March 21, 2019 - 2:16 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
Black Hawk Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended. Look for open water fishing opportunities at the inlet bridge and around the fishing shelter in Town Bay. Little fishing activity since last week.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice fishing is not recommended. Ice conditions are generally unknown and can change fast with the warm temperatures and recent rains. Access will be difficult or impossible as ice along shore continues to degrade. Look for potential open water angling opportunities near the inlet.

Ice fishing is not recommended on most lakes in the district; ice conditions are deteriorating fast, especially along shore. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
There is still 18 – 20 inches of ice on most of the lake. The top several inches of ice is now soft and conditions are changing fast with the warm temperatures. Foot traffic only advised. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Good. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Slow.

With above freezing temperatures this week, ice conditions are changing fast. Use caution near vegetation sticking out of the ice and near the accesses. Foot traffic only advised. For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

No vehicles are being driven on the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes. Foot traffic only as ice at access points is changing daily with the snow melt and warm temperatures. Limited fishing activity observed at the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

March 20, 2019 - 10:38 am - Posted in Sports

Peter Shippy has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

Shippy competed for Sioux Center High School and helped the Warriors to a third place finish at the Class 2A State Cross Country Championship in 2018. Shippy finished 13th in the 2018 Class 2A field and was the first runner across for Sioux Center. He earned all-state honors in both 2017 and 2018 and was an academic all-state pick while also claiming all-conference honors twice. Shippy has a personal best of 16:58 on a 5,000 meter cross country course and 2:02 in the 800 meters in track and field. He was on a 4×800 meter relay team that finished seventh at the 2018 state track and field meet.

“I am excited to welcome Peter to our program. Peter is a talented runner with great experience running for Coach Lehman at Sioux Center High School. He has an incredible attitude and has an intense desire for team success to go along with his immense running versatility. I look forward to his impact on our teams and across campus spiritually, athletically, and academically,” said Dordt cross country coach and assistant track and field coach Nate Wolf.

Peter is the son of Scott and Kristin Shippy of Sioux Center, Iowa. He plans to study Computer Engineering at Dordt.

March 20, 2019 - 10:17 am - Posted in Sports

Jake Lynott of Hawarden, Iowa has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next fall.

Lynott comes to the Red Raiders after a semester at Augustana College (S.D.). Lynott completed a decorated athletic career playing four sports at West Sioux High School. A four-year starter and two-year team captain, Lynott racked up 7,281 career all-purpose yards with 4,129 rushing, 1,375 receiving, 1,042 passing and 736 punt return yards to go with 49 career touchdowns for the Falcons football team. He set records through all 11-man classes in multiple categories and led his team to the playoffs in all four years, winning two district titles. Lynott capped his career with a Class A state championship and was named first team all-district in both his junior and senior seasons, adding district MVP and first team all-state as a senior. Lynott earned second team all-state as a junior and was a state qualifier in track and field and baseball. Lynott plans to major in Accounting at Northwestern and is the son of Jerrod and Wendy.

“We are thrilled to have Jake join our Red Raider football team,” commented Northwestern Head Coach Matt McCarty. “Jake is a gifted athlete who had a standout career in multiple sports at West Sioux. He possesses all of the traits you want in a football player; speed, strength, aggressiveness and a competitiveness to will a team to win. He is a great young man, leader and teammate who will make a positive impact on our team and campus over the next four years.”

March 19, 2019 - 2:35 pm - Posted in Sports

Josh Westra, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the soccer program.

Westra earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior in 2018 and has two goals scored with three assists during his career at Unity. Westra also earned second-team all-district honors in football along with all-district academic honors in that sport. He’s played midfield and defender for Unity in soccer.

“We are thrilled to have Josh at Dordt. He will be a great fit for the team and the campus. It has been a pleasure getting to know him and his family through the recruitment process. We are thankful to continue the connection with Unity,” said Dordt coach Ryan Gresse.

Josh is the son of Steve and Kari Westra of Sioux Center, Iowa. He plans to study Business Administration at Dordt.

March 18, 2019 - 9:23 am - Posted in Sports

Erika Pottebaum of Hull has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Pottebaum is a 5’10” guard who recently completed a standout, four-year career playing for the Boyden-Hull High School basketball team. Pottebaum averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and totaled 38 assists in leading the Comets to a 15-9 record and district semifinal appearance. She recorded a team-high 53 steals and shot 57% from the field, earning all-conference honors as a senior. Pottebaum averaged 10 points and 5.9 rebounds as a junior and earned all-conference honors in both softball and volleyball. A member of the National Honor Society, Pottebaum plans to major in exercise science at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Dan and Renae.

“We are thrilled to have Erika join our women’s basketball team and to be part of Northwestern College,” stated Red Raider Head Coach Chris Yaw. “Erika is a high character young lady who has tremendous work ethic. She has been a multiple-sport athlete at Boyden-Hull and a solid leader in all that she is involved in. Erika is one of those players who makes an impact in many areas; scoring, rebounding and steals. We welcome Erika and look forward to the positive impact she will have on our team and on our campus.”

March 18, 2019 - 9:22 am - Posted in Sports

The Defender Gold Club hosted the Annual American State Bank High School All Star Games on Saturday, March 16.

Kassidy Pingel (Cherokee) and Cade Bleeker (Sioux Center) were chosen as the game most valuable players.

The girls white team won 86-82 over the girls black team, and the boys black team won 107-104 over the boys white team.

Girls Box Score

Boys Box Score

Game participants

Girls

Rachel Bozonie (Storm Lake)

Madison Brevik (Harris Lake Park)

Jori Bronner (Unity Christian)

Josie Condon (Estherville Lincoln Central)

Madison Dreckman (Le Mars)

Courtney Dykstra (George Little Rock)

Annie Ellis (Le Mars)

Kayla Gerken (George Little Rock)

Brooke Koele (Akron Westfield)

Emma Mace (West Sioux)

Kassidy Pingel (Cherokee)

Erika Pottebaum (Boyden Hull)

Audrey Ruda (Clay Central Everly)

Jadeyn Schutt (MOC FV)

Payton Slaughter (Cherokee)

Corrina Timmermans (Unity Christian)

Alyssa Uittenbogaard (Trinity Christian)

Jazmin Voehl (Harris Lake Park)

 

Boys

Cade Bleeker (Sioux Center)

Aiden Brock (Hinton)

Grant Brouwer (Sibley Ocheyedan)

Owen Coburn (Spirit Lake)

Cham Deng (Storm Lake)

Charlie Dykshorn (Sioux Center)

Micah Goslinga (Unity Christian)

Alex Irwin (Le Mars)

Nick Jacobs (Akron Westfield)

Shane Kooima (Trinity Christian)

Lucas Nagel (George Little Rock)

Mach Nyaw (Storm Lake)

Chase Ranschau (West Sioux)

Cade Schiphoff (Hartley Melvin Sanborn)

Caleb Terhark (George Little Rock)

Brayton Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

Clay Van Tol (Wetern Christian)

Jacob Vis (Western Christian)

Brayton Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

Elliot Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

March 18, 2019 - 9:21 am - Posted in Sports

Jakob VanDer Werff of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his cross country and track and field careers at Northwestern College next fall.

VanDer Werff has had a standout career running for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School cross country and track and field teams. VanDer Werff qualified for the state cross country meet all four years, finishing 11th as a senior and 22nd as a junior. He was a four-time all-conference selection, placing in the top five his last three years. VanDer Werff placed third overall at the All-State Senior meet and has a personal best of 16:01 in the 5K. In track, VanDer Werff has qualified for state the last two years heading into his final season this spring. He placed 12th at state in the 3200m last spring and earned all-conference honors in multiple events. An academic all-state pick and member of the National Honor Society, VanDer Werff plans to major in education at Northwestern.

“We are excited to have Jakob join our cross country and track and field teams,” commented Northwestern Head Coach Scott Bahrke. “He is a talented distance runner who will add depth to both our teams. Jakob is a great teammate who will push them to get better at each practice and meet. It will be fun to watch Jakob grow as a runner during his career.”

March 15, 2019 - 10:00 am - Posted in Sports

The NAIA announced their 2019 Division II Women’s Basketball All-America teams and two Red Raiders, Kassidy De Jong and Darbi Gustafson, and one Defender, Erika Feenstra earned the postseason honor.

De Jong, now a four-time All-American, was named to the 10-player first team. The senior guard ranked third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in scoring at 18.4 points per game, reaching double figures in 32 of 34 games. De Jong was second in the conference in rebounding (7.8) and seventh in both field goal percentage (48%) and three-pointers made (74). De Jong finished her Red Raider career sixth in scoring (2,254), fifth in rebounding (955) and 24th in assists (230). A four-year starter, De Jong is also a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Earning the national honor for the first time, Gustafson completed her Northwestern career 12th in scoring (1,514), seventh in rebounding (866) and fifth in blocked shots (106). Also a four-year starter, Gustafson averaged 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season, ranking ninth and tied for second in the GPAC, respectively. The senior shot 52% from the field, 75% from the free throw line and totaled 38 blocked shots. Gustafson is a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Northwestern finished the 2018-19 season ranked fourth with a 29-5 overall record. The Red Raiders lost in the national semifinals to eventual champion Concordia, a team they shared the GPAC Regular Season title with.

Feenstra started 31 games for the Defenders and broke Dordt’s single season scoring record with 637 points, added 237 rebounds, and 27 steals on the season. She was a key player that helped the basketball program reach their first national tournament in school history.

Dordt finished the 2018-19 season with a 20-12 overall record. The Defenders lost in the in opening round of the national tournament to IU Northwest and ended the year ranked 16th.

For a complete list of All-Americans CLICK HERE

March 15, 2019 - 10:00 am - Posted in Sports

The NAIA announced the Division II Men’s Basketball All-American teams and Trent Hilbrands earned the national postseason honor.

Named honorable mention, Hilbrands proved to be one of the GPAC’s top scorers in his sophomore season, ranking fifth at 18.6 points per game. He scored in double figures in 25 of his 28 games played and turned in 13 20+point games. Hilbrands ranked sixth in the GPAC with 61 three-pointers, shooting 42% from beyond the arc, and dished out 69 assists.

Northwestern finished the 2018-19 season with a 17-13 overall record, placing fifth in the GPAC regular season with an 11-9 record.

March 14, 2019 - 1:34 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
Arrowhead Lake
There was around 14 inches of ice near the boat ramp on March 14. Access might be difficult, as conditions along shore are deteriorating fast with recent rain and snow melt.

Black Hawk Lake
The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation. Ice conditions along shore are deteriorating fast; many areas may be inaccessible by the weekend. Use extreme caution if venturing out. Little fishing activity has been observed since last week.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice conditions along shore are deteriorating fast with lots of water on top of the ice. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice along shore is deteriorating due to recent rain and snow melt. Ice conditions can change fast with the recent flooding conditions. Many access points may not be usable by the weekend.

Ice conditions are deteriorating fast due to recent rain events. Ice is unsafe on some lakes, and many areas along shore are open. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.