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Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 5:52 am
They may have come out of the Dallas Center – Grimes gym without a win, but the PCM volleyball team still showed heart and stayed competitive in the four matches they played last night. As one of the smallest schools in attendance, the Mustangs opened up and played the Fillies, and took them to three sets before falling 10 – 21 in game one, winning set two 21 – 14, and dropping the rubber match 6 – 15. Ashley Van Gorp had four kills and eight digs, while Jayci Vos and seven assists. PCM fell to Fort Dodge in straight sets, 20 – 22 and 10 – 21. The Mustangs fell to Southeast Polk 11 – 21 and 7 – 21, and ended the night with a 19 – 21, 11 – 21 loss to Nodaway Valley. PCM begins the season 0 – 4, and will play in another tournament this Saturday at Bondurant – Farrar.
Posted: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 5:51 am
Iowa Conference soccer continues to be a difficult mountain to climb for all eight schools in the league, and this year will be no different. Loras has been tabbed to finish first for both men’s and women’s soccer in the conference for 2014. For Central, the women have been picked to come in fifth while the men were voted sixth. The Dutch women were 3 – 3 – 1 in league play a year ago and the men were 2 – 5, but both squads return deep and talented teams with several letterwinners and All-Conference selectees among the mix. Central’s men open up the 2014 season with a home game in two days against Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and will join up with the women on Saturday up in Minnesota against Morris.
Posted: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 6:00 am
The Knoxville Cross Country Squad battled temperatures in the high 80s and heat indices near 100 yesterday at the Knoxville Early Bird Invitational.The boys ran away and dominated the meet scoring 21 points to Norwalk’s 43 and Wayne’s 77. Knoxville’s Cade McNeil was the individual winner as the Panthers had nine of the top ten finishers. Chase Larson was second for Knoxville. On the girls side…the Panthers scored 50 points and finished runner-up to Norwalk who scored 15. Sydney Washington led the Knoxville runners with a ninth place finish. Coach Michael Splavec told KNIA/KRLS Sports he was very pleased with how everyone ran. The Panthers have nearly two weeks to prepare for their second meet of the season which is the Central College Meet on September sixth.
1. Knoxville 21
2. Norwalk 43
3. Wayne 77
1. Cade McNeil 15:56.8
2. Chase Larson 16:17.5
5. Mitchell Hollingshed 16:50.3
6. Jack McDonald 17:05.7
7. Blake Lee 17:08.7
8. Nick Moats 17:19.6
9. Daniel Mallory 17:26.2
10. Colton Rinehart 17:47.9
12. Alex Wadle 17:54.7
13. Gunnar Garcia 18:10.7
14. Chase Brown 18:11.1
16. Alex Purvis 18:31.7
18. Dakota Long 19:15.3
19. Mansel Johnston 19:15.4
22. Caden Hudson 20:39.1
26. Trenton Gutknecht 22:10.8
27. Michael Szlachetka 22:34.5
29. Dylan Schuenke 22:58.5
31. Trevor Poundstone 24:14.9
1. Norwalk 15
2. Knoxville 50
9. Sydney Washington 17:24.6
10. Carrie Chambers 17:47.0
15. Lucy Olson 19:13.9
25. Kaeline Schueke 20:14.5
26. Dawn Stewart 20:18.6
Posted: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 5:59 am
Marshalltown made quick work of Pella Christian’s volleyball team in last night’s 2014 season opener, winning in straight sets, 25 – 22, 25 – 14, and 25 – 21. Errors plagued the Eagles throughout the match as they had trouble with their serve-receive. Coach Cindy Nikkel had a mixed review of her team’s first match. Andrea Horstman had seven kills to lead the Eagles and Rebecca Gritters had six. Abby Pleima had two service aces. The Eagles begin the season 0 – 1 and have some more tough competition on their hands this weekend when they head to Ames for tournament play.
Posted: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 5:57 am
Tying atop the Little Hawkeye Conference standings last year, the Pella High volleyball team, as will most of the rest of the league, will have a completely different look to them in 2014. That change is not necessarily a bad thing, says Lady Dutch head coach, Catie Brand. With a mix of young teams and experienced teams in the L-H-C this year, she says the conference race could be an interesting one as the season goes on. As far as Pella is concerned, Brand says timing will be key in the schedule. Pella High’s volleyball season begins on Thursday, at home against Ballard.
Posted: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 5:52 am
Anxious for their season to get going, the PCM volleyball team will debut in 2014 in a tournament up at Dallas Center – Grimes this afternoon. The Mustangs went 5 – 24 a year ago, but have been very dedicated to getting better during the off-season. Coach Mollie Keitges tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that her team played a lot of volleyball over the summer vacation and trained hard to improve on last year. Keitges says the goals for the Mustangs this year are pretty straight forward, but achievable. First matches in today’s tournament at Dallas Center – Grimes are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
Posted: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 5:50 am
As a former player at the collegiate level and a current coach who has turned several programs around, Ryun Ferrell has his sights set high for the Central tennis teams. He wants the Dutch to rise to be a conference powerhouse, much like Coe and Luther are now. To do that, Ferrell says the winning equation is much like the strategy of another sport: Boxing. Central’s men have two dates in the fall, while the women will play in a triangular to begin their main portion of the schedule this Saturday in Illinois against Monmouth and Knox.
Posted: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 5:48 am
1983 Knoxville Nationals Winner Sammy Swindell has announced his retirement from sprint car racing.Swindell announced that in a press release yesterday saying he is hanging up the helmet after over 40 years of racing. Swindell says he will race in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in January and after that his career will be over. Swindell retires with 294 World of Outlaws victories and five Chili Bowl Nationals wins. He says he will concentrate on watching his son Kevin’s budding NASCAR career and spending more time with his family.
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 6:00 am
The fall sports season will officially kick off, or have its first serve in this case, tonight for Pella Christian. Marshalltown invades the Tulip City for a JV/Varsity doubleheader to begin the 2014 volleyball campaign for the Eagles and Bobcats. Marshalltown went 14 – 22 a year ago and lost ten seniors in total. The Eagles defeated the Bobcats in four sets to begin the 2013 season. Coach Cindy Nikkel says her team does look strong so far during practices and camps, but has noticed that their serving must improve for them to have success. The JV teams will play first at Pella Christian High tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. with a first serve for the varsity contest at seven.
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 5:59 am
The Knoxville Cross Country Squads start the season today at Pine Knolls Country Club in a five-team invitational.Coach Michael Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS the entire squad will run giving him a first official time trial to see who are the top runners on his varsity squad. Splavec adds the recent hot weather has made him adjust his practices to either early morning or late evening, but he says the runners are doing well. Knoxville will be joined by Norwalk, Dallas Center-Grimes, Fairfield, and Wayne. The girl’s race starts at 6:30 with the boys at around 7:00.
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 5:58 am
“Try or Train” was the motto for Pella High cross country last year. This fall, the Little and Lady Dutch will simply “focus.” Head coach, Doug Cutler, says the term “focus” can apply to several different things. Cutler adds that there’s a time to focus on physical training, too. He hopes that it’s a very positive focus, even when it’s tempting to dwell on discouragement. Each runner will be coming up with one word that they will be focusing on this season, Cutler says, so the term “focus” will mean something different to each athlete. Pella High begins their cross country season this Thursday at Cedar Rapids Prairie. The most recent polls have the boys ranked fifth in the state in Class 3A with the girls at number six.
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 5:51 am
Many of the players that were a part of the 2014 Twin Cedars state baseball championship team that did not graduate are back on the gridiron getting ready for the 2014 football season. Last year, the Sabers won their first playoff game in several years with a lot of those same seniors that hoisted the Class 1A State Baseball Championship trophy this summer. Sabers coach, Aaron Allspach, says he has noticed an added hunger during camps and practices now that the school has had their appetite satiated with a state title. Twin Cedars’ football season starts this Friday with a game at home against a former 11-man team, English Valleys.
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 5:49 am
Spending six years as an assistant coach for Central tennis, Nick Rohner has been named head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Wittenberg University in Ohio. Rohner was a 2008 Central grad and was a four-year letterwinner during his time as a Dutch. In his senior year, he placed second in Flight B singles at the Iowa Conference tournament and received Central’s “Most Improved Player” Award. Rohner earned a master’s degree from Ohio University in 2012.
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 5:49 am
It was not a full moon…but Saturday night’s season championships at the Knoxville Raceway seemed like there was one.Both 305 contenders had mechanical problems as Steve Breazeale had fuel issues, and J. Kinder had to lift his blown engine out and replace it with Devin Kline’s from White Lighting Motorsports. The switch worked as Kinder won the 305 points title while Dustin Clark won the A-Main. Matt Moro dominated the 360 A-Main but it was Joe Beaver who took home the track championship. Beaver told KNIA/KRLS he now has a trophy of his own to put alongside his late father’s. The A-Main was won by Mark Dobmier when Brian Brown who was leading had to stop in the work area for repairs from an accident while leading. Ian Madsen equaled his brother Kerry and clinched his first 410 track championship.
Posted: Sunday, August 24th, 2014 at 6:00 am
The Knoxville Cross Country Squads start the season tomorrow at Pine Knolls Country Club in a five-team invitational.Coach Michael Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS the entire squad will run giving him a first official time trial to see who are the top runners on his varsity squad. Splavec adds the recent hot weather has made him adjust his practices to either early morning or late evening, but he says the runners are doing well. Knoxville will be joined by Norwalk, Dallas Center-Grimes, Fairfield, and Wayne. The girl’s race starts at 5:00pm with the boys at around 5:30.
Posted: Sunday, August 24th, 2014 at 5:48 am
It was not a full moon, but last night’s season championships at the Knoxville Raceway seemed like there was one.Both 305 contenders had mechanical problems as Steve Breazeale had fuel issues, and J. Kinder had to lift his blown engine out and replace it with Devin Kline’s from White Lighting Motorsports. The switch worked as Kinder won the 305 points title while Dustin Clark won the A-Main. Matt Moro dominated the 360 A-Main but it was Joe Beaver who took home the track championship. The A-Main was won by Mark Dobmier when Brian Brown who was leading had to stop in the work area for repairs from an accident while leading. Ian Madsen equaled his brother Kerry and clinched his first 410 track championship.
Posted: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 am
Replacing Coltin Collins at quarterback for the Pella Christian football team will not be an easy task. However, waiting in the wings last year and ready to take the spotlight this season is sophomore David Kacmarynski. The young Eagle shined primarily on defense in 2013, and this year, will be tasked to take the reins of the offense. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says that even though his son did play basketball last winter, he was still able to get some key workouts and training in which helped out the entire team. Kacmarynski says that on paper, the passing game should be a big strength for the Eagles this year, with talented wide receivers returning, including Josh Posthuma and Jake De Ruiter, along with Carson Dugger.
Posted: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 5:59 am
Along with his head football coaching duties at Knoxville…Eric Kellar is also one of the high school physical education teachers. Kellar has brought a personal fitness curriculum to Knoxville from his last school Eddyville-Blakesburg. Kellar tells KNIA/KRLS Sports all Knoxville students are welcome to his personal fitness courses…whether they play sports or not. Kellar says the fitness curriculum is not just about lift weights. He says they will explore Pilates…yoga…and other non-mainstream fitness areas.
Posted: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 5:58 am
The Pella High football team once again looks like the team to beat in their district in Class 3A this year. They did lose some talented seniors, but bring back a very experienced and special group of juniors and seniors, as well as some sophomores, that are hoping to have as much, if not more success than they did in 2013. One of those cogs that returns this season is quarterback Noah Clayberg, who threw for over 700 yards and rushed for nearly 1,300, with 21 rushing touchdowns to boot. Coach Jay McKinstrey says that Clayberg has put in a lot of time in the offseason getting better and has been very impressed by what he’s seen so far. Clayberg will be joined by Nathan Henry and Quinton Murphy in the backfield for a serious triple threat on the ground. Pella plays Washington in six days to begin their 2014 season.
Posted: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 5:52 am
The summer months in 2014 haven’t seemed much like summer for the most part this year. Not too many days has the mercury in the thermometers risen past the 90 degree mark. Last year at around this time, we were dealing with temperatures close to 100 degrees, even at night when football games were about to kick off in weeks one and two. PCM head football coach, Greg Bonnett says he personally prefers the warmer weather during practices in the preseason so his guys get used to the heat and playing conditions they face the first few weeks of the regular season. PCM will clash with Pella Christian for their first football game of 2014 this Friday night in Monroe.