Western Christian Wins 2A District 1 Baseball Championship Game

The Western Christian Wolfpack won the Class 2A District 1 title Saturday night with a 4-3 win over Boyden Hull Rock Valley at Open Space Park in Sioux Center. With the win the Wolfpack move on to the Substate 1 game Tuesday night in Spencer with a spot in the Class 2A State Tournament up for grabs. It will be a rematch of last years title game as Alta Aurelia defeated North Union 5-1 Saturday night in Emmetsburg in the District 2 Championship game.

Western got on the board first with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third inning. Jordan Van Maanen reached on an error then scored as Davis Fenchel reached on an error as well. Fenchel would later score on a wild pitch.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Blake Eichmann drilled a double to open the inning and came in to score on a single down the third base line by Isaiah Richter.

In the tip of the fourth Western scored two more to take a 4-1 lead when Heath Bonestroo reached on an error and later scored on an rbi single that kicked up the chalk on the leftfield line behind third base off the bat of Van Maanen that ended up in the corner.

Marcus De Jager reached on a walk and eventually scored from third on a sac fly to center off the bat of Grant Van Bemmel.

The Nighthawks answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth as Chris Sietstra reached on an error to open the inning and was followed by Tyler Dolieslager who walked. Sietstra scored on a fielder’s choice by Kyle Jensen. Dolieslager came in on an rbi single to the left side of the infield by Eichmann.

Both defenses and pitchers settled in after that to and the final three innings of the game were scoreless.

Grant Van Bemmel went the distance for the win. He gave up 5 hits walked 2 and struck out 3.

Tyler Dolieslager went the first 3 innings and was tagged with the loss. He gave up just 3 hits and struck out 4. David De Bruin went the final 4 innings giving up just 1 hit and retired the side in order twice.

With the win Western Christian improves to 15-14. BHRV ends the year at 13-15.

Western will meet Alta Aurelia Tuesday night in Spencer with the winner advancing to the State 2A Tournament. We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.

In other District title games in Class 1A District 2 Remsen St Mary’s defeated Central Lyon 6-4. They will host Lawton Bronson on Tuesday night. Lawton Bronson eliminated Hinton 12-6 at Lawton Bronson for the District 1 Championship.

In 1A District 3 Storm Lake St Mary’s defeated South O’Brien7-1 at Storm Lake. They will meet Algona Garrigan who eliminated West Bend Mallard 4-0 for the District 4 title. That game will be played at Algona Garrigan. All start times Tuesday will be at 7pm.

Class 3A District Baseball Titles To Be Decided Monday Night

District Baseball titles will be decided Monday night in Class 3A. In the KIWA listening area the District 1 title game will match Lakes Conference rivals LeMars and Spencer in a game at LeMars.

The District 2 Championship will be decided at Storm Lake as Sioux City Heelan goes against Humboldt.

The winners will meet in a Substate game at a site to be determined to decide who moves on to the State 3A Baseball Tournament. The game site will depend on who advances out of District play Monday night.

Sports Scores From Friday 7/13/12

Class 3A District 1 Upper Bracket Semifinal

LeMars 14, MOC Floyd Valley 6

Lower Bracket

Spencer 9, Spirit Lake 5

Winners meet Monday at LeMars for the District Title


Class 3A District 2 Upper Bracket

Heelan 15, Algona 3

Lower Bracket

Humboldt 2, Storm Lake 0

Winners meet Monday at Storm Lake for the District Title

New State Record Bighead Carp Snagged In New Iowa Location

The first bighead carp documented from Rathbun Lake is also a new Iowa state record. The 93 pound, 8 ounce bighead carp was caught by Larry Sparks on June 15 and confirmed by fisheries biologists with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

This is not the first report the DNR has had of bighead or silver carp in Rathbun Lake, but it is the first one verified by a specimen.

Bighead carp are part of a group of invasive fish known as Asian carp, which includes silver carp, grass carp, and black carp. Bighead and silver carp were introduced into southern U.S. fish farms in the 1970s to help control algae. They subsequently escaped into the Mississippi River Basin during floods and have developed self-sustaining populations in rivers throughout the basin.

The first bighead carp documented in Iowa was in the Missouri River at Sergeant Bluff in 1988. They are now present in the Mississippi, Des Moines, Cedar, Iowa, Missouri, Chariton, Big Sioux, and Little Sioux rivers and smaller tributaries and East Okoboji, Elk, and Snyder Bend lakes in Iowa.

“The only thing stopping Asian carp from moving into additional lakes and stretches of rivers in Iowa is the larger dams,” said Kim Bogenschutz, aquatic invasive species program coordinator for the DNR.

Rathbun Lake is an 11,000-acre impoundment on the Chariton River located in Appanoose, Wayne, Lucas, and Monroe counties. It is unknown how the bighead carp got into Rathbun Lake, but they have been below the dam since 1995.

“At this time, we do not know how many bighead carp are in Rathbun Lake or if silver carp are present, too,” said Mark Flammang, DNR fisheries biologist at Rathbun Lake.

The DNR will continue to monitor the status of Asian carp populations in Rathbun Lake and the Chariton River.

Bighead and silver carp feed on plankton and compete with native fishes for food and space. Silver carp are an additional concern for boaters because of their tendency to jump out of the water when disturbed by boating activities.

“These fish are spreading and we are definitely concerned. I know it goes without saying, but don’t collect these fish and move them to another area,” Flammang said. “If anglers and other recreational users see Asian carp in places where they have not been seen before, they should call their conservation officer or their local fish management biologist.”

The DNR has laws to help protect waterbodies from aquatic invasive species, including making it illegal for someone to stock fish in state waters. “The best way to control the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species in Iowa is to prevent their spread to new waterbodies,” said Bogenschutz.

“People who collect bait should use it in the same water where it was caught and not transfer the bait to other water bodies,” she said. “It is tough to identify species when the fish are that small.” She also cautioned people who purchase bait to empty their bait containers in the trash and not in the water when they are done fishing because it is illegal to release live bait into any waterbody.


Hot Weather Causes Fish Kills In Southeast Iowa

A section of the Des Moines River with a history of hot weather related fish kills was home to one of the longest in the state’s history with nearly 58,000 dead fish in more than 42 stream miles with a value exceeding $10.1 million.

Dead fish were found in the Des Moines River from the dam in Eldon to the Farmington Bridge on Hwy. 2.

The majority of fish killed, 37,159, were shovelnose sturgeon, with a value $116.20 per pound, according to American Fisheries Society guidelines for monetary value in fish kills. The sturgeon averaged more than two pounds each with a value of $9,865,241.85.

The investigation began around 10:30 a.m., July 7, when Lacey-Keosauqua State Park manager Justin Pedretti reported seeing “lots” of dead fish in the river to Mark Flammang, fisheries biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Flammang and fisheries aide Wes Alexander were joined by Jon Ryk and Paul Brant from the DNR’s Washington field office on the river at Eldon and for the next 11 hours they collected water samples, conducted fish counts, and took water temperature readings working their way downstream to Farmington.

“We didn’t find low levels of dissolved oxygen or high levels of ammonia which is usually indicative of some sort of spill so it comes down to water temperature,” said Flammang. “You just don’t see rivers at 97 degrees and it was 97 degrees at every site that we sampled. I’ve never seen water at that temperature in Iowa.”

The effects of high water temperature on fish were likely compounded by stream flows that had fallen from 5,000 cubic feet per second before July 4, to 1,200 CFS on July 7.

In addition to shovelnose sturgeon, Flammang found more than 12,000 channel catfish, nearly 1,900 walleye, more than 1,100 flathead catfish, 1,500 freshwater drum, 750 carpsuckers, 370 white bass, 45 shorthead redhorse and 25 goldeye.

“It looks like a lot of fish, but I don’t expect this fish kill to have a noticeable impact on the fish population in this stretch of the river. The shovelnose sturgeon is something we’re concerned about, but the river has shown time and time again that it can recover,” Flammang said.

This section of the Des Moines River has had sizable fish kills over the years, including 2006 and in 2008, during summer flows of 300 to 500 CFS and high water temperature.

The DNR also investigated fish kills in the Iowa River between the Hawkeye Wildlife Area and the Hwy. 965 Bridge in Johnson County, and in the main lake at Lake Odessa in Louisa County.

The section of the Iowa River has periodically experienced hot weather fish kills in the past.

Paul Sleeper, fisheries biologist at Lake Macbride, said water from the shallow Hawkeye Wildlife area with low oxygen levels and temperatures in the 90s flowed under the Hwy. 965 and I-380 bridges were most of the dead fish were found. Sleeper said they counted 95 walleyes at the upper end of the Coralville Reservoir, along with six channel catfish and a few common carp on Monday.

“It looks like they had been dead for several days,” Sleeper said.

At Lake Odessa, 96 percent of the 19,000 fish killed were gizzard shad that are susceptible to changes in water temperature. Chad Dolan, fisheries biologist at the DNR’s Lake Darling office, said they suspect the kill happened Saturday night after the high air temperatures. The water temperature was in the low to mid 90s.

Other species killed were bluegills, crappies, freshwater drum, northern pike, largemouth bass, yellow bass, common carp, channel catfish, goldfish and brown bullhead. Dolan said live fish were seen in the areas of the fish kill and anglers were catching fish during the Sunday

While elevated water temperature is likely the cause of these fish kills, the DNR will be submitting water samples for analysis to see if other factors were responsible. If the public sees dead or stressed fish, they are encouraged to contact the DNR at 515-281-8694.

District Baseball Titles To Be Decided Saturday

It’s District Championship day today in Class 2A and 1A baseball across Iowa. In the KIWA listening area the Class 2A District 1 title game will match Western Christian and Boyden Hull Rock Valley at Open Space Park in Sioux Center. We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 and stream from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.
Pregame begins at 6:50 with first pitch scheduled for 7pm.

In District 2 the matchup features North Union vs. Alta Aurelia in a game played at Emmetsburg. The winners will meet in a substate game on Tuesday in Spencer.

In Class 1A four Districts come into play involving area teams. The District 2 Championship has Central Lyon at Remsen St Mary’s. The District 1 Championship has Hinton at Lawton Bronson. The winners meet in Substate Tuesday at Remsen St Mary’s.

The District 3 title game features South O’Brien against Storm Lake St Mary’s in a game played at the Storm Lake High School Field. In District 4 it’s West Bend Mallard at Algona Garrigan. Winners advance to a Substate game Tuesday night hosted by Algona Garrigan.