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Rebels dominated by Mustangs, Jays

The Rebel offense was shut down in their two games to end the week. The team would combine for just three total hits in both losses. The team dropped its contests to Newell-Fonda and Le Mars Gehlen Catholic to fall to 8-10 on the season.



2023 IGHSAU softball region brackets announced

The 2023 Iowa high school softball regional pairings were announced on Friday. Let’s take a look at Spencer's and Sioux Central’s postseason matchups scheduled for next week.



Outdoors: Major restoration efforts to improve Black Hawk Lake nearing completion

A second and final season of dredging on Black Hawk Lake, located in Sac County, is scheduled to end the week of June 18. An additional two to three weeks of site clean-up and contractor demobilization will follow the dredging work.

Outdoors: Swimmers itch showing up, right on schedule

Swimmer’s itch is starting to make its presence known in many of Iowa’s natural lakes in north central and northwest Iowa.

Outdoors: Targeting explosive largemouths

It’s been several years since I started using artificial frogs for largemouth bass. Before that, friends and I had used live frogs as catfish bait and I never liked it that much. I didn’t enjoy putting a live frog on a hook and offering it to a hungry catfish. At some point, no matter how effective the frogs were for catfish, I decided “no more.” I’ll find another way to catch 'em.

Outdoors: Weather model forecasts bump in Iowa pheasant population

Favorable winter and spring weather across much of Iowa is expected to benefit pheasant hunters this fall.

Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said each summer, the DNR uses a model based on winter and spring weather conditions, previous weather data and more than 50 years of pheasant roadside population surveys to predict pheasant population trends for the fall.

Outdoors: Parsons coming to Okoboji Blue Water Festival

The final piece of the puzzle for the Okoboji Blue Water Festival has been finalized with the professional walleye tournament angler, Chase Parsons agreeing to host the 10 a.m. fishing seminar on Saturday, Aug. 12.

OBWF co-chair Greg Drees shares his excitement about the addition of Parsons to the speaker lineup.

Bartelt signs with University of South Carolina Beaufort

NJCAA All-American Brielle Bartelt will be continuing her athletic and academic career at University of South Carolina Beaufort. The Sand Sharks are located in Bluffton, South Carolina, and compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Peach Belt conference. She is planning to major in marketing.

Bartelt is looking forward to this next step

Spencer girls rebound from loss with dominant win

The top two batters in the state — Olivia Huckfelt and Jada Piercy — will lead the Spencer Tiger softball team in their annual home tournament Friday and Saturday where they will face MOC-Floyd Valley and Western Christian. Spencer has gone 6-1 in their last seven games heading into the final week of regular season action against Western Christian, Spirit Lake and Algona. The girls were scheduled to face 12-9 Humboldt at home Thursday night ahead of the weekend home tourney.


Boys amass 22 runs, allow 1 following ELC loss

Heading into the last couple of weeks of play, the Spencer baseball squad has put together an 8-2 mark in its last 10 appearances, going 2-1 on the week. The next five games pit the Tigers against teams with a combined record of 33-60 before they close out the year with a pair of home games against Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Humboldt the Fourth of July week.

Spencer will travel to Pocahontas Area Saturday for a noon matchup before beginning a four-game week.

Rebel girls reach 17 wins on the season

Sioux Central’s softball team definitely has some momentum heading into Thursday night’s scheduled contest on the road against state powerhouse Newell-Fonda. The Mustangs won the first meeting un June 3, 7-2.

Purple & Gold softball score 3 big victories

The Spencer softball team head into a busy week on the heels five straight wins last week to improve to 10-8 overall, heading into a busy week which finishes with the Tiger softball tournament to close things out. The Tigers closed the week with big wins over Spirit Lake, Emmetsburg and powerhouse Storm Lake.



Tiger hard-ballers end week with 2 wins

“This was a nice week for the team,” said Spencer coach Brian Dirkx whose squad improved to 11-5. “We went 3 and 1 — we beat two teams that have been in-and-out of the top 10 in 3A.”

The Tigers downed both MOC-FV in extra innings Thursday and crushed Storm Lake in a week which saw Spencer finish the week with three straight road matchups. Spirit Lake handed their lone loss in four games, claiming a 2-0 pitching showdown Wednesday.


Meyer returns to coach ILCC wrestling

ESTHERVILLE — Corey Meyer returns to Iowa Lakes Community College to serve as head men’s wrestling coach and completion specialist, pending board approval, bringing strong knowledge of wrestling, community colleges and the college student experience. Previously, Meyer spent four years as an assistant wrestling coach at Iowa Lakes before joining the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling coaching staff for the last two seasons.

Outdoors: DNR seeks public input on State Park Administrative Rule Revisions

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking informal comments on administrative rules for Iowa state parks and related programs. Executive Order 10 (EO10), signed by the Gov. Kim Reynolds on Jan. 10 requires all state agencies to identify which administrative rule chapters will be retained or rescinded. The EO10 process includes public engagement with the opportunity for meaningful input.

Outdoors: Eurasian watermilfoil found in Lost Grove Lake near Davenport

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will start treating Lost Grove Lake at the end of June with the approved aquatic herbicide Sonar A.S. to eliminate Eurasian watermilfoil.

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