October 13, 2018 - 9:32 pm - Posted in Sports

Scores on five straight possessions helped Dordt to a 50-23 win over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in GPAC play on Saturday afternoon in Mitchell, South Dakota.

The Defenders allowed a 25 yard field goal on Dakota Wesleyan’s first possession and then proceeded to score 26 unanswered to close the first half for a 26-3 lead.

Dordt’s first scored came on a Brock Lamle five yard run to cap a 13 play, 91 yard drive.  David Kacmarynski picked off a Wesleyan pass near midfield to get back possession for the Defenders and Markie Brandt was on the receiving end of an 11 yard Lamle pass for a 12-0 lead after the two-point conversion failed.

Another Wesleyan turnover gave Dordt the football at the Tiger 31 as Tyson Dahlgrin recovered a fumble forced by Jordan Weiland. Charley Young finished the drive with a two yard run with 5:59 left in the half and Dordt was up 19-3.

Casey Byker forced Dordt’s third takeaway with an interception and returned it to the Wesleyan 28 and Keithen Drury had six carries on the ensuing eight-play drive and plunged into the end zone with 15 seconds left in the half. Dordt took a 26-3 lead into the half.

Dordt made it five straight scores with a second half opening drive of 75 yards as Lamle completed a pass to Matthew Oh-Slack for 63 yards and a 33-3 lead.

Wesleyan had a kick return and Dordt a field goal to get the score to 36-10.  Wesleyan got as close as 36-16 with a 17 yard drive set up by a fumble.

Levi Jungling got into the scoring act with a 49 yard reception from Lamle with 4:22 left in the game but Wesleyan answered with 51 yard touchdown reception off a twice deflected pass.  Dordt’s Tyler Reynolds engineered a seven-play, 46 yard drive and capped it with a 12 yard run for the 50-23 final.

October 13, 2018 - 9:28 pm - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defenders survived a test by Concordia on Saturday, October 13 in GPAC volleyball at Sioux Center.

The first set wasn’t much of a test as the Defenders scored the first seven points of the set and rolled to a 25-10 win as the Bulldogs scored back to back points on two different occasions.

In the early going of set two Concordia turned the tables on Dordt and seized an 11-6 lead and pushed the difference to 15-9.  A Leah Kamp kill started a four point run and Lydia Smits recorded a kill to tie the set at 16-16.  Dordt’s first lead came on a Smits kill at 17-16 and Dordt pushed the difference to 21-19.  Dordt appeared poised to pull away but the visitors scored three unanswered  and led 24-22 with a chance to close out the set.

A service error got Dordt to within one and a Concordia attack error tied the set.  Dordt wouldn’t trail again, eventually winning 27-25 on a Julia Lindbergh kill.

Concordia grabbed another early lead in set three but dordt tied it at 14-14 and Dordt never trailed again. The Bulldogs did rally from a four point deficit and tied the set at 24-24 but a Kamp kill and an Ema Altena kill finished the set and the match.

October 13, 2018 - 7:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Lauryn Hilger put down a match-high 14 kills in leading 12th-ranked Northwestern to a 3-0 sweep over No.9 Midland in a GPAC match-up played this afternoon at the Bultman Center. The Red Raiders earned their third consecutive win and improved to 10-2 in the GPAC, 19-5 overall. Midland drops to 10-2 in conference action, 18-4 overall.

Northwestern dominated play at the net, totaling 10 blocks and hitting 23% compared to 11% for Midland. Hilger reached double figures for the 22nd time this season, totaling 14 kills, nine digs and two aces. Josie Blankespoor added seven successful attacks in 12 attempts, hitting 33% over the three-set match. Makenzie Fink added six kills and 2.5 blocks while Bekah Horstman accounted for a match-high five blocks, including three solo.

Northwest Iowa — Scammers continue to prey on unsuspecting northwest Iowans. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the latest flavor of scam includes a threat that the caller will be arrested.

Sioux County Sheriff’s officials are saying that numerous scams are being reported in the area. They say that the scammer says you need to contact them back within 24 hours or they will arrest you. According to the Sheriff’s Office, they have received reports of callers claiming to be with the IRS and scammers claiming to be with “local law enforcement.”

The Sheriff’s Office reminds folks that the IRS will not call, they send out letters. If Law Enforcement Officers leave a voicemail they will identify who they are and what agency they are with and will include their office number to call.

They tell us that law enforcement officers and dispatchers are aware of these scams; however, if you want to make a report you may call your local agency on their non-emergency line. Phone numbers are listed below.

Sioux Center Police Department: 722-0761
Orange City Police Department: 707-4251
Rock Valley Police Department: 476-5716
Hawarden Police Department: 551-4430
Sioux County Sheriff’s Office: 737-2280

October 12, 2018 - 10:42 pm - Posted in Sports

Rock Valley, Iowa — The #2 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks were able to grind out a 35-7 win against MOC-Floyd Valley at Nick Hulst Field in Rock Valley Friday night.

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The Nighthawks scored first in the contest. After forcing a Dutch 3-and out, JT Van’t Hul capped off a 48 yard drive with a 14 yard QB keeper to make it 7-0 early on. MOC-Floyd Valley responded later in the first with a 4th and goal score by Graham Mayrose to make it 7-7 after one quarter of play.

After Keaton Moser picked off a Colton Korver pass, the Nighthawks were able to turn that takeaway into points. Cody Post was on the receiving end of a 24 yard touchdown pass from Van’t Hul to push the score to 14-7 midway through the 2nd quarter. After another Dutch 3-and out, BHRV scored again. Van’t Hul kept it himself and scored from 3 yards out. Heading into the half it was 21-7 in favor of the Nighthawks.

Following another Keaton Moser interception early in the third, Sam Te Slaa was able to be on the receiving end of a 31 yard pass to make it 28-7 early in the second half. Into the fourth quarter, Kolton Korver fumbled the ball inside the Dutch 5, which the Nighthawks recovered, and the very next play Elliott Van Kekerix scored from four yards out to make it 35-7, and that would be your final.

The Nighthawks improve to 7-1 on the year, 4-0 in District Play and clinch the district title after CL/GLR topped Sioux Center. MOC-Floyd Valley falls to 1-7 on the year, and 1-3 in the district.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is on the road to end their regular season at Sioux Center. MOC-Floyd Valley hosts Okoboji to end their year.

October 12, 2018 - 4:44 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt will host Concordia on October 13 in GPAC play. The junior varsity match gets underway at 1:30 and the varsity match is scheduled for that 3:00.

Concordia is 13-8 this season and 3-8 in league play. The Bulldogs started the season 12-0 and have gone 1-8 since then with a win over Briar Cliff on October 5 in  a match played at Seward, Nebraska.

Concordia is averaging 12.55 kills per set while allowing teams 12.44. The Bulldogs get 2.18 points per set on blocks and allow 1.95. Concordia has a 101-65 ace advantage this season.

Dordt has a 18-2 record this fall and stand 11-0 in the GPAC. Dordt’s last loss was a 3-2 decision at Grand View on September 7.   Dordt’s other loss is a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Rocky Mountain.

Ema Altena leads the team with a 4.06 kill average and she has a .296 kill efficiency while getting to 2.43 digs per set and she has 17 ace serves this year.  Leah Kamp is averaging 2.76 kills per set with a .315 kill efficiency while Ally Krommendyk’s average is 2.24 with a .287 efficiency. Jessi De Jager and Julia Lindbergh are good for 1.73 and 1.85 kills per set respectively as Dordt averages 13.9 and has a team kill efficiency of .258.

October 12, 2018 - 3:55 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College returns home this weekend to play Midland in a GPAC match-up between ranked teams. First serve scheduled for 3pm. Northwestern, ranked 12th in the latest NAIA Coaches’ poll, has won two straight matches and currently sits in third place in the GPAC with a 9-2 record, 18-5 overall. Midland, ranked ninth in the last poll, is 10-1 and in second place in the conference, 18-3 overall.

Since its 3-0 loss to #8 Dordt on Sept. 22, Midland has rattled off four straight wins, all within GPAC play. The Warriors recorded three sweeps (Doane, Briar Cliff and Dakota Wesleyan) and knocked off a ranked Jamestown team on the road in five sets. Midland is second in the current GPAC standings with a 10-1 record, one game in back of Dordt and one game up on Northwestern. They are 18-3 overall, losing only to teams ranked in the top 10 (Viterbo, Grand View and Dordt).

With just over two weeks left in the regular season, 12th-ranked Northwestern is in third place in the GPAC with a 9-2 record, 18-5 overall. They are one game in back of Midland and lead fourth place Hastings by one game, holding the tiebreak with a win over the Broncos earlier this season. Northwestern concluded its three-match road trip with a 2-1 record, losing to Morningside and coming back to beat College of Saint Mary and Dakota Wesleyan.

October 12, 2018 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Many Iowa growers will be storing, not selling, their soybeans this harvest season, given low commodity prices and troubles with international trade.

Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl recommends farmers cool down the storage bin and make sure the moisture level isn’t too high when the beans are harvested.

For soybeans with a higher moisture content, it’s sometimes best to dry them using natural air and to avoid firing up the heaters.

Precautions need to be taken when drying soybeans.

Some growers might want to take their soybeans to a commercial elevator and run them through a corn dryer, but he says the risk of fire is far too great.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sheldon Marching Orabs will be one of more than twenty high school marching band from four states to take the field in Orange City Saturday for the 2018 Dutchmen Field Championships.

Normally the Orange City event takes place the same day as the State Marching Band Festival in Orange City, but that was not the case this year. Marching Orabs Director, Cliff St. Clair says it’s going to be nice to not have to rush to make both competitions.

The Dutchmen Field Championships mark the final competitive event of the year for the Marching Orabs. St. Clair says the kids are happy to see the competition season come to an end, and for good reason.

While Saturday’s competition in Orange City may be the finale to the Marching Orabs season, St. Clair says it’s just a transition for the Orab musicians.

Saturday’s Dutchmen Field Championships are hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley, and will take place at De Valois Field, on the campus of Northwestern College. The event is open to the public, for a small charge, with gates opening at 2:15 Saturday afternoon, with the first Class 1A Band, South O’Brien, taking the field at 3:00. The Marching Orabs are scheduled to perform Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

You can view the complete schedule for the Dutchmen Field Championships by CLICKING HERE.

October 12, 2018 - 12:48 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa– A semi-trailer was damaged in a fire that closed Highway 60 for a while on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, near Alton.

According to Alton Fire Chief Quintin Van Es, about 9:50 a.m., the Alton Fire Department was called to the report of a semi-trailer with its driver’s side back tires on fire near mile marker 15 southbound on Highway 60, just south of Alton.

The chief says the fire department saw lots of smoke and flames from the back of the tanker trailer as they approached the scene. He says they used caution at first because they weren’t sure what the trailer had in it. But after they found the driver and he assured them that the tanker was empty, they were able to extinguish it in about five minutes with some water, and poured more water on it to make sure it was completely out.

Van Es says no injuries were reported, but they did have to close Highway 60 for 20 minutes.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to have been either hot brakes or something mechanical in nature.

Chief Van Es estimates that there was about $10,000 damage.

He says they used about 1,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the eight firefighters who responded were on the scene for about 40 minutes. He says the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted on the scene, providing traffic control.