2016 Preseason Girls Basketball Rankings

ighsauThe 2016 Preseason Girls Basketball Rankings are out and Western Christian starts the season ranked #2 in 2A, while defending 2A champion Unity Christian is in the 11 spot. Class 3A features Sioux Center ranked 2nd and Cherokee at #4.

Class 1A

School 2015-16 Record
1 Springville 26-1
2 Turkey Valley 26-1
3 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 23-1
4 Kee 22-3
5 Grand View Christian 22-1
6 Marquette Catholic 13-8
7 Colo-Nesco 20-4
8 Newell-Fonda 19-7
9 Glidden-Ralston 20-4
10 AGWSR 13-9
11 Easton Valley 15-9
12 Burlington Notre Dame 24-2
13 Audubon 16-8
14 Kingsley-Pierson 21-3
15 Sidney 20-4

Class 2A

School 2015-16 Record
1 Iowa City Regina 25-1
2 Western Christian 24-3
3 Treynor 21-2
4 Central Decatur 23-2
5 Van Meter 22-3
6 Interstate 35 20-3
7 Mount Ayr 18-8
8 Panorama 17-6
9 North Linn 20-4
10 IKM-Manning 16-6
11 Unity Christian 25-1
12 Montezuma 22-2
13 Rockford 17-6
14 Cascade 14-11
15 Mediapolis 14-8

Class 3A

School 2015-16 Record
1 Pocahontas Area 27-0
2 Sioux Center 20-5
3 Union 20-3
4 Cherokee 23-3
5 Center Point-Urbana 24-2
6 Mount Vernon 16-9
7 Camanche 14-9
8 Clear Lake 16-8
9 Crestwood 11-11
10 Mid-Prairie 16-9
11 Monticello 17-6
12 Shenandoah 15-9
13 Gilbert 12-10
14 Central Lee 18-5
15 PCM 13-10

Class 4A

School 2015-16 Record
1 Pella 23-3
2 Marion 20-5
3 Waverly-Shell Rock 19-4
4 Keokuk 22-3
5 Lewis Central 20-2
6 Grinnell 16-7
7 Boone 18-5
8 Dallas Center-Grimes 16-6
9 Carlisle 14-9
10 North Scott 18-5
11 Nevada 23-4
12 Spencer 14-8
13 Ballard 22-2
14 Western Dubuque 24-1
15 Fairfield 16-6

Class 5A

School 2015-16 Record
1 Davenport North 20-3
2 Indianola 22-2
3 West Des Moines Valley 16-7
4 Iowa City High 19-4
5 Cedar Falls 22-3
6 Waukee 17-6
7 Ankeny Centennial 23-3
8 Iowa City West 15-8
9 Johnston 22-4
10 Linn-Mar 20-5
11 Dowling Catholic 15-8
12 Ames 11-11
13 Southeast Polk 18-6
14 Waterloo West 10-13
15 Pleasant Valley 17-6

Augustana Signs Four Area Wrestlers Including Three Generals

sibley ocheyedan school logoSioux Falls South Dakota — Augustana University head wrestling coach Jason Reitmeier has announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2017-18 season.

The four include Sibley Ocheyedan team mates Trent Kruger, Matthew Naig and Dylan Schuck along with Brayden Curry of Sergeant Bluff Luton.


Trent Kruger who is projected to wrestle at 184 or 197 has a record of 134-22 to date in high school placed sixth at state as a junior. He qualified for state as a sophomore and has led his team in takedowns the last three years and has 285 career takedowns. Kruger is a three-time letterwinner and three-time team captain.

The son of Kevin and Gina Kruger he plans to major in Chemistry.


Matthew Naig is projected to wrestle at heavy weight and has a record of 120-30 to date in high school. He was twice named first team All-Conference finishing fifth at state as a junior and sixth as a sophomore. Naig was voted Most Valuable Wrestler his junior season. He is a four-time letterwinner and four-time team captain.

The son of Doyle and Jean Naig he plans to major in Special Education.


Dylan Schuck is projected to wrestle at 149 or 157 at the collegiate level. He has achieved over 100 wins and 100 pins in his high school career. He has broken the school record in career pins, pins in a season and wins in a season. Schuck has twice been named first team All-Conference. He is a four-time letterwinner, four-time team captain, three-time Ironman Award winner and three-time Most Valuable Wrestler for the Generals.

The son of Jed and Shelley Schuck he plans to major in Psychology and Biology with minors in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration with aspirations of going into the field of Orthopedics.

Western Christian Wins 1A Football Championship

Western Christian 2Iowa Falls Iowa — Western Christian scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to claim the 1A football title with a 47-34 win over Iowa City Regina. For the Wolfpack it marks their first state football title. At the end of the first quarter it was tied at 7-7. Both teams put 20 points on the board in the second quarter and the scored was tied at 27-27 at the half. Western  took the lead at 34-27 at the end of the third quarter before scoring a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game away.

Ben Granstra and the running game led the offense. Granstra carried 39 times for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns on runs of 3, 4 and 1 yard. His final touchdown came with 1:38 to play to seal the win. Tyson Kooima completed 17-of-30 passes for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns including an 11 yard strike to Jesse Jansma in the second quarter and a 23 yard connection with Ben Gesink in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 41-27. Gesink started the scoring for the Wolfpack with a 42 yard scoup and score fumble recovery that tied the game at 6-6 with :43 seconds left in the first quarter.

Western’s 47-34 win brings to an end a string of 6 straight championships by the Regals and also ends their 80 game winning streak against Class 1A teams. Western Christian ends the year at 12-1 with Iowa City Regina closing the year at 11-2.

Western Meets Iowa City Regina for 1A Football Title Friday

Western Christian 2Cedar Falls Iowa — Western Christian takes a 10 game winning streak into the 1A championship Friday morning at the UNI Dome. The Wolfpack will square off against the six time defending Champion Regals of Iowa City Regina. Kick off is set for 11:06. The only loss for either team came on opening night. Both enter the title game at 11-1. It will be a rematch of last years Championship game.

3rd ranked Western Christian earned a spot in the 1A football title game for the second consecutive year with a 35-14 win over 4th ranked Van Meter in the State semi finals.

The game was tied at 7-7 when quarterback Tyson Kooima found Jesse Jansma in the end zone to put the Wolfpack up 14-7. The Bulldogs would answer with a scoring drive of their own to tie the game at 14-14 and that would be the half time score.

The Wolfpack broke open a close game with a trio of second half touchdowns to seal the win. Kooima connected with Ben Gesink for a pair of touchdowns and a 28-14 lead. A final Wolfpack touchdown pass from Kooima to Daniel Donovan made the final 35-14.

The Regals rolled to a 42-6 win over Denver in the other semifinal. Regals quarterback Micheal Conlon was 15-of-23 for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns on completions of 72, 49 and 21 yards. Iowa City Regina added a trio of rushing touchdowns from three different running backs. Issac Vollstedt totaled 109 yards on 11 carries to lead the ground game.

We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 with pregame at 11:00. We’ll stream from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.

Dordt and Northwestern Well Represented on GPAC All-Conference Volleyball Teams

GPAC LogoSioux City Iowa — Three Dordt College volleyball players claimed first-team honors from the Great Plains Athletic Conference and seven total Defenders were accorded post-season honors in voting done by the GPAC coaches at the conclusion of the season.

Brooke Granstra (Senior; Sioux Center), Jamie Gesink (Sophomore; Sioux Center) and Ema Altena (Sophomore; Sioux Center) were all repeat first-team selections.

Haley Moss (Junior; Sioux Center) and Elizabeth Kiel (Senior; Orange City) were named to the second-team while Jill Schouten (Senior; Sioux Center) and Summer Jansen (Junior; Sheldon) earned honorable mention honors.

Five Northwestern College players claimed all-conference honors as announced by the GPAC office and voted upon by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the season.

Area graduates included Jessica Jansen (Junior, Sheldon) who was named to the second team and Jillian Estes (Senior, Sioux Center) who earned honorable mention honors.

For a complete list of all team members click on the link below.

Don Bosco Downs Harris-Lake Park in 8 Player Championship

Cedar Falls Iowa — Don Bosco handed the Harris Lake Park Wolves their only loss of the season in the 8 Player Championship game Thursday at the UNI Dome. The Dons put 18 points on the board to turn a 30-21 lead into a 48-21 final. Both teams end the year at 12-1.

Bryce Perkins completed 23-of-42 passes for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Jordan Kyle caught 8 balls for 128 yards and a touchdown. Keegan Carpenter was on the  receiving end of the other touchdown pass. Trevor Gunderson had 11 carries for 66 yards and a score. Dalton Nicks converted all three of his extra point attempts.

Don Bosco was led by Austin Svoboda who carried 15 times for 180 yards and 4 touchdowns in the contest. Brandon Bagby threw for a pair of touchdowns on 3-of-8 passing for 79 yards. The Dons also took advantage of 7 Harris Lake Park turnovers while not turning over the ball in the contest.