Humboldt……

Bus accident. My heart sinks every time I hear that phrase. Heard it last Saturday.  More often than not it seems that phrase is tied to an athletic team traveling to or from a destination. 14 dead (at that time).  Hockey team. Wait, what? Kids with their whole lives in front of them just chasing... Continue Reading →

Taking Up the Baton

Why do you do what you do? The reasons are many for most. For Kyle Van Wyk, the questions are many.  Why do you spend time putting together training programs for 18 different teams—men and women, who need unique attention.  One group needs flexibility. Another needs bulk, strength and explosiveness. Another group needs to train... Continue Reading →

Broadening Horizons

I watch practices and games. It's what I do. I try to read body language.  I want to see how teammates respond to each other. One thing I've noticed is that self-appointed leaders rarely last. The irony is, those who don't look to be a leader, often find themselves in that role because of the... Continue Reading →

Reflections

Take a look at the photo. Look closely. What do you see? “That’s easy,” you might say.  “I see Siennah Stamness shooting a jump shot.” And you wouldn’t be wrong. Someone else could say, “I see some of the Dordt faithful who show up game after game no matter who the opponent is or how... Continue Reading →

First Love

The basketball season at Dordt has been over for five days. Five days with no practices. Five days with no next opponent or game to look forward to. Andrew O'Donnell arrived on campus a little under four years ago.  Didn't have to travel far.  Hometown kid from right here in Sioux Center. He leaves with... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds

Hours and hours of work and it comes down to a spin and a toss that take about 30 seconds. Dordt's David Davelaar has charted new territory in the weight throw for the Defenders and along with teammate Ike Van Kempen is headed to the NAIA National Championships in a week and a half. A... Continue Reading →

13 Months Later

13 months. I had to go back and look it up.  13 months ago Levi Jungling committed to attend Dordt College and join the Defender football program. Levi was someone I'd watched for close to four years up to that point.  I still remembered him playing basketball as a baby-faced freshman in high school at... Continue Reading →

A Self Described Hybrid

We’re smack dab in the middle of winter.  Fall seems like a long time ago and spring, well, it hasn’t sprung yet. But the work for those seasons has begun and for some athletes, this is their first go around with no season to prepare for. I remember David Lee working at the Rec Center... Continue Reading →

When You Can’t Come Back

In the midst of this past cross country season there was a story we didn’t talk about much. It involved a senior who probably wasn’t going to be able to finish up the way she hoped. All season long Erika Douma ran with an injured hip.  An injury that prevented her from training anywhere close... Continue Reading →

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