A-W girls cruise past Jays

Posted January 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team was hitting on all cylinders on offense as the Lady Westerners set a new season high with 68 points in a 68-31 win over Gehlen Catholic Jan. 3 in a War Eagle Conference game.

A-W increased its record to 8-2 after 10 games with the win.

Senior Callie Henrich had 16 points to lead the way Tuesday.

Senior Ann Hedlund tallied 13 points; Sophomore Brooke Koele contributed 12 points; Bailey Davis finished with seven points; and Freshman Jaden Harris scored six points.

A-W had 42 total rebounds with Davis and Tindall each grabbing 10.


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    A-W: 1-1 duals at Le Mars

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield wrestlers split two dual matches at Le Mars Jan. 3 with a win over Sioux City West but a close loss to the home Bulldogs.

    A-W lost to Le Mars, 36-35 but beat Sioux City West, 54-27.

    Vs. Le Mars (LHS)

    Le Mars had a 36-26 lead after Joel McGrew beat AJ Nemesio in a decision, 4-0, at 138 pounds.

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    A-W girls return to court with win

    By Steve Peterson

    It was six-win Akron-Westfield against five-win Siouxland Community Christian in a girls’ basketball non-conference game to resume the season after holiday break Jan. 2 in Sioux City.

    It was a close one — with four points the largest to determine one quarter winner but A-W held off the Siouxland Christian squad, 52-48 for a 7-2 record.

    A-W Head Coach Kent Johnson praised the squad’s balanced scoring with six players scoring

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    Eagles have no trouble with Westerners

    By Steve Peterson

    It took a couple of reschedules for Akron-Westfield and Siouxland Community Christian (SCC) to clash on the hardwood at the Sioux City school Jan. 2.

    A-W wished it was just called off as the host Eagles prevailed, 71-33, in the non-conference clash.

    Sophomore Reagan Frankl led the way with 10 points but was the only Westerner to reach double digits.

    Conner Anderson and

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    A-W can’t stay with Jays this time

    By Steve Peterson

    A good start but not-so-good finish was the story as Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team welcomed Gehlen Catholic for a War Eagle Conference clash Jan. 3 and lost, 81-58.

    A-W took a 17-13 lead after one quarter, and it was 33-32 GC at halftime. In the second half, the Jays had a 48-26 domination to pull away.

    A-W stood at a 2-7 record after the loss.

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    A-W wrestler Henrich ranked fifth

    By Steve Peterson

    Solid progress from many wrestlers is what Akron-Westfield Head Wrestling Coach Dustin Meinen likes best about the first half of the 2016-2017 season.

    A-W competed in the Central Lyon-George-Little Rock (CL-GLR) duals Dec. 20.

    A-W lost to CL-GLR, 43-27, and to West Lyon (WL), 42-36, but won the majority of the contested matches.

    “We’re winning a lot of the matches we’re competing in.

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    A-W boys finish pre-break games

    By Steve Peterson

    Unbeaten Hinton scored more than 40 points in the first half, and the 44-17 deficit proved too much for Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team to overcome in a 72-47 loss to the Blackhawks here Dec. 20.

    A-W closed the pre-Christmas break portion of the season with a 2-5 record.

    Sophomore Nick Jacobs led the Westerners with 12 points as he had four of the team’s six three-point baskets.

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    A-W girls gain sixth win

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team gained its sixth win in eight pre-Christmas break games with a 41-28 victory over Hinton in War Eagle Conference play Dec. 20.

    A-W led 13-6 after the first quarter and had a good start to the second half as well with an 11-4 third quarter.

    Senior Bailey Davis led the way with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one steal.

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    Sports writer receives honor

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Hometowner Sports Writer Steve Peterson was honored at the Dec. 29 basketball game by Akron-Westfield athletic officials.

    “We wanted to thank Steve for the hours he spends at our games,” said A-W Coach Kent Johnson. “We also believe he does a good job in writing sports stories.”

    “Steve goes the extra mile for all of our

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    A-W starts fast in win over L-B girls

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team zoomed to a 39-10 lead at halftime over Lawton-Bronson and never looked back in a 66-38 non-conference win Dec. 19 at home.

    A-W was 5-2 overall record with the win.

    A-W took a 21-2 lead after eight minutes against the Eagles.

    “I thought we played well against Lawton-Bronson scoring 66 points for a season high,” said A-W Head Coach

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