Kendra De Jong And Kami Kuhlmann Named All American

Kendra De Jong

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2012 NAIA Coaches’ All-America teams and two Northwestern players earned the national honor. Kendra De Jong of Hospers was named to the 10-member first team and Kami Kuhlmann from Charter Oak, Iowa received honorable mention accolades. The 10-member team was selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is comprised of one representative from each of the nine geographical regions and a chairperson.

De Jong led the conference in scoring (18.7ppg), ranked second in the conference in rebounding (9.2) and was also among the GPAC’s leaders in field goal percentage (55%) and assists (88). De Jong totaled 13 double-doubles this season, five coming at the national tournament, and scored in double figures in 33 of the 35 games this season. The junior forward was also a first team NAIA All-American and earned honorable mention WBCA honors last year.

Kami Kuhlman

Kuhlmann,a senior guard from Charter Oak, Iowa, averaged 17.8 points and over four rebounds per game this season. Kuhlmann led the conference with 144 assists and ranked second on the team with 41 three-pointers. She was named the most valuable player at the NAIA Championship and earned second team NAIA All-American honors.
Northwestern won its third straight NAIA Division II women’s basketball championship in early March and finished with a 28-7 record.


Fred Boer

Fred Boer, age 85 of Sanborn, IA passed away at Spirit Lake, Iowa on Monday, April 9, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 13th at 10:30 a.m. at the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn.

Rev. Daniel Donovan will be officiating. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12th at the church with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City, IA.

Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Frederick Allen Boer was born to Jacob and Ethel Holtrop Boer on January 8, 1927 at Doon, IA. The Lord called him home to glory on April 9, 2012 while he was doing what he loved, fishing.

He received his elementary education at country school near Doon, IA and at the Doon Christian School. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in Guam and the South Pacific until the end of World War II. After returning from military service, he began farming near Sheldon, IA.

On May 6, 1949 he was united in marriage with Gerry Van Bruggen. God blessed this union with seven children, 22 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. This family was led through the joys of life, as well as the difficult times by his unwavering faith in his Savior.

He delighted in spending time with family and friends, especially when it involved being outdoors in God’s beautiful creation hunting or fishing.

Nothing pleased him more than taking care of his family and his wisdom and counsel were always appreciated. He continued to work in his disc sharpening business until his death, when not fishing or helping his family.

He was a former elder in the Sanborn Christian Reformed church and was an active member of the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn, IA.

Looking forward to a blessed reunion in glory are his wife, Gerry; four sons, Gary, and wife Lou Ann, Sioux Falls, SD; Jeff, and wife Jeannie, Hialeah, FL; Dave, and wife Cheryl, Sioux Falls, SD; Mike, and wife Sherry, Long Beach, CA; and two daughters, Judy Van Engen, and husband Allen, Inwood, IA and Sue Koele, and husband Terry, Littleton, CO; six brothers, Henry, and wife Corina; Jeen, and wife Joan; Ed, and wife Fran; Harlan, and wife Joan; Dale, and wife Karen, and Roger; three sisters, Myrtle Bootsma; Alvina Hiemstra; and Phyllis Steensma, and husband Andy; twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in being called to glory were his parents, Jacob and Ethel; his brother-in-law Ralph Bootsma; his brother-in-law Gary Hiemstra; a son, Mark; and a grandson, Kirk Van Engen.

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Sports Schedule For Tuesday

Sports schedule for Tuesday 4/10/12
Coed Track

Sheldon, Boyden Hull, G-LR, HMS, Rock Valley, Sioux Center, West Lyon and Western at Central Lyon

Okoboji, South O’Brien at Spirit Lake

Boys Soccer

MOC Floyd Valley at Spencer

Girls Soccer

Spencer at MOC Floyd Valley

Coed Golf

Gehlen at HMS

Akron Westfield at Remsen Union

Kingsley Pierson and Woodbury Central at Hinton

Harris Lake Park and Sioux Central and Clay Central Everly in a triangular at Spencer

Travis Dekkers Becomes Dordt All Time Hits Leader

With a single to leftfield in game two of a doubleheader with Mount Marty on Saturday afternoon, April 7, Travis Dekkers became Dordt College’s all-time baseball hits leader. The senior from Hawarden, Iowa now has 156 hits over his three-plus seasons at Dordt and passed former teammate Dillon Peters for the record.

Dekkers started the season in sixth all-time and has 33 base hits through 29 games this season. Dekkers already held the all-time doubles record at Dordt with 39 and ranks second in total bases with 217. All totaled Dekkers ranks in the top-five in six different offensive categories and he also ranks first in put-outs on defense with 975.

Dekkers has played in 143 out of 145 games during his career and has played in 127 straight games for the Defenders. The last time Dekkers was not in the Dordt lineup was March 20, 2009, a doubleheader against Doane College.

Where Dekkers ranks:
Hits: 1st with 156
At-Bats: 3rd with 473
Runs: 13th with 69
Runs Batted In: 4th with 84
Singles: 3rd with 108
Doubles: 1st with 39
Total Bases: 2nd with 217
Put Outs: 1st with 975
Fielding percentage: 6th with .973

Dordt College all-time hits leaders:
Travis Dekkers 2009-present 156
Dillon Peters 2006-2009 155
Beau Bosma 1999-2002 152
Tim De Jong 1996-1999 143
Travis Feekes 2007-2010 141
Craig Broek 1997-2000 141
Steve Vermeer 1985-1988 120
Travis De Jong 2005-2008 120
Jeff Schouten 1993-1996 119
Stacey Kooiman 1989-1992 113
Scott Van Andel 1999-2002 110
Troy Vander Molen 1991-1994 107
Doug Miedema 1981-1984 107
Dennis Van Zanten 1978-1981 101

Northwest Iowa Special Olympics Set For April 21st

The Special Olympics, Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 21st at the Sioux Center Athletic Field. In the event of inclement weather the games will go indoors to the Dordt College Gym and Rec Center.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:35 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15 pm. There are 446 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old.

Athletes are expected from Lyon and Osceola counties down to Monona and Crawford as part of the Northwest District area. Athletes may participate in 2 events and run with a relay team. There are over 125 volunteers who help to make the day a great success. First place winners will compete in Ames on May 17th through the 19th at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.