Orabs and Rockets Split Conference Doubleheader

Siouxland Conference logoRock Valley —The Sheldon Orabs split a conference basketball doubleheader at Rock Valley Friday night. The Rockets took the girls game 55-43 with Sheldon taking the boys contest 71-52.

In the girls game Rock Valley opened with a 14-9 first quarter lead and were up 25-18 at half time. At the end of the third quarter it was 36-29 with Rock Valley going on to win 55-43. Sheldon’s Emily Johnson and Rock Valley’s Alexis Mousel shared game high honors with 23 points each. Samatha Blum was in double figures for the Rockets with 21 points.

With the win Rock Valley improves to 6-9 on the year and 5-8 in the conference with Sheldon at 5-10 for the year and 4-9 in the Siouxland.

In the boys game Sheldon got off to a strong start and never looked back. They led 23-11 at the end of the first quarter and were up 39-18 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 61-30 with the Orabs going on to win 71-52.

The Orabs were on fire all night long from behind the arc. Five players combined to knock down 15 threes in the contest.

Sheldon had three players in double figures with Ian Jongewaard pumping in 22 points including six 3-pointers. Turner DeJong had 12 points with all four behind the arc. Dylan Ennema added 12 more with a pair of 3-point buckets.

Rock Valley had two players in double figures getting 14 points from Kobe Lutjens and 10 from Myles Van Maanen.

With the win Sheldon moves to 11-3 on the season and 9-3 in the conference. Rock Valley is 7-7 on the year and 5-7 in the conference.

Up next for Sheldon is a Tuesday trip to MOC Floyd Valley. For Rock Valley it’s a Tuesday trip to Okoboji.

2014-15 SEVENTH Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings

ighsauIn the latest Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings, Sioux Center jumps 2 spots to #3 in Class 3A as Spirit Lake drops to the 5 spot. In class 2A Unity Christian and Western Christian trade positions with Unity in the 1 spot and Western at #2. Rounding out the top 15 in 2A is Hinton, Okoboji, and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in the 13-14-15 spots respectively. In Class 3A George-Little Rock edges up to #11 from 12th, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, after not being ranked last week, jumps up to #14, and Central Lyon rounds out the top 15 in Class 1A.

Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Waukee 12-1 2
2 Dowling Catholic 11-2 3
3 Iowa City West 13-0 4
4 Southeast Polk 11-2 6
5 West Des Moines Valley 12-1 1
6 Ankeny Centennial 9-4 7
7 Cedar Falls 12-2 8
8 Johnston 8-5 NR
9 Iowa City High 10-4 9
10 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 10-5 10

Dropped Out: Linn-Mar (5)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Harlan 13-0 1
2 Western Dubuque 14-0 2
3 Carlisle 13-1 4
4 Ballard 12-1 3
5 Perry 12-2 5
6 Waverly-Shell Rock 15-0 6
7 Davenport North 13-0 7
8 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 10-2 9
9 North Scott 12-2 8
10 Indianola 11-3 11
11 Cedar Rapids Xavier 10-5 10
12 Pella 11-2 12
13 Dallas Center-Grimes 10-4 14
14 Lewis Central 12-3 NR
15 Marion 11-4 NR

Dropped Out: Keokuk (13), Knoxville (15)

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Mediapolis 14-0 1
2 Pocahontas Area 12-1 2
3 Sioux Center 13-1 5
4 Nevada 12-1 6
5 Spirit Lake 10-3 4
6 Osage 15-0 9
7 Hampton-Dumont 11-1 3
8 Crestwood 11-2 8
9 Kuemper Catholic 10-3 11
10 Shenandoah 12-3 10
11 Red Oak 11-3 6
12 Center Point-Urbana 11-4 NR
13 Clear Lake 8-4 NR
14 Gilbert 10-4 NR
15 PCM 10-4 15

Dropped Out: Mount Vernon (12), Saydel (13), Cherokee (14)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Unity Christian 13-0 2
2 Western Christian 11-2 1
3 North-Linn 14-1 3
4 South Central Calhoun 13-1 4
5 IKM-Manning 12-1 5
6 Dike-New Hartford 12-2 7
7 Panorama 13-2 8
8 Cascade 13-1 9
9 Iowa City Regina 12-1 6
10 Manson-NW Webster 11-2 10
11 Des Moines Christian 12-4 12
12 Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 12-3 13
13 Hinton 13-1 14
14 Okoboji 12-2 15
15 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 12-2 NR

Dropped Out: Central Decatur (11)

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Burlington Notre Dame 14-0 1
2 Colo-Nesco 14-0 2
3 Kingsley-Pierson 13-0 3
4 Fremont-Mills 14-0 4
5 Exira-EHK 15-0 5
6 Lynnville-Sully 15-0 6
7 Newell-Fonda 11-3 7
8 Grand View Christian 13-1 9
9 Bedford 13-2 8
10 Turkey Valley 14-1 11
11 George-Little Rock 11-2 12
12 Springville 12-2 10
13 Janesville 13-1 14
14 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 10-3 NR
15 Central Lyon 10-4 13

Dropped Out: Rockford (15)

Weekly Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Iowa DNRThursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.



West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Millers Bay is still presenting a quality bite for those who want to brave the wind and cold. These perch are being caught in 20 plus feet of water, size ranging from 7-10 inches. Anglers are having success using small jigs and wax worms. Fishermen are using jigging raps when the bite gets slow to bring fish back in. Most bays have been seeing an increase in perch activity with the warm weather coming. Crappie – Fair: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 feet of water. Working jigs high in the water column has led to success on multiple occasions for some anglers. Emerson has been seeing few of these crappies but they are beginning to school up in the deeper waters later in the afternoon. Right before dark these fish are beginning to show up in both Emerson and Millers. Bluegill – Good: Gills of nice size are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 feet range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with wax worms are presenting the most success.


Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are variable with the snow being on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover, and 9 inches where there was snow cover.  Yellow Perch – Good: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house, off Big Stoney, and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught north of the pump house in 25 feet of water, also off Big Stoney many over the slot walleyes are being caught as well. Fisherman are using minnow head tipped jigs, also proving to catch fish is spoons tipped with minnow.


Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Fishermen are having varied success with bluegills, catching them on the south end and near the middle. Fish are being caught using tungsten to get through the smaller fish and get down deep to the larger gills.


Five Island Lake

Walleye – Excellent: The walleye bite has really picked up and fish are being caught in dredge holes, and in Town Bay. Fish ranging in the 14-20 inch range are being caught. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Yellow perch are being caught in the deeper holes along with the walleye. Perch are ranging in size from 8-11 inches.


Scharnberg Pond

On January 31st Scharnberg Pond will be stocked with trout at noon.  Rainbow Trout – Fair: Working jigs right below the ice to catch these schooling trout.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake has around 11-12 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers report that the walleye bite is starting to improve. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are being picked up just about anywhere, with the best fishing near the east and south shores.  Try a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas. Black Crappie – Slow: Some anglers have been picking up a few crappies near the inlet area.






Okoboji Sweeps Orabs

basketballThe Okoboji Pioneers swept the Orabs in a basketball doubleheader Tuesday night in Sheldon. The girls game went to the 15th ranked Pioneers 54-43. Okoboji got the 55-48 upset of the 9th ranked Orabs in the boys game.

In the girls game Sheldon took a 13-10 first quarter lead. Okoboji would take a 31-22 lead at the half and never trail the rest of the way. Megan Peschong and Molly Mitchell hit for 11 points each. Sheldon got a game high 17 from Emily Johnson and 10 from Kelsey DenHartog.

With the win Okoboji improves to 12-2 for the year and 10-2 in the conference. Sheldon is 5-9 for the year and 4-8 in the Siouxland.

In the boys game Okoboji opened fast and played fast the rest of the contest as they led at all the breaks building a 13-5 first quarter lead and 25-16 halftime advantage. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 37-26 as the Pioneers went on to win 55-48. Sheldon would get within four points in the fourth quarter but every time Sheldon seemed ready to take control Okoboji would have an answer for a potential Sheldon run.

The Pioneers won the game at the free throw line. They came in shooting 74% as a team and did not make a bucket from the field in the final period. Instead they shot 18-of-22 from the line to earn the upset win 55-48. Four players went to the line for Okoboji in the fourth quarter.

Alex Heller had a team high 17 points with Tyler Stumbo hitting for 15. Sheldon got a game high 22 points from Dylan Ennema. His final four field goals of the contest all came from 3-point range. Collin Wolthizen joined Ennema in double figures with 10 points.

The loss ends a six game Orab winning streak and puts the season record at 10-3 with an 8-3 conference mark. With the win Okoboji goes to 5-8 for the year and 4-7 in the Siouxland.

Up next for Sheldon will be a Friday trip to Rock Valley. On Thursday Okoboji travels to Emmetsburg for a non-conference doubleheader.

Radio Iowa Boys’ High School Basketball Poll 1/19/15

basketballThe latest Radio Iowa boys basketball poll is out and Western Christian continues to top the 2A poll. Sheldon is up one spot to number nine this week. Top five teams include a pair in the 1A poll with Central Lyon second ranked and LeMars Geheln in the four spot.

Class 4A
1. Iowa City West (11-0), LW #1 vs Bettendorf (Tue)
2. DSM Hoover (11-0), LW #2 vs Mason City (Tue)
3. Pleasant Valley (11-0), LW #4 @ Dubuque Senior (Tue)
4. Ankeny Centennial (10-1), LW #5 vs Ankeny (Fri)
5. Dowling Catholic (10-1), LW #3 vs Urbandale (Fri)
6. Waukee (9-3), LW #8 @ S.E. Polk (Fri)
7. Linn-Mar (8-3), LW #6 vs Ankeny (Tue)
8. North Scott (8-3), LW #7 vs CR Prairie (Tue)
9. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (12-1), LW #9 @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton (Tue)
10.Dubuque Hempstead (9-1), LW #10 vs Iowa City High (Tue)

Class 3A
1. Waverly-Shell Rock (12-0), LW #1 vs Crestwood (Tue)
2. Dallas Center-Grimes (10-2), LW #4 @ Wnterset (Tue)
3. Williamsburg (10-1), LW #5 @ South Tama (Tue)
4. Dubuque Wahlert (6-5), LW #6 vs 4A #7 Linn-Mar (Fri)
5. Spirit Lake (10-1), LW #10 @ Storm Lake (Tue)
6. Pella (9-2), LW #8 vs Adel ADM (Tue)
7. LeMars (9-2), LW #3 vs Emmetsburg (Tue)
8. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-5), LW (X) vs Waterloo East (Fri)
9. MOC-Floyd Valley (10-2), LW #2 vs Sibley-Ocheyedan (Tue)
10.Fort Madison (1-2), LW (X) @ Burlington (Tue)

Class 2A
1. Western Christian (10-1), LW #1 vs Cherokee (Tue)
2. IKM-Manning (11-0), LW #2 vs Oakland Riverside (Tue)
3. New Hampton (12-1), LW #3 vs Oelwein (Tue)
4. Cascade (12-1), LW #4 vs Camanche (Tue)
5. Aplington-Parkersburg (13-0), LW #8 @ Waterloo Columbus (Tue)
6. Monticello (14-2), LW #5 vs North Linn (Tue)
7. Iowa City Regina (10-1), LW #6 vs Durant (Tue)
8. Treynor (9-2), LW #7 @ Tri-Center (Tue)
9. Sheldon (10-2), LW #10 vs Okoboji (Tue)
10.Forest City (11-2), LW (X) vs Garner-Hayfield (Tue)

Class 1A
1. Danville (11-0), LW #1 @ Van Buren (tonight)
2. Central Lyon (10-2), LW #2 @ West Lyon (Tue)
3. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (11-0), LW #3 vs Conrad BCLUW (Tue)
4. LeMars Gehlen (11-0), LW #4 @ Woodbury Central (tonight)
5. Colo-NESCO (12-0), LW #5 @ Garwin GMG (Tue)
6. Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto (12-1), LW #6 vs OA/BCIG (Tue)
7. Boyden-Hull (9-3), LW #7 @ Sioux Center (Tue)
8. West Hancock (11-1), LW #8 vs Algona Garrigan (Tue)
9. Earlham (10-1), LW #10 vs Saydel (tonight)
10.BellePlaine (11-0), LW (X) vs BGM (tonight)

Moser, Van’t Hof Commit To Northwestern

NWCwrittenoutOrange City, Iowa — Brady Moser (Rock Valley, Iowa) and Jed Van’t Hof (Alvord, Iowa) have both signed a letter of intent to continue their football careers at Northwestern College next year.

Moser is a 6’0, 220-pound tight end and linebacker who played three years for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley High School football team. A two-time all-district selection, Moser earned first team accolades after totaling 12 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown on offense and 14 tackles and one fumble recovery on defense. Moser helped lead his team to a state playoff berth and a 5-5 overall record. Moser plans to major in physical education at Northwestern and is the son of Brian and Melissa.

“Brady is a solid football player and great young man,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He is a very intelligent player who can play either tight end or on the defensive side of the ball.”

Van’t Hof is a 6’4”, 200 pound tight end/defensive end who played three years for West Lyon. Van’t Hof earned first team all-district honors after totaling 41.5 tackles and one fumble recovery on defense. He also caught nine passes for 108 yards in leading his team to a runner-up finish at state with a 12-2 overall record. Van’t Hof was an academic all-district pick and plans to major in business at Northwestern. He is the son of Doug and Lisa.

“We are excited to have Jed commit to play football for us next fall,” commented Achterhoff. “He is a very good athlete who will be able to get stronger and bigger over the next four years. Jed is a nice addition to our defensive line group.”