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Clayberg, Dutch Volleyball have Sights Set for Conference Title

Posted: Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 5:50 am

In the middle of implementing changes to their offense to up their level of competition, the Central volleyball team has high hopes for the 2014 fall season. One thing coveted by various Dutch coaches is an Iowa Conference championship, and Coach Kent Clayberg says this year’s volleyball battle within the league will be an interesting one. Clayberg says he doesn’t know who the favorite will be among the league’s coaches in the preseason polls. Where does Central fall in the conference race? Clayberg says his team might as well win the whole thing. He says it is not implausible to think his team can make the jump from seventh to first, as the men’s basketball team at Central did the same thing this past season. The Dutch will head down to Virginia at the end of the month to begin their season with four games in two days.

Brown Dominates 360 Nationals

Posted: Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 am

Brian Brown dominated the 360 Nationals A-Main last night leading all 25 laps and making it look easy to win his first 360 National Championship.Brown took off from his pole starting position and was never challenged even when the race was slowed by two cautions, Brown always would pull away for nearly a straightaway lead. Sam Hafertepe Jr. was a distant second with Sammy Swindell in third. Tonight is the fourth night of Southern Iowa Sprint week and the 410s get one final rehearsal before the Knoxville Nationals this week as the Third Annual Capitani Classic, named after former Director of Racing Ralph Capitani. You can hear the action on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA and starting with Race Night’s Live at seven.


1. 21, Brian Brown
2. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr.,
3. 1s, Sammy Swindell
4. 13, Mark Dobmeier
5. 45, Tim Shaffer
6. 41, Jason Johnson
7. 53, Joe Beaver
8. 6, Terry McCar
9. 28, Jonathan Cornell
10. Danny Lasoski
11. 18, Tony Bruce Jr.
12. 99, Brady Bacon
13. 18M, Ian Madsen
14. 82, Bronson Maeschen
15. Randy Hannagan
16. 13v, Seth Brahmer
17. 4J, Lee Grosz
18. Josh Higday
19. 5J, Jamie Ball
20. 20, Casey Friedrichsen
21. 56, Davey Heskin
22. 10V, Calvin Landis
23. Wayne Johnson
24. 71, Kevin Swindell

Sabers, Knights Meet Again, with Championship on the Line

Posted: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 6:01 am

One game. Seven innings, give or take. However you boil it down, that is all that’s left in the 2014 Class 1A baseball season. The two teams left, Twin Cedars and Newman Catholic, have defeated everyone that has stood in their way up to this point. For the Sabers, it’s the first time in school history in any sport that they have reached a state championship game. The Knights are the defending Class 1A champions, and bring back less than half of the starters that won it all last year. Otis Roby will make the start for the Sabers on a full week’s rest, and Coach Matt Miller says Roby has improved since he faced the Knights in the state semifinals last year, and he’ll need to do many of the same things today that he did almost exactly a year ago. Miller adds the game could come down to doing the small things well. Today’s championship game will be broadcast live on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and with Cory Houser and Jim Dingeman on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 11:35 a.m. with first pitch scheduled for noon. There is also another Saber Tailgate going on at the north end of Principal Park. Gourmet chef, Dave Roby and his staff will be cooking up barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and chips starting at 10:00 a.m. and going until 11.

Swindell Takes Night 2 Of The 360 Nationals; Brown And Beaver Occupy Front Row

Posted: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 am

Sammy Swindell has been trying every combination he could think of the last two weeks at the Knoxville Raceway in preparation for next week’s 54th Knoxville Nationals.He must have found it at least in his 360 last night as he took the lead from Mark Dobmeier on a restart and had to hold on to get night two of the 24th Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals. Swindell started fourth and after Dobmeier led the first eight laps Swindell blew by to take the lead. Brian Brown, who nearly pulled off a perfect night was third. Swindell said while taking care of his tires, he was able to see what Dobmeier did and learn. The race was stopped midway through for a red flag as Alan Ambers slid through turn one and was T-Boned by Jack Dover. Ambers was taken to Knoxville Hospital and Clinics and according to his crew was complaining of ankle pain but otherwise was O-K. Brown will start on the pole of tonight’s A-Main with Joe Beaver right beside him on the front row. You can hear all the action on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA and with Live Track Side at five and Race Night’s Live at seven. The 305s will also be running a regular program.

A main
1. Sammy Swindell
2. Mark Dobmeier
3. Brian Brown
4. Ian Madsen
5. Bronson Maeschen
6. Terry McCarl
7. Wayne Johnson
8. Dusty Zomer
9. Tasker Phillips
10. Sam Hafertepe Jr.
11. Tim Shaffer
12. Dylan Peterson
13. Jeff Swindell
14. Scott Winters
15. Sean McClelland
16. Seth Brahmer
17. Trey Starks
18. Josh Higday
19. Robbie Stillwaggon
20. Danny Wood
21. Bill Balog
22. Jack Dover
23. Alan Ambers
24. Jon Agan

Tonight’s A-Main Starters:
1.21, Brian Brown 496
2.53, Joe Beaver 491
3.1s, Sammy Swindell 478
4.15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 477
5.18, Tony Bruce Jr. 476
6.41, Jason Johnson 474
7.56, Davey Heskin 471
8.4J, Lee Grosz 467
9.18M, Ian Madsen 463
10.13, Mark Dobmeier 459
11.20, Casey Friedrichsen 459
12.82, Bronson Maeschen 455
13.28, Jonathan Cornell 454
14.45, Tim Shaffer 453
15.5J, Jamie Ball 451
16.13v, Seth Brahmer 448
17.71, Kevin Swindell 446
18.10V, Calvin Landis 446
19.99, Brady Bacon 445
20.6, Terry McCarl 444

Lady Dutch Softball ‘Fought Hard’ Each Game

Posted: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 am

A 2014 campaign that saw them go 11 – 21 and fall just short in the regional semifinals, the Pella High softball team had many things to hang their hat on for the season. They competed well with some of the top teams in the state in Class 4A, had to weather the storm of their first eight games, which included all but one being against a ranked team, all while still trying to find themselves and their identities on the team. Coach Krista DeMeulenaere says her Lady Dutch never came to the ballpark not ready to compete. Pella High will be an experienced bunch for 2015, as they only lost three seniors from their varsity squad.

With Tough Conference, Harrill Just Wanted the Best from her Eagles

Posted: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 5:58 am

It’s a tough pill to swallow when you have to tell yourself as a coach and sometimes your athletes that you’re going to lose some games. Sure, everyone wants to go out and pound out a bunch of hits, throw a shutout and sweep the season and leave the goose egg in the loss column. The reality of the situation for Pella Christian softball in 2014 was the fact that they were going to go out and compete, win or lose. Coach Karen Harrill says all she wanted her girls to do is go out and play up to their individual expectations. Harrill adds that the girls showed their youth throughout the season. She explains that the girls would be on a roller coaster as far as playing up to their potential all year long, and it even happened during the regional final with Highland. The Eagles’ skipper does say that their experience in a big game like that will do wonders for the 2015 campaign next summer.

Dutch Kicker on ‘Watch List’ for Awards

Posted: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 5:50 am

Senior kicker for the Central football team, Kevin Sheldon, is on a preseason “watch list’ for the Fred Mitchell Award. Sheldon is one out of 36 players named to a list from NCAA Divisions I – III, including NAIA and junior colleges, and is the only Iowa Conference kicker nominated. The Fred Mitchell Award is given annually to the country’s top kicker among well over 700 college programs. Sheldon was second among kickers in scoring last year within the league with 59 points and is 101-for-103 in extra-point attempts for his career. Central’s football season kicks off on September 6.

Parker, Moore Catapult Sabers into Championship Game with Statement Win

Posted: Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 6:01 am

For the first time in school history, the Twin Cedars baseball team has made it to the Class 1A state championship game, with a dominating 11 – 0, five-inning win over Gehlen Catholic yesterday afternoon. The match-up between the two schools was anticipated to be a close one, with two very good pitchers on the mound in Coy Moore and Blake Wiltgen. However, the latter of the two walked five Saber batters in the first inning and allowed two base hits, and the score was 6 – 0 Twin Cedars after just six outs were recorded. Brent Parker had the Jays’ number, going 2-for-2, with the big blow being a bases-loaded double in the fourth that put his team up by 11. Moore did the rest of the dirty work on the mound, holding Gehlen Catholic to just two hits in five innings of shutout ball. The Sabers are now 35 – 0, and they take on the defending Class 1A champs, Newman Catholic out of Mason City tomorrow at noon in the state championship game. You can hear it live on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and

Davey Heskin Wins Night 1 Of 360 Nationals

Posted: Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am

Davey Heskin, who runs as a 410 driver weekly at the Knoxville Raceway lead all 20 laps of the A-Main and parked it in victory lane on night one of the 24th Annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals. Heskin started second and took the lead and the only thing that slowed him was two cautions. He did have to hold on after the second restart as Jason Johnson was hot on his tail. Heskin said this win makes a not so great season a little better. Johnson was second with Tony Bruce Jr in third place. Joe Beaver, who got quick time is the current points leader after night one with 491 points. You can see the current point standings on KNIA Tonight is night two of the 360 Nationals. You can hear the action on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA and starting with Live Track Side at five and Race Night’s Live at seven.


1. Davey Heskin
2. Jason Johnson
3. Tony Bruce Jr.
4. Joe Beaver
5. Lee Grosz
6. Casey Friedrichsen
7. Jamie Ball
8. Kevin Swindell
9. Brady Bacon
10. Dustin Selvage
11. Jonathan Cornell
12. Danny Jennings
13. Ryan Roberts
14. Andy Gregg
15. Cole Wood
16. Matt Covington
17. Calvin Landis
18. Randi Miller
19. Derek Haga
20. Randy Hannagan
21. Nate Van Haaften
22. Danny Lasoski
23. Cody Ledger
24. Russ Hall


1. 53, Joe Beaver – 491
2. 18, Tony Bruce Jr. – 476
3. 41, Jason Johnson – 474
4. 56, Davey Heskin – 471
5. 4J, Lee Grosz – 467
6. 20, Casey Friedrichsen – 459
7. 28, Jonathan Cornell – 454
8. 5J, Jamie Ball – 451
9. 71, Kevin Swindell – 446
10. 10V, Calvin Landis – 446
11. 99, Brady Bacon – 445
12. 1m, Danny Lasoski – 443
13. 3, Nate Van Haaften – 440
14. 22H, Randy Hannagan – 438
15. 1J, Danny Jennings – 431
16. 18R, Ryan Roberts – 428
17. 14R, Any Gregg – 422
18. 95, Matt Covington – 422
19. 17wx, Cole Wood – 416
20. 90, Randi Miller – 414
21. 7K, Dustin Selvage – 409
22. 10H, Danny Holtgraver – 407
23. 29, Russ Hall – 406
24. 3P, Sawyer Phillips – 400
25. 35L, Cody Ledger – 392
26. 44, Chris Martin – 385
27. 27, Carson McCarl – 384
28. 9JR, Derek Hagar – 383
29. 1, Justin Henderson – 381
30. 05, Brad Loyet – 359
31. 2m, Matt Moro – 358
32. 33, Alan Zoutte – 356
33. 09, Matt Juhl – 350
34. 3H, Brandon Hanks – 350
35. 45x, Johnny Herrera – 345
36. 33v, Mike Van Haaften – 339
37. 23KS, Steve Block – 336
38. 47, Brant O’Banion – 336
39. 47AU, Trevor Reynolds – 327
40. 27B, Patrick Bourke – 325
41. 9x, Jared Goerges – 313
42. 4x, Shawn Petersen – 312
43. 83, Dave Getchell – 312
44. 12m, James Mosher – 301
45. 21R, Ryan Kitchen – 280
46. 87, Aaron Reutzel – 273
47. 2K, Kevin Ingle – 269

Little Dutch Told Not to Dwell on Hot Start

Posted: Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 5:59 am

Doing the best they possibly could with the first six games of their regular season schedule, the Pella High baseball team soared out of the game with an unblemished record. They knocked off a ranked Fairfield team, a Centerville squad that ended up being ranked at the end of the season, and dominated the competition with strong pitching and timely hitting. Coach Jesse Jablonski says he told his guys that they needed to keep looking forward and keep the foot on the gas pedal. Pella did just that, and ended up in the substate final, only one game away from state. They finished the year 26 – 14 overall.

Eagles’ Baseball Team Carried Forward Through Pitching Rotation Adversity

Posted: Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 5:57 am

Coming into this season, Pella Christian knew they’d be bringing back a very talented senior pitcher in Andrew VanderHart that would be at the forefront of the Little Hawkeye Conference battles ahead of them. Unfortunately, an early season injury put an end to VanderHart’s pitching for the year and forced him into mainly a role at first base. Though it was a hit to their rotation and depth, Coach Nate Johnson says his guys still fought through it like champions. Johnson notes that his team never gave up or never backed down, and mentions their big extra-inning win over Pella late in the season as a highlight and testament to their never-say-die attitude. The Eagles finished with a mark of 11 – 22.

Petersen Learned Several Lessons in WNBA Visit

Posted: Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 5:51 am

Over the summer, Central women’s basketball coach, Chelsea Petersen, was able to head east and see how WNBA franchise, the Indiana Fever operate. Lin Dunn is the head coach for the Fever, and Petersen was able to take in a few practices and see how they operate with their athletes. Petersen says that she’s happy with how she and her coaching staff run drills in practice, but still picked up on a few things Dunn did that she will use in the future. Petersen adds that the coaching staff and her players need to assess what they need to do and then go out and do it. The Dutch begin their season on November 15 against Grinnell.

Sabers Face Stiffest Test of Season in Semifinals Today

Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 6:01 am


Two battle-tested teams in Twin Cedars and LeMars Gehlen Catholic meet in the Class 1A state baseball semifinals this afternoon. The number one ranked Sabers will be putting their undefeated season on the line against the Jays, who, at least on paper, appear to be very similar to one another. It is not known who Gehlen Catholic will be throwing on the mound for them today; the Jays feature two sharp senior hurlers who have pitched a majority of the postseason, and Sabers’ Coach Matt Miller says whoever it is will give his hitters at the plate a real challenge. Saber fans making their way to the game may want to get to the park early, as the Twin Cedars Athletic Booster Club, the Knoxville Fareway and the Knoxville McDonald’s will be sponsoring another Saber Tailgate at the north end of the parking lot. Chef Dave Roby will be cooking up pulled pork sandwiches with chips starting at noon. You can hear the play-by-play of today’s game live on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and with Cory Houser and Jim Dingeman on the call. Pregame coverage starts at around 1:40 p.m. with first pitch at two.

360 Nationals Start Tonight At The Knoxville Raceway

Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 5:59 am

Sprint car’s Holy Week, which is actually nine of the next ten days begins tonight with the opening night of the 24th Annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals.This year’s event could be one of the most wide-open 360 Nationals in history. For starters, there will be a different winner this season as Four-Time Defending Champion Shane Stewart is not entered and announced earlier this year he would not run the 360 Nationals. However, there are several drivers that are legitimate contenders. Local driver Justin Henderson, who has competed all season in the 360s at Knoxville has momentum after picking up a win last Saturday. Also A-S-C-S National drivers Jason Johnson, Brad Loyette, and 2002 Champion Jeff Swindell are contenders. Other drivers that can contend is three-time champion Terry McCarl, along with past winners Danny Lasoski, Wayne Johnson, and Billy Alley. You can hear flag-to-flag coverage starting with Live Track Side at five and Race Night’s Live at seven on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA, also

Lady Dutch Outfielder Named to All-State Team

Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 5:59 am

As just a sophomore, Sara Tallman excelled on the field for the Pella High softball team. For her efforts, she was named to the Class 4A All-State Team for 2014. Tallman was selected to the second team with some eye-opening stats as a tenth-grader. The Lady Dutch centerfielder batted .489 for the year, with a slugging percentage of .609. She struck out just eight times in 92 at-bats and went 29-for-31 in stolen bases. Tallman also committed just one error in the outfield and carried a fielding percentage of .975. She helped carry the team to the district semifinals, where Pella fell to Oskaloosa, 5 – 2.

2014 Postseason Experience has Harrill Excited for Next Year

Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 5:57 am

Enjoying the success of a team that made the Class 2A regional final and almost upset the number one team in the state to make it to Fort Dodge, Coach Karen Harrill has plenty to be giddy about when peeking ahead to the 2015 season next May. Her team lost just two seniors, bring back a young and talented pitching staff, and boatloads of postseason experience from this past campaign. The Eagles also stayed competitive in a very top-heavy conference, which featured three ranked teams who all made it to the state tournament. Harrill uses a biblical metaphor to compare her team to the rest of the Little Hawkeye Conference.

“I’m looking forward to the fact that we’re going to be more experienced next year,” Harrill says. “The conference is very difficult. We’re the David in this Goliath conference. We know every game we have got to come in and play hard, because you’re going to see one of the top pitchers in the state, that’s the way it is.”

The Eagles went 16 – 19 in 2014.

McMartin Wanting Better Execution for 2014 Season

Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 5:51 am

The 2013 Central football team was just a handful of points from being undefeated on the season. One of the problems was the lack of execution on seemingly simple plays in key moments of the ballgame. Central football coach, Jeff McMartin says this year, he wants his team to be able to execute the plays they can make and force the other team to make the key mistakes that tip the scales one way or another. McMartin adds the coaching staff has implemented some sets to help the offense and defense thrive. It’s just 37 days until opening kickoff for the 2014 Central College football season. The Dutch open up on the road in Illinois on September 6 against Benedictine.

Middle of the Order Starting to Heat Up for Sabers

Posted: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 6:01 am

Heading into this past Saturday’s state tournament opener, the 4-5-6 hitters for Twin Cedars’ baseball team had been mired in a mini-slump. Corey Harrell and Hunter Embray each were 2-for-10, while Brent Parker was still seeing the ball well at 5-for-12. The biggest question for the Sabers was if those big bats would wake up when they needed them to. The answer was a resounding, “Yes.” Harrell went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s, Embray and Parker each were 2-for-3 with an RBI to go a combined 6-for-10 at the plate in the 7 – 0 victory. Coach Matt Miller says for Harrell, it was a big spot for him to step up. Tomorrow, the Sabers enter the semifinals against Gehlen Catholic, the number five ranked team in the state with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Knoxville Baseball Looking Forward To New Conference Opponents in 2015

Posted: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 6:00 am

When Knoxville High School announced this past fall that the athletic teams would move to the South Central Conference, many fans started to think what sport would the South Central be the most competitive in.One sport that came to the top was baseball. The S-C-C has sent Davis County, Chariton, and Albia to the state tournament in past seasons. Knoxville’s entrance will also renew some rivalries of seasons gone by. Coach Joel Johnson tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he is looking forward to getting back to those towns, and knows they have not changed. Knoxville will join Albia, Chariton, Centerville, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg, and Clarke next season as conference opponents. Johnson says all of the Little Hawkeye Conference teams except for Norwalk have expressed interest in keeping the Panthers on their schedules as non-conference.

Beginning of Season Showed Promise for Eagles’ Baseball

Posted: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Even dealing with the gamut of Little Hawkeye Conference competitors this season, the Pella Christian baseball team still found themselves in a pretty good position entering the postseason. The Eagles started the year off with back-to-back games against state tournament teams a year ago in Twin Cedars and Albia. Despite losing both of those, Coach Nate Johnson still felt good about his team heading into an early season tournament against stiff competition before they began conference play the next week. The bats did get going somewhat for the Eagles. However, their pitching took a hit as Andrew VanderHart was ruled unable to throw for the rest of the season. Pella Christian ended the year with a record of 11 – 22.