Sports Schedule for Saturday

golf picNorthwest Iowa — State boys golf will be decided in all classes Saturday. Boys soccer reaches the Substate final round an some baseball land softball dot the schedule as well.

Class 1A Boys Substate Soccer Final
MOC Floyd Valley vs West Sioux with winner advancing to state

Central Lyon at the Kingsley Pierson tournameent

Spencer at BHRV for a double header

Remsen St Mary’s at the Kingley Pierson tourney

Sports Schedule for Friday May 29th

baseball fieldNorthwest Iowa — Baseball and softball high light the sports schedule for Friday as the first week of the season comes to a close.

Sheldon @ Rock Valley
West Sioux, Hawarden @ Akron-Westfield
Okoboji@ Alta/Aurelia
Western Christian @ Central Lyon
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn @ Clay Central-Everly
Sibley-Ocheyedan @ Estherville Lincoln Central
South O’Brien @ Harris-Lake Park
Trinity Christian @ Hinton
Remsen St. Mary’s @ MMC-RU
MOC-Floyd Valley @ Spencer
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars @ Unity Christian

Sheldon @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn @ Clay Central-Everly
LeMars Gehlen Catholic @ Unity Christian
MOC-Floyd Valley @ Spencer
Okoboji @ George-Little Rock/Central Lyon
Sibley-Ocheyedan @ Storm Lake
South O’Brien @ Harris-Lake Park
Remsen St. Mary’s @ MMC-RU
Trinity Christian, Hull @ Hinton
West Sioux, Hawarden @ Akron-Westfield

This Week’s Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Iowa DNRSpirit 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 12 to 13 inch and 17 to 19 inch walleye. Try trolling shad colored crankbaits in 7 to 9 feet of water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use traditional catfish baits. A few are also being picked up while walleye fishing.

Clear Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught near the edges of the cattails and rushes around the lake. Some have started to move in. Use a cane pole or waders and a long rod to drop a light jig (1/8 oz. or smaller) tipped with a minnow or quarter piece of worm into little pockets in the reeds. Walleye – Good: Dodges Point and Billys Reef have been producing for anglers drifting or anchoring. Trolling has also been good. Shore fishermen have been catching some on north shore docks, city seawall, docks by the outlet and the island. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are in the pre-spawn period. Anglers can expect fast action in the shallows after dark. Fish with a piece of cut bait, live chub, stinkbait, or worms. MacIntosh Park, the Ventura jetties, Farmers Beach, and the C.L. city dock are good places to try for them. Muskellunge – Good: Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers have had good success on Woodford Island. Fishing is best before sunrise (4:30-5:30) and at sunset or on overcast or windy days. Fish with small hair jigs in the 1/32 or 1/64 oz. range. Tip jig with a small portion of worm, leech, or minnow. Anglers are sorting fish, with size ranging between 6.5 -7.1 inches or 7.9-8.3 inches. Bluegill – No Report: Anglers should 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.

Lake Pahoja

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

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Small bass are in trickles. Larger bass are still out deep. Males are staging on beds. Many bedded bass are being seen along the north shore near Trickle Slough. Walleye – Good: An evening bite is happening at the north grade, anglers showing up around 8:30 pm are quickly catching walleye. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Anglers using dark deer hair jigs tipped with leeches are proving the most successful. Bullhead – Excellent: The north grade is keeping anglers busy with bullheads. Anglers being creeled have reported catching many bullheads over a pound. Anglers are using worm weighted to the bottom. Yellow Perch – Fair: The fishing pier at the grade is producing more perch in the 6-8 inch range for anglers willing to sort through bullheads and bluegill. Anglers using jig heads and wax worms are having success.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary in size from small to a few 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad. 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 the 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.

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. 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. Anglers fishing darker crankbaits or bottom jigs with leeches are having the most success. Fish being caught are in the 13-19 inch range.

Iowa Girls Golf State Qualifying Completed

golf clubNorthwest Iowa — After weather delays postponed the action Tuesday Class 3A and 1A girls golfers wrapped up State Golf Meet Qualifying on Wednesday.

In Class 3A at the Pocahontas Golf Club MoC Floyd Valley qualified as a team with a 375. Clarion Goldfield had the top score at 368. Alex Mankle of Okoboji qualified as an individual with a 74.


Region 1 Pocahontas: Pocahontas Golf Club
Clarion-Goldfield/Dows – 368 – State Qualifier
MOC-Floyd Valley – 375 – State Qualifier
Kuemper Catholic – 382
Garner-Hayfield/Ventura – 394

Individual Qualifiers:
Emily Snelling, Clear Lake – 68
Alex Mankle, Okoboji – 74
Mikaela Livengood, Clarion-Goldfield/Ventura – 83
Bailey Frayne, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura – 86
Courtney Snyder, Kuemper Catholic – 88


In Class 1A area golfers were able to finish the first nine holes Tuesday with the final nine played on Wednesday at the Newell Municipal Golf Course.

Akron Westfield from the War Eagle Conference will move on to State shooting a 407. Algona Garrigan has the top team score at 406.

Hannah Sieperda of Central Lyon shot a 93 to advance along with Kassie Peters who carded a 94. Kortney Hedlund of Akron Westfield fired a 96 to qualify as an individual.

Region 1 Newell: Newell Municipal Golf Course
Bishop Garrigan – 406 – State Qualifier
Akron-Westfield – 407 – State Qualifier
Central Lyon – 414
Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire – 426
Newell-Fonda – 428
Storm Lake St. Mary’s – 453

Individual Qualifiers:
Emily Marlow, Bishop Garrigan – 91
Sara Harris, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire – 92
Hannah Sieperda, Central Lyon – 93
Kassie Peters, George-Little Rock – 94
Kortney Hedlund, Akron-Westfield – 96

Spirit Lake Takes 4-3 win Over Orabs in Sheldon

baseballThe Spirit Lake Indians outlasted the Sheldon Orabs 4-3 in an eight inning contest as both teams opened the baseball season at Orab Field Tuesday night.

Spirit Lake opened the scoring with a run in the first inning as Keaton Leach scored from third on a sac fly to center off the bat of Gavin Kramer.

Sheldon tied the score with a run in the bottom of the second as Ross Van Kley singled to right field and later scored from third on a wild pitch.

Spirit Lake plated a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning to move in front 3-1. Tony Echert and Gavin Kramer had back to back singles to lead off the inning. Echert scored on a sac fly by Brock Tweet with Kramer crossing the plate on an error.

The Orabs tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Cody Van Meeteren opening the inning with a walk followed by a Ross Van Kley single. Van Meeteren scored on a sac fly by Travis Sterler with Van Kley scoring later in the inning on a wild pitch.

The score remained tied until the top of the eight inning when Jeremiah Eldridge singled to left with two out, stole second and eventually scored on a single to left by Corey Meschede to make the final 4-3 in favor of Spirit Lake.

Gavin DeVos got the win in relief of Logan Backkhaus. De Vos went the final 3 innings striking out 5 and walking 2 on 44 pitches.

Matt Buenger took the loss going the final 3 innings in relief of Ross Van Kley. Van Kley gave up two earned runs with Buenger giving up just 1 earned run while striking out 2 and giving up 1 hit on 26 pitches.

Up next for Sheldon is a trip to LeMars Wednesday night. Spirit Lake travels to Sioux Central for a Wednesday evening contest.

Area Class 2A Golfers Qualify for State 3A and 1A Finish Wednesday

golf clubNorthwest Iowa — Weather got in the way of girls state golf qualifying Tuesday. The entire class 3A qualifier at at the Pocahontas Golf Club was postponed. MOC Floyd Valley will be competing as a team. Area individuals include Rachel Abele of Sheldon, Alex Mankle of Okoboji and MOC Floyd Valley team mates Kira Jasper and Lauren Webber.

In Class 1A they were able to play 9 holes at the Newell Municipal Golf Course. They’ll play the final 9 holes Wednesday beginning at 11:00am. Central Lyon and Akron Westfield advanced out of the first round and are in the hunt. Individual qualifiers included Kassie Peters of George Little Rock and Central Lyon team mates Hannah Sieperda and Sydney Peterson.

In Class 2A play was decided at Deer Run in Hinton. West Monona posted the low team score at 375 with Unity Christian at 379. Both will move on to State as a team.

Individual qualifiers for the Girls State Golf Meet from the area include Chanda Zommermaand of Unity at 84 and team mate Alyssa Fedders at 91.

Region 1 Hinton: Deer Run Golf Course
West Monona – 375 – State Qualifier
Unity Christian – 379 – State Qualifier
Hinton – 389
Sibley-Ocheyedan – 409

Individual Qualifiers:
Sam Knight, West Monona – 77
Rachel Grenko, Hinton – 79
Chanda Zommermaand, Unity Christian – 84
Allyson Rose – West Monona, 89
Alyssa Fedders – Unity Christian, 91