April 27, 2016 - 12:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few perch.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

 

ihsaa_officeBoone Iowa — A total of 183 athletic officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center.

Among those being honored as officials of the year in Iowa will be longtime boys and girl’s official Scott Wynja of Sheldon. Wynia is being recognized as the boys’ basketball official of the year in the state of Iowa by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Tim Rogers of Orange City is being honored as the Northwest District’s Aspiring New Official of the year.

Ron Baack of Spirit Lake is being recognized for his 50 years as an official.

Terry McMillen of Orange City is being recognized for 35 years.

Daniel Kruse and Eldon Maxwell of Rock Rapids along with Jeff Ten Napel of Sibley are 25 year honorees.

Timothy Brunsting of Hull and Jamie Arend of Sibley are both 15 year honorees.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center, Community Choice Credit Union.

April 21, 2016 - 12:06 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwesstern logoOrange City, Iowa —Kelsey Lang has signed a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track and field careers at Northwestern College next fall.

Lang is a three-year letter winner for both the MOC-Floyd Valley High School cross country and track and field teams. A three-year state qualifier in cross country, Lang earned all-state honors with a ninth place finish at the state meet in 2013 and placed 15th in 2014. She won the Siouxland Conference Individual championship as a senior and finished second in 2014. Lang has a personal best of 20:12 in the 5K.

A three-time state qualifier in track and field, Lang placed 11th at state and also holds the school record as a member of the 4×800 relay. She has personal bests of 2:25 in the 800m and 5:18 in the 1500m. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Lang is the daughter of Chris and Sherry.

“We are thrilled to have Kelsey running for the Red Raiders,” commented head Northwestern cross country and track and field coach Scott Bahrke. “She brings encouragement and excitement to our women’s cross country and track and field teams. Kelsey is a talented distance runner who has a huge heart and it will fun to watch her grow at Northwestern College over the next four years.”

April 21, 2016 - 12:04 pm - Posted in Sports

MoserOrange City, Iowa — Dalton Moser has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next fall.

Moser is a 6’1” shooting guard who played three years for Boyden-Hull High School. Moser ranked second in the Siouxland Conference in scoring, averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game as senior, earning first team all-conference for the second consecutive year. He shot 43% from beyond the arc and ranked second in the conference with 68 three-pointers. Moser earned third team all-conference accolades as a sophomore while also being named to the all-Northwest Iowa Review team. Also an all-district selection in football, Moser plans to major in business at Northwestern. He is the son of Jason and Susan.

“Dalton is a hard working, tough and competitive guard,” said head Northwestern basketball coach Kris Korver. “He shoots extremely well and is an intelligent ball player. We are excited to have Dalton join us and he will be a great addition to our program and to the Northwestern campus community.”

April 21, 2016 - 8:48 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 1Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for eastern South Dakota and the Tri-State area. For more information head to DakotaAngler.com

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few walleye.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

 

April 21, 2016 - 8:09 am - Posted in Sports

BakkerOrange City, Iowa — Kyle Bakker has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next fall.

Bakker is a 6’4” forward who played three years for Boyden-Hull High School. Bakker averaged 12 points, 4.7 rebounds and two assists in leading the Comets to the class 1A district finals with a 20-4 overall record. He shot 57% from the field, earning all-conference recognition as a senior. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Bakker plans to major in accounting or Agri-Business at Northwestern. He is the son of Ryan and Jaime.

“Kyle is an athletic forward with a long wing span,” said head Northwestern basketball coach Kris Korver. “He has been coached well, has a good shooting touch and is a hard worker on the court. We are glad to have Kyle join us here at Northwestern.”

Western Christian 2Lincoln Nebraska — Hull native Nancy Meendering Metcalf is one of seven distinguished student-athletes who will be enshrined in the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. The Nebraska Athletics Department made the announcement on Wednesday, April 13. The group will be the second class to be inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame, which was created last spring.

Nancy (Meendering) Metcalf earned multiple first-team All-America honors on the court and in the classroom while starring for the Nebraska volleyball team from 1997 to 2001. A three-time first-team All-American, Metcalf was also a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and a two-time NCAA Regional MVP.

She capped her career with one of the greatest seasons in program history as a senior in 2001, when she was a finalist for the Honda Award – presented to the nation’s most outstanding player – and was also named the CoSIDA Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year. Metcalf helped lead Nebraska to a trio of Big 12 titles and two NCAA Semifinals appearances during her four seasons on the court, and she also played a role in the Huskers’ national championship in 2000, when Metcalf redshirted following time spent training with the U.S. National Team.

In the classroom, Metcalf was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, and she earned an NCAA Top 10 Award. Metcalf ended her career with 13 school records, and she still holds Nebraska match records for kills (39) and aces (7). She earned her degree in advertising from the University of Nebraska in 2001 and continued her career following graduation, representing the United States at the 2004 Olympics.

The Hall of Fame class is tentatively scheduled to be formally inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of September 17th when the Husker football team hosts Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

In conjunction with an enshrinement ceremony, a plaque with the names of the seven members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class will be added to the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame Plaza, which was completed last fall.

Metcalf attended Nebraska following a standout career at Western Christian High School.

This years Hall of Fame class also includes Heather Brink (women’s gymnastics),Phil Cahoy (men’s gymnastics), Janet (Kruse) Sellon (volleyball), Nicola Martial (women’s track and field) along with Johnny Rodgers and Will Shields from the football program.

April 14, 2016 - 2:24 pm - Posted in Sports

fishingSpirit 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)

Water temperatures are in the upper 40’s. A few walleye have been picked up near shore. Anglers have had the most luck fishing the north side of the lake near the Chautauqua Jetty.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good numbers of fish have been caught fishing the shallow rock piles casting jigs tipped with live bait. Look for sunny warm days with calm conditions for the best action. Black Bullhead – Fair: Look for action at the north grade to improve as water temperatures warm. Fish crawlers on the bottom.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers fishing after dark will catch acceptable size and larger fish. Use cut bait on the bottom for this hard fighting game fish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow perch and yellow bass action have been reported from the trestle located on the south end of the lake.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Shore anglers fishing after dark will have the best action. Cast slowing moving lures such as a modified minnow imitation lure.

West Okoboji Lake

Black Crappie – Fair: Look for action to pick up for this species as the water warms.

Due to the windy weather, fishing activity has been limited at the Iowa Great Lakes. Expect increased activity as warmer temperatures are expected.

April 8, 2016 - 8:57 am - Posted in Sports

Boyden-Hull School LogoSioux Center — Alexa De Ruyter, a senior at Boyden-Hull High School in Hull, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the women’s volleyball program.

The 5-11 middle and outside hitter is a two year starter for the Comets. During her senior campaign she averaged 1.03 blocks per set, with 27 solo blocks on the year. She earned the Boyden-Hall team award for Most Dedicated player in 2015. In 2014 she led the Siouxland Conference with 1.65 blocks per set. Her average was the second highest mark in Iowa in Class 2A. She posted a personal best 17 blocks in one match during her junior season. De Ruyter was an Academic All-Conference honoree in both volleyball and basketball for her efforts in the classroom. She was also a state track meet participant during her sophomore and junior year.

Alexa is the daughter of Mark and Jill De Ruyter of Boyden, Iowa. She intends to study nursing at Dordt.

Head Coach Chad Hanson said, “I noticed Alexa play during a club tournament with her long blocking arms and strong hustle with a positive team-first attitude. She will provide depth for us in the middle or right side positions. We are grateful for the time invested into Alexa by her high school coach Melannie Hofmeyer and club coach Jocelyn Doorenbos.

April 7, 2016 - 3:08 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 2Spirit 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

Beeds Lake

Not much angler activity this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Channel catfishing is usually good after ice-out on the causeway near the bridges. Use cut bait or worms.

Lake Smith

Not much angler activity this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish in the shallower water or bays on the warmer days or on the windward shorelines where bait is pushed.

Clear Lake

Water temperature is around 44 degrees. Walleye – Good: Shore fisherman near the Ventura grade have caught some walleyes during the day and at dark on minnows and twisters. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish action has been good this past week. Use cut bait, worms or minnows near inlets and windblown shorelines in the early season. The water is still very clear in the shallows, so fish a little deeper on calm days. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills have been caught in the canals. Fish with small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Muskellunge – Fair: Target shallow flats along the shoreline on the east end of the lake. Use a jig and a minnow or a slow moving artificial. Walleye anglers have caught a few near the outlet on the east end and also by the Marsh inlet by the Ventura grade. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Check out the edges or inside the rushes around the lake as crappies will likely be found near them as well. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been caught in low numbers off the Grade. Farmer’s beach and Baptist camp shorelines can be good spots in the early season.

Crystal Lake

The fish cleaning station, boat launch dock, and the courtesy dock are in at Crystal Lake.

Blue Pit

Rainbow Trout – No Report: Trout stocked in winter should still be able to be caught throughout spring. Try using a quick searching lure like an inline spinner.

Bluebill Lake

The access gates to the boat ramp are now open and the courtesy dock has been installed. Minimal fishing activity has been observed to date. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass.