Area roundup: Fourth quarter push helps Dutch top No. 6 Roland-Story

Jan. 22—Boys Basketball

Pella 71, No. 6 (2A) Roland-Story 62

GILBERT — Pella was back in action for the first time in over two weeks as they traveled to Gilbert for the Gilbert Showcase. This year the Dutch were matched up with No. 6 (2A) Roland-Story and Pella was able to come through in fourth quarter to win a back-and-forth contest, 71-62.

Both teams shook off some rust in the first quarter as neither offense got things going with the Norsemen holding a 9-8 lead. Then from the second quarter on, the scoring continued to increase. Roland-Story held a two-point lead going to the final quarter before the Dutch finished strong with a 26-15 fourth quarter to come away with the victory.

Pella shot a very efficient 61.9% from the floor, 6-of-17 from three and 13-of-20 from the charity stripe.

Jack McGuire shot a nearly perfect 9-of-10 from the field to finish with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Austin Schulte added a 6-for-6 effort from the field and 3-of-3 from three to end with 17 points, two rebounds and three assists. Cameron Rowe also scored in double figures with 11 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

Pella (6-4, 2-2 LHC) gets another non-conference test on Monday at 7:30 p.m. when they host Des Moines North (8-3).

Norwalk 58, No. 7 (2A) Pella Christian 51

PELLA — It was a big game in the Little Hawkeye Conference title race as No. 7 (2A) Pella Christian hosted Norwalk on Friday night.

The first three quarters were filled with back and forth action as neither team made big enough runs to pull away from one another. The fourth quarter proved to be different as the Warriors outscored the Eagles 18-8 over the final eight minutes to win it 58-51.

PC shot 37% from the field with over half of their shots coming from three where they shot 9-of-30 (30%). Redek Born had a big game for the Warriors shooting 12-of-19 overall as the UNI commit ended with 34 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Dane Geetings led the Eagles with 17 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal while Tysen De Vries added 10 points and five assists.

No. 7 (2A) Pella Christian (9-3, 5-2 LHC) will host Dallas Center-Grimes (8-2, 3-1 LHC) on Monday at 7:45 p.m.

Girls Basketball

No. 3 (3A) Des Moines Christian 56, No. 12 (4A) Pella 49

URBANDALE — The Lady Dutch were back in action for the first time in two weeks on Saturday with a tough road test at No. 3 (3A) Des Moines Christian.

The first three quarters played very even with Pella edging a 37-34 lead going to the final quarter. The Lions would then pounce in fourth quarter outscoring the Lady Dutch 22-12 to pull out the victory.

Pella ended up shooting 34.5% from the floor and 5-of-24 from three but won the rebounding battle 38-28 and forced 18 Lion turnovers.

Katie Scheckel finished with 11 points and eight rebounds while Abby Warner also scored in double figures with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

"Credit to Des Moines Christian, they are a talented team and well coached," Pella head coach Blaine Forsythe said. "They executed well against our press and had a number of players step up to hit big shots. I am proud of our girls' play and the efforts that they gave for 32 minutes. We will continue to coach them up and find ways to put our players in position to play to their strengths."

No. 12 (4A) Pella (9-3, 3-1 LHC) will return home to host Des Moines North (2-9) on Monday at 6 p.m.

No. 8 (4A) Norwalk 59, Pella Christian 35

PELLA — The Eagles fell at home on Friday against a ranked Norwalk squad.

The Warriors lashed out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Eagles 24-10. From there they would steadily increase their lead before finishing with a 24-point win.

Norwalk junior Bailey Birmingham ended up shooting 13-of-22 from the floor and 7-of-12 from three to go for 40 points along with three rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Rachel Kacmarynski led PC with a nice double-double of 14 points, 17 rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Pella Christian (5-9, 2-5 LHC) faces another huge test when they host No. 1 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes (10-3, 3-0 LHC) on Monday at 6:15 p.m.

Boys Wrestling

Oskaloosa takes ninth at Bean City Duals

IOWA CITY — Oskaloosa competed at the Bean City Duals on Saturday in Iowa City taking home ninth place out of 10 teams.

The Indians competed in five matches on the day losing to Dubuque Hempstead 56-19, Cedar Rapids Prairie 60-18, Cedar Rapids Xavier 59-12 and Ottumwa 49-15 before defeating Muscatine 42-32 for ninth.

Oskaloosa had four wrestlers finish with winning records on the day. Kaiden Parker led the way going 4-1 at 132 pounds with two pins and an 8-6 win in sudden victory. Ty Lorentzen (113), Ivan Montgomery (126) and Parker Jordan (190) all went 3-2. All three of Jordan's wins were by pin while Montgomery had two pins and Lorentzen had one pin.

Oskaloosa will host Dallas Center-Grimes for a dual on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.

Pella gets two champions at Williamsburg Invite

WILLIAMSBURG — The Pella boys wrestlers competed at the Williamsburg Raider Invitational on Saturday bringing home fourth place out of the seven teams competing.

The Dutch brought home two individual titles with Jackson Van Kley going 6-0 on the day with five pins and one tech fall to win the 190 pound bracket. Kieran Van Voorst also went 6-0 with five pins to win the title at 215.

Pella had four runner-ups with Damion Clark (132) going 5-1 with two pins and two tech falls, Hunter Smith (157) going 4-1 with two pins and a 9-8 tiebreaker win, Logan Bruxvoort (165) going 5-1 with three pins and one major decision and Kaiden Hol (285) going 4-2 with three pins and a 3-2 win in an ultimate tie breaker.

Pella returns to dual action on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. against Dallas Center-Grimes at Oskaloosa.

Girls Wrestling

Lady Dutch sixth at Colfax-Mingo

COLFAX — In a final tune-up before the postseason, the Pella girls wrestling team competed at Colfax-Mingo taking home sixth out of 19 teams.

The Lady Dutch had five girls place with Serenity Turner (105), Emmalee Spurgeon (155) and Elaine Babcock (190) all getting first place. Turner and Spurgeon both went 4-0 with four pins while Babcock was 3-0 with two pins. Isabella Smith added a fourth place at 110 going 2-2 with a pin and major decision while Cami Smith was sixth at 235 after going 1-3.

"We were thankful to get a chance to wrestle today after weather created such a wacky schedule," Pella head coach Adam Hale said. "It was a much needed tune-up before the week of postseason for us. It was a bit of a mixed bag today. We were definitely a bit rusty, but we did see some improvement in different spots."

Pella will now prep for the Super Regional at HyVee Hall in Des Moines on Friday at 10 a.m.


Oskaloosa nabs two wins over Pella Christian

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa bowling team picked up a pair of convincing wins over Pella Christian on Saturday. The Indian boys won 3074-2134 while the girls bowled their best team series of the season to win 2483-1434.

Trey VanWyk led the Osky boys with a 547 two-game series that included a perfect 300 in his second game. VanWyk, the defending 2A state champion, is averaging 242.4 per game this season to lead the state.

"Trey continues to improve and does a lot of extra practice on his own and it definitely is paying off for him on the lanes," Oskaloosa head coach Tony Witt said.

Cole VanderWal bowled a season-high series of 434 to follow behind VanWyk for Osky. Alex Van Gorp led PC with a 353 series while Andrew VanKooten added a 330.

The Oskaloosa girls were paced by Sidney Thompson's 417 series while Ava Ridenour added a 355 series for the Indians. The Eagle girls were led by Macy Van Der Hart's 239 series with Bella Pu following behind with a 194 series.

Oskaloosa plays host to Bondurant-Farrar on Monday while Pella Christian bowls at Gilbert on Thursday.

Pella falls at Newton

NEWTON — Pella was back on the lanes on Saturday with a dual against Newton. The Cardinals came away with both wins as the Pella boys fell 2816-2701 and the girls lost 2299-2109.

Carter Failor led the Pella boys with a 235 game and 416 series with Zander Beckey behind with a 378 series. The girls saw Taylor Walker bowl a 358 series while Xavia Walker added a 336 series that included a 203 individual game.

Pella will host Ballard on Tuesday at Newton.

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