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Class 1A All-tournament softball team

Posted July 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Class 1A softball All Tournament team members were named following the championship game. They are, from left to right: Katie Johnson of Akron-Westfield; Cloe Severson of Kee, Bailey Davis of Akron-Westfield; Kendra Cooper of Kee; Ann Hedlund of Akron-Westfield; Kayla Morris of Martensdale-St. Marys; Jordan Wilken of Newell-Fonda; Jamie Jordan of Martensdale-St. Mary’s; Brynn Van Eldik of Akron-Westfield; Nicki Wood of Kee High and Courtney Cooper of Kee High

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    A-W plays for 1A Championship!

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerner girls defeated the Newell-Fonda Mustangs, 7-0 in the Class 1A semi-finals on July 21.

    In spite of the incredible stifling heat, Ann Hedlund threw a complete three-hit shutout as she won her 20th game for 2016.

    Hedlund survived a scare in the third inning but overcame a possible rally. Along with Hedlund, Bailey Davis got the hits when

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    A-W’s 25-5 record season statistics on offense

    Akron-Westfield final baseball statistics from a 25-5 record season in 2016:

    Batting

    Junior Aaron Allard was 36-for-97 at-bats to lead the team (10 at-bats at least) 28 runs to lead the team, six doubles, two triples, three home runs to lead the team, 21 RBIs, one sacrifice, 17 walks, seven strikeouts, 16-for-18 stolen base attempts and one hit by pitch. He had a 0.470 on-base percentage, 0.567 slugging percentage to lead the team, and a 0.371 batting average.

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    2016 Akron Rebels

    The 2016 Akron Rebels baseball team (Front Row l-r:) Levi Keleher, Adam Loutsch, Chad Brown, Scott Jacobs, Brett Stolpe, Tanner Bundy, (Back Row l-r:) Manager Paul Martin, Jeff Verzal, Jeff Gacke, Eric Blake, Cory Eskra and Dan Smith. Not in picture: Cole Oltmanns, Noah Bohlmann, and Jared Kirkeby.

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    District final proves unkind to A-W

    By Steve Peterson

    In the end as the sun set Saturday, Akron-Westfield’s hopes for a first sub-state baseball spot were dashed by an unstoppable team on an 18-game winning streak in Remsen-St. Mary’s as the Hawks ousted A-W, 5-1 before a huge crowd in Akron July 16.

    “The kids played hard but we got beat by a great team. Jacob Wesselmann is one of the top two pitchers around. The final score

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    Westerners beat UC, 2-0

    by Steve Peterson

    Austin Allard struck out 14 batters and allowed just one hit and one walk as he led Akron-Westfield to a 2-0 win over Unity Christian, of Orange City, on July 1 in the regular season home finale.

    The 10th-ranked in Class 1A Westerners improved to a 21-4 season record with two regular season games left this week before the playoffs start here this week.

    If A-W won against River Valley

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    A-W nine keeps momentum going — tops H-LP

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield set a school record for wins with a 6-0 War Eagle Conference win at Harris-Lake Park June 27.

    The 19 wins topped 18 victories gained in 1990 and 2010. The day was also Head Coach Gordy Johnson’s birthday.

    “It was a nice birthday present,” said Johnson. “We pitched well.”

    The Westerners improved to 19-4 record with the win, making the long trip

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    Scouting West Harrison

    by Steve Peterson

    A look at Akron-Westfield’s quarterfinal round opponent at the Class 1A State Tournament in Fort Dodge, West Harrison, at 11:30 a.m., Monday, July 18. A-W is 33-2 record.

    A-W is 9-1 in first round games in Fort Dodge,

    The Hawkeyes have an 18-11 record and gained their state berth with a 6-5 win over Lenex in their regional final. They have won their last six games. In the regional opener

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    A-W set send-off for softball team

    Akron-Westfield will host a send-off for the softball team to the Class 1A State Tournament at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 17.

    The Lady Westerners , 32-2 record, will play West Harrison (18-12 record) in the quarterfinal game at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 18 at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge at Mittera Field. The winner plays in the semifinal game at 3 p.m., Thursday, July 21 at Buena Vista University Field. The loser plays in the consolation round at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Dodger

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    A-W has fun with home run at SOS

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield staged its own version of Home Run Derby as the Westerners hit three four-baggers in a 21-2 romp over South O’Brien July 5 in Paullina.

    A-W, ranked 10th in Class 1A, improved to an impressive 22-4 record with one regular season game to go.

    Cal Eskra got the home run effort going in the fifth inning that broke a 2-2 tie. A-W also had two more home runs, one

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