Sports Schedule For Wednesday 6/13/12

 A pair of softball double headers are on the schedule for today. Hinton will be at Spalding and West Sioux will be at LeMars Gehlen for a pair of War Eagle doubleheaders. Starting times for both is 6pm.






Sioux Center at Okoboji

George Little Rock Central Lyon at Sibley Ocheyedan

MOC Floyd Valley at West Lyon

Sergeant Bluff Luton at Akron Westfield

Remsen Union at MMC

Hinton at Spalding for double header starting at 6pm

West Sioux at Gehlen for double header starting at 6pm

HMS at South O’Brien  (Varsity will play first)

Unity at Remsen St Mary’s

Spirit Lake at Western


Sioux Center at Okoboji

Central Lyon at Boyden Hull Rock Valley

George Little Rock at Sibley Ocheyedan

MOC Floyd Valley at West Lyon

Hinton at Spalding

South O’Brien at HMS (Varsity will play at 6pm)

West Sioux at Gehlen

Remsen Union at MMC

Unity at Remsen St Mary’s

Spirit Lake at Western

DNR Releases 2012 Pheasant Nesting Outlook

The mild winter and warm spring should give a much needed boost to Iowa’s pheasant population.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ nesting forecast, that plugs current weather conditions into a model with 50 years of corresponding data, predicts that Iowa’s pheasant population will increase by more than 40 percent.

“We should see our first statewide pheasant increase in more than six years,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR.

“This is the best combination of winter and spring weather we’ve seen for ground nesting birds since 2003. Over the last 50 years we’ve seen similar weather conditions to this past winter and spring about six times and the average increase in pheasant populations those years was 42 percent.”

Bogenschutz said this model is correct about 80 percent of the time.

“The August roadside survey is the best gauge of what upland populations will be this fall,” he said. The DNR will post its August roadside numbers on the DNR webpage around September 15th.

The favorable spring will allow upland bird populations to expand and reoccupy available grassland habitats where they have been depleted over the last five severe winters, said Bogenschutz.

Unfortunately Iowa has seen a significant drop in general CRP habitat falling from 1.97 million acres in 2007 to 1.66 million acres last fall. However, Iowa has not faired as bad as other states like Minnesota and the Dakotas where CRP loses have been even greater.

Iowa has also had a couple of very successful continuous CRP sign-ups and just submitted a new proposal to USDA targeted at recovering pheasant populations in Iowa. USDA will also roll out a new highly erodible lands continuous CRP program this summer and Iowa should be very competitive with these acres. If approved both of these continuous CRP practices should help recovery pheasant populations.


High School Softball/Baseball Roundup From 6-11-2012

High School Softball:

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 13, Sheldon 3

Game 1 – Akron-Westfield 1, South O’Brien 0, Game 2 – Akron-Westfield 9, South O’Brien 1

Emmetsburg 2, Estherville Lincoln Central 1 (11)

Game 1 – Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 13, Unity Christian 9, Game 2 – Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 14, Unity Christian 2

LeMars 13, Cherokee 3

MOC-Floyd Valley 9, Sioux Center 7

Spencer 5, Western Christian 0

Spirit Lake 12, Storm Lake 0


High School Baseball:

Sheldon 6, Central Lyon 4

George-Little Rock 16, Trinity Christian High School 6 (5 Innings)

Okoboji 7, Sibley-Ocheyedan 3

Western Christian 5, Spencer 2

Game 1 – Harris-Lake Park 4, West Bend-Mallard 1, Game 2 –
Harris-Lake Park 6, West Bend-Mallard 0

West Lyon 7, Boyden Hull Rock Valley 6

George Little Rock Central Lyon Turns Back Sheldon 13-3

George Little Rock Central Lyon posted a 13-3 six inning win over the Orabs at Sheldon Monday night. With the win the Mustangs improve to 12-4 on the season and 6-2 in the Siouxland Conference. Sheldon slips to 2-9 for the season and 1-4 in the conference.

The Mustangs opened with a 5 run first inning as Lexi Ackerman, Jessica Sandbulte, Kori Schulte, Mikalya Miller and Taylor Carstensen came in to score. Rbi’s went to Schulte, Miller and Kelsey Ackerman.

Sheldon answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Mackenzie Radke opened with a single to right field and came in to score on a error off a ground ball put in play by Krista Bousema.

Sheldon cut the lead to 5-3 with 2 more in the second inning. Katie Jongewaard singled and came in to score on a single up the middle by Abbie Meendering. Kayla Johnson reached beating out a bunt with two outs. Johnson scored on a single up the middle by Radke.

The Mustangs added two more runs in the third inning as Morgan Herda walked and scored on a Lexi Ackerman single. Ackerman later came around to make it 7-3.

The lead went to 10-3 in the top of the 5th as Herda, Lexi Ackerman and Jessica Sandbulte would score. Three more runs crossed the plate in the top of the 6th inning as Miller, Herda and Lexi Ackerman came across to make it 13-3. The Mustangs kept Sheldon off the board in the bottom of the 6th inning and that was the ball game.

Abby Eben earned the win for George Little Rock Central Lyon. She gave up 6 hits and walked one batter. Allie Jongewaard took the loss for Sheldon as she scattered 8 hits and walked 7 batters.

Sheldon returns to action Tuesday night playing host to Newell Fonda in a non conference match up. The Mustangs are playing out of the conference as well as they welcome Harris Lake Park to Rock Rapids.

Sports Schedule For Tuesday 6/12/12

The Sheldon Orab Softball Team is playing out of the conference today as they play host to Newell Fonda at Orab Field. The Sheldon Baseball Team has the day off.






Newell Fonda at Sheldon

Spirit Lake at Sibley Ocheyedan

Okoboji at North Sentral Kossuth A-R

Harris Lake Park at G-LR-CL

LeMars at MOC Floyd Valley

West Sioux at Sioux Center

Unity at Western

Remsen Union at Akron Westfield

Gehlen at MMC

Sergeant Bluff Luton at Hinton


West Sioux at Sioux Center

Unity at Western

HMS at Clay Central Everly

Sergeant Bluff Luton at Hinton

Harris Lake Park at Pocahontas Area



Latest IHSBCA Poll Out 6/11/12

The Latest IHSBCA poll is out and Cedar Rapids Kennedy tops the 4A poll. It’s Sioux City Heelan topping the 3A poll. Davis County leads the 2A poll with 1A topped by Council Bluffs St Albert.




1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2. Ankeny
3. Dowling Catholic
4. Waukee
5. Iowa City West
6. West DM Valley
7. Fort Dodge
8. SE Polk
9. Muscatine
10. Iowa City High

1. Sioux City Heelan
2. Dallas Center-Grimes
3. Harlan
4. Assumption
5. Clear Lake
6. Grinnell
7. Benton Community
8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton
9. LeMars
10. New Hampton

1. Davis County
2. St. Edmond-Ft. Dodge
3. Dyersville-Beckman
4. North Polk
5. PCM
6. Iowa City Regina
7. Waterloo Columbus
8. Van Buren
9. Ogden
10. Wilton

1. Council Bluffs -St. Albert
2. Mason City Newman
3. Lawton-Bronson
4. Martensdale-St. Mary’s
5. Lisbon
6. Preston
7. Pleasantville
8. Algona Garrigan
9. Van Meter
10. South O’Brien