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2 Sports Western Christian knocks down 11 3's throughout the contest. For Wolterstorff, she will play on the same court older brothers Trevor and Tyler Wolterstorffhave played on in the past. "It's a great feeling," she said. "I'm so excited. After three years, we've finally made it. We were on tonight. It was fun. They were a good 3-point shooting team and we had to match them. Coach said he was worried about how well they (Kuemper) shot 3's." Harmsen made sure the Wolfpack girls extended defense along the perimeter and that kept the Knights in check. Kuemper shot 4-of-21 from 3-point land (19 percent). The coach was understandably proud. "Kuemper is a potent, powerful shooting team," Harmsen said. "We wanted to eliminate their touches along the 3-point line and the girls played great defense. The execution was tremendous." As the game wore on, Western Christian's defense even made the Knights look tired while shooting inside and Kuemper missed many in win Continued from back page layups. Kerri Potthoff connected on a 3-pointer to give the Knights a 26-25 lead with 5 minutes, 11 seconds left in the second quarter. The Wolfpack's press group fea- turing Bethany VanLingen, Jamie Gesink and Vande Vegte delivered dominating defense during the late second-quarter run that gave Western Christian the momentum. Kuemper mustered only seven sec- ond-quarter points. During the stretch, Wolterstorff, Elissa Jansma and Kim Kroeze made free throws and the team rained down 3-pointers. All of a sudden, Western Christian was up 41-26 at halftime. Kroeze nailed a 3-pointer at the close of the third quarter giving the Wolfpack a 64-41 edge at the end of three. The quarter featured 3's from Wolterstorff, Van Lingen and Shannon Schaap. Western Christian had the game well in hand and continued to build the lead in the fourth quarter, includ- ing a triple from reserve player Jaiden Miedema. Fittingly, senior leader Kayla Scholten netted the final two points of the contest in the closing seconds, which provided the Wolfpack's larg- est margin. Class 2A Substate Final At Cherokee Washington High School, Cherokee Western Christian 94, Kuemper Catholic 56 Score By Quarters Western Christian 21 19 24 30 -- 94 KuemperCatholic 19 7 15 15-- 56 Kuemper Catholic scorers: Kerri Potthoff, 16; Abbie Mosher, 3; Lexi Albrecht, 13; Kenzie Bierl, 7; Madi Drees, 16; Lexie Badding, 1 Western Christian scorers: Jasmine Vander Zwaag, 2; Elissa Jansma, 7; Kim Kroeze, 11; Alissa Pollema, 8; Brooke Wolterstorff, 24; Kenzie Vande Vegte, 6; Shannon Schaap, 3; Jaiden Miedema, 3; Erika Douma, 10; Shae De Jager, 8; Bethany VanLingen, 9; Summer Jansen, 1; Kayla Scholten, 2. Total Fouls  Kuemper Catholic 18, Western Christian 15; Fouled Out -- Madi Drees, Lexi Albrecht; Rebounds -- Western Christian 32 (Wolterstorff 7), Kuemper Catholic 20; Technical Fouls -- None. Clockwise from upper left, Western Christian High School's Kim Kroeze drives through the lane for two, Alissa Pollema goes up for a layup, Elissa Jansma cuts through the Kuemper Catholic defense and Shae De Jager reaches up for a rebound during the Class 2A substate championship at Cherokee Washington High School on Feb. 20.- Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter The Western Christian High School girls basketball team shows off the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union state qualifying banner they won after the 94-56 conquest of Kuemper Catholic at Cherokee Washington High School on Feb. 20. -- Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter t NIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Boyden native Keith Sietstra is shown here with his wife, Anita, and their 20-month-old son Kase. Sietstra was recently named head football coach at Montezuma. -- Photo provided, special to the Sioux County Index-Reporter A'Brave' decision: Sietstra is new coach Boyden native was star RB for Nighthawks By ERICVICCARO Editor hulleditor@ncppub.com ONTEZUMA -- Montezuma High School employee Keith Sietstra called Boyden-Hull/ Rock Valley head football coach Cory Brandt about whether Sietstra should take a similar position with the Braves. "Keith was one of the only running backs I've coached who could run through the whole other team," Brandt said. "I think he will give his best effort as coach there." At the Montezuma school district board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Sietstra was officially named the head football coach there. "When the job came open, I knew it was going to be a tough decision and it was going to take a big commitment on my part," Sietstra said. "I talked it over with my wife, Anita, and I feel God has called me to this (opportunity)." There will be a lot on Sietstra's plate since he will remain as Montezuma's head girls' basketball coach. The Bravettes finished with a 13-11 record this season. Sietstra, now 28 years old, was a force at running back for both Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and Northwestern College in Orange City. For the Nighthawks, Sietstra rushed for more than 2,500 yards, including about 1,400 his senior season at BHRV. Keith helped the team make the playoffs for the first time ever as a combined program. Sietstra was an all-state football player. In basketball, for the Comets, Keith was a member of the 2003 state champi- onship team and he was an all-state selection in this sport as well. At Northwestern, Sietstra finished as the school's second- leading rusher with 4,498 yards and also scored a Red Raider second-best career 51 touchdowns. He averaged roughly five yards per carry. In 2007, Sietstra graduated from Northwestern with a dual bachelor's degree in business education and business administration. One year later, Montezuma hired Keith as business teacher, assistant football coach and assistant girls basket- ball coach. In recent seasons, Sietstra was the head coach of the junior varsity squad and in charge of coaching the Braves' line- backers and running backs. In girls' basketball, Montezuma has produced back-to-back winning seasons. In the classroom, Keith teaches accounting, computer applications, web design, personal finance and general business. Sietstra said he's already laid down the foundation for what the Braves' football team will be like under his tute- lage. "My philosophy is we will get the run game going first," Keith said. "We will be a physical team. We will throw more, too. We have some very young and athletic football players." On defense, expect the Braves to run either a 4-3 or a split 4-4. In that run-first offense, Montezuma will show plays from both I- and spread formations. They will execute zone-read passes and zone runs. Former Montezuma head coach Ryan Van Veen announced his resignation in December. Keith interviewed for the posi- tion in January. Sietstra said he will stress working in the weight room and the team will perform plenty of speed and agility drills. There will be team-building activities and Keith hopes to take the Braves to at least one summer camp. In addition to Sietstra, Tyler Baethke was hired as defen- sive coordinator at Montezuma. He has been at Newton as an assistant football coach since 2005. Sietstra and Baethke have a long road ahead to turn the Braves' fortunes around. Montezuma was 1-8, scoring just 110 points in nine games. When schools were redistricted in football for the 2012 season, Montezuma was given tough opposition in the form of BGM-Brooklyn, English Valleys, Lynnville-Sully, North Mahaska, Pekin of Packwood, Pleasantville and Southeast Warren of Liberty Center. "We're going to get tested," Sietstra said. Siestra's wife, Anita, is the business manager for the Montezuma school district. The couple has a 20-month-old son named Kase. He is the son of Loren and Carla Sietstra of Boyden. His brother, Chris, is a member of the Comets' 2012 state qualifying boys' basketball squad.