West Lyon Junior Jonathon Van Beek Throws No Hitter At Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — The future became the present at Orab Field last night as West Lyon junior Jonathon Van Beek won a 2-0 pitchers dual against Sheldon sophomore Mitchell Jensen. Van Beek threw a no hitter against the Orabs and struck out 12 batters along the way. Jensen countered with 6 strike outs and got 10 fly ball outs with 9 of the 10 put outs made by the infield. While Van Beek did not give up a hit Jensen scattered just 6 hits through seven innings.
The first run of the ball game came in the first inning as James Van Beek led off with a double to left field. He came in to score on an rbi single through the middle of the infield by Jonathon Van Beek. The only other run of the game came in the top of the seventh when Tyler Kruse reached on an error and scored when James Van Beek followed by reaching on an error as well.

With the win West Lyon improves to 6-2 on the season and 4-1 in the Siouxland Conference. Sheldon falls to 2-6 on the year and 1-3 in the conference.

West Lyon has Friday off while the Orabs travel to Sibley to go against Sibley Ocheyedan in another Siouxland Conference match up. With no JV game Friday the Generals and Orabs will play varsity only with a 7pm first pitch.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out 6/7/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: White Bass – Good: White bass fishing has picked up. Try casting white twisters or shad raps. White bass are being picked up while fishing for walleye. Walleye fishing picked up some at Storm Lake on Wednesday. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has improved from both boat and shore. Anglers are having the best luck using leeches, crawlers, minnows, or trolling crankbaits. 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.

Big Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Good: There were lots of bullheads being caught off the north grade as well as a few at Templar Park. Most were coming on worms but minnows and leaches also caught a few. Northern Pike – Fair: Try using spoons, and spinner baits around vegetation. Some pike are being caught trolling crankbaits for walleye around 10 feet of water. White Bass – Fair: Locating an active school of white bass is the hard part; once found something resembling a minnow should get good results. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Most smallmouth bass have are being caught off rock piles. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Green vegetation still seems to be the key but as the water keeps warming the fish are becoming more active. Slow presentations are still bringing fish to the boat but the top water bite is also shining when conditions allow. Yellow Perch – Slow: Fishing has been slow but a few are being caught while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Fair: Leeches and night crawlers seemed to be the choice bait by most fishermen with minnows bringing some success as well. Trolling crankbaits in 10-20 feet of water has been another good tactic. With recent rains and warm temperatures the water has become dirtier but the spillway is now running.

 East Okoboji Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom. Walleye – Fair: Try fishing near bottom with crawlers and leeches or trolling crank baits. Twister tails can also be productive. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught try looking for rocks and wood and use small baits. With the spillway now running many fishermen are targeting the north end of the lake.

 West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Find weed beds and you have found the pike. Try using spoons or most anything resembling a minnow and don’t forget the steel leader. Bluegill – Good: Action is picking up in the main lake around docks but there are still a good number of fish in the canals. Try using small jigs coupled with light line and a small bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish are spooky. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish are still in the canals but there are a few being caught in the bays around the weed beds. Walleye – Fair: A few fish were caught trolling crankbaits as well as live bait rigs with crawlers and leeches. The canals seem to be where the most action is taking place with bluegills and largemouth bass gaining the most attention but many of the fish are small.

Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: The water temperature is still holding in the mid 60s and the bite hasn’t slowed. Good results have come in 10-15 ft of water with many small fish being caught. Try trolling crawler harnesses or drifting with either live bait or jigging with specialty plastics designed for walleye. Yellow Bass – Good: There are some good sized yellow bass in the lake and they can be caught using crappie sized baits. Try using twister tails, crappie tubes, and live bait to catch a batch of these tasty fish.

A reminder to bow fishermen please dispose of your fish properly and it is unlawful to sell fish. With the summer season upon us remember to be courteous to fellow lake users. For more information, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Sports Schedule For Friday 6/8/12

The Sheldon Orab Baseball Team squares off against Sibley Ocheyedan Friday evening in Sibley. The JV game has been cancelled so it’s varsity only beginning at 7pm.






Sheldon at Sibley Ocheyedan (Varsity only beginning at 7pm)

Central Lyon at G-LR

Unity at Akron Westfield

Gehlen at Spalding

Remsen Union at HMS

West Sioux at MMC

Hinton at Remsen St Mary’s


MOC Floyd Valley at Okoboji

Boyden Hull Rock Valley at G-LR-CL

Gehlen at Spalding

Remsen Union at HMS

West Sioux at MMC


Record 341 Individuals Participate In 7th Annual Village Run, Walk And Roll

On Saturday, June 2nd a record 341 individuals participated in the Village’s 7th annual benefit Run, Walk & Roll. The event offered participants a chance to participate by a 5K or 10K race or a 1 mile walk or roll.  With perfect weather the record number of people saw 112 individuals run in the 5K race, 24 people in the 10K race and 205 people in the 1 mile walk/roll.

This year’s event raised over $40,000 from registrations, sponsorships and donations, all of which will be used to provide the quality services Village Northwest Unlimited provides to the people it serves.

The corporate sponsors for this year’s event were Sanford Health, Hy Vee, Ag Partners and the family of Maureen Freed, a past chairperson of the Village Board.  Individuals walking and running were also encouraged to raise funds in support of their participating in the event.


Overall winners in the women’s division were:

5K – Cindra Kamphoff ofMankato,MNwith a time of19:59

10K – Shannon Schreurs ofSheldon,IAwith a time of  44:09

Overall winners in the men’s division were:

5K – Brian Gesink ofSioux Center,IAwith a  time of16:47

10K – Caleb Bakker ofSanborn,IAwith a time of 38:56


The following individuals took first place in their age group:

Women’s 5K 

Madison Japenga, Cedar Rapids, IA, 13 & Under, 33:36

Kirsten Elyea, Hartley, IA, 14 to 19, 25:26

Nichole Duncan, Hartley, IA, 20 to 29, 21:02

Cindra Kamphoff, Mankato, MN, 30 to 39, 19:59

Laura Gradert, Sibley, IA, 40 to 49, 24:28

Bev Vande Vegte, Doon, IA, 50 to 59, 24:23

Doris Lozano, N. Sioux City, SD, 60 to 69, 33:05

Women’s 10K

Morgan Matthaei, Salem, SD, 14 to 19, 50:07

Bridget Eich, Sheldon, IA, 20 to 29, 52:50

Shannon Schreurs, Sheldon, IA, 30 to 39, 44:09


Men’s 5K 

DaytonBrunsting, Hull, IA, 13 & Under, 26:41

Adam Sohl, George, IA, 14 to 19, 18:20

Brian Gesink, Sioux Center, IA, 20 to 29, 16:47

Chris Otto, Sheldon, IA, 30 to 39, 22:02

Barry Whitsell, Sheldon, IA, 40 to 49, 27:34

Jeff Grant, Sheldon, IA, 50 to 59, 21:03

Larry Jerge, Spirit Lake, IA, 60 to 69, 27:43

Elmer Beltman, Sheldon, IA, 70 & Over, 44:57

 Men’s 10K

Caleb Bakker, Sanborn, IA, 14 to 19, 38:56

Tim Rogers, Orange City, IA, 30 to 39, 40:17

Klint Tatsumi, Sheldon, IA, 40 to 49, 45:53

Clifford St. Clair, Sheldon, IA, 50 to 59, 44:39

Larry Meyers, Sheldon, IA, 60 to 69, 46:23

Sam Wiertzema, Boyden, IA, 70 & Over, 1:03:56

Following the Awards Ceremony, Sheldon native and renowned running expert, Cindra Kamphoff, shared her insights on how to be a stronger runner, focusing on the mental aspect of running. Cindra is a graduate ofSheldonHigh Schoolwith strong ties to the Village through her own experiences while working here during high school and college, as well as through family member’s working at the Village. She is a member of the US Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry and is working with several runners trying out for the Olympics. Cindra writes for newspapers, blogs and magazines, including Runner’s World. Her insights to the runners included sharing articles, motivational quotes and a list of 8 mental tips to help with runners achieve their goals.  After the presentation Cindra took questions from the crowd.

Village Northwest Unlimited is nationally recognized as one of the premier providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. The Village builds successful lives for 180 individuals by providing opportunities and choices in residential, vocational and social programs while fulfilling its mission to provide Purpose, Privacy and Dignity for all people.



High School Softball & Baseball Scores From Wednesday 6/6/12

High School Softball:

Akron-Westfield 9, Remsen-Union 1

Emmetsburg 8, Western Christian 0

Estherville Lincoln Central 6, Spencer 0

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 3, Hinton 2

Gehlen Catholic 5, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 4

Game 1:  South O’Brien 18, Unity Christian 15 – Game 2: South O’Brien 18, Unity Christian 7

St. Mary’s, Remsen 13, West Sioux 3

Storm Lake 10, Cherokee, Washington 5


High School Baseball:

Sioux Center 2 Sheldon 1

Central Lyon 22, Sibley-Ocheyedan 1

Gehlen Catholic 5, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 4

Hinton 12, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 2 (5 innings)

Storm Lake 13, Cherokee 6

West Lyon 10, George-Little Rock 0

Western Christian 3, Emmetsburg 0

Sioux Center Wins Pitchers Dual At Sheldon

Sioux Center was one run better than Sheldon in a Siouxland Conference baseball game played in Sheldon Wednesday night, winning 2-1 over the Orabs.

Kam Glade of the Warriors outdualed Sheldon’s Cody Hatting for the win. Glade struck out 12 on the night while giving up just three hits waked three. Hatting countered with 11 strike outs scattering 9 hits and did not walk a batter.

Sioux Center broke the tie in the top of the fifth as Glade led off the inning with a double to center field. A courtesy runner for the Glade scored on single to right off the bat of Ryan Van Beek.

The Warriors pushed another run across in the top of the sixth inning as Christian Rozeboom opened the inning with a single to the right field cornor. He came in to score on a single down the third base line by Glade.

Sheldon got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning as Jake Rosburg opened the inning with a single to left and would score from third on a wild pitch.

With the win Sioux Center improves to 4-2 for the season and 3-2 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 2-5 on the season and 1-2 in the conference.

Sheldon returns to action Thursday night hosting West Lyon while the Warriors host Western Christian.