Le Mars sweeps tennis girls
LE MARS -- Spencer's tennis girls tried their hand against conference tournament champions Le Mars for the second time this season Thursday night. Once again, the Bulldogs showed their dominance, sweeping the meet 9-0. "There is a reason why they're conference champs," Spencer girls tennis coach Bob Schlaeger said simply...
5 years running
LE MARS -- Thursday night's Lakes Conference track meet provided Spencer's girls with the opportunity to take home a fifth straight conference crown. In response to a close loss to Le Mars at Monday's Tornado Relays, the Tigers put a slew of season bests on the track, posting 10 all-conference finishes (top-two in each event) en route to a 147 point night. ...
Tiger girls cruise past Western, 6-2
HULL -- For the second time this season, Spencer's soccer girls hung six goals on Western Christian, cruising to a 6-2 road victory with the help of Katie Moser's second straight hat trick. "It was a good result. We knew that they would want to avenge their loss, and they came out hard. ...
'Dogs drop Tiger boys, 8-1
Le Mars' tennis boys showed why they're currently a cut above the rest of the conference Thursday at River View Park. Spencer gave the Bulldogs their toughest test of the season, and the result was still an 8-1 Le Mars victory. "Once again, despite the team score against Le Mars, I thought we played some of our best tennis of the year," Spencer boys tennis coach Joe Steele said. ...
Wolfpack hold off Tigers in shootout
Western Christian scored in the first minute of Thursday's tilt against Spencer, but they spent the next 99, especially the final 50, fending off Tiger attacks in a game that went all the way to penalty kicks tied 1-1. The Wolfpack took a 5-4 edge in the shootout to hand Spencer their fourth straight loss. However, coach Ben MacRae liked what he saw from his squad, especially in the later stages of the game...
Spencer's girls 6th in conference tournament
Spencer's Taylor Blume, pictured reaching for a forehand during the girls Lakes Conference tournament in Le Mars Wednesday, teamed up with fellow senior Ayrial Schnell in doubles action for the tournament, putting together a fifth place finish in No. 1 doubles to lead Spencer's efforts on the day. As a team, the Tigers placed sixth in the six-team tournament. "As a new girls tennis coach, I saw today where our program needs to be to compete against the good programs, and the offseason effort will need to be there this summer," Spencer girls tennis coach Bob Schlaeger said. The Tigers head right back to Le Mars Thursday to face the tournament champion Bulldogs. (Photo by Michael Haller)
Rebel girls TLC runners-up
MANSON -- Sioux Central and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire traveled to Manson Northwest Webster High School Tuesday night for the Twin Lakes Conference track and field meet. The Rebels girls, participating without a few regular runners, finished with 113.5 points to finish behind powerhouse Pocahontas Area Community/Laurens-Marathon (152). No other team hit triple digits. GT/RA's girls placed eighth with 36...
Spencer's boys take 3rd in Lakes tourney
Spencer's tennis boys followed up a 7-2 win over a previously unseen Storm Lake team on Tuesday with a third place finish in the Lakes Conference Tournament held Wednesday at River View Park. Placing ahead of the Tigers were a strong Le Mars team and the very same Tornadoes...
Tiger girls sweep Tornadoes, Wolfpack
HULL -- Spencer's golf girls wrapped up Lakes Conference dual action Tuesday, taking on Storm Lake and Western Christian at Rolling Hills Country Club The Tigers tied their best nine-hole score of the year, posting a 200 to beat the Wolfpack by 14 and the Tornadoes by 43...
Tiger boys win 2 on the links
The boys Lakes Conference dual golf slate concluded Tuesday night with Spencer playing host to Storm Lake and Western Christian at Spencer Golf and Country Club. The Tigers carded a 167 on the front nine to best the Wolfpack (172) and Tornadoes (174), securing a tie for second place in the conference with Western. Both teams finished with a league record of 5-2. Estherville Lincoln Central took first in the conference...
Girls tennis falls to Midgets
Spencer's tennis girls put together their strongest performance of the season Monday night at River View Park against the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgets, but the Tigers couldn't quite get over the hump, falling 6-3. "It was the best night of the year," Spencer girls tennis coach Bob Schlaeger said. "All the girls are getting so much better -- from the freshmen who won the No. 3 doubles match through our seniors who are really stepping it up."...
Spencer girls track streak snapped
STORM LAKE -- On a jam-packed night of high school sports that sent athletes all over northwest Iowa, Spencer's track girls experienced their first runner-up finish since the Sheldon Relays just over a year ago -- a streak of 13 straight team titles...
MOC drops Tiger boys, 2-0
ORANGE CITY -- Spencer's Preston Krukow, pictured trying to track down a free ball earlier this year, and the rest of the Tigers hit a three-game skid Monday night, falling to MOC-Floyd Valley on the road 2-0. Dutch sophomore Kyle Puttman scored both goals. The loss drops Spencer to an even 5-5 this season. (File photo)
Tiger girls maul MOC
Monday night saw Spencer's soccer girls return to action for the first time since falling 4-0 to Sioux City East exactly one week earlier. The Tigers made the most of the defeat, fine-tuning some aspects of their game which allowed them to roll past MOC-Floyd Valley 6-0 at Spencer Soccerplex...
Golf girls bested in Algona
ALGONA -- Fresh off their lowest team score of the year, Spencer's golf girls headed to River Road Golf Club Monday night, looking to challenge the hosting Algona Bulldogs as well as an Emmetsburg team that put the lone blemish on the Tigers' record entering Monday...
Boys tennis bounces back against ELC
ESTHERVILLE -- Playing for the first time since being swept by Le Mars last Tuesday, Spencer's tennis boys righted the ship Monday night against Estherville Lincoln Central. The Tigers swept the singles matches on their way to an 8-1 win over the Midgets that makes them 6-1 overall this season and 5-1 in the Lakes Conference...
ELC scorches SGCC
Spencer's golf boys didn't play poorly on the front nine of Spencer Golf and Country Club Monday night, but they simply weren't going to be able to hang with an Estherville Lincoln Central squad that posted four scores in the 30s to card a team mark of 152 during the two-squad meet...
Tiger girls card lowest round
SHELDON -- Spencer's golf girls continued their steady improvement over the course of the season Friday night, carding a 200 at Sheldon Country Club for their lowest team score of the year. Spirit Lake, also in attendance, came into the clubhouse with a 214 while the Orabs swung 235 times...
Dale Norton Field hosted the annual Spencer Girls Special track meet in the midst of Friday's brisk evening. Despite the sub-50 temps, the Tigers managed to heat it up on the track, running away with a 61.5 point victory -- the team's 13th straight meet title...
Local athletes compete at Drake Relays
DES MOINES -- Four local track and field events earned the right to compete on and around the Blue Oval at Drake University this weekend, including Spencer's Brandi Botcher who placed sixth in the shot put Thursday with a personal best throw of 40 feet, 8.25 inches...
Tiger boys struggle at Brooks
OKOBOJI -- Playing without top-seed Ezra Meyer, Spencer's boys had a difficult time on the white nine at Brooks National Golf Club Friday night, playing against Spirit Lake and Sheldon in frigid conditions. The Tigers finished with a team score of 179 -- one stroke behind the Indians and 19 behind the Orabs...
Walleye opener around corner; Good walleye population expected
It's almost show time! The time is drawing nearer and nearer. The Annual Great Walleye Weekend is just around the corner. This year will be the 34th Annual Great Walleye Weekend, May 7-8. This two-day fishing tournament brings thousands of anglers to the Iowa Great Lakes to see if they can catch one of the specially tagged walleye...
Iowa's deer seasons approved for public comment
DES MOINES -- Iowa's proposed 2016-17 deer hunting seasons were recently approved by the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The proposal included a status quo county antlerless license quota and maintained the buck only restriction for select counties in northwest Iowa during early muzzleloader season and first shotgun season...
Delta Waterfowl renews strong commitment to research
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Throughout the organization's history, Delta Waterfowl has conducted innovative, cutting-edge waterfowl research that has helped shape the direction of waterfowl management and programs across North America. In 2016, Delta Waterfowl's slate of research projects -- many in collaboration with leading university waterfowl scientists and conservation partners -- seeks solutions to a diverse set of waterfowl management issues. ...
Commission approves Iowa migratory game bird seasons
DES MOINES -- The 2016-17 migratory game bird seasons were recently approved by the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ducks, mergansers and coots North Zone: Sept. 24 to Oct. 2; and Oct. 15 to Dec. 4 South Zone: Oct. 1-5; and Oct. 22 to Dec. 15...
Spencer Youth Football signups May 17, 19
Spencer Youth Football, part of the Midwest Youth Football League, in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota, will host its fall football signups from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at the Oneota Park cabin in Spencer. Cost for participation is $145. ...