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Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 5:56 am
Former district opponents meet tonight at Pella Christian, when the Eagles host Central Decatur in the first round of the Class 1A state football postseason. The Eagles wound up 6 – 3 on the regular season and second place in their district. Both schools were lumped into the same district the last two years; The Eagles won in 2013, 31 – 14, and then 35 – 14 in 2012. Pella Christian must find a way to stop quarterback Trenton Wells, who has a dual threat on the field; he’s rushed and passed for a combined 2,500 yards on the season. Tonight’s game will be live on the air on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at KNIAKRLS.com, with Cory Houser and Larry Hessing in the Eagles’ press box. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven.
Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am
A Class 3A powerhouse the last several years, the Williamsburg football team has flexed their muscles so far this season in their debut campaign in Class 2A. Tonight, PCM must hit the road to take on the Raiders in the first round of the state playoffs. Williamsburg is a perfect 9 – 0 on the season, and have been successful in 2014 thanks in part to running back, Mitchell Stahl, who has rushed for almost 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. The Raiders as a whole are the tenth best rushing team in Class 2A. The Mustangs counter with the second best passing team in the class, but it will be their defense that gets tested this evening. Garrett Knock and Fred Lorenson have the play-by-play tonight, streamed live at KNIAKRLS.com, with pre-game starting at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven.
Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am
It took them seven years to get back, but Pleasantville’s football team will look to make the best of their opportunity in the postseason tonight with a confrontation with Montezuma. The two schools had been paired up in the same district last year, and they haven’t been pretty on the Trojans’ side of things; the Braves have outscored Pleasantville, 81 – 10 in a pair of victories. This season, it has been Montezuma’s Mitch Stevens that has done a lot of the work, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. You can catch all of the action tonight live on KNIAKRLS.com, with Kris Krug and Ryan Schumacher on the call. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven.
Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 5:51 am
Rounding out our entire Marion County slate of teams making it to the State Football Playoffs, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars try to take a step towards “The Dome” this evening in Eight Man play. The Saints get to host the same team they downed 46 – 22 in Week One of the season, Colo-Nesco. Alex Mitchell threw for three touchdowns in the victory and Jacob Hoch ran in another three scores, while the Saints’ defense notched three fumble recoveries. Colo-NESCO ended up 5 – 4 in the regular season, and finished with a three-game losing streak. Twin Cedars was able to sneak into the playoffs, but get rewarded with a road trip to Gilbertville and number-one ranked Don Bosco, who just won 102 – 6 last Friday over Tri-County. There’s no mystery about what Don Bosco does to be successful; they run, and they run, and they run it some more. The Dons have ran for almost 3,000 yards this season, and average about nine yards per carry. Both Eight-Man football playoff games kick-off tonight at seven.
Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 5:51 am
The Melcher-Dallas volleyball season saw their season come to an end yesterday at the hands of Southeast Warren, 25 – 16, 25 – 17, and 25 – 22. The Saints end their 2014 campaign with a record of 7 – 15 and they lose just two seniors off of their varsity squad.
Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 5:50 am
The turn-around of the Central women’s soccer team has been incredible. Yesterday, the Dutch nabbed an overtime win over Simpson, 1 – 0, to nail down the second seed in the Iowa Conference tournament and a first round bye. Liz Daniels knocked in a corner kick from Abby Hillmer for the game winner. Central’s women finish the regular season 10 – 4 – 3 overall and 5 – 1 – 1 in the league, good for second place, their highest finish in program history. The Dutch will be at home against either Loras or Wartburg on November 5. Central’s men were involved in a high-scoring game, but wound up on the wrong end of it, losing 7 – 3 to the Storm. Dennis Forrest, Mark Hentschel, and Calvin Bill all found the back of the net for Central, who ended the regular season 5 – 12 overall and 2 – 5 in the Iowa Conference. The men have the number six seed in the league tournament, which starts on Saturday. Central is tabbed to play Luther in the first round, whom they lost to 3 – 0 earlier this season.
Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 5:49 am
The Central volleyball team dispatched of Simpson in three straight sets in an Iowa Conference match last night at home, 25 – 22, 25 – 18, and 25 – 22. Emily Stoakes had seven kills, while Mollie Mason and Emily McDonald each had six. Central is now 17 – 8 on the year and finish 4 – 3 in the Iowa Conference. The Dutch are next in action in Illinois this Friday and Saturday in the Barker Chevrolet Illinois Wesleyan Volleyball Classic.
Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 6:00 am
Pella played near perfect and swept Knoxville in the first round of the class four-A volleyball regional last night 25/18, 25/16, and 25/11. The Lady Dutch took advantage of numerous Knoxville errors to get sizable leads in all three sets. Pella Coach Catie Brand told KNIA/KRLS Sports her team kept a lot of rallies going eventually taking advantage of the Panther errors. Makenna Bogaard lead Pella with 16 kills, Kiki Pingel gave out 22 assists, Jenna Murphy had 13 digs and Jessica Holterhaus came up with four blocks. Conversely Knoxville Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports along with the unforced errors, she thought her team did not hit at the net as well as they have all season. Knoxville was led by Cheyenne Jones and Ashley Hawkshead with seven kills each and Meredith Cunningham has 15 assists and 16 digs. Knoxville finishes 16-21 on the season while Pella is now 19-19 with a trip to Indianola to face the host Indians on Thursday in the regional semi-finals.
Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 5:59 am
Getting last week off due to a first round bye, the Pella Christian volleyball team will get the opportunity to get their hands dirty tonight versus Des Moines Christian, in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A regional tournament. Both squads have put together impressive 2014 campaigns and ended their regular seasons on high notes. The stats show that tonight’s match could be a thriller, as both have similar stats. The one glaring discrepancy, however, is the serve percentage of the Eagles being much lower than the Lions, which Coach Cindy Nikkel says will be a big key tonight, among other things. Tonight’s match in Pella has a first serve scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 5:58 am
Saying he wanted to get it out of the way so he can concentrate on his senior season…Knoxville Baseball Standout Tony Salato has signed on with Marshalltown Community College to play baseball.As a junior last summer…Salato led the Panthers with 47 hits, and batted 385. He also developed into a reliable closer with eight saves. As catcher he gunned down 11 runners trying to steal.
Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 5:52 am
Three quick sets was all it took for North Polk to defeat the PCM volleyball team last night in the Class 3A regional tournament opener. The scores were 25 – 10, 25 – 18, and 25 – 13 in favor of the Comets. Courtney VanHouweling had seven kills, Jayci Vos had eight assists, and Katie VandeWall had four kills for the Mustangs, who end their season with a mark of 9 – 25. The Mustangs lose three seniors off of their varsity squad.
Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 5:51 am
After defeating their rivals in the first round of the Class 1A regional tournament last week, Melcher-Dallas’ volleyball squad looks for another win tonight on the road against Southeast Warren. The two schools met up not too long ago at the Wayne tournament, where the Warhawks came away with a two-set sweep of the Saints, 21 – 11 and 21 – 13. Southeast Warren has a record of 11 – 10 entering today’s match, and have a kill efficiency of 4.9%. Most of their damage comes on the serve, averaging almost 2.5 aces per set and get 92% of their serves over the net. Tonight’s round two match is scheduled to begin at seven.
Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 5:50 am
It’s rivalry week for Central College’s volleyball, football, and soccer teams as the Dutch will all be facing Simpson at some point. Tonight, volleyball and soccer will take the center stage against the Storm; volleyball at home and soccer hitting the road to Indianola. The soccer teams are playing for positioning in the Iowa Conference tournament, which starts this Saturday. If the women win, they’ll guarantee themselves no less than a number two seed and a first round bye, meaning they would not play until next Wednesday. Coach Mike Kobylinski says if his team goes out there and does their job, they should earn the win. On the men’s side, they would rise to a fifth seed with a win over the Storm, and Coach Garry Laidlaw says his team has had a playoff mentality over the last couple of weeks. The women play first at 5:00 p.m. with the men to follow at 7:30.
Posted: Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 5:59 am
It is rare when two old arch rivals do not play each other during the season. You see it in college sports with conference realignments. This year, Knoxville and Pella did not play a heads-up match in volleyball due in part to Knoxville’s move to the South Central Conference. The two did meet at the Pella Invitational earlier this season however that was a best of three with Pella taking the match in two sets. The two will meet because the Iowa Girls Athletic Union has matched them up in a first round class 4A regional tonight. Knoxville Coach Chantell Downing says one strength of her team is hitting especially on the front row with leading hitters Cheyenne Jones and Ashley Hawkshead. Complimenting them is blocks leader Haili Swan, Downing thinks the girls can use that to their advantage, starting with setter Meredith Cunningham. The two rivals meet tonight in Pella at seven.
Posted: Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 5:57 am
As winter gets closer and closer…that means the wrestling season is not too far off.If your child is interested in wrestling, the Knoxville Youth Wrestling Club is having a registration night tonight for pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade in the high school commons from 6-7:30pm. Cost is $30 and includes a T-shirt. Practices start in November. For more information call 828-6828.
Posted: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 6:00 am
It is rare when two old arch rivals do not play each other during the season.You see it in college sports with conference realignments. This year, Knoxville and Pella did not play a heads-up match in volleyball due in part to Knoxville’s move to the South Central Conference. The two did meet at the Pella Invitational earlier this season however that was a best of three with Pella taking the match in two sets. The two will meet because the Iowa Girls Athletic Union has matched them up in a first round class 4A regional tomorrow. Knoxville Coach Chantell Downing says one strength of her team is hitting especially on the front row with leading hitters Cheyenne Jones and Ashley Hawkshead. Complimenting them is blocks leader Haili Swan, Downing thinks the girls can use that to their advantage. The two rivals meet tomorrow night in Pella at seven.
Posted: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:59 am
Preparing for their first home playoff game in quite some time, Pella Christian’s football team had a bit of a premonition when it came to looking ahead to their first round contest on Wednesday. The Eagles are paired up with Central Decatur, who had a successful regular season, finishing 6 – 3 overall, and 4 – 2 in a tough district. The Cardinals ended the regular season punching out Van Meter on Friday, 32 – 14. This is the first year the state has done the “non-bracketed” playoff format, and Coach Rich Kacmarynski says he’s a fan. The last two seasons, Pella Christian has been in the unenviable position of going all the way out west to face St. Albert Council Bluffs, but new restrictions, and the fact the Eagles came in second place in their district, assured them they wouldn’t be travelling anywhere outside of 125 miles away from Pella. The Eagles – Cardinals match-up will be live on 92.1 KRLS this Wednesday night with pregame starting at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven.
Posted: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:57 am
Stat of the day: Pella High football has scored 60 touchdowns this season. I’ll come back to that point in a moment, there’s more to it. It’s easy to just look at the final scores of all nine games the Little Dutch have played this season and simply be impressed by the sheer grotesqueness of the number next to the “W.” Coach Jay McKinstrey says that a big part of the success his offense has had can be put on the defense. So, Pella has found the end zone 60 times, but their defense has given up just 60 points, including three shutouts of Washington, Knoxville, and Chariton. Pella plays their tenth game of the season on Wednesday when they host Fairfield.
Posted: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:52 am
Round one of the Class 3A regional volleyball tournament starts on Monday, and PCM is tasked to face-off with conference foe, North Polk on the road. The Mustangs faced the Comets back on September 11, and were swept handily in three games. A lot has changed between then and now, and Coach Mollie Keitges says one of the most noticeable things is that her girls have grown in their volleyball IQ. The winner plays at North Polk on Thursday against either Bondurant-Farrar or Williamsburg in the regional semifinals. The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
Posted: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:50 am
What started as a battle between two like-teams on the field, ended in a Central rout, as the Dutch toppled Coe on Saturday, 45 – 21, for their third straight win. Central scored on their first two possessions, before Coe took advantage of two Dutch turnovers to take a 14 – 10 lead in the second period. However, turnabout being fair play, Central intercepted a pass late in the first half and drove down the field to score and re-take the lead, 17 – 14. After trading touchdowns to begin the second half, the Dutch found the end zone three straight times, which was highlighted by Jacob Edleman’s fourth interception in the last two games. Josh Osborn topped the 100 yard mark for the eighth straight game, ending with 112 yards, and Aaron Eiseler went 17-for-28 passing for 251 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. Central improves to 5 – 2 overall and they will come back home next Saturday to take on rival Simpson in a “Red Out Day,” where fans are encouraged to wear red apparel to show their Central spirit. Make sure to tune in to the Central College Radio Coaches Corner on Monday night on 92.1 KRLS to hear Coach Jeff McMartin’s thoughts about the game with the Kohawks and a sneak peak to the match-up against the Storm.