Area Sports 



It was a busy weekend in Oskaloosa, starting with football action. The Indians fought valiantly, but fell just short in a 34-27 setback against Chariton on homecoming. The 1-4 Indians will look to rebound this Friday night on the road against Grinnell. In other area scores, Mid-Prairie beat Sigourney/Keota 38-20, Colfax-Mingo beat North Mahaska 27-13, Colo-Nesco took out Tri-County 62-8, Pella Christian got back on track 42-8 over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Albia took care of Centerville 56-7, Pella shut out Knoxville 28-0, Pekin beat Van Buren 55-20, Montezuma beat Belle Plaine in a battle of ranked teams in Class A 26-8, and Grinnell rolled Nevada 51-21. Twin Cedars will play tonight at Wayne after lightning forced officials to postpone their contest.


In area high school sports, the Oskaloosa cross country teams again had nice showings last night. In the Newton Invitational, the boys finished third behind 4th ranked Grinnell and Ankeny. Skylar DeJong was the individual champ at 15:49, and Spencer DeJong finished right behind him at 15:56.

The girls finished 5th as a team behind Class 4A #10 Des Moines Roosevelt, 4A #14 Southeast Polk, Ankeny, and Class 3A #6 Grinnell. Sienna DeJong led the charge for the Indians, finishing third with a time of 14:31.

Next up for the Osky cross country teams, they travel to Knoxville next Tuesday for another big invitational.


In other cross country news, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets hosted their own meet last night. On the boys’ side, Eddyville’s Peyton Walker finished fourth behind three Albia runners, who were led by individual champ Colton Dorpinghaus. The girls’ side was also led by two Albia runners, with Jordan Winke taking the title. Eddyville’s Emily Flaig finished 3rd. North Mahaska would win the team crown, with four runners in the top 15, led by Catlin Sampson and Andrea Loving in the top 5.


In high school volleyball, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets dominated Centerville on the road to move to 22-1 on the season. Karlie Taylor had 13 kills and 9 digs. Taylor Leffler added 7 kills. Paige Shafer had 29 assists. And Sadie Baugher had five kills, five aces, and five digs.

In other volleyball around the area, Oskaloosa beat Grinnell in straight sets, Pella Christian beat Pella in a very tight four set match, Twin Cedars dropped its two matches against Mormon Trail and Murray, Knoxville took care of Albia in straight sets, Fairfield beat Keokuk in four sets, and Davis County beat Chariton in four sets.




Oskaloosa--A strong defensive effort saved the Statesmen football team as it escaped with a 14-10 Homecoming victory over Taylor (Ind.) in a MSFA crossover game Saturday.

#15 WPU (4-1), which won its third game in a row, was outgained by one yard, 268-267, in the defensive battle.  The win is WPU’s tenth in its last 11 Homecoming contests.

The first score of the afternoon was actually set up by a big defensive play as Freddy Griggs forced and recovered a Taylor (2-3) fumble at the Trojans’ 11-yard line.

On the very next play, Hunter Collins lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone and Jatavius Stewart turned around in time to haul in the score with 6:55 left in the first quarter.  Collins finished 4-for-10 passing for 29 yards.

WPU doubled the advantage on its next drive, marching 54 yards on seven plays.  Evan Ressler capped the possession with a six-yard rush on the first play of the second stanza.  Similar to William Penn, Ressler started slow, but finished strong with 85 yards on 17 carries.  He also headlined the receiving crew with three grabs for 18 yards.

The visitors responded with a 47-yard field goal in their ensuing drive, but could not narrow the margin anymore before half as a 38-yard attempt in their next chance sailed right of the goal posts.

The navy and gold were methodical in moving the pigskin down the field to start the third period, but Ressler had the ball stripped right out of his hands and a lengthy Taylor drive made the score 14-10 in favor of WPU with 6:53 remaining in the third.

Both sides had some success offensively in the final stanza and a half, but neither added to their tallies, including the Trojans being stopped twice in Statesmen territory.

With 5:41 left on the clock, William Penn needed desperately to pick up a first down or two.  Fortunately, it produced one of its few successful drives with four first downs and milked away the final seconds up to the final whistle.

Sam Tvedt picked up a huge five yards on a fake punt on four-down-and-two, while most of the final drive was a heavy dose of fullback dives with eight of the 12 plays going up the middle (last five by Ressler).  Tvedt tallied 61 yards as the hosts picked up 238 yards on the ground.

The Statesmen came into Saturday averaging over 35 minutes of possession, but had limited time with the ball against Taylor, losing the battle 36:27-23:33.  Both teams committed two turnovers.

Isaac Samek topped the tremendous defensive effort with 13 tackles, while Hunter Barry and Deshon Conley managed nine stops.  Barry forced a fumble and Conley recovered one.  Six other players finished with at least five tackles.

Taylan Ybarra and De'Meris Terrell both sacked the Trojan quarterback once each.

Next Up: William Penn opens Midwest League play next Saturday by traveling to Davenport to face St. Ambrose at 1 p.m.


Indianola--The fall season continued Wednesday for the William Penn men’s golf team and the squad had their best finish yet by taking third at the Simpson Invitational.

The Statesmen placed third out of eight teams with a score of 308 at the par-71 Indianola Country Club, while host Simpson recorded the team win with a 289.

Simpson’s Trent Lindenman won the event, shooting the lone round under par at 68 (-3).  Gareth Sargent was not far behind, tying for fourth at 73.

Fellow freshman Frederik Lundsgaard just fell outside the top ten (50 players in the field), placing 12th with a 76.

Brandon Dizon also broke the 80 barrier with a 79 to tie for 18th, while Jeremy White and Byron Lindeque wrapped up the varsity scoring in a tie for 24th with identical scores of 80.

WPU’s second team--‘Blue’--was also in competition and Jeremy Swink with his 75 (T-8th) led the squad to fifth at 317.

Charlie Hayes, with an 80, Justin Bothma and Terence Schafer, each with 81’s (T-28th), and Kyle Hashimoto, with an 82 (T-33rd), rounded out the Blue group’s scoring.

Cade Hartman also carded an 82, while Patric Benson finished with an 89 (T-47th) as they participated as individuals.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Columbia, Mo. next Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Columbia Classic.  Action will be held at Columbia Country Club.



The William Penn Women’s golf team continued its winning streak to start their season, getting their third win in as many tournaments this season. They would win the Clarke Fall Invitational, beating 2nd place Viterbo by 20 strokes. The surprise was the individual champ, who was junior Natalie Booton with a 163. She edged teammate Maggie Yang by a stroke to get individual medalist honors, joining Demi Coertze as individual champions this year for the Statesmen. Coertze and sophomore Jing Yang tied for 4th at 172, and Ashley Manhnieo was tied for 6th at 173. Carly Schmalz competed as an individual for the Statesmen and finished 16th at 181. There were 46 players in the field.

The varsity reserve also won its tournament this week for the women’s golf team, beating Central College by 3 strokes at the Pheasant Ridge Quadrangular. Courtney Cunningham and Jodi Saito tied with Central’s Kelsey Van Tasell for individual medalist honors with 83s.



Cedar Rapids--For the second time in 24 hours, the Statesmen volleyball fell in a heartbreaking manner as it opened the Midwest Collegiate Conference season with a 3-2 loss to Mount Mercy Wednesday.

William Penn (2-16, 0-1 MCC) lost by scores of 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 13-15.

Obvious by the line scores, Wednesday’s league opener was a tight one throughout with the Mustangs (8-10, 1-0 MCC) narrowly outhitting WPU .128-.119.

The Statesmen started slowly, hitting just .029 and never leading in the initial set.  The visitors rebounded in the next go-round, however, taking a 6-1 lead and never looking back.  MMU narrowed the margin to two points on several occasions down the stretch, but never held the advantage.

Momentum unfortunately swung right back in favor of the home squad in set #3.  WPU tallied the first point, but four unanswered put the Mustangs in control and they reclaimed the edge 2-1.

Facing elimination, the Statesmen stepped up, especially on the defensive end (MMU hit -.045) and rallied for the victory in the fourth set.  Down 22-16, William Penn took advantage of five attack errors by its foe to score nine of the final ten points to force a decisive fifth set.

The final turn witnessed five lead changes and seven ties.  The Statesmen trailed 10-7, but battled to knot it up at 11-11 and then tied the set twice more.  With the score 13-13, MMU unfortunately managed the final two points to extend WPU’s losing streak.

Tuesday night’s setback to Hannibal-LaGrange did not feature a single navy and gold player with double figure kills, but the squad reversed that trend Wednesday with three individuals reaching the mark.

Kylie Giger guided the way with 16 winners, while Kayce Skocko added 15.  Ana Gutch managed 11 kills and also had the best hitting mark at .273.

Shawni Wills finished with eight kills, while Leyra Jusino assisted 47 times.

Danielle Breeher served up two aces, while Giger and Jusino were team leaders with 23 digs apiece.  Giger also posted two block assists as did Erika Getz.

Next Up: William Penn returns home Friday to host Culver-Stockton (Mo.) in non-conference play at 7 p.m.


Olathe, Kan.--The William Penn men’s soccer team permitted an early goal and then two late ones in a 3-0 loss to #6 MidAmerica Nazarene Saturday.

WPU (5-4) was outshot 17-3 and gave up a goal just 1:23 into the afternoon.  The visitors were able to keep the Pioneers (7-1-1), a future Heart of America Athletic Conference foe, off the board for nearly the next 80 minutes.

Unfortunately, the Statesmen failed to notch an equalizer during that time and MNU put the contest out of reach with a score at the 81:14 mark and then another just 52 seconds later.

Adrian Macias paced William Penn with two shots, while Pedro Pereira stopped five Pioneer shots in the setback.

Next Up: William Penn returns home next Wednesday to open Midwest Collegiate Conference play against #9 Grand View at 7:30 p.m.



Oskaloosa--A big advantage was unfortunately not finished off Tuesday as the Statesmen volleyball team fell 3-2 to Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) in non-conference play.

William Penn (2-15) lost by scores of 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 14-25, 4-15.  The hosts were outhit .169-.028.

The first two sets were close battles with WPU never trailing by more three points, but also never leading by more than six.  The third set was also tight early on, but a five-point run by the Trojans (2-16) put WPU on its heels and it never recovered.

The navy and gold posted the first two points of the fourth set, but things again went south quickly and the fifth set was equally forgettable as H-LG finished off the comeback.

Shawni Wills managed nine kills, while Kayce Skocko and Kylie Giger contributed eight winners apiece.

Leyra Jusino tallied 26 assists and two aces.  Danielle Breeher had 19 digs and Erika Getz blocked two attempts (one solo, one assist).

Next Up: William Penn remains at home Friday to host Culver-Stockton (Mo.) in non-conference play at 7 p.m.


Kelly Button (Sr., Tucson, Ariz., Business Management) had a great performance between the pipes last week and for her efforts she was named Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Monday.

The first-time weekly winner helped William Penn to a 0-0 tie against Avila (Mo.), a program that was 15-3-1 last year.  Button finished with eight saves.

For the season, Button owns a 3-4-1 record with 36 saves and a 1.32 Goals Against Average.  She has posted two shutouts this fall.

The award is the first of the year for WPU.



Crete, Neb.--Last week, the William Penn cross country teams had a disappointing effort, but they atoned for that with a much-improved day at the Doane Invitational Saturday.

The men were third out of seven teams with 92 points, while the women were sixth out of eight programs with 173 points.  Host Doane swept the team crowns with 35 points on the men’s side and 30 in the women’s competition.

Danny Aldaba of Midland (Neb.) topped the men’s 8K race in a time of 26:50.17, and Marissa DeWispelare of Doane was the best female racer with a 5K time of 18:58.85.

Saromo Mugisha was WPU’s top male harrier, placing seventh out of 68 participants at 27:53.29.  Yonas Desta just finished outside the top ten in 11th at 28:21.39, while Ochaung Akway was right behind him in 13th (28:39.18). 

With a 23rd-place finish (21:21.77), Addison Kepner paced the women in the 72-person race.

Next Up: William Penn takes a week off before returning to action, traveling to Davenport to compete in the St. Ambrose Invitational on Saturday, October 11.