February 20, 2017 - 2:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Noah Minnick has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College.

Minnick is a 6’0”, 225-pound offensive lineman who was a three-year starter for MOC-Floyd Valley High School. Minnick earned first team all-district honors three years and was an all-Northwest Iowa selection as a junior. He was voted team captain both as a junior and senior and was part of a MOC-Floyd Valley team that qualified for the playoffs in 2014. Minnick plans to major in elementary education at Northwestern and is the son of Bill and Ann.

“Noah is an outstanding leader and young man,” said head Northwestern coach Matt McCarty. “He is a strong, physical player who is an excellent addition to our team and defensive line.”

February 17, 2017 - 11:53 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa — Katie Broers, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the women’s cross country and track programs.

Broers has been a key contributor to the Knights four consecutive state meet appearances during her cross country career. As a freshmen Unity finished second overall, with Broers placing a career best in 19thplace. As a sophomore, she matched her individual finish, coming in 19th once again, leading Unity to a fourth place team finish. On the track, Broers was part of a 4×800 team that placed first at the Iowa State Track meet in 2014 and fourth in 2016. During her career, Broers has earned War Eagle All-Conference honors.

“We are excited to have Katie join our program. Katie is a competitive young lady who has had high level coaching at Unity Christian from Coach Kauk. I believe she will transition quickly to college running and can have an impact on our cross country and middle distance program during her running career. We look forward to watching her race and continue to develop this spring in track,” said Dordt College head cross country coach Nate Wolf.

Katie is the daughter of Troy and Dana Boers of Sioux Center, Iowa. She intends to study Nursing at Dordt.

February 17, 2017 - 8:50 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Orabs 2Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux Center Warriors defeated the Sheldon Orabs 70-60 in a Class 2A District 1 semifinal Thursday night in Sioux Center.

The Warriors had an 11-4 advantage early, but the Orabs fought back and at the end of the 1st quarter the score was 16-15 Sheldon. The Orabs jumped out to a 23-17 lead in the opening minutes of the 2nd quarter but the Warriors battled back to get to within 2. Sheldon then responded with defense feeding the offense and at halftime the Orabs’ lead was 32-24. The Orabs extended their lead to 11 midway through the 3rd quarter, but heading into the 4th, Sheldon’s lead dwindled to 45-42. The Warriors retook the lead midway through the final quarter, and came away with the 70-60 victory.

Sioux Center got a team 16 points from Tyus Arends, Brendan Zeutenhorst added 14 points, and Trajan Walhof and Cade Bleeker each had 11 points.

Sheldon got a game high 22 points from Jaden Kleinhesselink and Kyler Boerhave Mitchal Van Gorp each added 14 points.

Sioux Center improves to 14-8 on the year and take on Unity Christian on Tuesday, February 21st at Spencer for the District Title. Sheldon ends their year at 18-5.

February 16, 2017 - 11:40 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Ross Van Heuvelen has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next fall.

Van Heuvelen is a 6’3”, 175-pound wide receiver and defensive back who played two years for Western Christian High School. Van Heuvelen totaled 10 tackles in just three games played due to injury his senior season. He was part of a Wolfpack team that won the class 1A state championship and finished with a 12-1 overall record. An honor roll student, Van Heuvelen plans to major in Business/Finance at Northwestern. He is the son of Brad and Lisa.

“Ross missed a large part of his senior season due to injury but was able to return for the final games and help his team win a state championship,” said head Northwestern coach Matt McCarty. “He is a very good athlete with good football instincts. Ross has outstanding potential and knows what it takes to win.”

February 16, 2017 - 8:13 am - Posted in Sports

ice fishingSioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Todd discusses the latest fishing reports, plus he talks about glow jigs.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for pike. A few walleye and perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes and perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few perch, walleye, and crappie.
Vermillion A few perch, crappie, and walleye.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin A few perch and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes and perch.
Scott’s Slough A few perch.
Island Perch fair and few walleye on south Island.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and few perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Walleyes fair, along with a few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA Few perch.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, perch, and crappie.
Mitchell A few bluegill and perch.
Menno Bluegill fair.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Crappie fair along with walleye.
Brush Few reports.
Loss Few reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few walleye and perch.
Silver Lake Few reports.
East Okoboji Fair for perch and bluegills and a few walleye.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair. A few perch and walleye.
Lake Pahoja Bluegills fair.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Perch and crappie fair, along with a few walleye.
Sarah Perch fair to good.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
East Twin A few walleye.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson A few walleyes.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair.
Platte Walleyes slow.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.
February 15, 2017 - 8:39 am - Posted in Sports

Western Christian 2Hull, Iowa — The Western Christian Wolfpack avenged last years State Championship loss to Unity by defeating the Knights 75-47 in Hull on Tuesday night in a Class 2A Region 1 quarterfinal.

Western Christian caught fire from beyond the arc early hitting 4 three-point shots. Heading into the 2nd quarter it was 20-8 Wolfpack. The Wolfpack continued their long distance dedication with another 4 three-pointers and extended their lead to 39-18 heading into halftime. Western jumped out with a quick 9-0 run, and after 3 it was 54-27 Wolfpack, and Western went on to win 75-47.

Western Christian’s leading scorer was Erica Bousema with 17 points, and 3 other players had 12 points each.

The Knights got a game high 21 points from Jori Bronner.

Western improves to 20-2 on the year and plays North Union at Western on Friday, February 17th. Unity end their year at 16-7.

February 13, 2017 - 8:03 pm - Posted in Sports

Sheldon, Iowa — The Unity Christian Knights rolled to a 74-32 win against Emmetsburg in a Class 2A District 1 play-in game in Sheldon on Monday night.

Unity Christian jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead in the opening minutes, and at the end of the 1st quarter it was 20-7 Knights. At halftime Unity extended their lead to 42-21. After three, Unity’s lead was 58-27, and the Knights went on to win 74-32.

Unity got a game high 19 points from Mason Post.

Emmetsburg leading scorer was Blake Vermulm with 10 points.

Unity improves to 13-9 on the year and plays Pocahontas Area at Pocahontas on Thursday, February 16th at 7 pm. The E-Hawks end their year at 9-12.

February 13, 2017 - 8:30 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Orabs 1Sioux Center, Iowa — The #1 Sioux Center Warriors continued their undefeated streak in the Girls Class 3A Region 1 quarterfinals Saturday night in Sioux Center with a 77-40 win over the Sheldon.

The score was tied early at 2-2, but the Warriors went on two big runs. After one quarter of play, Sioux Center’s lead was 16 at 22-6. Heading into halftime the Warrior’s extended their lead to 60-20. After three quarters of play it was 67-29, and Sioux Center went on to win 77-40.

Sioux Center got a game high 14 points from Jessica Harald and Lexi Toering added 13. 4 of the 5 starters for the Warriors were in double figures.

The Orabs top scorer was Katie Wagner with 10 points.

Sioux Center improves to 22-0 on the year, and will play the winner of MOC-Floyd Valley and Spirit Lake in Sioux Center on Wednesday, February 15th at 7 pm. Sheldon ends their year at 5-17.

February 10, 2017 - 6:05 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauThe final IGHSAU Rankings have Western Christian sliding up to #4 in Class 2A, with West Sioux remaining at the 9 spot, and West Lyon dropping to 13th. Sioux Center keeps the #1 position in Class 3A, with Cherokee at 5.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Springville 19-2 1
2 Turkey Valley 18-2 2
3 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 19-1 3
4 Newell-Fonda 18-3 6
5 Kee 14-4 5
6 Marquette Catholic 18-3 7
7 Kingsley-Pierson 20-1 8
8 Sidney 19-1 9
9 Janesville 21-0 10
10 Glidden-Ralston 17-3 4
11 West Hancock 18-3 13
12 Burlington Notre Dame 16-6 14
13 Westwood 15-6 15
14 AGWSR 16-4 NR
15 Lynnville-Sully 19-2 11

Dropped Out: Colo-Nesco (12)

Class 2A

1 Iowa City Regina 22-0 1
2 Treynor 22-0 2
3 Central Decatur 21-0 3
4 Western Christian 19-2 5
5 North Linn 21-1 4
6 Panorama 20-1 7
7 Pella Christian 12-8 6
8 Cascade 19-2 8
9 West Sioux 20-1 9
10 Van Meter 17-3 10
11 Mount Ayr 19-2 13
12 Logan-Magnolia 18-3 11
13 West Lyon 17-4 12
14 Maquoketa Valley 18-4 14
15 IKM-Manning 16-4 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Sioux Center 21-0 1
2 Pocahontas Area 21-1 2
3 Center Point-Urbana 18-3 4
4 Crestwood 18-1 3
5 Cherokee 17-3 5
6 Union 19-2 6
7 Davenport Assumption 12-7 7
8 Clear Lake 18-3 8
9 Shenandoah 19-2 10
10 Mount Vernon 15-6 11
11 PCM 16-3 12
12 Mid-Prairie 15-6 14
13 Algona 17-4 15
14 West Marshall 18-3 9
15 North Polk 15-6 NR

Dropped Out: Humboldt (13)

naia_logoKansas City Kansas — Northwestern is one of five teams from the GPAC recognized in the latest NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches Top 25. The others include Dakota Wesleyan (7), Midland (14), Briar Cliff (18) and Morningside (RV).

Cornerstone (Mich.) holds down the top spot for the fourth straight poll and totaled all 12 first place votes and 312 points. Union (Ky.) is second, followed by Bethel (Ind.), Rochester (Mich.) and Warner (Fla.).

2016-17 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 5 (Feb. 7)
1 Cornerstone (Mich.) (12) 24-2 312
2 Union (Ky.) 23-3 302
3 Bethel (Ind.) 23-3 291
4 Rochester (Mich.) 26-1 281
5 Warner (Fla.) 21-3 269
6 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 21-3 267
7 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 21-6 237
8 Robert Morris (Ill.) 20-5 234
9 Indiana Wesleyan 20-6 232
10 Davenport (Mich.) 20-6 229
11 WVU Tech 20-5 194
12 Indiana East 20-7 188
13 Trinity International (Ill.) 22-4 182
14 Midland (Neb.) 19-7 165
15 Oregon Tech 20-6 157
16 Washington Adventist (Md.) 19-5 153
16 Eastern Oregon 19-6 153
18 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 20-6 151
19 Saint Francis (Ind.) 18-8 137
20 Northwestern (Iowa) 21-5 132
21 Bellevue (Neb.) 17-8 121
22 Indiana Tech 19-7 108
23 Tabor (Kan.) 19-7 96
24 Indiana Southeast 18-5 90
25 College of Idaho 18-8 63

Dropped from the rankings: Taylor (Ind.); Florida Memorial

Others receiving votes: Taylor (Ind.) 60; Florida Memorial 56; Morningside (Iowa) 34; St. Thomas (Fla.) 20; York (Neb.) 18; Dickinson State (N.D.) 14; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 6; California Maritime 6; Keiser (Fla.) 3