O'Hara named BVU women's tennis coach
STORM LAKE -- Buena Vista director of athletics, Christyn Abaray, has announced the hiring of Bob O'Hara as the university's new part-time head women's tennis coach. "It's with pleasure that we welcome Bob O'Hara to our BVU family as the head women's tennis coach," says Abaray. ...
Northwest Amateur: Day Two
Typically the term moving day is reserved for Saturday, or at least the third round, in a four-day tournament, but Spencer High School graduate and current Grand View Viking Jay Monahan decided to jump the gun at Spencer Golf and Country Club Friday afternoon, firing a 66 to drop his two-day total to 136 which puts him in a tie for first place with Iowa State Cyclone Conner Koberg from Cedar Rapids. Koberg has carded identical rounds of 68...
Tiger cheerers attend Shrine Bowl
Spencer High School sent three cheerleading representatives to last weekend's Iowa Shrine Bowl held at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Anna Dean, Hannah Zulk and Mercedes Siela worked with 52 other cheerleaders from across the state under the direction of coaches Mindy DeBaun (Prairie Valley), Salli J. Nichols (Storm Lake) and Sandy Norby (Osage). To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2,268,000 for The Shriner's Hospitals for Children. (Photo submitted)
Northwest Amateur: Day One - Angell soars
Thursday's warm but beautiful weather led to a bevy of low scores out of the 239 amateurs that completed their first round of the Northwest Amateur on day one. Carter Angell, of Fishers, Indiana, holds sole possession of the lead at 5-under while Conner Koberg (Cedar Rapids), Tanner Randall (Ankeny), Kyle Meihofer (Valparaiso, Indiana) and Max Donohue (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) -- the latter 2014's day one leader at 7-under -- are all right behind him with 4-under rounds of 68...
Wollam looking to repeat
The Northwest Amateur hasn't seen a repeat winner since Curtis Holck (Ankeny) pulled off the feat in 2004 and 2005 with identical four-round scores of 270, and it's happened just seven times since the tournament started back in 1921. This year it's 21-year-old Ben Wollam's (Marshalltown) turn to try to make it eight, and he may have a solid shot after posting the Northwest Am's four-round record a year ago with a sizzling score of 268 (-20) which was bolstered by back-to-back opening rounds of 65 (-7).. ...
Clarks and Rec
Spencer's Clark brothers aren't motivated by winning nearly as much as they are by beating. Sure, they win plenty -- Michael, 24, took the Spencer Golf and Country Club Championship in 2012 and just a week ago in 2015. Joe, 23, picked up the two course championships in between...
Groen hired as BVU men's tennis coach
STORM LAKE -- Buena Vista Director of Athletics, Christyn Abaray, has announced the hiring of Brett Groen as the university's new part-time head men's tennis coach. "I feel good knowing someone with his background of success both playing and coaching will be leading our men's tennis program," states Abaray. ...
Inching towards the Cup
After finishing in seventh for the 2013-14 school year and fourth a year ago, Spencer High School will come in third place for this year's Class 3A Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup, barring a Harlan state baseball championship. The Tigers posted a score of 990 this year, finishing behind Decorah (1,215) and defending champion Waverly-Shell Rock (1,070). Harlan (935) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (875) round out the top-five out of 64 3A schools...
Hard work on the hardwood
The Spencer High School girls basketball team wrapped up its summer camp this week, ending a series of round ball camps for girls ranging from fourth all the way to 12th grade. The camps were sponsored by Janelle Van Meveren with State Farm Insurance, Northwest Bank, the KICD stations, Spencer Municipal Utilities, Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and Sports Surgeons, Sports Medicine Northwest and Y100.1. Competition results from the camps are below. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy and Kate Padilla)...
2015 All Lakes Conference Baseball Teams
First Team Second Team Spencer Honorable Mentions *Unanimous Selection...
3A West All District Teams
First Team Second Team...
Oh so close
LE MARS -- Spencer and Sergeant Bluff-Luton combined to average nearly 14 runs a game this season, but for much of Wednesday night's 3A Substate 1 Final it looked like neither team would ever concede a run as freshman Kade Carpenter stood tall on the mound for the Tigers and sophomore Tyler Heineman -- who allowed six runs in two innings the last time he faced Spencer's bats -- made solid contact a thing of dreams for the Tiger offense...
"It's a crazy game," Spencer baseball coach Brian Dirkx said after his boys took out Lakes Conference rival and No. 8-ranked Spirit Lake 5-2 Monday night at Andy McGaffin Field to advance to a Wednesday evening substate final against Sergeant Bluff-Luton in Le Mars...
Sorrell breaks record 6th time
Sixty-seven year old Spencer native Laurie Sorrell broke her own bench press record at the Iowa Games in Ames on Sunday for the sixth time, pushing up 130 pounds to take gold in the 60-and-over division and bronze in the open division which consisted of competitors of all ages in her weight class. Sorrell has now held the Iowa Games record for the past seven years. (Photo submitted)
Clay County Fair Speedway Racing
The air temperature made the driving condition even tougher than normal, but a large field of competitors turned out at the Clay County Fair Speedway Friday night for dirt track racing action. Local drivers fared well in a pair of the class features...
Class 3A Substate 1 District 2 Baseball
As the Spencer Tigers prepared to come to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, AC/DC baseball anthem "Thunderstruck" blared from the speakers at Andy McGaffin Field in Spencer. And thunder indeed struck. Sixteen times in three innings to be exact...
Tiger spikers hold camp
The Spencer High School volleyball team held its summer camp this week at Spencer Middle School. Roughly 40 girls participated in the Farmers Bank sponsored event which focused on improving volleyball fundamentals and allowed the girls to scrimmage against each other. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
AA nips Rebels 5-4 in 8th
ALTA - It was an ending Hollywood would have been proud of. A tie ball game going into extra innings. A crowd on its feet. Heat lightning flashing in the humid background like something out of a props department. And the song "I Will Survive" blasting out of the speakers on top of the home dugout...
Rebels overpower GT/RA in district win
ALTA - Sioux Central had the scoreboard rolling up runs as fast as a gas pump clicks through gallons, cruising past Graettinger-Terrill/Ruthven-Ayrshire 15-zip in four innings in their district opener Tuesday night. Senior Kash Buse came to the mound for an efficient performance. The big anchor man of the rotation went the distance under a blazing sun with four hits and two walks allowed, sitting down eight batters on strikes...
Tigers rebound before postseason
No team wants to enter postseason play fresh off a loss, let alone three which was a possibility for No. 9-ranked Spencer Tuesday night when they took on Algona after a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Sioux City East on Saturday and a 9-6 misstep Monday at Sergeant Bluff...
Rebel run ends
MILFORD -- Sioux Central's postseason run fell one game short of the 2A state tournament Monday night against No. 5-ranked North Union. The Rebels were held to just three runs on five hits and committed five critical errors of which the Warriors took full advantage, resulting in a 10-3 NU win...
SB-L rallies past Tigers, 9-6
SERGEANT BLUFF -- A six-run second inning wasn't enough for Spencer Monday night against Sergeant Bluff-Luton as the Tigers struggled to close the door in the later innings of a 9-6 defeat. Spencer's big inning held the game's first runs, and Caleb Heisinger got it started with a single to left. After an error and Luke Petersen single to right, Heisinger crossed to make it 1-0...
Fort Dodge ends Spencer's season
FORT DODGE -- An up and down Tiger softball season came to a close Saturday night at Rogers Park as the 4A No. 6-ranked Fort Dodge Dodgers put the clamps on Spencer's offense in a five-inning,10-0 regional semifinal. "We knew it was going to be a tough game coming, but the girls didn't play scared at all," Spencer softball coach Emily Wassom said. "Everyone went to the plate with confidence and aggression. Things just didn't fall the way we would have liked them to."...
4A No. 6 East downs Tigers
The Lakes Conference champion Tigers bumped up their level of competition Saturday, taking on Class 4A No. 6-ranked Sioux City East at Andy McGaffin Field. Spencer turned two twice but also committed four errors as the Black Raiders walked away with a 7-3 win...