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Okoboji/HMS boys compete at Herb Irgens Invitational


The Okoboji/HMS boys wrestling team took part in the Herb Irgens Invitational held Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20 in Ida Grove. The Pioneers placed 18th out of 27 teams and put three wrestlers on the podium at the end of the three-day tournament.

Nathanial Franklin placed fifth at 165 pounds. Michael Gonnerman and James Gellerman placed eighth at 126 and 175 pounds, respectively.

Spirit Lake Park boys wrestle at Bishop Heelan Invitational

The Spirit Lake Park boys wrestling team took part in the Bishop Heelan Invitational held Saturday, Jan. 20 in Sioux City. The Indians placed 11th as a team, and put one wrestler into the championship round.

Tyson DeWall placed second for the Indians at 106 pounds after going 2-1 on the day.

Spirit Lake Park girls compete at Sergeant-Bluff


The Spirit Lake Park girls wrestling team competed at a tournament hosted by Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Indians placed eighth as a team and put three wrestlers into the championship round.

Aroura Preston, Cassie McKeen and Audrina Bennett each placed second for the Indians.

Preston went 2-1 at 100 pounds.

Spirit Lake boys edge Braves at home

Spirit Lake’s boys basketball team earned a narrow Lakes Conference home victory over Cherokee on Friday, Jan. 19. The Indians bested the Braves 72-67 in Spirit Lake.

No. 11 Indians top No. 12 Braves in Spirit Lake

In a matchup of two ranked teams, No. 11 Spirit Lake earned a dominant victory over No. 12 Cherokee in a Lakes Conference girls basketball battle played Friday, Jan. 19. The Indians battered the Braves 65-39 in Spirit Lake.

Harris-Lake Park boys fall to Hinton at home

Harris-Lake Park’s boys basketball team fell to Hinton in a War Eagle Conference clash played Friday, Jan. 19. The Blackhawks bested the Wolves 48-37 in Lake Park.

No. 14 Blackhawks down Wolves in Lake Park

Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball team suffered a War Eagle Conference home loss at the hands of 14th-ranked (2A) Hinton on Friday, Jan. 19. The Blackhawks downed the Wolves 51-21 in Lake Park.

Boji girls snap 4-game skid against Wildcats

Okoboji’s girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak that dated back to mid-December with a Siouxland Conference home victory over West Lyon on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Pioneers whooped the Wildcats 58-56 in Milford.

According to Okoboji coach John Adams, West Lyon jumped out to a quick 4-0 advantage before back-to-back buckets by Peyton Schmitz pulled the Pioneers even. A back-and-forth first quarter ended with West Lyon taking a 13-12 lead into the second frame.

Okoboji boys fall to top-ranked Wildcats

Okoboji’s boys basketball team dropped a Siouxland Conference home game to top-ranked (2A) West Lyon on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Wildcats walloped the Pioneers 79-54 in Milford.

“We played hard and physical on both ends of the floor,” Okoboji coach Alex Spielman said. “Eli Graves gave us a great performance on both sides of the ball. Eli gave our team a lot of toughness. We played a good basketball game against one of the best teams in the state.”

Spirit Lake Park boys wrestle at Sergeant Bluff quad

The Spirit Lake Park boys wrestling team competed at a quad hosted by Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Indians went 0-3 on the night, falling to West Lyon, Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.

In their 72-9 loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton, the Indians won two of 11 contested matches.

At 144 pounds, Payten Murray pinned Carson Jager in 1:06. At 190 pounds, Logan Sandman earned a 5-2 decision over Will Ryan.

Ice fishing is finally here

It’s here! Yes, ice fishing in the Iowa Great Lakes has finally begun!

Recent sub-zero temperatures have helped, but an existing layer of snow has slowed the ice building process. Still, the bays seem pretty good with around 10 inches of ice. Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins noted that an oxygen sampling was done on Thursday, Jan. 18 at several area lakes. The study found that oxygen levels at all lakes were at excellent levels, and the ice thicknesses were as follows:

Lure action under ice

So far this ice fishing season, I’ve been thinking more about ice fishing than actually doing it.  Hopefully that will change soon. Looking through my ice fishing equipment reminds of some of the things that I’ve discovered about catching fish through the ice. The action that we put on a lure can play a big role in our catching success.

Iowa DNR releases 2023 license sales numbers


• 199,031 annual licenses
• 8,773 lifetime fishing licenses
• 17,428 three-year licenses
• 1,022 seven-day licenses
• 2,998 one-day licenses
• 44,278 trout fees
• 232 paddlefish licenses
• 20,619 third line licenses (resident and nonresident combined)
•  36,327 fishing, hunting and habitat combination licenses

Snowmobilers welcome snow and the return of winter

Snowmobilers across Iowa are welcoming the return of winter, eager to get out and enjoy the fresh snow. Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months, but there’s one hard truth: drinking alcohol and/or consuming drugs and riding just don’t mix.

COUNTY CLASH: No. 12 Spirit Lake girls earn convincing win over rival Pioneers

Spirit Lake’s girls basketball team jumped out to a commanding first-quarter lead and never looked back in an intracounty rivalry win over Okoboji on Thursday, Jan. 11. The 12th-ranked (3A) Indians pounded the Pioneers 56-32 in Milford.

Spirit Lake boys dominate rival Pioneers in Milford

In a nonconference boys basketball battle between Dickinson County rivals Spirit Lake and Okoboji, the Pioneers’ northerly neighbors earned intracounty bragging rights with a 26-point victory on Thursday, Jan. 11. Spirit Lake topped Okoboji 71-45 in Milford.

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