Area Sports 

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys’ game had a fast start on Friday night, with Grinnell flying out from the opening tap to a quick seven point lead, but Osky would climb right back in the game, taking a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately, Grinnell would assert its’ dominance with a 17-6 second quarter run, and would push the lead farther with a huge 23-11 third quarter to get all the breathing room they would need. The final score would end up being 68-48 for Grinnell, who moved to 9-6 on the season. It was an incredibly balanced game for the Tigers, as they had huge games from several players. Senior Denton York led the way with 20 points and 8 rebounds, sophomore Cade McKnight finished with 18, and Sam Allen ended up with 17 points with five three pointers. Oskaloosa was led by Ryan Reiter, who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

 

In other finals in boys’ basketball, Montezuma handed Belle Plaine their first loss and is now only one game behind BP in the South Iowa Cedar League. Monte got the win 45-44. North Mahaska fell to BGM 56-38, EBF lost to Chariton 85-42, Dallas Center-Grimes held of Newton 63-49, Davis County beat Clarke 88-58, Cardinal fell to Holy Trinity Catholic 80-43, Ottumwa lost in overtime to Indianola 63-61, Knoxville held off Centerville 75-71, Iowa Mennonite beat Pekin 52-44, Lynnville-Sully dominated HLV 70-22, Twin Cedars got beat in the Bluegrass Conference tournament by Murray 84-53, PCM beat North Polk 61-30, Pella knocked off Pella Christian 80-67, and Sigourney beat Keota 61-47 and is within one game of Belle Plaine in the South Iowa Cedar League.

 

The district fields are set for boys’ basketball, and there are a few districts littered with area teams. In Class 1A, District 8 has several South Iowa Cedar League squads, headlined by Belle Plaine, BGM, and Montezuma. The winner of the nine-team bracket will face the District 7 winner for a chance to go to the state tournament. In District 10 in Class 1A, Sigourney, Lynnville-Sully, and Keota are the competing schools. They are joined by North Mahaska, Twin Cedars, and a scrappy Moulton-Udell squad, among others.

In Class 2A, District 11 will be the bracket to watch. The six-team field will pit Albia, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Mid-Prairie, Prairie City-Monroe, and Pella Christian in what is sure to be an intriguing tournament. The District 11 Final is scheduled for February 24th in Oskaloosa.

In Class 3A, the districts have been assigned, and it will not be an easy go for the Oskaloosa Indians. Osky is in District 11 with Centerville, Chariton, and Pella. Oskaloosa beat Centerville at home 60-57 earlier this season. Pella has been on a roll, including a big win over Oskaloosa last week. Chariton is currently 8-4 out of the South Central Conference. Also in Class 3A, Knoxville is in District 12 with Carlisle, Norwalk, and Winterset. And in District 13, Grinnell is with Dallas Center-Grimes, Saydel, and Bondurant-Farrar.

Finally, in Class 4A, Ottumwa is in Substate 6. To make the state tournament, the 7-4 Bulldogs have to survive a six-team bracket including Burlington, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Prairie, and Iowa City West.

The boys’ basketball postseason begins with Class 1A and 2A on February 16.

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In the girls’ game, Grinnell busted out the gates, taking a quick 11 point lead after the first quarter. It was an inside and outside barrage that the Indians simply could not defend, as the Tigers were hitting from all over the floor. The lead would grow as the game wore on until Grinnell moved to 13-4 with a 74-41 win. Freshman Sienna Durr had a huge game, going for 31 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks for the Tigers. Sophomore Madeline Wilkins added 15, including four three pointers. Alexis Westercamp led the Indians with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Oskaloosa is now 2-14 on the year.

 

In the other girls’ basketball games, North Mahaska lost to BGM 47-34, Davis County beat Clarke 48-41, Dallas Center-Grimes dominated Newton 62-36, EBF dominated Chariton 68-38, Ottumwa fell to Indianola 53-39, Knoxville beat Centerville 63-31, Lynnville-Sully beat HLV 61-27, Montezuma got a win over Belle Plaine 51-44, PCM beat North Polk 54-42, Pella beat Pella Christian 51-36, and Sigourney got a tight win over Keota 47-43.

 

On Monday, the Class 1A, 2A and 3A regional pairings were released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

In Class 1A, Region 5 is headlined by the undefeated Lynnville-Sully Hawks. They get a first round bye, and will face either HLV or Cedar Valley Christian in Sully on February 17th at 7 PM. Montezuma is also in that half of the bracket, as the Bravettes are lined up against South Iowa Cedar League foe Iowa Valley. That game will be in Marengo on Thursday, February 12th at 7 PM. The winner of that matchup will face either Belle Plaine or Meskwaki Settlement School. Region 6 has a trio of area teams in the bottom half of the bracket. Sigourney will host Lone Tree, Keota will host Iowa Mennonite, and Tri-County will be on the road at WACO. Those three contests will be at 7 PM on February 12th. And in Region 7, Twin Cedars will be at Moravia and Melcher-Dallas will be at Martensdale-St. Marys. Those contests will also be on February 12th at 7 PM.

In Class 2A, Region 6 has a few area squads. North Mahaska will be on the road in Riverside to face Highland. The winner of that game will face Iowa City Regina, who received a first round bye. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont will be hosting Cardinal for the right to face Pekin in Packwood, who also got a bye. Those first round matchups are on Valentine’s Day at 7 PM. The lone area school in Region 7 is Pella Christian, and the Eagles will be hosting Collins-Maxwell-Baxter on the 14th at 7 PM. The winner will play West Marshall in State Center on February 17th.

In Class 3A, the only region with area schools is Region 6. Davis County will be facing Central Lee on the road. Prairie City-Monroe will be hosting Centerville in Monroe, and Albia is hosting Chariton. All of those first round games will be on Saturday, February 14th at 7 PM.

The Class 4A and 5A girls regional pairings will be released next Monday. The Class 1A and 2A boys brackets will be released next Monday as well, and Class 3A and 4A will be released on February 9th. We will be airing postseason specials on 104.9 FM KBOE and on kboeradio.com on Wednesday, February 4th for the girls and Wednesday, February 11th for the boys to break down the brackets. Those shows will be at 6 PM and have interviews from all the area coaches and Steve Latos will be here to help me break down the brackets. Stay locked in to the Mahaska Zone Network for all of your postseason coverage as we get towards the stretch run in the winter sports season.

 

In the girls' game on Saturday afternoon, Mount Pleasant showed why they are a sleeper team in Class 3A by moving to 11-3 with a 55-29 win over Oskaloosa. There were several impressive showings for the Panthers, including from senior Hannah Becker, who scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists in the win. Oskaloosa fell to 2-12 and will host Pella Christian in Little Hawkeye Conference play on Tuesday night.

BOWLING

The bowling season is coming down the stretch run, and the state qualifying districts have been announced. All qualifying tournaments will take place on Tuesday, February 17.

In Class 1A, District 6 will be up for grabs between Knoxville, Pella Christian, Louisa-Muscatine, Durant, Fairfield, and Washington. Washington will be the hosts, as the meet will take place at Labowski’s Rock ‘n Bowl at 1 PM on the 17th..

In Class 2A, Oskaloosa will look to get to state in District 5. They’ll be competing against Burlington, Keokuk, and the hosts, Mount Pleasant. That district meet will be held at the Iris Bowling Center in Mount Pleasant at 1 PM. Newton will be in Des Moines for the District 1 tournament, taking on Hoover and North, along with Norwalk at Plaza Lanes. That meet starts at 10 AM on February 17th.

In Class 3A, Ottumwa will be grouped with three Davenport schools in their hometown in District 4. That meet begins at 11 AM on the 17th at BowlMor between the Bulldogs, Davenport North, Davenport West, and Davenport Central.

The state tournament for the team and individual qualifiers will take place on Monday, February 23rd for Class 1A, Tuesday, February 24th for Class 2A, and Wednesday, February 25th for Class 3A. All three state tournaments will be held at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines.

 

WRESTLING

On Saturday, the Oskaloosa wrestling team was in action against several schools at the Ankeny tournament. It was a rough day overall for the Indians, dropping four of their five duals. They beat host Ankeny 36-33, and lost to Marshalltown, Sioux City North, Ottumwa, and Spencer. Skylar DeJong was the only unbeaten Indian on the day at 126 pounds. Drew Sams at 120, Mitchell Schaffner at 132, Cody Jones at 170, and Callan Tomlin at 220 only had one loss each on the day. The wrestling team is back in action this Thursday in a quadrangular at Washington High School.

 

 

WILLIAM PENN SPORTS  

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Oskaloosa--Entering Wednesday night with waning confidence, the William Penn men’s basketball team received a big shot in the arm with a 94-54 win over Clarke in Midwest Collegiate Conference action.

The Statesmen (13-9, 2-4 MCC), who broke their three-game losing streak, will enter the second half of the league season just two games from second place in a jam-packed MCC.  Besides undefeated #14 Mount Mercy, every team has at least two setbacks and Wednesday’s foe Clarke is still winless (6-15, 0-6 MCC).

The navy and gold had its best shooting night in nearly two months, holding a 57.1%-30.9% edge over the Crusaders.  WPU scored the first seven points and pulled ahead by as much as 16 before settling for a 44-33 halftime advantage.

Nearly everything then fell into place in the second stanza with the Statesmen shooting 59.4% and limiting the visitors to just 22.9% from the floor.

After being held to seven first-half points, Alec Schwab caught fire to pace all participants with 25 points, including five three-pointers.  The victors hit 48.6% from behind the arc (17-for-35).

Shane Bosek was excellent from inside and outside, going 10-for-12 for 24 points.  Nick Jeffries with 11 points, and Oliver Wells with ten, also reached double figures.  Wells assisted eight times and also had two steals.

Jake Guenther and Davion Scott managed eight points apiece, while Erik McGee notched ten rebounds.  Behind McGee, WPU posted a 40-36 rebounding margin. Guenther finished with three blocks as well.

In a matchup that featured only 14 combined free throws (WPU was 5-for-7), the Statesmen turned 13 Clarke turnovers into 21 points.

Next Up: William Penn travels to La Crosse, Wis. Saturday to face Viterbo in MCC action at 3 p.m.

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Oskaloosa--The Statesmen women’s basketball team could not keep pace with Clarke after halftime in a 93-82 Midwest Collegiate Conference loss Wednesday.

Despite the loss, William Penn (9-13, 2-4 MCC) will begin the second part of league play just two games out of second place.

The hosts led 8-5 early, but the Crusaders (13-10, 4-2 MCC) erupted for a 30-7 run to go up 35-15 just past the midway point of the opening period.  WPU finally regained traction and went on its own massive 21-1 run to knot the contest at 36.  The Statesmen eventually led 46-44 at intermission.

Still ahead 52-50 in the first few minutes of the second half, William Penn unfortunately permitted ten unanswered by CU and never led again.  The squad narrowed the deficit to five points, but failed to get any closer as it was outshot 52.4%-40.3%.

WPU was outrebounded 45-41 and outscored 23-14 in second-chance points, but stayed close with 27 points off of 14 Crusader turnovers.

Alyssa Phillips had a huge effort, tallying a career-high 28 points.  She also pulled down 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

Janay Pritchett also recorded 21 points in addition to four assists and two steals.  Vanessa Kieres got to double digits as well with ten points, while Brynesha Mosby had eight and Katie Golomski added six.  Golomski, who also blocked a pair of shots, was 4-for-4 at the line, while the team finished 16-for-21 overall.

Next Up: William Penn travels to La Crosse, Wis. Saturday to face Viterbo in MCC action at 1 p.m.

 

WRESTLING

Oskaloosa--A banged-up Statesmen wrestling team was winless in its own triangular Wednesday.

Kyle Soderblom won both of his matches, but few others had their hands raised on a night when #16 William Penn (2-3) fell to #11 Missouri Valley 31-17 and #1 Grand View 54-3.

The navy and gold were without the services of varsity grapplers Scottie Bonds and Ishmael Rempson forcing WPU to forfeit at 141 and 184 pounds.  They eventually forfeited to Grand View at 157 pounds as well.

The points that were given away were too much to overcome against Missouri Valley.  The visiting Vikings (5-6) took those 12 points and added 19 more with five additional victories.  

133-pounder Khalil Williams and 149-pounder Brad Watson kept the home squad in it early.  Williams pinned his foe in 1:42, while Watson dominated for an 18-1 technical fall.

Soderblom then stepped up and earned another fall at 197 pounds to wrap up the wins in that dual.

Victories were much, much harder to come by against top-ranked Grand View (11-0).  The Vikings proved why they are expected to again easily defend their NAIA national title as Soderblom was the lone victor.  He defeated his opponent 7-1.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Pella next Saturday to compete in the Central Invitational.  Action starts at 9 a.m.

 

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Cedar Falls--Alex Edwards continues to add to his legacy as a beast in the mid-distance events by dominating at the Jack Jennett Invitational hosted by Northern Iowa Friday.

The meet was split into College and University divisions and WPU had numerous champions in the light-numbered smaller section, paced by Edwards’ 800-meter run crown.

The senior notched his third qualification with an automatic-standard time of 1:53.71.  He also broke his own school record in the process. Edwards, who had already qualified in the 600 and 1,000-meter events, has three automatic standards and two school records this winter.

The qualifying time was not the only tremendous effort Friday, however, beginning with three event wins by Romel Marzette.  The junior topped the 60-meter dash in 6.97 seconds, was first in the long jump at 22-5.25, and led all participants in the triple jump at 45-5.75.

Derek Seddon also won two competitions, taking first in both the shot put at 49-1 and in the weight throw at 51-3.

Spencer Medlin broke a Statesmen mark in an official race as well, crossing the line in the 400-meter hurdles in 58.79 seconds.

Cornelius McCastle cleared a mark of 6-9.75 to win the high jump, while Markenson Charles earned the 60-meter hurdles title in 9.01 seconds.

Raveen Rhone and Tarah Alexander guided the Statesmen women by matching Edwards and Medlin with school records.  Rhone broke her own program mark in the triple jump at 34-9, while Alexander set a new record in the 800 at 2:23.17.

Meaghan Foster was strong as always in the throws, taking titles in the shot put at 40-7.5 and in the weight throw at 49-7.

The long jump crown went to Nykitta Williams at 14-8.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Crete, Neb. next Saturday to compete in the Doane Fred Beile Classic.

 

MEN'S BOWLING

Addison, Ill.--The Statesmen men's bowling team was unable to come away with big results at a big event as it finished in the middle of the pack at the Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic Saturday and Sunday.

The Statesmen were 32nd out of 63 teams with 8,551 pins in six regular games and 16 Baker games.  Robert Morris (Ill.) won the event with 9,729 pins.

Cristian Azcona of Lindenwood (Mo.) was first in the 465-player field with a 228.5 average (1,371 pins).

Conan Mackey guided WPU with a 202.3 average, while Michael Applegate was at 199.3.  Jacques Kaune also started all six games with a 180.5 clip.

Lucas Perdieu, at 179.3, and Kyle Clark, at 170.5, both rolled in four games.  Travis Scott competed twice with a 196.5 average, while Stian Hoff also went out two times with a 178.5 mark.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Fairview Heights, Ill. Saturday and Sunday to compete in the McKendree Baker Challenge.

WOMEN'S BOWLING

Addison, Ill.--The William Penn women's bowling team gave a strong performance at the Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate ClassicSaturday and Sunday.

The Statesmen were 17th out of 56 teams with 8,215 pins in six regular games and 16 Baker games.  Wichita State (Kan.) won the event with 9,179 pins.

Lillie Miller of Alma (Mich.) was first in the 378-player field with a 222.2 average (1,333 pins).

Stephanie Adams and her 196.7 average topped the navy and gold.  Kelsey Johnson, with a 187.2 clip, and Briell Newberry, at 181.7, also started all six games.

A trio of other Statesmen started four games each.  Emily Braga was at 180.0, while MacKenzie Boyd finished with a 160.0 average and Montana Pence tallied a 150.8 mark.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Fairview Heights, Ill. Saturday and Sunday to compete in the McKendree Baker Challenge.

 

SOFTBALL

Oskaloosa--The William Penn softball team will go into its final season in the Midwest Collegiate Conference as league favorites after the preseason coaches' poll was released Thursday.

William Penn, which was 36-20 last year (19-4 MCC), edges out Grand View by one point, 39-38, and has two more first-place votes (4-2).

St. Ambrose is third with 30 points, while Mount Mercy (23), Clarke (20), AIB (11), and Viterbo (7) wrap up the order.

William Penn will begin 2015 in Alabama at the Mobile Tournament on March 6 and 7.  The Statesmen will face Campbellsville (Ky.), Belhaven (Miss.), South Carolina-Beaufort, and Auburn Montgomery at the event.