Today’s Local Sports


Dutch Softball Sweeps as Arizona Trip Winds Down

Posted: Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Coming into their last few days down in Tucson, the Central softball team won both of their contests yesterday in Arizona. The day started with a narrow 2 – 0 shutout of Wisconsin – La Crosse. The Dutch put up single runs in the first and fourth innings, and that’s all pitcher Mallory Schulenberg would need, allowing just six hits and three walks in seven shutout innings. Abbey Strajack was 3-for-3 at the plate, and reigning Iowa Conference female athlete of the week, Karlee Rock, was 2-for-3 and had the game’s lone RBI with a solo blast in the fourth. Central again got out to a fast start against Puget Sound, defeating them, 7 – 3. The Dutch cranked out ten hits, three off the bat of Abbie Voas, who hit her first home run of the season. Central improves to 11 – 4 overall, and they’ll take on Pacific Lutheran and Valley City State for their two games later tonight.

Late Heroics Sink Central Baseball

Posted: Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 5:50 am

A tie game going into the ninth inning was broken by Hamline, as Central’s baseball team fell yesterday in Tucson, 6 – 4. Central had a 2 – 1 lead until the fourth, when a one-out error proved to be costly and the Pipers scored three runs to take the lead. The Dutch tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to an RBI single by Zach Brown, but could not hold on. Dylan Diveney was effective on the mound, scattering seven hits in seven-and-two-thirds innings with just one walk, seven strikeouts, and allowing three earned runs. The Dutch have dropped four straight and are 3 – 4 on the season. They’ll try to bounce back when they play a doubleheader with Gustavus Adolphus later today.

Central Men’s Golf Starts Season with Another Win

Posted: Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 5:49 am

It may have only been a triangular, but the Central men’s golf team faced some early-season stiff competition and prevailed in the three-team Beach Bash down in Sorrento, Florida yesterday. The Dutch carded a 293 to beat Division II Illinois Springfield by eight strokes. NAIA school, Mount Vernon Nazarene, put up a 318 team score. David Watson for the Dutch was the meet medalist, with a four-under round of 68, and the other three top golfers for Central were in the mid-70s for the day. The Dutch are off until March 29 and 30 to compete in the Webster Gorlok Invitational in Eureka and St. Louis, Missouri.

High-Powered Offense Transitioned to Strong Defense for Lady Dutch

Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The quickness of the Pella High girls’ basketball team was one distinct advantage they had at the beginning of the season. Of their first 12 games they played, they scored less than 50 points just twice in a pair of losses to Carlisle and Ballard, and put up under 60 points three times, all of them wins, scoring 59 against Fairfield, Pella Christian, and Newton. Though their speed carried through and presented challenges for the opposition to guard, Coach Jerod Garland feels that agility carried through to the defensive side of the ball in the second half of their season. There were 11 games where their challengers were held to under 40 points, including a four-game stretch in victories over Dallas Center-Grimes, Grinnell, Knoxville, and Pella Christian at the end of January and into early February. The Lady Dutch went 19 – 3 in the 2014-15 season.

Knoxville Girls Track Preparing For Season Opener

Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Numbers are low for the Knoxville Girls Track and Field Squad this season, however an eager group of girls ready to show Coach Brad McWilliams what they can do are hard at work preparing for the season. McWilliams tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he wants his team to compete no matter where they finish. McWilliams adds the hurdle events were important to just get the girls to complete and see that they can compete in the event. The Panthers’ season opener is Thursday April second at Clarke.

Last Game of 2014 an Eye-Opener for Hessing, Eagles’ Boys’ Hoops

Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian’s boys’ basketball team started the year hot. They won their first five games, with wins over ADM and PCM highlighting their early stretch. The Eagles’ big test came in their last game before Christmas break, with a visit from Pella High. The Little Dutch were still starting to come into their own after transitioning from their triumphant football season. Both teams scored at will in the first half, with the Eagles down 43 – 35 at intermission. A big third quarter helped Pella put PC away, 87 – 74. Coach Larry Hessing feels it helped his players and coaching staff make adjustments for down the road. The Eagles finished the year defeating Aplington-Parkersburg for third place in the Class 2A state tournament.

Returners, Youth, to Be Leaned Upon Heavily for PCM Wrestling Next Year

Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 5:52 am

A lot can be said about the momentum of the PCM wrestling team, and what Tristan Clark’s runner-up finish at the Class 2A state meet in Des Moines did for the program. Unfortunately for the Mustangs and Coach Cory Waddell, they lose Clark and a lot of experience from a strong senior class. All is not lost, says Waddell, as the future on the mats still looks bright for PCM. Waddell adds that the guys coming back and coming into the program next season will hopefully get some work in over the summer with tournaments and other sports they may play, and says he’s looking forward to the growth of PCM wrestling.

Fast Start Helps Dutch Women Hang On

Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 5:50 am

On a rain soaked afternoon in Tucson, Arizona, the Central softball team emerged victorious over Mayville State yesterday, 9 – 7. The Dutch got out to a quick 6 – 0 lead after two innings thanks to a Kaitlyn Matzen three-run homer in the first and a two-run double from Whitney Sowers in the second. Matzen finished 3-for-4 at the plate. Trisha Smith earned the win on the mound, throwing five-and-a-third innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. Central’s game with Dickinson State was cancelled due to the rain. The Dutch improve to 9 – 4 on the year and they play a doubleheader with Wisconsin – La Crosse and Puget Sound today.

Central Women Drop in Spring Golf Opener

Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 5:49 am

The Central women’s golf team teed off their spring season yesterday with a dual loss to Division II Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego. Molly Timmerman led the Dutch with a round of 89. Christine Ausman carded a 91, and helped her team shave 11 strokes off their score on the same course they were at last spring. The final team score ended at 312 – 369. Central’s women will next compete at the Washington University Spring Invitational in Madison, Illinois on March 28 and 29.

Pella Boys Standout in Big ISU Field

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Amongst 84 other teams, the Pella High boys’ track and field team had some highlight performances at the Iowa State University Indoor Invitational track and field meet yesterday.

Noted feats of the day included a 12th place finish by Chase VanSant in the long jump, a 15th place throw of the shot put by Austin Hill, and the 4 x 800 meter relay team came in 19th. The Little Dutch 4 x 100 and distance medley relay teams both placed in the top 15. Official stats and times will be out later today.

Eagles’ Girls Were Still Fighters with Key Injuries

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Pella Christian’s girls’ basketball team was a mixture of young gals and experienced upperclassmen who, for the most part, were trying to figure out their roles as the season wore on. Some injuries to key players, namely freshman Kaley Wilson and senior Tessa Howerzyl, forced the issue a bit, especially with the ninth and tenth graders. Tessa’s ankle injury forced her out towards the beginning of the 2015 portion of their schedule, when the Eagles had to face Norwalk, Grinnell, and Dallas Center-Grimes. In fact, the Eagles held their own against the Fillies until a late third quarter run put D-C-G up by ten. Coach Kevin Van Maanen says even with some major contributors out, it did not effect the rest of the team’s attitude. Pella Christian advanced all the way to the regional semifinals against Des Moines Christian and had a record of 13 – 11.

Saber Boys Thrived on Teamwork

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars’ boys’ basketball team had some very talented scorers on it for the 2014-15 season. Senior Otis Roby and sophomore Cam Arkema were the Sabers’ top two scorers with other contributions up and down the line-up. Coach Alan Stewart says as they played more and more games together, his Sabers were able to play better basketball, and the team even gave it a unique nickname. When the Sabers scored at least 60 points, just under their season average, they were 11 – 2, but if they came in under that threshold, Twin Cedars had a 1 – 9 mark. They will lose nearly 60% of their scoring to graduation for 2015-16, but Stewart says they have some young guys and players down in middle school that could and should help them fill some of those gaps left by Roby and Trenton Bacus.

Central Softball Rolling With Early-Season Punches

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 5:50 am

At the halfway point of their Tucson spring break trip, the Central College softball team is 6-2 in the desert, and 8-4 overall on the season. For many programs, a winning clip of two-thirds is a pretty solid mark, but for the tradition rich Dutch, it’s been a disappointing start. The 6-2 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Sunday was maddening because of the way it happened – errors, strikeouts and missed opportunities. But the loss to Denison a day later was worse, as Central had just beaten the Big Red 11-3 the day before and pitched poorly in Monday’s 8-7 setback. Coach George Wares says that the high expectations, and the gut-punch feeling that comes with every loss, is just a part of gig. Central returns to action today against a pair of NAIA schools from North Dakota. They’ve got 8 more games over the next 4 days to complete their spring break trip.

Dutch Baseball Drops Third Straight

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Five doubles and an early 6 – 2 lead was squandered by the Central baseball team in Tuesday’s action down in Tucson, Arizona, against Marian, 12 – 8. In the first six frames, Central had a quintet of two-baggers, which was half of their ten hits they swatted in that time period. Matt Schissel kept the Sabers in line, allowing two runs on nine hits in those six innings, but the Dutch bullpen coughed up four runs in the seventh and five in the eighth in the loss. Zach Brown went 3-for-4 at the dish with a pair of doubles and an RBI to lead Central’s charge offensively. Central’s record stands at 3 – 3 and they have today off before getting back to it tomorrow against Hamline.

Beaver Motorsports Fundraiser And Auction Is This Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 5:48 am

Race fans have another opportunity to help out a local sprint car driver this weekend. Beaver Motorsports is having its annual fundraiser and auction at the Dyer-Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds starting at five. The auction will get going at six. This is to help reigning 360 Knoxville Raceway Champion Joe Beaver get ready for the upcoming season. Beaver tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the auction will have something for the while family. Admission, which includes the meal is ten dollars for adults, kids 12-16 are five dollars and kids under 12 are free.

All Five Dutch Starters Picked to All-Conference Team

Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 6:00 am

A season in which they won the Little Hawkeye Conference title outright, the Pella High boys’ basketball team had five players named to the all-Conference team for 2014-15. Both Isaac Naaktgeboren and Will Warner were unanimous selections to the first team. Naaktgeboren was the league’s leading scorer in points per game average with 17.3, and was sixth in the conference in rebounds per contest with almost seven. The senior was also fourth in total blocks with 23. Warner finished in the top 15 in the league in scoring this year with an average of 11.5 points per game, and was fifth in field goal percentage among players that had at least 200 field goal attempts. He also recorded the second most assists in the conference as a junior with 110. Ryan Van Wyk was named to the second team all-Conference. As just a sophomore, Van Wyk put in nearly 11 points per game, and shot 67% from the field. Seth Johnson and Payson Vande Lune were each picked as honorable mentions.

Eagles Earn League Marks for 2014-15

Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 5:58 am

They finished third in the state in Class 2A boys’ basketball, and Pella Christian had several athletes named to the Little Hawkeye Conference all-League team. Levi Jungling was unanimously picked to the first team all-Conference. Jungling led the league in total points, and was second in average with 16.7 per game. The sophomore finished third in the conference in assists with 106, and had the second most steals with 59. Fellow sophomore, David Kacmarynski, was picked to the second team. Kac was eighth in the league with 12.6 points per game and the big man was fourth in assists with a total of 96. David was third in the conference in steals at 57 and fifth in blocks with 21. The Eagle sophomore grabbed the most offensive rebounds of anyone in the league, and had the second best rebounding average. Josh Posthuma and Jason Holwerda each received an honorable mention. The Eagles finished with an 18 – 8 record.

Seniors Helped Trojans in Close Games

Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville boys’ basketball team played good basketball when it mattered in the 2014-15 season. Starting on January 27, during their final eight games of the regular season, the Trojans played in six games that were decided by three points or less, and save for a loss to Albia, Pleasantville won each of them. They also tacked on another three-point win over Colo-Nesco in the district semifinals. Coach Tom Wilkins says a lot of credit can be given to his 12th graders. The Trojans will lose another good group of seniors with a total of six that will be leaving the program for graduation.

Central Baseball Falls, Softball Splits in Arizona

Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 5:50 am

The action continues to heat up for the Central baseball and softball teams down in Tucson, Arizona. The Dutch women settled for a win and a loss in their Monday doubleheader. They dropped a tough 8 – 7 contest to Denison before bouncing back to make quick work of Edgewood, 11 – 0 in five innings. Central softball sits at an 8 – 4 record heading into a break in the action today. A pair of six-run innings did in the Dutch men on the baseball diamond, as they lost to Augsburg, 13 – 3. Central was actually up 2 – 0 after two frames, but a total of five Dutch errors allowed Augsburg to run up the score in a big way. Zach Brown, Andy Carr, and Kirby Coppess each had RBI hits for Central, who falls to 3 – 2, and they have a test with Marian today at 2:30 p.m.

360 Driver Jamie Ball Has High Goals For 2015

Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 5:47 am

2014 was a pretty solid year at the Knoxville Raceway for Jamie Ball. The 360 weekly driver finished third in the point standings with one win, he also finished 19th in the 360 Nationals A-Main. This season Ball tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he is going for the track championship. In 11 weekly A-Mains Ball had one win, five top fives and nine top tens. He adds Knoxville is not the only track he will be racing on. He says destinations like Nebraska, Illinois, and Missouri with the Sprint Invaders and A-S-C-S will give him more experience on a wide range of tracks.