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.

KIWA FM 105.3 Broadcast Schedule For The Week


Broadcast schedule for week of 2/27/12

Fri 3/2

Class 2A Girls State Tournament Basketball Championship Game

5th ranked Western Christian vs. 15th ranked Pella Christian. Pregame at 7:50 for an 8pm opening tip.

Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream from the website as well at

Sat 3/3

Class 3A Girls State Tournament Basketball Championship Game

2nd ranked MOC Floyd Valley vs. winner of 4th ranked Davenport Assumption and unranked Ballard. Pregame at 5:50 for 6pm opening tip.

Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream from the website as well at

MOC-Floyd Valley Girls Finish 2nd At State

    MOC Floyd Valley suffered their first loss of the season in the Class 3A title game as Davenport Assumption won their second championship in as many years 59-32.

    The Knights jumped out to a 22-8 first quarter lead and they were able to trade buckets with the Lady Dutch for the rest of the ball game. MOC Floyd Valley was led by sophomore Alexis Conaway who hit for 13 points.

    Conaway earned a spot on the 3A All Tournament Team along with Lauren McDonald.

    Davenport Assumption had two players getting 12 points from Grace Fennelly and 11 from Hailey Schneden. Schneden was named Captain of the 3A All Tournament Team and was joined on the squad by teammates Kate Fennelly and Danielle Moore.

    MOC Floyd Valley ends the year at 27-1. Assumption who played their entire regular season against 4A competition ends the year at 25-2.

All Siouxland Conference Girls Basketball Team Announced

    2011-2012 Siouxland Conference Girls Basketball All-Conference

    1ST TEAM
    Alyssa Hibbing Sibley-Ocheyedan Senior
    Sarah Kruse George-Little Rock Senior
    Jillian Estes Sioux Center Junior
    Whitney Vander Maten Boyden-Hull Senior
    Lexi Ackerman Central Lyon Junior
    Caitlyn Van Es MOC-FV Senior
    Alexis Conaway MOC-FV Sophomore

    2ND TEAM
    Amber Bakker Sioux Center Junior
    Nicole Ewoldt Boyden-Hull Junior
    Kelsey Ackerman Central Lyon Junior
    Lauren McDonald MOC-FV Senior
    Emily McDonald MOC-FV Sophomore

    3RD TEAM
    Michelle Fischer Sheldon Senior
    Skylar Hansen Okoboji Junior
    Bridget Doeden Sibley-Ocheyedan Sophomore
    Keeley Kruse George-Little Rock Junior
    Jennifer Johnson Central Lyon Senior

    Josie Godfredsen Rock Valley Senior
    Denyelle Viereck West Lyon Senior
    Abby Taylor Okoboji Sophomore
    Kayla Ackerman Sibley-Ocheyedan Sophomore
    Taylor Carstensen George-Little Rock Junior
    Paige Foreman Sioux Center Senior
    Kassidy Van Voorst Boyden-Hull Senior
    Kori Schulte Central Lyon Junior
    Trisha De Jong MOC-FV Senior