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Rebels cruise to 10th straight win

The Sioux Central Rebels softball team has won 10 consecutive games and 15 of their last 16 contests. The team dominated three opponents to start their final week of the season, downing Alta-Aurelia 14-3. They proceeded to dominate South O’Brien 14-4 before shutting out Woodbury Central 10-0 for their 23rd win of the season.

Rebels split games to start final week

Sioux Central split their games to begin the week. The Rebels currently sit at 9-12 and will prepare for postseason play beginning this Saturday. The team will travel to Okoboji High School in Milford to face off with the Emmetsburg E-Hawks at 5 p.m.



Race Results: Midwest Madness Tour 2023

Monday — Clay County Fair Speedway




SPENCER — The whole state of Iowa was introduced to Spencer’s Addison Hoben during her sophomore season. She's still got two more years of playing high school soccer, and she just won the Des Moines Register All-Iowa Player of the Year award. Hoben led the entire state of Iowa with 64 goals and 151 points, helping lead the Tigers to the 2A state quarterfinal. She had 19 more goals than second-place Grace Gaarde of Regina Catholic, who found the back of the net 45 times this season.

3 girls represent Spencer at 2023 AAU Scholastic Duals

ORLANDO, Fla. — Three Spencer girls wrestlers traveled south to Orlando to compete in the 2023 AAU Scholastic Girls Wrestling Duals. Kaylee Nachtigal, Shaylee Sutherland and Kiara Ruiz showed wrestlers from all across the nation what to expect when you face a Spencer Tigers girls wrestler. The trio combined for a record of 25-3 in the tournament. All three of them earned All-American honors in the tournament.

Tigers dominate Le Mars, lose to Newell-Fonda

Spencer hosted Newell-Fonda and Le Mars in their annual Spencer Softball Tournament over the weekend. The girls dominated Le Mars, 10-0, before losing to the Mustangs, 11-0.

“I’m proud of the team so far this year as they have fought through a lot of injuries and changes this year,” head coach Tara Hauschen said. “I'll be excited for the next few games to see them continue to fight against good teams.”



Spencer loses close one to Humboldt

SPENCER — The Tigers hosted Humboldt on Thursday in Spencer, losing the lead late in the seventh inning, allowing the Wildcats to defeat Spencer 8-5. Humboldt plated two runs in the sixth inning, before adding four more in the seventh to steal the win. Spencer had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the inning, but would be unsuccessful.

Tigers grab wins over Indians, Knights

Spencer picked up two huge victories to end the week against Pocahontas Area and Kuemper-Catholic. The Tigers held on to defeat both opponents for their fourth straight victory, and sixth win in their last seven games.

"I'm very pleased with how the team is finding ways to win," head coach Brian Dirkx said. "It isn't always pretty offensively or defensively, but the boys know how to compete. They simply refuse to give up when they are down."



Sioux Central has been blazing hot as of late, winning 12 of their last 13 games. The girls are currently sitting at 20-5, defeating Newell-Fonda, GTRA and Okoboji to end the week.



Rebels dominated by Mustangs, Jays

The Rebel offense was shut down in their two games to end the week. The team would combine for just three total hits in both losses. The team dropped its contests to Newell-Fonda and Le Mars Gehlen Catholic to fall to 8-10 on the season.



2023 IGHSAU softball region brackets announced

The 2023 Iowa high school softball regional pairings were announced on Friday. Let’s take a look at Spencer's and Sioux Central’s postseason matchups scheduled for next week.



Outdoors: Major restoration efforts to improve Black Hawk Lake nearing completion

A second and final season of dredging on Black Hawk Lake, located in Sac County, is scheduled to end the week of June 18. An additional two to three weeks of site clean-up and contractor demobilization will follow the dredging work.

Outdoors: Swimmers itch showing up, right on schedule

Swimmer’s itch is starting to make its presence known in many of Iowa’s natural lakes in north central and northwest Iowa.

Outdoors: Targeting explosive largemouths

It’s been several years since I started using artificial frogs for largemouth bass. Before that, friends and I had used live frogs as catfish bait and I never liked it that much. I didn’t enjoy putting a live frog on a hook and offering it to a hungry catfish. At some point, no matter how effective the frogs were for catfish, I decided “no more.” I’ll find another way to catch 'em.

Outdoors: Weather model forecasts bump in Iowa pheasant population

Favorable winter and spring weather across much of Iowa is expected to benefit pheasant hunters this fall.

Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said each summer, the DNR uses a model based on winter and spring weather conditions, previous weather data and more than 50 years of pheasant roadside population surveys to predict pheasant population trends for the fall.

Outdoors: Parsons coming to Okoboji Blue Water Festival

The final piece of the puzzle for the Okoboji Blue Water Festival has been finalized with the professional walleye tournament angler, Chase Parsons agreeing to host the 10 a.m. fishing seminar on Saturday, Aug. 12.

OBWF co-chair Greg Drees shares his excitement about the addition of Parsons to the speaker lineup.

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