EHD Suspected In Deer Deaths

Iowa DNRAs dry weather stretches through Iowa’s summer, a few suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) are being reported.

The number of mortalities reported is low, however there are reports further north in Iowa this year, than would typically be expected.  Those deer would have had less exposure to 2012’s outbreak.

Approximately 20 of the dead deer were found near the Linn-Johnson county line. Many were near water, which is an indicator that EHD is present. However, the carcasses were decomposed and valid samples could not be taken. Cases have been reported as far southwest in Iowa as Harrison and Page counties.

Hemorrhagic disease is caused by a virus spread by biting insects…called midges. Warm dry weather favors a buildup of the midge population and increases the likelihood of an outbreak. Once infected, the virus multiplies very quickly within a deer, causing high fever, breakdown of cell walls and dehydration.

Dead and sick animals will often be found near water. Death is caused by internal hemorrhaging and internal fluid buildup. In later stages of the disease, the animals will be lethargic, stumbling, sometimes drooling and unresponsive. Most die within one to four days after the fever begins, though some deer display varying levels of immunity to EHD.

Iowa’s First Deer Hunting Seasons Begin Sept. 21

Iowa DNRThe first two Iowa deer hunting seasons begin September 21, when the youth season and disabled hunter season open statewide. The youth season is an opportunity for a mentor to provide a positive, one-on-one experience without competition from other hunters.

Mentors should strive to make the time in the field a positive, enjoyable experience. Harvesting a deer is actually a bonus and should not define if the hunt was ultimately successful or not. Mentors should keep in mind that the youth will not likely have the patience, stamina or skills of the mentor.

Hunters should focus on areas like clover fields, soybeans that are still green, timber with oak trees dropping acorns or along trails connecting bedding areas to food or water sources to increase their chance of seeing a deer.

Hunters should also be prepared to deal with warm weather. This means having something to drink and being prepared to process any deer quickly by getting the deer to a locker or skinning and boning the deer out and getting it in a cooler and on ice.

Iowa residents who are younger than 16 on the day they buy their license are eligible for the youth season.  If they turn 16 prior to using the youth license, they must buy a hunting license and habitat fee. All Youth season hunters must be accompanied by an adult mentor.  Only one youth may accompany each adult mentor.

In 2012, nearly 9,700 youths and 290 disabled hunters harvested more than 3,900 deer. Youth hunters may hunt with a bow, shotgun or muzzleloader. Blaze orange is required for hunters using firearms. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Any deer taken must be reported using the harvest reporting system by midnight the day after the deer is recovered.  Accurately reporting the kill is an important part of Iowa’s deer management program and plays a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities.  Hunters can report their deer on the DNR website, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor.  For hunters with Internet access, the online reporting of your harvest is the easiest way to register your deer.

West Lyon Tops Latest Class A Radio Iowa Football Poll

footballWest Lyon continues to top the Radio Iowa Class A poll while Boyden Hull Rock Valley remains number seven in the Class 2A poll.







Class 4A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (2-0), LW #1 @ Dubuque Wahlert
2. Dowling Catholic (2-0), LW #2 @ Ankeny
3. Cedar Falls (2-0), LW #3 vs CR Wasington
4. Pleasant Valley (2-0), LW #4 vs Davenport North
5. Urbandale (2-0), LW #5 @ Johnston
6. Iowa City West (2-0), LW #7 vs CR Kennedy
7. Bettendorf (2-0), LW #8 vs Davenport West
8. Ames (2-0), LW #9 vs Ankent Centennial
9. WDM Valley (1-1), LW #6 vs Southeast Polk
10.Waukee (1-1), LW #1 @ Mason City

Class 3A
1. Sioux City Heelan (2-0), LW #1 vs Sioux City West
2. Harlan (2-0), LW #3 @ Perry
3. Grinnell (2-0), LW #2 @ #7 Pella
4. Spencer (2-0), LW #4 @ Storm Lake
5. Clear Lake (2-0), LW #5 vs Crestwood
6. Decorah (2-0), LW #6 vs Independence
7. Pella (2-0), LW #8 vs #3 Grinnell
8. Williamsburg (1-1), LW #7 vs Fort Madison
9. Boone (2-0), LW #9 @ Newton
10.Humboldt (2-0), LW #10 vs Iowa Falls-Alden

Class 2A
1. Waukon (2-0), LW #1 vs Waterloo Columbus
2. Carroll Kuemper (2-0), LW #2 @ Clarinda Academy
3. Union (2-0), LW #3 vs Central Springs
4. Spirit Lake (2-0), LW #4 vs Forest City
5. West Marshall (2-0), LW #5 vs #10 PCM
6. Albia (2-0), LW #7 at Clarke (Osceola)
7. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (2-0), LW #8 @ Sioux Center
8. Dyersville Beckman (1-1), LW #6 @ Mount Vernon
9. Mediapolis (2-0), LW #9 vs Wapello
10.PCM (Monroe) (2-0), LW (X) @ #5 West Marshall

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (2-0), LW #1 vs West Branch
2. Dike-New Hartford (2-0), LW #2 @ South Hamilton
3. Council Bluffs St. Albert (2-0), LW #3 @ Panorama
4. South Winneshiek (2-0), LW #4 vs Sumner-Fredricksburg
5. Mount Ayr (2-0), LW #6 @ Clarinda
6. Aplington-Parkersburg (1-1), LW #5 vs Hudson
7. Wilton (2-0), LW #7 @ Sigourney-Keota
8. Maquoketa Valley (2-0), LW #8 vs Clayton Ridge
9. St. Ansgar (2-0), LW (X) vs Osage
10.Fort Dodge St. Edmond (2-0), LW #10 vs Maple Valley

Class A
1. West Lyon (2-0), LW #1 @ #10 Hinton
2. BGM (Brooklyn) (2-0), LW #2 @ S.E. Warren
3. Wapsie Valley (2-0), LW #3 vs East Buchanan
4. Montezuma (2-0), LW (X) @ Pleasantville
5. AHST (Avoca) (2-0), LW (X) @ Westwood
6. Belmond-Klemme (2-0), LW (X) vs Mason City Newman
7. Akron-Westfield (2-0), LW (X) @ Woodbury Central
8. AGWSR (3-0), LW (X) vs West Hancock
9. East Mills (2-0), LW (X) @ Riverside (Oakland)
10.Hinton (1-1), LW #10 vs #1 West Lyon

1. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (2-0), LW #1vs West Harrison
2. Don Bosco (3-0), LW #3 @ Dunkerton
3. Newell-Fonda (2-0), LW #3 vs North Iowa
4. Adair-Casey (3-0), LW #4 vs Lamoni
5. Easton Valley (1-0), LW #5 @ Midland (Wyoming)
6. Glidden-Ralston (2-0), LW #6 vs Woodbine
7. Sidney (2-0), LW #8 @ Corning
8. Riceville (3-0), LW #9 @ Lansing Kee
9. Springville (3-0), LW #10 @ Cedar Valley Christian
10.West Bend-Mallard (3-0), LW (X) vs N.E. Hamilton

Saturday Local Sports

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A blocked field goal as time expired propelled the Dordt College Defender football team to a 14-13 season opening win over the Dakota State Trojans in Madison, South Dakota.

#13 Northwestern defeated Bacone 55-37 to open the 2013 season.

Sheldon Volleyball Invite
Sheldon 2, Hinton 0
Sheldon 2, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0
Sheldon 2, Newell-Fonda 0
Sheldon 2, Emmetsburg 0
Central Lyon 2, Cherokee, Washington 0
Central Lyon 2, Emmetsburg 0
Central Lyon 2, Newell-Fonda 0
Cherokee Washington 2, Emmetsburg 0
Cherokee Washington 2, Newell-Fonda 0
Gehlen 2, Hinton 1
Gehlen 2, Newell Fonda 0
Hinton 2, Sibley-Ocheyedan 1
Hinton 2, Central Lyon 0
HInton 2, Cherokee Washington 0
Newell-Fonda 2, Emmetsburg 0
Sibley-Ocheyedan 2, Gehlen 1
Sibley-Ocheyedan 2, Central Lyon 0
Sibley-Ocheyedan 2, Cherokee Washington 0
Sheldon won 4, CL won 3, Hinton won 3, Sibley-Ocheydan won 3, Cherokee won 2, Gehlen won 2, Emmetsburg won 0

Bellevue West Volleyball Tourny:
Western Christian 2, Millard South, NE 0
Millard North, NE 2, Western Christian 1

Wrestling To Be Included In Olympics In 2020 and 2024; Quotes From Both Brands Brothers And Dan Gable

wrestling gearBuenos Aires, Argentina — Wrestling will be included as a provisional sport in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. That announcement came today from IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge at the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

International dignitaries from the sports of wrestling, squash, and baseball-softball, made their final presentation for inclusion in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic programs Sunday morning.

The IOC then took a vote, and wrestling prevailed with 49 of the possible 95 votes to secure the 28th and final position in the Olympic programs. The joint bid from baseball-softball received 24 votes, while squash received 22.

“I’ve always thought, with divine intervention, we were going to be in good shape, because Jacob wrestled the angel,” said UI associate head coach Terry Brands. “It’s a sport close to God’s heart. I believe that. I believe there was divine intervention, and I believe that we had a great vision, from the second that we heard, with Jim and Bill Sheer and the CPOW group. I think it was awesome. I think they had a vision that was untouchable.”

“I’m just happy and excited to say that wrestling, if we hadn’t won this vote, we wouldn’t have given up,” said former UI head coach Dan Gable. “It would’ve been harder to move forward than it is now because we won the vote. It’s always easier to work on success than defeat. However, every once in a while there is a defeat, and we felt that our defeat was in February when they threw us out. The work has been done. It has us on an edge, not a big edge, but it’s really where do we go from here to make this sport a top five core sport. We’re not in the core, so we have a long ways to go.”

Earlier Sunday, the IOC accepted the recommendation from its executive committee to not include wrestling among its core sports, a decision that was first announced Feb. 12. That decision led to today’s presentations by the provisional sports candidates – wrestling, squash, baseball-softball.

Gable and Terry Brands were among members of the UI wrestling program gathered inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena to witness the presentations and watch the final announcement live from Argentina.

“It’s huge news,” said NCAA champion Derek St. John. “Obviously it’s huge, or there wouldn’t be a lot of people here. It’s big for the future of wrestling from the college level, all the way down to little kids, and all the way up to the Olympic Games. It’s huge for the future of the sport.”

“We’re a better sport now than we were in February and I think the IOC recognized that with today’s decision,” said UI head coach Tom Brands, who is in Belarus coaching Team USA in advance of the World Championships. “I’m glad the vote turned out the way it did, and I credit our new governing body and the people who fought for inclusion for getting the job done. The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of our sport. I believe that, and the response from around the world confirmed it.”

“I’m thrilled with today’s decision by the IOC,” said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “I believe today’s announcement indicates the IOC recognizes wrestling’s importance to the Olympic Games and its significance around the world. I think the sport is stronger now than it was in February, and I’m elated to learn our student-athletes, and future generation of wrestlers, will have the opportunity to someday compete for Olympic medals. I would also like to congratulate Dan Gable, Coach Tom Brands, and all of those individuals involved in the sport of wrestling, who worked so diligently, and successfully, towards this goal.”

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. The IOC decided on Saturday to award the 2020 games to Tokyo. Wrestling will have six weight classes for women’s freestyle in 2016, up from four classes in 2012. Men’s Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle will also compete in six weight classes, down from seven classes in 2012. The push for gender equity was part of wrestling’s makeover and a key in its reinstatement campaign.

“I want to offer my sincere gratitude to each member of the International Olympic Committee that voted to save Olympic wrestling today,” said Nenad Lalovic, the President of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA). “With this vote, you have shown that the steps we have taken to improve our sport have made a difference. I assure each of you that our modernization will not stop now. We will continue to strive to be the best partner to the Olympic Movement that we can be.”

Spencer Hands Orabs Their First Loss of The Year

footballThe Spencer Tigers handed the Sheldon Orab football team their first loss of the season 42-20 Friday night in Spencer. The Tigers ranked 4th in the latest Radio Iowa 3A poll scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead with :50 seconds to play in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Matt Finnern did the bulk of the damage with touchdown runs of 22, 60 and 24 yards.

A Cody Mowery 14 yard run capped an 82 yard drive to give the tigers a 28-0 halftime lead that would hold up through a scoreless third quarter.

Sheldon scored 20 points in the fourth quarter beginning with a fumble recovery at their own 41 yard line and a 59 yard drive capped by a 34 yard Matt Buenger touchdown run. The extra point was no good and Sheldon had cut the lead to 28-6 with 1:53 to play.

Spencer answered with a 64 yard touchdown run by Hunter Cushman. Mark Malm added his fifth extra point of the night and the lead was 35-6 with 8:49 to go.

Sheldon responded with an 82 yard drive that ended when Buenger scored from a yard out. The two point attempt was no good and the Spencer lead was 35-12 with 3:19 to play.

On the ensuing kick off Darin Greenfield knocked the return man off the football and the Orabs had the ball at the Spencer 26 yard line. They made quick work of the short field as Hunter McDonald scored from a yard out. Buenger scored on the two point conversion and the Tigers lead was cut to 35-20 with 2:20 to play.

With reserves in the game Spencer scored the final touchdown of the night on a 69 yard John Greer touchdown run. Cameron Geyer added the extra point to make the final score 42-20.

With the win Spencer stands at 2-0 while the Orabs are 1-1 with the district opener coming up next Friday night at Orab Field against the visiting Unity Knights.