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2012-13

SECTION B DECEMBER 19, 2012

FEATURING: Estherville Lincoln Central North Union Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Spirit Lake

● WRESTLING ● GIRLSʼ BASKETBALL ● BOYSʼ BASKETBALL

ELCʼs Oscar Ramirez, far left, looks to better his sixth-place finish at state. Left, Allie Sievert and the ELC Girls Basketball Team wants to return to state for the third year. Above, Matt Burrell and the ELC Boys Basketball Team have their eyes on a successful season. Photos by David Swartz

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The 2012-13 Estherville Lincoln Central Wrestling Team includes, front from left, Dakota Moffitt, Lee Christensen, Kelly Clabaugh, Jake Bortvit, Thomas Borvit, Chase Bonner, Blake Gjerde, Trey Trompeter; middle row: Sadie Rosenboom, Easton Gifford, Joel McCoy, Austin Egeland, Billy Snyder, Grant Lausen, Luis Loepz, Oscar Ramirez, Cole Budach, Kristen King, Jordan Phillips; bakc row: head coach Dan Hewitt and assistant coaches Mike Mix and Trevor Olson. Not pictured are volunteer coaches Mark Reardon and Mark Friesner and statistician Liz Brashear. Photo courtesy Erbes Productions

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ELC wrestlers young, but dedicated BY DAVID SWARTZ

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With at least five open weights open in most duals this season, Estherville Lincoln Central will struggle in head-to-head team competition in 2012-13. But the Midgets feature several wrestlers, which should be able to make a big run into the postseason. ELC is without a senior in the starting lineup, but the Midgets do have nine juniors to go along with five sophomores and three freshmen. Oscar Ramirez is favored to return to the state meet after finishing sixth a year ago at 120 pounds. This season, he has jumped two weights to start the season where he is off to a 12-0 start at 132 pounds. However look for him to drop to 126 pounds where he ranked sixth in Class 2A. “That’s the weight we look for him to compete at after this week,” said ELC coach Dan Hewitt. “He doesn’t spend a lot of time in the weight room, but he has a lot more mat experience.” At 120 pounds is Cole Budach who is off to a 5-9 start this year. “He needs the confidence he had at the end of last season,” said Hewitt. Thomas Bortvit is starting at 138 pounds and is off to a 7-8 start. Look for him to move down to 132 when Ramirez slides down a weight. “He’s very coachable,” said Hewitt.

Nov. 29 Humboldt (15-63) Dec. 1 Greene Cournty (25-39) Dec. 1 Norwalk (16-63 Dec. 1 Dec. 6 W. Christian (36-40) Dec. 6 Spirit Lake (18-60) Dec. 8 E’Hawk Invitational Dec. 13 Storm Lake (33-37) Dec. 13 Sibley-Ocheyedan (37-42) Dec. 15 Spencer Tournament Jan. 3 @ Spencer w/Cherokee Jan. 5 Graettinger Tournament Jan. 8 @Algona w/Okoboji Jan. 12 ELC Tournament Jan. 15 @Pocahontas w/Alta Jan. 19 @ Hayfield, MN Tourney Jan. 25 @Lakes Conference Feb. 2 @Sectionals (Cherokee) Feb. 9 @District (Spencer Feb. 14-16 State Tournament

Blake Gjerde is off to a 9-5 start this season after winning the Spencer Tournament this past weekend. “He just needs to be in the right mindset and wrestle the way he’s learned to,” said Hewitt. Billy Snyder returns to the lineup after being out last season with an injury. At 152 pounds, he is off to a 10-5 start also. “He’s got to make up for lost time on the mat,” said Hewitt. “In January, he should be focused on his goals and I look forward to helping him develop.” Wrestling at 170 pounds is Jake

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Bortvit, who is off to a 3-9 start. “It’s a weight class he can be comfortable in,” said Hewitt. “He just needs to improve his technique.” Another junior who is out is Dakota Moffitt, but he suffered a concussion and may be unable to wrestle this season. One of the top sophomores returning is Chase Bonner at 220 pounds. He finished with around 20 wins last season. “I’m looking forward to him improve match by match,” said Hewitt. “We need to work on technique and get him wrestling like he was last year.” Two other sophomores seeing mat time are Austin Egeland (138) and Joel McCoy (106, 113). Egeland has filled in when needed and may battle for a spot at 138 pounds when Thomas Bortvit and Ramirez slide down a weight. “He just needs a little more strength and confidence,” said Hewitt. McCoy has been battling for a spot with freshman Easton Gifford at 106 pounds with the two wrestling challenge matches every week. McCoy has filled in at 113 pounds when needed in dual meets. Hewitt said Gifford needs to take what he does in the wrestling room and translate it onto the mats against his opponents. One other sophomore is Grant Lausen, who had surgery and may not be able to wrestle this season.

Blake Gjerde (top) along with Oscar Ramirez are the team captains for the ELC wrestling team this season. EDN photo by David Swartz

Two freshman round out the competitors with Kelly Clabaugh (145) and Lee Christensen. Clabaugh also could challenge for a spot at 138 pounds later on. The team does have one senior also, Luis Lopez, who will be able to wrestle in January. Although it’s his first year out for wrestling,

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The 2012-13 Estherville Lincoln Central Girls Basketball Team includes: front row: Megan Jensen Caitlyn Clayton Casey Sievert Macy Dahl Allie Sievert back row: Emily Kirchner Rachel Bates Maggie McCauley Sara Heywood EDN photo by David Swartz

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ELC PREPARES FOR ONE MORE RUN AT STATE TITLE BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

The Estherville Lincoln Central girls expect to be one of the best teams in the state. With six seniors who have been to the state tournament the past two years, the Midgets’ goal is to return to Des Moines and try to win that elusive state title. With the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union increasing the number of classes from four to five, ELC won’t have to play Lakes Conference rival Western Christian in the playoffs. But the Midgets, ranked third in Class 3A, did lose an early season game to Class 3A No. 2 MOCFloyd Valley, last year’s state runner-up in Class 3A. Top-ranked Davenport Assumption also lurks as a potential threat in the playoff as the defending 3A state champions returns most of their top players too. Those challenges wait for the end of the season. Under first-year coach Tony Klein, ELC’s goals are to take one game at a time and be ready when the playoffs come. The six seniors are very familiar to Midget fans as four of them have started in games since their freshman season. At 6-foot, Allie Sievert has been one of the team’s top scorers for four years. She scored her 1,000th career point against Cherokee, having averaged double digits in

SCHEDULE: Nov. 20 Manson NWW (65-48) Nov. 23 MOC-Floyd Valley (33-42) Nov. 24 S.C. North (64-21) Nov. 30 Forest City (58-13) Dec. 4 Emmetsburg (55-23) Dec. 7 Spencer (71-37) Dec. 11 Storm Lake (86-17) Dec. 14 Cherokee (61-13 Dec. 21 Spirit Lake Jan. 4 LeMars Jan. 5 @Bishop Heelan Jan. 7 Jackson County Central Jan. 10 @Newell-Fonda Jan. 11 @Western Christian Jan. 15 @Emmetsburg Jan. 18 @Spencer Jan. 22 Storm Lake Jan. 25 @Cherokee Jan. 29 @Spirit Lake Feb. 1 @ LeMars Feb. 5 Western Christian

scoring each of her four season. Emily Kirchner, a 5-8 forward, was selected to the all-state tournament team in 2011. For her size, she is one of the toughest inside scorers for the Midgets. She also averaged double digits in scoring the last two years. Sara Heywood, a 5-7 point guard, has run the offense for four straight seasons. She was sidelined at the end of her freshman season with a knee injury, but is a threat to both drive to the basket and hit the 3-pointer.

Macy Dahl, a 5-8 guard, has embraced her role as a defensive stopper and usually guards the opposing team’s stop scorer. Casey Sievert, a 5-11 forward, has been the Midgets’ sixth player throughout most of her career. Klein has played her in all five positions at time as she can hit the 3-pointer and post up inside. Last but not least is Maggie McCauley. The 5-6 guard has provided a spark early in the season with her 3-point shooting, but also is a proven defender having played with her classmates their entire careers. Together the seniors are a cohesive unit with flexibility. Admittedly, ELC won’t have much depth this season. There are only three other non-freshmen out for basketball this season—junior Rachel Bates and sophomores Caitlyn Clayton and Megan Jensen. Clayton has shown she can fill in at the post when ELC players get into foul trouble. Bates has helped out at guard at times and Jensen also has shown she can play inside. Besides Western Christian, the main challenge in the Lakes Conference is Spirit Lake as the Indians are ranked fourth led by last year’s state scoring leader K.J. Veldman. Meanwhile the fans are just along for a wonderful ride as this group Emily Kirchner is one of ELCʼs four-year starters on the 2012-13 of seniors travel through their final girls basketball team. EDN photo by David Swartz season.

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The Estherville Lincoln Central Boys Basketball Team includes, front from left, manager Jordan Wittrock, Ryan Frerichs, Carsten Bosch, Justin Heinrichs, manager Tim Soper; middle row: Adam Reiter, Tyler Swanson, Matt Burrell, Brad Olsen, Jeff Perkins, Tucker Milburn, Derek Nieland, Evan Hansen; back row: head coach York Plagge, assistant coach Robert Bosma, Clay Tredway, Noah Diekmann, David Hughes, Joe Heinrichs, coaches Tyler Lutz and Kyle Grems. EDN photo by David Swartz

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Midgets have higher expectations in 2012-13 BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

Expectations are high for the Estherville Lincoln Central Boys Basketball Team this season. While the Midgets may not be quite ready to challenge the top tier teams like Western Christian and Spencer, a .500 season and better is a possibility. ELC hasn’t finished above .500 since the 1990s. ELC returns all players returning from last year’s team that went 816 overall and 3-11 in the Lakes Conference, With some talented newcomers helping out, ELC is off to a 4-4 starter overall and 2-2 in the Lakes Conference. The Midgets have wins over Emmetsburg and Cherokee with losses to Spencer and Storm Lake. Matt Burrell, 6-2 senior forward, is the team’s returning leading scorer and rebounder. After averaging 9.8 points pre game last year and puling down 158 rebounds, Burrell is averaging 9 points per contest and already had 50 rebounds. However, he’s getting more help in the scoring department. He also led the team in steals with 46. Tyler Swanson, a 6-1 senior guard who missed part of last season to injury, is also averaging 9 points per game this season—up from 5.9 points per game last year. Also returning is Evan Hansen, a 5-10 senior guard. He averaged 6.4 points per game last season and had 119 assists. This year he is averaging 7.0 points per contest with a team-leading 35 assists. Adam Reiter, a 5-10 senior guard, was a threat from long range last season making 39-of 101 from long range. While he’s struggled to start the season, he is still a threat to catch fire. The Midgets have gotten a boost from 6-2 forward David Hughes. With more court time, Hughes is averaging 7.3 points per contest. Coach York Plagge, now in his

SCHEDULE: Nov. 27 Harris-Lake Park (29-66) Nov. 30 Forest City (50-66) Dec. 1 GTRA (55-30) Dec. 4 Emmetsburg (46-42) Dec. 7 Spencer (39-68) Dec. 10 North Union (65-46) Dec. 11 Storm Lake (53-73) Dec. 14 Cherokee (64-58) Dec. 21 Spirit Lake Jan. 3 @Pocahontas Jan. 4 LeMars Jan. 10 @Newell-Fonda Jan. 11 @Western Christian Jan. 15 @Emmetsburg Jan. 18 @Spencer Jan. 22 Storm Lake Jan. 25 @Cherokee Jan. 29 @Spirit Lake Feb. 1 @ LeMars Feb. 5 Western Christian

fifth season, has a deep bench. Also returning with experience are seniors Derek Nieland, Tucker Milburn, Brad Olsen and Jeff Perkins. Nieland is known for his defense, but also has improved his scoring thus far. Milburn averaged 6.0 points per game last season, but has seen less court time to start the season. Olsen, a 6-3 post, averaged 5.9 points per game last season, but also hasn’t been on the court as much. However, both have provided valuable minutes and started at least once as Plagge works to tweak the lineup. Junior guards Joe Heinrichs and Carsten Bosch both have shared time at point guard with Hansen. Heinrichs is averaging 4.4 points per contest. Bosch saw action last season and continues to be a valuable player off the bench. Rounding out the ELC roster are junior Clay Tredway and sophomores Justin Heinrichs, Rod Fuller and Noah Diekmann. Plagge said he is looking for consistency in the team as he tries to determine the permanent starters

Evan Hansen (10) will run the point for the Estherville Lincoln Central Boys Basketball Team in 2012-13. He is one of eight seniors on the team. EDN photo by David Swartz

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Western Christian again appears to with the next teams, Spirit Lake be the team to beat with Spencer and Storm Lake, as well as work to and LeMars also battling for the top challenge the top teams. spot. ELC will try to keep pace

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NORTH UNION WARRIORS SCHEDULE: Nov. 19 Bishop Garrigan (45-40) Nov. 20 North Iowa (51-42) Nov. 27 Garner-Hayfield (39-37) Dec. 6 Newell-Fonda (34-49) Dec. 7 GTRA (62-20) Dec. 11 CC-E (34-38) Dec. 13 Manson NW (21-42) Dec. 14 Harris-Lake Park (49-35) Dec. 17 West Hancock (54-43) Dec. 21 West Bend-Mallard Jan. 4 @CWL Jan. 7 @Storm Lake Jan. 10 Manson NW Webster Jan. 15 @GHEC Jan. 18 @GTRA Jan. 22 Clay Central-Everly Jan. 25 @Harris-Lake Park Jan. 29 CWL Feb. 4 @Humboldt Feb. 5 Lake Mills

NU features balance in 2012-13 BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

ARMSTRONG — With the loss of its top scorer from a year ago, North Union might find it difficult to match its 18-5 record of a year ago. However the Warriors still should have a good season. They are off to a 5-3 start so far this season, but few of the wins are coming easily Through six games, Aurora

The 2012-13 North Union Girls Basketball Team includes, front from left, Shelby Luke, Jasmine Clausen, Collete Haag, Cheyanne Boland; middle row: Sarah Rolling, Hanna Gardner, Jaycie Eaton, Madison Irmiter, Peyton Oleson; back row: Aurora Oliver, Dena Looft, Madison Bollig. Photo courtesy Armstrong Journal

Oliver leads the offense with nine points a game while Jasmine Clausen is at 7.8, Sarah Rolling at 6.5, Madison Bollig at 6.8 and Cheyanne Boland at 5.5. North Union also is getting production from Madison Irmiter, Dena Looft and Peyton Oleson.

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Looft, a 5-9 junior is leading the team in rebounds with 34 followed by Rolling with 30 and Bollig and Oliver with 19. Oliver, a 5-7 junior also leads in assists with 16 and steals with 15. “That’s one of the things I like about this team is that opponents

can’t focus on any one girl,” said North Union coach Merle Tigges. “One person doesn’t have to carry the load and anyone can take an open shot.” The Warriors can still battle for one of the top spots in the league despite a close loss to Clay

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NORTH UNION WARRIORS SCHEDULE: Nov. 19 Bishop Garrigan (45-40) Nov. 20 North Iowa (51-42) Nov. 27 Garner-Hayfield (39-37) Dec. 6 Newell-Fonda (34-49) Dec. 7 GTRA (62-20) Dec. 11 CC-E (34-38) Dec. 13 Manson NW (21-42) Dec. 14 Harris-Lake Park (49-35) Dec. 17 @West Hancock Dec. 21 West Bend-Mallard Jan. 4 @CWL Jan. 7 @Storm Lake Jan. 10 Manson NW Webster Jan. 15 @GHEC Jan. 18 @GTRA Jan. 22 Clay Central-Everly Jan. 25 @Harris-Lake Park Jan. 29 CWL Feb. 4 @Humboldt Feb. 5 Lake Mills

Warriors struggling through first part of season The 2012-13 North Union Boys Basketball Team includes, front from left, Colton McConnell, Alex Krantz, Aric Runge, Shane Mills, Kaleb Olson; back row: Corey Vaske, Colin Runksmeier, Jacob Govern, Matt Adams, Jacob Braddock, Trenton Fothergill.

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ARMSTRONG — North Union won’t have an easy season as the Warriors lost its two top scorers from a year ago to graduation. Guard Travis Larson led the team with 11.6 points per contest last season while big man Evan Hagebock scored 9.5 points per contest and pulled down a teamhigh 154 rebounds while also 2202 Central Ave. Estherville

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blocking 50 shots. The Warriors are off to a 1-8 start with the lone victory coming against Clay Central-Everly. Current senior Shane Mills was third last season at 5.0 points per game while pulling down the second highest rebounds, 128. However fellow senior Colton

Braddock also is a two-year starter. Other getting time on the court are 6-foot junior Kaleb Olson, 5-7 freshman Colin Runksmeier and 5-11 sophomore Corey Vaske. Rounding out the roster are 5-11 senior Trent Fothergill, 55-8 sophomore Jacob Govern, 6-3

sophomore Alex Krants and 6-1 sophomore Dyson Umscheid. Harris-Lake Park, ranked third in Class 1A, is off to a 7-0 start and is the favorite to win the Cornbelt Conference this season. West Bend-Mallard is currently the only other Cornbelt team with a winning record.

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Titans look for improved record in 2012-13 season Hough takes over as head coach BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

GRAETTINGER — Starting the season with a 3-4 record bodes well for the Graettinger-Terril/RuthvenAyrshire girls. The team was 3-13 a

year ago after winning three of its first four. However the Titans are also under new management as Todd Hough takes the reins of the team. Hough is a former Graettinger standout and boys assistant coach. Senior guard Brooke Hoffman, who lead the team in scoring at 8.1 points per game last season, has

upped her averaged to 12.0 points through the first 12 games. She is a long-range threat, shooting 10-for35 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range. Sophomore Lauren Flaharty, who averaged 4.4 points last season, also has increased her average with 7.4 points per contest. Following the trend, junior Grace

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Skattebo is up to 6.4 points per game after averaging 4.0 per contest last season. Meanwhile junior Marley Bakken is averaging 5.0 points per contest and leading the team in rebounds with 46. Cassy Hampson is the lone senior on the squad, but is a starter as is junior Emily Moran.

Juniors Alex Oleson, Kate Olesen Paige Hoffman, sophomore Jayden Johnson and freshman Claire Sparks round out the varsity roster. In the early going, it appears Clay Central-Everly, Harris-Lake Park and North Union will battle for the top spot in the Cornbelt Conference, but the Titans and West BendMallard aren’t far behind.

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GRAETTINGER-TERRIL/RUTHVEN-AYRSHIRE TITANS SCHEDULE: Nov. 27 WB-M (37-53) Nov. 30 CWL (63-56) Dec. 1 ELC (30-55) Dec. 4 St. Mary’s (41-82) Dec. 7 North Union (64-26) Dec. 13 Laurens-Marathon (44-61) Dec. 18 @Trinity Christian Dec. 21 Harris-Lake Park Jan. 3 Laurens-Marathon Jan. 4 @Clay Centra-Everly Jan. 8 @West Bend-Mallard Jan. 10 Pocahontas Area Jan. 18 North Union Jan. 19 @M-M-C Jan. 22 @CWL Jan. 25 Trinity Christian Jan. 26 @Lake Mills Feb. 1 @Harris-Lake Park Feb. 5 Clay Central-Everly Feb. 8 Newell-Fonda

The 2012-13 Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Boys Basketball Team includes, front from left, Jeff Kathman, Ethan Eldridge, Austin Miller, Jared Sikora, Taylor Enderson, Joe Tonderum, Jake Wegner, Zach Girres: middle row: Mason McGrauth, Ryan Jackson, Cory Jordan, Cole Hagedorn, Nick Josephson, Brady Flint; back row: Connor Sturgill, Austin Rehm, Noah Stukey, Andy Geelan, Austin Dyer, Marcus Girres, Michael Girres, Trevor Hagedorn. Not pictured are Lane Reiman and Travis Meyer. Photo courtesy Jay Schoning, Ruthven Zipcode

Dyer leads group of young Titans BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

GRAETTINGER — Graettinger-Terril/RuthvenAyrshire has some potential, but the Titans will have to work for most wins this season. Under their new mascot, the Titans are off to a 2-4 start this season, but both wins were in the Cornbelt Conference where they are 2-1.

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range. Senior Trevor Hagedorn gives the Titans another inside presence and he is averaging 3.6 points per contest. Also seeing court time are 6-0 senior Cory Jordan, 5-10 sophomore guard Mason McGrauth, 60 sophomore Lane Reiman, 6foot freshman Michael Girres and 6-foot freshman Noah Stukey. Dyer, Marcus Girres, Geelan,

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Hagedorn and Sturgill have been the starting five for most of the games this season. Rounding out the roster are sophomores Ryan Jacks and Joe Tonderum. Harris-Lake Park is the favorite to win the Cornbelt Conference this season after sweeping the league a year ago. The Wolves are ranked third in Class 1A and off to a 7-0 start.

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GRAETTINGER — While Graettinger-Terril/RuthvenAyrshire is down in wrestling numbers this season, the Titans still expect some measure of success under first-year coach Mike Jensen. Jensen, who finished second at the state tournament at 145 pounds in 2010, leads a small squad with 11 wrestlers. However, he does return some quality athletes. Junior Ty Gibson placed seventh

at 132 pounds last season and posted a 31-7 record. He is currently ranked third at that weight this season, but has been wrestling at 145 pounds thus far where he has a 6-0 record. Senior Austin Thompson is a two-time district qualifier and finished with a 15-5 record last season. He has wrestled at 132 pounds this season where he is off to a 102 start. Matt McGrauth is another junior with experience. After a 23-22 campaign last season, he is off to a 6-7 start wrestling at both 160 and 170 pounds. Sophomore Cody Thompson also is helping out the Titans at heavy-

weight where he is 8-4 early in the season. Freshman Alex Hoffman and Tyler Hoffman are giving the team some early victories. Alex Hoffman is 8-1, wrestling at 113 and 120 pounds this season. Tyler Hoffman is 8-6 wrestling at 138 and 145 pounds. Hunter Brown is wrestling at 152 pounds this season while sophomore Kyle Long has wrestled at both 195 and 220. Kevin Smith is the only other senior on the team, wrestling at 182 pounds. Other wrestlers are sophomore Kody Fergeson (160), and freshman Sam George (126).

Nov. 29 Spencer (9-69) Nov. 29 Okoboji (27-48) Dec. 1 @ Okoboji Tournament Dec. 4 Emmetsburg (18-59) Dec. 4 Sibley-Ocheyedan (18-54) Dec. 6 Pocahontas (27-48) Dec. 6 Prairie Valley (30-51) Dec. 6 S. Central Calhoun (6-75) Dec. 8 @Sibley-Ocheyedan Invite Dec. 11 Alta-Aurelia (30-39) Dec. 11 Laurens-Marathon (40-42) Dec. 11 West Bend-Mallard (42-12 Dec. 15 @West Hancock Tnt Dec. 18 Spirit Lake/Sioux Center Jan. 5 @GTRA Invitational Jan. 10 @East Sac County w/Alta Jan. 12 @ Laurens-Marathon Tnt Jan. 18-19 @BCIG Tournament Jan. 22 @Garner w/Manson NW Jan. 26 @ Conf. (Laurens) Feb. 2 @Sectionals (Manson) Feb. 9 @District (Okoboji) Feb. 14-16 State Tournament

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SPIRIT LAKE PARK INDIANS SCHEDULE: Nov. 29 Sheldon (33-36) Nov. 29 Central Lyon/GLR (51-24) Dec. 1 @ Okoboji Tournament Dec. 6 Western Christian (48-30) Dec. 6 ELC (60-18) Dec. 8 @JCC Tournament Dec. 13 Cherokee (48-36) Dec. 13 LeMars (54-30) Dec. 14-15 @Minn. Tourney Dec. 18 @GTRA w/Sioux Center Jan. 3 @E’burg w/Storm Lake Jan. 4 Spirit Lake Quad Jan. 12 @ ELC Tournament Jan. 17 @ Spencer Jan. 18-19 @BCIG Tournament Jan. 24 @Okoboji Jan. 25 @Lakes Conf. (Spencer) Feb. 2 @Sectionals (Cherokee) Feb. 9 @District (Spencer) Feb. 14-16 State Tournament

MINER LEADS SLP INTO SEASON

The 2012-13 Spirit Lake Wrestling Team includes, front from left, Keaton Leach, Justin Jones, Hayden Wilson, Boston Swan, Gage Roberts, Doug Miner, Cody Clipperton, John OʼNeal, Ben Parks; middle row: Andrew Carr, Blake Mart, Rodney Phifer, Zach Skopec, Kenten Murray, David Trucksess, Rick Maris, Javier Tapia, Chris McQuire, Trenten Murray; back row: Ethan Bergendahl, Alec Harrington, Brady Mart, Cody Norton, Jacob Jenness, Mat Carr, Cody Wernimont, Trevor Bueltel. Photo courtesy Lifetouch

Senior will seek third straight state title BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

SPIRIT LAKE — The Spirit Lake wrestling team will be hard pressed to repeat the success of a year ago in the 2012-13 season. However the Indians, ranked 10th in Class 2A to start the season, still will give teams a good battle this season. Spirit Lake’s top returning wrestler is senior Doug Miner.

After winning consecutive state titles at 106 pounds the past two season, Miner is the top-ranked wrestler at 120 pounds this year. After 50 straight wins a year ago, Miner is starting the 201213 season with a 13-1 mark. However his one loss came at the hands of a North Dakota wrestler. Another returning state qualifier from a year ago is Zach Skopec. The junior is ranked fourth at 138 pounds and is 14-0

with many wins at 145 pounds. Look for him to settle at 138 pounds as the season progresses. At 152 pounds, senior David Trucksess is ranked sixth in Class 2A. He’s off to an 11-2 start with both losses by decision to Minnesota wrestlers. Kenten Murray is a junior off to a fast start and should see time at 145 pounds as Skopec drops to 138. At 106 pounds, freshman Gate Roberts is off to a 4-7 record.

Another freshman, John O’Neal, has wrestled at both 106 and 113 pounds this season. Sophomore Ben Parks has seen time at 126 and 132 pounds. Another freshman, Ethan Bergendahl has helped out at 138 pounds. At 160 pounds is senior Hayden Wilson with junior Javier Tapia at 170 pounds. Junior Jacob Jenness (182), senior Brady Mart (195), Cody Wernimont (195, 220) all have

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helped fill in the varsity lineup. Senior Cody Norton is at heavyweight and off to a 9-3 start this season. The Indians will battle Class 2A No. 5 Spencer and Class 1A No. 3 Emmetsburg for the top spot in the Lakes Conference. Spirit Lake has opened the conference season with a 4-0 record with wins over Western Christian/Unity Christian, Estherville Lincoln Central, Cherokee and LeMars.

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SPIRIT LAKE INDIANS SCHEDULE: Nov. 19 H-LP (69-25) Nov. 24 Bishop Heelan (47-67) Nov. 27 Hinton (59-45) Dec. 1 Jackson CC (75-53) Dec. 4 LeMars (64-35) Dec. 7 Storm Lake (58-15) Dec. 11 Cherokee (57-42) Dec. 14 Western Christian (57-35) Dec. 17 Harris-Lake Park Dec. 21 @ ELC Jan. 8 @Emmetsburg Jan. 11 @Spencer Jan. 12 @Okoboji Jan. 15 @LeMars Jan. 18 Storm Lake Jan. 19 @Sibley-Ocheyedan Jan. 22 Cherokee Jan. 25 Western Christian Jan. 29 ELC Feb. 1 Emmetsburg Feb. 4 @Worhtington, MN Feb. 5 Spencer

Veldman leads Spirit Lake for one more season

The 2012-13 Spirit Lake Girls Basketball Team includes, front from left, Caitlin Eckerman, Carte Hassel, K.J. Veldman, Alissa Christoffer, Abbey Horsman, Katy Brevik; back: assistant coach Scott Chambers, assistant coach Ryan Friedrich, Bailee Newman, Mackenzie Thate, Bailey Loveall, Emma Dau, Carly Ites, Jessie Kabele, Joie Veldman and head coach Rick Reinking. Photo courtesy Lifetouch

BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

SPIRIT LAKE ¬- Spirit Lake, ranked fourth in Class 3A, should have another successful season in 2012-13. The Indians return KJ Veldman, the state's leading scorer from a year ago at 23 points per game. Through six games the new season, she is averaging 20.3 point per contest. She started the year by setting the school record in career points. But she'll need some help for Spirit Lake to make a run at state

and to finish high in the Lakes Conference. Returning Class 2A state champion Western Christian returns its entire lineup and Class 3A No. 3 Estherville Lincoln Central has six seniors from its state playoff team of a year ago. The Indians graduated three players from last year’s team including starters Whitney Berkland and Cara Vale along with reserve Emily Mercer. Berkland and Vale were the team’s third and fourth-leading

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scorers, respectively. However returning with Veldman this year is fellow senior Alissa Christoffer. The 5-6 senior was second on the team in scoring a year ago averaging 7.7 points per contest. She made 34-of-115 3-pointers a year ago. While Christoffer is still providing a boost for the Indians’ offense, averaging 9 points per game through the first six games, newcomer Emma Dau is the team’s second-leading scorer. The 5-10 sophomore is averag-

ing 9.8 points per contest. Senior Kendra Stokke also returns to the starting lineup. The 5-10 sophomore will be called upon to help defensively in the post. Also returning on the varsity is 5-10 junior Bailey Loveall, who is second on the team in rebounding behind Veldman with 35 boards this year. Dau is third with 32 followed by Stokke with 23. Veldman also leads the team in assists with 19 and steals with 24. Dau isn’t far behind with 12

assists and 22 steals while Christoffer has 14 assists and 12 steals. Breaking into the starting lineup is 5-8 junior Jessi Kabele. She is averaging 4.3 points per contest. Juniors Abbey Horsman and Carter Hassel provide depth in the backcourt. Rounding out the roster is junior Caitlin Eckerman, sophomores Katie Brevik and Carly Ites and freshmen Bailey Newman, Joie Veldman and Mackenzie Thate.

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SPIRIT LAKE INDIANS SCHEDULE: Nov. 27 Hinton (67-32) Dec. 1 Valley Lutheran (53-22) Dec. 4 LeMars (44-68) Dec. 7 Storm Lake (35-54) Dec. 11 Cherokee (57-28) Dec. 14 Western Christian (39-51 Dec. 15 CWL (63-39) Dec. 17 Harris-Lake Park Dec. 21 @ ELC Jan. 5 @West Sioux Jan. 8 @Emmetsburg Jan. 11 @Spencer Jan. 12 @Okoboji Jan. 15 @LeMars Jan. 18 Storm Lake Jan. 19 @Sibley-Ocheyedan Jan. 22 Cherokee Jan. 25 Western Christian Jan. 29 ELC Feb. 1 Emmetsburg Feb. 5 Spencer

INDIANS TO FIELD YOUNG SQUAD BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

SPIRIT LAKE — Whether a successful football season lends itself to a successful basketball season remains to be seen for Spirit Lake. But the Indians return enough talent to be competitive most nights. Spirit Lake is coming off a 14-8 record from a year ago and 9-5 in the Lakes Conference. In conference, that translates to two losses each to Western Christian and LeMars and one to Emmetsburg.

The 2012-13 Spirit Lake Boys Basketball Team includes, front from left, J.D. Mitchell, Caleb Jennings, Austin Folsom, Alec Henrickson, Cole Thate, Trevor Smith, Paul Brown: back row: head coach Nate Loenser, assistant coach Lucas Doxtad, Alex Pringnitz, Sam Harms, Tyler Alger, Zach Arneson, Trevor Jensen, assistant coach Nathan Hoagland and assistant coach Kasey Huebner. Photo courtesy Lifetouch

The Indians will be hard-pressed to equal that success in conference play with Spencer leaping back in to challenge for a top spot. Spirit Lake lost seven seniors to graduation—Zubeen Azari, Wes Bergquist, Keith Byers, Alex Dau, Kevin Martinson, Adam Dau and Sawyer Harms. Harms, Bergquist and the Dau brothers provided the bulk of the scoring. The top returning scorer for the Indians is senior guard Paul

Brown. Brown averaged 9.7 points a year ago and led the team in assists with 59. Brown is averaging 11.4 points per game through the first five games of the season as the Indians are off to a 3-2 start. The two losses are to conference foes LeMars and Storm Lake. While Brown is against the team’s leading assist man with 25 already this season, he is not the team’s leading scorer. Six-foot-

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one sophomore Alec Henrickson holds that honor, scoring 17.2 points per clip. Others who have been in the starting lineup this year are Tyler Alger, Alex Pringnitz, Zach Harneson, Trevor Smith, Sam Harms and Cole Thate. Alger, a 6-3 junior, is third on the team in scoring at 7.2 points per contest while Pringnitz is the team’s leading rebounder with 34 boards. The 6-3 sophomore is

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averaging 5.8 points per game. Harms, a 6-3 junior, is second on the team in rebounds with 21. Arneson, a 6-3 senior, is averaging 4.3 points per game. The team has just one other senior, 6-1 JD Mitchell. Other varsity members are Austin Folsom, a 5-8 sophomore, Trevor Smith, a 6-2 sophomore, Trevor Jensen, a 6-1 sophomore, Caleb Jennings a 6-1 sophomore and Blake Enderson, a 6-2 sophomore.

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