November 17, 2019 - 5:40 pm - Posted in Sports

Colin Snyder was named to the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District team announced by the association’s national office earlier today.

Snyder, a senior exercise science major who carries a 3.91 GPA, is on of the four defensive linemen to receive the top academic / athletic honor from District 3. A four-year letter winner, Snyder has played some of his best football in his first season as a starter along the defensive front. He ranks among the GPAC’s top 10 in quarterback sacks (5.5) while also compiling 27 tackles, nine for a loss. Snyder will be a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete and was a NAIA Champions of Character recipient as a junior.

The 2019 Academic All-District® Football Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First- and second-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

Northwest Iowa — Class 1A District 1 foes West Sioux and West Lyon will meet in the State football semifinals on Saturday with a scheduled 1:00 pm kick off. During the regular season West Sioux won a week 7 matchup in Hawarden to claim the District Title in a tie breaker as both teams would end the regular season with one loss.   Following wins in the first two rounds of the playoffs both enter the dome with 10-1 records.

The West Sioux Falcons are looking for their third straight title. They won Class A in 2017 and 1A in 2018 and are back with top passing offense in state. Quarterback Hunter Dekkers enters game as Iowa’s all-time leader in career passing yards (10,327), with 1,510 yards going to Kade Lynott this season. The Falcons downed West Lyon, 35-28 in a week 7 district home game. The Falcons offense is averaging 45 points per game while giving up 16.6 per game. In 7 seasons West Sioux Head Coach Ryan Schwiesow has put together a 67-14 record.

The Wildcats are at the UNI-Dome for second time in three years. Their high-scoring offense is paced by full back Logan Meyer’s 1,138 yards and 21 TDs rushing on the season.  West Lyon is averaging 44.5 points per game while giving up 10.6 points per game. They are led by veteran Head Coach Jay Rozeboom who has put together 270 wins against 52 losses over 28 seasons.

The RPI rankings have West Sioux at #3 with West Lyon at #5. In the final Radio Iowa poll they were ranked #5 and 6 respectively.

Kick off is set for 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

 

 

November 14, 2019 - 1:47 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
Black Hawk Lake
The lake and marsh are frozen over, but open water fishing is possible at the inlet bridge and in the fish house shelter at Ice House Point.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Anglers have had success fishing the rivers with the colder temperatures. Target pools and deeper areas below riffles – most of these areas in the rivers are still ice free. Walleye – Fair: Use live bait or twisters in deeper areas below riffles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait and crawlers fished in pools.

Most lakes in West Central Iowa have frozen over this past week. Ice is not safe for fishing. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake froze over this week. Ice thickness varies from ½ inch to 2.5 inches; unsafe ice conditions for fishing. Walleye – Slow.

Most lakes in north central Iowa froze over this week. The ice is not thick enough for fishing. For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
East Okoboji is iced over. Ice conditions are variable; use caution.

Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake iced over this week and then mostly opened back up. Water temperature is 32 degrees.

West Okoboji Lake
Water is still open. Lake temperature is 36 degrees.

Smaller lakes have an inch or two of ice on them. Some of the larger lakes are still open or are partially frozen. Fishing reports from the district are very limited. Get your ice fishing gear ready and make sure you review your plan for winter conditions and being on the ice. Ice fishing safety equipment should be worn and easily deployed. Early season ice fishing can be some of the best, but can also put anglers in risky situations.For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

November 14, 2019 - 11:32 am - Posted in Sports

The Class 2A District 1 All District Team is out.

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock had the most players on the All District team with ten. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley put nine players on the team.

Sheldon Orabs on the team include Brian Bernal and Cole McDonald on the the defensive side, and Kaleb Ackerman Tyrel Lindermann, Evan Jungers, and TK Lang were on the offensive team.

Offensive MVP honors went to Kole Telford of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock. Defensive MVP went to Sioux Center’s Chayce Hooyer.

The Most Valuable Lineman went to CL/GLR’s Jarrett Meyer, and Special Teams MVP went to the Lions’ Carter Krull

CLASS 2A DISTRICT 1 All-District 1st Team
Defensive
SCHOOL NAME POSITION GRADE
CL/GLR Cole Hoogendoorn D-DB 12 MVP Offense & 1st Team Candidate
BHRV Cody Moser D-DB 12 Kole Telford
Sioux Center Matthew Bomgaars D-DB 11 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock – 12
MOC-FV Chadon De Haan D-DB 12
MOC-FV Michael Ruden D-DB 12
Okoboji Jaden Hell D-DB 11 MVP Defense & 1st Team Candidate
Okoboji Tyler Adams D-DB 12  Chayce Hooyer
CL/GLR Addison Metzger D-LB 12 Sioux Center – 12
CL/GLR Kalen Meyer D-LB 11
BHRV Gavin Dykstra D-LB 12
BHRV Dylan Miller D-LB 12
Sioux Center Jack Vogel D-LB 12 MVP Lineman & 1st Team Candidate
Sheldon Brian Bernal D-LB 11 Jarrett Meyer
Sheldon Cole McDonald D-LB 11 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock – 12
MOC-FV Dalton Jacobsma D-LB 12
Okoboji Cain Hanson D-LB 12
Okoboji Dawson Goecke D-LB 11 MVP Special Team & 1st Team Candidate
CL/GLR Jackson Jager D-DL 12 Carter Krull
CL/GLR Jerry Stratton D-DL 12 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock – 12
BHRV Chris Van Der Brink D-DL 12
Sioux Center Adam Mohning D-DL 12
MOC-FV Breckin Bomgaars D-DL 12 Ass’t. Coach of the Year
          Keith Van Beek
Offensive
SCHOOL NAME POSITION GRADE
CL/GLR Colby Postma O-QB 12
Sheldon Kaleb Ackerman O-QB 11
BHRV Kody Noble O-RB 11
Sioux Center Sam Vonk O-RB 12
BHRV Alex Godfredsen O-WR 11
BHRV Josh Heitritter O-WR 12
Sioux Center Eli Hibma O-WR 11
Sheldon Tyrel Lindermann O-WR 11
CL/GLR Carson Popkes O-OL 12
CL/GLR Bryce Vande Weerd O-OL 12
CL/GLR Dylan Winkel O-OL 11
CL/GLR Josh Riibe O-OL 11
BHRV Brandon Roemeling O-OL 12
BHRV Cade Van Zee O-OL 12
Sioux Center Ethan Hooyer O-OL 10
Sioux Center Isaac Hooyer O-OL 10
Sheldon Evan Jungers O-OL 11
Sheldon TK Lang O-OL 12
November 12, 2019 - 2:33 pm - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender men’s cross country team had six runners claim all-GPAC honors at the GPAC Championship meet run on Saturday, November 9 in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Eric Steiger (Sophomore; Lynden, Washington) took second with a time of 25:26 and Jacob Vander Plaats (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) was less than a second behind while recording 25:26 as well. Brooks De Waard (Sophomore; Lynden, Washington) ran sixth in 25:44 and Nic Veldhorst (Sophomore; Oostburg, Wisconsin) was seventh in 25:45.

Josh Rupprecht (Freshman, Cerritos, California) and Joe Anderson (Freshman; George, Iowa) ran 10th and 11th in 25:53 and 25:55 to complete the all-GPAC honorees for the Defenders.

Runners who finish in the top-15 at the GPAC Championship are considered all-conference for that season.

This is the third time Vander Plaats has earned all-GPAC honors while Steiger and Veldhorst are repeat honorees from 2018.

November 9, 2019 - 12:08 am - Posted in Sports

The 2019 Iowa High School Football semifinal pairings were released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Teams were placed in semifinal bracket per RPI ranking, with highest-rated team playing team with fourth-highest rating (1 vs. 4) and second-highest playing third-highest (2 vs. 3) and rankings listed in brackets are from the RPI at end of the regular season.

Class 4A
Friday, November 15
4:00—#1 Valley, West Des Moines vs. #7 Bettendorf
7:00—#3 Dowling Catholic, W.D.M. vs. #5 Cedar Rapids, Kennedy

Class 3A
Thursday, November 14
5:30—#2 Epworth, Western Dubuque vs. #3 Lewis Central
8:30—#1 Solon vs. #4 Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Class 2A
Saturday, November 16
4:00—#3 Algona vs. #4 OABCIG
7:00—#1 Waukon vs. #11 Williamsburg

Class 1A
Saturday, November 16
10:00—#1 Van Meter vs. #11 Regina, Iowa City
1:00—#3 West Sioux, Hawarden vs. #5 West Lyon, Inwood

Class A
Friday, November 15
10:00—#3 Saint Ansgar vs. #5 Grundy Center
1:00—#1 West Hancock vs. #6 Woodbury Central

Eight-Player
Thursday, November 14
9:00—#2 Turkey Valley vs. Don Bosco, Gilbertville
12:00—#1 Audubon vs. #4 St. Mary’s, Remsen

November 7, 2019 - 2:11 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
Black Hawk Lake
Less fishing activity this week since the cold weather, but anglers are still picking up perch and crappies. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber along the east end of the lake near the outlet Ice House Point and the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or power bait on a small jig fished under a bobber along Ice House Point. Walleye – Slow: Few walleye reports this week.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Anglers have had success fishing the rivers this week with the colder temperatures. Target pools and deeper areas below riffles. Walleye – Fair: Use live bait or twisters in deeper areas below riffles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait and crawlers fished in pools.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Less fishing activity this week due to cold weather, but fish are still being caught. Look for slightly warmer temperatures over the weekend to get out and go fishing. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits, crawlers and twisters fished from shore near the inlet and in the marina. Walleye – Fair: Use crankbaits, live bait and twisters near shore. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore, along docks and in the marina; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or power bait fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch perch from shore docks and in the marina using crawlers or small minnows.

Slightly less fishing activity this last week due to cold weather, but anglers are still having success. River fishing has been productive. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the upper 30’s. The courtesy docks have been removed for the season. Not much fishing activity reported this week with the cold weather. Walleye – Fair: Shore anglers are catching walleyes fishing at night.

Crystal Lake
The boat ramp is open. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching bass from shore.

Rice Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Use a jig tipped with a small minnow or piece of crawler along the north shore near the boat ramp; also try the deeper water on the south shore by the homes or by the outlet. Best bite is early morning and late evening.

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

November 7, 2019 - 12:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Paul Konechne, an assistant wrestling coach for Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, is being inducted into the Jackrabbit Hall of Fame.

Konechne is a 2 time national champion for the SDSU Jackrabbits and was inducted into the Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016. The induction takes place the weekend of November 9

This story comes from our News Partner, Lyon County News, Inc Newspaper in George.

The 2019 All Siouxland Conference Volleyball Teams are out.

Unanimous selections to the first team were Jazlin De Haan of MOC-Floyd Valley and Brooke Zylstra from Boyden-Hull. Orab sophomore Payten Lode was named to the first team. Sioux Center, Central Lyon, and Boyden-Hull each had two first teamers.

1st TEAM
*Jazlin De Haan MOC-FV Jr
*Brooke Zylstra Boyden Hull Sr
Payten Lode Sheldon So
Reagan Jansen Sioux Center Fr
Makenna Traver Sioux Center Sr
Sutton Schlumbohm Central Lyon Sr
Kiley Metzger Central Lyon Sr
Macy Verhoef Boyden Hull So
*unanimous selection

2nd TEAM
Brooklyn Meyer West Lyon So
Madison Van Meeteren Sheldon Sr
Karli Bomgaars MOC-FV Sr
Miah Bleeker Sioux Center Jr
Jewel Bergstrum Boyden Hull So
Sarah Boogerd Boyden Hull So

3rd TEAM
Carla Martinez MOC-FV Jr
Farrah Lewis Central Lyon Sr
Sydney Olson Sheldon Sr
Kennedy Kramer West Lyon Jr
Lexie Van Kekerix Rock Valley Jr
Kaci Klingenberg George Little Rock Sr

HONORABLE MENTION
Kiernan Groendyke MOC-FV Jr
Kaylee Vande Hoef Rock Valley Sr
Madilyn Matuska George Little Rock Sr
Emily Schuttte Sibley-Ocheyedan So
Brooklyn Grady Sheldon Jr
Natalee Greenfield Sioux Center Sr
Hayley Knoblock West Lyon Jr
Hayden Heimensen Central Lyon Jr
Charli Bomgaars Boyden Hull Sr
Camry Jones Okoboji Sr

VB All-Conference Teams 2019

Fall Academic 2019

October 31, 2019 - 2:32 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
Bacon Creek Lake
The DNR will stock trout at Bacon Creek Lake on Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and live minnows under a bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have picked up some walleye from Ice House Point and along the east shore near the outlet. Use twisters, crawlers or plastics on a jig head. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use crawlers and cut bait fished on the bottom from the East Shore near the outlet off the inlet bridge and from shore in Town Bay. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use traditional bass lures anywhere along shore. Yellow Perch – Good: Catch perch from shore along the east end of the lake near the outlet Ice House Point and the inlet bridge; use crawlers or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are having most luck fishing from the fish house and near the inlet bridge. Fish are 6-11 inches. Use a small piece of crawler or power bait on a small jig fished under a bobber.

Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill near structure using a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler. Yellow Perch – Fair: Find perch near structure in 5-10 feet of water. Use a small jig with a minnow or crawler.

Moorland Pond
The DNR will stock trout at Moorland Pond tomorrow, Nov. 1 at noon. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and minnows or crawlers fished under a bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Twin Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom from shore. Walleye – Fair: Try fishing next to shore with twisters or live bait. Fish range from 11 up to mid-20 inches long. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or small power bait.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits, crawlers and twisters fished from shore and near the inlet. Walleye – Fair: Use crankbaits, live bait and twisters near shore on the east shore, north shore and near the inlet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom from shore. Black Crappie – Fair: Find crappie near shore, along docks and in the marina; use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or power bait fished under a bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch perch from shore docks and in the marina using crawlers or small minnows.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 40’s. Most of the courtesy docks have been removed for the season. Walleye – Fair: Shore anglers are catching walleyes fishing at night. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift fish a small jig tipped with a small piece of crawler in 4 to 6 feet of water. Best bite is mid-morning.

Crystal Lake
The boat ramp will open Nov. 4th. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching bass from shore.

Rice Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Use a jig tipped with a small minnow or piece of crawler along the north shore near the boat ramp; also try the deeper water on the south shore by the homes or by the outlet. Best bite is early morning and late evening. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on a variety of baits.

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

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught along the weed line and around remaining docks; use small jigs tipped with a worm. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass size quality has been fairly good; fish are being caught in 9-10 feet of water and from docks in the evening. Use small jigs or crankbaits. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing around some of the bridges has picked up. Try in the evening with crankbaits and a jig and minnow.

Lost Island Lake
Reports have been sporadic, but recent sampling shows plenty of gamefish in shallow feeding and getting ready for winter. Walleye numbers continue to be good. Walleye – No Report: Use crankbaits or a jig and minnow fished in the evening or after dark. Try wader fishing with swim baits or a jig and minnow just before dark.

Scharnberg Pond
The DNR stocked 1500 rainbow trout on Oct. 26th. Ice formation may put a pause on fishing. Contact the Clay County Conservation Board to get an update on water conditions. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Use small spinners, cast small jigs or fish jigs under a bobber. This is a great time to take a kid fishing.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Some reports of good walleye fishing. Fall sampling shows great numbers of nice sized walleyes in the lake. Walleye – Good: Try plastic baits and/or jig and minnow fished from shore in the evening.

Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 40 degrees and is falling. Walleye – Good: Fishing in the evening and early morning near shore or with waders has been the most productive. Numerous wader anglers have been out in the evening. Yellow Perch – Good: Perch are being caught in and around the aquatic plants in 8-10 feet of water. Some yellow perch are being caught in deeper water on the basin, but are harder to find. Use minnows or tube jigs. Size quality continues to be good with some sorting. Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Smallmouth bass fishing reports have been sporadic. Smallmouth will be hunting over the weeds and points. Try casting plugs.

Trumbull Lake
Trumbull Lake was renovated in 2012 and restocked with yellow perch and northern pike. Those efforts have yielded better water quality and habitat. Perch growth has been excellent. Anglers are catching several year classes of perch with the largest fish topping 13 inches. Access is best with smaller boats on this shallow natural lake. Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has been tough in the recent weather pattern. Larger perch are being caught sporadically with some sorting. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few nice northern pike.

Tuttle Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has picked up along shore in the evenings.

Virgin Lake
This shallow natural lake was renovated and restocked with perch, walleye, and northern pike a few years ago. Fish are now good size. The lake is best accessed with smaller boats and kayaks/canoes. Walleye – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good: Use minnows on a jig and slip bobber.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 45 degrees and is falling fast. Fall turnover occurred during the week of Oct. 7th – fish can now access all parts of the lake. Water clarity is over 20 feet. Walleye – Good: Fish are being caught in the evening and after dark. Anglers are pulling plugs or casting shallow. Wader fishing has been good.

Water temperatures on the big natural lakes has dipped into the low 40’s. Some of the shallow lakes being reported this week are starting to form ice. The larger lakes should provide a little more time for open water fishing. Walleye fishing around the district has been reported as good. A flurry of activity has hit right at the end of the open water season. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.