LeMars And Heelan Meet For Trip To State

The LeMars Bulldogs will try to earn a spot in the State Class 3A Baseball Tournament as they meet Bishop Heelan in the 3A Substate 1 game at Lewis and Clark Park in Sioux City Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs come into the game at 28-6 on the season having won 10 of their last 11 games. Heelan enters the game at 33-10. Checking the team numbers LeMars has a team batting average of .313 with an on base percentage of .408. Heelan counters with a team batting average of .379 and an on base percentage of .461.

The pitching stats favor LeMars with a team era of 2.34 and an opponent’s batting average of .174. The team era for Heelan stands at 2.48 with an opponent’s batting average of .237.

The two teams met on one occasion this year at a tournament in Elk Point South Dakota on June 15th. That game went to Heelan on a score of 12-6.

First pitch is at 7:00 Wednesday night from Lewis and Clark Park in Sioux City the home of the Explorers.

Siouxland Conference All Conference Baseball Team Announced

The 2012 Siouxland Conference All-Conference teams have been announced. The teams are separated in to three categories: 1st team, 2nd team and  honorable mention.

2012 Siouxland Conference Baseball Standings

Conference Overall
MOC-FV 13-3 19-10
West Lyon 11-5 17-9
B-H/RV 10-6 13-14
Central Lyon 9-7 16-11
Sheldon 8-7 12-15
Sioux Center 6-10 11-15
Okoboji 6-9 11-15
George-Little Rock 5-11 12-14
Sibley-Ocheyedan 3-13 5-17

1st Team All Conference 
Colin Sandbulte GLR 12
Trevor Johnson Sheldon 12
Cody Hatting Sheldon 12
Zach Jones Okoboji 12
Jon Van Beek West Lyon 11
Brandon Snyder West Lyon 10
Ethan Stofferan Sibley-Ocheyedan 12
Luke Grooters Central Lyon 11
Ross Ackerman Central Lyon 12
Christian Rozeboom Sioux Center 9
Caleb De Haan MOC-FV 12
Lawton De Jong MOC-FV 12
Casey Guthmiller MOC-FV 11
Colin Pennings MOC-FV 11

2nd Team All Conference 
Jacob Moser West Lyon 12
David De Haan MOC-FV 11
Jared De Bey Central Lyon 12
Brent Klingenberg GLR 10
Brandon Frick Sheldon 12
Jerod Hanson BHRV 10
Kyle Jensen BHRV 12
Alex Koepp Okoboji 12
Kamden Glade Sioux Center 11
Miles Kleinhesselink Sioux Center 12

Honorable Mention
Tyler O’Connor Sibley-Ocheyedan 11
Judd Rozeboom GLR 12
James Halbur Okoboji 12
Ty Brink Sioux Center 11
Chad Den Hartog Sheldon 12
Chris Ladd Central Lyon 12
Tyler Dolieslager BHRV 11
Tyler Kruse West Lyon 12
Tyler Harald MOC-FV 12

Agreement With School Board Is Back to The City Council For Wednesday’s Meeting

The 28-E agreement between the City of Sheldon and Sheldon School District to build new athletic fields along Highway 18 just north of the middle school and high school will again be addressed by the city council when they meet Wednesday.

The original proposed agreement stated that the former O’Brien County Implement land, would be transferred from the city to the School district once the agreement was signed by both parties and filed with the Iowa Secretary of State. This wording was approved by the School Board, but when it came to the City Council they changed the wording to delay transfer of ownership until such time as the development of the project is completed, a construction bid is let, and the construction contract is approved.

At their last meeting the school board, in a split decision rejected this wording. They felt it would prevent them from getting some of the work on the land done this summer because they did not want to spend money on the improvement of property they did not own. At that meeting it was indicated that School Superintendent Robin Spears would attend the City Council meeting Wednesday, July 18th to explain the School Board’s position.

That meeting will begin at 4:30 in council chambers of the Sheldon Community Services center. The proposed agreement with the school district and the Dinner Date contract are the only new business items on the council agenda.

Henry “Hank” Steensma

Henry “Hank” Steensma, age 88 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, IA on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn. Rev. Todd DeRooy will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24th with the family present from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 88 year old Henry “Hank” Steensma of Sanborn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Brands Signs Five Year Contract To Coach Iowa Wrestling

University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands has signed a five-year contract to continue as head coach of the Hawkeye wrestling program through the 2016-17 season. The announcement was made today by UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.

The five-year agreement is competitive with the elite programs in the country and contains a combination of guaranteed income and performance incentives. Beginning in 2012-13, the average annual guaranteed income over the life of the agreement is $225,000. The performance incentives include compensation for academics, longevity and competitive benchmarks.

Barta said, “I know we’re biased, but I believe Tom Brands is the best wrestling coach in the country,” “He’s done an incredible job competing, recruiting, setting high expectations in the classroom, and developing character in young men. He approaches everything he does with intensity and integrity.”

The Sheldon graduate and former Hawkeye wrestler was named head coach of the Iowa program in 2006 and went on to win three NCAA championships from 2008-10. The Hawkeyes have won three conference titles in his six seasons while crowning 10 Big Ten and seven NCAA individual champions. Iowa has qualified 53 wrestlers for the NCAA tournament and crowned 34 All-Americans and 47 Academic All-Big Ten honorees under Brands’ leadership.

Brands has also rejuvenated the Iowa wrestling fan base. When he arrived in 2006-07, Iowa’s average attendance nearly doubled to an NCAA-best 6,740. The Hawkeyes have led the nation in attendance every year since, averaging better than 8,000 fans for four straight years and an NCAA record 9,014 in 2011-12.

Brands said, “I appreciate the support Gary Barta and President Sally Mason have continued to show the Iowa wrestling program. This commitment goes beyond me. It extends to our student-athletes, assistant coaches, support staff and fans. It is important we realize the responsibility that comes with representing the University of Iowa, and we’re committed to doing so.”

“It’s always been our mission to win championships and win them the right way,” said Brands. “We’re not satisfied with the status quo. I understand and respect Iowa’s tradition, and we’ll continue to embrace the championship mentality that’s always defined this program.”