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A-W players earn district recognition

Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield players named to the Class A, District No. 2 All-District First Team were as follows: seniors Kevin Carlson and Dylan Blinde and sophomores Cal Eskra and Dylan Irizarry.

Second Team members are junior Zach Bosse and sophomore Aaron Allard.

Honorable Mention team members are senior Seth Klemme and sophomore Austin Allard.

A-W had a 4-6 overall record this season, 4-3 in district games and gained the district’s fourth playoff spot.

Academic All-District, 3.5 Grade Point Average or better honors, for junior and senior players, cheerleaders and managers at A-W were earned by A-W’s Blinde, Bosse, Carlson, Colt, Brenden Hansen, Tyler Waterbury, Matt Toben, Klemme, Brenden

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    Local wrestling official receives Lifetime Service Honor

    One of Akron’s own past wrestler and wrestling officials was honored at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, Iowa Chapter’s Honors Luncheon on Oct. 25 at the Iowa Wrestling Officials and Coaches Association annual convention in Des Moines.

    Doug Manley was selected as one of 50 amazing individuals who were presented the Lifetime Service to Wrestling honor.

    In 2010, the Akron native, retired as an active prep wrestling official. That marked the end of a distinguished 30-year

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    Lady Westerners ready for season to tip-off

    By Steve Peterson

    It may be a learning-on-the-job season for the Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball squad which hopes to make strides by the end of the War Eagle Conference (WEC) season.

    “They hustle and work hard but the inexperience may hurt us until they get the offense down,” said Lady Westerners Head Coach Kent Johnson. “We have seven freshmen, and they’ll have to play.”

    The Lady Westerners have been practicing since Nov. 10 for

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    Wilken, Mustangs head to title game

    By Steve Peterson

    Newell-Fonda, led by Akron-Westfield alum Head Coach Brian Wilken, advanced to the 8-man championship game with a 40-18 win against H-L-V Victor (with Hartwick, Ladora and Victor students) Nov. 13 in Cedar Falls.

    Next up for the Mustangs is Fremont Mills, a team which edged Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, 30-27, in the other semifinal, in the 8-man state championship game at 10:06 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.


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    A-W youth wrestlers report

    Akron-Westfield youth wrestlers are put through the paces during their first practice of the season Nov. 4 at A-W’s wrestling room. About 30 grapplers reported. Coaches are former Westerner wrestlers Marshall Koethe, John Sievert, Tyler Schneider and David Ericson. The varsity Westerners begin with their first practice of the 2014-2015 season on Monday, Nov. 17.

    Wilken leads Mustangs back to UNI-Dome

    Newell-Fonda, coached by Akron-Westfield alum Brian Wilken, rallied for a 37-36 win against Don Bosco Gilbertville in Eight-Man Quarterfinal playoff game Nov. 7.

    The Mustangs. 9-3 record, advanced to play H-L-V Victor (with Hartwick, Ladora and Victor students) at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls in the Semifinals at 9:06 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13.

    In other playoff football games getting post-season area interest:

    In South Dakota Class 9A, Alcester-Hudson saw its 10-game winning

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    2014 A-W season recap

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield football team’s scores for 2014 regular season were:

    Aug. 29: Hinton, lost, 40-0.

    Sept. 5: Westwood, lost, 34-6.

    Sept. 12: Woodbury Central, lost, 26-0.

    Sept. 19: Gehlen Catholic, won, 38-33.

    Sept. 26: West Sioux, lost, 42-21.

    Oct. 3: Sioux Central, won,

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    A-W drops playoff game

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners had to travel to Moville to tangle with the Wildcats of Woodbury Central on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

    A-W came out on the short end of the score, 35-15, but not without a tremendous effort.

    The sophomore-laden A-W team did a heck of a job against the senior-loaded Wildcats. A-W and WC went at it tooth and claw the first half as

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    Akron-Westfield football statistics

    Akron-Westfield statistics after nine regular season football games, 4-5 record, 4-3 district before a playoff game at Woodbury Central:

    For passing, Cal Eskra was 152 completions in 286 attempts, 53.1 percent, for 1,982 yards, 13.0 yards per completion with 14 interceptions and 19 touchdowns. Kevin Carlson was 1-of-1 for three yards. Dylan Irizarry was 0-of-2.

    For rushing, Eskra had 187 attempts for 745 yards, 4.0 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns with the longest TD of 90 yards. Carlson

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    Two from A-W make All-WEC volleyball

    Akron-Westfield’s All-War Eagle Conference volleyball team representatives are senior Kortney Hedlund (l), Second Team and sophomore Ann Hedlund (r), Honorable Mention. A-W had a 5-6 WEC record and 8-17 overall.

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