January 5, 2021 - 11:27 am - Posted in Sports

Kaylee Van Den Berg (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her dance career at Northwestern College next fall.

Van Den Berg competes for both Sioux Center High School and Robin’s School of Dance. Van Den Berg finished as the third runner-up at the 2018 Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association (ISDTA) after placing in the top 12 in 2017. She accounted for the highest overall score at the DANZA competition and has been the team captain for Sioux Center the last two years. An honor roll student, Van Den Berg plans to study secondary education at Northwestern.

“We are extremely excited to have Kaylee join us in the fall,” said Northwestern Head Coach Taylor Nygren. “She comes with an extraordinary dance background that will benefit our team. With her strong leadership skills, we look forward to seeing what all she will accomplish here at Northwestern.”

December 31, 2020 - 2:32 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
Ice thickness at the boat ramp is 4-5 inches.

Black Hawk Lake
Ice thickness is 6 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. Ice in the east basin is more variable and may have thinner areas. Use caution if venturing out; check ice thickness often. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching keeper-size fish; some sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness is 5-6 inches near the boat ramp. Ice conditions are variable; use caution and check ice often. Anglers have just started making their way out. This is a good place to target bluegill, crappie, and yellow perch through the ice.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Ice conditions are extremely variable. Some areas mid-lake have pockets of open water, while ice is up to 9 inches thick in other locations. Some areas may have recently frozen over with thin ice that are now hidden with snow. Use caution if venturing out; check ice thickness often.

Ice conditions in the district are variable. Some lakes have pockets of open water, but may have up to 8 inches of ice in other places. Ice is snow covered and variable; use caution if venturing out. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Ice thickness is 4 to 6 inches. Waterfowl have kept a hole open on the northeast side of the lake. Yellow Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Bluebill Lake
Ice thickness is 4 to 6 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are having luck catching decent-sized bluegill on a jig tipped with red spikes.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 3 to 8 inches. There are several open water areas to avoid on the main lake. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a spikes. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Anglers fishing the Farmers beach area are catching perch in 2 to 6 feet of water on small jigs. You may have to use larger bait to catch the bigger fish. Use caution near the access and avoid the seams. Walleye – Slow.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 3 to 5 inches. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are catching lots of 3- to 7-inch fish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Catch 5- to 8-inch yellows on small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Black Crappie – Slow. Bluegill – Slow.

Lower Pine Lake
Ice thickness is about 7 inches off the boat ramp. Waterfowl have a large hole open between the island and beach. Ice thickness can vary dramatically on Lower Pine Lake due to springs. Use caution and check thickness as you go.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness varies from zero to 7 inches. Yellow Perch – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 3 to 7 inches. Bluegill – Fair.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness is about 5 inches off the boat ramp. Ice thickness can vary dramatically on Upper Pine due to springs and slush covering the lake before good ice formation. Most anglers have stayed close to the west shoreline. Use caution and check thickness as you go.

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

Dog Creek (Lake)
Fishing has been fair to good.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across the lake with around 8 inches with some bad spots that have more recently frozen over in recent weeks; ATV use is not recommended. Bluegill – Good: Easily catch lots of bluegill; a lot of sorting may be needed with many 7.5- to 9-inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.

Lost Island Lake
Ice conditions range from 5-10.5 inches. A good amount of fishing pressure has been seen recently. Yellow Perch – Good. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill – Good: Lots of 4- to 6-inch fish are being caught. Black Crappie – Good.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice conditions are around 8.5 inches, but are highly variable. Use extreme caution; a side-by-side went through the ice this week. Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across the lake with 5-10 inches. Be wary out on the main basin with areas that have more recently frozen over; venturing out on an ATV is not recommended. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been tough, but once you find them, many quality 9- to 10.5-inchers have been caught. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has been tough, but anglers have been able to limit out.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. West Okoboji was the last lake to fully ice up on Dec. 25. Ice conditions vary with 4-6 inches in the bays. Be wary out on the main basin as there are areas that have more recently frozen over; venturing far out is not recommended. Panfishing has been good in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish. Yellow Perch – Fair. Bluegill – Good.

Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 5-10 inches. There are still many spots in the main basins that are somewhat freshly covered; use caution when going out. The use of ATV’s is not recommended. Remember to bring a form of ice picks, a form of flotation, a friend, and be smart out on the ice! Through New Year’s and this weekend temperatures should remain below freezing with highs in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

December 30, 2020 - 8:22 am - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College men’s basketball team returns to competition this week with a couple of home games, beginning with a non-conference match-up against Presentation on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm.

Idle since its 82-79 win against Bellevue on Dec. 19, Northwestern is 9-4 heading into its final non-conference game of the regular season. Presentation currently holds a 3-9 record heading into Wednesday night.

Northwestern is 6-0 all-time against the Saints dating back to the first match-up played during the 1995-96 season. The Raiders have scored 100+ points in four of the six games, including a 103-52 victory played earlier this season in Aberdeen, S.D.

Last Time against Presentation, Northwestern raced out to a 52-21 halftime lead and rolled to a 103-52 win against Presentation on Nov. 28. The Raiders shot nearly 60% for the game, led by Alex Van Kalsbeek (24pts, 8 rebounds) and Trent Hilbrands (21pts, 8 rebounds). Head Coach Kris Korver’s squad held a huge edge on the boards, 51-27.

Presentation was led by Qaiyoom Olanlege with 14 points and eight rebounds.

December 29, 2020 - 11:17 am - Posted in Sports

Jacob Sandbulte (Sioux Center, Iowa.) has signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career at Northwestern beginning in the fall of 2021.

Sandbulte has played three years for Unity Christian High School heading into his final season this spring. Sandbulte has a scoring average of 41 for nine holes, 82 for 18 holes, and is a member of the honor roll.

“We are so excited to add another great, young man to our golf program,” said Northwestern Head Coach Aaron Aberson. “Jacob is a fantastic teammate and servant leader. We’re looking forward to coaching him over the next four years.”

When asked why he chose Northwestern, Sandbulte stated, “I thought it was the best option for me to grow spiritually, academically and athletically. I love the energy on campus and the relationships the professors and coaches have with their students and athletes. I am excited to discover the path God has for me at Northwestern.”

Sandbulte is the son of Harv and Trish.

December 23, 2020 - 11:10 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The 2020 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Football All-Conference Team has been selected after a vote of the league coaches.

Tyson Kooima of Northwestern has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year. Niklas Gustav of Morningside was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Steve Ryan of Morningside College was named the Hauff Mid-America/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year.

Morningside was the regular season conference champion for 2020 finishing 8-0 in GPAC play.

For the complete list of first-team, second-team and honorable mention selections see the complete release below:
2020 GPAC Football All-Conference Team

December 18, 2020 - 10:49 pm - Posted in Sports

Hull Iowa — Western Christian hosted Cherokee in a Lake Conference basketball doubleheader Friday night. The top ranked Cherokee girls won the opener 52-42 with the boys game going to Western 89-63.

Cherokee ranked #1 in the latest 3A poll led at all the breaks 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. 31-15 at the half. At the end of three the lead was 43-26 with the Braves getting the win 52-42.

Cherokee had two players in double figures getting a game high 14 from Kenna Mongan and 10 from Grace Anderson. Western was led by Claire Bleeker with 13 points. With the win Cherokee is off to an 8-0 start on the year and 3-0 in the conference. Western is 2-5 on the year and 0-3 in the Lakes.

In the boys game the Wolfpack took control early with a 23-7 first quarter lead and were up 43-20 at halftime. At the end of three the lead was 67-46 and with everyone on the roster seeing floor time the final was 89-65 in favor of Western Christian. 11 of the 14 players found a spot in the score book.

Western was led by Ty Van Essen with 18 points, Brayden Van Meeteren was next with 13. Tyson Boer and Dalton Westra scored 10 points each. Cherokee got a game high from Brayden Farver. Will Lugar hit for 13. They were joined in double figures by Levi Pingel with 12 points and Jacob Hodgdon who enjoyed an 11 point night.

With the win Western is 5-1 on the year and 2-1 in the conference. Cherokee falls to 4-3 on the year and 1-2 in the Lakes Conference. Up next for the Wolfpack will be a Monday trip to Sergeant Bluff Luton. On Tuesday Cherokee travels to Spirit Lake.

December 18, 2020 - 10:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon came up short in a Siouxland Conference double header at the O-rena losing to Boyden Hull 51-43 in the girl’s contest and the balls would fall 60-49 to the Comets.

The girls game started out as a back-and-forth contest with each team having several turnovers until late in the first quarter. The Orabs had a chance to cut the lead to two but the Comets would force two turnovers into points in the closing seconds and lead 15-6 after one. The Comets controlled the second quarter and led 26-11 at half. The Orabs came out the aggressor in the third quarter and would narrow the lead down to four at one point and would trail 39-31 after three. The Comets maintained their advantage and went on to win 51-43.

The Comets were led in scoring by Marissa Pottebaum with 22 and 12 points form Emma Zoet. The Orabs had three players in double figures led by Makenna Kleinhesselink with 12 and 10 points each from Maliah Kleinhesselink and Claire Johnson.

The Orabs fall to 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the conference and Boyden Hull improved to 3-3 on the season and in the conference.

Sheldon led in the boy’s game 5-4 midway through the quarter before the Comets would go on a 16-3 run to end the quarter and lead 20-8 after one. The Orabs would battle back in the second quarter to trail by 6 at the break 28-22. The Orabs battled hard in the third quarter but still trailed 43-36 heading in to the fourth. Sheldon would narrow the lead to four on several occasions but could not break that barrier and would fall 60-49.

The Comets had three players in double figures led by Tanner Te Slaa with 23 followed by 15 from Dayton Brunsting and 11 from Marcus Kelderman. The Orabs were led in double figures by Tye Sudbeck with 14 and Shane Brouwer adding 12.

The Comets improved to 6-0 on the season and in the conference. The Orabs would fall to 2-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference.

Sheldon will travel to Sioux Center on Tuesday and Boyden Hull will host Okoboji Tuesday before going on Christmas break.

December 18, 2020 - 12:45 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt University is launching a new Iowa Coaching Authorization course starting on January 14, 2020. This course is required for anyone who wants to coach a high school sport in Iowa but is not a teacher.

“The coaching authorization is an avenue for individuals to coach at their local high school or middle school who have not received a coaching endorsement,” says Nathan Bacon, head baseball coach and course instructor. “This course meets all the criteria laid out by the state of Iowa.”

This course provides a flexible opportunity for certification for those looking to serve in a coaching role. It is a 55-hour course that students can complete at their own pace throughout the term. The course is offered online, expanding the reach beyond Northwest Iowa to coaches from central and eastern Iowa.

“We have put together a program that will help prepare coaches to handle many of the challenges that they will face during their time on the court or field,” says Bacon. “This program also provides tools that will enable coaches to have kingdom impact once they have completed the course and are out on the field with their athletes.”

Course topics include basics of athletic training, ethical and legal issues pertaining to athletics, sports psychology, human growth and development, and injury prevention and treatment.

“Dordt has a strong history in coaching excellence,” says Joe Bakker, director of online education. “We have been training excellent teacher-coaches in our Master of Education: Sport Leadership program, and we are eager to expand that training to individuals seeking coaching authorization in Iowa.”

Those interested in learning more or signing up for the course can visit dordt.edu/iowa-coaching-authorization.

The fourth IGHSAU basketball rankings are out.

In Class 1A, Kingsley-Pierson continues to be ranked #4, and MMCRU 5.

Class 2A has Sibley-Ocheyedan falling out of the top 15.

Class 3A moves Cherokee into 1st, Unity up to 5th, and West Lyon is up to 12. ELC fell out of the rankings.

Spencer is in the rankings at 14 for Class 4A.

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Algona Bishop Garrigan 7-0 2
2 Newell-Fonda 5-1 1
3 St. Ansgar 5-0 3
4 Kingsley-Pierson 8-0 4
5 MMCRU 5-1 5
6 Springville 6-0 6
7 Exira-EHK 5-0 7
8 Collins-Maxwell 6-0 8
9 Montezuma 4-1 9
10 CAM 4-0 10
11 Winfield-Mount Union 7-0 14
12 Turkey Valley 5-2 13
13 Logan-Magnolia 3-1 15
14 Burlington Notre Dame 3-1 NR
15 North Mahaska 4-1 NR
Dropped Out: Lynnville-Sully (11), Council Bluffs St. Albert (12)

Class 2A
1 Maquoketa Valley 5-0 2
2 South Central Calhoun 7-0 3
3 North Linn 6-0 4
4 Dike-New Hartford 5-0 5
5 West Branch 4-1 1
6 Nodaway Valley 5-0 7
7 West Hancock 6-0 8
8 Grundy Center 3-0 10
9 Denver 3-2 11
10 Treynor 5-1 13
11 Central Lyon 5-1 15
12 AHSTW 5-2 9
13 Bellevue 5-0 NR
14 Jesup 6-1 12
15 Underwood 7-0 NR
Dropped Out: West Monona (6), Sibley-Ocheyedan (14)

Class 3A
1 Cherokee 7-0 3
2 Des Moines Christian 7-1 1
3 Clear Lake 6-0 4
4 Center Point-Urbana 5-1 5
5 Unity Christian 5-1 7
6 West Liberty 2-2 2
7 Osage 3-1 11
8 Davenport Assumption 2-3 8
9 Roland-Story 0-2 9
10 Panorama 5-1 6
11 West Burlington 6-0 NR
12 West Lyon 3-1 13
13 Iowa Falls-Alden 6-0 14
14 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 4-1 10
15 Hampton-Dumont-CAL 4-1 15
Dropped Out: Estherville-LC (12)

Class 4A
1 Glenwood 4-0 1
2 Gilbert 6-0 2
3 Ballard 6-0 3
4 Central DeWitt 4-0 5
5 North Scott 3-0 6
6 Dallas Center-Grimes 6-1 11
7 Waverly-Shell Rock 4-1 4
8 Denison-Schleswig 4-1 9
9 Grinnell 3-1 8
10 Creston 6-1 12
11 Bondurant-Farrar 2-1 13
12 Dubuque Wahlert 2-2 7
13 Harlan 4-1 10
14 Clear Creek-Amana 4-1 14
15 Spencer 6-1 NR
Dropped Out: Keokuk (15)

Class 5A
1 Southeast Polk 1-0 2
2 Johnston 0-0 3
3 Waukee 0-0 4
4 Iowa City West 0-0 4
5 Cedar Falls 4-0 6
6 Waterloo West 1-1 1
7 Ankeny Centennial 2-0 7
8 Iowa City High 0-0 8
9 Davenport North 0-0 9
10 Des Moines Roosevelt 0-0 10
11 Ames 2-0 11
12 Cedar Rapids Washington 2-0 NR
13 Dowling Catholic 3-0 13
14 West Des Moines Valley 0-0 14
15 Indianola 4-1 15
Dropped Out: Muscatine (12)

December 17, 2020 - 2:17 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
Ice thickness was 2 inches at the boat ramp on Dec. 17. Ice is unsafe to walk on; the DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of clear ice for fishing.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake has iced over. Ice thickness was 2.5 inches at Ice House Point boat ramp on Dec. 17. Ice is unsafe to walk on; the DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of clear ice for fishing. Open water fishing opportunities are at the fish house in Town Bay.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness was 2.5 inches at the boat ramp on Dec. 17. Ice is unsafe for fishing; the DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of clear ice for fishing.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Limited fishing activity last week due to skim ice. The lake has iced over, but ice is unsafe for fishing; the DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of clear ice for fishing.

Fishing activity has been limited this last week due to skim ice. Most water bodies in the district have iced over; walking on the ice is not recommended. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout are biting on a variety of baits. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily bag limit is 5.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness varies from zero to 6 inches. If you venture out, use caution and check conditions as you go. A few anglers are catching perch and yellow bass in 2 to 3 feet of water near the Farmers beach access. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Yellow Perch – Good: Try a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Walleye – Slow.

Lower Pine Lake
The lake is mostly frozen over. Ice is unsafe for fishing.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness varies from zero to 3 inches.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness varies from zero to 3 inches.

Upper Pine Lake
The lake is mostly frozen over. Ice is unsafe for fishing.

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 37 degrees. All hoists and docks have been pulled out for the season. Bluegill – Fair. Yellow Perch – Fair.

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: Anglers are catching 9- to 10-inch perch in 10 feet of water. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across the lake with up to 5.5 inches in Anglers Bay and Templar Lagoon. Test ice often while going out. Small perch have been caught from the north grade fishing pier within the open water. The water temperature is 32 degrees. All hoists and docks have been pulled out for the season. Yellow Perch – Fair.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 35 degrees. All hoists and docks have been pulled out for the season. Bluegill – Fair. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Iowa Great Lake water temperatures are around 35 degrees or lower with many areas starting to ice over. Walking out on the ice is not recommended; ice is not thick enough in most areas to hold a person. If you go out on the ice, bring a buddy along and a form of flotation and ice picks. After this week, air temperatures are expected to be in the 30’s to 40’s. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.