April 24, 2017 - 9:49 am - Posted in Sports

NWCwrittenoutNorthwestern College athletes recorded 16 top five finishes this weekend at the Sioux City Relays. The two-day event was held at Olsen Stadium in Sioux City, Iowa.

The women’s 4×100 relay was one of the highlights of day two as the team of Jahdai Dunk, Jana Vermeer of Rock Valley, Devin Bloemendaal and Anna Heusinkveld posted a new school record time of 49.03. They placed fourth out of 10 teams, second fastest among NAIA teams.

The men’s 4×100 relay finished second with a time of 43.10, less than a second in back of Morningside. Relay members include Brady Butters, Derrick Akers, Nathan Wedel and Leve TeBrink.

A total of seven relays, three for the women and four on the men’s side, placed in the top five. Others not mentioned prior; women’s sprint med (5th), women’s 4×400 (4th), men’s 4×200 (4th), men’s sprint medley (4th) and men’s 4×400 (3rd).

Katie Bosch and Jahdai Dunk were among the top individual finishers for the women on day two. Bosch placed third in the 1500m with a time of 4:34 and Dunk posted the fourth fastest time in the 100m (12.38).

For the men’ team, Peter Hollinger and Tanner Goetsch finished third and fourth in the 1500m in times of 3:58 and 4:00.

Cody Bauman of Inwood placed 3rd in the Shot Put with a throw of 51′ 11.75″.

April 24, 2017 - 9:42 am - Posted in Sports

football 1Iowa City, Iowa — The spotlight was on quarterbacks Nathan Stanley and Tyler Wiegers at the University of Iowa’s annual spring football game Friday night at Kinnick Stadium. But Jake Gervase stole the show.

The junior free safety from Davenport, Iowa, was in the starting lineup because returning starter and West Lyon graduate Brandon Snyder suffered a significant knee injury earlier this spring.

Gervase had three interceptions before an announced crowd of 16,500. Gervase returned one of those interceptions for a 59-yard touchdown as the Gold team beat the Black team, 63-47.

Kirk Ferentz, entering his 19th season as the Hawkeyes’ head coach, said he has seen individual growth from several players over the course of 15 practices. On Friday, he singled out several performances.

“It was good to see Jake Gervase have a good night like that,” Ferentz said. “I thought Toren Young did some good things as well, and some of the safeties really showed up, which was good to see. We’re going to need help from everybody here as we move on.”

Young, a redshirt freshman running back, is competing for playing time alongside Akrum Wadley, who didn’t play in Friday’s game.

Iowa hasn’t entered a fall camp with a quarterback competition since 2013, when Jake Rudock emerged in a battle with C.J. Beathard and Cody Sokol. Neither Wiegers, the backup to Beathard in 2015, or Stanley, the backup to Beathard in 2016, has emerged as the leader for the job this spring.

Asked who would start if the season opener against Wyoming was tomorrow, Ferentz said, “Oh, man. We’d be in trouble, period.  We’d probably do a coin toss, literally do a coin toss, but luckily we’re going to have at least 15, 18 practices before we make that decision.”

Gervase picked off Wiegers twice and Stanley once.

April 21, 2017 - 10:44 am - Posted in Sports

track and field 1State qualifying track and field meets will be held state wide on Thursday, May 11th. The top 2 finishers at each meet and the next top 8 will move on to the State Meet in Class 3A and 2A. In Class 1A the top finished plus the next 14 top performances move onto State Track and Field. George-Little Rock and Central will be at West Sioux for Class 1A, and West Lyon will be in Sioux Center for Class 2A.

Here is a link to all district sites in all classes

Class 1A
Class 2A
Class 3A
Class 4A

April 19, 2017 - 9:36 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) N/A.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) N/A.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough N/A.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake N/A.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) N/A.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair.
Vermillion Walleyes fair late afternoon and evening.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin A few bass, crappie, and perch.
Diamond A few walleye.
Scott’s Slough N/A
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) N/A.
Thompson A few walleyes and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood A few walleye.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake few reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bl;uegills.
West Okoboji A few perch and bluegills.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few perch.
Sarah Few reportas.
Benton Few reports.
East Twin Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.
April 19, 2017 - 8:24 am - Posted in Sports

ihsaa_officeDes Moines Iowa —  One hundred sixty-six prep officials will be honored at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 23rd Annual Officials Recognition Banquet and Awards Ceremony, Saturday, April 29 at Iowa Events Center – Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.

Festivities will start with a 5:30 p.m. social hour in the Hall of Pride followed by dinner, a featured speaker and the Awards Program. Seventy-eight officials will receive plaques for 15 years of service with 30 being honored for 25 years of work and 26 will receive a plaque for 35 years of officiating. Among those being honored for 50 years will be Craig Snider of Spirit Lake.

15 year honorees include Curt Strouth of Sheldon, Brian Cole of Paullina, Alan Loutsch of Remsen, Jade Beehler of Spencer and Steven Sieperda of Rock Rapids. 35 year honorees include Mark Brighton and Jerry Moster of Marcus.

The aspiring new officials include Beth Woodall of Sutherland representing the Northwest District. In the Official of the year category Curtis Anderson of Paullina was named for girls cross country.

April 12, 2017 - 3:34 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Here’s the Easter week version of the Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report. Plus Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler, continues to discuss the non-meandering water bill. Happy Easter everyone!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) N/A.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) N/A.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough N/A.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake N/A.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes, fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Unsafe ice.
Vermillion Opening up.
Lake Herman Unsafe ice.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin Opening up.
Diamond Unsafe ice.
Scott’s Slough N/A
Island N/A.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) N/A.
Thompson A few walleyes.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood A few walleye.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake few reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bl;uegills.
West Okoboji A few perch and bluegills.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few perch.
Sarah Few reportas.
Benton Few reports.
East Twin Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.

West Des Moines Iowa — Spring drills continue for an Iowa team that went 6-3 in the Big Ten last season despite a number of problems on offense. The Hawkeyes are hoping a coaching overhaul can get its attack on track.

Though Iowa’s defense might be more set than its offense this spring, it did lose a key piece on Thursday when safety Brandon Snyder tore an ACL. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said Friday the former West Lyon standout is likely out for the season. Snyder, a 13-game starter last season ranked third on the team in tackles, led the team by forcing three fumbles and shared the team lead with three interceptions during his first year in the lineup. Ferentz said Snyder suffered the injury during a special teams drill near the end of Thursday morning’s practice.

Iowa (8-5 in 2016) has a new coordinator and running backs coach – Brian Ferentz, the 34-year-old son of coach Kirk Ferentz and a former lineman for the Hawkeyes and new faces leading the quarterbacks, wide receivers and offensive line. The Hawkeyes conclude spring practice with a scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium on April 21.

The biggest hot spot for the offense is the wide receiving corps coming off a 30-3 bowl game loss to Florida. Nick Easley, the rare junior college transfer brought in during Kirk Ferentz’s nearly two decades in charge, has emerged as a name to watch.

Easley, who caught 72 passes for 954 yards and seven TDs for powerhouse Iowa Western, earned a spot on spring depth chart before his first practice in Iowa City. With Jerminic Smith out for the spring because of academic issues, Easley, Devonte Young and Adrian Falconer have slid into prominent roles in the new offense. Iowa also needs a new quarterback to replace likely NFL draft pick C.J. Beathard. Sophomore-to-be Nathan Stanley is listed as a starter on the depth chart, but Kirk Ferentz said Friday that the situation is “clearly cloudy.” Stanley and Tyler Wiegers are competing for the Number one job, with Ryan Boyle and Drew Cook trailing behind.

April 5, 2017 - 2:03 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Todd Heitkamp, the Owner of Dakota Angler discusses the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report. In Todd’s Tackle Tips, he talks about the recent hot topic of the Non-Meandering Water Bill in South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for walleye and pike. A few perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes, fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Unsafe ice.
Vermillion Opening up.
Lake Herman Unsafe ice.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin Opening up.
Diamond Unsafe ice.
Scott’s Slough Unsafe ice.
Island Unsafe ice.
81 Ponds Unsafe ice.
George WPA Unsafe ice.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Unsafe ice.
Thompson Unsafe ice.
Brandt Unsafe ice.
Whitewood Unsafe ice.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Unsafe ice.
Henry WPA Unsafe ice.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Unsafe ice.
Mitchell Unsafe ice.
Menno Opening up.
Beaver Unsafe ice.
Sinai Unsafe ice.
Brush Unsafe ice.
Loss Unsafe ice.
East Oakwood Unsafe ice.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Unsafe ice.
Silver Lake Unsafe ice.
East Okoboji Unsafe ice.
West Okoboji Unsafe ice.
Lake Pahoja Unsafe ice.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Unsafe ice.
Sarah Unsafe ice.
Benton Unsafe ice.
East Twin Unsafe ice.
Round Unsafe ice.
Okabena Unsafe ice.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.
April 3, 2017 - 8:29 am - Posted in Sports

Special OlympicsSioux Center, Iowa — Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Sioux Center Athletic Field. If there is inclement weather, they will go indoors to Dordt’s Gym and Rec Center.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:45 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15 pm. There are 400 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old.

Our counties for athletes are Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford as our Special Olympic NW District area. Athletes may participate in 2 events and run with a relay team. There are over 200 volunteers who help to make the day a great success.

First place winners will compete in Ames on May 25-27 at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

March 30, 2017 - 8:45 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Here’s the last Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report for the month of March. Plus the Owner of Dakota Angler, Todd Heitkamp, talks about the differences in rods.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for walleye and pike. A few perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes, fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Unsafe ice.
Vermillion Opening up.
Lake Herman Unsafe ice.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin Opening up.
Diamond Unsafe ice.
Scott’s Slough Unsafe ice.
Island Unsafe ice.
81 Ponds Unsafe ice.
George WPA Unsafe ice.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Unsafe ice.
Thompson Unsafe ice.
Brandt Unsafe ice.
Whitewood Unsafe ice.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Unsafe ice.
Henry WPA Unsafe ice.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Unsafe ice.
Mitchell Unsafe ice.
Menno Opening up.
Beaver Unsafe ice.
Sinai Unsafe ice.
Brush Unsafe ice.
Loss Unsafe ice.
East Oakwood Unsafe ice.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Unsafe ice.
Silver Lake Unsafe ice.
East Okoboji Unsafe ice.
West Okoboji Unsafe ice.
Lake Pahoja Unsafe ice.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Unsafe ice.
Sarah Unsafe ice.
Benton Unsafe ice.
East Twin Unsafe ice.
Round Unsafe ice.
Okabena Unsafe ice.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.