Boyden-Hull To Play For State Championship

Comet LogoThe Boyden Hull Comets will get the opportunity to defend their State 1A Title following a 77-52 win over North Tama.  The 7 seeded Comets will meet Storm Lake St. Mary’s who knocked off Danville 61-55. The Panthers are the 4 seed in 1A.

The Comets led at all the breaks up 19-15 at the end of the first quarter and 32-31 at halftime.  Boyden Hull put it away in the third outscoring North Tama 19-8 to take a 51-39 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Comets had four of the five starters in double figures getting a game high 18 from Colin Bolkema.  Brandt Van Roekel hit for 17 along with 13 rebounds for the double-double.  Also in double figures were Riley Francis with 16 and Miguel Alvarado with 12.  J.C. Koerselman added 9 points and dished out 6 assists.

22 of Boyden Hull’s 77 points came from the free throw line as Boyden Hull hit 22-of-29 from the line.  The Comets also hit 60 percent from the floor.

With the win the Comets improve to 24-3 while North Tama will take a 26-3 record into the third place game.

Up next for Boyden Hull will be a Championship match-up with 26-1 Storm Lake St Mary’s.  The 1A Championship is set for Friday night at 6:05.  We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.

Northwestern Red Raider Women Cruise To First Round Victory

Northwestern logoNo. 7 Northwestern began its defense of its three-straight national championships by cruising to a 92-66 victory over Mayville State (N.D.) on Wednesday in the first round of the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships. Red Raider All-American forward Kendra De Jong continued her dominant play on the national stage with 16 points and 10 rebounds despite leaving the game in the first half with an apparent injury.

The Comets stayed close early on until Northwestern surged in the latter part of the second half. The Red Raiders stretched their lead to 41-23 in the first half and led by as many 28 points with Alli Dunkelberger Mackenzie Small and Karen Hutson leading the way. They made up for De Jong’s absence with a combined 46 points.

Head coach Chris Yaw’s squad used its usual stout defense and rebounding to mow down Mayville State. Northwestern limited the Comets to 29 percent shooting while out-rebounding the Association of Independent Institutions foe, 61-38.

Mayville State placed three scorers in double-figures: Hailey Longtin (17), Samantha Heier (14) and Angela Tauer (13). The Comets close the season with an overall mark of 20-6 after making their first appearance at the national championships in school history.

The Red Raiders have not lost at the national tournament since a 63-58 semifinal defeat to GPAC rival Morningside (Iowa) in 2009. Northwestern is aiming for its sixth national title in school history.

The Raiders advance to Friday’s second-round game, where they will challenge No. 10 Concordia (Mich.) in a battle of top-10 teams. Tipoff is set for 10:15 a.m. Concordia defeated Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 90-80 in a first-round game earlier on Wednesday.

State Basketball Tournament Broadcast Schedule for Thursday, March 7th

Siouxland Conference logoHere’s today’s broadcast schedule, all games broadcast on KIWA-FM 105.3 and streamed from

12:10 PM: Class 1A Semifinal: Boyden-Hull vs. North Tama

3:25 PM: Class 2A Semifinal: Sheldon vs. Kuemper Catholic

6:30 PM: Class 3A Semifinal: MOC-FV vs. Harlan

All times approximate and subject to change

Duane Janssen

Duane JanssenDuane Nelson Janssen, age 86, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Rev. Terry Simm officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, Iowa.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Duane Janssen.

Boyden-Hull Boys Advance To 1A State Tournament Semfinals

Comet LogoIt was a back and forth affair throughout as the Boyden-Hull Comets faced Lone Tree in the quarterfinal round of the 1A Boys State Basketball Tournament Monday afternoon at Well’s Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Lone Tree jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, courtesy of back to back 3 point buckets in the contest, leading by as many as 8 points in the first half before the Comets tied the score at 18-18 with 3:43 to play in the second quarter.  The Comets didn’t see their first lead until they went ahead 20-19 with 2:42 to play in the first half.

Lone Tree led 14-11 and the end of the first quarter, and 23-20 at halftime.  The Comets kicked it up a notch in the 3rd quarter, leading 33-28 when the quarter came to a close.

There were several lead changes in the 4th, with Boyden-Hull outlasting Lone Tree by a final score of 58-54.

Leading scorer for the Comets was Colin Bolkema with 16 points.  Riley Francis added 14, and Brandt Van Roekel 10.  J.C. Koerselman chipped in 8 points, with Miguel Alvarado contributing 6 and Chris Sietstra adding 4 points.  Boyden-Hull shot only 46.7% from the field, 21.1% from 3-point range, and an even 50% at the free throw line.

With the win the Comets extend their season record to 23-3, and advance to the semifinal round Thursday afternoon at 12:15, when they’ll play North Tama, who defeated Ankeny Christian Academy this afternoon by a 47-45 margin.  We’ll have that game for you, live, on KIWA-FM 105.3, and streamed from the web at

Northwestern Women Advance, Dordt Ends Tournament Run in GPAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

basketballNorthwestern advanced to the semifinals while Dordt saw their tournament run in the GPAC Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday.

The top four seeds posted wins on Wednesday as the 2013 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Postseason Basketball Championship got underway with quarterfinal round action.

Top seed Morningside posted a 66-44 win over 8th seeded Hastings in Sioux City, Iowa.  Also in Sioux City 4thseeded Briar Cliff was a winner over five seed Dakota Wesleyan 80-67.  On the bottom of the bracket second seeded Concordia posted a home win over 7th Dordt 75-63 and three seed Northwestern was a home winner over 6th seed Mount Marty 89-63.

On Saturday in the GPAC Semifinals it will be fourth seed Briar Cliff at top seed Morningside, while two seed Concordia will host three seed Northwestern. Both games will tip off at 3pm.