Cole Vande Vegte to Attend Dordt

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center Iowa — Cole Vande Vegte, a senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the baseball program.

Vande Vegte is currently a pitcher and shortstop for the Knights. He had 90 strikeouts during the 2015 season, with 225 total strikeouts in his career. His opponents hit .195 and his earned run average was 2.70 in 57 innings of work. Last season he batted .270 with 15 RBI’s. Vande Vegte was named first-team all-conference, first-team all-district, and second-team All-Northwest Iowa Review. As a junior, he had 80 strikeouts with a 2.15 earned run average and earned second-team all-conference honors. He was also a second team all-conference honoree in basketball his senior year.

“We are excited to have Cole join our baseball program. He has had a great career playing for Coach Schoonhoven at Unity Christian. We look forward to him having continued success at Dordt College,” said Dordt College head coach Jeff Schouten.

Cole is the son of Gary and Amy Vande Vegte of Orange City Iowa.

Weekly Dakota Angler Fishing Report

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.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few perch.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.

Sports Schedule for Thursday April 28th

golf 3Northwest Iowa — Golf and Soccer are on the sports schedule for Thursday. The Sheldon golf teams were scheduled to be at a pair of conference meets. Both have been postponed.


Boys Golf
Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Rock Valley (ppd to Mon 5/2 and will be hosted by Sioux Center)

Girls Golf
Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Okoboji at Woodlyn Hills (ppd to Thurs 5/12)

Coed Golf
Western at Unity
MMC RU at HMS (ppd to 5/3)
Harris Lake Park at Trinity

Girls Soccer
Western at MOC Floyd Valley
Spencer at Okoboji
Unity at West Sioux (ppd to 5/13)

Boys Soccer
Western at MOC Floyd Valley
Okoboji at Spencer
West Sioux at Unity (ppd to 5/10)

Area Officials to be Honored Saturday April 30th in Des Moines

ihsaa_officeBoone Iowa — A total of 183 athletic officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center.

Among those being honored as officials of the year in Iowa will be longtime boys and girl’s official Scott Wynja of Sheldon. Wynia is being recognized as the boys’ basketball official of the year in the state of Iowa by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Tim Rogers of Orange City is being honored as the Northwest District’s Aspiring New Official of the year.

Ron Baack of Spirit Lake is being recognized for his 50 years as an official.

Terry McMillen of Orange City is being recognized for 35 years.

Daniel Kruse and Eldon Maxwell of Rock Rapids along with Jeff Ten Napel of Sibley are 25 year honorees.

Timothy Brunsting of Hull and Jamie Arend of Sibley are both 15 year honorees.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 22nd Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 30th in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center, Community Choice Credit Union.

Lang To Run for Northwestern

Northwesstern logoOrange City, Iowa —Kelsey Lang has signed a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track and field careers at Northwestern College next fall.

Lang is a three-year letter winner for both the MOC-Floyd Valley High School cross country and track and field teams. A three-year state qualifier in cross country, Lang earned all-state honors with a ninth place finish at the state meet in 2013 and placed 15th in 2014. She won the Siouxland Conference Individual championship as a senior and finished second in 2014. Lang has a personal best of 20:12 in the 5K.

A three-time state qualifier in track and field, Lang placed 11th at state and also holds the school record as a member of the 4×800 relay. She has personal bests of 2:25 in the 800m and 5:18 in the 1500m. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Lang is the daughter of Chris and Sherry.

“We are thrilled to have Kelsey running for the Red Raiders,” commented head Northwestern cross country and track and field coach Scott Bahrke. “She brings encouragement and excitement to our women’s cross country and track and field teams. Kelsey is a talented distance runner who has a huge heart and it will fun to watch her grow at Northwestern College over the next four years.”