Westerners gain INA accolades

Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Five Akron-Westfield football players earned Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) recognition on all-state teams announced Nov. 22.

Senior Austin Allard gained a wide receiver selection for the Westerners. He had 32 receptions, 588 yards, 18.4 yards per catch and nine touchdowns. He had 54 total points all via receiving.

Senior Cal Eskra gained Second Team honors from the quarterback spot. He had 126 completions in 255 attempts for 1,792 passing yards, 14.2 yards per completion, seven interceptions and 22 touchdowns. In rushing he had 94 carries of 435 yards, 4.6 yards per carry and seven touchdowns. Eskra had 42 total points, all via the rush.

Senior Dylan Irizarry made the Third Team Offense. He was 11 of 21 passing for 169 yards, 15.4

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    Lady Westerners start season with win

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team turned back a rally by Westwood for a 52-48 opening season game win Nov. 22.

    A-W had a 10-point, 35-25 lead as part of a 22-12 third-quarter run. Senior Ann Hedlund led the Lady Westerners with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, 6-of-10 from the free-throw line.

    Senior Danika Tindall chipped in with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting

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    A-W grapplers ready to start strong

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s wrestling team is preparing for the Nov. 29 season opener at Sioux City East and is hopeful for a strong showing this winter.

    A-W senior Skyler Briggs is back and he hopes to return to the state meet for the second year in a row. At 126 pounds, he was 1-2 at last year’s state tournament with a technical fall win in the first round followed by two losses. Briggs will be at 138 pounds this

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    James chalks up 4 tackles in final Mustangs’ game

    By Steve Peterson

    Morningside’s chances for a NAIA Football Championship Series title game came to an end in heartbreaking fashion as College of Saint Francis held on for a 42-35 home win Nov. 26 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

    The fifth-ranked Mustangs built a 20-0 lead in the second quarter but the Cougars caught the Mustangs with a 21-20 lead in the third quarter. Morningside had one last lead, at 28-21, with 1:52 left in the third when Jason Vander Kooi,

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    A-W girls basketball readies for season

    By Steve Peterson

    A brand new girls’ basketball season got started this week, and the Lady Westerners figured to have an experienced squad for 2016-2017.

    Akron-Westfield’s season began with a home game against Westwood on Nov. 22. It is a junior varsity-varsity games format, starting at 6:00 p.m.

    “I felt the first few days of practice have gone very well, and it seems we are beginning to jell as a team. We have

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    A-W boys hit the hardwood

    By Steve Peterson

    A new boys’ basketball season dawned Nov. 14 with the first day of practice in an optimistic mood for the Westerners.

    “Practices are going well. We have a competitive group that does not like to lose and likes to get after it, and that is a big difference,” said Akron-Westfield Head Coach Jon Harris.

    “We have a lot of kids back who saw significant minutes last year and are anxious

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    James on All-GPAC 2nd Team

    Morningside College senior Taylor James was named All-Great Plains Athletic Conference Second Team. James, an Akron-Westfield alum and a rural Westfield resident, had 47 total tackles and three interceptions this year for the Mustangs.

    10 Westerners receive All-District football honors

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield had 10 football players named All-Class A District No. 1 with the conclusion of the season for all teams.

    First Team members are seniors Aaron Allard, wide receiver and defensive back; Austin Allard, wide receiver and defensive back; Dylan Irizarry, Cal Eskra, Montana Jackson for offensive and defensive line; and Kyle Johnson for linebacker.

    Second Team members are junior Christian Wolthuizen for linebacker and sophomore Nick Jacobs for running

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    A-W grapplers compete at pre-season meet

    by Steve Peterson

    Several Akron-Westfield wrestlers competed in the USA Wrestling Preseason Wrestling Tournament held Nov. 5 in Cedar Falls.

    Highlights for the Westerners were:

    Senior John Henrich placed third at 160 pounds and had a 5-1 record.

    Freshman Hunter Walkingstick had a 3-2 record at 113 pounds.

    Senior Skyler Briggs had a 3-2 record at 145 pounds.

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    By Steve Peterson

    Four Akron-Westfield volleyball players were named All-War Eagle Conference for the annual squad selected by the league’s head coaches.

    First Team selections were seniors Callie Henrich and Ann Hedlund.

    Junior Courtney Waterbury was named to the Second Team.

    Senior Bailey Davis was named Honorable Mention.

    A-W had a 21-10 record and 9-2 in WEC matches for third place.

    WEC

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