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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sports
Annual pheasant survey begins Aug. 1 (07/29/16)
DES MOINES -- Iowa's 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and wildlife experts say all indicators are pointing to a stable to increasing population of the popular game bird. Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said snowfall totals, spring rain and nesting temperature all have a roll in pheasant survival and nesting success. ...
Browning and Beretta Demo Day set for Aug. 6 (07/29/16)
If you are like me, when you go into a sporting goods store, I always head back to look at the shotguns. Quite often I will handle a few just to see how they fit and how they come up to my shoulder. I've often thought how great it would be if I could test some of these shotguns out...
Ruiz signs with Laker basketball (07/29/16)
Iowa Lakes Community College women's basketball head coach Ashley Martin has announced that Marissa Ruiz of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, has signed a National Junior College Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Lakers next season. Ruiz is a 2016 graduate of Simley High School where she was a five-year letter winner for the Spartans...
Building the Mammoths (07/29/16)
It barely seems possible during the dog days of summer, but soon the calendar will flip over into fall, temps and leaves will plummet and high school sports will be in full swing with kids making the transition from football and volleyball to basketball, wrestling and -- hockey?...
Pheasants Forever's Jim Wooley transitions into retirement (07/29/16)
INDIANOLA -- Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever is honored to announce the retirement of Jim Wooley, a 31-year veteran of "The Habitat Organization" and the current Director of Field Operations for Quail Forever. Wooley transitions into retirement Aug. 5 after serving an illustrious career in the state of Iowa, defined by a lifelong pursuit for the betterment of wildlife and public lands throughout the state...
The Perseid meteor showers (07/29/16)
August is just about here, and that means it is time again for the Perseid meteor showers. Each year during late summer, the Earth passes through a long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet is the largest object known to pass by the Earth repeatedly. The center is about 16 miles wide. According to NASA experts, this year should be more spectacular than usual...
Catch what wants to get caught (07/29/16)
It's mid-summer and that means that fishing can be good. Somedays are better than others, just like at any other time of year. There are a number of things we can do to increase our catching success at this time of year, but perhaps the most important thing we can do is to be flexible in our goals for the species of fish that we catch...
Field set for 94th Northwest Am (07/27/16)
Next week, Aug. 4-7, 384 golfers will tee it up for the 94th playing of the Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament in Spencer. Spencer is proud to be the home of the Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament, which has been held at the Spencer Golf and Country Club since 1921...
CCF Speedway Feature Results - Friday, July 22 (07/22/16)
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Newell-Fonda ends season with 4th-place finish at state (07/22/16)
FORT DODGE -- The Mustangs battled, but came out on the losing end against Martensdale-St. Mary's 5-2 after six innings on Friday in the third-place consolation game at the state tournament. The game began slowly for the Mustang offense getting set down 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning. ...
Tiger Football Camps (07/22/16)
Registration forms for this year's youth and high school Tiger football camps are now available at the Spencer High School and Central Office as well as the school's website under the documents tab. The youth camp will be held from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug 5, with third- to sixth-grade training from 8-9:30 a.m. ...
Sorrell does it again (07/22/16)
Above, 68-year-old Spencer native Laurie Sorrell poses with her three gold medals won this past weekend at the Iowa Games in Ames. Sorrell bench pressed 135 pounds to break her own record in the 60-and-over division for the seventh time. She's possessed the record for the past eight years. The champion powerlifter won gold in the 60-and-over division, the open division (all ages in same weight class) and the unequipped division (all ages in same weight class with no bench shirt). (Below), Sorrell in action last Sunday in Ames. (Photos submitted)
Tiger varsity wraps camp (07/22/16)
Spencer High School varsity girls basketball coach Matt Stevenson held camp for high school girls this week at Spencer Middle School. Athletes participated in drills, scrimmages and competitions to continue the development of their skills. Competition winners are listed below:...
ILCC's Bennett qualifies for amateur championship (07/22/16)
Iowa Lakes standout golfer Matt Bennett, has qualified for the 116th U.S. Amateur Championships to be played at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Oakland Hills Country Club has been a familiar place for the USGA and PGA. Oakland Hills has hosted six US Opens ('24, '37, '51, '61, '85 and '96). ...
Commending character (07/22/16)
Few events have rocked the community of Spencer like the sudden passing of wrestling standout Austin Roberts. Even fewer have acted as such a catalyst, bringing the entire town together in mourning and support. As the residents looked inward toward themselves and each other for strength, the impact of the loss rippled across the wrestling community and the entire nation...
Floating the river is an Iowa summertime tradition (07/22/16)
DES MOINES -- Swimming, canoeing and floating the river on tubes is a summertime tradition in Iowa. But as relaxing and enjoyable as a river float is, it does come with an element of risk. Iowa rivers are dynamic systems in a constant state of change and can hide obstacles just beneath the water surface. Todd Robertson, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Trails Program, said river users can enjoy the scenery while keeping an eye downstream to avoid any hazardous surprises...
Stewardship tip: Dog days (07/22/16)
The Greeks used the term "dog days" to refer to the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before the sun. The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the dog days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. Dog days were popularly believed to be an evil time when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, and dogs grew mad...
The beauty of the July prairie (07/22/16)
Every week, from April through October, you can find something blooming in our local prairies. July, however, is the beginning of a great "fireworks" of color as flowers like the orange butterfly milkweed, purple prairie clover, black-eyed Susan and pale purple coneflower begin to bloom...
Fishing accessories for safer fishing (07/22/16)
When we go fishing, we want to catch fish, big ones and lots of 'em. But we also want to have a good time, and really, we usually remember the good times more than we remember the big fish. There are things we can do to have a better time fishing that have nothing to do with catching more fish. Following are some of those things...
Tips for catching Big Spirit perch (07/22/16)
The perch bite is taking off on Big Spirit, but ... I think that is the best way to describe it. There are good days and bad days, good hours and bad hours, good spots and bad spots. It just flat out depends, well, on the perch. I know that sounds pretty evasive and wishy washy, but that's the way things are going. Each day, each hour, each spot can be hot or cold. In all seriousness, the perch are biting, you just have to search for them, find them and then get them to bite...
Prior, Swanson garner all-conference nods (07/21/16)
Sioux Central's Mac Prior (LEFT OR RIGHT) and Kal Swanson both received recognition from the Twin Lakes Conference this week. Prior, despite having his season cut to just 14 games due to injury, was named to the second team as a utility player. The Rebel junior batted .324 over 37 at bats, scoring 21 runs. He posted a record of 3-2 in five starts, holding opposing batters to a .152 average while maintaining a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (48-16) over 28 innings. His 2.25 ERA led the team. Swanson picked up an honorable mention from the conference. The senior tallied 19 hits and nine RBIs in 97 at bats while going 2-3 on the mound in six starts and two relief appearances. He struck out 27 batters and held his opponents to a .215 average. (File photos)
Pioneers' season ends with wild finish at Cherokee (07/20/16)
CHEROKEE -- With one on, one out, and trailing Cherokee by one run in the top half of the seventh inning of Saturday's Class 1A District 2 championship, Okoboji sent Bryce Peter to the dish to represent the go-ahead run. In the face of incredible pressure, the junior laid down a perfect bunt and sprinted down the first base line...
Newell-Fonda gets redemption at state (07/18/16)
FORT DODGE -- The Mustangs have been waiting a year to get revenge against New London after being knocked out of the 2015 tournament by the Tigers. This time Newell-Fonda sent New London to the consolation bracket, picking up a 2-1 win on Monday in the 1A State Quarterfinals...
Kluender, Carpenter earn postseason nods (07/18/16)
Spencer sophomore Brady Kluender earned all-conference honors for the 2016 season being selected as the first outfielder on the Lakes Baseball All-Conference Second Team. Kluender was the lone Tiger selected to the first or second teams, but teammate Kade Carpenter earned postseason recognition as a utility player on the All-District Second Team...
CCF Speedway Feature Results - Friday, July 15 (07/15/16)
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Sports Briefs
Spencer Cross Country Camp (07/29/16)
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. ...
Track and field camp (07/29/16)
Spencer track and field coach Al Pierce is hosting a specialty track camp Aug. 1-4 from 8 a.m. to noon on the Spencer High School Track. Any athlete (boy/girl) entering seventh to 12th grade at Spencer can attend this camp free of charge to learn techniques in the specialty events. Shot put/discus will be from 8-10 a.m., hurdles from 10-11 a.m. and jumps will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Coach Pierce with any questions at 264-0735...
Tiger Football Camps (07/29/16)
Registration forms for this year's youth and high school Tiger football camps are now available at the Spencer High School and Central Office as well as the school's website under the documents tab. The youth camp will be held from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug 5, with third- to sixth-grade training from 8-9:30 a.m. ...
Riverview Tennis Court reopens (07/29/16)
The Riverview Tennis Courts at Riverview Park in southeast Spencer are officially reopened per the Spencer Parks and Recreation Department. The courts were resurfaced to eliminate cracks and low spots in the playing space.
Tall Corn Days 5K Walk/Run (07/29/16)
The 10th annual Tall Corn Days 5K Walk/Run will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, in Sioux Rapids. The 3.1-mile event will start and finish near the American Legion Community Center on Main Street. The start time for the race is 8 a.m. Participants who preregister by Aug. 1 will receive a specially designed Tall Corn Days T-shirt for $15. The registration cost increases to $20 after Aug. 1...