Kleinhesselink Leads Northwestern To Dramatic Sweep

Northwestern swept USF in a non-conference softball doubleheader played in Orange City Friday afternoon. It turned out to be a huge day for Jillian Kleinhesselink.

Northwestern won both games in extra innings 4-2 in dramatic fashion. In the opener Kleinhesselink hit a walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

In the nightcap Jillian seized the moment again as she hit a walk-off three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th.

The Northwestern softball team has the rest of the weekend off.

The Dordt Defender softball team has the weekend off as well.


Confirmed. There ARE Jumping Carp In The Okobojis

But How Many? And At What Level Will They Be A Problem?

Iowa DNR reports a commercial fishing company caught 55 silver carp and 82 big head carp on March 28 and 29, fishing in the same general area of East Okoboji Lake where two big head carp were netted by the Iowa DNR last August during a population survey.

On April 3, one silver carp was caught by the same commercial angler in Spirit Lake.  A second netting effort on April 4 in the same East Okoboji Lake location resulted in only two bighead carp and two silver carp.

Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the invasive fish had a small window last summer in which to enter the Iowa Great Lakes. Flood events in June and July allowed the fish to navigate the Little Sioux River past the Linn Grove Dam, landing at the doorstep of the Iowa Great Lakes.

Once below the Iowa Great Lakes, heavy rain events in July caused flooding conditions on the lakes that allowed these fish to enter Lower Gar Lake, which is the final lake in the chain of six glacial lakes in Dickinson County.

“While it confirms the presence of both species, this commercial seine haul does not tell us how many Asian carp are in the lakes. Nor does it get us any closer to knowing at what level these fish will be a problem.,” Hawkins said.

The DNR has been working with their partners to prevent additional invasive carp from entering the lakes.

Fundraising to pay for an electronic fish barrier at the Lower Gar outlet has passed $600,000.  Hawkins said information on different barriers is due April 9 from prospective companies that will explain the potential systems and more accurately set out the final cost.  Preliminary estimates put the barrier in the $700,000 range.

While both species are problems for the fisheries, silver carp are more of a concern for boaters because of their tendency to jump out of the water and can grow to more than 50 pounds. Hawkins says anglers are not likely to catch one of these fish because they are filter feeders, if it does happen, anglers should bring them to the Spirit Lake Hatchery.

The invasive carp were removed from the lake and utilized by a local fish processing company.

NOTE:  The photo shows jumping carp on another body of water, NOT one in the Okoboji chain.

For more information about the jumping carp problem and what’s being done to combat them, click here for an earlier story.

Two Sioux Center Natives Up For NAIA Honors

Trevor Wolterstorff
Shawn Keizer

A pair of Sioux Center natives and Dordt College men’s basketball players have been nominated by the Great Plains Athletic Conference for national consideration in competition for a pair of prestigious NAIA National Honors.

Shawn Keizer is the male nominee from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) for the NAIA’s 2012 A.O. Duer Award and Dordt College junior Trevor Wolterstorff was named the 2011‑2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference Men’s Nominee for the NAIA Emil S. Liston Award.

Keizer has been a part of the Dordt College basketball program for three seasons and has played in all 96 games for the Defenders and has scored 543 points.

Keizer prepped at Western Christian High School and is majoring in biology.  He plans to attend medical school upon graduating Dordt College.  He has a 3.96 cumulative grade point average and earned NAIA Daktronics Scholar‑Athlete honors this season.

The Duer Award was established in 1967 to recognize a junior male and female student‑athlete who has excelled in character, playing ability, and scholarship.  Candidates must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Trevor Wolterstorff is also an alumni of Western Christian High School and earned first‑team all‑Great Plains Athletic Conference honors the last two seasons and was a second‑team NAIA All‑American as a junior and was a third‑team pick as a sophomore.

Wolterstorff has averaged nearly 16 points per game in his three seasons at Dordt and has 1,459 career points and 519 rebounds.  He’s a psychology major and maintains a 3.79 grade point average.  Wolterstorff was named an NAIA Daktronics Scholar‑Athlete in basketball and will run outdoor track and field for the Defenders this spring.

The Emil S. Liston award is given to one men’s basketball player per conference who is an academic junior and is based on scholarship, character and playing ability. The honor is voted on by each member school’s faculty athletic representatives.

Both Keizer’s and Wolterstorff’s applications and letters of recommendation now go on to the national competition for the award.

Dordt Drops A Pair Of Baseball Games To Morningside

Dordt College lost an 8-2 decision to Morningside in game one of their baseball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon in Sioux City. The Defenders surrendered four unearned runs along the way in dropping the GPAC contest at Lewis and Clark Park.

A ten run third inning for the Morningside Mustangs led to a 19-1 final in game two of that Dordt-Morningside baseball doubleheader.

Following Thursday’s double-header loss, Dordt’s record goes to 9-18 overall and 0-6 in the league.  Morningside improves to 5-1 and 25-12 overall.

Next up for the Defenders is a doubleheader on Saturday in Sioux Center against Mount Marty.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Avoid Bel Air Boat Ramp on Storm Lake
Boaters and anglers heading to Storm Lake should not use the boat ramp at Bel Air Beach on the southeast side due to low water levels.

Storm Lake is currently about 1-1/2 feet low, creating a shallow area that extends out into the lake making it nearly impossible to get a boat into deep water.

Boaters should instead use the state marina at Casino Point or the east boat ramp until the water levels return to normal.

Fisheries staff is currently collecting walleye for the hatcheries at Lake Rathbun and Spirit Lake, which is limiting the information for the fishing report. The netting will conclude once the egg quota is met, but by early next week at the latest. The fishing information that we do have is listed below.
Beeds Lake
Crappies have been biting on minnows fished off the causeway.

Briggs Woods Lake
Largemouth bass are biting well on top-water baits and spinner baits. Crappie fishing has picked up this week using small tube jigs.

Lower Pine Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on spinner baits.

Lake Smith
Anglers are catching a few crappies from the handicapped dock and off the dam.

Clear Lake
Walleyes are biting well on crankbaits and jigs tipped with minnows fished near the rock reefs. Yellow bass and white bass are biting on jigs tipped with bait in 2 to 6 feet of water.

For fishing information in the Spirit Lake District, call 712-336-1840.


GPAC Softball from Wednesday: Dordt Sweeps, Northwestern Splits

The Dordt College Defender softball team was able to stave off a comeback by the Mount Marty Lancers on Wednesday night by a 7-6 score to run their winning streak to win their fifth game in a row. The Lancers scored five runs in their final at-bat but didn’t tie the game as Dordt capitalized on a five run first inning to propel them to their fifth conference win of the season.

After the drama in game one of their doubleheader, the Dordt College Defenders won a 7-1 decision over Mount Marty in game two, scoring all of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings for their tenth in their last eleven outings.

Dordt is now 6-2 in the 20 game GPAC schedule and will be off until Tuesday, April 10 when they host Northwestern. The Defenders are 16-14 overall. Mount Marty slides to 1-3 in the league and 2-20 overall.

The Northwestern Red Raider women split a GPAC softball doubleheader with Morningside Wednesday night.  In the opener, the Raiders shut out Morningside 8-0 in six innings.  Morningside returned the favor in the nightcap, blanking Northwestern 8-0 in five innings.

Northwestern is now 17-10 on the year, 5-1 in the GPAC.  Morningside moves to 11-13 for the season, and 1-3 in leagueplay.