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Okoboji softball falls to No. 12 Sioux Center

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s softball team dropped a road game to Siouxland Conference rival Sioux Center on Thursday, June 23. The 12th-ranked (3A) Warriors defeated the Pioneers 12-0 in Sioux Center.

Sioux Center plated five runs in the opening frame before scoring four in the third and three more in the fourth to end the evening early.

Wolves baseball falls short in barnburner at Cherokee

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Harris-Lake Park and Cherokee combined for 28 runs in nonconference baseball action Thursday, June 23. The Braves outscored the Wolves 15-13 in Cherokee.

Wolves drop road game to Cherokee

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Harris-Lake Park’s softball team fell behind early in a nonconference road loss to Cherokee on Thursday, June 23. The Braves plated four runs in the opening frame of a 9-3 win over the Wolves in Cherokee.

Tornadoes top Indians in Storm Lake

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake’s baseball team dropped a Lakes Conference contest to Storm Lake on Wednesday, June 22. The Tornadoes topped the Indians 12-2 in Storm Lake.

Boji baseball blasts Orabs in Milford

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s baseball team earned a dominant Siouxland Conference home win over Sheldon on Wednesday, June 22. The Pioneers pounded the Orabs 12-0 in Milford.

Pioneers drop home game to Orabs

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s softball team dropped a Siouxland Conference home game to Sheldon on Wednesday, June 22. The Orabs defeated the Pioneers 9-2 in Milford.

Sheldon plated a run in the first, three in the second and three in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead. The Pioneers pushed a pair of runs across in the bottom half of the fifth, but the Orabs blanked the hosts the rest of the way while tacking on two runs in the top of the seventh.

Okoboji softball drops road game to Indians

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s softball team dropped a nonconference contest to Pocahontas Area on Tuesday, June 21. The Indians defeated the Pioneers 12-0 in Pocahontas.

Pocahontas Area scored five runs in the first, three in the second and four in the fourth while holding the Pioneers scoreless to end the night early.

U OF O FUNDS TENNIS BACKBOARD PROJECT

The 2021 University of Okoboji junior tennis tournament funded a new playback board for the Spirit Lake-Okoboji tennis program. Tournament director Rod Lawrence headed the project that included numerous volunteers. Team members want to thank Heartland Paints and Lakes Construction for their support of the project. SL-O coach Bob O’Hara said he was delighted to have a playback board again. Replacing the old one would have been costly for the school.

Fishing seminar set for Okoboji Blue Water Festival

BY STEVE WEISMAN — OUTDOORS EDITOR

The final piece of the puzzle has come together for the 2022 Okoboji Blue Water Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13 in Preservation Plaza at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. First came the announcement of Chad Pregracke as the mid-afternoon’s keynote speaker. Next came headliner Melissa Etheridge for the evening concert. Now, professional walleye angler Keith Kavajecz has agreed to share his fishing expertise at the 10 a.m. fishing seminar.

How Jay Pzrekurat discovered bass

BY BOB JENSEN — FISHING THE MIDWEST

As a youngster growing up in Wisconsin, Jay Pzrekurat (Sha-Cure-Et) got to go fishing quite a bit with his dad Jason. They mostly fished for walleyes. Walleyes are popular on the table in Wisconsin and many parts of North America due to their white, sweet, flaky flesh, but they focused on walleyes for another reason:  

Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club sets spring seminar lineup

BY STEVE WEISMAN — OUTDOORS EDITOR

Here’s some pretty exciting news from the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club. Early each spring, the IGLFC hosts its annual Spring Fishing Seminar, and according to IGLFC president Terry Thomsen, the club just lined up Joe Henry, Executive Director for Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota and veteran fishing guide and tournament angler, for its 2022 spring seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Pheasant hunters bagged 375,000 roosters in 2021

Survey results confirmed what Iowa pheasant hunters already knew – pheasant hunting last fall was really good. In fact, it was the best in more than a decade. Iowa hunters bagged an estimated 375,000 roosters in 2021, the most since 2008.

Help fight the spread of invasive species

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

Iowa woodlands, wildlands and waterways draw hundreds of thousands of tourists and recreational users each year. Much of the spread of Invasive species comes from people simply enjoying nature. Uninvited guests can hitch a ride on outdoor gear, shoes and clothes, travelling hundreds of miles in a single day.

EASY BREEZY: Indians softball bashes Braves on windy night in Spirit Lake

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

A stiff wind blew in from left field at the Spirit Lake High School softball stadium Monday night, but it wasn’t enough to slow the Indians in a Lakes Conference clash with Cherokee. The Indians bashed the Braves 10-0 in Spirit Lake.

Cornwall fans a dozen in Indians’ loss to Braves

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Despite a dozen strikeouts by starting pitcher Jake Cornwall, Spirit Lake’s baseball team struggled in a decisive Lakes Conference home loss to Cherokee on Monday, June 20. The Braves blasted the Indians 14-3 in Spirit Lake.

Warriors plate 3 late, defeat Pioneers in Milford

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Wednesday night's baseball battle between Okoboji and Sioux Center was neck-and-neck headed to the final frame. However, the Warriors were able to push three runs across in the top half of the seventh and hold the Pioneers scoreless in the bottom half to salt away a 5-2 victory in Milford.

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