Nighthawks Shut-Out Sergeant Bluff-Luton

nighthawk logoBoyden, Iowa — The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks would play small ball in the first inning for a quick score, and never looked back while CJ Van Der Zwaag shut out the Warriors of Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6-0 at Centennial Park Friday night.

Cassie Van Beek started the bottom of the first inning with a lead off bunt. Van Beek would steal 2nd, advance to 3rd on Kaitlyn Kerr’s sacrifice bunt, and ultimately come into score on the Courtney Schafer sacrifice bunt. In the 2nd inning Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley would add 4 more runs. Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag would double down the 3rd base line, Taylor Richter would bunt, reach first base after a Warrior error, while aggressive running by pinch-runner Emily De Ruyter came in to score from 2nd. Four batters later with 2 runners on, Cassie Van Beek would lift one deep to left for the 3-run homer making it 5-0 after 2. The Nighthawks would add one more run in the 5th inning and go on to win 6-0 over Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Terri Deitloff would take the loss in 6 innings of work, giving up 8 hits, walking 2, with 2 strikeouts and earning 3 runs.

Nighthawk pitcher CJ Van Der Zwaag would get the win with the complete game shut-out, giving up just 3 hits in the contest.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley improves to 30-3 on the season and will play Spirit Lake Monday night in the Region Final in Sheldon. Spirit Lake advanced with a 6-2 win over Cherokee in the upper bracket semi final.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton ends the season at 22-15.

July 9th 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 walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver; some have been picked up with leeches. 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.


Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up 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. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.


Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass can be found near weed choked areas at this time as they are protecting their fry. Fish are being caught in trickles using top water frogs. Anglers are also catching bass on boat hoists along the north banks in the deeper water. Try crankbaits or swimbaits to pull these bass out from under the hoists. 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 jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Try fishing jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch – Good: A majority of anglers creeled are catching yellow perch at this time. Most fish are coming from Anglers Bay from the weed edge in 16-17 feet of water. Anglers are drifting small jigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits. 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: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.


Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: 6-8 inch bluegills are being caught in low numbers along the north bank as of Saturday. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Crappie – Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms.


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 under docks tipped with wax worms.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

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


West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth can be found under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Fish these spots with football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouths have moved off beds and are now headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Try fishing with jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. 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. Fish being caught are in the 13-19 inch range. 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 plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch – Fair: Quality 8-10 inch perch can be found in the shallows where substrate is exposed. Fish Breezy point, Pillsbury, or Fort Dodge with wigglers and a small jig..


Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.


Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large yellow bass can be caught at the outlet of little lake. These fish are being seen and caught under the overhang of the outlet structure. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead – Excellent: A very large number of bullheads are being seen while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island. These large numbers of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge.

Cherokee Ends Orabs Season in Region Quarterfinals

Cherokee, Iowa — The Cherokee Braves softball team stormed out to an early lead and never looked back against the Orabs Wednesday night in Cherokee.

The Braves scored 3 runs early in the first inning after Kaely Hummel reached the bags with a base on balls, she would come into score after Cherokee pitcher Lindsay Williams doubled to right. Brookelyn Hoeppner would add more cushion after she homered  over the fence in center for the early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Cherokee would keep the offense going in the fourth inning, scoring 5 runs while taking advantage of Orab errors. The score was 8-0 after four innings of work. The Braves would keep the bats swinging into the 6th inning where Hummel would hit a solo home run shot to center. After Emily Haselhoff reached 1st base on an error, Williams would help her cause by taking one deep to center for the 2-run homer  and an 11-0 lead.

The Orabs got some offense going in the bottom of the 6th with a hit by Kayla Van Meeteren, which broke up Lindsay Williams’s bid for a no hitter. Then Tayler Weber reached on a walk to put runners at first and second. Two batters later Sami Kleinwolterink would bomb one out to center for the 3-run homer to make it 11-3 after six, but that wouldn’t be enough as the Braves would go on for the 12-3 win in the 7th.

Kleinwolterink would take the loss for the Orabs, going the complete game. She let up 11 hits, walked 2, struck out 4.

Lindsay Williams went 7 innings for Cherokee, giving up just 3 hits, only walking 3, striking out 9, and let 3 runs score.

Cherokee improves to 19-13 on the season and head to Spirit Lake to play Spirit Lake who downed George Little Rock Central Lyon 11-1 in the other upper bracket quarterfinal.

The Sheldon Orabs finish the season at 11-14 for the season.

Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 7/6/15

baseball fieldDes Moines, Iowa — As we head to the opening round of tournament baseball the latest poll is out. Five teams in the KIWA listening area have earned their way into the polls in Class 3A, 2A and 1A. In 3A Spirit Lake is ranked number 8 with Spencer in the 10 spot. In 2A Hinton is ranked number 8. In Class 1A West Sioux and LeMars Gehlen occupy the nine and ten spots in the final poll.

Class 4A
1. Waukee, LW #1
2. Johnston, LW #3
3. Cedar Rapids Prairie, LW #5
4. Dowling Catholic, LW #4
5. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, LW #2
6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, LW #8
7. Southeast Polk, LW #7
8. Sioux City North, LW (X)
9. Sioux City East, LW #6
10.Lewis Central, LW #10

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

Final Class 2A
1. Cascade, LW #1
2. Wilton, LW #2
3. Waterloo Columbus, LW #4
4. South Winneshiek, LW #5
5. Clear Lake, LW #6
6. Dyersville Beckman, LW #3
7. New Hampton, LW #8
8. Hinton, LW #7
9. Northeast (Goose Lake), LW (X)
10.Ogden, LW #10

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

2015 FINAL Iowa High School Softball Rankings

baseballDes Moines, Iowa — The final high school softball rankings are out and four northwest Iowa teams are in the poll. Defending state champion Akron Westfield tops the Class 1A poll with Woodbury Central in the three spot. In 3A Spirit Lake and Boyden Hull Rock Valley are running Five and seven respectively.


Class 1A

1 Akron-Westfield 26-4 1
2 New London 27-2 2
3 Woodbury Central 28-8 5
4 Lynnville-Sully 32-3 6
5 AGWSR 23-8 4
6 Don Bosco 30-5 3
7 Logan-Magnolia 30-3 8
8 Marquette Catholic 26-5 7
9 River Valley 23-7 9
10 Wayne 20-4 12
11 Glidden-Ralston 20-6 10
12 Kee 27-10 NR
13 North Butler 16-7 NR
14 Charter Oak-Ute 26-10 NR
15 Martensdale-St. Marys 24-10 14

Dropped Out: Westwood (11), Janesville (13), Central City (15)

Class 2A

1 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 25-7 5
2 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 29-6 2
3 Highland 22-5 1
4 BCLUW 20-8 8
5 North Union 30-9 9
6 Pella Christian 22-9 6
7 Central Springs 24-5 3
8 Durant 24-8 10
9 Wapello 23-6 7
10 Iowa City Regina 20-14 11
11 Treynor 23-6 13
12 IKM-Manning 22-8 4
13 Collins-Maxwell/Baxter 18-14 NR
14 Cascade 19-10 12
15 Missouri Valley 22-6 NR

Dropped Out: Lawton-Bronson (14), Des Moines Christian (15)

Class 3A

1 Solon 25-3 2
2 Benton Community 37-3 1
3 East Marshall 25-4 3
4 Greene County 26-6 4
5 Spirit Lake 29-6 5
6 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 27-5 13
7 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 28-3 11
8 Center Point-Urbana 26-13 7
9 Crestwood 22-5 10
10 Northeast 31-5 6
11 West Liberty 20-9 9
12 Mid-Prairie 21-12 8
13 Mount Vernon 26-9 14
14 Saydel 19-14 NR
15 West Burlington/Notre Dame 22-13 NR

Dropped Out: Sioux Center (12), Iowa Falls-Alden (15)

Class 4A

1 ADM 29-4 4
2 Indianola 33-6 1
3 Winterset 28-10 6
4 Oskaloosa 24-6 2
5 Carlisle 28-5 3
6 Fort Dodge 20-15 6
7 Norwalk 25-8 9
8 Davenport Assumption 28-6 7
9 Dallas Center-Grimes 23-12 12
10 Waverly-Shell Rock 29-4 8
11 Keokuk 22-11 11
12 North Scott 24-11 15
13 Creston 23-6 10
14 Fairfield 24-10 13
15 Cedar Rapids Xavier 21-15 NR

Dropped Out: Knoxville (14)

Class 5A

1 West Des Moines Valley 32-4 2
2 Johnston 29-4 3
3 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 31-6 5
4 Iowa City West 29-5 1
5 Waukee 27-8 6
6 Dowling Catholic 24-11 7
7 Pleasant Valley 27-5 4
8 Ankeny Centennial 21-14 8
9 Des Moines East 24-13 NR
10 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 26-10 9

Dropped Out: Urbandale (10)

Western Christian Advances to Region Softball Quarterfinals

Western ChristianHull Iowa — A seven run top of the fifth inning propelled Western Christian to the 2A quarterfinals in Region 1 softball. The Wolfpack moved past Sibley Ocheyedan 16-6 on Monday night in a first round play in  game. Now it’s on to Larchwood Wednesday to go against the West Lyon Wild Cat who received a first round bye into the quarterfinals.

The Generals took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Charlie Palsrock hit a two run homer to right field with Makenzie Wolter aboard.

Western tied it at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning.  Brittany Buren and Alyssa Buren both reached base. Courtsey runner Josie Stiemsma and Alyssa Buren both scored on a fielders choice off the bat of Corrie Jansen.

The Wolfpack took a 3-2 lead with a run in the top of the third as Kenzie Bousema singled and scored on an rbi single from Erika Bousema.

Sibley Ocheyedan answered with a par of runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-3 as the Generals used a pair of walks and a hit batsman to load the bases. Jill Berkland singled up the middle to score Palsrock and Erin Swensen.

The Wolfpack answered with a run in the top of the fourth as Jamie Gesink was hit by a pitch and later scored on an rbi single to left by Kylie Van’t Hul. That tied the score at 4-4.

Western broke it open with a seven run fifth inning. The inning was keyed by a 2-run double from Gesink, rbi  singles from Kenzie Bousema, Kelsie Van’t Hul and   Janae Wynia. Corrie Jansen contributed a sac fly as well. When the half inning ended Western had taken control 11-6.

The Wolfpack pushed four more runs across in the top of the sixth inning sparked by rbi singles from Kylie Van’t Hul, Kenzie Bousema and Wynia to run the lead to 15-4.

Sibley Ocheyedan battled back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth as Palsrock and Britta Harberts reached and scored. Megan Block singled in a run with the other coming on an error as the Generals kept the game going cutting the lead to 15-6.

Western closed out the scoring with a run in the top of the seventh as Erika Bousema singled and later scored on a fielders choice by Alyssa Buren to make the final 16-6 as the Wolfpack held Sibley Ocheyedan off the board in the bottom of the seventh.

Alyssa Buren got the win in relief of Brittany Buren. She went the final four and a third innings giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs. She struck out 2 and walked 3. Payton Crichton took the loss going the first four and a third innings giving up 6 hits and 8 earned runs. She struck out 2 and walked 8.

With the win Western improves to 14-12    on the year while the Generals see their season come to a close at 4-19.