MOC Floyd Valley’s Daniel Jansen And Boyden Hull’s Whitney Vander Maten Earn All Star MVP Honors

Daniel Jansen of MOC Floyd Valley and Whitney Vander Maten of Boyden Hull earned MVP honors as Northwest Iowa all star teams won both team titles at the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All Star Games at Dallas Center Grimes High School Saturday.

The Northwest boy’s team posted a 93-86 win over the Northeast squad in the title game after a 101-91 win over the Southeast.

In the championship game Jansen; who will play college ball at Augustana inSioux Fallsled his team with 24 points. Austin Homan from LeMars who is headed for Briar Cliff hit for double figures as well with 10 points.

Jansen also led his team in scoring in the win over the Southeast. South O’Brien’s Adam Paulsen who is headed to Briar Cliff pumped in 15 points.

In the girls games Whitney Vander Maten opened with 28 points in an 88-69 win over the Southeast and then hit for 18 more in an 86-84 championship win over the Northeast.

 In the win over Southeast Dana Weerheim of West Sioux hit for 16 points and Erica Dreckman of Marcus Meriden Cleghorn pumped in 15 points.

 The Northwest girl’s squad was coached by Central Lyon co-head coaches Dan Kruse and Bruce Eckenrod.


Dordt Softball Takes Two From Defending Champion

Dordt sent early shockwaves around the GPAC when it swept three-time defending league champion Morningside 5-4 in 11 innings and 8-3 in the Mustangs’ league opener on Monday at the Jensen Softball Complex.

The twin setbacks dropped the Mustangs’ record to 6-10, while Dordt climbed to 9-13 and leveled its GPAC record at 2-2.


Area Teams Excel At AAU Gold Tournaments

AAU 9th Grade Team Members From Sheldon, LeMars and Unity

It was AAU Gold Tournament weekend in Iowa this weekend as tournaments were held across the state for teams in grades 4th through 11th.

Sheldon had two teams place at State Gold Tournaments. The 9th graders were second at the tournament held in Newton. Cedar Valley won the tournament with LeMars 3rd and NWI (the Unity program) finishing 4th.

The Sheldon 10th graders were third at the Marshalltown tournament. Tri County (the Western program) won the tournament with MVP (Sioux City) finishing second.

All told seven Sheldon teams earned a trip to the Gold Tournament this weekend by finishing in the top 2 at one of their Saturday tournaments.  At state they competed against teams from all over the state of Iowa without regard to class size or location.  Some of the tournaments hosted as many as 50 teams competing for these years’ top 4 medals in each age group.

As a program Sheldon had 11 teams, including over 90 girls, from grades 4th-11th that competed in the AAU season this year.  These girls practiced twice a week from the beginning of January until this last week of the Gold Tournaments.  They have competed in at least 6 Saturday tournaments to improve their skills, develop teamwork and learn to enjoy the game of Volleyball.


West Lyon Grad Tyler Knobloch Appointed Red Raiders Offensive Coordinator

Northwestern Offensive Coordinator Tyler Knobloch

Northwestern College has named Tyler Knobloch as the new offensive coordinator for the Red Raider football program. He takes over for Joel Penner, who held the same position for the last three years and took the same position at Malone University in Ohio.

Knobloch has been the Red Raiders’ offensive line coach for the last three years and prior to that, served as the running backs coach for two seasons. Under his direction, the Northwestern offensive line has been one of the NAIA’s best, boasting the seventh best rushing attack in the NAIA with 222.5 yards per game and allowed just 14 sacks in 11 games last year. Northwestern had the top scoring and total offense in the GPAC, averaging over 36 points and 420 yards per game.

Head coach Kyle Achterhoff said, “Tyler has done a fantastic job as a position coach within our program, especially over the last three years with our o-line. He brings a level of intensity and a knowledge of our offense that will make the transition very easy. We will not be making huge changes but the adjustments that Tyler will bring to our offense are exciting.”

Knobloch lettered two years for the Red Raiders (2005-06) and came to NWC after a standout high school career at West Lyon High School. He has taught middle school science and coached several sports at Sioux Center Christian School the last three years. Knobloch, and his wife Melissa, live in Sioux Center, Iowa.

College Baseball & Softball Results From Saturday

The Dordt College Defender baseball team split a Saturday home double-header with North Central of Minnesota. In game one,  the two teams combined for 23 hits, the North Central (Minnesota) Rams took an 8-4 decision over Dordt College.

In game two, Dordt College scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back in winning their third decision in four tries against the North Central (Minnesota) Rams 11-1.

The Northwestern College Red Raiders Baseball swept both ends of a double-header against Dakota Wesleyan in games played at the Metrodome Saturday. Game one went the the Raiders by a 2-1 final and in game two the Raiders dominated in 7-0 win.

In softball action, Northwestern College earn a split of a doubleheader with Buena Vista Saturday. The Beavers went on to win game one 9-0 in five innings.  The Red Raiders, however, avoided the sweep with a four-run seventh inning in game to en route to a 5-3 victory.

Two unearned runs in the third inning were enough for the Concordia Bulldogs to take a 2-0 decision over the Dordt Defenders in Great Plains Athletic Conference softball on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center. In game two Dordt College softball team couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead in game two of their conference doubleheader with Concordia in falling 4-2.

Sheldon Grad Van Kekerix Goes Six Strong As Dordt Sweeps North Central

The Dordt College Defender baseball team took advantage of six errors by the North Central (Minnesota) Rams in game one of their doubleheader in Sioux Center Friday afternoon for a 10-3 win.

Dordt got on the board with three runs in the first and one more in the third to take a a 4-0 lead.

Dordt out hit the visitors 13-7 with Travis Dekkers and Dustin Brisel each getting three hits. Brisel had two runs batted in and Dekkers scored three runs. Eric Anderson and Eric Torgerson each got credit for two runs batted in as well.

Lucas Carls went six innings on the mound and allowed three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Jake Slings worked a scoreless seventh inning and struck out one with no hits allowed.


In the second game Dordt’s Zach Staudt delivered a game tying hit in the sixth inning and a game winning hit in the eighth inning to trigger a 4-3 win for the Defenders in game two of the doubleheader.

The Defenders got two runs on three hits in the third inning while capitalizing on two North Central errors

Sheldon graduate Ben Van Kekerix gave way to Mark Nyhoff after six innings on the mound. Nyhoff struck out three of the four batters he faced in the seventh. In the eighth North Central’s lead off batter singled but was thrown out by Eric Torgerson trying to steal second and the next two batters were retired without incident.

Dordt outhit the visitors 8-6 with Brisel and Staudt each registering two hits and Staudt had two runs batted in.

Van Kekerix went six innings and allowed five hits with seven strikeouts and walked none. Nyhoff got the win working two innings of relief and struck out four and allowed one hit.

Dordt is now 7-8 while North Central is 2-13. The two teams will play again on Saturday starting at noon.