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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Sports
Wollam looking to repeat (07/29/15)
The Northwest Amateur hasn't seen a repeat winner since Curtis Holck (Ankeny) pulled off the feat in 2004 and 2005 with identical four-round scores of 270, and it's happened just seven times since the tournament started back in 1921. This year it's 21-year-old Ben Wollam's (Marshalltown) turn to try to make it eight, and he may have a solid shot after posting the Northwest Am's four-round record a year ago with a sizzling score of 268 (-20) which was bolstered by back-to-back opening rounds of 65 (-7).. ...
Clarks and Rec (07/29/15)
Spencer's Clark brothers aren't motivated by winning nearly as much as they are by beating. Sure, they win plenty -- Michael, 24, took the Spencer Golf and Country Club Championship in 2012 and just a week ago in 2015. Joe, 23, picked up the two course championships in between...
Groen hired as BVU men's tennis coach (07/29/15)
STORM LAKE -- Buena Vista Director of Athletics, Christyn Abaray, has announced the hiring of Brett Groen as the university's new part-time head men's tennis coach. "I feel good knowing someone with his background of success both playing and coaching will be leading our men's tennis program," states Abaray. ...
Inching towards the Cup (07/24/15)
After finishing in seventh for the 2013-14 school year and fourth a year ago, Spencer High School will come in third place for this year's Class 3A Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup, barring a Harlan state baseball championship. The Tigers posted a score of 990 this year, finishing behind Decorah (1,215) and defending champion Waverly-Shell Rock (1,070). Harlan (935) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (875) round out the top-five out of 64 3A schools...
Hard work on the hardwood (07/24/15)
The Spencer High School girls basketball team wrapped up its summer camp this week, ending a series of round ball camps for girls ranging from fourth all the way to 12th grade. The camps were sponsored by Janelle Van Meveren with State Farm Insurance, Northwest Bank, the KICD stations, Spencer Municipal Utilities, Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and Sports Surgeons, Sports Medicine Northwest and Y100.1. Competition results from the camps are below. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy and Kate Padilla)...
2015 All Lakes Conference Baseball Teams (07/22/15)
First Team Second Team Spencer Honorable Mentions *Unanimous Selection...
3A West All District Teams (07/22/15)
First Team Second Team...
Oh so close (07/22/15)
LE MARS -- Spencer and Sergeant Bluff-Luton combined to average nearly 14 runs a game this season, but for much of Wednesday night's 3A Substate 1 Final it looked like neither team would ever concede a run as freshman Kade Carpenter stood tall on the mound for the Tigers and sophomore Tyler Heineman -- who allowed six runs in two innings the last time he faced Spencer's bats -- made solid contact a thing of dreams for the Tiger offense...
Bloop party (07/20/15)
"It's a crazy game," Spencer baseball coach Brian Dirkx said after his boys took out Lakes Conference rival and No. 8-ranked Spirit Lake 5-2 Monday night at Andy McGaffin Field to advance to a Wednesday evening substate final against Sergeant Bluff-Luton in Le Mars...
Sorrell breaks record 6th time (07/20/15)
Sixty-seven year old Spencer native Laurie Sorrell broke her own bench press record at the Iowa Games in Ames on Sunday for the sixth time, pushing up 130 pounds to take gold in the 60-and-over division and bronze in the open division which consisted of competitors of all ages in her weight class. Sorrell has now held the Iowa Games record for the past seven years. (Photo submitted)
Clay County Fair Speedway Racing (07/17/15)
The air temperature made the driving condition even tougher than normal, but a large field of competitors turned out at the Clay County Fair Speedway Friday night for dirt track racing action. Local drivers fared well in a pair of the class features...
Class 3A Substate 1 District 2 Baseball (07/17/15)
As the Spencer Tigers prepared to come to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, AC/DC baseball anthem "Thunderstruck" blared from the speakers at Andy McGaffin Field in Spencer. And thunder indeed struck. Sixteen times in three innings to be exact...
Tiger spikers hold camp (07/17/15)
The Spencer High School volleyball team held its summer camp this week at Spencer Middle School. Roughly 40 girls participated in the Farmers Bank sponsored event which focused on improving volleyball fundamentals and allowed the girls to scrimmage against each other. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
AA nips Rebels 5-4 in 8th (07/16/15)
ALTA - It was an ending Hollywood would have been proud of. A tie ball game going into extra innings. A crowd on its feet. Heat lightning flashing in the humid background like something out of a props department. And the song "I Will Survive" blasting out of the speakers on top of the home dugout...
Rebels overpower GT/RA in district win (07/15/15)
ALTA - Sioux Central had the scoreboard rolling up runs as fast as a gas pump clicks through gallons, cruising past Graettinger-Terrill/Ruthven-Ayrshire 15-zip in four innings in their district opener Tuesday night. Senior Kash Buse came to the mound for an efficient performance. The big anchor man of the rotation went the distance under a blazing sun with four hits and two walks allowed, sitting down eight batters on strikes...
Tigers rebound before postseason (07/15/15)
No team wants to enter postseason play fresh off a loss, let alone three which was a possibility for No. 9-ranked Spencer Tuesday night when they took on Algona after a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Sioux City East on Saturday and a 9-6 misstep Monday at Sergeant Bluff...
Rebel run ends (07/13/15)
MILFORD -- Sioux Central's postseason run fell one game short of the 2A state tournament Monday night against No. 5-ranked North Union. The Rebels were held to just three runs on five hits and committed five critical errors of which the Warriors took full advantage, resulting in a 10-3 NU win...
SB-L rallies past Tigers, 9-6 (07/13/15)
SERGEANT BLUFF -- A six-run second inning wasn't enough for Spencer Monday night against Sergeant Bluff-Luton as the Tigers struggled to close the door in the later innings of a 9-6 defeat. Spencer's big inning held the game's first runs, and Caleb Heisinger got it started with a single to left. After an error and Luke Petersen single to right, Heisinger crossed to make it 1-0...
Fort Dodge ends Spencer's season (07/13/15)
FORT DODGE -- An up and down Tiger softball season came to a close Saturday night at Rogers Park as the 4A No. 6-ranked Fort Dodge Dodgers put the clamps on Spencer's offense in a five-inning,10-0 regional semifinal. "We knew it was going to be a tough game coming, but the girls didn't play scared at all," Spencer softball coach Emily Wassom said. "Everyone went to the plate with confidence and aggression. Things just didn't fall the way we would have liked them to."...
4A No. 6 East downs Tigers (07/13/15)
The Lakes Conference champion Tigers bumped up their level of competition Saturday, taking on Class 4A No. 6-ranked Sioux City East at Andy McGaffin Field. Spencer turned two twice but also committed four errors as the Black Raiders walked away with a 7-3 win...
Still alive (07/10/15)
EMMETSBURG -- After allowing five unearned runs to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in the previous round, Sioux Central's girls needed a tighter defensive effort for Friday's regional semifinal against the E-Hawks in Emmetsburg. The Rebels committed just one inconsequential miscue while pitcher Lanae Shiley gave up just three hits and three walks in seven innings on top of batting in a pair of runs to lead Sioux Central to the final with a 3-1 victory...
CCF Speedway Results -- Friday, July 10 (07/10/15)
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The big one (07/10/15)
Eleven teams from the Northwest Iowa Soccer Club's ranks made the trip north to Blaine, Minnesota this weekend for the annual Schwan's USA Cup. The Galaxy boys and girls squads, ranging from U10 up to U19, will join 1,142 other teams from a total of 19 states and 17 countries...
Rebels reach semis (07/09/15)
HARTLEY -- Sioux Central's girls have equalled their success from last season, reaching the Class 2A softball semifinals with an 11-9 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Wednesday night. They'll take on the E-Hawks in Emmetsburg Friday night for a chance to play in the regional final against either North Union or West Lyon Monday evening in Milford...
Spencer sends Storm Lake packing, 12-2 (07/09/15)
With starting pitcher Madi Rost out for the evening, Spencer had to turn to freshman Zoe Fiedler to toe the rubber against Storm Lake in the first round of Class 4A regional play Thursday night. "Zoe's thrown a couple times for us at the varsity level. Not as much as we would like for pitching in a regional game, but we just wanted her to throw strikes and she knew that," Tiger softball coach Emily Wassom said...