Track Season Opens For Sheldon and Area Teams

The outdoor track season begins today for most area high school teams. While the Sioux Center boys are at the Sergeant Bluff Luton invite,  a large contingent of area track teams open the season at the MOC Floyd Valley Invite this afternoon.

Along with the Sheldon Orabs, teams competing at the coed meet on the Northwestern College Track include Central Lyon, Gehlen, the HMS girls, LeMars boys, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, Spirit Lake, Unity, Western and Sioux Center girls teams.

KIWA Radio asked Sheldon Orab head girls track Coach Kris Groff for his thoughts going into the outdoor opener this afternoon,

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Sheldon boys track coach Jason Groendyke had these thoughts about the boy’s competition at today’s meet,

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In other track competition today West Lyon, Central Lyon and Hills Beaver Creek Minnesota are among the teams participating in a coed meet hosted by Boyden Hull Rock Valley at Hesla Field.

Sports Schedule For Tuesday

Sports schedule for Tuesday 4/3/12

Coed Track

Sheldon,Central Lyon, Gehlen, HMS Girls, LeMars Boys, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, Spirit Lake, Unity, Western and Sioux Center Girls at the MOC Floyd Valley invite

West Lyon, Central Lyon, Hills Beaver Creek Ellsworth MN at Boyden Hull Rock Valley

Boys Track

Sioux Center at Sergeant Bluff Luton

Boys Soccer

Spirit Lake Park Okoboji at Unity

Girls Soccer

Unity at Okoboji Spirit Lake

Coed Golf

Unity at Akron Westfield

MMC at Western

South O’Brien at Remsen St Mary’s

Sports Schedule For Monday

Sports schedule forMonday 4/2/12

Girls Track

Central Lyon at Cherokee

Coed Golf

Spalding at Hinton

West Sioux at Unity

Akron Westfield at Gehlen

Marcus Meriden Cleghorn at Remsen Union

Boys Soccer

Unity at West Sioux

Spencer at Spirit Lake

Western at MOC Floyd Valley

Girls Soccer

West Sioux at Unity

MOC Floyd Valley at Western

Saturday College Baseball/Softball Roundup

The Northwestern Red Raider baseball team split a twin-bill against Hastings College Saturday.  The Raiders won the opener 10-2, before dropping the nightcap to Hastings by a 4-3 final.  Those games were played in Hastings, Nebraska.

The Doane College Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to fight off a loss and won a 6-4 decision in game one of their doubleheader with the Dordt Defenders in baseball play at Crete, Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.

In game 2, Doane College scored early and often in a 23-6 win over Dordt.

The Northwestern Women went 1 and 1 at the Morningside Softball Invitational in Sioux City Saturday.  In their first game of the day, the Raiders lost 6-1 to Mayville State.  In their second contest, the Raiders beat Dakota State 2-0.

GPAC Softball And Baseball Recap From Friday

A three-hit pitching performance by Kacy Oberfoell helped the Dordt College Defender softball team to a 6-1 win over the College of Saint Mary Flames on Friday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa. It was the first win in what would turn out to be a doubleheader sweep.

Dordt College banged out ten hits in the win, scoring two in the third on three hits with Ashton Beaird knocking in Shantelle Gritters from third with a ground out and Oberfoell scored Kaitlyn Lockhorst with a single.


In the nightcap Dordt overcame two deficits in winning an 10-7 decision.  Dordt gave up three runs in the first inning on a Shelbi Hatfield three-run homerun. Dordt responded immediately with Kaitlyn Lockhorst reaching on a bunt single and Paige Fynaardt followed with a single after Lockhorst stole second. Lockhorst scored on the play and Fynaardt advanced all the way to third on the throw. An Ashton Beaird fly ball to centerfield got a second run across and back to back hits by Kacy Oberfoell and Megan Huizenga got the Defenders to tied 3-3. A dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed Huizenga to reach for a 4-3 lead as they went on to the win 10-7 and the sweep of the double header.

The win gave Dordt four victories this season over the Omaha, Nebraska based school and got the Defenders within two games of the .500 mark heading into the heart of the GPAC season. The Defender Softball Team will be at Hastings for a doubleheader starting at 1pm Saturday.


In other GPAC action on Friday Northwestern went 2-1 at the Morningside Tournament. The Red Raiders opened with a 10-0 loss to Dickinson State followed by a 2-1 win over Jamestown. In their final game of the day Northwestern scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to post a 4-3 win over Valley City State. Northwestern wraps up play at the Morningside tournament at 11 this morning.


In GPAC baseball Friday Northwestern dropped a doubleheader at Doane on scores of 2-1 and 5-1. Northwestern will go against Hastings with a doubleheader starting at noon.

Dordt was on the road to Hastings where they fell 4-0 and 4-3. The Defenders are in action at Doane with a doubleheader at 1pm.

Morningside swept a home doubleheader against Mount Marty on scores of 6-3 and 3-2 in 8 innings.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Little Sioux Park Lake

The bluegill fishing has slowed in the north end at Little Sioux Park.  Try spreading out and fishing in areas with low pressure.  Bass are hitting in the east arm.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)


Anglers are catching a few walleye, channel catfish, and northern pike at the Linn Grove Dam.  Northern Pike – Fair: Fewer and smaller northerns are being caught compared to last week.  Use a two ounce sinker with a 3 to 4-inch chub and fish where the river narrows and the current picks up near the boat ramp.  Regular chubs work better than suckers; hook them through the head.

Fishing has been picking up in our area.  The water is far warmer than normal for this time of year.  For more information contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)


Water temperature as of March 28, was 57 degrees.  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.  Walleye – Fair: The walleye fishing from shore has slowed down some.  Recent gill net sets show that very few walleye are in close to shore.

Swan Lake


Anglers are catching LOTS of 8 to 9-inch crappies; minnows seem to be best, but Berkley baits and twister tails work well also.

Lake Pahoja


Crappie – Fair: A few crappies have been reported try using slow presentations such as small jigs and minnows under bobbers.

 Big Spirit Lake


Walleye season is closed. Panfish are being caught off the North Grade and Templar Park.  A few smallmouth bass along with white bass may be caught on rock piles in various parts of the lake.   Bullhead – Fair: A few bullheads are being caught off the north grade and the action should continue to improve as the water warms.  Yellow Perch – Slow: A few people have been targeting perch in the deeper water when the wind allows for a slow drift.

 West Okoboji Lake


Walleye season is closed.  Try targeting protected shallow areas for bluegills and crappie using a slow presentation and small offerings should come with good results.  Bluegill – Fair: The canals off the main lake are producing a few gills along with crappie and bass.

 Trumbull Lake


Northern Pike fry were stocked this week.

Big Sioux River


Good catches of catfish have been reported along with a few walleye and pike.  Channel Catfish – Good: Fish are being caught on cut bait, night crawlers, and dead chubs.

As water temperatures improve the fishing should follow.  A few walleye and catfish have been reported on the rivers in the area. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.