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Central Volleyball Rallies, Falls in Five to Loras

Posted: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Trapped in a corner down two-sets-to-none, the Central volleyball team stormed back, only to fall in five, 25 – 22, 25 – 23, 13 – 25, 24 – 26, and 18 – 16. Emily Stoakes had 15 kills, Jessica Laflin and Mollie Mason each had ten, and Dzenita Bahtic had 27 digs for the Dutch, who drop to 16 – 7 overall and 3 – 2 in the Iowa Conference. Central will participate in the Wisconsin – River Falls Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

Knoxville Hosts South Central Conference Cross Country Teams

Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Cross Country Squads will host the South Central Conference meet today at Pine Knolls Country Club.While Albia is looked on as the favorite in the boys race, Knoxville Coach Michael Splavec thinks his guys have win it. In fact he has been telling the guys they can win the conference all season. Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls have a chance to finish in the top three if they continue to improve their times. He adds the entire team fells they have a distinct home course advantage as only Chariton and Eddyville-Blakesburg have run the course this season. First races are scheduled for four with the high school portion of the event starting at 4:50.

Fillies Drop Eagles in Conference Showdown

Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:59 am

They had a few chances to close it down, but the Pella Christian volleyball team couldn’t secure a victory over Dallas Center – Grimes last night, losing in five, 25 – 19, 22 – 25, 25 – 18, 21 – 25 and 13 – 15. Coach Cindy Nikkel tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that her girls played tentative in games four and five. The Eagles drop to 4 – 1 in the conference and overall they are 18 – 10 on the season. Grinnell heads to PC’s gym on Thursday for their final regular season one-on-one match.

Knoxville Volleyball Hosts Clarke For Senior Night

Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:58 am

The finals heads up volleyball match for Knoxville at home is tonight as the Panthers finish up their return to the South Central Conference with a match against Clarke.The Indians have struggled this season to get wins while Knoxville can nail down second place in the conference with a win. There will be no freshmen matches as the action starts with as J-V match at 5:30 and the varsity about 30 minutes following the J-V match.

Pella Girls Begin Wind Down of Regular Season Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:57 am

A chance to get a game above .500 in their conference schedule awaits Pella High’s volleyball team at home tonight against Newton. The Lady Dutch played well on their home court on Saturday with their invitational tournament, going 4 – 1 on the day to improve their record to 16 – 19. Coach Catie Brand says her team has a goal of finishing 4 – 2 in the Little Hawkeye Conference, but beyond that, she wants to see her team make those marginal improvements so they are ready for regional tournament play which isn’t too far away. First serve of tonight’s varsity match is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Pleasantville Girls Split in Pride of Iowa Tourney Opener

Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville volleyball team were the sweepers and the “sweepees” in last night’s Pride of Iowa Conference tournament triangular. The Trojans beat I-35 in straight sets, 25 – 19 and 25 – 13, but fell to Nodaway Valley, 19 – 25 and 19 – 25. Kennedy Core racked up 21 kills and 14 digs, Alli Friday had 27 assists, and Bailey Oliva had eight kills and two aces. Pleasantville, now 16 – 9, concludes the conference tournament later tonight.

Mustangs Runners Battle Tough in Conference Meet

Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:52 am

On a rain-soaked night over most of Iowa, PCM and the other Heart of Iowa schools still were able to get in their conference meet last night in Ames at the Iowa State cross country course. The Mustangs’ girls finished seventh, and the boys were eighth in a loaded field that included highly-touted Gilbert. Rachel Peter was tops for the Mustangs’ girls, with an 11th-place time of 17:25. Blaise Winegardner was sixth for the boys at 18:18. Full results are below. PCM concludes their regular season with one final meet at Saydel on Thursday.

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Central Baseball to Host Pair of Clinics

Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central College’s baseball program will be putting on a pair of hitting and pitching camps starting in a few weeks. Starting on Tuesday, October 28 and occurring every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter through November 20, the Dutch will be putting on a hitting league for 24 players in grades 5 – 8 from 7 – 8 p.m., and another 24 players in grades 9 – 12 from 8 – 9 p.m. The pitching clinic is one day only on November 1 from 9:00 a.m. – noon for anyone in grades 9 – 12. To register or for more information, contact head coach Matt Schirm at 641-628-5396, or go online to

Lady Dutch Go 4 – 1 at Home Tournament

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Call it home court advantage, call it whatever you like, but the Pella High volleyball team went 4 – 1 in their own tournament on Saturday. The Lady Dutch won in straight sets over North Mahaska, PCM, and the team they’ll face in the first round of the Class 4A regional tournament in a few weeks, Knoxville. Greene County got up by a set on Pella, 21 – 15, before the gals in green answered with a 21 – 18 and 15 – 10 pair of victories for their fourth match win of the day. However, Pella stumbled with Mediapolis, losing in three, 10 – 21, 21 – 19, and 12 – 15. Makenna Bogaard had 40 kills total for the tournament, Jenna Murphy had 45 digs, and setter Kiki Pingel racked up 80 assists. The Lady Dutch are now 16 – 19 on the season, and they have just two regular season games left, both of them conference games, starting with a home match versus Newton this Tuesday.

Knoxville Volleyball Posts A 3-2 Mark At Pella On Saturday

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad finally had a weekend where they were successful. The Panthers went 3-2 at the Pella Invitational Saturday with a win over P-C-M in three sets and victories over Green County and North Mahaska in straight sets. The Panthers loses were to Pella and Mediapolis both in straight sets. Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls started off better than in recent Saturday meets. Knoxville is now 13-17 on the season, the Panthers will close out their South Central Conference season with a match against Clarke tomorrow. A win would secure second place in the S-C-C.

Fillies Only Team Standing in Eagles’ Way from Conference Title

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:58 am

They’ve fought hard, they have earned a first round bye in the Class 2A regional volleyball tournament, and tonight, Pella Christian’s talented gals will hit the road to Dallas Center – Grimes, where a win would clinch the Eagles a Little Hawkeye Conference championship. Norwalk helped the Eagles out by defeating the Fillies, and everyone else in the league, save for Pella Christian, of course, has at least two losses. With two conference matches this week for the Eagles, Coach Cindy Nikkel says her girls will need to do a better job of improvising at times. Today’s big varsity match has a scheduled first serve of 7:15 p.m.

Pella High Favorites Entering Today’s Cross Country Meet

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:56 am

In perhaps one of the most competitive conference meets to date, Pella High and Pella Christian go to Dallas Center – Grimes for the Little Hawkeye Conference cross country meet this afternoon. The boys’ side features three ranked teams; Pella at number two, the host Mustangs ninth, and Grinnell at ten. Those same three schools are also ranked on the ladies’ side; Pella is third, the Tigers eighth, and the Fillies 11th. Today’s meet is at the Dallas Center Burnett Rec Complex and is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m.

Pleasantville Girls Take Two, Give Three at Martensdale

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s girls were involved in some Saturday tournament volleyball action, and they came away with a 2 – 3 mark at Martensdale – St. Mary’s invitational. The Trojans’ three losses came to Van Meter in three sets, 13 – 21, 21 – 13, and 7 – 15; to the host Blue Devils in two, 12 – 21 and 14 – 21, and to Earlham in straight games. Pleasantville did topple Murray in three, and Montezuma as well in three, 16 – 21, 23 – 21, and 15 – 9. Kennedy Core recorded 48 kills and 44 digs, Alli Friday had 71 assists, and Bailey Oliva and Avari Heinz-Pence notched 23 kills each. Pleasantville’s record is 15 – 8, and they will participate in the Pride of Iowa Conference Tournament starting on Monday.

Mustangs Record a Win at Pella

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The day wasn’t a complete loss for the PCM volleyball team at Saturday’s Pella High invitational. The Mustang girls came away with one win in five matches, that being over North Mahaska, 21 – 18 and 21 – 16. PCM fell in three to Knoxville, 21 – 17, 12 – 21, and 8 – 15; they were also swept by Pella, Greene County and Mediapolis. The Mustangs are now 8 – 20 on the season and they will next head to Colfax-Mingo on Tuesday.

Central Pounds Luther to Even Conference Record

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central College football fans who thought the sky was falling can come out of the bunker, as the Dutch drubbed Luther 47-7 Saturday afternoon in Decorah. The Norse turned the ball over four times, leading to three Central touchdowns, and the Dutch racked up over 400 yards of offensive while limiting Luther to just 238, about half of their season average. Central jumped out in front early, recovering a fumble on Luther’s first offensive snap and turning it into a touchdown just five players later. Josh Osborn added scoring runs of 9 and 1 yard as Central took a 21-7 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, Brendon Boerm caught a pair of touchdown passes from Eisler, from 6 and 13 yards out, and Osborn added a nifty 10 yard score as the Dutch took total control. He tallied 115 yards rushing, which is his sixth straight 100-yard game dating back to last year. Central is now 3-2 on the year, 1-1 in the Iowa Conference, and they’ll host Loras Saturday afternoon. Hear more about the win over Luther, plus a preview of the Loras game, when Coach Jeff McMartin joins us live at Applebee’s tonight from 7 to 7:30 for the Central College Radio Coaches Corner on KRLS.

Central Men’s Golf Finish Fall Season with Record-Breaking Performance

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Once again, the Central men’s golf team found themselves at the top of the leaderboard as the Dutch finished first in the William Penn Invitational on Saturday. Central’s duffers set a new school record for a 36-hole team score by firing a total of 565 for the two-day tourney. Desmond Stoll, after carding a two-under par round one score of 68, finished with a 140 to tie teammate David Watson for second place. The William Penn Invitational marked the end of Central’s fall golf season.

Dutch Women’s Soccer Records Huge Conference Win

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Athletics at Central College had an outstanding weekend thanks in part to the Dutch women’s soccer team’s first ever victory over Dubuque in program history, 1 – 0 on Saturday. Freshman Abby Hillmer came through with just over ten minutes to play in the second half with an assist from Jackie Bell. Central had been 0 – 9 – 3 all-time against the Spartans until Saturday happened. The Dutch improve to 6 – 4 – 3 overall on the season and are now 2 – 1 – 1 in conference play. They’ll have to hold onto that momentum for awhile until their next match at home on October 18 against Buena Vista.

Knoxville Posts 3-2 Mark At Pella Volleyball Invitational

Posted: Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad finally had a weekend where they were successful.The Panthers went 3-2 at the Pella Invitational yesterday with a win over P-C-M in three sets and victories over Green County and North Mahaska in straight sets. The Panthers loses were to Pella and Mediapolis. Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls started off better than in recent Saturday meets. Knoxville is now 13-17 on the season.

Pella Scores in Buckets, Pounds Cardinals

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Ten touchdowns in 26 plays. That was the extent of the Pella High offense through two-plus quarters last night in a 69 – 14 demolishing of number-eight ranked Newton, a game that was live on 92.1 KRLS. The Little Dutch gained 526 yards overall, 424 of which came on the ground. Noah Clayberg threw for 102 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another 108 and a score, and Quinton Murphy and Nathan Henry each scored three times. Coach Jay McKinstrey says his team did indeed make a statement last night. Pella improves to 7 – 0 on the year, and they are back into district play next Friday night when they come home to face Saydel.

Senior Night Victory Keeps Knoxville in the Playoff Hunt

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:59 am

A full team effort by Knoxville helped send their seniors off with a win in their final home game of the regular season, by a final of 35-7 over Chariton as heard on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA. Panthers head coach, Eric Kellar, said it goes back to what he told his team over the summer about how they’ll dominate if they execute. Luke Bachman finished the evening with 127 yards rushing on the night to lead all rushers. The Panthers, who are now 3 – 4 on the season and 2 – 2 in Class 3A District 7, will take their two-game winning streak on the road next week to Oskaloosa.