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.


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




Wednesday night was the first round of the high school football playoffs and the season came to an end for some area teams. In Class 4A, Ottumwa was beaten by Iowa City West 28-0. In Class 3A, Pella shut out Fairfield 41-0, Newton slipped past Clear Creek-Amana, and Knoxville fell to Dallas Center-Grimes in their first playoff game in 24 years 28-13. In Class 2A, Albia stomped Mid-Prairie 49-8. In Class 1A, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont fell to Panorama 42-18, Sigourney/Keota was beaten by West Branch 49-22, and Pella Christian was taken out at home by a very good Central Decatur team who is now 8-2, 38-14. In Class A, Montezuma took care of Pleasantville 24-7, Pekin beat North Linn 62-13, Van Buren held on against Belle Plaine 30-28 for their first ever playoff win, and BGM beat Edgewood-Colesburg 43-29. Finally, in 8 Player football, Don Bosco eliminated Twin Cedars 64-20, and Melcher-Dallas shut out Colo Nesco 52-0.

The matchups are set for Monday night’s second round. In Class 3A, Pella will once again face Newton, this time in Pella. If you recall, these two teams met a few weeks ago with Newton ranked #8 in the state, only to have Pella stick it to them 69-14. Albia will head on the road to face Clarinda in Class 2A. In Class A Montezuma will host Earlham, Pekin will host Lisbon, Van Buren heads to Mount Ayr, and BGM is on the road at Gladbrook-Reinbeck. In 8 Player football, Melcher-Dallas will have a stiff test on the road at Fremont-Mills. These games will begin at 7 PM Monday night.



Skylar, Spencer, and Sienna DeJong will represent Oskaloosa, along with several other area athletes, at the state cross country meet on November 1st.


Last night was the regional semifinals in Class 3A, 4A, and 5A for high school volleyball. The Oskaloosa Indians went on the road to Grinnell and pulled the mild upset, beating the Tigers in straight sets for the second time this season to qualify for the Region 4 Final. They will face Indianola, who held off Pella, 3 sets to 1. Indianola is a dangerous team, sitting at 31-9 this season. That game will be played next Tuesday in Pella at 7 PM, a game you can hear on 104.9 FM and

Also last night, Mediapolis beat Davis County in straight sets, Fairfield fell in straight sets to Cedar Rapids Xavier, and Ottumwa was swept by West Des Moines Valley.

Tonight is the Regional Semifinal round for Class 1A and 2A. In Class 1A, Keota faces Iowa Valley in Keota. The winner of that match will face the winner between Lone Tree and New London, which is in Lone Tree. In Class 2A, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont faces off against Pella Christian in an area matchup. Both teams have been ranked this season, EBF in the top five all year and PC in and out toward the back end of the top 15. That match can be heard on 104.9 FM and this evening with the pregame starting at 6:45 PM. EBF is an outstanding 33-2 this year. PC is 24-11.




Oskaloosa--Ever so close to moving back into the top ten, the William Penn football team’s hard-to-swallow setback last weekend dropped it a handful of spots as the NAIA's seventh top-25 poll was released Monday.

The Statesmen (5-3, 1-1 MWL), who lost to #9 Saint Xavier 48-46 last Saturday, fell five slots to #16 with 134 points.

Courtesy of a loss to previous #2 Baker, Morningside is now a unanimous #1 with 340 points and all 15 first-place votes.  Carroll (Mont.), Grand View, and Faulkner (Ala.) make up positions 2-4, while Georgetown (Ky.) and Southern Oregon are tied for fifth. 

Clinging to its postseason life, William Penn travels to Bourbonnais, Ill. Saturday to face Olivet Nazarene in Midwest League play at noon.


Jatavius Stewart (Jr., Rock Hill, S.C., Biology) recorded one of the best single-game performances in school history, but not even he could help the William Penn football team from watching victory slip through its grasp in an intense 48-46 Midwest League loss to #9 Saint Xavier Saturday.

With the loss, the #11 nationally-ranked Statesmen (5-3, 1-1 MWL) are now in a must-win situation for the remainder of the fall.  By going perfect though, WPU, which outgained the Cougars 631-564, can still earn a share of the conference crown and likely punch a ticket for the postseason.

The afternoon had an ominous start with SXU taking the opening kickoff the entire 100 yards (actually 3-4 yards into the endzone) for a 6-0 lead only 14 seconds into action.

The navy and gold, who picked up 431 rushing yards and an additional 200 passing, answered right back with a three-play, 61-yard scoring drive.

Stewart’s record-setting outing started by capping off that first drive with a 38-yard reversal that ended up in the endzone.  It was the lone rush of the junior’s day, but he made plenty of impact in other ways.

Following one of the few stops by either side on Saturday, the host offense took advantage of its defense’s effort by traveling 73 yards in3:52 to lead 14-6.  Sam Tvedt (Sr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Business Management) finished the possession with a 25-yard scamper.

Back-to-back-to-back quick scores were next in the high-scoring affair with Stewart hauling in a 46-yard toss from Tyler Hafner (Jr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Undecided) for his first receiving touchdown.  WPU was up 21-20 after the first stanza.

The second quarter was all Saint Xavier (5-2, 1-1 MWL) as it tallied three touchdowns to lead 34-21 at intermission.

A revitalized Statesmen group blew out of the locker room with consecutive scores as Nathan Tvedt (Jr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Business Management) sprinted in from five yards out, while Stewart caught another Hafner pass--this time from six yards away to tie things up at 34-34 with 6:04 remaining in the third quarter.

Not only was the game knotted for the first time since the opening kickoff, but the momentum had moved swiftly into WPU’s favor.  That unfortunately did not last as the Cougars produced scores in two straight drives.

Never surrendering, the Statesmen came right back with another Hafner-to-Stewart TD.  The extra point was blocked for the second time on the day, but the home squad had pulled to within one score at 48-40.

Needing a stop, the defense accomplished its side of the deal with a three-and-out.  The offense showed its appreciation with another touchdown.  The Hafner-Stewart connection hooked up one final time with a 60-yarder at the 3:22 mark.  Hafner finished 11-for-15 for 200 yards, while Stewart posted 175 yards on six grabs.  The four touchdown passes tie for the most in a single game, while the four TD receptions are a new school mark.  Stewart’s yardage is also third-best tally in program history and the most since 2007.

Including his first-quarter rushing score, Stewart had five TDs, which also ties a single-game mark.

With a two-point conversion the difference, WPU was unsuccessful in its first try, but a pass interference call gave the hosts another shot.  The Statesmen could not take advantage, however, as Michael Thomas (Sr., Visalia, Calif., Undecided) was denied at the goal line.

With little time left on the clock and still trailing, the Statesmen coaching staff had a decision to make and it opted to try an onside kick.  The offering by Ante Rogic (Fr., Chicago, Ill., Biology) was a beauty.  It bounced off an SXU player and Sam Tvedt was in the right place and fell on the loose pigskin.

Fifty-five yards to paydirt and 3:22 still remaining, WPU was in a grand position to steal its second top-ten win this fall.  The Statesmen gobbled up 34 yards to eventually set up a potential game-winning 38-yard field goal with 14 ticks left.

Unfortunately, Rogic’s kick hooked just right of the goalposts and William Penn lost consecutive contests for the first time in 2014.

Thomas paced the ground game with 112 yards, while Sam Tvedt and Tyler Goble (Sr., Des Moines, Iowa, Secondary Education) each managed 96 yards.  Nathan Tvedt closed out the matchup with 52 rushing yards.

Considering they combined for nearly 1,200 yards of total offense, the final score was actually fairly low.  Both sides were limited in their final tallies by turnover issues (WPU had three, while SXU committed four--including the onside kick recovery).  Keegan Murphy (Jr., Ark City, Kan., Physical Education) and Deshon Conley (Sr., Chicago, Ill., Physical Education) each had an interception and Isaac Samek(Jr., Bolivar, Mo., Industrial Technology)  managing the other fumble recovery.  Samek paced the unit with 12 stops, while Clayton Temaat (Jr., Alba, Mo., Industrial Technology) recorded the lone sack.

“I am extremely proud of the way we hung in and battled all day,” Head Coach Todd Hafner said.  “Our players were positive and continued to stick together even through some tough times.  We will continue to prepare and get better and try to get a big win next week.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Bourbonnais, Ill. next Saturday to face Olivet Nazarene in Midwest League play at noon.


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.



Pooler, Ga.--The William Penn women’s golf team competed well against some of the nation’s top programs as it finished its fall schedule at the NAIA Fall Preview Monday and Tuesday.

The 16th-ranked Statesmen placed ninth out of 16 teams with a two-day tally of 660 (323-337) at the par-72 Savannah Quarters Country Club.  The course will serve as host to the NAIA National Championships next May.

#8 Northwood (Fla.) held off #2 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) by just one stroke at 605 (296-309), while SCAD Savannah shot 304-302.  The event featured eight ranked squads, including six in the top ten.  The navy and gold finished ahead of two of those ranked programs (#6 Coastal Georgia, #20 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)) as well as Grand View and Marian (Ind.)--teams receiving votes nationally.

Elsa Westin of Northwood claimed medalist honors at six-under-par 138 (66-72), while Maggie Yang guided William Penn in 14th place out of 87 competitors.  Yang shot 78 the first day and 77 the next round for a total of 155.

Demi Coertze was next in a tie for 29th at 161 (80-81), while Natalie Booton was also in the top 50 (T-45th, 79-90--169).

Alexandria Eckenrod shot 88-89--177 to tie for 64th and Courtney Cunningham was one stroke back in a tie for 66th at 178 (86-92).

Playing as an individual, Jodi Saito was 79th overall at 187 (93-94).



Oskaloosa--The William Penn volleyaball team pushed its rival to four sets, falling to #14 Grand View 3-1 in Midwest Collegiate Conference action Tuesday.

The Statesmen (2-26, 0-5 MCC), who lost by scores of 12-25, 16-25, 25-22, 12-25, were outhit .260-.000.

The Vikings (23-12, 5-1 MCC) rolled to any easy victory in the first set, but were tested in the second set as WPU was tied 12-12 at the midway point.

The Statesmen held a .146-.078 hitting edge in the third round.  Unfortunately, they could not duplicate that effort to force a deciding fifth set.

Kayce Skocko topped William Penn with ten kills, while Shawni Wills added eight of her own.

Leyra Jusino tallied 23 assists, while Emily McHugh and Danielle Breeher each had two aces.

Wills guided the defense with 17 digs and Ana Gutch posted three block assists.

Next Up: William Penn remains in Oskaloosa Friday to host Graceland in non-conference play at 7 p.m.  The match will also serve as Senior Night.


Oskaloosa--The Statesmen men’s soccer team will be at home for a league tournament game for the first time in eight years after tying Mount Mercy 1-1 in double overtime of a Midwest Collegiate Conference game Saturday.

With its tie, William Penn (7-7-3, 2-3-1 MCC) has garnered the #3 seed and will again play host to the sixth-seeded Mustangs, this time in the MCC Tournament Quarterfinals next Sunday at Lacey Complex Stadium (start time TBA).  The Statesmen upset MMU last year in Cedar Rapids in a penalty kick shootout.

The home tournament game is the first for the program since 2006.

Saturday’s matchup witnessed the hosts jumping out on top when Sergio Carro (Jr., London, England, Communications) scored his second goal of 2014 off a pass from Angelo Kelly (Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Physical Education) at the 5:02 mark.  Kelly now has a team-high four assists.

The Mustangs provided an answer in the 14th minute, however, and despite a load of great chances from each team, no more goals were tallied through the remainder of regulation nor in either overtime period.

William Penn outshot Mount Mercy 20-17 in a physical outing that featured 43 fouls.  Pedro Pereira was busy all evening with nine saves.



Oskaloosa--Kelly Button had success on both ends as she was again tabbed as Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Monday.

A three-time winner this fall, Button’s week started by doing great work defensively and offensively.  She began the game in goal, keeping Simpson scoreless in 75 minutes.  The senior then moved out onto the field and scored the game-winning goal in overtime for her first tally of the year.

The senior finished her week by recording seven saves versus Mount Mercy for her sixth shutout of the season. 

For the year, Button is 6-7-3 with a 1.40 Goals Against Average.  She has tallied 87 saves.

The award is the third of the year for WPU.


Camila Parra (Fr., Brisbane, Australia, Biology) found the netting twice as the William Penn women’s soccer team won 3-0 over Mount Mercy in Midwest Collegiate Conference action Saturday.

The Statesmen (7-7-3, 3-2-1 MCC) posted their sixth shutout of the year, but more importantly locked up a home game for next Saturday’sMCC Tournament Quarterfinals.  WPU will enter as the #4 seed and will host #5 Grand View (8-7-2) at Lacey Complex Stadium (start time TBA).  The squad will seek to avenge its 2012 and 2013 eliminations by the Vikings.  The sides played to a 0-0 draw back on October 1 in Oskaloosa.

The tournament home game will be the program's first since 2005.

Parra got the navy and gold going right away Saturday, scoring one of the fastest goals in program history (actual record unknown) by finishing off a pass from Savannah Padilla (So., Mesa, Ariz., Sociology) just 19 seconds into action.  It is Padilla’s second assist this year.

Parra then posted her team-best eighth goal of 2014--unassisted--in the eighth minute.  Monique Nogueira (Fr., Melbourne, Australia, Exercise Science) completed the day’s scoring at the 39:44 mark with help from Silvia Munoz (Jr., Paramount, Calif., Elementary Education).  Nogueira’s score is her second, while Munoz now has three assists.

Kelly Button (Sr., Tucson, Ariz., Business Management) highlighted another strong defensive effort, stopping seven shot attempts by the Mustangs (8-7-1, 0-5-1 MCC).



 Grand Rapids - In their final warm-up before the league championships, William Penn harrier squads competed against gigantic fields at the Great Lakes Challenge Saturday.

The WPU men were 23rd out of 35 competing teams with 650 points, while the women were just shy of filling a team.  Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) took the men’s crown (77 points) and Shawnee State (Ohio) was the women’s champion (122).  A number of ranked teams battled in each race.

Mizael Carrera of Robert Morris (Ill.) was the top male racer in 25:02.68, while Alex Berends of Taylor (Ind.) won the women’s competition in 17:56.66.

Ochaung Akway (Sr., St. Paul, Minn., Physical Education) was the only runner in the top 100 in the 375-person men’s 8K field.  He finished 54th with a time of 27:08.35.

Saromo Mugisha (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Business Management) was next in 166th at 28:41.57, while Yonas Desta (So., Salt Lake City, Utah, Biology) was only a few seconds behind him at 28:50.39 (175th).

Brenice Ndayizeye (Jr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Computer Science) placed 212th (29:24.43) and Nick Thomas (Sr., Salmon, Idaho, Physical Education) was 266th (30:27.53) to wrap up the varsity’s scoring.

Garrett Heckman (Fr., New Virginia, Iowa, Mechanical Engineering) topped the also-ran crew in 296th (31:07.93), while Zach Johnson(Fr., Decatur, Ill., Mechanical Engineering) (304th, 31:17.96), Tyler Connelly (Fr., Trenton, Texas, Software Engineering) (326th, 32:07.39), and Carlos Lizama (So., Victorville, Calif., Physical Education) (359th, 34:35.49) competed as well.

Deja Lewis (So., Spring, Texas, Psychology) guided the Statesmen women in the 5K race, finishing 177th out of 367 individuals in a time of 21:27.31.

Addison Kepner (Jr., Cincinnati, Iowa, Biology) was 208th in 21:51.98 and Guadalupe Gonzalez (Fr., Houston, Texas, Exercise Science) was 259th in 22:49.24.  Elizabeth Boyd (So., Windsor Heights, Iowa, Business Management) crossed the line in a time of 27:07.02 for 354th place.

Next Up: William Penn takes a week off before traveling to La Crosse, Wis. on November 8 to compete for the league title at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships.



Oskaloosa--The Statesmen men’s basketball team has positioned itself for a big farewell to Division II as the NAIA’s preseason top-25 poll was released Tuesday.

William Penn, which was 24-10 last year and advanced to the national quarterfinals, opens this winter at #18 with 161 points.  It is the third-consecutive season that the navy and gold are ranked in the preseason.

Defending national champion Indiana Wesleyan is #1 with 370 points and ten first-place votes.  Defending runner-up Midland (Neb.) is tied for second with 2012-2013 national champion Cardinal Stritch (Wis.).  Midland has two first-place votes as does #4 Davenport (Mich.), while Northwood (Fla.) rounds out the top five.

#14 St. Ambrose and Grand View (unofficially 39th) also represent the Midwest Collegiate Conference.  In addition to its tough league competition, WPU’s non-conference slate is daunting, beginning with Friday’s season opener against #12 Morningside (7:30 p.m. start in Sioux City).  The Statesmen will also take on #6 Bellevue (Neb.), #20 Ashford, #34 Ozarks (Mo.), and #37 Briar Cliff.



Oskaloosa--The Statesmen women’s basketball team got progressively better as the night wore on Wednesday in an 80-61 season-opening defeat of non-conference foe Waldorf.

Janay Pritchett scored 21 points, while fellow starting senior Vanessa Kieres added 15 to help William Penn (1-0) to its third-consecutive season-opening win.

After misfiring on their first seven shots, the navy and gold finally got on the board 2:46 into the game, reeling off the contest’s first seven points.  The Warriors (0-1) pulled to within one twice, but never captured the lead on Wednesday as WPU led 30-22 at the break, despite hitting just 26.7% of its first-half attempts.

The visitors continued to give the hosts fits early in the second stanza, trailing by just six in the early moments.  Fortunately, the Statesmen slowly pushed their lead into double digits and it remained there for the final 13-plus minutes of regulation.  Both sides roughly doubled their shooting efforts after intermission with WPU’s 54.3% second-half clip helping it to a 38.8%-35.6% final edge.

Free throws were the only equalizer Waldorf had as William Penn’s 26 fouls permitted the visiting squad to go to the charity stripe 36 times, making 27 of those tries.  WPU was stellar in its own right, finishing 14-for-17 at the line.

A stifling Statesmen defense more than made up for the free-throw issue as the Warriors committed 25 turnovers (WPU had ten), good for a massive 38-8 margin in points off mistakes.

The programs tied with 42 rebounds apiece, but 17 offensive boards by the victors led to a 17-6 mark in second-chance points.  Alyssa Phillips gathered up four of those offensive caroms to assist her to nine rebounds and nine points off the bench

Brynesha Mosby was also productive in a non-starting role with eight points, while Kadejah Young and Jessie Kreuser contributed seven points each. Katie Golomski made two three-pointers for six points.

Kieres dished out five assists, while Asia Cochran and Briana McRae both stole two WC passes.

Ten Statesmen scored in the win.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Sioux City Friday to face #2 Morningside in non-conference play at 5:30 p.m.



Oskaloosa--The move to a new qualifying group is definitely paying dividends early for the William Penn wrestling team as the NAIA’s preseason top-20 poll was released today.

The Statesmen, who have been moved to the North Qualifying Group, are ranked 13th in the nation with 38.5 points.  William Penn is the highest-ranked program from the North.

By being moved to the North, WPU will now not have to qualify against two of the strongest squads in the land.  Three-time defending champion Grand View is by no surprise at the top of the rating with 154.5 points, while Missouri Valley is fourth with 71.5 points.  Southern Oregon (101.5) and Great Falls (Mont.) (86) are second and third, respectively, while Montana State-Northern (69) rounds out the top five.

Scottie Bonds is leading the navy and gold nationally, ranking second at 133 pounds.  He only trails Bryce Shoemaker of Baker (Kan.) (from the Central Group), whom he lost to in last year’s national semifinals.

William Penn is represented by four other previous national qualifiers, including Kyle Soderblom who is sixth at 184 pounds.

Ishmael Rempson is tied for tenth at 174 pounds, while Brad Watson is 11th at 141.  Charlton Benjamin wraps up the current list of ranked grapplers, sitting 12th at 157 pounds.

The Statesmen are ranked second in the North Qualifying Group with 124 points (eight wrestlers).  Concordia (Neb.) edged WPU in the 13-team standings with 140 points.

Bonds is first at 133, while Benjamin, Rempson, and Soderblom are all second at their respective weights.  Watson is third at 141.

Newcomer Gary Woods gives WPU two quality men at 133 by sitting fifth.  149-pounder Lane Colwell is fifth as well, while Skip Conner is sixth at 197 pounds.

William Penn begins the season by traveling to Mason City next Saturday for the NIACC Kaye Young Open.



Oskaloosa--Despite graduating a good deal of talent, the William Penn men's bowling team is still figured to be a major player as the Midwest Collegiate Conference coaches' poll was released today.

The defending conference champion Statesmen are picked to place second in the seven-team league with 42 points and one first-place vote.

St. Ambrose took the top spot with 46 points and five first-place votes, while Clarke is third with 31 points and the final first-place nod.

Grand View (24), AIB (12), and Viterbo (11) round out the poll.


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.


Oskaloosa--The Statesmen women's bowling team is picked for the middle of the pack as the Midwest Collegiate Conference coaches' poll was released today.

The Statesmen earned 24 points to be positioned fifth among the MCC’s seven teams.  Defending champion Grand View is chosen to lead the way with 48 points and six first-place votes.

Mount Mercy is a distant second with 35 points, while Clarke has the final first-place vote to sit in third with 34 points.

St. Ambrose is fourth in the standings with 29 points, while Viterbo (16) and AIB (10) round out the poll.


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.