Patrick De Ronde

Oskaloosa's Patrick De Ronde (center) won his first race of the season on Tuesday

Cross country

Area teams race at Centerville

MORAVIA — It was the final regular season race for several area teams as Oskaloosa, Pella Christian and Knoxville made their way to The Preserve Golf Course in Moravia for the Centerville Big Red Invitational.

"Tonight was a nice way to bounce back from last week's disappointing meet at Knoxville,” Oskaloosa head coach Michael Comfort said. “The team was determined over the last week to make sure that it was just a blip in our season and they proved that tonight. This was our best race of the season not just in terms of time but in terms of tactics. We had stronger packs and did a better job of challenging ourselves and pushing our limits.”

The Oskaloosa girls started off the night by taking third with 103 points, just five points behind Davis County for second.

Sage Adam would pace the Indians with her ninth place finish with a time of 20:56. Anna Coniglio (16th, 21:43), Evie Adam (28th, 22:31), Olivia Stodghill (30th, 22:36), Emalee Wells-Stout (37th, 23:02), Addi Carter (41st, 23:24) and Faith Coniglio (62nd, 24:40) rounded out the Osky lineup.

"It was a total team effort as Anna, Evie, Olivia, and Emmalee ran their best efforts of the year to seal a top three finish,” Comfort said. “Evie has really improved over the last few weeks and I still think she is just starting to scratch her potential. I was really proud of Emmalee as she has been battling a lot of injuries this year. Anna did a great job of getting out early and pushing hard through the tough middle miles. Olivia is so rock solid and dependable. She had another great race for us.”

Pella Christian took fourth right behind Oskaloosa with 127 points.

Joslyn Terpstra continues to impress in her first year of running cross country as the junior raced to a second place finish behind Twin Cedars’ Rylee Dunkin while also snatching a new school record along the way with a sub-20 time of 19:56.

Jaclyn Holmes would also run an impressive race by taking fifth at 20:24. The rest of the Pella Christian lineup was Katy Roose (34th, 22:53), Karis Fikkert (50th, 23:44), Matje Michmershuizen (57th, 24:07) and Jenna Van Maanen (64th, 24:41).

The Knoxville girls would take eighth place out of 13 teams with 205 points.

Natalie Collins (22:48) and Janae Baker (22:49) did well running together and paced the Panthers with 32nd and 33rd place finishes, respectively. Faith Roozeboom (55th, 24:05), Anna Buttell (56th, 24:05), Olivia Maasdam (61st, 24:30), Janie Maasdam (97th, 26:38) and Taylor Jones (100th, 27:02) also scored points for Knoxville.

In the boys race, Oskaloosa would finish in second with 90 points, just a mere two points behind Davis County for first.

Patrick De Ronde picked up his first win of the season with a time of 16:22, seven seconds ahead of second place. The Indians had two other top 20 finishes in Aden Scott (15th, 18:09) and Reid Luck (19th, 18:30). William Leonard (24th, 18:35), Phillip Abrahamson (31st, 18:45), Reed Peterson (33rd, 18:47) and Jaison Anderson (45th, 19:03) rounded out the Indians lineup.

"Patrick took control of the varsity boys race from the start and did a great job finishing over the last 800,” Comfort said. “I know he has been itching to finally pull off a victory. Aden Scott was huge for us again as our second runner. He led the chase pack and helped pull Reid, William, and Phillip to the finish. Jaison Anderson had another nice race on varsity. He improved a lot.”

The Pella Christian boys grabbed fourth as a team with 119 points.

They were led by a pair of strong runs from Kaden Van Wyngarden (9th, 17:34) and Ryan Natelborg (10th, 17:45). Brant Vanderhart (17th, 18:15) also had a good race while Ben Gosselink (40th, 18:56), Shaun Gosterheert (43rd, 19:01), Tyson DeVries (60th, 19:27) and Deacon Branderhorst (62nd, 19:29) also ran for the Eagles.

Knoxville ended up in eighth place like the girls with 171 points.

Seth Walraven raced to another top 10 finish by taking sixth at 17:18. The rest of the Knoxville scoring consisted of Max Purvis (30th, 18:45), Andrew Jackson (36th, 18:53), Peter Picard (49th, 19:09), Carson Irving (50th, 19:10), Ethan Morgan (54th, 19:19) and Kaden McGill (56th, 19:23).

Oskaloosa and Pella Christian will head to Pella for the Little Hawkeye Conference Meet on Monday while Knoxville will go to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont for their conference meet on Tuesday.


No. 10 (4A) Pella defeats Grinnell 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-11, 25-12)

PELLA — The Lady Dutch picked up their 20th win of the season on Tuesday as they celebrated senior night with a 3-1 win over Grinnell.

Pella looked to be in good shape early after taking the first set but a close loss in the second set evened up the match at 1-1. The Lady Dutch responded by dominating the final two sets to leave with the win.

The offense was balanced as usual with five girls getting at least six kills led by Bailey Van Voorst’s 12 kills and Avey Amelse’s 10 kills. Anna Vander Waal finished with 36 assists.

Defensively, Van Voorst ended up with 14 digs while Abby Warner tallied 10 digs. Pella had 10 blocks on the night with Ella Corbin leading with the four of her own.

It was also a good service night for Pella, who finished with 14 aces including six from Katie Pollock and five from Van Voorst.

No. 10 (4A) Pella (20-7, 5-1 LHC) will now get ready to host their home tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Knoxville defeats Centerville 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-18)

CENTERVILLE — Knoxville took care of business on the road as they picked up their second conference win of the season with a sweep of Centerville.

Brittany Bacorn led the charge with nine kills, 14 assists and 13 digs for the Panthers while Melanie Sullivan added eight kills and 17 digs. Hannah Dunkin added 10 assists while Emma Dunkin was 11-of-12 serving with three aces along with 17 digs.

Knoxville (18-8, 2-3 SCC) will also get ready for Pella’s home tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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

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