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‘Shock to the system’: Virus shakes up college athletics

By Annika Wall IowaWatch Steve Cook walked into the locker room. The 24-year veteran head baseball coach for Coe College in Cedar Rapids sensed the tension in the air. He was about to tell his athletes their season was cancelled. “Over 24 years, you’re always going to have a meeting at the end of the […]

Hurley eyes bright Central women’s basketball future

Central Dutch Athletics

PELLA—A dramatic turnaround season for the Central College women’s basketball team was just the start, according to American Rivers all-conference freshman Kelsea Hurley (Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain HS). Hurley visited with KRLS-FM radio sportscaster Nick Mohwinkle after receiving Freshman Female Athlete of the Year honors at the April 26 Dutchies program, staged by Central’s Student-Athlete […]

Senior Reflections: Dexter Hood

*A note about the series: The COVID-19 crisis has impacted everyone, including collegiate student-athletes. The 2020 senior class, unfortunately, had partial or entire spring seasons or winter national tournament appearances taken from them. Now that some time has elapsed, several William Penn University seniors were asked to put into words what their time as Statesmen […]

Santi Promoted to Assistant Position

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–William Penn Head Women’s Basketball Coach Steve Williamson is proud to announce that Jenna Santi has been named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach. Santi is a 2018 graduate from William Penn University with a degree in Sports Management. A three-time letterwinner at WPU, she helped lead the Statesmen to national tournament appearances in 2018 and 2019. […]

2020 Recruiting Class Announced

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–William Penn Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Luke Christiansen is excited to announce the members of his 2020 recruiting class. The Statesmen have signed 20 individuals from 13 different states (three individuals from both Nevada and Oregon). “As I began to understand the nuances of starting a program, it became extremely clear how important it is […]

Pierce, Thompson capture Central athletics department academic awards

Central Dutch Athletics

PELLA – Central College baseball player A.J. Pierce (Ankeny, Centennial HS) and women’s tennis player Sami Thompson (Knoxville) were recognized as the athletics department’s top male and female senior academic performers. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council’s Dutchies Awards event staged Sunday evening. The awards are based on cumulative grade […]

Statesmen Announce 2020 Recruiting Class

Oskaloosa–William Penn Head Football Coach Todd Hafner is proud to announce his program’s 2020 recruiting class. The group includes student-athletes from 17 different states. Highlighting the class are 12 recruits from within the Hawkeye State, while 10 individuals hail from Missouri as well as Texas. “We feel our recruiting filled many holes with the loss […]

Fundraiser Moved Back to July

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the William Penn football team has been forced to move its golf fundraising tournament to a later date. Instead of the original date of June 19, the four-person scramble will now be held on Friday, July 10. The event will still be at Edmundson Golf Course with a tee time […]

Sarah Burnell selected to lead Grinnell cross country programs

Grinnell College Athletics

GRINNELL, Iowa – Sarah Burnell ’14, a standout runner and 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee at Grinnell College, will take over as coach of the Pioneer cross country teams this summer. Burnell currently is assistant cross country and track and field coach at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she also serves as a […]

Central’s Hawkins, Knaack talk Kuyper Comeback

Central Dutch Athletics

PELLA—They had the leading roles in what has already been added to the list of magic moments in Central College athletics history. Dutch quarterback Blaine Hawkins (junior, Ankeny) and receiver Erik Knaack (junior, Reinbeck, Gladbrook-Reinbeck HS) connected on a dramatic 34-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining in Central’s eventual 38-37 overtime NCAA Division III […]


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