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Former Creston/O-M teammates Seth Maitlen of Morningside (left) and Blake Sevier of Northwestern College squared off in Saturday's game at Elwood Olsen Stadium on Morningside's campus in Sioux City. Maitlen, a senior defensive end from Creston, was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Mustangs" 45-31 victory. Maitlen led the team in tackles (eight) while registering a sack, three tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. It was the second-highest tackle total of his career. Sevier, a junior from Orient-Macksburg, started in the Northwestern offensive line.
Former Creston/O-M teammates Seth Maitlen of Morningside (left) and Blake Sevier of Northwestern College squared off in Saturday's game at Elwood Olsen Stadium on Morningside's campus in Sioux City. Maitlen, a senior defensive end from Creston, was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Mustangs" 45-31 victory. Maitlen led the team in tackles (eight) while registering a sack, three tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. It was the second-highest tackle total of his career. Sevier, a junior from Orient-Macksburg, started in the Northwestern offensive line.

Maitlen named GPAC DPOW

SIOUX CITY – Former Creston/O-M football star Seth Maitlen was named the Defensive Player of The Week for the Great Plains Athletic Conference Monday.

Maitlen had eight total tackles, three for a loss, one sack and a fumble recovery during Morningside’s 45-31 win over Northwestern Saturday night. His eight stops were the second most in his collegiate career.

Downing down, will return next week

AMES – Iowa State offensive lineman and former Creston/O-M football star Trevor Downing was removed from Saturday’s game against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with an ankle injury.

The injury, diagnosed as an ankle sprain, will not deter Downing for the rest of the season. ISU head coach Matt Campbell stated Downing should return to practice this week.

The Cyclones will not play this weekend, getting a weekend off before taking on TCU Sept. 26 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Spartans
scrimmage

Southwestern baseball and softball took to the field this past weekend, both scrimmaging for their first games of the year.

For SWCC baseball, who had their season start and then get cut short early due to COVID-19 in the spring, the Spartans got to scrimmage against ICCAC rival Indian Hills Community College.

Baseball head coach Jordan Camp felt good about the young roster, feeling it was a positive step forward.

“Very positive day for the first scrimmage of the fall. Many freshmen got a chance to see what college baseball really is, and rose to the occasion,” said Camp. “The offense clicked at times. We played very good defense for where we are, ... Freshman arms joined in with some sophomores to limit Hills to minimal runs. ... It is a fun group.”

On the other side, SWCC softball took on Grand View University. Spartans softball, which had limited time on the field before COVID-19 cut the season short, felt the scrimmage was a good sight while testing out what the team is capable of.

“Overall, it was good to get back on the field to compete against somebody else. We had a lot of players hitting and playing in positions that weren’t necessarily their normal spots,” said softball head coach Nick Weinmeister. “It gave us a chance to see what we are working with. .... We are excited to get back on the field for our game at home on Wednesday.”

Both Spartan baseball and softball are back in action with scrimmages Wednesday. SWCC baseball will play at Grand View University, and SWCC softball will play at home against North Central Missouri.

BVU smartest in Div. III

STORM LAKE – The Buena Vista women’s basketball was the smartest team in Div. III last season, as announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Aug. 12.

BVU’s team GPA for the 2019-20 season was 3.865, marking the second time in school history where the Beavers led all of Div. III (2003-04 with a 3.603 GPA). It was also the highest among any other level over the last 19 seasons.

Diagonal’s Emily Newton is currently a sophomore on the team. Last season, Newton appeared in 19 games. In a limited role, she scored 32 points with seven total rebounds and five assists.

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