Hull, Iowa — Western Christian High School Director of Development & Promotions, Wes Fopma, has announced that Western has named a new Girls Basketball Coach.
Fopma says Justin Negen has accepted the position as Head Girls Basketball Coach at Western Christian High School for the 2016-17 school year. Negen has been an assistant coach for the girls varsity squad for the last five years during which the Wolfpack girls team won three state championships, one state runner up trophy, and one state semifinal trophy. Negen has also coached the freshman girls team for the past six years at Western. Negen has also been the head boys soccer coach for the last six years and teaches in the Social Studies department at Western.
Fopma says Negen replaces Bill Harmsen, who recently accepted the boys varsity basketball position at Western.
Northwest Iowa — Track and golf is on the area high school sports schedule for Tuesday. The Sheldon boys and girls track teams will be at the MOC Floyd Valley invite on the campus of Northwestern College.
Sheldon, Gehlen Catholic, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, LeMars, Okoboji, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Center girls, South O’Brien, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Unity Christian and Western Christian at the MOC-Floyd Valley invite
West Lyon and Central Lyon at Boyden Hull Rock Valley
Sioux Center boys at the Sergeant Bluff Luton invite
Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid-40s. Expect good walleye fishing near shore this weekend and next week as water temperatures continue to climb and walleye exhibit spawning behavior. Try areas near shore that contain sand, rocks, and/or gravel substrate.
Docks are in at MacIntosh State Park and Lynne Lorenzen ramp. Walleye – Fair: The bite has been slow this week for wader fisherman near the outlet on the east side of the lake. An occasional walleye has been taken near the Ventura grade. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish action has been good this past week. Use cut bait, worms or minnows near inlets and windblown shorelines in the early season. The water is still very clear in the shallows, so fish a little deeper, on calm days. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Muskellunge – No Report: Target shallow flats along the shoreline on the east end of the lake. Use a jig and minnow or a slow moving artificial. Walleye anglers have caught a few near the outlet on the east end and also by the Marsh inlet by the Ventura grade. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught in the canals. Use small ice jigs under a bobber or add a split shot or two and vertical jig near structure. Check out the edges or inside the rushes around the lake as crappies will likely be found near them as well. White Bass – Fair: Anglers have had some occasional good days in the past weeks for white bass near the Ventura grade.
Big Spirit Lake
Black Crappie – Slow: The bite has slowed after the cold snap. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperatures increase. Anglers are still catching a couple of crappies at Templar Lagoon and Buffalo. Use small tubes or a minnow under a slip bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have started to pick up some smallmouth bass on the rock piles. Use tubes or jerk baits.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few yellow bass in the evenings on Jingles point.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair: The walleye bite has been picking up with the warming water temperatures. The north bridge, the island, and the east shoreline have been producing fish in the evening. Jigs tipped with minnows fished slowly works best.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been picking up a few nice bluegills on the trestle and in Triboji. Use small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots. Black Crappie – Fair: The crappie bite has picked up in Triboji. Small minnows or mini jigs worked well the past week.
Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.
Hull, Iowa — Western Christian High School Director of Development & Promotions, Wes Fopma, has announced the naming of the school’s new Head Boys Basketball Coach.
Fopma says Western Christian is pleased to announce that Bill Harmsen has accepted the position as Head Boys Basketball Coach at Western Christian High School for the 2016-17 school year. Harmsen has been the head coach of the girls varsity squad for the last five years where he led the Wolfpack girls team to three state championships, one state runner up trophy, and one state semifinal trophy. Prior to that Harmsen coached the boys junior varsity team at Western for 11 years and the boys freshman team at Western for 10 years. Earlier this spring Harmsen was appointed the new Activities Director at Western Christian High School. He also will serve as the Assistant Principal at Western.
Harmsen replaces Jim Eekhoff who coached 34 years as the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Western and recently announced his retirement. Eekhoff set the state record for state championships by a boys head coach with his 8th state championship a few weeks ago.
Orange City, Iowa — Collin Heynen from Boyden has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next fall.
Heynen is a 6’4” forward who starred three years for the Trinity Christian High School basketball team. Heynen averaged 22 points and an impressive 16.5 rebounds per game in earning first team all-conference honors for the second straight year. He shot nearly 50% from the field and also registered 2.5 blocks per game. Heynen finished his career with over 1,000 points and also was a second team all-Northwest Iowa selection. Heynen earned academic all-state honors and plans to major in business at Northwestern. He is the son of Veryl and Kandace.
“Collin is a quality young man, an excellent student and a good athlete,” commented head Northwestern College basketball coach Kris Korver. “Collin played well at our camps over the last few summers and had an outstanding senior season. He competes, rebounds, hustles and does the little things well. We are excited to have Collin join us at Northwestern College.”
Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,200 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated a top-five Midwestern baccalaureate college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education that combines academic rigor with a faith perspective.