Village Northwest Unlimited Panthers to Hit Hardwood at Dordt And Northwestern

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVillage Northwest Unlimited has announced that the Village Panthers Special Olympics basketball team will play in a scrimmage at the Dordt College vs Morningside home basketball game and the Northwestern College vs Concordia home game. The scrimmage at Dordt College will take place on January 23, 2013 at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa during halftime of both the women’s and men’s games, which begin at 6pm. The Panthers play for 10 minutes in order to display their talents and receive support from the fans at Dordt College. Stacie Jorgensen, Director of Advancement at Village Northwest Unlimited states “Dordt College has been a great partner in the past and we are happy to share this evening of basketball with them.” Dordt’s Athletic Director, Glenn Bouma, shared “we are excited to have the Village Panthers be a part of our game day. It’s another great opportunity for us to partner with Village Northwest and support people with disabilities.” Dordt College also hosts indoor winter Special Olympics events and outdoor track & field events.

The scrimmage at Northwestern College in Orange City will take place Saturday February 2, 2013, at halftime of the women’s game vs. Concordia at the Northwestern College Bultman Center. The women’s game will begin at 2pm. The Panthers will scrimmage for 10 minutes. Jorgensen commented,” we are thrilled to be able to partner with Northwestern College to give our Special Olympics athletes a chance to perform and show their abilities. Many people do not have a chance to see people with a disability perform in athletic events and they are usually impressed by their ability and determination so it will be a great opportunity for people to experience this firsthand.”

Northwestern College Athletics Director Barry Brandt shared that “We are pleased to have the Village Panthers as our guests! This will be a big day for Raider athletics as we also induct our Hall of Fame recipients and host the Northwest Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes Day of Champions. Come out and enjoy an exciting afternoon of basketball!” There will be free will donation baskets at the concession stands and information table in the lobby at both games.

Village Northwest Unlimited officials have also announced other dates for the Village Panthers’ basketball schedule for this winter. The schedule will include two home games and two away games. In cooperation with Mike Niece, Sheldon Community Schools Athletic Director and the Sheldon Orabs basketball teams, the Panthers will again perform at halftime of two Orab basketball games. The first game took place on Friday, January 4 and the next Panthers performance will be on Saturday January 26 at halftime of the boy’s game against Sergeant Bluff-Luten.

The remaining basketball schedule for the Village Panthers is as follows:

January 19 (Saturday) – 9am

Panthers vs. Horizons Unlimited (AWAY)

@ Iowa Lakes Community College Rec Center -Emmetsburg

 February 9 (Saturday) – 9am

Panthers vs. Horizons Unlimited (AWAY)

@ Iowa Lakes Community College Rec Center -Emmetsburg

February 16 (Saturday) – 9am

Panthers vs. Horizons Unlimited (HOME)

@ Village Northwest Unlimited Wansink Center Gym -Sheldon

The Panthers qualified for the State Special Olympics basketball tournament, which will take place in Iowa City on March 15-16. Last year, the Panthers took 3rd place at the State Tournament for Special Olympics and in 2011 the team won first place at the tournament.

Village Northwest Unlimited is nationally recognized as one of the premier providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. VNU builds successful lives for 180 individuals by providing opportunities and choices in residential, vocational and social programs while fulfilling its mission of providing Purpose, Privacy and Dignity for all people.


Kellie Goedken to Join Northwestern Volleyball Program

Northwesstern logoFormer Sheldon Orab Kellie Goedken has signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Northwestern College next fall.

A four-year starter and 2011 graduate of Sheldon, Goedken earned all-state honors three years, including first team accolades as a senior. Goedken ranked eighth in class 2A in kills per set (3.9) and 10th in blocks per set (1.42) in leading the Orabs to the state tournament and a 36-4 overall record her senior year.

She hit .454 and totaled 152 digs, 143 blocks and 27 ace serves. Goedken participated in the senior all-star game and received first team all-Siouxland Conference honors three years. She also led the conference in blocks in leading her team to a state 2A runner-up finish as a sophomore. Goedken will major in pre-medicine at Northwestern and is the daughter of Glen and Kathleen.

“Kellie is a wonderful addition to our volleyball team,” commented head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. “She is a great young lady and a very talented and accomplished volleyball player as well. We are excited that Kellie has decided to continue her volleyball career.”

Local Sports Highlights From Monday, January 14

Northwest Iowa — There were a few local sports matchups across the area on Monday January 15th. On the wrestling mat, host team Boyden-Hull Rock Valley posted a dominating performance. BH-RV defeated the wrestling teams of Lawton Bronson and Western-Unity Christian each by a score of 63-9


In high school basketball:



Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 58

Harris-Lake Park 45



Harris-Lake Park 63

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 29

Western Second in Latest Radio Iowa Boys Basketball Poll Sheldon Sixth Boyden Hull Third in 1A

basketballClass 4A
1. Iowa City West (11-0), LW #1 @ Keokuk (Tue)
2. Bettendorf (10-0), LW #4 @ Iowa City High (Tue)
3. Dubuque Senior (9-1), LW #3 vs Pleasant Valley (Tue)
4. Sioux City East (11-0), LW #8 @ Sioux City West (Tue)
5. Ankeny (8-2), LW #8 @ DSM North (Tue)
6. Western Dubuque (11-0), LW #9 @ Maquoketa (Tue)
7. DSM Hoover (8-1), LW #10 @ #8 Urbandale (Tue)
8. Urbandale (9-2), LW #5 vs #7 Hoover (Tue)
9. Sioux City North (10-1), LW #7 @ Sioux City West (Fri)
10.North Scott (10-2), LW #2 @ Clinton (Fri)


Class 3A
1. Vinton-Shellsburg (12-0), LW #4 @ Independence (Tue)
2. Davenport Assumption (8-3), LW #3 @ Rock Island Alleman (Tue)
3. Dallas Center-Grimes (11-0), LW #5 vs Ballard (tonight)
4. Atlantic (11-1), LW #4 @ Carroll Kuemper (Tue)
5. Sioux City Heelan (9-2), LW #6 @ Dakota Valley, SD
6. Crestwood (10-0), LW (X) vs Oelwein (Tue)
7. Creston (9-2), LW #2 @ Glenwood (Tue)
8. MOC-Floyd Valley (11-2), LW #8 @ 1A #3 Boyden-Hull (Tue)
9. Solon (8-2), LW #10 vs Anamosa (Tue)
10.Centerville (8-1), LW (X) vs Fairfield (Tue)


Class 2A
1. West Fork (12-0), LW #1 @ Nashua-Plainfield (Tue)
2. Western Christian (11-1), LW #2 @ Storm Lake (Tue)
3. Nodaway Valley (12-0), LW #3 @ Lenox (Tue)
4. Cascade (11-0), LW #6 @ Alburnett (Tue)
5. MFL Mar-Mac (9-1), LW #5 @ Clayton Ridge (Tue)
6. Sheldon (12-1), LW #7 @ George-Little Rock (Tue)
7. West Branch (12-1), LW #9 vs Iowa City Regina (Fri)
8. IKM-Manning (13-1), LW #4 vs Ridge View (Tue)
9. PCM Monroe (12-1), LW #10 @ South Hamilton (Tue)
10.New Hampton (9-2), LW #8 vs Oelwein (Fri)


Class 1A
1. Danville (12-0), LW #1 vs Van Buren (Tue)
2. Storm Lake St. Mary’s (11-0), LW #2 vs Newell-Fonda (Tue)
3. Boyden-Hull (10-2), LW #3vs 3A #8 MOC-Floyd Valley
4. Lone Tree (13-0), LW #7 vs Wapello (Tue)
5. Harris-Lake Park (10-1), LW #5 @ HMS Hartley (tonight)
6. Dunkerton (12-0), LW #6 @ Clarksville (Tue)
7. Preston (11-0), LW #8 vs Northeast (Goose Lake) (Tue)
8. Lawton-Bronson (13-0), LW #10 @ Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto (Tue)
9. Riverside (Oakland) (11-1), LW #4 vs Griswold (Tue)
10.Murray (14-0), LW (X) @ Moravia (Tue)


Sports Schedule For Tuesday January 15th


A busy night in the Siouxland Conference includes Sheldon at George Little Rock for a basketball doubleheader. We’ll bring you the coverage on KIWA FM 105.3.

Basketball Doubleheaders

Sheldon at G-LR
Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame for the girls at 6:05 with the opening tip at 6:15 with the boys game to follow. We’ll stream from the website at



MOC Floyd Valley at Boyden Hull

Sioux Center at Central Lyon

West Lyon at Okoboji

Rock Valley at Sibley Ocheyedan

Remsen Union at Akron Westfield

MMC at Spalding

Hinton at Gehlen

Trinity at Unity

West Sioux at Alcester Hudson SD

Western at Storm Lake

Harris Lake Park at West Bend Mallard


Akron Westfield and Alcester Hudson SD at West Sioux

Hinton and Westwood at MMC

Sports Schedule For Monday January 14th

wrestling gearA limited sports schedule for Monday features a wrestling double dual hosted by Boyden Hull Rock Valley and a basketball doubleheader hosted by Hartley Melvin Sanborn.

Wrestling Double Dual

Western – Unity and Lawton Bronson at BHRV

Basketball Doubleheader

Harris Lake Park at HMS