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OACDG Annual Awards Banquet

On Thursday, May 10, the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group will hold the OACDG Annual Awards Banquet at 5:30 PM in the William Penn Cafeteria, located in the Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union. Meal options include steak, chicken, salmon, or vegetarian. Get tickets prior to April 27 for $30 at the Oskaloosa Chamber office. After April 27, ticket prices increase to $40. The OACDG Annual Meeting will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 with a social hour, followed by dinner, awards, and a dessert auction. Call 641-672-2591 for tickets or to nominate award recipients.

WPU Department of Fine Arts to Present an Evening of Great TV

Do you remember the Golden Age of Television? Are you a fan of MeTV? Does the music of film and television stir vivid memories of happy times in your mind? Well, you’re in luck! On Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, the William Penn University Jazz Ensemble and William Penn Singers are taking a trip back in time. Theme songs, commercial jingles, and other sounds from classic television will be featured in concert. Included in the performance will be favorite themes like “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, “Family Guy”, “Get Smart”, “Sanford and Son”, “The Pink Panther”, “Shaft”, and more. Music from commercials for BMW, Delta Airlines, State Farm, and even Chips Ahoy will be part of the mix. The show begins each evening at 7:00 PM in the Musco Technology Center on the Oskaloosa campus of William Penn University. Admission is free and open to the public.

Statesmen Baseball Drops Two Against MMU

(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa)—The Statesmen baseball team (11-22, 4-14 Heart) hit the road to play a doubleheader and open a four game series against the Mount Mercy Mustangs (19-19-1, 10-9-1 Heart) in Heart of America Conference action on Thursday.

William Penn would fall short of their goal as they would drop the first two games of the series by the scores of 10-3 and 5-1.

WPU 3, MMU 10

The Statesmen offense would get going early as they would scratch in the first inning when Seth Reisbeck (Jr., Meridian, Idaho, History/Government) singled to center field, scoring Isaiah Almanza (Jr., Deming, N.M., Exercise Science). Almanza led off the game with a single to center field.

WPU would add 2 more runs in the third inning.

D.J. Milam (Sr., Lancaster, Calif., Business Management) started for William Penn but unfortunately did not have his best stuff. The senior was only able to get through 1 inning while surrendering 5 earned runs. Wilson Lorenzo (So., Fort Myers, Fla., Computer Science) would highlight the pitching performances by throwing an inning while only surrendering a hit.

Three Statesmen would finish with multi-hit performances including a 3-hit game by Reisbeck.

WPU 1, MMU 5

Augie Voight (Jr., Waukegan, Ill., Secondary Education) would take the mound for William Penn in game two and went a respectable 6 innings while surrendering 4 earned runs and striking out 6.

The Statesmen bats were stifled as they were only able to push across one run. William Penn would outhit the Mustangs 8-3 but were edged in the error column 2-0.

The game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the Mustang bats were able to take advantage of a couple of walks and an error to explode for big 5 run inning.

Matt Rhodes (Fr., Des Moines, Iowa, Business Management) highlighted the Statesmen bats in game two going 2-3 with a run scored.

Next Up: William Penn will conclude the series with Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids on Friday starting at 11 a.m.

Robinson Claims First Career ‘Athlete of the Week’ Award

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa)–William Penn University’s Derek Robinson (Sr., Jenks, Okla., Communications) had the best outing of his collegiate career and was appropriately rewarded as he was named Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week Monday.

Robinson collected his first-ever weekly award after qualifying for two events and finishing high in two other events at the Central Invitational.

With his marks, the senior will now compete at nationals in the hammer and discus after hitting automatic-qualifying standards in both competitions.  He won the hammer at 181-9 and was second in the discus at 165-6; both are personal bests.

Robinson also placed fifth in the javelin at 159-9 and sixth in the shot put at 44-0.5.

Currently, Robinson ranks fourth in the NAIA in the discus and sixth in the hammer.

The award is the third for the men’s program this year.

 

WPU Women’s Bowling Competes at NAIA Invitational

(HIGHLAND, Indiana) – The Statesmen Women’s Bowling Team gained great experience in a big-time national tournament setting as it battled at the NAIA Invitational Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

William Penn University rolled in 24 Baker games before facing off against the NAIA’s best in bracket play. The navy and gold finished 11th out of 20 teams with 4,464 pins (186.0 average), while Indiana Tech claimed the top seed with 4,781 pins (199.2 average).

By finishing in the top 12, the Statesmen received a bye in the double-elimination format and took on #6 seed Grand View in the second round. Unfortunately, the squad came up just short in a 3-2 loss (204-201, 171-245, 189-180, 176-207, 215-268).

WPU was demoted to the consolation bracket and failed to move on, ending its trip at 0-2 with a 3-1 setback to #14 Marian (Ind.) (175-195, 158-258, 197-168, 150-252).

This is the final year the NAIA will have an Invitational as next year the sport moves to Championship status.

Team members included Nicole Craft (So., Wakefield, Neb., Physical Education), Abbey Fangman (Fr., Waterloo, Iowa, Elementary Education), Audra Farley (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Education), Kaylee Gerken (Jr., Dubuque, Iowa, Elementary Education), Kayla Gifford (So., Camanche, Iowa, Biology), Nicole Mottier (Fr., Madison, Wis., Computer Science), Amber Ovel (Jr., Waterloo, Iowa, Business Management), and Bailey Palmer (So., Ottumwa, Iowa, Undecided).

This story was provided in a news release sent on behalf of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group Seeks Award Nominations

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group (OACDG) will again be presenting several civic awards at their annual meeting to be held Thursday, May 10 at the cafeteria located at William Penn University. Chamber members as well as area residents are urged to submit their nominations for these awards. The categories are as follows:

Retail Business and Service Business of the Year–The most outstanding retail or service business in the Mahaska community during this past fiscal year must be in business for minimum of two years, demonstrate success, with evidence of commitment and contribution to the community.

Industry of the Year–The most outstanding industry in the Mahaska community during the year will have a stable employment history, will have been in business for minimum of two years, showing evidence of commitment and contribution to the community and a commitment to sound management practices.

Business Person of the Year–This individual will have demonstrated those qualities which have distinguished him/her in business: proven commitment and contribution to the community, a commitment to ethical business practices, recognized within their profession, a Mahaska County resident, a history of success in their business.

Citizen of the Year–This individual will have demonstrated outstanding involvement in and support of his/her community over an extended period of time.

Community Improvement Award–This commercial or industrial property will have made improvements which enhance the appearance and /or economic vitality of the Mahaska community through new development or through the redevelopment of an existing property.

Educator of the Year–This individual from a Mahaska County school will display a true passion and devotion to the betterment of students.

To make any nominations or to contribute an innovative idea for a “special award” pertaining to exceptional achievement in a category not mentioned, call 641-672-2591, email dbruxvoort@oacdg.org with “OACDG Award” in the subject line, or fax 641-672-2047. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 6.

William Penn to Add Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s Volleyball

(Oskaloosa, Iowa) — William Penn Athletics Director Nik Rule is excited to announce the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s volleyball to the list of intercollegiate sports the University offers.

All three sports will begin competition in the 2019-2020 school year. They are the first sports to be added since men’s and women’s bowling back in 2009-2010; WPU has added or reinstated seven programs since joining the NAIA in 2001-2002.

“We feel these three intercollegiate sports fit perfectly into our strategic plan for our University and the athletics department,” Rule said. “They are quickly-emerging sports in the NAIA with several schools in our conference and our region sponsoring them. It is the perfect time to add them to our department and we have facilities that will immediately be able to accommodate each sport.”

At the genesis of the programs, one head coach will be hired for the lacrosse teams, while another will be hired for men’s volleyball. National searches for both head coaches will begin immediately. Once the coaches are hired, recruiting will commence immediately; as is with all other sports on campus, athletic scholarships will be available.

“The culture we are continuing to focus on revolves around building high-achieving athletic programs with coaches of high energy,” Rule said. “Our coaches cultivate success and create environments that lead to victories in the classroom and on the playing surface. We look forward to finding leaders who share that same vision.”

The lacrosse programs, whose seasons run from February through May, will compete at Lacey Complex Stadium. Men’s volleyball runs from January through April and the Statesmen will host their matches in the Penn Activity Center.

LACROSSE

Currently, the NAIA does not sponsor lacrosse as a championship sport. It is in invitational status (eight-team national tournament) with 32 schools offering it, including three in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Benedictine, Clarke, and Missouri Valley). The Heart currently combines with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the teams play for a KCAC title. The NAIA plans to have 40 teams to reach championship status.

In addition to facing NAIA programs, William Penn’s schedule will likely feature a plethora of NCAA Division I schools as over 200 institutions sponsor it on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Nationally, there are over 180,000 boys (over 300 teams in Ill., Kan., Mo., and Wis.) and 88,000 girls (nearly 20,000 in Iowa, Ill., Mo., and Wis.) competing at the high school level.

The WPU coaching staff will be expected to fill a varsity roster for its first year in 2019-2020 and have both varsity and JV squads by 2020-2021.

“Lacrosse is a fascinating and very entertaining sport,” Rule said. “We believe fans of William Penn University, as well as our students, will really enjoy watching our lacrosse student-athletes compete at the stadium.”

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The NAIA also currently does not sponsor men’s volleyball as a championship sport. It is in invitational status (eight-team national tournament) with 34 schools offering it, including six in the Heart (Clarke, Culver-Stockton, Graceland, Grand View, Missouri Valley, and Mount Mercy). Due to ample participation, the Heart offers a conference championship. The NAIA plans to have 40 teams to reach championship status.

While boys’ volleyball is not a sponsored sport in Iowa, it is quite popular throughout the Midwest (nearly 10,000 players in Ill., Mo., and Wis.) and nationally (55,000 players).

The WPU coaching staff will be expected to fill a varsity roster for its first year in 2019-2020 and have both varsity and JV squads by 2020-2021.

“Men’s volleyball is a fast-paced and action-packed sport that is growing rapidly in popularity in the United States,” Rule said. “It will be played in the Penn Activities Center which will provide for a very unique venue on campus. Our fans will love watching our student-athletes compete.”

With the additions, William Penn will now offer a total of 24 intercollegiate sports, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s bowling, cheerleading, men’s and women’s cross country, dance, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s volleyball, and wrestling.

For more information on the newly-added programs and all Statesmen programs, visit William Penn’s athletics website.

This article was written by Wade Steinlage, Sports Information Director, William Penn University.

Nwagbaraocha Eclipses 1,000 Career Points as Statesmen Thump Bobcats

(Oskaloosa, Iowa) –Vashti Nwagbaraocha (Jr., Milwaukee, Wis., Exercise Science) reached a major milestone Wednesday in helping the William Penn women’s basketball team to an 89-47 Heart of America Athletic Conference victory over Peru State.

WPU (18-5, 12-2 Heart) has now won a season-high five games in a row, the longest streak for the program since taking six straight during the 2012-2013 campaign. The win helps the navy and gold keep pace with MidAmerica Nazarene and Central Methodist at the top of the league standings. It also sets up a colossal matchup with #5 MNU on Saturday in Olathe, Kan. (2 p.m. tipoff).

The start of Wednesday’s battle was all about Nwagbaraocha as she entered just 10 points away from 1,000 for her career. It fortunately did not take long for the junior to get the job done as she made four of her first five baskets, all in the first quarter. With 2:50 still left in the opening period, point #1,000 was recorded as Nwagbaraocha knocked down the first of two free throws.

Nwagbaraocha, who tallied 11 first-quarter points and finished with 20 points, becomes the 23rd player in school history to join the 1,000-point club. She had 304 points as a freshman, 345 as a sophomore, and has 361 so far this year (currently at 1,010).

Also of special note, Nwagbaraocha surpassed 700 career rebounds Wednesday (currently at 704) and becomes just the 10th Statesmen ever to record 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.

Back to action, it was not only Nwagbaraocha who had a huge night against the Bobcats (3-19, 0-14 Heart). All five starters were excellent in their own way as WPU pulled out to a 25-6 edge after 10 minutes of play.

The Statesmen have had issues in the second quarter lately, but managed to top PSC Wednesday, outscoring the visiting crew 20-18 to extend their advantage to 45-24 at halftime.

The hosts did not slow down after intermission in rolling past Peru State, highlighted by being +18 in the turnover battle (WPU had 12 errors, while PSC had 30). That led to a gaudy 36-3 edge in points off turnovers for the victors.

William Penn outshot the visitors 49.2%-42.1% and also held a 31-25 mark in rebounds; the Statesmen outscored the Bobcats 14-3 in second-chance points.

While Nwagbaraocha was stellar down low, going 7-for-9 from the field (6-for-8 FT), Sarah Hansen (Sr., Kewanee, Ill., Psychology) was the game leader in points with 26. The senior was 8-for-16 overall, including finishing 6-for-12 from the perimeter.

The Statesmen not only lived from deep, but they lived well, making a season-high 15 trifectas on 48.4% shooting.

Kate Ylitalo (So., Maple Plain, Minn., Biology) added 17 points, but did much more damage on the defensive end, especially in the first half with seven steals. She ended the win with eight thefts, while William Penn stole 19 passes as a collective unit.

Jenna Santi (Jr., Oak Creek, Wis., Sports Management) was next with eight points and had a tremendous effort as a distributor with 10 assists; the Statesmen managed 24 assists on their 30 made buckets.

Sham Troupe (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) contributed seven points and was WPU’s top rebounder with 10 caroms. The junior was especially active on the offensive glass with seven boards.

“I am happy with our defensive effort tonight and the way we shared the ball on offense,” Head Coach Steve Williamson said. “It is always good when you have 20 or more assists as a team.”

William Penn Dominates Second Half to Avenge Loss to Peru State

(Oskaloosa, Iowa)– The Statesmen men’s basketball team bounced back from a rare home loss and also avenged its only other setback of the season by crushing Peru State 110-79 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play Wednesday.

#1 WPU (22-2, 12-2 Heart) shot 61.5% in the second half and scored 61 points after intermission to start a new home winning streak; the previous streak of 37 was snapped last Saturday. Wednesday’s win puts PSC (16-9, 10-4 Heart) two games back of the navy and gold in the North Division, while fellow North foe Graceland is also now two back after falling to Clarke. Central Methodist is currently the only program within one game of the Statesmen for the Heart lead.

The Bobcats, who knocked off William Penn back in December, came ready to play and owned its biggest lead of nine at 21-12 just 6:57 into the evening.

The home squad slowly started to warm up, but was still down 41-38 with 2:45 left in the opening period. WPU closed strong, though, with an 11-4 run and was on top 49-45 at intermission.

The contest was still a tight one at the 15:27 mark with the Statesmen ahead just 56-52, but the hosts pulled away with a 15-0 run over the next 2:29. Aakim Saintil (Sr., West Orange, N.J., Business Management) took over during the run by scoring 11 of his 12 total points, highlighted by a trio of three-pointers. William Penn made 11 long balls Wednesday.

The advantage grew to a game-high 33 points in the waning minutes as the victors finished with a 57.0%-36.0% shooting margin.

As per the norm this winter, the Statesmen were balanced offensively with seven players hitting the double-digit mark. Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) scored 20 points, but was also an efficient distributor with 11 assists for a double-double.

Dominique Shaw (Sr., Lufkin, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) was next with 17 points, while D’Angelo Allen (Jr., Dallas, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) topped the bench with 16 points. The duo combined for another 11 assists as the navy and gold assisted 35 times on their 45 made baskets.

JC Washington (Sr., Houston, Texas, Sociology) matched Thompson with a double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. The hosts won the rebounding battle 54-42, but were actually outscored 14-12 in second-chance points.

Conversely, WPU had three more turnovers (13-10), but were eight better (16-8) than PSC in points off turnovers. William Penn also overcame a sub-par effort at the charity stripe (9-for-20).

Mikeal Donaldson (Sr., Columbia, S.C.) and Corbin Medley (Sr., Rogersville, Mo., General Accounting) reached double figures as well with 10 points apiece, while Antonio Foster (Jr., Chicago, Ill., Sports Management), with seven points, and Brandon Trotter (Sr., Louisville, Ky., Kinesiology), with five points, also contributed Wednesday.

“I am extremely happy with our team having 35 assists on 45 made baskets,” Head Coach John Henry said. “We played an excellent second half.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Olathe, Kan. Saturday to face MidAmerica Nazarene in Heart action at 4 p.m.

This article was written by Wade Steinlage, Sports Information Director, William Penn University.

William Penn Women Stay Hot, Men Stumble

(Oskaloosa, Iowa) — With one of its top scorers unavailable, the William Penn women’s basketball team was in need of someone to step up, and more than just one person answered the call as the Statesmen dropped Graceland 68-37 in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Saturday.

The Statesmen (17-5, 11-2 Heart) have now won a season-high four games in a row for the third time this year. The win helps WPU keep pace with MidAmerica Nazarene and Central Methodist for the league lead.

Sarah Hansen (Sr., Kewanee, Ill., Psychology and Human Services) was out of town for military duty, leaving a sizeable gap to be filled. Fortunately, the hosts once again played tremendous defense and the points came in a variety of ways, most notably from Kate Ylitalo (So., Maple Plain, Minn., Biology) and Vashti Nwagbaraocha (Jr., Milwaukee, Wis., Exercise Science).

All cylinders fired in the opening quarter as William Penn scored 12 of the first 14 points and eventually led 20-5 after one period of action.

The second quarter, for whatever reason, has been a major thorn in the team’s side and it was again on Saturday. The Yellowjackets (5-16, 2-11 Heart) roared back, trimming the margin to eight at 31-23 by halftime.

The third stanza, on the other hand, has been quite kind to the navy and gold, and Saturday was much of the same. The Statesmen recorded the first 11 points of the quarter and blew the contest wide open with a 23-6 edge during that 10-minute span.

WPU cruised from there to complete the season sweep of GU, outshooting the visitors 44.6%-28.2% and outrebounding them 41-26.

While those numbers are impressive, the matchup was really won in turnovers with William Penn forcing 28 Graceland mistakes (18 for the home team). The Statesmen converted those errors into a 37-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

With 11 more offensive rebounds (20-9), the Statesmen also owned a 15-6 edge in second-chance points.

Ylitalo paced the victors with 20 points, including three three-pointers. Nwagbaraocha was right behind her with 19 points; the junior was 6-for-9 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line. Both players excelled on the defensive end as well as Ylitalo recorded six steals and Nwagbaraocha posted four steals and two blocks.

Sham Troupe (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) contributed eight points along with a squad-best nine rebounds. JeAnn Hiraldo (Sr., Frisco, Texas, Industrial Technology) swished a pair of three-pointers as part of a seven-point effort, while Brynesha Mosby (Jr., Belleville, Ill., Biology) matched her with seven points off the bench as well.

Jenna Santi (Jr., Oak Creek, Wis., Elementary Education) only tallied two points, but coordinated the offense extremely well with eight assists.

The Statesmen overcame a 54.5% clip at the line, while GU made 76.5% of its free throws.

“I am very pleased with our defensive effort and the determination we played with,” Head Coach Steve Williamson said. “We had a balanced offensive effort and players stepped up with Sarah not in the lineup.”

Next Up: William Penn remains in Oskaloosa next Wednesday to host Peru State in Heart action at 5:30 p.m.


Streaks Snapped in Loss to Graceland

Oskaloosa–It had been a very long time since the Statesmen men’s basketball team had lost at home, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end and they did Saturday in a 91-77 Heart of America Athletic Conference setback to Graceland.

#1 WPU (21-2, 11-2 Heart) had won 37 consecutive home games, dating back to January 9, 2016–a span of 756 days (2 years, 25 days).  The streak is believed to have been the longest current home one in the NAIA entering Saturday.  The navy and gold also witnessed their 10-game overall winning streak also come to a close.

The hosts now lead the trio of Graceland, Peru State, and Central Methodist by just one game in the league.

Ten days earlier in Penn Gymnasium, the Statesmen broke a school record for most points in a conference game, but it was evident early that that performance was not going to be replicated.  The Yellowjackets (16-8, 10-3 Heart) refused to participate in a high-scoring affair.  They wanted to slow everything down, in fact, not starting most of their possessions until more than half of the shot clock had transpired.

It worked in the beginning minutes with the visitors leading 18-13 at the halfway point of the first stanza.  In its last home contest, William Penn had already scored 35 points at the midway juncture.  The home squad did warm up and eventually went into the break ahead 35-29.

WPU was being outshot 43.3%-38.9%, but was taking care of business in other ways to stay on top.  The Statesmen managed to be in the ‘black’ on Black Out Night, just barely keeping the Yellowjackets at bay.

Graceland, though, could not be slowed down after halftime and took the lead for good at 64-61.  The game was tied one final time at 66-66 with 6:48 to go, but the visitors, who shot 70.0% in the latter half, were too much.  When the final horn sounded and William Penn’s two massive streaks were extinguished, the navy and gold were outshot 56.7%-42.6%.

WPU also came up short in rebounding at 38-37; GU had only nine offensive rebounds (WPU had 16), but held a 17-8 mark in second-chance points.  The hosts also struggled at the line with a 50.0% clip, while the Yellowjackets finished at 71.4%.

“Graceland out-played, out-worked, and out-coached us tonight,” Head Coach John Henry said.  “Losing at home is not something that happens to us very often.  Graceland beat us today and deserves a tip of the cap.”

Dominique Shaw (Sr., Lufkin, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) got in early foul trouble, but worked past that to have a great offensive outing with a game-high 28 points.  The senior made six three-pointers, but WPU shot just 31.0% from deep as a team.

D’Angelo Allen (Jr., Dallas, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) added 12 points off the bench, while Aakim Saintil (Sr., West Orange, N.J., Business Management) also reached double figures with 10 points.

Corbin Medley (Sr., Rogersville, Mo., General Accounting) knocked down a trio of trifectas for nine points, while JC Washington (Sr., Houston, Texas, Sociology) contributed six points.  Washington and Allen both pulled down eight rebounds; Washington had two blocks as well.  Saintil and Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) assisted six times each Saturday.

Next Up: William Penn remains in Oskaloosa next Wednesday to host Peru State in Heart action at 7:30 p.m.

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