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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Sports
'Silly mistakes' foil Rebels against ELC (08/24/16)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Sioux Central High School served up the first dose of fall sports in the local area Tuesday night, hosting Estherville Lincoln Central in non-conference volleyball action. The Rebels struggled maintaining consistency with the Midgets, falling in four sets, 3-1...
Extreme Am Results (08/24/16)
Elementary Skateboard Junior High Skateboard High School Skateboard Adult Skateboard Middle School Scooter High School Scooter...
Annual Abben Golf Classic approaching (08/22/16)
The 11th Annual Abben Golf Classic is set for Sunday, Aug. 28 with registration and lunch preceding a noon shotgun start. Each year 144 golfers and over 100 sponsors and volunteers come together for a fun day of golf and camaraderie and, more importantly, in support of local cancer care...
U12 to U14 soccer girls train in Omaha (08/20/16)
Eighteen of Spencer's U12 to U14 soccer girls (above) made the trip to Omaha two weekends ago to train with the Omaha Football Club, which has 3,000 members, as well as the Gretna Football Club, which has 1,500 members, in an effort to add a little fine-tuning before the fall soccer season begins. Each age group from Spencer put in four training sessions and played in three games. Below, the athletes trained with a Manchester United Academy coach their last day in Omaha. The entire trip was financed by the concessions stand at this summer's youth Slugfest Baseball Tournament. (Photos submitted)
Roberts to play softball at Iowa Lakes (08/20/16)
Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach Katie Larson announced the signing of Caitlyn Roberts to the 2016-2017 recruiting class this week. Roberts is the daughter of Josh and Anne Roberts and played for the Spirit Lake Indians. "Caitlyn comes from an elite high school softball program in Iowa. Getting a kid like Caitlyn that has played high quality softball for many years and has developed the skills to be successful in college is huge." Larson said...
Who will be the QB? (08/19/16)
The old saying goes, "If you have two quarterbacks, then you don't have one." Spencer's football program is currently trying to figure out what to do when there are three players battling for the opportunity under center. Ideally, a positional battle gets solved during a public scrimmage, but after Friday night's intrasquad tussle, Tiger head coach Jim Tighe still has a decision to make...
Duck numbers hold steady (08/19/16)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Overall duck numbers in the survey area are statistically similar to last year and remain steady. ...
Bass and topwater baits (08/19/16)
Fishing is fun. That's why we go fishing. And it's more fun when we catch some fish. And there are some techniques that are more fun to employ. Throwing topwater baits for largemouth bass is one of those techniques that are really fun. Seeing a wake approaching your floating lure, then seeing the bass explode on it is exciting...
Okoboji Blue Water Festival, a magical day (08/19/16)
OKOBOJI ― What a day. What an awesome time it was at last Saturday's Okoboji Blue Water Festival held at Preservation Plaza on the shores of West Okoboji. The weather was perfect, and the setting could not have been any better. After all, it was all about protecting and improving the waters of the Iowa Great Lakes...
Come enjoy the Bee & Butterfly Festival (08/19/16)
OKOBOJI ― We've been searching and searching for monarch eggs and caterpillars, and disappointment has seemed the rule of the day as of late. According to the University of Kansas' Monarch Watch program, a sleet storm hit monarch overwintering sites in Mexico in March. Some butterflies had already started north, but numbers reported up to 50 percent of monarchs that remained were killed, although percentages varied from colony to colony...
Benally signs for volleyball, basketball at ILCC (08/19/16)
Iowa Lakes Community College head coaches Lea Hartigan (volleyball) and Ashley Martin (basketball) have announced that Jazmin Benally of Shiprock, New Mexico, has signed a National Junior College Letter of Intent to play volleyball and basketball for the Lakers next season...
Q&A with Dallas Clark (08/18/16)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Dallas Clark used the phrases "team up" and "make a difference" to describe the reason behind his July 22 appearance at the Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits store in Spirit Lake. The former NFL tight end came to the Iowa Great Lakes on behalf of the Hy-Vee and Train Wreck Winery, a business he owns near his hometown of Livermore...
Tiger scrimmage tonight (08/18/16)
Above, Spencer's Eric Beehler fires a pass to Austin Chinn during last year's Tiger football scrimmage. Beehler finds himself in a three-way battle for the starting job under center entering tonight's scrimmage at Dale Norton Field. JV teams will hit the gridiron at 6 p.m. with varsity following at 7 p.m. Fans will be "charged" one sports drink in lieu of cash for entry. In case of rain, the intrasquad tussle may take place on the practice field just south of the Tiger softball diamond. (File photo)
Rage In The Cage: Extreme Am returning to Spencer skatepark (08/17/16)
After several years, the Extreme Am, northwest Iowa's original amateur skateboard competition, is returning to East Leach Park Skate Park in Spencer Saturday, Aug. 20. Titled "Rage In The Cage," in addition to the skateboard competition, this year a scooter exhibition will be offered for local enthusiasts...
Simpson breaks ground, takes bronze (08/17/16)
For the first time in Olympic history, the United States gained a medal in the women's 1,500-meter race Tuesday night as Webster City native and granddaughter of Spencer's Robert and Delores Barringer, Jenny Simpson took bronze in the event at Rio de Janeiro. Simpson's final time ended up being her slowest in Brazil at 4:10.53, but a pass down the final stretch put her on the podium. After the race, Simpson tweeted, "I don't run to prove people wrong, I run to prove people right. Thank you to everyone who believed. #Olympic." (File photo)
Ladies Early Bird league ends season (08/17/16)
The Spencer Municipal Golf Course Ladies Early Bird League held their year-end tournament this week to cap off the 2016 season. Above, are the 2016 league winners (from left, back to front): Deb Hinkeldey and Nancy Triggs (3rd); Sue Drummond and Karen Buchholz (1st); Lori Black and Deborah Jostand (2nd). Below are the flight winners for the year-end tournament: first flight (front, left) Judy Good (1st), Deborah Jostand (2nd), Deb Hinkeldey (3rd); second flight (middle, left) Lori Black (1st), Marcia Cheevers (2nd), Bonnie Hoover (3rd); third flight (back, left) Karen Buchholz (1st), Mary DeBoer (2nd), Pam Livasy (3rd). (Photos submitted)
Simpson runs 1,500 final tonight (08/15/16)
Jenny Simpson, granddaughter of Robert and Delores Barringer, of Spencer, pictured training in the mountains of Colorado, will compete in the women's 1,500-meter final tonight at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Simpson finished 10th in the qualifying round with a time of 4:06.99 and fourth in her semifinal in a time of 4:05.07. Her career best is 3:57.22. Simpson's race is scheduled to run at 8:30 p.m. and be broadcast live on NBC. (Photo submitted)
Glow for the Gold (08/15/16)
While Olympic tracks stars created a bit of buzz on television Saturday night, a group of local runners came together after dark to deck themselves out in neon and hit the course at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course for the Spencer Family Y's 5K Glow Run. Participants lined up and prepared to take off as the final suggestion of sunlight dropped beyond the western horizon. Runners and walkers moved about the course which covered several holes marked by glow-in-the-dark sticks. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
The Hall calls Dodger (08/13/16)
While growing up on Fair-view Avenue in northeast Spencer in the 1960s, there was really only one thing Brad Dodge wanted to do -- gather up some friends with his brother Danny and head over to Pederson Park to spend a couple hours on the diamond. The undersized athlete struggled to find much traction on the gridiron or hardwood, but on the mo-und or manning the gap at short Dodge showcased some of the sharpest skills in the area...
Duck season framework changes for 2016-17 hunting season (08/13/16)
As we head into the month of August, duck hunters are already making plans for this year's duck seasons. This will be the third year of the special statewide teal-only season, and with it come some interesting changes. For the first two years, Iowa took advantage of the entire 16-day season and began the first weekend in September. Last year, for instance, that season ran from Sept. 5-20 with the first year from Sept. 6-21. This season was a teal-only season...
End of the summer fishing (08/13/16)
I can't believe I'm thinking this already, but autumn is fast approaching. The month of August signals the end of summer and the beginning of school and football season. It also is a time when fishing can be a little tough if we don't make some adjustments in the way we go about our fishing. And, if we make those adjustments, fishing can be very good. Following are some fishing adjustments to consider for the next few weeks...
Okoboji Blue Water Festival set for Saturday (08/13/16)
ARNOLDS PARK -- It's finally here ... I've been waiting over four months for this week to arrive. I know, I know, at my age it's not good to wish the time away; it goes fast enough as it is. No, my anticipation is for the Okoboji Blue Water Festival to be held today at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park...
Fall fishing hit list (08/13/16)
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. For diehard anglers, fall fishing may be the most coveted time of the year. ...
Beaver football looks to rebound (08/11/16)
STORM LAKE -- For the last decade, Jay Anderson has patrolled the sideline for the Buena Vista University football program. He's been involved with Beaver football in some capacity for the past 19. After joining the coaching staff as a graduate assistant, Anderson moved on to be a defensive backs coach, offensive coordinator and ultimately, the head honcho...
Olympian with Spencer ties competes Friday night (08/10/16)
Jenny Simpson, pictured running in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon last year, will run in the Olympics this Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Simpson, the granddaughter of Spencer's Robert and Delores Barringer, took first in this year's U.S. Olympic Trials, running the 1,500-meter race in 4:04.74. Her current personal record in the 1,500, of 3:57.22 is the third fastest time by an American all time. Friday night's prelims will be followed up by a pair of semifinals held Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 7:41 p.m. The finals are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. All races will be aired on NBC. (Photo submitted)

Sports Briefs
Tailtwister Tailgate set for Aug. 26 (08/24/16)
The annual Tailtwister Tailgate at Dale Norton Field will be held Friday, Aug. 26, from 5-7 p.m. Football fans will be able to purchase a Smoke Daddies pulled pork sandwich or grilled hot dog, Carroll's Bakery cookies and Lays chips from Fareway for $5. All proceeds go to the Spencer Tailtwisters and their support of Spencer Tiger Athletics. People interested in becoming a Tailtwister will be able to do so at the tailgate or at https://app.teamspectator.com/share/spen......
Crash the Course for a Cure (08/24/16)
Following Spencer High School's opening cross country meet of the year at Spencer Municipal Golf Course on Thursday, Aug. 25, a Pink Out 5K Run/Walk will take place on the course to promote breast cancer awareness. After the JV races, Mindy Sylvester from Spencer Hospital Women's Center will have a brief presentation followed by the varsity girls and varsity boys races. ...