Travis Dekkers Becomes Dordt All Time Hits Leader

With a single to leftfield in game two of a doubleheader with Mount Marty on Saturday afternoon, April 7, Travis Dekkers became Dordt College’s all-time baseball hits leader. The senior from Hawarden, Iowa now has 156 hits over his three-plus seasons at Dordt and passed former teammate Dillon Peters for the record.

Dekkers started the season in sixth all-time and has 33 base hits through 29 games this season. Dekkers already held the all-time doubles record at Dordt with 39 and ranks second in total bases with 217. All totaled Dekkers ranks in the top-five in six different offensive categories and he also ranks first in put-outs on defense with 975.

Dekkers has played in 143 out of 145 games during his career and has played in 127 straight games for the Defenders. The last time Dekkers was not in the Dordt lineup was March 20, 2009, a doubleheader against Doane College.

Where Dekkers ranks:
Hits: 1st with 156
At-Bats: 3rd with 473
Runs: 13th with 69
Runs Batted In: 4th with 84
Singles: 3rd with 108
Doubles: 1st with 39
Total Bases: 2nd with 217
Put Outs: 1st with 975
Fielding percentage: 6th with .973

Dordt College all-time hits leaders:
Travis Dekkers 2009-present 156
Dillon Peters 2006-2009 155
Beau Bosma 1999-2002 152
Tim De Jong 1996-1999 143
Travis Feekes 2007-2010 141
Craig Broek 1997-2000 141
Steve Vermeer 1985-1988 120
Travis De Jong 2005-2008 120
Jeff Schouten 1993-1996 119
Stacey Kooiman 1989-1992 113
Scott Van Andel 1999-2002 110
Troy Vander Molen 1991-1994 107
Doug Miedema 1981-1984 107
Dennis Van Zanten 1978-1981 101

Northwest Iowa Special Olympics Set For April 21st

The Special Olympics, Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 21st at the Sioux Center Athletic Field. In the event of inclement weather the games will go indoors to the Dordt College Gym and Rec Center.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:35 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15 pm. There are 446 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old.

Athletes are expected from Lyon and Osceola counties down to Monona and Crawford as part of the Northwest District area. Athletes may participate in 2 events and run with a relay team. There are over 125 volunteers who help to make the day a great success. First place winners will compete in Ames on May 17th through the 19th at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

Siouxland Conference Golf Opener Today

The Siouxland Conference opens boys and girls golf play this afternoon. The Sheldon Orabs are hosting the boys meet at the Sheldon Golf and Country Club.

Due to the great spring weather the Orabs along with the other teams in the conference have spent the last two weeks on the course. Sheldon coach Gene Bomgaars feels that’s been a great benefit as the Orab boys get their collective games locked in:

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With some inexperience in the line up opening at home is a good thing for the Orabs:

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The field of teams at the Sheldon Golf and Country Club will be West Lyon, Sioux Center, Sibley Ocheyedan, Rock Valley, Okoboji, MOC Floyd Valley, George Little Rock, Central Lyon and Boyden Hull.

A girls meet involving the same teams will be hosted by George Little Rock this afternoon.

Sports Schedule For Monday

Sports schedule for Monday 4/9/12


Girls Track

Sheldon, Cherokee, Gehlen, Lawton Bronson, MMC, MOC Floyd Valley, Remsen St Mary’s, Sibley Ocheyedan, Spalding, Storm Lake and West Sioux at Unity

Boys Golf

Boyden Hull, Central Lyon, George Little Rock, MOC Floyd Valley, Okoboji, Rock Valley, Sibley Ocheyedan, Sioux Center and West Lyon at Sheldon

Girls Golf

Sheldon, Boyden Hull, Central Lyon, MOC Floyd Valley, Okoboji, Rock Valley, Sibley Ocheyedan, Sioux Center and West Lyon at George Little Rock

Coed Golf

West Sioux at MMC

Spalding at Unity

Girls Soccer

Unity at Sergeant Bluff Luton

Western at Spencer

Boys Soccer

Sergeant Bluff Luton at Unity

Spencer at Western

College Baseball

Northwestern at Avila University in Kansas City

Kleinhesselink Leads Northwestern To Dramatic Sweep

Northwestern swept USF in a non-conference softball doubleheader played in Orange City Friday afternoon. It turned out to be a huge day for Jillian Kleinhesselink.

Northwestern won both games in extra innings 4-2 in dramatic fashion. In the opener Kleinhesselink hit a walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

In the nightcap Jillian seized the moment again as she hit a walk-off three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th.

The Northwestern softball team has the rest of the weekend off.

The Dordt Defender softball team has the weekend off as well.


Confirmed. There ARE Jumping Carp In The Okobojis

But How Many? And At What Level Will They Be A Problem?

Iowa DNR reports a commercial fishing company caught 55 silver carp and 82 big head carp on March 28 and 29, fishing in the same general area of East Okoboji Lake where two big head carp were netted by the Iowa DNR last August during a population survey.

On April 3, one silver carp was caught by the same commercial angler in Spirit Lake.  A second netting effort on April 4 in the same East Okoboji Lake location resulted in only two bighead carp and two silver carp.

Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the invasive fish had a small window last summer in which to enter the Iowa Great Lakes. Flood events in June and July allowed the fish to navigate the Little Sioux River past the Linn Grove Dam, landing at the doorstep of the Iowa Great Lakes.

Once below the Iowa Great Lakes, heavy rain events in July caused flooding conditions on the lakes that allowed these fish to enter Lower Gar Lake, which is the final lake in the chain of six glacial lakes in Dickinson County.

“While it confirms the presence of both species, this commercial seine haul does not tell us how many Asian carp are in the lakes. Nor does it get us any closer to knowing at what level these fish will be a problem.,” Hawkins said.

The DNR has been working with their partners to prevent additional invasive carp from entering the lakes.

Fundraising to pay for an electronic fish barrier at the Lower Gar outlet has passed $600,000.  Hawkins said information on different barriers is due April 9 from prospective companies that will explain the potential systems and more accurately set out the final cost.  Preliminary estimates put the barrier in the $700,000 range.

While both species are problems for the fisheries, silver carp are more of a concern for boaters because of their tendency to jump out of the water and can grow to more than 50 pounds. Hawkins says anglers are not likely to catch one of these fish because they are filter feeders, if it does happen, anglers should bring them to the Spirit Lake Hatchery.

The invasive carp were removed from the lake and utilized by a local fish processing company.

NOTE:  The photo shows jumping carp on another body of water, NOT one in the Okoboji chain.

For more information about the jumping carp problem and what’s being done to combat them, click here for an earlier story.