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Blue Demons Shake Eagles Late in the First Half

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

Pella Christian went against a familiar face for the first time in Albia Head Coach Jerry Staton, and lost to their old coach’s Blue Devils in a 48-20 game heard live on The Eagles kept it a back-and-forth contest in the first half until a big Albia 92-yard kick return for a touchdown, an Eagles turnover followed by a 14-yard passing touchdown just before the half, which gave the Blue Demons some breathing room on the scoreboard. Assistant Coach Darryl De Ruiter says it’s no surprise that Staton’s team came ready to play. The Eagles, now 2 – 1 on the season, kick-off district play on the road against Sigourney-Keota next Friday evening.

Pleasantville Improves to 2-1 with Win Over Blue Devils

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

As heard on, the Pleasantville football team, was able to pick up their second consecutive win on Friday night as they took down Martensdale-St. Mary’s, 34-8. The Trojan defense was strong once again, holding the Blue Devils scoreless until the final minutes of the game while causing two more turnovers on the night. Quarterback Zeb Adreon once again led the Trojans in rushing with 121 yards and two touchdowns. With the 2-1 start to the season, head coach Gabe Bakker sees his team having fun and enjoying the season. Pleasantville improves to 1-0 in Class A District 8 and will host Nodaway Valley next Friday night.

PCM Survives Early Scare from Centerville to Notch Win Number One

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

PCM’s football squad picked up their first win of the 2014 season over Centerville at home on Friday night 48-19, in a game that was heard on The PCM offense used a balanced rushing attack and dominant passing game to overcome two quick Centerville touchdowns. Mustang quarterback Logan Gillman was impressive, throwing four touchdown passes for 253 yards. Ricky Reeve caught three of those scoring throws from Gillman and Ronnie Marshall pounded the ball 25 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach Greg Bonnett feels confident in the offense now that Reeve and Marshall are back healthy. The Mustangs, 1-2 on the year, turn their attention to a district matchup at home against Davis County on Friday night, and look to improve to 2-0 in district play.

Saints Pound Sabers in Eight Man Rivalry Game

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

Melcher-Dallas’ five first quarter touchdowns were more than enough to topple Twin Cedars in Eight Man football last night, 54 – 12. The Saints got out to a 46 – 6 halftime lead with not much action happening in a running-clock second half. Melcher-Dallas is now 2 – 1 overall and 1 – 0 in district play, while the Sabers drop to 1 – 2 and 0 – 1, respectively. The Saints are on the road next week against Harmony, while Twin Cedars comes back home to play Seymour.

Central Football Prepares to Play Under the Lights Tonight

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

For the first time in several years, the Central football team, in the comforts of Ron & Joyce Schipper Stadium, will play a game under the lights this evening. Monmouth is in the Tulip City tonight for a non-conference match-up. Each team is 1 – 0 to begin the year; the Scots have returned 17 starters from a .500 team from a season ago. The big question mark for Central tonight is the health of senior quarterback Aaron Eisler, who was injured in their victory over Benedictine last Saturday. Dutch Coach Jeff McMartin says that if there was an official injury report at the division three level, Eisler would be listed as questionable. Tonight’s game can be heard live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at with Trevor Castle, George Wares, and Andrew Schneider on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 5:40 p.m. with kick-off at six.

Coe Sweeps Central Women’s Tennis

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

Facing a tough team early in the season, the Central women’s tennis squad was swept by three-time defending conference champion, Coe yesterday, 9 – 0. Central gets back to work this morning to host Morningside College at 9:00 a.m.

Central Volleyball Splits Over in Illinois

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

The Central volleyball team took a win and a loss out of their opening day at the Illinois College Invitational. The Dutch swept Monmouth to open the day, 25 – 20, 25 – 18, and 25 – 16, but fell to Lakeland, 22 – 25, 18 – 25, and 22 – 25. The Dutch are now 8 – 3 on the year and will conclude tournament play today against Rockford and Culver-Stockton.

Football Scores

Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Scores from week 3

Knoxville 14
Fairfield 20

Pella 61
Oskaloosa 6

Pella Christian 20
Albia 48

Pleasantville 34
Martensdale St. Mary’s 8

Twin Cedars 12
Melcher-Dallas 54

Centerville 19
PCM 48

Knoxville Tries for Two Straight in Fairfield

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

Breaking a long and frustrating streak last week against Centerville, the Knoxville football team is wanting to move above .500 for the first time since early in the 2012 season when they play Fairfield tonight on the road. The Panthers used a strong running game to douse Centerville, 35 – 0 last Friday night. The Trojans have had a split couple of games; blanking Davis County in game one, before being goose-egged themselves versus Albia last week. You can hear tonight’s game live on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and online at with Tony Correa and Kevin Wadle on the play-by-play. Our pregame coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Knoxville Boys 8th; Girls 10th At Grinnell Invitational

Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country squad placed 8th at the Grinnell Invitational yesterday. Blake Lee led the boys with a 39th place finish in a time of 19:05. The girls were led by Lucy Olson whose 45th place finish came in with a time of 19:05. The Panthers as a team placed 10th.

Little Dutch, Oskaloosa Begin District Football Play

Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Diving head first into district play in Week Three, Pella High’s football team heads east to Mahaska County to take on Oskaloosa this evening. The Little Dutch have looked nothing short of impressive in their first two games of the season against a pair of ranked teams in Class 3A, Washington and Dallas Center-Grimes. The Indians have dropped two tough contests to Winterset and Ottumwa, but have some size on the line that Pella will have to contend with both on offense and on defense, says Coach Jay McKinstrey. Tonight’s game will be live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Two Dynamic Teams Meet-Up in Monroe County Tonight

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

Each sitting with 2 – 0 records, Pella Christian and Albia’s football teams clash on the gridiron for non-district action tonight. The Eagles used another balanced attack to shut out Lynnville-Sully last week, 38 – 0. Meanwhile, the Blue Demons have allowed just eight combined points against Mount Ayr and Fairfield while scoring 75 themselves to get out to a fast 2 – 0 start. The Blue Demons average almost seven yards per carry through two games. Andrew Schneider and Larry Hessing will provide the play-by-play for you tonight live on, with pregame coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30. We will have a delayed broadcast of the game on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Pella Boys, Girls Second to Grinnell Runners, Pella Christian Strong at Johnston

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

Getting some fresh legs on the course, the Pella High boys’ and girls’ cross country teams still placed second to host Grinnell at yesterday’s meet. Ciara Buchheit led the way for the Lady Dutch with a seventh place time of 16:19, and Payton Phelps was ninth at 16:31. Pella Christian and PCM were each at Johnston, and Eagles’ coach, Jocelyn Meinders tells KNIA/KRLS Sports her teams did great with strong races and superb finishes on a hilly course. Final official results were not made available. KNIA/KRLS Sports will post final results of each meet when they become official.

PCM Volleyball Swept by Strong Comet Squad

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

PCM’s volleyball team tried to hang tough, but North Polk proved to be too strong last night in the Heart of Iowa Conference opener. The Comets swept the Mustangs by final game scores of 8 – 25, 7 – 25, and 15 – 25. Courtney VanHouweling had 11 digs for PCM to highlight their night, as they drop to 2 – 10 on the year. The Mustangs have the weekend off to prepare for another conference set versus South Hamilton on Tuesday.

Pleasantville Looks to Down Blue Devils in District Opener

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

Looking for their fourth straight district win, the Pleasantville football team tonight hits the road to try to take down Martensdale – St. Mary’s. The Trojans are hoping for a better offensive output; even after their defense forced seven turnovers, Pleasantville only scored one offensive touchdown and could muster just 109 yards of total offense in their 14 – 0 win over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in Week Two. Join Kris Krug and Ed Bull as they are up in the press box once again to call the game for you live on Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven. We will have a delayed broadcast of the game on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Mustangs and Big Red Try to Shake Off Early Woes

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

After tonight, one team will notch their first victory of the season and get off on the right foot in district play. PCM and Centerville have had their share of frustrations through two weeks of the 2014 high school football season, and tonight, the two teams will battle in Monroe, hoping to find some sort of momentum to carry them forward towards the “final” six weeks of the regular season. The Big Red have failed to score in two games while struggling to record a combined 109 yards of total offense. PCM’s contest can be streamed live at with Garrett Knock on the call. Pregame coverage begins at seven with kick-off at 7:30. Check-out a delayed broadcast of the game on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Sabers’ Girls Record First Win of the Season

Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 5:51 am

It took five sets, but the Twin Cedars volleyball team came out on top of Moulton-Udell on Thursday evening. The Sabers prevailed 25 – 21 in game one before losing sets two and three 22 – 25 and 21 – 25, respectively. All this did was fire Twin Cedars up, as the Sabers sliced up the Eagles, 25 – 7 and 15 – 6 the rest of the way. Shyann Denburger went 23-for-23 serving on the night. The win is Twin Cedars’ first of the 2014 season and they will next host a tournament tomorrow morning.

Saints, Sabers Renew Rivalry, Begin District Play

Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 5:51 am

They aren’t playing for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the Wagon Wheel, the Floyd of Rosedale or the Cy-Hawk Trophy. What Twin Cedars and Melcher-Dallas are playing for tonight is district win number one in Eight Man football. Both teams lost their first game of the season last week and are sitting at 1 – 1 records. The Saints bring to the field a dangerous run-pass combination from Jacob Hoch and Alex Mitchell, while the Sabers counter with quarterback Otis Roby, who has thrown for 441 yards while rushing for another 150-plus with a total of nine touchdowns through two games. Tonight’s Marion County rivalry match-up will kick-off at seven.

Hinton’s Late Goal Fuels Central Women’s Soccer Win

Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Brittany Hinton’s back-of-the-netter in the 79′ gave her Central women’s soccer team a 1 – 0 win over Grinnell last night. Hinton had a header in the box for the game-winner, assisted by Kellie Holte. Central’s women improve to 3 – 2 on the year and will next play Hamline in Minnesota on Saturday.

Pella Cross Country Heads to Grinnell

Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 6:00 am

In a make-up meet from Monday, the Pella High cross country teams head to Grinnell this afternoon for their next competition. Temperatures will be considerably cooler than what the teams in attendance have been used to so far, with highs expected to be in the upper 50s to the low 60s. The Little and Lady Dutch finished third and fourth, respectively, at this past Saturday’s Central College Invitational. Many more conference teams will be at the meet today, and Coach Doug Cutler says that even without Knoxville, the league will be very competitive. Today’s meet will get underway at 5:00 p.m.