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