Knoxville claim SCC title
OSKALOOSA — Knoxville and the rest of the South Central Conference boys golf teams made their way to Edmundson Golf Course in Oskaloosa on Tuesday for the SCC Invitational.
Knoxville would come out on top 14 strokes over Albia with a team score of 322.
The Panthers were led by another fantastic round from their star freshman Ethan Smith, who carded an even-par 70 and earned medalist honors by 10 strokes.
Rounded out the solid Knoxville lineup was Beau Leisure (82), Carson Uitermarkt (85), Jace Nichols (85), Kail Arkema (89) and Mason Hatch (110).
Knoxville will look to keep the momentum going when they host sectionals at Pine Knolls Golf Club on Friday at 10 a.m.
1. Knoxville (322), 2. Albia (336), 3. Clarke (344), 4. Chariton (367), 5. Davis County (368), 6. Centerville (377), 7. EBF (424)
Knoxville takes second at SCC Tournament
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers finished just four points behind first place Davis County at the SCC Tournament on Tuesday.
Knoxville was led by their doubles play on the day. Olivia Maasdam and Josalin McKeever earned a first round bye as the two seed and were able to punch their ticket to the semifinals after a 6-1, 6-0 win in the quarterfinals. There they would advance to the finals behind a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win. They would ultimately fall to Davis County in the title match 6-4, 6-1 to take second place.
Jadyn Streigle and Laila Tiller also showed well in doubles after coming in as the ninth seed. They won their first match in a third-set tiebreaker 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12) before knocking off the four seed in another third-set tiebreaker 6-3, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (3) to get to the semifinals. The Davis County girls knocked them to the third place match where they would fall 10-8 to take fourth.
In singles play, Alyssa Vaske had a solid day as the fourth seed. She earned a first round bye and won her first match 6-4, 6-0 to get into the semifinals. There she fall to the eventual champion from Clarke to go to the third place match where she would lose 10-2 to take fourth place.
Kate Schneider also competed in singles for the Panthers but would fall in each of her first two matches to be eliminated.
"I thought we were playing really well in the first set and had a lot of energy and we were moving our feet really well," DeMoss said. "We had our chances in the first set and just failed to get a point when we needed it. Davis County is a very good team, and if you give them more than one chance, they usually take advantage of it, and they did exactly that today. I felt like after we lost that first set it just took the wind out of our sails and we didn't play with the same fire we had earlier. We will learn from that and hopefully it won't happen to us in future matches."
Knoxville (4-4) competes in team regional play on Friday at 9 a.m. at Pella.
1. Davis County (23), 2. Knoxville (19), 3. Albia (11), 4. Clarke (10), 5. Centerville (7), Chariton (5)
Pella Christian 2, Oskaloosa 0
PELLA — These two went back and forth but it was Pella Christian coming away with the 2-0 shutout win.
Both sides had opportunities in the first half with Pella Christian’s Jenna Edel eventually netting one of those opportunities courtesy of a Joslyn Terpstra assist to gain a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Oskaloosa continued to put the pressure on with no avail as the Eagles were able to net an insurance marker off a breakaway pass from Terpstra to Edel again to increase the lead to 2-0. With a small team and little to no subs, the Indians would start to lose some gas and the score would hold with the final whistle blowing.
Kyrsten DeWees finished with 10 saves for Oskaloosa while Lydia Zylstra collected three saves on her way to the shutout for Pella Christian.
“We talked as a team that we saw lots of positives in this game of spending long periods on the offensive side of the field,” Oskaloosa head coach Jodi Steinlage said. “Now, we need to finish those opportunities and these close games can start going in our favor.”
Oskaloosa (2-7) celebrates senior night on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. as they host South Tama (1-10).
No. 12 Pella 5, Grinnell 0
PELLA — The Lady Dutch picked up a convincing win at home against Little Hawkeye Conference foe Grinnell on Tuesday.
Macy Schulz and Abby Warner both found the back of the net twice for Pella while Brooklyn Wright also scored.
No. 12 Pella (7-4) travels to Knoxville (7-5) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Grinnell 3, No. 4 Pella 1
GRINNELL — Bella head coach Mark Solomon didn’t like how his team started the game, as he said his team came out flat as the Dutch suffered just their fourth loss of the season.
Grinnell netted one goal in the first half and another two in the second half with some impressive shots while Preston Rowe scored Pella’s lone goal on the night late in the second half with an assist from Isaac Semini. Mason Holland finished with four saves for the Dutch.
No. 4 Pella (11-4) will look to bounce back when they travel to Knoxville (9-6) on Friday at 7 p.m.