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Little Dutch Fifteenth, Ladies Eleventh at Heartland Classic

Posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:59 am

Not quite how they finished last year, the Pella High cross country teams still impressed at the ninth annual Heartland Classic at the Iowa State cross country course on Saturday. Pella’s girls came in 11th place overall as a team, finishing just 18 points behind Gilbert. Kelcey Blommers was the fastest for the Lady Dutch, with a 16th place time of 15:30. Ciara Buchheit was 43rd at 15:59. The Little Dutch ended up 15th, 29 points ahead of Gilbert, despite the Tigers having their top runner win the race individually. Adam Sievers crossed first for Pella’s boys, in a 56th-place time of 17:36. Ben Warner and Nick Bernhagen each clocked in at 17:40 to finish 59th and 62nd, respectively. Full results can be found by clicking the link below. Pella cross country is next in action at Indianola on Thursday.

Eagles Flawless in North Mahaska Tourney Sweep

Posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:57 am

Duplicating their success from the same venue in 2013, Pella Christian’s volleyball team left the North Mahaska tournament unscathed this weekend as champions with a 5 – 0 record. The Eagles swept both Lynnville-Sully and Tri-County in two blowout sets apiece, before downing Sigourney-Keota, 21 – 15 and 21 – 11. Pella Christian faced WACO in the semi-finals and swept them 25 – 14 and 25 – 19, and then finished the day on top of conference foe, Grinnell, 25 – 18 and 25 – 11. Abby Pleima had 34 assists and 15 digs in the semi-final and championship matches, Andrea Horstman had 19 kills, and Christa Veenstra collected ten kills and four aces. The Eagles improve to 11 – 8 on the season and head to Pella High on Tuesday. Full stats from all five games are below.

PC vs Lynnville Sully
21-8 21-8

Hannah Beltman 6 kills, 1 block
Becca Gritters 5 kills, 2 aces, 1 block, 6 digs
Andrea Horstman 4 kills, 1 block, 4 aces, 9 digs
Abby Pleima 13 assists, 2 aces,
Julia Dykstra 2 aces, 2 digs

PC vs Tri County
21-9, 21-6

Hannah Beltman 7 kills, 2 blocks
Christa Veenstra 5 kills, 6 aces, 1 block, 2 digs
Becca Gritters 5 aces, 4 digs

PC vs Sigourney
21-15, 21-11

Abby Pleima 4 kills, 2 aces, 1 block
Christa Veenstra 4 kills, 4 digs, 1 block
Becca Gritters 7 kills, 2 blocks, 6 digs
Alyssa Starkey 2 aces 2 digs

PC vs WACO Semi Final
25-14, 25-19

Abby Pleima 18 assists, 2 digs, 3 aces
Christa Veenstra 7 kills, 2 blocks, 4 aces, 3 digs
Andrea Horstman 7 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces
Becca Gritters 7 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace
Maria Bandstra 2 blocks, 1 kill
Laura Nicholson 1 block, 1 kill

PC vs Grinnell Championship
25-18, 25-11

Abby Pleima 16 assists, 13 digs, 2 kills
Sydney Faber 3 kills
Christa Veenstra 3 blocks, 3 kills 7 digs
Andrea Horstman 12 kills, 9 digs, 4 blocks
Becca Gritters 9 kills, 1 ace, 7 digs, 1 block
Julia Dykstra 5 digs

Lady Dutch Win Consolation Bracket in Tournament

Posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:55 am

Over at the Ballard Invitational on Saturday, the Pella High volleyball team came away winners in the tournament’s consolation bracket. Pella started with straight set losses to both Johnston and Greene County. The Lady Dutch then counter-punched with a three-game win over a tough North Polk team, 21 – 7, 7 – 21 and 15 – 11, followed by a victory over the home bombers, 25 – 15 and 25 – 19, before finishing the day on top of Greene County, 25 – 14 and 25 – 19. Makenna Bogaard had 34 kills combined on the day and Kiki Pingel had 72 assists for Pella, who is now 7 – 14 overall on the season. They will head home and host Pella Christian for their annual rivalry conference match this Tuesday.

Credit All Around for Pleasantville’s Hot Start

Posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:52 am

Off to one of their best starts in recent memory, the Pleasantville football team has been doing all of the little things right through four games. Though they got off on the wrong foot against Colfax-Mingo, the Trojans have responded mightily, scoring 61 points the past three contests, while the defense has recorded two shutouts and has allowed only eight themselves, while creating 15 turnovers. Coach Gabe Bakker says the credit for their latest success can be spread all throughout the program. The Trojans are also 2 – 0 in district play, and have a chance to nearly cement themselves into the playoffs with a win over Bedford this Friday.

Central Football Sets Records, Pounds Maranatha Baptist

Posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:51 am

To put it kindly, Central got the job done against Maranatha Baptist on Saturday afternoon at Ron & Joyce Schipper Stadium, 65 – 12. Central blocked a punt in the end zone 64 seconds in for a safety, and then on their first offensive play from scrimmage, Josh Osborn ran through several tackles on his way to a 62-yard touchdown scamper that set the tone for the entire game. The reserves were in and the first half wasn’t even close to being over after the Dutch got out to a 44 – 0 lead early in the second period, 37 of those coming in the first quarter, which is a school-record. Central scored two touchdowns within five seconds, also a school record. Osborn ran 19 yards for a score, before Nick Henry intercepted a pass on the next play and found paydirt from 24 yards out. Osborn ended up with 126 yards and three touchdowns, Aaron Eiseler was the starting quarterback and was 5-for-6 passing for 69 yards and a score. Central ends non-conference play 2 – 1 and they are on a bye week this Saturday, giving them ample time to prepare for a huge conference opener against Wartburg on October 4.

Central Women Earn Fourth Win, Shutout Westminster

Posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central’s women’s soccer team took it to Westminster out of Missouri, winning in front of their home crowd 3 – 0 on Saturday. Emily Saville scored in the 14th minute to make it 1 – 0. That score would hold until Brittany Hinton found the back of the net in minute 68, and Anissa Stanitzek (Stan-EAT-sick) scored near the end of regulation. The Dutch improve to 4 – 2 – 2 overall, and they stay at home for a match on Tuesday against St. Catherine University out of Minnesota.

Knoxville Loses 4 At Ballard; Looking Forward To More SCC Matches This Week

Posted: Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad had a tough day at the Ballard Invitational yesterday. The Panthers lost all four matches. Knoxville lost to Woodward-Granger in two sets…Ballard in three sets…Grandview Christian in two sets…and Green County in two sets. Ashley Hawkshead had 20 kills on the day with Meredith Cunningham dealing out 50 assists and Emily Wallace had 28 digs. Knoxville is now 7-9 on the season and have an important South Central Conference match at Albia on Tuesday.

Knoxville Knocked Around In District Opener

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Big plays and costly turnovers sent Knoxville reeling 51-28 to Carlisle in their district opener. Knoxville Head Coach Eric Kellar says it’s no time to make excuses. Senior running back Tanner Dunkin used his speed to keep the Panthers in the game early, scoring on his first two carries of the game for a total of 110 yards. Dunkin would finish with 150 yards and three touchdowns on the evening. The Wildcats scored 23 consecutive points through the second and third quarters, capitalizing on three Knoxville turnovers and three offensive plays of 52 yards or greater. Knoxville will take on undefeated district foe Pella on the road next Friday.

Eagles Lose Nail-Biter to Savage Cobras

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:59 am

In a game that was as close as expected, Pella Christian came up just short to Sigourney-Keota last night, 29 – 27, as heard on 92.1 KRLS. Each team scored once in the first half, but a last-second touchdown pass to Peyton Crawford gave the Cobras some cushion and momentum at the break. The Eagles held a brief lead in the second half, and had a chance to tie it with less than two minutes to go, but a two point conversion attempt was batted away in the end zone to preserve the Cobras’ victory. Crawford ran for 222 yards to lead Sigourney-Keota, while Levi Jungling was virtually unstoppable for the Eagles, with 12 catches for 185 yards and another 28 on the ground. Pella Christian drops to 2 – 2 overall on the season and begins district play 0 – 1. They’ll try to even up that district record this Friday night at home against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

Pella High Bangs up Norwalk, Remains Unbeaten

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Pella Little Dutch moved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the district after their 38-14 victory over Norwalk in a game heard live on The Little Dutch were able to dominate the game in the trenches, with five sacks on defense and 342 yards on the ground. Head Coach Jay McKinstrey says he was pleased with the pressure his defense created against Norwalk’s athletic skill players. The Little Dutch have in-county rival Knoxville next for Homecoming week, and Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema will have that call for Pella on 92.1 KRLS.

Pleasantville Gets Second Shutout of the Season with Win over Nodaway Valley

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team notched their second shutout of the season with a 13-0 victory over Nodaway Valley on Friday night as heard on The Trojans found the board midway through the second quarter after quarterback Zeb Adreon found senior Josh Luna for a 52-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0. The Trojan defense forced three turnovers on the night to add to their season total of 15, to help give the Trojans the 13-0 win. With a huge district matchup ahead of them, Coach Gabe Bakker stills sees a few things for his team to improve on. Pleasantville improves to 2-0 in Class A District 8 play and 3-1 overall and heads to Bedford on Friday night.

PCM offense was electric in second straight victory

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The PCM football team rolled on all cylinders on Friday night as they picked up their second straight district win, 50-6 over Davis County, heard live on The PCM offense got off to a hot start scoring on their first four offensive series of the game to take a 29-6 lead. Logan Gillman was impressive once again, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns and he has now eclipsed 1,000 passing yards in four games. Luke Greiner caught both of Gillman’s touchdowns and had over 150 yards receiving. Head coach Greg Bonnett was impressed with how well Gillman and the wide receivers played. Ronnie Marshall added three touchdowns on the ground for the PCM Mustangs. The Mustangs turn their attention to C-M-B for a week five rivalry matchup on the road this Friday.

Saints, Sabers Blowout Opponents by Identical Scores

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Whether or not it was planned, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars won by final scores of 68 – 8 over their competitors yesterday. The Saints blew out Harmony on the road, thanks to a great night from Alex Mitchell, who went 6-for-8 passing for around 170 yards. The Sabers in their homecoming game had no problem with a struggling Seymour squad. Melcher-Dallas improves to 3 – 1 on the season and 2 – 0 in Eight Man District 6, the Sabers are 2 – 2 and 1 – 1, respectively. The Saints are at Seymour next week, and Twin Cedars will be at Wayne.

Dutch Look to Bounce Back in Final Non-Conference Test

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central’s football team, fresh off of a loss to Monmouth, has a prime opportunity to enter their bye week with a little momentum against Maranatha Baptist today. The Dutch were shutout in the second half after getting out to a 21 – 7 lead against Monmouth, before falling 28 – 21. The Sabercats are averaging less than 180 yards of total offense per game through two contests, and have been demolished in their two contests so far this season. Coach Jeff McMartin says the Sabercats’ air attack could present some problems. You can hear today’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and, with Cory Houser and Andrew Schneider on the play-by-play. Pregame starts at 12:40 with kick-off at one.

KNIA/KRLS Football Highlights From Week Four

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 1:05 am

Below is a complete rundown of all of our highlights from our on-air coverage of high school football in Week Four of the 2014 season. Keep listening to KNIA/KRLS for live coverage of Pella, Knoxville, Pella Christian, PCM, and Pleasantville football all season long, and don’t miss our Award-Winning Jeremy Dingeman Concrete Football Friday Night Radio Preview Show at 5:30 p.m., with the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show at around ten.

High School Football Scores

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Here are Friday night’s high school football scores.

Carlisle 51
Knoxville 28

Norwalk 14
Pella 38

Pella Chr 27
Sigourney/Keota 29

Nodaway Valley 0
Pleasantville 13

Melcher-Dallas 68
Harmony 8

Seymour 8
Twin Cedars 68

Davis County 6
PCM 50

Eagles Begin District Play Tonight

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Carrying a 2 – 1 record into district play, Pella Christian’s football team begins their drive towards the playoffs this evening with a road trip to Sigourney-Keota. The Savage Cobras still run the single wing offense, but haven’t had the success they would have liked up to this point of the season, going 1 – 2 with less than 500 yards rushing through three contests, compared to the well over 700 they had through three games last year. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says the Cobras aren’t as committed to the run as they have been in years past. The Eagles have had a strong running and passing game thus far, and stuck with Albia for a half before falling 48 – 20. Cory Houser and Larry Hessing will be up in the press box live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven.

Panthers Try to Bounce Back in District Opener

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Suffering a close loss to Fairfield in their final non-district game in Week Three, Knoxville football looks to recover to begin district play at home tonight against Carlisle. Knoxville kept it tight with the Trojans, and had a chance for a last-second win, but couldn’t quite make it happen in a 20 – 14 loss. The Wildcats have been looked at as one of the contenders for a Class 3A District 7 title, and have gotten off to a 2 – 1 start, with the one blemish being an overtime 27 – 24 defeat at the hands of Dallas Center – Grimes in game number one. Coach Eric Kellar says so far, his team has lived and died by their front line of attack on both sides of the ball. Tony Correa has the call on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30. Don’t forget to cheer on the Panthers with another “Panther Walk” from the high school to the stadium before the game. The team will leave the school at around 5:50 and walk down Robinson St. into Ken Locke Stadium.

Pella Football Looks to Continue Surge Tonight at Home

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:58 am

If you have wanted to see how dangerous the Pella High football team’s offense has been this season, make sure you aren’t catching just the second half. So far, the Little Dutch have scored enough points to begin the running clock on all three teams they have faced this season, including ranked Washington and Dallas Center – Grimes squads, and most recently, Oskaloosa last Friday. Tonight, Pella comes home to play a Norwalk team that has a question mark at the quarterback position. Sophomore signal caller, Brady Brandsfield, went down with an injury and may or may not play tonight. Coach Jay McKinstrey says they are preparing to see the sophomore tonight, who could present some challenges. You can catch tonight’s game on with Andrew Schneider and Dave Van Gorp on the play-by-play. Pregame starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30. We’ll have a delayed broadcast on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Good Times All Around for Local Runners at Lynnville-Sully

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:56 am

Pella Christian, PCM, Pleasantville, and Twin Cedars recorded nice runs at the Lynnville-Sully meet yesterday. The Mustangs’ girls finished second place as a team to Davis County by just eight points. Rachel Stafford had the fastest time for PCM with a mark of 18:01, good for fifth place. Rachel Peter was eighth. Marina Shannon was tenth overall and fastest for Pella Christian at 18:50. Andie Sowers clocked in at 21:39 for 43rd place and fastest Trojan girl. Rachel Surbaugh crossed first for the Sabers in 46th place and with a time of 21:58. Blaise Winegardner was second overall for the boys’ race, and ran a time of 18:10 for the Mustangs. Jacob Lensing was fifth and was the fastest Eagle boy. Alex Young for Pleasantville came in at 20:42, good for 17th overall. The Trojans’ boys were third in the team standings, Pella Christian was fourth, and PCM was seventh. The PCM boys’ and girls’ middle school teams also finished first place last night. Full results of the whole meet can be found by clicking below.

Lynnville-Sully XC Invite 2014 Final Girls Results

Lynnville-Sully XC Invite 2014 Final Boys Results