Warriors Fall In Quarterfinals


Top seed MFL MAR-MAC survived a quarterfinal scare from 8th seeded Sioux Center Monday night as they posted the victory 73-72.

The game was close through out as Sioux Center held a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs moved in front 30-27 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter the Bulldog lead was 49-45. in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs were up 70-69 when Sioux Center was assessed a technical foul with :08 seconds left to play.

MFL MAR-MAC made both free throws to lead 72-69. They also got the ball because of the technical foul. Sioux Center fouled on the inbounds and MFL MAR-MAC hit one of two free throws to make it a two-possession lead at 73-69.

With :04 seconds left to play Andrew O’Donnell hit a three pointer to make the final 73-72 in the wildest finish so far at the Boys State Tournament.

Sioux Center was led in scoring by Beau Boer with 15 points. O’Donnell joined him in double figures with 14. TJ Buyert hit for 12 points before fouling out with 2:24 to go in the ballgame.

MFL MAR-MAC had four players in double figures getting a game high 17 points from CJ Mason.

With the win the top seeded Bulldogs improve to 24-1 while the Warriors end the year at 18-7.

Comets Win State Opener


The Boyden Hull Comets opened the Class 1A Boys State Basketball Tournament with a 64-44 win over Iowa Mennonite in quarterfinal action Monday afternoon. The Comets will meet defending champion Storm Lake St Mary’s at 12:15 on Thursday.

Iowa Mennonite took a 19-15 first quarter lead behind 5 three-pointers in the quarter from Chance Miller. Due to adjustments by the Comets and foul trouble he would finish the game with 15 points. At the half Boyden Hull moved in front 30-28. at the end of the third quarter the lead was up to 46-38. In the fourth quarter the Comets pushed the lead to as much as 20 points as they went on to win it 64-44.

Bryce Moss scored a game high 18 points for Boyden Hull. He was joined in double figures by Taylor Francis with 16 points and Brandt Van Roekel with 15.

Iowa Mennonite had two players in double figures as Cameron Gingerich contributed 13 points to Miller’s 15.

Turnovers were a key with Iowa Mennonite committing 21 compared to 12 for the Comets. Before Boyden Hull took control in the second half the game featured 12 lead changes and 2 tie scores.

With the win Boyden Hull improves to 24-2 on the year while Iowa Mennonite ends the season at 22-5.

In the other lower bracket quarterfinal Storm Lake St Mary’s jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter lead. At the half the lead was up to 39-19 as they rolled to the win.

Kennedy Drey had a double double with a game high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Lenhart hit for 21 points. The Panthers never trailed in the ball game.

In the lower bracket semi final Thursday it’s second seed and undefeated Storm Lake St Mary’s at 27-0 against third seed Boyden Hull who comes in at 24-2.

Listen for the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame is set for 12:05 with tip off at 12:15. We’ll stream from the website as well at www.kiwaradio.com

Iowa Girls Coaches Association All State Basketball Teams Out


IGCA 2012 All-State Teams

Class 1A
1st Team

Mallory Boyle North Mahaska
Kailey Kladivo North Tama
Erica Dreckman Marcus Meridan Cleghorn
Caila Raymond Bedford
Dani Kock AR-WE-VA
Maddy Peppers Exira
Brianna James Lynnville Sully
Jessica Balek Newman Catholic

2nd Team
Karlie Schut Iowa Christian Academy
Whitney Vander Maten Boyden Hull
Renee Maneman Newell Fonda
Mary Halverson Coon Rapids Bayard
Emily Bell Bishop Garrigan Algona
Dana Weerheim West Sioux
Steph Rohe Lemars Gehlen
Kayla Lindenmeyer Bedford

Jade Lynn Vlotho West Sioux SIOUX

Cassidy Bangasser North Butler
Tara Smith North Mahaska
Katie Dentlinger Coon Rapids Bayard
Brittnay Bryan Lynnville Sully
Paige Danner AR-WE-VA
Alee Hugen Twin Cedars
Lexi Ackerman Central Lyon

Class 2A
1st Team

Jessie Pauley OA-BCIG
Tember Schechinger IKM-Manning
Jasmin Schelhaas Pella Christian
Brooke Wolterstorff Western Christian                                                                                                   Alyssa Johnson Estherville Lincoln Central
Morgan VanDerSloot OA-BCIG
Kaylee Blake IKM-Manning
Makenzie Zeitler Van Buren

2nd Team
Anna Mallen West Hancock
Allie Sievert Estherville Lincoln Central
Liz Skotowksi Mount Vernon
Kelsey Ernst Bellevue
Leah Miller Lawton-Bronson
McKenzie Shipley West Marshall
Olivia Godfrey Panorama
Brooke Stahlberg Monticello

3rd Team
Olivia Sulentic Interstate 35-Turo
Miranda Murphy North Polk
Maddi Drees Carol Kuemper
Carly Pagel Sumner-Fredericksburg
Zoe Dutchik Regina, Iowa City
Britny Halleland Roland-Story
Taryn Wicks South Hamilton
Haleigh Hempen Aplington-Parkersburg

Class 3A
1st Team
Alexis Conaway MOC Floyd Valley

KJ Veldman Spirit Lake
Madison Weekly Benton
Madison Baier South Tama
Mackenzie Bigbee Williamsburg
Taylor Shull Mount Pleasant
Morgan Lucy Glenwood
Regan Cooper Pella

2nd Team
Bobbie Burrows Bondurant-Farrar
Danielle Moore Davenport Assumption
Madison Yohe Heelen
Sydney Griener Washington
Aftin Phyfe Waverly-Shell Rock
Tessa Leytem Dubuque Wahlert
Madison Welty Western Dubuque
Hailey Schneden Davenport Assumption

3rd Team
Natalie Vondrak Heelen
Besty Thomas Sergant Bluff-Luton
Olivia Starecvich Centerville
Jackie Yount Bondurant-Farrar
Katie Ahrenholtz Ballard
Naomi Phillips Waverly-Shell Rock
Ashley Rosenstiel Oelwein
Mariah Criswell Winterset

Class 4A
1st Team

Maddie Manning Ankeny
Caitlin Ingle SE Polk
Ally Disterhoft Iowa City West
Jadda Buckley Mason City
McKenzie Piper Iowa City West
Courtney Strait Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Kelsey Nickerson Ottumwa
Blaire Thomas Waterloo West

2nd Team
Meg Goodson Waukee
Tatum Klein Iowa City West
Shaya Kellogg Ames
Leti Lerma Muscatine
Whitney Van Wyk SE Polk
Mickey Hansche Iowa City High
Sierra Chambers Iowa City High
Myah Mellman Mason City

3rd Team
Madison Dellamuth Cedar Rapids Prairie
Kaz Brown Cedar Falls
Maddie Koolbeck Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Krista Pettepier Ankeny
Tanya Meyer Sioux City, West
Kristie Sommer Dubuque Senior
Danielle Franklin Cedar Rapids WashingtonCourtney Rush Mason City

Li’l Orab Wrestlers Excel At State

The Li’l Orab Wrestling Club recently had two great weekends of wrestling.

The AAU Kid’s State Wrestling Tournament was held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on February 25th and 26th. Those participating in the tournament were Mason Warnke – A65, Kanner Bauer – A75, Ryan Sterler – A128, Jaden Kleinhesselink – B90, Luke Jenness – B100, Colby Kleinhesselink – C125 & Travis Sterler – C152. Ryan was able to make the medal stand placing 2nd in his division.

The Super Pee Wee State Tournament was held at Young Arena in Waterloo on March 4th and 5th. The Li’l Orabs had 14 participants in the 2 day competition. They were Kindergarten division – Josh Hoffman and Jarrett Roos. 1st Grade: Taven Brewster, Emilee Broesder, Devin Busch, Sammy Chambers, Coy DeBoer, Sawyer Honkomp, Conner McDonald, Keaton Sampson, Damon Van Beek and Jake Wallin; 2nd Grade: Cason Johannes and Dylan Strouth.

The Li’l Orabs were very successful having six of their wrestlers earn a spot on the medal stand with two of them earning the top honor of 2012 Super Pee Wee State Champion in their weight division.

The two Champions were Jarrett Roos in the Kindergarten 70 pound weight division and Jake Wallin in the 1st Grade 80 pound weight division. Others taking home the hardware were: Conner McDonald – 2nd place, Keaton Sampson – 3rd Place, Josh Hoffman – 6th Place and Sawyer Honkomp – 6th place.

The Li’l Orabs also scored the top points in the team totals at the Super Pee Wee Tournament as well. They scored a total of 181 team points with the next closest team at 168 points.There were over 900 wrestlers that participated in the tournament this weekend.

The Li’l Orabs are coached by Eric Koerselman, Kory Roos, Bill Sterler, Roy Johannes, Steve Landhuis, Scott Bauer, Matt McDonald, Mike Warnke, Shawn Broesder, Gavin Kolars Cody Ronan and James Granstra.

Kids State Picture: Front Row – Ryan Sterler, Travis Sterler, Colby Kleinhesselink, Luke Jenness. Back Row: Mason Warnke, Jaden Kleinhesselink, Kanner Bauer

SPW Participants Picture: Front Row – Emilee Broesder, Taven Brewster, Devin Busch, Sammy Chambers, Sawyer Honkomp, Coy DeBoer & Dylan Strouth. Back Row: Josh Hoffman, Keaton Sampson, Jarrett Roos, Jake Wallin, Nick Bronstad (HMS), Cason Johannes, Damon Van Beek & Conner McDonald

Earl Woudstra To Be Inducted To Hall Of Fame


Former Northwestern College women’s basketball coach Earl Woudstra is one of 18 individuals who will be inducted into the NAIA Hall-of-Fame Tuesday night in Sioux City. The honor is the highest honor bestowed by the NAIA. Individuals inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character, fine leadership and must be held in high esteem by colleagues, coaches and athletes. The Hall-of-Fame ceremony is part of the Banquet of Champions and coincides with the 2012 NAIA Division II Womens Basketball National Championships. The ceremony will take place at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Woudstra led the Red Raiders to a 403-139 record during his 17 years as head coach, the all-time winningest coach in the program’s history (.744). Northwestern won four national championships under his direction, including back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. He also guided the Raiders to titles in 2001 and 2008, winning national coach of the year honors each of those years, as well as being named the WBCA coach of the year in 2011. Woudstra stepped down from his coaching duties last March, one week after winning his fourth championship.

Northwestern qualified for 10 national tournaments during Woudstra’s tenure and holds the record for the most wins at the national tournament. In addition to the national championships, the Raiders were runners-up in 2000 and advanced to the Final Four in 2006 and 2009. Under his direction, Northwestern won over 30 games five seasons and massed 20 or more wins 11 times.

Woudstra had a 152-40 record in the very competitive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and guided the Raiders to four GPAC regular-season championships and three postseason conference championships. In addition, Woudstra coached 25 NAIA All-Americans, three national players of the year and 30 Scholar-Athletes.

Woudstra will be inducted at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa on March 6, 2012. He becomes the fourth Northwestern player and/or coach to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, joining Larry Korver (1989), Lee McKinstrey (1993) and Paul Bartlett (2008).

Paulsen To Play Basketball At Briar Cliff


Adam Paulsen of South O’Brien has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Briar Cliff University, next season.

“Adam is a tremendous addition to our basketball program at Briar Cliff,” said BC head coach Nic Nelson. “He is a very talented guard with the ability to both score and distribute. Adam is very skilled with the ball and he is a tough competitor. He is also a high-character student-athlete and we think he will have an outstanding career here.”

Paulsen a 6-1 point guard led Iowa Class 2A in scoring this year with 25.2 ppg and was seventh in all classes in scoring. The team captain and 1000-point club member shot 51.5 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc (67 three-pointers). In addition to Paulsen’s scoring abilities, he also averaged 7.3 rpg, handed out 63 assists and collected 47 steals.

On February 1st he knocked down eight three-pointers as he scored a school-record 42 points in a 56-44 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. On the season, he led the Wolverines to a 17-5 record and is expected to be a first team all-state selection.

As a junior, Paulsen averaged 15.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg, earned first team all-district and all-conference honors and was named his team’s overall MVP and offensive MVP. He finished his basketball career at South O’Brien as the school’s all-time leader in points in a career, in a season and in a game.

During the summers, Paulsen played AAU basketball for the Iowa Mavericks. Paulsen also participated in football, baseball and track for the Wolverines of South O’Brien. This past fall, he was a second team all-state football selection.

The son of Randy and Julie Paulsen is undecided on his area of study. Paulsen will make his way to the Cliff in the fall of 2012.