Vaughn Thompson

Pella's Vaughn Thompson fist pumps in celebration during Pella's dual against North Polk.

Boys track and field

Indian distance runners lead the way

CHARITON — The Oskaloosa boys track and field team made their way to Chariton for a quad meet with Albia, Centerville and Chariton. No team scores were recorded but it was another opportunity for the boys to improve.

The distance runners from Oskaloosa led the way by clinching the top three in the 3,200 and 1,600. Patrick DeRonde (10:42.62 in the 3,200 and 5:00.89 in the 1,600) took first in both events while William Leonard and Aden Scott alternated second and third between the two races.

Cade Kelderman and Waylon Bolibaugh both showed strong by leading Osky to come from behind victories in the sprint (1:47.61) and distance (4:09.25) medleys.

In the field events, Warren Feudner’s throw of 38-10 was good enough for first in the shot put. Colin Snitker won the long jump with a jump of 17-6 while Riley Humphrey took the high jump at 5-8.

“Our young men continue to show lots of grit as they grow on the track and in the field,” Oskaloosa boys track and field head coach Mike Sterner said. “We came away from the night with 15 new PR bests and 16 new marks, so lots of new and rising competitors.”

Oskaloosa returns to action next Tuesday when they go to Williamsburg.

Girls track and field

Pella girls race against 4A schools in Waukee Invite

WAUKEE — Pella was the only 3A team among 12 4A teams in attendance at Waukee on Tuesday. It was a learning experience for the young Lady Dutch as they got to go up against some very athletic girls.

Pella’s best result of the night came in the 4x100 where the quartet of Delanie Reynolds, Roselande Vanderhoff, Abby Warner and Emily McMartin came away with third place and a time of 52.54.

The sprint medley squad of Reynolds, Vanderhoff, Kerndt and Jacie Trine would then take fifth with a time of 1:59.09.

McMartin ran a good 100 dash to take sixth with a time of 12.97. McMartin then teamed up with Kerndt, Vanderhoff and Reynolds to place fifth in the 4x200 with a time of 1:53.43.

“We have a lot of young runners so our pups got to see what it was like to run with the big dogs tonight,” Pella girls track and field coach Dak Rasmussen said. “Fortunately, it's supposed to be easy for young dogs to learn new tricks, so hopefully our kids will step up to the challenge. Now that the girls have experienced a meet we can see what we need to work on and build on the encouraging things we saw. The early part of our schedule is not easy and will show us where we need to be, but we then shift to meets with schools more our size to show us how far we've come.”

The Pella girls travel to Dallas Center-Grimes on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Van Gorp sweeps throws at PCM

MONROE — While the Pella Christian boys hosted an early bird meet, the girls made their way to PCM for a girls-only meet.

Allison Van Gorp had a big night for the Eagles by sweeping the throwing events. Van Gorp won the shot put with a throw of 39-3 while her throw of 103 put her on top in the discus.

Pella Christian also had a couple of third place finishes on the night.

Cara placed third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-6. Sophie time of 3:00.70 was good enough to take third in the 800 while Maria Dahm, Amelia Boender, Anna DeBoef and Kayla Natelborg brought home third in the 4x100 with a time of 58.68.

Pella Christian travels to Ogden on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Team standings

1. Davis County (191.5), 2. PCM (102.5), 3. Chariton (61), 4. Centerville (57), 5. Pleasantville (51), 6. CMB (50), 7. Pella Christian (46), 8. Albia (30)

Boys tennis

Dutch sweep North Polk in return to the court

ALLEMAN — It had been 671 days since Pella placed second as a team at the 2019 state tournament. The Dutch made their triumphant return on Tuesday as they dominated their way to a 11-0 sweep of North Polk.

Pella’s No. 1 Jack Edwards picked up a nice 10-6 win over talented freshman Ethan Moon to start the charge for the Dutch.

Going down the lineup, Vaughn Thompson (10-3), Caleb Briggs (10-4), Lucas Heap (10-3) and Adam Schreur (10-4) all had convincing wins while freshmen Jack Briggs had a nice debut from the No. 6 spot with a 10-0 sweep.

Edwards teamed up with Thompson (won 10-3), Caleb Briggs with Heap (won 10-3) and Jack Briggs partnered with Schreur (won 10-3) to all pick up doubles victories.

Seniors Connor Gauley and Andrew Wogen made their varsity debuts in doubles with a 10-4 win while Joshua Roozeboom and Cameron Rowe completed the sweep with a 10-4 win.

It was a near-perfect day for the Dutch despite high winds.

All in all, Pella won 20 matches and lost none if you count the JV’s performance. On the varsity side, Pella’s total game record was 110-37 for the night.

Pella (1-0) hosts their home opener on Monday at 4:15 p.m. against Ballard.

Girls tennis

Knoxville edges Norwalk in season opener

NORWALK — Originally schedule to play in Knoxville, the Panthers instead traveled to Norwalk to open up their 2021 season. In a thrilling meet, Knoxville would come away with a 6-5 win.

The two teams would split singles action. Knoxville’s top three would all come through with wins.

Olivia Masdaam came back after dropping the first set 6-3 to dominate the second set 6-1 and win the tiebreaker. Josalin McKeever had set wins of 6-3 and 6-3 to win her match while Alyssa Vaske saw similar success with wins of 6-0 and 6-3.

Norwalk’s bottom three would all grab sweeps to set up dual-deciding doubles.

Masdaam and McKeever would lead the way with set wins of 6-1 and 6-4 to open doubles play. Vaske and Jadyn Streigle then followed up with a hard-fought win of 7-5 and 6-3.

Norwalk got one back in No. 3 doubles before Knoxville clinched the dual with Kate Schneider and Elle Ensor teaming up to win the tiebreaker after losing the first set 6-4 and winning the second set 6-3.

Knoxville (1-0) hosts Centerville next Thursday, April 8 at 4:15 p.m.

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

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