GPAC Softball And Baseball Recap From Friday

A three-hit pitching performance by Kacy Oberfoell helped the Dordt College Defender softball team to a 6-1 win over the College of Saint Mary Flames on Friday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa. It was the first win in what would turn out to be a doubleheader sweep.

Dordt College banged out ten hits in the win, scoring two in the third on three hits with Ashton Beaird knocking in Shantelle Gritters from third with a ground out and Oberfoell scored Kaitlyn Lockhorst with a single.


In the nightcap Dordt overcame two deficits in winning an 10-7 decision.  Dordt gave up three runs in the first inning on a Shelbi Hatfield three-run homerun. Dordt responded immediately with Kaitlyn Lockhorst reaching on a bunt single and Paige Fynaardt followed with a single after Lockhorst stole second. Lockhorst scored on the play and Fynaardt advanced all the way to third on the throw. An Ashton Beaird fly ball to centerfield got a second run across and back to back hits by Kacy Oberfoell and Megan Huizenga got the Defenders to tied 3-3. A dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed Huizenga to reach for a 4-3 lead as they went on to the win 10-7 and the sweep of the double header.

The win gave Dordt four victories this season over the Omaha, Nebraska based school and got the Defenders within two games of the .500 mark heading into the heart of the GPAC season. The Defender Softball Team will be at Hastings for a doubleheader starting at 1pm Saturday.


In other GPAC action on Friday Northwestern went 2-1 at the Morningside Tournament. The Red Raiders opened with a 10-0 loss to Dickinson State followed by a 2-1 win over Jamestown. In their final game of the day Northwestern scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to post a 4-3 win over Valley City State. Northwestern wraps up play at the Morningside tournament at 11 this morning.


In GPAC baseball Friday Northwestern dropped a doubleheader at Doane on scores of 2-1 and 5-1. Northwestern will go against Hastings with a doubleheader starting at noon.

Dordt was on the road to Hastings where they fell 4-0 and 4-3. The Defenders are in action at Doane with a doubleheader at 1pm.

Morningside swept a home doubleheader against Mount Marty on scores of 6-3 and 3-2 in 8 innings.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Little Sioux Park Lake

The bluegill fishing has slowed in the north end at Little Sioux Park.  Try spreading out and fishing in areas with low pressure.  Bass are hitting in the east arm.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)


Anglers are catching a few walleye, channel catfish, and northern pike at the Linn Grove Dam.  Northern Pike – Fair: Fewer and smaller northerns are being caught compared to last week.  Use a two ounce sinker with a 3 to 4-inch chub and fish where the river narrows and the current picks up near the boat ramp.  Regular chubs work better than suckers; hook them through the head.

Fishing has been picking up in our area.  The water is far warmer than normal for this time of year.  For more information contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)


Water temperature as of March 28, was 57 degrees.  Special walleye regulations at Storm Lake are three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye – Fair: The walleye fishing from shore has slowed down some.  Recent gill net sets show that very few walleye are in close to shore.

Swan Lake


Anglers are catching LOTS of 8 to 9-inch crappies; minnows seem to be best, but Berkley baits and twister tails work well also.

Lake Pahoja


Crappie – Fair: A few crappies have been reported try using slow presentations such as small jigs and minnows under bobbers.

 Big Spirit Lake


Walleye season is closed. Panfish are being caught off the North Grade and Templar Park.  A few smallmouth bass along with white bass may be caught on rock piles in various parts of the lake.   Bullhead – Fair: A few bullheads are being caught off the north grade and the action should continue to improve as the water warms.  Yellow Perch – Slow: A few people have been targeting perch in the deeper water when the wind allows for a slow drift.

 West Okoboji Lake


Walleye season is closed.  Try targeting protected shallow areas for bluegills and crappie using a slow presentation and small offerings should come with good results.  Bluegill – Fair: The canals off the main lake are producing a few gills along with crappie and bass.

 Trumbull Lake


Northern Pike fry were stocked this week.

Big Sioux River


Good catches of catfish have been reported along with a few walleye and pike.  Channel Catfish – Good: Fish are being caught on cut bait, night crawlers, and dead chubs.

As water temperatures improve the fishing should follow.  A few walleye and catfish have been reported on the rivers in the area. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.



Northwestern Red Raider Baseball Team Defeated In Sioux City

The Northwestern College Red Raider baseball team was upended by Morningside College 10-1 yesterday in non-conference action at Lewis and Clark Park.

The Mustangs broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Morningside had four hits in the inning, including a two-run single by Boyden native Jordan Mouw and RBI singles by Tyler Candor and Keaton Rowe. The Raiders were not firing on all cylinders yesterday committing five errors, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits.

Northwestern will next face Doane in Crete, Nebr. on Friday in the GPAC opener for both teams. The Red Raiders will travel to Hastings on Saturday to complete the GPAC weekend.

Sports Schedule For Thursday

Sports schedule for Thursday 3/29/12

Coed Track

MOC Floyd Valley, LeMars  and Western at Unity

Okoboji at Algona

Emmetsburg and E-LC at Spencer


2012 Cyclone Tailgate Tour Dates Include Stops In Sioux City And Arnold’s Park

The Iowa State Athletics Department announced Wednesday its dates and sites for the 2012 Cyclone Tailgate Tour.

In the more immediate KIWA listening area this year’s schedule includes a stop in Sioux City and Okoboji. Both stops will be on Wednesday May 23rd. The first stop will be from noon until 1pm at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Sioux City. The second stop will be at the Arnold’s Park Pavilion from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Debuting in 2007, the Cyclone Tailgate Tour has been a popular event for Cyclone fans of all ages, drawing huge crowds along the way. It’s a great way to interact with your favorite Iowa State head coaches and student-athletes.

Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard, football coach Paul Rhoads, men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly, wrestling coach Kevin Jackson and volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch are scheduled to appear at all of the stops.

Cyclone Tailgate Tours are free and open to the public. The only cost is for food and refreshment that is provided at the tour venues.

College Baseball & Softball Wrap For Tuesday, March 27th

The Northwestern Red Raiders softball team garnered a doubleheader sweep in Mitchell, S.D. over Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC action yesterday. The Red Raider women posted a 5-2 victory in game one and took the nightcap by a 2-1 final behind a masterful pitching performance by Katie VandeVoort. VandeVoort pitched seven strong innings striking out five and allowing one unearned run.

Northwestern improves their record to 4-0 in the GPAC and 13-7 overall. Up next Northwestern will play five games at the Morningside Invitational this weekend, beginning with Dickinson State at 1:00pm.


Dordt got a timely hit and won a 2-1 decision over the visiting Mayville State Comets on Tuesday afternoon in Sioux Center in game one of their softball doubleheader.

An eight run uprising by the Mayville State Comets in the sixth inning led to an 8-0, six inning win for the visitors to earn a non-conference softball split with the Dordt Defenders.

Dordt is now 10-14 overall and stand 2-2 in the league. The Defenders will host the College of Saint Mary on Friday afternoon starting at 4:00 and will travel to Hastings to face the Broncos on Saturday afternoon in GPAC play. Mayville State is 6-7 and stand 1-4 in five games against GPAC members.

Travis Dekkers

Mayville State banged out an 8-3 win over the Dordt Defender baseball team in game one of their doubleheader in Sioux Center on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference baseball.

In game two, the Dordt College Defender baseball team used a six run third inning and an error in the bottom of the eighth to score the game winning run to take a 9-8 win to salvage a split with Mayville State.

Dordt was outhit 13-10 with Travis Dekkers getting three hits with two runs and a run batted in. Dustin Brisel and Alex Bluhm had two hits each. Ryan De Wit got the win in relief, working the final five innings with two walks, a strikeout and two bases on balls.

Dordt is 9-10 and will travel to Doane and Hastings this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders. Mayville State is 15-9 and will face Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday.