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Midgets too much for young Rebels

SIOUX RAPIDS — Owen Mills’ 14 points accounted for half of Sioux Central’s output as the Rebels opened their 2023 season with a 69-28 home loss to Estherville. The Midgets improved to 2-0 on the season while the hosts started out 0-1.

“I thought we came out with good energy but were unable to maintain it throughout the game,” Sioux Central coach Stephen Tjaden said. “It looked at times like we were trying to do a little too much and that led to some live ball turnovers.”

IHSAA makes basketball rule changes

The Iowa High School Athletic Association introduced four new rule changes for the 2023-24 high school basketball season — two of which involve free throws — as fouls by quarter and shot clock modifications.

Tigers, Rebels battle state's top tallent

FORT DODGE — Both Spencer and Sioux Central’s girls were among the participants in the East vs. West team duals Tuesday in Fort Dodge. Hosted by Iowa Central Community College, teams from across the state gathered to take on the Hawkeye State’s top talent. There were several highly ranked teams from across the state competing.

Both Sioux Central and Spencer would finish the day 2-4. The Tigers surrendering multiple open weight classes.

Rough start: Le Mars hands Tigers second big loss of season

For the second straight game to start the season, Spencer’s girls basketball team found itself in a massive first quarter crater from which they were ever able to climb out of in a 74-29 loss to No. 10 Le Mars at the Spencer field house Tuesday night. The Tigers fell 73-22 to open the season against powerhouse Ankeny at home Saturday.

“Le Mars had too much pressure for us to handle,” Spencer coach Matt Stevenson admitted. “We hit the panic button early and couldn't recover.”

Chapman gets first look at SHS boys in action

SIOUX CITY — Spencer boys swim team had a chance to dip their toes into the competition pool Tuesday, traveling to Sioux City for a pentathlon with Sioux City West. Despite the Black Raiders dominance in the pool — the Tigers best finish was an eighth place by Ethan Weston in the 50-yard breaststroke. The meet had four multistyle 50-yard events and the 100-yard individual medley.

Krager leads Rebels to 2 big wins

Sioux Central girls basketball, No. 12 in the Class 2A preseason poll, launched its 2023-24 campaign with a par of convincing victories against regional opponents Manson-Northwest Webster and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on back-to-back nights to start the week. Bradi Krager propelled her teammates with a combined 51 points in the Monday and Tuesday night wins.


Iowa Lakes women 1-1 at Emerson Classic

Iowa Lakes’ Jazlin King (above) and Arianna Smith (below) were among the Lakers competing at the Emerson Classic last weekend. The Lakers went 1-1, falling to No. 11 Rock Valley, 52-80, on Friday. They were led by La’Nya Burnside with 10 points. On Saturday the Lakers defeated Lewis & Clark, 74-57, and were led by Jordyn Stokes with 21, and teammate Paige Martin added 10 points. (Photos submitted)

2 Iowa Lakes volleyball players earn postseason honors

ESTHERVILLE — Two Iowa Lakes Community College women's volleyball athletes were named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division II Women's Volleyball All-Region teams.

Morgan Wigg and Makenzie Uribe were both name ICCAC Region 11 All-Region Honorable Mention

Lakers move to 6-2 with 3 wins

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team moved to 6-2 on the season with a 107-78 win over Northwestern’s JV Monday night.

The Lakers were led by Kai Evans with 20 points, Jaedan Jefferson with 17, Sam West’s 16 and Benard Omooria tallied 11.

Northwestern was led by Will Pool with 18 points.

Iowa Lakes picked up a pair of victories in Marshalltown this weekend.

The first was a 62-59 win over Bryant and Stratton, of Wisconsin.

Lakers reach top of the mountain

TUSCON, Ariz. — Champions.

That’s the word the Iowa Lakes men’s soccer team can call themselves after claiming the NJCAA Division II Soccer title Saturday night in dramatic fashion, winning a 5-3 shootout following a scoreless double-overtime affair with Phoenix College in front of a locally partisan crowd.

Depleted Tigers earn third at Ridge View

HOLSTEIN — Despite a five wrestler shortage, due to injury and illness, the 11th-ranked Spencer Tiger girls wrestling team scored a third place finish at the Ridge View Invite Saturday, powered by four weight champions and a runner-up placement.

“Ridgeview is a very competitive tournament with 20-plus teams in it,” Tiger coach Dave Storm said. “… There was only six points between first place, and third place in the team race.”

Williams, Ankeny too much for inexperienced Tigers

Spencer girls basketball welcomed powerhouse Ankeny into the field house Saturday afternoon for the Tigers’ season opener. The Hawks formidable offense and defense put 70-plus on the scoreboard while limiting the host team to single digits in each quarter, for the 73-22 win.

“Obviously Ankeny is a real deal 5A basketball team, we were well aware of that going into that game,” Spencer coach Matt Stephenson said.

Spencer boys showcase hoop skills

The Spencer boys basketball team hosted a Meet the Team night Friday in the field house where the Tigers participated in skills drills, a 3-point shootout and an inter-squad scrimmage. The coaches also got in the action as head coach Kory Petzenhauser demonstrated “bent wrist” form, taking an opportunity to shoot from the floor. (Above) Cael Bruning claimed the crown in the 3-point competition, and Dalton Flikkema drove for a basket in the scrimmage. (Photos by Sondra Hookfin)

Rebels in middle of home invite

SIOUX RAPIDS — Friday, the Rebels hosted the Sioux Central Girls Invitational in Sioux Rapids. The home team placed fourth among seven teams. Makala Zeka led the way with an individual title at 125 pounds, finishing 3-0 on the night

Outdoors: Phosphorus role in poor water quality

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all life, but too much of it can have a devastating impact on water quality. When phosphorus levels in a water body are too high, it can lead to a process called eutrophication. Eutrophication is the overgrowth of blue green algae and other aquatic plants, which can deplete oxygen levels in the water and make it uninhabitable for fish and other aquatic life.

Outdoors: Iowa DNR to host virtual public meeting on CWD

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a virtual public meeting to update the public on statewide chronic wasting disease surveillance and management efforts.

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