HMS And Unity Advance in 2A District 1Baseball Tournament

baseballThe Class 2A District 1 baseball tournament got underway on Saturday at Sioux Center. In the first game of the day Hartley Melvin Sanborn brought Sheldon’s season to a close with an 11-4 win. in the second game of the night it was Unity Christian ousting South O’Brien 10-6.

In the first game of the day Sheldon took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Mitch Jensen walked and came in to score on an rbi double by Matt Buenger. Grant Weaver followed with an rbi single to center that plated Buenger.

In the home half of the first inning HMS got on the board as Jordan Japenga tripled and scored on a ball put in play by Casey Dorhout.

A six run second inning by the Hawks broke the game open. Key hits were a two run triple by Dorhout, an rbi double from Dakota Goodvin and rbi singles from Ryan Flynn and Hunter Orthman.

The Hawks put three more on the board in the third innings and another run in the seventh. Clutch hitting was key as HMS scored 6 of their 11 runs with two outs.

Sheldon scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth as Hunter Mc Donald and Travis Buyert both came in to score.

Ryan Flynn went the distance on the mound for the win. He gave up 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 10. Mitch Jensen took the loss going the first six and a third innings. He struck out 1 and did not walk a batter.

With the win HMS improves to 7-17 on the year while Sheldon ends the season at 7-14.
In the second game of the night, Unity Christian picked up a 10-6 win over South O’Brien. The Wolverines scored a pair in the top of the first inning as Brett Puhrmann and Sam Weber both came in to score.

Unity took the lead for good with a 4 run first inning. The big blow was a bases loaded single by clean up hitter Aaron Van Wyhe that went to the fence and cleared the bases with Van Wyhe ending up at third. Van Wyhe would later score to make it 4-2 in favor of Unity.

The Knights added four more in the second and single runs in the third and fourth innings.

South O’Brien put a run on the board in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth as they got to within 10-6. The game would be scoreless the rest of the way and Unity Christian would advance to the semi finals on Tuesday.

Cole Vande Vegte went the first four and a third innings for the win. He gave up three hits and struck out 6. Brett Puhrmann went the first two and two thirds innings and was charged with the loss.

With the win Unity improves to 8-22 on the season. South O’Brien ends the year at 11-14.

In the upper bracket the 5pm game on Tuesday will have Unity facing off against Western Christian who got a first round bye. The second game has HMS squaring off against host team Sioux Center who got the lower bracket bye. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm. Both game will be played at Open Space Park in Sioux Center.

Sports Scores From Friday July 12th

baseballRegion semi finals were decided Friday night in Iowa softball. Our broadcast game featured Sioux Center at Boyden Hull Rock Valley in the lower bracket of Class 3A Region 1.




Region Softball Quarterfinals Class 3A Region 1 Lower Bracket

Boyden Hull Rock Valley 6, Sioux Center 0

Upper Bracket

E-LC 7, Garner Hayfield 1

Winners meet at Sheldon Monday for trip to State

Class 3ARegion 2 Upper Bracket

OA-BCIG 5, Greene County 4 (9 innings)

Lower Bracket

Sergeant Bluff Luton 11, MOC Floyd Valley 4 (8 innings)

Winners meet at Battle Creek Monday for trip to State

Class 2A Region 1 Upper Bracket

Western 3, G-LR-CL2

Lower Bracket

Lawton Bronson 2, Woodbury Central 1

Winners meet at LeMars Monday for trip to State

Class 1A Region 1 Upper Bracket

Charter Oak Ute 4, Whiting 1

Lower Bracket

Akron Westfield 4, Remsen Union 0

Winners meet at Hinton on Monday for trip to State

Class 1A Region 2 Upper Bracket

Algona Garrigan 13,  North Iowa 1 (4 innings)

Lower Bracket

Remsen St Mary’s 13, Storm Lake St Mary’s 1 (3 innings)

Winners meet Monday at Storm Lake for trip to State


Nighthawks to Play For 3A Region 1 Softball Championship

nighthawk logoBoyden Hull Rock Valley advanced to the Class 3A Region 1 Championship game with a 6-0 win over Sioux Center in the lower bracket semifinal Friday night in Boyden.

With the win the Nighthawks advance to Monday night’s title game where they will face Estherville Lincoln Central. The Midgets eliminated Garner Hayfield Ventura 7-1 Friday night in Estherville. The Region Championship Game will be decided in Sheldon with the first pitch set for 7pm.

The Nighthawks scored a pair of runs in the third inning as Sam Blum singled to right with one out. Nicole Ewoldt followed and reached on an error. Both would score on a single to left by Monserrat Figueroa.

Two more runs came across in the fifth as Blum led off the inning with a single to right and later scored along with Ewoldt who had reached on an error.

The Nighthawks closed out the scoring in the top of the seventh as Blum led off with a bunt single and would later score as Kensy Vande Hoef reached on an error. Vande Hoef scored on an rbi double to the corner in right off the bat of pinch hitter Cassie Van Beek.

Joanna Heemstra got the win going the first six innings. She gave up 2 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6. CJ Vander Zwaag came on in the seventh to close it out.

Megan Cleveringa went the distance for Sioux Center. She gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits. She struck out 7 and did not walk a batter.

With the win Boyden Hull Rock Valley improves to 22-3 on the year while Sioux Center finishes at 20-11 on the season. The two Siouxland Conference foes had split their conference series with each team posting a win at home during the regular season.

Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.




Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught with night crawlers.  Fish are 2 to 3 pounds.  White Bass – Slow: Anglers should try fishing top waters in the evening when the water is calm.  Look for schools of white bass breaking the surface and cast into them.  Walleye – Slow:  Storm Lake is at full pool. 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. Anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.


Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Look for smallies on the rock piles try throwing crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastics.   Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for largemouth around the weeds try top water early and late in the day along with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms.  Walleye – Slow: Fishing has been best early and late in the day with leeches being the live bait of choice.  Trolling, drifting, and slip bobbers have all been proven fish catchers.  Some are trolling crankbaits as well.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Fishing in the backs of the bays around the weeds can be good at times; look deeper for the biggest fish.  Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look toward the rock piles for smallmouth action.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing around the weeds in the bays top water and soft plastics should produce.


Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods.  Walleye – Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods.


Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Drifting live bait with Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers has been producing a few fish some days are better than others.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

The water has come down but is still a bit muddy.  Try current seams and brush piles for catfish and walleye.


West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

The water is still a bit high and fishing is tough.  Try cut bait or stink bait for catfish in slack water areas or near the edge of the current.




Orab Baseball Team Finishes Regular Season With Doubleheader Sweep

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orab baseball team wrapped up the regular season with a double header sweep of Trinity Christian Wednesday night. The Orabs won on scores of 10-4 and 7-3 in Sheldon.

In the opener a five run third inning propelled the Orabs to the win. At the plate Jake Rosburg and Travis Buyert each drove in a pair of runs. Buyert went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Matt Buenger was 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored. Trinity rbi’s were delivered by Collin Heynen, Mark Massen and Dillon Brummell.

Brennan Vote went the first four innings for the win. he scattered 3 hits, gave up 2 runs, walked 3 and struck out 4. Matt Kooima went the first three innings and took the loss. He gave up 3 earned runs, walked 3 and struck out 3.

In Sheldon’s 7-3 win in the nightcap a six run fourth inning turned it in the Orab’s favor. At the plate Mitch Jensen drove in 2 runs with a 2-for-3 performance. He scored a run as well. Travis Buyert drove in two and scored a run going 1-for-3 in the ballgame. Blake Meyer led Trinity with a 2-for-4 performance and score twice. Jesse Tuenissen drove in a run going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Ben Marshall went the first six innings scattering 8 hits. He gave up 3 runs, walked 3 and struck out 7. Collin Heynen took the loss going 6 innings. He scattered 7 hits giving up 1 earned run. Heynen walked 1 and struck out 4.

Up next for the Orabs will be the start of the District Tournament on Saturday in Sioux Center. The Orabs open with a 5pm play in game against Hartley Melvin Sanborn in the lower bracket. The winner advances to the semis on Tuesday night against Sioux Center who got the bottom bracket bye.

In the upper bracket at 7pm Saturday its South O’Brien against Unity. The winner meets Western Christian in semis on Tuesday night. the Wolfpack got the upper bracket bye into the semifinals.

Sports Scores From Wednesday July 10th

baseballIowa softball tournament play continued Wednesday  with the quarterfinal round in Class 2A and 1A. Semi Finals for Class 1A, 2A and 3A will all be played on Friday.



Class 2A Quarterfinals upper Bracket

Western 11, Sibley Ocheyedan 1 (6 innings)

George Little Rock Central Lyon 6, West Lyon 5

Winners meet Friday at George

Lower Bracket 7pm starts

Lawton Bronson 3 Hinton 2

Woodbury Central 5, Westwood 1

Winners meet Friday at Moville

Class 1A Region 1 Quarterfinals Upper Bracket 7pm starts

Whiting 3, Kingsley Pierson 2 (8 innings)

Charter Oak Ute 6, West Harrison 2

Winners meet Friday at Charter Oak

Lower Bracket

Remsen Union 10, West Sioux 0 (5 innings)

Akron Westfield 6, River Valley 0

Class 1A Region 2 Upper Bracket Quarterfinals at Algona Garrigan

Garrigan 5,  Laurens Marathon 2

North Iowa 5 West Bend Mallard 4

Winners meet Friday at Algona Garrigan

Lower Bracket

Storm Lake St Mary’s 5, Harris Lake Park 4 (8 innings)

Remsen St Mary’s 10, MMC 2

Winners meet Friday at Remsen St Mary’s



Regular Season Baseball

Sheldon 10, Trinity Christian High School 3

Sheldon 7, Trinity Christian High School 3

LeMars 10, Remsen-Union 5