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Pella Cross Country Sweeps Conference Meet

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 6:00 am

They were the favorites going in, and the Pella High boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each left Dallas Center – Grimes with a conference championship last night. The Little Dutch outran the pack, scoring 40 team points to beat second place Grinnell by 13. Ben Warner was the fastest Dutch, coming in third, with Nick Bernhagen behind him in sixth. Tess Roorda led the charge for the Lady Dutch, finishing fourth, with Ciara Buchheit coming in fifth. Pella’s girls had a team score of 39 to beat Grinnell by 21. Pella is off until next Thursday for the State Qualifying meet in the Tulip City on Central’s cross country course. Full results are below.

LHC Boys Varsity

LHC Girls Varsity

Knoxville Boys 3rd; Girls 6th In SCC Cross County Meet

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country Squad finished third at the South Central Conference meet last night in Albia.Cade McNeill was fifth and Chase Larson finished sixth earning both all-conference honors. The girls finished in sixth place. Full results were unavailable.

Eagles Douse Tigers to Become Co-Conference Champs

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian’s volleyball team ended their conference schedule with a bang yesterday, sweeping Grinnell 25 – 19, 25 – 21, and 25 – 18. Andrea Horstman had 13 kills, Hannah Beltman had ten, and Christa Veenstra served up four aces for the Eagles, who ended up with a 5 – 1 mark in the league and are now 19 – 10 overall. Pella Christian concludes their regular season with the Knoxville tournament on Saturday.

Panthers in Playoff Position

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:57 am

They’ve kept the door open all season, and tonight, the Knoxville football team has a chance to practically step through into the playoffs with a win over Oskaloosa. The Indians have just one win on the season, and that is over Saydel in Week Four. Both teams like to run the ball quite a bit, and Panthers’ Coach Eric Kellar says it will be key for his “D” to slow down Nate VanVeldhuizen. Tony Correa and Kevin Wadle will brave the elements tonight on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and, with pregame coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30.

Dutch are Back to District Play Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:56 am

With the major hurdles of the regular season in their rearview mirror, the Pella High football team looks to begin its final charge towards the playoffs tonight with a visit from Saydel. The Little Dutch expect to have Austin Schulte back in the line-up for this evening’s affair, and hope they can take care of business against a struggling Eagles’ squad that has allowed almost 44 points per game on average this season en route to a 1 – 6 record. Coach Jay McKinstrey says the Eagles will be revved up tonight looking to play spoiler. Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema are back in the Pella High press box for the call of tonight’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and online at Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

It’s Senior Night for Eagles’ Football

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:54 am

Just on the other side of town, the Pella Christian football team takes on West Marshall tonight for a district game, and for the seniors, at least, they hope this is not their final home game of the season. Pella Christian is 3 – 1 so far in district play, a game ahead of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Sigourney-Keota. With Iowa City Regina waiting just around the corner, tonight’s game becomes critical for the Eagles to do a final tune-up before a potential showdown for first place next week. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says his team is focused on the Trojans tonight and not on the Regals. You can hear tonight’s game live on with Andrew Schneider and Larry Hessing on the play-by-play. Pregame coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven. There will be a delayed broadcast of the game on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Trojans’ Girls Finish Regular Season with Win

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s volleyball team put an exclamation point on their regular season, with an emphatic three-set win over Clarke, 25 – 15, 25 – 22, and 25 – 16. Alli Friday had 20 assists, Kennedy Core put up 20 kills, and Baily Oliva had seven kills and four aces. The Trojans enter the postseason with a 17 – 9 record, and they’ll open up play this Tuesday at home against Van Meter in the first round of the Class 2A regional tournament.

Roland-Story Sweeps Mustangs

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM’s girls were tripped up last night, losing on the volleyball courts to Roland-Story in three, 25 – 9, 25 – 15, and 25 – 9. Katie VandeWall had three kills for the Mustangs, who sit with a 9 – 22 record. They wrap up the regular season with the Fairfield tournament tomorrow.

PCM Tries to Break Logjam for Second Place with Win

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Sitting in a three-way-tie with the final two teams on their schedule, PCM’s football team controls their own destiny as to whether or not they’ll travel out of Monroe for the playoffs in about a week-and-a-half. The Mustangs host Albia tonight, looking to put a stranglehold on the number-two seed in Class 2A District 7. C-M-B had success through the air against the Blue Demons last week, passing for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown. Coach Greg Bonnett hopes the Mustangs have at least that much success tonight. You can catch tonight’s game live on our website,, with Garrett Knock and Fred Lorenson on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Trojans Get Chance to Upset Raiders

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville football makes the long hike down to Mount Ayr for their Week Eight match-up tonight. The Trojans have been able to take advantage of a more manageable district than the one they were in the last two years, and currently hold a 3 – 2 record in Class A District 8. However, the Raiders are more like the gauntlet of teams Pleasantville had to go through, like Montezuma, BGM, and Pekin. Mount Ayr has used a strong, balanced attack to lead them to a 7 – 1 record; they have four backs with at least 200 yards on the ground, and quarterback, Jacob Taylor, has thrown for almost 700 yards this season. With all of the new wrinkles the coaching staff puts in on a weekly basis, Coach Gabe Bakker says they will be keeping things relatively simple against a good, all-around Raiders team. Kris Krug has the call for you on, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven.

Saints Battle Moravia, Sabers Need Win to Keep Playoff Hopes Afloat

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Coming off of a tough loss to Lamoni last week, Melcher-Dallas’ football team looks to put that behind them and focus on securing the number two seed in Eight Man District 6 tonight with a win over Moravia. It’s a special night for the Saints, as the many seniors will be recognized during their final home game of the regular season. Melcher-Dallas is looking for some help from Twin Cedars to clinch a home playoff game, as the Sabers are fighting for their own playoff lives this evening against Mormon Trail. Twin Cedars needs to win their final two games and hope Mormon Trail loses to Melcher-Dallas next week to get into the postseason. Both games kick-off tonight at seven.

South Central Conference Cross Country Meet Take 2 Today In Albia

Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 6:00 am

They will try it again today in Albia.The South Central Conference Cross Country Meet was rained out Tuesday at Pine Knolls Country Club in Knoxville and due to a scheduling conflict, the meet is now being run in Albia. The Panther boys have been steadily improving throughout the season so much so that they have started to believe in Coach Michael Splavec’s talk at the beginning of a conference title. Runner Cade McNeill tells KNIA/KRLS he is a believer and so is the rest of the team. McNeill says the key is catching up with Albia and the Demon runners and continue their running in packs to maximize their points. On the girls side, Splavec says a top two or three is not out of the question. The first races are set to begin today at 4:50

Local Teams Prepared for Little Hawkeye Conference Meet

Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Postponed from Monday, Pella High and Pella Christian will be two of the seven schools in attendance at the Dallas Center Burnett Rec Complex for today’s Little Hawkeye Conference cross country meet. With no rain in the forecast, today’s meet should go off without a hitch, and should bring about a very competitive race, says Dutch head coach, Doug Cutler. On the girls’ side, Pella is also the favorite, but will see very good runners from Grinnell and Dallas Center – Grimes, who are both ranked in the most recent polls. Eagles’ coach, Jocelyn Meinders, knows her teams have the proverbial tough hill to climb, but says their knowledge of the competition could help them turn in their fastest times of the season. The varsity meet is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.

Eagles’ Volleyball Concludes Conference Schedule Tonight

Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Pella Christian’s volleyball team tries to rebound after their first conference loss of 2014 when they host Grinnell tonight for their head-to-head finale of the regular season. The Tigers began the season 12 – 9 and even earned a first round bye in the Class 4A regional tournament, but have lost six of their previous eight matches and are 1 – 4 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Eagles have been the exact opposite; winners of 13 of their last 15, but suffered a setback on their way to a conference title with a five-set loss to Dallas Center – Grimes on Monday. One key to Pella Christian’s success has been their serving, which has come on strong as of late, particularly from Alyssa Starkey. Coach Cindy Nikkel says Starkey has made a few adjustments that have benefited the team. The varsity match tonight in Pella is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.

PCM, Pleasantville Girls Wind Down Regular Season

Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Regional tournaments starting next week, two of our area volleyball teams are wrapping up their regular seasons over the next several days. PCM goes head-to-head with Roland-Story on the road tonight before their final regular season date in tournament play this Saturday at Fairfield. Pleasantville is at Clarke for a non-conference match before opening the postseason at home on Tuesday. The Mustangs have a first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the Trojans’ match starts at seven.

Dutch Men Still Eighth in Cross Country Rankings

Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:50 am

The Central men’s cross country team held true in the number eight slot of the most recent USTFCCCA Division III poll. The Dutch haven’t competed since the Wisconsin – Eau Claire Blugold Invitational nearly two weeks ago, where they finished tied for third out of 25 teams. Loras moved up a rung to number 14, and Wartburg dropped two down to 33rd. Central is next at the Wisconsin – La Crosse Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational this Saturday, where the Dutch will see three top-ten ranked teams in St. Olaf, Wisconsin – Platteville, and the host Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Pella Volleyball Handles Newton on Senior Night

Posted: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:00 am

It took just three swift sets for the Pella High volleyball team to take care of Newton in conference play yesterday in their regular season home finale. The match started with the singing of the National Anthem by Pella first graders and the senior night presentations, which seemed to pump up the Lady Dutch, as the squashed the Cardinals in game one, 25 – 4. Coach Catie Brand says her girls used that momentum to play a phenomenal first set. Pella then won the last two by scores of 25 – 13 and 25 – 18. Makenna Bogaard and Jessica Holterhaus each stroked 11 kills, and Bogaard added nine aces to highlight an impressive night. Pella improves to 3 – 2 in the conference and 17 – 19 overall. They will wrap up their regular season with a road match against Oskaloosa on next Tuesday.

Knoxville Dominates Clarke For Volleyball Win

Posted: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:59 am

To no one’s surprise the Knoxville Volleyball squad clinched second place in the South Central Conference with a three sets to none win over Clarke last night 25/11, 25/19, and 25/11 on senior night.The seniors were instrumental as Meredith Cunningham gave out 31 assists and Cheyenne Jones blasted down 17 kills along with junior Ashley Hawkshead. Emily Wallace came up with 13 digs. Knoxville is now 14-17 on the season and finish 5-1 in the South Central Conference. The Panthers will host their own invitational on Saturday.

Wichhart, Ground-and-Pound Game Starting to Blossom

Posted: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:58 am

It’s no surprise that with the caliber of athletes on their team this year, that Pella Christian football is a more balanced squad in 2014. Sure, the Eagles lead Class 1A in passing yardage, but they’ve also gained over 1,400 yards on the ground to help compliment the air attack. One area that has been steadily improving is the run up the middle, which really to fruition last week against Columbus Junction, says Coach Rich Kacmarynski. Kacmarynski credits his offensive line for helping open some holes up the middle for Wichhart to blast through. The 5 – 2 Eagles play their home finale this Friday night against West Marshall.

Knoxville Assists Indianola In Another Good Night In The Pool

Posted: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Indianola High School is happy that Knoxville is helping out its girls swimming program as Knoxville’s Taylor Purvis and Layren Clingman led another successful night for the Indians. Purvis and Clingman were victorious in the 200 medley relay. Purvis was also a winner in the 100 freestyle. Clingman also claimed gold in the 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, and was apart of the 400 freestyle relay. Team scores were not available.

Taylor Purvis
1st in Varsity 200 Medley Relay with Lauren Clingman, 2:04.52
2nd in Varsity 50 Freestyle 26.61
1st in Varsity 100 Freestyle, 57.68

Lauren Clingman
1st in Varsity 200 Medley Relay with Taylor Purvis, 2:04.52
1st in Varsity 200 Freestyle, 2:07.04
1st in Varsity 100 Backstroke, 1:06.82
1st in Varsity 400 Freestyle Relay, 4:19.05

Ashley Cumpton
4th in Varsity 200 Medley Relay, 2:27.59
2nd in JV 50 Freestyle, 30.34
3rd in Varsity 400 Freestyle Relay, 4:55.02

Hanah Hefner
2nd place, JV 200 Freestyle, 2:49.48
3rd in Varsity 500 Freestyle, 8:13.43
1st JV 400 Freestyle Relay, 5:29.80

Autumn Wright
1st in JV 200 Freestyle Relay, 2:45.13
3rd in JV 100 Backstroke, 2:00.99