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.

Sports Schedule For Monday

Sports schedule for Monday 3/19/12


Coed Track

 Sheldon, Unity and West Sioux among the teams participating at the Dordt Indoor meet

Colin Sandbulte To Play Baseball At Northwestern

 Colin Sandbulte ofLittle Rockhas signed a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Northwestern beginning this fall.

Sandbulte, the son of Jerry and Candy, is a 5-9 infielder from George-Little Rock High School. Sandbulte is a four year letter winner and has hit .273 over the course of his career in 150 at bats. Sandbulte has scored 25 runs, stole 15 bases, had 12 RBI, and collected six doubles in his career. Last season, George-Little Rock went to the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament and finished with a 13-12 record.

An honor roll member at G-LR and Student Citizenship Award winner, Sandbulte plans to major in Elementary Education and coaching while at Northwestern.

Head coach Brian Wede said, “I am happy Colin will be joining our program next year. Colin is a strong individual with a very high interest in baseball, who will no doubt work hard to improve his skills and be a valuable asset to our program. I look forward to watching him make the transition from high school to college baseball.”