Dana Weerheim Of Hawarden To Play Basketball At Northwestern

Dana Weerheim Signs With Northwestern

Dana Weerheim of Hawarden has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Weerheim is a 5’7” guard who lettered three years for the West Sioux basketball team. Weerheim averaged 13.9 points, five rebounds and five assists per game her senior year, earning second team all-state honors. She made 53 three-pointers and totaled 71 steals in leading her team to the class 1A state semifinals with a 25-2 overall record. Weerheim was named to the all-tournament team at state and earned first team all-conference honors three consecutive years. She also was all-district and all-Northwest Iowa Review selection as a junior and senior.

An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Weerheim plans to major in athletic training/physical therapy at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Dennis and Theresa.

“On behalf of Northwestern College and the women’s basketball program, we are excited that Dana has chosen to further education and basketball career as a Red Raider,” commented head women’s basketball coach Chris Yaw. “She has had an outstanding high school career and she demonstrates a great level of character as a person. Dana will be a good fit for our program and for Northwestern College.”

Early Turkey Season Preview

A mild winter. A warm spring. Iowa’s turkey hunters are primed for their days in the woods. And so are the turkeys. Iowa’s expanded youth turkey hunting season gets underway April 7. The first of four regular seasons opens April 16 across the state.

Each year, gobblers start gobbling and strutting weeks ahead of the hunting season. This year has been no exception, with record and near record temperatures throughout March.

“They’re definitely active. I saw four different birds strutting in different areas, four days in a row,” reports DNR turkey research biologist Todd Gosselink. “Most of those birds are with hens, but they don’t initiate breeding until the photoperiod—the amount of daylight—gets longer.”

Gosselink says actual mating might be pushed up a few days perhaps, but that hens instincts guide them away from mating too early, with the prospect of a late winter cold snap or extended snow claiming March nests.

“The big change this year, though, will be visibility,” says Gosselink. “Usually, first season is fairly open; not many trees budding yet. This year, if you are anywhere near bushes you are not going to see birds off as far as you have in the past.”

And when the calling starts, he anticipates an average year for hunter success. “Probably 10,000 birds; maybe up to 12,000,” forecasts Gosselink. “The past few years, we have had average to below average reproduction. (Harvest) this year, will be real similar to 2011.”

Across the state, north central Iowa has had better hatch and poult survival conditions the last couple years. He anticipates gobbler numbers down to about the same elsewhere. Overall, the best area for seeing turkeys continues to be in southern Iowa and in the northeast counties; with more heavily wooded areas and river corridors.

“Northeast Iowa has some large tracts of timber; state forest areas, wildlife management areas,” suggests Gosselink. “The Loess Hills, in western Iowa is probably one of the better places; scenic with good turkey numbers…if you’re willing to travel.”

If hunting on public land, you might fare better by going on a weekday or walking a half mile to a mile back into the woods, instead of closer to the parking lots…to avoid the crowds.

And don’t let the early spring dissuade you from late season hunting.

In the early days, when toms are strutting and gobbling, it is tough to get them away from the hens. When those hens go off to sit on their eggs, toms often respond to your hen calls; thinking there is one more which has not started nesting yet. Often a silent tom will appear, with no thunderous gobble to announce his arrival.


By Joe Wilkinson

Iowa Department of Natural Resources



Alex Van Roekel Signs With Northwestern For Football And Track

Alex Van Roekel Signs With Northwestern

Alex Van Roekel of Orange City has signed letters of intent to continue his football and track and field careers at Northwestern College next year.

Van Roekel is a 6’1”, 185-pound wide receiver and safety who lettered two years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School football team. Van Roekel scored two touchdowns and totaled 96 yards as a receiver and posted 26 tackles on defense. He helped lead the Dutch to a 5-5 record and a postseason berth last year. A member of the National Honor Society, Van Roekel plans to major in business at Northwestern. He is the son of Gerald and Amy.

“We are really excited about Alex’s potential at the wide receiver position,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He showed last fall that he has big play potential as a receiver and now that he can focus on just his offensive skills, we feel Alex will become a great target with his nice combination of size and speed.”

A four-year letter winner for the MOC-Floyd Valley track and field team, Van Roekel earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and boasts personal bests of 11.4 in the 100 meters and 22.4 in the 200 meters.

“Alex is a quality young man and talented sprinter,” commented head track and field coach Nate Wolf. “He is a hard worker and is a great addition to our team. I am excited to have Alex join our squad.”

MOC-FV Basketball Standout McDonald Signs With Northwestern

MOC-FV Basketball standout Lauren McDonald has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

McDonald is a 6’0” multi-sports star who earned a total of 12 letters, three in basketball, for MOC-Floyd Valley High School. McDonald averaged 8.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and totaled 35 steals, earning third team all-state honors her senior year. She helped lead the Dutch to a state runner-up finish and 27-1 overall record in 2012 while also being named to the class 3A state all-tournament team. McDonald was also all-district and two-time all-conference selection. In addition, McDonald was all-conference player in volleyball and two-time state qualifier in track and field. An outstanding student who was a finalist for the E. Wayne Cooley IGHSAU student-athlete award, McDonald plans to major in education at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Todd and Kris.

“We are excited to have Lauren join our basketball program next year,” commented head women’s basketball coach Chris Yaw. “In addition to her outstanding basketball accomplishments, Lauren is an outstanding student and person. Her pursuit of excellence in her faith, academics and athletics will make her a quality addition to the Northwestern College community and to our basketball team.”

Track Season Opens For Sheldon and Area Teams

The outdoor track season begins today for most area high school teams. While the Sioux Center boys are at the Sergeant Bluff Luton invite,  a large contingent of area track teams open the season at the MOC Floyd Valley Invite this afternoon.

Along with the Sheldon Orabs, teams competing at the coed meet on the Northwestern College Track include Central Lyon, Gehlen, the HMS girls, LeMars boys, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, Spirit Lake, Unity, Western and Sioux Center girls teams.

KIWA Radio asked Sheldon Orab head girls track Coach Kris Groff for his thoughts going into the outdoor opener this afternoon,

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Sheldon boys track coach Jason Groendyke had these thoughts about the boy’s competition at today’s meet,

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In other track competition today West Lyon, Central Lyon and Hills Beaver Creek Minnesota are among the teams participating in a coed meet hosted by Boyden Hull Rock Valley at Hesla Field.

Sports Schedule For Tuesday

Sports schedule for Tuesday 4/3/12

Coed Track

Sheldon,Central Lyon, Gehlen, HMS Girls, LeMars Boys, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, Spirit Lake, Unity, Western and Sioux Center Girls at the MOC Floyd Valley invite

West Lyon, Central Lyon, Hills Beaver Creek Ellsworth MN at Boyden Hull Rock Valley

Boys Track

Sioux Center at Sergeant Bluff Luton

Boys Soccer

Spirit Lake Park Okoboji at Unity

Girls Soccer

Unity at Okoboji Spirit Lake

Coed Golf

Unity at Akron Westfield

MMC at Western

South O’Brien at Remsen St Mary’s