Grace Moore

Oskaloosa's Grace Moore

Girls swimming

Oskaloosa races at Grinnell

GRINNELL — The Oskaloosa girls swimming team was in action on Tuesday night as they competed against Boone and Grinnell in a triangular. The Indians used this meet as a chance to experiment and mix things up.

“We took this meet to really mix up our line-up, giving many girls the opportunity to race in something they have never raced in before, and against tough competition,” Oskaloosa head coach Makenzie Kauffman said. “This brought forward some exciting new strengths for our swimmers and we are anxious to continue to foster their well-rounded competitiveness.”

Grace Moore led the way with a lifetime PR and a second place finish in the 100 fly at 1:13.69.

Shannon Linder and Emma Adams went third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 IM while Linder later took fifth in the 500 freestyle with a time that put her 10th in the program top 10. Adams later grabbed fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time that also put her in the program top 10.

Bre Engelhardt and Rachel Frost swam within 0.03 seconds of each other in the 100 breaststroke to earn fourth and sixth, respectively. Their times were also both within one second of their best times from a year ago.

“These girls continue to push through and challenge themselves throughout this tough early part of the season,” Kauffman said. “Seeing things like girls getting onto the top 10 this early in our meet schedule means even more exciting things are ahead for these athletes.”

Oskaloosa has some time to practice before heading back to Grinnell on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Cross country

Oskaloosa cross country runs at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — The Oskaloosa cross country team was in action for the first time this season on Tuesday as they ran against 13 teams at Williamsburg. The boys would finish fifth while the girls took sixth.

Patrick De Ronde was the highlight of the day as he led the boys with a second place finish at 17:13and was the top 3A finisher.

“Patrick ran a really strong race,” Oskaloosa head coach Michael Comfort said. “He went out in the top five and then slowly picked off the other runners en route to a runner-up finish. He has high goals for the year and this was his first step towards achieving those.”

Rounding out the Indians’ lineup was William Leonard (31st, 19:31), Phillip Abrahamson (35th, 19:45), Aden Scott (40th, 19:55), Reed Peterson (47th, 20:13), Keygan Roberts (54th, 20:37) and Lucas Phillips (58th, 20:43)

“I was happy with our team finishes today,” Comfort said. “We had a strong 2-3-4 on the varsity side with William, Aden, and Phillip. We just need to find another runner to get up there with them. I was really impressed with our JV boys (finished second). Jaison [Anderson] and Reid [Luck] looked really strong today. We have 10 runners who could make a case for those back end varsity spots. If we can get a few guys to step up, we could be a solid team.”

The Osky girls were able to edge out Montezuma by one point for sixth place with Sage Adam leading the way by taking 19th at 22:42.

Emmalee Wells-Stout took 29th at 23:50 while Anna Coniglio was behind her in 31st at 23:52. Addi Carter grabbed 40th at 24:47 while Olivia Stodghill nabbed 43rd at 24:51. Faith Coniglio (69th, 28:10) and Morgan Drost (74th, 28:56) wrapped up the Osky lineup.

“I felt like our girls ran solid races,” Comfort said. “Emmalee and Olivia looked really strong in the varsity race. We need to work on our pack being tighter.”

Oskaloosa will be back on course on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Pella Dutch XC Invitational at Central College.


No. 15 (4A) Norwalk defeats Pella Christian 3-0

NORWALK — Pella Christian opened up their conference schedule on Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-17) road loss at No. 15 (4A) Norwalk.

Sarah Gritters led the offense with 12 kills while Trinity Vos added six kills of her own.

Freshman setter Chloe Huisman ended with 18 assists and a team-high three aces.

Defensively, PC had 10 blocks as a team with Cara Veenstra’s three blocks leading the way. Natalie Harrill had 12 digs with Gritters adding eight digs.

Pella Christian (2-5, 0-1 LHC) returns home to face Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (8-0) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Albia defeats Knoxville 3-2

KNOXVILLE — A long running streak for Knoxville came to an end on Tuesday in their heartbreaking 3-2 (20-25, 8-25, 25-23, 27-25, 15-10) loss to Albia in the South Central Conference opener.

Knoxville saw their 25 SCC match streak snapped in a heartbreaking five-set loss. The Panthers won the first two sets but lost a pair of close sets afterwards as Albia forced a decisive fifth set which the Lady Dees would close out for the win.

Brittany Bacorn led the way with 16 kills while also chipping in 14 assists, 20 digs and a couple of aces.

Abby Wadle added 11 kills while Ella Breazeale ended with six kills. Hannah Dunkin led with 16 assists along with 16 digs and a team-high four aces.

Breazeale had two blocks while Melanie Sullivan led the back line with 23 digs.

Knoxville (2-2, 0-1 SCC) will look to bounce back on Saturday at 9 a.m. when they travel to the Atlantic Tournament.

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

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