Tigers fall twice in home tourney
Spencer's annual softball tournament began play Friday morning, sending nine teams in a frenzy around Pederson Park and Tiger Field. The Tigers got started with a noon game against 1A No. 4-ranked Newell-Fonda before taking on Denison-Schleswig in the evening. The Tigers were tabbed as the visitors on the scoreboard for both contests...
Tiger girls youth basketball camp concludes
Above, all of the participants in this week's Tiger girls youth basketball camp held at Spencer High School gather for a group photo. (Below) is a photo of the camp's individual contest winners.(Photos submitted)
Iowa Lakes hires new volleyball coach
Iowa Lakes Director of Athletics Troy Larson announced Thursday that Lea Hartigan will become the new head volleyball coach. She will also take over the role of Success Center Instructor for the Estherville campus. Hartigan spent the last two years as the assistant volleyball coach at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University. ...
Laker softball signs battery duo
Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach, Katie Larson, announced the signing of Ashton Kazmierski and Kenlee Frank to the 2016-2017 recruiting class this week. Ashton and Kenlee are a pitching/catching duo from Colorado. "Ashton and Kenlee are amazing young women," commented Larson. ...
Storm takes its toll on osprey chicks
OKOBOJI -- On last week's Outdoors page, Kiley Roth, Dickinson County relations coordinator, shared the excitement at the Dickinson County Nature Center for the Okoboji ospreys. Three young had hatched and lots of people were going to the live webcam link to check up on them. Kiley had even set up a series of columns entitled "Osprey Diaries."...
DNR seeks public comment on increased nursery stock prices
DES MOINES -- The DNR is seeking public comment on a proposal to adjust the price of tree and shrub seedlings sold from the State Forest Nursery to bring nursery operations into compliance with Iowa Code. Code requires the state forest nursery to cover all expenses related to the growing of the plants...
Iowa pheasant harvest highest since 2009, quail highest since 2007
DES MOINES -- Iowa's estimated pheasant harvest continues its climb and for the fifth year in a row has been higher than the previous year. In 2015, more than 56,000 hunters harvested nearly 270,000 rooster pheasants in Iowa, which is an increased harvest of 24 percent over 2014 and the highest pheasant harvest since 2009...
Volunteer trees: What to do?
For close to 30 years, our family has owned a tract of farmland near Graettinger. Way back when we purchased it, we determined that except for maybe a third of it, the land should never be row cropped again. It's simply too hilly to do that. The hilly slopes gave it a very high rating in competition to get it into the Conservation Reserve Program, and when we prepared the soil we could see the lighter soil on the hills and sidehills, where runoff had taken most of the good soil and deposited it on the bottom ground.. ...
Fishing simple is better ... sometimes
I remember when I first went fishing more than 50 years ago. I fondly remember the long, heavy cane pole with a reel that didn't work taped to the pole and a couple of guides and a tip on the pole along with heavy braided line to which was attached a big bobber, a long-shanked gold hook and a couple of splitshot. I also distinctly remember the magic of watching the bobber go down and shortly after the thrill of holding in my hand a bluegill or bullhead or sometimes a largemouth bass...
Tigers come up short against E-Hawks
Spencer's softball crew came into Thursday night's home bout with Emmetsburg fresh off the first win of the season, looking to carry some momentum into the later stages of the season. Unfortunately for the Tigers, five errors turned into four unearned runs as Spencer fell to 1-16 on the season and 1-10 in conference play with a 7-3 defeat dealt out by the E-Hawks...
Late run pushes Panthers past Rebels
STORM LAKE -- The momentum from Monday's walk-off victory over East Sac County didn't quite fully transfer over to Wednesday evening for Sioux Central's girls as they found themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum, falling 6-5 to Storm Lake St. Mary's on a Panther run in the bottom of the seventh...
Sioux Central stops skid against St. Mary's
STORM LAKE -- Sioux Central put a stop to a five-game skid that included a 10-inning, 9-4 loss to East Sac County Monday night and a five-inning, 12-2 loss to Emmetsburg Tuesday night, holding on to beat Storm Lake St. Mary's 8-5 on the road. The Rebels put up four runs right away in the first and added two more in the second to lead 6-2 heading to the third...
'Dogs chew through Tigers
LE MARS -- Wednesday night offered Spencer's baseball boys an opportunity for redemption as they took on Le Mars for the second time this season following a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs on June 6. A big fifth inning for the home team ended the night early as the Tigers dropped to 7-7 on the season and 4-6 in the Lakes Conference with a 13-3, five inning loss to the Dogs...
Spencer slips past Spirit Lake
Spencer retook Andy McGaffin Field Tuesday night, resuming play with Spirit Lake from this past Friday. The Tigers held a 3-1 advantage from the start of Tuesday's action before overcoming an Indian resurgence in the sixth inning to win 7-5. Spirit Lake first claimed the lead in the top of the first Friday night, but Spencer answered back with RBI singles from Sam Polaschek and Jake Kluender that scored Kade Carpenter and Polaschek respectively...
Tiger girls crack win column
LE MARS -- Tuesday night Spencer's girls hosted Spirit Lake in an effort to finish off the game the two squads began Friday night before being forced off the field by weather. The No. 5-ranked Indians used a pair of homers to overcome a 2-for-3, two RBI performance from Morgan Carpenter, downing the Tigers 8-2...
Rebel girls walk off
PETERSON -- Sioux Central's girls battled their way back from deficits twice against East Sac County Monday night, tying the game in the sixth and ultimately winning with a bases loaded walk-off single to center from Darma Tripp that made it 7-6. The Raiders put up a run in the first and made it 3-0 in the top of the third with a two-run deep shot to center...
Sioux Central, Raiders forge into the night
Sioux Central's Kal Swanson, pictured above sending a strike to the dish Monday night, pitched the first 8 1/3 innings for the Rebels against the East Sac County Raiders before being relieved by Chase Jessen in the ninth with the bases loaded, one out and a 4-4 tie on the scoreboard. Jessen induced a liner to first that allowed for a one-man double play from Zach Lundquist to reach the bottom of the inning. The Rebels were unable to take advantage of a runner in scoring position as the game moved beyond press time into the 10th inning knotted at 4-4. (Below) Jessen races to third base to send a Raider attempting to advance on a fielding bobble back to the dugout. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)
Tiger softball edged by ELC
ESTHERVILLE -- Spencer's girls improved greatly Monday night from their first meeting against Estherville Lincoln Central that saw the Midgets run away 16-6. However, four Tiger errors kept the team winless on the season as Spencer fell to 0-14 on the season with a 7-5 loss...
No. 4 Midgets battle back to best Spencer
ESTHERVILLE -- An early 2-0 lead and a five hit advantage as a team weren't enough for Spencer to knock off No. 4-ranked Estherville Lincoln Central -- the only undefeated team remaining in the state regardless of class. The Midgets used one big inning in the fifth to erase their deficit and move to 16-0 while the Tigers dropped back to .500 (6-6) due to a 5-2 defeat...
Hot start lifts Storm Lake over Rebels
STORM LAKE -- Despite Darma Tripp's perfect 4-for-4 performance at the dish, Sioux Central couldn't overcome a six-run first inning by Storm Lake Thursday night, resulting in a 10-4 loss for the Rebels. Tripp's showing led a Sioux Central offense that produced twice as many hits as the Tornadoes...
Tiger youth basketball camp wraps up
Nearly 50 youth boys participated in the the Tiger Youth Basketball Camp held this Monday through Thursday at Spencer Middle School. The campers worked on fundamentals of the game while also participating in competition winners. Competition winners (below) were (front, left): Konnor McKeever, Ross Carlson, Ethan Hanson, Cael Bruning, Riley DeWitt. Back row: Noah Brown, Devin Dirkx, Evan Schmidt, Evan Johnson, Jacob Gronemeyer, Landon Ellis and Jack DeWitt. (Photos submitted)
Not in the forecast
(Above) Clouds roll in while the Spirit Lake Indians take the field in the bottom of the second. Spencer scored two runs in the inning to take a 2-1 lead before the high winds caused the field to clear. Spencer's Morgan Carpenter reaches to catch a fly ball on the move in right field during the Tiger softball team's tilt with the Indians. Spencer short stop Ashlyn Nissen looks in a throw to try and catch a Spirit Lake runner stealing. The Indian was safe and scored on a Bailee Newman homerun which made the score 4-2 in the top of the second. The Tigers had two batters before the game was interrupted. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)
Former Laker named NAIA Player of the Year
A 2014 baseball player at Iowa Lakes Community College has been named NAIA National Player of the Year. Manny DeLeon, who played as a Laker during the 2013-14 season, transferred to Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas and played two years for the BlueJays...
June is great outdoors month
DES MOINES -- The 2016 summer recreation season is just getting started and there are plenty of days ahead to enjoy the outdoors. Gov. Terry Branstad recently proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month, encouraging all Iowans and visitors to take the time to enjoy the state's recreational opportunities, take in its scenic beauty and make a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources...
Update on Okoboji osprey
I hadn't checked in on the Okoboji osprey in several days, so I decided to log in to the live web camera to see how the little mama was doing with her three eggs. It had been about 35 days since she laid her first speckled brown and white egg on the towering nest in Kenue Park, and she endured rain, wind and plenty of sun while she protected her three eggs...
Early surge downs Rebel girls
PETERSON -- Six runs in the top of the first gave 1A No. 4-ranked Newell-Fonda all the cushion they needed to cruise to a 10-2 win over Sioux Central Thursday night. "After giving up six runs in the first inning, we really settled down and played some pretty good ball," Sioux Central softball coach Kasey Krager said. "Offensively, we didn't get the timely hits that we needed as we left the bases loaded twice."...
Sioux Central struggles with 'Stangs
PETERSON -- The Rebel baseball squad dropped to 9-11 Thursday night, falling 6-2 to Twin Lakes Conference foe Newell-Fonda. Sioux Central mustered just three hits in the game while the Mustangs managed to swing their way on base nine times. Sioux Central scored a first inning run when Franky Perkins singled in Blake Cavanaugh...
University of Okoboji Cycling Classic this weekend
The 32nd Annual University of Okoboji Cycling Classic Campus Bike Ride is this Saturday. The Boy Scouts will serve their world famous pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. The bicycle ride will start at 9 a.m. from Florence Park in Milford. Enjoy a 25, 50 or 100 mile bike ride through the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes area...