Dordt College Adds Men’s Volleyball

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center –- Dordt College has announced the addition of men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate varsity sport, to begin play during the 2015-16 school year. The men’s volleyball program will be the ninth varsity sport offered by Dordt College, joining the current offerings of: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track

Dordt College Athletic Director Glenn Bouma said, “Adding men’s volleyball to our intercollegiate offerings has been an ongoing discussion for the past several years. Our club team has been very active and there is a growing interest in men’s volleyball by incoming students.  We’re excited about this opportunity to offer men’s volleyball in our athletic program.”

Tabbed to be head coach of the program is Chad Hanson. Hanson will continue to coach the women’s program, a position he has held since 2011. Hanson has guided the women’s program to an 81-49 record and a berth in the 2013 NAIA National Championship field.

Dordt College has had an active club team competing in men’s volleyball since the 2013-14 school year and this year’s team has won three tournaments and is currently 17-0 in matches.

The men’s volleyball season begins in early January and is capped by the NAIA National Invitational in late April.

All Siouxland Conference Girls Basketball Teams are out

Siouxland Conference logoNorthwest Iowa — The 2014-15 All Conference Siouxland Conference Girls Basketball Teams have been released. Also out is the Siouxland Conference Winter Sports Academic All-Conference honorees.

Sophomore Sammy Blum of Rock Valley and senior Jill Vander Plaats of Sioux Center were unanimous selections. They were joined on the first team by Madison Beaver of Sioux Center, Megan Peschong of Okoboji and Sarah Halse of Central Lyon. Also named to the first team were Danielle Eben and Mia Graham of George Little Rock.

Sheldon’s Emily Johnson was named to the second team with Sami Kleinwolterink earning honorable mention accolades.

For a complete list of All-Conference teams click below:
Siouxland All-Conference Girls Basketball 2014-15

For a complete list of the All-Conference Academic recipients click below:
Siouxland Winter Academic All-Conference 2014-15

Wolfpack Move on to Substate

Western ChristianSpirit Lake, Iowa –- Defending State 2A Champion Western Christian advanced to the Boys Substate round of basketball with 71-54 win over Hartley Melvin Sanborn Tuesday night in the the District 1 title game at Spirit Lake.

The Wolfpack were up 19-15 at the end of the first quarter and moved to a 42-29 halftime advantage. HMS went on a run fueled by five third quarter 3-pointers to pull within 46-41 before Western Christian went on a run of their own that resulted in a 60-44 lead at the end of the third quarter. Western would seal the win at the free throw line going 9-of-11 in the fourth quarter. That included a 6-of-6 individual performance by Ben Gesink who finished with a game high 24 points on the night.

Gesink was joined by Josh Van Lingen with 18 and Taylor Miedema who hit for 16 points including four 3-point buckets. One those came as time expired in the third quarter to put the Wolfpack up by 16 going into the final 8 minutes of play.

HMS had two players in double figures getting 17 points from Blake Simons and 14 more from Daniel Heitritter. The two combined for six of the teams eleven 3-point buckets in the game. HMS would hit three of them in the first quarter, one in the second quarter, five in the third quarter and two more in the fourth.

With the win Western advances to Substate with a 21-2 record. HMS finishes at 13-11 on the season. The Wolfpack ranked number two in the final Radio Iowa poll will square off against Sioux Center for the State 2A boys tournament berth. The Warriors earned their way in with a 72-61 win over Hinton in the District 1 title game decided at the LeMars high School Gym Tuesday night.

Knights Headed Back to State

unity logoSibley Iowa — Top ranked Unity Christian is headed back to the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament. After finishing second in Class 3A a year ago the Knights are headed back with the 2A title being the goal this year. Unity earned the trip with a dominating 70-32 win over Okoboji in the Region 2 final at the Sibley Ocheyedan Gym Monday night.

After the game Knights head coach Jay Schuiteman talked about getting back to State.

Unity jumped out to a 23-5 first quarter lead on the strength of it’s inside outside game on offense and a smothering defense. After the first quarter came to a close the key became focus.

At the half the lead was up to 43-12 as the Knights rolled to the win. Four of the five starters finished in double figures. Kassidy DeJong led the way with 15. Anna Keil was next with 14. Chanda Zomermaand and Alyssa Fedders added 10 points each. Okoboji was led by Megan Peschong with 9 followed by Emily Wintz with 7.

Schuiteman talked about the balanced scoring that began with Heather Scouten’s corner three that started the scoring and her 9 point night on a trio of threes.

Number 1 Unity will take a 24-0 record into the State Tournament against 21-3 Cascade ranked 13th in the final poll. It will be the first game of the tourney in 2A tipping off at 5 pm Monday March 2nd at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Wolterstorff Joins Dordt 1000 Point Club

wolterstorffSioux Center, Iowa — Tyler Wolterstorff a senior from Sioux Center became the 34th Dordt College men’s basketball player to score at least 1,000 points during his career with his seventh point against Midland on Saturday. Wolterstorff entered the game against Midland with 993 points and scored 11 points in the loss.

Wolterstorff a Western Christian High School graduate has scored 398 points this season and has a 13.3 points per game average. He scored 394 points as a junior; 70 as a sophomore and 142 as a freshman. Wolterstorff has converted 322-680 career field goals and 68-182 from the three-point line. He’s also grabbed 386 rebounds during his career and has played in 114 for the Defenders.

Top Five Dordt College Men’s 1,000 Point Scorers
1. Greg Van Soelen (84-88) 3104
2. Trevor Wolterstorff (2009-2013) 1968
3. Luke Ruter (02-06) 1793
4. Gene Hospers (65-69) 1627
5. Logan Kingma (06-10) 1561

Spirit Lake Girls end Sioux Center’s Season

BasketballSheldon Iowa — The Spirit Lake Indians are State Tournament bound following a 69-55 win over Sioux Center Saturday night. The Class 3A Region 1 Championship was decided at the Sheldon High School Gym.

The Indians led at all the breaks. They were up 16-12 at the end of the first quarter following a three at the buzzer by Emma Dau. At the half the lead was up to 32-24 as Spirit Lake hit 6 of their 10 three-pointers of the ball game in the first half. At the end of the third quarter the Indians led 49-38 as went on to win it 69-55.

Sioux Center had one player in double figures getting a game high 20 from Jill Vander Plaats. Lexi Toering and Madison Beaver had 9 points each.

Spirit Lake had three players in double figures led by Bailee Newman with 19 points. Joie Veldman hit for 17 with Emma Dau netting 12.

The 11th ranked Spirit Lake Indians will take an 18-6 record into the State Girls Basketball Tournament while 3rd ranked Sioux Center ends the year with just their third loss against 21 wins on the season.