Pella wins Little Hawkeye Conference Tournament
GRINNELL — Pella saw all four of their entries make the finals on their way to a runaway win of the tournament while Oskaloosa took sixth place.
The Dutch were led by their doubles teams of Vaughn Thompson/Jack Edwards and Adam Schreur/Jack Briggs. Both entered as the top seeds in their respective flights and both went 2-0 on the day to take first place.
In singles play, Pella sent Caleb Briggs and Joshua Roozeboom to the finals but both would ultimately fall in the championship to take second place.
For Oskaloosa, Sage Cochran entered the No. 2 singles flight and left with a couple of upsets. Cochran came back to win his first match in a three set tiebreaker 4-6, 7-4, 1-0 (5). He then went up against the top seed in his bracket and took him to a pair of tiebreakers before falling 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). Cochran then took down the No. 2 seed in the third place match 6-2, 6-0 to take bronze.
In the No. 2 doubles flight, Dalton Ames and Cale Holmberg lost a close opening match 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5). The duo came back to win a grinder 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11) to take fifth place.
Khydin Yang took sixth place in singles while Andrew Quang and Wes Wilcox placed sixth in doubles.
“I was very happy to see Sage play the way that he is capable of playing and with that much confidence and it showed, placing third in the conference tournament,” Oskaloosa head coach Tony Witt said. “Although it was a disappointing finish in the conference tournament, we will regroup and be ready to play and do better in the district qualifying meet on Wednesday.”
Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Knoxville for individual districts.
1. Pella (40), 2. Grinnell (29), 3. Indianola (24), 4. Newton (21), 5. Norwalk (18), 6. Oskaloosa (12)
Panthers win SCC title
KNOXVILLE — Knoxville hosted the South Central Conference Tournament on Monday and came away with first place with 27 points, 10 points better than second place Centerville.
Gabe Mathias went a perfect 3-0 on the day on his way to the singles title. He would outscore his opponents 36-5 in the tournament.
Andrew Orr was also in singles action for Knoxville, going 2-2 on the day.
Carter Short and Jaxson Zuck highlighted a solid day of doubles play, going 2-1 on the day while Nate Crane and Grant Liston also finished 2-1 for the Panthers.
Knoxville will return to the courts on Wednesday at 8 a.m. when they host individual district play.
Oskaloosa takes second at LHC tournament, Pella’s Simpson earns medalist
NEWTON — There was some really good golf on display at Westwood Golf Course in Newton on Monday’s Little Hawkeye Conference Tournament. Indianola would show well and win by 20 strokes while Pella’s Will Simpson added another medal to his collection.
Outside of Indianola’s dominance, team positions two through seventh were decided by just six strokes. Oskaloosa finished the best of that bunch with a score of 338.
Carter Parks rebounded after a slow start to finish with a round of 81, good enough to earn all-conference honors.
Johnathon Terpstra showed off his short game with a good round of 84 despite no greens in regulation.
Rounding out the scoring for Oskaloosa was Tucker DeJong (86), Joe Glasgow (87), Keaton Flaherty (92) and Ryan Carriker (100).
“Getting second today was good but we can certainly score better than we did,” Oskaloosa head coach Bret Foster said. “We will need to do just that on Friday as we start postseason play with sectionals at Knoxville. With a top two finish there (possibly top three), we will get to come back to Edmundson for districts and a shot at the state tournament.”
Pella enjoyed a blistering round of two-under 69 from Simpson as he ended up winning the medalist by six strokes, rolling in six birdies along the way.
The Dutch also got a round of 87 from Ayden Gordon, who bounced back nicely by shooting nine shots better on the back nine.
Also golfing for Pella was AJ Hoekstra (92), Thomas Tangen (96), Clayton Henry (102) and Keagan Miedema (103).
Pella Christian got some solid play from their guys as they had three guys all finish with three strokes of each other.
Kyle Gao led with a round of 89 while Gabe Huisken carded a 91 and Aiden Stoltz finished with a 92. Gao and Huisken both enjoyed the front better than the back as they both shot 11 shots better on the first nine.
Rounding out the Eagle lineup was Isaiah Breems, Caleb Van Arendonk (101) and Mason Westercamp (112).
All three teams will be in action on Friday for sectionals.
1. Indianola (318), 2. Oskaloosa (338), 3. Norwalk (342), 4. Grinnell (343), 5. Newton (343), 6. Dallas Center-Grimes (344), 7. Pella (344), 8. Pella Christian (372)
Oskaloosa hosts LHC Tournament
OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa played host to the Little Hawkeye Conference girls golf tournament on Monday at Edmundson Golf Course.
Newton came away with the team title while their top golfer of Rylee Heryford earned medalist honors by 17 strokes with a round of 75.
The Osky girls continued to show improvement in different parts of their game but inconsistencies continued to plague them in the end. Audrey Stoneberg carded a round of 126 while Morgan Howard scored a 128 and Breane Englehardt finished with a 131.
Pella would finish in fifth place as a team with a score of 452.
Leading the charge was Reagan VanWyk, who earned all-conference honors with a round of 96.
Also golfing for the Lady Dutch was Ellie Wogen (105), Ella Jahner (116), Maggie Leach (135) and Cecilia Masek (139).
Oskaloosa will have a couple weeks to prepare for the regional tournament which they will host on Monday, May 24 at 10 a.m. while Pella will go to Knoxville on Friday at 4 p.m.
Chariton 1, Pella Christian 0
CHARITON — This game had a lot more scoring opportunities than the score suggests.
Chariton netted the winning goal in the second half but the two teams combined for 27 shots on net. PC ended up being stifled by Chariton keeper Jayden Allen Winston, who collected the 19-save shutout.
Pella Christian (2-9) stays on the road as they travel to Oskaloosa (7-6) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Knoxville 4, Clarke 2
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers went ahead 2-0 in the first half but Clarke was able to draw it back within one before a late insurance marker gave Knoxville the win.
Knoxville (8-6) will play host to No. 5 Pella (11-3) on Friday at 7 p.m.
Collins-Maxwell 4, Pella Christian 0
MAXWELL — The Eagles fell behind three goals in the first that hill was too tall to climb as PC was held to two shots in the contest.
PC keeper Lydia Zylstra finished with 11 saves on the night.
Pella Christian (4-6) plays host to Oskaloosa (2-6) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Knoxville 13, Clarke 0
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers took care of business on Monday night, netting 13 goals to end the game after one half of play.
Taylor Jones led the way with four goals and two assists while Hanna Linsley also netted a hat trick. Ava Van Donselaar netted a pair of goals while Melody Torres, Marley McKay, Emily Dean and Leah Watson also scored for the Panthers. Dani Jonston, Angelina DeSocio and Larissa Wells all collected one assist.
Knoxville (7-5) will host Pella (6-4) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.