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Laker softball earn home split with Hawkeye

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes Community College softball team went 1-1 on the day against Hawkeye Community College over the weekend. The Lakers lost the first game, 18-5, and won game two, 5-2. The Lakers are now 11-19 overall and 2-8 in conference play.


GAME 1: Hawkeye 18, Iowa Lakes 5

Spencer gymnasts compete at state with GK Storm

The GK Storm Gymnasts — based out of Storm Lake and including Spencer athletes — competed at the Iowa State Meet at the TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf, March 22-24. The four Spencer athletes include: (above) Maja Edmonds, Kahlie Genson, Caitlyn Barr and Adlee Erdman. (Below) The GK Storm Gymnastics team includes the Spencer gymnasts and others are from surrounding towns. Barr will be moving on to Regionals, April 19-21, at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids.

10 wins recorded in road victory

FORT DODGE — Debuting on the road against Fort Dodge, Spencer’s girls claimed 10 of 11 matches, and 125 of 153 games played, for their first win of the young season, Thursday.

“A good start to our season,” said Bob Schlaeger, Tiger girls head.

“Saw some good things that we have been working on, also knocked some rust off,” he added. “As a team, we will build upon this win and try to peak towards the end of the season.”

Soccer girls split 2 at TJ Invite

The Tigers finished the week with a 2-2 mark in girls soccer action after falling to Heelan, the third-ranked team in 1A, Thursday evening; and heading to Council Bluffs for the Thomas Jefferson Invite where they finished 1-1 Saturday.



Tiger ladies 13 stokes better than Braves

CHEROKEE — The Spencer girls hit the road Thursday, battling wind and a difficult nine-hole course to best Cherokee, the home team, 223-210, in Lakes Conference golf action.

“The girls battled hard,” said Nate Wendt, Spencer head coach. “The course is one of the most difficult that we play because of the hills and a few forced carry shots over water.

SHS boys swept by SB-L, FD tennis teams

SPENCER — Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Fort Dodge traveled to Spencer Tuesday to face the Tigers at the Riverview Tennis Courts. The Warriors and Dodgers walked away with wins over the hosts, scoring 9-0 and 6-3 respectively on the road.

“Although we finished with two losses today,” Spencer coach Joe Steele said. “I’m not disappointed with the way we played. I thought we were improved tonight compared to Monday's win and I'm happy with the way our skills are trending.

Mason City event offers tough tennis field

MASON CITY — “It was a tough day all around on Saturday, starting with the wind,” Spencer boys tennis coach Joe Steele said. “With sustained winds in the 30 mph range and gusts even higher, we were playing in extremely difficult conditions in addition to extremely good opponents. At points Saturday afternoon, our focus became less about tennis and more about competing through adversity.”

The Tigers would fall to both Decorah and Waverly by 9-0 counts at the Mason City Tournament.

3-0 to start

Sophomore Cayden Brewer carries the ball up the field for Spencer against Norwalk, Friday on the Warriors home field, earning the 2-1 win. Trailing Norwalk 1-0 at the half, goals by Iain MacRae and William Frehse would propel Spencer to the win. Romeo Alvarez would provide an assist. The Tigers would duplicate the winning score against Denison-Schleswig Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Doring, Cooke finish 1-2 in SHS win

SPENCER — Now 3-0, the Spencer boys golf squad downed Cherokee by 29 strokes in its Lakes Conference golf opener against Cherokee at the Spencer Golf & Country Club Thursday.

Behind a medalist and runner-up finish from Reid Doring and Trevor Cooke, the Tigers downed the Braves, 155-184. Doring recorded a 36 while Cooke finished with 38.

SHS coach Marc Bruning said he was “just very pleased with continued consistency one through six.

Tiger boys claim Cherokee title

CHEROKEE — The Spencer Tiger boys delivered a dominant performance at the Lynn Jolly Coed Relays, in Cherokee, Thursday, besting a field of 12 with 148 points, pulling away from runner-up Okoboji which finished with 125.5. The purple-and-gold placed first in for relays — 4x800, shuttle hurdle, 4x200 and 4x100; while claiming the gold in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles.

Rebels drop links opener in Emmetsburg

EMMETSBURG — A 50-stroke loss to Emmetsburg, Thursday, wasn’t exactly how the Sioux Central boys golf team was hoping to begin its 2024 season. The E-Hawks took full advantage of its familiarity with Five Island Golf Course in a 159-209 win.

“Our scores were not quite what I was hoping for,” Rebel coach Chris Wildeman said. “Emmetsburg has a really good team and I think that intimidated us a little bit. Hopefully as we get more rounds in our scores will come down.”

Outdoors: Review safe hunting practices ahead of spring turkey season

Roughly 35,000 camo-covered hunters in stealth mode will be heading to the timber in the next few weeks for Iowa’s spring turkey season. And, just as important as contacting the landowner, checking the shell supply and finding the decoys, part of every hunt prep is to review safe hunting practices.

Outdoors: Reminder of important navigation laws

Usually, ice is still lingering on the lakes here in northwest Iowa at the time I am writing this for the Spring OPA Newsletter. But this time, there are boats out on the water looking for the hot panfish bite and docks are even going in. I believe I have heard that people have been referring this last winter as the “Lost Winter of 2024.”

Outdoors: Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are currently conducting their annual nighttime spring spotlight surveys across the state, collecting information on Iowa’s deer and furbearer populations.

Outdoors: Changes occurring in fishing

As we go through life, many of us change the way we do things. We find a better way, or sometimes just a different way of performing some tasks. In the past several decades, many changes have taken place in the fishing world. Following are some of those changes.

In walleye country about 30 years ago, the big deal when it came to boats was an 18-foot aluminum boat and a 50-horsepower motor with tiller steering. This rig provided lots of room and outstanding trolling control.

Outdoors: Getting lakes ready for spring

Well, it looks as if our weather is now going to become a little more consistent with daytime temperatures in the 50s to 60s, which I am sure the dock and hoist setters have been waiting for. After all, on the conservative side, there are over 3,300 docks and over 8,700 hoists on the Iowa Great Lakes chain of lakes. The dock and hoist workers definitely need the time.

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