New A-W volleyball coaches hope for strong start

Posted September 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team is under the direction of co-head coaches this fall, Rachel Kelderman and Eric Thien.

The Lady Westerners have 31 players on their rosters, 14 players on the varsity and 17 on the Junior Varsity and “C” team.

Akron-Westfield Co-Head Volleyball Coaches Rachel Kelderman and Eric Thien each pointed to a winning record and a Class 1A state tournament appearance as the top team goals.

The Lady Westerners’ team strengths are team chemistry and a positive outlook on the season.

“There is a lot of potential on this team and I can’t wait for the girls to show that come game time,” said Kelderman.

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    Westerners begin 2015 season with good effort

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s first football opponent, Hinton, may have the pre-season rankings in a larger class on its side, but the Westerners like it just that way heading into the season opener Friday, Aug. 28.

    Kickoff is 7 p.m. at A-W.

    “The countdown is on. It sometimes seems like an eternity. I’ve seen them ranked from as high as fifth to eighth (in Class 1A). They

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    Alexandria ends Rebels’ state title dreams, 17-3

    By Steve Peterson

    After two close wins in thrilling fashion at the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament Class B, Akron Rebels saw their good fortune come to an end on a sunny and breezy Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell, S.D.

    Alexandria, S.D., clubbed the Rebels, 17-3, out hitting them 18-5 on Aug. 15.

    “Good season,” said Manager Paul Martin to his forces as they left

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    Rebels make semifinals in thrilling fashion

    By Steve Peterson

    For the second straight South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament Class B game, the Akron Rebels rallied to win in its last at-bat in walk-off fashion, in baseball terms, as they beat Canova-Howard, S.D., 7-6 on Aug. 13.

    The game was a 16-inning fight to the finish, won by the talented team from Akron.

    The 16th inning was indeed a sweet one for Rebels Manager Paul Martin and Rebels’ faithful

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    A-W football season began Aug. 10

    Bright and early as the fog was lifting and the sun was beginning to heat up the day, Akron-Westfield Westerners were busy at their first practice of the season Monday.

    Akron Rebels advance to quarterfinals

    The Akron Rebels advanced to the third round of the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Class B Division with a 3-2 win over rival Garretson in Mitchell, S.D., Aug. 9.

    The Rebels scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win over their rivals.

    Garretson had a 2-0 lead after seven innings but the Rebels were not going to be denied Sunday.

    With one out, Brett Stolpe reached on

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    Rebels open state tourney Aug. 6

    By Steve Peterson

    The Akron Rebels will open the South Dakota Amateur Baseball State Tournament Class B Division with an 11:00 game on Thursday, Aug. 6 against Hartford-Humboldt, S.D.

    The tournament is at Caldwell Park in Mitchell, S.D.

    A first round win advances the Rebels to the second round at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9.

    Quarterfinals are Thursday, Aug. 13;

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    A-W softball statistics

    Akron-Westfield had a 28-5 record for the softball season, once again winning the War Eagle Conference title.

    Statistics for the Lady Westerners, pre-regional final, a 2-1 loss to River Valley:


    Sophomore Bailey Davis: 49-for-107 at-bats, 12 runs, 10 doubles, 4 home runs, 43 RBIs, 7 sacrifices, 10 walks, 3 strikeouts, 2-for-2 stolen base attempts, 7 hit by pitch, 0.532 on-base percentage, 0.664 slugging percentage and 0.458 batting average.

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    A-W baseball final statistics, 2015

    Akron-Westfield baseball statistics from a 17-14 season:

    Hitting statistics

    Sophomore Austin Allard: 34-for-94 at-bats, 30 runs, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 8 strikeouts, 18-for-19 stolen base attempts, 0.423 on-base percentage, 0.439 slugging percentage, and 0.347 batting average.

    Sophomore Aaron Allard: 32-for-83 at-bats, 22 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 18 RBIs, 3 sacrifices, 18 walks, 5 strikeouts, 9-for-9 stolen base attempts, 0.495 on-base percentage, 0.470 slugging percentage and 0.386 batting average.

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    Rebels outlast Gray Sox for district win

    By Steve Peterson

    It was time to close the books on another summer sports season in Akron as the Akron Rebels hosted Vermillion, S.D., Gray Sox in a South Dakota State Amateur Baseball district tournament game July 22 at Sargent Field.

    A good-size crowd was on hand last Wednesday and watched as the Rebels won, 4-3, in 10 innings.

    The contest was for a spot in the

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