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Central Football Outlasts Buena Vista

Posted: Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A back-and-forth game eventually teetered Central’s way in a 32 – 25 victory for the Dutch football squad on Saturday over Buena Vista, in a game heard live on 92.1 KRLS. Central got out to a quick 21 – 0 lead, thanks to an offense that moved the ball very effectively and a defense that stifled a potent Beaver attack through the air. Buena Vista would add a score late in the first half in their two-minute drill to pull within 21 – 7, and used that momentum on both sides of the ball to take a 25 – 24 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Central answered back, and capped off a nine play, 74 yard drive with a Josh Osborn touchdown run, plus a two-point conversion, to make it 32 – 25. The Beavers had a chance to respond, and drove into Central territory, before Brown made his third mistake of the day. Jake Edelman’s second interception of the game helped secure the win for Central, who improves to 7 – 2 overall on the season and 5 – 1 in the Iowa Conference. Osborn eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the season with 173 yards on 27 carries. Sam Markham had 11 grabs to tie a season-high for 96 yards. Central concludes their regular season next Saturday at home against Dubuque.

Penalty Kicks Go Spartans’ Way in Women’s Soccer Thriller

Posted: Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 5:49 am

With an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III national tournament on the line, Central and Dubuque’s women’s soccer teams played an instant classic that went to penalty kicks, and eventually into the favor of the Spartans, 1 – 0. The two teams were scoreless at the end of regulation and two overtime periods. The shots on goal were even at eight after the second half ended and the Dutch had the only one on goal in extra time. The penalty kicks were tied at three after five rounds and eventually went to a ninth round with the winner kicked in by Kayla Sunvold for Dubuque. Central’s women finish the season 11 – 4 – 4 overall and must wait until later this week to find out if they earned an at-large bid into the national tourney.

Clingman Scores A 23rd And 15th At State Swimming

Posted: Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Knoxville’s Lauren Clingman was able to give her team a couple of points at the State Swimming Meet in Marshalltown yesterday. She placed 23rd in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:59.72. She was 15th in the 500 freestyle and scored two points for Indianola. She clocked in with a final time of 5:21.34. Pleasant Valley was able to win the team title while Indianola finished in a tie for 32nd.

First Half Barrage Sends Little Dutch to UNI-Dome

Posted: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at 6:01 am

That stop on fourth down, as heard on 92.1 KRLS, ended last night’s Class 3A state quarterfinal match-up between Pella High and Washington as the Dutch football team downed the Demons, 31 – 14, to send them back to the UNI-Dome and the semifinals for the first time since 2010. Washington scored first after getting the ball back following a muffed punt, but the Dutch would not be denied, as they lit the scoreboard up the next three times down the field, all capped off by a 67 yard touchdown run by Quinton Murphy. After Washington scored to get it back to a one-possession game with less than a minute to go in the half, the Little Dutch drove down and scored with less than a second left on the clock. Seth Johnson capped off the scoring on the night with a long 45 yard field goal to put the game out of reach. Despite uncharacteristically turning the ball over three times on the night, Coach Jay McKinstrey says his guys did a great job of staying focused and getting the victory. Pella’s “Big Three” all finished with over 100 yards on the ground; Nathan Henry had 143 yards, Murphy had 121, and Noah Clayberg finished with 115. Pella is now 12 – 0 on the season and they’ll play Cedar Rapids Xavier in the semifinal round at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls this Thursday at 8:21 p.m., in a game that will be live on 92.1 KRLS and

Knoxville’s Clingman Set To Swim At State Today

Posted: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Knoxville’s Lauren Clingman will represent the Indianola Swimming at the state meet today in Marshalltown. She qualified last week out of the regional in the 200 and 500 individual races. She was also voted by the coaches the top regional athlete last week. She has the 24th fastest time in the 200 at 1:59.43 and the 16th best time in the 500 at 5:20.41.

Eagles’ Volleyball Accomplished Much in 2014

Posted: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Wrapping up their season in the regional semifinals with a loss to state tournament bound, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Pella Christian’s volleyball team had nothing to hang their heads about after an extremely successful 2014 campaign. Coach Cindy Nikkel said her team set some goals and tackled many of them this year. Nikkel says it will be tough losing such a big chunk of seniors, but adds she’s excited about the youth of this program and interested to see what the seniors-to-be will do in 2015. The Eagles went 24 – 12 this season.

Plenty Of Highlights During Knoxville Volleyball Season

Posted: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at 5:58 am

There were a lot of highlights for the 2014 Knoxville Volleyball season. One was playing in a new conference and finishing runner-up to Eddyville-Blakeburg. Another was the girls getting used to a new coach, and many others. Head Coach Chantell Downing tells KNIA/KRLS Sports her highlight of the season was the Davis County match. The Panthers went 16-21 this season, and will lost three seniors from the 2014 squad.

Four Trojans Named to Volleyball Conference Team

Posted: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pride of Iowa All-Conference volleyball team had four Pleasantville names on the list for the 2014 season. On the first team all-conference was Kennedy Core; she led the league with 409 kills, and was 11th best in digs with 232. Alli Friday was also chosen to the first team, finishing fourth in the conference in assists with over 500, and had 50 ace serves, sixth best in the Pride of Iowa. Kylie Busick was the other name on the first team for Pleasantville. Busick had 30 aces and the sixth most digs with 311. Bailey Oliva was on the second team all-conference. Pleasantville finished with a record of 18 – 10 and lose three seniors for 2015.

Central Football Looks to Keep Pace with Wartburg

Posted: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A big road test lies ahead this afternoon for Central as they go up to Storm Lake to take on Buena Vista in a clash for second place in the Iowa Conference. The Beavers lead the league in offense and there could be a shootout in store for both teams. Buena Vista averages nearly 500 yards of total offense per game, with over 300 of that coming through the air. Dutch head coach Jeff McMartin is very concerned about a potent Beaver offense led by quarterback Bobby Brown. Today’s game will be live on 92.1 KRLS and online at, with Trevor Castle and Cory Houser on the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage begins at 12:40 p.m. with the opening kick at 1:00.

Pella High-Lights State Quarterfinals

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Here’s tonight’s highlights from Pella’s 31 – 14 win over Washington in the 2014 Class 3A State Quarterfinals. Enjoy!

Quarterfinal Football Scores/Semifinal Pairings

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Pella 31, Washington 14

Semifinal Pairings:
Thursday (11/13/14)
Class 3A:
Cedar Rapids, Xavier vs. Pella at UNI-Dome
Creston vs Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City at UNI-Dome


Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn vs Fremont-Mills, Tabor at UNI-Dome
Newell-Fonda vs H-L-V, Victor at UNI-Dome

Friday (11/14/2014)

Cedar Rapids, Washington vs Bettendorf at UNI-Dome
Waukee vs Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines at UNI-Dome


Gladbrook-Reinbeck vs Denver at UNI-Dome
Mount Ayr vs Logan-Magnolia at UNI-Dome

Saturday (11/15/2014)

North Fayette Valley vs Beckman Catholic, Dyersville at UNI-Dome
Sioux Center vs Albia at UNI-Dome


South Winneshiek, Calmar vs Regina, Iowa City at UNI-Dome
West Lyon, Inwood vs St. Edmond, Fort Dodge at UNI-Dome

Pella vs. Washington: Round Four Tonight

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 6:00 am

What’s quickly become a rivalry as of late, Pella High football hosts Washington in the Class 3A state quarterfinals, with a trip to the UNI-Dome on the line. The Little Dutch come in healthy and with what Coach Jay McKinstrey calls a motivating factor for tonight’s game. Washington started the season 2 – 3 on the year, but have won their last six straight, including a 46 – 20 beating of Carlisle on Monday. McKinstrey says the Demons are a much improved team from when they met in Week One of this season way back in late September. Jacob Hennigan, who started the season as a wide receiver, has rushed for 1,005 yards the last four games, and 1,116 during the Demons’ current six-game winning streak. Tonight’s big game will be live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema will be in the press box for the play-by-play, with Andrew Schneider back on the sidelines for reporting duties. Our coverage starts with a live-on-location edition of the Jeromy Dingeman Concrete Football Friday Night Radio Preview Show at Pella High Stadium at 5:00 p.m., taking you up to the Midtown Tire Team pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. Kick-off is slated for seven.

Future Bright For Knoxville Football

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 5:59 am

On the surface, a 4-6 season is not anything to get excited about. However, that was Knoxville Football season’s record, and fans will notice that there was ten games played. Meaning, the Panthers made the playoffs for the first time in 24 years. Coach Eric Kellar while the head coach tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that many others besides him had a hand in the program’s turnaround. The Panthers lose several key players to graduation, however Kellar says there are a number of players ready to step up and fill those holes.

From the Outside Looking In, Eagles ‘Overachieved’

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 5:58 am

The 2014 and 2015 high school football schedules came out earlier this year. When fans, coaches, and players took a look at who they would be matched up with in their district, many dropped their jaw at some of the schools on the list. Iowa City Regina, a perennial power; Sigourney-Keota, who has given the Eagles fits as of late, and the list goes on. The team and the coaching staff, though, still were confident with the product they were going to put on the field in 2014, and it showed. Save for a close loss to the Savage Cobras and a loss to the Regals, Pella Christian went out and put together a 6 – 3 campaign and finished runners-up in the district. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says these were among the talking points he had with his seniors after their home playoff loss to Central Decatur. Pella Christian finished 6 – 4 on the year, and Coach Kacmarynski stresses how excited he is for the future, as many sophomores and juniors will be back next season.

Mustangs’ Duo Earn Conference Honorable Mention

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Two PCM volleyball players earned honorable mentions on the All-Conference team for their performances in the Heart of Iowa Conference this year. Courtney VanHouweling is one of the ladies to receive a nod on the list. The senior led the Mustangs in kills with 203, in aces with 26, and in digs with over 330. Ashley Van Gorp, a junior, was the other PCM volleyball gal that was a mention on the all-conference team. Van Gorp was second on the team with 139 kills and had 18 ace serves, to go along with 274 digs.

Coe Sweeps Central Girls, End Dutch Season

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central saw their volleyball season come to an end last night at the hands of Coe, as the Dutch were swept, 25 – 17, 25 – 13, and 25 – 19. Central had 23 kills and 24 kill errors in the match. Shantell Gish had six kills to lead the way for Central and Emily Stoakes had five as the Dutch end the season 21 – 10 overall and they graduate six seniors from their varsity squad.

Splavec Learned A Lot During First Year As Knoxville Cross Country Coach

Posted: Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 6:00 am

As a first year coach Knoxville’s Michael Splavec was spending the first part of the season getting to know his runners and seeing what they could do. He also was learning about himself in a first coaching job of his career. Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he learned how to evaluate runners just as he did himself when he was a runner at Central College, and translating that knowledge to his high school runners. The Panthers return nearly all of the runners that scored in meet this season for 2015. Splavec says he is already looking forward to the 2015 season.

Pella High Lands Five on All-Conference Team

Posted: Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 5:59 am

A campaign that saw them go 19 – 20 and perhaps just a few sets away from making it to the state tournament, the Pella High volleyball team had five names on the Little Hawkeye All-Conference list for 2014. Unanimously chosen on the first team was Makenna Bogaard. The junior led the team in kills and aces with 296 and 44, respectively. Senior Jessica Holterhaus was also selected to the first team for her play. Holterhaus had 171 kills, second best on the team, and 59 blocks to lead the Lady Dutch. Setter Kiki Pingel made her way to the second team with almost 600 assists on the year. Jenna Murphy and Katie VanderMolen each received an honorable mention. Pella finished with a 19 – 20 record and loses just two seniors for the 2015 season.

Eagles Get Six on Conference List

Posted: Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Pella Christian’s strong season and first place (tied) finish in the conference garnered several All-Conference honors for volleyball in 2014. Andrea Horstman and Rebecca Gritters each were selected to the first team. Both gals were first and second in kills and were in the top three in the conference in ace serves with north of 50 on the year. Abbi Pleima and Alyssa Starkey were the Eagles’ tandem that wound up on the second team all-conference in the L-H-C. Abby Pleima had 53 aces and over 650 assists, while Starkey recorded 39 aces and led the team in digs. Hannah Beltman and Christa Veenstra each received an honorable mention. Pella Christian finished 24 – 12 and lose seven seniors for 2015.

Consistency Improved for Melcher-Dallas Volleyball

Posted: Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas’ volleyball team graduated a good group of seniors last year and left behind a fairly young team waiting for their turn in the spotlight. A lot of these girls had not played much volleyball at the varsity level before, and many of them were tentative at the beginning of the season, which led to a 3 – 11 start. However, as the year went on, Coach Tatum Starcevich says her group of Saints learned to believe in themselves more which led to a better product on the court. Melcher-Dallas finished winning four of their last eight, including a first round regional tournament win over Twin Cedars, whom they had lost to in four sets earlier in the year. The Saints finished 7 – 15 on the season and will graduate two seniors from the varsity team.