Area Sports 



In high school football on Friday night, the Oskaloosa Indians were outmatched by a great Pella team, 61-6. Pella entered the week among the top teams in Class 3A, and after their dominant 3-0 start, the Little Dutch will likely be among the favorites to win the state title along with Cedar Rapids Xavier, who shut out third ranked Solon. Oskaloosa will look to bounce back against Saydel, who is now 1-2 after a 52-26 loss to Chariton this past Friday. The Indians will be looking for their first win of the season.

In other area football scores, North Mahaska fell to Belle Plaine 36-16, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont got their first win, 36-20 over West Marshall, Sigourney/Keota was outmatched by top ranked Iowa City Regina, 49-6, Albia pulled away late from Pella Christian 48-20, Montezuma continued their great start, beating GMG 45-6, Twin Cedars dropped their game to Melcher-Dallas 54-12, Tri-County fell to English Valleys 50-8, Newton held on to beat Grinnell 21-14, Ottumwa matched their 2013 win total, moving to 3-0 after a 22-16 win over Marshalltown, and Fairfield knocked off Knoxville 20-7.


The cross country teams hosted their annual home meet at Edmundson Park, and had a very successful night. The varsity boys finished second behind Class 2A’s seventh ranked team, Williamsburg. Pekin finished third, Albia finished fifth, and Ottumwa finished fifth. Skylar DeJong was the individual champ this time, beating brother Spencer by 17 seconds. Spencer still finished in second place.

On the girls side, Williamsburg struck again, winning by a very slim margin over #1 ranked Pekin of Class 1A. Fairfield finished 3rd, Ottumwa finished fourth, and Oskaloosa sat in fifth. The Indians were again led by Sienna DeJong, who finished 2nd as an individual. Tori Palmer was also in the top 20, finishing 17th. Edmundson Park is a notoriously difficult course and with the high expectations for these Oskaloosa teams, these are both results that will help catapult them into the state picture.


The Oskaloosa volleyball team kicked off the home portion of their schedule with a match against Little Hawkeye Conference foe Pella Christian. Both teams played very difficult tournaments in the early part of the season and are going to be in the mix for the conference title. Last night, however, it was the Eagles who came out on top, beat the Indians in straight sets in a tightly contested matchup. The Osky netters will look to bounce back at home against Grinnell next Tuesday in the Osky gymnasium.


It was just another night at the office for the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont volleyball team. The Rockets took care of business against a winless Clarke team to move 16-1 on the season. EBF only allowed 33 total points in the match. It was a total team effort, but Karlie Taylor once again had a headlining effort, with 8 kills, 9 aces, and 14 digs to her credit. It will be a very busy weekend for this squad as they look to continue their winning ways at the Ottumwa Tournament this Saturday, where they’ll start off with Fairfield at 8:30 AM.

The newest high school volleyball rankings have come out, and the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets now have some company in the rankings from one other area school. The Rockets are incredibly still #4 in the Class 2A rankings, despite more wins than the three teams ahead of them. Dike-New Hartford is #1 at 10-1, Western Christian is #2 at 13-1 and Unity Christian is third at 9-2. The Rockets are 16-1 on the season, with the lone loss coming against Class 5A’s top ranked team Ankeny Centennial, who is 18-0. Overall, there is not a lot of moving around in any of the classes thus far, but that is sure to change as we get deeper into the conference season. In those Class 2A rankings, the top ten remains unchanged.

Joining the Rockets in the rankings this week is Keota, who slides in the Class 1A rankings at #15. The Eagles are 8-3. 10-1 Holy Trinity Catholic still holds the #1 spot, with Janesville in second, and Central Lyon in third. The top 7 in the Class 1A rankings are the same as last week. The top 6 teams in Class 3A are the same with Solon leading the way, the top 4 are the same in Class 4A with Harlan at the top, and as mentioned, Ankeny Centennial is the #1 team in Class 5A with 12-0 Bettendorf the new #2.




A historical win might just set the table for a memorable season as the William Penn football team defeated #6 Saint Francis (Ind.) 28-27 in an MSFA crossover game Saturday.

Paced by 131 yards from Michael Thomas, William Penn dominated the ground game (482-94 advantage in yards). 

Early in the second quarter, starting quarterback Tyler Hafner, who was filling in for injured first-string signal-caller Taylor Parsons went down with injury as well.  That opened the door for Hunter Collins to get the first meaningful snaps of his collegiate career; he did not disappoint.

In his first full drive, the Statesmen went three-and-out, but his second effort was tremendous.  Following a Deshon Conley interception, Collins guided the navy and gold 89 yards on 16 plays (6:47 off the clock).  Unfortunately, on the final play of the first half, a 25-yard field goal by Ante Rogic missed to the right and WPU went into the locker room still down 20-13.

The sides exchanged less-than-stellar first drives to open the second half and then each forced turnovers. 

With 6:39 remaining, WPU started at its own 20 and methodically marched down the turf.  Ressler, who had just 69 yards on 18 carries, got it done when it counted, drawing the deficit to one with a two-yard plunge with 1:38 on the clock.

It was then decision time; an extra point would tie the game, but a two-point conversion would give the Statesmen the lead over the #6 team in the nation.  Head Coach Todd Hafner and his staff decided to follow the old adage of ‘play for the tie at home and play for the win on the road’.  The gutsy call paid off as Collins found Kramer Patterson in the endzone.  Collins finished with 70 rushing yards and was 3-for-5 through the air for 17 yards.

Recapturing its first lead since the first quarter, WPU did not falter on the defensive end as the first two USF pass plays fell incomplete and the third was intercepted by Samek to put the proverbial nail in the coffin.  Ressler rushed for one final first down--one of the 27 accumulated by the winners--to secure the win.

WPU dominated the time of possession 38:52-21:08, including over 13 minutes in the second quarter and 11 in the fourth stanza.  The victors were also strong in converting on fourth down (3-for-4), while USF was unsuccessful twice.

Samek will be a serious contender for some player of the week honors as he paced the defense with 11 tackles in addition to two interceptions.  Hunter Barry tallied six stops, while three others had five tackles.

Next Up: William Penn travels to St. Louis, Mo. next Saturday to face Missouri Baptist in non-conference play at 1 p.m.  


A youth movement propelled the Statesmen men’s golf team to a pair of sub-300 rounds as it competed at the Central Methodist Open Monday and Tuesday.

WPU finished fifth out of 14 teams with a two-day tally of 590 (297-293) at the par-71 Hail Ridge Golf Course.  William Woods (Mo.), which finished last year #3 in the NAIA, took the top two spots.  Its varsity won the tourney with a 12-under-par 556 (276-280), while WWU’s JV was 20 strokes back for the silver.

William Penn’s 36-hole tally of 590 ties the school modern-day record, set back on September 20-21, 2007.  Since the 2007 event was on a par-70 course, this week’s 590 is actually a new record as compared to par (eight strokes better at +22).

Also, looking ahead to next year’s transition to the Heart of America Athletic Conference, William Penn finished ahead of all four HAAC in the field (Missouri Valley, Central Methodist, Evangel, and Avila).

David Houlding of William Woods won the medalist honor in the 79-person event with a five-under par 137 (69-68).

Freshman Gareth Sargent, playing in just his second collegiate tournament, guided the Statesmen in a tie for eighth at 144 (76-68).  His three-under 68 on Tuesday tied for the third-lowest round of the competition.  The freshman had the best finish of any player on a team from the current or future HAAC.

Sophomore Brandon Dizon, with a 72-76, and freshman Frederik Lundsgaard, with a 77-71, both tied for 19th at 148.  Lundsgaard has started his WPU career strong with three of his first four rounds at or under par.

Tyler Lallier tied for 39th at 154 (72-82), while Jeremy Swink rounded out the lineup in a tie for 41st at 155 (77-78).

Next Up: William Penn travels to Indianola next Wednesday to compete in the Simpson Invitational.  Action will be contested at Indianola Country Club.



The Statesmen volleyball team could not break from its current slide with a 3-0 loss to Waldorf in non-conference playWednesday.

William Penn (2-14), which lost by scores of 15-25, 21-25, 18-25, was outhit .170-.094.

Kayce Skocko guided the visitors with 11 kills, while Kylie Giger added five winners.  Leyra Jusino assisted on 18 points and served up two aces, while Danielle Breeher posted 13 digs.  Erika Getz also tallied a solo block in the setback.

Next Up: William Penn returns home next Tuesday to host Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) in non-conference play at 7 p.m.


The Statesmen men’s soccer team could not dig itself out of a huge early hole in falling 5-2 to Avila (Mo.) in non-conference play Wednesday.

William Penn (4-3) was only outshot 11-8, but permitted a goal in the third minute.  Two more Eagle scores were then tallied at the13:08 and 22:39 marks.  The two programs will see a lot of each other in the future when the navy and gold join Avila in the Heart of America Athletic Conference next fall.

The hosts slowly started to chip away at the deficit right before halftime when Milo Bruce-Burgess got WPU on the board unassisted in the 39th minute.

Adrian Macias also scored unassisted at the 47:28 mark to make it a one-goal contest.  Unfortunately, the remainder of the evening went to Avila (4-2-1) with tallies in the 63rd and 83rd minutes.

Austin Ryan paced the offense with three shots, while Mason Bandy recorded six saves Wednesday.

Next Up: William Penn stays at home next Tuesday to host Graceland in non-conference play at 7 p.m.



A tie is rarely a desired result, but playing against a tough foe from its future conference the William Penn women’s soccer team earned exactly that with a 0-0 decision with Avila (Mo.) Wednesday.

The Statesmen (3-4-1) were outshot just 16-12 and weathered an early onslaught of offensive chances.  The contest eventually evened out and actually went in strong favor of WPU in the second overtime as the Eagles (4-2-2) went a player down when one individual was whistled for her second yellow.  Unfortunately, the navy and gold could not take advantage, but still came up with a positive result against a Heart of America Athletic Conference squad that finished 2013 with a 15-3-1 mark.

Alyce Correia managed a team-high five shots, while Silvia Munoz added three off the bench.

Kelly Button finished with eight saves in the tie.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Marshall, Mo. next Tuesday to face Missouri Valley in non-conference play at 1 p.m.