February 29, 2016 - 9:59 pm - Posted in Sports

unity logoDes Moines, Iowa — Defending 2A State Champion Unity Christian would come away with a hard fought  52-33 victory over West Branch in Des Moines Tuesday night.

The Knights and Bears would trade baskets throughout the first quarter. After the opening quarter, Unity had the slight advantage 8-7. West Branch would go on a 6-0 run early in the 2nd quarter, but Unity would then go on a 9-0 run of their own. Heading into the intermission, Unity would lead 17-15.  The Knights would create some type of separation in the 3rd quarter. By the quarter’s end, Unity would lead 32-25. In the final quarter, Anna Kiel and company would put the game away with a 52-33.

Unity had 2 players in double figures. Chanda Zomermaand had a game high 19 points and Anna Kiel added 16 of her own. The Bears of West Branch were led by Paige Miller with 8 points.

Unity improves to 23-1 on the year and will play the winner of Iowa City Regina and Manson-Northwest Webster on Thursday, March 3rd at 3:15 pm in a Class 2A Semifinal. West Branch finishes at 21-4

February 29, 2016 - 8:33 pm - Posted in Sports

Western Christian 2Des Moines, Iowa — Western Christian would weather a late Central Decatur charge for a 61-50 victory Monday evening at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

In the opening period, top ranked Western Christian would focus on the long range game, getting 15 1st quarter points from beyond the arc. Heading into the 2nd quarter, the score was 17-4 Wolfpack. The Wolfpack would shift gears in the second quarter, focusing their skills to inside the paint. Heading into the halftime break it was 32-15 in favor of Western Christian. After three, the Wolfpack would push the score to 46-34. Central Decatur would have momentum shift their way in the final 8 minutes. Midway through the final quarter, the Cardinals would pull to within single digits, getting as close as 6 points late in the game, but key free throws would seal the deal for Western, and give them the 61-50 victory.

The Wolfpack had 3 players in double figures. Ashtyn Veerbeek put in a game 21 high points, Kaira Moss added 14, and Erika Feenstra finished with 10 points.

The Cardinals were lead by Lily Simon with 14 points and Alli Masters poured in a dozen.

Western improves to 23-2 on the year and will play in the Class 2A semifinal Thursday afternoon at 1:30 pm against Okoboji. Central Decatur ends their year at 23-2.

The Siouxland Conference All Conference Boy’s Basketball Teams are out with Dalton Moser of Boyden-Hull and Levi Jansen of MOC/FV being unanimous selections.

Kyle Boerhave, a Sophomore from Sheldon, earned 2nd Team Honors. Jaden Kleinhesselink earned 3rd Team Honors and Ian Jongewaard earned Honorable Mention accolades.

Here is a look at the selections.

*** Dalton Moser Boyden-Hull Sr.
*** Levi Jansen MOC/FV Sr.
Alex Heller Okoboji Sr.
Marcus Winterfeld Sioux Center Sr.
Matt Van Engen Sioux Center Sr.
Chandler Brunsting Boyden-Hull Sr.
Christian Korver MOC/FV Sr.

2nd TEAM
Tyus Arends Sioux Center So.
CJ Roths Central Lyon Sr.
Myles Van Maanan Rock Valley Sr.
Kyle Boerhave Sheldon So.
Riley Van Wyhe Central Lyon Sr.

3rd TEAM
Jaden Kleinhesslink Sheldon So.
Isaac Heyer West Lyon Jr.
Jaden Snyder West Lyon So.
Cade Knobloch Central Lyon Sr.
Brady Schutt MOC/FV Sr.

Karsten Marker MOC/FV Sr.
Kyle Bakker Boyden-Hull Sr.
Tyler Van Beek Sioux Center So.
Pete Menage Central Lyon Sr.
Jason Taylor Rock Valley So.
Ian Jongewaard Sheldon Sr.
Colton Hage West Lyon Sr.
Josh Haken George-Little Rock So.
Carson Marco Sibley-Ocheyedan Sr.
Jake Dodge Okoboji Sr.

February 29, 2016 - 3:23 pm - Posted in Sports

Basketball scoreboardNorthwest Iowa — The 2015-16 All Conference Siouxland Conference Girls Basketball Teams have been released. Also out is the Siouxland Conference Winter Sports Academic All-Conference honorees.

Junior Sammy Blum of Rock Valley was a unanimous selection for the second year in a row, and she was joined by Megan Peschong and Molly Mitchell of Okoboji as the other unanimous selections. They were joined on the first team by Lexi Toering and Jordyn Van Maanan of Sioux Center. Also on the first team was Bre Schuiteman of MOC/FV and Maddie Meyer of West Lyon.

Sheldon’s Kayla Van Meeteren earned honorable mention accolades.

For a complete list of All-Conference teams click below:
GBB All-Conference 2015-16

For a complete list of the All-Conference Academic recipients click below:
Winter Academic 2015-16

February 29, 2016 - 8:16 am - Posted in Sports

Western Christian 2Orange City Iowa — Top ranked Western Christian earned a return trip to the State Boys Basketball tournament with an 87-79 Substate win over Sioux Center Saturday night  at the MOC Floyd Valley High School Gym.

A 15 point third quarter by the Wolfpack’s Jesse Jansma jump started the offence as a 36-36 halftime tie turned into a 61-48 Wolfpack lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Sioux Center hit a barrage of threes to pull with 6 points late in the game. With the Warriors forced to foul Western nailed down the win at the free throw line.

Jansma led all scorers with 26 points. Ben Geesink added 18 with Josh Van Lingen hitting for 15 and Taylor Miedema hitting for 13.

Sioux Center had three players in double figures with Marcus Winterfeld leading the way with 22 points. Tyus Arends hit for 19 and Tyler Van Beek added a dozen. In the fourth quarter it was a pair of threes from Winterfeld and Arends along with a three from Cade Bleeker that got the Warriors back within striking distance. 17 fourth quarter free throws from Western Christian would be the difference as they got the win 87-79.

With the win Western is State Tournament bound at 22-2. Sioux Center ends the year at 16-8.

February 27, 2016 - 2:46 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden man is $50,000 richer — the winner of one of the lesser Powerball prizes.
Leroy Rohlfs
The Iowa Lottery reports that Leroy Rohlfs of Boyden picked up the winning ticket at the local Pit Row convenience store in Boyden. Lottery officials report Rohlfs was only one number away from winning the jackpot. They report he matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball to win the prize in the February 20th drawing.

The jackpot that night was $212 million, and no one matched all five white balls and the Powerball, so there was no jackpot winner. Lottery statistics indicate 28 other tickets in the United States also matched four white balls and the Powerball and won $50,000.

Rohlfs went to the lottery’s regional office in Storm Lake on Thursday to pick up his prize.

February 27, 2016 - 2:18 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man has died as the result of a crash southwest of Hull on Friday, February 26th, 2016.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:55 AM, 56-year-old James Waldner of Rock Rapids was driving a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Highway 75, three miles southwest of Hull. They report that 63-year-old Lynn Bleeker of Sioux Center was driving a 2013 Dodge Journey northbound on Highway 75.

The report says Waldner passed a southbound semi‐truck and trailer and struck Bleeker’s vehicle head‐on.

Waldner and Bleeker were each trapped in their vehicles and required extrication by the Hull Fire Department.

The Hull Ambulance took Waldner and Bleeker to the Sioux Center Health Hospital. Waldner was pronounced dead by the Sioux County Medical Examiner. Bleeker was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD for treatment of serious injuries.

The Jeep and Dodge sustained approximately $15,000 in damage, each.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Iowa State Patrol, Hull Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department and the Sioux
Center Ambulance crew assisted them.

February 26, 2016 - 3:13 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City woman was taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City on Thursday, February 25, 2016.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 3:25 PM, 53-year-old Gail Van Grouw of Orange City was driving a 2002 Chrysler southbound on Albany Place Southeast. Seventy-three year-old Arlene Gesink of Orange City was westbound on Highway 10 in a 2005 Chrysler.

The report says that Van Grouw failed to stoop for the red traffic light at Highway 10 and struck the Gesink vehicle in the intersection.

Officer Audley De Jong took Gesink to Orange City Health System Hospital.

The Chryslers sustained $1000 in damages, each.

Van Grouw was charged with failure to obey traffic control device.

February 26, 2016 - 12:12 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College logoOrange City, Iowa — Kylie Van’t Hul has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern next fall.

Van’t Hul is a multi-sport standout who has lettered four years for the Western Christian High School softball team heading into her senior season. Van’t Hul earned first team all-conference honors for the second straight year and was part of a Wolfpack team that reached the regional quarterfinals last season. Van’t Hul hit an impressive .393 with six doubles, one home run and 31 stolen bases for the Wolfpack last summer. She was also an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2012. Van’t Hul plans to major in Nursing at Northwestern and is the daughter of Brian and Markie.

“We are excited to have Kylie join the Red Raider softball program next fall,” commented Northwestern head softball coach Chris Nachtigall. “She is an extremely hard worker and a very talented athlete. Kylie’s speed will be a great asset to our program. We look forward to the contributions that Kyle will make to our program and to the entire campus community.”

February 26, 2016 - 12:01 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa – Drivers from Sioux Center and Hospers and three passengers were taken to the hospital after an accident near Sioux Center.
Sioux Center Ambulance
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:55 AM on Thursday, February 25, 2016, 24-year-old Jorge Bartolon of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Chevy minivan eastbound on B40 — or 400th Street, near K52 or Hickory Avenue, two miles east of Highway 75. They report that 28-year-old Rachel Van Deraa of Hospers was westbound on B40 in a 2001 Pontiac.

The report says that Bartolon lost control of his minivan, which went onto the south shoulder and then crossed back over the center line and slid broadside in front of the Van Deraa Pontiac. The Pontiac struck the passenger side of the minivan in the westbound lane.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Bartolon to Sioux Center Health hospital and Van Deraa to Orange City Health System hospital. Three passengers in the Bartolon vehicle, 17-year-old Yovani Lopez, 30-year-old Andres Ramirez, and 20-year-old Angel Bonifacio, all of Sioux Center were also transported to Sioux Center Health.

Bartolon’s Chevy minivan sustained $5500 in damages, and Van Deraa’s Pontiac sustained $5000 in damages, which totaled both vehicles.

Bartolon was charged with driving without a license, failure to maintain control, and no proof of insurance.