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Falcons wrestlers ready for exciting season

Posted November 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm

By Steve Peterson

West Sioux’s wrestlers are ready to make a lot of progress this season as they prepare for the season opening tournament at Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Saturday, Dec. 6.

“Our returners look pretty sharp and are coming around. We have five freshmen and they’re catching on. It will be an interesting year,” said West Sioux Head Coach Grant Van Beek. “We hope to get the freshmen some good competition but not too tough so that they can mature and grow.”

Seniors back for the Falcons are Jonathan Duenas at 132 or 138 pounds and Alex Montes wrestling at 140 pounds. Duenas was a district qualifier last year at 132 pounds and finished with 27 wins

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    Falcon players earn All-District

    By Steve Peterson

    Several West Sioux Falcons gained All Class A, District No. 2 spots as announced by the district with conclusion of all team’s football seasons.

    The following players made the Class A District No. 2 First Team: juniors Porter Hummel, Justin Negaard and Kezden Blankenship and seniors Mason Ericson, Trevor Ericson and Mario Topete.

    Second Team members are junior Andrew Renken and senior Jonathan Duenas.

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    A-H’s 10-win season comes to an end

    By Steve Peterson

    In South Dakota Class 9A, Alcester-Hudson saw its 10-game winning streak snapped and season ended by Howard, in a 58-6 loss in the semifinals on Nov. 8 in Howard.

    A-H had beaten New Underwood handily, 54-6, in the Quarterfinals Nov. 3.

    “We had eight back on both sides of the ball and had advanced to the quarterfinals last year. Our goal was to get to the semifinals and to have

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    Panthers pound Falcons in Second Round

    By Steve Peterson

    As Karen Carpenter once musically told us, “Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down.”

    West Sioux’s football season came to an end some 120 miles away from Hawarden in a 40-0 Second Round playoff loss to top-ranked Logan-Magnolia in the Class A playoffs Nov. 3.

    The Panthers improved to a perfect 11-0 record on the season and the Quarterfinals while the Falcons

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    Falcons final football statistics 2014

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux football statistics for 2014, final after an 8-3 season include:

    Passing: Porter Hummel, 114-of-215 attempts 53 percent, 1,644 yards, 14.4 yards per completion, 12 interceptions, 17 touchdowns, 82 yards longest touchdown; Kezden Blankenship, 0-of-1 attempts.

    Rushing: Mario Topete, 116 attempts, 572 yards, 4.9 yards per carry, three touchdowns, longest six yards; Hummel, 135 attempts, 444 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, 8 touchdowns, 10 yards longest touchdown; Justin Negaard,

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    Van Muyden scores TD as Briar Cliff wins

    Briar Cliff University’s football team snapped its four-game losing streak and grabbed their second win of the season with a 27-21 win against Midland in Fremont, Neb., on Nov. 1.

    The win also broke Midland’s seven-game winning streak over Briar Cliff as BCU’s last win against Midland was in the 2006 season. The Chargers were 2-7 overall and 2-5 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) records, while the Warriors lost their sixth straight contest and were 2-6 overall and 1-6 in the GPAC.

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    WS football statistics for 10 games

    West Sioux football team statistics, 10 games, 8-2 record:

    Passing: Porter Hummel, 110-of-200, 55 percent, 1,596 yards, 14.5 yards per completion, 11 interceptions, 17 touchdowns, longest touchdown 82 yards.

    Rushing: Mario Topete, 107 attempts, 550 yards, 5.1 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns, 6 longest touchdown run; Hummel, 124 carries, 405 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, eight touchdowns, 10 longest touchdown; Justin Negaard, 61 attempts, 395 yards, 6.5

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