Westerners prepare for first game

Posted August 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

Ready to make another playoff run is a good way to sum up Akron-Westfield’s football team in 2014.

“The team energy has been off the charts. There has been a great work ethic, and we’re right where we want to be,” said A-W Head Coach Eric Walkingstick.

Walkingstick is in his fourth year as leader of the Westerners after coaching high school football at two Oklahoma schools. A-W has won 23 football games since Walkingstick came to Akron.

“We have had guys step up and give us some depth. The seniors are great leaders and the attitudes have been great,” said Walkingstick.

“Play as a team,

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    A-W volleyball sets schedule

    by Steve Peterson

    The Akron-Westfield 2014-2015 volleyball schedule will be as follows, weekday matches start at 5:30 p.m.:

    Sept. 2: Unity Christian, home;

    Sept. 4: Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, in Hartley;

    Sept. 9: West Sioux, home;

    Sept. 11: 5 p.m., Alcester-Hudson in Alcester;

    Sept. 13: 8:30 a.m., Le Mars tournament;

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    Rebels advance in state tournament

    By Steve Peterson

    The Akron Rebels advanced to the winners bracket of the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association Class B tournament with a 7-0 win over Milbank on Aug. 7.

    The Rebels were 14-3 record after the win. It advanced them to an Aug. 11 game (after deadline). If the Rebels won, they will play in the tournament quarterfinal game at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14. Semifinals are at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16.

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    Hole in one.psd


    Dave Dirks (r) receives a golden putter from Peoples Bank President Mike Hohenstein for hitting a hole-in-one July 31 at the Akron Golf Course. Dirks hit his hole-in-one on Hole No. 8 using an eight iron. The feat was witnessed by Joe and Brett Susemihl.

    Colt: IGCA Coach of Year

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield Head Softball Coach Todd Colt won Coach of the Year honors in Class 1A from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

    Colt won the honor for the third time after leading Akron-Westfield to its sixth state championship in the last 11 years. His career record is 449-47; his squads have won the last 12 War Eagle Conference titles.

    The Lady Westerners won the Class 1A State Championship with a 38-0

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    Rebels learn tournament draw

    By Steve Peterson

    The Akron Rebels will open play in the Class B South Dakota Amateur State Baseball Tournament at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug 7 against Milbank in Mitchell, S.D.

    The winner goes on to the second round at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11.

    The tournament at Caldwell Park continues at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14 for the quarterfinals; at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 for the semifinals and at 2 p.m., Sunday,

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    Westfield Slow Pitch Softball Tournament needs 10 teams for Aug. 23 games

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Love playing ball? Want to improve ball fields kids’ teams play on?

    Then grab your friends, make a team and sign-up to play in the Westfield Slow Pitch Softball Tournament, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Westfield Ball Fields. The first game will begin at 9 a.m.

    The tournament proceeds will go to make improvements to the Westfield Ball Fields, which is where Akron-Westfield T-ball teams

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    3 A-W alumni on Morningside football squad

    Morningside College’s football team is preparing for its season opener, at Valley City, N.D., against Valley City State, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

    The Mustangs have three Akron-Westfield Community School alumni on their roster: senior linebacker Tanner Bundy; sophomore defensive back Taylor James and sophomore defensive lineman Chet Willer.

    The Mustangs, led by Head Coach Steve Ryan, will have the following Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) games: Sept. 13, Nebraska Wesleyan, at Lincoln, Neb., 1 p.m.; Saturday, Sept.

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    Make that number six!

    By Hank Krause

    Akron-Westfield girls pounded out 16 hits to crush Kee Lansing, 12-1 in the final Class 1A state softball championship game July 25 in Fort Dodge.

    The girls are state champions one more time. For the fourth time in five years, they won back-to-back championships.

    A-W tangled with the the Kee Lansing Hawks for the state title — what started out to be the battle

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    Colt wins District Coach of Year

    The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) has released the 2014 All-District Softball Teams.

    Akron-Westfield Head Softball Coach Todd Colt gained District Coach of the Year honors in Class 1A Northwest for leading the Lady Westerners to a 38-0 record and a Class 1A state championship.

    Players from A-W selected were: senior Kayla Tindall; senior Dana Hedlund; junior Kortney Hedlund; and freshman Bailey Davis.

    A-W won the state title with a 12-1 win

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