Village Panthers Win Gold

Panthers Following Gold Medal Win

The Panther Basketball team ‘struck gold’ on March 10th in Iowa City at State Special Olympics. At the State Tournament, the first game was against the Link Mavericks. The game came down to the wire with the Panthers edging out the Mavericks 30-28. The second game was against Muscatine and the Panthers came out with a big win 44-10 for the gold medal.

The athletes on the Panther Basketball Team are: Bob Stewart, Scott Wheeler, Mike Kramer, Matt Peterson, John List, Matt Kramer, Charles White, Keith Krumm, Zack Arrick, Tim Steffens, Molly McDonald, Nicole Arens, Dan Lenz, Leah Kass and Abby Paulsen.

The Basketball Skills group scored big inSioux Center for District Special Olympics. Out of 18 athletes, 5 took home a Blue Ribbon and went on to state inIowa City. The athletes involved in Basketball Skills are Katie Boyle, Austin Buurman, Ken Doughty, Darcy Espey, Brad Friedland, Justin Groen, Janet Grooters, LaDel Heiman, Karen Kennedy, Marla Lindley, Stephanie Landhuis, Chris Mennen, Brian Post, Matt Stoll, Teri Vander Hamm,Les Van Engen,Chad Wassenaar, Jessica Webb.

The following athletes participated at state and brought home ribbons: 2nd Place: Les Van Engen, 3rd Place: Stephanie Landhuis, 4th Place: Brian Post, 6th Place: Austin Buurman & Matt Stoll.


DeHaan To Play Football at Northwestern

Caleb DeHaan of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next year.

DeHaan is a 6’0”, 180-pound running back and letterwinner who lettered three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School football team. He earned second team all-state honors and registered 55 solo and 102 total tackles last year. De Haan also recovered three fumbles. On offense, he totaled 188 rushing yards and four touchdowns, earned first team all-conference honors for the second straight year. A member of the National Honor Society, De Haan plans to major in business at Northwestern. He is the son of Brent and Patti.

“Caleb is a competitor,” commented head football coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He works very hard, plays hard and really understands the game of football. His skills and ability will be an asset to our defense.”

Raiders Sweep Doubleheader From DSU

Keely Bracelin

Northwestern swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from Dakota State Saturday afternoon in Madison, S.D. The Red Raiders shut out DSU in game one, 5-0, and then defeated the hosts 9-5 in the nightcap. Northwestern improves its record to 8-4 this season.

Keely Bracelin pitched a complete-game, three-hitter in leading NWC to a game one win. The sophomore walked one and struck out five in earning her first shutout of the season and improving her record to 3-2 this year.

Northwestern managed nine hits in game one, scoring two runs in the third and one run in each of the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Heidi Esdohr went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Lindsey Remien went 2-for-3. Kara Nonnemacher and Jillian Kleinhesselink recorded a run-scoring double.

Shelby Johnson

The Red Raider offense picked up and then some in game two, totaling 12 hits and scoring nine runs in the 9-5 win. Shelby Johnson had a career-high three doubles en route to a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate. The senior also drove in a career-high five runs. Esdohr went 2-for-4 for the second straight game and scored two runs while Katie Vande Voort added two hits and drove in one RBI.

Vande Voort improved to 4-1 on the mound, giving up a mere three hits and no earned runs in six innings of work. She struck out three and walked two. Alex Brower pitched the seventh inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.

Northwestern will host Bellevue (Neb.) in its home opener on Tuesday, March 20 at 5/7:00pm.

Dordt Defender Gold Club All Star Basketball Games Decided Saturday

The Dordt College Defender Gold Club hosted the annual Pizza Ranch High School All-Star Basketball Games on Saturday, March 17.

The three-point champion for the girls was Whitney Vander Maten of Boyden Hull who made ten shots in: 45 seconds. The boys competition was won by Keegan Mulder ofMOCFloydValleywith 13.

MVP’s were Amber Timmins of LeMars Gehlen and Whitney Vander Maten for the girls.  Boy’s MVP honors were shared by Daniel Jansen of MOC FloydValley, Austin Homan of LeMars and Ross Groeneweg of Unity Christian.

In the girls game the Gold team led at the half 37-34 with the Black team going on to post a 67-66 win. With :10 seconds left Vander Maten hit one of two free throws to give the Black team the one point win. Vander Maten led all scorers with 20 points while Jennifer Johnson ofCentral Lyon hit for 17 points.

The Gold squad had three players in double figures with Erica Dreckman of Marcus Meriden Cleghorn, Casie Rehder of South O’Brien and Timmins of LeMars Gehlen hitting for 12 points each.

In the boys game the Gold squad was up 49-42 at halftime going on to win 83-79 over the Black Team. The Gold Team was led by Ross Groeneweg of Unity with 17. Austim Homan of LeMars hit for 14 points with Bulldog team mate Jordan Eisma pumping in 11.

The Gold Team was led by Daniel Jansen of MOC Floyd Valley with 27 points. Also in double figures was Ross Ackerman of Central Lyon with 13. Bryce Moss of Boyden Hull had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.


Northwestern Softball & Baseball Teams Both Win Saturday

The Northwestern College Red Raider softball and baseball teams had a good day on Saturday.

In softball, the Raiders took both halves of a double-header from Dakota State, winning the first game 5-0, before taking the nightcap 9-5.

The Red Raider baseball team won a single 9-inning affair over Bellvue by a final tally of 8-3.


Ihnen All American Finishes 8th In The Nation

Nebraska wrestler Josh Ihnen earned All-America honors on Friday as the Nebraska wrestling team completed the second day of the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. The former Sheldon Orab won his fourth round consolation match to guarantee himself a spot in the top eight at 184 pounds at the nationals.

Ihnen, who had finished one match short of becoming an All-American the past two seasons, defeated Number 8 seed Ryan Loder from Northern Iowa in his consolation fourth round match by decision, 5-3.

Ihnen then advanced to face Number 3 Ben Bennett of Central Michigan, but was forced to injury default and fell to the eighth-place match where he was  slated to face off against the Number 1 seed Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming. Due to Friday night’s injury Ihnen forfeited the match and finished 8th in the nation at 184 pounds.

Earlier in the tournament Josh dropped a 7-4 decision to second seeded Robert Hamlin of Lehigh early Friday afternoon to drop into the consolation bracket.

Ihnen advanced to the quarterfinals after a one-point win over 10th-seeded Jacob Swartz (Boise State), 3-2 on Thursday evening. The three-time NCAA qualifier recorded a takedown with one minute left in the first period and earned an escape point in the third for the winning point.

Keep watch at for the updates as soon as they become available.

The NCAA Division I Nationals are being held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.  The Nationals opened Thursday and will culminate with the Championships Saturday.