Alex Van Roekel of Orange City has signed letters of intent to continue his football and track and field careers at Northwestern College next year.
Van Roekel is a 6’1”, 185-pound wide receiver and safety who lettered two years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School football team. Van Roekel scored two touchdowns and totaled 96 yards as a receiver and posted 26 tackles on defense. He helped lead the Dutch to a 5-5 record and a postseason berth last year. A member of the National Honor Society, Van Roekel plans to major in business at Northwestern. He is the son of Gerald and Amy.
“We are really excited about Alex’s potential at the wide receiver position,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He showed last fall that he has big play potential as a receiver and now that he can focus on just his offensive skills, we feel Alex will become a great target with his nice combination of size and speed.”
A four-year letter winner for the MOC-Floyd Valley track and field team, Van Roekel earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and boasts personal bests of 11.4 in the 100 meters and 22.4 in the 200 meters.
“Alex is a quality young man and talented sprinter,” commented head track and field coach Nate Wolf. “He is a hard worker and is a great addition to our team. I am excited to have Alex join our squad.”
MOC-FV Basketball standout Lauren McDonald has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Northwestern College next year.
McDonald is a 6’0” multi-sports star who earned a total of 12 letters, three in basketball, for MOC-Floyd Valley High School. McDonald averaged 8.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and totaled 35 steals, earning third team all-state honors her senior year. She helped lead the Dutch to a state runner-up finish and 27-1 overall record in 2012 while also being named to the class 3A state all-tournament team. McDonald was also all-district and two-time all-conference selection. In addition, McDonald was all-conference player in volleyball and two-time state qualifier in track and field. An outstanding student who was a finalist for the E. Wayne Cooley IGHSAU student-athlete award, McDonald plans to major in education at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Todd and Kris.
“We are excited to have Lauren join our basketball program next year,” commented head women’s basketball coach Chris Yaw. “In addition to her outstanding basketball accomplishments, Lauren is an outstanding student and person. Her pursuit of excellence in her faith, academics and athletics will make her a quality addition to the Northwestern College community and to our basketball team.”
The outdoor track season begins today for most area high school teams. While the Sioux Center boys are at the Sergeant Bluff Luton invite, a large contingent of area track teams open the season at the MOC Floyd Valley Invite this afternoon.
Along with the Sheldon Orabs, teams competing at the coed meet on the Northwestern College Track include Central Lyon, Gehlen, the HMS girls, LeMars boys, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, Spirit Lake, Unity, Western and Sioux Center girls teams.
KIWA Radio asked Sheldon Orab head girls track Coach Kris Groff for his thoughts going into the outdoor opener this afternoon,
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Sheldon boys track coach Jason Groendyke had these thoughts about the boy’s competition at today’s meet,
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In other track competition today West Lyon, Central Lyon and Hills Beaver Creek Minnesota are among the teams participating in a coed meet hosted by Boyden Hull Rock Valley at Hesla Field.
The Northwestern Red Raider baseball team split a twin-bill against Hastings College Saturday. The Raiders won the opener 10-2, before dropping the nightcap to Hastings by a 4-3 final. Those games were played in Hastings, Nebraska.
The Doane College Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to fight off a loss and won a 6-4 decision in game one of their doubleheader with the Dordt Defenders in baseball play at Crete, Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.
In game 2, Doane College scored early and often in a 23-6 win over Dordt.
The Northwestern Women went 1 and 1 at the Morningside Softball Invitational in Sioux City Saturday. In their first game of the day, the Raiders lost 6-1 to Mayville State. In their second contest, the Raiders beat Dakota State 2-0.