Emily Blom

Pella freshman Emily Blom went 1-2 in her first individual state tournament appearance

Girls tennis

State individual tennis day one

WATERLOO — Day one of two of the Class 1A Girls State Individual Tennis Tournament started on Tuesday with four area girls among the competition.

Pella freshman Emily Blom started her day with a nice 6-1, 6-3 win over Camanche’s Maci Sloane to advance to the quarterfinals.

There she would meet No. 4 seed Le Yuan Sun of Shenandoah. Blom would fall 6-3, 6-1 and head to the consolation bracket, needing a win to advance to day two.

Blom faced Columbus’ Brenna Phillips and would win the opening set 6-4. Phillips would bounce back to take the second set 6-1 before ultimately winning the tiebreaker 10-6 to knock Blom out of the tournament and finish off her great freshman season.

Pella Christian’s Katy Roose was also in singles play. She started her tournament against Boone’s Kinsie Zinnel and would fall 6-0, 6-3. Roose would need win to stay alive but she would face Phillips with the winner getting to go up against Blom. Phillips would end up with the 6-4, 6-2 win to end Roose’s season.

In doubles play, Pella Christian’s Megan Kramer and Kelly Van Wyk got the tough luck of the draw and had to face the top seed in Fairfield’s Yana Gaskell and Penelope Higdon. The Fairfield duo would live up to their seed and take it 6-3, 6-1 to send the Eagles to the consolation side.

Kramer and Van Wyk would need a win to stay in the tournament but Decorah’s Mara Holland and Annalise Skrade would spoil it with a 6-2, 6-1 to complete the first day knock out of the area athletes and finish their tennis seasons.

Girls golf

Knoxville’s Sullivan finishes tied for 16th at state

ADEL — Coming off of a round of 94 on day one and finding herself in the top 25, Knoxville’s Amy Sullivan improved her day two score by five shots with a round of 89 to finish in a tie for 16th in the Class 3A Girls State Golf Tournament at River Valley Golf Course.

Sullivan carded a 47 on the front and came back to shoot a 42 on the back with five pars (four on the back) in the round.

Gilbert’s Eden Lorhbach won the individual title with rounds of 76 and 73 while Washington won the team title with a two-day total score of 675.

Girls soccer

No. 7 Dallas Center-Grimes 4, No. 12 Pella 0

GRIMES — Little Hawkeye Conference foes met in the regional semifinals on Wednesday with the Mustangs advancing behind a shutout.

DCG opened with three goals in the first half to put Pella in a tough spot before adding one more in the second half.

Shots on goal were even 12-12 but the Lady Dutch were unable to get it past the Mustang keeper. Pella’s goal keeper, Hailey Van Houweling, finished with eight saves on the night.

Pella sees their season end with a 13-6 record and will say goodbye to their 12 seniors.


Oskaloosa 3, Newton 0

Newton 3, Oskaloosa 2

NEWTON — Oskaloosa opened conference play on Wednesday with a split on the road at Newton.

Three Indians combined for the game one shutout. Jarrett Czerwinski threw 2 1/3 hitless innings with one strikeout, Alex Christ gave up two hits in 2 2/3 innings with three punch outs while Marcus Fresquez finish off the final two innings while only allowing one hit with two strikeouts.

Colin Snitker went 1-for-3 with a walk and a triple while Charlie North was 1-for-2 with a RBI.

Game two saw Oskaloosa strike first with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Newton would eventually tie it at two in the third before walking it off in the bottom of the seventh.

North and Landon Briggs both had a pair of hits on the night while North drove in a run for the Indians.

It was another pitching by committee game for Oskaloosa as Aiden Hildenbrand, Wes Wilcox and Kam Criss all saw time on the mound. Hildenbrand gave up two runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Wilcox worked the final 1/3 of the inning after Hildenbrand. Criss would pitch the final 3 1/3 innings of great ball without allowing a hit but surrendering one unearned run with three walks and two strikeouts.

Oskaloosa (2-4, 1-1 LHC) will host Norwalk (6-1, 1-1 LHC) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Norwalk 9, Pella 5

Pella 2, Norwalk 1

NORWALK — Pella came away with a tough split against a good Norwalk squad on Wednesday.

Pella held a 3-2 lead in the third inning of game one before Norwalk plated five in the bottom of the inning and two more in the fourth to grow their lead. The Dutch rallied for two runs in the seventh but would fall 9-5.

It was a pitchers duel in game two, Norwalk held a 1-0 advantage heading to the sixth inning. The Dutch would plate two to take the lead and hold on for the one-run win.

“Couple of very big wins this week against the two state championship teams from last season,” Pella head coach Jesse Jablonski said. “Our team has really come together and rebounded very well following a somewhat tough opening week. Going 2-1 against Gilbert and Norwalk all on the road is an idea of how talented our team can be this year. We haven't played perfect by any means, and we definitely have some things to work on and improve, but we've played well enough to win some close games this week. Hopefully this can be the start of a long, successful run for our team this year.”

Pella (4-3, 1-1 LHC) stays on the road as they will go to Newton (3-2, 1-1 LHC) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Indianola 16, Pella Christian 4

Indianola 18, Pella Christian 2

PELLA — The Indian offense was on full display as they brought across 34 runs between the two games.

Indianola would outhit PC 14-2 in game one which ended in the fourth inning. One of those hits was a two-run home run for Bennett Spronk.

After the Indians put up a four-spot in the first inning of game two, PC would battle back to tie it in the third inning before Indianola added seven runs in the fourth and another five in the fifth to get another run-rule win. Spronk connected on his second home run of the night while also striking out five in four innings on the mound.

Pella Christian (1-5, 0-2 LHC) will travel to Grinnell (7-1, 1-1 LHC) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Oskaloosa 10, Newton 2

Newton 11, Oskaloosa 1

NEWTON — Oskaloosa picked up the split in two very different games against Newton on Wednesday.

In game one, Oskaloosa would trail 1-0 going into the third inning where they would explode for four runs before adding another six runs over the next three innings to get the win.

Olivia Gordon went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs while Abby Braundmeier, Faith DeRonde, Presley Blommers and Makenna Schaffner all collecting two hits. Braundmeier, Schaffner, Kassie Johnson and Maleah Walker all drove in one run for the Indians.

Shannon Van Rheenen got the win after pitching the complete game giving up two runs on eights hits while walking five and striking out two to improve her season record to 3-0.

Newton came back with the offense in game two as they tallied nine hits and eight walks against three Osky pitchers to get the 10-run rule in six innings after an eight-run fifth.

Gordon stayed hot at the plate despite the score, going 3-for-3 with a double.

“We had some opportunities early to get out on top but our bats went dead and we just couldn't come up with key hits to keep us in the game,” Oskaloosa head coach Jay Harms said. “Just disappointed that we did not play with more enthusiasm in the second game. We have definitely seen a pattern early in the season where we play one pretty good game and then come out flat and just don't compete in the other game.”

Oskaloosa (3-4, 1-1 LHC) returns home on Friday at 7:30 p.m. to battle No. 5 (4A) Norwalk (4-2, 2-0 LHC).

No. 5 (4A) Norwalk 8, Pella 0

No. 5 (4A) Norwalk 10, Pella 7

NORWALK — A couple of late game pushes from Norwalk got them by an upset-minded Pella squad.

Game one was locked at zero through three and a half innings before Norwalk got their bats going with five runs in the fourth and another three in the fifth.

The Lady Dutch had five hits in the game but couldn’t bring anyone across. Taylor Tousey picked up the loss after going four innings with Ella Corbin pitching two innings in relief.

The Pella bats were better in game two as they held a 2-1 lead after two innings. The Lady Dutch added three more runs in the fifth to grow their lead to 5-1 before the back and forth for the final three innings.

Norwalk cut the deficit to 5-4 after five innings but would get six runs across in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good. Pella continued to battle, getting one more run in the seventh.

Kiki Riggen was 2-for-5 with two RBIs while Bailey Brown, Autumn Blink (three stolen bases) and Kattie Pollock all had two hits and a RBI. Kylie Tauke also drove in a run.

“We had an amazing first 6 1/2 innings, one half inning did us in but we never stopped fighting,” Pella head coach Katie Gravert said. “We hit the ball and scored when we needed to. They never quit fighting and I am very proud of them for that.”

Pella (1-5, 0-2 LHC) travels to Newton (3-3, 1-1 LHC) on Friday at 7:15 p.m.

No. 4 (5A) Indianola 12, Pella Christian 2

No. 4 (5A) Indianola 12, Pella Christian 0

PELLA — It was the long ball proving to be the difference for Indianola in a two-game sweep against Pella Christian.

The Eagles were down 3-0 through three innings in game one before the Indians opened it up with six runs in the fifth. Emri Agre’s solo home run in the fourth and Natlie Harrill’s RBI single in the sixth got PC on the board.

After hitting two home runs in game one, the Indians added three more home runs in the first two innings of game two to get the lead early and end game two after five innings. PC had some good chances to score with Indianola but would strand seven runners in contest.

Pella Christian (1-5, 0-2 LHC) will try to bounce back when they host Colfax-Mingo on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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