Comets Take Two From Orabs

Boyden-Hull School LogoHull Iowa — The Boyden Hull Comets basketball teams swept Sheldon as the second half of the season got underway. Boyden Hull defended the home floor with a 52-25 win in the girls game and a 72-56 final in the boys contest.

In the girls game the score was tied at 4-4 at the end of the first quarter. Boyden Hull found their offense in the second quarter and took a 21-12 halftime lead as Abbie Kleinwolterink hit  a three as time expired. The Comets rode that momentum to a 38-18 third quarter lead and eventually a 52-25 win.

Kaylee Anderson hit for a game high 14 points followed by Baily Ten Haken with 13 and Abbie Kleinwolterink with 11. Sheldon was led by Kayla Van Meeteren with 7 points.

With the win Boyden Hull improves to 3-6 both on the year and in the conference. Sheldon is 2-9 for the season and 1-8 in the Siouxland.


In the boys game the Comets led at all the breaks. they were up 28-18 at the end of the first quarter. A Sheldon surge in the second quarter got them to within 35-32 at halftime. Led by a 10 point third quarter from Dalton Moser Boyden Hull was in front 54-43 at the end of the third and went on to win it 72-56.

The Comets put four of their five starters in double figures getting a game high 26 from Kyle Bakker, 17 from Dalton Moser, 11 from Chandler Brunsting and 10 from Shane Solberg. Sheldon was led by Jayden Kleinhesselink with 14 points and Kyle Boerhave with 11.

Boyden Hull has not lost since their season opener and improve to 7-1 on the year and in the conference. Sheldon is even at 4-4 in the conference and 4-6 for the season.

Up next for the Orabs will be a trip to Sibley on Friday to go against the Generals of Sibley Ocheyedan. Boyden Hull will be at Rock Valley come Friday night.

Mingo Named Offensive Coordinator

Dordt fb helmetSioux Center, Iowa — Dordt College Athletic Director Glenn Bouma has announced Aaron Mingo will assume the role of offensive coordinator with the Defender football program.

Mingo served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Bluefield College (Virginia) from 2013‑15. He helped the offense at the NAIA school improve from 14.6 points per game to 30.5 points per contest and Bluefield’s yards per game increased from 219 to 414 in those three seasons. The 2014 team ranked 5th in the country in rushing yards and 20th in total yards of offense per game. He coached eight all‑conference selections in three seasons.

“The hiring of Aaron Mingo is a great momentum builder for the Dordt football program. It’s not every day that you get to hire someone that you previously recruited, coached, and traded ideas with professionally,” said Dordt College head football coach Joel Penner. “His previous offensive production in his career is matched by his commitment to invest in others and make everyone around him better. Fans should look forward to an exciting brand of offensive football and I look forward to seeing his influence on our players and our campus.”

Prior to his time at Bluefield, Mingo coached from 2009‑2012 at Greenville College (Illinois) and served in a variety of roles including assistant head coach, junior varsity head coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach. His 2011 offense scored 39 points per game and was 3rd in NCAA Division III football with 501 yards of total offense per game. Greenville was the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference South Champion in 2009 and 2010 and UMAC Co‑Champions in 2012. Greenville also participated in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Victory Bowl in 2009 and 2011 and Greenville won the game in 2012. He coached two UMAC Lineman of the Year honorees and 13 offensive all‑conference honorees in four years as offensive line coach.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Penner’s staff at Dordt College,” said Mingo. “I believe in Dordt College’s mission as a Christ‑centered institution and see great potential for the Defender football program members to excel on the field and in the classroom.”

Mingo played offensive line at Greenville and earned all‑conference honors and academic all‑conference honors.

Mingo earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in teacher leadership both from Greenville.

Ice Safety Reminders as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Iowa DNRThe recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers scrambling to prepare their equipment so they can be out for the coveted early ice fishing of the season.

“Ice fishing is one of our great winter sports and is really a fun, social activity best enjoyed with a group of friends,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Ice fishing is just getting started on a few of the lakes in northern Iowa. Anglers heading out are reminded to check the ice often as they make their way to their favorite fishing spot.

“Even with this cold blast, most Iowa lakes will just now be forming ice and on the northern lakes, there could be pockets of thin ice or places where the geese had kept ice from forming, so it would be wise to check ice thickness as you go out,” Larscheid said. “We also have a heavier blanket of snow across the northern third of the state which will act as insulation from the cold weather and slow ice growth so anglers will need to cut test holes on their way out.”

As a general guide, at a minimum, four inches of quality ice is recommended for fishing and at least five inches for snowmobiles and ATVs.

“Ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Things like current and springs slow ice growth. Things that poke through the ice like rocks, trees or docks will conduct heat and make the ice around it less stable,” Larscheid said.

Early ice offers an excellent chance for success.  If fish are finicky, plan to cut a series of holes and spend 15 minutes at each hole targeting active fish. Make sure to use small baits and light line.

Getting the equipment ready should also include ice safety tips.

“Now that we have ice, we need to go through our mental safety check list.  Go with a friend and be sure to cut some test holes for ice thickness as you go out,” Larscheid said.


Safety Tips on the Ice

  • There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.
  • New ice is usually stronger than old ice.
  • Ice fishing is a social activity, don’t go out alone. If the worst should happen, someone would be there to call for help or to rescue.
  • There could be pockets of thin ice or places where ice recently formed, so it would be wise to check ice thickness as you go out.
  • Avoid off-colored snow or ice. It is usually a sign of weakness.
  • The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process.
  • Safety items in the bucket: Ice picks, about 50 feet of rope and a throwable flotation seat cushion for use in case of rescue.

Brunsting To Attend Dordt

Dordt logoChandler Brunsting, a senior at Boyden-Hull High School in Hull, Iowa has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the men’s basketball program.

Playing point guard, Brunsting is currently averaging 14.5 point, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists to for the Comets. As a junior Brunsting averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game en route to earning second-team all-conference honors.

“Chandler is an outstanding young man and we are very pleased he has decided to attend Dordt College and be part of our basketball program. Being a part of Boyden-Hull’s tradition-rich program will serve him well in his transition to the college game. Chandler has a high basketball IQ and has the unique ability to make those around him better. Moreover, Chandler is a strong student who develop into a solid leader on our campus,” said Dordt head coach Ross Douma.

Chandler is the son of Tim and Cheri Brunsting of Hull, Iowa. He intends to study Accounting at Dordt.

Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

spent shotgun shellIowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.

Rabbit season is open until Feb. 28. Crow season is Jan. 14 to March 31. Beaver trapping season closes on April 15.

For waterfowl, the north zone Canada goose season closes on Jan. 1, and the light goose season closes on Jan. 10. The south zone for Canada goose season closes Jan. 8 and the light goose season closes Jan. 15. The Missouri River zone Canada goose season and light goose season both close on Jan. 15.

The light goose conservation order season is open Jan. 16 to April 15 statewide; additional regulations apply.