'Jumpers' raise more than $19,000 for AHA
Local organizers with the annual Jump Rope for Heart elementary school event indicated that more than 150 fourth through sixth grade students raised in excess of $19,000 for the American Heart Association to battle heart disease. A total of $19,162.10 was raised through pledges to Lincoln Elementary, Sacred Heart Elementary and Spencer Middle School participants. It was the 29th year for the event, conducted in the Spencer High School Field House for 1 1/2 hours Tuesday evening...
Schaefer steps down as head wrestling coach
As of next winter, Spencer's wrestling program will have a new head coach for the first time in nearly 30 years after David Schaefer announced he will be stepping down from the position Wednesday. "It was a pretty emotional afternoon. It's a difficult decision for sure. ...
Regional Shrine Bowl participants acknowledged in Spencer
Seventeen northwest Iowa football players and cheerleaders were recognized for their upcoming participation in this summer's Iowa Shrine Bowl All Star Football Classic, which will take place on Saturday, July 25, in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Wednesday night at the Evening Shade Lodge in Spencer. Last year's game raised over $90,000 with all of the proceeds going towards funding The Shriner's Hospitals for Children which treat patients 18-and-under free of charge.
Tigers take on the Dakota Dome
VERMILLION, S.D. -- Spencer's track and field teams wrapped up their indoor seasons Monday at the University of South Dakota's Dakota Dome, running in the Dan Lennon Class A Invitational against 30 other schools from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota...
4 area schools compete in BVU Elite meet
STORM LAKE -- Spencer's boys and girls returned to the Dennis Young Indoor Track at Buena Vista University Friday night for the BVU High School Elite Meet, which featured nearly 20 northwest Iowa schools, after having visited the same oval just three days before for the Lakes Indoor Championships...
Sunday afternoon service
Nine years ago a group of northwest Iowa women, spearheaded by Spencer High School volleyball coach Michele Dirkx, started a winter volleyball league in hopes of creating a coachable volleyball experience with a much lower price tag then the usual offseason option, AAU competition...
Jump Rope for Heart
The elementary and middle school physical education instructors and school nurses from Spencer Community Schools and Sacred Heart, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, will be sponsoring Jump Rope for Heart Tuesday, March 24, at the Spencer Fieldhouse from 6:30-8 p.m. Students in grades 4-6 from Lincoln, Sacred Heart and Spencer Middle School will participate in the Jump. Spencer has one of the largest Jump Rope for Heart programs in the state of Iowa...
Tiger girls dominate Lakes indoor meet
STORM LAKE -- Spencer's reigning conference champion girls continued a strong opening to the track and field season, showing the rest of the Lakes Conference they're still the team to beat this year by winning seven of 12 events at the Lakes Conference Indoor Championships at Buena Vista University Tuesday night. They added six more top-three finishes as well in the meet which did not keep team scores...
Tiger girls nearly sweep MSU Indoor Meet, boys win 4 events
MANKATO, MINNESOTA -- Spencer's track and field teams started to get the blood flowing Saturday, taking on Algona and Okoboji at Minnesota State's indoor track facility for their first competitive action of the season. No team scores were kept, but Spencer's girls piled up 14 first-place finishes, including all of the relays while tossing in nine more top-three finishes...
Rolfes selected to be Dordt All-Star
Spencer senior Kelsey Rolfes, pictured gliding in for a layup this season, will play in the 2015 Defender Gold Club/American State Bank All-Star Girls Basketball Game this Saturday in the De Witt Gym on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center at 5:30 p.m. with the boys all-star game to follow. Each game will also have a 3-point shooting contest during halftime. Rolfes was selected for the game after leading the Tiger girls to a regional final appearance against Bishop Heelan and a 11-13 overall record. She averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while connecting on 42 percent of her shots, including 33 percent from beyond the arc. (File photo)
Geelan named INA All-State Selection
Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire junior Andy Geelan, pictured laying a shot in off the glass this season, has been named to the All-State Boys Basketball Class 1A Third Team after leading the Titans to a substate final appearance against South O'Brien and a 19-5 overall record. The 6-foot-4 guard put up 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.6 steals and just under one block per game for the season. (File photo by Matt Heinrichs)...
Tigersharks 2nd at Marshallltown meet
The Spencer YMCA Tigersharks swim team swam at the YMCA State Swim Meet in Marshalltown last weekend. The Tigersharks had 38 swimmers compete this year with the girls competing on Saturday and the boys competing on Sunday. The Tigersharks swam against the top YMCA swimmers in the state from Waukee, Ankeny, Des Moines Area YMCAs, Cedar Rapids Area YMCAs, Council Bluffs Area YMCAs, Spirit Lake, LeMars, Algona, Charles City and Marshalltown and also several other YMCAs from across the state. ...
Move over soccer. There's a new, spring sport with some kick, capturing kids' attention in the area. OK, so the sport itself isn't exactly new, having started way back in the 1880s, but students from Spencer, Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Aysrhire schools have taken to ranges across the state, participating in competitive trap shooting from mid-April to late-May as the GT/RA Bullseyes...
Local banks show support for Boji Bay Ice Arena
Two area banks donated funds to help with the finishing touches of the Lakes Area Hockey Association Boji Bay Ice Arena. The Boji Blizzard Minis (6U) and Mites (8U) are pictured thanking Northwest Bank's Market President Dan Kitzinger for the sponsorship of a locker room. ...
Another former Laker receives honors
Former Iowa Lakes basketball standout Diamontae McKinley was selected to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference's first team and was also chosen as the A.I.I. Newcomer of the Year. McKinley plays for Ashford University, an NAIA affiliated university in Clinton...
Former Laker Parks receives All-Summit League honors
Former Iowa Lakes men's basketball player Deondre Parks was one of four South Dakota State men's basketball players who earned Summit League honors for their play during the 2014-15 season in leading the Jackrabbits to the No. 1 overall seed at The Summit League Championships...
Iowa Lakes men 2nd, women 3rd at NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championship
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Iowa Lakes men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled to Buffalo, New York for the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championship this past weekend and finished as one of the elite programs in the nation with a second place finish for the men and a third place finish for the women...
Ready. Aim. Repeat.
DES MOINES -- Stories about Spencer's archery team have started to simply feel like memos from the Department of Redundancy Department after the high school team capped an undefeated regular season with their second straight state title at the National Archery in the Schools Program Iowa State Championships Saturday at the Iowa Events Center...
Late Mustang bucket gives NF 1st title, 45-43
DES MOINES -- The buzzer sounded. Assistant coach Kevin Larsen pumped his fist several times and sprinted out on the Wells Fargo Arena floor Friday night to hug his players. On the court two of the Newell-Fonda seniors, Hailey Falline and Brianna Wells, who had suffered two previous title game heartbreaks, hugged in relief. They had won the state championship that had twice eluded them by a score of 45-43 over the 23-4 Orioles of Springville...
Defending the title
The Spencer archery dynasty takes on the rest of the state today in Des Moines, looking to defend their state title from a year ago. An undefeated regular season has the Tigers feeling good so far, but coach Teresa Ball knows her kids haven't seen top-flight competition this year as the rest of northwest Iowa tries to catch up to Spencer's level...
Tigersharks compete in state meet
The Spencer Family YMCA Tigersharks swim team competed at the GISL State Swim Meet on Saturday, Feb. 28, in Fort Dodge. The Tigersharks took on teams from Emmetsburg, Estherville, Le Mars, Denison, Manning, Carroll, Clarinda, Pella, Perry, Brooklyn and Grinnell. ...
NF returns to championship game
DES MOINES -- Newell-Fonda will play for the Class 1A Girls State Basketball Championship Friday evening, after roaring back from a big, first-quarter deficit to stun defending state champ, Burlington-Notre Dame, 63-56 Wednesday night. The Mustangs were as hot in the second half as they were cold for much of the first. ...
Kramer, Schauer named academic all-staters
Spencer girls basketball seniors Kelli Kramer and Abby Schauer have both received postseason acknowledgment for their work in the classroom. Each senior was named to the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All State Academic Team which requires an ACT composite score of 25 or above, at least a 3.25 GPA and a class ranking in the top 25 percent. ...
Iowa Lakes signs Jordan Henry to golf team
Iowa Lakes head golf coach Andy Soper signed Jordan Henry of Madelia, Minnesota, to a NJCAA Letter of Intent for men's golf. Henry is a standout golfer for the Madelia Blackhawks. He has been on varsity since 7th Grade, and he's been all-conference since his 8th-grade season. Henry qualified for the state tournament three seasons from 2011-13 with a best finish of 11th place...
Huckfelt crowned AAU State Champ
DES MOINES -- Spencer's wrestling future showed great promise this past weekend during the Iowa AAU Kids State Championship in Wells Fargo Arena as A Class, 108-pounder and Iowa Great Lakes Wrestling Club member Logan Huckfelt grappled his way to the top of the podium, winning two matches by first-period pin and two by decision after a first-round bye...