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South O’Brien outlasts A-W spikers, 3-2

Posted October 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

South O’Brien outlasted Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team and gained its seventh win of the season with a 3-2 War Eagle Conference win here in an exciting match Oct. 14.

The Wolverines won Set No. One, 25-19 and Set No. Two, 25-21, for a 2-0 lead. But the Lady Westerners stormed back for a 2-2 tie with wins in Set No. Three, 25-23 and in Set No. Four, 29-27. But SOS won the fifth and deciding set, 15-11. SOS was 7-18 record after the win while A-W was 8-15.

“We played a lot better than the last time we played them. They’re a scrappy team,” said A-W Head Coach Inglish Hartwig. The Wolverines had downed A-W,

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    Lady Jays too much for A-W spikers

    By Steve Peterson

    It was a farewell home regular season finale for five Akron-Westfield seniors and the Lady Westerners challenged Gehlen Catholic for two of the three sets before falling 3-0 on Oct. 16.

    Set scores were 25-22, 25-23 and 25-12 in favor of the Lady Jays.

    Bidding adieu to the A-W gym for volleyball were Kali Kriener, daughter of Daniel and Linda Kriener; Kortney Hedlund, daughter of Troy and Debra Hedlund; Cali

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    A-W comes from behind to win

    By: Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners came from 19 down to beat the Lawton-Bronson Eagles, 28-26 on Friday, Oct.17.

    The Eagles opened the scoring after recovering an A-W fumble on the A-W eight. It was really a L-B punt that allegedly touched an A-W receiver and the Eagles jumped on the ball. Four plays later Brenden Roder scored on a 11 yard run.

    L-B capitalized in the

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    James contributes 4 tackles for Mustangs

    by Steve Peterson

    Taylor James, a sophomore from rural Sioux City, had one solo tackle and three assists for a total of four tackles. He also had one tackle for loss, shared, for a loss of one yard in Morningside’s 50-7 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) football win against Dakota Wesleyan Oct. 18.

    James is an Akron-Westfield alum.

    Morningside, 6-0 overall record and No. 1 ranked-NAIA team, 5-0 GPAC, next travels to Vermillion,

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    EP-J outlasts Lady Westerners

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield hosted Elk Point-Jefferson for a non-conference volleyball match Oct. 11 and sought a three-match win streak.

    The Huskies won, though, 3-1. Set scores were a 25-15 win in Set No. 1 for EP-J; A-W won the second set, 25-23; and EP-J won the next two sets, 25-22 and 25-23.

    “It was a hard-fought match. Our goal each week is to have a winning week and we played very well,”

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    A-W aerial show!

    By: Hank Krause

    The visiting favored Alta-Aurelia Warriors ran into an aerial bombardment that shredded the Warrior defense which they probably never have seen. Akron-Westfield, using the airways, strafed the Warriors, 37-14 on Oct. 11.

    Cal Eskra had scorching hands as he completed 27 of 37 pass attempts. The 27 completions added up to a record 475 yards for A-W. Eskra accounted for

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    NAIA selects Sioux City for softball series host

    The City of Sioux City’s Convention & Tourism Bureau and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) have announced that the NAIA Softball World Series has a new home.

    The City of Sioux City, Iowa, and Morningside College will serve as the official hosts of the 2015 and 2016 Softball World Series events.

    The games will be held at the Elizabeth & Irving Jensen Softball Complex in Sioux City at Riverside Park. The dates are May 22 through May

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    James gains 4 tackles in Mustangs’ win

    Top-ranked Morningside celebrated homecoming with a 68-28 football victory against Midland Oct. 4 at Elwood Olsen Stadium.

    Taylor James, a sophomore from rural Sioux City and an Akron-Westfield High School alumni, had four total tackles. He is a starting safety for the Mustangs.

    It was another impressive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) football victory by the best offense in the NAIA. The Mustangs, who raised their record to 4-0, racked up 645 yards total offense, including 346 yards on

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    A-W spikers fall to H-LP

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Harris-Lake Park in War Eagle Conference play Sept. 30 in Lake Park. Set scores were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-21 for the Wolves.

    A-W’s record was 6-13 and 3-4 in WEC matches.

    Kortney Hedlund had 11 kills, Ann Hedlund had 17 assists and Katie Johnson had 10 digs to lead the Lady Westerners.

    “Kortney Hedlund hit

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    A-W wins a wild one!

    By: Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners spotted Sioux Central of Albert City, Sioux Rapids, Linn Grove, Rembrandt, Peterson, Greenville, and throw in whoever else, a 14-point lead to start things.

    A-W came from behind to grab a 46-40 win on Saturday, Oct. 4.

    SC, behind the running of Devin Tripp, who scored twice on short runs, gave SC a 14-0 lead. Tripp carried the ball 50 times

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