Sioux Center Iowa — Cole Vande Vegte, a senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the baseball program.
Vande Vegte is currently a pitcher and shortstop for the Knights. He had 90 strikeouts during the 2015 season, with 225 total strikeouts in his career. His opponents hit .195 and his earned run average was 2.70 in 57 innings of work. Last season he batted .270 with 15 RBI’s. Vande Vegte was named first-team all-conference, first-team all-district, and second-team All-Northwest Iowa Review. As a junior, he had 80 strikeouts with a 2.15 earned run average and earned second-team all-conference honors. He was also a second team all-conference honoree in basketball his senior year.
“We are excited to have Cole join our baseball program. He has had a great career playing for Coach Schoonhoven at Unity Christian. We look forward to him having continued success at Dordt College,” said Dordt College head coach Jeff Schouten.
Cole is the son of Gary and Amy Vande Vegte of Orange City Iowa.
Boone Iowa — A total of 183 athletic officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center.
Among those being honored as officials of the year in Iowa will be longtime boys and girl’s official Scott Wynja of Sheldon. Wynia is being recognized as the boys’ basketball official of the year in the state of Iowa by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
Tim Rogers of Orange City is being honored as the Northwest District’s Aspiring New Official of the year.
Ron Baack of Spirit Lake is being recognized for his 50 years as an official.
Terry McMillen of Orange City is being recognized for 35 years.
Daniel Kruse and Eldon Maxwell of Rock Rapids along with Jeff Ten Napel of Sibley are 25 year honorees.
Timothy Brunsting of Hull and Jamie Arend of Sibley are both 15 year honorees.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center, Community Choice Credit Union.
Orange City, Iowa —Kelsey Lang has signed a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track and field careers at Northwestern College next fall.
Lang is a three-year letter winner for both the MOC-Floyd Valley High School cross country and track and field teams. A three-year state qualifier in cross country, Lang earned all-state honors with a ninth place finish at the state meet in 2013 and placed 15th in 2014. She won the Siouxland Conference Individual championship as a senior and finished second in 2014. Lang has a personal best of 20:12 in the 5K.
A three-time state qualifier in track and field, Lang placed 11th at state and also holds the school record as a member of the 4×800 relay. She has personal bests of 2:25 in the 800m and 5:18 in the 1500m. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Lang is the daughter of Chris and Sherry.
“We are thrilled to have Kelsey running for the Red Raiders,” commented head Northwestern cross country and track and field coach Scott Bahrke. “She brings encouragement and excitement to our women’s cross country and track and field teams. Kelsey is a talented distance runner who has a huge heart and it will fun to watch her grow at Northwestern College over the next four years.”