Road To Des Moines Begins Saturday For Area Wrestlers

The road to the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines begins with sectional competition on Saturday for Class 1A and 2A wrestlers.

In Class 2A Sheldon South O’Brien will compete in the sectional at Rock Valley. Other teams include Boyden Hull Rock Valley, Central Lyon George Little Rock, MOC Floyd Valley, Sioux Center and Spirit Lake. The first and second place finishers advance to the district Saturday February 11th in Cherokee.

In Class 1A Area teams will be at Okoboji where the field includes Emmetsburg, Graettinger Terrill, HMS, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, West Lyon, West Sioux and Western Christian. First and second place finishers advance to the district round on Saturday February 11th at Sibley.  

In Class 3A It’s straight to the District competition on Saturday February 11th. Area teams will be at Fort Dodge looking to qualify for state. Ames, Boone, Carroll, Fort Dodge, LeMars, Mason City, Spencer and Storm Lake will make up the field.

Wrestling begins at noon for both the Sectional and District rounds of competition. The top two individuals advance from the District and the top two from the District will qualify for State competition.

Latest Girls Basketball Poll Out

2011-2012 10th Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings
Class 1A
1 North Mahaska 19-0 1
2 Bedford 19-0 2
3 North Butler 16-1 3
4 Lynnville-Sully 18-2 5
5 West Sioux 18-1 4
6 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 16-2 7
7 Ar-We-Va 14-3 6
8 Newell-Fonda 14-5 9
9 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 17-3 12
10 Boyden-Hull 13-5 13
11 Central Lyon 16-3 8
12 North Tama 17-3 10
13 Adair-Casey 17-2 14
14 Burlington Notre Dame 14-5 11
15 Coon Rapids-Bayard 15-4 NR
Dropped Out:  Villisca (15)
Class 2A

1 OA-BCIG 20-0 1
2 Estherville-Lincoln Central 19-1 2
3 IKM-Manning 18-1 3
4 West Hancock 18-0 4
5 Mediapolis 18-0 6
6 Kuemper Catholic 16-4 7
7 Western Christian 16-3 8
8 Lawton-Bronson 15-4 9
9 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 16-1 5
10 Pella Christian 15-2 10
11 Panorama 17-1 11
12 Maquoketa Valley 20-0 12
13 Van Buren 18-1 13
14 Sumner-Fredericksburg 18-0 14
15 Gilbert 18-2 15
Dropped Out: None
Class 3A                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Benton Community 17-0 1
2 Davenport Assumption 17-1 2
3 MOC-Floyd Valley 19-0 3
4 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 16-1 4
5 Glenwood 16-1 5
6 South Tama 17-1 6
7 Dubuque Wahlert 13-4 7
8 Williamsburg 16-3 9
9 Union 15-2 11
10 Waverly-Shell Rock 13-4 13
11 Bondurant-Farrar 16-2 10
12 Denison-Schleswig 12-6 14
13 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 12-5 8
14 Ballard 13-5 NR
15 Washington 13-4 NR
Dropped Out:  Spirit Lake (12), Marion (15)
Class 4A
1 Southeast Polk 18-1 2
2 Iowa City West 16-1 1
3 Ankeny 16-2 4
4 Mason City 15-2 3
5 Cedar Rapids Xavier 13-5 5
6 Waukee 14-5 9
7 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 10-6 14
8 Dowling Catholic 12-6 12
9 Iowa City High   13-5 6
10 Cedar Rapids Washington 11-6 7
11 Muscatine 15-3 13
12 Cedar Rapids Prairie 11-5 10
13 West Des Moines Valley 12-6 NR
14 Lewis Central 15-2 11
15 Cedar Falls 11-6 NR
Dropped Out:    Ames (8), Des Moines East (15)

Trio Of Area Players Sign With SMSU In Marshall

Southwest Minnesota State University head football coach Cory Sauter announced Wednesday the signing of 33 high school and junior college student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and football careers at SMSU in Marshall.

Three of those recruits are from the KIWA listening area. A pair of the recruits are Sibley Ocheyedan Generals while the third is a West Lyon Wildcat. 

Grant Greenfield a 6-5, 233 pound offensive lineman is a three-year letter winner, a two-time all-district and two-time all-state honoree.  He is the son of Rob and Lynette DeJong and Glenn Greenfield.

Casey Hertz a 6-2, 195 pound linebacker for the Generals is a three-year letter winner. He was named first team all-district as a senior   recording 99 tackles. Hertz is also and academic all-stater. Casey is the son of Kevin and Marcie Hertz of Ocheyedan. 

Adam Teunissen, a 6-4, 190 pound wide receiver from Alvord will play for the Mustangs. While playing at West Lyon he was a three-time first team all-district performer and named district offensive player of the year. Adam is a two-time all-stater and has been selected to play in 2012 Shrine Bowl. Adam is the son of Dan and Michelle Teunissen.

College BB: Defenders, Red Raiders Split Sioux County Doubleheader

In womens college basketball, Northwestern Colleges Kendra De Jong had 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting in the opening 20 minutes of play en route to an 87-62 defeat of Dordt College in front of a capacity crowd in Sioux Center last night.

With the victory, the 7th ranked Northwestern Red Raiders improve to 12-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and 18-5 overall while the Defenders drop to 10-14 on the year and 5-11 in GPAC play.

Scores from around the GPAC:

(10) Briar Cliff at 73
Doane 77

(20) Hastings at 76
Midland 58

(5) Morningside at 68
Dakota Wesleyan 58

(3) Concordia at 82
Nebraska Wesleyan 58


A commanding post presence helped the fifth-ranked Dordt Defender men win the battle between the pair of top 15 teams as they knocked off the visiting 13 Northwestern Raiders by a final of 86-72 after playing to a 38-38 tie in the first half.

With the win the Defenders sweep the season series and pick up their 22nd win of the season, improving to 22-3 overall and a league leading 13-3 in GPAC play while the Raiders drop to 17-6 overall and 10-5 in conference.

Other GPAC scores:

(15) Briar Cliff at 77
Doane 71

Hastings at 77
Midland 86

(RV) Morningside at 81
Dakota Wesleyan 59

Concordia at 67
Nebraska Wesleyan 47

Midwinter Bald Eagle Counts

eagle, baldWith ‘real’ winter closing in on Iowa now, bald eagles are in line, for state and continent-wide attention. Between now and mid-January, biologists and other conservationists will spread out over survey routes; for a midwinter head count.

Their story is pretty well documented through the last half dozen decades. Through the mid-20th Century, eagles feeding on fish and other animals with the dangerous chemical DDT in their systems ingested it themselves. Egg shells thinned dangerously, driving down successful hatch of offspring. The environmental crisis led to a DDT ban and federal legislation protecting eagles and their habitat.

“They were listed as a federally endangered species,” underscores DNR wildlife diversity biologist Stephanie Shepherd. “Although de-listed in 2007, we still monitor eagles; to ensure nesting populations and overall numbers are doing well.”

The North American Mid-winter Eagle Survey is especially important in Iowa; one of the more important wintering states.

In the 1970s, Iowa’s winter eagle count was in the dozens. Now, in an extra cold winter, you can see that many below about any Mississippi River lock and dam along the Mississippi River. At Keokuk and a couple other ‘hot spots,’ it arcs into the hundreds.

Last January, record cold, ice and snow cover concentrated the regal raptors into what little open water remained. That made them easy to spot.

“As a result, we had almost 5,000 eagles, 500 more than just five years prior,” recounts Shepherd.

This year, don’t expect another bulge like that.

Our relatively mild conditions this season have spread the big birds across the landscape. On the other hand, it is more likely to see one or two eagles miles from their favorite winter haunt…rather than multiple birds near what little open water remains during a snowy, bitter cold winter.

Still, savvy eagle watchers will focus on the water. Open pools below a river dam are the best places to start.

The Mississippi River lock and dam system is a bald eagle magnet…with several communities taking advantage of the cold weather tourism to host bald eagle appreciation celebrations. Likewise, several ‘eagle days’ are held along interior streams; such as the Des Moines and Iowa rivers. Check the DNR website, or call a community’s visitor’s bureau for a potential late-January to early March date and location.

Otherwise, pack a spotting scope or binoculars and keep your eyes on the sky. The colder the weather, the better your chance of spying on the regal raptor.