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SPORTS STORY NO. 1 — Okoboji boys 4x800-meter relay wins Class 2A state title

Okoboji’s boys track team brought 12 events to the 2023 Iowa High School State Track & Field Champions and, following three days of competition, brought four medals — including the Class 2A 4x800-meter relay championship — back to Milford. The Pioneers totaled 27 team points to finish seventh overall in the team standings.

SPORTS STORY NO. 2 — Spirit Lake football earns wild 20-19 win over West Lyon to secure trip to UNI-Dome

Pick your favorite sports cliche.

A roller coaster of emotions. Giving 110 percent. The thrill of victory.

Spirit Lake’s longtime football coach Josh Bolluyt put it best, saying he can’t remember participating in a more wild and crazy game than the one his fifth-ranked Indians played Friday, Nov. 3 in a 20-19 win over third-ranked West Lyon in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

SPORTS STORY NO. 3 — Boji boys earn runner-up finish at state cross country meet

SPORTS STORY NO. 4 — SLO’s Straus places third at state tennis tournament

Spirit Lake-Okoboij’s Catherine Straus capped her sensational high school tennis career with a third-place finish at the 2023 Class 1A Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union State Singles and Doubles Tennis Tournament held Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 at Byrnes Park Tennis Center in Waterloo.

The 2023 Lakes Conference Tennis Player of the Year went 3-1 during the two-day tournament, her only loss coming to eventual state runner-up Alli Hagness of Columbus Catholic.

SPORTS STORY NO. 5 — Spirit Lake boys basketball wins conference crown

In the last 15 years, Spirit Lake’s boys basketball program had finished in the top three in the Lakes Conference standings nine times but had failed to summit the mountain that was perennial power Western Christian. With the Wolfpack out of the way for the first time since the late 1990s, Spirit Lake clinched a long-awaited conference crown following a 50-42 home victory over rival Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday, Feb. 3.



• Wajda places sixth at state wrestling tournament

Spirit Lake Park senior wrestler Jack Wajda fought through years of injuries and heartbreaking losses to earn a spot on the Class 2A podium last week in his first and last trip to the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling tournament held Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 15-18 in Des Moines.

A look at Fall DNR Night

Each November, the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) hosts its annual fall Department of Natural Resources (DNR) night at Oak Hill Outdoor on the north side of Milford. With over 350 members, the goal is to get as many members as possible there to learn more about the efforts of the law enforcement and fisheries biologists across northwest Iowa.

Look forward for fish

Whenever people who like to fish gather, there are usually fishing related conversations.  “How’dja catch’em?” “Where’dja catch’em?” That sort of thing. A popular topic lately relates to electronics. Mostly F.F.S.  F.F.S. is fisher-talk for “Forward Facing Sonar.”  F.F.S. enables an angler to see what’s in front of the boat as well as what’s around the boat.

With shotgun seasons over, deer hunting shifts to late season mode

With the two shotgun seasons now in the books, Iowa’s deer hunting shifts to a more solitary endeavor with the opening of the late muzzleloader season and the reopening of the archery season.

Jace Elliott, state deer biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said roughly 15-20,000 hunters will participate in the late muzzleloader season and likely harvest about 10,000 deer.

Summer seasonal positions open at fisheries offices

The Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau has openings for seasonal fisheries workers for the summer 2024 season at fisheries offices across Iowa.

Learn about fisheries careers and gain valuable experience while working alongside biologists and technicians. Positions are available in research, management, culture and aquatic invasive species.

The DNR is looking for applicants who have an interest in learning about fisheries careers in Iowa and gaining new skills.

REINDEER GAMES: Spirit Lake girls bully Boyden-Hull Comets before Christmas break

Spirit Lake’s girls basketball team was absolutely dominant in a nonconference home victory over Boyden-Hull on Monday, Dec. 18. The Indians crushed the Comets 69-28 in Spirit Lake.

Indians drop home game to Boyden-Hull

Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team suffered a nonconference home loss to Boyden-Hull on Monday, Dec. 18. The Comets defeated the Indians 67-51 in Spirit Lake

Boyden-Hull took a 15-12 lead after one quarter and held a 33-25 advantage at the half. The Comets continued to pull away in the second half, taking a 50-33 lead into the fourth quarter where they held on for the 16-point win.

Okoboji/HMS boys wrestling goes 2-1 at home duals

The Okoboji/HMS boys wrestling team picked up two wins at a home quad against Alta-Aurelia, South Central Calhoun and Woodbury Central on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The Pioneers defeated Alta-Aurelia and South Central Calhoun, but fell to Woodbury Central in Milford.

In their 51-27 loss to Woodbury Central, the Pioneers picked four individual wins.

Spirit Lake Park boys compete at Pocahontas

Spirit Lake Park’s boys wrestling team squared off with Cherokee, Algona JV and Pocahontas Area at a quad held Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Pocahontas. The Indians went 0-3 on the night.

“This team keeps improving,” SLP coach Eric Burnette said. “We went 0-3 in the dual but we had some standout performances that should take us into the break with momentum.”

Spirit Lake Park fell 48-27 to Cherokee. The Indians won six of 11 contested matches.

Okoboji boys fall to Comets to end 2023

Okoboji’s boys basketball team suffered a Siouxland Conference road loss to Boyden-Hull on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The Comets topped the Pioneers 61-42 in Hull.

Carter Kleinwolterink led Boyden-Hull with 17 points. Blake Moser scored 12 and Eric Nilles scored 10 for the Comets.

Okoboji’s official stats were not made available in time for print. Okoboji coach Alex Spielman did not respond to a request for comment in time for print.

Okoboji girls drop road game to Comets

Okoboji’s girls basketball team suffered a Siouxland Conference road loss to Boyden-Hull on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The Comets defeated the Pioneers 54-38 in Hull.

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