Western Christian Boys Complete Comeback, Advance To State Tournament

western logoOrange City, Iowa — The Western Christian Wolfpack used a big fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Sioux Center Warriors and punch their ticket to the Boys State Tournament.

Sioux Center started off quickly, leading 16 – 10 after one quarter and would carry that momentum in to a 30 – 22 lead at the half.  Sioux Center continued with the same finesse in the third quarter with an answer every time the Wolfpack would try to gain momentum and led after three quarters 50-39.

The Wolfpack began to mount their comeback early in the 4th quarter as senior Taylor Feenstra  would drain back to back three pointers and Western Christian would take their first lead of the contest later on in the quarter. The Wolfpack were able to knock down enough free throws down the stretch to cap off a great fourth quarter by outscoring Sioux Center 30 – 16 to claim a 69 – 66 win and move on to the state tournament next week in Des Moines.

Sioux Center’s Alex Bakker would lead all scorers with 25 along with teammates Chris Borchers with 12 and Steven Kragt with 11. Feenstra led the way for the Wolfpack with 21 points scoring 18 of them in the second half. Also in double figures were Josh Van Lingen with 20 followed by Taylor Miedema with 12.

The Wolfpack have earned the top seed and will open tournament play against 8th-seed Albia Monday, March 10th at 6:35 PM.

Match ups set for GPAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Games

GPAC Mens BasketballTop seed Dordt and two seed Morningside were semifinal winners on Saturday in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Postseason Basketball Tournament. The number one seed Defenders defeated 4th seed Hastings 83-67 at home, while three seed Morningside also won at home in double overtime over #6 Dakota Wesleyan 108-106. Tip-off in Sioux Center will be at 7pm at De Witt Gymnasium.

Both teams have now secured automatic berths in the 2014 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship in Point Lookout, Missouri, which will run March 12-18 at the College of the Ozarks.


On the women’s side top seed Northwestern and three seed Morningside were semifinal winners on Saturday in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Postseason Basketball Tournament. The number one seed Red Raiders defeated 4th seed Concordia 101-80 at home, while three seed Morningside won at 2nd seed Hastings 65-55.

Northwestern will host Morningside for GPAC Championship Tuesday, sponsored by Rawlings, will be on Tuesday, March 4. Tip-off in Orange City will be at 7pm at the Bultman Center.

Both teams have now secured automatic berths in the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, which will run March 12-18 at the Tyson Events Center.

Area Saturday High School Tournament Games Postponed

basketballThe Boys High School Substate Games for area teams for Saturday evening were postponed due to weather. Games will now be played on Monday night. In 3A the Substate between MOC Floyd Valley and Heelan was originally scheduled for Monday.  







Class 2A Substate 1 at the MOC Floyd Valley Gym

Western vs Sioux Center (winner advances to State) —Postponed to Monday at 7 pm
Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame at 6:45. Streamed from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.


1A Substate 1 at the LeMars Public High School Gym

Gehlen vs West Lyon — Postponed to Monday at 7pm
Winner advances to State


3A Substate 1 at the Sioux City North Gym
MOC Floyd Valley vs Heelan
Winner advances to State



Emily McDonald Named Scholarship Winner

McDonaldPhotoEmily McDonald, a senior from MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, has been named the 2014 recipient of the E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award. Emily was selected from 77 applicants from high schools across Iowa. The scholarship is in the name of longtime Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union Executive Secretary E. Wayne Cooley. The scholarship is worth $15,000 thousand dollars over four years to assist the recipient as she attends the Iowa College or university of her choice.

Emily plans to attend Central College in Pella, majoring in Elementary/Special Education and coaching. She will be playing volleyball for the Dutch at Central College. McDonald was one of six finalists for the award. The five runners-up all receive $1,000 dollar scholarships.

Emily is very active at MOC-Floyd Valley. She ranks ninth in her class with a 3.99 GPA and served on the student council, National Honor Society, band, choir, and is an all-state speech performer. Emily’s activities outside of school include traveling to Haiti the last two summers on mission trips with her church and she serves as an ambassador for Orange City’s annual Tulip Festival as a member of the 2014 Tulip court.

Athletically Emily is a two-time all-state performer in volleyball, helping the Lady Dutch win the last two Class 3A volleyball championships while earning all-tournament honors last fall. She is also a starter and all-conference performer on the Lady Dutch basketball team and is an all-state softball pitcher.

MOC-Floyd Valley Girls Basketball Coach Gary Richardson Named 2014 “Character Counts” Coach of the Year

Gary RichardsonMOC-Floyd Valley Girls Basketball Coach Gary Richardson has been named as the 2014 “Character Counts” Coach of the Year.

The “Character Counts” Coach of the Year Award honors a worthy recipient who embodies the Six Pillars of Character®: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Rather than spotlight winning records and isolated acts of heroism or generosity, the Award was conceived to recognize individuals whose coaching lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to any or all of the following qualities associated with good character.

In recognition of this honor, a $1,000 cash award will be made in the name of Richardson to the MOC-Floyd Valley athletic department to further enhance character development initiatives.

Gary has been a teacher, coach and school administrator since 1978. He has coached at Danville, Harris-Lake Park and MOC-Floyd Valley. He was MOC-Floyd Valley’s Superintendent of Schools from 2002 until his retirement in 2013. Gary served as a volunteer assistant girl’s basketball coach at MOC-Floyd Valley and assumed head coaching duties in 2013. He will be coaching the Lady Dutch in the Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament next week.

Richardson will be honored at halftime of the Class 1A championship game Friday, March 7th.

MOC Floyd Valley Earns Substate Rematch With Sioux City Heelan

MOC logoMOC Floyd Valley downed Spirit Lake 63-56 in the 3A Boys District 2 Basketball Finals Thursday night at the Sheldon High School Gym. In the District 1 finals at Sioux City West Thursday night Sioux City Heelan downed Sergeant Bluff Luton 71-57 to set up a rematch of last years substate game won by the Dutch.

At the end of the first quarter Spirit Lake was in front 17-13 and led 30-28 at halftime. Levi Jansen scored 10 of his game high 39 points in the third quarter as the Dutch took a 42-41 lead into the fourth quarter. MOC Floyd Valley would outscore Spirit Lake 21-15 in the final 8 minutes to earn the win.

Parker Mulder joined Jansen in double figures with 13 points. Spirit Lake was led by Alec Henrickson who hit seven 3-point buckets on route to a team high 29 points. Also in double figures for the Indians were Billy Brown and Trevor Smith with 11 points each.

With the win the Dutch advance to Substate with an 18-5 record while the Indians end the season at 16-7.

1A Boys District Finals

In the District 1 finals at the Sioux City North Gym LeMars Gehlen stayed unbeaten on the year with a 61-56 win over Remsen Union. The Jays advance to the Substate 1 game Saturday night at the LeMars Public High School Gym where they will square off against West Lyon. The Wildcats won the District 2 title Thursday night with a 73-58 win over defending 1A State Champ Boyden Hull in a game played at the Western Christian High School Gym.


The area 2A Substate matchup was set up Tuesday night when Western Christian and Sioux Center earned the right to meet Saturday night at the MOC Floyd Valley High School Gym.