March 18, 2019 - 9:23 am - Posted in Sports

The Defender Gold Club hosted the Annual American State Bank High School All Star Games on Saturday, March 16.

Kassidy Pingel (Cherokee) and Cade Bleeker (Sioux Center) were chosen as the game most valuable players.

The girls white team won 86-82 over the girls black team, and the boys black team won 107-104 over the boys white team.

Girls Box Score

Boys Box Score

Game participants

Girls

Rachel Bozonie (Storm Lake)

Madison Brevik (Harris Lake Park)

Jori Bronner (Unity Christian)

Josie Condon (Estherville Lincoln Central)

Madison Dreckman (Le Mars)

Courtney Dykstra (George Little Rock)

Annie Ellis (Le Mars)

Kayla Gerken (George Little Rock)

Brooke Koele (Akron Westfield)

Emma Mace (West Sioux)

Kassidy Pingel (Cherokee)

Erika Pottebaum (Boyden Hull)

Audrey Ruda (Clay Central Everly)

Jadeyn Schutt (MOC FV)

Payton Slaughter (Cherokee)

Corrina Timmermans (Unity Christian)

Alyssa Uittenbogaard (Trinity Christian)

Jazmin Voehl (Harris Lake Park)

 

Boys

Cade Bleeker (Sioux Center)

Aiden Brock (Hinton)

Grant Brouwer (Sibley Ocheyedan)

Owen Coburn (Spirit Lake)

Cham Deng (Storm Lake)

Charlie Dykshorn (Sioux Center)

Micah Goslinga (Unity Christian)

Alex Irwin (Le Mars)

Nick Jacobs (Akron Westfield)

Shane Kooima (Trinity Christian)

Lucas Nagel (George Little Rock)

Mach Nyaw (Storm Lake)

Chase Ranschau (West Sioux)

Cade Schiphoff (Hartley Melvin Sanborn)

Caleb Terhark (George Little Rock)

Brayton Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

Clay Van Tol (Wetern Christian)

Jacob Vis (Western Christian)

Brayton Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

Elliot Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

March 14, 2019 - 1:34 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
There was around 14 inches of ice near the boat ramp on March 14. Access might be difficult, as conditions along shore are deteriorating fast with recent rain and snow melt.

Black Hawk Lake
The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation. Ice conditions along shore are deteriorating fast; many areas may be inaccessible by the weekend. Use extreme caution if venturing out. Little fishing activity has been observed since last week.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice conditions along shore are deteriorating fast with lots of water on top of the ice. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice along shore is deteriorating due to recent rain and snow melt. Ice conditions can change fast with the recent flooding conditions. Many access points may not be usable by the weekend.

Ice conditions are deteriorating fast due to recent rain events. Ice is unsafe on some lakes, and many areas along shore are open. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

March 11, 2019 - 9:28 am - Posted in Sports

The American State Bank-Defender Gold Club annual high school all-star basketball games are scheduled for Saturday, March 16 starting at 2:00 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt’s campus in Sioux Center, Iowa.

A boys game will follow at approximately 3:15 and there will be a three-point shooting contest again this year.

High school seniors from the Lakes, Siouxland and War Eagle Conferences will make up this year’s rosters and include:

Girls
Rachel Bonzonie (Storm Lake)
Madison Brevik (Harris Lake Park)
Jori Bronner (Unity Christian)
Josie Condon (Estherville Lincoln Central)
Madison Dreckman (Le Mars)
Courtney Dykstra (George Little Rock)
Annie Ellis (Le Mars)
Kayla Gerken (George Little Rock)
Brooke Koele (Akron Westfield)
Emma Mace (West Sioux)
Kassidy Pingel (Cherokee)
Erika Pottebaum (Boyden Hull)
Audrey Ruda (Clay Central Everly)
Jadeyn Schutt (MOC FV)
Payton Slaughter (Cherokee)
Corrina Timmermans (Unity Christian)
Alyssa Uittenbogaard (Trinity Christian)
Jazmin Voehl (Harris Lake Park)

Boys
Cade Bleeker (Sioux Center)
Grant Brouwer (Sibley Ocheyedan)
Owen Coburn (Spirit Lake)
Cham Deng (Storm Lake)
Charlie Dykshorn (Sioux Center)
Micah Goslinga (Unity Christian)
Alex Irwin (Le Mars)
Shane Kooima (Trinity Christian)
Lucas Nagel (George Little Rock)
Mach Nyaw (Storm Lake)
Chase Ranschau (West Sioux)
Cade Schiphoff (Hartley Melvin Sanborn)
Caleb Terhark (George Little Rock)
Brayton Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)
Clay Van Tol (Wetern Christian)
Jacob Vis (Western Christian)
Elliot Van Kekerix (Rock Valley)

The 2019 All Substate Teams have been released by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association.

Class 1A Substate 1 team consisted of South O’Brien’s Jackson Loucher, Lucas Nagel, Caleb Terhark, and Payton Mauldin of George-Little Rock. South O’Brien’s Kiley Yates was named co-coach of the year.

The Class 2A Substate 1 team is lead by the Substate 1 coach of the year Comets head coach Bill Francis. Players on the the team were Beau De Jongh and Keyton Moser of Boyden-Hull, Grant Brouwer of Sibley-Ocheyedan, and Jalyn Gramstad of West Lyon.

Class 2A Substate 8 is lead by coach of the year Wade Vander Mater of Rock Valley. Brayton Van Kekerix of Rock Valley, Jacob Vis and Carter Broek were all named to the All-Substate team.

MOC-Floyd Valley’s Alex Van Kalsbeek was named to the Class 3A Substate 1 team.

For a complete list of all the Substate teams CLICK HERE

February 28, 2019 - 1:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing reporton 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
There is around 13 inches of ice and 1-2 feet of snow near the boat ramp. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a waxworm fished in 10-15 feet of water near submerged structure on the east side.

Bacon Creek Lake
The DNR stocked rainbow trout at Bacon Creek Lake on Feb. 16th.

Black Hawk Lake
The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; beware of open water and thin ice in Town Bay. There is around 17 inches of ice with 1-2 feet of snow near the boat ramp of Ice House Point. There is open water in the east basin near the outlet. Check ice thickness often. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm in the rock piles out front of Gunshot Hill and off of Cottonwood Point.

Black Hawk Pits
There is around 12 inches of ice near the boat ramp. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms fished near the bottom. Some sorting is needed.

Brushy Creek Lake
Few reports last week due to weather. There is 1-2 feet of snow cover on the ice. Bluegill – Fair: Try waxworms fished on a small jig in 10-15 feet of water near structure in the northeast arm of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow and spoon near submerged structure. Try also waxworms on a small jig.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Most ice is 16-20 inches with 1-2 feet of snow. Avoid ice along pressure seams and near the big island. Few reports last week due to weather. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and jigging spoons in the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake in about 8-12 feet of water and the west side in 6-10 feet of water.

Most ice in the Black Hawk district is 10 to 20 inches with 1-2 feet of snow. Geese are still keeping areas open on some lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The lake is covered with several inches of snow. Local anglers have plowed a few paths on the lake for access. Please be courteous and don’t park in the middle of the path blocking traffic. Yellow Bass – Fair: Start shallow with a small jig or jigging spoon tipped with several spikes or a waxworm near the Baptist camp. You have to keep moving to stay on fish. Yellow Perch – Good: Lots of small fish are being caught. If you’re not going to use the fish you catch, please release them. Black Crappie – Slow: Use a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head in the early morning. Walleye – Slow: Dead stick a minnow early morning or evening near the island.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 20 to 22 inches.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 20 to 22 inches.

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
Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching yellow bass from the basin. Move often to stay on the school of active fish.

Five Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Some activity reported on the lake; you need to search to find active fish. Walleye – Fair: Report of fish being caught during the evening hours with traditional baits.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size bluegill in the lake with large fish over 8 inches not uncommon.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass activity has slowed, but persistent anglers can catch good numbers of fish. Black Crappie – Good: Yellow bass anglers report crappie mixed in the catch.

Spirit Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: Numbers of angler acceptable size fish (8 – 9 inches) continue to be caught from the basin in 18 – 20 feet of water. Sorting is needed with numbers of small fish also in the catch.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch continue to be harvested from the lake; anglers are very pleased with the quality of the fish caught.

Virgin Lake
Walleye – Good: Good opportunities to catch fish averaging 16 inches; best action is half hour before sunset to half hour after sunset. Yellow Perch – Good: Fish averaging 8 inches are common.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Persistent anglers will catch good numbers of large bluegills from the lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers report catching fish from Smiths Bay in 18 – 24 feet of water; move often to catch numbers. Black Crappie – Good: Report of fish activity in Little Emerson Bay. Look for good pockets of aquatic vegetation where fish will gather.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

February 25, 2019 - 8:28 pm - Posted in Sports

The 2018-2019 All Siouxland Conference Basketball teams are out. GLR’s Lucas Nagel was named to the first team.

*** = unanimous selection

1st TEAM
***Beau De Jongh Boyden-Hull 12
***Cade Bleeker Sioux Center 12
Brayton Van Kekerix Rock Valley 12
Alex Van Kalsbeek MOC-FV 11
Keyton Moser Boyden-Hull 11
Grant Brower Sibley-Ocheyedan 12
Lucas Nagel GLR 12

2nd TEAM
Caleb Terhark GLR 12
Spencer Te Slaa Boyden-Hull 11
Lucas Lorenzen Okoboji 9
Elliot Van Kekerix Rock Valley 12
Jalyn Gramstad West Lyon 11

3rd TEAM
Zed Heimensen Central Lyon 12
Payton Mauldin GLR 11
Jamison Helmers Okoboji 11
Charlie Dykshorn Sioux Center 12
Carter Francis Boyden-Hull 12

Honorable Mention
Kaden Huisman Central Lyon 12
Tyler Lode Sheldon 12
Logan Meyer West Lyon 11
Cris Halbur Okoboji 12
Josiah Jansen MOC-FV 12
Kayden Glade Sioux Center 12
Jaxon Rus Rock Valley 11
Blake Johnson GLR 12
Tanner Te Slaa Boyden-Hull 9

February 22, 2019 - 1:11 pm - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College Esports program added their first two recruits to their 2019-20 roster this week.

Austin Dixon of George is a League of Legends player who is graduating from George Little Rock High School this spring. He specializes in top lane and middle lane characters and is currently working on getting his rank back up to high level silver. Dixon plans to study either mathematics or physics while at NWC.

Jonah Upton of Sioux Center is an Overwatch player who will graduate from Sioux Center High School this spring. He is mainly a DPS player and has been ranked in low platinum and high gold the past two seasons. Upton plans to study computer science while at NWC.

“We are really excited to have these young men join our Esports team,” commented co-director Dan Swier. “They are both quality people and guys who really want to get better at their respective games.”

The Red Raiders will have a full Esports schedule starting in 2019-20 but are currently competing in events throughout the current semester.

February 22, 2019 - 9:57 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center Iowa — The South O’Brien Wolverines are a game away from the State 1A boys basketball tournament following a 56-50 win over George Little Rock Thursday night in Sioux Center. With the win South O’Brien claimed the District 2 title and the right to move on. They will face War Eagle Rival Remsen St. Mary’s who downed Lawton Bronson for the District 1 title   60-29 in a game played at the Sioux City East High School Gym Thursday night.  Each team won on their home floor during the regular season. The Substate game will be played at the MOC Floyd Valley High School Gym with the opening tip at this point for 7:00 pm Saturday night.

South O’Brien led at all the breaks against the Mustangs but it was close from start to finish. At the end of the first quarter South O’Brien led 16-12. At the half it was 28-25 and after the third quarter the Wolverines lead was 35-32. Senior Jackson Louscher led the way in the fourth quarter. He put together a 12 point quarter that included a 6-of-6 performance at the free throw line. As a team five South O’Brien  players combined to go 11-of-14 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter and that proved to be the difference in the contest.

Louscher led all scorers with 23 on the night. He was joined in double figures by Alex Presthus who had 12 points off the bench. The Mustangs had two players in double figures as well getting 15 apiece from Payton Mauldin and Landon Jumbeck.

With the win South O’Brien is 20-4 as they move on to the Substate matchup against Remsen St Mary’s. George Little Rock will end the year at 20-4.

February 21, 2019 - 2:10 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing reporton 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
There is around 12 inches of ice near the boat ramp. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a waxworm fished in 10-15 feet of water near submerged structure on the east side.

Bacon Creek Lake
The DNR stocked rainbow trout at Bacon Creek Lake on Feb. 16th.

Black Hawk Lake
The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; beware of open water and thin ice in Town Bay. There is around 16 inches of ice off the boat ramp of Ice House Point. Be aware of thin ice or open water near Ice House Point, along the Denison Beach area, and in the east basin near the outlet. Check ice thickness often. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm in the rock pile out front of Gunshot Hill and off of Cottonwood Point. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm near the Ice House Point boat ramp. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try minnows near the bottom on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill and Cottonwood Point.

Black Hawk Pits
There is around 11 inches of ice near the boat ramp. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms fished near the bottom.

Brushy Creek Lake
Anglers are fishing mostly near the north boat ramp, in the northeast arm of the lake, and near the southeast boat ramp near the big island. Ice conditions are improving; check ice thickness often. Bluegill – Fair: Try waxworms fished on a small jig in the northeast arm of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow and spoon in about 20-30 feet of water near submerged structure. Try also waxworms and spikes on a small jig. Yellow Perch – Slow: Anglers are picking up a few yellow perch while fishing for crappie.

Moorland Pond
The DNR stocked rainbow trout on Feb 9.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Most areas of the lake have 16-18 inches of ice. Avoid ice along pressure seams and near the big island. There is 6-8 inches of snow on the ice in most areas. Check ice thickness often. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and jigging spoons in the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake in about 10-14 feet of water. Low light conditions are best. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass in the east end of the lake and deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

Most ice in the Black Hawk district is 10 to 18 inches with about 6-8 inches of snow. Geese are still keeping areas open on some lakes. Check ice thickness often. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Due to the excessive snowfall, the Beeds Lake campground road will be closed until snow melt.

Clear Lake
The ice has several inches of snow on it. Yellow Bass – Fair: Start shallow with a small jig or jigging spoon tipped with several spikes or a waxworm near the Baptist camp. You have to keep moving to stay on fish. Yellow Perch – Good: Lots of small fish are being caught. If you’re not going to use the fish you catch, please release them. Black Crappie – Slow: Use jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head in the early morning. Walleye – Slow: Dead stick a minnow early morning or evening near the island.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches.

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
Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching large yellow bass from the basin. Move often to stay on the school of active fish. Bluegill – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught from the south end of the lake; sorting is needed.

Five Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Some activity reported on the lake; you need to search to find active fish. Walleye – Fair: Report of fish being caught during the evening hours with traditional baits.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size bluegill in the lake with large fish over 8 inches not uncommon.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass activity has slowed, but persistent anglers can catch good numbers of fish. Black Crappie – Good: Yellow bass anglers report crappie mixed in the catch.

Minnewashta Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Anglers report catching good numbers of angler acceptable size fish and larger fish early and late day.

Spirit Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught from the basin in 18 – 20 feet of water; the bite improves through the day. Sorting is needed with numbers of small fish also in the catch.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch continue to be harvested from the lake; anglers are very pleased with the quality of the fish caught.

Virgin Lake
Walleye – Good: Good opportunities to catch fish averaging 16 inches; best action is half hour before sunset to half hour after sunset. Yellow Perch – Good: Fish averaging 8 inches are common.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Persistent anglers will catch good numbers of large bluegills from the lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers report catching fish from Smiths Bay in 18 – 24 feet of water; move often to catch numbers.

For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

February 20, 2019 - 6:05 pm - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association has announced the 2018-19 All District Teams for Class 1A-5A.

Sheldon’s Brooklyn Grady was named to the 3A Northwest squad. Also on the 3A Northwest team was Magan Christopherson and Kallyn Stumbo of Okoboji.

Area athletes on Class 2A’s Northwest team consisted of Janie Schoonhoven of Unity Christian, South O’Brien’s Hannah Dau, Hayden Heimensen of Central Lyon, and Mallory Nilles of Boyden Hull.

For a complete list click here