Orab and Nighthawk Game Preview

footballNorthwest Iowa — It’s opening night for most Iowa high school football teams Friday night and we’ll bring you double header coverage throughout the season.

On opening night the Sheldon Orabs begin the season at home against South O’Brien in a non-conference match up.

Tyler Lloyd begins his first season as head coach of the Orabs so for Sheldon it’s all about new beginnings from the top down.

When we asked about the key to a win the response came quick.

South O’Brien head coach Mark Fuhrman likes the match up against the Orabs for two reasons.

For the Wolverines the key friday night will be effort.

LA and the Coach Kent Dezeeuw bring you the coverage on KIWA AM 1550.

 

On KIWA FM 105.3 it’s Boyden Hull Rock Valley and Western Christian from Hesla Field in Hull.

The Nighthawks and coach Corey Brandt have a great deal of respect for the Wolfpack.

Brandt adds the similarities between the teams should make for a good contest.

Western head coach Travis Kooima feels that more than a win or loss the goal is strive for a perfect effort.

Kooima added that another big focus will be to avoid mental errors.

Pregame for both contests begins with the Radio Iowa Scouting Report at 6:05 with kick off at 7:00. We’ll stream both contests from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.


Dordt Women’s Cross Country No. 5 In NAIA Poll

!cid_image001_jpg@01D0E0AFThe Dordt College women’s cross country team was voted no. 5 in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 poll released Wednesday, August 26.

The Defenders took 435 points in the polling after finishing the 2014 season no. 5 postseason poll.

The Defenders return five of its top-eight finishers from the 2014 GPAC Championship. All of those runners finished in the top-14 at the GPAC Championship. Kayla Byl (Senior; Sioux Center, Iowa), Justine Van Zee (Junior; Sioux Falls, South Dakota) Nicole Slater (Sophomore; Rushmore, Minnesota), Erika Douma (Sophomore; Sioux Center, Iowa) and Kelsey Lewis (Junior; Lachine, Michigan) all return for the defending three-time GPAC Champions.

The Defenders third straight trip to the NAIA Championships resulted in a fifth place finish in the race run at Lawrence, Kansas. Dordt was ranked as high as no. 2 during the regular season in the pollings.

“It is fun to see the respect the men’s and women’s teams have earned the past few seasons manifesting in their preseason rankings,” said Dordt College Cross Country Coach Nate Wolf. “It is a testament to the strength of the GPAC and how both teams finished last year within the conference and at the national meet. However, while preseason recognition is a great compliment, we need to stay healthy, stay focused, and keep working to earn those ranking throughout the season and ultimately end the season where we want to.”

Northwest Christian (Oregon) was voted no. 1 in the poll and took 495 points. Carroll (Montana) was no. 2 with 485 points and Lewis Clark State (Idaho) claimed no. 3 with 445 points. Aquinas (Michigan) had one more point than Dordt with 436 and the The Master’s (California) was tied with Dordt.

The Defenders open the season on September 4 at the Augustana Invite in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dordt will run in five meets before the GPAC Championship on November 7 in Crete, Nebraska.


Dordt and Northwestern Ranked in Men’s Cross Country Poll

trackThe Northwestern College men’s cross country team is ranked in the initial NAIA poll of the 2015 season.

The Red Raiders are 16th in the preseason coaches poll, earning the highest ranking in program history. Northwestern ended the 2014 season ranked 21st in the postseason poll. They join three other GPAC teams in the poll; Morningside (8), Dordt (25) and Concordia (RV).

Southern Oregon, the runner-up at the 2014 NAIA National Championship, holds down the top spot in the preseason poll, earning 17 of the 19 possible first place votes. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) earned the other two first place votes and is second, followed by St. Francis (Ill.), Aquinas (Mich.) and Carroll (Mont.).

Northwestern, once again under the direction of head coach Scott Bahrke, returns five of its top nine runners off a 2014 team that finished second in the GPAC and 21st at the NAIA Championship.

The Dordt College men’s cross country team was voted no. 25.

The Defenders took 129 points in the polling after finishing the 2014 season in the Others Receiving Votes category of the poll.

The Defenders return four of its top-five finishers from the 2014 GPAC Championship. Nick Vander Kooi (Junior; Fremont, Michigan), Stephan McNamara (Senior; Chatham, Ontario), Ryan McNamara (Senior; Chatham, Ontario) and Sam Wensink (Junior; Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin) head the list of returners that ran to a third place finish at last year’s GPAC Championship. Vander Kooi qualified for the NAIA National Championship last season and is bidding for his third trip to the National Meet held this year in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 21.

“It is fun to see the respect the men’s and women’s teams have earned the past few seasons manifesting in their preseason rankings,” said Dordt College Cross Country Coach Nate Wolf. “It is a testament to the strength of the GPAC and how both teams finished last year within the conference and at the national meet. However, while preseason recognition is a great compliment, we need to stay healthy, stay focused, and keep working to earn those ranking throughout the season and ultimately end the season where we want to.”

The Defenders open the season on September 4 at the Augustana Invite in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dordt will run in five meets before the GPAC Championship on November 7 in Crete, Nebraska.


Sports Schedule for Thursday August 27th

volleyballNorthwest Iowa — A pair of Volleyball invites and a cross country meet are on the varsity high school schedule for Thursday.

 

Volleyball
Boyden-Hull, Central Lyon, George-Little Rock, Rock Valley and Sibley-Ocheyedan at Sioux Center

Clay Central-Everly, Okoboji and South O’Brien at the Spencer invite

 

Cross Country
Cherokee, Emmetsburg Community Schools, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, LeMars, Okoboji, Spirit Lake and Western Christian at Spencer running at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course


Iowa’s Rabbit And Squirrel Seasons Open September 5th Statewide

dnrDes Moines, Iowa — A person doesn’t need to travel far into the Iowa countryside to know there are a lot of cottontail rabbits out there, which is good news for rabbit hunters.

“Cottontail populations on average are 50 percent higher than we’ve seen over the last 10 years,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Our cottontail populations remain strong statewide with the highest densities in southeast Iowa.”

Iowa’s cottontail rabbit population estimate is part of the August roadside survey that will be available online in early September at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey.

Iowa’s squirrel population generally follows the acorn production and 2014 was a pretty good year for bur oak and red oak acorn production meaning 2015 should be a pretty good year for squirrel numbers.

“Squirrel hunting was once an important part of our heritage but hunter interest has shifted to other species, primarily deer,” said Jim Coffey, forest wildlife research technician with the DNR. “Squirrels are definitely an underutilized resource.”

Rabbit and squirrel hunting is an inexpensive way to introduce novices to hunting with little competition and is a great way for experienced hunters to get their equipment out from storage and sharpen their outdoor skills before pheasant and deer seasons begin.

Squirrel season is Sept. 5-Jan. 31, 2016, with a daily bag limit of six squirrels and a possession limit of 12. There is no restriction on shooting hours.

Rabbit season is Sept. 5-Feb. 28, 2016, with a daily bag limit of 10 rabbits and a possession limit of 20.  Shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.

Hunters looking for places to go rabbit or squirrel hunting should use Iowa’s online hunting atlas at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting, with more than 600,000 acres of public land that allows hunting.


Iowa to Participate In National Avian Influenza Surveillance Effort

Iowa DNRDes Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is participating in a national surveillance effort to test waterfowl for the presence of avian influenza. Testing began this summer as part of the DNR’s annual waterfowl banding work and will continue with hunter harvested ducks this fall and winter.

The project is coordinated by the USDA Wildlife Services that is targeting watersheds by season. This fall, hunters in the Upper Mississippi, Iowa, Skunk and Wapsipinicon River watershed and the Chariton and Grand River watershed may be asked to have samples collected from their harvested ducks. Later this winter, the focus shifts to the Missouri and Little Sioux River watershed.

“We are targeting dabbling ducks – teal, gadwall, widgeon, mallards are the highest priority and hope to fill our sample quotas on the opening day of regular duck season,” said Orrin Jones, waterfowl biologist with the Iowa DNR.

Watersheds were selected based on the likelihood that dabbling ducks would be intermingling with other ducks and were assigned quotas to determine if avian influenza is present in the watersheds: 60 samples, 80 samples and 140 samples, respectively.

Collection takes only a few minutes and no hunter information is taken. Hunters can be notified of the results if they choose.

While the sample collection is focused on specific watersheds, Jones asked that hunters from all parts of the state call the DNR if they find five or more dead ducks in an area.

“That is a situation we would like to investigate,” Jones said.

Hunters concerned about avian influenza should avoid taking ducks that appear sick or unhealthy or are acting odd, and should clean, rinse and cook it thoroughly. Hunters should also avoid eating, drinking or smoking while field dressing the fowl. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk of becoming sick from a duck contaminated with avian influenza is very low.