Shooting Investigation Underway in Washington, Iowa

(WASHINGTON, Iowa) – At approximately 6:50 PM on March 28, 2018 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a shooting at 106 South Avenue B in Washington, Iowa.

Emergency personnel from the Washington Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Ambulance all responded to the residence. One subject was transported by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

An investigation is being conducted by the Washington Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. On Friday, March 30, local officials confirmed that the victim of the shooting is alive, however there is no other information being released concerning the condition of the victim at this time.

No further information will be released until after the investigation is completed.

–This information was provided in a news release from the 911 Communications Center in Washington, Iowa.

Oskaloosa Rolls to 6-0 with Thrashing of Washington

It was business as usual for the Oskaloosa Indian Boys’ Basketball team on Tuesday night. The Indians dominated Washington at home, 83-50, and stay unbeaten at 6-0.

Oskaloosa knew they had a huge size advantage, as Washington only had one player taller than 6-foot-tall available while the Indians have nine such players on their roster.

It was a slow start for both sides as neither side shot very well in the first few minutes, but the pace picked up and Oskaloosa used plenty of fastbreak and transition opportunities to take an early 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Indians started to roll in the second quarter with high-flying dunks from Cole Henry, Jarad Kruse, and Xavier Foster and hot shooting from others to open up a 46-22 lead at the half.

The third quarter was again extremely entertaining as both teams traded highlight reel plays. Osky had the better of them, as Foster had multiple dunks in the period and Osky could not be stopped in the offensive half of the floor. After three periods of play, it was all Osky, 75-41.

Head Coach Ryan Parker emptied the bench in the fourth quarter and the Indians cruised down the stretch to their 83-50 win.

Oskaloosa was led by Jarad Kruse, who finished with 22 points and added three assists, four steals, and two blocks. Cole Henry and Xavier Foster each had 17 points. Henry had six boards and three assists with a block while Foster finished with five rebounds, three assists, four steals, and three blocks in a complete effort. Spencer Tucker was also in double figures with 10 points and added six rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.

Washington was led by senior Jack Redlinger with 10 points.

Osky improves to 6-0 on the season while Washington falls to 0-4.

The Indians are back in action Friday night on the road at Dallas Center-Grimes in Little Hawkeye Conference play. The girls’ basketball teams will start the action around 6:15 PM. You can hear our pregame show on 99.5 FM and 740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com starting at 6 PM. The boys’ game will follow.

Oskaloosa Football Builds Confidence with Route of Fort Madison

Just two short weeks ago, the Oskaloosa football team stumbled in a highly anticipated season opener against the three-time defending state champion Pella Little Dutch. But on the first week of district play, Osky seems to be finding their groove.

The 58-14 drubbing of Fort Madison is a similar score to the 49-0 win the Indians picked up on the Bloodhounds’ home field last year. That’s a great sign for Osky supporters as their team looks to get back to the playoffs.

Quarterback Seth Howard looked in the zone against Fort Madison, going 15 for 24 for 257 yards and 3 TDs. He also ran ten times for 110 yards and 3 TDs. This kind of performance is sure to excite fans of the Indians as an athletic quarterback who can find his targets downfield will make Osky tough to beat.

Howard will be the first to say he couldn’t do it without his targets, as several players got into the act offensively. None more so than Cole Henry, who caught four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-7-inch junior will be a threat in short yardage, especially in the redzone, all season long. Alex Chapman led Osky with 127 receiving yards on four receptions. Tanner DeKock had three catches and a TD on the day as well.

Complementing the improved passing game was a rush attack that got going behind the Blake VanVeldhuizen-led offensive line. Casey Hill was the main beneficiary, rushing 13 times for 60 yards and a TD. Tyler Miller also had his best day in the backfield so far this season, gaining 47 yards on 6 carries with a rushing TD as well.

Defensively, Osky starting a little slowly, but eventually were able to surround the Hounds and not allow any big plays. Keaton DeKock and Cole Kraber had seven tackles each. Turnovers also played a factor as Alex DeJong picked off two more passes to increase his season total to four and Calvin Silvers had a fumble recovery.

All in all, there didn’t seem to be a lot of holes for Coach Jake Jenkins and the Indians last Friday, but there will be stiffer tests in Class 3A District 5. Mount Pleasant will host Osky this Friday and they are no pushover, as they nearly upset Washington, falling 16-14 on the road.

You can hear that game live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app starting with the pregame at 7 PM on Friday as Mount Pleasant and Oskaloosa battle to stay in the mix at the top of District 5.



Story By Emery Songer

Newton, Washington Advance in Class 4A Softball Regionals

In regional softball action last night, several area teams attempted to punch their ticket to the semifinals in Class 4A.

In Class 4A Region 3, Pella was defeated by Norwalk, 6-2. Pella’s season ends with a record of 8-28. Norwalk will face Carlisle on the road Saturday night at 7 PM in the regional semis.

In Class 4A Region 5, Washington defeated Central DeWitt, 7-2. That locks in a third matchup between the Demons and #5 Oskaloosa. Those two teams split early in the season in Osky. This matchup will also occur at the Oskaloosa High School Softball Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 PM Saturday night and you can hear the live coverage on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app starting at 6:45 PM.

In Region 7 in Class 4A, Grinnell was dispatched by Cedar Rapids Xavier, 12-0. Grinnell’s season comes to a close with an 8-26 record.

Region 8 saw two area schools pitted against each other in Newton and Knoxville. Newton rode the home field advantage to a huge 11-1 victory to move into the regional semifinals against #2 Winterset on the road on Saturday night at 7 PM. Knoxville’s season ended with a record of 12-16.

Oskaloosa Baseball Wins Big Over Washington

The Oskaloosa baseball team ended last week the wrong way, losing two games to conference foe Pella Christian. They bounced back nicely on Monday night, however, as they defeated Washington on the road, 10-2.

The action started quickly for the Indians, as they would plate two runs in the second inning on three hits in a two-out rally. Washington would scratch across a run in the bottom of the second, but Osky was far from building their lead.

The offense was clicking, rapping out nine hits, drawing seven walks, and getting hit by a pitch. The Indians also took advantage of three Washington errors and took several extra bases on wild pitches and passed balls. There was not a 1-2-3 inning against Osky, and they would add a run in the third and fourth and three runs in the fifth and seventh innings to lead 10-1. Washington would push one more across in the bottom of the seventh to get the final score to 10-2.

Charlie Bandstra led Osky going 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored. Alex DeJong went 2 for 4 and had three RBI. Seth Sarver picked up the win on the mound after four strong innings. Nick Harrington and Peyton Crouse both pitched well in relief.

Oskaloosa is now 21-12 on the season and will the July 4th holiday off before hosting Carlisle in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday night. The first varsity game is schedule to begin at 5:30 PM at the Oskaloosa High School Baseball Field.

College Football Playoff Rankings: Washington In Top Four, LSU Plummets

Battling with election night in the United States, the second release of the College Football Playoff Rankings gave us all a break from the political banter on Tuesday night.

Alabama remained the No. 1 team in the nation per the CFP Selection Committee, while Clemson held pat at No. 2, Michigan stayed at No. 3 and Washington earned its rightful spot at No. 4. Ohio State, which some believed had a chance to crack the top four, and Louisville were the first two out.

The battle for No. 4 came down to Washington and Ohio State. That was presumably a close call for No. 5 last week, too. The Huskies came out on top this week, but in the long term, Ohio State will finish ahead of Washington if both win out.

Should that happen, the Buckeyes will have played and beaten Michigan and likely Wisconsin again to get to 12-1. Washington, which has a schedule that is considerably worse than Ohio State’s already, won’t be able to match either of those opponents.

The good news for the Huskies is that if they finish 13-0 and as the Pac-12 champion, there is no way the loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game stays ahead of them.

Washington could be this year’s version of Florida State from the first College Football Playoff season of 2014. The Seminoles were the only undefeated team that year but finished fourth in the rankings. Some wondered if they would make it at all. I believe, though, that the committee will not leave out an undefeated major conference team as long as there aren’t five of them. I don’t think Washington will be the first.

Let’s check out the entire top 25 of the and then discuss some of the surprises lower down in the rankings.

1. Alabama (9-0)
2. Clemson (9-0)
3. Michigan (9-0)
4. Washington (9-0)
5. Ohio State (8-1)
6. Louisville (8-1)
7. Wisconsin (7-2)
8. Texas A&M (7-2)
9. Auburn (7-2)
10. Penn State (7-2)
11. Oklahoma (7-2)
12. Colorado (7-2)
13. Oklahoma State (7-2)
14. Virginia Tech (7-2)
15. Utah (7-2)
16. West Virginia (7-1)
17. North Carolina (7-2)
18. Florida State (6-3)
19. Nebraska (7-2)
20. USC (6-3)
21. Western Michigan (9-0)
22. Boise State (8-1)
23. Washington State (7-2)
24. LSU (5-3)
25. Arkansas (6-3)

LSU fell 11 spots to No. 24 after a valiant effort against No. 1 Alabama. However, this feels like a correction. The Tigers were probably too high last week. Their best win is either Ole Miss or Southern Miss, both of which were played in Baton Rouge.

Nebraska got hammered, too, falling from No. 10 to No. 19, and I would guess that the committee felt that Ohio State exposed the Cornhuskers. Like LSU, there isn’t much in the quality win department for Nebraska. It has beaten Wyoming at home and won at Indiana. That’s not much to write home about.

The biggest drop was Florida, which fell out of the rankings entirely after being ranked No. 11 last week. The Gators fell to Arkansas in a game that wasn’t terribly competitive. The Hogs are No. 25 this week, despite having one more loss than Florida, so obviously that head-to-head result meant something to the committee.

One team that jumped up for no obvious reason was USC. The Trojans came out of nowhere to land in the No. 20 spot in the rankings. USC downed Oregon at home last week, which isn’t usually the kind of thing that moves the meter unless a bunch of teams ahead of them lose or play worse opponents. That didn’t happen, so this also feels like a correction from last week to some degree.

Utah seems to have had a bad week off because they were jumped by Oklahoma State (beat Kansas State) and Virginia Tech (won at Duke).

Story provided by Jerry Palm


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