Western Christian Advances to 2A State Volleyball Semifinals

Second ranked Western Christian advanced to the lower bracket semi finals in Class 2A with a 3-0 win over seventh ranked Traynor. The set scores were 25-15, 25-13 and 25-8.

Haley Moss led Western with 12 kills. Brooke Wolterstorff had 10 kills to go with a team high 8 digs.

The Wolfpack will take a 42-3 record into the semis Friday afternoon at 5:15. they will meet the winner 3rd ranked Carroll Kuemper who eliminated 6th ranked Lake Mills 3-1 in the other lower bracket quarterfinal.

MOC Floyd Valley Advances to 3A State Volleyball Semis While Sioux Center’s Season ends

MOC-Floyd Valley enjoyed a successful State Volleyball Tournament debut with a 3-1 victory over Red Oak in Class 3A State Volleyball first round play. The set scores were 25-19, 23-25, 25-12 and 25-9.

Alexis Conaway had 15 kills to lead the Dutch while Payton Hilton added 13 kills and 18 digs. Angela Mahoney led Red Oak  (27-7) with 7 kills.

Third ranked MOC-Floyd Valley (31-8) faces 10th ranked Mount Vernon Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Court One in the 3A semifinals. Mount Vernon (28-10) upset second ranked Davenport Assumption 3-1 on set scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-22 and 25-17.

In the upper bracket 7th ranked Union ended 4th ranked Sioux Center’s season with a 3-2 win. The set scores were 25-14, 17-25, 25-8, 23-25 and 15-13.

Jillian Estes led the Warriors with 12 kills. Amber Bakker and Jill VanderPlaats had 11 each. Bakker was the team leader in digs with 17.

Sioux Center ends the year at 31-7. Union advances to the other 3A Semi Final against top ranked Mediapolis.



Fish Caught in Manitoba

Dave Leraas from LeMars and Corey Elgersma caught these nice fish in Manitoba, Canada this fall.


Fishing Spotty on Area Lakes

Big Spirit Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Action has been spotty. Active fish can be found, it just takes a little leg work. Try drifting mud flats or weed lines with either wigglers or minnows, and don’t overlook shallow water. Walleye – Good: Action seems to be picking up, especially for wader fishermen in the evening. Many of the fish being caught are in the 11- to 14-inch range, along with a few slots. Trolling crank baits has yielded a few fish, but action is still a little hit and miss.


East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Rock piles and drop offs have been producing a few fish. Trolling and jigging have been the best producers. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass action has been good. Look for rock piles and drop offs. Wigglers and worms produce well on either a jigging spoon or a slip bobber. Trolling small crank baits can also prove effective.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.


West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Try fishing on the drop-offs and don’t be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones. Fishing 8 to 15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results. Yellow Bass – Good: Try using a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15 to 25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit.


Lost Island Lake

A mixed bag of walleye, crappies, and yellow bass has been coming in and action has been good. Try pitching jig and minnow combos for all three along drop offs and other structure.


Scharnberg Pond

Trout stocking will be Nov. 10 around 12:30 p.m.

NWC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Take Wins in Madison, SD

Madison, SD — The seventh-ranked Northwestern Red Raiders men’s basketball team posted its first road win of the year, defeating the Dakota State Trojans.

In the battle of last year’s NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball national qualifiers Tuesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, Northwestern jumped to a 16-point halftime lead.  Dakota State used a late second-half rally but fell short to the nationally-ranked Northwestern 78-70.

Dakota State suffered their first defeat of the season and dropped their overall record to 1-1.  Northwestern, No. 7 in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason national poll, raised their record to 2-1.

The second-ranked Red Raider women’s basketball continued their dominance by posting a 99-58 win over the Dakota State Lady Trojans in Madison, SD Wednesday night.

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 1-1.  Northwestern the number two team in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason poll, defeated their third straight opponent from the former Dakota Athletic Conference foes to start the season (3-0 overall record).

Dordt College Basketball Wrap from Tuesday November 7th

The Dordt College men’s basketball team improved to a perfect 4-0 with a dominating 90-43 performance over the visiting Grace Royals this evening in a non-conference match up.

Dordt College used a 17-6 spurt, capped by a Cliff Warner 3 pointer to turn a mere five point cushion (16-11) at the 12:34 mark into a 16 point advantage (38-22) with two and half minutes to play in the first half. Back to back 3 pointers got the Royals back to within 10 but a pair of Trevor Wolterstorff free-throws gave the Defenders back their 16 point cushion (44-28) going in to half time.

The Defenders proceeded to score the first 16 points of the second half to blow the game open and found themselves leading by 32 (60-28)just 5 minutes in to the second half. Dordt College extended the lead to 40 points on an Elliott Christians layup at 10:36 and the Royals would not be able to cut in to the 40 point advantage for the duration as the Defenders pick up their 4th win to start the season.

Dordt’s Cliff Warner led all scorers as the senior had 24 points, shooting 7 of 13 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from three point range and was a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe, Warner also had an assist and 2 steals. Jordan Vogel added 12 points for the Defenders while Nathan Rindels and Elliott Christians both had 10 coming off the bench for Dordt. Shawn Keizer and Elliott Christians were tied with team high honors in rebounds with 6 apiece and Trevor Wolterstorff led the Defenders with 4 assists.

The Royals were paced by Treston Mayo who finished with 10 points as the stifling Defender defense did not allow anyone else to score in double figures. Hakeem Stewart and Lance Evans both snared 7 rebound for Grace.

Dordt College held the Royals to just 26.1% shooting from the floor on 18 of 69 attempts. Grace shot 5 of 21 from beyond the arc for 23.8% and the Royals made 2 of 4 free throws in the contest and did not make a single trip to the line in the second half.

The Defenders were one field goal shy of shooting 50% from the floor as they made 30-61 (49.2%) including 11 of 26 from three point range. From the free throw line Dordt College was 19 of 27 for 70.4%.

The Royals narrowly outrebounded Dordt grabbing 44 boards to Dordt’s 43, however Dordt forced Grace in to 24 turnovers while coughing the ball up only 12 times themselves.

Next up on the Defender’s schedule is a pair of games in Orange City as part of the Northwestern Classic. On Friday, November 9, Dordt College will take on Waldorf at 6:00 pm and will follow that up with a game against AIB at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 10.

Dordt’s Current Record: 4-0 (0-0)

The Dordt College women’s basketball team went toe to toe with the #8 ranked Grand View Vikings and the Defenders had a shot at the buzzer to win that wouldn’t drop, falling by a final of 64-62. Dordt College falls to 0-3 on the season with the loss while the Vikings improve to 3-0.

A Jasmin Schelhaas three pointer at 10:27 gave the Defenders their second 5 point margin (18-13) of the first half but the Vikings rattled off the next 5 points to tie the game at 18-18. A Kara Van Dyke basket at 7:16 sparked an 8-0 run for the Defenders and Dordt led 26-18 with just over 5 minutes to play in the first half. A pair of Schelhaas free-throws put Dordt up by 5 (29-24) with 1:25 remaining but the Vikings scored the final 4 points to cut the Dordt advantage down to 1 (29-28) going in to the break.

A Morgan Hamner layup to open up the second half gave the Vikings their first lead of the game at 30-29 and a Lene Lox 3 pointer pushed the advantage to 4 (33-29)but Dordt responded with a pair of Robyn Blount free throws and a Jessica Jelsema jumper to tie it at 33-33 with 17:31 to play.

The teams were knotted at 37-37 with 16:10 on the clock when the Vikings went on a 10-4 run to take a 47-41 advantage at 12:44 but the Defenders rallied with a 10-0 run of their own, and the Defenders led 51-47 with 10 minutes to play. Dordt pushed the lead to as many as 5 (54-49) on an Elise Maresh jumper with 7:32 left and the two teams were tied at 54, 56 and 58. A Mika Rodewald layup broke the 58-58 tie with 2:45 to play and Dordt’s Brianna Spronk cut the lead to one on a made free-throw with 1:25 left but was unable to tie the game with her second attempt. Shelbie Beatty hit a jumper for the Vikings to push the lead to 3 (62-59) with 25 seconds to play and Amy Vos made it 63-59 with a made free-throw with 13 seconds left.

Trailing by 4, Dordt’s Danelle Boone nailed a deep three pointer with 6 seconds to go to get within 1 (63-62). The Defenders quickly fouled on the inbound pass and Shelby Beattie could only connect on one free-throw, giving Dordt a chance to tie or win. With time running down, Boone was able to get another nice look at a three but couldn’t get the game winner over the ranked opponent.

“Our effort was outstanding,” said Dordt head coach Craig Stiemsma, “and our execution was the best it’s been so far this year. There were definitely a lot of positives for us in this game.”

Dordt was led in scoring by Brianna Spronk, who finished with 16 points on 4-9 from the floor with one made three and 7-10 from the charity stripe while Kara Van Dyke ended with 15 points on 6-12 from the floor with one three and 2-4 from the line. Van Dyke also paced Dordt College in rebounding with 12 boards and had a team high 2 assists.

Scoring honors for the Vikings went to Lene Lox who had 17 points on 6-9 from the floor with 2 three and 3 of 4 from the line. Shelby Beatty and Mika Rodewald each added a dozen points with Rodewald also snaring a game high 13 rebounds. Abby Mendlik dished out a game high 5 assists.

The Defenders were 21-60 (35%) from the floor, 5-19 (26%) from three point range and 15-25 (60%) from the charity stripe.

Grand View finished the night shooting 41.8% from the floor on 23 of 55 with 3 of 8 (37.5%) from beyond the arc and 15-25% on free throws.

The Vikings pulled down 46 boards while Dordt grabbed 34 and the Defenders had 16 turnovers while forcing the Vikings in to committing 23.

The Defender women will travel to Chicago to take on Moody Bible Institute on Friday, November 9 as part of the Moody Bible Tournament. The consolation game of the tournament will be held at noon on Saturday, November 10 with the championship scheduled for a 2:00 pm tip-off.

Dordt’s Current Record: 0-3 (0-0)