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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Sports
Spencer's girls get back in the win column (12/20/14)
STORM LAKE -- The Lady Tigers ended a three-game skid Friday night against Storm Lake, rolling through the Tornadoes 68-27 with the help of a double-double from Kesley Rolfes who scored 12 points and dished out 11 assists. Although the final score turned out to be heavily lopsided, the first quarter wasn't quite as clean as Spencer would have liked. They led 16-13, but the Tigers weren't playing up to their ability...
No. 1 PAC rolls through Sioux Central (12/20/14)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Led by the state's leading scorer across all classes, sophomore Elle Ruffridge (29.4 ppg), the Pocahontas girls entered Friday night's contest with Sioux Central as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A. Ruffridge dropped 34 points on the Rebels en route to a 75-39 Sioux Central defeat...
Tigers blow out Tornadoes (12/19/14)
STORM LAKE -- The Tigers needed to bounce back from a lackluster Tuesday night 71-49 defeat at the hands of Le Mars Friday when they travelled south to continue Lakes Conference competition against the Storm Lake Tornadoes. The purple and gold answered the call as junior Jake Kluender dropped a cool 30 points on the Tornadoes in a 75-48 blowout...
Poky height stifles Rebels (12/19/14)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Sporting a roster seemingly filled with players above 6-foot-4, the Pocahontas Area Indians took on Sioux Central on the Rebels' home floor Friday night, dropping the silver and red to 0-6 on the year and 0-2 in Twin Lakes Conference action by a score of 74-37...
Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year -- No. 4 (12/19/14)
Checking in at No. 4 on this year's countdown is the most successful Lady Tiger swimming season ever, and more specifically, their performance at the state meet on Saturday, Nov. 8. Four-time state participants Taylor Sieperda and Emma Dau were joined by fellow returning state swimmers Cassidy Fox, Cassie Soma and Krista Determan as well as first-timers Kaylee Boelter, Maddie DeWitt and Maddie Sieperda at the 2014 IGHSAU State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown where they set five school records in their six events while placing 14th overall as a team. ...
Top 5 Sports Stories of the Year -- No. 5 (12/19/14)
We start our countdown this year with what very well may be the strongest program in the Daily Reporter's coverage area. Spencer's archery team has become somewhat of a dynasty, having participated in the National Archery in the Schools National Tournament eight out of the last nine years as well as the NASP World Tournament the last two years. ...
Open season (12/19/14)
It wasn't pretty. It wasn't dominant. But, it was two more Lakes Conference Dual victories for Spencer Thursday night in the Field House as the Tigers beat Western Christian 66-15 and Emmetsburg 51-27 with the help of nine open weights from the Wolfpack and four from the E-Hawks...
Helmink signs with Northwestern (12/17/14)
Allie Helmink has signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field and cross country careers at Northwestern College next year. Helmink has earned a combined four letters running for the Spencer High School cross country (one year) and track and field teams (three). ...
Rebel wrestlers swept by GT/RA, A-A (12/17/14)
ALTA -- Sioux Central's wrestling season continued Tuesday night with double dual action against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Alta-Aurelia. The Rebels' five-man lineup fell to the Titans 42-21 to start the evening before falling to the Warriors 75-6...
Sioux Central's girls drop St. Mary's (12/17/14)
STORM LAKE -- The Lady Rebels moved to 4-6 on the season Tuesday night, beating Storm Lake St. Mary's in their own building 35-28 despite trailing 10-6 after one quarter. The Panthers were unable to reach double-digit scoring in the rest of the game as the Rebels won the second quarter 8-6 to trim the St. Mary's lead to 16-14 at the half...
Panther 3rd quarter run drops Rebels (12/17/14)
STORM LAKE -- Sioux Central's boys are still left searching for their first win of the season after giving up an 18-4 run in the third quarter Tuesday night on the road against Storm Lake St. Mary's en route to a 63-44 defeat. "Once again, we let a spurt by the opposing team be the difference," Rebel boys basketball coach Stephen Tjaden said. ...
2nd half surge lifts Le Mars over Lady Tigers (12/17/14)
LE MARS -- Spencer's girls depleted roster endured their third straight defeat Tuesday night against Lakes Conference foe Le Mars as the Bulldogs erupted for a 21-4 third quarter en route to a 58-32 triumph over the Tigers. Offense was a struggle for the Tigers all night long against a physical Bulldog team as they finished with a 2-19 performance from beyond the arc, and the first quarter saw Le Mars jump out to a 12-6 lead...
Bulldog physicality beats Tigers (12/17/14)
LE MARS -- Tyler Borchers, of Le Mars, simply couldn't be contained Tuesday night during the Tigers' visit to the Bulldogs as he finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the field while going 10-11 from the free-throw line during Spencer's first loss of the season which came by a score of 71-49...
Lady Mavs grind out win over GT/RA (12/17/14)
EVERLY -- In a game that saw a collective 42 turnovers and neither team shoot over 33 percent, Clay Central-Everly's girls held on to top Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 39-33. "We had a week layoff, and I think that we just weren't in a rhythm like we could have been," CC-E girls basketball coach Lester Tessum said. "Hopefully when we start getting our games a little closer, we can start to execute a little smoother."...
Titans thump CC-E (12/17/14)
EVERLY -- Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire's boys (3-2) entered Tuesday night's game against Clay Central-Everly with two losses by a combined six points to much larger schools Estherville Lincoln Central and South Central Calhoun. The Mavericks (0-3) entered the contest looking to improve from their highest scoring game of the season -- a 57-32 defeat at the hands of West Bend-Mallard last Tuesday. ...
Tigers pin 1st tourney win (12/15/14)
ALGONA -- Spencer's wrestlers had their best showing to this point of the season Saturday, winning the eight-team Martin Family Invitational in Algona with a score of 210.5 built on 13 of 14 Tigers placing, including three tournament champions in 113-pound Cody Huckfelt, 145-pound Dylan Huntoon and 220-pound Austin Roberts. Interstate-35 finished in second with 158.5 followed by Waterloo West with 145...
North Stars slip past Lady Tigers in OT (12/15/14)
If there was one thing Spencer's girls wanted to avoid Saturday against Sioux City North, it was overtime. Coming off a hard-fought Friday night game against Emmetsburg that had already tested the limits of their injury-depleted rotation, the Tigers would have greatly appreciated the opportunity to rest their legs as soon as possible. ...
Cougar D locks up Lady Rebels (12/15/14)
MANSON -- Offense came at a premium for Sioux Central's girls Friday night against Manson Northwest Webster as the Cougar defense never gave up more than eight points in a quarter, stole the ball 14 times and allowed just 28 Lady Rebel field goal attempts in the 65-27 MNW victory...
Rebels struggle in the paint, fall to MNW (12/15/14)
MANSON -- Sioux Central had no answer for the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster in the lane Friday night, allowing 64 rebounds to their 22, including 31 from MNW senior Cal Twait. Meanwhile, the Rebels had trouble getting the lid off the rim from outside, going 7-31 from deep in a 62-37 Cougar triumph...
Dates set for Iowa Lakes baseball camps (12/12/14)
The annual Winter Baseball Academy at Iowa Lakes Community College will be held in January and February of 2015. The camp, coached by Laker baseball head coach Jason Nell, is a specialized program that provides young people the opportunity to be evaluated by top coaches, improve their skill level and prepare them for the upcoming season. ...
Rebels swept at Western tourney (12/12/14)
HULL -- Sioux Central and their five-man wrestling lineup participated in the Western Christian dual tournament Friday night, falling to Sioux City West 54-12, West Lyon 72-12, Hinton 66-6 and Western Christian/Unity Christian 30-24. Caleb Gunderson continued to wrestle well in the 138-pound slot for the Rebels, picking up three pins and an additional win by forfeit against the Wolfpack...
Lady Tigers run out of gas (12/12/14)
EMMETSBURG -- Spencer's girls played three quarters of high-quality basketball Friday night against the Emmetsburg E-Hawks, but their injury-depleted rotation didn't have enough left in the tank down the stretch as Emmetsburg standout Ashton Connelly erupted for 19 points in the final quarter to take the game by a score of 46-40...
Spencer rolls through E-Hawks. (12/12/14)
EMMETSBURG -- It's safe to say the E-Hawks didn't stand a chance Friday night as they welcomed the Spencer Tigers to their floor for Lakes Conference action. Spencer's length on defense gave Emmetsburg fits, and a much improved shooting night from Tuesday's effort in the Field House against Estherville had the Tigers rolling to a 64-27 triumph...
Tracking down a title (12/12/14)
No matter the level of competition, racing titles don't come easy. Taking first in an individual race is difficult enough. Being the guy at the top of the heap after 55 events requires dedication, sacrifice, skill and perhaps most importantly, luck...
Still streaking (12/11/14)
STORM LAKE -- A Spencer wrestling lineup featuring plenty of young faces may have had some people thinking this could be the year the Tigers snap their prolific Lakes Conference dual win streak which sat at 52 entering Thursday night's double dual with Le Mars and Storm Lake. Full wrestling cards for each school made sure everything would be settled on the mat, and Spencer silenced any doubters by topping the Bulldogs 48-35 and the Tornadoes 49-27 to push the streak to 54...

Sports Briefs
Boji Blizzard host 1st hockey tournament (12/20/14)
On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14, the Boji Bay Ice Arena and the Boji Blizzard hosted their first home hockey tournament. The Boji PeeWee team (12U) played Brookings, South Dakota and Iowa City. The Blizzard earned a second-place trophy with Brookings taking first place. ...
Greer, Geyer, Johnson named Academic All-State (12/19/14)
Spencer football players John Greer, Cameron Geyer and Adam Johnson have been named to the 2014 Iowa Football Coaches Association Academic All-State team this year for their contributions on the field and in the classroom. Players on the team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or better at the end of their junior year, be a senior starter and be involved in other extra-curricular activities...
Dates set for Iowa Lakes baseball camps (12/19/14)
The annual Winter Baseball Academy at Iowa Lakes Community College will be held in January and February of 2015. The camp, coached by Laker baseball head coach Jason Nell, is a specialized program that provides young people the opportunity to be evaluated by top coaches, improve their skill level and prepare them for the upcoming season. ...
Lady Lakers downed by Marshalltown (12/19/14)
ESTHERVILLE -- The Iowa Lakes women's basketball Team took on Marshalltown Community College Wednesday night in the Laker Gym. The game was back-and-forth from the tip. The Lakers started off a little slow, going down by 10 points but were able to get defensive stops and convert on the offensive end. ...
Marshalltown edges ILCC, Lakers pound Pure Prep (12/19/14)
ESTHERVILLE -- The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team fell to Marshalltown Community College 79-77 Wednesday night to fall to 7-4 on the season. The Lakers were led by Blake Wilder with 18 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Lakers were Jeff Decock and Kyle Bauer with 14 each and Brenden Tucek with 13...

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