A-W: Back to State!

Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Hank Krause

The Akron-Westfield girls defeated Newell-Fonda, 6-2 on Monday July 14 for a berth in the state tourney.

A-W improved its record to 35-0 with the win over the Mustangs.

A huge crowd was on hand to witness this game. The field was decent except left field sloped downhill. It had virtually no seating except for some bleachers behind the plate. People were four, five, and six deep trying to get a good vantage point.

A-W scored first in the top of the first inning as Kayla Tindall doubled to start things. Kortney Hedlund singled to score Danika Tindall, who was running for her big sister, Kayla. Hedlund later scored on Bailey Davis’ hit

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    A-W’s young squad bows out to Jays

    By Steve Peterson

    Gehlen Catholic showed why it was a season-long power house as the Jays cruised to a 9-0 district tournament win over Akron-Westfield at the Riverview Sports Complex July 15, ending the Westerners’ season.

    It was 7-0 after two innings in favor of the Jays, who pounded out 10 hits and had three walks in raising their record to 26-3. Gehlen Catholic advanced to face South O’Brien, 4-0 winners over Central Lyon of Rock Rapids.

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    Rebels on a roll: win league title

    By Steve Peterson

    The Akron Rebels used a seven-run second inning to beat Larchwood, 11-0, and claim the Stateline League regular season title July 18 before a large home crowd.

    The Rebels will host the Stateline League tournament starting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 25, (opponent to be determined) and the tournament at Sargent Field will run through July 29. The Rebels had a 12-2 record.


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    A-W dominates All-WEC team

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield, for the 12th straight year, won the War Eagle Conference softball championship and the Lady Westerners had seven players on the All-WEC team.

    Senior Kayla Tindall was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Other Lady Westerners on the First Team were senior Dana Hedlund, freshman Bailey Davis and sophomore Kortney Hedlund.

    Senior Jordan Hansen and junior Desi Oltmanns were Second Team selections and junior Katie Johnson rounded out the

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    Akron-Westfield 2014 baseball

    Akron-Westfield baseball team members for 2014 are, (front row l to r) Jacob Neubrand, A.J. Nemesio, Conner Anderson, Skyler Briggs and Charlie Anderson. (Middle row) Aaron Allard, Caleb Colt, Riley Dennison, Dylan Irizarry, Cal Eskra, and Kyle Johnson. (Back row) Jess McMahon, Austin Allard, Skylar Otten, Tyler Waterbury, Montana Jackson, Brenden Hansen and Spenser Wardrip. Not pictured are Head Coach Gordy Johnson and Assistant Coaches Jim Frankl and Tyler Johnson.

    A-W blasts HLP to end regular season

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield completed the regular season on a bright note with an 11-1 win over Harris-Lake Park in a War Eagle Conference contest July 10.

    The Westerners had 10 runs by the end of the third inning for a 10-0 lead. A-W finished the regular season with a 13-16 record.

    “It was a good game to close the regular season out on. We played a solid game,” said A-W Head Coach

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    New banner

    A new state championship updated banner was donated by the family of Virgil Smith with memorial funds. Westerner signs at the entrances to town were also updated with these funds. Pictured is Virgil’s son, Dennis, by the new sign at Bob Tucker Field.

    Rebels crush Lennox, 10-0

    By Steve Peterson

    After a nine-day break the Akron Rebels baseball team returned to action to host Lennox in a makeup game July 11 and came away with a 10-0 home win in seven innings.

    Akron had an 9-2 record after the win.

    Lennox only managed three hits and struck out five times against Rebels hurler and winning pitcher Jeff Gacke.

    Offensively a six-run fourth inning

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    A-W’s ‘Fab Five’ lead the Lady Westerners

    by Steve Peterson

    For Akron-Westfield softball fans, they’re the familiar leaders, the “Fab Five,” leading the Lady Westerners in their final post-season push.

    Seniors Jordan Hansen, Sarah Schroeder, Dana Hedlund, Kayla Tindall, and Bethany Eastman have led the A-W softball squad on their undefeated season thus far.

    “They’re good leaders on and off the softball field. They’re not afraid to put the extra time in during the off-season. They’ve stuck it out and

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