June 30, 2012 - 10:35 am - Posted in Sports

Austin Sandbulte of Sioux Center has signed a letter of intent to continue his wrestling career at Northwestern beginning this fall.

Sandbulte, the son of Henry and Rhonda, is a 165/174 lb. wrestler from Sioux Center High School. He finished his senior season with a 24-18 record and had a career 32-37 record. Sandbulte earned three wrestling letters and was twice a Regional Dual participant.

Sandbulte finished fourth in the West Sioux Tournament and sixth in the Herb Irgens Tournament. He led Sioux Center in reversals (23), two point near falls (11), and three point near falls (18).

Sandbulte, a member of the Honor Roll, plans to major in Agricultural Business.

“Always excited to get local talent in the room, Austin will add depth to our big boys and we look to him to help set the pace in the practice room,” said head coach Rik Dahl.


The Boyden Hull Rock Valley Softball Team earned their 20th win of the season Thursday night with a 14-4 six inning win over the visiting Sheldon Orabs.

Sheldon opened with a two run first inning to take the early lead. Kayla Johnson singled and stole second before Krista Bousema launched a two run homer over the fence in center field.

The Nighthawks got a run back in the bottom of the first as Whitney Vander Maten led off with a single and stole second. She scored when Nicole Ewoldt followed with an rbi single to cut the Sheldon lead to 2-1.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley took the lead for good with a 4 run second inning. The inning was keyed by a sac fly from Vandermaten, a fielder’s choice off the bat of Monserrat Figueroa that drove in a run and a 2 run triple by Kassidy Van Voorst. At the end of the second inning the Nighthawks were up 7-2.

Sheldon got a two runs back in the top of the third as Tori Meendering and Michelle Fischer both reached on errors and came in to score on errors as the Orabs got back to within 7-4.

The Nighthawks plated another run in the fourth as Van Voorst singled and later scored on a single by Jana Vermeer.

Three more came across in the bottom of the fifth as Vander Maten and Ewoldt walked and scored on an inside the park home run off the bat of Van Voorst.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then set down the Orabs in the seventh to end the game. In the sixth Allie Treinen, Vander Maten along with Ewoldt reached and scored with Alissa Kleinwolterink driving in Ewoldt with the game ender with a single through the left side of the infield.

C J Van Der Zwaag went the first three innings. Joanna Heemstra came on in relief and threw three innings of perfect relief striking out 1. Allie Jongewaard went the first inning with Sami Kleinwolterink taking the loss in relief.

With the win Boyden Hull Rock Valley improves to 20-8 on the year with a winning streak now at 11 games. They are 9-1 in the conference. Sheldon stands at 5-18 on the year and 2-8 in the Siouxland. The Orabs are at West Lyon Friday night while the Nighthawks play host to Sioux Center.

June 27, 2012 - 11:07 pm - Posted in Sports

In Siouxland Conference baseball Wednesday night Sioux Center held off a late charge from Sheldon to win 5-4 at Open Space Park.

Sioux Center opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning as Miles Kleinhesselink and Kam Glade both singled. Both would score on back to back rbi singles by Ty Brink and Kyle Cleveringa as the Warriors took a 2-0 first inning lead.

In the second inning Sioux Center added another run as Zack Regnerus reached on a fielder’s choice. He later came in to score an unearned run as Sioux Center moved in front 3-0.

The Warriors scored again in the 4th when Christian Rozeboom reached on an error and scored from third on an rbi single to left off the bat of Kleinhesselink to make the score 4-0.

Sheldon cut the lead in half with two runs in the top of the fifth. Grant Weaver reached on an error to open the inning and scored on an rbi triple to center by Cody Hatting who had a pair of doubles to go along with the triple and finished 3-for-4 on the night. the second run scored when Weaver crossed the plate on an rbi single down the third base line and into the leftfield corner by Brandon Frick as the Orabs pulled to within 4-2.

Sheldon made it 4-3 in the top of the sixth as Joe Kuiper opened with a single and later came in to score on sac fly to center by Graden Nordahl.

Sioux Center got a big insurance run in the bottom of the inning as Regnerus was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a single to right field by Kyle Hemstra.

Sheldon would get back within a run in the top of the seventh as Jake Rosberg got on board with a bunt single as he beat out the throw to first. On the play the ball would skip past first base and into right field and Rosberg took two bases ending up on third at the end of the play. Hatting finished his two rbi night with a sac fly to center field and Sheldon had cut the lead to 5-4. Kleinhesselink on in relief of Kyle Heemstra got the final two outs to pick up the save.

Heemstra went the first six innings scattering 6 hits and giving up three runs. He walked 1 and struck out 1.

Mitchell Jensen went six innings and took the loss. He gave up 10 hits and 5 runs 3 earned and walked 1 batter.

Defense was definitely on display in Sioux Center with each team turning three double plays for a total of six in the ball game.

With the win Sioux Center is even on the year at 10-10. They are 5-6 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 5-6 in the Siouxland as well and are 8-12 for the season.

Up next for the Orabs is a trip to LeMars Thursday night. Sioux Center will meet Boyden Hull Rock Valley on Friday night.

Northwestern College and the Red Raider athletic department have named Scott Bahrke as the new head cross country and track and field coach. Bahrke replaces former coach Nate Wolf, who resigned earlier this month to take the same position at Southwest Minnesota State.

A 2001 Northwestern graduate, Bahrke has spent the last five years as the head boys’ track and field coach and business teacher at Kingsley-Pierson High School. He also has served as the head boys’ cross country coach the last two years.
Prior to his stint at Kingsley-Pierson, Bahrke was the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Iowa Falls-Alden High School for seven years. His teams have qualified at least one athlete for the state meet each year since 2002.

”We are very excited to have Scott join our staff as the head of our track and field and cross country programs,” commented Northwestern Athletic Director Barry Brandt. “Scott has a real passion for these two sports and an even bigger passion for the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people. He is a high-quality person who has excelled as a coach. Scott is an excellent teacher and motivator, and I am confident he will continue to develop our programs at a high level.”

“I am very excited to be a part of the Northwestern track and field and cross country programs,” commented Bahrke. “They have been very successful the last several years, and I am looking forward to coaching these talented athletes during the upcoming years.”

Bahrke was a three-time All-American and national qualifier for the Red Raiders during the 2000-01 seasons. He received the outstanding business student award in 2001.
“I am blessed to be working with a knowledgeable coaching staff. God has blessed my family in allowing me to take this position, and we are excited to see how I can be used at Northwestern.”

Bahrke, and his wife, Lyndsay,, a 2003 NWC graduate who serves as a nurse at Orange City Medical Clinic, have three children, Payge (6), Olyvia (4) and Isaac (9 months).

June 25, 2012 - 9:59 pm - Posted in Sports

MOC Floyd Valley swept a conference double header at Sheldon Monday night as they won the softball game 13-0 in five innings and posted a 6-1 win on the baseball diamond.

In the baseball game MOC Floyd Valley scored a run in the second, 4 in the third and a run in the 6th. Austin Kelderman doubled in a run and Derek Rupp singled in a run to key the third inning.

Sheldon put a run on the board in the sixth when Chad Den Hartog dropped an rbi single into right that scored Trevor Johnson. Joe Kuiper keyed the offense with a 3-for-3 night.

In a battle of left handers Collin Pennings earned the win. He struck out 5 and did not walk a batter. Cody Hatting gave up 8 hits, walked 1 and struck out 6 giving up 3 earned runs.

On the softball diamond the Dutch set the tone in the second inning as Brook Jacobsma and Lauren McDonald both walked and came in to score when Rachel Reints lifted a home run over the fence in straight away left field.

MOC Floyd Valley scored 3 more in the 3rd inning getting an rbi double of the bat of Tara Hunt and a single from Jacobsma who both came in to score. Two more runs crossed in the 4th on an rbi single from Caitlyn Van Es and a fielders choice off the bat of Sam Wielenga. The Dutch put it away with 5 more in the 5th. The big hit was a two run double by Van Es.

Emily McDonald got the win. She gave up two hits on the night and took a perfect game into the 4th before Michelle Fischer drew a walk. Later in the inning Jess Van Beek singled to right with two outs to break up the no hitter. Kayla Johnson reached with a single in the 5th for the Orabs other hit.

Allie Jongewaard was took the loss giving up seven hits on the night.

With the win MOC Floyd Valley improves to 19-3 on the year and 11-0 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 4-17 on the year and 2-7 in the conference.

Sheldon will be at Cherokee Tuesday night for a make up game with Spirit Lake. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 following a Lakes Conference makeup game between Spirit Lake and the Cherokee Braves. MOC Floyd Valley will be at Boyden Hull Rock Valley.

Both the Orab and Dutch baseball teams have Tuesday off.

June 23, 2012 - 8:17 am - Posted in News

Granville, Iowa — A Granville man has been arrested on a felony burglary charge.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday (6/21), their officers arrested 37-year-old John Nelson of Granville for Third Degree Burglary, a class D Felony; and Fifth Degree Theft, a simple misdemeanor.

The arrest stemmed from a burglary that occurred at a place on Lily Avenue, two miles west of Granville, on the early morning hours of June 16.

During the investigation it was found that a hay feeder and horse halters were allegedly stolen from a barn.

The stolen property is valued at about $200.

June 20, 2012 - 6:16 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Leland Rensink, 87, of Boyden, IA died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

A visitation will be held Monday from 4-8PM with the family present from 6-8PM at the First Reformed church of Boyden.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10:30PM at the First Reformed Church of Boyden with Rev. Chuck Asche and Rev. Brenda Stobbe officiating.  Interment will follow the service in Sheridan Township Cemetery of Boyden.

The Rensink family prefer memorials be directed to the First Reformed Church of Boyden.

Condolences may be sent at www.MFHonline.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA.

The July 4 holiday annually is the busiest time for boating on Iowa waters and with the holiday landing on Wednesday, boaters can expect heavy traffic to last all week long.

If the water is the busiest place for boats, waiting in line at the ramp is probably the second busiest and patience and ramp courtesy will be at a premium, said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“Boaters can help minimize the ramp wait time by preparing to launch before it’s their turn because there will likely be a line of traffic behind them,” Stocker said. “Be patient and respectful to other boaters. Everyone has the same goal of getting on the water.

“That being said, we don’t want boaters to have to leave the water because of things that could have been corrected simply by going through the boat and trailer before the leave home,” Stocker said. “Give the boat a good going-over in the driveway. It only takes a few minutes and is well worth it.”

Once on the water, boaters are encouraged to operate in a way that keeps their passengers safe while watching out for other boaters.

“The top safety tip is for boat operators to avoid drinking alcohol because of how it impairs their reaction time and the ability to make quick, sound judgments. Wind, sun, glare off the water and wave action enhance the effects of alcohol so boaters are encouraged to know their limits,” Stocker said. “Boaters should also review the rules and wear a properly fitting lifejacket.”

There are about 229,000 registered boats in Iowa. 2012 Boating Statistics thus far have included 6 fatalities, 10 boat incidents, 15 personal injuries and 2 property damage reports.

Operation Dry Water is set for June 22nd through the 24th. This three day event is part of a national ad campaign on the effects and dangers of drinking and boating. Campaign includes increased law enforcement on the water, safety checks and boater contacts. In 2011, 50 officers contacted 799 boaters, performed 209 safety checks and issued 45 citations or warnings.


Brackets are out for the regional softball tournaments. With the expansion to a 5 class system in Iowa this year fans will notice some of their teams playing up a class compared to previous years.

In Class 3A Region 1 play begins on Tuesday July 3rd. Sheldon is in the upper bracket and will open at home against George Little Rock Central Lyon. Also in the upper bracket Sioux Center will be at Boyden Hull Rock Valley. In the lower bracket it’s Algona at Humboldt and Spirit Lake at Estherville Lincoln Central.

In Class 3A Region 2 Unity and MOC Floyd Valley open against each other in the lower bracket. The other game has Cherokee against OA-BCIG. In the upper bracket it’s JSPC – Jefferson at East Sac County and Kuemper at Huxley Ballard.

In Class 2A opening on Tuesday July 3rd area teams are in Region 1. In the upper bracket it’s Sibley Ocheyedan at West Lyon with the winner advancing to a Thursday July 5th game at Western Christian. The Wolfpack got a first round bye. South O’Brien is at HMS with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals at Emmetsburg Thursday the 5th. In the lower bracket Pocahontas Area is at West Hancock with the winner at Lake Mills Thursday July 5th. Sioux Central opens at Okoboji with the winner at North Union on Thursday the 5th.

In Class 1A play begins on Monday July 2nd. In Region 1 in the upper bracket Spalding opens at Harris Lake Park. The winner will be at Remsen St Mary’s Thursday July 5th as Remsen St Mary’s got the first round bye. Also in the upper bracket Whiting is at Kingsley Pierson with the winner at LeMars Gehlen on July 5th. In the lower bracket it’s West Sioux against River Valley with the game played at Remsen Union. The winner will go against Remsen Union who got a bye and will host the quarterfinal on Thursday the 5th. Also in the lower bracket Trinity Christian will be at Lake Park to go against Clay Central Everly. The winner will be at Akron Westfield on Thursday July 5th.

Sioux Center, Iowa — On Monday, June 18 at 9:41 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a farm vehicle accident that occurred on Grant Avenue, one mile northwest of Sioux Center.

Jonathan Fluit, age 27, of Rock Valley, IA was driving a 2007 John Deere Rowgator field sprayer northbound on Grant Avenue. Fluit went off the road and lost control causing the sprayer to roll onto its side in the east ditch. Read The Full Story…