Ty Koldenhoven And Jesse Markus to Join Northwestern Football

Northwesstern logoTy Koldenhoven of Rock Valley and Jesse Markus of Rock Rapids have signed letters of intent to continue their football careers at Northwestern College next year.
Koldenhoven is a 6’0”, 190-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played four years for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley football team. Voted the team’s best offensive linemen of the year, Koldenhoven helped pave the way for an offense that totaled 3,005 rushing yards and scored 47 rushing touchdowns. He registered 23 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, and one sack on defense. Koldenhoven plans to major in education and will also wrestle at Northwestern. He is the son of Jeff and Carla.

“Ty played mostly along the offensive and defensive lines in high school because of his strength and toughness,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He will move back to linebacker and we look forward to watching him use those same skills at that position.”

Markus is a 6’1”, 185-pound quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back who played two years for the Central Lyon-George-Little Rock football team. A first team all-district selection, Markus rushed for 520 yards and four touchdowns while throwing for 389 yards and three scores. He also averaged 17 yards per punt return, scoring an additional touchdown, and totaled 40 tackles in the defensive secondary. Markus is the son of Dave and Deb.

“We are very excited to have Jesse at Northwestern,” commented Achterhoff. “He is a great young man and is someone who can make a positive impact both on and off the field. Jesse is a versatile player who will play quarterback but could also play running back, receiver or in the defensive secondary.”

Harris Lake Park’s Ihnen to Join Northwestern Basketball Program

Northwesstern logoElijah Ihnen of Round Lake Minnesota has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Ihnen is a 6’3” guard who played four years for the Harris-Lake Park basketball team. Ihnen averaged a team-high 23 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, earning second team all-state honors for the second straight year. He was an all-Cornbelt conference selection all four years ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,644 points. An all-district selection three years, Ihnen helped lead his team to a 21-3 record, losing in the district final.

Ihnen is an honor roll student and plans to major in education at Northwestern. He is the son of Bruce and Kim.

“Eli is a competitor and a winner,” commented Northwestern head men’s basketball coach Kris Korver. “Eli can score in a number of different ways and loves and knows the game of basketball well. We are very excited to have Eli join us and look forward to seeing him improve as a player and teammate the next four years.”

Courtney Hummel to Join Northwestern Golf

Northwesstern logoCourtney Hummel of Hawarden has signed a letter of intent to continue her golf career at Northwestern College next year. A multi-sports standout, Hummel currently is a three-year letter winner for the West Sioux girls’ golf team heading into her senior year.

Hummel finished third at the War Eagle Conference meet as a junior (2012) and helped lead her team to the state meet as both a sophomore and junior. She is a three-time all-conference selection and has a personal best of an 82. Hummel is a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Matt and Dawn.

“I am very excited that Courtney will be joining the Red Raider women’s golf team next year,” commented head women’s golf coach Catherine Van Der Weide. “She has a lot of potential and I am excited to be able to watch her grow both on and off the course.”

Spring Turkey Hunters in Iowa Should Notice More Birds This Year

DNR logoSpring turkey hunters in Iowa should notice more birds. Dry conditions in 2012 meant a better hatch and first year of growth for poults. As about 45,000 hunters head to the woods through April and May, that can’t hurt their chances of taking a gobbler.

“Across the state, we had about a 25 percent increase. North central and northeast Iowa had great increases in reproduction,” notes DNR forest research biologist Todd Gosselink. East central and southwest Iowa showed healthy increases, too…though with fewer overall sightings.

Poults with hens, sighted by DNR field staff and other cooperators during the late summer, together with fall bowhunter observations, and eventual harvest of year old ‘jakes’ the next spring help formulate Iowa’s hatch and brood success index.

Iowa’s turkey season opens with the April 6-14 youth season. The regular seasons fall in line after that; April 15-18, April 19-23, April 24-30 and May 1-19 for combination shotgun/bow tag holders. A resident archery only tag is good throughout the four regular seasons.

Spring turkey hunting coincides with pre-breeding and then breeding activity of the big gamebirds. With snow on the ground throughout much of Iowa this week, Gosselink is getting inquiries about the effect of a ‘late spring.’

Checking weather patterns for past years, though, he calls 2013–so far–a normal spring.

“They’ll strut this time of year. What we hope for is that when seasons begin, with an increase in temperatures, it will really get the turkey activity going, full steam.”

The expansion again this year of the youth season might seem like an early start. However, the April 15 opening day of the first regular season is on track with season openers in past years.

That nine-day youth season provides extra one-one-one mentoring with hunters under 16. In earlier years, bad weather over the shorter four day season could erase a young hunter’s chances to head to the woods…especially if he or she could only go out on the weekend. Youth hunter numbers set a record in 2012, with 3,450 licenses sold. And with the longer season, harvest success was up a whopping 81 percent.

Across all spring seasons in 2012, hunters holding 45,159 licenses in Iowa harvested 10,457 bearded turkeys. An Iowa resident may obtain up to two spring turkey tags, so long as one is for use in Season 4.

Ahead of your first forays into the turkey woods during the season, turkey experts urge you to do some subtle scouting.

“Go out in the evening. Often, turkeys will gobble before they fly up to roost,” suggests Gosselink…keeping a comfortable distance, with little vegetative cover. With snow cover, though, turkeys may still be clustered as they feed during the day.

What calls to use?

“I will have a couple of mouth calls, a box call and an owl hooter,” suggests wildlife technician Jim Coffey. “Be confident with what you use; practice to build that confidence…even if you don’t use it each time out.”

And while the crack of dawn gobble is exciting, it is not the only time to pursue Iowa’s biggest game bird.

“There’s nothing wrong with heading out at 10 or 11 a.m. That turkey lives where you hunt. He will still be there!” reminds Coffey….again noting that early season vegetation might have you sitting still, to minimize movement and being detected by the eagle-eyed game bird.

DNR Project to Create New Maps of Iowa Lakes

DNR logoFor the next six summers, fisheries staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be mapping Iowa lakes using some sophisticated equipment that will provide more accurate maps for anglers and information for the lake restoration program.

Visitors to Iowa lakes may see the operation in progress. A DNR fisheries boat loaded with two lap top computers, a flat screen, a suitcase that contains the brains of the program, and equipment hanging off the side running about five miles per hour crisscrossing the lake.

The software will record lake depth plus information on what type of material is on the lake bed (sand, gravel, muck) and, if aquatic vegetation is present, the height and density of that vegetation. It will also collect information for lake restoration projects.

Lewis Bruce, fisheries technician working on the project, said they plan to map 115 of the significantly publicly owned lakes in Iowa.

He said they can set up the software so when the information is collected it will generate a file where they can add existing habitat and background information to create new lake contour maps.

The DNR recently placed new maps for Arrowhead Lake, Badger Lake, Avenue of the Saints Pond, Binder Lake, and Center Lake online at www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/WheretoFish/LakesPondsReservoirs.aspx. In 2013, they will begin collecting information on Clear Lake, Carter Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Mariposa Lake, Blue Lake, Springbrook Lake and Volga Lake, if conditions allow.

Bruce said they will avoid mapping on windy days because the waves could cause accuracy issues. He said water level in many lakes is also a concern.

“Low water levels could play a role in what we can and can’t map,” he said. “Mapping Clear Lake is important but in its current condition with extremely low water level and much of the lakebed now dry land, we may need to wait until the water level improves to have an accurate product.”



Sheldon 10th Grade AAU Volleyball Wins State

IMG_3049 10th grade aau vb teamThe Sheldon 10th grade AAU Volleyball Team is State Champions. Sheldon won the title Saturday at Marshalltown.

Team members include Sami Kleinwolterink, Jena VanMarel, Katryna Bart, Kelsey DenHartog, Brittany Pomerenke, Emily Johnson and Kati Kneifl.