Western Girls Advance To 2A State Basketball Semifinals

basketballDes Moines, Iowa — Top-ranked Western Christian fought off a tough challenge from unranked Des Moines Christian Tuesday morning to earn another trip to the Class 2A semifinals.  Tuesday morning’s Quarterfinal match-up was broadcast on KIWA-FM and streamed from

KIWA Sports Director Larry Ahrens has the details.

Western’s next outing with be a semifinal affair Thursday afternoon. We’ll have the pregame at 1:15, with the tip-off scheduled for 1:30, on KIWA-FM 105.3, and streamed from the web at

Northwestern Wins 2 of 3 Monday Softball Games In Arizona

softball_logo2Tucson, Arizona — The Northwestern College Red Raider Softball Team went 2-1 on the day Monday in action at the Tucson Invitational in Arizona.  The Raiders lost their first game of the day to Ashford by a final score of 5-4.

Northwestern then buried Siena Heights in 6 innings, by a score of 11-1, followed by a nightcap 4-2 victory over Viterbo.

Following Monday’s games, the Raiders stand at 3-3 on the season.

Western Christian Boys Complete Comeback, Advance To State Tournament

western logoOrange City, Iowa — The Western Christian Wolfpack used a big fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Sioux Center Warriors and punch their ticket to the Boys State Tournament.

Sioux Center started off quickly, leading 16 – 10 after one quarter and would carry that momentum in to a 30 – 22 lead at the half.  Sioux Center continued with the same finesse in the third quarter with an answer every time the Wolfpack would try to gain momentum and led after three quarters 50-39.

The Wolfpack began to mount their comeback early in the 4th quarter as senior Taylor Feenstra  would drain back to back three pointers and Western Christian would take their first lead of the contest later on in the quarter. The Wolfpack were able to knock down enough free throws down the stretch to cap off a great fourth quarter by outscoring Sioux Center 30 – 16 to claim a 69 – 66 win and move on to the state tournament next week in Des Moines.

Sioux Center’s Alex Bakker would lead all scorers with 25 along with teammates Chris Borchers with 12 and Steven Kragt with 11. Feenstra led the way for the Wolfpack with 21 points scoring 18 of them in the second half. Also in double figures were Josh Van Lingen with 20 followed by Taylor Miedema with 12.

The Wolfpack have earned the top seed and will open tournament play against 8th-seed Albia Monday, March 10th at 6:35 PM.

Saturday Birthday List

Birthdays for Saturday and Sunday



Happy Birthday to Starla Krikke of Sanborn from your family



Happy 79th Birthday to Arlene Lamfers

Happy 9th Birthday to Braden Meyer of Hospers from Grandpa and Grandma

Jenelda F. Nieuwendorp

Jenelda F. Nieuwendorp, age 84, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

The funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, March 3, 2014 at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Bruce Wilterdink ~ officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Matlock, Iowa.

Visitation with the family present will be from 2 – 4 P.M. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

Jenelda Faith Nieuwendorp, the daughter of William and Nellie (Vos) Van’t Hul was born on April 16, 1929 in Hull, Iowa. On September 8, 1948, she was united in marriage to Leonard Nieuwendorp in Sheldon, Iowa. After their marriage the couple farmed in various areas including; Little Rock, Melvin, Matlock, George and finally in the Sheldon area, where they have made their home for the past 23 years just east of town. Along with helping Leonard with the farm and the farm business, Jenelda cooked at the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon for 30 years. Leonard preceded her in death on January 8, 2008.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon and a past member of the Little Rock, Melvin and Matlock Reformed Churches. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years and sang in the Matlock Church Choir and various quartets. She also was a member of the Ladies Aid, Sheldon Library Book Club and the Red Hat Society. She was known as the “Angel Lady” as she would talk to churches about angels for many years. Jenelda and Leonard went on the mission trips to Cary, Mississippi. She loved church, and she loved people, she also enjoyed gardening, flowers, music and visiting with people.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Judy Nieuwendorp of Sheldon and Jane Nieuwendorp of Eagle River, Wisconsin; a grandson, Jason Nieuwendorp; a sister, Diana Marra of Fergus Falls, Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Van’t Hul of Sioux Center, Iowa; also numerous nieces nephews and other relatives and friends.

Jenelda was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Niuwendorp; a son, Harold Leonard Nieuwendorp; her parents and five brothers, Donald, Harold, Elmer, Lloyd and Milton Van’t Hul.

Willard Tracy

Willard Tracy, age 77 of Sibley, IA, formerly of Ocheydan, IA died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, with Reverend Barb Kopperud officiating. Burial will follow the lunch in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 2nd from 4-7 p.m., with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit:

Willard Leroy Tracy was born on April 15, 1936, the son of Eugene and Gertrude (Eveland) Tracy. He grew up in Ocheyedan, Iowa and attended school there. Willie enlisted in the U.S. Army and did his basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He served in England, France and Germany and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant on May 3, 1957. On May 26, 1957, Willie was united in marriage to Donna Mae Grubaugh at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA. The couple lived in New Jersey for three months, Worthington, MN for two years, Sibley until 1977, Ocheyedan until 1995, and then Sioux Falls until retirement and moving back to Sibley in 2002. Willie worked in a service station on the New Jersey Turnpike, Nelson Garage in Worthington, MN, Kass Philip 66, as a self-employed mechanic, Sibley Steel Buildings, and then owned Sibley Agri Builders. Willie finished his working years at Murray Property Managements in Sioux Falls, SD where he and Donna managed an apartment complex. He was a past member of the Wood-Miller American Legion Post 326 of Ocheyedan and Charter member of the Osceola Color Guard. He also served as the Justice of the Peace in Osceola County for numerous years. Willie loved to garden, enjoyed woodworking and watching TV. He always looked forward to riding around town with his good friend Andy Mouw and having coffee with his brother-in-law, Jerry Ferguson.

Willie is survived by his four children: Duane (Lynette) Tracy of Ocheyedan, Gary (Julie) Tracy of Ocheyedan, Donald (Sharon) Tracy of Eagan, MN and Lori (Lavern) Metz of Yankton, SD; eleven grandchildren: Daniel (Samantha) Tracy, Seth Tracy, Greg (Tami) Tracy, Jill (Dusty) Handley, Jodi Tracy, Kyle Tracy, Ethan Tracy, Michael Tracy, Justin (Richie) DePaolis-Metz, Staci (Andrew) Miller and Jason Metz; four great-grandchildren: Lindy Tracy, Kash and Mia Handley and Quintin Tracy; five siblings: John Tracy of Sibley, IA, Dorthea Morgan of Concord, CA, Eugene Tracy of Round Lake, MN, Clinton Tracy of Worthington, MN and Dick (Janice) Tracy Rothsay, MN; sisters-in-law Shirley Thiesen and Joyce Ferguson; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae Tracy in 2007; his parents, Eugene and Gertrude Tracy; father and mother-in-law, George “Bud” and Lorraine Grubaugh; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.