pencer quarterback Trey Hookfin looks for a hole in the trenches Friday night at Dale Norton Field during the Tigers' annual preseason scrimmage. Hookfin and the rest of the Tigers used the evening to prepare for the start of the season Aug. 29 when Spencer will travel to Humboldt. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)
Spencer's Casey Cunningham forces an early pitch from quarterback Sean Slattery during the scrimmage Friday night.
Spencer running back John Greer hits a crease in the line at Dale Norton Field.
lay Central-Everly's Daniel Borkowski takes it up the middle during pre-scrimmage warmups in Royal. Borkowski and the Mavericks, led by new head coach Dan Heissel, open their season this coming Friday against Kingsley-Pierson at home.
Athletics booming at ILCC
The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees convened Tuesday in Estherville and received the latest on the value of athletics in the recruitment of students to the college. Executive Dean of Students, Julie Williams, welcomed Troy Larson, Director of Athletics, to the podium to share the significance of offering athletics at Iowa Lakes. ...
Strength in numbers
These days it seems if a kid wants to get involved with a summer sport, they're looking at three options: soccer, baseball/softball and swimming which is done mostly recreationally, but opportunities exist for kids to show off their competitive side in the pool. There's nothing wrong with any of these choices, but, starting in 2011, one more sport has been trying to work its way into the youth summer schedule...
Laker women soccer coach issues ice bucket challenge
Newly hired Iowa Lakes women's soccer coach Kevin Mahlan convinced a few of his players to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS Monday evening at the Iowa Lakes dormitories in Spencer. Mahlan chose to challenge his players after being selected by his son. The Lady Lakers decided to pitch the idea to the boys soccer team...
Iowa Lakes wrestling announces recruiting class
Head coach Cody Alesch and the Iowa Lakes wrestling team have announced their 2014-15 recruiting class. "This class seems to be well rounded in the fact they have high goals academically and athletically," Alesch stated. "I believe these young men have a desire to compete at a high level and are coming to Iowa Lakes for the right reasons."...
2014 Daily Reporter Fantasy Football Preview
One of the glorious aspects of the return of the NFL every year is its nerdy, online companion, fantasy football. After getting the go-ahead from the boss (it was even her idea!), I'm going to do my best to help you out this season with your team (or teams)...
Laker wrestling recruits three
Three local athletes have been added to the Iowa Lakes wrestling roster for the 2014-2015 season: Blake Gjerde from Estherville, Austin Long from Algona and Nick Schany from Graettinger. "We are excited to add these three to our roster and get them in the room to start working," ILCC wrestling coach Cody Alesch stated...
Racers rip through CCF Speedway
The Clay County Fair Speedway hosted their final International Motor Contest Association race of the summer months Thursday night with plenty of fans in attendance, taking in a night of revved up action. IMCA racing returns to the track Wednesday, Sept. 10 for the "Only at the Fair Race." The World of Outlaws Sprint Series will take on the three-eighth-mile oval the Friday of fair week, and there will be just one more IMCA race, following the fair on Thursday, Sept. 25, before it goes dormant for the winter.
Little Mavs hit the gridiron
The CC-E high school football team hosted the second annual Little Mavs Football camp in Everly last week. 28 boys in grades 2-8 participated in the camp under the direction of new Maverick high school football head coach Dan Heissel, pictured talking to the Little Mavs and new assistant coach Brian Kahl. Also assisting were Ross Jobst, Dennis McClain and members of the 2014 CC-E football team. (Photos by Donna McClain)
Race week at CCF Speedway
IMCA racing revs up for another night of action Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Clay County Fair Speedway. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with races at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults (ages 13 and over), $6 for youth (ages 6-12), and those 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. The Clay County Fair Grandstand box office will open at 5 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m...
Up-and-comers learn the basics
Dozens of young men, in grades three through eight, participated in a week-long football camp conducted by the Spencer High School football coaching staff and players. The Tiny Tigers received individual fundamental instruction on team concepts, specialty techniques and physical and mental preparation...
SHS 4th in chase for Cup
With less than a week to go until the official end of the Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup season, Spencer's athletics and fine arts departments have combined for 995 points, placing them in fourth amongst 62 Class 3A schools and eighth out of 368 schools across all classes. ...
Jay and Kaytee DeVries share a love for one another and a strong passion for racing. While love will keep them together, their ability to discuss strategies to maneuver bumper-to-bumper traffic on a dirt oval keeps the dinner conversation interesting...
2013 Northwest Amateur Tournament champion Trent Peterson gave this year's title a run by shooting the low round of the tournament (64, -5) Sunday morning, but 20-year-old Ben Wallom's back-to-back opening rounds of 65 gave him enough cushion to hold off the 27-year-old former pro while breaking the Northwest Am total score record by a stroke, finishing at 20-under par. Kirby Pettitt, of Carroll, set the record in 2010 at 19-under...
Smith pulls even with Donohue
With day two of the Northwest Amatuer Tournament at Spencer Golf and Country Club, 25 players have overall scores below par. Day one leader, Max Donohue stays in the top spot at 10-under, but he's been joined by Grant Smith after Smith matched Donohue's first-round score of 65 (-7) during his second trip around the course...
Young guns come out firing
Beautiful weather, other than an afternoon spat of rain, saw youth reign supreme on day one of the Northwest Amateur Tournament at Spencer Golf and Country Club Thursday. Two-hundred and nine of the 355 registered golfers for the 93rd installment of Iowa's only 72-hole tournament turned in their first 18 holes with 18-year-old Max Donohue, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, taking an early two-stroke lead at 7-under par...
CCF announces dirt lineup
Exciting new features and returning crowd favorites hit the track Sept. 6-14 when dirt events take over the U.S. Cellular Grandstand at the 2014 Clay County Fair. Chuckwagon Races return Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at noon. Watch these fearless horses and drivers race each other around the track. Adult admission is $14 and children (ages 12 and under) is $10...
Northwest Am starts Thursday
The 2014 Northwest Iowa Amateur Golf Tournament will begin Thursday, July 31. This year's tournament will see 355 participants. The golfers come from all over the state of Iowa, neighboring states and others halfway across the country. The age of the golfers ranges from as young as 13 years old to 80 years old...
Welcome to the offseason. With baseball and softball wrapping up and over a month resting between the present and the Fall sports season, it would seem like the perfect time to relax and look back at the year in sports that was. However, that's the exact opposite of what's happening four days a week at the Spencer High School weight room, a facility that still smells fresh after the community raised over $150,000 a year ago for brand new equipment...
Swanson, Rhode make 1st Team All-Conference
Spencer softballers Piper Swanson and Karis Rhode earned first team All-Lakes Conference honors this season. Swanson turned in a season that made her the top first basemen in the conference while Rhode's work at third base made her one of six infielders named to the first team roster...
Spencer trio headed to Shrine Bowl
On Saturday a group of Iowa's most talented cheerleaders and pre-college football players will line up in the UNI Dome for the 42nd Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl All Star Football Classic. Hunter Cushman, of Spencer, will be participating in this year's bowl game. ...
All-Cornbelt Conference baseball, softball selections
--- --- --- --- Corey Boe, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire --- --- --- --- Art Ingalls, North Union...
Habben, Illg named All-District
In addition to their being named to the All-Lakes Conference First Team this season, Spencer third baseman Chase Habben and utility player Brady Illg also made the cut for the All-District squad. Both players were placed on the second team. Habben finished the year with a .369 batting average, .442 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage and five doubles. ...
U of O Homecoming results announced
218 started the 2014 University of Okoboji Triathlon and 201 finished. The field included 124 men and 77 women. Here's a look at the top 10 finishers: The top time turned in by a female competitor was 1:39:18 by Sarah Nelson of Denver. She finished 22nd overall. Nelson was followed by Diane Murphy of Sioux City. Murphy finished 25th overall with a time of 1:39:49...
Indians walk off in 7th
FORT DODGE -- After winning three straight games by one run to qualify for state, it would only seem fitting that the Spirit Lake softball squad go out the way they got in. Tied with No. 13 West Burlington/Notre Dame at 2-2 with two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh on Wednesday, the Indians' own 'Kid Clutch' Caitlyn Roberts slapped a base hit into center field to score Paige Petersen and seal a seventh place finish for her squad...