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Sports
G-LR ends CC-E girls season (02/11/16)
Clay Central-Everly's Sonya Newkirk, pictured jump stopping into the lane Tuesday night against South O'Brien, and the rest of the Maverick girls saw their season come to an end Thursday night in George during a 52-16 defeat at the hands of George-Little Rock in the first round of 1A regional play. (File photo)
Making it rain (02/11/16)
Thursday night's game with Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove provided Spencer's boys with a nice bounce back opportunity after a disheartening 66-60 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central Tuesday. Preston Funderburg made sure the Tigers seized that chance, drilling a school record nine 3-pointers en route to a 31 point night and 76-33 Spencer victory...
Tiger girls win 60-59 thriller over ELC (02/10/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- Spencer's girls looked poised to snap their three-game losing streak relatively easily Tuesday night, playing an Estherville Lincoln Central team they beat by 17 on Jan. 15. The Tigers still got back in the win column, but it took everything that had, including a comeback from a 10-point, second half deficit, to beat ELC 60-59 and finish the conference schedule with a record of 8-6...
CC-E girls notch 5th win, 42-39 (02/10/16)
EVERLY -- It wasn't always pretty, as 46 combined fouls and nearly 50 combined turnovers would suggest, but it was a win for Clay Central-Everly's girls over South O'Brien Tuesday night 42-39. The victory ends the Mavs' regular season with a record of 5-15. They'll travel to George Thursday night for their first round of regional play against 9-12 George-Little Rock...
Late rally not enough for Tigers (02/10/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- Entering Tuesday night's Lakes Conference finale against Estherville Lincoln Central, Spencer's boys seemingly had little to fear. The Midgets brought just four wins into the game compared to the Tigers' 13, and just 3 weeks ago, the purple and gold cruised past ELC by 17 in the Field House...
Mavs no match for Wolverines (02/10/16)
EVERLY -- CC-E's Bailey Stimson, pictured scoring two in the lane against South O'Brien Tuesday night, and the rest of the Mavericks had no answer for the visiting Wolverines in a 79-38 defeat. The 1A vote-getters and 2015 state tournament participants put up 34 on the Mavs in the first en route to a 54-17 halftime lead. South O'Brien outscored CC-E 18-10 in the third before completely letting off the gas in the fourth. The Mavs drop to 1-19 and will host Remsen-Union Friday night in a tilt that will see one team win its second game. Tip for the boys only event is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
Rebel girls win 4th straight (02/08/16)
Back-to-back road wins Friday and Saturday against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire (58-41) and Storm Lake St. Mary's (54-33) have Sioux Central's girls riding a four-game win streak into postseason play with Tuesday night's scheduled season finale against Newell-Fonda being canceled...
Sioux Central splits weekend (02/08/16)
The Rebel boys went 1-1 on the weekend, falling 70-32 Friday night to Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in Ruthven and winning 70-56 against Storm Lake St. Mary's Saturday night in Storm Lake. Sioux Central managed to hang around for the first half against a high-powered Titan team, trailing 14-11 after one and 30-19 at the break...
Braves blow by Tiger girls, 82-55 (02/06/16)
Spencer's girls welcomed 2A No. 4-ranked Cherokee to the Field House Friday night, looking to bounce back from a pair of losses to Western Christian and Spirit Lake. The Braves, sporting one of the most potent offenses in the state, gave the Tigers fits at both ends, turning a steady stream of Spencer turnovers into an 82-55 conference victory...
Tigers finish strong, down Braves 80-58 (02/06/16)
Spencer's Jake Kluender put up a remarkably efficient 31-point effort Friday night. Making 8-of-11 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the stripe to help the Tigers put away a hot shooting Cherokee team 80-58 in the Field House. The Tiger senior was joined in double figures by Blake Illg and Brady Kluender who had 11 and 10 respectively...
IGLFC to host fishing seminar Feb. 11 (02/05/16)
EVERLY -- Each February the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) hosts a fishing seminar opportunity for both IGLFC members and non-members alike. This year's seminar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center in Everly and will feature Iowa native and accomplished tournament angler Tommy Skarlis as guest speaker...
Tailtwisters receive Wal-Mart donation (02/05/16)
Spencer Wal-Mart assistant manager Teresa Ohnesorge presents a check for $1,650 to Spencer High School activities director David Brown for use in the management of Spencer Schools activity programs. The money was donated through Wal-Mart's Community Grant Program which focuses on creating an impact in the neighborhoods where Wal-Mart employees live and work. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
Beckius signs with Laker volleyball (02/05/16)
Julia Beckius is a 5-foot-8 outside/right side hitter from St. James, Minnesota. During her time at St. James, Beckius re-wrote the Saints record book. Her 1,145 career kills left her in the top spot of that column. She also made her name known in the digs column with 812 and service aces with 169. Beckius captained the team her senior year and led them with 317 kills. She also accumulated 233 digs, 57 aces and 18 blocks on the season...
Hinkeldey joins Laker volleyball (02/05/16)
Andrea Hinkeldey is a 6-foot outside/middle hitter from Heron Lake, Minnesota. During her senior campaign at Heron Lake-Okabena, Hinkeldey captained her team while collecting 405 kills, 400 digs and 70 blocks. Hinkeldey is a four-time letter winner for the Wildcats, racking up 1,051 digs, 872 kills and 265 blocks in her career. For her efforts on the court, Hinkeldey has earned numerous awards, including three all-conference nods, two all-area awards and the team MVP honor her senior year...
Stewardship tip: Biodegradable baits (02/05/16)
Iowan's are finally on the ice. It has been one of the warmest winters in quite some time leading to ponds and lakes remaining open through much of December. However ole man winter never gives up and has finally provided a sustained period of cold weather allowing anglers throughout the State to scratch that ice fishing itch...
Vilsack announces additional support for Iowa producers (02/05/16)
DES MOINES -- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in early January a host of new efforts to help Iowa's farmers and livestock producers conserve water and soil resources and improve nutrient management practices on the state's 30 million acres of farmland. ...
Below the snow (02/05/16)
Snow. When we think of the word we think of hard work, frigid temperatures, and dangerous driving conditions. Winter can be problematic for plant, animal, and human alike. However for some organisms, surviving winter temperatures actually depends on the presence and quality of snow cover. The subnivean zone is the area that lies beneath the snow, and within this hidden world there is a lot of activity going on...
Remembering back: Ice fishing memories (02/05/16)
I was in the garage messing with my ice fishing gear the other day. I got to thinking about how ice fishing has changed so much in the past few years, which got me to thinking about some of the memorable ice fishing trips I've been on. In the following, I'll share what made those trips memorable and what I learned from them...
Rebel girls put away CC-E, 61-41 (02/05/16)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Clay Central-Everly got a double-double out of Kennedy Wilson Thursday night as the Maverick junior pulled in 10 rebounds to go with a game-high 22 points, but Sioux Central got some timely runs to seal a comfortable 61-41 victory. "Kennedy played great, but the trouble with one girl getting all the boards and shots is they'll key on her and do their best to take her away," CC-E girls basketball coach Lester Tessum said after the game. ...
Mavs win (02/05/16)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Clay Central-Everly's boys entered Thursday night's game with Sioux Central riding a 20-game skid dating back to Feb. 6 of last year. They left with a season record of 1-17, finishing a wire-to-wire triumph 69-65. The win marked the team's first road victory since beating the now-consolidated Ventura 37-36 on Jan. 27, 2012...
Still on top (02/03/16)
The start of February brings the halfway point of the regular season for Spencer's archery team, and the Tigers are well on their way to another state tournament appearance which will come with the possibility of winning a third straight state championship...
Spirit Lake pulls away from Tiger girls, 65-52 (02/01/16)
Spencer's Ally Schlaeger was an absolute fire breather in the first half Monday night between the Tigers and Spirit Lake Indians. Schlaeger went 6-of-6 from beyond the arc for 18 points in the first two quarters, including four straight possessions in the second stanza. However, the rest of the purple and gold struggled for much of the game as Spencer fell 65-52...
Tigers can't hang on against Spirit Lake, 63-58 (02/01/16)
The first time Spencer played against Spirit Lake and their lethal duo of D-1 recruits, Billy Brown and Ryan Kriener, the pair combined for 52 points in a disheartening 25-point Tiger defeat. Monday night the Tigers seemed dead set on revenge, holding a lead in the final two minutes against the Indians. However, Brown and Kriener ultimately put up a combined 55 points, and Spencer committed a handful of backbreaking turnovers down the stretch as the Tigers dropped to 12-5 with a 63-58 loss...
Rebel girls take 55-54 nail biter from East Sac (02/01/16)
SAC CITY -- Sioux Central's girls hung on to win a thriller during a Friday night road trip against East Sac County. Both teams stayed neck-and-neck for the full 32 minutes with the Rebels pulling out a 55-54 victory. "I thought the girls did a great job of hanging in there throughout the entire game," Sioux Central girls basketball coach Alan Vasher said. ...
Rebels drop back-to-back (02/01/16)
Sioux Central's boys dropped a pair of games Friday and Saturday night, falling to East Sac County 75-34 in Sac City Friday and to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 67-59 in Hartley the following evening. "We ran into a very hot shooting East Sac team. Defensively, I thought our initial guard was very good, but we need to improve on not getting beat over the top," Sioux Central boys basketball coach Stephen Tjaden said of Friday's game. ...

Sports Briefs
Iowa Lakes picks up win over Ellsworth (02/11/16)
IOWA FALLS -- The Iowa Lakes women's basketball team picked up a 48-43 win over Ellsworth Community College Wednesday evening. Jackie Petrich led all scorers with 16 points on the evening. Teammates Lauryn Smith and Asiya Smith both added 1. Asiya Smith grabbed seven rebounds to pace Iowa Lakes on the boards...
Lakers win 5th straight (02/11/16)
IOWA FALLS -- The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team moved to 17-7 and 6-2 in ICCAC play with an 85-65 win over Ellsworth Wednesday night. The win is the Lakers fifth in a row and makes eight out of their last nine. The win also has the Lakers in a second place tie with Kirkwood in the conference...
Iowa Lakes falls to Kirkwood (02/08/16)
CEDAR RAPIDS -- The Iowa Lakes women's basketball team fell to Kirkwood 69-46 Saturday afternoon. Asiya Smith led all scorers with 11 points on the afternoon. Teammate Lauryn Smith added 10. Jackie Petrich grabbed nine rebounds to pace Iowa Lakes on the boards. Iowa Lakes is now 13-11 on the season and 2-6 in conference play. Iowa Lakes will travel to Iowa Falls to play Ellsworth at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday...
Gunderson wins section title (02/08/16)
IDA GROVE -- The journey to the state wrestling tournament started Saturday for 1A and 2A schools with sectional meets all across the state. Sioux Central's mat men headed down to Ida Grove for the 1A Sectional 5 Tournament with an eye on advancing to the District 3 Tournament this coming Saturday in Manson...
Lakers outrun Kirkwood (02/08/16)
CEDAR RAPIDS -- The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team moved to 16-7 and 5-2 in ICCAC play with a 95-85 win over Kirkwood Saturday. The Lakers were led by Chris Jones with 25 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Lakers was Rachard Moody with 17, and Demetrius Woodley and Cody Cox who both had 11...