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A blocked field goal as time expired propelled the Dordt College Defender football team to a 14-13 season opening win over the Dakota State Trojans in Madison, South Dakota.

#13 Northwestern defeated Bacone 55-37 to open the 2013 season.

Sheldon Volleyball Invite
Sheldon 2, Hinton 0
Sheldon 2, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0
Sheldon 2, Newell-Fonda 0
Sheldon 2, Emmetsburg 0
Central Lyon 2, Cherokee, Washington 0
Central Lyon 2, Emmetsburg 0
Central Lyon 2, Newell-Fonda 0
Cherokee Washington 2, Emmetsburg 0
Cherokee Washington 2, Newell-Fonda 0
Gehlen 2, Hinton 1
Gehlen 2, Newell Fonda 0
Hinton 2, Sibley-Ocheyedan 1
Hinton 2, Central Lyon 0
HInton 2, Cherokee Washington 0
Newell-Fonda 2, Emmetsburg 0
Sibley-Ocheyedan 2, Gehlen 1
Sibley-Ocheyedan 2, Central Lyon 0
Sibley-Ocheyedan 2, Cherokee Washington 0
Sheldon won 4, CL won 3, Hinton won 3, Sibley-Ocheydan won 3, Cherokee won 2, Gehlen won 2, Emmetsburg won 0

Bellevue West Volleyball Tourny:
Western Christian 2, Millard South, NE 0
Millard North, NE 2, Western Christian 1


Wrestling To Be Included In Olympics In 2020 and 2024; Quotes From Both Brands Brothers And Dan Gable

wrestling gearBuenos Aires, Argentina — Wrestling will be included as a provisional sport in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. That announcement came today from IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge at the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

International dignitaries from the sports of wrestling, squash, and baseball-softball, made their final presentation for inclusion in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic programs Sunday morning.

The IOC then took a vote, and wrestling prevailed with 49 of the possible 95 votes to secure the 28th and final position in the Olympic programs. The joint bid from baseball-softball received 24 votes, while squash received 22.

“I’ve always thought, with divine intervention, we were going to be in good shape, because Jacob wrestled the angel,” said UI associate head coach Terry Brands. “It’s a sport close to God’s heart. I believe that. I believe there was divine intervention, and I believe that we had a great vision, from the second that we heard, with Jim and Bill Sheer and the CPOW group. I think it was awesome. I think they had a vision that was untouchable.”

“I’m just happy and excited to say that wrestling, if we hadn’t won this vote, we wouldn’t have given up,” said former UI head coach Dan Gable. “It would’ve been harder to move forward than it is now because we won the vote. It’s always easier to work on success than defeat. However, every once in a while there is a defeat, and we felt that our defeat was in February when they threw us out. The work has been done. It has us on an edge, not a big edge, but it’s really where do we go from here to make this sport a top five core sport. We’re not in the core, so we have a long ways to go.”

Earlier Sunday, the IOC accepted the recommendation from its executive committee to not include wrestling among its core sports, a decision that was first announced Feb. 12. That decision led to today’s presentations by the provisional sports candidates – wrestling, squash, baseball-softball.

Gable and Terry Brands were among members of the UI wrestling program gathered inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena to witness the presentations and watch the final announcement live from Argentina.

“It’s huge news,” said NCAA champion Derek St. John. “Obviously it’s huge, or there wouldn’t be a lot of people here. It’s big for the future of wrestling from the college level, all the way down to little kids, and all the way up to the Olympic Games. It’s huge for the future of the sport.”

“We’re a better sport now than we were in February and I think the IOC recognized that with today’s decision,” said UI head coach Tom Brands, who is in Belarus coaching Team USA in advance of the World Championships. “I’m glad the vote turned out the way it did, and I credit our new governing body and the people who fought for inclusion for getting the job done. The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of our sport. I believe that, and the response from around the world confirmed it.”

“I’m thrilled with today’s decision by the IOC,” said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “I believe today’s announcement indicates the IOC recognizes wrestling’s importance to the Olympic Games and its significance around the world. I think the sport is stronger now than it was in February, and I’m elated to learn our student-athletes, and future generation of wrestlers, will have the opportunity to someday compete for Olympic medals. I would also like to congratulate Dan Gable, Coach Tom Brands, and all of those individuals involved in the sport of wrestling, who worked so diligently, and successfully, towards this goal.”

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. The IOC decided on Saturday to award the 2020 games to Tokyo. Wrestling will have six weight classes for women’s freestyle in 2016, up from four classes in 2012. Men’s Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle will also compete in six weight classes, down from seven classes in 2012. The push for gender equity was part of wrestling’s makeover and a key in its reinstatement campaign.

“I want to offer my sincere gratitude to each member of the International Olympic Committee that voted to save Olympic wrestling today,” said Nenad Lalovic, the President of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA). “With this vote, you have shown that the steps we have taken to improve our sport have made a difference. I assure each of you that our modernization will not stop now. We will continue to strive to be the best partner to the Olympic Movement that we can be.”


Spencer Hands Orabs Their First Loss of The Year

footballThe Spencer Tigers handed the Sheldon Orab football team their first loss of the season 42-20 Friday night in Spencer. The Tigers ranked 4th in the latest Radio Iowa 3A poll scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead with :50 seconds to play in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Matt Finnern did the bulk of the damage with touchdown runs of 22, 60 and 24 yards.

A Cody Mowery 14 yard run capped an 82 yard drive to give the tigers a 28-0 halftime lead that would hold up through a scoreless third quarter.

Sheldon scored 20 points in the fourth quarter beginning with a fumble recovery at their own 41 yard line and a 59 yard drive capped by a 34 yard Matt Buenger touchdown run. The extra point was no good and Sheldon had cut the lead to 28-6 with 1:53 to play.

Spencer answered with a 64 yard touchdown run by Hunter Cushman. Mark Malm added his fifth extra point of the night and the lead was 35-6 with 8:49 to go.

Sheldon responded with an 82 yard drive that ended when Buenger scored from a yard out. The two point attempt was no good and the Spencer lead was 35-12 with 3:19 to play.

On the ensuing kick off Darin Greenfield knocked the return man off the football and the Orabs had the ball at the Spencer 26 yard line. They made quick work of the short field as Hunter McDonald scored from a yard out. Buenger scored on the two point conversion and the Tigers lead was cut to 35-20 with 2:20 to play.

With reserves in the game Spencer scored the final touchdown of the night on a 69 yard John Greer touchdown run. Cameron Geyer added the extra point to make the final score 42-20.

With the win Spencer stands at 2-0 while the Orabs are 1-1 with the district opener coming up next Friday night at Orab Field against the visiting Unity Knights.


Boyden Hull Rock Valley Routs Emmetsburg

The Nighthawks beat the Emmetsburg E-Hawks 44-12 Friday night at Nick Hulst Field in Rock Valley.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley started scoring early and often, taking advantage of Emmetsburg miscues leading to a 23 point first quarter.  Following an E-Hawk three and out, the Nighthawks were able to capitalize on a fumbled punt snap on the E-Hawk 14 yard line.  Two plays later Logan Steins scored on a 10 yard run making the score 7-0 with 9:49 left in the first quarter.  Emmetsburg answered with another three and out, and Andrew Van Ginkel of the Nighthawks was able to block the punt forcing a safety.  With 8:21 left in the first quarter it was 9-0 Boyden Hull Rock Valley.  The Nighthawks took advantage of the good field position from the E-Hawk safety kick, and Andrew Van Ginkel punctuated a 50 yard drive with a 41 yard touchdown run.  After the score it was 16-0 in favor of the Nighthawks with 7:57 left in the first quarter.

Emmetsburg was able to score points in the ensuing drive.  Highlighted by a 53 yard run by backup running back Brady Christiansen.  Quarterback Brandon Elbert bootlegged his way in from 5 yards out on 4th down, finishing off the 66 yard drive which lasted 2:32.  With the missed extra point, the score was 16-6 with 4:58 left in the first quarter.  The E-Hawks were able to force a Nighthawk three and out, only to give the ball back when Brandon Elbert missed a pitch to running back Brady Christiansen.  Andrew Van Ginkel was quick to recover the fumble and return it for the score finishing off the exciting first quarter with a 23-6 lead for the Nighthawks.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley added two more scores in the second quarter.  The first score came on an electrifying 87 yard touchdown by halfback Omar Mejia.  The single play drive made the score 30-6 with 8:13 left in the second quarter.  Later the Nighthawks were able to effectively finish a two minute drill late in the half, when quarterback Andrew Van Ginkel threw a touchdown pass to Riley Francis with 5.4 seconds left.  The Nighthawks score finished a 43 yard drive which lasted 1:20, making the score 37-6 at the half.

The Nighthawks and E-Hawks traded second half scores.  Boyden Hull Rock Valley scored first when Omar Mejia ran untouched thanks to a key Jerod Hansen block for 35 yards.  The run capped a 28 second drive making the score 44-6 with the good extra point. Boyden Hull Rock Valley was perfect attempting extra points on the night.  Late in the 4th the E-Hawks finished off a 3:49 61 yard drive with a 2 yard touchdown run by Allen Jensen.  The extra point was blocked, and both teams traded possessions until the end of the contest.  The final score was 44-12 Nighthawks.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley improves to 2-0 and will open district play against Sioux Center at Sioux Center.  Emmetsburg falls to 0-2 and will open their district play when they host North Union next week.


Sports Results For Friday September Sixth

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CLASS 2A District 1

Sheldon 20 at Spencer 42

Emmetsburg 12 at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 44

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 28 at Western Christian, Hull 9

Lawton-Bronson 47 at Unity Christian 21

Sioux Center 6 at West Lyon 30

CLASS 1A District 1

Okoboji 20  at Sibley-Ocheyedan 34

South O’Brien 28 at Hinton 21

 


Sports Schedule For Saturday September Seventh

volleyballOn the sports schedule for Saturday Central Lyon, Cherokee, Emmetsburg, Gehlen, Hinton, Newell Fonda and Sibley Ocheyedan are all scheduled to be at the Sheldon volleyball invite beginning at 9:00am. Western Christian at the Bellevue West volleyball tournament