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Blommers, Foster Make History as Osky Splits DH with Newton

By Sam Parsons

Friday night was Senior Night at Oskaloosa High School for girls and boys hoops, and it was a night headlined by the history made by two members of the Indians’ girls team.

Osky senior Presley Blommers entered the contest 11 points shy of the 1,000 mark for her career total. Sophomore Dasia Foster was 8 rebounds away from breaking the school’s single season record in that category.

Both would reach the milestones quickly enough. But plenty of drama was included along the way.

The game began with Blommers scoring 10 points in the first quarter, seeming poised to hit 1,000 very quickly, and the Indians jumped out to a 14-4 lead; however, the Cardinals put up quite the fight. They were able to round into form with sophomore Alex Garvis among the primary players tasked with stopping Blommers. The Cardinals succeeded in a big way in the second quarter; they outscored the Indians 10-5 in the frame and held Blommers off the scoreboard. Blommers was hobbled from an ankle injury sustained early in the game, but gutted it out for the rest of the night; in the meantime, though, the Indians and Cardinals were tied at halftime, 19-19, and she still hadn’t hit the milestone.

“I thought we came out and looked pretty good. I thought, ‘Okay, we’re in rhythm, this is going to happen,'” said Osky coach TC Cunningham after the game. “And then the closer Presley got to the record, the tighter we became. And [her teammates] wanted it just as much as her.”

Dasia Foster sat out for much of the second quarter and entered halftime with 3 (unofficial) rebounds. She still had some ground to cover to make history, too.

The third quarter of play was back and forth, but the celebrations cut through the tension when Blommers hit a lay-up in the third quarter to record her 1,000th and 1,001st career points.

It wasn’t long after that that Foster would break the school record for rebounds in a single season; this moment didn’t quite have the reaction from the crowd that Blommers’ shot did, as rebounds are not counted live on the scoreboard, but it was clear by the time the fourth quarter began that Foster, who finished the night with 12 official rebounds, had the record.

“Before the game, I was nervous,” said Foster. “I don’t really get super nervous before games, but this game, I just knew what I wanted to do, and what I needed to do. And it was just nerve wracking. But then I got in the game, and it was just gone.”

“I wanted to get it done with one of my favorite teammates and best friends, Presley Blommers…being able to have her break 1,000 for her Senior Night and me getting the school record is just a crazy feeling.”

Still, there was a job to be finished: Newton had, in the midst of all the emotion, taken the lead from the Indians and entered the fourth with a 31-29 lead.

With the feelings of pride put in the rearview mirror (for now), the Indians got back to work in the fourth. Right away, Blommers started piling on the points on her way to 19 on the night. The Cardinals, meanwhile, got cold from the floor after shooting the ball exceptionally well for much of the game. Junior Sophia Reynolds finished the game with 19 points and was on fire from midrange in the first three quarters, but with the Indians’ defense tightening up and shots starting to miss, the Cardinal offense was held to just 4 points in the fourth quarter as the Indians put the finishing touches on a 43-35 victory to seal the deal on a great night for Osky girls basketball.

“I’m so proud of them,” Cunningham responded when asked about the girls who came through with the milestones. “The work they’ve put in, the time they’ve gelled together to know how to play with one another…it’s been great to see them grow. Especially Presley…to see her grow and mature to where she’s at, she is a true leader of our basketball team and as a student in Oskaloosa High School. Dasia is just a sophomore…her future is off the charts.”

The win improves their record to 9-10 on the season with two games left to play before the postseason begins.

Full postgame comments from TC Cunningham:

Full postgame comments from Dasia Foster:

The nightcap of the doubleheader featured Osky’s boys hosting the 5th ranked 3A team in the state in Newton. The Cardinals entered this game full strength; in their previous meeting with Osky, they had been missing senior guard Jake Ingle, who is their #2 scorer on the season.

It was the Cardinals’ game to lose from the first quarter on. The game began with a touching moment as the Indians agreed to let the Cardinals score 2 points on a lay-up in exchange for senior Brody Allman getting the start and cashing in a 2 point shot of his own to begin the competitive part of the game 2-2. It was Allman’s second field goal attempt of the season, and his second make.

From there, though, the 5th ranked Cardinals handled their business. They jumped out to a 24-13 lead after one quarter and led 42-29 at half, thanks in large part to 16 points and 5 (unofficial) rebounds in the half from senior Cole Plowman, who finished with a game-high 23 points. The third quarter was even more dominant for Newton, as they held the Indians to just 6 points scored and pulled away to a 27 point lead entering the final quarter. The Cardinals coasted to a 79-43 victory to sink the Indians to 1-16 on the year.

Osky will face Knoxville tonight (2/6) in search of win #2 on the year.

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Oskaloosa High School Community Blood Drive

Oskaloosa High School will host a community blood drive from 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM on Thursday, April 19 at 1816 N Third Street, inside of the Small Gym. To donate, please contact a member of OHS Student Council or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5066 to locate the drive.

Oskaloosa Boys Stroll to Big Win to Start Playoffs

The Oskaloosa Boys’ Basketball team began their trek to Wells Fargo Arena and the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament Monday night and dominated in a blowout win over Saydel, 84-46.

The Indians came into the game as a heavy favorite against the now 3-19 Eagles and really put it on in the first quarter. Osky’s fast pace and size allowed several dunks to be served up by the trio of Cole Henry, Xavier Foster, and Jarad Kruse.

Rian Yates would nail some threes and Spencer Tucker would score a couple of layups to help push the Oskaloosa lead to running clock territory before the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room, Osky had a huge 58-21 advantage.

The Indians coasted to the finish line, picking up the win, 84-46.

Cole Henry paced the Indians with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jarad Kruse finished with 15 points while Yates chipped in 14 off the bench. Xavier Foster had 11 and Spencer Tucker had 10 points and 4 steals.

Oskaloosa is now 19-3 on the season with the victory and now look ahead to Bondurant-Farrar for Thursday’s Substate 6 Semifinal at home. The Bluejays defeated Knoxville in the Oskaloosa Gymnasium Monday night, 67-56. Bondurant-Farrar will enter that contest with a record of 12-10.

On the opposite side of the Substate 6 bracket, Pella beat Chariton, 68-51, and Carlisle eliminated Centerville, 83-75. Those two teams will play on Thursday in Carlisle to determine the other finalist in Substate 6. The winner of the Substate 6 bracket will advance to the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

You can hear the Oskaloosa vs. Bondurant-Farrar game on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app. You can view replays of the substate games 24 hours after they happen by going to radiokmzn.com.

Oskaloosa’s Girls End Season with Regional Loss at Knoxville

The Oskaloosa Girls’ Basketball team battled hard but their season came to an end Wednesday night at the hands of Knoxville, losing 69-38.

The first quarter gave Oskaloosa fans a glimpse of what to expect in the future as several players contributed to one of the best periods of the year for the Indians. Osky would go on a run with Knoxville star Katie Keitges on the bench. The Indians would exit the first quarter with an 18-14 lead.

Keitges would come back for the second quarter, however, and spark a huge 29-3 quarter which would give the Panthers a 43-21 halftime edge.

The third quarter wasn’t much nicer to the Indians, despite seeing some good run with a lineup involving three forwards: Marleigh Denburger, Jillian Jennings, and Amanda Fay. In the fourth, the teams emptied the bench and the final score finished at 69-38.

Oskaloosa was led in the game by Marleigh Denburger, who had a very nice stat line of 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. Mary Nelson and Amanda Fay added 7 points each with Fay collecting 8 boards.

Katie Keitges led the Panthers and finished with a game-high 28 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals.

Oskaloosa finishes the season with an 0-22 record, but showed vast improvement in several areas as the season wore on with first year Head Coach Jacie White. The loss ends the career of Kinsey Cook, Osky’s lone senior.

Knoxville moves on to the Class 4A Region 6 Semifinal where they will play Pella on the road on Saturday. Knoxville improved to 16-6 after Wednesday’s win.

The Oskaloosa boys are about to begin postseason play with their substate quarterfinal next Monday, February 19th, playing at around 8 PM following Knoxville and Bondurant-Farrar at 6:30. That is in the Oskaloosa High School Gymnasium and you can hear the action live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app.

Oskaloosa Boys Bounce Back with Big Win Over Chariton

The Oskaloosa Boys’ Basketball team got back on the right track with a huge 90-59 victory over Chariton on Tuesday night.

The Indians got off to a quick 12-0 start and it was all coasting from there as they posted 90 points in a game for the first time since December 5th.

Cole Henry led the way for the Indians with 27 points. He also added 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jarad Kruse had a rough night on Monday against Indianola but bounced back in a big way on Tuesday, posting 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Xavier Foster was also a big factor for Osky, pouring in 19 points with 9 boards, 5 dimes, 1 steal, and 2 blocked shots.

Oskaloosa finishes the regular season 18-3 overall. They will enter postseason play on Monday, February 19th. They will be hosting a doubleheader which includes Bondurant-Farrar playing Knoxville at 6:30 and then the Indians take on Saydel in the first round of Substate 6 action.

The Oskaloosa girls have their first playoff game Wednesday night on the road at Knoxville as they look to pull an upset and get into the regional semifinals. You can catch that game with AUDIO ONLY on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app starting around 6:40 for the 7 PM opening tap Wednesday night.

Oskaloosa Stumbles in Hoops Losses at Indianola

The Oskaloosa Basketball teams were in action but had a rough night against hot Indianola squads Monday night. The girls lost 78-28 against the #10 Class 5A team in the state while the boys blew a 13 point second half lead and fell 61-52.

The boys had a solid start with plenty of energy and strong defense in the first two quarters. Cole Henry and Xavier Foster had it going early, leading the Indians to a 29-20 halftime advantage.

Osky would score two quick buckets in the third to go up 33-20 with around 7:15 left in the 3rd quarter when Indianola Head Coach Brett Watson called a timeout. From then on, it was different game.

Indianola would close the third on a 21-6 run and got some excellent play on both ends of the floor from junior guard Quinn Vesey. Indianola would be challenged by Osky throughout the fourth, but Evan Gauger would take the game over for the home team and hit several free throws late to ice the game. The final score ended up 61-52 with Indianola getting the win.

Indianola has home wins over Norwalk and Osky this season, the only team to beat either team in the Little Hawkeye Conference. With the loss, Oskaloosa settles for a share of the Little Hawkeye Conference regular season title with Norwalk, as they both sit at 12-2 in conference play.

Osky was led by Cole Henry, who had an outstanding game with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, all team highs. Spencer Tucker was also in double figures with 12 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Xavier Foster was quiet after a strong first quarter, finishing with 8 points and 4 rebounds. Jarad Kruse never got going for the Indians, scoring just 3 points with 5 boards.

Gauger led the way for Indianola with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and a block in a fantastic effort. Vesey chipped in 16 big points as well. Indianola is now 13-7 on the season and finish 8-6 in the LHC.

The Osky Boys fall to 17-3 on the year and finish the regular season at home against Chariton Tuesday night. You can view that game live on radiokmzn.com or MCG Channel 7. There will be no audio of the broadcast. The beginning of the game will be shortly after 7:30 PM.

The Osky girls’ wrapped up the regular season with a very tough matchup against Indianola, who are ranked #10 in Class 5A. It was a runaway from the start, with Indianola winning 78-28. There were some good moments from Oskaloosa, however, as Mary Nelson hit a couple threes to lead the way and finished with 10 points.

Osky finishes the regular season 0-21 and 0-14 in the Little Hawkeye. Indianola finishes their year 18-3 overall and an unblemished 14-0 in the LHC.

Oskaloosa will have their first round regional game Wednesday night on the road at Knoxville. You can hear that game live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app with the pregame show starting around 6:40 PM.

OHS Choir Concert

The Oskaloosa High School Choirs would like to invite you to a choral concert on Tuesday, Feb. 20. This concert will feature our Oskaloosa High School Concert Choir, Chamber Chorus and Middle School Choir. This event will be held at the George Daily Auditorium at 7:30 PM. There is no cost for the concert, however there will be an opportunity to give a free will donation to our organization. Our students have worked very hard to put together the highest quality choral music for our community. Please come out and enjoy an evening of choral music with us!


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