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Tigers snag season opener at Le Mars

LE MARS — Spencer was tested in their first regular season game of the season, having players in foul trouble early, but finding a way to pull it out in the end at Le Mars on Tuesday night. Spencer would come out on top of the Bulldogs 65-62 to pick up their first win of the new season. The girls were led by big scoring nights from Jada Piercy who chipped in 24 points and Jerra Merchant who added 20 of her own in the win.

ILCC volleyball signs Shequen

The Lakers continued to build their 2023-24 volleyball roster with the addition of 5-foot-9, middle hitter/right-side hitter, Hailey Shequen, a 2023 graduate from Little Falls, Minnesota. She is a three-time letter winner for Little Falls and has been named offensive MVP, who competed at the club level for six years with the Little Falls JO Club & Midwest Power. She has also been a figure skater since the age of seven.

Laker softball welcomes Leighton

Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach Katie King announced the signing of Alayna Leighton to the 2023-24 recruiting class. Leighton is the daughter of Adam Leighton and Chad and Cheryl Schmitz, and attends Stewartville High School in Stewartville, Minnesota. An outfielder/middle infielder, Leighton has two varsity letters with one season to go for the Tigers. In her junior season, she compiled a .382 batting average with 21 hits, including one triple.

Tiger girls compete at East vs. West wrestling dual

FORT DODGE — The Spencer girls wrestling team had a midweek matchup on Tuesday, competing in the East vs. West Dual Tournament. Which showcases some of the best wrestlers on each side of the state. The girls competed with teams like East Buchanan, Lewis Central, Ridge View, Riverside and S.W.A.T. Valkyrie. The tournament took place at Iowa Central Community College.

Rebels drop season opener to Hawks

SIOUX RAPIDS — The Sioux Central Rebels girls basketball team got their season started on Monday night when they hosted the Remsen-St. Mary’s Hawks in Sioux Rapids. The girls did not get off to the start they hoped for turning the ball over multiple times early in the contest and getting down 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Laker men split at Emerson Classic

MARSHALLTOWN — The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team traveled to Marshalltown this past weekend to play in the Emerson Classic. The Lakers would win one and lose one at the event.

In their first contest of the weekend the Lakers would take on Bryant and Stratton Community College. Iowa Lakes would fall to the Bobcats, 71-67

Carrillo and Huckfelt receive All-State honors

The All-State football teams were released earlier this week from the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. For Spencer, players have received a number of awards this season.

The Tigers had two players who accomplished something only so few do, which is being one of the best at your sport within your entire state. Running back Adrian Carrillo and offensive and defensive lineman Logan Huckfelt both received the honors of being named to the Class 4A All-State Second Team.

Hoops are back

SPENCER — On Friday night, fans and parents got to see the first look of the 2022-23 Spencer Tiger basketball teams. The teams hosted an intersquad scrimmage on Friday night. Both teams would play a half during the contest. The purple squad would be victorious in both matchups, with the team winning 28-22 on the girls side and the boys purple team winning 28-17.

5 Tigers take 1st at Ridge View on Saturday

RIDGE VIEW — The Spencer girls wrestling team traveled to Ridge View on Saturday to compete in the Raptor Invitational. The second meet of the young season for the Tigers after competing at Dallas Center-Grimes last week. Four Tigers took first place in their weight divisions in the competition. Five girls competed in the gold division, the rest competed in the silver division. Kaylee Nachtigal, Olivia Huckfelt and Shaylee Sutherland all took home first for Spencer in the gold division.

Turnbull retiring as ILCC volleyball coach

ESTHERVILLE — After coaching thousands of athletes on 80 teams over 42 years, Iowa Lakes head volleyball coach Mike Turnbull announced plans to retire from Iowa Lakes Community College on July 1.

Crowder selected ICCAC, NJCAA Player of the Week

Iowa Lakes men’s basketball Amiri Crowder was selected as ICCAC and NJCAA National Player of the Week. Iowa Lakes picked up a pair of wins last week against two Region 6 teams at the Johnson County Classic. They escaped the host No. 9 Cavaliers, 77-76, on Friday; and then beat Highland, Kansas, on Saturday, 93-81. Crowder was the Lakers go-to guy in both games. In the second half of the Johnson County game, he scored eight points in the final two minutes including 4-of-4 from the line.

Laker softball signs Jensen

Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach Katie King announced the signing of Alyvia Jensen to the 2023-24 recruiting class. Jensen is the daughter of Michael and Ann Jensen and attends Johnston High School in Johnston. An outfielder, Jensen had a tremendous year last season. She compiled a .591 batting average, going 20-34. She slugged 20 hits, including six doubles and two triples.

Tigers name yearly football award winners

The Spencer Tiger football team announced its yearly award winners last week. The team hands out the yearly hammer award that goes to the player who hit the hardest consistently all yearlong. Special Teams Player of the Year; Honey Badger of the Year, which goes to the player with the most tenacity on the team; Team MVP and Scout Team Player of the Year.

Laker women go 2-0 at Emerson Classic

The Iowa Lakes women's basketball team went 2-0 at the Emerson Classic in Marshalltown over the weekend. The Lakers defeated Lewis and Clark Community College in the first game, 65-52, with a very balanced scoring attack including four players in double digits. Iowa Lakes was led by Emma Kanz with 17 points; Jasmine Jones added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds; Anisah Wolf contributed 12 points; and Brielle Bartelt finished with 11 points.

Wessells among Tiger all-district honorees

Campbell Wessels was among nine Spencer Tigers recognized with Class 4A all-district football honors after winning the district outright for the first time in more than a quarter century. Wessells offensively led the team in receiving with 10 catches for 319 yards, averaging more than 30 yards a catch and two touchdowns; and rushed 30 times for 154 yards and one touchdown. (Photo by Sondra Hookfin)

Tigers win 1 of 2 duals to open season

DALLAS CENTER —Spencer made history on Monday night when they competed in the first sanctioned meet of the Iowa girls wrestling season.

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