Des Moines, Iowa — In the latest Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings, Sioux Center continues at the 3 spot in Class 3A, while Unity Christian and Western Christian top the Class 2A poll. Class 1A features George-Little Rock climbing one spot to #10, while West Sioux and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn round out the top 15.
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.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has around 13-18 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye along the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. They are having the best luck using spoons and minnows. Some walleye are also being caught along the north shore and near the Stony Point area. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some yellow perch are being picked up near the east shore around Kings Point area. Try using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.
Big Spirit Lake
Ice conditions are variable with snow on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised at this time. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover, and 9 inches where there was snow cover. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few reports have shown that the perch bite on Spirit Lake has slowed. With only single digit catches coming off Stoney. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are still being caught off Stoney Point but in fewer numbers than before. None have been creeled but reports from some fishermen have shown that the bite is occurring in the later hours after dark.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 foot range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with wax worms are presenting the most success.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Thin ice signs have been placed around the open water; ice conditions are variable with bad ice present in places. Ice conditions around the open water are variable with the thickest ice around 15-16 inches. The south end of open water has some ice at only 5 inches.
West Okoboji Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: Millers bay is still presenting a quality bite for those who want to brave the wind and cold. These perch are being caught in 20+ feet of water, size ranging from 7-10 inch. Anglers are having success using small jigs and wax worms. Fishermen are using jigging raps when the bite gets slow to bring fish back in. Most bays have been experiencing a quality perch bite once these fish are found. Crappie – Fair: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 foot of water. Working jigs high in the water column has led to success on multiple occasions for some anglers. Emerson has been seeing few of these crappies but they are beginning to school up in the deeper waters later in the afternoon. Right before dark these fish are beginning to show up in both Emerson and Millers. Bluegill – Good: Gills of nice size are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water.
Orange City — The Northwestern College football team added six recruits on a busy National Signing Day for head coach Kyle Achterhoff and his coaching staff. The 2014 recruit class now totals 14, with eight players already committing to Northwestern.Three of the six have ties to the KIWA listening area.
Tyler Schuck (Marcus, Iowa) is a 6’1”, 275-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played three years for Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School. Schuck earned second team all-state and first team all-district honors after leading his team to a state semifinal berth and a 10-3 overall record.
Austin Rhodes (Sioux Center, Iowa) is a 5’8”, 190-pound linebacker and offensive lineman who played three years for Sioux Center High School. Rhodes was part of an offensive line that paved the way for one of the top offenses in the state, totaling 4,956 yards and 55 touchdowns.
Also with ties to northwest iowa is Austin Van Veldhuizen (Ontario, Calif.) he’s a 6’5”, 225-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played three years for Ontario Christian.
Nine players from high schools across the state of Iowa penned National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play football for the University of Iowa. Four are part of a five-member unit of offensive linemen, the largest position group in the class.
Native Iowans who will become Hawkeyes include a four man offensive line group from Northwest Iowa. That group includes Jake Newborg from West Lyon, Brett Waechter from the Hartley Melvin Sanborn program along with Twins Landan and Levi Paulsen both from the Woodbury Central Program. All four are from successful small school football programs in Northwest Iowa.
Sioux Center Iowa — Christian Rozeboom from Sioux Center has committed to the SDSU Jackrabbit football program. Rozeboom is listed as a 6-2 205 pound linebacker by the Jacks.
Rozeboom is a three time all-district honoree who was named to all-state teams by the Iowa Newspaper Association and the Des Moines Register during his senior season. As a senior he totaled 58 tackles including 12 for a loss and 3 sacks as he helped lead the Warriors to a State Runner up finish in Class 2A football this past season. A two way player Rozeboom also rushed to 1,422 yards as a senior averaging 7.8 yards per carry.
A multi-sport athlete Christian is a member of the Sioux Center Warriors basketball team and baseball teams. He was also part of the 2014 state shuttle hurdle relay team during the track and field season.