Kendra De Jong Named National Player of The Year

Northwesstern logoThe National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2013 Division II All-America teams and Kendra De Jong of Hospers was named the national player of the year. The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee.

De Jong led the Red Raiders in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game, and ranked fifth in the NAIA in rebounding, pulling down 10.9 per game. The senior shot 53% from the field, dished out 70 assists and totaled 60 steals. De Jong recorded 17 double-doubles this season, including 12 straight to finish they year. She scored in double figure in 32 of the Red Raiders 34 games and finishes third all-time in scoring (2,388pts), first in rebounding (1,231), third in steals (248) and seventh in blocked shots (73).

De Jong earned first team All-American honors for the third straight year and was also named to the national championship all-tournament team. She is one of four Northwestern players to be named national player of the year, joining Rachel Binneboese (2000, 2001), Deb Remmerde-Leusink (2006, 2008) and Becca (Hurley) Kramer (2011).

Northwestern recently finished its 2013 season with a 26-8 overall record, losing in the semifinals to Davenport (Mich.).

Dordt Basketballers Earn National Honors

PrintTrevor Wolterstorff and Cliff Warner, a pair of seniors at Dordt College, have earned NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-American recognition for the recently completed 2012-13 season.

Wolterstorff, a 6-4 forward, earned second-team honors for the second straight year and Warner, a 5-10 guard, was an honorable mention pick for the second consecutive season. Both were first-team all-GPAC picks the last two seasons.

Wolterstorff finished the season with a 14.5 points per game scoring average to go with a team high 6.6 rebounds per game. Wolterstorff converted 57.1 percent of his shots from the field and had 58 assists and 34 steals this season.

Warner converted 14.1 points per game this season while making 42.9 percent of his field goals and 43.3 percent of his three-point shots. Warner made a Dordt record 117 three-point baskets this season and led the team in assists with 133 and had a team high 42 steals.

Dordt College recently concluded a 28-7 season, advancing to the NAIA Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament quarterfinals.


Kara Van Dyke, a junior at Dordt College, was named NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-American Honorable Mention for the recently completed 2012-13 season.

Van Dyke, a first-team all-GPAC selection, scored a team high 12.8 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 7.5 caroms per contest. She knocked down 47.4 percent of her field goal attempts an also converted 41.0 percent of her three-point shots. Van Dyke got credit for 52 assists this season and 32 blocked shots with 46 steals.

Van Dyke is a native of Edgerton, Minnesota and she helped the Defenders to a 16-15 mark this season.

Dordt Defender All Star Boys And Girls Basketball Games Set For Saturday

basketballDordt College will host the annual American State Bank-Defender Gold Club High School All-Star on Saturday, March 16 at the De Witt Gym.

The evening will start with the girls game at 5:30 with the boys game to follow at about 7:00. There will be a three-point shooting contest held at halftime of each game. High school seniors from the Lakes, Siouxland and War Eagle Conference are eligible for participation at in the event.

Players who have committed to play on Saturday night include:




Lexi Ackerman-Central Lyon
Kori Schulte-Central Lyon
Emily Pick-Le Mars
Taylor Carstensen-George Little Rock
Taylor Sweeney-Hartley Melvin Sanborn
Rylee Yaw-MOC Floyd Valley
Jillian Estes-Sioux Center
Alissa Christoffer-Spirit Lake
Emily Holtgrewe-Gehlen
Jill Schouten-Unity
Jade Lynn Vlotho-West Sioux
Carissa Anderson-West Sioux
Brooke Wolterstorff-Western
Kim Kroeze-Western
Shae De Jager-Western
Elissa Jansma-Western
Kenzie Vande Vegte-Western


JC Koerselman-Boyden Hull
Colin Bolkema-Boyden Hull
Jake Jackson-Emmetsburg
Matt Burrell-Estherville Lincoln Central
Michael Whitehead-Gehlen
Jason Vander Kooi-Hinton
Cade Harvey-Hartley Melvin Sanborn
Kyle Dolph-Le Mars
Justin Van Kalsbeek-MOC Floyd Valley
Trey Achterhoff-MOC Floyd Valley
Cam Kuchel-Remsen Union
James Gradert-Sheldon
Michael Grady-Spalding
Matthew Klemme-Spencer
Eric Wilkie-Cherokee
Trevor Kauk-Unity
Michael Den Herder-Western
Brad Gritters-Trinity
Sam Weber-South O’Brien
Jay Grant-Storm Lake

IGCA All State Basketball Teams Released

basketball2013 Iowa Girls Coaches Association All State Basketball Teams

Class 1A 1st Team
Lexi Ackerman Central Lyon
Renee Maneman Newell Fonda
Dia Keahna Meskwaki Settelment
Kayla Lindemeyer Bedford
Samantha Meyers Grundy Center
Paige Danner Ar-We-Va
Jade Lynn Vlotho West Sioux
Andrea Christensen Newell Fonda

2nd Team
Kelsey Ackerman Central Lyon

3rd Team
Kori Schulte Central Lyon

State 1A Co-Coaches of the year are Dan Kruse and Bruce Eckenrod of State Champion Central Lyon

Class 2A 1st Team
Brooke Wolterstorff Western Christian
Kaylee Blake IKM-Manning
Ellie Herzberg Manson-NW Webster
Nicole Miller North Linn
Josie Kopal Lawton-Bronson
Mallory Boyle North Mahaska
Kelsey Ernst Bellevue
Olivia Godfrey Panorama

2nd Team
Alissa Pollema Western Christian

State 2A Coach of the year is Bill Harmsen of State Champion Western Christian

Class 3A 1st Team
Alexis Conaway MOC-Floyd Valley
Paige Greiner Williamsburg
Danielle Moore Davenport, Assumption
Miranda Murphy North Polk
Hailey Schneden Davenport, Assumption
Allie Sievert Estherville Lincoln Central
Daneshia Snitker Waukon
KJ Veldman Spirit Lake

3rd Team
Emily McDonald MOC-Floyd Valley

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.

Orab Nation Celebrates Saturday Night

orabs bring trophy to welcome home 2013The Class 2A State Champion Sheldon Orab Boys Basketball Team was welcomed home Saturday night in a celebration of Orab Nation at the high school gym. The Orab team was welcomed with a loud ovation as they entered the gym.

The program began with a look back at the tournament run beginning with the District title game in Spencer, the Substate win in overtime at Orange City and the three game State Tournament run that culminated in the State Title.

state champ team 2013Head Coach Claude Struve then took the microphone to share his thoughts about the season and his final Orab team. The seniors then gave their thanks to the crowd and reflected on their accomplishment as the first State Champion Basketball Team in school history.

orabs surround champ trophy 2013Following the senior’s remarks Farm Bureau representatives awarded each player and the coaches with a game ball as each was announced by number, height and position one final time this season to a loud ovation from the Orab faithful on hand to celebrate  their achievement.

state champ trophy 2013Photos Courtesy Of Tammie Boone