The Dutch at the Well


Andrew Burkland

Pella High is no stranger to excellence on the basketball court; this year was no exception. The Dutch made it to the state quarterfinals before being outplayed by a very tall Sergeant Bluff-Luton team. Seniors Treyton Sturgeon and Logan Shetterly lead Pella to a 19-6 record while Shetterly passed 1,000 points in his high school career.

Pella’s boys beat in-conference rivals Oskaloosa in the state qualifying game in Knoxville 62-51. Pella was undefeated against Osky during the regular season, so they knew the biggest challenge would be locking up the seven foot tall Iowa state commit, Xavier Foster. Though Pella struggled in the first half to keep up with Foster and Osky’s high tempo gameplay. The Dutch rallied in the second half by moving the ball around and letting players be more aggressive. Osky looked stifled as Shetterly, Sturgeon and  senior John Oltman looked bulletproof in the 4th quarter. 

“I think we came together as a team after halftime. Coach talked with us about the changes we needed to make on defense,” said Sturgeon.

After a much deserved period of celebration, the Dutch went back to practice to prepare for the state quarterfinals against a big Sergeant Bluff-Luton team. 

“We knew we were going to have to play harder and more aggressive that week, so that’s what we worked on,” said sophomore Karl Miller.

SB-L came out with a strong defense that held Pella to only five points in the first half. When the 2nd quarter came around, Pella seemed to find their groove, but it was too late. They struggled stopping SB-L’s three 6’ 08” starters throughout the game. In the end, the five 1st quarter points weren’t enough to overcome the Warriors’ physicality and height.

“We had a good season even though we fell short of our goals,” said Shetterly. “I’m proud of the way we played all season, and I had a great time playing with my teammates.”