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3 GPAC Teams Make Top 25

SIOUX CITY – The Morningside University football team saw itself on top of the NAIA pre-season poll on Monday. They were among three GPAC teams that made it into the top 25.

The Mustangs are the national title defenders, going 14-0 throughout the 2021 season. They defeated Grand View in the National Championship last fall to claim another title.

Some of the important returnees on Morningside’s roster include quarterback Joe Dolinczyk, wide receiver Austin Johnson, linebacker Jamal Jones and linebacker Jalen Portes.

Meanwhile, Northwestern ranked third in the same survey.

Northwestern reached the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) in consecutive seasons for the first time since the program had four consecutive semifinals from 1982 to 1985.

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Head coach Matt McCarty brought back 18 junior players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in 2022, including all-American wide-receiving Cady Moser, defensive back Noah Vant Hoff and linebacker Parker Friar.

Among the top five in the survey, Grand View (Iowa) is second, Lindsey Wilson (Kentucky) is fourth, and Marianne (Indiana) is fifth.

Dordt also finished the list at number 21. The Defenders went 7-3 in 2021, capping the season with wins over Briar Cliff and Jamestown.

The poll was voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.

Each conference is given one evaluator for every four schools in the league.

The top 25 are determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the top teams. The team gets 25 points for each vote for first place, 24 points for second place and so on through the list.

Van Dyck commits to Concordia

SIOUX CITY – East high school student Brandt Van Dyck took to Twitter on Sunday to announce that he is committed to playing for Concordia after his time with the Black Raiders.

The 6-foot-8 striker was fourth in goalscoring last season for the Black Raiders with 9.9 points per game. Van Dyke averaged 3.2 shots per game.

Van Dijk averaged 4.2 rebounds per game.

The Bulldogs went 28-7 last season and was an NAIA National Quarterfinalist.

Jinger wins the Little West game

Mason City, Iowa – Archbishop Helen Senior Caleb Jingle was the winning bowler Sunday during the All-Star Series for the Western minor league baseball team.

Jengler also scored a run with the sacrifice fly.

Bahrke adds Anderson to the team

Orange City, Iowa – Northwestern College cross-country and track and field coach Scott Burke announced the addition of Sarah Anderson to the coaching staff as an alumni assistant.

“We are very excited to have Sarah join our coaching staff,” Burke noted. “She is a strong believer woman and will help us take care of every member of our cross country and distance crew.”

Anderson competed with the cross-country Ryder and track teams from 2014-2018. On the track, she was the holder of the 2018 NAIA All-American and school record in the 3,000m, and was also the GPAC champion in the 3,000m and 5,000m. In Cross Country, Anderson received the 2017 All-GPAC Awards and was among the student athletes who competed in the 2017 NAIA Cross Country Championships.

“I absolutely loved my experience as a student-athlete at Northwestern College, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to help prepare current students for success in their professional and academic lives and to walk with Christ,” Anderson commented.

A native of Story City, Iowa, Anderson is a 2018 Northwestern University graduate with a degree in Biology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at Western States University (Ore.). She is married to her husband Kyle, who was a member of the Cross Country Ryder and track teams from 2012-2016.

The US dollar gets two from all Americans before the start of the season

Vermilion, SD – South Dakota seniors Alex Jensen and Dalton Godfrey are named to the STATS Perform FCS Preseason All-America team announced Monday. The Missouri Valley Football Conference leads all other players with 22 team selections.

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Godfrey is an all-American, returning and all-American snapper from Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is a rookie for four years and twice honored at MVFC. Last year, Brady Shot helped set the record for a professional kick-off average while also assisting Mason Lorber with 10 consecutive field goals and 13 overall goals. Godfrey will be working with a new gambler and pitcher this season.

Jensen was the Coyotes’ left entry starter for 28 straight games going back to the start of the 2019 season. Hailing from Plymouth, Minnesota, he was a family pick of last year’s MVFC class.

Jensen assisted with an offense that averaged 27 points last year and ranked 32nd nationally in a rush of 170 yards per game. The Valley Offensive Lineman was named this week last year after a 353-yard dash attempt at Cal Poly in a road win at Cal Poly, the biggest dollar win of the Bob Nielson era.

South Dakota begins fall practice Thursday.

Coyotes season opener September 3rd in Kansas.