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Eagles Begin District Play Tonight

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Carrying a 2 – 1 record into district play, Pella Christian’s football team begins their drive towards the playoffs this evening with a road trip to Sigourney-Keota. The Savage Cobras still run the single wing offense, but haven’t had the success they would have liked up to this point of the season, going 1 – 2 with less than 500 yards rushing through three contests, compared to the well over 700 they had through three games last year. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says the Cobras aren’t as committed to the run as they have been in years past. The Eagles have had a strong running and passing game thus far, and stuck with Albia for a half before falling 48 – 20. Cory Houser and Larry Hessing will be up in the press box live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven.

Panthers Try to Bounce Back in District Opener

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Suffering a close loss to Fairfield in their final non-district game in Week Three, Knoxville football looks to recover to begin district play at home tonight against Carlisle. Knoxville kept it tight with the Trojans, and had a chance for a last-second win, but couldn’t quite make it happen in a 20 – 14 loss. The Wildcats have been looked at as one of the contenders for a Class 3A District 7 title, and have gotten off to a 2 – 1 start, with the one blemish being an overtime 27 – 24 defeat at the hands of Dallas Center – Grimes in game number one. Coach Eric Kellar says so far, his team has lived and died by their front line of attack on both sides of the ball. Tony Correa has the call on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30. Don’t forget to cheer on the Panthers with another “Panther Walk” from the high school to the stadium before the game. The team will leave the school at around 5:50 and walk down Robinson St. into Ken Locke Stadium.

Pella Football Looks to Continue Surge Tonight at Home

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:58 am

If you have wanted to see how dangerous the Pella High football team’s offense has been this season, make sure you aren’t catching just the second half. So far, the Little Dutch have scored enough points to begin the running clock on all three teams they have faced this season, including ranked Washington and Dallas Center – Grimes squads, and most recently, Oskaloosa last Friday. Tonight, Pella comes home to play a Norwalk team that has a question mark at the quarterback position. Sophomore signal caller, Brady Brandsfield, went down with an injury and may or may not play tonight. Coach Jay McKinstrey says they are preparing to see the sophomore tonight, who could present some challenges. You can catch tonight’s game on with Andrew Schneider and Dave Van Gorp on the play-by-play. Pregame starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30. We’ll have a delayed broadcast on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Good Times All Around for Local Runners at Lynnville-Sully

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:56 am

Pella Christian, PCM, Pleasantville, and Twin Cedars recorded nice runs at the Lynnville-Sully meet yesterday. The Mustangs’ girls finished second place as a team to Davis County by just eight points. Rachel Stafford had the fastest time for PCM with a mark of 18:01, good for fifth place. Rachel Peter was eighth. Marina Shannon was tenth overall and fastest for Pella Christian at 18:50. Andie Sowers clocked in at 21:39 for 43rd place and fastest Trojan girl. Rachel Surbaugh crossed first for the Sabers in 46th place and with a time of 21:58. Blaise Winegardner was second overall for the boys’ race, and ran a time of 18:10 for the Mustangs. Jacob Lensing was fifth and was the fastest Eagle boy. Alex Young for Pleasantville came in at 20:42, good for 17th overall. The Trojans’ boys were third in the team standings, Pella Christian was fourth, and PCM was seventh. The PCM boys’ and girls’ middle school teams also finished first place last night. Full results of the whole meet can be found by clicking below.

Lynnville-Sully XC Invite 2014 Final Girls Results

Lynnville-Sully XC Invite 2014 Final Boys Results

PCM Volleyball Falls in Four

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Gilbert took down PCM’s volleyball team last night in four sets. Again, the Mustangs won an early set, downing the Tigers 25 – 22, before falling in the next three, 19 – 25, 12 – 25, and 17 – 25. Courtney VanHouweling had 12 kills and two aces, Katie VandeWall had six kills, and Mackenzie Clarke had 13 digs. The Mustangs fall to 2 – 12, and will play at home against Greene County next this Tuesday.

Three-and-One Start a Good Possibility for Trojans’ Football

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:52 am

District play continues for Pleasantville’s football team tonight, and they have a very good chance to put themselves in a position to make the playoffs for the first time in quite a few years with a win over a reeling Nodaway Valley club. After being blanked in their home opener in Week One, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 48 – 8 in their previous two road games, each of them victories. The Wolverines have a very short roster, but have accumulated a 1 – 2 record, which includes a one-point loss to Earlham last week. Coach Gabe Bakker says he would like to see less dropped passes in tonight’s game. Join Kris Krug live on as he’ll have the call for Pleasantville. Pregame will start at 6:30 p.m. with the kick-off at seven. There will be a delayed broadcast of the game on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA immediately following our delayed broadcast of PCM football.

PCM Tries to Start a Winning Streak this Evening

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:52 am

One thing’s for certain: a Mustangs’ team is going to win. PCM and Davis County meet up in Monroe tonight for another district game. The latter of the two Mustangs’ squads has struggled this season scoring, lighting up the board for just 20 points, including being shutout against Fairfield, and dominated by Chariton and C-M-B. PCM is fresh off their first win of the season, and just in time for district play, with a 48 – 19 shellacking of Centerville. Noticing his guys perhaps wearing out early against the Big Red, Coach Greg Bonnett says their main focus in practice this week was conditioning. Bonnett adds they focused on having their defenders be more physical during the game tonight. Hear Garrett Knock on the play-by-play this evening on, with our pregame coverage beginning at seven and kick-off at 7:30. Also make sure you catch a delayed broadcast of the contest on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Saints and Sabers Could Have Easy Time Tonight

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:51 am

With their rivalry game done and over with, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars’ football teams will go their separate ways and try to topple another pair of district competitors this evening. The Saints get the “pleasure” of making the drive to take on Harmony for their contest. The Rockets were on the wrong end of an 80 – 6 beat-down from Lamoni last Friday night, and could be in store for another uphill battle against a strong Melcher-Dallas team, who bounced back well after suffering their first loss of the season to Guthrie Center a few weeks ago. Twin Cedars could also be in store for a “W,” as they will host Seymour, who had to forfeit nearly half of their games due to injuries and lack of players a year ago. Both games tonight kick-off at seven.

Sabers Win Volleyball Battle over Saints

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars ended up on top of Melcher-Dallas in a rivalry volleyball contest last night. The Sabers prevailed in game one, 25 – 13, dropped game two to the Saints, 19 – 25, before sweeping the next two in close fashion, 25 – 17 and 25 – 21. The Saints drop to 2 – 6 on the season with the loss, while Twin Cedars improves to 2 – 7. The Sabers are at Chariton on Monday, and Melcher is on the road for a triangular against Orient-Macksburg and Seymour on Tuesday.

Central Men’s Cross Country Second Regionally, Fifth Nationally

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:50 am

In the first regular season poll of the year, the Central men’s cross country team held true regionally and nationally in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III rankings released this week. The Dutch are second in the Central region, with defending national champion, St. Olaf, still at the number one spot both in the region and in the nation. Conferences foes, Loras and Wartburg, and third and fourth in the region, respectively. The Dutch will next compete in the Gil Dodds Invitational on Saturday in Wheaton, before facing the Oles on October 3 at the Blugold Invitational.

2015 Knoxville High School Hall of Fame Class Announced

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The 2015 class of the Knoxville High School Athletic Hall of Fame has been announced.The three individuals and one team will be inducted on February eighth between the girls and boys basketball games against Pella Christian. Bill Liike was the 1950 State Champion pole vaulter at the Indoor Iowa State Meet. JoAnn Long was an All-State basketball player in 1950, Stacy Avitt was first team All-State in volleyball and went on to play for the University of West Virginia, and the 1991 boys 4×100 meter relay team of Bryan Avitt, Joe Cunningham, Glen Huyck, and Scott Van Wyngarden. That team won the state championship. There will also be a luncheon on February eighth, KNIA/KRLS will have more information when that becomes official.

‘Big Crowd’ Expected for Lynnville-Sully Meet

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Several different schools are expected to be in attendance over at Lynnville-Sully for a cross country meet tonight. Four of our local teams, Pella Christian, Pleasantville, Twin Cedars, and PCM will also be there ready to show off their stuff. Each team has already ran earlier this week, each turning in several personal bests on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. At nearly the halfway point of the season, Mustangs’ coach, Eric Karr, says he has been very impressed with how the team, even the younger runners, have been performing. Karr says he has high hopes for his girls’ squad. The Mustangs, Trojans, Sabers, and Eagles will be joined by North Mahaska, Colfax-Mingo, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, English Valleys, Davis County, and Albia. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30.

After Impressive First Third of the Season, Pella Still Finding Things to Work On

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Scoring 141 points in their first three contests combined, the Pella High football team has surged, even against some worthy competitors. The defense has held opponents to 20 points, and has forced seven turnovers, while the offense has committed just one themselves and has gained over 1,100 total yards. Even with all of the success on both sides of the ball, Coach Jay McKinstrey says his team must not be content with playing how they are right now. Pella High hosts Norwalk tomorrow for their second district game of the season.

Sabers, Saints Battle in the Gym this Time

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:51 am

The boys met up on the gridiron last Friday, and tonight, it’s the girls’ turn for the fall rivalry between the Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars volleyball teams. Both schools are off to relatively slow starts to the season, and each fell in action on Tuesday. Kills have not been a problem for the Sabers, as they have the second best kill efficiency in the Bluegrass Conference. However, they have only 74 kills on the season, which is fifth worst in the league. The JV match will happen first at 5:30 p.m. with varsity to follow immediately after.

Daniels Wins Defensive Honor

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central women’s soccer back, Liz Daniels, was named the Iowa Conference women’s soccer defensive player of the week for her strong play last week. Daniels helped the Dutch shut out their two opponents, en route to a 1 – 0 – 1 mark in those contests with Grinnell and Hamline. Central named Daniels their most outstanding freshman back in 2011, and she has aided in steering the program to a 38 – 21 – 7 record during her time as a Dutch. The 3 – 2 – 2 Central women are back at it on Saturday at home against Westminster out of Missouri.

Lady Dutch Waste No Time with Grinnell, Sweep Tigers

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 6:00 am

After the first set, the Pella High volleyball team didn’t make it a contest, as they soundly swept Grinnell last night in conference action. Pella took game one 25 – 19, before finishing off the Tigers 25 – 8 and 25 – 10. Head coach Catie Brand tells KNIA/KRLS Sports her girls played smarter last night both offensively and defensively, and she was very impressed by their all-around effort. Makenna Bogaard had 13 kills, Jessica Holterhaus added eight, and Kiki Pingel had a whopping 30 assists. Coach Brand says her team will basically have the same approach with each conference game this season, just based on who is back for each team in 2014. The Lady Dutch are now 4 – 12 on the season and 1 – 1 in league play. They’ll head to Ballard this Saturday for another tournament in Huxley.

Knoxville Volleyball Takes Down Chariton To Go 2-0 In SCC Play

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad is finding the South Central Conference to their liking. The Panthers are now 2-0 in the conference, rejoining after an 18 year absence as they beat Chariton three sets to one last night 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, and 25-17. Cheyenne Jones had 14 kills, Meredith Cunningham had 25 assists and 19 digs. Knoxville is 7-5 overall. The Panthers are at the Ballard Invitational on Saturday.

Pella Christian Volleyball Clips Indians

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian’s volleyball team improved to 2 – 0 in the conference with a resounding 25 – 20, 25 – 17, and 25 – 11 sweep of Oskaloosa yesterday. Abby Pleima had 24 assists, ten digs and five aces, Andrea Horstman had ten kills, and Rebecca Gritters had eight kills and two blocks for the Eagles. Coach Cindy Nikkel was looking for a more reliable offense last night. The Eagles are now 6 – 8 on the year and they will be in a tournament at New Sharon this Saturday.

Knoxville Boys 7th; Girls 9th At Oskaloosa Cross Country Meet

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Knoxville Cross Country Squads were at Oskaloosa yesterday and ran against many fellow South Central Conference squads.The boys were seventh but second among conference school. Mitchell Hollingshead led Knoxville with a 33rd place finish. Coach Michael Splavec told KNIA/KRLS he was pleased with the spread between his first runner and seventh runner which was 1:06. On the girls side, Lucy Olson led the Panthers with a 49th place finish and a ninth place finish as a team. Splavec says the girls are getting better at the 4K.

Eagles’ Cross Country has Good Night in Oskaloosa

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:56 am

“It went well,” said Pella Christian head cross country coach, Jocelyn Meinders, with the “it” referring to her team’s meet in Oskaloosa at Edmundson Golf Course yesterday. Jacob Lensing finished 13th overall for the boys with a time of just over 18 minutes. Coach Meinders says the whole team ran well. The Eagles’ are next in action tomorrow at Diamond Trail Golf Course. Full results for the Eagles from last night’s meet can be found below.

Oskaloosa results