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. To register, you must have 6-10 players as a coed team. The cost is $30, and the deadline to register is October 26th. Please email to register your team. This is a great opportunity to put together a team from work or to just have a great time with some friends.


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




Friday night sorted out several of the playoff races in the area. In Class 3A, the Oskaloosa Indians fell to Knoxville, 49-13. Knoxville clinches their first playoff berth since 1990 and will play Norwalk for the third seed in District 7. The Indians are now eliminated from playoff contention. Pella is officially the #1 seed out of the district with Carlisle second.

In Class 4A, the Ottumwa Bulldogs got an important 38-14 win over Burlington to position themselves for a playoff berth. The Bulldogs control their own destiny, and can clinch the playoff berth by defeating Cedar Rapids Prairie on the road this Friday.

In Class 2A, Albia had a nice bounce back win over PCM, taking care of them 48-14. They are locked in as the second seed in District 6 behind CMB.

In Class 1A District 6, it appears that three area teams could be playoff bound after all three got big wins Friday. Pella Christian shut out West Marshall 35-0 to clinch a playoff spot. They'll battle #1 ranked Iowa City Regina for the first seed this Friday. Sigourney/Keota beat Columbus 56-35 to move to 3-2 in the district, tied with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, who took care of Highland 42-7.

In Class A, Montezuma remained unbeaten by trouncing Iowa Valley 55-13. They'll play BGM for the District 7 Title this Friday. Also, Lynnville-Sully got a win over North Mahaska, 56-34. In District 6, Pekin got a big 48-2 win over WACO.

In 8 player football, Grand View Christian beat Tri-County 52-6, Twin Cedars stayed alive with a 42-30 win over Mormon Trail, and Melcher-Dallas beat Moravia 42-16.



Today is a big day in cross country in the state, as all classes will determine who will be in the state cross country meet on November 1st. Oskaloosa’s team will be in Pella in one of the five Class 3A meets. That meet begins at 3:30. Joining them and the host Dutch are Ballard, Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Chariton, Clarke’s girls, Grinnell, Knoxville, Mount Pleasant, Nevada, Norwalk, and Saydel.


Tuesday night, it was the beginning of postseason volleyball in the area. In Class 1A, Montezuma swept Tri-County to move on to face #13 Keota in the next round. Also, Lynnville-Sully swept HLV to advance. They will face Iowa Valley in Marengo. In Class 2A, BGM swept North Mahaska to move on to face Iowa City Regina next week. Pekin swept Highland. They will move on to face West Branch. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont now knows they will face Pleasantville after they slipped past Van Meter, 3-2. On the same side of that Region 4 Bracket in Class 2A, Pella Christian found out it will play Des Moines Christian who swept Nodaway Valley. The second round for Class 1A and 2A is next Tuesday. In other volleyball action, Pella swept Oskaloosa in three tight sets as both of those Class 4A teams wrap up their regular season before next week’s first round of regionals.




Oskaloosa--Having its four-game winning streak snapped pushed the William Penn football team down the national ladder as the NAIA's fifth top-25 poll was released Monday.

The Statesmen (5-2, 1-0 MWL), who lost to then-#21 Marian (Ind.) last Saturday, fell five slots to #11 with 186 points.

Morningside remains #1 with 314 points and 13 first-place votes, while Baker (Kan.) is still second with the final first-place vote.  Carroll (Mont.), Grand View, and Faulkner (Ala.) round out the top five.

The Midwest League is also represented by #9 Saint Xavier (Ill.), William Penn’s opponent this Saturday in Oskaloosa (noon start).


Indianapolis, Ind.--Little went the way of the visitors in a 37-14 MSFA crossover loss to #21 Marian Saturday.

#6 William Penn (5-2), which was outgained 419-242, had its four-game winning streak abruptly snapped by the Knights.  The squad will look to regroup next Saturday as it returns to Midwest League play for a home game against #13 Saint Xavier at noon.

The Statesmen started the afternoon well with a pair of first downs in their opening possession, but could not convert on fourth down in Knight territory.  The home team, playing in front of a Homecoming crowd of over 3,500, then wasted no time in getting on the board with a seven-play scoring drive.

Marian (4-2) tacked on a long field goal and another touchdown to lead 17-0 at intermission, but it could have been worse had it not been for an interception by Joseph Frye early in the second stanza.

The hosts continued to pour it on in the third with an offensive touchdown followed by a defensive score (returned fumble).

After sticking the Knights deep on their next possession, WPU returned the favor with a defensive TD of its own.  Freddy Griggs stepped in front of a pass and took the pigskin back six yards to finally get the Statesmen on the board at 31-7.

Consecutive field goals capped MU’s scoring, while William Penn racked up a sizeable chunk of its yardage with a long drive in the contest’s waning minutes.  Backup quarterback Tyler Hafner, headlined by a 25-yard pass play--the team’s only completion, marched his squad 70 yards down the gridiron.  Judson Humphries finally plunged in from one yard out.

Evan Ressler finished with a team-high 62 rushing yards, while five others had at least 12 yards on the ground.  Desmond Douglas caught the lone Statesmen pass.

Frye guided the defensive side with 12 tackles and one sack to accompany his interception.  Isaac Samek notched 11 stops and Griggs contributed ten tackles.


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.



Oskaloosa--Maggie Yang performed extremely well in front of the home crowd and was rewarded for those efforts by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Golfer of the Week Monday.

Yang collected her first award of the year (seventh career) by winning the William Penn Invitational last Friday and Saturday.  She shot a 74 the first day and then posted an even-par 71 the following round to break two schools records.  The senior snapped her own 18-hole mark with the 71 (old mark was 72) and is now once again the owner of the 36-hole mark at 145 (old mark was 148).

Her scores paced the Statesmen to their fourth tournament title of the fall as they also set new program marks for 18 holes (304) and 36 holes (615--311-304).

The junior currently has a 78.1 stroke average over nine rounds and has placed no lower than sixth this fall.  She has recorded five rounds in the 70s.

It is the fourth award for William Penn this year.



La Crosse, Wis.--The host squad showed why it is one of the best in the nation as the Statesmen volleyball team was swept 3-0 by #9 Viterbo in Midwest Collegiate Conference play Tuesday.

William Penn (2-21, 0-4 MCC) lost by scores of 16-25, 9-25, 12-25 to the V-Hawks (29-4, 4-0 MCC).  The visitors were limited to a -.035 hitting clip, while Viterbo hit .271 in the match.

Kayce Skocko tallied six kills and Kylie Giger had five, while Leyra Jusino assisted on 11 winners.

Skocko managed the team’s lone ace, while Danielle Breeher came up with 14 digs.

Ana Gutch, with one solo and two assists, and Shawni Wills, with three assists, were each part of three blocks.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Grand Rapids, Mich. this weekend to compete in the Aquinas/Cornerstone Tournament.  On Friday, the Statesmen meet Siena Heights (Mich.) at 5 p.m. and Lawrence Tech (Mich.) at 8 p.m., while Saturday’s matches against Aquinas and Cornerstone are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.  Match times are Eastern.


Pella--The Battle of I-163 went to the home team Tuesday as the William Penn men’s soccer team fell 2-1 in double overtime to Central in non-conference play.

The old rivalry witnessed the Dutch (5-10) holding a 19-16 edge in shots over the Statesmen (7-7-2).  It was the third-straight overtime contest for WPU, which fell in extra time for the first time in six tries (3-1-2).

Following a scoreless opening stanza, Sergio Carro got the visitors on the board first by finishing off a pass from Luiz Teles at the 50:45 mark.  It is the first career goal for Carro and the first career assist for Teles. 

Unfortunately with time running out, Central knotted the matchup in the 86th minute to force overtime.  The first OT was scoreless, but the Dutch ended the duel with the game-winner 5:03 into the fourth overall period.

Randolph Tamba guided the offense with five shots, while Pedro Pereira posted a career high with nine saves.

Next Up: William Penn returns home Saturday to host Midwest Collegiate Conference foe Mount Mercy in its season finale at 7 p.m.  The game will also serve as Senior Day.



Indianola--The Statesmen women’s soccer team ended its non-conference slate with a 2-1 overtime victory over Simpson Wednesday.

Starting goalkeeper Kelly Button, who moved from between the pipes to out in the field midway through the second half, tallied the game-winner for William Penn (6-7-3) at the 97:43 mark.

The visitors owned a 17-9 edge in shots against the Storm (2-14-1), but were scoreless for most of the first half.  Silvia Munoz finally recorded the day’s first goal--her third of the year--in the 40th minute.  Francis Lee assisted on the goal--her second of 2014.

Simpson knotted the contest in the 78th minute and the final 12 minutes did not include a goal as WPU went to extra time for the seventh time this fall.  The navy and gold picked up their second overtime win (2-2-3 in OT) when Button finished off a pass from Camila Parra.  It was Button’s first goal and Parra’s first assist.

Button also had two saves in the win, while Autumn Whitehorse had one stop while giving up the tying goal.  Alyce Correia finished with a squad-high four shots.

Next Up: William Penn returns to Oskaloosa Saturday to host Mount Mercy in Midwest Collegiate Conference action at 5 p.m.  The game will also serve as Senior Day.



Oskaloosa--Ochaung Akway had his best showing of the year last weekend and he was rewarded by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week Monday.

Akway earned his first award by leading the Statesmen at the St. Ambrose Invitational.  His season-best time of 26:40 on the 8K course was good for ninth place out of 120 runners.  He led all MCC competitors on Saturday.

The senior has paced WPU in two races this year.  It is the first award for William Penn in 2014.  



Oskaloosa--The league’s head men gave a lot of respect to the William Penn men’s basketball team, but also offered up plenty to last year’s regular season champion as the Midwest Collegiate Conference preseason coaches' poll was released today.

William Penn was 24-10 (9-3 MCC) last year, winning the MCC Tournament crown and advancing to the NAIA Division II National Championship Quarterfinals.  Unfortunately, that was not enough to lift the navy and gold to the top spot in the preseason coaches’ rating.

St. Ambrose, last year’s regular season winner, nipped WPU by one point at 46-45 and took one more first-place vote (4-3).

Grand View is well back in third with 33 points, while Clarke (22), Viterbo (21), and Mount Mercy (19) are closely packed together in the middle.  AIB rounds out the poll with ten points.

William Penn opens its season next Friday by traveling to Sioux City to face Morningside in non-conference action at 7:30 p.m.



Oskaloosa--In a deep league race, the Statesmen women’s basketball team is slated to finish fifth as the Midwest Collegiate Conference preseason coaches' poll was released today.

William Penn (12-18, 3-9 MCC) picked up 26 points to take the fifth spot in the seven-team league.

The MCC’s coaches have put St. Ambrose back at the top after winning the 2013-2014 regular season and tournament crowns.  SAU took 48 points and six first-place votes.

Mount Mercy claimed the final first-place vote and is a distant second with 37 points.  Clarke is close behind in third with 34 points, while Grand View (29) and William Penn (26) are also in the mix.

Viterbo, with 12 points, and AIB, with ten points, round out the preseason rating.

William Penn opens its season next Wednesday at home against Waldorf in in non-conference action at 6 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.