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Tigers move on to regional final

SPENCER — Coach John Hansel’s girls were scheduled to face No.1 North Polk Thursday night after ending Spirit Lake’s solid season on Tuesday at the Northwest Iowa Soccer Complex, 7-2.

State scoring leader, Tiger junior Addison Hoben, added a hat trick-plus one to bring her growing season total to 64 in the win.

Hansel said, “Addison continues to find ways to get the ball in the net. She was able to finish a PK which was our first one of the season.”

Spencer archers compete at Nationals

What happens when you have a great team and successful season? Thirty-two archers, 11 coaches and a lot of supporters take a 2,400-mile trip to Nationals. The Spencer archery team has sent individuals to Sandy, Utah, in years past, but this is the first time the full teams have entered the Western Tournament.

No-go Monday: Mother Nature spoils 2024 softball opener

Spencer girls had a disappointing season opener, hosting their neighbors to the north, Okoboji, the game was called after two innings as a result of dangerous weather Monday evening, so the game finished as noncomplete. (Above) Freshman Brynn Merchant puts the bat on the ball, leading to Spencer’s first score of the season. (Below) Breanna Johnson, the Tiger junior, looks casual as she releases a pitch.

Baker finishes SHS career at state

Recent Spencer graduate Meredith Baker will complete her last official duty as a Tiger Friday, representing her team as an individual on the second day of the Class 3A State Golf Tournament hosted by Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. Baker heads into the final day in a six-way tie, with a 15-over-par 87. Gilbert’s Eden Lohrbach leads the large field, finishing with a 3-under-par 69. Golfers will tee off starting at 8:30 a.m. (File photo)

Monarchs hand SHS first setback

“Tonight was a tough loss for us,” Brian Dirkx, head coach of the previously unbeaten Spencer baseball team, said, following Monday night’s 5-3 road loss at Denison-Schleswig.

Weather, state rules decide game

SPENCER — With nearly 30 minutes to play in Monday’s Class 3A Substate 1 Semifinal, a severe storm raged through the skies of Spencer, delayed the game as a matter safety. The game clock never restarted, ending the No. 8-ranked Spencer Tigers’ season with a 2-1 loss to Le Mars approximately 10 minutes into the second half.

Rebels make it 2 straight

PETERSON — After edging Ridge View 10-7, in Holstein, May 14, to open the season, Sioux Central improved to 2-0 with a dominant performance against West Bend-Mallard to open home play, 18-6, Monday.

The Rebels put up 16 runs in a statement first inning, then added two more for good measure in the 4 1/2-frame contest.

Boji Legends announce charity partners

OKOBOJI — Organizers of the Boji Legends Golf Tournament announced its partnership with three charitable organizations: Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, Okoboji Protective Association and Camp High Hopes. This collaboration aims to support the vital work undertaken by these organizations in serving their communities with a day of golf, live and silent auction and the Boji Legends Pub Party featuring music from Too Drunk To Fish.


FORT DODGE — After eliminating previously unbeaten Sioux City Heelan, 5-4, last week, the Spencer Tiger ladies knocked off defending state champion’s Columbus Catholic in tennis at Dodger Tennis Courts in Fort Dodge, Saturday. The 5-1 win came entirely in without a doubles match being played.

“We are still on our journey,” Spencer coach Bob Schlaeger summarized.

He called the dominant performance a “great win against the best in Iowa.”


Playing three games in four nights, Spencer produced 36 runs on the ball diamond to start its baseball season, picking up a dramatic, come-from-behind win at Algona, Thursday, before hosting their first home game at Andy McGaffin Field, shutting out Harris-Lake Park.

Next up for the Tigers, a home game against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Thursday night, set for 7 p.m.; then traveling to Orange City, Friday, to face MOC-Floyd Valley Friday at 7:30 p.m.



DES MOINES — Spencer boys made of its best showings in several years at the State Track and Field competition, Thursday through Saturday on Drake University’s Blue Oval in Des Moines — setting school, season and personal bests amongst the loaded field.

Wilson Hookfin, despite his excitement for his team’s showing kept things in perspective.

Sioux Central state track and field results


Karina Bloom, of Sioux Central, helped the Rebels to an 11th place finish in the 4x800 at the state meet, hosted by Drake University last week. (Photos by Matt Heinrichs)

Northwest Iowa gymnasts excel in regional competition

CEDAR RAPIDS — USA Gymnastics Region 4 hosted its 2024 XCEL Regional Championship Competition, April 19-21, at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids. More than 2,600 athletes from seven states competed in the Silver-Diamond levels. Gymnasts advanced to regionals after qualifying in the All-Around at their respective state competition.

Outdoors: Largest walleye

Joel Anfinson took the top place for the largest walleye during the Walleye Weekend with 26.75-incher. Contest was catch, measure and photo using Fish Donkey app. (Photo courtesy of IGLA Chamber)

Outdoors: 2024 spring turkey season was one for the record books

The final segment of Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season closed Sunday, ending the spring season with a record harvest of 16,059 birds reported, surpassing the 2023 record harvest of 14,843.

Turkeys were reported from all 99 counties, from a high of 649 birds bagged in Clayton County to a low of three in Osceola.

Outdoors: Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Memorial Day weekend

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reminds all boaters and anglers to “Clean, Drain, Dry” their boats and equipment this Memorial Day weekend to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers.

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