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Experienced A-W spikers take to the court

Posted August 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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 are right outside and middle hitter Danika Tindall, setter Ann Hedlund, middle hitter Morgan Lavaway, defensive specialist Jessica Hansen, right outside hitter Bailey Davis, middle hitter Maddie Hemmelrick, middle hitter Callie Henrich, defensive specialist Jessica Delgado, right outside hitter Kaberly Coyle, right outside hitter Lexi Koele, defensive specialist Alicia Sanchez

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    A-W alums face off in Shrine Bowl

    Former Akron-Westfield football Coach Craig Parkinson (c) stands with two of his former A-W players, Brian Wilken (l,) and son, Mike Parkinson (r), at the Shrine Bowl July 23 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Wilken coached the North team to a 49-35 win. Mike Parkinson was an assistant coach for the South.

    2016 A-W football schedule

    The 2016 Akron-Westfield varsity football games begin at 7 p.m.:

    Aug. 19: Sports Drink Scrimmage, home.

    Aug: 26: Hinton, away.

    Sept. 2: Western Christian, home, non-district.

    Class A, District No. 1 games:

    Sept. 9: Woodbury Central, home.

    Sept. 16: Lawton-Bronson, home.

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    2016 A-W Volleyball Schedule

    Akron-Westfield varsity volleyball matches start at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

    Aug. 25: Westwood, home.

    Sept. 6: Unity Christian in Orange City.

    Sept. 8: Remsen-St. Mary’s, home.

    Sept. 10:

    8:30 a.m., Le Mars Varsity Tournament;

    9 a.m., Westwood Junior Varsity Tournament, Sloan.

    Sept. 13: Harris-Lake Park in Lake Park.

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    Rebels fall

    The Akron Rebels’ season came to an end in the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Tournament district play with a 10-5 loss to Canton July 30 in Lennox, S.D.

    Rebels stay alive in District play with win

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron Rebels needed a win to remain in contention in the Lennox Baseball District tournament July 24 and they did just that with a 3-0 win over the home team.

    The Rebels’ fifth win of the season advanced them to the next round played July 28 against Vermillion Grey Sox.

    The Rebels and Lennox were deadlocked at 0-0 after five innings Sunday.


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    Class 1A All-tournament softball team

    Class 1A softball All Tournament team members were named following the championship game. They are, from left to right: Katie Johnson of Akron-Westfield; Cloe Severson of Kee, Bailey Davis of Akron-Westfield; Kendra Cooper of Kee; Ann Hedlund of Akron-Westfield

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    A-W plays for 1A Championship!

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerner girls defeated the Newell-Fonda Mustangs, 7-0 in the Class 1A semi-finals on July 21.

    In spite of the incredible stifling heat, Ann Hedlund threw a complete three-hit shutout as she won her 20th game for 2016.

    Hedlund survived a scare in the third inning but overcame a possible rally. Along with Hedlund, Bailey Davis got the hits when

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    A-W’s 25-5 record season statistics on offense

    Akron-Westfield final baseball statistics from a 25-5 record season in 2016:


    Junior Aaron Allard was 36-for-97 at-bats to lead the team (10 at-bats at least) 28 runs to lead the team, six doubles, two triples, three home runs to lead the team, 21 RBIs, one sacrifice, 17 walks, seven strikeouts, 16-for-18 stolen base attempts and one hit by pitch. He had a 0.470 on-base percentage, 0.567 slugging percentage to lead the team, and a 0.371 batting average.

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    2016 Akron Rebels

    The 2016 Akron Rebels baseball team (Front Row l-r:) Levi Keleher, Adam Loutsch, Chad Brown, Scott Jacobs, Brett Stolpe, Tanner Bundy, (Back Row l-r:) Manager Paul Martin, Jeff Verzal, Jeff Gacke, Eric Blake, Cory Eskra and Dan Smith. Not in picture: Cole Oltmanns, Noah Bohlmann, and Jared Kirkeby.