Wohlert Earns Additional Preseason Honor

Northwestern College logoNorthwestern College football players continued to bring home preseason accolades as senior Justin Wohlert was named to the College Football America NAIA Starting Line-up as announced by the national office.

Equivalent to the preseason All-America team, the College Football America includes 936 college football teams from the United States and Canada.

Wohlert, a defensive back from Hartley, Iowa, led the NAIA with 10 interceptions in 2014, one shy of matching the conference (GPAC) record. Wohlert was named to the NAIA/AFCA All-American team and first team all-conference honors for the Red Raiders, who boasted the NAIA’s top defense last year. A three-year starter at defensive back, Wohlert totaled 30.5 tackles and broke up 23 passes.

“Justin is very deserving of this honor,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He had an incredible junior season and is one of the best athletes in the NAIA returning for his senior season.”

Paul Meyer Sheldon Mens Club Champ for 2015

Sheldon Club Championship 2015Sheldon Iowa — It was championship day for the men at the Sheldon Golf and Country Club on Saturday. The Championship Flight played 27 holes with the other flights going 18.

This years men’s champion is Paul Meyer who carded a 110. He was followed by Jerod Reinking at 114, Craig Klatt at 115 and Randy Fonkert at 116.

The First Flight went to Skip Tanner with a 78 followed by Jim Jensen, Joel Bosma and Brice Kroeze who were all in at 79. The three finished third though fourth based on tie breakers.

The Second Flight went to Troy Seivert with an 87. Mike Oldenkamp was next at 88 followed by Craig Rust at 89 and Kirk Prostrollo at 90.

The Third Flight was won by Randy Kruse at 92. Paul Wollmuth and Curt DeJager were both in at 94 for second and third based on tie breakers with Ron Plum fourth in the flight at 99.

July 30th Iowa DNR Fishing Report

fishingSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.



West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth can be found under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Fish these spots with football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish the rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Fish with jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. Walleye – Fair: Many anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and are picking up these walleyes as they come up the point. Yellow Bass – Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch – Fair: A perch bite is going on in Millers and Emerson bays with 9-11 inch fish caught in 12-18 feet of water.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms.


Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Go out into 8-9 feet of water and fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits. During the evening smallmouth are hitting top water along the west shore. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Fish jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Yellow perch are biting on the south end right in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.


Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler. Crappie – Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center Lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch – Fair: While setting hoop nets 10+ inch yellow perch were seen in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay. Channel Catfish – Fair: Over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish were caught while setting hoop nets. These fish were found along the west shore of the south bay.


Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.


Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.


Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large yellow bass can be caught under the overhang at the outlet of little lake. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead – Excellent: A large number of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.

Van Lingen To Play At Dordt

Dordt_Defenders logoJosh Van Lingen, a senior to be at Western Christian (Iowa) High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Van Lingen has been a rare three-year starter for the Western Christian basketball team and has averaged double digits in points and rebounds the last two seasons. Van Lingen scored 19.0 points per game with 12.8 rebounds per contest in 2014-15 and blocked 59 shots. He was a first-team all-state basketball selection last season and helped Western to a state tournament berth.

As a sophomore Van Lingen averaged 16.6 points per game with 10.7 rebounds and blocked 51 shots and helped Western to a state title. He claimed first-team all-conference honors in both 2014 and 2015 and earned All-Northwest Iowa Review honors those two years as well. The 6-7, 225 pound forward broke into the lineup as a freshman and scored 11.5 points per game with 5.7 rebounds per contest that season. He earned second-team all-conference honors in 2013.

Van Lingen has scored 1,185 points in high school and is Western’s career leader in rebounds with 740. He’s a National Honor Society member and on the honor roll at Western and also played football for the Wolfpack.

“We are excited to add Josh to our basketball program and campus community at Dordt College,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. “Josh has had an outstanding career at Western Christian under coach Jim Eekhoff and we look forward to watching him excel during his senior year. In three years in a Wolfpack uniform, Josh has made a significant impact for that storied program. The past several summers Josh has also played AAU for the Dakota Bucks, who were coached by Scott Van Egdom. Having Josh commit early is a tremendous way for us to begin recruiting for the class of 2016. Josh not only excels on the basketball court, but is also an exemplary student in the classroom as well. We look forward to seeing Josh grow and develop in all areas of his life while at Dordt College.”

Josh is the son of Jeff and Nancy Van Lingen of Sioux Center, Iowa.

IGCA All State Softball Teams Have Been Released

softballThe Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State Softball Teams are out.

In Class 1A sophomore Bailey Davis of Akron-Westfield was named to the first team.

In Class 2A junior Emily Wintz of Okoboji earned honorable mention accolades.

In Class 3A senior CJ Van Der Zwaag of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and sophomore team mate Cassie Van Beek were both named to the first team along with junior Mackenzie Thate of Spirit Lake.

Second team honors went to senior Madison Beaver of Sioux Center and junior Bailee Newman of Spirit Lake.

Named honorable mention in 3A were seniors Sami Kleinwolterink of the Sheldon Orabs, Courtney Schafer of Boyden Hull Rock Valley and Megan Cleveringa of Sioux Center.

For a complete list of team members click on the links below.


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