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Turnbull retiring as ILCC volleyball coach

ESTHERVILLE — After coaching thousands of athletes on 80 teams over 42 years, Iowa Lakes head volleyball coach Mike Turnbull announced plans to retire from Iowa Lakes Community College on July 1.

Crowder selected ICCAC, NJCAA Player of the Week

Iowa Lakes men’s basketball Amiri Crowder was selected as ICCAC and NJCAA National Player of the Week. Iowa Lakes picked up a pair of wins last week against two Region 6 teams at the Johnson County Classic. They escaped the host No. 9 Cavaliers, 77-76, on Friday; and then beat Highland, Kansas, on Saturday, 93-81. Crowder was the Lakers go-to guy in both games. In the second half of the Johnson County game, he scored eight points in the final two minutes including 4-of-4 from the line.

Laker softball signs Jensen

Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach Katie King announced the signing of Alyvia Jensen to the 2023-24 recruiting class. Jensen is the daughter of Michael and Ann Jensen and attends Johnston High School in Johnston. An outfielder, Jensen had a tremendous year last season. She compiled a .591 batting average, going 20-34. She slugged 20 hits, including six doubles and two triples.

Tigers name yearly football award winners

The Spencer Tiger football team announced its yearly award winners last week. The team hands out the yearly hammer award that goes to the player who hit the hardest consistently all yearlong. Special Teams Player of the Year; Honey Badger of the Year, which goes to the player with the most tenacity on the team; Team MVP and Scout Team Player of the Year.

Laker women go 2-0 at Emerson Classic

The Iowa Lakes women's basketball team went 2-0 at the Emerson Classic in Marshalltown over the weekend. The Lakers defeated Lewis and Clark Community College in the first game, 65-52, with a very balanced scoring attack including four players in double digits. Iowa Lakes was led by Emma Kanz with 17 points; Jasmine Jones added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds; Anisah Wolf contributed 12 points; and Brielle Bartelt finished with 11 points.

Wessells among Tiger all-district honorees

Campbell Wessels was among nine Spencer Tigers recognized with Class 4A all-district football honors after winning the district outright for the first time in more than a quarter century. Wessells offensively led the team in receiving with 10 catches for 319 yards, averaging more than 30 yards a catch and two touchdowns; and rushed 30 times for 154 yards and one touchdown. (Photo by Sondra Hookfin)

Tigers win 1 of 2 duals to open season

DALLAS CENTER —Spencer made history on Monday night when they competed in the first sanctioned meet of the Iowa girls wrestling season.

Rebel girls show out at 1st wrestling meet

SIOUX RAPIDS — This year will be a big one for girls in the state of Iowa, with girls wrestling season beginning earlier this week. Even in northwest Iowa on Tuesday when Sioux Central hosted the SC Girls Invitational with 16 teams and more than 150 girls competing.

Dancers to compete at state championship

DES MOINES — Dancers from across the state will take the floor at Wells Fargo Arena Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 for the country’s largest high school dance team competition. Spencer will perform Friday, Dec. 2, at 1:03 p.m., in Class 2 Kick; and at 4:34 p.m., in Class 6 Jazz at Wells Fargo Arena, facing west.

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Tiger swimmers take on state

MARSHALLTOWN — Over the weekend the Spencer girls swim team took on the best the state of Iowa has to offer at the Marshalltown YMCA for the state swimming competition. The girls were competing in three team events and Lily Gross competed in the only individual event in the 100-yard breaststroke. Gross picked up a 20th place finish in the competition.

Benge, Acosta to play for Iowa Lakes softball

Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach Katie King, announced the signing of Darieliz Acosta and Brenna Benge to the 2023-24 recruiting class. Darieliz, the daughter of Daniel and Maritza Acosta, is attending Estherville Lincoln Central High School; and Benge, the daughter of Mark and Amy Benge, is concluding her time at Spirit Lake High School.

Iowa Lakes Women’s Basketball Season Preview

The 2022-23 Iowa Lakes women's basketball team is very optimistic about this year. They have high expectations for this season as they return four sophomores and bring in six newcomers. They expect to pick up right where they left off last year, where they finished with a respectable 19-12 record and tied for third in conference with a 13-7 record.

ILCC men improve to 4-1 with sweep

The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team swept this weekend at the Johnson County Classic to move to 4-1 on the season.

In their first action of the weekend, the Lakers knocked off NJCAA ninth-ranked Johnson County on their home floor, 77-76.

The Lakers who controlled the game were led by Isaiah Williams with 24 points. Amiri Crowder chipped in with 14 points; Jeremiah Burke and Sam West both added 12; and Creighton Morisch added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

6 Tigers prepare for Marshalltown Saturday

MARSHALLTOWN — Someone once said, “Swimming is the key to a happy life.” The Spencer girls swimming team has a lot to be happy about after qualifying in events for the Iowa State Swimming and Diving Meet at Marshalltown YMCA on Saturday.

Lakers' season ended by Indian Hills

OTTUMWA — The Iowa Lakes men's soccer team had their season ended just like the women's team, against the Indian Hills Warriors on Oct. 25. The team would lose the game 2-0. The Warriors would go on to win the regional over Iowa Western the following week.

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