February 4, 2016 - 3:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow, most being caught are small. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had success fishing the South Cove Park area, the inlet, and Chautauqua Point area using minnows and jigs. Red seems to be the color of choice. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been productive near the inlet.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has around 16-17 inches of ice on both the little lake and the main lake. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Move often if you are not catching fish; fish in 8-12 feet of water on the little lake and move until you find schools. The flats in 8-10 feet of water out from the Lynne Lorenzen have been good. Farmers Beach in 8-10 feet of water has been good. The bite near the aerator has been hit or miss with the increased angler activity possibly moving yellows around. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Use jigging spoons, small lipless cranks, or 1/8 oz. jigs with minnows. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations are in the deeper 15-24 feet holes early morning (7-9 AM) or evening (3-8 PM). Some better catches are on the little lake towards the south shoreline. The ice is thinner in that area, maybe 12 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Occasional larger perch (9.5-10 inches) have been caught on the little lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Fair: A few perch have been caught north of Marble beach in 20 feet of water and off of buffalo run. Walleye – Fair: Some nice walleyes have been caught north of buffalo run in 16-18 feet of water.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 15-16 inches of ice but ice conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up some walleyes in the evening out from the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: A few perch are being caught on the north end of the lake near the hatchery.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 15-17 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up along the southern shore.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bays. Haywards bay has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some nice perch are being caught south of Pikes point and on the saddle in Emerson bay. Walleye – Fair: Haywards and Emerson bays have been producing walleyes in the evenings.

February 4, 2016 - 11:30 am - Posted in Sports

Siouxland Conference logoNorthwest Iowa — The All Siouxland Conference wrestling teams are out. Sibley Ocheyedan who won the conference tournament put six wrestlers on the first team. MOC Floyd Valley put five on the first team. West Lyon had three. Sioux Center had two. Okoboji, Central Lyon George Little Rock and Boyden Hull Rock Valley had one wrestler each named to the first team.

Sheldon SOuth O’Brien had two wrestlers on the second team. They were freshman Luke Jennes at 170 and  senior Travis Sterler at 195.

For a complete look at the All Siouxland Conference Wrestling Teams click on the link below.

All Siouxland Conference Wrestling Team 2015-16

February 4, 2016 - 11:30 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City Iowa — The Northwestern 2016 recruiting class now numbers 27 total. A number of familiar names are among the recruits this year for first year head coach Matt McCarty.

2016 Northwestern Red Raider Football Recruiting Class: (27 Total)

Name  Ht  Wt  School – Hometown

OL:
Paxton De Haan 6-2 260 Unity Christian – Orange City, IA
Grahm Kenobbie 6-2 260 Sandra Day O’Connor – Phoenix, AZ
Andy Cooper 6-5 280  transfer from Southwest Minnesota State / Sheldon – Sheldon, IA
Josh Tornow 6-4 270 Sioux Falls Christian – Sioux Falls, SD
Dustin Brown 6-1 250 West Lyon – Inwood, IA
Jacen Saavedra 6-2 260 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – Hull, IA
Lee Rozeboom 6-0 240 Western Christian – Boyden, IA
Connor Kuchel 6-2 260 University of Sioux Falls / H.M.S. – Hartley, IA

WR:
Austin Folsom 5-9 170 transfer from Northern State / Spirit Lake – Spirit Lake, IA
Joey Horstman 6-0 175 Western Christian – Sioux Center, IA
Isaiah Blok 5-11 170 Brandon Valley – Brandon, SD
Blake Kamerman 6-0 170 Sioux Center – Sioux Center, IA

DL:
Beau Kellenberger 6-2 230 West Lyon – Lester, IA
Cole Joachim 5-11 225 West Lyon – Larchwood, IA
Kyle Schiernbeck 6-0 230 Ridge View – Holstein, IA
David Tiefenthaler 6-0 235 Ridge View – Early, IA

LB:
Trevor Rozeboom 6-1 200 West Lyon – Rock Rapids, IA
Sean Powell 6-2 220 S.F. Roosevelt – Sioux Falls, SD
Tanner Machacek 6-1 210 S.F. Roosevelt – Sioux Falls, SD
Ryan Cougil 5-11 190 Ridge View – Early, IA
Austin Rhodes 5-10 190 Sioux Center – Sioux Center, IA
Kyle Van Ginkel 6-0 210 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley – Rock Valley, IA

DB:
Devin Mouw 6-1 170 Sioux Center – Sioux Center, IA
Dylan Burns 6-1 195 Sioux Falls Christian – Tea, SD
Sean Crowell 6-1 195 North Kitsap – Poulsbo, WA
Jake Evans 6-3 170 Pipestone – Jasper, MN

Ath:
Noah Lubben 6-0 175 Horizon Christian – Wilsonville, OR

Quotes:
We have an outstanding class at this point. I am very proud of our staff and the work they have done recruiting an excellent group of young men who will excel on and off the field at Northwestern. These young men all recognize Northwestern’s unique combination of academic and athletic excellence. We are excited to help develop these young men to use their God-given talent to serve their teammates, this campus, and the world. We will continue to add players in the coming weeks who are excited about the direction of Red Raider football.

Offense:

We firmly believe successful football starts with great line play. This class of offensive linemen has the potential to push our returners right away and as a group serve as the foundation for future success. We’ve also added some key talent in the skill positions that we think will help us develop an exciting future for the Raider Offense.

Defense:

We have a talented, blue collar group of young men who fit the mold of Northwestern Defenses. We have players at every position group in this class that will be impact players. We are extremely excited to work with this entire group and see what they can accomplish as Raiders!

February 3, 2016 - 4:05 pm - Posted in Sports

ihsaa_officeBoone Iowa — The brackets for Class 1A and 2A boys district basketball have been released. In 2A Sheldon will be at the Western Gym on Thursday the 18th for the District 2 semifinals. Sheldon will meet the winner of the Monday February 15th play in game that matches West Lyon and Sibley Ocheyedan at the Okoboji High School Gym. Host team Western Christian top ranked in 2A awaits the winner of Okoboji and Emmetstburg in the other semifinal.

Boyden Hull ranked number 3 in the 1A poll will host a pair of quarterfinal games in District 2 on Thursday the 18th . In the upper bracket the Comets await the winner of the Monday the 15th play in game between Trinity and George Little Rock at George.

For a look at all of the brackets in Class 1A and 2A click on the link below

Postseason Brackets

Rock Rapids Iowa — Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Football Head Coach Toby Lorenzen has announced a trio of college signings from the Lions football program

CJ Roths, a 5’11” 205 lb. Running Back/Linebacker from Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids, Iowa announced Wednesday that he has accepted an offer to walk on and has committed to the South Dakota State University Football Program.
Roths is a 1st Team Des Moines Register Linebacker and 1st Team Iowa Newspaper Association All-State Running Back, 1st Team All-District, and was a 3 year two-way starter for the Lions. He helped lead the Lions to playoff appearances in all 3 seasons, including the quarter final round this past year.

This season he had 1,541 yards rushing on 242 attempts for an average of 6.3 yds. per rush, he had 13 receptions, along with averaging 30.8 yds. per kickoff return and 19.0 yds. per punt return, he had 21 touchdowns for the Lions. Defensively he had 118 tackles and 2 interceptions to help lead the Lion’s defense.

He finished his career with 2,967 yards rushing and 56 career receptions to go along with 253 tackles. Roths is a four sport standout for the Lions , starting four years in baseball, three years in basketball and was a member of the 5th place Class 1A 4×100 relay team at last spring’s State Track Meet. CJ is projected to play running back for the Jackrabbits.

CJ will join team mate Pete Menage in Brookings. Menage, a 5’11” 185 lb. Defensive Back/Quarterback also announced Wednesday that he has accepted an offer to walk on and has committed to the South Dakota State University Football Program.

Menage is a 1st Team All-District Quarterback, and was a 3 year starter for the Lions. He guided the Lions to playoff appearances in all 3 seasons, including the quarterfinal round this past year.

This season he threw for 1,396 yards and 16 TD’s, rushed for 393 yards and 2 TD’s. He finished his career with 4,267 yards passing and 5,728 yards of total offense. Menage is a four sport standout for the Lions, starting four years in baseball, three years in basketball, and was a member of the 5th place Class 1A 4×100 relay team at last spring’s State Track Meet.
He also excels in the classroom with a 3.75 GPA, and is a member of the Central Lyon National Honor Society.

Pete is projected to play defensive back for the Jackrabbits who play in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). They are members of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Dillon Bathke, a 6’6” 290 lb. Offensive Lineman from George-Little Rock High School in George, Iowa announced Wednesday that he has accepted a scholarship offer and has committed to the Iowa Central Community College Football Program.

Bathke was a starter on a Lions team that advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Iowa High School Playoffs this past season, and a member of 3 Lions playoff teams throughout his career. He helped lead an offense that rushed for 2,424 yards and threw for 1,661 yards, for an average of 340 yards per game. He played both tackle and guard for the Lions throughout the year.

Dillon is projected as an offensive lineman for the Tritons who play in the National Junior College Athletic Association, and are located in Fort Dodge Iowa. They are members of the Iowa Community Colleges Athletic Conference.

January 29, 2016 - 8:09 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauBoone, Iowa — Little changed in the latest Iowa Girls Basketball rankings on Thursday. Western Christian remains the top seed in Class 2A, while Unity Christian and Okoboji stay at the 4 and 5 spot respectively. Cherokee maintained their ranking at #4 in Class 3A and Sioux Center possesses the 6th spot for another week. Spirit Lake slid down one spot from 8th to 9th. Spencer found their way into the 4A poll, making their debut at #14.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Turkey Valley 17-0 1
2 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 16-0 2
3 Springville 15-1 3
4 Burlington Notre Dame 16-0 4
5 Kingsley-Pierson 15-1 5
6 Newell-Fonda 13-4 6
7 Kee 15-2 7
8 Grand View Christian 13-0 8
9 Lynnville-Sully 18-0 10
10 Westwood 14-2 11
11 Adair-Casey 15-2 9
12 Montezuma 17-1 15
13 Northwood-Kensett 13-3 NR
14 Bedford 13-3 12
15 Algona Bishop Garrigan 12-3 NR

Dropped Out: Rockford (13), Nodaway Valley (14)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Western Christian 14-2 1
2 Iowa City Regina 16-0 2
3 Pekin 17-0 3
4 Unity Christian 16-1 4
5 Okoboji 17-0 5
6 Manson-NW Webster 11-3 6
7 West Branch 16-2 7
8 Central Decatur 16-1 8
9 Des Moines Christian 15-1 9
10 Interstate 35 15-2 11
11 Treynor 13-1 10
12 Van Meter 15-2 12
13 Lawton-Bronson 12-4 13
14 Grundy Center 15-1 14
15 Durant 13-5 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Pocahontas Area 15-0 1
2 Center Point-Urbana 17-0 2
3 Nevada 14-3 3
4 Cherokee 16-1 4
5 Union 17-1 5
6 Sioux Center 14-2 6
7 Hampton-Dumont 12-2 7
8 Forest City 13-2 9
9 Spirit Lake 10-6 8
10 Osage 12-3 10
11 West Marshall 13-1 12
12 Monticello 12-4 13
13 Clear Lake 10-6 NR
14 Mount Vernon 10-6 11
15 Mid-Prairie 9-6 15

Dropped Out: Central Lee (14)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Harlan 14-1 1
2 Western Dubuque 16-0 2
3 Lewis Central 12-1 3
4 Keokuk 13-1 4
5 Ballard 15-1 5
6 North Scott 12-4 6
7 Marion 12-4 7
8 Pella 13-2 8
9 Fairfield 12-5 9
10 Mason City 9-7 10
11 Waverly-Shell Rock 15-3 12
12 Boone 12-3 14
13 Grinnell 11-5 11
14 Spencer 11-4 NR
15 Dallas Center-Grimes 10-5 13

Dropped Out: Carlisle: 15

Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Ankeny Centennial 13-2 3
2 Johnston 12-3 5
3 Iowa City High 13-2 8
4 Cedar Falls 15-1 10
5 Waukee 12-3 4
6 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 15-2 1
7 Indianola 15-1 2
8 Dowling Catholic 11-4 6
9 Linn-Mar 12-4 13
10 Pleasant Valley 12-4 12
11 West Des Moines Valley 11-5 11
12 Southeast Polk 11-4 7
13 Davenport North 14-3 9
14 Iowa City West 10-6 14
15 Cedar Rapids Washington 11-6 NR

Dropped Out: Davenport West (15)

January 28, 2016 - 6:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow, most being caught are small. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had success fishing the South Cove Park area, the inlet, and Chautauqua Point area using minnows and jigs. Red seems to be the color of choice. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been productive near the inlet.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has about around 15 inches of ice on both the little and main lakes. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Action is good if you move often if not catching fish; fish 8-12 feet of water on the little lake and move until you find schools. Anglers will catch a few different year classes but are catching 8.5-9.4 inch fish consistently. The action has been good near the west aerator to Baptist camp. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Use jigging spoons, small lipless cranks, or 1/8 oz. jigs with minnows. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations are in the deeper 15-24 feet holes early morning (7-9 a.m.) or evening (3-8 p.m.). Good numbers of 10-12 inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Occasional larger perch (9.5-10 inches) have been caught on the little lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been caught of Marble beach in 20 feet of water and off of buffalo run. Walleye – Slow: A few small walleyes have been picked up by perch anglers south of the foot bridge.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some yellows are being caught in front of the marina. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching some walleyes in the evening out from the marina.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch are being picked up by the east boat ramp and the island.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bays. Spencer beach has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite on Triboji has slowed. Anglers are picking up a few perch in Millers bay.

January 26, 2016 - 8:23 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauDes Moines — Brackets for the upcoming regional girls basketball tournaments are out. In Class 3A the three ranked teams are in two different regions. Sheldon will open tournament play at Sioux Center in Region 1. Spirit Lake was also assigned to Region 1.  Cherokee was assigned to Region 2.

In Class 2A the three ranked teams will go in three different directions with Western Christian in Region 1. Okoboji was assigned to Region 2 and defending State Champ Unity will go south and compete in Region 8.

For complete 3A brackets click on the link below

For complete 2A brackets click on the link below

For complete 1A brackets click on the link below

January 25, 2016 - 1:38 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College logoOrange City, Iowa — Cole Joachim has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next year.

Joachim is a 5’11”, 225-pound defensive end and offensive lineman who played two years for West Lyon High School. Joachim totaled 28.5 tackles and two sacks in earning second team all-district honors on defense as a senior. On offense, he helped pave the way for one of the top rushing offenses in the state as a member of the o-line. Joachim was part of a Wildcats’ team that qualified for the state playoffs and finished with a 6-4 record. A member of the National Honor Society, Joachim plans to major in athletic training at Northwestern. He is the son of Kevin and Julie.

“We are excited to have Cole join our Red Raider football team,” commented head coach Matt McCarty. “He plays with a high motor and will be a great fit along our defensive line. Cole comes from an outstanding high school program and has been coached well throughout his career.”

January 21, 2016 - 3:34 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has about 12-15 inches of ice on both the little lake and the main lake. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. There are a growing number of permanent shacks and people driving out this week. Yellow Bass – Good: Action is good if anglers move often if they are not catching fish; fish in 8-12 feet of water on the little lake and move until you find schools. Anglers will catch a few different year classes but anglers are catching 8.5-9.4 inch fish pretty consistently. The action has been good near the west aerator to Baptist camp. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations are in the deeper 15-24 feet holes during early morning (7-9 a.m.) or evening (3-8 p.m.). Good numbers of 10-12 inch fish.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been caught in front of the pump house and off of buffalo run. Black Crappie – Fair: Templar lagoon has been producing some small crappies. Walleye – Slow: A few small walleyes have been picked up north of the foot bridge.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch on the main lake basin. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some yellows are being caught north of the narrows.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 9-10 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Fishing activity has been minimal.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bay. Spencer beach has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Good: Some nice perch have been picked up east of Triboji and in Browns bay.