February 27, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in Sports

basketballThe South O’Brien Wolverines are headed to Substate following a 53-45 win over Boyden Hull in the Class 1A District 1 final at Sioux Center Thursday night. Their opponent will be Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire who defeated Newell Fonda 53-48 for the District 2 title. Tip off will be at 7:00 at the field house in Spencer.

Boyden Hull led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. South O’Brien would get the game back to even in the second quarter and take a 29-23 lead into half time. At the end of the third quarter the lead was up to 39-30. Down the stretch the Wolverines were able to secure the win at the free throw line. In the final quarter South O’Brien who came in shooting 73% on the year as a team from the line went 10-of-14 in the fourth quarter. For the game the Wolverines were 14-of-19.

South O’Brien was led by Dallas Jalas with a game high 24 points. His line included four 3-point buckets and a 6-of-8 performance from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kyle Paulsen hit for 9 points with Damon Struve adding 8 more.

Boyden Hull got 16 points from Chandler Brunsting and 12 each from Dalton Moser and Justin Schmidt.

With the win South O’Brien improves to 21-3. The Comets end the year at 19-5. The 8th ranked Wolverines will meet unranked Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire in Saturday’s Substate game with a Boys State Tournament berth on the line. Tip off at 7:00 in Spencer and we’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.

February 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center –- Dordt College has announced the addition of men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate varsity sport, to begin play during the 2015-16 school year. The men’s volleyball program will be the ninth varsity sport offered by Dordt College, joining the current offerings of: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track

Dordt College Athletic Director Glenn Bouma said, “Adding men’s volleyball to our intercollegiate offerings has been an ongoing discussion for the past several years. Our club team has been very active and there is a growing interest in men’s volleyball by incoming students.  We’re excited about this opportunity to offer men’s volleyball in our athletic program.”

Tabbed to be head coach of the program is Chad Hanson. Hanson will continue to coach the women’s program, a position he has held since 2011. Hanson has guided the women’s program to an 81-49 record and a berth in the 2013 NAIA National Championship field.

Dordt College has had an active club team competing in men’s volleyball since the 2013-14 school year and this year’s team has won three tournaments and is currently 17-0 in matches.

The men’s volleyball season begins in early January and is capped by the NAIA National Invitational in late April.

February 26, 2015 - 3:16 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

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch caught are coming from anglers who are staying on the ice past sunset.

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Few anglers have been successful fishing for bluegills on the south end. Reports show few quality fish in the 8 inch range. Much sorting is needed.

Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill – Good: Fishermen are reporting an increase in activity for quality bluegill.  Fish size ranges from 6-10 inches. Anglers are using similar presentations everywhere, using small jigs varying in color and size tipped with wax worms. Keep the jig about a foot off the.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are said to be schooling in deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps are proving to produce the most success.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 16 -21 inches of ice; there are reports of several small areas of open water: one near College Island, one just north of the big island, and one just off of the Chautauqua Park jetty.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near the Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point.   A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows work best.

February 19, 2015 - 5:04 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.

Northwest

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 15 -20 inches of ice; there are reports of a small area of open water near College Island and another just north of the big island. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point. A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows are working the best.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Very few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch being caught are from anglers staying on the ice past sunset.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards bay. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Clear Lake

The bite has been a bit slower in this cold weather. Reminder – Permeant ice shacks must be removed by February 20th. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been caught in 8-10 feet of water on the little lake and in the Baptist Camp area. Anglers have reported bigger yellows and less sorting on the main lake around the island in about 12 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Action for crappies has slowed but they can still be caught in the deeper water (18-24 feet) on the little lake. Most of the crappies being kept are 10-12 inches. Morning bite is good until about 10am then slower action in midday and picking up around 4pm. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes have been caught near the west aerator this week. Channel Catfish – Slow: An occasional catfish has been caught. Try Farmers Beach to Baptist camp area.

February 12, 2015 - 3:43 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.

Northwest

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake has around 14 -18 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye along the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. They are having the best luck using spoons and minnows. Anglers have also reported having luck fishing in 5-6 feet of water during low light conditions and dredge cuts during the day. Yellow Perch – Slow: Yellow perch are being picked up just about anywhere using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

Big Spirit Lake

Reminder – walleye season open thru February 14th on Spirit, East and West Okoboji Lakes.

Walleye – Slow: The walleye bite has slowed during the day; the night bite has been more consistent. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish.

West Okoboji Lake

Reminder – walleye season open thru Feb. 14th on Spirit, East and West Okoboji Lakes.

Bluegill – Good: Nice sized bluegills are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers Bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Good: Fish are being caught in various locations. Try Millers Bay in around 20 feet water. Small jigs and wax worms have produced the best action.

February 10, 2015 - 12:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center, Iowa– Mitchell Sandbulte, a senior at Sioux Center High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender baseball and football programs.

Sandbulte, an offensive lineman, earned all-district honors in football for the 2014 season while helping Sioux Center to a state runner-up finish.  He was also a letterwinner in 2013 when Sioux Center advanced to the state semifinals.  Sandbulte also claimed academic all-conference honors in 2014.

Sandbulte earned honorable mention all-conference accolades as a junior while batting .263 with 21 hits, 22 runs batted in, three doubles and a .985 fielding percentage at first base.  Sioux Center claimed the Siouxland Conference title in 2014.

Mitchell is the son of Owen and Teresa Sandbulte of Sioux Center, Iowa.  He plans to study Agriculture and Education at Dordt College.

February 6, 2015 - 11:42 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Jill Vander Plaats (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Northwestern College next year.

Vander Plaats is a multi-sports standout who lettered four years for the Sioux Center High School volleyball team. A 6’0” middle hitter, Vander Plaats earned second team all-state honors after leading the Warriors to the class 3A state tournament and a 31-9 overall record. She put down a team-high 2.7 kills while hitting .320 out of the middle. Vander Plaats totaled 63 blocks, 49 ace serves and averaged 1.1 digs per set. She was a three-time all-conference selection and was named to the 3A West all-district team. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Vander Plaats plans to major in business at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Preston and Lori.

“Jill is a versatile attacker who can play multiple positions along the front row,” commented head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. “She is a great competitor who will make players better around her. We are excited that Jill is going to become a Red Raider and look forward to the positive impact that she will have on our team and on campus.”

February 5, 2015 - 3:27 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.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake has around 13-18 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye along the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. They are having the best luck using spoons and minnows. Some walleye are also being caught along the north shore and near the Stony Point area. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some yellow perch are being picked up near the east shore around Kings Point area. Try using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are variable with snow on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised at this time. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover, and 9 inches where there was snow cover. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few reports have shown that the perch bite on Spirit Lake has slowed. With only single digit catches coming off Stoney. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are still being caught off Stoney Point but in fewer numbers than before. None have been creeled but reports from some fishermen have shown that the bite is occurring in the later hours after dark.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 foot range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with wax worms are presenting the most success.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Thin ice signs have been placed around the open water; ice conditions are variable with bad ice present in places. Ice conditions around the open water are variable with the thickest ice around 15-16 inches. The south end of open water has some ice at only 5 inches.

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Millers bay is still presenting a quality bite for those who want to brave the wind and cold. These perch are being caught in 20+ feet of water, size ranging from 7-10 inch. Anglers are having success using small jigs and wax worms. Fishermen are using jigging raps when the bite gets slow to bring fish back in. Most bays have been experiencing a quality perch bite once these fish are found. Crappie – Fair: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 foot of water. Working jigs high in the water column has led to success on multiple occasions for some anglers. Emerson has been seeing few of these crappies but they are beginning to school up in the deeper waters later in the afternoon. Right before dark these fish are beginning to show up in both Emerson and Millers. Bluegill – Good: Gills of nice size are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water.

February 5, 2015 - 12:18 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College logoOrange City — The Northwestern College football team added six recruits on a busy National Signing Day for head coach Kyle Achterhoff and his coaching staff. The 2014 recruit class now totals 14, with eight players already committing to Northwestern.Three of the six have ties to the KIWA listening area.

Tyler Schuck (Marcus, Iowa) is a 6’1”, 275-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played three years for Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School. Schuck earned second team all-state and first team all-district honors after leading his team to a state semifinal berth and a 10-3 overall record.

Austin Rhodes (Sioux Center, Iowa) is a 5’8”, 190-pound linebacker and offensive lineman who played three years for Sioux Center High School. Rhodes was part of an offensive line that paved the way for one of the top offenses in the state, totaling 4,956 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Also with ties to northwest iowa is Austin Van Veldhuizen (Ontario, Calif.) he’s a 6’5”, 225-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played three years for Ontario Christian.

February 3, 2015 - 10:41 am - Posted in Sports

Northwesstern logoOrange City, Iowa — Madison Beaver (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern next year.

Beaver is a multi-sports standout who has played four years for the Sioux Center High School softball team heading into her final season. The 5’9” shortstop hit a team-best .482, totaling 53 hits with eight doubles and two triples, in leading her team to a substate berth and a 26-4 overall record last year. Beaver also led the Siouxland Conference with 37 stolen bases, earning second team all-state honors. Beaver is a three-time all-conference selection, earning first team honors the last two years, and was named all-district as a junior. A member of the National Honor Society, Beaver plans to major in biology at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Paul and Pam.

“We are pleased to have Madison join our softball program,” commented head coach Chris Nachtigall. “Madison is an excellent athlete that comes from a very strong high school program. She is a person of tremendous character and work ethic that has led to great success both on the field and in the classroom. With these qualities, we are confident that Madison will have an immediate impact on campus and in our softball program.”