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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 1:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 1:44 a.m. CDT
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Morningside teammates and former high school rivals Joe Brummer of Harlan (left) and Alan Smith of Creston hold the the school's third straight GPAC conference championship trophy after the Mustangs defeated visiting Doane College Saturday, 51-13. Morningside will host Rocky Mountain College in the first round of the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series at noon Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium in Sioux City.

GPAC champs

SIOUX CITY — Fifth-ranked Morningside wrapped up its third consecutive outright Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship with a 51-13 victory against visiting Doane College on Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium.

The Mustangs finished with an 8-1 record in the GPAC standings and will take an overall record of 9-1 into the post-season. Receiver Alan Smith of Creston participated in the game for the Mustangs.

Morningside will make its 10th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Championship Series. Morningside will host Rocky Mountain College in the first round of the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series on Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium. Game time will be at noon.

Morningside advanced to last year’s Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship Game, where it lost 30-27 in overtime against Marian University on Dec. 13 in Rome, Ga.

Grand View (10-0), ranked second in the nation, will make its second appearance in the playoffs by hosting Ottawa (Kan.) in a first-round game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Des Moines.

MIAA title

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Northwest Missouri State football team wrapped up an unbeaten regular season and an MIAA championship with a 51-21 win at Missouri Western on Saturday afternoon.

The Bearcats finished the regular season at 11-0 overall and 10-0 in the MIAA and are Super Region 3’s top seed in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Trevor Adams completed 14 of 21 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats. Defensive end Collin Bevins of Creston had two tackles in the victory.

Northwest has earned a first round bye and will host a second round game on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Bearcat Stadium at noon.

Northwest (11-0) was the outright MIAA champion, securing the 25th title in program history. Minnesota State Mankato (11-0) was seeded second. Henderson State (11-0) (Ark.) earned the third seed and will host the sixth seed, St. Cloud State (10-1) (Minn.) in first round action on Nov. 23.

Fourth seeded Minnesota Duluth (10-1) will host fifth seeded Emporia State (9-1). Northwest will play the winner of Minnesota Duluth and Emporia State.

General ticket sales will begin on Thursday at 8 a.m. both online and at the Student Services desk. Ticket prices are $10 for youth, ages three through high school. Adult tickets are $15. Standing room only tickets for all ages three and above are $10.

Student tickets will be available Monday, Nov. 18, at 8 a.m. and can only be purchased at the Student Services desk for $5 each.

Storm rallies

DECORAH — The 2013 Simpson football season came to a fitting end on Saturday.

It was a season filled with twists and turns, big plays and clutch performances, and Saturday was no different.

Taylor Nelson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brad Vogel on 4th down with 1:45 left in the fourth quarter and the Simpson football team came from behind to beat Luther 28-21 in the season finale Saturday afternoon.

The win marked the fifth time this season Simpson won a game after trailing or being tied in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Jared Bevins of Creston played fullback and tight end in his final game with the Storm as a senior. He now transitions into duty for the Simpson wrestling team as a 197-pounder.

Online viewing

Southwestern’s match against Illinois Central in the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championships at 2 p.m. Thursday can be viewed online at Southwestern’s web site:

All matches are also telecast on

SWCC Jamboree

The SWCC Girls Basketball Jamboree will be held Thursday in the Southwestern Community College gymnasium.

Each game will consist of two eight-minute quarters.

The schedule: Riverside vs. East Union, 5:30 p.m.; CAM vs. Diagonal, 6:15 p.m.; Clarke vs. Lenox, 7 p.m.; ADM vs. Adair-Casey, 7:45 p.m.; Nodaway Valley vs. Creston, 8:30 p.m.

O-M tourney

ORIENT — The Orient-Macksburg junior class is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Dec. 1.  

There are multiple age divisions for boys and girls (third grade-adult)

Cost is $40 per team (team up to five players), payable at the tournament, with a maximum of five players per team.

Each division will be held if at least four teams are registered by Sunday, Nov. 24. Register via the following link: 

For more information contact Katie Geidel at 641-337-5061 ext 152 or

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