Defender All-Star Games Swept by All Star White Teams Saturday

Dordt_Defenders logoSIOUX CENTER — The All Star White teams defeated the All Star Black teams as seniors from the Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conferences got together for the Defender Gold Club All-Star Games held at Dordt College’s DeWitt Gymnasium Saturday night.

Sheldon Orab Collin Wolthuizen scored 19 points while Steven Kragt of Sioux Center added 17 for the White squad in a 105-101 win over Defender Black in the boy’s all-star game. Three other team members hit double figures including Grant Metzger from Central Lyon who posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Tyler Borchers, who led Le Mars to a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament, paced Defender Black with 21 points. Borchers and Kragt shared most valuable honors.

In the Girls All Star Game Emma Dau from Spirit Lake and Ashton Connelly from Emmetsburg scored 14 points each leading the Defender White All Star girls team to a 58-52 win over Defender Black. Kassidy DeJong, who led Unity Christian to the Class 2A state title, led the White squad with 10 points. DeJong and Connelly shared MVP honors.

Ashton Connelly from Emmetsburg and Spirit Lake’s Alec Henrickson each won three-point shooting contests that also highlight in the Defender Gold Club All-Star Games. A total of 19 schools were represented at this year’s game.

Weekly 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)

Ice is off of Storm Lake. Fish for crappie in shallows where water temperatures are greater. Anglers are having luck fishing small minnows in the marina on the west end of the lake. After ice out is a good time to target channel catfish using cut bait.

West Okoboji Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body.

Clear Lake

Expanding open water from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge’s Point to Venetian Village to north shore pump house. Ice is unsafe and unfishable. Crappie – No Report. Walleye – No Report.

Geels To Run For Defenders

Dordt_Defenders logoNicholas Geels, a senior at Western Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender cross country and track programs.

Geels has a personal best of 17:20 on a 5,000 meter course and was a part of a Western Christian cross country team that qualified for the 2014 State Championship and helped the Wolfpack to a 5th place finish. Geels was 24th in the scoring and also ran on the 2012 state qualifying team.

Nicholas is the son of Steve and Rosalind Geels of Sheldon, Iowa.

Dordt Defender All Star Basketball Games set for Saturday

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux Center Iowa — Rosters are being finalized for the Dordt College Defender Gold Club/American State Bank High School Basketball All-Star games to be held on Saturday, March 21st.

The evening begins with the girls game at 5:30 and will be followed at about 7:00 with the boys game.  A three-point shooting contest will be held at halftime of each game.  All activities will take place at the De Witt Gym on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Athletes from the Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conferences who have indicated they will participate include:

Madison Beaver-Sioux Center
Kenzie Bousema-Western
Abby Cook-Hinton
Ashton Connelly-Emmetsburg
Emma Dau-Spirit Lake
Kassidy De Jong-Unity
Danielle Eben-George Little Rock
Teyha Graham-George Little Rock
Sarah Halse-Central Lyon
Alyssa Kock-West Lyon
Tarah Meyer-West Lyon
Carli Murphy-Gehlen
Jaylin Rieck-Hartley Melvin Sanborn
Kassidy Rieken-Le Mars
Kelsey Rolfes-Spencer
Holly Schneider-Le Mars
Hailey Sitzman-Sioux Center
Jill Vander Plaats-Sioux Center
Abbie Wolterstorff-Western


Chris Borchers-Sioux Center
Tyler Borchers-Le Mars
Klay Byker-Unity
Josh Conley-Hinton
Dylan Ennema-Sheldon
Alec Henrickson-Spirit Lake
Dallas Jalas-South O’Brien
Logan Jurgensmeier-Hinton
Jordan Kooima-Trinity
Steven Kragt-Sioux Center
Nic Lutmer-Central Lyon
Grant Metzger-Central Lyon
Tyler Paulson-Le Mars
Blake Simons-Hartley Melvin Sanborn
Ryan Stoll-Gehlen
BJ Van Roekel-West Lyon
Justin Schmidt-Boyden Hull
Tyler Stumbo-Okoboji
Collin Wolthuizen-Sheldon
Mitchell Yaw-MOC Floyd Valley

Van’t Hull Selected for Shrine Bowl

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Brady is pictured with his parents Markie and Brian Van’t Hul, Coach Travis Kooima, and a representative of the Iowa Shrine Bowl.

Brady Van’t Hul, a senior at Western Christian High School, has been selected to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl game this summer at the University of Northern Iowa. The Iowa Shrine Bowl Game is an all-star football game between selected pre-college football athletes on each side of a north-south dividing line in Iowa.

The players are selected by a process of nomination by coaches, balloting by state-wide sports media professionals, and official invitation from a representative of the Iowa Shrine Bowl.

Western head football coach Travis Kooima has been named an assistant coach for the North squad by the state coaches association.

Ackerman Free Throws Propel Morningside to National Title

basketballSioux City, Iowa – Former Central Lyon stand out Lexi Ackerman made two free throws with two seconds left to lift top ranked Morningside to a 59-57 victory against Number 3 Concordia in Tuesday’s NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Game at Tyson Events Center Gateway Arena in Sioux City.

The win avenged the Mustangs only setback in a 37-1 season after they had lost 80-72 against the same Bulldogs in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Tournament Championship Game back on March 3.

Concordia finished with a record of 35-3, with all three losses coming against Morningside.

Morningside won its fourth NAIA II National Championship during the Jamie Sale coaching era, joining its previous title teams of 2004, 2005, and 2009.

The Mustangs had to overcome adversity to win their latest title, as they posted all five wins playing without their most decorated player. Three-time first-team All-GPAC forward Ashlynn Muhl, underwent season-ending surgery one day before the tournament began.

Junior forward Jessica Tietz, stepped up in her spot and was named the tournament’s MVP after she led the Mustangs with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the title game for her second double-double of the tournament. Lexi Ackerman joined her in double figures with 14 points.

Morningside trailed by seven points, 38-31, early in the second half and was down by four points, 57-53, with just 1:56 left to play after the Bulldogs’ Jericca Pearson scored on a three off an offensive rebound.

The Mustangs closed within 57-56 when Tietz turned an offensive rebound into a conventional 3-point play with 1:27 left, and then tied the score at 57-57 when Tietz made one of two free throws with 55.8 seconds left.

The Mustangs’ defensive followed with a huge stop when the shot clock ran out on Concordia. That set the stage for the former Central Lyon stand out Ackerman, who was fouled with two seconds left on a drive to the basket and then made both free throws to account for the closest winning margin in NAIA II Championship Game history.