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Eagles Escape Furious Norwalk Rally

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am

What looked like what would be a relatively easy night turned into some tense moments for the Pella Christian volleyball team last night.

The Eagles did dispatch Norwalk in four sets, 25 – 17, 25 – 15, 23 – 25, and 25 – 21. The Warriors had problems with serve-receive all night, allowing the Eagles to record a whopping 17 aces, six of them from Andrea Horstman who also finished with a team-high 16 kills. Norwalk turned up the intensity in games three and four, serving more aggressively, but Coach Cindy Nikkel says it was an entire team effort that helped them battle back in game four to close the match out. Christa Veenstra also added 15 kills and four aces for the Eagles, who are now 17 – 9 overall on the season and still a perfect 4 – 0 in conference play. They will play a non-conference game at home against Knoxville tomorrow night.

Panthers Defeat Davis County Sets Up SCC Showdown Next Week

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad went out and took care of business and Davis County last night three sets to one 25-23, 26-28, 25-21, and 25-18.Ashley Hawkshead had a monster match with 24 kills and 20 digs. Cheyenne Jones came in the 17 kills, Meredith Cunningham dealt out 39 assists and Emily Wallace had 24 digs. The team had a total of ten blocks. With the win Knoxville is now 10-13 on the season and more importantly 4-0 in the South Central Conference tied with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont for first place and sets up a showdown for first place in the conference next Tuesday with the Rockets in Knoxville.

Pella High Sweeps Triangular

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:58 am

The Pella High volleyball team had no problem with neither Chariton nor Centerville in triangular action last night. The Lady Dutch began the night with a 25 – 11, 25 – 16 win over the Chargers. Makenna Bogaard led the team with seven kills and the Lady Dutch hit .327 for the game. Pella then dispatched of Centerville by blowout scores of 25 – 9 and 25 – 14. Bogaard had another eight kills and Jessica Holterhaus recorded seven, and the team as a whole hit .340 for the contest. Pella improves to 9 – 15 on the year and they have tournament action in Newton this Saturday.

Knoxville Boys 4th; Girls 9th At Panther Invitational

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country Squad finished fourth in their own invitational yesterday at Pine Knolls Country Club.The Panthers had 121 points and were 18 ahead of Newton. Pella won the meet with 26 total points. Chase Larson led the Panthers with a 21st place finish. Coach Michael Splavec told KNIA/KRLS he was pleased with the way the guys ran on a very tough course. Splavec was very happy about the spread between his top six runners at just :27.6 which was the best of any team. The girls finished ninth with Lucy Olson crossing the line in 43rd place to lead Knoxville. Splavec said the girls are improving on their times. Pella also won the girls meet.

Girls Team Standings:
1 Pella 42
2 Ankeny 49
3 Indianola 68
4 Newton 107
5 Oskaloosa 148
6 PCM 184
7 Lynnville-Sully 205
8 Centerville 219
9 KNOXVILLE 258
10 Montezuma 263
11 Chariton 311
12 Pleasantville 348
Incomplete teams: Pella Christian and Twin Cedars

Knoxville individuals
43 Lucy Olson 19:21.6
47 Sydney Washington 19:33.9
52 Carrie Chambers 19:45.5
59 Kaline Schuenke 20:23.0
73 Dawn Stewart 21:48.1

Boys Team Standings:
1 Pella 26
2 Oskaloosa 39
3 Indianola 95
4 KNOXVILLE 121
5 Newton 139
6 Chariton 173
7 Pleasantville 201
8 Eddyville-Blaksburg 233
9 Centerville 264
10 PCM 292
11 Montezuma 295
Incomplete teams: Lynnville-Sully, Pella Christian, and Twin Cedars

Knoxville individuals:
21 Chase Larson 19:34.5
22 Cade McNeill 19:38.2
26 Mitchell Hollingshead 19:49.9
28 Blake Fee 19:58.1
29 Jack McDonald 20:01.8
41 Chase Brown 20:26.3
43 Colton Rinehart 20:28.5

Pella Boys’, Girls’ Runners Easily Sweep Knoxville Invite

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:56 am

Pella High’s runners swept the 12-team field at yesterday’s Knoxville cross country invitational at Pine Knolls Country Club. The Lady Dutch scored 42 points, to edge out Ankeny by seven. PCM was sixth, and Pleasantville was 12th. Pella’s boys had a little bit of an easier time, finishing with 26 points to beat second-place Oskaloosa by a baker’s dozen. Pleasantville was seventh and PCM was tenth. Pella Christian didn’t have enough on either squad to field a full-scoring team. Full results, times and places, can be found by following the link below.

Knoxville Girls Help Indianola Swim Past Ottumwa

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:55 am

Cats usually do not take to water very well. That is unless you are a Knoxville Panther swimming for Indianola High School.Four wins from Lauren Clingman and Taylor Purvis plus one win from Hanah Hefner allowed Indianola/Knoxville to sink Ottumwa last night 94-58. Clingman took first place in the 200 I-M, 100 freestyle, and was a part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay team that took gold. Purvis took first in the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and was also a part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Hefner’s win was in the 200 free relay.

Hanah Hefner
1st place 2:40.46. JV 200 Medley
4th place 7:35.47, 500 Freestyle
1st place 2:16.83, 200 free Relay

Ashley Cumpton
3rd place 2:14.33. Varsity 200 Medley Relay
5th place 29.19 Varsity 50 freestyle
4th place 1:59.59 Varsity 200 freestyle Relay

Taylor Purvis
1st place 2:10.31. 200 Freestyle
1st place 1:50.56, Varsity 200 Freestyle Relay
1st place 1:09.66, Varsity 100 backstroke
1st place 4:02.65, Varsity 400 Freestyle Relay

Lauren Clingman
1st place 2:27.22, Varsity 200 Individual medley
1st place 59.48 Varsity 100 Freestyle
1st place 1:50.56, Varsity 200 Freestyle Relay
1st place 4:02.65, Varsity 400 Freestyle Relay

Autumn Wright
3rd place JV 50 freestyle
2nd place 2:48.30 JV 200 freestyle Relay
4th place 2:07.36, JV 100 backstroke

Pleasantville Defeats Roadrunners in Four Tight Sets

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:52 am

Finding the win column again, the Pleasantville volleyball team turned in another positive effort with a conference win over I-35 yesterday, 25 – 23, 25 – 20, 16 – 25, and 25 – 20. Alli Friday had 37 assists with five service aces, Kennedy Core had a massive 25 kills, and Sam Thompson notched 17 digs for the Trojans, who are now 12 – 4 overall. Pleasantville will try to tackle Nodaway Valley up next tomorrow night.

PCM Gains Conference Volleyball Victory

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:52 am

Using momentum from a successful tournament at Nevada on Saturday, the PCM volleyball team notched a Heart of Iowa Conference win yesterday over C-M-B, 25 – 15, 25 – 15, and 25 – 18. Courtney VanHouweling had nine kills, Jayci Vos had eight with 16 assists, and Karina VanDyke recorded a pair of kills with four blocks. PCM is now 6 – 15 and will go to Nevada tomorrow.

Sabers Split on the Road

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars’ volleyball fell to Diagonal but won over Orient-Macksburg in a Bluegrass Conference triangular on Tuesday. The Sabers lost to Diagonal 25 – 21, 16 – 25, and 15 – 17. It was a straight set sweep over Orient-Macksburg, 25 – 17 and 25 – 22. Allie Utterback had six kills versus Orient. Twin Cedars will next play a ranked Grand View Christian squad on Thursday.

Central Volleyball Pulls Off Huge Upset Sweep of League-Favorite Knights

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:50 am

A fiesty crowd at the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium saw their Central volleyball team handily sweep preseason league-favorite, Wartburg last night, 25 – 22, 25 – 22, and 25 – 16. Emily Stoakes had nine kills, Hannah Welter had eight with five blocks, and reigning league defensive player of the week, Dzenita Bahtic, had 25 digs. Central is now 14 – 6 overall and 2 – 1 in the Iowa Conference. The Dutch are in action Thursday against Iowa Wesleyan at seven.

Dutch Men’s Soccer Evens Up League Record

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:49 am

Battling back from an early penalty kick goal, the Central men’s soccer team rallied for a 3 – 1 win over Coe yesterday on the pitch. Dennis Forrest found the back of the net twice, Aleksander Glavas had a hand in one of them to go along with a tally he made himself. Central’s men are now 3 – 8 overall and 1 – 1 in league play. They’ll next play Wartburg up in Waverly on Saturday.

Central Men Destroy 28-Team Golf Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:49 am

Carding the three best rounds in the tournament, the Central men’s golf team exited the Midwest Region Classic with a victory by 18 strokes over Carthage in the team standings. David Watson was the meet medalist with a score of 143, and Clay Curwin and Desmond Stoll were each right behind him with a 145. Central has one last fall tournament to partake in, and that’s the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invitational this Sunday and Monday.

Central Women’s Tennis on Top in Dubuque

Posted: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 5:49 am

The Central women’s tennis team stormed into Dubuque and left with two convincing 7 – 2 victories over both the Spartans and Loras yesterday. The only losses to Dubuque were to their freshman standout, Aranxta Martinez, who is undefeated in conference singles play. The Dutch swept singles versus the DuHawks, but struggled in doubles play. Central is now 7 – 3 overall and 4 – 3 in the Iowa Conference, and they will host the league individual tournament this weekend starting on Friday.

Knoxville Looking To Join Eddyville Atop SCC Volleyball Race

Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad travels to Davis County tonight with an opportunity to move into a first place tie with Eddyville-Blakesburg in the South Central Conference with a win. Both Panthers and Mustangs are 3-0 in conference play. The Panthers sport a tandem front line of Cheyenne Jones and Ashley Hawkshead who have 144 and 137 kills respectively. The Panthers have also been good defensively at the net with three players having collected 15 or more blocks on the season lead by Haili Swan’s 17. The J-V matches are scheduled to start tonight at five in Bloomfield.

Lady Dutch Step Away from Conference in Triangular Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Pella High’s volleyball team hits the road for non-conference Tuesday night action in a triangular versus Centerville and Chariton. The Lady Dutch are coming off of a rare bye weekend, which gave Coach Catie Brand’s team a time to heal some injuries and focus on improving in a few areas. Brand says her team is still young and is still trying to click as a unit, which perhaps slows them down early in matches. Good news for Pella is that Chariton and Centerville each dealt with the loss of a majority of their starters last year, which should make for an interesting night of volleyball. First matches are set to begin in Chariton at six.

Knoxville Cross Country Invitational Is Today

Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:58 am

One of the biggest cross country meets in south-central Iowa is today at Pine Knolls Country Club in Knoxville.The Panther Invitational will welcome 14 teams from around central and southern Iowa for the co-ed meet. While no longer a member of the Little Hawkeye Conference, the Panthers will run against the likes of Pella, Oskaloosa, and Newton. Coach Michael Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS he wants his team to run against those teams since they will likely meet up in the state qualifying meet. The first races get going at 4:15 with middle school, the high school events start at five.

Teams scheduled to compete:
KNOXVILLE
Oskallosa
Newton
Centerville
PCM
Chariton
Ankeny (girls only)
Montezuma
Pleasantville
Indianola
Lynnville-Sully
West Central Valley
Eddyville-Blakesburg
Pella
Twin Cedars

Scorching Eagles Look to Stay Hot in Conference Play

Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:57 am

In the middle of a stretch of 11 wins in their last 12 matches, the Pella Christian volleyball team has a chance to move to 4 – 0 in the Little Hawkeye Conference with a victory tonight over Norwalk. The Warriors themselves are looking to stay perfect in the league, sitting at 2 – 0 thus far with a formidable 11 – 11 record entering play this evening. Much like last year, the Eagles seemed to turn their season around with a sweep of the North Mahaska tournament, which is what they did a few weeks ago, and Coach Cindy Nikkel says playing teams more their size after seeing Class 4A-5A schools keeps giving her girls confidence. First serve of the Pella Christian – Norwalk varsity match will be at 7:15 p.m.

Falcons Top Sabers in Shootout

Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Despite the final score, the two teams did not play a basketball game, nor did they play an Arena Football-style contest. It all boiled down to a Wild West Shootout that went Wayne’s way last night, defeating Twin Cedars by a final score of 86 – 60, in a game that had been postponed from Friday due to inclement weather. Coach Aaron Allspach tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that though his offense was able to find success through the air, there was no stopping the Falcons’ Clayton Kiefer. Otis Roby threw for 459 yards and seven touchdowns, Trace Embray had two of them on four catches for 161 yards, and Levi Pinegar also had a pair of scores with seven catches for 133 yards. The Sabers drop to 2 – 3 on the season and 1 – 2 in district play. They will be on short rest to take on Lamoni at home this Friday night.

Saber Girls Gain Revenge on Seymour

Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars’ volleyball team went the distance with Seymour and notched a win in the Bluegrass Conference yesterday. The Sabers had to battle from behind the entire night; the Warriors prevailed in games one and two 25 – 22 and 25 – 23, before Twin Cedars mounted their comeback to win the next three 25 – 16, 25 – 22 and 15 – 8. Shyann DenBurger had nine kills and Allie Utterback recorded eight for the victorious Sabers, who will play in a triangular tonight with Orient-Macksburg and Diagonal in their home gym.

Central’s Greenfield to Play Ball Overseas

Posted: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Dominating foes in the Iowa Conference during his reign at Central, former Dutch men’s basketball standout, Matt Greenfield, has signed a contract to play professional ball for the Leon team in Spain. Greenfield scored north of 1,000 points for his career and grabbed over 600 rebounds. His inside-outside game translates well to the European style of play, as the center made 39 shots from beyond the arc just last season, one of them from half-court in the league championship game to give him his 1,000th point and his team a lead at the half going into the locker room versus Luther. The club’s first exhibition game is tomorrow, with the regular season schedule, much like the NBA’s, going from October to May.