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Eagles Play ‘Best Ball of Season’ in Knoxville Tournament

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Concluding their regular season with a tournament, Pella Christian volleyball coach, Cindy Nikkel, says that her girls played the best ball of the season at Saturday’s Knoxville tourney. Her Eagles finished second place to Iowa Falls, who is ranked 11th. Pella Christian won in three sets over Perry, 21 – 18, 19 – 21, and 16 – 14; swept Knoxville and Grinnell, beat A-D-M in three, and their only loss came to Iowa Falls in three sets, 25 – 22, 17 – 25, and 8 – 15. Coach Nikkel tells KNIA/KRLS Sports her team missed three serves in the third game, which ended up costing them. The Eagles finish the regular season with a 23 – 11 record, and they are off for over a week until they host the second round of the Class 2A regional tournament on the 28th.

Pool play

vs Grinnell 21-17, 21-18

Christa Veenstra 9 kills, 1 block 2 aces

Becca Gritters 7 kills,

Hannah Beltman 3 blocks, 1 kill

Alyssa Starkey 12 digs

Abby 20 assists

vs ADM

21-10, 13-21, 15-8

great match

Hannah Beltman 4 kills 3 blocks

Andrea Horstman 3 blocks, 3 aces, 6 digs

Becca Gritters 7 kills, 10 digs

Julia Dykstra 7 digs 2 aces

vs Perry

18-21, 21-19, 16-14

Abby Pleima 20 assist, 9 digs, 2 aces, 3 kills

Andrea Horstman 11 kills, 15 digs,

Becca Gritters 9 kills, 9 digs

Hannah Beltman 3 blocks, 3 kills

Alyssa Starkey 7 digs, 4 assists

Christa Veenstra 3 aces, 2 blocks, 4 kills

Julia Dykstra 7 digs

Seed 1 after pool play

Vs Knoxville

25-18, 25-16

Becca Gritters 5 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks, 8 digs

Abby Pleima 12 assists, 7 digs, 4 kills

Christa Veenstra 4 kills 2 blocks,

Laura Nicholson 2 assists,

hannah Beltman 4 kills

Christa Veenstra 4 kills 2 blocks

Julia Dykstra 7 digs, 2 aces

Alyssa Starkey 6 digs, 3 aces, 2 assists

VS Iowa Falls 25-22, 17-25, 8-15

Becca 9 kills, 9 digs, 3 aces

Abby 8 kills, 17 assists,

Julia 9 digs,

Andrea 7 kills, 10 digs

Christa 4 kills, 2 blocks

Health a Major Benefit for Pella High Football

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:57 am

They’ve endured about two months of practices, scrimmages, and games, and entering the final week of the regular season, the Pella High football team is not just feeling good about where they are at, they’re just plain feeling good. The Little Dutch just got Austin Schulte back from an injury, Nathan Henry was out against Saydel with a minor concussion, but is expected to play this Friday against Chariton, and that’s basically it. There are a few bumps and bruises here and there, but Pella High, should they take care of business early against the Chargers, have a chance to enter the playoffs as close to 100% as they can be. Coach Jay McKinstrey says they are very fortunate to be in this situation. Where everyone is going for the playoffs is to be determined after all games go final this Friday night. Check KNIAKRLS.com for a full rundown for all of our playoff teams when the brackets are posted after Week Nine is in the books.

Mustangs Get a Win in Fairfield Quad Tournament

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:52 am

PCM finished their regular season on Saturday in the Fairfield tournament. The Mustangs grabbed a win in three matches during their stay. PCM lost to Davis County in three, 25 – 20, 19 – 25 and 10 – 15; Courtney VanHouweling had six kills, Ashley Van Gorp had five, and Mackenzie Clarke had 21 digs. The Mustangs fell to the host Trojans, 19 – 25 and 18 – 25, before ending the day with a comeback win over Centerville, 17 – 25, 25 – 20, and 15 – 12. VanHouweling had ten kills for PCM, Kayla Jennings had four kills and 16 assists, and Jayci Vos swatted six kills in the match. The Mustangs wind up 9 – 24 on the regular season, and they next will have round one action of the Class 3A regional tournament a week from Monday.

Central Football Wallops Duhawks

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:50 am

After trading wins and losses for the first five games of the season, the Central College football team is finally on a streak, and it’s a two-game winning streak after beating Loras 41-14 Saturday afternoon in Pella. Josh Osborn scored three touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh straight game, Aaron Eisler threw for 302 yards, and freshman Sam Markham was one reception short of the school record with 11 grabs for 184 yards. Another standout for Central was Jacob Edelman, who intercepted three Loras passes and also punted twice for a 42 yard average. The Dutch are now 4-2 on the season, 2-1 in the Iowa Conference, and they’ll hit the road to Cedar Rapids this Saturday to take on Coe. Hear more about the victory over Loras, and a preview of the matchup with the Kohawks, when head coach Jeff McMartin joins us live at Applebee’s Monday night at seven o’clock on KRLS.

Dutch Men’s, Women’s Soccer Get Conference Victories

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Using their momentum from a big win last week over Dubuque, Central’s women’s soccer team found the back of the net multiple times in a 6 – 0 destroying of Buena Vista Saturday. Five of their six goals were scored by seniors, on a day where both the men’s and women’s soccer team upperclassmen were recognized. Emily Saville scored a hat trick for the Dutch, Emily Benson and Brittany Hinton were the other two seniors who scored for Central. The women improve to 7 – 4 – 3 overall and 3 – 1 – 1 in the Iowa Conference. On the men’s side, Aleksandar Glavas did the work himself, scoring twice in the second half to lead his team to a 2 – 0 defeat of the Beavers. Central’s men are now 4 – 10 overall and 2 – 3 in the Iowa Conference. The women next play on Thursday on the road versus Cornell, while the men are back on the pitch on Tuesday to host William Penn.

Dutch Cross Country Fifth in Loaded Field

Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Out of 27 teams, which included some Division I schools, the Central men’s cross country team placed fifth at the Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday in Wisconsin. Eli Horton finished fourth overall with a 24:40 time, Cole Decker was next for the Dutch at 25:18, good for 13th. Central finished only behind Wisconsin-LaCrosse and St. Olaf as far as Division III schools were concerned, with the University of Minnesota placing first overall. Central is off until the Iowa Conference meet on November 1, trying to win their third straight league crown.

Knoxville Volleyball Has Good Results At Own Invitational

Posted: Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad started off well for a Saturday Invitational at its own party yesterday.The Panthers swept Albia and Atlantic in early rounds before being swept by Iowa Falls in pool play to set the Panthers up in the championship bracket against county rival Pella Christian. The Eagles ended the Panthers day with a two sets to none sweep. Assistant Coach Jacque Moats told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls played very well overall especially against Pella Christian. Knoxville is 16-18 on the season with a trip to Winterset Tuesday to close out the regular season

Knoxville Dominates Oskaloosa, Clinches First Playoff Berth in Nearly a Quarter Century

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville High student body celebrated like it was 1990 as their Panthers dominated from start to finish in their 49-13 victory over Oskaloosa Friday night to clinch their first playoff berth in 24 years. Knoxville Head Coach Eric Kellar says he doesn’t deserve the credit for being able to turn around a team that was 0-9 last season. Tanner Dunkin was a one-man show, scoring three touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the second quarter… and doing it three different ways: on a reception, a run, and an interception return. The Panthers will now play at Norwalk next Friday with the third seed in District 7 on the line.

Little Dutch Blast Eagles, Secure One-Seed

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Will Warner’s pick six acted as a knockout punch early in “round one,” and Pella High squashed Saydel last night by a final score of 79 – 6, a game that was live on 92.1 KRLS. Coach Jay McKinstrey pulled his starters not two minutes into the second quarter with the outcome well in hand, after his offense did some serious damage in the first 12 minutes, leading 44 – 0 after one period. Noah Clayberg was 5-for-7 passing with two touchdowns, and ran for 103 yards and another two scores, while the defense held the Eagles to negative ten yards in the first half, and forced a safety on a blocked punt. McKinstrey says his guys went out and got the job done last night. Pella improves to 8 – 0 overall and 5 – 0 in the district, and they conclude the regular season on the road next week against Chariton.

Eagles Continue to Roll as They Prepare for District Championship Game Next Week

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:57 am

The Pella Christian Eagles are one win away from a district championship after they earned another blowout victory at home with a 35-0 win over the West Marshall Trojans in a game heard on KNIAKRLS.com. Levi Jungling scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Sam Fredickson earned two sacks to lead the way on both sides of the ball. Assistant Coach Darryl De Ruiter says the team was able to take care of business for the second week in a row as their attention turns to Week Nine. Eagles will look for a District Championship and Number 1 seed in the playoffs as they head on the road to face Iowa City Regina.

PCM Football Struggles on Senior Night

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

It was a tough night for the PCM football team as they fell to the #9 Albia Blue Demons 48-14, yesterday, the game was heard on kniakrls.com. Albia used five PCM turnovers to take a 34-6 lead into halftime. The Mustangs were able to add a late touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 4-4 on the year. Logan Gilman and the PCM offense combined for 386 yards and Ronnie Marshall rushed for 138 yards on 27 carries. Head coach Greg Bonnett touched on what it’s going to take for his team to get a victory next Friday night on the road against North Polk. With a win in the regular season finale, the Mustangs would get the three seed out of Class 2A District 7.

Pleasantville Falls to Ninth-Ranked Mount Ayr

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team fell to ninth-ranked Mount Ayr on Friday night, 61-7 as heard on KNIAKRLS.com. Running back Brock Busick led the Trojan ground game with 39 yards on 15 attempts while Josh Luna led the Trojan receivers with 75 yards on seven catches including Pleasantville’s lone touchdown. The Trojans fall to 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in Class A District 8 and host Clarinda Academy next Friday night to close out the regular season.

Saints, Sabers Come Up with Huge Wins

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:51 am

One team battling for home field and the other just to get in, both Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars football captured big victories last night in Week Eight. The Saints toppled Moravia, 42 – 16, to move to 6 – 2 on the season, and then got some help from Twin Cedars, who edged Mormon Trail, 42 – 30. Dakota Pinegar scored the game-winning touchdown for the Sabers with time winding down in the fourth quarter. The Sabers are back to .500 with a 4 – 4 record; they must win over Harmony next Friday and, if their in-county rival Saints defeat Mormon Trail on the same night, the Sabers would be back into the playoffs as the number four seed.

Central Tries to Ground Loras Air Attack

Posted: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A week removed from a dominating win over Luther, the Central football team comes home to take on Loras, who does things completely opposite of the Norse. Last week, the Dutch D shut down a run-heavy offensive attack from Luther to get their first conference win of the season, and if they want to make it two in a row, they’re going to have to have success against the exact opposite approach. Central counters with the 13th-ranked pass defense in Division III in the Dutch. Central’s offensive line will be put to the test against a Duhawk defense that leads the league in sacks with 18 and in interceptions. Catch today’s game live on 92.1 KRLS and KNIAKRLS.com, with Trevor Castle, George Wares, and Andrew Schneider on the call. Pregame coverage starts at 12:40 p.m. with kick-off at one.

Football Friday Night Highlights – Week 8

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Here are the Highlights from Week 8 Football Friday Night on KNIA/KRLS.

High School Football Scores

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Scores from Marion County football games:

Knoxville 49
Oskaloosa 13

Saydel 6
Pella 79

West Marshall 0
Pella Christian 35

Pleasantville 7
Mount Ayr 61

Moravia 12
Melcher-Dallas 42

Mormon Trail 30
Twin Cedars 42

Albia 48
PCM 14

Pella Cross Country Sweeps Conference Meet

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 6:00 am

They were the favorites going in, and the Pella High boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each left Dallas Center – Grimes with a conference championship last night. The Little Dutch outran the pack, scoring 40 team points to beat second place Grinnell by 13. Ben Warner was the fastest Dutch, coming in third, with Nick Bernhagen behind him in sixth. Tess Roorda led the charge for the Lady Dutch, finishing fourth, with Ciara Buchheit coming in fifth. Pella’s girls had a team score of 39 to beat Grinnell by 21. Pella is off until next Thursday for the State Qualifying meet in the Tulip City on Central’s cross country course. Full results are below.

LHC Boys Varsity

LHC Girls Varsity

Knoxville Boys 3rd; Girls 6th In SCC Cross County Meet

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country Squad finished third at the South Central Conference meet last night in Albia.Cade McNeill was fifth and Chase Larson finished sixth earning both all-conference honors. The girls finished in sixth place. Full results were unavailable.

Eagles Douse Tigers to Become Co-Conference Champs

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Pella Christian’s volleyball team ended their conference schedule with a bang yesterday, sweeping Grinnell 25 – 19, 25 – 21, and 25 – 18. Andrea Horstman had 13 kills, Hannah Beltman had ten, and Christa Veenstra served up four aces for the Eagles, who ended up with a 5 – 1 mark in the league and are now 19 – 10 overall. Pella Christian concludes their regular season with the Knoxville tournament on Saturday.

Panthers in Playoff Position

Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:57 am

They’ve kept the door open all season, and tonight, the Knoxville football team has a chance to practically step through into the playoffs with a win over Oskaloosa. The Indians have just one win on the season, and that is over Saydel in Week Four. Both teams like to run the ball quite a bit, and Panthers’ Coach Eric Kellar says it will be key for his “D” to slow down Nate VanVeldhuizen. Tony Correa and Kevin Wadle will brave the elements tonight on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA and KNIAKRLS.com, with pregame coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. and kick-off at 7:30.