May 30, 2019 - 2:18 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Former West Lyon football standout Brandon Snyder is the newest coach to join the Northwestern College Football coaching staff.

The former Hawkeye and Jackrabbit free safety will now be coaching the safeties and special teams for the Red Raiders according to Northwestern Head Football Coach Matt McCarty.

Northwestern is coming off of two straight playoff appearances, and had 17 interceptions as a team in 2018, averaged 18.29 yards per kick return, and 10 yards per punt return.

May 30, 2019 - 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
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid-60’s. Water level is about 12 inches over the crest of the spillway. Anglers are picking up fish in between rain events. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber. Most action has been in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Walleye – Fair: Use a slip bobber with a minnow or leech on a lead head jig along the Ice House Point shore, the east end near the outlet rock piles off Cottonwood Point and the east basin north shore and around the marina. Anglers have also had luck casting black and white twisters. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with wood or rock cover along shore. Muskellunge – Fair.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber along shore near wood and rock cover. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber in 5-10 feet of water near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber in areas around docks and along shallow rocky shores. Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina and near the inlet. White Bass – Good: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches and minnows fished under a slip bobber or cast twisters or crankbaits near shore and in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait, minnows or leeches fished near the bottom.

Water temperatures are in the mid-60’s. Water levels on most lakes and rivers are above average. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 60’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. With the clear water, the best bite is early morning and evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use small jigs in 2 to 3 feet of water on warmer days. Best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Use minnows fished on the edge of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leeches fishes near the dredge cut. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of crawler fished in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Largemouth Bass – Good.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Fish have moved shallow; fish deeper wooden docks for the best action.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperature warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark with the clear water. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of walleye fishing improving with fish caught throughout the day. Use leeches and slip bobbers in shallow, emerging weed beds. Black Crappie – Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Black Bullhead – Good: Action is picking up at the north grade using the traditional worm fished on the bottom.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect the action to improve as water temperatures warm.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

May 28, 2019 - 11:51 am - Posted in Sports

The Boys State Soccer tournament brackets are out and in Class 1A, Sioux Center is the 3 seed and will take on 6 seed Iowa Mennonite at 12:10 pm on Thursday, May 30th.

In Class 2A, Storm Lake is the 6 seed and will play against 3 seed Lewis Central at 2:45 pm on Thursday, May 30th

State Tournament Brackets

Class 3A | Class 2A | Class 1A

May 24, 2019 - 4:06 pm - Posted in Sports

In the final girls soccer rankings from the IGHSAU, Western is ranked 13th in Class 1A and Spencer is 4th in Class 2A.

Class 3A
School Record LW
1 Waukee 12-3 2
2 West Des Moines Valley 13-3 1
3 Linn-Mar 16-1 3
4 Ankeny Centennial 13-3 4
5 Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 14-2 5
6 Ankeny 13-4 6
7 Dowling Catholic 11-3 7
8 Bettendorf 21-4 8
9 Johnston 4-4 10
10 Cedar Rapids Prairie 13-2 12
11 Ames 9-7 11
12 Pleasant Valley 10-5 9
13 Iowa City High 9-5 15
14 Muscatine 8-6 13
15 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 6-5 NR
Dropped Out: Dubuque Senior (14)

Class 2A
School Record LW
1 ADM 15-1 1
2 Waverly-Shell Rock 13-1 2
3 Dallas Center-Grimes 11-2 3
4 Spencer 17-1 4
5 Cedar Rapids Xavier 12-4 5
6 Pella 13-2 6
7 Lewis Central 12-4 7
8 Notre Dame/West Burlington/Danville 13-2 9
9 Norwalk 11-4 9
10 Marion 12-2 8
11 Winteset 10-5 11
12 North Scott 10-7 12
13 Mount Vernon 12-4 15
14 Dubuque Wahlert 12-6 14
15 Bondurant-Farrar 10-7 13
Dropped Out: None

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Davenport Assumption 14-1 1
2 Bishop Heelan 11-3 2
3 Center Point-Urbana 12-2 3
4 Gilbert 15-0 4
5 Treynor 10-2 5
6 Union 11-3 6
7 Nevada 11-4 7
8 North Polk 12-4 8
9 Holy Trinity Catholic 11-5 9
10 Council Bluffs St. Albert 11-7 11
11 Des Moines Christian 12-3 14
12 Kuemper Catholic 13-4 NR
13 Western Christian 12-3 15
14 GC/GR 11-5 12
15 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 8-7 13
Dropped Out: Pella Christian (11)

Postseason accolades continue to pour in for the Red Raider golf team as Caleb Badura was named to the NAIA PING All-Region team announced by Collegiate Golf earlier this week.

Badura, the 2019 GPAC Champion and Player of the Year, was named to the 15-team player All-Central Region team and one of 60 players from all of the NAIA to receive the honor. The freshman led the Red Raiders with a 73.6 scoring average this season, tied for the second lowest season average in program history. Badura won two meets, finished in the top 10 five times and tied for 59th at the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship held this week in Mesa, Ariz.

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One day after completing play at the 2019 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship, Caleb Badura recorded his first ever hole-in-one during a practice round at Troon North Golf Club.

Badura aced the par 3, 174 yard 13th hole with a seven iron.

May 23, 2019 - 4:08 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 temperatures are in the mid-60’s. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers fished under a bobber. Most action has been in Town Bay off the stone piers, the floating dock, and the fish house. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are picking up perch from shore along Ice House Point and the fish house in Town Bay using minnows fished under a bobber. Some have had luck fishing from the inlet bridge. Walleye – Fair: Use a slip bobber with a minnow or leech on a lead head jig along the Ice House Point shore, the east end near the outlet north shore, and around the marina. Anglers have also had luck casting black and white twisters. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie from shore and the fish house in Town Bay using live minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with wood or rock cover along shore.

Black Hawk Pits
Black Crappie – Fair: Use a live minnow under a bobber near wood and rock cover along shore. Bluegill – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber along shore near wood and rock cover. Bluegill – Fair: Use crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber in 5-10 feet of water near shore and submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or minnows fished under a slip bobber. Anglers have had luck fishing the south shore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a live minnow under a bobber in areas around docks and along shallow rocky shores. Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina and near the inlet. White Bass – Good: Use leeches, crawlers and twisters. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches and minnows fished under a slip bobber or cast twisters or crankbaits. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait, minnows or leeches fished near the bottom.

Water temperatures are in the low to mid-60’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill and crappie fishing is starting to pick up. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 60’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow or leech. With the clear water, the best bite is early morning and evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use small jigs in 2 to 3 feet of water on warmer days. Best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait fished on the bottom.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Use minnows fished on the edge of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits fished on the edge of the vegetation. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leeches fishes near the dredge cut.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching bass on a variety of baits. Panfish bite has been slow. Largemouth Bass – Good.

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

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish shoreline habitat as the fish are shallow. Cast a mini jig or use a minnow under a bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Good: Anglers report angler acceptable size fish are being caught after dark trolling crankbaits.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Report of 14 – 18 inch fish being caught. Expect the action to improve as the water temperatures warms. Black Crappie – Fair: Report of black crappie and bluegill being caught in shallow water.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader fishing is at its prime after dark with the clear water. Fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. Yellow Perch – Slow: Recent surveys show good numbers of fish approaching 11 inches.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Black Bullhead – Good: Good bite with jumbo size fish reported being caught.

Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Fish Trickles Slough or emerging reed beds for crappie and bluegill. Walleye – Good: Report of wader anglers having good success after dark. Some fish are being caught by boat anglers during the day. For the best areas, fish emerging weed beds.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Report of some fish being caught.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and crappie action has been reported. Expect action to improve as water temperatures warm.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

The Dordt Defender track and field program will have individuals in 10 different competitions and four relay teams competing at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25 at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Competition begins on Thursday at 10:30 with Joscelyn Wind competing in the pentathlon which spans two days.

The Dordt men have the second fastest 4×800 qualifying time heading into the prelims on Thursday night. Ike Van Kempen is in the top-10 in marks for the discus and hammer throw. Matthew Van Eps has the third fastest qualifying time in the 800 meters and is also scheduled to run on the 4×400 and 4×800 teams.

Wind heads up the women’s contingent with the 5th best point total in the heptathlon going into the championship event and Anmarie Stuit has the 8th fastest time in the 400 hurdles. Sarah De Haan has the seventh best high jump in the nation going into the event on Saturday.

Dordt Competitors:

Sarah De Haan: High Jump; Sophomore; Hollandale, Michigan

Cori De Jong: High Jump; Freshman, Sheldon, Iowa

Anthony Ghiorso: 4×800; Sophomore; Eagle, Idaho

Caleb Herman: 4×400; Senior; Boise, Idaho

Mika Kooistra: 4×400; Freshman; Emo, Ontario

Jebadiah Merkle: 4×800; Freshman; Chaska, Minnesota

Elizabeth Rankin: 4×400; Senior; Hull, Iowa

Annika Rick: 4×800; Sophomore; Browerville, Minnesota

Jeff Stellingwerf: Javelin; Junior, Fort Collins, Colorado

Jenna Stephens: 4×800, 4×400; Senior; Valley Springs, South Dakota

Anmarie Stuit: 400 hurdles, 4×400; Freshman; Hospers, Iowa

David Temte: 800, 4×800; Sophomore; Bloomington, Minnesota

Joscelyn Wind: Pentathlon, High Jump; Senior; Johnstown, Colorado

Sarah Wensink: 4×800; Senior; Clinton, Ontario

Kate Wnek: 4×400; Sophomore; El Cajon, California

Ike Van Kempen: Discus, Hammer Throw; Senior

Lucas Van Eps: 4×400, 4×800; Senior; Prinsburg, Minnesota

Matthew Van Eps: 800, 4×800, 4×400; Sophomore; Prinsburg, Minnesota

Thursday, May 23

10:30 AM Women’s Pentathlon (Joscelyn Wind)

1:00 PM Men’s Hammer Throw (Ike Van Kempen)

4:00 PM Women’s 400 Hurdle Prelim (Anmarie Stuit)

5:30 PM Men’s Javelin (Jeff Stellingwerf )

5:40 PM Women’s 4×800 Prelim (Annika Rick, Kate Wnek, Sarah Wensink, Jenna Stephens)

6:15 PM Men’s 4×800 Prelim (Caleb Herman, Lucas Van Eps, David Temte, Anthony Ghiorso)

Friday, May 24

10:30 AM Women’s Pentathlon (Joscelyn Wind)

2:20 PM Men’s 800 Prelim (Matthew Van Eps, David Temte)

5:00 PM Men’s Discus (Ike Van Kempen)

5:30 PM Women’s 4×800 Final (Annika Rick, Kate Wnek, Sarah Wensink, Jenna Stephens)

5:50 PM Men’s 4×800 Final (Jebadiah Merkle, Matthew Van Eps, Anthony Ghiorso, David Temte)

7:45 PM Women’s 4×400 Prelim (Anmarie Stuit, Jenna Stephens, Mika Kooistra, Elizabeth Rankin)

8:15 PM Men’s 4×400 Prelim (Lucas Van Eps, Caleb Herman, Mark Bakker, Matthew Van Eps)

Saturday, May 25

2:00 PM Women’s High Jump (Sarah Wind, Joscelyn Wind, Cori De Jong)

4:10 PM Women’s 400 Final (Anmarie Stuit)

5:00 PM Men’s 800 Final (Matthew Van Eps, David Temte)

6:15 PM Women’s 4×400 Final (Anmarie Stuit, Jenna Stephens, Mika Kooistra, Elizabeth Rankin)

6:25 PM Men’s 4×400 Final (Lucas Van Eps, Caleb Herman, Mark Bakker, Matthew Van Eps)

May 23, 2019 - 10:19 am - Posted in Sports

Caleb Badura concluded play Wednesday afternoon at the NAIA Men’s Golf Championship held at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

In 56th place after an opening round 78, Badura carded a five-over 76 in Wednesday’s second round and fell three spots to 59th in the standings after 36 holes. The freshman did not qualify for the final two rounds.

Ben Hadden (Kansas Wesleyan) continued to lead and is one of just two players to be under par at the halfway point of the 72-hole championship. Hadden carded a one-under 70 and is four-under for the championship, holding a two-shot lead over Victor Miron (Texas Wesleyan).

Texas Wesleyan holds a 14-shot lead over Rocky Mountain in the team standings. TWU (+8) has a 36-hole total of 576.

May 22, 2019 - 1:35 pm - Posted in Sports

Alexis Conaway, the former MOC-Floyd Valley standout and Iowa State middle blocker and outside hitter is the newest contract player for LiigaPloki Pihtipudas in Finland.

Conaway’s senior season Iowa State was back in 2017, and she played and started in all 29 matches, taking part in 101 sets and started first nine matches of the season at middle blocker before moving over to outside hitter for the remainder of the season. Conaway finished season with 238 kills, 179 digs and 103 blocks, becoming the first Cyclone since Alison Landwehr in 2011 with a triple-triple season and had nine matches with at least 10 kills

Conaway was a state champion in three different sports at MOC-Floyd Valley, a four-year letterwinner at MOC-Floyd Valley for head coach Jon Mouw and two-time Elite All-State honoree, including winning the Gatorade Player of the Year award as a junior. Alexis helped lead the Lady Dutch to state titles as a junior and a senior and in her senior season, finished with 505 kills, 4.81 per set, at a .475 hitting percentage, recorded 59 aces, also posted 279 digs at 2.66 per set. In the state title win over Kuemper Catholic, Conaway posted a double-double with 19 kills at a .457 hitting percentage and 11 digs in three-set win, being named captain of the All-Tournament team. As a junior, She finished with 489 kills at 4.41 kills per set and a .435 hitting percentage. Conaway was a four-time All-State selection, earning third-team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman.

Conaway studied kinesiology at Iowa State University.

May 22, 2019 - 10:55 am - Posted in Sports

Caleb Badura carded a 78 in the first round of the 2019 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship played Tuesday and Wednesday morning at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Playing in one of the final groupings and beginning on the back nine, Badura was one-under after five holes when he birdied the 424-yard, par 4, 13th hole. The freshman then doubled the 15th and bogied two of his final three holes for a 38 (+3) on the back nine. Badura shot a 40 on the second nine, recording a pair of birdies (2nd and 6th) to go with three pars, two bogies and two doubles. Badura is among 21 players who are tied for 56th place out of 156 golfers.

Ben Hadden (Kansas Wesleyan) is the first round leader with a three-under 68 and is one of three players to be under par after the first 18 holes. Hadden leads both Victor Miron (Texas Wesleyan) and Carl Didrik Fosaas (Keiser) by two strokes.

Texas Wesleyan holds a three-shot lead over Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in the team standings.

Second round play began Wednesday morning at 10:30 am.