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.

May 6, 2020 - 10:03 am - Posted in Sports

Western Christian’s Levi Vanden Bos has committed to play for the South Dakota State Football team.

During his junior campaign, Vanden Bos was the Wolfpack leader in sacks with 7, and second on the team in tackles with 47.5 total tackles, 10 for a loss. Vanden Bos earned first team All-District Honors as a defensive lineman.

A multi-sport athlete, Vanden Bos wrestles, and plays baseball for the Wolfpack.

May 5, 2020 - 2:38 pm - Posted in Sports

The Red Raider wrestling program added Chris Van Der Brink of Rock Valley to the squad.

Christopher is a four-time letter winner while at Rock Valley Community High School. He was 120-46 in his career and went 44-5 his senior year. Van Der Brink was a 5th place finisher at state his senior year and tallied 27 pins in his last season. He has 86 career pins over his four years. Christopher was also a district qualifier in 2018 and 2020 and was 1st Team All-Conference in 2019 and 2020. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors his senior year.

Coach Dahl on Van Der Brink, “We have been working on Van Der Brink for some time. The son of 96′ Red Raider, Scott Van Der Brink, we look forward to seeing how this athletic big man can fir with our roster. He has incredible balance for someone his size and he loves to go big. The next four years will be pretty exciting.”

Sioux Center native and former Central College standout Vern Den Herder says Don Shula was one of three coaches who had the greatest impact on his career.

Shula is the NFL’s winningest coach and died Monday at the age of 90. Den Herder played 12 years for the Dolphins, including the 1972 undefeated team.

Den Herder says Shula was a hard nosed and demanding coach.

Den Herder says Shula set the tone for the 1972 undefeated season immediately after a loss to Dallas in the Super Bowl the previous season.

Den Herder says Shula talked him into returning after he decided to retire following his 11th season.

Den Herder saw Shula last December when the 1972 Dolphins were honored as the greatest team in NFL history.

May 1, 2020 - 1:27 pm - Posted in Sports

Gracie Dykstra, a senior at Western Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender softball program.

Dykstra scored 12 runs for the Wolfpack last season and had seven hits.

“I chose Dordt University because I know it will be a good place for me to grow academically and spiritually. The Christian atmosphere and community drew me to continue my education here,” said Dykstra.

Gracie is the daughter of Steve and Lori Dykstra of Hospers, Iowa. She plans to enter the Administrative Assistant program.