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Spirit Lake runners compete at Cherokee

Spirit Lake’s cross country teams competed at a meet hosted by Lakes Conference foe Cherokee on Tuesday, Oct. 3. On a rainy, windy and cold afternoon in Cherokee, the Spirit Lake girls totaled 204 points to place eighth overall and the Spirit Lake boys totaled 79 points to place third.

Oh, for those special moments

We hit the months of September and October, and it’s time for our four-legged friends to take over. Although I have had breeds ranging from pointers to retrievers, there are so many great breeds out there, and I’m not here to tell which breed is better or how to train them. No, that’s for the experts. No, this article is about how these dogs become such a huge part of our lives, and there are always stories to be told.

Enjoying those fall memories

During my fishing career I’ve shared a boat with a lot of anglers in a lot of places. I’ve learned how fish react in different places to a variety of factors. Some of those things that I’ve learned are unique to the autumn months. Following are some of those things.

Getting by with a little help

The past couple of weekends have been fun ones for me. Two weekends ago I got the chance to go duck hunting. At age 75, my ability to go wandering in a slough, throwing out and picking up decoys and getting around in the mucky, sticky slough bottom has become a distant memory.

Iowa archery deer hunting season now open

An estimated 60,000 hunters will be heading to the timber in the next few months with Iowa’s archery deer season, which got underway Oct. 1. With some careful planning and scouting, hunters can capitalize on the predictable behavior of deer in the early fall.

GRIDIRON GLANCE: No. 6 Spirit Lake (5-1, 3-0) vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura (1-5, 0-3)

Make it four in a row.

A thrilling come-from-behind victory over rival Estherville Lincoln Central last Friday pushed Spirit Lake’s win streak to four games and put the Indians firmly in the driver’s seat in the district standings. The Indians will look to secure at least a share of the title this week with a win over a struggling Garner-Hayfield-Ventura squad.

GRIDIRON GLANCE: Okoboji (1-5, 1-2) vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (2-4, 1-2)

Last week, Okoboji got the proverbial monkey off of its back with a win over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura. The Pioneers’ come-from-behind win over the Cardinals was their first victory since topping Manson-Northwest Webster on the road Sept. 9, 2022.

This week, the Pioneers will look to end their home losing streak which dates back even further — to Oct. 22, 2021 — when they take on Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on homecoming night in Milford.

GRIDIRON GLANCE: Harris-Lake Park (4-2, 3-1) vs. North Iowa (1-5, 1-3)

With a win over rival GT/RA to cap homecoming week last week, Harris-Lake Park remains in the hunt for at least a share of the district title. In order to set up a championship showdown next week with the current district leader Bishop Garrigan, the Wolves will need to earn a win over North Iowa Friday in Lake Park.

The Bison have struggled to just one win this season and have lost back-to-back games to Northwood-Kensett and West Bend-Mallard.

DEFEND THE DEN: Wolves earn homecoming win over rival Titans

It wasn’t a flawless performance, but the Wolves were fearless while earning a homecoming victory over heated rival Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Friday, Sept. 29. Harris-Lake Park topped the Titans 28-20 in Lake Park.

Both squads entered Friday night’s contest with a single district loss and, if they wanted to keep their chances at a district title intact, they needed to leave the field with a victory.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK: No. 6 Spirit Lake erases 21-point deficit in win over rival Midgets

They’ve been here for years, rocking their peers and putting suckers in fear.

Much like the hit song by LL Cool J, Spirit Lake’s sixth-ranked football team landed a knockout punch with an improbable come-from-behind victory over rival Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday, Sept. 29.

Boji football snaps 11-game losing streak

It took a wild fourth-quarter comeback, but Okoboji’s football team snapped an 11-game losing streak – which spanned more than a calendar year — with a 28-21 road win over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday, Sept. 29.

The Pioneers’ previous win came Sept. 9, 2022 in a 32-0 road victory over Manson-Northwest Webster. They had lost three games this season by 20 points combined – including two losses by six points or fewer.

Indians nearly double season win total at Estherville

Spirit Lake’s volleyball team entered the weekend with just five wins on the season.

The Indians exited a tournament hosted by Estherville Lincoln Central with 2-0 victories over Harris-Lake Park, Emmetsburg, Okoboji and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, nearly doubling their win total.

Not a bad little Saturday.

Okoboji volleyball wins three at Estherville

Okoboji’s volleyball team earned three wins at a tournament hosted by Estherville Lincoln Central on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Pioneers earned 2-0 wins over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, Sheldon and Harris-Lake Park, but suffered 2-0 losses to Spirit Lake, ELC and Emmetsburg in Estherville.

Wolves snap 77-match losing streak at ELC tournament

Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team collected its first win since Oct. 3, 2020 with a 2-0 victory over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Wolves went 1-4 at a tournament hosted by Estherville Lincoln Central.

Harris-Lake Park’s losing streak — which began following a victory over ELC at the very same tournament in 2020 — spanned 77 matches and more than 1,000 calendar days.

Pioneers drop road trip to No. 2 Boyden-Hull

Okoboji’s volleyball team suffered a Siouxland Conference road loss to second-ranked (1A) Boyden-Hull on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Comets pounded the Pioneers 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-18) in Hull.

Tigers top Wolves in Lake Park

Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team suffered a War Eagle Conference home loss to Trinity Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Tigers whooped the Wolves 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16) in Lake Park.

“We had a lot of good rallies, the girls played really hard and I was really proud of all of them,” Harris-Lake Park coach April Buss said. “We're going to keep building on all of the good things we are doing.”

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