NWC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Take Wins in Madison, SD

Madison, SD — The seventh-ranked Northwestern Red Raiders men’s basketball team posted its first road win of the year, defeating the Dakota State Trojans.

In the battle of last year’s NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball national qualifiers Tuesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, Northwestern jumped to a 16-point halftime lead.  Dakota State used a late second-half rally but fell short to the nationally-ranked Northwestern 78-70.

Dakota State suffered their first defeat of the season and dropped their overall record to 1-1.  Northwestern, No. 7 in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason national poll, raised their record to 2-1.

The second-ranked Red Raider women’s basketball continued their dominance by posting a 99-58 win over the Dakota State Lady Trojans in Madison, SD Wednesday night.

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 1-1.  Northwestern the number two team in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason poll, defeated their third straight opponent from the former Dakota Athletic Conference foes to start the season (3-0 overall record).

Dordt College Basketball Wrap from Tuesday November 7th

The Dordt College men’s basketball team improved to a perfect 4-0 with a dominating 90-43 performance over the visiting Grace Royals this evening in a non-conference match up.

Dordt College used a 17-6 spurt, capped by a Cliff Warner 3 pointer to turn a mere five point cushion (16-11) at the 12:34 mark into a 16 point advantage (38-22) with two and half minutes to play in the first half. Back to back 3 pointers got the Royals back to within 10 but a pair of Trevor Wolterstorff free-throws gave the Defenders back their 16 point cushion (44-28) going in to half time.

The Defenders proceeded to score the first 16 points of the second half to blow the game open and found themselves leading by 32 (60-28)just 5 minutes in to the second half. Dordt College extended the lead to 40 points on an Elliott Christians layup at 10:36 and the Royals would not be able to cut in to the 40 point advantage for the duration as the Defenders pick up their 4th win to start the season.

Dordt’s Cliff Warner led all scorers as the senior had 24 points, shooting 7 of 13 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from three point range and was a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe, Warner also had an assist and 2 steals. Jordan Vogel added 12 points for the Defenders while Nathan Rindels and Elliott Christians both had 10 coming off the bench for Dordt. Shawn Keizer and Elliott Christians were tied with team high honors in rebounds with 6 apiece and Trevor Wolterstorff led the Defenders with 4 assists.

The Royals were paced by Treston Mayo who finished with 10 points as the stifling Defender defense did not allow anyone else to score in double figures. Hakeem Stewart and Lance Evans both snared 7 rebound for Grace.

Dordt College held the Royals to just 26.1% shooting from the floor on 18 of 69 attempts. Grace shot 5 of 21 from beyond the arc for 23.8% and the Royals made 2 of 4 free throws in the contest and did not make a single trip to the line in the second half.

The Defenders were one field goal shy of shooting 50% from the floor as they made 30-61 (49.2%) including 11 of 26 from three point range. From the free throw line Dordt College was 19 of 27 for 70.4%.

The Royals narrowly outrebounded Dordt grabbing 44 boards to Dordt’s 43, however Dordt forced Grace in to 24 turnovers while coughing the ball up only 12 times themselves.

Next up on the Defender’s schedule is a pair of games in Orange City as part of the Northwestern Classic. On Friday, November 9, Dordt College will take on Waldorf at 6:00 pm and will follow that up with a game against AIB at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 10.

Dordt’s Current Record: 4-0 (0-0)

The Dordt College women’s basketball team went toe to toe with the #8 ranked Grand View Vikings and the Defenders had a shot at the buzzer to win that wouldn’t drop, falling by a final of 64-62. Dordt College falls to 0-3 on the season with the loss while the Vikings improve to 3-0.

A Jasmin Schelhaas three pointer at 10:27 gave the Defenders their second 5 point margin (18-13) of the first half but the Vikings rattled off the next 5 points to tie the game at 18-18. A Kara Van Dyke basket at 7:16 sparked an 8-0 run for the Defenders and Dordt led 26-18 with just over 5 minutes to play in the first half. A pair of Schelhaas free-throws put Dordt up by 5 (29-24) with 1:25 remaining but the Vikings scored the final 4 points to cut the Dordt advantage down to 1 (29-28) going in to the break.

A Morgan Hamner layup to open up the second half gave the Vikings their first lead of the game at 30-29 and a Lene Lox 3 pointer pushed the advantage to 4 (33-29)but Dordt responded with a pair of Robyn Blount free throws and a Jessica Jelsema jumper to tie it at 33-33 with 17:31 to play.

The teams were knotted at 37-37 with 16:10 on the clock when the Vikings went on a 10-4 run to take a 47-41 advantage at 12:44 but the Defenders rallied with a 10-0 run of their own, and the Defenders led 51-47 with 10 minutes to play. Dordt pushed the lead to as many as 5 (54-49) on an Elise Maresh jumper with 7:32 left and the two teams were tied at 54, 56 and 58. A Mika Rodewald layup broke the 58-58 tie with 2:45 to play and Dordt’s Brianna Spronk cut the lead to one on a made free-throw with 1:25 left but was unable to tie the game with her second attempt. Shelbie Beatty hit a jumper for the Vikings to push the lead to 3 (62-59) with 25 seconds to play and Amy Vos made it 63-59 with a made free-throw with 13 seconds left.

Trailing by 4, Dordt’s Danelle Boone nailed a deep three pointer with 6 seconds to go to get within 1 (63-62). The Defenders quickly fouled on the inbound pass and Shelby Beattie could only connect on one free-throw, giving Dordt a chance to tie or win. With time running down, Boone was able to get another nice look at a three but couldn’t get the game winner over the ranked opponent.

“Our effort was outstanding,” said Dordt head coach Craig Stiemsma, “and our execution was the best it’s been so far this year. There were definitely a lot of positives for us in this game.”

Dordt was led in scoring by Brianna Spronk, who finished with 16 points on 4-9 from the floor with one made three and 7-10 from the charity stripe while Kara Van Dyke ended with 15 points on 6-12 from the floor with one three and 2-4 from the line. Van Dyke also paced Dordt College in rebounding with 12 boards and had a team high 2 assists.

Scoring honors for the Vikings went to Lene Lox who had 17 points on 6-9 from the floor with 2 three and 3 of 4 from the line. Shelby Beatty and Mika Rodewald each added a dozen points with Rodewald also snaring a game high 13 rebounds. Abby Mendlik dished out a game high 5 assists.

The Defenders were 21-60 (35%) from the floor, 5-19 (26%) from three point range and 15-25 (60%) from the charity stripe.

Grand View finished the night shooting 41.8% from the floor on 23 of 55 with 3 of 8 (37.5%) from beyond the arc and 15-25% on free throws.

The Vikings pulled down 46 boards while Dordt grabbed 34 and the Defenders had 16 turnovers while forcing the Vikings in to committing 23.

The Defender women will travel to Chicago to take on Moody Bible Institute on Friday, November 9 as part of the Moody Bible Tournament. The consolation game of the tournament will be held at noon on Saturday, November 10 with the championship scheduled for a 2:00 pm tip-off.

Dordt’s Current Record: 0-3 (0-0)

Dordt, Northwestern Fall in Quarterfinal GPAC Volleyball Tournament

The 2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Postseason Volleyball Tournament opened on Tuesday with four quarterfinal matches around the conference and found the Defenders and Red Raiders heading home.

The Dordt College Defender volleyball team saw its season come to a close with a 3-0 loss to the Briar Cliff Chargers on set scores of 25-22, 31-29, 29-27. The Defenders end their season 22-12 (11-5).

The fifth seeded Northwestern Red Raiders came up short against fourth-seed Midland Lutheran 3-0 in Fremont, Nebraska on game scores of (25-20, 25-19, 25-21). The Red Raiders end their 2012 campaign with a 21-10 record, 11-6 in the GPAC.

In other GPAC action, top seeded Hastings was a 3-0 winner over #8 Concordia (25-10, 25-14, 25-18). Second seeded Doane won a five set thriller over #7 Morningside 3-2 (22-25,22-25,25-17,25-17,15-7).

The 2012 GPAC Volleyball Tournament features eight teams.  The winner of the tournament receives the league’s automatic berth to the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament.  The GPAC receives one automatic berth this year because the conference is below 12 NAIA volleyball teams.  Quarterfinal round play will begin on Tuesday, November 6, at the four highest seeds.  The semifinals are on Thursday, November 8, with the Championship on Saturday, November 10.

The NAIA National Volleyball Tournament will begin on Saturday, November 17, with opening round matches at 12 campus sites across the country.  The top 11 teams in the country and Sioux City local host institution will automatically advance to the NAIA National Volleyball Championship, presented by the CNOS Foundation, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Events Center November 7 – December 1, 2012.  The top eleven in the NAIA final poll, and the local Sioux City host team, will be joined by the 12 winners of the opening round matches which will be played on November 17.



GPAC Volleyball Semifinals – Thursday, November 8

#4 Midland (21-10) at #1 Hastings (27-3), 7:30pm

#6 Briar Cliff (20-14) at #2 Doane (26-8), 7:30pm
GPAC Volleyball Championship – Saturday, November 10

Semifinal Winners, At Highest Seed, Time TB

Morningside Football Number 3 in Latest Coaches Poll

The latest NAIA Division III Coaches top 25 poll is out. Three GPAC teams are in the top 25 with unbeaten Morningside leading the way at number three. Northwestern is Number 14 with Doane in the number 20 spots. Hastings continues to be in the receiving votes category.






1 Georgetown(Ky.) (13) 9-0 314
2 MissouriValley(1) 9-0 298
3 Morningside (Iowa) 9-0 294
4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8-1 278
5 Marian (Ind.) 8-1 258
6 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-2 245
7 MontanaTech 8-1 243
8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-1 225
9 Grand View (Iowa) 8-2 221
10 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 8-1 207
11 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7-2 204
T12 Baker (Kan.) 7-2 172
T12 Southern Oregon 7-2 172
14 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-2 159
15 William Penn (Iowa) 8-2 151
16 Ottawa(Kan.) 7-2 133
17 Tabor (Kan.) 7-2 120
18 Bethel(Tenn.) 7-3 115
19 Evangel (Mo.) 7-3 89
20 Doane (Neb.) 6-3 79
21 Cumberland(Tenn.) 7-3 72
22 Carroll (Mont.) 6-4 57
23 Bacone (Okla.) 6-2 33
24 St. Francis (Ill.) 6-4 28
25 Benedictine (Kan.) 6-4 25

Others receiving votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 21; Hastings (Neb.) 7; Robert Morris (Ill.) 5.



All Siouxland Conference Volleyball Teams Named For 2012

The All Siouxland Conference Volleyball Teams have been announced for 2012. There were five unanimous selections on the first team. They include Alexis Conaway of MOC Floyd Valley, Amber Bakker of Sioux Center, Nocole Ewoldt of Boyden Hull and Jessica Van Beek of Sheldon.

1st TEAM

*Alexis Conaway MOC-FV Jr
*Amber Bakker Sioux Center Sr
*Nicole Ewoldt Boyden-Hull Sr
*Lexi Ackerman Central Lyon Sr
Emily McDonald MOC-FV Jr
Allison Te Slaa Boyden-Hull Sr
*Jessica Van Beek Sheldon Jr
Jillian Estes Sioux Center Sr
*unanimous selection



2nd TEAM

Shelby Schouten MOC-FV Jr
Malyn Hulstein Sioux Center Sr
Jennifer Buyert Sioux Center Jr
Kelsey Ackerman Central Lyon Sr
Shannon Klaassen George-Little Rock Sr
Michaela Wolter Sibley-Ocheyedan Jr

3rd TEAM

Alyssa Brown MOC-FV So
Courtney Schafer Boyden-Hull So
Darby Jones Okoboji Jr
Kayla Johnson Sheldon Jr
Allison Jongewaard Sheldon Jr
Katie Landhuis MOC-FV Jr


Ali Achterhof MOC/FV Jr
Carrigan Cleveringa Sioux Center Sr
Kendra Van Meeteren Boyden-Hull Jr
Taylor Carstensen George/Little Rock Sr
Kensy Vande Hoef Rock Valley Jr
Courtney Scholten Sheldon Sr
Angel Rasmussen Central Lyon So
Skylar Hansen Okoboji Sr
Kayla Ackerman Sibley-Ocheyedan Jr
Tarah Meyer West Lyon So

Nighthawks Lose Heartbreaker To Indians

The #1 ranked Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks lost to the #5 ranked Spirit Lake Indians in Hull on Friday night 21-17.

Spirit Lake started the game off with a 85 yard touchdown run on the first play of scrimmage when running back Cody Poock ran the ball over the left side. That 16 second 1 play drive put the Indians on top 7-0 with 11:38 left in the first quarter.

The Indians great start continued when on the following Nighthawk’s possession, Brandt Van Roekel threw the first of his 4 interceptions to Bryson McCabe. With all the momentum on the Spirit Lake side, the Nighthawks were able to force a field goal attempt by Brett Cochran-Bray. Dallas Rozeboom of the Nighthawks was able to partially block the kick and give the Nighthawks possession with no harm done.

On that following possession the Nighthawks were able to drive down to the 21 yard line before stalling out and getting a 38 yard field goal from David De Bruin. The score with 2:47 left in the first quarter was 7-3 in favor of the Indians.

After trading an interception and a fumble, the Indians took over on the Boyden Hull Rock Valley 47 yard line. Spirit Lake scored 2:21 later on a 20 yard Cody Poock touchdown run. With the extra point, the Indians extended the lead to 14-3 over the Nighthawks with 11:10 left in the first half.

Both defenses stood their ground for the rest of the first half as the score remained 14-3.

The second half started with a long Nighthawks drive that ended on a downs on the 21 yard line of Spirit Lake. Defensively, the Nighthawks stepped up in a big way when Paul Brown threw his 2nd of 4 interceptions to Brandt Van Roekel, Van Roekel returned the ball 26 yards for the score. That score from Van Roekel cut the Spirit Lake lead to 4 with 5:29 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Nighthawks Andrew Van Ginkel intercepted another Brown pass on the next possession which led to a 42 yard touchdown drive which lasted 3:13. Boyden Hull Rock Valley’s drive was finished off when Van Roekel found Miguel Alvarado for the 8 yard touchdown pass. With that score and extra point the Nighthawks took the 17-14 lead with :58 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Nighthawks lead would not last though, as the Indians took over with 7:50 left and drove the ball 83 yards in 7:06. Spirit Lake scored on a Paul Brown to Poock 19 yard touchdown pass. The extra point made the score 21-17 and the Nighthawks had just 44 seconds left to score.

Nighthawks season would come to an end after a last ditch hail mary effort by Van Roekel was intercepted by the Indians making the final 21-17.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley (11-1, 6-0 in District) lost for the second straight year in the quarterfinal round. Spirit Lake (11-1, 6-0 in District) will travel to the UNI Dome and face Carroll Kuemper Catholic next week Saturday.