Three Area Footballers Commit to USD

footballThe USD Football Program signed a total of 32 recruits on national signing day earlier this week three members of that class hail from Class 2A District 1 in northwest Iowa. The group includes:

Brandt Van Roekel, 6-4 190, Quarterback/defensive back from Boyden

Van Roekel, a two-time Iowa Preps Elite All-State performer, accounted for more than 2,500 yards passing, 1,800 yards rushing, 800 return yards and 50 total touchdowns (25 passing, 19 rushing and six returns) in his career with BoydenHullRockValley. He  led his team to an overall record of 29-6. Van Roekel was a three-time all-district selection as a defensive back, a two-time all-state utility player and also led his basketball team to the Class 1A state championship last season.


Joshua Hunt, 6-2, 188, defensive back, Central Lyon HS, Rock Rapids

Hunt was named all-state and all-district as a running back for the Central Lyon George Little Rock program. Hunt set school records for most total offense in a single game and most rushing yards in a single game and finished his career third in school history in career rushing yards. Hunt gained 1,322 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground as senior and rushed for 1,393 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.


Also signing was Stetson Dagel, 6-5, 250, offensive lineman from Cherokee.

Dagel was named to The Des Moines Register All-State Second-Team, Sioux City Journal First-Team All-Northwest Iowa and to the Academic All-State team as a senior. Dagel was a two-year starter at offensive tackle and defensive end and was named a team captain as a senior. After racking up 35 tackles (three for loss) and two sacks during his senior year, Dagel was honored as his team’s lineman of the year.

Sports Schedule For Saturday February 9th


Class 3A and 2A tournament basketball play gets underway Saturday night. We’ll bring you the broadcast of Sheldon at Spirit Lake.

Class 3A Region 2 Girls Quarterfinals 7pm tip offs Upper Bracket

Central Springs at Garner Hayfield

ForestCity at Osage

Lower Bracket

SiouxCenter at Unity

Sheldon at SpiritLake

Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame at 6:45 for a 7pm tip. We’ll stream from the website at

Class 3A Region 1 Girls Quarterfinals Upper Bracket

GreeneCounty at EastSacCounty

Gilbert at South Central Calhoun

Lower Bracket

Cherokee at OA-BCIG

Sergeant Bluff Luton at MOCFloydValley

Winners meet in Class 3A Regional semi finals on Wednesday 2/13

Class 2A Region 1 Play in games Upper Bracket 7pm tip offs

Emmetsburg at Pocahontas

Winner will meet North Union at Armstrong in Quarterfinals

HMS at Sioux Rapids

Winner will meet Okoboji at Okoboji in Quarterfinals

Lower Bracket

Boyden Hull at Sibley Ocheyedan

Winner will meet South O’Brien at Paullina in Quarterfinals

West Lyon at RockValley

Winner will meet Western in Hull in the Quarterfinals

Quarterfinals in Class 2A will be played on Tuesday February 12th


District Wrestling Qualifiers for State Tournament beginning at noon

Area Class 2A wrestlers are at Spencer

Area Class 1A wrestlers are at Okoboji

Mustang Girls Open Tournament Play With Win Over Spalding

mustang logoGeorge Little Rock opened Girls Tournament play with a 57-26 home play in win over Spalding Thursday night. The Mustangs will host Clay Central Everly Tuesday February 12th in the quarterfinals. Clay Central Everly won a home game against Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire 50-43.

G-LR opened with a 17-6 first quarter lead and were up 27-19 advantage at half time. A third quarter surge by Spalding got them within 5 points before the Mustangs regained control and went on a run to lead 44-24 at the end of the third quarter. Another run in the fourth quarter helped propel them to the 57-26 win.

The Mustangs had three players in double figures getting 17 from Danielle Eben, 16 from Jessica Sandbulte and 12 more from Keeley Kruse. Spalding’s Caitlin Murphy tied for game high honors with 17 points to lead the Spartans.

With the win George Little Rock improves to 12-11 on the year while Spalding closes the season at 4-18.

Other scores in Region 1 of Class 1A Upper Bracket

Remsen St Mary’s 47, MMC 32

Storm Lake St Mary’s 40, Laurens Marathon 28

West Bend Mallard 58, Algona Garrigan 42

Lower Bracket

Clay Central Everly 50, Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire 43

G-LR 57, Spalding 26

Harris Lake Park 57, Trinity Christian 42

Tuesday 2/12/13 Quarterfinals 7pm Starts Upper Bracket

Remsen St Mary’s at West Sioux

Storm Lake St Mary’s vs West Bend Mallard at Laurens

Lower Bracket

Clay Central Everly at G-LR

Harris Lake Park at Central Lyon

Sports Schedule For Friday February 8th


The Regular Season comes to a close for most area boys basketball teams. The marquis match up in the Siouxland Conference features Sheldon at Boyden Hull.

Boys Basketball

Sheldon at Boyden Hull
Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame set for 7:35 with tip off scheduled for 7:45 as the varsity will follow the JV. We’ll stream from the website at

Rock Valley at Central Lyon

Sibley Ocheyedan at G-LR

Sioux Center at Okoboji

MOC Floyd Valley at West Lyon


West Sioux at Akron Westfield

Kingsley Pierson at MMC

Gehlen at South O’Brien

Final 1A 2A And 3A Girls Basketball Polls Out

basketball2012-2013 Iowa Girls High School final Basketball Rankings Thursday, February 7th. Final  Rankings for Classes 4A and  5A will be posted Tuesday, February 12th

Class 3A
1 Davenport Assumption 18-2 1
2 MOC-Floyd Valley 20-1 2
3 Estherville-Lincoln Central 18-3 3
4 Cascade 19-2 5
5 Bondurant-Farrar 14-5 6
6 Mediapolis 20-1 7
7 North Polk 17-3 4
8 Central Lee 18-3 9
9 Spirit Lake 13-8 8
10 Nevada 17-4 10
11 Center Point-Urbana 16-5 13
12 Waukon 15-5 15
13 Mid-Prairie 15-6 11
14 New Hampton 15-5 12
15 Clarke 17-4 NR

Dropped Out: Crestwood (14)

Class 2A
1 Western Christian 20-1 1
2 Lawton-Bronson 21-1 4
3 IKM-Manning 19-1 2
4 North Linn 20-1 3
5 North Butler 17-1 6
6 Manson-NW Webster 18-2 7
7 Panorama 20-2 5
8 West Marshall 18-3 10
9 Hudson 19-2 12
10 Aplington-Parkersburg 17-3 8
11 Hinton 16-3 9
12 North Mahaska 20-1 13
13 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 19-2 14
14 Maquoketa Valley 16-5 15
15 Sumner-Fredericksburg 18-2 NR

Dropped Out: Pella Christian (11)

Class 1A
1 Central Lyon 20-2 2
2 Newell-Fonda 19-2 1
3 Bedford 20-1 4
4 Ar-We-Va 18-3 5
5 Burlington-Notre Dame 18-3 3
6 Grundy Center 18-3 7
7 Colo-Nesco 20-2 9
8 Adair-Casey 20-1 6
9 Meskwaki Settlement 18-4 8
10 Janesville 18-3 10
11 North Iowa 16-5 15
12 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 14-5 12
13 Bellevue Marquette Catholic 12-6 13
14 Preston 15-6 11
15 Clarksville 18-5 14

Dropped Out: None


Latest Fishing Report Out Remember Walleye Season Closes Friday February 15th

DNR logoBig Spirit Lake

Walleye season closes Feb. 15. Northern Pike – Slow: Most pike are being caught by accident on walleye tackle but setting tip ups with chubs around structure has been producing some fish. Bluegill – Fair: The action in Angler’s Bay has picked up and a few crappie and perch are also being caught. Many anglers are sight fishing with small jigs tipped with either live bait or fineness plastics. Yellow Perch – Slow: Only a handful of perch coming off the lake and most fishermen are tight lipped on the tactics use to catch them. Walleye – Slow: Action seems to be restricted to dawn and dusk without much of a pattern revealing itself. Try spoons and jigging raps tipped with a minnow head.


East Okoboji Lake

Walleye season closes Feb. 15. A few perch and yellow bass are being caught but pinning down their location can be tough so drilling a lot of holes may be in order.


West Okoboji Lake

Walleye season closes Feb. 15. Northern Pike – Fair: Setting tip-ups in or near weeds is producing a few pike as well as setting them on drop-offs. Bluegill – Slow: Look for bluegills in the bays (Emerson and Millers seem to be the best) in or near standing weeds. Try small jigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers but don’t overlook some of the finesse plastics. Yellow Perch – Fair: Look for perch in 20 feet plus of water along drop-offs or on mudflats. Small jigs tipped with either wigglers or plastic seem to produce the best.


For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.