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Knoxville Looking Forward To Friday’s Home Opener

Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Two teams looking to improve and looking for their first win of the 2014 season come to Knoxville’s Ken Locke Stadium on Friday.Knoxville fell to Newton in its season opener last week 41-7, while Centerville was blanked by Chariton 26-0 last week. Panthers Coach Eric Kellar is looking forward to coaching his first game at Ken Locke, however he knows Centerville will provide a good challenge. Kellar tells KNIA/KRLS Sports a lot of what needs fixing is very correctable with blocking and being in the right spots offensively and defensively.

Eagles’ Volleyball Looks to Hand Rockets Loss Number One

Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:59 am

In the same gym against the same team that ended their season a year ago, Pella Christian volleyball goes head-to-head with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont tonight in a big early season varsity match-up. The Rockets are 9 – 0 on the year, are ranked fourth in Class 2A, and bring a very experienced and talented team that went to the state tournament in 2013. The Rockets have only lost one set this season, and that was to West Branch, who is also ranked. The Eagles are fresh off an Ames tournament this past weekend where they won the consolation bracket after facing schools higher than 2A. First serve of tonight’s big game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

McKinstrey Content with Penalties, Can be Corrected

Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:57 am

Pella High’s football team made very few mistakes in their 35 – 0 beat down of Washington this past Friday. The errors the Little Dutch made were in the penalty column. The backwards steps didn’t cost Pella all that much against the Demons, and Coach Jay McKinstrey says his team mentally had a very good game. McKinstrey adds that his team does need to clean up some assignment issues they had, but was overall impressed with the effort his team showed. We aren’t the only ones that noticed how strong Pella played; the Little Dutch have climbed in the rankings since last week. They are now ranked second in several different polls across the state of Iowa, with a few even having them at the top spot. Pella takes on number-ten ranked Dallas Center-Grimes at home tomorrow night.

Pleasantville Begins Cross Country Season Today

Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:52 am

With many days of practice behind them and a significant boost in their numbers, the Pleasantville boys’ and girls’ cross country teams officially begin their season today with a meet at Wayne. The Trojans will be in attendance with several other conference schools, and Coach Aaron Fichter says his team has a chance to be pretty competitive in the Pride of Iowa this year. Fichter says a good measuring stick will be to see how they race against Nodaway Valley at various meets this season. The Wolverines, however, will not be at today’s meet in Wayne, which is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Allgood was All Good in 2014 Central Tennis Debut, Earns Honor

Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:50 am

A week of competition under his belt, and already Central tennis Coach, Ryun Farrell has two sweeps and now a player of the week to his name. Angie Allgood was named the Iowa Conference women’s tennis player of the week after notching a pair of convincing singles’ match wins in the Dutch’s 9 – 0 victories over Monmouth and Knox on Saturday. Allgood won 6 – 3 and 6 – 0 over Katherine Hinman of Monmouth, and then 6 – 1, 6 – 3 over Knox’s Taytem Chapman. This is Allgood’s second time winning the honor in her career.

Lady Dutch Come up Empty in Home Quad

Posted: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 am

The home courts were not particularly good to the Pella High volleyball team last night in a quad tournament in the Tulip City. Pella fell to Gilbert 15 – 25 and 11 – 25, to Bondurant-Farrar 18 – 25 and 17 – 25, before dropping in three sets to ADM, 26 – 24, 28 – 30 and 7 – 15. The Lady Dutch are now 2 – 8 on the season and they will play their first conference match next Tuesday at home against Dallas Center-Grimes.

Knoxville Cross Country Seeking Higher Goals For Next Meet

Posted: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:59 am

Knoxville Cross Country Coach Michael Splavec was very pleased with how his boys and girls teams performed at the season opening meet last week.While the weather conditions could not have been worse with temperatures in the high 80s, he tells KNIA/KRLS that now the runners are looking forward to running in the Central College meet this Saturday and seeing where they are against much tougher competition. Knoxville will see Pella for the first time this season. While no longer conference rivals, the two schools are still in the same class and could very well see each other in the state qualifying meet at the end of the season.

Big Guys Up Front Helped Eagles on Friday

Posted: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:58 am

David Kacmarynski shined, as did Miles Wichhart and Levi Jungling in the Pella Christian football team’s 44 – 30 win over PCM on Friday. However, more credit should be given to the Eagles’ front line on offense, creating holes and allowing four different rushers to combine for 226 yards on the ground and five touchdowns. Coach Rich Kacmarynski says the offensive line should also be given their dues for giving the quarterback time to work his magic. The Eagles make their home debut this Friday night against Lynnville-Sully, a game that can be heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

Mustangs’ Volleyball Put on Late Charge but Fall to Wildcats

Posted: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:52 am

After dropping games one and two, the PCM volleyball team gave Carlisle a run, but dropped in the fifth set to lose the match. The Wildcats won games one and two, 25 – 17 and 25 – 14, the Mustangs charged back to take set three, 25 – 23 and set four, 25 – 21, before battling tight with Carlisle in the tiebreaker. It went past regulation, but the Wildcats won, 19 – 17. Courtney Van Houweling had 15 kills and 30 digs, and Ashley Van Gorp had 17 assists for the Mustangs, who are now 2 – 9 on the season. They’ll begin conference play next a week from tomorrow at North Polk.

Trojans Prevail Over East Union

Posted: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:52 am

It was another four-set winner for the Pleasantville volleyball team yesterday, downing East Union, 25 – 20, 23 – 25, 25 – 22 and again 25 – 22. Kennedy Core had 20 kills, Bailey Oliva had eight of her own and Alli Friday added 29 assists and five aces. The Trojans improve to 2 – 0 on the year and they’ll take part in the Coon Rapids tournament next this Saturday.

Sabers, Saints Swept in Tuesday Night Volleyball Action

Posted: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:51 am

Twin Cedars and Melcher-Dallas fell in Bluegrass Conference volleyball play last night. The Sabers fell to Seymour, 20 – 25, 23 – 25, and 22 – 25, while the Saints were downed by a very talented Moravia team, 14 – 25, 11 – 25, and 19 – 25. Melcher-Dallas is 0 – 2, Twin Cedars is 0 – 1, and the two schools will trade opponents tomorrow night; the Saints play Seymour and the Sabers are at Moravia.

Dutch Men Can’t Climb Out of First Half Hole in Soccer Loss

Posted: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:50 am

Three first half goals by Monmouth were enough to sink the Central men’s soccer team yesterday in a 4 – 2 final in Pella. Adelmo Marchiori IV scored 91 seconds after a Monmouth goal in the 17′ to tie the score at one, before the Scots scored three unanswered to put the game seemingly out of reach. Salvador Villanueva had Central’s final tally, assisted by Aleksander Glavas in the 59′. The Dutch men are 0 – 3 on the year and will head up to Wisconsin this Friday to take on Maranatha Baptist.

Knoxville Girls Cross Country Looking To Build Off Of Early Season Succsess

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 am

With one meet already behind them…the Knoxville Cross Country Squad is looking forward to the Central College Meet this Saturday.The girls fared well in their first meet of the season last Monday at home. One runner that Coach Michael Splavec is hoping can break out this Saturday is junior Carrie Chambers. While not knowing her all that well before he got to Knoxville, he tells KNIA/KRLS that her confidence has skyrocketed during the early season. Splavec tells KNIA/KRLS that Sydney Washington who finished ninth in the season opener last week has surprised him. He says she has the 4K figured out and hopes to improve through the season.

Lady Dutch Continue Non-Conference Schedule Tonight

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:59 am

Three other schools make their way inside of the Pella High gym tonight for quad volleyball action in the Tulip City. The Lady Dutch went 1 – 5 in tournament play at Bondurant-Farrar on Saturday, and are hoping for better results against the Bluejays, A-D-M and Gilbert. Following their five-set thriller over Ballard to begin the season last Thursday, Coach Catie Brand says she would like to see their service errors come down significantly tonight. The Lady Dutch had 19 against the Bombers in the win, compared to 12 aces. The varsity quad is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Kacmarynski-to-Jungling Could be a Theme this Year for Eagles’ Football

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:57 am

Taking the reins of the starting quarterback job in his sophomore year from departed senior, Coltin Collins, David Kacmarynski is already showing signs of growth after just one start. The sophomore helped lead the Eagles to a victory in an offensive battle with PCM on Friday, 44 – 30. Kacmarynski threw for 180 yards in the win with a touchdown and an interception. A majority of those yards and targets were to fellow sophomore, Levi Jungling, who ended up with seven catches for 113 yards. Assistant coach, Darryl DeRuiter, says the two athletes have a connection from well before high school. The Eagles are gearing up for their 2014 home debut this Friday night against Lynnville-Sully.

Saints, Sabers Volleyball Start, Continue Conference Play Today

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:52 am

It’s game two of the season for Melcher-Dallas tonight, and Twin Cedars’ young squad will get their first taste of varsity action this evening in a Bluegrass Conference match-up for both schools. The Saints will be taking on conference favorite, Moravia on the road. Coach Tatum Starcevich says the Mohawks bring a lot back and will be just as dangerous as they were last year. For Twin Cedars, they lost a good chunk of seniors from a year ago, and new head coach, Alexis Kauzlarich says she still has high hopes for her Sabers in 2014. Twin Cedars takes on Seymour on the road tonight. The JV matches for both schools begin at 5:30 p.m. with varsity to follow at around seven.

Dutch Women Play Tough, but Fall to Bears

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:50 am

In a much different game than he saw out of his Dutch a year ago, Central women’s soccer coach, Mike Kobylinski was pleased with what he saw from his ladies in a 3 – 0 loss to the number-four ranked team in the country, Washington – St. Louis yesterday afternoon. Central had some prime opportunities to score in the first ten minutes, but could not capitalize. Central was outshot 29 – 7 overall and 13 – 2 in shots on goal. The Dutch women are now 1 – 1 and they’ll hit the road again away from conference play this Friday and Saturday against Maranatha Baptist out of Wisconsin and North Central Illinois, respectively.

Pella Boys’, Girls’ Cross Country Finish Strong in Opening Meet

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am

The 2014 cross country season started this weekend for Pella High runners at Cedar Rapids Prairie. The girls were sixth as a team overall and second in their division. Kelcey Blommers was fifth overall and finished first, with her teammate, Tess Roorda right behind her in sixth and second, respectively. Payton Phelps was fifth in their division. For the boys, the Little Dutch were fifth overall as a team and came in first place in their division. Pella was led by Adam Sievers and Ben Warner, who crossed the line in second and third place, respectively, in their division. Pella’s runners will next compete at their home invitational at Central College this Saturday.

Simple Adjustments Have Knoxville Looking Forward To Week Two

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:59 am

Game one of the Eric Kellar era at Knoxville did not go as planned.The Panthers absorbed a 41-7 loss to Newton in their season opener on Friday. While the loss stings, the players and coaches know that nearly all of the mistakes that were made are easily correctable. Kellar tells KNIA/KRLS Sports the areas to correct are very simple. He adds that the guys already have talked with about what needs fixing and are ready to get back at it this week. Knoxville hosts Centerville this Friday.

Eagles’ Volleyball Wins Consolation Bracket in Ames

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:58 am

After getting swept by Marshalltown to begin their season, the Pella Christian volleyball team responded with some strong play up in Ames on Saturday in tournament action. The Eagles began with a two-set loss to Urbandale, 10 – 21 and 13 – 21. Andrea Horstman had seven kills in the match. Charles City also took down the Eagles in straight sets to send them to the consolation bracket. Des Moines East, Fort Dodge, Ames and I-K-M Manning all fell to the Eagles. Against the Scarlets, Julia Dykstra had six aces and Andrea Horstman picked up another seven kills. Abby Pleima had 16 assists against Ames and Rebecca Gritters had six kills to coincide with three ace serves. Coach Cindy Nikkel tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that that her team was much better with their serve-receive, defense and she was incredibly happy with how they passed the ball. Pella Christian is now 4 – 3 and they take on Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on the road this Thursday.