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Hansel receives 2023 Golden Plaque of Distinction

DES MOINES — Spencer girls soccer head coach John Hansel was selected as the recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Soccer Golden Plaque of Distinction Award. The accolade was presented to Hansel prior to the Class 2A State Championship match on Saturday.

Outdoors: Discover hidden gems with 2023 Iowa State Park Passport

The Iowa State Park Passport is back in 2023 and better than ever. From June 1 to Oct. 31, Iowa State Park Passport holders can earn points by checking into more than 60 state parks and forests using the online app. Each park has a different point value (either 100, 200 or 300 points), with “hidden gems” earning higher points. Redeem points for various prizes.

Outdoors: 8 local seniors receive Jim McDonnell Memorial Scholarship

Eight area seniors have each been awarded a $1,000 Jim McDonnell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship opportunity is for students who are seeking a career in either a conservation or wildlife field, or a teaching field.

Listed below are the eight 2023 recipients, along with the high school they attended and their college of choice and their major:

Outdoors: They can’t all be big ones

People go fishing for different reasons. Some want to be outside, others want to spend time with family or friends. Anyone who goes fishing wants to catch a few, and some want to catch a really big fish. Some of those goals are easily accomplished, some are more difficult.

It’s pretty easy to spend time outdoors when you’re fishing. Fishing is done outdoors. If your interest is spending time with family or friends, you just have to invite them to join you. Another easy task.

Outdoors: Great fishing right now

I can’t believe how much I love this time of year, but then I guess I say that about every time of year in the Iowa Great Lakes. What I like about right now is the great fishing that is occurring. You name it; the fish are biting!

Leaving a Legacy

It’s truly amazing to see people give so much for others, but it can be hard to see sometimes in this day and age. Teachers, mentors and coaches have constantly provided guidance to people to help them succeed in whatever it might be. Think about how many coaches you might have encountered who didn’t look like they cared or invested in their athletes.

Tigers lose to Storm Lake in 9 innings

SPENCER — The Spencer softball team started their week a little later than usual on Wednesday, hosting Storm Lake. The game would head to extra innings, with the Tornadoes coming out on top 7-5.

Spencer drops state quarterfinal 3-0

DES MOINES — Spencer traveled to Des Moines on Wednesday to compete in the 2A State Quarterfinal in girls soccer. The team came in as the sixth seed, facing the third seed in North Scott. Spencer had some chances but just couldn’t get them past the Lancers goalkeeper, and the girls would drop the contest 3-0.

Tigers heartbroken in state quarterfinal

IOWA CITY — The Spencer boys tennis team had another magical run into the state quarterfinals this season. They finished the year on Wednesday in Iowa City at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreational Complex. Spencer would match up with Wahlert-Dubuque, and after being down 4-2 heading into doubles, Spencer was going to have to sweep the matches to win the meet. They would win two but not all three, losing the match to the Golden Eagles 5-4.

Tigers halt late rally from Storm Lake in 7-6 win

SPENCER — It can always be a challenge to play against teams in your own conference, because of the familiarity between the two teams. Spencer and Storm Lake have squared off plenty of times on the baseball diamond, and Wednesday was another chapter in the history of the matchup. Spencer scored six runs in the first two innings to take a 6-3 lead over the Tornadoes. They would hang on, despite a Storm Lake rally in the seventh inning, to win the game 7-6.

Rebels down Cougars despite 5-run 7th

PETERSON — Sioux Central hosted Manson Northwest-Webster in girls softball on Tuesday at Brooke Memorial Field. The team remained undefeated, defeating Manson Northwest Webster 8-6 to improve to 3-0 so far this season. The Rebels were led by Bradi Krager and Berkley Johannsen, who both drove in two runs in the win.

Sioux Central downs Manson 5-2

PETERSON — Sioux Central got their week started with a home contest against the Manson Northwest-Webster Cougars on Tuesday. In a close battle, the Rebels emerged victorious 5-2 to grab their second win of the season.

Hansel named Golden Plaque recipient

SPENCER — John Hansel, a Spencer Community School District fifth-grade teacher and high school girls soccer coach, is the 2023 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Soccer Golden Plaque of Distinction Award.

The accolade will be presented to Hansel prior to the class 2A state championship match scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at Field 6.


SPENCER — It all came down to Thursday, when Denison-Schleswig poured into Spencer for a matchup of girls soccer. The Spencer Soccer Complex was full of anxious fans from both sides for a date with a state tournament in Des Moines. The team would take the victory, 10-0, ending the game after 50 minutes.

Rebels down Rams, but fall to Storm Lake

PETERSON — Sioux Central hosted two games at Peterson Brooke Memorial Field on Saturday. First playing Maple Valley Anthon-Oto, or MVAOCAU. Sioux Central grabbed its first win of the season, defeating the Rams 7-3. They would then face the Storm Lake Tornadoes in a local area matchup, but they would fall short of Storm Lake, losing 11-7.

Tigers split games in 4-game stretch

SIOUX CITY — Spencer had a barrage of games to end their week, playing four contests in three days. The team would split the games, losing to Newell-Fonda and Bishop Heelan before defeating MOC-Floyd Valley and Boyden/Hull-Rock Valley. Ending their first week of the season with a record of 3-2.

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