July 17, 2019 - 3:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center — Dordt University has announced Nathan Bacon will serve as the next baseball coach for the Defenders.

Bacon has served as an assistant baseball coach at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas since the 2015 season while also serving as the director of fitness and facilities and adjunct professor at the school.

“We are pleased Nathan will serve as our next baseball coach,” said Ross Douma, Dordt’s athletic director. “Coach Bacon is held in high regard in baseball circles and has notable experiences as a player and coach at the collegiate level. This experience will serve him well as he develops our baseball program. Most importantly, Nathan’s holistic approach to baseball will serve the young men under his care as they deepen their relationship with the Lord while also playing baseball to the best of their abilities,” said Douma.

The 2018 University of the Ozarks baseball team qualified for the American Southwest Conference post-season tournament for the first time in a decade with 14 league wins. The 2018 team completed a turnaround in the program from a 2015 season when the Eagles posted a 10-29 overall record and a 5-23 conference mark. This past season 11 players earned ASC All-Academic honors and one was an Academic All-American. Five players he coached in 2019 were named all-conference honorees while 10 earned the honor in 2018.

“The strong sense of community on campus became apparent very early on and was a catalyst in my decision to accept the position to lead Dordt University baseball. Additionally, I believe the support the university offers its student-athletes creates a foundation of success for Defender baseball both on and off the field for many years to come. God made it clear to me and my family Dordt University is where we are meant to be. I am excited to begin working and building relationships on campus,” said Bacon.

Bacon has also been a pitching coach at Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and he has been the head coach, general manager and vice president of operations in the Puerto Rico Collegiate League (formerly the Mid Atlantic Collegiate League) since September 2015. He also has head coaching experience with the Beach Collegiate Baseball League based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Bacon is a 2012 graduate of Avila University in Missouri where he finished his playing career with a 20-6 pitching record, was a two-time all-conference honoree and was inducted into the Avila University Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 with the 2012 team. He started his collegiate career at Harding University (Arkansas).

Bacon holds a bachelor’s degree from Avila University and master’s degree from the University of Missouri.

Along with coaching baseball Bacon will serve as a professor in the Health and Human Performance Department at Dordt.

Orange City Iowa — Two members from the Northwestern College football team, Tyson Kooima and Shane Solberg, were named to the College Football America (CFA) Yearbook NAIA Preseason Starting line-up, a preseason honor given to the top players from across the NAIA. 19 programs from around the NAIA had at least one player earn the preseason honor while just five teams had multiple players recognized.

Kooima already has etched his name on several top 10 lists within the program in his two seasons as the team’s signal caller. Kooima ranks seventh in passing yards (5,772), throwing for over 2,800 in each of his first two seasons. The junior has thrown 45 touchdowns, eight most all-time, and has five 300+-yard passing games. Kooima has also rushed for 23 touchdowns and 1,156 yards. He is a two-time all-conference selection and ranked ninth in the NAIA in passing yards in 2018 (2,896).

Solberg had a record-breaking sophomore season last fall in earning in both NAIA All-American and first team all-GPAC honors. The junior wide receiver ranked sixth in the NAIA with a school-record 84 receptions for a school record 1,374 yards (6th in the NAIA) and 13 touchdowns. Solberg set the school record for receiving yards in a game (269 vs Hastings) and caught four touchdown passes in the Red Raiders win over Briar Cliff. He totaled seven 100-yard games and caught at least two passes in all 11 games. Solberg was just the second Red Raider to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Northwestern, under the direction of Head Coach Matt McCarty, finished the 2018 season with a 9-2 record, losing in the first round of the NAIA FCS. They finished the season ranked 12th in the coaches’ poll.

July 12, 2019 - 1:03 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College hosted the first of its two girls basketball camps this week (July 8-10) at the Bultman Center and Rowenhorst Student Center. Over 100 girls in 4th – 8th grades took part in the four-day camp, run by Red Raider Head Coach Chris Yaw, coaching staff and several players.

Below are the award winners:

Hot Shot:
4th  / 5th:
1st Place – C.J. Bader Hinton
2nd Place – Kora Bonderson Gehlen
6th / 7th:
1st Place – Hope Faber Sioux Center
2nd Place – Jayde Kunkel Le Mars
8th:
1st Place – Ali Graettinger Spencer
2nd Place – Gabby Staedtler Spencer
Knockout: 
4th / 5th:
1st Place – Norah Devitt Canton
2nd Place – Keely Derochie Hinton
6th / 7th:
1st Place – Bailee Pohlman Jackson County
2nd Place – Cheyenne Ameen Lawton-Bronson
8th: 
1st Place – Alyssa Van Beek South O’Brien
2nd Place – Karlie Anderson Pella Christian
1-vs-1 (X-out for 4th / 5th grades)
4th / 5th:
1st Place – Gwen Lease Canton
2nd Place – Keely Derochie Hinton
6th / 7th: 
1st Place – Rylie Cother JCC Middle
2nd Place – Hudsyn Ranschau Rock Valley
8th:
1st Place – Fran Travis Spirit Lake
2nd Place – Charlotte Pritchard Spirit Lake
Free Throws
4th / 5th:
1st Place – Gwen Lease Canton
2nd Place – Olivia Brown Le Mars
6th / 7th:
1st – Maci Schmalbeck Sioux Center
2nd – Addyson Leusink MOC-FV
8th:
1st – Katie Heiss Lawton Bronson
2nd – Karlie Anderson Pella Christian
Made 70% Free Throws
Maci Schmalbeck Sioux Center
Lauren Travis Spirit Lake
Rylie Cother JCC Middle
Hudsyn Ranschau Rock Valley
Addyson Leusink MOC-FV
Ashlyn DeJager Lawton Bronson
Sophie Munson Spencer
Katie Heiss Lawton Bronson
Karlie Anderson Pella Christian
Alyssa Van Beek South O’Brien
July 11, 2019 - 2:59 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
Black Hawk Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house.Try also the rock pile off Gunshot Hill as fish have moved deeper. Walleye – Slow: Use leeches or crankbaits near the inlet bridge along Ice House Point shoreline, the east end near the outlet, or rock piles off Cottonwood Point and the east basin. Mornings and evenings are best. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a minnow on a small jig under a bobber or cut bait fished on the bottom near the stone piers along Ice House Point shoreline, near the inlet bridge and the rock piles off Shotgun Hill and Cottonwood Point. Any rocky shoreline should be good places to target catfish this time of year. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch fish about anywhere in the lake along shore using traditional bass lures. Try the Ice House point shore, east shore near the outlet, and the inlet bay near the inlet bridge.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use minnow or crawler on a jig fished near submerged structure in 5-10 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber near shore and submerged structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along the shore near weed lines using traditional bass lures. Weedless and topwater lures work well.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the low 80’s. Water clarity is around 3 feet. Walleye – Fair: Pull crankbaits or fish live bait in areas where walleye gather to feed on baitfish near vegetation and inlets. Early mornings or evenings are best.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crankbaits. Trolling crankbaits along the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake and to the west of the big island has been working well. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Target areas with rocky structure near shorelines.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech and fishing under docks with a minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Drift fish the rock reefs with crawlers. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation in 4 to 6 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or tube jig in the dredge cut.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action or from docks at dusk for good action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger bluegill in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report that walleye fishing has been hit or miss. Troll crankbaits or other popular walleye baits for the best action. Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleyes being caught in the flats; don’t overlook the weed edges. Use leeches and slip bobbers or troll crankbaits.Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of fish being caught. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has picked up; fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill.

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

July 10, 2019 - 8:08 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks cruised to a 13-1 win in three innings over George-Little Rock/Central Lyon Wednesday evening in Spirit Lake in a Class 3A Region 2 quarterfinal.

The Nighthawks got off to a hot start when lead-off batter Taylor Richter went yard over the wall in left-center to give BHRV a quick 1-0 lead. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley added another three runs in the inning and had an early 4-0 advantage. The Nighthawks added another 3 runs in the second inning, and six more in the third.

The Mustangs got their lone run in the bottom of the third when Kayla Gerken was driven in by Kiely Metzgar. The final, though, would be 13-1 after three innings of play.

Lizzy Blum for the the Nighthawks got the win. Giving up 1 earned run on two hits and three walks. Blum struck out one.

Madilyn Matuska took the loss. Giving up 9 earned on nine hits, and three walks.

BHRV improves to 22-8 on the year and will play the winner of Spirit Lake and Okoboji in the Class 3A Region 2 semifinal on Friday night in Spirit Lake at 7 pm.

The Mustangs end their year at 9-13.

Hull Iowa — Western Christian opened the softball playoffs with a 7-2 home win over Lawton Bronson Monday night. With the win the Wolfpack advance to the Class 2A Region 4 quarterfinals on Wednesday against #15 West Sioux who received a first round bye. The contest will have a 5pm first pitch at Open Space Park in Sioux Center.

Western opened the scoring with a 2 run first inning. Lead off hitter Kayla Zevenbergen opened with a double.  Tori Wynja  followed with single. Zevenbergen scored on a single to center by Chandler Schemper with Wynja crossing the plate on a single to right by Hannah Jansma as the Wolfpack took an early 2-0 lead.

Lawton Bronson got on the board in the top of the third as Heyley Williams singled and eventually scored on a bases loaded walk by Cali Arens to cut the lead to 2-1. The Eagles tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the 4th as Makayla Miller singled and scored on a double to the right field corner by Brooklyn Roder.

Western regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the 5th inning as Chandler Schemper reached on an error and scored on another error with the ball put in play by Cassie Van Otterloo.

The Wolfpack put 4 insurance runs on the board in the bottom of the 6th as Madison Vis, Zevenbergen, Wynja, Schemper and Jadyn Faber all reached and scored. The key hits were a 2 run singles by Wynja and  Van Otterloo. Western held Lawton Bronson scoreless in the top of the 7th to earn the 7-2 win.

Western is on to the quarterfinals with a 10-13 record while Lawton Bronson ends the year at 10-22. Western will move on to the quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 5pm game at Sioux Center against West Sioux.

July 8, 2019 - 1:46 pm - Posted in Sports

In the final IGHSAU Softball Rankings, Akron-Westfield finishes the regular season ranked 8th, and South O’Brien ranked 10th in Class 1A. Class 2A has West Sioux ending the year at 15th.

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Collins-Maxwell 22-1 1
2 Lisbon 29-6 2
3 Clarksville 28-1 3
4 Newell-Fonda 34-5 4
5 BCLUW 22-9 5
6 AGWSR 18-6 7
7 Lynnville-Sully 23-8 8
8 Akron-Westfield 20-12 6
9 Bishop Garrigan 26-6 9
10 South O’Brien 25-3 12
11 Belle Plaine 22-8 15
12 West Harrison 25-3 11
13 Westwood 28-10 14
14 Lenox 25-6 NR
15 North Mahaska 16-9 NR
Dropped Out: Janesville (10), Twin Cedars (13)

Class 2A
School Record LW
1 North Linn 36-4 1
2 Durant 27-6 2
3 Jesup 26-9 4
4 West Monona 28-5 5
5 East Marshall 28-4 9
6 Pleasantville 25-10 3
7 Iowa City Regina 18-17 8
8 Central Springs 25-7 6
9 Mount Ayr 22-2 13
10 Beckman Catholic 26-13 10
11 Wilton 18-19 7
12 Van Meter 24-9 14
13 Alta-Aurelia 17-9 11
14 Ogden 22-7 NR
15 West Sioux 22-7 12
Dropped Out: Colfax-Mingo (15)

Class 3A
School Record LW
1 Davenport Assumption 33-2 1
2 Louisa-Muscatine 30-4 2
3 Humboldt 26-2 3
4 West Liberty 25-5 4
5 Albia 23-4 7
6 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 32-4 5
7 Treynor 26-2 6
8 Anamosa 29-4 8
9 Camanche 30-7 10
10 Williamsburg 29-11 11
11 Solon 21-15 9
12 North Polk 20-10 NR
13 Mount Vernon 24-11 13
14 Carroll 21-10 NR
15 New Hampton 27-7 12
Dropped Out: West Burlington (14), Atlantic (15)

July 3, 2019 - 3:04 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
Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech and fishing under docks with a minnow. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and rocky areas with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation in 4 to 6 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or leech.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or tube jig in the dredge cut.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action or from docks at dusk for good action.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Local bait shop reports a good bite with large fish being caught. Walleye – Fair: Some fish are being caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger bluegill in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers report that the yellow bass action has started. Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught. Use cut bait to provide plenty of pole bending action.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report that walleye fishing has been hit or miss. Troll crankbaits or other popular walleye baits for the best action. Yellow Perch – No Report: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Good walleye fishing continues with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in weed edges or troll crankbaits. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch action is improving. Try a yellow and white mini jig tipped with wigglers fished in the outside edges of the weed beds. Move often to find active fish.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Cast traditional northern baits below the spillway areas with calm spots.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has picked up; fish the outside weed edges for larger sized bluegill.

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

July 3, 2019 - 10:22 am - Posted in Sports

Roman Stokes of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Northwestern College and join the Red Raider Soccer Program.

Roman is a defender who comes to Northwestern from MOC Floyd Valley High School, where he played for head coach Blake Wieking. He lettered three years in soccer. Roman was an honor roll student at MOC-FV for four years and plans to study Business at Northwestern.

Swier says “We are happy to announce that Roman has chosen to continue his soccer career with the Red Raiders. He is an experienced defender who has a college soccer body, which will benefit him during the transition to the college game. We look forward to his contributions to our program.”

Northwestern College Athletic Director Earl Woudstra announced that Cole Prescott as been named head coach of the Red Raider esports program. The esports program boasts a roster of 22 students after their first semester as a club sport and competes in Overwatch, League of Legends, and Rocket League.

“It is exciting to share that Cole Prescott will become the head coach for Northwestern College esports,” commented Woudstra. “Cole is a 2019 graduate of Northwestern and will be taking on the challenge of growing the esports program from club status in 2019-2020 to varsity competition in 2020-2021. Cole is a great fit for this role as he understands the mission of Northwestern College and has a vision for how participation in Red Raider esports can provide a great environment for our students to enjoy competitive gaming, pursue excellence in the classroom, and live out their Christian faith.”

Prescott is a 2019 Northwestern graduate and was a member of the inaguaral club season for the esports program. Cole predominantly played on the Overwatch team but was engaged with the whole program throughout its first year.

“I am incredibly honored to take on the role of the first head coach of esports at Northwestern College,” commented Prescott. “I have experienced first hand the quality of Northwestern’s faculty and staff. Their influence has had a profound impact on my life, and I am very excited to join them in the mission of encouraging students in the pursuit of their passions and the development their faith.”

Dan Swier will step down from his position as co-director of the esports program while Ben Karnish will continue to stay on staff as the athletic department supervisor of esports.

“I am grateful for the work that Dan Swier and Ben Karnish have put in to launch this new program at Northwestern,” commented Woudstra. “They have laid a good foundation, begun the process of creating a structure, and worked well with our computing services department to create an arena for our esports students to train and begin competitions. Ben will continue to provide guidance to Cole and the esport program as the supervisor and director of the program as a new addition to Red Raider athletics.”

Cole and his wife Jamie live in Orange City and Cole will continue to work at Interstates in Sioux Center, Iowa while he assumes his coaching responsibilities.