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6 Panthers Named To All-District

Posted: Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Six Knoxville Football players made the Class 3A all-District seven team. Tanner Dunkin, Ryan Morgan, Luke Bachman, Brock Caviness, Cooper Kendall, and D-J Snyder were all named to the all-District team. Dunkin led the Panthers in total offense with 997 yards and 12 touchdowns and had six interceptions, while Bachman was third on the team in tackles with 40. The Panthers went 4-6 and made the class 3A playoffs for the first time in 24 years.

Eagles’ Boys Don’t Have Just One ‘Standout’ in Practice

Posted: Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Preparing for their first game of the season this Monday, the Pella Christian boys’ basketball team has had a very successful first couple of weeks of practice. They did lose some height and talent with the small group of seniors they had a year ago, but a good chunk of scoring is back for the Eagles. Coach Larry Hessing says he has seen a lot of guys stand out during their warm-ups the last 13-14 days. The Eagles played a game that came down to the wire with West Marshall to begin their season last year, and they’ll have that same team in front of them this Monday to tip-off the 2014-15 campaign.

Little Dutch Bracing for a ‘Slower’ Start to 2014-15

Posted: Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Just now getting the football team to trickle in, the Pella High boys’ basketball squad has been slowly piecing things together for their debut this Tuesday. There have already been some guys that have made an immediate impact on practices, according to head coach, Mark Core. He says things at the beginning of the season may be a little slow to start as the team tries to find out who they are after their subtractions from graduation. The Little Dutch will join their lady counterparts this Tuesday over in Carlisle to tip-off the 2014-15 season.

Sabers’ Boys Unselfish in Stewart’s Eyes

Posted: Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars’ sports are all dealing with the loss of a very talented senior class that won the Class 1A state baseball championship over the summer. The football team fought hard and wound up making the playoffs. The basketball team is in the middle of getting ready for their opening week of competition. Coach Alan Stewart says the team has shown him that they are fighters, have a desire to do anything to win, and are very unselfish. The Sabers do have Otis Roby back, who was one of the top scorers for Stewart last year. Twin Cedars begins their season on Tuesday as well on the road against Wayne.

Central Soccer Teams Earn Academic Honors

Posted: Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 5:50 am

They were accomplished on the pitch and now the Central men’s and women’s soccer teams are recognized for what they’ve done away from the field. The Dutch were awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 school year. To receive said award, a team must have a total cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. The Dutch women had a GPA of 3.39 while the men were at 3.01. This is the third straight year and sixth overall that Central’s women have been recognized, and it’s the second straight and overall for the men. Earlier this year, a total of nine Central soccer players were recognized in the conference for having a GPA of at least 3.50.

‘Championship Mentality’ Big Thing Around Pella High

Posted: Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Not too much time removed from the end of a memorable high school football season, the Pella High boys’ basketball team is already down to work getting ready for the 2014-15 campaign. Many of the players that were on that state championship team from just a week ago are also cogs in the Little Dutch boys’ basketball machine which is engineered by Coach Mark Core. He says the “championship drive” that stays with the football players also spreads into other sports and into their “new” teammates. Pella High begins their season with a doubleheader on Tuesday at Carlisle, which will be live on 92.1 KRLS and

Knoxville Coaches vs. Cancer Day Is Jan. 24th

Posted: Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 5:59 am

January 24th seems like a long way off. But if you look at the calendar…it is less than two months away. While that day to most basketball teams is just another Saturday for a game or practice…it is a very special day for Knoxville, as that is when the Coaches vs. Cancer day is. Girls Coach Jim Uitermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS Sports they already have a head start on fundraising. Last year the Coaches vs. Cancer night raised over $50,000. The day is January 24th and the Panthers will play Chariton in a girl/boy double header.

Seniors Asked to ‘Own’ Eagles’ Basketball Team

Posted: Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 5:58 am

In any sport, leadership is a huge thing both on and off the court. Pella Christian boys’ basketball coach, Larry Hessing, is especially looking for that from his seniors this season. Hessing did not lose much in the terms of 12th graders after last year, and he says he has been happy with what they have been able to do to take charge in the games the team played over the summer to get ready for a tough winter schedule. Hessing adds he is happy to have sophomores David Kacmarynski and Levi Jungling back on the squad, and notes they will both be playing an integral role in the team’s success. The Eagles’ boys start their season with a road game at West Marshall on Monday.

Mustangs’ Boys Looking to be a More Balanced Team in 2014-15

Posted: Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 5:52 am

They’ll dive head first into their regular season and conference schedule at the same time this Tuesday, but through a couple weeks of practices, PCM head boys’ basketball coach, Fred Lorensen, has been pleased with what he has seen so far. The Mustangs averaged roughly 65 points per game in their 22 contests a year ago, including a season-high 93 against Gilbert in last year’s season tip-off. Coach Lorensen says that though they have been working on the offense, they have been more focused on becoming balanced on both sides of the ball this season. PCM takes on South Hamilton to tip things off this year on Tuesday.

Big Number of Fall Students Earn Academic Honors for Central

Posted: Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A total of 37 different student-athletes from Central found their names on the 2014 fall sports Iowa Conference all-academic team. The Dutch football team had the most, with 12 making it on the list. The women’s soccer team was next with seven, women’s cross country and volleyball each had five. To make it to the all-academic team, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, be a competitor at the varsity level, and be at least a sophomore. A full list of the Central all-academic teamsters can be found below.

Central’s honorees:

Rachel Schmidt, jr., women’s soccer, Urbandale, Iowa/Dowling Catholic, athletic training, 3.747

Annie Weaver, jr., women’s soccer, Boone, Iowa/Creston, mathematics/secondary education,


Anissa Stanitzek, so., women’s soccer, Grand Rapids, Mich./Coopersville, undeclared, 3.76

Kayla Sunvold, so., women’s soccer, Runnells, Iowa/Southeast Polk, undeclared, 3.76

Liz Daniels, sr., women’s soccer, Oconomowoc, Wis./Oconomowoc, biochemistry, 3.723

Kayla Johnson, sr., women’s soccer, Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny, physics/mathematics/French, 3.77

Emily Saville, sr., women’s soccer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Linn-Mar, psychology, 3.755

Taylor Cox, jr., football, Pella, Iowa/Pella, biology, 4.0

Jacob Wassenaar, jr., football, Pella, Iowa/Pella, elementary education, 3.872

Mitchell Boerm, so., football, Traer, Iowa/North Tama, undeclared, 3.768

Drew Carlson, so., football, Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny, athletic training, 3.611

Riley Gray, so., football, West Des Moines, Iowa/Waukee, undeclared, 3.775

Will Meredith, so., football, Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont, athletic training, 3.691

Noah Stochl, so., football, New Hampton, Iowa/New Hampton, undeclared, 3.617

Matthew Williamson, so., football, Wiota, Iowa/CAM, undeclared, 3.536

Brendon Boerm, sr., football, Traer, Iowa/North Tama, biology, 3.861

Nick Henry, sr., football, Solon, Iowa/Solon, biology, 3.58

Kevin Sheldon, sr., football, West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley, psychology, 3.698

Jordan Wachter, sr., football, Clive, Iowa/Waukee, biology, 3.852

Molly Bramble, jr., women’s cross country, Waukee, Iowa/Waukee, elementary education, 3.726

Andie Arthofer, so., women’s cross country, Dubuque, Iowa/Dubuque, undeclared, 3.865

Cassidy Gornick, so., women’s cross country, Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk, undeclared, 3.517

Alyssa Eaves, sr., women’s cross country, Johnston, Iowa/Johnston, biology, 3.666

Emily Linscheid, sr., women’s cross country, Johnston, Iowa/Johnson, biology/Spanish, 3.84

Connor Ginder, jr., men’s soccer, Medford, Ore./North Medford, athletic training, 3.583

Chris Poesch, sr., men’s soccer, Waverly, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock, accounting, 3.513

Chelsey Shuey, jr., women’s golf, Ames, Iowa/Ames, social science, 3.578

Taylor Hill, sr., women’s golf, Treynor, Iowa/Treynor, business management, 3.921

Angie Allgood, jr., women’s tennis, Redding, Calif./Muscatine, business management, 3.936

Katie Todd, jr., women’s tennis, Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls, mathematics, 3.949

Morgan Ernst, so., women’s tennis, Pella, Iowa/Pella, undeclared, 4.0

Jamie Vander Veer, sr., men’s cross country, Harvey, Iowa/Knoxville, mathematics/secondary

education, 3.619

Hannah Laflin, jr., women’s volleyball, Chandler, Ariz./Horizon Honors, sociology, 3.725

Tori Zempel, jr., women’s volleyball, Hudson, Iowa/Union, exercise science, 3.584

Nicole Ewoldt, so., women’s volleyball, Hull, Iowa/Boyden-Hull, undeclared, 3.592

Shantell Gish, sr., women’s volleyball, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie, mathematics/secondary

education, 3.806

Claire Stewart, sr., women’s volleyball, Colorado Springs, Colo./The Classical Academy,

biology, 3.613

Knoxville Boys Want To Play Fast This Season

Posted: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Boys Basketball Squad has been practicing and preparing for the 2014/2015 season for the last week. Monday was the first time the Panthers were able to display what they could be to the pubic during the Meet the Panthers night. Coach Jeff Larson says tells KNIA/KRLS Sports they will look to push the tempo this season, Larson says his guards will be key as Nolan Wallace, Trent Davis, and Chase Larson all return along with inside players Nathan Winters, Austin Little and Jon Mitchell. Knoxville will start its season Tuesday in Albia.

Little Dutch Football Add to Awards from Incredible Season

Posted: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Several members of the Pella High football team were chosen to receive various honors for their hard work on and off the field in 2014. Nine different players were chosen to the first team all-district, including Trevor Argo, Noah Clayberg, Nathan Henry, Garret Jansen, Seth Johnson, Quinton Murphy, Brian Rundle, Mason Van Gorp, and Will Warner. Honorable mentions went to Colton Bradley, Logan Heerema, James Krall, Austin Schulte, Carter Terpstra, Payson Vande Lune and Zach Vande Weerd. In addition, 28 names were on the Academic All-District List. A player must have a cumulated GPA of at least 3.25 to be recognized. A full list of honors can be found by clicking below. Five players were chosen to the All-State team, including Noah Clayberg, Seth Johnson, Garret Jansen, Quinton Murphy, and Will Warner. Pella finished 14 – 0 on the year and are the current reigning Class 3A state champions.


Eagles’ Boys Ready to Get At It

Posted: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Not having a lot of talent gone from a year ago, the Pella Christian basketball team is looking to make strides this season and make some noise in every game they play. The Eagles lost only three seniors to graduation, and bring back a host of athletes that are agile and can shoot the ball well. Coach Larry Hessing says the guys have been a little revved up during practices the past several days, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Pella Christian begins the season on Monday on the road against a state tournament team from a year ago, West Marshall.

Trojans’ Girls Have Many Takeaways in Season-Opening Loss

Posted: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The scoreboard operators were busy last night, but unfortunately not for the home team, as the Pleasantville girls’ basketball team fell to the visiting Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets, 89 – 56. Coach Aaron Fichter tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that his team was very balanced scoring-wise and was proud of their effort. Kennedy Core led the team with 20 points, with Sam Thompson scoring eight. Fichter also says foul trouble was an issue, but the girls that had to step up showed a lot of fight and he was happy with many things he saw on the court. The Trojans are 0 – 1 to begin the year, and they’ll play next on Tuesday against Melcher-Dallas.

Mustangs Blowout Greene County

Posted: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The PCM girls’ basketball team took out their frustrations of an opening-night loss with a 68 – 35 beat down of Greene County on Tuesday. The Mustangs created several turnovers, many of them falling into the steal category. Rachel Freland had a double-double effort with 24 points and 11 steals, and Kayla Jennings had 12 points and eight takeaways of her own. PCM improves to 1 – 1 on the year and they’ll next play against South Hamilton on Tuesday.

Even Shorthanded, Melcher-Dallas Prevails in Season Debut

Posted: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 5:51 am

With Wayne on the “Power Play” for the final 90 seconds, the Melcher-Dallas girls’ basketball team still found a way to win and beat the Falcons, 33 – 28. With 1:30 left in the game and with an already depleted roster, a fifth foul caused the Saints to play with just four players. Then, 40 seconds later, Melcher-Dallas lost another to foul trouble and had to go the rest of the way on the short end of the ol’ 5-on-3 power play, but hung on for the victory. Megan Roush led the Saints with 12 points, as they start the season 1 – 0. The Saints are off until Tuesday to host Pleasantville.

Key Injuries, Sickness Cost Central Women First Loss

Posted: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Without Bry Pierce, Lauren Sharp, and Kenzie Vander Molen, the Central women’s basketball team suffered their first setback of the season last night, a 52 – 49 loss to Nebraska Wesleyan. The game went down to the wire, and Central had a chance to take a lead with about 20 seconds left, but could not convert. Rachel Evans led the team with 12 points and she also nabbed five rebounds. Central, now 3 – 1, will head to Crown College for their next game this Tuesday.

Lady Dutch Clobber Polar Bears

Posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 6:00 am

By the same margin as last year’s thrashing, the Pella High girls’ basketball team was all over Des Moines North yesterday in their season opener, 80 – 10. Coach Jerod Garland tells KNIA/KRLS Sports his team had a strong transition game and were able to take advantage of a still-young Polar Bears’ squad. Five players scored double digits for the Lady Dutch, including Kiara Bradley and Morgan Terpstra, who each had 13, Mackenzie Gustafson had 12, Jessica Holterhaus contributed 11, and Katie Vander Molen scored ten. The team was also 23-for-32 at the free throw line. Pella begins the 2014-15 season 1 – 0 and they have a big test in front of them after the Thanksgiving break: on the road against a highly-touted Carlisle team on Tuesday.

Expectations High For Knoxville Girls Basketball In 2014/2015

Posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Expectations are high for the Knoxville Girls Basketball Squad, and there is good reason. 91% of the scoring is back from last season, the girls are a year older and most experienced on the court. Coach Jim Uitermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls have the talent to do great things this season. Uitermarkt says one thing that he does not want to see if that dead quarter that haunted the team last year. He says if they can control long dry spells and keep them to a minimum, and not turn the ball over, the team should have a chance in every game.

Eagles Get Nine On Football All-District List

Posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Following a season in which they were the Class 1A District 6 runners-up, the Pella Christian football team landed nine players on the All-District list for their efforts on the gridiron. Three Eagles were on the first team All-District, including quarterback David Kacmarynski. The sophomore was second in the district in passing yards with 2,123 and in touchdowns with 17. He was also the leader in solo tackles with 83 and second in total tackles with 102. One of Kacmarynski’s targets, Levi Jungling, was also on the first team. Levi led the district with 58 catches for just over 1,000 yards receiving, and he also contributed over 400 yards on the ground. Carson Dugger was the other Eagle selected to the first team, with 469 receiving yards, sixth best in their district. Tyler DeBruin and Jake Diehl were each selected to the second team, along with kicker Jacob Brouwer, who was 31-of-36 in extra points and 3-of-5 in field goals with a long of 33 yards. Holden Hooyer, Matt Vermeer, and Eddie Pringle were each selected as honorable mentions. Five of these nine young men will be back for Pella Christian football in 2015.