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UNCHARTED TERRITORY: No. 1 doubles match sends Spencer girls to first state tennis tourney

SIOUX CITY—It all came down to the No. 1 doubles match Wednesday. Spencer’s Lauren Ellis and Julia Gastelum faced Sioux City Heelan’s Friis sisters - Lilly and Aila - to settle a 4-4 match for the right to move on to the IGHSAU State Team Tennis Tournament.

Baker heads to state golf in final campaign

• Spencer 4th at regionals, 10 strokes separate top 5 teams


WEBSTER CITY—In a tight battle for the top spot among the Class 3A Region 1 girls golf field, a strong team showing of 369 by Spencer on the 18-hole Briggs Woods Golf Course in Webster City, left the Tigers out of the state meet field, finishing fourth overall among the 12 team field.

Spencer JFK dancers shine at National Together We Dance Competition

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Spencer Just For Kix dancers showcased their talent and dedication at the National Together We Dance Competition, April 24-28, in Rochester, Minnesota. This event brought together dance teams from across the region — Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin — to compete in various categories.

Tigers baseball team rolls in road opener

ALTA—Alta-Aurelia struggled on the hill, and Spencer took full advantage Tuesday night, routing Alta-Aurelia on the road, 14-1, in 4 1/2 innings, to open the Tigers 2024 summer campaign.

“It was nice to start the season,” Brian Dirkx, Tiger baseball coach, said. “I was pleased with the win.

Bulldogs end Spencer boys tennis postseason run

SPENCER—After wrapping up district singles and doubles competition on the Riverview Tennis Courts last Wednesday, the Spencer Tigers again hosted Saturday’s IAHSAA 1A Substate 1 First Round team match, welcoming the 10-7 LeMars boys to town.

It was the Bulldogs who would move on to the next round, stopping the Tigers 5-1, not even requiring any doubles matches to decide the outcome.

“This was a meet in which we were definitely underdogs, but I thought

Spencer boys' 18-hole PR not enough to advance; Hallet misses state by a single stroke

CARROLL—An outstanding performance by the Spencer boys golf team left them a little short of a state berth at the IAHSAA Class 3A District Golf Meet, Monday, conducted at Carroll National Golf Course, in Carroll. Unfortunately, with the loaded field, the Tigers’ normally strong 317, left them in fourth place. M-OC/FV, who captured the sectional crown as well on Wednesday, May 8, in Okoboji, took the sectional championship to secure their state spot.

Little Tigers take to the track for year-end tradition

For the fifth grade students in Spencer, Wednesday was an introduction to the year-end tradition of the Little Tiger Relays on the track at Spencer High School’s Dale Norton Field. For the sixth grade boys and girls from Spencer Middle School, Sacred Heart Catholic School and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School - it was their final performance in front of the appreciative fans in the stands. The top three results from each event is below. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)


Four ILCC softball players selected All-Region

The Iowa Lakes Community College softball team had four student-athletes that were named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division II Softball All-Region team. 

Myla Murphy, outfielder, was named to the ICCAC 2nd Team. Catcher Abby Burgess, and infielders Taylor Larson and Alayna Leighton were all selected for the ICCAC All-Region Honorable Mention team.

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL STATE TRACK & FIELD MEET QUALIFIERS and event times for Spencer and Sioux Central, boys and girls

Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18

Spencer & Sioux Central Qualifying Events


Spencer Boys

100 Meter Dash: 1. Brevin Dolls, ADM, Adel, 10.58; 7. Miles Robbins, Spencer, 10.97; 17. Adrian Carrillo, Spencer, 11.16.

200 Meter Dash: 1. Brevin Doll, ADM, Adel, 21.43; 15. Jack Berends, Spencer, 22.62.

110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Ashton Hogrefe, Epworth, WD, 14.69; 6. Weston Johnson, Spencer, 15.02.

Tigers quality in 10 events for boys state

• Robbins, Carrillo run one-two in 100, many PRs set


SERGEANT-BLUFF —“First, I give thanks to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, the eternal King and God of grace,” Tiger coach Wilson Hookfin said. “We had a great night.”

SHS girls rewarded with qualifying times, sending 7 events to state track meet

• Tigers send 4 relays, 3 individual events to state

SERGEANT BLUFF—Thursday’s Iowa High School Track & Fields Class 3A District meet, hosted by Sergeant Bluff-Luton, had eight team’s competing for spots at the state competition, beginning Thursday, May 16 and continuing through May 18. Spencer girls qualified seven events - the hard way - for the opportunity to run on the Blue Oval at Drake University, in Des Moines

Special invites send Rebels girls to state in 10 events

• Sioux Central earns 3 auto bids, shuttle hurdle squad 1st


SPIRIT LAKE—Three Sioux Central girls track events qualified by placing in the top two positions at the Class 2A District Meet, Thursday, in Spirit Lake. Four more individual competitors (two in the 100 hurdles) and an equal number of relays were added via at-large qualification - bringing the Rebels to a 10 total of appearances on the Blue Oval at Drake University in Des Moines, beginning Thursday.

SC boys will run 4x800 to Des Moines

• Adams, Mills, Wernimont, Christian qualify for at-large bid


SPIRIT LAKE—A fourth place finish by Sioux Central’s 4x800 Relay squad - Max Adams, Owen Mills, Lucos Wernimont and Jack Christian - earned the foursome Sioux Central’s lone state qualifying position this year. The 8:26.85 scored the team one of eight at-large positions in the event which will be run on day one, Thursday, at 12:10 p.m.


• Tiger lady clubbers end dual campaign 29-0, regionals Wednesday


SPENCER—Perennial team leaders, Meredith Baker and Morgan Irvine - the veteran and the future of the program - both shot 84s with Irvine finishing third and Baker fourth to claim the Storm Lake Quad Invite, Saturday, ahead of next Wednesday’s Class 3A Region 1 Meet at Briggs Woods Golf Course in Webster City.

Tiger ladies get win over elusive Indians; head to tennis regional semifinals

SPENCER—Friday, Spencer held home court advantage to defeat a pair of Lakes Conference opponents, Estherville-Lincoln Central in the Class 1A Region Team Tournament opening round; then besting unbeaten Lakes champ Spirit Lake in the quarterfinals. The Tigers earned the wins, 5-1 over the Midgets and 5-2 against the Indians to advance.

Shooting past the Stars

• Mosher scores 2, Tigers need extra-time to best SC North


SIOUX CITY—Camden Mosher scored the game winner in extra-time, accounting for both of Spencer’s goals Thursday on the road against Sioux City North, grinding out the 2-1 victory in the regular season finale. The 8th-ranked Tigers, now 12-1 on the year, had their hands full against their 6-8 hosts.

Tiger coach Jesse Kuehler called his team’s near call against the 6-8 Stars a “very good team win.

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