May 23, 2019 - 4:08 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.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid-60’s. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber. Most action has been in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are picking up perch from shore along Ice House Point and the fish house in Town Bay using minnows fished under a bobber. Some have had luck fishing from the inlet bridge. Walleye – Fair: Use a slip bobber with a minnow or leech on a lead head jig along the Ice House Point shore, the east end near the outlet north shore, and around the marina. Anglers have also had luck casting black and white twisters. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with wood or rock cover along shore.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber along shore near wood and rock cover. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber in 5-10 feet of water near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or minnows fished under a slip bobber. Anglers have had luck fishing the south shore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber in areas around docks and along shallow rocky shores. Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina and near the inlet. White Bass – Good: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches and minnows fished under a slip bobber or cast twisters or crankbaits. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait, minnows or leeches fished near the bottom.

Water temperatures are in the low to mid-60’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill and crappie fishing is starting to pick up. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 60’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. With the clear water, the best bite is early morning and evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use small jigs in 2 to 3 feet of water on warmer days. Best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Use minnows fished on the edge of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leeches fishes near the dredge cut.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Panfish bite has been slow. Largemouth Bass – Good.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperatures warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark with the clear water. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Walleye – Good: Report of wader anglers having good success after dark. Some fish are being caught by boat anglers during the day. For the best areas, fish emerging weed beds.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect action to improve as water temperatures warm.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

The Dordt Defender track and field program will have individuals in 10 different competitions and four relay teams competing at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25 at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Competition begins on Thursday at 10:30 with Joscelyn Wind competing in the pentathlon which spans two days.

The Dordt men have the second fastest 4×800 qualifying time heading into the prelims on Thursday night. Ike Van Kempen is in the top-10 in marks for the discus and hammer throw. Matthew Van Eps has the third fastest qualifying time in the 800 meters and is also scheduled to run on the 4×400 and 4×800 teams.

Wind heads up the women’s contingent with the 5th best point total in the heptathlon going into the championship event and Anmarie Stuit has the 8th fastest time in the 400 hurdles. Sarah De Haan has the seventh best high jump in the nation going into the event on Saturday.

Dordt Competitors:

Sarah De Haan: High Jump; Sophomore; Hollandale, Michigan

Cori De Jong: High Jump; Freshman, Sheldon, Iowa

Anthony Ghiorso: 4×800; Sophomore; Eagle, Idaho

Caleb Herman: 4×400; Senior; Boise, Idaho

Mika Kooistra: 4×400; Freshman; Emo, Ontario

Jebadiah Merkle: 4×800; Freshman; Chaska, Minnesota

Elizabeth Rankin: 4×400; Senior; Hull, Iowa

Annika Rick: 4×800; Sophomore; Browerville, Minnesota

Jeff Stellingwerf: Javelin; Junior, Fort Collins, Colorado

Jenna Stephens: 4×800, 4×400; Senior; Valley Springs, South Dakota

Anmarie Stuit: 400 hurdles, 4×400; Freshman; Hospers, Iowa

David Temte: 800, 4×800; Sophomore; Bloomington, Minnesota

Joscelyn Wind: Pentathlon, High Jump; Senior; Johnstown, Colorado

Sarah Wensink: 4×800; Senior; Clinton, Ontario

Kate Wnek: 4×400; Sophomore; El Cajon, California

Ike Van Kempen: Discus, Hammer Throw; Senior

Lucas Van Eps: 4×400, 4×800; Senior; Prinsburg, Minnesota

Matthew Van Eps: 800, 4×800, 4×400; Sophomore; Prinsburg, Minnesota

Thursday, May 23

10:30 AM Women’s Pentathlon (Joscelyn Wind)

1:00 PM Men’s Hammer Throw (Ike Van Kempen)

4:00 PM Women’s 400 Hurdle Prelim (Anmarie Stuit)

5:30 PM Men’s Javelin (Jeff Stellingwerf )

5:40 PM Women’s 4×800 Prelim (Annika Rick, Kate Wnek, Sarah Wensink, Jenna Stephens)

6:15 PM Men’s 4×800 Prelim (Caleb Herman, Lucas Van Eps, David Temte, Anthony Ghiorso)

Friday, May 24

10:30 AM Women’s Pentathlon (Joscelyn Wind)

2:20 PM Men’s 800 Prelim (Matthew Van Eps, David Temte)

5:00 PM Men’s Discus (Ike Van Kempen)

5:30 PM Women’s 4×800 Final (Annika Rick, Kate Wnek, Sarah Wensink, Jenna Stephens)

5:50 PM Men’s 4×800 Final (Jebadiah Merkle, Matthew Van Eps, Anthony Ghiorso, David Temte)

7:45 PM Women’s 4×400 Prelim (Anmarie Stuit, Jenna Stephens, Mika Kooistra, Elizabeth Rankin)

8:15 PM Men’s 4×400 Prelim (Lucas Van Eps, Caleb Herman, Mark Bakker, Matthew Van Eps)

Saturday, May 25

2:00 PM Women’s High Jump (Sarah Wind, Joscelyn Wind, Cori De Jong)

4:10 PM Women’s 400 Final (Anmarie Stuit)

5:00 PM Men’s 800 Final (Matthew Van Eps, David Temte)

6:15 PM Women’s 4×400 Final (Anmarie Stuit, Jenna Stephens, Mika Kooistra, Elizabeth Rankin)

6:25 PM Men’s 4×400 Final (Lucas Van Eps, Caleb Herman, Mark Bakker, Matthew Van Eps)

May 23, 2019 - 10:19 am - Posted in Sports

Caleb Badura concluded play Wednesday afternoon at the NAIA Men’s Golf Championship held at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

In 56th place after an opening round 78, Badura carded a five-over 76 in Wednesday’s second round and fell three spots to 59th in the standings after 36 holes. The freshman did not qualify for the final two rounds.

Ben Hadden (Kansas Wesleyan) continued to lead and is one of just two players to be under par at the halfway point of the 72-hole championship. Hadden carded a one-under 70 and is four-under for the championship, holding a two-shot lead over Victor Miron (Texas Wesleyan).

Texas Wesleyan holds a 14-shot lead over Rocky Mountain in the team standings. TWU (+8) has a 36-hole total of 576.

May 22, 2019 - 1:35 pm - Posted in Sports

Alexis Conaway, the former MOC-Floyd Valley standout and Iowa State middle blocker and outside hitter is the newest contract player for LiigaPloki Pihtipudas in Finland.

Conaway’s senior season Iowa State was back in 2017, and she played and started in all 29 matches, taking part in 101 sets and started first nine matches of the season at middle blocker before moving over to outside hitter for the remainder of the season. Conaway finished season with 238 kills, 179 digs and 103 blocks, becoming the first Cyclone since Alison Landwehr in 2011 with a triple-triple season and had nine matches with at least 10 kills

Conaway was a state champion in three different sports at MOC-Floyd Valley, a four-year letterwinner at MOC-Floyd Valley for head coach Jon Mouw and two-time Elite All-State honoree, including winning the Gatorade Player of the Year award as a junior. Alexis helped lead the Lady Dutch to state titles as a junior and a senior and in her senior season, finished with 505 kills, 4.81 per set, at a .475 hitting percentage, recorded 59 aces, also posted 279 digs at 2.66 per set. In the state title win over Kuemper Catholic, Conaway posted a double-double with 19 kills at a .457 hitting percentage and 11 digs in three-set win, being named captain of the All-Tournament team. As a junior, She finished with 489 kills at 4.41 kills per set and a .435 hitting percentage. Conaway was a four-time All-State selection, earning third-team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman.

Conaway studied kinesiology at Iowa State University.

May 22, 2019 - 10:55 am - Posted in Sports

Caleb Badura carded a 78 in the first round of the 2019 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship played Tuesday and Wednesday morning at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Playing in one of the final groupings and beginning on the back nine, Badura was one-under after five holes when he birdied the 424-yard, par 4, 13th hole. The freshman then doubled the 15th and bogied two of his final three holes for a 38 (+3) on the back nine. Badura shot a 40 on the second nine, recording a pair of birdies (2nd and 6th) to go with three pars, two bogies and two doubles. Badura is among 21 players who are tied for 56th place out of 156 golfers.

Ben Hadden (Kansas Wesleyan) is the first round leader with a three-under 68 and is one of three players to be under par after the first 18 holes. Hadden leads both Victor Miron (Texas Wesleyan) and Carl Didrik Fosaas (Keiser) by two strokes.

Texas Wesleyan holds a three-shot lead over Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in the team standings.

Second round play began Wednesday morning at 10:30 am.

May 22, 2019 - 10:51 am - Posted in Sports

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – May 22, 2019: The Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association (IAHSSCA) has released its seventh weekly rankings for the 2019 boys’ soccer season for all classes: 1A, 2A, and 3A. This is for all games through Friday, May 17.

Western Christian remains in the 5 spot in Class 1A, and in Class 2A, Storm Lake continues to hold third with Sergeant Bluff-Luton receiving votes.

Class 3A Ranking
Rank Team 1st Place Votes 2019 Record Previous Rank
1. Waukee (9) 17-0 1
2. Iowa City West 14-1 2
3. Pleasant Valley 14-1 4
4. Ankeny Centennial 13-3 5
5. Marshalltown 14-2 6
6. Urbandale 12-5 7
7t. Iowa City High 11-3 3
7t. Valley, West Des Moines 15-4 8
9. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 9-3 9
10. Ankeny 10-6 10
11. Cedar Rapids Washington 11-5 RV
12. Des Moines, Lincoln 12-3 12
13. Bettendorf 10-2 13
14. Ames 8-6 15
15. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 10-6 11
16. Des Moines Hoover 12-6 16
Receiving votes: Cedar Falls; Johnston; and Davenport, Central.

Class 2A
Rank Team 1st Place Votes 2019 Record Previous Rank
1. Xavier, Cedar Rapids (7) 12-2 1
2. Marion (3) 15-0 2
3. Storm Lake 14-1 3
4. Gilbert 16-2 4
5. Grinnell-BGM 12-2 6
6. Dallas Center-Grimes 12-4 5
7. Norwalk 8-7 7
8. Hudson United 16-2 8
9. Lewis Central 15-3 9
10. Wahlert, Dubuque 10-5 11
11. ADM, Adel 11-5 10
12. Denison-Schleswig 11-4 13
13. Clear Creek-Amana 11-3 15
14. Perry 10-7 12
15. Newton 10-8 14
16. Decorah 14-5 RV
Receiving votes: Bondurant-Farrar; Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Harlan; and Pella.

Class 1A
Rank Team 1st Place Votes 2019 Record Previous Rank
1. Columbus Catholic, Waterloo (4) 15-2 1
2. Regina, Iowa City 12-6 2
3. Notre Dame/West Burlington (3) 18-1 3
4. AHSTW, Avoca 17-2 6
5. Western Christian, Hull 12-3 5
6. South Tama County, Tama 13-5 9t
7. Solon 13-6 3t
8. Vinton-Shellsburg 12-5 7
9. Greene County 12-5 8
10. North Polk, Alleman 12-3 9t
11. West Liberty 8-7 11
12. Benton Community 10-7 16t
13. Nevada 12-6 12
14. Riverside, Oakland 12-3 13t
15. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 11-7 RV
16t. Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona 10-4 15
16t. Mid-Prairie, Wellman 9-4 RV
Receiving votes: Albia; Assumption, Davenport; Center Point-Urbana; and Treynor.

May 21, 2019 - 11:36 am - Posted in Sports

Emily De Ruyter of Rock Valley has signed a letter of intent to continue her running career at Northwestern College next fall.

De Ruyter recently completed a standout, four-year career running for the Boyden-Hull / Rock Valley Cross Country team. De Ruyter finished among the top 15 runners at the Siouxland Conference meet all four years, earning all-conference honors four times. She has a personal best of 21:02. Also a letter winner in softball, basketball and track and field, De Ruyter was an all-conference selection in basketball and qualified for state in both softball and track. A member of the National Honor Society and Northwest Iowa Review All-Academic Team, De Ruyter plans to major in Sociology at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Dave and Jill.

“We are thrilled to have Emily join our women’s cross country team,” commented Northwestern Head Coach Scott Bahrke. “She is a very talented runner who brings top-notch work ethic to our program. Emily is extremely competitive who will fit in well with the other ladies on our team.”

Northwestern College will send six women’s track and field athletes to compete at the upcoming NAIA Outdoor Championships held later this week at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.

The 2019 championship will begin around 10am on Thursday, May 23 and will conclude Saturday night, May 25.

Six Red Raiders will compete in three events, two individual and one relay, over the three-day championship event. Kenzie Keune will run in two individual events, the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Kassidy De Jong, Katrina Engebretson, Devyn Kemble, Kelsey Lang and Rebekah Muilenburg will compete in the 4×800 relay.

Head Coach Scott Bahrke’s line-up is listed below:

Kenzie Keune – 100m Hurdles / 400m Hurdles

De Jong, Engebretson, Kemble, Muilenuburg (alt: Lang) – 4×800

Eight Red Raider men will compete in five events, four individual and one relay, at this year’s championship. Seniors Perkins Aiyegbeni, Peter Hollinger and Jackson Johnson, along with freshman Justus Adams are the individual entries. Hollinger, Peyton Brasser, Dylan Hendricks, Joshua Van Dusseldorp and Caleb Benzing will run the 4×800.

Head Coach Scott Bahrke’s line-up is listed below:

Justus Adams – 110m Hurdles

Perkins Aiyegbeni – 400m

Peter Hollinger – 800m / 4×800

Jackson Johnson – High Jump

Hollinger, Brasser, Hendricks, Van Dusseldorp (alt: Benzing) – 4×800

May 21, 2019 - 9:40 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College freshman Caleb Badura is set to begin play at the 2019 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship this week at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. The four-day, 72-hole championship begins Tuesday, May 21 and will conclude Friday late afternoon, May 24.

Live Scoring

Badura is one of six individuals to qualify for the 2019 Championship, joining Callum Blinkhorn (Lindsey Wilson), Sean Benson (Montana Tech), Tyler Pearson (Indiana East), Robert Penalber (The Master’s) and Phillip Nijoka (Loyola). Individuals who qualify must win his respective conference tournament or be an All-Tournament Team honoree from the previous year’s national championships that did not qualify otherwise.

The 2019 Championship field consists of 156 players from: 19 automatic qualifying teams, one host berth (Benedictine-Mesa), 10 at-large team bids and the six individuals. Oklahoma City is the defending champion and has won the most titles (11) in the field. Morningside is the lone team to qualify from the GPAC.

The second round will be played on Wednesday, May 22, followed by the third round on Thursday. Pairings for the third round are based on the order of finish and will be announced late Wednesday night. The top 17 teams and any player in the top 40 individually make the cut and will play in Friday’s final round.

Badura will take the course at 4:10pm (CST), along with Pearson and Penalber, in the final pairing to begin on the back nine.

Competition is stroke play and each team competes with five golfers (minimum of four) and the top four scores posted each day are counted toward the team standings.

This is the 68th annual championship event and first at the Las Sendas Golf Club.

This is the fifth straight year that a Red Raider golfer / team has played at the NAIA Championship; the Red Raiders qualified as a team the last four years (2015-18).

Northwestern has sent an individual or team to compete at the NAIA championship 11 times; 8x as team -1981, 1998, 2012-13, 2015-18; two previous, Luke Vermeer in 2008 and 2010, as individuals.

Badura qualified for this year’s championship by winning the 72-hole GPAC Championship; the freshman earned GPAC Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors

Badura led the team with a 73.3 scoring average, 2nd best single season average in program history; he won two events and recorded five top 10’s

May 20, 2019 - 3:41 pm - Posted in Sports

The girls All-Siouxland Conference Golf teams are out. West Lyon, MOC-Floyd Valley, Boyden-Hull, and Okoboji each put two golfers on the first team, and Okoboji added another two on the second team.

1st Team Girls:
Hannah Butler OKO 12
Martha Stein OKO 11
Sophie Swart MOC-FV 11
Chloe Harskamp SC 12
Brialle Koerselman BH 12
Grace Bauder WL 10
Ellie Whalen WL 12
Lydia Grond BH 10
Madi Mulder MOC-FV 11
Melissa Postma CL 10

2nd Team Girls:
Marra Oldenkamp SHEL 12
Morgan Slagter SC 12
Sydney Dorn MOC-FV 9
Faith Pearson OKO 11
Isabelle Schneidermann CL 10
Olivia Smith OKO 11
Madilyn Matuska GLR 11
Whitney Anderson BH 12