Sports Schedule For Saturday November 17th

College Football


Iowa at Michigan


12th ranked Northwestern vs 5th ranked Marian University of Indiana at Indianapolis in the first round of the NAIA Division III playoffs



Missouri State at UNI


Iowa State at Kansas

GPAC Men’s Basketball


Dordt at Midland

Northwestern at Doane

GPAC Women’s Basketball


Dordt at Midland

Northwestern at Doane

Spirit Lake State 2A Football Champs

Spirit Lake is the Class 2A State Football Champion following a 17-15 win over Mediapolis at the UNI Dome Friday afternoon.

Mediapolis got on the board first blocking a Spirit Lake punt and returning it 30 yards for the score. The extra point was good and the score 7-0 with 10:19 left in the first quarter. With no further scoring that would be the halftime score.

Spirit Lake cut the lead to 7-3 with 8:58 to go in the third quarter as Brett Cochran Bray connected on a 20-yard field goal.

The Indians took the lead with 7:00 minutes to go in the third as Paul Brown found Nick Amundson for a 29-yard touchdown pass. The extra point made it 10-7 Spirit Lake.

With 2:23 to go in the third Brown scored on a 3 yard run. Cochran Bray added the extra point and the lead went to 17-7.

Mediapolis pulled to within 17-13 with a Dalton Scott 1 yard touchdown run with 9:46 left in the ballgame but Spirit Lake held on for the win. With time running out the Indians were backed up near their own end zone in punt formation and took the intentional safety to make the final score 17-15.

Both Spirit Lake and Mediapolis end the year at 13-1.

Defending Champ Western Christian Tops Preseason Girls 2A Basketball Poll

The Preseason Girls Basketball Polls are out and the defending 2A champion Western Chrisian Wolfpack top the first poll of the season. State runner up MOC Floyd Valley is ranked number two in 3A. Central Lyon is number 5 in the 1A poll with Heelan topping the 4A Poll.






2012 Iowa Girls High School Preseason Basketball Rankings

Class 5A

1 Southeast Polk 24-2
2 Mason City 21-3
3 Iowa City High 17-7
4 Muscatine 19-4
5 Waukee 20-6
6 Iowa City West 25-1
7 Ames 16-7
8 Des Moines East 15-6
9 Cedar Rapids Prairie 12-10
10 West Des Moines Valley 14-9

Class 4A
1 Bishop Heelan 24-2
2 Winterset 19-5
3 Benton 24-1
4 Cedar Rapids Xavier 18-6
5 Dallas Center-Grimes 18-6
6 Waverly-Shell Rock 17-6
7 Dubuque Wahlert 20-5
8 Western Dubuque 13-9
9 Indianola 11-12
10 Washington 18-5
11 Ballard 19-7
12 North Scott 11-11
13 Perry 11-11
14 Lewis Central 20-3
15 Denison-Schleswig 15-9

Class 3A
1 Davenport Assumption 25-2
2 MOC-Floyd Valley 27-1
3 Estherville-Lincoln Central 24-3
4 Spirit Lake 18-6
5 Mediapolis 22-2
6 Union 19-3
7 Cascade 18-5
8 Central Lee 20-5
9 Mid-Prairie 17-6
10 North Polk 16-7
11 Camanche 16-8
12 Bondurant-Farrar 22-3
13 Center Point-Urbana 15-8
14 New Hampton 16-8
15 Clarke 17-4

Class 2A
1 Western Christian 25-3
2 IKM-Manning 24-3
3 Panorama 22-2
4 Bellevue 25-1
5 Aplington-Parkersburg 18-5
6 Maquoketa Valley 23-1
7 West Hancock 25-1
8 Lawton-Bronson 18-6
9 Missouri Valley 22-2
10 North Butler 21-2
11 North Linn 22-4
12 Central Decatur 19-5
13 West Branch 14-9
14 Iowa Valley 13-9
15 Manson-NW Webster 18-5

Class 1A
1 Bedford 26-2
2 Ar-We-Va 21-4
3 Burlington Notre Dame 18-6
4 Newell-Fonda 19-6
5 Central Lyon 21-4
6 Grundy Center 20-4
7 Adair-Casey 19-3
8 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-5
9 West Sioux 25-2
10 Stanton 15-7
11 Clarksville 16-7
12 Villisca 19-4
13 Preston 15-7
14 Turkey Valley 15-10
15 Bellevue Marquette Catholic 10-11

MMC Wins 8-Player Iowa Football State Championship

Quarterback Tanner Utesch picked up 126 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground in Thursday’s 8-Player State Football Championship game, leading Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn to a 51-16 win over Gilbertville-Don Bosco.  Utesch also threw for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns in the contest.  Jake Meehan added 57 yards and one touchdown to contribute to the win.

MMC had the game under control early on, leading 15-0 at the end of the first quarter, and taking 37-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.  At the end of the third quarter, MMC led 44-0.  Don Bosco managed to come up with 16 points in the fourth quarter to MMC’s 7, but it was too little, too late for Don Bosco, as MMC picked up the 51-16 win.

MMC ends the season with an unblemished 14-0 record and the state championship, while Don Bosco falls to 12-1 and a runner-up trophy.

Fishing Spotty on Big Spirit Lake

Big Spirit Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Action has been spotty but active fish can be found. It just takes a little leg work. Try drifting mud flats or weed lines with either wigglers or minnows and don’t overlook shallow water. Walleye – Good: Action seems to be picking up especially for wader fishermen in the evening. Many of the fish being caught are in the 11- to 14-inch range along with a few slots. Trolling crank baits has yielded a few fish but action is still a little hit and miss.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Wader fishing should be good for walleyes in the late afternoon. Try using twister tails, minnow baits and minnows along drop offs and other structure.


West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Try fishing on the drop offs and don’t be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones. Fishing 8 to 15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results. Yellow Bass – Good: Try using a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15 to 25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit.


Lost Island Lake

A mixed bag of walleye, crappie and yellow bass has been coming in and action has been good. Try pitching jig and minnow combos for all three along drop offs and other structure.


Scharnberg Pond

Fifteen hundred trout were stocked Nov. 10.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Walleye fishing has been good. Look for deep pools and try white twister tails and minnows.


West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Fishing has been good especially for walleye, but catfish action has also been good. Try twister tails and minnow baits for walleyes and minnows for both catfish and walleye. Target the deeper pools and don’t be afraid to venture away from the bridges, but ask permission before fishing private lands.


College Basketball Wrap from Wednesday: Red Raider Men Win Thriller in OT

Sioux City, Iowa — Northwestern Red Raider Ben Miller played the role of hero not once but twice in thrilling 94-93 overtime victory over Briar Cliff Wednesday night in Sioux City.

With time winding down, Miller sank at thirty-footer at the buzzer to tie the game at 83 and send the contest to overtime. The two teams battled, exchanging leads in the extra session when Ben Miller knocked down a free-throw line jumper with less than a second to go for the win!

Northwestern improves to 5-1 on the year and are now 1-0 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff drops to 4-2, 0-1 in the GPAC.

The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team improved to 2-4 on the season with a dominating 87-34 non-conference victory over the AIB Eagles Wednesday.

Dordt’s Kara Van Dyke led all players in scoring with 22 points while also snaring a game high 15 boards. Van Dyke was 8-14 from the floor and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line.

The Defenders will next be in action on Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 pm as they begin Great Plains Athletics Conference action against the Doane Tigers in Crete, Nebraska.

The second-ranked Red Raiders women’s basketball team came up short against the seventh ranked Briar Cliff Chargers in the GPAC opener for both squads 91-79. With the loss Northwestern drops to 4-2 on the year, 0-1 in GPAC. Briar Cliff improves to 5-0, 1-0 in the GPAC.