Memorial Day Weekend Campsites Going Quickly

Iowa DNRAnother polar vortex has the Midwest in its crosshairs but Iowans’ attention is focused squarely on spring and going camping. The reservation window for the Memorial Day Weekend campsites for a Friday arrival opened on Sunday.

By 9 a.m. Tuesday, six state parks had filled all reservable campsites for Memorial Day Weekend that offer electricity or full hook ups.

Camping options for the big holiday weekend in a state park are quickly shrinking.

Campers wanting to spend the holiday weekend at Elinor Bedell, Lake of Three Fires, Lewis and Clark, Pleasant Creek, Viking Lake, and Waubonsie should plan to arrive a few days early for one of the walk up sites with electricity – all the reservation sites have been taken.

Other parks are close to hanging up the no reservations sign.

Ledges, Green Valley, Prairie Rose, Lake Anita and Rock Creek state parks only have the handicap accessible site available. Brushy Creek had one equestrian site; Backbone, McIntosh Woods and Walnut Woods have three; Fairport, Maquoketa Caves and Union Grove have four; Dolliver, George Wyth and Wapsipinicon have six and most include a handicap accessible site.

Lake Geode is not taking reservations until construction on the wastewater system is complete. The park is open and accepting campers while the work is underway.

Most parks will have nonelectric sites available for the Memorial Day Weekend.

“We had a flurry of reservations when campers began getting their sites for a two week stay that includes Memorial Day Weekend,” said Todd Coffelt, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau. Campers can make reservations for a site three months ahead of their first night stay.

Not every campsite is available on the reservation system. Parks maintain between 25 and 50 percent of the electric and non electric sites as non-reservation sites, available for walk up camping.

Information on Iowa’s state parks is available online at including links to the reservations page.

Lakes Conference All Conference Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Released

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The Lakes Conference All Conference boy’s and girl’s All Conference Basketball Teams are out and the Western Wolfpack are well represented on both squads.









First Team Lakes All-Conference Boy’s Basketball

Taylor Feenstra (unanimous) Sr. Western Christian
Kyle Fopma (unanimous) Sr. Western Christian
Josh Van Lingen Soph. Western Christian
Jake Irwin (unanimous) Sr. Lemars
Tyler Borchers (unanimous) Jr. Lemars
Alec Henrickson (unanimous) Jr. Spirit Lake
Tanner Morris Sr. Spencer
Yach Deng (unanimous) Sr. Storm Lake


Second Team All-Conference Boy’s

Taylor Miedema Soph. Western Christian
Jeffrey Granstra Sr. Western Christian
Tyler Paulson Jr. Lemars
Trevor Smith Jr. Spirit Lake
Matt Finnern Sr. Spencer
David Hughes Sr. ELC
Erik Drost Sr. Emmetsburg
Kuony Deng Soph. Storm Lake



First Team Lakes Conference All-Conference Girl’s Basketball

Alissa Pollema (Unanimous) Sr. Western Christian
Jamie Gesink (Unanimous) Jr. Western Christian
Kenzie Bousema Jr. Western Christian
Emma Dau (Unanimous) Jr. Spirit Lake
Bailey Loveall Sr. Spirit Lake
Kirstin Martindale (Unanimous) Sr. Spencer
Ashton Connelly (Unanimous) Jr. Emmetsburg
Kaely Hummel (Unanimous) Soph. Cherokee


Second Team All-Conference Girl’s

Erica Douma Sr. Western Christian
Summer Jansen Sr. Western Christian
Joie Veldman Soph. Spirit Lake
Kari Kramer Sr. Spencer
Heather Williamson Sr. Spencer
Alexa Naig Jr. Emmetsburg
Holly Schneider Jr. Lemars
Kassidy Rieken Jr. Lemars





Sports Scores From Monday February 24th

basketballGirls State Basketball Tournament berths were earned Monday night in Class 1A and 2A. In boys 3A basketball District tournament play began with the semifinal round.






Girls Region Basketball Finals 7pm opening tips. Winners advance to State

Class 1A Region 1 at Cherokee

#1 Newell Fonda 72, George Little Rock 53


Class 2A Region 1 at Sheldon

#1 Western Christian 89 #13 Pocahontas Area 81

Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame at 6:45. We’ll stream from the website at


Boys 3A District Semifinals

District 1 at LeMars

6:30 Sergeant Bluff Luton 80,  Storm Lake 77 (OT)

8:00 LeMars vs Heelan
Winners in District final Thursday 2/27 at Sioux City West


District 2 at Spencer

6:30 Spirit Lake 70, Algona 47

8:00 MOC Floyd Valley 72,  Spencer 44
Winners in District final Thursday 2/27 at Sheldon

Western Christian Returns to Girls 2A Basketball Tournament

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The top ranked Western Christian girl’s basketball team is headed back to the State Tournament following an 89-81 win over 13th ranked Pocahontas Area. The two teams met in the Class 2A Region 1 final at Sheldon Monday night.

After the game Western head coach Bill Harmsen talked about the return to the State Tournament……….


While the possibility of a three-peat is there for the two time champions the focus is firmly on this year and this team……

western had an 18-17 lead at the end of the first quarter and was able to push that to a 44-31 lead at the half as Jamie Gesink drove to the basket and scored as time expired. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 64-52 before Pocahontas Area made one more run in the fourth quarter to get to within five points. The Wolfpack would eventually win the game at the free throw line down the stretch with three players combining to go 14-of-17 at the line in the fourth quarter.

Indians Freshman Elle Ruffridge scored a game high 44 points with Western junior Jamie Gesink countered with 40 including 8-of-8 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.

Coach Harmsen talked about the offensive matchup of Gesink and Ruffridge…….

Macey Bales joined Ruffridge in double figures with 15 points. Gesink was joined by Kenzie Bousema and Summer Jansen who hit for 10 points each.

With the win Western Christian advances to State with a 24-1 record while Pocahontas Area ends the season at 21-4.

When we asked coach Harmsen about the personality of this years team the first word that came up was toughness ……

The Wolfpack open tournament play Tuesday March 4th at 10am against unranked Des Moines Christian who comes in to the tournament at 20-4.

All Conference Siouxland Conference Wrestling Teams Announced

Siouxland Conference logoThe 2013-14 Siouxland Wrestling All-Conference Teams have been released. MOC Floyd Valley placed five wrestlers on the first team. Boyden Hull Rock Valley and Central Lyon George Little Rock were next  with three. Sioux Center had two on the first team while Sheldon South O’Brien was represented by state qualifier Darin Greenfield at 195 pounds.






1st Team All Conference

106 Abraham Anzua Soph MOC-FV 31-2
113 Sam Klarenbeek SR BH-RV 35-1
120 Connor Ascherl FR MOC-FV 31-2
126 Efrain Anzua SR MOC-FV 27-5
132 Colby Mc Intire JR CL-GLR 26-2
138 Elijah Dahl SR MOC-FV 31-1
145 Zack Konz JR BH-RV 33-7
152 Brent Klingenberg SR CL-GLR 29-10
160 Dylon Van’t Hof SR Sioux Center 33-0
170 Mitchell Sandbulte JR Sioux Center 32-6
182 Stefan Kinsinger JR MOC-FV 30-4
195 Darin Greenfield JR SH/S.O’Brien 16-5
220 Travis Vander Streek JR CL-GLR 35-2
285 Gregory Palma JR BH-RV 18-4

At-Large Ethan Achterhoff SR MOC-FV 25-5
At-Large Noah Bouse Soph Okoboji 31-8
At-Large Mitch Van Beek FR CL-GLR 30-7
At-Large Dylan Schuck FR S-O 37-9
At-Large Garrett Sayler FR S-O 38-9

2nd Team AllConference

106 Brett Van Beek SR WL 30-17
113 Tyler Rupp Soph MOC-FV 28-7
132 Alex Hash Soph BH-RV 28-9
145 Taeric Ezzell JR WL 31-10
152 Trent Kruger FR S-O 32-14
170 Zach Fugitt JR CL-GLR 25-13
182 Austin Rohrs SR SH/S. O’Brien 15-3
195 Josh Van Ginkel SR BH-RV 29-10
220 Dustin Brown Soph WL 29-12
285 Houston Coleman JR S-O 29-18

At-Large Andrew Brockshus SR S-O 28-17
At-Large James Dubbeldee SR WL 22-13
At-Large Colten Smolders JR Sioux Center 26-12
At-Large Nolan Geerdes Soph CL-GLR 29-6

Taylor Zeutenhorst Named Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week

Zeutenhorst_Taylor 2014University of Iowa senior outfielder Taylor Zeutenhorst has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by the league office. The honor is the first of Zeutenhorst’s career.

The Sheldon native and former Orab earned the accolade after hitting .412 with a .500 on-base and .765 slugging percentage in leading the Hawkeyes to a 4-0 record at the Snowbird Baseball Classic. Zeutenhorst also scored six runs and had four RBIs during the weekend sweep.

Zeutenhorst tied a career-high by going 4-for-6 in a 16-6 rout of Ball State where he belted a two-run home run, while finishing with two RBIs and three runs. He tallied his second multi-hit game of the weekend when he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 7-1 triumph over Nebraska Omaha in the finale. Zeutenhorst also had a triple and two runs in the opening 9-4 victory over Mississippi Valley State.

Zeutenhorst has reached base safely in all seven games this season, where he is hitting .357 (10-of-28) with 11 runs and nine RBIs — two figures that rank second in the Big Ten. Zeutenhorst is second on the team with two home runs — a career-high — and he is slugging .679, while reaching base at a .500 clip.

Zeutenhorst is the first Hawkeye to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors since Mike McQuillan on May 21, 2012.

The Hawkeyes, who at 6-1 are off to their best start since 1985, return to action Friday at the Stetson Invitational in Deland, Florida. Iowa opens play against the host Hatters at 6 p.m. central time.