Maggie Wilkins

Knoxville's Maggie Wilkins goes up for a layup in a game last season.

Boys Basketball

Pella 78, North Polk 35

PELLA — The Dutch took care of business in their opening night game as they rolled past the Comets.

Grant Nelson was lights out for Pella, scoring 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting including 6-of-7 from three to go along with four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Parker Elder and Ayden Gordon also chipped in offensively, both adding 11 points on the night.

Pella (1-0) opens conference play on Friday at 7:45 p.m. when they host Indianola (1-0).

Knoxville 62, PCM 55

MONROE — Knoxville found themselves trailing early but a big second quarter shifted the momentum on their way to an opening win.

The Panthers trailed the Mustangs 17-11 after the first quarter but lights out defense saw Knoxville outscore PCM 14-4 in the second quarter to go up 25-21 at the half. The two went back and forth in the second half but it was Knoxville coming out on top.

Knoxville (1-0) returns home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to take on Clarke (1-1).

*Knoxville stats were not available at time of print

Girls Basketball

North Polk 59, Pella 54

PELLA — They battled until the end but the Lady Dutch suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday at the hands of North Polk.

The game was close all the way with Pella trailing 24-23 at the half and keeping it tight in the second half with the Comets pulling it out late.

Makayla Boatman had 24 points while Lucy Schaffer added 16 points for North Polk.

Pella (1-1) hosts Indianola (1-1) in their conference opener on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

*Pella stats were not available at time of print

Knoxville 66, Van Meter 65

KNOXVILLE — The Panthers picked up a thrilling triple overtime victory over Van Meter on Tuesday.

Knoxville trailed 28-20 at the half but used a big third quarter to get back in the game before forcing overtime. The first two periods of extra time were not enough as Knoxville was able to edge Van Meter 3-2 in the third OT to get the win.

The Panthers got a huge game from Maggie Wilkins, who finished with 38 points on 12-of-25 shooting to go along with a double-double with 11 steals, three rebounds and one assist.

Emma Dunkin filled up the stat sheet despite a tough shooting night, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Knoxville (2-0) will try to stay undefeated when they travel to Oskaloosa (1-0) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


Pella 58, Davis County 24

Ottumwa 45, Pella 33

Pella 60, Pekin 21

BLOOMFIELD — The Pella wrestlers were in action for the first time this season on Tuesday, picking up a pair of dual wins.

The Dutch opened against the host Davis County. The Mustangs took three of the first five matches by fall or forfeit to jump ahead 18-12. Pella finished by taking eight of the last nine matches to win the dual. Damion Clark (113), Logan Schroeder (120), Quinn Rhamy (145) and Ryan Van Donselaar (170) all picked up pins for the Dutch.

Pella then battled Ottumwa in a back and forth dual before the Bulldogs won four of the five matches. Clark, Peyton Ritzert (138), Rhamy, Van Donselaar and Daniel Loftis (220) all grabbed falls for Pella.

The final dual of the night was between Pella and Pekin. The Dutch didn’t have much trouble in this one with Clark, Ryan Hancock (126), Van Donselaar and Ethan Milligan (170) all pinning their opponents.

Pella will go to Williamsburg on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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

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