January 19, 2018 - 1:54 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — Area basketball teams won’t know their destinations or opponents until the brackets are released but teams do know their district assignments in Class 1A and 2A.

For Class 1A Click HERE

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January 19, 2018 - 1:52 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest rankings from The Predicament have West Sioux ranked sixth in Class 1A.  Spencer Mulder and Tristan Cox of Western Christian are all ranked individually in Class 1A. Class 2A features  Austin Rozeboom of BH/RV, and Connor Huss of MOC-Floyd Valley ranked individually.

The Predicament’s Class 1A State Tourney Team Rankings
1 Lisbon (8)
2 Don Bosco (8)
3 Denver (7)
4 Missouri Valley (6)
5 Underwood (3)
6 West Sioux (3)
7 Martensdale-St Marys (3)
8 Alburnett (2)
9 Wapsie Valley (3)
10 I35, Truro (3)
The Predicament’s Class 2A State Tourney Team Rankings
1 NHTV (7)
2 Wahlert Catholic (5)
3 West Liberty (4)
4 Ballard (4)
5 South Tama (5)
6 Webster City (5)
7 Prairie City-Monroe (4)
8 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (6)
9 Centerville (4)
10 Davenport Assumption (2)
The Predicament’s Class 3A State Tourney Team Rankings
1 Fort Dodge (10)
2 SE Polk (8)
3 Waukee (8)
4 WDM Valley (6)
5 Glenwood (4)
6 Johnston (6)
7 Iowa City West (6)
8 North Scott (5)
9 Dubuque Hempstead (4)
10 Iowa City High (6)
The Predicament’s Class 1A Individual Rankings
1 Jaymus Wilson (Jr.) Alburnett
2 Daniel Kimball (Jr.) Don Bosco
3 Beau Klingensmith (Fr.) Woodbury Central
5 Jose Flores (Sr.) Sibley Ocheyedan
1 Adam Allard (So.) West Sioux
2 Caiden Jones (Jr.) Lake Mills
3 Cole Cassady (So.) Martensdale-St Marys
1 Alex Thomsen (Sr.) Underwood
2 Cobe Siebrecht (Jr.) Lisbon
3 Easton Larson (So.) Don Bosco
10 Trey Schuck (So.) Sibley Ocheyedan
1 Gable Fox (Sr.) Don Bosco
2 Riley Wright (Jr.) Denver
3 Kolton Roth (Sr.) GTRA
7 Spencer Griffin (Jr.) Emmetsburg
1 Chance Throndson (Sr.) Riceville
2 Kory VanOrt (Jr.) West Sioux
3 Brayden Nunemaker (Sr.) East Buchanan
6 Wade Mitchell (So.) Woodbury Central
1 Trey Brisker (Sr.) Wilton
2 Caleb Wilson (Sr.) Denver
3 Kaden Kilburg (Sr.) Lisbon
5 Tristan Mulder (Fr.) Western Christian
6 Austin Eilers (Sr.) Lawton-Bronson
8 Garrett Arment (Jr.) Woodbury Central
1 John Henrich (Jr.) Akron-Westfield
2 Brennan Swafford (Sr.) Mediapolis
3 Ryan Schott (Sr.) Iowa City Regina
1 Tanner Sloan (Sr.) Alburnett
2 Hunter Hagen (Sr.) West Hancock
3 Hunter De Jong (Sr.) Sibley Ocheyedan
1 Tom Reif (Sr.) Missouri Valley
2 Kaleb Reeves (Sr.) Sigourney-Keota
3 Chaz Clark (Sr.) Pleasantville
6 Nick Gaes (Jr.) Alta-Aurelia
1 Brian Sadler (Sr.) Jesup
2 Enrique Maravilla (Sr.) Manson NW Webster
3 Cameron Beminio (Sr.) Belmond Klemme
4 Darlin Marquez (Sr.) West Sioux
10 Spencer Cox (Sr.) Hull Western Christian
The Predicament’s Class 2A Individual Rankings
1 Jarod Kadel (Jr.) Columbus Jct
2 Matthew Lewis (Fr.) Centerville
3 Keaton Zeimet (Fr.) DeWitt Central
9 Mason Hill (Jr.) Cherokee
1 Aden Reeves (Jr.) Albia
2 Kaden Anderlik (Jr.) Crestwood
3 Drake Doolittle (Jr.) Webster City
7 Jack Gaukel (Fr.) Sgt Bluff Luton
1 Will Esmoil (So.) West Liberty
2 Matt Robertson (Sr.) Davenport Assumption
3 Gable Sieperda (Sr.) Central Lyon
1 Michael Blockhus (Sr.) NHTV
2 Jarrett Miller (Sr.) Ballard
3 Easton Graff (Jr.) Sgt Bluff Luton
1 Isaac Judge (Sr.) South Tama
2 Skyler Noftsger (Jr.) Ballard
3 Mitchel Mangold (Jr.) West Delaware
5 Kyler Reick (Jr.) Spirit Lake Park
7 Austin Rozeboom (Sr.) BHRV
1 Kolton Bartow (Sr.) Dubuque Wahlert
2 Lucas Roland (Jr.) Prairie City Monroe
3 Tristin Westphal-Edwards (Jr.) Washington
6 Tyler Zeimen (Sr.) Cherokee
9 Lincoln Coakley (Jr.) Estherville
1 Julian Broderson (Jr.) Davenport Assumption
2 Kyler Fisher (Jr.) Southeast Valley
3 Ben Lee (Sr.) Ballard
4 Luke Jenness (Jr.) Sheldon-SO
10 Conner Huss (Jr.) MOC Floyd Valley
1 Bryce Esmoil (Sr.) West Liberty
2 Cody Fisher (So.) Woodward Granger
3 Nick Foss (Sr.) Harlan
10 Austin Winkel (Sr.) Central Lyon
1 Boone McDermott (Sr.) Dubuque Wahlert
2 Jordan Baumler (Sr.) North Fayette Valley
3 Tyler Anderson (Sr.) BCIG-OA
5 Dakoda Powell (Jr.) Spirit Lake Park


January 18, 2018 - 1:02 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest rankings from the IGHSAU are out and Kingsley-Pierson remains in the six spot in Class 1A. Western slides back one spot to number four in Class 2A, and West Sioux drops from seventh to twelfth. Class 3A keeps Sioux Center at number two, and Cherokee at fourth.

Class 1A

1 Springville 14-2 1
2 Central Decatur 15-0 2
3 North Mahaska 15-0 3
4 Newell-Fonda 14-0 4
5 West Hancock 13-1 5
6 Kingsley-Pierson 13-2 6
7 AGWSR 12-1 7
8 Exira-EHK 12-1 8
9 Montezuma 13-2 9
10 Kee 13-1 10
11 Janesville 12-1 11
12 Bishop Garrigan 10-4 12
13 Seymour 15-0 13
14 Boyer Valley 13-1 14
15 Colo-Nesco 12-2 NR

Dropped Out: Lynnville-Sully (15)

Class 2A

1 North Linn 16-0 1
2 Treynor 13-0 2
3 Panorama 15-1 5
4 Western Christian 11-2 3
5 Logan-Magnolia 12-2 4
6 Cascade 13-3 6
7 Iowa City Regina 10-3 8
8 Grundy Center 12-1 10
9 North Union 13-0 11
10 Bellevue 11-4 9
11 Dike-New Hartford 13-2 13
12 West Sioux 12-2 7
13 Pekin 15-1 NR
14 IKM-Manning 10-3 NR
15 Mediapolis 12-2 12

Dropped Out: Maquoketa Valley (14), Sigourney (15)

Class 3A

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

Dropped Out: None

Class 4A

1 Marion 14-0 1
2 Lewis Central 14-0 2
3 Grinnell 13-1 3
4 North Scott 12-2 4
5 Center Point-Urbana 13-2 5
6 Boone 13-1 6
7 Mason City 8-7 7
8 Le Mars 12-2 8
9 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 9-4 10
10 Cedar Rapids Xavier 8-7 12
11 Fairfield 10-3 11
12 Denison-Schleswig 10-4 13
13 Dallas Center-Grimes 8-5 15
14 Pella 10-4 9
15 Waverly-Shell Rock 10-4 NR

Dropped Out: Western Dubuque (14)

Class 5A

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

Dropped Out: Ames (13)

January 18, 2018 - 9:39 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College is picked to finish tied for sixth in the 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Softball Preseason coaches’ poll announced Thursday morning by the league office.

All 11 head coaches ranked the teams from 1st to 11th and points were awarded on an 10-1 basis. Coaches’ could not vote for their own team.

The Red Raiders totaled 42 points and finished tied with Dakota Wesleyan for sixth out of 11 teams. Defending regular season champion Morningside was picked first, accounting for 72 points and seven first place votes. Concordia was second with 68 points, followed Hastings, the GPAC postseason champion, with 66 points and two first place votes. Dordt (55pts,1 1st place vote) and Midland (49pts, 1 1st place vote) round out the top five.

Northwestern returns five starters and its top pitcher from a 2017 team that finished fifth in the GPAC regular season with a 10-10 record, 23-24 overall. They lost to Morningside and Dordt in the conference tournament to end the season last spring. Head Coach Chris Nachtigall, who begins his seventh season as the head of the Red Raider softball program, and his squad will open the season on Feb. 16-17 at the Evangel Snowbird Classic in Springfield, Mo.

Place School Points First Place Votes
1. Morningside 72 7
2. Concordia 68
3. Hastings 66 2
4. Dordt 55 1
5. Midland 49 1
6t. Northwestern 42
6t. Dakota Wesleyan 42
8t. College of Saint Mary 38
8t. Doane 38
10. Mount Marty 16
11. Briar Cliff 9
January 18, 2018 - 9:08 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt College took the lead for good late in the first half and rode a few different Dakota Wesleyan challenges to forge a 12 point win over the visiting team in GPAC play on Wednesday night at the De Witt Gym.

Dordt trailed by a 24-13 margin with 9:31 left in the first half but a Josh Van Lingen basket got the difference down to nine. Four straight points on free throws got Dordt to within five and the Defenders took a 25-24 lead with 5:29 left in the half on a Kyle Lang three-point shot.

Wesleyan ended their five minute drought to retake the lead but Dordt eventually took the lead for good on a Jesse Jansma basket with 2:30 left in the half for a 33-31 lead and Dordt’s lead grew to six and stayed there 37-31 at the break.

The Defenders got up by as many as 48-35 with just under five minutes gone in the half but the Tigers would mount a comeback.

Over the next five minutes Wesleyan outscored the Defenders 13-3 and got as close as 51-48 before a Jansma floater put Dordt up five.

Dordt’s lead was never less than six for the rest of the game and the Defenders sealed it with free throws down the stretch, converting 11-14 charity tosses in the second half.

January 18, 2018 - 9:07 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt College was unable to keep up with the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in women’s basketball on Wednesday night at the De Witt Gym and fell 87-64 in GPAC play.

The Tigers led from start to finish in the second meeting of the two teams.

Dordt trailed by as many as 13 before five straight points to close the first quarter made it 21-13 as Ebby Prewitt made a free throw and Annie Rhinesmith and Rachel Evavold each had two point baskets to close the quarter.

Wesleyan continued to hold off the Defenders and built a 38-21 lead with 3:00 left in the half but Dordt did close to within ten before settling for a 40-28 deficit at halftime with Payton Harmsen knocking down a three-point shot near the end of the half.

Another Harmsen three-point shot early in the second half got Dordt to within 42-33 but that’s as close as the hosts would get before falling 87-64.

January 18, 2018 - 8:57 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Jolene Hofmeyer, age 87, of Hospers, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 20, at 10:30 am, at the First Presbyterian Church in Hospers. The Rev. Dr. Brian Janssen will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hospers Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 9:45 am, at the church.

Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

January 17, 2018 - 5:16 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — known by the acronym “STEM” is the focus of an opportunity for kids in Sioux Center on Saturday, February 10th. But organizers say that due to the popularity of past events, you’ll want to register as soon as registration opens, this Sunday, January 21st.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Lyon County Youth Coordinator Jill Postma tells us about this STEM Fest, which will be held at Dordt College.

She says that even if your kids have been to a previous STEM Fest, they’ll probably still want to participate in this one because there are several new activities. She highlights some of the activities for us.

She says it’s an all-day event.

Postma tells us that there are no residency restrictions, and you don’t have to be in 4-H to attend — it’s open to all fourth through eighth graders. She says in past years they’ve even had some students from out-of-state attend.

Postma says feel free to call your local extension office for more information, but registration is online-only, and opens this Sunday, January 21st, at 5:00 p.m. She says they have a limit of 200 students, and it fills up fast. You can pay the $10 registration fee with a credit card when you register.

Online registration and payment should be completed at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dordt-stem-fest-2018. (The link will say that the form is not available if you click on it before Sunday at 5 p.m.) Registration will close Feb. 2 or sooner if the maximum of 200 youth is reached prior to that date.

Sessions include:
A Kaleidoscope of Microbes presented by Dordt College

Bees, Bats and Butterflies presented by Iowa Master Gardeners

Biodiversity Bonanza presented by Water Rocks!

Build Your Own Microscope presented by Dordt College

Butter for Your Mutter presented by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (WIDA)

Compound Bow: A New Superhero’s Tool presented by Dustin Sperlich

Coding with Scratch presented by Dordt College

Colors of Chemistry presented by Dordt College

Crack the Code with Agriculture presented by the Ag Literacy Foundation

Cyclon Eyes: An Arduino Workshop presented by Dordt College

Earth from Space presented by EROS Data Center

Exploding Dots presented by Dordt College

Exploring Nursing presented by Dordt College

Fetal Pig Surgery presented by Dordt College

Food Science presented by Dordt College

Force Factor presented by Albers ATA

Fun with Fossils presented by Sanford Museum

Heart Monitors – Get in the Zone and Hit Your Target! presented by ISU Extension and Outreach

Multiplying Success in Cattle presented by Trans Ova

Ozobot Scavenger Hunt presented by the Northwest Iowa STEM Hub

Physics is Phun presented by Dordt College

Power-Up Soldering presented by TechKnow

Prairie Fire – Why? How? And What About the Animals? presented by Dordt College

PrISUm Solar Car: Solar Energy is the Future! presented by the ISU PrISUm Solar Car Team

Sound Like A… presented by Sioux County Conservation

Vet Science and Body Systems presented by Dordt College

West Point Bridge Designer presented by Dordt College

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man faces multiple felony sexual assault, and one misdemeanor Indecent Exposure charge, following his arrest Wednesday morning (January 17th).

Sioux County authorities say the charges against 71-year old Lloyd Schlumbohm stem from an investigation into the report of alleged unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact between Schlumbohm and a minor victim, that reportedly occurred at a residence east of Rock Valley several times over the past 11-years.

Deputies say Schlumbohm is charged with three counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, Class C Felonies, and one count of Indecent Exposure, a Serious Misdemeanor.

According to Sioux County Jail records, as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Schlumbohm remained in custody at the Sioux County Jail.

January 17, 2018 - 8:48 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs and Sioux Center Warriors split a Siouxland Conference doubleheader Tuesday night at the O-Rena. The Warriors took the girls game 72-36, and the boys game went to Sheldon 70-63.

The Sheldon Orabs were down early in the first quarter 11-5, but then went on an 11-0 run to finish the opening quarter leading 16-11. Sioux Center then took the lead at intermission 28-23. Alexis Toering of the Sioux Center had seventeen first half points. Sioux Center then took control in the second half. After three the Warriors led 49-31, and went on to win 74-36

Sioux Center got a game high twenty-seven points from Alexis Toering, and Victoria Rensink added seventeen. Sheldon got a team high eight points from Kacey Kamphoff.

Sioux Center improves to 12-2 on the year, 11-0 in the Siouxland. Sheldon falls to 3-12 on the season, 2-10 in the conference.

The first quarter of the boys game was a defensive battle to start. Sioux Center went on a 5-0 run to start the game, then Sheldon went on a 5-0 run to tie things up with a Kyle Boerhave two-handed jam, but Sioux Center led 11-7 after one. Sheldon started the second quarter with a 12-0 run and at the break led 27-22. Sioux Center started third with a 5-0 run, and both teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter. Sheldon took a 49-44 lead into the final quarter. Sioux Center started the fourth with an 8-0 run, and both teams continued to trade baskets and the lead. Sheldon had a two point lead with a minute to go, and was able to ice the game from the charity stripe for the 70-63 win.

Sheldon had three players in double figures. Kyle Boerhave had a game high twenty-three, Jaden Kleinhesselink added seventeen, and Tyler Johnson had fourteen points. Sioux Center had two players in double figures. Caden Bleeker had a team high twenty-two points, and Tyus Arends added nineteen.

Sheldon improves to 13-1 on the year, and 10-1 in the Siouxland. Sioux Center falls to 10-3 on the year, and 10-1 in the conference.

Up next for the Orabs is a road contest to Rock Valley Friday night. Sioux Center is on the road at Unity Christian on Thursday.