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Stingy defense leads to Titans tourney win

Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire played lockdown defense Monday night, allowing just four fourth-quarter points in a 49-38 district tournament win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
The Titans trailed 8-5 after one quarter of play. The Hawks stretched their lead to six in the second quarter, but GT/RA responded with a late run to take a 22-18 lead at the break.

Mayer signs with St. John's

Spirit Lake football player Noah Mayer signed his letter of intent Tuesday, Feb. 14 to continue his athletic and academic career at St. John's University in Collegville, Minnesota. As a defensive back for the Indians this past fall, Mayer was named First Team All-District after finishing with 70 tackles and an interception.

Mammoths taken down by Storm

The Boji Mammoths welcomed Sioux Center to the Boji Bay Ice Arena Friday night for the Mammoths final home game this season and a chance to avenge an overtime 4-3 loss to the Storm from this previous Sunday. It took the Storm just 20 seconds to find the back in the net, and they never relinquished the lead in a 8-3 Boji defeat.
Two minutes after the lightning quick goal from the Storm, Boji committed simultaneous penalties, creating a 5-on-3 opportunity for Sioux Center.

Late surge lifts Wolves past Mavericks

After scoring just three points in the first quarter, it looked like it was going to be a long Thursday night for Clay Central-Everly's girls in the opening round of regional play against Harris-Lake Park.
Despite splitting the two game season series, the teams appeared to be anything but even in the early going, but CC-E's Kennedy Wilson put the team on her back with a 28-point performance to give the Mavs the lead in the second half.

Indians down Dutch, advance in postseason

Spirit Lake allowed just eight second-half points to MOC-Floyd Valley Saturday in Orange City, as the Indians demolished the Dutch 47-30 in the first round of girls regional tournament hoops.

Fifth-ranked Indians fall to Sioux City West

The fifth-ranked Spirit Lake boys basketball team suffered a seven-point road loss to Sioux City West on Friday, as the Indians fell 68-61.
West led 14-11 after one quarter of play, but Spirit Lake fought back to take a 29-20 lead at the break. West cut into the lead with a 20-18 score in the third before outscoring the Indians 28-14 in the final stanza to seal the victory.

Pioneers split with Mustangs

The Okoboji girls and boys basketball teams split a Siouxland Conference home doubleheader on Tuesday, Feb. 7. While the Pioneer girls won 45-32, the boys lost yet another close one in overtime, falling to the Mustangs 79-75.
In the girls contest, Okoboji trailed 15-13 after one quarter of play, but limited the Mustangs to four points in the second quarter to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room at the half.

Wolves drop road trip to Hawks

The Harris-Lake Park girls and boys basketball teams lost both legs of a doubleheader with Remsen St. Mary's on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The H-LP girls fell 58-40, while the boys lost 81-39 to the third-ranked Hawks.

Titans team tourney run ends at Sibley

The Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire wrestling team ended its dual tournament run Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Sibley, as the Titans fell 41-36 to West Sioux.
GT/RA picked up wins from Kolton Roth, Spencer Roth, Beau Schany, Nate Larson and Carter Murray in the meet.
Kolton Roth, ranked second at 132 pounds, pinned West Sioux's Brandon Schuller in 3 minutes, 46 seconds.

Warriors top Titans in Alta

Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire dropped a Twin Lakes Conference boys basketball showdown with Alta-Aurelia on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The Warriors topped the Titans 75-49.
Alta-Aurelia led 20-9 after one quarter of play and gained a 39-21 lead at the break. The Warriors added to their lead with a 22-12 score in the third quarter before cruising to the 26-point victory.

Ruffridge scores 39 to down Spirit Lake

Pocahontas Area star Elle Ruffridge outscored Spirit Lake 39-34 on Monday, Feb. 6 to lead her second-ranked squad to an 86-34 road win.
Spirit Lake trailed 41-15 after one quarter and 62-22 at the half. Pocahontas Area added to its lead with a 22-7 score in the third quarter before cruising to 52-point win in the final stanza.
Spirit Lake sophomore Anna Brown led her team with 13 points and a steal.

Permanent ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

The Iowa DNR has issued a reminder that permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Monday, Feb. 20. Anglers are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to get their shelter off of the ice.
In other years, when ice depths and conditions have been more winter-like, the Iowa DNR has granted anglers an extension.
However, with both ice and weather conditions this year, the Feb. 20 date will be enforced.

Mid-America Music Association scholarship awarded

A new music scholarship was recently established by the Mid-America Music Association (MAMA) to honor students enrolled in the music program at Iowa Lakes Community College. A fundraising dance was held last fall with scholarship money raised, making this an annual event. MAMA board members Carolyn and John Walz award the first Iowa Lakes recipient, Martin Eckard, with the newly established Mid-America Music Association Scholarship.

Fifth-ranked Indians struggle in season finale

For just the second time this season, the fifth-ranked Spirit Lake boys basketball team lost back-to-back games, as the Indians closed out the regular season with a 65-55 loss to Jackson County Central at home Tuesday night.
The loss comes on the heels of a 68-61 road loss to Sioux City West on Friday.
Spirit Lake coach Dr. David Smith said the Huskies dictated the tempo from the start, as they started the game on an 11-0 run.

Pioneers playoff run ends in Rock Valley

The Okoboji girls basketball team saw its playoff dreams dashed Tuesday night in the second round of the Class 2A regional tournament, as the Pioneers fell 57-45 at Rock Valley.
The Pioneers battled all night long, but struggled to get into much of an offensive flow, according to coach John Adams.

Okoboji Middle School students help set Guinness record

A Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) project became the instrument for Okoboji Middle School sixth and seventh grade students to set a Guinness world record.
Mary Thunhorst brought the idea to their attention a year ago when they were in fifth and sixth grade.
"Me being a teacher and the new regent for the Ladies of the Lake DAR chapter, I thought we should participate and the kids agreed," she said.

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