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WELL DONE: Okoboji/HMS’ Tyce Hanson goes 2-2 at state wrestling tournament

 

Okoboji/HMS 126-pounder Tyce Hanson ended a stellar junior season with a memorable performance at the 2024 Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships held Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 14-17 at Wells Fargo Arena — commonly referred to as ‘The Well’ — in Des Moines.

SLP’s Dunn, Wittrock compete at state wrestling tournament

 

Spirit Lake Park teammates Levi Dunn and Landon Wittrock represented the Indians last week at Wells Fargo Arena during the 2024 IHSAA State Wrestling Championships held Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 14-17 in Des Moines.

Both wrestlers went 0-2 in the tournament.

END OF THE ROAD: Spirit Lake’s girls basketball season ends with championship loss to No. 1 Midgets

 

Indians advance to district championship with pair of playoff wins

Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team earned playoff wins over Sheldon and Lawton-Bronson to advance to the Class 2A district championship against No. 3 West Lyon on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Indians topped the Orabs 62-47 Monday, Feb. 12 in Spirit Lake and earned a narrow 49-46 win over the Eagles Thursday, Feb. 15 in Lawton.

Wolves’ hoops season ends with loss to George-Little Rock


After picking up a first-round playoff win over Gehlen Catholic, Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball season ended with a second-round loss to George-Little Rock in the Class 1A regional tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Mustangs jumped out to a 30-16 halftime lead and never looked back in a 50-32 win over the Wolves in George.

Harris-Lake Park boys drop playoff game to Mustangs


Harris-Lake Park’s boys basketball season came to a close with a first-round loss to War Eagle Conference foe George-Little Rock in the Class 1A district tournament held Monday, Feb. 12. The Mustangs took advantage of a poor shooting performance by the Wolves, outscoring Harris-Lake Park 44-17 over the final three quarters of a 63-29 win in George.

Boji boys’ season ends with first-round loss to Rockets


Okoboji’s boys basketball season came to an end with a loss to Siouxland Conference foe Rock Valley in the opening round of the Class 2A district tournament held Monday, Feb. 12. After playing to a 33-28 lead in the first half, the Rockets outscored the Pioneers 24-10 in the third quarter and held on for a 66-53 victory in Rock Valley.

What’s it take to get a Master Angler award?


I am often asked what it takes to get a Master Angler award in the state of Iowa. My answer is usually, “Well, I’m not sure, but I think you can find it on the Iowa DNR website.”

Plastic or live?


Those of us who have fished a long time have seen many changes and advancements in the equipment and the baits that we use when we’re trying to catch a fish. One of the changes that has affected many of us is the development of plastic baits and their place in the world of fishing. It wasn’t so long ago that many fishing guides or walleye tournament contestants, when they had to catch fish, were adamant that live bait was the ticket.  

Iowa DNR planning annual spring prescribed burns in the Iowa Great Lakes region

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns within selected wildlife complexes in Dickinson, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux counties between March 1 and May 20 to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, and maintain native plant communities.

Water summary update: statewide conditions improve


January’s above-normal snowfall has improved drought conditions across the state, according to the latest Water Summary Update.

January saw 1.97 inches of precipitation, more than twice the normal amount for the month. The state has received above-average precipitation in three of the last four months. Since October 2023 statewide precipitation has been 7.24 inches, or 106 percent of normal.

Register for Chronic Wasting Disease Ambassadors course in Woodbury County

Chronic Wasting Disease Ambassadors is a collaborative education program between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach that seeks to help Iowans address the challenge of chronic wasting disease.

Registration is open for a course in March at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, in Woodbury County. Classes are scheduled for March 12, 19, and 26, from 6-8 p.m. The course is free and meals are provided at each meeting.

BEST SWISHES: No. 10 Spirit Lake girls end rival Pioneers’ hoops season in first round


Okoboji gave Dickinson County rival Spirit Lake all it could handle for one half, but the 10th-ranked Indians pulled away in the third quarter of their first-round regional tournament matchup with the Pioneers on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Indians topped the Pioneers 62-50 in Spirit Lake.

Harris-Lake Park girls earn playoff win over Jays


After suffering through several seasons without a postseason win, Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball team advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year – this time with a convincing win over War Eagle Conference foe Gehlen Catholic. The Wolves defeated the Jays 71-54 to open the Class 1A regional tournament Thursday, Feb. 8 in Lake Park.

Okoboji/HMS’ Hanson qualifies for state wrestling tournament


Okoboji/HMS junior Tyce Hanson will be the Pioneers’ lone representative at the 2024 IHSAA State Wrestling Championships slated for Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 14-17 at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. Hanson earned a runner-up finish in the 126-pound bracket at the Class 2A District 2 tournament in Estherville on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Dunn, Wittrock to represent Spirit Lake Park at state tourney


Spirit Lake Park teammates Levi Dunn and Landon Wittrock will represent the Indians’ wrestling program at the 2024 IHSAA State Wrestling Championships slated for Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 14-17 at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines after the duo placed in the top two of their respective brackets at districts.

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