Warrior Weekend Recap 10/14/2017

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Photos by: Elissa Freemire

By: Keyshawn McMahon

Football @ Bethany College – Sterling: 28 Bethany: 30

The Sterling College Warriors football team traveled to Lindsborg, KS. on Oct. 14 to face off with the Bethany College Swedes. Sterling College came up short 28 – 30 after time expired Saturday. The game was a close one highlighted by spectacular plays and scoring runs by both teams.

Sterling got on the board first in this battle about midway through the first quarter with a 39-yard rush by sophomore Aaron Chisolm and senior Michael Winstead converted the point after attempt. Sterling and Bethany played a heavily contested first half trading scores and stops finishing the half at 16-13.

Although trailing going into the third quarter, Sterling didn’t let the small deficit effect them as they scored halfway into the third quarter, putting up three points from a Winstead field goal which tied things up at 16-16. However, the momentum would shift again as the Swedes scored again at the end of their next drive when Bethany recovered a fumble in the end zone to score a touchdown. This gave the Swedes a 23-16 lead.

However, the Warriors planned to tie things up, returning a punt for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but they failed to add the extra point to their total, so the score remained 23-22 in favor of the Swedes. After a big defensive stop for Sterling there was a fumble by the offense which set up the Swedes offense for an easy score. The score was now 30-22 in favor of Bethany. A few drives later, the Warriors scored. Sterling was unsuccessful with the extra-point conversion this time.

Attempting a two-point conversion, they came up short leaving them down two points 28-30. After the Swedes picked up a few major stops, topped off by a big sack, the Warriors turned the ball over and the Swedes won the game.

The Warriors controlled the ground game rushing 326 net yards compared to Bethany’s 113. However, the Swedes utilized the air attack with 289 receiving yards, compared to Sterling’s 72. The Warriors defense was led by senior Kenya Edner with 13 tackles, also by senior Ray Winfield with 9 tackles and a forced fumble and senior Dezmond Howard with 7 tackles and an interception.

The Warriors are now 5-2 on the season and their next game is Saturday, Oct. 21 against Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.

Volleyball goes 1-3 at KCAC Fall Fling

 The Sterling College Volleyball team took part in the KCAC Fall Fling this weekend at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Sterling played well throughout the weekend, taking on many of the top teams in the conference.

The Lady Warriors finished the weekend 1-3, earning a victory over Friends University, and falling to Ottawa University, Kansas Wesleyan University, and Tabor College. During the first day of the tournament, Sterling matched up with Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan. The Lady Warriors fell 3-0 to Ottawa in the first matchup, in three close and competitive sets, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19. Freshman Patti Degadillo, led the team in kills with 8 and junior Mikaela Wells paced the team with 17 assists.

In the second matchup against Kansas Wesleyan University, the Lady Warriors fell 3-0. Kansas Wesleyan defeated the Lady Warriors, 25-21, 28-26, 25-18 in three sets, as both teams gave their best efforts. The Lady Warriors were powered by junior Chelsey Riffel with 17 kills and junior Makenzie Cork pitched in with 9 kills. Wells excelled in assist category totaling 32 assists.

During day two the Lady Warriors squared up with Friends University and Tabor College. The Lady Warriors began the day in charge, sweeping Friends in three straight sets, 27-25, 25-15, 25-15. Riffel led the Lady Warriors with 18 kills while Cork added 12. Wells added 38 assists, while the defensive end was handled by junior Alexandra Reid led Sterling with 20 digs and freshman Carmin Butterworth added 10, while freshman Colleen Meffert finished with three blocks.

Sterling battled Tabor College in a hard fought five-set match late in the afternoon. Tabor would end up defeating Sterling 25-23, 12-25, 25-14, 24-26, 15-12. Riffel once again led the team with 23 kills, while Delgadillo and Cork each added 10 kills. Wells had 44 assists, while senior Lena Wedel and Wells each had five blocks for the defense. Reid led Sterling with 25 digs, while senior Lexi Naegele added 16 and junior Kristen Calderwood finished with 11 digs.

The Lady Warriors are now 12-12 following the fall fling and their next matchup is against Southwestern College on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Gleason Center.