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Guest Commentary: Superintendents, school board presidents defend graphic sexual images in schools

On Monday, superintendents and school board presidents from six Iowa school districts appeared before the House Oversight Committee. Due to time considerations and political theatrics from Democrats, the committee only heard from four of the districts.

Spencer ends season at Heelan

SPENCER — It was a hard way to end a successful season for the Spencer girls when they competed in the Region 3 Championship on Tuesday night in Sioux City. Traveling to face off with the Bishop Heelan Crusaders for a chance at the 4A State Tournament on the line. It would simply not be the Tigers night on offense, and they would lose to the Crusaders 42-22.

Tiger season ends with 51-49 loss to Algona

ALGONA — Spencer officially wrapped its season up on Monday, traveling to Algona to face off with the Bulldogs in the Class 3A-2 First Round of Substate. After falling way behind in the first half, a huge second half comeback was halted short, after Algona would hang on to defeat the Tigers 51-49.

Rebels preparing for 2A-1 Substate Final

IDA GROVE — Sioux Central looks to punch their ticket to the 2A State Tournament on Saturday. They will travel to OABCIG Community Schools to face off against the 17-6 Kuemper Catholic Knights at 7 p.m.

Hargens and Boettcher go for 58

STORM LAKE — Seizing the opportunity right from the beginning was the Rebel game plan heading into Tuesday night. Facing the South Central Calhoun Titans in Storm Lake for a chance to go to the 2A-1 Substate Final. Sioux Central got it going early, leading 16-10 after the first quarter. A corner 3-pointer by Trevor Ehlers stretched the lead to 10, leading to a Sioux Central 11-2 run. They would take a 36-20 lead going into halftime.

Essick welcomed into RodeoKids

DICKENS — In 2018, an organization called RodeoKids was founded, the goal and purpose of the group is to keep the customs western culture and lifestyle alive throughout the youth. They also look to help build skills, knowledge and abilities for kids outside of the arena. Local cowboy Conner Essick, of Dickens, was just selected to be a member of RodeoKids.

Huckfelt finishes 6th in Des Moines

DES MOINES — The Spencer boys wrestling team took its final season trip to Des Moines Wednesday. Logan Huckfelt led the way placing sixth for the Tigers. Gabe Cauthron, Connor Stickrod, Cohen Roth, Jace Fullhart, Levi and Kade Johnson and Wyatt Heying all competed but did not place for the Tigers.

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Tigers down Warriors to compete in Regional Final

SPENCER — The Tiger girls basketball team started its postseason off with hosting Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Saturday in Spencer. The game was very physical, both teams gave all their effort in the contest between both teams. The Tigers figured out a way to come out on top, during the back and forth game with the Warriors. Spencer advanced to the Class 4A Region-3 Championship with the 46-39 win.

Rebels girls onto Regional Championship

SIOUX RAPIDS — Sioux Central hosted Central Springs on Friday in Sioux Rapids. The Rebels needed a win to advance to the regional championship, starting out with a 13-12 lead after the first quarter. The second and third quarter led the way for Sioux Central, outscoring the Panthers 18-13 in the second, before dominating the third 16-6 for the Rebels. Sioux Central cruised to a 61-45 lead over Central Springs.

Morrow, Riley represent Rebels at state

DES MOINES — Kaben Morrow and Keagen Riley competed for Sioux Central at the Iowa High School State Tournament starting Wednesday. Riley and Morrow would not place for the Rebels in the competition.

Rebels down Raiders 50-31 to move on

SIOUX RAPIDS — Undefeated Sioux Central got their first taste of postseason action Thursday, hosting East Sac County in Sioux Rapids. It was almost like a replay of the same game that took place at the end of January with the Rebels winning that game 53-31.

Outdoors: Oxbow restoration project at Cedar Rock Wildlife Area

Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Cedar Wapsi Wildlife Unit were working to install wetlands on the Cedar Rock Wildlife Area when the opportunity to restore an oxbow on the Wapsipinicon River came along.

Outdoors: Iowa State Fairgrounds to host state archery tournament March 4-5

An estimated 2,200 students from more than 125 schools from across Iowa will be in the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center (Bullseye) and the 4-H Building (3D) at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines March 4-5, to participate in the 17th National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament. This is the largest youth archery tournament in Iowa.

Outdoors: Black-capped chickadees and their astonishing secrets

Black-capped chickadees survive the harshest winters with amazing adaptive behaviors and abilities. From adjusting their core body temperatures to shedding and adding brain cells to memorizing hundreds of locales of stashed foods, these tiny wonders have astonishing secrets.

Outdoors: Time for late ice fishing

The days are getting longer and warmer. Longer days and warmer temps at this time of year mean that some really good ice fishing is not far away. Here are some ideas for finishing the ice fishing season successfully.

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