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FORT DODGE — After eliminating previously unbeaten Sioux City Heelan, 5-4, last week, the Spencer Tiger ladies knocked off defending state champion’s Columbus Catholic in tennis at Dodger Tennis Courts in Fort Dodge, Saturday. The 5-1 win came entirely in without a doubles match being played.

“We are still on our journey,” Spencer coach Bob Schlaeger summarized.

He called the dominant performance a “great win against the best in Iowa.”


Playing three games in four nights, Spencer produced 36 runs on the ball diamond to start its baseball season, picking up a dramatic, come-from-behind win at Algona, Thursday, before hosting their first home game at Andy McGaffin Field, shutting out Harris-Lake Park.

Next up for the Tigers, a home game against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Thursday night, set for 7 p.m.; then traveling to Orange City, Friday, to face MOC-Floyd Valley Friday at 7:30 p.m.



DES MOINES — Spencer boys made of its best showings in several years at the State Track and Field competition, Thursday through Saturday on Drake University’s Blue Oval in Des Moines — setting school, season and personal bests amongst the loaded field.

Wilson Hookfin, despite his excitement for his team’s showing kept things in perspective.

Sioux Central state track and field results


Karina Bloom, of Sioux Central, helped the Rebels to an 11th place finish in the 4x800 at the state meet, hosted by Drake University last week. (Photos by Matt Heinrichs)

Northwest Iowa gymnasts excel in regional competition

CEDAR RAPIDS — USA Gymnastics Region 4 hosted its 2024 XCEL Regional Championship Competition, April 19-21, at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids. More than 2,600 athletes from seven states competed in the Silver-Diamond levels. Gymnasts advanced to regionals after qualifying in the All-Around at their respective state competition.

Outdoors: Largest walleye

Joel Anfinson took the top place for the largest walleye during the Walleye Weekend with 26.75-incher. Contest was catch, measure and photo using Fish Donkey app. (Photo courtesy of IGLA Chamber)

Outdoors: 2024 spring turkey season was one for the record books

The final segment of Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season closed Sunday, ending the spring season with a record harvest of 16,059 birds reported, surpassing the 2023 record harvest of 14,843.

Turkeys were reported from all 99 counties, from a high of 649 birds bagged in Clayton County to a low of three in Osceola.

Outdoors: Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Memorial Day weekend

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reminds all boaters and anglers to “Clean, Drain, Dry” their boats and equipment this Memorial Day weekend to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers.

Outdoors: North American Lake Management Society offers student poster opportunities

July has been Lakes Appreciation Month for the past 26 years. To help us celebrate, appreciate, and bring attention to lakes, we are inviting elementary, middle, and high school students to submit posters reflecting on how important lakes are to all of us. Submitted artwork will be a big part of NALMS’ celebrations through July across North America.

Show us your love for lakes by sending us your artwork! Digital submissions are due June 14th.

Outdoors: Up your catch by trolling

Across the Midwest and much of North America, most game fish in most places are done spawning. After a few days of rest, those fish will get very hungry. If you can put a bait near a fish, it will probably bite that bait.

Outdoors: Adult Fishing Seminar set for June 4

Want to learn more about fishing? How about an Adult Fishing Seminar? Well, that’s exactly what the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club has lined up for novice anglers, both men and women on Tuesday, June 4, from 6-8 p.m. at West O Beer (503 Terrace Park Blvd. in Milford).

UNCHARTED TERRITORY: No. 1 doubles match sends Spencer girls to first state tennis tourney

SIOUX CITY—It all came down to the No. 1 doubles match Wednesday. Spencer’s Lauren Ellis and Julia Gastelum faced Sioux City Heelan’s Friis sisters - Lilly and Aila - to settle a 4-4 match for the right to move on to the IGHSAU State Team Tennis Tournament.

Baker heads to state golf in final campaign

• Spencer 4th at regionals, 10 strokes separate top 5 teams


WEBSTER CITY—In a tight battle for the top spot among the Class 3A Region 1 girls golf field, a strong team showing of 369 by Spencer on the 18-hole Briggs Woods Golf Course in Webster City, left the Tigers out of the state meet field, finishing fourth overall among the 12 team field.

Spencer JFK dancers shine at National Together We Dance Competition

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Spencer Just For Kix dancers showcased their talent and dedication at the National Together We Dance Competition, April 24-28, in Rochester, Minnesota. This event brought together dance teams from across the region — Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin — to compete in various categories.

Tigers baseball team rolls in road opener

ALTA—Alta-Aurelia struggled on the hill, and Spencer took full advantage Tuesday night, routing Alta-Aurelia on the road, 14-1, in 4 1/2 innings, to open the Tigers 2024 summer campaign.

“It was nice to start the season,” Brian Dirkx, Tiger baseball coach, said. “I was pleased with the win.

Bulldogs end Spencer boys tennis postseason run

SPENCER—After wrapping up district singles and doubles competition on the Riverview Tennis Courts last Wednesday, the Spencer Tigers again hosted Saturday’s IAHSAA 1A Substate 1 First Round team match, welcoming the 10-7 LeMars boys to town.

It was the Bulldogs who would move on to the next round, stopping the Tigers 5-1, not even requiring any doubles matches to decide the outcome.

“This was a meet in which we were definitely underdogs, but I thought

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