January 15, 2019 - 9:32 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College Athletic Director Earl Woudstra announced the hiring of Jamie De Jong as the head coach of the women’s tennis program.

De Jong is a lifelong tennis player and has a passion for positively impacting people through health and exercise. She will continue to serve the public as a holistic nutritionist.

De Jong, and her husband, Doug, reside in Orange City.

January 15, 2019 - 9:32 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College is adding competitive clubs in bowling and eSports this spring semester with the intent that the Red Raiders will field varsity-level programs in those sports in 2020–2021. Prospective students will be eligible for activity awards for their participation beginning next fall.

“We are excited to be able to offer more opportunities for student-athletes to participate in a sport they are passionate about as part of the Northwestern College experience,” says Earl Woudstra, director of athletics. “Both of these sports are growing in popularity, and we feel that they are a good fit for the Red Raider athletic program and the college as a whole.”

Dr. Todd Tracy, professor of biology, will lead the co-ed bowling club this spring as faculty sponsor. Northwestern hopes to have men’s and women’s programs competing at the club level next year. Sportsman’s Lanes in Hawarden and Sweet 16 Lanes in Le Mars will provide practice and competition venues for Northwestern. The Red Raiders will compete as part of the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate governing body in the NAIA. Bowling currently has invitational status in the NAIA.

Co-ed eSports will be led by co-directors Ben Karnish and Dan Swier, who also serve as the head women’s and men’s soccer coaches, respectively. A practice arena will be established on campus, and the directors and student-athletes together will decide the games in which the club will compete. Northwestern’s eSports club will participate in competitive gaming that promotes team communication and cooperation to be successful, with sensitivity toward violence, negative portrayal of female characters, and concerns for addictive behaviors. Northwestern will compete as part of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), which has a close relationship with the NAIA.

January 14, 2019 - 9:30 am - Posted in Sports

Kassidy De Jong was one of four Red Raiders to score in double figures, leading No.3 Northwestern to a big 90-46 road win over College of Saint Mary (Neb.) in a GPAC match-up played this afternoon in Omaha, Neb.

Third-ranked Northwestern (11-2 GPAC, 17-2 overall) shot better than 50% for the game, nearly 60% in the first half, and limited the host Flames to 22 points on nine field goals in the first half. The Red Raiders sweep the season series against CSM and win their second consecutive game heading into two pivotal home games this week against ranked teams.

De Jong led the Red Raiders with 17 points and 11 rebounds, recording her fifth double-double of the season and 28th of her career. Taylor VanderVelde added 14 points, one shy of matching her career high, Sammy Blum scored 12 and Darbi Gustafson turned her GPAC-leading eighth double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Northwestern never trailed as an early 11-0 run, finished off with an Alexis Toering jumper, put the Red Raiders in front 13-2. Two free throws by Gustafson later extended the Red Raider lead to 22-5 and Coach Yaw’s squad held a 27-9 edge at the quarter.

Bre Schuiteman and Blum knocked down consecutive three-pointers and triggered a 16-2 Northwestern run to push the lead to 43-11 at the 5:48 mark of the second quarter. Northwestern led by 28 (50-22) at halftime, 66-39 by the end of the third quarter and closed the game with a 20-5 run over the final eight minutes to earn the 40+ point win.

Northwestern shot 51% for the game, 44% (11/25) from the arc and dominated the boards to a 44-22 advantage, including 16 on the offensive end. The Red Raiders dished out 26 assists for the game, five each by Haley Birks, Blum and De Jong.

College of Saint Mary (1-11 GPAC, 2-17 overall) shot 33% for the game and was led by Tyler Sumpter with a game-high 18 points.

January 14, 2019 - 9:29 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt fell by two points against the Morningside Mustangs on Saturday afternoon in Sioux City.

Dordt bounced back from a slow start and trailed 15-4 with just over five minutes gone in the game.

A Ben Gesink three-point basket got Dordt back on the board but the hosts were up 37-22 with 5:55 left in the half. Alec Henrickson knocked down a three-point shots and Jesse Jansma followed with a three-pointer to get the lead to single digits. Dordt as down 44-37 with 1:39 left in the half but Ben Gesink scored on back to back baskets and Garrett Franken tied it with a three-point basket just before the half ended and the teams went to the break 44-44.

Dordt continued the run and outscored the hosts 12-5 to start the half with Gesink converting a basket at the 17:23 mark.  Dordt maintained control and led 75-67 with 8:07 left after Henrickson converted a three-point shot.

The lead was still eight after a Gesink basket at the 6:25 mark for an 80-72 lead but the hosts scored seven in a row over the next minute before Henrickson knocked down a basket for an 82-79 lead.

Morningside tied the game at 82 and it was tied again at 84.  The final tie came on a pair of Henrickson free throws with 2:26 remaining for an 88-88 tie. Morningside scored a basket to go up 90-88 and then converted a steal for a dunk at the :45 mark.

Josh Van Lingen had a basket to get the difference to 92-90. The two teams swapped baskets and Dordt was forced to foul. Morningside missed the front end of a one and one with :03 left but Dordt’s length of the court pass was picked off on the other end of the floor and the game ended 94-92.

January 14, 2019 - 9:29 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defenders came up short on the road against the Morningside Mustangs in GPAC play on Saturday afternoon in Sioux City.

The Defenders started slowly and trailed 16-5 with 4:27 left in the first quarter.  Dordt called a timeout and proceeded to score the next 15 points to go up 20-16 as six different Defenders scored during the 15-0 run.  Morningside scored two to close the quarter and trailed 20-18 going into the second quarter.

The Mustangs quickly built the lead to double figures in the second quarter and led by 13 at the break as the hosts outscored Dordt 7-2 to finish the period and led 47-34.

Morningside extended the lead to 60-42 with 5:57 remaining in the third period and threatened to pull away. Two free throws by Baylee Tetzlaff followed by a three-point play from Kenzie Bousema stopped the momentum. Payton Harmsen got a three-point shot to go to get the difference down to a manageable 10 points.  Dordt closed the quarter down 69-62.

Siennah Stamness converted back to back three-point shots to open the fourth period and Dordt eventually took a pair of two point leads, the last at 75-73 on Erika Feenstra free throws with 7:17 left in the game.

The Mustangs re-established control and led 85-76 and Dordt got no closer than six before falling 91-83.

January 11, 2019 - 10:42 pm - Posted in Sports

LeMars, Iowa — The LeMars Bulldogs swept the Western Christian Wolfpack Friday night in LeMars. The Girls 4A #9 Bulldogs won 59-45, while the LeMars boys won 59-53.

The LeMars girls lead at all the breaks. After one it was 13-10, then at the break it was 29-19. After three it was 42-31, and the Bulldogs went on to win 59-45.

LeMars had three players in double figures. Jaelyn Dreckman had a game high twenty, while Madison Dreckman added fifteen, and Annie Ellis put in eleven. Western had a team high sixteen from Olivia Granstra.

LeMars improves to 9-3 on the year and 5-1 in the Lakes. Western falls to 6-7 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.

The Western Christian boys couldn’t capture the magic from Thursday night’s game. LeMars lead at all the breaks. After the first frame, LeMars had a 17-7 lead, and heading into halftime had a 29-25 lead. After three the Bulldogs pulled away and had a 45-34 lead, and went on to win 59-53.

LeMars had three player in double figures. Spencer Mackey had a game high twenty-four, while Alex Irwin put in fourteen and Aisea Toki put in eleven. Western was lead by Carter Broek with nineteen.

Western falls to 8-3 on the year and drops to 5-1 in the Lakes. LeMars improves to 4-7 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.

Up next for the Wolfpack is a home contest against Spirit Lake on Tuesday. LeMars will be on the road to Spencer on Tuesday.

January 11, 2019 - 10:19 am - Posted in Sports

Hull, Iowa — Western Christian High School has announced that Alex Durbin has been hired to be the Girls Soccer Coach at Western Christian.

Durbin is an Omaha, Nebraska native and received his B.A. from Dordt College in 2017. He is currently pursuing his M.A. at Dordt College in sports leadership. Durbin competed in both soccer and volleyball at Dordt College and was an all-conference performer for the soccer team where his 22 goal season in 2016 ranks second all-time in the history of the program. He also played semi-professionally in 2018 for an affiliate of Sporting Kansas City in the USL League 2.

Durbin says he looks forward to this opportunity to coach at Western Christian with such a great group of girls. He’s looking forward to March 18th coming around and for the team to be able to get on the pitch.

January 11, 2019 - 9:27 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Western and Unity split a non-conference double header Thursday night in Orange City. The Unity girls rolled 72-44, while the Western boys found a way to win 60-55 with a clutch fourth quarter.

The Unity Christian girls were in control the whole game and lead at all the breaks. After one it was 16-10 Knights. At the halftime intermission, Unity pulled ahead by twenty, 39-19, and cruised in the second half to come away with the 72-44 win.

The Knights had four players in double figures. Janie Schoonhoven had a game high eighteen, while Corrina Timmermans added seventeen. Jori Bronner added eleven, while Danielle Kroeze put in ten. Western Christian had a team high seventeen from Olivia Granstra.

Unity improves to 9-3 on the year, while Western falls to 6-6 overall.

The Western boys had another game go down to the wire, but came up big late. After one quarter of play Unity had a 13-12 lead. At the break the Knights lead was at 29-22. After three, it was 43-36 in favor of Unity. Western Christian came back in the fourth quarter and hit some big free throws late, while Unity couldn’t get their free throws to fall, and the Wolfpack came away with the 60-55 win.

Western got a game high sixteen from Clay Van Tol, Harry Steele had eleven, and Dawson Feenstra added ten. Unity had two players in double figures. Micah Goslinga had a team high fifteen, and Austin Van Donge had ten.

Western improves to 8-2 on the year, and Unity falls to 8-4 on the season.

Up next for the Wolfpack is another road contest as they take on the LeMars Bulldogs Friday night, which will be broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3, your home for Wolfpack basketball. Unity will be at the Pentagon on Saturday. The girls match-up against Harrisburg, while the boys take on St Thomas Moore.

January 10, 2019 - 2:09 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.

Black Hawk Lake
Most remaining ice is unsafe for travel. Angling activity has occurred in open water from the inlet bridge and the fishing shelter on Ice House Point. Large areas of open water near Ice House Point and in the east basin. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills have been picked up from open water under the inlet bridge with a small jig tipped with waxworm. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie are being picked up near the inlet bridge. Use a small jig tipped with waxworm.

Brushy Creek Lake
No anglers have been out recently. Most of the main lake is open water. Ice is extremely variable in the northeast arm of the lake. Most remaining ice is unsafe.

North Twin Lake
There are large areas of open water on the lake.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Large areas of open water mid-lake and near the inlet. Reports of 8-9 inches of ice in the west end. Conditions are extremely variable. Use caution if venturing out on any remaining ice; wear float coats, bring picks and check ice thickness often. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and jigging spoons during low light conditions in 5-6 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try waxworms in 4-6 feet of water in mornings or evenings.

Many lakes in the Black Hawk district are unsafe for ice fishing. Several lakes still have some ice angling going on, but foot traffic only. Use caution and check ice thickness often; conditions are extremely variable with many areas of open water and thin ice. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches. No fishing activity reported.

Blue Pit
The DNR will stock trout this Saturday, Jan. 12th. A kids fishing event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 8 to 10 inches in the little lake. Use extreme caution if you venture out on the main lake as areas that were open water are starting to freeze over. Yellow Bass – Fair: Start shallow using a small jig or jigging spoon tipped with several spikes or a waxworm. You have to keep moving to stay on fish. Yellow Perch – Good: Lots of small fish are being caught. If you’re not going to use the fish you catch, please release them. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head in the early morning. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being caught fishing the rock reefs. Best bite is early morning and evening.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches. A fair number of 6-7 inch yellow bass and a few 9 inch crappies are being caught off the north shore of lake.

Lake Smith
Current conditions are unsafe due to wind and warm temperatures earlier this week.

Lower Pine Lake
Mostly open water.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 10 to 11 inches.Yellow Perch – Fair: Best bite is early morning and evening. You have to keep moving to find fish. Walleye – Fair: Dead stick a minnow while you’re jigging for panfish.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice fishing not recommended.

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
Some ice fishing activity observed on the south end of the lake. Bluegill – Good: Numbers of angler acceptable size fish are being caught; sorting is needed with small fish mixed in the catch. Yellow Bass – Good: Move often and drill many holes to stay on the school of active fish; sorting is needed.

Five Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers report limited catches of black crappie and yellow perch; anglers will be pleased by the large size of fish harvested. Yellow Bass – Good: Some activity reported on the lake; you need to search to find active fish.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size bluegill in the lake with large fish over 8 inches not uncommon.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: Report of fish being caught from the lake with “bonus mixed bag” of bluegill and crappie in the catch. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass activity has picked up with good numbers of fish “on the bite.”

Scharnberg Pond
Rainbow Trout – Good: Next trout stocking is Jan. 19 at noon.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Extreme open water and thin ice conditions exists on the east side of the lake.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Angler acceptable size fish are being caught; best action is half hour before sunset to half hour after sunset. Yellow Perch – Good: Numbers of angler acceptable size fish are being caught; sorting is needed as numbers of small fish will also be in the catch. Bluegill – Good: Report of a mixed bag of bluegill and crappie being caught from the Anglers Bay and Hales area.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of fish being caught from the lake; anglers are very pleased with the quality of the fish caught.

Virgin Lake
Walleye – Good: Good opportunities to catch fish averaging 16 inches. Yellow Perch – Good: Fish averaging 8 inches are common.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Report of anglers catching good numbers of bluegills.

Foot or ATV traffic at this time; no vehicles as of Jan. 10 on the lakes. Mild temperatures again are in the forecast for the Iowa Great Lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

January 10, 2019 - 1:26 pm - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – Midland totaled 119 points and is the preseason coaches’ selection to win the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Softball Championship.  The Warriors tallied nine first place votes. The University of Jamestown was picked to finish second with 104 points and two first place votes. Morningside, tabbed third, received the last first place vote.

Midland posted a 36-17 record last spring while posting a 16-4 record in the GPAC. The Warriors shared the regular season title with Morningside who was 29-13 overall and also 16-4 in league play. Northwestern won the GPAC tournament championship last year, defeating Midland in three games.

Jamestown was the North Star Athletic Association regular season champion going 22-3 in league play and 44-10 overall. The Jimmies season was ended by Midland in the NAIA National Championship opening round in Dodge City, Kansas.

The GPAC softball season will consist of 20 games (10 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC Postseason Tournament featuring two four-team tournaments (Seeds 1,4,5,8 and Seeds 2,3,6,7) (double elimination) on May 3-5 at the sites of the top two seeds. Then the two tournament winners will play on Monday, May 7, in the Cypress Risk Management GPAC Championship (three game series) at the highest remaining seed.

Points were awarded on an 11-1 basis and coaches could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2019 GPAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll:

Place School Points First Place Votes
1. Midland University 119 9
2. University of Jamestown 104 2
3. Morningside College 97 1
4. Northwestern College 88
5. Concordia University 71
6t. Doane University 66
6t. Dordt College 66
8 Dakota Wesleyan University 57
9 Mount Marty College 47
10. Hastings College 37
11. College of Saint Mary 27
12. Briar Cliff University 13