Westerners strive to finish season at ‘Dome’ again

Posted August 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

By Steve Peterson

New large photographs and a State Runner-Up Banner from 2015 Class A’s football playoffs are keys to inspiring the Westerners of 2016.

The State Qualifiers Banner and a large photo from the state championship game hang near the weight room. Two more photos are in the hallway just outside A-W’s locker room.

“We had a sign up last year, ‘what have you done today to be a champion,’ and talked a lot about playing in the UNI-Dome. It takes a lot. It takes a great effort. We want to get back to that place,” said Akron-Westfield Head Coach Eric Walkingstick.

Depth is the No. 1 strength of

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    Experienced A-W spikers take to the court

    By Steve Peterson

    An experienced volleyball team will take to Akron-Westfield’s new home court as the season begins Aug. 25 with a match against Westwood at A-W.

    “Our strengths will be our leadership on the team. We will have 12 seniors this year who will be looked up to by the rest of the team,” said Lady Westerners’ Head Coach Eric Thien.

    The seniors

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    A-W alums face off in Shrine Bowl

    Former Akron-Westfield football Coach Craig Parkinson (c) stands with two of his former A-W players, Brian Wilken (l,) and son, Mike Parkinson (r), at the Shrine Bowl July 23 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Wilken coached the North team to a 49-35 win. Mike Parkinson was an assistant coach for the South.

    2016 A-W Volleyball Schedule

    Akron-Westfield varsity volleyball matches start at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

    Aug. 25: Westwood, home.

    Sept. 6: Unity Christian in Orange City.

    Sept. 8: Remsen-St. Mary’s, home.

    Sept. 10:

    8:30 a.m., Le Mars Varsity Tournament;

    9 a.m., Westwood Junior Varsity Tournament, Sloan.

    Sept. 13: Harris-Lake Park in Lake Park.

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    2016 A-W football schedule

    The 2016 Akron-Westfield varsity football games begin at 7 p.m.:

    Aug. 19: Sports Drink Scrimmage, home.

    Aug: 26: Hinton, away.

    Sept. 2: Western Christian, home, non-district.

    Class A, District No. 1 games:

    Sept. 9: Woodbury Central, home.

    Sept. 16: Lawton-Bronson, home.

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    Rebels fall

    The Akron Rebels’ season came to an end in the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Tournament district play with a 10-5 loss to Canton July 30 in Lennox, S.D.

    Rebels stay alive in District play with win

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron Rebels needed a win to remain in contention in the Lennox Baseball District tournament July 24 and they did just that with a 3-0 win over the home team.

    The Rebels’ fifth win of the season advanced them to the next round played July 28 against Vermillion Grey Sox.

    The Rebels and Lennox were deadlocked at 0-0 after five innings Sunday.


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    Class 1A All-tournament softball team

    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

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    2016 Akron Rebels

    The 2016 Akron Rebels baseball team (Front Row l-r:) Levi Keleher, Adam Loutsch, Chad Brown, Scott

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