Miller and Allen

Pella's Karl Miller (13) and Noah Allen (4) combined for 33 points on Friday against DCG

Boys Basketball

No. 10 Pella 62, No. 1 Dallas Center-Grimes 57

GRIMES — For a multitude of reasons, No. 10 (3A) Pella’s trip up north was going to be a big one as they would take on No. 1 (3A) Dallas Center-Grimes. The Dutch were able to come up with big answers to DCG runs all night and come away with a big-time Little Hawkeye Conference road win.

After a tight first quarter, Pella dominated the second quarter 21-12 to lead 36-25 at halftime. But the Mustang run came in the third as they outscored the Dutch 19-6 to cut the deficit to four going to the fourth before Pella would close it out.

The Dutch would shoot 53% from the field and 8-of-17 from three while outrebounding DCG 31-17 but 16 Pella turnovers kept the Mustangs in it.

Karl Miller iced the game at the free throw line down the stretch and finished with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block while Noah Allen added 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Cole Glasgow led DCG with 23 points and six rebounds.

No. 10 Pella (7-2, 4-1 LHC) will try to extend their five-game winning streak on Monday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to PCM (7-6).

Albia 70, Knoxville 46

KNOXVILLE — The young Panthers battled the tough Blue Demons of Albia on Friday and would fall short.

Albia was able to control both ends of the floor in the first half and gain a comfortable 31-15 lead and not look back with Drew Chance going off for 31 points and nine rebounds.

Knoxville would be held to 35% from the field and their three-pointers weren’t falling at 4-of-27 (14%).

Noah Keefer would lead the Panthers with 14 points, four rebounds and two assists while Jack Bertrand added nine points, five rebounds and two assists.

Knoxville (2-6, 2-4 SCC) go to Pella Christian (7-2, 3-2 LHC) on Monday at 7:45 p.m.

Girls Basketball

No. 4 Dallas Center-Grimes 54, No. 9 Pella 25

GRIMES — A top-10 matchup in the Little Hawkeye Conference saw the Lady Dutch travel to take on the Mustangs. After a tight first quarter, DCG would flip the switch and dominate the second and third quarter to race to the win.

“Credit to DCG, they are a really good basketball team and are well coached,” Pella head coach Blaine Forsythe said. “We couldn’t find a rhythm on the offensive or defensive end and it made it a challenging night for us. Our girls gave great effort the entire night and I am proud of them for that.”

Pella hung with DCG for the opening eight minutes as they trailed 12-8 going to the second. DCG would blow it open from there with a 23-2 second quarter and 16-6 third quarter to extend their lead.

Pella’s offense couldn’t get going as they were held to 29% from the floor and just 1-of-15 from three while turning the ball over 16 times.

Raegan Van Wyk finished with seven points and two rebounds while Mia Warner chipped in four points, eight rebounds, an assist, three steals and a block.

“As coaches, we need to continue to make sure our players are getting better with each opportunity that they have,” Forsythe said. “We will learn from this one and prepare for another really good opponent in Grinnell.”

No. 9 Pella (7-3, 3-2 LHC) will get another tough test on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. when they host No. 6 Grinnell (8-1, 4-1 LHC).

Knoxville 42, Albia 27

KNOXVILLE — Knoxville put together their best defensive effort of the season, giving up a season-low 27 points to the Lady Dees on Friday.

Knoxville was able to keep Albia at arm’s length for most of the night thanks to a 12-4 first quarter. The Panther defense was able to continue that momentum and hold off Albia on their way to their third conference win of the season.

Knoxville had some troubles offensively as well with 19 turnovers and shot just 31% from the field but were able to make enough plays down the stretch.

Freshman Hannah Dunkin led with 16 points, eight rebounds and a couple of steals while her sister Emma Dunkin also had a very productive night with 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and eight of Knoxville’s 16 steals in the contest.

Knoxville (5-5, 3-3 SCC) travels to Pella Christian (2-8, 0-5 LHC) on Monday at 6:15 p.m.


Oskaloosa grapples at Winterset

WINTERSET — The Oskaloosa wrestling squad was in Winterset for the Gary Christensen Invite on Saturday, leaving with six place winners and an 11th place finish out of 16 teams.

A lot of good wrestlers were taking the mat on Saturday in Winterset as Oskaloosa’s best finishes came from Alex Russell (106) and Trey Miller (126), who both took fifth at their respective weights.

Ty Lorentzen (113) would take sixth while JT Baker (152), Aiden Hildenbrand (195) and Warren Feudner (220) all capped off the day in eighth.

Oskaloosa hosts a pair of home events this week starting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when they host a triangular with Albia and Fairfield.

Pella, Knoxville both compete at PCM

MONROE — Pella and Knoxville both wrestled at the PCM Mustang Invitational on Saturday with the Dutch leaving as the team champs while Knoxville took fifth.

Pella won the team title by 44 points over Pleasantville with 200 points on the day while Knoxville’s 128 points were just 1.5 points behind Earlham for fourth and four points behind Iowa Falls-Alden for third.

The Dutch sent seven boys to the finals but would only come away with one champion. That was Logan Bruxvoort at 160 pounds as he improved to 19-3 on the season. Damion Clark (120), Logan Schroeder (126), Peyton Ritzert (138), T.R. Putz (145), Gavin Norton (170) and Noah Parsons (195) would all make the finals but have to settle for second.

Jackson Van Kley (152) and Kieran Van Voorst (182) also had strong days by taking third. Nicolas Stanley (170) and Daniel Loftis (285) both took fourth, Ty Halverson (152) and Kaiden Hol (8-17) ended fifth while Andrew Vanderhoff (113) placed sixth and Garret Hall (132) wrestled but didn’t place.

Knoxville had a pair of champs on the day with No. 11 (2A) Luke Spaur winning the 132 pound bracket with a sudden victory win in the finals to remain undefeated on the season while Wayne Johnston grabbed the 182 pound title with three wins on the day.

Dane Gullion (106), Marco Alejo (120), Tristan DeJong (160) and Hayden Jones (285) all worked their way to solid third place finishes. Trenton Kingrey (195) would take fifth while Steven Thome (120), Triston Sinnard (132), Chaz Graves (145) and Kale Kincaid (152) would all take sixth.

Pella will hit the road to wrestle Indianola and Woodward-Granger in a triangular on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. while Knoxville will go to Centerville on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a quad.


Oskaloosa earns split at Norwalk

NORWALK — The Oskaloosa bowling team was in action for the first time in 2022 on Saturday as they traveled to Norwalk to take on the Warriors. The Indians would leave with a split as the girls won 2215-2147 while the boys fell 2883-2579.

Oskaloosa will be back in action when they host Bondurant-Farrar on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m.

Pella and PC split in tulip city showdown

PELLA — Pella’s bowling teams clashed on Saturday with the Dutch boys winning 2343-2071 while the Pella Christian girls earned a 1890-1737 victory.

Ike Held bowled a 204 high game and a 338 series for the Dutch while Travis Ware had a series high of 349. Evan DeJong had a high series of 325 to lead Pella Christian.

On the girls side, Alexa Klaasen led PC with a high game of 177 and high series of 310. Mallory Westerkamp would lead the Lady Dutch with a 149 high game and 276 series.

Pella hosts Sigourney on Saturday while Pella Christian will take on Knoxville on Saturday.

Knoxville splits with Sigourney

OSKALOOSA — The Knoxville bowling squad earned a split on Saturday against Sigourney. The Panther girls won 1989-1600 while the boys fell 2663-2501.

Paige Ludington paced the Knoxville girls with a high game of 185 and series of 316 while Tristen Carter led the boys with a 356 series.

Knoxville hosts Pella Christian on Saturday.

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

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