January 14, 2021 - 3:38 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness at the boat ramp is 5-6 inches of good ice. Ice may be thinner near shore.

Black Hawk Lake
Ice thickness is 7-8 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. Ice in the east basin is more variable and may have thinner areas. Use caution if venturing out; check ice thickness often. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay. Black Crappie – Fair: Try waxworms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed; 8-10 inch fish reported. Anglers have had good luck fishing the rock pile just off the shoreline from Gunshot Hill. Yellow Perch – Fair: Most have been picked up in the southwest portion of the lake between Provost Point and Ice House Point in 3-7 feet of water. You may have to move to find fish. Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig. Most fish are 6- to 10-inches with some 11- to 12-inches. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have picked up occasional walleyes with jigging spoons and minnow heads. Low light conditions are more productive. Bluegill – Fair: Try a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed with some fish up to 8-inches.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness near the boat ramp is 6-7 inches. Ice conditions are variable; use caution and check ice thickness often. Ice has degraded along shore in some areas due to recent precipitation.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice is variable; areas with fishing activity have roughly 5-7 inches of ice in most places. Reports of possible open water and thinner ice near the beach at the southwest part of the lake. Expect thinner ice near the spillway and near any inflows in the arms. Anglers have been out on foot at the north end, mid-lake and near the south end boat ramp. Use caution and check ice thickness often; conditions can change quickly with recent precipitation. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and waxworms fished in 10-20 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try a jigging spoon with a small minnow or minnow head fished in the north end of the lake.

Crawford Creek Impoundment|
Fishing has been productive. Reports of 6 inches of good ice earlier in the week, before the precipitation. Ice conditions can change daily, especially along shore and near inflows. Use caution and check ice thickness often as you venture out. Black Crappie – Fair: Pick up 7- to 10-inch fish in 15-22 feet of water in the main basin. Use waxworms and minnows for best luck. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up 7- to 9- inch bluegills with waxworms in the main basin in 15-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Reports of 6-inch perch caught with the occasional larger fish.

Moorehead Park Pond
Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching 9- to 10-inch bluegill. Black Crappie – Fair: Reported catches of 10- to 12-inch fish last week.

North Twin Lake
Ice remains variable; use caution and check ice thickness often if you venture out. Anglers have been out; foot traffic only at this time. Anglers have had luck with panfish and the occasional walleye while fishing the very southwest corner of the lake and near the narrows in front the state park beach. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have picked up crappie along the southwest shoreline of the lake. The bite is hit or miss; morning and evening bite is best.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Ice conditions remain variable with 9-10 inches of ice in locations and much thinner areas mid-lake. Reports of heaves and thinner ice near the big island. Use caution and check ice thickness often. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are picking up perch with waxworms and minnows near the dredge cuts along the west side of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Use jigging spoons with a minnow during low light conditions near the dredge cuts in the west end. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a waxworm or minnow on a small jigging spoon in 8-10 feet of water.

Ice conditions vary and can change quickly from one area to another; use caution and check thickness often if venturing out. Most ice in the district is between 5 -10 inches with the occasional pocket of open water, seam, or thin ice in the main basins. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Bluebill Lake
Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 4 to 10 inches. Avoid the open water area by the island, the channel between the little lake, and the main lake; use extreme caution if you fish within the aeration holes boundary. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on a variety of baits. Use your electronics to find fish; stay mobile. Best bite is a half hour before sunset. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Try near vegetation in 2 to 6 feet of water. Use a jigging spoon and minnow to catch the bigger fish. Walleye – Slow: Best bite is near sunset. Black Crappie – Slow. Bluegill – Slow: Try a small jig in the open areas near the rushes.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 6 to 10 inches. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small minnow fished along the edge of the dredge cut.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 6 to 10 inches. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are catching lots of 3- to 7-inch fish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Catch 5- to 8-inch yellows on small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Black Crappie – Slow. Bluegill – Slow.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 7.5 inches off the boat ramp.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness varies from 6 to 10 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use jigs tipped with bait.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 6 to 10 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small jig tipped with red spikes near vegetation.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness is 7.5 inches off the boat ramp.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 12.5 inches.

Dog Creek (Lake)
Fishing has been fair to good.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across the lake with around 11 inches with some bad spots that have more recently frozen over in recent weeks. Bluegill – Good: Easily catch lots of bluegill; a lot of sorting may be needed with many 7.5- to 9-inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice thickness is around 8 inches with two major open holes caused by geese and the lake aeration unit. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching larger yellow perch, but with low frequency.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.

Lost Island Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently running on the north east side near the nature center. Ice thickness is 10-13 inches. A good amount of fishing pressure has been seen recently. Yellow Perch – Good. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill – Good: Lots of 4- to 6-inch fish are being caught. Black Crappie – Good.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 10 inches, but can be variable. Use caution; a side-by-side went through the ice the last week of December. Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across the lake with 10-13 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been tough, but once you find them, many quality 9- to 10.5-inchers have been caught. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been tough, but anglers have been able to limit out.

Trumbull Lake
Ice thickness is around 11 inches with an open hole on the north end caused by geese.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. West Okoboji was the last lake to fully ice up. Ice thickness varies from 9-11.5 inches in the bays (North Bay- 10 inches; Millers Bay – 9 inches; Emerson Bay – 10.5 inches; Smiths Bay -11 inches). Pan fishing has been spotty in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish in around 10 feet of water along weed lines. Yellow Perch – Fair. Bluegill – Good.

Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 10-12 inches. There are still many spots in the main basins that are somewhat thinner; use caution when going out. The use of full sized vehicles is not recommended. Remember to bring a form of ice picks, a form of flotation, a friend, and be smart out on the ice! A blizzard advisory is in affect until the end of Friday. This weekend temperatures should remain below freezing with highs in the upper 20s and low 30s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

January 14, 2021 - 10:51 am - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Football Coaches Association released their award winners for the 2020 season.

Central Lyon/George Little Rock head coach Curtis Eben was named the Class 2A head coach of the year. Eben lead a Lions team that won Class 2A District 1, and ended the year at 11-1 and State runner-up.

Heath Swanson of BHRV was named an Assistant Coach of the year in Class 3A. Swanson helped the Nighthawks go 8-3, Co-Class 3A District 1 champion, and a semifinal appearance at the UNI-Dome.

January 13, 2021 - 4:26 pm - Posted in Sports

Kleyton DeGroot (Orange City, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Northwestern College next fall.

DeGroot has played three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School baseball team heading into his final season this summer. DeGroot, a 6’3″ pitcher, posted a 1-1 record with a 1.91 ERA in six appearances and two starts. He struck out 13 hitters in 18.1 innings and helped lead the Dutch to the Siouxland Conference title and 18-3 overall record.

“We are excited for Kleyton to join our baseball team,” said Northwestern Head Coach Briar Wede. “He is a pitcher who has shown tremendous upside and who we know will continue to improve because of his work ethic and love for the game. Kleyton is a great fit for what we want our baseball program to be and will an asset to the Northwestern community.”

DeGroot is a member of the honor roll and plans to study Biology / Health Professions at Northwestern. He earned all-conference honors in cross country and is the son of Don and Michelle Vaas.

“I chose to attend Northwestern because of the sense of community felt between the students, professors and coaches,” said DeGroot.

January 12, 2021 - 3:18 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Micah Parker announce the hiring of Shannon Andringa as the head coach of the Red Raider women’s soccer program.

Andringa played four years for the Spring Arbor University (Mich.) women’s soccer team, leading the Cougars to the 2015 national championship. Andringa earned All-American honors in 2015 and was named team captain her final two seasons. She received both all-conference and Scholar Athlete recognition and won multiple high school state titles playing for Unity Christian in Hudsonville, Mich.

“I am thrilled to be joining Northwestern and to build upon their tradition of honoring Christ through excellence in athletics,” said Andringa. “As a former NAIA athlete, I know the impact that these four years can have on a student athlete. I am excited to develop student-athletes not only as players, but as followers of Christ. The sport of soccer has given me so much. I cannot wait to play a small part in my players’ lives and to watch them become stronger players, students and participants in this world. I am looking forward to working alongside the rest of the athletic staff as we develop champions on and off the field. Go Red Raiders.”

Andringa has spent the last four years as a coach within the nationally ranked Michigan Futbol Academy and for East Grand Rapids High School, where she also served as a special education paraprofessional. She is a certified coach within the United States Soccer Federation.

“I’m pleased to announce Shannon Andringa to the Red Raider family,” commented Dr. Parker. “Shannon is the type of person who will help us forward our mission of honoring Christ through excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the hearts of those she works with. She stood out in the hiring process as someone who will fit in with the other championship coaches we have on staff. Our search committee is excited to work with Shannon this spring as we welcome her and her husband, Ryan, to the Red Raider family.”

January 12, 2021 - 12:37 pm - Posted in Sports

Miah Bleeker, a senior at Sioux Center High School (Iowa), has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender volleyball program.

“Miah has experienced steady and consistent growth through her years of high school volleyball in the setting position. She has a poise and composure that allows her to lead her team with effectiveness and confidence. She will provide competitive depth for us in the setting position. We are grateful for volleyball coach Julie Oldenkamp and basketball coach Doug Winterfeld who have positively influenced Miah’s athletic development. Miah will be a wonderful fit for our campus community as she continues to grow in her relationship with the Lord and live out The Defender Way,” said Dordt volleyball coach Chad Hanson.

Bleeker is a 5-11 setter and she totaled 1,731 career assists for Sioux Center with 246 kills, 153 blocks and 626 digs. She claimed first-team all-conference honors in 2020 and also claimed IGCA All-Region honors along with academic all-conference and all-state accolades. She was a second-team all-conference pick in 2019 and a third-team selection in 2018.

“I chose Dordt university because I love the culture and atmosphere of Dordt volleyball. I believe Dordt will help me grow in my faith and build relationships while also challenging me in the classroom. The Dordt community feels like home to me and I am so excited to be a Defender!” said Bleeker.

Miah is the daughter of Bryan and Becca Bleeker of Sioux Center, Iowa. She plans to study Nursing at Dordt.

January 7, 2021 - 4:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness at the boat ramp is 4-5 inches of good ice under two inches of poor quality ice.

Black Hawk Lake
Ice thickness is 6-7 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. Ice in the east basin is more variable and may have thinner areas. Use caution if venturing out; check ice thickness often. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay. Black Crappie – Fair: Try waxworms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed; 8-10 inch fish reported. . Yellow Perch – Fair: Fair to good bite. Most have been picked up in the southwest portion of the lake between Provost Point and Ice House Point in 3-7 feet of water. You may have to move to find fish. Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig. Most fish are 6- to 10-inches with some 11- to 12-inches. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have picked up occasional walleyes with jigging spoons and minnow heads. Low light conditions are more productive. Bluegill – Fair: Try a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness near the boat ramp is 5-6 inches of good ice under 2 inches of poor quality ice. Ice conditions are variable; use caution and check ice often. This is a good place to target bluegill, crappie, and yellow perch through the ice.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice is variable; areas with fishing activity have roughly 5 inches of ice in most places. Reports of open water and thinner ice near the beach at the southwest part of the lake. Expect thinner ice near the spillway and near any inflows in the arms. Anglers have been out on foot at the north end, mid-lake and near the south end boat ramp. Use caution and check ice thickness often. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in 10-20 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have picked up the occasional walleye. Use a jigging spoon with a small minnow or minnow head.

North Twin Lake
Ice remains variable; use caution and check ice thickness often if you venture out. Anglers have been out; foot traffic only at this time. Anglers have had luck with panfish and the occasional walleye while fishing the very southwest corner of the lake and near the narrows in front the state park beach. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have picked up crappie along the southwest shoreline of the lake. The bite is hit or miss; morning and evening bite is best.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Ice conditions remain variable with 9-10 inches of ice in locations and much thinner areas mid-lake that were just recently frozen over. Reports of heaves and thinner ice near the big island. Use caution and check ice thickness often. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are picking up perch with waxworms and minnows near the dredge cuts along the west side of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Use jigging spoons with a minnow during low light conditions near the dredge cuts. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a waxworm or minnow on a small jigging spoon in 5-10 feet of water.

Ice conditions vary and can change quickly from one area to another; use caution and check thickness often if venturing out. Most ice in the district is between 5 -10 inches with the occasional pocket of open water, seam, or thin ice in the main basins. . For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Ice thickness is 4 to 6 inches. Waterfowl have kept a hole open on the northeast side of the lake. Yellow Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 3 to 8 inches. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a spikes. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Anglers fishing the Farmers beach area are catching perch in 2 to 6 feet of water on small jigs. You may have to use larger bait to catch the bigger fish. Walleye – Slow. Black Crappie – Slow.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 3 to 5 inches. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are catching lots of 3- to 7-inch fish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Catch 5- to 8-inch yellows on small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Black Crappie – Slow. Bluegill – Slow.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice thickness is about 7 inches off the boat ramp. Waterfowl have a large hole open between the island and beach. Ice thickness can vary dramatically on Lower Pine Lake due to springs. Use caution and check thickness as you go.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness varies from 4 to 7 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use jigs tipped with bait.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 3 to 7 inches. Bluegill – Fair.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness is about 5 inches off the boat ramp. Ice thickness can vary dramatically on Upper Pine due to springs and slush covering the lake before good ice formation. Most anglers have stayed close to the west shoreline. Use caution and check thickness as you go.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use.

Dog Creek (Lake)
Fishing has been fair to good.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across the lake with around 9 inches with some bad spots that have more recently frozen over in recent weeks. Bluegill – Good: Easily catch lots of bluegill; a lot of sorting may be needed with many 7.5- to 9-inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching larger yellow perch, but with low frequency.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.

Lost Island Lake
Ice conditions range from 7-10.5 inches. A good amount of fishing pressure has been seen recently. Yellow Perch – Good. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill – Good: Lots of 4- to 6-inch fish are being caught. Black Crappie – Good.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Caution: Winter aeration system is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 9.5 inches, but can be variable. Use extreme caution; a side-by-side went through the ice the last week of December. Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across the lake with 7-11 inches. Be wary out on the main basin with areas that have more recently frozen over. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been tough, but once you find them, many quality 9- to 10.5-inchers have been caught. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been tough, but anglers have been able to limit out.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. West Okoboji was the last lake to fully ice up on Dec. 25. . Ice conditions vary 7-11 inches in the bays (North Bay- 9 inches; Millers Bay – 8 inches; Emerson Bay – 9.5 inches; Smiths Bay -10 inches). Be wary out on the main basin as there are areas that have more recently frozen over; venturing far out is not recommended. Panfishing has been good in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Bluegill – Good.

Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 8-10 inches. There are still many spots in the main basins that are somewhat freshly covered; use caution when going out. The use of ATV’s is not recommended. Remember to bring a form of ice picks, a form of flotation, a friend, and be smart out on the ice! For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

The first girls basketball rankings of 2021 are out.

In Class 1A, Kingsley-Pierson remains in the 4 spot, with MMCRU in 5th.

Class 2A keeps Central Lyon in 11th, and Rock Valley fell out of the top 15.

Class 3A has Cherokee retaining the top spot, Unity in 3rd, and West Lyon in 8th. ELC is up one spot at 14th.

Spencer fell out of the top 15 in Class 4A

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Bishop Garrigan 11-0 1
2 Newell-Fonda 8-1 2
3 St. Ansgar 8-0 3
4 Kingsley-Pierson 10-0 4
5 MMCRU 7-1 5
6 Springville 11-0 6
7 Exira-EHK 9-0 7
8 Collins-Maxwell 10-0 8
9 Montezuma 11-1 9
10 CAM 8-1 10
11 Winfield-Mount Union 10-0 11
12 Logan-Magnolia 7-1 12
13 Burlington Notre Dame 5-1 13
14 North Mahaska 6-1 14
15 AGWSR 5-2 15
Dropped Out: None

Class 2A
1 Maquoketa Valley 9-0 1
2 Dike-New Hartford 7-0 3
3 West Branch 8-1 4
4 North Linn 7-1 2
5 Nodaway Valley 8-0 5
6 West Hancock 9-0 6
7 Denver 7-2 7
8 Treynor 9-1 8
9 Grundy Center 5-1 9
10 South Central Calhoun 9-1 10
11 Central Lyon 9-1 11
12 Jesup 8-1 12
13 Bellevue 9-1 13
14 Underwood 9-1 14
15 MFL-Mar-Mac 8-2 NR
Dropped Out: Rock Valley (15)

Class 3A
1 Cherokee 9-0 1
2 Des Moines Christian 11-1 2
3 Unity Christian 6-1 4
4 Center Point-Urbana 8-2 5
5 Clear Lake 8-1 4
6 Osage 7-1 7
7 West Burlington 9-0 9
8 West Lyon 7-1 10
9 West Liberty 5-3 6
10 Panorama 6-2 12
11 Roland-Story 4-3 8
12 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 6-1 13
13 Solon 7-2 14
14 Estherville-Lincoln Central 8-1 15
15 Vinton-Shellsburg 9-1 NR
Dropped Out: Davenport Assumption (11)

Class 4A
1 Glenwood 7-0 1
2 Ballard 9-0 2
3 Gilbert 9-1 3
4 Central DeWitt 7-0 4
5 Dallas Center-Grimes 8-2 6
6 Waverly-Shell Rock 8-1 7
7 North Scott 5-1 5
8 Denison-Schleswig 7-1 8
9 Bondurant-Farrar 4-2 9
10 Dubuque Wahlert 5-2 11
11 Harlan 7-2 13
12 Creston 7-3 14
13 Grinnell 5-4 10
14 Xavier 3-3 NR
15 Benton 6-2 NR
Dropped Out: Clear Creek-Amana (13), Spencer (15)

Class 5A
1 Waukee 3-0 1
2 Johnston 1-0 2
3 Waterloo West 5-1 4
4 Ankeny Centennial 5-0 5
5 Southeast Polk 5-1 6
6 Cedar Falls 7-1 7
7 Iowa City West 2-2 3
8 Iowa City High 3-1 8
9 Davenport North 2-0 9
10 Des Moines Roosevelt 0-0 10
11 Cedar Rapids Washington 6-0 11
12 Dowling Catholic 3-2 12
13 West Des Moines Valley 1-1 13
14 Indianola 8-1 14
15 Dubuque Senior 5-1 15
Dropped Out: None

January 7, 2021 - 11:05 am - Posted in Sports

Carson Elbers, a senior at Western Christian High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender track and field program.

“Carson is a very gifted athlete and we are grateful that he has decided to commit to Dordt and be a part of the track and field program. Carson has been a leader at Western Christian in multiple sports, and he will be an excellent addition to our long sprint group. We are looking forward to working with him to develop his abilities to their fullest, and to help him grow as a person,” said Dordt track and field coach Craig Heynen.

Elbers has been a part of a 2019 fifth-place state meet finishing 4×400 team and a state-qualifying 4×800 relay team. He’s run 200, 400 and 800 meter races and has been a part of a 4×400 relay team that clocked a 3:26.76 and a 4×800 team that has a best of 8:14. He claimed all-conference honors in the sprint medley, 4×400 and 4×800 in 2019 and also ran on a 4×400 team that qualified for the 2018 state meet.

“I chose Dordt because it felt like the right fit and will help me grow in my faith, academics and as an athlete,” said Elbers.

Elbers is the son of Carl and Melissa Elbers of Rock Valley, Iowa. He plans to study Finance at Dordt.

January 6, 2021 - 10:51 am - Posted in Sports

Jacob Dragstra (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next fall.

Dragstra is a 5’11”, 235-pound lineman who started all four years on both sides of the ball for Unity Christian High School. Dragstra finished as the Knights career leader in tackles (143), tackles for loss (42.5) and quarterback sacks (10). He earned third team all-state honors as a junior and senior and was named first team all-district three seasons. Dragstra was part of a Knights team that finished the 2020 season with a 5-4 record and second round playoff appearance. He plans to study Ag-Business at Northwestern and is the son of Ken and Julie.

“Jacob has the ability to make an immediate impact on our defense,” said Northwestern head coach Matt McCarty. “He is one of the top defensive players in northwest Iowa over the past two years. Jacob is very disruptive on the defensive line and will be fun to watch during his career as a Red Raider.”

January 6, 2021 - 10:12 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Northwestern College and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Micah Parker announce that Taylor Nygren’s position of head cheer and dance coach will be expanded to full-time status in an effort to strengthen those competitive programs and enhance the game environment for football and basketball.

“Red Raider athletics is excited to welcome Taylor as a full-time coach,” commented Dr. Parker. “Our commitment to her will help us grow programs that have a big impact on game environment and help us compete for championships in the GPAC.”

Nygren is in her fifth year as the head of the cheer program at Northwestern. Last season, Northwestern finished fourth in the GPAC Cheer Championship and fifth at the Northwest Regional Qualifier. Two members of the 2019-20 team received all-conference honors, Marcus Tucker and Abby Petersen.

This will be her third year as the head of the Raiders dance program. Northwestern placed fourth at the conference championship, seventh in regionals, and Julia Goodburn claimed all-conference honors.

“I am extremely excited to build and grow our cheer and dance programs here at Northwestern,” stated Nygren. “Over the course of the last five seasons we have really grown from a club activity to a demanding sport. This will bring new and exciting opportunities for many students on campus and future athletes.”