Boys basketball reached the District Final round for Class 3A and 1A Thursday. In 1A LeMars Gehlen will meet West Lyon in a Substate game Saturday at the LeMars Public High School Gym. Also Saturday Western Christian and Sioux Center will meet in a 2A Substate game at the MOC Floyd Valley Gym. Following a win Thursday night the Dutch will take the court again on Monday night at the Sioux City North Gym in a rematch of last years 3A Substate game.
Substate is the final stop before the Boys State Basketball Tournament.
3A Boys District Finals
District 2 at Sheldon
MOC Floyd Valley 63, Spirit Lake 56
District 1 at Sioux City West
Heelan 71, Sergeant Bluff Luton 57
MOC Floyd Valley and Heelan meet in Substate Monday 3/3 at the Sioux City North Gym for a State Tournament berth.
1A Boys District Finals
District 1 at Sioux City North
LeMars Gehlen 61, Remsen Union 56
District 2 at the Western Christian Gym
West Lyon 73, Boyden Hull 58
West Lyon and LeMars Gehlen meet in Substate Saturday 3/1 at LeMars
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 Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Big Spirit Lake
There is 28-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed. A few bluegills and crappies are being caught in Anglers Bay, with early morning or late afternoon being best.
East Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed
West Okoboji Lake
There is 26-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed. Bluegill – Slow: Most fishermen have been targeting Emerson and Millers Bay and weeds have been a key factor. The fishing has been hit or miss with some days being much better than others. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish have been in 40-plus feet of water and lots of small fish have been caught. Keep in mind that fish coming out of deep water have a higher mortality rate.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
There is a large open water area in the southeast corner of the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod. White Bass – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod. Walleye – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.
There will be a chartered fan bus to the Western Christian Girls State Basketball tournament game on Tuesday, March 4. The bus will leave at 4:30 am from the school parking lot. Game time is 10 am. The cost to ride is $40 and will include your ticket to the game and a light breakfast. The bus will stop on the way home and anything purchased at that stop will be at the riders personal expense. You can call the school or stop in at the office to reserve your spot. Deadline to sign up and be paid for is Friday morning at 10 am. There is also an option to ride a pep bus which will leave about the same time and the cost will be $20 and also includes your ticket to the game.
Tickets for the Western Christian Girls State Basketball game on Tuesday, March 4 are also on sale in the school office from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm. Tickets are $8/person. Deadline to purchase these is 2 pm Monday afternoon.
Tickets for the Western Christian substate basketball game to be held Saturday night at MOC-FV high school are on sale in the school office from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm through Friday or until sold out. Tickets are $6/person
Boys basketball moved into the District semifinal round for Class 1A and the District finals in Class 2A. In 1A District 2 Boyden Hull will meet West Lyon for the title. In District 1 the match up will feature LeMars Gehlen and Remsen Union.
Boys Basketball 1A District semifinals at Cherokee
6:30 Remsen Union 71, River Valley 60
8:00 Gehlen 64, Marcus Meriden Cleghorn 38
Winners meet for the District title Thursday at Sioux City North
Boys 1A District 2 semifinals at Sheldon
6:30 Boyden Hull 61, Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire 49
8:00 West Lyon 56, Trinity Christian42
Winners meet for the District title Thursday at the Western Christian Gym.
Boy’s 2A District 1 final at LeMars
Sioux Center 76, Rock Valley 74
Boy’s 2A District 2 final at Spencer
Western Christian 83, Estherville Lincoln Central 46
Winners meet Saturday in the Sub State round at the MOC Floyd Valley Gym
District boy’s basketball finals are set following Class 1A semi finals Tuesday night. In District 2 at the Sheldon High School Gym Boyden Hull advanced with a 61-49 win over Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire in the early game. They will meet West Lyon on Thursday night. The Wildcats earned a spot in the finals with a 56-42 win over Trinity Christian. The District final will be decided at the Western Christian Gym on Thursday with a 7pm opening tip.
In the early game the Titans led Boyden Hull 16-12 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime the Comets had pulled in front 31-25. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 52-42 as Boyden Hull went on to win it 61-49.
The Comets Justin Schmidt led all scorers with 19 points. Riley Francis, Kirk Prostrollo and Dalton Mosher all finished with 9 points each. The Titans were led by Andy Geelan with 17 points and Connor Sturgill with 15.
With the win Boyden Hull moves to 14-10 on the year while Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire finishes at 17-5.
In the second game of the night West Lyon led at all the breaks. They were up 21-13 at the end of the first quarter and pushed that to a 30-19 advantage at half time. At the end of the third quarter Trinity had trimmed the lead to 42-34. West Lyon would go on to win it 56-42.
Brandon Snyder led all scorers with 16 points followed by Cody Bauman who hit for 15. Trinity had two players in double figures with Derek Burgers hitting for 13 and Gregg Gritters who pumped in 10 second half points.
West Lyon moves on to the District finals Thursday with an 18-5 mark while Trinity finishes the year at 13-10.
Iowa has 50,000 acres available under a new Conservation Reserve Program called Iowa Pheasant Recovery SAFE. This new CP38 practice requires top quality winter habitat and food for pheasants.
That top quality winter habitat and food is in demand after last Friday’s blizzard devastated pheasant habitat across central and north central Iowa.
About half of Iowa received 3 to 10 inches of wet heavy snow that collapsed most grassy cover. Falling temperatures then turned the wet snow into a white layer of ice. The cover that did not collapse was drifted full of snow from the high winds.
“This was a bad storm for upland game birds,” said Todd Bogenschutz, state upland game biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “It’s very likely we saw some bird mortality with this blizzard, birds likely trapped under the frozen wet snow.”
For much of northern Iowa most waste grains are now frozen below the snow and birds will be very visible searching for food which will increase their predation. “We need a 50 degree thaw to reduce the ice layer but the forecast calls for fridge temperatures for the next week,” said Bogenschutz.
Landowners have the opportunity to enroll in this program first come first serve until the acres are gone. For more information click on the Iowa Pheasant Recovery link on the DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/habitat