Northwestern Men & Women Both Win At GPAC Tournaments

Lincoln, Nebraska — The Northwestern Red Raider baseball team won both of their games at the GPAC Conference Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska yesterday.  In the first game, the Raiders downed Dakota Wesleyan 7-3.  Ryan Brasser got the win for Northwestern, pitching 5-1/3 innings.  Chase Rozeboom came on in relief, pitching the rest of the way for the save.  For Dakota Wesleyean, Ethan Opsahl was tagged with the loss, pitching 6 innings before being pulled in favor of Josh Wagner.

In their second game, the Raiders outlasted Doane by a final score of 2-1.  Mike Zoellner went the distance on the mound for Northwestern, picking up the win, while Tim Carlson took the loss for Doane.

After Thursday’s action, Northwestern now stands at 29-21 for the season, and will face Mount Marty in a 9:00 a.m. tournament game Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the Red Raider women won both of their Thursday games at the GPAC Softball Tournament in Hastings, Nebraska.

In the first game, Keely Bracelin pitched an entire game 6-3 win over Hastings College.

In their second game of the day, the Raiders picked up 11 runs on 12 hits to defeat Morningside by a final score of 11-3.  Katie VandeVoort and Keely Bracelin combined to pick up the win for Northwestern.  Emma Remy and Jordan Johnson combined to take the loss for Morningside.

After Thursday’s games, Northwestern now stands at 34-12 on the year.  Next outing for Northwestern will come at noon Friday, when they face Midland Lutheran in the GPAC Conference Softball Tournament.

Dordt Eliminated From GPAC Softball Tournament

A seventh inning homerun broke a 3-3 deadlock and eliminated the Dordt College Defender softball team from the Great Plains Athletic Conference softball tournament in Hastings, Nebraska on Thursday, May 3.

Dordt tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with back to back homeruns by Bethany Dykstra and Ashton Beaird. Dordt’s other run came in the second when Kim Buyert, running for Megan Huizenga, scored on an error by Midland with two outs in the inning.

Brittany Kooiker pitched the first four-plus innings and gave up six hits, three runs–one of them earned, walked one and struck out one. Kacy Oberfoell went the final three innings and allowed one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts, in taking the loss.

Dordt finishes the year with a 20-24 record while Midland advances to play Northwestern in an elimination game tomorrow at noon. Dordt and Midland were part of a four way tie for fifth place in the final GPAC standings at 10-10 in league play.

Sports Schedule For Friday 5/4/12

Coed Track

Alta Aurelia, Cherokee, Clay Central Everly, HMS, Newell Fonda, Sioux Central and Unity at South O’Brien

Coed Golf

West Sioux and Spalding at HMS

Village Northwest Panthers Softball Team Going to The Nationals

Special Olympics Athletes were recognized Thursday afternoon at Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon. A total of 38 athletes participated in the recent games in Sioux Center. Of that group of 38 a total of 8 were first time participants.

27 members of the Village Northwest Unlimited contingent qualified for the State Special Olympic Summer Games coming up in Ames. There will be 10 competing in soccer skills, 5 in Bocce Ball and another 12 in the Track and Field competition.

Deb Middle with the Village told KIWA Sports that the group bound for State follows the true spirit of the games.

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Also Thursday afternoon it was announced that the Panthers Softball Team has been selected to compete in the Special Olympics National Tournament in Oklahoma City September 21st through the 23. Middle explained how the Panthers were selected for the honor.

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The Panthers will be the only team representing Iowa at the nationals. Middle runs down the rest of the tournament field.

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Thursday afternoon the news was still sinking in.

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Practice for the nationals will start in a couple of weeks. The Panthers are coached by Deb Middle assisted by Sara Wolthuizen. Staff assistants include Mindy Liechti and Michelle Holtrop.

The team roster includes Scott Wheeler, Mike and Matt Kramer, Cody Meendering, Bob Stewart, John List, Stephanie Landhuis, Matt Petersen, Charles White, Zach Arrick, Abby Paulsen and Keith Krumm.

Also at Thursday’s announcement the Sheldon Noon Kiwanis presented the team with a check in the amount of $1,500 dollars to help with their expenses.


Sports Schedule for Thursday 5/3/12

Coed Track

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sibley Ocheyedan

Lakes Conference meet at Storm Lake

Akron Westfield, Hinton, MMC, Remsen St Mary’s, Spalding and Trinity Christian at West Sioux

Boys Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sioux Center

Girls Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Boyden Hull

Western and Storm Lake at Spencer

Coed Golf

Gehlen at West Sioux

Unity at MMC

HMS at South O’Brien

Remsen St Mary’s at Spalding

Preston Hoebelheinrich To Wrestle at Northwestern

Preston Hoebelheinrich of Rock Valley has signed a letter of intent to continue his wrestling career at Northwestern beginning this fall.

Hoebelheinrich, the son of Darwin and Gina Van Beek, is a 5-10 wrestler from Rock Valley Community High School. Hoebelheinrich competes in the 125 lb. weight class and finished his senior season with a 38-9 record and a 124-51 career record. Hoebelheinrich finished his career as a three time Iowa State Tournament qualifier. He was named Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore and a First Team All-Conference wrestler as a junior and senior. He was a three-time captain and won the Heart Award as a sophomore and Senior in addition to being named the Team MVP as a senior.

Hoebelheinrich, a member of the National Honor Society and Academic All-Conference wrestler, plans to major in pre-medicine while at Northwestern.

“We can’t say enough good things about Preston. We are ecstatic he has chosen NWC to pursue his degree and wrestling career,” said head coach Rik Dahl. “We have worked with Preston for the past three years and come to admire him as a young man. His desire to compete and his drive to succeed are bonus attributes for us. We look for Preston to make a splash in the NAIA much like he did at the High School level, winning 124 matches and earning three trips to the State Tournament. He will compete at 125 to 133 lbs for the Red Raiders.