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Heart of Iowa Conference Strong Again in Boys’ Basketball

Posted: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Heart of Iowa Conference for boys’ basketball appears to be another tough league to win for the ten schools that will do battle with one another this season. To go along with key returners, there are a lot of fresh faces with just about every team in the conference, and PCM head coach, Fred Lorensen, says that several teams could challenge for a league title. South Hamilton is the team that edged out the Mustangs by just one game for the conference title in the 2013-14 season, and Lorensen adds that it is again the goal of his team to win the conference and be playing the best ball they can by the time the district tournaments begin in February. PCM begins their season on December 2 with a game against South Hamilton.

Central Men Survive Late Outside Shooting Barrage of Missouri Baptist

Posted: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 5:50 am

It stayed tight throughout, but the Central men’s basketball team was able to hang on and defeat Missouri Baptist down in St. Louis last night, 79 – 75. As the Dutch were starting to pull away late in the second half, their opponents started drilling shots from the perimeter to keep it close, but clutch free throw shooting was the difference for the Dutch. Nile Eckermann and Aaron Rosenstiel each drained 20 points, but in a variety of ways; Eckermann was 6-of-10 from three-point range, while Rosenstiel made 12-of-18 free throws. Kyle Newendorp and Colby Taylor each scored double digits for the Dutch, who improve to 2 – 0 on the season. Central’s men are off until November 29 when they head up north to Wisconsin to take on La Crosse.

Fresh Wins MMA Title

Posted: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Knoxville Native Jessica Fresh won a Mixed Martial Arts fight over the weekend. She won the Driller Promotions female amateur 115-pound championship during Saturday’s events in Minnesota. Fresh claimed the women’s title with a third-round submission win over Wisconsin’s Cindi Bottelberghe. Fresh’s winning move was a bar-arm that took Bottelberghe to the mat and secured the submission just 46 seconds into the round. Fresh remains undefeated in her career.

Sendoff for the Central Men’s Cross Country Team Today

Posted: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 5:49 am

On their way to the NCAA Division III national cross country meet, the Central men’s cross country team will be headed to Mason, Ohio and you have a chance to send them off this evening. The Dutch will be departing from the Maytag Student Center at 5:30 p.m. as they go to their third straight national appearance. The meet will be held this Saturday; Central placed sixth at last year’s national race.

Kellar Wants Players To Expect To Make A Yearly Playoff Run

Posted: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Now that Knoxville has finally made a run to the playoffs for the first time in 24 years, the next step is to not be a one and done program or wait another 24 years to make the postseason. Panthers Coach Eric Kellar tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he wants his guys to expect to make the playoffs going into every season and to expect to advance. Knoxville got to the first round of the playoffs this season and lost to Dallas Center-Grimes on opening night of the class 3A postseason.

Back on Normal Rest, Dutch Getting Ready for Defending Champs

Posted: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 5:59 am

A famous, white-haired wrestler once said, “To be the champ, ya gotta beat the champ!” With or without the “woo” at the end of that sentence, that is exactly what’s facing Pella High in two short days up in Cedar Falls with the defending Class 3A champion, Sioux City Heelan awaiting them. That’s unique about the championship game is that this is the first time since after Week Eight that both teams will be on “normal rest” between contests. Coach Jay McKinstrey knows that the few extra days of “recovery” is just what the doctor ordered before Thursday. The Little Dutch are without any significant injury at the moment heading into the championship game in a couple days. Our coverage will start once again with a live edition of the Jeromy Dingeman Concrete Football Friday Night Radio Preview Show from live inside of the KNIA/KRLS Little Big Red Radio beginning at 5:00 p.m. with kick-off scheduled for 7:06.

Future Bright for Pella Christian Football

Posted: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 5:57 am

A total of eight seniors will not be playing for the Pella Christian football team come 2015. However, the good news for Eagles fans is that most of the kids back next year are in skill positions. David Kacmarynski will be a junior, and he was the team’s quarterback and leading rusher in terms of yardage. Miles Wichhart and Levi Jungling, each sophomores this season, were second and third behind Kacmarynski, respectively, with the latter of the two catching 58 passes for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says the future is indeed bright for his team. The Eagles finished 6 – 4 in 2014, and Kacmarynski adds his team is hungry to take down Iowa City Regina for a district championship next year.

Healthy Trojans Led to Consistent Play on the Field

Posted: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Making their first postseason appearance on the gridiron in almost a decade, the Pleasantville football team can look to their overall health as one of the factors that provided some of their success this season. Coach Gabe Bakker said they had a couple injuries here and there, but for the most part, most of the starters were able to stay on the field a good majority of the time. Pleasantville went 5 – 5 on the year and bring back a lot of talent for next season.

Dutch Men’s, Women’s Soccer Earn Conference Honors

Posted: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 5:49 am

A laundry list of Central names adorned the 2014 men’s and women’s all-Iowa Conference team lists for soccer this past season. On the men’s side, senior forward Aleksandar Glavas was chosen to the second team. He led the Dutch in assists with four, in points with 12, and in shots on goal with 18, and in a few other categories. Zachary Butters, Dennis Forrest and Mark Hentschel were all honorable mentions for the 5 – 13 Central men’s soccer team. The women had all sorts of honors after their remarkable season. Defender Liz Daniels, forward Brittany Hinton and goalie Sydney Lunardi all were picked to the first team. Abby Hillmer was on the second team, while Kayla Sunvold received an honorable mention. The cherry on top of the accolades is head coach, Mike Kobylinski, was named the coach of the year for Iowa Conference women’s soccer. Central finished with an 11 – 4 – 4 overall record and a mark of 5 – 1 – 1 in the league.

Bus Ride Home Enjoyable, but ‘Focused’ for Pella High Football

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 6:00 am

It’s always a long bus ride home following a loss, especially one that ends your season. If you’re a member of the current Pella High football team, you have not had to face one of those daunting trips yet this year, and if they’re successful this Thursday night in Cedar Falls, they won’t have to at all in 2014. Coach Jay McKinstrey says the message to his team on the way home from their win over Cedar Rapids Xavier was to bask in their victory temporarily and then get re-focused the next day. The Little Dutch take on Sioux City Heelan for the championship at 7:06 p.m. inside of the UNI-Dome, and every snap can be heard live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at KNIAKRLS.com.

Loss to Savage Cobras bit of a Wake-Up Call for Eagles’ Football

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Switching from a mainly run-oriented offense to a team that likes to throw the ball quite a bit, Pella Christian’s football squad handled the transition nicely. Comparing the match-ups from week-to-week based on stats and personnel, the Eagles, according to Coach Rich Kacmarynski, did about as well as “the numbers” said they would, with the exception of their loss to Sigourney-Keota. Pella Christian finished with four losses on the year, but had a second-place finish in their district to Iowa City Regina, and bring many key players back for 2015.

Younger Mustangs ‘Grew Up’ as Season Wore On

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The PCM football team in 2014 was filled with many younger players that were thrown into varsity playing time at the beginning of the season. Coach Greg Bonnett says his skill guys got the hang of things fairy early in the year. Bonnett also tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that he wishes that his Mustangs offensively would have been quicker up to the ball and got plays off faster. PCM finished with a 4 – 6 record and lost 14 seniors from their team for next year.

Big Day From Osborn, Dutch Defense Help End Season on High Note

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 5:50 am

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Josh Osborn turned in a record setting performance as the Central College football team dumped Dubuque 38-7 yesterday afternoon. Playing in the final game of his career, Osborn rushed for 264 yards and three touchdowns on a school record 45 carries. In the process, he eclipsed 3,000 career rushing yards and moved to 4th place on Central’s all-time list. Fellow senior Eric Larson closed his career with two interception as part of a dominating Dutch defensive effort. Central finishes 2014 on a six game winning streak to take second in the Iowa Conference at 6-1 and 8-2 overall.

Dutch Women Win Close One, Men Set School Records in Home Opener

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 5:50 am

It was a nail-biter, but the Central women’s basketball team began their 2014-15 campaign with a two-point win over Grinnell on Saturday, 52 – 50. The Dutch trailed by six at intermission, but wound up on the positive side of an offensively-challenged second half, as the teams combined to score just 36 points, 22 of which came from Central. Rachel Evans was the leading scorer for the Dutch, knocking in 13 off the bench, while Kenzie Vander Molen and Tina Lane each had 11. Back in Pella, the Central men’s basketball team set a school record in points scored in a 132 – 118 win over Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday. The previous high was 124 against Coe back in December of 1991. The score was 62 – 60 in favor of the Dutch at the half, and Central’s 70 in the final 20 minutes is also a school record, which was previous 67 against Iowa Wesleyan in January of 1991. Six players found the double digits in the score column, three of them with over 20. Aaron Rosenstiel led the way with a double-double effort of 26 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Newendorp had 21 and 13, and Nile Eckermann scored 22 for the Dutch. Both of Central’s teams are 1 – 0 on the year, and the men will play Missouri Baptist in St. Louis on Tuesday, while the women come home for the first time on Friday against Blackburn.

Central Men Finish on the Bubble of Qualifying for Nationals, Receive At-Large Bid

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 5:49 am

The Central men’s cross country team finished third overall in the NCAA Division III regional meet on Saturday in Pella, but received an at-large bid on Sunday into the national meet in Ohio this Saturday. The Dutch were ranked as high as fifth, but had to deal with injuries two a pair of key runners and ended up short of an automatic berth into the national meet by just four points to Iowa Conference foe, Loras. Eli Horton, one of the seniors that had been injured over the past month, finished second individually to lead Central’s charge, with Jamie Vander Veer coming in tenth. On a bright note, both runners qualified to the Division III national meet as individuals, which will take place this Saturday in Wilmington, Ohio.

Knoxville Raceway Celebrates The 2014 Season

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 5:47 am

Over 600 people attended Saturday night’s 60th Annual Knoxville Raceway Awards Banquet at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.Over $100,000 in money and prizes were handed out in the three sprint car classes. Some of the awards handed out were the Rookie of the Year where Kevon Hetrick took that honor in the 305s, Dylan Peterson was the top rookie in the 360s and R-J Johnson took top rookie in the 410s. Race Director John McCoy announced that there will be no rules changes for any of the classes in 2015 and the Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization bought every driver drive line restraints for better safety.

Owner of the Year
305: Kinder Racing
360: Beaver Motorsports
410: T-Mac Motorsports

Team of the Year
305: Hetrick Racing
360: BDS Motorsports
410: Nehring Construction

Heritage Award (presented by National Sprint Car HoF Excutive Director Bob Baker):
Bob Colbert

Hard Charger
305: Stacy Alexander
360: Mike Houseman
410: Davey Heskin

Sportsman of the Year
305: L&J Racing
360: BDS Motorsports
410: Sonner

Rookie of the Year
305: Kevin Hetrick
360: Dylan Peterson
410: R.J. Johnson

Knoxville Raceway Celebrates 2014 Season

Posted: Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 5:48 am

Over 600 people attended last night’s 60th Annual Knoxville Raceway Awards Banquet at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. Over $100,000 in money and prizes were handed out in the three sprint car classes. Some of the awards handed out were the Rookie of the Year where Kevon Hetrick took that honor in the 305s, Dylan Peterson was the top rookie in the 360s and R.J. Johnson took top rookie in the 410s. Race Director John McCoy announced that there will be no rules changes for any of the classes in 2015 and the Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization bought every driver drive line restraints for better safety.

Owner of the Year
305: Kinder Racing
360: Beaver Motorsports
410: T-Mac Motorsports

Team of the Year
305: Hetrick Racing
360: BDS Motorsports
410: Nehring Construction

Heritage Award (presented by National Sprint Car HoF Excutive Director Bob Baker):
Bob Colbert

Hard Charger
305: Stacy Alexander
360: Mike Houseman
410: Davey Heskin

Sportsman of the Year
305: L&J Racing
360: BDS Motorsports
410: Sonner

Rookie of the Year
305: Kevin Hetrick
360: Dylan Peterson
410: R.J. Johnson

McKinstrey Impressed with First Half Effort Against Saints

Posted: Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 6:00 am

No penalties, no points allowed, 20 points on their side of the scoreboard and one lone interception. Those were the stats the Pella High offense and defense put up in the first 24 minutes of Thursday’s Class 3A football semifinal against Cedar Rapids Xavier. As far as a half is concerned, any coach would take that just about every time out. Coach Jay McKinstrey says he was impressed by his team’s effort to begin the ballgame. The Little Dutch are off until Thursday when they take on defending Class 3A champion, Sioux City Heelan, in the state championship at 7:06 p.m.

Personal Fitness Program At Knoxville Showing Benefits

Posted: Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 5:59 am

While Eric Kellar is the Knoxville Football Coach, he is also an employee of Knoxville Schools. Which means he wants all of the sports to have success. Kellar introduced a personal fitness curriculum in the physical education classes this school year, and he is already seeing the benefits. Kellar says the personal fitness program is not just for athletes, but anyone who wants to in his words make themselves better physically and mentally. He adds it is just not about weight training, but a many ways to be physically fit.

Transition from Rushing to Passing Handled Well by Eagles

Posted: Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Being mainly a running offense the past several years with talented players in the backfield, Pella Christian’s football team, with sophomore David Kacmarynski at the helm, decided to switch their focus for 2014 to maximize their potential. It’s tough to change up your offensive schemes to focus on something completely different, but head coach, Rich Kacmarynski, feels that his team did a great job of adjusting to their new plan of attack. Pella Christian is still ranked third in the state in Class 1A in overall passing yards with 2,179, and the only teams above them are North Cedar and Iowa City Regina, each who have played more total games than the Eagles this season.