Sports Schedule for Thursday 5/3/12

Coed Track

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sibley Ocheyedan

Lakes Conference meet at Storm Lake

Akron Westfield, Hinton, MMC, Remsen St Mary’s, Spalding and Trinity Christian at West Sioux

Boys Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sioux Center

Girls Golf

Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Boyden Hull

Western and Storm Lake at Spencer

Coed Golf

Gehlen at West Sioux

Unity at MMC

HMS at South O’Brien

Remsen St Mary’s at Spalding

Preston Hoebelheinrich To Wrestle at Northwestern

Preston Hoebelheinrich of Rock Valley has signed a letter of intent to continue his wrestling career at Northwestern beginning this fall.

Hoebelheinrich, the son of Darwin and Gina Van Beek, is a 5-10 wrestler from Rock Valley Community High School. Hoebelheinrich competes in the 125 lb. weight class and finished his senior season with a 38-9 record and a 124-51 career record. Hoebelheinrich finished his career as a three time Iowa State Tournament qualifier. He was named Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore and a First Team All-Conference wrestler as a junior and senior. He was a three-time captain and won the Heart Award as a sophomore and Senior in addition to being named the Team MVP as a senior.

Hoebelheinrich, a member of the National Honor Society and Academic All-Conference wrestler, plans to major in pre-medicine while at Northwestern.

“We can’t say enough good things about Preston. We are ecstatic he has chosen NWC to pursue his degree and wrestling career,” said head coach Rik Dahl. “We have worked with Preston for the past three years and come to admire him as a young man. His desire to compete and his drive to succeed are bonus attributes for us. We look for Preston to make a splash in the NAIA much like he did at the High School level, winning 124 matches and earning three trips to the State Tournament. He will compete at 125 to 133 lbs for the Red Raiders.

Crappie Fishing Expected to Pick up Soon

The timing is just about perfect. It’s early May and the big crappie bite hasn’t happened yet. If the weather forecast holds, this could be the week crappies begin to spawn and anglers finally get to experience that fantastic fishing many only hear about.

“When people think about crappie fishing, they think about the spawn. These fish are vulnerable, easy to catch and the action can be fast,” said Steve Waters, southeast Iowa regional fisheries supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Crappie fishing is about as simple as it gets and, let’s face it, it’s fun.”

Waters said the recent cool down in temperature can be good for crappie fishing, keeping the fish just off shore in their pre-spawn stage in a little deeper water.

“I like to set up on the first depth break near the shoreline when the crappies are getting charged up to spawn,” he said.

Casting to find fish is key for Waters and he prefers really small baits – a 1/80 or 1/32 ounce jig, with a white, yellow or chartreuse body.

When the spawn is on, look for crappies in shallow water with sticks or brush coming through the surface.

“This time of year, I don’t use minnows, especially when fish are biting. These fish are aggressive and don’t need that extra enticement to bite. I think it can slow you down,” Waters said. “When the spawn is on, I use as small of a bobber that I can get away with without making a big splash. It will help keep my jig in position, say six inches off the bottom. The jig always needs movement so I’ll slowly reel it in.”

Once the spawn is over, crappies will move back to the first depth break, creek channels and drop-offs.

“One popular way to fish crappies post spawn is to drift the center part the lake with two rods with different baits – one with a jig and another with a jig and minnow – at different depths,” Waters said. “One last bit of advice I could give is that crappies don’t like a ton of action. Cut down on the twitching and jigging and just give them a steady, slow retrieve. Save the jigging for bluegills.”


Walleye Season Opens May 5th on Iowa’s Great Lakes

The 136th walleye fishing season officially opens May 5 at Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji lakes, and opening weekend could offer challenges not found in other years: the really early spring.

“Can the anglers adapt to the early spring conditions, or will the typical fishing patterns and tactics work?” asked fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins. “Some aquatic plants are already topping out in East Okoboji so fishing shallow could be difficult there. That has never happened this early since I’ve  been here.”

Hawkins said water clarity could affect angler success on Spirit and West Okoboji. While West Okoboji has a history of clear water, Hawkins said Spirit Lake has clarity extending down 12 feet, which is more than normal and could make fish more wary.

While the advance spring conditions may pose a challenge to anglers, a lack of walleye will not. The Iowa Great Lakes are full of walleyes with three strong and distinct year classes.

The majority of walleyes above 20 inches are from the 2001 class.  The next big year class is from 2007 measuring 15 to 18 inches. The 2010 class is as large as the other two and will be making its presence known in future openers.

“Our walleye population is excellent on Spirit Lake and is very good on the Okobojis,” Hawkins said. “The chain of lakes was producing some nice fish last fall and I expect that to continue this year.”

Anglers heading to the lakes area for the opener will find warmer than normal conditions with a chance of rain, if the extended forecast holds.

Water temperature should be on the increase, and unless a cold snap comes, the lakes are in prime condition.

A quick check of state park campgrounds in the area found many sites with electricity still available at Marble Beach, Gull Point andEmersonBay.

Walleye season opens the first Saturday in May and runs through Feb. 14 each year. There is a protected slot limit on walleyes from 17 to 22 inches, with only one walleye over 22 allowed per day. The daily limit is three walleyes with a possession limit of six.



Caitlyn Van Es to Play Volleyball and Basketball at Northwestern

Caitlyn Van Es of  Orange City has signed letters of intent to continue her volleyball and basketball careers at Northwestern College next year.

Van Es is a 5’8” middle hitter who played three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School volleyball team. Van Es averaged 1.3 kills and over one block per set last season, earning all-conference honors for the second straight year. She hit .321 and led the team with 43 aces, serving 88% on the season. Van Es was also a second team all-Northwest Iowa Review selection.

“Caitlin excelled in several sports in high school and we are excited to have her part of our volleyball program,” commented head volleyball coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. “She is a quick leaper who will be a good addition to our front row. Caitlin is also a young lady of high character who will fit in really well with the rest of our team.”

Also a three-year letter winner in basketball, Van Es averaged 7.1 points and three rebounds in leading the Dutch to a 27-1 record and runner-up finish at the state tournament last season. She dished out a team-best 71 assists and totaled 59 steals while earning first team all-conference honors. Van Es is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to major in Business Administration at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Galen and Cathy.

“Caitlyn has been part of winning basketball and volleyball programs at MOC-Floyd Valley,” commented head basketball coach Chris Yaw. “She values hard work, is an outstanding teammate, and can contribute in different ways on the court. Caitlyn will fit in well at Northwestern and on our team. I look forward to Caitlyn coming to Northwestern and to the relationships she will build with her teammates.”

Whitney Vander Maten To Play Basketball at Northwestern

Whitney Vander Maten has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at NorthwesternCollege next year.

Vander Maten is a 5’6” point guard who lettered four years for the Boyden-Hull girls’ basketball team. A second team all-state selection, Vander Maten averaged 18.8 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals per game as a senior. She was named to the Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register all-state team and was a first team all-conference selection two years. Vander Maten scored over 1,000 points during her career and helped lead the Comets to a 17-6 record in 2012. She earned academic all-state honors and plans to major in Nursing at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Wayne and Jan.

“Whitney is a great fit for Northwestern,” commented head coach Chris Yaw. “She has demonstrated outstanding character and a strong pursuit of excellence both academically and athletically during her high school career. Whitney is quick and athletic, with the ability to shoot from the perimeter as well as attack the basket. I am excited for Whitney to join us and make an impact on our team and campus.”