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Lady Westerners win Class ‘B’ title at Hinton

Posted April 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield girls’ track and field team earned the right to celebrate April 15 at the Hinton Girls’ Class “B” Meet by winning the team title by more than 40 points.

“I asked boys’ Coach Kent Johnson when the last time the girls had won a track meet,” said A-W Girls Track and Field Coach Eric Walkingstick, “and he said it has been a long time. I’ve been here five years and the girls have never won a meet.”

“I asked the girls to reach down and do the things they had not done in the past,” he said. “I felt it was an attainable goal and they

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    A-W places takes top spots in Long Jump at Kingsley

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ track and field team had two finishers in the top three of the Long Jump at the Panther-Wildcat Coed Relay Track and Field Meet April 11 at Kingsley-Pierson in Kingsley.

    The Westerners’ Austin Allard was the event champion with a leap of 20 feet 2.5 inches to beat Blake Vande Hoef of Hinton’s 19 feet 8.25 inch.

    A-W senior Tyler Waterbury was

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    A-W girls’ golf squad runner-up in Quimby

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team finished second to host River Valley at a tournament in Quimby April 16.

    The Lady Westerners finished with a team score of 363 strokes. River Valley won the tournament with a score of 335.

    Ann Hedlund had the low score for the Lady Westerners with an 83. Brooke Koele was second with an 86 followed by

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    A-W boys compete at UC tourney

    By Steve Peterson

    The Westerners’ golf team competed at the Unity Christian boys’ tournament April 16 at Landsmeer Golf Course in Orange City.

    The Westerners finished eighth of 10 teams with a score of 379 strokes.

    Tyler Waterbury, Cal Eskra and Nick Jacobs tied for best score for the Westerners as all shot a 94. Spencer Olson shot a 97; Jared

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    NWC sweeps Midland

    Northwestern College improved to 15 wins on the softball season with a sweep of Midland April 16 in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) play in Fremont, Neb.

    The Red Raiders won 5-2 in Game One and 5-1 in Game Two.

    NWC was 15-22 overall record, 5-11 in GPAC games.

    Game One

    Kayla Tindall, a sophomore from Akron, and an Akron-Westfield alum, improved to an 8-10 record.

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    A-W boy tracksters place second

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ track and field team garnered runner-up honors at the co-ed Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union Relays in Marcus April 4 in the first outdoor meet of the season.

    The Westerners finished with 79 points, tying for second with MMC/RU, behind first place Kingsley-Pierson-Woodbury Central.

    Placing First

    Ty DeRocher won the 400-Meter Dash with a time of 54.61

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    A-W girls place fourth at MMCRU

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ track and field team opened the outdoor season portion April 4 at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union Relays co-ed meet in Marcus.

    The Lady Westerners placed fourth overall.

    Highlights for Coach Eric Walkingstick’s squad included:

    Placing First

    Morgan Lavaway won the High Jump with an effort of 4 feet 10 inches.

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    A-W girls off to 2-0 start on links

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team made its debut on the links a successful one at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars April 4.

    The Lady Westerners had a team score of 197 against Gehlen Catholic, which only had two golfers.

    For A-W, Brooke Koele had the low score with a 47. Ann Hedlund was next with a 48 and Bailey Davis carded a 49.

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    A-W boys golf fall to Jays, Hinton

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ golf team battled Gehlen Catholic Jays to start the 2016 season at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars April 4.

    Both teams had a total of 196 strokes but the host Jays won the tiebreaker.

    A-W scores for the varsity: Jared Black led the Westerners with a 43; Daniel Martinsen shot a 50; Nick Schnell had a 51; Max Anderson shot a 52; Nick Jacobs shot a

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    Tindall, Hedlund notch pitching wins for NWC

    A pair of strong pitching performances by former Lady Westerners led Northwestern College’s past Briar Cliff University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) doubleheader by scores of 9-1 in game one and 5-1 in game two on April 5 in Orange City.

    Kayla Tindall and Dana Hedlund both pitched complete-game, four-hitters, giving up one run in each game. Tindall struck out 5 and walked 1 in the six-inning, game one win. Hedlund recorded 2 strikeouts in game two.

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Sports Archived

    A-W track schedule

    Akron-Westfield track and field schedule will be as follows, weather dependent:

    Meets are co-ed unless noted.

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    Track begins

    Akron-Westfield girls’ and boys’ track and field seasons began with the first practice on Monday, Feb. 29.

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