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Little Dutch Among the Top in Stacked Waukee Meet

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 6:00 am

They may have been one of the smaller schools in attendance, but the Pella High boys’ track and field team performed exceptionally well at Waukee yesterday in their first outdoor meet of the season. No team scores were kept, but the Little Dutch placed second in several events. Among the top performers were Chase Van Sant’s school-record setting long jump of 22’3″, which was good for second. Van Sant was also runner-up in the 200 meters. Michael Buma was second in the 110 high hurdles, and the 4 x 800 meter relay team also was runner-up with a time of 8:32. The Dutch are off until Saturday for the Panther Relays in Knoxville.

Knoxville Girls Tennis Downs Centerville In Season Opener

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Girls Tennis Squad defeated Centerville 7-2 last night. The Panthers got their first win in South Central tennis action winning four of the singles matches including Taylor Carter, Sami Thompson, Avery Neer, and Jacey Roy. Knoxville completed the night by sweeping the doubles matches.

1 Taylor Carter K defeated Amory Glosser C 9-7
2 Sami Thompson K defeated Elizabeth Hargrave C 8-1
3 Natalie Worrall K lost to Alex Kelly C 8-9
4 Avery Neer K defeated Sydney Dommer C 8-3
5 Jacey Roy K defeated Elizabeth Budiselich C 8-6
6 Farah Kee K lost to Alyssa Barger C 1-8

1 Carter/Neer K defeated Glosser/Hargrave C 8-1
2 Thompson/Worrall K defeated Kelly/Barger C 9-8
3 Roy/Taylor Weldon K defeated Dommer/Buciselich C 8-4

Eagles Begin Track Season Today

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:58 am

The Pella Christian boys’ and girls’ track teams begin their spring seasons today at separate locations. The Eagle boys stay at home to compete in a quad against Des Moines Christian, Twin Cedars, and Lynnville-Sully. Last year, this very same meet saw temperatures in the 30s and low 40s with light rain off and on, but tonight, temps are expected to be in the 60s and 70s, making for an ideal day to begin the track season. Coach Keith Anderson says today’s opener is a great way for his guys to see which events they should and should not be focusing on. The Eagles’ girls head over to PCM for a large meet in Monroe. Coach Kevin Herdegen also says variety is the spice of life, and tonight’s competition should give them an idea of where they are at moving forward when they get into tougher meets against conference schools. The girls’ meet at PCM is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. with the Eagle boys at home beginning at 4:45.

Knoxville Boys Open Tennis Season With A Win Over Centerville

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:57 am

The Knoxville Boys Tennis Squad has huge expectations this season and got off on the right foot with a 6-3 victory over Centerville last night. Jared McClung, A.J. Jackson, Braden DeLong, and Blake McClung all got singles wins. The Panthers too two of three doubles matches to clinch the victory.

1 Jared Mclung K beat Devon Glosser C 8-1
2 Austin Little K lost to Spencer Varner C 6-8
3 A.J. Jackson K beat Stevie Cochran C 8-3
4 Braden DeLong K beat Daniel Berja C 8-5
5 Blake McClung K beat Treye Rinehsrt C 8-0
6 Tony Salato K lost to Tommy Matty C 6-8

1 J. McClung/Jackson K won 8-4
2 Little/Salato K lost 7-9
3 DeLong/B. McClung won 8-2

Cunningham Sets Record In Steeplechase Win

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:55 am

Former Knoxville Track and Field Standout Wick Cunningham had a very good day this weekend at the Emporia State University Spring Open. He won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a meet record time of 9:28.37 shattering the old record by over 11 seconds. The Northwest Missouri State runner was also six seconds off the time needed for a provisional spot at the N-C-A-A Division Two championships.

Sabers Find Themselves in the Middle of Fairly Stacked Pack

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars’ boys’ track and field team wound up fourth out of seven teams at Pekin in yesterday’s outdoor and season opener for the Sabers. Twin Cedars finished as high as third place in various events, including an 11.4 run in the 100 meter dash by freshman Dakota Pinegar. The Sabers also came in third place in the 4 x 100 and 200 meter relays, as well as the distance medley relay. The guys are back in action at Pella Christian today for a quad dual against the Eagles, Lynnville-Sully, and Des Moines Christian.

Big Second Day Helps Dutch Men’s Golf Distance Themselves in Tourney Win

Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:50 am

Just a two-stroke lead after day one, the Central men’s golf team finished with a 20-stroke victory in the Webster Gorlok Invitational in St. Louis yesterday. The Dutch bested 15 other teams, including three Iowa Conference schools: Loras, Wartburg, and Dubuque, who finished fourth. Clay Corwin, who was ahead individually after day one, made a birdie on the final hole to earn meet medalist honors with a 147 total for the two rounds. Central will golf against a Top 5 ranked school this Friday and Saturday in the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational, where they will take on the host Titans, who are ranked fourth.

South Central Conference Title A Goal For Knoxville Girls Golf

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 6:00 am

Winning or at least being competitive in the South Central Conference is one goal Coach Jason Carter has for the Knoxville Girls Golf Squad. He says with the experience his team has coming back in 2015, they should be one of the teams to beat…plus they will have home course advantage on May 12th when the meet takes place. Carter adds he also hopes the girls have goals of improving their average scores. He says if each girls improves their stroke total by two-to-three…that will add up.

Little Dutch Track Heads Outdoors Today

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Pella High boys’ track and field squad begins their outdoor season on Monday when they head to Waukee. The Little Dutch were supposed to race last Thursday in Washington against some bigger schools, but the meet was cancelled due to the conditions. However, the Waukee meet will allow Pella High’s boys to see some top notch competition. Coach Brent Van Hauen tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that mostly Class 4A schools will be in attendance at Waukee. First events are scheduled to get going at 4:30 p.m.

Hessing Looking for Good Things Out of Senior Golfers

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Autumn Vos returns to the Pella Christian girls’ golf team the most experienced duffer that the Eagles have. PC also has two other seniors that are on the team that Coach Larry Hessing hopes contributes to the Eagles in various ways. Malia Beatty and Emma Farwell are the Eagles’ other 12th graders, and Hessing feels the way she progressed last year and her leadership rubs off on the younger members of the team on and off the golf course. A triangular begins the Eagles’ season on Thursday at home at the Pella Golf and Country Club against Des Moines Christian and Carlisle.

Saber Boys Begin Track Season After the Weekend

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 5:51 am

Pekin is the first destination on the Twin Cedars boys’ track and field team’s pathway to Drake Stadium in May. The Sabers open the season on Monday, with some fantastic weather expected for their spring kick-off. After they finish at Pekin, they’ll be off to Pella Christian for a quad meet on Tuesday in the Tulip City. Their numbers a bit down this year, Coach Aaron Allspach knows it will be a grind for his guys competing in multiple events, but hopes they battle regardless of the competition. The Sabers’ meet at Pekin starts at 4:30 p.m.

Central Finishes Non-Conference Homestand With a Bang

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 5:50 am

The Central College softball team went 5-1 over the weekend in a half-dozen games at the Kuyper Athletic Complex, but with sky-high expectations, it’s the one loss that sticks out more than the five wins. The Dutch earned a pair of hard-fought victories over Gustavus on Friday afternoon, made several mistakes in a 2-1 loss to Saint Benedict on Saturday, and then bounced back with a 10-1 win over St. Norbert before picking up two wins yesterday, 6-4 over St. Norbert, again, and 9-1 over St. Scholastica. The Dutch are now 19-6 on the season, which isn’t where Coach George Wares wanted to be after the non-conference portion of the schedule. All 14 of Central’s remaining games will be against Iowa Conference opponents. The first league doubleheader is tomorrow afternoon in Indianola, as the 19th-ranked Dutch will battle 10th-ranked Simpson. You can hear game two of that twinbill at approximately 5:00 tomorrow night at on our KNIA2 stream.

Wartburg Bats Tee Off on Central Pitching in Saturday Sweep

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 5:50 am

The winds were blowing out and so were the baseball in Waverly on Saturday, as Wartburg clobbered seven home runs en route to their sweep over Central. The Dutch found themselves in 4 – 0 holes after the first inning of both games, each thanks to a pair of long balls off the bat of DJ Utley. The Knight first baseman hit a three-run shot in the opener and a grand slam in the nightcap, and connected on four total for the doubleheader, three in game two, which ties a school record. Central fell 14 – 3 and 11 – 8 in the two games. They were down 8 – 1 and 9 – 2 in that second game, and climbed back to within a run going into the bottom of the eighth, before back-to-back homers sucked any kind of momentum the Dutch had built. Zach Brown led the now 5 – 10 Dutch with a 4-for-7 day at the plate. Central is 1 – 3 to begin Iowa Conference play, and they’ll have a quick turnaround with a doubleheader at Simpson on Tuesday.

Dutch Men’s Golf Ahead After Day One, Women Improve in Tourney Finale

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 5:49 am

The Webster Gorlok Spring Invitational leaderboard shows the Central men’s golf team at the top after day one down in Eureka, Missouri. The Dutch put together a team score of 300, which is 12 strokes above par. They lead by two over second place entering today’s finale. Senior Clay Curwin shot a one-under-par round of 71 and holds a one stroke lead on the individual leaderboard. The Dutch women shaved eight strokes off their round one total in the Washington University Spring Invitational yesterday, but finished in 15th place with a team total of 750 for the two days. Central was one of just three teams that improved from day one. Christine Ausman led the Dutch with a total score of 179.

South Central Conference Title A Goal For Knoxville Girls Golf

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Winning or at least being competitive in the South Central Conference is one goal Coach Jason Carter has for the Knoxville Girls Golf Squad. He says with the experience his team has coming back in 2015, they should be one of the teams to beat, plus they will have home course advantage on May 12th when the meet takes place. Carter adds he also hopes the girls have goals of improving their average scores. He says if each girl improves their stroke total by two-to-three, that will add up.

Central Softball Stumbles, Recovers in Home Doubleheader

Posted: Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 5:50 am

It was another up-and-down day for the Central softball team on Saturday on their home field. The Dutch offense was stifled in a 2 – 1 loss to St. Benedict in the first game of the doubleheader. The game-tying run was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a bunt attempt. Central responded with a 10 – 1, five-inning victory over St. Norbert, thanks to a trio of dingers off of Dutch bats. They put up five runs in the third and fourth innings with homers from Whitney Sowers, Kaitlyn Matzen, and Paige Schreiner. The Dutch sit at 17 – 6, and they’ll play another game with St. Norbert today and also take on St. Scholastica. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Evy Wells Signs Letter of Intent

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 6:00 am


Before she hits the links for her senior season, Knoxville Girls Golfer Evy Wells signed to continue her golfing career at Southwestern Community College in Creston. Wells has been one of the leaders for the Panthers during her career. Last season she averaged just over 51 strokes for a nine hole meet. Wells will get her season underway April 2nd when the Panthers travel to Clarke.

Fundamental Early Focus for Lady Dutch Golf

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Shaking the rust off is an early goal for every team in practices and meets at the beginning of seasons throughout the realm of sports. So it’s no surprise that Coach Michael Vint has been working on fundamentals early on with his Pella High girls’ golf team. They’ll be making their way through a tough conference slate with several strong teams, trying to get prepared for the regional tournaments in May. Vint says it may be drab to repeat the basics for an entire week’s worth of practices, but his girls have had a positive mindset so far. The Lady Dutch begin their golf season on Thursday, April 9 at home against Pella Christian and Grinnell.

Warmer Weather Helping Dingeman with Team Assessments

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Most of our area golf coaches have taken advantage of the outside conditions this past week and had their teams practice outdoors to work on various skill sets. While that is a benefit for the players who are hoping to get into the golf routine, it’s also helping the coaches out. Pella Christian boys’ coach, Jim Dingeman, has been using the past six-to-seven days as almost an assessment of what he has in front of him this season. Bos Landen beckons the Eagles’ boys for their first meet of the season, with a triangular against Pella High and Norwalk coming up a week from Monday on April 6.

Trojans’ Girls Gearing up for Another Deep Golf Run

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 5:52 am

Returning their top four scorers from the Class 2A state girls’ golf tournament in 2014, the Pleasantville gals, under the direction of Coach Dan Calhoun, have the bar set high for the spring 2015 season. The Trojans were runners-up in their short stay as a Class 2A school last year, but will be classified and compete in the 1A postseason this year. Pleasantville graduated just one senior, and again will have just one 12th grader on the squad (Alli Friday). Coach Calhoun says in addition to their abilities on the course, they aren’t too shabby off it, too. Pleasantville and PCM will engage in a head-to-head dual meet on April 13 to open up the Trojans’ season.