Dordt Takes Softball Double-Header

The Dordt Defender Softball team took a pair of games from Buena Vista Thursday afternoon in Storm Lake.  Four late runs in the opening game allowed the Defenders to win that contest by a score of 4-1.

In the second game, Dordt took advantage of an error-filled eighth inning to score a 4-0, extra-inning win over the Buena Vista Beavers.

Buena Vista senior Aphton Roberts, a Primghar native, went 3-for-3 at the plate, to go along with one walk.

Dordt improves to 7-11 on the year while Buena Vista drops to 5-3.

Nate Herda Named To All NSIC Wrestling First Team

Six Augustana wrestlers have been named All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the league office announced Thursday.

Nate Herda

Nate Herda was a first-team honoree, while Cody Lensing, Jason Jeremiason, Chism Fink, Carl Serck and Sean Derry were second-team performers.

Herda, a junior 141-pounder from Rock Rapids 23-8 this season, was the Super Region Three champion and qualified for nationals for the third time in his career.  This is the  third selection to the all-conference first team for the former Central Lyon George Little Rock Lion.

The highest place winner from the NSIC at the region tournament is named all-conference first team; the second-highest place winner is named second team.  Additionally, any NSIC wrestler who earns All-America status is named second team.

Augustana went 13-3 overall and 5-2 in the NSIC (third place) in 2011-12.  The Vikings finished tied for 10th at the NCAA Championships and returned with three All-Americans.

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Anglers are starting to catch walleye in the main lake.  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 – Good: Anglers are catching walleye using a split shot about eight inches above a bare hook with a minnow.  They usually use a bobber unless it’s windy, then they put on more weight and don’t use a bobber.  Best location has been the east side near the boat ramp.

 Swan Lake

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

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye season is closed. For ice out action try targeting the North Grade and Templar Park for crappie.  A few smallmouth bass along with white bass may be caught on rock piles in various parts of the lake.

West Okoboji Lake

Try targeting protected shallow areas for bluegills and crappie using a slow presentation and small offerings should come with good results.

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

Sheldon Sending Seven Teams To AAU State Tourneys

It’s State Tournament weekend for AAU Volleyball in Iowa. Sheldon 4th graders are attending The Gold tournament at Dike New Hartford. 5th graders will attend the Gold Tournament also at Dike New Hartford. 6th graders will be at the Gold Tournament in Marshalltown. 7th graders will attend the Gold Tournament in Ankeny. 8th graders will be at the Gold Tournament in Indianola. 9th graders are attending the Gold Tournament in Newton and 10th graders are at the Gold Tournament in Marshalltown

Sheldon had 11 teams, including over 90 girls, from grades 4th-11th that competed in the AAU season this year.  These girls have practiced twice a week from the beginning of January until this last week of March.  They have competed in at least 6 Saturday tournaments to improve their skills, develop teamwork and learn to enjoy the game of Volleyball.

Seven teams have earned a trip to the Gold Tournament this weekend by finishing in the top 2 at one of their Saturday tournaments.  At state they will compete against teams from all over the state of Iowa without regard to class size or location.  Some of the tournaments will host as many as 50 teams competing for this years’ top 4 medals in each age group.

DeJong To Join Northwestern Basketball, Cross County Programs

Unity Christian senior Karissa De Jong of Hospers has signed a letter of intent to continue her cross country and basketball careers at Northwestern College next year.

De Jong lettered two years for the Unity Christian cross country team. She helped lead the Knights to the 2011 state championship, finishing 21st at the state meet with a time of 15:42. De Jong also led the Knights to a runner-up finish in 2010 and earned all-conference honors the last two years. An outstanding student and member of the honor roll, De Jong is the daughter of Darin and Lori.

“Karissa is a welcome addition to our program,” commented head cross country coach Nate Wolf. “She is an incredible young lady who comes from a very successful program. Karissa will have a great impact on our team and on the Northwestern campus.”

A three-year letterwinner for the Knights basketball team, De Jong earned second team all-conference honors in leading the Knights to an 8-14 record last year. She averaged 7.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while leading the team with 31 three-pointers and 63 steals.

“We are excited to have a competitor like Karissa join our basketball program,” commented head basketball coach Chris Yaw. “She shoots the ball well and has good quickness. Karissa will be a tremendous fit on our team and on our campus at Northwestern College.”

Northwestern’s Bracelin Named Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Pitcher-of the-Week

Keely Bracelin

Northwestern pitcher Keely Bracelin is the Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Pitcher-of the-Week.  Bracelin, a sophomore from Milford, Iowa, pitched a complete game shutout (5-0) against Dakota State.  In the seven inning win she struck out five and walked just one.  For the season she is now 3-2 and Northwestern is 8-4.

In other notes from Northwestern College softball, the Red Raiders dropped a home double-header to Bellevue Tuesday night in Orange City.  In the first game Bellvue won 7-2, with Northwestern dropping the nightcap 15-3 in 5 innings.