Conaway And Struve Earn INS Radio Iowa Basketball Player of The Week Honors

basketballA pair of girl’s basketball players from the KIWA listening area have been named INS Radio Iowa Players of The Week.

Alexis Conaway of MOC-Floyd Valley earned the honors in Class 3A. The junior averaged 24 and a half points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and more than four blocked shots in a pair of wins. Conaway scored 26 points, hauled down 10 boards, added six steals and five blocked shots in a victory over Rock Valley.

Rachel Struve of South O’Brien earned the honors in Class 2A. The junior averaged 17 and a half points and 14 rebounds in two games. Struve scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. She connected on 11 of 16 shots in the two games.

Strong Group of Area Football Talent Headed For Northwestern

Northwesstern logoThe Northwestern College football team has added 16 recruits on a very busy National Signing Day for head coach Kyle Achterhoff and his coaching staff. The 2013-recruit class now totals 20, with four players already committing to Northwestern.

Three players who starred for Spirit Lake High School signed to play football at NWC: Rick Maris from Okoboji, Casey Spaeth from Spirit Lake and Nicholas Amundson from Arnolds Park They all helped lead the Indians to a 13-1 record and the class 2A state championship. Spirit Lake is coached by former Red Raider defensive coordinator, Josh Bolluyt.

A 5’10”, 185-pound linebacker, Maris earned first team all-district honors for the third straight year. He totaled 56 tackles, seven for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. An outstanding student who earned academic all-state honors, Maris is a member of the National Honor Society. He is the son of John and Amy.

Spaeth is a 5’8”, 155-pound wide receiver/defensive back who earned second team all-state and first team all-district honors. He led Spirit Lake with 28 catches for 513 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging over 18 yards per catch. Spaeth plans to major in business at Northwestern College and is the son of Chris and Michelle.

A 6’0”, 185-pound defensive back/wide receiver, Amundson earned third team all-state honors and all-district accolades. He totaled 20 tackles and a team-high six interceptions, scoring one defensive touchdown. Amundson plans to major in athletic training at Northwestern and is the son of Paul and Pam.

Jay Elsberry of Orange City is a 5’9”, 170-pound wide receiver/defensive back and kick returner who lettered three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School football team. Elsberry led the Dutch with 23 catches for 447 yards and four touchdowns, averaging over 19 yards per catch. He plans to major in pre-physical therapy at Northwestern. Elsberry, who also plans to run track at NWC, is the son of Mel and Julie.

Rafael Sanchez of Orange City is a 5’8”, 190-pound kicker who also played for the MOC-Floyd Valley football team. A three-year letter winner, Sanchez made 4-of-5 field goal attempts, with a long of 33-yards, and converted 15-of-17 extra points. He averaged 45 yards per kickoff attempt and recorded three touchbacks. Sanchez, who will also play soccer for the Red Raiders, plans to major in accounting at Northwestern. He is the son of Gumaro and Maria.

J.C. Koerselman of Boyden is a 6’2”, 190-pound multi-sports star who lettered two years for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley High School football team. Koerselman posted a team-high 18 catches for 433 yards and four touchdowns, averaging over 24 yards per catch. He earned first team all-district honors as a receiver and helped lead the Nighthawks to an 11-1 record and berth in the state quarterfinals. He plans to major in business at Northwestern and is the son of Bob and Laura.

Miguel Alvarado of Hull is a 5’7”, 185-pound running back/linebacker who also lettered for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley football team. Alvarado earned second team all-state honors after leading the Nighthawks with 89 tackles, six for a loss, and one sack. Alvarado plans to major in sociology with a criminal justice concentration at Northwestern. He is the son of Arturo Alvarado and Crystal Uvieta.

Tate Kellenberger of Larchwood earned three letters playing for the West Lyon High School football team. A 5’11”, 275-pound offensive/defensive lineman, Kellenberger earned first team all-state honors as senior and first team all-district honors as a junior and senior. He helped pave the way for a West Lyon offense that totaled 3,546 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns, averaging seven yards per carry. An honor roll student, he plans to major in education at Northwestern. Kellenberger is the son of Ladell and Shelly.

Sports Schedule For Thursday February 7th

basketballGirls Tournament Basketball begins Thursday night with a number of Class 1A play in games on the schedule. We’ll bring you the broadcast of Spalding at George Little Rock with pregame at 6:45.

Girls Class 1A Region 1 Tournament Basketball Play in Games 7pm starts

Upper Bracket

Remsen St Mary’s at MMC with the winner advancing to quarterfinals at 10th ranked West Sioux who got the upper bracket bye.


Laurens Marathon at Storm Lake St Mary’s

West Bend Mallard at Algona Garrigan

Lower Bracket

Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire at Clay Central Everly

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

Trinity Christian at Harris Lake Park with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals at 2nd ranked Central Lyon who got the lower bracket bye.

Quarterfinals in 1A will be played Tuesday February 12th with all tip offs at 7pm

Boys Basketball Regular Season

Western Christian at Sioux Falls Christian

Harris Lake Park at Spencer

NAIA Coaches Top 25 Basketball Poll, No. 8 Released: Northwestern, Dordt Hold Steady

naia_logoThe eighth round of the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Basketball Poll has been released and both Northwestern and Dordt College remain unchanged in their ranks from a week ago. Here’s how this weeks poll is laid out:


2012-13 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 8

1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (12) 25-1 343
2 2 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 22-3 323
3 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) 24-2 314
T4 5 Eastern Oregon (1) 25-2 303
T4 3 Concordia (Neb.) 21-4 303
6 6 Morningside (Iowa) 22-4 291
7 7 Concordia (Mich.) 22-4 285
8 8 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 21-4 260
9 10 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 21-5 259
10 9 Davenport (Mich.) 23-2 243
11 11 Northwestern (Iowa) 17-6 241
12 13 St. Thomas (Fla.) 21-2 207
13 15 Jamestown (N.D.) 21-4 198
14 18 Roosevelt (Ill.) 21-5 196
15 14 Bethel (Ind.) 20-6 182
16 16 College of Idaho 17-6 174
17 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 19-6 163
18 19 Mayville State (N.D.) 19-2 162
19 17 Oklahoma Wesleyan 18-4 142
20 20 Menlo (Calif.) 21-3 124
21 25 Tabor (Kan.) 17-7 93
22 RV Purdue Calumet (Ind.) 17-7 83
23 RV Grand View (Iowa) 15-6 78
24 RV Siena Heights (Mich.) 18-8 73
25 21 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 21-6 68

Others receiving votes: Saint Mary (Neb.) 58; Tennessee Wesleyan 51; William Penn (Iowa) 42; Point Park (Pa.) 35; Valley City State (N.D.) 32; Milligan (Tenn.) 20; Mount Marty (S.D.) 18; Huntington (Ind.) 13; Friends (Kan.) 8; Ave Maria (Fla.) 7; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 6; Madonna (Mich.) 5; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3.


2012 – 13 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Rating No. 8

1 1 Eastern Oregon (12) 26-1 343
2 2 William Penn (Iowa) (1) 24-1 332
3 3 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 24-3 318
4 6 Northwood (Fla.) 22-2 306
5 5 Northwestern (Iowa) 19-5 305
6 4 Indiana Wesleyan 22-4 289
7 8 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 22-3 276
8 10 Indiana Southeast 19-3 259
9 12 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 22-4 243
10 9 Davenport (Mich.) 21-5 238
11 11 Rochester (Mich.) 16-3 236
12 7 St. Thomas (Fla.) 18-6 231
13 14 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 20-6 207
14 13 Bethel (Ind.) 20-6 204
15 15 Dordt (Iowa) 20-6 191
16 19 York (Neb.) 20-4 179
17 16 Doane (Neb.) 21-5 154
18 18 Ave Maria (Fla.) 20-4 149
19 22 Valley City State (N.D.) 19-5 137
20 RV Taylor (Ind.) 19-7 120
21 23 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 19-6 105
22 24 Madonna (Mich.) 18-8 102
23 25 Tennessee Wesleyan 18-7 98
24 RV Southern Oregon 18-8 82
25 17 Grace (Ind.) 18-7 78

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Wesleyan 71; Saint Mary (Kan.) 71; Bellevue (Neb.) 44 Lourdes (Ohio) 25; Hastings (Neb.) 24; Northwest (Wash.) 23; Cal Maritime 10; Indiana East 5; Dakota State (S.D.) 4.

Nighthawks Will Wrestle in State Dual Team Tournament

nighthawk logoThe Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks won their way into the State Class 2A Dual Team Tournament in Des Moines as the 12th ranked Nighthawks downed 11th ranked Sergeant Bluff Luton 31-27 in the semi finals and followed that with a 42-37 win over 7th ranked Spencer at the Regionals hosted by Spencer. In the semis Spencer had eliminated Spirit Lake Park 41-40.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley seeded number 7 will open State competition Wednesday February 13th at 9am against number 2 seed Davenport Assumption.


In a Class 1A Regional hosted by 9th ranked Emmetsburg the host team E-Hawks downed Central Lyon George Little Rock 56-22 and followed that with a 59-21 win over Marcus Meriden Cleghorn in the finals. MMC got to the finals with a dominating 51-27 win over state ranked Manson Northwest Webster who tied for number 15 in the 1A Wrestling Poll.

Emmetsburg the number 6 seed will open State competition on Wednesday February 13th at 11am against 3rd seed Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

Orabs And Lions Split Basketball Doubleheader

basketballSheldon and Central Lyon split a basketball doubleheader at Rock Rapids Tuesday night. In the girl’s game Central Lyon posted a 66-48 win in the regular season finale for both teams. The boy’s game went to Sheldon 59-45 as both teams have one more regular season game left.

In the girls game the Lions led 20-11 at the end of the first quarter and pushed that to a 42-19 half time advantage as they went on to win their 20th game of the season. Lexi Ackerman had a game high 19 points. She was joined in double figures by Kelsey Ackerman and Kori Schulte who both hit for 10 points.

Sheldon had two players in double figures getting 12 points each from Krista Bousema and Abby Provost.

With the win Central Lyon ranked number two in the latest 1A poll finishes the regular season at 16-2 in the conference and 20-2 on the year. Sheldon wraps up the regular season at 5-13 in the conference and 5-16 for the season.

Sheldon opens Class 3A Region 2 Tournament play Saturday with a trip to 8th ranked Spirit Lake. Central Lyon got a bye into the quarterfinals of Class 1A Region 1 and will open tournament play Tuesday February 12th at home against the winner of this Thursday’s play in game between Trinity and Harris Lake Park being played in Lake Park.
In the boys game Sheldon opened a 13-10 first quarter lead behind a 9 point effort from James Gradert and surged to a 35-17 first half lead behind a 17 point effort from Dallas Ennema who scored 13 in the second quarter. At the end of three Ennema hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the lead was up to 50-34. Sheldon went on to win 59-45.

Ennema ended up with a game high 23 points and was joined in double figures by Gradert who ended up with 15 including 5-of-5 free throw shooting on the night. Central Lyon was led by Nic Lutmer who fouled out late in the game with 15 points. Also in double figures was Kalen Eckenrod with 11.

With the win Sheldon improves to 15-2 in the conference and 19-2 for the season. Central Lyon stands at 6-11 in the conference and 10-11 for the year. Sheldon ends the regular season at Boyden Hull Friday while the Lions play host to Rock Valley.