Des Moines Iowa — The latest Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union polls are out. Sioux Center is the highest rated team in the listening area as we hit the unofficial halfway point of the regular season. The Warriors hold the number 2 spot in Class 3A. Western Christian is third ranked in 2A. Other northwest Iowa teams in the polls include Kingsley Pierson at 13 in the 1A poll. Cherokee remains at number 4 in the 3A poll. In 4A LeMars and Sergeant Bluff Luton check in at 14 and 15 respectively.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. As we head into Christmas weekend, Dakota Angler Owner, Todd Heitkamp, provides the latest 2-Minute Fishing Report. Feel free to share!
George Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs swept a Siouxland Conference basketball doubleheader at George Little Rock Tuesday night. Sheldon took the girls game 57-37 and followed that with a 70-39 win in the boys contest.
In the girls game a three by Mariah Leemkuil as time expired tied the score at 10-10 at the end of the first quarter. Sheldon led 29-19 at halftime and pushed that to a 39-28 lead after three quarters as they picked up the win 57-37. Sheldon had two players in double figures. Bryn Groff and Taylor Weber shared game high honors with 10 points each. The Mustangs were led by Emily Hansmann with a 9 point effort.
With the win Sheldon goes into the holiday break at 2-7 on the year and 1-6 in the conference. George Little Rock is 1-8 for the year and 1-6 in the conference as well.
In the boys game Sheldon hit 7 three point buckets in the first half as they rolled to a 41-22 lead at intermission. They would finish the night with nine. After three quarters the lead was 50-33 with the Orabs getting the win 70-39.
Sheldon put four of the five starters in double figures led by Ryan Van Marel with 16. Tyler Merley led the 3-point barrage with 15 points all from beyond the arc. Jaden Kleinhesslink hit for 14 points with Kyle Boerhave hitting for 13. The Mustangs had two players in double figures led by Josh Haken with 15. Lucas Nagel was next with 13 points.
With the win Sheldon is off to a 7-1 start on the year and 5-1 in the conference. The Mustangs are now even at 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Siouxland. Sheldon is off until Tuesday January 3rd when they travel to Central Lyon. George Little Rock is off until the 3rd as well. The Mustangs resume the season at home against Okoboji.
The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
“Ice fishing is one of our great winter sports. It is a fun, social activity best enjoyed with a group of friends,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Anglers heading out are reminded to check the ice often as they make their way to their favorite fishing spot. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recommends a minimum of four inches of quality ice for fishing and at least five inches for snowmobiles and ATVs.
“Check ice thickness as you go out. Ice thickness is not uniform on anybody of water. There could be pockets of thin ice or places where the geese had kept ice from forming,” Larscheid said.
Early ice offers an excellent chance for success. If fish are finicky, plan to cut a series of holes and spend 15 minutes at each hole targeting active fish. Use small baits and light line.
“Now that we have ice, we need to go through our mental safety check list. Go with a friend and be sure to cut some test holes to check ice thickness as you go out,” Larscheid said.
Safety Tips on the Ice
There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.
New ice is usually stronger than old ice.
Ice fishing is a social activity, don’t go out alone. If the worst should happen, someone would be there to call for help or to rescue.
There could be pockets of thin ice or places where ice recently formed, so check ice thickness as you go out.
Avoid off-colored snow or ice. It is usually a sign of weakness.
The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process.
Safety items in the bucket: Ice picks, about 50 feet of rope and a throwable floatation seat cushion for use in case of rescue.
Orange City Iowa — Sheldon and Unity Christian split a non conference basketball doubleheader Monday night at the Unity High School Gym. The girls game went to Unity 66-34 with the Orabs claiming the boys game 55-51.
In the girls game the two time defending State Champion Knights led at all the breaks up 20-10 after the first quarter and 37-21 at the half. The advantage was 53-28 after three with Unity winning 66-34.
The Knights got a game high 22 points from Josie Blankenspoor hitting from inside and another 18 from outside as Justine Malenke dropped 6 three-point buckets on the night. Sheldon was led by Bryn Groff with 8 points in the ballgame.
With the win Unity runs their season mark to 5-1. After dropping their season opener the Knights are on a 5 game winning streak. Sheldon falls to 1-7.
In the boys contest Sheldon nailed down the win at the free throw line for the second straight game. With the Orabs up by two points with :05 seconds left Kyle Boerhave hit a pair of free throws to give Sheldon a 2 possession lead. The Orabs got the win 55-51.
Unity led 14-10 after the first quarter. At halftime the score was tied at 23-23 with Unity regaining the lead 38-33 after three quarters. The two teams traded the lead numerous times in the fourth quarter with Sheldon claiming a 55-51 non conference win.
Jaden Kleinhesslink led all scorers with 12 points. His line included 4 two-point buckets and a 4-of-5 performance at the line. That included converting 3 and-one opportunities. Two of those and-one’s came late in the fourth quarter. Mitchal Van Gorp scored 10 points including a pair of three-point buckets in the fourth quarter. Unity was led by Luke Neuiwendorp with 11 points. Mason Post and Jonah Vander Kooi had 9 points each.
With the win Sheldon improves to 6-1 for the year while Unity stands at 3-3 on the season. The Knights are off now for the holidays. Sheldon returns to the Siouxland Conference battles Tuesday night with a stop at George Little Rock to wrap up the pre holiday schedule. We’ll bring you the coverage with pregame for the girls at 6:05 with the boys to follow on KIWA FM 105.3.
Orange City, Iowa — Nick Bomgaars has signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career at Northwestern College next fall.
Bomgaars has played three years for Sheldon High School heading into his final season this spring. Bomgaars earned first team all-conference honors after leading his team to a 108-15 record and a fifth place finish at the 2A state tournament. He has been part of teams that won back-to-back Siouxland Conference Championships and has a personal best of 38 for nine holes and 78 for 18. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Bomgaars plans to major in exercise science or Athletic Training at Northwestern. He is the son of Gene and Amy.
“We are excited to have another Sheldon player join the Red Raiders next year,” said head Northwestern coach Aaron Aberson. “Nick comes from a program that has seen a lot of team success in high school and we know he’s going to work hard to ensure that continues in college. He is a great student and has the leadership qualities we are looking for in our program. I’m excited to see Nick’s growth on and off the golf course.”