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Nathan BrnekI Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com Got a tip or story idea? Please contact us 712.472.2525 or 800.621.0801 Sioux County Index-Reporter Page 12 Wednesday, November 2, 2016 claim on e The Blum sisters and Whitney Minderhoud represent Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and Western Christian well in the girls' race Nathan BroekI Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com FORT DODGE-The Western Christian boys had a mission of beating arch-rival Unity Christian and earning a spot as one of the top three teams in Class 2A.The Wolfpack were not able to beat the Knights Saturday at the state cross-country meet in Fort Dodge, but were glad to take third place in the state and a spot on the podium. Meanwhile, Whitney Minderhoud, along with Lizzy Blum and Sammy Blum of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, had a goal of representing their respective schools as best they could in the girls'portion of the Class 2A meet. Both Western Christian and Unity Christian had high marks in the team rankings coming into the meet with both the Wolfpack and the Knights slotted in the top five. In addition, Western Christian wanted revenge for placing second to Unity Christian at the state-qualifying meet in Orange City. Once the final results were posted, the Wolfpack found themselves 15 points behind their arch rival, but were sitting in third place and in a podium spot. "We'll take it.To get a podium while at state is a great feel- ing and a good building block for our program" said Western Christian coach Dalton Lems. "We wanted to beat Unity, but hats offto Unity.They ran really well today:' Tristan Hulstein ran for the third time in Fort Doge in what was his final race in a Wolfpack cross-country uniform. Hul- stein did not have the finish he would have liked, but still led Western Christian with a respectable 28th-place finish. "It wasn't my best race, but my team did really good" Hul- stein said."l would have liked to have gotten a top 10, but that didn't quite happen for me today:' He said the execution of his game plan was not there. "1 didn't quite get offthe line as well as I should have, so I kind of got lost back there and couldn't quite work my way back up,"Hulstein said. He gave credit to Western Christian fans and his teammates for helping him throughout his four-year career. '~Just the hard work my teammates put in and the fans'sup- port, too. I couldn't have done it without them"Hulstein said. Lems said Hulstein's attitude over his four years in the pro- gram set him apart. 'q'he things that stick out the most are his leadership, his humbleness and the type of person that he is," Lems said. "1 got to know him very well personally because he was a runner and that's what I'll remember the most" Coming in right behind Hulstein was Zach Elbers in 29th. EI- bers said that sticking with Hulstein was part of his game plan. "1 did way better than my last time. My freshman year (in 2014) I just got over a broken foot because I played both foot- ball and cross-country. So that takes a lot more out of you" he said."l wanted to stick close to Tristan wherever he went and I feel like I did a pretty good job of that" In 30th was Jon Veldman with Trevin Hulstein taking 65th and Michael Van Den Top placing 66th. ' Jon Veldman stepped up his game, as did Michael Van Den Top. It takes a complete team effort (to get a podium at state), but those two guys were the reason for us getting a podium" Lems said. He was also pleased with Trevin Hulstein's performance. "He ran a great race for a freshman. Now he's going to have to live up to his brother's standards and that will be tough to follow" Lems said."But to be in the top 40 as a freshman is a big deal:' Lems felt his team could not have had a better finish to the 2016 season. 'q'he guys'team this year did well the whole year, working as a complete team. That was the reason we were able to finish on a high noteTLems said. The Blum sisters of the Nighthawks and Wolfpack freshman Minderhoud were the lone representatives for their respective schools, but all three runners had respectable finishes at high school's biggest meet. Coming across the line first was Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley's Uzzy Blum in 25th. She has been the Nighthawks'top runner this season and was so again Saturday, but she felt she could have had a better finish. "1 didn't feel I ran as well. I went off way too fast, but, you know, it is what it is" Lizzy said."l should have stayed with the Okoboji gids, but I got a little too out in front of them" Sammy Blum gave Lizzy advice prior to the race, but the state cross-country stage got to the young runner. "It's a little crazy, but also kind of cool. I was really nervous, that's for sure" Lizzy said."Sammy gave me a lot of advice. She told me to mostly stay calm, but I didn't think I listened to her very well" Sammy finished in 42nd to end her Boyden-Hull/Rock Val- ley career and left everything on the course, to say the least, CLAIMING THIRD PLACE IN THE STATE The Western Christian boys Class 2A third-place state cross-country team. Left to right: Nolan Vande Griend, Tristan Hulstein, Zach Elbers, Jeff DeKam, Jon Veldman, Michael Vanden Top, Andrew Cox, Trevin Hulstein, Coach Dalton Lems. Photo/Nathan Broek FINISHING A FINE CAREER AT STATE COMPETING AS A'FRESHMAN Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley senior Sammy Blum keeps pace with Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley freshman Lizzy Blum paces herself the middle pack of runners during the girls' Class 2A race Satur- through the final mile of the girls' Class 2A race in Fort Dodge day in Fort Dodge. Blum finished her prep cai'eer in the top 50. Saturday. Lizzy Blum, sister of senior Sammy Blum, finished her Photo/Nathan Broek. first state race in the top 40. Photo/Nathan Broek, passing out as she crossed the finish line. "1 wanted to run as hard as I could, and tryto stick with peo- ple like Mari Stein (of Okoboji) and other people I usually run with to keep me in a good spot"Sammy said."l felt I did that, especially when I passed out at the end" Sammy gave all the credit to the Nighthawk fans and her teammates for helping her get to state for the second and final time. 'q-hey're always there for you no matter what and I couldn't ask any more from a team"she said. Coach tim Brunsting said the Blum sisters capped off 2016 the right way. 'q-hey ran great. I said to them all week that this is their bo- nus week, because I think the nerve-wracking week is districts (state qualifying)" Brunsting said. "When you get that top 15 and get the opportunity to experience this, it's just a lot of fun. I can't be any prouder of them:' Minderhoud came across the finish line in 35th for Western Christian and the freshman was pleased with that result. "1 think I did pretty good. I'm really surprised and I'm very pleased with howl did"she said."l was really nervous atthe be- ginning, but after I got here and after I talked with my friends, I found out that it was not as nerve-wracking as I thought it was going to be" Lems said that was evident in how she began and finished the race. "1 was probably more nervous for her race than she was. But as soon as the gun went off, she ran like a four-year runner"he said."Obviously, I hope she continues to progress and get bet- ter. This was a building block for her and hopefully she's hun- gry to get back to state and help her team next year:' Class 2A state cross-country Boys'team results: 1. Mid-Prairie/Wellman 98, 2. Unity Christian 115, 3. Western Christian 130, 4. George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 148, 5. Gar- ner-Heyl~eld-Ventura 163, 6. South Hamilton 164, 7. South Win- neshiek 180, 8. Clear Lake 186, 9. East MarshalI-Le Grand 191, 10. Aplington-Parkersburg 194, 11. Tipton 226, 12. Waukon 253, 13. Ogden 274, 14. Roland-Story 330, 15. Monticello 376. Western Christian boys'results: 28. Tristan Hulstein 17:22, 29. Zach EI- bers 17:23, 30. Jon Veldman 17:25, 65. Trevin Hulstein 17:58, 66. HIGHLIGHTING THE WOLFPACK GIRLS Western Christian freshman Whitney Minderhoud fights her way to the finish line in front of three other competitors during the Class 2A girls' state cross-country race Saturday, Minder- houd finished in 35th. Photo/Nathan Broek. Michael Vanden Top 17:58, 71. Nolan Vande Griend 18:02, 102. Jeff DeKam 18:30 Individual girls' results: 25. Lizzy Blum 20:22, 35. Whitney Minder- hocrd 20:39, 42. Sammy Blum 20:46. Football playoff scoreboard Regional volleyball tournament scoreboard in Mount Vernon , Class 1A Region 1 played in Underwood Friday night games (Oct. 28) Class 1A Monday, Oct. 24 Thursday, Oct 27 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 49, South Friday night games (Oct. 28) Lawton-Bronson 3, Newell Fonda 0 Game Central Lyon 3, Hinton 1 Game played in Central-Calhoun 10 Game played in Hull Bellevue 26, South Winneshiek 8 Game played in Lawton Rock Rapids Dike-New Hartford 55, Southeast Valley 29 played in Bellvue Akron-Westfield 3, Kingsley-Pierson 0 Missouri Valley 0, Underwood 3 Game Game played in Dike Denver 50, Clayton Ridge-Guttenberg 6 Kuemper Catholic 21, Central Lyon/ Game played in Denver Game played in Akron played in Missouri Valley George-Little Rock 20 Game played in Hinton 43, Logan-Magnolia 28 Game George-Little Rock 3, Harris-Lake Park 0 Next game up: Regional final at Sioux City East Denison played in Logan Game played in George High SchoolTuesday, Nov. 1, Central Lyon vs. LeMars Gehlen Catholic 3, Hartley-Melvin- Underwood Mount Vernon 48, Centerville 7 Game Madrid 27, Pleasantville 20 Game played Sanborn 0 Game played in LeMars Class 2A Region 3 played in MountVernon in Pleasantville North Fayette Valley 21, New Hampton 7 Pella Christian 49, Sigourney-Keota 0 Thursday, Oct. 27 Monday, Oct. 24 Lawton-Bronson 3, Akron-Wes eld 0 Western Christian 3, South O'Brien 0 Game Game played in North Fayette Game played in Pella Game played in Lawton played in Hull PCM-Monroe 38, Roland-Story 7 Game Iowa City-Regina 49, West Branch 15 George-Little Rock 3, LeMars GehlenOkoboji 1, Boyden-Hull 3 Game played in played in Monroe Game played in Iowa City Union-La Port City 31, Crestwood 13 Van Meter 21, AHSTW 14 (Overtime) Game Catholic 0 Game played in George Milford Next game up: Regional final at LeMars Central Springs 3, West Fork 1 Game Game played in Crestwood played in Van Meter High School Tuesday, Nov. 1, George-Little played in Manly Williamsburg 49, Central Lee 25 Game Western Christian 28, West Lyon 6, Game Rock vs. Lawton-Bronson Emmetsburg 1, North Union 3 Game played in Williamsburg played in Sioux Center Class 2A Region I played in Emmetsburg NEXT GAMES UP Friday, Nov. 4 NEXT GAMES UP Saturday, Nov. 5 Monday, Oct. 24 Thursday, Oct. 27 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley vs. Kuemper Western Christian vs. Hinton at 7 p.m. in Central Lyon 3, West Lyon 2 Game played Western Christian 3, Boyden-Hull 0 Game Catholic at 7 p.m in Denison Hull in Rock Rapids played at Western Christian Dike-New Hartford vs. PCM-Monroe at 7 Van Meter vs. Madrid at 7 p.m. in Van Hinton 3, West Sioux 0 Game played in Central Springs 3, North Union 0 Game p.m. in Monroe Meter Hinton played in Manly Union-LaPort City vs. North Fayette Valley Denver vs. Bellvue at 7 p.m. in Denver Missouri Valley 3, West Monona 1 Game Next game up: Regional final in Emmets- at 7 p.m. in North Fayette Iowa City Regina vs. Pella Christian at 7 played in Missouri Valley burg Tuesday, Nov. 1, Western Christian vs. Mount Vernon vs. Williamsburg at 7 p.m. p.m. in Iowa City Underwood 3, Logan-Magnolia 0 Game Central Springs