Chris Balster 6-14, Hunter McDonald 7-11, Max Tolk 1-6, Grant Weaver 2-4. BHRV - Brandt Van Roekel 6-94, Logan Steins 11-62, Miguel Alvarado 9-56, Dallas Rozeboom 6-49, Andrew Van Ginkel 5-40, Omar Mejia 7-18, Luke Keeble 1-9, J.C. Koerselman 1-3, Jerod Hansen 1-(-1), Brady Moser 4-(-20). PASSING: SHE - Chris Balster 1-8-1, 13. BHRV - Brandt Van Roekel 3-5-0, 46. Andrew Van Ginkel 1-1-0, 6. RECEIVING: SHE - Nathan Oostra 1-13. BHRV Colin Bolkema 2-23, J.C. Koerselman 1-23, Kyle Bakker 1-6. SACKS: SHE - Erik Van Wyk 1 INTERCEPTIONS: BHRV - Brandt Van Roekel 1.


Sioux Center extends winning streak at Cherokee’s expense

Warriors back to .500 mark for year by

A l l i s o n S u e ss e S t a f f W ri t e


CHEROKEE—After starting the season with three losses, Sioux Center rolled to its third straight win, defeating CheroWarriors 41 kee 41-9 in Class Braves 9 2 A D i s trict 1 football Friday. “We knew Cherokee would play a tough game. It was their homecoming, and they knew both teams were fairly similar,” said Warrior coach Tim Van Regenmorter. “They have a lot of good athletes, and we knew they were explosive.” But it was Sioux Center that clenched an early lead in the opening quarter, beginning

with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Andrew O’Donnell with 4:27 on the clock. Cody Franken’s extrapoint kick was good. On third-and-15 on the next possession for Cherokee, the Warriors had an interception by Colten Smolders, one of the team’s defensive nose guards. Smolders rumbled for a 10-yard TD return. Franken’s kick made the score 14-0. Sioux Center managed one more scoring play in the first quarter with 56 seconds remaining on an 87-yard TD run by O’Donnell. “We came out fired up,” Van Regenmorter said. “I thought it was really good to get a quick start.” Cherokee lit up the scoreboard in the second quarter when the Warriors had a breakdown in its defense just

before the half. That allowed the Braves to kick a field goal to make the score 20-3. “We had three turnovers in the second quarter inside the red zone,” Van Regenmorter said. “We could have probably gotten 21 more points.” But it did not matter. Forty-six seconds into the third quarter, O’Donnell completed a 10-yard pass to Spencer Fritz for a TD. Sioux Center made a final push in the fourth quarter at the 9:50 mark with a 15-yard TD by Rylan Stewart. Fritz rounded out the Warriors’ scoring with a 1-yard TD with 1:25 on the clock. The reserves of Sioux Center stepped onto the field in the second half of the final quarter, allowing Cherokee to make a final scoring play late in the contest.

“Cherokee had 140 yards on rushing, but 75 of those were on the very last play of the game against JV,” Van Regenmorter said. “We really held them to 70 yards rushing, which is very good. We had, I believe, four turnovers — two for touchdowns.” O’Donnell led the Warriors offensively with 143 yards rushing on 19 carries. Dylon Van’t Hof contributed 64 yards on seven attempts and Fritz had 64 yards on nine totes. Nick Van Roekel led the defense with eight solo tackles, three assists, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery. Van’t Hof contributed four solos and three assists. Christian Rozeboom had three solos, four assists and an interception.

Next week

Sioux Center (3-3 overall, 2-1

in district) will face off against Sheldon (4-2, 3-1) in a home matchup, which Van Regenmorter suspects will be a hardfought game. Sheldon lost its first district game 49-0 Friday against district leader BoydenHull/Rock Valley. “Tough team,” Van Regenmorter said. “I know they lost tonight, so I know they’ll come out and be ready to play. They’re very well coached, and they’ll be very, very physical.” S Center 20 0 7 14 - 41 Cherokee 0 3 0 6 - 9 FIRST QUARTER 04:27 - SC - Andrew O’Donnell, 1 Run (Cody Franken Kick) 7-0. 02:15 - SC - Colten Smolders, 10 Interception Return (Cody Franken Kick) 14-0. 00:56 - SC - Andrew O’Donnell, 87 Run (Kick failed) 20-0. SECOND QUARTER 00:54 - CHE - Grayson Roosa, 22 Field Goal

20-3. THIRD QUARTER 11:14 - SC - Spencer Fritz, 10 Pass from Andrew O’Donnell (Cody Franken Kick) 27-3. FOURTH QUARTER 09:50 - SC - Rylan Stewart, 15 Run (Cody Franken Kick) 34-3. 01:25 - SC - Spencer Fritz, 1 Run (Cody Franken Kick) 41-3. 0:00 CHE - Huisman 69 Run (Run failed) 41-9. Team Statistics SC CHE First Downs.................................10................10 Rushes-Yards...................... 46-261........39-143 Passing Yards..............................23................50 Passing...................................7-3-0........ 21-2-0 Punts-Yards............................... 0-0..............0-0 Total Yards.................................284..............193 Fumbles-Lost............................ 3-3..............1-1 Penalties-Yards....................... 4-20............6-21 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: SC - Andrew O’Donnell 19-143, Spencer Fritz 9-64, Dylon Van’t Hof 7-25, Christian Rozeboom 4-17, Torin Huisman 3-11, Graham Zomermaand 2-2, Abel Duden 2-(-1). PASSING: SC - Andrew O’Donnell 3-7-0, 23. RECEIVING: SC - Spencer Fritz 1-10, Dylon Van’t Hof 1-10, Rylan Stewart 1-3. INTERCEPTIONS: SC - Christian Rozeboom 1, Colten Smolders 1, Rylan Stewart 1.







Dist All Home Away Off Def W L W L W L W L Ave Ave Streak

Dist All Home Away Off Def W L W L W L W L Ave Ave Streak

Dist All Home Away Off Def W L W L W L W L Ave Ave Streak

➤ BHRV Sheldon CL/G-LR MOC-Floyd Valley Sioux Center Cherokee Unity Christian

3 0 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 0 4 0 4

➤ Emmetsburg ➤ South O’Brien Western Christian H-M-S LeMars Gehlen North Union Okoboji

3 0 3 0 2 1 2 2 2 2 0 3 0 4

➤ Akron-Westfield Lawton-Bronson West Lyon Hinton Woodbury Central Alta-Aurelia S-O West Sioux

4 0 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 2 1 3 0 4 0 4

6 0 4 0 2 0 42 6 Won 6 4 2 2 1 2 1 29 24 Lost 1 4 2 3 0 1 2 29 13 Won 1 4 2 2 1 2 1 18 12 Won 2 3 3 2 1 1 2 20 28 Won 3 0 6 0 4 0 2 11 46 Lost 6 0 6 0 3 0 3 7 34 Lost 6

Friday, Sept. 28 Cherokee 9, Sioux Center 41 Unity Christian 8, MOC-Floyd Valley 23 CL/G-LR 42, Estherville Lincoln Central 23 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 49, Sheldon 0

Next week’s games Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at MOC-Floyd Valley Unity Christian at CL/G-LR Sheldon at Sioux Center East Sac County at Cherokee

5 1 2 1 3 0 46 17 Won 4 5 1 3 0 2 1 30 13 Won 2 2 4 1 1 1 3 19 27 Lost 1 4 2 1 1 3 1 34 15 Lost 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 23 25 Won 2 1 5 0 4 1 1 13 37 Lost 5 0 6 0 3 0 3 8 50 Lost 6

Friday, Sept. 28 South O’Brien 37, H-M-S 14 Emmetsburg 40, Western Christian 7 LeMars Gehlen 54, Okoboji 15 North Union 30, Pocahontas Area 32

Next week’s games North Union at South O’Brien LeMars Gehlen at Western Christian Emmetsburg at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Sioux Central at Okoboji

6 0 3 0 3 0 39 20 Won 6 5 1 3 1 2 0 36 15 Lost 1 5 1 2 1 3 0 35 10 Won 3 4 2 1 1 3 1 33 21 Won 2 4 2 2 1 2 1 35 20 Won 1 1 5 0 2 1 3 15 30 Lost 3 1 5 0 4 1 1 5 34 Lost 4 0 6 0 4 0 2 4 40 Lost 6

Friday, Sept. 28 West Lyon 42, Alta-Aurelia 7 Sibley-Ocheyedan 18, Akron-Westfield 54 Lawton-Bronson 19, Woodbury Central 20 West Sioux 7, Hinton 39

Next week’s games West Sioux at Woodbury Central Lawton-Bronson at West Lyon Sibley-Ocheyedan at Hinton Akron-Westfield at Alta-Aurelia

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn senior Jacob Clark finds an opening against South O’Brien on Friday night in Paullina. The Hawks were tripped up by the host Wolverines 37-14.

Rohrs, Nieman each run for triple digit totals WOLVERINES

tackles and six assists. Nelson had two solos and four assists. Bryce Kelleher blocked a kick. Dorhout led Hartley-MelvinSanborn’s offense, rushing for 139 yards on 14 carries and going 3-for-10 passing for 46 yards. Jacob Clark ran for 40 yards on 10 carries. Heath Nagel had nine solo tackles and three assisted stops for the Hawks. Hunter Kuehl, Conner Kuchel and Clark each contributed eight tackles.

Continued from page D1 pass. Nelson again hit pay dirt with 20 seconds left in the frame on another 1-yard TD keeper. Michael Callahan booted the point-after for each TD, failing on his third attempt, as the Wolverines took a 20-0 lead going into the second stanza. “We started off strong and were able to run the ball like we’d hoped and manage the line of scrimmage,” Fuhrman said. “That was what we were after.” Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn got into the game midway through the period on an 8-yard TD run by Logan Rozeboom. Julian Dittman was successful on the extra-point attempt. Nelson, however, responded in a big way more than two minutes later on a 50-yard TD run for the Wolverines. South O’Brien was not finished, either. Nelson hurled the ball 47 yards to Kelvan Lansink, who was waiting in the end zone, with 41 seconds remaining before intermission. “That was right before the half, so we were taking a shot at the end zone,” Fuhrman said. “Kelvan made a nice adjustment on the pass and made a heck of a catch.”

Next week

South O’Brien junior Brett Puhrmann fights his way to the perimeter on a punt return against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Friday. He returned two punts for 74 yards in the Wolverines’ 37-14 victory over the Hawks. (Photos by Jeff Wagner) Callahan was successful on each of the point-afters, putting the Wolverines up 34-7 at the break. Following an uneventful third quarter, Callahan closed out South O’Brien’s scoring with a 27-yard field goal with eight minutes remaining in the contest.

The Hawks made one more appearance on the scoreboard with a 1-yard TD run by Casey Dorhout with about a minute left. Dittman booted the successful point-after. According to Waechter, the Hawks need to become more consistent on blocking and tackling.

“We had a couple of things that went well, but we need to do more as far as consistency is concerned,” he said. Austin Rohrs rushed for 127 yards on six carries for South O’Brien. Zach Nieman added 124 yards on 23 carries. The Wolverine defense was paced by Rohrs with six solo

South O’Brien (5-1 overall, 3-0 in the district) next hosts North Union (1-5, 0-3) in a nondistrict contest. The Warriors fell 32-30 to Pocahontas Area on Friday. “I haven’t seen any film on them, so I really don’t know much about them,” Fuhrman said. “I just know we’re going to have to keep getting better at blocking and tackling and go from there.” Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (4-2, 2-2) faces a tough challenge in hosting Emmetsburg. The E’Hawks (5-1, 3-0) are ranked sixth in the latest Associated Press poll. Their lone loss was to Class 2A top-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. “They’re a very good football team,” Waechter said. “Emmetsburg is Emmetsburg, and they do very well. They run

the football very well, and they have a solid defense; they’re a tough team.” HMS SOS

0 7 0 7 - 14 20 14 0 3 - 37

FIRST QUARTER 08:50 - SOS - Kody Nelson, 1 Run (Michael Callahan Kick) 0-7. 03:21 - SOS - Matt DeVos, 11 Pass from Kody Nelson (Michael Callahan Kick) 0-14. 00:20 - SOS - Kody Nelson, 1 Run (Kick failed) 0-20. SECOND QUARTER 06:42 - HMS - Logan Rozeboom, 8 Run (Julian Dittmann Kick) 7-20. 04:25 - SOS - Kody Nelson, 50 Run (Michael Callahan Kick) 7-27. 00:41 - SOS - Kelvan Lansink, 47 Pass from Kody Nelson (Michael Callahan Kick) 7-34. FOURTH QUARTER 08:00 - SOS - Michael Callahan, 27 Field Goal 7-37. 01:07 - HMS - Casey Dorhout, 1 Run (Julian Dittmann Kick) 14-37. Team Statistics HMS SOS First Downs.................................10................17 Rushes-Yards...................... 41-222....... 44-224 Passing Yards..............................46..............108 Passing.................................3-10-0.......... 6-9-0 Punts-Yards............................. 1-33............2-74 Total Yards.................................268..............332 Fumbles-Lost............................ 0-0..............0-0 Penalties-Yards....................... 6-47............2-15 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: HMS - Casey Dorhout 14-139, Jacob Clark 10-40, Logan Rozeboom 8-22, Hunter Kuehl 8-20, Evan Metzler 1-(-1). SOS - Austin Rohrs 6-127, Zach Nieman 23-124, Kody Nelson 6-69, Gunner Klinker 3-4, Marcus Atkinson 2-2, Bret Puhrmann 1-(-3). PASSING: HMS - Casey Dorhout 3-10-0, 46. SOS Kody Nelson 6-9-0, 108. RECEIVING: HMS - Jacob Clark 1-5, Blake Simons 2-41. SOS - Matt DeVos 4-54, Kelvan Lansink 2-54.


Hinton turns to ground game to handle West Sioux Absences on line hindering Falcons by

Tom Westerholm S t a f f W ri t e


HAWARDEN—West Sioux entered Friday’s home contest against Hinton still searching for its first victory of the footBlackhawks 39 ball season, and Falcons 7 unfortunately for the Falcons, they still are. The Blackhawks took advantage of the holes in West Sioux’s lineup to run past the Falcons for a 39-7 Class A District 1 victory. Hinton struck first with 4:52

remaining in the first quarter as Colin Poss ran 9 yards for the score. The Blackhawks also rushed in a two-point conversion to make it 8-0. The visitors took some of the homecoming steam out of the Falcons in the second quarter. Dalton Becker, Matthies GrossHaltick and Cole Johnston had touchdown runs. Gross-Haltick made two of three point-after kicks and the Blackhawks held a 28-0 lead to the break. “We overpursued a lot defensively,” said West Sioux coach Clint McKee. “I thought we kept their passing in check, but they ran a lot of quarterback and running back draws that seemed to work well.” Hinton added 11 points in the

third stanza on a Morgan Wentzel TD run and a field goal by Gross-Haltick as time expired in the period. Kembe Kooi scored West Sioux’s only TD of the evening with four minutes remaining in the fourth, but it was far from enough as the Blackhawks romped, improving to 4-2 on the season. The Falcons have struggled this season defending rushing plays, and the trend continued Friday as Hinton gained 241 yards on 42 carries and scored all five of its TDs on the ground. The guests also gained 16 first downs on the evening. “Defensively, we did a poor job tackling,” McKee said. “They ran it up the gut on us,

and we really got beat up front.” Kooi led West Sioux with 94 yards rushing, but no other player tallied more than 16. The Falcons also struggled passing the ball as Jesus Rivera completed just two aerials on eight attempts for 10 yards and threw two interceptions. West Sioux has been plagued by injuries and suspensions throughout the season, and Friday was no exception. The Falcons were missing two key linemen in the loss. “It will help to be back at full power,” McKee said. “We need to get some continuity, and we need to get in sync on offense.”

Next week

West Sioux (0-6 overall, 0-4

in the district) next will travel to Moville to face Woodbury Central (4-2, 2-2). The Wildcats upset third-ranked LawtonBronson 20-19 Friday. “Woodbury will try to spread us out,” McKee said. “We will have to control the ball and control the clock. We need to keep it close and try to shorten up the game.” Hinton W Sioux

8 20 11 0 - 39 0 0 0 7 - 7

FIRST QUARTER 04:52 - Hin - Colin Poss, 9 Run (Morgan Wentzel Run) 8-0. SECOND QUARTER 11:18 - Hin - Dalton Becker, 4 Run (Matthies Gross-Holtick Kick) 15-0. 08:46 - Hin - Matthies Gross-Holtick, 14 Run (Matthies Gross-Holtick Kick) 22-0. 02:11 - Hin - Cole Johnson, 10 Run (Kick failed)

28-0. THIRD QUARTER 08:23 - Hin - Morgan Wentzel, 4 Run ( Dalton Becker Run) 36-0. 0:00 - Hin - Matthies Gross-Holtick, 33 Field Goal 39-0. FOURTH QUARTER 04:00 - WS - Kembe Kooi, 2 Run (Mario Topete Kick) 39-7. Team Statistics Hin WS First Downs.................................16..................7 Rushes-Yards...................... 42-241........28-123 Passing Yards..............................72................10 Passing...................................7-4-1.......... 8-2-2 Punts-Yards............................... 0-0..........4-123 Total Yards.................................313..............133 Fumbles-Lost............................ 3-2..............2-0 Penalties-Yards....................... 2-10..............1-5 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: WS - Kembe Kooi 13-94, Austin Hultquist 7-16, Jesus Rivera 4-9, Mitchell Schlumbohm 3-4. PASSING: WS - Jesus Rivera 2-8-2, 10. RECEIVING: WS - Taylor Anderson 1-7, Mario Topete 1-3. INTERCEPTIONS: WS - Jacobe Millikan 1.





Red Raiders return to conference action at Nebraska Wesleyan Carlson selected as player of the week by Scot t Byers S p o rt s E d i t o r

LINCOLN, NE—Northwestern College will return to Great Plains Athletic Conference football against Nebraska Wesleyan University at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 29) in Lincoln.

The Red Raiders, ranked 15th in the NAIA, took a break from conference play last week and thumped Dakota State University 47-17. Theo Bartman carried the ball 23 times for a career-high 168 yards and scored two touchdowns in that contest. Brandon Smith ran 26 times for 144 yards and two scores. It was the second straight game in which both players

have rushed for more than 100 yards. Northwestern had 343 rushing yards and quarterback Davis Bloemendaal threw for 156 yards and two TDs. Jordan Carlson earned GPAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after getting 8.5 tackles and three sacks. Isaiah Twitty also had 8.5 tackles as the Red Raiders moved to 3-1 overall this season. Nebraska Wesleyan lost its

third straight game last weekend, falling to 23rd-ranked Doane College 38-24 in GPAC play. The Prairie Wolves are 1-3 overall. Northwestern is 1-1 in the GPAC and Nebraska Wesleyan is 0-3. Last week the Prairie Wolves outgained Doane 381-246, but committed three costly turnovers, including one that was returned for a TD. Nate Hauptman threw for 210 yards and

two TDs. Brian Pieper caught five passes for 112 yards and a TD. Dustin Bryant ran for 93 yards. Brett Kaczor led the defense with 11 tackles. For the year, Nebraska Wesleyan averages 300 yards per game offensively but has scored only 15.5 points per contest. The defense gives up 308 yards and 25 points per contest. Northwestern averages 454 yards per game and 33 points

offensively. It allows 248 yards and 15 points per game on average. Last season it was the Red Raider defense that headlined a 27-6 win over Nebraska Wesleyan. The Prairie Wolves had negative rushing yards in the contest and just 40 yards of total offense. Northwestern’s offense got 120 yards rushing from Smith and 245 yards passing from Bloemendaal.

MOC-Floyd Valley makes itself at home in win DUTCH Continued from page D1 The Knights and Dutch have played regularly in freshman and junior varsity games but had not met at the highest level since Unity Christian began playing varsity football in 2006. Unity Christian took the field without its head coach, Perry Krosschell. He has had issues with severe migraines in recent weeks, which prompted him to make a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, earlier this week to get checked out. “They just can’t figure out what the problem is,” said Unity Christian assistant coach Justin Mulder, who served as the acting head coach Friday. The Knights were not able to win one for their ailing coach, but they did play better in many facets of the game, going turnover free one week after fumbling 11 times and throwing two interceptions. “We really worked disciplined this week,” Mulder said. “A win would’ve been great, but we’re definitely making strides as a team.” After a scoreless first quarter, MOC-Floyd Valley broke onto the scoreboard with 11:07 left in the half. Trey Achterhoff carried the ball in on a quarterback sneak from a yard out, but the Dutch missed the extra point. Achterhoff called his own number again in a similar situation with 2:16 to go in the half. Achterhoff then rolled out and connected on a pass to Josh Wilson for a two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead. “We did a nice job in the second quarter of driving our feet and running the ball well, then mixing in a few pass plays to keep them off-balance,” Rupp said. “We ate the clock pretty well on several drives.” The Knights looked like they were building some momentum heading into the half. A good return on the ensuing kickoff and a couple nice gains had Unity Christian knocking on the door of the red zone. However, with 16 seconds left in the half, Casey Guthmiller intercepted a pass and returned it 77 yards to the Unity Christian 21-yard line. From there, Rafael Sanchez Perry booted in a 30-yard field goal as time expired on the half for 17-0 lead. “When we needed to, we buckled down and stopped them,” Rupp said. “ They got more yardage than we would’ve liked, but we kept them out of the end zone.” The teams played to a stalemate in the third quarter before Josh Wilson punched the ball in from a yard away to give the Dutch a 23-0 lead with 9:16 left

Unity Christian junior running back Logan Schoonhoven takes a handoff around the right end against MOC-Floyd Valley on Friday in Orange City. The Dutch won the Class 2A District 1 contest 23-8. (Photos by Dan Breen) in the game. Again, the PAT failed. The Knights avoided the shutout with a late score. Logan Schoonhoven scampered in from 29 yards out for a score, one play after his 22-yard TD run was negated by a holding penalty. David Weidauer caught a two-point conversion from Arie Hoekstra to cap the scoring with 43 seconds left. Unity Christian had one of its best games of the season moving the sticks, rushing for 205 yards and actually outgaining MOC-Floyd Valley by 10 yards on the ground. The Dutch made up for that with an aerial attack that had a 129-21 yardage advantage. Achterhoff had 84 rushing yards and 128 passing yards to lead MOC-Floyd Valley. Wilson accounted for 82 yards on 15 carries and four receptions for 45 yards. Derek Rupp had six solo tackles and two assists to lead the Dutch defense. Schoonhoven rushed for 103 yards on 12 carries for Unity Christian. Dalton C. De Haan had 10 carries for 48 yards.

Aaron Van Wyhe contributed 43 yards on 11 carries. Joel Groeneweg led the defense with six solo tackles and four assists. Alex Schoonhoven made six solo tackles and had three assists.

Next week

Both MOC-Floyd Valley and Unity Christian have stiff tests next week. The Dutch (4-2 overall, 2-1 in the district) host Class 2A top-ranked and undefeated Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. The Nighthawks continued to steam roll through the district Friday, crushing Sheldon 49-0. “They’re always a solid team, and we look forward to the challenge,” Rupp said. “They play very hard, and they can throw the ball around, and they can smack it at you and get into some tight sets and run it at you. That puts a lot of pressure on your defense. We’re going to have to be sound in the way we line up, and we’re going to have to play 11 guys together and fly to that football.” Winless Unity Christian heads

to Rock Rapids to play Central Lyon/George-Little Rock. The Lions (4-2, 2-1) picked up a 42-23 nondistrict win over Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday. “They do a really good job running the offense that they do,” Mulder said. “Last year, we snuck out of there with a win. They’re a well-coached football team and a good football team. We’re definitely going to have to step up our game and rise to the challenge.” MOC-FV Unity

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SECOND QUARTER 11:07 - MOC-FV - Trey Achterhoff, 1 Run (Kick failed) 6-0. 02:16 - MOC-FV - Trey Achterhoff, 1 Run (Josh Wilson Pass from Trey Achterhoff) 14-0. 00:01 - MOC-FV - Rafael Perry Sanchez, 30 Field Goal 17-0. FOURTH QUARTER 09:16 - MOC-FV - Josh Wilson, 1 Run (Kick failed) 23-0. 00:43 - UC - Logan Schoonhoven, 29 Run (David Weidauer Pass from Arie Hoekstra) 23-8. Team Statistics MOC-FV UC First Downs.................................19................11 Rushes-Yards...................... 47-195........39-205 Passing Yards............................128................21

MOC-Floyd Valley senior Jay Elsberry lays out for a pass in the third quarter of a 23-8 Dutch victory over Unity Christian on Friday in a Class 2A District 1 contest. Passing...............................17-10-0........ 11-2-1 Punts-Yards............................. 3-90..........6-193 Total Yards.................................323..............226 Fumbles-Lost............................ 1-1..............1-0 Penalties-Yards....................... 6-40............8-52 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: MOC-FV - Trey Achterhoff 17-84, Josh Wilson 16-82, Casey Guthmiller 7-18, Ethan Achterhoff 4-11, Derek Rupp 1-2, Rafael Perry Sanchez 1-0, Tyler Top 1-(-2). UC - Logan

Schoonhoven 12-103, Dalton De Haan 10-48, Aaron Van Wyhe 11-42, Arie Hoekstra 4-14, Nicholas Bonnema 1-0, Alex Schoonhoven 1-(-2). PASSING: MOC-FV - Trey Achterhoff 10-17-0, 128. UC - Arie Hoekstra 2-11-1, 21. RECEIVING: MOC-FV - Josh Wilson 4-45, Casey Guthmiller 1-19, Ethan Achterhoff 1-11, Tyler Top 2-18, Jay Elsberry 2-35. UC - Dalton De Haan 1-11, Nicholas de Vries 1-10. INTERCEPTIONS: MOC-FV - Casey Guth­miller 1.


Physical Emmetsburg squad slows Western Christian Wellik runs wild as E’Hawks cruise by

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EMMETSBURG—Since suffering a setback to Class 2A topranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the second game of the Wolfpack 7 football season, E-hawks 40 p e r e n nial power Emmetsburg has been trying to climb back up the Class 1A rankings by taking it out on its opponents. The E’Hawks outscored their next three foes 174-40 and continued their rampage against Western Christian on Friday, walloping the visiting Wolfpack 40-7 in a District 1 contest. It was the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. “All the credit goes to Em­­ metsburg; they brought it to us all game,” said Western Chris-

tian coach Travis Kooima. “We struggled defensively stopping them on offense.” Sixth-ranked Emmetsburg scored on its first three possessions for a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and then added another touchdown in each of the remaining periods. “They have a great running back that took over the game, and we just didn’t have an answer for him,” Kooima said. Senior Andrew Wellik already had rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 16 TDs heading into the E’Hawks’ homecoming game and continued to add to those totals. Anyone arriving late missed his 70-yard TD run to open the scoring less than a minute into the contest. Emmetsburg only threw four passes on the night, completing just two, including an 8-yarder from Jake Jackson to Nick Schany that provided the E’Hawks’ second TD midway

through the first quarter. Wellik scored his second TD on a 7-yard carry at the 2:23 mark, and Nick Merwald connected on his third consecutive extra-point kick. Western Christian junior running back Drew Van Sloten also had a big night rushing but only was able to find the end zone one time, on a 15-yard run midway through the second quarter. Michael Den Herder booted the point-after. Van Sloten finished the evening with a career-best 150 yards on 26 carries. “Offensively, we did a really good job moving the ball. We just have to get better at finishing drives,” Kooima said. “We were in the red zone three times and only got seven points out of it. We have to get better at finishing our drives with points.” Wellik scored on a 42-yard run on Emmetsburg’s next possession. Merwald missed the PAT,

but the E’Hawks held a comfortable 27-7 advantage at the intermission. Jackson added to Emmetsburg’s total in the third quarter with a 33-yard quarterback keeper, and he tallied the E’Hawks’ final TD early in the fourth frame on a 5-yard run. Western Christian’s QB, Daniel Van Maanen, completed 11-of-24 passes for 132 yards for the contest. He was picked off once. Jordan Van Maanen caught four passes for 55 yards while Ethan Fenchel hauled in four passes for 54 yards. Defensively for the Wolfpack, Brady Van’t Hul registered six solo tackles and two assists, and Ross Te Slaa netted five solos and two assists. Jeffrey Granstra and Jordan Van Maanen both recorded three solos and three assists. Granstra also made an interception.

Next week

Western Christian slipped

to 2-1 in district games and 2-3 overall with the loss. The Wolfpack next hosts LeMars Gehlen Catholic (2-2, 2-4), which struggled at the start of the season but has won its last two games. “Overall, we can’t hang our heads,” Kooima said. “Emmetsburg is a very good team, and we have to bounce back and get ready for our next district game. We are still fighting for a playoff spot. “We have to go back to work next week and continue to get better. We have to heal up some of our guys and get ready to host a very good LeMars Gehlen team. They bring in a very good passing game, and we are going to have to prepare hard to try and stop their air attack.” Western 0 7 0 0 - 7 E’burg 21 6 6 7 - 40 FIRST QUARTER 11:13 - EMM - Andrew Wellik, 70 Run (Nick

Merwald Kick) 0-7. 06:21 - EMM - Nick Schany, 8 Pass from Jake Jackson (Nick Merwald Kick) 0-14. 02:23 - EMM - Andrew Wellik, 7 Run (Nick Merwald Kick) 0-21. SECOND QUARTER 06:50 - WC - Drew Van Sloten, 15 Run (Michael Den Herder Kick) 7-21. 04:34 - EMM - Andrew Wellik, 42 Run (Kick failed) 7-27. THIRD QUARTER 04:22 - EMM - Jake Jackson, 33 Run (Kick failed) 7-33. FOURTH QUARTER 10:15 - EMM - Jake Jackson, 5 Run (Nick Merwald Kick) 7-40. Team Statistics WC EMM First Downs.................................13................20 Rushes-Yards...................... 26-179........46-479 Passing Yards............................132..................0 Passing...............................24-11-0.......... 2-4-0 Punts-Yards............................. 3-89............3-89 Total Yards.................................311..............479 Fumbles-Lost............................ 2-1..............2-1 Penalties-Yards....................... 6-55............5-40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: WC - Drew Van Sloten 26-150, Daniel Van Maanen 1-10, Brady Van’t Hul 3-10, Cody Van Ginkel 4-9. PASSING: WC - Daniel Van Maanen 11-24-1, 132. RECEIVING: WC - Jordan Van Maanen 4-55, Ethan Fenchel 4-54, Jeffrey Granstra 2-13, Brandon Vander Stoep 1-10. SACKS: WC - Jacob Van Ginkel 1.

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