Vander Berg Signs With NWC

VanderBerg3Orange City, Iowa —Jaycee Vander Berg (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field and cross country careers at Northwestern College next year.

Vander Berg is a 5’9” distance runner who has earned seven letters running for MOC-Floyd Valley heading into her senior track season. Vander Berg qualified for the state cross country meet all four years, helping the Dutch to a runner-up finish both in 2012 and 2013 and a fifth place finish as a senior. She earned all-conference honors four consecutive years. In track, Vander Berg qualified for the state meet in two events both her sophomore and junior years. She qualified the 3000m and as a member of the 4×800 relay in 2013 and in the 1500m and 3000m last spring as a junior. Vander Berg earned all-conference honors in the 1500m and is an academic all-state selection. A member of the National Honor Society, Vander Berg plans to major in business or youth ministry at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Jeff and Vonda.

“We are very excited to have Jaycee running for both of our track and cross country teams beginning next fall,” commented head coach Scott Bahrke. “Jaycee will make an immediate impact on both teams as Northwestern looks to finish in the top half of the GPAC. Her experience as a four-time state qualifier and place winner will help her transition to our very competitive conference.”

Northwestern Signs First Recruits For 2015 Football

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Riley Jeltema (Orange City, Iowa) and Logan Richard (Holstein, Iowa) have signed a letter of intent to continue their football careers at Northwestern College next year. They are the first recruits of the 2015 football recruiting class.

Jeltema is a 6’0”, 155-pound wide receiver and defensive back who lettered two years for MOC-Floyd Valley. Jeltema scored one touchdown on offense and totaled 16 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception on the defensive side. He earned the Leadership Award as a senior and plans to major in biology at Northwestern. Jeltema is the son of Allen and Pam.

“Riley is a young man who is just beginning to reach his potential physically and as a football player,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “We look forward to his development as a wide receiver in our offense.”

Richard is a 5’9”, 165-pound wide receiver and defensive back who lettered three years for Ridge View High School. Richard accounted for 214 rushing yards and three touchdowns, averaging nearly five yards per carry, on offense. He registered 38 solo tackles and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Richard earned first team all-district honors on defense as a senior and all-district accolades as a receiver as a junior. Richard plans to major in kinesiology at Northwestern and is the son of Mike and Susan.

“Logan has attended our summer football camps over the years and we have followed his career at Ridge View,” said Achterhoff. “He is an outstanding football player, has great work ethic and has high character. Logan will be a great Red Raider.”

Dominic Byl to Attend Dordt

Sioux Center, Iowa – Dominic Byl, a senior at Unity Christian High School has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender football and baseball programs.

Byl, listed 6-0, 215 pounds, played predominately offensive line and linebacker this year in football and catcher in baseball.  He earned all-district honors in football and was in on 46 solo tackles and 42 assisted stops.  He had 12 tackles for loss and had three sacks with one interception.

Byl had a .277 batting average for Unity in 2014 and knocked in 16 runs with 23 hits and five doubles and caught nine base runners stealing.  Byl earned honorable mention all-district honors in 2014

Dominic is the son of Henry and Karla Byl of Sioux Center, Iowa.  He plans to study Business at Dordt College.

Orabs Split Non-Conference Basketball Doubleheader at Spencer

BasketballSheldon traveled to Spencer for a non-conference basketball doubleheader Tuesday night. The Orabs left town with a split dropping the girls game 46-40 while taking the boys game 68-38.

Points were at a premium in the girls game with Spencer taking a 7-5 first quarter lead and moving in front 18-14 at half time. At the end of the third quarter the Tigers led 30-26 before going on to the win 46-40. As a team the Tigers went 9-of-14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and it was the difference in the ballgame as they did just enough to keep the lead at four late in the game.

Sheldon got a game high 22 points from Emily Johnson. Spencer had two players in double figures getting 14 each from Ally Schlaeger and Kelsey Rolfes.

With the win Sheldon falls to 5-7 on the season. Spencer is a game over .500 at 6-5 for the year.

In the boys game Sheldon led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter before pushing it to a 34-16 halftime lead and they never looked back. At the end of three the margin was 52-28 following a jam by Collin Wolthizen as the quarter came to a close. With bench players getting their opportunity on both sides in the fourth quarter the final score would read 68-38 in favor of the Orabs.

Sheldon had three players in double figures led by Turner DeJong with a game high 19 points. Wolthizen was next with 14 and Andrew Provost hit for 12. DeJong hit for five 3-point buckets with all of Provost’s points coming from beyond the arc. Spencer had one player in double figures getting 12 from Blake Illg.

With the win Sheldon improves to 9-2 on the season while Spencer falls to 4-5. Up next for Sheldon will be a return to Siouxland Conference play with a stop at George Little Rock on Friday night.

Duck Hunters in Iowa Wisconsin and Michigan Find Success in Experimental Season

Iowa DNRWaterfowl hunters in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan participated in a special September teal season for the first time since 1969 as part of a three-year experiment authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Teal hunting seasons are held in September as blue-winged teal are an early migrating duck, often having already left the state prior to the opening of the regular duck season. In Iowa, the special teal season was Sept. 6-21.

The experiment used trained observers to study hunters duck identification skills, participation and harvest. Data collected during the first experimental season in 2014 indicates hunters were successful in properly identifying ducks in 94 percent of opportunities.

“Our first year results give us confidence in promoting this opportunity for hunters again next season,” said Orrin Jones, waterfowl research biologist with Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Bureau.

The DNR has posted the first year results from the three year special September teal season experiment on its website at

The three study states and Minnesota are part of a regional group that forms the production states of the Mississippi Flyway Council. The Mississippi Flyway Council is a coalition of 14 states, three provinces, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service which formulate management recommendations for migratory birds in central North America.

In 1971, the USFWS separated the Mississippi Flyway states into production states, of which Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota were classified, and nonproduction states – Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Nonproduction states were allowed a special September teal season while the production states were excluded from this opportunity in order to protect other duck species in production states from unintentional harvest. The southern, nonproduction states have benefited from an additional 440 days of waterfowl hunting that the northern production states.

The experimental teal season became a possibility due to the recent record high duck populations and a desire for more equitable distribution of harvest opportunity for the northern states.

Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 101,000

deer_sxc2Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa deer hunters reported harvesting about 101,500 deer in 2014, which is an increase from 99,414 harvested in 2013. Although this is a slight increase it is still 33 percent lower than the peak harvest of 150,552 reported in 2006.

Hunters reported harvesting 6 percent fewer does (47,079), 15 percent more bucks (44,495), and fewer button bucks and shed antlered deer, than last year. The reduction in doe harvest is part of the management plan to allow the herd to stabilize.

The harvest data will be added to population surveys and hunter and landowner input when officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources discuss seasons and regulations this spring.

The harvest increase is likely due to good weather during the first shotgun deer season and increased hunter success during the late muzzleloader season. Iowa’s deer seasons closed January 10.