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Knoxville Girls Cross Country Looking To Build Off Of Early Season Succsess

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 am

With one meet already behind them…the Knoxville Cross Country Squad is looking forward to the Central College Meet this Saturday.The girls fared well in their first meet of the season last Monday at home. One runner that Coach Michael Splavec is hoping can break out this Saturday is junior Carrie Chambers. While not knowing her all that well before he got to Knoxville, he tells KNIA/KRLS that her confidence has skyrocketed during the early season. Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS that Sydney Washington who finished ninth in the season opener last week has surprised him. He says she has the 4K figured out and hopes to improve through the season.

Lady Dutch Continue Non-Conference Schedule Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:59 am

Three other schools make their way inside of the Pella High gym tonight for quad volleyball action in the Tulip City. The Lady Dutch went 1 – 5 in tournament play at Bondurant-Farrar on Saturday, and are hoping for better results against the Bluejays, A-D-M and Gilbert. Following their five-set thriller over Ballard to begin the season last Thursday, Coach Catie Brand says she would like to see their service errors come down significantly tonight. The Lady Dutch had 19 against the Bombers in the win, compared to 12 aces. The varsity quad is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Kacmarynski-to-Jungling Could be a Theme this Year for Eagles’ Football

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:57 am

Taking the reins of the starting quarterback job in his sophomore year from departed senior, Coltin Collins, David Kacmarynski is already showing signs of growth after just one start. The sophomore helped lead the Eagles to a victory in an offensive battle with PCM on Friday, 44 – 30. Kacmarynski threw for 180 yards in the win with a touchdown and an interception. A majority of those yards and targets were to fellow sophomore, Levi Jungling, who ended up with seven catches for 113 yards. Assistant coach, Darryl DeRuiter, says the two athletes have a connection from well before high school. The Eagles are gearing up for their 2014 home debut this Friday night against Lynnville-Sully.

Saints, Sabers Volleyball Start, Continue Conference Play Today

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:52 am

It’s game two of the season for Melcher-Dallas tonight, and Twin Cedars’ young squad will get their first taste of varsity action this evening in a Bluegrass Conference match-up for both schools. The Saints will be taking on conference favorite, Moravia on the road. Coach Tatum Starcevich says the Mohawks bring a lot back and will be just as dangerous as they were last year. For Twin Cedars, they lost a good chunk of seniors from a year ago, and new head coach, Alexis Kauzlarich says she still has high hopes for her Sabers in 2014. Twin Cedars takes on Seymour on the road tonight. The JV matches for both schools begin at 5:30 p.m. with varsity to follow at around seven.

Dutch Women Play Tough, but Fall to Bears

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:50 am

In a much different game than he saw out of his Dutch a year ago, Central women’s soccer coach, Mike Kobylinski was pleased with what he saw from his ladies in a 3 – 0 loss to the number-four ranked team in the country, Washington – St. Louis yesterday afternoon. Central had some prime opportunities to score in the first ten minutes, but could not capitalize. Central was outshot 29 – 7 overall and 13 – 2 in shots on goal. The Dutch women are now 1 – 1 and they’ll hit the road again away from conference play this Friday and Saturday against Maranatha Baptist out of Wisconsin and North Central Illinois, respectively.

Pella Boys’, Girls’ Cross Country Finish Strong in Opening Meet

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am

The 2014 cross country season started this weekend for Pella High runners at Cedar Rapids Prairie. The girls were sixth as a team overall and second in their division. Kelcey Blommers was fifth overall and finished first, with her teammate, Tess Roorda right behind her in sixth and second, respectively. Payton Phelps was fifth in their division. For the boys, the Little Dutch were fifth overall as a team and came in first place in their division. Pella was led by Adam Sievers and Ben Warner, who crossed the line in second and third place, respectively, in their division. Pella’s runners will next compete at their home invitational at Central College this Saturday.

Simple Adjustments Have Knoxville Looking Forward To Week Two

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:59 am

Game one of the Eric Kellar era at Knoxville did not go as planned.The Panthers absorbed a 41-7 loss to Newton in their season opener on Friday. While the loss stings, the players and coaches know that nearly all of the mistakes that were made are easily correctable. Kellar tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the areas to correct are very simple. He adds that the guys already have talked with about what needs fixing and are ready to get back at it this week. Knoxville hosts Centerville this Friday.

Eagles’ Volleyball Wins Consolation Bracket in Ames

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:58 am

After getting swept by Marshalltown to begin their season, the Pella Christian volleyball team responded with some strong play up in Ames on Saturday in tournament action. The Eagles began with a two-set loss to Urbandale, 10 – 21 and 13 – 21. Andrea Horstman had seven kills in the match. Charles City also took down the Eagles in straight sets to send them to the consolation bracket. Des Moines East, Fort Dodge, Ames and I-K-M Manning all fell to the Eagles. Against the Scarlets, Julia Dykstra had six aces and Andrea Horstman picked up another seven kills. Abby Pleima had 16 assists against Ames and Rebecca Gritters had six kills to coincide with three ace serves. Coach Cindy Nikkel tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that that her team was much better with their serve-receive, defense and she was incredibly happy with how they passed the ball. Pella Christian is now 4 – 3 and they take on Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on the road this Thursday.

Lady Dutch have Interesting Day at Bondurant-Farrar Tourney

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:56 am

Seeing some high caliber competition, the Pella High volleyball team went 1 – 5 on the day at the Bondurant-Farrar tournament this past Saturday. The Lady Dutch started the day with a straight set loss to Dubuque Hempstead, 7 – 21 and 11 – 21, before gaining a victory over West Marshall, 21 – 13 and 21 – 8. Pella lost in straight sets to North Polk, Gilbert, Des Moines Christian and Perry to finish out their day. Pella’s girls are 2 – 5 on the year and will host a quad on Tuesday with ADM, Bondurant-Farrar and Gilbert.

Mustangs Record Pair of Wins in Bluejays Volleyball Tournament

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM earned a pair of victories in their second tournament of the season this weekend at Bondurant-Farrar. The Mustangs dropped to Des Moines Christian, Williamsburg, and Waverly Shell Rock before finding their first win of the season against West Marshall, 21 – 16 and 21 – 16. Katie VandeWall and Regan Olson each had four kills and Kayla Jennings had five. Jayci Vos added ten assists for PCM, who followed that up with another win over Des Moines Roosevelt, 24 – 22 and 21 – 14. Courtney Van Houweling had five kills and eight digs. PCM finished the day with a loss to Davis County, 16 – 21 and 16 – 21. The Mustangs are now 2 – 8 on the year and they’ll take on Carlisle on the road on Tuesday.

Central Men’s and Women’s Soccer Split Doubleheader in Minnesota

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:50 am

The Central women’s soccer team was anxious to get their season underway, and they did so with a bang, demolishing Minnesota – Morris 4 – 0 this weekend. Emily Saville had two goals in the first 29 minutes, and the Dutch added goals from freshman Felicia Roppe, and senior Emily Benson. The Central men were on the wrong side of a double overtime penalty kick, falling 1 – 0 to Morris. The penalty kick was the Cougars’ only shot on goal, as the Dutch held a 24 – 6 advantage in total shots. Central’s women are 1 – 0 while the men are at 0 – 2. Central’s men are at home next on Tuesday to host Monmouth, and the women play at home on Monday against Washington out of St. Louis.

Central Volleyball Wins Two in Virginia Finale

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:50 am

The Central volleyball team nabbed a pair of sweeps in their final two games of their season opening road trip in Virginia yesterday. The morning started with a three-set sweep of Emory & Henry, 27 – 25, 25 – 12 and again 25 – 12, before the Dutch downed William Peace, 25 – 22, 25 – 17 and 25 – 19. Central averaged nearly .260 hitting in the two games. The 3 – 1 start for the Dutch is the best since 2011. Central will head to Chicago this weekend for the North Park Invitational.

Central Women’s Golf Records Title in Season Opener

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:49 am

With several Iowa Conference schools in attendance, the Central women’s golf team clinched their first title in more than two years on Saturday at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club in Cedar Falls. Kelsey Van Tasell had a career-best 76 to finish with a 155. Taylor Hill had a second-round 77 to card a total of 157. Central had a team score of 640 in the two-day tourney. Central is back at it this Saturday in the 36-hole Wartburg Fall Invitational at Centennial Oaks golf Course in Waverly.

Ferrell Greeted by Sweep in Coaching Debut

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:49 am

Ryun Ferrell and the Central women’s tennis team came away unscathed in their 2014 fall season debut on Saturday, sweeping Monmouth and Knox, 9 – 0. Ferrell used ten players, including a pair of freshmen in their line-up. Ashley Maley and Kari Grindberg won in straight sets versus their singles opponents. Central will next open up their home tennis schedule on September 12 against Coe.

Simple Adjustments Have Panthers Looking Forward To Week Two

Posted: Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 5:59 am

Game one of the Eric Kellar era at Knoxville did not go as planned.The Panthers absorbed a 41-7 loss to Newton in their season opener on Friday. While the loss stings, the players and coaches know that nearly all of the mistakes that were made are easily correctable. Kellar tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the areas to correct are very simple. He adds that the guys already have talked with about what needs fixing and are ready to get back at it this week. Knoxville hosts Centerville this Friday.

Central Volleyball Splits Down in Virginia

Posted: Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 5:50 am

In their first ever trip to Virginia, the Central volleyball team came away with a split in their two matches yesterday. The Dutch fell to Roanoke, 24 – 26, 22 – 25, 25 – 21 and 18 – 25 to begin the day. Central would rebound and hit .324 to sweep the host team, Averett, 25 – 23, 25 – 23 and 25 – 18. The Dutch begin the season 1 – 1 on the year, and they’ll take on Emory & Henry and William Peace to conclude their trip today.

Knoxville Shows Growing Pains In Opening Week Loss to Newton

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 6:00 am

It wasn’t the start they had hoped for. Four turnovers and three first-half touchdown receptions by the Cardinals Nick Easley led to Knoxville’s 41-7 loss to Newton in their season opener Friday night. Panthers’ head coach, Eric Kellar says the score wasn’t indicative of how his team played. Knoxville’s only score came on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Jared McClung to Conner Bailey in the second quarter. McClung finished with 127 yards passing and the one touchdown, while Knoxville as a team rushed for 75 yards with their new offense. The Panthers are 0 – 1 and will play their home opener against Centerville next Friday, a game that can be heard on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA.

Little Dutch Make Statement with Blowout Win of Demons

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Noah Clayberg looked as good as ever, the Pella High defense was stout, and the Little Dutch toppled Washington in a battle of top five ranked football teams in Class 3A last night, 35 – 0. Pella’s defense forced two fumbles, and stopped the Demons on four fourth down conversion attempts. Clayberg had as good of an opening night as a quarterback could have, rushing for 182 yards, throwing for 69 more, and had a hand in all five of Pella’s scores, including an 86-yard run from scrimmage to begin the second half. Pella starts the season 1 – 0, and they’ll try to take down Dallas Center – Grimes at home in Week Two this Friday.

Eagles’ Football Wins Offensive Outburst Over Mustangs

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Pella Christian Eagles were able to open up their season with a 44 to 30 victory over rival PCM. It was starting quarterback and linebacker David Kacmarynski who led the way for the Eagles after his early fumble recovery set the tone early in the first quarter. He finished the night with 180 yards passing, 96 yards rushing, and a passing and rushing touchdown. Assistant Coach Darryl De Ruiter says that’s a product of his offseason training. Logan Gillman threw for 362 yards, which is over half of what he compiled last season to go along with three touchdowns. Mustangs’ coach, Greg Bonnett was pleased with how his team battled against the Eagles. The Eagles move to 1-0 on the season and will face Lynnville-Sully at home next Friday, while the Mustangs are 0 – 1 and will take on Central Decatur.

Pleasantville Drops Season Opener to Colfax-Mingo

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team dropped their 2014 season opener 21-0 on Friday night to Colfax-Mingo. Quarterback Zeb Adreon would lead the team in rushing with 52 yards on 12 carries while finishing up with 41 yards through the air. The Trojans would struggle offensively, rushing for only 119 yards on the night while turning the ball over a total of seven times. Despite the loss, head coach Gabe Bakker felt good about his team’s defensive performance. Pleasantville falls to 0-1 and will look for their first victory of the season next week at Eddyville – Blakesburg.