Four Northwestern College football players were among those on the list of initial selections for the first NAIA Senior Football Classic.

The event is kind of like the National Football League’s Pro Bowl in that it is an honor to be selected, but you would rather not actually play. The reason for that is because the game will be held on Dec. 14 in Savannah, GA. That is one week before the 2019 NAIA Football National Championship game in Ruston, LA. Players still involved in playoff competition will not participate in the all-star game.

The honorees for Northwestern are Paxton De Haan, Jacob Kalogonis, Sean Powell and Josh Tornow.

De Haan is a three-year letter winner on the offensive line and earned all-conference honors last year. Kalogonis was an All-American in 2017 and has been an all-conference running back three times. He ranked fourth on Northwestern’s all-time list in rushing yards with 3,691 and fifth in rushing touchdowns with 38.

Tornow is a three-year letter winner on the offensive line.

Powell is in his fourth year as a starter at linebacker and is a two-time all-conference pick.

Program makes shift

Dordt University has announced that its hockey team will no longer use the nickname Blades, instead transitioning to become the Defenders in the 2019-20 season.

“Sharing the Defender name will aid the hockey program and allow it to more closely identify with the university’s athletic programs,” said Dordt athletic director Ross Douma. “The hockey program shares the vision of our department and it is only natural it shares our mascot and nickname.”

The hockey program is in its 51st year of existence.

It initially was known as the Sioux Center Blades and played outdoors in Sioux Center. The team was a completely student-run organization. It also spent time playing home games in Sioux City and in Luverne, MN, under the name the Dordt Blades. In 2001, the team moved to the Vernon Arena in the newly constructed All Seasons Center in Sioux Center.

“The parallel transition from Blades to Defenders and college to university signifies a collective desire to move forward with sureness, stability and conviction while honoring the past,” said Dordt coach Nate van Niejenhuis. “This transition is consistent with the direction of the institution, the athletic program, and the hockey program.”

The team will continue to be a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division III ranks. Dordt opens its season at home on Friday, Oct. 18, against the University of Missouri.

Healthy Heroes 5K

Sioux Center Health and Promise Community Health Center are hosting a Healthy Heroes 5K and 1-mile walk on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Participants are invited to join family, friends and community members for the run and walk dressed up as their favorite superheroes.

The 5K begins at 8:30 p.m. at Children’s Park and the family fun walk starts one hour later.

There also will be a health fair 9-11 a.m. in conjunction with the event.

For more information or to register visit siouxcenterhealth.org.