Orange City — Unity Christian swept a non-conference basketball double header from the visiting Sheldon Orabs Saturday afternoon. In a pair of games moved up due to the impending weather the top ranked Knights took the girls game 75-32. In the boys game it went down to the final shot as Unity held on for a 59-57 win over Sheldon.
In the girls game Unity was up 12-4 at the end of the first quarter and led 32-12 at half time. At the end of three the lead was 57-26 as Unity went on to win it 75-32 and stay unbeaten on the year.
Unity had three players in double figures getting a game high 22 from Kassidy De Jong. Anna Kiel added 18 with Chanda Zomermaand hitting for 10 points. Sheldon was led by Emily Johnson with 10 points followed by Sydney Iedema with 6 points.
With the Win the Knights, top ranked in Class 2A improve to 17-0 on the year. Sheldon falls to 6-12 on the season.
In the boys game neither team led by more than five points throughout the contest. At the end of the first quarter it was tied at 12-12. By halftime Sheldon had pulled in front 20-18 and led 36-35 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Unity would re-take the lead and hold on for the 59-57 win. The game was won at the free throw line with the Knights hitting 8-of-10 in the final quarter.
Klay Byker had a huge offensive day with a game high 26 points. Alex Dorhout hit for 17 points and Travis Viet adding 10 more.
Sheldon had three players in double figures as well. Collin Wolthizen led the way with 18 points. He was joined by Dylan Ennema with 14 and Ian Jongewaard with 10.
With the win Unity improves to 6-11 on the year with Sheldon falling to 12-5. Up next for the Orabs will be a home doubleheader with West Lyon Tuesday night. Also Tuesday night Unity will host West Sioux as they return to conference play as well.
Sheldon split a Siouxland Conference basketball doubleheader with Sioux Center at Orab Gym Friday night. The girls game went to 3rd ranked Sioux Center 63-43 while the boys game fell to Sheldon 61-57.
In the girls game the Warriors led at all the breaks up 20-12 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime the lead was 28-18. Sioux Center pushed the lead to 47-30 at the end of three as they went on to win it 63-43.
Sheldon had two players in double figures getting 10 points each from Kayla Van Meeteren and Sami Kleinwolterink. Sioux Center did not have a player in double figures but 11 of their 15 players found a spot in the score book. Mariah Hulstein led the offense with 9 points followed by Alexis Toering with 8 points.
With the win Sioux Center improves to 16-2 on the year with an unblemished 15-0 conference mark. Sheldon stands at 6-11 for the year and 5-10 in the conference.
The boys game was tight throughout. Sheldon went up 18-17 at the end of the first quarter as Ian Jongewaard hit a three from the left corner as time expired. At halftime Sheldon pulled within 35-23 as Jongewaard hit a long range two from the left side as the half came to a close. By the end of the third quarter the Warriors were back in front 48-43. Sheldon took the lead in the fourth quarter and would go on to win it 61-57.
On the night Jongewaard hit for a game high 20 points. He was joined in double figures by Collin Wolthuizen with 10 points. Steven Kragt led the Warriors with 16 points. Marcus Winterfeld hit for 13 with Chris Borchers in double figures as well with 10 points.
With the win Sheldon improves to 12-4 on the year and 10-4 in the conference. Sioux Center falls to 9-8 for the year and 8-6 in the Siouxland.
Up next for the Orabs is a Saturday afternoon trip to the Unity Christian Gym with the girls tip off set for 3 pm. The Warriors return to action Tuesday night playing host to Rock Valley.
Northwest Iowa — A full schedule for high school basketball and a pair of conference wrestling tournaments high light the sports schedule for Friday. Wrestling tournaments will be hosted by Sioux Center and LeMars. On KIWA FM we’ll bring you double header basketball with Sioux Center at Sheldon. Pregame for the girls begins at 6:05. Tip off at 6:15 with the boys game to follow. We’ll stream from www.kiwaradio.com.
Sioux Center at Sheldon
Broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3 with pregame for the girls at 6:05.
Boyden Hull at Okoboji
MOC Floyd Valley at Rock Valley
G-LR at West Lyon
Sibley Ocheyedan at Central Lyon
Gehlen at South O’Brien
West Sioux at MMC
Hinton at Harris Lake Park
Akron Westfield at HMS
Trinity at Remsen Union
Emmetsburg at Western
Siouxland Conference Tournament hosted by Sioux Center
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
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 plus feet of water, size ranges 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 seeing an increase in perch activity with the warm weather coming. Crappie – Fair: Around 12:30 crappie move into the shallows of Millers suspending in about 7 feet 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.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Perch – Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 feet range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with wax worms are presenting the most success.
Big Spirit Lake
Ice conditions are variable with the snow being on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised. Ice reports are as thick as 17 inches in places with no snow cover and as thin as 9 inches where there was snow cover. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house, and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish. On the south side of Big Stoney in 14 feet of water a consistent perch bite has been occurring for a couple weeks now. Anglers report catching 10 inch perch. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught north of the pump house in 25 feet of water, also off Big Stoney many over the slot walleyes are being caught as well. Fisherman are using minnow head tipped jigs, also proving to catch fish is spoons tipped with minnow. The walleye bite has slowed down during the day; the night bite has been more consistent.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Thin ice signs have been placed around the open water; ice conditions are variable with bad ice being present in places. Ice conditions around the open water are variable with the thickest ice being around 15-16 inches. The south end of open water has some ice at only 5 inches.
Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Outside the thin ice signs ice conditions showed ice conditions in the 12-15 inch range. Bluegill – Fair: Fishermen are having varied success with bluegills, catching them on the south end and near the middle. Fish are being caught using tungsten to get through the smaller fish and get down deep to the larger gills.
Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Ice depths around open water show ice being as thick as 11 inches outside of the thin ice signs.
Five Island Lake
Walleye – Slow: The walleye bite at Five Island has really picked up and fish are being caught in dredge holes, and in Town Bay. Fish ranging in the 14-20 inch range are being caught. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are being caught in the deeper holes along with the walleye. Perch are ranging from 8-11 inches.
On January 31st Scharnberg Pond will be stocked with trout at noon. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Working jigs right below the ice to catch these schooling trout.
Northwest Iowa — In the latest Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings, Northwest Iowa remains well represented. In Class 3A, Sioux Center remains in the third position, while Spirit Lake drops 3 spots to #8, and Cherokee jumps into the rankings at #13 with a 10-6 record.
In Class 2A, Unity and Western are still 1 and 2. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn leaps to the 12 spot while Hinton remains at 13, while Okoboji falls out of the rankings.
In Class 1A, nothing changed from the prior week with George-Little Rock at #11, Marcus-Meriden- Cleghorn remaining at 14, and Central Lyon at the 15 spot.
Sioux Center, Iowa — Colten Smolders, a senior at Sioux Center High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender football program.
Smolders, a 6-0, 280 pound offensive and defensive lineman, was a part of a state runner-up team in 2014 and a state semifinalist in 2013. He totaled 35 tackles during his career with 12 tackles for loss, five quarterback sacks and one interception. He was a two-time all-district honoree.
Colten is the son of Hans and Nancy Smolders. He plans to study agriculture at Dordt College.