Wolfpack Headed Back To 2A Girls Championship Game

western logoWith their teammates struggling, Brooke Wolterstorff and Erika Douma took over and led Western Christian back to the Class 2A championship game.

Wolterstorff scored 25 points and Douma added 15 on 5-for-9 3-point shooting as the top-ranked Wolfpack swept past No. 10 Aplington-Parkersburg 64-40 to open the 2A semifinal round. With the win Western Christian earned a meeting with Lawton Bronson who defeated Maquoketa Valley 65-57 in the other semifinal.

Western Christian won for the 25th time in 26 games and will go after its second consecutive championship at 6 p.m. Friday. Aplington-Parkersburg finished 21-4.

Wolterstorff made eight of 11 shots, including a couple of 3-pointers, grabbed 10 rebounds and made four steals. Jamie Gensink added six points and five rebounds, while Alissa Pollema had four points and six assists.

Haleigh Hempen led Aplington-Parkersburg with 11 points and six rebounds. Shelby Sandoval added 10 points for the Falcons, who made it to state for the first time since 2001.

Wolterstorff and Douma helped the Wolfpack overcome some subpar shooting. Going into the fourth quarter, they were a combined 13 of 19 from the field while the rest of the team was 4-for-21.

But Western Christian led 50-29 at that point and coach Bill Harmsen began replacing his starters with 4:50 left in the game.

Western Christian started the game with a flurry. Wolterstorff hit a 3, made a layup and sank two free throws and Douma followed with a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 10-2 lead. Another Wolterstorff 3 made it 13-4.

Aplington-Parkersburg twice got to within six points in the second quarter, but Elissa Jansma connected from long range and Douma added two more 3s in an 11-5 run that made it 31-19 at halftime. TheWolfpack started the second half with an 11-2 burst and were never threatened again.

Taylor King scored 21 points, Josie Kopal had 20 points and 17 rebounds as number 2 Lawton-Bronson pulled away late.  It will be the first title game for Lawton-Bronson, which is in the tournament for the fourth time and is now 26-1.

Sheldon To Host DNR ICN Listening Session on Fall Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Sterler DeerDes Moines — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings over the Iowa Communications Network on March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., to listen to the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall, and one of the participating locations will be in Sheldon.

These meetings are part of the new process instituted for making rules in state government.

Dr. Dale Garner, chief of the DNR’s wildlife bureau says that any rule changes must be discussed with Iowa’s citizens who might be impacted by the changes before the rule changes are proposed.  He says that the new process helps ensure that rule changes serve the public’s wishes and do not impact Iowa’s economy.

At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

These discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes this fall. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

In addition to the one in Sheldon, meetings will also be held in Boone, Calmar, Cedar Falls, Chariton, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Creston, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Johnston, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sac City, Sergeant Bluff, Spencer, Tiffin and West Burlington.

Central Lyon To 1A Girls Championship Game

Central Lyon LogoCentral Lyon is making the most of its first state tournament trip.

The top-ranked Lions are headed to the Class 1A championship game after racing to a 17-0 lead and cruising to a 76-53 victory over No. 8 Burlington Notre Dame to complete the semifinal round.

The Lions improved to 25-2 and will play No. 2 Newell-Fonda in the title game at 4 p.m. Friday. Newell-Fonda is in the finals for the fourth time and also is seeking its first championship.

Four players scored in double figures in an efficient Central Lyon offense. The Lions scored in transition off steals and got open shots in their half-court offense because of crisp passing. They had assists on 23 of their 27 field goals.

Kori Schulte led the way with 23 points. Sophomore Sarah Halse had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Lexi Ackerman had 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Sophomore IvySieperda contributed 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Schulte hit nine of 15 shots and complemented her scoring with five rebounds, three assists,five steals and two blocks.

Kori Mesecher, one of three sophomores in Notre Dame’s starting lineup, led the Nikes with 13 points. Morgan Myers added 11 points and Courtney Coffin scored nine.

Central Lyon led 28-7 after a near-perfect first quarter and was up 46-18 at halftime. Notre Dame continued to play hard in the second half despite the one-sided score and ended up outscoring the Lions 35-30 over the final two quarters.

Notre Dame also reached the state tournament for the first time and set a school record for victories in finishing 22-4.

Northwestern Red Raider Women Defeated in GPAC Basketball Final

Northwesstern logoMorningside added the GPAC Post-Season Tournament Championship to its regular season GPAC title when the second-ranked Mustangs edged No. 8 Northwestern 78-73 on GPAC Championship Tuesday in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center.

The Mustangs defeated the three-time reigning NAIA Division II National Champion Red Raiders for the third time this season and for the sixth time in a row dating back to last season.

Morningside improved its record to 28-4 and will take a 12-game winning streak into the upcoming NAIA Division II National Tournament slated for March 6-12 in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena. Northwestern had an eight-game winning streak snapped and will take a 23-7 record into the national tourney.

Shelby Beaudette, who beat Northwestern with last second shots twice during the regular season, led the Mustangs with 16 points behind a seven-for-11 shooting performance from the field. Although the Mustangs didn’t need another last second shot from Beaudette to win the game, the Mustang senior did provide a key 3-pointer with 24 seconds left after the Red Raiders had crept within 74-73.

Beaudette was one of five Morningside players who scored in double figures. Ashlynn Muhl and Bobbi McManaman each contributed 14 points, Chelsie Trask had 12, and Hanna Blum had 11. The Mustangs completed their scoring summary with six points from Jordyn Wollenburg and five from Leann Osten. The 14 points by McManaman was her fifth double figure scoring performance off the bench in the last seven games.

Northwestern, which entered the game second nationally in team rebounding margin, won the board battle 43-30 to outrebound the Mustangs for the first time in their three contests this season. Muhl, McManaman, and Wollenburg shared Morningside honors with four rebounds each, while Northwestern’s Kendra De Jong led all performers with 11 caroms to go along with a game-high 20 points

Trask dealt a game-high six assists, while McManaman and Wollenburg shared game honors with three steals.

Northwestern led by three points on three different occasions early in the first half before Morningside took a 10-9 lead on a layup by Muhl at the 15:54 mark. The Mustangs led for the rest of the half, including a 13-point bulge at one point when a 3-pointer by Beaudette completed a 15-2 Morningside scoring run that put the hosts up 27-14 with 11:23 left in the half.

The Red Raiders went on a 17-7 run of their own to close within 34-31 before Morningside stretched the lead to 40-34 at the intermission.

Northwestern closed within one point four times in the second half, the last two after 3-pointers by Alli Dunkelberger, who scored all 19 of her points in the second half. The Red Raiders crept within one point for the last time when Dunkelberger struck from 3-point range with 43.5 seconds left to make it a 74-73 contest before Beaudette burned the Red Raiders again with her pivotal 3-pointer.

The NAIA Division II Women’s National Basketball Tournament field will be announced by 4:00 Wednesday afternoon, February 27 and the 32-team bracket will be released at 7:15 pm.  Northwestern secured the GPAC’s second automatic bid by way of their runner-up finish in the conference tournament.

Story from Dave Rebstock, Morningside Sports Information

Dordt College Men Win GPAC Basketball Title

Dordt_Defenders logoThe Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team won its first ever Great Plains Athletic Conference Post-Season Tournament Championship with a 75-63 win over the Morningside Mustangs in front of a capacity crowd at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.  The Defenders jumped in front from the start and never trailed in winning their 26th game of the season and seventh game in a row.

Back to back buckets by Kyle Lindbergh started the scoring for Dordt and at teh 14:39 mark the Defenders were up 17-3 when Cliff Warner hit his second three-point basket of the contest. Morningside whittled teh difference down to 11 but Dordt had an answer as they roared to a 37-17 advantage with a pair of Chris Sievers free throws at the 6:23 mark.

“Our fans got behind us and made it really loud at the start of the game and we built momentum,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.

Morningside mounted another charge, this time getting the lead down to 42-30 on baskets by Tanner Ferguson and Tyler Johnson but Dordt netted two baskets in a row to close the half up 46-30.

“It was a great start but we had to stay focused. A good team like Morningside is going to make several runs at you,” said Douma.

A Tanner Miller bucket at the 14:26 mark of the game made the score 54-44 but Dordt went on a 6-0 run with Lindbergh again supplying a pair of baskets around a Jordan Vogel bucket. Morningside got the difference to nine at the 9:05 mark when Danny Rudeen converted one of the Mustangs’ three, three-point baskets of the game to make it 62-53. Dordt stretched the lead out to 14 on a pair of baskets by Trevor Wolterstorff and a Vogel field goal with a free throw. The Mustangs had one more charge in them to get it down to eight but Dordt took care of the ball, converting six of eight free throws in the final 2:34 to seal the 75-63 win.

Dordt 27-49 from the floor for 55.1 percent and made 24-31 two-point shots. The Defenders also converted 18-22 free throws. Morningside was limited to 28-68 shooting for 41.2 percent and she was 4-7 on free throws. Dordt held a commanding rebounding edge of 40-25 but turned the ball over 19 times to nine for the visitors.

“I thought we got out and defended the perimeter very well,” said Douma.

Trevor Wolterstorff and Jordan Vogel had 16 each to pace the Defenders and both had eight rebounds with Vogel going 7-7 from the floor. Kyle Lindbergh added 13 points while going 6-6 from the field and had five rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Cliff Warner scored ten, had seven rebounds and five assists against one turnover and Austin Katje scored eight. Shawn Keizer was good for seven points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Morningside was topped by Danny Rudeen with 17 points and Kyle Nikkel scored 14 with seven rebounds. Trent Miller and Tanner Miller had 13 and 11 respectively.

Dordt earns the automatic berth that goes with the post-season title while Morningside’s run through the tournament ends with an 18-15 mark.

The NAIA Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament field will be announced by 4:00 Wednesday afternoon, February 27 and the 32-team bracket will be released at 7:15 pm.  Northwestern secured the GPAC’s first automatic bid by way of the regular season championship.

This was the third straight year Dordt was in the title game, losing on the road to Sioux Falls in 2011 and at home to Northwestern in 2012. Dordt also had title game appearances in 2002 and 2006, losing to Concordia in overtime in 2002 and Morningside in 2006. This will be Dordt’s third trip to the NAIA Division II National Tournament with the previous appearances coming in 2006 and 2012. Dordt also qualified for the single-class NAIA Tournament in 1988.

Story from Mike Byker, Dordt College Sports Information Director

Lady Dutch Join Central Lyon And Western Christian in State Semifinals

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The second-ranked Lady Dutch held Number 13 Mid-Prairie to 25 percent shooting and got a double-double from Alexis Conaway in beating the Golden Hawks 51-30. The Lady Dutch are on to the Thursday semifinals where they will meet Estherville Lincoln Central who ousted Spirit Lake with a 55-39 quarterfinal win. Tip off is at 5pm Thursday afternoon.

Conaway scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added two blocks, three steals and two assists to her stat line. Emily McDonald scored 10 points for the Lady Dutch on 5-for-8 shooting, while Rylee Yaw had nine points, six rebounds and three steals.

MOC-Floyd Valley bolted to a 16-3 lead in the first 7 minutes, then kept the Golden Hawks at bay with defense the rest of the way.

Mid-Prairie chipped away at a 14-point lead in the third quarter and drew to 35-26 entering the final period. But as the fourth quarter got under way, Conaway grabbed a loose ball in the lane, was fouled as she made the layup and sank the free throw for a three-point play. She followed that with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, part of a 10-2 run that put the game away.

Mallory McArtor led Mid-Prairie with 10 points and Erika Murphy scored nine for the Golden Hawks.

MOC-Floyd Valley, the state runner-up last year, improved to 24-1 and will play in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday. Mid-Prairie ends the season with an 18-8 record. Two other area teams will be in Thursday’s semi finals as well as we bring you a triple cast from Des Moines on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream from the website as well at www.kiwaradio.com.


In the Class 1A semifinals Central Lyon will go against Burlington Notre Dame. Pregame will be at 9:50 for a 10am opening tip.

That will be followed by the 2A semifinal between Western Christian and Aplington Parkersburg. Pregame will be at 11:39 for the scheduled 11:45 opening tip.