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Ennema, Struve Receive Top Basketball Honors

orabs surround champ trophy 2013Sheldon Boys Basketball Coach Claude Struve and Sheldon Senior Dallas Ennema have been named the best in the state in Class 2A according to Iowa Sports Spotlight.

The website has named Dallas Ennema as the 2A Player of the year and Coach Struve as the 2A Coach Of The Year.

Additionally, Justin Van Kalsbeek of MOC-Floyd Valley was named to the All-State 2nd team and Andrew Van Ginkel of Rock Valley was named to the 3rd team.

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NWC Red Raider Women’s Basketball Team Suffers Loss in NAIA Semifinals

Northwestern logoNo. 7 Northwestern (Iowa) fell at the hands of No. 6 Davenport (Mich.) 74-68, in the semifinals of the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. With the win Davenport will advance to its second national championship game in three years. The loss snaps Northwestern’s 18 game-winning streak in the national championship.

The Panthers and Red Raiders played a tight first half as neither team held a lead great than five points in the half, as there were five ties and five lead changes. Northwestern took the lead off three points at 7-4 after Kendra De Jong hit a layup.

However, that lead did not last long for Northwestern as Karli Harris drove to the hoop and hit a layup and was fouled. Harris hit the layup to tie the game at seven. The next position for the Panthers, Harris took the ball to the hoop again and picked up another old fashion three point play to give Davenport a 10-7 lead.

Davenport’s lead did not last as Northwestern answered right back and after a Mallory Cunard three-pointer the Red Raiders had the tied the game at 12. That lead for Northwestern lasted 20 seconds, as Davenport answered with a three of their own by Emily Nielsen to put the Panthers ahead 15-12.

The Red Raiders and Panthers continued to battle for the lead and each team matched each point for point. It looked as if Davenport would take a lead into halftime as they held a 32-27 lead with 1:44 left after Kayla Gross it back-to-back threes for Davenport. The Red Raiders had other ideas as Northwestern’s Alli Dunkelberger scored the last five points of the half for Northwestern to tie the game at 32.

The Panthers and Red Raiders continued to trade leads and keep the game close to start the second half. After seven minutes of action the Panthers held a 45-44 lead. With the Panthers ahead by one, Davenport went on a 12-4 run that saw their lead stretch to 11, 59-48 with 9:23 left in the game.

Northwestern would not go away as they started to battle back. The Red Raiders scored the next five points to bring Northwestern within five, 59-54.

The Panthers stretched its five point lead back to nine, 65-56, before the Red Raiders made another comeback run. During this stretch, the Red Raiders scored the next seven points, and trimmed the Panthers lead to two points, after Alli Dunkelberger three-pointer.

That would be as close as Northwestern would get as the Panthers extend its lead again. Harris and Gross would seal the win for Davenport as the Panthers would go 7-for-8 from the charity strip in the last minute to security the 74-68 win to advance to the title game.

Karli Harris led the Panthers with a game-high 26 points. Tiesha Stokes followed with 12 points. For the game, Davenport forced 28 Red Raiders turnovers. Alli Dunkelberger scored 18 for the Red Raiders, while Kendra De Jong followed with 12 points.

“It was a different fashion on getting turnovers today where in the past we used a full court pressure but today we got up the lines and were able to get our hands on the ball and get some tips,” said Davenport’s head coach Mike Williams.

Davenport will take on Indiana Wesleyan in the championship of the Division II Women’s National Championship game. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 12.


Virginia “Ginny” Lameyer

LameyerVirginia “Ginny” Lameyer died March 9, 2013, peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving husband and children, following a three month battle with cancer. She was 77.

Virginia “Ginny” Lameyer was born April 11, 1935, at the family farm near Sanborn, Iowa, to Walter and Nellie (Brunsting) VanDerVliet. She graduated from high school in Sanborn in 1953. Ginny raised her family in Sheldon, Iowa, and in 1966, moved to Sioux Falls. She began working at Shriver’s where she met the love of her life, Les Lameyer.

On August 19, 1972, Les and Ginny were married in Sioux Falls. Ginny held various jobs in Sioux Falls as a waitress,  X-Ray transporter at Sioux Valley Hospital, and a communications receptionist at Avera Hospital.

In the center of her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She adored and cherished each one of them. Blessed with a compassionate heart, she never forgot them on their birthdays.  Ginny, Les and the family enjoyed many summers at their lake home at Lake Okoboji, Iowa. In her free time, Ginny enjoyed gardening – maintaining many flower beds over the years. She also enjoyed hosting parties and picnics with family and friends. An avid card player, she looked forward to her regular Friday night Card Club.

Ginny was a member of First Reformed Church and Active Generations.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Lester E. Lameyer, Sioux Falls SD; sons, Jerry Freeman (Mary), Spirit Lake, IA, Jeffrey Freeman (Cindy), Sheldon IA, Jamie Lameyer, Sioux Falls, SD; daughters: Julie Boyd (Curt), Colleyville TX, Jane Freeman, Sioux Falls SD;  step-son, Dale Lameyer (Sherry),  Sioux Falls SD; step-daughters, Debra Wallenberg, Sioux Falls SD, Diane Lameyer (Bob Houck), Sioux Falls SD; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann Miller, Paulina, IA, and Mary Greimann (Lyndon), Mesa, AZ, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Geneva and Nelva; and a step son-in-law, Steven Wallenberg.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday March 13, 2013, at First Reformed Church, 4800 S. Tomar Road. Visitation begins at 1:00 Tuesday afternoon, with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 Tuesday evening, at Miller Funeral home, 507 S. Main Avenue.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Jon Bleeker, Dr. Jeff Murray, and to the hospice staff and nurses for their kindness and compassionate care.


Northwestern Falls in First Round of NAIA Tournament

NWCwrittenoutPoint Lookout, Mo — Fourth-ranked Northwestern College lost to (RV) Cali Maritime 76-54 in the first round of the 2013 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The 2013 event is being played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

The Red Raiders held its only lead after a Zack Leeper basket to start the game. Cal Maritime came back with a 9-2 run behind three straight three-pointers by three different players. After Northwestern cut it to five, the Keelhaulers went on another 8-0 run, holding the Red Raiders scoreless for over four minutes, to lead 21-9. Cal Maritime extended its lead to 14 by the break, 32-18.

Both teams shot poorly in the first half with Northwestern at 27% while Cal Maritime went 32% from the field but 41% (7/17) from the three-point arc.

Northwestern immediately cut it to nine at the start of the second half behind a pair of free throws and a three-pointer by senior Ben Miller. The Keelhaulers had an answer for every run, however, and outscored the Red Raiders 14-3 over a seven-minute span to open up a 46-26 advantage. Northwestern made one final charge, scoring 10 straight points, six by Miller, and cut it to 10 (48-38) but that is as close as they would get as Cal Maritime held off the rally to earn its first ever win at the national championship.

Northwestern struggled from the field all game, shooting a season-low 28% and just 23% (5-for-22) from beyond the arc. Miller led all scorers with 23 points and was the only Red Raider player in double figures. Northwestern held a 38-33 advantage on the glass, led by Miller with 11 for his 11 double-double this season. They finish the season with a 24-7 overall record.

Cal Maritime shot 40% for the game and 44% (10-for-23) from the three-point arc. Casey Healy scored 15 points, nine from beyond the arc, and Keven Campbell added 12. Jaquai Wiley added 10 points and five rebounds. The Keelhaulers improve to 25-6 and will play Grace (Ind.) in the second round.