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Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Sports
Spencer pair prepared for state (10/31/14)
It was a rocky season for Spencer cross country this year to say the least. Heavy turnover from last year, injuries, illness and other unforeseen circumstances made 2014 an uphill battle, leading to a bit of a rebuilding year for the boys and a tough-to-swallow fourth-place finish for the girls at the State Qualifying Meet held in Carroll last Thursday as they came up just four points short of advancing as a team...
U12 teams win Halloween Havoc (10/31/14)
The Northwest Iowa Soccer Club sent eight teams to the annual Halloween Havoc Soccer Tournament held at the Council Bluffs Recreation Park last weekend in Council Bluffs, sending two groups of U10 girls and one team for each of the girls' U11, U12 and U13 divisions and one team for each of the boys' U10, U11 and U12 divisions. Both of the Galaxy's U12 teams (PICTURED ABOVE OR WHEREVER) were crowned champions at the 242-team tournament, featuring squads from seven states on 24 different fields. The NWISC will now be off for two weeks before their winter season starts indoors with the first tournament in Sioux Falls at the Sanford Center on Dec. 5-7. (Photos submitted.)
Iowa Lakes soccer teams advance to Final Four (10/31/14)
Iowa Lakes men's and women's soccer teams have advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XI Final Four. The tournament takes place this weekend at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines. The women will face Iowa Central at noon on Saturday, and the men face Marshalltown Community College at 2 p.m...
H-LP ends Mavs season in 5 (10/29/14)
EVERLY -- Clay Central-Everly finished their season with an 11-19 record Tuesday night, falling to Harris-Lake Park in five games at home in the second round of Class 1A Region 1 action. The Mavericks looked strong early on, taking a 9-2 lead, but the Wolves clawed their way back into the set with a 10-4 run to make it 13-12 in favor of CC-E. Eventually, H-LP tied it up at 18 and again at 20 before the Maverick offense seemed to stall out, and the visitors took game one 25-22...
Rebels reach next round (10/29/14)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Sioux Central's postseason volleyball path began Tuesday night with a second-round matchup against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at home after receiving a first-round bye. The Lady Rebels had a bit of a rough start, but they improved throughout the evening, winning in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-16...
Lady Lakers win round one (10/29/14)
The Iowa Lakes Community College women's soccer team hosted the opening round of the playoffs against Indian Hills Community College Tuesday. The wind was blowing 30 mph the whole match but really didn't have much of an impact. The Lakers dominated the first half, keeping the ball in their offensive end most of the time, and taking shot after shot on the Indian Hills keeper...
Double-double for Martindale in Laker defeat (10/29/14)
The Iowa Lakes volleyball team played host to Division 1 Indian Hills Monday night in Estherville. The Lakers were defeated in four sets by scores of 25-22, 13-25, 18-25 and 21-25. The Lakers were led by Kirstin Martindale who posted a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs. ...
Early exit (10/29/14)
SIOUX CITY -- Playing without starting fullback and senior leader John Greer due to an appendix emergency, the Spencer Tigers had an even bigger task in front of them Wednesday night on the road against Class 3A No. 2-ranked Bishop Heelan. In the end, the Crusaders lived up to their ranking and reputation, shutting out Spencer 34-0 to bring a 4-6 Tiger season to a close...
Lakers ranked 19th in preseason poll (10/29/14)
The National Junior College Athletic Association has released its preseason top-20 poll for division two men's basketball. The poll has the Lakers ranked 19th in the nation. The Lakers are coming off a 23-9 season in which they finished second in the Region XI regular season and tournament...
Lady Tigers advance with sweep (10/27/14)
Spencer punched their ticket to the Class 4A, Region 1 volleyball semifinals with a Monday night sweep of Storm Lake at the Spencer Field House -- six days after sweeping the Tornadoes on their home floor. The Lady Tigers were far from dominant in the early going, falling behind the visitors 7-2 before Spencer volleyball coach Michele Dirkx called a timeout...
Heelan...again (10/27/14)
With the excitement that comes from making the playoffs as a fourth seed on the final week of the season, comes the difficult postseason seeding of taking on a district champion in the first round. New rules limiting distance travelled in the playoffs mean Spencer (4-5, 3-3) gets the pleasure of challenging their own district's champs, familiar foe, Class 3A No. 2-ranked Bishop Heelan (8-1, 6-0)...
NWIA All-Stars tie for 7th (10/27/14)
DULUTH, GA -- A wild ride that saw a group of kids from northwest Iowa in their first year of competition make it all the way to the PGA Junior League National Championships held at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia ended this weekend as the NWIA All-Stars tied for seventh out of eight teams...
NWIA All-Stars struggle on day one (10/24/14)
Hannah Butler watches an iron shot from the fairway Friday. Butler and the rest of the Northwest Iowa PGA Junior League All-Stars got off to a difficult start on the first day of national competition at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. Team Iowa opened play with an 11.5-1.5 loss to 2013 runner-up Team California. Play resumes today. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)
Royals edge Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead (10/24/14)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead...
No. 9 Woodbury Central downs Rebels 18-6 (10/24/14)
ALBERT CITY -- Sioux Central's playoff hopes were on life support going in to Friday night's home game against Class A No. 9-ranked Woodbury Central and their monstrous offensive line which features three potential D-1 athletes, but the Rebels went down swinging, holding an offense that has averaged just under 30 points per game during their district championship season to 18. ...
Taking care of business (10/24/14)
SERGEANT BLUFF -- The No. 2 offense in Class 3A put up 580 yards of offense and 54 points on a Spencer Tiger team desperate for a win to punch their own ticket to the postseason without resulting to point differential tiebreakers, and it still wasn't enough as Trey Hookfin hit Malik Rasch with a 51-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds left to lift Spencer to a 55-54 circus victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton...
Mavs fall 44-22 after early lead (10/24/14)
ROYAL -- Clay Central-Everly opened their final game of the season at home against Remsen-Union with as much intensity as they've had all year, taking an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter, but the Mavs fizzled down the stretch, falling 44-22...
Annual Basketball Alumni Games/Drug Awareness Clinic (10/24/14)
Iowa Lakes men's and women's basketball teams will hold their annual alumni games today. The Youth Basketball/Drug Awareness Clinic kicks off the afternoon at 12 p.m. The clinic is open for kid's kindergarten through eighth grade. The games start at 1 p.m. with the women playing first. The men are to follow at 2:15 p.m...
Soccer to host last regular season match (10/24/14)
Iowa Lakes men's and women's soccer will host their last regular season match today at the Spencer Soccerplex. The men's game starts at 2 p.m., with the women to follow at 4 p.m. The men, who are 8-4-1 overall, and 6-4-1 in the conference, will look to continue their strong play with wins over Marshalltown and NIACC in the past 10 days...
Lakers release wrestling schedule (10/24/14)
Iowa Lakes head wrestling coach Cody Alesch has released the schedule for the 2014-2015 season. The Lakers compete in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Region XI conference which is made up of the following colleges: Ellsworth, Iowa Western, NIACC, Iowa Central, Minnesota West, Rochester, Itasca, Ridgewater, and Northland...
Youth pheasant hunt successful (10/24/14)
Fun in the outdoors! What better way to describe the activity 45 Clay County youth enjoyed last Saturday morning, Oct. 18 at the annual Clay County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt. Held at Dwight and Bev Rutters' Prairie Flower west of Fostoria, the morning started off with a gun safety seminar and the reasons for wearing blaze orange conducted by Clay County DNR officer Marty Ebby...
Hamilton, Bauermeister qualify for state (10/23/14)
CARROLL -- Sometimes a close loss feels worse than a blowout. That's how Spencer's girls are feeling after coming up just four points short of qualifying for the State Cross Country Meet Thursday night at the 3A State Qualifier held at Swan Lake State Park in Carroll. ...
Demers makes it to state (10/23/14)
HOLSTEIN -- Due to lack of numbers, Sioux Central's boys didn't have a chance at qualifying for state as a team, but their leader, Dalton Demers continued his impressive season with a 17:33, ninth-place finish at the 1A State Qualifying Cross Country Meet hosted by Ridge View Thursday to earn himself a berth at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 1...
GAME OF THE WEEK: Spencer (3-5) at Sergeant Bluff-Luton (6-2) (10/23/14)
LAST YEAR The script was flipped last year as Spencer entered the game as a district power against a Warriors team hovering on the playoff bubble, and the Tigers looked dominant, rolling to a 48-7 victory spurred on by a seven-carry, 141-yard, three-touchdown performance by Hunter Cushman. An SB-L team comprised of almost exclusively sophomores at the skill positions struggled moving the ball, gaining just 168 yards with a heavy dose of those coming after the game had been won...
Woodbury Central (7-1) at Sioux Central (4-4) (10/23/14)
Similar to half of Sioux Central's opponents this year, Woodbury Central will be seeing the Rebels for the first time with the new district alignment. The Wildcats went 2-7 last year, but they returned nearly their entire roster, including now-senior twins, Logan and Landon Paulsen who anchor the line play for a now 7-1 team at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds apiece...

Sports Briefs
Spencer Youth Basketball Association (10/31/14)
The Spencer Youth Basketball Association is currently registering third through sixth grade players for this year's clinics. A $25 fee per child includes instruction and a Tiger basketball T-shirt. Boys clinics will take place at Spencer High School on Sundays, Nov. ...
Hammond hat trick for Lady Lakers (10/27/14)
The Iowa Lakes Community College women's soccer team played host to Scott Community College on Saturday at the Spencer Soccer Complex. The Lakers had an opportunity in the first minute of the match as Kelsey Tonge broke in behind the defense and went in all alone on the keeper, but her shot was saved keeping the Lakers off the scoreboard. ...
Lakers hang eight on Scott (10/27/14)
Saturday the regular season concluded for the Lakers with a home game against Scott Community College. The contest was a shoot-out, with a final score of 8-4 favoring the Lakers. Ben MacRae, ILCC's head men's soccer coach, had this to say about the game, "It was not a vintage Iowa Lakes performance, but the lads got the job done. ...
Lakers clinch No. 3 seed (10/27/14)
Iowa Lakes Community College men's and women's soccer teams have both secured the No. 3 seed for the NJCAA Region XI Tournament, giving them the right to host a first-round match. The women (4-4 overall, 4-4 ICCAC) host Indian Hills (0-12 overall, 0-8 ICCAC) today...

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