CCREC hosts XTREME Bull Riding Tour
A portion of the crowd at the Clay Country Regional Events Center reacts after a bull discards its rider within a second of the gate being opened. The CCREC hosted day one of a two-day showing of the XTREME Bull Riding Tour presented by Wayward Son Productions Friday night with day two coming tonight, starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Tickets start at $16.50 and can be purchased at the events center ticket office or via Ticketmaster online, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)
10 local youth qualify for state
Ten Iowa Great Lakes Wrestling Club members will take part in the Iowa AAU Kids State Championship this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines with qualifying rounds taking place today and championship rounds coming Sunday. They punched their ticket to the "Well" during a district tournament at Spencer High School on Feb. 1 that saw 420 kids compete for a state berth. The top four in each class advanced...
Titans top Mustangs, advance to substate
EMMETSBURG ― The Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire boys basketball team is one win away from a state tournament berth after defeating Newell-Fonda 53-48 on Thursday. The game was a nail-biter from start to finish, as neither team led by more than five at any point in the contest...
7 Lakers to compete in NJCAA nationals
DES MOINES -- Iowa Lakes has seven wrestlers competing in the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28. The tournament is in Des Moines at the Jacobson Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The tournament features over 250 of the best NJCAA wrestlers in the nation...
Spirit Lake outlasts Tigers 74-66 in double OT
SHELDON -- Spencer's boys, led by a game-high, 28-point effort from Jake Kluender, played one of their best games of the season Thursday night in the Class 3A, District 2 final against Spirit Lake. Despite falling to the Indians twice in the regular season by margins of 20 and 23, the Tigers pushed their Lakes Conference rivals from the north to double overtime, coming up just short in a 74-66 game. ...
Heelan ends Tiger girls run
CHEROKEE -- For the third straight season Bishop Heelan ended the Spencer girls basketball season Tuesday night, besting the Tigers 56-30 in an ugly Class 4A Region 1 Final. "It was not a well played game at all," Spencer girls basketball coach Don Martindale bluntly said after both teams struggled to maintain possession and make shots the majority of the game...
Tiger girls reach regional final
HUMBOLDT -- Spencer's girls have become the little Tigers that could. Sporting a roster with just one rotation player over 5-foot-9 and a starting five averaging 5-foot-7, the Tigers have fought, scrapped and clawed their way to a regional final appearance after taking down Humboldt, a team with six players 5-foot-10 or taller, 67-58 in the Class 4A Region 1 semifinal Saturday night...
Spencer survives Algona, 62-55
For the first time in head coach Kory Petzenhauser's tenure, Spencer's boys survived the first round of the postseason Monday night in the Field House, holding on for a 62-55 victory over the Algona Bulldogs who entered the Class 3A District 1 bracket as the top seed. Spirit Lake held off MOC-Floyd Valley 74-66 in overtime in the first game of Monday's doubleheader in Spencer which means the Tigers will play the Indians for a third time this season Thursday night in Sheldon...
Roberts places eighth
DES MOINES -- Spencer 220-pounder Austin Roberts improved on his state ranking by one spot at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament in Wells Fargo Arena, finishing eighth in Class 2A after being ranked ninth by the Predicament entering the postseason. He ends the season with a record of 44-11...
Coates named Jr. Golf Leader
The Nebraska section of the PGA which covers the entire state of Nebraska and roughly 18 percent of western Iowa has named Spencer Golf and Country Club Course Professional Adam Coates as the 2014 Nebraska Section Junior Golf Leader after Coates spent the year working with junior golfers from the area and coached the Northwest Iowa All Stars, comprised of youth golfers from SGCC, Emerald Hills Golf Club, Brooks Golf Club and The Ridge Golf Club, all the way to the national tournament held at TPC Sugarloaf in Georgia.. ...
Roberts to wrestle rematch for 7th
DES MOINES -- Spencer's Austin Roberts (44-10) has been granted an opportunity for revenge at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament after splitting his day two matches and being slotted into the seventh-place match of the Class 2A 220-pound bracket where he will take on his first-round opponent, No. 6-ranked Noah Broderson (44-8), of Davenport Assumption. Broderson pinned the Tiger in the 1:39 the first time they met...
Roberts survives Day 1, Gunderson eliminated
DES MOINES -- Local wrestlers Austin Roberts (43-9), of Spencer, and Caleb Gunderson (32-10), of Sioux Central, both realized the challenge that comes with competing in the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament Thursday as both grapplers tasted defeat in their first matches at Wells Fargo. Roberts was able to bounce back with a pin in his consolation bout while Gunderson's sophomore campaign came to a close via a 9-0 decision in the first round of consolations...
Kiwanis 5K-10K set for April 11
The Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis, in support of the Kiwanis International effort to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus, will host a 5K-10K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 11 starting at the Clay County Fairgrounds near the Hy-Noon Kiwanis Cookie Bucket. The run will begin at 8 a.m. ...
Black Raiders outlast Tigers
The regular season came to a close on a hard-fought, down note for Spencer's boys as they couldn't quite push their win streak to four, falling to Sioux City East 73-65 in the Field House. "The kids, I thought, really played hard. There were just a couple of key possessions late in the fourth quarter where we just didn't shore up our defensive end and get the rebound we needed to get the stop," Spencer boys basketball coach Kory Petzenhauser said. ...
Spencer's girls basketball program has never lost a postseason game inside the Field House with coach Don Martindale at the helm -- a streak lasting more than 15 games. That streak continued Wednesday night as the Tigers knocked off Fort Dodge 67-44 in the first round of Class 4A, Region 1 action behind monster efforts from both of their senior starters...
Rebel girls' season ends in Boji
Sioux Central's Nicole Scharn, pictured going up for a layup Tuesday night in Milford, hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter against Okoboji to make it a 42-41 Pioneer lead after the home team had lead by as much as 12 in the first half, but Boji, powered by junior forward Megan Peschong, rattled off 25 fourth-quarter points to end the Rebels' season by a score of 67-56. ...
Roberts' run starts today
Spencer 220-pounder Austin Roberts, pictured celebrating his sectional championship victory, starts his State Wrestling Tournament run today at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Class 2A will wrestle its first round and first-round consolations from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Roberts (41-7), ranked ninth in 2A at 220 pounds, will face No. 6-ranked Noah Broderson (42-4), of Davenport Assumption, in his opening match. The winner will take on the winner of a bout between No. 1-ranked Carter Isley (44-0), of Albia, or unranked Jace Hadechek (43-12), of Union LaPorte City. The losers will face each other today in the consolation round. (File photo)
Roberts lone Tiger to reach state
SIOUX CENTER -- Saturday did not go according to plan for Spencer's wrestlers. Six Tigers took part in Class 2A, District 6 competition with state tournament bids on the line, and just one, junior Austin Roberts at 220 pounds, punched his ticket to the big dance at Wells Fargo Arena...
WB-M bounces Sioux Central
Sioux Central's Mac Prior, pictured scoring two of his team-high 20 points Monday night against West Bend-Mallard, was the only Rebel to score in double digits against the Wolverines as his team fell 71-42 in the first round of district play in Sioux Rapids. WB-M jumped out to a 27-11 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. They advance to play Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in Algona at Bishop Garrigan High School on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Rebels finish the season with a record of 2-19. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
Rebel girls still alive
ALTA -- Sioux Central's girls beat Alta-Aurelia for the third time this season Saturday night in the first round of Class 2A, Region 2 action by a score of 51-42 on the Warriors own floor. The win makes the Rebels 11-11 on the year, and it advances them to a showdown Tuesday night with 17-4 Okoboji in Milford...
Lakers qualify seven for nationals
WORTHINGTON -- The Iowa Lakes wrestling team competed in the North Central District Wrestling Regional Tournament Sunday in Worthington, Minnesota, on the campus of Minnesota West. Iowa Lakes had seven wrestlers qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament to be held in Des Moines on Feb. 27-28...
Tigers win third straight in OT
NEWELL -- Spencer had one of its best shooting performances of the season Saturday night against Newell-Fonda, going 24-47 from the field overall for 51 percent, 10-14 from the 3-point line for 71 percent and 14-16 from the charity stripe for 88 percent. They needed all those buckets too to take down the Mustangs 72-67 in overtime...
District Wrestling Preview: Ticket punching time
The time has finally come for the 2015 Iowa State Wrestling Tournament brackets to be filled. All three classes take to the mats today for district wrestling competition as each school looks to advance as many mat-men as possible to the big dance in Wells Fargo Arena which starts Thursday...
Laker women come back against Ellsworth
ESTHERVILLE -- The Iowa Lakes women's basketball team defeated Ellsworth Community College Thursday night 52-45. The Lakers came out slow and sluggish against a scrappy visiting team that looked to be aggressive from the tip. The Lakers struggled offensively in the first half, but they were able to fight back and pull to within six points at halftime 21-27...
Laker men beat Ellsworth for 4th straight win
ESTHERVILLE -- The Iowa Lakes men's basketball team beat Ellsworth 67-52 Thursday night to move to 16-13 and 3-8 in conference play. The win marks the Lakers 4th in a row. The Lakers were led by Tre Burkhall with 18 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Lakers were Blake Wilder with 15 and Lucas Smith with 13...