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Baker medalist effort leads girls to 18-0

STORM LAKE — Coach Nate Wendt’s girls topped both Estherville Lincoln Central and Storm Lake Thursday on the Tornadoes home course, but only the win against the hosts counted. The Midgets participated against Storm Lake only, and will face the Tigers Tuesday in a Lakes Conference dual.

Drake Relays see marked Tiger improvement

DES MOINES — Spencer had four relays — three boys teams and one girls team — qualify to participate at the elite Drake Relays in Des Moines over the weekend. Although not qualifying for the finals in any event either Friday or Saturday, they battled their preliminary opponents and repeated weather delays to improve on their qualifying placement.

SL-O tops Tigers, 7-2

SPIRIT LAKE — A day after finishing runner-up to Lakes Conference Tournament Champion Spirit Lake-Okoboji on Wednesday, the Spencer boys would travel to the Indians home court, where they would fall 7-2 Thursday.

Tiger coach Joe Steele said, “It was a difficult meet under tough conditions tonight.

Two second-half goals lead to loss

HULL — No. 3 Western Christian put the first blemish on No. 8 Spencer’s perfect season, defeating the Tigers 3-1, powered by two second half unanswered goals, Thursday, on the Wolfpack’s home field.

The victory also snapped Spencer’s three-game win streak over WC.

“It was a roller coaster of a game for us,” Tiger coach Jesse Kuehler said. “We had some very good moments in the match, we moved the ball quickly and put ourselves in dangerous spots. …”

Two strokes decide WC Invite

SIOUX CENTER — Two strokes separated Spencer and host Western Christian at the top of the Wolfpack’s invitational Tuesday at The Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center Tuesday. The Tigers would best the hosts, 323-325, taking the title.

Spencer Coach Marc Bruning said he was “very happy with the Invite win. Kids battled some tough elements on a very tough golf course, and handled themselves very well.”

Sioux Central golf results

SIOUX CENTRAL GIRLS DUAL

Monday, April 22 — Little Sioux Golf & Country Club, Sioux Rapids

Team Scores

1. Sioux Central, 218; 2. GT/RA, 230

Individual Scoring

Outdoors: Leave wildlife babies where they belong — in the wild

It's as predictable as May flowers — from border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. From now until at least mid-June, Department of Natural Resources field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."

Outdoors: Time to start planning to control plants in Iowa ponds

A healthy pond needs aquatic plants, but too many plants can limit the pond’s use and cause imbalances in the fish population. If you had problems using your pond last year because of aquatic plant growth, you could have similar problems this year.

Outdoors: Little details make a big difference

A good day of fishing is different things to different anglers. To some, a good day is when a bunch of fish are caught. Size isn’t so important, but having some fish pull back is.

To other anglers, fishing success means you caught a big one. To them, a couple of big fish are better than a bunch of smaller ones.

Outdoors: It’s time for the Walleye Opener

Well, ready or not, here it comes: the 42nd annual Walleye Opener. It’s one of those special happenings, you know an event that brings people together year after year after year. In 2023, nearly 2,000 anglers entered the walleye contest vying for the chance to catch one of the tagged walleyes. Part of the proceeds from those entries helped fund various projects directly related to angling in the Iowa Great Lakes area.

LAKES CO-CHAMPS

SPIRIT LAKE — The No. 2s led Spencer to No. 1.

Julia Gastelum’s top finish in No. 2 singles, and the pairing of Emma Fassbender and Ali Graettinger went unbeaten in No. 2 doubles — winning championships in both brackets — helping the Tigers to a share of the Lakes Conference championship with Cherokee in Spirit Lake, Wednesday.

Both teams finished with 10 points, with the host Spirit Lake-Okoboji running a close third, scoring nine.

Tigers, Rebel girls finish top 4 at Cherokee

CHEROKEE — Both Spencer and Sioux Central traveled to Cherokee Tuesday to participate in the annual Tomahawk Relays second day, set aside for the girls competition. The squads placed in the top four of their respective brackets — the Tigers third in the 2A division, and the Rebels fourth in 1A.

Five straight early stoppages

STORM LAKE — Tuesday night, on the road in Storm Lake, Spencer girls soccer team recorded its fifth straight early stoppage, putting nine in the net in the first half, adding the lone second half score to end things early, 10-0.

“We won 10-0 again,” Tiger coach John Hansel said.

Spencer runs its league leading record to 7-2 overall. The last five wins have come early, by 10-0 counts.

Baker finishes 1 stroke off lead

SPENCER — Coach Nate Wendt’s clubbers produced a Tiger girls golf win at Spencer Golf & Country Club Tuesday. Spencer topped both Algona and Western Christian, topping the runner-up Bulldogs by eight stokes.

The Tigers had defeated the Bulldogs earlier this season, but it was the first meeting of the year against WC.

Wendt said, “Algona is always a good team. They are a good test for us to play away from the conference.

Tomahawk boys’ title comes to Spencer

CHEROKEE — At the boys Tomahawk Relays, Monday, Spencer bested MOC-Floyd Valley by nine points — 159-150 — for the team title, riding seven first place finishes in seven events, to go with four individual titles.

As always, Tiger coach Wilson Hookfin, offered appreciation, first and foremost to higher power.

Two Tigers earn All-Lakes honors

SPENCER — Spirit Lake-Okoboji snuck into Spencer and stole away the Lakes Conference trophy, topping the Tigers, 14-11, in the team scoring at the Riverview Tennis Courts, Wednesday.

Coach Joe Steele said, “Overall, I thought we had a good day today. We got a bit of a bad draw having to play the favorites, SL-O, in our first but their second matches of the day. So they had a chance to get a match under their belts and get warmed up while we had a bye in that first round.

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