Nighthawks Strong 2nd Half Leads To Victory

The Nighthawks emerged victorious against the Western Christian Wolfpack Friday Night 26-0 at Hesla Field in Hull.

Both Western Christian and Boyden Hull Rock Valley were held scoreless in the first half, a combined six three and outs, three turnovers, and poor field position kept both teams from reaching the end zone. The most notable play of the first half came late in the second quarter when the Nighthawks John Heitritter forced a Drew Van Sloten fumble on the Nighthawks 13 yard line.  The resulting turnover stopped a promising Wolfpack drive and kept the score tied at 0 going into halftime.

The Nighthawks wasted no time in the third quarter, as they scored on four of the first five second half possessions.  The first score came at the 9:03 mark in the third quarter when Logan Steins was able to punch it in from 5 yards out, capping a 61 yard drive in 2:57.  The extra point was no good making the score 6-0 at that point.

After trading failed possessions, the Nighthawks were fortunate to get good field position when a high snap eluded the Wolfpack Punter Justin Faber. Boyden Hull Rock Valley recovered on the 12 yard line and scored two plays later on an Ashton Kooiker 3 yard TD run.  The two point conversion was run in by quarterback Andrew Van Ginkel, and the score was 14-0 with 5:06 left in the third quarter.  The next Nighthawks possession lasted only three plays as Andrew Van Ginkel ran on 3rd down nearly untouched for 86 yards and the score, the extra point was no good making the score 20-0 with 28 seconds left in the 3rd.

On the following Wolfpack possession, Western Christian quarterback Daniel Van Maanen threw an interception to defensive back Riley Francis deep in Nighthawk territory. Boyden Hull Rock Valley capitalized by scoring on a 90 yard drive eating 4:13 off the game clock. The Nighthawk drive was finished off with an Andrew Van Ginkel 21 yard touchdown run.  Van Ginkel finished unofficially with over 225 yards from scrimmage, two scores, and an interception thrown and received.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley improves to 1-0 and will host Emmetsburg in Rock Valley next week.  Western Christian will face Central Lyon George Little Rock, both games in non district play.

Orabs Win Home Opener Against Sioux Central

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orab football team opened the season with a 28-12 home win over Sioux Central.

Sheldon opened the scoring on a 4 yard quarterback keeper by Matt Buenger for the first points of the season. Trevor Mayer added the extra point and the Orabs led 7-0 with 2:20 left in the first quarter.

With the Rebels driving and time running down the Orab defense forced a fumble at their own 15 and went 85 yards with under a minute to play. Buenger found Collin Wolthuizen for a 13 yard touchdown pass. Mayer added the point after and Sheldon led 14-0 with: 04 seconds left in the first half.

Sheldon got the ball to start the second half and went on a 57 yard drive with Hunter McDonald capping the drive with a 10 yard touchdown run. Mayer’s kick was good and the Orabs led 21-0 with 8:46 to play in the third quarter.

Sioux Central responded with an 89 yard drive that ended with 11:56 to go in the fourth quarter as Devin Tripp scoring from 2 yards out. The kick was no good and the Sheldon lead was 21-6.

The Orabs got on the board with 4:59 to play in the ballgame as Logan Otis scored on a 6 yard run to cap an 82 yard drive. Mayer added the extra point and the lead was up to 28-6.

Tripp scored his second touchdown of the night from a yard out to close the scoring. The 2-point attempt was no good and the score was 28-12 with 1:35 to play.

Sheldon travels to Spencer next Friday to go against the Tigers in another non-district game with the kickoff set for 7:30.

High School Football Scores For Friday August 30th

footballFor most area football teams it’s opening night Friday night. Sheldon opens the year at home against Sioux Central. We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA AM 1550. Boyden Hull Rock Valley is hosted by Western Christian and that one will come your way on KIWA FM 105.3.



Sheldon 28, Sioux Central 12

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 26, Western Christian 0

Akron-Westfield 28, Unity Christian 7

Sioux Center 27, LeMars 0

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 28, MOC-Floyd Valley 0

Sibley-Ocheyedan 13, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 12

Hinton 19, Gehlen Catholic 0

South O’Brien 37, West Sioux 7



Inaugural Ag Bowl Win Belongs to West Lyon

footballWest Lyon took advantage of several short fields to down Central Lyon George Little Rock 35-13 in the first Ag Bowl and the eight edition of the Beef Bowl at Dick Null Field in Rock Rapids Thursday night. the game heard on KIWA M 105.3, was also broadcast to a five state audience on the Iowa High School Sports Network via ESPN 3, Dish and Direct TV.

West Lyon scored the first two touchdowns of the game following fumbles by the Lions. The first recovered on the Lions one yard line was turned in to a Bennett Feuchtenberger one yard touchdown run. The kick by Brandon Snyder was good and the Wildcats led 7-0 with 5:27 left in the first quarter.

West Lyon recovered a second fumble at their own 35 and drove 65 yards for the score. Vaughn Moser scored from three yards out. The kick was blocked and West Lyon led 13-0 with 1:05 left in the half and that would be the score at intermission.

Central Lyon George Little Rock got the ball to start the second half and Pete Menage hit C J Roths out of the backfield for a 52 yard touchdown pass. The point after by Nic Lutmer was good and the Lions had pulled to within 13-7 with 10:15 left in the third quarter.

West Lyon responded with a 58 yard scoring drive capped when quarterback Brandon Snyder scored from a yard out. A two point conversion run by Kyle Groeneweg put the Wildcats in front 21-7 with 4:31 left in the third quarter.

Following a bad snap on a Lions punt attempt West Lyon made it 28-7 with 2:18 left in the third as Snyder found Paul Ter Wee for an 11 yard touchdown pass with Snyder adding the point after.

West Lyon converted a fumble recovery at the Lions 25 yard line into points as Snyder scored on a 10 yard run. Snyder’s kick was good and the lead was 35-7 with 11:54 to go in the fourth quarter.

Central Lyon George Little Rock closed out the scoring with a 69 yard drive capped by a 4 yard touchdown run by C J Roths. The extra point was no good and the lead was cut to 35-13 with 4:43 to play and that would be the final score.

Iowa DNR Labor Day Weekend Fishing Report

Iowa DNRFor lake locations, maps and other information, go to


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 Hatchery at 712-336-1840.



Brushy Creek Lake

Water clarity has improved at Brushy Creek.  Bluegill fishing is decent in 15 to 20 feet of water.  Walleye and crappie fishing have slowed down.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Fishing remains the same as last week at Storm.  Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers drift fishing with night crawlers have been doing well.  White Bass – Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits, or casting white twisters.  Walleye – Slow: Pulling plugs or shad raps continue to be the best producers. The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation.  Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.


Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look around rock piles and weed lines for smallmouth with a combination being even better.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fish have been found in a few different areas but there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut pattern. Pitching docks, cranking weed lines, and top-water early and late have all caught a few fish.  Walleye – Slow: Fish seem to be scattered try weeds, rocks, and out in the basin some days are better than others.  Shore fishermen have also been catching a few slots.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills in and around weeds, with open pockets and weed edges being the most productive.  Live bait rigged on a slip bobber rig suspended just above the weeds has been good as well as jigging pilkies and small jigs. A few perch and yellow bass are also being picked up with this presentation.  Smallmouth Bass – Slow: The smallies have been relating more so to deeper weed edges and drop offs.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for weed pockets or weed edges for largemouth.


Lost Island Lake

A few anglers are finding a few walleyes trolling spinners.  A few white bass are also being found on the outside of the docks.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

The water is low and the fish are concentrated in deeper holes.  Try a white twister tail for walleye and a worm on bottom should catch just about anything.


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Look for deep holes in the river and anglers should find catfish and they are biting good.  Use night crawlers, stink bait, cut bait, chicken liver, or shrimp.




Iowa Man Sentenced For Deer Poaching

appanoose county poached deerCENTERVILLE, Iowa – Jerry Kaster, 40, of Moravia, pleaded guilty for poaching a trophy deer with a .270 rifle while driving in his minivan on a rural road in the Lake Rathbun area in December 2010.  The buck deer scored more than 200 inches. Kaster was assessed $20,000 in liquidated damages.

Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR.