GPAC Basketball From Saturday January 19th

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team moved over the .500 mark in GPAC play with an 80-63 victory over the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves Saturday afternoon in the De Witt Gymnasium. The Defenders move to 7-6 in conference play and 13-10 overall with the victory while the ‘Wolves drop to 3-15 on the season and 1-12 in conference play.

Morningside is up next on the Dordt College women’s basketball schedule as the Mustangs travel to Sioux Center on Wednesday, January 23 for a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest scheduled for a 6 pm tip-off.

Elsewhere in GPAC Women’s Basketball Saturday:

Dordt 80, Nebraska Wesleyan 63

Mount Marty 81, Midland 64

Morningside 78, Doane 71

Briar Cliff 79, Hastings at 70  OT


Meanwhile, the Dordt College men’s basketball team used a dominating second half performance to turn a six point halftime lead into a 97-68 blow-out win over Nebraska Wesleyan in GPAC play Saturday afternoon, extending their season win/loss record to 17-5 overall, and 9-4 in the GPAC Conference.

Morningside is up next on the Dordt men’s schedule as the Mustangs travel to Sioux Center on Wednesday, January 23 for a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest scheduled for an 8 pm tip-off.

In other GPAC Men’s Basketball from Saturday:

Dordt 97, Nebraska Wesleyan 68

Midland 78, Mount Marty 56

Doane 68, Morningside 66

Hastings 82, Briar Cliff 74

Sports Schedule For Saturday January 19th

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Another Saturday features a number of high school wrestling tournaments. The Sheldon South O’Brien wrestlers are north of the border at the Luverne Minnesota Wrestling Invite.


Sheldon South O’Brien, Pipestone, Worthington, Blue Earth, Brandon Valley, Sioux Falls Lincoln and Wabasso at the Luverne MN invite

Alta Aurelia, Boyden Hull Rock Valley, Sioux Central, West Monona and Western-Unity at the HMS invite


Okoboji, West Lyon, Cherokee, Spirit Lake, Emmetsburg and Storm Lake at the Odebolt Arthur Battle Creek Ida Grove Invite

Basketball Doubleheaders

Spirit Lake at Sibley Ocheyedan

Trinity at Hinton

Ruthven Ayrshire at MMC

Orabs Split Home Doubleheader With Okoboji

Orab Varsity Boys BB 2012The Sheldon Orabs split a home basketball doubleheader with Okoboji Friday night. the girls game went to overtime tied at 54-54 with the Pioneers pulling out a 62-57 win. in the boys game Sheldon rolled to a 73-29 win.

In the girls game Sheldon led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and was up 30-26 at halftime as Mackenzie Radke scored on a put back as time expired. At the end of the third quarter Okoboji had taken a 42-41 lead. The game went back and fourth in the final quarter with regulation ending with a 54-54 score.

In the overtime Megan Peschong scored a pair of field goals to go with 3-of-4 free throw shooting and Skylar Hanson added a field goal. Sheldon scoring came from a 3-of-4 performance at the line from Krista Bousema.

Peschong scored a game high 22 points with all of them coming in the second half and overtime. Also in double figures were Hanson with 17 and Emily Wintz with 12.

Bousema led Sheldon with 19 points. Audrey Gustafson hit for a dozen. With the win Okoboji improves to 9-4 in the conference and 11-4 on the season. Sheldon stands at 5-8 in the conference and 5-10 for the season.

In the boys game Sheldon opened a 17-9 first quarter lead that swelled to 36-20 at halftime as James Gradert scored 10 of his 18 points in the second quarter. In the third quarter behind a 10 point effort from Dallas Ennema the Orabs outscored the Pioneers 20-1 in the quarter to lead 56-21 at the end of three quarters. With the bench cleared in the fourth quarter Sheldon would go on to win 73-29.

Sheldon got a game high 18 points from Gradert and 15 in the ballgame from Ennema. Dalton Syverson led Okoboji with 8 points. With the win Sheldon moves to 11-1 in the conference and 14-1 for the season. Okoboji slips to 3-9 in the Siouxland and 3-11 for the year.

Up next for Sheldon will be a trip to Rock Valley for a doubleheader Tuesday night. then it’s on to MOC Floyd Valley on Friday.

High School Basketball Scores From January 18th

basketballThe Sheldon Orab girls basketball team dropped a 62-57 overtime decision to Okoboji in Siouxland Conference play Friday night.  In the boys game at the O-rena, Sheldon thumped Okoboji 73-29.  In other action from around the KIWA listening area…………..


Okoboji 62, Sheldon 57 OT

Rock Valley 50, George-Little Rock 43

MOC-Floyd Valley 59, Sibley-Ocheyedan 20

Sioux Center 48, Boyden-Hull 27

Central Lyon 79, West Lyon 29

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 53, West Sioux 40

Unity Christian 48, Gehlen 36

South O’Brien 39, Akron-Westfield 15

Western Christian 75, Cherokee 35



Sheldon 73, Okoboji 29

Rock Valley 76, George-Little Rock 49

MOC-Floyd Valley 75, Sibley-Ocheyedan 31

Boyden-Hull 51, Sioux Center 49

West Lyon 50, Central Lyon 29

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 57, West Sioux 40

Gehlen 52, Unity Christian 41

South O’Brien 77, Akron-Westfield 30

Western Christian 76, Cherokee 35

Michael Den Herder to Continue Basketball Career at Dordt

PrintMichael Den Herder, a senior at Western Christian High School has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Den Herder, a 6-4, 185 pound forward, is averaging 16.5 points per game for Western along with 4.9 rebounds, three assists and one steal per contest. As a junior he averaged 10.5 points, 2.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 4.7 rebounds.

Den Herder was a part of a Class 2A state title runner-up in 2011 and claimed academic all-state honors in football this fall and was an all-district honorable mention pick in football.

Michael is the son of Kirk and Diane Den Herder of Sioux Center, Iowa.

Michael Grady to Play Baseball at Dordt

PrintMichael Grady, a senior at Spalding Catholic High School has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender baseball program.

Grady, an outfielder and pitcher, was 7-0 on the mound last season with a 0.58 earned run average with 55 strikeouts in 60 innings of work.  He was a first-team all-district player in 2012 and was a first-team honoree by the Northwest Iowa Review.  Grady has played for Legion Post 662 and was a member of a state runner-up team.  Grady helped Spalding to a 2010 District Championship.

Michael is the son of Harvey and Barbara Grady of Granville, Iowa.  He plans to study engineering at Dordt College.