Dallas Ennema to Join University at Albany New York Basketball Program

Orab-LogoUniversity at Albany New York men’s basketball head coach Will Brown recently announced three early signings for the 2013 Division I Great Danes.

Among those signees is Sheldon senior Dallas Ennema. Ennema has helped the Orabs to a 9-0 start this season averaging 21.3 points per game and has pulled down 40 rebounds and dished out 23 assists. Offensively Ennema is hitting 56.8 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from behind the arc connecting on 10-of-18 three point attempts. At the free throw line Dallas has connected on 31-of-36 attempts for an 86.1 free throw percentage.

Ennema averaged 19.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior for Coach Claude Struve. He was picked as pre-season Player of the Year of the Sioux Land Conference. Dallas played for the Martin Brothers AAU Program run by Hank Huddleson. Current Great Dane John Puk and former Great Danes Brent Wilson and Brian Lillis played for the Martin Brothers Program as well. Ennema is a member of the National Honor Society.

In his press release officially announcing the signing Coach Brown said “Dallas is a talented small forward with great size. He reminds me a lot of former Great Dane Brian Lillis but with more size. Dallas is very versatile and has a very good feel for the game. I think he is the best player in the 2013 class in the state of Iowa.”

With a win over South Carolina State in its last game on Wednesday December 12th the Great Danes moved up to 20th in the Top-25 College Insider Mid-Major poll on Monday, December 17th. This is the highest top-25 ranking in the mid-major poll since entering Division I in 1999.

Northwest Iowa Wrestling From Tuesday, December 18th

wrestlingNorthwest, Iowa — The Sheldon/South O’Brien Wresting team split their matches in Tuesday wrestling from Orange City. Sheldon/South O’Brien earned a 60-21 victory over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn but lost to a dominating Sioux City North squad 64-9. Sioux City North also posted a 61-15 victory over MOC-Floyd Valley. The Dutchmen defeated Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 63-15.


In other area wrestling dual meets:


Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 40, Akron-Westfield 28

West Lyon 42, Akron-Westfield 34

West Lyon 58, West Sioux 24

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 40, West Sioux 9


Sioux Center 42, Spirit Lake 30

Sioux Center 51, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 24

Spirit Lake 72, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 12


Spencer 75, Laurens-Marathon 3

Spencer 78, Sioux City West 6

Spencer 53, South Sioux City 16

Orabs Sweep West Lyon on The Road

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orabs swept a Siouxland Conference Basketball doubleheader at West Lyon Tuesday night. Sheldon won the girls game 64-37 and followed that with a 59-53 win in the boys game.

In the opener Sheldon took a 23-16 first quarter lead and was up 38-21 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 51-30 as Sheldon went on to the win.

The Orabs had three players in double figures getting a game high 15 from Abby Provost including a trio of three-point buckets. Krista Bousema added 11 with Emily Johnson hitting for 10. Sheldon hit 6 three-pointers as a team and nine different players found their way into the scorebook.

West Lyon was led by Tarah Meyer with 10 points followed by Addie Meyer with 8. The Wildcat connected for 5 three-point buckets as a team.

With the win Sheldon improves to 3-5 in the conference and 3-6 for the year. West Lyon falls to 0-8 in the conference and 0-11 for the season.

In the boys game Sheldon took a 19-10 first quarter lead and went into halftime in front 25-18. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 39-27. The Wildcats went on a run in the fourth quarter to pull within two points before Sheldon put the game away at the free throw line.

Dallas Ennema hit for a game high 23 including 10 points in the fourth quarter dropping a field goal and going 8-of-8 from the line in the final quarter of play. James Gradert joined him in double figures with an 11 point night.

As a team Sheldon hit 12-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter and went 13-of-18 for the game.

Brandon Snyder finished with 22 points including 6 three-point buckets with four coming in the second half and three of those in the final quarter as he hit for 11 points in the fourth quarter. Cody Bauman hit for double figures as well dropping in a dozen.

With the win Sheldon moves to 7-0 in the Siouxland and 9-0 on the year. West Lyon stands at 4-3 in the conference and 6-3 for the season. Up next for Sheldon will be a home double header with Central Lyon before they get a week off for the holidays.

High School Basketball Scores From Tuesday, December 18th

A full schedule of high school basketball was played around Iowa Tuesday night, with teams throughout northwest Iowa hitting the hardwoods.  Here’s how the games shook out:


Sheldon 64, West Lyon 37

Sibley-Ocheyedan 41, Boyden-Hull 27

Central Lyon 59, George-Little Rock 44

MOC-Floyd Valley 62, Okoboji 31

South O’Brien 50, Remsen-Union 43

Sioux Center 59, Rock Valley 34

Harris-Lake Park 45, Clay Central-Everly 41



Sheldon 59, West Lyon 53

Boyden-Hull 70, Sibley-Ocheyedan 44

Central Lyon 68, George-Little Rock 58

MOC-Floyd Valley 75, Okoboji 53

Remsen-Union 54, South O’Brien 48

Rock Valley 64, Sioux Center 58

Harris-Lake Park 62, Clay Central-Everly 14

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 68, Spalding 52

Additional Zebra Mussels Collected in East Okoboji

DNR logoThree additional juvenile zebra mussels were found attached to docks/hoists removed from East Okoboji Lake, increasing the likelihood that the invasive species may be establishing itself in the popular northwest Iowa chain of lakes.

Investigation of a number of docks and hoists from other lakes in the chain revealed no additional mussels. The discovery was made this December as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources efforts to monitor for the presence of zebra mussels on boat hoists and docks removed from the Iowa Great Lakes.

The monitoring effort was in response to finding a single zebra mussel from Upper Gar Lake in September of this year.

“Finding additional zebra mussels indicates that zebra mussels may be established in the Iowa Great Lakes,” said Kim Bogenschutz, the DNR’s aquatic invasive species program coordinator. “But it is still too early to tell if there is a reproducing population in the lakes.”

Zebra mussels are native to the Caspian Sea region of Asia and were introduced into the North American Great Lakes in the 1980s from ballast water of oceangoing ships. They have spread throughout lakes and rivers in the Midwest and around the country. Known populations within Iowa include Clear Lake, Lake Rathbun, Bluebill Lake (near Mason City), and the Mississippi and Maquoketa rivers.

“The news is discouraging, but we don’t know if there is truly an infestation yet,” said Mike Hawkins, Spirit Lake District fisheries management biologist. “We shouldn’t panic. Many other lakes are infested with zebra mussels and the impacts have been manageable.”

The impact to the Iowa Great Lakes is unclear if zebra mussels become established. Zebra mussels are filter feeders and directly compete with native species, including mussels and small fish, for food. Zebra mussels also adhere to hard objects. If densities are high enough, they can smother native mussels by attaching to their shells. Drinking water utilities and the State Fish Hatchery may also be impacted since zebra mussels could attach and grow on the inside of intake pipes, potentially clogging them.

The Iowa Great Lakes community has provided important leadership to the state of Iowa in fighting aquatic invasive species. “This strong partnership and the continuation of these efforts remains our best weapon against these invaders,” said Hawkins.

Currently there is no effective treatment to eradicate or control the mussels once they have infested a lake.

Ryan Christy to Join Northwestern Golf Team

ChristyRyan Christy of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career at Northwestern College next fall.

Christy has earned three letters while playing golf for MOC-Floyd Valley High School heading into his senior season. Christy earned second team all-state honors and won the Siouxland Conference championship as an individual, leading the Dutch to the conference title in 2012. He boasts personal bests of 34 on nine-holes and 72 on 18 holes. Christy is an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. He is the son of President Greg and Michelle Christy.

“I am extremely excited that Ryan has decided to join us next year,” commented head coach Aaron Aberson. “He is a great addition to our team and campus.
Ryan has a huge upside and I look forward to watching him work hard to meet that potential.”