West Lyon Continues to Top Radio Iowa Class A Football Poll

footballWest Lyon remains atop the Radio Iowa High School Football Poll in Class A. Boyden Hull Rock Valley is number six in the 2A poll with Central Lyon George Little Rock in the eight spot with Spirit Lake ranked ninth. Spencer slips to number nine in 3A.






Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic (6-0), LW #2 @ Ottumwa
2. Pleasant Valley (6-0), LW #3 @ Davenport Central (Thur)
3. Ames (6-0), LW #5 vs DSM North
4. Iowa City West (6-0), LW #4 @ Iowa City High
5. Waukee (5-1), LW #7 vs DSM East
6. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-1), LW #1 @ Waterloo West
7. WDM Valley (4-2), LW (X) vs DSM Lincoln
8. Sioux City East (5-1), LW #8 @ Urbandale
9. Bettendorf (5-1), LW #9 @ Burlington
10.Davenport Assumption (5-1), LW (X) @ Muscatine

Class 3A
1. Sioux City Heelan (6-0), LW #1 vs #5 Carroll
2. Clear Lake (6-0), LW #3 @ Charles City
3. Pella (6-0), LW #4 vs Norwalk
4. Decorah (6-0), LW #5 vs Crestwood
5. Carroll (5-1), LW #6 @ #1 Heelan
6. Harlan (5-1), LW #7 @ Lewis Central
7. Washington (5-1), LW (X) @ Mount Pleasant
8. Boone (6-0), LW #9 vs South Tama
9. Spencer (5-1), LW #2 @ Denison-Schleswig
10.Dallas Center-Grimes (5-1), LW (X) vs Saydel

Class 2A
1. Waukon (6-0), LW #1 @ 1A-#9 South Winneshiek
2. Carroll Kuemper (6-0), LW #2 vs OA-BCIG
3. West Marshall (6-0), LW #3 vs East Marshall
4. Albia (6-0), LW #4 vs Baxter CMB
5. New Hampton (6-0), LW #5 vs Osage
6. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (5-1), LW #6 vs MOC/Floyd Valley
7. Mediapolis (6-0), LW #7 vs Mid-Prairie
8. Central Lyon/GLR (5-1), LW #8 @ Unity Christian
9. Spirit Lake (5-1), LW #9 @ Clarion-Goldfield
10.Cascade (5-1), LW #10 vs Camanche

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (6-0), LW #1 @ #4 Wilton
2. Dike-New Hartford (6-0), LW #2 @ Hudson
3. Council Bluffs St. Albert (6-0), LW #3 vs Red Oak
4. Wilton (6-0), LW #6 vs #1 Iowa City Regina
5. North Fayette Valley (6-0), LW #10 vs MFL MarMac
6. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (6-0), LW #8 vs Manson-NW Webster
7. Maquoketa Valley (6-0), LW #7 @ Bellevue
8. Van Meter (6-0), LW #9 vs Pella Christian
9. South Winneshiek (5-1), LW #4 vs 2A #1 Waukon
10.Mount Ayr (5-1), LW #5 @ Central Decatur

Class A
1. West Lyon (5-0), LW #1 @ Alta- Aurelia (tonight)
2. BGM (Brooklyn) (6-0), LW #2 @ Enlgish Valleys
3. Wapsie Valley (6-0), LW #3 @ Turkey Valley
4. Montezuma (6-0), LW #4 vs #7 Pekin
5. AHST (Avoca) (6-0), LW #5 @ East Mills
6. AGWSR (6-0), LW #6 @ Mason City Newman (tonight)
7. Pekin (5-1), LW #7 @ #4 Montezuma
8. Lawton-Bronson (5-1), LW #8 vs #1 West Lyon
9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-2), LW #9 vs Grundy Center
10.Algona Garrigan (4-2), LW (X) @ Mason City Newman

1. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (6-0), LW #1 @ Southwest Valley
2. Don Bosco (7-0), LW #2 vs Riceville
3. Newell-Fonda (6-0), LW #3 vs CWL Corwith
4. Adair-Casey (7-0), LW #4 vs East Greene
5. Springville (7-0), LW #6 Idle
6. West Bend-Mallard (7-0), LW #7 @ CAL Latimer
7. River Valley (7-0), LW #8 vs Marcus MMC
8. Janesville (5-1), LW #10 @ West Central (Maynard)
9. HLV (Victor) (6-1), LW (X) vs Seymour
10.Coon Rapids-Bayard (6-1), LW #9 @ Glidden-Ralston

Fall Colors Beginning to Show Across Iowa

DNR logoLeaf viewers may have a good year to see vivid colors this year, according to Jeff Goerndt, the State Forest Section supervisor at the Iowa DNR.

“I think we’re going to have a good fall color year because of the weather we’re having,” Goerndt says. “You get the best and brightest colors when you’ve got the kind of fall weather we have now where you get sunny days and crisp, cool nights.

Typically, the best fall colors are in Northeast Iowa, but there are some good areas in Central Iowa too, says Goerndt.

Leaves will change across north Iowa between the last week of September to the second week of October. Central Iowa will see leaves changing from the first to third weeks of October. Southern Iowa will see leaves change from the second week to the end of October.

What changes where is subject to weather. How vivid and how long leaves remain is also determined by weather.

As days get shorter, trees release a chemical called phytochrome. This chemical slows down chlorophyll production and allows the tree go dormant. The loss of chlorophyll (which is green) allows the colors of the leaf to show.

Leaf pigment is also influenced by the amount and acidity of sap in the trees. More acidic sap gives trees more reds and brighter colors. Less acidic saps gives trees duller and more yellow colors.

Leaf watching season can be cut short by drought and/or strong wind events.

“Drought can also cause the colors to be less brilliant,” says Goerndt. “When trees are stressed, the leaves tend to turn brown and fall off. In areas where there’s severe drought, we’re seeing early leaf drop.”

The DNR has a fall colors hotline which can be found, along with other information, at: www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/ForestryLinksPublications/FallColor.aspx

Saturday Sports Scores

High School Volleyball:

Harris-Lake Park 21-21, Emmetsburg 16-16
Harris-Lake Park 21-21, Storm Lake 3-14
Harris-Lake Park 25-25, Humboldt 19-20
Harris-Lake Park 25-25, Laurens-Marathon 15-15
Humboldt 21-21, Harris-Lake Park 17-11
Indianola 21-21, Spencer 5-13
LeMars 19-21-15, Missouri Valley 21-18-10
LeMars 21-21, Exira-EHK -1–1
Sioux City, North 25-25, Spencer 15-19
Valley, West Des Moines 21-21, Spencer 12-7
Western Christian 21-21, Cedar Falls 16-14
Western Christian 25-25, Cncl Blfs, Abe Linc 16-19
Western Christian 25-25-15, Johnston 18-27-5
Western Christian 26-25, Urbandale 24-11

College Football:

Michigan State 26
Iowa 14

Concordia 32
Dordt 0

NW has the weekend off

UNI 23

Orabs Open Volleyball Regionals at Home

volleyballOrab Gym in Sheldon will be the site of the first two rounds of Regional Tournament Volleyball in Class 3A. In the upper bracket Sheldon will host Estherville Lincoln Central in the first round on Monday October 28th. Also in the upper bracket Unity will host Spirit Lake. The winners will meet in the semi finals Thursday October 31st in Sheldon.


Here are the Regional volleyball pairings in all regions and classes as posted on the IGHSAU website.
Click here to access Class 5A pairings.
Click here to access Class 4A pairings.
Click here to access Class 3A pairings.
Click here to access Class 2A pairings.
Click here to access Class 1A pairings.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley Gets Win Versus Sheldon

Boyden Hull Rock Valley beat the Sheldon Orabs at Orab Field 28-14, the game was lengthened by a two and a half hour lightning delay on Sheldon’s Homecoming.

Both teams started the district matchup around 7PM, and would not see the end of it until roughly 11:45PM with the aid of a lightning delay.  The Orabs were able to get off one official play from scrimmage before the game was delayed.

After play resumed, the Sheldon Orabs finished off the opening 74 yard drive when Hunter McDonald punched in the score from 3 yards out.  With the successful extra point, the Orabs led 7-0 with 8:52 left in the first quarter.  The Nighthawks would answer later sparked by an Orab drive killing Hunter McDonald fumble.  The Nighthawks cashed in the turnover for points, and drove the ball 75 yards in 1:14. Scoring on an Andrew Van Ginkel 42 yard run.  The game was tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Nighthawks would than pour on three crucial scores in the 2nd quarter.  Boyden Hull Rock Valley quarterback Andrew Van Ginkel threw scores of 80, 66, and 42 to Omar Mejia, Blake Eichman, and Kirk Prostrollo respectively.  The first came with 2:24 left in the 2nd quarter, the second came with :51 left in the second quarter, and the third came with 3 seconds left in the 2nd quarter.  The second two scores came via Sheldon turnovers. The first on a Matt Buenger fumble, and on the following drive a Buenger interception.  With the successful extra points, the Nighthawks took a quick 28-7 lead at halftime.

Sheldon would respond in the second half with a 79 yard drive, highlighted by a 59 yard pass from Hunter McDonald to Collin Wolthuizen.  McDonald would come in two plays later and finish off the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run.  With 5:27 left in the 3rd quarter the Orabs narrowed the Boyden Hull Rock Valley lead to 28-14.

Both teams would not find the endzone through the rest of the 2nd half.  The Orabs last gasp would fall just short of scoring when they turned the ball over on downs on 4th and goal with 5:03 left in the game.

The Nighthawks improve to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the district.  They will host MOC-FV next week in Rock Valley.  The Orabs fall to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the district and will host Sioux Center next week at Orab field.

Football Finals For Friday October Fourth


Weather got in the way of Friday night football with lightning and severe weather causing delays and in some cases postponements with games resuming Saturday. In the case of West Lyon at Alta Aurelia the game was postponed to Monday.





CLASS 2A District 1

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 28, Sheldon 14
MOC-Floyd Valley 35, Unity Christian, Orange City 6
Sioux Center 55, Cherokee, Washington 6
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 47, Estherville Lincoln Central 0 (ND)
CLASS 1A District 1

Emmetsburg 14, Western Christian, Hull 7
South O’Brien 34, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 6

Gehlen Catholic, LeMars at Okoboji, Milford (will resume @ 11am Saturday)
North Union at Pocahontas Area (Game will resume @ 5:00 Saturday, October 5th Pocahontas Area 14 North Union 7 w/4:33 remaining in the game (ND)

CLASS A District 1

Hinton 48, West Sioux, Hawarden 14
Akron-Westfield 20, Sibley-Ocheyedan 7
Lawton-Bronson at Woodbury Central, Moville (postponed to Saturday)
West Lyon, Inwood at Alta/Aurelia (postponed to Monday)

8 Player District 1

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 54, Whiting 0
Remsen-Union 62, Clay Central-Everly 8
St. Mary’s, Remsen 52, Kingsley-Pierson 38
River Valley, Correctionville 38, Harris-Lake Park 14 (Ended Q3 time left 8:57)
CLASS 3A District 2

Carroll 42, Spencer 14
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 53, Storm Lake 10
LeMars 30, Denison-Schleswig 14
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 40, Glenwood 17 (ND)