July 21, 2020 - 6:10 am - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake Iowa — After an early inning 1-1 tie the scoring came in bunches and when the dust settled it was a six run 7th inning that propelled BHRV past Spirit Lake 16-6 and on to the State Softball Tournament. The Nighthawks open State on Tuesday July 28th at 12:30. The Nighthawks are the #7 seed and will open against #2 seed Davenport Assumption. Assumption enters the State Tournament at 19-5 on the year.

BHRV scored  in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Lizzy Blum led off with a double and was bunted over to third by Charli Bomgaars. Brooke Zylstra drive her in with a bunt single as the Nighthawks ran the safety squeeze to perfection.

Spirit Lake answered with a run in the bottom of the second as Taylor Schneider pulled a home run down the right field line and off the top of the foul pole to tie the game at 1-1. The two teams then began to trade runs up to the 7th inning.

A three run third put the Nighthawks up 4-1. Charli Bomgaars singled and  Brooke Zylstra followed with a double. Both scored on an error committed on a bunt laid down by Jewel Bergstrom. Bergstrom came across on a fielders choice off the bat of Jenny Leuvano.

Spirit Lake answered with a three run bottom of the third with the key hit a 2-run double by Stella Donkersloot that scored Mackenzie Kauffman and Karli Olsen. Donkersloot scored on Taylor Schneider’s rbi single to tie the game at 4-4.

BHRV put three more on the board in the fourth as Blum reached on an error. Bomgaars followed with a bunt single. Bergstrom walked and 2 runs scored on an Emma Zoet double to center. Bergstrom scored on a Jenny Leuvano fielders choice. That made it 7-4 Nighthawks.

The Indians scored a pair in the bottom half of the inning to get back to 7-6. Kauffman singled and later scored as Olsen singled. Olson scored on a single to center by Brenna Benge.

BHRV went up 9-6 with two more in the fifth. Gabi Luevano was hit by a pitch and Charli Bomgaars reached on a bunt single. Zylstra drove in a run with a fielders choice and the other scored on a single to center by Bergstrom.

A three run 5th by Spirit Lake put them back to even at 9-9. Izzy Backhaus cleared the bases with a 3-run homer to left that scored CJ Ahrenstorff and Schneider ahead of her.

The Nighthawks regained the lead in the top of the 6th. Jenny Leuvano reached on an error and later scored as Ellie Woelber and Pottebaum each had bunt singles with Pottebaum getting the rbi.

BHRV took a 10-9 lead into the 7th inning and proceeded to erupt for six runs in the top of the inning. Zylstra reached on an error and scored on a double by Zoet. Zoet scored on a single by Jenny Leuvano. Woelber followed with a bunt single and scored on a single by Gabi Leuvano. Blum followed her with a single and both scored on a single by Charli Bomgaars. That gave BHRV a 16-9 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

Spirit Lake picked up a run in the bottom half of the inning. With 2 outs Kauffman walked and scored on a wild to pitch to make it 16-10. Blum ended the game with a strike out.

Blum went the full 7 innings for the win. She scattered 10 hits giving up 10 runs and struck out 6. Morgan Fine went the first 6 and 1/3 innings for the Indians and left the game with the Nighthawks in front 12-9.

With the win BHRV moves on to State with a 14-2 record. Spirit Lake ends the season at 13-4.

July 10, 2020 - 9:45 am - Posted in Sports

The latest softball rankings are out from the IGHSAU. It’s the final Rankings for Class 1A, 2A. The final rankings for 3A/4A/5A will be posted July 15.

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Collins-Maxwell 14-1 1
2 Newell-Fonda 12-2 2
3 Clarksville 12-1 3
4 Lynnville-Sully 15-1 4
5 Wayne 13-3 7
6 Algona Bishop Garrigan 10-4 6
7 Akron-Westfield 13-2 5
8 Lisbon 16-3 8
9 Exira-EHK 12-0 11
10 Martensdale-St. Marys 13-4 15
11 Twin Cedars 17-4 12
12 Mason City Newman Catholic 14-2 10
13 Central City 9-4 13
14 AGWSR 8-3 9
15 River Valley 16-2 NR
Dropped Out: Winfield-Mount Union (14)

Class 2A
School Record LW
1 North Linn 20-0 1
2 Louisa-Muscatine 15-3 2
3 Ogden 15-3 3
4 Northeast 15-2 4
5 West Monona 16-1 5
6 Central Springs 12-3 7
7 Jesup 13-3 8
8 West Lyon 9-2 9
9 Earlham 16-4 10
10 Mount Ayr 7-4 6
11 Emmetsburg 10-2 13
12 East Marshall 12-2 NR
13 Wilton 10-3 NR
14 Interstate-35 6-4 11
15 North Union 10-3 14
Dropped Out: Sioux Central (12), Waterloo Columbus Catholic (15)

Class 3A
School Record LW
1 Albia 14-1 3
2 Davenport Assumption 13-4 1
3 Humboldt 15-1 2
4 Williamsburg 18-4 5
5 Mount Vernon 15-4 4
6 Algona 12-1 6
7 West Liberty 11-1 7
8 Anamosa 11-1 9
9 North Polk 14-2 8
10 Spirit Lake 10-2 10
11 Atlantic 14-1 11
12 Crestwood 11-0 12
13 West Burlington/Notre Dame 10-2 14
14 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 9-1 NR
15 Estherville-Lincoln Central 5-3 15
Dropped Out: Solon (13)

Class 4A
School Record LW
1 Carlisle 15-3 1
2 West Delaware 16-4 4
3 North Scott 12-6 2
4 ADM 10-3 3
5 Charles City 10-2 7
6 Fairfield 18-1 9
7 Norwalk 15-5 10
8 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 14-2 6
9 Dallas Center-Grimes 14-7 5
10 Oskaloosa 12-7 8
11 Winterset 9-6 12
12 Western Dubuque 9-3 15
13 Ballard 7-6 NR
14 Burlington 14-4 NR
15 Harlan 12-4 13
Dropped Out: Bondurant-Farrar (11), Clear Creek-Amana (14)

Class 5A
School Record LW
1 Fort Dodge 23-3 1
2 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 17-1 3
3 Iowa City High 14-2 4
4 West Des Moines Valley 17-3 6
5 Waukee 20-2 2
6 Ankeny Centennial 17-8 5
7 Johnston 13-7 7
8 Muscatine 12-2 12
9 Bettendorf 12-2 13
10 Pleasant Valley 11-6 11
11 Ottumwa 12-7 10
12 Indianola 14-4 9
13 Dubuque Hempstead 13-5 8
14 Cedar Rapids Prairie 10-4 NR
15 Ankeny 15-9 15
Dropped Out: Iowa City Liberty (14)

July 9, 2020 - 2:36 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
Bluegill – Fair: Cast a small jig fished under a bobber near submerged structure along shore in 5-10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures near submerged woody structure throughout the lake and along weed lines in the southern part of the lake.

Black Hawk Lake
Surface water temperatures are around 80 degrees. Yellow Perch – Slow. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures and plastics along shore. You can catch fish anywhere around the lake, but some of the best areas are Ice House point shoreline, inlet bay and bridge area near the outlet, and along Gunshot Hill. Walleye – Slow. Channel Catfish – Fair:Try cut bait, dip baits or crankbaits fished near shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Surface water temperatures are in the upper 70’s. There is around 10 feet of water clarity. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig either drifting or fished under a bobber near submerged woody structure. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure and along weed lines. Yellow Perch – Slow. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near shore with rocky structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the low 80’s. Water clarity is around 2 feet. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber in 3-6 feet of water near shore. If fishing from boat, you may need to move around to stay on top of fish. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake. Use cut baits and crankbaits near shore with rocky structure. Bluegill – Slow: Try small jigs tipped with a crawler fished under a bobber along shore near vegetation edges.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye, and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Drift with leeches or crawlers along the dredge cuts and troll crankbaits in the main lake. White Bass – Fair: Pick up white bass from shore and in the main like while trolling. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a variety of dip baits, cut baits and crankbaits fished near shore and anywhere with rocky structure.

Water temperatures are in the lower 80’s in the Black Hawk District. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore. Black Crappie – Slow. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 80’s. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching walleyes drift fishing a jig and crawler near vegetation. Try slip bobber fishing or jigging a leech on the rock reefs. Yellow Bass – Slow: The best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Float a crawler under a bobber along a rocky shoreline. Boat anglers should try bouncing a jig and crawler on the rock reefs.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or small jig near the dredge cut. Largemouth Bass – Good. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore.

Lake Cornelia
Bluegill – Fair: Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a frog fished along the rocky shoreline.

Lower Pine Lake
Popular fishing spots get crowded in the afternoon; arrive early to avoid crowds. Don’t park along the west side of the highway. If the boat trailer parking lot is full, try Upper Pine Lake. Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7-inch fish. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a crawler or live bait near the spillway.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of worm fished below a bobber in the open areas of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7-inch fish. Largemouth Bass – Good. Black Crappie – Fair.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 80 degrees. There is a great panfish bite that is moving further out into deeper water post-spawn. Bluegill – Excellent: Large schools are moving into the shallows to bed and can easily be caught around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good: A good open water bite has started to pick up.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or other slow-moving jigs.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. A great walleye and yellow perch bite has been seen lately with many yellows over 10 inches being caught. The water temperature is 79 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore post-spawn. Walleye – Good: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crankbaits to cover more water. Black Bullhead – Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade. Yellow Perch – Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are a little deeper than what can be easily fished from shore. Try small humps in the main basin or weed edges.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 80 degrees. The panfish bite has been great. Bluegill – Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore. Try fishing in about 16 feet of water in the weeds or weed lines. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find smallmouth bass on rock piles or on the points.. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Find largemouth bass on the weed lines. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore.

Iowa Great Lake water temperatures have warmed up up substantially and are currently 79 degrees or warmer. This week’s extended forecast calls for temperatures ranging from the upper 70’s to upper 80’s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

July 9, 2020 - 11:21 am - Posted in Sports

Class 4A and 3A high school baseball pairings were released Thursday.

Class 3A District 2 features MOC-Floyd Valley and BHRV colliding in the first round with MOC-Floyd Valley hosting the Nighthawks at 7:00 pm in Orange City.

Class 4A Brackets

Class 3A District 1

Class 3A District 2

July 8, 2020 - 10:29 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Iowa — A 6-run sixth inning gave Sheldon a 9-4 come from behind win over Sibley Ocheyedan at the Orab baseball Field Tuesday night.

The Generals score first with lead off hitter Caleb Mayer hit by a pitch. He advanced to third on a double to right and came in to score on a sac fly to center off the bat of Andrew Epinoza.

Sibley Ocheyedan made it 4-0 with a 3-run fourth inning. With two outs Garret Sarringar doubled to right. Mayer followed with a base on balls and both scored on a double to right by Charley Zylstra. Zylstra scored on a wild pitch to plate the third run of the inning.

Sheldon cut the lead to 4-2 in the home half of the fourth as Caleb Ackerman was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Trey Idema to the fence in left. An errant pick off throw allowed Idema to scored from third.

Sheldon got within a run in the bottom of the fifth inning as Max Hamill singled to the right side of the infield and later scored on a double to left by Brendan Cain to make the score 4-3.

The Orabs broke the game open with a 6-run sixth inning as Idema, Brennan Chester, Alexis Rodriquez, TK Lang, Hamill and Cain all reached and scored. The key hits were a pair of 2-run singles by Lang and Cain.

TK Lang went the final 3 and a third innings in relief of Chester to get the win. Elliott Croat went the final 2 and two thirds in relief to take the loss.

With the win Sheldon closes the regular season at 2-9 and 1-8 in the conference. Sheldon opens tournament play Saturday in Peterson against host team Sioux Central in a 2A District 2 quarterfinal with first pitch at 7:00.

Sibley Ocheyedan wraps up the regular season at home Wednesday night against Trinity Christian. After that its on to the tournament. The Generals have been assigned to 2A District 1 hosted by Okoboji and will meet Sioux Center in a 4:30 contest.

July 7, 2020 - 10:32 am - Posted in Sports

The latest IAbaseball rankings are out, and SBL is ranked #3 in Class 3A, MOC-Floyd Valley 6, and Heelan is in at the 9 spot. Class 2A has West Lyon ranked #5. In Class 1A, Remsen St. Mary’s is #1 and Hinton in the 8 spot.

Class 4A
1. Dowling
2. Johnston
3. Hempstead
4. SEP
5. Ankeny
6. Sioux City East
7. Ankeny Centennial
8. Urbandale
9. CR Kennedy
10. North Scott

Class 3A
1. Dallas Center-Grimes
2. Central DeWitt
3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton
4. Gilbert
5. Davenport Assumption
6. MOC-Floyd Valley
7. Maquoketa
8. Oskaloosa
9. Bishop Heelan
10. ADM

Class 2A
1. Van Meter
2. North Linn
3. Dike-New Hartford
4. Pocahontas Area
5. West Lyon
6. Underwood
7. Central Lee
8. Woodward-Granger
9. Camanche
10. Roland-Story

Class 1A
1. Remsen St. Marys
2. Martensdale-St. Mary’s
3. Newman Catholic
4. South Winneshiek
5. Alburnett
6. Don Bosco
7. St. Albert
8. Hinton
9. HLV
10. CAM

July 2, 2020 - 2:58 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
Bluegill – Fair: Cast a small jig fished under a bobber near submerged structure along shore in 5-10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures near submerged woody structure throughout the lake and along weed lines in the southern part of the lake.

Black Hawk Lake
Yellow Perch – Slow. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures and plastics along shore. You can catch fish anywhere around the lake, but some of the best areas are Ice House point shoreline, inlet bay and bridge area near the outlet, and along Gunshot Hill. Walleye – Slow. Channel Catfish – Fair:Try cut bait, dip baits or crankbaits fished near shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Surface water temperatures are around 75 degrees. There is around 10 feet of water clarity. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig either drifting or fished under a bobber near submerged woody structure. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure and along weed lines. Yellow Perch – Slow. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near shore with rocky structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the mid-70’s. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber in 3-6 feet of water near shore. If fishing from boat, you may need to move around to stay on top of fish. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake. Use cut baits and crankbaits near shore with rocky structure.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid-70’s. Water clarity is 3-5 feet. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye, and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had luck in the main lake drifting with leeches or crawlers along the dredge cuts and trolling crankbaits. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pick up perch along shore in the marina and north and east shores. White Bass – Fair: Pick up white bass from shore and in the main like while trolling. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are abundant in Storm Lake. Try a variety of dip baits, cut baits and crankbaits fished near shore.

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70’s in the Black Hawk District. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore. Black Crappie – Slow. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 70’s. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching walleyes drift fishing a jig and crawler near vegetation. Try slip bobber fishing a leech or crawler on the rock reefs. Yellow Bass – Slow: The best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Float a crawler under a bobber along a rocky shoreline. Boat anglers should try bouncing a jig and crawler on the rock reefs.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish a minnow or small jig near the dredge cut. Largemouth Bass – Good. Bluegill – Fair: Try a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore.

Lake Cornelia
Bluegill – Fair: Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a frog fished along the rocky shoreline.

Lower Pine Lake
Popular fishing spots get crowded in the afternoon; arrive early to avoid crowds. Don’t park along the west side of the highway. If the boat trailer parking lot is full, try Upper Pine Lake. Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a crawler or live bait near the spillway.

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish. Largemouth Bass – Good. Black Crappie – Fair.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 71 degrees. There is a great panfish bite that is moving further out into deeper water post-spawn. Bluegill – Excellent: Large schools are moving into the shallows to bed and can easily be caught around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good: A good open water bite has started to pick up.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or other slow moving jigs.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. A great walleye and yellow perch bite has been seen lately with many yellows over 10 inches being caught. The water temperature is 76 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore post-spawn. Walleye – Good: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crankbaits to cover more water. Black Bullhead – Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade. Yellow Perch – Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are a little deeper than what can be easily fished from shore. Try small humps in the main basin or weed edges.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 77 degrees. The panfish bite has been great. Bluegill – Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore. Try fishing in about 16 feet of water in the weeds or weed lines. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find smallmouth bass on rock piles or on the points.. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Find largemouth bass on the weed lines. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore.

Iowa Great Lake water temperatures have warmed up quickly and are a little warmer than 75 degrees, and should continue to rise with a warmer forecast. This week’s extended forecast calls for temperatures ranging from the upper 80’s to low 90’s. Use caution fishing this weekend; it may be much harder than usual with the large amount of 4th of July pleasure boat traffic. Stay safe and have a great 4th! For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

July 2, 2020 - 2:11 pm - Posted in Sports

Shane Solberg was named a preseason All-American by the annual Street and Smith’s Football publication released earlier this week.

One of two wide receivers listed among the 11-player team on offense, Solberg ranked second in the NAIA with 85 receptions and fourth in receiving yards (1,264) in earning All-American honors by both the NAIA and Associated Press last season. He scored 13 touchdowns, second most in the GPAC, and posted seven games with over 100 receiving yards.

Solberg is the program’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and receptions in a single game (18 vs. Briar Cliff) and is a two-time all-conference selection.

2020 Street & Smith’s NAIA Preseason All-America Team
Position Name School
OFFENSE
QB Joe Dolincheck Morningside (Iowa)
RB Arnijae Ponder Morningside (Iowa)
RB Tim Whitfield Langston (Okla.)
OL Austin Sherrill Keiser (Fla.)
OL Andrew Rupcich Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
OL Dustin Rivera Southwestern (Kan.)
OL Tristan Shehorn Ottawa (Ariz.)
OL Donovan Corlew Concordia (Mich.)
TE Austin Harris Midland (Neb.)
WR Stevie Williams Kansas Wesleyan
WR Shane Solberg Northwestern (Iowa)
DEFENSE
DL Robert Robinson Briar Cliff (Iowa)
DL Kumi Sarpong Jr. Cumberlands (Ky.)
DL Sage DeLong Eastern Oregon
DL Seth Maitlen Morningside (Iowa)
LB DaMarcus Wimbush Bluefield (Va.)
LB Lane Napier Concordia (Neb.)
LB Josh Seabolt Bethel (Kan.)
DB Twon Collymore Sterling (Kan.)
DB Dallis Flowers Grand View (Iowa)
DB Sage Chen-Young Keiser (Fla.)
DB Athanie Leeviraphan Evangel (Mo.)
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Nathan Hamilton Grand View (Iowa)
P Camdon Griffiths Midland (Neb.)
July 2, 2020 - 11:48 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College holds a top five ranking in one of the first NAIA Football preseason polls, Street and Smith’s, released for the upcoming 2020 season.

The Red Raiders occupy the No.5 slot in the early poll, joining fellow GPAC member and two-time defending national champion, Morningside, in the top five. Marian (Ind.), last year’s national runner-up, is second, followed by Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and College of Idaho with Northwestern rounding out the top five.

Northwestern finished the 2019 season with a 9-2 record and ranked 10th in the final NAIA Coaches’ poll. They qualified for their third straight postseason, losing in the first round of the Football Championship Series to Saint Xavier 25-20.

Head Coach Matt McCarty‘s squad will begin fall camp August 17 and opens the 2020 season on Sept. 12 at No.1 Morningside.

2020 Street & Smith’s NAIA Preseason Top-10 Rankings
Ranking School
1 Morningside (Iowa)
2 Marian (Ind.)
3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
4 College of Idaho
5 Northwestern (Iowa)
6 Saint Xavier (Ill.)
7 Saint Francis (Ind.)
8 Concordia (Mich.)
9 Bethel (Kan.)
10 Kansas Wesleyan
July 2, 2020 - 8:51 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Cener Iowa — Sioux Center put together a 4-run sixth inning to propel them to a 10-6 win over Sheldon in baseball action at Open Space Park Wednesday night.

Sheldon opened the scoring in the first inning as TK Lang reached on a base on balls. Courtesy runner Cason Johannes scored from third on a single to center by Cole McDonald and the Orabs had the early lead 1-0.

The Warriors countered with a run in the home half of the first as Brett Schouten led off with a single to center and scored on an rbi single to center by Taylor DeJager to tie it up at 1-1.

Sheldon went up 2-1 with a run in the second as Brendan Cain drew a walk and later scored on the back end of a double steal.

Sioux Center went up 3-2 with a pair of runs in the third as Schouten and Stetson Hulstien both reached on errors. Schouten would score on an error and Hulstien came in on a single to left by Christian Vietor.

Sheldon scored three in the top of the fourth to take 5-3 lead as Tye Sudbeck Brendan Cain and Trey Idema all singled. Idema drove in a run with a single to left and Brennan Chester and TK Lang both followed with rbi singles.

A 3-run fifth by the Warriors put them up 6-5 as Austin Faber, Aiden DeJager and Zack Rozeboom all singled. Rozeboom drove in a run with DeJager scoring on a wild pitch and Rozeboom coming in on a flair to right field by Hulstien.

Sheldon tied it at 6-6 with a run in the 6th inning as Idema drew a walk and scored from third on a sac fly to right field by Alexis Rodriquez.

Sioux Center answered with a 4-run sixth to get the win. Taylor DeJager singled. Ethan Zomermaand was hit by a pitch and both scored on a triple to center by Aiden DeJager who also scored on the play as the relay to the infield was off line to make it 9-6 in favor of the Warriors. Zack Rozeboom reached on an error and scored on a single to left by Schouten to make the final 10-6.

Lane Kamerman went the final inning and two thirds for the win. Max Hamill took the loss in relief of starter Brennan Chester with 1 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 6th.

With the win Sioux Center is 3-6 for the year and 3-3 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 1-8 on the year and 0-6 in the Siouxland.

Sheldon is at West Lyon Thursday night while Sioux Center will be at Boyden Hull Rock Valley.