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Offensive struggles plague Spencer boys

Bats fell silent for the Spencer boys on the road this week, producing just a trio of hits in one game, and being held hitless in another on back-to-back nights Tuesday and Wednesday, falling to 5-3 in early season, nonconference play. for a pair of games.



SIOUX CENTER — Tiger seniors Kade Johnson and Ashton VerSteeg accounted for all of Spencer’s offense at Sioux Center, in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss.


Sioux Central’s girls remain perfect, picking up two more wins to start the week, dropping winless Manson-NW Webster, 20-6, in front of the Cougars home fans, Tuesday; before returning home for a 9-4 decision over Southeast Valley, Wednesday.



Outdoors: Trap, sporting clays and skeet championship preview

Iowa’s youth shooting sports athletes are preparing for several upcoming state championship events. More than 3,300 Iowa shooting sports athletes will participate in the 2024 Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program Championship Events held throughout June.

Outdoors: After years of cloudy conditions, the Trout Run project aims for a brighter future

A new phase of watershed project work has begun in Decorah with the approval of the Trout Run Watershed Plan. The Trout Run and Siewers Spring project, funded by EPA Section 319 grants, is a collaboration between the DNR 319 Program and DNR Fisheries. The project aims to provide increased technical assistance and cost-share for soil health and water quality practices for farmers and landowners in the watershed.

Outdoors: Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed update

The battle to fight invasive species in the Iowa Great Lakes continues to consume a lot of staff time and resources for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and local partners. Our recent skirmishes with Eurasian watermilfoil in the East Okoboji Chain and then the West Okoboji Lake canal systems are important reminders of how vulnerable we are to invasion.

Outdoors: Catch more fish all summer long

It’s starting to feel a lot like summer. Fish behave differently in the different seasons, and if we want to catch fish in the different seasons, we need to vary our lure presentations and how we go about catching fish. Following are some ideas for catching fish during the summer months.

Outdoors: It’s definitely panfish time right now

If you are a panfish nut like I am, this is the perfect time of the year. Both crappies and bluegills are in the spawning mode, and that means that they are much more readily accessible from both shore and dock than later in the summer and into the fall.

SHS softball seeking first win

The Tiger softball team fell four times in its opening week of play, including two shutout losses in a three-day span beginning Thursday night. They will seek that first win against Sioux Center, Storm Lake and North Union on back-to-back nights beginning Tuesday — with a combined record of 3-7.

No individual statistics or comments were available as of press time Tuesday.


Powerhouse Knighthawks too much for Tiger girls

Baker ends career with solid finish

Recent Spencer graduate Meredith Baker placed 25th overall at the Class 3A Girls State Golf Tournament, concluding the two-day event with a 172. She shaved two strokes off her first day total of 87, finishing with a round of 85. Nathan Wendt, SHS girls head coach said, “Meredith played great.

Tigers score 2 thin wins close week

Now 5-1 on the season, the Spencer Tigers baseball team scored a pair of hard fought wins against Siouxland Conference opponents to close out the week. A pair of single run wins will launch the players into another Siouxland contest Tuesday in Sioux Center against the 3-1 Warriors before opening Lakes Conference play against the Tornadoes, also 5-1, in Storm Lake, Wednesday.


Tigers score 2 in seventh, 1 in ninth to claim game

Rebel ladies produce 25 runs in 2 wins

In the team’s first two games of the season, the Sioux Central ladies have manufactured 30 hits en route to convincing wins against Harris-Lake Park and Cherokee-Washington. to start 2-0. The Rebels will hit the road to face Manson-Northwest Webster, Tuesday, in Manson; hosting unbeaten Southeast Valley, Wednesday, in Peterson before traveling to Pocahontas Area Thursday for the first three of four Twin Lakes Conference battles on straight night.


Sioux Central boys 3-2 following 1-2 week

The Rebels boys downed Cherokee-Washington, 12-10, Wednesday night at home, powered by a six-run, sixth inning. The victory was sandwiched between a pair of losses to Estherville Lincoln Central and Storm Lake on Friday and Saturday respectively. Additional game information and comments were not available following games.



Thursday, May 23 — Brooke Memorial Park, Peterson


Corridor to introduce homegrown talent golf event

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has announced the first annual Homegrown Talent Initiative Golf Tournament to be hosted Monday, Aug. 5, at Spencer Municipal Golf Course.

Tigers move on to regional final

SPENCER — Coach John Hansel’s girls were scheduled to face No.1 North Polk Thursday night after ending Spirit Lake’s solid season on Tuesday at the Northwest Iowa Soccer Complex, 7-2.

State scoring leader, Tiger junior Addison Hoben, added a hat trick-plus one to bring her growing season total to 64 in the win.

Hansel said, “Addison continues to find ways to get the ball in the net. She was able to finish a PK which was our first one of the season.”

Spencer archers compete at Nationals

What happens when you have a great team and successful season? Thirty-two archers, 11 coaches and a lot of supporters take a 2,400-mile trip to Nationals. The Spencer archery team has sent individuals to Sandy, Utah, in years past, but this is the first time the full teams have entered the Western Tournament.

No-go Monday: Mother Nature spoils 2024 softball opener

Spencer girls had a disappointing season opener, hosting their neighbors to the north, Okoboji, the game was called after two innings as a result of dangerous weather Monday evening, so the game finished as noncomplete. (Above) Freshman Brynn Merchant puts the bat on the ball, leading to Spencer’s first score of the season. (Below) Breanna Johnson, the Tiger junior, looks casual as she releases a pitch.

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