Lady Westerners: One win away from state

Posted February 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Steve Peterson

For the first time in 11 seasons the Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team has gained a chance to go to the Class 1A Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union (IGHSAU) State Tournament.

A balanced attack on offense and a well-executed game plan on defense gave A-W a 52-38 win over Westwood before a home capacity crowd.

After The Akron Hometowner’s press deadline this week, the Lady Westerners faced Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton at Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto in Mapleton Feb. 20 for the right to go to Des Moines for a Feb. 27 game

“We watched film of Charter Oak-Ute and how they broke the Westwood press the game before,” said A-W Head Coach Kent Johnson. “In practice

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    Jackson gains win at state Berg, Martinsen go 0-2

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield seniors Sebastian Berg, Daniel Martinsen and Montana Jackson all made it to the State Individual Wrestling Tournament to cap their careers but Jackson gained the only win.

    “They had some tough draws but everyone who makes it to state is tough,” said A-W Head Coach Dustin Meinen. “It was special for them to end their careers at state.”

    Their Results

    At 152

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    Holy Heartbreak – Panthers stun Westerners

    By Steve Peterson

    Some 48 hours after Valentine’s Day was celebrated the Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team had a heartbreaker to end its season.

    The Westerners fought hard for 32 minutes but the final minute belonged to Kingsley-Pierson as the Panthers ousted A-W, 60-57 Feb. 16.

    A-W finished with a 7-15 record.

    A-W had the lead as late as one minute remaining on two free throws by

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    Tindall has 3-1 record so far for NWC softball

    Kayla Tindall pitched a complete-game three-hitter to lead Northwestern College to a 2-0 win in Game One of a doubleheader Feb. 17 in Hillsboro, Kan.

    The Red Raiders picked up the sweep with a 6-4 win in Game Two.

    Northwestern evened its record at 3-3. Tabor was 1-6 record.

    The Red Raiders scored both of their runs with two outs in the fifth inning when Jaclyn Smith hit a two-run triple, scoring

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    BCU’s Waterbury takes seventh

    The Briar Cliff University track and field teams competed at the Dakota Wesleyan University Invitational Feb. 4 in Mitchell, SD.

    Tyler Waterbury, a freshman from Akron and an alum of Akron-Westfield, finished seventh in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.88 meters.

    23 Games: A-W girls’ basketball statistics

    By Steve Peterson

    As of Feb. 20, Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball statistics, through 23 games.

    The Lady Westerners had a 19-4 record:

    Ann Hedlund: 268 points, 11.7 points per game average, on 90-of-233 all field goal attempts, 46-of-131 three-point field goal attempts, 42-of-68 free-throw attempts. She has 43 rebounds, 35 assists, 28 steals and five blocked shots.

    Callie Henrich: 234 points,

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    Scouting Exira-EHK

    By Steve Peterson

    Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (Exira-EHK) Lady Spartans stand between Akron-Westfield and their first trip to the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament at the Mapleton (Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto) Regional Final. The game is at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27. A-W has a 19-4 record.

    The Lady Spartans have a record of 22-1, their only loss to Shenandoah, 64-60. They average 65.8 points per game, shoot at 40 percent from the field and 31 percent for three-pointers. The Lady Spartans make 72

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    Changes in covering high school championships detrimental to kids

    Editor’s Note: This editorial is courtesy of Russ Mitchell, The Dickinson County News. It has been edited to fit this space.

    Where will you be watching this weekend’s high school state wrestling tournament?

    If you’re not lucky enough to be sitting in the bleachers at the state tournament in Des Moines, you may not be seeing at all — especially if you were planning on watching it from the couch in your Akron or Westfield living room.

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    Four keep state title hopes alive

    By Steve Peterson

    Call them the Fantastic Four.

    Four Akron-Westfield wrestlers – Sebastian Berg at 152 pounds; John Henrich at 160 pounds; Daniel Martinsen at 170 pounds and Montana Jackson at 285 pounds qualified for the Class 1A State Individual Meet at Des Moines Feb. 16 through 18 by finishing first or second at the District Tournament No. 4 at Okoboji High School in Milford Feb. 11.

    Henrich was the champion for the

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    A-W girls put up good battle

    By Steve Peterson

    With the popular Akron-Westfield Music Boosters’ Soup Supper Feb. 7, it was an early-arriving crowd for the rivalry game between the War Eagle Conference’s (WEC) second-place team, West Sioux, and third-place Akron-Westfield.

    The Lady Westerners were more competitive with the Lady Falcons in the non-conference game than the WEC contest but still fell 51-39 to close out the regular season with a 17-4 record. Unity Christian had won the WEC title

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