Van Ginkel Repeats as NAIA All-American

naia_logoWACO, TEXAS — Sterling wide receiver TJ Brown and Wayland Baptist linebacker Alden Mann headline the 2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

From Northwestern College, Sam Van Ginkel repeated as an All-American defensive lineman.

2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team – First Team

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
QB Logan Brettell 6-0 190 Jr. Baker (Kan.) Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley)
RB *Nolan Saraceni 5-10 200 Sr. Montana Tech Billings, Mont. (Billings Senior)
RB Bryce Lidtka 5-10 190 Jr. Dordt (Iowa) Grinnell, Iowa (Grinnell)
WR *Krishawn Hogan 6-4 215 Sr. Marian (Ind.) Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)
WR TJ Brown 6-0 170 Sr. Sterling (Kan.) Stockton, Calif. (East Union)
TE Seth Coate 6-3 215 Sr. Saint Francis (Ind.) Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
OL Blake Frank 6-3 285 Sr. Morningside (Iowa) Mapleton, Minn. (Maple River)
OL Mitch Butterfield 6-1 270 Jr. Friends (Kan.) Wichita, Kan. (Maize South)
OL Xavier Carter 5-11 240 Jr. Reinhardt (Ga.) Snellville, Ga. (Shiloh)
OL Justin Hunter 6-2 305 Jr. Saint Xavier (Ill.) Crest Hill, Ill. (Joliet Catholic Academy)
OL Dajshon Oliver 6-5 305 Jr. Warner (Fla.) Tampa, Fla. (Chamberlain)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
DL *Sam Van Ginkel 6-5 245 Sr. Northwestern (Iowa) Rock Valley, Iowa (Western Christian)
DL Trey Barnes 6-2 255 Sr. Concordia (Neb.) Seward, Neb. (Seward)
DL Noey Tauave 6-2 270 Sr. Dickinson State (N.D.) Sacramento, Calif. (Nuvnli Poly Tech)
DL Jeff Branch 6-2 236 Sr. Presentation (S.D.) Virginia Beach, Va. (Landstown)
DL Evan Sprayberry 6-2 210 So. Tabor (Kan.) Moore, Okla. (Moore)
LB *Alden Mann 5-10 200 Sr. Wayland Baptist (Texas) Wimberley, Texas (Wimberley)
LB Stephen Thayer 5-9 202 Sr. Missouri Valley Manteca, Calif. (Sierra)
LB KyRandall Smith 6-0 227 Sr. Saint Mary (Kan.) Amarillo, Texas (Little Elm)
DB *Nate Moore 5-9 170 Sr. College of Idaho Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View)
DB Rickey Rodriguez 5-10 175 Sr. Bethel (Kan.) Port St. Lucy, Fla. (West Centennial)
DB Robert Lewis 6-0 180 Sr. Grand View (Iowa) Hewitt, Texas (Midway)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
P Derek Brush 6-2 200 Jr. Arizona Christian Whittier, Calif. (Whittier Christian)
PK Bradley Bates 5-10 165 Jr. Campbellsville (Ky.) Campbellsville, Ky. (Campbellsville)
AP Quincy Walden 5-7 170 Sr. Bethel (Tenn.) Milan, Tenn. (South Gibson)

Sayler Signs With NWC

Northwesstern logoOrange City, Iowa — Garrett Sayler has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next fall.

Sayler is a 6’0”, 175-pound running back/defensive back who played four years for Sibley-Ocheyedan High School. Sayler accounted for over 800 yards and six touchdowns on offense for the Generals, earning first team all-district honors. On defense, Sayler totaled 40 tackles and also led the district with 317 punt return yards and one touchdown. A three-time state qualifier in wrestling who finished eighth in 2015, Sayler plans to major in Biology/Health Professions at Northwestern. He is the son of Brian and Heidi.

We are excited to have Garrett join the Red Raider football team,” commented head Northwestern football coach Matt McCarty. “Garrett is an outstanding athlete and competitor. He will be a great addition to our secondary.”

Orabs and Pioneers Split in Sheldon

Basketball scoreboardSheldon Iowa — Sheldon hosted Okoboji in boys and girls basketball Friday night. The girls game went to the Pioneers 49-40 with the Orab boys taking a 90-62 win.

In the girls game it was tied at the end of the first quarter 12-12. By halftime the Orabs were up 24-18. At the end of three Sheldon remained in front 32-26. Okoboji would catch the Orabs in the fourth quarter, take the lead and go on to win 49-40.

Kallyn Stumbo led all scorers with 17 points Including 11 in the second half. Grace Wintz hit for 11 in the ballgame. Sheldon was led by Katie Wagner with 8 points. Kelsey Van Alsburg, Bryn Groff and Kacy Kamphoff added 7 points each. With the win Okoboji is 2-3 on the year and 1-3 in the conference. Sheldon now stands at 1-5 for the year and 0-5 in the Siouxland.


In the boys game Sheldon led at all the breaks up 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and 43-29 at the half. By the end of three the Orabs were up 63-46 before going on to win 90-62.

Sheldon had four players in double figures. Jaden Kleinhesslink hit for 25 with Tyler Merley hitting for 20. Merley hit 4 three-pointers on the night while Kleinhesslink hit 5. As a team Sheldon would end the night with a dozen buckets from behind the arc. Kyle Boerhave hit for 13 points. Ryan Van Marel added another 10. Okoboji got a game high 28 points from Bryce Peter including 4 three-point buckets. Kip Herd pumped in 14 points.

With the win Sheldon is off to a 4-1 start and 3-1 in the conference. Okoboji is 0-4 on the year and for the season. Next for Sheldon will be a Tuesday night trip to MOC Floyd Valley. Okoboji will host Graettinger Terril on Monday night.

Hulstein to Run for Defenders

Dordt_Defenders logoTristan Hulstein, a senior at Western Christian High School, has announced his decision to attend Dordt College and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

Hulstein has earned all-conference four times in cross country and qualified for the state meet three times in cross country. He placed 10th at the state cross country meet and was a part of Wolfpack team that placed third this past season at Fort Dodge. He placed eighth at the state meet in the 3,200 meter and has personal bests of 4:30 in the 1,600 meters; 10:00 in the 3,200 and 16:29 on a 5,000 meter cross country course.

“We are excited to welcome Tristan into our program. He has shared individual and team success at Western Christian and those experiences will aid him as he transitions to college cross country. His impact will be felt on our team and across campus as he is a responsible and driven student athlete who will excel in both areas. We are pleased Tristan will be a Defender next Fall!” said Dordt College cross country coach Nate Wolf.

Tristan is the son of Scott and Jodi Hulstein of Sioux Center, Iowa. He plans to study Agri-Business at Dordt College.

Orabs Hit at Free Throw Line to Down Boyden Hull

Sheldon Orabs 2Hull Iowa — Three Orabs combined to go 5-of-6 at the free throw line down the stretch as the Sheldon boys basketball team downed Boyden Hull 56-52 in Hull Thursday night. Kyle Boerhave and Jaden Kleinhesslink each went 2-of-2 at the line before Ryan Van Marel went 1-of-2 to put the Orabs up by 4 in the final seconds.

The game was close throughout with the Comets up 16-13 at the end of the first quarter. Sheldon went in front 31-27 at the half. Boyden Hull pulled even at 41-41 going into the final quarter before Sheldon picked up the win 56-52.

Sheldon was led by Boerhave and Van Marel with 13 points each. Sam Wagner hit for 10. Boyden Hull was led by Shane Solberg with a 10 point night. Marcus Rens hit a trio of threes all in the second half to finish with 9 points.

With the win the Orabs go to 3-1 on the season and 2-1 in the conference. The Comets took their first loss of the season and are 2-1 both for the season and the Siouxland.

Friday night Sheldon will host Okoboji while Boyden Hull plays host to Sibley Ocheyedan. Pregame for the Orab girls is set for 6:05. Opening tip at 6:15 with the boys game to follow on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream from the website at

12/8/16 Basketball Rankings

ighsauIn the latest IGHSAU High School basketball poll, Western Christian drops one spot to 3rd in Class 2A, while in Class 3A, Sioux Center remains at #2 and Cherokee at #4. LeMars fell out of the top 15 in Class 4A.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Springville 5-0 1
2 Turkey Valley 4-0 2
3 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 4-0 3
4 Kee 3-0 4
5 Marquette Catholic 5-0 6
6 Colo-Nesco 4-1 7
7 AGWSR 3-0 10
8 Newell-Fonda 2-2 8
9 Glidden-Ralston 3-1 9
10 Easton Valley 4-1 11
11 Burlington Notre Dame 3-1 12
12 Grand View Christian 1-2 5
13 Kingsley-Pierson 3-0 13
14 Sidney 2-0 14
15 Audubon 3-1 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Iowa City Regina 3-0 1
2 Treynor 4-0 3
3 Western Christian 2-1 2
4 Central Decatur 5-0 4
5 Moutn Ayr 4-0 6
6 Panorama 5-0 7
7 North Linn 5-0 8
8 Pella Christian 5-0 9
9 Interstate 35 2-1 5
10 Van Meter 3-1 11
11 Rockford 4-0 12
12 Cascade 4-0 13
13 Montezuma 4-1 14
14 IKM-Manning 1-2 10
15 Mediapolis 3-0 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Pocahontas Area 5-0 1
2 Sioux Center 4-0 2
3 Union 3-0 3
4 Cherokee 2-0 4
5 Center Point-Urbana 5-0 5
6 Crestwood 4-0 6
7 Mount Vernon 2-2 7
8 Clear Lake 4-1 8
9 Monticello 4-0 9
10 Shenandoah 5-0 11
11 Camanche 3-2 12
12 Central Lee 3-0 12
13 West Marshall 4-0 15
14 Osage 4-0 NR
15 PCM 4-1 13

Dropped Out: Mid-Prairie (14)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Pella 3-0 1
2 Marion 5-0 2
3 Keokuk 2-0 3
4 Lewis Central 4-0 4
5 Grinnell 3-1 5
6 Boone 3-0 6
7 Carlisle 4-0 7
8 North Scott 3-0 9
9 Nevada 3-1 11
10 Western Dubuque 4-0 12
11 Ballard 3-1 10
12 Dallas Center-Grimes 2-2 14
13 Fairfield 4-1 15
14 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3-0 NR
15 Denison-Schleswig 3-1 NR

Dropped Out: Waverly-Shell Rock (8), Le Mars (13)

Class 5A

School Record  LW
1 Indianola 4-0 2
2 Iowa City High 4-0 4
3 Cedar Falls 3-0 5
4 Waukee 3-0 6
5 Iowa City West 4-0 7
6 Johnston 4-0 8
7 Davenport North 2-1 1
8 West Des Moines Valley 4-1 3
9 Dowling Catholic 5-0 9
10 Ankeny Centennial 3-1 10
11 Linn-Mar 4-1 11
12 Pleasant Valley 4-0 14
13 Ames 3-1 12
14 Southeast Polk 4-1 15
15 Cedar Rapids Washington 3-1 NR

Dropped Out: Waterloo West (13)