Central Lyon Ousted by Defending State Champs

central lyon logoUnranked Central Lyon fell to top ranked and defending 1A Champion Burlington Notre Dame in Monday’s quarterfinals. The Lady Lions did not go down without a fight. The Nikes were not able to get any real separation until late in the fourth quarter as they posted a 78-60 final score with reserves putting up points in the final two minutes for both teams.

Burlington Notre Dame led 20-11 at the end of the first quarter with Cenral Lyon pulling within 35-31 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter it was all even at 49-49 with the fourth quarter surge propelling Notre Dame to the win.

The Nike’s got a game high 21 points from Taylor Hickey, 17 from Kori Mesecher and 13 from Courtney Coffin.

Central Lyon was led by Sarah Halse with 19 points. She was joined by Ivy Sieperda with 13 and Angel Rasmussen with 12.

The defending Champions move on to the semis with a 24-1 record. Central Lyon who downed the Nike’s for the title in 2013 end the year at 18-7.

Unity Advances to Semifinals

unity logoTop-ranked Unity Christian rolled to a 53-34 win over Cascade in their in the opening game of the Class 2A tournament.

Chanda Zomermaand scored 19 points and the Knights shut down the Cougars to remain unbeaten at 25-0. The Knights move on to the upper bracket semifinal on Thursday morning in an 11:45 opening tip off.

Unity dominated on the defensive end against a team known for defense. The Knights were just the sixth team to score more than 40 points against the Cougars, who finish 21-4.

Anna Kiel added 14 points and eight rebounds for Unity, while Kassidy De Jong grabbed 11 rebounds and scored eight points.

Unity limited Cascade to three field goals in the first half and finished with a 40-17 rebounding edge, including 13 offensive rebounds that resulted in 13 second-chance points.

Carolyn Trumm scored 10 points and Claire Molony had nine for Cascade, which made its third consecutive trip to the state tournament.

Kruger Wins 9th Weight Throw Title

A.G. KrugerBoston, Massachusetts — Sheldon native, and three-time Olympian, A.G. Kruger won his 9th Indoor National Title in the Weight Throw Sunday.  The 36-year old Kruger threw for 23.41 meters, edging 2nd place finisher James Lambert, who threw for 23.35 meters.

Kruger has also won five outdoor hammer throw national titles, and won his first indoor weight throw in 2003.  He has a total of nine titles, putting him now thrid, all-time, behind 12 for Lance Deal, and 10 for Henry Dreyer.

Kruger trains at Ashland University in Ohio under Jud Logan, who is a four-time champion in the event, and a four-time Olympian.

Kruger, who also has five outdoor hammer throw national titles, won his first indoor weight throw in 2003. His nine titles are now third all-time behind Lance Deal’s 12 and Henry Dreyer’s 10. He trains at Ashland University in Ohio under Jud Logan, who is a four-time champion in this event and a four-time Olympian.

Iowa Girls State Basketball Begins Monday

ighsauDes Moines Iowa — The Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament opens Monday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Two of the area teams will be in action on opening day.

Central Lyon will open our broadcast coverage taking an 18-6 record into the 1A quarterfinals against top ranked Burlington Notre Dame who comes in at 23-1. The Lions are led by Angel Rasamussen and Sarah Halse both averaging 13 points a game. Also averaging double figures is Ivy Siepereda with 10 points a game.

Burlington Notre Dame is led by Taylor Hickey with 19 a game and Riley Kilbride averaging 17 points a game.

Pregame begins at 11:30 Monday morning with tip off scheduled for 11:45.


Later in the day Monday top ranked and 24-0 Unity Christian will open play in the 2A quarterfinals. They square off against #13 Cascade who enters the tournament at 21-3. Unity has three players averaging double figures led by Anna Keil at 15 a game. Kassidy DeJong averages 14 a game with Chanda Zomermaand hitting for 13 points a game.

Cascade has one player averaging double figures. That’s Carolyn Trumm with a 12 point per game average.

Pregame Monday evening will be at 4:45 for a scheduled 5pm opening tip.


Western Christian will wait until early Tuesday morning for their opener. The second ranked Wolfpack open against 12th ranked Iowa City Regina. The three time defending State Champion Wolfpack and Regina both enter the tournament at 21-3.

Western has two players averaging double figures. Jamie Gesink is hitting for 13 a game. Kenzie Bousema averages 11 points per game.

Regina has one player averaging double figures that’s Mary Crompton with an 11 point a game average.

Pregame Tuesday morning is set for 9:45 with the opening tip at 10:00.

We’ll bring you coverage of all three area teams live from Des Moines through the run of the tournament on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream the action as well from www.kiwaradio.com.

Siouxland Conference 2014-2015 Boys Basketball All Conference Teams

The Siouxland Conference All Conference boy’s Basketball Teams are out with Levi Jansen, Justin Schmidt, and Tyler Stumbo  being unanimous selections. Here is a look at the selections.Siouxland Conference logo

*Levi Jansen MOC-Floyd Valley Jr
*Justin Schmidt Boyden-Hull Sr
*Tyler Stumbo Okoboji Sr
Christian Korver MOC-Floyd Valley Jr
Dalton Moser Boyden-Hull Jr
Nic Lutmer Central Lyon Sr
Grant Metzger Central Lyon Sr

2nd TEAM
Collin Wolthuizen Sheldon Sr
Dylan Ennema Sheldon Sr
Chris Borchers Sioux Center Sr
Kalen Eckenrod Central Lyon Sr
Chandler Brunsting Boyden-Hull Jr

3rd TEAM
Mitchell Yaw MOC-Floyd Valley Sr
CJ Roths Central Lyon Jr
Marcus Winterfeld Sioux Center Jr
Holt Hunziker Okoboji Sr
Bryce Van Beek Rock Valley Sr

Brady Schutt MOC-Floyd Valley Jr
Chase Grotewold West Lyon Sr
Chase Van Driel Rock Valley Sr
Pete Menage Central Lyon Jr
Jonathan Zoet Boyden-Hull Sr
Jayden Maudlin George-Little Rock Fr
Turner De Jong Sheldon Sr
Alex Heller Okoboji Jr
Carson Marco Sibley-Ocheyedan Jr

* = unanimous selection

South O’Brien Headed to State

South O'Brien WolverineSpencer Iowa –- The South O’Brien Wolverines are State Tournament bound for the first time following their 54-42 win over Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire in the Substate 1 game at Spencer Saturday night.

After the Wolverines win, a happy head coach Kiley Yates talked first about the efforts of his players and also said the win was for the alumni as well.


The Wolverines jumped out to an 11-4 first quarter lead sinking a trio of three point buckets. The Titans found their shooting touch and cut the lead to 24-21 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter the South O’Brien lead was down to 32-31 with the final 8 minutes to go in what was anybody’s ballgame. In the fourth quarter the Wolverines would sieze the opportunity in what coach Yates called a “shot makers game.”

In the fourth quarter the free throw line was the difference just like it had been on Thursday night in the District final. As a team South O’Brien went 13-of-16 at the line in the fourth quarter. They were 24-of-29 on the night.

Dallas Jalas led the way with a game high 24 points. He led the way at the free throw line as well with a13-of-14 performance that included 6-of-6 in the fourth quarter. Also in double figures was Damon Struve with 13 points. He went 5-of-6 at the line.

The Titans were led by Andy Geelan with 17 points and Connor Sturgill with 12. With the win 8th ranked South O’Brien moves on to the State 1A Tournament with a 22-3 record. Greattinger Terrill ends the season at 19-5.