May 19, 2020 - 1:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Luke Wagner, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the track and field team.

Wagner has personal bests of a 49.9 split on a 4×400 team; 23.2 in the 200 meters and he has qualified for state three times and was a conference champion in both the sprint medley and 4×400.

“Coach Heynen and Coach Wolf were extremely outgoing and helpful in the recruitment process. I wanted to run under a coaching staff that would be focused on my athletic development as well as my academic and spiritual development. Dordt University appears to be the ideal place for the development of all three,” said Wagner.

Luke is the son of Mark and Karen Wagner of Sanborn, Iowa. He plans to study Exercise Science and enter the pre-Physical Therapy program.

May 18, 2020 - 2:14 pm - Posted in Sports

The IHSAA and IGHSAU continue to plan for a return to play as soon as it is possible in a safe and responsible manner. Discussions with member schools, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and NFHS are essential in determining when and how upcoming activities may proceed.

Our student-athletes want to return to action and we want to be able to provide opportunities for them to participate safely. We are reviewing numerous COVID-19 considerations and protocols so that a final decision can be made regarding this summer’s baseball and softball seasons.

Guiding principles for the IHSAA and IGHSAU through this process:

-Keeping health and safety of participants, coaches, officials, administrators, and spectators as the top priority.
-Working with the Department of Education, Department of Public Health, and other state officials on sport requirements and scheduling within the recommendations for schools and school facilities.
-Developing practical guidelines and protocols for baseball and softball events (practices, workouts, games, postseason).

Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education set June 1 as a deadline date for an announcement regarding the possibility of summer sports and activities at Iowa schools. The IHSAA and IGHSAU will issue a decision and further guidance following those announcements.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Northwestern College has announced the hiring of Dr. Micah Parker, an intercollegiate athletics leader with more than 27 years of experience, as vice president for athletics. Parker, the director of athletics at NCAA Division I California Baptist University since 2009, will start his new position later this summer.

“Dr. Micah Parker is first and foremost a passionate follower of Christ, devoted husband and father, and exceptional mission fit for Northwestern,” says Greg Christy, Northwestern’s president. “His impressive background includes serving as an assistant coach and head coach at fellow GPAC institution Concordia University as well as in leadership roles at Division I schools Nebraska and Drake. His programs have achieved remarkable success at every level. Micah is a humble and highly accomplished leader who will continue and build upon the culture of excellence that makes Red Raider athletics stand out.”

As athletic director at California Baptist, Parker leads a department with a $25 million budget, 90 full-time staff, 21 sports and 450 student-athletes. He oversaw the institution’s transitions from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and now NCAA Division I—and an invitation to the Western Athletic Conference. He created a corporate sponsorship program and athletic development board, increasing annual revenue of donations, ticket and corporate sales from less than $180,000 to more than $1.5 million annually. Under his leadership, California Baptist opened an $80 million, 5,050-seat events center in 2017, won the NCAA Division II Learfield Cup in 2018 and won the PacWest Commissioner’s Cup five years in a row.

As much success as the Lancers have had athletically, they have also achieved academically. California Baptist’s student-athletes have boasted more than a 3.0 GPA over the last 16 semesters, including a best 3.445 department GPA in 2019–20.

Parker was headmaster at Lutheran South Academy in Houston, Texas, in 2008–09. He served as the top assistant women’s basketball coach at Drake University from 2003–07, director of operations for women’s basketball at the University of Nebraska in 2002–03, head women’s basketball coach at Concordia University from 1998–2002 and an assistant men’s basketball coach at Concordia for eight years before that.

“Northwestern has a great tradition of achieving athletic excellence while maintaining its Christian mission,” says Parker. “I’m excited to help build upon that. I competed in the GPAC as a cross country and track athlete in the late 1980s, and I coached against Northwestern in men’s and women’s basketball. I’ve always had a great respect for the Christian mission of the college and the accomplishments they’ve enjoyed both in the GPAC and nationally. This is an opportunity to use the experience I’ve been blessed with to help our teams win in life beyond the successes in athletics.”

Parker says he is eager to get to know the people at Northwestern: coaches, staff, donors, alumni and students. “My goals will be to build upon Northwestern’s great tradition. I want the Red Raiders to be in situations where they can have the experience of winning a conference or national championship and to help them compete in the classroom as hard as they do in their sport. Finally, it would be my goal that participating on a team would help our student-athletes grow in their relationship with Christ.”

A sought-after Christian motivational speaker, Parker has given more than 650 presentations to national youth gatherings, faith-based businesses, school assemblies, church events and Fellowship of Christian Athlete groups. He received Concordia University’s first Alumni Servant Leadership Award in 2017, and he was named the Press Enterprise’s Most Influential Sports Figure in the Inland Empire in 2015.

Parker earned a doctorate with an emphasis in educational leadership and a master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Concordia in 1991.

Parker replaces Dr. Earl Woudstra, who retired in November after 36 years of service to Northwestern, the last five of which were as athletic director. He is now the city administrator for Orange City.

Northwestern College’s athletic department fields teams in 20 sports and competes in the NAIA as a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Red Raider teams have won nine national championships.

May 14, 2020 - 3:12 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
Water temperature is in the upper 50’s. Water clarity has increased since last week. The outdoor walkway on the fish house structure in Town Bay is open to anglers; the indoor portion of the structure remains closed to the public due to physical distancing guidelines.Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Sorting is needed, but keepers are 8-10 inches.Black Crappie – Good: Shore fishing has been productive. Fish anywhere from shore with rock and structure. Use a small jig tipped with crawler or small minnow fished under a bobber along shore in Town Bay, Ice House Point from the inlet bridge and from the floating pier and fish house in Town Bay. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing from shore has picked up. Use twisters, crankbaits and leeches or crawlers fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig fished under a bobber near shore in 5-10 feet of water by rocks or woody structure. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few on spinner baits and plastics in areas near submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try crawlers on a small jig in 5-10 feet of water. Some is sorting needed. Walleye – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is around 60 degrees with around 4 feet of water clarity. Fish anywhere with structure near shore to pick up crappie as water temperatures continue to warm.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Anglers have had good luck from shore and in the main lake. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished near shore in the marina near the inlet and along the north and east shore of the main lake. Walleye – Fair: Pick up walleye from shore and also in the main lake. Use a twister, crankbait and a leech or crawler fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pick up perch along shore in the marina and north and east shores. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up white bass from shore. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-fifties. The spring midge hatch is on. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success drift fishing a jig and crawler near structure or slip bobber fishing a leech on the rock reefs. Yellow Bass – Slow: Boat anglers should try fishing the edge of the vegetation on the north shore with a small piece of crawler or cut bait. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on jigs fished near the edge of vegetation. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake
Popular fishing areas become crowded in the afternoon and evening; fish in the morning to avoid crowds. Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish. Black Crappie – Good. Largemouth Bass – Good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken liver or cut bait fished on the bottom near the spillway.

Rice Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Upper Pine Lake
Popular fishing areas become crowded in the afternoon and evening; fish in the morning to avoid crowds. The fish cleaning station is unavailable at this time. Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish. Largemouth Bass – Good. Black Crappie – Good.

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 51 degrees. There has been a fair panfish bite in many of the bays and harbors, in and around boat hoists and docks. Bluegill – Good: Large schools have been found gathering around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good.

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

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is open. The water temperature is 51 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Large schools have been found gathering around hoists and docks. Walleye – Fair: Evenings have had fairly good bites.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is open. The water temperature is 51 degrees. A good spring bass bite has been observed in canal areas, as well a good panfish bite in various harbors and around docks and hoists. Bluegill – Good: Large schools have been found gathering around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Good. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair:

The Walleye season is open on Spirit Lake, East Okoboji Lake and West Okoboji Lake. All local boat ramps are in and open for use. Iowa Great Lake water temperatures range from 51 to 54 degrees. The bite should continue to pick up as water temperatures rise. This week’s extended forecast is temperatures in the 60 to 80 degrees. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced it will extend championship agreements for seven of its championship host sites affected this past year by COVID-19.

The extensions were announced to assist further the relationship between the NAIA and its host cities. Women’s basketball (Sioux City, Iowa), women’s wrestling (University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.), men’s and women’s bowling (Lawrence Tech University, Sterling Heights, Mich.), men’s and women’s tennis (Mobile, Ala.), baseball (Lewis-Clark State, Lewiston, Idaho), outdoor track and field (Gulf Shores, Ala.) and men’s golf (Mesa, Ariz.) came to an agreement on a one-year extension.

Of these sites, Lewiston, Idaho has second-longest run of consecutive championships hosted with the NAIA Baseball World Series (since 2000). “LC State is excited for the opportunity to host through 2025,” mentioned Brooke Henze, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Athletics Director and World Series Tournament Director. Through the years, Henze has been at the forefront of one of the most successful championships in the NAIA. Sioux City, Iowa holds the distinction of the longest-consecutive championships hosted of the group as the host of the NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship since 1998.

”Our host sites put in a tremendous amount of work executing NAIA championships and we value their dedication,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “Extending their host contracts an additional year is an effort to negate any impacts from the unforeseen cancellations last winter and spring due to COVID-19.”

Below is a full list of championships and hosts and the year that was added to their existing agreement.

Championship/Invitational Host Site Host Location Host Add’l Year Added
Women’s Basketball Tyson Events Center Sioux City, Iowa Sioux City 2025
Women’s Wrestling Harold Newman Arena Jamestown, N.D. University of Jamestown 2022
Men’s and Women’s Bowling Five Star Lanes Sterling Heights, Mich. Lawrence Technological University 2022
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Mobile Tennis Center Mobile, Ala. Mobile Area Tennis Association 2024
Baseball Harris Field Lewiston, Idaho Lewis-Clark State College 2024
Outdoor Track and Field Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium Gulf Shores, Ala. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission 2022
Men’s Golf Las Sendas Golf Club Mesa, Ariz. Benedictine University at Mesa 2023

Statewide Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds is allowing more Iowa businesses to reopen, but her latest pandemic-related proclamation still prohibits sports gatherings of 10 or more until midnight on Wednesday, May 27th.

Reynolds was asked specifically about high school baseball and softball Wednesday during her daily news conference. Reynolds says she has not discussed SUMMER sports with the Iowa High School Athletic Union that governs boys sports or the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union. but she’s not closed the door on the idea if coronavirus activity is contained or declines.

(as said) “Hopefully, if Iowans and businesses and everybody continue to do what we’re seeing that they do, we’re going to continue, in a very phased in approach, continue opening up and bringing more things online,” Reynolds says.

Bowling alleys are to remain closed statewide. The governor has lifted restrictions on fitness centers in 22 counties that required customers to make appointments and only one customer was allowed to be inside at a time.

May 13, 2020 - 1:42 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – Jonny Douglas from Morningside has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men’s Golfer-of-the-year and headlines the 2019-20 GPAC Men’s Golf All-Conference team. Douglas claimed overall medalist honors for the GPAC Championships with a 36-hole score of 142 (-2) to out distance the field.

Todd Sapp from Morningside has been selected as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men’s Golf Coach-of-the-Year. Sapp coached the Mustangs to the team title this year with a two-round total of 588, 34 strokes better than second place Doane.

Northwestern put two golfers on the All-Conference Team, they were Isaac Knock and Ezra Meyer.

For the complete list of All-Conference honors click the link below:
2019-20 GPAC Men’s Golf All-Conference Honors

*Note: Golf All-Conference is being released because the fall portion of the GPAC Championships were held. Other spring sports will NOT have all-conference teams announced due to lack of competition.

May 13, 2020 - 1:42 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – Maria Nava from Morningside has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Golfer-of-the-year and headlines the 2019-20 GPAC Women’s Golf All-Conference team. Nava claimed overall medalist honors for the GPAC Championships with a 36-hole score of 152 (+8) to out distance the field.

Todd Sapp from Morningside has been selected as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Golf Coach-of-the-Year. Sapp coached the Mustangs to the team title this year with a two-round total of 588, 34 strokes better than second place Briar Cliff.

Dordt’s Alyssa Colyn was named to the All-Conference Team

For the complete list of All-Conference honors click the link below:
2019-20 GPAC Women’s Golf All-Conference Honors

*Note: Golf All-Conference is being released because the fall portion of the GPAC Championships were held. Other spring sports will NOT have all-conference teams announced due to lack of competition.

May 12, 2020 - 3:45 pm - Posted in Sports

Sam Harrison of Sioux Center has signed a letter of intent to continue his cross country and track careers at Northwestern College this fall.

Harrison earned a combined eight letters competing for the Sioux Center cross country and track and field teams. Harrison qualified for the state cross country meet three times, placing among the top 15 runners in class 2A as both a sophomore and junior. He earned all-state honors twice and helped lead his team to a third place finish in 2018 and fourth place in 2017.

“We are thrilled to have Sam join our distance crew at Northwestern College,” said Red Raiders Head Coach Scott Bahrke. “Sam is a talented runner who will help both our cross country and track teams achieve their goals. He enjoys running, is a tough competitor and is a good fit for our program.”

Also a state qualifier for the Warriors track and field team, Harrison finished 14th in the 1600m and medaled in the 4×800 relay as a sophomore. He has personal bests of 2:04 in the 800m, 4:40 in the 1600m, 9:58 in the 3200m and 16:50 in the 5K. Harrison is the son of Rob and Tara.

May 7, 2020 - 4:00 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
Water temperature is in the upper 50’s. The outdoor walkway on the fish house structure in Town Bay is open to anglers; the indoor portion of the structure remains closed to the public due to physical distancing guidelines.Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch in Town Bay. Sorting is needed, but keepers are 8-10 inches.Black Crappie – Fair: Look for crappie fishing from shore to pick up as water temperatures approach 60 degrees. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair: Use twisters, crankbaits and leeches or crawlers fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Expect the crappie to move close to shore as water temperatures approach the upper 50s. Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig in 5-10 feet of water near rocks or structure. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few on spinner baits and plastics in areas near submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try crawlers on a small jig in 5-10 feet of water. Some is sorting needed. Walleye – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 50’s. Fish anywhere with structure near shore to pick up crappie as water temperatures continue to warm.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Anglers have had good luck from shore and in the main lake. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows on a small jig fished near shore in the marina near the inlet and along the north and east shore of the main lake. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been productive. Pick up walleye in the marina from shore and also in the main lake. Use a twister, crankbait and a leech or crawler fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pick up perch along shore in the marina and north and east shores. White Bass -Good: Anglers are picking up white bass from shore. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake.

Water temperatures in most area lakes are in the upper 50’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-fifties. The spring midge hatch is starting. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use chicken liver or cut bait fished on the bottom. Best bite is after sunset. Walleye – Excellent: Anglers are having success drift fishing a jig and crawler near structure or slip bobber fishing a leech on the rock reefs. Yellow Bass – Good: Boat anglers should try fishing the edge of the vegetation on the north shore with a small piece of crawler or cut bait. Black Crappie – Good: The crappie bite is picking up. Use a small minnow fished in the edge of the rushes. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on jigs fished near the edge of vegetation.

Crystal Lake
The courtesy dock at the boat ramp and the fish clean station are in. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Eldred Sherwood Lake
The park gates are closed. Fishing access is walk-in only.

Lower Pine Lake
Popular fishing areas become crowded in the afternoon and evening; fish in the morning to avoid crowds. Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish. Black Crappie – Good. Largemouth Bass – Good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken liver or cut bait fished on the bottom near the spillway.

Upper Pine Lake
Popular fishing areas become crowded in the afternoon and evening; fish in the morning to avoid crowds. The fish cleaning station is unavailable at this time. Bluegill – Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish. Largemouth Bass – Good. Black Crappie – Good.

Winnebago River
The river level continues to drop. Try a minnow or crankbait fished along current breaks. Northern Pike – 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 50 degrees. There has been a fair panfish bite in many of the bays and harbors, in and around boat hoists and docks. Bluegill – Good: Large schools have been found gathering around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good.

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

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good.

Spirit Lake
The Walleye Season is open. The water temperature is 49 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Large schools have been found gathering around hoists and docks.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
The Walleye Season is open. The water temperature is 51 degrees. A good spring bass bite has been observed in canal areas, as well a good panfish bite in various harbors and around docks and hoists. Bluegill – Good: Large schools have been found gathering around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Fair. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair:

The Walleye season is open on Spirit Lake, East Okoboji Lake and West Okoboji Lake. All local boat ramps are in and open for use. Iowa Great Lake water temperatures range from 49 to 53 degrees. The bite should continue to pick up as temperatures rise. This week’s extended forecast is temperatures in the 50°’s to 65 degrees. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.