Colin Sandbulte To Play Baseball At Northwestern

 Colin Sandbulte ofLittle Rockhas signed a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Northwestern beginning this fall.

Sandbulte, the son of Jerry and Candy, is a 5-9 infielder from George-Little Rock High School. Sandbulte is a four year letter winner and has hit .273 over the course of his career in 150 at bats. Sandbulte has scored 25 runs, stole 15 bases, had 12 RBI, and collected six doubles in his career. Last season, George-Little Rock went to the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament and finished with a 13-12 record.

An honor roll member at G-LR and Student Citizenship Award winner, Sandbulte plans to major in Elementary Education and coaching while at Northwestern.

Head coach Brian Wede said, “I am happy Colin will be joining our program next year. Colin is a strong individual with a very high interest in baseball, who will no doubt work hard to improve his skills and be a valuable asset to our program. I look forward to watching him make the transition from high school to college baseball.”

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The lake is completely open.  Fishing is starting to pick up and 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.  White Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching a few white bass in theStormLakemarina using a twister and minnow under a bobber.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching a few walleye in theStormLakemarina in the southwest corner of the lake.  Try using a twister and minnow with a bobber.

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye season is closed. Ice is rapidly deteriorating and there is a large open area out from Big Stoney Point. A few people are venturing out in search of perch.

 West Okoboji Lake

Use caution – landings are opening up and the ice is rapidly declining.  A few people are venturing out in search of panfish in the bays.  Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill action has been fair with most of the fish being caught in Emerson and Millers bays, and the north end of the lake.  Use small jigs and light line for best results.  

 The ice is rapidly deteriorating and with forecasted highs in the 70s use caution if venturing out.  The smaller lakes in the area are opening up rapidly with a few boat ramps ice free includingCenterLakeandLostIsland. 

 East Okoboji Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.  Channel Catfish – No Report: Catfish action should improve as the water begins to warm try using cut bait near deeper wintering holes.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.  Channel Catfish – No Report: Using cut bait after dark should produce a few fish as the water starts to warm.   Walleye – No Report: Try using slow presentations suck as a jig and minnow or slip bobber for ice out walleyes.  Fishing after dark with minnow baits, twister tails, and jig and minnow may also produce some fish

 Lost Island Lake

The lake was 90 percent open as of 3/13 and should be fully open by the weekend.    Channel Catfish – No Report: Cut bait should produce a few cats during low light periods and after dark.  Walleye – No Report: As the water warms walleye action should improve try using a slow presentation such as a jig and minnow or minnow baits during low light periods or after dark.

 Ice conditions are unsafe with many areas rapidly opening up.  Time to dust off the open water gear. Target shallow areas with a dark bottom for ice out crappie and pike action.  For more information on fishing in northwestIowa, call theSpiritLakehatchery at 712-336-1840.



Hunter Injured Thursday In Palo Alto County

A Ruthven man received minor injuries Thursday morning after the barrel of a gun from a fellow hunter exploded hitting him in the hand.

Carl Jensen, 19, was treated and released from Emmetsburg Medical Clinic in Emmetsburg after the barrel of a 12-gauge shotgun fired by Ethan Bakken, 19, also of Ruthven, exploded while the two were hunting snow geese in a field northwest of Ruthven at approximately7:30 a.m.on Thursday.

Bakken had taken a shot when a shell in his gun did not fire properly. He reloaded the shotgun and when he fired again, the barrel exploded with pieces of the gun hitting Jensen in the hand. It is believed that the barrel had become obstructed by the misfiring of the first shell.

 The incident is a reminder to anyone using firearms that if a shell misfires, the shooter should immediately stop using the gun until the barrel can be safely removed and cleared, saidDNRRecreational Safety Officer Jeff Barnes.

Barnes said, “This applies to trap shooting as well as hunting,” pointing out that the scholastic trap shooting season is just beginning. Anytime a gun misfires, it should not be used again until it can be determined why it misfired and to make sure it is operating correctly.” Barnes said theDNRis continuing to investigate the incident to determine why the gun misfired.


Boyden-Hull Alum Hurls First Shutout With Morningside

Morningside extended its winning streak to six games when it swept Grand View University 6-0 and 12-10 in Tuesday’s baseball doubleheader in Des Moines, Iowa.

The sweep raised the Mustangs’ record to 12-7.

Jordan Mouw, a 2010 Boyden-Hull grad, pitched a five-hit shutout to lead the Mustangs in the opener. Mouw walked only one batter and struck out eight while twirling the first shutout of his collegiate career.

The Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Bo Smith and Travis Hanson each singled to set up a two-run single by GPAC Player of the Week Tanner O’Neill.

O’Neill drove in another run with a groundout in the fifth inning to make it 3-0. The Mustangs scored their final two runs in the seventh on a two-run single by Brendan McCabe.

Losing pitcher Brett Toncar scattered 10 hits in a complete game effort for the Vikings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Hanson led the Mustangs’ hitters with a double and single, while O’Neill, McCabe, and Smith each had two singles. Will Glienke also had an extra base hit with a double.

The second game was a slugfest where each team collected 17 hits. Morningside outscored the Vikings 5-3 in the seventh inning to break a 7-7 tie.

Tyler Candor was the big hitter in the Mustangs’ lineup with four hits, including a pair of doubles, while Keaton Rowe had three hits and Mouw had a home run, single, and four RBIs. The Mustangs also had multiple hit performances from A.J. Staiert with a double and single and Addison Gillett with a pair of singles.

Mouw’s home run was a three-run shot in the third inning that staked the Mustangs to a 5-0 lead.

Grand View tied the score at 5-5 with three runs in the bottom of the third and two more scores in the fifth.

Morningside regained the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by Kyle Gogel and a RBI groundout by Mouw.

The Mustangs had five consecutive hits in their pivotal five-run seventh, including a RBI double by Staiert to start the hit string and a two-run single by Rowe to end it. Candor and Mouw also had RBI singles during the rally.

Greg Scott, Britton Adams, John Sorenson, and Storm Throne all pitched for the Mustangs and combined for five strikeouts and one walk. Sorenson was credited with the win in a 1.1 inning relief stint.

Morningside will play a doubleheader against Bellevue University on Friday in Bellevue, Neb.

NAIA All-American, Coach Of The Year Honors Awarded

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2012 Division II Women’s Basketball All-America teams. Players are selected by the All-America committee.

Jennifer Jorgensen of Grand View (Iowa) earned 2012 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Year after finishing third in the nation in scoring at 23.2 points per game. She also led NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball in total points scored (835) and steals (120) and was seventh nationally with 10.6 rebounds per contest. The 5-foot-10 junior guard led the Vikings to a 30-6 overall 2011-12 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the national tournament for the second time in three years. Jorgensen averaged 20.0 points and 13.7 rebounds in three games at this year’s tournament and was named All-Tournament First Team.

Northwestern’s (Iowa) Chris Yaw was recognized as the Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year on Tuesday night following the Red Raiders’ 75-62 national championship victory over College of the Ozarks (Mo.). Yaw, in his first season as head coach after taking over for newly-minted NAIA Hall of Famer Earl Woudstra, guided the program to its third-straight national title and fifth in school history. The Red Raiders concluded the season with a 28-7 overall record and a 16-4 Great Plains Athletic Conference mark. After losses in four of the first eight games, Yaw guided Northwestern to victories in 24 of Northwestern’s final 27 contests.

Jorgensen’s inclusion on the All-America list marks the third-straight selection for her. After receiving third-team honors in 2010, the Dayton, Iowa, native vaulted to the first team in 2011 and again in 2012. Northwestern’s Kendra De Jong is also making her second-consecutive appearance on the first team. The junior led the Red Raiders in both points (18.7) and rebounds per game (9.2) and notched a double-double in each of her team’s five games at the national tournament.

Other repeat All-America honorees include College of the Ozark’s Morgan Smith, Hastings’ (Neb.) Alicia Statler, Indiana Northwest’s Sharon Houston and Concordia’s (Mich.) Kortni Elsworth.

Player of the Year: Jennifer Jorgensen, Grand View (Iowa)

Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year: Chris Yaw, Northwestern (Iowa)

First Team

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Morgan Smith^ College of the Ozarks (Mo.) C Jr. Nixa, Mo.
Kortni Elsworth# Concordia (Mich.) G Sr. Goodrich, Mich.
Amber Kistler Concordia (Neb.) G Sr. Minatare, Neb.
Melissa Veltkamp Cornerstone (Mich.) G/F Sr. Hudsonville, Mich.
Jennifer Jorgensen^ Grand View (Iowa) G Sr. Dayton, Iowa
Alicia Statler^ Hastings (Neb.) C Sr. St. Libory, Neb.
Krystal Stoneking Indiana Wesleyan C Sr. Newark, Ohio
Anna Jones Iowa Wesleyan F Sr. Flanagan, Ill.
Chelsie Trask Morningside (Iowa) G Jr. Rockford, Iowa
Kendra De Jong* Northwestern (Iowa) F Jr. Hospers, Iowa

Second Team

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Ariel Nickell Alice Lloyd (Ky.) F So. New Tazewell, Tenn.
Laura Johnson Bethel (Ind.) G Jr. Millbrook, Ill.
Alexsis Brown Cal Maritime F Sr. Richmond, Calif.
Kristen Conahan Concordia (Neb.) G So. Omaha, Neb.
Karlee Despres Davenport (Mich.) F Sr. Belmont, Mich.
Sharon Houston^ Indiana Northwest F Sr. Merrillville, Ind.
Jessalyn Jackson Northwest (Wash.) C Sr. Vancouver, Wash.
Kami Kuhlmann Northwestern (Iowa) G Sr. Charter Oak, Iowa
Brett Bates Southwestern (Kan.) G Sr. Hobart, Okla.
Lindsey Waters Union (Tenn.) C Jr. Stearns, Ky.

Third Team

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Sandy Jenkins Ave Maria (Fla.) C Sr. Holly Hill, Fla.
Maranda Vaught College of the Ozarks (Mo.) G Sr. Crane, Mo.
Katie Steigleman Corban (Ore.) G Sr. Eugene, Ore.
Abby Fawcett Friends (Kan.) G Jr. Wichita, Kan.
Kristen Moose Houghton (N.Y.) G So. Canaseraga, N.Y.
Kelsey Green Huntington (Ind.) F/C Sr. Van Buren, Ind.
Emily Greiner Mount Mercy (Iowa) G Sr. Spring Valley, Minn.
Micha Mims Mount Mercy (Iowa) G Sr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Karyn Bixler Saint Mary (Neb.) F Jr. Omaha, Neb.
Shawnelle Campbell Warner (Fla.) G Sr. Portland, Ore.

*2011 First-Team Selection
^2011 Second-Team Selection
#2011 Third-Team Selection

Honorable Mention

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Steffani Liscum Arizona Christian G Sr. Tucson, Ariz.
Emily Huber Ave Maria (Fla.) G Jr. Indianapolis, Ind.
Chelsea Harris Bethel (Kan.) F Jr. Newton, Kan.
Olivia Moore Brescia (Ky.) G Fr. Louisville, Ky.
Kylie Dilla Briar Cliff (Iowa) G Sr. Cherokee, Iowa
Felicity Jones College of Idaho G Jr. Tremonton, Utah
Hannah Sabol Concordia (Mich.) F Jr. Shelby Twp, Mich.
Ellie Allen Daemen (N.Y.) G Jr. Amherst, N.Y.
Karli Harris Davenport (Mich.) G Sr. Fishers, Ind.
Danielle Boykin Grace (Ind.) F Sr. Muncie, Ind.
Soulijah Evans Holy Names (Calif.) P So. San Diego, Calif.
Megan Murphy Indiana Southeast F Sr. Bloomington, Ind.
Page Smith Indiana Wesleyan F Jr. Fishers, Ind.
Bridget Schuneman Jamestown (N.D.) C Jr. Lino Lakes, Minn.
Mykiea Russell Montreat (N.C.) G Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
Shea Rasmussen Nebraska Wesleyan G Sr. Longmont, Colo.
Amanda Francis Northwestern Ohio G Sr. Sidney, Ohio
April Austin Point Park (Pa.) G Jr. Penn Hills, Penn.
Olivia Grigg Saint Mary (Neb.) F Sr. Bladen, Neb.
Bekah Eppler Simpson (Calif.) F Sr. San Diego, Calif.
Maddie Cummings St. Thomas (Fla.) G Sr. Orlando, Fla.
Erin Guarneri Taylor (Ind.) G/F Jr. Marion, Ind.
Teonike Webb Virginia Intermont G Sr. Dublin, Va.
Chelsey Christensen Warner Pacific (Ore.) P Jr. West Linn, Ore.
Orielle Thomas William Penn (Iowa) G So. Waynesville, Mo.

Dordt And Northwestern Represented On NAIA Division II All American Men’s Basketball Teams

Two Dordt College Defender men’s basketball players and one Northwestern Red Raider were included in the NAIA 2011-2012 Division II Men’s Basketball All-American list released on Wednesday, March 14.

Trevor Wolterstorff, a third-team pick in 2011, earned second-team NAIA All-American this season after averaging 14.9 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and he made 59 percent of his shots from the floor.  Wolterstorff ends his junior season sixth on the all-time scoring list at Dordt and he ranks 18th all-time in rebounds.  Wolterstorff was a repeat first-team all-Great Plains Athletic Conference pick this season.  He is a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa and graduated from Western Christian High School.

Cliff Warner was named an NAIA All-Americanhonorable mention honoree one day after being accorded 2012 all-NAIA National Tournament Team honors.  Warner averaged 13.4 points per game with 4.2 assists per outing to go with 1.5 steals and 2.9 rebounds.  He converted school record 90 three-point baskets this season and made 47 percent of his three-point attempts.  After a season and a half with the Defenders Warner ranks 13th all-time in assists and 20th all-time in steals.  Warner is a junior from Altoona, Iowa and he went to high school at Pella Christian.

Ben Miller represents the Northwestern Red Raiders. The junior guard from Volga South Dakota was named to the NAIA All American third team.