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.

White Bass Fishing Reported Good on Big Spirit

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

White Bass – Fair: Anglers that have been targeting walleye are usually getting into a few white bass.  Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing continues to be slow.  Cooling water temperatures may help to turn on the fall bite. Water levels are very low.  Avoid using the Bel Air boat ramp.  The dredge machine is still in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge barge, pump barge, and pipeline, especially with the low water conditions.


Big Spirit Lake

White Bass – Good: Action can be great once a school is located but they don’t seem to stay in one place for more than a few days.  Most anything resembling a minnow can get hit.  Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try throwing crankbaits around rock piles and don’t overlook the top water option on nice days. Yellow Perch – Fair: Action has been spotty but active fish can be found it just takes a little leg work.  Try drifting mud flats or weed lines with either wigglers or minnows. Walleye – Good: Action seems to be picking up especially for wader fishermen in the evening many of the fish being caught are in the 11 to 14-inch range along with a few slots.  Trolling crankbaits has yielded a few fish  but the action is still a little hit or miss.


East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Trolling and jigging rock piles and drop offs have been producing a few fish.  Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass action has been good look for rock piles and drop offs.  Wigglers and worms produce well on either a jigging spoon or a slip bobber.  Trolling small crankbaits can also prove effective.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills around weeds and on rock piles. Try using red worms and wigglers either on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Try fishing on the drop offs and don’t be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones.  Fishing 8-15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results.  Yellow Bass – Good: Try using a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15-25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit.


Lost Island Lake

A mixed bag of walleye, crappie, and yellow bass has been coming in and action has been good.  Try pitching jig and minnow combos for all three along drop offs and other structure.


Scharnberg Pond

Trout stocking will be on November 10 around 12:30.

Registration Underway For 5 on 5 Men’s Basketball League in Sheldon

Registration is underway for the Men’s 5 on 5 Basketball League hosted by the Sheldon recreation Department and the LLRC. The cost is $100 dollars per team.

Registration forms are available at the Sheldon City Office or at the LLRC. Registration deadline is December 3rd at 4pm. forms can be dropped off with payment at the Sheldon City Offices or mailed to Sheldon Recreation Department PO Box 276 Sheldon. The zip code is 51201.

League games will be played on Thursday nights beginning December 13th with the length of the season determined by how many teams register. There will be cash prizes awarded to the top two places. Games will be played at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the NCC Campus in Sheldon.

Any questions call 324-2769 or direct an e-mail to


Western, Gehlen Earn State Berths

Region volleyball titles were decided in Class 1A and 2A Wednesday night in Iowa. A pair of teams will head back to State following title match wins.

In a match broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 LeMars Gehlen won a hard fought 3-1 decision over George Little Rock. The 7 th ranked Jays dropped the first set 23-25 then came back to win the next three on scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-20.

The Mustangs were led by Taylor Carstensen with 5 blocks and 14-of-14 serving with two ace serves. Shannon Klaassen went 12-of-12 with 1 ace. She also had a team high 10 kills. Abby Eben was the digs leader with 6 while Amber Stettnichs had 25 assists.

Gehlen will take a 21-10 record into the lower bracket quarterfinal against 35-5 Tripoli. First serve is set for 6pm on Thursday November 8th.

In Class 2A second ranked Western Christian returns to State following a 3-0 win over 11 th ranked Ridge View in the Region 1 final decided at the MOC Floyd Valley Gym. The Wolfpack won on scores of 25-10, 25-12 and 25-8.

Brooke Wolterstorff led the team in kills with 11. Ema Altena was the blocks leader with 5. Alissa Pollema had 14 digs. Jamie Gesink had 37 assists. She went 17-of-18 from the serve receive line with 1 ace serve. Kim Kroeze was 18-of-19 with 2 ace serves.

Western will open State Tournament play in the lower bracket quarterfinals. At 3pm Thursday November 8 th the Wolfpack will take a 41-3 record into their meeting with 31-6 Treynor.

With renovations continuing at the U.S. Cellular Center the State Tournament will be held for a second year at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

MOC Floyd Valley And Sioux Center Volleyball Teams Both State Tournament Bound

The MOC Floyd Valley Lady Dutch Volleyball Team is State Tournament bound following a straight set win over Algona in the Class 3A Region 1 Title Game in Spencer Tuesday night.

The 3rd ranked Lady Dutch won on scores of 25-14, 25-11 and 25-11. With the win MOC Floyd Valley improves to 30-8 on the season. The Algona Bulldogs end the year at 23-15.

We spoke with head coach Jon Mouw who said the win was a team effort.

Mouw talked about going to the state tournament

4th ranked Sioux Center also earned a trip to State Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over 11th ranked East Sac in the Region 2 championship decided at the Sioux City East Gym. The set scores were 25-19, 25-23 and 25-15. Sioux Center is now 31-6 for the season. East Sac ends the year at 31-6.

Both the Lady Dutch and Warriors open quarterfinal play on Thursday November 8th.

#3 MOC-Floyd Valley will open against #9 Red Oak (27-6)  at 1:30 on court two; #4 Sioux Center opens against #7 Union (33-7) on court one at 1:30.

With renovations continuing at the U.S. Cellular Center State Tournament play will be held at the Ice Arena for the second straight year.

State Volleyball Tournament Berths To Be Decided on Wednesday Night in 1A And 2A

Iowa 1A and 2A volleyball teams enter the Region Finals tonight. In Class 1A Region 1 George Little Rock will meet 7th ranked LeMars Gehlen for a State Tournament berth at Sioux Center.

In the lower bracket semi final George Little Rock upset 5th ranked Central Lyons 3-2 in George. After dropping the first two sets 9-25 and 25-27 the Mustangs came roaring back to take the final three and the match 25-16, 25-21 and 15-12.

LeMars Gehlen won the upper bracket semi with a 3-0 win over Remsen Union at Akron. The set scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 25-20. The Mustangs come in at 14-17 while Gehlen stands at 20-10.

In Class 2A Region 1 the championship matches 2nd ranked Western Christian and 11th ranked Ridgeview. The Wolfpack won the lower bracket semi 3-0 at home against Sibley Ocheyedan. The scores were 25-4, 25-7 and 25-12.

Ridge View won the upper bracket semi final with a 3-1 home win over 15th ranked Boyden Hull. The set scores were 25-20, 18-25, 25-21 and 25-16.

The Wolfpack bring a 40-3 record into the finals while the Raptors come in at 30-7.

Tonight’s winners will advance to the State Tournament in Cedar Rapids.