Lady Dutch To Play For State Title


A huge all-around performance by sophomore Alexis Conaway help put MOC-Floyd Valley in the Class 3A state championship game.

Conaway made plays with her shooting, passing and defense as the second-ranked Lady Dutch remained unbeaten with a 63-53 victory over No. 3 Sioux City Bishop Heelan in an overtime semifinal game.

In just the overtime alone, Conaway scored eight points, assisted on a basket and blocked two shots. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and five steals.

Lauren McDonald led the Lady Dutch with 18 points and Caitlyn Van Es scored 12. MOC-Floyd Valley hiked its record to 27-0 and will try to win its first state basketball title at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Madison Yohe led Heelan with 20 points, Alex Fuller scored 12 and Natalie Vondrak added 10 to go with seven rebounds. The Crusaders, state champs in 2008 and 2010, finished 24-2.

Bishop Heelan appeared to be in control when it opened a 44-34 lead early in the fourth quarter. But MOC-Floyd Valley stormed back with 13 straight points to take the lead. McDonald scored five points in the stretch, while Conaway and Van Es each had four.

The Lady Dutch eventually opened a 51-46 lead before Heelan rallied to tie it at 51 on Yohe’s layup and send the game into overtime. That’s when Conaway, a 5-foot-11 guard, took over.

She drove for a basket, then threw a long pass to Emily McDonald for a layup that put the Lady Dutch ahead to stay at 55-53. After Lauren McDonald scored inside, Conaway did the rest — stealing the ball and driving the length of the court for a layup, sinking two free throws, then swatting away Bishop Heelan’s final shot and taking the ball in for another layup.

The difference in the ballgame turned out to be shooting percentage from the floor with MOC Floyd Valley hitting 51.9 percent overall to 33.9 percent for Heelan. From beyond the arc the Lady Dutch were 1-of-6 compared to 6-of-27 for the Crusaders.

Listen for the broadcast as MOC Floyd Valley squares off against the winner of 4th ranked Davenport Assumption and unranked Ballard who met in the other semifinal. We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 with pregame at 5:50 for the scheduled 6pm tip off. We’ll stream from the website as well at

Wolfpack To Play For State Title


The Western Wolfpack will play for the Class 2A Girls Basketball Title Friday night following a 62-54 semifinal win over defending State Champion OA-BCIG. It will be the first appearance in the finals for the Western Basketball Program. Western will meet 15th ranked Pella Christian who upset 3rd ranked IKM Manning 60-49.

The fifth-ranked Wolfpack put together an 8-0 run late in the game to take the lead and toppled the top ranked Falcons and ending their 52-game winning streak.

Brooke Wolterstorff led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Kim Kroeze added 13 points, including three key 3-point baskets in the second half. Alissa Pollema added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Western Christian, which has no seniors in its starting lineup and is now 24-3.

OA-BCIG lost for the first time since the semifinals of the 2010 state tournament and finished 26-1. Morgan VanDerSloot led the Falcons with 22 points. Jessie Pauley, who’ll play at Northern Iowa next season, added 12 points and nine rebounds.

In a back-and-forth game, OA-BCIG built a six-point lead in the first half, fell behind by four in the third quarter, then rallied to pull ahead. Pauley’s two free throws gave the Falcons a 50-49 lead with 3:29 left before some clutch shooting at the line put the Wolfpack ahead to stay.

Pollema went 4-for-4 at the line, Kenzie VandeVegte sank two free throws and Kroeze fed Wolterstorff for a layup, sending Western Christian into a 57-50 lead with 1:43 to play.

Four straight free throws by VanDerSloot cut the lead to 57-54 with 1:13 remaining, but the Wolfpack hit five of eight free throws to wrap it up.

Western Christian finished 23 of 35 at the line and out rebounded OA-BCIG 41-33. The Wolfpack also had the edge in bench scoring 18-10 over the Falcons. The game was tied at 10 different points and featured 14 lead changes.

Clutch shooting and solid defense down the stretch has put Pella Christian in the Class 2A state championship game.

Sparked by Paige Engbers’ 50-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer ending the third quarter, the 15th-ranked Eagles pulled away to beat No. 3 IKM-Manning 60-49 in semifinal action.

Christina Nolte led three Pella Christian scorers in double figures with 14 points. Tayler Stursma added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jasmin Schelhaas scored 10. Nolte went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and handed out three assists.

The Eagles started the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run and were in control the rest of the way, holding the Wolves to one field goal in the period.

Listen for the coverage of the State 2A Title Game Friday night on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame is set for 7:50 with an 8:00 O’clock tip. We’ll stream from the website as well at

GPAC All Conference Mens Basketball Team Named


Jake Shipley from Briar Cliff has been selected as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Mens Basketball Player-of-the-Year to headline the GPAC Basketball All-Conference Teams for 2011-12.

Shipley helped lead the Chargers to a 20-9 regular season record. He led the conference in scoring with an average of 18.7 points per game, including a 41.7 three-point field goal percentage. Shipley was also in the top 10 in free throw percentage, shooting 84.7 percent, and top 20 in rebounding with 4.9 a game.

Other GPAC basketball honorees include: Defensive Player-of-the-Year Kyle Lindbergh from Dordt, Co-Freshmen-of the-Year Jalen Voss from Dakota Wesleyan and Joel Haywood from Concordia, and the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year Ross Douma from Dordt. The All-GPAC Basketball Teams are selected by the leagues 11 head coaches.

2011-12 GPAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference First Team

Porter Birtell Concordia 6-6 Junior F Madison, Neb.
Donald Jones Midland 6-4 Senior F Omaha, Neb.
Ben Miller Northwestern 6-6 Junior G Volga, S.D.
Taylor Murren Briar Cliff 6-1 Junior G Wahoo, Neb.
Nick Reed Doane 6-4 Sophomore G Syracuse, Neb.
Tobin Reinwald Hastings 6-5 Sophomore F Lincoln, Neb.
Danny Rudeen Morningside 6-3 Sophomore G Sioux City, Iowa
Jake Shipley Briar Cliff 6-8 Junior G State Center, Iowa
Cliff Warner Dordt 5-11 Junior G Altoona, Iowa
Trevor Wolterstorff Dordt 6-4 Junior G Sioux Center, Iowa

GPAC All Conference Womens Basketball Team Named


Kendra De Jong from Northwestern has been selected as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Womens Basketball Player-of-the-Year to headline the GPAC Basketball All-Conference Teams for 2011-12.

De Jong led the GPAC in scoring at 19.2 points per game, was third in field goal percentage at 58 percent, and was fourth in rebounding at 8.6 per game.

Other GPAC basketball honorees for 2011-12 include: Defensive Player-of-the-Year Katie Rich from Concordia; Freshmen-of-the-Year Mattie Murren from Briar Cliff; and the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year Drew
Olson from Concordia. The All-GPAC Basketball Teams are selected by the leagues 11 head coaches.

2011-12 GPAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference First Team

Brittany Alfredson Morningside 5-11 Senior G Moville, Iowa.
Kristen Conahan Concordia 5-5 Sophomore G Omaha, Neb.
Kendra De Jong Northwestern 6-0 Junior F Hospers, Iowa
Kylie Dilla Briar Cliff 5-6 Senior G Cherokee, Iowa
Kylie Gross Mount Marty 6-0 Senior C Yankton, S.D.
Amber Kistler Concordia 5-9 Senior G Minatare, Neb.
Kami Kuhlmann Northwestern 5-7 Senior G Charter Oak, Iowa
Shea Rasmussen Nebraska Wesleyan 5-6 Senior G Longmont, Colo.
Alicia Statler Hastings 6-1 Senior C St. Libory, Neb.
Chelsie Trask Morningside 5-9 Junior G Rockford, Iowa

Northwestern Red Raider Men Claim GPAC Men’s Basketball Championship

Northwestern defeated second-ranked Dordt College 86-61 Tuesday night in the GPAC men’s basketball championship presented by Rawlings. The Red Raiders won their fourth conference championship, all under the direction of head coach Kris Korver, who also earned his 300th career win on the NWC bench. Northwestern won its eighth straight game and improved to 25-6 on the year. Dordt lost for the first time at home and falls to 28-4. Both teams have qualified and will play in next week’s NAIA Division II men’s basketball national championship in Point Lookout, Mo.

The game was tied just once (2-2) as Northwestern opened up an early 7-2 lead. Dordt pulled to within three (13-10) until the Red Raiders went on an 11-0 run as five different players scored to lead 24-10. The host Defenders were within nine (27-18) but Northwestern went on another 11-0 spurt, keyed by a four-point play by Ryan Stock and a three-pointer by Walker Seim, to go up 38-18. They led 45-24 at the half.

The Red Raiders held the lead at 20 points for most of the second half until Dordt went on an 8-0 run to get within 16 after a Cliff Warner three-pointer with 7:27 to go. Northwestern responded, however, by scoring the next eight points, the final four coming on back-to-back lay-ups by Jon Kramer, to push the lead to over 20 once again.

Northwestern shot 54% for the game and had four players score in double figures, led by Walker Seim with 17 points. The senior went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and made all six free throw attempts. Jon Kramer put in 16 points and dished out five assists and Ben Miller (13) and Ryan Stock (11) were also in double figures. Miller pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and also dished out five assists. Northwestern outrebounded Dordt 33-29 and dished out 16 total assists while committing only 11 turnovers.