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(Friday, March 25; Sioux Center, Iowa) The NAIA has announced its All-American teams for the recently completed 2021-22 season and Dordt’s Ashtyn Veerbeek (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) has been named to the first-team.
Veerbeek averaged 17.9 points per game with 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.0 blocks per game in helping the Defenders to a NAIA National Championship runner-up finish and a program best 29-9 record. Veerbeek converted 48.4 percent of her field goals and 88.8 percent of her free throws in her second season with the Defenders.
The Dordt softball team will travel to Seward, Nebraska to face the Concordia Bulldogs in a GPAC doubleheader starting at 1:00.
The Defenders baseball team returns to the field this weekend for a conference doubleheader against Hastings. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1pm and both games will be played on Duncan Field in Hastings, Neb.
The Dordt University cross country and track and field programs earned a top 10 ranking in the updated USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings released earlier this week.
(Thursday, March 24; Sioux Center, Iowa) The 2021-22 NAIA Men’s Basketball All-American teams have been announced and Dordt’s Bryce Coppock (Sophomore; Hawarden, Iowa) has been named to the honorable mention list.
Coppock averaged 18.9 points per game this season and grabbed 4.2 rebounds per outing for the Defenders while also handing out 2.4 assists. He converted 63 three-point shots for 36.2 percent success and totaled 587 points. Coppock’s single season point total is the fifth highest in Dordt basketball history.
Dordt University’s Theatre Department received awards this year at The American College Theatre Festival.
Four Dordt students submitted auditions for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Sam Landstra and Johnanna Gross made it to the semifinal round, with Landstra going on to the final round.
(Wednesday, March 23; Sioux Center, Iowa) Karly Gustafson (Junior; Ethan, South Dakota) and Ashtyn Veerbeek (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) each earned honors at the recently completed NAIA National Championship for their play in the six games the Defenders played. Both players were named to the All-Tournament Team and Gustafson was awarded the Hustle Award for the event.
Gustafson averaged 15.8 points per game for the Defenders and took in 10.2 rebounds while making 56 percent of her field goal attempts. Gustafson also had 10 assists and 10 steals.
(Wednesday, March 23; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt University Defender basketball programs and American State Bank will be hosting a pair of high school all-star games on Thursday, March 24 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt’s campus.
The girls game will begin at 6:00 and the boys contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30.
Athletes scheduled to participate include:
Maliah Kleinhesselink (Sheldon)
Mallory Gramstad (West Lyon)
Regan Van Wyhe (Central Lyon)
Molly Van Dyke (Spirit Lake)
Dordt University art major Samuel De Jong from Sioux Center will exhibit his senior art show “Imprint,” in Dordt’s Art Gallery located in the Campus Center, from March 21 to April 9. The artist’s reception will take place on March 24, at 7 p.m.
De Jong’s artwork highlights the influence and change that comes from one’s environment.
Thomas More def. Dordt 77-65
HOW IT HAPPENED
A slow start was too much for the Dordt Defender women’s basketball team to overcome in a 77-65 loss in the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship held in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday night, March 22.
(Tuesday, March 22, 2022; Sioux Center, Iowa) - Samuel Vogel has announced his intention to attend Dordt University and join the Defender men’s soccer program.
“Sam fills an immediate need at outside midfield,” commented Dordt Head Coach Ryan Gresse. “We were drawn to his infectious personality and his positive outlook on life. We look forward to watching Sam grow at Dordt and we’re excited to have him on campus next fall.”
Vogel currently plays for the SKG Bickenbach Club in Germany.
The Dordt Defenders will play for a NAIA National Championship on Tuesday night, March 22 at 7:00 pm in Sioux City, Iowa. Dordt will face Thomas More (Kentucky) on the last night of the 2021-22 regular season.
Dordt def. Southeastern 53-52
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a game where points were tough to come by and was physical from start to finish the Dordt Defender women’s basketball team found a way to secure a one point win and advance to the program’s first ever NAIA National Championship with a 53-52 win in Sioux City, Iowa on Monday night, March 21.
Dordt def. The Master’s 72-56
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders used a 10-0 run to pull away from a 54-54 tie and won a quarterfinal round contest over The Master’s on Saturday night, March 19 in Sioux City, Iowa. The Defenders claimed a first ever spot in the NAIA National Championship semifinals with the win.
Dordt def. Campbellsville (Kentucky) 78-43
HOW IT HAPPENED
A late run in the first half gave Dordt a double digit lead and a dominating third quarter put the game out of reach as Dordt downed Campbellsville in a Round of 16 game at the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa on Friday night, March 18.
The Dordt Defenders will face The Master’s (California) on Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 PM at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dordt is scheduled to open conference play this weekend against the Midland Warriors. The teams will play each other on Friday and Saturday, with Friday's 3:00 doubleheader taking place in Fremont, Nebraska and Saturday's 2:00 PM start occurring at the Open Space Park Baseball Field.
Dordt University has launched a new Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work accelerated 3+1 program. This means that students have the option to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work in three years, and then go on to earn their Master of Social Work (MSW) in a fourth year (three semesters).
Students pursuing this track will spend their first three years on-campus with in-person classes as an undergraduate, and the final year of master’s classes will be 100 percent online and full-time.
(Wednesday, March 16, 2022; Sioux Center, Iowa) Gavin Groos, a senior at Roosevelt High School (South Dakota), has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender soccer program.
Groos is a 5-10 midfielder and forward who scored nine goals and had eight assists during his last two seasons of high school. He was a second-team all-state selection as a senior and was on a state title winning team in 2019.
“I committed to Dordt University because it is nearby and I have friends playing soccer there,” said Groos.