Area roundup: Osky's VanWyk, Schutz earns trips to state

Feb. 14—Bowling

Oskaloosa sending two to state bowling

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa bowling team wrapped up day two of hosting state qualifiers at Statesmen Lanes on Tuesday. After the Indians qualified their girls team and a couple of individuals for state, Osky was hoping for the same for their boys as they were able to get a pair of individuals qualified but would fall just short as a team.

It was a very competitive four-way race for the top two spots in the team portion of the event. Keokuk ended up with the top spot with 3205 pins while Clinton claimed second with 3136 pins. Oskaloosa would finish 3104 pins to end up just 13 pins off of third place and 32 pins away from a state placing.

The individual portion was up next and to no surprise the defending Class 2A state champion of Trey VanWyk rolled the top series of 755 with games of 256, 259 and 240. He wasn't alone in the top eight as Jacob Schutz also showed well and took the last qualifying spot in eighth with a series of 652 and a high game of 264, which was a season best.

Cole VanderWal just missed out on making it as he finished ninth right behind Schutz for the last spot with a 644 series. Marshall Seibert made it four Indians in the top 20 by taking 20th with his 594 series.

VanWyk and Schutz will compete for state individual titles on Monday at 9 a.m. at Cadillac XBC in Waterloo.

Pella's Mitchel qualifies for state

URBANDALE — The Dutch boys bowling squad was in Urbandale for their state qualifier on Tuesday as Pella was able to qualify one individual in Alex Mitchel.

Mitchel was able to take seventh place to grab one of the top eight spots after bowling a 627 three-game series including a high game of 234. Carter Failor, who represented the Dutch at state last year, was next best with a 594 series.

As a team, Pella finished seventh with 2437 pins with Newton (2996) and Dowling Catholic (2956) taking the top two spots.

Mitchel will compete at state on Monday at 9 a.m. at Cadillac XBC in Waterloo.

Pella Christian finishes sixth at state qualifier

OSCEOLA — Pella Christian was once again in Osceola on Tuesday for the boys state qualifier.

In the team race, Clarke would take the top spot with 3028 pins while Pella Christian finished sixth with 2115 pins.

Freshman Fin Spronk led the Eagles individually with a three-game series of 509 including a high game of 200. Spronk ended up 107 pins short of one of the four qualifying spots. Evan DeJong had the next best score for PC with a series of 481.

Boys Basketball

No. 10 Pella 95, Mt. Pleasant 73

PELLA — Freshly ranked No. 10 Pella finished off their regular season slate with a high-scoring win over Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday night.

Both teams got their offenses going in the first quarter with the score locked at 18-18 heading to the second. The Dutch would then explode for 33 points in the second quarter and build a double-digit lead heading into the second half where they continued to score at a high clip on their way to the win.

Pella shot 53% overall including 12-of-29 from three and 15-of-18 from the free throw line. They also had 27 assists on 34 made baskets to go with 12 steals and only seven turnovers.

Four different boys scored in double figures led by Luke Hardman's 20 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals. Brayden Traetow had 15 points, six assists and three steals while Jack McGuire added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Tyson Barnes nearly had a double-double off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

No. 10 Pella (12-9) enters postseason play on Monday at 7 p.m. when they host Carlisle (4-17) in a substate quarterfinal matchup.

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