Some of you may have noticed a new face along the sidelines at N’West Iowa sporting events this week.

On Monday we had the privilege of welcoming Charlie Hildebrand to the staff at Iowa Information. He will be doing some sports writing and some general news stories as well.

Hildebrand is a 33-year-old who lived in Sioux City until he was 7.

His family then moved to North Sioux City, SD, where his parents still reside.

He is a 2004 graduate of Dakota Valley High School, where he played football and basketball for four years and was involved in track and field for two years.

Hildebrand limited his sports participation to intramurals while attending South Dakota State University in Brookings.

“My first year there was their first year as a Division I school,” he said. “They didn’t seem to need a slow, unathletic guy on their Division I teams.”

Hildebrand worked part-time for the Sioux City Journal from late 2012 until 2018, when he took a full-time sports reporting job in Aberdeen, SD. He covered several sports there, including being that newspaper’s beat writer for Northern State University women’s volleyball.

“My favorite sport is football. As far as watching or covering them, I like a lot of sports,” he said. “I suppose football and basketball are what I watch the most outside of work. Those are the ones I’m more used to.”

Outside of sports, Hildebrand likes watching television and movies.

“I used to play video games a lot,” he said. “I still like them, but I don’t have as much time for it anymore so I’m not as good as I used to be. Now I sometimes get stuck and get frustrated and just stop playing.”

We’re happy to have Hildebrand on staff.

College hoops tipping off

Believe it or not it’s time for college basketball to get started and it could be a fun season for the Sioux County squads, especially on the women’s side of the ledger.

Dordt University was second in the preseason poll of Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s basketball coaches, finishing behind only defending national champion Concordia University in the league voting. Dordt was the only team other than Concordia to get a first place vote and nipped Dakota Wesleyan University for second. Northwestern was third in the vote, just ahead of Hastings College and Morningside College. All six of those squads are nationally ranked to start the season. Dordt was fifth in the NAIA Division II women’s preseason voting and Northwestern was 11th.

The Dordt women hosted Waldorf College in the season opener Friday. That result was not available by the press deadline. Northwestern hosts its annual scrimmage against Red Raider alumni today (Saturday, Oct. 26) before starting its regular-season schedule hosting Augustana University of South Dakota on Tuesday.

On the men’s side, Morningside won the GPAC preseason poll, taking nine of the 11 first-place votes. Dakota Wesleyan took the other two and got second. Dordt finished fourth in the poll and Northwestern was sixth.

Dordt made the NAIA preseason top 25, coming in at 25th. The Defender men also played Waldorf on Friday. Northwestern’s men are unranked. The Red Raiders opened the season on Friday at home against Oak Hills Christian College of Minnesota.