Iowa Shrine Football Game Coming July 25th

football-strategy-22687119Sioux City Iowa — The 43rd annual Iowa Shrine Bowl Football Game is set for July 25th at the UNI Dome. Area football players selected to play in this years game were invited to gather in Sioux City for a banquet Monday night.

Northwest Iowa seniors selected to play at the so called “skill positions” for the North Squad this year include Austin Folsom of Spirit Lake, Blake Simons of HMS, Brady Van’t Hul of Western Christian and Omar Mejia of Boyden Hull Rock Valley. Just as skilled linemen from the listening area include Branden DeBoer of Sioux Center, Jake Newborg of West Lyon and Andy Cooper of Sheldon.

Western Christian’s head coach Travis Kooima has been selected as an assistant for the North staff under head coach Scott Freichs of New Hampton. The coaching staffs are selected by the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl, which began in 1973, has raised more than $2.2 million to date with that money going to help The Shriner’s Hospital for Children. A total of 92 football players and 55 cheerleaders were selected for this year’s event. Kick off this year is set for Saturday July 25th at 4pm at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls.

Northwestern Pitcher Earns Weekly Honor

Northwestern logoSioux City, Iowa – Northwestern pitcher Kayla Tindall is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week.

Tindall, a 5’10 freshman hailing from Akron, Iowa pitched a complete-game, two-hitter in leading Northwestern to a 6-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in game two of a doubleheader. Tindall walked two and struck out four while giving up just two singles in recording her second shutout of the season. The freshman helped her cause with a two-run single at the plate.

Iowa’s Spring Turkey Seasons Begin April 13

Iowa DNRIowa’s turkey flock had an excellent hatch in 2014 leading to the possibility that hunters should see increased opportunities to harvest a bird during the 2015 spring turkey season.

The younger birds, called Jakes, are often more vulnerable, responding to calls in  groups and competing among themselves to see which one can get to the call first. The older Toms are can be more cautious and reluctant to respond to the sirens temptations.

“We’re still seeing good groups of turkeys in winter flocks, but they will be breaking up soon as we head into the breeding season,” said Jim Coffey, forest wildlife species technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Iowa has turkeys in every county with higher numbers being found in areas where there is a more diversified mixture of timber with agriculture.

Coffey, who participates in spring turkey hunting seminars geared toward first time and novice hunters, said confidence is key and that confidence comes from talking to other turkey hunters, spending time in the woods and learning from your mistakes.

“The number one piece of advice I can give is to pattern your gun before going out. This is the sport of one shot – you need to know what that shot will be when you pull the trigger,” he said. “Don’t get hung up on calling – but understand when to call. A common mistake is calling too much.  You want to tease the bird. Once you call, stay put, because he knows where you are.”

Hunters can help increase their chance of harvesting a bird by sharpening woodsmanship skills; learn when to move and when to stay still, and about the biology and habits of the bird.

Coffey said turkeys have excellent vision so hunters who use the timber to blend in to the background may see more birds. He also said scouting is important. Understanding what the bird wants to do biologically is important to us as hunters.

“Watch the turkeys, understand the turkeys and realize we are playing on his home court. Position yourself between where they are, and where they want to go is a key to success,” he said.

At the end of the day, only about one-third of spring turkey hunters actually bag a turkey but most don’t use that as a measuring stick for success.

“The experience in the woods with your kids or with friends; watching the timber come alive with wildlife and the newness of spring that’s what it’s all about,” Coffey said. “It’s really something pretty special and I would hope that our turkey hunters share it by taking their neighbor or child or spouse along this year.”

Sidebar: Hunting Atlas Available Online

Hunters have a new tool that may improve their in the field experience even before opening day.

The Iowa hunting atlas is an interactive map that shows all 680,000 acres of public hunting land that is owned by the state, county or federal governments. The atlas is available online at A mobile version is also available.

A click on an area will show basic information like zone and open season, and links to maps, if available.

Dordt Indoor High School Meet results from Monday


Sioux Center, Iowa — Some area track teams saw their first action of the year at the Dordt indoor meet Monday.

The Sheldon Orabs, G-LR  and MOC Floyd Valley from the Siouxland Conference were there. From the War Eagle it was Unity, West Sioux, Trinity and MMC. From the Lakes Conference Western Christian was part of the field as well. No team totals were kept.


Sheldon’s Mark Ahlers set a new record in the open 800 in a time of 2:05.42. The old record had been held by Aaron Lemon of Western with a time of 2:07.23 in 2014. Multiple winners included Sheldon’s Bryn Groff who won the 55 meter hurdles along with the 200 meter hurdles. The Sioux Center girls took both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays. For the boys Heelan was first in the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 meter relays.


Top 3 finishes for the Orab boys and girls:


Girls 55 Meter Dash


Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#



1 St. Clair, Allegra           Sheldon                   8.04   7

2 Beerman, Pia                 Sioux Center              8.04   2



Girls 55 Meter Hurdles


Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#


1 Groff, Bryn                  Sheldon                   9.46   5

2 Tolk, Maddy                  Sheldon                   9.70   5

3 Sandbulte, Bailie            Sioux Center              9.88   3


Girls 4×200 Meter Relay


School                                               Finals  H#


1 Sioux Center  ‘A’                                   1:54.81   4

1) Kortlever, Clare                2) Sitzmann, Haley

3) Beaver, Madison                 4) Boer, Payton

2 Sheldon  ‘A’                                        1:57.46   4

1) Groff, Bryn                     2) Tolk, Maddy

3) Kneifl, Kati                    4) St. Clair, Allegra


Girls Long Jump


Name                    Year School                  Finals


1 Blankespoor, Josie           Unity Christ          15-09.25

2 Kneifl, Kati                 Sheldon               15-00.00


Boys 200 Meter Dash


Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#


1 Zevenbergen, Travis          Unity Christ             24.27   5

2 Tobin, Tony                  Bishop Heela             24.66   5

3 Buenger, Matt                Sheldon                  25.10   5


Boys 800 Meter Run


Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#


1 Ahlers, Mark                 Sheldon                2:05.42   2

2 Treinen, Nigel               Bishop Heela           2:12.81   2


Boys 55 Meter Hurdles High


Name                    Year School                  Finals


1 Greenfield, Darin            Sheldon                   8.21

2 Rozeboom, Christian          Sioux Center              8.27


Boys 55 Meter Hurdles Low


Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#


1 Vander Voort, Jack           Moc-Floyd Va              8.76   1

2 Kleinhesselink, Colby        Sheldon                   9.02   3


Boys 4×400 Meter Relay


School                                               Finals  H#


1 Bishop Heelan  ‘A’                                  3:41.65   3

1) Fox, Joesph                     2) Clark, Odessa

3) Haugen, Nick                    4) Tobin, Tony

2 Sheldon  ‘A’                                        3:48.90   3

1) Ahlers, Mark                    2) Kleinhesselink, Colby

3) Weppler, Joe                    4) Buenger, Matt


Boys 4×800 Meter Relay


School                                               Finals  H#


1 Sheldon  ‘A’                                        8:52.50   2

1) Ahlers, Mark                    2) Buenger, Matt

3) Weppler, Joe                    4) Jacobsma, Dawson

2 Bishop Heelan  ‘A’                                  8:53.94   2

1) Eastman, Ben                    2) Joyce, Ian

3) Treinen, Nigel                  4) Pavone, Alec


Boys Long Jump


Name                    Year School                  Finals


1 Clark, Odessa                Bishop Heela          20-00.00

2 Clark, Saybien               Bishop Heela          19-07.00

3 Kleinhesselink, Colby        Sheldon               18-11.00


For a complete list of results click here



Sports Schedule for Tuesday

trackNorthwest Iowa — Indoor Track is on the schedule for Tuesday at the Dakota Dome in Vermilion. Area teams competing include Sibley Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, Hinton and Spirit Lake.

Boyden Hull’s Schmidt Ink With Dordt

SchmidtSioux Center, Iowa– Justin Schmidt, a senior at Boyden Hull High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Schmidt, a 6-5 forward, averaged 18.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for Boyden Hull this season and converted 63.3 percent of his shots from the field. Schmidt earned first-team all-Siouxland Conference honors this season.

“We are excited to add Justin to our program next season. He comes from a very competitive program at Boyden-Hull where he enjoyed a great deal of success,” said Dordt College basketball coach Ross Douma. “Justin is a versatile player who works hard on both ends of the floor. We look forward to watching him develop over the next four years.”

Schmidt is the son of Dennis and Sue Schmidt of Boyden, Iowa.