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The Sioux County Index-Reporter Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Wolfpack: Final two minutes of 1st half prove costly Continued from page 12 two teams battling for playoff posi- tioning. "This week we have another huge game against a team that's fighting for a playoff spot," Kooima stated. "We are going to have to get some things fixed up front on both sides of the ball so we are ready for a very physi- cal Central Lyon/George-Little Rock team." Defensively, the Western Christian 3-5-3 alignment didn't play with the same conviction as in prior contests. Tackling was sloppy and the Wolfpack had trouble reading Sheldon's crafty misdirection plays -- especially on a Balster 52-yard TD scamper down the home sideline in the third quarter -- which gave the Orabs a 25-7 edge at the 8:14 mark. "They stuck it to us," Kooima said. "We weren't as ready to play as they were. We knew we had to key on their backfield. We had to be responsible for what they run." Sheldon gained 307 yards on a whop- ping 70 plays. The Orabs sustained drives by going 12-of-21 on third- and fourth-down conversions, They also took advantage of a 101-33 lead in special teams yards for shorter fields. "We didn't execute well," Kooima said. "We didn't block or tackle well. They made more plays than us. Football is a game of one-on-one situ- ations, and Sheldon won more of them tonight." Interestingly, though, Western Christian produced the game's first score. Sam Van Ginkel blocked a Sheldon punt. Four plays later, including an Western Christian's Brian Hengeveld, left, and Heath Bonestroo (32) attempts to put on some defensive pressure during the first half of a District 2A-1 game on Friday. --- Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter Orab pass interference infraction, Marcus Altena plunged in from 1 yard out and Michael Den Herder kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Wolfpack edge at the 9:25 mark of the third quarter. Then the Sheldon 25-point onslaught occurred. Western Christian didn't respond until early in the fourth quarter when Kody Vande Kamp scampered in with the first of his two TD runs of the fourth quarter. Matthew Westra caught a two-point conversion pass from J.D. Boer. The Wolfpack still had hope down 10 points, but missed on a crucial fourth-down conversion on its own 25. Sheldon didn't miss on its fourth- down conversion during its next drive as Balster connected with athletic Ray Scott on a 17-yard pass. The Orabs had sealed the Wolfpack's fate. Vande Kamp's second TD run of the period only helped Western Christian insofar as with the playoff point differential. Sheldon's differen- tial stands at plus-6.25 and WC is at plus-4.5 with three weeks left in the regular season. i~i;: wc~ Kody Vande Kamp 4 run ::: (Matt Westra pass from J.D. Boer), Kody ~:26, Western Christian 15 : ~ Ray Scott17 pass from J.D. Boer, 1- :8~lstet'(Westphalen kick), Sheldon -- Michel Lovan, : 3~:WeStem Christian 15 Balster, 13-49, i~ ~ ~nde Kamp 1 run 10-44; Michael ' ~ kick), 1:19, Sheldon 32, Western Christian 22 10 17 132 52-192 4-10-0 4-of-10, 89 89 33 101 CROSS COUNTRY NOTEBOOK Western's Hulstein strides to a second-place finish in 16:16 By Eric Viccaro J0n H0fman was the fourth EDITOR runner across the line for hulleditor@ncppub.com the Wolfpack, grabbing 25th spot in a time of 18:27. Luke Western Christian Van Engen was Western High School head Christian's final counted cross country runner, earning 29th (18:33). coach Dan Kroeze still per- ceives a gap between the Wolfpack and elite boys 'teams in the area. The gap proved to be 26 points and Western Christian finished third overall at its own invitational at Rolling Hills Country Club on Tuesday. The Wolfpack compiled 83 points while meet winner George-Little Rock/Central Lyon recorded 57 and sec- ond-place Unity Christian was one point behind the Mustangs. "The guys were deter- mined to run with the lead- ers, but they fell a little short," Kroeze said in his post-race comments. "They let the lead group get away too far in the first half mile and then had to spend a lot of energy getting back into the race," Kroeze continued. "We are getting close to key races in the season and we have a lot of ground to makeup." Weather was ideal for run-~ ning. Skies were filled with sun. There was little if any breeze and temperatures cooperated in the mid-70s. Once again, the Wolfpack' s Derek Hofland was the top finisher. Hofland was sev- enth in a time of 17 min- utes, 38 seconds. That was 14 seconds faster than last year's performance on the SalTI e COurse. Patrick Kooima was next, taking 10th in a time of 17:42. Continuing his way back from early-season inju- ries, Tyler De Vries placed 12th (17:51). In his first-ever varsity race, Marcus De Weerd rewarded coach Kroeze by finishing 39th in the field of 68 runners. He clocked in at 19:06. Josh Dolieslager was six seconds behind De Weerd (41st, 19:12). "Marcus held his own," Kroeze said. "He is a hard worker and he will be push- ing our top-5 (for the rest of the season)." Western Christian was also third in the junior varsity boys team standings with 66 points. Justin Zandstra, David TeKrony and Evan Geels employed the pack rtmning style and finished seventh through ninth, respectively. Zandstra's time was 19:30, TeKrony 19:35 and Geels 19:42. Here are the remaining times and placements for the Wolfpack boys JV cross country runners: Micah Wamala (20th, 20:04), Austin Schut (22nd, 20:13), Eric Geels (34th, 20:58), Jonathan DenHartog (39th, 21:11), Jared Visser (58th, 22:33), Cory Slagter (61st, 22:57). Unity Christian's Brandon Bonnema was the meet med- alist in a time of 17:12, four seconds faster than Adam Sohl from George-Little Rock/Central Lyon. Tuesday's Results Team Scores Varsity 1, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon, 57; 2, Unity Christian, 58; 3, Westem Christian, 83; 4, MOC-FIoyd Valley, 133; 5, West Lyon, 146; 6, LeMars, 155; 7, Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove, 181; 8, Sioux Left, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley runner Jordan Bonestroo raced to a personal-best time of 19:31 during the boys event. Right, Miranda Hulstein took second in the girls race, 10 seconds behind win- ner Kayla Byl from Unity Christian. ~ Left photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter, right photo provided by the Westra family, special to the Sioux County Index-Reporter. Center, 186; 9, Sheldon, 196; 10, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, 236; Granville-Spalding Catholic and Cherokee didn't have enough runners for a counted team score. Junior Varsity 1, Unity Christian, 35; 2, George Little Rock/Central Lyon, 51; 3, Western Christian, 66; 4, Sioux Center, 105; 5, MOC-Floyd Valley, 122; 6, LeMars, 160; 7, Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek- Ida Grove, 324. WE GIRLS Hulstein takes 2nd In her finest performance ever, freshman Miranda Hulstein was second in a time of 16:16. Hulstein's time was 10 sec- onds off the winning effort posted by Unity Christian's Kayla Byl (16:06). Overall, Western Christian was fourth in the team stand- ings with 100 points, 10 more than Sioux Center but well ahead of fiRh-place Sheldon (163). Fighting through injuries, Mariah Lammers was 13th overall in a time of 16:55. She was 49 seconds off last year's effort in 16:06. Keanna Vaandrager helped the Wolfpack close the gap on the girls' side, taking 18th in a time of 17:28. Lauren Eekhoff was Western Christian's fourth runner into the chute, clock- ing in at 18:00 flat, which was good enough for 28th. Janelle Westra was the Wolt~ack's final counted performer (39th, 18:48). Overall, there were 56 girls running in the varsity field. In the junior varsity girls race, four Wolfpack girls fin- ished in the 20s. Anna Bierma was 21st (19:41), Leah Van Tel in 22nd (19:45), Megan Kelderman in 24 (20:13) and See Cross, page 8 li 1 ! li ii