Dordt Ranked 2nd; NWC 4th In Preseason GPAC Volleyball Poll

Northwest Iowa — The preseason GPAC volleyball poll is out and Dordt along with Northwestern made the top five in the eleven team poll. Hastings topped the  poll followed by Dordt. Midland is in the three spot with Northwestern fourth and Doane rounding out the top five.

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Craig Klatt Men’s Club Champion at Sheldon Country Club

Sheldon Iowa — Craig Klatt won the 2017 men’s Club Championship at the Sheldon Golf and Country Club carding a round of 112 in the Championship Flight. He was one shot better than Paul Meyer who fired a 113. Jerod Renking was third at 116 followed by Dave Van Essen and Zack Sawyer who were both at 117.

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Weekly Dakota Angler Fishing Report

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

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IHSAA Announces Major Changes to State Basketball

Boone, Iowa — The boys’ state basketball tournament is being reduced to a five-day event with championship games being held on Friday. Alan Beste is executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and says Saturday was eliminated with the hopes of avoiding college basketball tournaments and spring break.

It is the first major change in the state basketball tournament since the move from three to four classes in 1985 and Beste hopes it will boost sagging attendance.

“If we can avoid conflicts for the fans and the teams who are coming I think we have an obligation to do that”, said Beste. “We felt by taking Saturday off and condensing it down to a five-day tournament that we could help take away one of the conflicts people may have that make it difficult for them to come to the state tournament on a Saturday.”

A few years ago the IHSAA floated the idea of super regionals and cutting the number of teams at the state tournament to four per class. Beste says that was not one of the options considered.