Northwestern Red Raider Baseball Team Defeated In Sioux City

The Northwestern College Red Raider baseball team was upended by Morningside College 10-1 yesterday in non-conference action at Lewis and Clark Park.

The Mustangs broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Morningside had four hits in the inning, including a two-run single by Boyden native Jordan Mouw and RBI singles by Tyler Candor and Keaton Rowe. The Raiders were not firing on all cylinders yesterday committing five errors, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits.

Northwestern will next face Doane in Crete, Nebr. on Friday in the GPAC opener for both teams. The Red Raiders will travel to Hastings on Saturday to complete the GPAC weekend.

Sports Schedule For Thursday

Sports schedule for Thursday 3/29/12

Coed Track

MOC Floyd Valley, LeMars  and Western at Unity

Okoboji at Algona

Emmetsburg and E-LC at Spencer


2012 Cyclone Tailgate Tour Dates Include Stops In Sioux City And Arnold’s Park

The Iowa State Athletics Department announced Wednesday its dates and sites for the 2012 Cyclone Tailgate Tour.

In the more immediate KIWA listening area this year’s schedule includes a stop in Sioux City and Okoboji. Both stops will be on Wednesday May 23rd. The first stop will be from noon until 1pm at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Sioux City. The second stop will be at the Arnold’s Park Pavilion from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Debuting in 2007, the Cyclone Tailgate Tour has been a popular event for Cyclone fans of all ages, drawing huge crowds along the way. It’s a great way to interact with your favorite Iowa State head coaches and student-athletes.

Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard, football coach Paul Rhoads, men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly, wrestling coach Kevin Jackson and volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch are scheduled to appear at all of the stops.

Cyclone Tailgate Tours are free and open to the public. The only cost is for food and refreshment that is provided at the tour venues.

College Baseball & Softball Wrap For Tuesday, March 27th

The Northwestern Red Raiders softball team garnered a doubleheader sweep in Mitchell, S.D. over Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC action yesterday. The Red Raider women posted a 5-2 victory in game one and took the nightcap by a 2-1 final behind a masterful pitching performance by Katie VandeVoort. VandeVoort pitched seven strong innings striking out five and allowing one unearned run.

Northwestern improves their record to 4-0 in the GPAC and 13-7 overall. Up next Northwestern will play five games at the Morningside Invitational this weekend, beginning with Dickinson State at 1:00pm.


Dordt got a timely hit and won a 2-1 decision over the visiting Mayville State Comets on Tuesday afternoon in Sioux Center in game one of their softball doubleheader.

An eight run uprising by the Mayville State Comets in the sixth inning led to an 8-0, six inning win for the visitors to earn a non-conference softball split with the Dordt Defenders.

Dordt is now 10-14 overall and stand 2-2 in the league. The Defenders will host the College of Saint Mary on Friday afternoon starting at 4:00 and will travel to Hastings to face the Broncos on Saturday afternoon in GPAC play. Mayville State is 6-7 and stand 1-4 in five games against GPAC members.

Travis Dekkers

Mayville State banged out an 8-3 win over the Dordt Defender baseball team in game one of their doubleheader in Sioux Center on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference baseball.

In game two, the Dordt College Defender baseball team used a six run third inning and an error in the bottom of the eighth to score the game winning run to take a 9-8 win to salvage a split with Mayville State.

Dordt was outhit 13-10 with Travis Dekkers getting three hits with two runs and a run batted in. Dustin Brisel and Alex Bluhm had two hits each. Ryan De Wit got the win in relief, working the final five innings with two walks, a strikeout and two bases on balls.

Dordt is 9-10 and will travel to Doane and Hastings this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders. Mayville State is 15-9 and will face Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday.

Former South O’Brien Wolverine Named GPAC Pitcher Of Week

Northwestern pitcher Ryan Brasser is the Hauff Mid-America Sports Baseball Pitcher-of-the-Week. Brasser, a sophomore from Paullina, Iowa, improved to 3-1 on the season with a six inning win over Dakota Wesleyan in non-conference play at the Metrodome. For the game he struck out a career high seven batters and walked just one. Northwestern went 3-1 on the week and improved to 14-9 on the season.

Annual Walleye Collection Soon Underway

Moravia, Iowa – The northern pike spawn is over in plenty of time to get ready for the walleyes. It hasn’t happened this way in a few years but thanks to Mother Nature, the fisheries staff will have enough time – and more importantly tank space – to prepare for the thousands of walleyes soon to be heading their way.

The DNR normally collects walleyes beginning in early April, but the warmer than normal winter and spring is making 2012 collection a bit less predictable.

Walleyes spawn when water temperature is in the middle 40s and the photoperiod (daylight) length is around the first week of April.  The water temperature at Lake Rathbun is 51 degrees at the dam and 60.5 degrees at Bridgeview.  Spirit Lake is around 52 degrees.

“Walleyes are a little confused right now. The water temperature has passed the point where they would normally spawn, but the photoperiod is not right,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “We netted last night at Rathbun and found more than 50 percent of the females were ripe so we’ll net again there tonight and likely start going on Wednesday night.”

The Spirit Lake crew will set test nets on East Okoboji Lake Thursday night to collect enough females to determine how far they are progressing toward the spawn.

“Our goal is not to merely collect eggs, but to produce fry for stocking,” said Donna Muhm, hatchery manager at Spirit Lake. “Spawning fish before they are ready will not result in viable fry.”

Lake Rathbun and Spirit Lake are major suppliers of walleye eggs for the state, with some eggs coming from Storm Lake and Clear Lake.  Fisheries crews need to collect more than 170 million walleye eggs to meet stocking requests.

The walleye collection takes place at night, using entanglement nets, called gillnets, set perpendicular to the shoreline in likely spawning areas.

Walleyes move in to shore in the evening and get hung up in the nets.  Crews collect fish around 9 p.m., re-set the nets, and then make a second run 11 p.m. or midnight.