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Tigges competing at state in Marshalltown

IOWA CITY — Reid Tigges punched his ticket into the Iowa Boys State Swimming Championships Saturday in Fort Dodge at Districts. Tigges qualified in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle competition, taking first in the 50 and second in the 100.

Tigers ready for District in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE — The Spencer Tigers boys wrestling team has been waiting all season for this weekend, the beginning of postseason action. Spencer will travel to Fort Dodge on Saturday to compete in the IHSAA 3A District 4 Championships at 10 a.m.

“Guys are chomping at the bit to get to Saturday,” head coach Adam Gress said. “It's the date circled on the calendar from November until now.

Special Olympics basketball advances to Spring Classic

MONDAMIN — On Feb. 4, the Spencer Special Olympics basketball team traveled to Mondamin to compete in a 3 on 3 basketball competition at West Harrison High School. The team split into two separate four-man teams to compete. Both teams were successful in advancing to the Spring Classic in Iowa City on March 11. The team of Raul Ortiz, JD Bumgarner, Tate Nielsen and Trinity Kreig finished in second place for Spencer.

Tigers drop close one to Knights

ORANGE CITY — Spencer started their week with a trip to Orange City to face off against the Unity Christian Knights. The Tigers got out to a slow start, trailing by 11 points in the first quarter. Spencer would never be able to cut the deficit to an extent, losing to Unity Christian 64-52.

Tigers lose to Knights 72-61

ORANGE CITY — Spencer hit the road on Monday looking to redeem their loss to South Central Calhoun on Saturday. Taking on the Unity Christian Knights to look to grab their eighth win of the season. Spencer was not successful, dropping the game to the Knights 72-61.

Mustangs overpower Rebels 84-55

SIOUX RAPIDS — Newell-Fonda came to Sioux Rapids on Tuesday for a matchup with the Sioux Central Rebel girls. The Rebels looked to avenge the first loss that took place in December. Sioux Central made it close in the first half, but would not have enough. They would lose to Newell-Fonda 84-55.

Hargens scores 53 in overtime finish

SIOUX RAPIDS — Tuesday, on the same night Lebron James claimed the throne as the scoring king of the NBA. Jacob Hargens took his throne on top of the Rebel single game scoring record. Hargens scored 53 points in a bizarre second half comeback to vault Sioux Central to a 91-86 overtime win over the Newell-Fonda Mustangs. Hargens would simply not allow the Rebels to lose the game scoring 37 points in the second half and overtime.

Huckfelt signs to the Cougars

SPENCER — Tiger wrestler Logan Huckfelt has officially decided where he wants to continue throwing people around the wrestling mat. Huckfelt will be the new heavyweight for the University of Sioux Falls, he made it official on Wednesday in the Spencer High School Auditorium. Huckfelt will be studying education at the university.

Outdoors: Spring is slowly on its way

Six more weeks of winter — so I hear. Never did trust that rodent!

Historically, according to Punxsutawney Phil’s data, he’s only been accurate around 46% of the time. Of course, if he were shooting 3-pointers in a basketball game, he’d be pretty deadly.

The good news is we’re now into February, and the days are getting longer. As this month unfolds, there are a couple of dates ice anglers need to adhere to.

Outdoors: Targeting late ice crappies

The calendar indicates that the ice fishing season is winding down. In some states or certain areas of some states, regulations prohibit fishing for walleyes and a few other species at this time of year. There are still plenty of fish to target though, and they can be very willing to bite during this latter part of the ice fishing season.

Outdoors: Scheels donates to Joy of Life Foundation

I grew up on the farm in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and most of my time was spent out in the sun.

Back in those days, there was little thought of danger and exposure to the sun. We never thought about UV radiation that can lead to skin cancer. The only reason I ever wore a cap/hat was because the mid-summer sun was so hot!

Of course, I spent a lot of time fishing in the hot summer sun, and that would fry my skin even more!


CORALVILLE — Olivia Huckfelt remained perfect for Spencer all season long. Breaking into the history books, becoming the first Tiger wrestler to win two individual state titles. The first Tiger athlete to go back-to-back in winning state titles, as well as the first girls heavyweight state champion in Iowa girls wrestling sanctioned history.

Tigers extend winning streak to 5

SPENCER — The Tiger girls would improve to 15-3 after picking up two more victories over Storm Lake and South Central Calhoun over the weekend. Defeating the Tornadoes 62-47 and the Titans 62-54.

Tigges onto Iowa City after 1st place finish

FORT DODGE — The Spencer boys swimming team traveled to Fort Dodge to take on district competition on Saturday. Reid Tigges is the only Tiger who will be advancing to the state swimming championships in Iowa City on Friday and Saturday. Tigges took first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.45. Tigges also qualified in the 100-yard freestyle, placing second at the district competition with a time of 46.62. He will compete Friday evening in both events.

Tigers dominate Tornadoes, drop close one to Titans

SPENCER — The Spencer boys basketball team would split its weekend games, dominating Storm Lake Friday before losing a close one to South Central Calhoun on Saturday. The Titans came to town with Spencer riding a three-game winning streak, after defeating Cherokee, Denison and Storm Lake. After a hard fought battle South Central Calhoun would defeat Spencer 60-49 behind Gavin Batta and his 29 points.

Rebels blow out Storm Lake, GT/RA

SIOUX RAPIDS — The Sioux Central girls basketball team had a long week, playing four games with their final two against the Storm Lake Tornadoes and the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans. The Rebels would absolutely dominate both games, winning both of them by more than 30 points.

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