Area Volleyball Scores from Tuesday, September 4th

Boyden-Hull and Harris-Lake park both played host to several area teams in high school volleyball action Tuesday. Here’s how our area teams fared:

At Boyden

Central Lyon 21-21, Rock Valley 17-11
Central Lyon 21-21, Spalding Catholic 13-15

Rock Valley 21-21, Spalding Catholic 11-16
Boyden-Hull 21-21, Spalding Catholic 8-11


At H-L-P

Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 25-21-14, Harris-Lake Park 21-25-7

Spencer 25-23-25-25, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 12-25-22-19
Spencer 25-25, Harris-Lake Park 23-19

North Union 25-23-16, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 13-25-14
North Union 26-26-23-18-15, Harris-Lake Park 24-24-25-25-10


Other Scores:

Akron-Westfield 25-31-23-22-15, Remsen-Union 21-29-25-25-11

Clay Central-Everly 25-25-25, St. Mary, Storm Lake 17-23-23

Emmetsburg 25-13-25-25-15, Pocahontas Area 21-25-27-18-9

Unity Christian 25-25-25, South O’Brien 18-11-16

Bloemendaal Named NAIA And GPAC Player Of The Week

The NAIA announced its first players of the week and Northwestern College junior Davis Bloemendaal from Orange City earned the weekly honor. The MOC Floyd Valley grad becomes the 14th Northwestern player to capture the national honor.

Bloemendaal completed 20-of-32 passes for a career-high 336 yards through just three quarters of play in the Red Raiders 49-0, season-opening win over Southwestern College of Kansas. The junior quarterback matched his career high with four touchdown passes, all to different receivers, in leading an offense that set a school record with 649 total yards of offense.

Bloemendaal improved his record to 9-0 as a starter under center, dating back to the fourth game of 2011. Earlier he had been named GPAC Player of the Week.

10th-ranked Northwestern, now 1-0, will play at #7 Morningside on Saturday night, Sept. 8 at 7pm.

DNR Announces Moderate Gains in Pheasant Population

Iowa Pheasant Population shows increase after Mild winter and spring 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2012 August Upland Wildlife Roadside Survey shows the statewide pheasant population has increased 16 percent when compared to last year.

“We expected to see an increase after the first mild winter in five years and we have, but it will take another two to three years of good weather for the population to fully recover from five straight years of heavy snow and cool wet springs,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the DNR.

The average birds counted per 30 mile route statewide increased from 6.8 birds to 8 birds in 2012. The highest pheasant counts per route are in the northwest region, with 16, central region, with 13, and north central region with 10. The survey also showed an increase in the number of partridge and quail, while cottontail numbers were unchanged.

While the pheasant recovery is not as large as predicted, it is a step in the right direction and hunters should see a few more birds while hunting this fall. The 2012 pheasant hunting season runs from October 27 through January 10, 2013.

“Well managed habitat is also critical for recovery,” Bogenschutz said. “The DNR has worked with private landowners to improve wildlife habitat on more than 7,000 acres of private lands in exchange for access for hunters.” Information on Iowa’s Habitat Access Program is available at

The DNR has been working with Pheasants Forever to expand our cooperative partnership working with private landowners to improve habitat.” An important part of this effort is the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and this effort is critical for pheasant to recovery in Iowa.

“We no longer have hay or small grain fields to raise pheasants,” said Bogenschutz. “CRP is a key habitat for the birds on private lands.” U.S. Department of Agriculture information shows 288 square miles of CRP fields expire next year in Iowa.

The full roadside report can be downloaded from the department’s webpage at

Hunters Enjoy Opening Weekend of Iowa’s Second Dove Season

The threat of rain did not hold up hunters, heading into the field for Iowa’s 2012 mourning dove season, Saturday, September 1. Most of those 30,000 expected hunters learned that early is better, as they pursue the state’s newest game species.

The migrating doves focus on food plots, as they move through Iowa. Most public wildlife areas had worked food plots into their management plans. And crowds of hunters responded.

“It was great. We had a real good morning of hunting. We were done about a quarter after 8 or so,” reviewed Chad Rotter, of Amana. He and Mike Chismar, of Cedar Rapids, camped near their hunting area on Hawkeye Wildlife Area in northern Johnson County. By dawn, they had rolled out of their bunks and had their set up ready to go.

In this second season of mourning dove hunting in Iowa, wingshooters are embracing the new opportunity. Part of that challenge is learning to pattern the diving, ducking feathered ‘missiles’ as they pass by.

“They’re tricky, flying birds. It requires a pretty good shot. You’re not going to get one every time you shoot. It’s quite a challenge. Quite a sport,” admitted Chismar. “It was a heck of a lot better than my first time out last year. It was three or four days after the season opened. It was great to be out here opening day. Lotta birds.”

Wildlife biologists and hunters who have pursued doves in other states expect the biggest concentration of birds in the first couple weeks of the season. Hunters are also learning to work in a crowd. Many public areas had five, eight, even a dozen vehicles parked in the lots or along road shoulders. Spread up and down the line of mowed sunflower fields, for instance, hunter safety…and etiquette…are foremost.

“Talk to the people in your groups. Give them a zone of fire that they will have. If they don’t have the shot, they need to leave it to the next person,” emphasized DNR conservation officer Aric Sloterdyk. “If it’s not there, it goes to the next group. Wait for the next bird to come.”

Sloterdyk, who worked Benton and Linn counties on opening day, said hunters were pretty successful; some limits, others with 4, 5 or 10 birds (the daily limit is 15 mourning doves).

“The birds were coming in on the mowed sunflower fields. Hunters were taking shorter shots. They’re just not used to it yet. Overall, they had pretty good success,” Sloterdyk said.

Hunters still need to gauge those shots. Many packed in a couple boxes of shotgun shells (25 each) but had to head back to the truck for more before they were done for the day.

“There weren’t as many going out as last year (though),” estimated Sloterdyk. “They may be getting the hang of it.” Iowa’s mourning dove season extends through November 9.

Online Hunter Safety Course Now compatible with mobile technology

Students who need to complete a hunter safety course to get their hunting license can now take the first step of that training on their smart phone, tablet or laptop at

The pages at automatically resize according to the device used, from a smart phone to Internet TV. There’s no app to download and each page is easy to view and read.

Students can access the course on the Web even if the only way they have to connect to the Internet is via their smart phone.

The training at is state-approved and covers the same material that’s taught in the classroom. The new mobile-ready site features realistic illustrations and interactive animations. An optional narration feature is available in many states, allowing students to hear the course in English and Spanish. also has introduced a series of hunter safety videos. The new videos cover topics such as tree stand hunting safety, firearms safety, hunting from a ground blind, effectiveness of blaze orange and more.

Studying at is free. Students who must be certified before buying a hunting license pay a one-time fee, which is due only if they pass the test.

Locating and Signing Up for a Field Day

After passing the online portion of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hunter education course, you will need to locate and sign up for the required field day.

To locate and sign up for a field day in your area, go to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website at

Warning! Passing the online course does not guarantee you a spot at a field day.

Fall classes are filling up fast so to ensure your spot in the hunting field sign up today!

Latest Radio Iowa Football Poll Out 9/4/12

The latest Radio Iowa Poll features a number of area teams. Highest rated include Boyden Hull Rock Valley and West Lyon rated number 2 in the Class 2A and Class A polls respectively. Spirit Lake is number 4 in the 2A poll with LeMars number 10 in the 3A poll.


Class 4A
1. Ankeny (2-0), LW #2 @ #4 Dowling
2. Bettendorf (2-0), LW #3 @ Davenport West (Thur)
3. Iowa City West (2-0), LW #4 @ CR Kennedy (Thur)
4. Dowling Catholic (3-0), LW #5 vs #1 Ankeny
5. Cedar Falls (2-0), LW #6 @ CR Washington
6. WDM Valley (2-1), LW #1 @ #8 S.E. Polk
7. Pleasant Valley (2-0), LW (X) vs Davenport North
8. S.E. Polk (1-1), LW #9 vs #6 Valley
9. Urbandale (2-0), LW #10 vs Johnston
10.Cedar Rapids Xavier (2-0), LW (X) @ CR Prairie

Class 3A
1. Decorah (2-0), LW #1 @ Independence
2. Sioux City Heelan (2-0), LW #2 @ SC West
3. Lewis Central (2-0), LW #4 @ Indianola
4. Harlan (2-0), LW #5 vs Perry
5. Norwalk (2-0), LW #6 @ Chariton
6. Grinnell (2-0), LW #8 vs Pella
7. Creston/O-M (2-0), LW #9 @ Atlantic
8. Maquoketa (2-0), LW (X) vs Central DeWitt
9. Knoxville (2-0), LW (X) vs Winterset
10.LeMars (2-0), LW (X) vs Sgt. Bluff-Luton

Class 2A
1. Mediapolis (2-0), LW #1 @ Wapello
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (2-0), LW #2 vs Sioux Center
3. Carroll Kuemper (2-0), LW #3 vs Clarinda Academy
4. Spirit Lake (2-0), LW #4 @ #7 Forest City
5. West Marshall (3-0), LW #5 vs PCM
6. New Hampton (2-0), LW #7 vs Hampton-Dumont
7. Forest City (2-0), LW (X) vs #4 Spirit Lake
8. Union (LaPorte City) (1-1), LW #8 @ Central Springs
9. Bondurant-Farrar (2-0), LW #9 vs C-M-B
10.Clarion-Goldfield (2-0), LW #10 vs South Central Calhoun

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (2-0), LW #1 @ #2 West Branch
2. West Branch (2-0), LW #2 vs #1 Iowa City Regina
3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (2-0), LW #4 @ Maple Valley
4. Pella Christian (2-0), LW #8 @ Central Decatur
5. South Winneshiek (2-0), LW #7 @ #7 Sumner-Fredricksburg
6. St. Albert (Council Bluffs) (1-1), LW #2 vs Panorama
7. Sumner-Fredricksburg (2-0), LW #9 vs #5 South Winneshiek
8. Aplington-Parkersburg (1-1), LW #5 @ Hudson
9. Emmetsburg (1-1), LW #6 @ North Union
10.Saint Ansgar (2-0), LW #10 @ Osage

Class A
1. Woodward-Granger (2-0), LW #1 vs Bedford
2. West Lyon (2-0), LW #3 vs Hinton
3. Wapsie Valley (2-0), LW #5 @ East Buchanan
4. West Hancock (1-1), LW #2 vs AGWSR
5. Woodbury Central (2-0), LW #9 @ #9 Akron-Westfield
6. Lawton-Bronson (2-0), LW (X) @ West Sioux
7. North Tama (2-1), LW #8 @ GMG
8. Logan-Magnolia (1-1), LW #4 @ West Monona
9. Akron-Westfield (2-2), LW (X) vs #5 Woodbury Central
10.Madrid (1-1), LW #10 @ Audubon

1. Adair-Casey (3-0), LW #1 @ Lamoni
2. Murray (3-0), LW #2 vs Grandview Park Baptist
3. Newell-Fonda (2-0), LW #3 @ North Iowa
4. Don Bosco (2-0), LW #4 vs Dunkerton
5. Melcher-Dallas (3-0), LW #5 @ Harmony
6. Fremont-Mills (2-0), LW #8 @ CAM
7. Coon Rapids-Bayard (3-0), LW #9 @ Boyer Valley
8. Preston (2-0), LW #10 vs Midland, Wyoming
9. Janesville (1-1), LW #6 vs Clarksville
10.Lenox (3-0), LW (X) @ Sidney


Sports Schedule For Tuesday 9/4/12

Sibley Ocheyedan and LeMars are host to Cross Country Meets Tuesday afternoon as high school sports resume following the Labor Day Holiday. A number of volleyball matches are on the schedule as well.




Coed Cross Country (Middle School, JV and varsity)

Sheldon, Alta Aurelia, BHRV, George Little Rock Central Lyon, HMS, MMC, Remsen St Mary’s, Sioux Center, South O’Brien, Spalding, West Lyon, West Sioux and Western Christian at Sibley Ocheyedan

Cherokee, Gehlen, Hinton, Kingsley Pierson, MOC Floyd Valley, Ridge View, Sergeant Bluff Luton, Sioux City East, Sioux City North, Storm Lake and Unity at LeMars

Central Lyon, Rock Valley and Spalding at Boyden Hull

Unity at South O’Brien

Remsen Union at Akron Westfield

Hinton at West Sioux

Spencer, North Union and Sioux Central at Harris Lake Park


Saturday Tournament Volleyball Scores From 9/1/12

Sheldon Volleyball Tournament Scores

Sheldon 21-21, Cherokee, Washington 6-7
Sheldon 21-21, Newell-Fonda 10-11
Sheldon 21-21, Sibley-Ocheyedan 13-8
Sheldon 21-23-17, Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 19-25-15
Hinton 21-21, Sheldon 8-10

Sibley-Ocheyedan 14-21-15, LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-18-11
Sibley-Ocheyedan 21-24, Emmetsburg 11-22

Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 21-18-15, Sibley-Ocheyedan 16-21-11
Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 21-21, LeMars Gehlen Catholic 18-14
Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 24-21, Emmetsburg 22-12

Cherokee, Washington 21-21, Newell-Fonda 18-13
Cherokee, Washington 21-8-15, Emmetsburg 17-21-13

Hinton 21-21, Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 17-11
Hinton 21-21, Cherokee, Washington 11-12
Hinton 21-21, Newell-Fonda 17-16
Hinton 21-21, Sibley-Ocheyedan 16-4

LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-21, Cherokee, Washington 8-6
LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-21, Emmetsburg 5-9
LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-21, Newell-Fonda 8-14

Sioux City North Tournament

MOC-Floyd Valley 21-21, Denison-Schleswig 16-11
MOC-Floyd Valley 21-21, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto 15-19
MOC-Floyd Valley 21-21, Sioux Center 19-13
MOC-Floyd Valley 21-21, Sioux City, East 11-13
MOC-Floyd Valley 21-21, Sioux City, North 12-8

Sioux Center 21-20-15, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto 15-22-11
Sioux Center 21-21, Denison-Schleswig 9-13
Sioux Center 21-21, Sioux City, East 17-11
Sioux Center 21-21, Sioux City, North 11-12

Unity Christian 19-21-16, Sioux Center 21-11-14
Unity Christian 21-21, Denison-Schleswig 14-5
Unity Christian 21-21, MOC-Floyd Valley 10-12
Unity Christian 21-21, Sioux City, East 8-10
Unity Christian 21-21, Sioux City, North 6-16
Unity Christian 21-24, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto 11-22