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Eagles Second in Home Tournament

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Pella Christian enjoyed success on their home court in their own tournament on Saturday. The Eagles swept their pool play; defeating Martensdale – St. Mary’s and Lynnville-Sully in straight sets and downing Des Moines Christian in three. The Eagles then took down a ranked Grand View Christian team, 23 – 25, 25 – 23, and 15 – 13 in the championship bracket to reach the finals. However, the Eagles were stifled by West Des Moines Valley in straight sets, 25 – 21 and 25 – 9. Full stats are listed below. The Eagles improve to 15 – 9 on the season and will try to move to 4 – 0 in conference play with a match win over Norwalk on Tuesday.

Martendale of St Mary 2-0
Andrea 7 kills
Christa 5 kills, 3 blocks
Abby 15 assists, 3 aces

Des Moines Christian 1-2

Christa Veenstra 10 kills, 3 blocks, 10 digs
Rebecca Gritters 10 kills, 5 digs
Alyssa 10 digs
Abby 19 assists, 8 digs,

Lynville Sully 2-0

Christa 6 kills, 2 aces
Julia Dykstra 7 digs
Hannah Beltman 6 kills
Andrea 5 kills, 5 aces
Becca 5 kills, 5 digs

Grandview Christian 1-2

Abby Pleima 24 assists, 2 aces, 3 kills, 11 digs
Alyssa Starkey 18 digs!
Andrea 17 digs, 7 kills, 3 blocks
Christa 9 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces
Rebecca 7 kills, 10 digs

Valley, DM 0-2 Championship Match…PC 2nd

Andrea 7 kills, 9 digs, 1 ace
Rebecca 5 kills, 1 ace, 8 digs
Abby 9 digs, 10 assists

Knoxville Goes 1-4 At Pella Christian Invitational

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Another Saturday…another tough day for the Knoxville Volleyball squad.The Panthers began the day losing to Bondurant-Farrar in straight sets. Grandview Christian knocked off the Panthers in match two in two sets. A highlight of that match, Knoxville was down 10-0 to begin the second set and got to within 18-14 before falling. The Panthers also fell to West Des Moines Valley before getting their only win over Martensdale St. Mary’s in straight sets before a rematch with Bondurant-Farrar gave the Panthers their fourth loss of the day to finish 1-4. Knoxville is now 9-13 and have an important South Central Conference match Tuesday against Davis County.

McKinstrey Expecting More Games Like Knoxville Contest

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Some have called it an “off-night” for Pella High football. Some a moral victory for Knoxville. Others have pointed the blames at the referees. However you phrase it, Pella High still came out on top 28 – 0 over a Panther squad that has been playing better football this season. A lot of Pella High fans expected a game like the Oskaloosa contest a few weeks ago, where the outcome was decided in the first half, maybe even in the first quarter. Coach Jay McKinstrey says his guys need to learn from Friday night’s results and that the rest of their season could be a carbon copy of the Knoxville game. Pella has their biggest district game of the season up to this point this Friday night when they head to Carlisle, who is also undefeated in Class 3A District 7.

Knoxville Team Members Help Indianola Finish 4th Saturday

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Indianola Girls Swim Squad placed 4th at Des Moines Lincoln on Saturday with help from team members from Knoxville. Taylor Purvis and Lauren Clingman helped the 400 free relay team win in a time of 3:57.87. Clingman also set a meet record in the 200 free with a time of 2:03.87, and also too gold in the 500 free with a time of 5:33.08

Other results:
Taylor Purvis/Lauren Clingman 200 medley 4th
Taylor Purvis 50 free :27.25 4th; 3rd 100 free 3rd
Ashley Cumpton 200 medley relay 5th; 50 free 13th
Hanah Hefner 200 IM 20th; 500 free :36.49 20th

Mustangs’ Girls Have Good Showing in Nevada Tourney

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM’s volleyball team broke through and found the win column more than once on Saturday in the Nevada tournament. The Mustangs started the day with a 13-21, 11-21 loss to Iowa Falls, and a 19 – 21, 22 – 20, 9 – 15 defeat at the hands of Ballard. The rest of the tournament went PCM’s way; Atlantic succumbed to the Mustangs 21 – 13 and 21 – 17, PCM then swept Newton 25 – 17 and 25 – 15, before rallying to defeat Ankeny Christian Academy in three, 19 – 25, 25 – 19 and 15 – 10. Courtney VanHouweling had 48 kills total for the five matches, and Mackenzie Clarke had 45 digs on the day. PCM’s record swells to 5 – 15 and they have a conference meet-up with C-M-B next on the docket this Tuesday.

Central Men’s and Women’s Soccer Drop Conference Opener

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A late and furious rally by the Central men’s soccer team fell just short of an upset against a number-13 ranked Loras on Saturday, 3 – 2. The DuHawks had a 3 – 0 lead with under 15 minutes to go in the second half, before a Mark Hentschel penalty kick and Dennis Forrest goal gave Central some new life. The Dutch women fell in the final seconds of the second half in a game that looked to be going to overtime, by a final of 2 – 1 in favor of Loras. The DuHawks’ Claire Murphy knocked in the game-winner from a corner kick with exactly one second showing on the clock. Central’s men are now 2 – 8 overall, the women are 4 – 4 – 2, and each begin league play at 0 – 1. The Dutch will host Coe this week for their conference matches; the men play on Tuesday and the women have their match on Wednesday.

Central Volleyball Ends Weekend Trip with Two Wins

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:50 am

It was another successful weekend for the Central volleyball team, as they came away with wins over Aurora and Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday to give them a 3 – 1 record at the NACC/Iowa Conference crossover in Milwaukee. The Dutch were able to get several different players to see some action on Saturday. Central downed Aurora 25 – 16, 25 – 14, and 25 – 20 and ended with a 25 – 19, 17 – 25, 25 – 14, 19 – 25, and 15 – 9 five-set defeat of Wisconsin Lutheran. Central is 13 – 6 on the season and will play a home conference match versus league favorite, Wartburg, on Tuesday.

Birkhofer Wins Late Model Nationals In Dramatic Fashion

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Earlier in the week baseball great Derek Jeter walked off in his final career at bat in Yankee Stadium…to give New York a win.Brian Birkhofer did the Late Model Nationals version of that Saturday night. Birky made a last lap, last turn pass of Scott Bloomquist to win his second Late Model Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway. Birkhofer has indicated all weekend he would step away from racing after this weekend confirmed that Saturday was his last late model race for the foreseeable future. He said that was the hardest he has ever had to work for a win. Bloomquist finished .387 behind Birkhofer with Mike Marlar in third place.

D-Main winner: Ryan Gustin
C-Main winner: Billy Moyer Jr.
B-Main winner: Wendall Wallace
A-Main:
1. 15B Brian Birkhofer
2. O Scott Bloomquist
3. 157 Mike Marlar
4. 28M Jimmy Mars
5. 5 Don O’Neal
6. 15 Steve Francis
7. 20 Jimmy Owens
8. 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr.
9. 18C Chase Junghans
10. 25 Chad Simpson
11. 1W Wendell Wallace
12. 12 Jason Hughes
13. 91P Jason Papich
14. 50 Denny Eckrich
15. 28E Dennis Erb Jr.
16. 777 Jared Landers
17. 28 Eddie Carrier Jr.
18. 6 Jonathan Davenport
19. 29 Darrell Lanigan
20. 23 John Blankenship
21. B5 Brandon Sheppard
22. 44 Earl Pearson Jr.
23. 1 Rick Eckert
24. 14M Morgan Bagley
25. 17M Dale McDowell
26. 2 Brady Smith
27. 7R Kent Robinson
28. 21 Billy Moyer
29. 5X Brandon Overton
30. 81 Brian Shirley
31. 18 Shannon Babb
32. 58D AJ Diemel
33. 20S Rodney Sanders
34. 75 Terry Phillips

Central Women Hold True in Second Place in League Golf Tournament

Posted: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Wartburg managed to distance themselves further from the second place Central women’s golf team in the second day of the Iowa Conference tournament in Cedar Falls. The Dutch were led by Kelsey Van Tasell, who carded an even par round of 72 to move her into a tie for second place individually with a total score of 151. Her 72 was also the third-best score in Iowa Conference women’s golf history. Van Tasell is just one stroke off the lead. The Dutch trail the Knights by 37 shots, while still holding a 35 stroke advantage over third place Luther. The conclusion of the tournament takes place next Friday and Saturday in Dubuque at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Birkhofer Wins Late Model Nationals In Dramatic Fashion

Posted: Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:48 am

Earlier in the week baseball great Derek Jeter walked off in his final career at bat in Yankee Stadium…to give New York a win.Brian Birkhofer did the Late Model Nationals version of that last night. Birky made a last lap…last turn pass of Scott Bloomquist to win his second Late Model Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway. Birkhofer who has indicated all weekend he would step away from racing after this weekend confirmed that last night was his last late model race for the foreseeable future. Bloomquist finished point-three/eight/seven second behind Birkhofer with Mike Marlar in third place.

D-Main winner: Ryan Gustin
C-Main winner: Billy Moyer Jr.
B-Main winner: Wendall Wallace
A-Main:
1. 15B Brian Birkhofer
2. O Scott Bloomquist
3. 157 Mike Marlar
4. 28M Jimmy Mars
5. 5 Don O’Neal
6. 15 Steve Francis
7. 20 Jimmy Owens
8. 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr.
9. 18C Chase Junghans
10. 25 Chad Simpson
11. 1W Wendell Wallace
12. 12 Jason Hughes
13. 91P Jason Papich
14. 50 Denny Eckrich
15. 28E Dennis Erb Jr.
16. 777 Jared Landers
17. 28 Eddie Carrier Jr.
18. 6 Jonathan Davenport
19. 29 Darrell Lanigan
20. 23 John Blankenship
21. B5 Brandon Sheppard
22. 44 Earl Pearson Jr.
23. 1 Rick Eckert
24. 14M Morgan Bagley
25. 17M Dale McDowell
26. 2 Brady Smith
27. 7R Kent Robinson
28. 21 Billy Moyer
29. 5X Brandon Overton
30. 81 Brian Shirley
31. 18 Shannon Babb
32. 58D AJ Diemel
33. 20S Rodney Sanders
34. 75 Terry Phillips

Crazy Rivalry Game Bounces Pella’s Way

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The yards were 479 – 112 in favor of Pella. Knoxville won the turnover battle 2 – 0. Seventeen accepted penalties. Not to mention the extra drama of a rivalry game which all added up to a 28 – 0 shut-out win for the Little Dutch over the Panthers last night, in a game that was heard on both FM 95.3 and AM 1320 KNIA and 92.1 KRLS. A slow start by Pella’s offense and a boatload of laundry on the field for both teams led to a scoreless first quarter, before the Dutch finished the half with touchdown drives of 99 and 80 yards to give them some momentum heading into the locker room. Knoxville’s defense came to play, and stifled Pella for the most part, save for some big plays that led to scores. Pella High coach, Jay McKinstrey, says it was tough to get anything going early on last night. Quinton Murphy had seven carries for 106 yards and a touchdown, Noah Clayberg ran for 169 and two, while Connor Bailey for the Panthers led his team with 44 yards on the ground. Pella is now 5 – 0 on the year with a 3 – 0 district mark. The Panthers drop to 1 – 4 on the season and an 0 – 2 record in Class 3A District 7. Pella is at Carlisle next Friday night while Knoxville comes home to take on Saydel.

Eagles Earn First District Win in Blowout of the Rockets

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:58 am

The Pella Christian Eagles dominated in all three phases in a bounce back 42-8 win over the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets in a game heard on KNIAKRLS.com yesterday. David Kacmarynski had two touchdowns through the air and 132 yards and a score on the ground. Assistant Coach Darryl De Ruiter says it was great for the team to get their first district win and important for the Eagles moving forward. Pella Christian moves to 3-2 and 1-1 in the district. They will head on the road next Friday for one of their longest road trips of the season as they head to Riverside to take on the Highland Huskies, a game that can be heard on 92.1 KRLS.

Pleasantville falls to Bedford in District play

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville Football team fell to the Bulldogs of Bedford on Friday night, 33-21 for their first district loss of the season as heard on KNIAKRLS.com. The Trojans found the scoreboard early in the first quarter when quarterback Zeb Adreon fed Brock Busick for a 40 yard touchdown pass to take the lead 7-0. Adreon threw for another score while Senior Josh Luna had the lone rushing touchdown for the Trojans. Even with the loss, head coach Gabe Bakker was pleased with his quarterback’s performance. Pleasantville falls to 2-1 in Class A District 8 play and 3-2 overall and will host Earlham next this Friday night.

Late Turnovers Hinder PCM on the Road

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:52 am

In a rain soaked first half, the PCM football team got off to a slow start on the road Friday night. The Mustangs were able to keep it close in the second half, but eventually fell to the C-M-B Raiders, 31-28; the game was heard on kniakrls.com. The Raiders jumped out to an early lead and led 17-7 at the half. The two teams battled back and forth trading scores throughout the second half, but two late PCM turnovers allowed C-M-B to come away with the win. Ronnie Marshall dominated on the ground for the Mustangs, running for close to 200 yards and adding two touchdowns. Logan Gillman added two more passing touchdowns for PCM to bring his total to 12 on the year. Despite the loss, head coach Greg Bonnett was pleased with how well his team battled. The Mustangs go on the road Friday in a non-district game against West Marshall.

Saints Take Care of Warriors, Sabers Postponed to Monday

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Much like Twin Cedars did to them last week, Melcher-Dallas’ football team took care of Seymour last night, 68 – 6. The game was 68 – 0 at half, and the Saints were able to rest their starters for most of the game to get ready for a showdown with Wayne this Friday. Speaking of the Falcons, their game with Twin Cedars was postponed to this Monday due to inclement weather. The Sabers will still be travelling to Corydon to take on Wayne at seven. Melcher-Dallas improves to 4 – 1 on the season and 3 – 0 in Eight Man District 6.

Dutch Volleyball Splits in Wisconsin

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:50 am

The Central volleyball team earned a win and a loss up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin yesterday. The Dutch had a four-set win over Marian, 25 – 10, 25 – 27, 25 – 14 and 25 – 20, but ended the day getting swept by Concordia, 28 – 26, 25 – 18 and 25 – 13. The Dutch are now 11 – 6 on the season and will have another pair of games in Wisconsin later today.

Central Women Second After Day One of League Tournament

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Christine Ausman shot an 82, Kelsey Van Tasell carded a 79 and the Central women’s golf team finds themselves in second place after day one of the Iowa Conference tournament at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club in Cedar Falls. Wartburg, who won the event last year, is ahead by 20 strokes with a first round team score of 309. The 82 by Ausman was a career best. Day two’s round will tee off this morning at 9:00 a.m.

Birkhofer Takes Night Two Of Late Model Nationals

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:48 am

Brian Birkhofer may be running his final laps as a late model driver…and he seems to want to go out a winner.Birkhofer said after his third place finish at the Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals on Thursday that he is seriously considering retiring. Birky won last night’s second preliminary night of the Late Model Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway putting him in prime position to win his second Nationals title. Billy Moyer finished and Steve Francis completed the podium. Birkhofer will start on the pole of tonight’s championship race with Thursday’s winner Jonathan Davenport joining him on the front row.

1. 15B Brian Birkhofer
2. 21 Billy Moyer
3. 15 Steve Francis
4. B5 Brandon Sheppard
5. 20S Rodney Sanders
6. O Scott Bloomquist
7. 17M Dale McDowell
8. 18 Shannon Babb
9. 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr.
10. 6 Jonathan Davenport
11. 58D AJ Diemel
12. 25F Jason Feger
13. 44 Earl Pearson Jr.
14. 81 Brian Shirley
15. 29 Darrell Lanigan
16. 777 Jared Landers
17. 14M Morgan Bagley
18. 7R Kent Robinson
19. 28M Jimmy Mars
20. 1 Rick Eckert
21. 75 Terry Phillips
22. 1V Will Vaught
23. 28E Dennis Erb Jr.
24. 85D Mark Dotson

Tonight’s Highlights

Posted: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 12:44 am

Below is a highlight reel from all of our broadcasts from Week 5 of the High School Football season. Enjoy!

Posted: Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Marion County High School Football scores:

Knoxville 0
Pella 28

Eddyville-Blakesburg 8
Pella Christian 42

Pleasantville 21
Bedford 33

Melcher-Dallas 68
Seymour 6

PCM 28
CMB 31

Twin Cedars
Wayne
PPD to Monday 7:00pm due to severe weather