Boys District Basketball Scores From Thursday, Feb 21st

basketballDistrict titles were scheduled to be decided  Thursday night in Class  1A and 3A boys basketball.  And while the 1A games were played, albeit an hour earlier than originally scheduled, the 3A games were postponed until Friday.


Boys Class 1A District Basketball Finals 

District 2

Boyden Hull 54 LeMars Gehlen 31

District 1

Rock Valley 69, Harris-Lake Park 56

Boyden-Hull and Rock Valley meet in Substate game Saturday at LeMars for a trip to the State Boys 1A Tournament.

Boys Class 3A District Finals 

District 2

MOC Floyd Valley vs Storm Lake at Spencer – PPD TO 8 pm FRIDAY

District 1 

LeMars vs Sioux City Heelan PPD to 7 pm FRIDAY AND MOVED TO SGT. BLUFF-LUTON

Winners meet in Substate game Monday 2/25 at LeMars. If LeMars is playing the game site will be Sioux Center.

Yellow Bass Fishing Fair on East Okoboji in Latest Fishing Report

DNR logoBig Spirit Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: A few have reported seeing pike while sight fishing for bluegills. Try putting tip-ups in shallower areas and around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: A few bluegills are being caught in Anglers Bay using small jigs tipped with live bait or plastic. Yellow Perch – Slow: Perch continue to be finicky but a few are being caught once located. Try spoons and small jigs with wigglers.


East Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Yellow Bass – Fair: Finding a school of yellow bass may be challenging but once located, they can be fairly active. Try jigs tipped with live bait or plastic.


West Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: Try putting tip-ups around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: Emerson and Miller bays continue to be the most popular areas to fish for bluegills with Smiths Bay gaining some attention. Sight fishing with small jigs and light line can be a good way to catch a few fish. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch are still being caught deep as well as in the weeds while fishing for bluegills.


For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwestern Women Advance, Dordt Ends Tournament Run in GPAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

basketballNorthwestern advanced to the semifinals while Dordt saw their tournament run in the GPAC Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday.

The top four seeds posted wins on Wednesday as the 2013 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Postseason Basketball Championship got underway with quarterfinal round action.

Top seed Morningside posted a 66-44 win over 8th seeded Hastings in Sioux City, Iowa.  Also in Sioux City 4thseeded Briar Cliff was a winner over five seed Dakota Wesleyan 80-67.  On the bottom of the bracket second seeded Concordia posted a home win over 7th Dordt 75-63 and three seed Northwestern was a home winner over 6th seed Mount Marty 89-63.

On Saturday in the GPAC Semifinals it will be fourth seed Briar Cliff at top seed Morningside, while two seed Concordia will host three seed Northwestern. Both games will tip off at 3pm.

Northwestern, Dordt Advance In GPAC Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals

GPAC Mens BasketballThe Northwestern Red Raiders and Dordt Defender basketball teams posted wins on Wednesday night as the 2013 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Postseason Basketball Championships got underway with quarterfinal round action.

In Orange City,  top seed Northwestern was a 77-63 winner over 8th seeded Dakota Wesleyan, while five seed Morningside was a road winner at 4th seed Doane 69-66.  On the bottom of the bracket two seed Dordt posted a home win over 7th seeded Briar Cliff 91-76 and three seed Midland won over 6th seed Hastings 84-60 in Fremont, Nebraska.

On Saturday in the GPAC Semifinals it will be fifth seed Morningside at top seed Northwestern, while two seed Dordt will host three seed Midland.  Both games will tip off at 3pm.

The Red Raiders went 17-3 in the league to win the GPAC regular season championship and secured an automatic berth to the NAIA Men’s Division II National Tournament in Point Lookout, Missouri.

Craig Hertz Defensive MVP in Recent Football All-Star Game

hertz-craigDakota State University Football senior Craig Hertz a Sibley Ocheyedan graduate recently participated in the 2013 USA Freedom Bowl All-Star game January 21st in Virginia Beach Virginia.

The All-Star game held at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex featured athletes from Football Championship Series, NCAA Division two, three and NAIA levels. Athletes were divided into two teams called the Admirals and Generals.



Ironically the former Sibley Ocheyedan General played on the Admirals team. He received defensive MVP honors for his squad recording 12 tackles, deflected 1 pass and forced 2 fumbles.
Hertz was selected as DSU’s defensive most valuable player. He was named to the Association of Independent Institutions first-team All-Conference. He recorded 117 tackles in 2012. That’s the third most tackles in a single season in Trojan Football record book. During his career at DSU, he amassed a total of 302 tackles, 120 unassisted with 182 assists.

Hertz will be joining the DSU Football coaching staff to assist the outside linebackers next season. He is the seventh former athlete to assist the football coaching staff under head coach Josh Anderson.

Craig is the son of Kevin and Marcie Hertz of Ocheyedan, Iowa. He is majoring in Physical Education at Dakota State.

The USA Freedom Bowl All-Star game can be viewed by the following links from each quarter:

First quarter:
Second quarter:
Third quarter:
Fourth quarter:

Orabs District Champs, Advance To Substate Saturday

Orab-LogoSheldon will meet Western Christian Saturday at the MOC Floyd Valley Gym in the substate game for a trip to the boys Class 2A Basketball Tournament.

The Orabs claimed the District 2 title Tuesday night with a 67-47 win over Spirit Lake in a final played at Spencer. The Wolfpack secured the District 1 title with a 60-53 win over Sioux Center in a game at LeMars. Tip off will be at 7pm Saturday night at Orange City.

Sheldon opened fast with a 21-9 first quarter lead behind a pair of three pointers from Matt Dykstra who would score 8 in the quarter including a 2-point put back as the quarter expired. Dallas Ennema scored 9 of his game high 32 in the first quarter. at the half Sheldon was in front 36-25 as Ennema pumped in 9 more. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 54-37 with Sheldon going on to win 67-47.

Ennema’s 32 point effort included 8 two-point field goal, 3 three-point field goals and a 7-of-7 performance at the line. Dykstra ended up with 14 on the night including 4 three-point buckets. James Gradert hit for 14 as well scoring 5 buckets inside and went 4-of-4 from the line. As a team Sheldon went 11-of-11 on the night.

Spirit Lake had two players in double figures as three-pointers were falling for them as well. Sophomore Alec Henrickson knocked down a 6 three-pointers on the way to 21 on the night. He pumped in 14 points in the second quarter to keep the Indians in the game. Paul Brown knocked down a pair of three’s hitting for 10 points on the night.

With the win Sheldon improves to 21-3 on the season while Spirit Lake finishes at 16-8.

In Substate 1 the match up is Sheldon and Western Christian Saturday night with the winner moving on to the State Tournament in Des Moines.