September 18, 2018 - 4:20 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Park (Mo.) remains in the No. 1 spot in the latest edition of the 2018 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday.

Park is one of three undefeated teams in the Top 25 poll. What sets the Pirates apart from the other two teams though is that they have not dropped a set to date.

Dordt jumps two spots in this week’s edition to tenth, while Northwestern nudges up to 15th.

2018 Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Sept. 18)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1ST PLACE VOTES] REECORD POINTS
1 1 Park (Mo.) [19] 11-0 560
2 2 Grand View (Iowa) [1] 12-0 542
3 3 Columbia (Mo.) 12-1 522
4 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 13-2 505
5 5 Viterbo (Wis.) 13-3 486
6 6 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 13-1 471
7 8 Midland (Neb.) 12-2 451
8 9 Missouri Baptist 13-2 430
9 10 Southern Oregon 14-0 418
10 12 Dordt (Iowa) 9-2 396
11 7 Westmont (Calif.) 11-2 367
12 14 College of Idaho 10-4 361
13 11 Hastings (Neb.) 8-2 336
14 25 The Master’s (Calif.) 14-3 315
15 16 Northwestern (Iowa) 11-4 289
16 19 Saint Francis (Ind.) 18-2 272
17 21 Eastern Oregon 10-4 236
18 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 9-1 233
19 17 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 14-3 229
20 23 Montana Tech 10-6 225
21 13 Vanguard (Calif.) 14-2 224
22 24 Bellevue (Neb.) 10-4 190
23 19 Madonna (Mich.) 11-1 174
24 NR McPherson (Kan.) 14-1 155
24 NR Central Methodist (Mo.) 14-1 155

Dropped from the rankings: No. 15 Providence (Mont.) and No. 22 Doane (Neb.)

Others receiving votes: SAGU (Texas) 107, Jamestown (N.D.) 90, Carroll (Mont.) 39, Providence (Mont.) 29, Corban (Ore.) 26, Reinhardt (Ga.) 22, Campbellsville (Ky.) 17, Marian (Ind.) 13, Trinity Christian (Ill.) 13, Morningside (Iowa) 10, Ottawa (Kan.) 9, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 5, Southeastern (Fla.) 3

September 18, 2018 - 4:19 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lauryn Hilger of Northwestern (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Valorie Flick of Saint Francis (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Marija Djonovic of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA National Volleyball Setter of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.

The trio was selected based on their performances from Sept. 10-16 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Hilger posted double-digit kills in each of Northwestern’s wins last week over No. 12 Dordt (Iowa) and RV Jamestown (N.D.). with 34 kills, 4.86 kills/set, a 0.500 attack percentage, and also added 14 digs, four service aces and two block assists to her stat line

September 18, 2018 - 2:24 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — There were some tense moments is western Sheldon Tuesday morning when police received a report of shots fired in the area of the Sheldon Motel, on Highway 18 West.

One witness tells KIWA they heard six shots in rapid succession. Sheldon Police and Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call.

Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says officers talked to several different people who heard the shots, and gave varying locations of where they might have originated. 

Bolkema says the investigation uncovered no spent shell casings, or any other other indication that shots had actually been fired. He says officers have no conclusive evidence to suggest exactly what caused the noises that were reported as gunshots.

September 18, 2018 - 11:57 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following Volleyball players-of-the-week for contests played September 10-16, 2018. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2018-2019 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Volleyball Players-of-the-Week

Attacker – Lauryn Hilger, Northwestern College (Outside Hitter)

Northwestern’s Lauryn Hilger is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Attacker-of-the-Week. Hilger, a senior, from Omaha, Nebraska, hit .500 and put down 4.9 kills per set against #12 Dordt and (RV) Jamestown. She recorded double figures in both matches and has hit for 10+ kills in 13 of the 15 matches played. She also averaged two digs per set (totaled 14) and served four aces for the 16th-ranked Red Raiders.

Setter- Jamie De Jager, Dordt College

Jamie De Jager of Dordt College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Setter-of-the-Week. De Jager, a senior from Sioux Center, Iowa, guided the Defenders to a pair of wins last week, including a 3-1 win over 16th-ranked Northwestern. She finished with week with a total of 79 assists, averaging 11.29 assists per set. In addition, she had four blocks, three kills and a pair of ace serves for the 12th-ranked Defenders.

Defender – Aubrey Drake, Dordt College (Libero)

Dordt’s Aubrey Drake is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Defender-of-the-Week. Drake, a senior from Rock Island, Illinois, had 14 digs in a win against Northwestern and 24 digs in a sweep of Dakota Wesleyan. For the week she also added two ace serves for the 12th-ranked Defenders.

September 18, 2018 - 10:38 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been sentenced to jail time, probation, and a suspended prison term after he participated in an assault this past winter, according to authorities.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 38-year-old James Earl Levi Wagner of Sheldon was sentenced for the crimes of assault with a dangerous weapon and harassment in the first degree, both aggravated misdemeanors.

Kunstle says that on January 23, 2018, law enforcement officers responded to a report of a man walking on Highway 60 in freezing temperatures. They found the man with bloody ice crystals frozen under his nose and shaking violently. Kunstle says that further investigation revealed the man was coerced under false pretenses into a vehicle and driven into the country by Wagner, who then physically assaulted the man and fired a 9mm handgun into the air to intimidate the man who immediately fled into the snow and cold.

Wagner was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term on the assault with a dangerous weapon count and to 75 days in jail on the harassment count. Wagner must also serve two years of probation, successfully complete anger management classes, and will be prohibited from possessing firearms for life, according to Kunstle’s office.

The trial for Wagner’s alleged accomplice, Dustin Engelkes of Sheldon was to have started this Tuesday, September 18th, 2018. But at last report, it had been postponed. The pretrial conference is now scheduled for October 1st and the trial is now scheduled for November 6th, according to Kunstle’s office.

September 18, 2018 - 10:04 am - Posted in Sports

Tyler Limmer and Connor Tupper earned GPAC Player of the Week honors Tuesday as announced by the league office. The awards are presented by the Great Plains Athletic Conference and Hauff Mid-America Sports.

Limmer, a senior, from Brandon, South Dakota, was integral in the upset of 14th-ranked Marymount California University, scoring the first goal of the night and earning the assist on the game winner. Limmer also scored the first two goals of the night against the Golden Eagles of La Sierra University. He only played 45 minutes in that match. Limmer has five goals and six assists on the season after seven games played.

Tupper, a senior, from Omaha, Nebraska, played a pivotal role in the Red Raiders 3-2 upset of 14th-ranked Marymount California. Tupper made numerous plays in the back that helped keep the Raiders in front. He also helped the team register a shutout against La Sierra.

The Raiders return to action Wednesday night as they host the University of Jamestown in their first GPAC match of the year.

September 18, 2018 - 9:28 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College held its position in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ poll released by the national office Monday.

The unbeaten Red Raiders are ranked fifth for the second straight week, totaling 308 points. They are one of two teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the top five (Morningside-2nd) and one of four league teams recognized in this week’s poll (Briar Cliff, Midland-receiving votes). Northwestern is 3-0 on the season.

Saint Francis (Ind.), the two-time defending national champion, owns the top spot once again, earning all 16 first place votes. Morningside, Southern Oregon, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and the Red Raiders round out the top five. 15 of the teams ranked in the top 25 are still unbeaten.

Northwestern heads to Mitchell, S.D. to play Dakota Wesleyan for a night game on Saturday, Sept. 22.

2018 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll Two (Sept. 17)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) [16] 3-0 366
2 2 Morningside (Iowa) 3-0 351
3 3 Southern Oregon 3-0 339
4 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-0 324
5 5 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-0 308
6 6 Marian (Ind.) 2-0 294
7 7 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-1 278
8 8 Concordia (Mich.) 3-0 253
9 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-1 237
10 11 Evangel (Mo.) 4-0 234
11 10 Grand View (Iowa) 2-1 231
12 12 Baker (Kan.) 2-1 204
13 13 Langston (Okla.) 1-0 194
14 16 Kansas Wesleyan 3-0 165
15 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 2-1 161
16 17 Cumberlands (Ky.) 3-0 155
17 19 Bethel (Tenn.) 3-0 145
18 18 Southeastern (Fla.) 2-0 139
19 20 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 106
20 21 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 2-2 98
21 22 Arizona Christian 3-0 87
22 NR Montana Western 3-0 85
23 14 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 2-2 41
24 23 Montana Tech 2-1 33
25 NR Faulkner (Ala.) 2-1 26

Dropped from the Top 25: Midland (Neb.), Sterling (Kan.)

Others Receiving Votes: Webber International (Fla.) 23, Avila (Mo.) 11, SAGU (Texas) 9, Midland (Neb.) 5, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 3, Tabor (Kan.) 3, Siena Heights (Mich.) 3.

September 17, 2018 - 3:11 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Five people were taken to a hospital, three of them by ambulance, after an accident on Saturday night near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:00 p.m., 16-year-old Zachary Rus of Sioux Center was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup eastbound on Third Street in Hull, when he entered a northbound curve onto Ibex Avenue and lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled.

Rus and a passenger in the vehicle, 15-year-old Josie Horstman of Hull were both transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Hospital. The Hull Ambulance took three other passengers in the vehicle, 15-year-old Trai Prachomphonh, 16-year-old Axcel Lira, and 15-year-old Mackenzie Barsley, all of Hull, to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Ford sustained about $5,000 in damage. The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Ambulance and Hull Fire Department assisted with the response to the accident, which they say remains under investigation.

September 17, 2018 - 2:38 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Peterson man who authorities believe was driving a car that was involved in a pursuit two weeks ago has been arrested. The pursuit started in Ashton, went through Sheldon, and ended up near Boyden on Sunday, September 2nd.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 23-year-old Shawn William Carter of Peterson on Thursday of last week He was arrested on two Osceola County warrants for allegedly eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor; and driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor. Carter was also charged with multiple traffic violations.

While the pursuit was headed through Sheldon, one of the passengers bailed out and was soon arrested by the Sheldon police department. Authorities have identified that passenger as 29-year-old Kevin Aaron Vail, of Spencer. He was charged in O’Brien County with possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, which is a class D felony, according to Iowa Code. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

After the car hit stop sticks near Boyden and crashed, the remaining passenger and the driver took off on foot. The remaining passenger was identified as 22-year-old Lacey O’Clair of Matlock. She was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts. The driver, believed to have been Carter, was not found that day but was arrested last week.

September 17, 2018 - 2:09 pm - Posted in Sports

The second RPI rankings are out according to the IAHSAA. Spirit Lake leads the area teams ranked 4th in Class 2A,  BHRV fell to 11th, and Sheldon jumps to 15th. Class 1A features West Sioux in 18th and West Lyon at 19th. Unity Christian fell to 27th. Hinton leads Class A area teams by being ranked 8th, Akron-Westfield is 16th, and HMS comes in at 26th.

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