Iowa Master Anglers Recognized

fishingDes Moines, Iowa — Iowa’s master angler program presented 304 awards for 28 different fish species caught in 84 DNR managed lakes during the 2014 fishing season. Largemouth bass reeled in the most entries with 49 fish from 35 lakes, followed by crappies with 43 entries caught in 32 lakes.

“Not only were multiple species caught in a single lake but several fish of the same type were angled out of a single lake,” said Lewis Bruce, DNR fisheries technician. “A good example is West Okoboji, this natural lake located in northwest Iowa tallied 39 awards for yellow bass in 2014.”

Qualifying fish were caught during each month of the year. Anglers caught the most entries, 57, in May, followed by 53 entries in June. “A majority of channel catfish were angled in August and September,” said Bruce.

The master angler program is modeled after similar programs in other states that recognize anglers who catch a memorable fish. Anglers who fill out the entry form and submit an electronic photo receive a commemorative certificate of accomplishment and a car or boat decal.

Anglers who catch five different qualifying species earn a silver master angler award and those who catch 10 different qualifying species earn a gold master angler award.

Master angler species minimum lengths, potential master angler hotspots and entry forms are available on the master angler webpage at

International Hunter Education Conference Coming to Des Moines May 18th

Iowa DNRDes Moines, Iowa – More than 200 hunter education and shooting sports professionals will be in Des Moines for the International Hunter Education Association – USA conference May 18-21, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Participants are coming from nearly every state, Canada, Mexico, Guam, New Zealand and Kyrgyzstan. This is the second time the conference will be held in Iowa; the first was in 1994.

“We have 57,000 hunter education instructors, most of whom are volunteers, who train more than 700,000 students annually. This conference provides a valuable opportunity for hunter education program administrators to discuss their program needs, standards and reciprocity,” said Steve Hall, executive director for the International Hunter Education Association – USA.

The International Hunter Education Association – USA is the professional hunter education association affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the 50 state fish and hunter education programs.

Since 1949, nearly 40 million students have completed hunter education courses that cover firearm safety, bowhunting, wildlife management, caring for game in the field, responsible hunting, landowner relations, wildlife identification and more.

“Hunting is a safe activity that’s getting even safer because of hunter education,” Hall said. “Hunter education teaches responsibility while hunting and combined with our expanding shooting sports programs has significantly elevated the image of hunters and hunting.”

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting the conference. Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc., of Dallas, is the title sponsor.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley Tops Team Totals at Sibley Ocheyedan Girls Track Invite

trackSibley — The Nighthawks outdistanced Sheldon 100 – 92 for the team title at the Sibley Ocheyedan girls track and field invite Monday.

Sheldon saw a trio of first place finishes with Katie Kneifl  winning the Long Jump. Bryn Groff won the 100 meter hurdles with the Orabs winning the  4 x 100.

Team Totals
BHRV 100
Sheldon 92
Okoboji 91.5
West Lyon 75
Western Christian 74
Central Lyon 73.3
Sibley Ocheyedan 59
Clay Central Everly 23


Boyden Hull Rock Valley wins Sibley Ocheyedan Boys Track Invite

trackSibley Iowa — Boyden Hull Rock Valley claimed the team title at the Sibley Ocheyedan boys track and field invite Monday. Led by first place finishes from their relay teams in the 4 x 100, 200 and 1600 the Nighthawks totaled 119.5 points to Sibley Ocheyedan’s 104. While multiple wins were at a premium the Generals 4 x 400 and shuttle hurdle relay teams also ran to first place finishes.

First place finishes for the Orabs came from Mark Ahlers who won both the 800 and 1600. Matt Buenger was first in the 400. Darin Greenfield won the 110 meter hurdles and the Sheldon 4 x 800 relay team posted a first place finish as well.

Team Totals
BHRV 119.5
Sibley Ocheyedan 104
Sheldon 101
Western Christian 85.5
Central Lyon 56
West Lyon 46
Okoboji 43

For complete results click on the link below

Sibley Ocheyedan boys track invite 5-4-15

Host Team Lady Generals Defend Home Course

golf clubSibley Iowa — Host team Sibley Ocheyedan won the team title in the eleven team Sibley Ocheyedan girls golf invite Monday. The Lady Generals totaled 195 compared to Unity Christian’s 196. Rounding out the top five were Spirit Lake at 206, Central Lyon at 209 and Western Christian at 215. Sheldon finished seventh carding a team total 228.

Medalist honors went to Alex Mankle of Okoboji at 41. Sarah Honken of Sibley Ocheyedan and Chanda Zommermand of Unity were next at 45. Alyssa Fedders of Unity was in at 46 with Hannah Sieperda of Central Lyon rounding out the top five with a 47.

For complete results click on the link below

Sibley Invite 2015

Mading Thok to Transfer to Northwestern

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Mading Thok from South Sudan has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Thok is a 7’0” post player who transfers to Northwestern after a season playing for Ball State University. Thok, who will have two years of eligibility left, played in 17 games for Ball State and averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds, shooting nearly 70% from the field.

In the senior year of his high school career Thok earned class 2A all-state honors after averaging 19.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for Western Christian High School. He totaled 30 blocks and was a first team all-conference selection. Thok plans to major in business at Northwestern and is the son of Anyuon Atem Thok and Achol Manyok Mading and his guardians are Bob and Laura Koerselman.

“We are thrilled to have Mading join Northwestern College and the Red Raider basketball program,” commented head coach Kris Korver. “Mading is a 7-footer who will make his presence felt in the paint on both sides of the floor. He is a quality young man with a great family and has been coached well. Mading’s Northwestern teammates and coaching staff, along with the NWC community, are excited to have him with us and look forward to working hard to make the next two years special.”