February 4, 2016 - 3:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow, most being caught are small. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had success fishing the South Cove Park area, the inlet, and Chautauqua Point area using minnows and jigs. Red seems to be the color of choice. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been productive near the inlet.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has around 16-17 inches of ice on both the little lake and the main lake. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Move often if you are not catching fish; fish in 8-12 feet of water on the little lake and move until you find schools. The flats in 8-10 feet of water out from the Lynne Lorenzen have been good. Farmers Beach in 8-10 feet of water has been good. The bite near the aerator has been hit or miss with the increased angler activity possibly moving yellows around. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Use jigging spoons, small lipless cranks, or 1/8 oz. jigs with minnows. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations are in the deeper 15-24 feet holes early morning (7-9 AM) or evening (3-8 PM). Some better catches are on the little lake towards the south shoreline. The ice is thinner in that area, maybe 12 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Occasional larger perch (9.5-10 inches) have been caught on the little lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Fair: A few perch have been caught north of Marble beach in 20 feet of water and off of buffalo run. Walleye – Fair: Some nice walleyes have been caught north of buffalo run in 16-18 feet of water.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 15-16 inches of ice but ice conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up some walleyes in the evening out from the marina. Yellow Perch – Fair: A few perch are being caught on the north end of the lake near the hatchery.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 15-17 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up along the southern shore.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bays. Haywards bay has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some nice perch are being caught south of Pikes point and on the saddle in Emerson bay. Walleye – Fair: Haywards and Emerson bays have been producing walleyes in the evenings.

February 4, 2016 - 11:30 am - Posted in Sports

Siouxland Conference logoNorthwest Iowa — The All Siouxland Conference wrestling teams are out. Sibley Ocheyedan who won the conference tournament put six wrestlers on the first team. MOC Floyd Valley put five on the first team. West Lyon had three. Sioux Center had two. Okoboji, Central Lyon George Little Rock and Boyden Hull Rock Valley had one wrestler each named to the first team.

Sheldon SOuth O’Brien had two wrestlers on the second team. They were freshman Luke Jennes at 170 and  senior Travis Sterler at 195.

For a complete look at the All Siouxland Conference Wrestling Teams click on the link below.

All Siouxland Conference Wrestling Team 2015-16

February 3, 2016 - 4:05 pm - Posted in Sports

ihsaa_officeBoone Iowa — The brackets for Class 1A and 2A boys district basketball have been released. In 2A Sheldon will be at the Western Gym on Thursday the 18th for the District 2 semifinals. Sheldon will meet the winner of the Monday February 15th play in game that matches West Lyon and Sibley Ocheyedan at the Okoboji High School Gym. Host team Western Christian top ranked in 2A awaits the winner of Okoboji and Emmetstburg in the other semifinal.

Boyden Hull ranked number 3 in the 1A poll will host a pair of quarterfinal games in District 2 on Thursday the 18th . In the upper bracket the Comets await the winner of the Monday the 15th play in game between Trinity and George Little Rock at George.

For a look at all of the brackets in Class 1A and 2A click on the link below

Postseason Brackets

January 29, 2016 - 8:09 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauBoone, Iowa — Little changed in the latest Iowa Girls Basketball rankings on Thursday. Western Christian remains the top seed in Class 2A, while Unity Christian and Okoboji stay at the 4 and 5 spot respectively. Cherokee maintained their ranking at #4 in Class 3A and Sioux Center possesses the 6th spot for another week. Spirit Lake slid down one spot from 8th to 9th. Spencer found their way into the 4A poll, making their debut at #14.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Turkey Valley 17-0 1
2 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 16-0 2
3 Springville 15-1 3
4 Burlington Notre Dame 16-0 4
5 Kingsley-Pierson 15-1 5
6 Newell-Fonda 13-4 6
7 Kee 15-2 7
8 Grand View Christian 13-0 8
9 Lynnville-Sully 18-0 10
10 Westwood 14-2 11
11 Adair-Casey 15-2 9
12 Montezuma 17-1 15
13 Northwood-Kensett 13-3 NR
14 Bedford 13-3 12
15 Algona Bishop Garrigan 12-3 NR

Dropped Out: Rockford (13), Nodaway Valley (14)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Western Christian 14-2 1
2 Iowa City Regina 16-0 2
3 Pekin 17-0 3
4 Unity Christian 16-1 4
5 Okoboji 17-0 5
6 Manson-NW Webster 11-3 6
7 West Branch 16-2 7
8 Central Decatur 16-1 8
9 Des Moines Christian 15-1 9
10 Interstate 35 15-2 11
11 Treynor 13-1 10
12 Van Meter 15-2 12
13 Lawton-Bronson 12-4 13
14 Grundy Center 15-1 14
15 Durant 13-5 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Pocahontas Area 15-0 1
2 Center Point-Urbana 17-0 2
3 Nevada 14-3 3
4 Cherokee 16-1 4
5 Union 17-1 5
6 Sioux Center 14-2 6
7 Hampton-Dumont 12-2 7
8 Forest City 13-2 9
9 Spirit Lake 10-6 8
10 Osage 12-3 10
11 West Marshall 13-1 12
12 Monticello 12-4 13
13 Clear Lake 10-6 NR
14 Mount Vernon 10-6 11
15 Mid-Prairie 9-6 15

Dropped Out: Central Lee (14)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Harlan 14-1 1
2 Western Dubuque 16-0 2
3 Lewis Central 12-1 3
4 Keokuk 13-1 4
5 Ballard 15-1 5
6 North Scott 12-4 6
7 Marion 12-4 7
8 Pella 13-2 8
9 Fairfield 12-5 9
10 Mason City 9-7 10
11 Waverly-Shell Rock 15-3 12
12 Boone 12-3 14
13 Grinnell 11-5 11
14 Spencer 11-4 NR
15 Dallas Center-Grimes 10-5 13

Dropped Out: Carlisle: 15

Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Ankeny Centennial 13-2 3
2 Johnston 12-3 5
3 Iowa City High 13-2 8
4 Cedar Falls 15-1 10
5 Waukee 12-3 4
6 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 15-2 1
7 Indianola 15-1 2
8 Dowling Catholic 11-4 6
9 Linn-Mar 12-4 13
10 Pleasant Valley 12-4 12
11 West Des Moines Valley 11-5 11
12 Southeast Polk 11-4 7
13 Davenport North 14-3 9
14 Iowa City West 10-6 14
15 Cedar Rapids Washington 11-6 NR

Dropped Out: Davenport West (15)

January 28, 2016 - 6:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNR

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.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow, most being caught are small. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had success fishing the South Cove Park area, the inlet, and Chautauqua Point area using minnows and jigs. Red seems to be the color of choice. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch fishing has been productive near the inlet.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has about around 15 inches of ice on both the little and main lakes. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Action is good if you move often if not catching fish; fish 8-12 feet of water on the little lake and move until you find schools. Anglers will catch a few different year classes but are catching 8.5-9.4 inch fish consistently. The action has been good near the west aerator to Baptist camp. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Use jigging spoons, small lipless cranks, or 1/8 oz. jigs with minnows. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations are in the deeper 15-24 feet holes early morning (7-9 a.m.) or evening (3-8 p.m.). Good numbers of 10-12 inch fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Occasional larger perch (9.5-10 inches) have been caught on the little lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been caught of Marble beach in 20 feet of water and off of buffalo run. Walleye – Slow: A few small walleyes have been picked up by perch anglers south of the foot bridge.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some yellows are being caught in front of the marina. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching some walleyes in the evening out from the marina.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch are being picked up by the east boat ramp and the island.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 12+ inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bays. Spencer beach has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite on Triboji has slowed. Anglers are picking up a few perch in Millers bay.

January 26, 2016 - 8:23 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauDes Moines — Brackets for the upcoming regional girls basketball tournaments are out. In Class 3A the three ranked teams are in two different regions. Sheldon will open tournament play at Sioux Center in Region 1. Spirit Lake was also assigned to Region 1.  Cherokee was assigned to Region 2.

In Class 2A the three ranked teams will go in three different directions with Western Christian in Region 1. Okoboji was assigned to Region 2 and defending State Champ Unity will go south and compete in Region 8.

For complete 3A brackets click on the link below

For complete 2A brackets click on the link below

For complete 1A brackets click on the link below

January 21, 2016 - 3:34 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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.

NORTHWEST

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has about 12-15 inches of ice on both the little lake and the main lake. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. There are a growing number of permanent shacks and people driving out this week. Yellow Bass – Good: Action is good if anglers move often if they are not catching fish; fish in 8-12 feet of water on the little lake and move until you find schools. Anglers will catch a few different year classes but anglers are catching 8.5-9.4 inch fish pretty consistently. The action has been good near the west aerator to Baptist camp. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations are in the deeper 15-24 feet holes during early morning (7-9 a.m.) or evening (3-8 p.m.). Good numbers of 10-12 inch fish.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been caught in front of the pump house and off of buffalo run. Black Crappie – Fair: Templar lagoon has been producing some small crappies. Walleye – Slow: A few small walleyes have been picked up north of the foot bridge.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch on the main lake basin. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some yellows are being caught north of the narrows.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 9-10 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Fishing activity has been minimal.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 12 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bay. Spencer beach has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Good: Some nice perch have been picked up east of Triboji and in Browns bay.

January 21, 2016 - 10:16 am - Posted in Sports

football 1Boone Iowa — District assignments for the next two years in Iowa football are out and there are a few noticeable changes. Sheldon remains in Class 2A for the next two years in District 1. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley comes back into 2A for the next two years. Spirit Lake will be moving up to Class 3A. Also Okoboji moves down to Class 1A for the next two years. With those changes Estherville Lincoln Central will come into the district along with Pocahontas Area/L-M. The rest of 2A District 1 includes Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, Cherokee, MOC-Floyd Valley and Sioux Center.

All districts in 2A contain 8 teams now and there are 7 district in all but 2 classes. 8 man and 4A will have 8 districts of 8 teams each. The playoff format will change as well. Beginning this year only the top two teams in each district qualify for the playoffs. The first round will be Friday October 28th with the quarterfinal round the following Friday November 4th. State semis will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 10th through the 12th at the UNI Dome. State Championships will be decided Thursday and Friday November 17th and 18th this year.

For a complete list of district assignments click on the links below.

Class 8-Player

Class A

Class 1A

Class 2A

Class 3A

Class 4A

January 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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.

NORTHWEST

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has about 7-9 inches of ice on both the little lake and the main lake. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh, so anglers should be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. A few smaller permanent shacks have been moved on with 4 wheelers this past week. Use caution if considering using vehicles on the ice as the ice thickness is not uniform. Yellow Bass – Excellent: Action is good if anglers move often if they are not catching fish; anglers doing the best are fishing in 8-12 feet of water and moving till they find schools. Anglers will catch a few different year classes but anglers are catching 8.5-9.4 inch fish consistently. Walleye – Fair: No reports of any keepers yet; try Farmers Beach or the Baptist camp area for some active walleye. Early ice is the better time of the year to try for walleye. Crappie – Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 feet of water but the better locations would be in the deeper 15-24 feet holes early morning (7-9 AM) or evening (3-8 PM). Good numbers of 10-12 inch fish.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 8-10 inches of ice covered with some slush pockets. Ice conditions varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been caught in front of the pump house and off of buffalo run. Black Crappie – Fair: Templar lagoon has been producing some small crappies. Walleye – Slow: A few small walleyes have been picked up north of the foot bridge.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 9-11 inches of ice. The aeration system is in use. Anglers should use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 10-12 inches of ice with some slush. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch on the main lake basin. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some yellows are being caught north of the narrows

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 9-10 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 9-12 inches of ice with slush pockets. Ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Fishing activity has been minimal.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 8-10 inches of ice in the bays. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: A few bluegills are being caught in Millers and Emerson bay. Spencer beach has also been producing some nice bluegills. Yellow Perch – Good: Some nice perch have been picked up east of Triboji and in Browns bay.

January 13, 2016 - 8:50 am - Posted in Sports

basketballBoone Iowa — Boys District Basketball Tournament assignments are out. Brackets will be coming out later in the regular season.

Class 2A District 2 includes the Sheldon Orabs along with Emmetsburg, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, West Lyon and Western Christian.

Class 2A District 1 includes Alta Aurelia, Cherokee, Hinton, Rock Valley, Sioux Center and Unity Christian.

Class 1A District 1 includes Akron Westfield, Kingsley Pierson, Lawton Bronson, Marcus Meriden Cleghorn, River Valley, Siouxland Christian, South O’Brien, Westwood Sloan, Whiting and Woodbury Central.

Class 1A District 2 is made up of Boyden Hull, Central Lyon, LeMars Gehlen, George Little Rock, Harris Lake Park, Hartley Melvin Sanborn, Remsen Union, Remsen St Mary’s, Trinity Christian and West Sioux.