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Central Begins Mini-Home-Stand with Buena Vista

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:50 am

Following two tough road losses to Loras on Saturday, Central’s basketball teams come home for two this week, starting with a visit from Buena Vista tonight. The Beavers’ women have dropped seven in a row, and they are tied with the Dutch at 0 – 4 in Iowa Conference play so far. They are led by Lexi Fisher and Shelby Wiederhoeft, who combine for about 1/3 of their points per game. Coach Chelsea Petersen says she’s expecting her team to put up some points against a defensively weak Beavers’ squad. Buena Vista’s men have surged in the league thus far, knocking off Dubuque on Saturday and are sitting tied atop the conference at 3 – 1. Central’s men have the last two conference athletes of the week on their side, with Nile Eckermann playing the role of “defending champion” and Colby Taylor having won it the week prior. Central and Buena Vista are set to tip-off their doubleheader inside the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Marion County Scoreboard 1-20-15

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Girls Basketball:

Pella: 56 ADM: 49 F

Pella Christian: 25 Ballard: 57 F

Knoxville: 48 Oskaloosa: 35 F

PCM: 54 Roland-Story: 42 F

Boy’s Basketball:

Pella: 61 ADM: 49 F

Pella Christian: 59 Ballard: 52 F

Knoxville: 58 Oskaloosa: 48 F

PCM: 52 Roland-Story: 44 F

Knoxville Hosts Oskaloosa Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Basketball Squads step away from the South Central Conference tonight to take on former conference foe Oskaloosa. The boys handled the Indians in their last meeting in December by 22 points…and are coming off a 31 point pasting of Clarke on Friday to run their record to eight-and-three. Coach Jeff Larson tells KNIA/KRLS he is looking forward to a busy week of basketball against an improving team. The girls are coming off their first loss of the season and will try to start another winning streak. The Panthers also coasted to a win over Oskaloosa in December. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 and 95-point-three KNIA and streamed live at KNIA KRLS dot com tonight at six.

Little, Lady Dutch Step Away from Conference with Bout Against A-D-M

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Pella High basketball hopes to continue their big surge tonight when they host non-conference foe, A-D-M for a doubleheader. The Lady Dutch have won eight straight, and the Tigers are 4 – 8, having just snapped a six-game losing streak last Friday with a win over Bondurant-Farrar. A-D-M beat Pella’s girls last year, and they return most of their scoring from that team. Just about all of Pella’s scoring is also back this season, and Coach Jerod Garland says their multiple threats has helped them develop into a big-time threat. The Little Dutch are taking on a Tigers’ team that is senior-ridden but has struggled to just two wins on the year. Today’s doubleheader at Pella High will be live on 92.1 KRLS and KNIAKRLS.com, with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema on the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with tip-off at 6:15.

Eagles’ Hoops Look for Two Big Non-Conference Wins Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Fresh off of a thriller against Des Moines Christian, the Pella Christian Eagles will continue their brief conference break when they take on Ballard tonight. The 7-4 Eagles Boys will face a 6-6 Ballard team that’s had an up-and-down season so far. Boy’s Coach Larry Hessing says he wants the guys to focus on improving themselves and to build on the last week of games. The 7-5 girls will look to rebound against an 11-1 Ballard team that suffered their first defeat of the season last Friday against Carlisle. Head Coach Kevin Van Maanen says his team needs to continue to utilize their mental toughness against a heavily favored Bombers squad. Our coverage of the doubleheader begins with the Midtown Tire Team Radio Pregame show at 6 p.m. live from Pella Christian High School, with Andrew Schneider and Wynne Veenstra on the call on KRLS2.

Local Swimmers Do Well In Regional Meet

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:53 am

Five local swimmers were selected and competed for Team Iowa at the 2015 Midwest All Stars Regional Swim Meet in Elkhorn, Nebraska January 9th-11th. Team Iowa is composed of swimmers age 14 and under from across the state that hold top five ranking times out of all statewide applicants. Team Iowa competed against the best swimmers from Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, and South Dakota and finished third. The team is make up of Knoxville’s Taylor Jones, Taylor Purvis, and Meredith Clingman, along with Pella’s Kolton DeJong, and Luka DeJong.

Trojans Wrap-Up Five-Game Road Trip Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:52 am

For the second time this season, Pleasantville and Wayne clash on the hardwood for a pair of conference basketball contests. The Trojans and Falcons split in their first meet-up on December 9, and boys’ coach, Tom Wilkins, says both are different teams entering play tonight. Pleasantville’s girls are hoping to avenge a 42 – 32 loss to a Falcons’ team that has had their problems scoring this year, averaging 40 points per contest. The Trojan-Falcon doubleheader will tip-off this evening in Corydon at 6:15 p.m.

PCM Basketball Looks to Get Back in Winning Column

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:52 am

The PCM girls’ basketball team is 9-4 on the year and looks to bounce back tonight at home against Roland-Story, after falling to Pella in a non-conference match-up on Saturday. This will be the second meeting of the year between these two teams, as PCM won the first match-up on the road on December 5, 60-38. The Lady Mustangs forced a lot of turnovers and used the transition offense to get out to an early lead and seal the game in the later stages of the contest. The PCM boys’ basketball team saw its eight game winning streak come to a halt on Saturday, as they fell to Pella on the road 68-53. The Mustangs will meet Roland-Story for the second time tonight, looking to avenge their first meeting, as they fell 69-60. In the first match-up, it featured Roland-Story knocking down 11 three pointers and PCM hitting just one on the night. The Mustangs will need to tighten up their perimeter defense and shoot the ball well from the field to stay tied for first in the Heart of Iowa Conference. PCM boys head coach Fred Lorensen is excited to be back home for three games this week. Both games can be heard on kniakrls.com with Garrett Knock on the call. Pre-game coverage will begin at 5:45 p.m. with tip-off at six.

Melcher-Dallas, Twin Cedars Look for Better Seeds in League Tourney

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:51 am

With the Bluegrass Conference tournament just around the corner this weekend, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars hope to make a final statement to the league with their games tonight. The Saints are hoping to tackle Ankeny Christian Academy. Melcher’s boys are trying for their first win of the season and each girls’ team is looking for their sixth. Twin Cedars is at home against Moravia this evening. The Saber girls have their hands full against the Mohawks, who have lost just twice this year. Twin Cedars’ boys have won two-in-a-row, and could make it three if they can down a struggling Moravia team, that has stumbled to a 3 – 9 mark. Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars will tip-off their games tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Eckermann Named Male Athlete of the Week

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Keeping it on the team, Central men’s basketball senior, Nile Eckermann, was named the Iowa Conference male athlete of the week following two stellar performances over the past seven days. Colby Taylor received the honor last Monday, and this is the first time this season Central men have garnered the title for two straight weeks. Eckermann put in 23 points against Wartburg on Wednesday, and scored almost half of his squad’s total when he tallied a game-high 35 on Saturday against Loras. The senior is fifth in Division III with 51 shots made from beyond the perimeter, and he needs 19 to tie a school record for most in a season set back in 1999-2000 by Wade Vander Molen. The 9 – 6 Dutch are back in action tomorrow at home against Buena Vista.

Central Men Sixth in Preliminary Indoor Track Poll

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:49 am

Finishing tenth last year at the national championships, the Central men’s track and field team finds themselves ranked sixth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Indoor Track and Field Preseason Division III poll. Three qualifiers from that national meet are back for Coach Joe Dunham, including Spencer Hammack, Eli Horton, and Drew Jackson. Dunham will also get multi-eventer, Eric Larson back, who missed all of 2014′s action with an injury. Wartburg is the only other Iowa Conference competitor in the rankings, with a No. 18 appearing in front of their name. Central will next host the Dutch Athletics Classic this Friday and Saturday inside the H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.

Knoxville Girls Suffer First Loss To Carlisle

Posted: Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Girls Basketball Squad suffered their first loss of the season Saturday to class 4A number four ranked Carlisle 52-43. The Wildcats held the lead for much of the game at one point by as much as 17 points. Knoxville would close the gap to eight midway through the fourth quarter, but a 7-0 run by Carlisle ended Knoxville’s hopes. Coach Jim Uitermarkt told KNIA/KRLS Sports missed free throws and lay ups were contributing factors to the loss. Knoxville is now 11-1 on the season and has a busy week with three home games starting With Oskaloosa.

Indianola Swimmers Take 3rd At SE Polk

Posted: Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 5:55 am

Indianola placed third at the Southeast Polk Swimming Invitational Saturday.
Knoxville’s Alex Purvis and Daniel Mallory were a part of the 400 yard free relay that placed third.

Team scores:
1. Waukee 449
2. CR Kennedy 246
3. Indianola 189
4. Boone 187
5. DSM East 83
6. DSM Hoover 80
7. SE Polk 40
8. Grinnell 28

Knoxville swimmers:
Alex Purvis/Daniel Mallory
200 yard free relay 6th 1:37.01
400 yard free relay 3rd 3:34.07

Daniel Mallory
200 yard medley relay 8th 1:52.62
100 yard free 5th :53.31

Alex Purvis
200 yard medley relay 5th 1:51.37
50 yard free 5th :23.56

Ian Daugherty
200 yard medley relay 2:07.32
200 yard free relay 1:55.31

Knoxville Wrestlers Place 7th At Centerville

Posted: Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 5:55 am

Wrestling against some of the bigger schools in Iowa and one of the top schools in Missouri, The Knoxville Wrestling Squad placed 7th at the Centerville Mike Halupnick Big Red Tournament Saturday. The Panthers got a second place from Joe Hollinrake at 126 pounds and Brock Caviness also claimed a runner-up.

Team Scores
1. Creston 244.0
2. Lee`s Summit West 193.0
3. Ottumwa 139.0
4. Columbus 137.0
5. Iowa City City High 123.0
6. Winterset 120.0
7. Knoxville 99.5
8. Kirksville 82.5
9. Bondurant-Farrar 80.0
10. Chariton 76.5
11. Newton 75.0
12. Pella 64.0
13. Centerville 47.5
14. East Union 39.0
15. Fairfield 34.5

Tournament Results
113 Results
7th Place Match
Walter Long (Bondurant-Farrar) 20-8, So. over Ben Wooldridge (Knoxville) 15-14, Jr. (MD 14-0).

126 Results
2nd Place – Joe Hollinrake of Knoxville
1st Place Match
Ethan Nielsen (Lee`s Summit West) 28-2, Jr. over Joe Hollinrake (Knoxville) 26-3, Fr. (Fall 1:02).

138 Results
6th Place – CodyRay Smith of Knoxville
5th Place Match
Jacob Jenkins (Winterset) 18-13, Sr. over CodyRay Smith (Knoxville) 17-12, Fr. (Inj. 5:43).

152 Results
7th Place – Kevin Woodhouse of Knoxville
7th Place Match
Kevin Woodhouse (Knoxville) 18-6, Sr. over Dylan Bestgen (Lee`s Summit West) 17-16, So. (Fall 1:42).

182 Results
4th Place – Jac Agan of Knoxville
3rd Place Match
Jackson Mikkelson (Creston) 25-10, So. over Jac Agan (Knoxville) 21-7, Sr. (TB-1 3-2).

195 ResultS
5th Place – Travis Poffenbarger of Knoxville
5th Place Match
Travis Poffenbarger (Knoxville) 19-6, Jr. over Michael Fritz (Fairfield) 16-6, So. (SV-1 4-2).

220 Results
5th Place – Jordan Beal of Knoxville
5th Place Match
Jordan Beal (Knoxville) 17-12, Jr. over Chris Wright (Chariton) 14-14, Sr. (SV-1 3-1).

285 Results
2nd Place – Brock Caviness of Knoxville
1st Place Match
Kyle Davis (Columbus) 23-1, Sr. over Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 22-5, Jr. (Fall 1:28).

Rico Abreu Wins Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

Posted: Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 5:48 am

Rico Abreu can scratch another race off his list of accomplishments. The California driver who had an incredible 2014 started off 2015 in style by winning the 29th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals last night. Abreu took the lead early on in the race and was never really challenged. Kevin Swindell finished second with Damien Gardner completing the podium.

Last Second Heroics Earn Eagles’ Boys Much Needed Win; Girls Fall Big to Des Moines Christian

Posted: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 5:59 am

It took last second heroics for the Pella Christian Boys to earn a split at home against Des Moines Christian. The boys won 74-73 in a game they trailed by as much as nine points in the 4th quarter. The Eagles forced overtime with a last-second three pointer from Levi Jungling. Then, with the game tied and less than 10 seconds left in overtime, David Kacmarynski snagged a steal, was fouled, and hit the game winning free throw with just over one second left on the clock. The girls lost 63-30 against the Lions in game one of the doubleheader. The boys move to 7-4 on the season and the girls fall to 7-5.

Knoxville Girls Suffer First Lost To Carlisle

Posted: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Girls Basketball Squad suffered their first loss of the season yesterday to class 4A number four ranked Carlisle 52-43.

The Wildcats held the lead for much of the game at one point by as much as 17 points. Knoxville would close the gap to eight midway through the fourth quarter, but a 7-0 run by Carlisle ended Knoxville’s hopes. Coach Jim Uitermarkt told KNIA/KRLS Sports missed free throws and lay ups were contributing factors to e loss. Knoxville is now 11-1 on the season and has a busy week with three home games starting With Oskaloosa.

Pella Little Dutch Take Care of Business in Sweep of PCM Mustangs

Posted: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Another day, another sweep for the Pella Little Dutch as they took on the PCM Mustangs Saturday, with the Lady Dutch winning 67-58 and the boys winning 68-53 on Saturday. Boys Head Coach Mark Core says he was impressed with his team’s defense pressure, but says his Dutch need to refocus on some of the fundamentals when they come back to practice on Monday. The boys and girls continue non-conference play against ADM-Adel on Tuesday night. Our coverage begins at 6 p.m. on 92.1 KRLS with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema broadcasting live from Pella High School.

Posted: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 5:56 am

Wrestling against some of the bigger schools in Iowa and one of the top schools in Missouri, The Knoxville Wrestling Squad placed 7th at the Centerville Mike Halupnick Big Red Tournament yesterday. The Panthers got a second place from Joe Hollinrake at 126 pounds and Brock Caviness also claimed a runner-up.

Team Scores
1. Creston 244.0
2. Lee`s Summit West 193.0
3. Ottumwa 139.0
4. Columbus 137.0
5. Iowa City City High 123.0
6. Winterset 120.0
7. Knoxville 99.5
8. Kirksville 82.5
9. Bondurant-Farrar 80.0
10. Chariton 76.5
11. Newton 75.0
12. Pella 64.0
13. Centerville 47.5
14. East Union 39.0
15. Fairfield 34.5

Tournament Results
113 Results
7th Place Match
Walter Long (Bondurant-Farrar) 20-8, So. over Ben Wooldridge (Knoxville) 15-14, Jr. (MD 14-0).

126 Results
2nd Place – Joe Hollinrake of Knoxville
1st Place Match
Ethan Nielsen (Lee`s Summit West) 28-2, Jr. over Joe Hollinrake (Knoxville) 26-3, Fr. (Fall 1:02).

138 Results
6th Place – CodyRay Smith of Knoxville
5th Place Match
Jacob Jenkins (Winterset) 18-13, Sr. over CodyRay Smith (Knoxville) 17-12, Fr. (Inj. 5:43).

152 Results
7th Place – Kevin Woodhouse of Knoxville
7th Place Match
Kevin Woodhouse (Knoxville) 18-6, Sr. over Dylan Bestgen (Lee`s Summit West) 17-16, So. (Fall 1:42).

182 Results
4th Place – Jac Agan of Knoxville
3rd Place Match
Jackson Mikkelson (Creston) 25-10, So. over Jac Agan (Knoxville) 21-7, Sr. (TB-1 3-2).

195 ResultS
5th Place – Travis Poffenbarger of Knoxville
5th Place Match
Travis Poffenbarger (Knoxville) 19-6, Jr. over Michael Fritz (Fairfield) 16-6, So. (SV-1 4-2).

220 Results
5th Place – Jordan Beal of Knoxville
5th Place Match
Jordan Beal (Knoxville) 17-12, Jr. over Chris Wright (Chariton) 14-14, Sr. (SV-1 3-1).

285 Results
2nd Place – Brock Caviness of Knoxville
1st Place Match
Kyle Davis (Columbus) 23-1, Sr. over Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 22-5, Jr. (Fall 1:28).

Three Pella Wrestlers Finish Top Five in Loaded Centerville Tourney

Posted: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 5:55 am

Pella High finished 12th as a team, and had three wrestlers grab a top five spot in their weight class in Saturday’s Centerville Big Red tournament. The Little Dutch were led by Jake Speltz, who nabbed third place with a fall over Brandon Ryerson of Winterset after he had lost in the semifinals at 160. Ethan Speltz at 120 also lost in the semifinals and turned around to win fourth. Chase Petty came in fifth at 132. Full results for the Little Dutch can be found below.

120 – Ethan Speltz (12-16) placed 4th and scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ethan Speltz (Pella) 12-16 won by fall over JUSTICE JAROSH (Iowa City City High) 5-6 (Fall 1:05)
Quarterfinal – Ethan Speltz (Pella) 12-16 won by decision over Armando Quiroz (Columbus) 16-12 (Dec 7-3)
Semifinal – Shane Knox (Lee`s Summit West) 21-5 won by decision over Ethan Speltz (Pella) 12-16 (Dec 10-5)
Cons. Round 3 – Ethan Speltz (Pella) 12-16 won by fall over Trace Harken (Bondurant-Farrar) 15-15 (Fall 2:00)
3rd Place Match – Trevor Marlin (Creston) 19-15 won by decision over Ethan Speltz (Pella) 12-16 (Dec 5-0)

126 – Sabastian Sikora (6-11) place is unknown and scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Noah Coatney (Centerville) 16-12 won by fall over Sabastian Sikora (Pella) 6-11 (Fall 1:20)
Cons. Round 1 – Sabastian Sikora (Pella) 6-11 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Sabastian Sikora (Pella) 6-11 won by fall over Zach Barnes (Fairfield) 6-11 (Fall 2:54)
Cons. Round 3 – Brandon Behle (Bondurant-Farrar) 14-13 won by major decision over Sabastian Sikora (Pella) 6-11 (MD 14-4)

132 – Chase Petty (22-4) placed 5th and scored 13.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Chase Petty (Pella) 22-4 won by tech. fall over JD Gordon (Winterset) 5-14 (TF-1 0:00 (15-0))
Quarterfinal – Nathan Cary (Ottumwa) 25-8 won by major decision over Chase Petty (Pella) 22-4 (MD 13-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Chase Petty (Pella) 22-4 won by fall over Sawyer Atwell (Chariton) 15-16 (Fall 3:09)

152 – Austin Bragg (7-9) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Camron Leith (Creston) 20-14 won by decision over Austin Bragg (Pella) 7-9 (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Austin Bragg (Pella) 7-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Joey Mitchell (Ottumwa) 18-16 won by decision over Austin Bragg (Pella) 7-9 (Dec 6-2)

160 – Jake Speltz (23-2) placed 3rd and scored 20.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jake Speltz (Pella) 23-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Jake Speltz (Pella) 23-2 won by fall over Nick Bloomquist (Columbus) 9-9 (Fall 3:17)
Semifinal – DJ Brasfield-Thogerson (Lee`s Summit West) 29-3 won by decision over Jake Speltz (Pella) 23-2 (Dec 7-0)
Cons. Round 3 – Jake Speltz (Pella) 23-2 won by fall over Ryan Merenda (Kirksville) 13-7 (Fall 3:46)
3rd Place Match – Jake Speltz (Pella) 23-2 won by fall over Brandon Ryerson (Winterset) 10-10 (Fall 1:53)

170 – Ashton Messer (14-14) placed 6th and scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ashton Messer (Pella) 14-14 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Tucker Ksiazek (Bondurant-Farrar) 23-6 won by decision over Ashton Messer (Pella) 14-14 (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Ashton Messer (Pella) 14-14 won by fall over Zach Moore (Lee`s Summit West) 13-19 (Fall 3:32)
Cons. Round 3 – Tayler Pettit (Creston) 29-5 won by fall over Ashton Messer (Pella) 14-14 (Fall 0:36)
5th Place Match – Caleb Grose (Winterset) 13-11 won by decision over Ashton Messer (Pella) 14-14 (Dec 11-8)

285 – Keegn Poole (6-4) placed 7th and scored 5.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Keegn Poole (Pella) 6-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Kyle Davis (Columbus) 23-1 won by decision over Keegn Poole (Pella) 6-4 (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 2 – CJ Baker (Winterset) 16-12 won in tie breaker – 1 over Keegn Poole (Pella) 6-4 (TB-1 3-2)
Cons. Round 3 – Keegn Poole (Pella) 6-4 received a bye () (Bye)
7th Place Match – Keegn Poole (Pella) 6-4 won by fall over Caden Manning (Newton) 5-13 (Fall 0:31)