Michelle Hoogers Resigns as Sheldon Volleyball Coach To Take Over Community College Program

Sheldon Varsity Head Volleyball Coach Michele Hoogers has announced her resignation. She will be taking over the Volleyball Program at Riverland Community College in Austin Minnesota.

KIWA Sports talked with Michelle and much like players aspiring to perform at a higher level it’s no different for coaches.

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Under Hoogers direction the Orabs made two State Tournament appearances in three years making the trip to Cedar Rapids in 2009 and 2011. While the state appearances stand out her memories will go well beyond that.

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While Hoogers moves on to the collegiate level her successor won’t find the basket empty.

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In 5 years as a head coach, all at the helm of Orab volleyball the 1993 graduate of Sheldon High School posted a 161 win 23 loss record. Also under her direction Sheldon has won three straight Siouxland Conference titles. The search for Michele Hoogers replacement is currently underway.

Area Baseball/Softball Recap for May 22nd: Generals Top Orabs in Siouxland Conference Softball

The Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals rode 8 hits and 4 Sheldon errors to a 7-5 Siouxland Conference softball win over the Orabs Tuesday night.

The Generals stranded 6 base runners in picking up the win.  The Orabs came up with 5 runs on 5 hits, with 1 Sibley-Ocheyedan error and 6 runners left on base in taking the loss.

Michelle Fischer went 2 for 3 at the plate for the Orabs, with a double, 2 runs scored and an RBI.  Katie Jongewaard went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and 2 RBI.  Allison Jongewaard had Sheldon’s other hit, and McKensey Radke had an RBI in that Siouxland Conference contest.


Area Scores:


George-Little Rock 7, Spirit Lake 5

Hinton 9, LeMars Gehlen 2

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 14, Unity Christian 4

Denison-Schleswig 10, Spencer 6

Remsen St. Mary’s 12, South O’Brien 8



Akron-Westfield 10, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 1

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 14, Unity Christian 0

MOC-Floyd Valley 11, Sioux Center 5

Spirit Lake 13, Okoboji 12

Remsen St. Mary’s 13, South O’Brien 2

Storm Lake St. Mary 9, Harris-Lake Park 1

Good Weather, Holiday Weekend Fill-up State Parks

Campsites will be hard to come by for Memorial Day weekend. Most sites were snapped up months ago and any remaining are available on a first come basis and likely claimed early this week.

The Memorial Day weekend camping is traditionally the start of Iowa’s busy outdoor summer recreation season and the second busiest weekend of the year next to July 4 for Iowa’s state parks.

“This has been such a different year weather-wise, that many of our campers have already been out a time or two, rather than this weekend being the maiden voyage,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau.

The weekend forecast calls for a slight chance of showers, but overall good conditions for campers, as well as anglers, wildlife watchers and trail users.

“Our trails are great venues to get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors,” he said.

The trails and all of state parks will likely be in better condition than the same time last year after the legislature provided funding for additional seasonal works that began last July.

While the parks are not perfect, the added staff has really helped reduce the maintenance backlog.

“Seasonal staff is the lifeblood for our parks. They do most of the mowing and cleaning and while we are not back to the staff level from a couple of years ago, these additional bodies do help,” said Szcodronski.

Even with the added staff, Szcodronski said campers can help with park upkeep by taking care of their campsite and cleaning up after themselves.

They can also be good neighbors by observing quiet hours.

“It’s fun to sit around the campfire and shoot the breeze, but one loud campsite can ruin the experience for a lot of people,” he said.



· Keep track of the weather and have a plan in case of severe weather

· Plan to arrive as early in the day to set up the site, look for potential problems and avoid those areas

· Prepare ingredients for meals before leaving home for less time cooking and more time playing

· Bug spray, sun screen and a basic first-aid kit are must haves

· Check the registration kiosk for activities in the area

· Don’t burn trash

· Don’t bring fireworks

· Be a good neighbor. Observe quiet hours and pick up after yourself



The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship requires all firewood sold or acquired in Iowa to have the county and state of harvest location on the label of packages and the delivery ticket for bulk firewood. The rules were added to prevent the spread of invasive species.

The rules only apply to firewood sold and acquired in Iowa.

The rule also requires the Iowa DNR to collect firewood from campers that does not have a label.


Closed Campgrounds

The campgrounds at Union Grove, Lake Darling, and Wilson Island state parks are closed for improvements and repair from flood damage.


Park Updates

Ledges State Park – There is a chance that the clean up and repairs on Lower Canyon Road could be done in time to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting.

Clear Lake State Park – Two new dump stations are installed and the south side dump station is now open. Both stations offer fresh water to fill tanks. Work on the full hook up sites is being completed and the areas seeded. Once grass is growing the sites will be open for use.


Two modern cabins are open for business

A new one bedroom cabin at Nine Eagles State Park is available for overnight stays from April 1 to October 31. The cabin will be included on the DNR’s parks reservation system later but until then, it may be reserved by contacting the park staff at 641-442-2825.

The cabin features a futon couch that turns into a second bed, full bathroom, kitchen, heat and air, and a covered deck with a grill, picnic table and Adirondack chairs, nestled in the woods on a ridge top overlooking the beach.

A new one bedroom cabin at Union Grove State Park is available for overnight stays year-round. The cabin will be included on the DNR’s parks reservation system later, but until then, it may be reserved by contacting the park staff at 641-473-2556.

The cabin features a futon couch that turns into a second bed, full bathroom, kitchen, heat and air, and a covered patio with a grill, picnic table and Adirondack chairs. The cabin is adjacent to the campground, with a view of the lake.



Tom Brands Speaks at Northwest Iowa I-Club Banquet Held May 16th

The annual Northwest Iowa I-Club Banquet was held at Arnolds Park last Wednesday and former Sheldon Orab now Iowa head wrestling Coach Tom Brands was a part of this year’s spring tour.

This past season the Hawkeye Wrestling Team finished 3rd in the nation with 6 All American Wrestlers. Two in the Finals and 1 national champion. The Iowa wrestling program is just two years removed from a string of three consecutive national titles.

KIWA Sports talked with Brands this past Wednesday and the coach talked about getting back to the championship level.

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The former Orab is driven by the pursuit of perfection. The ultimate goal of having the champion in each weight class at the nationals be a Hawkeye.

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We asked Brands what it takes for a wrestler to get the opportunity to be a Hawkeye.

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While known for his intensity those who have had the good fortune of taking in an I-Club Banquet know Brands has a tremendous sense of humor. We asked how often the team gets to see it.

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2012 Preseason Iowa Girls High School Softball Rankings

The Preseason Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union polls are out for the season. It’s the first year of a five class system for softball in Iowa.
The initial 5A poll is topped by Des Moines East who went 39-5 a year ago. The 4A poll is topped by Clear Creek Amana who posted a 43-2 record. Sioux City Heelan opens the year in the number 8 spot after going 25-8 last season. The  3A poll is topped by a Solon team that went 34-10 last year. Boyden Hull Rock Valley is ranked number 13 after a 26-6 season in 2011.
The 2A poll is topped by North Sentral Kossuth Armstrong Ringsted coming off a 38-4 season. West Lyon is ranked 13th coming off a 21-7 season. The  1A poll is topped by defending state champ Akron Westfield who went 36-1 last season. Remsen St Mary’s begins the year ranked number 14 in 1A.

Class 5A

1. Des Moines East 39-5
2. Ankeny 35-8
3. West Des Moines Valley 31-11
4 Davenport West 28-12
5. Iowa City West 32-10
6. Pleasant Valley 25-21
7. Ottumwa 34-8
8. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 32-7
9. Dowling Catholic 25-18
10. Fort Dodge 21-25

Class 4A

1. Clear Creek-Amana 43-2
2. Dallas Center-Grimes 40-6
3. Winterset 32-11
4 North Scott 29-11
5. Carlisle 38-4
6. Keokuk 27-14
7. Creston 32-6
8. Sioux City Bishop Heelan 25-8
9. Cedar Rapids Xavier 29-13
10. Glenwood 27-9
11. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 24-10
12. Indianola 25-14
13. Oskaloosa 20-19
14. West Delaware 37-9
15. Charles City 34-8

Class 3A

1. Solon 34-10
2. Mid-Prairie 24-19
3. Bondurant-Farrar 34-5
4 West Burlington/Burlington ND 34-7
5. Wilton 30-10
6. Centerville 27-13
7. Mediapolis 27-5
8. East Marshall 25-9
9. Independence 23-18
10. Williamsburg 22-18
11. Humboldt 22-12
12. Estherville-LC 25-12
13. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 26-6
14. Albia 19-14
15. Spirit Lake 20-15

Class 2A

1. NSK-AR 38-4
2. Des Moines Christian 26-8
3. Iowa City Regina 28-13
4 Sumner-Fredericksburg 29-11
5. Durant 30-9
6. Jesup 26-14
7. Van Meter 26-12
8. Woodward-Granger 30-12
9. Emmetsburg 28-7
10. Woodbury Central 22-12
11. Alburnett 28-14
12. North Mahaska 26-5
13. West Lyon 21-7
14. BCLUW 22-17
15. Ridge View 21-11

Class 1A

1. Akron-Westfield 36-1
2. Earlham 29-8
3. Martensdale-St. Marys 38-1
4 Newell-Fonda 21-15
5. Lynnville-Sully 27-7
6. Mason City Newman Catholic 27-9
7. Charter Oak-Ute 27-8
8. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 23-5
9. Don Bosco 29-7
10. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 23-8
11. Walnut 20-14
12. West Bend-Mallard 26-10
13. Lisbon 23-17
14. Remsen St. Mary’s 19-13
15. Twin Cedars 19-13


First Radio Iowa IBCA Poll Out 5/21/12

The First Radio Iowa – Iowa Baseball Coaches Association poll is out. Cedar Rapids Kennedy starts the year on top of the 4A poll. The 3A poll is topped by Sioux City Heelan. Davis County is top rated in 2A while Martensdale St Mary’s begins the year top rated in Class 1A.


Class 4A

1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2. WDM Valley
3. Dowling Catholic
4. Ankeny
5. Iowa City West
6. S.E. Polk
7. DSM Roosevelt
8. Cedar Rapids Xavier
9. Cedar Rapids Prairie
10.Pleasant Valley

Class 3A
1. Sioux City Heelan
2. Clear Lake
3. Harlan
4. Western Dubuque
5. ADM (Adel)
6. Decorah
7. Davenport Assumption
8. Solon
9. Marion
10.Charles City
Others of note: MOC FLoyd Valley

Class 2A
1. Davis County
2. Carroll Kuemper
3. Dyersville Beckman
4. Fort Dodge St. Edmond
5. PCM (Monroe)
6. North Polk
7. Ogden
8. Iowa City Regina
9. Waterloo Columbus

Class 1A
1. Martensdale-St. Mary’s
2. Lawton-Bronson
3. Council Bluffs St. Albert
4. Preston
5. Lansing Kee
6. Coon Rapids-Bayard
7. Mason City Newman
8. Van Meter
9. Logan-Magnolia
10.Algona Garrigan
Others of note: West Lyon