Nine players from high schools across the state of Iowa penned National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play football for the University of Iowa. Four are part of a five-member unit of offensive linemen, the largest position group in the class.
Native Iowans who will become Hawkeyes include a four man offensive line group from Northwest Iowa. That group includes Jake Newborg from West Lyon, Brett Waechter from the Hartley Melvin Sanborn program along with Twins Landan and Levi Paulsen both from the Woodbury Central Program. All four are from successful small school football programs in Northwest Iowa.
The 2015 High School district and substate pairings came out Wednesday afternoon. For a look at the brackets for the area teams from Northwest Iowa click on the links below.
Class 2A District 1 Brackets
Class 2A District 2 Brackets
Class 1A District 1 Brackets
Class 2A Substate 1
Class 1A Substate 1
Sioux Center Iowa — Christian Rozeboom from Sioux Center has committed to the SDSU Jackrabbit football program. Rozeboom is listed as a 6-2 205 pound linebacker by the Jacks.
Rozeboom is a three time all-district honoree who was named to all-state teams by the Iowa Newspaper Association and the Des Moines Register during his senior season. As a senior he totaled 58 tackles including 12 for a loss and 3 sacks as he helped lead the Warriors to a State Runner up finish in Class 2A football this past season. A two way player Rozeboom also rushed to 1,422 yards as a senior averaging 7.8 yards per carry.
A multi-sport athlete Christian is a member of the Sioux Center Warriors basketball team and baseball teams. He was also part of the 2014 state shuttle hurdle relay team during the track and field season.
Sheldon Iowa — Sheldon Orab stand out Andy Cooper has officially signed with Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The signing took place Wednesday morning.
Cooper a 6-5 300 pound offensive lineman who prepped at Sheldon High School under head coach Matt Meendering is a three year letter winner in football and a two time all district honoree. His honors also include being twice named all state as well. Andy has also been selected to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer at the UNI Dome.
Cooper is a multi-sport athlete at Sheldon High School having earned letters in basketball and track as well as football. Cooper is the son of Stewart and Niki Cooper of Sheldon.
Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon Orab Basketball Teams celebrated senior night with a sweep of visiting West Lyon Tuesday night. The girls final was 61-53 with the boys game going to the Orabs 55-44.
In the girls game West Lyon was up 20-15 at the end of the first quarter with Sheldon taking a 36-25 halftime lead with five three point buckets falling in the second quarter. For the game the Orabs would finish with nine 3-point buckets. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 47-35 as Sheldon claimed the win 61-53.
Emily Johnson hit for 16 points with fellow seniors Sami Kleinwolterink hitting for 14 points and Kayla Van Meeteren adding 13.
West Lyon put four players in double figures with Kate Groneweg hitting for 16 off the bench including four 3-points baskets to share game high honors. Alysa Kock, Tarah Meyer and Stacy Barenschot all had 10 points each.
With the win Sheldon improves to 7-12 on the year and 6-10 in the conference. West Lyon is even in the Siouxland at 8-8 and 10-9 on the year.
In the boys game Sheldon led at all the breaks but had to withstand a fourth quarter comeback by the Wildcats. Sheldon led at all the breaks 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and were up 29-20 at half time. At the end of three the lead had been trimmed to 40-33. In the fourth quarter West Lyon would pull even only to see Sheldon regain the lead and nail down the win at the free throw line. Sheldon went 6-of-10 as a team in the fourth quarter in claiming the 55-44 win.
Senior Collin Wolthuizen led all scorers with 20 points in the night including a 14 point second half. He was joined by another senior Turner De Jong who added 10 points including 4-of-4 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.
West Lyon was led by BJ Van Roekel who pumped in 13 points. Also in double figures was Chase Grotewold with 11 points on the night.
With the win Sheldon stands at 13-5 on the year and 12-4 in the Siouxland. West Lyon is 7-11 for the year and 4-11 in the conference. Up next for the Orabs is a Friday night trip to Central Lyon. West Lyon will be at Rock Valley on Friday night.
Orange City, Iowa — Madison Beaver (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern next year.
Beaver is a multi-sports standout who has played four years for the Sioux Center High School softball team heading into her final season. The 5’9” shortstop hit a team-best .482, totaling 53 hits with eight doubles and two triples, in leading her team to a substate berth and a 26-4 overall record last year. Beaver also led the Siouxland Conference with 37 stolen bases, earning second team all-state honors. Beaver is a three-time all-conference selection, earning first team honors the last two years, and was named all-district as a junior. A member of the National Honor Society, Beaver plans to major in biology at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Paul and Pam.
“We are pleased to have Madison join our softball program,” commented head coach Chris Nachtigall. “Madison is an excellent athlete that comes from a very strong high school program. She is a person of tremendous character and work ethic that has led to great success both on the field and in the classroom. With these qualities, we are confident that Madison will have an immediate impact on campus and in our softball program.”