The Voice: Spring 2001

The Voice

Sports notes

By Corey Westra

Women's basketball season ends on a good note

The Dordt College women's basketball team ended its season on a good note by defeating Martin Luther College of Minnesota by a score of 80-66. The Lady Defenders had a rough, yet hard-fought season, posting a record of 4-22.

Junior forward Serena Van Beek from Hartley, Iowa, was the Lady Defenders' biggest offensive threat this year, leading the team with 324 points and leading in three pointers with 31. Freshman Alexis Smith from Castlewood, South Dakota, was second in scoring with 309 points, but led the team in field goal percentage with 52 percent from the floor and in rebounding with 252.

The women's basketball team lose only one senior this year, Heather Broekhuis from Mountlake Terrace, Washington. As starting point guard this season, Broekhuis dished off a team high 99 assists and was third in scoring with 165 points, shooting 77 percent from the free throw line. Broekhuis's leadership on and off the court, along with her offensive and defensive talent, will be missed next year.

Men's basketball season rolls into playoffs

The Dordt College men's basketball team advanced into Great Plains Athletic Conference playoffs under the direction of Coach Greg Van Soelen. Dordt's 13-12 (7-9 GPAC) record allowed the team to claim the eighth spot in tournament play. The first tournament game became a battle of Sioux County basketball when Dordt faced number one Northwestern.          

The season ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Red Raiders who were ranked eighth in the nation.

Dordt's team was led in offense by sophomore Evan Beimers from Sioux Center, who netted 383 points and was second in total assists with 65. He also led the squad in rebounds, taking down 139. Close behind Beimers was senior Dylan Haak from Outlook, Washington, who led the team in three pointers with 57 (47 percent). He also recorded 351 points, pulled down 123 rebounds, and shot 82 percent from the free throw line.

Dordt will lose four key players to graduation this May, including Haak. Graduating seniors include guard Michael Ribbens from Sioux Center, who leads the team in assists with 76; Brent Tapper from Dike, Iowa, who led the team with 28 blocks; and Matt Van Essen from Hull, Iowa, a guard who creates a major defensive threat for Dordt's opponents.

Indoor track boasts eight All-Americans

Dordt's indoor track season started with the Dordt College Invitational in Dordt's recreation center. Three events qualified for nationals already at this first meet: the women's 4x800-meter relay team of Lisa Cannegieter, Emily Kauk, Jessica Rowenhorst, and Rebecca Demerest; women's high jumper Susan Schaap; and men's 800 meter runner Ron Kingma.

The men's 4x800-meter relay team of Ron Kingma, Jeff Taylor, Marcus Scholten, and Jon Dekkers qualified for nationals at the Defender Gold Club Invitational during Homecoming.

The Dordt College Indoor team also competed in two meets at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where the women's 4x400-meter relay team of Jackie Eekhoff, Sarah Haan, Kristi Meendering, and Lisa Cannegieter; triple jumper Erica Ton; pole vaulter Jill Starkenburg; and the men's 4x400 meter relay team of Eric Carlson, Mark Buwalda, Jon Dekkers, and Ron Kingma qualified for the national meet.

At that meet in Johnson City, Tennessee, Dordt College gained eight new NAIA All-Americans. Both the women's and men's 4x800 meter relay teams earned NAIA All-American status with their finishes at the meet. The women ran a time of 9:32.12 and finished sixth.The men ran a time of 7:45.74 and finished fifth. Ron Kingma was named an individual All-American by placing sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.29 in the finals.

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