Area Sports 

LOCAL SPORTS NEWS

Registration is now open for the 2015 Oskaloosa Football League. For information about the program call the Mahaska County YMCA at 673-8411.

The fall youth flag and tackle football program is a collaborative program offered by the YMCA and the Oskaloosa Football League. It boasts some of the highest registration numbers the YMCA sees. With a flag division for grades 1-2 and tackle divisions for 3-4 and 5-6 graders, this program emphasizes the fundamentals of football through practices and live games. Through the help of numerous volunteer coaches and parents willing to donate their time and energy, this program has successfully grown in popularity in recent years.

In-season practices occur during the week at the Lacey Complex with games taking place on Sundays at various sites. The 5-6 graders love the extra opportunity they are provided as their league includes travel games in competitions with surrounding community teams.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Tonight in area high school basketball action, district championships will be determined all over the state in Class 1A and 3A.

In the Class 1A District 10 Championship, Sigourney faces Lynnville-Sully in the rubber match of two of the top South Iowa Cedar League teams. That game will emanate from Knoxville tonight, and you can hear Steve Shettler and I on the call on 99.5 FM and AM 740 KMZN and on kboeradio.com starting at 6:45 tonight for the 7 PM tip-off. The winner will be one win away from the state tournament. Lynnville-Sully is on an 8 game winning streak and is 18-5 on the year, while Sigourney is 17-5.

In Class 1A District 8, the championship will be decided between the top two South Iowa Cedar League schools, as Belle Plaine and Montezuma battle it out. There are just four losses between the schools, and Belle Plaine’s only loss came to Montezuma 46-45 on the road. Monte lost to BP by only three in their road game. That game begins at 7 PM in Brooklyn.

In Class 3A District 11, top ranked Pella faces Chariton in Oskaloosa for a right to the substate final. That game also tips off at 7 PM.

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In girls’ regional action last night, 9th ranked Pella was beaten by #4 Carlisle for the second time this year, this time in the Class 4A Region 5 Final. Carlisle was a 65-58 winner in Pleasant Hill to knock the Lady Dutch out of the tournament. Carlisle will compete in the Class 4A State Tournament bracket, as all five classes’ fields are set for next week’s tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. You can view all of the brackets at http://ighsau.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015statebbbrackets.pdf. There are no area teams who qualified.

BOWLING

Yesterday was the final day of the state co-ed bowling tournament, and the Ottumwa boys and girls looked to bring home a state championship.

Although that did not occur, it was still a great effort from the Bulldogs. The boys’ team finished in sixth, and were led by senior Jordan Mitchell, who finished 12th with a 422 series. Marshalltown was the team champions and were led by junior Brandon Freese, who won the individual championship with a phenomenal 490 series.

On the girls’ side, Ottumwa finished second, just 84 pins behind team champion Johnston. The Bulldogs were led by a pair of top five finishers, junior Bailey Palmer and senior Cheyanne Starr, who finished third and fourth respectively. Palmer tossed a 447, and Starr had a 437. Junior Loyal Ulm of Johnston won the individual title with a 460 series.

 

BOYS' SWIMMING

The Boys Oskaloosa Swim Team wrapped up their season with their banquet Monday night.  It was their first year of having a boys only team and they celebrated the steps forward that the team took during their season.  The team consisted of Wyatt Teeter, Kamron VanHulzen, Adam Durech, Colton Berg, Sam Carmichael and the letter winners of David Anderson, Ben Boston, Connor Swim, John Hammes, Ean Beenken, and Jack Miller. 

The team was coached by Laura Brummel and they had 2 managers that helped the team prepare for the season in Andie Reif, and Marina Llanes.    After 2 years of having a swim team Coach Brummel  announced the record holders in all of the events as well.  David Anderson holds the 50 Free in 25.07, Jack Miller holds the 100 Free in 56.49 the 100 Back in 1:04.44 and the 200 IM in 2:23.46, Connor Swim holds the 200 Free in 2 :12.00 the 100 Breast in 1:23.68 and the 100 Fly in 1:08.54, and John Hammes holds the 500 Free in 6:35.50. The 200 Free Relay event is owned by David Anderson, Connor Swim, Ean Beenken, and Jack Miller with a time of 1:46.12 and the 200 Medley Relay record is owned by Jack Miller, Kamron VanHulzen, Connor Swim and David Anderson with a time of 2:02.09.  

The big award and honor went to Ben Boston who earned the Academic All-Conference Swimmer Award that goes to the outstanding senior leader for the 2015 swim season.  The plan going forward is to have these records posted to give the swimmers coming up through the system something to shoot at as they continue to move the program forward.  At the end of the banquet he seniors were introduced and told everyone of their plans for next year.  The seniors will be missed but those remaining are looking forward to the continued building of the team’s successes by the experience that next year’s juniors and sophomore gained during the year and the addition of next year’s freshman coming into the program.

 

WILLIAM PENN SPORTS  

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Des Moines--The William Penn men’s basketball team earned yet another trip to the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament Finals in its 71-63 upset of#2 seed AIB in Friday’s semifinals.

The third-seeded Statesmen (20-11) will now meet #13 and regular-season champion Mount Mercy in Sunday’s championship game at 6 p.m. in Cedar Rapids. You can hear that game on 99.5 FM and AM 740 KMZN and on kboeradio.com around 5:45 PM on Sunday evening. Steve Latos and I will be live from Cedar Rapids as the Statesmen go for their third consecutive MCC Championship. The Mustangs, who beat #5 Grand View 72-61 in the other semi, won both regular-season meetings--91-86 in overtime in Oskaloosa on January 17 and 91-83 on February 7 in Cedar Rapids.

Friday’s defensive battle saw WPU outshoot the Eagles (19-10) 37.9%-33.3% in what was unfortunately the final home game at the AIB Activities Center (athletics ending after this spring).

The hard-fought tight battle ironically had the visitors in the lead for all but 21 seconds.  The navy and gold scored first and only trailed once at 4-3.  A trifecta byAlec Schwab, one of his four on the night, gave the squad the lead back and for good at 6-4.  William Penn pulled out to a ten-point margin at 22-12 on a three-point play by Oliver Wells but courtesy of a 7-2 run, AIB narrowed the deficit to 32-27 at halftime.

The trio of Schwab, Wells, and Jake Guenther accounted for all but one of the Statesmen’s points at that juncture.  The trio’s success was necessary as WPU was without the services of Shane Bosek, who was held out of action due to injury. Bosek entered the night averaging 17.2 points per outing, so others were needed to step up in his absence and they did.

The Eagles stayed within striking distance in the final 20 minutes, but failed to ever draw closer than two points--that came at 44-42 with 14:26 remaining.  Despite making just 54.8% of its free throws (47.8% after intermission), William Penn had enough in the tank for a third-straight trip to the MCC’s title matchup.

After AIB had trimmed the margin to three at 63-60 with 3:22 to go, Logan Alexander hit the second of two latter-half three-pointers (he finished with six points).  The defense then finished the deal, stopping the higher seed on its last five trips down the floor (0-for-5 FG, one turnover).

Schwab paced all players with 27 points (9-for-13 FT) and nearly compiled a double-double with nine rebounds and three steals.  Wells was next with 19 points and seven assists, while Guenther finished the win with 11 points.

Guenther’s three deep shots were part of a 10-3 Statesmen advantage from behind the arc that helped the navy and gold overcome a shocking 55-45 rebounding deficit.  The Eagles stayed in the game with 22 offensive rebounds that resulted in a 23-8 mark in second-chance points.

Erik McGee highlighted WPU’s rebounding effort with 14, while Nick Jeffries had eight alongside five points and two assists off the bench.

WPU also managed to turn a negative into a positive; the visitors had one more turnover (15-14), yet finished with a 12-9 advantage in points off mistakes.

Friday’s triumph also helped William Penn reach the 20-win plateau for the seventh time in the last nine seasons (12 times in school history).

 

WRESTLING

Oskaloosa--The Statesmen wrestling team will have three ranked individuals at nationals (four total qualifiers) as the NAIA's fourth top-20 poll was released today.

Via his runner-up placing at last weekend’s North Qualifying Group Tournament, Scottie Bonds (So., Chicago, Ill., Physical Education) is currently sixth at 141 pounds.  Fellow national qualifiers 125-pounder Angel Villa (Fr., Deming, N.M., General Accounting) and 174-pounder Ishmael Rempson (Sr., Olympia Fields, Ill., Industrial Technology) are also tied for 16th at their respective weights.

The trio has helped William Penn to #23 with 11 points.

Grand View will enter nationals as #1 with 172 points.  Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is second with 108.5 points, while Great Falls (Mont.) (105.5 points), Southern Oregon (99.5 points), and Montana State-Northern (72.5 points) round out the top five.

To view the complete polls, go to http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209542164

 

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Oskaloosa--Nearly 20 William Penn indoor track and field athletes received all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors for their efforts this season.

All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event not contested at the league championships.  Honorable-mention awards also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA's qualifying standard who were not already named all-MCC in their event.

The men notched 13 laurels, while the women earned three.

Alex Edwards was named MCC Track Athlete of the Year, while Cornelius McCastle claimed the MCC Field Athlete of the Year accolade.  Edwards won the MCC’s 400, 600, and 800-meter events and also paced the 4x800-meter relay squad to the win.  McCastle was the league champion in the high jump and triple jump.

CJ Watts (third in the 400-meter dash and 600-meter run), Romel Marzette (second in the 60-meter dash, third in the long jump), and Derek Seddon (second in the shot put, third in the weight throw) all received two honors each.

Charlie Rachford and Markenson Charles were first and second in the 60-meter hurdles, whileKalob Gist won the shot put.

Jaylin Thomas finished second in the long jump and Ochaung Akway was third in the 5,000-meter run.

Payton Busch, Zach Johnson, and Nick Thomas joined Edwards on the winning 4x8 squad.

On the women's side, Tarah Alexander took the 800-meter run title at the league championships, while Meaghan Foster placed second in the shot put and Raveen Rhone earned third place in the triple jump.

BOWLING

  Oskaloosa--Six schools will hit the lanes this weekend to do battle for league titles at the 2015 Midwest Collegiate Conference Men’s and Women’s Bowling Championships.

The Championships will be held at Leisure Lanes in Davenport on Saturday and Sunday.  William Penn won last year’s men’s crown, while Grand View is seeking to repeat on the women’s side.

St. Ambrose is currently the MCC’s highest-ranked squad, sitting in 13th place in the collegebowling.com rankings.  Three other programs, including #33 Clarke, are also in the top 50.  Clarke’s Tyler Heintzelman is pacing the league with a 204.3 average in 65 games.

On the women’s side, Grand View is ranked 10th nationally, while four more squads are in the top 50 as well.  GVU’s Brittany Smith is currently the best in the MCC with a 203.4 average in 56 games.

To view more rankings, go to www.collegebowling.com

BASEBALL

McPherson, Kan.--Mike Laird reached yet another amazing milestone in his storied coaching career as he guided the Statesmen baseball team to a season-opening non-conference sweep of McPherson Friday.

Laird coached WPU (2-0) to wins of 10-0 and 8-4, moving his career mark in 33 seasons to 901-455-3 (.664).  He is the 12th-winningest active skipper in the NAIA and also has the fifth-best winning percentage (among the top-25 winningest coaches).

Victory #900 was one of the more dominating efforts by Laird’s Statesmen.  The team outhit the Bulldogs (2-8) 11-1, including producing three home runs after having just one in all of 2014.

Josh Ruiz, returning from a first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference campaign in 2014, started his senior season with a gem.  He struck out 11 batters (two walks) in the complete-game shutout.  Ruiz is still perfect in the navy and gold (7-0).

While his offense did not need to have a big outing, it still did, scoring in the game’s first four frames.  Cory DeRush started things off with a solo home run in only the second WPU at-bat of the year.

William Vazquez doubled the edge in the second with a two-bagger that brought around Patrick Roxbury.

Kenny Hall then cleared the fence with a two-run shot in the third inning, while Connor Sutton added his own solo roundtripper in the sixth.

DeRush and Hall were both 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Matt Emerson and Sho Serrano both finished 2-for-4.  Sutton and Vazquez each notched a pair of RBIs.

The nightcap was unfortunately a bit more stressful, especially in the end.  The navy and gold put the first four marks on the board, beginning with an RBI double in a two-run first inning.

McPherson answered with two in the bottom of the second, but never came any closer than two tallies.

Sutton left the park for the second time in the twinbill with a two-run bomb in the third, while Robert Phiakeo sent home a teammate with a fourth-inning double.  A seemingly meaningless eighth run was posted in the seventh.

Kyle Maldonado experienced some good and bad in his initial start of the year.  The senior permitted four runs (all earned) on six hits in four innings of work.  He struck out two in the win.

Although ahead 8-4 with only three outs left to obtain, William Penn struggled to close the door.  Cole Williams pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth, but issued walks to three of the first four batters in the seventh.  With the pads juiced, Jacob Logan entered and stepped up big by striking out the tying run at the plate for the save.

The Statesmen, who held an 11-8 edge in base knocks, were led by 3-for-4 showings by Sutton and Phiakeo.  Each individual concluded the contest with two RBIs, while Sutton also rounded the bases two times.  Hall was 2-for-4 in the victory.

Next Up: William Penn travels to St. Louis, Mo. next weekend to face Harris-Stowe State in a four-game non-conference set.  Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s double dip starts at noon.