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Harris-Lake Park girls golf drops narrow contest to Blackhawks

Harris-Lake Park’s girls golf team dropped a close contest to Hinton on Monday, May 8. The Blackhawks edged the Wolves 212 to 219 at Silver Lake Country Club in Lake Park.

Rylie Wittrock earned medalist honors and led Harris-Lake Park with a 50. Madeline Greve tied for fourth with a 54. Calleejo Sohn carded a 56 and Lilli Gunderson carded a 59 to round out the Wolves’ scoring. Emma Bondhus shot a 66 and Danika deBoom shot a 68 on the day.

Spirit Lake boys golf places third at Carroll

Spirit Lake’s boys golf team earned a third-place team finish at a meet hosted by Kuemper Catholic Saturday, May 6 in Carroll. The Indians combined to shoot a 334, finishing behind runner-up Spencer (324) and champion Kuemper Catholic (315).

SLPO boys soccer drops home game to Storm Lake

Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji’s boys soccer team held a halftime lead but dropped a home contest to Lakes Conference rival Storm Lake on Thursday, May 4. The Tornadoes topped SLPO 2-1 at Okoboji High School in Milford.

Despite the loss, SLPO coach Alan Ditsworth said the contest was one of his team’s best performances of the season.

SLO girls tennis claims 15th straight Lakes Conference dual crown

With a dominant win over Estherville Lincoln Central on Thursday, May 4, Spirit Lake-Okoboji’s girls tennis team claimed its 15th consecutive Lakes Conference dual meet championship. SLO topped the Midgets 9-0 on senior night at Speier Park in Okoboji.

SLO boys tennis sweeps Estherville Lincoln Central

Spirit Lake-Okoboji’s boys tennis team swept Lakes Conference rival Estherville Lincoln Central on Thursday, May 4. SLO mauled the Midgets 9-0 in Estherville.

In singles, Caleb Frostestad defeated Caleb Young (10-2); Evan Beck defeated Brenden Lundgren (11-9), Paul Conover defeated Matthew Valen (10-4); Luke Schneider defeated Julio Barajas (10-4); Alex Profit defeated Rhett Goebel (10-1); and Connor Cunningham defeated Brayden Milstead (10-2).

SLPO girls soccer trounces Tornadoes

Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji’s girls soccer team earned its sixth consecutive victory with a dominant performance against Lakes Conference rival Storm Lake on Thursday, May 4. SLPO trounced the Tornadoes 5-2 in Storm Lake.

Harris-Lake Park boys track places third at Kingsley

Harris-Lake Park’s boys track team earned a third-place finish at a meet hosted by Kingsley-Pierson on Thursday, May 4. The Wolves scored 68 team points and earned seven top-three finishes, including a pair of gold medals.

Ethan Harper won the 200-meter dash in 23.55 seconds. He placed second in the high jump after clearing the bar at 5 feet, 10 inches, and placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.87 seconds.

Harris-Lake Park girls track competes at Kingsley

Harris-Lake Park’s girls track team competed at a meet hosted by Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central on Thursday, May 4. The Wolves competed in five events and placed sixth before the meet was called due to lightning.

Harris-Lake Park boys golf wins at Sanborn

Harris-Lake Park’s boys golf squad carded the low round at a War Eagle Conference triangular held Thursday, May 4 at Sanborn. The Wolves shot a combined score of 172 to defeat MMCRU (176) and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (184).

Harris-Lake Park girls golf competes at Sanborn

Harris-Lake Park’s girls golf team hit the road for a War Eagle Conference triangular held Monday, May 8 at Sanborn. The Wolves carded a combined score of 234 to finish behind Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (204) and MMCRU (208).

Rylie Wittrock was the runner-up medalist and led Harris-Lake Park with her round of 51. Madeline Greve was the fourth-place medalist with her round of 54. Callejo Sohn carded a 63 and Danika deBoom carded a 66. Emma Bondhus carded an 84 for the Wolves.

Protecting our natural resources

As an outdoor writer here in Iowa, I feel it’s a good idea to subscribe to the Iowa DNR’s press releases and updates. In that way, stuff that I think is important I can get out to readers. Often, I read reports of people caught breaking hunting and fishing laws. I truly believe these lawbreakers are destroying the natural resources that all of us who have fishing and hunting licenses have the opportunity to enjoy.

First trip crappies

Spring came, winter returned, then spring re-entered the picture. People who like to fish are optimistic that the warmer weather will stay with us this time, and that means it’s time to think about going fishing. For many of us, the first fishing trip of the open water season is in search of crappies.

A great Walleye Weekend

What a weekend it was for the walleye opener. For all the forecasts of rain and thunderstorms, they just kept splitting around the Iowa Great Lakes. I know we need rain, but it was certainly a reprieve for anglers. After I get the results from the tournament, I will post them in a column in next week’s paper. Here is a quick update from the weekend.

National Amphibian Week is May 7-13

The loud singing from springtime marshes comes from a tiny package, the chorus frog – an inch-long virtuoso common to Iowa. Chorus frogs along with other frogs, toads and salamanders are being recognized during National Amphibian Week, May 7-13.

National Amphibian Week, sponsored by the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, is a way to increase awareness about amphibians and to celebrate all things amphibian.

Water summary update: April 2023

Rainfall in April was just over two inches but 1.5 inches below normal for the month.  This comes after a drier than normal March.  As a result, streamflows are down across much of the state, and conditions are generally deteriorating in the eastern two-thirds of Iowa.  While all of the Drought Regions of Iowa are rated as “normal, " downward trends are shown in the state's central, northeastern, and southeastern parts.

Spirit Lake girls golfers top Storm Lake at home

Spirit Lake’s girls golf team earned a home win over Lakes Conference rival Storm Lake Tuesday, May 2 at Okoboji View Golf Course. The Indians carded a combined round of 205 to top the Tornadoes’ total of 218.

“We took another step forward yesterday,” Spirit Lake girls coach Parker Mulder said. “We didn't shoot our best score, but our girls are taking the necessary steps to get better meet to meet. I liked that we had some consistent scores across the board.”

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