MS Boys Finish Season Traveling to Hinton and Kingsley-Pierson

Posted January 10, 2019 at 6:00 am

By: Shaylee Siebens

The middle school boys traveled to Hinton to play the Blackhawks on Monday, December 17, 2018.

The B-Team won 45-41, with Laytin Koch leading the scoring with 18 points. Kasey Nielsen scored 9 points, Jack Schoenfelder and Carter Wilken each added 7 points, and Jackson Marnach and Michael Brown both scored 2 points.

The A-Team lost 42-33. The leading Westerner scorer was Sawyer Drent with 13 points, followed by Kasey Nielsen with 5 points, Michael Varns with 4 points, Lane Kenny and Jackson Marnach each scored 3, and Carter Wilken added 2 points.

The middle school teams finished up their season on Tuesday, December 18 at Kingsley-Pierson. Statistics for these games were not

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    MS Boys Basketball Players

    The seventh grade boys’ basketball players: (back row) Conner Wendel, Benjamin Philips, Conner Jurgensen, Laytin Koch, Jack Schoenfelder, Raiden Ericson, Arik Allard, (front row) Jack Terpstra, Luke Meinen, Michael Brown, Jackson Marnach, Kasey Nielsen, Ashton McCully, and Carter Wilken.

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    Senior Spotlight



    By: Hailey Wait

    Sarah Nicole Ritz, daughter of Sherry and Steve Ritz, was born on August 11, 2000, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. “Ritzy” is the youngest of four siblings, Ryan, Reuben, and Jennifer (her twin sister). Sarah is currently employed at the Akron Children’s Center.

    As a child, “Ritzy” wanted to be an astronaut,

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    Question Of The Week

    By: Hailey Wait

    Students and staff of Akron-Westfield were recently asked, “What is your favorite school memory?”

    Mrs. Colleen Westergard, Speech and Language Arts teacher, said her favorite memory was “When the entire elementary made a giant snowball on the playground over the entire winter.”

    Keira Hillrichs, a freshman, enjoys, “Seeing Kent Johnson in the hallways.”

    Sam Frye, a freshman,

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    MS Boys Basketball Players

    The eighth grade boys’ basketball players: Michael Varns, Tanner Staffon, Jacob Myers, Lane Kenny, Sawyer Drent, Jonathan Watkins, Colby Main, and Michael Swancutt.

    Practices Start For MS Girls’ Basketball And MS Wrestling

    With the first middle school girls’ basketball game and the first middle school wrestling tournament a little over a week away, practices started last week to prepare the student-athletes for their upcoming competitions.

    The girls will be playing 12 games in about 5 weeks, with their first game on Monday, January 14 and their last game on February 19. The wrestlers’ first tournament is at West Sioux on Tuesday, January 15.

    The combined schedule is listed below. Individual sport

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    Senior Spotlight



    By: Hailey Wait

    Kyler Dean Toben, the son of Jeff and Sheri Toben, was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City on December 2, 2000. Kyler, otherwise known as “Avenue,” is the older brother to Sadie and Sarah Toben.

    Kyler’s favorite childhood memory is farming with his dad.

    Avenue is

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    Question Of The Week

    By: Nash Lininger

    Students and staff of Akron-Westfield were recently asked, “What gift are you looking forward to the most this Holiday Season?”

    There were several very good responses sent in from both the staff and students.

    Mrs. Jade Calvillo said she was most excited for, “Special time with my family.”

    Mrs. Deb Bursell, Mrs. Colleen Westergard, and Mrs. Dawn

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    A-W Entrepreneurship Students Create & Sell Multiple Products

    By: Hailey Wait

    The Akron-Westfield Entrepreneurship class took a business centered approach to their learning this semester by creating and selling Westerner themed and other personalized products on a small business scale.

    Mr. Thonstad’s class spent most of the first quarter learning about marketing and sales, and now they are putting what they have learned to use.

    Each student chose their own product to design and sell.

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    MS Boys Win One Of Four Games Last Week

    By: Alyson Ten Napel

    The middle school basketball teams played Gehlen Catholic on Tuesday, December 11, at home.

    The B-Team lost 43-40. Jackson Monarch and Jack Terpstra led the scoring with 8 points each, Kasey Nielsen added 6 points, Arik Allard and Carter Wilken scored 4 points each, Laytin Koch and Ashton McCully both scored 3 points, and Conner Wendel and Raiden Ericson each added 2 points.

    The A-Team won in overtime, 52-51.

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