Comets To Play For 1A Title

The Boyden Hull Comets have earned a spot in the Class 1A Boys State Basketball Championship Game as they knocked off defending State Champion Storm Lake St Mary’s Thursday afternoon 69-61. The Comets will take a 25-2 record into the finals while the Panthers suffered their first loss of the year and finish at 26-1.

Boyden Hull led at the end of the first quarter 19-14. The Comets found themselves down by five with 3:30 to go in the half. A 10 point swing from that point on would put Boyden Hull up at halftime 35-30. in the third quarter Boyden Hull led by 11 points at the4:24 mark and were up 50-42 heading into the final 8 minutes of the game.

With: 49 seconds to go in the fourth quarter Kennedy Drey hit a three point bucket to pull the Panthers to within three points at 63-60. Boyden Hull would put the game away at the free throw line going 6-of-6 at the line with Taylor Francis hitting the first four and Brant Van Roekel hitting the final two as Boyden Hull got the win 69-61.

The free throw line was the difference in the ballgame as the Comets shot 70 percent from the line converting 19-of-27 chances while Storm Lake St Mary’s converted 5-of-8 opportunities at the charity stripe.

Bryce Moss had a game high 22 points for the Comets. Francis was next with 18 followed by Van Roekel and Nathan Alexander with 13 points each. Storm Lake St Mary’s was led by Luke Lenhart with 17 points and Kennedy Drey with 11.

In the other semi final Danville toppedNodawayValley 65-49 to advance to the final. The Bears opened with a 17-15 first quarter lead and were up 33-29 at halftime. The game was still close after the third quarter with Danville in front 48-43 but the Bears outscored Nodaway Valley 19-6 in the final quarter to put the game away.

The Bears had three players in double figures getting 25 points and 13 rebounds from Steven Soukup. Collin Bartsch hit for 14 and Michael Soukup added 13.

Danville fell to Storm Lake St Mary’s in last years 1A Championship Game. The Bears are undefeated at 27-0. Boyden Hull comes into the Championship Game at 25-2.

We’ll bring you the coverage Friday night on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame is set for 5:55 with the opening tip scheduled for6:05.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Fishing is slow and the lake is about half open. Now is traditionally a good time to catch catfish. Special walleye regulations at Storm Lake are three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.


Big Spirit Lake

Walleye season is closed.  Most people are venturing off Marble Beach. A few panfish are being caught in Anglers Bay.


West Okoboji Lake

The landings are beginning to look a little ruff and some water was sitting on the ice.  Sight fishing has slowed with stained water in some areas due to recent rains and warmer weather.   Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill action has been fair with most of the fish being caught in Emerson and Millers bays as well as the north end of the lake.  Use small jigs and light line for best results.


Due to recent weather the ice has been sloppy and is starting to degrade near shore areas. The areas with current have been affected the most. Some lakes are starting to open in areas where aerators and geese activity have been high.  For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, contact the district office at the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.


Defender Men Win Tourney Opener

The Dordt College Men’s Basketball team advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division II tournament with a hard fought 63-54 win over the Keelhaulers of Cal-State Maritime in a game played in Point Lookout, Missouri Wednesday afternoon.

Both teams got off to a sluggish start and the Defenders found themselves trailing 9-4 with 14:53 to play in the first half. A 13-1 Dordt College run over the next 6 minutes put the Defenders on top 17-10 with 8:49 remaining and the Defenders led by as many as 13 before taking the 10 point lead into the half-time break.

The Dordt lead was down to 2 points at 56-54 following a Cal-State three pointer with 2:32 remaining and a turnover gave the Keelhaulers a chance to tie or take the lead but a 3 pointer rattled out. Cliff Warner stepped up on the next possession and knocked down a clutch three to give the Defenders the 59-54 lead with 1:36 to play and a Jordan Vogel hook shot with 48 seconds to play made it a three possession game (61-54) and Dordt made a pair of free throws down the stretch to secure the 63-54 win.

Dordt College was led in scoring by Trevor Wolterstorff who had a game high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Cliff Warner added 15 points and Jordan Vogel added a dozen points for the Defenders shooting a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor while snaring 7 boards.

Cal-State Maritime was led by Josh Greenwell’s 16 points. Ty Houghton was the only other Cal-State player in double figures with 13.

Dordt College improves to 29-4 on the season and will take on Warner Pacific of Oregon on Friday, March 9th at 8:30 am while the Cal-State Maritime season comes to an end with a record of 21-10. Warner Pacific is 24-8 on the year and were 79-76 overtime winners against Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday.

Northwestern Women Open With Win

The Northwestern Womens Basketball Team extended its tournament winning streak to 11 by breezing past Indiana Southeast, 76-56, in Wednesday’s action in the first round of the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. The Red Raiders overcame 24 turnovers by shooting a sizzling 50 percent from the field.

Northwestern junior Kendra De Jong’s 18 points led a group of four double-figure scorers for the Red Raiders, who improved to 25-7 on the season. De Jong also reeled in 15 rebounds and dished out four assists. Guards Kami Kuhlmann and Mallory Cunard each added 11 points for the victors.

Indiana Southeast’s Brooke Willoughby led all players with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field. However, the Grenadiers shot only 27.9 percent as a team and were outmuscled on the boards, 53-29. The champions of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference fell to 26-9 in 2011-12.

Northwestern will look for its 12th-consecutive tournament win on Friday at 8:30 a.m. when it will take on Jamestown North Dakota in second round play. Jamestown defeated Union Kentucky 60-42, in the opening game of the tournament.

The National Tournament is being decided at Tyson Event Center in Sioux City. 

Northwestern Men Roll To Tournament Win

Ninth-seed Northwestern rolled to a 95-69 win over Tennessee Wesleyan in the first game of the opening round of the 2012 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The 2012 event is held at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks.

Northwestern blistered the nets, shooting 59% from the floor and made 9-of-18 3-point attempts. Six Red Raider players scored in double figures, led by Zack Leeper with 18 points, followed by a 16-point effort by both Daniel Van Kalsbeek and Ryan Stock.

The Red Raiders led from the start, opening up an 11-2 lead before back-to-back three-pointers put Tennessee Wesleyan within two, 16-14. Northwestern pushed the lead back up to 13 by halftime, 42-29, after a 15-4 run.

Northwestern went up by 20 early in the second half, sparked by four three-pointers by Stock and 11 points by Leeper in the final 20 minutes. The Red Raiders dominated the boards, 43-15, led by Stu Goslinga (7) and Stock (6).

Tennessee Wesleyan shot 40% for the game and was led by freshman Shannon Smith with 20 points, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs end the season with a 24-10 overall record.

Northwestern moves on to the second round at 4pm on Friday with a 26-6 record and will play eighth-seed Northwest of Washington who won game two on Wednesday over defending champion Cornerstone of Michigan 79-71.

Crusaders Top Dutch In 3A Quarterfinals

MOC Floyd Valley was knocked out of the 3A Boy’s Basketball Quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon on a 35-33 final score. Sioux City Heelan the three time and defending State 3A Champions were able to control tempo and pull out the win.

Heelan took their first lead of the ballgame 34-33 with 1:02 to play as Kyle Heaton hit a pair of free throws. He would finish with 11 points in the ballgame. Shane Graves pumped in 15 points to join him in double figures.

MOC Floyd Valley was led by Daniel Jansen who hit for a game high 20 points evenly split with 10 points in each half. Jansen also pulled down 10 rebounds. Justin Van Kalsbeek was next with 8 points and 6 boards.

It was the first loss of the season for the top ranked Dutch who end the year at 24-1. The Crusaders improve to 18-6 and will move on to the semi finals on Thursday night.