Morningside Football Number 3 in Latest Coaches Poll

The latest NAIA Division III Coaches top 25 poll is out. Three GPAC teams are in the top 25 with unbeaten Morningside leading the way at number three. Northwestern is Number 14 with Doane in the number 20 spots. Hastings continues to be in the receiving votes category.






1 Georgetown(Ky.) (13) 9-0 314
2 MissouriValley(1) 9-0 298
3 Morningside (Iowa) 9-0 294
4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8-1 278
5 Marian (Ind.) 8-1 258
6 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-2 245
7 MontanaTech 8-1 243
8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-1 225
9 Grand View (Iowa) 8-2 221
10 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 8-1 207
11 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7-2 204
T12 Baker (Kan.) 7-2 172
T12 Southern Oregon 7-2 172
14 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-2 159
15 William Penn (Iowa) 8-2 151
16 Ottawa(Kan.) 7-2 133
17 Tabor (Kan.) 7-2 120
18 Bethel(Tenn.) 7-3 115
19 Evangel (Mo.) 7-3 89
20 Doane (Neb.) 6-3 79
21 Cumberland(Tenn.) 7-3 72
22 Carroll (Mont.) 6-4 57
23 Bacone (Okla.) 6-2 33
24 St. Francis (Ill.) 6-4 28
25 Benedictine (Kan.) 6-4 25

Others receiving votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 21; Hastings (Neb.) 7; Robert Morris (Ill.) 5.



All Siouxland Conference Volleyball Teams Named For 2012

The All Siouxland Conference Volleyball Teams have been announced for 2012. There were five unanimous selections on the first team. They include Alexis Conaway of MOC Floyd Valley, Amber Bakker of Sioux Center, Nocole Ewoldt of Boyden Hull and Jessica Van Beek of Sheldon.

1st TEAM

*Alexis Conaway MOC-FV Jr
*Amber Bakker Sioux Center Sr
*Nicole Ewoldt Boyden-Hull Sr
*Lexi Ackerman Central Lyon Sr
Emily McDonald MOC-FV Jr
Allison Te Slaa Boyden-Hull Sr
*Jessica Van Beek Sheldon Jr
Jillian Estes Sioux Center Sr
*unanimous selection



2nd TEAM

Shelby Schouten MOC-FV Jr
Malyn Hulstein Sioux Center Sr
Jennifer Buyert Sioux Center Jr
Kelsey Ackerman Central Lyon Sr
Shannon Klaassen George-Little Rock Sr
Michaela Wolter Sibley-Ocheyedan Jr

3rd TEAM

Alyssa Brown MOC-FV So
Courtney Schafer Boyden-Hull So
Darby Jones Okoboji Jr
Kayla Johnson Sheldon Jr
Allison Jongewaard Sheldon Jr
Katie Landhuis MOC-FV Jr


Ali Achterhof MOC/FV Jr
Carrigan Cleveringa Sioux Center Sr
Kendra Van Meeteren Boyden-Hull Jr
Taylor Carstensen George/Little Rock Sr
Kensy Vande Hoef Rock Valley Jr
Courtney Scholten Sheldon Sr
Angel Rasmussen Central Lyon So
Skylar Hansen Okoboji Sr
Kayla Ackerman Sibley-Ocheyedan Jr
Tarah Meyer West Lyon So

Nighthawks Lose Heartbreaker To Indians

The #1 ranked Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks lost to the #5 ranked Spirit Lake Indians in Hull on Friday night 21-17.

Spirit Lake started the game off with a 85 yard touchdown run on the first play of scrimmage when running back Cody Poock ran the ball over the left side. That 16 second 1 play drive put the Indians on top 7-0 with 11:38 left in the first quarter.

The Indians great start continued when on the following Nighthawk’s possession, Brandt Van Roekel threw the first of his 4 interceptions to Bryson McCabe. With all the momentum on the Spirit Lake side, the Nighthawks were able to force a field goal attempt by Brett Cochran-Bray. Dallas Rozeboom of the Nighthawks was able to partially block the kick and give the Nighthawks possession with no harm done.

On that following possession the Nighthawks were able to drive down to the 21 yard line before stalling out and getting a 38 yard field goal from David De Bruin. The score with 2:47 left in the first quarter was 7-3 in favor of the Indians.

After trading an interception and a fumble, the Indians took over on the Boyden Hull Rock Valley 47 yard line. Spirit Lake scored 2:21 later on a 20 yard Cody Poock touchdown run. With the extra point, the Indians extended the lead to 14-3 over the Nighthawks with 11:10 left in the first half.

Both defenses stood their ground for the rest of the first half as the score remained 14-3.

The second half started with a long Nighthawks drive that ended on a downs on the 21 yard line of Spirit Lake. Defensively, the Nighthawks stepped up in a big way when Paul Brown threw his 2nd of 4 interceptions to Brandt Van Roekel, Van Roekel returned the ball 26 yards for the score. That score from Van Roekel cut the Spirit Lake lead to 4 with 5:29 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Nighthawks Andrew Van Ginkel intercepted another Brown pass on the next possession which led to a 42 yard touchdown drive which lasted 3:13. Boyden Hull Rock Valley’s drive was finished off when Van Roekel found Miguel Alvarado for the 8 yard touchdown pass. With that score and extra point the Nighthawks took the 17-14 lead with :58 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Nighthawks lead would not last though, as the Indians took over with 7:50 left and drove the ball 83 yards in 7:06. Spirit Lake scored on a Paul Brown to Poock 19 yard touchdown pass. The extra point made the score 21-17 and the Nighthawks had just 44 seconds left to score.

Nighthawks season would come to an end after a last ditch hail mary effort by Van Roekel was intercepted by the Indians making the final 21-17.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley (11-1, 6-0 in District) lost for the second straight year in the quarterfinal round. Spirit Lake (11-1, 6-0 in District) will travel to the UNI Dome and face Carroll Kuemper Catholic next week Saturday.

Emerson Bay Campground Renovation Complete on West Okoboji

The $640,000 renovation of one of Iowa’s busiest campgrounds is complete and now all that is left is for grass to return in the spring.

The campground at Emerson Bay State Recreation area, on West Okoboji Lake, was closed beginning in mid-June 2012, for an entire campground makeover.

Crews removed trees and brush, installed new electrical lines, camping pads, fire rings and living spaces, and remodeled the older restroom/shower building.

The new Emerson Bay campground has fewer total campsites, but more sites with electricity. Campers will find 82 electrical sites, of which, 23 sites offer water and sewer connections in addition to electricity, and a new campground layout.

The new sites are larger, level and some offer the option to pull through rather than back in. The cable TV option that was part of the old campground was not included in the upgrade.

Emerson Bay is also in the planning stages for a fish cleaning station similar to the one at Marble Beach.

The fish cleaning station would be located along a new road in the green space northwest of the main boat ramp. If all goes well, it could be in place in fall 2013.

Hunters Encouraged to Report Poaching Activity

Iowa is in the peak of hunting activity with pheasant, deer, and turkey seasons open, and, beginning Nov. 3, the furbearer season opens, putting tens of thousands of hunters in the field.

With all those hunters pursuing a variety of quarry in different settings at odd hours, safety is an important part of the equation.

“We want hunters to be safe out there with the way they handle their firearms, how they interact in the field and by wearing blaze orange, beyond the minimum that is required,” said Steve Dermand with the DNR’s law enforcement bureau. “Hunters should be cognizant of other hunting parties in the field, especially if something doesn’t look right, like a lack of blaze orange or if they shot a hen pheasant.”

Dermand coordinates the Turn in Poachers hotline for the DNR and while poaching is a year round activity, 80 percent of the calls come in this time each year.

Dermand said the TIP line receives 250 to 300 reports each year and state conservation officers receive additional reports directly. Of those cases, 15 to 20 percent result in an officer writing a ticket.

“Timeliness of reporting is number one. The longer you wait, the less likely we are to make a case,” he said. “The illegal deer hanging in the shed today could be gone tomorrow.”

The TIP number 1-800-532-2020 is a 24 automated system that guides callers to the local officer. The online reporting at will send the report directly to the local officer. Dermand encourages hunters to program their conservation officer’s phone number into their phone for the county where they are hunting.

“We need as much detail as possible about what happened that will give us something to work with,” he said.

Descriptions of the vehicle [color, make, model, type, license plate, if there was a toolbox or topper, any logo on the vehicle, if the muffler was loud], person involved, location, time of day, number of individuals and activity witnessed. He said to make note of any suspicious vehicles driving back and forth in rural areas or any other activity that just doesn’t look right.

“Poachers are game thieves stealing from hunters who follow the law and are doing it right,” Dermand said.

In cases where officers investigate and write a ticket, the individual who reported the violations can be eligible for a reward.


Furbearer Hunting And Trapping Season Opens Saturday in Iowa

The dry conditions over much of Iowa will concentrate trappers near existing water when the Iowa furbearer hunting and trapping season begins on Saturday November 3rd.

“About the only option for water trappers in central and northern Iowa are shallow lakes, deeper lake margins and major rivers,” said Vince Evelsizer, furbearer biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Wetland conditions are better in southeast Iowa, with many having water and good aquatic vegetation.

“Right now, most of the crops are out and the weather looks decent for the first half of November so I’m expecting a good start to the furbearer season.”

Surveys of two of the higher profile furbearers in Iowa – bobcat and river otter – have indicated the species could support additional harvest.

The DNR increased the bobcat quota from 350 to 450 in the open zone, but kept the one bobcat per furharvester restriction, regardless if it was hunted or trapped. The river otter quota was raised to 850 this year, with licensed trappers allowed up to three otters.

Both species must be reported within 24 hours of harvest and a CITES tag applied within seven days after the harvest is reported to DNR staff.

“Trapping or hunting furbearers is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and is an extremely valuable tool for keeping populations of certain species, like raccoons, in check,” Evelsizer said.

Last year, a record 326,368 raccoons were harvested in Iowa and Evelsizer expects the harvest this year to be similar to slightly higher. He said the fur markets are dependent on the Asian and European economies but appear to be about the same as last year.

“Muskrat, wild mink and red fox may average a little higher price than last year, while raccoon and coyote prices look like they will be similar to last year. Prices for bobcats and otters look to remain quite good,” he said. “Time will tell and the market will likely change some during the season.”

Trapper numbers have increased more than 20 percent since 2009, from 14,000 to 17,000 last year.

Northwestern Upsets Dordt in GPAC Volleyball Action

Sioux Center, Iowa — Northwestern College rallied from a 2-1 deficit to knock off Dordt College in a five-set marathon match held in Sioux Center. Northwestern improved to 9-6 in the GPAC, 20-9 overall, the seventh 20+ win season during Coach Van Den Bosch’s tenure. Dordt lost its second straight match and falls to 11-4 in the GPAC, 22-9 overal

Dordt came from behind in set to win a dramatic 29-27 decision, overcoming an eight point deficit at 13-5 to tie it at 22-22 on a kill by Danae Geels. Dordt rattled off six points in a row to take a 24-22 led but a pair of Northwestern points tied it at 24 and the two teams were tied at 25, 26 and 27 before Dordt finally won it on a Northwestern service error and a Katelyn Schuller kill.

Set two had the Defenders in front at the 20-16 mark only to have Northwestern score three points in a row. The visitors eventually tied it with at 21-21 and won it with four points in a row, the last two on service aces.

With the match reduced to a best of three affair over the final three sets, the Defenders used a six point lead at 17-11 to fend off Northwestern for a 25-23 win, getting the final point again on a Schuller kill.

Northwestern used a fast start to take control of set four and won it going away 25-16. Forced to re-group, the Defenders scored the first two points of the decisive set, but gave up six in a row before scoring again and never seriously challenged Northwestern in falling 15-7.

Dordt hit for a .070 kill efficiency while the visitors hit for .219. Dordt had eight blocks to 17 for the visitors. Dordt outdug Northwestern 75-63 and was led by Kayla Broekhuis’s 31.

Schuller had 14 kills and Lindsey Floen 13 while Meghan Krausman had nine. Kayla Gesink put up 39 assists and had 13 digs.

Northwestern got 17 kills, 26 assists, 12 digs and eight blocks from Kaitlin Floerchinger.

Dordt is now in a three-way tie for second in the conference with Midland and Doane with one match to play. Northwestern strengthened its’ hold on fifth place in the league with the win.

Dordt will take a 22-10 overall record into the match on Saturday at Nebraska Wesleyan while Northwestern is 20-9.