Changes in covering high school championships detrimental to kids

Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Editor’s Note: This editorial is courtesy of Russ Mitchell, The Dickinson County News. It has been edited to fit this space.

Where will you be watching this weekend’s high school state wrestling tournament?

If you’re not lucky enough to be sitting in the bleachers at the state tournament in Des Moines, you may not be seeing at all — especially if you were planning on watching it from the couch in your Akron or Westfield living room.

Why? Because the Iowa High School Athletic Association sold the rights to video and sound to The Iowa High School Sports Network — even the local sports writers will not be able to record “their” kids matches.

Furthermore, the

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    Four keep state title hopes alive

    By Steve Peterson

    Call them the Fantastic Four.

    Four Akron-Westfield wrestlers – Sebastian Berg at 152 pounds; John Henrich at 160 pounds; Daniel Martinsen at 170 pounds and Montana Jackson at 285 pounds qualified for the Class 1A State Individual Meet at Des Moines Feb. 16 through 18 by finishing first or second at the District Tournament No. 4 at Okoboji High School in Milford Feb. 11.

    Henrich was the champion for the

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    A-W girls put up good battle

    By Steve Peterson

    With the popular Akron-Westfield Music Boosters’ Soup Supper Feb. 7, it was an early-arriving crowd for the rivalry game between the War Eagle Conference’s (WEC) second-place team, West Sioux, and third-place Akron-Westfield.

    The Lady Westerners were more competitive with the Lady Falcons in the non-conference game than the WEC contest but still fell 51-39 to close out the regular season with a 17-4 record. Unity Christian had won the WEC title

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    Falcons’ rally sinks A-W’s solid effort

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux rallied from a 10-point deficit after three quarters for a 22-9 fourth quarter spurt and edged Akron-Westfield, 56-53 in a boys’ basketball game Feb. 7.

    A-W once again found its bid for the seventh win of the season elusive as it failed for the fifth straight time to get it — by the same score as the previous game.

    The non-conference game was the home regular season finale

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    Comeback kids Briggs, Berg join Henrich as sectional champs

    By Steve Peterson

    Two comebacks and a newcomer before the season started but now a team leader led Akron-Westfield’s trio of champions at the Class 1A Sectional No. 7 tournament Feb. 4 at West Lyon.

    A-W first-place District qualifiers were senior Skyler Briggs at 132 pounds; senior Sebastian Berg at 152 pounds and sophomore John Henrich at 160 pounds.

    Westerners’ second-place finishers were junior AJ Nemesio at

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    A-W boys go to K-P for first playoff round

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team will travel to Kingsley-Pierson to open the Class 1A District No. 1 playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 16. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

    Kingsley-Pierson had an 11-8 record at the time of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s pairings. A-W was 6-13.

    Akron-Westfield will host two district semifinal games on Feb. 21, starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Should A-W win its

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    Unity ends A-W girls’ long winning streak

    By Steve Peterson

    A 17-9 finish to end the game was not enough for Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team to overcome an 18-point deficit after three quarters, and the Lady Westerners fell to Unity Christian, 48-38 Jan. 30 in Orange City.

    The loss dropped the Lady Westerners out of contention for the War Eagle Conference (WEC) title chase, and Unity Christian all but locked up the conference title.

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    Early deficit sinks Westerners at Unity

    By Steve Peterson

    Unity Christian started strong with a 14-point lead after one quarter and never looked back in a 66-38 War Eagle Conference win over Akron-Westfield Jan. 30 in Orange City.

    Senior 6-6 Luke Nieuwendrop was unstoppable for the home team as he tallied 22 points.

    A-W fell to 6-12 overall record with the loss, 4-6in WEC games.

    A-W trailed 21-7 after the first quarter,

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    Hinton pulls away from A-W boys

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team stayed competitive with Hinton for the first half of a makeup War Eagle Conference (WEC) game Jan. 28.

    The Westerners trailed only 34-31 at halftime but the Blackhawks, who are in contention for the WEC title and 12-2 overall, opened up a 15-point lead in the third quarter and cruised in the second half to a 69-51 win.

    A-W dropped its second straight game after a

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    Westerner trio of champs at K-P

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield wrestlers had momentum for the post-season on their minds when they vied at Kingsley-Pierson’s tournament Jan. 28.

    Three Westerners, AJ Nemesio at 145 pounds; Daniel Martinsen at 170 pounds and Montana Jackson at 285 pounds, came home as weight class champions.

    It’s for all the “marbles” as A-W is at the Class 1A individual sectional meet at West Lyon near Inwood. Start time is Noon on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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