Comets to Play for State Tournament Berth


The Boyden Hull Comets will play for a spot in the Class 1A Boys Basketball Tournament following a 63-43 win over Central Lyon Friday night in the District 4 final played at the Western Christian Gym.

The Comets will meet Kingsley Pierson who posted a 66-55 win over LeMars Gehlen Friday night in the District 4 final at Cherokee. Tip off for the Substate game will be at 6:30 Saturday night at Tyson Event Center in Sioux City.

The Comets opened with a 22-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and rode that momentum to a 41-13 lead. Boyden Hull held off a Central Lyon run to open the second half and answered with a couple of threes as they held a 52-30 advantage after three quarters before going on to win it 63-43.

Boyden Hull had three players in double figure led by Brandt Van Roekel with 14 points. Taylor Francis added 13 and Bryce Moss hit for 11. All told 9 Comets found their way into the score book.

Ross Ackerman had a game high 15 to lead Central Lyon. He was joined by Jaren Schrick with 10 points.

With the win Boyden Hull improves to 22-2 on the season while the Lions end the year at 11-13.

Listen for the broadcast of Boyden Hull’s Substate matchup with Kingsley Pierson. Pregame gets underway at 6:15 on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream from the website as well at It’s the first of a Substate doubleheader as we’ll bring you the 2A game that follows between Western Christian and Sioux Center. That one is set to tip off at 8pm.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

    Big Spirit Lake
    Walleye season is closed. Crappie: Fair – Some nice sized crappie have been caught in Little Angler’s Bay. Yellow Perch: Slow – Most anglers are striking out on perch on Big Spirit, with a few anglers bringing in 5-10 off of Cottonwood Point, Buffalo Run, and Marble Beach.

    West Okoboji Lake
    Walleye season is closed. Bluegill: Good – Bluegill action has been good on the north end and Emerson Bay. Bluegills are tending to be very finicky and spooky. Use light line and be extremely quiet on the ice. Anglers using these techniques are catching nice fish. Northern Pike: Good – Some nice northern pike fishing has been reported using tip-ups and large minnows or chubs. Fish are ranging from 18-38 inches. Try fishing in Emerson Bay on the edge of the weeds. Yellow Perch: Fair – There have been a few nice yellow perch caught in slightly deeper water near Gull Point and Eagle Point.

    Lost Island Lake
    Walleye: Good – Walleye fishing has been good around the new underwater rock reef on the north side of the lake. Walleyes are mainly 10-14 inches long.

    Recent warm weather is starting to melt snow on the ice of area lakes which will weaken the ice, especially around the shorelines. Use caution and good judgment when venturing onto the ice. Besides the lakes listed individually, some shallow lakes in the district have been producing nice yellow perch. These catches have been hit or miss. A few anglers fishing Trumbull Lake, Iowa Lake and Marble Lake recently have reported a few nice perch. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake fish hatchery at 712-336-1840.

    Lake Smith
    Ice thickness is 11 to 14 inches. Anglers have been catching bluegills up to eight inches but a lot of sorting is involved. Best bite is from mid afternoon on.

Sports Schedule for Thursday

    Sports schedule for Thursday 2/23/12

    Boys Basketball District Finals 7pm tip offs

    Class 3A District 3 at Sioux Center ppd to Friday now at Dordt College

    MOC Floyd Valley vs LeMars

    Class 3A District 4 at Fort Dodge ppd to Friday

    Webster City vs Storm Lake

    Winners meet Monday 2/27 at Buena Vista in Storm Lake for trip to State

    Class 1A District 4 at Western Christian Gym ppd to Friday

    Boyden Hull vs Central Lyon

    Class 1A District 3 at Cherokee

    Kingsley Pierson vs LeMars Gehlen

    Winners meet Saturday at 6:30 at Tyson Event Center in Sioux City for trip to State

    Class 1A District 5 at Emmetsburg ppd to Friday

    Harris Lake Park vs Storm Lake St Mary’s

    Class 1A District 6 at Boone

    Guthrie Center vs East Grand Junction

    Winners meet Saturday at Fort Dodge for trip to State

MOC Floyd Valley Lady Dutch Headed Back to State Tournament

    The MOC Floyd Valley Lady Dutch are headed back to the 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament following a 51-42 win over Spirit Lake in the Region 1 title game Tuesday night at Spencer.

    The undefeated Lady Dutch ranked second in the state found themselves down 12-8 at the end of the first quarter. They erased the four point deficit in the second quarter and pulled into halftime with a 25-23 lead. The third quarter proved to be the difference as MOC Floyd Valley outscored the Indians 13-5 in the quarter to take a 38-28 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Dutch held off a fourth quarter rally by Spirit Lake and then hit some key free throws down the stretch to get the win 51-42.

    Sophomore Alexis Conaway had a double-double hitting for 23 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She also blocked 6 shots.

    K.J. Veldman who came in as the leading scorer in the state hit for a game high 24 points.

    With the win MOC Floyd Valley improves to 25-0 on the season and will open State Tournament play in the upper bracket on Tuesday afternoon. They’ll tip off at 5pm going against Bondurant Farrar who come in with a record of 22-2.

    The winner will square off in the semi finals Thursday night march 1st against the winner of the other upper bracket quarterfinal that matches Dubuque Wahlert at 20-4 against Sioux City Heelan who takes a 23-1 record to the State Tournament.

    You can hear the broadcast of the tournament opener Tuesday afternoon at 5pm on KIWA FM 105.3.

Ticket Info for Western Girls State Tourny Trip

    Tickets are on sale at the Western Christian office for the Monday night girl’s state basketball game. They are $8/ticket. All students Kindergarten or older must have a ticket. There will be two transportation options for fans

    School Pep Bus Option

    Western will offer a pep bus to the girls tournament basketball game on Monday, February 27. The cost will be $20 which includes the ticket to the game. This bus will leave at approximately 12:30 and will stop for something to eat prior to getting to the game. This bus is open to students and adults. Any student below 7th grade please have an adult chaperone. There will be more than one bus if there is enough interest.

    American State Bank Sponsored Charter Bus

    American State Bank is going to sponsor a charter bus for the game. The cost for this bus will be $30 and will also include the ticket to the game and a lunch from Caseys Bakery. This bus will also leave at 12:30. They will stop at a rest area but will not stop to eat anywhere prior to the game. This bus is also open to adults and students but any student below high school age must have an adult chaperone.

    For either one of these options you must either come to or call the High School office to get signed up. 439-1013. All reservations must be paid for by Friday noon. If there is a waiting list for either bus anyone not paid by Friday noon will be bumped for someone with money in hand.

High School Tournament Action From Tuesday


High School Tournament Basketball For Tuesday 2/21/12

Class 2A Boys District 3 Final

Western 60
Sheldon 47

Class 2A Boys District 4 Final

Sioux Center 44
Emmetsburg 35

Western vs Sioux Center in Substate Saturday at Tyson Event Center 8pm tip off

Class 1A District 4 Semi Final Upper Bracket

Boyden Hull 87

Akron Westfield 36


Lower Bracket Semi Final

Central Lyon 48
George Little Rock 46

Boyden-Hull vs Central Lyon Thursday at Western for District title

Class 1A District 3 Semi Final Upper Bracket

Kingsley Pierson 56
Lawton Bronson 49

Lower Bracket Semi Final

Gehlen 68
Remsen Union 58

Kngsley-Pierson vs Gehlen Thursday at Cherokee for District title

Class 3A Girls Region 1 Final

2nd ranked MOC Floyd Valley 51
Spirit Lake 42

MOC-Floyd Valley advances to Girls State Tournament