Rensink’s First Deer

Rensink DeerJon Rensink (Kid Duty) harvested his first ever deer with a bow and arrow on 10/19/11. Atta boy DUTY!

Dove Season in Iowa

Dove SeasonJohn and David Doely nailed these doves near Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Lady Dutch To Play For State Title


A huge all-around performance by sophomore Alexis Conaway help put MOC-Floyd Valley in the Class 3A state championship game.

Conaway made plays with her shooting, passing and defense as the second-ranked Lady Dutch remained unbeaten with a 63-53 victory over No. 3 Sioux City Bishop Heelan in an overtime semifinal game.

In just the overtime alone, Conaway scored eight points, assisted on a basket and blocked two shots. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and five steals.

Lauren McDonald led the Lady Dutch with 18 points and Caitlyn Van Es scored 12. MOC-Floyd Valley hiked its record to 27-0 and will try to win its first state basketball title at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Madison Yohe led Heelan with 20 points, Alex Fuller scored 12 and Natalie Vondrak added 10 to go with seven rebounds. The Crusaders, state champs in 2008 and 2010, finished 24-2.

Bishop Heelan appeared to be in control when it opened a 44-34 lead early in the fourth quarter. But MOC-Floyd Valley stormed back with 13 straight points to take the lead. McDonald scored five points in the stretch, while Conaway and Van Es each had four.

The Lady Dutch eventually opened a 51-46 lead before Heelan rallied to tie it at 51 on Yohe’s layup and send the game into overtime. That’s when Conaway, a 5-foot-11 guard, took over.

She drove for a basket, then threw a long pass to Emily McDonald for a layup that put the Lady Dutch ahead to stay at 55-53. After Lauren McDonald scored inside, Conaway did the rest — stealing the ball and driving the length of the court for a layup, sinking two free throws, then swatting away Bishop Heelan’s final shot and taking the ball in for another layup.

The difference in the ballgame turned out to be shooting percentage from the floor with MOC Floyd Valley hitting 51.9 percent overall to 33.9 percent for Heelan. From beyond the arc the Lady Dutch were 1-of-6 compared to 6-of-27 for the Crusaders.

Listen for the broadcast as MOC Floyd Valley squares off against the winner of 4th ranked Davenport Assumption and unranked Ballard who met in the other semifinal. We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 with pregame at 5:50 for the scheduled 6pm tip off. We’ll stream from the website as well at

Wolfpack To Play For State Title


The Western Wolfpack will play for the Class 2A Girls Basketball Title Friday night following a 62-54 semifinal win over defending State Champion OA-BCIG. It will be the first appearance in the finals for the Western Basketball Program. Western will meet 15th ranked Pella Christian who upset 3rd ranked IKM Manning 60-49.

The fifth-ranked Wolfpack put together an 8-0 run late in the game to take the lead and toppled the top ranked Falcons and ending their 52-game winning streak.

Brooke Wolterstorff led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Kim Kroeze added 13 points, including three key 3-point baskets in the second half. Alissa Pollema added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Western Christian, which has no seniors in its starting lineup and is now 24-3.

OA-BCIG lost for the first time since the semifinals of the 2010 state tournament and finished 26-1. Morgan VanDerSloot led the Falcons with 22 points. Jessie Pauley, who’ll play at Northern Iowa next season, added 12 points and nine rebounds.

In a back-and-forth game, OA-BCIG built a six-point lead in the first half, fell behind by four in the third quarter, then rallied to pull ahead. Pauley’s two free throws gave the Falcons a 50-49 lead with 3:29 left before some clutch shooting at the line put the Wolfpack ahead to stay.

Pollema went 4-for-4 at the line, Kenzie VandeVegte sank two free throws and Kroeze fed Wolterstorff for a layup, sending Western Christian into a 57-50 lead with 1:43 to play.

Four straight free throws by VanDerSloot cut the lead to 57-54 with 1:13 remaining, but the Wolfpack hit five of eight free throws to wrap it up.

Western Christian finished 23 of 35 at the line and out rebounded OA-BCIG 41-33. The Wolfpack also had the edge in bench scoring 18-10 over the Falcons. The game was tied at 10 different points and featured 14 lead changes.

Clutch shooting and solid defense down the stretch has put Pella Christian in the Class 2A state championship game.

Sparked by Paige Engbers’ 50-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer ending the third quarter, the 15th-ranked Eagles pulled away to beat No. 3 IKM-Manning 60-49 in semifinal action.

Christina Nolte led three Pella Christian scorers in double figures with 14 points. Tayler Stursma added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jasmin Schelhaas scored 10. Nolte went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and handed out three assists.

The Eagles started the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run and were in control the rest of the way, holding the Wolves to one field goal in the period.

Listen for the coverage of the State 2A Title Game Friday night on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame is set for 7:50 with an 8:00 O’clock tip. We’ll stream from the website as well at