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ILCC men to play in JUCO Jam

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team will travel to Ames on Sunday to play in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference JUCO Jam. The Lakers will play three games at either the Iowa State University Sukup Basketball Complex or the All-Iowa Attack Fieldhouse. Both facilities are in the same parking lot.

Monarchs snap streak

DENISON — Once again, turnovers doomed the Tigers. Leading 19-7 at the half, Spencer gave the ball up twice — the first on the opening play of the second half which resulted in a Denison-Schleswig scoring drive, and the second on a potential game tying or winning drive late in the game. The result, 15 unanswered Monarch points in the final 24 minutes of play, snapping a 10-game Spencer win-streak, 22-19.

No. 5 Braves too much

CHEROKEE — The Braves demonstrated why they have earned a No. 5 ranking this season as they handled the visiting Spencer Tigers in Lakes Conference volleyball action Thursday night, 25-11, 25-11, 25-14.

“The girls played so hard and did so many great things,” Spencer coach Tara Hauschen said. “We can take away a lot of good things from this match, our heart and hustle and defensive and offensive adjustments we were able to make throughout the game was so good to see.

Swimmers make it 2 straight

ALGONA — The Spencer girls swim team made themselves home at Algona Thursday night putting a 121-53 beating on the host Bulldogs. The Tigers would win all three relays, including a top three sweep in the 400-yard freestyle to close the evening.

3-point difference

SIOUX CITY — Sioux City Metro would dominate the four-team girls swimming field at the Mickey Olsen Invite Saturday. The home team would roll up 425 points and Council Bluffs-Abraham Lincoln would amass just 101 leaving Spencer and Council Bluffs-Lewis Central to battle for the runner-up position. The Tigers would come up three points shy, falling 300-297 in the second place race.

Beating the heat

POCAHONTAS — Both the Sioux Central girls and boys placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 20 at Pocahontas Saturday morning amidst extremely warm temperatures. The effort landed the Rebel ladies on top of the seven-team field, while the boys' successful outing placed them second behind East Sac County in a nine-squad race. East Sac also ran five in the top 20, occupying the one, two and three spots to win the crown by 40 points, 31-71.

Rebel ‘W’ evens mark at 3-3

SIOUX RAPIDS — Sioux Central rebounded from last Friday’s homecoming loss with a decisive 24-6 victory against Manson-Northwest Webster. In his final home game, Max Adams proved elusive as a group of aggressive Cougars pursued the Rebel senior all night long. He would lead his young teammates with two scores in the win, which allowed the home team to get back to even at 3-3 on the season.

Outdoors: Stay safe this harvest season

As fall harvest starts across Iowa, the risk of wildfires in crop fields increases. Recent rains across Iowa provided some relief from the on-going drought, but crop fields are still dry, cured and could spark wildfires.

Outdoors: Drivers stay alert for deer movement

Drivers are advised to stay alert as they travel Iowa’s roadsides over the coming weeks. Autumn deer behavior, crop harvest and peak travel times for motorists combine to hike the risk of vehicle-deer collisions in Iowa.

Outdoors: Bowhunters encouraged to practice the ABCs of tree stand safety

Tree stand incidents can happen to deer hunters regardless of skill level or experience and result in serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, in nearly every case, these incidents were preventable.

To help prevent injuries, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to practice the ABCs of Tree Stand Safety:

• Always remove and inspect your equipment.

• Buckle on your full-body harness.

Outdoors: Wait until after Oct. 15 to prune oak trees

The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to not prune any oak tree during the growing season.

“It’s best to wait until after Oct. 15 to start pruning oak trees,” said Tivon Feeley, with the Iowa DNR’s forest health program. “Then you can prune your oaks all winter long with the goal to stop pruning by March 1.”

Outdoors: Year-round, small details create bigger catches

There are a lot of differences between open water fishing and ice fishing. Many of those differences are obvious. A couple of similarities are very noticeable though. At times, lure color and lure shape can significantly impact our fishing success, through the ice or in open water. A couple of fishing trips made that very clear to me.

Outdoors: Enjoying the fall colors

By the calendar, fall is officially here, but those 90 degree temperatures refused to leave until midweek. Even so, the fall colors, yes, they are starting. Each day is a change, and with no frost in the immediate forecast, the daily gradual changes will be fun to see.

Gridiron Glance — Week 6


7 p.m. — Friday, Denison High School


Vail reaches milestone in Tiger loss

The Tigers volleyball would battle Storm Lake in a four-game showdown Tuesday night in the Spencer field hHouse with the home team suffering the loss, 25-21, 25-10, 25-27, 25-22.

Spencer coach Tara Hauschen said she is “extremely proud of the way the girls fought against Storm Lake. After coming out strong in game one and falling short in a really close game and then struggling in game two, the comeback in game three was one of the biggest I’ve ever been a part of.

Coed runners pace top 5 team finishes

ALGONA — Peyton Morey’s fourth place finish and Adalyn Schoelerman’s 11th place effort, coupled with teammate Alexandria Palmer’s top 25 showing helped the Spencer Tigers to a third grade finish among the 13 team field running at Algona Monday evening. Ninety-nine girls ran in the race.

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