Rankin To Run at Dordt

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center, Iowa — Elizabeth Rankin, a graduate of Boyden Hull High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender track program.

Rankin competed for the Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks and posted personal bests of 2:26 in the 800 meters; 59 in the 400 meters; 26.6 in the 200 meters and 12.2 in the 100 meters. She twice qualified four times for the state track and field meet and was named her team’s mvp in 2015 and was the most valuable middle distance runner in 2014.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Eric and Lora Rankin of Hull, Iowa. She plans to study biology andpre-physical therapy at Dordt College.

Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All District Teams Are Out

softballNorthwest Iowa — The IHSBCA 2015 All District Teams have been released and a pair of Sheldon Orabs are on the Class 2A All Northwest District Team. Ross Van Kley was named to the first team and Payton Radke earned a spot on the second team. The Class 1A team was dominated by the War Eagle Conference with the SIouxland earning some spots as well.

Named to the Class 1A Northwest Distrct team were Riley Van Wyhe of Central Lyon. From Remsen St Mary’s Jacob Wesselmann, Eliott Conover and Brady Harpenau earned first team honors. From West Sioux’s State Tournament Team Porter Hummel, and Kezden Blankenship were named first teamers. Gehlen Catholic put Ty Kurth. Jarod Stefes and Eric Broich on the first team. For a Complete list of team members click on the link below.

2015 All-District Team Class 1A


In Class 2A Sheldon put Ross Van Kley on the first team. From Sioux Center Christian Rozeboom and Blake Kammerman were first teamers. Okoboji is represented by Matt Eckard and Houston Hawkins. West Lyon put Jordan Van Beek  on the first team along with Chase Grotewold. Unity’s Cole Vande Vegte made the first team. Four members of Hinton’s State Tournament Team were named to the first team. They included Truman Schmitt, Ross Wenzel, Skyler Beller and Logan Jurgensmeier. For a Complete list of team members click on the link below.

2015 All-District Team Class 2A


In Class 3A,  West District first team members include Logan Backhaus of Spirit Lake along with Ben De Boer of MOC Floyd Valley and Brady Plueger of Spencer. For a Complete list of team members click on the link below.

2015 All-District Team Class 3A

IGCA All District Softball Teams Announced

softballDes Moines Iowa — The 2015 All-District Softball teams have been released by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Sheldon’s Sami Kleinwolterink was named to the West All District team in 3A.

Class 3A West All District Softball
CJ Van Der Zwaag Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 12

Mackenzie Thate Spirit Lake 11

Bailee Newman Spirit Lake 11

Cassie Van Beek Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 10

Lexie Berry East Sac County 10

Megan Cleveringa Sioux Center 12

Madison Beaver Sioux Center 12

Sami Kleinwolterink Sheldon 12

Emily Hasselhoff Cherokee 12

Erin Olsen Atlantic 11

Carson Gjerde Estherville-Lincoln Central 11

Jaedra Moses Clarinda 12

Morgan Skinner Sergeant Bluff-Lutton 11

Carly Ites Spirit Lake 12

Devon Wood Shenandoah 11

Ashley Boer George Little Rock/Central Lyon 10

Morgan White Estherville-Lincoln Central 9

District Coach of the Year: Rachel Gerking, Spirit Lake


Class 2A Northwest All District Softball
Maggie Harvey St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 10

Jaci Stumpf St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 12

Anna Yung St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 12

Lexi Binder Lawton-Bronson 11

Jenna Snyder Alta-Aurelia 12

DJ Flores Alta-Aurelia 11

Kami TeGrootenhuis West Lyon 10

Chaydon Metzger West Lyon 10

Lanae Shiley Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 12

Darma Tripp Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 10

Jaylin Rieck Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 12

Jamie Gesink Western Christian 12

Kelsie Van’t Hul Western Christian 11

Kyra Hoffman Ridge View 12

Tessa Schoonhoven Unity Christian 11

Emalee Fundmann Maple Valley-Anthon Oto 11

Anna Seeger Okoboji 12

Emily Wintz Okoboji 11

Christina Stuerman Hinton 11

Maycee Smith South O’Brien 10

Shelby Kingery South Central Calhoun 11

District Coach of the Year: Paul Hunt, St. Edmond, Fort Dodge


Class 1A Northwest All District Softball
Jade Petersen Woodbury Central 12

Makenna Thomas River Valley 10

Carley DeRoin Westwood, Sloan 11

Bailey Davis Akron-Westfield 10

Abby Smith Newell-Fonda 11

Payton Goettsch River Valley 11

Taylor Peters LeMars Gehlen Catholic 12

Beth Sibenaller Westwood, Sloan 12

Rylee Negaard West Sioux, Hawarden 12

Halle Still Woodbury Central 12

Ann Hedlund Akron-Westfield 10

Alexis Bunkers Remsen St. Mary’s 12

Brianna Wells Newell-Fonda 12

Jenna Knaack River Valley 11

Marina Keck Kingsley-Pierson 11

Koralee Heynen Trinity Christian in Hull 9

District Coach of the Year: Dean Norris, River Valley

Weekly 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.



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. Those fishing in 10-12 feet of water are having the best luck. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and from shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.

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.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass can be found near weed choked areas at this time as they are protecting their fry. Fish are being caught in trickles using top water frogs. Anglers are also catching bass on boat hoists along the north banks in the deeper water. Try crankbaits or swimbaits to pull these bass out from under the hoists. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 5:00 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 16-17feet 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 – Good: Anglers being creeled are catching good numbers of 10+ inch perch. Most fish are coming from 20 feet of water along the north end of Big Spirit Lake. Fish are also coming off Templar point and also the south end of Spirit. Fish are being caught using lindy rigs, bottom bouncers, and small jigs. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single. These fish are 12-14 inches. 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 of Center Lake. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with 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.

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 the 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.

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: While setting hoop nets over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish were caught. These fish were found along the west shore of the south bay.

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: Smallmouths 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, and Gull Point. Try fishing with jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. Walleye – Fair: A number of interviewed anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and as they come up the point they are picking up these walleyes. 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 most fish being 9-11 inches. These fish are being caught in 12-18 feet of water.

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 at the outlet of little lake. They are being seen and caught under the overhang of the outlet structure. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead – Excellent: A very large number of bullhead are being seen while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island. These large numbers of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge.