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Local Eight Man Teams Begin Season with a Victory

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars each picked up Week One victories in their eight man football games last night. The Saints prevailed over Colo-Nesco on the road, 46 – 22, and the Sabers edged former 11-man team, English Valleys, 20 – 14. Each squad is 1 – 0 to begin the season, and they’ll have a pair of home games for Week Two; the Saints will host Guthrie Center and the Sabers welcome Grand View Christian to Bussey.

Central Picked Fourth in Conference Football Preseason Poll

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 5:50 am

The Central football team has been picked to finish right in the middle of pack in the Iowa Conference for the 2014 season. Wartburg was the unanimous choice after winning the league last year with a 6 – 1 record. The Knights’ head coach voted for Central to finish first since they could not vote for themselves in the poll. Wartburg is also ranked in a few national polls; 17th according to and 23rd by Lindy’s. The Dutch open up their 2014 campaign with a road game next Saturday in Illinois against Benedictine.

Oshkosh Edges Dutch Men’s Soccer

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 5:49 am

They hung tough, but the Central men’s soccer team fell to Wisconsin-Oshkosh in their season debut yesterday, 1 – 0. Goalkeeper Austin Little made seven saves on eight shots on goal by the Titans. Central starts the season 0 – 1 and they’ll join up with the women up at Morris in Minnesota for a men’s – women’s doubleheader.

High School Football Scores

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Week 1 scores

Knoxville 7
Newton 41 FINAL

Pella 35
Washington 0 FINAL

Pella Christian 44

Colfax-Mingo 21
Pleasantville 0 FINAL

Melcher-Dallas 46

English Valleys 14
Twin Cedars 20 FINAL

Lady Dutch Win Five-Set Thriller in Season Debut

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 6:00 am

It wasn’t pretty at times, but the Pella High volleyball team did away with Ballard in five sets in last night’s 2014 season opener. After winning game one 25 – 19, the Lady Dutch had game point three straight serves but couldn’t close the deal, falling 26 – 24. Game three went Pella’s way, 25 – 21 before the action really started to heat up. The Bombers had the Lady Dutch down 18 – 5 in set four, before the green jerseys started to rally. Pella forced essentially “volleyball overtime” before Ballard prevailed 28 – 26. The Lady Dutch had to claw back in the deciding game, but got the job done, 15 – 11. Pella committed 19 service errors on the night, and Coach Catie Brand said she was just happy they ended up on the winning side of things. Kiara Bradley had 13 kills and four aces serves, while Makenna Bogaard led the team in kills with 15, Jessica Holterhaus also threw in 11 of her own. Pella is 1 – 0 to begin the year and they’ll take part in the Bondurant-Farrar tournament tomorrow.

Knoxville Begins “Kellar Era” Tonight

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The “Eric Kellar Era” of Knoxville football has arrived. Tonight, the Panthers head up to Newton to begin what’s sure to be an exciting and interesting journey for players and fans alike. Knoxville is looking for their first win since a week eight victory over Norwalk back in October of 2012. Kellar has implemented a new offense and defense, and he says the transition for the players has been pretty smooth. Tony Correa and Kevin Wadle will have the call for you tonight for the Panthers on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and streamed live at Pregame coverage is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Little Dutch Try to Avenge Quarterfinal Loss from a Year Ago

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 5:58 am

The returners have had roughly nine months to stew on how the 2013 Pella High football season ended. On their home turf on November 8, the Little Dutch fell to Washington, 28 – 0, a game away from playing in the comforts of the UNI-Dome in the Class 3A state semifinals. Both teams will look entirely different coming into play tonight. The Demons have a new head coach, they don’t have the talented Alex Coker at running back, and they’ve lost some key players on both sides of the ball. The Little Dutch had to depart with Nathan Clayberg, Lukas Steenhoek and Ben Konfrst, just to name a few of the main pieces of the puzzle that left at the close of the school year. Coach Jay McKinstrey says flubs will be had with the first game of the season, but it’ll be up to his team to make sure there aren’t that many. You can hear tonight’s Week One game live on 92.1 KRLS and online at with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema on the call in Washington. Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Eagles, Mustangs Meet Again on the Gridiron

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 5:56 am

It literally has never been a Pella Christian football season without a date with PCM at some point in the nine week schedule. The entire time the Eagles have had varsity football, they have had to face the Mustangs for a non-district game one week or another. Both teams will be young in key areas this year, and PCM head coach, Greg Bonnett, wants his defense to put pressure on the Eagles’ sophomore quarterback, David Kacmarynski. On the opposite side, Eagles’ Coach, Rich Kacmarynski says their young quarterback is ready to shine. Tonight’s game can be streamed live at with Andrew Schneider and Larry Hessing on the play-by-play. Pregame starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30. There will also be a delayed broadcast on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

PCM Cross Country Sees Strong Opening Meet Results

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Starting the season with high hopes and high numbers, the PCM cross country team looked strong in their opening meet yesterday in Ames at the Gilbert Invitational. The girls finished seventh overall as a team, led by Rachel Peter’s sixth place finish, and Rachel Stafford coming in 18th. The Mustang boys had a strong run by freshman Blaise Winegardner, who finished third. Full results can be found below. PCM is off until September 6 for the Pella Invitational at Central College.

class b boys results

class b girls results

Trojans Fired Up for Season to Begin

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s football team has been chomping at the bit to get the 2014 season underway. This evening, they’ll have their first taste of 48 minutes of action as the Trojans host Colfax-Mingo. The Tigerhawks were winners of just two games a year ago, while the Trojans won their last three games of the 2013 regular season to finish 4 – 5. Coach Gabe Bakker’s team is hungry, and tonight, he says it’ll be all about limiting whatever damage Colfax-Mingo throws at them and be effective on the offensive side of the ball. Tonight’s game will be exclusively streamed live at with Kris Krug and Ed Bull in the broadcast booth. Pregame coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven.

Eight-Man Teams See First Action

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Two teams that are radically different from a year ago, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars begin play in 2014 tonight in two separate locations. The Saints are ranked in various polls in the state of Iowa due to the sheer number of juniors they had last year that are back for their senior year this season, including quarterback Alex Mitchell and running back Jacob Hoch. Melcher-Dallas is on the road to take on Colo-Nesco this evening. Over in Bussey, Twin Cedars is fresh off of a Class 1A state baseball championship, but they had to say goodbye to several of those seniors that made not just their hardball team successful, but many of their other sports, including football, flourish, too. The Sabers will host former 11-man school, English Valleys. Both games are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off.

Dutch Men’s Cross Country in Top Five to Begin Season

Posted: Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 5:50 am

For the first time in program history, the Central men’s cross country team has cracked the top five in the USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) poll. The preseason rankings have the Dutch perched at the number five spot, with defending champion, St. Olaf, in at number one. Loras, the only other Iowa Conference school to receive votes, is rated 11th. Central brings back nearly their entire squad, including a whopping four all-conference and all-region honorees. Central will host the Dutch Invitational a week from tomorrow to begin their season.

Knoxville Boys Cross Country Gaining Confidence After Monday’s Meet

Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country Squad left its season opening meet on Monday full of confidence as they dominated Norwalk and Wayne.The Panthers seemed to be racing against themselves at times as they took nine of the top ten positions on the running order. Coach Michael Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he was happy with the way they finished on a hot and humid day. Splavec adds there will be meets where they have much tougher competition, like their next meet at Central College next Saturday. He says Monday was a great start and it is something that his guys can build on.

Lady Dutch Volleyball Begins 2014 Season Tonight

Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Pella High volleyball team takes to the court for the first time in the regular season this evening inside the Lady Dutch gym to take on Ballard. The Bombers won just six matches a year ago, and much like Pella, they had to depart with a good handful of seniors. The two schools will be very young heading into the gym, and Coach Catie Brand says after making it to the regional final last season, her young gals have a goal of going back there for “seconds.” The JV contest comes first at 5:30 p.m. with first serve of the varsity game at 7:15.

Serving Getting Better for Eagles’ Volleyball

Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 5:57 am

One concern Pella Christian head volleyball coach, Cindy Nikkel had coming into this season after camps and practice was their serving percentage. However, in their first match of the season this past Monday against Marshalltown, the Eagles committed just three service errors and had an efficiency of 93%. Coach Nikkel says she was pleased with how they looked, but there are still adjustments to be made for this weekend. The 0 – 1 Eagles will be at Ames this Saturday for their first tournament of the 2014 season.

Gillman Back and Looking Strong for PCM Football

Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Back for his junior year and second full season as quarterback for the PCM football team, Logan Gillman is looking to have a breakout next two-plus months for the Mustangs. As a sophomore, Gillman threw for just over 500 yards with four touchdowns. Coach Greg Bonnett says “The Franchise” has put in a lot of work in the offseason to have his best year of his still young career. Bonnett adds Gillman has also established himself as a leader and says he has more confidence in his abilities now that he is a junior. PCM’s football team kicks off their season tomorrow night at home against Pella Christian.

Central Volleyball Picked Fifth in League Preseason Poll

Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central’s volleyball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Iowa Conference for the fall 2014 season by the rest of the coaches in the league. The Dutch failed to make the league tournament for the first time in program history last year, but have their entire starting line-up back this season, including 15 letterwinners and two all-conference recipients. Coach Kent Clayberg tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that he has a slew of freshmen that are ready to make an impact right out of the gate. Those gates will open for Central on Saturday down in Virginia, as they’ll play a string of four matches in two days.

Little Dutch Have Dual Tight End Threat

Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Replacing Nathan Clayberg will be no easy task for Pella High football this year. Not only did he possess certain athletic abilities on the field, he showed great leadership off the gridiron, too. However, Coach Jay McKinstrey says he has two young men that have stepped up and are more than willing and capable of handling the tight end duties for the Little Dutch in 2014. McKinstrey says they will be using both Schulte and Argo off and on with different sets on offense, and taking advantage of their abilities in the passing game and in the ground attack. Pella opens up the season with a road trip to Washington this Friday.

Knoxville Volleyball Wins 3 Matches At Newton

Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad won three of five matches last night at the season opening Newton Invitational.The Panthers beat the host Cardinals 21-8 and 21-14, then lost to Dowling Catholic 21-5 and 21-12. Knoxville came back to win the next two matches beating Oskaloosa 21-17 and 21-17 and Carlisle 21-10, 18-21, and 15-8. The Panthers ended the evening losing to ADM 21-15 and 21-13. Knoxville begins its season at 3-2. The Panthers will have a week and a half off before their next event which is the ADM Invitational on September 4th.

Backfield Depth, Speed to Benefit Eagles

Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian’s football team took a hit when Mason Howerzyl, their talented running back, graduated after the school year was over.
Howerzyl rushed for over 1,150 yards and scored nine touchdowns on the ground in 2013. The Eagles last year also showed that they have some young kids that were waiting in the shadows of Howerzyl to step out into the spotlight this season. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says they are very talented and deep in the backfield. Their wide receivers are equally impressive athletically, and with sophomore quarterback, David Kacmarynski at the helm, the Eagles look to be a very balanced team this season. They’ll take on PCM for Week One’s match-up this Friday night.