Dordt And Northwestern Sweep Baseball Doubleheaders

A 17 hit attack propelled the Dordt College Defender baseball team to a 14-3 win on the road over the Briar Cliff Chargers in GPAC play on Friday afternoon.

Dordt built a comfortable lead for Dordt starter Ben Van Kekerix with six in the fifth inning as Travis Dekkers struck for a grand slam and two more in the sixth on four hits extended the lead to 13-1.

Ben Van Kekerix the former Sheldon Orab scattered ten hits in getting his second win of the season and struck out three with no walks.  His brother Josh Van Kekerix came on in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh and allowed one hit. Nathan Olson pitched the first four innings and took the loss for Briar Cliff.


A four run second inning got the Defenders off and running on the way to a 7-3 win, securing a sweep. The win pushed the Defenders into the hunt for a GPAC playoff berth with six games remaining

Dordt is 13-23 overall and 4-10 in the league while Briar Cliff is now 23-24 overall and 7-7 in the conference. Dordt is scheduled to host Midland Saturday afternoon at 2:00.



Northwestern swept a doubleheader with Midland Lutheran at Freemont Nebraska Friday. The Red Raiders took the opener 12-2 and the nightcap 4-1.


Brody Van Roekel To Play Football At Northwestern

Brody Van Roekel of Sioux Center has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next year.

Van Roekel is a 5’10”, 225-pound center and defensive end who lettered three years for the Sioux Center High School football team. Van Roekel earned first team all-district honors and was named co-captain as a senior. He was a member of an offensive line that helped pave the way for a Warriors rushing attack that averaged nearly four yards per carry and 140 yards per game. A member of the Academic All-District and All-State team, Van Roekel plans to major in history and political science at Northwestern. He is the son of Mark Van Roekel and Lisa Gritters.

“Brody is a natural leader both on and off the field,” commented head football coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He is a smart player who works very hard to be the best player that he can be. We look forward to Brody being a part of the Red Raider football family.”

Sports Schedule For Friday 4/20/12

Coed Track

Sheldon Clay Central-Everly, Granville Spalding, Ruthven Ayrshire, Sheldon, Sibley-Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, St. Mary’s, George-Little Rock at Hartley Melvin Sanborn

Girls Soccer

MOC Floyd Valley at Storm Lake

Boys Soccer

Storm Lake at MOC Floyd Valley

Coed Golf

Spalding and Sergeant Bluff Luton at Akron Westfield

Hinton at South O’Brien

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report As Of 4/19/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Fishing has been pretty slow at Storm Lake. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are catching a few walleye but the action has not been real fast. The point off the north side of the marina has been producing some walleye. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times.

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye and musky 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 have are being caught off the north grade and templar park as well as a few other places around the lake. Northern Pike – Fair: Try using spoons, and spinner baits around vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few largemouth bass have moved in to pre-spawn areas around the lake.

 East Okoboji Lake

Walleye and musky season is closed. Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught try looking for rocks and wood and use small baits.

 Minnewashta Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Some perch are being caught try using small jigs and tipped with worm. A few yellow bass and bluegills may be caught at the same time.

West Okoboji Lake

Walleye and musky season is closed. As the deepest lake in the chain, its water is not warming up as fast as the other lakes but is still ahead of normal. Panfish and largemouth bass are being caught in the canals as well as in some of the bays. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass may be caught near docks and there outskirts a few white bass and northern pike may be picked up at the same time.

With cooler temperatures last week and over the weekend, the water has cooled a bit and fishing has slowed down but should pick back up as the weather improves.


Area Sports Officials To Be Honored April 28th

A total of 158 officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 18th Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 28th at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

The list of honoree includes five officials who each have 50 years of service. Those officials are Ronald Smith from George, Charles Adair of Mondamin; Terry Curtis from Williamsburg; Richard McMahon of Latimer; Robert Nystrom from Havelock.

Area officials being recognized for 15 years of service will be Dave Van Essen of Sheldon, Brad Te Grootenhuis of Hospers, Cory E. Spangler of LeMars and Kevin Vander Ploeg of Sioux Center. Spangler was also named the NFOA State Official of the Year for Baseball.

Area officials with 25 years of service include Douglas Stubbe of George, Cory Isebrand of LeMars and Steve Rhode of Spencer. 35-Year Honorees include Al Van Wyhe of Hawarden.