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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Sports
Defense derails Tigers again (06/29/16)
CHEROKEE -- A chronic issue from this season reared its head again for Spencer's softball girls Wednesday night as the Tigers committed five errors in a 7-3 loss to Cherokee. Bre Small pitched all six innings for Spencer, surrendering just one earned run on nine hits and two walks while striking out five...
AA pulls away from Sioux Central (06/29/16)
PETERSON -- Sioux Central's softballers played right with Alta-Aurelia for much of their Twin Lakes Conference battle Monday night, but 11 runners left on and seven errors allowed the Warriors to weather the storm and pull away late, winning 16-5. "We were very patient at the plate and were awarded 11 walks. ...
Braves blank Spencer in 5 (06/29/16)
CHEROKEE -- Spencer coughed up six runs in the fourth inning against the Cherokee Braves Wednesday night without being able to put a run up in five innings, resulting in a 10-0 Cherokee win in five frames. The Braves scored twice in the bottom of the second and two more times in the third before exploding for six runs in the fourth, effectively ending the game due to Spencer's lack of offense...
Big 5th lifts Royals past Rebels (06/29/16)
PETERSON -- The Royals of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union used an eight-run fifth inning to surge past Sioux Central Tuesday night, 12-4. The Rebels started the game well getting a pair of strikeouts from Chase Jessen in the top of the first and a pair of runs on a double from Zach Lundquist in the bottom half that scored Trace Blomberg and Franky Perkins...
Wolfpack overwhelm Tigers (06/28/16)
When your opponent logs three times as many homers as your team has hits, things generally aren't going to go well, and that's what happened to Spencer's softball squad Monday night as the Tigers recorded just one base hit while Western Christian used three dingers to take the game 11-0 in six innings...
Late Spencer rally falls short (06/28/16)
It took until the seventh inning for Spencer's boys to finally crack the goose egg on the scoreboard Monday night, and the late surge wasn't enough to top the Western Christian Wolfpack as the Tigers fell 6-3, dropping them to 8-9 on the season and 4-7 in the Lakes Conference...
Rebel girls 1-2 at Boji tourney (06/27/16)
MILFORD -- Sioux Central won one and lost two at the Okoboji Softball Tournament this Saturday, pounding Sibley-Ocheyedan 16-4 and falling to Sheldon and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn by scores of 10-7 and 6-4 respectively. The Rebels took on the Orabs first, scoring three quick runs in the first. Sheldon tied it up by the end of the second before Sioux Central went up 4-3 in the top of the third. The Orabs responded with the game's next four runs to lead 7-4...
NU drops Spencer in 6 (06/27/16)
The Tiger softball team took the field for the third and final time during their own tournament Saturday, playing North Union for the second time this season. Once again the 2A No. 4-ranked Warriors stopped Spencer, beating the Tigers 12-2 in six innings...
Free hockey puck shoot events (06/27/16)
It might be summer now, but trying a new sport is always in season! The Lakes Area Hockey Association invites the public to one of its Puck Shoot events this summer. Along with a morning of fun and instruction, LAHA will also be raising funds to purchase starter equipment for new players. ...
CCF Speedway Feature Results -- Friday, June 24 (06/27/16)
Sioux Central goes 1-2 at Spalding tourney (06/27/16)
GRANVILLE -- Sioux Central played three games at the Spalding Catholic Baseball Tournament this weekend, falling to Remsen St. Mary's 8-1 Friday night before beating North Union 4-1 Saturday and dropping their final contest to Unity Christian 11-9. The Rebels lone run against Remsen came on a Franky Perkins sacrifice fly to bring in Brady Rusk in the fifth. St. Mary's scored twice in the third, once in the fourth and five in the sixth to put the game away 8-1...
Tiger baseball splits at Kuemper tourney (06/27/16)
CARROLL -- Spencer opened their play at the Carroll Kuemper Baseball Tournament with a six-inning, 12-0 destruction of Council Bluffs St. Albert that saw Spencer pitcher Kade Carpenter finish with 14 strikeouts, one walk and just one hit allowed. The Tigers then took on the tournament hosts, falling 11-5 to the Kuemper Knights...
Tigers fall twice in home tourney (06/24/16)
Spencer's annual softball tournament began play Friday morning, sending nine teams in a frenzy around Pederson Park and Tiger Field. The Tigers got started with a noon game against 1A No. 4-ranked Newell-Fonda before taking on Denison-Schleswig in the evening. The Tigers were tabbed as the visitors on the scoreboard for both contests...
Tiger girls youth basketball camp concludes (06/24/16)
Above, all of the participants in this week's Tiger girls youth basketball camp held at Spencer High School gather for a group photo. (Below) is a photo of the camp's individual contest winners.(Photos submitted)
Iowa Lakes hires new volleyball coach (06/24/16)
Iowa Lakes Director of Athletics Troy Larson announced Thursday that Lea Hartigan will become the new head volleyball coach. She will also take over the role of Success Center Instructor for the Estherville campus. Hartigan spent the last two years as the assistant volleyball coach at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University. ...
Laker softball signs battery duo (06/24/16)
Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach, Katie Larson, announced the signing of Ashton Kazmierski and Kenlee Frank to the 2016-2017 recruiting class this week. Ashton and Kenlee are a pitching/catching duo from Colorado. "Ashton and Kenlee are amazing young women," commented Larson. ...
Storm takes its toll on osprey chicks (06/24/16)
OKOBOJI -- On last week's Outdoors page, Kiley Roth, Dickinson County relations coordinator, shared the excitement at the Dickinson County Nature Center for the Okoboji ospreys. Three young had hatched and lots of people were going to the live webcam link to check up on them. Kiley had even set up a series of columns entitled "Osprey Diaries."...
DNR seeks public comment on increased nursery stock prices (06/24/16)
DES MOINES -- The DNR is seeking public comment on a proposal to adjust the price of tree and shrub seedlings sold from the State Forest Nursery to bring nursery operations into compliance with Iowa Code. Code requires the state forest nursery to cover all expenses related to the growing of the plants...
Iowa pheasant harvest highest since 2009, quail highest since 2007 (06/24/16)
DES MOINES -- Iowa's estimated pheasant harvest continues its climb and for the fifth year in a row has been higher than the previous year. In 2015, more than 56,000 hunters harvested nearly 270,000 rooster pheasants in Iowa, which is an increased harvest of 24 percent over 2014 and the highest pheasant harvest since 2009...
Volunteer trees: What to do? (06/24/16)
For close to 30 years, our family has owned a tract of farmland near Graettinger. Way back when we purchased it, we determined that except for maybe a third of it, the land should never be row cropped again. It's simply too hilly to do that. The hilly slopes gave it a very high rating in competition to get it into the Conservation Reserve Program, and when we prepared the soil we could see the lighter soil on the hills and sidehills, where runoff had taken most of the good soil and deposited it on the bottom ground.. ...
Fishing simple is better ... sometimes (06/24/16)
I remember when I first went fishing more than 50 years ago. I fondly remember the long, heavy cane pole with a reel that didn't work taped to the pole and a couple of guides and a tip on the pole along with heavy braided line to which was attached a big bobber, a long-shanked gold hook and a couple of splitshot. I also distinctly remember the magic of watching the bobber go down and shortly after the thrill of holding in my hand a bluegill or bullhead or sometimes a largemouth bass...
Tigers come up short against E-Hawks (06/23/16)
Spencer's softball crew came into Thursday night's home bout with Emmetsburg fresh off the first win of the season, looking to carry some momentum into the later stages of the season. Unfortunately for the Tigers, five errors turned into four unearned runs as Spencer fell to 1-16 on the season and 1-10 in conference play with a 7-3 defeat dealt out by the E-Hawks...
Late run pushes Panthers past Rebels (06/23/16)
STORM LAKE -- The momentum from Monday's walk-off victory over East Sac County didn't quite fully transfer over to Wednesday evening for Sioux Central's girls as they found themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum, falling 6-5 to Storm Lake St. Mary's on a Panther run in the bottom of the seventh...
Sioux Central stops skid against St. Mary's (06/23/16)
STORM LAKE -- Sioux Central put a stop to a five-game skid that included a 10-inning, 9-4 loss to East Sac County Monday night and a five-inning, 12-2 loss to Emmetsburg Tuesday night, holding on to beat Storm Lake St. Mary's 8-5 on the road. The Rebels put up four runs right away in the first and added two more in the second to lead 6-2 heading to the third...
'Dogs chew through Tigers (06/23/16)
LE MARS -- Wednesday night offered Spencer's baseball boys an opportunity for redemption as they took on Le Mars for the second time this season following a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs on June 6. A big fifth inning for the home team ended the night early as the Tigers dropped to 7-7 on the season and 4-6 in the Lakes Conference with a 13-3, five inning loss to the Dogs...

Sports Briefs
Spencer Cross Country Camp (06/29/16)
Spencer cross country will be holding its camp Aug. 1-4 from 6-8 p.m. on the Spencer High School track. The camp will provide all runners with a great learning experience. It is designed to help all participants discover and reach their running potential. ...
Tiger Trained Wrestling Camp (06/29/16)
The Spencer Middle School gym will host the Tiger Trained Wrestling Camp for students entering 1st-8th grades this coming school year starting Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 8 from 6-8 p.m. Camp cost is $50. Checks should be made payable to Spencer Tiger Wrestling Club and can be mailed or dropped off to Adam Gress at 915 W 10th St. Spencer, IA 51301...
Royal Rec 5K Fun Run/Walk (06/29/16)
The Royal Rec 5K Fun Run/Walk will be Saturday, July 2 at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Clay Central-Everly school in Royal and will cost $20 the day of the race. T-shirts are still available. All proceeds support the Royal Rec Program. For questions or to register early contact Betsy Schoelerman at bschoelerman@gmail.com...
Free hockey puck shoot events (06/29/16)
It might be summer now, but trying a new sport is always in season! The Lakes Area Hockey Association invites the public to one of its Puck Shoot events this summer. Along with a morning of fun and instruction, LAHA will also be raising funds to purchase starter equipment for new players. ...
Royal Rec 5K Fun Run/Walk (06/27/16)
The Royal Rec 5K Fun Run/Walk will be Saturday, July 2 at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Clay Central-Everly school in Royal and will cost $20 the day of the race. T-shirts are still available. All proceeds support the Royal Rec Program. For questions or to register early contact Betsy Schoelerman at bschoelerman@gmail.com...