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.

Boyden-Hull To Play For State Championship

Comet LogoThe Boyden Hull Comets will get the opportunity to defend their State 1A Title following a 77-52 win over North Tama.  The 7 seeded Comets will meet Storm Lake St. Mary’s who knocked off Danville 61-55. The Panthers are the 4 seed in 1A.

The Comets led at all the breaks up 19-15 at the end of the first quarter and 32-31 at halftime.  Boyden Hull put it away in the third outscoring North Tama 19-8 to take a 51-39 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Comets had four of the five starters in double figures getting a game high 18 from Colin Bolkema.  Brandt Van Roekel hit for 17 along with 13 rebounds for the double-double.  Also in double figures were Riley Francis with 16 and Miguel Alvarado with 12.  J.C. Koerselman added 9 points and dished out 6 assists.

22 of Boyden Hull’s 77 points came from the free throw line as Boyden Hull hit 22-of-29 from the line.  The Comets also hit 60 percent from the floor.

With the win the Comets improve to 24-3 while North Tama will take a 26-3 record into the third place game.

Up next for Boyden Hull will be a Championship match-up with 26-1 Storm Lake St Mary’s.  The 1A Championship is set for Friday night at 6:05.  We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.

Northwestern Red Raider Women Cruise To First Round Victory

Northwestern logoNo. 7 Northwestern began its defense of its three-straight national championships by cruising to a 92-66 victory over Mayville State (N.D.) on Wednesday in the first round of the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships. Red Raider All-American forward Kendra De Jong continued her dominant play on the national stage with 16 points and 10 rebounds despite leaving the game in the first half with an apparent injury.

The Comets stayed close early on until Northwestern surged in the latter part of the second half. The Red Raiders stretched their lead to 41-23 in the first half and led by as many 28 points with Alli Dunkelberger Mackenzie Small and Karen Hutson leading the way. They made up for De Jong’s absence with a combined 46 points.

Head coach Chris Yaw’s squad used its usual stout defense and rebounding to mow down Mayville State. Northwestern limited the Comets to 29 percent shooting while out-rebounding the Association of Independent Institutions foe, 61-38.

Mayville State placed three scorers in double-figures: Hailey Longtin (17), Samantha Heier (14) and Angela Tauer (13). The Comets close the season with an overall mark of 20-6 after making their first appearance at the national championships in school history.

The Red Raiders have not lost at the national tournament since a 63-58 semifinal defeat to GPAC rival Morningside (Iowa) in 2009. Northwestern is aiming for its sixth national title in school history.

The Raiders advance to Friday’s second-round game, where they will challenge No. 10 Concordia (Mich.) in a battle of top-10 teams. Tipoff is set for 10:15 a.m. Concordia defeated Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 90-80 in a first-round game earlier on Wednesday.

State Basketball Tournament Broadcast Schedule for Thursday, March 7th

Siouxland Conference logoHere’s today’s broadcast schedule, all games broadcast on KIWA-FM 105.3 and streamed from

12:10 PM: Class 1A Semifinal: Boyden-Hull vs. North Tama

3:25 PM: Class 2A Semifinal: Sheldon vs. Kuemper Catholic

6:30 PM: Class 3A Semifinal: MOC-FV vs. Harlan

All times approximate and subject to change

Duane Janssen

Duane JanssenDuane Nelson Janssen, age 86, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Rev. Terry Simm officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, Iowa.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Duane Janssen.

Boyden-Hull Boys Advance To 1A State Tournament Semfinals

Comet LogoIt was a back and forth affair throughout as the Boyden-Hull Comets faced Lone Tree in the quarterfinal round of the 1A Boys State Basketball Tournament Monday afternoon at Well’s Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Lone Tree jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, courtesy of back to back 3 point buckets in the contest, leading by as many as 8 points in the first half before the Comets tied the score at 18-18 with 3:43 to play in the second quarter.  The Comets didn’t see their first lead until they went ahead 20-19 with 2:42 to play in the first half.

Lone Tree led 14-11 and the end of the first quarter, and 23-20 at halftime.  The Comets kicked it up a notch in the 3rd quarter, leading 33-28 when the quarter came to a close.

There were several lead changes in the 4th, with Boyden-Hull outlasting Lone Tree by a final score of 58-54.

Leading scorer for the Comets was Colin Bolkema with 16 points.  Riley Francis added 14, and Brandt Van Roekel 10.  J.C. Koerselman chipped in 8 points, with Miguel Alvarado contributing 6 and Chris Sietstra adding 4 points.  Boyden-Hull shot only 46.7% from the field, 21.1% from 3-point range, and an even 50% at the free throw line.

With the win the Comets extend their season record to 23-3, and advance to the semifinal round Thursday afternoon at 12:15, when they’ll play North Tama, who defeated Ankeny Christian Academy this afternoon by a 47-45 margin.  We’ll have that game for you, live, on KIWA-FM 105.3, and streamed from the web at