A-W track teams open season

Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

Akron-Westfield boys’ and girls’ track teams opened the season with the non-scoring War Eagle Conference indoor meet at Dordt College in Sioux Center March 13 against nine other conference schools: Gehlen Catholic, Harris-Lake Park, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Hinton, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union, Remsen-St. Mary’s, Trinity Christian, Unity Christian, and West Sioux.

Boys’ Head Coach Kent Johnson said of the team’s performance at the indoor meet, “I thought all of our boys did well, especially in short distance and hurdle events. We still need to cut times on middle and long, but that will happen as the season progresses.”

Next up for the teams is a coed meet hosted by Sioux City West at Morningside College March 25 starting at 10 a.m.

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    Four A-W shooters advance to regionals

    Four A-W students advanced to the Regional Free Throw Contest that was held on Feb. 26 at Remsen-St. Mary’s School. The students and their placings were (l-r) Tatum Wilken, fourth grade, second place; Allie Swoyer, fourth grade, second place; Josie Jacobs, fourth grade, second place; and Chloe Colt, seventh grade, first place.

    Hedlund chosen for All-Star game

    The Dordt College Defender Gold Club is hosting its annual high school basketball all-star games on Saturday, March 18 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt College’s campus. The event is again sponsored by American State Bank.

    The Defender Gold Club/American State Bank girls all-star game will start at 5:30 p.m. with the boys game to follow at about 7:15 p.m.

    Senior players are chosen from the Lakes, Siouxland and War Eagle Conferences to comprise the rosters.

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    Farewell to A-W notebook

    By Steve Peterson

    The good news, Cubbie got a ticket for the “Ring Game” now April 12 at Wrigley Field.

    The bad news, it looks like he won’t be here for local track-and-golf, and beloved softball and baseball season.

    Seriously, by way of therapy and keeping the straight jacket off, due to economic conditions beyond his control, yours truly is heading back to Chicago, or more exact, Crystal Lake, Ill., where I can

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    A-W’s memorable season comes up short in state bid

    By Steve Peterson

    Thanks for the memories.

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team’s efforts led them to a 19-5 record for 2016-2017 season, including a third-place in the War Eagle Conference, a regional win over Lawton-Bronson and another over Westwood, holding both to under 40 points.

    A-W brought a huge crowd to the regional final clash with Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton as Lady Westerners’ fans traveled down the Loess Hills to Mapleton.

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    Lady Westerners: One win away from state

    By Steve Peterson

    For the first time in 11 seasons the Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team has gained a chance to go to the Class 1A Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union (IGHSAU) State Tournament.

    A balanced attack on offense and a well-executed game plan on defense gave A-W a 52-38 win over Westwood before a home capacity crowd.

    After The Akron Hometowner’s press deadline this week, the Lady Westerners faced Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton at

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    Jackson gains win at state Berg, Martinsen go 0-2

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield seniors Sebastian Berg, Daniel Martinsen and Montana Jackson all made it to the State Individual Wrestling Tournament to cap their careers but Jackson gained the only win.

    “They had some tough draws but everyone who makes it to state is tough,” said A-W Head Coach Dustin Meinen. “It was special for them to end their careers at state.”

    Their Results

    At 152

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    Holy Heartbreak – Panthers stun Westerners

    By Steve Peterson

    Some 48 hours after Valentine’s Day was celebrated the Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team had a heartbreaker to end its season.

    The Westerners fought hard for 32 minutes but the final minute belonged to Kingsley-Pierson as the Panthers ousted A-W, 60-57 Feb. 16.

    A-W finished with a 7-15 record.

    A-W had the lead as late as one minute remaining on two free throws by

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    Tindall has 3-1 record so far for NWC softball

    Kayla Tindall pitched a complete-game three-hitter to lead Northwestern College to a 2-0 win in Game One of a doubleheader Feb. 17 in Hillsboro, Kan.

    The Red Raiders picked up the sweep with a 6-4 win in Game Two.

    Northwestern evened its record at 3-3. Tabor was 1-6 record.

    The Red Raiders scored both of their runs with two outs in the fifth inning when Jaclyn Smith hit a two-run triple, scoring

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