May 22, 2015 - 9:46 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines — The State Track and Field meet has a three day run set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

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May 21, 2015 - 3:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad. Anglers fishing under the Highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in the upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water.

West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are schooled in the warm water of the canals and harbors as they enter their pre-spawn. Many male bass are already on beds while females are still out swimming the depths. Males are being caught on trick worms, wacky rigs, and drop shots. Females are enjoying jigs and deep diving cranks. Bluegill – Good: The canals are loaded with bluegills. Large and small fish are being caught in good numbers. Crappie – Fair: The trestle is still being reported to be a good bite. The canals are starting to fill with larger crappies. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are being caught along the southeast banks of West near Pillsbury Point and Fort Dodge. Fish the drop offs with dropshots and huskyjerks. Northern Pike – Good: Little Emerson and little millers are filled with northerns. Throw anything and catch a few. Walleye – Slow: Good numbers of walleyes swimming near shore after dark at Pikes Point, Manhattan, Fort Dodge, Pillsbury, and Gull Point. Anglers are catching fish but not in good numbers. Water clarity and temperatures are keeping fish from biting.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Small bass are in trickles. Larger bass are still out deep. Males are staging on beds. Many bedded bass are along the north shore near Trickle Slough. Walleye – Fair: Few above the slot walleye are being caught but many in the 10-14inch range are being caught at Marble and Templar on the rock bars. Anglers are catching more non-slot walleye at the north grade using worms and small hair jigs. Fishing the channel where the old foot bridge once was is proving to be a good spot for those with waders. Bullhead – Excellent: The north grade is keeping anglers busy with bullheads. Anglers being creeled have reported catching many bullheads over a pound. Anglers are using a worm weighted to the bottom. Yellow Perch – Fair: The fishing pier at the grade is producing more 6-8 inch perch for anglers willing to sort through bullheads and bluegill. Use jig heads and wax worms.

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Anglers are using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inches. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up a lot of 12 to 13 inch and 17 to 19 inch walleye. Try trolling shad colored crankbaits in 7 to 9 feet of water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use traditional catfish baits. A few are also being picked up while walleye fishing.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove is 1050 cfs (48th percentile) and around Correctionville is 1830 cfs (71st percentile).

Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of Town Bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.

Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Yellows are biting in 8 feet of water on soft plastic shad. Anglers are getting their fill this week.

May 19, 2015 - 4:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa —Miranda Mouw (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Northwestern College next year.

Mouw ran four years for the Sioux Center track and field and cross country teams. Mouw earned all-conference honors and qualified for the state cross country meet two years. She also qualified for the state meet and was named all-conference as a member of the 4×800 relay as a senior. Mouw has a personal best of 2:30 in the 800m. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Mouw plans to major in exercise science/physical therapy at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Steve and Heather.

“We are thrilled that Miranda is joining our cross country team this fall,” commented head coach Scott Bahrke. “Her experience at the state meet will be a good asset for her and our team. We welcome Miranda to our Red Raider cross country family.”

May 19, 2015 - 3:14 pm - Posted in Sports

golf picThe 2015 All Siouxland Conference Golf teams are out for both boys and girls golf. Sheldon’s Rachel Abele, Tyler Merley, and Dominic Sievert all earned first team honors for the Orabs, while MOC Floyd Valley lead the first team selections with 6. The complete list of 1st and 2nd teams is listed below.

Siouxland Conference 2015 Golf All-Conference Team
Girls 1st Team Boys 1st Team
Alex Mankle—12 OKO Tyler Merley—9 Sheldon
Anna Clemens—12 MOC-FV Tate Arends—10 MOC-FV
Brooke Grimes—12 S-O Trenton De Haan—9 MOC-FV
Rachel Abele—12 Sheldon Jaden Snyder—9 WL
Kira Jasper—12 MOC-FV Ethan Mino—12 S-O
Kenz Eichman—12 RV Matt Van Engen—11 SC
Josie Van Roekel—11 MOC-FV Brandt Boekhout—10 CL
Brooke Wiersma—12 MOC-FV Brock De Boer—11 SC
Sarah Honken—12 S-O Braden De Boer—12 SC
Hannah Sieperda—11 CL Dominic Seivert—10 Sheldon
Girls 2nd Team Boys 2nd Team
Megan Grimes—9 S-O Kyle Baartman—10 B-H
Jenessa Herman—11 CL Davis Van Roekel—10 B-H
Britta Harberts—10 S-O Major Postma—12 S-O
Sydney Peterson—12 CL Dylan Whalen—12 WL
Bri Koedam—11 RV Tyler Pennings—12 MOC-FV
Samantha VanderVelde-10 SC Nik Mankle—10 OKO
Katie Storm—12 Sheldon Chandler Brunsting—11 B-H
Rebekah Ripperda—12 WL Evan Mehls—11 S-O


warriors logoRock Rapids Iowa — The Sioux Center Warriors swept the team titles at this years Siouxland Conference Track and Field Meets hosted by Central Lyon. On the girls side Sioux Center outpaced MOC Floyd Valley 133-124. In the boys competition Sioux Center totaled 142 points to Boyden Hull Rock Valley’s 100.5

Multiple winners for the girls included Rebekah Muilenburg of MOC Floyd Valley in the 100,200 and 400. Team mate Jaycee Vander Berg was first in the 800, 1500 and 3000. Sioux Center relay teams claimed the 4 x 100,200 and 400 along with the distance medley and shuttle hurdle relay.

Sheldon had first place finishes from Katie Kneifl in the long jump and Bryn Groff in the 100 meter hurdles

Girls – Team Rankings – 19 Events Scored
1) Sioux Center 133
2) MOC-Floyd Valley 124
3) Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 79
4) Sheldon 70
5) Central Lyon 56
6) Sibley-Ocheyedan 40
7) West Lyon 31
8) Okoboji- Milford 29 133

Multiple winners for the boys included Derek Hooyer of Sioux Center who won the 100 and 200. Team mate Chris Borchers was first in the 400 and 800 with Warrior relay teams claiming the 4 x 100 and the shuttle hurdle relay.

First place finishes for Sheldon came from the Distance medley and 4 x 800 relay teams. Individually Mark Ahlers claimed the 1600 with Darin Greenfield winning the 100 meter hurdles.

Boys – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
1) Sioux Center 142
2) Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 100.50
3) Sheldon 84.50
4) Sibley-Ocheyedan 61
5) MOC-Floyd Valley 55
6) Central Lyon 53
7) West Lyon Wildcats 32
8) Okoboji- Milford 30

For complete results click on the link below

2015 SiouxlandConferenceTrack Results

May 8, 2015 - 1:19 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College logoOrange City, Iowa —Justine Van Sloten (Maurice, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Northwestern College next year.

Van Sloten is a 5’6” sprinter and hurdler who ran four years for Unity Christian High School. Van Sloten has personal bests of 16.09 in the 100m hurdles, 13 in the 100m, 28.28 in the 200m and 74.3 in the 400m hurdles. An honor roll student, Van Sloten plans to major in elementary education and special education at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Cory and Arla.

“We are happy to have Justine join our women’s hurdle crew next year,” commented head coach Scott Bahrke. “She has great work ethic and will continue to improve over the course of her career at Northwestern College.”

moc_Floyd Valley logoNorthwest Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley posted a team total 188 to win the team title at the Siouxland Conference girls golf meet hosted by Boyden Hull Thursday. The Lady Dutch were in at 188 followed by Sibley Ocheyedan at 191. Central Lyon was next at 201 with Rock Valley at 211 and Okoboji at 214 to round out the top five.

Medalist honors went to Okoboji’s Alex Mankle with a 38. Brooke Grimes of Sibley Ocheyedan shot a 45 with team mates Kira Jasper and Anna Clemons of MOC Floyd Valley both at 46. Kenzi Eichmann of Rock Valley and Megan Grimes of Sibley Ocheyedan were both at 47.

For complete results click on the link below

2015 Siouxland Conference Girls Golf Meet hosted by Boyden Hull 5-7-15

warriors logoSioux Center Iowa — The Warriors defended the home course as they out shot MOC Floyd Valley 155-156 in Siouxland Conference boy’s golf Thursday. Sheldon was third at 166 with Okoboji at 166 and Sibley Ocheyedan at 168 to round out the top five.

Medalist honors went to Tate Arends of MOC Floyd Valley and Brock De Boer who both carded rounds of 36. Major Postma of Sibley Ocheyedan was in at 37 with Collin De Graf of MOC Floyd Valley, Matt Van Engen of Sioux Center and Luke Wollenburg of Okoboji all at 39. Sheldon was led by Tyler Merley, Phil Cain and Payton Radke who all shot rounds of 41.

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2015 Siouxland Conference Boys Golf – SC Team Results

Northwestern logoOrange City, IA — The Northwestern College athletic department announced the recipients of its end-of-the-season awards for the 2014-15 school year. These include the Vander Stoep Award, George Dunlop Sportsmanship Award and the Heidi Jeltema Altena Christian Women’s Athlete Award.

Karen Ettleman (Logan, Iowa) and Mitch Peschon (Spirit Lake, Iowa) received the prestigious Vander Stoep Award for women’s and men’s athletics.

The Vander Stoep Award takes into consideration attitude and sportsmanship on and off the playing field and comparative contributions made to the success of the team. To be eligible, an athlete must have attended Northwestern College for four consecutive semesters and must also have participated in one or two sports for at least two years, while earning a minimum of two varsity letters in one or more sports.

A four-year letterwinner in both basketball and track and field, Ettleman is a two-time All-American for the Red Raiders women’s basketball team. She led the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in scoring at 22 points per game was also a first team all-conference selection. Ettleman closed her career with 1,772 points, ranking eighth all-time, 588 rebounds, 307 assists (14th), 202 steals (11th) and 54 blocks (10th).

“Karen is a tremendous athlete with a strong work ethic,” said head basketball coach Chris Yaw. “Beyond her athletic ability is her commitment to Christ and her passion to impact others through her faith. The Vander Stoep award offers a prestigious recognition for Karen’s abilities on the court and on the track along with her desire to honor others and God with her abilities through sportsmanship and respect.”

Ettleman is a seven-time All-American in track and field heading into the 2015 NAIA Outdoor track and field championships held later this month. Ettleman finished third in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March and placed second in both the long jump and heptathlon at last year’s NAIA Outdoor Championship. She has earned All-American honors three times in the 100m hurdles and twice in the long jump.

“Karen is a very gifted athlete,” commented head track and field coach Scott Bahrke. “This is evident in how well she performs across so many events in track & field. She goes out and competes, because God has blessed her with those gifts. Karen does not do it for the medals or her name in the paper. She is simply glorifying God. She is a great encourager for her teammates. Karen is open about her faith in Jesus and loves to share the news of our Savior.”

Peschon is four-year starter and 2014 NAIA All-American for the Red Raider baseball team. Also a NAIA Preseason All-American this past year, Peschon was one of the top players in the conference, totaling 11 home runs and 65 runs while hitting .360 this season. Named GPAC player of the Year in 2014, Peschon is a two-time first team all-conference selection and finishes his career tied for first in home runs with 28.

“This is a great honor for Mitch,” said head baseball coach Brian Wede. “He played a key role in our success on the field throughout his four year career, helping us win two conference championships and twice qualifying for the NAIA National Championship-Opening Round. Everyone that watched Mitch play will remember some of the no doubt home runs he hit but his teammates will also remember that Mitch was a good teammate and was always willing to put others before himself. It was a complete blessing that Mitch put on a Northwestern uniform for four seasons.”

Ettleman was also named the recipient of the Heidi Jeltema Altena Christian Women’s Athlete Award.

The Christian Women’s Award was established in 1982 by the Carl Ver Steeg family, parents of Mary Ver Steeg. Mary was instrumental in the development of varsity women’s sports programs at Northwestern College. She coached women’s basketball for six years and volleyball for four years. In 2006, the name of the award was changed to the Heidi Jeltema Altena Christian Woman Athlete Award in memory of Heidi, who demonstrated a sincere Christian faith and servant heart as well as being an outstanding athlete at Northwestern College. The winners of this award must demonstrate a lifestyle and conduct that reflects their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ while participating in athletics. They must also demonstrate qualities of leadership on and off the court or field.

In addition to her outstanding athletic accomplishments, Ettleman is a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete in both basketball and track and field. She was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in basketball this past year.

“Karen’s commitment and boldness in her faith give tribute to the Heidi Jeltema Altena award,” said Yaw. “Karen’s humility and Christian service have been evident and impactful on the basketball and track programs at NWC. I am excited for Karen to be recognized for her accomplishments and, most importantly, for whom she is.”

Logan Hovland (Thompson, Iowa) is this year’s recipient of the George Dunlop Sportsmanship Award. The George Dunlop Sportsmanship Award was originated in 1968 by Mike Eischeid in memory of his late grandfather. Eischeid was a punter in the Super Bowl for both the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings. To win the honor, one must represent the finest in character and sportsmanship, not only on the athletic field, but off the field, in classroom activities, and in his everyday life and relationship with others. He must do his best at all times, regardless of the job or position he is asked to hold or play.

A four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track and field, Hovland helped lead the Red Raider cross country team to a berth in the NAIA National Championships and a final ranking of 21st. Hovland is a six-time All-American heading into this year’s NAIA Outdoor Championships and was part of a 4×800 relay that won the GPAC Championship last week.

“Logan is such a solid guy, leading by example; always giving 100% to the workout,” stated Bahrke. “He is a great role model for the younger guys on the team. Logan was willing to be a mentor and help them navigate through college life with Christ at the center. He does not say much, but when he speaks everyone listens. Logan will make a great teacher and coach someday if that is what the Lord calls him to do.”

naia_logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the qualifiers for the 2015 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships. The 64th annual event will take place at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 19-22.

First and second round pairings for the championships will be announced Friday by 5 p.m. CDT on

The 156-player field consists of 21 automatic qualifying teams, which won or finished runner-up in their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, along with seven at-large berths.

The only GPAC team earn a spot in the Men’s National Golf Championship is Northwestern College of Orange City.

2015 Men’s Golf National Championships Team Qualifiers (listed alphabetical)

School Qualification
Bellevue (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Bethany (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
British Columbia At-Large No. 2
Cal State San Marcos Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion
Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Coastal Georgia At-Large No. 1
Concordia (Ore.) Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion
Culver-Stockton (Mo.) Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Dalton State (Ga.) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Davenport (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Host Berth
Grand View (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion
Jamestown (N.D.) Unaffiliated Group – GCAC/North Star Tournament Champion
Johnson & Wales (Fla.) The Sun Conference Tournament Champion
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Frontier Conference Tournament Championship
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion
Marian (Ind.) Crossroads League Tournament Champions
Northwestern (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Oklahoma City Unaffiliated Group – RRAC/SAC Tournament Champion
Point Park (Pa.) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
St. Francis (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up
Tennessee Wesleyan Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Texas Wesleyan At-Large No. 4
The Master’s (Calif.) Unaffiliated Group – Cal Pac/GSAC Tournament Champion
USC Beaufort (S.C.) At-Large No. 5
Victoria (B.C.) At-Large No. 6
Wayland Baptist (Texas) At-Large No. 3
Webber International (Fla.) At-Large No. 7
William Woods (Mo.) American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion