Orabs and Wildcats Split Basketball Doubleheader

BasketballSheldon Iowa — Sheldon and West Lyon split a basketball doubleheader Friday night in Sheldon. West Lyon took the girls game 60-49 with Sheldon winning the boys game 57-42.

In the girls game West Lyon led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter before Mia Hoogeveen dropped in five 3’s in a 15 point second quarter to led the Wildcats to a 29-18 halftime advantage. Hoogeveen would ad another pair of 3’s in the third quarter on the way to a game high 22 points. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 46-34 with the Wildcats winning 60-49. Also in double figures for West Lyon was Maddie Meyer with 14 points.

Sheldon put two players in double figures with Haily Jungers hitting for 13 and Kayla Van Meeteren adding a dozen on four 3-pointers.

With the win West Lyon runs their winning streak to seven and stand at 7-2 on the year and 5-2 in the Siouxland. Sheldon is 2-6 for the year and 1-6 in the conference.


In the boys game Sheldon opened with a 19-6 first quarter lead hitting five 3’s in the quarter. They would hit 10 in the game. At the half the lead was 32-21. At the end of the third quarter Colby Kleinhesselink hit a three off the glass as time expired to give the Orabs a 46-34 lead as Sheldon went on to win 57-42.

Ian Jongewaard hit for 11 points including a trio of threes. Jaden Kleinhesselink added 10 points. West Lyon got a game high 17 points from Issaac Heyer who hit a trio of threes of his own.

With the win Sheldon improves to 4-3 on the year and 4-2 in the conference. West Lyon falls to 3-4 on the year and 2-4 in the Siouxland. Sheldon returns to action Saturday afternoon hosting Unity Christian. The girls game will tip off at 3:00 with the boys game to follow. Next action for West Lyon will be on Tuesday when they travel to Rock Valley.

2015-16 FOURTH Iowa Girls’ High School Basketball Rankings

ighsauNorthwest Iowa — In the latest IGHSAU Girls High School Basketball poll, George-Little Rock drops out of the Class 1A rankings, while Unity maintains the #1 spot in Class 2A. Western fell 3 spots to the 6th with Okoboji ranked 7th. No movement in Class 3A for the area schools, Sioux Center, Cherokee, and Spirit Lake all remain at 5, 7, and 10 respectively.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Springville 6-0 1
2 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 6-0 2
3 Turkey Valley 7-0 3
4 Kingsley-Pierson 7-0 4
5 Bedford 8-0 5
6 Burlington Notre Dame 8-0 9
7 Newell-Fonda 4-3 6
8 Kee 6-1 7
9 Adair-Casey 7-0 10
10 Grand View Christian 5-0 11
11 Northwood-Kensett 7-0 13
12 Lynnville-Sully 8-0 14
13 Nodaway Valley 5-1 8
14 Dunkerton 8-0 15
15 Westwood 6-2 NR

Dropped Out: George-Little Rock (12)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Unity Christian 6-0 1
2 Iowa City Regina 6-0 2
3 Pekin 5-0 4
4 Manson-NW Webster 6-1 5
5 West Branch 7-0 6
6 Western Christian 2-2 3
7 Okoboji 7-0 7
8 Van Meter 6-1 7
9 Interstate 35 6-1 10
10 Central Decatur 6-1 11
11 Lawton-Bronson 5-2 8
12 Durant 7-2 12
13 Maquoketa Valley 4-1 13
14 Des Moines Christian 6-1 15
15 Treynor 6-0 NR

Dropped Out: West Hancock (14)

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Nevada 6-1 1
2 Pocahontas Area 7-0 2
3 Center Point-Urbana 7-0 3
4 Osage 5-0 4
5 Sioux Center 7-0 5
6 Union 6-0 6
7 Cherokee 5-0 7
8 Monticello 5-1 8
9 Hampton-Dumont 5-0 9
10 Spirit Lake 4-1 10
11 Mount Vernon 4-3 12
12 Forest City 5-0 13
13 Cascade 6-1 NR
14 Crestwood 7-0 NR
15 Davenport Assumption 2-4 11

Dropped Out: West Marshall (14), Mediapolis (15)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Ballard 6-0 1
2 Mason City 5-1 2
3 Harlan 3-1 3
4 Western Dubuque 6-0 4
5 Marion 5-1 6
6 Lewis Central 7-0 9
7 Keokuk 4-1 7
8 Fairfield 6-2 5
9 North Scott 7-0 12
10 Bishop Heelan 2-2 10
11 Dallas Center-Grimes 4-2 8
12 Waverly-Shell Rock 5-2 11
13 Pella 4-2 14
14 Spencer 5-0 15
15 Boone 4-2 NR

Dropped Out: Carlisle (15)

Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Waukee 5-0 1
2 Johnston 6-0 2
3 Indianola 8-0 5
4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7-1 7
5 West Des Moines Valley 5-1 10
6 Ankeny Centennial 5-1 3
7 Iowa City High 6-1 9
8 Dowling Catholic 3-3 4
9 Linn-Mar 5-1 6
10 Cedar Falls 7-0 11
11 Southeast Polk 4-2 8
12 Davenport North 5-1 12
13 Pleasant Valley 4-2 13
14 Sioux City West 6-0 14
15 Iowa City West 6-0 15

Dropped Out: None

Tyler Starr Promoted to Falcons 53 man Roster

Tyler StarrAtlanta Georgia — The Atlanta Falcons announced Friday that they have promoted outside linebacker Tyler Starr to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, and placed center James Stone on injured reserve.

Starr, 6-5, 250 pounds, was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round (255th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of South Dakota. In 2014, he was a member of the Falcons 53-man roster, but did not see any game action. He has spent the first 14 weeks of the 2015 season as a member of the Falcons practice squad.

Starr is a native of Little Rock and excelled at the high school level for Central Lyon George Little Rock.

Stone, 6-3, 291 pounds was originally signed by the Falcons as a college free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.

The Falcons will be at Jacksonville Sunday for a 12:00 noon kick off Central time.

Weekly DNR Fishing Report

DNR logoSpirit 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)

Water levels are high. Few anglers have been out this last week, but some crappie and a few perch have been picked up in the marina. 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.

Clear Lake

The lake is still ice-free as of December 17.

Big Spirit Lake

The lake is still open at this time. Walleye – Fair: Wader fishing on the old foot bridge has been producing a few walleyes.

East Okoboji Lake

With the warm weather and windy conditions the past week, the lake has become completely open.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Most of the lake is covered with a thin layer of ice. Fishing activity has been low due to unsafe ice conditions.

West Okoboji Lake

West Lake is completely open. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Warriors Sweep Orabs in Sioux Center

warriors logoSioux Center, Iowa — Sioux Center swept a Siouxland Conference basketball doubleheader against Sheldon Tuesday night in Sioux Center. The Orab girls fell 67-27, with the Orab boys falling 71-66, in an overtime thriller.

In the girls game the Warriors jumped out to a quick lead over the Orabs and never looked back. They were up 19-6 at the end of the first quarter and led 41-14 at the half. At the end of three it was 60-23 as they went on to win 67-27. Sioux Center got a game high 16 from Jessica Harald and 13 points from Clare Kortlever. Sheldon was led by Sydney Iedema with six points in the contest.

With the win #5 Sioux Center stays unbeaten on the year and in the conference at 5-0. Sheldon slides to 2-5 on the season and 1-5 in the conference.

In the boys game, Sheldon would jump to an early lead and at the end of the first quarter the Orabs led 17-7. The Orabs would extend their lead to 13, making it 33-20 at the midway point. The Orabs would maintain their lead heading into the fourth quarter, 44-34, but Sioux Center would show why they were undefeated, and claw their way back to tie it up with 22 seconds left in the 4th on a Tyus Arends 3 pointer. Heading into OT, the score was knotted up at 57-57. In the extra period, each team would trade baskets throughout, but Sioux Center would come away victorious 71-66.

The Warriors were lead by Matt Van Engen with 17 points, with nine of those coming in OT. The Orab team leaders were Jaden Kleinhesselink with 15 points, as well as Ian Jongewaard with 14.

Sioux Center improves to 5-0 on the season and in the Siouxland. Sheldon is 3-3 for the year and 3-2 in the conference.

The Orabs will play host to West Lyon on Friday for more doubleheader basketball action. Sioux Center will put their unblemished marks on the line against Rock Valley on Friday in Sioux Center.

Penner Named Dordt Head Football Coach

Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt College Athletic Director Glenn Bouma has announced the hiring of Joel Penner as head coach of the Dordt !cid_image001_jpg@01D13752College football program effective immediately.

Penner, who recently completed his fourth season as offensive coordinator at Malone University (Ohio), has also served as Malone’s assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator. He has 16 years of college football coaching experience and has spent time at Northwestern College (Iowa), Trinity International (Illinois), Greenville (Illinois), and Pacific Lutheran (Washington).

“Through the interview process, we were impressed by Joel’s football knowledge and his ability to build up the programs he has been a part of,” said Bouma. “He has exhibited fine character and is committed to continuing to build a Christ-centered program at Dordt College that will challenge those involved with it athletically, academically, and spiritually.”

Dordt College President Dr. Erik Hoekstra says the college is pleased to welcome Coach Penner to his new role. “He clearly understands Dordt’s vision, and he shares our commitment to the integration of faith and learning in all that we do,” Hoekstra said.

Under Penner’s guidance, the Malone offense doubled in production over Penner’s first two years on the staff in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the Pioneers averaged nearly 30 points and 400 yards of offense per game while also leading the GLIAC in red zone touchdown percentage. Penner was a part of a coaching staff that transitioned Malone from NAIA membership to NCAA Division II status.

While at Northwestern from 2009-2011, Penner coached an offense that averaged over 36 points and 420 yards per game during the 2011 season. In addition to crafting a strong Red Raider passing attack, he also developed a spread option ground game that was ranked third in the nation in 2010 with an average of 283 yards per contest. During Penner’s three years at Northwestern, 21 offensive players earned all-conference honors and four players were named NAIA All-Americans.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be Dordt’s head football coach. I believe that God has given me the right mix of experiences and skills, passion for the game, leadership qualities, and passion to spearhead this program,” Penner said. “As I looked for a head coaching opportunity, I was looking for an institution that matched my values and also embodied excellence. Through this process I was overwhelmed by the high level of competency and sense of community at Dordt. With that kind of environment and support, I believe the Dordt football program will become an industry standard.”

Penner earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and wellness management and a master’s degree in Christian studies from Trinity International (IL) University. He and his wife, Emily, have one daughter, Ella, and two sons, Jacob and Caleb.