Spirit Lake Downs Boyden Hull Rock Valley in District Baseball

baseball Spencer Iowa — Spirit Lake opened Class 3A District tournament play with a 13-3 semi final win over Boyden Hull Rock Valley in a  game played at Spencer. With the win the eighth ranked Indians advance to the District final back in Spencer on Monday. Their opponent will be ninth ranked Spencer who eliminated Storm Lake 16-0 in the other semifinal Friday night.

The Indians opened the scoring with a run in the first inning. Jeremiah Eldridge doubled and came in to score on an rbi single by Jac Radcliffe.

Spirit Lake broke the game open with a 10 run third inning highlighted by a trio of home runs. Tony Eckert hit a two run shot and a solo home run in the inning. Logan Backhaus added a solo home run as well.

A run in the fourth inning made it 12-0 in favor of Spirit Lake as Eldridge reached and scored on an rbi single by Justin Jones.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley scored three in the top of the fifth inning. Shane Solberg reached on an error and scored on a ground ball off the bat of Bryce Van Beek. Travis Van EgDom Doubled and came home when Wyatt Cannegieter launched a two-run homer to left field that pulled the Nighthawks within 11-3 at the time.

Spirit Lake would hold the Nighthawks scoreless the rest of the way to post the six inning win 13-3.

Gavin DeVos went 6 innings for the win. he gave up 6 hits, 2 earned run, walked 3 and struck out 6.

Bryce Van Beek went the first two and two third innings for the Nighthawks and took the loss. Through the first two innings he had given up just 2 hits.

With the win Spirit Lake improves to 24-7 on the year while Boyden Hull Rock Valley end s the season at 16-15.

Wohlert Named To Preseason All-American Team

Northwestern logoTwo Northwestern College players were named to the Sporting News NAIA Preseason All-American team announced by the national sports organization earlier this month.

Justin Wohlert (Hartley, Iowa) earned the preseason national honor after leading the NAIA with 10 interceptions in 2014, one shy of matching the conference (GPAC) record. Wohlert was named to the NAIA/AFCA All-American team and first team all-conference honors for the Red Raiders, who boasted the NAIA’s top defense last year. A three-year starter at defensive back, Wohlert totaled 30.5 tackles and broke up 23 passes.

Levi Ettleman (Logan, Iowa) also earned the preseason honor heading into his final season with the Red Raider football team. Ettleman caught 19 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns as the team’s tight end in 2014. Also serving as the team’s punter, Ettleman averaged nearly 41 yards per attempt in earning second team all-league honors. Ettleman, a three-sport standout for the Red Raiders, was a 2015 All-American in the shot put last spring during the outdoor track and field season.

Northwestern finished the 2014 season with a 9-2 record, falling to Missouri Valley in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series in double overtime, 20-17. The Red Raiders were co-champions, along with Morningside, in the GPAC with an 8-1 record. They open the season on the road against Tabor on Sept. 5 in Hillsboro, Kan.

West Sioux Over Central Lyon 6-1

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The West Sioux Falcons defeated Central Lyon 6-1 in Class 1A District 2 baseball action. The Falcons will play Akron Westfield who downed LeMars Gehlen 6-4 in the other district semifinal Thursday night.

Justin Negaard would get walked in the 2nd inning for the Falcons and would later come into score after Jett Boyer dropped one in the gap in right-center. The Falcons would lead 1-0 after two innings of work. A 5-run 3rd inning helped the Falcons extend their lead 6-0. The highlight of the inning was Jett Boyer clearing the loaded bases with a hit to shallow left field. Central Lyon would get on the board in the bottom of the 5th after Alex Waagmeester scored on a grounder by CJ Roths, but that wouldn’t be enough as West Sioux went on to the 6-1 victory.

Porter Hummel got the win for West Sioux, going 7 innings, walking 4, giving up 2 hits, striking out 11, and adding 1 earned run to his name.

Nic Lutmer took the loss for Central Lyon. In 2 2/3 innings of work, he gave up six hits, walked 3, struck out 2 and let up 5 earned runs.

West Sioux improves to 23-4 on the season, and will play Saturday night in LeMars for the District Title.

Central Lyon finishes their season at 17-8.

July 16th Fishing Report

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)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Those fishing in 10-12 feet of water are having the best luck. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver; some have been picked up with leeches. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.

Clear Lake

Walleye – Fair: A few anglers have reported good success on docks in the early morning. Anglers fishing docks should fish right under and in the shade of the docks for fish using docks for cover. Some keeper size walleyes have been caught in open water pockets of the reed beds. Muskellunge – Good. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers fishing the main lake reefs, particularly the state artificial reef, having been doing well. Larger sized ones are being caught (8-8.5 inches). Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have been catching a few largemouths with plastic worms near the edges of vegetation in the little lake. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have pulled some crappies off of the hauled out state rock reef. Channel Catfish – Fair: A few catfish have been caught at dark or early morning on the little lake.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass can be found near weed choked areas as they are protecting their fry. Fish are being caught in trickles using top water frogs. Anglers are also catching bass on boat hoists along the north banks in the deeper water. Try crankbaits or swimbaits to pull these bass out from under the hoists. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 5:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Try fishing jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are reporting a perch bite in 20 feet of water off cottonwood point. Successful anglers are using small jigs tipped with wigglers, red worms, or wax worms. These fish aren’t relating to any cover or weed lines. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits. These fish are 12-14 inches. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch – Fair: While setting hoop nets yellow perch were seen in the 10+ inch range in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay. Channel Catfish – Fair: While setting hoop nets there were over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish caught. These fish were found along the west shore of the south bay.

West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth can be found under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Fish these spots with football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouths have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Areas to fish should include rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, and Gull Point. Fish with jerk baits, football jigs, swimbaits. Walleye – Fair: A number of interviewed anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and as they come up the point they are picking up these walleyes. Yellow Bass – Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch – Fair: Quality perch (8-10 inch) can be found in the shallows where substrate is exposed. Fish with wigglers and a small jig at Breezy point, Pillsbury, or Fort Dodge.

Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-1 7inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.

Sign up Open for Youth Triathlon

Lyon County SealSign up is now open for Youth Triathlon on Friday July 24th at 6pm and Saturday July 25th for a discount on the Mini Triathlon and 3.5 Mile Fun Run at 8am.

Go to Lyon County Conservation Webpage to print off a waiver or go to Allsportcentral.com to sign up online. If you have any questions call Emily at 712-470-1219.