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Winter sports wrap up

By Mike Byker

Men’s Basketball

The Defender women defeated Dana, a team they had lost to in the regular season finale, in the first round by a 62-61 count. The Defender men got to the semifinals with a 47-44 win over Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, in the quarterfinal round.

The Defender men posted several milestones along the way with Senior Derek Keizer setting a new career assist record with 498, knocking Kevin Gesink out of the top spot with 469. Keizer finished his career with 192 steals, eight short of the career record held by Shawn De Stigter.

Eric Van Manaan

Eric Van Manaan

Eric Van Maanen had a breakout year, averaging over 13 points per game and moving to 16th all-time in career steals with 94. The junior scored 431 points and currently has 630 career points. Scott Van Zanten, a sophomore, surpassed 500 career points, with 545, and is within striking distance of 300 rebounds with 282. Van Maanen was an all-GPAC first-team selection by the conference coaches, while Van Zanten earned honorable mention.

Chad Huenink also went over 400 career points and has 315 career rebounds and made 63.4 percent of his shots this year, the fourth best percentage posted by a Defender with over 100 attempts in a season. Brian Eekhoff has 483 career points and made 128 free throws which ranks seventh all-time for a season at Dordt College. Eekhoff was accorded honorable mention by the GPAC coaches at the conclusion of the season while Logan Kingma, a freshman, earned the conference coaches nod as league freshman of the year and honorable mention all-conference after averaging nearly 10 points and five rebounds per game in his initial season.

In terms of team records, the 33 games played breaks the previous games played record of 32 set in 2005-2006 and the Defenders also grabbed a new season record 1212 rebounds, breaking the 2002-2003 total of 1123. Dordt took down 818 defensive rebounds, which broke the old mark of 784 set in 2005-2006. The Defenders also committed 546 turnovers, breaking the old record of 480 set in 2005-2006.

The Defender’s 21 wins ranks third all-time behind the 1987-1988 record of 25-5 and the 2005-2006 record of 22-10.

Women’s Basketball

The Defender women also had their share of milestones. Lindsey Van Wyk advanced to 13th all-time in scoring with 866 career points while also inserting herself in third all-time in three-point percentage, making 35.2 percent of her long shots. Lindsey’s total of 372 field goal attempts this season ranks her fourth all-time. Van Wyk took first team all-conference honors from the GPAC coaches this season.

Kara Karlsgodt surpassed 400 career rebounds this season and has 428 for her career which puts her in 17th all-time with one season to go. Karlsgodt earned honorable mention from the league coaches along with Kate Du Mez. Du Mez averaged 11 points per game and dished out 3.5 assists per game in her freshman season, joining the team at the conclusion of the soccer season.

This year’s team also established records for points scored with 1989, field goal attempts of 1910, attempted free throws with 423, rebounds with 1194, defensive rebounds with 773 and games played with 30.

The Defender women advanced to the quarterfinal round of the GPAC post-season tournament, matching two previous quarterfinal appearances in 2005 and 2006.

Both Dordt College basketball seasons came to an end in the Great Plains Athletic Conference post-season tournaments in mid-February. The Defender women advanced to the quarterfinal round before losing to Mount Marty in Yankton, South Dakota, and the Defender men lost on the road in the semifinals to Northwestern.

Indoor Track

Several Dordt College athletes qualified for the NAIA national indoor track and field meet which was held in early March at Johnson City, Tennessee. The women’s team sent two relays, the 4 x 400 and the 4 x 800 quartets, to the national level, with the teams made up of combinations of Sierra Zomer, Tami Wieringa, Jen Kempers, Abbie Soodsma, Joy Horstman and Sarah Sikkema. Kempers also qualified for the 1000 meters with a new school record in the event of just over three minutes and competed in the high jump at the meet, having cleared 5’3 on several occasions this season.

The men’s season was highlighted by Dan De Jong’s assaualt on the men’s record book in the triple jump and the high jump. De Jong saved his best performance before the national meet for the GPAC championships where he popped a triple jump of 47’5.25” at the meet in Lincoln, Nebraska. De Jong also bettered the high jump record when he cleared 6’9 early in the season. He qualified for both events at the national meet.

Club Hockey

It’s been a good year for Blades Hockey. Coming off a rebuilding year in 2005-2006, in which the team only recorded two wins, the Blades finished the 06/07 season with a 21-11-1-1 record. With a roster made up of nearly all freshmen and sophomores, the Blades got off to a strong start and defeated opponents from larger schools and from higher tiers of competition. 

The season was marked by some resounding successes and also some disappointing losses, the result of the inexperience inherent in such a young team. “There was no lack of leadership however,” says Coach Nate Van Niejenhuis, adding, “With Sophomore Captain Jared Rempel leading the charge, the boys battled hard each and every weekend.”

Junior David Prins’s steady play helped solidify the defensive core, and several very talented young freshmen added the necessary firepower to place the team sixth in the Pacific Region of ACHA Division III play, only two spots out of a berth at nationals. The team ended the season placing second in the Great Plains tournament, facing Iowa State University in the final game and outshooting them 47–30, only to be shut out by an incredible goaltending performance. 

“As a team, the Blades had a tremendous season and represented Dordt College in fine fashion. They received compliments from fans, opponents, and officials on their level of play and the class with which they carry themselves both on and off the ice,” says Van Niejenhuis. 

The highlight of the season may have been the 8-7 loss to the powerhouse team of the University of Northern Colorado, who finished the season fifth in the nation. The Blades are excited about the next season of hockey already, and plan to add a few new players to strengthen their lineup even more. “We also hope to represent Dordt at the ACHA Division III National tournament next year if everything falls into place,” says Van Niejenhuis.

 The team recognizes retiring seniors Corey Dykstra and Jeremy Bakker for their steady play and spirited contributions to the team.

Check out the most recent results by visiting the Dordt College athletics website