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Wolves drop road game to George-Little Rock

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Harris-Lake Park’s softball team dropped a nonconference road game to George-Little Rock on Tuesday, June 7. The Mustangs topped the Wolves 11-1 in George.

TRAVIS NAMED 2A BOYS TRACK COACH OF THE YEAR

Spirit Lake boys track coach Brad Travis was recently named the Class 2A Boys State Coach of the Year by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. In his 18th year at the helm, Travis coached the 2022 Indians to the Class 2A team title this past spring. It was the third team championship in the Spirit Lake program’s history and the first since 1992. The Indians won six gold medals and totaled 92.5 points at the 2022 state championships, defeating runner-up Des Moines Christian by 27.5 points.

Getting ready for a guided fishing trip

BY STEVE WEISMAN – OUTDOORS EDITOR

I’ve always been a fisherman. It just kind of came naturally because fishing is something my dad and mom enjoyed. Growing up in north-central South Dakota, it was a short 4-mile trip to Turtle Creek to catch bullheads.

Now, at age 74, I’m still at it, and so are my son and grandson.

Small details for larger fish

BY BOB JENSEN — FISHING THE MIDWEST

When I think back about the people that I’ve had the privilege to share a boat with, there are some similarities in their personalities. Many of the most successful anglers have been very curious. They’re always wondering what if and why. Why are the fish where they are, and what if I used this bait instead of that bait?

A great time of the year

BY STEVE WEISMAN — OUTDOORS EDITOR

What a great time of year this is. We’ve had some good rains, everything is lush and green, the flowers are blooming, and the crops are off to a good start. Water levels on smaller sloughs and ponds are up, and Big Spirit has started to fill. It’s gained well over a foot since its low point this spring, and as of last weekend, it was about 10 inches below the spillway.

White Pine Hollow is as wild as it gets in Iowa

“If there’s a place you can get lost in Iowa, this is it,” said Curt Kemmerer, wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Maquoketa Wildlife Unit while bushwhacking through White Pine Hollow State Preserve in northwestern Dubuque County.

Pioneers drop conference contest to Nighthawks

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s softball team suffered a lopsided Siouxland Conference loss to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley on Monday, June 6. The Nighthawks defeated the Pioneers 15-0 in Milford.

Defense struggles in Wolves’ loss to Falcons

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Harris-Lake Park suffered another rough night defensively in a War Eagle Conference baseball clash with West Sioux played Wednesday, June 8. The Falcons topped the Wolves 12-2 in Lake Park.

Harris-Lake Park’s defense had 10 errors on the night.

Falcons soar past Wolves in Lake Park

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Harris-Lake Park struggled defensively in a War Eagle Conference home loss to West Sioux on Wednesday, June 8. The Falcons defeated the Wolves 19-4 in Lake Park.

“Tonight, we gave up too many extra outs due to errors,” Harris-Lake Park coach Ashley Delaney said.

The two squads traded runs in the opening frame and went into the third inning knotted at 1-1.

MAKING A RACKET: Spirit Lake-Okoboji girls tennis team places 4th at state tournament

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake-Okoboji wrapped up a terrific girls tennis season with a fourth-place finish at the Class 1A state team tournament played Wednesday, June 1 in Iowa City. The squad — which secured a Lakes Conference title as well as a regional championship this season – went 0-2 at state, falling to eventual state champion Columbus Catholic and third-place finisher Davenport Assumption on Wednesday.

Big bats ignite Indians to win over Wolfpack

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake’s offense was unstoppable in a dominant Lakes Conference baseball home win over Western Christian on Wednesday, June 1. The Indians scored a season-high 17 runs in a 17-2 win over the Wolfpack in Spirit Lake.

No. 14 Indians wallop Wolfpack in Spirit Lake

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake kicked off its Lakes Conference softball slate with a dominant home victory over Western Christian on Wednesday, June 1. The Indians walloped the Wolfpack 13-2 in Spirit Lake.

Wacky walkoff pushes Pioneers past Nighthawks

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

A strange sequence at the end of Monday night’s Siouxland Conference baseball contest allowed Okoboji to escape with a victory over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. The Pioneers edged the Nighthawks 6-5 in Milford.

Braves baseball edges Indians in Cherokee

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake’s baseball team suffered a narrow Lakes Conference road loss to Cherokee on Monday, June 6. The Braves edged the Indians 3-2 in Cherokee.

No. 14 Indians bounce back with conference win over Cherokee

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

After snapping an eight-game winning streak with a loss to fourth-ranked (1A) Newell-Fonda on Friday, the 14th-ranked (3A) Spirit Lake softball squad bounced back with a dominant Lakes Conference win over Cherokee on Monday, June 6. The Indians bashed the Braves 11-1 in Cherokee.

Top-ranked Hawks handle Wolves in Remsen

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Top-ranked (1A) Remsen St. Mary’s was too much for Harris-Lake Park to handle in a War Eagle Conference baseball battle played Monday, June 6. The Hawks topped the Wolves 11-1 in Remsen.

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