Mustangs To Play For Region Softball Title

A two run top of the sixth inning was the difference as George Little Rock Central Lyon turned back Boyden Hull Rock Valley 5-4 at Centennial Park in Boyden. The two teams were matched in the upper bracket semifinal of Class 3A Region 1. With the win the Mustangs will go against Estherville Lincoln Central Monday night in Sheldon for a trip to the State Tournament. The Midgets posted a 3-0 home win over Humboldt in the other semifinal Friday night.

The Mustangs got on the board first as Keeley Kruse led off the second inning with a single and came in to score on a single to left by Morgan Herda.

George Little Rock Central Lyon made it 2-0 in the top of the third as Jessica Hilbrands opened with a single and scored on an rbi single to the left side of the infield off the bat of Kruse.

In the bottom of the fifth Boyden Hull Rock Valley put three runs on the board to take a 3-2 lead. Nicole Reinke opened with a single with Whitney Vander Maten reaching on an error. A wide throw at first sent the ball into right field and both were able to score. The Nighthawks moved ahead as Nicole Ewoldt single and later scored on a sac fly by Cassidy Van Voorst.

The Mustangs regained the lead with a two run 6th inning. Herda reached on a single and later scored on a throwing error at first on a ball put in play by Kelsey Ackerman who moved to third on the play. Lexi Ackerman plated Kelsey with a sac fly to right field and the Mustangs took a 5-3 lead and held the Nighthawks scoreless in the bottom of the inning.

The Mustangs got an important insurance run in the top of the seventh as Kruse singled and later scored on a single to right field off the bat of Taylor Carstensen.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley got a run back in the bottom of the seventh inning as Ewoldt doubled to open the inning and scored from third on a sac fly to center by Van Voorst to make it 5-4 with two outs. The Mustangs were able to get the final out and post the 5-4 win.

Abby Eben went the distance for the win giving up 4 runs on 5 hits with 2 runs earned. She struck out 8 and walked 2.

C.J. Vander Zwaag was tagged with the loss in relief of Joanna Heemstra who left after 4 innings with the Nighthawks down 2-0. Heemstra scattered 8 hits and struck out 2. Vander Zwaag went the final three innings giving up 3 runs on just 3 hits and walked 2.

With the win George Little Rock Central Lyon improves to 22-8 on the year while the Nighthawks wrap up the year as the Siouxland Conference Champions posting a 24-8 mark.

We’ll bring you the broadcast Monday night as the Mustangs go against Estherville Lincoln Central for the Region title and a State Tournament berth. Pregame will come your way at 6:50 with first pitch at 7:00.

Sports Scores From Tuesday 7/5/12

Class 1A Region 1 Softball Quarterfinals

Upper Bracket

Remsen St Mary’s 13, Spalding 1 (6)

LeMars Gehlen 10, Kingsley Pierson 0 (6)

Winners meet Friday at Remsen St Mary’s

Lower Bracket

River Valley vs Remsen Union 4, River Valley 2

Akron Westfield 8, Trinity 0

Winners meet Friday at Akron Westfield

Class 2A Region 1 Quarterfinals all 7pm starts

Upper Bracket

West Lyon 5, Western Christian 4

HMS at Emmetsburg 10, HMS 0 (5)

Winners meet Friday at Emmetsburg

Lower Bracket

Lake Mills 8, Pocahontas Area 0

North Union 12, Okoboji 0 (4)

Winners meet Friday at North Union



Regular season baseball

Sheldon 5, BHRV 2

G-LR at Okoboji 7, G-LR 6 (10)

Central Lyon 4, MOC Floyd Valley 2

Sergeant Bluff Luton 10, Akron Westfield 0

West Sioux 8, Gehlen 7

Hinton 4, Spalding 3

MMC4,  Remsen Union 3

Emmetsburg 4, Harris Lake Park 0

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out 7/5/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Some catfish are being picked up on cut bait, stink bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. 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.

Mill Creek (Lake)

During a recent fish survey many bullheads in the 10-inch range were captured as well as bluegills up to 7 inches. Largemouth bass numbers were also good with many being in the 10 to 14-inch range with a few larger ones mixed in.

 Big Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Fishing has slowed a bit but the best action continues to be found on the grade. Worms have been the choice bait but a few are being caught on leeches while fishing for walleye. Northern Pike – Fair: With water temperatures reaching the upper 70s to mid 80s, northern pike may become more difficult to catch but they will still be hanging out along weed edges. Casting or trolling along or near these weed edges should produce the best action. White Bass – Fair: Look for schools of white bass breaking the surface in the morning and afternoon, once located a popper or minnow bait should get some action. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some of the bigger smallmouth are being caught on weed edges but the rock piles are still producing a few. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth are still being found near weeds but some are also starting to disperse to other areas in the lake. Yellow Perch – Fair: Action is picking up look for schools of perch on the mudflats in the 18-plus foot range. Try drifting live bait on bottom bouncers or with slip bobbers. A GPS or marker buoy could prove to be very useful once a school is located. Walleye – Good: Live bait rigs seem to be the top choice of most fishermen but plastic also has its place. Leeches continue to shine on either a Lindy rig or bottom bouncer spinner combo. Plastics rigged on a jig head such as a gulp minnow or other finesse walleye baits may out produce live bait in some situations.

 East Okoboji Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using cut bait around rocks and wood during low light conditions. Walleye – Fair: Try fishing near bottom with crawlers and leeches or trolling crankbaits. Twister tails can also be productive. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught; fish near rocks and wood and use small baits.

 Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Channel Catfish – No Report: Try using cut bait or stink bait around cover for cats and don’t be surprised to catch a few big bullheads as well. White Bass – Fair: A few white bass are being caught out of the lake look for fish hitting the surface or cast the shoreline with minnow baits.

West Okoboji Lake

Try fishing early in the morning to avoid boat traffic. Northern Pike – Fair: Find weed beds and you have found the pike; try spoons or most anything resembling a minnow and don’t forget the steel leader. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish are spooky. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish around weed edges in the bays. Walleye – Fair: A few fish were caught trolling crankbaits as well as live bait rigs with crawlers and leeches.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

With the low water fish should be concentrated in deeper pools on bends and around logjams. For multispecies action try fishing worms on bottom in these areas but don’t be afraid to use minnows, cut bait or even stick bait. Twister tails or other artificial baits may produce a few walleye and northern pike with early mornings and late evening being the best times to 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 on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Sports Scores From Tuesday 7/3/12

Class 3A Softball Tournament openers 

Region 1 Upper Bracket

G-LR-CL 16, at Sheldon6

BHRV5, Sioux Center 4

Winners meet Friday at Boyden

Lower Bracket

Humboldt 5, Algona 0

E-LC 12, Spirit Lake 1

Winners meet Friday at Estherville

Region 2 Lower Bracket

MOC Floyd Valley 11, Unity 0

OA-BCIG 11, Cherokee 1 (5)

Winners meet Friday at MOC Floyd Valley

Class 2A Region 1 Play in games

Upper Bracket 

West Lyon 13, Sibley Ocheyedan 0 (5)

West Lyon at Western Thursday

HMS 11, South O’Brien 0 (5)

HMS at Emmetsburg Thursday

Lower Bracket

Pocahontas Area 19, Lake Mills 7

Pocahontas Area at Lake Mills Thursday

Okoboji 12, Sioux Central 3

Okoboji at North Union Thursday



Sheldon 13, Sibley Ocheyedan 7

Mustangs On To Region Softball Semis

George Little Rock Central Lyon broke open an 8-6 game with an 8 run seventh inning as they downed the Sheldon Orabs 16-6 to open softball tournament play in Sheldon.

The Mustangs will advance to the Class 3A Region 1 semi finals on Friday where they will meet the Nighthawks who opened the playoffs with a 5-4 home win over Sioux Center.

The Mustangs put a run on the board in the first inning as Lexi Ackerman opened with a walk and later came in on a wild pitch.

Sheldon answered with a run in the bottom of the inning as Kayla Johnson beat out an infield single and scored from second on a throw back to the pitcher that ended up in center field.

The Mustangs took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the second inning as Taylor Carstensen and Kelsey Ackerman came in to score. The big hit of the inning was an rbi double to the fence in left by Jessica Sandbulte.

George Little Rock Central Lyon went up 8-1 in the fourth as they plated five runs. Rbi’s in the inning went to Lexi Ackerman Keeley Kruse and Kori Schulte who tripled into the right field corner.

In the bottom of the 5th Sheldon pulled to within 8-3 as Mackenzie Radke scored on a single by Jess Van Beek who later scored the second run of the inning.

In the top of the 6th the Orabs plated three more to get within 8-6 as Johnson and Radke both scored on a 2 run triple off the bat of Michelle Fischer. Fischer scored on an rbi double by Krista Bousema.

The Mustangs put the game away with an 8 run seventh inning. Key hits were 2 run doubles by Sandbulte, Jessica Hilbrands and Kruse.

With the win the Mustangs move to 21-8 on the season. The Orabs finish the year at 5-23.

Four Northwestern College Players Named to BSN Preseason All American Teams

Four Northwestern College players were named to the Beyond Sports College Network (BSN) NAIA preseason All-American teams as announced by BSN on Monday.

Nathan Nieuwendorp from Orange City and Jordan Carlson from Storm Lake were named to the first team. Nieuwendorp a senior offensive lineman earned first team all-conference and second team All-American honors started all 11 games at left guard for the Red Raiders and helped pave the way for the top scoring and total offense in the GPAC, averaging over 36 points and 420 yards per game. Nieuwendorp, a three-year starter, was part of an offensive line that guided the seventh best rushing attack in the NAIA (222.5 yards per game) and allowed just 14 sacks in 11 games.

Carlson, a senior defensive tackle, earned NAIA/AFCA All-American and first team all-GPAC honors after leading the Raiders defensive line with 51.5 tackles, including an impressive 14.5 for a loss of 44 yards.

Brandon Smith, a senior running back from Mankato, Minn., was named to the second team. Smith led the GPAC with a career-high 15 rushing touchdowns and 1,119 yards rushing last year, his second straight 1,000-yard season.

Jerel Kyles, a junior defensive back from Mentone, Calif., received honorable mention accolades. Kyles registered a career-high 19.5 tackles and tied for the second-most interceptions (4), earning second team all-GPAC honors.