Area Sports 



Oskaloosa – 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.”


The 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.


For 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




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 McKinstrey’s team.


Tuesday night was a very busy night in girls basketball around the state. In our listening area Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont got their first win by trouncing Pleasantville 89-56, North Mahaska fell to Montezuma 54-42, Sigourney held off Belle Plaine 59-53, Lynnville-Sully outlasted Keota in overtime 50-48, Melcher-Dallas beat Wayne 33-28, and PCM made easy work of Greene County 68-35.


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.



For 3 quarters on Monday night the Oskaloosa 8th grade boys stood toe to toe with rival Pella. The Indians led 12-6 after one quarter and 20-14 at the half. The game was tied at 22 with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter when the offense started to break down and the Dutch were able to pull away in the 4th quarter for the 39-25 win. Rian Yates led the Indians with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Cole Henry tallied 10 points and 3 rebounds while Joe Schipper rounded out the scoring with 4 points.

            Oskaloosa dropped the “B” game 18-14. Cade and Coy Snakenberg led the way with 6 and 5 points respectively. Drew Marolf had 2 points and Hogan Rockhold had 1 point and 3 steals. Tucker Erwin had 3 rebounds in the loss.

            The Oskaloosa “C” team came out on top 28-22. Drew Marolf led the way with 10 points. Tommy Coon, Josh Hartl, and Cannon Wonderlick all chipped in 4 points each. Nicholas Walter had 4 rebounds and 3 assists.





Oskaloosa--The William 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.

First Team

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 first award.

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 overall accolade).

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.

Second Team

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.

Honorable Mention

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 well.



Lawrence, Kan.--Ochaung Akway ended his cross country season by running at the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships Saturday.

Akway, who made it to nationals by placing second at the league championships two weeks ago, placed 216th out of 320 runners with a time of 27:25.30 on the 8K course at Rim Rock Farm.

He was the top runner from the Midwest Collegiate Conference at nationals, beating the next closest league competitor by 20 seconds.

Benard Keter of Wayland Baptist (Texas) won the individual crown with a time of 24:36.40, while Oklahoma City defended its team title with 55 points (all five scorers in the top 21).  Southern Oregon was a distant team runner-up with 113 points.



Oskaloosa--William Penn’s starting five charged the men’s basketball squad to a 92-76 non-conference win over Simpson Tuesday.

#18 WPU (8-3) returned to its winning ways, courtesy of all but two points from its starters.

The hosts scored the night’s first nine points, but the Storm (3-2) weathered the early storm and took their only lead at 27-25.  The Statesmen bounced right back with 12 unanswered and never trailed again, including being up 51-44 at halftime.

A 14-1 start in the second period pushed the advantage to a game-best 20 points.  Unfortunately, Simpson refused to go quietly and narrowed the deficit to six (70-64) with nine minutes remaining.

WPU had enough in its tank down the stretch, though, and won with a 47.2%-46.3% shooting edge.  The Statesmen outrebounded the Storm 44-31 (15-4 offensive) which led to a 13-4 mark in second-chance points.  Fourteen SC turnovers were also converted into 21 points by the victors.  Both teams connected on 13 three-pointers.

Kelly Madison guided all scorers with 27 points on 9-for-14 shooting; he also stole three passes. Antione Howard tallied 22 points, while Oliver Wells managed 18 points and dished out eight assists.

Alec Schwab barely missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds.  Schwab and Madison both hit five trifectas.  Erik McGee added six points and also pulled down a contest-high ten rebounds.  He matched Madison with three thefts.

Sam Sykes was unavailable due to an ankle injury.

Next Up: William Penn remains in Oskaloosa Saturday to host Crossroads (Minn.) in non-conference play at 1 p.m.



Oskaloosa--Jessie 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 three steals.

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.



Minneapolis, Minn.--The Statesmen wrestling team found the going pretty tough at the Auggie-Adidas Open hosted by AugsburgSaturday.

In a heavily-attended tournament that featured three divisions--Gold, Silver, Copper--William Penn had winners in each section.


Ishmael Rempson was WPU’s top grappler on Saturday.  After losing his first match at 165 pounds, he reeled off three straight (one by major decision) to claim the consolation title.

Charlton Benjamin was the consolation runner-up at 157 pounds with a 2-2 record, while 197-pounder Kyle Soderblom managed one fall for his day.


Two Statesmen wrestlers placed at 125 pounds as Bryce Castagna was fourth at 2-2, while Angel Villa was sixth--also 2-2.

149-pounder Lane Colwell and 197-pounder Skip Conner each finished 3-1 with one fall to place.  Colwell was third, while Conner earned fifth place.

Marshawn Lacy, at 149 pounds, and Ryley Howell, at heavyweight, both had their hands raised once on Saturday as well.


Justin Van Est guided the Copper group with a win at 149 pounds.

Next Up: William Penn takes a week off before returning to action in Oskaloosa for its home opener on Wednesday, December 3 against Truman (Mo.) at 7 p.m.



Moline, Ill.--The 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 (1,393 pins).

Jacques Kaune guided the navy and gold's ship with a 205.2 average to place 24th.

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 Clark (156.0).

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.


Davenport--Stephanie 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.