Orange City, Iowa — B.J. Van Roekel (Larchwood, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.
Van Roekel is a 6’6” forward who played four years for West Lyon High School. Van Roekel averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and totaled 26 blocks in an injury-shortened senior season. Last year, he played a key role on a West Lyon team that captured the 2014 class 1A state championship with a 23-5 record. Van Roekel also was a member of West Lyon’s state championship football team as a junior. An honor roll student, Van Roekel plans to major in agri-business at Northwestern. He is the son of Larry and Deb.
“B.J. is a post player with size, good hands and good feet,” commented head coach Kris Korver. “B.J. has been part of state championship teams in both football and basketball. As he focuses on one sport, we are looking forward to seeing him improve and mature as a basketball player. We are excited that B.J. will be joining us here at Northwestern College.”
Marshall, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head men’s basketball coach Brad Bigler announced Wednesday the signing of one junior college and two high school student-athletes to a letters of intent to continue their academic and basketball careers at SMSU. Among those signees were Sheldon Orab Collin Wolthuizen.
Wolthuizen, a 6-foot-8, forward, is a senior at Sheldon High School. A four-year letterwinner, he averaged 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game as a senior. He earned all-conference accolades twice in his career and finished recording 131 blocked shots, ranking second in school history. He is also a letterwinner in both football and track.
Bigler said, “Collin comes from a good program in Sheldon. As a sophomore they made a great run in the state tournament. Some good players have come out of that school district. Collin is a player with good size and skill. As he puts on strength, his game will continue to evolve. When he visited campus it was a great fit.”
Also Joining the program for the 2015-16 season will be Minnesota West Worthington Minnesota junior college transfer Derek Buysse from Marshall and Michael Lee from Dawson, Minnesota. Southwest Minnesota State finished the 2014-15 season 12-17 overall, 8-14 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Northwest Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley claimed the team totals for both boys and girls Siouxland Conference meets Tuesday. At Sheldon the Lady Dutch posted a 190 to finish ahead of Sibley Ocheyedan. The Generals were in at 215. Medalist honors went to Alex Mankle of Okoboji at 40.
West Lyon played host to Siouxland Conference boys golf on Tuesday. MOC Floyd Valley put together a team total 161 followed by West Lyon a shot back at 162. Sheldon put together a team total 165. The Orabs were led by Tyler Merley at 38 and Dominic Seivert at 39. Medalist honors went to Jaden Snyder of West Lyon at 37.
Northwest Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley claimed the first Siouxland Conference girls golf meet of the season Monday.
The Lady Dutch were in at 200 followed by Central Lyon at 220. Medalist honors went to Alex Mankle of Okoboji at 42. Brooke Grimes of Sibley Ocheyedan fired a 46, Brooke Wiersma of MOC Floyd Valley carded a 47 with Sheldon’s Rachel Abele at 48 and Kenzi Eichman of Rock Valley shooting a 49.
Three individuals representing Dordt College were honored at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) Championship held April 9-11 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Eric Geels and Mark Tiemersma were both named All-Tournament honorable mention at the conclusion of the tournament. Geels is a junior from Sheldon, Iowa and occupies a right side position and Tiemersma, also a junior, is a middle blocker from South Holland, Illinois.
Dr. Brian Hoekstra was named the 2015 Men’s Division II Coach of the Year. NCVF programs were given the opportunity to nominate coaches they felt were worthy for the award. Hoekstra helped guide the Defenders, in their second year of existence to a 27-4 mark this season and an eventual berth in the Gold Bracket of the Men’s Division II Tournament. The Defenders won three tournaments over the course of the season and claimed a runner-up finish. Dordt moved all the way to a no. 4 ranking in Division II with a 22-1 mark.
In his recommendation, Eric Geels (Co-Captain and Co-President of the Dordt College volleyball club) wrote, “Coach Hoekstra is the reason Dordt College is ranked #4 and has a 22-1 record. He has done a phenomenal job of bringing together a team that only played in one NCVF recognized tournament last year to a current #4 national ranking. With his coaching, the Defenders have been able to more fully reach their playing potential both as a team and as individual players.”
Geels went on to say, “As team captains, we looked for a coach at the beginning of the year that was going to challenge us to be more than good volleyball players. Instead, we wanted someone who would encourage us in our Christian faith both on and off the court and Coach Hoekstra has done so much better than we ever anticipated and has naturally brought his faith into our practices. Coach Hoekstra does not just talk the talk, he is walking the walk.”
Hoekstra is currently a Professor of Business at Dordt College.
The Dordt College men’s volleyball program will transition to a varsity sport next school year and will compete against other NAIA schools.