LOCAL SPORTS NEWS
Oskaloosa Dolphins are sending 39 swimmers to the state swim meet in
Marshalltown to swim against all of the best YMCA swim teams in Iowa.
The girls are swimming on
Saturday and the
boys are swimming on
Sunday. They have been working hard the last 3 weeks since
their sectional meet to see if they can swim personal bests at the state
meet and to compete, against the best. If you see these kids around
town wish them luck as making it to state is not an easy task as they
started working on earning this trip back in October and some even earlier
Registration is now open
for the 2015 Oskaloosa Football League. For information about the program
call the Mahaska County YMCA at 673-8411.
The fall youth flag and
tackle football program is a collaborative program offered by the YMCA and
the Oskaloosa Football League. It boasts some of the highest registration
numbers the YMCA sees. With a flag division for grades 1-2 and tackle
divisions for 3-4 and 5-6 graders, this program emphasizes the
fundamentals of football through practices and live games. Through
the help of numerous volunteer coaches and parents willing to donate their
time and energy, this program has successfully grown in popularity in
occur during the week at the Lacey Complex with games taking
place on Sundays at various sites. The 5-6 graders love the extra
opportunity they are provided as their league includes travel games in
competitions with surrounding community teams.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Last night in substate
basketball in Class 3A, Pella was able to hold off Norwalk in a battle of
two of the top teams in the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Little Dutch
extended their winning streak to 19 games and advance to the state
tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines with their 62-51 win in
Substate 6. Despite being ranked #1 in the Radio Iowa poll, Pella actually
received the #3 seed in the Class 3A bracket, and will face Cedar Rapids
Xavier next Tuesday, March 10th, at 8:15 PM. Pella enters at
21-2. On the other half of the bracket, Dallas Center-Grimes sneaked into
the tournament with a 73-70 win over Perry in overtime to get to state.
They are the #4 seed at 20-4, and will play LeMars next Tuesday at 2 PM.
The number one seed went to Williamsburg, who had to go to overtime to get
by Fort Madison, 65-64. Williamsburg enters the tournament at 22-1.
By virtue of their
Substate 6 Final win over Des Moines Christian over the weekend, the Pella
Christian boys’ basketball team qualified for the state tournament at
Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Eagles have the #7 seed, and will
face 22-2 Western Christian in the quarterfinals next Tuesday. The game
will tip-off at 12:15 PM. Pella Christian is 16-7 on the year, but played
in a very tough Little Hawkeye Conference that is comprised primarily by
Class 3A schools.
schools were eliminated. The state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des
Moines will go on until March 7th.
WILLIAM PENN SPORTS
Wells was chosen as the best new player in the league as the all-Midwest
Collegiate Conference men's basketball teams were announced by the league
Wells was named MCC Newcomer of the Year and also joined Alec Schwab
on the league’s 10-person first squad, while Shane Bosek was
one of 10 players to earn honorable-mention status.
The trio helped William Penn to a 20-12 overall mark, including 7-5 in the
MCC. WPU advanced to its third-consecutive MCC Tournament Final last
Wells, who is the third MCC NOY for the Statesmen, averaged 16.5 points
per game. His distribution numbers were his major contributions to
the navy and gold, however, as he finished with 216 assists--good for a
6.8 average. Both marks finished second on the school’s
The senior also had 5.0 rebounds in addition to 40 steals and three
blocks. He shot 45.8% from the field, had the team’s best
three-point clip at 38.1%, and also hit 70.5% from the line. Wells
tallied eight double-doubles (one triple-double) and reached double digits
27 times this winter.
Wells led the conference in assists and also ranked in the top 10 in
assist/turnover ratio (2nd, 2.0), minutes played (4th, 32.7), scoring
(6th), steals (10th), and three-point percentage (10th).
Last year’s MCC NOY, Schwab picked up his second first-team accolade in
as many years with a high-scoring campaign. The senior led William
Penn with 22.4 points per game, including five 30-point efforts (high of
37). His 717 points are second all-time in program history. He
also had 5.8 rebounds per game in addition to 53 steals, 45 assists, and
three blocks. Schwab scored in double figures in all of the
The one-time MCC Player of the Week paced the league, and actually all of
NAIA Division II currently, with 113 three-pointers. He also
finished third in the league in free-throw percentage (81.7%), fifth in
steals, sixth in minutes played (31.8), and eighth in defensive rebounds
In just two years wearing the navy and gold, Schwab reached #11 on the
career scoring list with 1,216 points. His 82.3% free-throw clip is
second, while his 19.9 scoring average and 207 three-pointers are both
Bosek, a two-time league POW, was also a prolific scorer for WPU.
Highlighted by a school-record 52 points against Grinnell in December, the
junior averaged 16.6 points in addition to 6.5 rebounds. He also had
41 assists, 23 blocks, and six steals. One of the squad’s better
shooters, he knocked down 54.0% of his tries and was a team-best 83.1% at
the stripe. He had eight double-doubles and 23 games in double
Bosek ranked fourth in the conference in defensive rebounds (5.0), fifth
in scoring and field-goal percentage, sixth in rebounding, seventh in
blocked shots, and 10th in three-pointers made (41). He really
shined in league competition with 18.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per outing.
Mount Mercy’s Dondre Osborne claimed MCC Player of the Year honors,
while MMU’s Paul Gavin was named MCC Coach of the Year in guiding the
Mustangs to both the regular season and tournament titles.
For the complete 2014-2015 all-MCC men's basketball teams, go to http://www.midwestcollegiateconference.com/article/1828.php
Statesmen seniors were honored for strong hardwood campaigns as the
all-Midwest Collegiate Conference women's basketball teams were announced
by the league office Tuesday.
Janay Pritchett (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Biology) was picked for the
league’s 10-person top squad, while Katie Golomski (Sr.,
Milwaukee, Wis., Psychology & Sociology) and Jessie Kreuser (Sr.,
Mendota Heights, Minn., Physical Education) were named to the 12-player
The honors are the third for both Pritchett and Golomski, while Kreuser is
a first-time recipient. The trio highlighted William Penn’s season
in which the navy and gold finished 11-19 (4-8 MCC).
Pritchett collected her first first-team accolade by averaging a team-best
16.5 points in addition to 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. She also
had 38 steals and one block, while shooting 41.0% from the field.
The senior, who tallied 25 double-digit showings (one double-double), also
paced WPU in free-throw (75.6%) and three-point (39.0%) shooting.
A two-time MCC Player of the Week, Pritchett led the conference in
three-point percentage. She also ranked third in scoring, fourth in
three-pointers made (53), and sixth in assists, free-throw percentage, and
minutes played (30.8).
She finished her career with 1,138 points and is fifth at WPU in
free-throw percentage (.788).
Golomski’s third honorable mention came on the heels of her averaging
7.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and a team-best 3.0 assists. She also
tallied 15 steals and 13 blocks. Golomski hit double figures eight
times with one double-double.
The senior was third in the MCC in made three-pointers (57), fourth in
assists and defensive rebounds (6.2), fifth in three-point percentage
(33.1%), sixth in rebounding, seventh in minutes played (30.5), and ninth
in blocked shots (13).
The program’s all-time leader in three-pointers with 268, she joins
Pritchett as a member of the 1,000-Point Club (1,087 points).
Kreuser tallied 12.2 points per game in addition to being the team leader
in rebounds (8.0) and blocks (45 total). She shot 42.5% from the
floor with 38 steals and 27 assists, and also posted 17 games in double
digits (eight double-doubles).
The senior ranked in the MCC’s top 10 in several categories, including
second in offensive rebounds (3.1), third in blocks, fourth in rebounding,
eighth in field-goal percentage and defensive rebounds (4.9), and ninth in
One of the top rebounders in school history, Kreuser ends her career
ranked eighth with 733 rebounds.
St. Ambrose’s Katie Jensen claimed MCC Player of the Year honors, while
Clarke’s Kea Whittington garnered Newcomer honors. Clarke’s Don
Adams, who led his team to the MCC Tournament title, was named MCC Coach
of the Year.
For the complete 2014-2015 all-MCC women's basketball teams, go to http://www.midwestcollegiateconference.com/article/1829.php
Statesmen wrestling team will have three ranked individuals at nationals
(four total qualifiers) as the NAIA's fourth top-20 poll was released
Via his runner-up placing at last weekend’s North Qualifying Group
Tournament, Scottie Bonds (So., Chicago, Ill., Physical
Education) is currently sixth at 141 pounds. Fellow national
qualifiers 125-pounder Angel Villa (Fr., Deming, N.M., General
Accounting) and 174-pounder Ishmael Rempson (Sr., Olympia
Fields, Ill., Industrial Technology) are also tied for 16th at their
The trio has helped William Penn to #23 with 11 points.
Grand View will enter nationals as #1 with 172 points. Lindsey
Wilson (Ky.) is second with 108.5 points, while Great Falls (Mont.) (105.5
points), Southern Oregon (99.5 points), and Montana State-Northern (72.5
points) round out the top five.
To view the complete polls, go to http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209542164
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
20 William Penn indoor track and field athletes received all-Midwest
Collegiate Conference honors for their efforts this season.
All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in
individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event
not contested at the league championships. Honorable-mention awards
also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA's qualifying standard who
were not already named all-MCC in their event.
The men notched 13 laurels, while the women earned three.
Alex Edwards was named MCC Track Athlete of the Year, while Cornelius McCastle claimed
the MCC Field Athlete of the Year accolade. Edwards won the
MCC’s 400, 600, and 800-meter events and also paced the 4x800-meter
relay squad to the win. McCastle was the league champion
in the high jump and triple jump.
CJ Watts (third in the 400-meter dash and 600-meter run), Romel Marzette
(second in the 60-meter dash, third in the long jump), and Derek
Seddon (second in the shot put, third in the weight throw) all received
two honors each.
Charlie Rachford and Markenson Charles were first and second in
the 60-meter hurdles, whileKalob Gist won the shot put.
Jaylin Thomas finished second in the long jump and Ochaung Akway
was third in the 5,000-meter run.
Payton Busch, Zach Johnson, and Nick Thomas joined Edwards on
the winning 4x8 squad.
On the women's side, Tarah Alexander took the 800-meter run
title at the league championships, while Meaghan Foster placed second
in the shot put and Raveen Rhone earned third place in the
Oskaloosa--The William Penn bowling teams return to postseason
action next weekend when they compete at the XBowling Intercollegiate Team
The men and women, ranked #35 and #42 respectively on the collegebowling.com website,
will travel to Addison, Ill. next Saturday and Sunday for
the event at Stardust Bowl. The tournament is a Baker format
consisting of 64 total games--32 each day.
The other sectionals will be held at Stratford, N.J., Fort Worth, Texas,
and Smyrna, Tenn.
For the men, it is their fifth sectionals trip in six years on the lanes,
while the women are making their fourth appearance in the postseason.
#2 McKendree (Ill.) is the best men’s team in the Smyrna group, while #3
Webber International (Fla.) is the highest-ranked program going to
Stratford. #4 San Jose State (Calif.) will lead the Forth Worth
#1 Robert Morris (Ill.) will lead the way in Addison, while fellow top-10
program Wisconsin-Whitewater (#7) joins them there. It is easily the
largest of the four sectionals.
Jacques Kaune headlines
the William Penn men with a 201.6 average.
#1 Wichita State (Kan.) will go to the women’s Fort Worth sectional,
while #2 Pikeville (Ky.) will be in Smyrna. #3 Webber International
travels to Stratford and #4 Robert Morris will be the top-rated team in
Addison. #8 St. Francis (Ill.) is the other top-10 team in the
Stephanie Adams is
WPU’s best female roller at 193.7.
Sectional assignments are based on Team Ranking System points. Fields
are determined by taking geographic distance, economics, and field size
into consideration. To sort teams evenly throughout each sectional,
the USBC attempts to place no more than two of the top eight schools and
no more than four of the top 16 schools in a sectional based on final TRS
The top four teams from each of the four sectionals advance to the
XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, which will be held April
15-18 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.
In addition, the four sites will also host the XBowling Intercollegiate
Singles Sectionals on March 14 with individuals bowling six games.
The top 24 men and the top 16 women--top four from each sectional plus
eight additional men based on size of field at each location--advance to
the national singles championship on April 14 and 18 in
For more information, go to http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323591
members of last weekend's season-opening sweep were honored as the Midwest
Collegiate Conference Baseball Players of the Week were announced Monday.
Josh Ruiz (Sr., Chula Vista, Calif., General Mathematics) was named
MCC Pitcher of the Week (second in his career) and Connor Sutton (Jr.,
Gilroy, Calif., Sociology) claimed the MCC Player of the Week nod.
The pair led William Penn (2-0) to a sweep of McPherson (Kan.) on Friday,
helping Head Coach Mike Laird to his 900th career win as the
Ruiz tossed a one-hit shutout versus the Bulldogs, striking out 11 batters
with two walks. He struck out the side in the first and had at least
one K in six of the seven frames. The senior also did not permit a
Bulldog to advance past first base.
Sutton provided plenty of offense for the navy and gold, going 4-for-7 for
a .571 batting clip. The junior pounded two home runs (one in each
game) and also tallied four RBIs and three runs scored. WPU combined
for only one roundtripper in 2014, but already has four homers after just
Oskaloosa--Former Statesmen baseball pitcher Corey Lathram has
extended his career past college as he recently signed a contract to play
professionally in the Southwest.
Lathram inked a contract with the Roswell Invaders, a Pecos League
franchise out of Roswell, N.M. The Pecos League is an independent
league consisting of teams from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Colorado.
Players in the league are 25 years old and younger. The regular
season runs from May 19-July 28 and Lathram is set to report to
camp in early May.
“I am excited to keep playing; you never know when you will no longer be
able to play the sport you love,” Lathram said. “I am going down
there with hopes of having a good season and that it will help me get
signed by a Major League organization. Hopefully I can turn this
into something long term.”
Lathram had an impressive two-year career at William Penn, highlighted by
going 5-2 with a 2.91 Earned Run Average over 20 appearances as a junior
in 2013. He earned first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference
honors for his efforts that spring.
For more information on the Roswell Invaders, go to http://www.roswellinvaders.com
For more information on the Pecos League, go to www.pecosleague.com