Monthly Archive for August, 2009

KCAU Video

Here’s the address for the KCAU TV video that aired on Thursday night of last week regarding Dordt’s upcoming football season….

http://www.kcautv.com/Global/category.asp?C=172951

Enjoy!!

Almost Perfect

For  Dordt College athletics this weekend was almost perfect.  Started with the cross country meet on Friday where the men finished first and the women second in the team race.  Michelle Steiger picked up where she left off last year after surging towards the end of the season last fall the sophomore from Lynden, Washington won the individual race on Friday.  The men took the team title with five runners finishing in the top-10 overall.  Brent Van Schepen won the race, coming from behind in the final 400 meters or so to claim the victory.  Van Schepen looked very strong in teh finish.

At the same time the volleyball team won two over Waldorf and Peru State in sweep fashion to open their season.  Saturday the team took on a pair of teams that made the NAIA Nationals last year and dropped Indiana Wesleyan 3-0 in the morning and then beat Black Hills State in the toughest match of the weekend early Saturday night by a 3-1 count.  Impressions?  Typical early season action with a few different lineups used.  Passing wasn’t what you want by the end of the season, but, not bad for the first weekend.  Net play was led by Jana Van Zanten who had 30 kills in the two wins on Saturday.  Kendra Potgeter was solid both on offense and in blocking at the net.  Potgeter will continue to draw the opponents best block so others will need to keep teams honest.

The Defenders host Briar Cliff on Wednesday in our first KDCR athletic broadcast of the 2009-2010 season–it’ll be a non-conference match.

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Soccer went on the road to Forest City to face Waldorf in the season opener for all four teams.  The Dordt men played at 4:00 and Cody Glashower scored two and assisted on another and the Defenders controlled pace of play most of the game from the sounds of it for a 6-2 win.  The women’s game was 7-1 win for Dordt with the Defenders scoring the last six goals of the game.  Kate Du Mez shredded the Waldorf defense for four goals.  Du Mez now has 33 goals for her career.  The four goal outburst overshadowed a two goal performance by Lindsay Baker.  The Defenders have a little time off before resuming play on Friday against Minnesota Crookston (women) and Mount Mercy (men).

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Football team had an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, haven’t talked to the coaches yet to find out how that went.

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Cross country pics are available at https://www.dordt.edu/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=25877   and I’ll put more up on Monday.  Thanks to student Paul Hanaoka for these inital shots.

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Not a good weekend for GPAC football–Doane and Briar Cliff both dropped non-conference games.    Three GPAC volleyball teams are undefeated after the weekend (Hastings, Dordt, Morningside).  GPAC as a whole is 36-18 in non-conference play…..a .667 winning percentage.

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Not a bad weekend.

Tuesday, August 25

Just a note to let you know what the sports information office has been up to.

Meet the team information is up for volleyball, cross country and football.  Women’s soccer and men’s soccer should be available soon, as in the next 24-48 hours.

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Classes begin tomorrow on the Dordt campus.  Doesn’t affect me much but it obviously affects our teams as they trim their pre-season or pre-school schedule down to one practice a day.

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Was out at football practice today as KCAU was there getting some shots and interviewing a couple players and Coach Heavner.  Package will air on Thursday night during the 10:00 sports.  Joey Vander Schaaf and Brandon Huisman were the players interviewed and they did a fine job in my estimation.

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Got an email today from someone wondering if the football team was ready for the season opener.  The short answer, at this point, is probably not.  With a new defensive system to learn and 42 freshmen in camp they need every practice available to be ready for the season opener.  Would they play if the game was today?  Of course.  But I’m sure the players and coaches want a few more practices to work the kinks out.

Having said that they have nine days of practice remaining and the coaches and players will do their level best to be up to the challenge of a new season.  Judging by today’s practice the boys were feeling the affects of 2 1/2 days off.  Saturday was off after a morning workout because of freshmen orientation.  Sunday was the usual scheduled day off and Monday was a weights day.

The guys battled through it, but the coaches weren’t always happy with the execution.  Things got better as practice went along.  Battle for the quarterback spot probably won’t be settled when the season starts according to Coach Heavner.  Might see a few different players getting a shot at the position early in the year.

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Volleyball  and soccer both get underway with play this weekend on the road.  Soccer plays Waldorf in Forest City, Iowa on Saturday.  I’ll do some checking but I’m fairly certain this is the first time the Defender women are facing Waldorf and it will be the second meeting of the men’s teams.  Both soccer teams will have young players in vital roles.

Volleyball plays in the Red Raider Classic in Orange City which typically features several ranked teams.  This year is no different.  Dordt faces Peru State and Waldorf on Friday and then crank it up with a pair of highly regarded foes on day two.  Indiana Wesleyan is the opponent on Saturday morning and Black Hills State, the defending champ in the Dakota Athletic Conference is the opponent in the second match of the day.  Hope to get over to the Bultman Center to see a little volleyball on Saturday.

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Friday afternoon will be busy with the annual cross country meet.  Forecast looks great…..not too hot and not too windy.  Women’s course will be about 2.6 miles—a little longer than other years  and the men will run 4.0 miles.    The meet will start at 4:30.

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Be watching www.dordt.edu/athletics for previews of the upcoming sporting events.

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Good time to remind our readers that you can subscribe and receive e mail updates of Dordt athletic news and happenings by visiting:

http://list.dordt.edu/mailman/listinfo/sportsupdate

You can also receive the updates via Twitter at:

http://twitter.com/dcathletics/

And as always several  soccer, volleyball, football, hockey, basketball, baseball and softball contests will be broadcast or webcast on KDCR 88.5 FM and live on the world wide web at www.dordt.edu/athletics and/or kdcr.dordt.edu (listen live link).

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And yes, I’ll post a link to the football video on KCAU’s webpage when it’s available.

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Proabably start interviewing coaches about the fast approaching weekend as well.  Watch for interview links!

A Photographer

I’m not!  But here’s some of the better pictures I took of this morning’s volleyball practice.  Just imagine what the poor ones looked like……

https://www.dordt.edu/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=24675

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Stopped by football practice this morning as well.  Cool weather.  Caught some team drills and watched the defense for awhile.  Coach Bauer and the rest of the defensive staff got the intensity up in very short order.  Quarterback and receiver drills had three quarterbacks rotating  and there were a few players, I think five, out with some nicks this morning.  Two weeks from tomorrow is the season opener!

Here’s the meet the team link that just went up last night:

https://www.dordt.edu/athletics/football/2009/meet_the_team.shtml

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Hope to get cross country and volleyball meet the teams done early next week.

Ratings and Beyond

Volleyball rankings came out late yesterday.  The women are ranked #16 in the country–right where they finished 2008.  Praactice for the team is rolling along and I would hope to have a roster with bio information ready to post on Monday of next week.  The Defenders are one of four teams in the top-25 from the GPAC.  Northwestern is #5-up five spots from where they were in the final poll of 2008.  Morningside is #9–up three from the final rating of 2008.  Doane is 23rd and that’s one spot down from the 2008 poll.  All four of those teams were in the final field at the tournament in Sioux City last December.

Of note in the first ranking is Indiana Wesleyan, Dordt’s first round nemesis in last year’s nationa tournament–the Wildcats are ranked #24.  Dordt and Wesleyan renew their acquaintance at the Northwestern Classic on August 28.  Black Hills State is receiving votes and Dordt will face the Yellowjackets that same day in Orange City.  Hastings is receiving votes as well.  No real new faces in the top-25.

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The men’s soccer poll is also out with Hastings the only team from the GPAC in the top-25 at #11.  Doane received one vote with Bethel (Tenn.) at #1.  No GPAC women’s teams in the top-25.  See prior blogs for that reason.  Cross country poll comes out on Thursday.

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Football practiced inside this morning….too much rain and by the time things cleared out they were off and running in the Rec Center.  Looks like a pretty good chance they’ll get tonight’s practice in outside.  Men’s and women’s soccer keeps rolling along with day three of tryouts and pre-season camp in the books after the teams scrimmage tonight for an hour on side by side fields.  Haven’t seen much of Coach Schenk and Coach Klein.  They are getting quite a tan from all their time on the fields.

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Announced the next head coach for the hockey team today and it’s a familiar face to Dordt athletics.  Bill Elgersma will be taking the reins and will have Adam Jenninga as his assistant.  Elgersma assisted last season and also was a sponsor for the Blades back when it was a student-coaching proposition back in 1989-1990.  He also coached both the men’s and women’s soccer programs during his career at Dordt and he’ll continue to teach in the English department.

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Out the door while I still can………..

Wednesday Morning

Made it out to practice on the soccer fields today.  Tryout camps run through this Friday.

Here’s the link to some pictures from the women’s session:

https://www.dordt.edu/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=24547

And here’s the men:

https://www.dordt.edu/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=24413

Sessions this morning are in danger of getting washed out or moved inside with rain in the forecast.

Hope to get to the volleyball workout today and take some shots.  The lighting in the De Witt makes photography a challenge for a novice like me.  I’ll see what I can do.

As Promised

A few pictures from this morning’s football practice can be found at

https://www.dordt.edu/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=24248

Great morning for practice with temps in the high 60’s when they started and ended in the  70’s without a lot of humidity.  To my untrained eye practice seemed pretty crisp.  The boys went out again tonight at 6:45 and they were planning on being out until about 8:30.

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National ratings will come out tomorrow for volleyball and soccer.  Don’t expect to see any GPAC teams in the women’s soccer ratings…….according to the NAIA page the GPAC team standings weren’t turned in.  The conference rating is what the rest of the raters across the country go by  and if your conference rankings aren’t in, well, the national raters can’t vote for you.

My prediction is we’ll see four GPAC volleyball teams in the top-25……we’ll see……….

Saturday, August 15

Soccer players arrive today.  Meeting tonight.  Church tomorrow and get to work on Monday.  A busy schedule in the next two weeks for the teams as they prepare for their season opener in TWO WEEKS!  About 55 players trying out for spots on the women’s and men’s team.

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Football players practiced under cool to warming conditions on Friday morning.  Coaches were upbeat after putting the now 86 players through their paces for the first official practice of the year.  Took pictures in the afternoon of individuals and hope to have the meet the team link posted this week with bio information for the players and assistant coaches.

My initial impression is that the players now entering their third year are showing the physical maturity you expect from football players.  They are practicing today, twice, and having meetings.  Church tomorrow and then hit it hard again on Monday.  I’ll get out there for some pictures on Monday and post them as well.

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Sioux City has been awarded the right to host the NAIA national volleyball through 2012.  Kudos to Sioux City for their work over the past years in hosting that event, baseball, wrestling and women’s basketball national tournaments.

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Time to see if I can get my mower started……….

We’ve Got….

action.  Football players checked in yesterday and I believe the number in camp this morning is 85.  They’ll hit the practice field tomorrow morning after running and weightlifting measurements today.  First game of the 2009 season is just three weeks from this Saturday.  That is going to come up very quickly.  Predicted temps for tomorrow’s first practice?  Somewhere in the low 80’s with 90 possible in the afternoon.  Be watching for pictures and camp info in the coming weeks.

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Coach Dave Schenk hosted a soccer camp for youth players early this week.  Here are some pics from the just concluded four-day event.  Looked like a good time was had by all as I watched some of the action today.

https://www.dordt.edu/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=23914

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Picked up the Sioux City Journal today and saw that Dordt basketball/track recruit Trevor Wolterstorff was named the Siouxland area athlete of the year.  Helped lead Western Christian to two state titles and a third place finish in basketball.  Qualified for at least two events in the state track and field meet all four years at Western as well.  Here’s the link to the Journal story…….                       http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2009/08/13/news/top/3a3a721a49372455862576110015aad6.txt

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Out the door into the heat……………

Pre-Season Polls

For soccer have been released.

Women, on the heels of their 18-1-1 finish, are the pre-season favorite by a narrow margin.  The way it looks to me, the women got nine first place votes and three third place votes.  Hastings, nipping at the Defenders’ heels, earned three first place votes and nine second place votes.  Hastings, Midland Lutheran and Doane appear poised to fight it out for the top four spots but don’t count Dana and Morningside out.

On the men’s side the Defenders are eighth.  Hastings was the overwhelming favorite, and probably rightfully so.  Got all 12 first place votes available to them.  Doane got one first place vote and the rest were second place.  After that Dana, Sioux Falls, Nebraska Wesleyan and Morningside are groupled within ten points of each other.

In soccer, more so than any other sport, one loss can mean the difference between third and seventh; fifth and ninth.

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National poll is out for football.

Sioux Falls is #1 and Morningside is #5.  From there Dakota Wesleyan is #19 and Northwestern, after being picked sixth in the GPAC poll, leapfrogged Nebraska Wesleyan and Hastings to take the #23 spot.  The Prairie Wolves are 26th when you look at the complete voting and the poll  and Hastings isn’t in the ratings picture at this point.  Let the fun begin!!

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The pile of work is down to a manageable level.  I’m out the door………..