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sports 10 J Sioux County Index-Reporter October 19, 2016 ,ger aq Brooke Van Engen places ninth for the first time this season, Ashley Van Engen places 32nd. Nathan BroekI Sports Editor Follow us on Twitter @lndexPaper ORANGE CITY-The Class 1A sixth-ranked Trinity Chris- tian boys' cross-country team has been finishing in the middle of a stacked field of runners for much of its meets this season. That situation played itself out again at the War Eagle Conference meet Monday, Oct. 10, but the Tigers came out as one of the top teams in the con- ference. Trinity Christian placed second in team standings with 68 points. Class 2A top-ranked Unity Christian won the boys' title with 19 points. The Tigers got three all- conference runners, Sam Laning (9th), Dallas Van Gin- kel (10th) and Daniel Kooiker (1 lth). The top 14 runners earned all-conference honors. "That was good to see. Daniel Kooiker has been com- ing up strong lately and we had all of our top guys right next to each other to get all-conference" said Tigers' coach Dillon Brummel. Other top runners included Caleb Meyer in 16th, just missing out on all-conference honors, and Shane Koo- ima in 22nd. "Then Shane did good as well. I tell each one of them to push each other and to make each other better. It's good to see them do that and to see that the guys don't always finish in the same order in every meet," Brummel said. Brummel looks for continued improvement prior to the Unity Christian meet Friday (Oct. 14). "For Shane, I think it would be nice to see him close the gap between our fourth and fifth guy and for Luke (Andringa who finished 33rd) to tag along as well. If they continue to push themselves along, they could do well (at Unity)" Brummel said. The girls' race also had its challenges, but both Brooke Van Engen and Ashley Van Engen have been working hard with coach Brummel on pushing themselves in practices and in meets. That extra motivation paid off as Brooke had her best race of 2016, taking ninth place and all-conference honors. Ashley placed 32nd indi- vidually. "1 think she (Brooke Van Engen) pushed herself well and the results show it. She passed a lot of girls down the stretch and that was good to see:' Brummel said. "Then just like Brooke, she (Ashley Van Engen) paced herself pretty hard and the results show that as well." With those results, Brummel feels confident the Van Engen sisters will have strong performances at the Uni- ty Christian Invitational. "1 think we will see good results. Obviously, the meet Friday will be bigger, but I think that presents an op- ..... Portunity to run faster with some better competition;' oo,,..,,,:ou.,,, ~|bi~:|n Orange City, hosted by Unity Christian ~:~ds'team results: 1. Unity Christian 20, 2. Hinton 56, 3. West Sioux 80, 4. Remsen St. Mary's 90. Trinity Christian results: 9. Brooke Van Engen 23:03 (all-con- ference'runner), 32. Ashley Van Engen 26:49. Boys'team results: 1. Unity Christian 19, 2. Trinity Christian 68, 3. Remsen St. Mary's 74, 4. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 105, 5. South O'Br!en 112, 6. Hinton 154, 7. LeMars Gehlen Catholic 174. Trinity Christian resnlts: 9. Sam Laning 18:26 (all-confernce run- ner), 10. Dallas Van Ginkel (all-conference runner) 18:28, 11. Daniel Kooiker 18:30 (all-conference runner), 16. Caleb Meyer 18:51, 22. Shane Kooima 20:12, 33. Luke Andringa 21:16. Tigers tested once more at the Unity Invite ORANGE CITY-Trinity Christian had one final test of the season at the Unity Christian Invitational Friday be- fore state qualifying at Ridge View Thursday, Oct. 20. Running with some of the top teams in the state was Daniel Kooiker of Trinity Christian pushes himself to the finish Luke Andringa of Trinity Christian attmempts to pass an Hart- line during the War Eagle Conference meet Monday, Oct. 10. ley-Melvin-Sanborn runner to the finish line during the War Kooiker took lOth on the day in helping the Tigers claim sec- Eagle Conference meet in Orange City Monday, Oct. 10. Photo/ ond-place as a team in the conference. Photo/Nathan Broek. Nathan Broek. not easy for the Tigers, but they left with a lot of confi- dence on what they could do at the Class 1A level. The girls' race had mostly teams from Class 2A and Class 3A, along with Brooke Van Engen nursing a leg in- jury, but the Trinity Christian girls pushed through and had respectable finishes. Brooke Van Engen was the top runner for the Tiger girls in 35th while Ashley Van En- gen finished 55th. "Brooke had some ankle pain, so that kind of set her back a little bit. But she fought as best she could and she ended up finishing very well;' said Trinity Christian coach Dillon Brummel. "Then Ashley pushed herself well and that was good to see too:' Brummel added that hard work has carried the girls this far and it should continue to serve them well at Ridge View. "We just need the girls to keep working hard and keep pushing each other in practice. I especially told Brooke that if she keeps putting in the times that she been p ting in lately, who knows what could hap- pen;' Brummel said. TheTrinity Christian boys had 10full teams in its race, but the Tigers are ranked sixth as a team in Class 1A for good reason as they finished sixth in team standings with 140 points. The host Knights won the team title with 47 points. "1 think they (the boys) did really well. They were right up with Sioux Center and LeMars by a couple of points. We had a couple of people in the top 20 and that was good to see in such a big meet" Brummel said. Leading the way for Trinity Christian was Dallas Van Ginkel in 15th with Sam Laning (ranked 24th as an indi- vidual in Class 1A) taking 19th and Caleb Meyer taking 22nd. "Dallas Van Ginkel had a very nice race. He finished first on our team and that was good to see" Brummel said. "With these guys, you never know who is going to be the top runner and they continue to push each other no matter what:' That intensity will need to be present once again at Brooke Van Engen works her way through the Unity Christian course at Landsmeer Golf and Country Club with one mile to go Friday Night. Van Engen was the top Tigers' runner at the Unity Christian Invitational. Photo/Nathan Broek. Ridge View for the Class 1A state qualifier. "The key will be to keep pushing hard and to keep working to close those gaps" Brummel said. "1 think Shane needs to close his gap now that Daniel (Kooiker) has closed his gap. Do that, and I think we should be set:' Nighthawks from Page 1 ley, which were pretty good-sized schools compared to Boyden-Hull alone, George alone or Rock Valley alone. So football really drove the thing"Wright said. That said, the Boyden-Hull school board had a long de- bate on who to combine with moving forward. "If you're a parent that lived in Boyden, you favored staying with George because they were close. But if you were a parent from the Hull area you thought: 'Hey, Rock Valley and us could be a force here'Wright said."So there was some controversy, to say the least, on what we should do. In the end, the school board and the athletic directors, Wright and former Rock Valley AD, Henry Schultz, decided to join forces. "The board finally decided that RockValley was a better fit for us because of the numbers and George-Little Rock went to Central Lyon shortly after that"Wright said. Shortly after the unity of football and baseball, the two schools decided to combine for softball in 1993, track and field and cross-country in 1997. But the relationship be- tween the two schools was a very heated one. "At first it was hard. Boyden-Hull and Rock Valley were heated rivals, particularly in basketball" Wright said. "So (during our combined sporting events) you would have fans sitting in separate parts of the bleachers:' There was a second factor that bothered the Boyden- Hull and RockValley parents as well. "When we combined with Rock Valley for football and Rock Valley was the host, Boyden-Hull kids would wear the Rock Valley colors and we were called the Boyden- Hull/Rock Valley Rockets"Wright said."lf Boyden-Hull was the host, Rock Valley kids would wear the Boyden-Hull uniforms and we were called the Boyden-Hull/RockValley Comets:' Despite how the communities were feeling about the change, the student-athletes had a different view and w ted the relationship to work. The student body came together in 1999 and decided to have a combined school mascot named the "Nighthawks" with the combined school colors of black, white and grey. The idea went straight to both school boards who promptly accepted the idea. "The big reason the relationship changed was due to changing the school mascot and colors to 'Nighthawks " Wright said."That was a huge change that brought things together. There is so much 'Nighthawks' stuff now, it's al- Iowa High School Athletic Association representative Jared Chizek speaks to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley parents, students and fans during halftime of the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley vs. Sioux Center football game Friday. The Nighthawks celebrated 25 years of combined sports with Chizek giving a short speech on the success of the sharing program. Chizek mentioned that Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is now one of the largest sharing pro- grams in the state. Photo/Nathan Broek. most crazy. Now its like if you live in Rock Valley you have to get your orange and black stuff (for the Rockets), but you also have to have your 'Nighthawks' stuff. Same for Boyden-Hull:' The change also came with a compromise. With the 1 O- game football schedule, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is only allowed five home games.The compromise was that Boy- den-Hull would have its name first, but RockValley would get to host the last home game. Then if the team makes the playoffs, both schools will split who will host which game in the playoffs. The other compromise was each school would have its own homecoming celebration. As the 25 years have gone by, the relationship between the two schools has drastically changed. "When Boyden-Hull played Rock Valley in volleyball this year, all of the football players were there with the Boyden-Hull fans on one side and Rock Valley fans on the other side (of the court)" Wright explained. "In between the first and second sets, they switched sides so the Rock Valley kids cheered for Boyden-Hull and the Boyden-Hull kids were cheering for Rock Valley. That's the kind of stuff that goes on that's amazing in the sharing program:' Sharing between the two schools has also increased participation in the football, softball and baseball pro- grams. "Because we combine, it gives the freshman and ju- nior varsity kids a chance to play a lot of football. That's because the freshmen play in Rock Valley and the junior varsity plays in Hull. So that makes scheduling really easy and the kids get a chance to play a lot of football. They play more football this way than if we didn't share"Wright said. "Then the softball program, which is played in Boy- den, has just taken offand we have the baseball team play in Rock Valley. Then we've got a nice track in Hull for our track and field team, so all the communities of RockValley, Hull and Boyden are involved in this:' The sharing milestone was celebrated at the home football game against Sioux Center in Rock Valley with a brunch for former and current athletic directors and school board members of the Rock Valley and Boyden- Hull school districts. Wright gave a brief speech on the history of the sharing program with an open mic to al- low athletic directors and school board members to share their favorite memories of the past 25 years. Prior to kickoff there was a 25-year celebration tailgate for all family and fans of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Dur- ing halftime, a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and a member of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union gave a brief speech to the fans and award- ed the current and former athletic directors for the 25 years of the sharing program. Both schools expect to celebrate a 50-year anniversary 25 years down the road. "It's going to keep going because it's been so success- ful. It works and it lets kids participate"Wright said. "Back when we started we had people say, 'In five years, Boy- den-Hull and RockValley will be one school'But I said,'No, it's going to keep us from being (one school) and allow us to have our own schools: That's because we have these successful programs that we make available to kids with- out the two schools having to combine their high schools and grade schools:' ~e