Rock Valley hosted the boys and Okoboji hosted the girls in Siouxland Conference golf Thursday. Sheldon tied with MOC Floyd Valley in boys golf with both shooting 164. Boyden Hull was third at 170 with Sioux Center fourth at 171. West Lyon and Sibley Ocheyedan finished at 174 to round out the top five.
Medalist honors went to Sheldon’s Tyler Merley at two-under 35. Tate Arends of MOC Floyd Valley was next at 36. Jaden Snyder of West Lyon and Trenton De Haan of MOC Floyd Valley were both in at 39. Brock De Boer of Sioux Center and Even Mehls of Sibley Ocheyedan both finished at 41.
On at the girls side MOC Floyd Valley continued their winning ways with a 178 to top Central Lyon who put together a team total 199. Sibley Ocheyedan was next at 201 with Rock Valley at 203 and Sheldon at 213 to round out the top five.
Alex Mankle of Okoboji was the medalist at 40. Lauren Weber of MOC Floyd Valley was one shot back at 41. Anna Clemens of the Lady Dutch carded at 42. Rachel Abele of the Orabs put together a 43 with Sydney Petersen of Central Lyon and Kanzie Eichmann of Rock Valley both at 46.
Orange City, Iowa — The 1st annual beep baseball event sponsored by the Orange City Lions Club and Fareway is set for Saturday, May 2nd with games at 11 AM against the Lions Club and at 4 PM against a team made up of Orange City Fareway employees.
The Iowa Reapers are Iowa’s only blind-baseball team. It’s a sport designed for the blind. The local participants will try to play this adapted version of baseball blindfolded.
Frank Guerra with the Reapers tells us more about Saturday’s event.
Guerra talks about the growth of beep baseball since it’s beginnings in Minneapolis in the late 1960’s.
Guerra also told us about the mission of the Iowa Reapers.
Beep baseball is played on an open grass field. There are only two bases in a beep baseball game, and they buzz. The object of the game is to hit the beeping 16-inch softball (while blindfolded), then make it down to 1 of the 2 buzzing bases before the fielder retrieves the ball. If successful, that’s a run. If the fielder retrieves the ball before the runner makes it to one of the bases, they are out.
The batter gets 5 chances to hit the ball. There are 3 outs per half-inning. There are 6 innings in a game. A pair of games are set for Saturday May 2nd at 11 AM and 4 PM in Orange City at the Orange City Pool Park.
The new month opens with the Sheldon golf teams in action. The Orab boys are hosting Spirit Lake and Western while the girls golf team is on the road at Spencer. Boyden Hull Rock Valley and Marcus Meriden Cleghorn are both hosting track meets.
Spirit Lake and Western at Sheldon
The Sheldon Orab Golf Meet tonight is a little bit of a change. It is now a Triangular with Spirit Lake and Western Christian. It will be JV/Varsity and will begin at the Sheldon Golf Course at 4:30PM
Sheldon and Spirit Lake at Spencer
MMC at Akron Westfield
Akron Westfield, G-LR, Harris Lake Park, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, Trinity, West Lyon and Western Christian at the BHRV invite
Unity, South O’Brien and Remsen St Mary’s at MMC invite
Spirit Lake, Iowa — 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 fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike – Fair: Northerns are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow is your best bet. Bluegill – Good: Many anglers are having success fishing the canals. Water temperatures are 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the canals which is bringing fish in from the cooler waters. Fish using worm and bobber or small feather jigs. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie are being seen around Gull Point out from the point and out of the canals and back waters. Largemouth Bass – Good: A good number of largemouth have been seen roaming the banks around rock piles and existing weed lines at Gull Point, trestle bridge, Smiths Bay, Manhattan, Omaha, and Pikes Point. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools of perch are being seen by local anglers at the trestle bridge. These perch are not large but there are very high numbers of them schooling up in the warmer waters between east and west Okoboji.
East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, little stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gill nets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases. Northern Pike – Fair: Fish black spinner baits around docks just before dark. Many anglers are reporting that fish are coming in shallow to warmer water around dark. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are starting to pick up more bluegill at the trestle bridge. Fish size range from 4-9 inch. Anglers are using small jigs, worm and bobber. Crappie – Fair: More and more crappies are being seen and caught at the trestle bridge. Larger fish are not being caught; most fish caught are 7-8 inch. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are reporting more bass around the trestle bridge while they are fishing. These fish are being seen under boat hoists and around the bridge structures.
Big Spirit Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Anglers along the grade are still catching northerns; water temperatures are still in the 60s which is holding more fish with this cool down. Fish spinner or large jerk baits. Black Crappie – Fair: The old foot bridge rock piles are holding good numbers of crappie. Anglers are pulling feather jigs along the rocks and catching small 7-10 inch crappie. Larger fish should become more available as water temperatures warm again. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught at the Little spirit tube. Many anglers are having to leave to buy more worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and being caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead – Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom. The little spirit outlet is beginning to see more fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: More and more largemouth bass have been seen around Rednose and Cottonwood Point but not caught. Anglers are having success throwing jerk baits far away from the boat where fish can’t see anglers and working jerk baits slow.
Bluegill – Excellent: Fish the jetties that are placed around the lake; bluegills are thick around all the jetties and in great numbers. Average size ranges between 7.5-8 inches. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are being caught around the standing cattails and off the jetties. Fish with small jigs or worm and bobbers.
Five Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits in 8 feet of water are seeing a steady bite from yellows.
Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Anglers are seeing many walleyes at the south end of the lake using yellow twister tails. These fish are swimming slowly; persistence will get them in the boat. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits are catching 8-10 inch yellows.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching walleye using plastics, crank baits, leaches, and minnows fished along the east and south sides of the lake. Anglers are doing well fishing along the dredge cuts between Chautauqua Point and the big island. Fishing the dredge cuts between the big island and Shorty’s Island has also been productive for walleye. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up with minnows along the east side of the lake. White Bass – Good: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake and around the dredge cuts; they are biting on plastics, leaches, and minnows.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching walleye in the evenings using twisters.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are being caught using any kind of stink bait. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish range from 1 to 12 pounds.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Walleye – Fair: More and more anglers are reporting increased walleye catch along the Hwy. 18 bridge. Fish are being caught using twister tails and shad raps. Fish the snags parallel to the bank. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait upstream of any snags or deeper pools. Anglers are catching many fish per outing.
West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught in fair numbers at any of the bridge access points in Emmetsburg. Anglers are having success using stink bait. Walleye – Slow: Persistent anglers willing to walk to find fish have been successful. Anglers are using yellow or green twister tails with white or pink heads. Cast parallel to the bank alongside of snags and dead fall.
The IGHSAU has released the Regional Golf Tournament Team assignments. Sheldon will be at the Class 3A Regional at Woodlyn Hills in Milford. The Orabs will be joined by Cherokee, East Sac County, Kuemper, MOC Floyd Valley, Okoboji, Sioux Center and Spirit Lake. First round regional play will be on Monday May 18th.
Area 2A teams will be at Lansmeer on Monday the 18th. The lineup includes Boyden Hull, Hartley Melvin Sanborn, Rock Valley, Sibley Ocheyedan, Sioux Central, South O’Brien, Unity, West Lyon and Western Christian.
Most of the area 1A teams will be at the Regional hosted by Akron Westfield. That group includes the host team Westerners along with Central Lyon, Gehlen, George Little Rock, Remsen St Mary’s and Remsen Union along with West Sioux.
Harris Lake Park, Clay Central Everly and Marcus Meriden Cleghorn were all assigned to the regional hosted by Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club.