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Mustangs’ Grapplers Enter Conference Triangular

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM’s wrestling team will travel out to Nevada for a Heart of Iowa Conference triangular dual meet tonight. The Mustangs were winless in a dual-meet style tournament at Ankeny Centennial on Saturday against some bigger schools, including Class 3A, number-one ranked, Southeast Polk. Tonight, PCM has to try to tackle the host Cubs and Roland-Story. Head coach, Cory Waddell, anticipates both matches coming down to the wire. The Mustangs are scheduled to take on the Cubs first at 6:00 p.m., and then wrestle the Norsemen immediately after.

Central Women’s Soccer Earns Another Honor

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Another academic award was handed out to the Central women’s soccer program yesterday. Co-captain, Liz Daniels, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women’s College Division Scholar All-North/Central Region third team. To receive the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30, be a starter in at least half of all games, and be a significant contributor to the team. Daniels, with a biochemistry major, currently has a 3.72 GPA. The senior defender was one of the reasons The Dutch set school records for shutouts with 12, most consecutive shutouts with four, fewest goals allowed at 12, and shots allowed with just under 12 per game. Central’s women concluded the season 11 – 4 – 4 and 5 – 1 – 1 in conference play.

Pella Basketball Clobbers Blue Jays

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

A total of 81 points decided the two games that took place inside of the Pella High School gym last night, in a basketball doubleheader heard live on 92.1 KRLS. The Lady Dutch downed Bondurant-Farrar in the opener, 63 – 39. Pella used a 23-point third quarter to seize control of the game. Jessica Holterhaus and Mackenzie Gustafson led all scorers with 14 points as the Pella girls improve to 5 – 2. The rout was on for the Little Dutch against the Blue Jays, as they wiped out Bondurant-Farrar, 97 – 40. Ten different players scored for Pella, five of them ended with double figures, and their bench contributed 57 of those 97 tallies. Ryan Van Wyk had 16, Jack Meyer 14, Jackson Scholten threw in 13, and Grant Judkins and Garret Jansen each had 11. The Little Dutch improve to 4 – 2 on the season, and both teams have a big doubleheader to close out their 2014 part of the schedule on Friday at Pella Christian.

Knoxville Splits With Davis County; Girls Still Unbeaten

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

Survive would be one way to describe the Knoxville girls night against Davis County last night. The Panthers fought off a furious rally in the second half to close out the Mustangs 56-50 as heard live on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA. It looked early on that Knoxville would blow the doors off of Davis County leading 26-11 with two minutes remaining in the first half, however the Mustangs closed the half on a 10-0 run to get back into the game. Knoxville was able to withstand several runs including falling behind with around two minutes remaining in the game. Coach Jim Uitermarkt told KNIA/KRLS Sports he was happy with how his girls reacted. Ashley Hawkshead led Knoxville with 16 points. The Panthers improve to 6-0 on the season and are tied with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont atop of the South Central Conference at 4-0, those two teams have a showdown on Friday night. The Knoxville boys suffered their first loss of the season with an 81-79 setback to Davis County. The Mustangs erased an eight point Knoxville lead between third and fourth quarters to get the win. Nathan Winters dropped in 22 points in the loss, Knoxville falls to 4-1 and 3-1 in the conference.

Eagles Looking for Stronger Play Defensively

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

Even with all of the question marks surrounding the team coming into this season, the Pella Christian girls’ basketball squad is performing well through the first third of their schedule. The Eagles are 5 – 1, and have been stepping it up on defense, allowing 26 points to Oskaloosa last week and held Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont to two points in the first quarter on Monday. Coach Kevin Van Maanen says he still would like to see a better effort on the defensive side of the ball. Rebounding has been a problem for the Eagles early on. They are averaging under 20 boards per game, which is one of the lowest totals in Class 2A. The Eagles have a big test ahead of them on Friday, when they host Pella High for a conference doubleheader.

Little Dutch Wrestlers Drop Two in Triangular

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

Pella High’s wrestling team went home empty in a triangular dual meet with Newton and Carlisle yesterday. The Little Dutch fell to the Cardinals, 58 – 18. Chase Petty, Jake Speltz, and Ashton Messer each were winners via pin for Pella. The nightcap was a little closer, but the Wildcats were the victors, 42 – 29. Full results for both matches are below. The Little Dutch will next host an eight-team invitational this Saturday.

Pella 18

Newton 58

106: Double Forfeit

113: Aaron Born lost by fall in 1:11 vs. Hunter Versteegh (N)

120: Ethan Speltz lost by fall in 0:50 vs. Alex Bentley (N)

126: Seb Sikora lost by fall in 3:50 vs. Parker Schuler (N)

132: Chase Petty won by pin in 1:59 vs. Josh Miravales (N)

145: Jacob Diehl lost by fall in 1:37 vs. Bryce Tish (N)

138: Dakota Dawson (N) won by forfeit

145: Jacob Diehl lost by fall in 5:17 vs. Bryce Tish (N)

152: Austin Bragg lost by fall in 2:57 vs. Bret Nole (N)

160: James Van Gorp lost by major decision of 9-18 vs.Brady Smith (N)

170: Jake Speltz won by pin in 0:41 vs. Harley Walker (N)

182: Ashton Messer won by pin in 2:55 vs.Payten Paterson (N)

195: Duncan Lee (C) won by forfeit

220: Jordan Henning (C) won by forfeit

HWT: Caden Manning (C) won by forfeit

Pella 29

Carlisle 42

106: Grant Mutch (C) won by forfeit

113: Aaron Born lost by fall in 1:52 vs. Caleb Reed (C)

120: Ethan Speltz won by pin in 1:45 vs. Jordan Watts (C)

126: Seb Sikora (P) won by forfeit

132: Chase Petty won by tech fall of 16-2 in 4:54 vs. Kenny McCauchey (C)

145: Jacob Diehl lost by fall vs. Kyle Rees (C)

152: Austin Bragg won by pin in 4:45 vs. Caleb Davis (C)

160: James Van Gorp lost by decision 0-7 vs. Kallen Glawe (C)

170: Jake Speltz won by pin in 3:51 vs. Damon Piatt (C)

182: Ashton Messer lost by decision 3-10 vs. Travis Johnson (C)

195: Andrew Burnett (C) won by forfeit

220: Jake Henkelman (C) won by forfeit

HWT: Anthony Hanson (C) won by forfeit

Pleasantville Swept on Tuesday Night

Posted: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville girl’s basketball team had a tough night on the road on Tuesday night as they fell to I-35, 61-35. The Lady Trojans stayed close for the first half, but I-35 pulled away for win the in the second half. Pleasantville freshman Kelsee Van Haalen had a team-high 17 points. Despite the loss, Pleasantville head coach Aaron Fichter was pleased with his team’s performance and found positives in the game. The Pleasantville boy’s basketball team struggled shooting the ball on Tuesday night as they lost to I-35, 70-41, both games were heard on Sophomore Trojan point guard Brady Elder had a team high 12 points. Both teams will be in action at home on Friday night against Bedford.

PCM Trashes North Polk on the Road

Posted: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM’s basketball teams are starting to find their groove. Both herds of Mustangs toppled their North Polk opponents on Tuesday night. The girls won 47 – 33 after holding just a three point lead at one point in the second quarter. Rachel Freland led all scorers with 18, and Courtney VanHouweling dumped in eight. The Mustangs’ boys won in a convincing 62 – 48 fashion. Coach Fred Lorensen tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that the game was not as close as the final score indicated, as the Comets scored a bunch with PCM’s reserves on the court in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs led 34 – 18 at intermission. Trey Lindsay drained six shots from the perimeter and finished with 24 points. PCM’s girls improve to 6 – 2 on the season while the boys are now 4 – 2, and each team has won three straight. Both schools head back home for the first time in two-and-a-half weeks for a doubleheader against Saydel.

Saints Have Rough Day With Mormon Trail, Sabers Split with Murray

Posted: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 5:51 am

It was an offensive struggle for the Melcher-Dallas basketball clubs last night. The girls fell to Mormon Trail, 40 – 29; Jenny Petersen punched in 12 points and Megan Roush had ten for the now 3 – 4 Saints. Melcher’s boys had a double-digit lead in the second half, but couldn’t hold on in a 55 – 39 loss. Chase Wetterling scored 14 for the game. The Saints’ boys are now 0 – 6. Melcher-Dallas plays Seymour tomorrow night. Twin Cedars’ girls fell short to Murray, 56 – 28. Coach Malloree Grove tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that her team looked intimidated against the Mustangs. Shyanne Denburger scored 13 for the Sabers, who fall to 2 – 5. Twin Cedars’ boys rebounded after a pair of tough losses to bounce Murray, 73 – 59. Three Saber players stood out offensively, led by Cam Arkema’s 26, Trenton Bacus’ 20, and Otis Roby’s 19. Twin Cedars improves to 4 – 3, and both teams get back at it on Friday against Ankeny Christian Academy.

Evans’ Torrid Pace Keeping Central Women Afloat Through Troubled Waters

Posted: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 5:50 am

The first eight games of the Central women’s basketball team’s season have maybe been the most interesting in recent history. The Dutch have battled through injury and illness and stand with a 6 – 2 record with just three final tune-ups to go before beginning Iowa Conference play in early January. One senior has helped the team immensely thus far in a bench role. Rachel Evans has been using her defensive prowess to keep her Dutch in games while providing a spark in relief of their starters. Evans has recorded 36 steals in eight games and is on pace to break the current school record for swipes in a season, which is currently at 81. Coach Chelsea Petersen says Evans is doing what she can to help the team out. Central is off for finals before getting back to work on Friday down in St. Louis against Webster.

Marion County Scoreboard 12-16-14

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Girls Basketball:

Pella: 63 Bondurant-Farrar: 39 F

Knoxville: 56 Davis County: 50 F

Pleasantville: 35 I-35 (Truro): 61 F

Boys Basketball:

Pella: 97 Bondurant-Farrar: 40 F

Knoxville: 79 Davis County: 81 F

Pleasantville: 41 I-35 (Truro): 70 F

Knoxville Travels To Davis County Trying To Keep Hold Of 1st Place

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 6:00 am

After their victory over then number five ranked Chariton on Friday, the Knoxville Boys Basketball Squad travels to Davis County tonight trying to keep their hold on first place in the South Central Conference.The Panthers got their biggest win in recent memory on Friday with a 62-59 win over the Chargers and now set their sights on the Mustangs. Coach Jeff Larson says his guys will be ready and focused, going as far as to quote a certain NFL coach. The girls are also in action, as well and a win by the Panthers, they would forge a tie with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont atop the South Central Conference due to the Rockets playing a non-conference game tonight. Listen for all the action on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA with Derek Cardwell and Mike Cunningham at six.

Stingy Eagles’ Defense Thwarts Rockets

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont scored just two points in the first period, and the Pella Christian girls’ basketball team held on to win last night, 53 – 40. Despite the slow start, the Rockets kept crawling back, getting as close as six points in the third, but some key outside shooting from Tessa Howerzyl and Brooke Mitrisin helped put the game out of reach. The Eagles outscored the Rockets 15 – 2 in that opening frame, and Coach Kevin Van Maanen says that was the difference maker. Howerzyl finished with a game-high 14, and Mitrisin added ten, as the Eagles improve to 5 – 1. They will next play Pella High on Friday night for their final game of 2014.

Pella Tries to Shoo Away Bluejays Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Priming themselves for a meet-up with cross-town rival Pella Christian on Friday, the Pella High basketball teams host Bondurant-Farrar for a non-conference doubleheader this evening. The Lady and Little Dutch are coming off of an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend, with two big come-from-behind games with Grinnell four days ago, and a pair of blowouts of Fairfield on Saturday. Pella’s girls were the ones that came out on the winning end over both the Tigers and Trojans, and Coach Jerod Garland says his girls are now starting to play with a lot of confidence. Tonight’s doubleheader will be live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema on the play-by-play. Pre-game is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with tip-off of the girls’ contest at 6:15.

PCM Boys’, Girls’ Basketball Each Look for Third Straight ‘Dubya’

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM’s basketball teams have a good chance to run their current winning streaks up to three tonight if they can get by struggling North Polk over in Alleman. The Mustangs’ girls just recently dropped from the rankings, but have rolled of late thanks to some stingy defense. PCM has allowed just 51 points the last two games against Colfax-Mingo and C-M-B while scoring 120 of their own. The Comets’ ladies are young, which may be the understatement of the year. Their roster features no seniors, one junior, eight sophomores, and a freshman. North Polk’s boys have had their troubles offensively, which is good news for the PCM gentlemen, who have allowed just 81 points during their current surge, while the Comets have eclipsed the 50-point barrier only once on their way to a 2 – 3 record. Tonight’s doubleheader is at North Polk and the girls’ game comes first at 6:00 p.m.

Roadrunners Host Trojans in Early Season Conference Test

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Two stiff challenges are waiting for Pleasantville basketball tonight in Truro. No, they won’t be dropping anvils from the ceiling or have secret catapults waiting to hurl them out of the gym, but the I-35 Roadrunners do bring two formidable teams to the hardwood to face the Trojans. I-35’s girls are 4 – 2 on the year, and are led by a dynamite sophomore named Gracey Griglione, who is averaging nearly 21 points per game through six contests. For the boys, both the Roadrunners and Trojans are sitting on a 3 – 1 record, and Pleasantville coach, Tom Wilkins, says his team will need to step up their “D” tonight. Wilkins adds his team has not yet played their best basketball and hopes they start getting into more of a groove here soon. Today’s twinbill in Truro can be heard live on our website,, with Garrett Knock calling the game. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. with tip-off at 6:15.

Bluegrass Conference Action Continues to Heat Up on Tuesday

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars begin their final week of basketball competition in 2014 this evening. The Saints’ girls are coming off of an emotional overtime victory over Iowa Christian Academy to improve to 3 – 3, and they’ll join the boys in hosting Mormon Trail, whose ladies are winless on the season. Melcher-Dallas’ guys are still in search of their first victory, but head coach, Jim Wells, says he noticed an improvement in their loss on Friday. Twin Cedars’ crew will hit the road for their affair with Murray tonight. Both Sabers’ teams are trying to rebound from a sweep at the hands of Albia on Saturday. The Mustangs’ squads only have one loss apiece so far this season. Both pairs of doubleheaders tip-off at 6:00 p.m.

Central Safety Receives Honors

Posted: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Senior free safety, Jacob Edleman, garnered recognition as an all-American for the Central football team. Edleman was tops in the Iowa Conference with seven interceptions, two of them were turned into “Pick-Six’s.” His seven picks also ranked tied for fifth in the country in Division III football. The Dutch senior recorded 48 tackles, 28 of them solo, in 2014 and was named to the first-team all-conference. Edleman is the 15th Dutch to receive the American Football Coaches Association all-American honor, and first since 2000 honoree, Jeff Sanger. Jacob Edleman’s strong play this season also helped him get named a finalist for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, which is presented to the nation’s top small college defensive player from a D-2, D-3, or NAIA school. The senior is one of 70 finalists overall, with the winner to be announced on Christmas Eve, December 24.

Pella High Sends Fairfield Out on the Horse They Rode in On

Posted: Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 6:00 am

It wasn’t even close. Pella High’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams dominated Fairfield in the Tulip City on Saturday in a pair of non-conference games. The Lady Dutch prevailed, 59 – 38. Kiara Bradley bucketed 14 points to lead the attack for Pella’s girls, who are now 4 – 2 on the season. The Little Dutch were in total control of the Trojans in their 84 – 38 blowout win. A night after scoring 39 points in a loss to Grinnell, Isaac Naaktgeboren had just two points in a game where he did not play very much, because he quite frankly wasn’t needed. Ryan Van Wyk had 15 points, Will Warner tallied 18, Sebastian Baugh added 13, and Grant Judkins scored ten. Nine of Pella High’s 12 players scored in the win, which featured a 32-point third period effort, twice as many points as Fairfield put up in the first half combined. The Little Dutch improve to 3 – 2 on the year, and both teams have another non-conference test against Bondurant-Farrar coming up on Tuesday.

Indianola Swimmers 3rd at Grinnell; Knoxville Boys Do Well

Posted: Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Indianola Boys Swimming Squad placed third out of seven teams at the Grinnell Invitational Saturday. Knoxville’s Alex Purvis was first in the 50 free in a time of :23.68. Purvis and Daniel Mallory were also on three relays that placed third…the 200 medley, 200 free, and the 400 free.