Orabs Celebrate Homecoming With 51-7 Win

The Sheldon Orab Football Team celebrated homecoming Friday night with a 51-7 win over Cherokee.

The Orabs scored on their first possession on a 68 yard drive that ended when quarterback Chris Balster found running back Matt Dykstra for a 26 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good and Sheldon led 6-0 with 8:43 to play in the first quarter.

An 80 yard drive came to a close when fullback Tanner Whitsell scored from 17 yards out. Trevor Mayer added the extra point and the lead was 13-0 with 3:34 to play in the quarter.

Next came a 69 yard strike from Balster to Nate Oostra as time expired in the first quarter. Mayer added the point after and Sheldon led 20-0.

Sheldon scored three times in the second quarter as well. Hunter McDonald returned a punt 51 yards to the Cherokee 19 yard line. From there McDonald later scored from a yard out. Mayer’s extra point made it 27-0 with 8:32 to go in the half.

Following the kick off Tom Brown picked off a pass at the Cherokee 32 yard line. The turn over quickly became a touchdown as Brown was on the receiving end of a 32 yard pass from Balster. The extra point was no good and Sheldon led 33-0 with 8:11 left in the half.

With :12 seconds left in the half a 70 yard Orab drive came to a close with Dykstra scoring from 3 yards out. The extra point was no good and the Sheldon lead was 39-0 at half time.

The Orabs added a pair of touchdowns in the second half wrapped around a Cherokee score. The first came on a 58 yard punt return for a score by Hunter McDonald. The extra point attempt was no good and the lead was 45-0 with 8:55 to go in the third quarter.

Cherokee followed with a 65 yard drive that came to an end when running back Luke Zieman scored on a 26 yard run. Grayson Roosa added the extra point and the score was 45-7 Sheldon with 5:09 to play in the third quarter.

Sheldon’s final score came with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter. With Cherokee on their 6 yard line defensive end Jesse Meendering hit the quarterback causing a fumble. Meendering recovered the football in the end zone for the Orabs final touchdown making the final score 51-7.

With the win Sheldon moves to 2-0 in the district and 3-1 on the season. Cherokee falls to 0-2 in the district and 0-4 on the year. Up next for Sheldon will be a home game against Central Lyon George Little Rock who shut out MOC Floyd Valley Friday night 34-0 at Rock Rapids.

Football Scores From Friday 9/14/12

CLASS 2A: District 1

Sheldon 51, Cherokee, Washington 7
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 54, Unity Christian, Orange City 0
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 34, MOC-Floyd Valley 0
Sioux Center 21, South O’Brien 14

CLASS 1A: District 1

Emmetsburg 72, Okoboji, Milford 13
Western Christian, Hull 45, North Union 9
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 28, LeMars Gehlen 14

CLASS A: District 1

Akron-Westfield 41, Hinton 35
Lawton-Bronson 42, Sibley-Ocheyedan 6
Woodbury Central, Moville 48, Alta/Aurelia 12
West Lyon, Inwood 48, West Sioux 0

8 Player: District 1

Harris-Lake Park 61, Whiting 24
Kingsley-Pierson 47, Clay Central-Everly 14
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 31, Remsen-Union 22
St. Mary’s, Remsen 50, River Valley, Correctionville 44

CLASS 3A: District 2

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 41, LeMars 8
Harlan 21, Carroll 14 (ND)
Spencer 31, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6
Storm Lake 31, Denison-Schleswig 15

The Nighthawks Remain Perfect And Beat Knights

The Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks beat the Unity Christian Knights 54-0 at Korver Field in Orange City Friday night.

The game started off quickly for the Nighthawks as they took a 27-0 lead after running back Miguel Alvarado scored 4 straight touchdowns. Miguel Alvarado scored on runs of 4, 25, 64, and 15 yards. He had 144 yards rushing in the first half before he was shut down in the second half.

The Nighthawks added two more scores before the end of the first half with a 38 yard drive capped by a 1 yard touchdown run by John Harmsen, that drive took 2:50. Brandt Van Roekel added his own score finishing a 75 yard drive that took 1:13 on a 44 yard touchdown run. The score at the half was 41-0 in favor of the Nighthawks.

With the continuous running clock in the second half the Nighthawks added two more scores. The first score was a 24 yard quarterback keeper by Andrew Van Ginkel. Logan Steins added to the tally with a 14 yard touchdown run making the final score 54-0 in favor of the Nighthawks.

The defense has now not allowed a single point in 2 games, the Nighthawks held the Knights to less than 50 yards of total offense for the game.

Next week the 2nd ranked Nighthawks will have homecoming (4-0, 2-0 in District) and will host 4th ranked Spirit Lake in Hull. Unity Christian (0-4, 0-2 in District) will play at Sioux Center next week.

Lyon County’s Lake Pahoja Experiencing Natural Fish Kill

Rural Inwood, Iowa — Lake Pahoja in Lyon County is experiencing an ongoing fish kill that likely began Wednesday night.

Fisheries biologists from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigated the kill on Thursday at the 70-acre man-made lake west of the West Lyon School, and found low levels of oxygen and elevated levels of ammonia.

Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist with the Iowa DNR, says all the evidence points to fall turnover happening at a bad time. He says that when a lake experiences turnover in the fall, nutrients that have been trapped in deeper water are suddenly available causing an algae bloom. In this case, the turnover followed a series of warm days and reports of a heavy blue-green algae bloom, something that is not typical, says Hawkins.

The two events together may have created enough biological demand for oxygen that levels fell critically low, he says.

There are other instances when a fall turnover causes problems in a lake, but this seems to be a rare set of circumstances, says Hawkins.

Although the fish kill is substantial, many live fish were seen by investigators. Oxygen levels are beginning to rise and many of these fish will survive.

He says it’s really too early to determine how this fish kill will affect the fishery and fishing on Lake Pahoja. Fish kills rarely kill all fish and fisheries normally fill back in very quickly through natural reproduction.

Lake Pahoja typically forms a thermocline that separates a zone of warm surface water from a zone of cooler deep water at about 12 to 14 feet. This thermocline prevents the two zones from mixing during the summer.

It is not unusual for biological processes in the deeper water to use up all available oxygen and then begin to build up large amounts of nutrients.

As the surface water cools in the fall, a windy day can break up the thermocline causing the lake to mix, releasing large amounts of nutrients causing an algae bloom.

Sports Schedule For Saturday 9/15/12

On the sports schedule for today a pair of volleyball tournaments highlight play with the West Sioux Invite and the Fort Dodge Tournaments being decided this Saturday.






Akron Westfield, Trinity, G-LR at West Sioux Invite

Western at the Fort Dodge Tourney

College Football


Doane at Northwestern

Dordt at Midland


UNI at Iowa


Western Illinois at Iowa State

High School Volleyball Wrap from Thursday, September 13

The Sheldon Orabs were straight set winners over Okoboji in Milford Thursday night. Game scores of 25-14, 25-14, 25-19. With the victory, Sheldon improves to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The Orabs are off this weekend and return to play home conference opener Tuesday vs. Sibley.

Area scores:

George-Little Rock 25-18-25-26, Rock Valley 14-25-17-24

MOC-Floyd Valley 25-25-25, Sibley-Ocheyedan 16-11-13

Sioux Center 25-23-25-23-15, Boyden-Hull 20-25-19-25-12

Trinity Christian, Hull 25-25-18-25, Southwest Christian, MN 19-18-25-15