Archive for February, 2009

PCM Falls to Undefeated Central Decatur

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 11:08 pm

It was a valiant effort…and a fantastic comeback…but the P-C-M girls came up just short in their come back bid last night and fell to undefeated Central Decatur 68-to-64. The Mustangs were down as many as 17 at one point during the second half…but Lindsay Vande Wall carried the girls back with a 14 point second half to get within striking distance at the end but there was not enough time left for the girls to pull out the win. Central Decatur improved its record to 24-and-oh. The Mustangs end the season at 21-and-three.

Saints Finish Season

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Melcher-Dallas went from a six point lead to trailing by as much as eight points in the second half to Moulton-Udell last night then losing 71-to-59. The Saints dominated the first half of play jumping out to a nine point lead to start the game. But Melcher-Dallas turned the ball over 12 times in the third quarter and were outscored by the Eagles 19-to-five. The Saints were led by Justine Flowers with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Melcher-Dallas finishes the season at eight-and-14.

Knoxville Panther Girls Regional Semi-Final

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Knoxville will play Vinton-Shellsburg in the class three-A girls regional semi-final tonight in Grinnell. While the Viketts have a 12-and-nine record Coach Jim Utimarkt says they are much better than their record indicates. He adds that there are a couple of players to watch out for like their post…and guard. Utimarkt hopes that Knoxville and exploit Vinton-Shellsburg’s weaknesses and get into the regional final. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 KNIA tonight at 6:45 tipoff is scheduled for seven.

Pella Lady Dutch 2nd Round Tonight

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 11:02 pm

The Pella Lady Dutch will take on Benton tonight in the second round of the class three-A regional playoffs in Williamsburg. Benton is coming off of its first round win over Williamsburg and is 17-and-five on the year. The Eighth ranked Lady Dutch won their first round game over Clear Creek-Amana and is 21-and-one. Tonight’s game will be aired on 92-point-one KRLS with pregame at six-45 and tipoff at seven.

Knoxville Panther Bowling

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Knoxville will host one of the class one-A girls bowling regionals today. The Panthers will be joined by Newton…Perry…and Southeast Warren. Action gets underway at Fairlane Bowl in Knoxville at 11 this morning.

Update on Friday night crash in Pella

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 6:57 am

Authorities have released the name of the individual injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday night in Pella. According to the Pella Police Department, a car traveling eastbound on Washington Street was struck on the driver’s side by a van exiting onto Washington Street from Highway 163. Traffic was re-routed as emergency crews cleared the scene. The driver of the car, 44-year-old Charles Douglas of Pella, was transported by ambulance to Pella Regional Health Center.

Crash in Pella Friday night leaves one person injured

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

A two-vehicle crash in Pella Friday night sends one person to the hospital. Authorities say a car traveling eastbound on Washington Street was struck on the driver’s side by a van exiting onto Washington Street from Highway 163. Traffic was re-routed as emergency crews cleared the scene. The driver of the car was transported by ambulance to Pella Regional Health Center. The Pella Police Department, the Pella Fire Department, Pella Ambulance and Marion County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene.

Iowa State Wrestling Tournament 2-20-09

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:56 am

The State Wrestling Tournament continues today at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Pella Wrestler A-J Arrendell had an up and down day at the state tournament yesterday but it ended on a positive note. After winning his first round match on Wednesday Arrendell lost his match against David Solis of Iowa City West by a pin. Arrendell then moved to the consolation round and defeated Aidan Brock of Cedar Falls by an 11/eight decision. He will next wrestle Jeremy Brand of Indianola. That match will take place later today. Arrendell can still place as high as third if he keeps winning. The day started with class two-A and the three P-C-M wrestlers took the mat. 103 pounder Dalton Kingery won his first round match over Greg Vance of Dubuque Walhert by pin. He will take on Alex Spooner of Forest City in today’s quarterfinals. 112 pounder Brandon Teeple fell to Tanner Schmidt of Charles City but came back to defeat Josh Frush of Union in the first round consolation. 125 pounder Nick Vanderpool lost to Jake Keller of Columbus Junction by a technical fall and then was eliminated from competition by South Tama’s Tyler Waltz in the consolation bracket. The one-A wrestlers took the mat last night as Pleasantville’s David Ginger is on to the semi-finals at 130 after defeating Sean McNitt of St. Albert ten-to-five. Tasker Phillips state meet ended when he lost to Kendall Witt of Tri-Center in the consolation roundand 189 pounder Cass Lester stayed alive for a medal with a win over Northwest Websters Landon Rasch five-to-four in the consolation round. 

Pella Christian Eagles Transfer to Championship Game

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:55 am

The Pella Christian Eagles advanced to the championship game of the Class two-A district with their win over Albia last night 91-to-65. Cliff Warner and Bill Nolte led the way with 20 points apiece and Eli Groenendyk added 18 points. Tyler Klyn also added 12giving the Eagles four players scoring in double figures. After the gameHead Coach Larry Hessing said that despite the margin of victorythere are things that his team can improve on. Pella Christian will next play Davis County in the district final at Oskaloosa next Tuesday

PCM Pass By I-35

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:54 am

The beat goes on for the P-C-M boys as they got by I-35 last night 56-to-48 in the semifinal round of the Class two-A district tournament last night at home. After being held to a total of 19 points in their win over Pleasantvilleleading scorers Scott Bruxvoort and Josh Fosenburg exploded for a combined for 42 of the Mustangs 56 pointsand manhandled the Roadrunners down low. Bruxvoort carried the Mustangs through the first three quartersbefore Fosenburg caught fire from three in the final quarter with three 3-pointers. The Roadrunners did get within four with just under a minute leftbut Fosenburg was solid from the line to pull out the win. The Mustangs will face Des Moines Christian next Tuesday in a game that will be played at Pleasantville for the district championship.

Twin Cedars and Melcher-Dallas Seasons End

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:54 am

In class one-A action from last night
Both Twin Cedars and Melcher-Dallas boys season ended. Melcher-Dallas lost to Iowa Christian 73-to-44 while the Sabers fell to fellow Bluegrass Conference team Moulton-Udell 75-to-53.

Pella Christian vs. Davis County in Regional Semifinal

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:52 am

Pella Christian girls are all set to take on Davis County tonight in the regional semi final in Ottumwa. Davis County’s girls finished the regular season at ten-and-11 but have beaten Pekin and Central Lee in the post season to give them a 12-and-11 record coming in to this one. The game will start at seven and the pregame starts at six-45 and can be heard on 92-point-one KRLS.

Knoxville Boys Basketall Prepare for 1st Round Game

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:52 am

After beating Boone in dramatic fashion on Saturday, the Knoxville boys are now forced to sit and wait until Monday for their first round class three-A district game. Coach Brad McWilliams would perferrer to have had a game this week instead of nine straight days in between games. Senior Guard Dan Gordon says after the win on Saturday the highlight of the year so far was the second Newton game. The Panthers will take on A-D-M Monday night in the first round of the class three-A Distrcit.

Pella Christian vs. Davis County in Regional Semifinal

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:51 am

Pella Christian girls are all set to take on Davis County tonight in the regional semi final in Ottumwa. Davis County’s girls finished the regular season at ten-and-11 but have beaten Pekin and Central Lee in the post season to give them a 12-and-11 record coming in to this one. The game will start at seven and the pregame starts at six-45 and can be heard on 92-point-one KRLS.

News 2/20/09

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 8:53 am

PHOTO: Tony Bokhoven (l) Award winner Ivan Vos (c) and Mike Schuring (r) at Pella Chamber Awards Banquet.

Ten individuals honored at chamber banquet 
The Pella Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet Thursday night at the Pella Golf and Country Club. The Hall of Fame recipients included: Fred Kreykes for Lifetime Community Service; Vern Haagsma, Gordon Van Zanten and Ivan Vos for Education; Mike Lubberden for Industry Innovator; Bob Kroese and Betsy Roe for Professional Leader; Gerrit Vander Beek for Retail; Marv Tysseling for Tourism and Jerry Blom for Volunteer.

School board considers budget proposal later this month 
The Knoxville school district budget review committee made a $1.13 million reduction for next year’s budget. Superintendent Dr. Randy Flack says the teaching, staff, and spending cuts proposed were the most viable choices to keep the district financially sound and beneficial to students. However, Knoxville high school social studies teacher and Knoxville Education Association Leader Jim Nilles says the proposed cuts of 11 teaching positions and 10 associates, among others, will mean larger classroom sizes and less assistance for teachers. He says although he sees the value in some reductions, other sources of revenue could be used to offset costs. The school board will consider the proposal February 23rd.

Development agreement creates new jobs 
A Pella technology firm promises to create new jobs as part of a development agreement with the city. As a result of the agreement, ICE Technologies will receive tax-increment financing for their expansion in the Southgate Business Park. City Administrator Mike Nardini says this reimburses the cost for extending Roosevelt Road, or roughly $43,000. The agreement stipulates that ICE Technologies maintain current staffing levels and add 25 employees to the Pella site by 2015. 

Residents have coffee with the mayor 
The around $600,000 trimmed from the Knoxville budget, getting a progress update on the VA Campus, and discussing the importance of forming and maintaining area committees and groups were some of the issues discussed at Coffee With The Mayor Thursday.

Weekend snow straining public works budget 
Many of the snow storms earlier this year have hit the area on weekends, which is putting a strain on Knoxville’s Public Works Department budget. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city hasn’t been removing the snow piles or clearing alleys until the weekdays in order to avoid paying overtime. 

Early childhood advocates encourage childcare providers to register with DHS 
Childcare providers are encouraged to register with the Iowa Department of Human Services. Amy Zuck with Marion County Child Care Resource and Referral says the program is currently optional for those caring for less than five children. Zuck says many early-childhood advocates would like to see registration become mandatory. According to Zuck, registration simply creates minimum health and safety requirements. 

RRRRT returns to the airwaves 
Marion County residents can hear the colorful characters, good music, and laughs of the Red Rock Retro Radio Theatre’s "Cruising Lake Red Rock" production during a re-broadcast on KNIA/KRLS Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. The performance is also available by clicking on Community Content Connector on the KNIA/KRLS homepage. 

Pella hosts show choir invitational Saturday 
Pella Community High School
hosts the first-ever Dutch Masters Show Choir Invitational this Saturday. Vocal Director Michelle Chaplin says the event will feature groups from Iowa, South Dakota and one from Minnesota. A total of 20 show choirs will compete with exhibitions from three Pella groups: PellAdrenaline, Dutch Divas and AcaPella. Chaplin says performances start at 8 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8.
 

Students participate in FFA career development event 
Seven Knoxville students earned a bronze medal earlier this week at the FFA Career Development Event held at Twin Cedars. Freshmen Andy Smith, Maria Finan, Jen Kuenstling, Tanya Wilke, Wes Flattery, Chris Norman, and Nathan Dunaway earned the awards. Emily Klootwyk also earned a gold medal at the event. 

SOY Family Fun Day is tomorrow 
An area mentoring organization plans a day of family fun. Serve Our Youth will hold their annual Family Fun Day this Saturday. Executive Director Bernie Van Roekel says they’ll have inflatables, games, activities and food. Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Vermeer Global Pavilion. 

 

 

News 2/20/09

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 8:53 am

PHOTO: Tony Bokhoven (l) Award winner Ivan Vos (c) and Mike Schuring (r) at Pella Chamber Awards Banquet.

Ten individuals honored at chamber banquet 
The Pella Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet Thursday night at the Pella Golf and Country Club. The Hall of Fame recipients included: Fred Kreykes for Lifetime Community Service; Vern Haagsma, Gordon Van Zanten and Ivan Vos for Education; Mike Lubberden for Industry Innovator; Bob Kroese and Betsy Roe for Professional Leader; Gerrit Vander Beek for Retail; Marv Tysseling for Tourism and Jerry Blom for Volunteer.

School board considers budget proposal later this month 
The Knoxville school district budget review committee made a $1.13 million reduction for next year’s budget. Superintendent Dr. Randy Flack says the teaching, staff, and spending cuts proposed were the most viable choices to keep the district financially sound and beneficial to students. However, Knoxville high school social studies teacher and Knoxville Education Association Leader Jim Nilles says the proposed cuts of 11 teaching positions and 10 associates, among others, will mean larger classroom sizes and less assistance for teachers. He says although he sees the value in some reductions, other sources of revenue could be used to offset costs. The school board will consider the proposal February 23rd.

Development agreement creates new jobs 
A Pella technology firm promises to create new jobs as part of a development agreement with the city. As a result of the agreement, ICE Technologies will receive tax-increment financing for their expansion in the Southgate Business Park. City Administrator Mike Nardini says this reimburses the cost for extending Roosevelt Road, or roughly $43,000. The agreement stipulates that ICE Technologies maintain current staffing levels and add 25 employees to the Pella site by 2015. 

Residents have coffee with the mayor 
The around $600,000 trimmed from the Knoxville budget, getting a progress update on the VA Campus, and discussing the importance of forming and maintaining area committees and groups were some of the issues discussed at Coffee With The Mayor Thursday.

Weekend snow straining public works budget 
Many of the snow storms earlier this year have hit the area on weekends, which is putting a strain on Knoxville’s Public Works Department budget. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city hasn’t been removing the snow piles or clearing alleys until the weekdays in order to avoid paying overtime. 

Early childhood advocates encourage childcare providers to register with DHS 
Childcare providers are encouraged to register with the Iowa Department of Human Services. Amy Zuck with Marion County Child Care Resource and Referral says the program is currently optional for those caring for less than five children. Zuck says many early-childhood advocates would like to see registration become mandatory. According to Zuck, registration simply creates minimum health and safety requirements. 

RRRRT returns to the airwaves 
Marion County residents can hear the colorful characters, good music, and laughs of the Red Rock Retro Radio Theatre’s "Cruising Lake Red Rock" production during a re-broadcast on KNIA/KRLS Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. The performance is also available by clicking on Community Content Connector on the KNIA/KRLS homepage. 

yle='font-family:Tahoma;color:red;font-weight: bold'>Pella hosts show choir invitational Saturday 
Pella Community High School
hosts the first-ever Dutch Masters Show Choir Invitational this Saturday. Vocal Director Michelle Chaplin says the event will feature groups from Iowa, South Dakota and one from Minnesota. A total of 20 show choirs will compete with exhibitions from three Pella groups: PellAdrenaline, Dutch Divas and AcaPella. Chaplin says performances start at 8 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8.
 

Students participate in FFA career development event 
Seven Knoxville students earned a bronze medal earlier this week at the FFA Career Development Event held at Twin Cedars. Freshmen Andy Smith, Maria Finan, Jen Kuenstling, Tanya Wilke, Wes Flattery, Chris Norman, and Nathan Dunaway earned the awards. Emily Klootwyk also earned a gold medal at the event. 

SOY Family Fun Day is tomorrow 
An area mentoring organization plans a day of family fun. Serve Our Youth will hold their annual Family Fun Day this Saturday. Executive Director Bernie Van Roekel says they’ll have inflatables, games, activities and food. Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Vermeer Global Pavilion. 

 

 

State Wrestling Tournament Underway

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

The State Wrestling Tournament is underway at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The afternoon started with class three-A as Knoxville’s Lane Coldwell lost to Matt Fontana of Ankeny by a pin in his first round match. He was sent to the consolation round where he fell to Chris Hoskins of Keokuk by a pin. Coldwells season is over as he was eliminated for competition after the consolation round loss. Pellas A-J Arrendell won his first round match over Joe Rasmussen of Ankeny ten-to-threehe will take on David Solis of Iowa City West this afternoon. For our area wrestlers you can view their results on our www.kniakrls.com and click Today’s Sports.

Knoxville Girls On To 2nd Round

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

It took a while for Knoxville to get the engines to fire last night. After playing to a 13-all tie after one quarter Knoxville came out and established tempo and a lead that the Panthers would never give up in a 58-to-48 victory over South Tama in the first round of the Class three-A regional. South Tama used a different style of attack that had Knoxville thinking at first. Coach Jim Utimarkt said he had the confidence to stay the course. Steph Kingery led a balanced attack for Knoxville with 17 points, Courtney Kingery had 14and Sam Abens dumped in 11. Knoxville is now 20-and-two on the season and will play Vinton-Shellsburg Saturday in Grinnell.

Lady Dutch Knock Off Clear Creek Amana

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Pella knocked off Clear Creek Amana in the first round of the girls regional basketball tournament last night60-to-39. The Lady Dutch led just 22/21 after a sluggish first halfbut Mike Vints club outscored the Clippers 38-18 in the second half. Vint said it was probably good to have a game like this. Brooke Gritters led the way for Pella with 16 points and 11 reboundsand Kellie Korver and Isabel Metcalf each added a dozen points. The Lady Dutch out-rebounded the Clippers 49-to-20 as they improved to 21-and-one on the season. They will travel to Williamsburg on Saturday to battle Benton in the regional semifinals.

PCM Boys Take On I-35 in Semifinal

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

The P-C-M boys will take on I-35 tonight in the Class two-A district semifinal. The Mustangs got by Pleasantville on Monday 55/48 and will look to continue their tough defense against the Roadrunners. P-C-M is giving up an average of just under 44 points a game and has a 17-and-five overall record. The Mustangs will host the semifinalwith the winner taking on either Des Moines Christian or Bondurant-Farrar next Tuesday. You can hear all the action tonight on kniakrls.com starting with the pregame at six-45the tip-off will be at seven.