Three earn district wrestling spots

Posted February 13, 2016 at 7:40 pm

By Steve Peterson

A trio of Akron-Westfield wrestlers will be competing for state tournament bids at the Class 1A Individual District tournament to be held Feb. 13 at Sibley-Ocheyedan in Sibley at noon.

Highlighting the long trip to Milford’s Okoboji High School were:

• A-W’s district champion: 126-pound junior Skyler Briggs; and second-place finishers:

• Senior Tommy Toben at 145 pounds and

• Junior Montana Jackson at 285 pounds.

The top two in each weight class advance to district. The three district qualifiers will vie for state meet bids at the Class 1A Individual Tournament Feb. 18 – 20 in Des Moines.

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    A-W boys gain road win

    By Steve Peterson

    Balanced scoring and a 21-8 advantage at the free-throw line put Akron-Westfield into the victory column with a 59-51 win against Remsen Union Feb. 5 in a War Eagle Conference boys’ basketball game in Remsen.

    The Westerners improved to 4-14 overall record with the win and swept the season series from the Rockets.

    Junior Cal Eskra scored 17 points to lead the way and had 3 three-point baskets. Austin Allard

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    A-W boys face K-P in district first round

    By Steve Peterson

    The Westerners’ basketball team will face Kingsley-Pierson in the first round of the Class 1A District No. 1 playoffs Monday, Feb. 15 at Westwood in Sloan. The game begins at 6:30 p.m.

    If the Westerners win, they will face the Woodbury Central vs. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn winner at South O’Brien in Paullina at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18.

    The district final is Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Sioux City East

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    RU girls have too much fire power

    By Steve Peterson

    Chalk this one up to just a bad night on the road.

    The Lady Westerners just could not get on track in a 51-28 loss to Remsen Union Feb. 5 in a War Eagle Conference basketball game in Remsen.

    “We just did not play well and their quickness hurt us. We had way too many unforced errors,” said A-W Head Coach Kent Johnson.

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    KC’s District Free Throw Contest winners announced

    Twenty-six students, ages 10-14 years old from Larchwood/Rock Rapids, Hawarden, and Akron Knights of Columbus Councils gathered at West Lyon School Jan. 31 for the Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Contest.

    Each year the Knights of Columbus councils hold contests in their local area. The top shooters in each age group from this competition can go on to the district level. From there, the winners go on to the regional level in Remsen, and then on to state.

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    2016 Middle School Wrestling Team

    The middle school wrestlers are: (front) Cameron Bergman, Jader Briggs, Sam Mullinix, Levi Small,
    Cole Moffatt, Hunter Walkingstick, Adam Allard, (back) Chance Foster, Kyle Welch, Tyson Lamp,
    Jack Anderson, Logan Smith, Jeremy Bosse, Coach Darwin Kluender. Not Pictured Levi Hemmelrick,
    Kaden Hebert, and Coach Dan Utesch.

    Wolves hold off A-W’s rally

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield nearly pulled off the upset in a War Eagle Conference boys’ basketball game at Harris-Lake Park Jan. 29.

    The Westerners fell just shy against the home Wolves, losing 59-53 in Lake Park.

    “It was a good effort. I was proud of how we played. We attacked the boards aggressively. I told the team afterward now they know what it takes to be competitive,” said A-W Head Coach Jon Harris.

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    Westerners ready for wrestling sectional challenge

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s wrestling team had four champions and moved up from third in the team standings to second as the Westerners fared well at the Kingsley-Pierson Invitational Jan. 30 in Kingsley.

    West Sioux was the only school to fare better than the Westerners as the Falcons won the team title, 190 points to 154.5 points.

    Also competing were Hinton (H), 145.5 points; Ridge View (RV), 135; Westwood (WW), 134; Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union

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    Jackson earns fifth place for A-W

    By Steve Peterson

    Montana Jackson’s fifth place finish was Akron-Westfield’s lone place winner at the two-day Herb Irgens Invitational concluded Jan. 23 at Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove in Ida Grove.

    A-W competitors included Don Bosco (DB); Western Christian (WC); Sioux Center (SC); Exira-Elkhorn-Kimballton (EEK); West Lyon (WL); South Central Calhoun (SCC); and Woodbury Central.

    At 285 pounds, Jackson beat Spencer Cox, WC, in a fall in 4:58. Jackson lost a tough 5-4 decision to

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