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Central Baseball Takes One, Gives One in Close Tucson Affairs

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 5:50 am

In the Central baseball team’s first day down in Tucson, Arizona, they ended up on the correct and incorrect side of two one-run games. Zach Zylstra helped the Dutch walk-off in the seventh in their first game against Illinois Tech, taking an 0-1 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom half of the inning to the left side for a game-winning RBI single. The final score was 6 – 5, in a game where the Dutch trailed most of the way. Zach Brown had a two-run triple to highlight a four-run frame for Central in game two, but they fell, 5 – 4, on a walk-off passed ball in the bottom of the seventh. Central is now 3 – 1 on the year, and they play Augsburg, Minnesota, today at 2:30 p.m.

Dutch Women, Men Gain All-American Status at National Track Meet

Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 5:49 am

Central’s women went three-for-three in finishing in the top five in the events they competed in on Saturday’s finale of the NCAA Division III National Indoor Track and Field meet. Junior Abi Davis placed fourth in the 60-meter dash and fifth in the 200. The Dutch 4 x 400 meter relay team came in with the tenth best qualifying time, but shaved four seconds off their time to cross the line in fourth. Former Knoxville Panther, Jamie Vander Veer, had the last qualifying spot in the mile run, and ended up in sixth place to also earn all-American honors for the Dutch. Eric Larson had to withdraw from the heptathlon due to the same injury that hampered him in 2014. The outdoor season for the Dutch will start up in a couple of weeks when they participate in the Washington – St. Louis Invitational on March 27.

Preseason Summer Work Helped Knoxville Boys In 2014/2015

Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 5:59 am

One of the main reasons for Knoxville Boys Basketball resurgence this season was in part being back in the South Central Conference. But if you ask Coach Jeff Larson…he tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the work put in by the entire team during last summer. He says many of the seniors who had been through the previous two season with a combined six wins made a commitment to improve their games and help the underclassmen get ready for the upcoming season. Larson says Nathan Winters likely played his best basketball in the latter half of the season especially when the non-conference portion of the season came up at the tail end.

Dutch Softball Extends Winning Streak to Four

Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Central’s shutout streak ended after 21 innings, but the winning streak was extended to four for the Dutch softball team yesterday at the Tucson Spring Invitational. In the first game of the day, Kaitlyn Matzen hit a 3-run homer and Karlee Rock ripped a 2-run bomb as the Dutch run-ruled Edgewood of Wisconsin 8-0 in five innings. Trisha Smith and Jaelyn Monhollon combined on the four-hit shutout. Game two saw plenty of offense from the Dutch as they built a 13-0 lead over Crown of Minnesota before holding on to win 13-2 in five innings, as shaky defense allowed two unearned runs to score behind freshman pitcher Annie DeVries. Central is 6-2 on the year, and will face its sternest test in Tucson today, playing Wisconsin-LaCrosse at 11am, Iowa time, and Dennison of Ohio afterwards. You can hear the Wisconsin-LaCrosse game live on, with Trevor Castle calling the action on our KNIA2 stream.

Eagles Boys Earn 3rd Place in Class 2A State Basketball After Return to Form Against Falcons

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 6:01 am


Instead of dwelling on what could have been, the Pella Christian Eagles had one challenge from Head Coach Larry Hessing coming into Friday’s consolation match-up at the Well – “let’s be us.” And the Pella Christian Eagles did just that. They earned a 64-51 victory over Aplington-Parkersburg in the consolation round of the Class 2A State Basketball Tournament, a game heard live on 92.1 KRLS. Pella Christian’s offense bounced back from their worst performance all season Thursday against Regina, with 11 three-point baskets from five different players Friday afternoon. Assistant Coach Marv Van Wyk says a big second quarter set the tone for the rest of the contest. David Kacmarysnki snagged 18 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, to go along with 10 points to earn a double-double. The Eagles were led by Levi Jungling with 15 points, followed by 11 from Jason Holwerda and 10 each from Mitch Fopma and Josh Posthuma. The Eagles finish the year 18-8 and say farewell to five seniors: Holwerda, Posthuma, Brant Vermeer, Ryan Van Kooten, and Carson Dugger.

Knoxville Boys Compete In The Central Indoor Meet

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The weather could have dictated the Central Indoor High School meet hosted by Pekin High School could have been conducted outside yesterday. But as it was Knoxville and first year Head Coach Joe Cunningham got to see his guys run against other schools and also got an idea of who has some speed and who can throw. Nathan Winters placed second in the shot put while the 55 meter shuttle team comprised with Connor Bailey, Nolan Wallace, Tanner Dunkin, and Titius Chapman placed second. The 4×400 team of Bailey, Wallace, Dunkin, and John Mitchell was also runner-up, and the distance medley team of Cade McNeil, Justin Little, Jacob Zuck, and Michael Uhlstead was third.

Pella Seniors, Though Varied in Roles, All Important in Little Dutch Hoops Success

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 5:59 am

There were a total of five 12th graders that donned a Pella High boys’ basketball varsity uniform in the 2014-15 season. Some of them were starters, others had major roles off the bench, and some were leaders off the court and in the locker room. They all meant something and were a part of the reason the Little Dutch made it as far as they did this season. Isaac Naaktgeboren and Seth Johnson were the two starters for Pella High, and all five helped get the school back to the state tournament for the first time since 2010. The Little Dutch finished the year with a record of 21 – 3.

Knoxville Boys Early Season Win Over Chariton Set The Tone For The Season

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 5:58 am

One of the memorable games for the Knoxville Boys Basketball Squad this season was an early season contest with Chariton. At the time, the Chargers were the fifth ranked team in class 3A and a heavy favorite to not only beat Knoxville but to dominate the Panthers and the South Central Conference. That night Knoxville served notice that the Panthers were not going to get pushed around anymore. Coach Jeff Larson tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the night also proved the guys were not going to give up very easily. The Panthers harnessed that momentum gained from that win to go 10-2 in the South Central Conference and clinch a tie for the title with Chariton.

Central Softball Sweeps in Day One of Tucson Swing

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 5:51 am

Four Central pitchers combined on a pair of shutout victories yesterday as the Dutch softball team opened play at the Tucson Spring Invitational. In the first game under the sun, Mallory Scheulenberg and Annie Devries three-hit NCAA tournament qualifier Staten Island of New York, as Central College earned a 7-0 victory. Katie Canney’s three-run homer sparked a 5-run second inning, and the senior catcher added an RBI single later in the game. In game two, it was fellow senior Whitney Sowers providing the long-ball, belting a two-run bomb and the Dutch scored multiple runs in each of their four offensive innings as they buried Marian of Wisconsin 11-0 in five. Trisha Smith and Jaelyn Monhollon were the one-two punch in that one in the circle. Coach George Wares says that it was an overall solid first day of what will become a long grind in Arizona.

“We’re happy. We had an opportunity to rest some people, which is important, and I thought all of our pitchers were very sharp. They were around the zone. I thought our at-bats got better, they were average overall, and our base running was pretty solid. I would say it’s a good start.”

The Dutch improve to 4-2 on the season, and they’re back in action today with a pair of contests. They’ll battle Edgewood of Wisconsin at 1:00 this afternoon, Iowa time, before taking on Crown of Minnesota at 3:30. You can hear the Edgewood game live on on our KNIA2 stream.

Dutch Wrestlers Page, Seabold Earn All-American Status

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Central grapplers Daniel Page and Matt Seabold will each be All-Americans after their performances at the NCAA Division III National Tournament in Hershey, Pennsylvania yesterday. Page, at 125, won in round one, thanks to a late takedown in the third period. The senior fell in a close 3 – 2 decision to Guesseppe Rea of Wilkes. He’ll wrestle a Wartburg opponent today in the consolation bracket: Jake Agnitsch. Seabold won via major decision in his opening match over Hunter Ayen of Springfield, before being pinned by #2 ranked Shane Siefert of Wisconsin – Whitewater. The Dutch sophomore must also face a Knight opponent in the consolation bracket – Gerard Roman. The Dutch tandem will be the first wrestling All-Americans since 2004 when Kevin Owens finished eighth.

Larson Tied for First Following Day One of National Indoor Meet

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Multi-eventer for the Central men’s track and field team, Eric Larson, is tied for first after four of seven events of the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III National Indoor Track and Field Meet in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Larson posted a score of 3,001, thanks to wins in the long and high jumps. He still has the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000 meters left to go. Former Knoxville runner, Jamie Vander Veer, qualified for today’s finals in the mile run. The distance medley relay team crossed the line in tenth place. On the women’s side, Abi Davis qualified for the finals in the 60 and 200 meter dashes. First events involving Central today get going at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

Eagles Offense Disappears as Regina Moves On in State Semifinals

Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 6:00 am

The Pella Christian Eagles found no rhythm on the court during their 55-33 loss to Iowa City Regina in the semifinals round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament, which was heard live on 92.1 KRLS. The Eagles didn’t make a shot from the field in the 2nd or 3rd quarter and had 16 points total on the board after three. Assistant Coach Marv Van Wyk says this wasn’t the Pella Christian team he’s accustomed to seeing, and says there were many factors that led to the low scoring output. Pella Christian fell to 17-8 and will try to earn a third place finish when they take on Aplington-Parkersburg, who lost in overtime 74-70 against Treynor. Pregame coverage for the consolation round begins at 11:15 on 92.1 KRLS and, with tipoff scheduled for 11:45 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Knoxville Seniors Helped In Boys Basketball Season

Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 5:59 am

It was quite the breakout season for Knoxville Boys Basketball. After getting six wins combined in the last two seasons, the Panthers racked up 13 and a South Central Conference co-championship this season. Coach Jeff Larson tells KNIA/KRLS his five seniors were instrumental in guiding the younger members of the team on how to be a Panther on and off the court. Knoxville finished the season 13-8. Larson says the players coming back will have to put in just as much or more work to make next season even better.

Lady and Little Dutch Look Impressive in Indoor Track Debut

Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 5:58 am

The Pella High boys’ and girls’ track teams made their 2015 season debuts indoors yesterday in Grinnell. Team scores were not kept, but unofficially, the Lady Dutch won the conference meet, which also included Indianola. Annika Pingel won the 60 meter dash, Kelcey Blommers took first in the 1500 meter run, and the shuttle hurdle, distance medley, and 4 x 400 meter relay teams also all won. For the Little Dutch, Garret Jansen set a new school record in the shot put with a hurl of 51′ 2″. The 4 x 400 meter and distance medley relay teams both crossed the line first, and Chase VanSant won the long jump. Four events also took second place for Pella boys. The Little Dutch are off until Tuesday for the ISU Indoor Meet, and the girls will compete a week from tomorrow at Central College.

Girls Full Results:
1st Place

60m Annika Pingel 8.21

1500m Kelcey Blommers 5:22.67

Shuttle Hurdle Corin McKinstrey, Paighton Malek, Kiki Pingel, Lydia VanEe 40.17

Distance Med Makenna Bogaard, Megan Kooker, Kenzie Gustafson, Tess Roorda 4:36.33

4×400 Megan Kooker, Lydia VanEe, Makenna Bogaard, Kenzie Gustafson 4:19.66

2nd Place

High Jump Megan Kooker 4-10

60m Hurdles Lydia VanEe 10.01

1500m Tess Roorda 5:22.71

3rd Place

Long Jump Jessica Holterhaus 15-07.5

800m Nicole Schnebbe 2:41.10

4×200 Annika Pingel, Sara Martin, Paighton Masek, Jessica Holterhaus 1:57.54

4th Place

Shot Put Marissa Borgerding 33-09.0

800m Payton Phelps 2:41.67

4×800 Ashley Kirkland, Erica Halstead, Nicole Schnebbe, Payton Phelps 11:11.63

5th Place

Shot Put Elisabeth Jansen 32-10.0

60m Sara Tallman 8.48

6th Place

Shot Put Heidi Groenendyk 32-09.0
400m Kinzi VanWyk 1:11.06

Lack of Numbers Not Much of a Problem for Saints’ Girls’ Basketball

Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas girls’ basketball coach, Jon Suntken, had the unenviable task of looking at his bench in late, close-game situations and seeing only a couple of athletes ready to go in. Numbers lacked for the Saints this year, but it did not stop them from fighting each time they stepped foot on the court. The first game of the season against Wayne was a table-setter for what was to come the rest of the way. The Saints were up by a few points in the fourth quarter, but had two girls foul out of the contest, leaving just three to play against five Falcons. However, Melcher-Dallas was able to “kill the 5-on-3 power play,” so to speak, and prevail, 33 – 28. Suntken says it was basically the story of their entire season, which he says made it one of the most fun years he’s had coaching. The Saints finished the season with a mark of 8 – 14.

Central Track, Wrestling Compete on the National Stage Today

Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 5:50 am

Same day, two different venues. Central’s men’s and women’s track teams and the wrestling squad will all be competing in various NCAA Division III championship events. The men’s and women’s track teams are in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the national indoor meet. Eric Larson is looking to pick up where he left off in 2013; the senior swept the indoor and outdoor national heptathlon titles before being injured for most of the 2014 season. Eli Horton and the other distance runners will also be looking for a title in the medley relay and mile run. Daniel Page at 125 pounds and Matt Seabold at 197 will each begin their journeys through the wrestling brackets in search for the podium. Track gets going at 9:30 a.m. and wrestling is slated to start at ten in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Pella Christian Set For Regina Semis Showdown Today

Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 6:01 am

Pella Christian continues it’s push in the Class 2A State Tournament as they take on Iowa City Regina this afternoon in the Semifinals round. The Eagles boys are looking to play in the finals for the first time since 2009. Iowa City Regina is playing in their first tournament in 13 years and earned their first victory since 1986 against Cascade on Tuesday, 45-32.

Assistant Coach Marv Van Wyk says Regina has a similar look to the Western they were able to topple on Tuesday. He says at this late point in the season, it’s very important for teams to continue to excel at their strengths. Sophomore David Kacmarynski says his team will be ready to try and slow down another top notch player in Regina’s Drew Cook.

Cook is averaging just over 22 points per game on the season, and posted 17 points and 14 rebounds against Cascade on Tuesday. Pre-game coverage begins at 3:15 p.m. on 92.1 KRLS and online at, with a scheduled start time of 3:45 at Wells Fargo Arena. Andrew Schneider and Wynne Veenstra have the call.

Some Knoxville Girls Basketball Players Role To Change In 2015/2016

Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 6:00 am

With the Knoxville Girls Basketball Squad losing its top two scorers from this season’s team, Coach Jim Uitermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS Sports several of the players coming back will have vastly different roles next season. Some who played only a minor role in either scoring or other areas of the game will have to either step up their scoring or rebounding or both. He says while it is a team game, it will be their time to shine and be the leaders. The Panthers finished 18-5 and were undefeated South Central Conference Champions this past season.

Lady Dutch Receive Three First-Team All-Conference, Six Total

Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 5:57 am

The Pella High girls’ basketball team’s fantastic season resulted in six individual all-conference honors given to them this year. Three Lady Dutch received first-team all-Little Hawkeye Conference accolades. Unanimously chosen to that first team was Katie Vander Molen. In just her sophomore season, Vander Molen put up a team-high 12.4 points and five rebounds per game. She also led the team in assists and steals. The tenth-grader also was fourth in the league in scoring average. Jessica Holterhaus was also a unanimous choice for the first team. The senior was eighth in the conference and second on the Dutch in scoring with nearly 11 points per game, and grabbed an average of over seven rebounds per contest. Mackenzie Gustafson earned first-team honors as well. She was third on the team with a 10.7 scoring average and was top ten in the league in points per game and assists. Sophomore Kiara Bradley was chosen to the second team. Bradley scored seven points-a-game and had 81 rebounds in 17 contests. Ciara Buchheit and Katie Finney were each picked as honorable mentions. Pella’s girls finished the season with a 19 – 3 mark.

Freland Selected to All-State Team

Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 5:52 am

PCM senior girls’ basketball standout, Rachel Freland, was selected to the All-State Iowa Girls Coaches Association second team for her efforts in the 2014-15 season. In her final season sporting the Mustang jersey, Freland eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career, and led the team with 17 points per game. Her scoring average was tenth best in the state in Class 3A, and her 83 steals were 12th most in 3A. The Mustangs went 16 – 8 this year and made it all the way to the regional finals.