Mustang girls battle Burlington, Notre Dame to the buzzer in state cliffhanger
DES MOINES -- The Mustangs of Newell-Fonda finish their 2013-14 season in another heartbreaker in the State Championship game Friday night, as they fell 57-54 to Burlington, Notre Dame. The game was close from start to finish, as neither team was really able to dominate for an extended period of time. ...
Haak enters the Hall
Twenty-five years, 337 wins, seven Lakes Conference titles, four-time Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year, three-time Lakes Conference Coach of the Year and five State Tournament appearances. Former Spencer boys basketball coach Bob Haak can now add Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer to his list of coaching accomplishments as he will be inducted into the 2014 class during halftime of the 4A Boys State Championship at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, May 15...
Lakers advance to semifinal
On Thursday, March 6th, The Iowa Lakes Community College men's basketball team will host Kirkwood Community College. Tip will be at 7 p.m. in Laker Gymnasium on the Estherville Campus. The Lakers are currently 22-8 overall and are ranked 17th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, following a first-round 52-36 win over Southwestern led by Deondre Parks' 15 points...
Fifth time's the charm
DES MOINES - Spencer's high school archery squad strengthened its case as a dynasty this past Saturday, breaking the Iowa State Tournament record with a total score of 3,394 to claim their first state championship, following four straight years of second place...
Northwest Iowa Senior All-Star Meet
The 2014 Northwest Iowa Senior All-Star Wrestling Meet will be held Friday, March 7, at Washington High School in Cherokee. The annual event will get underway at 6 p.m. The Senior All Star Meet brings senior wrestlers from Northwest Iowa that qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament to the mats for a final time for exhibition matches against their peers. Each wrestler has the opportunity to wrestle two matches during the evening, which promises some great wrestling action...
Mustang girls explode for 73-37 win at State
DES MOINES - Newell-Fonda seemed to have a few jitters in the early going as they faced off with Bedford in the opening round of the 1A State Tournament Monday morning. It took over two minutes for the Mustangs to get on the board, but once they found their stride, they exploded for a 12-0 run and never looked back as they cruised on to a dominating 73-37 win at Wells Fargo Arena...
CC--E football & basketball athletic awards
Four Clay Central-Everly male athletes earned Fall and Winter sport recognition from the district and Cornbelt Conference. (Left to right) Tony Trieweiler, senior, second team all-district football; Jess Manning, senior, second team all-district football; Jesup Muhlbauer, senior, first team all-district football, second team Cornbelt Conference basketball; Not pictured: Skyler Iske, junior, honorable mention all-district football. (Photo submitted)
All-Cornbelt Conference basketball accolades
BOYS First Team: Andy Geelan (Soph. Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire), Noah Stukey (Soph. G-T/R-A), Connor Sturgill (Jr. G-T/R-A), Cole Bosma (Sr. Harris-Lake Park), Jordan Kyle (Fresh. H-LP), Brady VanIperen (Jr. H-LP), Aric Runge (Sr. North Union) and Jason Zinnel (Sr. West Bend-Mallard)...
Lakers host Southwestern in Conference tournament
Tonight the Iowa Lakes Community College men's basketball team will host Southwestern Community College. Tip will be at 7 p.m. in Laker Gymnasium on the Estherville Campus. The Lakers finished the regular season 21-8 overall and 10-4 in conference play, beating Southwestern 66-41 Friday in the regular season finale, and are ranked 17th in the final National Junior College Athletic Association poll...
YMCA Tigersharks set for State Meet in Marshalltown
The Spencer YMCA Tigersharks swim team will be spending the weekend in Marshalltown, competing in the YMCA State Swim Meet against other YMCA teams across the state of Iowa. Three groups of swimmers qualified for the meet in the eight and under, nine and 10 and 11 and up age brackets. (Photos submitted)...
If you made it to any of the Tiger girls games this year, you probably know who Kirstin Martindale is. She was the savvy, six-footer snatching rebounds like it was going out of style while putting together a shot chart covering everything from the low block to the perimeter...
Lakers celebrate Hall of Fame inductees on Sophomore Day
ESTHERVILLE -- Saturday, March 1, Iowa Lakes Community College Athletic Department will honor the class of 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, along with recognizing the sophomores on the men and women's basketball teams. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in The Max on the Estherville Campus...
Kramer earns Academic All-State Team honors
Spencer senior Kari Kramer has been named to the 2014 Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State Team. To be nominated, a player must have at least a 25 ACT composite, rank in the top 25 percent of their senior class and have a GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. In 24 games, Kramer averaged 7.7 points per game, dished out 57 assists and swiped 35 steals this season. (File photo by Michael Fischer)
Kacmarynski named to All-GPAC First Team
SIOUX CITY - Morningside College's Tyler Kacmarynski, Tyler Lashbrook, Kevin Olson, and Rulin Pederson were named to the 2013-14 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Wrestling First Team as selected by the league's head coaches. Kacmarynski and Pederson are both repeat selections on the All-GPAC First Team...
Wrestling club AAU state qualifiers
Spencer's Iowa Great Lakes Wrestling Club will be sending eight wrestlers to Des Moines this weekend to compete in the AAU State Wrestling Tournament. Qualifiers include: Row 1: Olivia Huckfelt, Aidan Anderson and Logan Huckfelt. Row 2: Josh Herrill, Drew Thompson, Brody Kacmarynski and Brogan Seier. Not pictured: Jordan Erickson (Photo submitted)
Tigers bounced by Dutchmen
Tournament play is hard. Nobody is as aware of that fact today as Spencer's boys basketball team following a 72-44 defeat sent their way in the first round of Class 3A Substate 1 District 2 by the Dutchmen of MOC-Floyd Valley on Monday night in the Field House...
State wrestling wraps up
DES MOINES - Saturday marked the final day of the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Reaching the final day of competition from the area were Spencer's 138-pound Levi Gilmore and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire's 285-pound Cody Thompson. Gilmore split his matches with a loss by pin and a win by injury default, giving him fifth in the tournament while Thompson dropped both his matches by decision to take home fifth...
Lady Tigers dealt season-ender
SIOUX CITY - Advancing to round two of Class 4A Region 1 for Spencer's girls meant they would have to take on 18-3, No. 2 Sioux City, Bishop Heelan on the road for a shot at a regional final to play their way into the State Tournament. Heelan's Jenna Bork dropped a game-high 26 points on the Tigers, who endured a number of "questionable" calls during a 75-44 Spencer defeat...
Extreme Bull Riders of America bucks into action Friday
Danny Schlobohom was the last rider of the night on Friday, and he had a chance to defend his championship runs from last year. Schlobohom has only been to Spencer three times; Friday and Saturday night of last year and Friday night this year, but it is a place that Schlobohom has found success...
Gilmore survives; Huckfelt, White exit
DES MOINES - Day two of the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament handed out its share of elation and sorrow Friday at the Wells Fargo Arena. Spencer senior Levi Gilmore started the Tigers' day with a 3-0 quarterfinal victory before falling in the semifinal 8-5, while Cody Huckfelt and Andrew White bowed out of the tournament following second round consolation defeats by first-round pin and 9-1 major decision respectively...
Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis host 5K fundraiser April 5
The Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis, in support of the Kiwanis International effort to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus, will host a 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 5 starting at the Clay County Fairgrounds near the Clay County Regional Events Center. The run will begin at 8 a.m. ...
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report...
Y staff hope Cupid Run will become annual event
The Spencer Family Y hosted a Cupid Run last weekend in honor of Valentine's Day. The first-time event drew 20 runners, three dogs and one "Queen of Hearts." Organizers hope to make this an annual event in Spencer. (Photos submitted)
All 3 Tigers at state make it to second day of competition DES MOINES -- It wasn't the prettiest or most desired path, but Cody Huckfelt (113), Levi Gilmore (138) and Andrew White (152) all survived opening day at the State Wrestling Tournament in Wells Fargo Arena. Gilmore won his opening match by pin, extending the Spencer career win record to 157 while Huckfelt and White each racked up the points in their consolation matches to stay alive in the tournament...
Bouse, Thompson bounce back in consolations
DES MOINES -- Okoboji's Noah Bouse and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire's Cody Thompson each suffered difficult defeats in Thursday's opening round at the State Wrestling Tournament, but each figured it out in their consolation matches to make it to day two at Wells Fargo Arena...