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DUTCH TOO MUCH: Okoboji girls kick off basketball season with loss to Dutchmen

Okoboji’s girls basketball team fought valiantly, but the MOC-Floyd Valley Dutchmen were too much for the Pioneers to handle in the season opener played Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Dutch topped the Pioneers 55-41 in Milford.

Wolves come up short in loss to rival Titans

Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball team opened its season against former Cornbelt Conference rival Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Titans edged the Wolves 38-36 in Graettinger.

Pioneers compete at West Lyon Girls Invitational

The Okoboji/HMS girls wrestling team took part in the 2023 West Lyon Girls Invitational held Monday, Nov. 20 in Inwood. The Pioneers placed fifth as a team and put three girls into the championship bout in their respective weight classes.

Brooke Stockdale, Dulce Ortega and Amelia Sirola each placed second for the Pioneers.

Spirit Lake Park girls wrestle well at Inwood

Spirit Lake Park’s girls wrestling team took part in the 2023 West Lyon Girls Invitational held Monday, Nov. 20 at West Lyon High School in Inwood. The Indians placed sixth overall and crowned four champions on the evening.

Aroura Preston, Cassie McKeen, Joley Schmahl and Avery Beisell won their respective weight classes.

Wolves fall to Tigers in girls hoops

Harris-Lake Park’s girls basketball team dropped a War Eagle Conference road trip to Trinity Christian on Monday, Nov. 27. The Tigers topped the Wolves 48-38 in Hull.


Spirit Lake senior Zoe Ackerman recently signed her letter of intent to attend and play basketball for Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. Ackerman is in her first season with the Spirit Lake girls basketball team. Last season at Sibley-Ocheyedan, Ackerman averaged 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 47.1% from the field and 67.9% from the free throw line.

Prepping for early ice fishing

Fishing thoughts

Where I live, it’s too cold to go open water fishing and not cold enough to make ice for ice fishing. So I think about open water fishing and ice fishing. Following are some of those thoughts.

First of Iowa’s popular gun deer hunting seasons opens Dec. 2

Iowa’s most popular hunting seasons are less than two weeks away when more than 100,000 blaze orange clad hunters will be walking, posting, sitting and standing in Iowa’s timber and field edges hoping to tag an Iowa deer. The first deer gun season is Dec. 2-6; the second deer gun season is Dec. 9-17.

Epizootic Hemorragic Disease affecting Iowa deer

Iowa is experiencing the third worst outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), behind only the outbreaks in 2012 and 2019 in severity. The disease appears to have hit southeastern Iowa the hardest, but has been reported in 74 counties, which is the highest number of counties to report the disease in one year.

Donated deer hides benefit disabled veterans

Hunters donated more than 4,500 deer hides to Elks Lodges across Iowa last year, which was an increase of nearly 600 hides from the 2022 season. The deer hides are used by the Veterans Leather Program to make professionally-crafted leather gloves for veterans in wheelchairs and also turned into leather used for therapy programs for recovering veterans.

FOOTBALL REVIEW: Indians win district title en route to UNI-Dome

Spirit Lake put together one of the best seasons in program history in 2023.

FOOTBALL REVIEW: Pioneers earn first playoff appearance since 2008

Okoboji’s football team suffered a few close losses early, but came away with key wins late in the season to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Pioneers finished the year with a 2-7 overall record.


FOOTBALL REVIEW: Wolves football secures fifth straight winning season

Harris-Lake Park enjoyed another solid football season in 2023. The Wolves secured their fifth straight winning season and were in the hunt for a third consecutive district title heading into the regular season finale with Bishop Garrigan. The Golden Bears edged the Wolves 20-14 for the district title and went on to win the 8-Player state championship 39-30 over Bedford.

VOLLEYBALL REVIEW: Spirit Lake volleyball finishes season strong after rough start

Spirit Lake’s volleyball team struggled throughout the 2023 season. The Indians finished the year with 11 wins — their lowest total in at least 17 years — but they finished the season strong, winning six of their final 10 matches to go 11-23 overall.



Spirit Lake’s volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep against Lakes Conference rival Spencer on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The Indians defeated the Tigers 25-18, 25-16 and 25-15 in Spencer.

VOLLEYBALL REVIEW: Okoboji volleyball suffers eighth straight losing season

This year, Okoboji’s volleyball team finished below .500 for the eighth consecutive season. However, the Pioneers did win three more matches in 2023 than they did a year ago, finishing with an 8-22 overall record.



While the Pioneers struggled throughout the season, they did earn a conference victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan on Oct. 5. Okoboji defeated the Generals 3-2 in Milford.

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