Eric Maassen Named Sheldon Orab Volleyball Coach

At the Sheldon Community School Board Meeting Wednesday night, the district approved the contract of Eric Maassen as Head High School Volleyball Coach.

Maassen takes over for Michelle Hoogers who will oversee the volleyball program at Riverland Community College in Austin Minnesota.

Maassen talked with KIWA Sports about taking over the program that has made two trips to the State Tournament in the past three years.


Maassen is a first time head coach at the varsity level but has been an assistant with the boys basketball program acting as the head coach of the JV program. He has also been a head coach at the middle school level of the Orab Baseball Program. The Orabs new volleyball coach comes from a volleyball family.

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That’s where the Orabs coaching staff will play an even more important role.

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We also asked Maassen about his vision for the program.

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Open gym is currently being offered for the Sheldon Orab players with an August 4th scrimmage at Estherville soon approaching. Practice officially gets underway on Monday August 6th.

Sports Schedule For Thursday 7/12/12

Class 1A District semifinals are set for tonight setting up Saturday’s District Championship Games. West Lyon, Remsen, Hartley and Storm Lake will be the host sites. All games tonight get underway at 7pm.




Class 1A District 2 Upper Bracket

Central Lyon at West Lyon

Lower Bracket

Spalding at Remsen St Mary’s

Winners meet for the District title Saturday at Remsen St Mary’s

Class 1A District 3 Upper Bracket

South O’Brien vs Harris Lake Park at Hartley

Lower Bracket

Newell Fonda at Storm Lake St Mary’s

Winners meet Saturday at Storm Lake High School for the District title

Class 1A Baseball Tournament Results

The first round of the Class 1A Baseball tournament got underway Tuesday at sites across the state. Listed below are the results and upcoming match-ups from our local area teams.


Class 1A District 1:

Upper Bracket Game 1: West Lyon defeated West Sioux 6-3

Upper Bracket Game 2: Central Lyon defeated George-Little Rock 5-2


Lower Bracket Game 1: Remsen St. Mary’s defeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 7-4

Lower Bracket Game 2: Spalding Catholic defeated Remsen-Union 7-4


Upper Bracket Semifinal: West Lyon vs. Central Lyon Thursday at West Lyon

Lower Bracket Semifinal: Remsen St. Mary’s vs Spalding Thursday at Remsen St. Mary’s


District Final: Saturday, July 14th at Remsen St. Mary’s


Class 1A District 3:

Upper Bracket Game 1:  South O’Brien defeated Clay-Central-Everly 12-2 (6 innings)

Upper Bracket Game 2: Harris-Lake Park defeated  Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 4-3 (8 innings)


Lower Bracket Game 1: Storm Lake St. Mary’s defeated Laurens-Marathon 12-0 (5 innings)

Lower Bracket Game 2: Newell Fonda defeated Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven Ayrshire 13-7


Upper Bracket Semifinal: South O’Brien vs. Harris Lake Park Thursday at HMS

Lower Bracket Semifinal: Storm Lake St. Mary’s vs Newell Fonda Thursday at Storm Lake St. Mary’s


District Final: Saturday, July 14th at Storm Lake High School

Boyden Hull Rock Valley And Western Christian To Play For 2A District 1 Baseball Title

Boyden Hull Rock Valley and Western Christian will meet for the Class 2A District 1 Baseball title on Saturday as both posted semi final wins Tuesday night at Open Space Park in Sioux Center.

In the first game of the night a pair of big innings was the difference as the Nighthawks outlasted the Sheldon Orabs 11-8. In the first inning Sheldon took an early 1-0 lead as Cody Hatting led off with a single and scored on a single to right by Trevor Johnson.

The Nighthawks took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning as they plated 3 runs. The big hit was a 2 run double to center by Isaiah Richter.

In the bottom of the third BHRV plated 3 more. Jerod Hanson highlighted the inning with a 2 run single.

Sheldon cut the lead to 6-3 in the top of the 5th. Cody Hatting drilled a triple to the fence in left and scored on a sac fly by Brandon Frick. Trevor Johnson doubled and later scored on an error.

The Orabs took a 7-6 lead in the top of the 6th as they loaded the bases for Brandon Frick who responded with a two out triple that rolled to the fence in left to drive in 3. the throw in was bobbled as Frick came in to score the 4th run of the inning.

The Nighthawks answered with a 5 run 6th inning keyed by 2 run double by Hanson who drove in 4 runs on the night. A double by Chris Sietstra drove in 2 more. When the inning ended BHRV was back in front 11-7.

Sheldon got a run back in the top of the 7th as Graden Nordahl drove in the Orabs final run with a single to centerfield.

Kyle Jensen went the first 5 and two thirds innings for the Nighthawks with Tyler Dolieslager finishing up. Trevor Johnson went the first 5 innings for Sheldon with Cody Hatting on in relief getting 2 strike outs. The other out came when right fielder Chad Den Hartog threw out a runner out at the plate.

With the win Boyden Hull Rock Valley improves to 13-14 on the year while Sheldon ends the season at 14-15.
In the second game Western Christian jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Unity Christian came roaring back. 3 runs scored in the second inning. As Drake Vant Hul drove in a run with a fielders choice and Heath Bonestroo singled in a run. The third run was unearned.

In the third inning two more came across as Colton Van Otterloo hit a sac fly to right and Van’t Hul stroked a double to drive in his second run of the game.

Unity plated 5 runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 5-5. The inning was highlighted by a 2 run single up the middle by Trevor Dorhout.

The Knights took their first lead of the game at 8-5 with 3 more runs in the top of the sixth. Grant Kobza singled in a run and Aaron Van Wyhe followed runs with a single up the middle that plated the other two.

Western countered with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning and the score was back to even at 8-8. Davis Fenchel singled in a run and Ryan Le Loux drove in 2 with a double to the fence in center.

Western held Unity scoreless in the top of the seventh before scoring the game ender in the bottom of the inning. With 1 out Van’t Hul drilled a triple to the fence in centerfield. Bonestroo followed with a single through the left side of the infield for the game winning rbi.

Colin Faber went the first 4 and a third innings with Marcus De Jager coming on with the bases loaded and went the final 2 and two thirds. Alex Schoonhoven went the distance and took the loss.

With the win Western improves to 14-14 for the season while Unity ends the year at 10-22.

On Saturday its Western and Boyden Hull Rock Valley back at Open Space Park for the District Championship and a berth in the Substate game in Spencer on Tuesday the 17th. We’ll bring you the broadcast of both games on the Heart of Rock KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame for both contests begin at 6:50 with a 7pm first pitch for both games.

Hawkeye Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery Signs New Contract

University of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery has signed a new contract to continue as the Hawkeye head basketball coach for the foreseeable future. The agreement was announced today by UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.

The seven-year agreement guarantees McCaffery a minimum average of $1.66 million annually over the length of the contract, beginning with a base salary of $1.3 million in 2012-13. The base salary moves McCaffery to the upper half of the Big Ten Conference in comparison to his colleagues.

McCaffery’s average compensation for the full term of the new contract could climb to $1.86 million per year should next year’s UI men’s basketball team earn a position in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. As was the case with his previous contract, McCaffery can also earn additional compensation annually by achieving certain competitive and academic benchmarks.

“Two years into his tenure, I’m thrilled with where Fran is taking our program,” said Barta in announcing the agreement. “He has done an outstanding job, in all phases. We are pleased that the victory total has increased in the last two seasons. But, as important, Fran has demonstrated a total commitment in all phases of the program, including recruiting, community involvement and commitment to academic performance.”

In his first two years at Iowa McCaffery has brought enthusiasm and excitement back to the Hawkeye basketball program. McCaffery coached the Hawkeyes to 18 wins and an NIT bid in 2012, as Iowa improved by seven wins from 2011 to 2012. Additionally, McCaffery guided Iowa to four more Big Ten victories in 2012 than the previous season, which is the best improvement for an Iowa squad since 1994 to 1995.

Iowa’s NIT bid was its first postseason action since 2006 and after beating Dayton 84-75, the win was the program’s first in the postseason since 2003. Over 13,000 energized Hawkeye fans bought tickets on one-days-notice for the NIT home game, which was the highest attended NIT game of 2012.

“Fran’s teams have revitalized our fan base, proving we can compete with any opponent coming in to Carver-Hawkeye Arena,” added Barta. “His teams posted signature wins to close out the home season in each of the past two years and is in position to take the next step forward in the immediate future.”

McCaffery was one of only four Big Ten coaches to record at least four wins over ranked opponents in 2012, and the only one to accomplish the feat with an unranked team. Fans have flocked back to Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena the past two seasons to watch the Hawkeyes; Iowa’s attendance has increased by more than 20 percent since 2010. In 16 seasons as a head coach, he has posted a record of 280-214 (.567).

“I am very excited to sign this contract,” said McCaffery. “We have made tremendous progress in all phases of the program in two seasons. I appreciate the support and confidence expressed by President Sally Mason and Gary Barta in signing this contract.

“We are committed to continued improvement,” added McCaffery. “We have made progress during both the regular season and in post-season play with our participation in the 2012 NIT. Our players know they have the complete support of the University and we look forward to the upcoming seasons.”

Iowa’s incoming recruiting class is ranked among the top 20 in the nation as McCaffery’s squad returns all but two starters from a year ago.

2012 All Siouxland Conference Softball Teams Announced

2012 Softball Final Conference Standings

BHRV 12-2 23-9
MOC/FV 12-2 23-5 *
GLR/CL 8-6 22-8 *
Okoboji 8-6 17-16
West Lyon 7-7 14-11
Sioux Center 5-9 14-15
Sheldon 2-12 5-23
Sibley Ocheyedan 2-12 3-22


First Team
Monserrat Figueroa JR Boyden-Hull Rock Valley
Kassidy Van Voorst SR Boyden-Hull Rock Valley
Whitney Vander Maten SR Boyden-Hull Rock Valley
Tarah Hunt SR MOC/FV
Brook Jacobsma JR MOC/FV
Caitlyn Van Es SR MOC/FV
Lexi Ackerman JR George Little Rock/Central Lyon
Jessica Hilbrands SR George Little Rock/Central Lyon
Abigail Eben JR George Little Rock/Central Lyon
Abby Taylor SO Okoboji
Mikkinzie Peschong SR Okoboji
Caitlyn Grotewold SR West Lyon
Marissa Childress SR West Lyon
Jillian Estes JR Sioux Center
Krista Bousema SO Sheldon


Second Team
Nicole Ewoldt JR Boyden-Hull Rock Valley
Kensy Vande Hoef SO Boyden-Hull Rock Vallley
Emily Mc Donald SO MOC/FV
Sam Wielenga JR MOC/FV
Keeley Kruse JR George Little Rock/Central Lyon
Olivia Rolhk SO Okoboji
Jamie Tracy JR West Lyon
Madison Beaver FR Sioux Center
Michelle Fischer SR Sheldon
Mckenzie Kleve SO Sibley Ocheyedan


Honorable Mention
Joanna Heemstra JR Boyden-Hull Rock Valley
Bre Vander Ploeg SO MOC/FV
Kelsey Ackerman JR George Little Rock/Central Lyon
Anna Seeger FR Okoboji
Denyelle Viereck SR West Lyon
Carrigan Cleveringa JR Sioux Center
Mackenzie Radke SO Sheldon
Bridget Block SR Sibley-Ocheyedan