– The Mahaska County YMCA is expanding Aquatics
programming again this year, with funding from United Way of Mahaska
County. All third grade students living or attending school in Mahaska
County are able to receive a free session of swim lessons or stroke clinic
between the months of September 2014 and May 2015. “Our goal is to
ensure all community youth have critical life-saving aquatic skills and
are able to reap the rewards of aquatic exercise,” said Ryan Harkema,
Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Director. “We are grateful United Way is
supporting this new program.”
lessons are offered in the evenings on a first come, first serve basis. A
new session starts every month. Registration opens 30 days before the
start date of each session. You may register by phone or in person. A $10
service fee may be charged if your child cannot participate after
registering for a session, and a cancellation phone call is not received
within 24 hours of the first day of the session. “We recommend
participating as early in the year as possible as lessons do often fill
up,” said Harkema. Financial assistance is available to eligible
families who wish to continue with lessons after completion of their
child’s one free session.” Parents are responsible to provide
transportation to and from the lessons.
more details on the Mahaska County YMCA or the swim lesson schedule, stop
by the Mahaska County YMCA, at 414 North Third Street in Oskaloosa or
please contact Ryan Harkema at 641.673.8411.
Information about the YMCA can also be found at www.MahaskaYMCA.org.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Pella is the Class 3A
State Football Champions. The Little Dutch rallied from a 17-7 deficit to
score the last 31 points to beat Bishop Heelan Catholic of Sioux City
38-17 at the UNI-Dome last night. They outscored Heelan 24-0 in the second
half. The win completes a perfect 14-0 season for Head Coach Jay
In other finals from
yesterday’s state title games, Newell-Fonda slipped past Fremont-Mills
in a back-and-forth game 39-35 in the 8 Player Championship, and
Logan-Magnolia scored with one minute remaining to beat Gladbrook-Reinbeck
in the Class A Title Game.
On tap at the Dome
tonight is the Class 1A Championship between West Lyon of Inwood and Iowa
City Regina at 11:06 AM. The Class 2A game follows that and it is between
Sioux Center and North Fayette Valley at 2:06 PM. Finally, it’s the
Class 4A Championship between Dowling Catholic of West Des Moines and
Cedar Rapids Washington at 7:06 PM.
All three games can be
viewed at IHSSN.com.
Tonight is the first
official night of the girls’ basketball season, and several area teams
are in action. Sigourney hosts BGM, Grinnell hosts East Marshall, Keota
and Tri-County will battle in Thornburg, Knoxville is at Prairie
City-Monroe, North Mahaska hosts Lynnville-Sully, Montezuma is at Albia,
Fairfield hosts Pekin, and Pella Christian is at Van Meter.
With the new season,
comes the preseason rankings for girls basketball, which were released
earlier this week. There are no area teams in Class 5A, with Dowling
Catholic, Southeast Polk, and Waukee the top three. In Class 4A, Pella
slides in at number 10, with Harlan, Carlisle, and North Scott the top
three. In Class 3A, PCM is 12th, with Pocahontas Area #1,
Mediapolis #2, and Spirit Lake #3. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont represents
the area in Class 2A, sitting in 12th. Western Christian, Unity
Christian and North-Linn are the top three. Finally, in Class 1A,
Burlington Notre Dame is #1, Colo-Nesco is #2, and Bedford is #3. There
are no area teams in that poll.
WILLIAM PENN SPORTS
Penn football team capped off its 2014 season with a load of postseason
honorees as the 2014 all-Midwest League teams were announced today.
A total of 14 Statesmen earned recognition, including six on the first
team, five on the second squad, and three on the honorable-mention list.
Eight players garnered their first-ever laurels. It is the
second-straight season in which WPU has had 14 award-winners.
Grand View quarterback Derek Fulton was named Midwest League Offensive
Player of the Year, while Saint Xavier lineman Greg Hayward was MWL
Defensive POY. Mike Woodley of Grand View earned Coach of the Year
laurels, while Mark Yanule (Offensive Coordinator) of Saint Xavier claimed
Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
William Penn, which was 7-4 this year (3-2 MWL), was paced by five first-teamers
on the offensive side and one on defense.
Running back Sam Tvedt earned his first first-team nod (second
overall), pacing the Statesmen ground attack with 779 rushing yards and
five touchdowns. Fullback Michael Thomas grabbed his first
accolade with 724 rushing yards and a team-best eight TDs.
Wide receiver Jatavius Stewart became a major weapon in the passing
game, hauling in 13 catches for 337 yards and six scores. It is his
The three specialty players would not have had such special campaigns,
however, had it not been for a terrific offensive line, headlined by left
tackle Jake Adams and center Hea Tuifua. The pair helped
WPU rank second nationally with 335.9 rushing yards per game (402.5
total). Adams’ honor is his third, but it is his first time on the
first squad, while Tuifua is also a first-time first-teamer (second
Defensive tackle Hunter Barry was a force on the opposite side of the
trenches, garnering his first honor. He tallied 49 tackles (32
solos, 17 assists), including eight for loss. He sacked opposing
quarterbacks twice and also forced one fumble.
J.T. Dotson, who grabbed his first laurel, joined Adams and Tuifua as
important cogs on the offensive line.
Outside linebacker Isaac Samek (second honor, first second-team) and Kevin
Shrauger (first award) guided the defense in tackles. Samek, who
earned one MWL Defensive Player of the Week nod, was the leading stopper
far and away with 94 (46 solos, 48 assists, 4.5 for loss). He had
three interceptions, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one fumble
recovery as well.
Shrauger managed 59 tackles (32 solos, 27 assists, 0.5 TFL) along with two
interceptions, two pass breakups, and one forced fumble. Both
players scored a defensive TD in 2014.
Free safety Deshon Conley and cornerback Freddy Griggs topped
the defensive secondary. Conley, a one-time MWL Defensive POW,
intercepted a team-high four passes and contributed 43 tackles (18 solos,
25 assists, 1.5 TFL) with eight pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.
Griggs finished with 45 tackles (29 solos, 16 assists, 2.5 for loss), two
interceptions, five pass breakups, a team-high three fumble recoveries,
and one forced fumble.
Both players are first-time winners of postseason awards and each scored a
defensive touchdown this fall.
Fullback Evan Ressler battled through injuries to again nab an
honor (third overall, first honorable mention). The one-time MWL
Offensive POW rushed for 605 yards and six scores.
Middle linebacker Scott Adams also collected his third award
(second honorable mention) by posting 40 tackles (19 solos, 21 assists,
3.5 for loss) with two sacks and two pass breakups.
Clayton Temaat garnered the first laurel of his career, stopping ball
carriers 37 times (19 solos, 18 assists, team-best 8.5 for loss).
His three sacks were also a team best, while he had a blocked kick as
Oskaloosa--Ochaung Akway and Saromo
Mugisha garnered postseason recognition today as the all-Midwest
Collegiate Conference cross country teams were announced.
Courtesy of being in the top seven at last Saturday's Championships, Akway was
named a first-team honoree, while by being in the top 15, Mugisha received
honorable-mention status. The top seven runners were placed on the first
team, while nine more runners received honorable mentions for being in the top
15 or for being their school's top runner (if not in top 15).
Akway, who finished second in a time of 26:59.2, will now represent William
Penn at nationals. Mugisha's laurel is his second--both on the HM list.
He was 12th overall in a time of 27:52.7.
Mount Mercy's Tyler Keith was tabbed as MCC Harrier of the Year for last
weekend's win, while St. Ambrose Head Coach Dan Zeimet picked up Men's Coach
of the Year laurels for the sixth time.
Alexander matched her cross country honor from last year as the
all-Midwest Collegiate Conference teams were announced today.
Courtesy of a top-15 finish, Alexander was named to the honorable-mention
squad for the second-straight season. The MCC's top seven runners were
placed on the first team, while ten more runners received honorable mentions
for being in the top 15 or for being their school's top runner (if not in top
Alexander finished 14th on the 5K course in a time of 19:58.5, which is now
the eighth-fastest time in program history.
Mount Mercy's Liz Mosbach was tabbed as MCC Harrier of the Year for last
weekend's win, while St. Ambrose Head Coach Dan Zeimet picked up Women's Coach
of the Year laurels for the fifth time.
being pushed by the tiny church school in the first half, the Statesmen
men’s basketball team used its high-tempo offense to run away from Faith
Baptist Bible 112-71 in non-conference play Tuesday.
#18 William Penn (6-2) outshot the Eagles (3-1) 52.4%-40.3%, but only led
40-37 with 4:07 left in the opening stanza. Fortunately, a
13-4 run pushed the edge to 12 at the break, 53-41.
In what will be the first of two matchups this winter (teams will meet again
on December 1 in Ankeny), Faith Baptist Bible remained close in the
initial moments of the second period. Ahead 60-49 with 15:55 on
the clock, the navy and gold tallied seven unanswered and never led by less
than 15 again. Another big run of 15-0 a bit later put the contest
officially out of reach.
It is the fourth time WPU has reached the century mark this year. The
team, which has won six straight since starting 0-2, is currently averaging
96.0 points per outing.
Each side performed well from the perimeter with the Statesmen connecting on
15 three-pointers and the Eagles managing 11 deep shots (eight in the first
Oliver Wells kept his squad afloat prior to intermission with 14 points.
One game removed from a near triple-double, the senior again performed at a
high level with 21 points, ten rebounds, and seven assists. His
second-straight double-double was highlighted by going 7-for-8 from the field
(3-for-4 3-PT, 4-for-4 FT). Wells made his first ten shots.
Alec Schwab topped WPU in the scoring column by tying the game high with 24
points, including hitting four trifectas.
Shane Bosek was a big reason the home team was able to blow out to its huge
advantage, scoring 17 of his 19 points after halftime. The junior
actually recorded 15 straight for William Penn.
Antione Howard, with 13 points, Kelly Madison, with 11, and Sam
Sykes with ten, also joined the double-digit club. Sykes was a
force on the defensive end as well, blocking four FBB shots.
Erik McGee corralled nine rebounds as the Statesmen dominated the glass
55-27. A 20-5 offensive margin resulted in one of the biggest reasons
for William Penn’s victory with WPU outscoring the visitors 25-0 in
FBB was forced into 16 turnovers, good for 20 Statesmen points.
Next Up: William Penn travels to Chicago, Ill. this weekend to compete in
the Moody Bible Tournament. The team opens up play Friday against
#20 Ashford at 5 p.m. Saturday’s game time and opponent
will be determined by Friday’s result.
Kreuser nearly set a new career mark in an efficient performance as the
Statesmen women’s basketball team won 74-55 over Bethel (Kan.) in
non-conference action Wednesday.
The senior went 9-for-12 from the field (3-for-3 FT) en route to 21 points
(career high is 22) and WPU (4-4) went wire-to-wire for the victory.
The Threshers knotted the contest once at 10-10, but the hosts replied with
eight unanswered and never led by less than four again. A 37-24 halftime
lead was obtained via a 42.9%-32.1% shooting advantage.
William Penn allowed the visiting squad within single digits one final time in
the second stanza at 47-39, but then shut the door with another 8-0 run.
The navy and gold went up by as much as 22 in the waning minutes and
eventually finished with a 40.5%-34.9% margin from the floor.
Katie Golomski had an efficient performance akin to that of Kreuser, making
four of her six shots (3-for-4 3-PT) for 11 points. Janay Pritchett had
to work much harder for her double-digit showing as WPU’s leading scorer was
just 3-for-19 for ten points. She found other ways to contribute,
though, pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Kadejah Young and Dezarea Duckworth each contributed eight
points, while Briana McRae finished with six points in addition to
Kreuser also blocked three BC shots, while WPU turned 21 Thresher turnovers
into 16 points. The Statesmen finished with just one more rebound
(47-46), but had four more second-chance points (17-13).
Next Up: William Penn travels to Sioux Falls, S.D. Friday to
face NCAA Division II Augustana in an exhibition at 7 p.m.
four individuals ranked nationally, the Statesmen wrestling team is still
considered a contender as the NAIA's first top-20 poll was released Wednesday.
William Penn fell three spots from the preseason rating to #16 with 33 points.
Despite not having hit the mat yet, Scottie Bonds is again the top
navy and gold grappler, remaining second at 133 pounds. He only trails
Bryce Shoemaker of Baker (Kan.), whom he lost to in last year's national
Kyle Soderblom is next for WPU in seventh at 184 pounds, while
141-pounder Brad Watson is in the top ten as well in ninth. Ishmael
Rempson wraps up the nationally-ranked individuals in 13th at 165 pounds.
Grand View remains #1 with 150 points, while Southern Oregon is a distant
second with 98.5 points. Great Falls (Mont.) (97.5 points), Montana
State-Northern (71), and Missouri Valley (59) round out the top five.
In the North Qualifying Group, William Penn is ranked third out of 13 teams
with 106 points. Concordia (Neb.) continues to be on top with 181
Bonds is first, while Watson and Soderblom are both third at their respective
weights. Rempson is currently third at 165.
149-pounder Lane Colwell and 157-pounder Charlton Benjamin are each
fifth, while 197-pounder Skip Conner is sixth.
William Penn travels to Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday to compete in
the Augsburg Invitational.
Statesmen men's bowling team was in the top half at the ISYL Leatherneck
Classic Saturday and Sunday.
William Penn placed 20th out of 40 teams with 8,270 pins in six regular games
and 16 Baker games. McKendree (Ill.) topped the standings with 9,533
pins, but it was #2 seed Lindenwood (Mo.) that took the title in bracket play.
Greg Young of McKendree headed the 318-player field with a 232.2 average
Jacques Kaune guided the navy and gold's ship with a 205.2 average to
Lucas Perdieu also broke the 200 barrier with a 202.4 clip in five games,
while Michael Applegate owned a 169.4 mark in five games as well.
Shane Strowmatt finished with a 167.5 average in four games, while Travis
Scott (179.0) and Conan Mackey (170.3) each started three rounds.
Two games were started by both Ryan Howard (171.5 avg.) and Kyle
WPU also put a junior varsity team in action and the second squad was stellar
in winning the lower level division with 8,433 pins. Unfortunately, the
Statesmen lost to St. Ambrose 2-0 in the bracket finals.
Stian Hoff was the top JV roller with a 206.2 average. Connor Frederick,
at 188.8, and Cody Adair, at 183.7, also started in all six games.
Cory Rissman managed a 177.3 mark in four games, while Chris Brown
tallied a 184.3 mark in three games. Jordan Lowery (183.5, two
games), Kevin Wesely (140.0, two games), and Kyle Reese (144, one
game) rounded out the JV scoring.
Next Up: William Penn takes a week off before returning to action
November 22-23 at the Lindenwood Lion's Classic in St. Charles, Mo.
Adams and Kelsey Johnson were both high finishers to pace the William
Penn women's bowling team at the ISYL Leatherneck Classic Saturday and Sunday.
William Penn placed 13th out of 27 teams with 8,112 pins in six regular games
and 16 Baker games. St. Francis (Ill.) topped the standings with 8,750
pins, while #5 seed Grand View took the title in bracket play.
Haley Baser of Robert Morris-Springfield (Ill.) was the top roller out of 227
players with a 205.8 average (1,235 pins). Adams was right on her heels,
though, with a runner-up finish at 204.2, and Johnson was in the mix as well,
taking fifth place at 199.2.
WPU was thinned by an unfortunate car accident earlier in the week
(individuals involved are fine), leaving the squad with the bare minimum of
five players in action.
Montana Pence, at 166.5, Briell Newberry, at 162.7, and Emily Braga,
at 161.0, also started all six games for the navy and gold.
Next Up: William Penn takes a week off before returning to action
November 22-23 at the Lindenwood Lion's Classic in St. Charles, Mo.