Banks’s shot gives A-W thrilling win

Posted February 14, 2014 at 4:25 am

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield wrestlers Skyler Briggs at 106 pounds and Dylan Blinde at 138 pounds will represent the Westerners at the District Individual Wrestling Meet at Sibley-Ocheyedan Feb. 15.

Both Briggs and Blinde qualified as second-place finishers at the Class 1A Woodbury Central Sectional Feb. 8.

Action at the district meet, with trips to the State Tournament the goal, will begin at 12 p.m., Feb. 15 at S-O, in Sibley.

In addition to the two qualifiers, A-W Head Wrestling Coach Dustin Meinen was pleased with how the Westerners’ freshmen fared as well as the team’s third-place overall finish.

“It’s incredible what the freshmen guys have done; hard to put into words. They’re a very special group of kids,” said Meinen.

In addition to Briggs starting things off at 106 pounds, other ninth graders are Daniel Martinsen at 113 pounds; Zac Eyer at 120 pounds; Sebastian Berg at 132 pounds; Dylan Irizarry at 145 pounds, and Montana Jackson at 182 pounds. Certainly names to keep track of the next few seasons.

Note, first place and second place results were separate matches.


At 106 pounds, Briggs, after a first round bye, beat Tyler Ehrp of Ridge View, by a 7-0 decision. He lost to Jordan Robinson of Woodbury Central, by a 4-0 decision. Briggs had a 23-16 record heading to the district meet.


Blinde, a junior, beat Marlon Jackson of Lawton-Bronson by a pin in 0:22 in the first round; he beat Taylor Schroeder of Hinton in a close 8-7 decision; he lost to Derek Erdman, of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, by a 10-0 major decision but took home second place.

The two will face qualifiers from the Okoboji Sectional in Milford at the District Individual Tournament.

Coming close to a district spot was Tommy Toben at 152 pounds for A-W. He fell to Isaac Reis of Kingsley-Pierson, 27-11 in the second place match. After a bye, he beat Tristin Stibbens of Ridge View, 7-2. Toben had a 17-19 record for the season.

Also just missing out at the district spot was Irizarry at 145 pounds. He beat Tucker Sitzmann of Lawton-Bronson in a pin in 1:41; he lost to Luke Klingensmith of Woodbury Central in a pin in 2:10; he beat Eddie Armenta of West Sioux, 9-2, in the third place match; he lost to Jason Kenny of Ridge View, in a pin in 4:24 in the second place match. Irizarry was 26-20 record this season.

At 132 pounds, Berg made it to the second place match before falling to Jonny Duenas of West Sioux, in a 13-7 decision. Earlier, Berg beat Brody Allen of Kingsley-Pierson, in a major decision, 8-0; beat Tristan Thompson, Hinton, in a pin in 3:16; he lost to Kobey Gray of Woodbury Central, 10-7.

At 113 pounds, Martinsen made it to the second place bout but lost to Jose Montes of West Sioux by a pin in 0:36. He beat Michael Jacobson of MMC in a pin in 5:13; lost to Shane Funk of Woodbury Central in a pin in 1:32 and beat Lucas Vondrak of Hinton in a pin in 4:51. Martinsen had a final record of 16-18.

At 120 pounds, Eyer lost to Cole Mills of Hinton, in a pin in 1:33; he beat Quinn Sitzmann of Lawton-Bronson in a pin in 2:32; he beat Teren Davidson of Woodbury Central in a pin in 1:28 for a season record of 9-34.

At 182 pounds, Montana Jackson had a bye on the first round for A-W; he beat Kyle Schiernbeck of Ridge View, in a 7-3 decision; he lost to Jacob Letsche of MMC in the first place match in a fall in 2:58; he lost to Drake McArthur of Lawton-Bronson in the second place match in a pin in 0:57. Jackson had a 23-23 record.

At 160 pounds, senior Jacob Bergman finished in fifth place with a win by pin over Gerritt Brink of Lawton-Bronson in 2:44. He lost to Conner Holmes of MMC in a pin in 1:15; he beat Matthew Nasers of Kingsley-Pierson in a pin in 1:00.

At 220 pounds, senior Trevor Hansen had a first-round bye; he lost to Jordan Gengler of Hinton, in a pin in 2:53; he lost to Evan Else of Ridge View by a 9-5 decision. He had a 14-20 record.

At 195 pounds, Spenser Wardrip, a sophomore, placed fifth. He lost to Harry Sippel of Ridge View, in a fall in 2:10; he then had two bye rounds for fifth.

Final team scores, with the top two advanced to the Class 1A team duals: Woodbury Central, 232 points; Ridge View, 178; Akron-Westfield, 140; Hinton, 137; Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, 136; Lawton-Bronson, 107; West Sioux, 87; and Kingsley-Pierson, 62.

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield and Remsen-St. Mary’s provided a packed house Feb. 7 with quite a finish to the boys’ basketball home regular season.

A-W junior Tavian Banks scored 29 points, including a game-winning three-pointer with 6.8 seconds left, to lift the Westerners to a 58-57 win and their fourth victory.

After the shot from Banks, A-W still had to survive two fairly close shots by the Hawks to gain a 4-15 overall record and did.

It was A-W’s first War Eagle Conference win in 10 tries. Banks made seven three-pointers in 12 tries on the night.

“It was a great win for us. Tavian had the hot hand and the kids were excited for him. The boys played hard. We always have exciting games with them, an overtime game or a last-second shot,” said A-W Head Coach Jon Harris.

A junior, Banks made seven three-pointers, as he had a hot start as well as the final points.

Joel Brenner had eight points and six rebounds. Wyatt Heyl and Caleb Colt had five each.

In addition to Banks’s heroics, another important factor was senior Alex Foley, who started the game and played strong, said the coach. Foley had six points and made four free throws.

RSM was led by freshman standout Colin Schroeder, who poured in 29 points and Brady Portz added 11.

After a quick 5-0 Hawks lead, the Westerners gained a 13-12 lead after one quarter. Banks had his first trey in that stanza and Heyl added five points. Banks made two three-pointers to the crowd’s delight and Joel Brenner added two baskets for a 23-16 A-W lead and at halftime, the Westerners led 33-28.

RSM had control in the third quarter as the Hawks took a 40-38 lead on a trey by Schroeder, who also had a buzzer-beater for a 48-44 visitors’ lead after three quarters as they won the third stanza, 20-11.

Banks turned the game to the A-W effort with a steal and a lay-up for a 48-47 deficit early in the fourth. Colt made a trey and it was a 50-50 deadlock with 3:33 left.

Banks had a few more three-pointers to contribute, one for a tie at 55-55 with just over two minutes left. Schroeder put the Hawks ahead by two, 57-55, with 1:41 left.

A-W had the ball with 16.1 seconds left, then called time-out with just under seven seconds left. Banks then calmly swished the shot that gave all from A-W a good feeling about the 2013-2014 season.

One could tell this Friday, the final one at home, Senior Night, would be special as the girls’ game was won handily by A-W.

One more item on the night, RSM players walked past as the Westerner students celebrated with a “tunnel.” What a difference in emotions just a few inches make.

The A-W boys head to West Sioux for a junior varsity and varsity regular season concluding game at 6 p.m., Feb. 14 after a Feb. 11 clash at mighty Hinton.

RSM 12-16-20- 9-57

A-W 13-20-11-14-58

A-W Statistics

Jacob Neubrand: 0-of-6 all field goal attempts, 1 rebound, and 3 assists.

Heyl: 5 points, 2-of-4 all field goal attempts,1-of-3 three-point field goal attempts, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 blocked shot.

Colt: 5 points, 1-of-7 all field goal attempts, 1-of-2 three-point field goal attempts, 2-of-2 free-throw attempts, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.

Carlson: 3 points, 1-of-1 all field goal attempts, 1-of-2 free-throw attempts, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.

Banks: 29 points, 11-of-20 all field goal attempts, 7-of-12 three-point field goal attempts, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.

Brenner: 8 points, 4-of-9 all field goal attempts, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 blocked shot.

Cal Eskra: 2 points, 1-of-4 all field goal attempts, 0-of-3 three-point field goal attempts, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Foley: 6 points, 1-of-3 all field goal attempts, 4-of-4 free-throw attempts, and 2 rebounds.

A-W team totals: 58 points, 21-of-54 all field goal attempts, 9-of-24 three-point field goal attempts, 7-of-8 free-throw attempts, 27 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots.

Comments are closed.