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A-W’s DeRocher, Lavaway ousted in first state track try

Posted May 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield’s track and field season came to an end at the Class 1A State Meet at Drake University in Des Moines May 20.

Ty DeRocher

Ty DeRocher finished in 12th place in the 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 15.952 seconds. Only the top eight advanced to the May 21 finals.

“It’s a lot different jumping at state,” said DeRocher.

He said his strength is clearing the hurdle as he has only nicked one hurdle all season.

“Ty got off to a

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    DeRocher qualifies in 110 Hurdles

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield junior Ty DeRocher provided the Westerners’ highlight at the West Sioux Class 1A Boys Qualifying Track and Field meet by winning the 110-Meter High Hurdles.

    DeRocher will compete at the Class 1A Boys State Track and Field Meet at Drake University in Des Moines. The 110-Meter High Hurdles contestants compete at 3:20 p.m, Friday, May 20.

    DeRocher’s time

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    Lavaway qualifies for state track

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ track and field season will continue for one state qualifier who advanced at the West Sioux Class 1A State Qualifying meet May 12.

    Morgan Lavaway, for the second time in three years, advanced to the State Meet in the High Jump. She won the event with a leap of 5 feet.

    Lavaway will compete at the State

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    Westerners just miss regional golf spot

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ golf team saw its season end at the Boyden-Hull Sectional at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Hull on a wet and frigid May 13.

    The Westerners were beat out for the third and final advancing spot by Central Lyon with a 377-380 strokes margin.

    Host Boyden-Hull won the meet with a 337 score, and West Sioux’s strong back nine propelled it to

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    Northwestern softball year ends for A-W alumni

    Northwestern College’s softball team ended its season in a winning fashion May 2 with a sweep in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) action against Hastings. NWC won 3-1 in Game One and 6-4 in Game Two.

    Kayla Tindall pitched a complete game 7-hitter in leading Northwestern to the Game One win. Tindall, a sophomore from Akron and an Akron-Westfield alum, out dueled Hastings pitcher Taylor Erlenbusch, limiting the Broncos to 7 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings. Tindall fanned 7 as she ended the

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    Westerners receive football honors

    By Steve Peterson

    All football players left the Akron-Westfield High School Athletic Banquet with some cherished hardware that will occupy prominent places in their homes and businesses forever.

    “The school did a great job of getting these plaques in. This is our state runner-up plaque,” said Akron-Westfield Football Coach Eric Walkingstick, before handing the plaques to each football player May 4.

    A-W completed a season for the ages with an 11-3 record and

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    Westerners finish year eighth in WEC

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ golf team finished fifth of six teams at the weather-threatened War Eagle Conference Meet May 9 at The Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center.

    A-W had 372 strokes.

    Daniel Martinsen had the best Westerners’ finish with a score of 90 for 18 holes, 44 and 46. Cal Eskra also had a 90, 43-47 and finished 26th overall on tiebreakers; Max Anderson shot a 91, 43-48; and Nick Jacobs

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    Again: A-W has high softball expectations

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s softball squad had a 28-5 record in 2015 and won the War Eagle Conference title for the 13th straight year. Now, A-W will try for conference title No. 14 in a row in 2016.

    The Lady Westerners open the season Monday, May 23 at Bob Tucker Field against West Lyon.

    “I want to thank Assistant Coach Kent Johnson, and our volunteer and youth coaches for third to seventh grades”

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    Girls’ regional golf assignments announced

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team will be competing at the Class 1A Boyden-Hull First Round Regional Meet on Monday, May 16 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Hull.

    Other teams assigned to the meet are: Boyden-Hull, Gehlen Catholic, Kingsley-Pierson, Lawton-Bronson, Remsen-St. Mary’s, West Sioux and Woodbury Central.

    The Regional final round is Monday, May 23 at Brookside Golf Course in Kingsley, hosted by Kingsley-Pierson.

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    WS to host track qualifying meets

    The following teams will be competing at the Class 1A boys’ and girls’ State Qualifying Track and Field Meet, starting at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 12 in Hawarden.

    West Sioux Falcons will compete against Akron-Westfield, Central Lyon, Clay Central-Everly, Gehlen Catholic, Harris-Lake Park (boys only), Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Siouxland Community Christian, Remsen-St, Mary’s, and Trinity Christian.

    The Class 1A state co-ed track and field meet is May 19 – 21 at Drake University in Des Moines.