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Lady Dutch Conclude Regular Season Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 6:00 am

With the amount of youth on their team, the Pella High volleyball team has a chance to finish the regular season with a win and with a respectable third place showing in the Little Hawkeye Conference with a triumph over Oskaloosa tonight. Pella has been off since last Tuesday when they clobbered Newton, while the Indians didn’t have much success this past Saturday in a tournament at Johnston, where they came away empty, getting swept in all four matches they played. Coach Catie Brand says that after her girls’ slow start to the season, a chance to finish above .500 in the league would mean a lot to her team. The varsity match gets underway at Oskaloosa tonight at 7:15 p.m.

Knoxville Volleyball Ends Regular Season Tonight At Winterset

Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad will conclude its regular season with a road trip to Winterset tonight.The Panthers stand at 16-18 on the season after a good performance at their own invitational over the weekend. Assistant Coach Jacque Moats tells KNIA/KRLS Sports tonight gives the team an opportunity to travel as one big unit before the postseason begins. After tonight, the Panthers will turn their attention to the class 4A Regional and a date with Pella in first round action next week.

Diehl, Frederickson, Helping Lead Defensive Charge for Eagles

Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:58 am

Coach Rich Kacmarynski and his Pella Christian football team is right in the position they wanted to be entering Week Nine of the regular season. The Eagles head east this Friday to Iowa City Regina with a district championship on the line. Pella Christian has won four straight and have only given up 50 points in those victories, an average of about 13 per game. A part of that has been due to a pair of defensive players, says Coach Kacmarynski. The Regals, whose non-district strength of schedule may eclipse the entirety of the University of Iowa’s schedule, just knocked off Cedar Rapids Xavier last week. You can hear the game live on 92.1 KRLS this Friday night, with kick-off scheduled for seven.

Pleasantville, Twin Cedars-Melcher-Dallas Begin Postseason Volleyball

Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:52 am

Three of our area volleyball teams begin their journey through the regional tournament tonight. Pleasantville has had a fantastic season so far, sitting with a record of 17 – 9 overall. However, the Trojans fell to the Bulldogs in three sets in tournament action on October 11. Van Meter enters with a mark of 9 – 18. Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars got paired up for a first round showdown. Both teams have struggled, as they hold a combined 10 – 29 record. The Sabers won the regular season match-up in four sets, and have had the Saints’ number in recent years. Both postseason contests, in Pleasantville and Bussey, have a first serve scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Massachusetts D3 League to Recognize Coach O’Brien

Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:50 am

Associate athletics director and associate head softball coach at Central, Alicia O’Brien, was selected to be inducted into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame on October 26 in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. O’Brien spent 17 seasons as head softball coach at Western Connecticut State, where she graduated from in 1983. Just last year, O’Brien was nominated into her alma mater’s Hall of Fame. While a head coach, she posted a 423-213-3 record and got her team to the NCAA finals in 2002. At Central, she has helped to lead the team to a 254 – 92 mark.

Knoxville Sees More Progress In Weekend Action

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad started off well for a Saturday Invitational at its own party this weekend.The Panthers swept Albia and Atlantic in early rounds before being swept by Iowa Falls in pool play to set the Panthers up in the championship bracket against county rival Pella Christian. The Eagles ended the Panthers day with a two sets to none sweep. Assistant Coach Jacque Moats told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls played very well overall especially against Pella Christian. Knoxville is 16-18 on the season with a trip to Winterset tomorrow to close out the regular season.

Eagles Play ‘Best Ball of Season’ in Knoxville Tournament

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Concluding their regular season with a tournament, Pella Christian volleyball coach, Cindy Nikkel, says that her girls played the best ball of the season at Saturday’s Knoxville tourney. Her Eagles finished second place to Iowa Falls, who is ranked 11th. Pella Christian won in three sets over Perry, 21 – 18, 19 – 21, and 16 – 14; swept Knoxville and Grinnell, beat A-D-M in three, and their only loss came to Iowa Falls in three sets, 25 – 22, 17 – 25, and 8 – 15. Coach Nikkel tells KNIA/KRLS Sports her team missed three serves in the third game, which ended up costing them. The Eagles finish the regular season with a 23 – 11 record, and they are off for over a week until they host the second round of the Class 2A regional tournament on the 28th.

Pool play

vs Grinnell 21-17, 21-18

Christa Veenstra 9 kills, 1 block 2 aces

Becca Gritters 7 kills,

Hannah Beltman 3 blocks, 1 kill

Alyssa Starkey 12 digs

Abby 20 assists

vs ADM

21-10, 13-21, 15-8

great match

Hannah Beltman 4 kills 3 blocks

Andrea Horstman 3 blocks, 3 aces, 6 digs

Becca Gritters 7 kills, 10 digs

Julia Dykstra 7 digs 2 aces

vs Perry

18-21, 21-19, 16-14

Abby Pleima 20 assist, 9 digs, 2 aces, 3 kills

Andrea Horstman 11 kills, 15 digs,

Becca Gritters 9 kills, 9 digs

Hannah Beltman 3 blocks, 3 kills

Alyssa Starkey 7 digs, 4 assists

Christa Veenstra 3 aces, 2 blocks, 4 kills

Julia Dykstra 7 digs

Seed 1 after pool play

Vs Knoxville

25-18, 25-16

Becca Gritters 5 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks, 8 digs

Abby Pleima 12 assists, 7 digs, 4 kills

Christa Veenstra 4 kills 2 blocks,

Laura Nicholson 2 assists,

hannah Beltman 4 kills

Christa Veenstra 4 kills 2 blocks

Julia Dykstra 7 digs, 2 aces

Alyssa Starkey 6 digs, 3 aces, 2 assists

VS Iowa Falls 25-22, 17-25, 8-15

Becca 9 kills, 9 digs, 3 aces

Abby 8 kills, 17 assists,

Julia 9 digs,

Andrea 7 kills, 10 digs

Christa 4 kills, 2 blocks

Health a Major Benefit for Pella High Football

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:57 am

They’ve endured about two months of practices, scrimmages, and games, and entering the final week of the regular season, the Pella High football team is not just feeling good about where they are at, they’re just plain feeling good. The Little Dutch just got Austin Schulte back from an injury, Nathan Henry was out against Saydel with a minor concussion, but is expected to play this Friday against Chariton, and that’s basically it. There are a few bumps and bruises here and there, but Pella High, should they take care of business early against the Chargers, have a chance to enter the playoffs as close to 100% as they can be. Coach Jay McKinstrey says they are very fortunate to be in this situation. Where everyone is going for the playoffs is to be determined after all games go final this Friday night. Check KNIAKRLS.com for a full rundown for all of our playoff teams when the brackets are posted after Week Nine is in the books.

Mustangs Get a Win in Fairfield Quad Tournament

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM finished their regular season on Saturday in the Fairfield tournament. The Mustangs grabbed a win in three matches during their stay. PCM lost to Davis County in three, 25 – 20, 19 – 25 and 10 – 15; Courtney VanHouweling had six kills, Ashley Van Gorp had five, and Mackenzie Clarke had 21 digs. The Mustangs fell to the host Trojans, 19 – 25 and 18 – 25, before ending the day with a comeback win over Centerville, 17 – 25, 25 – 20, and 15 – 12. VanHouweling had ten kills for PCM, Kayla Jennings had four kills and 16 assists, and Jayci Vos swatted six kills in the match. The Mustangs wind up 9 – 24 on the regular season, and they next will have round one action of the Class 3A regional tournament a week from Monday.

Central Football Wallops Duhawks

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:50 am

After trading wins and losses for the first five games of the season, the Central College football team is finally on a streak, and it’s a two-game winning streak after beating Loras 41-14 Saturday afternoon in Pella. Josh Osborn scored three touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh straight game, Aaron Eisler threw for 302 yards, and freshman Sam Markham was one reception short of the school record with 11 grabs for 184 yards. Another standout for Central was Jacob Edelman, who intercepted three Loras passes and also punted twice for a 42 yard average. The Dutch are now 4-2 on the season, 2-1 in the Iowa Conference, and they’ll hit the road to Cedar Rapids this Saturday to take on Coe. Hear more about the victory over Loras, and a preview of the matchup with the Kohawks, when head coach Jeff McMartin joins us live at Applebee’s Monday night at seven o’clock on KRLS.

Dutch Men’s, Women’s Soccer Get Conference Victories

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Using their momentum from a big win last week over Dubuque, Central’s women’s soccer team found the back of the net multiple times in a 6 – 0 destroying of Buena Vista Saturday. Five of their six goals were scored by seniors, on a day where both the men’s and women’s soccer team upperclassmen were recognized. Emily Saville scored a hat trick for the Dutch, Emily Benson and Brittany Hinton were the other two seniors who scored for Central. The women improve to 7 – 4 – 3 overall and 3 – 1 – 1 in the Iowa Conference. On the men’s side, Aleksandar Glavas did the work himself, scoring twice in the second half to lead his team to a 2 – 0 defeat of the Beavers. Central’s men are now 4 – 10 overall and 2 – 3 in the Iowa Conference. The women next play on Thursday on the road versus Cornell, while the men are back on the pitch on Tuesday to host William Penn.

Dutch Cross Country Fifth in Loaded Field

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Out of 27 teams, which included some Division I schools, the Central men’s cross country team placed fifth at the Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday in Wisconsin. Eli Horton finished fourth overall with a 24:40 time, Cole Decker was next for the Dutch at 25:18, good for 13th. Central finished only behind Wisconsin-LaCrosse and St. Olaf as far as Division III schools were concerned, with the University of Minnesota placing first overall. Central is off until the Iowa Conference meet on November 1, trying to win their third straight league crown.

Knoxville Volleyball Has Good Results At Own Invitational

Posted: Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad started off well for a Saturday Invitational at its own party yesterday.The Panthers swept Albia and Atlantic in early rounds before being swept by Iowa Falls in pool play to set the Panthers up in the championship bracket against county rival Pella Christian. The Eagles ended the Panthers day with a two sets to none sweep. Assistant Coach Jacque Moats told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls played very well overall especially against Pella Christian. Knoxville is 16-18 on the season with a trip to Winterset Tuesday to close out the regular season

Knoxville Dominates Oskaloosa, Clinches First Playoff Berth in Nearly a Quarter Century

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville High student body celebrated like it was 1990 as their Panthers dominated from start to finish in their 49-13 victory over Oskaloosa Friday night to clinch their first playoff berth in 24 years. Knoxville Head Coach Eric Kellar says he doesn’t deserve the credit for being able to turn around a team that was 0-9 last season. Tanner Dunkin was a one-man show, scoring three touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the second quarter… and doing it three different ways: on a reception, a run, and an interception return. The Panthers will now play at Norwalk next Friday with the third seed in District 7 on the line.

Little Dutch Blast Eagles, Secure One-Seed

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Will Warner’s pick six acted as a knockout punch early in “round one,” and Pella High squashed Saydel last night by a final score of 79 – 6, a game that was live on 92.1 KRLS. Coach Jay McKinstrey pulled his starters not two minutes into the second quarter with the outcome well in hand, after his offense did some serious damage in the first 12 minutes, leading 44 – 0 after one period. Noah Clayberg was 5-for-7 passing with two touchdowns, and ran for 103 yards and another two scores, while the defense held the Eagles to negative ten yards in the first half, and forced a safety on a blocked punt. McKinstrey says his guys went out and got the job done last night. Pella improves to 8 – 0 overall and 5 – 0 in the district, and they conclude the regular season on the road next week against Chariton.

Eagles Continue to Roll as They Prepare for District Championship Game Next Week

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Pella Christian Eagles are one win away from a district championship after they earned another blowout victory at home with a 35-0 win over the West Marshall Trojans in a game heard on KNIAKRLS.com. Levi Jungling scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Sam Fredickson earned two sacks to lead the way on both sides of the ball. Assistant Coach Darryl De Ruiter says the team was able to take care of business for the second week in a row as their attention turns to Week Nine. Eagles will look for a District Championship and Number 1 seed in the playoffs as they head on the road to face Iowa City Regina.

PCM Football Struggles on Senior Night

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

It was a tough night for the PCM football team as they fell to the #9 Albia Blue Demons 48-14, yesterday, the game was heard on kniakrls.com. Albia used five PCM turnovers to take a 34-6 lead into halftime. The Mustangs were able to add a late touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 4-4 on the year. Logan Gilman and the PCM offense combined for 386 yards and Ronnie Marshall rushed for 138 yards on 27 carries. Head coach Greg Bonnett touched on what it’s going to take for his team to get a victory next Friday night on the road against North Polk. With a win in the regular season finale, the Mustangs would get the three seed out of Class 2A District 7.

Pleasantville Falls to Ninth-Ranked Mount Ayr

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team fell to ninth-ranked Mount Ayr on Friday night, 61-7 as heard on KNIAKRLS.com. Running back Brock Busick led the Trojan ground game with 39 yards on 15 attempts while Josh Luna led the Trojan receivers with 75 yards on seven catches including Pleasantville’s lone touchdown. The Trojans fall to 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in Class A District 8 and host Clarinda Academy next Friday night to close out the regular season.

Saints, Sabers Come Up with Huge Wins

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:51 am

One team battling for home field and the other just to get in, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars football captured big victories last night in Week Eight. The Saints toppled Moravia, 42 – 16, to move to 6 – 2 on the season, and then got some help from Twin Cedars, who edged Mormon Trail, 42 – 30. Dakota Pinegar scored the game-winning touchdown for the Sabers with time winding down in the fourth quarter. The Sabers are back to .500 with a 4 – 4 record; they must win over Harmony next Friday and, if their in-county rival Saints defeat Mormon Trail on the same night, the Sabers would be back into the playoffs as the number four seed.

Central Tries to Ground Loras Air Attack

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A week removed from a dominating win over Luther, the Central football team comes home to take on Loras, who does things completely opposite of the Norse. Last week, the Dutch D shut down a run-heavy offensive attack from Luther to get their first conference win of the season, and if they want to make it two in a row, they’re going to have to have success against the exact opposite approach. Central counters with the 13th-ranked pass defense in Division III in the Dutch. Central’s offensive line will be put to the test against a Duhawk defense that leads the league in sacks with 18 and in interceptions. Catch today’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and KNIAKRLS.com, with Trevor Castle, George Wares, and Andrew Schneider on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 12:40 p.m. with kick-off at one.