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Rebels win 11th straight to finish regular season

The Sioux Central Rebels softball team has been scorching hot for almost a month now, winning 11 straight games and 16 of their last 17 contests. The girls finished their regular season with a final victory over GTRA, their 24th win of the season. The 12th-ranked 2A Rebels will gear up for the postseason Tuesday in Peterson against the Alta-Aurelia Warriors. The game will start at 7 p.m. at Brooke Memorial Field.



Hoben, Olson and MacRae earn All-State honors

SPENCER — Three Spencer athletes were recognized for their excellence in the sport of soccer. Addison Hoben, Owen Olson and Iain MacRae represented the Tigers in this year's selections by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Olson and MacRae earned the honors for the Tiger boys team. Olson had a phenomenal senior season for Spencer, finishing with the third-most goals in Class 3A with 29 of them. He was also third in points with 70.

Outdoors: USDA announces historic investment in wildlife conservation

BOULDER, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it is expanding its work on wildlife conservation by investing at least $500 million over the next five years and by leveraging all available conservation programs, including the Conservation Reserve Program, through its Working Lands for Wildlife effort.

Outdoors: The wonderful world of diatoms

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory celebrates a special anniversary in 2023. In 1963, the first college class featuring diatoms was taught at Lakeside. You may ask yourself, “Why is that special or important?” At that time, there were only a handful of diatom experts in the world (lest than 10 people). Determined to build a community of scientists studying and learning about diatoms, Dr. Gene Stoermer (then a post-doctoral researcher at Iowa State University under Dr.

Outdoors: I wonder if?

In the past many years, I’ve had the almost always wonderful opportunity to fish with a lot of different anglers in a lot of different places for several different species of fish. There were days when we caught a lot of fish and days when we didn’t catch so many.

Outdoors: Okoboji Blue Water Festival receives Sustainability Initiative Award

The Okoboji Blue Water Festival, which is held annually at Preservation Plaza on the shores of Wet Lake Okoboji on the second Saturday of August, recently received the Sustainability Initiative Award for a small market from the Iowa Travel Industry Partners at the ITIP Summer Celebration Annual Meeting on Monday, June 12, in Cedar Falls.

Tigers lose 2 of 3 to start week

Spencer lost two of three to start the week, and they are currently sitting at 12-13 as they head into the final game of their regular season on Monday. Jada Piercy and Olivia Huckfelt continue to lead Class 4A in batting average. Piercy sits in first with a .585, with Huckfelt behind with a .551. These girls have been mashing softballs all season long for the Tigers. They will host Sergeant Bluff-Luton and then head to Sioux City on July 6 to face Bishop Heelan for postseason action.

Tigers down Wolfpack; Dominate Indians 16-1

The Tigers won their fifth and sixth straight games during the week. Spencer now sits at 17-6 on the season. Spencer was looking to clinch second place in the Lakes Conference, and they did just that, winning their fifth conference game, only behind Estherville Lincoln-Central, who finished at 7-1.



Rebels cruise to 10th straight win

The Sioux Central Rebels softball team has won 10 consecutive games and 15 of their last 16 contests. The team dominated three opponents to start their final week of the season, downing Alta-Aurelia 14-3. They proceeded to dominate South O’Brien 14-4 before shutting out Woodbury Central 10-0 for their 23rd win of the season.

Rebels split games to start final week

Sioux Central split their games to begin the week. The Rebels currently sit at 9-12 and will prepare for postseason play beginning this Saturday. The team will travel to Okoboji High School in Milford to face off with the Emmetsburg E-Hawks at 5 p.m.



Race Results: Midwest Madness Tour 2023

Monday — Clay County Fair Speedway




SPENCER — The whole state of Iowa was introduced to Spencer’s Addison Hoben during her sophomore season. She's still got two more years of playing high school soccer, and she just won the Des Moines Register All-Iowa Player of the Year award. Hoben led the entire state of Iowa with 64 goals and 151 points, helping lead the Tigers to the 2A state quarterfinal. She had 19 more goals than second-place Grace Gaarde of Regina Catholic, who found the back of the net 45 times this season.

3 girls represent Spencer at 2023 AAU Scholastic Duals

ORLANDO, Fla. — Three Spencer girls wrestlers traveled south to Orlando to compete in the 2023 AAU Scholastic Girls Wrestling Duals. Kaylee Nachtigal, Shaylee Sutherland and Kiara Ruiz showed wrestlers from all across the nation what to expect when you face a Spencer Tigers girls wrestler. The trio combined for a record of 25-3 in the tournament. All three of them earned All-American honors in the tournament.

Tigers dominate Le Mars, lose to Newell-Fonda

Spencer hosted Newell-Fonda and Le Mars in their annual Spencer Softball Tournament over the weekend. The girls dominated Le Mars, 10-0, before losing to the Mustangs, 11-0.

“I’m proud of the team so far this year as they have fought through a lot of injuries and changes this year,” head coach Tara Hauschen said. “I'll be excited for the next few games to see them continue to fight against good teams.”



Spencer loses close one to Humboldt

SPENCER — The Tigers hosted Humboldt on Thursday in Spencer, losing the lead late in the seventh inning, allowing the Wildcats to defeat Spencer 8-5. Humboldt plated two runs in the sixth inning, before adding four more in the seventh to steal the win. Spencer had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the inning, but would be unsuccessful.

Tigers grab wins over Indians, Knights

Spencer picked up two huge victories to end the week against Pocahontas Area and Kuemper-Catholic. The Tigers held on to defeat both opponents for their fourth straight victory, and sixth win in their last seven games.

"I'm very pleased with how the team is finding ways to win," head coach Brian Dirkx said. "It isn't always pretty offensively or defensively, but the boys know how to compete. They simply refuse to give up when they are down."


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