Sports Scores From Thursday June 20th

softballThe Thursday sports schedule was highlighted by day one of the Okoboji Softball Tournament. Teams in the field include Boyden Hull Rock Valley, Clay Central Everly, Spalding, Hartley Melvin Sanborn and South O’Brien.





Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 10, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 15, South O’Brien 6

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 3, Trinity Christian, Hull 1

Graettinger-Terril 10, Sibley-Ocheyedan 5

Sibley-Ocheyedan 9, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 7




Hinton 1, Gehlen Catholic, LeMars 0

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 7, Unity Christian, OrangeCity 6

Latest Fishing Report From Iowa DNR

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.




Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake is at full pool.  Nightcrawlers and cut bait are working well.  Walleye – Fair: Fishing has been hit or miss.  Boat anglers have been trolling crankbaits, but most of the fish that are caught have been slot fish.  Anglers should also try crawler harnesses or bright colored jigs. Shore anglers should try fishing with a night crawler on the bottom near the return flow from the dredge machine (on the east side) or along the high banks on the north shore. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake.  The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake.  There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times.  Anglers are allowed three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.  Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of channel catfish from shore.  They are in the 18 to 22 inch size range.


North Twin Lake

Water levels have reached crest elevation.  Water clarity is poor.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Some anglers are catching catfish from shore. Try nightcrawlers on the bottom.  Crappie – Fair: Decent sized crappie are being picked up around the docks.  Walleye – Fair:   Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers having been catching decent numbers of yellow bass, but sorting is required.


Big Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Good: Action on the Grade is still hot. Throw a worm on the bottom and be ready.  Smallmouth Bass – Good: Look for smallies on the rock piles try throwing crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastics.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Look for largemouth around the weeds try top water early and late in the day along with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms.  Walleye – Fair: Try fishing deep during the day and moving shallow during dawn and dusk. Drifting and trolling leeches, crawlers, and minnows has produced a few fish. Wader fishing is still producing a few fish try casting twister tails or live bait under a bobber.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Fishing in the backs of the bays around the weeds can be good at times look deeper for the biggest fish.  Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look toward the rock piles for smallmouth action.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing around the weeds in the bays top water and soft plastics should produce.


Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods.  Walleye – Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods.


Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Drifting live bait with Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers has been producing a few fish some days are better than others.


Sports Scores From Wednesday June 19th

softballThe Sheldon Orabs played host to Okoboji in a Siouxland Conference softball and baseball doubleheader Wednesday night.  The Orabs swept the Siouxland Conference doubleheader, winning the softball game 5-2, and taking the baseball game by a 3-0 final tally.  Let’s take a look at all the scores from around the area.




Sheldon 5, Okoboji 2

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 9, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 2

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 12, South O’Brien 4

LeMars 12, Storm Lake 1

LeMars Gehlen Catholic 9, West Sioux, Hawarden 8

Remsen-Union 16, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 6

Sibley-Ocheyedan 5, MOC-FloydValley 3

SiouxCenter 10, West Lyon 0

Spencer 10, Emmetsburg 0

SpiritLake 11, Cherokee, Washington 1

Western Christian 1, Estherville Lincoln Central 0




Sheldon 3, Okoboji 0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 14, George-Little Rock 3

Hinton 6, Spalding Catholic, Granville 2

Spencer 6, Emmetsburg 5

SpiritLake 9, Cherokee, Washington 3

St. Mary’s, Remsen 5, Unity Christian, OrangeCity 3

St. Mary’s, Remsen 5, Unity Christian, OrangeCity 4

West Lyon, Inwood 5, SiouxCenter 3

West Sioux, Hawarden 9, Gehlen Catholic, LeMars 5

Western Christian, Hull 5, Estherville Lincoln Central 4

Orabs Sweep Pioneers at Sheldon

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orab softball team earned a 5-2 win over Okoboji at Sheldon Wednesday night.

The Pioneers scored in the second inning as Kim Naatjes singled and came in to score on an error for the first run of the ballgame.

Sheldon tied the score in the bottom of the second as Tori Meendering singled up the middle and scored from second on an overthrow at third as part of a sacrifice bunt by Allie Jongewaard.

The Orabs took the lead for good in the third inning as Krista Bousema was hit by a pitch and Abbi Meendering reached on a bunt single. Katlyn Holtrop running for Bousema and Meendering both scored on a double to right center field by Audrey Gustafson to put the Orabs up 3-0. Gustafson scored on a double to right center off the bat of Sami Kleinwolterink that gave Sheldon a 4-1 lead at the end of the inning.

Okoboji put a run on the board in the fourth as Cory Hoffman reached on an error and would later come in to score.

Sheldon closed out the scoring in the fifth inning as Tori Meendering doubled to the left field gap and came in to score on Sami Kleinwolterink’s rbi single to right as Sheldon went on to win 5-2.

Allie Jongewaard got the win going seven innings she gave up 2 runs on 6 hits walking 1 and striking out 2. Savannah Heithus took the loss going the first five innings. She gave up 5 earned runs on 6 hits walking 4 and striking out 6.
Sheldon won the baseball matchup as well posting a 3-0 shut out of the Pioneers. The Orabs scored a run in the second and two more in the fourth of a pitchers dual.

Logan Otis went the distance for the shut out giving up just 5 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 5. Dalton Syverson was tagged with the loss giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3.

Ben Marshal and Travis Buyert both had rbi’s for the Orabs with Marshall going 2-for-3 and Buyert 2-for-2 on the night. Holt Hunziiker led Okoboji with a 2-for-2 night at the plate.

The Orabs are off until next Monday when they travel to MOC Floyd Valley.

Orabs Sweep Non Conference Double Header Baseball Team Turns Triple Play

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orabs swept a non conference double header at Cherokee Tuesday night. The softball team posted a 9-5 win while the baseball team won 6-3 highlighted by a fifth inning triple play. Following a line drive to short for the first out a 6-4-3 double play provided the final two outs.  Shortstop Logan Otis made a diving stop to his left,  flipped the ball to second baseman Hunter McDonald who relayed to Graden Nordahl at first base to complete the trifecta.

Sheldon scored all of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. Logan Otis led the offense going 3-for-3 driving in a run and scoring a run. Levi Lundquist led Cherokee going 2-for-3 with a pair of rbi’s.

Mitch Jensen went seven innings for the win. he scattered 8 hits giving up 3 runs while striking out 3 and not walking a batter. Mitchell West took the loss going the first four and a third. West gave up 6 runs, 2 earned on 5 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 4.

A four run sixth inning propelled Sheldon to a 9-5 softball win. Abbi Meendering went 1-for-4 driving in a run and scoring a run. Mackensey Radke and Jessica Van Beek drove in two runs each. Cherokee had four players that each drove in a run.

Allie Jongewaard went seven innings. She gave up 4 earned runs on 11 hits. She struck out 7 and walked 1. Emily Haselhoff took the loss giving up 9 runs on 9 hits. She walked 12 and struck out 3.

Next action for the Sheldon softball and baseball teams comes Wednesday night as they host Okoboji.


Sports Scores From Tuesday June 18th

softballA scattering of games dotted the baseball and softball schedules for Tuesday.  Highlighting the schedule was  Western at MOC Floyd Valley in both baseball and softball along with Sioux City North at Boyden Hull Rock Valley for baseball.





Sheldon 6, Cherokee, Washington 3

Harris-LakePark 5, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 0

Remsen-Union 13, George-Little Rock 7

Sioux Center 16, Unity Christian, Orange City 6

Spirit Lake 12, Sibley-Ocheyedan 1




Sheldon 9, Cherokee, Washington 5

SpiritLake 11, Alta/Aurelia 3

Western Christian 15, MOC-FloydValley 0