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Knoxville Volleyball Posts A 3-2 Mark At Pella On Saturday

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:59 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad finally had a weekend where they were successful. The Panthers went 3-2 at the Pella Invitational Saturday with a win over P-C-M in three sets and victories over Green County and North Mahaska in straight sets. The Panthers loses were to Pella and Mediapolis both in straight sets. Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls started off better than in recent Saturday meets. Knoxville is now 13-17 on the season, the Panthers will close out their South Central Conference season with a match against Clarke tomorrow. A win would secure second place in the S-C-C.

Fillies Only Team Standing in Eagles’ Way from Conference Title

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:58 am

They’ve fought hard, they have earned a first round bye in the Class 2A regional volleyball tournament, and tonight, Pella Christian’s talented gals will hit the road to Dallas Center – Grimes, where a win would clinch the Eagles a Little Hawkeye Conference championship. Norwalk helped the Eagles out by defeating the Fillies, and everyone else in the league, save for Pella Christian, of course, has at least two losses. With two conference matches this week for the Eagles, Coach Cindy Nikkel says her girls will need to do a better job of improvising at times. Today’s big varsity match has a scheduled first serve of 7:15 p.m.

Pella High Favorites Entering Today’s Cross Country Meet

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:56 am

In perhaps one of the most competitive conference meets to date, Pella High and Pella Christian go to Dallas Center – Grimes for the Little Hawkeye Conference cross country meet this afternoon. The boys’ side features three ranked teams; Pella at number two, the host Mustangs ninth, and Grinnell at ten. Those same three schools are also ranked on the ladies’ side; Pella is third, the Tigers eighth, and the Fillies 11th. Today’s meet is at the Dallas Center Burnett Rec Complex and is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m.

Pleasantville Girls Take Two, Give Three at Martensdale

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:52 am

Pleasantville’s girls were involved in some Saturday tournament volleyball action, and they came away with a 2 – 3 mark at Martensdale – St. Mary’s invitational. The Trojans’ three losses came to Van Meter in three sets, 13 – 21, 21 – 13, and 7 – 15; to the host Blue Devils in two, 12 – 21 and 14 – 21, and to Earlham in straight games. Pleasantville did topple Murray in three, and Montezuma as well in three, 16 – 21, 23 – 21, and 15 – 9. Kennedy Core recorded 48 kills and 44 digs, Alli Friday had 71 assists, and Bailey Oliva and Avari Heinz-Pence notched 23 kills each. Pleasantville’s record is 15 – 8, and they will participate in the Pride of Iowa Conference Tournament starting on Monday.

Mustangs Record a Win at Pella

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The day wasn’t a complete loss for the PCM volleyball team at Saturday’s Pella High invitational. The Mustang girls came away with one win in five matches, that being over North Mahaska, 21 – 18 and 21 – 16. PCM fell in three to Knoxville, 21 – 17, 12 – 21, and 8 – 15; they were also swept by Pella, Greene County and Mediapolis. The Mustangs are now 8 – 20 on the season and they will next head to Colfax-Mingo on Tuesday.

Central Pounds Luther to Even Conference Record

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:50 am

Central College football fans who thought the sky was falling can come out of the bunker, as the Dutch drubbed Luther 47-7 Saturday afternoon in Decorah. The Norse turned the ball over four times, leading to three Central touchdowns, and the Dutch racked up over 400 yards of offensive while limiting Luther to just 238, about half of their season average. Central jumped out in front early, recovering a fumble on Luther’s first offensive snap and turning it into a touchdown just five players later. Josh Osborn added scoring runs of 9 and 1 yard as Central took a 21-7 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, Brendon Boerm caught a pair of touchdown passes from Eisler, from 6 and 13 yards out, and Osborn added a nifty 10 yard score as the Dutch took total control. He tallied 115 yards rushing, which is his sixth straight 100-yard game dating back to last year. Central is now 3-2 on the year, 1-1 in the Iowa Conference, and they’ll host Loras Saturday afternoon. Hear more about the win over Luther, plus a preview of the Loras game, when Coach Jeff McMartin joins us live at Applebee’s tonight from 7 to 7:30 for the Central College Radio Coaches Corner on KRLS.

Central Men’s Golf Finish Fall Season with Record-Breaking Performance

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Once again, the Central men’s golf team found themselves at the top of the leaderboard as the Dutch finished first in the William Penn Invitational on Saturday. Central’s duffers set a new school record for a 36-hole team score by firing a total of 565 for the two-day tourney. Desmond Stoll, after carding a two-under par round one score of 68, finished with a 140 to tie teammate David Watson for second place. The William Penn Invitational marked the end of Central’s fall golf season.

Dutch Women’s Soccer Records Huge Conference Win

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Athletics at Central College had an outstanding weekend thanks in part to the Dutch women’s soccer team’s first ever victory over Dubuque in program history, 1 – 0 on Saturday. Freshman Abby Hillmer came through with just over ten minutes to play in the second half with an assist from Jackie Bell. Central had been 0 – 9 – 3 all-time against the Spartans until Saturday happened. The Dutch improve to 6 – 4 – 3 overall on the season and are now 2 – 1 – 1 in conference play. They’ll have to hold onto that momentum for awhile until their next match at home on October 18 against Buena Vista.

Knoxville Posts 3-2 Mark At Pella Volleyball Invitational

Posted: Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Knoxville Volleyball Squad finally had a weekend where they were successful.The Panthers went 3-2 at the Pella Invitational yesterday with a win over P-C-M in three sets and victories over Green County and North Mahaska in straight sets. The Panthers loses were to Pella and Mediapolis. Coach Chantell Downing told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls started off better than in recent Saturday meets. Knoxville is now 13-17 on the season.

Pella Scores in Buckets, Pounds Cardinals

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Ten touchdowns in 26 plays. That was the extent of the Pella High offense through two-plus quarters last night in a 69 – 14 demolishing of number-eight ranked Newton, a game that was live on 92.1 KRLS. The Little Dutch gained 526 yards overall, 424 of which came on the ground. Noah Clayberg threw for 102 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another 108 and a score, and Quinton Murphy and Nathan Henry each scored three times. Coach Jay McKinstrey says his team did indeed make a statement last night. Pella improves to 7 – 0 on the year, and they are back into district play next Friday night when they come home to face Saydel.

Senior Night Victory Keeps Knoxville in the Playoff Hunt

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:59 am

A full team effort by Knoxville helped send their seniors off with a win in their final home game of the regular season, by a final of 35-7 over Chariton as heard on AM 1320 and FM 95.3 KNIA. Panthers head coach, Eric Kellar, said it goes back to what he told his team over the summer about how they’ll dominate if they execute. Luke Bachman finished the evening with 127 yards rushing on the night to lead all rushers. The Panthers, who are now 3 – 4 on the season and 2 – 2 in Class 3A District 7, will take their two-game winning streak on the road next week to Oskaloosa.

Eagles Spread the Ball Around in 49-14 Win Over Wildcats

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:58 am

The Pella Christian Eagles won 49-14 in what the coaching staff called their most complete win of the season against the Columbus Wildcats in a game heard on In a night that saw seven different receivers and three with rushing touchdowns, it was Miles Wichhart that stood out, gaining 100 yards, scoring four touchdowns, and recovering a fumble. Assistant coach, Darryl De Ruiter, said as the playoffs approach, he’s glad to see the Eagles firing on all cylinders. Eagles move to 5-2 on the season, hang on to second place in the district at 3-1 and will face winless West Marshall next week at home.

PCM Wins on Homecoming

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The PCM football team used a high potent offense on homecoming to beat Clarke of Osceola 49-22 on Friday night, the game was heard on Logan Gilman was accurate throwing the football for the Mustangs, passing for 266 yards and five touchdowns. Ronnie Marshall and Jade Coleman combined for 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Head coach Greg Bonnett was pleased with his team’s fast start in the game. The PCM football team, now 4-3 on the year, returns home Friday to take on Albia in a district matchup.

Pleasantville Takes Down Southeast Warren for Homecoming victory

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:52 am

The Pleasantville football team was able to take down the Warhawks of Southeast Warren, 47-6, during homecoming on Friday night as heard on Quarterback Zeb Adreon led the Trojans ground game with 100 yards on 12 carries and added 132 yards through the air. The Pleasantville defense also came up big, causing four more turnovers to add to their season total of 21. Even with the impressive win, head coach Gabe Baker feels his team needs to improve in spots before next week. Pleasantville improves to 4-3 on the season and 3-2 in Class A District 8 and will take on Mount Ayr on Friday night.

Saints Fall, Sabers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Melcher-Dallas fought hard, but came up just short to Lamoni in last night’s Eight Man Football District 6 “championship game,” 36 – 22. Twin Cedars made the drive to Moravia and stifled their offense to come out on top, 42 – 6. The Saints drop to 5 – 2 on the season and 4 – 1 in district play, while the Sabers’ record swells to 3 – 4 and they are 2 – 3 in the district. The Saints will host the Mohawks next Friday night, while the Sabers are back at home to take on Mormon Trail.

Dutch Football Looks for First Conference Win

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:50 am

For the first time in over a month, the Central football team plays a road game, when they head to Decorah to play Luther for another Iowa Conference game this afternoon. The Norse bring back a powerful run game that led them to a 28 – 14 win over Dubuque last week, moving them to 4 – 0 on the season, their best start since 1987. A week after getting picked apart by Wartburg’s more traditional pro-style offense, the Dutch will face a distinctly different challenge as the Norse use a run-based option offense. Quarterback J.J. Sirios has thrown just 11 passes in Luther’s four games, and he’s the main cog in a rushing attack that’s second in all of division three in yards per game. Central Coach Jeff McMartin says that for the Norse, it’s just as much about the Jimmy’s and Jo’s as it is the X’s and O’s. Trevor Castle has the play-by-play live on 92.1 KRLS and streamed live at, with pregame coverage starting at 12:40 p.m. and kick-off at one.

Central Women Down Norse in Four

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:49 am

The Central volleyball team recorded another conference win last night, taking down Luther in four sets, 19 – 25, 27 – 25, 25 – 22, and again 25 – 22. Mollie Mason and Hannah Welter each had nine kills for Central to highlight their night. The Dutch have won five straight matches and sit with a 16 – 6 overall record, and they are 3 – 1 in league play, which ties them with Buena Vista for second place in the Iowa Conference. The Dutch come home for another conference match, this time with Loras, on Tuesday.

Central Men’s Golf Have Another Day One Lead

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Not straying too much from the norm this fall season, the Central men’s golf team has an eight stroke lead after day one of the William Penn Invitational at Edmundson Golf Course in Oskaloosa. The team as a whole shot two-under-par; Desmond Stoll had a 68, and Adam Squires recorded an even-par 70. It’s Central’s final tournament of their autumn campaign, and they will conclude the tourney with round two later today.

Week Seven Highlights

Posted: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 12:31 am

Enjoy! These are the highlights from the games in our area from Week Seven of the High School Football season.

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Marion County Football Scores

Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Scores from Marion County football games.

Chariton 7
Knoxville 35

Pella 69
Newton 14

Columbus Junction 14
Pella Christian 49

SE Warren 6
Pleasantville 47

Melcher-Dallas 22
Lamoni 36

Twin Cedars 42
Moravia 6

Clarke 22
PCM 49