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New tennis courts honor Price’s role in the sport

The official court naming ceremony for the man who inspired and developed the tennis program at Spencer High School, Dennis Price, was hosted near the courts behind the middle school Saturday afternoon.

Rough road trip

DES MOINES — West Des Moines Valley hosted a tournament over the weekend with large schools and a combined 31 wins. Spencer, coming in with just a single victory, faced No. 6 West Des Moines Valley right away Friday, followed by Des Moines East, Sioux City East and Des Moines Roosevelt. The Tigers would drop each game by double digits, falling to 1-12 on the year.

Tiger boys fall to Waukee

HARLAN — Playing at Harlan Rogers Park Friday, Spencer played visitor to Waukee on the scoreboard, suffering a 10-0 loss in five innings.

The Tigers managed just three hits in the game — all singles by Jackson Eilts, Jack Berends and George Lawson.

Freshman Braden Seversen started the game, working 3 1/3 innings, and taking the loss. Aiden Techen worked the final 1 1/3 before the game was called on the 10-run rule

Sioux Central girls struggle with Midgets, Hawks


PETERSON — No. 5 Estherville Lincoln Central took care of a very solid Sioux Central softball team, 10-0 in five innings, Thursday, handing the Rebels just the team’s second loss on the season.

Kasey Krager, Rebel coach, said, “Estherville is a very good team with great pitching and quality hitting throughout their lineup.

Rebel boys improve to 4-0 in Twin Lakes

GILMORE CITY — A 10-hit night propelled Sioux Central baseball squad to a 14-5 road win at West Bend-Mallard Friday night. The victory elevated the Rebels to 4-0 in Twin Lakes Conference and 8-3 overall.

Sioux Central took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first before making it a 5-0 game with four more runs in the top of the third.

Clay County PF supports Bulls Eyes

BJ Sikora and David Warren of the Clay County Pheasants Forever presented a $3,500 check to the GTRA/Spencer Bulls Eyes Trap Team to cover their entry fees to the State Championship Shoot in Cedar Falls, and for two Garmin Trap Training devices. Over the last several years members of the Bulls Eyes Trap Team have assisted the Clay County Pheasants Forever at their annual fundraising event. Sixteen of the 27 Bulls Eyes live in Clay County and over half of the athletes also hunt and fish.

Outdoors: Help stop the spread of invasive species in your community

Gov. Kim Reynolds recently proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa.

Invasive species, like emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, spongy moth and oriental bittersweet threaten Iowa’s ecosystem by competing with and destroying native trees and disrupting the natural complex habitat system.

Outdoors: What a roller coaster ride it’s been

Remember how low the lakes were right after the ice went off? Let’s take a look back … this is the post I put on the Okoboji Protective Association’s Facebook page on March 24. “Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. The weather forecast is for at least an inch of rain over the next 24 hours, along with a mix of snow and sleet. We definitely need the moisture with Big Spirit Lake 12.8 inches below the spillway and the Okobojis 3.4 inches below Lower Gar overflow.

Outdoors: Adapting for unusual fishing conditions

Anglers can encounter unusual fishing conditions whenever they go fishing. These unusual conditions often make it hard to get the fish to bite. These conditions happen every year and often at predictable times, so in reality, they really aren’t that unusual. Maybe different is a better way to describe them.

Outdoors: Want a walleye road trip? Try Storm Lake and Tuttle Lake

As I reported on walleye fishing during the Walleye Weekend, the night fishing was outstanding with lots of big fish taken pulling crankbaits. Since that time, however, there has been an excellent daytime bite on two area lakes: Storm Lake and Tuttle Lake. Certainly, they are 90 miles apart, which means a little travel, but for the walleye fishing opportunities, they each are definitely worth the trip. First, let’s look at Storm Lake.

Rough week

After suffering a shutout loss to ranked Estherville Lincoln Central Monday, Spencer fell in a shootout where the Tigers and Cherokee Braves combined for 16 runs in the first inning before battling, then suffering, a 17-12 loss. Spencer fell to 1-8 this season.



SPENCER — No. 3 ELC needed just four innings to generate 13 runs for the shutout win against the Tigers in Spencer Monday night.

Tigers go 1-1 in early week action


Early week action resulted in a win and a loss for the Spencer Tigers who improved to 8-4 on the season with a narrow loss to Estherville Lincoln Central and a 10-run win after a late inning rally in Lakes Conference play.



Running wild

Who says crime doesn’t pay?

In a pair of Twin Lakes this week over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Manson-NW Webster, the Sioux Rebels stole a combined 21 bases while limiting their opponent to a single run while improving to 8-1 overall.



2 Twin Lakes wins

Sandwiching a pair of Twin Lakes wins around a nonconference loss to Okoboji, on Tuesday, Sioux Central hosted three games in a row in Peterson to start the week.

The Rebels would down conference rivals Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Manson-NW Webster to remain perfect in loop play. They are now 7-3 overall.



IMCA Modified Summer Challenge Series results

Monday, June 3 — Clay County Speedway



Classic Bass Champion Tour coming to Okoboji

There is no doubt that the Iowa Great Lakes has its share of bass tournaments, pretty much every weekend. Here is one with an interesting twist: Classic Bass Champions Tour presented by Skeeter Boats. Considered by many to be the top bass fishing tournament trail in the Midwest will be holding its first regular season event of the 2024 season on Lake Okoboji on Tuesday, June 11, with its takeoff and awards spot being the Emerson Bay Boat Ramp.

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