Dutch pull away from Tiger girls, 15-5
ORANGE CITY -- Things were going well for Spencer's softballers Friday night against MOC-Floyd Valley. A three-run first led to a 5-1 Tiger lead entering the bottom of the fourth, but the Dutch exploded from there, scoring six in the fourth and seven in the sixth to win 15-5...
Bennett, Elgersma finish nationals
PLYMOUTH, INDIANA -- Iowa Lakes men's golfers Matt Bennett and Zach Elgersma wrapped up their 2016 National Tournament Friday at Swan Lake Resort. They came in with their best rounds of the tournament. Elgersma had an early morning tee time of 7:06 a.m. and fired a round of even par 72 to wrap up his career at Iowa Lakes. He finished his last two holes birdie, birdie...
Spencer slips past MOC, 5-4
ORANGE CITY -- Spencer gave up a 4-0 lead to MOC-Floyd Valley Friday night on the baseball diamond, but Brady Seier opted to lift the Tigers to victory, hitting an RBI single to center in the top of the seventh for a 5-4 lead before pitching the final three outs in the bottom of the inning to secure the triumph...
Sioux Central drops 2 at home
PETERSON -- The Rebel baseball boys endured a pair of home defeats this week, falling to Spirit Lake 6-2 on Wednesday and to Estherville Lincoln Central by a score of 13-8 Thursday evening. The Indians claimed a 2-0 lead in the second Wednesday and doubled that advantage in the fifth. Another Spirit Lake runner crossed in the sixth before Sioux central answered back with two runs in the bottom half...
On cloud 9
Whether it be done by reaching new heights or covering unforeseen distances, winning a state title is the ultimate satisfaction for a high school track and field athlete. Not only does your name live on in the state's history books, at many schools, including Spencer, your image joins past greats forever, inspiring future athletes roaming the halls for years to come...
Rebels fall to H-LP
Sioux Central's Nicole Scharn, pictured ripping a single to left earlier this week, scored the Rebels' only run in a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Harris-Lake Park in Lake Park Thursday night. Jill Fahnlander recorded the RBI. Both players were 2-for-3. (File photo)
Kaldahl knocked out of state tourney
WATERLOO -- Spencer senior Alex Kaldahl had his career come to a close Friday in the second round of the consolation bracket of the state singles tournament against Dylan Harms of Le Mars. "For the first time Alex went into the state tournament as a district runner-up, and he paid the price for it. I always say that state tournament success really depends on the draw, and being a runner-up means he had a 50-50 chance of getting a seeded player," Spencer boys tennis coach Joe Steele said...
The meanest walleye
The author, Jason Mitchell hosts the popular outdoor program Jason Mitchell Outdoors, which airs on Fox Sports North (9 a.m. Sunday) and Fox Sports Midwest (8:30 a.m. Saturday) More information can be found online at www.jasonmitchelloutdoors.com. I make no secret for my love for shallow weed pattern walleyes. ...
Loess Hills Wildlife Area and state forest becoming a bird conservation area
CASTANA -- A public ceremony to dedicate the Loess Hills Wildlife Area, Loess Hills State Forest, Preparation Canyon State Park, and a 42-mile section of the Loess Hills (including the Loess Hills National Natural Landmark) as Iowa's newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on Friday, June 3, at 3 p.m...
Open water fishing 2016
It's pretty much official: The open water fishing season for 2016 is here. Minnesota walleye season opened this past weekend, Wisconsin was the week before, and northwest Iowa was the week before that. Most of the other states in the Midwest don't have a closed walleye season, and while there are still a couple of seasons left to open, the walleye opener to many is the official signal that fishing season is in full swing. ...
Time for panfish mania
Finally, weather in the 70s. I've been waiting for this to come, and with it comes my favorite time of year: panfish mania. Water temperatures are warming and the bluegills, crappies and yellow bass are staging in the shallows as they move toward spawning. They are aggressive, willing biters and really put up a fight...
Lakers boast 3 all-region players
Three Iowa Lakes Community College baseball athletes were named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference All-Region teams this week. Named to honorable mention were sophomore catcher Trent Brosdahl from Spirit Lake, sophomore outfielder Francisco Ogando from Lebanon, Pennsylvania and sophomore third baseman Seth Sullwold from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota...
WB-M too much for Rebels
Sioux Central's Darma Tripp, pictured beating out a bunt, and the rest of the Rebels pushed 10 runs across the plate Tuesday night in Peterson against West Bend-Mallard, but the Wolverines put up 18, including eight in the fourth to win the game 18-10. Sioux Central drops to 0-1 on the season and is scheduled to travel to Lake Park Thursday night for a matchup with Harris-Lake Park. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
Spencer bows out to No. 3 Tornadoes
STORM LAKE -- The third time wasn't the charm for Spencer's boys Wednesday night as they fell to a high-powered, No. 3-ranked Storm Lake squad 5-0 in the 2A substate 1 semifinal held at Buena Vista University's J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. "All credit to Storm Lake. They were fantastic tonight. They passed well and created a lot of chances, so it was tough to play against," Spencer boys soccer coach Ben MacRae said...
Tigers pounce on Monarchs, 13-1
DENISON -- Spencer made quick work of their Tuesday night trip to Denison, blasting the Monarchs 13-1 in a five inning affair to officially start their season after weather cut Monday's game against Sheldon short. The Tigers got on the board quickly as Cooper Fox hit a single to right, plating Brady Kluender, and was brought in by Jake Kluender's fielder's choice to short a batter later...
Prior K's 13 in 6-3 win
PETERSON -- All-Twin Lakes Conference pitcher Mac Prior took the bump during the Sioux Central Rebels season opener Tuesday night, fanning 13 West Bend-Mallard Wolverines in a 6-3 victory. Prior pitched all seven, allowing three hits, five walks and three unearned runs...
Tigers knock off SLP-O, 6-1
SPIRIT LAKE -- The third meeting between Spencer's and Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji's boys put everything on the line. Each team managed to drop the other during the season, but Monday night's rain-soaked and lightning shortened endeavor placed both squad's seasons at stake...
Spencer golf girls advance to state
CARROLL -- Carroll Country Club hosted the Class 4A Region 1 girls golf tournament Monday, giving Spencer and nine other squads a shot at advancing to the state tournament which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday of next week at Coldwater Links in Ames...
Baseball, softball called due to rain
Spencer attempted to host Sheldon in baseball and softball action Monday night, but both efforts were thwarted by the inclement weather. Emma VerSteeg (left), pictured attempting to lay down a bunt in the first inning, was part of a high scoring affair as the softball game was called in the third inning during a 10-10 tie. Brady Kluender (right) was manning the baseball mound for the Tigers when the game was called in the third with the Orabs leading 3-0. It's unclear whether either game will be made up later in the season. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)
Tigers field 3 events Saturday
DES MOINES -- Spencer sent three final events out onto the blue oval Saturday for the final day of the Iowa State Track and Field Championships. The action provided one final look at the caliber of competition that congregates in Drake Stadium every year in May...
DES MOINES -- Sioux Central's track and field girls capped off an impressive weekend at Drake Stadium with a pair of event titles Saturday which helped them bring home a state runner-up trophy, scoring 44 points at the Iowa State Track and Field Championships. West Hancock claimed the top spot with 50 points while Central, Elkader came in third with 42. None of the other 55 schools competing in the 1A girls division scored more than 40...
PMCI donates $500 to SHS
Spencer High School was presented a check for $500 by Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa (PMCI) Monday through the High Octane Fanatics Photo Contest which recognizes sports fans and their school spirit during state wrestling and basketball tournaments in Iowa. John Long (back) from PMCI presented the check to (from left) Ashlyn Nissen, Melany Roberts, Calista Ness, Katelyn Nissen and Alicia Rosales for their fan photo taken at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. (Photo submitted)
Clear Lake stops Tiger tennis
FORT DODGE -- The postseason run for Spencer's boys tennis team came to an end Saturday as the Tigers ran into a solid Clear Lake squad during the substate semifinals. The Lions, boasting the state's reigning individual champion in Sam Jones and a state qualifying doubles team, topped Spencer 5-2 to advance to a substate final against Le Mars...
Little Tiger Relays celebrates 50 years
Near perfect weather welcomed fifth- and sixth-grade athletes to the Dale Norton Field oval on Tuesday, marking the 50th running of the Little Tiger Relays. Helping to kick off state track week, participants from Spencer Middle School, Lincoln Elementary and Sacred Heart showcased their efforts before packed stands of cheering fans. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)...
Tiger Football Camps
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. ...
Tiger girls basketball camps
New Spencer High School girls basketball coach Matt Stevenson along with his staff and players will host two basketball camps for area girls this summer. Starting Monday, June 20, and running through Thursday, June 23, will be the youth camp, applicable to girls entering fourth to eighth grade in the fall. The camp will run from 8:30-11 a.m. at the high school...