February 28, 2018 - 3:11 pm - Posted in Sports

Three Dordt College Defender women’s basketball players have earned all-conference honors from the Great Plains Athletic Conference for the recently completed 2017-18 season.

Rachel Evavold (Sophomore; Bloomington, Minnesota) earned second-team accolades while Annie Rhinesmith (Sophomore; Shakopee, Minnesota) and Erika Feenstra (Freshman; Hull, Iowa) both claimed honorable mention honors from the GPAC.

Feenstra put together a strong freshman campaign with an 11.1 points per game average while getting to 4.8 rebounds per game and she converted a school record 89.6 percent of her free throws (95-106).

“Erika came out of the gates on fire pouring in 22 points in our first game of the season.  The first half of the season she struggled finding consistency from game to game as she adjusted to the physicality of the GPAC.  However, in the second half of the season she stepped up and became a consistent presence on the court and dominated the offensive rebounds.  I am excited to see her use this aggressive finish to her freshmen year as a springboard into next season where she has the potential to be a dominating force in the conference,” said Lindbergh.

The Defender women concluded the 2017-18 campaign with a 14-17 record and a berth in the GPAC Quarterfinal round of the post-season tournament.

February 28, 2018 - 3:10 pm - Posted in Sports

Two Dordt College men’s basketball players have earned post-season honors from the Great Plains Athletic Conference in voting done by the coaches at the conclusion of the regular season.

Marcus Winterfeld (Sophomore; Sioux Center, Iowa) earned second-team honors while Chandler Brunsting (Sophomore; Hull, Iowa) earned honorable mention accolades.

Winterfeld averaged 12.1 points per game for the Defenders while converting 48.4 percent of his field goal attempts and he took in 3.9 rebounds per game.

“Marcus demonstrated throughout the season that he possesses the ability to be a dominate player.  He is very versatile on the offensive end of the floor as has proven he has the capacity to play both in the post and on the perimeter.  Marcus has the potential to be among the top players in the GPAC for the next two years.  His development will be critical to this young squad going forward,” said Dordt College basketball coach Ross Douma.

Brunsting averaged 7.9 points per game with a team high 4.5 rebounds per game. He converted 38.8 percent of his three-point shots and had a team high 64 assists this season.

“Chandler has made himself into a very good college basketball player as his effort and determination are noted.  He embodies what it means to be a student-athlete in that he works relentlessly to get the most out of his ability both on the court as well as in the classroom.  He part of a young nucleus that has the potential to be very solid in years to come,” said Douma.

The Defenders concluded a 12-19 campaign last week and advanced to quarterfinal round of the GPAC post-season tournament.

February 28, 2018 - 3:01 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Todd Heitkamp, the Owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, provides the last 2-Minute fishing report for the month of February. Hard to believe that February is already come to end. Feel free to share!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Bluegills fair and a few walleyes.
Horseshoe Limited reports.
Pelican Few reports.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Few walleyes and perch.
Big Stone Lake Few perch and walleyes.
Poinsett Few perch and walleye.
Lake Hendricks A few walleyes.
Bitter Lake Few walleyes and perch.
Waubay Few walleyes and perch.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Few walleyes and crappies.
West Oakwood Few perch.
Swan Lake Few pike.
Lake Kampeska Few walleyes.
Piyas Few perch.
Blue Dog Few walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few Bluegill.
Fish Lake Few perch and pike.
Indian Springs Few walleyes.
Lynn Lake Few reports.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) Few walleyes.
Traverse Few walleyes.
Lake Albert Fair for perch.
Lake Henry Few walleyes..
Roy Lake Few walleyes.
Buffalo Fair for bluegills..

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Few walleyes, perch, and crappie.
Vermillion Few walleyes.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake Few perch and walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few perch and crappie.
Diamond Few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few walleye and perch.
Island A few perch and walleyes.
81 Ponds A few walleyes and perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Fair for crappie. A few perch & walleyes.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood Perch and walleye fair.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, and crappie.
Mitchell A few bluegill.
Menno Iced over.
Beaver A few walleyes.
Sinai A few crappie and walleye.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Perch, bluegills, crappie, and yellow bass fair.
Silver Lake Few reports.
East Okoboji Bluegills and perch fair.
West Okoboji Bluegill and crappie fair.
Lake Pahoja Bluegil fair.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few perch and crappie.
Sarah A few perch.
Benton Few pike..
East Twin Few Reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few pike, and crappie.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge A few walleyes.
Pierre Walleye fair.
Fort Thompson A few Walleyes.
Chamberlain A few walleyes.
Platte A few Walleyes.
Pickstown A few Walleyes.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few crappie at 60th Street Bridge.
February 28, 2018 - 12:25 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Gerrit Roskam, 93, of Sioux Center, IA died Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 5th at Netherlands Reformed Congregational Church in Sioux Center, IA with Rev. Herman Hofman officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

Memorial may be directed to Netherlands Reformed Christian School, VFW Post 6129 and/or the Sioux Center Health Hospice and Home Care.

February 28, 2018 - 10:17 am - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – Colton Kooima of Northwestern has been selected as the Hauff Mid-America

Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Year and headlines the GPAC Basketball All-Conference Teams for 2017-18.

Kooima is among the GPAC’s best in scoring, ranking second in the league with a 20.8 average. The senior is seventh in the conference with 77 three-pointers, shooting 38% from beyond the arc, and leads the GPAC in free throw shooting at 91%, second best in the NAIA. Kooima, now a four-time all-conference selection, ranks fourth in the league with 116 assists and has scored in double figures in 24 of his 31 games played this season. He set the program’s single-game scoring record earlier this season with 51 points against Concordia and ranks fourth all-time in career scoring (2,374pts) and second in three-pointers (299).

A total of four Red Raiders claimed all-conference honors, two on the 10-player first team, one on the second team and one honorable mention. Nathan Wedel joins Kooima on the first team after earning second team accolades the last two years and honorable mention as a freshman. Wedel currently leads the GPAC in scoring at 21.5 points per game while shooting 58% from the field, third best in the conference. He also ranks in the top 10 in rebounding (6.3-7th), assists (118-4th) and free throw percentage (82%-6th). Wedel has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and has 17 games with 20+ points. He ranks seventh all-time at Northwestern in scoring (1,877pts), 10th in rebounding (775) an 11th in assists (412).

Derek Buysse was named to the 10-player second team after earning honorable mention honors last year. Buysse proved to be one of the top perimeter players in the conference with 91 three-pointers, shooting 40% from beyond the arc. He averages 15.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures in 24 of his 29 games played this season. Buysse ranks 11th all-time with 168 three-pointers made in just two seasons at Northwestern.

Riley Francis earned honorable mention all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. One of the more versatile players in the conference, Francis scores 12.5 points and ranks eighth in the GPAC with 6.1 rebounds per game. He has made 50 three-pointers on the season and became the 30th player in program history with 100 made three-pointers for a career. Francis has scored in double figures in 22 games and has four double-doubles this season.

Northwestern was the GPAC postseason runner-up and finished conference play tied with Briar Cliff for second with a 13-5 record. They head into the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament with a 25-6 overall record.

TO:       GPAC Distribution List

FR:       Lucas Mohrman, Assistant GPAC Commissioner

RE:       2017-18 GPAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team

RELEASE DATE:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kooima Highlights GPAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team


(Sioux City, Iowa) – Colton Kooima of Northwestern has been selected as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Year and headlines the GPAC Basketball All-Conference Teams for 2017-18. Kooima, a senior, averaged 20.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for the Red Raiders who finished the regular season with a record of 25-5 overall and 13-5 in conference play.


Other GPAC basketball honorees for 2017-18 include: Co-Defensive Players-of-the-Year Jay Wolfe from Briar Cliff and Kevin Miller of Hastings; Freshman-of-the-Year Nick Kornieck, from Doane; and the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year Jim Sykes of Morningside. The GPAC Basketball honors are selected by the league’s 10 head coaches.


2017- 18 GPAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Teams


First Team (10 Members, Listed Alphabetically by Last Name):

Name School Height Year Position Hometown
Alex Borchers Morningside 5-10 Sophomore G South Sioux City, Neb.
Tyler Borchers Morningside 6-7 Sophomore C LeMars, Iowa
Brody Egger Morningside 6-2 Junior G Urbandale, Iowa
Erich Erdman Briar Cliff 5-11 Junior G Forest City, Iowa
Ty Hoglund Dakota Wesleyan 6-3 Sophomore G Dell Rapids, S.D.
Colton Kooima* Northwestern 6-4 Senior G Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jason Spicer Dakota Wesleyan 6-6 Senior C Sioux Falls, S.D.
Nathan Wedel Northwestern 6-4 Senior G Yale, S.D.
Ryan Williams Midland 6-7 Sophomore F Fremont, Neb.
Jay Wolfe Briar Cliff 6-4 Junior G Creston, Iowa

*GPAC Player-of –the-Year

Second Team (10 Members, Listed Alphabetically by Last Name):

Name School Height Year Position Hometown
Derek Buysse Northwestern 6-5 Senior F Marshall, Minn.
Bart Hiscok Hastings 6-5 Sophomore F Bennington, Neb.
Jake Hornick Concordia 6-1 Sophomore G Loveland, Colo.
Nick Kornieck Doane 6-7 Freshman G Las Vegas, Nev.
Clay Reimers Concordia 6-7 Sophomore G Lincoln, Neb.
Jackson Lamb Briar Cliff 6-4 Sophomore G Greenfield, Iowa
Marcus Mathieu Mount Marty 5-11 Senior G Richardson, Texas
Kevin Miller Hastings 6-2 Junior G Lynwood, Calif.
Trae Vandeberg Dakota Wesleyan 6-3 Senior F Madison, S.D.
Marcus Winterfeld Dordt 6-5 Sophomore G Sioux Center, Iowa

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player-of-the-Year: Colton Kooima, Northwestern
Co-GPAC Defensive Players-of-the-Year: Jay Wolfe, Briar Cliff and Kevin Miller, Hastings
GPAC Freshman-of-the-Year: Nick Kornieck, Doane
Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year: Jim Sykes, Morningside

February 28, 2018 - 10:09 am - Posted in Sports

Two Red Raiders, Kassidy De Jong and Renee Maneman, were named to the 10-player first team, and Anna Kiel was named to the second team.

Now a three-time all-conference selection, De Jong averages 17 points per game, second best in the conference, and has scored in double figures in 27 games this season. The junior ranks second in the league in rebounding (7.8), ninth in field goal percentage (46%) and 10th in free throw percentage (77%). De Jong has climbed up to 11th all-time in career scoring (1,560pts) and 17th in rebounding (645).

Maneman earns first team accolades after being named second team as a junior and honorable mention after her sophomore season. Maneman leads the NAIA in assists for the second consecutive year with 250 while scoring 10.7 points per game, the highest total of her four-year career. The senior also leads the team with 49 steals and has six double-doubles this season to go with 16 games with 10+ points. Maneman holds the school record for assists in a season and for a career, eclipsing the old mark earlier this year.

Kiel has made a significant impact since joining the team after completing her volleyball season in early December. The sophomore forward averages 12.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 61% from the field. An honorable mention all-conference selection as a freshman, Kiel has scored in double figures in 14 games with a pair of double-doubles in her 21 games played.

2017-18 GPAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams

First Team (10 Members, Listed Alphabetically by Last Name):

Name School Height Year Position Hometown
Madison Braun* Morningside 5-9 Senior G Bellevue, Neb.
Amber Bray Dakota Wesleyan 6-1 Senior F Anoka, Minn.
Ashley Bray Dakota Wesleyan 6-1 Senior F Anoka, Minn.
Kassidy De Jong Northwestern 5-9 Junior G Hospers, Iowa
Shandra Farmer Hastings 5-3 Sophomore G Hastings, Neb.
Philomena Lammers Concordia 5-11 Sophomore C Omaha, Neb.
Renee Maneman Northwestern 5-5 Senior G Fonda, Iowa
Rylie Osthus Dakota Wesleyan 5-9 Junior G De Smet, S.D.
Joelle Overkamp Midland 5-11 Senior F Papillion, Neb.
Quinn Wragge Concordia 6-0 Junior F Crofton, Neb.

*GPAC Player-of-the-Year

Second Team (10 Members, Listed Alphabetically by Last Name):

Name School Height Year Position Hometown
Kynedi Cheeseman Dakota Wesleyan 5-10 Sophomore G Alexandria, S.D.
McKenna Dodd Doane 5-8 Senior G Lincoln, Neb.
Rachel Evavold Dordt 6-1 Sophomore F Bloomington, Minn.
Darbi Gustafson Northwestern 6-0 Junior C Ethan, S.D.
Dani Hoppes Concordia 5-6 Senior G Lincoln, Neb.
Sydney Hupp Morningside 6-0 Sophomore F O’Neill, Neb.
Mary Janovich Concordia 5-7 Senior G Gretna, Neb.
Anna Kiel Northwestern 6-1 Sophomore F Maurice, Iowa
Sierra Mitchell Morningside 5-7 Freshman G Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Mackenzie Willicot Hastings 5-9 Junior F Blue Hill, Neb.
February 28, 2018 - 9:02 am - Posted in Sports

No.8 Morningside scored the final 10 points to defeat No.11 Northwestern College 80-76 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship played tonight at the RVSC-Allee Gym in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Red Raiders are now 5-2 in conference title games and move to 25-6 on the season as they wait for the NAIA to release the pairings for the Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship that will begin next week, March 7, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Northwestern scored for the final time on a pair of Riley Francis free throws with 3:29 left to play, giving the Red Raiders a 76-70 lead. Morningside came back with a three-point play by Trystan Cummins and later scored a lay-up on a backdoor cut to make it a point game, 76-75. Following a timeout, Northwestern missed a three-pointer and the Mustangs fed the ball down to sophomore post Tyler Borchers, who scored the final of his game-high 24 points to put the hosts up 77-76, their first lead of the second half with two minutes left.

The teams traded misses on the offensive end until Morningside went up three (79-76) on a baseline drive by Brody Egger, who just beat the shot clock off a feed from Borchers with 23 seconds left. Northwestern missed on a three-pointer to tie it late and the Mustangs made one of two free throws to clinch it in the final seconds.

Colton Kooima led Northwestern with 23 points and pulled down a season-high nine rebounds. Derek Buysse scored 17, 14 in the first half, and both Francis (14) and Wedel (12) were also in double figures.

Back and forth action in the opening minutes led to five lead changes early until Morningside went on a 9-0 run, ending with a three-pointer by Alex Borchers and a jumper in the lane by Tyler Borchers, giving the hosts a 17-12 lead. Northwestern came back with 10-0 run of its own, draining three straight three-pointers (2 from Francis, 1 by Buysse) to take the lead back 22-17. The Red Raiders stretched their lead to as much as 11 on another three-pointer by Francis and held a 44-35 edge at the half.

Coach Korver’s squad shot 46% from the field and an even better 53% (9/17) from the three-point line in the first half.

Northwestern continued to lead throughout the second half, going up 12 (65-53) after a three-pointer by Parker Mulder with 10:40 left to play. Morningside began to rally, however, and made it seven-point game (65-58) until Kooima knocked down a long three-pointer to put the Red Raiders back up by double digits one last time at the six-minute mark.

The Red Raiders cooled off to 42% for the game, 43% (15/35) from the arc.

Tyler Borchers pulled down 16 rebounds to go with his 24 points, making 8-of-10 field goal attempts. Alex Borchers scored 15, most in the first half, and Egger added 14. The Mustangs held the edge on the glass (43-33), pulling down 10 on the offensive end. Both teams committed nine turnovers.

Northwestern and Morningside will both play in the NAIA Division II Championship, beginning next week in Sioux Falls, S.D. The NAIA will announce the pairings tomorrow night at 5pm via a selection show.

February 27, 2018 - 10:12 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Conner Huss of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his football and track and field careers at Northwestern College next year.

Huss is a 6’0”, 195-pound running back and linebacker who had a standout three-year career for MOC-Floyd Valley High School. Huss accounted for a team-high 80.5 tackles, including 64 solo stops and 11 tackles for a loss in earning first team all-district honors for the second consecutive year. He averaged over six yards per carry and totaled 529 yards and five touchdowns for the Dutch offense. Huss was named the team’s most valuable player and is also a three-time letter winner in track and field where he qualified for the state meet as a junior. Huss plans to major in criminal justice at Northwestern and is the son of Kerby and Carrina.

“Conner is an outstanding addition to our defense,” stated Northwestern head coach Matt McCarty. He is a physical, tough linebacker with excellent instincts and outstanding play-making abilities. Conner will excel in our defense and we are excited to watch him over the next four years.”

Northwestern College will play Morningside for the 2018 GPAC Championship, presented by Cypress Risk Management, on Tuesday night, Feb. 27. Tip-off for the title contest is scheduled for 7pm at the Rosen Verdoorn Athletic Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Both teams are ranked in the current NAIA D-II Coaches’ poll, with Northwestern coming in 11th with a 25-5 overall record and Morningside, the GPAC regular season champion, is ranked sixth and owns a 25-6 mark. Both teams are assured an automatic berth to the NAIA Men’s Division II National Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., which runs March 7-13 at the Sanford Pentagon.

Northwestern has won five GPAC postseason titles, most among all conference teams, including a 95-89 road win over Briar Cliff last year in Sioux City, Iowa. The Red Raiders also won the conference title in 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2012. They are 5-1 all-time in title games, losing in the championship to the University of Sioux Falls in 2007.

Morningside has won two postseason championships, most recently in 2013-14. The Mustangs also claimed the title in 2005-06 and are trying to win both titles (regular season / postseason) for the first time in program history (GPAC). They are 2-2 all-time in the title game, losing to Dordt in 2013 and to Midland in 2015.

Northwestern is 0-2 all-time against the Mustangs in GPAC postseason play, losing in the semifinals both in 2006 and 2013.

The 2018 Girls All-Siouxland Conference Teams were released Monday. Lexi Toering of Sioux Center was a unanimous selection for the first team. Other first teamers include Jordyn Van Maanan of Sioux Center and Zoe Heemstra of MOC-Floyd Valley.

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