IHSAA Offering Free Baseball Umpire Clinics in April

ihsaa_officeBoone Iowa — As part of its officials recruiting and education program, the Iowa High School Athletic Association will be hosting FREE baseball umpire clinics around the state in April. Five clinics have been scheduled through the assistance of host member schools. The closest to the more immediate KIWA listening area will be in Algona on April 1st.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (6:15-9:00 PM)  Algona High School
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (6:15-9:00 PM) West Delaware, Manchester HS
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (6:15-9:00 PM) Ames High School
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (6:15-9:00 PM) Iowa City, West High School
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (6:15-9:00 PM)  Denison (Denison-Schleswig) High School

Equipment needed for the clinics is: an umpire mask and umpire cap. Other items for new officials as well as veterans will be available for purchase at each site. The Clinic will cover positioning for calling balls and strikes, base coverage, new rules and overall baseball umpiring mechanics.

Anyone interested in getting involved in umpiring at any level is welcome free of charge. Those desiring to umpire at the high school level, must register with the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Information can be obtained at www.iahsaa.org click on officials at the top of the page, click on online registration, fill out the paper work and use a debit or credit card to pay your dues. You will receive a password for your account.

From April 27-May 5 umpires will be able to take the online open book exam, which must be passed and view the online rules meeting. Those having questions can call Roger Barr, Director of Officials at 515-432-2011.

Stumbo To Join Defenders

Sioux Center, Iowa– Tyler Stumbo, a senior at Okoboji High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Stumbo, a 6-4 guard/forward, has scored over 1,700 career points, grabbed over 500 career rebounds and handed out over 300 assists during three seasons of basketball.  He was a two-time Twin Lakes All-Conference pick as a sophomore and junior while competing for Laurens-Marathon.  He claimed second-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2014 and was a first-team all-area pick by the Storm Lake Times and Storm Lake Tribune.  He averaged 24.6 points per game with 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists during the 2013-14 season.  He’s followed that with a 20.6 points per game average with 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season while competing for Okoboji while converting 52 percent of his field goals.  He was named first-team all-Siouxland Conference for 2014-15.

Tyler is the son of Brett and Danelle Stumbo of Milford, Iowa.

Red Raiders Chris Nachtigall Earns 100th Win

Northwestern logoOrange City Iowa — Morgan Means recorded her second shutout of the season in game one and Laura Hurley drove in a career-high six runs in game two in leading Northwestern to a sweep over Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC doubleheader played Monday in Orange City. With the wins, head coach Chris Nachtigall reached 100 victories in his three-plus seasons as the Red Raiders head coach. Nachtigall has a 100-65 all-time record, leading Northwestern to a pair of GPAC regular season titles.

Nachtigall has guided Northwestern to a pair of top-three finishes in his two years, finishing tied for third in 2013 with a 13-7 mark. The Raiders went 1-2 at the GPAC championship and finished 26-22 overall. Northwestern set a program record of 128 stolen bases during the 2013 season, the fourth highest total in the NAIA.

In 2012, Nachtigall returned the Red Raiders to national prominence. Under his direction, the Red Raiders won the GPAC regular season title, their first since 2002, with an impressive 16-2 league mark and earning the top seed in the postseason tournament.  Northwestern finished the year with a 33-13 record, tied for the seventh most wins in the program’s history, and was ranked in the NAIA coaches’ poll throughout the year.

Nachtigall earned GPAC Coach of the Year honors in 2012 and 12 Red Raider players have earned all-conference honors during his time as coach. In addition, five players were named NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Nachtigall came to Northwestern after spending the previous four years at Iowa Mennonite School, where he served as athletic director, admissions director and softball coach. He also served as an assistant coach for the boys basketball program and was the head girls varsity basketball coach., leading his team to its first tournament win in nine years. Nachtigall was named SEISC and Southeast District Softball Coach of the Year in 2009.

Iowa Shrine Football Game Coming July 25th

football-strategy-22687119Sioux City Iowa — The 43rd annual Iowa Shrine Bowl Football Game is set for July 25th at the UNI Dome. Area football players selected to play in this years game were invited to gather in Sioux City for a banquet Monday night.

Northwest Iowa seniors selected to play at the so called “skill positions” for the North Squad this year include Austin Folsom of Spirit Lake, Blake Simons of HMS, Brady Van’t Hul of Western Christian and Omar Mejia of Boyden Hull Rock Valley. Just as skilled linemen from the listening area include Branden DeBoer of Sioux Center, Jake Newborg of West Lyon and Andy Cooper of Sheldon.

Western Christian’s head coach Travis Kooima has been selected as an assistant for the North staff under head coach Scott Freichs of New Hampton. The coaching staffs are selected by the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl, which began in 1973, has raised more than $2.2 million to date with that money going to help The Shriner’s Hospital for Children. A total of 92 football players and 55 cheerleaders were selected for this year’s event. Kick off this year is set for Saturday July 25th at 4pm at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls.

Northwestern Pitcher Earns Weekly Honor

Northwestern logoSioux City, Iowa – Northwestern pitcher Kayla Tindall is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week.

Tindall, a 5’10 freshman hailing from Akron, Iowa pitched a complete-game, two-hitter in leading Northwestern to a 6-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in game two of a doubleheader. Tindall walked two and struck out four while giving up just two singles in recording her second shutout of the season. The freshman helped her cause with a two-run single at the plate.

Iowa’s Spring Turkey Seasons Begin April 13

Iowa DNRIowa’s turkey flock had an excellent hatch in 2014 leading to the possibility that hunters should see increased opportunities to harvest a bird during the 2015 spring turkey season.

The younger birds, called Jakes, are often more vulnerable, responding to calls in  groups and competing among themselves to see which one can get to the call first. The older Toms are can be more cautious and reluctant to respond to the sirens temptations.

“We’re still seeing good groups of turkeys in winter flocks, but they will be breaking up soon as we head into the breeding season,” said Jim Coffey, forest wildlife species technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Iowa has turkeys in every county with higher numbers being found in areas where there is a more diversified mixture of timber with agriculture.

Coffey, who participates in spring turkey hunting seminars geared toward first time and novice hunters, said confidence is key and that confidence comes from talking to other turkey hunters, spending time in the woods and learning from your mistakes.

“The number one piece of advice I can give is to pattern your gun before going out. This is the sport of one shot – you need to know what that shot will be when you pull the trigger,” he said. “Don’t get hung up on calling – but understand when to call. A common mistake is calling too much.  You want to tease the bird. Once you call, stay put, because he knows where you are.”

Hunters can help increase their chance of harvesting a bird by sharpening woodsmanship skills; learn when to move and when to stay still, and about the biology and habits of the bird.

Coffey said turkeys have excellent vision so hunters who use the timber to blend in to the background may see more birds. He also said scouting is important. Understanding what the bird wants to do biologically is important to us as hunters.

“Watch the turkeys, understand the turkeys and realize we are playing on his home court. Position yourself between where they are, and where they want to go is a key to success,” he said.

At the end of the day, only about one-third of spring turkey hunters actually bag a turkey but most don’t use that as a measuring stick for success.

“The experience in the woods with your kids or with friends; watching the timber come alive with wildlife and the newness of spring that’s what it’s all about,” Coffey said. “It’s really something pretty special and I would hope that our turkey hunters share it by taking their neighbor or child or spouse along this year.”

Sidebar: Hunting Atlas Available Online

Hunters have a new tool that may improve their in the field experience even before opening day.

The Iowa hunting atlas is an interactive map that shows all 680,000 acres of public hunting land that is owned by the state, county or federal governments. The atlas is available online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting. A mobile version is also available.

A click on an area will show basic information like zone and open season, and links to maps, if available.