July 24, 2016 - 10:00 am - Posted in Sports

nighthawk logoFort Dodge Iowa — The Boyden Hull Rock Valley softball team fell to third ranked Solon 6-3 in the Class 3A third place game Friday morning. The game ended after the 6th inning due to a 90 minute time limit. KIWA’s Justin Hellinga had the play-by-play, and filed this report from Fort Dodge.

The future looks bright for the Nighthawks. They graduate two seniors but will bring back their entire defensive alignment intact for next season. Nighthawks sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag was named to the Class 3A All-Tournament Team.

2016 Class 3A All-Tournament Team

Jaicee Lyons, Benton Community
Sophie Van Severen, Davenport Assumption
Shelby Hulsebus, Benton Community
Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Bryn Hanrahan, Solon
Sydney Lawson, Solon
Payge Jurgens, CMB
Nicole Timmons, Davenport Assumption
Alyssa Wiebel, Benton Community
Emma Valainis, Davenport Assumption
Amber Fiser, Benton Community (captain)

July 24, 2016 - 9:57 am - Posted in Sports

softball_logo2Fort Dodge, Iowa — The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team will play for 3rd Place in Class 3A Friday, after dropping a semi-final round game to Benton by a final score of 4-1 Thursday afternoon, in a game heard on KIWA-FM.

KIWA’s Justin Hellinga had the play-by-play, and filed this report from Fort Dodge.

The Nighthawks will face Solon Friday morning at 9:30 in the 3rd Place game at Harlan Rodgers Park in Fort Dodge.

July 21, 2016 - 8:20 am - Posted in Sports

nighthawk logoFort Dodge, Iowa — #11 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defeated #5 Mount Vernon 7-1 in in the quarterfinal round of Class 3A State Softball in Fort Dodge.

The Nighthawks would jump to a quick 2-0 lead after Cassie Van Beek tripled and that was followed by a rip over the center field wall by Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag for the 2-run shot.

BHRV would add another run in the top of the 2nd. Alexis Mousel would reach on an error and courtesy runner Brianna Kleinwolterink would find home plate later in the inning on an errant throw. After 2 innings of work it was Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley leading 3-0.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley would get back on the board in the top of the 5th. With the bases loaded, Keely Swanson would hit into a fielders choice to drive in Taylor Richter to move the score to 4-0.

The bases would again be loaded in the 6th inning for the Nighthawks. Cassie Van Beek would hit a single to third base and beat out the throw to first to drive in Kleinwolterink, making it 5-0 BHRV.

Mount Vernon would get on the board in the 6th inning when Maggie Babcock drove in Sammy Moss with a single to deep center field. Heading into the final inning it was 5-1 Nighthawks.

BHRV would add two more insurance run in the 7th and come away with the 7-1 victory.

Lily Dahlstrom took the loss for Mount Vernon going 7 innings, giving up 10 hits, 2 walks, striking out 4, and adding 5 earned runs to her name.

Van Der Zwaag would get the win for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. In 7 innings of work she would give up 5 hits, 5 walks,  and strike out 8 and one earned run.

The Nighthawks improve to 26-7 on the year and will face #1 Benton Community (41-2) who defeated Estherville-Lincoln Central 9-0 in the other lower bracket quarterfinals Wednesday night. Game time is set for 1:30 pm on Thursday. The upper bracket semi at 11:30 in the morning will match Davenport Assumption (40-4) and (33-9) Solon (33-9)

Mount Vernon falls to 29-14.

July 20, 2016 - 2:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux 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.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes fair to good.
Horseshoe Smallmouth bass fair; A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and Pike fair to good.
Big Stone Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Poinsett Walleyes fair to good and a few perch and pike.
Lake Hendricks Walleyes fair.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair to good.
Waubay Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Reetz A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Walleyes fair.
Pickerel Lake A few walleyes and crappie.
West Oakwood Walleye bit has slowed a bit.
Swan Lake Walleyes and pike fair.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair to good.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake A few smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair, but mainly small.
Vermillion Walleyes fair. A few crappie and pike.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes fair. A few crappie.
Lake Alvin A few largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair along with a few smallmouth bass and musky.
George WPA A few Walleyes.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson Crappies and walleyes fair, along with a few pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few walleye.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout, crappie, and bluegill.
Mitchell A few bluegill and walleye.
Menno A few bluegill.
Beaver Walleyes slow to fair.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few Walleyes.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood Walleye bite has slowed.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Walleye, perch, bluegill, and Yellow Bass fair to good. Fair for smallmouth bass.
Silver Lake Fair to good for walleyes.
East Okoboji Yellow bass, Perch, Crappie, and Bluegill fair to good. Also fair to good for catfish!
West Okoboji A few walleye, but crappie and bluegill fair to good.
Lake Pahoja A few crappie and bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few walleyes and crappies.
Sarah A few walleye.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
West Graham Few walleye.
Round Bullheads fair.
Okabena A few walleyes and crappie.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs. Floating Raps from shore!
Platte Walleyes slow to fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few catfish and walleyes.
Big Sioux Catfish fair along with a few walleyes.

nighthawk logoNorthwest Iowa — The Boyden Hull Rock Valley softball team will now open Class 3A State Tournament play Wednesday at 5:00 pm. Due to rain in Fort Dodge Tuesday games were rained out. The Nighthawks will enter State Tournament play at 25-7 under Head Coach Sarah Friedrichsen. The Mt. Vernon Mustangs are 29-13 under Head Coach Robin Brand. In the final regular season poll the Nighthawks were ranked #11 with the Mustangs #5.

As a team Boyden Hull Rock Valley enters the State Tourney hitting .312 with Mount Vernon hitting .319. Power numbers favor the Nighthawks with 16 home runs as a team led by Cassie Van Beek and Kaitlyn Vander Zwaag with 7 each. Mount Vernon is led by Libby Ryan with 3.Ryan is hitting .531 on the season with 33 rbi’s, 3 home runs, 9 triples and 6 doubles. Boyden Hull Rock Valley counters with Cassie Van Beek’s team leading .441 batting average. She has driven in 27 runs with 7 home runs, 1 triple and 7 doubles.

The running game favors Mount Vernon. As a team they are 119-of-123 in stolen base attempts led by Ryan who is 76-of-76 going into the State Tournament. Boyden Hull Rock Valley has gone 60-of-62 led by Cassie Van Beek who is 22-of-22 in stolen base attempts.

The pitching numbers favor the Nighthawks with a team era of 2.24 while the Mustangs staff has pitched to a team era of 3.07. Sophomore Kaitlyn Vander Zwwag comes into the tournament with a 24-4 record. With a 1.47 era she has walked 36 batters and struck out 206 on the season.  Senior Lily Dahlstrom leads Mount Vernon with a 22-8 record and a 2.85 era. She has walked 44 and struck out 92 batters on the season.

The quarterfinal winner will move on to the semifinals on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 in Fort Dodge.

July 20, 2016 - 8:19 am - Posted in Sports

Siouxland Conference logoNorthwest Iowa — The Siouxland Conference has released their All-Conference selections for both softball and baseball, along with the list of the All-Conference Academic Team.

In softball, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley led the Siouxland with a 23-7 record overall, going 12-2 in the conference.  West Lyon finished 2nd, followed by Sioux Center, Okoboji, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sheldon, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon, and Sibley-Ocheyedan, in order.

One Orab received All-Conference recognition.  Sheldon senior Sydney Iedema won Honorable Mention.

Click here for the complete All-Conference list for Siouxland Conference softball.

MOC-Floyd Valley ended the season atop the Conference Baseball Standings with a 20-11 record overall, going 14-2 in league play.  They were followed by Central Lyon, West Lyon, Okoboji, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Sheldon, Sioux Center, Sibley-Ocheyedan, and George-Little Rock, in order.

A pair of Orabs were named to the 1st Team All Conference.  Junior Cody Van Meeteren and senior Ross Van Kley both made the top squad.  Sheldon senior Colby Kleinhesselink was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference, and senior Travis Sterler received Honorable Mention.

Click here for the complete All-Conference list for Siouxland Conference baseball.

The Siouxland Conference Academic All-Conference list was released, as well, with three Orabs making their respective teams. Haley Jungers and Sydney Iedema both made the Academic All-Conference Softball Team, with Ross Van Kley making the Academic All-Conference Baseball Team.

Click here for the complete 2016 Siouxland Conference Academic All-Conference Team selections.

July 14, 2016 - 11:08 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Speedway LogoSioux Center, Iowa —  Early morning rains did not threaten the 7th Annual Mouw Motor Company Sprint Car Showdown, but led to a fast track at Sioux Speedway with plenty of traction for competitors in all divisions Wednesday night.  First to the track for main events were the Glen’s Sport Center Hobby Stocks.  Over the last half-dozen years, Dustin Gulbrandson has made the trek from Sioux Falls for nearly all Sioux Speedway events.  With success common at his weekly racing venues, Gulbrandson had yet to reach victory lane at Sioux Speedway in all his tries going into Wednesday night.  His luck changed as he drew a front row starting spot and took command early in the feature event and went on unchallenged for his first Sioux Speedway victory in car #6.  The battle was for second and Merrill, Iowa’s Paul Menard had his streak of bad luck come to an end as he was able to finish the event in 2nd in car #16D.  Drew Barglof of Sioux Rapids, IA was third driving car #88J, Colton Arends of Little Rock, Iowa made his first trip to Sioux Speedway finishing 4th, and Todd Uhl from Sheldon brought the #11T home in fifth.

The Steve Brouwer Trucking B-Modifieds started out with Trevor Kracht stretching out a lead in the first two laps before being overtaken by Thor Anderson in #41 after a caution flag.  Kracht spun on lap four and relegated himself to the rear.  As the race continued, the former asphalt racer, Anderson, took command and pulled off his first Sioux Speedway victory.  Jake Simpson has made several 2 hour treks from Algona and went home with a trophy, but this time the “Fast 5” had to settle for second.  #6 Dustin Kruse from Brandon, SD made his way to third from his 5th starting spot.  Beresford, SD brothers Keegan (#10N) and Kole (#59) Nordquist finished up rounding out the top five.

Next up to the speedway were the Sybesma Graphics Stock Cars.  Owner of Sybesma Graphics in Sanborn, IA, Stefan Sybesma also competes regularly at Sioux Speedway . He had a great opportunity to pick up his 4th career Sioux Speedway win by starting on the front row of the 15 lap stock car feature.  It was not an opportunity lost as Sybesma went on to win the event in #5B.  Mel Elsberry of Orange City tried to run down Sybesma, but ended up 2nd in car #5E.  Troy Woelber had a flat early, but the Hull, Iowa racer rebounded to finish 3rd.  Middleburg’s Justin Regnerus moved up from 10th to finish 4th in car #32, and Brandon Murphy from Worthington, MN finished 5th in #18A.

A fast track allowed the MSTS 360 Sprint Cars to clip off some very quick laps.  The 20 lap main event went uninterrupted as no yellow or red flags slowed down the action and only five cars finished on the lead lap.  Jeremy Scadden Construction’s #6 cars had an excellent evening as Carson McCarl sped away to pick up the 7th Annual Mouw Motor Company Sprint Car Showdwon crown.  McCarl was able to slice through lap traffic and maintain his top spot to take the win.  Dusty Zomer piloted the #82 Buffalo Wild Wings machine and came within striking distance of McCarl in lap traffic.  He, however, could not take advantage and came up short in second.  Past winner Gregg Bakker, #11X, moved from 8th to 3rd at the finish, Derrik Lusk finished in fourth with car #2.  Finishing in fifth and the last lead lap car was the #1 of John Lambertz.

July 13, 2016 - 10:56 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing 3fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes fair to good.
Horseshoe Smallmouth bass fair; A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and Pike fair to good.
Big Stone Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Poinsett Walleyes fair to good and a few perch and pike.
Lake Hendricks Walleyes fair.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair to good.
Waubay Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Reetz A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Walleyes fair.
Pickerel Lake A few walleyes and crappie.
West Oakwood Walleye bit has slowed a bit.
Swan Lake Walleyes and pike fair.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair to good.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake A few smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair, but mainly small.
Vermillion Walleyes fair. A few crappie and pike.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes fair. A few crappie.
Lake Alvin A few largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair along with a few smallmouth bass and musky.
George WPA A few Walleyes.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson Crappies and walleyes fair, along with a few pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few walleye.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout, crappie, and bluegill.
Mitchell A few bluegill and walleye.
Menno A few bluegill.
Beaver Walleyes slow to fair.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few Walleyes.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood Walleye bite has slowed.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Walleye, perch, bluegill, and Yellow Bass fair to good. Fair for smallmouth bass.
Silver Lake Fair to good for walleyes.
East Okoboji Yellow bass, Perch, Crappie, and Bluegill fair to good. Also fair to good for catfish!
West Okoboji A few walleye, but crappie and bluegill fair to good.
Lake Pahoja A few crappie and bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few walleyes and crappies.
Sarah A few walleye.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
West Graham Few walleye.
Round Bullheads fair.
Okabena A few walleyes and crappie.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs. Floating Raps from shore!
Platte Walleyes slow to fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few catfish and walleyes.
Big Sioux Catfish fair along with a few walleyes.
July 13, 2016 - 7:49 am - Posted in Sports

nighthawk logoSergeant Bluff, Iowa — #11 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is on to the State Tournament after defeating #7 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 4-0 Tuesday night in Sergeant Bluff.

The Nighthawks would jump to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sammy Blum and Cassie Van Beek would each reach on shots to the outfield, then Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag would sky one over the outfield wall for the 3-run home run. The game would remain scoreless until the top of the fifth when the Nighthawks would score on aggressive base running by Van Beek, and gave BHRV the 4-0 lead, and the Nighthawks would come away with the win.

Terri Deitloff took the loss for the Warriors. Deitloff went the distance but gave up 2 earned runs on 5 walks and 5 hits and struck out 3.

Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag got the win with the complete game shutout. She struck out 11 while giving up just 2 walks and one hit.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley improves to 25-7 on the year. The Nighthawks will take on Mount Veron in the first round of Class 3A State Softball at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 19th.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton ends their season at 28-11.

July 12, 2016 - 4:29 pm - Posted in Sports

lakes conf logoNorthwest Iowa — The Lakes Conference All-Conference Softball Teams have been released and Western Christian landed three players on the first team. They include Catcher Kelsie Van’t Hul, infielder Brooklyn Van Oort and outfielder Kylie Van’t Hul. All three were unanimous selections. This years coach of the year is Rachel Gerking of conference champ Spirit Lake.

1st Team All-Conference
*Unanimous

Pitcher
1. *Bailey Newman- Spirit Lake
2. *Carson Gjerde- Estherville
3. Lindsay Williams- Cherokee

Catcher
1. *Whitlee Reitz-Spirit Lake
2. *Kelsie Van’t Hul- Western Christian

Infield
1. *Maddie Richter- Spirit Lake
2. *Mackenzie Thate- Spirit Lake
3. *Josie Fagen- Spirit Lake
4. *Morgan White- Estherville- Lincoln Central
5. *Kaely Hummel- Cherokee
6. *Kalin Hardyk- Le Mars
7. *Brooklyn Van Oort-Western Christian

Outfield
1. *Caitlyn Roberts- Sprit Lake
2. *Kylie Van’t Hull- Western Christian
3. Gabby Heckard- Estherville-Lincoln Central
4. Josie Kindwall-Cherokee

Utility
1. Kailee Jenness- Spirit Lake
2. Kamie Crum- Cherokee
3. Grace Milbrodt-LeMars

2nd Team All-Conference

Pitcher
1. Madison Gaffney- Storm Lake

Catcher
1. Crystal Eppling- Le Mars

Infielders
1. Hallie Jensen-Estherville-Lincoln Central
2. Chandler Schemper- Western Christian
3. Christina Konz- Le Mars
4. Kate Jackson- Emmetsburg
5. Jenna Nueman- Storm Lake

Outfielders
1. Paige Petersen- Spirit Lake
2. Annie Ellis- Le Mars
3. Sarah Simington-Emmetsburg

Utility
1. Gwen Schujter- Estherville-Lincoln Central

Honorable Mention

1. Brittany Buren- Western Christian
2. Alyssa Buren- Western Christian

Conference Coach of the Year: Rachel Gerking