Area Sports 





100 METERS - Alex Schultz (ALBIA) Meliek Meyer (LYNVILLE-SULLY) Bailee Samson (LYNVILLE-SULLY) Tanner Dunkin (KNOXVILLE)

800 METERS - Jordan Pingel (PELLA)





DISCUS - Garrett Jansen (PELLA) Nathan Winters (KNOXVILLE)

SHOT PUT - Nathan Winters (KNOXVILLE) Eric Adam (PEKIN)



100 METERS - Katie Maschmann (MONTEZUMA)

3,000 METERS - Gwynne Wright (PEKIN)







LONG JUMP - Hayleigh Sharp (DAVIS COUNTY) Taylor Richardson (OSKALOOSA) Jessica Holterhaus (PELLA)

DISCUS - Lexi Reynolds (PELLA) Kate Birchmier (DAVIS COUNTY)

SHOT PUT - Shelbie Williams (PEKIN) Kate Birchmier (DAVIS COUNTY)

Good luck to all area athletes!!






Lathram, Vazquez Sweep MCC Accolades

Oskaloosa--Two near-perfect outings helped the William Penn baseball team to a sweep of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Week honors Monday.

William Vazquez (Fr., North Hollywood, Calif., General Accounting) was named Player of the Week, while Corey Lathram (Sr., Brentwood, Calif., Physical Education) collected Pitcher of the Week laurels.  The honors are the first for both players as they assisted the Statesmen (21-13, 8-8 MCC) to a split against Clarke last Thursday.

Vazquez finished 6-for-7 in the doubleheader with one double, three runs scored, and one RBI, while Lathram dominated the opener by tossing a no-hitter.  The senior only permitted two baserunners (one walk, one hit-by-pitch) in the complete-game shutout.  He struck out seven Crusaders for the win.  Lathram’s no-hitter is his first at WPU and is the program’s first since March 9, 2012.

Vazquez is back on track lately, now hitting a team-best .362 (38-for-105) with four doubles, 17 RBIs (team high), and ten runs scored.  His .400 slugging percentage is also the best, while he also has a .417 on-base clip.

A closer converted into a starter the last couple weeks, Lathram is currently 3-3 with a 3.12 Earned Run Average and two saves in 34 2/3 innings.  The senior, who has been a part of three shutouts, has 30 strikeouts against ten walks and opponents are hitting just .218 against him.

William Penn has now claimed seven weekly awards.

Seven-Run Seventh Secures Split with Mustangs

Cedar Rapids--One of the best single innings of the year helped the William Penn baseball team get a road win against Mount Mercy in a Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader Monday.

The Statesmen (22-14, 9-9 MCC) won the opener 13-6, but fell 6-3 in the nightcap.  The teams will again face off Tuesday as William Penn hosts Mount Mercy in Oskaloosa.  The doubleheader will begin at 5 p.m.

WPU pounded out 19 hits in the first game, including 12 in the first six frames, but was ahead just 6-5 entering the final inning of regulation.

The offense officially went off in the seventh as a total of 12 players stepped into the box, tallying seven runs on seven hits.  William Vazquez (Fr., North Hollywood, Calif., General Accounting) led off the frame with a double, while Stan Simmons (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y., Physical Education) and Cory DeRush (Jr., Grand Junction, Colo., Business Management) added two-baggers as well.  Sho Serrano (Jr., Lancaster, Calif., Physical Education) also drove in two runs on a single.

After the first two and a half innings were scoreless, the Mustangs (11-24, 7-11 MCC) broke up the tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Ryan Keeton (Jr., McCordsville, Ind., Biology) got the navy and gold on the board immediately thereafter by clearing loaded bases with a three-run double in the top of the fifth.

MMU answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half, but a two-run single by Serrano in the sixth put the visitors back ahead for good at 6-5.  Serrano paced WPU by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.  DeRush (3-for-3, 2 R) and Kyle Mauricio (Sr., Ardene Hills, Minn., Physical Education) (3-for-4, 2 R) also had a trio of base knocks.

Keeton finished 2-for-5 with four RBIs, while Enrique Alvarado (Sr., Lancaster, Calif., Sociology) finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Vazquez had two hits in four at-bats, while Simmons rounded the bases twice as did pinchrunner Caleb Cline (Sr., Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Physical Education).  All nine Statesmen starters managed at least one hit.

The squad’s 19 hits were the most since collecting 20 on March 9, 2012 against Illinois Tech.

Just four days removed from tossing a no-hitter, Corey Lathram (Sr., Brentwood, Calif., Physical Education) was back on the hump Monday.  Possibly a bit fatigued, Lathram was knocked around by MMU, giving up six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.  The senior (4-3) struck out four without a walk.  Jason Johnson (Sr., Geneseo, Ill., Industrial Technology) wrapped up the contest with 1/3 inning of relief work.

The visiting team reached double figures in hits in the nightcap as well (11), but struggled in bringing those baserunners around in leaving 13 on the pads.

Keeton put WPU ahead in the third, scoring on a Simmons’ sacrifice flyout.  Unfortunately, Mount Mercy responded with five runs and never trailed again.

Matt Emerson (Jr., Saugus, Calif., Business Management) also drove in Alvarado with a fourth-inning single, while Simmons touched home plate in the seventh on another one-bagger by DeRush.  The hosts scored their sixth and final run in the fifth frame.

Simmons was a perfect 3-for-3, while DeRush was 1-for-2 with two walks.  Mauricio posted a 2-for-4 showing and Alvarado got on base twice with one hit and one walk.  Five different players left multiple players on base in the loss.

Kyle Kutzler (Fr., Kenosha, Wis., Industrial Technology) was saddled with the loss, falling to 2-4.  The freshman went 2 2/3 innings, permitting five runs (all earned) on four hits with three strikeouts (no walks).  Brian Williams (Sr., Los Angeles, Calif., Physical Education) threw two innings, giving up one run (earned) without a walk.  He struggled with control, walking four against one walk.  Juvenal Terrazas (Jr., Sylmar, Calif., Physical Education) had the best outing of the three, shutting out the Mustangs over 1 1/3 innings (one hit) with one strikeout.




Baseball Weekly Notes


LAST WEEK: Split at Clarke in Peosta, Iowa (W 2-0, L 6-7 in 8 innings)

THIS WEEK: At Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids for a doubleheader on Monday at 4 PM, vs. Mount Mercy in Oskaloosa for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 5 PM (Senior Day), At AIB for a four game set on Saturday and Sunday in Des Moines (Saturday at 1 PM, Sunday at 12 PM)

Viterbo – 10-6 MCC, 21-15 Overall
AIB – 11-7 MCC, 17-16 Overall
St. Ambrose – 12-8 MCC, 23-13 Overall
William Penn – 8-8 MCC, 21-13 Overall
Grand View – 10-12 MCC, 20-20 Overall
Mount Mercy – 6-10 MCC, 10-23 Overall
Clarke – 5-11 MCC, 17-27 Overall

WILLIAM PENN NATIONALLY: The Statesmen are among the best in the NAIA in a few defensive and pitching categories. These are highlighted by sitting 3rd in fielding percentage (.974), 19th in ERA (3.05), and 20th in opponent's batting average (.243).

ABOUT MOUNT MERCY: Frank Fishler is the interim head coach in his first season with the Mustangs. They are currently 10-23 on the season overall and 6-10 in the MCC. They are 4-6 on their home diamond and 5-15 on the road.

ABOUT AIB: Chad Harris is the head coach for the new baseball program at AIB. In their first season, the Eagles are 17-16 overall and 11-7 in the MCC. They are 6-6 at home and 11-10 on the road. They rank 28th nationally in fielding percentage (.963).


GAME 1 - WPU 2, CLARKE 0 -
In just his second pitching start at WPU, Lathram struck out seven batters en route to a no-hitter.  The senior (3-3) allowed only two baserunners with a walk in the fourth inning and a hit-by-pitch in the fifth.  The no-hitter is the program's first since Jorge Quezada accomplished the feat on March 9, 2012. His teammates were limited to only seven hits as well, but made his tremendous outing hold up with one run in each the third and fourth frames.  William Vazquez (Fr., North Hollywood, Calif., General Accounting) led off the third with a single and then later scored the eventual game-winner on a sacrifice fly by Sho Serrano (Jr., Lancaster, Calif., Physical Education). Ryan Keeton (Jr., McCordsville, Ind., Biology) made it 2-0 the following inning.  He got on base on a fielder's choice and moved to third on consecutive one-baggers by Cory DeRush (Jr., Grand Junction, Colo., Business Management) and Vazquez.  He finally touched the final pad on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch of Kyle Mauricio (Sr., Ardene Hills, Minn., Physical Education). Vazquez finished 3-for-3 at the plate.

GAME 2 - CLARKE 7, WPU 6 (8 INNINGS) - The second contest saw the teams battle back and forth with each side scoring once in the first and twice more in the second.  Mauricio scored on a first-inning error, while Vazquez and Matt Emerson (Jr., Saugus, Calif., Business Management) both produced RBI singles in the second. The Crusaders took their first lead in the third, but WPU answered right back in the fourth when Enrique Alvarado (Sr., Lancaster, Calif., Sociology) and Vazquez rounded the bases. The home team knotted things up again in the bottom of the fourth at 5-5, but the Statesmen took the lead one more time in the seventh.  Nick Perez (So., Greeley, Colo., Physical Education) led off with a single and then pinch-runner Caleb Cline (Sr., Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Physical Education) was sacrificed to second by Keeton.  The senior finally scored on one of CU's three errors. Unfortunately, the Crusaders had the final say and scored once in the bottom half to force extras and then won it in the eighth. Both squads posted ten hits with Vazquez again at the top with a 3-for-4, two-run showing.  Emerson was 2-for-3 and Serrano was 2-for-4.  Alvarado scored twice in the setback. Four different hurlers hurled from the mound in the nightcap, beginning with starter Jon Davis (Jr., Hayward, Calif., Undecided) going two frames.  Kyle Kutzler (Fr., Kenosha, Wis., Industrial Technology) went the longest (four innings) and was on the hook for the win, but Rafael Villafana (Sr., Sylmar, Calif., Communications) could not get it finished off in the seventh (1/3 inning).  Jacob Logan (Jr., Galesburg, Ill., Psychology) was given the loss despite striking out two of the eight batters he faced.  He falls to 2-1 on the year.

Batting Average--William Vazquez (.362)
Hits--William Vazquez (38)
Runs--Kyle Mauricio (21)
RBIs--William Vazquez (17)
Slugging %--William Vazquez (.400)
On-Base %--Kyle Mauricio (.419)
Stolen Bases--Kyle Mauricio (7)
Sacrifices (Hits & Flies)--Two players (9)
Fielding %--Four players (1.000)
Wins--Matt Vasquez (5)
Appearances--Corey Lathram (14)
Starts--Jon Davis (10)
ERA--Josh Ruiz (1.47)
Innings Pitched--Jon Davis (49.1)
Strikeouts--Josh Ruiz (51)
Opponent Batting Average--Kyle Maldonado (.147)

ABOUT COACH LAIRD: Mike Laird is in his 32nd season as head baseball coach.  Laird's current record at William Penn is 874-436-3 (.667) while his overall head baseball coaching record is 962-494-3 (.663), including an 88-58 mark at the high school level. His 874 wins is ranked 11th on the NAIA's active list, while his .667 winning percentage is third in the NAIA.  During his tenure, Statesmen baseball has been nationally recognized as a perennial powerhouse, ranking fourth in the NCAA in winning percentage in the 1990s. His teams have competed in nine NCAA and six NAIA postseason tournaments. Under his direction, the Statesmen have captured national statistical titles in double plays, pitching, earned run average, slugging percentage, triples, best pitching records, and fewest runs allowed per game and season.  A Class of 2012 inductee to William Penn's Athletics Hall of Fame, he guided William Penn to the NAIA World Series in 2004. The team set a school record for wins with 48 that spring.  As a player and coach, Laird has participated in 21 national postseason tournaments. His teams have recorded several wins over NCAA Division I teams, including Central Michigan, Western Illinois, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Texas-Pan American.  Laird has coached 111 all-conference players, 22 All-Americans, and 11 conference MVPs. Nearly 40 former players have been drafted and/or signed to professional contracts and three pitched in the majors. He has been named conference coach of the year nine times and has been recognized by the IHSBCA and ABCA, most recently being named Region VII Coach of the Year in 2004.  He was also an NAIA Coach of the Year finalist in 2004 and in the spring of 2010, he was honored as the MCC's Coach of Character.  In the fall of 1999, Laird went overseas with his hands-on approach when he was invited to coach the Japanese national championship team, Shogaku Gakuen, in Okinawa.  Laird received his bachelor's degree from William Penn and his master's in Education Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. He returned to his alma mater in 1980 after five years as head coach in baseball, basketball, and track at area high schools. Since then Laird has served in several capacities at William Penn, including Director of the Learning Center, admissions representative, advancement officer, instructor, assistant men's basketball coach, and Athletics Director from 1992-2001 and 2003-2007. Laird has also been very active in community activities, including youth baseball, volunteer work, and serving on local boards.  Laird resides in Oskaloosa with his wife, Victoria. They five children: Ian, Sierra, Kara, Leah, and Aaron.