Trio of Area Boys Golfers Qualify for State Meets

golf picNorthwest Iowa — Boy’s golf reached the state qualifying round Thursday and Friday. In Class 1A Central Lyon, MMC and Akron Westfield advanced to the Spencer Golf and Country Club for Thursday’s meet. But no area golfers were able to advance to the state meet.

Sioux Center, Western Christian and E-LC teams along with area individuals were at Emerald Hills for the 2A District meet Friday. West Lyon advanced Dylan Whalen and Jaden Snyder as individuals. E-LC was able to advance as a team to the 2A state meet set for the Ames Golf and Country Club on May 29th and 30th.

MOC Floyd Valley, Spencer and area individuals were at Majestic Hill in Dennison for the 3A District meet Friday. MOC-Floyd Valley’s Tate Arends was able to advance as an individual but the two area teams were unable to advance to the 3A state meet at Spring Valley Golf Course in Livermore Iowa.

Bousema Transfers To Dordt

Dordt logoSioux Center, Iowa – Krista Bousema, a student at Central College (Iowa), has announced her intention to transfer to Dordt College and join the Defender softball program.

Bousema graduated Sheldon High School (Iowa) in 2014 and had a .487 batting average as a senior and slugged six homeruns for the Orabs while posting an .882 slugging average with 24 runs batted in. She was a three-time first-team all-conference pick and earned second team all-state honors in 2014. Bousema was a part of the Central College basketball program in 2014-15.

Krista is the daughter of Harlan and Kim Bousema of Sheldon, Iowa. She plans to study Criminal Justice at Dordt College.

State Track and Field Day 2

trackDes Moines — It’s day two of the three day run of the Iowa State Rack and Field Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moine. Western Christian has claimed a state title in the girls 2A 4×200. Western freshman Cori DeJong claimed the 2A high jump at 5-7 a full two inches further than the second place finisher. Here are the top finishes by area athletes for day two:

Girls 4×200 Meter Relay 2A
1 W Christ, Hull 1:44.52
1) Rus, Taylor 09
2) Gesink, Jamie 12
3) VanGinkel, Emily 10
4) Feenstra, Erika 10

3 Sioux Center 1:46.12
1) Kortlever, Clare 11
2) Sitzman, Haley 12
3) Beaver, Madison 12
4) Boer, Payton 12

Girls High Jump 2A
1 DeJong, Cori 09 W Christ, Hull 5-07.00 1.70m 10

Girls Distance Medley 2A
7 Sioux Center 4:17.15 3 2
1) Boer, Payton 12
2) Beaver, Madison 12
3) Sandbulte, Aubrey 10
4) Toering, Alexis 09

10 Unity Chrst, OC 4:19.23 3
1) Stuit, Anmarie 09
2) Schoonhoven, Tessa 11
3) Blankespoor, Josie 10
4) DeJong, Kassidy 12
The winning time was 4:11.70

Girls 400 Meter Hurdles 2A
5 Boer, Payton 12 Sioux Center 1:06.06
Winning time 1:03.99

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 2A Prelims
4 Rozeboom, Christian 12 Sioux Center 14.94q

11 Greenfield, Darin 12 Sheldon 15.39
Fastest time 14.49

Boys Distance Medley 2A
7 Sheldon 3:36.02
1) Greenfield, Darin 12
2) Ennema, Dylan 12
3) Buenger, Matt 12
4) Ahlers, Mark 12
Winning time was 3:30.04

Girls 4×100 Meter Relay 2A Prelims
5 Sioux Center 50.96q 3
1) Kortlever, Clare 11
2) TeGrotenhuis, Katie 11
3) Beaver, Madison 12
4) Beermann, Pia 11
Fastest time 50.30

Girls 4×400 Meter Relay 2A Prelims
2 W Christ, Hull 4:03.73q 2
1) Rus, Taylor 09
2) Gesink, Jamie 12
3) VanGinkel, Emily 10
4) Feenstra, Erika 10

5 Sioux Center 4:05.58q 3
1) Kortlever, Clare 11
2) Harald, Jessica 10
3) Beaver, Madison 12
4) Boer, Payton 12
Fastest time 4:00.56

Boys Long Jump 3A
6 VanMaanen, Myles 11 Boy-Hul/Rock Val  20-11.50  NWI 6.38m 3
19-08(-0.0) 19-11.50(-0.0) 20-02.75(-0.0) 19-10.75(-0.0) 20-03.75(-0.0) 20-11.50(-0.0)
Winning distance was 21-11.50

Girls 400 Meter Hurdles 1A
8 Struckman, Shaylee 12 Cent Lyon, RR 1:07.75
Winning time 1:05.16

Girls 4×400 Meter Relay 1A Prelims
5 Cent Lyon, RR 4:10.62q 2
1) Struckman, Shaylee 12
2) Halse, Sarah 12
3) Roskam, Becca 10
4) Elbert, Maddie 10
Fastest time 4:04.52

Proposed Waterfowl, Deer Regulations Approved for Public Comment

dnrThe Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved proposed seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and resident deer hunting during its monthly meeting on May 14.

The proposals were developed after a statewide public meeting over the Iowa Communications Network on March 25 where the DNR asked participants what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

The proposals will be available for formal comment from June 10-30.  Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact the Wildlife Bureau at 515-725-8200 or visit the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines during regular business hours.

Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before June 30, 2015.  Written comments may be directed to the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Bureau Chief, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by e-mail at

The Iowa DNR will host a public hearing June 30, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the third floor conference rooms of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines.

At the public hearing, persons may present their views either orally or in writing. Participants will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the amendments.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the DNR and request specific accommodations.

Proposed Migratory Game Bird Seasons

The proposals adjust the season dates to comply with what DNR anticipates the 2015-2016 federal regulations will be based upon meetings with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) this year at the Mississippi Flyway Council.

The final regulations are not published until July, yet the season begins in September, so the DNR is obligated to begin the rulemaking process before the final parameters have been set. The proposed amendments also ensure the seasons open on weekends.

Ducks, Mergansers and Coots

North Zone – Oct. 3-18, and Oct. 24-Dec. 6;

South Zone – Oct. 3-7, and Oct. 17- Dec. 10;

Missouri River Zone – Oct. 3-7, and Oct. 24-Dec. 17

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

North Zone – Sept. 26-27

South Zone – Oct. 10-11

Missouri River Zone- Oct. 17-18

Canada Geese and Brant

North Zone – Sept. 26 – Jan. 1, 2016

South Zone – Oct. 3 – Jan. 8, 2016

Missouri River Zone – Oct. 10 – Jan. 15, 2016

White-fronted Geese

North Zone – Sept. 26 – Dec. 8

South Zone – Oct. 3 – Dec. 15

Missouri River Zone – Oct. 10 – Dec. 22

Light Geese (white and blue phase snow geese and Ross’s geese)

North Zone – Sept. 26 – Jan. 10, 2016

South Zone – Oct. 3 – Jan. 15, 2016

Missouri River Zone – Oct. 10 – Jan. 15, 2016

Special Canada Goose Zones – designated areas around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo – Sept. 5-13

Statewide Light Geese Conservation Order (white and blue phase snow geese and Ross’s geese) Jan. 16 – April 15, 2016

Statewide Special September Teal Season – Sept. 5-20

Proposed Changes to Migratory Game Bird Possession Limits

The DNR is also proposing to raise the possession limit for common snipe from 16 to 24 birds, Virginia rail and sora from 24 to 36 birds in aggregate of both species, for woodcock from 6 to 9 birds, and for doves from 30 to 45 birds. The daily bag limits would remain unchanged.

This increase is based upon what the DNR anticipates the 2015-2016 federal regulations on possession limits will be for these species from meetings with the USFWS this year at the Mississippi Flyway Council.

Proposed Changes to Resident Deer Hunting

Proposed antlerless deer quotas for 2015 are the same as 2014. The regulation changes enacted for the 2014 season appear to have stabilized deer numbers at the levels agreed to in 2009 by the Deer Study Advisory Group.

The DNR has proposed to amend the requirement for the type of broadhead for use with crossbows during the late muzzleloader season to be the same as that required for archery equipment during the regular bow season.

The final proposed change clarifies which professionals are considered attending physicians for purposes of signing the affidavit needed to obtain a disabled hunter license.  The rule clarifies that medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners may certify the form.