Oskaloosa 9, Pella Christian 2
OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa boys tennis team has been battling for their first win of the season and they were able to grab it on Friday in a 9-2 win over Pella Christian.
Khydin Yang (6-2, 6-0), Sage Cochran (6-1, 6-2), Andrew Quang (6-2, 6-0), Dalton Ames (6-1, 6-1) and Cale Holmberg (6-2, 6-3) all won in two sets for Oskaloosa while Wes Wilcox and PC’s Shaun Oosterheert needed a super tiebreaker to decide their match.
Ames/Holmberg (6-1, 6-2) and Caleb Ophiem/Myles Strait (6-0, 6-0) picked up convincing wins in doubles play while the other three matches all went to super tiebreakers.
Ames capped off an undefeated week where he went 6-0 across singles and doubles play. His doubles partner, Holmberg, also had a good week going 5-1.
Oskaloosa (1-5) will stay at home to host Norwalk (1-6) on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. while Pella Christian will host Grinnell on Tuesday.
Pella takes home invite
PELLA — The Dutch Invitational was on Saturday as No. 6 (2A) Pella picked up a big 2-1 win over No. 7 (2A) ADM as well as a 1-0 shutout against Hudson.
Pella opened up the scoring in their game against ADM with Ike Held finding the back of the net in the 21st minute but the Tigers would score late to make it a 1-1 tie going into the half. The Dutch enjoyed the wind at their back for the second half as they controlled possession and got the eventual game-winning goal from Austin Bone.
The Pella defense was stingy against Hudson but the offense struggled to find its mark before Geordie Laidlaw’s late rocket gave the Dutch the lead in the 78th minute to beat the Pirates. Dutch keeper Mason Holland recorded three saves while earning the clean sheet.
No. 6 Pella (11-2, 4-0 LHC) may put the conference title on the line on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they host No. 5 Dallas Center-Grimes (8-3, 2-0 LHC).
Knoxville 4, Grinnell 3
GRINNELL — The Panther boys gutted out a tough road win at Grinnell on Friday.
Knoxville went up 2-0 before Grinnell stormed back to tie the game at two. The Panthers netted two more goals in the second half to get the win.
Kyle Davis had two goals on the night while Colby Sandholdt and Connor Willis also found the back of the net. Carson Irving was credited with four saves while Kolton DeJong had two assists and Emmett Schmidt had one assist.
Knoxville (7-5) returns to conference play on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they travel to Centerville (3-4).
Knoxville 2, Grinnell 1
KNOXVILLE — This one went the distance and saw Knoxville come out on top in penalty kicks.
Grinnell held the lead for most of the game after scoring less than 10 minutes into the match but Hanna Linsley scored the equalizer with under 10 minutes left in the game to send it to overtime. The game eventually went to PK’s as Taylor Jones, Emily Dean and Abby Wadle all scored as the Panthers outscored the Tigers 3-2 to get the win.
Knoxville (5-4) will play host to Pella Christian (3-4) on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Knoxville tops Osky and Chariton in triangular
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers hosted a triangular at Pine Knolls Golf Club on Friday, edging Oskaloosa by four strokes for first place with a score 150.
Knoxville’s Evan Smith earned medalist honors with a two-under 33 while Oskaloosa’s Joe Glasgow finished runner-up with a one-under 34.
Rounding out the Panther lineup was Jace Nichols (38), Carson Uitermarkt (39), Beau Leisure (40), Kail Arkema (44) and Caidin Myers (54).
Also competing for the Indians was Tucker DeJong (38), Johnathon Terpstra (40), Carter Parks (42), Ryan Carriker (42) and Keaton Flaherty (46).
“The boys got to play at the site of our sectionals in two weeks in perfect conditions tonight,” Oskaloosa head coach Bret Foster said. “We had several guys play outstanding today and scored by far our best nine-hole score of the year.”
Oskaloosa will play at Grinnell on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. while Knoxville has this week off before playing in the SCC Tournament at Edmundson Golf Course on Tuesday, May 11 at 10 a.m.
Knoxville second at home invite
KNOXVILLE — Knoxville was back at Pine Knolls on Saturday for their home invitational as they placed second as a team, one stroke behind Newton.
Newton’s Ethan Walker finished as the medalist with an impressive round of 71 while Pella’s Will Simpson took runner-up with a round of 76 with Knoxville’s Evan Smith right behind him in third with a 77.
The Dutch finished fifth on the day with Ayden Gordon carding an 86 and AJ Hoekstra finishing with a 94.
Other finishers for Knoxville included Beau Leisure (85), Kail Arkema (86), Jace Nichols (94), Carson Uitermarkt (96) and John Buttell (104).
Pella Christian finished seventh as a team as they were led by Kyle Gao’s 87. Also golfing for the Eagles was Isaiah Breems (100), Game Huisken (100), Mason Westercamp (115), Aiden Stoltz (122) and Josiah Diehl (125).
Oskaloosa and Pella will play at Grinnell on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. while Knoxville has this week off before playing in the SCC Tournament at Edmundson Golf Course on Tuesday, May 11 at 10 a.m.
1. Newton (341), 2. Knoxville (342), 3. Grinnell (345), 4. Albia (353), 5. Pella (355), 6. PCM (373), 7. Pella Christian (402)