The Civil War, was brutal in its consequences (health, financial, injuries, division of Americans, and even death). However, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 another civil war took place. And this one was indeed civil (friendly, positive, dignified). Friends, whom some might call brothers, hit the soccer field at Morningside College as Nathan Connelly and the Mustangs took on Nathan Mastbergen and the Northwestern Red Raiders.
Both Nathan’s are distinguished graduates of Siouxland Community Christian School’s “Class of 2009”. Nathan Connelly attends Morningside College on an academic and athletic scholarship where he is majoring in Business Administration with hopes of eventually entering the family business (Connelly, Tiehen & Sons, Inc.). He is a 3 year letter winner (this year will be his 4th) and has maintained official standing on the Dean’s List in addition to his studies, preparation for soccer, working, and coaching (jr. high boys basketball at SCCS) as time allows. Siblings Hannah (8th grade) and Rachel (12th grade) are current SCCS student-athletes and Bart Connelly (former SCCS Board President), Nathan’s dad, continues to serve as our varsity girls’ basketball coach.
Nathan Mastbergen, son of SCCS Financial Secretary, Char Mastbergen and former SCCS Board President, Curt Mastbergen was recognized as the Salutatorian of the Siouxland Community Christian School “Class of 2009”. He is in his 4th year of soccer at Northwestern (academic and athletic scholarship), having served as co-captain of the Red Raiders for the past 2 years. He earned standing as a “2011 Daktronics NAIA Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete” last year, and looks to do the same for 2012. Nathan’s major is English, as he plans on being a secondary English teacher in the future. In addition to his work, studies, and soccer, young Mr. Mastbergen is also an important member of the Campus Ministry Team (Northwestern College Video available to view on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E9467DWni4).
We won’t put the score, as this article is being written prior to the game, and emphatically note that regardless of the score, it’s how one plays the game (as unto the Lord, Colossians 3:23). We are thankful for alumni the likes of Nathan and Nathan (Connelly and Mastbergen), not only for their time at SCCS, but for their continued involvement in SCCS (to include their families) and the efforts they continue to make academically, athletically, and spiritually. They are indeed representing Morningside College and Northwestern in as outstanding a fashion as they did Siouxland Community Christian School. The Mustangs and Red Raiders are surely fortunate, as we were/are, to have them. Keep up the good work Nathan and Nathan! May other SCCS student-athletes follow in your footsteps!
God bless, and go Eagles!!