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Little Dutch Roll Through Non-District Schedule after Blowout of Dallas-Center Grimes

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Pella Little Dutch continued to show off their explosive offense in a 45-14 victory over the Mustangs of Dallas Center-Grimes. Running Back Nathan Henry scored three touchdowns on the ground and Quarterback Noah Clayberg continued his strong early season start with two passing touchdowns and a 63 yard touchdown run to cap off a 31-point first half. Head Coach Jay McKinstrey says he’s impressed with the strides that Clayberg and Henry have made so far this year. The Little Dutch move to 2-0 on the season and kick off district play next week at Oskaloosa.

Jungling’s Legs, Kacmarynski’s Arm Power Eagles to Victory

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Levi Jungling didn’t touch the ball all that much, but when he did, he made it count in Pella Christian’s 38 – 0 shutout win of Lynnville-Sully in last night’s Week Two football match-up. Jungling rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on just four carries, and caught two passes, each for scores, for 52 yards. Kacmarynski went 10-for-18 passing for 168 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Eagles also outgained the Hawks, 382 – 64 on offense on the night. Coach Darryl DeRuiter says the offensive line did a better job in the second half of creating holes at the line for the Eagles’ backs. The Eagles are now 2 – 0 on the season, and they’ll try to use that momentum to their advantage with a big non-district road game against Albia this Friday.

Pleasantville Blanks Rockets for Win Number One

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team was able to shut out the Rockets of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Friday night, 14-0, to pick up win number one for 2014. The Trojan defense caused seven turnovers to help shut down the Rocket offense that was held to under 200 yards on the night. Quarterback Zeb Adreon would lead the Trojans in rushing with 33 yards on nine carries and would add 29 more yards through the air. Head Coach Gabe Bakker knows his offense still has some improvements to make before next week. The Trojans improve to 1-1 on the season and will head to Martensdale-St. Marys on Friday night to open up district play.

PCM Football Falters in Weird Night

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:52 am

It was a tough night on the road for the PCM football team, as the offense couldn’t get into much of a rhythm and Central Decatur was able to capitalize on short field position throughout the game to defeat PCM, 20-7. The PCM defense was able to force Central Decatur out of their comfort zone, but Cardinal quarterback Trenton Wells was able to find holes in the Mustang defense throwing for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for another. Despite the loss, head coach Greg Bonnett noticed positives during the game. Logan Gillman threw for just under 200 yards and a touchdown. PCM, now 0-2 on the year, looks to bounce back next week to begin district play against Centerville.

Saints, Sabers Stumble in Week Two

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Our local Eight-Man football teams came up short in their contests last night in week two of the high school football season. Melcher-Dallas fell to Guthrie Center in an upset, 32 – 12. Twin Cedars fought hard with Grand View Christian all the way to the fourth quarter before stumbling, 55 – 40. Each team is 1 – 1 and they’ll face one another to begin district play this Friday night.

Saturday Night Lights for Central Football’s Season Opener

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:50 am

There are several question marks for both Central and Benedictine entering tonight’s NCAA Division III college football opener between the two schools. The Eagles are picked to finish second in the Northern Athletics Conference. In last year’s 6 – 4 campaign, the Dutch committed a total of ten turnovers in their four losses, but just six in their six victories. Coach Jeff McMartin says that’s no coincidence and his team’s success this year will hinge upon those familiar football staples. Trevor Castle, Cory Houser and Andrew Schneider will make the jaunt to Lisle, Illinois for the call tonight on 92.1 KRLS and Pregame coverage starts at 6:10 with kick-off of the 2014 season at 6:30.

Splitsville for Central Volleyball on Friday

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Central’s volleyball team took a win and a loss from their first day at the North Park Clash in Illinois. The Dutch swept Aurora, 25 – 13, 25 – 16 and 25 – 21, before fighting tough with North Central in a five-set loss, 21 – 25, 25 – 21, 23 – 25, 25 – 21 and 14 – 16. Emily Stoakes had 18 kills against North Central and Mollie Mason had 13 in the loss. The Dutch are now 4 – 2 on the season and take on North Park and Knox in the finale of their tournament play later today.

Central Men’s Soccer Finds First Win of Season, Women Prevail

Posted: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 5:49 am

An early goal stood up for the Central men’s soccer team, who recorded their first win of the 2014 season with a 1 – 0 final over Maranatha Baptist up in Wisconsin yesterday. Dennis Forrest scored just over three minutes into the first half and Austin Little stopped six shots in goal for the Dutch, who are now 1 – 3 on the season. The women took down Maranatha, 5 – 0. Liz Daniels had two goals, and the Dutch added one apiece from Anissa Stanitzek, Emily Saville and Rachel Schmidt. Central’s women are now 2 – 1 and they’ll join the men with a men’s/women’s doubleheader in Illinois against North Central College.

Local Football Scores

Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Tongiht’s local football scores:

Centerville 0
Knoxville 35

Dallas Center-Grimes 14
Pella 45

Lynnville-Sully 0
Pella Christian 38

Pleasantville 14
Eddyville-Blakesburg 0

Twin Cedars 40
Grandview Christian 55

Guthrie Center 34
Melcher-Dallas 12

Rockets Drop Eagles’ Girls in Straight Sets

Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Passing was again a struggle for the Pella Christian volleyball team in their loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont yesterday. The Rockets swept the Eagles 15 – 25, 18 – 25 and 17 – 25. Andrea Horstman had five kills and Christa Veenstra recorded three blocks and four kills. The Eagles fall to 4 – 4 on the season and they’ll next begin conference play this Tuesday at home versus Newton.

Knoxville Wins 2 Matches At ADM Volleyball Invitational

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

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad went two-and-three at the A-D-M Invitational last night.The Panthers beat I-35 21-8 and 21-15 and Perry 22-20 and 21-17 for their two wins. The three loses came against the host Tigers, who were crowned champions of the event in two games 21-12 and 21-7, Woodward-Granger 21-11 and 21-12, and Newton in three games. Cheyenne Jones tallied 27 kills on the night while Ashley Hawkshead put down 25. Emily Wallace had 37 total digs and Meredith Cunningham led in the assist department with 48. Knoxville is now 5-5 on the season and is in action on Tuesday with its home and South Central Conference opener against Centerville.

Hawks Come to Roost in Tulip City

Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 5:58 am

For the third straight season, Pella Christian and Lynnville-Sully will square off this evening on the gridiron in non-district play. Last year’s affair was a nail-biting 17 – 12 victory for the Eagles over the Hawks, but the story could be much different in this go-around with the Hawks down some key players from last year and the Eagles’ offense looking as strong as ever. Pella Christian scored 44 points against a good PCM team in last week’s win, despite the rain and slick field conditions, and Coach Rich Kacmarynski feels his offense could have another outburst with a drier turf tonight. Tonight’s game will be live on 92.1 KRLS and with Cory Houser and Larry Hessing on the call. Pregame starts at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven.

Panthers, Kellar Make 2014 Home Debut

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

For the first time as the skipper for Knoxville football, Coach Eric Kellar will lead his team inside of Ken Locke Stadium to do battle with Centerville this evening. Both schools are fresh off of less-than-stellar performances in Week One where they both combined for seven points and 216 total yards of offense, 170 coming from the Panthers. Coach Kellar says that they made zero adjustments on offense this week in practice, and it will all boil down to execution.

Kellar will also be leading his team on a “Panther Walk” into the stadium before the game. The varsity squad will walk to Ken Locke from the high school, and the coaches, players and faculty would like for you to line the street and support the Panthers in their 2014 home debut. Tonight’s game can be heard live on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and online at with Tony Correa and Kevin Wadle doing the play-by-play. Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Pella Football Tries to Tackle Another Ranked Foe Tonight

Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 5:56 am

They slaughtered Washington in Week One, and tonight, on the confines of their own field, the Pella High football team will try to take down a number-ten ranked Dallas Center – Grimes squad in Week Two. The Mustangs had to use overtime to get by unranked Carlisle last week, 27 – 24, even after they gained just 168 yards offensively. Pella had 310 yards of total offense, with a majority coming on the ground and thanks to the quickness of quarterback Noah Clayberg, who had 166 of them. You can hear tonight’s game streamed live on with Andrew Schneider and Randy Sikkema on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kickoff at 7:30. There will also be a delayed broadcast on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Mustangs Look to Rebound Versus Cardinals

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

Admitting they got beat by a better team last week, Coach Greg Bonnett and his PCM football squad will hit the road for Week Two action tonight against Central Decatur. The bad news was the Mustangs allowed 44 points against the Eagles and coughed up the ball several times. The good news was junior quarterback, Logan Gilman, even in the rain, looked sharp; throwing for over 360 yards with three touchdowns. The Cardinals downed Nodaway Valley, 33 – 12 last Friday, with a very balanced attack; rushing for 215 yards and passing for 168. Catch Garrett Knock on the call tonight, streamed live at, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven. There will be a delayed broadcast on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Trojans’ Runners Look Good in Season Opener

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

Pleasantville cross country coach, Aaron Fichter, was pleased with how his two teams ran at the Wayne Invitational to begin their season yesterday afternoon. The male Trojans placed sixth as a team overall, led by Max Johnson, who medaled with a 13th place finish. Fichter tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that the girls ran very well, with several of them competing in only their first varsity meet ever yesterday. Overall and individual stats for the girls were not available.

Trojans, Rockets Meet in Eddyville for Week Two

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

Both teams leaving a goose egg in their respective score column last Friday, both Pleasantville and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont try to eliminate the goose egg from the win column as well in tonight’s non-district game between the two schools. Against Colfax-Mingo, the Trojans turned the ball over seven times, while the Rockets fumbled the rock away five times in their loss to Pekin. Kris Krug and Ed Bull are back in the press box to bring you tonight’s game, streamed live at, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven. There will be a delayed broadcast of the game after the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA.

Sabers and Saints Try for Win Number Two in 2014

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

Trying to stay perfect and get more momentum before they clash against one another next week, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars battle in week two football action tonight. After speeding past Colo-Nesco a week ago, the Saints come home to take on former 11-man team, Guthrie Center, who defeated Stanton, 52 – 28. Twin Cedars escaped with a 20 – 14 win against English Valleys, and hit the road for a match-up with conference foe, Grand View Christian. Sabers’ Athletic Director, Matt Miller, tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the game will be played at the Spring Creek Sports Complex in Altoona, as that is Grand View’s new home for football. Both games tonight will kick-off at seven.

Saints Prevail, Sabers’ Girls Fall in Conference Volleyball Matches

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

Melcher-Dallas found themselves on the winning side of things in a Bluegrass Conference bout last night against Seymour. The Saints took game one, 25 – 8, before dropping the second set 23 – 25. Melcher-Dallas prevailed 25 – 15 in both of the final two games to gain the victory. Twin Cedars lost to Moravia, 19 – 25, 22 – 25 and 16 – 25. The Saints are 1 – 2 on the year, the Sabers 0 – 2; Melcher hosts a tournament this weekend and Twin Cedars is off until Monday to rest up for a tough Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont club.

Sixth-Annual Ron Schipper Memorial Golf Tournament Next Month

Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Doing nothing but bring success to the Central College football program on and off the field, the Dutch will be holding the Sixth Annual Ron Schipper Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, October 3 at Bos Landen Golf Course in Pella. Schipper coached football at Central for 37 seasons, and his legacy still lives on today with many of the athletes he took under his wing. This year’s event is on the Friday of Homecoming, and is a four-person, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Cost is just $90 per golfer, which includes cart, 18 holes of golf, range use and appetizers following the tournament. All proceeds go towards the Ron Schipper Memorial Fund, and entries are due by September 19.