August 31, 2018 - 10:24 pm - Posted in Sports

The 2A #1 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks rolled to a 40-7 victory over the Class 1A #10 Western Christian Wolfpack Friday night at A.R. Hesla Field in Hull.

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The Nighthawks jumped out to a quick lead 32 seconds into the game. JT Van’t Hul scored from six yards out to give BHRV the 6-0 lead early. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored again on their third possession of the game. Van’t Hul used his legs again to score from 36 yards out to push the score to 13-0. Late in the first quarter, the Nighthawks scored again. Elliott Van Kekerix pounded it in from 4 yards out making it 20-0. Early in the 2nd quarter, Brayton Van Kekerix took the quick slant from Van’t Hul 58 yards to make it 27-0, and Spencer Te Slaa was on the receiving end of a 59 yard catch and run to make it 33-0 heading into the half.

Both teams traded scores in the second half, and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley came away with the 40-7 victory.

The Nighthawks improve to 2-0 on the season, and will host West Lyon next Friday in Rock Valley. Western falls to 1-1 on the year and will travel to Sioux City to take on Heelan next week.

The latest IGHSAU Volleyball rankings are out, and LeMars Gehlen retains the 2 spot in Class 1A, while Harris-Lake Park falls to 12th. Class 2A features Unity still in the 2nd spot, and Western at #5. MOC-FV jumps into the rankings to fifth in Class 3A, while Spirit Lake falls down one spot to 15th.

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Janesville 5-0 1
2 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 1-0 2
3 Starmont 1-2 3
4 Holy Trinity Catholic 1-0 4
5 North Tama 5-1 5
6 East Mills 20 7
7 Tripoli 1-1 6
8 Montezuma 5-0 11
9 Westwood 1-1 9
10 HLV 1-1 10
11 Edgewood-Colesburg 4-1 12
12 Harris-Lake Park 4-3 8
13 Iowa Valley 2-2 13
14 New London 4-0 NR
15 Southeast Warren 7-3 14
Dropped Out: Seymour (15)

Class 2A
1 Grundy Center 8-0 1
2 Unity Christian 1-0 2
3 Beckman Catholic 8-0 4
4 Dike-New Hartford 2-2 3
5 Western Christian 4-2 5
6 Sidney 5-2 6
7 Council Bluffs St. Albert 0-1 7
8 Wapsie Valley 2-0 9
9 Tri-Center 7-2 8
10 Ridge View 2-0 11
11 Treynor 4-2 10
12 Lake Mills 2-0 13
13 Lisbon 4-0 14
14 Belle Plaine 6-1 12
15 Sumner-Fredericksburg 2-0 NR
Dropped Out: Central Decatur (15)

Class 3A
1 Kuemper Catholic 6-0 1
2 Tipton 4-0 2
3 Osage 2-0 4
4 Davenport Assumption 2-0 8
5 MOC-Floyd Valley 3-0 NR
6 Columbus Catholic 4-1 5
7 Iowa Falls-Alden 4-1 3
8 Red Oak 2-3 7
9 Camanche 5-0 9
10 West Liberty 4-1 10
11 Mount Vernon 2-0 12
12 Center Point-Urbana 11 6
13 Humboldt 5-1 NR
14 West Burlington 4-0 15
15 Spirit Lake 6-2 14
Dropped Out: Sioux Center (11), Roland-Story (14), Union (T-15)

Class 4A
1 Dubuque Wahlert 2-0 1
2 Cedar Rapids Xavier 2-0 3
3 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3-1 2
4 Dallas Center-Grimes 10-0 6
5 Waverly-Shell Rock 6-0 8
6 Pella 7-1 5
7 Independence 5-2 4
8 Bondurant-Farrar 6-1 11
9 Iowa City Liberty 5-1 NR
10 Bishop Heelan 3-3 12
11 West Delaware 2-2 10
12 Fairfield 4-0 13
13 Clear Creek-Amana 4-3 7
14 Oskaloosa 3-1 NR
15 Glenwood 6-3 NR
Dropped Out: Western Dubuque (14), Fort Madison (15)

Class 5A
1 Cedar Falls 8-0 5
2 Ankeny Centennial 7-1 1
3 West Des Moines Valley 5-1 2
4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 4-2 3
5 Linn-Mar 4-3 4
6 Waukee 5-3 11
7 Ankeny 3-4 6
8 Dubuque Hempstead 1-1 8
9 Pleasant Valley 4-1 12
10 Urbandale 7-2 13
11 Dowling Catholic 53 14
12 Iowa City West 2-3 10
13 Iowa City High 1-2 7
14 Southeast Polk 4-1 NR
15 Johnston 1-2 15
Dropped Out: Indianola (9)

August 31, 2018 - 9:08 am - Posted in Sports

It’s a battle of unbeaten state ranked teams at Hesla Field in Hull. Western Christian ranked number 10 in the latest Radio Iowa Poll plays host Boyden Hull Rock Valley. Western is coming off a win at MOC Floyd Valley last Friday. The Nighthawks take over the top spot in the 2A poll following a season opening win at home over West Sioux.

Nighthawk Head Coach Corey Brandt talks about what makes the Wolfpack dangerous.

Focus and finish is the key phrase this week.

Western Head Coach Travis Kooima feels the biggest challenge is matching up with the experience of the Nighthawks.

When it comes to a Wolfpack winning the time of possession will be especially important.

Jon and Justin Hellinga bring you season long coverage of the Nighthawks on KIWA FM 105.3 with kick off scheduled for 7pm.

August 31, 2018 - 8:58 am - Posted in Sports

Lauryn Hilger and Makenzie Fink both established career-highs in kills in leading No.7 Northwestern to a four-set win over Hope International (Calif.) in the first match of the GoSarpy.Com Invite played on the campus of Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb.

Individual game scores were 22-25, 25-14, 27-25 and 26-24. The Red Raiders won their third consecutive match and improve to 6-1 on the season.

Hilger hit a team-best .378 and put down a career-best 24 kills in 45 attacks to lead the Red Raiders. The senior has three matches with 20+ kills and has hit for double figures in six of the seven matches. Hilger added 13 digs for her third double-double. Fink nearly matched Hilger with a career-night of her own, totaling 23 kills in 48 attempts, hitting .292 on the leftside. The sophomore tallied 12 digs, her first double-double of the season.

August 30, 2018 - 3:59 pm - Posted in Sports

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.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish or troll with a tube jig or small minnow. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift fish or troll with a small jig.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 69 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Troll crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet of water. Channel Catfish – Good: With recent rains and more predicted for next week, cut bait or crawlers in areas where water is entering the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift a jig and minnow over deeper submerged vegetation. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift or troll a small jig tipped with cut bait or a minnow in 6 to 10 feet of water until you find the fish. Muskellunge – Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and near docks.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.

East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Excellent bite continues with good numbers of fish being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs or use small baits tipped with wigglers. Walleye – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Bluegill – Good: The bite has fluctuated with the changing weather, but persistence will be rewarded with good numbers caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers report catching large channel catfish after dark. Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish approaching 7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie – Good: Recent surveys show numbers of angler acceptable size fish up to 10 inches in the lake.

Ocheyedan Pit #1
Channel Catfish – Fair: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Fair: The walleye bite has slowed, but persistence will be rewarded with good catches of fish. Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch continue to be caught; start shallow on the outside line of the weed beds. Bluegill – Good: Reports of bluegill, crappie and yellow perch being caught in the Illinois Pondweed in 8 – 10 feet of water. Use a slip bobber and jigs to fish fast and find active fish.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish – Good: Reports of fish being caught from the river. Use traditional baits for the best “pole bending” action. Walleye – Good: Report of walleye action picking up on the river.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

August 30, 2018 - 3:57 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Laura Kruger, age 95, formerly of Boyden passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Madrid Home in Madrid, Iowa.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Boyden.

Burial will be at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery, rural Boyden.

Visitation will be after the graveside service in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

The Northwestern College football team kicks off the 2018 season at Valley City State University in North Dakota on Saturday.

The Red Raiders advanced to the quarterfinal round of the N-A-I-A playoff’s last season, and finished with a 10-and-2 overall record. Northwestern coach Matt McCarty says they are excited to get started.

Valley City State went 5-5 last season, but McCarty says they are expecting improvement this season.

Valley City State played their season opener last week, a two point loss to Jamestown. McCarty says the Vikings have had a chance to work through some of the kinks

Northwestern is ranked 7th in the NAIA preseason poll.

August 29, 2018 - 3:51 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — In addition to Celebration Days this weekend in Sheldon, there are also festivals in Hawarden and Sutherland.

In Hawarden, Chamber Director Cathie Brown tells us festivities get underway on Friday night with the West Sioux Football game, where an alumnus will also be inducted into the hall of fame. She tells us about Saturday.

Sunday’s activities start with an outdoor worship service at the community pavilion, says Brown.

Labor Day Monday is the big day at Big Sioux River Days, says Brown.

But that’s not all. Life in the southwest corner of Sioux County didn’t begin with Hawarden. It began with the village of Calliope, which was incorporated in 1882 and was once the county seat, but was annexed into Hawarden a few years later. But the people of Hawarden are trying to keep the memory of Calliope alive, and a number of activities take place there as well.

She says by the end of the weekend, you’ll probably be “stuffed and tired.”

Click here for the full schedule of events.

August 29, 2018 - 3:41 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Betty Lou De Bruin, 77, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 1, at 12:00 PM at Grace Community Church of Rock Valley with Pastor Joseph Terrell officiating.

Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be from 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, August 31, at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley.

Condolences may be left for the family at

August 29, 2018 - 9:02 am - Posted in Sports

Caleb Badura earned medalist honors in leading Northwestern to the team title at the Morningside Invite held this afternoon at the Whispering Creek Golf Club in Sioux City, Iowa.

Badura, a freshman from Aurora, Neb., shot an even par 72 in his collegiate debut and tied Jonny Douglas (Morningside) for first after 18 holes. Badura then made par on the first playoff hole to beat Douglas by one stroke.

Northwestern began its 2018-19 season with a 306, winning the team title by three shots over host Morningside (309). Midland finished one stroke in back with a 310, followed by the Morningside JV (312) and Doane JV (315). The Red Raiders junior varsity placed ninth out of 17 teams, carding a 325 in its season debut.

Sophomore Isaac Knock finished in the top 15, tying for 11th place with a 77 (+5), while fellow sophomore Jake Olsen tied for 16th with a 78. Austin Reitz (T24th-79) and Dana Van Ostrand (T33rd-82) round out the varsity scores.

Ryan Vaden led the junior varsity with an 80 to finish 29th, followed by Zach Riddle and Nick Bomgaars who both shot 82 and tied for 33rd.

Northwestern will play in the two-day Blue River Classic on Sept. 4-5, a two-day event held at Wilderness Ridge and The Highlands Golf Courses in Lincoln, Neb.