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Little Dutch Blast Eagles, Secure One-Seed

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Will Warner’s pick six acted as a knockout punch early in “round one,” and Pella High squashed Saydel last night by a final score of 79 – 6, a game that was live on 92.1 KRLS. Coach Jay McKinstrey pulled his starters not two minutes into the second quarter with the outcome well in hand, after his offense did some serious damage in the first 12 minutes, leading 44 – 0 after one period. Noah Clayberg was 5-for-7 passing with two touchdowns, and ran for 103 yards and another two scores, while the defense held the Eagles to negative ten yards in the first half, and forced a safety on a blocked punt. McKinstrey says his guys went out and got the job done last night. Pella improves to 8 – 0 overall and 5 – 0 in the district, and they conclude the regular season on the road next week against Chariton.

Eagles Continue to Roll as They Prepare for District Championship Game Next Week

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Pella Christian Eagles are one win away from a district championship after they earned another blowout victory at home with a 35-0 win over the West Marshall Trojans in a game heard on Levi Jungling scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Sam Fredickson earned two sacks to lead the way on both sides of the ball. Assistant Coach Darryl De Ruiter says the team was able to take care of business for the second week in a row as their attention turns to Week Nine. Eagles will look for a District Championship and Number 1 seed in the playoffs as they head on the road to face Iowa City Regina.

PCM Football Struggles on Senior Night

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

It was a tough night for the PCM football team as they fell to the #9 Albia Blue Demons 48-14, yesterday, the game was heard on Albia used five PCM turnovers to take a 34-6 lead into halftime. The Mustangs were able to add a late touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 4-4 on the year. Logan Gilman and the PCM offense combined for 386 yards and Ronnie Marshall rushed for 138 yards on 27 carries. Head coach Greg Bonnett touched on what it’s going to take for his team to get a victory next Friday night on the road against North Polk. With a win in the regular season finale, the Mustangs would get the three seed out of Class 2A District 7.

Pleasantville Falls to Ninth-Ranked Mount Ayr

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team fell to ninth-ranked Mount Ayr on Friday night, 61-7 as heard on Running back Brock Busick led the Trojan ground game with 39 yards on 15 attempts while Josh Luna led the Trojan receivers with 75 yards on seven catches including Pleasantville’s lone touchdown. The Trojans fall to 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in Class A District 8 and host Clarinda Academy next Friday night to close out the regular season.

Saints, Sabers Come Up with Huge Wins

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:51 am

One team battling for home field and the other just to get in, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars football captured big victories last night in Week Eight. The Saints toppled Moravia, 42 – 16, to move to 6 – 2 on the season, and then got some help from Twin Cedars, who edged Mormon Trail, 42 – 30. Dakota Pinegar scored the game-winning touchdown for the Sabers with time winding down in the fourth quarter. The Sabers are back to .500 with a 4 – 4 record; they must win over Harmony next Friday and, if their in-county rival Saints defeat Mormon Trail on the same night, the Sabers would be back into the playoffs as the number four seed.

Central Tries to Ground Loras Air Attack

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A week removed from a dominating win over Luther, the Central football team comes home to take on Loras, who does things completely opposite of the Norse. Last week, the Dutch D shut down a run-heavy offensive attack from Luther to get their first conference win of the season, and if they want to make it two in a row, they’re going to have to have success against the exact opposite approach. Central counters with the 13th-ranked pass defense in Division III in the Dutch. Central’s offensive line will be put to the test against a Duhawk defense that leads the league in sacks with 18 and in interceptions. Catch today’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and, with Trevor Castle, George Wares, and Andrew Schneider on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 12:40 p.m. with kick-off at one.

Football Friday Night Highlights – Week 8

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Here are the Highlights from Week 8 Football Friday Night on KNIA/KRLS.

High School Football Scores

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Scores from Marion County football games:

Knoxville 49
Oskaloosa 13

Saydel 6
Pella 79

West Marshall 0
Pella Christian 35

Pleasantville 7
Mount Ayr 61

Moravia 12
Melcher-Dallas 42

Mormon Trail 30
Twin Cedars 42

Albia 48
PCM 14

Pella Cross Country Sweeps Conference Meet

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 6:00 am

They were the favorites going in, and the Pella High boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each left Dallas Center – Grimes with a conference championship last night. The Little Dutch outran the pack, scoring 40 team points to beat second place Grinnell by 13. Ben Warner was the fastest Dutch, coming in third, with Nick Bernhagen behind him in sixth. Tess Roorda led the charge for the Lady Dutch, finishing fourth, with Ciara Buchheit coming in fifth. Pella’s girls had a team score of 39 to beat Grinnell by 21. Pella is off until next Thursday for the State Qualifying meet in the Tulip City on Central’s cross country course. Full results are below.

LHC Boys Varsity

LHC Girls Varsity

Knoxville Boys 3rd; Girls 6th In SCC Cross County Meet

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country Squad finished third at the South Central Conference meet last night in Albia.Cade McNeill was fifth and Chase Larson finished sixth earning both all-conference honors. The girls finished in sixth place. Full results were unavailable.

Eagles Douse Tigers to Become Co-Conference Champs

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian’s volleyball team ended their conference schedule with a bang yesterday, sweeping Grinnell 25 – 19, 25 – 21, and 25 – 18. Andrea Horstman had 13 kills, Hannah Beltman had ten, and Christa Veenstra served up four aces for the Eagles, who ended up with a 5 – 1 mark in the league and are now 19 – 10 overall. Pella Christian concludes their regular season with the Knoxville tournament on Saturday.

Panthers in Playoff Position

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:57 am

They’ve kept the door open all season, and tonight, the Knoxville football team has a chance to practically step through into the playoffs with a win over Oskaloosa. The Indians have just one win on the season, and that is over Saydel in Week Four. Both teams like to run the ball quite a bit, and Panthers’ Coach Eric Kellar says it will be key for his “D” to slow down Nate VanVeldhuizen. Tony Correa and Kevin Wadle will brave the elements tonight on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and, with pregame coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30.

Dutch are Back to District Play Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:56 am

With the major hurdles of the regular season in their rearview mirror, the Pella High football team looks to begin its final charge towards the playoffs tonight with a visit from Saydel. The Little Dutch expect to have Austin Schulte back in the line-up for this evening’s affair, and hope they can take care of business against a struggling Eagles’ squad that has allowed almost 44 points per game on average this season en route to a 1 – 6 record. Coach Jay McKinstrey says the Eagles will be revved up tonight looking to play spoiler. Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema are back in the Pella High press box for the call of tonight’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and online at Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

It’s Senior Night for Eagles’ Football

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:54 am

Just on the other side of town, the Pella Christian football team takes on West Marshall tonight for a district game, and for the seniors, at least, they hope this is not their final home game of the season. Pella Christian is 3 – 1 so far in district play, a game ahead of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Sigourney-Keota. With Iowa City Regina waiting just around the corner, tonight’s game becomes critical for the Eagles to do a final tune-up before a potential showdown for first place next week. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says his team is focused on the Trojans tonight and not on the Regals. You can hear tonight’s game live on with Andrew Schneider and Larry Hessing on the play-by-play. Pregame coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven. There will be a delayed broadcast of the game on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Trojans’ Girls Finish Regular Season with Win

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s volleyball team put an exclamation point on their regular season, with an emphatic three-set win over Clarke, 25 – 15, 25 – 22, and 25 – 16. Alli Friday had 20 assists, Kennedy Core put up 20 kills, and Baily Oliva had seven kills and four aces. The Trojans enter the postseason with a 17 – 9 record, and they’ll open up play this Tuesday at home against Van Meter in the first round of the Class 2A regional tournament.

Roland-Story Sweeps Mustangs

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM’s girls were tripped up last night, losing on the volleyball courts to Roland-Story in three, 25 – 9, 25 – 15, and 25 – 9. Katie VandeWall had three kills for the Mustangs, who sit with a 9 – 22 record. They wrap up the regular season with the Fairfield tournament tomorrow.

PCM Tries to Break Logjam for Second Place with Win

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Sitting in a three-way-tie with the final two teams on their schedule, PCM’s football team controls their own destiny as to whether or not they’ll travel out of Monroe for the playoffs in about a week-and-a-half. The Mustangs host Albia tonight, looking to put a stranglehold on the number-two seed in Class 2A District 7. C-M-B had success through the air against the Blue Demons last week, passing for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown. Coach Greg Bonnett hopes the Mustangs have at least that much success tonight. You can catch tonight’s game live on our website,, with Garrett Knock and Fred Lorenson on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Trojans Get Chance to Upset Raiders

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville football makes the long hike down to Mount Ayr for their Week Eight match-up tonight. The Trojans have been able to take advantage of a more manageable district than the one they were in the last two years, and currently hold a 3 – 2 record in Class A District 8. However, the Raiders are more like the gauntlet of teams Pleasantville had to go through, like Montezuma, BGM, and Pekin. Mount Ayr has used a strong, balanced attack to lead them to a 7 – 1 record; they have four backs with at least 200 yards on the ground, and quarterback, Jacob Taylor, has thrown for almost 700 yards this season. With all of the new wrinkles the coaching staff puts in on a weekly basis, Coach Gabe Bakker says they will be keeping things relatively simple against a good, all-around Raiders team. Kris Krug has the call for you on, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven.

Saints Battle Moravia, Sabers Need Win to Keep Playoff Hopes Afloat

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Coming off of a tough loss to Lamoni last week, Melcher-Dallas’ football team looks to put that behind them and focus on securing the number two seed in Eight Man District 6 tonight with a win over Moravia. It’s a special night for the Saints, as the many seniors will be recognized during their final home game of the regular season. Melcher-Dallas is looking for some help from Twin Cedars to clinch a home playoff game, as the Sabers are fighting for their own playoff lives this evening against Mormon Trail. Twin Cedars needs to win their final two games and hope Mormon Trail loses to Melcher-Dallas next week to get into the postseason. Both games kick-off tonight at seven.

South Central Conference Cross Country Meet Take 2 Today In Albia

Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 6:00 am

They will try it again today in Albia.The South Central Conference Cross Country Meet was rained out Tuesday at Pine Knolls Country Club in Knoxville and due to a scheduling conflict, the meet is now being run in Albia. The Panther boys have been steadily improving throughout the season so much so that they have started to believe in Coach Michael Splavec’s talk at the beginning of a conference title. Runner Cade McNeill tells KNIA/KRLS he is a believer and so is the rest of the team. McNeill says the key is catching up with Albia and the Demon runners and continue their running in packs to maximize their points. On the girls side, Splavec says a top two or three is not out of the question. The first races are set to begin today at 4:50