Asia Thompson

Oskaloosa's Asia Thompson (25) blocks a Mount Pleasant shot. She finished with five blocks against Newton on Friday.

Girls basketball

Oskaloosa 59, Newton 34

NEWTON — The Indians are off to another hot start to begin their season as they picked up their fourth win on the early campaign and their first in conference play on Friday at Newton.

The first half played close with both teams sputtering to get going offensively with Osky taking a 21-19 lead into halftime. Oskaloosa would turn it up in the second half and run away with the game as they outscored the Cardinals 38-15 in the final 16 minutes of play.

The Indian defense was able to force 21 Newton turnovers and hold the Cardinals to 26% from the floor and just 2-of-14 from three. Newton also struggled at the line, making just 6-of-18 from the charity stripe.

Presley Blommers would lead the Osky scoring charge with 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals. They would also get a huge night from their posts as Aubree Blanco finished with seven points, 15 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block while Asia Thompson had a double-double off the bench with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Oskaloosa (4-1, 1-1 LHC) will look to keep things rolling when they go to Burlington (0-3) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Pella 50, Norwalk 46

NORWALK — The Lady Dutch were able to hold off a tough Norwalk squad to pick up their first conference victory of the season on Friday.

A back and forth first half found Pella trailing 23-22 at the break. The Lady Dutch came out firing in the third quarter and would outscore the Warriors 15-7 to take the lead. They would have to hold off the Warriors in a tough environment and they did just that.

It was a tough shooting night all around as Pella was held to 33.3% from the floor and just 2-of-12 from three. They were able to do their damage on the glass (40-27 rebounding advantage) and at the free throw line where they knocked down 14-of-19.

The bench would also come up huge for the Lady Dutch with Hailey Van Vark finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, one assist and three steals while Kylie Tauke added 10 points and three rebounds off the bench as well. Anna Vander Waal led the starters with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

“Tonight was an entire team effort,” Pella head coach Blaine Forsythe said. “From our play on the court to the great energy on the bench. We had multiple girls step up in different roles and in crucial situations. To finish a game in a tough environment says something about the grit and focus of this team.”

Pella (3-2, 1-1 LHC) will try to keep things going when they head to Fairfield (3-1) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

No. 5 (4A) Indianola 59, Pella Christian 30

INDIANOLA — The Eagles made the return to the riggers of conference play on Friday and would fall against a tough Indianola team.

The Eagles actually jumped out of the gate firing and would even lead 13-9 after the first quarter before the Indians would turn things up and control play the rest of the way.

The PC offense would struggle with 26 turnovers while shooting 25% from the field and 3-of-17 from deep. Indianola’s Lauren Blake eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone on the night and would finish with 32 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals for the Indians.

Joslyn Terpstra spearheaded PC with 24 points, seven rebounds and four steals while the rest of the Eagles had a tough time getting things going as they tallied six points on 1-of-21 shooting.

Pella Christian (2-4, 0-2 LHC) will look to bounce back on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when they host No. 9 (4A) Grinnell (5-0, 2-0 LHC).

Chariton 61, Knoxville 43

CHARITON — The Panthers were on the road on Friday against one of the conference title contenders as they would fall at Chariton.

Knoxville played a solid first half of basketball that saw them enter the break with a 24-23 lead. The third quarter was a high-scoring one with the Chargers eventually taking a four-point lead to the fourth. But the final quarter was all Chariton and they closed on an 18-4 run to grab the victory.

Turnovers plagued the Panthers as they lost the turnover battle 19-6 on the night.

Hannah Dunkin would lead a balanced Knoxville scoring attack with 11 points and three rebounds while Emma Dunkin finished with nine points, four rebounds and six assists and Larissa Wells added eight points, two assists and three steals.

Knoxville (2-3, 0-2 SCC) continues conference play on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as they host Davis County (3-2, 1-1 SCC).

Boys basketball

Newton 53, Oskaloosa 31

NEWTON — Oskaloosa wrapped up a three-game road trip to start the season on Friday with a tough loss at Newton.

Oskaloosa found themselves hanging around against a solid Cardinal squad 24-16 at the half but the offense was never able to find their footing as Newton finished off the win.

The Indians were held to 27.3% from the floor, 3-of-18 from three and 4-of-12 from the free throw line while surrendering 17 turnovers.

Keaton Flaherty would lead Osky with 15 points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Oskaloosa (0-3, 0-2 LHC) will have their home opener on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against Washington (4-0).

Norwalk 48, No. 2 (3A) Pella 47

NORWALK — A late Norwalk layup from Redek Born sealed the game in a tense battle between Pella and Norwalk with the Warriors edging it out late.

Norwalk got off to a hot start in the first half and found themselves leading 29-20 after 16 minutes of play. The big Pella run would come in the third and they were able to close it to a one-point game going to the fourth. It was a stingy fourth quarter with both sides scoring single digit points but Norwalk would get the last shot.

Karl Miller led the Dutch with 13 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal while Parker Elder ended with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Pella (2-2, 1-1 LHC) will look to get back into the winning column on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when they go to Fairfield (1-3).

Indianola 57, Pella Christian 50

INDIANOLA — A pair of hard-nosed Little Hawkeye Conference teams clashed in a good one on Friday as the Eagles suffered their first loss of the season in a battle against Indianola.

The Indians were rolling offensively in the first half as Pella Christian fell behind 31-21 going into halftime. PC made the adjustments at the break and battled back in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three going to the fourth, but the Indians would hold on for the win.

“This was a game of runs and a kind of grind-it-out style game with both teams playing pretty good defense for the most part,” Pella Christian head coach JD Boer said. “We got behind early, but I was proud of the way we responded in the third quarter to fight our way back into the game. The thing is, in games like that, when you make the big run, you have to find a way to get on top and get ahead on the scoreboard. We had a few chances to do so but came up a little short. Credit Indianola, I thought they played us really well and forced us into some difficult possessions offensively. They hit their shots in the first half and they finished the game really well.”

The Eagles were able to control the boards 34-21 but turnovers (18) and inconsistent offense slowed them down against a hot-shooting Indianola squad.

Levi Schelhaas led PC with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists while Eric Mulder added 10 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.

“It's our first loss this season, it was a tough game, but that's the way it goes sometimes,” Boer said. “We'll get back to it next week. I'm looking forward to getting back to practice and working to figure some things out on the offensive end of the floor. This team's best basketball is ahead of them and I'm excited for the journey.”

Pella Christian (3-1, 1-1 LHC) hosts Grinnell (2-3, 0-2 LHC) on Friday at 7:45 p.m.

Knoxville 64, Chariton 51

CHARITON — The Panthers secured their first win of the season on Friday with a double-digit win against Chariton.

The offense came to life and was uptempo for the majority of the night for Knoxville, who was able to hold a fairly comfortable lead most of the game.

Noah Keefer scored a game-high 27 points for Knoxville with eight rebounds, one assist and one steal while Landen Norris finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench.

Knoxville (1-2, 1-1 SCC) hosts Davis County (3-1, 1-1 SCC) on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.


Oskaloosa takes fourth at Centennial Duals

ANKENY — The Oskaloosa wrestling squad made their way to Ankeny on Saturday for a dual tournament against Ankeny Centennial, Carlisle and ADM with the Indians taking fourth after going 0-3 on the day.

Oskaloosa would start by falling to Ankeny Centennial, 65-9. Trey Miller (132) picked up a first period fall while Warren Feudner (285) won a 5-1 decision.

The Indians would then fall short to Carlisle, 41-24. Ty Lorentzen (113), JT Baker (160) and Blake Westercamp (170) all won by fall. Miller (132) won a thrilling match 8-6 in sudden victory while Feudner also won his second match of the day, 9-4.

Osky would finish up the day with a 44-30 loss to ADM. Alex Russell (106), Baker (160), Westercamp (170), Feudner (220) and Dawson Braden (285) finished with pins for the Indians.

Oskaloosa will prepare for the Pella Tournament this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Pella takes third at South Tama Duals

TAMA — Dual tournaments were a popular attraction last weekend as Pella made their way to the South Tama Duals where they finished third among six teams.

Pella opened the day by falling to Independence, 72-6. Logan Bruxvoort (170) had the lone win for Pella with a pin.

The Dutch would then bounce back with a 54-18 win over Des Moines East. T.R. Putz (145), Jackson Van Kley (160), Bruxvoort (170), Noah Parsons (195), Daniel Loftis (285), Logan Schroeder (126) and Garret Hall (132) all pick up wins by fall.

Pella kept things rolling in the next round with a 57-24 win over Iowa City, Regina. They would get several forfeit wins while Ty Halverson (152) earned a pin and Kieran Van Voorst earned a hard-fought 9-8 decision.

South Tama would halt the Pella momentum in the next round with a 49-30 defeat of the Dutch. Van Kley (160), Bruxvoort (170), Loftis (285), Putz (145) and Halverson (152) finished with falls for Pella.

The final dual of the day was a 42-27 victory for Pella over Vinton-Shellsburg where the Dutch accepted seven forfeit wins to help them earn the victory and finish the day 3-2.

Pella hosts a triangular against Clarke and Newton on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Knoxville takes second at home invite

KNOXVILLE — The Panthers hosted some good competition for their annual Knoxville Invitational on Saturday. The boys would take second place among the six teams along with three individual champions.

Marco Alejo (113), Luke Spaur (132) and Chaz Graves (145) all took first place at their respective weights.

Triston Sinnard (126), Kale Kincaid (152) and Wayne Johnston (182) all showed well to take second for the Panthers while Cole Rowley (138) took third.

Dane Gullion (106), Steven Thome (120), Kaisson Wilder (138), Tristan DeJong (160), Gavin Montalvo (170) and Trenton Kingrey (195) all ended up in fourth while Steven Metcalf (220) finished fifth and Mason McKay (152) wrestled but had to retire from the tournament due to an injury.

Knoxville goes to EBF for a quad on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Team scores

1. Southeast Polk (215), 2. Knoxville (192), 3. North Polk (168), 4. Moravia (125), 5. Fairfield (86), 6. Nevada (59)


Oskaloosa sweeps Pella Christian

PELLA — Pella Christian played host for their first bowling meet of the year on Saturday as they welcomed Oskaloosa to town. The Indians would leave with a pair of wins as the boys won 2626-2097 while the girls picked up a 1946-1739 victory.

The Osky boys were led by Jarrett Czerwinski, who bowled a high game of 237 and a two-game series of 437.

“It was nice to see Czerwinski get some breaks in the first game to score the 237 game,” Osky head coach Tony Witt said. “He has been throwing the ball very well and just not carrying the shots.”

Trey VanWyk also had a good day for the Indians, bowling a series of 401.

Austin Moorman led the PC boys with a two-game score of 366 while David Olivier added a 318 series.

Kyrsten DeWees’ game-high of 172 and series-high of 302 were good enough to lead the Indian girls while Alexa Klaasen paced the Eagles with a series of 260 while Dani Roose and Alayna Van Kooten both bowled a two-game series of 238.

Oskaloosa boys are 5-2 while the girls are 4-2 as they host their first home meet of the year on Monday against Pella while Pella Christian host Norwalk next Saturday.

Pella swept by Norwalk

NORWALK — The Pella bowlers were in action on the road on Saturday against Norwalk where the Warriors would leave with a boys win of 2534-2338 and a girls victory of 1912-1866.

Travis Ware led the Pella boys with a series of 361 while Jayden Divelbiss added a 331.

The Lady Dutch were led by Anna DeNooy’s 299 series while Emily Vander Molen followed behind with a 242.

Pella return to the lanes on Monday when they go Oskaloosa.

Panthers fall at Newton

NEWTON — Knoxville battled Cardinals at Newton on Saturday but would fall short in both matches as the boys lost a close one 2467-2406 and the girls fell 2373-1659.

The boys were led by a Robert Sloan high series of 367, including a high game of 220.

The girls saw Paige Ludington pave the way with a 355 two-game series and a high game of 197.

Knoxville hosts Bondurant-Farrar on Saturday.

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

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