Area roundup: Osky girls bowlers qualify for state

Feb. 13—Bowling

Oskaloosa girls qualify team, two individuals for state

OSKALOOSA — The first of two days of state qualifying at Statesmen Lanes saw the Oskaloosa girls have a big day on the lanes. The Indians finished second on the day by 11 pins to earn one of the two teams spots at state along with Keokuk.

The Indian girls finished with a score of 2698 on the day to become the first team in the girl's program history to qualify for state. They started out strong with a 993 total after their first five baker games, good for a 198 average. Osky was able to play steady the rest of the way and grab a top two finish.

"I couldn't be more proud of what this group of girls has accomplished with being the first girls team to qualify for team state," Oskaloosa head coach Tony Witt said. "The girls bowled as a complete team today and supported each other and all had great attitudes today and it paid off with a trip to team state."

That wasn't the only good news on the day as the Osky girls also showed out during the individual qualifying portion with Sidney Thompson and Ava Ridenour both qualifying for state.

The top eight bowlers at the meet would qualify for state with Keokuk's Jaelynn Ketterer pacing everyone with a three-game score of 732. Thompson finished third on the day with games of 192, 179 and 235 leading to a 606 series. Ridenour followed in sixth place with games of 244, 171 and 158 on her way to a 573 series.

"I cant say enough about all the extra practice time that these two girls have put in on the lanes outside of bowling practice and it has finally paid off for them with a trip to state," Witt said.

Pella was also one of the eight teams in attendance at Statesmen Lanes as they finished fifth with 2043 pins.

Individually, they were led by McKenna Salvador, who finished 87 pins short of state after bowling a three-game series of 467. Taylor Walker was next closest for Pella with a 453 series.

Thompson and Ridenour will compete at the Class 2A Individual State Tournament on Monday, Feb. 19 at Cadillac XBC in Waterloo while the team will then compete there for a state title on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Pella Christian takes sixth at state qualifier

OSCEOLA — The Pella Christian girls bowling team was in Osceola for their Class 1A state qualifier on Monday. The Eagles would finish with a score of 1552 to finish in sixth place.

Clarinda earned the top spot with a team score of 2634 while Dakota Wise also grabbed the top spot individually with a three-game series of 593.

For the Eagles, Emmalee Steen led the way with a 348 series while Macy Van Der Hart followed with a series of 320.

Boys Basketball

Burlington 66, Oskaloosa 62

BURLINGTON — The Indians finished off regular season play on Monday with a close loss to Burlington.

The first half played very even as Osky held a slight 30-29 lead at the break. The Indian offense then came out strong in the third quarter to outscore the Grayhounds 21-15 and take a 51-44 lead to the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Osky, Burlington flipped the script in the final quarter outscoring the visitors 22-11 to come away with the comeback win. The loss marked the fifth single digit defeat by the Indians this season.

Oskaloosa (4-17) will now prepare for postseason play with a trip to Nevada (17-4) for a Class 3A Substate Quarterfinal matchup on Monday at 7 p.m.

*Stats were unavailable at time of print

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