Area Sports 

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

LOCAL SPORTS THIS WEEK

Baseball

The bracket for the Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional has been announced with complete game times. This is important because the Iowa State Champions in Senior Babe Ruth are located here in Oskaloosa. Head Coach Matt Saville's squad will be competing July 24 through July 26 with the potential championship game being played on July 27.

The tournament is located in Dickinson, North Dakota. Oskaloosa is in Pool A with Kansas, Nebraska, and North Dakota. It is a round robin format, in which every team plays the other three teams in their pool to determine who is in first and second place. The top two teams of Pool A and Pool B will play a single elimination tournament for the Regional Championship on Sunday and the opportunity to make it to the national tournament in August.

The Oskaloosa squad will play at noon on July 24 against Kansas, at 5 PM on July 25 against North Dakota, and at noon again on July 26 against Nebraska.

 

 

The Oskaloosa baseball team continued the trend they have had all season in doubleheaders. They came out sluggish and lost the opener and then bounced back to salvage the split with a solid game two performance.

For the Indians on Tuesday night at Lacey Recreational Complex, it came against a non-conference opponent in Centerville. The Big Reds have a very good and seasoned team, and proved that when they flexed their muscles to a huge 15-2 victory in the first game of the double dip. But Coach Clint Gingrich's boys, as they have done all season, forgot about the embarrassing first game and came back with an impressive 3-1 win to get the split and retain some confidence heading into their single varsity game against Newton on Wednesday. The Indians are now 13-11 on the season.

 

Oskaloosa has found out the group of teams it will be competing with for a spot in the state tournament in district and substate play.

In Substate #6 in Class 3A, the Indians are joined by Centerville, Chariton, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Knoxville, and Mount Pleasant. The districts will be seeded and only one of the eight teams will make it to Principal Park in late July for the Class 3A State Tournament.

 

The fifth baseball rankings for the state of Iowa came out Monday night, and featured a few area teams among the top five in their respective classes.

In Class 1A, Twin Cedars remains #1, still undefeated at 22-0 on the season. They are the only team in all classes to not have suffered a loss this season. Mason City Newman is #2, and LeMars Gehlen is #3. Van Buren of Keosauqua is #4. St. Mary's of Remsen rounds out the top 5.

In Class 2A, North Polk is the top team, followed by Van Meter and Beckman Catholic of Dyersville. There are no area teams among the ranked teams in Class 2A.

In Class 3A, Clear Lake is the #1 teams. Waverly-Shell Rock is #2 and Bishop Heelan is #3. West Delaware is #4 and Fairfield slides in at #5. The Trojans are 22-5 this year. Centerville rounds out the top 10, now 19-7 after their split against Osky.

In Class 4A, Dubuque Hempstead is the #1 team, and they are followed by Waukee and Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Des Moines East and Iowa City West round out the top five.

 

 

Softball

It was a monumental night in Oskaloosa High School athletics history last evening.

The Oskaloosa Indians defeated Fairfield in a dominant 6-0 shutout to earn their first ever state tournament berth. For Head Coach Jay Harms, this was an achievement 37 years in the making.

The Indians scored early, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI double by Bethany Rowley and an RBI groundout by Alexis Groet. They would plate a third run in the fourth on an RBI infield single by Kelsie Tomlin. They would add three insurance runs with two outs in the sixth to seal the deal. In that inning, the big hits were supplied by Bridgette Richards, Tomlin, and Kailyn Risher.

The real story on the diamond, however, was the superb pitching performance from freshman right hander Alexis Groet. Groet had an up and down season this year in terms of being at her absolute best coming off a third team all-state honor from her 8th grade year. But last night, she showed that she will be one of the state’s premier pitchers for years to come.

In seven innings of work, the freshman manhandled one of the best offenses in Class 4A, allowing only one hit and one walk. No baserunner reached second base. She would strike out eight batters in the game and her defense was flawless behind her, not committing an error.

Although this was the main goal of the season, Coach Harms and his girls are looking to try to carve their way to a potential state championship. They will face 4th ranked Carlisle, who comes in at 33-2 on the season, in the first round on Monday at 5:30 PM. Little Hawkeye Conference teams Dallas Center-Grimes and Norwalk also punched their ticket to the state tournament, and both teams are on the opposite side of the bracket. A potential second round matchup for the Indians would be either 3rd ranked Solon, or unranked Clear Creek-Amana, who sneaked into the tourney at 22-17. We will be covering the girls up at the tournament all week, so be sure to stay locked in with us as the girls make their maiden voyage to Fort Dodge.

You can also check out a video of the final out on our Facebook page at KBOE Sports.

 

 

WILLIAM PENN SPORTS  

Alex Edwards (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Secondary Education) was named a 2014 Capital One College Division Track and Field Academic All-American by CoSIDA Monday morning.

Edwards received Second-Team Academic All-American status on the College Division’s Track and Field/Cross Country list. The accolade recognizes student-athletes not only for their athletic prowess but also their successes academically. The College division includes institutions within the NAIA ranks as well as Canadian universities and two-year schools.

The junior, who owned a 3.43 Grade Point Average entering the spring, was terrific this past year, earning All-American laurels during the indoor season as he placed fifth nationally in the 600-meter run. He was also named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Track Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, winning the 400, 600, and 800-meter races during the winter and the 400 and 800 in the spring. The junior received MCC Athlete of the Week accolades five times this year as well.

Andy Reidsma, a senior from Trinity Christian (Ill.), was named Academic All-American of the Year. He was also a first-team recipient last year.

To be eligible for the award, athletes must be of at least sophomore academic standing, be a starter or key reserve player (other playing requirements where applicable), maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale, and have attended the nominating institution for at least one full calendar year.

 

The successful start to Keith Steffeck’s professional basketball career has landed him an even bigger spot overseas.

The former NAIA First-Team All-American has signed a contract with BBC Sparta Bertrange, a team in the small European country of Luxembourg. Sparta is part of the Total League. Sparta was 13-15 a year ago.

Steffeck leaves former team Usti Nad Labem BKU, where he averaged 10.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 blocks over 44 games. With his European season over, Steffeck is currently playing summer league ball in Iowa City.

 

SOURCE: WADE STEINLAGE, SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR AT WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY

 

CENTRAL COLLEGE SPORTS

PELLA — Central College will stage a boys’ basketball skills camp July 21-24 for players entering grades 4-12.

The camp will be directed by Iowa Conference coach of the year Craig Douma, who led Central to its 17th league championship and 10th NCAA Division III tournament appearance this year. Veteran assistant coach Joe Steinkamp and other Central staff members and players will also assist, providing individual attention for each player.

The camp features intensive skill instruction, lectures and 5-on-5 competition. Cost is $240, which includes meals and lodging. Commuters can participate for $210. All players will receive a camp t-shirt.

Douma is widely known for his camp experience, particularly his extensive work throughout Iowa each summer as a shooting instructor. Prior to joining the Central staff, he spent 15 years as high school coach, spending nine seasons at South O’Brien and six years at Carroll, compiling a lofty 268-78 record. He was an NAIA all-America honoree at Northwestern College and is a member of the school’s hall of fame.

Online registration is available through www.centralcollegebasketballcamps.com or call 641-628-5225 for additional information.

 

SOURCE - LARRY HAPPEL, SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR AT CENTRAL COLLEGE