A-W spikers beat WC in West Sioux tourney

Posted September 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm

By Steve Peterson

A mixed bag of results is the best way to describe Akron-Westfield’s day at the four-match West Sioux Invitational tournament as the Lady Westerners had a 1-3 record.

A-W beat Woodbury Central 21-12, 21-15 for their win. Losses came to Trinity Christian, Westwood and to West Sioux. A-W was 6-8 record after the Sept. 17 tournament. A-W lost to Trinity Christian, West Sioux and Westwood all by 2-1 scores.

“We definitely saw some good things but the outcome was not what we had hoped for. We will re-evaluate things as we go forward to War Eagle Conference triangular and the district tournament,” said A-W Head Coach Eric Thien.

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    James has INT in Mustangs’ latest win

    By Steve Peterson

    Morningside College senior Taylor James garnered his fourth career interception as the Mustangs opened Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) play with a dominating 87-14 win over Dordt College Sept. 17 in Sioux Center.

    James intercepted Dordt quarterback Brock Lamle on the Defenders’ fourth possession of the first half. It was one of seven first quarter turnovers caused by the Mustangs’ defense, which began with an interception on Dordt’s first play from scrimmage.

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    A-W falls in 2 sets to Le Mars, go 0-4

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team battled host Le Mars in a tournament hosted by the Bulldogs Sept. 10.

    Le Mars won 21-7, and 21-10.

    “Our serve receive was not up to par and that led to us not setting up the ball to be offensive. We were constantly on our heels,” said A-W Head Coach Eric Thien.

    Callie Henrich contributed four kills, three digs, two

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    A-W shut out Wildcats, 24-0

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners took to the highway and traveled to Moville to tangle with the Woodbury Central Wildcats.

    A-W showed marked improvement as they punished WC for 380 yards of offense while taming the Wildcats to 83 yards and five first downs.

    Defensively, A-W really got after things as they held WC to two rushing first downs and passing for three.

    Westerner Cal

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    A-W spikers shut out Lady Hawks

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team made it two wins in its first three matches with a 3-0 shutout of Remsen-St. Mary’s in a War Eagle Conference match Sept. 8.

    The Lady Westerners were solid in all aspects as they dispatched the Lady Hawks in about an hour, 25-8, 25-18 and 25-16.

    “It was a good match to rebound from Unity Christian (a 3-0 loss). We had many contribute on the front row

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    Banks leads his Chargers’ squad

    The Briar Cliff men’s golf team was in action at the first day of the Siouxland Invite held at Landsmeer Country Club in Orange City Sept. 8.

    The Chargers had two teams competing with Tavian Banks and Raul Perez each shooting a 75 to lead their respective BCU teams. One squad from BCU finished 14th on the day with a score of 319 strokes and the other squad finished 16th with a score of 341.

    Banks, a sophomore from

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    Lady Westerners outlast Westwood in opener

    By Steve Peterson

    A huge crowd was on hand to start the girls’ volleyball season and the Lady Westerners’ squad started well with a 3-1 win over Westwood Aug. 25 on A-W’s new gym floor.

    The Lady Westerners won the highly competitive match with a 25-15 win, a 28-26 win, a 25-23 loss and a 25-23 win in the fourth set.

    A-W Head Coach Eric Thien was pleased with the team’s overall effort.

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    Hinton ambushes Westerners

    By Hank Krause

    It’s time to put away the previews, ratings, tabloids and whatever else and go back to work.

    Akron-Westfield opened their 2016 football season with high hopes and another shot at the University of Northern Iowa dome. The hopes were temporarily dashed but the UNI dome is still in the picture. Hinton is a Class 1A school while A-W competes in Class A. A-W played at Hinton Aug. 26 and lost to Hinton, 34-8.

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    Experienced A-W spikers take to the court

    By Steve Peterson

    An experienced volleyball team will take to Akron-Westfield’s new home court as the season begins Aug. 25 with a match against Westwood at A-W.

    “Our strengths will be our leadership on the team. We will have 12 seniors this year who will be looked up to by the rest of the team,” said Lady Westerners’ Head Coach Eric Thien.

    The seniors

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    Westerners strive to finish season at ‘Dome’ again

    By Steve Peterson

    New large photographs and a State Runner-Up Banner from 2015 Class A’s football playoffs are keys to inspiring the Westerners of 2016.

    The State Qualifiers Banner and a large photo from the state championship game hang near the weight room. Two more photos are in the hallway just outside A-W’s locker room.

    “We had a sign up last year, ‘what have you done today

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