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Central Athletic Trainer Inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted: Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 5:49 am

Central athletic training education director and the mastermind behind the highly touted athletic training program at the College, John Roslien, was recently inducted into the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Roslien joined the Dutch staff in 1986 and was Central’s first athletic trainer in their history. He helped to build a successful curricular program that has seen 121 graduates earn the BOC certification as athletic trainers during his tenure.

Fundamentals the Focus Early for Pella Christian Boys’ Track

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 6:00 am

In a sport like track and field, there’s not much strategy involved in preparing for a competition. Participants can’t play defense, the only thing they can do is work on fundamentals and techniques so they can give it their all when it comes time to perform. Dealing with a mostly younger squad, Pella Christian boys’ coach, Keith Anderson, says he’s been mostly working with his Eagles on these basic principles over the past few weeks. Anderson adds that this week, they’ll be ramping up their intensity to get ready for their first meet of the season, which is this Tuesday at home against Des Moines Christian, Lynnville-Sully, and Twin Cedars.

Knoxville Girls Golf Interested In What The South Central Conferenece Will Bring This Spring

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Spring sports teams at Knoxville are interested to know what the South Central Conference is going to bring to the table this season. For girls golf, Coach Jason Carter tells KNIA/KRLS Sports Albia has been the team to beat in recent years. He says however after last season the Lady Dees may come back to the pack due to graduation, and the rest of the conference is kind of up in the air. The Panthers will host the South Central Conference meet at Pine Knolls May 12th.

Field Events Pleasant Surprise for Van Hauen, Little Dutch

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 5:58 am

They’ve participated in three indoor meets so far, and even with a youthful team before them, the Pella High boys’ track and field squad has been impressive in March. The Little Dutch looked strong at the Central indoor meet last Friday with several other schools in attendance, had several Top 15 finishes in the ISU indoor invitational amongst over 80 other teams, and have set some early PR’s in various events. Coach Brent Van Hauen says he’s been particularly impressed by how the athletes competing in the field have been doing. Senior Garret Jansen, just days removed from the end of the basketball season, threw a school record in the shot put with a hurl of over 51 feet. The Little Dutch debut outdoors in 2015 tomorrow with a meet at Washington.

Carter Signs at William Penn

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Taylor Carter made it official yesterday by signing to play softball at William Penn University. The Knoxville senior batted 375 last summer with 33 hits and a team leading 27 RBI. She also had a 971 fielding percentage and 118 put outs as catcher for the Panthers. She will also be familiar with the coaching staff at William Penn because her high school coach Steph Christner is an assistant coach for the Lady Statesmen.

Bigger Schools a Motivation for Twin Cedars’ Girls’ Track this Year

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 5:51 am

The numbers not exactly there, the heart definitely is for the Twin Cedars girls’ track and field team this season. The Sabers will mostly be dealing with larger schools and bigger track meets over the course of the next two months leading up to the state qualifying meet in May. Twin Cedars has dates in Pella and Monroe with Class 2A and 3A teams comprising the field. First-year head coach, Cameron Parker, says he has been trying to use that for motivation for his girls in 2015. The Sabers begin their season this Tuesday in Monroe at PCM.

Central Baseball Takes on Grinnell for Non-Conference Contest

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 5:50 am

The gamut of the Iowa Conference schedule for the Central baseball team starts this Friday, but first, they must get through rival Grinnell College for a non-conference nine-inning game today. The Dutch are trying to get some momentum after a 2 – 6 run during their Spring Break trip down in Tucson, Arizona. The Pioneers are 2 – 8 on the season, and have not had the greatest success at the plate, hitting just .285 on the year. Coach Matt Schirm was pleased with the offensive production that had some question marks after a large amount of seniors that produced last year graduated, but he says he’s more concerned with what happens when his guys take the field on defense. Today’s nine-inning contest has a first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Younger Runners To Highlight Knoxville Boys Middle Distance Events

Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 6:00 am

New faces and names will dot the landscape of the middle distance and distance events for the Knoxville Boys Track and Field Squad this season. Coach Joe Cunningham tells KNIA/KRLS Sports a mix of runners will be featured in the 400 races and higher. Cunningham says he is excited to see how the younger runners will react in the 1600 and 3200 races. He adds they will likely be sophomores, but says they have the mindset to compete for a top finish.

Balance, Depth Advantage for Pella Girls’ Track

Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 5:59 am

They may have lacked in the way of number of seniors last year, but that did not hold the Pella High girls’ track and field team back from accomplishing many things in 2014 and qualifying numerous events for state. A good chunk of that experience is back this year for Coach Dak Rasmussen and his Lady Dutch, who showed some impressive things at the Central indoor meet this past weekend. Coach Rasmussen feels that this could be a special season. Rasmussen adds that that depth will really come into play when they try qualifying events for the Drake Relays and for the state track meet in May. The Lady Dutch are currently prepping for their first outdoor meet of the season which is one week from today at Southeast Polk.

Multi-Sport Athletes for Pella Christian Know the Hills They Must Climb

Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Pella Christian is in the almost unenviable position of facing an uphill battle in several different sports with the various bigger schools that comprise the Little Hawkeye Conference. The girls (and boys) that participate in multiple sports for the Eagles know what they are up against in any competition that involves the rest of their league. It’s to that point that Eagles’ girls’ track and field coach, Kevin Herdegen, doesn’t even have to spend much of his time addressing that topic when it comes time to face Class 3A opponents. PC’s gals are gearing up for their season debut next Tuesday at PCM.

Seniors Setting the Pace for Trojan Girls’ Track

Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 5:52 am

Kennedy Core has been an oft-repeated name throughout her high school sports career at Pleasantville. She showed great leadership in her senior year for volleyball, basketball, and now, according to Coach Brian Harken, the track and field team. In fact, the entire senior class has been tremendous from a guidance standpoint because of the intensity and focus from the underclassmen this year. The Trojans will take to the track for the first time on April 7 for a big meet at PCM.

Non-Conference Schedule About Younger Players for Schirm, Dutch Baseball

Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 5:50 am

It’s not rocket science that the non-conference schedule in any sport at any level is about getting your team ready for the important league games that are to come. This rings especially true for the 2015 Central baseball team. They lost a record number of seniors after last year, but bring back some talented juniors and underclassmen chomping at the bit to show what they can do. Coach Matt Schirm feels his team can and will be ready to make some noise in the Iowa Conference starting this Saturday. First things first, they must play a non-conference game with Grinnell tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Lady Dutch Eighth in Central Indoor

Posted: Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 6:00 am

Twenty-seven schools were in attendance at the Central College girls’ high school indoor track and field meet, and Pella High stood out amongst some bigger squads on Saturday. The Lady Dutch scored 22 points, good for eighth place. Mount Pleasant won the meet with 70.5. Amongst the highlight performances for Pella were Annika Pingel placing fifth in the 55 meter dash at 7.65 seconds, and fourth in the 200 meters; Tess Roorda was sixth in the 800 meter run; Emma Thoreson and Lydia VanEe were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 55 meter hurdles finals. Full results can be accessed below. The Lady Dutch are off until March 31 when they head to Southeast Polk for their first outdoor meet of the season.

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Knoxville Girls Track And Field Building For May Meets

Posted: Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Girls Track and Field Squad hopes to build up to the conference and state qualifying meets in May. Coach Brad McWilliams tells KNIA/KRLS right now they are still in an evaluating phase to see who can run in each event. He hopes to build sprinters for the 200 and 400 events, and get a few more girls in field events. He adds Football Coach Eric Kellar is assisting both boys and girls program with his fitness curriculum. McWilliams says if the girls are in better condition by May, it could lead to success in the bigger meets.

Youth Impressing Early in Practices for Pella Christian Boys’ Track

Posted: Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 5:58 am

Practices have been going well early on for the Pella Christian boys’ track and field team. A good amount of seniors left some voids for Coach Keith Anderson to fill this season, and with some past participants deciding not to go out for track in 2015, it has made the job a bit tougher. However, Coach Anderson has been impressed by the younger Eagles thus far. Pella Christian’s boys begin their track season on March 31 when they host Twin Cedars, Lynnville-Sully, and Des Moines Christian for a quad meet.

Hurdle Teams, Individuals are Deep for PCM Boys in 2015

Posted: Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 5:52 am

The PCM boys’ track team’s hurdlers are making noise and positioning themselves to have a great season in 2015. First year head coach, Collin Harrison, says in addition to the returners, some new, and some old faces are helping to increase the intensity of the battles for spots on the various hurdle events. He adds the entire line-up has been pushing themselves during practice. The Mustangs’ boys will begin their track and field season on April 2 in a quad at Roland-Story with Hampton-Dumont and Prairie Valley.

Central Softball Allows Just Two Hits in Two Games in Tucson Finale

Posted: Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 5:50 am

The Central softball team hit the road back to Pella all smiles after sweeping their two games on their final day of their stay in Tucson, Arizona. The Dutch pitching staff allowed just two base hits total in their two games yesterday, defeating Lewis and Clark, 10 – 3, and St. Joseph’s Brooklyn, 8 – 0 in five innings. The hits were in favor of Central 28 – 2 in the doubleheader. Abbey Strajack picked up four base knocks, five RBIs, and three runs scored in the victory over Lewis and Clark. Central improves to 14 – 5 on the season, and they went 12 – 3 during their time in Tucson. They are off until the 27th to begin a stretch of six home games in three days versus Minnesota and Wisconsin schools.

Dutch Baseball Drops in Extras

Posted: Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 5:50 am

It wasn’t the fondest of farewells for the Central baseball team on Saturday, as they dropped in the 11th inning to Concordia on the final day of their Tucson, Arizona spring break trip, 10 – 9. The Dutch led 6 – 1 early after three frames and 8 – 1 after five, but a four-run seventh and single runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth forced extra innings. Central stranded eight runners on base for the game, including the game-winning run in the bottom of the tenth. Dutch pitchers allowed three home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the top of the 11th. Their record stands at 4 – 6, and they’re back on the road for their next game on Wednesday at Grinnell.

Knoxville Girls Track And Field Building For Big Meets In May

Posted: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Girls Track and Field Squad hopes to build up to the conference and state qualifying meets in May. Coach Brad McWilliams tells KNIA/KRLS right now they are still in an evaluating phase to see who can run in each event. He hopes to build sprinters for the 200 and 400 events, and get a few more girls in field events. He adds Football Coach Eric Kellar is assisting both boys and girls program with his fitness curriculum. McWilliams says if the girls are in better condition by May, it could lead to success in the bigger meets.

Pella Boys Look Strong at Central Indoor

Posted: Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 6:00 am

Several top five finishes highlighted the day for the Pella High boys’ track and field team during their stay at the Central College indoor meet in the Tulip City yesterday. Amongst the top performers was a win in the long jump by Chase Van Sant, Sawyer Burton won the 400, Michael Buma was fourth in the 55 meter hurdles, and Burton, Ben Warner, and Payson Vande Lune were second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the open 800. Today, the Lady Dutch will have their turn in the very same venue.