In the News

December 2018

Caleb Lines ’22 won the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway during the Big 10 Football championship game, as reported by the Des Moines Register, Waterloo-Cedar Falls CourierKCRG, and WHO-TV.

Caleb Lines ’22 won $100,000 in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, as reported by WHO-TV

November 2018

Ron Nichols ’11 is one of the first pharmacy residents to be mentored by Bob Greenwood, owner of Greenwood Pharmacy. The program, which was reported in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, is designed to help new pharmacists open their own independent pharmacy. 

Matt Sacia ’19 has repeated as the American Rivers Conference MVP, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Itonde Kakoma ’03, programme director with the Crisis Management Initiative, moderated a discussion and panel of global leaders, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, about a more sustainable world for future generations. 

Elliott Stern ’17 is director of the Ankeny Community Chorus and a choral music instructor at Prairie Ridge Middle School, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

Matt Sacia ’19 has led the Knights for the last three seasons and now stands as one of the college's best quarterbacks, as reported by the Quad City Times

The women's soccer team fell 2-0 to UW-La Crosse in the first round of the NCAA tournament, as reported by the La Crosse Tribune and News800

The women's cross country team finished third at the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships and received an at-large  bid to the Division III Cross Country Championships at the University of Wisonsin-Oshkosh next weekend, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Carina Collet ’21 won the race with a time of 21:45.9. 

The men's cross country team finished first at the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships, securing an automatic berth into the Division III Cross Country Championships at the University of Wisonsin-Oshkosh next weekend, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team had three individual champions and three runners-up at the Luthern Open, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The football team beat Dubuque 47-28 to repeat as conference champions and guarantee the team a spot in the NCAA Playoffs, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and the Quad City Times

Wartburg College and the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting will use a National Endowment of the Humanities grant to preserve thousands of KWWL archive tapes, as reported by KWWL

The Knights, led by senior quarterback Matt Sacia, took down Luther 43-7 in the final regular-season home game, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Winter sport coaches talked about their hopes and expectations for the season during the college's annual Winter Media Day, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

October 2018

Cora Turner ’78, executive director of student and at-risk services, retired from the Waterloo Community School District after more than 20 years, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The men's basketball team fell 110-69 in an exhibition game against the University of Northern Iowa, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

The men's cross country team won its first championship since 2005 while the women finished second to Nebraska Wesleyan. Carina Collett ’21 won her first American Rivers Conference individual title, and the Knights also won Coaching Staff of the Year, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Matt Sacia ’19 became Wartburg's career leader for touchdown passes in the Knights' 31-19 win over Coe on Saturday, Oct. 13, as reported by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

JoJo McNair ’21 recorded three touchdowns to help push the Knights to a 31-19 win over Coe on Oct. 13, as reported by KCRG

September 2018

Jordan Young ’13, a history teacher at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, has been named to the governor's first "Teachers Cabinet," as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette

The football team beat Buena Vista University, 63-0, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

August 2018

Mark Adkins ’90 will chair the College Sports Information Directors of America U Committee, an initiative to reach out to future generations of college sports information professionals, as reported by the Times Union

The football team, led by quaterback Matt Sacia ’19, is looking for another winning season, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The volleyball team was picked to win the American Rivers Conference in a preseason poll of coaches, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

July 2018

Rachelle Karstens ’92 was named the 11th president of Briar Cliff University, as reported by the Sioux City Journal.

Ruth Sundermeyer Courier ’78 is the honorary chair for the Aitkin, Minn., American Cancer Society Relay for Life, as reported by the Aitkin Age.

Chris Wood ’09 was named the head coach of the girls' track and field team at Cedar Falls High School, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

June 2018

Chris Ortner ’00 is the new head wrestling coach at Cedar Falls High School, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Quinton Clay ’05 is the new director of admissions at Northern Illinois University, as reported by the NIU Today

Brooke Klostermann ’19 is ready to "have fun and play well" in her senior year, as reported by the Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Kenny Martin Jr. ’18 overcame a lot to finish high school and even more to graduate from college (with two wrestling national championships and a degree in fitness management), as reported by the Lincoln Journal Star.  

Robyn Friedman ’95, who ran cross country at Wartburg, is trying to bolster participation in her own community's running programs through the Newton Runing Club, as reported by the Newton Daily News

May 2018

Physical therapists Rachel Pins ’12 and Molly Comacho ’00 were featured on KWWL for the work they did with sports journalist Rick Coleman following his ischemic stroke in November 2015. 

Britta Monson Fisher ’00 was named the chief housing officer for the Denver Office of Economic Development, as reported by the Denver Post

Tanner Eckhart ’18 pitched a shutout in the Iowa Conference semifinals, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette

David Flammang, a Wartburg facilities technician, built the guitar that American Idol contestant Maddie Poppe regularly uses on the show, as reported by KWWL

April 2018

The new Wartburg Incubator and its Wicked Problems Challenge were featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Ashlyn Bagge ’18 finished second in the 10,000 meters at the Drake Relays, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Kailas Kokare ’17, a cross country runner at Wartburg, placed second (behind his friend and roommate) in the Cherry Creek Sneak 10-Miler, as reported by the Denver Post

Ed Scharlau ’61 helped found Water to Thrive, a nonprofit that builds wells that provide clean water to rural communities in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. The organization celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and expects to build its 1,000th well, as reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

Civil rights leader F.D. Reese, who was awarded an honorary degree from the college in 2006, died April 5 in Atlanta, as reported by the Montgomery Advertiser. 

Joe Johnson ’81 was named president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, as reported by Iowa Ag Connection

Caitlin Hanson ’17 and Kyle Harms ’15 led their respective jazz choirs to first place finishes at state championships, as reported by the Sioux City Journal

March 2018

Steve Meirink ’99, executive vice president at Wolters Kluwer and member of the Wartburg Board of Regents, accepted the Longstanding Partnership Award from Operation HOPE. Wolters Kluwer has partnered with the organization since 2008 to offer products, access to experts, and the leadership required to provide tools and services to consumers within underserved communities to help them achieve financial independence. 

The annual Drag Show, sponsored by Alliance, was featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The women's basketball team is being led into the Final Four by a group of Iowa athletes, as reported by KCRGKWWL, and the Des Moines Register

Wrestling coach Eric Keller shared his excitement about leading his Knights to another national championship and the anxiety that comes just hours later as he looks forward to 2019 with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The Wartburg women’s basketball team defeated East Texas Baptist, 65-61, to advance to the Final Four this Friday in Rochester, Minn., as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls CourierKWWL, and CBS/FOX 28.

The Waterloo-Cedar Fall Courier reported on the Wartburg wrestling team’s 14th national title. At the National Championships on Saturday, the team also had three individual champions and two national runner-ups along with eight overall All-Americans.

The women's basketball team talked about the team culture that has allowed them to find success on and off the court, as told by d3hoops.com.

Tim Grove ’94 was featured on 60 Minutes for his work in Trauma Informed Care at SaintA's, a Wisconsin-based organization that provides innovative family-centered care and educational services that embrace diversity and empower children, families, and adults to improve the quality of their lives. 

The women's basketball team is headed back to the Final Four for the second time in three years following a 65-61 win over East Texas Baptist University, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team won its 14th national championship fueled by three individual national champions, two runners-up, and eight All-Americans, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KWWL

The women's basketball team advanced to the Elite Eight with a 78-54 over Trine University, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls CourierKWWL, and WANE

Eric DeVos ’18 talked about his journey to this year's wrestling national championships and plans after college in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Steven Lawrence ’21, an outfielder on the baseball team, was featured in a Sports Illustrated article about the Magic Tee, an inverted baseball tee the uses suction to hold the ball from the top. 

Wartburg will host the second round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The No. 2-ranked women's basketball team defeated George Fox, 82-58, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Lyle Schwartz ’77, a retired superintendent, was honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, as reported by KMALand.

Katie Sommer ’18 earned Iowa Conference Most Valuable Player honors while Bob Amsberry was named Coach of the Year, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

The women's basketball team defeated Webster, 86-45, in the first round of the NCCA Tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Katie ’18 and Kristie ’18 Sommer talked about their life as twins and teammates, as well as their desire for a national championship for their team, with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

February 2018

The women's basketball team, led by a group of seven seniors, is ready for a deep run in the upcoming NCAA tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Wrestlers Brock Rathbun '21 and Logan Thomsen '18, both individual champions at NCAA Regionals, have both found a good fit at Wartburg after transferring from the University of Iowa, as told to The Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The women's indoor track and field team captured the women’s team championship at the Iowa Conference Indoor meet, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.  Wartburg head coach Marcus Newsom and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year.

The second-ranked women's basketball team added the Iowa Conference tournament title to its regular-season championship with an 86-74 win over Luther, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

A program record eight Wartburg wrestlers won championships and nine total Knights advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships at the Lower Midwest Regional, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Two-time defending Division III national wrestling champion Wartburg College began defense of those titles at the Five Flags Center in the Lower Midwest Regional qualifier, as covered in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The women's indoor track and field team won the Iowa Conference championship while the men took home third, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team is preparing to defend its regional championship, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's basketball team beat Loras College to advance to the Iowa Conference championship game versus Luther, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Wartburg's spring athletic teams — baseball, softball, men's golfwomen's lacrosse and men's tennis — are preparing for competition, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported on the success of the Wartburg women's basketball team, coached by Bob Amsberry, and the contributions of several Cedar Valley preps: Morgan Neuendorf '18, Emma Gerdes '20, Adrienne Boettger '19, Alecia Kimball '20, Katie Lindeman '20, Ally Conrad '21 and Sarah Morkel '21.

Former Linn-Mar preps Katie Sommer ’18, Kristie Sommer ’18, and Aryn Jones ’18 have been cornerstones of the women's basketball team for four years and this year helped lead them to an undefeated season, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette

The wrestling team earned its 26th consecutive Iowa Conference title, as reported by KWWL and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Rachelle Karstens ’92 was named interim president of Briar Cliff University

Stacey Snyder ’86, a teacher at Orange Elementary School in Waterloo, received the IOWA STEM Teacher Award sponsored by the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. 

The No. 2 ranked wrestling team upset No. 1 Augsburg 21-13 in the annual Battle of the Burgs, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls CourierKWWL, KWAY, The Predicament, and Team USA.

January 2018

The wrestling team will have the opportunity to avenge its January loss to top-ranked Augsburg during the schools' annual Battle of the Burgs, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and on The Open Mat.

Stephanie Anderson Maybee ’09 is a one of the teachers being considered for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award, as reported by the East Side Review News

Ian Coon ’20 was featured in Waukee Living Magazine as the founder of the Iowa Student Learning Institute, a forum that helps empower high school students to speak out. 

Jacob Krakow ’21 talked about his experience on the top-ranked Wartburg wrestling team with the Cedar Rapids Gazette. 

"This Day Forward," a movie about Mike ’96 and Jennifer Johnson ’97 Jensen's continued faith despite a life-changing diagnosis, premiered in the Cedar Valley on Friday, Jan. 19, as reported by KWWL. The film was directed by Brian Ide ’96. 

The wrestling team allowed just six points scored against them during the Iowa Conference Duals in Storm Lake, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

Sarah Lacina ’96 will attempt to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents as part of the World Marathon Challenge, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. 

The wrestling team won its 200th consecutive Iowa Conference dual with a 53-0 victory over Luther College, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's basketball team, which boasts 20 Iowa players, is ranked No. 2 in the nation, as reported by CBS 2/Fox 28

Lindy Winterscheidt Zars ’02 talked about her work as director of marketing strategy and communication for VGM & Associates and in the community as part of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's 20 Under 40 series. 

The wrestling team took second in the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind., as reported by the Des Moines Register

The wrestling team will face Ithaca in the NWCA National Duals semifinals in Fort Wayne, Ind., as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

The women's basketball team was ranked No. 2 in the d3hoops.com poll, the highest ever for the team, as reported by KCRR

Tony Frank ’81 discussed Colorado State University's presence in the new $1 billion National Western Stock Show expansion as an opportunity to engage K-12 students and help guide them toward higher education, as reported by the Denver Post