Andy Cooper Decides on College

OrabsSheldon Iowa — Sheldon Orab stand out Andy Cooper has officially signed with Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The signing took place Wednesday morning.

Cooper a 6-5 300 pound offensive lineman who prepped at Sheldon High School under head coach Matt Meendering is a three year letter winner in football and a two time all district honoree. His honors also include being twice named all state as well. Andy has also been selected to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer at the UNI Dome.

Cooper is a multi-sport athlete at Sheldon High School having earned letters in basketball and track as well as football. Cooper is the son of Stewart and Niki Cooper of Sheldon.

Orabs Sweep West Lyon on Senior Night

OrabsSheldon Iowa — The Sheldon Orab Basketball Teams celebrated senior night with a sweep of visiting West Lyon Tuesday night. The girls final was 61-53 with the boys game going to the Orabs 55-44.

In the girls game West Lyon was up 20-15 at the end of the first quarter with Sheldon taking a 36-25 halftime lead with five three point buckets falling in the second quarter. For the game the Orabs would finish with nine 3-point buckets. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 47-35 as Sheldon claimed the win 61-53.

Emily Johnson hit for 16 points with fellow seniors Sami Kleinwolterink hitting for 14 points and Kayla Van Meeteren adding 13.

West Lyon put four players in double figures with Kate Groneweg hitting for 16 off the bench including four 3-points baskets to share game high honors. Alysa Kock, Tarah Meyer and Stacy Barenschot all had 10 points each.

With the win Sheldon improves to 7-12 on the year and 6-10 in the conference. West Lyon is even in the Siouxland at 8-8 and 10-9 on the year.


In the boys game Sheldon led at all the breaks but had to withstand a fourth quarter comeback by the Wildcats. Sheldon led at all the breaks 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and were up 29-20 at half time. At the end of three the lead had been trimmed to 40-33. In the fourth quarter West Lyon would pull even only to see Sheldon regain the lead and nail down the win at the free throw line. Sheldon went 6-of-10 as a team in the fourth quarter in claiming the 55-44 win.

Senior Collin Wolthuizen led all scorers with 20 points in the night including a 14 point second half. He was joined by another senior Turner De Jong who added 10 points including 4-of-4 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.

West Lyon was led by BJ Van Roekel who pumped in 13 points. Also in double figures was Chase Grotewold with 11 points on the night.

With the win Sheldon stands at 13-5 on the year and 12-4 in the Siouxland. West Lyon is 7-11 for the year and 4-11 in the conference. Up next for the Orabs is a Friday night trip to Central Lyon. West Lyon will be at Rock Valley on Friday night.

Beaver To Northwestern

Northwesstern logoOrange City, Iowa — Madison Beaver (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern next year.

Beaver is a multi-sports standout who has played four years for the Sioux Center High School softball team heading into her final season. The 5’9” shortstop hit a team-best .482, totaling 53 hits with eight doubles and two triples, in leading her team to a substate berth and a 26-4 overall record last year. Beaver also led the Siouxland Conference with 37 stolen bases, earning second team all-state honors. Beaver is a three-time all-conference selection, earning first team honors the last two years, and was named all-district as a junior. A member of the National Honor Society, Beaver plans to major in biology at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Paul and Pam.

“We are pleased to have Madison join our softball program,” commented head coach Chris Nachtigall. “Madison is an excellent athlete that comes from a very strong high school program. She is a person of tremendous character and work ethic that has led to great success both on the field and in the classroom. With these qualities, we are confident that Madison will have an immediate impact on campus and in our softball program.”

DNR To Discontinue Fish Production For Farm Pond Program

Iowa DNRDes Moines – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is discontinuing the stocking portion of its farm pond program at the Fairport Fish Hatchery this fall to invest in other programs that improve fishing opportunities statewide.

“Discontinuing fish production for the farm pond program was a difficult decision because of its popularity and success over a long period of time,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa DNR. “However, we believe focusing efforts elsewhere may lead to increased fishing opportunities statewide.”

Pond owners who received bluegills last fall will receive channel catfish and largemouth bass in June 2015. Once that delivery is completed, farm pond stocking will be handled exclusively by private fish farmers. Pond owners who paid to receive fish in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 will be contacted and receive a full refund.

“Farm ponds are valuable resources for outdoor recreation and we want to stay involved in the proper management of them. Even though we will no longer be supplying fish for farm ponds, fisheries biologists will still play a prominent role in their management by answering questions for pond owners.  I encourage anyone who has a question about their pond to call their local DNR fisheries biologist or read about pond management on our website,” said Larscheid.

More information on many aspects related to Iowa farm ponds can be found online at

Northwestern Track and Field Recruit

NWCwrittenoutOrange City, Iowa —Rebekah Muilenburg (Orange City, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Northwestern College next year.

Muilenburg has earned seven letters for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School cross country and track and field teams heading into her senior track season. Muilenburg is a three-time state and Drake Relays qualifier in multiple events, winning the state championship as a member of the 4×400 relay as a sophomore and junior, setting a new record time for class 3A as a junior. She also was part of a state runner-up 4×200 and distance medley along with a 4×200 that won the Sioux City Relays with a record time. In total, Muilenburg has placed in the top five at the state meet seven times and earned all-conference honors eight times. She has personal bests of 12.6 in the 100m, 25.6 in the 200m and 56.1 in the 400m. A member of the National Honor Society and academic all-conference team in both track and cross country, Muilenburg plans to major in biology at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Mark and Lisa.

“We are thrilled to have Rebekah join our women’s track and field team,” commented head coach Scott Bahrke. “She is a very talented 400m runner who has performed well at big meets helping her team set the state record in the 4x400m relay. Rebekah brings great attributes to Northwestern College. She is kind, intelligent and extremely competitive. We look forward to see how God uses Rebekah on campus for the next four years.”

Radio Iowa Boy’s High School Basketball Poll 2/2/15

Basketball Des Moines — As the end of the regular season nears the Radio Iowa Poll continues to take shape with a few subtle changes from last week. Top five teams in the area include Western in the two spot in Class 2A. In Class 3A Spirit Lake is third ranked followed by LeMars. In Class 1A Boyden Hull and Central Lyon are running four and five.



Class 4A
1. Iowa City West (15-0), LW #1 @ Xavier (Tue)
2. DSM Hoover (15-0), LW #2 @ Indianola (Fri)
3. Pleasant Valley (15-0), LW #3 vs Muscatine (Tue)
4. Ankeny Centennial (14-1), LW #4 @ Ames (Tue)
5. Linn-Mar (12-3), LW #7 @ #9 Hempstead (Tue)
6. North Scott (12-3), LW #8 vs Davenport West (Tue)
7. Urbandale (12-4), LW #10 vs Marshalltown (Tue)
8. Waukee (12-4), LW #5 @ Mason City (Tue)
9. Dubuque Hempstead (13-2), LW #9 vs #5 Linn-Mar (Tue)
10.Dowling Catholic (11-4), LW #6 @ S.E. Polk (Tue)

Class 3A
1. Pella (13-2), LW #1 @ Knoxville (Tue)
2. Williamsburg (14-1), LW #3 @ Clear Creek-Amana (Tue)
3. Spirit Lake (14-2), LW #2 @ Emettsburg (Tue)
4. LeMars (13-2), LW #4 @ Estherville-LC (Tue)
5. Dubuque Wahlert (9-6), LW #5 @ Iowa City High (Tue)
6. Waverly-Shell Rock (15-2), LW #6 @ Oelwein (Tue)
7. Fort Madison (14-2), LW #8 @ Washington (Fri)
8. MOC/Floyd Valley (14-2), LW #9 vs Milford Okoboji (Tue)
9. Davenport Assumption (10-5), LW (X) @ Burlington (Tue)
10.Denison-Schleswig (13-3), LW (X) @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton (Tue)

Class 2A
1. New Hampton (17-1), LW #1 vs Charles City (Tue)
2. Western Christian (15-2), LW #3 @ Spencer (Tue)
3. Aplington-Parkersburg (18-0), LW #4 vs Denver (Tue)
4. Monticello (18-2), LW #5 @ Mid-Prairie (Tue)
5. Cascade (16-2), LW #2 @ #6 Regina (Tue)
6. Iowa City Regina (16-1), LW #6 vs #5 Cascade (Tue)
7. IKM-Manning (15-1), LW #7 vs Underwood (Tue)
8. Treynor (14-2), LW #8 vs Griswold (Tue)
9. Forest City (15-2), LW #9 vs Belmond-Klemme (Tue)
10.Northeast (Goose Lake) (14-4), LW #10 vs West Branch (Tue)

Class 1A
1. Danville (16-0), LW #1 @ Fairfield Maharishi (Tue)
2. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (18-0), LW #3 @ Grundy Center (Tue)
3. Colo-NESCO (17-0), LW #5 @ North Tama (Tue)
4. Boyden-Hull (14-3), LW #7 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan (Tue)
5. Central Lyon (14-3), LW #2 @ George-Little Rock (Tue)
6. Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto (16-2), LW #6 vs OA/BCIG (tonight)
7. Earlham (15-2), LW #8 vs Guthrie Center (Tue)
8. West Hancock (14-3), LW #9 @ Eagle Grove (Tue)
9. South O’Brien (14-3), LW (X) @ Marcus MMC (Tue)
10.LeMars Gehlen (15-1), LW #4 @ Hull Trinity (Tue)