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Spencer faces elite competition on Sioux City track

SIOUX CITY — Saturday, with temps pushing close to 90 degrees for the first time in 2024, Spencer’s boys and girls track teams ran at the Sioux City Relays, hosted by Morningside College on the track at Olsen Stadium. Though no official team scores were kept, both of the Tigers coed programs had plenty to be proud of.

Boys improve to 6-0 on the pitch

Spencer’s boys soccer team managed to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in NWI Soccer League play, taking down unbeaten Sioux Center and a struggling West Sioux program, the Tigers move on Tuesday looking remain perfect when they host the Sheldon Orabs. Anticipated game time is 6:30 p.m.

 

SPENCER 1 (PK), SIOUX CENTER 1

Shooting 331 disappointing for Tigers

ORANGE CITY — Not their best moment. That’s the way Spencer boys golf coach Marc Bruning described the team’s performance at Landsmeer Country Club in Orange City, Saturday.

He said he was “a bit disappointed as this was our worst performance of the year as a team, but it's early, need to learn from our mistakes and I know they will be better on Monday (at its home invite).”

Rebels run first at Spencer

SPENCER — With challenging spring weather conditions, Spencer hosted its girls meet Thursday night at Dale Norton Field. Battling strong winds and sporadic rain, Sioux Central would share top placement with Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley with 96 points in an eight team field. For the second straight meet, the host Tigers would end the night in third, earning 80 points.

Rebels fourth in 14-team ELC field

ESTHERVILLE — While Spencer rested the majority of its varsity athletes Friday ahead of Saturday’s visit to the Sioux City Invitational, Sioux Central’s boys ran to a fourth place finish in a talented 14-team field, scoring 33 points.

Owen Mills was responsible for the Rebels top placement in the 400 hurdles, leading the field with a 1:01.42. Lucos Wernimont added a second in the 800.

Wildman: Played our best round of the year

ALTA — Sioux Central coach Chris Wildeman said the Rebels road match at Alta-Aurelia was Thursday was a good sign for the boys golf team.

Wildeman said the squad “played our best round of the year. Hope we continue to build on this round.”

Sioux Central posted a 185, led by Carter Smith’s 44. Other scoring rounds were turned in by Jacob Gunderson, 45; Boden Bright, 46; and Reid Anderson, 50.

Wildeman called the 185 a “good team effort.”

AND THE WIINER IS …

Kade Muilenburg was the winner of the Spencer Reporter/Veteran Roofing NCAA Bracket Challenge. He received the grand prize of $500, presented to him by representatives from Veteran Roofing. (Above) Chad Wuebker, Muilenburg, Jason Roberts and Jesse Yeager. (Photo submitted)

Laker softball sweeps Hawks

The Iowa Lakes Community College softball team swept Northeast Community College. The Lakers combined for 24 hits in the two games, winning the first game 12-8 and the second game 16-3 in five innings. The Lakers are now 13-23 overall and 4-12 in conference play.

 

GAME 1: IOWA LAKES 12, NORTHEAST 8

‘LET’S GET READY TO SCRUM-BLE!’

Look to hear more terms like “scrum,” “try” and “conversions” around town. And we were just getting the soccer lingo down.

A local effort by Spencer High School No Boundaries student participants and Rugby enthusiasts has resulted in the establishment and formation of both a boys and girls club based in Spencer.

Indians double up on SHS tennis ladies

SPIRIT LAKE — According to Spencer coach Bob Schlaeger, mindset had as much to do with the Tiger girls tennis loss to traditional Lakes Conference powerhouse Spirit Lake-Okoboji Monday evening, as did the Indians’ play. The home squad downed Spencer, 6-3.

“We played not to lose,” Schlaeger said, diagnosing the loss. “Our approach to the game gave it to them before we even played.”

Tiger girls roll 10-0

ROCK VALLEY — A dominant performance.

The only way to describe Spencer’s 10-0 drubbing of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley on the Nighthawks home pitch Monday night.

Leading the domination, junior Addison Hoben who unloaded for seven goals, to go with one assist — making her responsible for 80% of the team’s scoring production. She finished the game with 11 shots on goal and added to her team leading goal count of 13 through five games.

33-stroke win for SHS girls

SPENCER — Spencer’s girls took full advantage of home course familiarity, downing guest Spirit Lake by 33 strokes — 191-224 — at the Spencer Golf & Country Club Tuesday afternoon. The win allowed Spencer to improve to 2-0.

Kelsi Hansen edged Tiger teammate Meredith Baker, 46-47, for medalist and runner-up options in the win. All six Spencer golfers finished within 7 strokes of one another.

RUNNING WILD

LE MARS — Spencer owned the track Monday night in Le Mars, winning 12 of 19 events — including six relays — as they ran away from the competition Monday night at the Schilling Invitational.

“Thank God through Jesus Christ for another day of track and his endless blessings,” Tiger coach Wilson Hookfin said. “We won the meet.

SL-O boys dominant in win at Riverview

SPENCER — Spirit Lake-Okoboji flexed its Lakes Conference tennis muscles Monday, taking a convincing 8-1 match on Spencer’s Riverview Courts.

“It was a tough meet tonight versus conference favorites SL-O,” Spencer boys tennis coach Joe Steele admitted.

He applauded the effort turned in by his largely youthful, and tired, squad.

A perfect 4-0 to start season

SPENCER — A 5-0 score on the board greeted the Spencer Tiger boys Monday night as they shutout Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at the Spencer Soccer Complex. The game’s final horn was a welcomed sound for the home team, offering a couple days rest from live action.

“We could tell early on fatigue was going to factor into the match after the many minutes played over the weekend,” Tiger coach Jesse Kuehler said, “but the boys played our game and got out with the result.

Stanley, Beehler lead the way in links win

SPIRIT LAKE — AJ Stanley, Easton Beehler, Trevor Cooke and Tyler Storey treated Spirit Lake’s Brooks Golf Course like it was home Tuesday. Stanley medaled, Beehler finished runner-up — both with rounds of 38; while Cooke and Storey finished close behind with 39s for Spencer. The course mastery resulted in a 17-stroke road win, 154-171.

Marc Bruning, Tiger head coach acknowledged it was “another very solid outing by our guys.

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