Boyden-Hull Alum Hurls First Shutout With Morningside

Morningside extended its winning streak to six games when it swept Grand View University 6-0 and 12-10 in Tuesday’s baseball doubleheader in Des Moines, Iowa.

The sweep raised the Mustangs’ record to 12-7.

Jordan Mouw, a 2010 Boyden-Hull grad, pitched a five-hit shutout to lead the Mustangs in the opener. Mouw walked only one batter and struck out eight while twirling the first shutout of his collegiate career.

The Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Bo Smith and Travis Hanson each singled to set up a two-run single by GPAC Player of the Week Tanner O’Neill.

O’Neill drove in another run with a groundout in the fifth inning to make it 3-0. The Mustangs scored their final two runs in the seventh on a two-run single by Brendan McCabe.

Losing pitcher Brett Toncar scattered 10 hits in a complete game effort for the Vikings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Hanson led the Mustangs’ hitters with a double and single, while O’Neill, McCabe, and Smith each had two singles. Will Glienke also had an extra base hit with a double.

The second game was a slugfest where each team collected 17 hits. Morningside outscored the Vikings 5-3 in the seventh inning to break a 7-7 tie.

Tyler Candor was the big hitter in the Mustangs’ lineup with four hits, including a pair of doubles, while Keaton Rowe had three hits and Mouw had a home run, single, and four RBIs. The Mustangs also had multiple hit performances from A.J. Staiert with a double and single and Addison Gillett with a pair of singles.

Mouw’s home run was a three-run shot in the third inning that staked the Mustangs to a 5-0 lead.

Grand View tied the score at 5-5 with three runs in the bottom of the third and two more scores in the fifth.

Morningside regained the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by Kyle Gogel and a RBI groundout by Mouw.

The Mustangs had five consecutive hits in their pivotal five-run seventh, including a RBI double by Staiert to start the hit string and a two-run single by Rowe to end it. Candor and Mouw also had RBI singles during the rally.

Greg Scott, Britton Adams, John Sorenson, and Storm Throne all pitched for the Mustangs and combined for five strikeouts and one walk. Sorenson was credited with the win in a 1.1 inning relief stint.

Morningside will play a doubleheader against Bellevue University on Friday in Bellevue, Neb.

NAIA All-American, Coach Of The Year Honors Awarded

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2012 Division II Women’s Basketball All-America teams. Players are selected by the All-America committee.

Jennifer Jorgensen of Grand View (Iowa) earned 2012 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Year after finishing third in the nation in scoring at 23.2 points per game. She also led NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball in total points scored (835) and steals (120) and was seventh nationally with 10.6 rebounds per contest. The 5-foot-10 junior guard led the Vikings to a 30-6 overall 2011-12 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the national tournament for the second time in three years. Jorgensen averaged 20.0 points and 13.7 rebounds in three games at this year’s tournament and was named All-Tournament First Team.

Northwestern’s (Iowa) Chris Yaw was recognized as the Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year on Tuesday night following the Red Raiders’ 75-62 national championship victory over College of the Ozarks (Mo.). Yaw, in his first season as head coach after taking over for newly-minted NAIA Hall of Famer Earl Woudstra, guided the program to its third-straight national title and fifth in school history. The Red Raiders concluded the season with a 28-7 overall record and a 16-4 Great Plains Athletic Conference mark. After losses in four of the first eight games, Yaw guided Northwestern to victories in 24 of Northwestern’s final 27 contests.

Jorgensen’s inclusion on the All-America list marks the third-straight selection for her. After receiving third-team honors in 2010, the Dayton, Iowa, native vaulted to the first team in 2011 and again in 2012. Northwestern’s Kendra De Jong is also making her second-consecutive appearance on the first team. The junior led the Red Raiders in both points (18.7) and rebounds per game (9.2) and notched a double-double in each of her team’s five games at the national tournament.

Other repeat All-America honorees include College of the Ozark’s Morgan Smith, Hastings’ (Neb.) Alicia Statler, Indiana Northwest’s Sharon Houston and Concordia’s (Mich.) Kortni Elsworth.

Player of the Year: Jennifer Jorgensen, Grand View (Iowa)

Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year: Chris Yaw, Northwestern (Iowa)

First Team

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Morgan Smith^ College of the Ozarks (Mo.) C Jr. Nixa, Mo.
Kortni Elsworth# Concordia (Mich.) G Sr. Goodrich, Mich.
Amber Kistler Concordia (Neb.) G Sr. Minatare, Neb.
Melissa Veltkamp Cornerstone (Mich.) G/F Sr. Hudsonville, Mich.
Jennifer Jorgensen^ Grand View (Iowa) G Sr. Dayton, Iowa
Alicia Statler^ Hastings (Neb.) C Sr. St. Libory, Neb.
Krystal Stoneking Indiana Wesleyan C Sr. Newark, Ohio
Anna Jones Iowa Wesleyan F Sr. Flanagan, Ill.
Chelsie Trask Morningside (Iowa) G Jr. Rockford, Iowa
Kendra De Jong* Northwestern (Iowa) F Jr. Hospers, Iowa

Second Team

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Ariel Nickell Alice Lloyd (Ky.) F So. New Tazewell, Tenn.
Laura Johnson Bethel (Ind.) G Jr. Millbrook, Ill.
Alexsis Brown Cal Maritime F Sr. Richmond, Calif.
Kristen Conahan Concordia (Neb.) G So. Omaha, Neb.
Karlee Despres Davenport (Mich.) F Sr. Belmont, Mich.
Sharon Houston^ Indiana Northwest F Sr. Merrillville, Ind.
Jessalyn Jackson Northwest (Wash.) C Sr. Vancouver, Wash.
Kami Kuhlmann Northwestern (Iowa) G Sr. Charter Oak, Iowa
Brett Bates Southwestern (Kan.) G Sr. Hobart, Okla.
Lindsey Waters Union (Tenn.) C Jr. Stearns, Ky.

Third Team

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Sandy Jenkins Ave Maria (Fla.) C Sr. Holly Hill, Fla.
Maranda Vaught College of the Ozarks (Mo.) G Sr. Crane, Mo.
Katie Steigleman Corban (Ore.) G Sr. Eugene, Ore.
Abby Fawcett Friends (Kan.) G Jr. Wichita, Kan.
Kristen Moose Houghton (N.Y.) G So. Canaseraga, N.Y.
Kelsey Green Huntington (Ind.) F/C Sr. Van Buren, Ind.
Emily Greiner Mount Mercy (Iowa) G Sr. Spring Valley, Minn.
Micha Mims Mount Mercy (Iowa) G Sr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Karyn Bixler Saint Mary (Neb.) F Jr. Omaha, Neb.
Shawnelle Campbell Warner (Fla.) G Sr. Portland, Ore.

*2011 First-Team Selection
^2011 Second-Team Selection
#2011 Third-Team Selection

Honorable Mention

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Steffani Liscum Arizona Christian G Sr. Tucson, Ariz.
Emily Huber Ave Maria (Fla.) G Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.
Chelsea Harris Bethel (Kan.) F Jr. Newton, Kan.
Olivia Moore Brescia (Ky.) G Fr. Louisville, Ky.
Kylie Dilla Briar Cliff (Iowa) G Sr. Cherokee, Iowa
Felicity Jones College of Idaho G Jr. Tremonton, Utah
Hannah Sabol Concordia (Mich.) F Jr. Shelby Twp, Mich.
Ellie Allen Daemen (N.Y.) G Jr. Amherst, N.Y.
Karli Harris Davenport (Mich.) G Sr. Fishers, Ind.
Danielle Boykin Grace (Ind.) F Sr. Muncie, Ind.
Soulijah Evans Holy Names (Calif.) P So. San Diego, Calif.
Megan Murphy Indiana Southeast F Sr. Bloomington, Ind.
Page Smith Indiana Wesleyan F Jr. Fishers, Ind.
Bridget Schuneman Jamestown (N.D.) C Jr. Lino Lakes, Minn.
Mykiea Russell Montreat (N.C.) G Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
Shea Rasmussen Nebraska Wesleyan G Sr. Longmont, Colo.
Amanda Francis Northwestern Ohio G Sr. Sidney, Ohio
April Austin Point Park (Pa.) G Jr. Penn Hills, Penn.
Olivia Grigg Saint Mary (Neb.) F Sr. Bladen, Neb.
Bekah Eppler Simpson (Calif.) F Sr. San Diego, Calif.
Maddie Cummings St. Thomas (Fla.) G Sr. Orlando, Fla.
Erin Guarneri Taylor (Ind.) G/F Jr. Marion, Ind.
Teonike Webb Virginia Intermont G Sr. Dublin, Va.
Chelsey Christensen Warner Pacific (Ore.) P Jr. West Linn, Ore.
Orielle Thomas William Penn (Iowa) G So. Waynesville, Mo.

Dordt And Northwestern Represented On NAIA Division II All American Men’s Basketball Teams

Two Dordt College Defender men’s basketball players and one Northwestern Red Raider were included in the NAIA 2011-2012 Division II Men’s Basketball All-American list released on Wednesday, March 14.

Trevor Wolterstorff, a third-team pick in 2011, earned second-team NAIA All-American this season after averaging 14.9 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and he made 59 percent of his shots from the floor.  Wolterstorff ends his junior season sixth on the all-time scoring list at Dordt and he ranks 18th all-time in rebounds.  Wolterstorff was a repeat first-team all-Great Plains Athletic Conference pick this season.  He is a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa and graduated from Western Christian High School.

Cliff Warner was named an NAIA All-Americanhonorable mention honoree one day after being accorded 2012 all-NAIA National Tournament Team honors.  Warner averaged 13.4 points per game with 4.2 assists per outing to go with 1.5 steals and 2.9 rebounds.  He converted school record 90 three-point baskets this season and made 47 percent of his three-point attempts.  After a season and a half with the Defenders Warner ranks 13th all-time in assists and 20th all-time in steals.  Warner is a junior from Altoona, Iowa and he went to high school at Pella Christian.

Ben Miller represents the Northwestern Red Raiders. The junior guard from Volga South Dakota was named to the NAIA All American third team.

Dordt’s Cliff Warner Named To All Tournament Team

Cliff Warner, a junior on the Dordt College men’s basketball team, was named to the NAIA Division II National Tournament All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the event on Tuesday, March 13 at the College of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Missouri.

Warner averaged 21.7 points with 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the three games Dordt played at the tournament.  Warner made 17-33 field goals, was 13-25 from beyond the three-point line and converted 18-21 free throws.  Warner played nearly 36 minutes per game on average.

The Defenders concluded the 2011-2012 season with a 30-5 overall record and advanced to the NAIA Division II quarterfinal round.

The all-tournament team consists of ten members selected by the tournament committee.


Northwestern College Holding Celebration TONIGHT

Northwestern College will be holding a special recognition celebration tonight (Wednesday) @ 7:00PM in the Bultman Center to celebrate the National Championship effort of the Women’s Basketball squad and also to recognize the efforts of the men’s Basketball team , several track & Field and wrestling athletes including Matt Huisman who won the individual National title in the High Jump.  All are invited to attend.

Northwestern Women Win 3rd Consecutive NAIA Title

The Northwestern College women’s basketball team won its third straight NAIA Division II women’s basketball national championship with a 75-62 win over #3 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The Red Raiders have an NAIA record five national championships, winning four of the last five.

Northwestern started fast, scoring the first eight points of the game, and held a 20-8 lead after a Val Kleinjan three-pointer at the 10:27 mark. Kami Kuhlmann scored 12 of the first 20 points for the Red Raiders, who held Ozarks to just three field goals over the first 11 minutes.

Both teams shot under their season average over the first 20 minutes. Northwestern shot 39% from the field and was led by Kuhlmann with 16 points at the break. Ozarks shot 29% and was led by MCAC player of the year, Morgan Smith, with 11 points.

NWC pushed the lead to nine in the early stages of the second half but a 9-0 Bobcats run tied the game at 48 and Ozarks missed on a chance to take its first lead of the game after a missed three-point attempt by Maranda Vaught with under 13 minutes left. Northwestern responed with a 5-0 run and gradually built the lead back up to seven (62-55) on a basket by Samantha Kleinsasser. Ozarks made it a five-point game (64-59) after a basket by Vaught but the Red Raiders scored the next seven points, using outstanding defense to hold the Bobcats scoreless for three minutes, and went on to win their fifth national championship, 75-62.

Northwestern shot 40% from the field and was led by tournament most valuable player, Kami Kuhlmann, who scored a game-high 27 points, The senior closes out her outstanding career in sixth place all time with 2,028 points and in fifth place all-time at the national tournament with 292 points. Kendra De Jong recorded her fifth straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, earning all-tournament honors. Samantha Kleinsasser added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Ozarks was led by Morgan Smith, who carried the Bobcats offense with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Maranda Vaught added 16 points, going just 2-for-12 from the three-point line Ozarks shot 31% and was held to 19% from the three-point line. They finish the season with a 33-4 overall record.

Kuhlmann was named tournament most valuable player and De Jong was named to the first team.


First Team:
Kelsey Combs, College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
Kendra De Jong, Northwestern (Iowa)
Jennifer Jorgensen, Grand View (Iowa)
Kami Kuhlmann, Northwestern (Iowa)
Katie Rich, Concordia (Neb.)
Morgan Smith, College of the Ozarks (Mo.)

Second Team:
Korrie Bourn, Eastern Oregon
Kristen Conahan, Concordia (Neb.)
Kelsey Evans, Briar Cliff (Iowa)
Bria Fields, Mount Mercy (Iowa)
Krystal Stoneking, Indiana Wesleyan

Most Valuable Player:
Kami Kuhlmann, Northwestern (Iowa): 22.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.6 spg, 32/37 FT (86.5%) in 5 games