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.

April 22, 2021 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Sports

Vermillion, South Dakota — Matthew Horstman recorded a pair of top five finishes in leading the Northwestern College men’s track and field team and Becca Bindert recorded a top five finish in leading the Northwestern College women’s track and field team at the USD Twilight meet held Wednesday in Vermillion, S.D.

Horstman crossed the finish line second in the 400m hurdles (58.38) and then placed fifth in the 110m hurdles (16.7).

Northwestern athletes totaled 22 top 10 finishes; three Raiders (Preston Pfaffle, Wyatt Bunn and Cade Pedersen) placed in the 100m; three more in the 1500m (Jakob Van Der Werff, Ben Aberson and Joseph Kunert).

Four Raiders were in the top 10 in the 100m hurdles (Horstman, Ben Thelander, AJ Schaefer and Pedersen). Aaron Shepard, Thelander and Harland Groves placed 5th, 9th and 10th, respectively, in the high jump.

Less than a week after qualifying for nationals in the shot put at the Sioux City Relays, Bindert placed fifth among an 18-athlete field that featured several from NCAA D-I institutions. The senior had a mark of 12.54m (41-01.75), best among the NAIA athletes competing.

Emma Jenness finished fifth in the 400m hurdles (1:12.9) while Abby Petersen placed sixth in the 100m (13.7).

Men’s Top 10 Finishers:
100m:
3rd – Preston Pfaffle: 11.67
4th – Wyatt Bunn: 11.98
6th – Cade Pedersen: 12.18

400m:
9th – Dennis Pederson: 52.77

1500m:
5th – Jakob Van Der Werff: 4:15
9th – Ben Aberson: 4:23
10th – Joseph Kunert: 4:24

5000m:
7th – Levi Cross

110m Hurdles:
5th – Matthew Horstman: 16.7
6th – Ben Thelander: 16.8
8th – AJ Schaefer: 18.2
10th – Cade Pedersen: 20.1

400m Hurdles:
2nd – Matthew Horstman: 58.38

High Jump:
5th – Aaron Shepard: 1.87m
9th – Ben Thelander: 1.77m
10th – Harland Groves: 1.77m

Long Jump:
6th – Harland Groves: 6.23m
7th – Dexter Wiese: 6.0m

Shot Put:
7th – William Minnick: 12.73m
10th – Brody Dauer: 11.55m

Javelin:
3rd – Ben Thelander: 43.13
5th – Aaron Eckmann: 40.7

Women in the Top 10:
100m:
6th – Abby Petersen: 13.73
8th – Elissa O’Dell: 14.0
9th – Shaylee Yates: 14.05
10th – Alyssa Feeley: 14.09

100m Hurdles:
9th – Emma Jenness: 17.5
10th- Morgan Altman: 17.9

400m Hurdles:
5th – Emma Jenness: 1:12

4×100 – 2nd: 53.54 (Petersen, Feeley, O’Dell, Yates)

Long Jump:
7th – Katie Jacob: 4.79m (15-08.75)

Shot Put:
5th – Becca Bindert: 12.54m
10th – Emily Kraft: 10.97m

April 22, 2021 - 12:09 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — The first IGHSAU soccer rankings are out.

In Class 1A, Unity Christian is ranked #14, and Spencer is 12th in Class 2A
Class 1A
No.
School
W-L
1
Davenport Assumption
4-1
2
Waterloo Columbus Catholic
6-0
3
Gilbert
3-3
4
Treynor
5-1
5
Iowa City Regina
4-1
6
Denver
1-1
7
Dubuque Wahlert Catholic
3-0
8
Tri-Center
5-1
9
Nevada
3-3
10
Van Meter
6-1
11
Underwood
3-1
12
Des Moines Christian
5-0
13
Dike-New Hartford
4-1
14
Unity Christian
5-1
15
Center Point-Urbana
3-4
 
Class 2A
No.
School
W-L
1
Cedar Rapids Xavier
2-1
2
Waverly-Shell Rock
3-2
3
Lewis Central
6-1
4
North Polk
5-1
5
Norwalk
6-0
6
Pella
5-1
7
Carlisle
6-0
8
Clear Creek-Amana
5-0
9
Mount Vernon
6-0
10
ADM
5-2
11
Dallas Center-Grimes
4-2
12
Spencer
6-2
13
Glenwood
7-2
14
Burlington Notre Dame/W. Burlington
3-1
15
North Scott
4-4
 
 
Class 3A
No.
School
W-L
1
Pleasant Valley
8-0
2
Ankeny Centennial
5-1
3
Linn-Mar
5-1
4
Dowling Catholic
5-0
5
Waukee
2-1
6
West Des Moines Valley
5-1
7
Ankeny
3-2
8
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln
6-1
9
Iowa City High
2-1
10
Johnston
4-1
11
Muscatine
4-1
12
Bettendorf
4-2
13
Iowa City West
3-3
14
Des Moines Roosevelt
1-2
15
Cedar Falls
5-2

Vermillion, South Dakota — The Dordt track and field team had competitors at the USD Twilight Invite in Vermillion, South Dakota. For many this is the final competition before the GPAC Championship start list is formulated.

Dordt Men’s top-eight finishers:

Pole Vault
Luke Bousema 1st 14-7.25

High Jump
Grant Brouwer 4th 6-3.75

Long Jump
Joshua Deines 4th 20-9.25

Javelin
Tim Huizenga 6th 132-5.75

1500 Meters
Brooks De Waard 4th 4:12.87
Kendall Van Zanten 7th 4:22.54

110 Hurdles
Ian McGaughey 7th 17.19

400 Meters
Jackson Corkill 3rd 51.32
Jonathan Eisma 6th 52.18
Trevin Hulstein 7th 52.64

800 Meters
Lance Van Zee 5th 2:01.02
Grant Brouwer 7th 2:01.92

400 Hurdles
Ian McGaughey 3rd 58.71

200 Meters
Jonathan Eisma 8th 23.21

3,000 Meter Steeplechase
Franklin Reinders 1st 10:04.17
Bailey Vander Griend 3rd 10:36.13
Ben Schmidt 4th 10:45.31
Zach Elbers 5th 10:57.05

Dordt Women’s top-eight finishers:

High Jump
Cassie Brandsma 4th 5-0

Long Jump
Ashley Vandermeer 5th 16-1

Pole Vault
Janessa Minderhoud 3rd 8-9.25

Triple Jump
Paige Decker 3rd 33-7.5
Ashley Vandermeer 4th 33-4.75
Mikayla Balt 8th 32-2

4×100
1st (Kate Gross, Kacy Haynes, Ashley Vandermeer, Mary Kate Bandstra) 52.02

400 Meters
Mika Kooistra 1st 58.62
Anna Herman 5th 63.72
Grace Kooistra 8th 68.72

100 Meters
Julia Yoder 2nd 13.12
Erika Nikkel 3rd 13.43
Ashley Vandermeer 5th 13.56

800 Meters
Whitney Minderhoud 4th 2:31.77
Johanna Zylstra 6th 2:33.74
Alexa Fredericksen 7th 2:34.00

400 Hurdles
Ella De Jong 6th 1:15.65

200 Meters
Julia Yoder 8th 28.01

4×400
2nd (Anna Herman, Cassie Brandsma, Kate Gross, Mary Kate Bandstra) 4:16.90

Javelin
Lauren Van Ee 4th 107-1.5
Hannah Rowe 6th 103-10.25

April 21, 2021 - 4:07 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Emily Alons, a senior at Unity Christian High School (Iowa), has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender soccer program.

“We are very excited for Emily to be joining our program in August. Emily has a tremendous work ethic and is hustler on the field. She is an individual who is determined to grow in her game and invest into her teammates. Those two things make her a great addition to the 2021 recruiting class,” said Dordt soccer coach Alex Durbin.

Alons earned second-team all-conference honors two years ago and last season was wiped out due to COVID. A starter since her freshman season, Alons has four goals and an assist and has served as team captain during two seasons. She’s played striker and attacking midfield. She had seven goals and 20 assists during her sophomore season.

“I chose Dordt because of the Christian environment and great social work program. I also really enjoyed the soccer program and the positive atmosphere created by the team,” said Alons.

Emily is he daughter of Jason and Michelle Alons. She plans to study Social Work at Dordt.

April 21, 2021 - 10:14 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa– The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following men’s outdoor track & field athletes-of-the-week for events held April 12-18, 2021. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2020-2021 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Track Events – Matthew Van Eps, Dordt University

Matthew Van Eps of Dordt University is this week’s track athlete-of-the-week. Van Eps, a senior from Prinsburg, Minnesota, won the 800 in dramatic fashion at the Jim Dutcher Classic, coming from behind to post a 1:50.3 for the second fastest time in the NAIA. He then came back to anchor the 4×400 relay team to a 3:16.08 for the second fastest time in the NAIA this season. His 800 time met the automatic standard for NAIA National Championship and the 4×400 time met the provisional standard. His 800 time is a personal best.

April 21, 2021 - 10:03 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa — Josie Byl, a senior at Unity Christian High School (Iowa), has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender soccer program.

“We are excited to welcome Josie to the soccer program. Josie has phenomenal work ethic and tenacious on defense. She works hard on the field and we look to having her competitive nature in our program come August,” said Dordt soccer coach Alex Durbin.

Byl earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a sophomore and has played midfielder at Unity.

“I chose Dordt because of its great Christian atmosphere and its strong community,” said Byl.

Josie is the daughter of Henry and Karla Byl of Sioux Center, Iowa. She’s undecided on her field of study.

April 20, 2021 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Dylan Hendricks was named an All-American for the 2020 NAIA Cross Country season by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Tuesday.

Athletes from member institutions earned All-America accolades by finishing among the top-40 athletes in their gender’s respective races at the 2020 NAIA Cross Country Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on April 9.

Hendricks finished 25th at this year’s championship, completing the 8K course in a personal-best time of 25:10. He is the second runner in program history to earn All-American honors (Will Norris – 2016) and his 25th place finish is the second best by a Raider men’s runner.