Boyden Hull Rock Valley Opens State Softball Tournament Against Center Point Urbana

nighthawk logoFort Dodge Iowa — 31-3 Boyden Hull Rock Valley opens State Softball Tournament play against 29-13 Center Point Urbana at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon in the Class 3A quarterfinals. It’s a match up of state ranked teams with the Nighthawks #7 in the final poll and the Stormin Ponters ranked number 8.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley comes into the game hitting .397 as a team compared to .326 for Center Point Urbana. Both teams hit for power with the Nighthawks hitting 20 home runs as a team and the Stormin Pointers hitting 28 on the season. The running game has been effective for both teams as well. Boyden Hull Rock Valley has been successful on 88-of-91 stolen base attempts with Center Point Urbana converting 77-of-83 attempts.

Individually senior CJ Van Der Zwaag leads the Nighthawks with a .514 batting average and an on base percentage of .561. She’s driven in 48 runs hitting 4 home runs on the season. Freshman Maddie Karr leads Center Point Urbana with a .440 batting average and .545 on base percentage. She leads her team with 16 home runs and 54 rbi’s.

Boyden  Hull Rock Valley has the pitching edge with a team ERA of .166 compared to .230 for Center Point. CJ Van Der Zwaag boasts a .49 ERA with a 29-1 record and 221 strike outs on the year against just 32 walks. Senior Samantha Croghan leads the pitching staff for Center Point. While putting together a 17-8 record she has pitched to a 2.08 ERA striking out 87 while walking 15.

State Softball Tournament coverage begins with pregame at 3:20 Tuesday afternoon for a 3:30 scheduled first pitch from Fort Dodge. Stino brings you the coverage on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream from the website as well at

Area Will be Well Represented at 2015 Shrine Football Game Saturday

football 1Cedar Falls Iowa — On Saturday, July 25th a group of Iowa’s most talented pre-college football players will line up across from each other in the UNI Dome for the 43rd Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl.
Area players that are a part of that group include Andy Cooper of Sheldon, Austin Folsom of Spirit Lake, Blake Simons of Hartley Melvin Sanborn, Brady Van’t Hul of Western Christian, Omar Majia of Boyden Hull Rock Valley, Braden De Boer of Sioux Center and Jake Newborg of West Lyon.

Western Christian head coach Travis Kooima will be an assistant on the North staff headed up by Scott Frerichs of New Hampton. Kick off at the UNI Dome is set for 4pm.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl Game is an all-star football game between selected pre-college football athletes on each side of a north-south dividing line in Iowa.

The players are selected by a process of nomination by coaches, balloting by state-wide sports media professionals, and official invitation from a representative of the Iowa Shrine Bowl.

To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2,268,000 for The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.  Funds for The Shriner’s Hospitals For Children are developed by ticket sales, advertising in the Shrine Bowl program, merchandise sales, contributions and sponsorships.

Spirit Lake Downs Boyden Hull Rock Valley in District Baseball

baseball Spencer Iowa — Spirit Lake opened Class 3A District tournament play with a 13-3 semi final win over Boyden Hull Rock Valley in a  game played at Spencer. With the win the eighth ranked Indians advance to the District final back in Spencer on Monday. Their opponent will be ninth ranked Spencer who eliminated Storm Lake 16-0 in the other semifinal Friday night.

The Indians opened the scoring with a run in the first inning. Jeremiah Eldridge doubled and came in to score on an rbi single by Jac Radcliffe.

Spirit Lake broke the game open with a 10 run third inning highlighted by a trio of home runs. Tony Eckert hit a two run shot and a solo home run in the inning. Logan Backhaus added a solo home run as well.

A run in the fourth inning made it 12-0 in favor of Spirit Lake as Eldridge reached and scored on an rbi single by Justin Jones.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley scored three in the top of the fifth inning. Shane Solberg reached on an error and scored on a ground ball off the bat of Bryce Van Beek. Travis Van EgDom Doubled and came home when Wyatt Cannegieter launched a two-run homer to left field that pulled the Nighthawks within 11-3 at the time.

Spirit Lake would hold the Nighthawks scoreless the rest of the way to post the six inning win 13-3.

Gavin DeVos went 6 innings for the win. he gave up 6 hits, 2 earned run, walked 3 and struck out 6.

Bryce Van Beek went the first two and two third innings for the Nighthawks and took the loss. Through the first two innings he had given up just 2 hits.

With the win Spirit Lake improves to 24-7 on the year while Boyden Hull Rock Valley end s the season at 16-15.

Wohlert Named To Preseason All-American Team

Northwestern logoTwo Northwestern College players were named to the Sporting News NAIA Preseason All-American team announced by the national sports organization earlier this month.

Justin Wohlert (Hartley, Iowa) earned the preseason national honor after leading the NAIA with 10 interceptions in 2014, one shy of matching the conference (GPAC) record. Wohlert was named to the NAIA/AFCA All-American team and first team all-conference honors for the Red Raiders, who boasted the NAIA’s top defense last year. A three-year starter at defensive back, Wohlert totaled 30.5 tackles and broke up 23 passes.

Levi Ettleman (Logan, Iowa) also earned the preseason honor heading into his final season with the Red Raider football team. Ettleman caught 19 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns as the team’s tight end in 2014. Also serving as the team’s punter, Ettleman averaged nearly 41 yards per attempt in earning second team all-league honors. Ettleman, a three-sport standout for the Red Raiders, was a 2015 All-American in the shot put last spring during the outdoor track and field season.

Northwestern finished the 2014 season with a 9-2 record, falling to Missouri Valley in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series in double overtime, 20-17. The Red Raiders were co-champions, along with Morningside, in the GPAC with an 8-1 record. They open the season on the road against Tabor on Sept. 5 in Hillsboro, Kan.

West Sioux Over Central Lyon 6-1

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The West Sioux Falcons defeated Central Lyon 6-1 in Class 1A District 2 baseball action. The Falcons will play Akron Westfield who downed LeMars Gehlen 6-4 in the other district semifinal Thursday night.

Justin Negaard would get walked in the 2nd inning for the Falcons and would later come into score after Jett Boyer dropped one in the gap in right-center. The Falcons would lead 1-0 after two innings of work. A 5-run 3rd inning helped the Falcons extend their lead 6-0. The highlight of the inning was Jett Boyer clearing the loaded bases with a hit to shallow left field. Central Lyon would get on the board in the bottom of the 5th after Alex Waagmeester scored on a grounder by CJ Roths, but that wouldn’t be enough as West Sioux went on to the 6-1 victory.

Porter Hummel got the win for West Sioux, going 7 innings, walking 4, giving up 2 hits, striking out 11, and adding 1 earned run to his name.

Nic Lutmer took the loss for Central Lyon. In 2 2/3 innings of work, he gave up six hits, walked 3, struck out 2 and let up 5 earned runs.

West Sioux improves to 23-4 on the season, and will play Saturday night in LeMars for the District Title.

Central Lyon finishes their season at 17-8.