Dominic Byl to Attend Dordt

Sioux Center, Iowa – Dominic Byl, a senior at Unity Christian High School has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender football and baseball programs.

Byl, listed 6-0, 215 pounds, played predominately offensive line and linebacker this year in football and catcher in baseball.  He earned all-district honors in football and was in on 46 solo tackles and 42 assisted stops.  He had 12 tackles for loss and had three sacks with one interception.

Byl had a .277 batting average for Unity in 2014 and knocked in 16 runs with 23 hits and five doubles and caught nine base runners stealing.  Byl earned honorable mention all-district honors in 2014

Dominic is the son of Henry and Karla Byl of Sioux Center, Iowa.  He plans to study Business at Dordt College.

Orabs Split Non-Conference Basketball Doubleheader at Spencer

BasketballSheldon traveled to Spencer for a non-conference basketball doubleheader Tuesday night. The Orabs left town with a split dropping the girls game 46-40 while taking the boys game 68-38.

Points were at a premium in the girls game with Spencer taking a 7-5 first quarter lead and moving in front 18-14 at half time. At the end of the third quarter the Tigers led 30-26 before going on to the win 46-40. As a team the Tigers went 9-of-14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and it was the difference in the ballgame as they did just enough to keep the lead at four late in the game.

Sheldon got a game high 22 points from Emily Johnson. Spencer had two players in double figures getting 14 each from Ally Schlaeger and Kelsey Rolfes.

With the win Sheldon falls to 5-7 on the season. Spencer is a game over .500 at 6-5 for the year.

In the boys game Sheldon led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter before pushing it to a 34-16 halftime lead and they never looked back. At the end of three the margin was 52-28 following a jam by Collin Wolthizen as the quarter came to a close. With bench players getting their opportunity on both sides in the fourth quarter the final score would read 68-38 in favor of the Orabs.

Sheldon had three players in double figures led by Turner DeJong with a game high 19 points. Wolthizen was next with 14 and Andrew Provost hit for 12. DeJong hit for five 3-point buckets with all of Provost’s points coming from beyond the arc. Spencer had one player in double figures getting 12 from Blake Illg.

With the win Sheldon improves to 9-2 on the season while Spencer falls to 4-5. Up next for Sheldon will be a return to Siouxland Conference play with a stop at George Little Rock on Friday night.

Duck Hunters in Iowa Wisconsin and Michigan Find Success in Experimental Season

Iowa DNRWaterfowl hunters in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan participated in a special September teal season for the first time since 1969 as part of a three-year experiment authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Teal hunting seasons are held in September as blue-winged teal are an early migrating duck, often having already left the state prior to the opening of the regular duck season. In Iowa, the special teal season was Sept. 6-21.

The experiment used trained observers to study hunters duck identification skills, participation and harvest. Data collected during the first experimental season in 2014 indicates hunters were successful in properly identifying ducks in 94 percent of opportunities.

“Our first year results give us confidence in promoting this opportunity for hunters again next season,” said Orrin Jones, waterfowl research biologist with Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Bureau.

The DNR has posted the first year results from the three year special September teal season experiment on its website at

The three study states and Minnesota are part of a regional group that forms the production states of the Mississippi Flyway Council. The Mississippi Flyway Council is a coalition of 14 states, three provinces, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service which formulate management recommendations for migratory birds in central North America.

In 1971, the USFWS separated the Mississippi Flyway states into production states, of which Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota were classified, and nonproduction states – Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Nonproduction states were allowed a special September teal season while the production states were excluded from this opportunity in order to protect other duck species in production states from unintentional harvest. The southern, nonproduction states have benefited from an additional 440 days of waterfowl hunting that the northern production states.

The experimental teal season became a possibility due to the recent record high duck populations and a desire for more equitable distribution of harvest opportunity for the northern states.

Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 101,000

deer_sxc2Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa deer hunters reported harvesting about 101,500 deer in 2014, which is an increase from 99,414 harvested in 2013. Although this is a slight increase it is still 33 percent lower than the peak harvest of 150,552 reported in 2006.

Hunters reported harvesting 6 percent fewer does (47,079), 15 percent more bucks (44,495), and fewer button bucks and shed antlered deer, than last year. The reduction in doe harvest is part of the management plan to allow the herd to stabilize.

The harvest data will be added to population surveys and hunter and landowner input when officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources discuss seasons and regulations this spring.

The harvest increase is likely due to good weather during the first shotgun deer season and increased hunter success during the late muzzleloader season. Iowa’s deer seasons closed January 10.

Latest Radio Iowa Boys Poll out

BasketballThe latest Radio Iowa Boys’ High School Basketball Poll is out and Western remains top ranked in 2A. The Sheldon Orabs are back in the poll at number 10. Central Lyon is second in the 1a poll with Boyden Hull number seven. LeMars  Gehlen is in the four spot. In Class 3A MOC Floyd Valley is second ranked followed by the LeMars Bulldogs.


January 12, 2015 By Todd Kimm


Class 4A
1. Iowa City West (9-0), LW #1 vs 3A #6 Wahlert (Tue)
2. DSM Hoover (9-0), LW #2 @ DSM North (Tue)
3. Dowling Catholic (8-0), LW #3 @ Fort Dodge (Tue)
4. Pleasant Valley (9-0), LW #4 @ #7 North Scott (Tue)
5. Ankeny Centennial (8-1), LW #7 vs Urbandale (Tue)
6. Linn-Mar (7-1), LW (X) @ Dubuque Senior (Tue)
7. North Scott (7-2), LW #5 vs #4 Pleasant Valley (Tue)
8. Waukee (8-3), LW #9 vs Johnston (Tue)
9. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (9-1), LW (X) vs Sioux City East (Tue)
10.Dubuque Hempstead (6-1), LW (X) @ Xavier (Tue)

Class 3A
1. Waverly-Shell Rock (9-0), LW #1 vs Decorah (Tue)
2. MOC-Floyd Valley (10-0), LW #2 @ 2A #1 Western Christian (Tue)
3. LeMars (8-1), LW #4 vs Estherville-LC
4. Dallas Center-Grimes (9-2), LW #6 vs Pella Christian (Fri)
5. Williamsburg (8-1), LW #8 vs Clear Creek-Amana (Tue)
6. Dubuque Wahlert (5-4), LW #7 @ 4A #1 Iowa City West (Tue)
7. Keokuk (7-1), LW (X) @ Mendon-Unity, Il. (tonight)
8. Pella (6-2), LW (X) @ Newton (Tue)
9. Creston (8-2), LW #9 @ Denison-Schleswig (Tue)
10.Spirit Lake (7-1), LW #10 @ Sioux Central (Tue)

Class 2A
1. Western Christian (7-1), LW #1 vs 3A #2 MOC-Floyd Valley (Tue)
2. IKM-Manning (9-0), LW #2 vs #7 Treynor (Tue)
3. New Hampton (9-1), LW #3 vs Clear Lake (tonight)
4. Cascade (10-1), LW #5 @ Bellevue (Fri)
5. Monticello (12-1), LW #4 @ Camanche (Tue)
6. Iowa City Regina (8-0), LW #8 @ West Liberty (Tue)
7. Treynor (8-1), LW #7 @ #2 IKM-Manning (Tue)
8. Aplington-Parkersburg (10-0), LW #9 @ Jesup (Tue)
9. Roland-Story (8-1), LW (X) vs North Polk (Tue)
10.Sheldon (8-2), LW (X) @ Spencer (Tue)

Class 1A
1. Danville (9-0), LW #2 @ Burlington Notre Dame (Tue)
2. Central Lyon (8-2), LW #1 vs Sioux Center (Fri)
3. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (9-0), LW #3 vs South Hardin (Tue)
4. LeMars Gehlen (10-0), LW #4 vs Hull Trinity (Fri)
5. Colo-NESCO (9-0), LW #5 @ N.E. Hamilton (Tue)
6. Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto (9-1), LW #7 vs Kingsley-Pierson (Tue)
7. Boyden-Hull (6-3), LW #6 @ Remsen-Union (tonight)
8. West Hancock (9-1), LW #8 @ North Union (tonight)
9. Nodaway Valley (9-0), LW #10 vs Bedford (Tue)
10.Earlham (8-1), LW (X) @ Van Meter (Tue)

Orabs Sweep Generals

OrabsThe Sheldon Orab basketball teams swept Sibley Ocheydan Friday night in a conference doubleheader in Sibley. The girls final was 48-32 with Sheldon taking the boys game 68-40.

In the girls game Sheldon led at all the breaks 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and 26-20 at halftime. A three at the buzzer by the Generals Britta Harberts kept the lead at six points 36-30 at the end of the third quarter. Sheldon was able to take control in the fourth quarter and post the win 48-32.

Sheldon had two players in double figures with Kelsey Den Hartog hitting for a game high 17 points. Emily Johnson joined her hitting for 15 points. Both were able to hit from long distance with Den Hartog knocking down 4-threes and Johnson adding a trio of her own. Britta Harberts hit 3 three-point buckets on route to an 11 point night.

With the win Sheldon improves to 5-6 on the year and 4-6 in the conference while Sibley Ocheyedan stands at 0-11 for the season and 0-10 in the conference.

In the boys game Sheldon turned a 15-10 first quarter advantage into a 30-13 halftime lead. An 11 point third quarter by Evan Mehls cut the lead to single digits only to see the Orabs regain control and take a 43-28 lead at the end of the third quarter before claiming the win 68-40.

Mehls would finish with a game high 19 points including five 3-point buckets. Sheldon had three players in double figures led by Ian Jongewaard with 13, Collin Wolthizen with 12 and Turner DeJong with 10.

With the win Sheldon improves to 8-2 on the year and 7-2 in the conference. Sibley Ocheyedan falls to 2-9 on the year and 2-7 in the conference. Non conference games are next for both teams as Sibley Ocheyedan plays host to LeMars Gehlen on Monday. On Tuesday Sheldon travels to Spencer for a double header.