Today’s Local Sports


Clark Advances to 2A State Finals

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 6:00 am

Tristan Clark set out to do what every high school wrestler dreams of and wrestle in front of 13,000 people for the chance at a state championship. Clark has that opportunity tonight, as he defeated the number two wrestler in Class 2A at 126 pounds on Friday night. Clark summed up how he was feeling in one short sentence. Clark won his match in a decision 9-6 over Bryce Severson of Camanche. Clark will look to take down number one rated Ryan Lesure of Clear Lake to become the first ever state champion at PCM. Brock Caviness of Knoxville has had himself a very nice tournament, as he won his first match on Friday by fall, then fell to Gavin Dinsdale of Webster City by decision 6-1. Caviness will wrestle for seventh place today against Kyle Davis of Columbus-Winfield-Mount Union.

Knoxville Looks At Second Chance Against Pella In Regional Semi-Final

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 5:59 am

For the second time this season the Knoxville and Pella Girls Basketball Squads will play on the same court. The first one was all Pella 58-37 as the Lady Dutch dominated play on the inside and forcing the Panthers into 21 turnovers. Knoxville is coming off a 52-34 first round class 4A regional victory over Washington on Wednesday and stand at 18-4. Coach Jim Uitermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS says his team knows they did not play well against Pella the first time around. The winner will play the survivor of the Carlisle and Fairfield game at Southeast Polk on Tuesday night.

Eagles Girls Season Ends in Hard Fought Battle with Des Moines Christian

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 5:58 am

The Pella Christian girls had contained a high-scoring Des Moines Christian team, but couldn’t hit enough shots of their own and fell 43-31 on 92.1 KRLS last night. The Eagles brought it to within five after they hit three deep shots in the third quarter, but the Lions pulled away late. Tessa Howerzyl led the Eagles with ten points and Brooke Mitrisin knocked down a pair from beyond the arc to tally six. Head Coach Kevin Van Maanen says he loved the way his team battled with the number-nine Lions, but says not enough quality shots fell through the hoop. Pella Christian ends their season at 13-11, and say farewell to five seniors.

PCM Girls Face Monsterous Mediapolis for State Tournament Berth

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 5:52 am

The PCM girls will have to pass their biggest test of the season tonight against number one Mediapolis if they want to make it to the Class 3A State Tournament. The undefeated Bullettes are scoring 72 points per game and outscoring opponents by 37 points per contest this season. PCM Head Coach Bret Grier says his team is fully aware of just how good Mediapolis really is. Our coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. from Washington High School’s gym on KNIA2 at, with Andrew Schneider on the call.

Hoch with a Shot to Place in the Top Three

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 5:51 am

Jacob Hoch at 160 pounds for Southeast Warren and Melcher-Dallas wrestling came up just short on Friday night in his Class 1A semifinal to undefeated Kegen Fingalsen of Central Springs, 4-3. Hoch has had himself a very good tournament and still has a shot at finishing in the top three of his weight class. Hoch will wrestle in the consolation semifinal today and if he wins he will wrestle for third place. Ty Schnieder came up short at 195 pounds for Southeast Warren as his season came to end with a loss to Hunter Johnston of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, 7-1.

Central Hoops Concludes Regular Season Tonight

Posted: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 5:50 am

The regular season draws to a close this afternoon for the Central men’s and women’s basketball teams, and they’ll host Wartburg for one last doubleheader. The Dutch women picked up their first conference win of the season on Wednesday, edging Loras by four in overtime. It will be a special day for four seniors (Rachel Evans, Kenzie Vander Molen, Bry Pierce, and Lauren Sharp) as they’ll be recognized playing in their final collegiate game of their career. Central’s men have a chance to clinch the number four seed and a home game in the opening contest of the league tournament next week if they can knock off the Knights. Central went on the road to Waverly and beat Wartburg, 67 – 59, back on January 14. A loss by the Dutch would knock them to number five in the standings. Today’s doubleheader is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.

Marion County Sports 2-20-2015

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Girls Playoff Basketball

Pella Christian 31 Des Moines Christian 43

2015 State Wrestling Results

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 10:14 am

Class 3A
3A-132 – Chase Petty
Champ. Round 1 – Henry Pohlmeyer (Johnston) 36-2 won by major decision over Chase Petty (Pella) 38-7 (Major Decision 9-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Seth Wennermark (Prairie Cedar Rapids) 34-12 won by decision over Chase Petty (Pella) 38-8 (Dec 6-3)

Class 2A
Champ. Round 1 – Tristan Clark (PCM, Monroe) 42-3 won in sudden victory – 1 over Gisaveri Niyibizi (Perry) 34-10 (SV-1 4-2)
Quarterfinal – Tristan Clark (PCM, Monroe) 43-3 won by decision over Devin Stortz (Decorah) 31-10 (Dec 6-3)
Semifinal – Tristan Clark (PCM, Monroe) 44-3 won by decision over Brice Everson (Camanche) 42-5 (Dec 9-6)
1st Place Match – Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake) 47-1 won by decision over Tristan Clark (PCM, Monroe) 44-4 (Dec 6-1)

Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Faught (Clear Lake) 34-7 won by fall over Kevin Woodhouse (Knoxville) 33-12 (Fall 3:31)
Cons. Round 1 – Jake Niichel (Charles City) 36-12 won by major decision over Kevin Woodhouse (Knoxville) 33-13 (MD 8-0)
Champ. Round 1 – Mario Pena (Hampton-Dumont) 45-2 won by decision over Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 41-9 (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 42-9 won by fall over Nathan Heath (ADM) 45-7 (Fall 4:47)
Cons. Round 2 – Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 43-9 won fall over Jake Gutschenritter (Creston) (Fall 4:47)
Cons. Round 3 – Gavin Dinsdale (Webster City) 45-3 won by decision over Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 43-10 (Dec 6-1)
7th Place Match – Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 44-10 won by decision over Kyle Davis (Columbus Community, Columbus Junction) 39-6 (Dec 3-2)

Class 1A
Champ. Round 1 – JD Rader (South Hamilton, Jewell) 37-1 won by decision over Griffen McBride (Pleasantville) 30-11 (Dec 8-4)
Cons. Round 1 – Trever Greene (North Cedar, Stanwood) 30-15 won by decision over Griffen McBride (Pleasantville) 30-12 (Dec 10-5)
Champ. Round 1 – Rylan Richardson (South Central Calhoun) 51-2 won by major decision over Joe Kauffman (Pleasantville) 31-10 (MD 16-4)
Cons. Round 1 – Chase Strub (MFL MarMac) 48-4 won by tech fall over Joe Kauffman (Pleasantville) 31-11 (TF-1.5 4:53 (15-0))

Southeast Warren:
Champ. Round 1 -Jacob Hoch (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 55-2 won by decision over Avery Nelson (West Monona, Onawa) 44-3 (Dec 7-2)
Quarterfinal – Jacob Hoch (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 56-2 won by decision over Caleb Wedeking (North Butler, Greene) 45-5 (Dec 5-3)
Semifinal – Kegen Fingalsen (Central Springs) 55-0 won by decision over Jacob Hoch (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 56-3 (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Semi – Jacob Hoch (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 57-3 won by decision over Joey Schwenn (Belle Plaine) 42-9 (Dec 12-6)
3rd Place Match – Caleb Wedeking (North Butler, Greene) 49-5 won by decision over Jacob Hoch (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 57-4 (Dec 2-1)
Champ. Round 1 – Ty Schneider (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 44-2 won by fall over Tyler Tschampel (Hinton) 39-12 (Fall 3:18)
Quarterfinal – Cash Wilcke (OA-BCIG) 41-0 won by fall over Ty Schneider (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 44-3 (Fall 1:21)
Cons. Round 2 – Hunter Johnston (Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont) 44-6 won by decision over Ty Schneider (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 44-4 (Dec 7-1)
Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Parmely (Maquoketa Valley, Delhi) 53-0 won by fall over Tate Vandyne (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 49-5 (Fall 0:48)
Cons. Round 1 – Jared Brinkman (Regina, Iowa City) 36-6 won by fall over Tate Vandyne (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) 49-6 (Fall 3:50)

Two Area Wrestlers Advance to Friday in Class 2A

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 6:00 am

PCM senior Tristan Clark needed a last second takedown in sudden victory to move on to the Class 2A 126 pound quarterfinal on Friday. Clark was in a tight match for seven minutes, but with just seconds left in sudden victory, he was able to get a takedown and keep a foot inbounds to seal the match. Knoxville junior, Brock Caviness, at 285 pounds came up just short in his first match of the day, falling in a 4-0 decision to number two rated Mario Pena of Hampton-Dumont. Caviness stayed alive in the tournament as he picked up a pin in the third period. He trailed 8-7 before he tossed Nathan Heath the number six-rated wrestler at 285 to his back for the win. Senior Kevin Woodhouse from Knoxville saw his season come to an end as he suffered two losses during the afternoon session.

Petty Falls at State Tournament

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Pella High senior wrestler Chase Petty had himself a great senior year qualifying for the 2015 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament, but came up just short in the morning session on Thursday. Petty lost his first round match to number one rated John Pohlmeyer of Johnston in a major decision 9-1. Petty then fell in a hard-fought match in the consolation round to Seth Wennermark of Cedar Rapids Prairie. Petty finished his senior year with a record of 38-8 and will wrestle for the Central Dutch next season.

Eagles Offense Catches Fire in Win Over Rival Albia to Advance

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Pella Christian beat one rival to face another after downing the Albia Blue Demons 85-69 in a game heard live on 92.1 KRLS. Pella Christian’s performance was their best offensively in regulation this season, and the five Eagles starters each put up double digits. Head coach Larry Hessing says it was their high level of shooting that carried them to the win. The Eagles had to hold off a third quarter of dominance from Albia’s Matt Baker, who dropped 18 of his 25 total points in the period. Pella Christian was led by 24 from Levi Jungling and 17 from Brant Vermeer. Vermeer says he loves to see the offense rolling the way it was last night. The now 14-7 Pella Christian Eagles will face off with PCM in a rematch from the regular season in the Class 2A District 11 Final in Oskaloosa.

Cinderella Eagles Hoping Clock Doesn’t Strike Midnight against Rivals

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:55 am

Trailing for all but 20 seconds of their quarterfinal game, the Pella Christian girls’ basketball team faces off with Des Moines Christian in the regional semifinals tonight in Urbandale. Both the Eagles and the Lions met up on a mid-January Saturday, where it was all Des Moines Christian, 63 – 30. Pella Christian, though, was without Tessa Howerzyl, who scored 11 big fourth quarter points for her team to lead the comeback against West Marshall on Tuesday. You can hear Andrew Schneider call all of the action tonight live on 92.1 KRLS and The Midtown Tire Team pre-game show begins at 6:40 p.m. with tip-off scheduled for seven.

PCM Boys Down Davis County in District Semis

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:52 am

A stifling defense and cold Davis County shooting from the outside helped the PCM boys’ basketball team eliminate their opponents from the Class 2A district tournament last night, 61 – 46, in a game that was live on 92.1 KRLS. The Monroe Mustangs held Davis County’s Mustangs to just 20 first half points, while Logan Gilman scored 13 of his game-high 26 in those first 16 minutes. Luke Greiner added 11 and Trey Lindsay ten for PCM, who improve to 18 – 4 on the season. Once again, they battle Pella Christian in Oskaloosa in the district final for a trip to substate this Tuesday.

Mixed Night on the Mats in Class 1A State Wrestling

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:52 am

It was a tough night at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines for the 132 pounder Griffen McBride and 195 pound Joe Kauffman for the Pleasantville wrestling team. Griffen lost both his matches on Thursday night falling in the first round to number three rated JD Rader of South Hamilton, 8-4, and lost his consolation match, 10-5, to end his season. Joe Kauffman wrestled well, falling to Rylan Richardson in the first round 8-4 and lost his consolation match by technical fall 15-0 to end his season. The Melcher-Dallas students wrestling for Southeast Warren were in action in the Class 1A State Tournament on Thursday night. Jacob Hoch at 160 pounds and Ty Schneider at 195 pounds both won their first round matches to advance to the quarterfinal in the respective weight classes. Tate Vandyne at 220 pounds lost both of his matches on Thursday night to end his season with a record of 49-6.

Pleasantville Ushers Iowa Christian To The Sidelines

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville Boys Basketball Squad got off to a slow start last night against Iowa Christian. In fact the Trojans were down nine/nothing with 4:32 left in the first quarter when Coach Tom Wilkins called a time out. From then on Pleasantville took over, dominated the rest of the game and won 71-59 over the Trailblazers. The Trojans were 9/25 from three-point range led by Trevor Zoss as he ignited the charge. Wilkins told KNIA/KRLS Sports his seniors stepped up at a crucial point and carried through the game. Zoss finished with 24 points to lead all scorers. Pleasantville is now 16-6 on the season and will come back home to host top seed Colo-NESCO who blasted Colfax-Mingo 74-44 last night. The district semi-final will be Tuesday.

Twin Cedars Use Extra Time to Squeak by Keota

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars’ boys’ basketball team had some drama in their first playoff game of the season, beating Keota in overtime, 71 – 66. The Sabers did hold a ten point lead in the second half, but the Cobras came storming back to tie it up before Twin Cedars pulled away in the extra period. Otis Roby scored 38 points and had a “ton of rebounds” according to head coach Alan Stewart. The Sabers move on to play on Tuesday against Sigourney in the district semifinals.

Central Women’s Track Enter Rankings

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

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the Central women’s track team 23rd in their most recent poll. The men dropped five rungs to number 11. The new rankings no longer take last season’s accomplishments into account, hence the latest movements for both Dutch teams. Central is back in action this Friday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Marion County Sports 2-19-2015

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Boys Playoff Basketball

PCM 61 Davis County 46 Final

Pleasantville 71 ICA 59 Final

Pella Christian 85 Albia 69 Final

Petty Set to Begin Third and Final Run at State Wrestling Title

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

He’ll be the only one wearing a green singlet that says “Pella” in the Class 3A state individual wrestling tournament that kicks off this morning at “The Well” in Des Moines. Chase Petty is making his third and final run towards a state championship at the 132 pound weight class. Petty has to go up against Henry Pohlmeyer of Johnston for his first round match-up. Pohlmeyer, a senior, has a record of 35 – 2 entering Thursday, and won the 3A 106 pound title at state in his sophomore season. Petty is 38 – 6 this season. The Class 3A session is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. Garrett Knock will be live in Des Moines for the next three days providing updates on all of our local wrestlers. Keep listening to KNIA/KRLS and keep your eyes peeled to for the latest updates from Wells Fargo Arena.

Knoxville Defense Comes Through To Beat Washington

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

The Knoxville Girls Basketball Squad survived a sloppy first half and with the help of a suffocating defense pulled away in the fourth quarter to win over Washington in the first round of the Class four-A Regional last night 52-34. The Panthers held just a five point lead at the half, but back-to-back threes by Meredith Cunningham and Ricki Hall opened up a nine point lead and the Demons never got closer the six the rest of the way. Coach Jim Uitmermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls played a bit tight at first, but relaxed when the defense started making plays. Meredith Cunningham led three Panthers in double figures with 21 points. Knoxville is now 18-and-four on the season and will travel to Pella Saturday in the class 4A regional semi-final.