6/19/15 Softball Rankings

ighsauDes Moines, IA — In the latest High School Softball Rankings, Akron Westfield remains in the two spot in Class 1A, while Emmetsburg falls out of the rankings at #4 in Class 2A. Class 3A features Spirit Lake edging up to the 6 spot, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley makes the biggest jump of area teams to 11th after not being ranked last week, and Sioux Center falls to 13.

Class 1A

1 AGWSR 14-1 1
2 Akron-Westfield 14-1 2
3 Marquette Catholic 14-0 3
4 Woodbury Central 17-6 4
5 New London 17-1 5
6 Don Bosco 18-2 6
7 Lynnville-Sully 18-2 7
8 Logan-Magnolia 17-2 10
9 Glidden-Ralston 13-2 8
10 Janesville 10-4 9
11 River Valley 15-4 14
12 Wayne 10-3 12
13 Central City 17-4 NR
14 Charter Oak-Ute 18-7 12
15 Martensdale-St. Marys 12-6 11

Dropped Out: Lansing Kee (15)

Class 2A

1 Highland 10-2 3
2 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 21-2 4
3 Central Springs 14-2 7
4 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 17-3 1
5 IKM-Manning 17-2 6
6 Pella Christian 14-3 2
7 North Union 18-4 8
8 BCLUW 9-4 9
9 Cascade 14-6 10
10 Wapello 12-4 12
11 Iowa City Regina 6-7 11
12 Durant 12-6 NR
13 Lawton-Bronson 16-7 NR
14 Alta-Aurelia 14-6 NR
15 Ogden 12-3 15

Dropped Out: Emmetsburg (4), Missouri Valley (13), Alburnett (14)

Class 3A

1 Benton Community 26-1 1
2 Solon 18-2 2
3 East Marshall 13-2 5
4 Greene County 14-2 3
5 Center Point-Urbana 16-5 4
6 Spirit Lake 20-4 7
7 Northeast 16-2 6
8 West Liberty 11-2 9
9 Mid-Prairie 13-7 8
10 Crestwood 14-1 14
11 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 18-2 NR
12 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 12-4 12
13 Sioux Center 14-4 10
14 Mount Vernon 13-6 11
15 Estherville-Lincoln Central 16-5 NR

Dropped Out: Bondurant-Farrar (13), West Burlington Notre Dame (15)

Class 4A

1 Oskaloosa 17-0 1
2 Indianola 20-2 2
3 Carlisle 18-1 3
4 ADM 14-3 5
5 Fort Dodge 11-7 4
6 Winterset 18-7 6
7 Norwalk 11-3 7
8 Davenport Assumption 18-5 10
9 Waverly-Shell Rock 14-2 9
10 Keokuk 15-5 12
11 Creston 13-3 NR
12 Dallas Center-Grimes 12-7 8
13 Denison-Schleswig 12-6 NR
14 Humboldt 9-3 13
15 North Scott 14-5 15

Dropped Out: Cedar Rapids Xavier (11), Fairfield (14)

Class 5A

1 Johnston 18-1 1
2 Iowa City West 17-1 3
3 Pleasant Valley 18-2 5
4 West Des Moines Valley 19-2 2
5 Waukee 11-5 4
6 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 15-5 6
7 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 14-4 8
8 Urbanadale 13-5 7
9 Dowling Catholic 10-8 9
10 Linn-Mar 12-5 NR

Dropped Out: Ankeny (10)

Sports Schedule for Saturday June 20th

baseballNorthwest Iowa — Weekends are for tournaments and here’s what’s happening around the KIWA listening area this weekend. LeMars Gehlen is hosting a baseball tournament with Akron Westfield and LeMars Gehlen hosting softball tournaments.


BHRV and Spirit Lake at the Gehlen tournament


Alta-Aurelia, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Harris Lake Park, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Remsen Union, Sioux Central, West Lyon, West Monona, Western Christian and River Valley at the Akron Westfield tourney

Unity, South O’Brien and Remsen St Mary’s at the Gehlen tourney

Weekly Iowa DNR Fishing Report

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)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up 11 to 13 inch and 17 to 20 inch walleye. Most are having success trolling crankbaits in the dredge cuts between the islands on the east side of the lake. Others have had success fishing in 4-6 feet of water along the south shore of the lake using crankbaits and leeches. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits and crawlers. They are having the best luck fishing the north shore areas, especially in the Circle Park area and the island near Circle Park. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on spinners and crankbaits while fishing for walleyes. Anglers are also having luck fishing spinners and crankbaits in shallower areas near shore.

Clear Lake

Walleye – Good: Fishing is still good but getting a little tougher. Fish have started to move to the main lake basin. Rock reefs in deeper water should still produce as well as the edges of the weed beds at dark. Muskellunge – Good. Bluegill – No Report: Look for spawning activity in the rushes on sandy bottom. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few nice perch have been caught in or near edges of rushes with a bobber and minnow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Yellow bass are done spawning. Look for some near the rock reefs out in deeper water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching a few largemouths with plastic worms near the edges of vegetation in the little lake.


Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throw spinner baits or soft plastics for aggressive males.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are bedding along the north banks of Big Spirit. Bedding fish can be caught using drop shots placed around the bed or larger Texas rigged baits. Use a lighter color to keep your bait visible. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 5:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using dark deer hair jigs tipped with leeches. Yellow Perch – Fair: The fishing pier at the grade is producing more 6-8 inch perch for anglers willing to sort through bullheads and bluegill. Successful anglers are using jig heads and wax worms. A hot bite is reported near the Templar point in 16 feet of water. Anglers that were creeled were using wax worms and slip bobbers. These perch were 10 inches. Crappie – Fair: At the north grade crappies over 10 inches are becoming a common catch. Anglers are using minnows below bobbers anywhere along the grade. The old footbridge site is turning on as well. Anglers are pulling minnows parallel with the rocks to bring crappies into their baskets. Anglers fishing this location are catching larger numbers but less respective in size. These fish are 8-10 inches. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing down. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits at this time. These fish are 12-14 inches. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Good: Fishermen fishing in Templar bar are catching large numbers of small Northerns. Most fish are in the mid-20 inch range. Successful anglers are using Meps or small spinnerbaits. A Johnson silver minnow tipped with a leech also works well.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with wax worms under docks.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches and crankbaits while trolling or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body.

West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are schooled in the warm water of the canals and harbors as they enter their pre-spawn. Many male bass are already on beds while females are still out swimming the depths. Males are being caught on trick worms, wacky rigs, and drop shots. Females are enjoying jigs and deep diving cranks. Bluegill – Good: The canals are loaded with bluegills. Large and small fish are being caught in good numbers. Pocahontas point is holding a good population of bluegills with anglers catching large fish with little sorting. Crappie – Fair: The trestle is still being reported to be a good bite. The canals are starting to fill with larger crappies. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are on beds in bays with sandy cobble and larger boulders. These fish will be bedded near larger rocks. Placing any soft plastics near the bed will result in a strike. Northern Pike – Good: Little Emerson and Little Millers are filled with northerns. Throw anything at this time and catch a few. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught by shore anglers fishing the canal bridges after dark. Successful anglers are fishing darker crankbaits and bottom jigs with leeches. 13-19 inch fish are being caught. Yellow Bass – Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or a plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast.


Sports Schedule for Tuesday June 16th

softballNorthwest Iowa — With limited exceptions it’s a day for non conference match ups on the diamond today in both softball and baseball. The Orabs have the day off.


G-LR-CL at Clay Central Everly
MOC Floyd Valley at LeMars
North Union at Okoboji
Sibley Ocheyedan at Spirit Lake
Western at Unity
MMC RU at Kingsley Pierson

Sibley Ocheyedan at Spirit Lake
Sioux Center at Akron Westfield
MOC Floyd Valley at LeMars
Central Lyon at Okoboji
Western at Unity
Hinton at Sergenat Bluff Luton

Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 6/15/15

baseballDes Moines, IA — In the latest Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll, Hinton keeps the 4 spot from last week in Class 2A and Hawarden jumps into the mix at number ten in Class 1A after being unranked last week. Remsen St. Mary’s edges upward to #7 from #8.

Class 4A
1. Johnston, LW #1
2. Waukee, LW #2
3. SE Polk, LW #3
4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, LW #6
5. Dowling Catholic, LW #5
6. Sioux City East, LW (X)
7. Linn-Mar, LW #9
8. Cedar Rapids Prairie, LW (X)
9. Iowa City West, LW (X)
10. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, LW #4

Class 3A
1. Davenport Assumption, LW #1
2. Pella, LW #2
3. West Delaware, LW #4
4. Sioux City Heelan, LW #5
5. Harlan, LW #3
6. Knoxville, LW #7
7. Gilbert, LW #8
8. Waverly-Shell Rock, LW (X)
9. Fairfield, LW #9
10. Williamsburg, LW #10

Class 2A
1. Cascade, LW #1
2. Clear Lake, LW #2
3. Wilton, LW #3
4. Hinton, LW #4
5. Dyersville Beckman, LW #5
6. Des Moines Christian, LW #7
7. Waterloo Columbus, LW (X)
8. South Winneshiek, LW #8
9. Hampton-Dumont, LW (X)
10.Monticello, LW (X)

Class 1A
1. Mason City Newman, LW #1
2. Van Buren (Keosauqua), LW #2
3. Lisbon, LW #7
4. Coon Rapids-Bayard, LW #5
5. Pleasantville, LW #4
6. Martensdale-St. Mary’s, LW #6
7. Remsen St. Mary’s, LW #8
8. Don Bosco, LW #9
9. Exira-EHK, LW #10
10.West Sioux (Hawarden), LW (X)

Changes To 2016 High School Football Schedule

footballDes Moines, IA –– The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has voted to adopt a nine game regular season schedule and 16-team qualifier field for all football classes in the playoffs starting in 2016. The change means a reduction from 32 teams who currently qualify for the postseason in each class.

The schedules for this fall and the 2015 regular season and playoffs remain unchanged as previously published at www.iahsaa.org.

The move comes after review of the current playoff system which allows fewer days of rest and recovery between each game in the postseason. In a nod toward player safety and risk-minimization, the IHSAA has been looking at several options.

““Today’’s actions put in place a scenario for the football postseason which allows for one week between games,”” said Alan Beste, IHSAA Executive Director. ““The driving force behind this decision is player safety and keeping the best interest of our students at the forefront.””

At their meeting on April 29, the IHSAA Board of Control had a discussion regarding the football start date and schedule beginning with the 2016 season. The Board considered many options at that meeting, but decided to gather further input from the IHSAA membership through the IHSAA Representative Council, Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association (IHSADA), and Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA).

It was decided the best way to have a collaborative discussion among those groups was to provide information regarding various options and have a large-group discussion at the June 15 IHSAA Representative Council meeting. The move came about as an attempt to give the parties involved time to seek input from their constituents and be ready to have meaningful discussion at the IHSAA Representative Council.

At today’s meeting, representatives from the IHSADA and IFCA discussed the issue amongst the IHSAA Representative Council. Also present for the discussion were members of the IHSAA administrative team as well as the IHSAA Board of Control.

Following the Representative Council meeting, the IHSAA Board of Control convened and in a unanimous vote decided to retain nine regular season games and move toward a 16-team playoff qualifier structure.

Football is the largest high school participation sport in Iowa among males with 20,630 participants, according to the 2013-2014 IHSAA annual participation survey.