Posts With Keyword ‘Pella High Football’

Pella Football Team Needs to Finish More Drives with Points

Posted: Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at 5:58 am

Even in a 37-13 season opening victory over Oskaloosa, Pella football coach Jay McKinstrey has several things for his team to work on. One of those is finishing drives.

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Pella Opens Defense of State Championship with Win over Oskaloosa

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 6:00 am

Pella’s 29th consecutive football victory wasn’t as easy as many of the previous 28, but the Little Dutch got it done – opening the 2016 season with a 37-13 win over Oskaloosa last night in Pella in a game heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

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Football Friday Night Profile – Week One – Nick Finney

Posted: Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

From Noah to Nick, Pella High’s new starting QB will be charged with the task of leading the two-time defending state champions back to the UNI Dome.

Pella Begins State Football Championship Defense Tonight

Posted: Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 6:01 am

The high school football season begins tonight in earnest across the state of Iowa, and the Pella High Little Dutch are out to defend their back-to-back state championships.

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Questions Abound on Special Teams for Pella High Football Team

Posted: Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at 5:58 am

As the first high school football Friday night approaches, Pella High coach Jay McKinstrey still doesn’t have the answers that he is looking for on special teams.

He says that they’ve spent quite a bit of time on special teams in the preseason, but will need real game action to start shaking things out.

“I just need some kids to step up there and try and get some kids out there to play. In order to get a few kids some time off who are on the field both offensively and defensively, we need kids to be able to do that. We’ll need some game time to see that. Special teams are so important, a lot of big plays are made there, and we’ve made a lot of hay in 19 years on special teams.”

The two most visible players on any special teams are the kicker and punter. Sophomore Gabe Thomas will do the kicking duties, while junior Kaden Miedema is the punter.

Pella opens the 2016 season tomorrow night at home against Oskaloosa.

Vande Weerd, Poole to Anchor Lines for Pella Football Team

Posted: Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 5:58 am

The front five that paved the way for over 5,000 yards of offense last season for the Pella High football team is 80% gone.

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Returning Experience Varies Wildly for Pella Football Skill Positions

Posted: Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 5:57 am

Two of Pella’s top wide receivers return from a season ago, but there’s no virtually no varsity experience at running back.

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All Eyes on Nick Finney as Pella Prepares for 2016 Football Season

Posted: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 5:57 am

Nick Finney was given opportunities to play quarterback for the Pella High football team over the past two seasons. Now, he’s the man.

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Two Time Defending Champ Little Dutch Trying to Manage Expectations

Posted: Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 5:58 am

It has been 1,011 days since the last time the Pella High football team lost a game.

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Pella High Football Gatorade Scrimmage Coming Up in Two Weeks

Posted: Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 6:00 am

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Battling the blistering heat, high school athletes are back on the practice fields in camps getting ready for the upcoming 2016 football season.

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Clayberg, Caviness Marion County Representatives at Today’s Iowa Shrine Bowl Game

Posted: Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 6:00 am

A member of the Knoxville Panthers and Pella High Football team will each be in attendance in Cedar Falls today.

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Three Pella Athletes Sign to Play Division I Football on National Signing Day

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 6:01 am


Three members of the back-to-back Class 3A State Football Championship teams at Pella High will continue their careers at the highest level.

Seniors Noah Clayberg and Austin Schulte have signed their National Letters of Intent to become Iowa Hawkeyes on scholarship offers, and Will Warner will be a Drake Bulldog.

The two-way standout Warner has been contemplating his sports future, whether it be basketball, soccer, or football. He chose the gridiron and Drake blue at first because he liked the educational opportunities, but it was then a matter of which sport to play.

“What one of the coaches said to me was that when I’m older, when I’m 30 or 40, I can still play pickup soccer and pickup basketball, but these are kind of the last years I will ever be able to play football again, and that’s really what just kind of drove it home for me,” Warner says.

Warner hopes to make an immediate impact.

“In the first few weeks, I’m just hoping to prove myself to the coaches that I can even play my freshman year,” he tells KNIA/KRLS. “I know most guys don’t play freshman year–most redshirt, but I just want to play as soon as possible.”

Schulte missed the 2015 campaign due to a knee injury, but recorded four sacks on the 2014 championship team. Schulte, who will likely be redshirted in his first year, tells KNIA/KRLS Sports his rehab has been successful thus far, and he’s anxious to make the jump.

“Training has gone really well…I’m leaving for Iowa on the 13th of June, actually, to spend the summer there, to take some classes and to start on the strength program, and they will do an evaluation of me there just to see how everything is going.”

The Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year, Clayberg demolished defenses in his three varsity years as a quarterback, but Noah will transition to the defense full-time after receiving a grayshirt offer from Iowa. Clayberg says Iowa coaches told him to be patient, and he jumped on board as soon as the opportunity presented itself.

“Iowa makes a great fit for me because it’s close to home, they’re going to have a great football tradition, and when I visited there, you just get the feeling that it’s the right place,” he says.

Clayberg says with now three Pella Dutch players on the Iowa roster, he’s hoping for a reunion sometime in their black-and-gold future in Iowa City.

“I would say the ultimate goal right now, is to get Garrett, Austin, and I all on the defense at the same time — have three Pella guys all starting for the Hawkeyes’ defense.”

New Football District Assignments

Posted: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Below are the district assignments for our seven area football teams for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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Pella High Coaches, Athletes Receive Distinct Awards

Posted: Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 5:57 am

Pella Coaches Award 2015

Three athletes and three coaches all received deserving honors and awards for their fine work in 2015.

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Clayberg Best High School Football Player in Iowa

Posted: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 5:58 am

Gatorade and USA Today High School Sports announced that Pella High quarterback, Noah Clayberg, as the 2015-16 Iowa Football Player of the Year.

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Clayberg Captain of Class 3A All-State Team, Four Others Named to Elite Squad

Posted: Thursday, November 26th, 2015 at 5:59 am

One of the key components to their two Class 3A state football championships, Pella High quarterback, Noah Clayberg, was selected as the captain of the All-State team.

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Key Play of Championship Game Rehearsed, Well-Executed

Posted: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 5:59 am

A critical moment in the Class 3A state football championship game occurred early in the fourth quarter.

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Pella High Footballers Handled Pressure of ‘Repeat’ Well

Posted: Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 5:58 am

Coach Jay McKinstrey said it a bunch throughout the season: it’s awfully hard to repeat.

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Pella High Football All Over All-District List

Posted: Saturday, November 21st, 2015 at 6:00 am

Running their Class 3A district gamut for the third consecutive season, the Pella High football team had a total of nine players named to the First Team All-District 7 for their performances this year.

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Dominant Second Half Leads Pella High to Second Straight Title

Posted: Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 6:01 am


The defenses were on display in the first half, but eventually, the Pella High offense broke through and outlasted Norwalk in last night’s Class 3A state championship game, 31 – 17, as heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

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