Featured Game: Week 1

The first week of the high school football season in N’West Iowa features some juicy traditional rivalries, but while those have the history and all that comes with it, none will draw the statewide attention that the game featuring Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at West Sioux is sure to get.

That will happen when you have the defending Class 1A state champion hosting last year’s Class 2A state runner-up.

This year’s West Sioux squad will feel familiar to those that follow the Falcons, especially at the skill positions.

Senior quarterback Hunter Dekkers led Class A in passing in leading West Sioux to a state title in his sophomore year and followed that up by leading the state in all classes while helping his team to the Class 1A title last year. The Iowa State University recruit completed 208-0f-341 attempts for 3,641 yards and 48 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

His favorite receiver, senior Kade Lynott, returns after leading the state in all classes with 81 catches for 1,567 yards. He scored 21 receiving TDs.

The Falcons also get a big boost from Newell-Fonda transfer Bryce Coppock. He was a quarterback on the Mustangs’ eight-player squad. Coppock threw for 1,004 yards and 12 TDs and ran for 1,605 yards and 23 TDs last year as a junior.

The only blemish on West Sioux’s record last year was a 42-16 loss to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.

The Nighthawks lost some key players to graduation from last year’s squad, but have 118 players on the roster. That should give them talent to choose from when filling the voids.

Senior Keaton Moser already proved he can do the job at quarterback, stepping in admirably last year when J.T. Van’t Hul was banged up. Moser threw for 517 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in a reserve role. He’s got a talented target to throw to in senior Spencer Te Slaa, who caught 22 passes for 478 yards and eight TDs.

The Nighthawks also will be aided by one of their biggest offensive lines in recent years.

In volleyball this week, the event involving the most N’West Iowa teams is the Sioux Center Invitational on Thursday. Boyden-Hull, Central Lyon, George-Little Rock, Rock Valley and Sibley-Ocheyedan are among the teams slated to join the Warriors.

While it involves only one N'West Iowa team, another volleyball event of interest has Western Christian at the Bellevue West tournament in Nebraska on Friday and Saturday. The Wolfpack see some of the better teams in the Midwest at the event.

In cross country, the starting gun for the season goes off on Thursday at Spencer. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Okoboji, South O’Brien and Western Christian are among the teams scheduled to attend.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Volleyball

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, West Sioux at West Lyon tournament

Thursday, Aug. 29

Cross country

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Okoboji, South O’Brien, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Western Christian at Spencer

West Sioux at Sioux City Heelan

Volleyball

Boyden-Hull, Central Lyon, George-Little Rock, Rock Valley, Sibley-Ocheyedan at Sioux Center tournament

Gehlen Catholic, Western Christian at Sheldon tournament

Okoboji, South O’Brien at Spencer tournament

Friday, Aug. 30

Volleyball

Western Christian at Bellevue West (NE) tournament

Football

MOC-Floyd Valley at Western Christian

Gehlen Catholic at Unity Christian

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at Okoboji

GTRA at South O’Brien

BHRV at West Sioux

Sheldon at Sibley-Ocheyedan

LeMars at Sioux Center

CLGLR at West Lyon

Saturday, Aug. 31

Volleyball

Western Christian at Bellevue West (NE) tournament

West Lyon, West Sioux at Canton (SD) tournament

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Cross country

MOC-Floyd Valley, Sheldon, Unity Christian, Western Christian at Spirit Lake

Volleyball

Sheldon at MOC-Floyd Valley tournament

Central Lyon at Okoboji tournament

Trinity Christian at Harris-Lake Park

Unity Christian at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

South O’Brien at West Sioux

Gehlen Catholic at Remsen St. Mary’s