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Spirit Lake’s Hughes, Krieger qualify for state meet

Spirit Lake will send a pair of runners to the state cross country meet after Brandon Hughes and Katelyn Krieger placed in the top 15 individually at the Class 2A state qualifying meet held Thursday, Oct. 20 at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City.

Krieger placed fourth in the girls race, finishing in 20 minutes, 20.6 seconds. Hughes placed third in the boys race, finishing in 16:59.3.

Greve caps cross country season at Holstein

Harris-Lake Park junior Landon Greve capped a solid cross country season at the Class 1A state qualifying meet hosted by Ridge View on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Greve placed 28th at the meet in Holstein, finishing in 19 minutes, 3.71 seconds.

Time to chase the wily ringneck pheasant


Iowa’s pheasant opener is this Saturday. Like many pheasant hunters, I can hardly wait. There is just something special about seeing that gaudy ringneck rooster burst from the cover.

Handling fishing pressure

Fishing pressure is something that seems to be more of a factor in more places. Although sometimes we don’t like the additional fishing pressure, it’s not all bad. Fishing is a good thing for almost all of us almost all of the time. Following are some thoughts on fishing pressure and how to deal with it.

Pleasant pheasant memories

On Friday, Oct. 14, my wife and I took a little road trip to Sioux Falls to meet Darial’s sister to get our supply of eggs, tomatoes and green beans from their farm and, yes, for the gals to head out shopping.

Enjoy Iowa’s natural landscapes fishing rivers and streams this fall

Fall is a great time to catch fish in Iowa’s rivers. A unique angling challenge is hidden around every bend.

“You are never far from one of Iowa’s many rivers,” said Greg Gelwicks, Iowa DNR interior rivers research biologist. “Fall is a great time to give them a try.”

WIN & ADVANCE: Spirit Lake volleyball earns road win over Rock Valley to advance in postseason play


Despite going on the road to open postseason play Monday night, Spirit Lake kept its winning streak alive with a 3-1 win over Rock Valley in the opening round of the Class 3A regional tournament in Rock Valley. The Indians fell behind following a 25-17 loss in the first set but reeled off three straight wins (25-15, 25-16 and 25-18) to push its current win streak to eight games and advance in the postseason.

Wolves dominate Bison in regular season finale


Harris-Lake Park wrapped its regular season and clinched a share of the Eight-Player District 2 title with a dominant win over North Iowa on Friday, Oct. 14. The Wolves walloped the Bison 68-6 in Lake Park after suffering a lopsided loss to fellow District 2 champion West Bend-Mallard the previous week.

Pioneers fall to No. 2 Lions; prepare for football finale in Forest City


Okoboji ran into a buzzsaw Friday night in a matchup with second-ranked and unbeaten Central Lyon/George-Little Rock. The Lions scored on offense, defense and special teams to take a 21-0 lead in the first 4 minutes of a 62-6 win over the Pioneers in Milford on Oct. 14.

No. 3 Indians remain unbeaten with win over Southeast Valley

Spirit Lake ended its regular season with a perfect 8-0 record following a lopsided win over 2021 Class 2A state champion Southeast Valley on Friday, Oct. 14. The Indians didn’t play particularly well but played well enough to earn a 24-6 victory over the Jaguars in Gowrie.

Pioneers end volleyball season with loss to No. 4 Warriors


Okoboji’s volleyball season came to an end Monday, Oct. 17 with a 3-0 loss to fourth-ranked Sioux Center in the opening round of the Class 3A regional tournament. The Warriors topped the Pioneers 25-7, 25-8 and 25-12 in Sioux Center.

Wolves’ volleyball season ends with loss to Golden Bears


Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball season came to a close with a 3-0 loss to Bishop Garrigan in the opening round of the Class 1A regional tournament played Monday, Oct. 17. The Golden Bears topped the Wolves 25-11, 25-9 and 25-16 in Algona.

Okoboji’s Osler wins Unity Christian Invite


Evan Osler provided the highlight for Okoboji’s cross country teams at the Unity Christian Invitational held Friday, Oct. 14 at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City. Osler placed first individually and led the Okoboji boys team to a runner-up finish. Osler finished the race in 16 minutes, 45.5 seconds.

Trigg Heimdal and Dylan Jones joined Osler in the top 10. Heimdal placed sixth in 17:16.4 and Jones placed ninth in 17:28.3.

Pioneers wrap regular season with loss to Generals


Okoboji’s volleyball team ended its regular season with a road loss to Sibley-Ocheyedan on Thursday, Oct. 13. The Generals swept the Pioneers 25-17, 25-23 and 25-18 in Sibley.

Wolves drop regular season finale to No. 4 Jays


Harris-Lake Park’s volleyball team dropped its regular season finale to fourth-ranked (1A) Gehlen Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 13. The Jays swept the Wolves 25-4, 25-5 and 25-14 in Le Mars.

“Gehlen is an outstanding team but, unfortunately, we were not prepared,” Harris-Lake Park coach April Buss said. “I was proud the girls kept a good attitude and played really hard. We just couldn't find a rally.”

Indians end regular season with conference win


Spirit Lake’s volleyball team ended its regular season with a Lakes Conference home victory over Storm Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Indians swept the Tornadoes 25-9, 25-13 and 25-15 on senior night in Spirit Lake.

The Indians’ honored their six seniors: Hallie DeWall, Carly Bakke, Mackenzie Kauffman, Taylor Schneider, Emma Henrickson and Lauren Carlson.

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