Area Sports 


Once again the Oskaloosa High School Student Council is hosting the Blind Volleyball Tournament on November 3rd at 6 pm.  This event is located at the Oskaloosa High School gym and is open to the community. To register, you must have 6-10 players as a coed team. The cost is $30, and the deadline to register is October 26th. Please email to register your team. This is a great opportunity to put together a team from work or to just have a great time with some friends.


Oskaloosa (October 20, 2014) – 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 at641.673.8411. Information about the YMCA can also be found at




Friday night sorted out several of the playoff races in the area. In Class 3A, the Oskaloosa Indians fell to Knoxville, 49-13. Knoxville clinches their first playoff berth since 1990 and will play Norwalk for the third seed in District 7. The Indians are now eliminated from playoff contention. Pella is officially the #1 seed out of the district with Carlisle second.

In Class 4A, the Ottumwa Bulldogs got an important 38-14 win over Burlington to position themselves for a playoff berth. The Bulldogs control their own destiny, and can clinch the playoff berth by defeating Cedar Rapids Prairie on the road this Friday.

In Class 2A, Albia had a nice bounce back win over PCM, taking care of them 48-14. They are locked in as the second seed in District 6 behind CMB.

In Class 1A District 6, it appears that three area teams could be playoff bound after all three got big wins Friday. Pella Christian shut out West Marshall 35-0 to clinch a playoff spot. They'll battle #1 ranked Iowa City Regina for the first seed this Friday. Sigourney/Keota beat Columbus 56-35 to move to 3-2 in the district, tied with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, who took care of Highland 42-7.

In Class A, Montezuma remained unbeaten by trouncing Iowa Valley 55-13. They'll play BGM for the District 7 Title this Friday. Also, Lynnville-Sully got a win over North Mahaska, 56-34. In District 6, Pekin got a big 48-2 win over WACO.

In 8 player football, Grand View Christian beat Tri-County 52-6, Twin Cedars stayed alive with a 42-30 win over Mormon Trail, and Melcher-Dallas beat Moravia 42-16.



Thursday night was a big night for cross country, as the Little Hawkeye Conference meet occurred at Dallas Center-Grimes. With four schools ranked among the seven participating teams on the boys’ side, it was going to be a hard fought race, and that is exactly how it went down.

#1 Pella won the team title with 40 points, and were followed by #9 Grinnell, #8 Dallas Center-Grimes, and then 14th ranked Oskaloosa. Newton, Norwalk, and Pella Christian rounded out the field. Although the Indians fell in line to the state rankings, they still got great performances from their leaders, with Skylar DeJong winning the meet with a time of 16:08 and brother Spencer finishing right behind him at 16:10.

On the girls’ side, the finishing order was similar, with #4 Pella winning the meet with 39 points, #8 Grinnell finishing second, #12 DCG in third, Newton in 4th, and Osky only two points behind the Cardinals in 5th. Norwalk finished 6th and PC finished 7th. Sienna DeJong again led the charge for the Indians, finishing second with a time of 15:08. Tori Palmer also had a top 20 finish, coming in 18th at 16:55.

The next meet for the cross country teams is extremely important, as it is the state qualifying race at Pella next Thursday to see who will qualify as a team and as individuals.


It is a light night in high school volleyball around the state as the postseason is about to begin. Tonight, the fifth ranked Rockets of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont wrap up their regular season against Saydel. They received a first round bye, and will play their first postseason match a week from Tuesday against either Pleasantville or Van Meter. Those two teams play in Pleasantville tomorrow night. Keota also received a first round bye, and they’ll be in action a week from tomorrow against either Montezuma or Tri-County, who plays in Monte tomorrow at 7 PM.


The newest volleyball rankings came out Thursday night for high school volleyball, and there are two area teams still hanging around. In Class 1A, Keota is ranked #13 at 17-6, which is three spots lower than they were last week. Holy Trinity Catholic, Central Lyon, and Janesville are the top 3. In Class 2A, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont is still #5, going into last night’s contests in Mediapolis at 28-2. Dike-New Hartford, Sumner-Fredericksburg, and Western Christian are the top three. Pella Christian fell out of the rankings after being 13th the last couple of weeks. These are the final rankings for Class 1A and Class 2A with the first round of the playoffs coming up next week.

In Class 3A, there are no area teams, with Mount Vernon the new #1, followed by Solon and Red Oak. In Class 4A, it’s the same story, with Harlan, West Delaware, and Marion the top teams. Finally, in Class 5A, it’s 33-0 Bettendorf, Ankeny Centennial, and Dowling Catholic as the top three.




Indianapolis, Ind.--Little went the way of the visitors in a 37-14 MSFA crossover loss to #21 Marian Saturday.

#6 William Penn (5-2), which was outgained 419-242, had its four-game winning streak abruptly snapped by the Knights.  The squad will look to regroup next Saturday as it returns to Midwest League play for a home game against #13 Saint Xavier at noon.

The Statesmen started the afternoon well with a pair of first downs in their opening possession, but could not convert on fourth down in Knight territory.  The home team, playing in front of a Homecoming crowd of over 3,500, then wasted no time in getting on the board with a seven-play scoring drive.

Marian (4-2) tacked on a long field goal and another touchdown to lead 17-0 at intermission, but it could have been worse had it not been for an interception by Joseph Frye early in the second stanza.

The hosts continued to pour it on in the third with an offensive touchdown followed by a defensive score (returned fumble).

After sticking the Knights deep on their next possession, WPU returned the favor with a defensive TD of its own.  Freddy Griggs stepped in front of a pass and took the pigskin back six yards to finally get the Statesmen on the board at 31-7.

Consecutive field goals capped MU’s scoring, while William Penn racked up a sizeable chunk of its yardage with a long drive in the contest’s waning minutes.  Backup quarterback Tyler Hafner, headlined by a 25-yard pass play--the team’s only completion, marched his squad 70 yards down the gridiron.  Judson Humphries finally plunged in from one yard out.

Evan Ressler finished with a team-high 62 rushing yards, while five others had at least 12 yards on the ground.  Desmond Douglas caught the lone Statesmen pass.

Frye guided the defensive side with 12 tackles and one sack to accompany his interception.  Isaac Samek notched 11 stops and Griggs contributed ten tackles.


Oskaloosa--They brought out the red marker on the second day to post the score of Frederik Lundsgaard and his low round helped him pick up Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Golfer of the Week laurels Monday.

Now a two-time winner, Lundsgaard won the William Penn Invitational with a school-record 139 (old mark was 141), highlighted by a three-under 67 on Saturday (72 on Friday).  The new program mark assisted the Statesmen to their own new numbers as they smashed the 18 (286, old mark 290) and 36-hole (578--292-286, old mark 590) records.

The freshman currently owns a 73.0 stroke average over nine rounds.  He has three rounds under par and has eight in the 60s or 70s.  Lundsgaard has won two events and has five top-20 finishes this fall.

The award is the second of the year for WPU.



Oskaloosa--Maggie Yang performed extremely well in front of the home crowd and was rewarded for those efforts by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Golfer of the Week Monday.

Yang collected her first award of the year (seventh career) by winning the William Penn Invitational last Friday and Saturday.  She shot a 74 the first day and then posted an even-par 71 the following round to break two schools records.  The senior snapped her own 18-hole mark with the 71 (old mark was 72) and is now once again the owner of the 36-hole mark at 145 (old mark was 148).

Her scores paced the Statesmen to their fourth tournament title of the fall as they also set new program marks for 18 holes (304) and 36 holes (615--311-304).

The junior currently has a 78.1 stroke average over nine rounds and has placed no lower than sixth this fall.  She has recorded five rounds in the 70s.

It is the fourth award for William Penn this year.



Oskaloosa--The Statesmen volleyball team produced one of its more inspired outings this fall, but unfortunately it was not enough in a 3-1 loss to St. Ambrose in Midwest Collegiate Conference play Tuesday.

William Penn is now 2-20, 0-3 MCC.

The opening set was a see-saw battle with WPU pulling out to an early advantage, but then trailing the Fighting Bees 18-14.  The Statesmen did not flinch, though, bouncing back with six of the next seven points.  SAU (14-14, 2-2 MCC) recaptured the advantage at 21-20 and again at 22-21, but WPU came up with three straight and eventually pulled it out.

The third and fourth sets witnessed the Statesmen holding late leads, but failing to close them out in remaining winless in league action.

Kayce Skocko had a solid showing with a team-best 13 kills.  Kylie Giger also reached double figures with 12 kills.  The junior had a double-double, adding 12 digs to her kill tally.

Ana Gutch and Shawni Wills also managed six winners apiece.

Leyra Jusino posted a double-double with 37 assists and 11 digs in addition to three aces, while Danielle Breeher dug 19 SAU attempts.  Erika Getz finished with four blocks (two solos, two assists).

Next Up: William Penn travels to La Crosse, Wis. next Tuesday to face #7 Viterbo in MCC play at 7:30 p.m.


Oskaloosa--In an important Midwest Collegiate Conference matchup, the Statesmen men’s soccer team permitted a last-second goal to settle for a 1-1 tie with St. Ambrose Saturday.

William Penn (7-6-2, 2-1-2 MCC) flew out of the gate with tremendous offensive aggression.  The effort was not wasted as Facundo Benitez scored his first collegiate goal just 3:10 into the afternoon.  Sergio Carro assisted on the score--his second assist of 2014.

The home team, which outshot the Fighting Bees 15-7, continued to be in line for the victory entering the final minute of regulation.  Unfortunately, a foul outside the box with only seconds remaining set up SAU (6-8-1, 3-2-1 MCC) to knot the contest.  The visitors did exactly that with ten seconds still on the scoreboard to force overtime.

Both sides had chances in the extra periods, but after 13 games without a draw, WPU walked off the field Saturday with a tie for the second-consecutive game.

Three players tallied three shots for William Penn, while goalkeeper Pedro Pereira recorded two saves against St. Ambrose.

The tie means the Statesmen will need at least a tie versus Mount Mercy next Saturday to secure a home game for the MCC Tournament.  A win in the regular season finale meanwhile, coupled with a Clarke loss or tie to Grand View, would move WPU all the way up to the #2 seed.  A loss, however, would drop the squad down to the fifth seed in the very tight conference race.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Pella Tuesday to face Central in non-conference action at 4 p.m.



Oskaloosa--The William Penn women’s soccer team was unable to keep pace near the top of the Midwest Collegiate Conference standings as it suffered a 4-0 loss to St. Ambrose Saturday.

The Statesmen (5-7-3, 2-2-1 MCC) were outshot just 12-4 and played strong defense for most of the afternoon.  Unfortunately, the Queen Bees broke through at the 18:48 mark and then posted another goal less than five minutes later.

The margin remained two for SAU (9-5-2, 4-1-1 MCC) until the closing minutes, but the visitors secured the win with two late scores in the 87th and 89th minutes.

Alyce Correia recorded three of WPU’s four shot attempts, while Kelly Button saved four shots between the pipes.

While the loss knocks WPU out of regular season title contention, next Saturday’s season finale against Mount Mercy is a big one for the program.  A Statesmen win or a Grand View tie or loss to Clarke will lock up the #4 seed and a first-round home game for the MCC Tournament on November 1 (other tiebreakers could come into play as well).

Next Up: William Penn travels to Indianola Wednesday to face Simpson in non-conference action at 5 p.m.



Oskaloosa--Ochaung Akway had his best showing of the year last weekend and he was rewarded by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week Monday.

Akway earned his first award by leading the Statesmen at the St. Ambrose Invitational.  His season-best time of 26:40 on the 8K course was good for ninth place out of 120 runners.  He led all MCC competitors on Saturday.

The senior has paced WPU in two races this year.  It is the first award for William Penn in 2014.  



Indianapolis, Ind.--Headlined by a bronze individual finish from Jacques Kaune, the Statesmen men’s bowling team had a strong showing at the Storm Western Shootout Saturday and Sunday.

William Penn tied for fourth out of 44 teams with 8,667 pins in six regular games and four Baker sets.  Vincennes CC (Ind.) topped the standings with 9,015 pins, while Morehead State (Ky.) was second with a tally of 8,866.

Corey Umbrello made it a clean sweep for Vincennes CC as he topped the 299-person qualifying field with a 218.5 average.

Jacques Kaune was right on Umbrello’s heels, taking third overall at a 214.5 average.

Kyle Clark also rolled all six games with a 188.2 clip, but the navy and gold utilized their entire bench to finish off qualifying.

Lucas Perdieu at 203.8, Ryan Howard at 179.3, and Travis Scott at 174.5, all started four games, while the trio of Conan Mackey (185.0), Michael Applegate (172.0), and Shane Strowmatt (171.5) each competed in two rounds.

WPU’s junior varsity was in competition as well with Connor Frederick (199.5) and Stian Hoff (189.8) both rolling in all six games.  The JV squad placed 29th with 7,768 pins.

Cody Adair had a 157.2 mark in five games, while Cory Rissman averaged 175.8 pins in four games.  Kevin Wesely averaged 136.0 over three games.

Two games came from each Chris Brown (157.5), Jordan Lowery (153.5), and Kyle Reese (148.5).

Next Up: William Penn takes nearly a month off before returning to action on November 8-9 at the ISYL Leatherneck Classic in Davenport and Moline, Ill.


Indianapolis, Ind.--Stephanie Adams led the charge for the Statesmen women’s bowling team at the Storm Western Shootout Saturday and Sunday.

William Penn placed 15th out of 36 teams with 7,479 pins in six regular games and four Baker sets.  Robert Morris (Ill.) topped the standings with 8,216 pins, while Notre Dame (Ohio) was second with a tally of 8,140.

Brittany Ferrara of Notre Dame led the 222-person field with a 195.8 average; Adams was seventh at 190.5.

Not too far behind the leaders was Kelsey Johnson in 14th at 184.0.  Niona Bruce, at 155.5, also started all six games.

Montana Pence was next with a 155.8 clip in five games.  Cybil Lennie averaged 152.3 pins in three games, while Briell Newberry finished with a 130.7 mark in her own three starts.  Emily Braga knocked down 124 pins in her lone action.

Next Up: William Penn takes nearly a month off before returning to action on November 8-9 at the ISYL Leatherneck Classic in Davenport and Moline, Ill.