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Four Panthers Earn 1st Or 2nd Team All-South Central Conference Wrestling

Posted: Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 6:00 am

Four Knoxville Wrestlers earned all-South Central Conference first or second team this season. Earning first team was Brock Caviness, who placed eighth at the State Meet and finished his junior season with a 44-10 record. Also earning first team honors was Kevin Woodhouse. Woodhouse also qualified for the state meet this year and finished with a 33-13 record. The entire first team South Central Conference had a combined record of 399-70. Panthers Coach Doug Hatch tells KNIA/KRLS Sports after a season that had a lot of question marks to start out, he now knows what to expect from each returning wrestler. Joe Hollinrake and Jac Agan earned second team selections while Jordan Beal, Cameron Brown, and Travis Poffenbarger was selected to honorable mention. Knoxville finished second in the dual season and finished runner-up in the South Central Conference during a combined South Central and Southeast Conference meet held in Fairfield.

Championship Mentality has Helped Little Dutch So Far

Posted: Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 5:59 am

It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about the successes of the Pella High football team and how many of those athletes had such a short turnaround to get ready to play on a harder surface. Now, here we are, about three months later, and we’re discussing the possibilities of another state championship here in Marion County for the third straight “sports season.” Coach Mark Core feels the experience some of his players had from being a part of that undefeated pigskin squad is part of the reason they’re still playing here in March. Those football players and fans alike are familiar with Pella’s first round opponent on Tuesday: Cedar Rapids Xavier, in the late game at 8:15 p.m.

Progression of Vos Impressed Van Maanen

Posted: Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Battling through injuries and inexperience, the Pella Christian girls’ basketball team improved greatly and had much more positive than negative takeaways from their 2014-15 campaign. One storyline was how far along senior Autumn Vos came from last year. She averaged less than four points per game in the 2013-14 season, but swelled to over seven per contest this season, and her defense improved as well. Coach Kevin Van Maanen says Vos made big strides between her junior and senior years. The Eagles’ girls finished the season with a record of 13 – 11 and they lose five seniors from the varsity squad.

Former Saber Softball Star Earns Statewide Honor

Posted: Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 5:52 am

In just her first season as a member of the DMACC softball team, former Twin Cedars Saber, Brittney Roby, was named the Iowa junior college offensive player of the week. Roby, in her team’s two games last Friday, went 6-for-8 at the dish, with a home run and two RBIs. The five-time high school first team All-State player scored five of her team’s 30 runs en route to an 18 – 1 win over Century and 12 – 0 triumph over Rochester. The Bears are 5 – 2 on the year so far, and Roby is batting a sultry .684, leading the team in hits and runs scored with 14 each. DMACC is in action tomorrow in Kansas to play Neosho County.

Central Begins Softball Campaign…Under a Roof?

Posted: Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 5:51 am

In his 30 years at Central College, softball coach George Wares has skippered 1,345 games. He’s coached in the rain, heavy winds, snow, below freezing temperatures, oppressive heat, and plenty of picture perfect days. But the one thing all of those games have in common is that they’ve been played outdoors. That changes today when the 12-ranked Dutch open the 2015 season with high expectations under the teflon of the “Rochester Bubble” in southeastern Minnesota. The Dutch will play two games this afternoon to open the season, at 4:30 against Wisconsin River Falls and at 7:00 against Wisconsin La Crosse. Tomorrow, Central will play a doubleheader against Wisconsin Eau Claire, at ten and noon. That noon game tomorrow will be our first broadcast of the 2015 season, as Trevor Castle will call the action live on on our KNIA2 stream.

Conference Opponents Prepared Eagles’ Boys for Close Encounter with Lions

Posted: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The height and athletic ability of the Pella Christian boys’ basketball team was put to the test during the Little Hawkeye Conference portion of their schedule. The Eagles had to deal with the 6’10” tower of Norwalk’s Baylee Steele, the Empire State Building of 6’9″ Austin Rix of Dallas Center – Grimes, and several others who had the vertical advantage over a mostly 6’4″-and-below Pella Christian squad. Eagles’ senior, Josh Posthuma, says a lot of credit to their success in making it to the state tournament can be given to the team’s shooting prowess. The Eagles must tackle defending champion, Western Christian, this Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tourney in Des Moines.

State Berth a ‘Dream Come True’ for Johnson, Little Dutch

Posted: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 5:58 am

It’s been a pretty special year athletically for Pella High in 2014-15. First, a state championship in football, and now, the Little Dutch are three wins away from accomplishing that same feat on the hardwood. It’s Pella’s first trip to “The Well” since 2010, so it’s a new experience and atmosphere for everyone on the team, including senior Seth Johnson, who says he grew up watching past teams get there and made it a goal to be there with a phenomenal supporting cast. Even though the season will be over, win or lose, by next Saturday, Johnson adds there will be special memories coming in to and going out of Des Moines. Pella plays the late game this Tuesday, which is scheduled to tip-off at 8:15 p.m.

Local Knoxville Kids Wrestle At State Meet

Posted: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Three local boys participated the Iowa Kids State Folkstyle Championship last week at Wells Fargo Arena. All three qualified through the district in Washington. Luke Spaur wrestled in the third and fourth grade division and Kodis Rawlings participated in the fifth and sixth grade division. Coby Meyers placed eighth in the seventh and eighth grade division. All three are from the Knoxville Wrestling Club.

Five Mustangs’ Boys Earn Conference Honors

Posted: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 5:52 am

The PCM boys’ basketball team added three all-conference players and a pair of honorable mentions to their list of season accomplishments this year. Unanimously being voted to the Heart of Iowa first-team all-conference was Logan Gillman. The junior was third in the league in scoring average, putting up 17 per game, and he was sixth in rebounding with seven per contest. Trey Lindsay also was selected to the first team. He was eighth in the Heart of Iowa Conference with an average of 13 points per game. The senior doled out 90 assists this season, third most in the league, and had the same amount of steals, a whole 25 more than the next closest player. Ricky Reeve was picked to the second team all-conference. His 63 steals were third most in the ten-team Heart of Iowa, he had 70 assists, and averaged eight points per game. Honorable mentions went to Luke Greiner and Chase Kuening. The Mustangs finished 18 – 5 this season.

Central Men’s Track Climb Rankings Ladder, Women’s Abi Davis Receives Honor

Posted: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Central’s men’s track and field team was in the fast lane moving up the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III poll, rising six spots to number 11. The boost comes mainly due to their tie for the Iowa Conference indoor championship with Wartburg last weekend. Wisconsin – La Crosse is at the top of the men’s poll. Dutch women’s track standout, Abi Davis, was tabbed the Iowa Conference female athlete of the week. The junior was named the most valuable track performer after she scored 38 of Central’s points to help lead them to a second place team finish. Both teams will compete in the Wisconsin – Platteville and Stevens Point “Last Chance Opens” this Friday and Saturday, respectively, to try to qualify for the national indoor meet.

No Change in Routine for Little Dutch Boys

Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Class 3A state boys’ basketball tournament will be a new breed of cat for every player that will step onto the hardwood wearing a Pella High uniform this Tuesday. Much like their preparations for Monday’s substate final with Norwalk, Coach Mark Core says the only difference in their routine is the amount of time between games. The Little Dutch will play Cedar Rapids Xavier in the first round of the tournament in the late game on Tuesday. The Saints feature four players that average at least ten points per game and play in a comparable league to the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Class 3A quarterfinal will tip-off at approximately 8:15 p.m., and can be heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

Anderson Stood Out as Eagles’ Captain

Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Pella Christian’s girls’ basketball team in 2014-15 was a mixed squad that included veteran players and younger gals that hadn’t seen much, if any, playing time at the varsity level. Coach Kevin Van Maanen had a trio of senior captains, all of whom helped guide the team to the regional semifinals and led the underclassmen on and off the court. One captain, though, Morgan Anderson, really stood out to Coach Van Maanen. In addition to Anderson, Tessa Howerzyl, Marina Shannon, Autumn Vos, and Hannah Beltman all will graduate at the end of the school year. The Eagles finished 13 – 11 overall this season.

Core First-Team All-Conference for Trojan Girls

Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 5:52 am

Wrapping up her senior year as a member of the Pleasantville girls’ basketball team, Kennedy Core was selected to the first-team all-conference in the Pride of Iowa league for 2014-15. The senior was fourth in the league in scoring average, putting in over 16 per game this season. She was also sixth overall in assists with 84. Core scored 1,468 points in her four-year playing career at Pleasantville, and led the Trojans each season in scoring. The Trojans went 5 – 17 for the year, their most wins since the 2011-12 campaign.

Dutch Men’s Golfers Move Up in Poll

Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 5:50 am

The Central men’s golf team has cracked the top five in the most recent Golfstat Division III statistical rankings for 2015. The Dutch were sixth for the last few weeks before being bumped up in the poll that was released yesterday. The rankings are compiled figuring in tournament scores, course ratings, and strength of schedule ratings. Texas-Tyler is still at the top of the ladder. As a team, the Dutch have won 31 Iowa Conference championships and have made 32 appearances in the national tournament. Central’s men begin their spring season on March 19 down at Daytona Beach, Florida.

White Lightning Motorsports Fundraiser Set For Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 5:48 am

Race fans this weekend have the opportunity to hang out with a couple of sprint car drivers and help them get ready for the 2015 season. This Saturday is the sixth annual White Lighting Motorsports fundraiser at Dyer-Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds. This is to help funding for Knoxville 360 driver Jamie Ball and 305 driver Devin Kline. Ball tells KNIA/KRLS the larger sponsors are not always dropping in their lap, so this is a chance for fans to help out. Dinner will start at five, with a live and silent auction at six. Ball ads there will be several items from autographed pictures and memorabilia to Knoxville Nationals tickets.

Defense, Clutch Free Throws Get Pella Back to State Hoops Tourney

Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 6:00 am

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Third time was not the charm for Norwalk, as Pella High’s boys’ basketball team shut down the Warriors to earn their first trip to the Wells Fargo Arena since 2010 in last night’s 62 – 51 win in the Class 3A substate final. The Dutch and Ryan Van Wyk once again stifled 6’10” senior, Baylee Steele, and held him to zero points in the first half. Pella couldn’t fully pull away, but went 17-for-18 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to ice the game down the stretch. Coach Mark Core says they had to work on “D,” but played an all-around exceptional game. Will Warner led all Dutch scorers with 15 points, as they improve to 21 – 2 on the season, and they’ll play Cedar Rapids Xavier as the number three seed in the Class 3A state tournament next Tuesday at 8:15 p.m.

Battle-Ready Eagles Work to Thrive in Close Game Situations

Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian is a team conditioned for close basketball games as they prepare for the Class 2A State Boys Basketball Tournament. Head Coach Larry Hessing says their tough schedule in the Little Hawkeye Conference and against select Class 2A opponents and playing tough games all season has his squad ready for late game situations. The Eagles kick off their bid for a state title against number two seed Western Christian next Tuesday at 12:15. Stay tuned to KNIA/KRLS for Eagles basketball coverage during the 2015 State Basketball Tournament.

Four Panthers Earn All-South Central Conference Honors

Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 5:57 am

A Knoxville Panther has earned first team all-South Central Conference in boys basketball. Chase Larson joins a list of first team members that were all unanimous selections. Larson led the Panthers in assists with 72 this season. Second team honors went to Nathan Winters and Trent Davis…the top two scorers for the Panthers. Winters led the team in rebounds with 154 this season. Nolan Wallace received honorable mention. The Panthers finished the season 13-9 and were co-champions of the South Central Conference.

Saints’, Sabers’ Boys Earn All-Conference Basketball Honors

Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars were each well represented on the Bluegrass Conference all-conference boys’ basketball teams for 2014-15. The Saints had Chase Wetterling make it to the first team all-conference. In his senior season, Wetterling averaged 19 points per game while shooting better than 43% from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds per game. Brock Breese received an honorable mention. The 12th-grader averaged a double-double this season with 12 points and 11 rebounds per contest. Twin Cedars’ Otis Roby was a unanimous first team selection. He put up nearly 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds per game. Sophomore Cam Arkema was chosen to the second team; Arkema was the second leading scorer for the Sabers with almost 15 points per game. Trenton Bacus received an honorable mention.

Departing Seniors Memorable for Coach Petersen, Central Women’s Hoops

Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 5:50 am

It wasn’t the smoothest of sailing for the Central women’s basketball team in 2014-15. All year long, the Dutch had to deal with injuries to returners, big contributors, and skillful younger players. Central still surged to a 9 – 2 non-conference record before the league schedule took a toll on them and their mark. The Dutch lost a dozen straight Iowa Conference games before prevailing in overtime over Loras in their second-to-last contest of the season. Coach Chelsea Petersen says the five seniors that will be leaving the program all helped in many different ways on and off the court not just this season but for the future of Dutch basketball. Kenzie Vander Molen, Rachel Evans, Lauren Sharp, Kaitlin Stump, and Bry Pierce are the quintet that depart after graduation. Central will bring back a battle-tested squad to the hardwood for 2015-16.