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Knoxville Knocked Around In District Opener

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Big plays and costly turnovers sent Knoxville reeling 51-28 to Carlisle in their district opener. Knoxville Head Coach Eric Kellar says it’s no time to make excuses. Senior running back Tanner Dunkin used his speed to keep the Panthers in the game early, scoring on his first two carries of the game for a total of 110 yards. Dunkin would finish with 150 yards and three touchdowns on the evening. The Wildcats scored 23 consecutive points through the second and third quarters, capitalizing on three Knoxville turnovers and three offensive plays of 52 yards or greater. Knoxville will take on undefeated district foe Pella on the road next Friday.

Eagles Lose Nail-Biter to Savage Cobras

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:59 am

In a game that was as close as expected, Pella Christian came up just short to Sigourney-Keota last night, 29 – 27, as heard on 92.1 KRLS. Each team scored once in the first half, but a last-second touchdown pass to Peyton Crawford gave the Cobras some cushion and momentum at the break. The Eagles held a brief lead in the second half, and had a chance to tie it with less than two minutes to go, but a two point conversion attempt was batted away in the end zone to preserve the Cobras’ victory. Crawford ran for 222 yards to lead Sigourney-Keota, while Levi Jungling was virtually unstoppable for the Eagles, with 12 catches for 185 yards and another 28 on the ground. Pella Christian drops to 2 – 2 overall on the season and begins district play 0 – 1. They’ll try to even up that district record this Friday night at home against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

Pella High Bangs up Norwalk, Remains Unbeaten

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Pella Little Dutch moved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the district after their 38-14 victory over Norwalk in a game heard live on The Little Dutch were able to dominate the game in the trenches, with five sacks on defense and 342 yards on the ground. Head Coach Jay McKinstrey says he was pleased with the pressure his defense created against Norwalk’s athletic skill players. The Little Dutch have in-county rival Knoxville next for Homecoming week, and Cory Houser and Randy Sikkema will have that call for Pella on 92.1 KRLS.

Pleasantville Gets Second Shutout of the Season with Win over Nodaway Valley

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team notched their second shutout of the season with a 13-0 victory over Nodaway Valley on Friday night as heard on The Trojans found the board midway through the second quarter after quarterback Zeb Adreon found senior Josh Luna for a 52-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0. The Trojan defense forced three turnovers on the night to add to their season total of 15, to help give the Trojans the 13-0 win. With a huge district matchup ahead of them, Coach Gabe Bakker stills sees a few things for his team to improve on. Pleasantville improves to 2-0 in Class A District 8 play and 3-1 overall and heads to Bedford on Friday night.

PCM offense was electric in second straight victory

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The PCM football team rolled on all cylinders on Friday night as they picked up their second straight district win, 50-6 over Davis County, heard live on The PCM offense got off to a hot start scoring on their first four offensive series of the game to take a 29-6 lead. Logan Gillman was impressive once again, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns and he has now eclipsed 1,000 passing yards in four games. Luke Greiner caught both of Gillman’s touchdowns and had over 150 yards receiving. Head coach Greg Bonnett was impressed with how well Gillman and the wide receivers played. Ronnie Marshall added three touchdowns on the ground for the PCM Mustangs. The Mustangs turn their attention to C-M-B for a week five rivalry matchup on the road this Friday.

Saints, Sabers Blowout Opponents by Identical Scores

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Whether or not it was planned, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars won by final scores of 68 – 8 over their competitors yesterday. The Saints blew out Harmony on the road, thanks to a great night from Alex Mitchell, who went 6-for-8 passing for around 170 yards. The Sabers in their homecoming game had no problem with a struggling Seymour squad. Melcher-Dallas improves to 3 – 1 on the season and 2 – 0 in Eight Man District 6, the Sabers are 2 – 2 and 1 – 1, respectively. The Saints are at Seymour next week, and Twin Cedars will be at Wayne.

Dutch Look to Bounce Back in Final Non-Conference Test

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central’s football team, fresh off of a loss to Monmouth, has a prime opportunity to enter their bye week with a little momentum against Maranatha Baptist today. The Dutch were shutout in the second half after getting out to a 21 – 7 lead against Monmouth, before falling 28 – 21. The Sabercats are averaging less than 180 yards of total offense per game through two contests, and have been demolished in their two contests so far this season. Coach Jeff McMartin says the Sabercats’ air attack could present some problems. You can hear today’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and, with Cory Houser and Andrew Schneider on the play-by-play. Pregame starts at 12:40 with kick-off at one.

KNIA/KRLS Football Highlights From Week Four

Posted: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 1:05 am

Below is a complete rundown of all of our highlights from our on-air coverage of high school football in Week Four of the 2014 season. Keep listening to KNIA/KRLS for live coverage of Pella, Knoxville, Pella Christian, PCM, and Pleasantville football all season long, and don’t miss our Award-Winning Jeremy Dingeman Concrete Football Friday Night Radio Preview Show at 5:30 p.m., with the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show at around ten.

High School Football Scores

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Here are Friday night’s high school football scores.

Carlisle 51
Knoxville 28

Norwalk 14
Pella 38

Pella Chr 27
Sigourney/Keota 29

Nodaway Valley 0
Pleasantville 13

Melcher-Dallas 68
Harmony 8

Seymour 8
Twin Cedars 68

Davis County 6
PCM 50

Eagles Begin District Play Tonight

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Carrying a 2 – 1 record into district play, Pella Christian’s football team begins their drive towards the playoffs this evening with a road trip to Sigourney-Keota. The Savage Cobras still run the single wing offense, but haven’t had the success they would have liked up to this point of the season, going 1 – 2 with less than 500 yards rushing through three contests, compared to the well over 700 they had through three games last year. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says the Cobras aren’t as committed to the run as they have been in years past. The Eagles have had a strong running and passing game thus far, and stuck with Albia for a half before falling 48 – 20. Cory Houser and Larry Hessing will be up in the press box live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off at seven.

Panthers Try to Bounce Back in District Opener

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Suffering a close loss to Fairfield in their final non-district game in Week Three, Knoxville football looks to recover to begin district play at home tonight against Carlisle. Knoxville kept it tight with the Trojans, and had a chance for a last-second win, but couldn’t quite make it happen in a 20 – 14 loss. The Wildcats have been looked at as one of the contenders for a Class 3A District 7 title, and have gotten off to a 2 – 1 start, with the one blemish being an overtime 27 – 24 defeat at the hands of Dallas Center – Grimes in game number one. Coach Eric Kellar says so far, his team has lived and died by their front line of attack on both sides of the ball. Tony Correa has the call on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30. Don’t forget to cheer on the Panthers with another “Panther Walk” from the high school to the stadium before the game. The team will leave the school at around 5:50 and walk down Robinson St. into Ken Locke Stadium.

Pella Football Looks to Continue Surge Tonight at Home

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:58 am

If you have wanted to see how dangerous the Pella High football team’s offense has been this season, make sure you aren’t catching just the second half. So far, the Little Dutch have scored enough points to begin the running clock on all three teams they have faced this season, including ranked Washington and Dallas Center – Grimes squads, and most recently, Oskaloosa last Friday. Tonight, Pella comes home to play a Norwalk team that has a question mark at the quarterback position. Sophomore signal caller, Brady Brandsfield, went down with an injury and may or may not play tonight. Coach Jay McKinstrey says they are preparing to see the sophomore tonight, who could present some challenges. You can catch tonight’s game on with Andrew Schneider and Dave Van Gorp on the play-by-play. Pregame starts at 7:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:30. We’ll have a delayed broadcast on 92.1 KRLS immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Good Times All Around for Local Runners at Lynnville-Sully

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:56 am

Pella Christian, PCM, Pleasantville, and Twin Cedars recorded nice runs at the Lynnville-Sully meet yesterday. The Mustangs’ girls finished second place as a team to Davis County by just eight points. Rachel Stafford had the fastest time for PCM with a mark of 18:01, good for fifth place. Rachel Peter was eighth. Marina Shannon was tenth overall and fastest for Pella Christian at 18:50. Andie Sowers clocked in at 21:39 for 43rd place and fastest Trojan girl. Rachel Surbaugh crossed first for the Sabers in 46th place and with a time of 21:58. Blaise Winegardner was second overall for the boys’ race, and ran a time of 18:10 for the Mustangs. Jacob Lensing was fifth and was the fastest Eagle boy. Alex Young for Pleasantville came in at 20:42, good for 17th overall. The Trojans’ boys were third in the team standings, Pella Christian was fourth, and PCM was seventh. The PCM boys’ and girls’ middle school teams also finished first place last night. Full results of the whole meet can be found by clicking below.

Lynnville-Sully XC Invite 2014 Final Girls Results

Lynnville-Sully XC Invite 2014 Final Boys Results

PCM Volleyball Falls in Four

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Gilbert took down PCM’s volleyball team last night in four sets. Again, the Mustangs won an early set, downing the Tigers 25 – 22, before falling in the next three, 19 – 25, 12 – 25, and 17 – 25. Courtney VanHouweling had 12 kills and two aces, Katie VandeWall had six kills, and Mackenzie Clarke had 13 digs. The Mustangs fall to 2 – 12, and will play at home against Greene County next this Tuesday.

Three-and-One Start a Good Possibility for Trojans’ Football

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:52 am

District play continues for Pleasantville’s football team tonight, and they have a very good chance to put themselves in a position to make the playoffs for the first time in quite a few years with a win over a reeling Nodaway Valley club. After being blanked in their home opener in Week One, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 48 – 8 in their previous two road games, each of them victories. The Wolverines have a very short roster, but have accumulated a 1 – 2 record, which includes a one-point loss to Earlham last week. Coach Gabe Bakker says he would like to see less dropped passes in tonight’s game. Join Kris Krug live on as he’ll have the call for Pleasantville. Pregame will start at 6:30 p.m. with the kick-off at seven. There will be a delayed broadcast of the game on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA immediately following our delayed broadcast of PCM football.

PCM Tries to Start a Winning Streak this Evening

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:52 am

One thing’s for certain: a Mustangs’ team is going to win. PCM and Davis County meet up in Monroe tonight for another district game. The latter of the two Mustangs’ squads has struggled this season scoring, lighting up the board for just 20 points, including being shutout against Fairfield, and dominated by Chariton and C-M-B. PCM is fresh off their first win of the season, and just in time for district play, with a 48 – 19 shellacking of Centerville. Noticing his guys perhaps wearing out early against the Big Red, Coach Greg Bonnett says their main focus in practice this week was conditioning. Bonnett adds they focused on having their defenders be more physical during the game tonight. Hear Garrett Knock on the play-by-play this evening on, with our pregame coverage beginning at seven and kick-off at 7:30. Also make sure you catch a delayed broadcast of the contest on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA immediately following the Stravers Cellular Football Friday Night Radio Scoreboard Show.

Saints and Sabers Could Have Easy Time Tonight

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:51 am

With their rivalry game done and over with, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars’ football teams will go their separate ways and try to topple another pair of district competitors this evening. The Saints get the “pleasure” of making the drive to take on Harmony for their contest. The Rockets were on the wrong end of an 80 – 6 beat-down from Lamoni last Friday night, and could be in store for another uphill battle against a strong Melcher-Dallas team, who bounced back well after suffering their first loss of the season to Guthrie Center a few weeks ago. Twin Cedars could also be in store for a “W,” as they will host Seymour, who had to forfeit nearly half of their games due to injuries and lack of players a year ago. Both games tonight kick-off at seven.

Sabers Win Volleyball Battle over Saints

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars ended up on top of Melcher-Dallas in a rivalry volleyball contest last night. The Sabers prevailed in game one, 25 – 13, dropped game two to the Saints, 19 – 25, before sweeping the next two in close fashion, 25 – 17 and 25 – 21. The Saints drop to 2 – 6 on the season with the loss, while Twin Cedars improves to 2 – 7. The Sabers are at Chariton on Monday, and Melcher is on the road for a triangular against Orient-Macksburg and Seymour on Tuesday.

Central Men’s Cross Country Second Regionally, Fifth Nationally

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:50 am

In the first regular season poll of the year, the Central men’s cross country team held true regionally and nationally in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III rankings released this week. The Dutch are second in the Central region, with defending national champion, St. Olaf, still at the number one spot both in the region and in the nation. Conferences foes, Loras and Wartburg, and third and fourth in the region, respectively. The Dutch will next compete in the Gil Dodds Invitational on Saturday in Wheaton, before facing the Oles on October 3 at the Blugold Invitational.

‘Big Crowd’ Expected for Lynnville-Sully Meet

Posted: Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Several different schools are expected to be in attendance over at Lynnville-Sully for a cross country meet tonight. Four of our local teams, Pella Christian, Pleasantville, Twin Cedars, and PCM will also be there ready to show off their stuff. Each team has already ran earlier this week, each turning in several personal bests on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. At nearly the halfway point of the season, Mustangs’ coach, Eric Karr, says he has been very impressed with how the team, even the younger runners, have been performing. Karr says he has high hopes for his girls’ squad. The Mustangs, Trojans, Sabers, and Eagles will be joined by North Mahaska, Colfax-Mingo, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, English Valleys, Davis County, and Albia. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30.