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Westerners ready for break-through season

Posted November 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield’s boys’ basketball team hopes to rejoin the ranks of break-even squads this winter, and the Westerners have been working since Nov. 17 on that goal.

“I think we will be much improved. We’re looking to use our athleticism a little better. We’ve got decent quickness that we hope to utilize and we hope to be more entertaining to watch,” said A-W Head Coach Jon Harris.

The Westerners open the season with a WEC clash against Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Tuesday, Dec. 2. A-W is at Trinity Christian in Hull on Thursday, Dec. 4 and will host Remsen Union on Friday, Dec. 5 in a busy first week.

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    Westerners plan for much mat success

    by Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield Head Wrestling Coach Dusty Meinen praised the amount of work every Westerner has put in from February and the end of last season to now.

    “They had a very good summer. A lot of guys put in extra time in tournaments, camps and open mat times,” said Meinen as the 2014-2015 season got underway with practices last week.

    A total of 17 wrestlers are on the squad with 13

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    Newell-Fonda’s storybook run ends with title

    by Steve Peterson

    Two thrilling ends to state championship football games took place as our area interest in football came to an end Nov. 20 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

    First, Newell-Fonda clashed with Fremont-Mills,Tabor in the 8-Man title game. Newell-Fonda, coached by Akron-Westfield alum Brian Wilken, fell behind 16-7 early, and 35-33 with just 4:20 left. But a 10-play, 55-yard drive had a successful conclusion when Jason Hess scored a touchdown from eight yards out with 17 seconds

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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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    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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    A-W players earn district recognition

    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

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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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