Area Sports 

LOCAL SPORTS NEWS

The 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 than this.

 

Ean Beenken

Aaron Blom

Emmit Boender

Veronica Bolibaugh

Vivian Bolibaugh

Waylon Bolibaugh

Carson Breon

Lindsay Breon

Jessica Collins

Jack Dawson

Brittany DeMoney

Jaden DeRonde

Nikolas Dykstra

Sophia Dykstra

Claire Fiechtner

Colin Fiechtner

Courtney Fiechtner

Broedy Gilburn

Fynn Gilburn

Owen Gordon

Kenzie Groet

Anthony Hines

Quenten Hines

Carter Huyser

Claire Kelderman

Mina Kim

Shannon Linder

Jack Miller

Jarod Miller

Aiden North

Charlie North

Andie Reif

Jackie Reif

Emily Richmond

Kaity Richmond

Max Roach

Cooper Rupprecht

Makayla Scanlon

John Wright

 

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 recent years.

In-season practices 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

BOYS' BASKETBALL

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.

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

All area schools were eliminated. The state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines will go on until March 7th.

 

WILLIAM PENN SPORTS  

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Oskaloosa--Oliver 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 office Tuesday.

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 weekend.

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 single-season lists.

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 Statesmen’s games.

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 (4.2).

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 third.

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 figures.

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

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Oskaloosa--Three 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 honorable-mention list.

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 scoring.

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

 

WRESTLING

Oskaloosa--The Statesmen wrestling team will have three ranked individuals at nationals (four total qualifiers) as the NAIA's fourth top-20 poll was released today.

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 respective weights.

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

Oskaloosa--Nearly 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 triple jump.

BOWLING

  Oskaloosa--The William Penn bowling teams return to postseason action next weekend when they compete at the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Sectionals.

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 sectional.

#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 Addison group.

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 totals.

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 Wichita.

For more information, go to http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323591

BASEBALL

Oskaloosa--Two integral 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 Statesmen skipper.

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 two games.

 

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