October 23, 2020 - 10:24 pm - Posted in Sports

Rock Valley, Iowa — Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley used 5 takeaways and powerful running game to shutout Storm Lake 42-0 at Nick Hulst Field in Rock Valley Friday night to advance to the 3rd round of the high school football playoffs.

After forcing a quick Storm Lake 3-and-out, BHRV travelled 47 yards down the field and scored on a Landyn Van Kekerix 18 touchdown reception to make it 7-0 with 7:49 to go in the first quarter.

Kody Noble scored three times in the second quarter from 10, 2, and 8 yards out to give BHRV a 28-0 lead heading into halftime. The 2 yard score was set up by an interception by Cole Huyser taken from the endzone all the way to the Storm Lake 2, and the 8 yarder was set up by a missed handled punt snap by the Tornadoes.

The Nighthawks added two scores in the third and cruised to a 42-0 win.

With the win, BHRV improves to 6-2 on the year. Storm Lake’s season comes to an end at 5-4.

BHRV’s next opponent will be released at noon on Saturday.

October 23, 2020 - 3:47 pm - Posted in Sports

The Lakes Conference All Conference volleyball teams are out.

Western Christian had 3 unanimous selections and 4 total first teamers.

*Denotes unanimous selection
1st Team
Madison Vis – Western Christian*
Jaylin Van Dyken – Western Christian*
Stella Winterfeld – Western Christian*
Jamae Nichols – Cherokee*
Maci Higgins – Spirit Lake*
Allison Piercy – Spencer *
Kya Thiel – ELC
Grace Anderson – Cherokee
Sienna Moss – Western Christian

Second Team
Abby Ver Burg – Western
Emma Westphal – Western
Lydia Van Kley – Western
Camille Zweifel – Cherokee
Teagan Slaughter – Cherokee
Molly Pitts – Cherokee
Brooke Smith – Spirit Lake
Albany Brown – Spencer
Payton Cooper – Spencer
Alyssa Rouse – Spencer
Holly Dierenfield Storm Lake
Brenna Evans – ELC

Honorable Mention
Hanna Kollis – Western
Ellie Dokter – Western
Jada Timmerman – Cherokee
Alexis Pingel – Cherokee
Elsie Parriot – Spirit Lake
Mackenzie Kauffman – Spirit Lake
Karenna Hoben – Spencer
Abby Horst – Spencer
Amy Slight – Storm Lake
Mary Yanga – Storm Lake
Kendyl Ruschy – ELC
Maddie Norton – ELC

The Northwestern College volleyball team is set to make the trip down I29 for a Friday night match against College of Saint Mary. First serve in Omaha, Neb. is set for 7:30pm.

Northwestern has won seven consecutive matches and is 9-1 in the GPAC, 1/2 game in back of unbeaten and first place Jamestown. They are 11-1 overall. College of Saint Mary has lost five straight and is in 10th place in the GPAC at 2-6, 7-6 overall.

Following a 7-1 start, College of Saint Mary has lost its last five matches and brings a 7-6 record into Friday night’s match. They are currently in 10th place in the GPAC standings with a 2-6 record as they begin the second half of their conference slate. Most recently, they have lost to Jamestown, Midland, Briar Cliff, Morningside and Concordia.

Pruett is in his fourth season as the Flames head coach and returns four starters, 10 players from a 2019 team that qualified for the NAIA Championship Final site. They finished with a 25-17 record, 7-9 (8th) in the GPAC.

October 23, 2020 - 8:47 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt will travel to Seward, Nebraska for a GPAC football contest on Saturday afternoon, October 24 with kickoff at 1:00.

The Bulldogs are 4-1 this season in the GPAC and overall with their loss coming at the hands of Northwestern on October 17 by a 44-19 score. Prior to that the Bulldogs opened the season with wins over Doane, Hastings, Briar Cliff and Jamestown.

Patrick Daberkow’s team is averaging 24 points per game and has been stingy on defense with 16 points given up per game. Concordia has rushed for 152 yards per game and 230 in the air. Teams are rushing for 107 yards against the Bulldog defense while throwing for 207.

The Defenders are 4-1 this season and in the GPAC with wins over Midland (22-14), Dakota Wesleyan (47-10), Jamestown (66-13) and Doane (44-19). The loss for Dordt cam on October 3 against Northwestern (48-40).

The Defenders run for 292 yards per game on average and pass for 239. Dordt’s defense allows 110 yards per game on the ground and 196 in the air. Dordt is outscoring teams on average 44-21.

Noah Clayberg has completed 77-114 passes for 979 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions. He has also run 75 times for 528 yards—a 7.0 yards per carry average and has nine rushing touchdowns. Carter Schiebout has 420 yards rushing on 66 attempts with a 6.4 yards per carry average with five touchdowns. Michael Sondermann has run 49 times for 195 yards and a 4.0 yards per carry average.

Levi Jungling has caught 37 passes for a 12.9 yards per catch average and has three touchdown catches. Ben Heuvelhorst has a 9.8 yards per catch average with two touchdowns and 17 snags. Jayden Huisman has nine catches for 13.8 yards per catch and Raphael Carr has an 11.4 yards per catch average on eight catches.

Brett Zachman has converted 21-26 point after tries and is 5-5 on field goal attempts with a long of 43. Clayberg has punted 14 times for a 39.7 yards per punt average.

Josh Mrazek has 29 tackles and Nathan Kabongo and Bryce Christian each have 25 tackles. Brayton Van Kekerix has 24 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and Jalen Placide has 23 tackles. Colyn Oostenink, David Kacmarynski and Thomas Macomber all have four sacks.

October 22, 2020 - 2:49 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 have dropped to the upper 40’s. Anglers are picking up yellow perch and crappie along Ice House point, the stone piers, and the fish house in Town Bay. Yellow Perch -Fair: Look for perch near shore. Anglers have had luck along Ice House Point and in Town Bay. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleye along the north shore, Ice House Point and near the outlet on the east shoreline. Bluegill – Fair: Pick up bluegill along shore with small jigs. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig or a small live minnow under a bobber in and around the fish house in Town Bay and along Ice House Point.

Brushy Creek Lake
Brushy Creek has been drawn down about 4-5 feet for a construction project. Launch boats at the north ramp or the west ramp. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig fished under a bobber near submerged woody structure along shore. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Slow. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near rocky areas and submerged woody structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits fished near the bottom in 10-15 feet of water.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
River levels are low; fish are concentrated in deeper holes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish in the deeper areas with cut bait, liver or stinkbait fished on the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Water clarity is good. Look for walleye in deeper areas; use crawlers, twisters or crankbaits.

North Twin Lake
Water levels are about 15 inches below crest. Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long. Try around the dead falls and woody structure along the shoreline just to the south of Featherstone Park. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake. If fishing from shore, let the bait sit near the bottom. Use crawlers or dip baits. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs tipped with a crawler fished under a bobber near vegetation edges. Walleye – Slow: With cooler water temperatures, try fishing near shore with twisters or leeches. Recent surveys show a lot of big walleye along the shore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Water clarity is good. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye, and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Shore fishing has been productive. Try twisters or minnows/leeches fished under a bobber along shore at the marina, near the outlet and along the north and east shores in the main lake. White Bass – Fair: Pick up white bass from shore. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a variety of dip baits and cut baits fished near shore and anywhere with rocky structure or rock piles. Bluegill – Slow: Find bluegill along shore near rocks and patches of vegetation. Use a small jig with a piece of crawler fished under a small bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Water temperatures in most area lakes are in the upper 40’s. Most lake levels are over a foot low. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-40’s. The Ventura Access boat ramp is closed while a new boat ramp is installed. The fish cleaning station has closed for the season. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success pitching a jig and minnow in 4 to 9 feet of water. Best bite is early morning and evening. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler. Use your electronics to find and stay on fish. White Bass – Fair.

Rice Lake
Bluegill – Slow. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a small minnow along the north shore near the boat ramp or the deeper water on the south shore by the homes. You may have to use larger bait to catch keeper-size fish. With clear water conditions, the best bite is early morning and evenings. Largemouth Bass – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

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

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 55 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Find schools in deeper water. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good. Yellow Bass – Good.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or other slow-moving jigs.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Excellent. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open; the bite should pick up as water temperatures continue to fall. The water temperature is 52 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore. Walleye – Fair: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crankbaits to cover more water. Black Bullhead – Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade. Yellow Perch – Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are starting to be found closer to shore from accessible areas such as docks. Other areas to try are small humps in the main basin or weed edges.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 55 degrees. The panfish bite has been good. The ability to anchor or use Spot Lock is very useful to stay on fish in about 20-30 feet of water. Fish will start to move to shallower water soon and be able to be caught from docks/shore. Bluegill – Good: Schools are deeper off shore. Try fishing in 20-30 feet of water off most points. Anglers have had success using pilkies. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find smallmouth bass on rock piles or on the points. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Find largemouth bass on the weed lines. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore. Yellow Bass – Good: Easily find yellow bass while fishing for bluegill.

Iowa Great Lake water temperatures are around 43 degrees or lower. The extended forecast calls for continued cooler temperatures. Air temperatures are expected to be in the 20’s to upper 30’s for the remainder of the week. The area walleye bite has started to pick up in many wadable areas off shore. The yellow perch bite has began to pick up in many area lakes. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

October 22, 2020 - 2:08 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt will travel to Yankton to face the Mount Marty Lancers on Friday night, October 23 and the College of Saint Mary Flames on Saturday afternoon, October 24.

The junior varsity match will start at 6:00 and the varsity will get underway at 7:30 against Mount Marty and the Saturday match will start with junior varsity play at 12:00 and the varsity will follow at 1:30.

Mount Marty’s current safety protocols dictate no visitor fan attendance at indoor athletic contests.

The Mount Marty Lancers are 5-13 entering play and 0-8 in the league. The Lancers were 5-6 through September 19 and then went idle until October 13. Since re-starting play in mid-October the Lancers are 0-6.

Mount Marty is averaging 10.9 kills per set with a .192 kill efficiency and allow opponents 11.1 kills per outing. Teams also have a 2.3-1.5 points on blocks edge against the Lancers and a 111-71 service ace edge this season. Elizabeth Watchorn leads the team with a 3.1 kills per set average and she gets to 3.9 digs per set. Gabby Ruth is putting down 2.9 kills and Mikaela Ahrendt is at 1.59. Molly Brinkman gets to 4.2 digs per set and Amber Miller is averaging 7.3 assists per set.

The Flames are 7-6 entering the weekend and 2-6 in the GPAC. The College of Saint Mary will face Northwestern on Friday night. Entering the weekend the Flames’ wins in league play are over Doane and Mount Marty. The College of Saint Mary had a substantial shutdown from September 19 to October 10 and have gone 0-5 since resuming the schedule on October 10.

The College of Saint Mary is averaging 12.3 kills per set with 11.9 allowed and teams have a .173 kill efficiency against the Flames. The College of Saint Mary has a 61-47 ace serves advantage but is surrendering 2.3 points per set on blocks while getting 1.81.

The Defenders are 9-5 overall and 8-5 in the league after winning three straight matches.

Dordt is averaging 13.3 kills per set with a .244 kill efficiency and has a 56-40 ace serves edge. The Defenders also record 2.4 points per set on blocks while allowing 12.0 kills per set with 1.4 blocks per outing.

Jessi De Jager leads the team with 2.8 kills per set and a .335 kill efficiency. Brenna Krommendyk’s kills per set average is at 2.6 with a .388 kill efficiency and a team high 1.2 blocks per set. Karsyn Winterfeld accounts for 2.5 kills per set and Allison Timmermans 2.4. Winterfeld is also averaging 2.9 digs per set and Hannah Connelly leads in that category with 4.6 digs per set. Corrina Timmermans and Winterfeld lead the team in ace serves with 21 and 10 respectively. Megan Raszler and Corina Beimers have a 7.3 and 4.9 assists per set average respectively as Dordt has utilized mostly a 6-2 offense this season.

Dordt will host Northwestern on Tuesday, October 27 in the regular season finale for the Defenders.

October 22, 2020 - 12:07 pm - Posted in Sports

Rock Valley Iowa — The Iowa football playoffs hit the round of 32 on Friday. After earning a first round bye Boyden Hull Rock Valley will host Storm Lake in the second round at Rock Valley.

The Nighthawks earned a first round bye as a co-champion of 3A District 1. They finished at 5-2 on the year while Storm Lake has posted a 3-5 record. The Tornadoes advanced with a 36-28 win over Le Mars last Friday in their playoff opener in Storm Lake. The Tornadoes scored 22 straight second half points to erase a 22-14 halftime deficit on route to the win over visiting LeMars at Tornado Field.

Storm Lake and Boyden Hull Rock Valley met in the final week of the regular season at Hull. The Nighthawks earned a 28-14 win after leading at the half 21-7.

It’s the first bye of his career as either a coach or player  for Boyden Hull Rock Valley Head Coach Corey Brandt. He talks about what his team and staff have been up to since the regular season finale.

Brandt had these thoughts about the first meeting between the two teams this season.

Brandt on the challenges presented by the Tornadoes.

Storm Lake Head Coach Rudy Weick is impressed with the Nighthawks ability to take advantage of oportunity.

After eliminating turnovers executing the game plan will be the next priority.

With the added prep time the Tornadoes are  anticipating a few extra “exotics” from the Nighthawks.

Jon and Justin Hellinga bring you the coverage beginning with pregame at 6:30 from Rock Valley. Kick off at 7:00. Listen for the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Streamed from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.



The latest Iowa High School Cross Country team rankings are out from IowaRunJumpThrow.com.

In Class 3A Boys rankings, MOC-Floyd Valley is receiving votes.

Class 2A Boys rankings have Western Christian in the 7 spot, Unity at 13, and Sheldon rounds out the top 15. GLR/CL is receiving votes. Class 2A Girls rankings puts Sibley-Ocheyedan at 10, Cherokee in 11th, and GLR/CL and Okoboji are receiving votes.

For the complete rankings CLICK HERE

October 21, 2020 - 8:51 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defenders held off the Briar Cliff Chargers in set one of their conference match in Sioux City on Tuesday night and went on sweep the Chargers to start a three-match week.

Dordt trailed 4-1 in set one before seemingly taking control of the set with an 18-10 lead. Briar Cliff proceeded to score the next eight points before a Karsyn Winterfeld kill ended the run. Dordt never relinquished the lead but the hosts managed ties at 19, 20, 21 and 22 before back to back kills by Alli Timmermans and Jessi De Jager made it 24-22. Briar Cliff broke Dordt’s serve but a Corrina Timmermans kill gave Dordt a 25-23 win.

Dordt never trailed in set two although the Chargers trimmed the lead to 14-13. A three point run put the Defenders up 17-13 and they went on to win with little incident down the stretch for a 25-17 victory.

Briar Cliff had an early lead in set three and was up 11-7 when Dordt used a timeout. After the break Dordt got a kill from De Jager and an ace serve by Megan Raszler. A kill by Brenna Krommendyk eventually tied the set at 11-11. A tie followed again at 12-12 but Dordt pulled in front 17-13 and was never up by less than two on the way to a 25-19 win.

Dordt will travel to face Mount Marty on Friday night, October 23 before going to Omaha to play the College of Saint Mary on Saturday.

October 21, 2020 - 8:51 am - Posted in Sports

Coming off a four-match home stand last week, the Northwestern College volleyball team returned to the road and made the short trip west to play Mount Marty. The Raiders made short work of the Lancers, downing the hosts in three sets, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-12.

Head Coach Kyle Van Den Bosch’s squad extended their win streak to seven and improved to 9-1 in the GPAC, 11-1 overall.

Northwestern held a significant advantage at the net, both in kill efficiency (.312 – .078) and blocks (10-5). Van Den Bosch and his team limited Mount Marty to a negative hitting percentage in the final set.

Lacey Reitz (20) and Jadeyn Schutt (10) combined for 30 assists in directing the Raider offense. A.J. Kacmarynski smashed a match-high 14 kills and hit .500 for the match; the senior has hit for double figures in five of her last six matches. Makenzie Fink put away nine kills playing on the opposite side of Kacmarynski and hit nearly .500. Anna Wedel and Emily Van Ginkel totaled six kills each and Macay Van’t Hul added three kills and assisted on five blocks.

Set One: 25-20 win
Close early, Northwestern gradually built up a seven-point lead (20-13) after a kill from Van Ginkel and block by Schutt and Van’t Hul. The teams traded points for the rest of the set, resulting in a 25-20 win.

Set Two: 25-17 win
An early 11-3 run put Northwestern in control in set two; Mount Marty did not get any closer than four as the Raiders hit their best (.382), putting away 16 kills in 34 attempts.

Set Three: 25-12 win
Northwestern continued its dominance in the final set, closing the match with an 11-3 run; Fink served the final four points and forced Mount Marty into three hitting errors along with a double block by Taylor Meyer and Katie Peters.

Emily Strasser accounted for 10 digs and totaled two ace serves. Wedel added nine digs and both Van Ginkel and Fink contributed four assisted blocks.

Mount Marty was led by Elizabeth Watchorn with 11 kills and 13 digs.