Juniors to lead way for West Sioux spikers

Posted August 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

By Steve Peterson

A trio of juniors will lead the West Sioux Lady Falcons’ volleyball squad this season.

They are Abbie Ericson, Taylor Rodenburgh and Josie McKee.

A top newcomer is freshman Shady Blankenship.

Ericson is the tallest Lady Falcon at 6 feet 2 inches; Rodenburgh is 5-8 and Blankenship is 5-3.

“I had most of the girls devote their summer to weight lifting, going to camps and open gym. They have gained strength and quickness,” said second-year West Sioux Head Coach Mollie Koopmans, adding attacks and serves will be the team’s strengths this fall. Goals are to serve receive well.

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    Falcons ready for another district run

    By Steve Peterson

    Team depth will be one of the top strengths of West Sioux on the football field this fall as a new era begins for Falcons’ fans.

    “I’ve been head coach for four years and this is the most depth that we have had. Our offensive and defensive lines should be separate units,” said Head Coach Ryan Schwiesow.

    These Falcons are early risers with practices that begin at 6:00 a.m.

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    Lady Falcons garner All-WEC spots

    by Steve Peterson

    Five West Sioux girls’ softball players earned All-War Eagle Conference team selections by the league’s head coaches.

    The Lady Falcons selected were, First Team, Payton Schwiesow and Erika McKenney, both eighth graders.

    Second team: Sophomore Taylor Rodenburgh and Eighth Grader Shady Blankenship and

    Honorable Mention, Senior Amanda Mace.

    The Lady Falcons had a 21-12 record and

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    Trio of Lady Falcons gain All-State spots

    By Steve Peterson

    The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) announced its All-State softball teams.

    West Sioux had a 21-12 record in 2016.

    Selected for West Sioux for Honorable Mention were eighth grader Erika McKenney and eighth grader Payton Schwiesow and sophomore Taylor Rodenburgh.

    For Class 1A Northwest All-District, Rodenburgh and Schwiesow were selected.

    McKenney had a 14-8 pitching record,

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