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Wolves extend losing streak to 5 games in Orange City

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Harris-Lake Park’s baseball team dropped its fifth straight game in a War Eagle Conference road matchup with Unity Christian on Wednesday, June 15. The Knights topped the Wolves 9-1 in Orange City.

Wolves top Knights in softball slugfest

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Harris-Lake Park’s softball team snapped an 11-game losing streak in thrilling fashion Wednesday evening. The Wolves defeated War Eagle Conference rival Unity Christian 19-16 in Orange City.

Boji baseball drops road game to Central Lyon

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s baseball team suffered a 10-run road loss to Siouxland Conference rival Central Lyon on Tuesday, June 14. The Lions scored seven runs in the third inning of an 8-6 win over the Pioneers in Rock Rapids.

Pioneers suffer 10-run loss to No. 2 North Union

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Okoboji’s softball team suffered a 10-run road loss to nonconference foe North Union on Tuesday, June 14. The second-ranked (2A) Warriors scored nine runs in the opening frame of a 10-0 win over the Pioneers in Swea City.

Several shallow northwest Iowa lakes being restored

BY STEVE WEISMAN — OUTDOORS EDITOR

The need for the 'Ned Rig'

BY BOB JENSEN — FISHING THE MIDWEST

In the world of fishing, new lures and new techniques are developed regularly. Some of those lure types and techniques take a long time to become popular. Ned Rigs are like that. I’ve been aware of the Ned Rig and Ned Rigging for a good number of years, but have never really put it to use.  

Clear water requires aquatic plants

BY MIKE HAWKINS — DISTRICT FISHERIES BIOLOGIST, IOWA DNR

If you ask any aquatic ecologist or botanist, limnologist, fisheries or marine biologist about aquatic plants they will tell you how important they are to the health of a lake, an estuary, river, pond or wetland.

Radio stations provide important data on small animal migration

Iowa joined other Midwestern states, and researchers in Canada and Central and South America to create a network of radio receiver stations to learn more about the long-distance migration patterns of birds, bats and insects.

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System, motus being the Latin word for movement, began in 2013 by Birds Canada near Toronto. Motus is a system of coordinated automated radio telemetry station used to track long-distance movements of small animals.

‘Learn to Hunt’ program opens registration for dove hunting course

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook mourning doves to individuals who have little to no dove hunting experience.

The July 14 workshop will feature a two-hour virtual knowledge and skills building sessions with instructors that will teach the basics.

Wolves let one slip away in loss to North Union

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

After taking a 2-1 lead early in Tuesday’s matchup with North Union, Harris-Lake Park snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a 4-2 home loss to the Warriors in Lake Park.

Tigers’ second-inning surge dooms Wolves at home

BY MATT HEINRICHS  — SPORTS EDITOR

An eight-run second inning proved too deep of a hole for Harris-Lake Park’s softball team to dig out of in a War Eagle Conference home loss to Trinity Christian on Tuesday, June 14. The Tigers topped the Wolves 10-9 in Lake Park.

Indians drop home game to Sibley-Ocheyedan

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Spirit Lake’s midseason struggles continued in a nonconference home matchup with Sibley-Ocheydan on Tuesday, June 14. The Indians softball squad — coming off of a 10-0 loss to Lakes Conference rival Estherville Lincoln Central the previous night — suffered a second straight shutout in a 4-0 loss to the Generals.

A MIGHTY BLOW: Spirit Lake softball struggles in 10-run loss to Lakes Conference rival Midgets

BY MATT HEINRICHS – SPORTS EDITOR

Like many a heavyweight boxing match, Monday night’s softball contest between ranked rivals Spirit Lake and Estherville Lincoln Central represented a contrast of styles. Spirit Lake entered the game as Class 3A’s most prolific offense. ELC entered the contest with one of the stingiest pitching staffs in the state.

Something had to give.

No. 2 Midgets too much for rival Indians in Spirit Lake

BY MATT HEINRICHS – SPORTS EDITOR

A home win over the second-ranked (2A) Midgets proved to be too tall a task for Spirit Lake’s baseball team, as the Indians fell 12-2 to Lakes Conference rival Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday, June 13.

Braves baseball forfeits to Boji after using ineligible pitcher

BY MATT HEINRICHS — SPORTS EDITOR

Cherokee defeated Okoboji 14-7 in nonconference baseball action on Thursday, June 9, but the Braves were eventually forced to forfeit after using an ineligible relief pitcher. The game officially went down as a 7-0 win for the Pioneers.

Given the rule changes for pitcher eligibility in recent years, Okoboji coach Rory Marra said it’s a mistake that could happen to anyone.

Pioneers fall to Cherokee in extra innings

BY MATT HEINRICHS – SPORTS EDITOR

Runs were at a premium for most of the night, but Cherokee scored when the Braves needed them most in a nonconference softball clash with Okoboji on Thursday, June 9. The Braves plated three runs in the 10th inning to top the Pioneers 5-2 in Milford.

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