A busy weekend. It was indeed. Lots of activities and many visitors to campus.
Recapping the weekend the athletic events started with the volleyball team dropping Buena Vista on Friday night 3-0 and after short break the gym re-filled for Late Night With the Defenders, the annual basketball preview night.
A few scrimmages and contests including three-point shooting and slam dunks. The night was capped by the unveiling of the athletics logo and a audience participation shooting contest with Curtis Van Grouw going home with 250 dollars courtesy the Carrie Foods shootout. The logo can be found on the Dordt website and the Dordt facebook page. More pictures of the night are on facebook as well.
Saturday morning dawned bright, or I should say foggy, but soon gave way to sunshine at the football field. Got the pressbox set up for stats, broadcasts and webcasts. Volunteers showed up on time which is always a good thing!
Football team won a 24-7 decision, capping the game with a Trai Pickney long touchdown run. Defenders scored the final 24 points of the game and won a game when they completed one pass, a touchdown strike to David Griess. The Dordt defense gave up yards, but got key turnovers to hold Dakota State out. Lots of smiles after this game. Next up, the Morningside Mustangs in Sioux City.
Meanwhile, the soccer teams were playing home games with Doane. Women had a tough go of it in losing 6-0 while the men gave up a late goal that led to an eventual 1-1 double overtime tie. Defender men need a win to take a step towards hosting a first round GPAC game while the Defender women are looking for their first conference win heading into the final week of the season.
The cross country team ran in the Mount Marty Invite and had much better conditions than two weeks ago when they ran in frigid conditions at McCook Lake, South Dakota. The women, running shorthanded, still managed a team win as they try to get over some sickness running through the team. Will now have two weeks to get ready for GPAC Championships in early November. Men ran fourth and will need to move the pack up to be a serious threat at the GPAC Championships.
After the football game was done it was time to hustle over to the hockey rink to set up equipment for a webcast and for videotaping. Minutes, ok, seconds before the game began got the wireless connection working and Sam Ekstrom was off and running with the broadcast and Heather Vander Kooi was working her second event of the day, getting the game recorded for the coaching staff to look at afterwards. Hockey won 4-2 in a game where they dominated everywhere but the scoreboard. Lots of shots, several that rang off the posts. Blades are now 2-2 for the season. Off to Colorado this weekend before playing two home games the first weekend in November.
Volleyball went to Hastings and couldn’t get over the hump in sets three and four, losing to the Broncos 3-1. Defenders are now 9-2 in league play with five matches remaining–three of them at home and three against teams they beat in five sets the first time they played. Three wins would likely secure a top-four finish. Four wins would put the Defenders in second or third and 5-0 locks up second and the number two seed that goes with it…Hastings now has a two game lead in the league with two weeks to go.
Sunday couldn’t come soon enough!
Next weekend….more of the same.