Today’s Local Sports


Garland Wants to See a ‘Tougher’ Lady Dutch Team on Friday

Posted: Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 5:58 am

A difficult first third of the schedule doesn’t get any easier tomorrow night for the Pella High girls’ basketball team. They’ve already taken on the likes of number-two Carlisle and number-six Ballard, but they now have a test with perhaps an “underrated” Grinnell team on Friday. The Tigers have a Division I recruit in Deja Jackson playing for them and some other young standouts, and Coach Jerod Garland says after Tuesday’s loss to the Bombers, he’d like to see his girls toughen up for Grinnell. Tomorrow night’s girls’/boys’ doubleheader in the Tulip City will be live on 92.1 KRLS with the tip-off scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Our coverage will start at six.

Saints’ Girls and Boys Try to Recover Tonight

Posted: Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 5:51 am

After being thwacked by Grand View Christian on Tuesday, the Melcher-Dallas girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will try to nab a pair of non-conference wins at Southeast Warren this evening. The Warhawks and Saints’ gals each enter with a 2 – 2 mark and are both coming off of losses. The two schools are very similar, as they are very young and their offenses have had similar “success”; Melcher-Dallas is averaging 36 points per game while Southeast Warren has put up 40. In the boys’ contest, one thing’s for sure, one of the two clubs will be grabbing their first win of the year as they both enter 0 – 3. The varsity doubleheader at Southeast Warren is schedule to tip-off at 6:15 p.m.

Central Women Hang On for Road Win

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

The Central women’s basketball team passed another non-conference road test on Wednesday, defeating AIB in Des Moines, 56 – 51. The Dutch led by nine at intermission, and used clutch free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win. Mariah Swartzentruber was the leading scorer for both teams, depositing 18 points, while Rachel Evans finished with a double-double effort of 17 points and 11 rebounds, and also came up with six steals. Central’s women even up with the men at a 6 – 1 mark, and they’ll next be at home on Saturday for a battle with Augustana.

Knoxville Dominates Clarke For Easy Sweep

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

Dominating does not begin to describe the night both Knoxville boys and girls basketball squads had against Clarke last night. The girls held control for most of the game and breezed to a 52-19 win over the Indians. The Panthers used a smothering defense to cause 27 Clarke turnovers. Meredith Cunningham scored 19 points to lead the way of the Panthers who are 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in South Central Conference play. The Knoxville boys put an even worse thrashing on Clarke 72-41. Knoxville blitzed the Indians 46-23 in the first half and invoked the 35-point running clock rule by the four minute mark in the third quarter. Coach Jeff Larson was pleased with his team’s all around play. Trent Davis had 17 points while Nolan Wallace contributed 15 points for Knoxville who is now 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in the conference. Knoxville has a trip to Chariton on Friday.

Lady Dutch Fall Short to Bombers, Little Dutch Slaughter Ballard

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

Pella High and Ballard split in their basketball doubleheader up in Huxley last night, as heard on 92.1 KRLS. The Lady Dutch and Bomber girls were involved in an offensive struggle, as Ballard came out on top, 48 – 37. Pella got as close as three early in the third, but would never get closer. Katie Vander Molen had a late surge to end with 11 points, while Mackenzie Gustafson and Ciara Buchheit each put in nine. A 50-point second half was well more than enough for the boys to salvage the split over the Bombers, 83 – 58. Isaac Naaktgeboren had a fantastic game, scoring 28 points, Will Warner had 20, and the Little Dutch as a team went 14-for-16 at the charity stripe. Coach Mark Core says he’s happy to see his guys convert their free throws. Pella High’s girls fall to 2 – 2 on the year, the boys are 2 – 1, and they’ll get back to conference play on Friday at home against Grinnell.

Hessing Hopes Posthuma ‘Posts Up’ More in the Future

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

Coming off of a 23 point, eight rebound effort against PCM on Monday, Josh Posthuma is hitting a groove early on in this 2014-15 Pella Christian boys’ basketball season. The senior is one of three players averaging over 14 points per game for the Eagles through four contests (Kacmarynski and Jungling are the other two). Posthuma had four baskets from beyond the arc in their win over the Mustangs on Monday, but Coach Larry Hessing says he hopes Josh can dominate the paint, too. Pella Christian is off until Friday to play at home against Oskaloosa.

Pleasantville Splits in Conference Play on Tuesday Night

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

The Pleasantville girl’s basketball team came up just short at home on Tuesday night as they fell to Wayne 42-32. The Lady Trojans led at the half 24-23, but had a cold shooting second half where they hit just three shots from the field. Kennedy Core and Kelsee Van Haalen each scored nine points for Pleasantville as they fall to 1-3 on the year. The Pleasantville boy’s basketball team picked up their first Pride of Iowa conference win on Tuesday night 67-42 over Wayne, both games were heard on The Trojans had three players in double figures as Josh Luna led the way with a game high 16 points, as they improve to 2-1 on the year. Pleasantville head coach Tom Wilkins was happy with how his team distributed the ball in the win. Both teams will be in action at home on Friday night to take on Martensdale-St. Marys.

Mustangs Trounce Tigerhawks

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

Playing in back-to-back nights, the PCM basketball teams had happier endings than what they experienced on Monday, sweeping Colfax-Mingo last night. The lady Mustangs won 61 – 22; PCM got out to a 28 – 6 first quarter lead and did not look back. Four players found double-figures, led by Rachel Freland’s 12, Courtney VanHouweling, Katie VandeWall, and Kayla Jennings all scored 11 for the ‘Stangs, who are now 4 – 2 on the year. The boys’ game was equally as competitive, as Fred Lorensen’s crew blitzed the Tigerhawks, 76 – 35, after outscoring Colfax-Mingo 24 – 6 in the third period. Logan Gillman had 18, Luke Pendroy had 12 for PCM, as they boys are back to .500 with a 2 – 2 mark. PCM has a few days off to get ready for a road trip to C-M-B this Friday.

Sabers Pull Off Home Sweep

Posted: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Seymour was no match for the Twin Cedars’ basketball teams last night in Bussey, as the Sabers came away with a pair of wins on their home court. The girls came out on top, 47 – 32. Liz Rowley scored 14 points and Shyanne Denburger dumped in 11, as the Sabers’ girls improve to 1 – 2. The Twin Cedars boys prevailed, 56 – 38. Twin Cedars was up by ten at the half before pulling away late. Otis Roby had a double-double effort of 24 points and 14 rebounds. The Sabers’ boys are now 3 – 1 on the year, and they’ll join up with the girls again for a home twinbill on Friday against Moulton-Udell.

Grand View All Over Saints

Posted: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 5:51 am

The Grand View Christian Defenders were all over Melcher-Dallas last night on the hardwood. The Saints’ gals fell 73 – 22; Megan Roush scored 12 points to lead the way for Melcher. The Saints’ boys also were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, and both teams will get back to action tomorrow night against Southeast Warren.

Central Men Continue Surge

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

Four starters were in double figures in the scoring column, and the Central men’s basketball team corralled their sixth win of the season and third straight with a 91 – 68 smashing of Westminster down in Missouri. The Dutch got out to a 45 – 26 halftime lead and did not trail the entire game. Central made another 13 jumpers from beyond the perimeter in the victory. Nile Eckermann scored 21 points, and Colby Taylor contributed 17. The Dutch improve to 6 – 1 on the year and will play back-to-back games in Davenport this Friday and Saturday, starting with a big test against St. Ambrose.

Marion County Scoreboard 12-9-14

Posted: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Girls Basketball:

Pella: 37 Ballard: 48 F

Knoxville: 52 Clarke: 19 F

Pleasantville: 32 Wayne: 42 F

Boys Basketball:

Pella: 83 Ballard: 58 F

Knoxville: 72 Clarke: 41 F

Pleasantville: 67 Wayne: 42 F

Eagles Record Two Convincing Home Victories Over PCM

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

It was all Pella Christian in the Tulip City on Monday night, as they swept PCM in a doubleheader heard live on 92.1 KRLS. The Eagles’ gals used a strong finish to do away with the Mustangs, 57 – 49. Pella Christian scored 18 in the second quarter and 20 in the fourth, and stayed mostly out of foul trouble, which Coach Kevin Van Maanen says was a huge key to their win. Hannah Beltman had 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Autumn Vos scored 15 and Brooke Mitrisin dumped in 13. PCM was led by Rachel Freland with 16 and Courtney VanHouweling with 15. The boys’ game was anticipated to be a close one, but a 45-point final 16 minutes allowed the Eagles to pull away, 73 – 58. Mustangs’ Coach, Fred Lorensen, did not have many words after the game about his team’s effort. Josh Posthuma and Levi Jungling had man-sized games; the former scored 23 points and grabbed eight boards, while Jungling had a game-high 28 points. PCM’s Logan Gillman had a team-high 18. The Eagles’ girls are now 3 – 1, the boys improve to 4 – 0; PCM’s girls fall to 2 – 2 and the boys are 1 – 2. Pella Christian is off until Friday to play at home versus Oskaloosa, and the Mustangs are back at it tonight against Colfax-Mingo.

Knoxville Basketball Hopes To Stay Unbeaten Against Clarke

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

The Knoxville Basketball Squads are back in the South Central Conference tonight and finally at home for the first time this season against Clarke. The girls will have a distinct size advantage as the Indians do not have any player on their roster taller than five feet seven. Coach Jim Uitermarkt tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he is still looking for four solid quarters, and hopes tonight it starts at the beginning of the game. The boys will try to get off to a 2-0 start in the South Central Conference and a 3-0 overall start tonight against Clarke. The Panthers blew out Oskaloosa on Friday 65-43. Coach Jeff Larson tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he hopes the guys continue to improve and play well. You can hear the action on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA and streamed live at with Derek Cardwell and Mike Cunningham tonight at six.

Another Test Awaits Pella High up in Huxley

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

A difficult non-conference twinbill is on the docket for the Pella High basketball teams for this evening when they travel to face Ballard up in Huxley. The Bomber girls knocked the Lady Dutch out of the playoffs last year and have started this year hot with a 4 – 0 record and are ranked sixth in the state in Class 4A. Pella is fresh off a quality win over Dallas Center – Grimes on Friday, and Coach Jerod Garland says it would be another “resume-building” victory if they can knock off Ballard. In the boys’ game, the Bombers own a 3 – 0 record, with a win over Norwalk, who beat the D-C-G boys earlier, whom also conquered the Little Dutch last week. You can hear today’s road doubleheader live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at, with Cory Houser courtside on the play-by-play. Pre-game will start at 6:00 p.m. with tip-off at 6:15.

Pleasantville Tries to Bounce Back at Home

Posted: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Not many home games on the schedule this year, the Pleasantville basketball teams will try to make the most of it tonight when they host Wayne for a pair of conference contests. The Trojans’ squads are coming off of tough losses to Central Decatur, but play Wayne teams that have not looked the sharpest so far. The Falcon girls were beat by Melcher-Dallas, despite the Saints having just three players eligible to play on the court by the end of regulation. Wayne’s boys just found their first win of the season Saturday against Seymour. The Falcons are inexperienced, but Coach Tom Wilkins says he’s more focused inward at this point of the year. You can hear tonight’s doubleheader streamed live at with Garrett Knock on the call. Pre-game is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with tip-off of the girls’ game at 6:15.

Sabers Downed by Mustangs

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

Things did not go Twin Cedars’ way inside the gym last night, as the girls’ and boys’ teams each were thumped by Davis County. The lady Sabers fell 56 – 32; Allie Utterback led the way with 18 points, and Shyanne Denburger added six. The Saber boys dropped a tough one to the Mustangs, 81 – 56. Otis Roby had 16 points, Trace Embray scored 13, and Colton Spaur threw in 11. Coach Alan Stewart tells KNIA/KRLS Sports his team had a tough time shooting the ball. Twin Cedars’ girls fall to 0 – 3 on the year, and the boys are now 2 – 1. They’ll each come home for the first time this season with a doubleheader against Seymour tonight.

Monday HS Basketball Scores

Posted: Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

High School Basketball Scores

PCM 49
Pella Chr 57

Twin Cedars 32
Davis County 56

PCM 58
Pella Chr 73

Knoxville’s Purvis/Mallory Help Indianola Capture Cardinal Classic

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

Indianola took care of the competition at the Newton Invitational with help from a couple of Knoxville swimmers Saturday. Alex Purvis was second in the 100 meter free while Daniel Mallory helped the 200 medley relay to a second place finish. The Indians scored 256 points just four point ahead of the host Cardinals. Full results can be found at KNIA/KRLS dot com with this story in Today’s Sports.

Indianola 256
Newton 252
Decorah 242
Grinnell/BGM 108
Oskaloosa 43
Vinton-Shellsburg 40

Individual Results
Alex Purvis
Varsity 200 Meter Medley Relay–anchored for a 3rd place finish (time 2:06.95)
Varsity 50 Meter Free–4th place finish (time 26.65)
Varsity 100 Meter Free–2nd place finish (time 1:00.01)
Varsity 400 Meter Free Relay–2nd leg for a 3rd place finish (time 4:12.11)
Daniel Mallory
Varsity 200 Meter Medley Relay–3rd leg for a 2nd place finish (time 2:06.06)
Varsity 200 Meter Free–5th place finish (time 2:33.60)
Varsity 400 Meter Free Relay–anchored for a 4th place finish (time 4:14.09)

Knoxville Wrestlers 5th At Cardinal Classic

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

Knoxville’s Travis Poffenbarger scored a first place and Brock Caviness scored a runner up at the Newton Cardinal Classic Saturday while the team was fifth out of six teams, just three points shy of fifth place. Poffenbarger went undefeated in three matches beating Edgar Flores of Sioux City North, Brad Nielson of Johnston, and Jordan Henning of Newton. Joe Hollinrake was also a runner up for Knoxville at 126 pounds.

Team Results
Johnston 346
Sioux City North 213
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 197
Indianola 197
Knoxville 194
Newton 184

Individual Results
106 pounds-No Wrestler Entered
113 pounds
Ben Wooldridge 5th
Round 1
Lost to Zach Fisher (Indianola) 3-2
Round 2
Lost to Hunter Versteegh (Newton) Fall 1:41.
Round 3
Lost to Elijah Humpel (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Fall 5:28.
Round 4
Lost to Ethan Ksiazek (Johnston) Fall 0:25.
Round 5
Defeated Tanner Steemken (Sioux City North) 11-2.

120 pounds-No Wrestler Entered
126 pounds
Joe Hollinrake 2nd
Round 1
Defeated Alex Torno (Sioux City North) 6-4.
Round 2
Defeated Alex Bentley (Newton) Fall 5:11.
Round 3
Lost to Joe Howard (Indianola) 4-3.
Round 4
Defeated Sterling Brunk (Johnston) 10-2.
Round 5
Defeated Colton Downing (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Dec 3-0.

132 pounds
Mathew Landsberger 3rd
Round 1
Defeated Alex Peterson (Sioux City North) Fall 1:50.
Round 2
Defeated Reece Thurmond (Newton) Dec 8-2.
Round 3
Defeated Jacob Jones (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Dec 4-2.
Round 4-Bye
Round 5
Lost to Travis Price (Johnston) Dec 10-4.

138 pounds
Cody Ray Smith 5th
Round 1
Lost to Adrian Jurado (Sioux City North) Dec 8-6.
Round 2
Lost to Shane Vaughan (Johnston) Fall 0:21.
Round 3
Lost to Dakota Dawson (Newton) Dec 11-4.
Round 4
Defeated Robert Daley (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Dec 6-5.
Round 5
Lost to Scout Dishman (Indianola) 10-1.

145 pounds
Michael Ullestad 6th
Round 1
Lost to Rylee Bush (Sioux City North) Dec 6-1.
Round 2
Lost to Bryce Tish (Newton) 17-6.
Round 3
Lost to Colton Clingenpeel (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Fall 2:37.
Round 4
Lost to Collin Hushagen (Johnston) TF 3:44 16-0.
Round 5
Lost to Brayden Elbert (Indianola) Fall 2:53.

152 pounds-No Wrestler Entered
160 pounds
Jake Kindley 3rd
Round 1
Defeated Tanner Clawson (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Fall 2:33.
Round 2
Defeated Elijah Clutter (Indianola) 8-6.
Round 3
Lost to Deion Clayborne (Sioux City North) Fall 3:49.
Round 4
Lost to Anthony Piagentini (Johnston) 8-4.
Round 5
Defeated Brady Smith (Newton) Fall 1:19.

170 pounds-No Wrestler Entered
182 pounds
Jac Agan 3rd
Round 1
Defeated Brendan Anderson (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Fall 5:51.
Round 2
Defeated Peyton Patterson (Newton) Fall 5:25.
Round 3
Lost to Zach Kraus (Sioux City North) 3-0.
Round 4
Defeated Ben Wilson (Johnston) Fall 1:44.
Round 5
Lost to Dom Endrizal (Indianola) 7-6.

195 pounds
Jordan Beal 4th
Round 1
Lost to Duncan Lee (Newton) 5-2.
Round 2-Bye
Round 3
Lost to Boris Petrusic (Johnston) Fall 4:41.
Round 4
Lost to Gage Fisher (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Fall 0:30.
Round 5
Defeated Gabe Barrera (Sioux City North) Fall 5:10.

220 pounds
Travis Poffenbarger 1st
Round 1
Defeated Edgar Flores (Sioux City North) Fall 1:05.
Round 2
Defeated Brad Nielsen (Johnston) 1-0.
Round 3
Defeated Jordan Henning (Newton) 5-1.

285 pounds
Brock Caviness 2nd
Round 1
Defeated Lucas Montgomery (Newton) Fall 0:33.
Round 2
Defeated Kyle Eichmann (Sioux City North) Fall 0:46.
Round 3
Defeated Nick Mitchell (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson) Fall 0:35.
Round 4
Lost to Tom Dusen (Johnston) 5-1.
Round 5
Defeated Brock VanLoon (Indianola) Fall 1:26.