Today’s Local Sports


Pleasantville Boys Attempt to Tackle Iowa Christian Academy in Playoff Opener

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 5:52 am

Finishing the regular season with 11 wins in their final 12 games, the Pleasantville boys’ basketball team starts their jaunt through the Class 1A district tournament this evening on the road against Iowa Christian Academy. The Trojans’ opponents tonight have stumbled down the stretch, having lost their last four. The Blazers don’t shoot many outside shots, but when they do, they’re accurate; sinking over 39% of their threes this season. Coach Tom Wilkins says there’s no secret about his team’s game plan against Iowa Christian. Despite averaging under 56 points per game their last seven outings, Pleasantville’s defense has been stellar, giving up about 52 per contest in that same span. Tonight’s game will be live on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and with Derek Cardwell on the play-by-play. Pre-game coverage is set to begin at 6:10 p.m. with tip-off at 6:30.

Central Men, Women Record First Sweep of Conference Season

Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 5:50 am

A gigantic sigh of relief and plentiful cheers could be heard ’round the world after the Central women’s basketball team defeated Loras in overtime last night, 74 – 70, for their first Iowa Conference win of the season that snapped a 12-game losing streak. Down by a dozen with just under five minutes left, Central’s offense kicked into another gear with clutch three-pointers from up-and-down the line-up, and sharper foul shot shooting than in games past. The Dutch forced 23 Duhawk turnovers and came up with 12 steals to counteract the lopsided rebounding totals that favored Loras 52 – 29 for the game. Rachel Evans had 26 points off the bench, and Kenzie Vander Molen put up 24, as Central improves to 10 – 14 on the year. Loras was 8 – 4 in league play. Central’s men also avenged a loss to Loras by toppling them, 74 – 61 last night. The Dutch held the Duhawks to just 27% shooting in the second half to give them the edge. Colby Taylor scored 25, as did his teammate, Tate Handsaker, which is a career-high for the sophomore. Central’s men are now 14 – 10 overall, and are 7 – 6 in the Iowa Conference. Wartburg lost last night, which currently gives the men a number four seed, and can clinch that if they can knock off the Knights at home to end the regular season this Saturday. Central beat Wartburg on the road, 67 – 59, on January 14.

Marion County Sports 2-18-2015

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Girls Playoff Basketball

Knoxville 52 Washington 34 Final

PCM 77 Chariton 35 Final

Panther Girls Bowlers Qualify For State Meet

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Girls Bowling Squad has qualified for the State Meet by winning their state qualifier yesterday in Washington. They knocked down 2,536 pins led by Megan Landsperger who rolled a 399 series. The boys finished third in their state qualifier and did not qualify.

Eagles’ Girls Use Late Push to Upset West Marshall

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5:59 am

Trailing for 31 minutes and 42 seconds, a late lay-up by Tessa Howerzyl as heard on 92.1 KRLS last night gave her Pella Christian girls’ basketball team their first lead over West Marshall, which the Eagles held onto for a 46 – 43 win in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A regional tournament. The Trojans had a nine-point lead on two separate occasions, with opportunities to spread it to double-digits, but the Eagles kept hanging around, even when down by seven with under two minutes left in the game. Coach Kevin Van Maanen says his bench and a little defensive tweak paid big dividends for his team. Howerzyl scored 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half, and 11 of those in the fourth quarter. Marina Shannon also came up huge, with ten points, including four clutch free throws down the stretch. The Eagles are now 13 – 10 on the season, and they head to Urbandale on Friday to take on Des Moines Christian in the regional semifinals.

Knoxville Begins Class 4A Regionals Against Washington

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5:58 am

The Knoxville Girls Basketball Squad’s first step in the postseason will be Washington tonight in Panthers Gym. Knoxville finished the regular season 17-4 while the Demons are 6-15 and have struggled to score above 40 points all season. While the Demons are struggling to win, Panthers Coach Jim Uitermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS Sports they are not your everyday six-win team. Knoxville will also try to stop its first losing streak of the season as the Panthers have lost the last two games. A win tonight gives the Panthers a trip to Pella to face the Lady Dutch on Saturday in the regional semi-finals. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA and starting with the pregame at 6:40.

Little Dutch Blast Centerville to End Regular Season

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Finishing just shy of 100 points for the second straight game, the Pella High boys’ basketball team concluded the regular season the same way the ladies did; with a 16-game winning streak. The Little Dutch blasted Centerville yesterday, 97 – 69, without the aid of Isaac Naaktgeboren or Sebastian Baugh in the line-up. Pella led 57 – 43 at intermission, and drained ten shots from beyond the arc for the game. Will Warner led all Dutch scorers with 27, Jackson Scholten put up 21, and Payson VandeLune had 20. Their record stands at 18 – 2, and they’ll enjoy a bit of a break until the postseason begins for them this Monday at home against Oskaloosa.

PCM Looks for Regional Final Berth Tonight

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5:52 am

The PCM girl’s basketball team looks to take one step closer to the state tournament as they face Chariton in the regional semifinal tonight at home. The Lady Mustangs are coming into tonight’s matchup with a record of 15-7 on the year and look to continue their momentum after a 62-29 quarterfinal win over Centerville on Saturday night. Chariton comes into tonight’s matchup at 5-16 on the year and there coming off of a 44-41 quarterfinal win over Albia. This is the first matchup of the year between the two teams and the first one in over a decade. PCM head coach Bret Grier says his team had better intensity in the second half against Centerville and will have to have that the entire game tonight (actuality). The winner will move on to the regional final on Saturday in Washington. The game can be heard on with Garrett Knock and Tim Mount on the call. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:40 p.m. with tip-off at seven.

Central Men Try to Climb Conference Ladder in Final Week of Regular Season

Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Knowing they are in the postseason tournament for sure, the Central men’s basketball team now has their sights set on a higher seed and perhaps a home game, with step one being to knock off Loras in the Tulip City tonight. The Duhawks knocked off the Dutch about a month ago, 83 – 71. Nile Eckermann had a career-high 35 points in that loss, while they allowed Loras to shoot 50% from the field. Central can clinch a number four seed and a first round home playoff game if they win both their contests this week with the Duhawks and Wartburg on Saturday. Central’s women hope to find a win as well against a team they rallied but fell short to in January. Tonight’s doubleheader inside the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium will tip-off at 6:00 p.m.

Eagles Look to Keep Season Going on the Road Against Trojans

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 6:00 am

Postseason basketball continues tonight on KNIA/KRLS, when the Pella Christian Eagles head on the road to West Marshall for round two of the Class 2A Region 7 bracket. Pella Christian is coming off of a 20-point win on Saturday, and worked to continue that momentum at practice Monday. The Trojans are 14-7 on the season, and have lost their last three games. Eagles Coach Kevin Van Maanen says despite the streak, West Marshall poses a threat to ending their season. Tonight’s postseason coverage of Pella Christian basketball begins at 6:40 p.m. on 92.1 KRLS and

Panther Boys Down Carlisle In Regular Season Finale

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Boys Basketball Squad survived committing 18 turnovers and a pesky Carlisle to beat the Wildcats 57-50 last night. The Panthers controlled the game in the first half draining five three point shots, however the Wildcats got back in the game by forcing early turnovers in the second half. Knoxville clinched the game by going six-for-seven from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Coach Jeff Larson told KNIA/KRLS his team played pretty well, but knows his they can play better. Nolan Wallace led four Panthers in double figures with 16 points. Knoxville concluded regular season play at 13-8 which is the most wins for the Panthers since the 2002 season when they won 15 games. Knoxville is off until next Monday and that will start class 3A Districts against Norwalk.

Little Dutch Conclude Regular Season Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:58 am

Hoping to match the girls’ team’s feat, the Pella High boys’ basketball team will try to finish the regular season with a 16-game winning streak when Centerville comes to town. The Big Red have won and lost ten games this year, but enter having been on the correct side of five of their last six. Centerville features balanced scoring from their starters, with four that average at least ten points per game. Coach Mark Core says the scoreboard could be getting another workout with two similar offenses on the court.
Tonight’s boys’ only game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Knoxville Wrestlers Get Match Ups For State Wrestling

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Match ups have been set for the State Wrestling Meet this week. The two Knoxville wrestlers now know their first round opponents. Kevin Woodhouse will begin his 145 pound state meet against Ryan Faught of Clear Lake while Brock Caviness will begin first round action at 285 pounds against Mario Pena of Hampton-Dumont. The Class 2A portion of the state meet will begin Thursday at 1:30 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Salato Makes It Official On His College Plans

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:55 am


He gave verbal commitment in the fall, now Knoxville Baseball Standout Tony Salato has made it official as he signed the necessary paperwork yesterday to attend Marshalltown Community College next fall and play baseball. The Panthers senior was a key player last summer averaging 385 at the plate and becoming the team’s closer earning eight saves.


Melcher-Dallas Boys’ Season Comes to a Close

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:51 am

The Melcher-Dallas boys’ basketball team saw their 2014-15 season end last night at the hands of Martensdale – St. Mary’s, 75 – 46. It was a seven point game at intermission, 30 – 23, in favor of the Blue Devils. Seniors Chase Wetterling and Brock Breese each scored 22 and 15, respectively. The Saints finish the year 0 – 21.

Central Men’s Golfers Move Up in Rankings

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:49 am

Early statistical rankings for the upcoming 2015 spring season show the Central men’s golf team now ranked sixth on the Golfstat Division III ladder. This is one spot better than the last calculation done in late 2014. During Central’s fall season, they took first place in all but one tournament they competed in, which was the Wisconsin – Eau Claire Invitational, and the Dutch finished runners-up. The spring season starts for the Dutch on March 19 down in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Five More Track Athletes Receive Conference Weekly Honors

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:49 am

Central women’s track and field sprinter, Abi Davis, and the entire men’s distance medley relay team picked up Iowa Conference performers of the week honors yesterday. Davis was tenth out of 103 runners in the 60 meter dash, where she finished with a time of 7.76 seconds. The men’s distance runners were fourth out of 16, and turned in an adjusted time that ranks second in all of Division III. Davis and the Dutch men all ran against competitors on Saturday from Divisions I, II, and III. Both the women and men are back in action on Friday in Cedar Falls at the UNI-Dome.

Knoxville Sends Two; PCM One To State Wrestling

Posted: Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 6:00 am

Brock Caviness and Kevin Woodhouse from Knoxville plus P-C-M’s Tristan Clark will get to continue their wrestling seasons in Wells Fargo Arena this week as those three advanced out of district competition yesterday in the class two-A event in Fairfield. Caviness was district champion at 285 pounds defeating fifth ranked Kyle Davis is Columbus Junction. Knoxville’s Woodhouse at 145 and Clarke from P-C-M finished runner-up.

113 Results
4th Place – Ben Wooldridge of Knoxville
3rd Place Match
Dylin Harberts (Chariton) 32-8, Fr. over Ben Wooldridge (Knoxville) 23-25, Jr. (MD 12-1).

126 Results
2nd Place – Tristan Clark of PCM
1st Place Match
Shea Swafford (Mediapolis) 46-2, Jr. over Tristan Clark (PCM) 41-3, Sr. (Dec 4-2).
2nd Place Match
Tristan Clark (PCM) 41-3, Sr. over Austin Hazelett (Washington) 34-9, So. (RULE).

132 Results
4th Place – Xavier Miller of PCM
3rd Place Match
Austin Leopard (Louisa-Muscatine) 32-10, So. over Xavier Miller (PCM) 34-7, So. (Dec 9-2).

138 Results
3rd Place – CodyRay Smith of Knoxville
4th Place – Kyle Sinnott of Albia
2nd Place Match
Trey Van Weelden (Washington) 32-8, So. over CodyRay Smith (Knoxville) 30-18, Fr. (Fall 0:51).
3rd Place Match
CodyRay Smith (Knoxville) 30-18, Fr. over Kyle Sinnott (Albia) 30-16, So. (MD 12-3).

145 Results
2nd Place – Kevin Woodhouse of Knoxville
1st Place Match
Blake Lawless (Albia) 38-6, Jr. over Kevin Woodhouse (Knoxville) 33-11, Sr. (MD 17-5).
2nd Place Match
Kevin Woodhouse (Knoxville) 33-11, Sr. over Austin Edwards (Columbus Community) 37-10, Sr. (RULE).

152 Results
3rd Place – Riley Spaur of Knoxville
4th Place – Tristan Ledger of Fairfield
2nd Place Match
Bradley Conley (Mediapolis) 43-2, Sr. over Riley Spaur (Knoxville) 19-13, So. (RULE).
3rd Place Match
Riley Spaur (Knoxville) 19-13, So. over Tristan Ledger (Fairfield) 5-14, Jr. (Fall 2:42).

170 Results
3rd Place – Ron Marshall of PCM
2nd Place Match
Luke Erickson (Mediapolis) 46-7, Jr. over Ron Marshall (PCM) 31-6, Sr. (Dec 8-1).
3rd Place Match
Ron Marshall (PCM) 31-6, Sr. over Ben Mason (Albia) 20-22, Fr. (Fall 0:38).

182 Results
3rd Place – Jac Agan of Knoxville
4th Place – Tim Good of Chariton
2nd Place Match
Ethan Timmerman (Mediapolis) 34-11, Jr. over Jac Agan (Knoxville) 35-13, Sr. (Dec 2-1).
3rd Place Match
Jac Agan (Knoxville) 35-13, Sr. over Tim Good (Chariton) 28-18, Jr. (Dec 6-2).

195 Results
3rd Place – Travis Poffenbarger of Knoxville
4th Place – Jacob West of Albia
2nd Place Match
Brad Skubal (Washington) 40-3, Sr. over Travis Poffenbarger (Knoxville) 33-12, Jr. (RULE).
3rd Place Match
Travis Poffenbarger (Knoxville) 33-12, Jr. over Jacob West (Albia) 20-14, Jr. (Fall 3:34).

285 Results
1st Place – Brock Caviness of Knoxville
1st Place Match
Brock Caviness (Knoxville) 41-8, Jr. over Kyle Davis (Columbus Community) 37-3, Sr. (SV-1 6-1).

Chase Petty to Represent Pella at State Wrestling

Posted: Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 5:59 am

They knew it was going to be tough with the level of competition in attendance, but Pella High’s wrestling team still managed to get one to the state tournament next week after Saturday’s Class 3A district meet at Ankeny Centennial. Chase Petty took second place at 132 pounds, with his only loss coming in the championship match; a close 6 – 4 loss to Zach Barnes from #1-ranked Southeast Polk. Keegan Poole at the heavyweight spot came in third place, and Ethan Speltz at 120 was fourth. Full results are below. The opening matches of the state tournament are this Thursday.

IHSAA 3A Dist. 1 Results for Pella
120 – Ethan Speltz (20-26) placed 4th and scored 11.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ethan Speltz (Pella) 20-26 won by fall over Jonathon Lawton (Newton) 8-21 (Fall 1:35)
Semifinal – Adam Brown (Southeast Polk) 17-8 won by fall over Ethan Speltz (Pella) 20-26 (Fall 4:33)
3rd Place Match – Tyler Hirl (Norwalk) 27-9 won by decision over Ethan Speltz (Pella) 20-26 (Dec 9-2)

126 – Sabastian Sikora (9-21) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – zach owens (Ankeny Centennial) 26-19 won by fall over Sabastian Sikora (Pella) 9-21 (Fall 3:21)
Cons. Semi – Markel Buford (Des Moines Lincoln) 6-14 won by decision over Sabastian Sikora (Pella) 9-21 (Dec 5-2)

132 – Chase Petty (38-6) placed 2nd and scored 16.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Chase Petty (Pella) 38-6 won by decision over Dylan DeFreece (Norwalk) 15-22 (Dec 8-3)
Semifinal – Chase Petty (Pella) 38-6 won by decision over Reese Hageman (Marshalltown) 21-11 (Dec 7-2)
1st Place Match – Zach Barnes (Southeast Polk) 26-3 won by decision over Chase Petty (Pella) 38-6 (Dec 6-4)
2nd Place Match – Chase Petty (Pella) 38-6 won by rule over Reese Hageman (Marshalltown) 21-11 (RULE)

138 – jacob diehl (9-27) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Keegan Shaw (Southeast Polk) 33-5 won by fall over jacob diehl (Pella) 9-27 (Fall 1:27)
Cons. Semi – Isaac Scott (Des Moines Lincoln) 23-16 won by fall over jacob diehl (Pella) 9-27 (Fall 2:37)

145 – Sam Fredrickson (7-14) placed 6th and scored 6.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – alec helmkamp (Ankeny Centennial) 33-13 won by fall over Sam Fredrickson (Pella) 7-14 (Fall 1:22)
Cons. Semi – Sam Fredrickson (Pella) 7-14 won by fall over Phillip Sindt (Ankeny) 5-10 (Fall 4:56)
5th Place Match – Jordan Paone (Marshalltown) 10-20 won by fall over Sam Fredrickson (Pella) 7-14 (Fall 0:53)

152 – Austin Bragg (14-20) placed 6th and scored 4.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Briar Dittmer (Southeast Polk) 25-6 won by fall over Austin Bragg (Pella) 14-20 (Fall 1:36)
Cons. Semi – Austin Bragg (Pella) 14-20 won in sudden victory – 1 over Adolphe Simon (Des Moines Lincoln) 17-23 (SV-1 9-7)
5th Place Match – Anthony Fleck (Marshalltown) 12-14 won by decision over Austin Bragg (Pella) 14-20 (Dec 9-5)

160 – james van gorp (5-11) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Logan Foetisch (Norwalk) 15-8 won by major decision over james van gorp (Pella) 5-11 (MD 8-0)
Cons. Semi – ethan babcock (Ankeny Centennial) 17-21 won by major decision over james van gorp (Pella) 5-11 (MD 21-7)

170 – Ashton Messer (23-23) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Blake Hoover (Norwalk) 26-14 won by decision over Ashton Messer (Pella) 23-23 (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Semi – Trent Tietjens (Des Moines Lincoln) 2-2 won by decision over Ashton Messer (Pella) 23-23 (Dec 11-7)

182 – Stoyn Kirby (9-16) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Zach Kelley (Norwalk) 24-11 won by fall over Stoyn Kirby (Pella) 9-16 (Fall 0:49)
Cons. Semi – Jacob Smith (Newton) 7-17 won by fall over Stoyn Kirby (Pella) 9-16 (Fall 3:26)

285 – Keegan Poole (18-10) placed 3rd and scored 16.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Keegan Poole (Pella) 18-10 won by fall over Aaron Cosper (Des Moines Lincoln) 8-18 (Fall 0:21)
Semifinal – collin olson (Ankeny Centennial) 33-8 won by decision over Keegan Poole (Pella) 18-10 (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match – Keegan Poole (Pella) 18-10 won by fall over Keegan Collins (Norwalk) 7-7 (Fall 3:14)
2nd Place Match – collin olson (Ankeny Centennial) 33-8 won by rule over Keegan Poole (Pella) 18-10 (RULE)

Purvis/Mallory Help Indianola To A 21st Place Finish At State Swimming

Posted: Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 5:58 am

Knoxville’s Alex Purvis and Daniel Mallory were a part of the Indianola 4×200 free relay team that participated in the state meet Saturday. The pair helped the Indians place 21st in the event in a time of 1:31.36.