The Pella Christian Lady Eagles were in action over the weekend as they took on Chariton on Saturday. The Lady Eagles bounced back from two straight losses with a 66/31 win. Pella Christian played extremely well in the game rushing out to a 36/ten lead at the half. Chariton was never able to get close after that and Pella Christian cruised the rest of the way. Jasmin Schelhaas and Kayla Collins led the team with 11 points and Bekah Posthuma added nine. Shelby Weaver had a nice game defensivelycoming away with three steals in the contest. Pella Christian’s boys were off over the weekend. Both teams will take on Norwalk tomorrow.
The Knoxville boys fell to Des Moines Christian Saturday 70-to-57. The Panthers were led by Luke Moore with 16 pointsMike Jacks chipped in with 13. Des Moines Christian got out of the gates early but Knoxville was able to keep the Lions from blowing the game out. Knoxville falls to four-and-15 on the season and will travel to Oskaloosa tomorrow.
The Pella Little Dutch got their second straight victory over the weekend as they hosted Fairfield. Kirk Korver continued his outstanding second half of the season with another 23 point performance leading the Little Dutch to a 67/36 win. Korver barely missed at all in the game finishing eight-of-ten from the floor and also six-for-six from the free throw line. His 11 rebounds gave him a double double to go along with the win. Andrew Terlouw also scored in double figures and added nine rebounds in the victory. Head Coach Mark Core has recently made getting the ball inside a higher priority for his team and it is paying off. The Little Dutch are now 13-and-four overall and will make the trip to Boone tomorrow…Pella girls were off over the weekend.
One other basketball game from the weekend Twin Cedars fell to Ankeny Christian 77-to-36 in boys play.
Pleasantville has sent 11 wrestlers to the Distrcit meet this Saturday. Qualifying for the Trojans are…119 pound runner-up Michael Romanco…125 pound champion Wes Prill…130 pound Champion David Ginger…135 pound runner-up Tasker Phillips…140 pound champion Dustin Bumgardner…145 pound champion Josh Pedellford…152 pound champion A-J Atkins…160 pound champion Logan Rood…189 pound champion Cass Lester…215 pound champion Colby Kirby…and 285 pound champion Mike Phipps. Champions and runners-up will advance to the Distrcit meet this Saturday at I-35. In addition Pleasantville won the team title at the class one-A sectional on Saturday. That means the Trojans have qualified for the team regional which will be held tomorrow at Pekin. Pleasantville will take on Eddyville-Blakesburg…while New London will battle Martensdale St. Marys.
Four P-C-M wrestlers have made it to the class two-A Distrcit meet this Saturday in Chariton. Qualifying for the districts are…103 pound Champion Dalton Kingery…112 pound runner-up Brandon Teeple…125 pound runner-up Nick Vanderpool…and 215 pound runner-up Ben Nash. The Mustangs will were able to snag a team runner-up to state power Ballard who ran away with the championship. That means P-C-M has also qualified for the class two-A regional team dual tomorrow. P-C-M will travel to Dallas Center-Grimes to face the host school while Perry will wrestle Ballard in the other semi-final.
Knoxville and Pella Wrestling squads will start their postseasons in the class three-A Distrcit in Knoxville this Saturday.
A big part of the Knoxville getting that win over Pella on Friday wasthe girls were not nervous. Coach Jim Utimarkt said the first time around the girls seemed nervous and out of rhythm. Friday there was not pressure and they played much better. It showed with the girls making three points shots all game long escpially Steph Kingery who sank four and Alex Abens going six-for-seven from the line in the fourth quarter. Knoxville will get back in action tomorrow at Oskaloosa.
The P-C-M girls took another step to the Heart of Iowa Conference championship with a convincing victory over Woodward-Granger Friday night. Coach Ben Anderson says sometimes he just has to sit back and watch his girls play to realize how impressive they are. P-C-M will have a busy week this week. The Mustangs will host Roland-Story tonight and host Gilbert on Thursday before starting regional play on Saturday by hosting Pleasantville.