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Spencer boys run strong at Tornado Invite

STORM LAKE — Winning four relays and adding another individual top finish to go with four runner-up efforts, the Spencer boys placed just behind Le Mars at the Storm Lake Invitational Monday, finishing 140-125.

Wilson Hookfin, Tigers head coach said the “kids competed well. We had some PRs in some relays — the 4x400 and the sprint medley. Both races will need to get faster in order to compete at state in those events but we are headed in the right direction.”

‘Bounce back win’

CHEROKEE — The first of three matches this week against Lakes Conference foes saw Spencer roll the Braves 8-1 on Cherokee’s home courts Monday, claiming victory in all but one singles match.

“This was a nice bounce back win after losing at Spirit Lake-Okoboji last week,” Joe Steele said. “I’m not sure we played our best tennis of the year, but we are certainly happy to get back into the win column.

McCusker, Mosher team for 2 goals, down UC

SPENCER — Spencer ran its mark to six straight against Unity Christian, recording a 3-1 boys NW IA Soccer League win at home Monday over the Knights.

Talented field greet Rebel boys, girls

Monday, Sioux Central’s boys and girls golf teams traveled to two different sites, where they competed in their respective 18-hole Twin Lakes Conference tournaments.

The boys played at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, shooting a 395 as a team, to finish a stroke ahead of 11th place Pocahontas Area. Emmetsburg would claim the 18-hole conference crown with a 327 with Alta-Aurelia finishing runner-up, 332.

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Gastelum, Graettinger record lone tennis wins

SPENCER — The Riverview Tennis Courts witnessed a measure of vengeance Thursday, a day after the Spencer girls edged Spirit Lake-Okoboji for a share of the Lakes Conference team tournament co-championship on the same courts. The Indians would claim the Lakes Conference dual, 7-2.

Julia Gastelum’s, the No. 2 singles Lakes champion, needed a 7-1 tie-break to end a marathon 10-10 match with Spirit Lake’s Izzie Wycoff.

High scoring SHS office shutdown in Urbandale

URBANDALE — After a six-game run where the Tigers rolled up 55 points, while allowing just one goal, they found the going a bit tougher Friday and Saturday at the DCG/Urbandale Classic where they lost to West Des Moines Valley 2-0 and then to Norwalk 6-0. (Above) Tiger Faith Staedtler pushes the ball up the field against Spirit Lake earlier this season. (File photo)

Baker medalist effort leads girls to 18-0

STORM LAKE — Coach Nate Wendt’s girls topped both Estherville Lincoln Central and Storm Lake Thursday on the Tornadoes home course, but only the win against the hosts counted. The Midgets participated against Storm Lake only, and will face the Tigers Tuesday in a Lakes Conference dual.

Drake Relays see marked Tiger improvement

DES MOINES — Spencer had four relays — three boys teams and one girls team — qualify to participate at the elite Drake Relays in Des Moines over the weekend. Although not qualifying for the finals in any event either Friday or Saturday, they battled their preliminary opponents and repeated weather delays to improve on their qualifying placement.

SL-O tops Tigers, 7-2

SPIRIT LAKE — A day after finishing runner-up to Lakes Conference Tournament Champion Spirit Lake-Okoboji on Wednesday, the Spencer boys would travel to the Indians home court, where they would fall 7-2 Thursday.

Tiger coach Joe Steele said, “It was a difficult meet under tough conditions tonight.

Two second-half goals lead to loss

HULL — No. 3 Western Christian put the first blemish on No. 8 Spencer’s perfect season, defeating the Tigers 3-1, powered by two second half unanswered goals, Thursday, on the Wolfpack’s home field.

The victory also snapped Spencer’s three-game win streak over WC.

“It was a roller coaster of a game for us,” Tiger coach Jesse Kuehler said. “We had some very good moments in the match, we moved the ball quickly and put ourselves in dangerous spots. …”

Two strokes decide WC Invite

SIOUX CENTER — Two strokes separated Spencer and host Western Christian at the top of the Wolfpack’s invitational Tuesday at The Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center Tuesday. The Tigers would best the hosts, 323-325, taking the title.

Spencer Coach Marc Bruning said he was “very happy with the Invite win. Kids battled some tough elements on a very tough golf course, and handled themselves very well.”

Sioux Central golf results

SIOUX CENTRAL GIRLS DUAL

Monday, April 22 — Little Sioux Golf & Country Club, Sioux Rapids

Team Scores

1. Sioux Central, 218; 2. GT/RA, 230

Individual Scoring

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