Sports Scores From Tuesday January 28th

basketballThe Sheldon Orab basketball teams were on the road at Rock Valley Tuesday night. The Rockets posted a pair of wins on the night.









Tuesday Girls Basketball 01/28/2014

Rock Valley 52, Sheldon 49
Lawton-Bronson 83, Hinton 68
MOC-Floyd Valley 61, George-Little Rock 19
Okoboji 60, Central Lyon 53
Sibley-Ocheyedan 47, Sioux Center 40
South O’Brien 46, West Sioux 25
Unity Christian 59, Harris-Lake Park 31
West Lyon 52, Boyden-Hull 50
Western Christian 85, Spirit Lake 55


Tuesday Boys Basketball 01/28/2014

Rock Valley 69, Sheldon 65
Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 64, Okoboji, Milford 57
MOC-Floyd Valley 86, George-Little Rock 57
Sioux Center 68, Sibley-Ocheyedan 21
South O’Brien, Paullina 57, West Sioux, Hawarden 54 (OT)
West Lyon, Inwood 70, Boyden-Hull 63
Western Christian, Hull 74, Spirit Lake 50




BHRV and Sioux Center at Sheldon South O’Brien

BHRV 56, Sheldon South O’Brien 18

Sioux Center 66, Sheldon South O’Brien 18

MMC, MOC Floyd Valley and Storm Lake at CL-G-LR

CL-G-LR 57, MMC 12

CL-G-LR 47, Storm Lake 19

Rock Valley Sweeps Basketball Doubleheader From Sheldon

basketballRock Valley swept a conference basketball doubleheader from Sheldon Tuesday night in Rock Valley. The girl’s final was 52-49 with the Rockets winning the boys contest 69-65.

In the girls game Sheldon opened a 14-13 first quarter lead with Rock Valley moving in front 31-27 at halftime as Kensy Vande Hoef hit a three as time expired. At the end of the third quarter Sheldon had re taken the lead 38-36 with Rock Valley pulling out the win 52-49.

Vande Hoef led all scorers with 24 points in the ballgame. Karen Sanchez joined her in double figures with 11. Sheldon put two players in double figures with Krista Bousema knocking down five 3-pointers on the night on route to a team high 19 points. She was joined by Sami Kleinwolterink with 10 points.

With the win Rock Valley improves to 8-7 on the year and 7-7 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 9-8 for the season and 7-7 in the Siouxland as well.

The boys game was a back and forth affair as well with Sheldon taking a 15-13 first quarter lead. The teams pulled into halftime even at 27-27. At the end of three Sheldon led by a point 48-47. With the Rocket hitting some key free throws down the stretch they would hold off the Orabs for a 69-65 win. In the fourth quarter the Rockets went 14-of-16 from the line and finished the night 21-of-27 from the charity stripe.

Jesse Vande Weerd led four Rockets in double figures with 18 points. Bryce Heemstra hit for 15 with Andrew Van Ginkel netting 13 and Jarod Hanson hitting for 11 including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Sheldon was led by Ian Jongewaard with a game high 21 points including a trio of threes to go with five 2-point buckets and a 2-of-3 performance from the line. Also in double figures were Collin Wolthuizen with 16 and Dylan Ennema with 12 points.

With the win Rock Valley moves to 12-3 on the year and 10-3 in the conference while Sheldon moves to 5-10 for the year and 4-8 in the Siouxland.

Up next for Sheldon will be a home doubleheader with MOC Floyd Valley on Friday night.

Spawning Trout

Iowa DNRBy Joe Wilkinson

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Future fishing sits in trays and raceways, in the DNR trout hatchery near Manchester this winter. With the final spawning of rainbow trout, the stocking class of 2015 is taking shape.

Already, tiny brook trout and brown trout move like dark clouds in the indoor raceways…aware of any movement as they wait for aluminum feeders to clang open. Every 20 minutes, the timer hits and commercial feed drops to feed them. The first of the season’s rainbow trout are now sac fry. They and the late spawned eggs sit under a constant, cold stream of spring water. This hatchery, originally a federal facility, was sited here in the late 1800s because of the volume and quality of the water.

“Typically, we rear between 300-350,000 rainbow trout and 50-75,000 brook trout to catchable size annually; with adjustments for fingerling availability, changes in stream management and weather,” explains Manchester hatchery manager Dave Marolf. “We also produce between 125,000-175,000 brown trout fingerlings to stock as two-inch fish in May into watersheds that do not already have natural reproduction. That supplements reproduction of browns, in about half of the spring-fed watersheds in northeast Iowa, which do not have to be stocked.”

So, about once a week from October through January, it’s time to spawn fish. Late in the rotation now, that means netting 6 to 8 pound ‘ripe’ female rainbows. The brood fish are stripped by hand, as workers gently but firmly rub bellies to steer streams of bright orange eggs—up to 4,000 to 6,000 per fish– into a net and then plastic bowl.

With similar motions, sperm is extracted from two smaller males—to provide genetic diversity—and mixed into the egg mass. Stirring for 30 seconds with a turkey feather produces 95-99 percent fertilization…dozens of times better than leaving it up to Nature in the stream.

Sometimes, the week-to-week chore turns into a field trip destination, for potential biologists-in-training.

“Pretty interesting. I’ve never held a trout that big before; really slimy, really small scales. It was difficult to grab on to the tail and support her head,” reports Zach Hall of Council Bluffs–a student in Dr. James W. Demastes’ Field Zoology class.

Each of a dozen junior or senior University of Northern Iowa biology or education majors pulled on a raincoat and elbow-length rubber gloves to coax a stream of eggs into the waiting net.

“We just started our fish unit. They have been studying specimens for about a week. This gives them a chance to go out and look at animals in the middle of winter,” notes Demastes.

The hands-on approach was overseen by hatchery technician Randy Mack.

“Once fertilized, eggs go into trays; then to the incubator unit for 30-45 days (depending on water temperature) before they hatch,” says Mack. “From there, it is four or five months indoors before being moved to the big raceways outside…or at the Decorah or Elkader rearing stations.”

It takes about a year and a half for them to reach 11-inch, half-pound catchable size. Fish spawned this fall and winter will be in the stocking class of 2015. Come this spring, fish hatched last winter will be on the trucks.

Up to 40,000 of us go after trout each year. That number has grown, with the expansion of Iowa’s cold weather urban trout program. Unable to survive in warm weather, trout can make it through the winter in 17 small lakes, ponds or renovated quarries throughout the state. Some of the new anglers enjoy the new pastime locally…while others hear the call to head to the bluffs of Trout Country in northeast Iowa.


Thousands of Bald Eagles Winter in Iowa

Iowa DNRIowa’s midwinter bald eagle surveys indicate high numbers of eagles in areas of open water where gizzard shad are plentiful, but the Mississippi River has the greatest concentration.

The Mississippi from Fort Madison to Keokuk reported as many as 2,300 eagles. During Keokuk’s Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, upwards of 900 eagles were in the area, many perched on the giant cottonwoods and oaks along the bluffs.

Bald eagles will provide spectacular eagle viewing until the spring thaw. Bald eagle watch events are scheduled into mid-March.

2014 Bald Eagle Watch Events

 O’Brien County Bald Eagle Watch on March 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

  • Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave., Peterson
  • There will be spotting scopes and binoculars available.
  • Ty Smedes will be presenting his book “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagle” at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • For more information call Charlene Elyea 712-295-7200

Sioux Rapids on March 22

American Legion Building, 200 Main Street, Sioux Rapids

  • Registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Speakers from 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Refreshments will be served in the morning. There will be a free will offering lunch at 12:15 p.m.
  • Outdoor viewing at selected sites.
  • Can pre-register by contacting Wonders of Nature
  • For more information call: 712-296-4920 or 712-295-7200

Western Continues to Top Radio Iowa Boys 2A Poll

western logoUnbeaten Western Christian continues to hold down the top spot in the Radio Iowa boys high school 2A boys basketball poll. Sioux Center is number seven. LeMars Gehlen is third ranked in 1A with West Lyon in the seven spot.






Class 4A
1. Dubuque Senior (12-0), LW #1 vs CR Jefferson (Tue)
2. Bettendorf (14-0), LW #2 vs Pleasant Valley (Tue)
3. Iowa City West (11-2), LW #5 @ #9 CR Kennedy (Tue)
4. Southeast Polk (13-1), LW #6 vs #10 Johnston (Tue)
5. North Scott (13-1), LW #3 vs Clinton (Tue)
6. Waukee (10-2), LW #6 @ Ames (Tue)
7. DSM North (12-1), LW #8 @ DSM Lincoln (Tue)
8. Ankeny Centennial (11-2), LW #4 vs Mason City (Tue)
9. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (11-2), LW #9 vs #3 Iowa City West (Tue)
10.Johnston (11-3), LW #10 @ #4 S.E. Polk (Tue)

Class 3A
1. Dubuque Wahlert (10-2), LW #1 @ CR Wahington (Tue)
2. Clear Lake (13-0), LW #2 vs Clarion-Goldfield (Tue)
3. Harlan (13-1), LW #4 vs Denison-Schleswig (Tue)
4. Dallas Center-Grimes (12-2), LW vs #6 Pella (Tue)
5. Western Dubuque (12-2), LW #9 vs Clear Creek-Amana (tonight)
6. Pella (12-2), LW #8 @ #4 Dallas Center-Grimes (Tue)
7. Central DeWitt (11-2), LW #7 vs Vinton-Shellsburg (Tue)
8. Solon (9-3), LW #3 vs Independence (Tue)
9. Carroll (10-3), LW #5 vs Adel ADM (Tue)
10.Waverly-Shell Rock (10-3), LW #10 @ Charles City (Tue)

Class 2A
1. Western Christian (13-0), LW #1 vs Spirit Lake (Tue)
2. New Hampton (12-0), LW #4 vs Waukon (Tue)
3. Iowa City Regina (15-0), LW #3 @ Wilton (Tue)
4. Treynor (12-1), LW #8 @ Tri-Center (Tue)
5. West Fork (12-1), LW #5 vs Riceville (Tue)
6. Carroll Kuemper (11-2), LW #6 @ Creston (Tue)
7. Sioux Center (11-2), LW #7 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan (Tue)
8. DSM Christian (15-1), LW #10 vs Earlham (Tue)
9. Forest City (12-3), LW (X) vs Lake Mills (Tue)
10.IKM-Manning (13-2), LW #9 @ Riverside (Oakland)

Class 1A
1. Lamoni (13-0), LW #1 vs Iowa Christian Academy (tonight)
2. Newell-Fonda (14-0), LW #2 @ South Central Calhoun (Fri)
3. LeMars Gehlen (15-0), LW #3 vs Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto (Mon)
4. Ar-We-Va (Westside) (16-0), LW #4 vs CAM (Fri)
5. Dunkerton (14-1), LW #6 @ Janesville (Tue)
6. Nodaway Valley (13-1), LW #7 vs Villisca (Tue)
7. West Lyon (11-2), LW #5 @ Boyden-Hull (Tue)
8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (12-2), LW #8 vs Jesup (Tue)
9. Springville (14-1), LW #9 @ Central City (Tue)
10.Easton Valley (11-2), LW #10 vs Midland (Wyoming)

Iowa Girls Basketball Tournament Pairings Released

ighsauThe Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has released parings for Girls Regional Basketball Tournaments.  Tournament action begins in Class 1A on Thursday February 13th.  Class 2A and 3A teams will see first round action Saturday February 15th, with 4A and 5A Regionals getting underway Wednesday February 19th.

You can follow the links below to see when your favorite teams are in action:

CLICK HERE for Class 1A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 2A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 3A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 4A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 5A Pairings