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NO. 2 SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR: Pioneers victorious in state tournament debut

The Okoboji girls basketball team lived by a cluster of words throughout the 2015-16 season.
Faith, Growth, Believe, Confidence, Trust, Inspire -- Journey.
It was a long and winding road for the fifth-ranked Pioneers and their 11 seniors, but they finally reached their destination. With a 40-34 win over Grundy Center in Clarion in late February, the Pioneers secured their first-ever trip to the IGHSAU State Basketball Championships in Des Moines.

NO. 4 SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR: Rieck, Roth place at state wrestling tournament

A pair of Dickinson County wrestlers earned top-five finishes at the 2016 IHSAA State Wrestling Championships in late February. Spirit Lake Park's Kyler Rieck placed fourth at 138 pounds in Class 2A and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire sophomore Kolton Roth placed fifth at 132 pounds in Class 1A.
In his first trip to Wells Fargo Arena, Rieck wasted no time in making his presence known to the rest of the state.

NO. 5 SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR: Okoboji freshman Hannah Butler ties for 6th at state golf tourney

Okoboji freshman golfer Hannah Butler soared into the 2016 postseason, carding a 90 to earn a runner-up finish in the first round of the Class 2A regional tournament in Lake Mills before shaving five strokes off her regional final scorecard in Milford to earn yet another runner-up finish and qualify for her first state tournament.

SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR: Honorable Mentions

**Spirit Lake boys bring home three medals from state track meet
Spirit Lake boys track athletes brought home three medals from the 2016 Iowa High School State Track and Field Championships held Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, concluding a solid season at Drake University's famed Blue Oval.

Film series premiers at Pearson Lakes Art Center

Pearson Lakes Art Center will feature documentaries, indie films, short films and foreign features as part of an upcoming film series.
The series begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, with a screening for Manhattan Short Film Festival Finalists (Volume 1). Admission is $15.

Carr named 'Commended Student' by National Merit Scholarship program

Spirit Lake senior Aaron Carr has been named a "Commended Student" in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program.

REALTORS raise money for area students

The Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS (IGLBOR) hosted a fundraiser in November to raise money and collect donated food items for the local Backpack Program in the communities of Estherville, Okoboji, Sibley, Spencer, and Spirit Lake.

Girl Scouts spread holiday cheer

The Daisys, Brownies, Jrs. and Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 10204 of Spirt Lake shared holiday cheer at local care centers on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Sexual exploitation case moved into February

The court process has been delayed for a Spirit Lake care provider accused of misconduct with a waiver home resident in Spirit Lake.
Danielle Shadle, 40, of Harris, was charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist on Friday, Oct. 25. Officers took her into custody at 1808 Jackson Avenue, which is the location of Echo Plus Inc. in Spirit Lake.

Mammoths rout Sioux Falls at home

The Boji Mammoths scored six goals in the first period Wednesday, Dec. 21 to pull ahead for a 9-5 win over Sioux Falls at the Boji Bay Ice Arena in Spirit Lake.
The visitors got out to an early lead with a goal near the one minute mark of the opening period, but four straight Boji goals put the Mammoths out front for good.

Indians dominate Dragons before break

Sixth-ranked Spirit Lake played host to Adrian (Minnesota) on Thursday before heading into the holiday break, and the Indians maintained their unblemished record with a 78-26 victory over the Dragons.

Indians sweep Algona quad

The Spirit Lake Park wrestling team continued its hot start to the year with a trio of dual meet wins Tuesday, Dec. 20 in Algona, as the Indians defeated Emmetsburg, Pocahontas Area and Algona to remain unbeaten in dual competition this season.
Against Emmetsburg, the Indians picked up a pin in the final match of the dual to win 39-36.

Pioneers split at Forest City triangular

The Okoboji wrestling team split a pair of duals at a triangular hosted by Forest City on Tuesday, Dec. 20. The Pioneers defeated the host Indians 60-24, but fell to Webster City 64-18.
Against Forest City, the Pioneers picked up wins from Hunter Abrahamson, Blake Abrahamson, Colbin Larue, Matt Eckard and Luke Bossard.

Okoboji earns hoops sweep over Generals

The Okoboji girls and boys basketball teams earned a pair of narrow road Siouxland Conference road wins over Sibley-Ocheyedan on Tuesday, Dec. 20, as the girls topped the Generals 65-60 and the boys earned their first victory of the season by topping the hosts 78-77.

Commercial manure applicator training scheduled

Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the commercial manure applicator training program scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 5. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the required three-hour training workshop at that time. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by Dec.

Wolves rout Royals

Harris-Lake Park trailed 4-0 to start Tuesday night's contest, but that's as close as visiting Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union would get to a win, as the Wolves routed the Royals 70-35 in Lake Park.

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