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Recent Central Grad Join Tennis Staff

Posted: Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 5:49 am

Former women’s tennis player and 2014 Central graduate, Jordan Langer, has been named as an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach for the Dutch. Langer earned three varsity letters during her four seasons in the Tulip City. She mainly played doubles, where she amassed a 12 – 21 record. Langer also had a 4 – 7 mark in rare singles appearances. Central’s spring tennis season gets underway on Valentine’s Day, February 14 when the men host Morningside and Nebraska Wesleyan at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively.

Knoxville Wrestlers Hit The Mats Against Oskaloosa Tonight.

Posted: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Wrestling Squad heads to Oskaloosa for a match against the Indians. The Panthers have been performing well in dual meets and are coming off a seventh place in the Centerville Invitational. Knoxville is currently 12-3 in dual meets. First bouts are scheduled to get underway at 6:30

Pella Christian Girls Looking for Ways to Rack Up Points After Disappointing Stretch

Posted: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Pella Christian girls are trying to find ways to get the basketball in the hoop as they look to end a four game losing streak on Friday against Newton. It’s a run that sees the Eagles averaging just under 27 points per game. Senior Tessa Howerzyl is questionable to make her return as she recovers from an ankle sprain suffered two weeks ago. Head Coach Kevin Van Maanen says Tessa’s return is likely a key to righting the ship. Van Maanen has been pleased with the way the team has battled on defense during the skid, and he hopes the tough D continues through the rest of the season. The 7-6 Eagles join the 8-4 boys as they take on conference opponent Newton for Homecoming.

Coaches vs. Cancer More Than Just Basketball For Panthers

Posted: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 5:58 am

The Coaches vs. Cancer event at Knoxville this Saturday is more than just a couple of basketball games. The Panthers do take on Chariton in important South Central Conference contests. However, those games become secondary to what the day is really about. Girls player and senior Taylor Carter tells KNIA/KRLS Sports there is more than just playing a game. There will be a ceremony in between the girls and boys games honoring survivors. KNIA/KRLS will be at the event all day with live reports from the KNIA/KRLS Big Red Radio.

Buchheit Surging for Lady Dutch

Posted: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 5:57 am

The Pella High girls’ basketball team has surged since their loss to Ballard in early December. They’ve won nine in a row, they are 11 – 2 overall, and have three starters averaging at least ten points per game this season. Even with the strong play of their “big three”: Katie Vander Molen, Jessica Holterhaus, and Mackenzie Gustafson, the Lady Dutch have benefited from the skills of their bench players. Tuesday’s win over A-D-M was no different; Pella was down by nine at one point in the third quarter and battled back to get within striking range, mostly thanks to their sophomore “secret weapon,” Ciara Buchheit, who scored 11 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-tying triple in a critical spot. Coach Jerod Garland says it was a big game for his tenth-grader and that he’s happy to be able to have so much talent to turn to on the bench. Buchheit is averaging nine points per game over Pella’s last four contests. They hope to run their winning streak to ten tomorrow night for a big road conference clash at Dallas Center – Grimes.

Mustangs’ Girls, Boys Face Pair of Tough Nevada Squads

Posted: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 5:52 am

In a make-up from a few weeks ago, PCM basketball hosts Nevada for the first time this evening. The Cubs’ ladies are ranked seventh in the state in Class 3A, and scarier yet, have only one senior on the squad who accounts for one half of one percent of their scoring this year. Their only loss was when their all-conference post player was injured against Greene County. Mustangs’ coach, Bret Grier, says that both schools have one glaring Achilles heel, which he hopes his team can take advantage of. Rachel Freland could join her teammate, Courtney Van Houweling, in the 1,000 point club, if she can score at least 14 points tonight. Nevada’s boys are 7 – 5, and are led by Cole Gidel, who averages around 17 points per game this season, but the team as a whole shoots just 36% from the field, one of the worst in the conference. Tonight’s doubleheader is scheduled to tip-off in Monroe at 6:00 p.m.

Central Men, Women Swept Again

Posted: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 5:50 am

Two very close games did not go Central’s way last night, as the men’s and women’s basketball teams fell to Buena Vista at home. The women’s game went to overtime, where the Dutch fell, 64 – 61. Mariah Swartzentruber hit a game-tying three with about 30 seconds left in regulation which sent it to the extra period. Central got out to a three point lead in overtime, before the Beavers went on a 9 – 2 run to take control. Swartzentruber finished with 12, and Kenzie Vander Molen had 16 points and nine assists. The Dutch women fall to 9 – 7 on the season and are now 0 – 5 in the conference. Central’s men also had their game come down to the wire, but they, too, wound up losing, 69 – 67. Nile Eckermann put down a game-high 21 points, and Colby Taylor punched in 13. Central’s men fall to 9 – 7 and are now 2 – 3 in the league. They are back at home on Saturday again for two games with Coe.

Despite Poor Free Throw Shooting, Pella Sweeps A-D-M

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 6:00 am

For the eighth consecutive time, Pella High basketball swept their opponents in doubleheader action. Last night, it was A-D-M that were the victims, despite poor foul shooting by the Dutch in both contests, that were broadcast live on 92.1 KRLS. The Lady Dutch conquered deficits of 12 and nine-points to come back with a strong fourth quarter to win, 56 – 49. Ciara Buchheit scored 11 of her team’s 17 points in that last period to help them along. Buchheit finished with a game-high 17, and Jessica Holterhaus had 13, as Pella’s girls have now won nine straight and are 11 – 2 overall. The Little Dutch led for most of the game, and prevailed, 61 – 49. Payson Vande Lune and Isaac Naaktgeboren each had 13 for the Little Dutch. Pella’s girls were 18-for-32 from the free throw line, and the boys were 18-of-30. The Tigers’ squads combined only attempted 12 on the night. The Little Dutch are now 10 – 2 overall, and both Pella teams get back to conference play on Friday with a big twinbill versus Dallas Center – Grimes.

Knoxville Pulls The Sweep Over Oskaloosa

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Basketball Squads pulled off a sweep of Oskaloosa last night as the girls won 48-35 and the boys prevailed 58-48. The girls came out flat but managed to go on a 10-0 run to end the third quarter to gain control of the game. The Panthers were led by Meredith Cunningham who scored 16 points. Coach Jim Uitermarkt told KNIA/KRLS the girls came out flat, but a win is a win. The boys earned a hard-fought 58-48 win over the Indians. Knoxville’s Austin Little had the game of his life rebounding the ball. The Panthers outrebounded the Indians 42-13, and only turned the ball over nine times. Noland Wallace led the Panthers with 15 points. The Knoxville girls are now 12-1 on the season and the boys improve to 9-3. Knoxville will host Davis County on Friday.

Eagles Boys Trend Upward, Girls Struggle to Score Against Bombers

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:58 am

It was another split for the Pella Christian basketball teams, with the boys earning a 59-52 win and the girls losing 57-25 against the Ballard Bombers in games heard live on For the girls, Hannah Beltman blocked six shots, Brooke Mitrisin hit two three-pointers, and Autumn Vos led the Eagles with 10 points. On the boys side, it was the Levi Jungling show, as he tallied 26 points, knocked down four 3′s, and gathered six steals. Boy’s Head Coach Larry Hessing says when Levi’s on, he can take over games like he did last night. The boys move to 8-4 and the girls fall to 7-6, and both squads return to conference play and prepare for Newton on Homecoming Friday.

Pleasantville Girls Fall in OT, Trojans Pop Falcons

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:52 am

A high-scoring affair ended in a Pleasantville girls’ basketball defeat last night, as the Trojans fell to Wayne, 74 – 66 in overtime. Foul trouble marred the Trojans down the stretch and in the extra period. Kennedy Core banked in a three with no time on the clock to send the game to overtime after he team had trailed by 11 late. She finished with 31 points. The Trojans boys came out on top of the Falcons, 78 – 57. It was a two-point advantage for Pleasantville at the half, and Coach Tom Wilkins tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the team’s defense vastly improved in the second half to help them run away. Four players scored in double figures, led by Brady Elder’s 20. The Trojans’ boys are now 7 – 5, the girls fall to 1 – 12. They will come home for a switch on Friday night against East Union.

Mustangs Roll in Doubleheader Sweep on Tuesday night

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:52 am

The PCM girls’ basketball team picked up their tenth Heart of Iowa Conference win on Tuesday night at home against Roland-Story, 54-42. The Lady Mustangs got out to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter using transition offense and turnovers and never relinquished the lead. Senior Courtney VanHouweling led PCM with 16 points and went over 1,000 career points with the performance. The PCM boys’ basketball team got back on their winning ways taking down Roland-Story, 52-44 to move to 10-3 on the year. PCM was led by Logan Gilman’s 18 points and Trey Lindsay added ten points. PCM boy’s head coach Fred Lorensen was pleased with his team’s balanced scoring in the win. Both games were heard on and both teams will be in action at home on Thursday night against Nevada.

Mustangs Grapplers Split on the Road

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:52 am

In rare Tuesday action, PCM wrestling split in a pair of dual meets with South Hamilton and Woodward Granger yesterday. The Mustangs prevailed over South Hamilton, 49 – 24; Tristan Clark grabbed a win at 132, as did Xavier Miller at 126. Pins were secured by Ronnie Marshall and Jaret Maggard. Woodward-Granger edged the Mustangs in the final match, 44 – 33. Maggard, Miller, Clark, Marshall, Leevi Telfer were among the winners for PCM. Full results are below. PCM is off until Saturday for the Heart of Iowa Conference tournament at Gilbert High.

Woodward-Granger (WOGR) 44.00 PCM (PCM) 33.00
182: Jaret Maggard (PCM) over Thomas Govig (WOGR) (Fall 1:24) 195: Mason Burkhart (WOGR) over Clayton Welch (PCM) (Fall 1:55) 220: Leevi Telfer (PCM) over Cole Moran (WOGR) (Fall 0:16) 285: Ryan Hodges (WOGR) over Trent Malone (PCM) (Dec 2-0) 106: Hunter Pierce (WOGR) over Caleb Peter (PCM) (Fall 0:34) 113: Ryan Munoz (WOGR) over Chace Palm (PCM) (Fall 1:44) 120: Xavier Miller (PCM) over Cole Carman (WOGR) (Fall 3:38) 126: Tristan Clark (PCM) over Kaleb Noel (WOGR) (Fall 1:51) 132: Lane Raske (PCM) over (WOGR) (For.) 138: Travis Schieltz (WOGR) over Chris Ellens (PCM) (Fall 3:04) 145: Austin Scharlau (WOGR) over (PCM) (For.) 152: Race Brant (WOGR) over Luke Kramer (PCM) (Fall 0:56) 160: Collen Gibbons (WOGR) over Skyler Koder (PCM) (Fall 2:16) 170: Ron Marshall (PCM) over Tanner Vermaas (WOGR) (Dec 1-0) (WOGR Butthead -1.00)

South Hamilton:
170: Ron Marshall (PCM) over Noah Lutter (SOHA) (Fall 4:25) 182: Jaret Maggard (PCM) over Grant Evans (SOHA) (Fall 0:26) 195: Clayton Welch (PCM) over (SOHA) (For.) 220: Leevi Telfer (PCM) over (SOHA) (For.) 285: Trent Malone (PCM) over (SOHA) (For.) 106: Chace Palm (PCM) over (SOHA) (For.) 113: Keaton Hetland (SOHA) over Jakeb Fenton (PCM) (Fall 0:19) 120: Jakeb Fenton (PCM) over (SOHA) (For.) 126: Xavier Miller (PCM) over Charlie Reiter (SOHA) (MD 11-0) 132: Tristan Clark (PCM) over Brian Greenfield (SOHA) (Dec 6-1) 138: JD Rader (SOHA) over Chris Ellens (PCM) (Fall 1:17) 145: Double Forfeit 152: Luke Peters (SOHA) over Luke Kramer (PCM) (Fall 0:58) 160: Andrew Norman (SOHA) over Skyler Koder (PCM) (Fall 1:22)

Sabers Split, Saints Swept in Penultimate Games Before Conference Tourney

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas basketball wound up on the wrong end of two lopsided scores on Tuesday night. The Saints’ girls fell 71 – 35; Kirsten Mull scored ten points all in the first quarter, and Megan Roush contributed 12. The Saints’ boys were doubled up, 82 – 41. Twin Cedars’ gals were upended, 73 – 38, but the guys clobbered the Mohawks, 97 – 60. Cam Arkema scored 32, Otis Roby had 21, and Trenton Bacus put in a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Bluegrass Conference tournament brackets will be out soon, but first, both schools must tackle opponents on Friday; the Saints host Diagonal, and the Sabers are at Mormon Trail.

De Waard Heading South for Another All-Star Coaching Job

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:50 am

With the amount of phone calls he’s been probably taking, this reporter wouldn’t be surprised if he got called up for the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator position. Central football defensive coordinator, Don De Waard, will get to serve as the defensive line coach for the U.S. Select Team in the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas, on January 31. The U.S. Select Team is comprised of 57 high school players from around the country, and they are tasked with taking on the International Federation of American Football World Team, comprised of athletes and coaches from over ten countries. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. De Waard just recently was the head coach of Team Stars and Stripes for the Bowl of the Stars for the third straight year, and this fall, he’s expected to begin his 34th season as a part of the Dutch football coaching staff.

Central Begins Mini-Home-Stand with Buena Vista

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 5:50 am

Following two tough road losses to Loras on Saturday, Central’s basketball teams come home for two this week, starting with a visit from Buena Vista tonight. The Beavers’ women have dropped seven in a row, and they are tied with the Dutch at 0 – 4 in Iowa Conference play so far. They are led by Lexi Fisher and Shelby Wiederhoeft, who combine for about 1/3 of their points per game. Coach Chelsea Petersen says she’s expecting her team to put up some points against a defensively weak Beavers’ squad. Buena Vista’s men have surged in the league thus far, knocking off Dubuque on Saturday and are sitting tied atop the conference at 3 – 1. Central’s men have the last two conference athletes of the week on their side, with Nile Eckermann playing the role of “defending champion” and Colby Taylor having won it the week prior. Central and Buena Vista are set to tip-off their doubleheader inside the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Marion County Scoreboard 1-20-15

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Girls Basketball:

Pella: 56 ADM: 49 F

Pella Christian: 25 Ballard: 57 F

Knoxville: 48 Oskaloosa: 35 F

PCM: 54 Roland-Story: 42 F

Boy’s Basketball:

Pella: 61 ADM: 49 F

Pella Christian: 59 Ballard: 52 F

Knoxville: 58 Oskaloosa: 48 F

PCM: 52 Roland-Story: 44 F

Knoxville Hosts Oskaloosa Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Basketball Squads step away from the South Central Conference tonight to take on former conference foe Oskaloosa. The boys handled the Indians in their last meeting in December by 22 points…and are coming off a 31 point pasting of Clarke on Friday to run their record to eight-and-three. Coach Jeff Larson tells KNIA/KRLS he is looking forward to a busy week of basketball against an improving team. The girls are coming off their first loss of the season and will try to start another winning streak. The Panthers also coasted to a win over Oskaloosa in December. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 and 95-point-three KNIA and streamed live at KNIA KRLS dot com tonight at six.

Little, Lady Dutch Step Away from Conference with Bout Against A-D-M

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Pella High basketball hopes to continue their big surge tonight when they host non-conference foe, A-D-M for a doubleheader. The Lady Dutch have won eight straight, and the Tigers are 4 – 8, having just snapped a six-game losing streak last Friday with a win over Bondurant-Farrar. A-D-M beat Pella’s girls last year, and they return most of their scoring from that team. Just about all of Pella’s scoring is also back this season, and Coach Jerod Garland says their multiple threats has helped them develop into a big-time threat. The Little Dutch are taking on a Tigers’ team that is senior-ridden but has struggled to just two wins on the year. Today’s doubleheader at Pella High will be live on 92.1 KRLS and, with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema on the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with tip-off at 6:15.

Eagles’ Hoops Look for Two Big Non-Conference Wins Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Fresh off of a thriller against Des Moines Christian, the Pella Christian Eagles will continue their brief conference break when they take on Ballard tonight. The 7-4 Eagles Boys will face a 6-6 Ballard team that’s had an up-and-down season so far. Boy’s Coach Larry Hessing says he wants the guys to focus on improving themselves and to build on the last week of games. The 7-5 girls will look to rebound against an 11-1 Ballard team that suffered their first defeat of the season last Friday against Carlisle. Head Coach Kevin Van Maanen says his team needs to continue to utilize their mental toughness against a heavily favored Bombers squad. Our coverage of the doubleheader begins with the Midtown Tire Team Radio Pregame show at 6 p.m. live from Pella Christian High School, with Andrew Schneider and Wynne Veenstra on the call on KRLS2.