Caleb Briggs and Lucas Heap

Pella's Caleb Briggs (left) and Lucas Heap (right) celebrate during their doubles match on Monday against Ballard.

Boys tennis

Pella 10, Ballard 1

PELLA — A matchup between two teams that figure to compete at the state tournament met for an early season battle.

Pella flexed their dominance as they won their first nine matches by a game total of 108-17.

Jack Edwards (6-1, 6-0), Vaughn Thompson (6-0, 6-1), Lucas Heap (6-1, 6-0), Caleb Briggs (6-3, 6-0), Jack Briggs (6-1, 6-1) and Geordie Laidlaw (6-3, 6-0) were all well in control to win their singles matches.

Edwards and Thompson (6-1, 6-1), Caleb Briggs and Heap (6-0, 6-0) and Adam Schreur and Jack Briggs (6-1, 6-3) all kept up their momentum in doubles play.

Joshua Roozeboom and Cameron Rowe won their first set 6-2 before dropping the second set 6-3. They would ultimately win the super tiebreaker to get the win. Ballard got their lone win in the final doubles match with Connor Gauley and Andrew Wogen falling 6-1, 6-3.

Pella (2-0) now prepares for the Johnston Invite on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Girls tennis

Pella 9, Ballard 2

BALLARD — The Lady Dutch picked up their second win of the season in convincing fashion on Monday in Ballard.

Pella would go 5-for-6 during singles play with Amelia Poe (10-7), Alloree Else (10-1), Noelle Ruckman (10-7), Allie Singer (10-4) and Willa Kelpe (10-8) all picking up wins.

The Lady Dutch wold then go on to win four of the five doubles matches. Emily Blom and Ruckman (10-8), Singer and Kelpe (10-6), Demrie Vander Leest and Jade Chapman (10-3) and Mallory Westerkamp and Maranda Verschuure (10-3) all won their matches.

Pella (2-0) travels to Boone (1-0) on Monday at 4:15 p.m.

Pella Christian 8, Albia 1

ALBIA — The Eagles made their much-anticipated debut after seeing their 2020 season get cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PC would win eight of the nine matches on the day including all six singles matches.

Megan Kramer (8-1), Kelly Van Wyk (8-0), Adrienne Vander Molen (8-3), Katy Roose (8-4), Sydney Van Arendonk (8-4) and Claire Vander Molen (8-4) all picked up wins for PC in singles action.

Kramer and Van Wyk teamed up to win 8-5 while Adrienne Vander Molen and Roose won their doubles match 8-4. PC’s lone loss came in the No. 3 doubles match with Claire Vander Molen and Van Arendonk dropping a close match, 8-6.

Pella Christian (1-0) is right back on the courts on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. as they host Centerville (1-0).

Boys soccer

Albia 4, Pella Christian 0

ALBIA — Pella Christian had a tough go against a solid Albia squad as they were outshot 17-2 on their way to a shutout loss to the Blue Demons.

All four of Albia’s four goals came in the first half as Landon Noe factored in all four while finishing with two goals and two assists.

Nate Greco and Ty Hugen both recorded a shot on goal for PC while Hayden Te Grotenhuis made a couple of big stops as part of his 13-save night.

Pella Christian (1-1) will be right back on the pitch on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when they host Norwalk (1-0).

Knoxville 3, Carlisle 2

KNOXVILLE — It was a thrilling season-opener for the Panthers as they were able to come away with a close victory over Carlisle on Monday night to start a busy three games in four days stretch.

Carlisle started the scoring early in the first but Knoxville would get it back with Emmett Schmidt connecting on a penalty kick to tie the game at one going to the half.

The Wildcats would once again take the lead early in half, scoring less than two minutes out of the break to reclaim the lead.

But Schmidt’s big night continues he would tie up the game with just under 18 minutes left before finishing off his hat trick just three minutes later to give the Panthers the lead.

Knoxville would hold off the Wildcats the rest of the way to pick up the win.

Knoxville (1-0) travels to Bondurant-Farrar (2-0) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Girls soccer

Pella 5, Marshalltown 0

MARSHALLTOWN — For the fourth time in the past five meetings, the Lady Dutch picked up a shutout win over Marshalltown.

Pella had the foot on the gas for most of the night. They tallied three goals in the first half and another two in the second half to seal the deal.

Macy Schulz, Abby Warner, Katie Leathers, Camille Dixson and Roselande Vanderhoff all had a goal for the Lady Dutch who found different ways to score.

Pella (1-0) will try to keep it going when they travel to Bondurant-Farrar (1-0) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Des Moines Christian 4, Pella Christian 1

PELLA — The Pella Christian Eagles made their season debut on Monday after nearly two years without soccer. They opened up against what has been one of their better rivals in Des Moines Christian for a sixth straight season.

PC’s junior keeper Lydia Zylstra had a busy night in her third season in net for the Eagles. DMC had a 16-1 shot advantage on the night with Zylstra making a couple of big saves to finish with 12 on the night.

The Lions didn’t waste any time as Megan Miller opened the scoring in the second minute of the contest. DMC found the back of the net again in the 18th minute when the Lions broke free and scored from just outside the box to go up 2-0.

The Eagles would fight back as two of their three returning seniors connected with Ellie Brouwer crossing one in to the far post for Katherine Willard to knock in for her first varsity goal while cutting the deficit in half at the half.

PC would have to defend for much of the second half against a strong wind in their face. DMC would add insurance markers in the 61st and 68th minute to cap off the 4-1 win.

Inexperience was definitely a factor for the Eagles in their opening matchup.

"We have a lot of new girls not only playing varsity, but starting on varsity,” Pella Christian head coach Mike Buchheit said. “Seven of the 11 girls had never played a high school game and in one case a starter played their first official game of soccer.”

The PC girls will get another shot at the Lions when they travel to Des Moines Christian later in the season. Until then, PC would look to get better each game.

“Our theme this season is ‘Relentless’ and the girls worked hard for each other to give there best tonight,” Buchheit said. “We've already made some great strides on how we organize, how we move off the ball and how we play bigger than one players capability.”

Pella Christian (0-1) faces a quick turnaround as they will host Ottumwa (0-0) on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m.

Carlisle 5, Knoxville 2

CARLISLE — It was tied 2-2 at the half but three second half goals from the Wildcats handed Knoxville their first loss of the season.

The youngsters found the back of the net for Knoxville as sophomore Hanna Linsley and freshman Janae Baker had the goals while Taylor Jones collected two assists.

Abby Wadle started in net and would end with nine saves on the night as the Panthers were outshot 14-3.

Carlisle got two-goal nights from both Ainsley Erzen and Tessa Erzen.

Knoxville (0-1) will try to bounce back in their home opener on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when they take on Newton (0-0).

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

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