May 6, 2021 - 3:44 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has released their weekly fishing report for northwest Iowa. This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff. You can check the activity of your favorite lake or stretch of river, including which species are being caught, a rating of the bite (slow, fair, good or excellent), as well as a hot bait or lure pattern.

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Keeper-sized crappie have been picked up with minnows on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperature is around 60 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Bite is starting to pick back up again. Use a small jig with a small minnow in Town Bay around the fish house, along Ice House Point and in the marina. Fish are 8-12 inches. Bluegill – Slow. Walleye – Fair: Fish from shore with a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pick up perch with a small jig and minnow or piece of crawler fished under a bobber. Anglers are having luck fishing around the fish house in Town Bay. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 3 feet low. The west ramp is best option for launching a boat with the low water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig near shore in 5-10 feet of water. Some sorting is needed. Black Crappie – Good: Fish are starting to stage close to shore. Use a bare tube jig or a small jig and minnow fished under a bobber near shore. Bluegill – Fair. Walleye – Slow. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass anglers are doing well along shore and structure.

North Twin Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie have moved in close to shore. Try a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber along shore and along docks. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish for catfish along shore with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Fish from shore using a leech or minnow fished under a bobber.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are around 60 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Yellow Perch – Fair: Look for perch along shore using minnows fished on a jig. Fish are 8-11 inches. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use cut bait or dipped catfish baits fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Good: Fishing in the main lake and from shore has been productive, especially during late evening and low light conditions. Anglers have had luck throwing crankbaits as well as twisters. Also try a minnow or leech fished under a bobber from shore.

Water temperatures are around 60 degrees in most district lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a small minnow near down trees. Yellow Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Slow.

Clear Lake
Water temperature is in the mid-50’s. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish open pockets in the rushes. The bite will get better as the water warms this week. Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or crawler fished near vegetation and rocky habitat. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from docks. Best bite is after sunset. Yellow Bass – Fair: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties and docks. The bite at the Island is picking up; best time is at first light. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler in open areas of vegetation. White Bass – Slow.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Try a small minnow fished near woody habitat. Bluegill – Slow.

Rice Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a piece of crawler fished near vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use dark colored plastics fished around vegetation. Bluegill – Fair: Try a piece of crawler fished near vegetation.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. Most courtesy docks are in place. The water temperature is 51 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

Lost Island Lake
Anglers have had consistent success with yellow perch and a few other species this spring. Yellow Perch – Good. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: A nice crappie bite can be found with a little movement around the lake.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. Most courtesy docks are in place. Perch and panfish are slowly making their way in shallower, making shoreline and dock fishing more promising. The water temperature is 50 degrees. Yellow Perch – Fair.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. All courtesy docks are in place. The water temperature is 50 degrees. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

The walleye season is open. All courtesy docks should now be in place. The extended forecast calls for varying temperatures with highs in the 50’s to 60’s. Lake levels are currently lower, making navigation and launching more difficult. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

This is an image of a football on a field at night with the scoreboard and goal posts in the background.

Sioux City, Iowa — The Northwestern Red Raider football team upset the number 1 Morningside Mustangs Saturday afternoon in the national semifinals.

Number 6 Northwestern claimed the 44-41 win via a 75-yeard touchdown pass from Tyson Kooima to Michael Storey with 16-seconds left in the game.

Cade Moser picked up a school record 303 years receiving for the Red Raiders, and Kooima threw for 490 yards and three scores in the contest. Eli Stadler set a single-season record for field goals made, with 914.

With the win over Morningside, the Raiders advance to the Championship game where they’ll face Lindsey Wilson.

Sioux City, Iowa — The Dordt Defender volleyball team will play two matches at the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Sioux City, Iowa, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27 and 28. The Defenders will face Bellevue on April 27 at 3:00 pm and will play Park on April 28 at 10:30 am.

Bellevue enters play with a 17-5 overall mark and a 12-2 record in the North Star Athletic Association. The Bruins were 4-1 in 2020 before taking a four month hiatus from competition. Bellevue picked up play on February 13 and proceeded to go 13-4. Two of the losses were to Viterbo and another was in league play to Mayville State.

The Bruins are topped by Eve Fountain’s 3.72 kills per set average and a .275 kill percentage. Sierra Athen has a 2.79 kills per set average to go with 2.89 digs per contest. Jacki Apel is averaging 2.41 kills and Coree Lipovsky is good for 2.01 kills. Olivia Galas accounts for 11.29 assists per set and she averages 2.72 digs. Anna Koehler is the top digger with a 4.46 average and she ahs 15 ace serves. Fountain has a 3.31 digs per set average and leads the team in aces with 28.

Bellevue has a 13.84-10.4 kills per set advantage and have a team kill efficiency of .231. The Bruins get 1.91 points per set on blocks and 1.22 on ace serves.

Park is 20-3 this season and finished the Heart of America Conference play with a 12-0 mark. The Pirates lost to Rockhurst, Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State.

Nada Meawad is the team leader in kills with a 5.57 average and Noura Meawad is good for 3.05. Nada has a .316 kill efficiency and Noura has ,229 success at the net. Amanda Mendes is the leader in assists with an 11.21 per set average and she also gets to 2.44 digs per outing. The Pirates are led in digs by Noura Meawad’s 3.37 average and she also has a team high 42 ace serves.

Park is averaging 14.0 kills per set with a .235 kill efficiency and opponents are at 11.13 kills per outing with a .162 kill efficiency. Park is averaging 2.0 ace serves and 1.89 blocks per outing as well.

The Defenders are 15-6 overall and 11-5 in the league and won eight straight matches spanning the end of the 2020 portion of the schedule and the start of the 2021 semester.

Dordt is averaging 13.28 kills per set with a .243 kill efficiency and has a 84-65 ace serves edge. The Defenders also record 2.67 points per set on blocks while allowing 12.07 kills per set with 1.45 blocks against per outing.

Jessi De Jager is averaging 2.76 kills per set and Brenna Krommendyk’s average is 2.51. Krommendyk has a .402 kill efficiency De Jager is at .302. Krommendyk’s block average is 1.31 per outing while Alli Timmermans lifted her kill average to 2.48 as well and has a .349 kill efficiency. Corrina Timmermans is averaging 2.34 kills per set in a very balanced Dordt attack.

Hannah Connelly tops the Defenders with a 4.97 digs per set average and Corrina Timmermans is at 2.34 digs. Megan Raszler puts up 6.96 assists per set and Corina Beimers is averaging 4.72.

Dordt is 1-1 against Park and last played the Pirates in 2019. Dordt leads the series with Bellevue 12-5 and last played the Bruins on October 30, 2018 when Dordt won a 29-27, 25-11, 25-20 decision behind 14 kills by Leah Kamp and 13 by Ema Altena.

The match with Park in 2019 was part of a classic hosted by the Pirates in Parkville. Park won the first two sets 25-22, 25-19 and Dordt took set three 25-20 before the hosts won set four 25-16.

The top finisher in the pool advances to quarterfinal round play on Thursday, April 29. The semifinals and finals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday to bring the event to a close.

April 26, 2021 - 10:16 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — Football schedules for the 2021 and 2022 regular seasons are now available for all participating schools.

District and group assignments were posted in March following Board of Control approval. After a unique one-year cycle and adjusted playoff format in 2020, these schedules are in place for two years and include a new seventh classification.

The new Class 5A has implemented a success model for its group format and regular season scheduling.

Regular season football schedules are determined by the IHSAA. Regular season schedules for all other IHSAA sports are determined by member schools and their conferences.

Districts and groups are assigned by the IHSAA, then schools select preferred non-district opponents through a priority list. The IHSAA attempts to align schedules with as many priority list selections as possible, however, opponents and availability cannot be guaranteed.

 

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EIGHT-PLAYER

Practice for 2021 is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 9. The first official competition date for Week 1 is Thursday, Aug. 26.

Playing dates are currently listed for Fridays, but subject to change for Thursdays or Saturdays depending on host school and site availability.

The last week of the 2021 regular season for Classes 2A, 1A, A, and 8P is Friday, Oct. 15. The last week of the 2021 regular season for Classes 5A, 4A, and 3A is Friday, Oct. 22.

Schools in 2A, 1A, A, and 8P that do not qualify for the postseason may schedule a ninth game if they desire.

April 23, 2021 - 11:41 am - Posted in Sports

Fremont, Nebraska — The Northwestern College baseball team will head to Fremont, Neb., to face the Midland Warriors on Friday, April 23rd with games scheduled to start at 4 / 6pm. The teams will then switch venues as the Raiders will host the Warriors in Orange City on Saturday, April 24th, also at 4 / 6pm.

The Northwestern College baseball team enters the four game series in seventh place in the GPAC, with a conference record of 8-12, and an overall record of 15-21. The Raiders played Concordia in a four games series last weekend, coming out with one victory, winning the last game in 11 innings, 4-1. The Midland University Warriors are in ninth place in the GPAC, with a 7-13 conference record and an overall record of 18-23. Midland split with Morningside in a four game series last weekend.

The Raiders trail in the all-time rivalry against Midland, 38-45, dating all the way back to 1992. The Raiders have been dominate as of late, however, winning eight of their last eleven meetings. Northwestern is looking to extend a three game winning streak against the Warriors.

Des Moines, Iowa — Northwestern visits second ranked Grand View Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA football playoffs.

Grand View defeated Dordt 38-10 in the opening round of the playoff’s last Saturday, while Northwestern beat Dickinson State 31-7. Grand View’s defense is allowing under 10 points a game, and less than 200 yards in total offense a contest, but Head Coach Joe Woodley says the Northwestern offense directed by quarterback Tyson Kooima may give them their toughest test yet.

Woodley says the Raiders offense has a lot of talent.

Woodley says at this stage of the playoffs, there is very little margin for error.

Northwestern Coach Matt McCarty says the Raiders offense has to be patient.

He says Grand View’s offense can stretch the field, but everything is set up by the running game. He says they’ll have to play good team defense.

McCarty says turnovers, and special teams will play a big role.

April 22, 2021 - 4:07 pm - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College Softball team will be on the road this weekend for back-to-back doubleheaders against College of Saint Mary and No. 20 Morningside. Game time is set for 3 and 5pm on Friday, April 23rd in Omaha, Neb. The double header on Saturday, April 24th will begin at 1pm in Sioux City, Iowa.

The College of Saint Mary Flames enter the double header in 11th place in the GPAC with a record of 2-12, and an overall record of 7-24. The Flames have only won two games in the month of April, splitting games with Briar Cliff on Sunday, April 23rd, breaking a seven game losing streak. They were picked 10th in the preseason conference poll.

Head Coach Carolyn Todd Bray is in her sixth season at College of Saint Mary. Prior to College of Saint Mary’s, Bray spent almost ten years coaching in Red Wing, Minnesota, and then was an assistant at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota until 2015. The Flames have made two trips to the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament under Bray’s leadership.

Leading the GPAC, the No.20 Morningside College Mustangs have a conference record of 13-1, and an overall record of 35-4. Their only conference loss coming from Briar Cliff on April, 17th. The Mustangs were picked to win the GPAC in the preseason poll, and will play Dordt on Friday, April 23rd, before facing the Raiders on Saturday.

Entering her 22nd season as head coach, Jessica Jones-Sitzmann in the winningest coach of any sport in Morningside history with a 728-279 career record, .657 winning percentage. She was the assistant coach for the Mustangs for four years before taking over the head role. Six-time conference coach of the year, Jones-Sitzmann has led Morninside to 14 30-win seasons, nine NAIA tournaments, eight regular-season championshps, and eight GPAC post-season tournament championships.

The Northwestern College Red Raiders have a conference record of 10-4, good for third place in the GPAC standings, and an overall record of 23-9. The Raiders won five of their six games last week, sweeping Dakota Wesleyan and Hastings, and splitting with Doane.

Emily Bosch was named the GPAC Player of the Week for her play against Dakota Wesleyan, Hastings and Doane, the second time the senior catcher has received the weekly conference honor.

April 22, 2021 - 3:15 pm - Posted in Sports

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota wide receiver Caleb Vander Esch, linebacker Brock Mogensen, punter Brady Schutt and long snapper Dalton Godfrey were named to the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference Team as voted on by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media and announced Thursday.

In addition, defensive lineman Jacob Matthew, linebacker Jack Cochrane, cornerback Myles Harden and tight end Brett Samson received honorable mention. South Dakota played in just four games this spring due to cancellations posed by COVID-19, but these eight Coyotes were standouts nonetheless.

Schutt is a fifth-year senior from Orange City, Iowa. He was a first-team pick a year ago, a preseason all-American this year, and would be a first-team choice in any other conference. His credentials are top-notch. Schutt has the third-best average in the nation – a career-best 46.0-yard average – and he leads the nation’s top-ranked punting unit with a net of 43.7. The only other punter with credentials in that ballpark happens to play in the Valley in North Dakota State’s Garret Wegner.

ST. LOUIS – South Dakota State quarterback Mark Gronowski claimed three of the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s top awards, leading a 12-member Jackrabbit contingent on the all-conference team announced Thursday. Former BHRV Nighthawk Garrett Greenfield and Spirit Lake Indian Logan Backhaus earned first team honors as well.

A native of Naperville, Illinois, Gronowski was selected as MVFC Offensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year by a panel made up of the league’s coaches, sports information directors and media members.

In helping lead the Jackrabbits to a share of the MVFC title and the league’s automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, Gronowski racked up an average of 239 yards of total offense per game in six starts. He completed 76-of-133 passes (57.1 percent) for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns, while ranking second on the squad with 383 rushing yards and a team-best six touchdowns on the ground. He topped the 100-yard mark for rushing three times.

Gronowski is the second Jackrabbit to be honored as the MVFC Offensive Player of the Year, joining fellow quarterback Taryn Christion in 2016. He is the fifth SDSU player to be honored as Freshman of the Year, following Austin Sumner (2011), Jake Wieneke (2014), Christian Rozeboom (2016) and Pierre Strong, Jr. (2018), and is the first Jackrabbit tabbed as Newcomer of the Year.

Strong, a junior running back from Little Rock, Arkansas, repeated on the all-MFVC First Team after rushing for 453 yards in five games. He ran for two touchdowns and averaged 5.7 yards per carry, while also adding 12 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Also earning first-team recognition from the Jackrabbit offense was sophomore tight end Zach Heins. The Sioux Falls native caught eight passes for 151 yards during the regular season.

The SDSU offensive line, which paved the way for the Jackrabbits to average 29.3 points and 233 yards per game on the ground, was well-represented on the all-MVFC squad. Sophomore right tackle Garret Greenfield earned first-team honors, while left guard Mason McCormick was named to the second team and senior center Wes Genant received honorable mention accolades.

Greenfield, a native of Rock Valley, Iowa, was a two-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection during the season.

First-team honors on defense were awarded to defensive tackle Caleb Sanders, linebacker Logan Backhaus and cornerback Don Gardner. A junior from Glenwood, Iowa, Sanders registered 14 total tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. SDSU held opponents under 100 yards rushing three times in six regular season games.

Backhaus moved to the first team after earning honorable mention recognition in 2019. He ranked second on the team in total tackles with 39, as well as tackles for loss with 5.5. The senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, also intercepted a pass.

Gardner, a Chicago native, earned first-team recognition following a second-team selection in 2019. He tallied 28 tackles, including three for loss, and added three pass breakups and an interception this spring.

Back to the offensive side of the ball, sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Janke was honored on the all-MVFC Second Team after posting team highs of 20 receptions, 313 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Also receiving accolades were honorable mention selections Isaiah Davis at running back and kicker Cole Frahm. A freshman from Joplin, Missouri, Davis complemented Strong and Gronowski in the Jackrabbit backfield with 372 yards and five touchdowns. He topped the 100-yard mark twice and none of his 53 carries resulted in a tackle for loss.

Frahm booted a field goal in all six games and tallied a team-best 46 points. The Omaha native made 9-of-12 field goal tries and 19-of-20 extra-point attempts.

South Dakota State, 5-1 overall, has earned the top seed in the 16-team Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Jackrabbits open postseason play Saturday by hosting Holy Cross. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

April 22, 2021 - 2:46 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.

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Pick up keeper-sized crappie with minnows on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperature is around 50 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are still picking up crappie in Town Bay, along Ice House Point and in the marina, but the cool water has slowed the bite. Use a small jig with a small minnow. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use cut bait or shad fished on the bottom near any rock structure. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite has slowed with cooler water this week. Use a twister or a leach or minnow fished under a bobber. Walleye fishing on Black Hawk Lake usually starts to pick up the end of April and into May.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water levels remain about 3-4 feet low. The west ramp is the best option to launch a boat with the low water. The docks are in at the north, east, south, and west boat ramps. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or minnows on a jig. Black Crappie – Fair: Try tube jigs and a small minnow fished near structure. Bluegill – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

North Twin Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: As water temperatures warm, target crappie along shore and along docks using a tube jig or a minnow fished on a small jig under a bobber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom along shore.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Try a tube jig with a small minnow. Yellow Perch – Fair: Look for perch along shore using minnows fished on a jig. Fish are 8- to 11-inches. Some sorting is needed. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use cut bait or or dipped catfish baits fished on the bottom along shore. Walleye – Fair: Throw a twister or fish a minnow or leach under a bobber along shore. Best bite is evenings or low light conditions. Expect shore fishing for walleye to pick up as water temperatures warm over the next few weeks.

Water temperatures are around 50 degrees in most district lakes. The cool water has slowed the bite in some areas. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Cooler weather this week has slowed the bite. Water temperature is in the mid-40’s. The State dock on the north shore is in. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish open pockets in the rushes. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a piece of cut bait fished off the bottom on the wind swept shore. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are biting. Try a jig tipped with a minnow or leech fished near vegetation and rocky habitat. Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties and docks. Yellow Bass – Slow: Shore anglers are having some success fishing from the jetties and docks.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Slow.

Lake Cornelia
Yellow bass are biting on cut bait. Try fishing around the docks in the marina.

Lower Pine Lake
The courtesy docks are in.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try dark colored plastics fished around vegetation.

Upper Pine Lake
The courtesy docks are in.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place. The water temperature is 45 degrees.

Lost Island Lake
Anglers have been successful with yellow perch and a few other species this spring. Yellow Perch – Good. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Minnewashta Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: A nice crappie bite can be found with a little bit of movement around the lake.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place. The water temperature is 44 degrees.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is closed. Many of the courtesy docks are not yet in place. The water temperature is 44 degrees.

The walleye season is closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. The extended forecast calls for varying temperatures with highs in the 50’s to 70’s. Many of the courtesy docks are now in place. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.