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HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL o WESTER000000 CHRiSTiAN Sports Western Christian High School's Kyle Fopma and Jeffrey Granstra double team Andrew O'Donnell from Sioux Center during the second half of a Class 2A substate championship boys basketball game Saturday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. At right, J.D. Boer looks for room to dribble past a Warrior defender. -- Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter Warriors are too much for Wolfpack Sioux Center stops Western Christian's 5-year streak of qualifying for state By ERICVICCARO Editor hulleditor@ncppub.com IOUX CITY -- The Sioux Center High School boys bas- ketball team stopped Western Christian's five-year state tournament run with a 62-51 conquest in the Class 2A substate championship Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center. "I wish we could have played as hard as we did in the third quarter in the first half," Western Christian head coach Jim Eekhoff said. "During the comeback, we had to expend a lot of energy and it was hard to maintain that. They played better than we did. They were more physical than us." The trio of T.J. Buyert, Andrew O'Donnell and Micah Lassen com- bined for 50 of the Warriors' points and the Warrior defense kept Mading Thok to 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Sioux Center was able to draw Thok into foul trouble, picking up his fourth infraction with 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter. "We couldn't let him get his spot," Sioux Center head coach Todd Arends said. "He's effective when he's down in the four- to six-foot range around the basket. We had to make work to get into his spot and rebound the ball." Sioux Center was also able to keep Western Christian under wraps on the perimeter as the Wolfpack made 19-of-53 field goals (35.8 percent). The Warriors also won the game from the free-throw line, with a 29-13 edge in foul shots. Sioux Center con- nected on 66 percent of its shots from the stripe. Of course, the Warriors went to the line extensively during the final three minutes of the contest when they salted it away. This marks Sioux Center's first trip to the state tournament since 2004. The Warriors will play MLF- MarMac on Monday, March 5, at 6:35 p.m. in the opening round of the Iowa High School Athletic Association state tournament. Western Christian graduates three seniors offthe 2011-12 squad in Thok, J.D. Boer and Brady Bootsma, who finished with 10 points on 5-of-10 field-goal shooting. Michael Den Herder also tallied double-digit points for the Wolfpack with 12. Sioux Center was up 31-21 at inter- mission. The Wolfpack tightened up on defense in the third quarter and held the Warriors to just three points. Thok made back-to-back shots in the lane, Bootsma followed a missed Taylor Feenstra 3-point attempt and Den Herder connected on a baseline jumper. A Thok free throw with 2:03 to go in the third frame knotted the score at 32-a11. However, Lassen :asted inside for two, giving Sioux Center a 34-32 edge at the end of three. J.D. Boer drained a 3-pointer from the wing to cut Sioux Center's lead to 36-35, but O'Donnell responded with a triple of his own. Den Herder kept the Wolfpack within striking distance, canning another 3-pointer at the 5:23 mark of the fourth. But, the Warriors slowly built their lead thanks to all those free throws. Den Herder made a bank shot to cut the Sioux Center margin to 53-46 with more than one minute to go, but it was too little and too late by then. Earlier in the week, Western Christian defeated Sheldon, 60-47. behind a strong defensive effort in the 2A regional final. The Wolfpack kept the Orabs to five first-quarter points en route to the victory. Thok produced team-highs in points (16) and rebounds (9). Den Herder. Kyle Fopma and Feenstra also scored in double digits for the Wolfpack. Western Christian had a 25-13 edge in free-throw attempts and held Sheldon to 35.1 percent shooting from the field (19-of-54), including a paltry 2-of-24 from beyond the 3-point arc. Class 2A Substate Championship At Tyson Events Center, Sioux City Sioux Center 62, Western Christian 51 Score By Quarters Sioux Center 12 19 3 28 62 Western Christian 9 12 11 19 S 1 Sioux Center scorers: Beau Boer, 4; T.J. Buyert, 18; Micah Lassen, 15; Andrew O'Donnell, 17; Steven Kragt, 4; Patrick Van Muyden, 4 Western Christian scorers: Kyle Fopma, 3; Michael Den Herder, 12; J.D. Boer, 6; Taylor Feenstra, 3, Brady Bootsma, 10; Mading Thok, 17 3-point shots: Sioux Center 5-14 (O'Donnell 3-4, Buyert 2-6, Boer 0-1, Lassen 0-1, Regnerus 0-2), Western Christian 4-9 (Feenstra 1-1, Boer 1-2, DenHerder 1-2, Fopma 1-3, Thok 0-1). Rebounds -- Sioux Center 30 (Buyert 9), Western Christian 28 (Thok 10). Total fouls -- Sioux Center 16, Western Christian 16. Technical Fouls- None. Turnovers -- Sioux Center 18, Western Christian 16. Boyden-Hull outrebounds K-P in 1A substate game Continued from back page "These kids have done this in a lot of close games, they regroup and they come back fighting," he said. "They didn't panic." Especially Van Roekel, he dominated the final salvo with an array of athletic dribble drives, a 3-pointer from the left wing and several free-throw makes. "I just think we kind of ran out of gas in the fourth quar- ter," K-P fourth-year head coach Adam Rapp said. Boyden-Hull was up as many as 13 points in the first half. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Comets knocked off Akron- Westfield, 87-36, in the 1A district semifinals as four play- ers scored in double digits. Moss finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Van Roekel dished off seven assists and grabbed six rebounds to go with 11 points. Taylor Francis netted 14 points and Bolkema 10. The game was played with a running clock throughout the second half. On Friday night, Van Roekel scored 14 points while Taylor Francis added 13 and Moss 11 in a 61-41 victory over Central Lyon in the 1A district final. Boyden-Hull rolled to a 41-13 hafltime lead. The Lions drew within 17 points in the second half before Riley Francis connected a huge 3-pointer to stop the Central Lyon run. This marks Boyden-Hull's seventh trip to state during Bill Francis's 12 seasons as head coach. Class 1A Substate Championship At Tyson Events Center, Sioux City Boyden-Hul151, Kingsley-Pierson 43 Score By Quarters Boyden-Hull 1913712--51 Kingsley-Pierson 10 13 16 4 -- 43 Boyden-Hull scorers: Bryce Moss, 20; Colin Bolkema, 5; Brandt Van Roekel, 18; Taylor Francis, 6; J.C. Koerselman, 2 Kingsley-Pierson scorers: Tate Rohde, 5; Cody Kuchel, 5; Brandon Bainbridge, 2; Colin Henrich, 22; Evan Colfack, 9 3-point shots -- Boyden-Hull 4-8 (Francis 2-2,Van Roekel 1-1, Bolkema 1-2, AIvarado 0-3), Kingsley-Pierson 5-16 (Henrich 2-4, Colfack 2-4, Kuchel 1-3, Bainbridge 0-3, Rohde 0-2). Rebounds -- Boyden-Hul130 (Moss 10), Kingsley-Pierson 17 (Bainbridge 5). Turnovers m Boyden-Hull 13, Kingsley-Pierson 7. Total fouls -- Boyden-Hul110, Kingsley-Pierson 11. Fouled out -- None. Boyden-Hull High School's Colin Bolkema goes up for two points during a Class 1A district final on Friday at Western Christian High School here in Hull. At right, Nathan Alexander attempts a jumper from the wing. -- Photos by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter Feb. 20 Team Points Hardee's 48 Nestl Siouxland Machine Van Ginkel Drywall 25 Family Bowl and Caf :23 Highest Game: 1, Brad Van't Hof, 235; 2, Maw YiS; 234; 3, Brent Boon, 227 Highest Series: 1, Man/Vis. 672; 2, Brent Boon, 644; 3, Leon Sneller, 613 Feb. 21 Team Points Family Bowl and Cafd 168.5 Brandes P and D 162.5 Doorenbos Farms 146.5 Fab 5 144 Scissor Shack .... 129 Subway 1  6,5 Sioux Body Shop 107 Te Slaa Trucking 94 Highest Game: 1, Jean Brandes, 237; 2 Judy Riemersma, 203; 3, Mindi Maras, 201 Highest Series: 1, Jean Brandes 1; 2, Sindy Bonestroo, 555; 3, Card De Zeeuw, 538 Men's ursday Night Eeague Feb. 23 Team Points Team Squirrel 71.5 Schuiteman Feed|ot 57 W s Stou es Plumbing 55.5 Schnurr 52 Radio and TV Center 35 Hull Pharmacy 27 Family Highest Game: I, Gregg Koele, 259; 2,; Mark :Den Besten, 257; 3, Craig Vollink, 255 Highest Series: 1, Mark Den Besten 697; 2; Cory Meyer, 695; 3, Gregg Koele, 679 MEN'S BASKETBALL. Dordt 68, Midland 61 Cliff Warei: tallied 21, Kyle Lindbergh 16 and Jordan Vogel 12 as the thne Conference semifinals Saturday at DeGymnasium in Sioux Center. Both Chris Sievers and Vogel, a former Western Christian High School player, pulled down a game best nine rebounds. The Defenders finished with a 25-8 edge in free  throw attempts. Also, No. 12 Northwestern defeated No, 19 Briar Cliff, Dordt and Northwestern played Center. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL No. 5 Morningside 90, No. 8 Northwestern 83, Saturday at Sioux City in theGPAC postseason tourna ment. The Red Raiders are [ockedto maketheNAIA DMsiOn II tournament slated tO take ptaCe at the TySon Evems center soon. Records: Morningside(25-7); Northwestern (23-7) BASEBALL Dordt opens 2012 sea Dordt College bas ball team opened the 2012 by winning three  fourgames this past Friday nd Saturday at Manha:n Christian in Kansas The Defenders swept but falling 6-0, too. The team is 3-1 headingintothe spdngbreaktripto Arizona. RATINGS Northwestern and rdt ranked -- Northwestem's NAIA Division II poll released bette Indiana votes and of 28-2. Fellow Great Concordia is second (366 voting points, five votes). The Bulldogs championship. Oregon Tech and 15 Northwood (Fla.), 242 votin( behind St. Thomas (Fla.). Northwood had a record of 27-3 when the poll was released. qi : : $iii! i!il]iil !i:!iiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii]iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!iiiiiii:i!!iiii:i!iiii!!iiiiii: i! $i! i111 iili i i Dordt's Cliff Warner dribbles during the second half of this GPAC semifinal game Saturday, -- Photo by Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter