Central Lyon Sweeps Orabs on Senior Night in Rock Rapids

central lyon logoRock Rapids Iowa — Central Lyon swept a doubleheader from Sheldon on senior night in Rock Rapids Friday night. The Lions took the girls game on a 71-33 final with the boys winning 60-41.

The Lions led at all the breaks in the girls game with a 15-4 first quarter lead that became a 32-16 halftime advantage as they went on to the win.

Four players hit double figures with Angel Rasmussen getting a game high 18 points. Ivy Sieperda and Sarah Halse had 12 each with Hope Rasmussen adding 10 more. As a team Central Lyon hit ten 3-points buckets with five coming in each half. The Lions would go 10-of-15 from behind the arc on the night.

Sheldon was led by Emily Johnson and Sami Kleinwolterink with 8 points each.

With the win Central Lyon improves to 14-6 on the year and 11-6 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 7-12 on the year and 6-11 in the Siouxland.

The boys game was tight in the first half with Sheldon in front 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. A five point run by the Lions turned a 27-27 tie into a 32-27 half time lead. The exclamation point was a three by CJ Roths as the buzzer sounded. A trio of threes extended the lead at the start of the second half and Central Lyon rode that momentum to a 44-33 third quarter lead and ultimately the 60-41 win.

Central Lyon put four players in double figures led by Nic Lutmer with 15. Roths finished with 14 points. Grant Metzger and Kalen Eckenrod added 13 each. As a team the Lions hit for nine 3-point buckets from four different players in the contest.

Sheldon had one player in double figures with Matt Buenger hitting for 11 including a trio of threes. Dylan Ennema was next with 9 points followed by Turner De Jong with 8.

Central Lyon, ranked 5th in the latest Radio Iowa Class 1A poll improves to 16-3 on the year and 13-3 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 13-6 for the year and 11-5 in the conference.

Up next for the Orabs will be a Tuesday night trip to Boyden Hull for the final doubleheader of the year. For Central Lyon they will play their final doubleheader of the year at home against Rock Valley on Tuesday night.

Sieperda To Continue With Softball Career

Northwestern College logoOrange City, Iowa — Ivy Sieperda (Rock Rapids, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern next year.

Sieperda is a multi-sports standout who played three years for the Central Lyon/George-Little Rock High school softball team. An all-conference pick in several sports, Sieperda earned second team accolades in softball as a junior. The 5’6” shortstop hit .338 with three doubles and 13 stolen bases in leading her team to the second round of the postseason. Sieperda is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to major in business at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Scott and Amy.

“Ivy is a great fit for Northwestern College and our softball program,” commented head coach Chris Nachtigall. “She is a good athlete with strong character. Ivy’s work ethic, determination and care for others are the things we look for in athletes and those will allow her to have a positive impact on our program and on campus.”

Vander Plaats To Continue At Northwestern

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Jill Vander Plaats (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Northwestern College next year.

Vander Plaats is a multi-sports standout who lettered four years for the Sioux Center High School volleyball team. A 6’0” middle hitter, Vander Plaats earned second team all-state honors after leading the Warriors to the class 3A state tournament and a 31-9 overall record. She put down a team-high 2.7 kills while hitting .320 out of the middle. Vander Plaats totaled 63 blocks, 49 ace serves and averaged 1.1 digs per set. She was a three-time all-conference selection and was named to the 3A West all-district team. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Vander Plaats plans to major in business at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Preston and Lori.

“Jill is a versatile attacker who can play multiple positions along the front row,” commented head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. “She is a great competitor who will make players better around her. We are excited that Jill is going to become a Red Raider and look forward to the positive impact that she will have on our team and on campus.”

2014-15 NINTH Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings

ighsauDes Moines, Iowa — In the latest Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings, Sioux Center continues at the 3 spot in Class 3A, while Unity Christian and Western Christian top the Class 2A poll. Class 1A features George-Little Rock climbing one spot to #10, while West Sioux and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn round out the top 15.

Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Waukee 17-1 1
2 Dowling Catholic 16-2 2
3 West Des Moines Valley 16-2 4
4 Ankeny Centennial 11-5 6
5 Southeast Polk 13-5 3
6 Iowa City West 16-2 5
7 Iowa City High 13-4 7
8 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 13-5 8
9 Pleasant Valley 13-4 9
10 Johnston 11-6 10

Dropped Out: None 

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Harlan 17-0 1
2 Western Dubuque 18-0 2
3 Carlisle 17-1 3
4 Ballard 17-1 4
5 Waverly-Shell Rock 19-0 5
6 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 14-2 6
7 Cedar Rapids Xavier 13-5 9
8 Indianola 14-4 10
9 Davenport North 14-3 8
10 Pella 15-2 11
11 North Scott 14-4 12
12 Perry 14-5 7
13 Marion 16-4 13
14 Dallas Center-Grimes 13-5 15
15 Mount Pleasant 14-4 14

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Mediapolis 19-0 1
2 Pocahontas Area 17-1 2
3 Sioux Center 17-2 3
4 Osage 20-0 4
5 Hampton-Dumont 16-1 5
6 Crestwood 15-2 6
7 Center Point-Urbana 15-4 9
8 Nevada 14-3 11
9 Red Oak 15-4 12
10 Shenandoah 14-4 7
11 Saydel 16-3 15
12 Spirit Lake 12-6 8
13 Kuemper Catholic 11-6 10
14 Union 15-4 NR
15 Clear Lake 11-6 14

Dropped Out: Cherokee (13)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Unity Christian 18-0 1
2 Western Christian 16-3 2
3 North-Linn 19-1 3
4 IKM-Manning 17-1 5
5 Dike-New Hartford 17-2 6
6 South Central Calhoun 16-2 4
7 Panorama 17-2 7
8 Manson-NW Webster 15-2 8
9 Des Moines Christian 15-4 9
10 Iowa City Regina 17-2 10
11 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 17-2 12
12 Pekin 16-2 14
13 Cascade 16-3 10
14 Hinton 15-3 13
15 Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 16-4 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Burlington Notre Dame 19-0 1
2 Colo-Nesco 19-0 2
3 Kingsley-Pierson 19-0 3
4 Fremont-Mills 18-0 4
5 Exira-EHK 19-0 5
6 Lynnville-Sully 19-0 6
7 Newell-Fonda 15-3 7
8 Turkey Valley 19-1 10
9 Bedford 15-3 9
10 George Little Rock 15-4 11
11 Springville 16-2 12
12 Janesville 18-1 13
13 Grand View Christian 17-2 8
14 West Sioux 15-4 NR
15 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 13-6 14

Dropped Out: Central Lyon (15)

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)

Storm Lake has around 13-18 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye along the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. They are having the best luck using spoons and minnows. Some walleye are also being caught along the north shore and near the Stony Point area. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some yellow perch are being picked up near the east shore around Kings Point area. Try using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are variable with snow on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised at this time. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover, and 9 inches where there was snow cover. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few reports have shown that the perch bite on Spirit Lake has slowed. With only single digit catches coming off Stoney. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are still being caught off Stoney Point but in fewer numbers than before. None have been creeled but reports from some fishermen have shown that the bite is occurring in the later hours after dark.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 foot range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with wax worms are presenting the most success.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Thin ice signs have been placed around the open water; ice conditions are variable with bad ice present in places. Ice conditions around the open water are variable with the thickest ice around 15-16 inches. The south end of open water has some ice at only 5 inches.

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Millers bay is still presenting a quality bite for those who want to brave the wind and cold. These perch are being caught in 20+ feet of water, size ranging from 7-10 inch. Anglers are having success using small jigs and wax worms. Fishermen are using jigging raps when the bite gets slow to bring fish back in. Most bays have been experiencing a quality perch bite once these fish are found. Crappie – Fair: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 foot of water. Working jigs high in the water column has led to success on multiple occasions for some anglers. Emerson has been seeing few of these crappies but they are beginning to school up in the deeper waters later in the afternoon. Right before dark these fish are beginning to show up in both Emerson and Millers. Bluegill – Good: Gills of nice size are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water.

Northwestern adds six on Signing day

Northwestern logoOrange City — The Northwestern College football team added six recruits on a busy National Signing Day for head coach Kyle Achterhoff and his coaching staff. The 2014 recruit class now totals 14, with eight players already committing to Northwestern.Three of the six have ties to the KIWA listening area.

Tyler Schuck (Marcus, Iowa) is a 6’1”, 275-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played three years for Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School. Schuck earned second team all-state and first team all-district honors after leading his team to a state semifinal berth and a 10-3 overall record.

Austin Rhodes (Sioux Center, Iowa) is a 5’8”, 190-pound linebacker and offensive lineman who played three years for Sioux Center High School. Rhodes was part of an offensive line that paved the way for one of the top offenses in the state, totaling 4,956 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Also with ties to northwest iowa is Austin Van Veldhuizen (Ontario, Calif.) he’s a 6’5”, 225-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played three years for Ontario Christian.