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Leading scorers on men's team will return next year

By Mike Byker

Brandon Haan goes up for a shot in an exciting and intense game between Dordt College and Northwestern College.

Brandon Haan goes up for a shot in an exciting and intense game between Dordt College and Northwestern College.

The Dordt College Defender men experienced significant highs and lows during the 2004-2005 season. The Defenders started the year by establishing an 11-2 record. Included in that stretch were wins over Sioux Falls, Mount Marty, Morningside, and Northwestern, the last three by a combined four points. After the Christmas break the Defenders lost ten games, nine of them by 10 points or less in posting a 14-12 record.

The Defenders were led by Luke Ruter, with an 18.9 points per game average. The junior sharpshooter is among the career leaders in three-point shooting and ended the year with 1199 career points, standing 11th all-time. Ruter was named to the All-GPAC first team.

Brandon Haan, another junior from Sioux Center, came on strong as the season progressed, averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in earning second team All-GPAC honors. Haan had a season high 30 points against Dana College in January.

Dan Hospers and Bret Van Wyk were the lone seniors on the team with Van Wyk earning All-GPAC honorable mention after averaging 12 points per contest as a senior. Van Wyk scored over 900 points for his career and was a three-year starter for the Defenders. Hospers started games in all four-seasons he was at Dordt College and grabbed nearly 400 rebounds over the course of his career. With Van Wyk and Hospers in the lineup the Defenders posted a 66-46 record in the last four years.