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Steffensmeier Earns Cross Country Honor

Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Picking up his first ever individual cross country title this past weekend, Central runner, Isaac Steffensmeier was named the Iowa Conference men’s cross country runner of the week. Steffensmeier ran 25:43 and change at the Central College Invite on Saturday, helping lead his team to a season-opening win. Central is back to work on September 20 at the Gil Dodds Invitational in Wheaton, Illinois.

Knoxville Volleyball Smashes Centerville

Posted: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Playing its first South Central Conference event in over 18 years, the Knoxville Volleyball Squad ushered in the new athletic era at Knoxville with a resounding three sets to none win over Centerville last night by scores of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-11.The Panthers went for the kill shot in the third set sprinting out to a 16-3 lead, using runs of 9-0 and 7-0 Knoxville eventually built a 20-7 lead and cruised from there. Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports a prematch review of team and individual goals before they hit the court really focused the girls. Cheyenne Jones led the Panthers with 14 kills while Ashley Hawkshead tallied 12. Meredith Cunningham dealt out 30 assists, Emily Wallace led with 17 digs and Haili Swan came up with three blocks. As a team the Panthers only made six service errors. Knoxville is now 6-5 on the season and 1-0 in the South Central Conference.

Eagles Win Competitive Conference Opener

Posted: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Three of the four sets went overtime, but Pella Christian’s volleyball team still prevailed over Newton in last night’s Little Hawkeye Conference opener. The Eagles dropped game one, 24 – 26, before coming back to win the next three 30 – 28, 25 – 18, and 26 – 24. Rebecca Gritters had an outstanding game with seven ace serves to go along with 14 kills, Andrea Horstman and Hannah Beltman each added nine kills of their own. With the win, the Eagles improve to 5 – 4 on the year, and they are off until this Saturday to play in a challenging Iowa City West tournament.

Fillies Sweep Lady Dutch in Straight Sets

Posted: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Dallas Center – Grimes’ girls flexed some early season muscle and swept the Pella High volleyball team last night, 15 – 25, 12 – 25, and 20 – 25. Makenna Bogaard led the team with ten kills, Jessica Holterhaus had seven, and Kiki Pingel had eight digs for the Lady Dutch. Pella has dropped nine straight to fall to 2 – 9 on the season, and they’ll head to Altoona next this Saturday for tournament action.

Trojans’ Girls Win Again

Posted: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s volleyball team got off on the right foot in conference play last night, sweeping Martensdale – St. Mary’s in straight sets, 25 – 17, 25 – 14, and 25 – 15. Kennedy Core had another monster game, recording 19 kills and 12 digs, while going perfect from behind the service line with two aces. Avari Heinz – Pence had ten kills, and Kylie Busick had 17 digs for the Trojans, who are now 8 – 1 on the season. They will be in Bussey this Saturday for the Twin Cedars tournament.

Central Volleyball Dominates in Home Opener

Posted: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:50 am

The Central volleyball team overcame a slow start in the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium to defeat Iowa Wesleyan in three sets, 25 – 17, 25 – 12, and 25 – 22. Hannah Welter had eight kills on the night, and she was followed by Emily Stoakes who had seven. Central’s women improve to 7 – 2 on the year, and they head east to Jacksonville, Illinois for the Illinois College Invitational this Saturday and Sunday.

Central Men Capture Tournament Crown with Impressive Tuesday Showing

Posted: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Already with a sizable lead heading into the final day of the Wisconsin – Green Bay Invitational, the Central men’s golf team decided to close the tournament out with style by shooting a 297 and winning the tourney by 15 strokes. Desmond Stoll was the medalist by five strokes, shooting a final round 73 to card a 214 for the 54-hole journey. David Watson had a 227 for the Dutch to finish second best on the team. Central will head back to Wisconsin in a few weeks for the Eau Claire Blugold Invitational, featuring some of the top teams in Division III.

Lady Dutch Volleyball Opens Conference Play Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Two radically different teams from a year ago will meet up in the Pella High gym tonight as the Lady Dutch host Dallas Center – Grimes for the first Little Hawkeye Conference match for both teams in the 2014 season. Pella went 6 – 1 in league play a year ago to tie with Newton for a conference championship. Coach Catie Brand says this year’s conference race could be very interesting. Pella’s girls have dropped their last eight and are 2 – 8 on the year while the Fillies enter with a 5 – 4 mark. The varsity match is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

Knoxville Volleyball Has Home Opener Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 5:59 am

After playing ten matches and two invitationals all on the road…the Knoxville Volleyball Squad will play its home opener tonight against Centerville.This is also the beginning of the new era in sports at Knoxville and the Panthers will participate in a South Central Conference contest for the first time since 1996. Knoxville is 5-5 on the season and hopes to finish in the top three of a tough South Central Conference. The freshman and J-V matches are set to begin at 5:30 with the varsity at around 7:30.

Pella Christian Girls Face Newton in Conference Bout

Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Getting the weekend off, the Pella Christian volleyball team gets back to the comforts of their own gym tonight to take on Newton in a conference match. The Eagles are 4 – 4 on the year and welcome the 2 – 8 Cardinals, who are hurting after losing an impressive group of seniors that led their team to a league title in 2013. Eagles’ coach, Cindy Nikkel knows her team has some potential to do some damage in the conference, but the rest of the teams are up in the air. The Eagles’ varsity match follows the JV game, with a first serve scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Sabers Swept by Rockets

Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Taking on a very formidable foe yesterday at home, the Twin Cedars volleyball team fell to Class 2A Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in straight sets. The Rockets won 25 – 9, 25 – 16 and 25 – 8 over the Sabers. Liz Rowley and Shelby Denburger were each perfect from behind the service line, says head coach, Alexis Kauzlarich, but she adds her team struggled at the net against a very good team. The Sabers are now 0 – 3 and they take on Moulton-Udell this Thursday.

Central Men’s Golf Extends Lead in Wisconsin

Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A four-under-par round of 68 for senior Desmond Stoll was big in helping the Central men’s golf team extend their lead at the Wisconsin – Green Bay Invitational to 15 shots yesterday. Stoll is one stroke behind the individual leader with a two-round score so far of 141, which is a total of three under par. Central as a team has shot 603 so far, with host Wisconsin – Green Bay next closest with 618. Clayton Curwin is the next closest Dutch with a 157 score through two rounds. Central will conclude the 54-hole tournament later today.

Knoxville Boys 10th At Central Cross Country Invitational

Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Knoxville participated in the Central College High School Invitational Saturday.The boys finished tenth in the tough field. Cade McNeil led Knoxville with an 86th place finish in a time of 19:21.2. The girls were unable to score due to not having enough runners because of injury and illness. Kaeline Schueke had the fastest time for the Panthers at 20:46.5. Coach Michael Splavec told KNIA/KRLS Sports he was a little disappointed in the results, however was glad to have a meet where they runner could use as a stepping stone to see where they are. Knoxville gears up for a meet Tuesday in Grinnell.

Pella Teams Impressive at Central Cross Country Invite

Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Pella High’s girls were fourth, the boys were third in the Central College Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. The teams in attendance were split up into large and small school divisions, with the Dutch in the former of the two categories. The Little Dutch were third behind Iowa City West and Gilbert, with a team total of 99 points. Adam Sievers was the fastest for Pella, finishing tenth. Pella Christian’s boys were fourth as a team in the small school division with 104 points. Jacob Lensing was 32nd out of all male runners but was third fastest in the small school category. On the girls’ side, Pella was fourth to Iowa City West, Waukee, and Gilbert. Tess Roorda was sixth individually with a time of 15:41.9. Full results for all of our runners can be found by clicking below.

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Central Defense, Running Game, Lead to Season-Opening Victory

Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:57 am

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Josh Osborn had it working and the Central defense, though young, still came up big at key spots, and the Dutch took down Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois on Saturday night, 31 – 7. Osborn ran for 116 yards, though 108 of them came in the first half, to go along with a touchdown. Quarterback Aaron Eiseler was injured following an interception in the first half and did not return. The game was tied at seven in the second quarter, when Jacob Edleman came up with a huge pick six to give Central the lead they would not relinquish. With the score 17 – 7 in favor of the Dutch early in the fourth quarter, a seemingly endless drive for the Eagles culminated in a field goal attempt, which, much like most of the 2013 season’s attempts against Central, was blocked by the Dutch, putting the final nail in the coffin. The Dutch start the season 1 – 0 and they will head home for a rare night game at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium this Saturday against Monmouth College.

Karr Impressed with Mustangs’ Boys, Girls Performances in Pella

Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Rachel Peter again dazzled on the cross country course this past weekend for her PCM Mustangs. Peter crossed the finish line first in the small schools division of the Central College Invite in Pella on Saturday, with a time of 16:41.6, good for 33rd overall. The Mustangs were third as a team, finishing behind two other Heart of Iowa Conference schools; North Polk and Nevada. Her teammate, Rachel Stafford, was fifth. PCM’s boys were eighth in their division, led by Chris Ellens, who was 28th fastest for the small schools. A full list of results is below.

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Trojans’ Volleyball Second in Coon Rapids Tournament

Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Watch out for Kennedy Core. One of Pleasantville’s star female athletes had an eye-opening 73 kills in five matches for the Trojans, who finished runners-up to the host school, Coon Rapids Bayard in tournament play this weekend. The Trojans won 21 – 19, 19 – 21, and 15 – 8 over Ankeny Christian, and over Coon Rapids in pool play, 23 – 21, 21 – 23, and 15 – 13. Pleasantville won two-of-three over Adair Casey and swept C-A-M before getting another go at Coon Rapids and falling in the championship game, 21 – 19, 16 – 21, and 13 – 15. Alli Friday had 83 assists on the day, Kylie Busick registered 26 digs, and Avari Heinz-Pence had 16 kills. The Trojans are an impressive 6 – 1 on the season, and they have a conference match next on the docket for Tuesday against Martensdale – St. Mary’s.

Central Men’s Cross Country Win Season Debut

Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Five runners finished in the top ten, and the highly-ranked Central men’s cross country team blew by the competition at their home invitational on Saturday. Sophomore Isaac Steffensmeier placed first, edging out teammate Cole Decker. Drew Jackson was fifth, Jamie Vander Veer was seventh, and Eli Horton came in tenth. Central’s women were ninth overall as a team. Both squads are off for two weeks until the Gil Dodds Invitational at Wheaton, Illinois on September 20.

North Central Sweeps Central Soccer

Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 5:50 am

After whipping Maranatha Baptist the previous night, Central’s men’s and women’s soccer teams had a tougher time in a doubleheader against North Central Illinois on Saturday. The Dutch men fell 2 – 0, allowing a goal in the first and second halves. Austin Little made five saves in goal for Central, who drop to 1 – 4 on the year. Central’s women fell due to an 88′ goal from North Central, by a final score of 1 – 0. Coach Mike Kobylinski says his team was pretty sound defensively. Central’s women drop to 2 – 2 and they’ll play Grinnell at home on Thursday, while the men get some time off to prepare for Nebraska Wesleyan on the road on September 16.

Knoxville Boys 10th At Central Cross Country Invitational

Posted: Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Knoxville participated in the Central College High School Invitational yesterday.The boys finished tenth in the tough field. Cade McNeil led Knoxville with an 86th place finish in a time of 19:21.2. The girls were unable to score due to not having enough runners because of injury and illness. Kaeline Schueke had the fastest time for the Panthers at 20:46.5. Coach Michael Splavec told KNIA/KRLS Sports he was a little disappointed in the results, however was glad to have a meet where they runner could use as a stepping stone to see where they are. Knoxville gears up for a meet Tuesday in Grinnell.