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Outdoors: Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are currently conducting their annual nighttime spring spotlight surveys across the state, collecting information on Iowa’s deer and furbearer populations.

Outdoors: Changes occurring in fishing

As we go through life, many of us change the way we do things. We find a better way, or sometimes just a different way of performing some tasks. In the past several decades, many changes have taken place in the fishing world. Following are some of those changes.

In walleye country about 30 years ago, the big deal when it came to boats was an 18-foot aluminum boat and a 50-horsepower motor with tiller steering. This rig provided lots of room and outstanding trolling control.

Outdoors: Getting lakes ready for spring

Well, it looks as if our weather is now going to become a little more consistent with daytime temperatures in the 50s to 60s, which I am sure the dock and hoist setters have been waiting for. After all, on the conservative side, there are over 3,300 docks and over 8,700 hoists on the Iowa Great Lakes chain of lakes. The dock and hoist workers definitely need the time.

Shutout: Spencer soccer boys shutdown Indians ‘O’

OKOBOJI — In the post COVID world, Spencer’s boys started its fourth year in a row just as it had performed in the previous three years, with a dominant 7-0 win victory against Spirit Lake. The Tigers have owned their matchup with the Indians for three straight seasons. The two teams moved the game — originally scheduled for Spirit Lake to the neutral turf field in Okoboji.

Tigersharks shine at GISL

The Spencer YMCA Tigersharks swam at the GISL State Swim Meet in Des Moines on March 9. The team had several High Point winners along with swimmers who broke records at the meet. (Photos submitted)

Spencer archery advances to nationals

After a successful state tournament, 33 Spencer archers will be competing at Nationals. The team will be traveling to Sandy, Utah, April 25-28.

Tracy Wilkerson, head coach, said “At the beginning of each season, the kids ask what it takes to go to Nationals. We tell them to place at state and then we will discuss it.”

For the last five seasons, the team has done just that.

Hobben’s ‘hat track’ leads shutout win

Tiger senior Addison Hobben picked up right where she left off last season. The Spencer scorer found the back of the net three times on six shots to lead SHS to a 2024 campaign opening shutout at home against Spirit Lake in the season opener. The 6-0 victory also included solo goals from sophomores Faith Staedtler and Avery McAntee, and freshman Avery Metcalf. Olivia Jacobson finished with two assists for the home team, and Ana Olson added an assist as well.

Tigers take tennis season opener

SPENCER — With five of six first time varsity tennis players on the court, the Spencer boys tennis team made its 2024 debut Monday afternoon, hosting Lakes Conference foe Cherokee at the West Side Racquet Club. The Tigers would defeat the Braves 7-2 with the meet moving indoors due to moisture on the Riverview Courts.

SHS ladies drop Garrigan by 24 strokes

SPENCER — A 203-227 score resulted in a girl golf triangular, turned dual, win for Spencer against Algona’s Bishop Garrigan.

Tiger coach Nate Wendt said his ladies “usually play against Humboldt and Bishop Garrigan, but it has always been competitive and a good start to the season

Tiger boys sweep links triangular

SPENCER — A Tuesday afternoon matchup between the Spencer boys golf team brought Humboldt and Algona Bishop Garrigan to the Spencer Golf & Country Club. The Tigers would edge Humboldt by two strokes,163-165, while leaving Bishop Garrigan trailing with a 182 on the day.

Trevor Cooke served as medalist with 40 on the back nine, besting Humboldt’s Carson Sleiter in a tie-breaker.

Plemmons on top

When Declan Plemmons won the AAU Class A170-pound state championship — in just his third year of wrestling, he had one thought on his mind.

“I’m gonna go hug my mom,” he excitedly admitted, his mother Sarah a short distance away awaiting the big squeeze.

Aggressive success

Adam Gress continued to serve his love of wrestling and the young grapplers of Spencer when he opened Aggressive Wrestling Academy ahead of the 2023-24 youth tournament season.

Drawing 50 participants — ranging from pre-kindergarten age through high school seniors — the former Spencer High wrestling coach will run his program year-round in the renovated former post office and Bogenrief Studio building on West Fifth Street.

Tigers run well at SDSU

SPENCER — Several top 10 finishes, in a loaded field, highlighted the Spencer boys final performance of the indoor track season, March 23, at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. The Tigers earned three third place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump; while recording eight other top 10 efforts at the Ruth Marske Invitational.

Iowa Lakes eighth in 16-yard singles, doubles at nationals

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Iowa Lakes sports shooting team participated in the 2024 Nationals in San Antonio, Texas on March 23. The team shot 472x500 to tie for eighth place in Division 4 with Southeast Community College of Nebraska and the University of Arkansas Cossatot.

Outdoors: Review safe hunting practices ahead of spring turkey season

Roughly 35,000 camo-covered hunters in stealth mode will be heading to the timber in the next few weeks for Iowa’s spring turkey season. And, just as important as contacting the landowner, checking the shell supply and finding the decoys, part of every hunt prep is to review safe hunting practices.

Outdoors: Iowa’s spring turkey season just around the corner

Coming off record harvests in 2020 and again in 2023, Iowa’s spring turkey hunters could be living in the “good ol’ days.” And with three straight years of good hatches across much of the state, roughly 35,000 hunters are ready to hit the woods.

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