Westerners: State runner-up winners

Posted November 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm

By Hank Krause

The Akron-Westfield Westerners were beaten in the Class A State Finals by Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 52-20. We have to face the fact that G-R was just a better team. They were bigger, somewhat faster- just a good team.

In the game, G-R used a 3-4 defense to control the A-W running game but I was more impressed by their pass defense. They completely covered up Tyler Waterbury and held the Allard twins to only four completions.

G-R’s Eric Stoakes had 25 carries for a total of 282 yards. G-R ran the toss sweep to almost perfection. G-R used a fullback lead to block, and the rest was somewhat easy. The fullback should have had a tag

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    A-W schedule change

    Due to the length of football season, Akron-Westfield has dropped out of its scheduled Dec. 1 triangular with Woodbury Central, Sioux City East and Sioux Center that it was scheduled to host. The Westerners’ wrestling opener will be Saturday, Dec. 5 with a 10 a.m. start at Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s tournament. A-W practices started Nov. 24.


    Walkingstick’s 100th win

    Akron-Westfield Head Football Coach Eric Walkingstick was recognized for his 100th career win at a school send-off pep rally Nov. 12. The win was the 45-34 win against West Sioux Nov. 6 in the quarterfinals. Next, A-W made the Class A state finals with a 36-35 victory against Mount Ayr on Nov. 13.


    Can you believe it?!!

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners have been the underdogs in all three playoff games.

    A-W first beat St. Albert of Council Bluffs, 57-36 at home. They then beat No. 5 Logan-Magnolia, 26-21, and No. 3 West Sioux, 45-34, to put A-W in the state semifinals where they defeated Mount Ayr 36-35.

    A-W drew No. 9 Mount Ayr. A-W, unranked and having received no votes in the

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    Westerners’ football season scores

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield football scores from a 7-2 regular season, 6-1 in district games and now 11-2 overall:

    Hinton, 40-14 loss

    Westwood, 53-34 win

    Woodbury Central, 34-29 win

    Gehlen Catholic, 41-6 win

    West Sioux, 42-14 loss

    Sioux Central, 38-30 win

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    Girls’ hoops readies for season opener at Westwood

    By Steve Peterson

    In addition to the football team’s achievement of a state title bid, winter sports seasons are underway for the Westerners.

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team has been practicing since Nov. 10.

    The Lady Westerners begin the 2015-2016 season at Sloan against Westwood Tuesday, Nov. 24 in non-conference play. They were at a preseason jamboree against Remsen-St. Mary’s Nov. 18.

    “We have players with a

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    A-W team members

    Akron-Westfield football team Class A State Championship Game members are:

    Seniors: Caleb Colt, Zach Bosse, Spenser Wardrip, Jess McMahon, Andy Bowman, Tommy Toben, Matt Toben, Brenden Moore, Brenden Hansen, Tyler Waterbury, Derrin Sanchez.

    Juniors are: Aaron Allard, Chris Voter, Dylan Irizarry, Jared Black, Kyle Johnson, Cal Eskra, Skyler Briggs, Charlie Anderson, Ben Ostermyer, Zac Eyer, Ty De Rocher, Daniel Martinsen, Tristin Golden, Sebastian Beg, Kane Martinac, Alexander Mendoza, Eric Cotrell, Mason Mackey, and Montana Jackson.

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    State Championship Game Notes

    By Steve Peterson

    Playoff scores for Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 11-2 record, Akron-Westfield’s opponent in the Class A Championship Game Nov. 19:

    East Buchanan, Winthrop, 35-0 win;

    Pleasantville, 28-0 win;

    B-G-M (Brooklyn-Gurnsey-Malcom) Brooklyn, 24-10 win.

    Denver, 19-16 win, overtime.

    Both Gladbrook-Reinbeck and A-W beat an opponent they had lost to in the regular season, as

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    Elementary Top Ten

    The elementary teachers recently completed an activity called, “Shifting Your Focus: Half-Empty, Half-Full.” This activity focused on looking at the positive, instead of the negative, side of things. Mrs. Bobier, the Elementary School Principal, stated, “we are trying to teach the kids to have a ‘Half-Full’ attitude.”

    The elementary teachers posted their Top Tens and we are sharing these in the Westerner Review.

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    Westerners ‘git-r-done’ over West Sioux

    By Hank Krause

    It was a great night for football: clean, cool and a real setting to settle things. West Sioux, with a record of 11-0 on their home turf, faced the A-W Westerners with a 9-2 record on Friday, Nov. 6.

    WS had the first possession and were forced to punt to the A-W 40. A-W used five plays to cover the 60 yards. Cal Eskra threw a pass to Austin Allard for

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