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The Pella girls basketball team head back to the bench during a game earlier this season.

Boys Basketball

Norwalk 52, Oskaloosa 36

NORWALK — The Indians looked better in the second half but a 28-10 halftime deficit was too much to overcome.

Charlie North led Oskaloosa with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal while David Nelson matched his scoring with nine points, six rebounds and two assists.

Oskaloosa (1-4, 0-3 LHC) host Ottumwa (2-2) on Monday at 7 p.m. in their final game before the holiday break.

No. 4 Pella 73, Newton 35

NEWTON — Pella’s high-powered offense was in full effect on Friday as they scored 20-plus points in each of the first three quarters on their way to downing Newton.

The Dutch scorched their way to 62.8% shooting from the field and 13-of-23 from three.

Grant Nelson led the scoring charge with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 from three) with five rebounds, six assists and one steal. Karl Miller joined in on the scoring fun with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting (5-of-9 from three) with three rebounds and two assists.

No. 4 Pella (6-0, 3-0 LHC) enter the holiday break undefeated as they will return to the hardwood on Jan. 5 at 7:45 p.m. when they travel to Oskaloosa (1-4, 0-3 LHC).

Girls Basketball

Norwalk 60, Oskaloosa 21

NORWALK — The Indians were trailing 23-18 at the half but Warriors would go off to outscore Osky 37-5 in the second half to pull away with the win.

21 turnovers matched with 22.5% shooting from the floor and just 2-of-15 from three would hurt the Indians while Norwalk shot 55% from the field.

Presley Blommers and Kaylee Johnson each had seven points while Aubree Blanco added six points. Johnson was active defensively with six steals.

Oskaloosa (4-4, 1-2 LHC) travel to Ottumwa (0-4) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Pella 62, Newton 24

NEWTON — The Lady Dutch led 21-10 at the half behind a great defensive effort but the offense came alive to outscore the Cardinals 41-14 in the second half to run away with the win.

Pella held Newton to 15.4% shooting from the field while forcing 23 turnovers and holding all Cardinal scorers under double figures.

Pella (4-3, 2-1 LHC) enter the holiday break and will back in action on Jan. 5 at 6:15 p.m. when they travel to Oskaloosa (4-4, 1-2 LHC).

*Pella stats were not available at time of print


Knoxville’s Trout gets title at Roland-Story

STORY CITY — Knoxville only brought four wrestlers to the Jim Kinyon Norsemen Invitational on Saturday but the quartet had a good showing.

Andon Trout rolled to the 138-pound title with a first period pin in the quarterfinals before getting a hard-earned 7-4 decision win in the semifinals. Trout would then dominate his way to a 17-2 tech fall over Southeast Valley’s Ty Klatt in the finals.

Tristian Dejong would go 2-2 on the day to take fourth at 152 pounds, Kade Bellon went 2-2 to take fifth at 145 pounds and Gage Rowley went 1-3 to take sixth at 195 pounds.

Knoxville is back on the mats on Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. when they host an SCC quad against Albia, Chariton and EBF.


Osky battles Pella

PELLA — The Indians and the Dutch battled at the lanes in Pella on Saturday with the Oskaloosa girls edging Pella 1,815-1,806 while the boys also battled Davis County, who won with 2,365 pins against Oskaloosa’s 2,174 and Pella’s 2,069.

Rylee Witt (331) and Audrey Stoneberg (301) had the high series for Oskaloosa while both also sporting the high game with Witt rolling a 191 and Stoneberg getting a 161.

Pella was led by Anna DeNooy (274) and Sierra Vander Weerdt (261). DeNooy had a high game of 153 while Vander Weerdt had a 140.

The Lady Dutch set a school-record baker game with a 188. DeNooy, Emily Vandermolen, Noelle Ruckman, Kaina Geetings and Sierra Vander Weert combined to beat the previous record, set in 2017, by five pins.

On the boy’s side, Zach Fee had the high series for Oskaloosa with a 337 while Andrew Quang had the high game at 182.

Pella’s Travis Ware had the high series (351) and tied for the high game with Quang at 182.

Oskaloosa is back at home on Jan. 9 at 12:30 p.m. against Norwalk while Pella will host Pella Christian on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.

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

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