Statesmen Golfers Take Third in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) – The William Penn women’s golf team took advantage of finally getting on the course for consecutive days as it competed well at the Oklahoma City Classic Monday and Tuesday.

Ranked #22 WPU finished third out of 13 teams with a three-round score of 926 (304-316-306) at the par-72 Lincoln Park West Golf Course. #13 Oklahoma City defended its home turf at 906 (306-302-298), while #7 Texas Wesleyan was second at 915.

TWU’s Alex Schies won the individual crown in the 72-player field at one-under 215 (73-70-72).

The navy and gold, who have only played one competitive round since last October, were in the mix from the opening tee, sitting just a shot back after the first 18 holes. Their first round score of 304 tied for fifth-best in school history.

The program has only competed in four 54-hole tournaments all-time (all in the past two years), but the Statesmen crushed the team (previously at 945) and individual (previously at 233) records. Megan Rhoads (Jr., Schertz, Texas, Psychology) set a new school mark at 229 (76-79-74) to tie for 11th overall.

Elise Warne (Jr., Melbourne, Australia, Exercise Science) was a close second in 13th place at 231 (76-80-75), while Brittany Evans (So., Fernley, Nev., Business Management) was in the top 20 as well, tying for 20th at 236 (80-76-80).

Brooke Fletcher (Sr., Atlantic, Iowa, Business Management) finished 30th at 239 (78-84-77), and Helene Larsen (Jr., Viborg, Denmark, Business Management) was in a tie for 33rd at 242 (74-81-87).

Individually, Alexis Guimaraes (So., San Ramon, Calif., Psychology) took 54th at 257 (84-89-84).

“I could not be happier with how we finished,” Head Coach Chris Pierson said. “With all the adversity we have faced this spring with weather, to go to Oklahoma City and finish third, and shoot the scores we did, it was a tremendous accomplishment. I give a lot of credit to our players for coming together, handling everything professionally, and competing at a high level.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Lawrence, Kan. next Wednesday and Thursday to compete in the Baker Invitational. Play will be contested at Eagle Bend Golf Course, the host course of next month’s NAIA National Championships.

Statesmen Golfers Pick Up Weekly Accolades

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Zachary Chegwidden (So., Essex, England, Business Management) and Helene Larsen (Jr., Viborg, Denmark, Business Management) won their respective tournaments, and for their efforts they were named Heart of America Athletic Conference Golfers of the Week Monday.

Chegwidden’s laurel is his fifth of the season and seventh overall in his career, while Larsen’s award is the first of her career.  Chegwidden was first out of 63 players at the Kansas Wesleyan Invitational, while Larsen topped the 17-player field at the Mike “Fluff” Cowan Invitational.

Chegwidden posted a three-under 137 (69-68) for his second crown of the year.  He was the lone player to break par both days and has now done so seven times in his sophomore campaign.  He owns a 72.9 stroke average over 17 rounds with a low of 66.

The honor is the fifth of the year for the men’s program.

Larsen’s 74 tied her for first; she claimed the medalist award in a playoff.  It is the first tournament win of 2017-2018 for the junior who is averaging 79.4 strokes per round (11 rounds, low of 72).  She has six rounds in the 70s this year.

It is the sixth time this year that the women’s program has collected the “Player of the Week” award.

Indianola Invite Results

(Indianola, Iowa) – The Oskaloosa Indian swimmers headed out for an Invitational Swim meet on Saturday and the boys came away with a great showing. The boys earned 5 top 3 finishes in the 11 races and several more finished in the top 5. At the meet they were competing against Indianola (Indianola, Winterset, Knoxville, SE Warren), NCMP (Newton, Colfax, Mingo, Pella) and Grinnell swim teams all at the new YMCA in Indianola.

The boys started out with a great race in the 200 Medley Relay as Colin Fiechtner, Jack Dawson, Jack Miller and Jarod Miller finished in a time of 1:53.68 to earn a 3rd place finish and the Bronze medal to start off the meet.

Next up was the 200 Free and Owen Gordon was able to take several seconds off of his personal best and finished in a time of 2:01.51 for a 4th place finish and Nicholas Koenig stepped up and swam his first 200 Free in his career in a time of 2:53.20

Carson Breon was next as he stepped up to the blocks and swam the 200 IM in a time of 2:15.01 and earned a 2nd place finish, Silver Medal, for the Indians.

In the 50 Free Oskaloosa sent 4 swimmers to compete in the event. Top finisher for the Indians was Colin Fiechtner who swam a 25.19 for a 7th place finish, Jarod Miller swam a 25,74 for an 8th place finish, Carson Abrahamson finished in 26.48 and Anthony Chavez finished in a time of 34.45

Next event was the 100 Fly as Oskaloosa sent Jack Miller who finished in a time of 59.47 for a 2nd place finish, Silver Medal, and Jack Dawson who finished in a time of 1:03.35 for a 6th place finish.

In the 100 Free Oskaloosa sent 4 swimmers to compete in this event. Carson Breon was the top finisher for the Indians as he swam a 54.11 for a 4th place finish. Next was Owen Gordon who finished in a time of 54.67 for the 5th place position. Then Nicholas Koenig finished in a time of 1”15.17 and Anthony Chavez finished in a time of 1:27.26.
The longest race of the day, 500 Free, was swam by Colin Fiechtner has he finished in a time of 5:52.37 for a 6th place finish for the Indians.

In the 200 Free Relay, Oskaloosa was able to take home the 4th place finish as the team of Jack Miller, Jack Dawson, Owen Gordon, and Carson Breon were able to finish in a time of 1:36.68, new school record, and the 10th place finish by Carson Abrahamson, Anthony Chavez, Nicholas Koenig and Jarod Miller who finished in 2:02.12.

Next up was the 100 Back as the Indians sent Jack Miller to the blocks and he was able to come away with the only 1st place finish, Gold Medal, of the day for the team by swimming a time of 1:00.12, new school record.

In the 100 Breast event Jack Dawson was able to finish in a time of 1:10.14 which earned him a 3rd place finish and Carson Abrahamson was able to finish in a time of 1:18.87 for a 5th place finish.

The last event of the day was the 400 Free Relay as the team of Owen Gordon, Colin Fiechtner, Jarod Miller, and Carson Breon was able to finish in a time of 3:50.59 to earn the 5th place finish.

Next meet for the Indians is Thursday as they travel to Grinnell to make up the one that was cancelled earlier due to severe weather.

Credit: Todd Miller

Bronze Medal, 200 Medley Relay team of Jack Dawson, Jack Miller, Jarod Miller, and Colin Fiechtner.
Jack Dawson(Bronze 100 Breast), Jack Miller (Gold 100 Back and Silver 100 Fly), Carson Breon (Silver 200 IM)


No Coast Network Announces Basketball Game of the Week Schedule

By Emery Songer

KBOE/KMZN Sports Director

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – The basketball season is here and eight doubleheaders will be featured on Friday nights throughout the season as a part of the Game of the Week on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com.

December 1st is when the action starts with Sigourney at English Valleys in a South Iowa Cedar League matchup.

The SICL will be featured several times throughout the season, including December 8th, when Montezuma travels to face North Mahaska.

The last doubleheader before the Christmas Break is Knoxville at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in a matchup of South Central Conference foes.

After the new year, it’ll be right back to the SICL for BGM at Sigourney on January 5th.

The following week highlights a rivalry in the South Central Conference with EBF on the road to face Davis County.

January 19th will showcase two small schools in Keokuk County as Keota hosts Tri-County.

The rematch between North Mahaska and Montezuma will be on the air on January 26th in Monte.

Finally, EBF is at Lynnville-Sully in a non-conference doubleheader on February 2nd.

All games begin at 6 PM and the pregame show will start around 5:45 PM on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com.


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