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Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016
Sports
WB-M pulls away from Mavs, 58-6 (09/24/16)
ROYAL -- Clay Central-Everly went into Friday night hoping to wash out the bad taste from last week's 70-6 loss at the hands of Harris-Lake Park, but West Bend-Mallard dropped 40 points in the second half to drop the Mavericks 58-6. "If we wouldn't have had any bad luck, we wouldn't have had any luck at all tonight," Maverick football coach Dan Heissel said, alluding to some tough calls and bad bounces on loose balls. ...
Rebels unable to hold early lead, fall 34-27 (09/24/16)
PAULLINA -- Sioux Central's Friday night tilt against South O'Brien might as well have been a playoff game. The Rebels and Wolverines had the best opportunity to claim the district runner-up spot behind No. 4-ranked Bishop Garrigan, and South O'Brien seized the opportunity, overcoming a 21-7 Rebel lead in the second quarter to drop Sioux Central 34-27...
What rankings? (09/24/16)
There aren't many givens in high school football, but if recent history is telling us anything, it's that when Spencer and Sergeant Bluff-Luton match up on the gridiron, throw rankings and expectations out the window. Two years ago it was the 55-54 heart attack inducing Tiger win on the road. ...
DNR tips: Fall fishing frenzy (09/23/16)
Fall is a great time to be outdoors. The air is cool, the views are picturesque and the fish are pulling out of their late summer slumber. "Fall offers excellent fishing opportunities for both new and expert anglers," said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau. "Get out there and enjoy them."...
Three Mile Lake renovation project underway (09/23/16)
CRESTON -- Although Three Mile Lake near Creston in southwest Iowa is a long ways from us, it's historically been a go-to lake for Iowa's anglers. However, over the past several years, fishing quality has slipped and it has become a shell of its former self. Yellow bass and carp have overrun the lake and the water quality and sport-fish quality has plummeted...
50-Gun Tailgate Party set for Oct. 1 (09/23/16)
ARNOLDS PARK -- The month of October means all kinds of hunting seasons here in Iowa. What better way to celebrate these seasons than a 50-Gun Tailgate Party on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Roof Gardens in Arnolds Park. Sponsored by the Dickinson County Pheasants Forever, Kazarelli's and Southern Archery of Spencer, all of the proceeds will go to the Dickinson County Izaak Walton League Trap Club...
Stan's Bait and Tackle to host 2nd annual Kayak Yellow Bass Roundup (09/23/16)
A year ago, John Wittkamp, owner of Stan's Bait & Tackle, held the first annual yellow bass roundup on Lake Minnewashta. It was such a huge success that Wittkamp has organized the second annual Kayak Yellow Bass Roundup for Sunday, Sept. 25. The cool part about this tournament is that it is kayak-only. That's right no high-powered fishing boats. There is a 50-person limit...
Croatian refugee shares story of WWII, emigration (09/22/16)
STORM LAKE -- After a lifetime of teaching, Margaret Smolik decided to become an author, starting with a story she knew best -- her own. Smolik made the three-hour drive from her home in Osage to speak at the Storm Lake Public Library Thursday night, sharing some of the stories from her memoir, "Like a Haystack."...
'Dogs overpower Tigers (09/22/16)
LE MARS -- Spencer's annual volleyball tilt against Le Mars always provides a stiff challenge, and Thursday night was no different as the Bulldogs brought Krista Zenk and her 4.73 kills per set to the table against a Tiger squad trying to rebound from a hard-fought sweep loss to Spirit Lake just two days earlier...
XC team donates 'Crash the Course for a Cure' funds (09/22/16)
The Spencer boys and girls cross country teams presented Mindy Sylvester, of the Spencer Hospital Women's Center, with a check for $5,600 Thursday afternoon at Oneota Park. The fundraising began with the Crash the Course for a Cure 5K on Thursday, Aug. 25 at Spencer Municipal Golf Course with freewill donations, T-shirt sales and sales of baked goods provided by Spencer's cross country runners and volunteers from Valero. In addition there were high school and middle school jar competitions with a jeans/sweats day for Spencer Community School employees. Additional sponsors were Farmers Bank, Community Bank and Insurance, Scott Merchant with Farm Bureau, Hy-Vee and Nature's Fury Nutri Drink. Y100 also provided music for the 5K. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
Gridiron Glance (09/22/16)
The Tigers took on the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warriors twice last year in the final two weeks of the Spencer season. Week nine of the regular season ended with a 20-0, mud bowl loss to the Warriors. Spencer shook up their offensive approach in the first round of the playoffs and got a strong effort out of the defense, but SB-L ended the Tiger season by a score of 33-21...
Tiger girls win 4th meet (09/21/16)
SHELDON -- Spencer's cross country girls got back to their winning ways Tuesday night at the Sheldon Orab Cross Country Invitational which was held at Northwest Iowa Community College due to high water at the Sheldon Country Club. The Tigers, led by a fourth place finish from Morgan Roberts, kept their five scoring contributors inside the top-30 to put up 72 points, beating Sioux City East by 22...
Trinity drops CC-E in 3 (09/21/16)
EVERLY -- Clay Central-Everly hosted the Trinity Christian Tigers Tuesday night, hoping to recover from a rough Titan Tournament on Saturday that saw the Mavericks fall four times, including twice to Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire. A return to their home floor didn't push CC-E over the hump as the Mavs dropped the match in straight sets 25-14, 25-14, 25-16...
No. 10 Spirit Lake sweeps Spencer (09/21/16)
Tiger volleyball began its final stretch of the season Tuesday night, hosting Class 3A No. 10-ranked Spirit Lake in the first of six straight Lakes Conference matches to close the regular season. Spencer kept it close all night long, but the Indians showed the ability to finish out sets, earning the sweep over the purple and gold which drops to 4-15 overall and 0-2 in league play...
Rebels nearly pull off 5-set stunner (09/21/16)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Manson Northwest Webster appeared to be in the driver's seat from the opening serve Tuesday night at Sioux Central High School, but the Rebels put together a furious comeback, forcing a game five which ultimately went to the Cougars by a score of 16-14...
Tiger girls edged by Urbandale (09/19/16)
CARROLL -- A dozen schools, including Spencer, hit the cross country course around Swan Lake State Park Saturday for the Carroll Kuemper Invitaional. The Tiger girls, seeking their fourth straight meet title to open the season, came in with a team score of 70. Urbandale managed to slip in front of Spencer by one point, winning the meet with a score of 69. The Tigers did hold off Denison-Schleswig which came in third with a 75...
Tigers blanked at FC tourney (09/19/16)
FOREST CITY -- Spencer's volleyball girls certainly came close multiple times Saturday, but a lack of offensive consistency made it tough to finish sets as the Tigers dropped five matches at the Forest City tournament without winning a game. Twice Spencer lost sets by a score of 26-24, and they fell 25-21 four times...
Spencer 4th in FD pool (09/19/16)
FORT DODGE -- Saturday provided Spencer's swim girls with their biggest test of the season so far as Fort Dodge High School hosted the Gary Winkler Invitational. The Tigers put in a steady performance with highlights in the sprinting events, leading to 287 team points which left Spencer in fourth overall. Fort Dodge won the meet with 394 points followed by Carroll (319) and Lewis Central (318)...
Schatz takes Outlaw win at CCF Speedway (09/17/16)
1. Donny Schatz (3) 2. Daryn Pittman (1) 3. Brad Sweet (5) 4. Logan Schuchart (4) 5. Shane Stewart (7) 6. Danny Lasoski (6) 7. Jason Sides (12) 8. Jason Johnson (2) 9. Kerry Madsen (22) 10. Terry McCarl (13) 11. Tim Kaeding (23) 12. David Gravel (8)...
Spirit Lake handles Tigers, 28-10 (09/17/16)
SPIRIT LAKE -- Coming off a road trip to Le Mars that resulted in seven turnovers and a loss, the Spirit Lake Indians seemed much more comfortable at home Friday night, picking up a 28-10 win over Spencer despite throwing two interceptions to Tiger sophomore Michael Storey...
Rebels rumble past Royals, 37-0 (09/17/16)
SIOUX RAPIDS -- Exactly zero points were scored in the first half between Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union and Sioux Central Friday night despite three trips to the red zone for the Rebels. Sioux Central coach Brandon Goodchild got it sorted out in the locker room during the break, and his boys went out and dropped 37 second half points on the Royals for the shutout victory...
Mavs overwhelmed by H-LP, 70-6 (09/17/16)
LAKE PARK -- The Wolves of Harris-Lake Park didn't mess around Friday night against Clay Central-Everly, running up 70 points while giving up just one fourth quarter touchdown in a 70-6 Maverick defeat. "Our guys didn't go to play. My hat's off to H-LP. ...
Rebels earn W over GT/RA (09/16/16)
GRAETTINGER -- It took longer than head coach Sue Mattson hoped, but Sioux Central finally got its second volleyball victory of the season Thursday night, beating Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in four sets. "It felt so good to bring home a win. ...
Tree stand safety focus of awareness campaign (09/16/16)
DES MOINES -- A campaign is underway by tree stand manufacturers, retailers, media, natural resource agencies and deer hunters to reduce and eliminate tree stand accidents by raising awareness of this issue and providing education about safe tree stand hunting best practices...
The excitement of birding (09/16/16)
I'm sitting at my desk at the Dickinson County Nature Center and have a perfect view of the bird feeders in the avian courtyard outside. Wings are almost constantly flapping throughout the year as goldfinches, house finches, black-capped chickadees, red-winged blackbirds and a variety of sparrows stop by for the sunflower and safflower seeds...

Sports Briefs
Titans can't solve No. 12 Raiders (09/23/16)
LAKE VIEW -- Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire walked into a volleyball buzzsaw Thursday night, hitting the road to take on Class 3A No. 12-ranked East Sac County. The Raiders made quick work of the Titans, taking the sweep by scores of 25-10, 25-11, 25-3...
No. 12 Gehlen brooms CC-E (09/23/16)
LE MARS -- Clay Central-Everly's challenging volleyball season continued Thursday night with the Mavs paying a visit to the Class 1A No. 12-ranked Le Mars Gehlen Jays. CC-E had trouble staying out of its own way in the match, serving at just a 69 percent success rate in a sweep defeat...