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Pella High Set to Face Cedar Rapids Xavier

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Seth Johnson Issac

The Pella Little Dutch have earned a trip to the Class 3A State Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2010.

The boys beat conference foe Norwalk 62 to 51 at Southeast Polk High School in a game heard live on 92.1 KRLS. The Dutch are set to play Cedar Rapids Xavier on Tuesday, March 10th at 8:15 p.m.

Local Postseason Basketball Scores

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 9:44 pm

3A Substate Final:
Pella 62, Norwalk 51

Eagles Boys Earn Fifth State Tournament Berth Since 2008 With Win Over Des Moines Christian

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 6:01 am

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The battle-tested Pella Christian Eagles boys have punched their ticket to Wells Fargo Arena after beating Des Moines Christian 48-41. The Eagles led by as much as eight in the back-and-forth contest, and took their final lead of the game after back-to-back threes from Brant Vermeer late in the 4th quarter. Levi Jungling led the Eagles with 17 points and had seven from David Kacmarynski. Senior Josh Posthuma says it took a complete team effort to overcome the Lions. Head Coach Larry Hessing says his group played one of their best defensive games this season. Number 7 seed Pella Christian will play Number 2 seed Western Christian on Tuesday, March 10th at 12:15 p.m. in the first round Class 2A State Tournament.

Freshmen Stepped Up Big For Knoxville Wrestling

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Wrestling Squad was young this season, but not by design. The Panthers were relying on a few seniors to fill the weights and close out their careers in fine fashion. However, two important seniors suffered early-season injuries, plus a couple more that had injuries during football season that never properly healed. Coach Doug Hatch tells KNIA/KRLS Sports they freshmen and sophomores that wrestled varsity stepped up in a big way. He adds the seniors that did wrestle…did a good job of leadership. The Panthers were second in the South Central Conference in duals.

Little Dutch Look for First State Berth Since 2010 Tonight

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 5:59 am

Two bitter rivals square off for a third team this season tonight when Pella High and Norwalk converge on Southeast Polk’s gymnasium in the Class 3A Substate Final. Pella has not been to state since 2010, Norwalk’s last trip was 2011, and both have a few storylines coming into Monday’s confrontation. The Little Dutch swept the season series against Norwalk, including a 75 – 50 beat down at Norwalk on February 6. Pella is trying to bounce back from what was perhaps a closer-than-expected win over Chariton on Thursday, 74 – 64. The Warriors have won seven straight since that loss to Pella. You can hear every play of the “Sweet 16″ match-up live on 92.1 KRLS and KNIAKRLS.com with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema on the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. with tip-off at seven.

Clark’s Desire, Hard Work Drove Him to Runner-up Finish

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 5:52 am

It was a magical season for PCM’s 126-pound wrestler, Tristan Clark. The Predicament had him ranked fifth in his weight class and had several ranked opponents that tried to stand in his way at the Wells Fargo Arena, he did not go out for football in his senior year and dedicated his time in the weight room to fine tune his craft. Coach Cory Waddell started to notice Clark had a chance to make a push following his first two losses of the season at the Solon tournament in early 2015. He suffered a pair of close setbacks to ranked 3A and 2A opponents. Waddell says he really noticed the desire and dedication after two easier wins at a home tournament the week following those losses. Clark is one of a handful of seniors that exit the Mustangs’ program, but PCM has a lot of talent coming back for 2015-16.

How Sweet it is! Central Gets Two Wrestlers to National Meet

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 5:50 am

Daniel Page will have fellow company with him to wrestle in Hershey, Pennsylvania in the NCAA Division III National Tournament in a couple of weeks. Page finished second in his weight class at 125 pounds, with his only loss coming in the first place match to Jake Agntisch of Wartburg, 3 – 2. Joining the senior will be sophomore, Matt Seabold, at 197 pounds, after he also fell in the championship match to a Knight opponent, 9 – 7. Both Dutch grapplers will be in full preparation for the national tournament, which begins at 10:00 a.m. on March 13.

Dutch Men Tie for League Track Title, Women Second

Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 5:49 am

Central’s track teams made a surge at Saturday’s finale of the Iowa Conference indoor track meet in Waverly. The men started the day a few points behind Wartburg, and finished tied for first with the Knights at 176 points. It’s the seventh straight year Central’s men have ended up at least second in the league meet. The Dutch had four of the top six finishers in the mile run, Eric Larson and teammate Dan Roemerman were 1-2 in the 60 meter hurdles, and Conner Freeman was second in the heptathlon. Central’s women broke away from a clustered middle-of-the-pack after day one thanks to an MVP effort from Abi Davis. The junior won the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter run to pace the Dutch. Meredith Zimmerman broke her own school record in the 60 meter hurdles to win that event, and Allie McBroom was victorious in the 400. Central participates next in the “Last Chance Meet” this Friday at Wisconsin – Platteville to try and qualify for the NCAA Division III championships March 13 – 14 in North Carolina.

Freshmen Stepped Up Big For Knoxville Wrestling

Posted: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 5:58 am

The Knoxville Wrestling Squad was young this season, but not by design.The Panthers were relying on a few seniors to fill the weights and close out their careers in fine fashion. However, two important seniors suffered early-season injuries, plus a couple more that had injuries during football season that never properly healed. Coach Doug Hatch tells KNIA/KRLS Sports they freshmen and sophomores that wrestled varsity stepped up in a big way. He adds the seniors that did wrestle, did a good job of leadership. The Panthers were second in the South Central Conference in duals.

Pella Christian Set to Play Western Christian in Round One of Class 2A State Tournament

Posted: Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

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The battle-tested Pella Christian Eagles boys have punched their ticket to Wells Fargo Arena after beating Des Moines Christian 48-41 on Saturday night.

The Eagles lead by as much as eight in the back and forth contest, and took their final lead of the game after a pair of Brant Vermeer three-pointers late in the 4th quarter. Levi Jungling led the Eagles with 17 points, followed by seven from David Kacmarynski. Senior Josh Posthuma says it took a complete team effort to beat the Lions, and Head Coach Larry Hessing says his group played one of their best defensive games this season. Pella Christian will play #2 seed Western Christian on Tuesday, March 10th at 12:15 p.m. in the first round Class 2A State Tournament.

Knoxville Wrestling State Qualifyers Had To Earn Their Spots At State

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

The Knoxville Wrestling Squad sent two wrestlers to the state tournament last night. Kevin Woodhouse at 145 pounds and Brock Caviness, who ended up in seventh place at 285 pounds. Coach Doug Hatch told KNIA/KRLS Sports both Woodhouse and Caviness had to pull some upsets just to get to the state meet. Hatch adds the whole team wrestled well at the district. He says with a lot of young talent coming back there are high goals for the entire team next season.

Eagles’ Boys Ready to Go Against Lions

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

Only two teams in our area are still playing basketball, and one of them hopes to be among the final eight left in the state after tonight’s substate final in Class 2A. Pella Christian and Des Moines Christian square off at Ankeny High in a rematch from a Saturday affair earlier this season that went into overtime. The Eagles prevailed in that contest, but Coach Larry Hessing says both teams have vastly improved since then, and that his guys are prepared for another back-and-forth fight. The Lions have won seven straight, and have been getting the job done with their defense all season; they’re allowing only 46 points per game on average this season. Find out which of these two schools moves on to the state tournament live on 92.1 KRLS and KNIAKRLS.com, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:40 p.m. with the ball up in the air at 7:00.

Dutch Sophomore Big Key to Pella’s District Final Win

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

It was the closest game they played since edging Grinnell a month ago, 64 – 56, but Pella High found a way to end up on top of a furious Chariton charge in Thursday’s district final. Coach Mark Core has a vast arsenal of weapons he can turn to off the bench that can shoot the ball from just about anywhere on the court, to go along with an even-harder working effort and intensity on the defensive side of the ball. One player in particular came up big for the Little Dutch the other night, and that was Ryan Van Wyk. The sophomore, who came in as the team’s third highest scorer this season, didn’t even attempt a shot in the first half. Core says there may have been a reason to why Van Wyk exploded for 16 points in the final two periods to help the team earn the victory. A difficult task is ahead for Pella, as they will take on Norwalk for the third time this year on Monday night at Southeast Polk in the substate final.

Wetterling Selected for Shrine Bowl

Posted: Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 5:51 am

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Melcher-Dallas senior, Chase Wetterling, was selected to play in the 43rd Annual Shrine Bowl Game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls this summer. The annual event brings some of the best players from all cornexrs of the state into one venue to raise money for the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. It’ll be exciting to play up north, Wetterling says, but even more so when he actually gets up there to get ready for the game. The Saints’ senior is accustomed to the eight-man style of play, but is looking forward to the challenges of adapting to 11 men being on each side. The Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2.2 million for the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, and this year’s game will take place on Saturday, July 25.

Dutch Men Second Place Entering Final Day of League Indoor Track Meet

Posted: Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Three points separate the Central men’s track and field team and Wartburg after the first day of the Iowa Conference indoor meet on Friday. The Knights have 53 points to Central’s 50, while Wartburg’s women also hold the lead, with Central tied for fourth with Loras, 15 points out of first. Eric Larson won the long jump, which is fourth in Division III, and the distance medley relay team topped their outstanding time they put up in Boston to win their event. The women’s 4 x 200 meter relay team set a school record at 1:43.51, and Meredith Zimmerman had a record 60-meter hurdles time of 8.97 seconds. The action gets back going this morning in Waverly at 9:00 a.m.

Pella High Sidesteps Chariton Charge, Advances

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 6:00 am

It took awhile for the offense to get going, but Pella High was able to withstand the attack of Daric Laing and TJ Hockenson to beat Chariton last night, 74 – 64, in the Class 3A district final. The Charger duo combined for 47 points, and helped their team get out to a 9 – 0 lead. The Little Dutch were able to settle down, and climbed back into the game, thanks to a much deeper bench. Isaac Naaktgeboren led all Pella scorers with 20, while teammate, Ryan Van Wyk, stepped up big in the second half, scoring all 16 of his points in the final two quarters. The Pella boys improve to 20 – 2 on the season, and they are a game away from state, and must try to defeat Norwalk for the third time this season on Monday at Southeast Polk in the Substate final.

Hessing Comfortable with End of Game Line-up

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 5:58 am

Close games are more often than not going to occur when you get as deep into the postseason as Pella Chrsitian’s boys’ basketball team has this year. The Eagles will be playing in their substate final game tomorrow night against Des Moines Christian, trying to get back to the state tournament for the first time since 2013. The Eagles and Lions played to a one-point overtime game in their regular season confrontation over a month ago, so another tight battle is not out of the realm of possibility. Coach Larry Hessing says he and the rest of the Eagle skippers know exactly who they want on the court in those specific late-game situations. Tomorrow’s game will be live on 92.1 KRLS and KNIAKRLS.com. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and the venue has been moved from Bondurant-Farrar to Ankeny High School.

Plenty Of Panthers On All-SCC Team

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Three Knoxville Girls Basketball players were unanimous selections for the first or second team all-South Central Conference team. Meredith Cunningham and Ashley Hawkshead earned first team honors. Cunningham averaged over 17 points per game and joined the 1,000-point club during her senior season. Hawkshead lead the Panthers in rebounds with nine per game. Carrie Chambers earned a unanimous second team selection. Chambers was the team leader is assists on the season. Ricki Hall earned special team mention…and honorable mention went to Sierra Kendall and Emily Wallace. The Panthers finished the season 18-and-five and won the South Central Conference championship with a 12-and-oh record.

Hot Shooting Downs Trojans in District Final

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville boys’ basketball team saw their season come to an end on Thursday night as they fell in the district final to Grand View Christian, 72-48. The Thunder came out of the gate in the first quarter shooting eight of nine from beyond the arc and taking a 31-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was a tough night for the Trojans as they got behind early and couldn’t get out of the hole. The Thunder finished the game with 13 made three pointers and also executed in the paint and defensively. Senior Trevor Zoss led the way for Pleasantville with 14 points. Head coach Tom Wilkins says he was proud of his seniors and their leadership and they will be tough to replace. The Trojans finished a solid season with a record of 17-7 and won their last 13 of 15 games. The game was heard on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA.

Central Enters Regionals with Pair of Ranked Wrestlers

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 5:50 am

The Central wrestling team is making its final preparations for the trip to Dubuque and the regional tournament for the NCAA Division III national meet in March. In addition to the rest of their talented squad, the Dutch bring two ranked wrestlers to the mats tomorrow: senior Daniel Page is ranked seventh at 125 pounds, while sophomore Matt Seabold is eighth at 197. Central will be joined by the other seven Iowa Conference schools tomorrow, along with Cornell, Augustana, Knox, Huntingdon, and the University of the Ozarks. The top three wrestlers at each weight advance the national tournament in Hershey, Pennsylvania on March 13 and 14.