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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Sports
CCF Speedway Feature Results - Friday, July 22 (07/22/16)
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Newell-Fonda ends season with 4th-place finish at state (07/22/16)
FORT DODGE -- The Mustangs battled, but came out on the losing end against Martensdale-St. Mary's 5-2 after six innings on Friday in the third-place consolation game at the state tournament. The game began slowly for the Mustang offense getting set down 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning. ...
Tiger Football Camps (07/22/16)
Registration forms for this year's youth and high school Tiger football camps are now available at the Spencer High School and Central Office as well as the school's website under the documents tab. The youth camp will be held from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug 5, with third- to sixth-grade training from 8-9:30 a.m. ...
Sorrell does it again (07/22/16)
Above, 68-year-old Spencer native Laurie Sorrell poses with her three gold medals won this past weekend at the Iowa Games in Ames. Sorrell bench pressed 135 pounds to break her own record in the 60-and-over division for the seventh time. She's possessed the record for the past eight years. The champion powerlifter won gold in the 60-and-over division, the open division (all ages in same weight class) and the unequipped division (all ages in same weight class with no bench shirt). (Below), Sorrell in action last Sunday in Ames. (Photos submitted)
Tiger varsity wraps camp (07/22/16)
Spencer High School varsity girls basketball coach Matt Stevenson held camp for high school girls this week at Spencer Middle School. Athletes participated in drills, scrimmages and competitions to continue the development of their skills. Competition winners are listed below:...
ILCC's Bennett qualifies for amateur championship (07/22/16)
Iowa Lakes standout golfer Matt Bennett, has qualified for the 116th U.S. Amateur Championships to be played at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Oakland Hills Country Club has been a familiar place for the USGA and PGA. Oakland Hills has hosted six US Opens ('24, '37, '51, '61, '85 and '96). ...
Commending character (07/22/16)
Few events have rocked the community of Spencer like the sudden passing of wrestling standout Austin Roberts. Even fewer have acted as such a catalyst, bringing the entire town together in mourning and support. As the residents looked inward toward themselves and each other for strength, the impact of the loss rippled across the wrestling community and the entire nation...
Floating the river is an Iowa summertime tradition (07/22/16)
DES MOINES -- Swimming, canoeing and floating the river on tubes is a summertime tradition in Iowa. But as relaxing and enjoyable as a river float is, it does come with an element of risk. Iowa rivers are dynamic systems in a constant state of change and can hide obstacles just beneath the water surface. Todd Robertson, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Trails Program, said river users can enjoy the scenery while keeping an eye downstream to avoid any hazardous surprises...
Stewardship tip: Dog days (07/22/16)
The Greeks used the term "dog days" to refer to the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before the sun. The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the dog days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. Dog days were popularly believed to be an evil time when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, and dogs grew mad...
The beauty of the July prairie (07/22/16)
Every week, from April through October, you can find something blooming in our local prairies. July, however, is the beginning of a great "fireworks" of color as flowers like the orange butterfly milkweed, purple prairie clover, black-eyed Susan and pale purple coneflower begin to bloom...
Fishing accessories for safer fishing (07/22/16)
When we go fishing, we want to catch fish, big ones and lots of 'em. But we also want to have a good time, and really, we usually remember the good times more than we remember the big fish. There are things we can do to have a better time fishing that have nothing to do with catching more fish. Following are some of those things...
Tips for catching Big Spirit perch (07/22/16)
The perch bite is taking off on Big Spirit, but ... I think that is the best way to describe it. There are good days and bad days, good hours and bad hours, good spots and bad spots. It just flat out depends, well, on the perch. I know that sounds pretty evasive and wishy washy, but that's the way things are going. Each day, each hour, each spot can be hot or cold. In all seriousness, the perch are biting, you just have to search for them, find them and then get them to bite...
Prior, Swanson garner all-conference nods (07/21/16)
Sioux Central's Mac Prior (LEFT OR RIGHT) and Kal Swanson both received recognition from the Twin Lakes Conference this week. Prior, despite having his season cut to just 14 games due to injury, was named to the second team as a utility player. The Rebel junior batted .324 over 37 at bats, scoring 21 runs. He posted a record of 3-2 in five starts, holding opposing batters to a .152 average while maintaining a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (48-16) over 28 innings. His 2.25 ERA led the team. Swanson picked up an honorable mention from the conference. The senior tallied 19 hits and nine RBIs in 97 at bats while going 2-3 on the mound in six starts and two relief appearances. He struck out 27 batters and held his opponents to a .215 average. (File photos)
Pioneers' season ends with wild finish at Cherokee (07/20/16)
CHEROKEE -- With one on, one out, and trailing Cherokee by one run in the top half of the seventh inning of Saturday's Class 1A District 2 championship, Okoboji sent Bryce Peter to the dish to represent the go-ahead run. In the face of incredible pressure, the junior laid down a perfect bunt and sprinted down the first base line...
Newell-Fonda gets redemption at state (07/18/16)
FORT DODGE -- The Mustangs have been waiting a year to get revenge against New London after being knocked out of the 2015 tournament by the Tigers. This time Newell-Fonda sent New London to the consolation bracket, picking up a 2-1 win on Monday in the 1A State Quarterfinals...
Kluender, Carpenter earn postseason nods (07/18/16)
Spencer sophomore Brady Kluender earned all-conference honors for the 2016 season being selected as the first outfielder on the Lakes Baseball All-Conference Second Team. Kluender was the lone Tiger selected to the first or second teams, but teammate Kade Carpenter earned postseason recognition as a utility player on the All-District Second Team...
CCF Speedway Feature Results - Friday, July 15 (07/15/16)
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Midgets hold off Tigers, 4-3 (07/15/16)
ESTHERVILLE -- Spencer brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the seventh Friday night, but a ground ball to short sealed the Tigers' fate as their season ended at the hands of No. 6-ranked Estherville Lincoln Central in the opening round of district play by a score of 4-3...
The story of Bo Whoop (07/15/16)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Ducks Unlimited's newest online film, "Bo Whoop," is live on the Ducks Unlimited website at www.ducks.org/dufilms. "Most of the films in the DU Films series are about people," said DU Chief Communications Officer Tom Fulgham. "But this one is about a shotgun -- probably waterfowling's most famous shotgun -- and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hunt with that shotgun on the lake that helped make it famous."...
Vigdal to offer tips on planting native plants (07/15/16)
Vibrant purple, bright orange, sunny yellow -- the pollinator gardens in Kenue Park are in full bloom this summer. We see honeybees, bumble bees, native bees, monarch butterflies, viceroys and cloudless sulphurs flying around. There are obvious signs of deer passing through. A variety of birds soar through the blue sky above...
Jonathan Meerbeek recognized for excellence in research (07/15/16)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Iowa fisheries research biologist Jonathan Meerbeek was recognized as the Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) at their annual meeting last week in St. Louis. MAFWA, an organization of 13 state and three provincial Midwest fish and wildlife agencies, exists to share ideas and information, pool resources, and initiate action to benefit the management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources in the Midwest. ...
Live-bait rigs for more summer fish (07/15/16)
From now until autumn, one of the most productive ways to catch fish is with a live-bait rig. Live-bait rigs are simple setups, but they're so effective so much of the time. Whether you're after walleyes or crappies or smallmouth bass, pretty much anywhere in the Midwest, when nothing else will get the fish to open their mouth, live bait will. There are lots of things we can do to make our live bait presentation more appealing to fish. Following are some of those things...
Time for action: Addressing an increase in hunting, licenses (07/15/16)
I know it's only summer, and it's a long time until the legislators head back to Des Moines for the 2017 session. However, for those of us who fish and hunt, we need to get organized and push for an increase in our fishing and hunting licenses. These dollars go directly into the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund, which is managed by the Iowa DNR and spent exclusively for fish and wildlife-related research, education, management and expansion of natural resource opportunities in Iowa...
Pioneers win 2, advance to district final (07/14/16)
Okoboji is off to a great start in the Class 2A district baseball tournament, picking up a pair of wins over Sibley-Ocheyedan and Pocahontas Area/Laurens-Marathon to advance to the district final for the second straight year. It means a lot," Okoboji coach Rory Marra said of the Pioneers' return trip to the district championship. ...
Abundance and Attrition (07/14/16)
ALGONA -- The first four innings between Sioux Central and West Bend-Mallard in their Class 1A District 4 quarterfinal tilt Tuesday night at Bishop Garrigan High School felt like a heavyweight bout with runs coming in bunches. The defenses then stiffened, forcing the Rebels to come up with a clutch run in the seventh to force extra innings tied at 9-9. ...

Sports Briefs
Spencer Cross Country Camp (07/22/16)
Spencer cross country will be holding its camp Aug. 1-4 from 6-8 p.m. on the Spencer High School track. The camp will provide all runners with a great learning experience. It is designed to help all participants discover and reach their running potential. ...
Track and field camp (07/22/16)
Spencer track and field coach Al Pierce is hosting a specialty track camp Aug. 1-4 from 8 a.m. to noon on the Spencer High School Track. Any athlete (boy/girl) entering seventh to 12th grade at Spencer can attend this camp free of charge to learn techniques in the specialty events. Shot put/discus will be from 8-10 a.m., hurdles from 10-11 a.m. and jumps will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Coach Pierce with any questions at 264-0735...
Camp Okoboji hosting Twins bus trip (07/22/16)
Camp Okoboji is hosting a bus trip to see the Minnesota Twins play the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, July 27. Cost is $60 and includes transportation, game ticket and snacks. The bus will leave the camp at 12:30 p.m. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Call the camp office at 712-337-3325 for more information or visit www.campokoboji.org. ...