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Knoxville Concludes Cross Country Season

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country Squad placed tenth at the Class 3A State Qualifying meet yesterday.The Panthers had 268 points and were led by Chase Larson with a 26th place finish in a time of 18:14. The girls were 12th overall with a point total of 313. Carrie Chambers led the Panthers across the line in 54th place in a time of 19:38.

26 Chase Larson 18:14.25
54 Blake Lee 19:16.44
57 Cade McNeill 19:21.91
64 Jack McDonald 19:35.27
67 Mitchell Hollingshead 19:43.98
70 Colton Rinehart 20:10.66
77 Daniel Mallory 21:07.05

54 Carrie Chambers 19:38.11
55 Sydney Washington 19:38.31
58 Lucy Olson 19:43.66
71 Dawn Stewart 20:41.96
75 Kaeline Schuenke 21:31.62

Pella High Boys, Girls Cross Country Reach State

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Doing it in front of their home crowd, the Pella High girls’ and boys’ cross country teams each advanced to the state meet in Fort Dodge after placing in the top three in the standings at yesterday’s Class 3A state qualifying meet at Central College. The Little Dutch were first as a team, blowing out second place Grinnell by 32 with a score of 46. Ben Warner was the fastest finisher for the Dutch, placing fourth at a time of 16:46. The Lady Dutch came in second, getting beat by Ballard for the regional title, 43 – 48. Tess Roorda and Ciara Buchheit were third and fourth overall, respectively, for Pella. Full results are below. Pella will run at the state meet in Fort Dodge on November 1.

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Knoxville Football Still Playing For Postseason Seeding

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:58 am

A chance to improve its playoff seeding is in front of the Knoxville Football Squad tonight as the Panthers travel to Norwalk for week nine action.The Panthers clinched a playoff spot last week in class 3A for the first time since 1990 with their 49-13 win over Oskaloosa. Tonight’s opponent provides a challenge through the air. The Warriors have a potent passing game which leads District seven. Panthers Coach Eric Kellar tells KNIA/KRLS Sports Norwalk’s passing game provides several challenges. The Panthers with a win would have the third seed out of District seven, while a loss would place the Panthers in the fourth seed. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA starting with the pre-game at seven.

PCM Gets Two to Fort Dodge, Pella Christian Races Hard in 2A Meet

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Rachel Peter and Blaise Winegardner will each make the trip to Fort Dodge and the Class 2A state cross country meet after being in the Top 15 individually at the state qualifying meet yesterday at Central College. Blaise was sixth overall while the team finished 11th. Pella Christian’s top finisher on the boys’ side was Samuel Dahm, who came in 40th. Rachel Peter was fourth individually for the 2A girls, while Rachel Stafford was 18th. Andrea Carballo crossed first for the Eagles in 25th place. The Mustangs’ girls as a team were seventh, and Pella Christian was ninth. Full results are attached below.

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Knoxville’s Clingman; Purvis Help Indianola To 3rd Place In CIML

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:56 am

Knoxville swimmer Lauren Clingman won two C-I-M-L championships for Indianola last night at the conference meet.She got first place in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle…while her and Taylor Purvis was second in the 400 freestyle relay and third in the 200 freestyle relay. Purvis also took second in the 100 freestyle and backstroke. As a team…Indianola placed third behind winner Des Moines Roosevelt and Des Moines Lincoln.

Varsity Results
DSM Roosevelt – 484 pts
DSM Lincoln – 329 pts
Indianola – 305 pts
Ottumwa – 239 pts
DM East – 200 pts
DSM North – 176 pts
DSM Hoover – 164 pts

Lauren Clingman
200 Freestyle – 1st place, 2:04.23
500 Freestyle – 1st place, 5:34.32
200 Freestyle Relay – 3rd place, 1:48.51, with Taylor Purvis
400 Freestyle Relay – 2nd place, 3:55.96, with Taylor Purvis

Taylor Purvis
100 Freestyle – 2nd place 57.62
100 Backstroke – 2nd place, 1:05.90
200 Freestyle Relay – 3rd place, 1:48.51, with Lauren Clingman
400 Freestyle Relay – 2nd place, 3:55.96, with Lauren Clingman

JV Results –
DSM Roosevelt – 372 pts
Indianola – 250 pts
DM East – 176 pts
Ottumwa – 158 pts
DM Lincoln – 131 pts
Hoover – 69 pts

Hanah Hefner
200 Medley Relay – 12th place 2:40.04
200 Freestyle – 4th place 2:41.06
200 Freestyle Relay – 8th place 2:07.62
400 Freestyle Relay – 7th place 4:56.63

Ashley Cumpton
200 Medley Relay – 8th place 2:25.22
50 Freestyle – 2nd place 29.33
200 Freestyle Relay – 4th place 1:59.22
400 Freestyle Relay – 7th place, 4:56.63

Autumn Wright
50 Freestyle – 43rd, 42.03
200 Freestyle Relay – 15th 2:25.64

Eagles, Regals Meet for District Championship

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:55 am

It’s the biggest game of Pella Christian’s football season so far, as the Eagles head out east to face number-one ranked Iowa City Regina, for the Class 1A District 6 championship. The Regals have lost just one game, and that was in overtime in Week One to Class 3A Solon. In district play, Regina has defeated everyone by an average difference of just over 41 points per game. Drew Cook leads their passing attack, with a 63% completion percentage and 1,225 yards through the air. The Regals are also dangerous on the ground, having gained almost 1,900 yards. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says that if his guys play to their potential, they should be right there with Regina. The Eagles’ fight for a district title will be live on 92.1 KRLS tonight with Cory Houser and Larry Hessing on the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven.

Little Dutch Look to Complete Second Straight Undefeated Regular Season

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:53 am

Knowing where they are going but not who they will be playing this Wednesday in the first round of the 2014 State Football Playoffs, Pella High still has business to attend to tonight on the road against Chariton. The Chargers started the year hot, with a 4 – 1 record in the first five games, but have lost their last three and have been bumped out of the playoffs by Knoxville. The Little Dutch are looking to stop quarterback Quin Storm and running back Dillon Sanders, who have combined for a majority of their offense this season. Another big thing on the checklist this week is for Pella to come out of Week Nine healthy on the injury front as they head into the postseason. Coach Jay McKinstrey says there are still many important things to play for tonight. Andrew Schneider and Randy Sikkema make the road trip tonight and have the call streamed live at, with pre-game coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30. We’ll have a delayed broadcast of Pella football on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Trojans Need Win to Break Playoff Drought

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:52 am

There may not be a roller-coaster ride in the United States that rivals the one that the Pleasantville football team has been on this year. The Trojans were shutout by Colfax-Mingo to begin the season, rattled off three straight wins, fought hard with Bedford and Earlham, before getting trounced by Mount Ayr just last Friday. Tonight, Pleasantville must take care of a winless Clarinda Academy squad to reach the playoffs for the first time in several years. The only success the Eagles have had this year has come on the ground. They also have played in just one game, versus Southeast Warren, where the outcome has been decided by less than 40 points. Coach Gabe Bakker hopes his guys go out there and duplicate everyone else’s success against the Eagles. Kris Krug and Ed Bull will be up in the Trojan press box for tonight’s game, which will be streamed live at, starting with pre-game coverage at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven.

Pleasantville and Twin Cedars Put Up Several PR’s in Final 2014 Meet

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:52 am

They may not have made it to Fort Dodge, but Pleasantville and Twin Cedars’ cross country teams were filled with PR times at the Class 1A state qualifying meet in Ottumwa yesterday. The Trojan boys were fifth best as a team, scoring 178 points. Alex Young was 19th overall. The girls were 11th and were led by Josie Burgett who was 35th. Coach Alan Stewart for the Sabers tells KNIA/KRLS Sports all of his runners turned in their best times of the year, so he was very proud of them. Full results will be available later today and posted on this story.

Mustangs Battle for Third with Heart of Iowa Conference Foe

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Quite familiar with one another in every other sport, PCM and North Polk do battle on the gridiron tonight with a chance at a little better seed on the line. Both schools will play a tenth game, that’s for certain. However, the difference between playing a district runner-up and a district champion could be tremendous. The records aren’t the only thing that these two teams have in common, says Mustangs’ head coach, Greg Bonnett. Two impressive quarterbacks will be on display this evening; for the Mustangs, Logan Gillman has made tremendous strides since his freshman and sophomore seasons, passing for 2,008 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine picks. The Comets’ Blake Brauer has similar numbers, with nearly 1,600 yards through the air, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Garrett Knock and Fred Lorenson will bring you every snap, streamed live on our website, with pre-game coverage starting at seven and kick-off at 7:30 p.m.

Saints Could Return Sabers’ Favor Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:51 am

One team in and the other needing help, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars conclude their football regular seasons tonight. The Saints play another group of Saints on the road in Mormon Trail, with both teams trying to earn a first-round playoff home game this Wednesday. However, for Mormon Trail, they are just battling to extend their season to a tenth game; after defeating the Saints last week, Twin Cedars kept the postseason door open just enough for them to sneak in if they can defeat a winless Harmony team and if Melcher-Dallas defeats Mormon Trail by at least 13 points. Both eight-man contests kick-off tonight at seven.

Central Women Blowout Cornell

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:50 am

What started slow for the Central women’s soccer team ended up in a flurry yesterday as the Dutch scored four goals in a 26 minute span in the second half to shutout Cornell, 4 – 0. Each goal came from a different player; Abby Hillmer had the first and game-winning tally, Anissa Stanitzek, Brittany Hinton, and Felicia Roppe had the other goals for Central, who improve to 8 – 4 – 3 overall on the season. The Dutch are back to conference play at home tomorrow afternoon against Luther.

Strong Fall Season Rockets Central Men’s Golf to Top Ten

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:50 am

In four of their five fall season tournaments, the Central men’s golf team finished at the top of the leaderboard while taking second in the fifth. With their strong play, the Dutch are ranked seventh in the Golfstat rankings for Division III golf, which are based on tournament scores combined with course ratings and strength of schedule ratings. Senior Desmond Stoll is ranked 24th nationally as an individual. No other Iowa Conference school appeared in the Golfstat rankings.

Pella High Runners with High Hopes for State Qualifying Meet

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 am

On the comforts of their home course, the Pella High cross country team will make the short drive to Central College today to compete in this year’s state qualifying meet. The Little and Lady Dutch just captured the conference crown ten days ago, and Coach Doug Cutler says his teams have taken full advantage of the break in the schedule to get ready for today’s important event. Pella High is joined by two ranked teams in Grinnell and Mount Pleasant, along with Ballard, Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Chariton, Knoxville, Nevada, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, and Saydel. The Class 3A meet at Central College is set to start at 3:30 p.m.

Knoxville Cross Country Runs At State Qualifyer Today

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Cross Country Squad will head to Pella today for the class 3A State Qualifier.While the Panthers know it will be a tall order for the team to make a run at the top three qualifying positions, Coach Michael Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS Sports it is worth a try. He says from their first practice August 11th to now, the progress the runners have made is in his words, amazing. The girl’s race is scheduled to start at four at the Central College Cross Country Course.

Pella Christian, PCM Converge in Pella for State Cross Country Berths

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:58 am

It’s hard to believe their seasons started a little over a month-and-a-half ago on the very same course, but PCM and Pella Christian’s cross country teams take to the Central College course for the Class 2A state qualifying meet today. For the Mustangs, the girls’ goal has been to qualify for state as a team, and Coach Eric Karr says aside from Rachel Peter and Rachel Stafford, it will take a whole-squad effort to make it to Fort Dodge. For the Eagles, Coach Jocelyn Meinders has had her teams focused on literally getting off on the right foot. The Class 2A meet will be run first at Central College starting at 3:30 p.m.

Offseason Meeting Put Needed Confidence In Knoxville Football

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:57 am

Knoxville Football fans will look at October 17th as the day that Knoxville broke a 24 year playoff drought with a win over Oskaloosa last week.However, if you ask the players and coaches, it may have been June fourth. That was one of the first meetings that Coach Eric Kellar had with his team. He tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the players from that day believed that a playoff run was a goal that could be reached. Kellar says all the credit goes to the players as they have been the ones executed the game plan. Knoxville finishes out the regular season at Norwalk tomorrow.

Pleasantville, Twin Cedars Go to Ottumwa to Qualify for Fort Dodge

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:51 am

In the 1A cross country state qualifying meet, Pleasantville and Twin Cedars are tasked to run at Wildwood Park in Ottumwa to be able to go to Fort Dodge in November. For the girls, the top-ranked team in the state, Pekin, along with number-five West Marshall will be in attendance. Pekin is also seventh on the boys’ side. Trojans’ coach, Aaron Allspach, and Sabers’ coach, Alan Stewart, both hope their runners’ hard work will culminate in a few tickets to state. The Class 1A meet in Ottumwa is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.

Dutch Men’s Cross Country Climbs Rankings

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:49 am

With a strong finish at the Jim Drews Invitational this past weekend, the Central men’s cross country team went from eighth to sixth in the most recent USTFCCCA Division III poll. The Dutch were fifth overall and third among D3 schools, finishing behind only number-ten Wisconsin-La Crosse and now number-four St. Olaf. Loras improved two slots to number 12, and Wartburg dropped out of the rankings. Central is getting ready for the Iowa Conference Championship meet in Indianola a week from this Saturday.

Knoxville Ends Regular Season With A 3-2 Loss To Winterset

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball squad fell in a five set match last night to Winterset. The Panthers held a two sets to one lead but the Huskies came back to win sets four and five. Final set scores were Winterset 27-25…Knoxville 25-22 and 25-22…and Winterset 25-17 and 15-12. Cheyenne Jones led a balanced attack at the net with 21 kills and Meredith Cunningham had 31 assists. Knoxville finishes the regular season 16-20.