NCC Thunder Road Race Run Under Sunny Skies

Sheldon, IA — The 2nd Annual KIWA Radio/Northwest Iowa Community College Thunder Road Race took place under sunny skies Saturday morning in Sheldon. Approximately 125 runners, many dressed in halloween costumes, braved the chilly temperatures to enjoy the race, which got underway at 9:00 am in front of the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the NCC Campus.

In addition to the runners, an army of volunteers were also on hand to make sure the race went smoothly.


Here are a few images from the beginning of this year’s race:

Thunder Road Race 1


Thunder Road Race 2


Thunder Road Race 3


Thunder Road Race 4

Nighthawks Win Tough Game Against Lions


The #6 ranked Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks beat the Central Lyon George Little Rock Lions 28-15 in Hull on Friday Night.

Central Lyon George Little Rock started the game with a 6:43 drive that covered 65 yards.  The Lions scored on a 12 yard quarterback keeper by Pete Menage on 4th down.  The Lions added a two point conversion making the score 8-0 with 5:17 left in the first quarter.

The Nighthawks were able to take advantage of a Pete Menage missed pitch later in the first quarter and scored in the second quarter during a 27 yard drive that lasted 1:49.  Starting tailback Omar Mejia finished the drive with a 14 yard touchdown run.  The Nighthawks missed the two point conversion. Andrew Van Ginkel almost single handedly added another touchdown when he intercepted a Pete Menage pass, than finished off the resulting 38 yard drive with a 37 yard scramble for the score.  He than threw a successful two point conversion to Jerod Hansen and the score was 14-8 in favor of the Nighthawks with 6:34 left in the second quarter.  The Nighthawks added more after forcing a Lions punt. Boyden Hull Rock Valley’s Van Ginkel struck again, this time throwing a 44 yard touchdown pass to Jerod Hansen, with the successful extra point the score was 21–8 with 2:54 left in the second quarter.

The Lions would answer on the following drive in just 1:06.  The Lions ran the ball almost exclusively on the 65 yard drive and scored on a 16 yard touchdown run by CJ Roths.  The score at the half was 21-15 in favor of the Nighthawks.

The Nighthawks took the first possession of the second half 80 yards for the score.  The drive lasted 1:39 and was finished off by an Omar Mejia 13 yard touchdown run, his second of the game.  At the 10:21 mark in the third quarter the score was 28-15.

The last gasp for Central Lyon George Little Rock would come up short with less than four minutes left in the game.  The Lions were driving the ball and arrived inside the Nighthawks 10 yard line before stalling out and turning the ball over on downs with 3:52 left in the contest.

The final score of the game was 28-15, and the win put the district 1 pieces into place.  Central Lyon George Little Rock fell to 3rd in the district with their second loss.  Boyden Hull Rock Valley gains second place behind Sioux Center (the district champion).  MOC-FV with the win against Sheldon last week gets the #4 spot in district 1.

In first round playoff action on Wednesday the Nighthawks (8-1, 5-1 in District) will face Garner Hayfield/Ventura in Rock Valley. The Lions (6-3, 4-2 in District) will have an away game versus South Central Calhoun.

Orabs Close Season With 40-18 Win

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orabs closed out the football season with a 40-18 non district win over the Hartley Melvin Sanborn Hawks at Hartley Friday night.

The Hawks scored first following a fumble recovery at the Sheldon 39 yard line. Evan Metzler found Nathan Westphal for a 35 yard score. The extra point was no good and the Hawks were up 6-0 with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

Sheldon put 21 points on the board with just over three minutes left in the half turning a pair of fumbles and an interception into points.

Following a fumble recovery on their own 24 Sheldon went 76 yards with Colby Kleinhesselink scoring on a 6 yard run. Trevor Mayer added the extra point to give the Orabs a 7-6 lead with 3:02 left in the half.

Sheldon forced a fumble and recovered on the HMS 23 yard line. Kleinhesselink found Garret Lang for a 23 yard score as Lang scored on a dual possession play as Jordan Japenga went for the interception. Mayer’s kick made it 14-6 with 2:46 to play.

With the Hawks driving into Sheldon territory Logan Otis intercepted at the Sheldon 40 yard line. A 9 yard halfback pass from Hunter McDonald to Garret Lang capped a 60 yard drive. Mayer added the extra point and Sheldon took a 21-6 lead into halftime.

Sheldon got the ball to start the second half and drove 70 yards for the score with Logan Otis scoring from 19 yards out. The extra point was no good and the Orab lead was at
27-6 with 10:59 to go in the third quarter.

Hunter McDonald who went over 200 yards in the game and over a thousand for the season broke loose for a 62 yard touchdown run. Trevor Mayer added the extra point and the lead went to 34-6 with 9:30 to play in the third quarter.

The final scoring of the season for Sheldon came on the end of a 96 yard drive as the Orabs got the ball on downs at their own 4 yard line. Tanner Whitsell capped the drive with a 4 yard run. The kick was no good and Sheldon led 40-6 with 9:28 to play.

Hartley Melvin Sanborn would score the final two touchdowns of the night as Hunter Kuehl capped a 72 yard drive with a 4 yard run with 7:08 to play that made it 40-12. the final score of the game was a 40 yard touchdown pass from Evan Metzler to Trenton Schirmer that made the score 40-18 with 2:46 to play and that would be the final score.

Sheldon finishes the year at 4-5. With Emmetsburg posting a win over LeMars Gehlen Friday night HMS earned the final playoff spot in 1A district 1 as they knocked off Gehlen in a head to head matchup. Both finished with 3-3 district record with the Hawks wrapping up the year at 4-5 on the season. The first round of the football playoffs in Iowa open up on Wednesday night.

October 25th, 2013 Highschool Football Finals


 With the end of the regular season playoff berths and seeds have been decided with the first round of the playoffs in all classes coming up on Wednesday October 30th.  






CLASS 2A District 1

Sheldon 40, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 18 (ND)
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 28, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 15
Sioux Center 39, MOC-Floyd Valley 7
Unity Christian, Orange City 33, Cherokee, Washington 15


CLASS 1A District 1

Emmetsburg 24, Gehlen Catholic, LeMars 22
North Union 24, Okoboji, Milford 14
South O’Brien, Paullina 43, Western Christian, Hull 26


CLASS A District 1

Hinton 21, Lawton-Bronson 0
West Lyon, Inwood 42, Akron-Westfield 6
West Sioux, Hawarden 36, Alta/Aurelia 13
Woodbury Central, Moville 40, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0


CLASS 8 District 1

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 57, Kingsley-Pierson 32
Remsen-Union 60, Whiting 24
River Valley, Correctionville 70, Clay Central-Everly 6
St. Mary’s, Remsen 52, Harris-Lake Park 32


CLASS 3A District 2

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 42, Spencer 17
Carroll 27, LeMars 14
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 33, Denison-Schleswig 21
Webster City 42, Storm Lake 0 (ND)




Area Runners Earn State Cross Country Berths at Thursday District Meets

cross countryThe immediate KIWA listening are will be well represented at the State Cross Country Meet Saturday November 2nd in Fort Dodge. District qualifying was held on Thursday in all classes of cross country across the state. The top three teams and top 10 individuals in all classes will move on.

Area Class 2A runners competed at Orange City in a district meet hosted by Unity. The Knights won both the boys and girls team titles.

Boys Team Results: 1. Unity Christian 58, 2. South Central Calhoun 96, 3. OA-BCIG 102. The boy’s individual winner was Tanner Goetsch of Spirit Lake in a time of 16:17.0. Haile Duden of Sioux Center was second in 16:51.0; 3. also qualifying as individuals were Colby Kraninger of Okoboji, Schuyler Malenke from Unity Christian, P.J. Kooima of Western Christian and Klay Byker of Unity Christian.

Girls Team Results: 1. Unity Christian 48, 2. Western Christian 60, 3. South Central Calhoun 65.  Kassidy De Jong of Unity Christian was the individual winner in 15:06.0. Erika Douma of Western Christian was second in 15:25.2. Also qualifying as individuals were Miranda Moss from Sioux Center, Jacklyn Hoogland from Unity Christian, alson with team mate Jordan Bos and Kenedie Kats, Western Christian.


Class 1A runners were at Hawarden for a district meet hosted by West Sioux.

Boys Team Results: 1. Trinity Christian 54, 2. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 89, 3. Alta-Aurelia 94. Alex Van Ginkel of Trinity Christian was the individual winner in a time of 17:30.34 followed by Micah Bajema of West Lyon in 17:43.23. also earning state trips were Noah Waldner of Trinity Christian, Andy Taverna of Sibley-Ocheyedan, along with Ben Aberson, South O’Brien, 18:32.15.

Girls Team Results: 1. Pocahontas Area 24, 2. Emmetsburg 42, 3. Sibley-Ocheyedan 110. Leah Seivert of Sibley-Ocheyedan was the individual winner with a time of 14:36.78. the second place time was 15:51.85; 3. Also moving on to state was Halee Rahbusch of South O’Brien.


Area Class 3A runners competed at a district in Carroll hosted by Kuemper.

Boys Team Results: 1. Boone 32, 2. Algona 48, 3. MOC-Floyd Valley 106. Individual qualifiers included Ryan Bauermeister of Spencer who finished third in the district.

Girls Team Results: 1. Spencer 40, 2. MOC-Floyd Valley 49, 3. Bishop Heelan 80. Bethany Dykstra of MOC-Floyd Valley was the individual winner in 15:38. The second place time was 15:39; 3. Also qualifying for state were Cierra and Myah Guerrero along with Sara Bauermeister of Spencer. They were joined by Caroline Ascherl and Kelsey Lang of MOC-Floyd Valley.

This Week’s Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Iowa DNRThe 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.



West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: bluegills should start to move shallower as the water cools. Continue to fish around weed edges and open pockets.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Try using a pilkie tipped with wigglers for perch around some sort of structure be it weeds, rocks, drop-offs, or a combination.  Most are reporting many small fish with a few nice ones mixed in.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers over rock piles.


Big Spirit Lake

Yellow Perch – Slow: Only a handful of perch are being caught and the few that are mostly small fish in the 4-7-inch range with keepers being rare. Walleye – Slow: Fishing during the day has been spotty at best with the best bite coming around sunset and into the night.  The water has cooled into the 40s and a slow presentation has been the best.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Wader fishing should be picking up try fishing the late evening with twister tails or a jig and minnow.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation.  Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.  Recent sampling has indicated a fair amount of walleye (less than 17 inches) are in the state marina complex.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Try white twister tails in the deeper holes for walleye.


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Anglers are catching lots of walleye in the Little Sioux River from Cherokee to the Correctionville/Anthon area. Large white twisters are working great.  Live chubs have been producing good walleye as well.  Focus efforts on deeper pools, such as below rock riffles, near bridges, and around snags.