November 30, 2017 - 9:27 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A car was damaged in a fire on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 near Hull.

According to Hull Fire Chief Greg Van Roekel, about 10:20 a.m., the Hull Fire Department was called to the report of a vehicle and ditch fire at 320th Street and Indian Avenue, about a mile east of Hull on Highway 18.

The chief says an Iowa State Trooper had radioed in the fire, and by the time the fire department arrived, the trooper had put out the fire with his fire extinguisher. For a time, emergency crews thought that a nearby ditch fire had been started by the car fire, but Van Roekel says that was unrelated. He says the farmer was just burning the ditch on purpose.

Van Roekel says no injuries were reported. He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Chief Van Roekel reports that there was extensive damage to the interior of the car.

He says crews were on scene for just a few minutes.

November 30, 2017 - 4:01 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest rankings from the IGHSAU have Kingsley-Pierson retaining their #2 position in Class 1A. Western Christian moving to third in Class 2A, along with West Sioux up to #7. Class 3A features Sioux Center still atop Class 3A and Cherokee at the 4 spot. LeMars maintains their #5 ranking in Class 4A, Heelan moves to 10th, and SB-L fell out of the top 15.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Springville 3-0 1
2 Kingsley-Pierson 1-0 2
3 Central Decatur 2-0 3
4 North Mahaska 3-0 4
5 Dunkerton 1-0 5
6 West Hancock 2-0 6
7 Exitra-EHK 0-0 7
8 Newell-Fonda 2-0 8
9 Montezuma 3-0 9
10 Kee 2-0 10
11 Janesville 1-0 11
12 Algona Garrigan 3-0 14
13 Lynnville-Sully 2-1 12
14 Marquette Catholic 1-1 13
15 Boyer Valley 1-0 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 2A

1 North Linn 3-0 1
2 Treynor 2-0 3
3 Western Christian 1-0 4
4 Logan-Magnolia 2-0 5
5 Bellevue 3-1 7
6 Iowa City Regina 1-1 2
7 West Sioux 1-0 8
8 Panorama 2-1 6
9 Grundy Center 2-0 9
10 IKM-Manning 1-0 10
11 Cascade 2-1 11
12 Maquoketa Valley 2-1 12
13 Mediapolis 2-0 NR
14 Pekin 2-0 NR
15 Dike-New Hartford 1-1 15

Dropped Out: Van Buren (14)

Class 3A

1 Sioux Center 2-0 1
2 Crestwood 1-0 2
3 Clear Lake 3-0 3
4 Cherokee 2-0 4
5 Osage 1-0 5
6 Roland-Story 2-0 8
7 Davenport Assumption 1-2 6
8 West Marshall 2-0 9
9 Camanche 1-1 7
10 Nevada 1-1 10
11 Forest City 2-0 11
12 Kuemper Catholic 1-0 12
13 Monticello 2-0 13
14 Shenandoah 3-0 15
15 North Polk 3-0 NR

Dropped Out: Algona (14)

Class 4A

1 Marion 2-0 1
2 Lewis Central 2-0 2
3 Center Point-Urbana 2-0 3
4 Grinnell 2-0 4
5 Le Mars 2-0 5
6 North Scott 2-1 6
7 Boone 2-0 7
8 Mason City 2-1 8
9 Western Dubuque 2-0 9
10 Bishop Heelan 1-0 12
11 Denison-Schleswig 1-1 11
12 Cedar Rapids Xavier 3-1 13
13 Pella 1-1 10
14 Fairfield 2-0 NR
15 Harlan 0-1 15

Dropped Out: Sergeant Bluff-Luton (14)

Class 5A

1 Cedar Falls 1-0 1
2 Iowa City West 2-0 3
3 Iowa City High 1-0 4
4 West Des Moines Valley 3-0 6
5 Pleasant Valley 1-0 7
6 Johnston 3-0 8
7 Southeast Polk 3-0 13
8 Ankeny Centennial 2-1 9
9 Dowling Catholic 3-1 5
10 Waukee 1-0 10
11 Bettendorf 3-0 11
12 Indianola 1-1 2
13 Cedar Rapids Prairie 2-0 14
14 Des Moines East 1-1 NR
15 Ames 2-1 12

Dropped Out:  Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (15)

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Rock Valley City Council has approved the purchase of a building that was once home to K-Products, and recently owned by Hope Haven International. The council reportedly has plans to rehabilitate the building to allow for a new City Hall and Event Center.

The 13,400 square foot building had previously been used for office, warehouse, and manufacturing production.  Rock Valley Development Director David Miller says the City is in the beginning stages of planning and designing the rehabilitation project that includes moving City Hall from its current downtown location into the remodeled office area of the building.  Miller says the remaining 8,500 square feet will be utilized as an Event Center. He says the event space could host as many as 400-600 people depending on their final design.  Miller says the proposed event space will be available to the community to use, as well as to attract more tourism to the Rock Valley community.

The City of Rock Valley is set to hire an architectural firm to assist them with the conceptual design for the facility. Officials say they’ll also be seeking the public’s input on the Event Center design before the plans are finalized.

Rock Valley officials say construction on the City Hall portion of the building will begin once the City acquires the property, while work on the Event Center portion of the structure won’t begin until the the State of Iowa evaluates the Vision Iowa Grant Application the City of Rock Valley has submitted.

November 30, 2017 - 9:18 am - Posted in Sports

Top-ranked Northwestern College lost its first game of the season, falling to Morningside 86-71 in a conference match-up between ranked teams played tonight in Sioux City, Iowa.

Northwestern is now 2-1 in the GPAC, 9-1 overall and Morningside improves to 3-0 in conference play, 6-1 overall.

Three Red Raiders scored in double figures, led by Colton Kooima with 22 points. Chris Borchers netted a season-high 15, going 7-for-10 from the field, and Nathan Wedel scored 12 points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out four assists.

Northwestern scored the first six points and held an 11-5 lead after a Parker Mulder three-pointer at the 16-minute mark. Morningside used a 13-2 run, beginning with a Brody Egger three-pointer, to take the lead for good with 11 minutes left. The Mustangs held a seven-point advantage, 35-28, at the break.

The Red Raiders shot 33% in the opening half compared to 48% by Morningside

An Egger lay-up pushed the Morningside lead to 10 (42-32) in the opening minutes of the second half; Northwestern came back with a 7-0 run, capped by a Kooima jumper, to get within three at the 15-minute mark.

Still just a five-point game with 11 minutes left, Morningside put the game away with a 15-6 run that lasted nearly five minutes and put the hosts back up by double digits for the rest of the game.

November 30, 2017 - 9:03 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt used steady defensive pressure to beat Mount Marty handily on Wednesday night in Sioux Center 101-55.

The game was tight up to a 23-22 difference with 10:10 remaining in the first half.  A Chad Barkema basket started a nine point run that ended with Alec Henrickson hitting a three point basket  with 8:56 left in the first half.

Josh Van Lingen started another Dordt string that didn’t end until Dordt had a 43-24 lead.  The first half ended with a Marcus Winterfeld basket after a Chandler Brunsting steal with :02 left in the half and the Defenders led 52-30.

The Lancers never made a run and Dordt outscored the Lancers 49-25 to win the GPAC contest by 46.

November 30, 2017 - 9:01 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt used a dominating fourth quarter run to defeat the visiting Mount Marty Lancers on Wednesday night in Sioux Center 72-57.

The two teams were tied at 52 to start the fourth quarter. Payton Harmsen started the quarter with a three-point shot and Faith Anderson added a three-point basket to extend the lead. Back to back baskets by Rachel Evavold and Kenzie Bousema extended the lead to ten before Mount Marty got two of its five fourth quarter points with 6:48 left in the game.

The two teas were scoreless for the next three minutes until Bousema got a basket and Ebby Prewitt a pair of free throws to extend the lead to double figures and Dordt went on to win 72-57.

November 30, 2017 - 9:00 am - Posted in Sports

No.15 Northwestern College lost for the first time in conference play 76-65 to No.10 Morningside tonight at the Rosen Verdoorn/Allee Gym in a match-up between ranked teams.

The Red Raiders slip to 2-1 in the GPAC, 5-4 overall, while Morningside stays unbeaten in conference play (4-0) and improve to 9-2 overall.

Darbi Gustafson led all players with 19 points and pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Kassidy De Jong netted 17 points and nine boards, followed by Haley Birks with 10 points and nine rebounds.

After falling behind 7-3 early, Northwestern scored the next seven points to take its only lead, 10-7, on a three-pointer by Sammy Blum with four minutes left in the first quarter

Morningside responded in a big way, scoring the final 13 points of the quarter, nine by way of three-pointers by Madison Braun (2) and Mady Maly (1), for a 20-10 lead.

The Mustangs’ run continued throughout the second quarter as the hosts duplicated the score from the first period, taking a 40-20 lead at the half; Northwestern had a hard time scoring, shooting 30% over the first 20 minutes and going 1/8 from the three-point line

Another Braun three-pointer at the start of the second half gave the Mustangs their largest lead (45-20) but the Red Raiders found their groove on the offensive end, outscoring the hosts 21-11 the rest of the way to get within 15 (56-41) by quarters end.

A three-pointer by De Jong put the Red Raiders within six (59-53) at the six-minute mark and a three-point play by Gustafson made it still a seven-point game with four minutes left. Northwestern, however, did not get any closer and Morningside went 10/10 from the free throw line over the final two minutes.

November 30, 2017 - 8:52 am - Posted in Sports

No.5 Northwestern College powered past No.21 Bellevue 3-1 (29-27, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19) in a pool E matchup played tonight at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Red Raiders improve to 30-4 on the season, 2-0 in pool E, and have guaranteed a spot in the championship round of 16 on Friday morning. Bellevue drops to 29-13 on the year, 0-2 in poo play.

Four Northwestern players hit for double figures, led by A.J. Horstman and Lauryn Hilger who both recorded 15 kills and 13 digs. Anna Kiel pounded down 12 kills and totaled 10 digs and Makenzie Fink added 10 kills and eight digs. Lacey Wacker put up 51 assists and directed a Red Raider offense that hit .228 for the match.

November 30, 2017 - 8:51 am - Posted in Sports

Fast starts by the Dordt College Defenders in each of their three sets at the NAIA National Championship on day two led to a 3-0 win over Northwest (Washington) on Wednesday, November 29.

The Defenders roared out early in set one and used a ten point run to go up 17-5 with an Ema Altena kill punctuating the streak. Dordt went on to win set one unchallenged 25-11.

Set two started with Dordt scoring eight in a row for an 8-1 lead and the Defenders held off the Cascade Conference member as Northwest cut the lead down to three but Dordt rode out the challenge and won it 25-17 on a kill by Julia Lindbergh.

The final set saw Dordt get up 10-4 only to have Northwest close to within 15-13 with a run of seven out of ten points. A three point run by the Defenders re-established order as Lindbergh recorded a kill and was in on two blocks and the Defenders were on the winning end 25-19.

Rock Valley, Iowa — Some homes were threatened by fire on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 near Rock Valley. But the fire department was able to put it out before it caused much damage.

According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 1:45 p.m., the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a field fire near 2955 Fir Avenue, two miles northeast of Rock Valley.

The chief says the fire department saw fire behind some homes as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported. He says an intentional trash fire sparked and jumped across a driveway, and got into some shorter grass behind the houses.

He says the Hull Fire Department was also called to bring a tanker of water and an engine company.

Chief Eshuis reports that while the fire also burned some junk in a junkyard area near the burn pile, none of the burned items were of significant value.

He says they used three to four thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for almost an hour.