Wilken, Mustangs head to title game

Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

By Steve Peterson

Newell-Fonda, led by Akron-Westfield alum Head Coach Brian Wilken, advanced to the 8-man championship game with a 40-18 win against H-L-V Victor (with Hartwick, Ladora and Victor students) Nov. 13 in Cedar Falls.

Next up for the Mustangs is Fremont Mills, a team which edged Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, 30-27, in the other semifinal, in the 8-man state championship game at 10:06 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Quarterback Brady Dicks of the Mustangs was 7-of-15 passing with three touchdowns for 143 yards. Dicks also was the leading rusher, with 21 attempts for 148 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run. Cole Wise had 107 yards in 20 rushing attempts, with two touchdowns. The Mustangs led 14-8 at halftime.

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    A-W youth wrestlers report

    Akron-Westfield youth wrestlers are put through the paces during their first practice of the season Nov. 4 at A-W’s wrestling room. About 30 grapplers reported. Coaches are former Westerner wrestlers Marshall Koethe, John Sievert, Tyler Schneider and David Ericson. The varsity Westerners begin with their first practice of the 2014-2015 season on Monday, Nov. 17.

    Wilken leads Mustangs back to UNI-Dome

    Newell-Fonda, coached by Akron-Westfield alum Brian Wilken, rallied for a 37-36 win against Don Bosco Gilbertville in Eight-Man Quarterfinal playoff game Nov. 7.

    The Mustangs. 9-3 record, advanced to play H-L-V Victor (with Hartwick, Ladora and Victor students) at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls in the Semifinals at 9:06 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13.

    In other playoff football games getting post-season area interest:

    In South Dakota Class 9A, Alcester-Hudson saw its 10-game winning

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    2014 A-W season recap

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield football team’s scores for 2014 regular season were:

    Aug. 29: Hinton, lost, 40-0.

    Sept. 5: Westwood, lost, 34-6.

    Sept. 12: Woodbury Central, lost, 26-0.

    Sept. 19: Gehlen Catholic, won, 38-33.

    Sept. 26: West Sioux, lost, 42-21.

    Oct. 3: Sioux Central, won,

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    A-W drops playoff game

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners had to travel to Moville to tangle with the Wildcats of Woodbury Central on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

    A-W came out on the short end of the score, 35-15, but not without a tremendous effort.

    The sophomore-laden A-W team did a heck of a job against the senior-loaded Wildcats. A-W and WC went at it tooth and claw the first half as

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    Akron-Westfield football statistics

    Akron-Westfield statistics after nine regular season football games, 4-5 record, 4-3 district before a playoff game at Woodbury Central:

    For passing, Cal Eskra was 152 completions in 286 attempts, 53.1 percent, for 1,982 yards, 13.0 yards per completion with 14 interceptions and 19 touchdowns. Kevin Carlson was 1-of-1 for three yards. Dylan Irizarry was 0-of-2.

    For rushing, Eskra had 187 attempts for 745 yards, 4.0 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns with the longest TD of 90 yards. Carlson

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    Two from A-W make All-WEC volleyball

    Akron-Westfield’s All-War Eagle Conference volleyball team representatives are senior Kortney Hedlund (l), Second Team and sophomore Ann Hedlund (r), Honorable Mention. A-W had a 5-6 WEC record and 8-17 overall.

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    A-W spikers give Comets battle before falling

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team made Boyden-Hull earn a first round Class 2A playoff win in Hull on Oct. 21.

    The Lady Westerners fell, 3-1, and saw their season come to an end with an 8-17 record. B-H moved on with a 17-11 record.

    Set scores were a 25-15 win for the host Comets in Set No. 1; a 25-23 win for A-W in Set No.

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    A-W falls to South O’Brien

    By: Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners gave a tremendous effort before falling to the Wolverines of South O’Brien, 39-30.

    On an absolutely beautiful night on Friday, Oct. 24, the sunset to the west of A-W field was colorful to say the least. A sunset of orange and pinks on the very high clouds. People were standing around in T-shirts and shorts to witness a real shootout.

    A-W opened the scoring with a neat

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    Red Raiders set softball slate

    Northwestern College released its softball schedule for the 2014-2015 season.

    The Red Raiders, who just concluded their exhibition season, will play a few exhibition games at the Briar Cliff Invite on Feb. 6-7. They then open the regular season with four games at the Oklahoma Baptist Invite in Shawnee, Okla., on Feb. 20-21.

    Several local players are on the Red Raiders’ roster, including sophomore outfielder Jaclyn Smith of Akron; freshmen pitcher-infielder Dana Hedlund and pitcher Kayla Tindall of Akron,

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