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Trojans Need Win to Break Playoff Drought

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:52 am

There may not be a roller-coaster ride in the United States that rivals the one that the Pleasantville football team has been on this year. The Trojans were shutout by Colfax-Mingo to begin the season, rattled off three straight wins, fought hard with Bedford and Earlham, before getting trounced by Mount Ayr just last Friday. Tonight, Pleasantville must take care of a winless Clarinda Academy squad to reach the playoffs for the first time in several years. The only success the Eagles have had this year has come on the ground. They also have played in just one game, versus Southeast Warren, where the outcome has been decided by less than 40 points. Coach Gabe Bakker hopes his guys go out there and duplicate everyone else’s success against the Eagles. Kris Krug and Ed Bull will be up in the Trojan press box for tonight’s game, which will be streamed live at, starting with pre-game coverage at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven.

Pleasantville and Twin Cedars Put Up Several PR’s in Final 2014 Meet

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:52 am

They may not have made it to Fort Dodge, but Pleasantville and Twin Cedars’ cross country teams were filled with PR times at the Class 1A state qualifying meet in Ottumwa yesterday. The Trojan boys were fifth best as a team, scoring 178 points. Alex Young was 19th overall. The girls were 11th and were led by Josie Burgett who was 35th. Coach Alan Stewart for the Sabers tells KNIA/KRLS Sports all of his runners turned in their best times of the year, so he was very proud of them. Full results will be available later today and posted on this story.

Mustangs Battle for Third with Heart of Iowa Conference Foe

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Quite familiar with one another in every other sport, PCM and North Polk do battle on the gridiron tonight with a chance at a little better seed on the line. Both schools will play a tenth game, that’s for certain. However, the difference between playing a district runner-up and a district champion could be tremendous. The records aren’t the only thing that these two teams have in common, says Mustangs’ head coach, Greg Bonnett. Two impressive quarterbacks will be on display this evening; for the Mustangs, Logan Gillman has made tremendous strides since his freshman and sophomore seasons, passing for 2,008 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine picks. The Comets’ Blake Brauer has similar numbers, with nearly 1,600 yards through the air, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Garrett Knock and Fred Lorenson will bring you every snap, streamed live on our website, with pre-game coverage starting at seven and kick-off at 7:30 p.m.

Saints Could Return Sabers’ Favor Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:51 am

One team in and the other needing help, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars conclude their football regular seasons tonight. The Saints play another group of Saints on the road in Mormon Trail, with both teams trying to earn a first-round playoff home game this Wednesday. However, for Mormon Trail, they are just battling to extend their season to a tenth game; after defeating the Saints last week, Twin Cedars kept the postseason door open just enough for them to sneak in if they can defeat a winless Harmony team and if Melcher-Dallas defeats Mormon Trail by at least 13 points. Both eight-man contests kick-off tonight at seven.

Central Women Blowout Cornell

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:50 am

What started slow for the Central women’s soccer team ended up in a flurry yesterday as the Dutch scored four goals in a 26 minute span in the second half to shutout Cornell, 4 – 0. Each goal came from a different player; Abby Hillmer had the first and game-winning tally, Anissa Stanitzek, Brittany Hinton, and Felicia Roppe had the other goals for Central, who improve to 8 – 4 – 3 overall on the season. The Dutch are back to conference play at home tomorrow afternoon against Luther.

Strong Fall Season Rockets Central Men’s Golf to Top Ten

Posted: Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:50 am

In four of their five fall season tournaments, the Central men’s golf team finished at the top of the leaderboard while taking second in the fifth. With their strong play, the Dutch are ranked seventh in the Golfstat rankings for Division III golf, which are based on tournament scores combined with course ratings and strength of schedule ratings. Senior Desmond Stoll is ranked 24th nationally as an individual. No other Iowa Conference school appeared in the Golfstat rankings.

Pella High Runners with High Hopes for State Qualifying Meet

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 am

On the comforts of their home course, the Pella High cross country team will make the short drive to Central College today to compete in this year’s state qualifying meet. The Little and Lady Dutch just captured the conference crown ten days ago, and Coach Doug Cutler says his teams have taken full advantage of the break in the schedule to get ready for today’s important event. Pella High is joined by two ranked teams in Grinnell and Mount Pleasant, along with Ballard, Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Chariton, Knoxville, Nevada, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, and Saydel. The Class 3A meet at Central College is set to start at 3:30 p.m.

Knoxville Cross Country Runs At State Qualifyer Today

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Cross Country Squad will head to Pella today for the class 3A State Qualifier.While the Panthers know it will be a tall order for the team to make a run at the top three qualifying positions, Coach Michael Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS Sports it is worth a try. He says from their first practice August 11th to now, the progress the runners have made is in his words, amazing. The girl’s race is scheduled to start at four at the Central College Cross Country Course.

Pella Christian, PCM Converge in Pella for State Cross Country Berths

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:58 am

It’s hard to believe their seasons started a little over a month-and-a-half ago on the very same course, but PCM and Pella Christian’s cross country teams take to the Central College course for the Class 2A state qualifying meet today. For the Mustangs, the girls’ goal has been to qualify for state as a team, and Coach Eric Karr says aside from Rachel Peter and Rachel Stafford, it will take a whole-squad effort to make it to Fort Dodge. For the Eagles, Coach Jocelyn Meinders has had her teams focused on literally getting off on the right foot. The Class 2A meet will be run first at Central College starting at 3:30 p.m.

Offseason Meeting Put Needed Confidence In Knoxville Football

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:57 am

Knoxville Football fans will look at October 17th as the day that Knoxville broke a 24 year playoff drought with a win over Oskaloosa last week.However, if you ask the players and coaches, it may have been June fourth. That was one of the first meetings that Coach Eric Kellar had with his team. He tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the players from that day believed that a playoff run was a goal that could be reached. Kellar says all the credit goes to the players as they have been the ones executed the game plan. Knoxville finishes out the regular season at Norwalk tomorrow.

Pleasantville, Twin Cedars Go to Ottumwa to Qualify for Fort Dodge

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:51 am

In the 1A cross country state qualifying meet, Pleasantville and Twin Cedars are tasked to run at Wildwood Park in Ottumwa to be able to go to Fort Dodge in November. For the girls, the top-ranked team in the state, Pekin, along with number-five West Marshall will be in attendance. Pekin is also seventh on the boys’ side. Trojans’ coach, Aaron Allspach, and Sabers’ coach, Alan Stewart, both hope their runners’ hard work will culminate in a few tickets to state. The Class 1A meet in Ottumwa is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.

Dutch Men’s Cross Country Climbs Rankings

Posted: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 5:49 am

With a strong finish at the Jim Drews Invitational this past weekend, the Central men’s cross country team went from eighth to sixth in the most recent USTFCCCA Division III poll. The Dutch were fifth overall and third among D3 schools, finishing behind only number-ten Wisconsin-La Crosse and now number-four St. Olaf. Loras improved two slots to number 12, and Wartburg dropped out of the rankings. Central is getting ready for the Iowa Conference Championship meet in Indianola a week from this Saturday.

Knoxville Ends Regular Season With A 3-2 Loss To Winterset

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball squad fell in a five set match last night to Winterset. The Panthers held a two sets to one lead but the Huskies came back to win sets four and five. Final set scores were Winterset 27-25…Knoxville 25-22 and 25-22…and Winterset 25-17 and 15-12. Cheyenne Jones led a balanced attack at the net with 21 kills and Meredith Cunningham had 31 assists. Knoxville finishes the regular season 16-20.

Pella Drops Oskaloosa, Finish Strong in Conference

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:59 am

In a season that started slow for the Pella High volleyball team, the girls ended the regular season on a high note, sweeping Oskaloosa in straight sets to finish 4 – 2 in conference play. The Lady Dutch won 25 – 16, 25 – 16, and 25 – 20; Makenna Bogaard had eight kills and two aces, Katie Vander Molen had nine kills, and Kiki Pingel came up with 21 assists. Pella is at 18 – 19 as they enter the regional tournament, which starts for them at home this Monday against Knoxville.

Nikkel Says Team is Full of Fight this Year

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:57 am

Enjoying the luxuries of having a first round bye in the Class 2A regional volleyball tournament, Pella Christian is busy resting up, recovering, and practicing for what could be a lengthy playoff stay in 2014. The Eagles were 5 – 8 after the Iowa City West tournament, but finished the season an incredible 18 – 3, and tied for first place in the Little Hawkeye Conference. Coach Cindy Nikkel says it has a lot to do with how the team interacts with one another and their desire to never say die. Pella Christian will play Des Moines Christian in the Tulip City next Tuesday in the second round of the regional tournament.

Trojans Win Five-Set Thriller Over Van Meter

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:52 am

Not one. Not two. Not three. Not even four. Five, count ‘em, five times the Pleasantville volleyball team was facing match point to Van Meter, and each time, the Trojans found a way to even up the score and eventually win in dramatic fashion in the Class 2A regional tournament opener last night. Both teams traded blowouts in games one and two; Pleasantville took set one 25 – 9, and fell 25 – 12 in game two. The Bulldogs led most of the way in game three and won 25 – 20. The Trojans evened up the match with a 25 – 22 win in game four and then took the marathon that was game five, 24 – 22. Bailey Oliva’s ace serve was the final nail in the Bulldogs’ coffin that sealed the win for the Trojans. Kennedy Core had 27 kills, Oliva had eight, and Samantha Thompson came up with four aces, as Pleasantville advances to round two next Tuesday to face Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on the road.

Saints Down Sabers in Five

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas volleyball dominated game five to win a tightly contested affair with rival Twin Cedars last night, 20 – 25, 25 – 20, 25 – 18, 19 – 25, and 15 – 3, in the first round of the Class 1A regional tournament. Jessica Anderson had 15 kills, and Coach Tatum Starcevich tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that she dominated the net in the fifth set. The Sabers end up 4 – 16 on the season, while the Saints advance to play Southeast Warren in round two this Tuesday.

Prokupek’s Goal Gives Dutch Overtime Soccer Victory

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:50 am

Josh Prokupek and Aleksandar Glavas were on the same wavelength at the right time yesterday. Prokupek sent one to the back of the net in overtime thanks to a pretty pass from Glavas, and the Central men’s soccer team took one away from William Penn last night, 2 – 1. Glavas also had a hand in tying the game up late in regulation, by sending another pass to Nick Kuntz who scored in the 86′ to tie the game up at one. The Dutch improve to 5 – 10 overall and they get back to Iowa Conference play this Saturday at home against Luther.

Three Different Central Athletes Recognized in the Conference

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:50 am

The title “Iowa Conference Player of the Week” was affixed to three Central men’s athletes for their performances last week. On the football side of things, Jacob Edleman came up with three interceptions against Loras in a 41 – 14 triumph to earn him defensive player of the week honors. Aleksandar Glavas for the Central men’s soccer team scored twice in the second half in the Dutch’s 2 – 0 win over Buena Vista to be named league offensive player of the week. Eli Horton on the cross country side of things placed fourth overall at the Jim Drews Invitational to help lead the team to a fifth place team finish overall and third among Division III schools.

Lady Dutch Conclude Regular Season Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 6:00 am

With the amount of youth on their team, the Pella High volleyball team has a chance to finish the regular season with a win and with a respectable third place showing in the Little Hawkeye Conference with a triumph over Oskaloosa tonight. Pella has been off since last Tuesday when they clobbered Newton, while the Indians didn’t have much success this past Saturday in a tournament at Johnston, where they came away empty, getting swept in all four matches they played. Coach Catie Brand says that after her girls’ slow start to the season, a chance to finish above .500 in the league would mean a lot to her team. The varsity match gets underway at Oskaloosa tonight at 7:15 p.m.