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After Impressive First Third of the Season, Pella Still Finding Things to Work On

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Scoring 141 points in their first three contests combined, the Pella High football team has surged, even against some worthy competitors. The defense has held opponents to 20 points, and has forced seven turnovers, while the offense has committed just one themselves and has gained over 1,100 total yards. Even with all of the success on both sides of the ball, Coach Jay McKinstrey says his team must not be content with playing how they are right now. Pella High hosts Norwalk tomorrow for their second district game of the season.

Sabers, Saints Battle in the Gym this Time

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:51 am

The boys met up on the gridiron last Friday, and tonight, it’s the girls’ turn for the fall rivalry between the Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars volleyball teams. Both schools are off to relatively slow starts to the season, and each fell in action on Tuesday. Kills have not been a problem for the Sabers, as they have the second best kill efficiency in the Bluegrass Conference. However, they have only 74 kills on the season, which is fifth worst in the league. The JV match will happen first at 5:30 p.m. with varsity to follow immediately after.

Daniels Wins Defensive Honor

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central women’s soccer back, Liz Daniels, was named the Iowa Conference women’s soccer defensive player of the week for her strong play last week. Daniels helped the Dutch shut out their two opponents, en route to a 1 – 0 – 1 mark in those contests with Grinnell and Hamline. Central named Daniels their most outstanding freshman back in 2011, and she has aided in steering the program to a 38 – 21 – 7 record during her time as a Dutch. The 3 – 2 – 2 Central women are back at it on Saturday at home against Westminster out of Missouri.

Lady Dutch Waste No Time with Grinnell, Sweep Tigers

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 6:00 am

After the first set, the Pella High volleyball team didn’t make it a contest, as they soundly swept Grinnell last night in conference action. Pella took game one 25 – 19, before finishing off the Tigers 25 – 8 and 25 – 10. Head coach Catie Brand tells KNIA/KRLS Sports her girls played smarter last night both offensively and defensively, and she was very impressed by their all-around effort. Makenna Bogaard had 13 kills, Jessica Holterhaus added eight, and Kiki Pingel had a whopping 30 assists. Coach Brand says her team will basically have the same approach with each conference game this season, just based on who is back for each team in 2014. The Lady Dutch are now 4 – 12 on the season and 1 – 1 in league play. They’ll head to Ballard this Saturday for another tournament in Huxley.

Knoxville Volleyball Takes Down Chariton To Go 2-0 In SCC Play

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad is finding the South Central Conference to their liking. The Panthers are now 2-0 in the conference, rejoining after an 18 year absence as they beat Chariton three sets to one last night 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, and 25-17. Cheyenne Jones had 14 kills, Meredith Cunningham had 25 assists and 19 digs. Knoxville is 7-5 overall. The Panthers are at the Ballard Invitational on Saturday.

Pella Christian Volleyball Clips Indians

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian’s volleyball team improved to 2 – 0 in the conference with a resounding 25 – 20, 25 – 17, and 25 – 11 sweep of Oskaloosa yesterday. Abby Pleima had 24 assists, ten digs and five aces, Andrea Horstman had ten kills, and Rebecca Gritters had eight kills and two blocks for the Eagles. Coach Cindy Nikkel was looking for a more reliable offense last night. The Eagles are now 6 – 8 on the year and they will be in a tournament at New Sharon this Saturday.

Knoxville Boys 7th; Girls 9th At Oskaloosa Cross Country Meet

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Knoxville Cross Country Squads were at Oskaloosa yesterday and ran against many fellow South Central Conference squads.The boys were seventh but second among conference school. Mitchell Hollingshead led Knoxville with a 33rd place finish. Coach Michael Splavec told KNIA/KRLS he was pleased with the spread between his first runner and seventh runner which was 1:06. On the girls side, Lucy Olson led the Panthers with a 49th place finish and a ninth place finish as a team. Splavec says the girls are getting better at the 4K.

Eagles’ Cross Country has Good Night in Oskaloosa

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:56 am

“It went well,” said Pella Christian head cross country coach, Jocelyn Meinders, with the “it” referring to her team’s meet in Oskaloosa at Edmundson Golf Course yesterday. Jacob Lensing finished 13th overall for the boys with a time of just over 18 minutes. Coach Meinders says the whole team ran well. The Eagles’ are next in action tomorrow at Diamond Trail Golf Course. Full results for the Eagles from last night’s meet can be found below.

Oskaloosa results

Knoxville Girls Lead Indianola To Swimming Win Over Des Moines East

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:55 am

The Knoxville contingent of the Indianola Girls Swim Squad was very helpful in getting the Indians a 110-60 victory over Des Moines East last night.Taylor Purvis was a quadruple winner taking first in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle, and 100 Backstroke, and along with Lauren Clingman was apart of the 400 Freestyle Relay. Clingman also won the 500 Freestyle and was apart of the Medley relay, and the 200 Freestyle relay.

South Hamilton Denies Mustangs First Conference Win

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM’s volleyball team couldn’t hang with South Hamilton after a strong start, and the Mustangs fell in four sets in conference play last night. PCM won game one, 25 – 19, but fell 22 – 25, 11 – 25, and 15 – 25 in the final three sets. Courtney VanHouweling had 12 kills and 20 digs, and Ashley Van Gorp recorded nine kills for the Mustangs, who fall to 2 – 11 on the season. They are next in action at home against Gilbert this Thursday.

Falcons No Match for Trojans’ Girls

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Playing their sixth match in just four days, the Pleasantville volleyball team showed no signs of weariness, whooping Wayne last night, 25 – 9, 25 – 6, and 25 – 20. Alli Friday had 16 assists for the Trojans, Kennedy Core had another double-digit kill effort with 14, and Bailey Oliva was impressive from behind the service line, dishing out nine aces to pair with her seven kills. Pleasantville improves to 11 – 3 on the season and they will play at Central Decatur next on Tuesday.

Central Soccer Earns a Push, Win in Double Overtime

Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Central’s soccer teams came away from Nebraska Wesleyan tired, but rewarded for strong play in a pair of double overtime games on Tuesday. Dutch women’s freshman, Kallie Holte found the back of the net for the first time of her career with only 41 seconds left to tie the game at 1 – 1, which is where the game would end after two extra periods. Dennis Forrest, with an assist from Salvador Villanueva, gave the Dutch men a victory 26 seconds into double OT over Wesleyan, 1 – 0. The Central women are now 3 – 2 – 2 overall, the men improve to 2 – 4; the Dutch men come home for a big stretch of games starting this Friday against Wisconsin – Whitewater, and the women are home for a test against Westminster on Saturday.

Knoxville Volleyball Travels to Chariton Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Hoping to feed off momentum from its South Central Conference opener last week, the Knoxville Volleyball Squad will travel to Chariton tonight for another conference match.Panthers Coach Chantell Downing tells KNIA/KRLS she has been pleased with the leadership and the overall play. She says communication is one of the keys to success and is always harping on talking and knowing where to be. The J-V matches are scheduled to begin at 5:30 with the varsity match at around 7:15.

Little, Lady Dutch Sweep Competition in Ballard

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Nearly all of the Pella High varsity runners who scored in last night’s meet at Ballard placed in the top ten, and the Dutch came away with a boy/girl sweep in the Bombers Invitational. The Little Dutch scored 20 total team points, just five short of the minimum, and were led by Adam Sievers who placed first, Nick Bernhagen crossed in third, Ben Warner fourth, and Sawyer Burton fifth. Pella’s girls scored 28 points, with Tess Roorda winning the meet, followed by Kelcey Blommers in third, Ciara Buchheit in sixth, and Payton Phelps in seventh. Pella High’s cross country teams will head to the Iowa State University cross country course to participate in a big meet hosted by Des Moines Roosevelt this Saturday.

Eagles Look for Second Conference Victory in Mahaska County

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Securing their first conference win in as many tries last Tuesday, the Pella Christian volleyball team will try to make it two-for-two tonight at Oskaloosa High School. The Eagles had a rough go of it on Saturday against much bigger schools, and came up empty in four matches to fall to 5 – 8 on the season. Oskaloosa was at the Southeast Polk tournament on Saturday and won one of four and enter with a mark of 4 – 11. Coach Cindy Nikkel says the Osky crowd can be rambunctious, so she hopes her girls feed off of that energy. Nikkel adds if her girls can play with consistency and confidence tonight, they should come away with a win. The JV contest comes first at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7:15.

Trojans’ Netters Split in Conference Triangular

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s volleyball team earned a win and a loss in a Pride of Iowa Conference triangular yesterday. The Trojans dropped to Mount Ayr in straight sets, 23 – 25 and 21 – 25. Kennedy Core had another big night with 17 kills and nine digs, Alli Friday had 16 assists, and Kylie Busick came up with 14 digs. Pleasantville ended the night on the right foot with a sweep of I-35, 25 – 12 and 25 – 14. Core had 14 kills in the victory, Sam Thompson had six aces, and Avari Heinz-Pence had four kills and eight digs. Pleasantville’s record is now 10 – 3 and they will host Wayne for another conference match tonight.

Several PR’s Highlight Pleasantville, PCM’s Day at Bombers’ Meet

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Also running at Ballard last night were Pleasantville and PCM’s cross country teams, which each also turned in some personal bests fairly early into the season. On the Trojans’ side of things, Max Johnson was just one place away from medaling for the boys, and settled for a time of 19:36. He was followed by Alex Young who clocked in a time of 20:09. Josie Burgett had a time of 20:14 for the Trojan girls, and Andie Sowers clocked in at 20:40. For PCM, the Mustangs’ girls were fourth as a team, missing third place by just two points. Rachel Peter was second overall with a time of 16:04, and her teammate, Rachel Stafford, was eighth at 17:14. Coach Eric Karr tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that every girl on the team had a personal record, and the top five scorers all were under 20:00, a first for him during his team at the helm. The Mustang boys finished 12th as a team.

Wayne Sweeps Saber Girls

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars’ volleyball team dropped three tough sets to Wayne on Monday night, losing 13 – 25, 20 – 25, and 16 – 25. The Sabers are now 1 – 7 on the season, with a meet-up against rival Melcher-Dallas coming up next on Thursday.

Dutch Women’s Golf Wraps up a Busy Week with Second Place Finish

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Playing in their second tournament in a three-day span, the Central women’s golf team still finished second at the Simpson Invitational on Monday. The Dutch carded a 384 team score in the six-team tournament, which was won by DMACC who finished 19 strokes ahead of Central. Freshman Christine Ausman led the way for the Dutch with a round of 90. Central is back in action this weekend in Cedar Falls at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in a quad meet with William Penn, the Storm, and Grinnell.

Lady Dutch Pick Up a Win at Southeast Polk

Posted: Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Pella High volleyball team ended a winless drought during their stay at the Southeast Polk tournament on Saturday. The Lady Dutch went 1 – 3, picking up a victory over Des Moines Hoover, 21 – 8 and 21 – 8. Pella was swept in straight sets by Ankeny Centennial, Indianola and Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Makenna Bogaard had 18 kills on the day, Kiki Pingel added 27 assists, and Kenzie Nossaman had five ace serves. Pella’s girls are now 3 – 12 overall on the season, and they’ll get back to conference play next on Tuesday against Grinnell.