Archive for February, 2009

Eagles Host Albia in 2nd Round Playoffs

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

The Pella Christian Eagles will host Albia tonight in the second round of the boys class two-A district. Pella Christian had no trouble in its first round matchup with Iowa Valleybut this game should be a little tougher. Albia is 14-and-nine on the year and have won eight straight coming in. Albia hasn’t seen the same tough competition as Pella Christian howeveras Pella Christian plays in the Little Hawkeye Conference with teams all in higher classes. Tonight’s game will tip off at seven and can be heard on 92-point-one KRLS with the pre-game at six-45.

Drew Laidig Baseball Standout

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Drew Laidig who is a former Carlisle and Indian Hills baseball player from Pleasantville, has been named to the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List in Division one baseball. Laidig is a senior infielder for Western Illinois in the Summit League. Laidig was named first team All-Summit League last year after batting 349 with four homers and 41 R-B-I and was ranked the 20th hardest hitter in the country to strike out. The winner will be announced at a banquet on Thursday, July 2nd in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.

Chelsea Thomas Adjusts to NCAA

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

It did not take long for Former Pleasantville Softball Standout Chelsea Thomas to adjust to N-C-A-A Division one softball. In her college debut she pitched all five innings of Missouris ten/nothing rout of Virginia Tech at the Georgia State First Pitch Classic recently. She gave up just one hit, allowed two walks and struck out three.

Area State Tournament Wrestling Resluts

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

CLASS 3A KNOXVILLE
125 1st Round Lane Coldwell lost to Matt Fontana of Ankeny by pin :23
1st round consolation lost to Chris Hoskins Keokuk by pin 3:23-Coldwell is now eliminated from competition.

CLASS 3A PELLA
171 1st Round A.J. Arrendell defeated Joe Rasmussen Ankeny 10-3
Quarterfinal vs. Davis Solis Iowa City West

CLASS 1A PLEASANTVILLE
130 1st Round David Ginger def Mark Reicks Turkey Valley by pin :53
Quarterfinal vs. Sean McNitt Council Bluffs St. Albert.
135 1st Round Tasker Phillips lost to Bart Reiter Don Bosco Tech Fall 3:04
1st Round Consolation def Will Kruse George Little Rock 
2nd Round Consolation vs. TBA
189 1st Round Cass Lester lost to Collin Sudol Nashua-Plainfield 4-2
1st Round Consolation def Ryan Gochenour Logan-Magnolia 10-4
2nd Round Consolation vs. TBA

CLASS 2A PCM
103 1st RoundDalton Kingery def Greg Vance Dubuque Walhert by pin 4:27
Quarterfinal vs. Alex Spooner Forest City
112 1st Round Brandon Teeple lost to Tanner Schmidt Charles City by Tech-Fall
1st Round Concolation def Josh Frush Union 7-5
2nd Round Consolation vs. TBA
125 1st Round Nick Vanderpool lost to Jake Keller Columbus Junction by Tech-Fall 4:52
1st Round Consolation lost to Tyler Waltz South Tama 9-4 Vanderpool has been eliminated from competition

News 2/19/09

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 7:15 am

Chamber to hold awards banquet 
The Pella Chamber of Commerce holds their annual awards banquet tonight. Pella Chamber of Commerce Director Karen Eischen says the event will include dinner, the Hall of Fame Awards and guest speaker Pat McGill. According to Eischen, McGill has planned an interactive presentation about business trends and generational attitudes. The banquet is at the Pella Golf and Country Club.

Home Shopping continues today 
The KNIA/KRLS Home Shopping Extravaganza continues Thursday. Listeners can call in from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. A variety of merchandise is available for purchase ranging from hotel stays, to oil changes to gift certificates for local restaurants. 

Trial set for Marysville mayor 
The mayor of Marysville charged with three counts of prescription drug violations has trial set for April 28th. Marion County courthouse documents report Sherri Pettyjohn also has a pre-trial conference set April 17th. Law enforcement charged Pettyjohn last month after pursuing reports of false prescriptions being given at multiple pharmacies. 

City terminates Bos Landen ground lease 
The city of Pella has terminated their ground lease agreement for the Bos Landen Golf Course. City Administrator Mike Nardini says the city council chose to terminate the agreement with John Domansky and Cal Swanson at their meeting Tuesday night. As far as what this means for the future of the golf course, Nardini says the city is currently exploring all of their short and long-term options. 

Officials cutting city budget 
Over $628,000 has been cut from Knoxvilles 2009-2010 city budget from what was originally suggested by department heads, as city officials work to submit the budget to the state by March 15th. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city is not eliminating any police or fire services, adding he will have a better idea of budget specifics at the end of this week. 

Stimulus funding could benefit local projects 
Local cities are hoping to reap some of the benefits of the recently signed economic stimulus package. Pella Public Works Director Denny Buyert says it’s likely that funds will be available for an asphalt overlay project on Oskaloosa Street and Main, a project originally planned for 2012. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city hopes to receive federal dollars for street overlay projects on Godfrey Lane and Roche Street. Schrad also says he’s hoping to see funding for some of the city’s water and wastewater projects.

Tickets available for high school musical 
The Knoxville High School production of Fiddler on the Roof is March 6th and 7th in the Knoxville Middle School Auditorium, and residents can now purchase tickets. That’s according to Knoxville High School Music Director Jackie Duffy. Duffy says to e-mail her at duffyj@knoxville.k12.ia.us or to call the high school at 842-2173 to reserve tickets, which can be paid for at the door. Tickets are $5. 

DNR offers free camping weekend 
The warm temperatures from earlier this month has many residents turning their thoughts to spring, and Camping Kick-off Weekend for Elk Rock State Park is May 1st through the 3rd. That’s according to the Iowa DNR, which says campers in an Iowa State Park during that time will receive a gift package that includes a camping coupon good for one night of camping at an electrical site, recipes, camping tips and more. 

SCISWA director speaks to Pella City Council
The director of the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency was at the Pella City Council meeting this week to address concerns about an increase in landfill tipping fees. Earlier this month the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency Board approved an $8 increase to $38 per ton, effective July 1. Sara Bixby spoke to the council about the need to raise the fee due to higher costs of operation, new DNR regulations and to cover construction costs of a $2.3 million landfill cell. 

Learn more about Slow Food 
A leader of the slow food movement will speak at Central College tonight. Central College Director of Cultural Affairs and slow-food aficionado Treva Reimer says the public will have an opportunity to hear from Kurt Friese, the Midwest Leader of Slow Food USA and co-owner of the restaurant Devotay in Iowa City. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the Cox-Snow Recital Hall.

News 2/19/09

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 7:15 am

Chamber to hold awards banquet 
The Pella Chamber of Commerce holds their annual awards banquet tonight. Pella Chamber of Commerce Director Karen Eischen says the event will include dinner, the Hall of Fame Awards and guest speaker Pat McGill. According to Eischen, McGill has planned an interactive presentation about business trends and generational attitudes. The banquet is at the Pella Golf and Country Club.

Home Shopping continues today 
The KNIA/KRLS Home Shopping Extravaganza continues Thursday. Listeners can call in from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. A variety of merchandise is available for purchase ranging from hotel stays, to oil changes to gift certificates for local restaurants. 

Trial set for Marysville mayor 
The mayor of Marysville charged with three counts of prescription drug violations has trial set for April 28th. Marion County courthouse documents report Sherri Pettyjohn also has a pre-trial conference set April 17th. Law enforcement charged Pettyjohn last month after pursuing reports of false prescriptions being given at multiple pharmacies. 

City terminates Bos Landen ground lease 
The city of Pella has terminated their ground lease agreement for the Bos Landen Golf Course. City Administrator Mike Nardini says the city council chose to terminate the agreement with John Domansky and Cal Swanson at their meeting Tuesday night. As far as what this means for the future of the golf course, Nardini says the city is currently exploring all of their short and long-term options. 

Officials cutting city budget 
Over $628,000 has been cut from Knoxvilles 2009-2010 city budget from what was originally suggested by department heads, as city officials work to submit the budget to the state by March 15th. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city is not eliminating any police or fire services, adding he will have a better idea of budget specifics at the end of this week. 

Stimulus funding could benefit local projects 
Local cities are hoping to reap some of the benefits of the recently signed economic stimulus package. Pella Public Works Director Denny Buyert says it’s likely that funds will be available for an asphalt overlay project on Oskaloosa Street and Main, a project originally planned for 2012. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the city hopes to receive federal dollars for street overlay projects on Godfrey Lane and Roche Street. Schrad also says he’s hoping to see funding for some of the city’s water and wastewater projects.

Tickets available for high school musical 
The Knoxville High School production of Fiddler on the Roof is March 6th and 7th in the Knoxville Middle School Auditorium, and residents can now purchase tickets. That’s according to Knoxville High School Music Director Jackie Duffy. Duffy says to e-mail her at duffyj@knoxville.k12.ia.us or to call the high school at 842-2173 to reserve tickets, which can be paid for at the door. Tickets are $5. 

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The warm temperatures from earlier this month has many residents turning their thoughts to spring, and Camping Kick-off Weekend for Elk Rock State Park is May 1st through the 3rd. That’s according to the Iowa DNR, which says campers in an Iowa State Park during that time will receive a gift package that includes a camping coupon good for one night of camping at an electrical site, recipes, camping tips and more. 

SCISWA director speaks to Pella City Council
The director of the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency was at the Pella City Council meeting this week to address concerns about an increase in landfill tipping fees. Earlier this month the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency Board approved an $8 increase to $38 per ton, effective July 1. Sara Bixby spoke to the council about the need to raise the fee due to higher costs of operation, new DNR regulations and to cover construction costs of a $2.3 million landfill cell. 

Learn more about Slow Food 
A leader of the slow food movement will speak at Central College tonight. Central College Director of Cultural Affairs and slow-food aficionado Treva Reimer says the public will have an opportunity to hear from Kurt Friese, the Midwest Leader of Slow Food USA and co-owner of the restaurant Devotay in Iowa City. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the Cox-Snow Recital Hall.

Pleasantville Wrestling – 5 Wrestlers to State Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

The Pleasantville wrestlers opens up the state meet today in Des Moines with a record-tying five wrestlers taking the mat. David Ginger, Tasker Phillips, Josh Padellford, Logan Roodand, and Cass Lester all qualified for the individual state tournamentand coach Jason Anthony is proud of his teams hard work and knows that all of the time put in will not only pay off this week but further down the road as well. Pleasantville also qualified five wrestlers in 1985 and again in 1996. The Trojans also qualified for the State team duals which will be held in Cedar Rapids next Saturday where they will take on second seed Belle Plaine.

Knoxville Wrestler First Match At State Tourny

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Knoxville Wrestler Lane Coldwell will wrestle his first match at the state meet today. His first round opponent is Matt Fontana of Ankeny. Coach Eric Whitcome says whatever happens this afternoon the fact that Coldwell got to state when not a lot of people thought any Panther wrestler would get to state is quite an accomplishment. Whitcome says overall the entire team improved tenfold and has high hopes to next season. Coldwell will wrestle his first match at around one this afternoon. Today is also the big day for Little Dutch Wrestler A-J Arrendell. Arrendell advanced to the state tournament in class three-A wrestling. He was the only wrestler from Pella to advance. We will have updates all afternoon on KNIA/KRLS.

Pella Boys Wrap Up Regular Season

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

The Pella Little Dutch wrapped up their regular season with a 99-to-51 thrashing of Centerville last night. Pella finishes the season at 16-and-five overall. The Little Dutch will get a well deserved week off before starting their post-season on Monday against the same Centerville squad they just faced. The Lady Dutch will host Clear Creek-Amana tonight in the first round of the class three-A regional playoffs. Clear Creek is five-and-16 this year while Pella finished 20-and-one. Tonight’s game will start at seven and 92.1 KRLS will have the coverage with pre-game at 6:45pm.

Melcher Dallas Overtime Win – Advances to Semi-Finals

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

In class one-A Melcher-Dallas has also advanced to the regional semi-finals with a 49-to-43 win in overtime over Southeast Warren. It’s the second straight overtime victory in postseason for the Saints.

PCM Tops Des Moines Christian

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

It took about a quarterbut the P-C-M girls got on track in plenty of time to punch their ticket into the semifinals of the Class two-A regionals with a 48-to-34 win over Des Moines Christian. The Mustangs found themselves down nine/eight after the first quarterbut outscored the Lions 17/six in the second half to propel them to the 14 point win. The Lions did get to within seven with three minutes left to make things interestingbut the Mustangs hit some clutch shots and sunk their free throws to put the game away. The Mustangs were led by Katlyn Wood and Shelby Housemanwho each scored 12 points. P-C-M will play Central Decatur in the semifinals at Truro on Friday you can hear that game on www.kniakrls.com starting with the pregame at 6:45pm

Lady Eagles Dominate Albia

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

The Pella Christian Lady Eagles dominated Albia last night in the Class two-A regional quarterfinal 62-to-43. The Lady Eagles fell behind three/nothing early but then went on a 12/oh run in the first quarter and never trailed again. Freshman Guard Christina Nolte sparked the Lady Eagles to a ten point halftime lead. This was only Nolte’s second varsity game but she responded with ten points in the game and was a huge part of the win. Shelby Weaver again started for the injured Jasmin Schellhaas and led all scorers with 23 points. Kayla Collins threw in ten points in the win as well. Coach Kevin Van Maanen thinks his team is playing their best basketball right nowbut there is always room for improvement. Pella Christian will meet Davis County in the Regional Semifinal in Ottumwa on Friday.

News 2/18/09

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 8:05 am

Committee recommends budget cuts 
The Knoxville school district budget review committee proposed a $1.13 million reduction for next year’s school budget. There are over 25 proposed job losses, including eight teaching positions, and 10 associate positions. The committee also proposed reconfiguring the districts structure for kindergarten through eighth grade students. The recommendation would put pre-kindergarten through third grade at West Elementary, kindergarten through third at East Elementary, fourth through sixth grade at Northstar Elementary and seventh through eighth grade at the Knoxville Middle School. The School Board will consider the budget proposal February 23. 

Firm to examine water utility needs 
The city of Pella has hired a firm to examine water and sewer rates and capital infrastructure needs for the water utility. The Pella City Council approved agreements with the Howard R. Green Company at their meeting Tuesday night. Council also approved an agreement that would allow federal funds to be used for new stoplights at the intersection of Washington and West Third. Public Works Director Denny Buyert said the new stoplights could be installed by this August or September.

Baccam trial postponed 
A trial for a Pella man facing a sexual abuse charge is postponed until May. According to Marion County court documents, a pre-trial conference for 42-year-old Richard Nathan Baccam was continued to April 10 with the trial now set for May 12. Baccam is charged with sexual abuse in the second-degree stemming from an alleged incident involving a child at a Pella residence in October 2008. 

Historic newspapers on display in Columbia 
Area residents can take a step back in time and view historic newspapers Wednesday and Thursday at the Columbia Community Center. That’s according to John Pierce, owner of Pierces Pumpkin Patch in Columbia. He says he’ll have over 150 historic newspapers on display from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Residents take advantage of healthy heart event 
Over 110 residents attended Knoxville Hospital & Clinics annual Love Your Heart: A Guide to a Healthy Heart event Tuesday. Hospital spokesperson Katrina Nelson says residents had their lipid profiles and blood sugar drawn and blood pressures checked, and should get their blood results mailed to them over the next week. 

Local professor optimistic about stimulus package 
President Barack Obama signed a $787 billion economic stimulus package into law Tuesday. The White House Press Office claims the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could result in 37,000 jobs for the state of Iowa. Central College Professor of Economics Brian Peterson says while that figure is a projection, he’s optimistic about the stimulus plan. 

Public Health encourages radon testing 
Marion County residents should test their homes air-quality for radon and other potentially harmful substances this winter. That’s according to Cory Frank, with the Marion County Public Health Department. He says Marion County tested higher in the past for radon – a harmful radiological particle both odorless and tasteless. 

USP to hold auditions for Tulip Time production 
Auditions are next month for an upcoming community theatre production in Pella. The Union Street Players are seeking cast members for Letters from Pella, a play written by current USP President Tom Vander Well. Tryouts are March 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. and March 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Pella Community Center.

Have coffee with the mayor 
Area residents can voice what’s on their minds at Coffee With The Mayor in Knoxville Thursday. Mayor Harv Sprafka says the program is held the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Knoxville Public library. Sprafka encourages residents to bring their questions, comments and ideas for discussion.

Home Shopping Extravaganza continues 
The KNIA/KRLS Home Shopping Extravaganza continues today. Listeners can call in from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. A variety of merchandise is available for purchase ranging from hotel stays, to oil changes to gift certificates for local restaurants. An updated list of items is available online at kniakrls.com.

 

 

News 2/18/09

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 8:05 am

Committee recommends budget cuts 
The Knoxville school district budget review committee proposed a $1.13 million reduction for next year’s school budget. There are over 25 proposed job losses, including eight teaching positions, and 10 associate positions. The committee also proposed reconfiguring the districts structure for kindergarten through eighth grade students. The recommendation would put pre-kindergarten through third grade at West Elementary, kindergarten through third at East Elementary, fourth through sixth grade at Northstar Elementary and seventh through eighth grade at the Knoxville Middle School. The School Board will consider the budget proposal February 23. 

Firm to examine water utility needs 
The city of Pella has hired a firm to examine water and sewer rates and capital infrastructure needs for the water utility. The Pella City Council approved agreements with the Howard R. Green Company at their meeting Tuesday night. Council also approved an agreement that would allow federal funds to be used for new stoplights at the intersection of Washington and West Third. Public Works Director Denny Buyert said the new stoplights could be installed by this August or September.

Baccam trial postponed 
A trial for a Pella man facing a sexual abuse charge is postponed until May. According to Marion County court documents, a pre-trial conference for 42-year-old Richard Nathan Baccam was continued to April 10 with the trial now set for May 12. Baccam is charged with sexual abuse in the second-degree stemming from an alleged incident involving a child at a Pella residence in October 2008. 

Historic newspapers on display in Columbia 
Area residents can take a step back in time and view historic newspapers Wednesday and Thursday at the Columbia Community Center. That’s according to John Pierce, owner of Pierces Pumpkin Patch in Columbia. He says he’ll have over 150 historic newspapers on display from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Residents take advantage of healthy heart event 
Over 110 residents attended Knoxville Hospital & Clinics annual Love Your Heart: A Guide to a Healthy Heart event Tuesday. Hospital spokesperson Katrina Nelson says residents had their lipid profiles and blood sugar drawn and blood pressures checked, and should get their blood results mailed to them over the next week. 

Local professor optimistic about stimulus package 
President Barack Obama signed a $787 billion economic stimulus package into law Tuesday. The White House Press Office claims the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could result in 37,000 jobs for the state of Iowa. Central College Professor of Economics Brian Peterson says while that figure is a projection, he’s optimistic about the stimulus plan. 

Public Health encourages radon testing 
Marion County residents should test their homes air-quality for radon and other potentially harmful substances this winter. That’s according to Cory Frank, with the Marion County Public Health Department. He says Marion County tested higher in the past for radon – a harmful radiological particle both odorless and tasteless. 

oma>USP to hold auditions for Tulip Time production 
Auditions are next month for an upcoming community theatre production in Pella. The Union Street Players are seeking cast members for Letters from Pella, a play written by current USP President Tom Vander Well. Tryouts are March 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. and March 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Pella Community Center.

Have coffee with the mayor 
Area residents can voice what’s on their minds at Coffee With The Mayor in Knoxville Thursday. Mayor Harv Sprafka says the program is held the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Knoxville Public library. Sprafka encourages residents to bring their questions, comments and ideas for discussion.

Home Shopping Extravaganza continues 
The KNIA/KRLS Home Shopping Extravaganza continues today. Listeners can call in from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. A variety of merchandise is available for purchase ranging from hotel stays, to oil changes to gift certificates for local restaurants. An updated list of items is available online at kniakrls.com.

 

 

Pella Boys Basketball Fall to Norwalk

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:44 am

Pella boys played another solid game against top-ranked Norwalk but just like when the two teams played at Norwalk in early January the Warriors proved to be too much for the Little Dutch. Despite 33 points from Kirk Korver, Pella fell short 75-to-65. Norwalk got 33 of its own from Alex Dorr as the Warriors built a 15-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and held on against a late Pella charge. The Norwalk win means that the Warriors will share the Little Hawkeye Conference title with Pella Christian as each team finishes league play at 15-and-one. Pella will wrap up its regular season tonight at home against Centerville the team they also play in the first round of the postseason next Monday. 

PCM Boys Basketball Move on to 2nd Round

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:39 am

P-C-M fought off a pesky Pleasantville boys squad last night to move on the second round of the Class two-A with a 55-to-48 victory. The Mustangs led by as much as 14 in the gamebut each time it looked like they would put it awaythe Trojans would come right back. The Mustangs lead stayed right around the ten point marginuntil halfway through the final quarterwhen Pleasantville started inching towards the lead. The Trojans got to within five points with 15 seconds leftbut couldn’t quite get over the humpand P-C-M put it away from the free-throw line to come away with the seven point win. The Mustangs were led by Gavin Burnswho had one of his best offensive games of the yearwith 16 points. P-C-M goes on to play I-35 on Thursday at a site to be determined.

Lady Eagles Basketball

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:38 am

The Lady Eagles will be back in action tonight for their second round matchup. Pella Christian is coming off of its impressive victory over Eddyville-Blakesburg and seem to be playing their best ball at the right time. Albia was 16-and-five in the regular season and will certainly be a test for the Lady Eagles. If Pella Christian wins the Lady Eagles will advance to the regional semi-final and take on either Davis County or Central Lee. KNIA/KRLS will have the coverage of tonight’s game with the pre-game at 6:45 and tip off at 7pm.

Knoxville Girls Basketball Post Season

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:37 am

Knoxville will open up the Class three-A girls postseason against South Tama on Wednesday night. Coach Jim Utimarkt says South Tama is a good team that has a lot of size that will be tough to deal with. Another thing that worries Utimarkt is the familiarity between the two teams. After playing each other during the regular seasonthere is not a lot either team can be surprised about. Knoxville will play South Tama Wednesday night at seven.

Pella Girls – Little Hawkeye Conference Champions

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:36 am

Pellas girls clinched an outright Little Hawkeye Conference championship last night with a 52-to-33 win over Norwalk in the regular season finale. The Lady Dutch started all five of their seniors on senior nightand led the game from start to finish. Kellie Korver topped the charts with 14 pointsLindsey Bentzinger added 12and Jordyn Vande Lune scored 11. Pella finishes the regular season at 20-and-oneand their 15-and-one conference record edges Knoxville by a game for the L-H-C title. The Lady Dutch will host Clear Creek-Amana tomorrow night in the first round of the postseason.

Knoxville Freshman in State Wrestling Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:35 am

Many wrestlers around Iowa dream of wrestling at the state meet. Knoxvilles Lane Coldwell as a freshman will get his chance this Wednesday afternoon in Wells Fargo Arena. Coach Eric Whitcome who knows a little about wrestling and coaching in the state tournament being from Waverly-Shell Rock says Lane just has to settle his nerves right away and then get down to the business at hand. Coldwell is scheduled to wrestle his first round bout Wednesday afternoon. You can listen for updates on KNIA/KRLS and www.kniakrls.com.