Area roundup: Area boys golfers start season at Saydel

Apr. 1—Boys Golf

Osky, Pella, PC all start season at Saydel Invite

DES MOINES — The Oskaloosa, Pella and Pella Christian boys golf teams were all in action on Friday at the Saydel Invitational at Woodland Hills Golf Course. The Eagles would come in second by one stroke to Gilbert in the team race while Pella wasn't far behind in third and Oskaloosa in sixth at the nine-team tournament.

The Indians finished with a score of 326 to finish just a couple of shots behind the teams in front of them. Linus Morrison had the low round of the day with his 80 putting him in 18th place individually. Right behind him was Carter Blanco, Johnathon Terpstra and Ryan Carriker who all finished with rounds of 82.

PC ended with a team score of 301, five shots better than last year's score at the same event, to finish right behind's Gilbert's 300. The Eagles were paced by Eliot Menninga with a score of two-over par 73 to finish tied for fourth individually. Isaiah Breems was one stroke behind him with a 74 to take sixth while Cooper Spronk shot a 76 to take a tie for seventh. Deacon Branderhorst got off to a slow start going eight-over in his first nine holes but turned things around to shoot a 78 to round out PC's scoring.

Pella finished their opening rounds with a team score of 314 to finish 13 strokes behind PC and 14 behind Gilbert for the title. AJ Hoekstra led the Dutch with his round of 76 to tie for seventh. Behind him was Cade McGinley and Cole Floden with a pair of 78s while Kyler Besick finished with an 82.

Oskaloosa goes to Albia on Thursday at 4 p.m. while Pella and Pella Christian are at Bos Landen on Thursday at 12 p.m.

Girls Tennis

Clarke 6, Oskaloosa 3

OSCEOLA — The Oskaloosa girls tennis team opened up their 2024 season on the road on Friday at Clarke. The girls from Clarke brought in a squad of five seniors from last year's 10-3 team and would down Osky 6-3 in the opener.

Oskaloosa got a pair of wins in singles play with No. 2 Hannah Nelson battling to a 9-7 victory while Loghan Edgar went on to an 8-4 win in the No. 6 match. Three other singles matches were tight with Clarke edging out each of them by three sets or less.

In doubles, Ava Ridenour and Aysica Morrow teamed up for an 8-2 win in No. 2 doubles but Clarke finished out the win in the overall matchup.

"For the first meet of the season, I was really proud how the girls played," Oskaloosa head coach Bryan Kime said. "Some of the matches the girls fell behind early but battled hard to the end. We had a couple matches that could've went either way to make it even closer than the end result. We are a really young team with a lot of girls that haven't played a varsity singles match. It was good to see Hannah Nelson and Logan Edgar pick up wins respectively in their singles matches."

Oskaloosa (0-1) return home to host Chariton (0-0) on Monday at 4:15 p.m.

Track and Field

Pella teams battle 4A competition at DCG

GRIMES — Both Pella track and field teams were in action on nice Saturday afternoon at Dallas Center-Grimes. The Dutch were only 3A team among several other 4A teams competing as the boys took fourth and the girls finished seventh on the day.

Highlighting the day was Marissa Ferebee as she continues her huge sophomore season for the Lady Dutch. Ferebee qualified for her second Drake Relays race after hitting the Blue Standard in the 1500 while coming in second at 4:42.27 and breaking the school record in the process. Ferebee also won the 3000 with a time of 10:08.75.

The girls distance medley grabbed a third place finish at 4:41.44 and there were several other top eight finishes on the day that added to a solid first showing in the outdoor season for the Lady Dutch.

"She put in a lot of work in the offseason and now everyone is getting to see the results," Pella girls track and field head coach Dak Rasmussen said of Ferebee. "We saw a lot of good things from the rest of the team, too. As the only 3A school at the meet, we competed well. Ruth Dunham continues to get better and better, Lizzie Neumann ran two great races, Raegan Snieder is looking strong, Katie Scheckel is showing progress in the Shot Put and Tess Paulsen dropped a ton of time in the two races she ran."

The Lady Dutch also took third in the 4x200 at 1:51.52 and had some new faces compete in the sprints and show well.

"We were missing a few sprinters for a variety of reasons, but that gave some of our younger runners like Kyla Barnes, Avery Parks, Bray-Lynne VanZante and Emmilyn Riddick a chance to gain some experience and showed us a lot," Rasmussen said. "Abigail Melvin and Mara Schiebout have taken huge strides since last year. With such a young team, we're expecting to see big gains from now to the end of the season and excited to see what these ladies can accomplish."

On the boys side, Pella had a trio of victories on the day. Hanson King continued to show well in the throws and won the Shot Put with a toss of 56-2 while finishing second in the Discus at 161-10. Canaan Dunham raced to the win in the 3200 at 9:29.01 and added a third place in the 800 with his time of 1:59.20. The Sprint Medley quartet of Roose, Misterek, Hugan and Mullens won with a time of 1:38.19

Other top three finishes included Nathan Vander Waal taking third in the 3200 (9:55.23), Owen Kettler finishing third in the Long Jump (19-5.75) and the 4x200 relay of Kettler, Shetterly, Rhamy and Mullens also finishing third at 1:34.31.

The Pella girls head to Waukee Northwest on Tuesday while the boys will have a split squad at Southeast Polk and Oskaloosa on Thursday.

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