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Pella Christian, PCM Boys Enter Postseason Play Battle-Tested

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

The Pella Christian and PCM boys begin their playoff journeys tonight, and the former will have to beat the team that knocked them out of contention one year ago if they want to keep playing. The Eagles will take on the Albia Blue Demons, who beat the Mid Prairie Golden Hawks to advance to the match-up in Pella. The boys beat the Blue Demons back on January 10th in a make-up game, 58-49. Albia ended Pella Christian’s season in Oskaloosa last year with a 67-60 win, when now senior Matt Baker dropped 30 points on the Eagles. Head Coach Larry Hessing says while he likes the feel of playing in opening round games, he’s very pleased to have had a bye to give his guys some much needed rest and prep time for the rivalry showdown. The Mustangs finished tied atop the Heart of Iowa Conference, but must contend with a Davis County team that has some momentum on their side, having won five of their last six, including a win over Albia a few weeks ago. Coach Fred Lorensen says his guys need to be prepared to be in a dogfight each and every playoff game this year. Our coverage begins at 6:10 p.m. on 92.1 KRLS and kniakrls.com, with myself Cory Houser and Andrew Schneider on the call.

Caviness/Woodhouse Look For State Meet Gold As Wrestling Starts At The Well

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Kevin Woodhouse and Brock Caviness will put on the black and gold singlet today for Knoxville as they begin their trek in the State Wrestling Meet. Woodhouse will match up against Ryan Faught of Clear Lake at 145 pounds while Caviness will battle Mario Pena of Hampton-Dumont at 285 pounds. Action begins this morning at nine in Wells Fargo Arena. Listen for update reports from Garrett Knock on KNIA/KRLS.

Southeast Warren, Melcher-Dallas Wrestlers Fall Just Short of Class 1A Dual Title

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 5:56 am

A lot of wrestling crammed into one day, the Southeast Warren wrestling team, with help from some Melcher-Dallas grapplers, came up just short in the championship dual to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in the state team dual tournament yesterday, 33 – 26. The Warhawks defeated Logan-Magnolia, 38 – 26, and edged #2 Alburnett in the semis, 37 – 36. Southeast Warren had a 26 – 19 lead entering the final three weight classes, but an open weight plus a tech fall allowed C-G-D to grab the advantage. Full results are below. Both teams have individuals wrestling in the Class 1A individual tournament which starts today inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

1A – #3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center is guaranteed 2nd place
Match #1 Quarterfinal: #3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center defeated #6 Logan-Magnolia 38-26
120 – Bo Geise (#6 Logan-Magnolia) over Drake Sharp (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) TF 17-0
126 – Gabe Holben (#6 Logan-Magnolia) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
132 – Jake Hunerdosse (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Kaleb Reynek (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Maj 15-2
138 – Tanner Flesher (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Austin Haner (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Fall 3:03
145 – Gabe Henderson (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Brady Wilson (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Dec 6-5
152 – Alex Mitchell (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Brady Charbonneau (#6 Logan-Magnolia) SV-1 9-4
160 – TJ Dierking (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Colton Fisher (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Dec 4-2
170 – Jacob Hoch (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Zach Stewart (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Fall 0:42
182 – Riley Wohlers (#6 Logan-Magnolia) over Nathan Jimenez (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Fall 1:09
195 – Ty Schneider (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Drake Johnson (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Fall 5:12
220 – Tate Vandyne (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Jacob Stueve (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Dec 7-0
285 – Christian Jensen (#6 Logan-Magnolia) over Elijah Williams (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Dec 6-1
106 – Wyatt Crocker (#6 Logan-Magnolia) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
113 – Brady Kyner (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Garret Thompson (#6 Logan-Magnolia) Maj 13-5

Match #2 Semifinal: #3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center defeated #2 Alburnett 37-36
126 – Drake Halblom (#2 Alburnett) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
132 – Hunter Washburn (#2 Alburnett) over Joshua Sundberg (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Fall 0:42
138 – Jake Hunerdosse (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Tanner Sloan (#2 Alburnett) Dec 6-3
145 – Conner Shulista (#2 Alburnett) over Gabe Henderson (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Fall 3:46
152 – Bryce Paul (#2 Alburnett) over Alex Mitchell (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Dec 3-1
160 – TJ Dierking (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Tanner Hoyer (#2 Alburnett) Fall 3:27
170 – Jacob Hoch (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Andrew Graham (#2 Alburnett) Fall 0:53
182 – Austin Hoyle (#2 Alburnett) over Nathan Jimenez (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Fall 0:58
195 – Ty Schneider (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Walker Kramme (#2 Alburnett) Fall 0:26
220 – Tate Vandyne (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
285 – Robbie Carrothers (#2 Alburnett) over Elijah Williams (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Maj 8-0
106 – Blake Bauer (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
113 – Brady Kyner (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Ben Moyer (#2 Alburnett) Maj 12-4
120 – Tucker Franklin (#2 Alburnett) over Drake Sharp (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) TF 17-2

Match #3 1st Place Match: #1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows defeated #3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 33-26
132 – Tanner Abbas (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) over Joshua Sundberg (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Fall 1:18
138 – Jake Hunerdosse (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Joel Haberman (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) SV-1 7-3
145 – Brady Brott (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) over Gabe Henderson (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Dec 4-3
152 – Alex Mitchell (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Dokota Hennigar (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) Maj 9-1
160 – Jacob Hoch (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Mason Carpenter (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) TF 18-3
170 – TJ Dierking (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Logan Nelson (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) Maj 11-2
182 – Ryan Anderson (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) over Nathan Jimenez (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Fall 3:32
195 – Ty Schneider (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Zachary Pogge (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) Maj 13-4
220 – Elliott Ahrens (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) over Christopher Daris (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Maj 11-2
285 – Tate Vandyne (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Brandon Flurer (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) Dec 5-1
106 – Blake Bauer (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) over Connor Johnson (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) Dec 4-0
113 – Justin Portillo (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) over Brady Kyner (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) Dec 2-1
120 – Lucas Lienemann (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
126 – Josh Portillo (#1 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) over Drake Sharp (#3 Southeast Warren, Liberty Center) TF 18-2

Lady Mustangs Stampede Chariton in Regional Semifinal

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

The PCM girls’ basketball team jumped all over Chariton on Wednesday night at home in the regional semifinal 77-35. The Lady Mustangs used full court pressure the entire game to force 38 Chariton turnovers and take control of the game offensively and defensively. Rachel Freland led the way for PCM with a game high 22 points and sophomore Kayla Jennings added 14 points. PCM head coach Bret Grier was pleased with how his team started off on the right foot. The victory moves the Mustangs to the regional final on Saturday night in Washington against the number one team in the state in Mediapolis.

Clark, McBride, Kauffman Look for Individual Glory

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

A run towards a state wrestling title begins for a trio of PCM and Pleasantville wrestlers this afternoon. Predicament’s Class 2A #5 ranked 126 pounder, Tristan Clark of PCM, takes to the mats inside Wells Fargo Arena to begin the individual tournament. Clark is paired up with junior Gisaveri Niyibizi of Perry. The Mustang senior is 41 – 3 entering today going up against the 34 – 9 Niyibizi. The Class 2A session begins at 1:30 p.m. Griffen McBride and Joe Kauffman of Pleasantville also will wrestle, but in the Class 1A session starting at 6:00 p.m. The 132-pound McBride will be challenged by 36 – 1 JD Rader of South Hamilton. McBride’s teammate, Kauffman, has a daunting task in front of him in the first round: 50 – 2 Rylan Richardson representing South Central Calhoun. He was fifth at 195 at last year’s tournament. Live updates all day long will be reported from our very own Garrett Knock on KNIA and KRLS, as well as up to the minute updates on our website, KNIAKRLS.com.

Pleasantville Boys Attempt to Tackle Iowa Christian Academy in Playoff Opener

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

Finishing the regular season with 11 wins in their final 12 games, the Pleasantville boys’ basketball team starts their jaunt through the Class 1A district tournament this evening on the road against Iowa Christian Academy. The Trojans’ opponents tonight have stumbled down the stretch, having lost their last four. The Blazers don’t shoot many outside shots, but when they do, they’re accurate; sinking over 39% of their threes this season. Coach Tom Wilkins says there’s no secret about his team’s game plan against Iowa Christian. Despite averaging under 56 points per game their last seven outings, Pleasantville’s defense has been stellar, giving up about 52 per contest in that same span. Tonight’s game will be live on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and KNIAKRLS.com with Derek Cardwell on the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage is set to begin at 6:10 p.m. with tip-off at 6:30.

Central Men, Women Record First Sweep of Conference Season

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

A gigantic sigh of relief and plentiful cheers could be heard ’round the world after the Central women’s basketball team defeated Loras in overtime last night, 74 – 70, for their first Iowa Conference win of the season that snapped a 12-game losing streak. Down by a dozen with just under five minutes left, Central’s offense kicked into another gear with clutch three-pointers from up-and-down the line-up, and sharper foul shot shooting than in games past. The Dutch forced 23 Duhawk turnovers and came up with 12 steals to counteract the lopsided rebounding totals that favored Loras 52 – 29 for the game. Rachel Evans had 26 points off the bench, and Kenzie Vander Molen put up 24, as Central improves to 10 – 14 on the year. Loras was 8 – 4 in league play. Central’s men also avenged a loss to Loras by toppling them, 74 – 61 last night. The Dutch held the Duhawks to just 27% shooting in the second half to give them the edge. Colby Taylor scored 25, as did his teammate, Tate Handsaker, which is a career-high for the sophomore. Central’s men are now 14 – 10 overall, and are 7 – 6 in the Iowa Conference. Wartburg lost last night, which currently gives the men a number four seed, and can clinch that if they can knock off the Knights at home to end the regular season this Saturday. Central beat Wartburg on the road, 67 – 59, on January 14.

Marion County Sports 2-18-2015

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Girls Playoff Basketball

Knoxville 52 Washington 34 Final

PCM 77 Chariton 35 Final

Panther Girls Bowlers Qualify For State Meet

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Girls Bowling Squad has qualified for the State Meet by winning their state qualifier yesterday in Washington. They knocked down 2,536 pins led by Megan Landsperger who rolled a 399 series. The boys finished third in their state qualifier and did not qualify.

Eagles’ Girls Use Late Push to Upset West Marshall

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

Trailing for 31 minutes and 42 seconds, a late lay-up by Tessa Howerzyl as heard on 92.1 KRLS last night gave her Pella Christian girls’ basketball team their first lead over West Marshall, which the Eagles held onto for a 46 – 43 win in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A regional tournament. The Trojans had a nine-point lead on two separate occasions, with opportunities to spread it to double-digits, but the Eagles kept hanging around, even when down by seven with under two minutes left in the game. Coach Kevin Van Maanen says his bench and a little defensive tweak paid big dividends for his team. Howerzyl scored 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half, and 11 of those in the fourth quarter. Marina Shannon also came up huge, with ten points, including four clutch free throws down the stretch. The Eagles are now 13 – 10 on the season, and they head to Urbandale on Friday to take on Des Moines Christian in the regional semifinals.

Knoxville Begins Class 4A Regionals Against Washington

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5:58 am

The Knoxville Girls Basketball Squad’s first step in the postseason will be Washington tonight in Panthers Gym. Knoxville finished the regular season 17-4 while the Demons are 6-15 and have struggled to score above 40 points all season. While the Demons are struggling to win, Panthers Coach Jim Uitermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS Sports they are not your everyday six-win team. Knoxville will also try to stop its first losing streak of the season as the Panthers have lost the last two games. A win tonight gives the Panthers a trip to Pella to face the Lady Dutch on Saturday in the regional semi-finals. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA and kniakrls.com starting with the pregame at 6:40.

Little Dutch Blast Centerville to End Regular Season

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

Finishing just shy of 100 points for the second straight game, the Pella High boys’ basketball team concluded the regular season the same way the ladies did; with a 16-game winning streak. The Little Dutch blasted Centerville yesterday, 97 – 69, without the aid of Isaac Naaktgeboren or Sebastian Baugh in the line-up. Pella led 57 – 43 at intermission, and drained ten shots from beyond the arc for the game. Will Warner led all Dutch scorers with 27, Jackson Scholten put up 21, and Payson VandeLune had 20. Their record stands at 18 – 2, and they’ll enjoy a bit of a break until the postseason begins for them this Monday at home against Oskaloosa.

PCM Looks for Regional Final Berth Tonight

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5:52 am

The PCM girl’s basketball team looks to take one step closer to the state tournament as they face Chariton in the regional semifinal tonight at home. The Lady Mustangs are coming into tonight’s matchup with a record of 15-7 on the year and look to continue their momentum after a 62-29 quarterfinal win over Centerville on Saturday night. Chariton comes into tonight’s matchup at 5-16 on the year and there coming off of a 44-41 quarterfinal win over Albia. This is the first matchup of the year between the two teams and the first one in over a decade. PCM head coach Bret Grier says his team had better intensity in the second half against Centerville and will have to have that the entire game tonight (actuality). The winner will move on to the regional final on Saturday in Washington. The game can be heard on kniakrls.com with Garrett Knock and Tim Mount on the call. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:40 p.m. with tip-off at seven.

Central Men Try to Climb Conference Ladder in Final Week of Regular Season

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

Knowing they are in the postseason tournament for sure, the Central men’s basketball team now has their sights set on a higher seed and perhaps a home game, with step one being to knock off Loras in the Tulip City tonight. The Duhawks knocked off the Dutch about a month ago, 83 – 71. Nile Eckermann had a career-high 35 points in that loss, while they allowed Loras to shoot 50% from the field. Central can clinch a number four seed and a first round home playoff game if they win both their contests this week with the Duhawks and Wartburg on Saturday. Central’s women hope to find a win as well against a team they rallied but fell short to in January. Tonight’s doubleheader inside the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium will tip-off at 6:00 p.m.

Eagles Look to Keep Season Going on the Road Against Trojans

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

Postseason basketball continues tonight on KNIA/KRLS, when the Pella Christian Eagles head on the road to West Marshall for round two of the Class 2A Region 7 bracket. Pella Christian is coming off of a 20-point win on Saturday, and worked to continue that momentum at practice Monday. The Trojans are 14-7 on the season, and have lost their last three games. Eagles Coach Kevin Van Maanen says despite the streak, West Marshall poses a threat to ending their season. Tonight’s postseason coverage of Pella Christian basketball begins at 6:40 p.m. on 92.1 KRLS and kniakrls.com.

Panther Boys Down Carlisle In Regular Season Finale

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Boys Basketball Squad survived committing 18 turnovers and a pesky Carlisle to beat the Wildcats 57-50 last night. The Panthers controlled the game in the first half draining five three point shots, however the Wildcats got back in the game by forcing early turnovers in the second half. Knoxville clinched the game by going six-for-seven from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Coach Jeff Larson told KNIA/KRLS his team played pretty well, but knows his they can play better. Nolan Wallace led four Panthers in double figures with 16 points. Knoxville concluded regular season play at 13-8 which is the most wins for the Panthers since the 2002 season when they won 15 games. Knoxville is off until next Monday and that will start class 3A Districts against Norwalk.

Little Dutch Conclude Regular Season Tonight

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

Hoping to match the girls’ team’s feat, the Pella High boys’ basketball team will try to finish the regular season with a 16-game winning streak when Centerville comes to town. The Big Red have won and lost ten games this year, but enter having been on the correct side of five of their last six. Centerville features balanced scoring from their starters, with four that average at least ten points per game. Coach Mark Core says the scoreboard could be getting another workout with two similar offenses on the court.
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Tonight’s boys’ only game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Knoxville Wrestlers Get Match Ups For State Wrestling

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Match ups have been set for the State Wrestling Meet this week. The two Knoxville wrestlers now know their first round opponents. Kevin Woodhouse will begin his 145 pound state meet against Ryan Faught of Clear Lake while Brock Caviness will begin first round action at 285 pounds against Mario Pena of Hampton-Dumont. The Class 2A portion of the state meet will begin Thursday at 1:30 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Salato Makes It Official On His College Plans

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:55 am

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He gave verbal commitment in the fall, now Knoxville Baseball Standout Tony Salato has made it official as he signed the necessary paperwork yesterday to attend Marshalltown Community College next fall and play baseball. The Panthers senior was a key player last summer averaging 385 at the plate and becoming the team’s closer earning eight saves.

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Melcher-Dallas Boys’ Season Comes to a Close

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:51 am

The Melcher-Dallas boys’ basketball team saw their 2014-15 season end last night at the hands of Martensdale – St. Mary’s, 75 – 46. It was a seven point game at intermission, 30 – 23, in favor of the Blue Devils. Seniors Chase Wetterling and Brock Breese each scored 22 and 15, respectively. The Saints finish the year 0 – 21.