Orabs Sports Drink Scrimmage Set For Friday August 23rd

Orab-LogoThe annual Orab sports drink scrimmage is coming up on Friday night at 6:30 at Orab field. It’s a chance for Orab fans to get their first look at the Sheldon freshman, sophomore and varsity football teams for this season prior to the season opener on Friday august 30th when the Orabs host Sioux Central. The Orab volleyball team will scrimmage at 5pm at Orab gym.

Also set for Friday night is the Orab Athletic Booster Club Kick-off Supper with serving of pork loin sandwiches for a free will donation beginning at 5:30. It will also be an opportunity to register to become a member and purchase booster club items

Orab fans can also register for the golf ball drop on Saturday (need not be present to win) for your chance to win the Orab Fan Package that includes 2 activity passes, 1 Orab stadium chair, 1 Orab can and 1 Orab lap top case/bag. Auction items will also be available including various golf items an Iowa Hawkeye Football Package for the game with Western Michigan. Package includes 4 tickets and parking pass. Also up for auction will be a framed Orab State Basketball Collage along with other items.


The Orab Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing is set for Saturday at the Sheldon Golf and Country Club.  Registration begins at 10:30 with golfing to start at 11:15. Entry fee is $65 dollars and includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner. Your name will be entered into raffles for prizes including a $500 dollar and $250 dollar Travel World voucher. Auction items will be available as well.


Village Northwest Panthers Bring Home State Softball Gold

bob stewardThe Village Panthers Special Olympic softball team traveled to Des Moines for the State Softball Tournament on August 3, 2013. The State Qualifying Tournament, hosted by the Panthers on June 29, included teams from Emmetsburg and a new team from Sioux City East High School.  The Panthers beat Emmestburg 17-0 to win the tournament and move on to state.

At State, the Village Panthers defeated the Genesis Development team from Boone in the first round with a score of 14-1 and defeated the Genesis Development Team from Belle Plaine in the championship game 14-0.

Bob Stewart pitched both games to help the team to another gold medal. The Panther’s rung up five in-the-park home runs in the state tournament, one from Matt Petersen and four from Cody Meendering.  Coach Deb Middle commented, “The team played very well together both offensively and defensively. RBI’s came from several individuals and each player stepped up when needed.”

In the past five years, the Village Panthers have won four gold medals and one silver medal at the State Tournament. Due to their history of success, the Panthers were invited to represent the State of Iowa in the Special Olympics 2012 National Softball Tournament in Oklahoma last September. That group of players, who earned Silver Medals at the National Tournament, is being honored as the Grand Marshals for the Sheldon Celebration Days Parade this Labor Day.

Members of the Panthers softball team are Zack Arrick, Nicole Arens, Jessica Webb, Darcy Espey, Justin Groen, Bob Stewart, Scott Wheeler, Cody Meendering, Matt Kramer, Mike Kramer, Matt Peterson, John List, Charles White, and Keith Krumm. Unable to participate was team member Stephanie Landhuis.



This Week’s Iowa DNR Fishing Report For Northwest Iowa

Iowa DNRThe 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.



Nelson Park Lake

Channel catfish are being caught from the dam and near the lake bottom below the catfish cages.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers drift fishing with night crawlers have been doing.  White Bass – Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits, or casting white twisters.  Walleye – Slow: Some anglers are catching walleye while trolling shad raps.  The successful anglers have been putting in a lot of time in order to catch fish. The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation.  Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and the pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.


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)

Channel catfish have been hitting hard on chicken livers. Use a slip sinker and toss into a snag or along a high bank.  The river has come down and is in good shape.  Fishing around the Linn Grove Dam for catfish has been good.


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: A few fish have been caught trolling the basin but only a few fish have been coming in.  Shore anglers have been catching a few slots around sunset.


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.




Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All State Teams Out

softballThe Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All State Teams are out.

In Class 1A Jonathan Van Beek earned a spot on the first team pitching staff with Tanner Utesch of Marcus Meriden Cleghorn named to the first team outfield.

Van Beek a senior posted an 11-1 mark with an opponents batting average of .084. He also struck out 147 batters in 76 and two thirds innings with an era of .46. As the Wildcats ace he led the team to a 23-7 record.

Utesch a junior helped MMC to an 18-8 mark. In 25 chances he did not commit an error and had 22 put outs. At the plate Tanner hit .458 with an on base percentage of .545. Utesch drove in 26 runs with 15 extra base hits including 1 home run, 2 triples and 12 doubles. He also stole 8 bases.

Named to the second team pitching staff in 1A was junior Matt Wesselmann of Remsen St Mary’s. As the ace of the staff he helped lead the team to a 25-9 record. Wesselmann had a 9-3 record with a .83 era. In 92 and two thirds innings he struck out 100 and allowed an opponents batting average of just .187.


In Class 3A junior Derek Rupp of MOC Floyd Valley earned second team All State honors at second base. On the year he posted an .851 fielding percentage. At the plate Rupp hit .408 with a .470 on base percentage. He hit 3 triples to go with 4 doubles while driving in 35 runs. Rupp’s efforts helped MOC Floyd Valley to a 17-14 season mark.

Morningside Tops Preseason Coaches Football Poll Northwestern Number Thirteen

footballNational runner-up Morningside from the GPAC begins the 2013 season as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll announced Monday.

Morningside, who tallied 280 points despite receiving just four first-place votes, finished the 2012 season with a program-best 13-1 record. It Marks the first time the Mustangs have been number one in a top 25 NAIA Football Poll.

The Mustangs, led by 2012 AFCA Coach of the Year, Steve Ryan, are predicted to win their third-straight Great Plains Athletic Conference title.

Defending national champion Marian (Ind.), who handed Morningside its only loss in the 57th annual Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship, collected eight first-place votes and 267 points to earn a share of the No. 2 position. National semifinalist Missouri Valley shares the No. 2 ranking with Marian. National semifinalist Saint Xavier (Ill.) and St. Francis (Ind.) round out the top 5 with 260 and 239 points, respectively.

1 Morningside (Iowa) (4) 13-1 280
2 Marian (Ind.) (8) 12-1 267
2 Missouri Valley (1) 12-1 267
4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 11-2 260
5 Saint Francis (Ind.) 9-3 239
6 Georgetown (Ky.) 10-1 231
7 Montana Tech 8-3 230
8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 10-2 216
9 Bethel (Tenn.) 9-4 181
10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 8-3 176
11 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 9-2 170
12 Carroll (Mont.) 7-4 169
13 Northwestern (Iowa) 9-3 161
14 Southern Oregon 9-3 151
15 Baker (Kan.) 8-3 138
16 William Penn (Iowa) 9-3 129
17 Tabor (Kan.) 8-2 115
18 Ottawa (Kan.) 8-3 92
19 Grand View (Iowa) 8-3 88
20 Doane (Neb.) 7-3 61
21 Belhaven (Miss.) 6-5 56
22 Evangel (Mo.) 7-4 46
23 Langston (Okla.) 6-4 34
24 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-4 26
25 Cumberland (Tenn.) 8-3 24

Others receiving votes: St. Francis (Ill.) 17; Robert Morris (Ill.) 16; Bacone (Okla.) 16; Valley City State (N.D.) 15; Friends (Kan.) 9; Kentucky Christian 9; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 3; Nebraska Wesleyan 3

Northwestern Ties For Top Spot in GPAC Preseason Volleyball Poll

Northwesstern logoNorthwestern College tied with Doane for the top spot in the 2013 GPAC preseason volleyball poll.

The Red Raiders earned four first place votes and tied Midland with 86 points for first place. The Warriors earned five first place votes. Doane totaled 78 points and earned one first place vote while Dordt was just behind with 77 points. Defending conference champion Hastings totaled 72 points and received the final first place vote.

Northwestern finished fifth in the GPAC last season with a 10-6 record, falling in the GPAC quarterfinals to Midland to finish 21-10 overall. The Red Raiders earned votes in the final NAIA coaches’ poll.



Here is the complete 2013 GPAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll:


1t. Midland 86
1t. Northwestern 86
3. Doane 78
4. Dordt 77
5. Hastings 72
6. Nebraska Wesleyan 56
7. Briar Cliff 45
8. Morningside 43
9. Concordia 31
10. Mount Marty 17
11. Dakota Wesleyan 14