February 21, 2020 - 10:59 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — The 2020 Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament opened a three day run at Wells Fargo Area Thursday morning. Wrestling began at 9:00 am with the first round matches in Class 3A. The morning session includes the 1st  round followed by the 1st round of consolations. The afternoon session at 1:30 includes the Class 2A 1st round and 1st round consolations. The evening session beginning at 6:00 pm features the 1st round of Class 1A and the 1st round of consolations.

The area will be well represented by Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conference individuals. Here’s that list of qualifiers.

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Class 2A
106
Coy De Boer of Sheldon-S. O`Brien lost his opening match on a 11-2 MD, and lost his second match on 8-7 Dec. He is out.

113
Jonathon Burnette of Spirit Lake Park won his first match by fall in 1:28, and advances
Osvaldo Ocampo of Sheldon-S. O`Brien lost his opening match by TF-1.5 6:00 (18-2), and lost his second match 12-6 dec, and is out.

120
Johnny Hua of MOC-Floyd Valley won his first match by fall in 1:16, and advances
Donovan Morales of Central Lyon-G-LR lost his opening match in an 8-2 Dec, and lost his second match in a 12-2 MD, and is out

132
Isaac Bruggeman of West Lyon – Inwood lost his opening match in a 13-1 MD, and lost his second match by a 4-2 Dec, and is out
Blake Abrahamson of Okoboji/HMS lost his opening match in a 13-3 MD. and won his second match by fall in 3:43. He advances

152
Johnny Perez of West Lyon – Inwood lost his first match by fall in 3:03. and won his second match by a 7-6 Dec. He advances

160
Kalen Meyer of Central Lyon-G-LR won his first match by TF-1.5 4:00 (15-0), and advances

170
Brenden Fisch of Cherokee – Washington lost his first match by fall in 2:53, and lost his second match on a 6-2 Dec. He is out

195
Dylan Winkel of Central Lyon-G-LR won his first match by fall in 3:51. He advances
Chayce Hooyer of Sioux Center lost his first match by fall in :53 and lost his second match by fall in 1:38. He is out

220
Easton Fleshman of West Lyon – Inwood lost his first match by SV-1 2-0 Dec, and won his second match by fall in 2:34. He advances
Josh Riibe of Central Lyon-G-LR lost his first match by 4-3 Dec, and won his second match by a 3-2 Dec. He advances.

285
Chris Van Der Brink of Boyden Hull-Rock Valley won his first match by fall in :14. He advances
Jarrett Meyer of Central Lyon-G-LR won his first match by TB-2 2-1 Dec, He advances

Class 1A
106
Wyatt Skuodas of Hinton lost his first match by fall in 1:56, and lost his second match by a 9-0 MD, and is out
Mikey Baker of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 5:00, He advances

113
Braden Graff of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in :47, He advances

120
Drayven Kraft of West Sioux – Hawarden lost his first match by 15-4 MD, and lost his second match by a 13-2 MD, he is out

126
Adam Allard of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by TF 1.5 1:54 (16-0), He advances
Jonathan Krogman of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost his first match by a 12-4 MD, and lost his second match SV-1 7-5, he is out

132
Trey Schuck of Sibley-Ocheyedan won his first match by a 5-0 Dec, He advances
Cullen Koedam of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 5:19, He advances

138
Jace Mulder of Western Christian – Hull won his first match by 14-0 MD, He advances

152
Seth Salker of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 1:45, He advances

160
Teegan Tschampel of Hinton lost his first match by fall in 1:58, and won his second match by fall in 2:34, He advances
Dahson DeJong of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost his first match by a 12-2 MD, and lost his second match 7-4 Dec, he is out

170
Tristan Mulder of Western Christian – Hull won his first match by 16-5 MD, He advances

182
Carson Lynott of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 1:52, He advances

195
Derek Anderson of Hinton won his first match by a 2-0 Dec, He advances
Eli Van Ginkel of Western Christian – Hull lost his first match by 11-9 Dec, and won his second match by 11-6 Dec, He advances

220
Logan Smith of Akron-Westfield lost his first match by 9-1 MD, and won his second match on a 4-1 Dec, He advances
Alberto Ortiz of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost his first match on a 7-3 Dec, and lost his second match on a 5-1 Dec, he is out

285
Jose Rodriguez of West Sioux – Hawarden lost his first match 8-3 Dec, and lost his second match by fall in 5:25, He is out.

Class 3A
106
Case Cauthron of Spencer lost his opening match by fall in 1:18. In his second match he won 7-5 to advance to the second round of the consolations on Friday morning.

120
Kage Lohman of Spencer lost his opening match by fall in 2:43. In his second match he was pinned in 2:58 and is out of the tournament.

160
Isaiah Spencer of Spencer lost his opening match on a 12-3 decision. In his second match he was pinned in 3:54 and is out of the tournament.

220
Logan Huckfelt of Spencer lost his opening match by fall in :53. In his second match he was pinned in 4:29 and is out of the tournament.

February 20, 2020 - 2:41 pm - Posted in Sports

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
Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness is around 7 inches near the boat ramp. Conditions are variable; check ice thickness often if you venture out. Use waxworms and minnows near structure to target bluegill, crappie and perch.

Bacon Creek Lake
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Black Hawk Lake
There is around 12 to 14 inches of ice off of Ice House Point boat ramp. Conditions are more variable in the east basin of the lake. The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; expect open water and thin ice in Town Bay. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch around Gunshot Hill in the marina and near Provost Point. Keeper-size perch are 8 to 10 inches; sorting is needed. Use waxworms and small minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Most anglers are using waxworms fished near the Ice House Point boat ramp and the rock piles off Gunshot Hill and Cottonwood Point. Most fish are 7-8 inches. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have picked up catfish off the rock pile north of Cottonwood Point and in the east basin; use waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in the marina and off the rock pile near Gunshot Hill. Most fish are 8-10 inches; sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches near the ramp. Thin ice and open water are by the west shoreline near the highway. Conditions are variable; use caution and check ice thickness often. Black Crappie – Fair: Use waxworms.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice thickness is 10 to 14 inches in the NE arm and around Taylor’s Island. Ice is thinner and more variable mid-lake. There may be open areas in the middle of the lake, under bridges and near inflows due to recent rains. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and small minnows. Some sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair. Bluegill – Fair: Use a waxworm or small minnow on a jig fished near structure. Reports of 9 inch keepers.

Moorland Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Twin Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 14 inches in most areas. Expect small pockets of open water on the west side in the southern portion of the lake and near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice thickness is 7 to 18 inches across the lake. Avoid open areas areas or seams near the big island. Walleye – Fair: The late winter walleye bite has picked up. Anglers are catching fish throughout the day, but low light hours may be more productive. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and small minnows. White Bass – Fair.

Ice thickness in west central Iowa is 8 to 18 inches. Some lakes have poor ice along shorelines near inflows due to recent rains. There is open water and thin ice in Town Bay of Black Hawk Lake from the aeration system. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 16 inches. Use caution near the aeration systems. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are biting on a variety of baits. Use larger baits and change location to find bigger fish. Walleye – Slow: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head near the edge of vegetation. Best bite is during low light periods. Black Crappie – Slow: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm on the edge of vegetation. Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a small spoon tipped with cut bait or several waxworms. You have to move around to find fish.
Best bite is late afternoon.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches.

Lower Pine Lake
A few reports of anglers catching keeper-size perch and crappie, but most are only catching small bluegill. Bluegill – Fair.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Best bite is late afternoon. Yellow Perch – Slow:Try a small jigging spoon tipped with a waxworm. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Slow.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 16 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the west side of the lake, north of the boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

East Okoboji Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Walleye – Fair: Fishing has been good near Parks Marina in the evening. Use spoons, jigging raps or minnows fished in the early morning or evening. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 16 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the southeast side of the lake and off the northern boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

Lost Island Lake
Ice thickness is around 12 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice thickness is 15 to 18 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the east side of the lake. Signs are up around the aeration holes.

Spirit Lake
Ice thickness is 15 to 18 inches. Walleye – Good: Fish one hour before and after sunrise or sunset. Use spoons or jigging raps tipped with minnow heads in 12-14 feet of water. Also try live minnows. Reports of lots of slot size and bigger fish. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions are variable. Beware of heaves at Atwell and Gull Point; don’t drive over heaves/seams. Ice thickness has been up to 14 inches in small bays and thinner on the main lake. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair: Fish rocky areas in 18-20 feet of water. Live minnows work best an hour before and after sunset.

Willow Creek
The Osceola County Trout Fest is this Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trout will be stocked at 1 p.m. on Friday. Tagged fish will be in the pond again this year. You will be entered into a prize drawing, if you catch a tagged fish. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Excellent.

Ice thickness is 13 to 18 inches on area lakes. Ice conditions are generally good; be weary of holes caused by springs/methane release. Do not travel under bridges and other areas of flow; most of these areas have little to no ice. Aeration systems at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake have been started and signs are up; stay clear of these systems. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

February 18, 2020 - 12:56 pm - Posted in Sports

The 2019-2020 Girls All District Basketball teams from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association are out.

Class 1A
Northwest
Jayde Barto – Kingsley-Pierson
Chloe Colt – Akron-Westfield
Jaeden Ferris – Westwood
McKenzie Goodwin – Kingsley-Pierson
Taylor Harpenau – MMCRU
Ellie Hillbrands – MMCRU
Madison Hough – GTRA
Natalie Nielson – Akron-Westfield
Maddie Paulsen – Woodbury Central
Macy Sievers – Newell-Fonda
Maggie Walker – Newell-Fonda
Addison Weber – Gehlen
Coach of the Year: Gillian Letsche – MMCRU

Class 2A
Northwest
Bella Badar – Hinton
Karly Boettcher – Sioux Central
Madison Brouwer – Sibley-Ocheyedan
Olivia Granstra – Western Christian
Hayden Heimensen – Central Lyon
Mallory McCall – West Monona
Emma McManaman – West Sioux
Mallory Nilles – Boyden Hull
Molly Schany – Emmetsburg
Lexie VanKekerix – Rock Valley
Kenzee Wunschel – Ridge View
Brooke Zylstra – Boyden Hull
Coach of the Year: Anna Fiene – Emmetsburg

Class 3A
Northwest
Magan Christopherson – Okoboji
Jazlin DeHaan – MOC-Floyd Valley
Abbey Holmes – Algona
Brooklyn Meyer – West Lyon
JaMae Nichols – Cherokee
Jayden Nitchals – Estherville-LC
Janie Schoonhoven – Unity Christian
Ella Skinner – Bishop Heelan
Katelyn Stanley – Bishop Heelan
Kallyn Stumbo – Okoboji
Coach of the Year: John Adams – Okoboji

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February 16, 2020 - 10:19 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — Brackets are now available for the 2020 IHSAA State Traditional Wrestling Tournament, which begins Thursday, Feb. 20 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Sixteen wrestlers qualified across each of the 14 weight classes in the IHSAA’s three school classifications. Two wrestlers qualified out of each district tournament site on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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Each bracket has had eight wrestlers seeded on selected performance criteria and the other eight wrestlers randomly drawn in to create first round matchups. This is the second year for seeding in the state tournament, with an adjustment made before the 2019-20 season to increase the value of the top two criteria (head-to-head competition, competition against common opponents).

The traditional tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

February 16, 2020 - 9:03 am - Posted in Sports

Sibley, Iowa — The Rock Valley Rockets topped the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals 54-36 in the first round of the girls Class 2A Region 1 basketball tournament in Sibley Saturday night.

The game started with both teams trading baskets, and after one, Rock Valley had a slim 16-13 lead. Rock Valley took control in second, holding the Generals to just 4 second quarter points, and Rock Valley had a 33-17 lead at the half. Sibley-Ocheyedan would pull to within 8 in the third but couldn’t get any closer as Rock Valley had a 37-27 after three and went on to win 54-36.

Rock Valley got a game high 22 from Lexie Van Kekerix, 12 from Abby Heemstra, and 11 from Lizzy Blum. Sibley-Ocheyedan got a team high 12 from Bria Wasmund.

With the win, Rock Valley improves to 9-13 on the year and will take on Western Christian on Tuesday at Western Christian. Sibley-Ocheyedan ends their year at 8-14.

February 16, 2020 - 9:03 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — Saturday was the final stop on the way to the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines with the District round.  The top two finishers in each weight class advance to State. Sheldon will be represented by a pair of wrestlers as both District qualifiers moved on to the State Tournament. At the District hosted by Sheldon the Orabs Coy DeBoer won the title at 106. At 113 Osvaldo Ocampo finished second to advance. As is the case each year northwest Iowa will be well represented at State. Below are all of the qualifiers from the listening area.

Area Wrestlers qualifying out of the 2A District hosted by Sheldon:

106
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Coy De Boer of Sheldon-S. O`Brien
2nd Place – Jahluv Buckhanan of Bishop Heelan

113
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Jonathon Burnette of Spirit Lake Park
2nd Place – Osvaldo Ocampo of Sheldon-S. O`Brien

120
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Johnny Hua of MOC-Floyd Valley
2nd Place – Donovan Morales of Central Lyon-G-LR

132
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Nate Curry of Sergeant Bluff-Luton
2nd Place – Isaac Bruggeman of West Lyon – Inwood

152
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Jack Gaukel of Sergeant Bluff-Luton
2nd Place – Johnny Perez of West Lyon – Inwood

160
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Kalen Meyer of Central Lyon-G-LR
2nd Place – Matthew Headid of Sergeant Bluff-Luton

170
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Blake Liebe of Sergeant Bluff-Luton
2nd Place – Brenden Fisch of Cherokee – Washington

195
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Dylan Winkel of Central Lyon-G-LR
2nd Place – Chayce Hooyer of Sioux Center

220
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Easton Fleshman of West Lyon – Inwood
2nd Place – Josh Riibe of Central Lyon-G-LR

285
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Chris Van Der Brink of Boyden Hull-Rock Valley
2nd Place – Jarrett Meyer of Central Lyon-G-LR

At the 1A District hosted by MVAOCOU:

106
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Ryder Koele of Woodbury Central – Moville
2nd Place – Wyatt Skuodas of Hinton

160
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Blake McAlister of South Central Calhoun
2nd Place – Teegan Tschampel of Hinton

195
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Derek Anderson of Hinton
2nd Place – Darius Gashe of West Monona – Onawa

220
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Brian King of South Central Calhoun
2nd Place – Logan Smith of Akron-Westfield

At the 1A District hosted by Sioux Central:

106
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Mikey Baker of West Sioux – Hawarden
2nd Place – Donavon Hanson of West Bend-Mallard

113
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Braden Graff of West Sioux – Hawarden
2nd Place – Tyler Stein of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

120
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Chris Ferguson of Sioux Central – Sioux Rapids
2nd Place – Drayven Kraft of West Sioux – Hawarden

126
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Adam Allard of West Sioux – Hawarden
2nd Place – Jonathan Krogman of Sibley-Ocheyedan

132
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Trey Schuck of Sibley-Ocheyedan
2nd Place – Cullen Koedam of West Sioux – Hawarden

138
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Jace Mulder of Western Christian – Hull
2nd Place – Damon Schmid of Kingsley-Pierson

152
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Garrett Seaba of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
2nd Place – Seth Salker of West Sioux – Hawarden

160
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Spencer Roth of GT-RA
2nd Place – Dahson DeJong of Sibley-Ocheyedan

170
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Tristan Mulder of Western Christian – Hull
2nd Place – Connor Fehr of West Bend-Mallard

182
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Treyton Cacek of GT-RA
2nd Place – Carson Lynott of West Sioux – Hawarden

195
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Eli Van Ginkel of Western Christian – Hull
2nd Place – John Schuttler of Manson – NW Webster

220
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Joel Mendoza of Eagle Grove
2nd Place – Alberto Ortiz of Sibley-Ocheyedan

285
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Dane Johnson of Pocahontas Area
2nd Place – Jose Rodriguez of West Sioux – Hawarden

At the 3A District hosted by Fort Dodge:

106
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Max Bishop of Fort Dodge
2nd Place – Case Cauthron of Spencer

120
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Drake Ayala of Fort Dodge
2nd Place – Kage Lohman of Spencer

160
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Jake Francksen-Small of LeMars
2nd Place – Isaiah Spencer of Spencer

220
Guaranteed Places
1st Place – Logan Huckfelt of Spencer
2nd Place – Brenick Hoppe of LeMars

February 13, 2020 - 2:49 pm - Posted in Sports

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
Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness is around 7 inches near the boat ramp. Conditions are variable; check ice thickness often if you venture out. Use waxworms and minnows near structure to target bluegill, crappie and perch.

Bacon Creek Lake
The DNR stocked rainbow trout at Bacon Creek Lake in January. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig.

Black Hawk Lake
There is around 12 inches of ice off of Ice House Point boat ramp. Conditions are more variable in the east basin of the lake. The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; expect open water and thin ice in Town Bay. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch around Gunshot Hill in the marina and near Provost Point. Keeper-size perch are 8 to 10 inches; sorting is needed. Use waxworms and small minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Most anglers are using waxworms fished near the Ice House Point boat ramp and the rock piles off Gunshot Hill and Cottonwood Point. Most fish are 7-8 inches. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have picked up catfish off the rock pile north of Cottonwood Point and in the east basin; use waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in the marina and off the rock pile near Gunshot Hill. Most fish are 8-10 inches; sorting is needed. Walleye – Slow.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches near the ramp. Thin ice and open water are by the west shoreline near the highway. Conditions are variable; use caution and check ice thickness often. Black Crappie – Fair: Use waxworms.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice thickness is 10 to 14 inches in the NE arm and around Taylor’s Island. Ice is thinner and more variable mid-lake. There may be open areas in the middle of the lake, under bridges and near inflows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and small minnows. Some sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair. Bluegill – Fair: Use a waxworm or small minnow on a jig fished near structure. Reports of 9 inch keepers.

Moorland Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Twin Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 14 inches in most areas. There are small pockets of open water near a tile outlet on the west side in the southern portion of the lake and near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice thickness is 8 to 15 inches, with thinner ice on the east part of the lake. Avoid open areas near the island. Anglers are catching perch, crappie, walleye and white bass.

Ice thickness in west central Iowa is 8 to 16 inches. Some lakes have open areas and seams. Use caution; check thickness often. There is open water and thin ice in Town Bay of Black Hawk Lake from the aeration system. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 15 inches. Use caution near the aeration systems. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are biting on a variety of baits. Use larger baits and change location to find bigger fish. Walleye – Slow: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head near the edge of vegetation. Best bite is during low light periods. Black Crappie – Slow: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm on the edge of vegetation. Yellow Bass – Slow: Try a small spoon tipped with cut bait or several waxworms. You have to move around to find fish.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 15 inches.

Lower Pine Lake
Use extra caution directly north and east of the Island; an area of poor ice was reported. A few reports of anglers catching keeper-size perch and crappie, but most are only catching small bluegill. Bluegill – Fair.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 11 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Best bite is late afternoon. Yellow Perch – Slow:Try a small jigging spoon tipped with a waxworm. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 11 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Slow.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 16 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the west side of the lake, north of the boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

East Okoboji Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Walleye – Fair: Fishing has been good near Parks Marina in the evening. Use spoons, jigging raps or minnows in the early morning or evening. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 16 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the southeast side of the lake and off the northern boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

Lost Island Lake
Ice thickness is around 12 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice thickness is 15 to 18 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the east side of the lake. Signs are up around the aeration holes.

Spirit Lake
Ice thickness is 15 to 18 inches. Walleye – Good: Fish one hour before and after sunrise or sunset. Use spoons or jigging raps tipped with minnow heads in 12-14 feet of water. Also try live minnows. Reports of lots of slot size and bigger fish. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions are variable. Beware of heaves at Atwell and Gull Point; don’t drive over heaves/seams. Ice thickness has been up to 14 inches in small bays and thinner on the main lake. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair: Fish rocky areas in 18-20 feet of water. Live minnows work best an hour before and after sunset.

Ice thickness is 13 to 18 inches on area lakes. Ice conditions are generally good; be weary of holes caused by springs/methane release. Do not travel under bridges and other areas of flow; most of these areas have little to no ice. Aeration systems at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake have been started and signs are up; stay clear of these systems. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

February 7, 2020 - 12:48 pm - Posted in Sports

District and substate pairings for Classes 2A and 1A are now available for the 2020 basketball postseason.

Postseason competition begins with opening round games on Monday, February 17 in both classes. Eight teams from each class advance to the 2020 state tournament, set for March 9-13 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Bracket seedings were selected by coaches in district meetings this week. Brackets are displayed in district formats through the links below.

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The latest Predicament High School Individual and State Tournament Team Rankings are out for Class 1A and 2A.

The Predicament’s Class 1A State Tourney Team Rankings
1 Don Bosco (10)
2 Lisbon (9)
3 West Sioux (7)
4 Underwood (5)
5 Logan Magnolia (7)
6 West Hancock (5)
7 Denver (6)
8 New London (4)
9 Hudson (3)
10 Central Springs (4)

The Predicament’s Class 1A Final Individual Rankings
106
2 Mikey Baker (Fr.) West Sioux

113
2 Braden Graff (So.) West Sioux

126
1 Adam Allard (Sr.) West Sioux

132
4 Trey Schuck (Sr.) Sibley Ocheyedan
6 Cullen Koedam (So.) West Sioux

138
7 Jace Mulder (Fr.) Hull Western Christian

145
4 Dillon Lynott (Sr.) West Sioux

170
3 Tristan Mulder (Jr.) Hull Western Christian

182
4 Carson Lynott (So.) West Sioux

195
8 Derek Anderson (Jr.) Hinton

The Predicament’s Class 2A State Tourney Team Rankings

1 West Delaware (8)
2 Union (7)
3 Sergeant Bluff Luton (6)
4 Centerville (3)
5 Osage (5)
6 Independence (4)
7 Winterset (4)
8 Solon (4)
9 NHTV (3)
10 Central Lyon/GLR (3)

The Predicament’s Class 2A Final Individual Rankings

113
4 Jon Burnette (So.) Spirit Lake Park

160
7 Kalen Meyer (Jr.) Central Lyon/GLR

182
8 Zachary Rozeboom (So.) Sioux Center

195
3 Dylan Winkel (Jr.) Central Lyon/GLR

285
4 Jarrett Meyer (Sr.) Central Lyon/GLR
6 Chris VanDerBrink (Sr.) BHRV

February 6, 2020 - 9:42 am - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — Following Wednesday’s special meeting of the IHSAA Board of Control, football’s district and group assignments are now available.

District and Class 4A group assignments are effective for the 2020 football season only.

Class 3A
DISTRICT #1
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
LeMars
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Spencer
Storm Lake

Class 2A
DISTRICT #1
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
MOC-Floyd Valley
Sheldon
Sioux Center
Unity Christian, Orange City
West Lyon, Inwood

Class 1A
DISTRICT #1
Emmetsburg
Hinton
Sibley-Ocheyedan
Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
West Sioux, Hawarden
Western Christian, Hull

Class A
DISTRICT #1
Akron-Westfield
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Lawton-Bronson
MMCRU
South O’Brien, Paullina

Eight-Player
DISTRICT #1
Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire
Harris-Lake Park
Kingsley-Pierson
Newell-Fonda
River Valley, Correctionville
Siouxland Christian/Whiting
St. Mary’s, Remsen
West Bend-Mallard

2020 ASSIGNMENTS

Class 1A Districts
Class A Districts
Eight-Player Districts

Following months of study, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control decided Wednesday to shift football to a one-year scheduling cycle and adjust the regular season format of large-school Class 4A over competitive concerns.

In response to ongoing classification discussions and the implementation of a success model to 4A, the board used the special session to approve football districts for just one season, dropping the typical two-year scheduling alignment as a one-time measure. As a result, the IHSAA will reassess football formats again following the 2020 season.

“We have solicited lots of feedback from our membership and a one-year cycle gives us more time to evaluate that feedback and work on making classifications better,” IHSAA Board of Control chairperson Rod Earleywine said. “It’s never going to be perfect, but we acknowledge that there are problems with our current classification system and we need to see what kind of improvements we can make.”

Class 4A, currently the division for the state’s largest high schools by enrollment, will feature 40 teams in a new regular season arrangement during the 2020 football season. Seven groups will be organized for geography and with the intention of providing greater competitive balance to scheduling. The groups were organized by measuring a program’s last four years of football results through the IHSAA’s Ratings Percentage Index formula and their last four years of playoff success.

No other classifications had this system applied to their redistricting process in this cycle.

“This process took longer than usual because of the focus football has received from our classification committee, and our ongoing conversations with Class 4A programs over their competitive concerns,” IHSAA executive director Tom Keating said.

“Through this new model, we believe we’ve increased the opportunities for schools to play football against schools like their own. Programs experiencing participation challenges believe this is a way to encourage more students to play.”

Playoff recommendations out of December’s meeting of the IHSAA football advisory committee, headlined by a proposal for an eight-game regular season and 32 playoff qualifiers in each of Class 3A, 2A, 1A, A, and Eight-Player, were denied by the board on Wednesday.

The postseason featured 32 qualifying teams per class from 2008 to 2015, and consistent requests from the advisory committee and Iowa Football Coaches Association to return to that expanded field were heard, but put on hold during the unique one-year scheduling cycle. A recommendation for nine regular season games and 32 qualifiers was declined by the Board of Control back in December over concerns of reduced player recovery time and scheduling.

The 2020 season will feature nine regular season games and 16 playoff qualifiers in all classes. Playoff procedures – district champions earning automatic berths, Ratings Percentage Index ranking the remaining at-large qualifiers – will stay the same in 3A, 2A, 1A, A, and 8P. All 16 playoff spots in 4A will be considered at-large and determined via RPI.

Through discussions with the joint IHSAA and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s classification committee, superintendents from the Iowa Urban Education Network, and meeting and consulting with Class 4A athletic directors, the IHSAA began on work on scheduling systems, including the board-approved success model.

Other models considered for 4A included adding a classification of football, increasing the number of districts, or adopting a “no district” strategy that would allow schools to schedule all of their own games. The IHSAA sought input from 4A athletic directors on two models while following a classification committee request to address 4A football without affecting lower classes.

“I commend the committee for the work it has done to this point, and we look forward to the continued work it will do to develop the best competition systems for Iowa,” Earleywine said. “Now that we have a model for Class 4A football, the committee can consider the possibilities and how they may apply to other sports and other classes.”

Two prior meetings of the classification committee included extensive reviews of the connection between free and reduced lunch counts and recent sports success, as well as alternative classification models from other states and their impacts in Iowa. The committee also asked the IHSAA and IGHSAU to survey schools regarding competitive equity in athletics, with a report of results released in late January. A third classification committee meeting is scheduled for April.