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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
– 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.”
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.
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 www.MahaskaYMCA.org.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
night was a big night for cross country, as the Little Hawkeye Conference meet
occurred at Dallas Center-Grimes. With four schools ranked among the seven
participating teams on the boys’ side, it was going to be a hard fought
race, and that is exactly how it went down.
#1 Pella won
the team title with 40 points, and were followed by #9 Grinnell, #8 Dallas
Center-Grimes, and then 14th ranked Oskaloosa. Newton, Norwalk,
and Pella Christian rounded out the field. Although the Indians fell in
line to the state rankings, they still got great performances from their
leaders, with Skylar DeJong winning the meet with a time of 16:08 and
brother Spencer finishing right behind him at 16:10.
girls’ side, the finishing order was similar, with #4 Pella winning the
meet with 39 points, #8 Grinnell finishing second, #12 DCG in third,
Newton in 4th, and Osky only two points behind the Cardinals in
5th. Norwalk finished 6th and PC finished 7th.
Sienna DeJong again led the charge for the Indians, finishing second with
a time of 15:08. Tori Palmer also had a top 20 finish, coming in 18th
meet for the cross country teams is extremely important, as it is the
state qualifying race at Pella next Thursday to see who will qualify as a
team and as individuals.
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.
WILLIAM PENN SPORTS
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
William Penn women’s soccer team was unable to keep pace near the top of
the Midwest Collegiate Conference standings as it suffered a 4-0 loss to
St. Ambrose Saturday.
The Statesmen (5-7-3, 2-2-1 MCC) were outshot just 12-4 and played strong
defense for most of the afternoon. Unfortunately, the Queen Bees
broke through at the 18:48 mark and then posted another goal
less than five minutes later.
The margin remained two for SAU (9-5-2, 4-1-1 MCC) until the closing
minutes, but the visitors secured the win with two late scores in the 87th and
Alyce Correia recorded three of WPU’s four shot attempts, while Kelly
Button saved four shots between the pipes.
While the loss knocks WPU out of regular season title contention, next
Saturday’s season finale against Mount Mercy is a big one for the
program. A Statesmen win or a Grand View tie or loss to Clarke will
lock up the #4 seed and a first-round home game for the MCC Tournament on November
1 (other tiebreakers could come into play as well).
Next Up: William Penn travels to Indianola Wednesday to
face Simpson in non-conference action at 5 p.m.
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
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.
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
William Penn opens its season next Wednesday at home against
Waldorf in in non-conference action at 6 p.m.
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.
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
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
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.
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