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Pleasantville Trying for Happy Homecoming Tonight

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Stumbling a bit the last two weeks, the Pleasantville football team will look to erase two weeks of frustration tonight against Southeast Warren. The Warhawks have been on the wrong end of several blowouts, but tonight may be interesting, as the two schools have developed a rivalry in various sports over the last few years. Look for Southeast Warren to try to pass the ball more; their ground game is averaging only 95 yards per game this season. As they have every week so far, Coach Gabe Bakker says to expect more new things from the Trojans offense tonight. oin Kris Krug and Ed Bull up in the press box tonight for the call, which will be streamed live at Pregame coverage is set to begin at 6:30 with kick-off at seven.

Saints Battle for District Championship, Sabers for Playoff Hopes

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Our area Eight Man football schools, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars, have some serious playoff implications riding on their Week Seven match-ups tonight. The Saints hit the road to play Lamoni. The Demons and Saints are each 4 – 0 in their district, and with Mormon Trail having already faced Lamoni, the winner of this game more than likely would get the number one seed in District 6. Melcher-Dallas will need to slow down the Demon offense, which has yet to score less than 50 points in any game this season. Twin Cedars is trying to keep their playoff hopes alive when they make their final road trip of the regular season to Moravia. Both schools have just one district win and each are 2 – 4 on the year. Both games will kick-off tonight at seven.

Saints Sweep Moulton-Udell

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas had a relatively easy night in the gym yesterday, defeating Moulton-Udell in volleyball, 25 – 6, 25 – 22, and 25 – 14. The Saints are now 5 – 11 and they will take part in the Wayne tournament this Saturday.

Despite Strong Showing, Dutch Men’s Cross Country Falls in Poll

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Recording a third place tie at an extremely competitive Wisconsin – Eau Claire Blugold Invitational, the Central men’s cross country team dropped three rungs in the most recent USTFCCCA Division III poll. Central, now ranked eighth, finished behind St. Olaf and Eau Claire at the meet, each ranked third and second in the country, respectively. Loras moved up to 15th and Wartburg is ranked 31st.

Knoxville And Pella Christian Tangle As Non-Conference Foes Tonight

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad will be back on the court tonight for a rare Thursday night heads-up match with former Little Hawkeye Conference foe Pella Christian.While the two schools are no longer in the same conference…the rivalry is still there. After Tuesday’s loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Panthers Coach Chantell Downing thinks her team will brush off the disappointment and focus on the Eagles. The J-V matches are scheduled for 5:30, with the varsity at seven.

Even with Playoff Implications, Little Dutch Focused On One Game at a Time

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:58 am

For the first time in a few seasons, the Pella High football team enters Week Seven facing a non-district opponent. Some coaches treat these mid-season non-district games as a chance to perhaps try some new things, fix some correctible mistakes and get things on track for the rest of the season to make a playoff push. The Little Dutch know they will be in the playoffs, and though there are certain playoff implications with their non-district game with Newton tomorrow, Coach Jay McKinstrey says they are still just focused on one game at a time. It’ll be the fourth ranked team Pella has played this year in seven games when the Dutch make the drive up north tomorrow night. You can hear every play on 92.1 KRLS and with pregame coverage starting at seven.

Saints’ Girls Face One Final League Test Before Conference Tourney

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Looking to shore up their play before a pair of big tournaments over the next few weeks, the Melcher-Dallas volleyball team hosts Moulton-Udell tonight, five days before the Bluegrass Conference tourney this Tuesday. The Saints are two days removed from a thrilling five-set victory over Colfax-Mingo on Tuesday, where they relinquished a two-sets-to-none advantage before nailing down the clincher 15 – 7 in game five. The Eagles have won just one match this year (over Harmony), and other than the victory over the Rockets, they have not won a single set all season. The JV match comes first tonight at 5:30 p.m. with first serve of the varsity match to follow.

Central Softball Earns More Off-the-Field Honors

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:50 am

For the fifth straight year, the Central softball team found themselves in the Top 20 on the academic chart for student-athletes with a GPA north of 3.50. Eleven total Dutch softball players were on the NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes list, which is the ninth-highest total of any Division III school. The award recognizes athletes with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50. Three players, Briana Haycraft, Chelsea Greiner, and Jordan Overland, all had a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Central finished 30 – 12 overall in 2014 and were ranked 20th in the final NFCA Division III poll.

Knoxville Falls To Eddyville-Blakesburg In Volleyball

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad fell to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont three sets to none last night 25/18, 25/14, and 25/14.The Rockets used their dominating front line to put away points while Knoxville was unable to get into a rhythm on either side of the net. Knoxville Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports her team was not as sharp as in recent matches. Meredith Cunningham had ten assists while Ashley Hawkshead had seven kills and Haley DeMoss came up with 11 digs. Knoxville is now 10-14 on the season and drops to 4-1 in the South Central Conference. The Panthers travel to Pella Christian on Thursday.

Eagles’ Volleyball Looks to Dig in to Former Conference Foe

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:00 am

It has been a while since it has happened, but tonight, Pella Christian hosts the Knoxville volleyball team in a non-conference matchup for the first time in over 20 years. The Eagles and Panthers are entering today having had success in their respective conferences, with Pella Christian sitting at 4 – 0, and Knoxville coming off of a tough loss to a ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont squad and are 4 – 1 in league play. However, both schools had completely different days at the Pella Christian invitational a few weeks ago, with the Eagles finishing runners-up and Knoxville earning just one win over Martensdale-St. Mary’s. Though it may be a non-conference game now and have less significance, Coach Cindy Nikkel says her girls don’t need any extra motivation to get ready for the Panthers tonight. First serve of tonight’s varsity match will be at 7:15 p.m.

Lady Dutch Go the Distance, Win Over Norwalk

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:59 am

Down two sets to love, the Pella High volleyball team came back to shock Norwalk in the Warriors’ gym last night, 18 – 25, 23 – 25, 25 – 21, 25 – 20, and 15 – 9. Makenna Bogaard had 20 kills, Katie VanderMolen recorded 14, and Kiki Pingel notched 44 assists for Pella. The Lady Dutch improve to 12 – 18 on the year and 2 – 2 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. They will host their home tournament coming up this Saturday.

Knoxville Swimmers Help Indianola To Another Great Night

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:58 am

Knoxville was again big in Indianola’s night in girls swimming last night.Lauren Clingman had two individual wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Her along with Taylor Purvis were on the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that took first place. Purvis also took second place in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle, and Hanah Hefner was second in the 500 freestyle. No point totals were available.

Varsity Results:
Lauren Clingman, 200 Freestyle, 1st Place, 2:04.41
Lauren Clingman, 500 Freestyle, 1st Place, 5:32.13
Lauren Clingman & Taylor Purvis, 200 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place, 1:50.14
Taylor Purvis & Lauren Clingman, 400 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place, 4:03.09
Taylor Purvis, 100 Backstroke, 2nd Place, 1:07.42
Taylor Purvis, 50 Freestyle, 2nd Place 26.39
Hanah Hefner, 500 Freestyle, 2nd Place 7:41.56

JV Results:
Hanah Hefner, 200 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place 2:03.10
Hanah Hefner, 400 Freestyle Relay, 1st Place 4:34.64
Hanah Hefner & Ashley Cumpton, 200 Medley Relay, 1st Place, 2:30.91
Ashley Cumpton, 200 Freestyle Relay, 2nd Place 2:05.80
Ashley Cumpton, 50 Freestyle, 2nd Place, 29.88
Autumn Wright, 200 Freestyle Relay, 3rd Place 2:47.98

Eagles’ Girls Starting to Click

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Winners of 12 of their last 13 matches, the Pella Christian volleyball team continues to dominate opponents at all levels. The Eagles are 4 – 0 in a Class 4A Little Hawkeye Conference, and have a chance to be league champions with wins over Dallas Center – Grimes and Grinnell. Coach Cindy Nikkel says their recent roll has a lot to do with the girls’ work ethic. Nikkel adds that Andrea Horstman is able to touch 10’1″ right now and is a huge benefit for the team. The Eagles will play their first match in nine days tomorrow night at home against former conference foe, Knoxville.

Knoxville Boys 7th; Girls 10th At Centerville Cross Country Meet

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:56 am

The Knoxville Boys Cross Country Squad finished seventh at the Centerville Meet yesterday. Cade McNeill led the Panthers with a 23rd place finish in a time of 18:27. The girls were tenth overall as Lucy Olson came across the line in 46th in a time of 17:43. Coach Michael Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS Sports both teams are starting to focus in on the big meet of the season. He says the boys are shooting for the South Central Conference crown next Tuesday while the girls have set a goal of a top 3. The conference meet will be held at Pine Knolls Country Club in Knoxville.

Trojans Sweep Away Southeast Warren

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville volleyball squad had no problem handling Southeast Warren yesterday, winning in straight sets, 25 – 18, 25 – 20, and 25 – 23. Alli Friday had eight digs, Kennedy Core had another 20 kills, and Avari Heinz Pence came up with six kills and five aces for the Trojans to highlight their night in the gym. Pleasantville is now 13 – 5 on the season, and they’ll next take part in the Martensdale – St. Mary’s tournament this Saturday.

Saydel No Match for PCM Volleyball

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:52 am

For the second straight conference match, the PCM volleyball team blanked their opponents, this time it was Saydel, 27 – 25, 25 – 21, and again 25 – 21. Courtney VanHouweling had eight kills and 15 digs, Ashley Van Gorp had seven kills and four aces, and Katie VandeWall and Jayci Vos each collected six kills for the Mustangs. PCM is now 7 – 16 on the season, and they will participate in the Pella High tournament this Saturday.

Saints Prevail in Five Over Tigerhawks

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:51 am

It got a little dicey in the middle games, but the Melcher-Dallas volleyball team eventually took down Colfax-Mingo in five sets last night, 25 – 20, 25 – 17, 14 – 25, 14 – 25, and 15 – 7. Kaylee Houston had 14 kills for the Saints, and Megan Roush had 25 assists and three solo blocks. Melcher-Dallas is now 4 – 11 on the season, and they are at home versus Moulton-Udell tomorrow night for one final test before the Bluegrass Conference tournament.

Craig Douma, Eli Horton Honored this Week

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A coach and a runner were each recognized for their recent efforts at Central College this week. Central men’s basketball coach, Craig Douma, received the Red Raider Club Coach of the Year Award from Northwestern College in Iowa in Orange City. He’ll officially receive the award on October 25, and will be recognized after leading his team to a 21 – 8 record and a conference championship after being picked by league coaches to finish last in the 2013-14 season. Eli Horton was again tabbed the Iowa Conference runner of the week. He was seventh individually at the Wisconsin – Eau Claire Blugold Invitational, and knocked a minute off of his best time this season.

Pella Runners Have No Problems in Marshalltown

Posted: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Pella High cross country runners came away with a sweep yesterday in the Marshalltown meet. The girls scored 33 points even with four of their top six runners not participating. Tess Roorda finished third to lead the way for the Lady Dutch, followed by Ciara Buchheit in fourth, and Katie Canfield was seventh. The varsity boys nearly had a perfect night, scoring 16 points and finishing 1-2-3-4-6. Adam Sievers crossed first, followed by Ben Warner, Nick Berghagen, and Sawyer Burton. Full results can be found below. Pella is off until next Monday for the Little Hawkeye Conference Meet at Dallas Center-Grimes.

Sole Ownership Of 1st Place In SCC Volleyball Race Up For Grabs

Posted: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 5:59 am

One of the biggest volleyball matches in recent Knoxville history is tonight as the Panthers will battle class 2A number five ranked Eddvyville-Blakesburg for sole possession of the South Central Conference lead. This is just the second home match for the Panthers so Coach Chantell Downing says it is very important that Panther fans come out and make some noise tonight. Tonight will be a battle between the top players in the South Central Conference. Three of the top four players in kills will be in action including Knoxville’s Ashley Hawkshead and Cheyenne Jones. Also three of the top four in aces, the top two in assists, and the top five in digs. The winner will clinch at least a share of the conference title. The J-V matches are scheduled to get underway at 5:30 with the varsity at around seven. It is also “Pack The House White Out Night” so everyone is encouraged to wear white.