Area High School Softball & Baseball From Wednesday, May 23rd

Here are the the local area scores from baseball and softball games played on Wednesday, May 23rd 2012. If you have any additional information to add to this story, you can e-mail the information to


Emmetsburg 12, West Hancock 4

Estherville Lincoln Central 15, Graettinger-Terril 5

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 13, Sibley-Ocheyedan 3

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 12, Clay Central-Everly 1

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 8, South O’Brien 1

Sioux Center 8, Okoboji 4

Spalding Catholic 12, Unity Christian 2



Harris-Lake Park 4, Sibley-Ocheyedan 1 (Suspended game in 5th inning)

Hinton 5, West Sioux 5 (Suspended bottom 7th. To be completed June 18)

Remsen St. Mary’s 13, Akron-Westfield 6

Remsen-Union 6, LeMars Gehlen 0

South O’Brien 8, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 7

Western Christian 6, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 3 (Final – 6 innings)

Sports Schedule for Thursday 5/24/12

Four Siouxland Conference softball games are on the schedule for Thursday including LeMars at Sheldon. We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 with pregame at 7:20 for a scheduled 7:30 start. Other conference match ups  feature Sibley Ocheyedan at Graettinger Terril, Sioux Center hosting West Sioux and Okoboji playing host to Algona.
Other Softball Match ups:

Spencer at MMC

HMS at South O’Brien

Spirit Lake at Harris Lake Park


LeMars at Central Lyon

West Lyon at Okoboji

West Sioux at Sioux Center

Clay Central Everly at HMS

Lawton Bronson at Hinton

MMC at Kingsley Pierson

Spirit Lake at Harris Lake Park


Excellent Fishing Expected to Continue Through Memorial Day Weekend

Iowa’s postcard spring weather continues to provide excellent fishing across the state and heading in to the Memorial Day weekend, one must have as part of any holiday plans is a fishing rod and bait.

“This spring has seen some of the best fishing over an extended period of time for different species at different lakes and streams and it just keeps going. It’s phenomenal,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau.

Whether it’s crappies at Lake Rathbun, bluegills at Twelve Mile, walleyes at Spirit Lake, trout in northeast Iowa or bass in a farm pond, this spring has been one for the ages.

“The spawns have been like clockwork. When walleyes were done, the crappies came in, as the crappies are wrapping up here come the bluegills. Next up is bass and channel catfish. Anyone going camping or looking for something to do this weekend should bring their fishing pole and enjoy what we have going right now,” Larscheid said.

The unusually mild winter and early spring has moved the calendar up for fishing tactics. What normally works in June is working in May.

“We’ve seen catfish biting on cut bait and the scented baits a little earlier than normal. On our natural lakes, walleyes are taking leeches, which is usually more of a June technique. Water temperatures are more like June so anglers should fish like its June,” said Larscheid.

Adding a fish fry to the three day holiday weekend is a great way to head in to summer.



Michelle Hoogers Resigns as Sheldon Volleyball Coach To Take Over Community College Program

Sheldon Varsity Head Volleyball Coach Michele Hoogers has announced her resignation. She will be taking over the Volleyball Program at Riverland Community College in Austin Minnesota.

KIWA Sports talked with Michelle and much like players aspiring to perform at a higher level it’s no different for coaches.

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Under Hoogers direction the Orabs made two State Tournament appearances in three years making the trip to Cedar Rapids in 2009 and 2011. While the state appearances stand out her memories will go well beyond that.

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While Hoogers moves on to the collegiate level her successor won’t find the basket empty.

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In 5 years as a head coach, all at the helm of Orab volleyball the 1993 graduate of Sheldon High School posted a 161 win 23 loss record. Also under her direction Sheldon has won three straight Siouxland Conference titles. The search for Michele Hoogers replacement is currently underway.

Area Baseball/Softball Recap for May 22nd: Generals Top Orabs in Siouxland Conference Softball

The Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals rode 8 hits and 4 Sheldon errors to a 7-5 Siouxland Conference softball win over the Orabs Tuesday night.

The Generals stranded 6 base runners in picking up the win.  The Orabs came up with 5 runs on 5 hits, with 1 Sibley-Ocheyedan error and 6 runners left on base in taking the loss.

Michelle Fischer went 2 for 3 at the plate for the Orabs, with a double, 2 runs scored and an RBI.  Katie Jongewaard went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and 2 RBI.  Allison Jongewaard had Sheldon’s other hit, and McKensey Radke had an RBI in that Siouxland Conference contest.


Area Scores:


George-Little Rock 7, Spirit Lake 5

Hinton 9, LeMars Gehlen 2

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 14, Unity Christian 4

Denison-Schleswig 10, Spencer 6

Remsen St. Mary’s 12, South O’Brien 8



Akron-Westfield 10, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 1

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 14, Unity Christian 0

MOC-Floyd Valley 11, Sioux Center 5

Spirit Lake 13, Okoboji 12

Remsen St. Mary’s 13, South O’Brien 2

Storm Lake St. Mary 9, Harris-Lake Park 1

Good Weather, Holiday Weekend Fill-up State Parks

Campsites will be hard to come by for Memorial Day weekend. Most sites were snapped up months ago and any remaining are available on a first come basis and likely claimed early this week.

The Memorial Day weekend camping is traditionally the start of Iowa’s busy outdoor summer recreation season and the second busiest weekend of the year next to July 4 for Iowa’s state parks.

“This has been such a different year weather-wise, that many of our campers have already been out a time or two, rather than this weekend being the maiden voyage,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau.

The weekend forecast calls for a slight chance of showers, but overall good conditions for campers, as well as anglers, wildlife watchers and trail users.

“Our trails are great venues to get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors,” he said.

The trails and all of state parks will likely be in better condition than the same time last year after the legislature provided funding for additional seasonal works that began last July.

While the parks are not perfect, the added staff has really helped reduce the maintenance backlog.

“Seasonal staff is the lifeblood for our parks. They do most of the mowing and cleaning and while we are not back to the staff level from a couple of years ago, these additional bodies do help,” said Szcodronski.

Even with the added staff, Szcodronski said campers can help with park upkeep by taking care of their campsite and cleaning up after themselves.

They can also be good neighbors by observing quiet hours.

“It’s fun to sit around the campfire and shoot the breeze, but one loud campsite can ruin the experience for a lot of people,” he said.



· Keep track of the weather and have a plan in case of severe weather

· Plan to arrive as early in the day to set up the site, look for potential problems and avoid those areas

· Prepare ingredients for meals before leaving home for less time cooking and more time playing

· Bug spray, sun screen and a basic first-aid kit are must haves

· Check the registration kiosk for activities in the area

· Don’t burn trash

· Don’t bring fireworks

· Be a good neighbor. Observe quiet hours and pick up after yourself



The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship requires all firewood sold or acquired in Iowa to have the county and state of harvest location on the label of packages and the delivery ticket for bulk firewood. The rules were added to prevent the spread of invasive species.

The rules only apply to firewood sold and acquired in Iowa.

The rule also requires the Iowa DNR to collect firewood from campers that does not have a label.


Closed Campgrounds

The campgrounds at Union Grove, Lake Darling, and Wilson Island state parks are closed for improvements and repair from flood damage.


Park Updates

Ledges State Park – There is a chance that the clean up and repairs on Lower Canyon Road could be done in time to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting.

Clear Lake State Park – Two new dump stations are installed and the south side dump station is now open. Both stations offer fresh water to fill tanks. Work on the full hook up sites is being completed and the areas seeded. Once grass is growing the sites will be open for use.


Two modern cabins are open for business

A new one bedroom cabin at Nine Eagles State Park is available for overnight stays from April 1 to October 31. The cabin will be included on the DNR’s parks reservation system later but until then, it may be reserved by contacting the park staff at 641-442-2825.

The cabin features a futon couch that turns into a second bed, full bathroom, kitchen, heat and air, and a covered deck with a grill, picnic table and Adirondack chairs, nestled in the woods on a ridge top overlooking the beach.

A new one bedroom cabin at Union Grove State Park is available for overnight stays year-round. The cabin will be included on the DNR’s parks reservation system later, but until then, it may be reserved by contacting the park staff at 641-473-2556.

The cabin features a futon couch that turns into a second bed, full bathroom, kitchen, heat and air, and a covered patio with a grill, picnic table and Adirondack chairs. The cabin is adjacent to the campground, with a view of the lake.