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Marion County Football Scores

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Scores from Marion County football games.

Chariton 7
Knoxville 35

Pella 69
Newton 14

Columbus Junction 14
Pella Christian 49

SE Warren 6
Pleasantville 47

Melcher-Dallas 22
Lamoni 36

Twin Cedars 42
Moravia 6

Clarke 22
PCM 49

Knoxville’s Playoff Push Continues Against Chariton Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Football Squad will come into its final game of the season at Ken Locke Stadium tonight with a little momentum and confidence after last week’s 35-0 win over Saydel.The Panthers will welcome Chariton, a team that took it on the chin against Norwalk 51-6 last week. Coach Eric Kellar knows the importance of the game in the race for the playoffs, however he says his team would not be in this position without the leadership of his seniors. The Panthers are 2-4 on the season and 1-2 in the district. A win would go a long way into Knoxville’s playoff push. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA.

Eagles Soundly Sweep Panthers

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:59 am

On a relatively sloppy night for both schools, Pella Christian swept Knoxville in non-conference volleyball action yesterday, 25 – 23, 25 – 17, and 25 – 20. The Eagles took advantage of some poor serve-receive by the Panthers, but Knoxville kept hanging around and had their chances, only to fall short. Andrea Horstman unofficially had 15 kills and six aces, and Alyssa Starkey led the Eagles with seven aces. For Knoxville, Cheyenne Jones recorded five kills and two aces to lead the Panther charge. Eagles’ coach, Cindy Nikkel says there were high and low points from her team last night. Pella Christian improves to 18 – 9 on the year, the Panthers fall to 10 – 15. Knoxville will be at the Pella invitational tomorrow, and the Eagles are next at Dallas Center – Grimes on Monday.

Another Ranked Foe Awaits Pella High Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:57 am

For the fourth time in just seven weeks, the Pella High football team will have to tackle a ranked foe, this time away from their district, when the Little Dutch travel to face Newton. The Cardinals are led by senior quarterback, Tyler Wood, who has thrown for over 650 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing for another 450-plus and five more scores. Coach Jay McKinstrey says Wood is just an all-around talented athlete. Coach McKinstrey also says tonight’s contest could be a “statement game” moving forward with the playoffs not too far away. You can hear tonight’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and online at, with Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema on the call. Pregame coverage is at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30.

Eagles Can Take Step Closer to Another Playoff Spot with Win

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:55 am

As was anticipated before the season started, the Class 1A District 6 standings show Iowa City followed by everybody else. The Pella Christian football team finds themselves on top of “everybody else,” and they’ll look to put more distance between them and the rest of the pack with a home win over Columbus Junction tonight. The Eagles will be looking to stop Wildcats running back Maurico Ramirez, who has nearly 900 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns through six games. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says his defense has steadily improved all season in stopping the run, and they will need to be ready to go tonight. Andrew Schneider and Larry Hessing will have the play-by-play for you on tonight. Pregame coverage will start at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off at seven. We will have a delayed broadcast of the game on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Pella Christian Cross Country Results

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:53 am

The Eagles were at Montezuma for one last meet before the Little Hawkeye Conference meet on Monday. Below, you can click and download their results.

Montezuma results 2014

Victory Secures Spot in ‘Week Ten’ for PCM

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:52 am

High school football in the state of Iowa is unique for several reasons. The main one is that it is the only varsity sport where not all teams that participate in the regular season make it to the playoffs. PCM has a chance tonight to insure they will be playing beyond Week Nine with a win over Clarke of Osceola this evening. On paper, this seems very likely, as the Indians have been outscored 197 – 83 this season while turning the ball over 20 times through six games, 15 of them coming via the interception. Mustangs’ Coach Greg Bonnett says his keys to the game are fairly simple tonight. Garrett Knock and Fred Lorenson are on the call on, with pregame coverage of PCM’s homecoming game starting at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30.

Pleasantville Trying for Happy Homecoming Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Stumbling a bit the last two weeks, the Pleasantville football team will look to erase two weeks of frustration tonight against Southeast Warren. The Warhawks have been on the wrong end of several blowouts, but tonight may be interesting, as the two schools have developed a rivalry in various sports over the last few years. Look for Southeast Warren to try to pass the ball more; their ground game is averaging only 95 yards per game this season. As they have every week so far, Coach Gabe Bakker says to expect more new things from the Trojans offense tonight. oin Kris Krug and Ed Bull up in the press box tonight for the call, which will be streamed live at Pregame coverage is set to begin at 6:30 with kick-off at seven.

Saints Battle for District Championship, Sabers for Playoff Hopes

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Our area Eight Man football schools, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars, have some serious playoff implications riding on their Week Seven match-ups tonight. The Saints hit the road to play Lamoni. The Demons and Saints are each 4 – 0 in their district, and with Mormon Trail having already faced Lamoni, the winner of this game more than likely would get the number one seed in District 6. Melcher-Dallas will need to slow down the Demon offense, which has yet to score less than 50 points in any game this season. Twin Cedars is trying to keep their playoff hopes alive when they make their final road trip of the regular season to Moravia. Both schools have just one district win and each are 2 – 4 on the year. Both games will kick-off tonight at seven.

Saints Sweep Moulton-Udell

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas had a relatively easy night in the gym yesterday, defeating Moulton-Udell in volleyball, 25 – 6, 25 – 22, and 25 – 14. The Saints are now 5 – 11 and they will take part in the Wayne tournament this Saturday.

Despite Strong Showing, Dutch Men’s Cross Country Falls in Poll

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Recording a third place tie at an extremely competitive Wisconsin – Eau Claire Blugold Invitational, the Central men’s cross country team dropped three rungs in the most recent USTFCCCA Division III poll. Central, now ranked eighth, finished behind St. Olaf and Eau Claire at the meet, each ranked third and second in the country, respectively. Loras moved up to 15th and Wartburg is ranked 31st.

Knoxville And Pella Christian Tangle As Non-Conference Foes Tonight

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad will be back on the court tonight for a rare Thursday night heads-up match with former Little Hawkeye Conference foe Pella Christian.While the two schools are no longer in the same conference…the rivalry is still there. After Tuesday’s loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Panthers Coach Chantell Downing thinks her team will brush off the disappointment and focus on the Eagles. The J-V matches are scheduled for 5:30, with the varsity at seven.

Even with Playoff Implications, Little Dutch Focused On One Game at a Time

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:58 am

For the first time in a few seasons, the Pella High football team enters Week Seven facing a non-district opponent. Some coaches treat these mid-season non-district games as a chance to perhaps try some new things, fix some correctible mistakes and get things on track for the rest of the season to make a playoff push. The Little Dutch know they will be in the playoffs, and though there are certain playoff implications with their non-district game with Newton tomorrow, Coach Jay McKinstrey says they are still just focused on one game at a time. It’ll be the fourth ranked team Pella has played this year in seven games when the Dutch make the drive up north tomorrow night. You can hear every play on 92.1 KRLS and with pregame coverage starting at seven.

Saints’ Girls Face One Final League Test Before Conference Tourney

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Looking to shore up their play before a pair of big tournaments over the next few weeks, the Melcher-Dallas volleyball team hosts Moulton-Udell tonight, five days before the Bluegrass Conference tourney this Tuesday. The Saints are two days removed from a thrilling five-set victory over Colfax-Mingo on Tuesday, where they relinquished a two-sets-to-none advantage before nailing down the clincher 15 – 7 in game five. The Eagles have won just one match this year (over Harmony), and other than the victory over the Rockets, they have not won a single set all season. The JV match comes first tonight at 5:30 p.m. with first serve of the varsity match to follow.

Central Softball Earns More Off-the-Field Honors

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:50 am

For the fifth straight year, the Central softball team found themselves in the Top 20 on the academic chart for student-athletes with a GPA north of 3.50. Eleven total Dutch softball players were on the NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes list, which is the ninth-highest total of any Division III school. The award recognizes athletes with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50. Three players, Briana Haycraft, Chelsea Greiner, and Jordan Overland, all had a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Central finished 30 – 12 overall in 2014 and were ranked 20th in the final NFCA Division III poll.

Knoxville Falls To Eddyville-Blakesburg In Volleyball

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad fell to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont three sets to none last night 25/18, 25/14, and 25/14.The Rockets used their dominating front line to put away points while Knoxville was unable to get into a rhythm on either side of the net. Knoxville Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports her team was not as sharp as in recent matches. Meredith Cunningham had ten assists while Ashley Hawkshead had seven kills and Haley DeMoss came up with 11 digs. Knoxville is now 10-14 on the season and drops to 4-1 in the South Central Conference. The Panthers travel to Pella Christian on Thursday.

Eagles’ Volleyball Looks to Dig in to Former Conference Foe

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am

It has been a while since it has happened, but tonight, Pella Christian hosts the Knoxville volleyball team in a non-conference matchup for the first time in over 20 years. The Eagles and Panthers are entering today having had success in their respective conferences, with Pella Christian sitting at 4 – 0, and Knoxville coming off of a tough loss to a ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont squad and are 4 – 1 in league play. However, both schools had completely different days at the Pella Christian invitational a few weeks ago, with the Eagles finishing runners-up and Knoxville earning just one win over Martensdale-St. Mary’s. Though it may be a non-conference game now and have less significance, Coach Cindy Nikkel says her girls don’t need any extra motivation to get ready for the Panthers tonight. First serve of tonight’s varsity match will be at 7:15 p.m.

Lady Dutch Go the Distance, Win Over Norwalk

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Down two sets to love, the Pella High volleyball team came back to shock Norwalk in the Warriors’ gym last night, 18 – 25, 23 – 25, 25 – 21, 25 – 20, and 15 – 9. Makenna Bogaard had 20 kills, Katie VanderMolen recorded 14, and Kiki Pingel notched 44 assists for Pella. The Lady Dutch improve to 12 – 18 on the year and 2 – 2 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. They will host their home tournament coming up this Saturday.

Knoxville Swimmers Help Indianola To Another Great Night

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Knoxville was again big in Indianola’s night in girls swimming last night.Lauren Clingman had two individual wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Her along with Taylor Purvis were on the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that took first place. Purvis also took second place in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle, and Hanah Hefner was second in the 500 freestyle. No point totals were available.

Varsity Results:
Lauren Clingman, 200 Freestyle, 1st Place, 2:04.41
Lauren Clingman, 500 Freestyle, 1st Place, 5:32.13
Lauren Clingman & Taylor Purvis, 200 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place, 1:50.14
Taylor Purvis & Lauren Clingman, 400 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place, 4:03.09
Taylor Purvis, 100 Backstroke, 2nd Place, 1:07.42
Taylor Purvis, 50 Freestyle, 2nd Place 26.39
Hanah Hefner, 500 Freestyle, 2nd Place 7:41.56

JV Results:
Hanah Hefner, 200 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place 2:03.10
Hanah Hefner, 400 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place 4:34.64
Hanah Hefner & Ashley Cumpton, 200 Medley Relay, 1st Place, 2:30.91
Ashley Cumpton, 200 Freestyle Relay, 2nd Place 2:05.80
Ashley Cumpton, 50 Freestyle, 2nd Place, 29.88
Autumn Wright, 200 Freestyle Relay, 3rd Place 2:47.98

Eagles’ Girls Starting to Click

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Winners of 12 of their last 13 matches, the Pella Christian volleyball team continues to dominate opponents at all levels. The Eagles are 4 – 0 in a Class 4A Little Hawkeye Conference, and have a chance to be league champions with wins over Dallas Center – Grimes and Grinnell. Coach Cindy Nikkel says their recent roll has a lot to do with the girls’ work ethic. Nikkel adds that Andrea Horstman is able to touch 10’1″ right now and is a huge benefit for the team. The Eagles will play their first match in nine days tomorrow night at home against former conference foe, Knoxville.