Modified Two-hook Alabama Rig Meets Iowa Fishing Laws

A new fishing lure may be catching more anglers than fish and is generating quite a buzz on message boards and sports shows across Iowa.

The Alabama Rig, as it is called, is an umbrella-type rig and consists of a weighted head with five wire leaders trailing behind.  Each wire leader can be used to attach lures which when pulled through the water will simulate a school of baitfish.  This new rig has been featured on competitive fishing shows, in magazines and fishing seminars for the past year. It is now sold in major outdoor sports stores in various states which brings the question of, is it legal?

“There has been a lot of confusion over this rig and how it fits or doesn’t fit in our laws,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau. “In Iowa our anglers are limited to two hooks per line so the fully-rigged Alabama Rig would be illegal to fish with in Iowa.  However, anglers may use a two-hook version of the Alabama Rig in which five baits are attached to the rig but only two of these baits have hooks.

“The Alabama Rig is used primarily for largemouth bass and some bass tournaments have already banned the use of it during their tournaments,” he said.  “Our officers are aware of the rig and just as they do with all of our fish and game laws, they will be checking for compliance.”

Sterler To Wrestle For Team Iowa

Ryan Sterler of Sheldon has been chosen to wrestle for Team Iowa at the AAU Elementary School Duals in Kingsport, Tennessee April 13th through the 15th.

Ryan earned 2nd place in the 125-pound division during the 2012 AAU Kids State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on February 25th and 26th.

Ryan is a member of the Li’l Orab Wrestling Club (aka the ‘Orange Mob’) and is a 4th grader at Sheldon’s East Elementary School.

Ryan is the son of Bill and Renee Sterler of Sheldon. He is the Grandson of Richard and the late Carol Leth of Hartley and Bob and Arlene Sterler of Sheldon.

Dordt Defender Gold Club All Star Basketball Game Rosters Out

The Dordt College Defender Gold Club has announced the participants for this year’s annual Pizza Ranch All-Star Basketball Games hosted at the De Witt Gym on theDordtCollegecampus.

 Twenty girls and twenty boys from the War Eagle, Lakes and Siouxland Conferences comprise the four teams competing on Saturday, March 17th.  The girls’ game will start at 5:30with the boys’ game to get underway at about 7:15.  

Girl’s particants:

Erica Dreckman-Marcus Meriden Cleghorn

Jalyn Doeden-MarcusMeridenCleghorn

Kayla Foresman-Marcus Meriden Cleghorn

Whitney Vander Maten-BoydenHull

Kassidy Van Voorst-BoydenHull

Paige Naig-Emmetsburg

Steph Rohe-Gehlen

Amber Timmins-Gehlen

Dana Weerheim-West Sioux

Sarah Kruse-George Little Rock

Casie Rehder-South O’Brien

Alyssa Hibbing-Sibley Ocheyedan

Ashley Mahrt-Spencer


Karissa De Jong-Unity

JenniferJohnson-Central Lyon


Monica Harvey-Akron Westfield

Crystal Rodger-Sheldon


Boys’ Participants

Ryan Kliegl-Emmetsburg

Austin Homan-Le Mars

Jordan Eisma-Le Mars


Adam Paulsen-South O’Brien

Blake Zomermaand-Unity

Ross Groeneweg-Unity

Alex Hansen-RemsenUnion

Zach Specht-Marcus Meriden Cleghorn

JD Boer-Western

Brock Babcock-Hinton



Caleb De Haan-MOC Floyd Valley


Bryce Moss-BoydenHull

Taylor Francis-Boyden Hull

Eric Schilling-George Little Rock

Matt Queck-Hartley Melvin Sanborn

RossAckerman-Central Lyon

Northwestern Women’s Basketball Team Advances to Championship Game

Northwestern is heading to the national championship game after they defeated #12 Briar Cliff 79-67 in the semifinals of the NAIA Division II women’s basketball national championship. The Red Raiders advance to their sixth title game where they are 4-1 all-time (won it in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2011; runner-up in 2000).

The Red Raiders led 38-34 after a back and forth first half that had four ties and eight lead changes. Northwestern totaled 11 offensive rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Briar Cliff scored the first basket of the second half and eventually grabbed the lead after back-to-back jumpers by Christa Stewart at the 15:37 mark. Kendra De Jong scored off a put-back to tie the game at 46 but Kylie Dilla knocked down a three-pointer to give BCU a 49-46 lead.

Two Mel Babcock free throws started what would be a decisive 17-0 Northwestern run that lasted over seven minutes and opened up the largest lead of the game, 63-49, with seven minutes to go. Five different NWC players scored during the run.

A Stewart jumper and another three-pointer by Dilla made it a nine-point game but Kuhlmann put in a three-pointer and two Mackenzie Small free throws pushed the lead back to 13 (70-57). Mattie Murren converted a three-point play to cut it to 12 one last time but Kuhlmann and the Red Raiders would not be denied their third straight trip to the championship game.

Northwestern shot 37% for the game but held a decisive 52-39 advantage on the boards, including 17 on the offensive glass. Kendra DeJong recorded her fourth straight double-double at the tournament with a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Kami Kuhlmann netted 21 points and became the sixth Red Raider women’s player to score 2,000 points in a career. The senior also dished out three assists and totaled a career-high six steals. Samantha Kleinsasser came off the bench to score 11 points and pull down five rebounds.

Kelsey Evans scored all 15 of her points in the first half and shared team-high honors with Kylie Dilla and Mattie Murren. Dilla scored 12 of her points from beyond the arc, going 4-for-11 from long range. The Chargers shot 35% for the game and 34% from the three-point line but committed 25 turnovers. The Chargers close the season with a 25-10 record.

Northwestern will play College of the Ozarks (Mo.)  in the championship game at 8:00pm.

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Dordt Basketball Season Ends In Quarterfinal Loss

The Dordt College men’s basketball season came to close as the McPherson Bulldogs took a dramatic 82-78 come from behind win over the Defenders in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II National Tournament played at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri on Saturday afternoon, March 10. The loss ends an historic season for Dordt College as the Defenders finished with an all-time season high 30 wins and an all-time high .857 winning percentage.

The Defenders struggled from the floor in the early stages of the first half and found themselves trailing 18-8 with 11:34 left in the half. A hot handed Cliff Warner kept Dordt College close as the junior guard nailed back to back three-point shots to pull the Defenders within four at 18-14 and Warner knocked down another pair of three-pointers to cut a seven point McPherson advantage down to just one at 23-22 with 7:51 to play.

An old fashioned three-point play by the Bulldogs followed by a Joey Powers bucket pushed their lead back to six (28-22) with 6:32 to play but the Defenders responded with a ten point run that included a three pointer by Shawn Keizer at 4:24 that gave Dordt College their first lead of the half at 29-28, and a Vogel dunk and made free throw extended the Dordt advantage to 32-28 at 3:46 and the Defenders took a 35-32 lead in to the locker room.

Dordt’s Cliff Warner led all scorers in the first half with 12 points on 4 of 5 from three-point range with Austin Katje adding five while Jordan Vogel and Kyle Lindbergh added four each with Vogel also grabbing five boards. The Bulldogs were paced by Jordan Crawford’s eight points and five rebounds with Aaron Frazier and Adam Bruner each adding five. Team stats in first half were almost identical with both sides picking up seven assists while McPherson had eight turnovers to Dordt’s seven and McPherson had 17 rebounds with Dordt grabbing 15.

In the second half, three-point baskets from Austin Katje and Cliff Warner pushed the Defenders out to a nine point lead (47-38) at the 15:00 mark and a pair of Warner free throws gave the Defenders a double digit cushion at 52-42 with 13:38 to play. With a Trevor Wolterstorff bucket from the paint, Dordt College continued to hold on to a 10 point lead (56-46) with just over 12 minutes to play.

A six point Bulldog run, capped by a pair of Chris Crawford free throws, cut the Dordt advantage down to four (56-52) but Chris Sievers hit a pair of free throws of his own and another Trevor Wolterstorff bucket gave the Defenders an eight point (60-52)lead. Dordt continued to hold on to that eight point cushion (67-59)with 7:09 to play but Mason Hewitt’s make from the paint followed by back to back threes by Bruner and Shivers tied the game at 67-67 with 5:46 to play.

A Chris Sievers 10 foot jumper and a Cliff Warner three pointer off a Bulldog miscue gave the Defenders a little breathing room, back up five  (72-67) with 4:31 to go. The Bulldogs got within three on two occasions, at 72-69 and 74-71 but Trevor Wolterstorff backed his man in and scored and Cliff Warner hit two free throws to put Dordt up 7 (78-71) with just 51 seconds to play.

Trailing by seven, with their backs against the wall, the Bulldogs’ Samson Shivers knocked down a long three-pointer to get within four (78-74) with 35 seconds to play. McPherson fouled the Defenders and Dordt could not convert either free throw and with 27 seconds left Aaron Frazier knocked down another three to get within one (78-77).

Still clinging to a one point lead the Defenders turned the ball over on a inbounds pass near midcourt that ended up out of bounds on the McPherson baseline. Shivers made a third straight Bulldog three-pointer to give McPherson a two point lead (80-78) and after a timeout, the Defenders turned it over on an inbounds play near midcourt with seven seconds left and the Defenders were forced to foul. With :02  to play Chris Crawford hit both free throws to seal the win and send the Bulldogs in to the semifinals on Monday.

The Defenders were led by junior guard Cliff Warner who finished with 24 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc and 4 of 6 from the free throw line; Warner also grabbed 3 boards and doled out 3 assists. Trevor Wolterstorff and Chris Sievers both had 13 points with Wolterstorff shooting 6 of 13 from the floor and 1 of 2 from the charity stripe while also pulling down a team high 7 boards while Sievers was 4 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 from the line with 6 boards.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Jordan Crawford who finished with 14 points on 5 of 16 from the floor with 2 of 4 from three point range and 2 of 3 from the stripe while ripping down a game high 10 caroms. Samson Shivers finished with 13 points on 4 of 7 from the floor and 3 of 5 on 3s with 2 of 2 from the line. Adam Bruner had a dozen with a game high 4 assists and Aaron Frazier and Chris Crawford rounded out the double digit scorers with 11 each.

Dordt shot 28 of 58 from the floor for 48.3% and knocked down 9 of their 19 three point attempts for 47.4% but struggled from the free throw line, making 13 of 22 for 59.1%.

McPherson finished the afternoon shooting 49.2% from the field on 31 of 63 attempts, making 9 of 21 three point shots for 42.9% and 11 of 13 from the charity stripe (84.6%).

The Bulldogs outrebounded the Defenders 37 to 30 with McPherson coughing the ball up 15 times while Dordt turn it over 13 times.


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Raiders Knock Off Top Seed; Advance To Semifinals

Kami Kuhlmann hit a go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left in leading #8 Northwestern to a thrilling 57-52 win over top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan sending the Red Raiders to their fifth straight national semifinals. Northwestern improves to 26-7 on the year.

The Red Raiders held a seven-point lead (51-44) with 2:43 left to go after two made free throws by Mel Babcock. A Claire Freeman three-pointer ignited an 8-0 Indiana Wesleyan run, capped by another three-pointer by Freeman, as the Wildcats grabbed a one-point lead (52-51) with 57 seconds left. After a Red Raider timeout, Kuhlmann knocked down a jumper from the left side and then was fouled after controlling a rebound off an IWU miss with 14 seconds left. Kuhlmann made both free throws to put NWC up three (55-52) and the Red Raiders sealed the win after rebounding a missed three-point attempt by IWU. Kendra De Jong hit two free throws with one second left to make the final, 57-52.

Points were at a premium as both teams’ defenses controlled the play. Northwestern shot 36% for the game and went just 1-for-8 from beyond the arc (12.5%). The Red Raiders were very effective from the foul line, however, making 24-of-28 attempts from the stripe. Kuhlmann led all scorers with 22 points, going a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. Kendra De Jong recorded her third straight double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Karen Hutson and Mackenzie Small added six points each.

Northwestern fell behind by five early before Kuhlmann sparked a 12-0 run to put her team up 17-10 with under 10 minutes to play. The senior scored 10 points during the run while the Red Raider defense held Indiana Wesleyan without a field goal for nearly seven minutes. The Wildcats closed the first half on a 10-2 run, cutting the NWC lead to 21-20 at the break.

IWU surged ahead again early in the second half, holding a five-point (30-25) lead but Northwestern scored the next 10 points, and after a Kuhlmann jumper, led 35-30 with 11 minutes to go. Northwestern continued to roll and pushed the lead up to 13 (47-34) at the five minute mark before IWU began its comeback and eventually took the lead with under one minute left.

The Wildcats shot 33%, well below their season average (48%), and were led by Mid-Central player of the year, Krystal Stoneking, with 16 points and nine rebounds. Claire Freeman added 14 points and five rebounds for IWU, who finishes the season with a 33-3 overall record.

Northwestern advances to play in the semifinals on Monday, March 12 and will play either Briar Cliff or Mount Mercy at 6:00pm