Boston, Massachusetts — Sheldon native, and three-time Olympian, A.G. Kruger won his 9th Indoor National Title in the Weight Throw Sunday. The 36-year old Kruger threw for 23.41 meters, edging 2nd place finisher James Lambert, who threw for 23.35 meters.
Kruger has also won five outdoor hammer throw national titles, and won his first indoor weight throw in 2003. He has a total of nine titles, putting him now thrid, all-time, behind 12 for Lance Deal, and 10 for Henry Dreyer.
Kruger trains at Ashland University in Ohio under Jud Logan, who is a four-time champion in the event, and a four-time Olympian.
Kruger, who also has five outdoor hammer throw national titles, won his first indoor weight throw in 2003. His nine titles are now third all-time behind Lance Deal’s 12 and Henry Dreyer’s 10. He trains at Ashland University in Ohio under Jud Logan, who is a four-time champion in this event and a four-time Olympian.
Des Moines Iowa — The Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament opens Monday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Two of the area teams will be in action on opening day.
Central Lyon will open our broadcast coverage taking an 18-6 record into the 1A quarterfinals against top ranked Burlington Notre Dame who comes in at 23-1. The Lions are led by Angel Rasamussen and Sarah Halse both averaging 13 points a game. Also averaging double figures is Ivy Siepereda with 10 points a game.
Burlington Notre Dame is led by Taylor Hickey with 19 a game and Riley Kilbride averaging 17 points a game.
Pregame begins at 11:30 Monday morning with tip off scheduled for 11:45.
Later in the day Monday top ranked and 24-0 Unity Christian will open play in the 2A quarterfinals. They square off against #13 Cascade who enters the tournament at 21-3. Unity has three players averaging double figures led by Anna Keil at 15 a game. Kassidy DeJong averages 14 a game with Chanda Zomermaand hitting for 13 points a game.
Cascade has one player averaging double figures. That’s Carolyn Trumm with a 12 point per game average.
Pregame Monday evening will be at 4:45 for a scheduled 5pm opening tip.
Western Christian will wait until early Tuesday morning for their opener. The second ranked Wolfpack open against 12th ranked Iowa City Regina. The three time defending State Champion Wolfpack and Regina both enter the tournament at 21-3.
Western has two players averaging double figures. Jamie Gesink is hitting for 13 a game. Kenzie Bousema averages 11 points per game.
Regina has one player averaging double figures that’s Mary Crompton with an 11 point a game average.
Pregame Tuesday morning is set for 9:45 with the opening tip at 10:00.
We’ll bring you coverage of all three area teams live from Des Moines through the run of the tournament on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream the action as well from www.kiwaradio.com.
The Siouxland Conference All Conference boy’s Basketball Teams are out with Levi Jansen, Justin Schmidt, and Tyler Stumbo being unanimous selections. Here is a look at the selections.
*Levi Jansen MOC-Floyd Valley Jr
*Justin Schmidt Boyden-Hull Sr
*Tyler Stumbo Okoboji Sr
Christian Korver MOC-Floyd Valley Jr
Dalton Moser Boyden-Hull Jr
Nic Lutmer Central Lyon Sr
Grant Metzger Central Lyon Sr
Collin Wolthuizen Sheldon Sr
Dylan Ennema Sheldon Sr
Chris Borchers Sioux Center Sr
Kalen Eckenrod Central Lyon Sr
Chandler Brunsting Boyden-Hull Jr
Mitchell Yaw MOC-Floyd Valley Sr
CJ Roths Central Lyon Jr
Marcus Winterfeld Sioux Center Jr
Holt Hunziker Okoboji Sr
Bryce Van Beek Rock Valley Sr
Brady Schutt MOC-Floyd Valley Jr
Chase Grotewold West Lyon Sr
Chase Van Driel Rock Valley Sr
Pete Menage Central Lyon Jr
Jonathan Zoet Boyden-Hull Sr
Jayden Maudlin George-Little Rock Fr
Turner De Jong Sheldon Sr
Alex Heller Okoboji Jr
Carson Marco Sibley-Ocheyedan Jr
Spencer Iowa –- The South O’Brien Wolverines are State Tournament bound for the first time following their 54-42 win over Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire in the Substate 1 game at Spencer Saturday night.
After the Wolverines win, a happy head coach Kiley Yates talked first about the efforts of his players and also said the win was for the alumni as well.
The Wolverines jumped out to an 11-4 first quarter lead sinking a trio of three point buckets. The Titans found their shooting touch and cut the lead to 24-21 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter the South O’Brien lead was down to 32-31 with the final 8 minutes to go in what was anybody’s ballgame. In the fourth quarter the Wolverines would sieze the opportunity in what coach Yates called a “shot makers game.”
In the fourth quarter the free throw line was the difference just like it had been on Thursday night in the District final. As a team South O’Brien went 13-of-16 at the line in the fourth quarter. They were 24-of-29 on the night.
Dallas Jalas led the way with a game high 24 points. He led the way at the free throw line as well with a13-of-14 performance that included 6-of-6 in the fourth quarter. Also in double figures was Damon Struve with 13 points. He went 5-of-6 at the line.
The Titans were led by Andy Geelan with 17 points and Connor Sturgill with 12. With the win 8th ranked South O’Brien moves on to the State 1A Tournament with a 22-3 record. Greattinger Terrill ends the season at 19-5.
The South O’Brien Wolverines are headed to Substate following a 53-45 win over Boyden Hull in the Class 1A District 1 final at Sioux Center Thursday night. Their opponent will be Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire who defeated Newell Fonda 53-48 for the District 2 title. Tip off will be at 7:00 at the field house in Spencer.
Boyden Hull led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. South O’Brien would get the game back to even in the second quarter and take a 29-23 lead into half time. At the end of the third quarter the lead was up to 39-30. Down the stretch the Wolverines were able to secure the win at the free throw line. In the final quarter South O’Brien who came in shooting 73% on the year as a team from the line went 10-of-14 in the fourth quarter. For the game the Wolverines were 14-of-19.
South O’Brien was led by Dallas Jalas with a game high 24 points. His line included four 3-point buckets and a 6-of-8 performance from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kyle Paulsen hit for 9 points with Damon Struve adding 8 more.
Boyden Hull got 16 points from Chandler Brunsting and 12 each from Dalton Moser and Justin Schmidt.
With the win South O’Brien improves to 21-3. The Comets end the year at 19-5. The 8th ranked Wolverines will meet unranked Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire in Saturday’s Substate game with a Boys State Tournament berth on the line. Tip off at 7:00 in Spencer and we’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.
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
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.
Big Spirit Lake
Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch caught are coming from anglers who are staying on the ice past sunset.
Bluegill – Fair: Few anglers have been successful fishing for bluegills on the south end. Reports show few quality fish in the 8 inch range. Much sorting is needed.
Bluegill – Good: Fishermen are reporting an increase in activity for quality bluegill. Fish size ranges from 6-10 inches. Anglers are using similar presentations everywhere, using small jigs varying in color and size tipped with wax worms. Keep the jig about a foot off the.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are said to be schooling in deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps are proving to produce the most success.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Most of Storm Lake has around 16 -21 inches of ice; there are reports of several small areas of open water: one near College Island, one just north of the big island, and one just off of the Chautauqua Park jetty. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near the Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point. A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows work best.