Aiden Stoltz

Pella Christian's Aiden Stoltz finished with 15 points

Boys basketball

Pella Christian 63, Grinnell 42

PELLA — It wasn’t the normal lineup Pella Christian has to expect this season. Some adversity hit the team last week but they were able to adjust and come away with a big home win over Grinnell on Friday.

“It was a strange week for our team because we had some guys hurt and a lot of guys sick throughout the week,” Pella Christian head coach JD Boer said. “We had some key players home sick today that weren't able to make the game, but I was proud of our guys for how we responded in this game.”

It didn’t take long for PC to jump out in front as they fired off a 19-4 first quarter which bled into a 41-13 halftime lead. With the cushion, the Eagles would cruise in the second half to the victory.

Pella Christian would shoot 52.4% from the floor and were able to get to the line often, going 15-of-24.

“We had good focus and played a really nice first half. Guys stepped up into different roles which was great to see,” Boer said. “Aiden Stoltz handled the point very well. Niko Schirz had his best scoring game of the year. Jack Fancher stepped up and played some good minutes. It was fun to see how guys stepped up and supported each other in that way.”

Nike Schirz finished with a team-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Aiden Stoltz finished with 15 points, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block while Eric Mulder also scored in double figures with 11 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

“We're looking forward to a weekend to hopefully get more healthy,” Boer said. “Next week is a big one as we have semester exams in our classes and two games early in the week. It was great to play in front of our home crowd and come away with a win!”

Pella Christian (4-1, 2-1 LHC) hosts Pekin (2-5) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

No. 6 (4A) Grinnell 62, Pella Christian 32

PELLA — The Pella Christian girls basketball team faced one of the top teams in the Little Hawkeye Conference on Friday as No. 6 (4A) Grinnell would leave Eagle Lane with a 62-32 victory.

The Eagles were able to hang with Grinnell early on with solid defense as they trailed 7-5 after the first quarter and were still within range down 19-11 at the half. But the Tigers would find their offense in the second half, doubling their score in the third quarter alone with a 22-point outburst followed by 21 more points in the fourth.

PC was held to 30% shooting from the field while committing 28 turnovers.

Emri Agre had nine points, four rebounds and two steals to lead the Eagles while Faith Kacmarynski added seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Pella Christian (2-5, 0-3 LHC) finishes off 2021 by going to EBF (6-2) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Knoxville take fourth at Roland-Story

STORY CITY — Knoxville wrestled at the Jim Kinyon Norsemen Invitational on Saturday at Roland-Story.

The Panthers would finish fifth among the 12 teams just 2.5 points behind Roland-Story for fourth while Hampton-Dumont-CAL won with 237 points.

Luke Spaur continued his tear to start the season as he improved his record to 14-0 with his title run at 132 pounds. He picked up a 19-2 tech fall in his first match and followed that up with an 8-3 decision in the semifinals before topping Southeast Polk’s Drew Wolfe 7-1 in the finals.

Marco Alejo (113) and Chaz Graves (145) also both made the finals but would settle for second place. Dane Gullion (106) and Kale Kincaid (152) finished fourth, Triston Sinnard (126) and Daniel Gorskikh (138) ended in fifth, Wayne Johnston (182) and Steven Metcalf (220) took sixth, Steven Thome (120) placed seventh and Tristan DeJong (160) and Trenton Kingrey (195) both wrestled but didn’t place for the Panthers.

Knoxville finishes off their calendar year at home on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when they host a triangular against Ballard and Pleasantville.

Team scores

1. Hampton-Dumont-CAL (237), 2. Winterset (226), 3. Southeast Polk (217.5), 4. Roland-Story (152), 5. Knoxville (149.5), 6. Southeast Valley, Gowrie (144), 7. East Marshall/GMG (93.5), 8. South Hamilton (93), 9. Gilbert (91), 10. Saint Ansgar (81), 11. Grinnell (68.5), 12. Riceville (55.5)


Pella Christian splits with Norwalk

PELLA — In their last meet of 2021, Pella Christian would end up splitting a dual with Norwalk. The Eagle boys would win narrowly 2371-2366 while the girls would fall 1922-1669.

The PC boys, who earned their first win of the season, were led by Jack Zula’s two-game score of 343 with Zaylor Rus adding a 318.

The Eagle girls saw Alexa Klaasen lead with two-game score of 269 with Alayna VanKooten following behind with a 234.

Pella Christian now enters the winter break but will be back in action on the lanes in 2022.

Knoxville falls to Bondurant-Farrar

OSKALOOSA — Both Knoxville bowling teams battled but would fall short to Bondurant-Farrar in Saturday bowling action. The boys would lose 2723-2660 while the girls fell 2246-1920.

The Knoxville boys were led by Jaxson Willis’ high game of 234 and Robert Sloan’s high series of 400.

Paige Ludington paced the Panther girls with a high game of 173 and high series of 345.

Knoxville will be back in action in January.

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

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