Sheldon Middle School Girls Track Teams Finish Season Strong

On Friday, May 11, the 7th and 8th grade girls middle school track team traveled to Storm Lake for the annual Big Five Track Meet. At this final meet of the season, the 8th grade girls finished second with 86 points, while the 7th grade girls finished in third place, scoring 71 points. The 7th grade girls were just three points behind Storm Lake, so they nearly finished second in the meet. Both teams finished with their highest point total of the season.

In 7th grade, in the 100 M hurdles, Bryn Groff and Madison Tolk, finished first and second, respectively, with Bryn running the race in 17.32 seconds, lowering the school record of 19.01 that Madison had set at Cherokee earlier this season. Madison Tolk placed first in the long jump; she jumped 14’6”, nearly tying the school record (14’7”) that has been standing for over 30 years. Madison Tolk also finished first in the 200 M hurdles. The 4×800 M relay team (Madison Tolk, Kelsey Van Drie, Libby Ven Huizen, Bryn Groff) came in second place and finishing third for the Orabs were Bryn Groff in the 800 M run, Holly Wolf in the high jump, Kelsey Van Drie in the 1500 M run, and the shuttle hurdle relay team (Bailey Elgersma, Kaitlyn Vote, Brailey Grant, and Jessica Wollmuth).

In the 8th grade, the 4×800 M relay team (Anna Marie Fjeld, Sarah Cain, Katie Strouth, Emma Van Meeteren) finished in first place. The shuttle hurdle relay team (Alyssa Kavanagh, Bizzy Feekes, Zoey Russell, Kayla Van Meeteren) finished in second place and ran their fastest time of the season (1:19.44), breaking the previous record of 1:19.50 set just last season. Finishing second for the Orabs were Emma Van Meeteren in the 800 M run, Sarah Cain in the 400 M dash, Kayla Van Meeteren in the 1500 M run, and Alyssa Kavanagh finished second in the 200 M hurdles. Kayla Van Meeteren and Alyssa Kavanagh both ran personal best times in their respective races. Finishing third were Emma Van Meeteren in the 400 meters, Sarah Cain in the 800 M run, Kayla Van Meeteren in the high jump, Alyssa Kavanagh in the 100 M hurdles and long jump, Anna Marie Fjeld in the 1500 M run, and the 4×100 M relay team (Lexi Ackerman, Kayla Van Meeteren, Zoey Russell, and Anna Marie Fjeld). Many other athletes scored fourth and fifth place finishes in both grades which added to the team’s point totals, so it was truly a team effort.


Iowa State Track And Field Day Two 5/18/12

Its day two of the Iowa State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines and area athletes continue to excel. Kim Kroeze of Western won the state title in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:04.17. Paige Van Wyk of Sheldon was 7th in 1:07.88.

In the boys 1A discus Grant Greenfield of Sibley Ocheyedan went 172-04 to win a state title.

Taking a look at top 10 performances on Friday Unity Christian opened day two with a 10th place finish in the 2A distance medley with a time of 4:22.36. Team members include Justine Van Sloten, Lindsey Broek, Jill Schouten and Kayla Byl.

In the boys 4 by 200 meter relay in 2A Unity was 5th in a time of 1:31.01. Team members include Dalton De Haan, Jordan Everson, Robbie Vander Veen and Jake Floen

In the girls 2A 4 by 200 Western was 8th in 1:47.31. Team members include Kenzie Vande Vegte, Elissa Jansma, Kelli Boer and Jamie Gesink

In the boys 2A 110 meter hurdles Sam VanGinkel had the 5th fastest time in the prelims at 15.18

In the girls 3A 4 x 100 meter prelims MOC Floyd Valley had the 6th fastest time in 50.87 Team members include Rebekah Muilenburg, Ali Achterhoff, Jade Hanson and Sam Wielenga.

In the boys 2A 4 x 100 prelims Western Christian had the 9th fastest time in 44.43. Team members include Heath Bonestroo, Kyle Fykstra, Jacob VanGinkel and Sam VanGinkel

In the girls 3A 4 x 400 prelims MOC Floyd Valley had the 4th fastest time in the prelims in 4:05.44. Team members include Katie Landhuis, Ali Achterhoff, Jade Hanson and Alexis Conaway

In the boys 1A 400 meter hurdles Kyle Standley of West Lyon finished 10th in a time of 56.86

In the 1A girls 4 x 100 prelims G-LR had the fastest time at 51.07. Team members include Rachel Williams, Teyha Graham, Madison Henning and Jessica Hilbrands.

Sibley Ocheyedan had the 10th fastest time in 51.81. Team members include Tayler Wasmund, Bridget Doeden, Erin Swenson and Nicole Rozeboom.

In the 1A boys 4 x 100 prelims West Lyon had the 9th fastest time in the prelims at 44.79. Team members include Kyle Groeneweg, Alex Groeneweg, Tyler Kruse and Sully Al-Ostaz

In the 1A boys 4 x 400 prelims West Lyon had the 3rd fastest time in the prelims at 3:30.44. Team members include James Dubbelde, Louis Castillo, Kyle Standley and Adam Tuenissen


Field Events:

In the boys 3A long jump Trey Achterhoff of MOC Floyd Valley finished 8th with a distance of 20-10

In  the boys 2A high jump Jordan Folkerts of Western finished 7th with a jump of 6-02

In the boys 3A shot put Drew Rupp finished 10th with a toss of 49-05.50

In the boys 2A discus Collin Korver of Unity finished 10th with a toss of 148-03

In the girls 3A long jump Katelyn Probst of MOC Floyd Valley finished 4th with a leap of 16-05


State Track And Field Thursday 5/17/12

The Iowa State Track and Field Meet is underway at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The event will run through Saturday. In the boys 3A 400 meter finals Trey Achterhoff of MOC Floyd Valley won the state title with a time of 49.06. Grant Greenfield of Sibley Ocheyedan won the 1A shot put competition with a throw of 52-07.50.

Competition got underway Thursday morning with the prelims of the girls 4 by 100 shuttle hurdle relay. Sheldon qualified for the finals in 2A with the 6th fastest time in the prelims at 1:09.06. Team members include Caitlin Cain, Paige Van Wyk, Cally Hatting and Crystal Rodger. The finals will be on Saturday.

In the girls 3A 3000 meter run Bethany Dykstra of  MOC Floyd Valley was 7th in a time of 10:54.17. In the girls 2A 3000 meter run Miranda Moss of Sioux Center was 10th in a time of 11:16.29.

In the boys 3200 meters Mitch McDonough of MOC Floyd Valley was 7th in a time of 9:53.63.

In the prelims of the girls 100 meter dash Brooke Wolterstorff of Western Christian had the fastest time in 2A at 12.65. In 3A Rebekah Muilenburg of MOC Floyd Valley has the 9th fastest time of 13.24.

In the boys 100 meter prelims in 2A Jake Floen of Unity Christian had the fastest time at 11.42.

In the 4 by 800 meter relay in 2A Western Christian was second in 9:45.93. Team members include Erika Douma, Shae De Jager, Josie Kollis and Kim Kroeze.  Unity was 6th in a time of 9:58.44. Team members include Karissa DeJong, Kassidy DeJong, Jill Schouten and Kayla Byl.

In the girls 2A 200 meter dash prelims Brooke Wolterstorff  of Western  had the second fastest time in 26 seconds flat.

in the boys 2A 200 meter prelims Jake Floen of Unity had the fastest prelim time in 22.62.

In the girls 3A 400 meter finals Alexis Conaway of MOC Floyd Valley was 3rd in a time of 58.40

In the boys 2A 4 by 110 meter shuttle hurdle relay Boyden Hull Rock Valley had the 10th fastest time in the prelims at 1:00.69. Team member include Bryce Moss, Brandt Van Roekel, JC Koerselman and Nathan Alexander

In the girls 1A 3000 meter run Caroline Knoblock of HMS was 7th in 11:19.84

In the boys 1A 100 meter prelims Cole Ebel of South O’Brien had the 6th fastest time in 11.69

In the girls 1A 200 meter prelims Jessica Hilbrands of G-LR had the 3rd fastest time in 26.46

In the boys 1A 400 meter finals Adam Tuenissen of West Lyon was 4th in a time of 50.61. Jesse Henrichs of G-LR was 9th in 51.40

In the girls 4 by 100 meter shuttle hurdle relay prelims Central Lyon had the 6th fastest time in 1:08.95. Team members include  Shaylee  Struckman, Jody Vanden Hoek, Lexi Ackerman and Kelsey Ackerman


In the field events:

Alexis Conaway won the state title in the 3A high jump at 5-05

Brook Jacobsma of MOC Floyd Valley was 5th in 3A discus with a toss of 130 feet

Justin Van Kalsbeek was 4th in the 3A high jump at 6-02

Nicole Rozeboom of Sibley Ocheyedan was 2nd in the 1A long jump at 17-05 and a quarter inches. Jessica Hilbrands of G-LR was 3rd in the 1A long jump with a distance of 17-01 and three quarters




Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out 5/17/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye fishing has been slow this week.  Crappie – Fair: Fish the marina for crappie.  Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down since last week.  Shore anglers are still picking up a few with minnows.  Boat anglers report marking a lot of fish around the dredge cuts, but unable to get anything to bite. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake.  The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake.  There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times.


Big Spirit Lake

Bluegills and crappies are moving into spawning areas.  Bullhead – Good: There were lots of bullheads being caught off the north grade as well as a few at Templar Park.  Most were coming on worms but minnows and leaches also caught a few.  Northern Pike – Fair: Try using spoons, and spinner baits around vegetation.  Some pike are being caught trolling crankbaits for walleye in around 10 feet of water.  White Bass – Fair: Locating an active school of white bass is the hard part once found something resembling a minnow should get good results.  Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Most smallmouth bass have are being caught off rock piles.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: look for green weeds and bass should be nearby try using a slow presentation and long casts.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Fishing has been slow but a few are being caught while fishing for walleye.   Walleye – Fair:  Leaches and night crawlers seemed to be the choice bait by most fishermen with minnows bringing some success as well.  Trolling crankbaits in 10-20 feet of water has been another good tactic.


East Okoboji Lake

Musky season is closed.  Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom.  Walleye – Fair: Try fishing near bottom with crawlers and leaches or trolling crank baits.  Twister tails can also be productive.  Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught try looking for rocks and wood and use small baits.


West Okoboji Lake

Musky season is closed.  The canals seem to be where the most action is taking place with bluegills and largemouth bass gaining the most attention but many of the fish are small.      Smallmouth Bass – Slow: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish are spooky.  Walleye – Fair: A few fish were caught trolling crankbaits as well as live bait rigs with crawlers and leaches.


Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Fishing is picking up as the water has reached the mid 60s.  Try drifting live bait either on a jig or a rig with live bait.  A few good sized yellow bass may also be picked up with these methods.


A reminder to bow fishermen please dispose of your fish properly and it is unlawful to sell fish.  For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.



Heavy Boat Traffic Expected for Memorial Day Holiday

Iowa’s peak boating season begins May 26 and with it comes a reminder about the change to .08 alcohol limit for boat operators that became law on July 1, 2011.

“Going boating with friends is a fun way to spend a day and just like car drivers, boat operators are responsible for their passengers’ safety and for other boaters on the water,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator/education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“A designated boat operator who abstains from alcohol is what we recommend.  Consuming even a little alcohol can have its intoxicating effects enhanced due to wind and wave action, the sun and glare off the water,” Stocker said.

“I am expecting it to be a really busy weekend on the water so operators will need to be on the lookout for other boaters in addition to driving their boat. Alcohol can reduce their reaction time and impair their ability to make sound judgments quickly.”

In 2011, 54 boat operators were cited for boating while intoxicated.

“We will have officers patrolling on the water all summer with additional patrols during weekends and holidays when boat traffic is highest,” she said.

Officers will also perform routine safety equipment inspections.

Stocker said boaters should slow their speeds with the expected heavy traffic, watch out for other boaters, go through their boat and trailer looking for problems before leaving the driveway and make sure their safety equipment is on board and in working order.

“We don’t want to send someone off the water to take care of an issue that was easily solvable in their driveway,” Stocker said.

Iowa has nearly 229,000 registered boats.


Safety Tips

  • ·         Don’t drink and boat
  • ·         Take a boating safety course
  • ·         Always wear a lifejacket – it can’t work if it’s not on
  • ·         Review boating laws
  • ·         Have patience and be courteous on the ramp and water
  • ·         Get a weather forecast before heading out
  • ·         Keep watch for other boaters, swimmers, skiers or objects in the water


Friday is State Qualifying Day For 2A And 3A Boys Golf

It’s state tournament qualifying day for Class 2A and 3A boy’s golfers in Iowa today. Area golfers will compete at a District Tournament at Lake Creek in Storm Lake.

Teams that advanced from the Landsmeer sectional include South O’Brien, Unity and Western. Individuals from that section include Shaan Desai and Nate Struve of South O’Brien along with Austen Gonnerman of Western and Joel Groeneweg of Unity. The top two teams and the individuals with the top four scores will advance to the State Golf Tournament.

In Class 3A no area teams or individual golfers advanced from the sectional at Spencer