March 27, 2020 - 9:28 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Northwestern College has released its volleyball schedule for the upcoming 2020 season.

The Red Raiders ended the 2019 season ranked sixth in the NAIA, losing in the quarterfinals to finish 32-2

Northwestern won the 2019 GPAC Regular Season title with a perfect 16-0 record

Northwestern will open the 2020 season in California at the Hope International Tournament on Aug. 21-22, followed by two additional tournaments in La Crosse, Wis. (Aug.28-29) and Sioux Center (Sept.4-5)

The Red Raiders will play the standard 16 GPAC matches, 8 home and 8 away, beginning with a road date against Morningside on Sept. 2. The 2020 home opener will be against Dordt on Sept. 15.

The Red Raiders will host Viterbo for its lone non-conference match after the weekend tournaments. The V-Hawks lost in the national semifinals and finished No.3 in the final poll.

Northwestern will play eight matches against teams that were recognized in the final poll (weekend tournament opponents not included); Jamestown, Dordt, Viterbo, Concordia, College of Saint Mary and Midland.

The 2020 opponents have an overall win percentage of 61% (342-215); the eight-team GPAC Tournament begins on Nov. 7; NAIA Championship begins on Nov. 30.

Sep 2 (Wed) 7:30pm Away Morningside Sioux City, Iowa

Sep 11 (Fri) 7:30pm Away University of Jamestown Jamestown, N.D.

Sep 15 (Tue) 7:30pm Home Dordt Orange City, Iowa

Sep 18 (Fri) 7:30pm Home Dakota Wesleyan Orange City, Iowa

Sep 22 (Tue) 7:30pm Home Viterbo Orange City, Iowa

Sep 25 (Fri) 7:30pm Home University of Jamestown Orange City, Iowa

Sep 30 (Wed) 7:30pm Away Dakota Wesleyan Mitchell, S.D.

Oct 7 (Wed) 7:30pm Away Briar Cliff Sioux City, Iowa

Oct 10 (Sat) 3:00pm Away Concordia Seward, Neb.

Oct 13 (Tue) 7:30 PM Home Briar Cliff Orange City, Iowa

Oct 16 (Fri) 7:30pm Home Doane Orange City, Iowa

Oct 17 (Sat) 5:00pm Home Hastings Orange City, Iowa

Oct 20 (Tue) 7:30pm Away Mount Marty Yankton, S.D.

Oct 23 (Fri) 7:30pm Away College of Saint Mary Omaha, Neb.

Oct 27 (Tue) 7:30pm Away Dordt Sioux Center, Iowa

Oct 31 (Sat) 5:00pm Home Midland Orange City, Iowa

Nov 3 (Tue) 7:30pm Home Morningside Orange City, Iowa

March 26, 2020 - 3:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Dawson Feenstra, a senior at Western Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender basketball program.

“We are excited to have Dawson join our Defender family. He has improved a lot over the last couple of years and he has a great work ethic. We are looking forward to having him make a difference on this campus,” said Dordt basketball coach Brian Van Haaften.

Feenstra, a 6-3 forward/guard, averaged 14.8 points per game for Western and was a three-year starter for the Wolfpack. He converted 43 percent of his three-point shots and averaged three rebounds per game. As a junior Feenstra scored 10.8 points per game. Feenstra was named first-team all-Lakes Conference at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

“Dordt is intentionally focused on Christ-like learning. It also has high academic standards,” said Feenstra.

Dawson is the son of Randy and Lynette Feenstra of Hull, Iowa. He plans to study Business Administration at Dordt.

March 26, 2020 - 2:33 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
Courtesy dock is in.

Black Hawk Lake
Courtesy docks are in at all boat ramps. Anglers are catching panfish in Town Bay using crawlers and minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Some sorting is needed. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill in Town Bay. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Courtesy docks are in at the south boat ramps.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been productive. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished from shore and in the marina. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Anglers have had luck from shore and in the marina. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers have been picking up good numbers of perch in the marina. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish from shore using cut bait fished on the bottom.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The main lake is ice free. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use a dead chub or cut bait fished on the bottom where water is following into the lake. Walleye – Fair: Wader fishing is picking up. Try a jig and minnow in the east shore after sundown. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass are being caught from the jetties. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are being caught from the jetties.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is about 50 percent ice free. No fishing activity reported.

Lower Pine Lake
Lower Pine Lake is free of ice. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. No fishing activity to report.

Winnebago River
The Winnebago River is still up from recent rains. Fish the current breaks below a dam. Northern Pike – Slow. Walleye – Slow.

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
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate.

East Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, but there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple boat ramps available. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate.

Lost Island Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, but there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple boat ramps available. Bluegill – Fair: Black Crappie – Good.

Trumbull Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, allowing boats to navigate. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, but there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult with minimal boat ramps available. Bluegill – Fair.

The Walleye Season is closed for the Iowa Great Lakes. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly, creating open water fishing opportunities at many smaller area lakes. Spirit, East and West Okoboji are still mostly covered with ice, but there are a few boat ramps that are clear allowing access to the water. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

March 26, 2020 - 10:54 am - Posted in Sports

Schedules for the 2020 football regular season are now available for all participating schools.

District and group assignments were posted in February, following Board of Control approval. This arrangement is in place for just one year, as opposed to the usual two-year football cycle.

Class 4A has also implemented a success model for its group format and regular season scheduling.

Regular season football schedules are determined by the IHSAA. Regular season schedules for all other IHSAA sports are determined by member schools and their conferences.

Districts and groups are assigned by the IHSAA, then schools select preferred non-district opponents through a priority list. The IHSAA attempts to align schedules with as many priority list selections as possible, however opponents and availability cannot be guaranteed.

CLASS 4A
CLASS 3A
CLASS 2A
CLASS 1A
CLASS A
Sheldon
08/28 Estherville Lincoln Central
09/04 @ South O’Brien, Paullina
09/11 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan
09/18 OABCIG
09/25 @ Sioux Center
10/02 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/09 West Lyon, Inwood
10/16 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
10/23 @ MOC-Floyd Valley

 

 

 

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
08/28 @ Western Christian, Hull
09/04 West Lyon, Inwood
09/11 Unity Christian, Orange City
09/18 @ Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
09/25 @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton
10/02 Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
10/09 LeMars
10/16 @ Spencer
10/23 Storm Lake

 

 

 

Western Christian, Hull
08/28 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/04 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
09/11 @ Spirit Lake
09/18 West Lyon, Inwood
09/25 Sibley-Ocheyedan
10/02 @ West Sioux, Hawarden
10/09 @ Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
10/16 Hinton
10/23 @ Emmetsburg

 

 

West Sioux, Hawarden
08/28 Akron-Westfield
09/04 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
09/11 @ Sioux Center
09/18 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
09/25 Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
10/02 Western Christian, Hull
10/09 @ Hinton
10/16 @ Emmetsburg
10/23 Sibley-Ocheyedan

 

 

Unity Christian, Orange City
08/28 @ Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
09/04 Western Christian, Hull
09/11 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/18 West Sioux, Hawarden
09/25 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/02 @ West Lyon, Inwood
10/09 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
10/16 Sheldon
10/23 @ Sioux Center

 

 

Sioux Center
08/28 LeMars
09/04 @ Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
09/11 West Sioux, Hawarden
09/18 @ Spirit Lake
09/25 Sheldon
10/02 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
10/09 @ Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/16 West Lyon, Inwood
10/23 Unity Christian, Orange City

 

MOC-Floyd Valley
08/28 Sibley-Ocheyedan
09/04 @ Estherville Lincoln Central
09/11 Storm Lake
09/18 @ LeMars
09/25 @ West Lyon, Inwood
10/02 Sioux Center
10/09 Unity Christian, Orange City
10/16 @ Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
10/23 Sheldon

 

 

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
08/28 Okoboji, Milford
09/04 @ Cherokee, Washington
09/11 Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
09/18 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan
09/25 South O’Brien, Paullina
10/02 @ Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
10/09 @ MMCRU
10/16 Akron-Westfield
10/23 Lawton-Bronson

 

 

 

Sibley-Ocheyedan
08/28 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
09/04 @ Okoboji, Milford
09/11 Sheldon
09/18 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
09/25 @ Western Christian, Hull
10/02 @ Hinton
10/09 Emmetsburg
10/16 Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
10/23 @ West Sioux, Hawarden

 

 

 

Harris-Lake Park
08/28 Coon Rapids-Bayard
09/04 @ Glidden-Ralston
09/11 @ Newell-Fonda
09/18 St. Mary’s, Remsen
09/25 Kingsley-Pierson
10/02 @ Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire or GTRA
10/09 @ West Bend-Mallard
10/16 River Valley, Correctionville
10/23 Siouxland Christian

 

 

 

West Lyon, Inwood
08/28 Hinton
09/04 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/11 Spencer
09/18 @ Western Christian, Hull
09/25 MOC-Floyd Valley
10/02 Unity Christian, Orange City
10/09 @ Sheldon
10/16 @ Sioux Center
10/23 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock

 

 

 

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
08/28 @ OABCIG
09/04 @ West Sioux, Hawarden
09/11 LeMars
09/18 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
09/25 @ Unity Christian, Orange City
10/02 @ Sheldon
10/09 Sioux Center
10/16 MOC-Floyd Valley
10/23 @ West Lyon, Inwood

 

 

 

March 25, 2020 - 1:39 pm - Posted in Sports

Ashtyn Veerbeek, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska, has announced her intention to transfer to Dordt and join the Defender basketball program. Veerbeek will have two years of eligibility for the Defenders and will be eligible immediately.

“Ashtyn is an individual with high moral character that will fit perfectly into the Dordt community and the Defender Way. Ashtyn had a highly decorated high school career at Western Christian as well as a strong two-year run at the University of Nebraska. Ashtyn’s ability on the basketball floor will be seen immediately, and her strong personality to influence her teammates, future recruits and the Dordt community for Christ will be felt,” said Dordt basketball coach Bill Harmsen.

Veerbeek is a 6-2 forward who graduated from Western Christian High School (Iowa) in 2018. She averaged 7.4 points per game with 4.3 rebounds for the Huskers this season after averaging 6.9 points per game with 5.5 rebounds per contest as a freshman. Veerbeek had a decorated high school career for the Wolfpack, scoring 25.8 points per game as a senior while grabbing 14.4 rebounds and she had 86 blocked shots. She converted 52.2 percent of her field goal attempts and 34.7 percent of her three-point basket attempts as a senior. During the 2017 season Veerbeek scored 22.8 points per game with 11.1 rebounds and she was named the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Class 2A Player of the Year at the conclusion of the season.

Veerbeek was named captain of the Class 2A All-State Tournament team in 2017 and was three times named first-team all-state by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Veerbeek averaged 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore while helping Western to a state runner-up finish and she scored 9.1 points with 6.0 rebounds as a freshman as Western advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament Semifinals. She had 1,871 career points, 1,041 career rebounds, 227 blocked shots, 2003 assists and 99 steals during her four seasons at Western Christian. Veerbeek was a multi-sport athlete at Western and helped the Wolfpack to a pair of state volleyball titles as well and was a two-time all-state pick in that sport.

“I chose to transfer to Dordt University because I wanted to be a part of a great faith-centered community and play in front of all my family and friends in my hometown,” said Veerbeek.

Ashtyn is the daughter of Ron and Tammi Veerbeek of Sioux Center, Iowa. She plans to study Business Administration at Dordt.

Kyle Christy of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball and golf careers at Northwestern College this fall.

Christy is a 6’4″ shooting guard who played two years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School basketball team. Christy averaged 14.5 points, five rebounds and 1.5 assists in leading the Dutch to a top 10 ranking, a Siouxland Conference title and 19-4 overall record. He made 59 three-pointers and shot 47% from beyond the arc in earning second team all-conference honors.

“Kyle is a long, athletic wing who can shoot it and loves to compete,” said Northwestern Head Coach Kris Korver. “He worked hard in the off-season and turned in an outstanding senior season. Kyle is a great teammate with phenomenal character who will make the people around him better. We are excited to have him in our basketball program.”

A three-year letter winner in golf heading into his final season this spring, Christy is two-time all-conference selection (Soph. / Jr.) and helped lead his team to the conference championship last year. Christy was a state qualifier as a freshman and carries a scoring average of 38 (9 holes) and 77 (18 holes) with a career best of 34 and 73. An honor roll student, Christy plans to study either Accounting or Education at Northwestern. He is the son of Greg and Michelle.

“Kyle works hard on his game and continues to improve his fundamentals to become a more consistent player,” commented Northwestern Head Coach Aaron Aberson. “Kyle is a proven leader and I am excited to have as a Red Raider. He will make an immediate impact on our golf team and our campus community.”

March 24, 2020 - 12:38 pm - Posted in Sports

Dana Den Herder, a senior at Sioux Center High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender basketball program.

“We are excited to welcome Dana to Dordt. Dana had a fantastic high school career at Sioux Center High School. Dana’s toughness and work ethic on the court will transfer well to the college game. She has a servant’s heart which will make her a great teammate and member of our campus community. We look forward to watching God’s plans unfold for Dana as she progresses through her time at Dordt,” said Dordt basketball coach Bill Harmsen.

Den Herder averaged 12.5 points with 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game for Sioux Center this season. She was named second-team all-conference in both 2019 and 2020 and was an honorable mention pick in 2018 when Sioux Center was the Class 3A runner-up. She averaged 10.7 points per game as a junior and converted 35 percent of her three-point shots.

“The people I met on my campus visit seemed very genuine and passionate about Dordt. Also, the atmosphere just felt right for me,” said Den Herder.

Dana is the daughter of Gary and Deanne Den Herder of Sioux Center, Iowa. She is undecided on a field of study.

March 19, 2020 - 2:45 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
Black Hawk Lake
Courtesy docks are in at all boat ramps. Anglers are catching panfish in Town Bay using crawlers and minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Some sorting is needed. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill in Town Bay.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Walleye fishing has been productive this week, but will likely slow down with rising water levels this weekend. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Target walleye in areas below riffles and in deeper pools.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been productive this week. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished from shore and in the marina. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Anglers have had luck from shore and in the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish from shore using cut bait fished on the bottom.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The main lake is about 70 percent open. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use a dead chub fished on the bottom. Walleye – Slow: Wader fishing is picking up. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake
Lower Pine Lake is free of ice. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. No fishing activity to report.

Upper Pine Lake
Upper Pine Lake is mostly free of ice. The courtesy dock is in at the boat ramp. No fishing activity to report.

Winnebago River
Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are being caught below the dams.

Ice conditions have deteriorated with the warm temperatures. Ice fishing is not recommended. Area Rivers are up, but the fishing should improve as water levels drop. 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
The aeration system has been turned off. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. But there is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult.

East Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple available boat ramps. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
The aeration system has been turned off. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult.

Lost Island Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible. There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
The aeration system has been turned off. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with only a couple available boat ramps. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult. Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is closed. Much of the lake ice has melted, making ice fishing near impossible.There is still enough ice intact to make boat navigation difficult, with minimal available boat ramps. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed.

Willow Creek
Willow Creek was stocked on Feb. 21st for the Osceola County Trout Fest. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

The Walleye Season is closed for the Iowa Great Lakes. Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly and made ice fishing near impossible. Many area lakes have opened up significantly, allowing for open water fishing in certain areas.Aeration systems at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake have been turned off. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2020 Division II Women’s Basketball All-America teams on Thursday. Taylah Simmons, junior forward for Southeastern (Fla.) was named NAIA National Player of the Year.

Philly Lammers of Concordia (Neb.) and Kynedi Cheeseman of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) were the lone two that appeared as All-America First Team selections in 2019 and this season.

Shandra Farmer of Hastings (Neb.) and Kaitlyn Aylward of St. Francis (Ill.) both made the jump from second team in 2019 to first team this season, while Sarah Fryman of Huntington (Ind.) and Becca Buchs of Taylor (Ind.) both earned a spot on the first team after being named an honorable mention a year ago.

Named to the third team was Dordt’s Erika Feenstra. Feenstra started all 32 games for the Defenders and shot .604 from the field. and went 147 of 182 from the free throw line. Feenstra had a team high 189 boards, and averaged 17.6 points per game.

Honorable mention honors went to Northwestern’s Sammy Blum. Blum started 28 games and shot .455 from the field and went 72 of 188 from three point range and 70 of 81 from the charity stripe. Blum scored 436 points on the season.

KANSAS CITY – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2020 Division II Men’s Basketball All-America teams on Thursday. Kyle Mangas of Indiana Wesleyan was named National Player of the Year.

Both Tyler Borchers of Morningside (Iowa) and Dwight Burton of Madonna (Mich.) were named to the first team after being named to the second team in 2019. Jevon Knox of Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) is the lone member of the 2019 second team to also be featured on the second team in 2020.

Named Honorable mention was Garrett Franken of Dordt University and Trent Hillbrands of Northwestern College.

Franken started all 31 games for the Defenders and shot .474 from the field. Franken scored 492 points on the season to lead Dordt, and pulled down 232 rebounds, also leading the team in that category.

Hillbrands started all 32 games for the Red Raiders and shot .463 from the field, and went 90 of 204 from beyond the arc and 82 of 101 from the free throw line. Hillbrands on the season scored 568 points.