Today’s Local Sports


Knoxville Bowlers Dominate In Oskaloosa

Posted: Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Following their win over Pella Christian in a head to head meet on Friday the Knoxville Bowlers traveled to Oskaloosa for a meet yesterday as both boys and girls rolled to easy victories. The girls won by 353 pins over second place Oskaloosa 2,445-2,092. Norwalk was third with a score of 2,020. Jordan Beaver had the highest score with a 354. For the boys, they won by a total pin count of 231. Knoxville totaled 2,679 pins led by Logan Mason’s 378.

Big Comebacks the Story for Little Dutch in Doublehead​er Split Against Tigers

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Wild might be the best way to sum up Friday night’s action inside the Tulip City when the Pella girls and boys’ basketball squads split a doubleheader against the Grinnell Tigers heard on 92.1 KRLS. The girls were able to score 49 points in the second half to come back from a 13-point deficit at halftime to win 68-66. Katie Vander Molen dropped 23 points and collected ten boards for the double-double in the effort. Girls Head Coach Jerod Garland says he’s proud of the effort his girls put out to come back to win in the fourth quarter. The boys game followed a similar story, with an even closer finish. Trailing by as much as nine points with less than two minutes to go, it was a pair of three-balls, one by Ryan Van Wyk and one by Payson Vande Lune, that tied it up with 18 seconds remaining. However, the Little Dutch lost 73-72 to fall to 2-2, despite having the ball on the last possession with over eight seconds left. Isaac Naaktgeboren led all scorers with 39 points. Both teams have a quick turnaround as they take on Fairfield in Pella today, with the doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m.

Knoxville Basketball Stays Undefeated With Sweep of Chariton

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The atmosphere was that of a sub state final, but it was only the fourth game of the season, however the Knoxville Boys Basketball Squad took down Chariton last night 62-59. The Panthers led most of the way jumping out to a ten point advantage in the first half before settling for a seven point advantage by halftime. Panthers coach Jeff Larson told KNIA/KRLS his team never had an ounce of fear, Chase Larson scored 21 points to lead Knoxville who improve to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in the South Central Conference. The girls jumped out to a 22-2 lead after one quarter and cruised past Chariton 54-31. Meredith Cunningham led the Panthers with 19 points as they go to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.

Eagles’ Basketball Records Two Big Conference Wins

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Save for slow first quarters, Pella Christian’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were hot for most of the night on Friday, sweeping Oskaloosa in a doubleheader that was live on The Eagles’ gals were victorious 54 – 26, after holding the Indians to 12 first half points. Brooke Mitrisin was the catalyst on offense, scoring 16 points, while Hannah Beltman made her presence known in the post, with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Pella Christian’s boys walloped Oskaloosa, 68 – 41. The Eagles used an 11 – 0 run in the second quarter to run away with the game early. Levi Jungling scored a game-high 24 points, while David Kacmarynski contributed 14. Pella Christian’s girls are 4 – 1 on the year while the boys improve to 5 – 0. The boys are off until next Friday to host Pella High, while the girls play Monday against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

Knoxville, Pleasantville Strong in Tournament Wrestling Action on Friday

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Knoxville finished third while Pleasantville finished seventh at the 13 team Central Decatur Wrestling Invitational last night. Knoxville’s Joe Hollinrake was champion at 126 pounds, while Pleasantville’s Joe Kauffman took top honors in the 195 pound weight class.

1. Creston Orient Macksburg 248.5
2. Albia 204.5
3. Knoxville 159.0
4. Central Decatur 149.0
5. Chariton 126.5
6. Panorama 121.5
7. Pleasantville 110.5
8. Davis County 98.0
9. Red Oak 96.0
10. Van Meter 94.0
11. Mount Ayr 85.0
12. Wayne 41.0
13. Martensdale St. Marys 29.5

106 Results
5th Place – Blake Lee of Knoxville
6th Place – Nathan Stone of Pleasantville

113 Results
5th Place – Ben Wooldridge of Knoxville

120 Results
4th Place – Hunter Tyree of Pleasantville

126 Results
1st Place – Joe Hollinrake of Knoxville

132 Results
2nd Place – Griffin McBride of Pleasantville

138 Results
3rd Place – CodyRay Smith of Knoxville
8th Place – Max Johnson of Pleasantville

145 Results
5th Place – Sawyer Phillips of Pleasantville

152 Results
7th Place – Kevin Woodhouse of Knoxville

160 Results
6th Place – Zach Squires of Pleasantville
7th Place – Jake Kindley of Knoxville

170 Results
5th Place – Cameron Brown of Knoxville

182 Results
2nd Place – Jac Agan of Knoxville

195 Results
1st Place – Joe Kauffman of Pleasantville
5th Place – Jordan Beal of Knoxville

220 Results
3rd Place – Travis Poffenbarger of Knoxville

285 Results
4th Place – Brock Caviness of Knoxville
7th Place – James Haberling of Pleasantville

Trojans Split at Home with Blue Devils

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s hoops teams came up with a blowout win and loss last night against Martensdale – St. Mary’s. The Trojans’ girls were routed 65 – 43; Kennedy Core scored 23 points and grabbed six boards, and Bailey Oliva threw in another nine for Pleasantville. The boys had better luck with a rebuilding Blue Devils team, winning 67 – 38. Trever Zoss had 26 points, 14 of which came in the first quarter, and had 18 total in the first half. Sophomore Brady Elder also had 13 for the Trojan boys, who are now 3 – 1 on the season, while the girls drop to 1 – 4. Pleasantville is off until Tuesday to hit the road to face I-35 for a Pride of Iowa Conference doubleheader.

Mustangs Handle Raiders with Sweep on Friday Night

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The PCM girls’ basketball team picked up their second straight win on the road Friday night over C-M-B, 59-29. PCM got out to a 30-17 halftime lead and built on it the second half. Rachel Freland led the way for PCM with 15 points as they move to 5-2 on the year. Lady Mustangs head coach Bret Grier loves the way his seniors helped the team in the win. The PCM boys moved back above .500 on the year with a 59-46 hard fought win against C-M-B, both games were heard on PCM’s Logan Gillman and Trey Lindsay led the way with 14 points apiece. Both teams are back in action on the road Tuesday night to take on North Polk.

Saints’ Girls Win OT Thriller, Boys Showing Improvement on the Hardwood

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Kaylee Houston tied it up at the buzzer in regulation, Jenny Petersen and Megan Roush each hit clutch free throws in the extra period to help the Melcher-Dallas girls’ basketball team defeat Iowa Christian Academy last night in overtime, 42 – 38. Petersen wound up with 18 points, and Houston punched in a double-double with 11 points and 19 rebounds. The Saints’ boys showed improvement in a 57 – 45 loss to I-C-A. Chase Wetterling scored 23 points, and the Saints fall to 0 – 5 on the year, and the girls are now 3 – 3. Each team gets back at it on Tuesday against Mormon Trail.

Sabers Girls Win, Boys Drop to Moulton-Udell

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Make it two-in-a-row for the Twin Cedars girls’ basketball team after they downed Moulton-Udell yesterday, 52 – 37. Shyanne Denburger had 18 while Liz Rowley scored 15 for the Sabers’ ladies, who improve to 2 – 3 on the year. Things weren’t quite so nice for the Saber boys, who dropped a tough 56 – 43 decision to the Eagles. Trace Embray and Trenton Bacus each scored 11 points as Twin Cedars’ record is now 3 – 2. The Sabers will host Albia today for a varsity girls’ and boys’ doubleheader.

Central Men Storm Back, Post Big Win Over Saint Ambrose

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:50 am

The good times keep rolling for the Central men’s basketball team, who posted another impressive victory over a quality school, 86 – 84 over St. Ambrose on Friday night in Davenport. The Dutch have lived or died by the “three-ball,” but despite making seven of their outside shots in the first half, they trailed, 40 – 36. Central had to rely on shooting inside to storm back for the win; they made 15-of-22 shots from inside the arc to steal one away from the Bees. Colby Taylor had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Kyle Newendorp also put together a double-double with 20 points and ten boards, as Central improves to 6 – 1 on the year. They’ll play this afternoon against Mount Mercy out of Cedar Rapids.

Dutch Grapplers Blast St. Olaf, Win Third-in-a-Row

Posted: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Central’s wrestling team also came out winners last night inside the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, downing St. Olaf from Minnesota, 33 – 13. Aaron Anderson, Sam Apland, and Matt Seabold were all winners via pin-fall for the Dutch, who are now 3 – 1 on the year in dual meets. Central is off for almost a month before they are back to action in 2015 with their home Under Armour Invitational on January 10.

Marion County Scoreboard 12-12-14

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Girls Basketball:

Pella: 68 Grinell: 66 F

Knoxville: 54 Chariton: 31 F

Pella Christian: 54 Oskaloosa: 26 F

PCM: 59 CMB: 29 F

Boys Basketball:

Pella: 72 Grinnell: 73 F

Knoxville: 62 Chariton: 59 F

Pella Christian:68 Oskaloosa: 41 F

PCM: 59 CMB: 46 F

Knoxville Goes 1-1; Pella 0-2 At Ottumwa Duals

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Knoxville went 1-1 and Pella went oh-and-two at Ottumwa last night in a wrestling meet. The Panthers faced their Marion County rivals and won 61-15. Jake Speltz recorded a pin for the Little Dutch while the Panthers recorded four pins in the victory. Knoxville would fall to host Ottumwa 43-30. Ben Wooldridge, Joe Hollinrake, Cameron Brown, Jordan Beal, and Brock Caviness all recorded wins. Pella faced Indianola and lost 54-21. Winners for Pella was Chase Petty, Cole Larson, Austin Bragg, and Jake Speltz.

113 Ben Wooldridge (Knoxville) FORFEIT
120 Ethan Speltz (Pella) FORFEIT
126 Joe Hollinrake (Knoxville) over Sabastian Sikora (Pella) (Fall 1:14
132 Chase Petty (Pella) over Mathew Landsberger (Knoxville) (Dec 6-2)
138 CodyRay Smith (Knoxville) over Jacob Diehl (Pella) (MD 10-1)
145 Michael Ullestad (Knoxville) over Cole Larson (Pella) (Fall 4:42)
152 Nolan Crossett (Knoxville) over Austin Bragg (Pella) (Dec 7-0)
160 Jake Speltz (Pella) over Jake Kindley (Knoxville) (Fall 4:28)
170 Cameron Brown (Knoxville) over Ashton Messer (Pella) (Fall 3:08)
182 Jac Agan (Knoxville) over Stoyn Kirby (Pella) (Fall 1:53)
195 Jordan Beal (Knoxville) FORFEIT
220 Travis Poffenbarger (Knoxville) FORFEIT
285 Brock Caviness (Knoxville) FORFEIT
106 Blake Lee (Knoxville) FORFEIT

113 Ben Wooldridge (Knoxville) over Jack Stabile (Ottumwa) (Fall 5:18)
120 Jonathan Morales (Ottumwa) FIRFEIT
126 Joe Hollinrake (Knoxville) over Jacob Fitzner (Ottumwa) (Fall 0:56)
132 Nathan Cary (Ottumwa) over Mathew Landsberger (Knoxville) (Fall 1:19)
138 Collin McConnell (Ottumwa) over CodyRay Smith (Knoxville) (MD 12-1)
145 Wyatt Schlotter (Ottumwa) FORFEIT
152 Joey Mitchell (Ottumwa) over Michael Ullestad (Knoxville) (Dec 6-2)
160 Justus Skinner (Ottumwa) over Jake Kindley (Knoxville) (Fall 0:38)
170 Cameron Brown (Knoxville) over Juan Aldaba (Ottumwa) (Fall 3:27)
182 Isaiah Cox (Ottumwa) over Jac Agan (Knoxville) (Dec 8-3)
195 Jordan Beal (Knoxville) over Zain Lay (Ottumwa) (Fall 3:03)
220 Tyler Bookin – Nosbisch (Ottumwa) over Travis Poffenbarger (Knoxville) (Dec 5-4)
285 Brock Caviness (Knoxville) FORFEIT
106 Alec Clark (Ottumwa) over Blake Lee (Knoxville) (Fall 0:32)

132 Chase Petty (Pella) FORFEIT
138 Scout Dishman (Indianola) over jacob diehl (Pella) (Fall 0:00)
145 Cole Larson (Pella) over Brayden Elbert (Indianola) (Inj. time)
152 Austin Bragg (Pella) over Kade Kolarik (Indianola) (Fall 3:37)
160 Jake Speltz (Pella) over Elijah Clutter (Indianola) (Dec 7-2)
170 Casey Crawford (Indianola) over Ashton Messer (Pella) (Fall 1:57)
182 Dom Endrizal (Indianola) over Stoyn Kirby (Pella) (Dec 11-4)
195 Wyatt Carpenter (Indianola) FORFEIT
220 Reece Bowlin (Indianola) FORFEIT
285 Brock VanLoon (Indianola) FORFEIT
106 Josh Barretta (Indianola) FORFEIT
113 Zach Fisher (Indianola) FORFEIT
120 Trenton Dishman (Indianola) over Ethan Speltz (Pella) (Dec 3-2)
126 Joe Howard (Indianola) over Sabastian Sikora (Pella) (Fall 0:33)

Indianola Swimmers Fall To DSM Roosevelt; Knoxville Swimmers Have Good Finishes

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 5:58 am

The Indianola boys swimming squad fell to Des Moines Roosevelt last night 110-to-59. The Knoxville swimmers helped out the Indians as Alex Purvis earned a second place medal in the 50-yard free, Daniel Mallory was on the 200 yard Medley Relay that finished fourth, and Purvis and Mallory were on the 200 yard free relay that finished second.

Alex Purvis
Varsity 200 Yard Medley Relay – Alex anchored for a 2nd place finish (time 1:52.77)
Varsity 50 Yard Free – 2nd place finish (time 23.74)
Daniel Mallory
Varsity 200 Yard Medley Relay – Daniel swam 3rd leg for a 4th place finish (time 2:00.30)
Varsity 200 Yard Free – 5th place finish (time 2:11.63)
Alex Purvis/Daniel Mallory
Varsity 200 Yard Free Relay – Daniel swam 3rd leg and Alex anchored for a 2nd place finish (time 1:37.76)
Varsity 400 Yard Free Relay – Daniel swam 3rd leg and Alex anchored for a 1st place finish (time 3:39.92)
Ian Daugherty
Varsity 200 Yard Medley Relay – Ian swam 2nd leg for 6th place finish (time 2:09.28)

Jr Varsity
Teams: (pts)
DSM Roosevelt (42)
Indianola (29)
Ian Daugherty
Jr Varsity 100 Yard Breast – participated
Jr Varsity 400 Yard Free Relay – Ian anchored for a 1st place finish (time 4:39.33)

Second Straight Marquee Friday Night Match-Up in Tulip City for Pella High Basketball

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 5:57 am

A critical early-season conference contest awaits both of Pella High’s basketball teams tonight when Grinnell comes by bus into the Tulip City for a doubleheader. The Lady Dutch lost a tough one to Ballard on Tuesday on the road, but hope to continue their early season conference surge after beating Dallas Center – Grimes last Friday. Pella and Grinnell split their two league games last year, with the home team winning each affair. Grinnell’s boys are 2 – 1, with the only setback being a five-point loss to Norwalk last week. The Little Dutch demolished the Bombers on Tuesday by 20-plus points, and Coach Mark Core says his team is going to have to play just as well, if not better, than that to defeat the Tigers. Tonight’s doubleheader will be live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at with Andrew Schneider and Randy Sikkema perched in the loft for the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage is set to begin at six with tip-off at 6:15 p.m.

Knoxville Basketball Has A Couple Of Big Games Tonight In Chariton

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 5:56 am

The Knoxville Basketball Squads look to keep the Panther Express rolling tonight as they travel to Lucas County to pay Chariton a visit in South Central Conference play. The girls are looking to keep pace with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont atop the conference while the boys, who have sole possession of first place in the S-C-C, have a date with one of the better teams in class 3A. Coach Jeff Larson tells KNIA/KRLS his team will be ready to lace it up against the Chargers. The boy’s game could a shootout as both teams are averaging over 70 points per game. You can hear the call on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA and streamed live at starting with the pre-game at six.

Pella Christian Looks to Continue Early Season Surges Tonight

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 5:55 am

After a sweep of PCM on Monday, the Pella Christian girls’ and boys’ hoops teams will try for another pair of wins against the struggling Oskaloosa Indians here this evening. The Indians’ girls just won their first game of the season on Tuesday over Centerville, and are led by Taylor Richardson, who averages a little over 18 points per game, which is nearly half of Oskaloosa’s total per game so far this year. Pella Christian’s boys just finished a run of four games in eight days, and Coach Larry Hessing says the past three days have been needed to get reset and re-focused. The Indians are 2 – 1 with a loss to Knoxville sandwiched between wins over Fairfield and Centerville. You can hear the call of tonight’s doubleheader inside Pella Christian High School live on, with Cory Houser and Wynne Veenstra. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. with tip-off at 6:15. There will be a delayed broadcast of the twinbill on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Pella High pair of games.

Trojans Try to Clean it Up for Conference Doubleheader

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville and Martensdale – St. Mary’s collide inside of the Trojans’ gym tonight for another Pride of Iowa Conference clash. The Trojan girls are looking to bounce back after a head-scratching loss to Wayne a few days ago. The Blue Devils are already out to a 4 – 2 start, and Pleasantville coach, Aaron Fichter, says his team will need to rebound the ball and put it through the nylon more often tonight. The Trojan boys blitzed the Falcons, and will try to knock off the 2 – 0 Blue Devil boys, who haven’t played the toughest of opponents yet, with victories over Wayne and Southeast Warren. The girls’ game tips off tonight’s doubleheader first at 6:15 p.m.

Trojans Sweep Pride of Iowa Double Dual

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s wrestling team came away winners in two Pride of Iowa Conference duals last night. The Trojans began with a 57 – 12 win over Nodaway Valley. Sawyer Phillips and Joe Kauffman came away with pins in that victory. Martensdale – St. Mary’s also fell to Pleasantville, 60 – 18. The Trojans were able to easily capitalize on nine open weights from the Blue Devils. Sawyer Phillips had Pleasantville’s lone win in the four weight classes that actually did wrestle. He picked up a fall at the 5:03 mark. Full results are below. The Trojans next have a varsity tournament tonight at Central Decatur.

Nodaway Valley:
106: Nathan Stone (PLEA) over (NOVA) (For.) 113: 120: 126: Ben Freese (NOVA) over Hunter Tyree (PLEA) (Fall 2:00) 132: Griffin McBride (PLEA) over (NOVA) (For.) 138: Dylan Cornelison (NOVA) over Max Johnson (PLEA) (Fall 2:00) 145: Sawyer Phillips (PLEA) over Billy Bakerink (NOVA) (Fall 0:00) 152: Austin Flesher (PLEA) over (NOVA) (For.) 160: Zach Squires (PLEA) over Josh Allsup (NOVA) (Dec 7-6) 170: Evan Mann (PLEA) over (NOVA) (For.) 182: Tanner Clark (PLEA) over (NOVA) (For.) 195: Joe Kauffman (PLEA) over colton newbury (NOVA) (Fall 0:15) 220: Will Anthony (PLEA) over (NOVA) (For.) 285: James Haberling (PLEA) over (NOVA) (For.)

Martensdale – St. Mary’s:
106: Nathan Stone (PLEA) received a bye 113: 120: Hunter Tyree (PLEA) received a bye 126: Hunter Patrick (MSM) over Tathan Clark (PLEA) (Fall 3:08) 132: Griffin McBride (PLEA) received a bye 138: Max Johnson (PLEA) received a bye 145: Sawyer Phillips (PLEA) over Alex Craig (MSM) (Fall 5:03) 152: Logan Schumacher (MSM) over Austin Flesher (PLEA) (Fall 2:27) 160: Zach Squires (PLEA) received a bye 170: Evan Mann (PLEA) received a bye 182: Lane Gehringer (MSM) over Tanner Clark (PLEA) (Fall 0:44) 195: Joe Kauffman (PLEA) received a bye 220: Will Anthony (PLEA) received a bye 285: James Haberling (PLEA) received a bye

Mustangs Fall in Conference Dual

Posted: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Saydel was able to edge PCM on the wrestling mats last night, 45 – 36. The Mustangs recorded three pinfalls from Ronnie Marshall, Xavier Miller, and Tristan Clark. The deciding match came at 132 pounds, when the Eagles’ Oscar Ruiz pinned Branen Pace at 4:31 with Saydel ahead 39 – 36 in team points. Full results are below. PCM is next in action on Saturday for a varsity tournament at Ankeny Centennial.

Saydel (SAYD) 45.00 PCM (PCM) 36.00
138: Austin Moen (SAYD) over Clayton Fuller (PCM) (Fall 1:36) 145: Marshall Anderson (SAYD) over James Maggard (PCM) (Dec 12-7) 152: Grant Sherman (SAYD) over (PCM) (For.) 160: Dylan Coffin (SAYD) over (PCM) (For.) 170: Ron Marshall (PCM) over Trevor Sprague (SAYD) (Fall 0:43) 182: Jaret Maggard (PCM) over (SAYD) (For.) 195: Sean Miller (SAYD) over Clayton Welch (PCM) (Fall 1:20) 220: Mike Fagg (PCM) over (SAYD) (For.) 285: Trent Malone (PCM) over (SAYD) (For.) 106: Klayton Keller (SAYD) over Caleb Peter (PCM) (Fall 0:25) 113: Trey Moen (SAYD) over Chace Palm (PCM) (Fall 1:55) 120: Xavier Miller (PCM) over Cory Harden (SAYD) (Fall 3:47) 126: Tristan Clark (PCM) over Devon Van Houten (SAYD) (Fall 1:22) 132: Oscar Ruiz (SAYD) over Branen Pace (PCM) (Fall 4:31)