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Gridiron Glance — Week 3

Spencer Tigers at Spirit Lake Indians

7 p.m. — Friday, Spirit Lake

After a week of tracking Webster City’s Jaxon Cherry who ran for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns, Spencer, seeking its first win against a multifaceted and top 10-ranked Spirit Lake team on the road. In their first two games, the Indians have completed 26 passes for just under 350 yards, while adding 170 on the turf.



Spencer runners both run 6th at Le Mars

BRUNSVILLE — Spencer took its coed cross-country program on the road to Le Mars, Wednesday, competing against a 13-team field at Prairie Rose Golf Course at Brunsville. Both units earned finishes in the top half of the field, each placing sixth propelled by medalist finishes from Peyton Morey, Addalyn Schoelerman and Rylei Koppie.


Sioux Central cross-country had another definitive night Tuesday, competing against a strong field on the grueling Estherville Golf Course. The varsity girls came away with the team win, finishing six points better than runner-up Algona, and medaling four of its five scoring athletes. In the boys competition, the Rebels placed three runners in the top 10, but, despite the placements, finished third as squad against the talented competition.

Loreto doubles up on NIACC

MASON CITY — The Iowa Lakes Lakers men's soccer team started out hot on the road in Mason City Wednesday where they defeated NIACC, 3-1, in the first of teams two meetings in the 2023 season.

Laker Philmour Virgo found Lander Gonzalez on a square pass across the 6-yard box for the first goal of the game, before the Titans equalized things one minute into the second half.


Just too much Jaxon Cherry.

Friday, Spencer fell to 0-2 in nondistrict play, dropping a 34-7 matchup with Webster City in the Tiger home opener at Dale Norton Field.

Cherry, one of the state’s top backfield talents proved nearly unstoppable, amassing all five of the team’s touchdowns and more than 300 yards in Webster City’s dominant ground attack.

Tiger netters split 6 at SCC

The Spencer Tiger volleyball squad played six matches at the South Central Calhoun Early Bird Tournament Saturday, finishing the day three-and-three.

Tara Hauschen, the Tigers volleyball coach, said they played “some great games against some tough teams.”

Spencer finished the day with a big win against Pocahontas to salvage the even split for the tournament. The purple and gold also scored wins against Manson-Northwest Webster and Perry.

Swimmers best Mason City in home opener

A one-two finish in the final relay event of the evening on Thursday in Spencer propelled the Tiger girls swim team to a victory over Mason City, 87-82, at the Spencer Family YMCA.

The 400-yard freestyle relay teams of Brooklyn Ferguson, Emma Storms, Lily Gross and Emily Quanbeck; and Abby O’Clair, Kamdyn Van Gelder, Autumn Wunschel and Ryonna Faulkender led Spencer to a come-from-behind win.

Rebels have no answer for Braves

SIOUX RAPIDS — Sioux Central’s attempt to start its 2023 with a 2-0 start was foiled by visiting Cherokee Friday night. The potent Brave ground ran for than 400 yards and turned a 7-0 first quarter lead into a 37-0 advantage by halftime. A pair of scores in the final periods would result in a 50-0 shutout victory for the guests.

Sioux Central runners earn top 3 placements

Sioux Central debuted its 2023 coed cross-country programs on a big stage in Okoboji on Thursday, making it known they will be a force to contend with on area courses this year, finishing near the top of the talented competition.

“I am very happy with how the first meet of the season went,” said Kelsey Miller, Sioux Central girls and boys cross-country coach. “We gave a very solid performance across the board.”

Outdoors: More about State Forest Nursery seedlings

As mentioned in a recent release, the State Forest Nursery online store for fall 2023 and spring 2024 seedling orders opened on Aug. 1. Here is additional information.

The bare-root (no container, soil root ball or moss include) seedlings are packaged in bundles of 25 inside sealed and labeled plastic bags.

Outdoors: Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel seasons open Sept. 2


The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has an abundant rabbit population, with the south-central part of the state seeing the best overall numbers. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 2 statewide.

Outdoors: Still lots of time for fishing

The passage of Labor Day weekend suggests to many people that the end of summer is near, and to some anglers, that means it’s time to put the boat and other fishing equipment into storage. Anglers who quit fishing when summer exits are missing out on what some say is the best fishing of the year. If the thought of catching fish and having the water to yourself is appealing, here’s how you can extend your fishing season.

Outdoors: Checking out our feathered friends

This time of year is such an awesome one. It is kind of a transition between summer and fall. We get some really nice 70-degree temperatures, but we also get some upper 80- to 90-degree temperatures, too. Corn fields are beginning to show some spots of brown, the prairies are beginning to change and garden produce becomes more and more abundant. The early teal season, along with the dove season have begun, as well as the squirrel and cottontail seasons.


SPIRIT LAKE — After Spencer’s opening home cross-country meet was canceled due to heat last week, the Tiger boys and girls participated in their first meet of the season hosted by Spirit Lake at Brooks Golf Course.

Tiger junior Peyton Morey picked up right where she left off in regional competition last year, recording her first win of the year, in 21:06.20, leading from start-to-finish. She defeated second place finisher Grace Woodall, of Cherokee, by just over 34 seconds.

Rebels fall to Pokey

SIOUX RAPIDS — Pocahontas Area did what it had to do to edge host Sioux Central in games one and two, scoring 29-27 and 25-21 victories in tight sets, before convincingly completing the three game sweep, 25-16, Tuesday.

Sophomore Reata Ayers facilitated the Rebel attack with 11 assists to her credit. Senior Preslie Peterson finished the night with a team high seven kills, while teammates Morgan Christian and Vivi Orenday added 12 digs and two blocks respectively.

Spencer ladies rally to down Orabs

Tuesday night, the Spencer volleyball team dropped a pair of matches in straight sets before downing Sheldon, 2-1, at the MOC-FV Tournament. The Tigers fell to the host Lady Dutch and Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

“The girls battled against some really tough teams at the MOC-FV tournament,” head coach Tara Hauschen said. “… We definitely learned a lot and continue to build from all of these early season tournaments.”

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