Presley Blommers

Presley Blommers had 20 points to lead Oskaloosa on Tuesday

Girls basketball

Oskaloosa 59, Fairfield 55

FAIRFIELD — The Oskaloosa girls basketball team not only picked up the opening night win but they also snapped a 10-game losing streak against Fairfield dating back to 2012.

The Trojans would get Osky in some foul trouble and get to the line often but only finished 14-of-30 from the charity stripe while the Indians were 3-of-4. Fairfield also outrebounded Osky in the game 31-22. But the Indians would make up for that by forcing turnovers (21 Fairfield turnovers) and making threes (10-of-31).

Presley Blommers led the Indians with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals on the night while Lydia Van Veldhuizen added 11 points and four rebounds and Addi Carter chipped in 10 points. Macie Krier also filled up the stat sheet with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

Oskaloosa (1-0) will get a tough test on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when they travel to No. 5 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes (2-1).

No. 14 (4A) North Polk 67, Pella 54

ALLEMAN — The Lady Dutch hit the road for the first time this season and faced their first of many ranked opponents as well.

“Give credit to North Polk they are a talented team that really challenges you when they are on offense with how well they attack the rim and find open shooters,” Pella head coach Blaine Forsythe said. “I am proud of the effort of our girls tonight. They played extremely hard for 32 minutes. We played unselfishly and never quit.”

Pella found themselves trailing 34-19 at the half but were able to cut it to 10 before another Comet run. The Lady Dutch played better in the second half but it was not enough for a comeback. Turnovers were another big key with Pella losing the battle 16-6.

Anna Childerston led Pella with 15 points on five made threes while Mia Warner finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kennedy Van Vark also finished in double figures with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

North Polk was led by Lucy Schaffer, who finished with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and six steals.

“This was a good test for us early in the season against a ranked opponent,” Forsythe said. “We are excited to build off of this game and continue to get better each game moving forward.”

Pella (1-1) opens Little Hawkeye Conference play on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when they travel to No. 2 (4A) Indianola (2-0).

Boys basketball

Fairfield 63, Oskaloosa 44

FAIRFIELD — The Oskaloosa boys basketball team started their season on the road at Fairfield, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Indians on Tuesday.

Keaton Flaherty had 17 points to lead Oskaloosa in the contest while Waylon Bolibaugh chipped in 12 points.

Max Weaton led the Trojan charge with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Oskaloosa (0-1) starts conference play on Friday at 7:45 p.m. at Dallas Center-Grimes (1-0).

Pella 55, North Polk 42

ALLEMAN — The defending 3A champions began their road back to Wells Fargo Arena on Tuesday with a hard-fought win against North Polk.

Neither team’s offense was able to get going in the first half as the Dutch held onto a 19-15 lead going into the break.

The Dutch would pull away in the second half with shots beginning to fall.

Karl Miller led Pella with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Noah Allen also scored in double figures with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Pella (1-0) starts Little Hawkeye Conference play on Friday at 7:45 p.m. when they travel to Indianola (1-0).

Boys swimming

Oskaloosa picks up first wins at Burlington

BURLINGTON — With four returning swimmers and eight newcomers joining the Oskaloosa boys swimming team this season, head coach Rachel Brown was excited to see them in action for the first time on Tuesday and they didn’t disappoint with wins over Keokuk, Centerville and Burlington.

The Indians were led by a handful of second place finishes.

Keygan Roberts, Cooper Rupprecht, Landon Briggs and Aaron Scholes were second in the medley relay, freshman Jackson Phillips-Sisul was second in the 200 IM, Robers was runner-up in the 500 freestyle and second in the 100 backstroke with a lifetime best time. Scholes, Phillips-Sisul, Rupprecht and Briggs combined to take second in the 200 free relay while Rupprecht also took second in the 100 breaststroke.

Oskaloosa travels to Newton on Saturday.

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

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