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Oskaloosa's Sage Adam took second at Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday

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Oskaloosa grabs seconds at Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT — Another great night for running saw Oskaloosa come away with a pair of second place finishes at Mount Pleasant.

The Oskaloosa girls second out of five large class teams with 68 points to edge Fairfield by one point while Washington won with 39 points.

Sage Adam continues to improve every race as she claimed second with a time of 20:59. Anna Coniglio (13th, 22:30) and Addi Carter (14th, 22:37) also cracked the top 15 while Olivia Stodghill (19th, 23:05), Evie Adam (25th, 23:51) and Faith Coniglio (30th, 24:09) rounded out the scoring.

"The girls team had big time improvements across the board,” Oskaloosa head coach Michael Comfort said. “Sage Adam ran an amazing race to finish in second place - she broke 21:00 for the first time in her career and continues an impressive improvement from the beginning of the year. Anna Coniglio and Addi Carter pack ran well - Addi ran a really gutsy race which was a nice bounce back for her. Olivia Stodghill ran another lifetime best, while Evie Adam, Faith Coniglio and Sarah Phillips ran their fastest times of the year to help us edge out Fairfield by one point.”

The Indian boys placed second with 59 points finishing 11 points ahead of Fairfield and nine points behind Washington.

Patrick De Ronde paced Osky with a second place finish at 16:46 while Aden Scott (11th, 18:44) and William Leonard (13th, 18:55) both finished just outside the top 10.

"Patrick ran a nice race,” Comfort said. “Aden and William were both able to run in the 18s, which is the first time William has done that this year.”

Reed Peterson (16th, 19:10), Reid Luck (17th, 19:21), Klayton Roberts (24th, 19:39) and Lucas Phillips (30th, 20:15) also ran for the Indians.

"I am really happy with how we ran tonight,” Comfort said. “We just keep getting better and better each week. I just cannot believe how improved we are from week one. I challenged the team this week to get into the top two and they did - beating teams that we had lost to earlier in the year. I was really impressed with how mentally focused they were for the meet and how they attacked the course."

Oskaloosa is back in action on Tuesday at the Knoxville Invite.

Pella, Knoxville show well at Newton

NEWTON — Pella grabbed a couple of top three finishes while Knoxville took eighth in both races at a difficult Maytag Park course in Newton on Tuesday.

The Pella girls took second with 61 points as they were paced by Raegan Snieder who claimed first with her time of 20:17 beating second place by 23 seconds. Autumn Blink also ran well to take third with a time of 21:10. Jacie Trine (16th, 22:44), Macy Schroeder (23rd, 23:03), Tess Paulsen (27th, 23:14), Abigail Teagarden (33rd, 23:51) and Abbey Bogaards (40th, 24:15) rounded out the Lady Dutch scoring.

Knoxville’s 228 points were good for eighth as they were led by Natalie Collins in 36th at 24:04. Faith Roozeboom was strong on the hills as she took 48th at 25:33 while Olivia Maasdam (52nd, 26:27) and Anna Buttell (53rd, 26:29) finished close to one another with Buttell’s time being a career best. Janie Maasdam (58th, 28:15) finished out the Panther scoring.

On the boys side, Pella placed third with 85 points as all seven boys finished in the top 30 of the 67-boy race. Chase Lauman led the way in seventh place at 17:12 while Josiah Wittenberg (14th, 17:36) and Akira Lopez (17th, 17:59) also finished in the top 20. Rounding out the lineup was Kaiden Browne (23rd, 18:35), Jake Huston (24th, 18:38), Zach Neumann (25th, 18:40) and Devon Browne (27th, 18:53).

Knoxville grabbed eighth with 205 points and a top 20 finish from Seth Walraven (20th, 18:18). Andrew Jackson (42nd, 19:50), Max Purvis (43rd, 19:51), Joey Hembrook (47th, 20:09), Peter Picard (53rd, 20:33) Kaden McGill (55th, 20:42) and Ezra Schmidt (56th, 20:52) also ran for the Panthers.

Knoxville will host their home invitational on Tuesday while Pella goes to Williamsburg on Tuesday.

Pella Christian gets top three finishes at PCM

MONROE — This meet was moved from Monday to Tuesday due to rain as Pella Christian grabbed a pair of top three finishes.

The girls finished one point ahead of PCM for third place. Jaclyn Holmes took seventh at 21:07 to pace PC. Karis Fikkert (24:04), Katy Roose (24:13), Grace VerMeer (24:27), Metje Michmershuizen (24:49), Jenna Van Maanen (26:25) and Paige Lauterbach (29:27) also raced for the Eagles.

The boys took second in the meet with three top five finishers in Danny Andringa (3rd, 18:14), Ryan Natelborg (4th, 18:23) and Brant Vander Hart (5th, 18:33). Micah DeHaan (19:55), Ben Gosselink (20:11), Deacon Branderhorst (20:32) and William Spencer (20:41) also did well for PC.

Pella Christian heads to Knoxville next on Tuesday.


Pella Christian defeats Dallas Center-Grimes 3-2 (25-23, 25-22, 15-25, 18-25, 15-9)

PELLA — This one went the distance as two even teams battled in Little Hawkeye Conference play with Pella Christian holding on for the 3-2 win over Dallas Center-Grimes on Tuesday.

The Eagles edged the Mustangs in the first two sets before DCG would answer by controlling the next two sets to force a decisive fifth set, which PC would grab to clinch their first conference win of the season.

Sarah Gritters had 18 kills to lead the PC offense while Trinity Vos had 15 kills and Emma Eekhoff added eight kills. Chloe Huisman finished with 42 assists in the match.

PC had 11 blocks as a team with Vos leading the way with four while Jema Settles had three. Five girls finished with double digit digs with Gritters leading with 16 and Natalie Harrill with 15.

The serve was up and down for the Eagles as they finished just 78-of-97 (80.4%) but they did have 12 aces spread out across seven girls.

Pella Christian (5-10, 1-3 LHC) hosts their home tournament on Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m.

Knoxville defeats Clarke 3-0 (25-18, 25-6, 25-18)

OSCEOLA — The Panthers dominated play for most of the night as they picked up their first South Central Conference win of the season over Clarke.

Brittany Bacorn led the Panthers with 13 kills, 15 assists and four aces. Ella Breazeale and Abby Wadle also had good offensive nights with 10 and seven kills, respectively. Paige Ludington had a good serve going all night as she was 24-of-24 with four aces.

Knoxville (12-8, 1-3 SCC) will go to Pella Christian for a tournament on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

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

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