January 29, 2016 - 8:09 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauBoone, Iowa — Little changed in the latest Iowa Girls Basketball rankings on Thursday. Western Christian remains the top seed in Class 2A, while Unity Christian and Okoboji stay at the 4 and 5 spot respectively. Cherokee maintained their ranking at #4 in Class 3A and Sioux Center possesses the 6th spot for another week. Spirit Lake slid down one spot from 8th to 9th. Spencer found their way into the 4A poll, making their debut at #14.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Turkey Valley 17-0 1
2 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 16-0 2
3 Springville 15-1 3
4 Burlington Notre Dame 16-0 4
5 Kingsley-Pierson 15-1 5
6 Newell-Fonda 13-4 6
7 Kee 15-2 7
8 Grand View Christian 13-0 8
9 Lynnville-Sully 18-0 10
10 Westwood 14-2 11
11 Adair-Casey 15-2 9
12 Montezuma 17-1 15
13 Northwood-Kensett 13-3 NR
14 Bedford 13-3 12
15 Algona Bishop Garrigan 12-3 NR

Dropped Out: Rockford (13), Nodaway Valley (14)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Western Christian 14-2 1
2 Iowa City Regina 16-0 2
3 Pekin 17-0 3
4 Unity Christian 16-1 4
5 Okoboji 17-0 5
6 Manson-NW Webster 11-3 6
7 West Branch 16-2 7
8 Central Decatur 16-1 8
9 Des Moines Christian 15-1 9
10 Interstate 35 15-2 11
11 Treynor 13-1 10
12 Van Meter 15-2 12
13 Lawton-Bronson 12-4 13
14 Grundy Center 15-1 14
15 Durant 13-5 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Pocahontas Area 15-0 1
2 Center Point-Urbana 17-0 2
3 Nevada 14-3 3
4 Cherokee 16-1 4
5 Union 17-1 5
6 Sioux Center 14-2 6
7 Hampton-Dumont 12-2 7
8 Forest City 13-2 9
9 Spirit Lake 10-6 8
10 Osage 12-3 10
11 West Marshall 13-1 12
12 Monticello 12-4 13
13 Clear Lake 10-6 NR
14 Mount Vernon 10-6 11
15 Mid-Prairie 9-6 15

Dropped Out: Central Lee (14)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Harlan 14-1 1
2 Western Dubuque 16-0 2
3 Lewis Central 12-1 3
4 Keokuk 13-1 4
5 Ballard 15-1 5
6 North Scott 12-4 6
7 Marion 12-4 7
8 Pella 13-2 8
9 Fairfield 12-5 9
10 Mason City 9-7 10
11 Waverly-Shell Rock 15-3 12
12 Boone 12-3 14
13 Grinnell 11-5 11
14 Spencer 11-4 NR
15 Dallas Center-Grimes 10-5 13

Dropped Out: Carlisle: 15

Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Ankeny Centennial 13-2 3
2 Johnston 12-3 5
3 Iowa City High 13-2 8
4 Cedar Falls 15-1 10
5 Waukee 12-3 4
6 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 15-2 1
7 Indianola 15-1 2
8 Dowling Catholic 11-4 6
9 Linn-Mar 12-4 13
10 Pleasant Valley 12-4 12
11 West Des Moines Valley 11-5 11
12 Southeast Polk 11-4 7
13 Davenport North 14-3 9
14 Iowa City West 10-6 14
15 Cedar Rapids Washington 11-6 NR

Dropped Out: Davenport West (15)

January 28, 2016 - 6:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNR

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.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow, most being caught are small. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had success fishing the South Cove Park area, the inlet, and Chautauqua Point area using minnows and jigs. Red seems to be the color of choice. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been productive near the inlet.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has about around 15 inches of ice on both the little and main lakes. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Action is good if you move often if not catching fish; fish 8-12 feet of water on the little lake and move until you find schools. Anglers will catch a few different year classes but are catching 8.5-9.4 inch fish consistently. The action has been good near the west aerator to Baptist camp. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Use jigging spoons, small lipless cranks, or 1/8 oz. jigs with minnows. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations are in the deeper 15-24 feet holes early morning (7-9 a.m.) or evening (3-8 p.m.). Good numbers of 10-12 inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Occasional larger perch (9.5-10 inches) have been caught on the little lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been caught of Marble beach in 20 feet of water and off of buffalo run. Walleye – Slow: A few small walleyes have been picked up by perch anglers south of the foot bridge.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some yellows are being caught in front of the marina. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching some walleyes in the evening out from the marina.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch are being picked up by the east boat ramp and the island.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bays. Spencer beach has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite on Triboji has slowed. Anglers are picking up a few perch in Millers bay.

January 28, 2016 - 5:00 pm - Posted in News

Clipboard01Sioux Center, Iowa —  A Sioux Center man’s vehicle rolled into a creek on Thursday, January 28th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:56 am, 24-year-old Jonathan Chausse of Sioux Center was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue eastbound on 400th Street, four miles north of Orange City. According to the report, Chausse lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch. The vehicle rolled onto its top, coming to rest in a creek.

The Oldsmobile received $6000 damage.

No injuries were reported

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Fire Department, Orange City Ambulance and Orange City Police Department.

January 27, 2016 - 9:00 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Sioux Center, Iowa — A California man and his passenger were injured in an accident near Sioux Center on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:39 pm on Monday, 21-year-old Jesse Perez-Chenge of Chula Vista, California was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice eastbound on 390th Street, six and one-half miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Perez-Chenge lost control of his vehicle, entered the south ditch and rolled.

The Chevrolet received $3000 damage.

Perez-Chenge and a passenger, eighteen-year-old Sydney Huizing of Sioux Center reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol

January 27, 2016 - 7:45 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Wisconsin man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:56 pm on Monday, 22-year-old Zachariah Stiensma of New Berlin, Wisconsin was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram westbound on 390th Street, six and one-half miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Stiensma lost control of his vehicle and entered the south ditch.

The Dodge received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol

January 27, 2016 - 2:38 pm - Posted in News

sioux sheriff emblem side of carRock Valley, Iowa — An Inwood man was arrested after an accident near Rock Valley on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:54 pm on Monday, 40-year-old Juan Dominguez-Flores of Inwood was driving a 2000 GMC Jimmy northbound on Highway 18, eight miles northwest of Rock Valley. According to the report, Dominguez-Flores lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Jimmy received $4000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The report continues that Dominguez-Flores was arrested with charges of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, no insurance (accident related) and failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle

Bush-CarsonSioux Center, Iowa — Two Republican presidential contenders will hold rallies at Dordt College in Sioux Center this weekend in an effort to sway northwest Iowa Republicans prior to Monday’s Iowa Caucus.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will speak at 6:45 p.m. Friday evening in the Campus Center DeJager Activity Area at Dordt College.  Doors at Dordt will open for the Jeb! Countdown To Caucus Tour stop at 5:45 Friday afternoon.  Tickets for Bush’s Sioux Center rally are free, and are available at eventbrite.com.

Saturday afternoon Dr. Ben Carson will hold a rally in the Campus Center at Dordt at 3:00 pm.

Dordt has extended an open invitation to all presidential candidates—both Democratic and Republican—who want to visit campus leading up to Monday’s Iowa Caucuses.


Choir 3Western Christian High School will be hosting a Junior High Choir Festival  at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9th. 
Schools participating in the festival include:
Hull Christian
Doon Christian
Sioux Center Christian
Ireton Christian
Orange City Christian
Inwood Christian
Sheldon Christian
Sanborn Christian
Rock Valley Christian
These schools will combine in a mass choir with the Western Christian Chamber Singers for this inspirational concert.
January 27, 2016 - 8:12 am - Posted in Sports

moc_Floyd Valley logoSheldon Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley took both ends of a Siouxland Conference basketball doubleheader in Sheldon Tuesday night. The girls game went to the Lady Dutch 62-36 while the boys final was 73-58.

The Lady Dutch led at all the breaks up 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and 33-20 at the half. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 50-27 as they went on to the win.

Breanna Schuiteman hit for a game high 17 points with Destiny Einerwold and Morgan De Jong adding 10 points each. Sheldon was led by Kayla Van Meeteren with 10 points and Sydney Iedema with 9.

With the win MOC Floyd Valley moves to 10-6 on the year and 9-4 in the conference. Sheldon is 3-14 on the season and 2-12 in the conference.

In the boys game the Dutch took a 15-10 first quarter lead with the Orabs pulling to within 32-30 at the half. At the end of three the game was still tight with MOC Floyd Valley up 49-44. In the final three minutes the Dutch would take control at the free throw line to win it 73-58. In the fourth the Dutch went 11-0f-17 at the line.

Kyle Boerhave  had a game high 18 points with Jaden Kleinhesselink hitting for 15 and Sam Wagner adding a dozen off the bench. The Dutch were led by Levi Jansen and Christian Korver with 17 each. Brady Schutt hit for 12 points to join them in double figures.

With the win the Dutch are 12-3 on the year and 10-2 in the conference. Sheldon is even at 8-8 on the year and 8-5 in the Siouxland.

Up next for Sheldon will be a home double header Friday night with Sioux Center. MOC Floyd Valley will host Rock Valley on Friday night.

January 26, 2016 - 10:54 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A comment made by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at Dordt College in Sioux Center has received worldwide attention.Trump

During his appearance at Dordt on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, while he was praising the loyalty of his supporters, Trump stated, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

Dordt’s president, Erik Hoekstra has responded to the comment, saying the college doesn’t support the “odd and inappropriate comment”. In his statement, however, Hoekstra says they will continue to welcome Presidential candidates to their campus, citing their students’ wisdom to discern “what Christ-like leadership looks like.”

Dordt has extended an invitation to all Presidential candidates, including those from both major parties to speak at Dordt. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will visit Dordt on Friday, January 29. Bush is scheduled to speak at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the Campus Center at Dordt.


Hoekstra’s statement:

Prior to Mr. Trump’s visit to Dordt College, I wrote an open letter to explain Dordt College’s reasons and rationale behind inviting candidates of both parties to our campus. I continue to stand behind the decision to allow our students and the broader community to have first-hand access to the American political process and capture the unique opportunities we have in Iowa as the first state to cast actual votes each presidential cycle.

In that statement, I said, “Each time a candidate comes to campus, I have a certain sense of ‘cringe’ for what it says to our students—political speeches are always full of broad-brush promises about what the candidate will do. There isn’t a candidate or party that can be 100% biblical or reformational—at least it seems that way to me. Opening our facilities to political candidates in no way implies an endorsement of their views.” I continue to stand by that statement.

Today’s comment by Mr. Trump regarding the loyalty of his followers, namely that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” went far beyond a broad-brush promise about his policies or plans for our country. In no way do I, nor does the college, support such an odd and inappropriate comment. I have no concept of why Mr. Trump thought that was an apt example to highlight the loyalty of his followers.

However, we will continue to invite candidates to our campus. Our students can handle such comments and they are wise enough to discern what Christ-like leadership looks like. I also trust our faculty and staff to walk with students through the important process of putting their faith into action in every area of life. I’ve talked with many students about the various candidate visits, including conversations with students today after Mr. Trump’s visit, and our students are all more discerning about how to vote in the upcoming caucus because of this first-hand access.

If people are wondering about Dordt College and our application of Scripture to everyday challenges, I’d say: Come study with us. We won’t spoon-feed you the answers to every question, but you’ll grow in your faith in Jesus Christ and be challenged to put real-world decisions into the context of Scripture—and we’ll walk with you through that process.