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.

In other finals from yesterday’s state title games, Newell-Fonda slipped past Fremont-Mills in a back-and-forth game 39-35 in the 8 Player Championship, and Logan-Magnolia scored with one minute remaining to beat Gladbrook-Reinbeck in the Class A Title Game.

On tap at the Dome tonight is the Class 1A Championship between West Lyon of Inwood and Iowa City Regina at 11:06 AM. The Class 2A game follows that and it is between Sioux Center and North Fayette Valley at 2:06 PM. Finally, it’s the Class 4A Championship between Dowling Catholic of West Des Moines and Cedar Rapids Washington at 7:06 PM.

All three games can be viewed at


Tonight is the first official night of the girls’ basketball season, and several area teams are in action. Sigourney hosts BGM, Grinnell hosts East Marshall, Keota and Tri-County will battle in Thornburg, Knoxville is at Prairie City-Monroe, North Mahaska hosts Lynnville-Sully, Montezuma is at Albia, Fairfield hosts Pekin, and Pella Christian is at Van Meter.


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.





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.



Oskaloosa--Ochaung Akway and Saromo Mugisha garnered postseason recognition today as the all-Midwest Collegiate Conference cross country teams were announced.

Courtesy of being in the top seven at last Saturday's Championships, Akway was named a first-team honoree, while by being in the top 15, Mugisha received honorable-mention status.  The top seven runners were placed on the first team, while nine more runners received honorable mentions for being in the top 15 or for being their school's top runner (if not in top 15).

Akway, who finished second in a time of 26:59.2, will now represent William Penn at nationals.  Mugisha's laurel is his second--both on the HM list.  He was 12th overall in a time of 27:52.7.

Mount Mercy's Tyler Keith was tabbed as MCC Harrier of the Year for last weekend's win, while St. Ambrose Head Coach Dan Zeimet picked up Men's Coach of the Year laurels for the sixth time.


Oskaloosa--Tarah Alexander matched her cross country honor from last year as the all-Midwest Collegiate Conference teams were announced today.

Courtesy of a top-15 finish, Alexander was named to the honorable-mention squad for the second-straight season.  The MCC's top seven runners were placed on the first team, while ten more runners received honorable mentions for being in the top 15 or for being their school's top runner (if not in top 15).

Alexander finished 14th on the 5K course in a time of 19:58.5, which is now the eighth-fastest time in program history.

Mount Mercy's Liz Mosbach was tabbed as MCC Harrier of the Year for last weekend's win, while St. Ambrose Head Coach Dan Zeimet picked up Women's Coach of the Year laurels for the fifth time.



Oskaloosa--After being pushed by the tiny church school in the first half, the Statesmen men’s basketball team used its high-tempo offense to run away from Faith Baptist Bible 112-71 in non-conference play Tuesday.

#18 William Penn (6-2) outshot the Eagles (3-1) 52.4%-40.3%, but only led 40-37 with 4:07 left in the opening stanza.  Fortunately, a 13-4 run pushed the edge to 12 at the break, 53-41.

In what will be the first of two matchups this winter (teams will meet again on December 1 in Ankeny), Faith Baptist Bible remained close in the initial moments of the second period.  Ahead 60-49 with 15:55 on the clock, the navy and gold tallied seven unanswered and never led by less than 15 again.  Another big run of 15-0 a bit later put the contest officially out of reach.

It is the fourth time WPU has reached the century mark this year.  The team, which has won six straight since starting 0-2, is currently averaging 96.0 points per outing.

Each side performed well from the perimeter with the Statesmen connecting on 15 three-pointers and the Eagles managing 11 deep shots (eight in the first half).

Oliver Wells kept his squad afloat prior to intermission with 14 points.  One game removed from a near triple-double, the senior again performed at a high level with 21 points, ten rebounds, and seven assists.  His second-straight double-double was highlighted by going 7-for-8 from the field (3-for-4 3-PT, 4-for-4 FT).  Wells made his first ten shots.

Alec Schwab topped WPU in the scoring column by tying the game high with 24 points, including hitting four trifectas.

Shane Bosek was a big reason the home team was able to blow out to its huge advantage, scoring 17 of his 19 points after halftime.  The junior actually recorded 15 straight for William Penn.

Antione Howard, with 13 points, Kelly Madison, with 11, and Sam Sykes with ten, also joined the double-digit club.  Sykes was a force on the defensive end as well, blocking four FBB shots.

Erik McGee corralled nine rebounds as the Statesmen dominated the glass 55-27.  A 20-5 offensive margin resulted in one of the biggest reasons for William Penn’s victory with WPU outscoring the visitors 25-0 in second-chance points.

FBB was forced into 16 turnovers, good for 20 Statesmen points.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Chicago, Ill. this weekend to compete in the Moody Bible Tournament.  The team opens up play Friday against #20 Ashford at 5 p.m.  Saturday’s game time and opponent will be determined by Friday’s result.



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.



Oskaloosa--With four individuals ranked nationally, the Statesmen wrestling team is still considered a contender as the NAIA's first top-20 poll was released Wednesday.

William Penn fell three spots from the preseason rating to #16 with 33 points.

Despite not having hit the mat yet, Scottie Bonds is again the top navy and gold grappler, remaining second at 133 pounds.  He only trails Bryce Shoemaker of Baker (Kan.), whom he lost to in last year's national semifinals.

Kyle Soderblom is next for WPU in seventh at 184 pounds, while 141-pounder Brad Watson is in the top ten as well in ninth.  Ishmael Rempson wraps up the nationally-ranked individuals in 13th at 165 pounds.

Grand View remains #1 with 150 points, while Southern Oregon is a distant second with 98.5 points.  Great Falls (Mont.) (97.5 points), Montana State-Northern (71), and Missouri Valley (59) round out the top five.

In the North Qualifying Group, William Penn is ranked third out of 13 teams with 106 points.  Concordia (Neb.) continues to be on top with 181 points.

Bonds is first, while Watson and Soderblom are both third at their respective weights.  Rempson is currently third at 165.

149-pounder Lane Colwell and 157-pounder Charlton Benjamin are each fifth, while 197-pounder Skip Conner is sixth.

William Penn travels to Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday to compete in the Augsburg Invitational.



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.