March 26, 2015 - 3:17 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)

Crappie – Fair: Anglers continue to catch walleye in the marina on the west end of the lake using minnows, but the bite is not as good as the previous week due to recent colder temperatures. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are also being picked up while fishing with minnows. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up some walleye along shore with minnows and twisters. Water temperatures are about 45 degrees. Expect shore fishing and wader fishing along sand/gravel shorelines to pick up next week with the warming water temperatures.

Clear Lake

Expanding open water near from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge’s Point to Venetian Village to north shore pump house. Ice is unsafe and unfishable. Crappie – No Report: Walleye – Slow: There have been a few waders, but no fish yet. Warmer weather should get fish biting. Channel Catfish – Slow.

March 26, 2015 - 11:00 am - Posted in Sports

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

Hulstein is a multi-sports standout who played three years for the Sioux Center High School volleyball team. The 5’6” libero totaled 29 ace serves and a team-high 317 digs, averaging 3.2 per set, in earning honorable mention all-conference honors. Hulstein was part of a Warriors team that qualified for the state tournament and finished 31-9 overall. Also a letterwinner in track, basketball and softball and an all-conference selection in in softball, Hulstein is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in Social Work at Northwestern and is the daughter of Murray and Fonda.

“Mariah had a great high school volleyball career that concluded with a trip to the state tournament,” commented head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. “Mariah has the ability to play all three back row positions in our program. We are excited that she will be continuing her education and volleyball career at Northwestern College.”

March 25, 2015 - 1:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa– Tyler Stumbo, a senior at Okoboji High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Stumbo, a 6-4 guard/forward, has scored over 1,700 career points, grabbed over 500 career rebounds and handed out over 300 assists during three seasons of basketball.  He was a two-time Twin Lakes All-Conference pick as a sophomore and junior while competing for Laurens-Marathon.  He claimed second-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2014 and was a first-team all-area pick by the Storm Lake Times and Storm Lake Tribune.  He averaged 24.6 points per game with 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists during the 2013-14 season.  He’s followed that with a 20.6 points per game average with 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season while competing for Okoboji while converting 52 percent of his field goals.  He was named first-team all-Siouxland Conference for 2014-15.

Tyler is the son of Brett and Danelle Stumbo of Milford, Iowa.

March 24, 2015 - 2:36 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoSioux City, Iowa – Northwestern pitcher Kayla Tindall is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week.

Tindall, a 5’10 freshman hailing from Akron, Iowa pitched a complete-game, two-hitter in leading Northwestern to a 6-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in game two of a doubleheader. Tindall walked two and struck out four while giving up just two singles in recording her second shutout of the season. The freshman helped her cause with a two-run single at the plate.

March 23, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in Sports

SchmidtSioux Center, Iowa– Justin Schmidt, a senior at Boyden Hull High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Schmidt, a 6-5 forward, averaged 18.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for Boyden Hull this season and converted 63.3 percent of his shots from the field. Schmidt earned first-team all-Siouxland Conference honors this season.

“We are excited to add Justin to our program next season. He comes from a very competitive program at Boyden-Hull where he enjoyed a great deal of success,” said Dordt College basketball coach Ross Douma. “Justin is a versatile player who works hard on both ends of the floor. We look forward to watching him develop over the next four years.”

Schmidt is the son of Dennis and Sue Schmidt of Boyden, Iowa.

March 19, 2015 - 2:41 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)

Ice is off of Storm Lake. Fish for crappie in shallows where water temperatures are greater. Anglers are having luck fishing small minnows in the marina on the west end of the lake. After ice out is a good time to target channel catfish using cut bait.

West Okoboji Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body.

Clear Lake

Expanding open water from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge’s Point to Venetian Village to north shore pump house. Ice is unsafe and unfishable. Crappie – No Report. Walleye – No Report.

March 19, 2015 - 9:50 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoNicholas Geels, a senior at Western Christian High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

Geels has a personal best of 17:20 on a 5,000 meter course and was a part of a Western Christian cross country team that qualified for the 2014 State Championship and helped the Wolfpack to a 5th place finish. Geels was 24th in the scoring and also ran on the 2012 state qualifying team.

Nicholas is the son of Steve and Rosalind Geels of Sheldon, Iowa.

March 17, 2015 - 10:39 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt logoSioux Center, Iowa– The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Monday that 131 Division II men’s basketball student-athletes have been named 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Dordt College had two players on the list.

J. D. Boer (Junior; Hull, Iowa) and Tyler Wolterstorff (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa) earned the honor this season. Boer is studying History/Education and played in 18 games this season after recovering from off season injury. Wolterstorff, an Accounting major, averaged 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Defenders and scored over 1,000 points during his career. This is the second time Wolterstorff has been named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

March 16, 2015 - 3:12 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoOrange City, Iowa — Klay Byker, a senior at Unity Christian High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Byker, a 6-5 forward, averaged 11.4 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game while earning second-team all-conference honors. Byker was a member of the Unity varsity program the last three years and appeared in all 67 games the Knights played during that span.

A multi-sport athlete, Byker was a part of two Unity cross country teams that placed third at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet in 2013 and 2014. He finished 31st in the 2013 race. He also was a part of a conference champion 4 x 800 meter relay team in 2014. Byker earned all-conference honors twice and once earned all-district honors all in cross country.

“We are glad to add Klay to our basketball program. Klay had a strong senior season at Unity Christian under head coach Cliff Warner where he consistently scored and rebounded the basketball,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. “He possesses a tireless work ethic which will serve him well as he transitions to the college game. Klay is very familiar with our program and has a strong understanding of the value of a Dordt College education. We look forward to watching Klay develop in many facets during his time on our campus.”

Klay is the son of Mike and Maria Byker of Orange City, Iowa. He plans to study Education at Dordt College.

March 12, 2015 - 2:33 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)

Ice is deteriorating quickly; several areas of open water are present. With continued warm temperatures and forecasted winds, anglers are discouraged from venturing onto the ice.

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 coming from anglers who are staying out on the ice past sunset.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in 10-12 feet 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 9 inch perch. 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. Perch are reported in Smiths Bay into East Lake in 10-12 feet. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are having good success catching crappie in 10 feet of water in Smiths Bay leading into East Lake. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass are being caught in Smiths Bay into East Lake in 10 feet.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

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