Sergeant Bluff-Luton Poses Interesting Challenge to Osky Boys

The State Boys’ Basketball Tournament begins next week at Wells Fargo Arena and for the first time since 1996, the Oskaloosa Indians will be present.

The hype for this team all season has been State-Or-Bust, but now that they’re there, the Osky faithful would love to see them grab a win to move one step closer to a state championship.

It has been a while since the Indians have been at state, but their first opponent overcame an even longer drought last year during an improbable run.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton ended a 77-year state tourney drought in 2017 as they entered the action at Wells Fargo Arena with a record of 15-9. Their first opponent was Little Hawkeye Conference team Pella, who came into the tournament as the #3 seed.

Those facts are eerie, as SB-L comes in once again on a roll, entering The Well with a 15-9 record. They are once again playing a Little Hawkeye Conference team with over 20 wins in Oskaloosa, who happens to be the #3 seed.

Oskaloosa hopes the identical comparisons stop there, as the Warriors upset Pella in the quarterfinals last season, 66-55, ending the state title hopes for the Dutch.

Six seniors have departed from Sergeant Bluff-Luton since last year, including the two leading scorers from that magical run. SB-L eventual would lose in the state championship game to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 54-49.

The hunger to get back along with excellent play down the stretch has led to another surprising state appearance for a team that hadn’t broken through the glass ceiling for multiple generations.

Despite a fairly modest 15-9 record, analytical site BCMooreRankings.com has SB-L ranked 9th in Class 3A, sporting the 6th toughest schedule of all 3A teams. Their participation in the rugged and large Missouri River Athletic Conference certainly helped them in the postseason.

By contrast, Oskaloosa goes into the tournament ranked #4 by BCMoore with just the 31st toughest schedule in the state. The Indians have played well against new foes, however, as their only loss against a team they were playing for the first time was on the road against Dubuque Wahlert in overtime back on January 13th.

If you’re curious, the top three teams ahead of Oskaloosa in the BCMoore rankings are Cedar Rapids Xavier, Mount Pleasant, and Glenwood, all of whom are at state. Xavier and MP are the #1 and #2 seed, while Glenwood is seeded 4th.

The game is slated to begin at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, March 6th. You can hear the broadcast from Wells Fargo Arena starting around 3:30 PM on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app. Emery Songer and Doug DeKock will be calling the action.

The winner of the battle between Osky and SB-L will move into the state semifinals Thursday afternoon against either Mount Pleasant or Waverly-Shell Rock.

Indian Boys’ Swimming Competes at Grinnell

The Oskaloosa Indians Swim Team traveled to Grinnell on Saturday to compete in their large invitational event. There were teams there from LinnMar, Indianola, Ottumwa, Des Moines East, Grinnell, Vinton-Shellsburg, Williamsburg and Osky all competing during the day. The Indians finished the day in the middle of the pack by beating a couple of the teams and getting closer to beating a couple more.

It was a day of swimming a lot of relays as it all started in the first event as Osky sent two teams to compete in the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Jack Miller, Jack Dawson, Carson Breon, and Owen Gordon (pictured above) who swam a 1:51.14 to take home a 3rd place finish and the team of Colin Fiechtner, Carson Abrahamson, Jarod Miller, and Nic Koenig who finished in a time of 2:07.47 for a 13th place finish out of the 20 teams.

Next up was the 200 Free and Colin Fiechtner jumped right back in the pool to swim a 2:09.80 for the Indians while finishing 7th.

In the 200 IM Osky sent Carson Breon to the blocks and he came away with a time of 2:19.36 and earned a 4th place finish for the Indians.

Next up was the 50 Free and Osky sent Nic Koenig who swam a 35.56 for the Indians as he continues to take time off every week.

In the 100 Free event Owen Gordon went up and swam a personal best in a time 54.86 for a 5th place finish for the Indians.

The following event is the long grueling 500 Free and Osky sent Jarod Miller to the blocks and he came away with a time of 5:45.23 for a 7th place finish.

The next event is the 200 Free Relay and Osky again sent 2 teams to compete against everyone as the team of Jack Miller, Jack Dawson, Owen Gordon, and Carson Breon swam a 1:38.61 to earn a 4th place finish and team of Colin Fiechtner, Carson Abrahamson, Nic Koenig, and Jarod Miller swam a time of 1:59.08 for the Indians.

The big excitement came on the 100 Backstroke Event as Jack Miller took the blocks for the Indians and after a great start he was able to hold the lead throughout the race to come away with the Gold Medal in a time of 1:01.22. Coach Grant always enjoys seeing his swimmers step up and take control of an event and show everybody how hard the team has been working to improve their times.

The last individual event of the day was the 100 Breast as Carson Abrahamson finished the race in 1:20.46 for a 12th place finish.

The last relay of the day was the 400 Free Relay as Osky sent 2 teams to compete in this event. The team of Carson Breon, Owen Gordon, Jack Dawson, and Jack Miller finished in a time of 3:44.00 and earned a 5th place finish for the Indians and the team of Colin Fiechtner, Carson Abrahamson, Nic Koenig, and Jarod Miller finished in a time of 4:29.91.

The team is continuing to improve this year and they are looking forward to the first ever Oskaloosa Boys home swim meet on Thursday, December 14th. We are hoping to see the Indian Pride show up and support the team.


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