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Tiger girls fall to Wolverines in second half

SPENCER — After falling behind 17-5 in the first period, the Spencer Tigers would bounce back with 17 of their own in the second frame, limiting 14th-ranked Sioux City West to just eight, trailing the Wolverines just 25-22 at the break. But the second half went to the visitors in convincing fashion, 34-11, resulting in a 26-point loss, 59-33.

“I thought we played pretty well the first half on both ends of the floor,” Tiger head coach Matt Stevenson said.

Boys drop pair to wrap week

Spencer’s boys continued its brutal end of season basketball schedule with back-to-back losses, Thursday and Friday, at home against Sioux City West and on the road at Le Mars. The 6-13 Tigers will conclude regular season play with two more back-to-back games, Monday and Tuesday, against 13-6 Algona and Sioux City North, 5-14.

 

Middle quarters the difference

SIOUX RAPIDS — Hinton used a 25-point third quarter to open up an otherwise close game in Sioux Rapids, while holding Sioux Central to just 15 in the same 10-minute time frame, en route to a 70-55 victory to close out regular season play.

The Rebels would lead by a single point after the first period, but the Backhawks would create some space, taking a 33-27 lead into the intermission.

Laker men keep hot streak rolling

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team moved to 20-5 overall on the season and 11-3 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play with a 89-66 win over Western Iowa Tech, and an 81-64 victory against No. 7 Kirkwood.

Against Western Iowa Tech, Wednesday, the Lakers were led by Jaedan Jefferson with 25 points. Kai Evans chipped in with 22 points, and Sam West added 10 points.

Western Iowa Tech was led by Jailyn Spears with 23 points.

Rebels use 29-point third to double up Spencer

SIOUX RAPIDS — Avery Wilson and Bradi Krager combined for 41 — 21 and 20 respectively — to pace the No. 4 Sioux Central in its 69-34 home over the Spencer Tigers. The Rebels had two quarters, including the opening frame, where they produced 20 or more points.

Spencer boys top Rebels on the road

SIOUX RAPIDS — Two neighboring school districts met for non-district boys basketball action Tuesday evening in Sioux Rapids. A quick start by the Spencer Tigers allowed the visitors to hold off the Sioux Central Rebels, who outscored them in the final three quarters, for a 60-50 win. A 22-7 first quarter run resulted in the 10-point victory.

Sioux Central boys keep HMS winless

HARTLEY — Monday night, Sioux Central established a convincing halftime advantage and cruised to a 21-point, 67-46, win in boys basketball action on the road in Hartley. Four Rebels scored in double figures, accounting for all but 8 of the teams total points.

“We did nice job of jumping out early and starting the game on a 14-0 run to set the tone right away,” Sioux Central coach Stephen Tjaden said.

3X Champ: Huckfelt finishes high school career on 112-pin run, Sutherland runner-up

CORALVILLE — Make it three straight.

Spencer senior Olivia Huckfelt completed her high school wrestling campaign in Coralville Friday night with a 235-pound championship and 45-0 record for the year, finishing with 121 career wins, all by fall. Her last, and only career loss, came in the state title match her senior year, making this year’s title match that much sweeter.

Spencer drop pair to end week

Back-to-back games to close out the week saw the Spencer girls basketball drop to 1-18 with two losses. (Above) Tiger senior Aubrie Stell drives by Storm Lake’s Grace Kenkel Friday night in the Field House. Spencer fell to the Tornadoes 56-34 and dropped a 51-46 game at South Central Calhoun, 51-46, despite having led the Titans 24-15 at halftime. (Photo Sondra Hookfin)

Boys drop 9 of last 10

(Right) Tyler Storey, a Spencer senior, released a jump shot attempt over Storm Lake’s Justin Guynn Friday night in the Field House, scoring a 63-61 victory over the Tornadoes, despite giving up 41 points in the second half. It marked the Tigers lone win in a 10-game span. Saturday night, they would suffer loss No. 9 on the road to the South Central Calhoun Titans, 59-53. Spencer fell to 5-11 following the nonconference loss, while SSC improved to 15-4.

Best efforts leave Tigers short of state berths

MASON CITY — Spencer’s boys swim team found itself shut out of any state tournament qualifying times Saturday at the District Meet in Mason City, but the tough competition and speedy pool allowed the Tigers some positive outcomes nonetheless.

“All of our swimmers cut time in one or more events and had a great showing at the District Meet finishing in firth place overall,” coach Amie Lawrence said.

Continued dominance

For the fifth time in seven games, the Sioux Central girls held their opponent under 30 points in basketball action, while scoring an average of 66 points a game during the same span. They continue to climb the ranks, with a 18-1 mark, jumping from five to four in the Class 2A field, ahead of Regional play beginning Feb. 13.

 

Rebel boys stumble against No. 5 SOB

Sioux Central’s boys finished back-to-back basketball games 6-11 overall and 5-6 in Twin Lakes play after dropping a pair of games to close out the week, falling to fifth-ranked South O’Brien at home, and suffering a close loss to Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on the road. The Rebels will host Spencer Tuesday night, in a three-game week, following the conclusion of the girl’s game. They are scheduled to face winless Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Monday night.

 

Laker men knock off No. 3 DMACC

ESTHERVILLE — Ranked 17th, the Iowa Lakes men's basketball pulled off the upset Saturday after in the team’s home gym, downing third-ranked DMACC, 85-74, to improve to 18-5 overall and 9-3 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play.

"I am really proud of our effort tonight,” said Iowa Lakes coach Jason McKinney. “We had great life and energy and we played together both on both ends of the floor.”

Outdoors: Iowa State Parks and Forests seek help for summer 2024

The Department of Natural Resources Parks, Forests and Preserves Bureau has openings for recreational aides and seasonal patrol officers across the state park system for the summer 2024 season.

Outdoors: Punxsutawney Phil makes decision: Now what?

Well, the word is out … Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow last Friday morning (Feb. 2), and it’s going to be an early spring! Well, at least that’s what Phil says.

The groundhog predictions have been going since 1887, and every year, we anticipate Phil’s verdict! Although the accuracy of the forecast is not the greatest, people can still hardly wait to see if we have six more weeks of winter or not.

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