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Henrich repeats as state champion

Posted February 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Akron-Westfield has its sixth state wrestling champion in John Henrich, his second straight. Henrich earned his championship at 160 in Class 1A at the State Wrestling Tournament last weekend in Des Moines.

A-W wrestler Christian Wolthuizen also participated at the state tournament at 182.

John Henrich, Junior

In first round John defeated Jackson Dunning of St. Albert by fall (1:07), defeated Ethan Fulcher of Hudson by fall (2:52), defeated Ryan Schott of Regina by 3-0 decision, and in one of his toughest matches defeated Brennan Swafford of Mediapolis by 8-7 decision in the championship match.

Christian Wolthuizen, Senior

In the first round

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    A-W boys win first round of playoffs!!

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team played the best they have all year Feb. 15 in Lawton in the first round of post season. A-W (8-14) faced L-B (10-11), probably as the underdog, but came out on top, 56-48, to advance to face George-Little Rock in George Feb. 20.

    The Westerners worked together as a team and things just went their way to avenge their 73-57 loss to L-B in December during the regular season.

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    A-W girls fall in Second Round

    After a nice win over Gehlen in the first round of post season action, the Akron-Westfield girls faced a tough Kingsley-Pierson team who is ranked No. 5 Feb. 16 in Kingsley. The Panthers, a physical team, overpowered the Westerners, 67-35, ending their season.

    K-P is ranked No. 5 for a reason, they are good and have a good chance of making the state tournament if not winning it. One of their top players is 6’2” senior Addison Hirschman who has

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    A-W girls defeat Gehlen in First Round playoffs

    The Akron-Westfield girls played a solid game of basketball to defeat Gehlen Catholic, 53-44, at home Feb. 13 in first round action.

    During the regular season A-W and Gehlen split with each winning one game. Sparked by wanting to avenge their 10 point loss to Gehlen earlier in the month, A-W had a strong start with an 11-2 run to begin the game and an 8-0 run to begin the second half.

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    Henrich, Wolthuizen off to state wrestling!

    Two Akron-Westfield wrestlers advanced to the state wrestling tournament by becoming regional champs at Districts Feb. 10 at West Lyon.

    Junior John Henrich at 160 – defeated Anthony Baird of Woodbury Central by fall (0:45), defeated Wyatt Schoenherr of West Monona by fall (0:49). He will defend his state title from last year. He is unbeaten, 40-0, going to state and is the only one of the 16 wrestlers at 160 in Class 1A to be unbeaten.

    Senior Christian

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    Boys lose close one to Gehlen

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team lost to Gehlen Catholic Feb. 6 in Le Mars, 80-77.

    However, for one Westerner it was a great evening. Nick Jacobs broke the school three-point record hitting 10, breaking his own record of nine, and scored 43 points breaking the 42 point record of Ronnie Prothero and Dan Krohn.

    “Nicholas had a tremendous offensive game with six assists while breaking two school records. The downside was that we took a step backwards again with

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    Girls win first round of Regional action

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team played in the first round of Regionals during a snowy, cold night, Feb. 8 at home defeating the Trinity Christian Tigers, 47-29. The Westerners advanced to face Gehlen at home Feb. 13. (after deadline). Winner of that match will play in Kingsley Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

    The Westerners held the Tigers scoreless until 1:36 left in the first quarter when the Tigers scored back-to-back three-pointers making the score 10-6 after one quarter. However,

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    Boys lose to South O’Brien

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team lost to South O’Brien Feb. 2 at home, 80-54. Their overall record is 6-13. The boys have one more home game Feb. 9 when they face Westwood. This is a boys game only with both junior varsity and varsity.

    Seniors and parents were honored at the game: Conner Anderson, son of Erin Anderson and Jody Anderson, and Quinn Bundy, son of Julie and Doug Bundy.

    Leading scorer for the Westerners was Nick Jacobs with

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    Girls win No. 16

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team raked in win number 16 Feb. 2 by defeating South O’Brien, 44-29. Tis brings their total record to 16-4.

    This being the last home basketball game, seniors and parents were honored. Seniors are: Kammi Bishop, daughter of Brandi and James Bishop; Danika Smith, daughter of Kim Smith and Briggs Smith; Brynn Van Eldik, daughter of Robyn and Dan Van Eldik; and Courtney Waterbury, daughter of Joanne and Randy Waterbury.

    Leading scorer for A-W was

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    Three A-W wrestlers advance to Districts

    Three Akron-Westfield wrestlers advanced from sectional competition Feb. 3 by placing first or second. They will compete at Districts Feb. 10 at West Lyon beginning at noon for a chance to go to the state tournament. State tournament is Feb. 15-17 in Des Moines.

    The wrestlers advancing: John Henrich finished first at 160; Christian Wolthuizen finished first at 182; and Hunter Walkingstick finished second at 120.

    John Henrich (160) – quarterfinals

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