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A-W girls gain fifth win of season

Posted January 29, 2015 at 10:46 pm

by Steve Peterson

The No. 45 was the magic one for Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team in back-to-back wins last week.

The Lady Westerners, coming off a 45-40 win against Alcester-Hudson Jan. 20, also scored 45 points in a 45-37 win against Clay Central-Everly Jan. 22. The non-conference wins improved A-W to a 5-10 overall record.

Against Clay Central-Everly, Kortney Hedlund led the way as the senior scored 18 points and tallied 11 rebounds.

Bailey Davis also notched double figures with 11 points on five-of-six shooting from the field and led with four assists.

Danika Tindall scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

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    A-W boys’ surge continues to eighth hoop victory

    By Steve Peterson

    Sharp shooting from the three-point arc gained Akron-Westfield a double-digit lead against Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and clutch free-throw shooting allowed the Westerners to win, 63-57 in a War Eagle Conference game Jan. 23 in Marcus.

    The victory is significant for A-W for a couple of reasons. First it gives A-W a continued winning streak at four games; a surge to an 8-7 record and over .500 this late in the season but when the end of the pairings-counting games

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    A-W grapplers win battle of Big Sioux

    by Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s wrestling team gained two dual match wins against neighboring schools on Senior Night, beating Alcester-Hudson, 66-9 and West Sioux, 48-19 on Jan. 20.

    The Westerners’ lone competing senior was Dylan Blinde, son of Lynn and Kim Blinde. A-W’s other senior is Gage McGuire-Tomlinson, son of Jason Tomlinson and Laura Lane, who was injured earlier this year but honored on Tuesday.

    In addition to Blinde and McGuire-Tomlinson, A-W’s two senior

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    Jackson, Blinde place for Westerners at tourney

    By Steve Peterson

    Two place winners paced the Akron-Westfield wrestling team’s efforts at the Herb Irgens Invitational hosted by Odeboldt Arthur Battle Creek Ida Grove in Ida Grove Jan. 23 and 24.

    A-W finished with 40 team points to finish 21st of 27 teams.

    “It may not seem so on paper but we’re so close to being contenders. The next two weeks we have to elevate to that,” said A-W Head Coach Dustin

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    A-W wins second straight boys’ hoops game

    By Steve Peterson

    A 15-3 run to close the game led Akron-Westfield to a 60-50 boys’ basketball non-conference win against Alcester-Hudson, S.D., in Alcester Jan. 20.

    A-W trailed 47-45 with four minutes to go before the Westerners took charge.

    Tavian Banks scored 19 points to lead A-W and Joel Brenner added 13 points. Wyatt Heyl also was in double figures with 11 points.

    “We did a

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    Coaching authorization class offered beginning in March

    Do you want to be an athletic coach?

    By taking a four-course sequence of classes you can earn a coaching authorization, which will certify you to become a head or assistant coach in any sport, without having had prior college coursework.

    The four courses needed for this program are (1) Human Growth and Development; (2) Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries; (3) Structure and Function of the Human Body; and (4) Theory and Ethics of Coaching Interscholastic Athletics.

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    Briggs rallies for 113-pound title for A-W

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield sophomore Skyler Briggs rallied to beat Abraham Anzua of MOC-Floyd Valley, 9-7, in the 113-pound championship at Boyden-Hull-Rock Valley’s Nighthawk Invitational Jan. 17.

    Briggs trailed Anzua 5-0 at the outset but staged a comeback for a 6-5 lead. Anzua went ahead by one point but Briggs took the 9-7 lead and held on in the final seconds.

    “It was huge. He out scored him 9-2 after being behind 5-0,”

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    Falcons pull away late for win

    By Steve Peterson

    Both Akron-Westfield and West Sioux were seeking a .500 record when the two neighbors clashed in a War Eagle Conference boys ‘basketball game Jan. 13 at A-W.

    Porter Hummel’s 30 points led the Falcons to a 67-57 win over the Westerners, and West Sioux evened its record at 5-5 while A-W slipped to 4-6.

    It was a 49-49 standoff early in the fourth quarter when the Falcons used a smothering

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    WS girls cruise past Westerners

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux girls used defensive pressure and quickness to dominate the final three quarters and gained an easy 55-28 War Eagle Conference basketball win against Akron-Westfield Jan. 13.

    Ann Hedlund led A-W with 11 points and was the only player to reach double figures. Danika Tindall had eight points, 10 rebounds and five steals.

    A-W dropped to a 3-8 record while the Lady Falcons improved to 9-2 and snapped a

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    2014 Year In Reivew — Sports & Fine Arts

    Football

    In January, it was announced that Akron-Westfield would stay in Class A and be in District No. 2 along with West Sioux, Alta-Aurelia, Lawton-Bronson, and Woodbury Central, who are coming back from the old District No. 1 group.

    Westerners, which were mostly sophomore players, finished the season with a 4-6 record. They lost 35-15, to Woodbury Central in the first round playoffs. All-WEC honors were First Team: Kevin Carlson, Dylan Blinde, Cal Eskra and Dylan Irizarry; Second Team:

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