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Outdoors: Spirit Lake Protective Association receives major conservation award

The Spirit Lake Protective Association received a major award at the Minnesota State Chapter Leadership Convention held Jan. 19-20 in Willmar, Minnesota.

Spencer boys fall on back-to-back nights

STORM LAKE — A tough stretch of road games continued for the Spencer Tiger boys basketball continued to start the week as the season’s first matchup against Storm Lake resulted in a 71-62 loss Monday night.

Solid effort earns Tiger's first win

Tuesday night, Spencer’s girls earned their first basketball win of the season, after an 0-16 start, defeating Denison-Schleswig, 54-46, on the road. A large percentage of the losses have come against ranked teams in a loaded, brutal schedule.

“Obviously it's a big weight off of our shoulders to get our first win,” said Matt Stevenson, Spencer head coach. “Our kids have grinded all season, playing against many of the top teams in the state, so they deserve this more than anyone.”

Sioux Central girls jump a spot to No. 4

Sioux Central’s girls maintained the team’s No. 5 ranking by sweeping Southeast Valley and Storm Lake St. Mary’s on back-to-back nights to launch their four games in five days schedule. The Rebels are now 16-1 overall, and 9-1 in Twin Lakes Conference play — their lone loss on the season coming at the hands of TLC leader Newell-Fonda.

 

Rebel boys pick up a pair on the road

Sioux Central boys basketball program improved to 6-9 overall and evened their Twin Lakes record at 5-5, narrowly defeating Southeast Valley, Monday, and dominating winless Storm Lake St. Mary’s.

 

GOWRIE — Despite a slow start, the Sioux Central squad held on for a narrow road win at Southeast Valley, 62-59, Monday, behind Jack Christian’s 15 points — all on 3-point shots.

Laker men upset seventh-ranked Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH — The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team improved to 17-5 overall and 8-3 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play with a 93-88 road win over seventh-ranked Ellsworth.

There were no stats available after their game.

Tigers to be represented with 6 at state tourney

SIOUX CITY — Six Spencer Tiger girls and two Sioux Central Rebels were among the wrestlers to qualify for the girls state tournament after competing Friday at the Regional 2 qualifying event in Sioux City. The tournament will get underway Thursday with opening round action beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing through Friday at the Xtream Arena in Coralville.

Lakes Conference Champs ... again

SPENCER — Twelve Spencer Tigers competed among the 14 bracket finals, producing six champions and six runner-up finishes Thursday night, allowing the host team to claim another Lakes Conference Tournament championship. Spencer defeated second place Estherville Lincoln Central by 51 points, 285-234.

"I'm proud of the team, the effort they gave tonight was on another level,” Tiger assistant coach Dave Doebel said.

Lady hoopsters face another ranked team

SPIRIT LAKE — Spencer’s girls basketball program will have to look toward next week for its first win of the season after falling to 12th-ranked Spirit Lake, 57-30 in the Indians home gym Thursday. Now 0-15 overall — 0-6 in Lakes Conference play.

“We played pretty well outside of the third quarter, especially on the defensive end,” said Matt Stevenson, Spencer coach. “Addison Hoben did a really nice job on making things difficult for their leading scorer in Claire Turner.”

Miller breaks own school mark … again

CARROLL — Ahead of the area District Meet, Spencer boys swim team competed against one of regions top teams, Carroll, in its home pool. Atlantic joined the three-team meet. The Tiger boys would return home 1-1 on the night, falling to the host school — which won nine events — 63-31; and edging Atlantic, 54-40. Carroll would dominate Atlantic to the tune of 70-24.

Spencer boys show improvement against Lakes leaders

SPIRIT LAKE — Spencer would produce 19 first quarter points on the board to enjoy a one basket lead after the first 10 minutes of Lakes Conference boys basketball action Thursday night on the road. The Indians would outscore the Tigers 32-23 in the middle quarters on their home floor to push them to a 66-59 win.

“It was another really tough Lakes Conference road test, especially with it being the third game in four days for us this week,” Spencer coach Korey Petzenhauser said.

No. 5 Rebels roll 70-24 on the road

EAST SAC — A stifling defense and a strong effort by Sioux Central’s girls basketball team, led by a 24-point effort from Bradi Krager, and 21 from Avery Wilson on the offensive end, resulted in a 70-24 road win at East Sac County Friday night. The win allowed the No. 5 Rebels to improve to 14-1 on the season.

Sioux Central boys fall at East Sac

EAST SAC — Four players proved too much for the Sioux Central boys basketball team Friday night on the road as East Sac County bested the Rebels 71-46.

“We got off to a slow start tonight with some early turnovers that led to some transition opportunities for them,” said Stephen Tjaden, Rebel coach. “Once we settled in I thought we put a good stretch together to get the game within striking distance.

Outdoors: Missouri and Big Sioux rivers paddlefish fishing season opens Feb. 1

The paddlefish snagging season on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers opens Feb. 1 and goes through April 30 (sunrise to sunset).

Anglers fishing for paddlefish must have a valid Iowa fishing license, along with a special paddlefish license and unused transportation tag(s).

Outdoors: Number of donors to the Chickadee Tax Check-off continues to decline

Last year, more than 5,800 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form.

While that may sound like a lot, over the last 20 years, the number of donors has declined by 50% and represents only about 0.4% of the total taxpayers in Iowa.

Outdoors: Using the essentials

People who like to fish have to make some decisions before they even get on the water. First, when and where? Most of us have to fit fishing in between other activities, and depending on where you live, there can be lots of places to go fishing.

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