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PELLA—Notching 13 falls in his 23 victories helped Central College wrestling’s Rob Areyano (sophomore, Selma, Calif.) secure a top-10 finish on the NCAA Division III Most Dominant Wrestler standings.

After 44 years of teaching Larry Hessing is calling it a career. He is stepping down at the end of the school year as teacher and head boys’ basketball coach at Pella Christian. It’s a school he has worked at for the past 27 years.

Kiki Pingel, a Pella High graduate, was a member of the Central College women’s track team before the season was called off with the pandemic known as the coronavirus forced the season to be called off in mid March.

Next week look for a feature on Central College junior Kiki Pingel, who is an athlete from Pella High, who runs track for the Central Dutch.

PELLA—Three-time NCAA Division III multi-event champion Will Daniels of Central College has received the American Rivers Conference’s Duane Schroeder Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2018-19.

It was a dejected bunch of Pella High players as they picked up their trophy at the State Tournament.

Logan Shetterly had a big second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome SBL’s fast start.

The Pella High crowd turned out in full force to support the Dutch in Des Moines.

Ryan Vande Haar found a lane to the basket for the Pella Christian Eagles.

Josh Warner took the ball right at SBL’s 6’8” Daniel Wright.

Treyton Sturgeon ran into a roadblock at the State Tournament.

Dan Jungling pops a shot from the corner for the PC Eagles.

The Eagles line up to pick up their Class 2A State Basketball Participation Trophy in Des Moines.

Players on the PC bench like what they see on the court.

Pella Christian’s Bryant Agre keeps an eye on a Treynor player at the State Tournament.

PELLA— Five Central College wrestlers were awarded National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American status recently, the second most in program history.

Quite a few area high school boys basketball players and coaches were honored by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) recently.

The Pella High Little Dutch were third in the final Little Hawkeye Conference standings with a record of 9-5 in league play.

Matt Fouch, Activities Director and Assistant Principal at Tipton High School, has been named the new Pella High School Activities Director.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced the 2020 boys basketball all-state teams on Tuesday. The teams were selected by print sports writers in Iowa during a meeting on Sunday.

Calvin Groenendyk, a 1983 graduate of Pella High School was honored at the 2020 Boys State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines.

The Pella Christian Eagles were one of only eight teams qualified for the 2020 Boys State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines in Class 2A.

It proved to be one and done for the Pella High Little Dutch at the 2020 Boys State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines.

Pella Christian held very few leads in their first round Class 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament opener against Treynor Monday, March 9.

It proved to be one and done for Pella Christian at the 2020 Boys State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines.

JACKSONVILLE, ILLINOIS — Pounding out a season-high 15 hits, the Central College baseball team rolled to a 13-2 win over MacMurray College (Ill.) Sunday afternoon.

PELLA — Playing at home and outdoors for the first time this spring, the Central College women’s tennis was shut out by St. Olaf College (Minn.) 9-0 Friday afternoon.

PELLA — A second member of the Central College women’s soccer team is headed internationally to play this summer as midfielder Mikaela Erickson (senior, Spring Lake, Mich., Western Michigan Christian HS) is travelling to Spain on a tour with Beyond Sports.

DUBUQUE— Central college wrestling senior Duncan Lee (Newton) stunned the field with a title at 285 pounds in the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional Sunday, March 1 and will be joined by two of his teammates at the NCAA Division III Championships.

The 2020 Iowa Shrine Football game slated orr July 18 at 4 p.m. in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls is starting to take shape.

A total of eight young ladies were placed on the All-Little Hawkeye Conference Girls’ Basketball first-team for their efforts on the court this past season.

The Pella High Little Dutch punched their ticket to the 2020 Boys’ State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines with a hard fought win over the defending Class 3A Champions from Oskaloosa.

It wasn’t easy as the Oskaloosa Indians, defending Class 3A State Champions put up a fight, but eventually Pella High pulled away to top the Indians 62-51 in Substate play to land a spot at the Boys State Tournament next week.

DECORAH—Even amid the crushing disappointment of a last-gasp American Rivers tournament loss Tuesday, Feb. 25, it was clear.

PELLA—Even with the graduation of a three-time national champion, with talent across the board entering 2020, there is optimism for the Central College men’s track and field team and second-year coach Brandon Sturman.

An intense rivalry has developed over the years between Des Moines Christian Lions and Pella Christian Eagles. That intensity was on display Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Newton High School Gymnasium where the two rivals squared off for the Class 2A District 13 Boys Title and the right to advance…

Bedford’s Connie Shafar, Marion’s Morgan Paige and Ankeny’s Maddie Manning are the 2020 inductees into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The trio will be inducted at halftime of the Class 2A State Basketball Championship, Saturday, March 7.

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