Northwestern logoPostseason honors continue to roll in for Sam Van Ginkel as the Northwestern senior was named a Victory Sports Network (VSN) 2016 Football All-American as announced by the VSN office.

Van Ginkel, a two-time NAIA All-American and also a BSN All-American in 2013, is the all-time sacks leader both in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and at Northwestern with 39.5 for his career.

This season, Van Ginkel led the GPAC and ranked ninth in the NAIA with 11 sacks while being second on the team with 38.5 tackles. He also totaled a team-high nine quarterback hurries. Van Ginkel was a four-time first team all-conference selection and was named the GPAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.

A Rock Valley native Van Ginkel was a high school stand out for the Western Christian football program.

January 18, 2017 - 9:45 am - Posted in Sports

ice fishingSioux 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. Todd Heitkamp, the Owner of Dakota Angler gives the latest 2-Minute Fishing report and also discusses a few important items when it comes to electronics.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for pike. A few walleye and perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes and perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few perch, walleye, and crappie.
Vermillion A few perch, crappie, and walleye.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin A few perch and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes and perch.
Scott’s Slough A few perch.
Island Perch fair and few walleye on south Island.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and few perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Walleyes fair, along with a few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA Few perch.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, perch, and crappie.
Mitchell A few bluegill and perch.
Menno Bluegill fair.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Crappie fair along with walleye.
Brush Few reports.
Loss Few reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few walleye and perch.
Silver Lake Few reports.
East Okoboji Fair for perch and bluegills and a few walleye.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair. A few perch and walleye.
Lake Pahoja Bluegills fair.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Perch and crappie fair, along with a few walleye.
Sarah Perch fair to good.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
East Twin A few walleye.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson A few walleyes.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair.
Platte Walleyes slow.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.
January 18, 2017 - 8:07 am - Posted in Sports

warriors logoSioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux Center Warriors swept the Sheldon Orabs in basketball action Tuesday night in Sioux Center. The girls game went to Sioux Center 64-17, and the Orabs boys 9 game win streak was snapped after falling 63-46 to the Warriors.

Sioux Center ranked #2 in Class 3A jumped out to a quick lead in the girls game, and by the end of the 1st quarter the Warriors lead was 15-3.  Sioux Center continued to roll in the 2nd, and heading into the half their lead extended to 35-13. The Warriors continued to cruise in the 2nd half and eventually came away with the 64-17 victory.

10 players scored for the Warriors. Sioux Center got a game high 10 points from Jordyn Van Maanen. The Orabs leading scorer was Tayler Weber with 8 points.

Sioux Center continues their undefeated streak at 14-0, and is 12-0 in the Siouxland. Sheldon falls to 3-11 on the year, and 2-10 in the conference.

The boys contest featured the Sheldon Orabs who put up their 9 game win streak on the line against the Warriors.  After the opening 8 minutes, Sioux Center would lead 15-10. Heading into halftime the score was 32-21 in favor of the Warriors. The ball continued to bounce in the Warriors favor in the 3rd quarter. Sioux Center’s lead was 48-38 heading into the final quarter. The long ball kept dropping for the Warriors, and along with free throws, Sioux Center sealed the 63-46 win. The Warriors out gunned Sheldon from behind the arc 9-1 on three-point baskets for the contest.

Sioux Center had 4 players in double figures. Isaac Vietor put in a team high 19, 15 points came from Tyler Van Beek, and Tyus Arends and Cade Bleeker added 10 points each. The Orabs got a game high 21 points from Ryan Van Marel and Jaden Kleinhesslink had 17 points.

Sioux Center improves to 8-4 on the season, 8-3 in the Siouxland. Sheldon falls to 11-2 on the year, 9-2 in the conference.

The Orabs will be back in action on Friday with a home contest against Rock Valley. Sioux Center will host Unity on Thursday.

January 17, 2017 - 10:43 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoJackson Kleinwolterink has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next fall.

Kleinwolterink is a 6’2”, 205-pound linebacker who played two years for Western Christian High School. Kleinwolterink posted 32 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries despite playing in just four games due to injury. He earned honorable mention all-district honors and helped lead the Wolfpack to the 1A state championship in 2016 and a state runner-up finish in 2015. Kleinwolterink plans to major in business at Northwestern and is the son of Keith and Kristin.

“We are very excited to have Jackson become a Red Raider and join our football team,” commented head Northwestern coach Matt McCarty. “Jackson comes from an outstanding program and has been well coached throughout his high school career. He will be a great fit at linebacker for us.”

January 17, 2017 - 10:41 am - Posted in Sports

Kaylee Anderson has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Northwestern College next fall.

Anderson is a multi-sports standout who is in her fourth year playing for the Boyden-Hull High School basketball team. Anderson is currently averaging a team-leading 11.5 points and five rebounds while shooting 45% from the field and 73% from the free throw line. She was a third team all-conference selection last year as a junior when she averaged 12 points, six rebounds and totaled 15 blocked shots. Also an all-conference player in volleyball, Anderson is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to major in pre-medicine at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Chris and Kara Van Meeteren and Dan Anderson.

“We are excited that Kaylee has decided to be a Red Raider and to be part of our women’s basketball program,” commented head Northwestern women’s basketball coach Chris Yaw. “She is a young lady with great character and will be a tremendous addition to our campus community as well. Kaylee has played well in the post for both her summer team and for Boyden-Hull. She is an aggressive rebounder who is able to score around the basket and we welcome Kaylee and her family to Northwestern College.”

January 15, 2017 - 8:09 am - Posted in Sports

basketballSheldon Iowa — Sheldon and Boyden Hull split a Siouxland Conference doubleheader at Orab Gym Friday night. The Comets took the girls game 48-38 with the boys game going to Sheldon 58-55.

The Comets were up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter and 19-9 at halftime of the girls game. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 27-19. Sheldon got to within six in the fourth quarter only to see Boyden Hull regain control and go on to win it 48-38.

Taylor Weber of the Orabs was the games top scorer with 14 points all in the second half. Boyden Hull was led by Erika Pottebaum with 13. With the win the Comets are 4-8 on the year and 4-7 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 3-10 on the season and 2-9 in the conference.

In the boys game the Comets led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and 36-31 at halftime. Sheldon pulled even at 42-42 at the end of the third quarter before taking the lead midway through the fourth quarter. Sheldon knocked down some key free throws late and got a big three from Tyler Merley as they held on to win their 9th in a row 58-55.

The Orabs put three players in double figures led by Jaden Kleinhesslink with a game high 19 points. Kyle Boerhave added 18 and Ryan Van Marel hit for a dozen. Kleinhesslink and Boerhave combined to go 6-of-9 at the line in the fourth quarter. Boyden Hull was led by Marcus Rens with 15 points followed by Shane Solberg with 14.

With the win Sheldon is 11-1 on the year and 9-1 in the Siouxland Conference. The Comets stand at 5-6 for the year and 5-5 in the conference.

Up next for Sheldon will be a Tuesday trip to Sioux Center. Boyden Hull will be at Okoboji come Tuesday night.

January 15, 2017 - 8:09 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauDes Moines Iowa — With the latest edition of the IGHSAU basketball poll out Sioux Center remains the highest rated area girls basketball team. The Warriors are the second ranked team in 3A. Cherokee is ranked number 3. Western Christian holds down the 3 spot in the 2A poll with West Lyon number 12. LeMars is the number 15 team in 4A with Kingsley Pierson ranked number 9 in the latest 1A poll.

1/12/17 Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

Class 1A
1 Springville 11-1 1
2 Turkey Valley 11-1 2
3 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 11-0 3
4 Glidden-Ralston 9-1 8
5 Burlington Notre Dame 10-2 9
6 Kee 6-3 5
7 Marquette Catholic 11-2 6
8 Newell-Fonda 8-3 7
9 Kingsley-Pierson 11-0 13
10 Easton Valley 9-3 12
11 Sidney 11-0 14
12 Lynnville-Sully 12-0 15
13 Janesville 11-0 NR
14 Colo-Nesco 10-2 4
15 AGWSR 8-3 10
Dropped Out: Grand View Christian (11)

Class 2A
1 Iowa City Regina 11-0 1
2 Treynor 11-0 2
3 Western Christian 10-1 3
4 Central Decatur 11-0 4
5 Mount Ayr 11-0 5
6 North Linn 13-0 7
7 Van Meter 10-1 10
8 Pella Christian 7-4 8
9 Rockford 11-0 10
10 Cascade 9-1 11
11 Panorama 10-1 6
12 West Lyon 11-1 15
13 Logan-Magnolia 10-1 NR
14 Bellevue 10-3 14
15 North Union 11-0 NR
Dropped Out: IKM-Manning (12), Mediapolis (13)

Class 3A
1 Pocahontas Area 11-0 1
2 Sioux Center 11-0 2
3 Cherokee 11-0 4
4 Crestwood 8-0 6
5 Center Point-Urbana 10-2 5
6 Clear Lake 10-1 7
7 Union 9-1 3
8 West Marshall 11-0 9
9 Davenport Assumption 7-5 8
10 Algona 10-1 11
11 Mount Vernon 7-4 12
12 Shenandoah 10-2 10
13 Humboldt 7-2 13
14 Kuemper Catholic 8-2 14
15 Mid-Prairie 8-3 NR
Dropped Out: Central Lee (15)

Class 4A
1 Pella 9-1 1
2 Marion 11-1 2
3 Nevada 9-1 3
4 Grinnell 9-2 4
5 Lewis Central 11-1 5
6 North Scott 8-3 6
7 Cedar Rapids Xavier 7-5 7
8 Ballard 7-3 8
9 Dallas Center-Grimes 7-5 9
10 Western Dubuque 9-1 11
11 Waverly-Shell Rock 8-4 NR
12 Boone 9-3 10
13 Carlisle 8-3 13
14 Fairfield 8-3 NR
15 LeMars 6-3 14
Dropped Out: Keokuk (12), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (15)

Class 5A
1 Indianola 10-0 1
2 Iowa City High 12-0 2
3 Iowa City West 10-1 3
4 Davenport North 8-2 4
5 Cedar Falls 8-1 5
6 West Des Moines Valley 11-2 7
7 Waukee 8-2 6
8 Ames 8-3 8
9 Johnston 10-2 10
10 Dowling Catholic 9-2 9
11 Pleasant Valley 10-2 13
12 Ankeny Centennial 8-4 14
13 Linn-Mar 9-3 12
14 Southeast Polk 7-4 11
15 Bettendorf 8-2 15

January 12, 2017 - 8:17 am - Posted in Sports

naia_logoKANSAS CITY, MO. – With a 16-0 mark, the Fighting Saints of St. Francis (Ill.) earned nine first-place votes to remain atop the 2016-17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. This is the second-straight week St. Francis has claimed the No. 1 ranking, and only second time the Saints have earned the top spot in program history. The third regular-season installment will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Just like last week, the Bulldogs of Concordia (Neb.) remain at the heels of St. Francis at No. 2. Concordia is currently 17-1, with its lone loss coming at the hands of defending national champion, Marian (Ind.), in the first game of the season. The Bulldogs lead the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with a 10-0 record as they head into the second half of the season. Concordia received the remaining three first-place votes this edition.

2016-17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll No. 3 (Jan. 10)

1 St. Francis (Ill.) (9) 16-0 310
2   Concordia (Neb.) (3) 17-1 304
3 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 16-1 288
4 Southern Oregon 15-1 285
5 Marian (Ind.) 15-3 257
6 Davenport (Mich.) 16-2 256
7   Hastings (Neb.) 15-3 254
8 Southeastern (Fla.) 13-0 243
9   Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 15-2 238
10 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 14-4 217
11   Morningside (Iowa) 14-5 215
12 Indiana Wesleyan 13-5 203
13 Jamestown (N.D.) 12-4 191
14 IU Northwest (Ind.) 15-3 186
15 Purdue Northwest (Ind.) 14-5 167
16 Friends (Kan.) 14-3 166
17 Eastern Oregon 15-2 147
18 Tabor (Kan.) 14-3 141
19 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 13-4 138
20 Indiana Tech 13-4 136
21 Indiana East 14-4 112
22 Reinhardt (Ga.) 16-1 100
23 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 13-5 82
24 Dickinson State (N.D.) 10-5 73
25   Northwestern (Iowa) 12-6 72

Dropped from the rankings: Milligan (Tenn.) (23), Huntington (Ind.) (25)

Others receiving votes: Oregon Tech 50; Milligan (Tenn.) 39; Kansas Wesleyan 29; Point Park (Pa.) 27; Huntington (Ind.) 26; Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 17; Valley City State (N.D.) 12; Midland (Neb.) 9; Keiser (Fla.) 3

January 12, 2017 - 8:16 am - Posted in Sports

naia_logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cornerstone (Mich.) maintains the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Golden Eagles earned all 12 first-place votes and 312 total points to receive the top ranking. The fourth regular-season poll will be released Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Rounding out the top five is Saint Francis (Ind.) at No. 3 with 285 points, Northwestern (Iowa) at No. 4 with 282 points and Eastern Oregon at No. 5 with 266 points.

2016-17 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 3 (Jan. 10)

1 Cornerstone (Mich.) (12) 16-2 312
2 Union (Ky.) 16-3 291
3 Saint Francis (Ind.) 15-3 285
4   Northwestern (Iowa) 18-2 282
5 Eastern Oregon 15-2 266
6 Warner (Fla.) 15-2 265
7 Rochester (Mich.) 20-1 264
8 Davenport (Mich.) 14-4 240
9 Bethel (Ind.) 15-3 232
10 Indiana Wesleyan 14-4 217
11 Indiana East 14-5 209
12 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 12-3 208
13   Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 15-5 188
14 Robert Morris (Ill.) 12-4 185
15 Washington Adventist (Md.) 14-3 153
15 Taylor (Ind.) 14-4 153
17 College of Idaho 13-5 139
18 Keiser (Fla.) 15-3 127
19   Midland (Neb.) 13-5 120
20 Trinity International (Ill.) 16-3 109
21 Northwestern Ohio 13-5 105
22 Bellevue (Neb.) 13-7 87
23 Tabor (Kan.) 12-6 81
24   Briar Cliff (Iowa) 14-5 70
25 WVU Tech 11-5 59

Dropped from the rankings: Florida Memorial, Indiana Southeast, York (Neb.), Northwest (Wash.), St. Francis (Ill.) and St. Thomas (Fla.).

Others receiving votes: Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 53; Florida Memorial 52; Indiana Southeast 38; Oregon Tech 37; York (Neb.) 36; Indiana Tech 25; Northwest (Wash.) 25; Morningside (Iowa) 24; Southeastern (Fla.) 23; Tennessee Wesleyan 6

 

January 11, 2017 - 9:51 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 3Sioux 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. Todd Heitkamp, the Owner of Dakota Angler, provides the latest 2-Minute Fishing Report. Plus he discusses some new baits in Todd’s Tackle Tips!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for pike. A few walleye and perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes and perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few perch, walleye, and crappie.
Vermillion A few perch, crappie, and walleye.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin A few perch and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes and perch.
Scott’s Slough A few perch.
Island Perch fair and few walleye on south Island.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and few perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Walleyes fair, along with a few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA Few perch.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, perch, and crappie.
Mitchell A few bluegill and perch.
Menno Bluegill fair.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Crappie fair along with walleye.
Brush Few reports.
Loss Few reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few walleye and perch.
Silver Lake Few reports.
East Okoboji Fair for perch and bluegills and a few walleye.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair. A few perch and walleye.
Lake Pahoja Bluegills fair.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Perch and crappie fair, along with a few walleye.
Sarah Perch fair to good.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
East Twin A few walleye.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson A few walleyes.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair.
Platte Walleyes slow.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.